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Gardens School of Technology Arts Parent Student Handbook 2011 - 2012

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Dear Parents: It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2011/2012 school year at Gardens School of Technology Arts. We are extremely excited to open our inaugural year. We congratulate our staff, parents and many volunteers for going the extra mile in bringing the vision for Gardens SOTA to reality. This handbook is designed to assist you in understanding the policies and guidelines used to shape Gardens SOTA. We anticipate changes, revisions and corrections as we go, and the handbook will be updated periodically to reflect any changes. Please read the handbook and discuss appropriate items with your child. Then please complete the parent contract and the handbook acknowledgment pages and return them to the school office by Friday, September 9th, 2011. We look forward to working with you and your children in order to provide an environment that will prepare young innovators, one student at a time, with the 21st century skills they need to succeed. If you have any questions regarding the handbook, please do not hesitate to contact your childs teacher or the School Office. Sincerely,

Lana Thormodsgaard & Shane Vander Kooi Your Co-Administrators

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Our Mission Statement


Gardens School of Technology Arts is on a mission to prepare young innovators, one student at a time, with the 21st century skills they need to succeed. Solid academics Innovative teaching Engaging, relevant learning activities Responsible leadership Family involvement Community connections

Our Vision Statement


Our vision is to create a learning environment designed to foster innovation and creativity, with the goal of developing an inclusive community geared towards developing the gifts, talents and individual strengths of each one of our students. This will only be accomplished by partnering staff, students, parents, and the community. With integrity, we seek to develop responsible K-8 students who are self-disciplined, self-motivated and socially responsible. Our school will respect diversity and we are committed to the cognitive, emotional, social and physical development of every child. We will deliver the highest quality educational experience by setting high goals and embracing challenge, striving to surpass our previous accomplishments. Academics will be applied to authentic project-oriented learning that promotes thinking that is original, critical, collaborative, innovative and reflective. We will embrace advanced enrichment opportunities in technology, the arts, science and languages. In so doing, we hope to harness the information ages driving force while encouraging creativity and imagination and in so doing, create a powerful relational connection with every member of our learning community. We are united in the belief that learning should be a lifelong, rewarding adventure!

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Primary Objectives
Gardens SOTA has set out the following ambitious objectives, which are congruent with the schools governing core values and which support those of the School District of Palm Beach County as well as the fundamental premise at the core of the states educational re-engineering strategy. Simply put, our intent is to raise student achievement to world-class levels by reaffirming high standards, performing relevant assessments and ensuring accountability. To do so, we will: Maintain responsible governance evidenced by a clear separation of duties between our Governing Board and the School Management. Provide a sound research- and evidence-based educational plan (emphasizing reading and technology arts), with an individualized learning plan developed for each student (including IEP for ESE students). Achieve academic success (overall average) that exceeds state and local district averages, while striving for 100% success in achieving adequate yearly progress as measured through FCAT and the district/states standardized tests. Provide every staff member, student, parent and community volunteer with an opportunity to apply their talents, abilities and gifts in service to the community and the school. Demonstrate fiscal responsibility through a successful annual audit and ensure financial stability from which to continue to build on, evidenced by a strategic financial plan, an emergency contingency plan and an ongoing fundraising and grant writing provision. Develop and maintain community connections designed to enhance the school, the learning experience and the well being of our community. Recruit qualified, motivated, certified and innovative teachers and facilitate ongoing staff professional development. Ensure each student and their family (along with teachers and the schools leadership team) will have access to the progress being made in achieving their academic goals including whether or not the student is reading at grade level and whether he or she has gained a years worth of learning over the given school year. Prescribe an action plan for any student whose performance falls below their prescribed benchmarks. Our Problem Solving Team will seek first to identify and analyze the root cause prior to prescribing specific interventions. Particular attention will be focused on the action plans for low-performing students and on the school-wide reading program.

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Ensure all students participate in some form of physical exercise on a daily basis (in a group, organized environment as well as on an informal, individualized basis). Demonstrate creative, cross-curricular technology arts connections with a focus on 21st century skills acquisition throughout every aspect of the school. Present a vibrant showcase of completed projects involving both arts and technology, with students maintaining personal portfolios of selected projects theyve completed. Articulate our commitment to good stewardship of our planet and our community resources. There will be signs of this stewardship in action all over our school we will be green and growing. Evaluate our charter and strategic plan annually to ensure we are adhering to the provisions of our charter and on track to meet and exceed the goals weve set for ourselves.

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Our Team
Gardens School of Technology Arts, Inc. is a Florida registered not-for-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status under the United States Revenue Code organized as a tax exempt entity for the sole purpose of operating a Florida public charter school. The school has selected officers and a Governing Board of Directors in accordance with its By-laws. The Board will always seek to maintain members of varied backgrounds from the public and private sector, including, but not limited to educators, parents, business persons, and community leaders. The Governing Board is responsible for oversight of the schools financial and academic performance and has delegated shared management and operations responsibility between the schools Co-Administrators, the Director of Academics (Principal) and the Director Innovations & Operations. Instructional staff report directly to the Director of Academics and non-Instructional staff and contractors report to the Director of Innovation & Operations.
Our current school contact list will be posted in the front office of the school and on our website. The school leadership team includes: Lana Thormodsgaard, Director of Academics Shane Vander Kooi, Director of Innovation & Operations Orval Simon-Bower, Assistant Director of Academics & Operations

To contact any member of our team by telephone, please call or email the school office at 561-290-7661 or info@mysota.com. After hours you will be able to leave a voicemail or email message, which are reviewed regularly. Our school is located in a spacious shared facility provided by Covenant Centre International Church. Our school address is: Gardens School of Technology Arts 9153 Roan Lane Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403

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School Calendar 2011-2012


Holidays when teachers/students are not in school: September 5 Labor Day September 29 Fall Holiday November 23-25 Thanksgiving Vacation December 23 January 6 Winter Break January 16 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday March 19-23 Spring Break April 6 Spring Holiday May 28 Memorial Day Dates when there is no school due to teacher planning days: October 21 November 11 (Veterans Day) January 9 February 20 March 26 Early Release Days Every Friday school students will be released at 2:00 pm instead of 3:00 pm. On the following days, students will be released early due to teacher professional development August 31 released at 11:30 am September 15 released at 11:30 am October 13 released at 11:30 am January 26 released at 11:30 am March 8 released at 11:30 am Regular school hours for all students are: Early drop-off (students registered into Before School Care) 7:00-7:45 am Regular drop-off 7:45-8:00 am Assembly (school starts) 8:00 am MondayThursday pickup begins 3:00 pm Friday pickup begins 2:00 pm MondayThursday aftercare 3:00-6:00 pm Friday aftercare 2:00-6:00 pm Elementary Grades K-5 Report Card Distribution Dates November 30 first trimester March 5 second trimester June 7 third trimester

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Middle School Grades 6-8 Report Card Distribution Dates November 7 first quarter January 24 first quarter April 10 third quarter After June 14 (mailed) fourth quarter FCAT TESTING SCHEDULE: April 16-27 is the FCAT testing window for this school year. Please be sure not to schedule any vacations or appointments during the FCAT testing dates. School Board Meeting Dates PTO Meeting Dates School Advisory Council Meeting schedule will be posted on the school website and in school office. Please note that school schedule dates are subject to change, and special events, meetings, field trips and other dates will be scheduled and announced throughout the year. Be sure to check the school website at www.mysota.com at least every two weeks for the latest information.

The balance of the content of this handbook has been organized alphabetically for easy reference. We will update and revise the content regularly.

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Attendance and Absences


Students must attend all of their scheduled classes and arrive on time with their class materials. Students who are ill, or who are suspected of having a communicable disease, may not be permitted to attend school. Parents are responsible for reporting absences by phone or note. Acceptable excuses for students' absences are illness, a death in the family, a school-sponsored event or activity that has been previously approved or a religious holiday. For absences of 3 or more consecutive days, a doctors note must be provided upon return. Doctors notes will be accepted by the students homeroom teacher only upon the students return to school. Doctors notes will not be accepted at the end of the school year for an absence that occurred previously in the year. If you need to take your child out of school before the end of the school day, come to the school office before 2:30 pm (Fridays 1:30 pm) to sign your child out. There will be no early release between 2:30-3:00 (1:30-2:00 Fridays). Although the school does not support students missing school for vacation purposes, any student missing school for vacation must notify the administration. Notification must be made in writing at least two weeks in advance so teachers can have the appropriate work ready for each student. Absences due to vacations are not considered excused. Tardiness is a form of absence and is disruptive to the learning environment. Habitual or excessive tardiness and absence is a violation of the schools code of conduct. Because students are dependent on their parents to be on time, parent tardiness may create adverse consequences for their children. Students exceeding a combination of 20 unexcused absences, tardies or early dismissals will lose preferred status for re-enrollment privileges. In addition, there may be additional consequences for students who fail to meet the expected minimum required attendance requirements. Please see Florida Statute Title XLVIII (K-20 Education Code), Chapter 1003 (Public K-12 Education) 1003.04 Student Conduct and Parent Involvement for additional details.

Progress Monitoring Plan (PMP)


A PMP is required by the state when a student is not progressing at the appropriate rate in academics and/or behavior. It is designed to help meet a childs individual needs and assist that child in reaching grade level standards. Students are required to have a PMP if: They receive a Level 1 or 2 in reading or math on the FCAT Academic grades are a D or below Behavior is negatively affecting academic achievement

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After School Care (ASC)


The After School Care (ASC) program is a service we provide for parents for a fee. The ASC program begins immediately after school ends and runs until 6:00 p.m. Students are provided a snack and a drink. During an hour of ASC time, students are to work on their home learning and reading assignments. Please review the home learning assignments with your child on a daily basis. After home learning time is over, students have time for recess, games, and a variety of structured activities. Our website will contain detailed ASC program information including registration, payment procedures and policies.

Agenda Book & Thumb Drive


Each student will be required to purchase an agenda book and a thumb drive from the school (the cost will be covered by the fee listed in your childs student supply list). The agenda book will be used on a daily basis by teachers for communication to parents. Students will use the book to log their home learning assignments. The classroom supply fee ($20.00) must be provided to the school office within the first 2 weeks of school. The agenda book must be signed each night, by a parent to ensure that home learning is completed and all communication has been seen daily. This is to ensure that parents are kept informed on a daily basis. If a student loses an agenda book, he/she will be required to purchase another one from the front office. No other agenda books will be accepted, as the school has ordered books with specific items. Students will use the thumb drive to transfer digital files between classes and between home and school. Proper use of thumb drives will be further outlined in the schools Technology Code of Conduct policy and procedure.

Arrival
Students need to learn the importance of regular school attendance. In addition, it is important that students report to school on time. All students must use the school driveway to be dropped off. Regular drop off begins at 7:45 am to 7:55 am so that students are sitting in class/assembly by 8:00 am. There is no supervision before 7:45 am for students who are not enrolled in the Before School Care (BSC) program. If students are dropped off prior to 7:45 am they will be placed in BSC and the parent will be assessed a $25.00 registration fee and a single daily rate of $5.00.

Before School Care (BSC)


Before School Care Program (BSC) is a service Gardens SOTA provides for all parents for an additional monthly fee. Please see our web site for program policies & monthly payment schedule. Students who attend the BSC program will receive instructions and will need to report directly to the BSC Room upon arrival. Parents will be asked to sign

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their child in on a daily basis. Students in BSC will have time to review the previous days assignment. Breakfast will be available from 7:157:45 am. No students will be permitted to enter the building prior to 7:00 a.m.

Birthday Celebrations
Grades K-5 students are welcome to celebrate their birthday at school. Arrangements must be made in advanced with the classroom teacher. Pre-packaged snacks (cupcakes, cookies, etc.) and a drink may be brought to school to share with the students in your childs homeroom. No party bags, balloons or decorations are permitted. Siblings may not attend these celebrations as it would be disruptive to another class.

Breakfast and Lunch


Breakfast will be provided in the cafeteria for students registered BSC. For lunch, students have the option of bringing a packed lunch or purchasing lunch in the cafeteria. Because we are a satellite food service site, we must submit a count of meals needed to our provider school. Only children who register to purchase lunch in the cafeteria and have a food service account will be served cafeteria lunch. Menu selections will be posted online either on our school website or through the school district food service. Lunch orders are taken in homeroom every morning. If a student arrives at cafeteria without a lunch and he/she did not place a lunch order in homeroom, the student will be given a breakfast menu selection. Please keep a positive balance in your childs lunch account, as the school district food service does not grant credit. Payments for lunch should be submitted to the school office by Friday. We will submit payments to our provider school on the following Monday. Payments may be made by cash or check (payable to Gardens School of Technology Arts). Please note: there is a $25.00 fee for returned checks, and you may be required to pay in cash or money order for the remainder of the school year. Since we are trying to promote healthy fitness and eating habits, please do not send sodas, candy bars or chewing gum in your childs lunch. We also request that fast food not be brought to school. If you insist on bringing your child fast food, it must be placed in a regular lunch box or brown bag, and the toys must be removed. Applications for Free/Reduced Lunch are available online through the Palm Beach County School District. Parents must apply for this benefit yearly. If you require any assistance in completing the online application, please see the school office. Parents are responsible for providing lunch or paying for lunch until the application is approved.

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Behavior during breakfast and lunch periods reflects a students home training. Students should eat in an atmosphere that is pleasant and conducive to good habits. Please discuss good cafeteria manners with your child. Students will receive a glitch or detention for improper cafeteria behavior. We expect students to Use low voices during lunch Not play with or throw food Raise their hand if they need something Remain seated during the lunch period at their assigned table

Volunteer Service Hours during breakfast and lunch will be welcome. Please see the school office for assignments.

Bullying
Gardens SOTA takes bullying seriously and adheres to the Palm Beach County School district policies, which can be referred to at http://www.palmbeachschools.org/policies/ Chapter 5 for detailed information. In 2009, the State of Florida enacted the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act, which called for districts to enact anti-bullying policies that prohibited face-to-face mistreatment, as well as cyber-bullying and cyberstalking (the use of technology to harass and bully.) Unacceptable Behavior Bullying means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress in person-to-person encounters and/or by means of electronic communication or technological devices on one or more students or school employees. It is further defined as unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an adult or student, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual's school performance or participation; and may involve but is not limited to: teasing, social exclusion, threat, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, theft, sexual, religious, or racial/ethnic harassment, public humiliation, damaging or destruction of property, placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or property, cyber-bullying, and cyber-stalking. Action steps your child should take if he/she is being bullied (advise your child): You can empower your child by listening to and validating his/her feelings, by acknowledging that the harm he/she experienced is not right, and that he/she needs to get help in order to stop the mistreatment. Please do not encourage your child to fight or retaliate. Counter-aggression rarely works and often escalates the problem. Instead, encourage self reporting, discuss the distinct difference between

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tattling (snitching, ratting, giving up, narcing) and telling/reporting with your child. Explain that tattling is when a person intentionally tries to get another student in trouble for something minor. Telling is completely different because it means informing an adult of the harmful, immoral, unethical, dangerous, destructive, hateful or threatening behavior that has hurt the individual or someone else. If telling adults seems hard for your child, encourage him/her to ask a friend to accompany him/her to a faculty member to report the issue. Help your child strengthen his/her assertiveness skills. If your child is able to write, encourage him/her to file a Bullying/Harassment Incident Report located in the front office or complete a Bullying/Harassment Anonymous Drop-Box Report and file it in the drop boxes placed at various locations on the campus. In the short run, encourage your child to walk with friends whenever possible. If your child is being bullied online or by text messaging, encourage him/her not to retaliate or reply, but rather to report the activity to school personnel. Encourage your child to join clubs or take part in activities where she/he can meet and/or make new friends.

If your child is engaging in bullying behavior: Make it clear that you take bullying seriously and you will not tolerate this behavior. Develop clear and consistent rules within your family for your childs behavior. Spend more time with your child and carefully monitor his/her behavior. Build on your childs talents by encouraging him or her to get involved in prosocial activities. Talk with your childs teacher or administrator to approach this behavior as a team. If your child needs additional help, talk with a counselor or mental health professional. What you should do if your child is bullied: Most importantly, focus on your child. Listen, be supportive and gather information and the facts related to the incident. Stay calm and report the incident(s) to your childs teacher or one of the schools administrators. Document all incidents of mistreatment, abuse, cruelty, and/or disrespectful acts toward your child and or perpetrated by your child. Complete and/or encourage your child to file a Bullying/Harassment Incident Report from the front office and/or the Bullying/Harassment Anonymous Drop Box Report placed throughout the school. Reporting is not tattling when the intention is to alert teacher and/or administration of any harmful acts of mistreatment toward your child or others. Request that you be informed or schedule a follow up conference to discuss

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findings and determine actions to monitor and support all students involved, as well as to deter continued and/or escalation of incidents. Seek resources to assist you in strengthening your childs resiliency toward harm.

Communication
Communication is absolutely essential to our success and our administration and staff recognize this and will strive to facilitate open and frequent communication with parents at all times. The student agenda book is used for daily communication between teachers and parents. Please read and sign your childs agenda book daily, and feel free to write notes and questions for the teacher as well. Certain grades will also utilize a homework and communication folder. Student work will be sent home along with progress reports as needed. The parent/guardian will be asked to sign and return this information. Parents will have access to their childs grades by logging into the schools designated website and online grade book. Parent User Names and Passwords will be sent home once orientation is complete. Please do not call the school office for your Parent User Names or Passwords. Contact your childs teacher via the agenda book with any questions. Please feel free to consult with the school office regarding any problems or questions that concern your child. However, it is imperative you speak with the childs teacher first for classroom issues. It is the desire of the administrators and the faculty to be of service to both parent and student, and every teacher welcomes a conference with any parent. At no time is it appropriate for a teacher to meet with parents while other students are present, including during arrival or dismissal/pickup time. Therefore, conferences need to be scheduled ahead of time, so the teacher and/or an administrator will be available to meet with you. It is parents responsibility to stay informed. We endeavor to become a paperless school. Important information will be posted on our school website. If you do not have access to the internet, a copy of the information will be posted in the front office area. Also, please check your childs backpacks daily for emergency notices and www.mysota.com weekly for new information.

Discipline Procedure
Discipline is the process of changing a student's behavior from inappropriate to exemplary. We are never satisfied with merely stopping poor behavior. We desire to teach the student to do what is right. Students are not disciplined out of anger or for the sake of convenience, but with the intention of helping the student make appropriate choices. Though few students desire discipline, they often need it in order to reach their full potential.
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Each teacher will establish appropriate procedures for discipline in his/her classroom based on the following guidelines. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. 1. Students are expected to respect the authority of school personnel, which includes but is not limited to: administration, teachers, staff and substitutes. 2. Malicious destruction of school property results in the replacement, repair or payment for damages by either the student or his/her parents. The placement of stickers on school property is forbidden. 3. Students shall help keep the school clean at all times. There is to be no gum chewing in the school building or on the school grounds. 4. Items such as water pistols, matches, radios, media players, skateboards, electronic gaming devices, ipods, trading cards, Silly Bandz, toys, weapons of any sort, etc. are not permitted at school unless specifically requested or authorized on certain times and days by your childs teacher. 5. No notebooks, albums, magazines, lunchboxes, etc. will be permitted that carry pictures or slogans referring to the drug culture or alcohol. Profane, abusive or slang language is not permitted. 6. Zero tolerance for aggression, drugs and alcohol. (Students that push, hit, bite, kick, harass, bully or use the internet or any other form of communication in a negative way will be suspended or withdrawn from the school). 7. Cell phones are not permitted to be used at school and should be shut off and put away unless specifically requested by a teacher in relation to an educational activity. School phones are available for emergencies. Students not following this policy will have their cell phones confiscated and the phones will only be returned to a parent. They will also lose the privilege of bringing their cell phone to school. Gardens SOTA is not responsible for any lost or stolen cell phones, electronics or personal items of value. Any student bringing these items to school does so at their own risk. The Palm Beach County School Board passed a Code of Student Conduct that lists violations and disciplinary actions that must be taken in order to deal with the misconduct (may be downloaded or viewed at www.palmbeachschools.org). Detentions will be given by administration, teachers or school staff, which will be served after school in a designated, supervised room. In addition to regular detentions, middle school students may receive work detentions to be served on specific days and times. Failure to fulfill the terms of any work detentions may lead to an in-school or out-ofschool suspension. Detentions will be given for the following infractions, but not limited to the list below: Missed Homework: For each missed assignment, a child will receive 1 glitch. Children with chronic homework infractions are referred to the school administration for possible suspension.
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Uniform: The first time a student is in breach of the uniform code, a warning will be given to the student and parent. A warning will be written in the childs daily agenda. The second time a student is out of uniform, a glitch will be issued. Behavior: The first time a child demonstrates improper behavior a warning will be given. Upon receipt of a second warning, the warning will be written in the childs daily agenda and a glitch will be issued. Note that a misbehavior may warrant a referral the school administration for disciplinary action which may result in suspension.

When the child receives the second glitch, teachers will advise parents that the next infraction will result in a detention. Parents will receive this notification in their childs agenda book. Once the detention has been assigned, it is the childs responsibility to return the signed detention notification form to the teacher within 24 hours. Failure to return the signed detention form will result in additional consequences. Suspensions may be issued by the school administration for specific infractions after a student has accumulated a number of detentions. Upon being issued a suspension, parents will be contacted for a conference with school administration. In rare and unfortunate circumstances, students may be dismissed (recommended for withdrawal from the school). The schools dismissal policy may be found posted on our website.

Dismissal & Student Pickup


Student pickup will begin at 3:00 pm on regular days (2:00 pm on Fridays except for field trips and special event days). Students must leave the school grounds immediately after dismissal, unless enrolled in our After School Care program or Enrichment activities. From the dismissal area, children will be escorted either to the After School Care (ASC) program, released for pickup or released to walk or bike ride home. Please avoid calling the front office during dismissal and pickup time (2:45 through 3:15 pm). Students may not be picked up early after 2:30 pm Monday through Thursday or after 1:30 pm on Fridays. Please do not call ahead, as we will not have students wait in the office for early pick-up. Any child picked up early must bring a doctors note the following day or it will be an unexcused early dismissal. Unless on duty volunteering, parents must remain outside the school building at dismissal time and inside their vehicles. Designated school staff or teachers will bring students to the designated area for pickup. Please do not begin forming a driveway pickup line before 2:50 (1:50 Fridays) so that we may keep the fire lanes free from

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obstruction and traffic backups do not form on the street in front of the school. Parents arriving early will be asked to park or move to the rear of the line. Students will not be permitted to cross the pickup lines or roadway to enter cars waiting in the parking lot. Pickup line may begin forming at 2:50 pm on Monday through Thursday and at 1:50 pm on Fridays. After School Care students may be picked up after 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday or after 3:00 pm on Fridays. Each student will be issued a placard that is to be placed in their pickup vehicle for easy reference. Only individuals listed on the EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM are permitted to pick-up students from the school. Valid photo identification may be required of individuals picking-up students. If someone arrives at the school to seek the release of a student and the person's name is not on the emergency contact card or the person does not have valid photo identification, the student will not be released. To avoid having the school become involved in personal family conflicts, parents or guardians should submit to school authorities a copy of any legal documents, which indicate who has legal access to the child and his/her records during school hours. In the absence of legal documentation, school officials will provide access only to those individuals whose names appear on the student's data card. Failure to provide the school legal documentation outlining visitation rights will result in any parent listed on the birth certificate to be permitted to pick up a child. Friends and strangers will be denied access to a student in the absence of verified parental consent. Students not picked up on time will be placed in the ASC Program and be charged a one time registration fee of $25.00 and assessed a $5.00 fee for every 30 minutes they remain in school. If making changes in your child's dismissal plan, please provide a written notification in advance and in person to the school office or phone the school office prior to 2:00 pm. No last minute phone calls or messages can be processed or accepted. Examples of changes to childs dismissal plan: A biker/walker student going home through parent-pick-up instead An After School Care student going home in parent-pick-up instead of going to the After School Care Program. Requesting that a student be placed in After School Care for the day instead of going to parent-pick-up.

Dress Code
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appropriate school uniform during normal school days. Gardens SOTA reserves the right to interpret these guidelines and/or make changes during the school year. Students are expected to follow these guidelines. Every student in attendance shall wear the Gardens SOTA official school uniform shirt from Harris School Uniforms and abide by the schools dress code. Shirts Grades K, 1, 2 - Royal Blue or White school shirt Grades 3, 4, 5 - Teal or White school shirt Grade 6 - Black or White school shirt Must be purchased through the school at reduced cost of $14 each. Size/color samples are available at the school office. Bottoms Boys - Shorts or pants in khaki, navy, black - four pockets or less - neatly tailored style. No denim, cargos, sports styles or sweats. Girls - Shorts, skorts or pants in khaki, navy, black - shorts or skorts near the knee. No denim, sports styles or sweats. These items do not have to be purchased at the uniform store, but articles in question will be subject to the administration's discretion. Socks/Shoes Closed-toed neutral-color shoes with neutral-color socks. No blinking shoes, bright colors, crocs, sandals, roller skate shoes, military or workboot style footwear. Accessories Girls may wear stud earrings. No other jewelry is permitted. Conservative hair accessories in school colors or neutral colors are permitted. Hats are not permitted. Boys may not wear jewelry, watches or hats, unless specifically authorized by the school (e.g. for a field trip). Warm Clothing A white or black long-sleeved knit shirt may be worn under the uniform short as an extra layer during cold weather. Neutral-colored sweaters may be worn indoors. A jacket, scarf and warm hat will be permitted for outdoor activities during cold weather. Grooming & Modesty Hair must be neat and clean with no "unnatural" colors, i.e. fluorescent, bright green, etc. Hair must be combed down without spikes. Students may not have hair hanging in their face that obstructs their eyes. Hairstyles disruptive to the learning environment will not be permitted. No hats or bandanas may be worn. Headbands may only be worn

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if holding hair back and may not be worn across the forehead. At no time are students to wear anything offensive, immodest or deemed inappropriate by the faculty. The first time a student is in breach of the uniform code, a warning will be given to the student and parent. A warning will be written in the childs daily agenda. The second time a student is out of uniform, a glitch will be issued. All uniforms must be purchased through the uniform vendor and embroidered with proper school logos. Uniforms may not be purchased nor monogrammed at any other location. The approved school vendor is Harris School Uniforms.

Early Classroom Dismissal


Any student leaving school prior to classroom dismissal will have an early dismissal logged to his/her record. Excused early dismissals are given for doctors appointments with notes from the doctor. To receive an excused early dismissal, a doctors note must be brought to school the next day. No doctors notes will be accepted late. If you need to take your child out of school before the end of the school day, come to the school office and sign him/her out and a school employee will send for your child. Parents need to sign their child out on the sign-out log and wait for their child to come to the main office. Parents will not be allowed to pick up their child directly from the classroom. No child may be dismissed early from the classroom after 2:30 pm Monday through Thursday (1:30 pm on Fridays).

Emergencies (Illness)
The importance of regular school attendance cannot be over-emphasized; however, students should not be sent to school when they are ill or it is suspected that they have a communicable disease. Your child should not attend school if he/she exhibits any of the following symptoms: Fever of 99.6 or higher (Note: the use of fever reducers does not make a child well enough for school) Colored nasal discharge or chronic cough Flu symptoms such as malaise, achiness, nausea, lethargy, paleness Diarrhea twice or more within 24 hours Vomiting more than once within 24 hours (or in the morning before school) Rash or open sores Red/pink eye or discharge from the eye Throat pain or ear pain

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If a student becomes ill during the school day and it appears that they would be best cared for at home, the parent will be contacted to pick them up. In order for a child to return to school, he/she must be free of symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours. There are very limited facilities in the school, making it impossible to keep sick students for long periods of time. School personnel must be notified of any student's chronic illness (i.e. asthma, diabetes, heart conditions or seizures). This heightens awareness in case of an emergency. Please update Emergency Contact Information whenever changes occur. Students will not be permitted to take calls from parents to see how they are feeling. If the school has not contacted you, your child is feeling fine.

Emergency Evacuation
Your childs safety is paramount. We need to be prepared for the unexpected. We hold regular fire drills, lockdowns and extreme weather procedures drills. Under extreme circumstances should we need to evacuate the building, the local police will assist in determining the location the students would be held. For information during such an emergency you may contact 561-290-7661 or our school web page. The media is always helpful with disseminating information regarding evacuations and procedures as well. Students will only be released to the people identified on the emergency contact form. Please bring proper identification (a picture ID) when picking up your child. Keeping this in mind, please notify the office immediately when there is a change in home/cell phone numbers.

Enrichment Program
The enrichment program will be provided in addition to the regular After School Care program; therefore, it is not a requisite to be enrolled full time in the After School Care program to participate in enrichment activities. These activities will include extracurricular activities, clubs, teams and lessons. Students will have opportunities to participate in our enrichment programs throughout the year and we encourage parents and community members to participate in supporting and leading these activities and clubs. An enrichment and extra curricular guide will be posted on our website which will include the activities offered, the days, time and cost. Enrichment programs for 20112012 will begin in September.

Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


The revised Family Rights and Privacy Act became a Federal law in November 1974. The intent of this law is to protect the accuracy and privacy of student educational records.

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Without your prior consent, only you and authorized individuals having legitimate educational interests will have access to your child's educational records. In special instances, you may waive this right of access to allow other agencies working with your child to have access to those records.

Field Trips
As a learning experience, teachers will plan field trips. Parents may be asked to assist the teacher as chaperones. Parents serving in this capacity may not have other children accompany them. Parents who are officially selected to be chaperones may count their hours on the field trip as volunteer hours. The Guidelines for Chaperones form must be signed prior to any parent chaperoning a field trip. Parent chaperones are required to adhere to these guidelines. All parent chaperones must be pre-screened and cleared through Palm Beach County School District parent volunteer screening process. Teachers must submit the chaperone list to the office in advance, prior to each field trip. Participation on field trips is a privilege. Students serve as representatives of the school; therefore, they may be excluded from participation in any trip for reasons relating to academics, behavior/conduct and/or attendance. Students with fees owed to the school for Before Care Program/After School Care Program, NSF checks, lost books, etc., may not be permitted to attend field trips until these fees are paid. Written parental permission must be given for students to participate on field trips. The teacher will generally send home permission slips and information about each field trip well in advance of the field trip date. Money and permission slips must be turned in according to the teacher's instructions, prior to the field trip, or the student will not be permitted to take part. Students will be advised if there are any specific dress code requirements for each field trip. Field trips must be paid according to the provided instructions and field trip fees are non-refundable.

Grading Scale
Each teacher will communicate grades via our electronic grade book. Parents will be provided access instructions shortly after the start of the school year. Report cards will be distributed per the district calendar. Gardens SOTA will use the following grading scale: A 94-100% A- 90-93%

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B+ 87-89% B 83-86% B- 80-82% C+ 77-79% C 73-76% C- 70-72% D+ 67-69% D 63-66% D- 60-62% F 0-59% Special classes may be marked: E=Excellent S=Satisfactory N=Needs Improvement U=Unsatisfactory Students and Parents should not be surprised when they receive mid-term, trimester or quarter/semester grades as you will be kept informed and up to date about progress or lack thereof of your child. Conduct "grades" will be based on attitude, cooperation, citizenship, etc. and will be reported separately from the regular subject grade.

Grievance Procedure
Most parental concerns can be addressed through open communication. If parent(s) or students feel they have a grievance or complaint, they should do the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Carefully analyze the problem and be sure you have ALL the facts. Ascertain that you have a rational attitude about the problem. Seek to resolve the problem with the teacher, if applicable. If you believe the problem is not resolved, request a meeting with administration. If still unresolved, the parent should submit a written grievance to the Gardens SOTA Governing Board designee, who will present the appeal to a review team that will include, but not be limited to a teacher, the Governing Board designee and a parent. 6. If still unresolved, the Governing Board designee or the parent may request the matter be presented to the full Governing Board. The Board will not consider or re-hear the case, but simply determine if the appropriate procedure and policy was adhered to prior to rendering a decision. 7. The Governing Boards response will be considered final. 8. At any point in the process, the school may inform the Palm Beach Charter School Department.

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As a charter school, Gardens SOTA is a choice school, meaning that parents send their students to the school by choice. Parents that do not adhere to the above procedure or seek to circumvent this process are demonstrating that Gardens SOTA may not be the right choice for them and their child and they may lose the privilege of automatic re-enrollment.

Home Learning Policy (Homework)


The purpose of home learning is to develop study habits for children early on in their academic lives. It is also used to reinforce concepts that have been taught or to work on projects that have been assigned. If a child does not understand his/her assignment after trying to do it at home, please send a note to the teacher indicating the problem. Teachers may use the following time schedule as a guide when assigning home learning: Home Learning and Reading Log Grade K: 10 minutes 10 minutes Grade 1: 20 minutes 10 minutes Grade 2: 20 minutes 20 minutes Grade 3: 30 minutes 30 minutes Grade 4: 45 minutes 30 minutes Grade 5: 45 minutes 30 minutes Grade 6-8: 60 minutes 30 minutes These times are a guide only and are based on the average child's ability and on concentrated, undistracted time for doing home learning. Some days home learning assignments may take less time and may take slightly more time on another day. A child who does not complete class work in class may have to complete class work in addition to home learning. Reading Log requirements will be sent home by the Reading/Language Arts teacher. Assignments must be completed on time and properly written. The only acceptable excuse for not completing home learning is the student's illness or a written note stating an emergency, which prevented home learning from being completed. If a student fails to bring in home learning, he/she should complete it for the following day. Teachers keep daily records of home learning assignments which are used in determining term grades. If a child fails to complete home learning, there may be consequences in the classroom. If a child continually fails to complete home learning, consequences may include detention or suspension. It is important to note that home learning is the students responsibility. Assignments will not be accepted at the office from parents.

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All students will be required to write their assignments in their school agenda. Parents are to ensure that home learning is completed and all communication has been seen daily. Parents not signing the agenda will result in student receiving a homework glitch. The parents responsibility is to provide a quiet environment and assistance when needed. In addition, parents may help in the following ways: Show an interest in your childs work. Provide a place and time for quiet study. Assist in practicing with spelling words and number combinations. Encourage home reading and listen to your child read. Review the homework for neatness and completeness. Refrain from doing the work for your child. Discuss problems related to home study with your childs teacher.

Students will not be permitted to return to a classroom after dismissal to get home learning assignments and projects. This also includes the students participating in the After School Care program.

Honor Role & Awards


Gardens SOTA has high expectations for our students. It is our desire that every student reaches their full potential and gives their maximum effort. Our role includes helping them reach beyond what they believe or realize they are capable of achieving. We look forward to acknowledging the achievements of our student body with the following awards (which may be added to and adjusted throughout the year). Quarterly Honors Role Grades 3-8: High Academic Honors - All 90s in academic subjects. Grades 3-8 Honors: All 80's and 90's in academic subjects. Grades K-8: Perfect Attendance - No more than one tardy and/or early dismissal. End of the Year Awards Grades 2-8: Principals Award - All 90s all year in academic subjects Grades 2-8: Academic Achievement - All 80s and 90s all year in academic subjects Grades K-1: Academic Achievement - No more than 5 Ss all year in academic subjects Grades K-8: Perfect Attendance - Less than 4 tardies and/or early dismissals Grades K-8: Citizenship - One outstanding citizen per class Grades K-8: Visual/Digital Art Achievement - One student per class Grades K-8: Dramatic Art Achievement - One student per class Grades K-8: Technology Achievement - One student per class Grades K-8: Physical Education Achievement - One student per class

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Grades K-8: Gardens SOTA Excellence Award - One student per grade level for outstanding achievement in academics, citizenship and effort Additional awards will be presented for student achievements in specific clubs and enrichment programming.

Hallway Behavior
Students should travel through the hallways quietly to avoid interrupting ongoing classes. Students should always arrive to class on time. Students are NOT permitted to show public display of affection. For safety reasons students should walk as directed along the hallway and keep their hands, feet and other objects off the corridor walls.

Injury
An accident report will be completed and filed for everyday accidents. The procedures listed below will be followed for an injured student: 1. Teachers will send the student to the office for first aid treatment if the injury is minor. Teachers will notify the office if the student is unable to be moved. 2. School personnel will administer basic fist aid. 3. The parent(s) will be called and the injury described. For minor injury, the parent will make the decision about removing the student from the school. An injury to the head requires the student to be picked up by the parent. Emergency contact persons will be called if parent cannot be reached. 4. Emergency personnel will be called for critical injuries that require the type of care that school personnel cannot offer, and the parent or emergency contact will be notified.

Instructional Books, Equipment, Materials and Supplies


All textbooks, curriculum resources and software needed by students for school and home learning assignments are furnished by the school through tax funding, grants, donations or other forms of funding. Students need to realize that all instructional materials are expensive and that they should be cared for properly. Unless otherwise directed, students must not write in textbooks. Charges will be made for damaged or lost books and/or materials. Students must learn to be responsible for the care of personal and school materials. Students will not be granted transfers prior to returning all books and paying any fees owed to the school when due. Students will be expected to provide all basic supplies such as paper, pencils, crayons, rulers, scissors, markers, glue, etc. Any additional supply needs will be requested in

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writing by the classroom teacher. Please help your child come prepared for school by packing his/her homework and supplies in the evening to avoid the last minute morning rush. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to check and be sure that everything needed for the next day has been packed.

Labels
Please have your child's name on all personal property such as: lunch boxes, jackets, raincoats, school uniform shirts, etc.

Lost and Found


Throughout the school year, items which have been lost will be turned into the school office. Many problems will be solved if clothing and personal belongings are labeled with the student's name. Students may claim lost and found items through the school office. Unclaimed items will be donated monthly to various charitable institutions. Therefore, please label your child's personal belongings and retrieve lost items promptly. Uniform items not labeled and in good condition will be washed and resold for $5.00 each.

Medication
The administering or dispensing of any medicines (including non-prescription medication) to students by employees of Gardens SOTA without specific written authorization by the physician and parents of the student is forbidden. If it is absolutely necessary that the child take any medication while he/she is in school, and a physicians form is not signed, the parent may come to the school to administer medication personally. A Physicians Form may be obtained from the school office or website. The medication will be kept in the office and will be administered by office personnel. Students are not allowed to have any medication (not even over the counter medication) in their possession. Parents must pick up and drop off medicine in the office. Students are responsible to come to the office at the appropriate time to ask for their medication. It is not the responsibility of the office staff to remind the student. Please inform the school office of any medication procedures. The school does not have the services of a nurse and is not able to provide the services of a school nurse.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)


A great portion of each child's day is spent at school; therefore, his/her growth and development becomes a joint responsibility between the home and school. Everyone is urged to become active in helping further the goals and growth of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The faculty, staff and administration hope that all of the parents will become active members supporting the school and organization. Officers will be elected

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yearly according to the PTOs bylaws. The PTO will sponsor fundraisers throughout the school year. Monies generated by fundraising events will be used to purchase items voted on by the PTO members. According to the parent contract, you must participate in a minimum of one school fundraising activity. If you are interested in serving on the PTO, we ask you to contact the school office.

Parent Service Hours


We are grateful for all of the volunteer support the school has already received. Parents will be given many opportunities to volunteer their time both at school and at home in order to play a part in launching the school. Volunteer sign-ups will be available throughout the school year and for various events. Parents that have one child in the school are required to volunteer a minimum of 25 service hours each school year. Parents that have two or more children at the school are required to volunteer a minimum of 35 service hours per school year. For students that are enrolled after the school year has begun parent hours will be prorated at two hours per month for one child and three hours per month for two or more children. Ten service hours must be completed by January 14. Students whose parents have not completed these hours may lose automatic re-enrollment privileges and be placed back in the lottery. Students whose parents have not completed the remaining hours by May 9 may also lose automatic re-enrollment and be placed on the waiting list. Students participating in any end-of-year trips must have their parent service hours completed prior to the trip date. Please check with the school office to make sure your hours are completed on time. Specific instructions will be provided for you to log your hours. To volunteer in classrooms, please make prior arrangements with the teacher so that instructional time is not lost. We suggest that a minimum of 2 hours of volunteer service be spent working on school fundraisers and special activities. Parents will receive volunteer time for attending workshops and general parent meetings conducted in the school, open meetings of the schools Governing Board and PTO meetings.

Payment of School Account Fees


In order to ensure proper credit is posted to your childs account, please be sure to print on all checks the students name, service being paid and include copy of registration form when necessary. If a students account is not current, he/she may not be able to attend school functions and may lose automatic enrollment status for the following school year. Please read Returned Checks section in the handbook. Separate payments are required for each program e.g. lunch, aftercare, enrichments etc.

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Pediculosis (Head Lice)


Students will be checked periodically for head lice and they will be sent home immediately if school personnel suspect lice in their hair. Such students MAY NOT return to school until treatment has been administered and all nits have been removed from the hair. Upon returning to school, the student will be checked to determine if any nits are still present before admission to class. To prevent an outbreak of head lice, parents are asked to examine the hair of their children weekly.

Returned Checks
Returned checks to Gardens School of Technology Arts are charged a $25.00 returned check fee. Although banks notify their checking customers first, a courtesy letter may be sent home as a reminder from the school. Payment for the returned check must be made in cash or money order. The returned check and $25.00 fee must be made within 7 days of notification from the school. After two returned checks to the school, a family may be required to pay all further fees by cash or money order only. Students whose families do not submit payment for returned checks will lose privileges of field trips, special events and may lose automatic enrollment status for the following school year.

School Advisory Council


A School Advisory Council will be formed shortly after the start of school and will meet several times a year to discuss school wide goals within the School Improvement Plan. Details will be posted on the school website.

Screenings
Kindergarten students are screened for speech, hearing, and vision to rule out any difficulties in these areas. Information about these screenings will be provided in advance and will be coordinated with local school and health department services.

Student of the Month


There will be one student per homeroom class selected as student of the month. Student of the Month will be based on Gardens SOTAs character education program. Each month will emphasize a different characteristic. Character program details will be posted to the school website. Parents will be notified of Student of the Month winners and students will be honored during morning assembly and will receive a certificate award.

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Student Progression Plan


Gardens SOTAs student progression plan will be aligned with the Palm Beach County School Districts Student Progression Plan requirements and procedures for K 8th grade students. The districts progression plans can be found at the district website, www.palmbeachschools.org.

Students Rights
Students have the right to feel safe from threats and bodily harm. Disruptive behaviors are never acceptable, and when they occur, they will result in time out, exclusion from participation in class activities or field trips, detention, suspension or school withdrawal or other disciplinary action. Parents who have a conflict with a student other than their own child and/or another parent are requested to speak to the administration. At no time may parents approach or confront another student directly. All students and employees will be treated with respect. Slurs, innuendoes, hostile treatment, violence, harassment, misuse of internet (Facebook, YouTube, etc.) or other verbal or physical conduct against a student or employee will NOT be tolerated. Police will be called when necessary.

Suspension and Dismissal


The schools current dismissal policy may be found online at the schools website. In addition to the Gardens SOTA Parent Student Handbook and related code of student conduct, The Palm Beach County School District Student and Family Handbook specifies consequences for certain violations. A student shall be subject to dismissal (a) if the student commits a Level Four offense as defined in the School District of Palm Beach County Student and Family Handbook (the Handbook), or (b) if the student commits repeated and chronic Level Three offenses as defined in the Handbook. A copy of the handbook may be viewed or downloaded in its entirety by visiting www.palmbeachschools.org or by requesting to view a copy at the school office. Prior to suspension or dismissal, the student has the right to a fair hearing. Offenses for which a student may be suspended or dismissed include but are not limited to the following: Fighting or other dangerous and/or disruptive behavior (hitting, kicking, harassing, pushing or biting). Possession or use of drugs and tobacco. Being under the influence or having alcoholic beverages on school grounds. Defacing or vandalism of school property.

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Igniting any flammable substance. Continual disruption of class. Emotional outburst Profanity Insubordination Disrespect Peer Conflict Any other conduct deemed by the administration to warrant suspension or dismissal in the interest of providing for a safe, orderly and peaceful educational environment for the student population.

Please note that Gardens School of Technology Arts reserves the right to dismiss any student from its program for disruption of any other students ability to fully participate in the schools instruction. Once dismissed, a student is not precluded from enrolling at a different public school unless the student has been expelled from all Palm Beach County Public Schools.

Tardy Policy
A child is tardy when he/she is not in the classroom/assembly in his/her seat at 8:00 am. A student who enters a classroom with a late pass is considered tardy. A student who enters the building before 8:00 am but reports to the assembly/classroom after 8:00 am without a pass may be marked tardy by the classroom teacher and then logged as such by the school office personnel. Students may not be dropped off when tardy; parents must sign in the tardy student. Excused tardies are given for doctors appointments with notes from the doctor. A doctors note must be presented at the time of arrival to receive an excused tardy. No late doctors notes will be accepted. Students exceeding a combination of 20 unexcused absences, tardies or early dismissals will lose automatic re-enrollment privileges and additional consequences may apply.

Telephone
The school has a business telephone to help transact the business of the school and the lines must be kept open. Students may not personally make or receive calls at any time. This means students may not call home for lunch, field trip money or any other reason. If an emergency arises, school personnel will contact parents or guardian.

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Testing and Assessment


As a public charter school, Gardens SOTA is required to participate in the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test schedule along with the rest of the district schools. Testing information can be found at the districts website, www.palmbeachschools.org and will also be posted at the schools website throughout the year. In addition to FCAT testing, the school will administer various assessments, including benchmark diagnostic assessments at the start of the year.

Severe Weather Information


Gardens SOTA will carefully monitor reports and decisions issued by the Palm Beach County School District in case of severe weather emergencies and then make a decision it feels to be in the best interest of student, staff and parent safety. Parents should watch the local news for information about school closings and check for email, backpack and website messages from the school.

Visitors
Visitors, including parents, are not permitted to go to a classroom unannounced during school hours because this disrupts normal routine and instruction. For the safety and protection of all students, school visitors (including parents) must sign in through the schools visitor check-in system and may be required to present valid identification. Parents must also sign in and out, state whom they are visiting, state the purpose of the visit, and obtain a pass before proceeding to a classroom. Cooperation will enable the school to provide a safe and orderly learning environment for all students.

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Gardens School of Technology Arts (Gardens SOTA) 2011-2012 PARENT CONTRACT


Please complete a separate contract for each child. I the parent/guardian of __________________________________ have read and agree to abide by the Student Code of Conduct, the Dress Code and all of the other policies and expectations of Gardens School of Technology Arts. Whereas, in order to provide my child with a unique educational opportunity; whereas, by choosing to enroll my child at Gardens SOTA is a decision of my personal choice and not a privilege; whereas, my desire to enroll my child at Gardens SOTA is premised upon my desire to become an active partner in the education of my child; now, therefore, in consideration of the foregoing: 1. As a parent of a student at Gardens SOTA, my commitment is to abide by the following resolutions: a) To abide by all school rules and regulations stated in the parent student handbook and elsewhere, which may be revised at the sole discretion of the school from time to time as the school deems necessary, b) To recognize and embrace my role as the primary educator of my child, c) To participate in parent workshops, events, functions and school fundraisers, d) To attend all conferences scheduled with any member of the Gardens SOTA staff, e) To participate in the Parent Service Hours, including volunteering 25 hours (1 child) 35 hours (2 or more children), at a rate that is sensitive to the needs of the school, and in all cases to be completed by May 9th 2012 (ten hours must be completed by January 14, 2012), f) To provide transportation to and from school for my child unless transportation is provided by Gardens SOTA. I understand that if I am late picking up my child, he/she will be placed in the after school care and charged a fee. (If my child is continually tardy/absent/released early, the attendance policies will be enforced and I understand that for the benefit of my childs education, he/she may be required to transfer to a school that is more accessible for my child), g) To purchase uniforms for my child from the designated vendor and ensure that my child is adhering to the school dress code on a daily basis, h) To supply lunch each day to my child, either from home or purchased from the Gardens SOTA approved vendor, and i) To be responsible for timely payments of any fees accrued at Gardens SOTA (cafeteria payments, before/after care, enrichments etc.). 2. To do the following things to enhance my childs academic growth, I agree to do the following: a) To read and use information sent home by the school to keep parents informed of the academic topics to be introduced and studied in the classroom. b) To provide a suitable time and place within the home for home learning. c) To limit television, video games, and phone usage during the week in order to allow for sufficient time for reading, studying and family time. d) To check my childs home learning and sign the agenda nightly. I understand that not fulfilling my contractual obligations to the school and to my child may result in my child being withdrawn from the school at the sole discretion of the Co-Administrators as approved by the Gardens School of Technology Arts Governing Board of Directors.

Signature of Parent /Guardian 1

Date

Signature of Parent /Guardian 2 (if applicable)

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Handbook Acknowledgment
Dear Parent, Please complete the bottom portion of this page and return it to the school office by Friday, September 9th, 2011. Thank you,

Lana Thormodsgaard & Shane Vander Kooi Your Co-Administrators

Student 1 Name

Student 2 Name

Student 3 Name

I acknowledge that I have read the Gardens School of Technology Arts 2011-2012 Parent Student Handbook. I agree to comply with all of the policies set forth in this handbook.

Parent/Guardian Signature 1

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