Welcome to the 2017-18 school
year! Please join us at Bookman Road Elementary for our “Welcome Back Night” drop-in next Wednesday, August 16, 2017, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. This event will take place in the cafeteria
(Seaside Café). You will have an
opportunity to sign-up for after-school programs, join PTO, and, most
importantly, meet your teacher! In
addition to our classroom teachers, support staff, administration, SAIL
teachers, and special education teachers, staff from the following areas will
be in attendance to assist and answer your questions:
our after-school program
Our fabulous PTO will provide
popsicles for everyone, as well!
FOR NEW PARENTS to Bookman
Road, we will have a special welcome for you at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. You will not need to attend the new parent orientation if you
have a kindergarten student who attended Kinder Camp on August 10, 2017 or if
your Beacon is a returning student. During the new parent orientation, staff
will be available to answer questions, discuss school procedures, and give you
a tour of the school. We will begin at
4:45 p.m. in the Media Center which is located in the center of the school. The easiest way to access the Media Center is
to enter through the main office. You
will see the Media Center straight ahead.
We will finish this special welcome by 5:30 p.m. so you can attend the
Welcome Back Celebration. I hope you
will be able to join us!
At Bookman Road Elementary,
we believe that all children can learn, and we aim to make teaching and
learning our highest priority. We focus
on having an outstanding school based on measures of academic excellence, technology,
student engagement, brain-based learning, and strong curricular based
instruction. There is also a major focus
on modeling and encouraging the use of Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS. Throughout the year, the faculty and staff
will be checking to make sure that everything we do exceeds your expectations
for our school. We want to make sure
that we continue to challenge each child to reach his/her highest level of
We have carefully, and with much
deliberation, assigned students to classrooms.
A lot of thought goes into this process and several factors are
considered. While I am not able to
accommodate requests for specific teachers, rest assured that all of our
teachers are excellent and will provide quality teaching and learning for your
children. Our team read the feedback
some of you provided about your children as we placed them in classes. Please refer to the memo on the back of this
letter for directions to access your child’s placement. We thank you for being
involved in your child’s learning!
The first day of school for students
is Tuesday, August 22, 2017 which is a full day. Students
in the Pre-K Child Development classes will begin school on August 28, 2017.The first school bell rings at 7:50 a.m., and the final
bell rings at 8:00 a.m., which is when instruction begins. Please note that students will be marked tardy after 8:00
a.m. Staff members will be off duty at that time, so please allow enough
time to get through the drop off line by 8:00 a.m. in a safe and orderly
fashion.No student should arrive at school before 7:30 a.m. because no adult
supervision is available before that time.
Dismissal begins at 2:50 p.m.
To alleviate congestion at the end of the school day, if you need to pick up
your child early, please arrive at the main office prior to 2:15 p.m. Children will not be called out of class
after 2:15 p.m. or be released to parents from the classroom. Students must be
picked up prior to 3:15 p.m. Students not picked up by 3:15 p.m. will be
monitored in the Seaside Café (cafeteria) by the Breakers afterschool care staff and parents will be charged a fee
for the time they are at Breakers.
Additional important school
dates are available on our online calendar which can be accessed by going to https://www.richland2.org/bre and
clicking on the “calendar” link. The
calendar will be updated with information throughout the year. Our weekly electronic school newsletter, The Beacon, will also have upcoming
school events and dates. Finally, on the
first day of school, your child will bring home a Bookman Road student/parent
handbook. There is also a copy included with this correspondence. Please review
the handbook thoroughly with your students, as well as the student handbook
outlining district policies and procedures at http://www.richland2.org.
Breakfast and lunch will be served
the first day of school. The cost of breakfast is $1.00 per day and lunch is
$2.60. Both are payable on a daily, weekly,
or monthly basis. If you feel you may
qualify for free or reduced lunch, please go to https://www.richland2.org/Departments/Operations/Food-Services/Meal-Applications
to complete an application. Our
cafeteria manager, Sardardi “Dottie” Grant, will be at our Welcome Back Night to assist you and answer any questions you may
have about the cafeteria.
At our Welcome Back Celebration you will have the opportunity to join our
PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization), and learn how to make payments for lunch,
BREAKERS, and school fees. The school fee for consumable supplies is $15.00 for
full pay students and is now paid online. Please see the attached handout for
directions on how to pay school fees through Parent Portal at https://psapp.richland2.org.
We look forward to seeing you
at Bookman Road Elementary School’s Welcome Back Night Drop-In on Wednesday
night, August 16, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Kendra Hill, Principal
*** Please log onto Parent
Portal at the following link for your child’s homeroom teacher assignment: