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Manor Oaks School

For Parents

Arrival and Dismissal
In the morning, please use the designated drop-off area on Hillside Ave. for dropping off your child(ren) via the passenger side doors only. Please do not park on Hillside Ave. and walk children to the door. If you need to park, you can park on Manor Court South or the adjacent streets. There is a crossing guard or police officer on Hillside Avenue and will help to keep the flow of traffic moving and avoid congestion. We do not want children walking through the small parking lot (Hillside Ave.); not only is it dangerous, but it is also used for Central Office Personnel parking only. Please abide by the rules of safety and take every precaution to avoid a dangerous situation.

During dismissal, please be sure to pick-up your child(ren) promptly at 3:00 pm. We cannot be supervising students in the office after 3:00 PM (dismissal). Please notify the office if an emergency should arise and what arrangements are being made for someone to pick-up your child from school. During dismissal there is no parking in the Manor Court lot. Our custodians are there to direct traffic and ensure student safety.

If your child accidentally forgets a book, please reference the district website to access all textbooks online or make arrangements with a classmate to borrow materials to complete any assignments. Students will not be permitted back in the building after dismissal time.

Parents/Visitors must sign in at the door monitor’s desk (no exceptions). All parents will be directed to the Main Office or the School Nurse, if necessary. All lunches that are dropped off late should be marked with the child’s name and classroom teacher, and then deposited in the cart inside the main doors next to the monitor’s desk. No one other than the students and school employees are permitted in the cafeteria during lunch periods.

Your cooperation and understanding with all of the above is greatly appreciated. Our top priority is to ensure that safety measures and procedures are in place for the well-being of your child(ren). Thank you.

 

Homework Policy
The Board of Education recognizes that homework is an integral part of a child's school experience. As such, a policy has been written as follows:

Role of the Teacher
a) Assign and explain homework assignments.
b) Set a time to copy homework.
c) Encourage students to become responsible for bringing home correct materials.
d) Check homework.
e) Record who has and has not completed homework.
f) Contact parents of students who are not completing work.

Role of the Student
a) Copy all homework assignments.
b) Make sure the assignment is understood. If not, ask the teacher to explain.
c) Bring home all necessary materials.
d) Complete all assignments carefully.
e) Bring homework back to school.

Role of the Parent
a) Ask about homework each day.
b) Set a regular homework time.
c) Establish a comfortable, quiet place to work.
d) Be available to help the child understand the assignment.
e) Contact the teacher if the child cannot do the work or is having difficulty
completing the work in a reasonable amount of time.
f) Praise the child when the homework is neat and correct.

 

Internet Safety
We wanted to take a moment to inform you that over the past 2 weeks the topic of cyberbullying, as well as internet safety was reviewed with all of our fifth and sixth grade students. In addition, the importance of being a good “digital citizen” was discussed at length. The students asked insightful questions, and learned important information regarding how to behave responsibly when using technology.  

As a district, we take internet safety very seriously. We reviewed with the students the importance of thinking carefully before posting, texting, or sending messages/photographs/videos to others online. The students were advised to ONLY interact online with people that they know “in real life”, and the dangers of communicating with strangers online were reviewed. The topic of cyberbullying was also discussed, and the students were encouraged to immediately speak to a trusted adult, and to “save it, print it, show it”, should they encounter online bullying. 

With this in mind, we are asking parents to closely monitor your child’s online activities. As you may know, social networking sites such as Instagram, Snapchat, and You Tube, have become extremely popular with our students. In addition, online gaming, with the capacity to text others during play has become increasingly popular. Unfortunately, as you know, interacting online can leave our students vulnerable to being taken advantage of by others. While the minimum age for many social networking sites is 13 years of age, we recognize that many students are already spending a great deal of time on these sites. Please take this opportunity to ask your child to share what they learned at school, and then discuss with your child the importance of internet safety, and behaving responsibly when online.

Through ongoing lessons provided by district staff, our bully prevention program and our Caring Ambassadors program, we do our best to provide our students with the awareness and knowledge they need in order to recognize and avoid dangerous, destructive, or unlawful behavior and to respond appropriately. As a district, we encourage you to learn about internet safety, so that you may place parental controls on many of the social networking applications your child may be using.

We are optimistic that through the collaborative effort between parents and teachers we will be successful in creating responsible and safe cyber citizens.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

Thank you,

Danielle Reinhardt, Psy.D. 
School Psychologist 
Manor Oaks Elementary School   
(516) 434-2362

Lori Cohen, CSW
School Social Worker
Hillside Grade School 
(516) 434-2418
Manor Oaks Elementary School   
(516) 434-2362