|Dear and most amazing Ardmore Community,
We are off to a great start at Ardmore. Students are quickly getting the hang of being back in school and adjusting to the early morning start. Now that we have started the school year, I want to bring your attention to our Ardmore Community Handbook. In it, you will find answers to questions you may have about our school structures and procedures. We rely on your support to review key expectations and rules with your children to assist us in creating a safe and positive learning environment for all students. Over the next couple weeks, please make time to review the following sections with your children so that they learn the expectations at home and school. As parents and guardians, you are highly encouraged to read through the whole book to be fully informed about our school culture.
*School Behavior Expectations-The Ardmore 4 pg 15-16
*Toys, Classroom and Birthday Treats pg 19
*Playground Expectations pg 16
*Dress Guidelines pg 19
*Cell Phones pg 19
*Money and Valuables pg 22
Ardmore Principal 425-456-4700 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Cell Phones and Smart Watches at School|
|Cellphones AND smartwatches should NOT to be at school. However, we understand some families prefer their child has one for safety reasons. In that case, cellphones/smartwatches are to STAY OFF AND IN BACKPACKS during the school day. If a student is uncomfortable leaving devices in backpack, talk with teacher about alternative space. Student assumes all responsibility for devices. Taking out cell phones and smartwatches can be a distraction for students. If we see this, we will ask students to put them away. Should a student continue to have their cell phone out, we will communicate with family to come up with an alternative plan. Thank you families for support on this.|
|Changes in class:|
|Our goal is to create balanced classes in which students have opportunity to learn from one another and hear from multiple perspectives. We prioritize classes to have a balance of social emotional learning levels, academic learning levels and class size. While we do our best to balance, in some instances our educational teams may determine that changes to the class placement are warranted. If this is the case, we will communicate to our families in advance. Class placement changes may occur within the first 2-3 weeks after school begins.
Changes in class placement will NOT be approved on the basis of the following reasons:
• Preference of a different teacher.
• To be with a friend.
|Curriculum Night will be October 10, 2022 from 5:30-6:30 pm at Ardmore Elementary|
|Families please mark your calendars! We can’t wait to share more about our academic and social emotional learning curriculums plus more. We are excited about this year and all the plans we have to see students grow!
|Student Pick UP procedures|
|Bus: Students are guided to the busses after school. We always ensure students are supervised and getting on the correct busses.
Car Pick Up: Families will need to remain in the drive through lane until you reach the front of the school. If you need to assist your child to unload, you can pull forward all the way to the loading/unloading signs.
Walkers: Students that walk home can be picked up at the lower parking lot (preschool playground area).
*ATTN: Families if you are intending to pick up your child walking, please park off campus. No family in grades K-5th should be parking on school grounds. If you need to drive up to pick up your child, please make arrangements with your student’s teacher to grab them via our car pick up line.
This year, we have expanded our preschool program and they are picked up from their preschool entrance in the lower parking lot. Families picking up their children need available parking spots to pick them up safely. Thank you in advance for helping us leave spaces for preschool open and allowing families walking to grab their children safely!
the day of, you must communicate to your teacher at least 24 hours in advance via
will proceed with the regular plan.
|Ardmore Community Handbook|
A digital copy is attached to this email. For translation access, please follow this link to our Ardmore Website where you can review the handbook in your preferred language.
|PTSA Participation and Membership|
|The Ardmore PTSA (Parent, Student, and Teacher Association) is an important part of our school. Did you know that the PTSA runs or funds many things that we assume are just part of the school experience – like field trips, school photos, and funding for classroom supplies?
Our PTSA also leads educational and community events like Science Fair, family fun nights, and multicultural events. PTSA members help in classrooms and support our staff with things like students’ hearing and visual testing. And, in partnership with the Family Connections Center, our PTSA raises funds and goods to help Ardmore students in need.
It is only through our PTSA that Ardmore can afford to do these things. The PTSA is 100% volunteer-run and donation-funded. It relies on all of us in the community – parents, teachers, and students – to keep it running. Please consider how you can support the PTSA this year – no matter how small or large, every contribution counts!
Here’s how you can support PTSA:
• Join or renew your PTSA membership (membership good for 1 year)
|Members get discounts at national and local businesses including Office Depot, Avis car rentals, Great Wolf Lodge, and more. And, only members get to VOTE on how our PTSA spends its funds, what programs and events we put on, and what class activities we support. Financial assistance with the $12 fee is available through the Family Connections Center if needed.
Volunteers make everything we do possible. Whether you can give an hour this year, or an hour a day, you can make a difference at Ardmore! And if you have special skills to share – whether it’s helping to plan fun events, editing our website or emails, joining our financial review, or taking on a leadership role – we’d love to hear from you.
Opt in to the Ardmore PTSA newsletter and join our Facebook group to get school news, event invitations, discussions with other parents, and resources shared by teachers. And of course, you can connect in person, PTSA events are a great way for families to make friends!
When you help the PTSA, you help Ardmore!
|New Fall Hours for Hub|
|The Bellevue School District welcomes families from across the district to the new Bellevue Family Hub located at Highland Middle School. Families are invited to visit the Hub to meet with trained volunteers who can connect them to resources for clothing assistance, rent assistance, and BSD school support. The Bellevue Family Hub located at Highland Middle School (15027 NE Bel–Red Road) is a joint partnership between the Bellevue School District and Bellevue LifeSpring.
Since the Hub opened its doors on August 22, over 500 students have already been served. The Bellevue Family Hub continues to invite students and their families to come and receive access to three essential resources for a successful start to the year: 1) Online student verification and completion of the application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals; 2) Back-to-school clothing support for students and 3) Navigating resources for rent assistance.
The new fall hours for the Hub are:
• Tuesdays: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
|• Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|Apply to Join the Superintendent Community Advisory Council (SCAC)|
|Each year, the Superintendent Community Advisory Council (SCAC) makes recommendations to the superintendent on major issues impacting our district. This year’s focus will be on defining what effective community engagement should look like in BSD. The SCAC meets once per month, from October to April for two hours, with some pre-work and preparation required between meetings. The group produces an annual recommendations report to the superintendent and is supported by District staff. Applications are open until September 16 — please consider applying! Students who are selected to join the Council can count their hours toward community service time.
|Families with Low or No Income Can File for the $3,000 Child Tax Credit|
|Provided by OSPI:
This year, more families and individuals with low or no incomes across Washington could get thousands of dollars in federal payments due to policy changes — even if they have never filed taxes before. To get this money, eligible families can file a simplified tax return in 15 minutes or less (if they have not already filed taxes this year).
Digital Media and Brand Administrator, Communication & Digital Media Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) 564-999-1304
|Ms. Lo on Maternity Leave|
|Dear Ardmore Eagle Community,|
|As you may have heard from your students last year, I was very pregnant by the end of the school year and received lots of creative name suggestions from our wonderful students . My family and I welcomed Ellis Leo Lo-Fisco at the end of June and have been enjoying lots of snuggles and spit-ups! While I will not be starting the 2022-23 school year with our Eagle crew, I feel at ease and confident knowing that Ms. Kelly Balzer, who has been a part of the Ardmore community for many years, will be the designated Assistant Principal leading Ardmore into a fantastic school year with Ms. Arroyo and team. I look forward to returning and seeing all of our students and families for the second part of the school year. Please find an introduction of Ms. Balzer below and help me welcome her into a new role!
|How to stay informed:|
This is a great way to stay in communication with staff and teachers at Ardmore. Families will receive text messages with important updates from time to time. You can download the app in your smart phones and be able to message your teacher too! The best part is that messages are automatically translated to your preferred language.
Download the app to register and keep with your child’s progress reports, classroom updates, attendance and more. Ardmore Website- https://bsd405.org/ardmore/ Bellevue School District Website- www.bsd405.org
Email-Make sure to always check your inbox or junkmail for email communications.