Immunization Information

Registration Information

Uniform Policy

Supply List

Calendar

Cafeteria/Menu

Attendance Boundaries

Bus Information

Florida Avenue Elementary would like to welcome you and your child to our school. We hope that you will have a successful school experience with us. Our goal is to provide a safe, positive, and caring school environment where our students are actively engaged and challenged with meaningful lessons. As our mission statement says: “We are guiding students along the avenue of learning everyday!” In doing so, it is essential that we make communication a top priority in order to achieve the best relationship between home and school. Collaboration between home and school is a necessary part of your child’s educational experience. I look forward to meeting each of you and working with you this school year. This handbook has been compiled to provide you with an easy reference to most of the policies and procedures of our school. You can also visit our school website along with the St. Tammany Parish School Board web site for other information. I hope this handbook will give you the information necessary to prepare for this school year and that you will refer to this and our web sites when questions arise. Please feel free to contact the school office for any additional information needed throughout the school year.
Open registration is scheduled each year in July by our school system and posted on the web site. New kindergarten students must be 5 years old before October 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling. First grade students must be 6 years old before October 1. The following documents are needed for school registration:
• Certified Birth Certificate
• Social Security Card
• 2 Proofs of Residence or Assignment Letter
• The Student’s Last Report Card
• Name and complete mailing address of the former school
• Louisiana State Health Card (Form MCH 14A or revised 1/70) stating proof of immunizations

A Student Transfer Letter is required for all students transferring from other schools in parish. Students who live out of our school district must report to the office of Child Welfare to receive a letter to attend our school. Without an out of district letter students living out of district cannot register.
School begins promptly at 8:00a.m. Children can begin arriving after 7:30 a.m. each day no earlier unless attending our Before Care Program. At that time, teachers are on duty to supervise students. For your child’s safety, do not bring your child to school or have them walk to school before 7:30 a.m. All students arriving after 8:10 a.m. are tardy and must check in at the office with an adult. Dismissal begins at 3:01 p.m. Students walking or riding bicycles should leave campus promptly. All students going home by car should be picked up no later than 3:15 p.m. If at dismissal a child is to go anywhere other than home on their normal daily route, a written notice must be sent to his/her teacher by the child’s parent/guardian and approved by an administrator. The school will not make any transportation changes after 2:30 p.m.
Regular attendance is essential to student success in school. Elementary students are allowed 10 absences each year. Absences of two or fewer consecutive school days incurred due to illness of the student or serious illness of the family may be excused by a note written by the parent. If a student is absent for 3 or more consecutive days, a student must present a note from a physician, nurse practitioner, or dentist. Excuses must be submitted within two days of the absences. Make up work will only be provided for excused absences. Teachers must be given 24-hours notice when asked to provide missed assignments. Late excuses for absences will not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: Act 103 of the 1994 State Legislature deals with student truancy and tardiness and requires principals to report absences and tardiness to the child welfare supervisor. The Supervisor of Child Welfare must refer a student who is absent or tardy without an acceptable excuse five or more times in one month to the family or juvenile court. Policy also mandates the automatic retention of a student who has been absent for 10 or more days in a school year, excluding those days excused by a doctor. (Extenuating circumstances are taken into consideration.) More information about this law can be obtained at http://stpsb.org
In order for a student to receive a Perfect Attendance Award, the student must be present every day; this includes no tardies or early check-outs.

PLEASE NOTE: The state of Louisiana has adopted a new attendance policy effective 2010-2011. Refer to pages 6-7 in the STPSB District Handbook online at http://www.stpsb.org/DisciplineHandbook/DistrictHandbook.pdf with your child for the new changes and guidelines.
Fifth and sixth grade students are given a choice of either vocal music or instrumental music or art enrichment instruction as an elective. Information will be sent home with all interested students at the beginning of the school year. Students involved in these classes are responsible to make up any work missed in their regular glasses.
Review bicycle safety with your child and remind him/her to wear a bike helmet and obey all traffic regulations when traveling to and from school. Students are to enter the campus no earlier than 7:30 on Florida Avenue side and park in the bicycle rack in front of the school. They are to stay off of the road in the front of the school. Traffic is heaviest in this area. Students will walk their bikes while on sidewalks and paths on campus. The school assumes no responsibility for bicycles. However, provisions have been made to safeguard bikes by requiring they be properly parked and locked in the school bike racks with a chain and a combination lock. We suggest that you record your child’s bicycle serial numbers.
Bus routes and stops are planned and established by the St. Tammany Parish School Board Transportation Department. Please use bus transportation if available to your neighborhood. Call the Transportation Department, 898-3373, with questions regarding bus routes, stops, and times.

If for any reason your child will ride a different bus home or a different means of transportation other than their regular route, the parent must send a note to the teacher signed and dated that must be signed by an administrator prior to the change. Please do not call the school to make transportation changes.

For the safety of your child and everyone on the bus, security cameras are present and appropriate bus behavior will be strictly enforced. Students are expected to always:
• Remain seated facing the front of the bus.
• Keep their hands and feet to themselves and inside the bus.
• Talk in a respectful low (normal) tone of voice.
• Use only the bus and bus stop assigned.

The meals served daily are nutritionally balanced and meet one-third of the daily minimum nutrition requirements. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the school lunch program. Collection procedures are as follows:
• All meals will be paid for in advance. There are no meal charges.
• Each child will be issued a computer number.
• Breakfast and lunch money should to be sent in an envelope and labeled as follows:
Name of student
Amount of money
Computer Number
Teacher’s name
• Payment should be by check payable to Florida Avenue Elementary Cafeteria with the student’s computer number on the check. You can also pay this online on our school web site.
• Breakfast Prices
• Reduced $0.30
• Paid Students $0.75
• Guest $2.00
• Lunch Prices
• Reduced $0.40
• Paid Students $1.30
• Guest $4.25
Please contact the cafeteria manager between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. if you have any questions. Fast food, canned and/or bottled drinks, and toys are not allowed in the cafeteria.
Cancellation of school takes place only during extraordinary circumstances, such as extreme weather, equipment failure, or public crisis. The school board and administrators are aware of the hardship that can be caused by an abrupt cancellation. Therefore, school will not be cancelled unless a significant safety risk has been created by unusual circumstances. In the event of severe weather conditions, check local news forecasts for information. Every practical means is used to notify parents of an impending cancellation including radio. TV (Channel 13), the school board website https://stpsb.org, and newspapers. In the unusual circumstance where school must be canceled during the school day, school personnel will remain at school until all students leave campus.
Students riding in cars must be dropped off and picked up in the car loading entrance/exit (the Florida Avenue side of the building). Please post your child’s name or family name in the window of your car for security reasons. We feel the safety of your child/children is worth the car line wait you may have by following the policy.
Child Care is available before school beginning at 6:00 a.m. The cost of this service is $20.00 per week. After School Care begins at 3:15 and continues until 6:00 p.m. After Care cost is $35.00 per week. If both services are used the total cost is $45.00. The program is available to full time participants only and enrollment is limited. All Child Care participants must be registered through the office and payment must be made in advance. Packets are available in the front office.
Parent conferences are encouraged and can be arranged at any time during the school year. To request a conference with a teacher, call the school office (643-1605) or email the teacher on her school email account to set up an appointment. Please give the teacher at least 24 hours notice.
Guidance and Counseling services are available to help our children become aware of their abilities, aptitudes, interests, and attitudes. The school counselors can assist in the following areas:
• to help children develop to their fullest potential
• to help children maximize their self-esteem
• to provide opportunities for problem solving, etc.
Please call our school counselor if you feel your child could benefit from this service.
Effective instruction can take place only in a positive learning environment. We expect students to follow school-wide expectations at all times and ask for your assistance in helping us reach this goal. Our school-wide expectations are taught in each school setting. This method of teaching and modeling expected behaviors each day is done using the CHAMPS model and is aligned with our Positive Behavior Support (PBS) System and FISH philosophy, Be There, Choose Your Attitude, Make Their Day, and Have Fun. Positive consequences and re-teaching consequences are used to reinforce and redirect our students. In addition to our school-wide expectations and our PBS plan, you should review the St. Tammany Parish School Board Discipline Handbook with your child. The handbook can be found online at:

http://www.stpsb.org/DisciplineHandbook/DistrictHandbook.pdf

Each student is required to have an emergency sheet on file in the school office with the following information:
• Parent(s)/guardian name(s).
• Complete and up-to-date address.
• Home phone and parent work number.
• Emergency phone number of friend /relative.
If during the year there is a change in any information, please notify the school office immediately.
Trips are planned to enrich learning. Classes may participate in field trips during the school year as arranged by each grade level. Information and cost of trips will be sent home prior to any trip. Students are not required to attend a field trip. Assignments will be given to any child who remains at school. The work will be done under the guidance of another classroom teacher. Students attending field trips must ride the school bus. We encourage parents to attend our field trips as chaperones.
If your child becomes ill or injured, our school secretaries will contact you using information on file. We have a registered nurse on our school campus only one day a week. In the event you are called please make arrangements to pick up your child as soon as possible.
Office Hours: 7:40 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
School Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:01 p.m.
Interim reports on class progress are issued at midpoint during each grading period if a student is doing unsatisfactory work or is in danger of failing. If this is the case, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible to set up a conference to discuss a plan for improvement.
All clothing found on the campus is placed in the lost and found box near the cafeteria. Please write your child’s name on everything that is worn or brought to school. Students should not bring extra money, toys, or valuable items to school.
Do not send medication, prescribed or over the counter, to school. Teachers are not allowed to administer medication to students at school.
EXCEPTION: If your child is on a long-term prescription medication, you may request a St. Tammany Parish Medication form from the school office and have it completed by your physician. The medication can then be administered through the office. This medication must be brought to school by the parent. Students are never to bring medication to school.
A formal Open House will be held soon after school starts. Notices will be sent home with the date and time. This evening will allow you to meet with your child’s teacher, hear about plans for the year, learn about the curriculum requirements for the grade and ask any questions you may have. Please make every effort to attend.
It is the policy of Florida Avenue Elementary to provide opportunities for parent participation involving student academic learning and other school activities. It is our policy to ensure that parents play an integral role in assisting in their child’s learning through weekly teacher newsletters, school and teacher web sites, monthly calendars, parent/teacher conferences, graded papers sent home weekly, quarterly interim reports and report cards. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school. It is also our policy that parents are full partners in their child’s education and included, as appropriate, in decision-making on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classrooms, join the PTA, attend meetings, and participate in projects that support students at Florida Avenue Elementary. They also have the opportunity to be a part of the Positive Behavior Support Committee, the Uniform Committee, and School Improvement Committee, and the Title I Committee. Through a full and active partnership between school and home, students will better grow academically, emotionally, and socially.
Florida Avenue Elementary is a PTA school. Our local unit has been highly involved in improving our school. We are very proud of our affiliation with a parish, state, and national organization that supports the total education of children. PTA encourages parental involvement, assists parents in developing skills to raise, educate, and protect their children, and speaks on behalf of children in the schools and before governmental agencies and other organizations that make decisions affecting our children. We hope you will show your support by joining our PTA. Family and Corporate memberships are also available.
PAccording to the St. Tammany Parish policy for promotion and retention, a child will be promoted if all the following criteria have been satisfied:
• The child has had no more than 10 unexcused absences.
• The child has received passing grades on level in Reading and Math. (grades 2-5)
• The child has received passing grades on level in at least 3 of the following subjects: Reading, Math, English, Social Studies, and Science. (grade 6)
• The first grade student has received passing grades on level in Reading and Math during the last quarter.
• The child does not fail two minor subjects. (grades 2-5)
• The child does not fail three minor subjects. (grade 6)
• The child meets LEAP 21 promotions requirements. (grade 4)
Please refer to the St. Tammany Parish Pupil Progression Plan for a more detailed description. http://stpsb.org/files/pupilprogressionplan.pdf
Report cards are issued the week following the completion of each quarter. Final report cards for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders will be mailed. Please carefully review your child’s progress and contact your child’s teacher if you have questions regarding grades.

New Grading Policy for 2016-2017 School Year:
A = 93-100
B = 85-92
C = 75-84
D = 67-74
F = 0-66
The Student Assistance Team (SAT) is comprised of an administrator, counselor, resource helping teacher, referring teacher, and other appropriate personnel. When a student is suspected of having significant learning difficulties, a conference is held between the teacher and the parent. Specific concerns are documented and the classroom teacher may implement appropriate interventions. If the interventions are not successful, a meeting is scheduled by the teacher with the SAT which the parent is invited. At the SAT meeting, the committee reviews all information and makes additional recommendations for interventions and/or screenings.
All public school campuses in our parish are smoke free environments.
The $10.00 student fee collected assists the school in purchasing extra resources needed for students’ daily use. Send this fee money to your child’s homeroom teacher in an envelope marked student fee or in the envelope provided at the beginning of the year. You can also pay this online on our school web site.
Students are expected to keep in good condition, all textbooks, library books, and other materials issued to them. Any lost or damaged items will need to be replaced.
We ask that no toys be brought to school unless requested by the teacher. Also to be left at home are cell phones, radios, iPods/headsets, and video games. If brought to school, these items will be taken from the students and held in the office for parental pick-up.
School Uniforms are mandatory for all students. Our uniform consists of:
•Solid white or forest green, collared, buttoned polo shirt (logo optional), or forest green Florida Avenue Elem. Spirit (purchased from school only).
•Grey FAE spirit shirts purchased from school last year can be worn on Friday only.
•Solid khaki uniform pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, or jumpers

•Shoes should be appropriate for the classroom and playground. Since PE is a regular part of the school curriculum, and students participate in PE everyday, tennis shoes are recommended for safety reasons.
•Students are not to wear caps, hats, or bandanas.
•Boys cannot wear earrings. Girls cannot wear earrings larger than a quarter loop.
Please review the STPSB Handbook for other policies.
Parents are urged to become involved in our school activities. We need volunteers for many aspects of our educational program. For the safety of our children, we must know who is on our campus at all times. All visitors to the school must sign in at the office and receive a visitor identification badge. All students leaving the building during school hours must be signed out through the office.