- Message from the Principal
- Animals on School Property
- Arrival/Dismissal Procedures
- Bus Riders
- Cell Phones/Smart Watches
- Classroom Celebrations
- School Wide Expectations
- Dress code
- Daily Schedule
- Emergency/Health Information
- Non-Discrimination Statement
- Nutrition Services
- Parent and Community Involvement
- Release of Information
- Safety Measures
- Safety Patrol
- Special Programs and Student Support
- Weapons Policy
A Message from the Principal: Welcome to Sierra Heights Elementary!
Sierra Elementary staff provide an educational program that helps students meet their greatest potential. We are reflective and life-long learners, who continually work to analyze student needs; differentiating instruction to accommodate for individual differences.
Working together, I am confident your child will receive the best education possible at Sierra Heights Elementary. I look forward to meeting each of you and hope to see you often! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 425-204-4650.
In this together,
When students return to the building, the following is the normal procedure.
Please remember, students must not arrive to school prior to 8:40 unless they are participating in a scheduled before school program. Students must be picked up by 3:35. If you wish to make a change to your child’s afterschool transportation the office MUST be notified by 3:15 to ensure the change is communicated to all parties.
At 8:40, students must go to the back of the building where there is adult supervision.
· Before school, only parents with their own child(ren) can wait outside in front of the
school and parents are expected to supervise their children always.
· Students eating breakfast at school and safety patrol members can enter the building through the main door.
· When parents pick up their child(ren) after school, they are to wait in front of the school.
· Adults must use the crosswalk to escort or pick up their child(ren).
· At dismissal time, students must walk from classrooms to bus loading zone, crosswalks and/or to meet parents.
· Walkers are to go directly home after dismissal unless they are staying for prearranged, after school activities.
· In-line skates, skateboarding, bicycling and scooter riding are not allowed on school property.
Parking Lot Goal: To ensure a safe and orderly process for arrival and dismissal of students at Sierra Heights.
If you transport your child(ren) to or from school, please use the north parking lot which is the main entrance to the school. The bus loading zone is located at the south end of the building and is for staff parking and buses only. We ask that you:
· When entering, or leaving the parking lot, vehicles will form a single file lane and remain in the single file lane.
· Drivers dropping off or picking up students will continuously move forward in the single file lane until the vehicle is positioned in the loading zones (between the 2 speed bumps). If you know your child is not always out right away, please park so you do not hold up the loading line.
· Students must enter the car on the passenger side. If your car is not arranged this way please adjust your car seats.
Once stopped between the 2 speed bumps, students can safely enter or exit the vehicle. Parent please stay in your car. If you child(ren) cannot load and unload without adult support, please park.
· DO NOT park or leave your vehicle unattended in the Fire Lane
· All drivers transporting students to or from school by vehicle must follow these safety procedures.
Please help us keep kids safe! If we all follow this procedure the parking lot moves smoothly, and everyone gets where they need to be. Please be patient and avoid honking.
Tardiness: Punctual arrival to school is critical to students because students that are frequently late to school miss out on important opening announcements and academic activities. Tardy students must report to the office and sign-in to be admitted to class.
Absences: Regular attendance is expected at school. Excused absences, tardies and early dismissals include, yet not limited to personal illness, family emergencies, observances of religious days, medical/dental appointments and school sponsored activities. Parents need to send a note with their child when he/she return to school following the absence.
Absence Verification: Parents should call the school attendance line at 425-204-4655 between 8:00-9:30AM if your child will be absent or tardy. If you would like to call before 8:00am or after 4:00PM please leave a message on our voice mail at 425-204-4655 with your student’s name and reason for the absence. If a student is absent and the school has not been notified by a guardian, the absence will be unexcused. If you do not call Sierra Heights each day your child is absent, Monday through Thursday at 11:00AM and Friday at 12:00, you will receive and automated call notifying you of your child’s absence. When you contact Sierra Heights regarding his/her absence you will not receive the automated phone call.
If you wish your child to ride his/her bicycle to school, an application must be filled out and returned to the school. Only students in grades 3 to 5 will be allowed to ride bicycles to school. Students must wear helmets always. Students living east of Duvall and south of Sunset Blvd. are not allowed to ride bicycles to school. Skateboards, scooters, inline skates and roller skates will not be allowed on the school grounds at any time.
It will be the expectation at Sierra Heights that, if a student brings a cell/smartphone to school, he/she must keep it in their backpack and it must be turned off. If a student is using a cell phone on school property during school hours (8:40 AM-3:35 PM), the cell phone will be taken from the child and kept in the office until a parent comes to get it. The only exception would be if the use of a cell phone was pre-approved for a learning activity. Students are not allowed to text, call, or communicate with their smart watch during the school day. A student using their smart watch for anything other than to tell time will be asked to turn it off and place it in their backpack. Any device that is a continuous distraction to the learning environment (3 or more offenses) will not be allowed at school.
Communication is a two-way process between you and the school. Generally, it is recommended that parents take concerns to the staff member closest to the topic involved.
Contact the teacher with questions about:
· lessons taught in classroom
· behavior in the classroom
· academic progress
· child’s attitude about school
· behavior before or during lunch/recess
Contact the principal with question about:
· rules, regulation, procedures
· school-wide curriculum
· communication with your child’s teacher
· physical, mental or emotional needs that could affect your child’s performance at school
Contact the office:
· school-wide activities
· school facilities
School Board Policy 3240: The Board acknowledges that student conduct and behavior is closely associated with learning. An effective instructional program requires a wholesome and orderly school environment. The Board requires each student to adhere to the rules of conduct and submit to corrective action taken as a result of conduct violations. The rules of conduct are applicable during the school day as well as during any school activity conducted on or off campus. Special rules are also applicable while riding on a school bus.
The Board also recognizes that schools must take reasonable steps so that students who fail to adhere to the district’s rules and regulations and who receive discipline for such misconduct remain engaged or are effectively reengaged in their educational program.
Students are expected to:
A. Conform to reasonable standards of acceptable behavior;
B. Respect the rights, person and property of others;
C. Preserve the degree of order necessary for a positive climate for learning; and
D. Submit to the authority of staff and respond accordingly.
School-wide expectations are posted throughout the building and in every classroom. At the beginning and during the year, students are taught and re-taught these expectations in various settings, such as in the hallways, cafeteria, on the playground, etc. These guidelines are included in the handbook. Students and classes can earn “Way to Soar” grams for exhibiting positive behaviors.
Clothing: Dress for the school day should contribute to a positive learning environment. We ask the students to dress for safety, for comfort and for the job of being a productive student. If clothing is distracting to the student or to others, it is inappropriate for school. School administrators will have final say on what is inappropriate or disruptive to the learning environment. Therefore, remember to follow the guidelines listed below:
· hats, hoods, and bandanas will not be worn inside the building, (girls and boys)
· drug or alcohol branded clothing is not acceptable
· inappropriate language, sexual innuendos or images are not acceptable
· belts will need to be worn with pants that tend to sag
· Shorts and skirts must be at least “fingertip” length
· tank tops strap should be two fingers width
· tube tops, halters, and/or thin strapped tops are not to be worn
· midriff area must not be exposed.
· Appropriate shoes should be worn for safety at recess and PE
· Shoes: no flip flops, no heels, and no wheels
HYBRID IN-PERSON AND REMOTE SCHEDULE
Group A (Morning) Schedule
9:00-11:15 LIVE In-Person OR Remote Instruction
11:15-1:15 Lunch/Transition time
1:15-3:30 Remote PE, Music or Library/ Independent Assignments/ Small Group Support
Friday (Delayed Start)
10:30-12:00 LIVE Remote Instruction
12:00-2:00 Lunch/ Transition Time
2:00-3:30 Remote PE, Music or Library/ Independent Assignments/ Small Group Support
Group B (Afternoon) Schedule
9:00-11:15 Remote PE, Music or Library/ Independent Assignments/ Small Group Support
11:15-1:15 Lunch/ Transition Time
1:15-3:30 LIVE In-Person OR Remote Instruction
Friday (Delayed Start)
10:30-12:00 Remote PE, Music or Library/ Independent Assignments/ Small Group Support
12:00-2:00 Lunch/ Transition Time
2:00-3:30 LIVE Remote Instruction
Health Room: Our nurse is in the building two days each week and always “on call” in emergencies. For care of ill or injured students, Sierra Heights office personnel are trained in first aid and CPR procedures. With limited facilities for the care of ill or injured children, it is important for the school to have UP-TO-DATE information about what parents would like to do in case of an emergency. Please be sure to have an emergency telephone number where you, or a person you designate, may be reached.
Health Concerns: Each fall parents are requested to fill out forms which give information of any student health problems. Please keep us informed of any changes in your child’s health and activity restriction.
Medications: Per law, school staff (including the nurse) may not administer medication to students unless you AND your health care provider has completed a “Medication at School” form. This ruling applies to all over-the-counter medications, including Tylenol, vitamins, cough drops, throat lozenges, etc. as well as prescription medicine. Inhalers are categorized as medication and will require written instructions. Forms are available in the school office.
Head Lice: The Renton School District has a No Live Lice procedure. Students may not attend school if they have
any live lice. Parents will be notified if their child is identified with signs of live lice by either the presence of lice or nits. An informational pamphlet about how to manage the lice problem will be sent home. Students may return to school when treatment has been verified by the parent. The student may still have some nits. If you have any questions or concerns regarding head lice treatment, please contact the school nurse.
Health Screening: Vision screening for near-sightedness and hearing screening are given at school. Parents are notified if the results show a need for additional follow-up. These are screening services only and do not take the place of regular examinations performed by the appropriate health care provider.
Immunizations: Washington State law requires that all K-12 students must be immunized a
against Hepatitis B, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus (DPT), polio, measles (rubella), rubella
three-day German measles) mumps and varicella (chicken pox). The law states that parents
must fill out and sign a certificate of immunization status giving the month and year of each
dose of vaccine; or evidence of initiation of a schedule of immunizations; or exemption for
medical, personal, or religious reasons. The form must be filed with the school by the student’s first day of attendance at school. Forms are available in the school office. Required immunizations may be obtained from your health provider.
If your child is absent for more the two days, a parent may request homework on the morning of the third day. The parent will need to call the school before 9:30AM if the assignments are to be picked up that day. Assignments will be available in the office after 3:35PM. If a parent calls after 9:30AM assignments can be picked up the following day unless other arrangements have been made.
If a student loses or damages a book beyond repair that has been checked out to him/her, the parent is responsible for paying for the cost of its replacement. All materials checked out from the library need to be returned when due. At the close of the school year, all books must be returned to the library in a timely manner so inventory can begin. All books must be returned, and fines paid by the end-of-year.
Renton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Title IX Coordinator
Laurie Taylor, Assistant Supt, Human Resources
Address: 300 SW 7th Street, Renton, WA 98057
Telephone Number: 425.204.2370
School breakfast ($2.00) and lunch ($3.00) is served every day. Milk is also available ($0.50). It is the student’s responsibility to have a lunch from home, a pre-paid account or the appropriate money for lunch. Anyone who does not have food will be offered something to eat. Please, make sure your child has a balance in their account so they can access school lunches each day.
Under provisions of the National School Lunch Act, free or reduced breakfast and lunch are
available to children of families who qualify. Applications for Free and Reduced priced meals are
sent home with your student. A new application form must be submitted each school year.
Please complete only ONE application per household and list all Renton School District students on the application. If you have questions regarding your application, please call Nutrition Services at 425-204-3545.
Parents are the first teachers for their child(ren). Sierra Heights encourages a cooperative interaction with parents to provide opportunities for students to develop life-long learning skills and interests. We welcome your involvement at school and your attention to the program at home. There are many ways we invite you to participate in our community.
PTSA - The Parent, Teacher and Student Association is a vital part of the Sierra Heights team. Your membership dues support the school program and your active involvement keeps you more informed as well as offering more to the students. Many one-time and on-going activities need your help. If you can offer this, please do!
Volunteers Our parents and community volunteers at Sierra Heights promote student success! Due to safety protocol during COVID, in-person volunteer opportunities will not be available at this time.
Hoyt Tonnon - President firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly Kleberg - Vice President
Jessica Lauer - Secretary
Megan Farmer - Treasurer
Laura Bohn - Principal email@example.com
Federal law and Renton School District regulation allows schools to release directory information. Directory information is identified as: student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of athletic team members, diplomas and awards received and most previous school attended.
IF PARENTS DO NOT WANT DIRECTORY INFORMATION RELEASED OR PUBLISHED, THEY SHOULD NOTIFY THE SCHOOL, IN WRITING, EACH YEAR AND STATE ANY INFORMATION THEY DESIRED WITHHELD.
Renton School District Publications: Occasionally Renton School District uses pictures of students in educational publications. Please notify us, in writing, if you DO NOT want your child’s picture used.
Safety is a key concern and gets regular attention. The building and grounds are inspected and monitored consistently for repair needs and safe conditions. Your child’s day will follow a routine, and we ask for a written note if you request a schedule change (riding a different bus, being picked up by someone else, walking home/riding a bus when not routine). The note must be dated and signed by the parent or guardian.
We ask that all visitors (parents and community) come to the office when visiting or volunteering at school. For safety purposes, the office staff will ask you to sign in and wear a visitor badge. We care about who you care about! Parents and/or guardians are invited to visit their child’s class. As a courtesy, we ask parents to contact the teacher at least 24 hours in advance if you want to visit the classroom. Please do not wait outside your child’s classroom door prior to drop off or dismissal time. You must wait outside of the building unless you have checked into the office and have a visitor’s badge.
Safety drills are done throughout the year to practice for emergencies such as fire, lockdown, earthquake and bus exit. Each classroom is equipped with supplies in case of an emergency.
There is minimal before or after school supervision on the school grounds. We ask that you have your child(ren) gauge their time so that they arrive no more than 15 minutes (8:40 A.M.) before the first bell rings. If your child walks, rides a bus or is driven to school, he/she must go to the back of the building (playground) where there is adult supervision.
Emergency directions for your child when he/she arrives home from school and you are not there would be beneficial. Having a plan for such a situation helps assure safety and reduces everyone’s anxiety. Please develop an emergency plan with your child and review it periodically.
Emergency School Closure: It is the policy of the Renton School District to hold school whenever possible. However, there may be days when school must be closed or start later than usual due to weather or emergency conditions. The District uses several radio, television stations and internet to inform the community. If no mention is made of the Renton schools, our school is open “on time.” Explanations are also made in writing and distributed to all families prior to the winter season. Please, do not call the school or district for snow schedule information.
Updated Emergency Phone Number: It is crucial that we have accurate home and work phone numbers for student’s parents and guardians. For emergency purposes, we also need a reliable alternate phone number, such as a cell or work phone number.
Money, Valuables and Electronic Equipment: Because of the danger of loss, students are requested not to bring more money to school than is needed during the school day. Valuable jewelry, toys, iPads, digital cameras, cellular telephones, wireless headphones, and other high-tech electronic equipment are NOT to be brought to school. Personal items of any kind are brought at the student’s own risk. THE SCHOOL OR DISTRICT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST, DAMAGED OR STOLEN ITEMS.
Snowballs: Throwing snowballs is not allowed.
Rainy/Snowy Weather: Umbrellas are not allowed during recess.
Leaving School Grounds: Students are only permitted to leave school ground during school hours with written parent permission.
Currently during COVID, there will be no student safety patrol. We will have staff supervisors to monitor safety patrol.
In a typical school year, our 5th grade school safety patrol will be on duty at critical intersections with designated staff. Parents must inform their children to be 'safety wise'. Students are expected to use the school crossing and obey the safety patrol on duty.
Learning Assistance Program (LAP): The LAP mission is to provide intensive intervention for students below standard in reading. The goal of the program is to accelerate learning for these students and bring them quickly to standard.
Special Education (SPED): Special education provides additional assistance to students who are experiencing academic or behavior difficulties. Eligibility criteria for students served in special education is established by the state. Students who qualify for services can be served in any one or all the following areas: reading, math and written expression and/or behavior. The setting for services will be determined by the needs of each student and may include resource room, self-contained, consultation or inclusion models. On-going evaluation is made on these students. The goal is to give the student the necessary skills to be successful in the general education classroom.
English Language Learners (ELL): Sierra Heights offers an English Language Learner (ELL) program to students who need to develop English proficiency. We offer research-based instruction from ELL teachers in collaboration with mainstream teachers to effectively teach ELL students listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Counselor: Sierra Heights has a school counselor who works with all students. The counselor may work with these students on an individual, small-group or classroom basis. Students, staff or parents may make referrals to the counselor for assistance with concerns such as friendship skills, adjustment to school, divorce, self-esteem, death, or anger management. The counselor works with parents and staff to help students be more successful in the school environment.
Speech Language Pathologist (SLP): Students identified with difficulties in the areas of speech, language and/or fluency that interferes with their educational performance, are referred to a qualified SLP. The student may receive assessments, consultation and/or remediation for these identified needs with parental permission. Students can be served in the general education classroom setting, in a small group/pull-out setting or on individual basis.
School Psychologist: School psychologists are assigned to all elementary schools within the district. They work cooperatively with school personnel to aid teachers and parents in understanding their child(ren)’s learning and social problems. Children are referred to the psychologist through the Evaluation Team.
Student Support Team (SST): The goal of the student support team is support the classroom teacher developing interventions that create student success within the regular classroom environment. The interventions must be research based, delivered in a focused environment, and executed with fidelity.
Student Evaluation Team (SET): This team is composed of teachers, special education teacher, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, nurse, counselor, psychologist, and a building administrator. Teacher and parents can submit the name of a student who is having academic and/or behavior problems in the general education classroom. It is the team’s responsibility to determine if further testing needs to occur and to develop the appropriate program for that child if he/she qualifies for services.
Washington State Law (RCW 9.41.280) states that it is unlawful for any person to carry or possess a dangerous weapon or firearm on public school premises. Firearms and weapons are not allowed in school or district facilities, on school grounds, at school sponsored activities, or on transportation vehicles provided by the school district. If a student brings a firearm to school, it will result in an immediate expulsion for no less than one calendar year, and parents and law enforcement officials will be notified. The expulsion may be modified by the school district on a case by case basis pursuant to hearing provisions of Ch. 309-400 WAC