Fairview School Handbook
A Place Children Want To Be!
Fairview Elementary School
397 Minot Avenue ~ Auburn, ME 04210
P: (207) 784-3559
F: (207) 786-0787
Celeste Beaudet, Principal
Andrew Bard, Assistant Principal
Janet Theriault, Secretary
Kim Lidstone, Secretary
Melissa Spence, Guidance
Sue Davis, Guidance
Vicki Levesque, Kitchen Manager
Beth St. Laurent, School Nurse
Christina Thibault, Child Care Coordinator
* * School Day Information * *
Arrival and Dismissal from School
The school day begins at 8:25 A.M. Staff members are assigned to supervise playgrounds, courtyards, and doorways from the arrival of the first bus until the beginning of school each day. Students who walk or who are driven to school should plan to arrive no earlier than 8:10 A.M. and should report to the school lobby. There is no playground supervision before 8:10 A.M. for Kindergarten and First Grade students. All students in grades 2 through 6 will report to their classrooms at 8:10 A.M.
Students will be dismissed at 3:00 P.M. On scheduled early release Wednesdays, students are dismissed at 11:30. It is the responsibility of the Fairview School staff to insure that every child arrives to school and returns home from school in a safe manner. If a student is to be dismissed in a different way, other than what is normal and usual for that student (walking instead of riding the bus, taking a different bus, riding a bike, etc.), a note from parents detailing the change is required. This note indicating parental knowledge and approval of this change must be brought to the office and initialed by school personnel before the varying arrangement can occur.
Student Drop-off and Pick-up
Sometimes it is necessary for parents to drop off and/or pick up their children from school. Please know that automobiles are not allowed in the traffic circle between 8:00-8:30 A.M. and 2:15-3:20 P.M., as per Auburn Fire Department regulations. This is to ensure the safety of the youngsters leaving the building and access of emergency vehicles. Parents can meet their child (ren) in the courtyard by the gym entrance.
We encourage you, whenever possible, to have your child walk or ride the bus home.
If it is crucial that you pick your child up at school, please remember the following:
Breakfast is served everyday at 8:00 A.M. and is free to all students. Lunch is available to all students wishing to purchase meals at school, through a prepaid account . Milk and juice are available daily to those students who choose to bring their lunch from home. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase lunches for the entire week, month or longer, and may do so on Monday mornings. Through participation in the federal school lunch program, your child may be eligible for either free or reduced breakfast and/or lunch. If you believe your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch, please contact the school for an application. The Auburn School Lunch Department's policy on charging for lunch is contained in the District Guidelines section of the District Handbook.
Buses, Bicycles, Skateboards, Roller Blades, & Toys
The Auburn School Department's transportation policy indicates eligibility to ride buses to and from school as well as a disciplinary code for all students who ride buses. Copies of this policy are available on line on the Auburn School Department web site. Students are expected to ride their assigned buses to and from school. It is possible to grant permission for bus transfers for bus students provided there is a written note from parents and the requested bus is not filled to capacity. Bus students will not be allowed to walk home unless written the parent has given permission to the child's teacher.
Children may ride bicycles to school and lock them in designated areas in a bicycle rack. Bicycles are to be walked to and from the city sidewalks. Once placed in bicycle racks, they must be left there until dismissal time. We strongly urge students to wear bicycle helmets, bring locks to protect their bicycles and that parents review bicycle safety rules with their child (ren). Again, if bus students are riding bicycles to and from school, parent permission to do so must be on file with your child's homeroom teacher. Skateboards and scooters cannot be ridden on school grounds. If one is carried on school grounds, it must be brought to the school office and left there until picked up at dismissal time. Roller blades must be left at the school office and picked up at the end of the school day. At all times, students must be off school grounds before riding skateboards, scooters and bicycles.
As a reminder all toys, electronic devices, and all other items deemed disruptive to the educational setting should be left safely at home unless they are being used for a specific purpose in the classroom.
** OTHER SCHOOL INFORMATION **
Absence Policy – Child Watch
Child Watch is an Auburn School Department safe-child program where parents are contacted whenever a child is absent from school, unless parents have contacted the school beforehand. Emergency card information is used to obtain phone numbers, including the work place if necessary, in making these safety checks. Your support in this process is essential. Please call the school (784-3559) between 7:30 and 8:30 A.M. in the event your child will not be in school. This will reduce both the number of calls that will need to be made by our secretaries as well as the potential for interruptions at your work place.
Students may not use cell phones on the bus or during the school day. If parents wish to contact their child (ren) they should call the school and we will be sure to get a message to them.
Students should attend school wearing clothing appropriate for school, providing protection from the seasonal elements and in no way a distraction to others. Auburn policy prohibits wearing articles of clothing that advertise or in any way promotes alcohol or tobacco-related substances. On days when children are scheduled to have Physical Education classes, clothing appropriate for the activity should be worn or brought to school. Students will only be allowed to participate in physical education if they are wearing rubber-soled sneakers. It is strongly suggested that student names be on all items brought to school (i.e. clothing, lunch boxes, umbrella, hats and mittens, etc.), thereby making return of those items easier should they be misplaced.
This vital information will help us notify you if your child is sick or is involved in an emergency situation. Please complete/revise the emergency information and return the sheet to school with your child. Include information regarding any medical condition, medications taken, or allergies your child has. Be aware that we can only release your child to adults you have authorized and who can assume responsibility for their care.
Extended School Absences
If you are planning to take your child (ren) out of school for an extended period of time (family vacation, prearranged hospitalization, etc.), please understand that the staff will do it’s best to provide alternative activities to help maintain continuity of the learning process. However, understand that this is not always possible and in reality your child may need to make-up schoolwork when he or she returns. The school office and staff require at least two week’s notice in writing before an extended absence is scheduled. If at all possible, please avoid extended absences during standardized testing periods.
The Auburn School Department Health Protocol, designed by medical personnel, are guidelines to be used in the event of student illness. It outlines conditions under which children with illness should not be sent to school, when the school office will notify parents in the event of a child becoming ill while at school, and when students may return to school following an illness. The Health Protocol is reproduced for your information in the Auburn School Department District Policy handbook.
When cold weather comes, be sure your child is dressed for it. Warm mittens, a hat, overshoes or boots and a coat that will zipper or button is necessary for all students. Students will go outside unless it is raining or the wind chill is below a safe level. If a child is too sick to be outside, he/she should not be in school. A written statement from a physician is required in cases of extended exclusion from outside recess.
Children are not allowed to distribute party invitations in school. Although unintentional, children not included have been deeply hurt, and this unfortunate circumstance should not be part of any child's school day. You may use the PTO student directory for mailing information.
Student Use of Learning Materials
Each student is responsible for texts, library books, their Shadow (Student planner for grades 2 - 6 provided by the school) and other learning materials assigned to them throughout the school year. It is expected that these and other learning materials remain in good condition. Each student will assume responsibility for any damage or wear beyond normal use. A fee will be assessed for lost texts or library books or other lost or damaged learning materials.
Tardiness and Early Release
Frequent tardiness and/or early dismissal are discouraged since both negatively impact your child’s education. Please make every effort to keep your child in school during school hours. Parents of students who are habitually tardy will be invited to meet with an administrator to create a plan that will help the child arrive at school on time.
Due to the number of students at Fairview, after school telephone use must be limited to emergency use only. Routine after-school calls just are not possible through the office. Please make sure your child and teacher have advance written notice of any changes in the after school routine.
** CREATING A CIVIL AND CARING SCHOOL COMMUNITY **
Responsible and Ethical Behavior
Responsible and ethical student behaviors are necessary preconditions for successful learning and the assurance of a Fairview School culture where students feel socially, emotionally, physically and academically safe. Such behaviors are grounded in the universal core values of Respect, Honesty, Compassion, Fairness, Responsibility, and Courage, which we regularly speak and teach about at Fairview. Being a responsible and ethical school citizen means living these core values, understanding them, caring about them, and acting upon them on a daily basis. As part of our comprehensive system of responsible and ethical behavior development, Fairview strives to provide ongoing opportunities to build student self-control and self-discipline and to reinforce care for themselves and one another. These efforts emphasize expectations and education before and after the need for disciplinary intervention. When conflicts do arise, consequences for unacceptable behavior often include helping students identify problematic behavior, its impact on others, and strategies for more appropriate decision-making.
It is the policy of the Auburn School System to recognize, preserve and protect the individual rights of all students through the enforcement of rules and regulations that insure proper conduct and student discipline in an orderly, efficient and continuing school program. Further, it shall be a requirement that each school develop and publicize a set of rules and regulations which maximize students' responsibility for their own actions; these rules and regulations are to be consistent with sound educational theory and in accordance with State and Federal laws.
Fairview School Agreements
We agree to make school a safe place by promising to follow commonplace safety rules.
We agree to not interfere with another person's right to learn.
We agree to show courtesy to each other at all times.
We agree to respect the property rights of the school and other individuals.
General School Expectations:
In the classroom, students are expected to:
In the hallway, students are expected to:
In the cafeteria, students are expected to:
In bathrooms, students are expected to:
Homework: Homework for young children should involve activities that strengthen the relationship between home and school. In this way, a child learns to connect his/her world to the school setting. Homework should integrate and reinforce learning concepts. It should serve to promote practice, research skills and develop responsibility. Homework assignments will be geared toward the individual ability and needs of each student. Therefore, all will be able to successfully complete assignments. All students should be reading 10 – 30 minutes a night.
Homework Rule of Thumb: Teachers will assign homework that should not exceed more than 10 minutes times their grade level. For example, third grade might be assigned 30 minutes a night, while first grade might be assigned 10 minutes.
Homework Tips: You can encourage and support your child with homework assignments by:
** SCHOOL PROGRAMS **
The Core Curriculum
Fairview School follows system-wide goals and objectives for core curricula in all content, process and skill areas appropriate to children 5-13 years of age, as determined by national, state and local, standards, educational research, and curriculum development. Studies in reading/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, arts and humanities, technology and health are integrated through-out and comprise the work of each day, with on-going formal and informal assessments in cognitive, academic, social-emotional and physical growth and development. Building-based and system special education services and programs are available to serve students with diagnosed handicapping conditions. In addition, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy act as support services to the special education program and are available to students who qualify for them.
Specialized Curriculum Areas
Guidance services are provided and are available for each student at Fairview, whether through whole class interactions, small group work in specified areas, or individual counseling. Curriculum initiatives within the guidance program include social skill development, learning about similarities and differences in people, the expression of feelings, and personal safety issues. Older students develop conflict resolution and peer mediation skills; "refusal" skills and how to resist negative social pressures, and sixth graders are involved in the 18-week P.E.A.C.E. (Police Educating Against Child Endangerment) Program. Social work services are available through the Possibilities Counseling program, which is available to eligible students and families.
Students in grades K-6 have regularly scheduled library classes in the Clair Chasse Library. These classes provide resources and information skill instruction that not only support and enhance the school curriculum but also allow students to become effective users of ideas and information. The classes promote independent reading for personal growth and recreation as well.
Art, Music, and Physical Education experiences, are provide weekly and are facilitated by specialists. These are essential aspects in Auburn elementary schools. Often, choral and instrumental music performances and art shows highlight student products. The Auburn Music Department also offers fifth and sixth graders the opportunity to take instrumental band music lessons.
Parent Involvement through the PTO and In the Classroom
The Parent Teacher Organization of Fairview School is an open group designed to develop united efforts among parents, teachers and students to enrich the total school program by means of action programs and fund-raising projects. The PTO brings into closer relation the home and the school so that parents and teachers may cooperate in the education of all students. Through the efforts of our PTO, several multi-day residencies and a trip to the theater are provided students.
Informational notices are sent home with each child in advance of every meeting. Parents are encouraged to attend and support the efforts of the PTO, which meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Fairview School Library.
Fairview School actively pursues and encourages ways in which parents and community members can become volunteers in the classroom. As study group leaders, tutors, special project coordinators, chaperones, library aides, mini-course instructors, worker bees, etc., parents can play an active part in the education of our student learners. Volunteers are urged to make their interest known to either their child's classroom teacher, the office, or by completing the P.T.O. volunteer form.
Auburn School Department Child Care
A before and after-school care for school-age children is available at Fairview School. The Childcare program has a full-time director and part-time aides. The program is licensed by the State of Maine. Hours are as follows: school days- 6:30 am- 8:15 am and 3:00 - 5:45pm. On the afternoon of early-release Wednesdays, the program is open from 11:45 to 5:45pm. It is also open on workshop days, snow days and February and April vacations (Tues. - Fri.), if there is adequate interest. For more information and fees, please call Christina Thibault, Site Coordinator, at 784-3559 extension # 171.