Parent Handbook


Stone Mountain Staff

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Attendance 

To report the absence of your child, please call our attendance line at 303-387-7527. The absence should be called in by 8:30 am on the day of the absence or any day previous. Parents should leave the following information: Parent’s name, child’s name, teacher’s name, date(s) and reason for the absence.

Please email your student's teacher concerning missing assignments due to absences. Allow ample time for the teacher to get the work together.  This will need to be done during the teacher's break so please plan accordingly.

If you are unable to schedule your vacations during school breaks, please notify the office for attendance purposes. Also, inform your child’s teacher so that homework might be prepared in advance when possible. If your child will be out of school for more than 10 consecutive days, be aware that under district policy, your child will be un-enrolled. When your family returns, your child will be re-enrolled in a class where space is available. This may or may not be in the same class your child was in when your child was un-enrolled. We realize that circumstances arise and open communication is important. 

Academic Program

The curriculum is designed to foster a love of learning and to nurture curiosity in our students. Academic classroom programs in the core areas: Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics are enhanced and emphasized by teachers in Physical Education, General Music, Art, Technology, Project-Based Learning and Library. Instrumental Music will be offered as a fee based before or after school enrichment program. 

Our staff works to provide a curriculum which offers a challenge to each student, yet assures that all students learn certain concepts. We are also concerned about the social and emotional growth of the children and believe their self-concept must be positive to insure good progress at school.

Accidents

If a serious accident or injury occurs, the school office personnel will make every attempt to contact the student’s parent or guardian. If the parent or guardian is not available, the authorized emergency contact person will be notified. It is imperative that the office has at least one emergency contact person listed on the student’s emergency card and enrollment form. It is also very important that current information be updated regularly either on Infinite Campus (when express check in is open) or by contacting the school office. 

Allergies and Peanut Free

When we have students who have severe allergies or life threatening allergies, we take several precautions. Students with a Health Plan or severe allergies will have epi-pens in the main office. We also designate tables in the lunch room as “Peanut Free”. Students with severe nut allergies are encouraged to eat at these tables. Students without allergies are welcome to eat at these tables provided they have nut-free lunches. In some cases, classrooms will be designated “peanut free”. In this case a list of approved snacks will be distributed to all parents.

Before and After School Care and Kindergarten Enrichment

Before school child care is available beginning at 6:30 AM.  After school care is available until 6:00 PM.  Please click here for more info.

Birthdays

Birthdays are an exciting time for our children. If you plan to distribute birthday party invitations at school, please send one for each child in the class. Addresses for individual students are available in the school directory. Sometimes, students may bring in a birthday snack for the class.  Please be sure to check with your child’s teacher for any allergies that might exist.

Calendars

SME Parent Calendar

Communication/Conferences

Getting to Know You Conferences
August 12 and 13 are set aside for Stone Mountain teachers to host conferences for all their incoming students.  This is a time for you and your student to bring in your supplies, meet the classroom teacher and establish a positive connection.  Prior to or following your conference, students will get their photo taken.

Parent Teacher Conferences 
Two formal parent teacher conferences are scheduled during the school year. These conferences are scheduled to coincide with the end of the first quarter or about 10 weeks into each semester. Should you wish to have additional conferences to discuss your child’s progress, please feel free to make an appointment with the teacher.

Parent Teacher Conferences for the 2013-2014 school year are in October and March.  Parents sign up for conference times online.  An email will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before conference times to schedule a time with the teacher.

Elementary Progress Report
The Elementary Progress Reports are no longer sent as a paper report card. Report cards are viewable and printable through you child’s account on Infinite Campus. These progress reports are an indicator of your child’s progress towards academic content standards and behavior standards. 

Teacher-Parent Communication
You may access teachers and staff most effectively by email.  Staff email can be accessed here. Each teacher or grade level also maintains a web site that has classroom and grade level information and newsletters.

Thursday Folders
The school’s main source of communication with families is through folders that are sent home on Thursday. In order to save paper and copying costs, a large portion of the information is posted online through the Thursday Notes. An email notification is sent out each week.

Please keep the office up to date on your current email address. Thank you for your support of this program, which allows us to maximize school budget money so that it is spent on instructional materials.

Online and Social Media
Stone Mountain Website: https://sites.google.com/a/dcsdk12.org/stone-mountain-elementary/home 
Facebook: facebook.com/smecub 
Twitter: twitter.com/smecubs  

Core Values

Stone Mountain Elementary is a place where learning is our highest mission. 
We pledge to provide a respectful, caring and purposeful environment that values every child. 
We are committed to building character, celebrating improvement and honoring each other in our pursuit of excellence. 

Behavior Expectaions
Staying in the C.I.R.C.L.E. 
C-Care: compassion, empathy and understanding 
I-Improve: always giving our best effort, never settle for less 
R-Respect: treat other's how you want to be treated 
C-Cooperate: collaborate and work together 
L-Learn-personal excellence and success begins with learning 
E-Every day-committing to doing your best all the time 

Delayed or Lightening Dismissal

During the spring and summer, Colorado weather occasionally becomes stormy late in the afternoon. When this occurs, it is our policy that if lightening is visible from any exterior portion of the building or there is dangerous weather in the proximity of the school, all students will be held at the end of the day until the danger has passed or the lightening has subsided. Parents, please come in and personally dismiss your student from their classroom during these conditions.

Discipline

One of the keys to a positive school experience is a discipline structure that promotes the development of responsible behavior. The emphasis at Stone Mountain is on maintaining an atmosphere that is conducive to learning, working and achieving. Our goal is to develop within each student another value: responsibility for one’s actions. We feel that students should have the ability to make appropriate choices. 

Maintaining discipline requires continuous effort, wisdom, understanding, and courage. It is of the utmost importance that parents, teachers and other school personnel cooperate in discipline matters. With that cooperation, we can provide an environment that allows all children an opportunity to develop academic and social skills that will be beneficial throughout life.

An electronic copy of the Douglas County School District Code of Conduct booklet is available on the school website and among the attachments to Express check in. We ask that you go over these behaviors and expectations with your children.

You will be asked during Express Check In to check the box that says you are aware of the conduct requirements and that you have gone over these with your children.

Douglas County Student Code of Conduct

Click here for the Douglas County Student Code of Conduct

Dress Code

Modesty, cleanliness, neatness, and appropriateness are the standards which should be observed by all students in their personal dress and grooming. Each student is expected to follow these guidelines:
  • We request that extreme hairstyles and colors are not worn to school.
  • Hats, caps, or visors may be worn outside only.
  • No see-through, mesh clothing, halter tops, oversized tops, tube tops, strapless tops, spaghetti strap tops, low-cut blouses or shirts, or any other clothing which might reveal a large portion of the body are allowed. Bare midriffs are not to be shown.
  • Students are permitted to wear shorts, skorts, skirts, and dresses that are fingertip length.
  • Low-rider pants are not allowed.
  • No shoe taps, skate-shoes (heelies), or bare feet are allowed.
  • Students need to wear appropriate footwear for gym class and for cold weather.
  • Clothing that contains pictures, emblems, or writings that are suggestive, lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene, that advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other substances that are associated with gangs, or that promote racism are prohibited under District policy.
  • "Special Days" are designated throughout the year to build class or school spirit and students may dress accordingly.

Violation of Dress Code
If the administration determines that a student's grooming violates the dress code or presents a safety concern, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem by having a parent or designee bring an acceptable change of clothing to school. The student will remain in the office until appropriate clothing arrives. The student will return to class once he/she is wearing acceptable clothing. Repeated violations of dress code policies will result in further disciplinary action including in-school suspension.

One simple guideline to consider
If you are questioning whether apparel might be unacceptable, don’t wear it to school. Each year there are a few things, including some "fads," that appear at school. These are not listed nor do these regulations cover all problems that may arise. When any "fad" creates a disruption to the learning environment, the school administrator will follow the steps listed above.

Emergency Dismissal Procedures 

If for any reason school should need to be dismissed during a normal school day, you would be notified electronically through email or by reverse telephone calls to numbers we have on file. If you need to reach the school during an emergency situation, please call 303-387-0100. 

Health Room and Medications

Occasionally students become sick or come to school feeling ill. This may be a danger to some students and other staff and students may become ill. The following are the guidelines provided by the district to send children home or keep them home from school. 
  • Decreased activity - droopy, tired appearance Irritable behavior 
  • Sore throat/Swollen glands 
  • Runny nose/cough/sneezing 
  • Skin eruption/rashes 
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea 
  • Fever of 100 degrees 

Acetaminophen is provided by the district and dispensed in an age appropriate dose with written parent permission for the following symptoms:
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher 
  • Musculoskeletal pain 
  • Toothache 
  • Menstrual Cramps 
  • Headache 

Parents must complete a Student Medication Request Release Agreement and a Physicians Signed Order for Medication Form if a student is to receive medication other than Acetaminophen including prescriptions and over the counter drugs during school hours. This form covers all physician prescribed medications in the original containers as well as non-prescription over-the-counter drugs. All medications with instructions for dosage are to be kept in the office.

If a parent deems that their student is responsible enough, that student may carry their medications on their person if a “Permission to Carry” Form is on file with the office. Otherwise, children are not allowed to carry over-the-counter medication or prescribed medication with them to school.

Homework 

The purpose of homework is to provide opportunities to practice skills, deepen understanding or prepare for new learning while fostering study habits and promoting student ownership. With a communicated purpose, homework is beneficial for kids and learning. Homework should vary in length of time by grade level - approximately 10 minutes per grade level. Extended projects often enhance understanding by giving students an opportunity to apply new learning. The completion of these projects outside of the classroom will be included in the 10 minutes per grade level expectation. For example, 10 minutes of homework for kindergarten and first grade to 60 minutes of homework for sixth grade.

Students will be given a reasonable amount of time in the classroom to complete their work. However, any unfinished class work may increase the amount of time a student spends on homework. Our goal is for kids to use their time efficiently in and out of class. 

Lunch Procedures

Every child is offered a choice of entrees and salad bar each day. The salad bar consists of fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, or a salad. Milk is also offered each day. The price of the lunch is $2.75 which includes milk and if the child is only buying milk the cost is $.50. A second entrée may also be purchased. A permission form must be completed by a parent in order for a child to purchase a second entrée. Please make checks payable to "SME" and place your child’s name/teacher/lunch account number in the memo portion of the check or you may pay for your child’s lunches online. 

The lunch program is computerized and each child is asked to enter their student ID for this program which acts as a lunch debit card. We encourage you to practice with your child learning their student ID, especially first graders. When the child brings lunch money to school the amount is entered into the computer. Then, when the child buys a lunch or milk, the assigned number is inserted into the computer and the corresponding amount of the purchase is subtracted from the child’s lunch money.

If you need to utilize the Free or Reduced Lunch Program, please stop by the office for the enrollment form. 

All parents are welcome to visit and try our lunch at any time. We do ask that you call the day before or by 10:00 am on the day you wish to have lunch. The cost of an adult lunch is $3.25. 

The monthly menu can be accessed on the Douglas County website or click here.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The PTO at Stone Mountain is an important part of the school. This group is involved in fundraising, parent education, school support, and other projects. Your involvement is encouraged, appreciated and all parents are welcomed to attend. 

There are no dues for PTO. If you are interested in getting involved with the PTO or one of their projects, check out the PTO website.

Recess

Recess is considered an integral part of the school day. We feel that if a student is well enough to be at school they are well enough to go outside for recess. Supervision is not available in the building during recess. All students will be kept inside if the weather warrants. Otherwise, all students will be expected to go outside for recess unless we have a doctor’s note saying they must be kept indoors. A variety of games and activities are available for students during recess. 

School Accountability Committee (SAC)

The purpose of the SAC is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school's instructional program and quality improvement process. The SAC makes recommendations concerning the school's Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround plan, and meets at least quarterly to discuss implementation of the school's plan and other progress pertinent to the school's accreditation contract with the Board of Education. Final decision-making authority rests with the principal or other person or group receiving the recommendation from the SAC (e.g. the Superintendent, District Accountability Committee, or Board of Education). 

School Directory

As one of their projects, PTO prints a school directory each year for all families who wish to participate.  Orders for the directory are taken and a minimal charge is collected. The directories are normally distributed in late August or September. 

School Hours

School is in session, for grades Kindergarten-6th from 8:35 am—3:30 pm. 
The half-day kindergarten hours are:
AM kindergarten 8:35 am-11:35 am 
PM kindergarten 12:30 pm—3:30 pm. 

The school office is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday—Thursday, and until 3:45 pm on Friday. If your children does not walk home, please be sure they are picked up at 3:30 pm, when classes are dismissed. When the occasion arises that you are running late to pick your child up from school, they may wait in the office until 4:00 pm. After 4:00 pm, any children still waiting for parents will be placed in the care of our child care program. There will be a charge for their supervision.

Early/Late Arrivals: Students are admitted to the building at 8:30 am unless there is a pre-arranged adult supervised activity scheduled before that time. Otherwise, all students must remain outdoors until they are picked up by their teachers at 8:30 am. If your child arrives at school after starting time at 8:35 am, he/she must check in with the school office to receive a pass before going to class. To excuse a late arrival in advance, please call the attendance line at 303-387-7527.

Picking up/Dropping Off Children: To ensure the safety of our students, anyone picking up a child early must check the child out from the school office. Your child will be called to the office upon your arrival. We do not have students waiting in the office for an early pick up nor do we call students down to the office before their parent arrives to sign them out. If anyone other than the parent or guardian is to pick up a child from school, prior arrangement must be made with the school office. We will request I.D. from non-parents.

It is a disruption to the classroom when students are tardy or are picked up during the last few minutes of the school day. If it is necessary to pick your child up between 3:00 and 3:30 pm, please send a note that morning. Otherwise, please wait until your child is dismissed at 3:30 pm 

Because different classes have different schedules that take students out of their classroom to other parts of the building, please allow 10 minutes for locating and picking up your student during the school day.

We do not have adequate supervision outside in the mornings before 8:30 am. Please do not send your child early to school to play on the playground. Students should arrive by 8:30 am, line up with their classes and enter the building with their teachers at 8:35 am.

Snacks

We encourage our students to bring healthy snacks to school. Please be sure to check with your child’s teacher for any allergies that might exist.

Student Fees/School Supplies 

There is a registration fee charged Douglas County School District for each student attending school for the use of books and other materials. To help generate funding needed, the Board of Education established the elementary student fee as $10.00 per student.  Please note that those families qualifying for free and reduced meals will be exempt from this fee. 

We charge a nominal amount for books or materials that are damaged beyond normal usage. Lost books are to be paid for in full. Students are expected to provide basic supplies. Your child’s teacher will inform your child about what supplies will be needed. Also, some teachers might add to the DCSD fee for unique classroom materials.

Pre-packaged supplies may be purchased at a competitive price. The supply kits are available or purchase in the month of April and May and are then delivered to your child’s classroom on the first day of the new school year. There is a link to the supply list on the main SME web page.

If you need financial assistance with the cost of supplies, please contact the principal.

Special Programs

Stone Mountain offers a variety of before school and after school enrichment opportunities. Information for sign up and cost are distributed through Thursday Folders and in Thursday Notes. These programs are fee-based. They may be provided by school employees in the form of a club or by outside vendors which are approved by the district. 

Physical Education

Gym shoes with soft rubber soles should be worn to gym classes. Flip-flops are strongly discouraged for safety reasons. Girls wearing skirts or dresses should wear or bring shorts to school on these days.

Toys/Electronics at School

Toys from home are strongly discouraged. Stone Mountain will not be responsible for any lost or damaged toys brought to school by students. 

As we strive to deliver a World-Class Education for our students, we know allowing students to use digital tools can open even more learning opportunities in our classrooms. That is why the District is launching an effort to allow students to use Personally Owned Devices (PODs). The goal is to leverage these devices, so students have access to learning applications and online information throughout the school day, not just when they are using checked out laptop carts, scheduled for technology time, or using classroom computers.  Teachers may permit students to use approved electronic devices for use in the classroom.  These may include laptops, tablets, or Smart Phones when appropriate.  Stone Mountain will not be responsible for any lost or damaged electronic devices brought to school by students. Inappropriately used items will be confiscated by staff members and returned at an appropriate time. 

Student's will continue to follow the expectations set forth in the Code of Conduct handbook.
Students follow policy for anti-bullying which includes cyberbullying - page 20.
Students follow JICJ Policy "Student Use of District Info Tech" - pages 28-31.

School Phones

School phones are for school business and emergencies. Students are welcome to use them to contact parents with questions or concerns. Students are not allowed to use school phones for arranging after-school plans with friends. Such arrangements must be made before the school day or after arriving home. 

Visitors

All visitors, including room helpers and volunteers, must enter the building through the front doors and must check in at the office. For the safety of our students, all doors surrounding the school remain locked from the outside during school hours. 

The front doors are locked at all times. To gain admittance, please ring the bell and wait for the office to unlock the door.  All clubs and activities before and after school, including child care, are responsible for monitoring the door when the office is not open.  Former students who wish to visit prior teachers may come between 3:30 and 4:00 pm. These students need to sign in and out of the front office and wear name tags while visiting. For liability purposes, our campus is closed to older students and children not enrolled in our child-care program during the school day. 

Volunteers 

We have a very active parent community. Volunteer opportunities are always available either in your child’s classroom or at school events.

Walking/Bicycles

We strongly encourage parents to walk their children to school once or twice to familiarize them with the route to and from their home. Please teach your children to use the crosswalks and obey all traffic regulations. 

Bicycles must be walked on the school grounds and should be locked to the bicycle racks during the school day. The school does not assume responsibility for bicycles

For safety reasons, we do not allow skateboards, skates, roller shoes, scooters, or roller blades, etc., to be ridden anywhere on the school grounds including the field, bike paths, and sidewalks between 8:15 am and 8:45 am. If these are brought to school, these items must be able to be secured safely in the pod areas.

Weather Schedule Information

The district weather hotline phone number is 303-387-SNOW (7669). 

The district website is an excellent source of updated schedule information on area schools. Any weather-related schedule changes will be posted by 5:00 am. The website address is: www.dcsdk12.org

On a delayed schedule, all schools start 90 minutes late and busses run 90 minutes later than their regular schedule.

Any regularly scheduled before school activities will be cancelled. 

As in the past, any schedule change announcements will be provided to local television and radio stations. Only exceptions to normal school schedules will be announced. Our specific area is the ThunderRidge Feeder Area . If our area or the District is not mentioned, school is operating on a regular schedule.