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January 29, 2023

3-5 Star Study Tutoring

Star Study tutoring forms are due.  Please return it at your earliest convenience, if you have not had an opportunity to do so. Tutoring will begin on Tuesday, February 7. 

 

Yearbooks

The early bird deadline for yearbook sales is Tuesday, January 31.  Yearbooks can be purchased at $15.00.

 

Growing Together Community Meeting

On Wednesday, February 1, at 5:30 we will host a Growing Together community meeting for our families.  The meeting will be held in the gym and staff will be available to support you with questions pertaining to your child’s school assignment.

 

SRE PTA General Body PTA Meeting  

The PTA meeting will be held on Thursday, February 2, from 6:30-7:30 via Zoom. 

 

Magnet Application Window

This is a friendly reminder that the magnet application window is open now. If you have a student who will be 5 years old on or before August 31 of this year, please be sure to complete a magnet lottery application before February 6, at 5 p.m. Tell your friends and neighbors what you love about Sandy Ridge and encourage them to apply as well. Students can only enroll in Sandy Ridge this fall after completing the magnet lottery application and assignment process. If you have any questions, please contact our Magnet Coordinator Mrs. Allen.

 

Club Meeting Dates  

Monday, January 30

  • Battle of the Books (BOB): 2:15-3:15           
  • Clay Club: 2:15-4:00

Thursday, February 2

  • Durham Cares: 2:30-4:00

January 22, 2023

Congratulations to the following students for receiving district recognition as Durham’s Finest Art Students:

Cameron S.

Phinelie M.

Eden S.

Michael W.

 

Report Cards

Quarter 2 report cards will be distributed on Tuesday, January 24.

 

Star Study Tutoring

Star Study Tutoring will be provided for all 3-5 students who have been identified as our target students. Target students are students who need supplemental academic support to be proficient and/or on grade level. Star Study Tutoring forms should be returned no later than Thursday, February 26.

 

Club/Tutoring Meeting Dates

Monday, January 23

  • Battle of the Books: 2:15-3:30
  • Garden Club: 2:30-4:00
  • Dance Club: 2:15-4:15
  • We Are Queens: 2:30-4:00

Tuesday, January 24

  • Last Day of ELL Tutoring

January 8, 2023

Magnet Application Window

The application window for the 2023-2024 school year opens tomorrow (January 9). If you have a student who will be 5 years old on or before August 31 of this year, please be sure to complete a magnet lottery application before February 6 at 5 p.m. Tell your friends and neighbors what you love about Sandy Ridge and encourage them to apply as well. Students can only enroll in Sandy Ridge this fall after completing the magnet lottery application and assignment process. If you have any questions, please contact our magnet coordinator, Mrs. Allen.

Dean of Students

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Phebe Eley to the Sandy Ridge family.  She is joining the team with over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, coach and administrator.  She will serve as our Dean of Students and MTSS Coordinator.

Club Meetings

Monday

  • Battle of the Books (BOB) 2:15-3:15           
  • Garden Club  2:30-4:00

Tuesday & Thursday

  • ELL Tutoring  2:30-4:00

Testing

Our K-3 and 4th grade RTA students will begin middle of the year mClass testing on Wednesday, January 11.

 

People on Point Celebration and Awards Ceremony

On Friday, January 13, we will celebrate our students’ academic success and positive behavior.  Students who have met their dojo goal will attend the “Just Keep it Poppin Party.”

 

In-School Visitation

I would like to inform you that after two years of restricted visitation, Durham Public Schools has updated our procedures for visiting elementary schools during operational hours. These changes have been made on you and your students’ behalf to ensure that safety, relationships, equity, independence and instructional time remain our priorities. These changes will begin this week, on Monday, January 9. Please see our school classroom visitation protocol and plan included below and in the Principal’s Corner.

 

Sandy Ridge Classroom Visitation Protocol and Plan

 

Safety

  • Staff and star patrol will welcome carpool students daily through the loading zones at the front entrance. 
  • There is designated parking for families who need to walk their students into the building.  
  • All visitors will sign into the visitor management system in the main office and obtain a visitor badge after 7:45 to adhere to safety protocols. 

Relationships

We highly encourage an inclusive and welcoming environment at Sandy Ridge, where students feel safe, comfortable and respected. Throughout the building we’ve implemented the following: 

  • During morning carpool/bus duty staff and star patrol students will hold encouraging signs to affirm our commitment to be welcoming and inclusive. The statements on the signs include:

It’s great to see you

You are loved

You belong here

You are a STAR
 

  • “The Hug Zone” locations are designated for the first station (red square) and the designated parking spaces at the front of the school. Families are strongly encouraged to take advantage of “The Hug Zone” before 7:35 a.m. to prevent student tardiness. 
  • The Sandy Ridge Star mascot will welcome students on a daily basis during morning carpool and bus drop off. Throughout the year, the mascot will hand out Sandy Ridge Stars with positive affirmations. 

Equity

All volunteers/helpers will follow the DPS volunteer process and policy. 

 

All Volunteers must have a current volunteer approval on file with Durham Public Schools  https://www.dpsnc.net/volunteers 

  • All Volunteers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 
  • All volunteers must be screened upon entering the building 
  • Masks are recommended at all times (indoors and outdoors)
  • All volunteers must depart immediately at the end of their shift. 

Independence

  • During carpool students will be welcomed by staff in the loading zone.
  • Families are encouraged to drop their child off between 7:15 and 7:45.
  • Counselors will be available for families who need additional support with transitioning into the building. 
  • 2022-23 Carpool Letter

Instructional Time

  • Administration will maintain an open door policy for all families daily.
  • Families are encouraged to support instructional time by ensuring that students are dropped off on time daily and refraining from checking students up early.   
  • Conferences with your student’s teacher will be scheduled upon request and all required school staff will attend. 
  • Family communication will continue through weekly updates through School Messenger, Class Dojo, newsletters, and phone calls. 

 


January 3, 2023

Happy New Year Sandy Ridge Family & Friends! 

I hope everyone has enjoyed a relaxed and joyful winter break. This is a friendly reminder that students will return to school tomorrow, Wednesday, January 4. In addition, ELL tutoring will resume on Thursday, January 5. We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school bright and early tomorrow morning. 


December 18, 2022

Club/Tutoring Meeting Dates

Monday, December 19 

  • BOB: 2:15-3:15
  • Garden Club: 2:30-4:00
  • We Are Queens: 2:30-4:00

Tuesday, December 20 

  • Early Release: 12:15 *Please note the DPS After School program will be closed on 12/20. All students must depart campus at 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, December 21-Tuesday, January 3

  • Winter Break

Wednesday, January 4

  • Students Return to School

 


December 11, 2022

 

MOY Benchmark Testing

This is a friendly reminder that we will administer makeup benchmark testing for 3-5th grade students on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  If your child missed their benchmark test last week, we need your support in ensuring that they are present and on time for school. 

We Are Queens

On Monday, December 12, our Sandy Ridge Queens will have a Pizza & Packing Party from 2:30-4:00. (This event has been postponed--more details to follow.) Our Queens have worked diligently to identify and plan a community service project, which will take place afterschool tomorrow.  They will also participate in the parade on Saturday, December 17.  We are so proud of our Queens!

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is canceled on Monday, December 12.

Picture Makeup Day

This is a friendly reminder that picture makeups will be taken on Tuesday, December 13. 

Gingerbread Baby Kindergarten Performance

The performance will be held on Thursday, December 15 at 5:30.  Students participating in the show should report to school at 5:00.  All families are welcome to attend. 

Club/Tutoring Meeting Dates

Monday, December 12 

  • BOB Canceled
  • We Are Queens  Canceled 

Tuesday, December 13 & Thursday, December 15  

  • ELL Tutoring:  2:30-4:00

Wednesday, December 14

  • T3 Basketball 2:15-3:30

Friday, December 16

  • We Are Kings: 1:30

December 4, 2022

Benchmark Testing

This week our 3rd -5th grade students will complete their MOY benchmark testing. I would like to encourage you to ensure that all students get their proper rest and arrive at school on time each day.

Please see the testing schedule included below:

Monday, Dec. 5 -  5th Grade Science

Tuesday, Dec. 6 - 5th Grade ELA

Wednesday, Dec. 7 - 5th  Grade Math

Thursday, Dec. 8 - 3rd/4th Grade ELA

Friday, Dec. 9 - 3rd/4th Grade Math

Monday, Dec. 12 - Makeups

Tuesday, Dec. 13 Makeups   

Fall Book Fair & Spirit Week

In celebration of the fall book fair, our students will show their Sandy Ridge pride by participating in spirit week. Please see how students can participate below:

Monday December 5: Wacky Hair Day

Make your hairstyle as wacky as you can!

Tuesday December 6: Silly Socks & Shoes Day & Family Shopping Night 5:00-6:30

Who says socks and shoes have to match? Get Silly!

Wednesday December 7: Future So Bright, Gotta Wear Shades  

Break out the neon colors and sunglasses!

Thursday December 8: Throwback Thursday  

Raid your grown-up’s closet and throw it back to the 90’s, 80’s or beyond!

Friday December 9: Sandy Ridge Day

We are the Sandy Ridge STARS! Wear your turquoise, lime green, and stars!

Club Meeting Dates

The following clubs will meet this week:

Monday, December 5

  • We Are Queens 2:30-4:00
  • Garden Club 2:30-4:00

Tuesday, December 6 & Thursday, December 8

  • ELL Tutoring 2:30-4:00

 


November 27, 2022

PTA General Body Meeting

Our PTA general body meeting will be held on Thursday, December 1, at 6:30 p.m. We would love to see you there. The meeting link will be shared separately.   

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be distributed on Friday, December 2.

Club Meeting Dates

The following clubs will meet this week:

Monday, November 28

  • Battle of the Books (BOB) 2:15-3:15

Tuesday, November 29, and Thursday, December 1

  • English Language Learning (ELL) Tutoring 2:15-4:00

Wednesday, November 30

  • T3 Basketball 2:15-3:30

 


November 20, 2022

 

Thanksgiving Holiday

This is a friendly reminder that there is no school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of this week in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will return to school on Monday, November 28.  We hope all SRE families enjoy your break. 

SRE Club Meeting Dates

Please see the following club meeting dates included below:

Monday, November 21

  • We Are Queens 2:30-4:00
  • Battle of the Books 2:15-3:15
  • Garden Club 2:30-4:00

 


November 13, 2022

 

5th Grade Student Climate Survey

Students in 5th grade will be taking a survey regarding the school climate and the overall learning environment at our school (online) on Monday, November 14. This survey will help our school learn more about the school’s climate and safety and to help make our school better, along with supporting student success. Please encourage your child to take the survey seriously and answer questions honestly. Thank you for your help and support with our Student Climate Survey.

Club Meeting Dates

The following clubs will meet this week:

Monday, November 14

  • Battle of the Books (BOB) 2:15-3:15
  • FEMMES 2:15-3:15

Tuesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 17

  • English Language Learning (ELL) Tutoring 2:15-4:00

2nd Grade Performance

You are cordially invited to our 2nd grade Native American History Fable Performance on Thursday, November 17, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.   

 


November 6, 2022

 

Upcoming Workdays & Holidays

This is a friendly reminder that Tuesday, November 8, is a Teacher Workday.  Friday, November 11, is Veteran's Day Holiday and there will be no school. 

SRE Club Meeting Dates

Please see the following club meeting dates included below:

Monday, November 7

  • We Are Queens 2:30-4:00
  • FEMMES 2:15-3:15
  • Battle of the Books 2:15-3:15

Wednesday, November 9

  • T3 Basketball 2:15-3:30

ELL Tutoring

English Language Learner (ELL) Tutoring will begin on Thursday, November 10.  All students must be picked up at 4:00. 

 


October 30, 2022

 

Upcoming Workdays & Holidays

Tomorrow, Monday, October 31, is a Teacher Workday.  In addition, I would like to inform you that Tuesday, November 8, is also a Teacher Workday.  Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day Holiday and there will be no school. 

Morning Carpool

This is a friendly reminder that the parking lot is only utilized for staff parking and Pre-k drop-off.  Please display your Pre-K carpool tags each morning to access the parking lot.  We are striving to maintain a safe carpool drop-off.   

ident-a-Kid Picture Day

On Thursday, November 3, a photographer will be on site to take photos for ident-a-kid child IDs. If you would like to purchase an ID for your child, please look for an order form that came home on Friday, October 28, or download your own at https://identakid.com/files/online-app-1.pdf. Students must have payment in hand in order to be photographed. Please be sure to send exact change or a check or money order only. Any siblings that do not attend SRE are welcome to attend if you would like to bring them at 8:45 AM. Online payments are not accepted and the photographer cannot make change. There is no makeup picture day.

1 ID Card - $9
2 ID Cards - $12
4 ID Cards - $15
Each additional card after 4 - $3

If you have any questions about the ident-a-kid program please email
identakidprograms@gmail.com or call 919-673-4171   

 


October 23, 2022

 

Thank you to all of the families who attended our Hispanic Heritage Festival. Our fourth grade students did an outstanding job with their performance! Also BATALÁ DURHAM had a stellar performance. BATALÁ is a community-based reggae band in Durham.  I would like to send a huge shout out to Patricia Olivieri, who is a SRE parent and member of BATALÁ.  We also would like to say thank you to our wonderful PTA for collaborating with our staff to support this performance.  You are greatly appreciated! 

EARLY RELEASE

This is a friendly reminder that tomorrow is an early release day and students will be dismissed at 12:15pm.  All transportation changes must be made by 9:00am.  Students may not be signed out after 11:45am.  Afterschool students will be dismissed at the regular time.  Thank you for helping us ensure a smooth dismissal process.

RED RIBBON WEEK

We will celebrate Red Ribbon week to affirm the commitment of making healthy choices.  Please see Red Ribbon spirit week details including:

Monday, October 24                     Pajama Monday (Wear your favorite pajamas)

Tuesday, October 25                    Tie Dye Tuesday (Wear tie-dye clothing)

Wednesday, October 26               Wacky Wednesday (Wear mismatched clothing)

Thursday, October 27                   Throwback Thursday (Wear clothes from the 80s & 90s)

Friday, October 28                        Character Day (Dress as a character from your favorite book)   

KIDZNOTES

Kidznotes Mozart class will begin on Wednesday, October 26.  K-2 Students enrolled in the beginning Kidznotes class (Mozart) will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays in the music room from 2:15-4:15.  Students should be picked up from the bus parking lot. 

PTA MEETING

Our PTA General Body meeting will be held on Thursday, October 27, at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will be held via Zoom. Join the Zoom Meeting at
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/4157317298?pwd=UVJBam8xV0pQV0l1SnBGbzJBOWtldz09

Meeting ID: 415 731 7298
Passcode: V4q2M8 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS TUTORING

The ELL Resource Center tutoring has been postponed until November 8 10. If you received a permission form and have not had an opportunity to return it, please return it at your earliest convenience. Additional information will follow. 

PEOPLE ON POINT CELEBRATION & AWARDS

On Friday, October 28, we will celebrate positive behavior, attendance, growth and academic achievement. We are returning to an in-person awards ceremony for students only. Students who have met their Dojo point total goal will attend the Glow and Groove Celebration.

 

 


October 16, 2022

 

Morning Drop Off

We have noticed an increase in the number of families dropping their students off in the staff parking lot in the morning, and this is a safety concern. As a reminder, only families with students in Pre-K should park in the staff lot to walk their students up for drop off. We will be distributing special car tags to these families to allow them access to the staff parking lot in the morning. All other families will be required to utilize the carpool line for drop off. Staff members and/or Safety Patrol members assist with the car line each day until 7:45 a.m. If there is no staff or Safety Patrol member there to open your car door, this means your student is tardy. Please park and come inside the front office to sign them in. Thank you for your help in ensuring that all students are able to enter the building in the safest manner possible. 

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Our Hispanic Heritage Festival will be held this Thursday, October 20, from 5:00-6:30. It will consist of a 3-part performance, which includes food, the performance and crafts. Find the schedule HERE. SRE PTA invites you to share a meal with our school community during the event. There will be additional items for sale to families who may not have had the opportunity to pre-order. These additional food items will be on a first come first serve basis. We hope to see everyone there!

4th Grade Families: Please be reminded to send your child's costume for their performances this week, no later than Tuesday. Each class has specific costume needs. If you have any questions, please follow up with your child’s teacher. On the day of the performance, all students should arrive at school at 4:45. This will allow time for your children to change into their costumes. Each class has a specific schedule for the event, which will be explained once they arrive at 4:45pm. Please check-in with your teacher at the music room to get this information and your child's costume.  

FEMMES+

Our FEMMES+ group will meet on Monday, October 17, from 2:15-3:15.

UNITY DAY

In recognition of Bullying Prevention Month, we will celebrate Unity Day on Wednesday, October 19, by wearing orange to show unity of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. 

RTA TESTING

We will conduct our (RTA) Read to Achieve testing (for select 4th grade students only) on Thursday, October 20. 

EARTHQUAKE DRILL  

SRE will conduct a practice earthquake drill on Friday, October 21 from 10:20-10:30. 


October 9, 2022

 

Hispanic Heritage Festival

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are highlighting South American countries and students are given the opportunity to participate in daily trivia.  We would like to invite you to our Hispanic Heritage Festival on Thursday, October 20 @ 5:00pm. This event is open to all Sandy Ridge families. Food will be available by pre-order only through October 12. Please see order forms that were shared with students on Friday or download yours HERE. The schedule for this event can be found HERE.

Smile Mobile Dentist

This is a friendly reminder that Smile Mobile Dentist will visit Sandy Ridge October 10-12. These visits are optional, and only students who return COMPLETED forms with valid insurance information OR payment attached will be eligible to see the dentist.

Picture Day

Picture day will be held on Friday, October 14. Download and print your order form HERE or pay online. Go to www.strawbridge.net, click "Order Pictures", and enter the following code: FM399246. 

 


October 2, 2022

We would like to say thank you to all of our families who came out to join us for our “Meeting with the STARS” Title I event. 

In addition, we would like to acknowledge Mr. Carlos Arevalo, who is a parent volunteer who came out to mow our school garden.  We greatly appreciate his support in helping SRE maintain our school garden.  

Lastly, on Wednesday October 5, will be a Teacher Workday and there will be no school for students. 

 


September 26, 2022

 

Durham Public Schools mandates all schools to participate in school-wide emergency practice drills. This requirement includes fire, severe weather, and lockdown simulations that prepare students and staff for any emergency that may occur during the instructional day.

Today, September 26, we practiced our highest level of security alert in an announced lockdown drill. This drill was conducted by school administration. Our staff is working diligently to ensure the safety of our students every day. This letter is to inform you of the drill conducted today. There are a few areas that we will work together to improve. Therefore, we will make plans to conduct another practice drill soon. Please know that we will continue to take every measure to ensure the safety of our children. Thank you for your continued support of Sandy Ridge.

 


September 25, 2022

Kindergarten Health Assessments & Immunization Record

This is a friendly reminder that the state of North Carolina requires all Kindergarten students to submit the following within the first thirty days of school: a Health Assessment Form (completed by a medical provider) and an up-to-date immunization record. The deadline is quickly approaching. Therefore, I would like to encourage you to contact Mrs. Maria Rodriquez, who serves as our data manger. 

Battle of the Books Interest Meeting

We will host our Battle of the Books interest meeting tomorrow, September 26, from 2:15-3:00. We would love for all 4th and 5th graders who are interested to come and join us!  The meeting will be held in the media center. Students who join BOB will have the opportunity to work on small group projects and compete at the district level if chosen. 

FEMMES+

Our FEMMES+ group will meet tomorrow, September 26, from 2:15-3:15.  Student dismissal will take place in the back of the school at the bus parking lot. (Registration is required)

Early Release

Students will be released at 12:15 on Wednesday, September 28. I would like to kindly request that all transportation changes be made prior to 9:00am.

Meeting with the STARS

You are cordially invited to attend our Title I event titled, “Meeting with the STARS.” This event will be held on Thursday, September 29 at 5:30pm. This will be an opportunity to meet with administration to learn more about how we utilize Title I to support student achievement.  You will also meet with your child’s teacher to discuss curriculum, data protocols, and classroom updates. Please see the schedule included:

5:30-6:00-Meet with Administration (Location: Gym)

6:00-6:30-Meet with the Teacher (Location: Classroom)

*Light refreshments will be served

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be distributed on Friday, September 30.  However, progress reports will be made available early to families who attend the “Meeting with the Stars” Title I event. 

 


September 18, 2022

 

PTA Support

I would like to say thank you to all of our families who attended our virtual PTA meeting last week.  I’m very grateful to all of our families who showed interest in volunteering to support our PTA, students, and staff.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Ident-A-Kid

We are excited to announce that our Ident-a-kid computer system is up and running.  This system will be utilized for late check-in, early dismissal, and visitor management.  This is a friendly reminder that if your child is late, we kindly ask that you exit your car and sign your child in.  Thank you for supporting us with this. 

Meeting with the STARS

You are cordially invited to attend our Title 1 event, “Meeting with the STARS.”  This event will be held next Thursday, September 29, at 5:30pm.  This will be an opportunity to meet with administration to learn more about how we utilize Title I to support student achievement.  You will also meet with your child’s teacher to discuss curriculum, data protocols, and classroom updates.  Please see the schedule included:

5:30-6:00- Meet with Administration (Location: Gym)

6:00-6:30- Meet with the Teacher (Location: Classroom)

*Light refreshments will be served

Car Rider Late Pickup

Our dismissal is at 2:15, at which time our car rider pickup begins.  If you arrive after 2:35, you must come in to sign a late pickup form.  Once you accrue 5 late pickups we will ask that you schedule a meeting with the school social worker to determine if there is a solution.  If, for any reason, you are planning to be late, please contact the main office and your child’s teacher on dojo.  I appreciate your understanding with this matter.  

 


September 15, 2022

Save the Date!

We are excitedly preparing for a year full of STAR performances and other fun events. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss out! If your student needs to wear anything specific for a performance they are participating in, you will be notified as soon as we have that information. Please note, these dates are subject to change. Check our school website calendar for the most up-to-date information regarding events and happenings.

Calendar of Events


September 4, 2022

 

I am pleased to announce that, based on newly released data, Sandy Ridge ranked in North Carolina’s top 20 percent for academic growth during the 2021-2022 school year.  We are very proud of our hardworking staff and students, who strived to make this happen! 

Labor Day Holiday

Please be reminded that there is no school tomorrow, Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. 

Carpool

I would like to say thank you to all of the families for doing such a wonderful job following carpool expectations. This is a friendly reminder that no students can be picked up from the main entrance following dismissal. We are working to keep our students safe and to reduce outgoing afternoon traffic from the staff parking lot. 

Early Dismissal

We have noticed a peak in students being signed out of school early.  As you know, we value and strive to protect daily instructional time.  Instruction begins at 7:45 and ends at 2:15.  Please be mindful of picking students up early on a consistent basis.  I hope you enjoy the remainder of your evening and we will look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Beginning of Grade Testing- 3rd Grade

The BOG3 reading test establishes a baseline measure of beginning third-grade students' reading skills. Students who score an achievement level 3 or higher on the BOG3 reading test demonstrate reading proficiency appropriate for third-grade students, which satisfies the requirements of the Read to Achieve legislation.  3rd grade students will take the BOG3 on Thursday, September 7.  Please make your best effort to ensure that students get plenty of rest, are present, and on time for school. 

mCLASS Testing

mCLASS is a universal screener that measures the development of reading skills of all students in grades K-3 and select 4th grade students through two main assessments: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and the Text Reading Comprehension (TRC) assessments.  The mCLASS testing window will open this week.  All K-3 students will complete their beginning of year assessment between Tuesday, September 6th and Thursday, September 22. 

 


August 28, 2022

 

We are so excited about beginning the 2022-23 school year!  It was so great to see so many families during Open House.  We are looking forward to this being a great school year!  During Open House, we distributed over 200 carpool tags. 

We are planning to make special accommodations for kindergarten families and students this year.  All kindergarten families are welcome to walk their students to their classrooms on the first day of school.  There will be staggered entry for kindergarten, so this will apply to families who have students beginning on Tuesday as well.  Pre-pandemic, we allowed all families to walk their students into the building for the first week of school.  However, in order to adhere to safety protocols, we are no longer permitting families to walk students into the building.  I would like to request that all families remain in the car during the am/pm carpool.  This will also improve traffic flow.  Old Oxford Rd is usually a very busy highway in the morning, so you are encouraged to consider making a right turn out of the school parking lot in the morning to reduce your wait time. Traffic flow is important and we would like to encourage you to pull up to the curb and line your cars up accordingly.  Once your car comes to a complete stop, students will unload from the passenger side of the vehicle.  We would like to discourage students from exiting the driver’s side of the car because this presents safety issues.  In the event that this does occur, your child will be escorted around the car by an SRE staff member.  

Special accommodation has been made for Pre-K parent drop off and pick-up. So all Pre-K families are welcome to park in the staff parking lot and walk their children up to the media center each morning.  Student pick-up will be located in the same location.  We are working diligently to ensure that every aspect of Sandy Ridge is exceptional, so I would like to request your assistance with this matter.  All students will be grouped outside according to grade level in the front of the school in a designated area.  Please hang your carpool tags and have them visible during pm carpool.    

The morning carpool drop-off time is 7:15-7:40.  This will give students time to get breakfast and report to class on time.  Instruction will begin promptly at 7:45.  Students who arrive after 7:45 will be considered tardy.  If you arrive after 7:45, you will need to park your car and walk your child to the front entrance and sign them in.   

Lastly, in the afternoon, we will also have a designated staff member call student names to make students aware that their parents have arrived.  Again, it is important to have your carpool tag visible to staff daily.  Once the name has been called, the student will stand in the color-coded loading zones. 

 

Please see ways you can assist:

  1. Ensure that your car tag is hanging and visible to staff.  
  2. Please remain in your car during carpool and retrieve your child from the loading zone.
  3. Please refrain from parking in the front of the school at the end of the school day.
  4. If you arrive early (before 7:15), please stop and wait behind the stop sign.
  5. Once your child’s name has been called, we would like to request that you pull up to the color coded loading zone to retrieve your child. 
  6. Please remain in the carpool line and follow traffic.  (There will be someone directing traffic)
  7. Please take an active role in assisting us with protecting instructional time in the afternoons by allowing students to complete a full school day.  Students who are checked out early in the afternoons miss imperative instruction and are at risk of truancy related matters. Transportation changes should not be made after 11:00 (9:00 on Early Release days) and students may not be signed out after 1:45 (11:45 on Early Release Days).
  8. If your child walks home from school, please contact your child’s teacher and they will be given a walker tag.  All walkers will be dismissed with bus riders and walk home from the back parking lot.  No cars are permitted in the bus lot during afternoon dismissal.
  9. Please be prepared to experience longer wait times in the event of inclement weather and early release days.

Ultimately, our goal is to conduct a safe dismissal plan that will be time-efficient and effective.  We appreciate your assistance with the implementation of this plan.  Thank you for the shared commitment to the safety of Sandy Ridge students. 

 

Lanisha Hinton
lanisha_daye@dpsnc.net
919-560-2695