General Information

1.  School Property - Books/Materials  see NASD Policies JFCB, EDBA

We are proud of our schools and expect that students will respect all that we have.  However,

if a student willfully or maliciously damages school property, including textbooks and/or library books, the damages will be reimbursed by the person responsible, or in the case of minors, by parents/guardians.

2. Recess see NASD Policy IMAH

Our daily schedule provides at least one recess break each day for all students before or after their lunch. Recess provides a break from academics and allows the children to socialize and engage in physical activity.  All students in attendance are expected to go outside at recess time unless otherwise instructed by their teachers.

3. Field Trips see NASD Policies EEBB, IICA

Field trips are taken to supplement the curriculum at different grade levels and provide enriching experiences for our students.

A Health Information form will be sent home at the beginning of school and a Field Trip Permission form will be sent home prior to each planned field trip.  These forms MUST BE COMPLETED IN FULL and returned in order for your child to attend any field trip.  For your child's safety, no exceptions will be made. Please notify the school office if any of this information changes during the school year.

If you do not wish your child to participate, please notify your child's teacher or Principal in writing.  Your child will be provided with alternative educational experiences on that school day.  All students must ride with their class on the trip.  If the parent/guardian chooses to drive his/her child home, they must sign a dismissal form. 

When a student has a medical condition that would warrant concern on a field trip, you will be contacted and may be asked to accompany your child on the field trip.

In the event that a student's potential behavior on a field trip might constitute an unsafe situation, parents/guardians will be notified of our concern. In that instance, parents/guardians may be asked to chaperone.  Field trips are a privilege and students are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior the same as if they were in school.

Often on field trips we ask parents/guardians to assist in chaperoning. The purpose of parents/ guardians acting as chaperones is to assist all children in the activities and to ensure the safety of the children.  Younger siblings are discouraged from attending field trips.  We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.  Depending on the type of field trip parents/guardians who are asked to chaperon may be asked to become a “Designated Volunteer” and complete a Criminal Background check at the SAU office.  Please refer to School Board Policy IICA.

4.  Healthy School Lunch/Breakfast  see NASD Policy EFB, JLCF and JLCF-P

School breakfast and lunch are offered at each elementary school.  Milk is also available at snack and lunch.  All lunch and milk purchases may be paid online through the website www.myschoolbucks.com.  Please look for information on this service in your child’s first day packet.  Money may also be placed in an envelope, with your child’s name on it and given to your child’s teacher. 

All accounts with a balance of $5.00 or less will receive an email every Monday-Thursday. If there is no email address on file, a written notice will be mailed home weekly. If a student account has a zero or negative balance, the student may only charge the value of two lunches. If the account is not replenished, the student will be provided with an alternative lunch consisting of a sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk until the account is paid in full. The account will be charged a nominal fee set by the Food Service Director for the alternative meal.

Snacks are also sold at the school at the morning break.  Please remind your child to purchase only one snack and one drink and that snacks are to be eaten at snack time only.  Newfound is dedicated to the whole child and encourages healthy snacks.

Guidelines will be sent home for free and reduced lunches.  Those who believe they are eligible should apply.  This information will be confidentially recorded at the District SAU office.

5.  Lost and Found

A great deal of time is spent during the school year trying to locate owners of lost articles of clothing, etc.  For this reason, your child's clothing and footwear should be clearly marked.   If your child does lose an article, please check the Lost and Found, which is located at your child's school.

All articles in Lost and Found will be emptied on a monthly basis and any unclaimed articles given to the local community services agency.  Announcements will be made to this effect and students will be given ample opportunity to check through the articles for anything that might belong to them.

6.  Visits to School  see NASD Policy KK

If you wish to visit a specific classroom at a specific time, please call the school and make arrangements for your visitation.  We ask that any time you do visit school that you sign in at the office and obtain a "Visitor's Pass" before proceeding to your destination.  All doors are secured during the day for safety reasons.  Each school has a controlled access system.  Please use the call button when entering the building.  If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher we ask that you call and make an appointment.

Visitors will not be permitted to enter classrooms without first obtaining a Visitor's Pass from the office.

7. Parent/Teacher Organizations  see NASD Policy KMA

All interested parents/guardians and friends are urged to join your school's parent group.  These groups support the schools in many ways, by providing volunteer assistance and also by providing funds to enhance our programs.

8. School Volunteers  see NASD Policy IICC and GCDA

We welcome and encourage parent and community volunteers.  Volunteering opportunities can be found at each school. Volunteers who serve on an on-going basis, who have regular contact with students or who will be alone with students, will need to become a “Designated Volunteer” and shall be screened through the District’s background checking process and complete a Criminal History Records Check.

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