Friday, December 15, 2017
VISITORS
Visitors are welcome to visit our school. We do ask that all visitors please check in at the principals office upon arrival on campus.

ATTENDANCE
If a student is absent, please phone the office by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. Every absence must be followed by a note from home stating the nature of the absence. If communication with school is not made, absences will be considered UNEXCUSED.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF STUDENTS
The cafeteria will be supervised for before-school tutoring starting at 7:30 in the morning; all early arrivers should go to the cafeteria. Breakfast will be served at 7:50. CLASSROOM SUPERVISION WILL BEGIN AT 7:50. Buses are scheduled to arrive at 7:55 a.m. Please do not block the unloading of buses. Parents can pull to the turn-around drive and let children off there so they are not in the bus lane. Students should be in their rooms by 8:10 and will be counted tardy after the official start of the day at 8:15. The elementary school closes each day at 2:56 p.m. Students must leave the campus unless they are staying for an organized, supervised, after-school activity. The children that do not ride buses will be held in the classrooms while the bus students are loaded by grade level. As soon as the buses pull out, those students that walk home or get picked-up will be released from the rooms. This will eliminate a lot of congestion in front of the school so teachers can supervise a safe dismissal. PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH YOUR CHILD BEFORE SCHOOL IF THEY ARE TO HAVE A DIFFERENT PLAN THAN THEIR ROUTINE AT THE END OF THE DAY.

PARTY POLICY
Students are not to distribute invitations to birthday parties, etc. through the school. Parents and students should use prior planning in handling this outside the school day.

TELEPHONE PROCEDURES
We request that teachers not be asked to come to the telephone during class time. Messages will be taken, and teachers will return calls. Students will be allowed the use of the telephone only in time of emergency or as deemed necessary by school personnel.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAM
Snack prices for kindergarten students are not included in the free and reduced lunch program. Snacks cost .20 cents per day.
Cost for full price:

Breakfast - $.75

Lunch - $1.25

Cost for reduced price:

Breakfast - $.25

Lunch - $.40

Please turn in Free and Reduced Lunch applications promptly, families will be charged for meals until they have been approved. (Free and Reduced Lunch applications may be picked up any time during the school year if a family believes their eligibility status has changed.)
Fees must be paid before students will be allowed to go on class trips. Fees should also be paid before report cards are passed out.
Please do not send cash for fees and items owed at school unless absolutely necessary.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER
If weather conditions arise during the school day that may make the roads hazardous, early dismissal will be made. KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Zimmer Radio Group in Poplar Bluff, and radio station KDEX in Dexter are notified of early dismissals and are also notified when school will be closed for the day. Please make contingency plans so that your children will know what they are to do if early dismissal is required.

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION
The Puxico PTO plays a vital role in the life of the school. The PTO supplements and supports the educational program, not only by providing financial resources for the purchase of equipment that benefits all the students in the district, but by the giving of their time and manpower (and woman power!) to help implement school improvement. Among other things, the PTO hosts an Open House in September, holds a Spring Festival and Way Out games, and helps with Grandparents' Day and school parties. All parents are urged to join and participate. The dues are nominal and the benefits are great.