For a complete view of school policy and proceedures please refer to your Family Handbook.
CHECKING STUDENTS OUT OF SCHOOL
If you need to remove your child from school any time during the school day, please be sure to check in at the office first. You will be asked to sign your child out and note the reason for taking him/her out of school. The office personnel will call your child from class via the intercom. To ensure safety, no student will be able to leave the classroom with anyone, under any circumstances, without permission from the office. Students will be released to the parent or guardians indicated on the student "C" card(cards are maintained in the office). If you wish to have someone else pick up your child from school for any reason, please call the school beforehand and/or send a note with your child to alert the teacher/office.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER/EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
It is very important, for emergency and administrative reasons, that every student maintains an up-to-date record of address and phone numbers at the school office. Cell phone, pager numbers, and e-mail addresses are also welcomed. Please notify the office personnel immediately if you have a change of address or phone number during the school year. It is also important to have 2 current emergency contact numbers on file. Sick/injured children are often more distressed when office personnel are unable to reach anybody.
Communication is a two-way process between you and your school. In general, you'll be most successful taking care of any matter if you contact the person who is most directly involved. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
CONTACT THE TEACHER CONCERNING:
*lessons taught in the classroom
*behavior of the students in the classroom
*organization or techniques used in the classroom
*grades or evaluation of your child's performance
*something your child reported which occurred in the classroom/on the playground
*assignments you feel are too hard or too easy
*a desire for more or less homework for your child
*how your child is doing in class
CONTACT THE PRINCIPAL CONCERNING:
*the curriculum used throughout the school
*rules, regulations, and procedures which apply to the entire school
*inability to communicate with your child's teacher
*the degree of discipline or consequences relayed to your child
*physical, mental, social, emotional needs that could affect your child's performance in school
*information regarding the International Baccalaureate/Primary Years Program
We realize that due to separation or divorce, many students live with only one parent or guardian. The following policy is an attempt to assist the school and parents in communicating with each other under those circumstances. Communication will be sent to the child's residence addressed: "To the Parents of..." Unless the principal receives and verifies official notification that a court order exists to prohibit such action, the non-custodial parent or guardian may:
*receive upon request, copies of any and all communication from the school about the student
*receive, upon request, information about the student's health, attendance, or school progress
*attend, upon request, a school-scheduled conference to review the child's program/progress
Please note: A copy of court orders will be kept in the student's cumulative file.
Communication - Newsletter
The Ben Franklin Elementary Newsletter-POWERLINE is distributed to families the first Wednesday of each month. It includes a calendar of upcoming events/dates and features activities taking place at school.
Communication - Website
Benjamin Franklin Elementary has a website, which is updated periodically. To access our website, go to www.dsusd.k12.ca.us .
Grades Recommended Minutes per week
K_________Occasional with hands-on emphasis
2 __________________________60-80 Minutes
3 _________________________80-100 Minutes
4 _________________________100-150 Minutes
5 ________________________120-180 Minutes
1. Homework shall be given to students to support their learning and to help them develop good study habits.
2. Homework shall be appropriate, meaningful and in accordance with individual needs.
3. Homework shall be used for work, which the student is most able to do independently and shall meet the following guidelines:
*Homework shall reinforce and extend classwork, with emphasis on reading, writing, spelling, and math.
*Homework assignments shall be interesting and motivating.
*Students shall be assigned homework they can complete successfully.
*Before being assigned as homework, students are assigned independent practice with supervision and feedback.
4. Homework may include some reading practice and special activities which require parent involvement as appropriate at the grade level.
*Unfinished work shall be handled on an individual basis in consultation with parents.
*Teachers will notify parents of homework policies and practices at the beginning of each school year.