The building is beginning to look shiny again!
We especially appreciate our custodial staff who have worked all summer to clean every carpet, every desk, and every tile in this building to get it ready for our students!
This week I had the pleasure of welcoming our "New to Puster" families at our New Student Orientation as well as our new Little Lovejoy Scholars who will participate in our Pre-K program. Having a rough day? Just take a moment to visit with a 4 year-old. Heart melt!
Dismissal News: New this year we will begin utilizing an on-line dismissal management system. This system will be more efficient for you and for us! Using an app on your phone, you will be able to make dismissal changes with the tap of a button, which will be indicated on our end of day report given to teachers. We will be providing more info on this next week with a plan for a first day of school roll out so...stay tuned!
More Dismissal News: Last year, we moved from a single line of buses to double-stacked buses. This created an additional need to be vigilant about student safety. At the end of last year, I invited our Director of Operations to come observe our dismissal process around bus dismissal and offer feedback. With some small tweaks, we were able to improve our process, however one safety concern remained. This year, we must reduce the amount of congestion in our front parking lot as well as the amount of pedestrian traffic at the crosswalk. Reducing the amount of student and adult movement between buses at dismissal is imperative to ensure the safety of all. Therefore,
we have made the difficult decision to eliminate the "Louie's Lair" dismissal option. This will decrease sidewalk congestion as bus riders are dismissing and, more importantly, reduce the amount of traffic walking between buses. Parents are certainly welcome to arrive early and park in the back parking lot to walk and pick students up from the car line.
Even More Dismissal News: Nothing scares a parent or staff member more than learning a child didn't get off the bus or we just aren't sure how a child went home. It is our job to keep our children safe from the moment you drop them off at Puster until the moment they are back in your hands. Therefore,
we respectfully ask that you not wait for your bus rider to be dismissed and pull them off the bus or from the dismissal line. We have check-off systems in place to ensure we know where every child goes at the end of the day. Please check your child out at the front office if you have a last-minute dismissal change.
Final Dismissal News: Please be patient with us the first two weeks of school! Students and teachers are learning car numbers, bus numbers and our dismissal procedures. The first few days will always take longer as we work out the bugs. Our systems will become more efficient with practice and I anticipate we will all be speedy experts after the first couple of weeks. As always, car line will dismiss on the south side at the back of the building. Bus will dismiss at the front of the building.
School Times: School begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m.
7:30-7:45 Students go to the gym (K-2) or cafeteria (3-4)
7:45 Students are dismissed to classrooms
Students not in classrooms at 8:00 will go to office for tardy slip
Lunch Visitors: We love visitors! You are always welcome to come eat lunch with your child. However,
please wait until Week 2 - we need the first week of school to establish routines and procedures.
Student Class Placements: Be on the lookout this weekend for an email with instructions on how to access your child's teacher and schedule in Power School!