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Some great info. from the office regarding arrival and dismissal procedures at Eshleman

Arrival and Dismissal

Thank you for your patience as it takes a few days for arrival and dismissal times to operate smoothly.

A few notes regarding dismissal (PM kindergarten & grades 1-6) procedures that you may find helpful:

  1. We dismiss walkers through the gym lobby so that they can cross our driveway safely and head toward Leaman Avenue.  If your child is walking and you would like to meet him/her/them, it is best to plan to meet on the lawn/sidewalk by the gym doors (second entrance/exit to the building).  Walkers are dismissed first so that we can help them down Leaman Avenue without traffic leaving the school parking lot.
  2. Bus riders will be dismissed by bus number.  If your child is assigned to a bus and you would like to pick him/her/them up instead, please send a note to school or email the classroom teacher and Mrs. Aument ( with the change in transportation.
  3.  Car riders are dismissed after buses depart from the building.  They are also dismissed from the gym lobby doors.  You can choose to pull into either pick-up line (bus lane or center parking lot lane).  You should have received a pick-up name card (check the backpack) that will help us identify who you are picking up.  As you get closer to the gym doors (in either line), your child will be called to go to your car.
  4. Safety is important.  We request that only walking parents meet their children at the gym lobby doors.  Parents that are driving should wait to pick up children in the car rider line.  This keeps our children safe, as we are able to control the flow of traffic in our parking lot.

While dismissal may seem a bit difficult for the first few days, it becomes very fluid after a week or so.  We welcome communication regarding your child’s dismissal and mode of transportation.

  • While we do our best to confirm during the first few days, a note or email noting a change in transportation from you is requested.  It helps us to know how your child will get home.
  • Students are either walkers or bus students in our records.  If you are planning to pick  up your child/children, please let us know.  Since car riders are last in the dismissal process, we have no way of knowing that you may be waiting in line without a note.
  • If you know that your child will be a car rider most of the time, please let us know and we will make that the normal mode of transportation.  A note or email from you can change that if you decide something different.

Arrival (for AM kindergarten and grades 1-6)

  1. Doors to the building open at 8:50 AM.
  2. Students eating breakfast at school will be escorted to the cafeteria to eat around 8:30 AM.
  3. The center parking lot lane works best for drop off.  School personnel are stationed at the crosswalk and can help your child cross.  Additional personnel will be on the front porch and right inside the door to meet your child/children.
  4. If you decide to park to escort your child or to go to the office, please be very careful as the flow of traffic during drop off  moves quickly once it becomes less congested in the next week or so.
  5. Safety is important.  Please do not use the bus lane for drop off.  The children are not expecting any cars in that lane in the morning.  Help us keep them safe.

Thank you for your patience as we work to make arrival and dismissal a smooth process.

It’s been a great first week!

What a sweet class I have this year!  This week we learned all kinds of procedures and we reviewed letters and sounds.  We learned how to read a book 3 different ways, and met our special teachers.  I successfully moved my daughter into college, and managed to shed just a few tears without doing the ugly cry, ha, ha!

I know there are many new things for parents and students to get used to at the beginning of the school year.  Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Lunch money should be sent to school in a ziplock bag.  Please label the bag with your child’s name as well as 1-T. Lunch money gets sent to the cafeteria in the morning (not personally handed to our cafeteria staff by your child), so labeling the bag is important so the money is credited to your child’s account.

Each and every day I will send home a red folder with a cute frog on the front.  This folder should be checked every day for papers that may either be kept at home, or need to be signed/worked on, and returned.  Please place any notes that need to be turned in to me or the office on the “return to school side” of this folder.

If your child is scheduled to be a bus rider or a walker and s/he has an early dismissal or a transportation change for the end of the day (such as being a car rider), please be sure to call Mrs. Aument in the office by 3 PM to notify her of this change.  She compiles a list of all transportation changes and sends them to the teachers by 3 PM so we know how to dismiss our students.  This is especially important since first graders are dismissed by their specialist teacher at the end of the day, not by me.

I do allow students to bring water bottles to school to keep on their desks.  I ask that all water bottles have a flip top cap or pull up nozzle, rather than a cap that twists off the whole way.  This will help us avoid spills as much as possible.  Please only send water to school.  If I find that students are playing with their water bottles, I will ask them not to bring one to school.  I always ask the kids to take their water bottles home on Fridays to be washed.  🙂

Lastly, we will begin using our Storytown Reading series on Tuesday, August 30.  Along with this series, the kids will  bring home their first spelling list.  This list should stay at home to be practiced for a few minutes each night.  We will also be practicing these words at school.  We will work with these words for 6 school days, and have our test on the 6th day too.  That means we will have our first spelling test on Thursday, September 8 (since we have a few days off for Labor Day Weekend).  I will send the corrected spelling test home for you to sign and return back to school.  A new list will come home the day after our test, and the 6 day cycle will start over again.

I will go over all of this information at our Meet the Teacher night on Thursday, September 15th.  I look forward to seeing you then!



Books by dear_theophilus

A note from Mrs. Paules- Our Librarian

Hello and welcome back!  I am looking forward to another fantastic year with all of my elementary libraries!

This year, due to the new 4 day schedule, book exchanges will be working a little differently.  Students will only be exchanging their books every other cycle.  Students who are in even numbered grades will have book exchanges on even numbered cycles.  So, students in grades 2, 4, and 6 will exchange their books on cycles 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc.  Students in odd numbered grades will have book exchanges on odd numbered cycles.  Therefore, students in grades 1, 3, and 5 will exchange their books during cycles 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, etc.

I know this is a new system and it will take some time for adjustment but I am confident that we will all adapt and soon it will be old hat!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.