Parent FAQ

Withers Elementary Dallas

 

 

 

 

How does carpool work?

For morning drop off:

Pre-K students will report to their classroom.
Kindergarten students will report to the auditorium.
1st – 5th Grade students will report to the playground.

Cars should enter the carpool lane from the north (back) side of the school off of Alta Vista Lane, and turn south onto the east side of the school (Wonderland Trail). In the morning, all students can be dropped off close to the door that is farthest south on the building. (Closest to the corner of Wonderland Trail and Northaven). A member of the staff will be at the door to ensure students enter the building and go to the correct place. Stay in your car, and do not park in the carpool lane. If you need to assist a student carrying something into the school, park in the lot on Northaven that is west of the school and teacher lot. Doors to the school open at 7:30am.

For the safety of all students, please do not have children cross Wonderland Trail in the middle of the block. Please do not drop off children off on Alta Vista on the back side of the school, where it is hard to see them for the staff monitoring carpool. Only PPCD students escorted by parents or students riding the bus should enter through the main entrance. Also, please respect the students arriving by bus: DO NOT ENTER, STOP, OR PARK in the designated bus lane area in front of the school during morning or afternoon car pool.

For Afternoon Pick Up:

For Drivers: Again enter from Wonderland Trail. However, it is difficult to turn left there, and it is recommended that cars enter the line by heading east on Alta Vista from Cox Lane. Students will be released beginning at 2:55 and wait in their classrooms. Members of the staff will use walkie talkies to communicate to teachers the release of students. Parents will need to have their numbered tag hanging from the rear view mirror. Carpool tags are available in the front office.

This is a busy time of day. Please help to keep the line moving by doing the following:
• Having your tag on your rear view mirror
• Keep the line moving (do not park in the lane)
• During loading, keep conversations with teachers to a minimum. (Do not stop or get out of your vehicle to speak       with teachers or administrators)
• Watch for pedestrians.

 

DO NOT USE CELL PHONES IN SCHOOL ZONES – INCLUDING CARPOOL LINE.
It is against the law to use cell phones in school zones when school zone lights are flashing.

Do not park and walk across Wonderland Trail or Northaven except at crosswalks.  If you are going in the building, park in the Northaven Park lot west of the teacher parking lot on Northaven.

Respect the students arriving by bus: DO NOT ENTER, STOP, OR PARK in the designated bus lane area in front of the school during morning or afternoon car pool. Identified staff members will escort the bus riders and YMCA participants to the appropriate loading area.

For Walkers:  Students will be dismissed from the auditorium at 3:00. Assigned teachers and teaching assistants will escort the walking students from their classrooms to the auditorium.  Parents of these students should wait outside of the Front Door of the school to pick up their children beginning at 3:00 pm. Please have your Walker Card each day for pick-up.

For Transportation Changes:  If your child is changing their method of transportation on a given day (i.e.: going home with another family that uses different transportation than you) please notify the office before 2:00 pm.

What are Purple Folders?

Every Thursday, your student(s) will be sent home with a purple folder full of important information from the school and the district regarding upcoming events, rules, and opportunities. Please take the time to go through each child’s  folder, removing all paperwork. Please sign any forms, and RETURN THEM IN YOUR CHILD’S FOLDER. 

Does the School have a Lost and Found?

The Lost and Found is located on the hallway entrance to the cafeteria. This is the first place to look for missing garments, book bags, and lunch boxes. If you have lost something more valuable, please check in the main office.

Student items can look a lot like other student’s items. Take the time to label your stuff. Label sweatshirts, jackets, sweaters, lunch bags, book bags, with your child’s name and class: ie: Willie Wildcat, 2B. That way, if someone finds it out on the playground or in the library, they can immediately return it to your child.

How do Spirit Days work?

On Fridays, children are allowed to wear a Wither’s T-Shirt instead of a uniform shirt. This can be a shirt from the Dad’s Club T-shirt sales, or other Withers events. The rest of the uniform is still required for the day: Boys must still wear belts, socks, and school approved shoes. Girls must still wear school approved socks, shoes, skirts, shorts or pants.

What is the absentee/tardy policy?

Tardiness:

Students need to be at school by 7:50 am. Students arriving after 7:55 am. will be considered tardy. After three tardies, a notice will be sent home to the parent for signature. If the problem persists, the parent will be reported to the district.

Absenteeism:

Absences need to be followed by an excuse note within 3 day of return from the days the child missed. The note must include the date(s) of the absence, reason for missing, and a parent signature. Excessive absences and tardiness may result in a court hearing and/or fines for the parents.

Extraordinary Circumstances:

If your child is going to be absent for religious reasons, please notify Ms. Cano in advance of the absence and provide a letter from your place of worship.

If your child has suffered illness or injury that will result in an absence greater than 3 days (ie: chicken pox, appendix surgery), please notify Ms. Cano as soon as possible. She will work with the school nurse and counselor to help address health and academic concerns.

Please call Ms. Linda Cano directly with all absentee and tardy concerns. Her direct line is 972.794.5009.

Can I have lunch with my child?

Yes. On most days you may come during your child’s regularly scheduled lunch time and eat with them. It is also ok to bring food in from the outside for your child. As with any visit to the building, you must check in at the office before heading to the cafeteria. Also, when there is testing taking place, no parents are allowed in any portion of the building, including the cafeteria. Notifications will be sent out as those days approach.

The lunch time schedule for the 2016/2017 school year is as follows. The entire 30 minutes will be spent in the cafeteria, recess will follow lunch. Please give yourself an extra minute to check in at the office so that your child has the whole allotted time to eat the lunch you are bringing:

PPCD and Pre-K: 10:00 – 10:30
KA/B: 10:15 – 10:45, KC/D: 10:30-11:00
1A/B: 10:45-11:15, 1C/D: 11:00-11:30
2A/B: 11:15-11:30, 2C/D: 11:30-12:00
3A/B: 11:45-12:15, 3C/D: 12:00-12:30
4A/B/C: 12:15-12:45, 4D/E: 12:30-1:00
5A/B/C: 12:45-1:15

Can I Go on My Child’s Field Trip?

Typically, yes. However, there are a few things that must happen. First, all parents who want to interact with children at the school or during school-related activities must complete registration with DISD. Click here to register. You must have volunteer registration on file to accompany a class on the field trip.

Secondly, please confirm with the teacher or room parent that your attendance at any event is appropriate. And, typically, all entry fees and other costs associated with field trips will be the parents’ responsibility.

Can I Bring Food to My Child’s Classroom?

To avoid unknowingly exposing students to food allergies, parents may not bring or send food items to school in celebration of birthdays.  Food may be provided for the two class parties (the winter holidays and Valentine’s Day), but those offerings will be coordinated through the room parent.

What is “Food for Thought”?

About  once a month, a local restaurant hosts a Withers night, where a portion of proceeds from purchases by Withers’ families will be donated to the school. This is a fun way to help the school and show our spirit in the community. Please attend these events (wearing your school swag), and bring your friends and neighbors. Make sure to let them know when you place your order that you are there for “Food for Thought” night for Withers. Information about locations and dates will be provided in Purple Folders and PTA email blasts.