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Alvarez Elementary

Alvarez ElementaryParent Orientation Night2013-2014

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Francisca Alvarez Elementary PURPOSEThe purpose of Francisca Alvarez Elementary is to build a strong educational foundationthat will empower students to exceed all expectations.

VISIONFrancisca Alvarez Elementary is a diverse community which promotes educationalexcellence in a safe environment to empower social, moral, self-motivated, and goaloriented individuals who will be academically and physically prepared to becomeproductive citizens and life long learners.

MISSION STATEMENTTo develop inquirers who are knowledgeable, caring and who can apply their learning to many facets of life in order to create a more peaceful world.To create a safe and challenging school with rigorous standards and measurable goals for all students.To promote a learning environment that embraces intercultural understanding.To seek college and career readiness through collaborative partnerships that encourage and support lifelong learning.2

IB World SchoolFrancisca Alvarez Elementary is an IB candidate school!Our mission statement is aligned to IB. Students at Alvarez Elementary are inquirers (they construct meaning of their learning everyday).Our students possess IB Attitudes which are positive attitudes towards people, the environment, and learning. Diversity is embraced and a second language is taught and celebrated.Our learning community has a commitment towards implementing all the standards & practices and programme requirements so that we can meet IB authorization.Our school will continue to provide parents/community information sessions to learn more about IB and share our students achievements.Our community can see a calendar on our website that reflects how Alvarez Elementary is Learning and Living the Learner Profile.**September Attribute: Caring Attitude: Empathy

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School Policies and proceduresClasses begin at 7:50 a.m.The tardy bell rings at 7:55 a.m.Classes end at 3:30 p.m.Please have your child at school between 7:30 and 7:50 a.m.3 Tardies=1 unexcused absencePlease bring your child to school on time. If they are absent, please send a written excuse the following day or within three days of absence.

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Release of Students from School

In order to comply with the Compulsory Attendance Laws and MISDBoard Policy FEA (Legal), your child should not be dismissed fromschool early except observance of a holy day or a documentedappointment with a health care professional. Each parent mustcomplete a written request for early release of a student. Be advisedthat we will document early release requests and report unexcusedabsences to the MISD Attendance Office. Anyone who does not complywith the attendance laws may be subject to legal prosecutionunder 25.093 of the Texas Ed. Code.

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School policies and proceduresDoctors AppointmentsSchedule all appointments and/or therapy after school hoursLunchAll students eat free breakfast and lunch. Your child may purchase ice cream or healthy snacks on Fridays.Soft drinks and non-nutritional snacks are not allowed.Bring individual portions only (allergies).MedicationsAny medication that needs to be taken by your child while at school MUST be dropped off in the clinic by the parent.No Cell PhonesIt is school and district policy that students are not allowed to bring cell phones to school. Emergency phone calls will be handled through the office. FNCE(LOCAL)

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Morning drop-off proceduresFor your childs safety, please drop off in the designated areas which is the drive throughs on the west and east sides of the building.Walking students should cross the street only in the designated areas.

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Designated crosswalks

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Afternoon pick up proceduresThe drive through on the west side of the building is to be utilized for car riders. If your child is a car rider, he or she will be taken to the west side drive through. Parents must stay in their cars. No one is allowed to pick up students in the front office. Front office doors will be closed from 3:15-3:45p.m. The pavilion area is for walkers. PK-5th grade students continue to be released as a group by the teacher at the pavilion area.Students who are enrolled in the City of McAllen Parks and Recreation After School Program will be escorted to the cafeteria.Bus riders and students being picked up by therapy or daycare services will be picked up in the east side drive through.Please send a note to the teachers if the method of transportation changes.

9McAllen ISDStudent Dress Code: Policy FNCA(Local)Socorro Espinoza, PrincipalLeticia Sanchez, Assistant PrincipalAlvarez Elementary School2013-2014

10Purpose: The McAllen School District has determined that appropriate dress and grooming positively impacts the learning environment. The following dress and grooming provisions are established to instill discipline, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards, and maintain a safe, secure, and stable school climate.

General Guidelines:Students shall be dressed and groomed in a manner that is clean and neat and that will not be a health or safety hazard to themselves or others. The District prohibits any clothing or grooming that, in the principals judgment may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of or interference with normal school operations. All students must conform to the dress code requirements stated in board policy. FNCA (Local)11

Alvarez Kids Dress for Success!

12#1. Shorts/Dresses/SkirtsShorts & skorts are permitted (Pk-8th).

Skirts/dresses must be no shorter than 3 above the knee.

Slits in skirts/dresses which open cannot be longer than 3. Skirts must be worn at the waist. If the skirt has belt loops, a belt must be worn.Skirts/skorts shorter than 3 may not be worn over tights/leggings/hose.

> 3 Too Short for School!

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Nice & Neat!Wear Belts!Not too short!

14#2. Footwear Appropriate footwear must be worn.No steel or hard plastic toes in shoes.

No house slippers, flip-flops, beach sandals or other open-toed shoes that do not have straps to secure them (safety hazard)

Socks, hosiery, tights and shoe laces should be solid and have no words, print and/or designs.

15Shoes for School

16Shoes: Not for School

NO Flip Flops or Sandals without straps on back of heels! No skates on shoes! (Safety First!)

17#3. Headwear -Not to Wear ! * Headwear such as bandanas, caps, hats headbands shall not be worn unless approved by the principal.

* Hoods on shirts/jackets are not to be worn on the head inside the building.

18#4. Distractions Any clothing that causes distractions is prohibited. This includes tank-tops, tube-tops, muscle shirts, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, exposed backs or midriffs (stomach shows). See-through garments without a shell or shirt worn under the garments are prohibited. Students must wear sufficient undergarments.(*Prohibited- means not allowed at school)

19#5. Clothing: Size & ShapeClothing that is torn, ripped, frayed or cut is prohibited.

All clothing must be appropriately sized (not too big/baggy or not too tight)

Do not dress like this for school!Too big & baggyNo torn jeans!

20Dress For Success: Tuck in Shirts!

* All shirts and undershirts must be tucked in at all times!

21#6. Negative Words/Pictures on Clothing is ProhibitedClothing with inappropriate advertising or statements that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, obscene or inflammatory (e.g. alcoholic beverages, sex, tobacco, drugs, gangs, etc.) are prohibited. Clothing with patches, emblems or drawings that cause disruption are also prohibited.

22#7. Wear Clothes that Fit Properly!Oversized clothing shall not be worn to school during normal school hours. No baggy or sagging pants are prohibited.All pants are to be worn at the waist.Tight fitting pants (e.g. tights, bicycle pants or spandex) are prohibited.Sweatpants, wind pants, pants or shorts with drawstring, warm-ups, over-alls, pajamas, or pajama-like clothing are prohibited.

Good Fit!

23#8. BELTSBelts must be put through the belt loops on the pants and must be worn from grades 3rd through 12th. Over-size buckles (no larger than a credit card), chain or metal belts, lettering on belts or buckles, and stripes, checks or designs, on belts are prohibited.

24#9. Key Rings/ChainsDangling key rings and chains will not be permitted.

This includes but not limited to chains attached to wallets, footwear, backpacks, or worn as a belt.

25#10. JewelryBody piercing jewelry is prohibited except for rings, studs or other traditional jewelry worn on the ears.Tongue-rings and tongue studs are prohibited. Grills or temporary decorations on teeth are prohibited.26#11., 12. & 13.11.Boys may wear mustaches and facial hair as long as they are neatly groomed.12. Hair must be clean and neatly combed and styled in such a manner that it is not distracting.13. No gang-related attire will be permitted. This will be designated by individual campuses. **Also no long coats extending below mid-thigh, such as trench coats, shall not be permitted.

27Violations to Dress Code(What happens if you break the rules?)Students who violate dress and grooming standards established may be removed or excluded from activities for a period determined by the principal and may be subject to other disciplin