Helpful Links

The Principal’s Post

Mrs. Valery Fuhrman


Welcome to 2nd semester!  

  • New Language added to RES Tardy Policy in the handbook:  NOTE:  The Attendance/Tardy Policy from the school handbook is printed in the lower portion of this post and the additional policy language is highlighted in bold print.  The School Board reviewed this language addition and approved it at the December School Board Meeting.  

    • The additional policy language is:  Tardiness will be documented and parents will receive a reminder letter after being tardy 3 times.  If students are tardy more than 5 times, the principal will contact the parent and the student to determine what disciplinary actions will be taken.  Student situations will be dealt with on an individual basis.  Disciplinary action may include but is not limited to:  a warning, further parent contact, private dining (not eating lunch with peers in the lunchroom), assigned detention, conversion of missed time to unexcused absences, or other actions.

  • Report cards will be sent out on January 10th.  They will be emailed out for 2nd grade-4th grade students.  TK-1st grade students will have report cards mailed out.  

  • Preschool Applications are being accepted!  We plan to offer classes for 3 and 4 year old students.  To help with district decision making regarding class assignments, we ask that applications be returned by March 15, 2017.  Applications received after that date will be reviewed and considered for inclusion if there is room for the student on the class roster.  Please call Roosevelt Elementary at 712-225-6760 or see our website and district Facebook page for more information.  

  • Upcoming Assessments:  Please help to make sure your student is in school if they are not ill so they can have testing completed with their class.  We know students do best on their tests when they participate with the same testing schedule as their class.  

    • ELI (Early Literacy Intervention) Legislation requires us to complete testing (called FAST tests) 3 times a year for students for reading skills.  The winter FAST testing schedule will begin on 1/17/17.

    • Iowa Assessments will be given to grades 2nd-4th during the week of February 21.  RES students will take tests in reading, math, and science.  


2016-17 Roosevelt Elementary Student Handbook p. 2

Note:  The school handbook is available online on the RES page.


ATTENDANCE

Regular and punctual attendance is essential for the optimum growth and development of students.  The Iowa Compulsory Attendance law supports the claim.  If your student is sick, please keep your child at home, as they will not be able to do their work properly and can also spread their sickness to others in school.  If your student is absent from school for any reason, please call the school office by 9:00 a.m. to inform us of the absence.  If we do not receive a call from you, an official of the school will call you.  This is a safety factor that will help insure the wellbeing of our students.

A student who arrives to the RES classroom after 8:10 a.m. is considered tardy.  Tardiness will be documented and parents will receive a reminder letter after being tardy 3 times.  If students are tardy more than 5 times, the principal will contact the parent and the student to determine what disciplinary actions will be taken.  Student situations will be dealt with on an individual basis.  Disciplinary action may include but is not limited to:  a warning, further parent contact, private dining (not eating lunch with peers in the lunchroom), assigned detention, conversion of missed time to unexcused absences, or other actions.


A student who arrives at school after 10:00 a.m. is considered absent for one-half day.  A student who leaves school before 10:00 a.m. is considered absent for the entire day.  A student who leaves before 2:00 p.m. is considered absent for one-half day.

In the event a student cannot make school, the absence would fall under one of the following categories:

Excused absences occur due to an event the student has little or no control over. Examples could include illness, death in the family, and doctor appointments that cannot be scheduled outside the school day.  Any absence over three consecutive school days or the fifth excused absence in a quarter will need to be verified through a doctor’s note, or the school nurse, to be excused.  Student notes will need to indicate that they were seen by the health care provider the day of the absence and that they have determined that the student is too ill to attend school that day.  Without such verification the absence will be deemed as unexcused. Students will have 2 days to notify the office as to the purpose of the absence before it becomes an unexcused absence.

Unexcused absences are those times when a student chooses to do something that falls within the school day that could be scheduled at another time. Examples include haircuts, shopping, working outside the family, senior pictures, and oversleeping. There are some absences that, though excused, are not approved by the school, due to the disruption of the educational process. These categories would include would include working at home and family vacations.  Parents will be notified by mail expressing the concern for the number of unexcused absences.

The following steps will taken for unexcused absences:

  • šLevel I:  When a student has 3 unexcused absences in a semester, the student will be referred to the Principal and Liaison Officer and the Parents / Guardian will be notified.

  • šLevel 2:  When a student has 4 unexcused absences in a semester, a meeting will be scheduled with the Student, Parent / Guardian, Liaison Officer, AEA (if appropriate) and School Officials.  Expectations will be defined and outlined for the Student, Parents / Guardian and school officials to assist the student with attendance and academic goals.  There may be another review meeting after three weeks if expectations have not been met.

  • šLevel 3: When the student has 5 unexcused absences, the Student, Parent / Guardian, Liaison Officer, AEA (if appropriate) and School Officials will meet again to discuss if a mediation by the County Attorney is necessary.  Depending on the discussions, this Level 3 Meeting may be repeated before a referral to the County Attorney is notified.  

By state statute, the ultimate decision whether an absence is excused or unexcused is given to the school district.

Announcements
  • Please use the visitor's parking lot (on the west of the building) when dropping off and picking up your child.  The front parking lot is for staff and for bus drop off.  It becomes a safety issue with children being dropped off or picked up in the front of the building.