Edgar Park Elementary
“Home of the Panthers”
3601 Edgar Park
El Paso, Texas 79904
Parent Information Handbook
The administration, faculty, and staff would like to welcome you to Park Elementary School. The information in this handbook has been prepared to help students succeed at Park. Our teachers, support staff, counselor and administrators work hard to provide a challenging and stimulating learning environment to promote student achievement and build student character.
It is our goal to help all children succeed.
We know that students will be most successful when parents are involved in their child’s education. We encourage a partnership between home and school to provide a positive educational experience for you and your child. To accomplish this goal we ask that you keep lines of communication open with your child’s teacher and school personnel. Our school phone number is (915) 236-5975.
Edgar Park Elementary
Park Elementary School is in the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD). The school operates under EPISD regulations and is governed by the laws of the State of Texas. It is named after Edgar Park
School Office Staff 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Librarian 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Nurse 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Teachers 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Morning Pre-Kinder 7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Afternoon Pre-Kinder 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Grades K-5 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The vision of Park Elementary is to make students El Paso’s future.
The mission of Edgar Park School is to offer a stimulating and caring environment so students can achieve academic excellence and become respectful, self-sufficient, productive citizens.
All hard work pays off!
Blue and Gold
Park Elementary Goals for 2015-2016
- To increase the educational achievement of all students by providing them quality educational opportunities through a rigorous curriculum and a great school
- To create a school climate that is safe, productive, and positive which will support an effective organizational structure for students, parents, faculty, and staff through PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support)
- To implement and monitor programs and services to meet the needs of all students
- To establish effective use of technology
- To establish parental, business, community and school involvement to maximize the educational benefits for all students
Jaime Hernandez Principal
Vacant Assistant Principal
Samuel Rosales Counselor
Angie Gutierrez Nurse
Carla Delgado Librarian
Zareth Salvador Social Worker
Gabriela Vargas Secretary to Principal/Office Manager
Susie Sandoval LPAC Clerk
Gloria Rucker PEIMS Clerk
Bertha Warner Nutrition/Campus Clerk
Carolina Alarcon Military Parent Liaison
Marisela Ayers Parental Engagement Leader
Raul Reyes Cafeteria Manager
Jose Simental Head Custodian
Letty Rincon Campus Monitor
Linda Ochoa Campus Monitor
Olivia Ruiz Active Learning Leader
Lupe Favela Texas Literacy Initiative Teacher Leader
Veronica Burnett Science Teacher/Coach
Special Education Team
Veronica Matthews Special Education Teacher
Angelina Pages Diagnostician
Valerie Solis Speech Pathologist
Park Elementary or the El Paso Independent School District may not be held liable for any accidents that occur on school grounds before, during, or after school hours. Under State Laws, school districts are not liable for accidents which occur in schools. Parents are responsible to provide the appropriate medical protection for their children.
In an effort to aid parents/guardians when accidents occur, EPISD has procured an accident insurance policy that is available for parents to purchase. This insurance is optional and provided as a service to parents/guardians. Please contact the school office for more information.
Arrival (Before School)
For safety reasons, students may not arrive at school before 7:15 a.m. The playground monitor is not on duty until this time. The first two weeks students may eat breakfast in the cafeteria beginning at 7:15 a.m. The third week students will be required to be in class by 7:45 to take advantage of our FREE breakfast in the classroom. Our side gates will not be unlocked until 7:30 to ensure monitoring and promote safety.
- All 1st -5th students will report to the middle field everyday unless directed to do otherwise.
- Pre K and Kinder students will report to kinder drop off area located by Echo gate. Parent volunteers will monitor area.
- Students may use the front doors and proceed through the cafeteria breezeway to access the middle field located behind the school. Entrance through the side gates is also available only for students.
- Students are not allowed in the primary classroom hallways before school.
- Students must be courteous and follow PBIS expectations. BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, BE READY.
- Parents who have children in the primary grades may escort their child to the cafeteria upon arriving to school.After the child’s first day of enrollment, parents are not permitted to walk their children to the classroom.
- Please note that leaving your vehicle in the drop off area is prohibited.
- Any student who leaves the campus without permission before the school day has begun is placing themselves in a dangerous situation.
- Talk to your child about our rules and expectations for their safety.
Drop off for Kinder PK students can be in the cafeteria or designated area by Echo gate. For morning and afternoon classes if you want your child to eat please drop off in the cafeteria the first two weeks. If your child has already eaten, he or she can be dropped off by Echo gate.
Drop off for 1st-5th grade students can be in the front of the school or any gate around the school.
PK and Kinder students are picked up by their teacher at 7:45 a.m. First grade through fifth grade will line up in the middle field and they will report to class at 7:45 a.m.
Students’ behavior is expected to be refined and courteous during school assemblies. An indication of the cultural level of the school is the conduct of its student body at an assembly. Whether guests are present or not, each student is personally responsible for the impression made by the school as a whole. Assembly etiquette will be reviewed prior to an event. We have Proud Panther assemblies at the end of each nine week grading period and Terrific Kids Awards twice per month. Parents are encouraged to attend the Terrific Kids Awards if their child is being honored. Proud Panther is only for student so that they can be honored in front of their peers.
If your child is sick please call the school that day and bring a note upon the students return. Written notes received after the absence WILL ONLY be accepted for up to 5 days. If the child will be out for more than 3 consecutive days a doctor’s note is required per District Policy. Please make a note of the child’s absence for your records. Remember it is your responsibility to make sure all absence documentation is given directly to the appropriate school personnel. Please do not send notes to school with your child.
All Other Absences/Absence Request Form
School Administration will determine if an absence is excused or unexcused on an individual basis. Anytime your child is going to be absent from school for any reason other than an illness please come by the office and fill out an Absence Request Form. In most cases, only emergencies will be approved. Funerals, family emergencies, single days for deployment and reintegration MAY be approved on an individual basis. Your child’s overall attendance record will be considered on any decision regarding absences. All absence documentation will be reviewed. It is important to communicate with the school administration in regards to the absence request. Absences accrued without the consent form will be unexcused. Forms will not be accepted after the fact and could result in the absence being unexcused.
The State of Texas has a Compulsory Attendance Law which requires all students, once enrolled, to attend school for at least 90% of the days offered. EPISD students attend school for 180 days. In addition, the State of Texas requires School Administrators to file on a student and/or parent, guardian or responsible person for failure to attend school. Parents should contact the Assistant Principal for additional information on the attendance requirement.
Any student who is tardy must report immediately to the office. If the student is an early primary child, the parent must escort him/her to the front office and sign him/her in. The student will be given a tardy pass and then may report to class. Morning Pre-Kinder students are tardy at 8:05 a.m. Afternoon Pre-Kinder students are tardy at 11:35 p.m. K-5 students are tardy at 8:15 a.m. A record of student tardies will be documented by an office staff person. If a student receives more than 3 tardies per grading period, parents will be notified. Please note that tardies are considered loss of instructional time. Documentation of tardies will be subject to review during attendance reviews and could be considered as possible failure to attend school.
Attendance is important and we thank you for your support
Students riding their bikes and scooters to school must lock their bicycle to the racks located by Edgar Park gate. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen bicycles or scooters. Students may not ride their bikes or scooters on the school sidewalk. For your child’s safety, all students riding a bicycle or scooter should wear a helmet. Skateboards are not allowed at school as they cannot be secured.
Parents may choose to acknowledge their child’s birthday by bringing cupcakes or cookies to the office. An office staff member will deliver the treat to the class. Parents are not allowed to drop off birthday treats to their child’s classroom. Treats will only be distributed to students at dismissal time in accordance with FMNV regulations/requirements.
Bus transportation is a privilege. Misconduct will not be tolerated. Bus riders are expected to:
- Be courteous to fellow students and to the driver and monitor.
- Stay in their seats while the bus is in motion.
- Refrain from throwing anything out of the windows.
- Refrain from eating or drinking on the bus.
- Follow additional rules set by the bus driver.
Failure to follow rules of safety may result in removal of bus riding privileges.
The cafeteria serves several purposes at Park Elementary School. It is where meals are served, meetings take place, (PTA, assemblies, Science Fair, spelling bees, etc.) and classes are held. Because of the size of the facility and the number of students that may be present at any one time, it is imperative that all Cafeteria Rules and Procedures be followed. We are a PBIS school and to encourage students to follow all rules and expectations in a uniformed manner, parents will only be allowed to eat in the cafeteria on designated days. When dropping off lunch for your child please report to the front office so we can call the student to receive it. Parents can still come to the cafeteria for breakfast the first two weeks of school. Thereafter students will eat breakfast in the classroom.
- Enter the cafeteria in an orderly fashion.
- Walk at all times.
- Talk quietly at your table.
- Be polite and use good manners.
- Show respect for monitors, cafeteria staff, and students.
- Sit at assigned tables.
- Clean your area after you finish eating.
- Immediately get quiet when told to do so.
- Employees on lunch duty will escort students to the cafeteria.
- Students will walk in a straight line and in an orderly manner.
- Students will wash hands or use hand sanitizer before going through lunch line.
- Student will sit at the table assigned.
- Students will leave the eating area clean.
- Students will remain seated until escorted to recess by monitor.
- Violations of cafeteria rules will result in student conference. This means giving up play time (recess) the following day.
- Parents of persistent offenders will be contacted.
- Parents/volunteers must obtain a Visitor Pass from the office.
- In promoting independence, students must select items from the menu.
- In promoting independence, parents are not allowed in the cafeteria during lunch.
- Monitors will enforce rules and policies.
- Monitors will encourage your child to eat and use good table manners.
- Monitors may assist younger children as needed (opening milk cartons, etc.).
In this system, federal regulations state that a child may choose as few as three of the five items served. The student must be allowed to make their own decisions, not the teacher, the cafeteria worker, or the parent. Students quickly learn the procedures for selecting their food. The cashier must assure each child has taken at least three (3) different food components and will remind the child if they have not.
Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV’s) are only allowed on the following days:
December 18, 2015 Winter Break
February 12, 2016 Valentine’s Day
June 7, 2016 Last day of school
Parents, please be aware that the cafeteria must enforce strict rules and guidelines. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Our cafeteria must follow District and the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy.
FOOD MAY NOT BE TAKEN OUT OF THE CAFETERIA!
TO ENSURE STUDENT SAFETY, IN PROMOTING INDEPENDENCE, AND FOR THE SAKE OF STUDENTS LEARNING TO MAKE HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE OUR PARENTS TO SUPPORT OUR PROCEDURES
Providing your children with a Safe and Secure Learning Environment is a top priority of the Park staff. In order to provide these conditions for your child, we ask your cooperation in our efforts. It is imperative that we work together in this endeavor. We ask that all parents and guests at Park Elementary follow these basic rules while on the campus:
- Upon entering the building, proceed to the office, state the purpose of your visit, sign in, and pick-up a Visitor Pass. YOU MUST HAVE IDENTIFICATION IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A VISITOR PASS.
- Parents of Pre-Kindergarten students do not need a pass if they go directly to the cafeteria to drop off their children for morning or afternoon classes.
- Parents of morning Pre-Kindergarten students may drop off in the cafeteria or Echo gate. Afternoon Pre-Kindergarten students will be dropped off in the cafeteria.
- Passes are needed for all other activities on the campus when school is in session. For the safety and security of students and staff no one is allowed in the school building without a Visitor Pass once the instructional day has begun.
- Parents are required to sign their child out in the school office. Parents may not pick up their child at the classroom. The office staff will call your child out and direct the teacher to send them to the office. This helps reduce interruptions to the instructional program and ensures your child is released to the proper person.
- Parents may not sign in and obtain a Visitor Pass to visit their child’s classroom without prior approval from school administration with prior notice to teacher.
We will attempt to screen all individuals as they enter the school premises. We ask your help in this process by alerting our staff if you see anyone in the halls who is not properly identified. Your child is very important to us!
Communication between home and school is a key ingredient for the success of a child in his/her education. We encourage you to keep in touch with your child’s teacher and other support staff.
If you wish to have a conference with your child’s teacher, you may schedule an appointment by calling the office or by sending a note to your child’s teacher. You can always use student agendas, text, email, or phone to communicate with teachers. Please avoid conferences with teachers at arrival times due to loss of instruction and at dismissal times due to student supervision and student confidentiality. Teachers have a regularly scheduled conference period. All conferences should be scheduled for that time.
If you have a conflict and need to conference with a teacher at a different time, you will need to talk with the teacher and work out a possible alternate time. Some conferences may be conducted successfully by telephone.
The El Paso Independent School District holds two (2) Parent-Teacher Conferences a year to issue Report Cards and discuss academic progress.
District designated Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on:
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Please make plans to attend. On these days, students will be released at 12:15 p.m. Conferences will be held from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Any confiscated items that are turned in to administration must be picked up by a parent. It is the student’s responsibility to inform his/her parent that an item has been confiscated.
The counseling program at Park Elementary is designed to help all children as they grow and develop. A student may request a private conference by giving his/her name to their teacher. Parents may call the counselor or may schedule an appointment through the school office. If needed, the student may be referred to an outside counseling agency. Counseling sessions often focus on normal developmental concerns of children in an elementary school. The following are frequent concerns: forming and maintaining friendships, school work habits, family concerns, getting along with brothers and sisters, and improving behavior at school. Additional types of services and counseling may include:
- Loss of loved one
- Conflict Resolution
- Character Education/Leadership
- College Readiness
Other counseling services for students and parents are available through the campus Military Family Life Consultant (MFLC), Focus on Children and Families Program, and Child and Family Behavioral Health Services (WBAMC) and El Paso Center for Children.
Our school district follows a very strict policy when it comes to student outcries. If your child expresses desire to hurt himself/herself in anyway, our staff is required to initiate suicide protocol to assess the level of probability that your child might hurt himself/herself. Please talk to your child about not making comments in a joking manner about hurting himself/herself.
The vision of Park Elementary School is for all children to comply with student expectations and established school rules so they can be successful. Through the supportive efforts of parents and family members all faculty, staff, and administration will follow the EPISD Student Code of Conduct to promote an optimal learning environment that is nurturing and safe.
- Campus-Wide Discipline Plan
- Classroom Discipline Plan
- Anti-Bullying Plan
- PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support)
Our Discipline Plan is supported by the El Paso Independent School District Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct meets state law requirements.
Each teacher will send home a Classroom Discipline Plan for their classroom. Each plan will inform parents of the classroom rules, consequences, and rewards for good behavior. The EPISD Student Code of Conduct and the Student Handbook is available online:
http://www.episd.org/_departments/pupil_services/. These documents are on the right side of this site.
Information from these documents will be covered with all students at the beginning of the year and reviewed periodically. A copy of these two documents will be available in the office for your review.
In addition, students will also receive a copy of Student Expectations for Park Elementary. These are rules and procedures that are endorsed by the District and all staff members on our campus. It is imperative that you review these student expectations entitled Campus-Wide Discipline Plan and return the Acknowledgement Form.
School personnel will review the Anti-bullying Plan with students. As parents you play an important role in the success of our students’ behavior. We ask that you support our efforts to ensure a safe school environment for all students. The school will share strategies on ways to extinguish this inappropriate and unacceptable behavior and will take every measure to address any issues that may occur. Please talk to your children about bullying and provide them with some ways to resolve it.
Dismissal (After School)
DISMISSAL OF PK STUDENTS- Students will be dismissed in front of the school at 2:30 P.M. Classroom teachers and/or support personnel will walk students to this location. Parents may wait in front of the school. Parents are asked to please not go to the child’s classroom to pick up their child. Parents may proceed to the office or the classroom with the teacher if they have a parent concern, a scheduled conference, and/or if they need to conduct business with the office staff.
DISMISSAL OF KINDER-1st GRADE STUDENTS- Students will be dismissed through the Echo Street gate. Kinder lines up by the canopy outside the kinder hall and first grade dismisses by the canopy located outside the portable by Echo Street gate. Classroom teachers will walk students to this location. Parents are asked to please wait outside at the designated spot assigned to each class. Parents are asked to please not go to the child’s classroom to pick up their child. Parents may reinter the building if they have a parent concern, a scheduled conference with the teacher or need to conduct business with the office staff.
DISMISSAL OF STUDENTS- Parents must wait outside away from the main entrance or in an area agreed upon by the teacher and parent.
- Students in Pre Kindergarten will be dismissed in the front of the school.
- Students in Kindergarten will be dismissed by Echo Street gate.
- Students in 1st grade will be dismissed on the side Echo Street gate by the portables.
- Students in 2nd and 3rd grade will be dismissed by the gate located on Edgar Park Street.
- Students in 4th & 5th grade will be escorted to the gate located on Eclipse Street.
- Older siblings may pick up their younger siblings at the younger siblings designated area.
It is important that ALL parents make arrangements with the teacher on who will be picking up their child on a regular basis (Parent, grandparent, daycare…).
All parents must fill out a Parent Authorization Form. This form designates who is authorized to pick up your child when you are unable to do so.
It is important that all students who walk home or ride their bike home leave the campus immediately. Students may not ride their bicycles or scooters on the school sidewalk. For their safety, all students riding bikes or scooters MUST wear a helmet.
Parents must talk to their child about walking home, potential dangers of talking to strangers, bicycle safety, and other pertinent matters.
All students must leave school grounds once they are dismissed. Adult supervision is limited after school. For your convenience, our after school YWCA is available if you feel this program is beneficial to meet your schedule. Please talk to a YWCA staff member for questions regarding fees. We highly discourage PK- 3rd grade students walking home on their own. Please ensure your child is picked up on time. In cases where students are consistently picked up later than 3:30 parents will be contacted for a parent conference with administration to discuss any issues related to this violation of school policy.
During inclement weather days dismissal procedures will change and students and parents will be notified of the changes in procedures. In most cases all students will remain indoors until parents have arrived.
The dismissal process is a busy one for all of us.
Please communicate with your child’s teacher or school administration if you have a question or concern about the dismissal process.
We thank you for your patience and courtesy.
Dress Code Policy
Please consider the Dress Code Policy when purchasing clothes for your son/daughter.
- Appropriate size and length of apparel is required.Clothing may be loose and have a comfortable fit.Oversized (baggy) clothing will not be allowed.
- No spaghetti strap tops, bareback tops, or midriff blouses.Clothing should not be revealing (regardless of the child’s age).
- Any form of dress or hair style considered to be disruptive (i.e. Mohawks, bright hair color, tall spikes, duck tails) to classroom instruction will not be permitted.
- Students must wear appropriate shoes for safety reasons.Tennis shoes are highly recommended during physical education.Flip-flops are not to be worn.“Heely’s” or any type of shoe with wheels will not be permitted on school grounds.
- Students will be asked to remove jewelry that may be disruptive and/or dangerous to others. Boys may not wear earrings.
- No stick-on or removable ink tattoos are allowed
- Hats or visors are not to be worn inside the building. The hood of a jacket must not be worn once a student enters the building.
- Clothing may not violate the district standards of Dress and Grooming as listed below.
The El Paso Independent School District prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing that have the following characteristics:
- Lewd offensive vulgarities or obscenities.
- Advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any substance prohibited under policy FNCF (LOCAL).
- Show evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang, unauthorized club, or organization under policy FMC (LOCAL).
Dress Code and Grooming
The school district expects students to come to school in clothes that are clean and that will not be a health or safety threat to students or others. The District prohibits any clothing or grooming that, in the principal’s/designees’ judgment, may reasonably expected to cause disruption of/or interference with normal school operations.
If a student’s clothing, dress, or appearance is determined by the faculty, staff, or school administrator to be unacceptable, the parent will be called to bring a change of clothing. Students who continue to violate the dress code may be referred to school Administration for further administrative action to include Detention and/or In-School suspension
Dropping Off Your Children
Parking is limited and parents are encouraged to walk their children to and from school. Parking your car or leaving your car running while unattended in the Drop-Off zone is strictly prohibited. Drive slowly and be watchful at all times. All children should exit on the right side of the vehicle. If your child must exit on the left side, please get out of your vehicle and assist them. Instruct your child to immediately enter the school. Student drop off should be quick. Never leave your vehicle parked in prohibited areas, only in designated parking areas if you need to enter the building. Please exercise extreme caution in this area and be courteous. Other parents are dropping off and picking up their children as well.
Early Dismissal Days
The District has designated the following days as Abbreviated School Days or Early Dismissal Days:
October 27, 2015 12:15 dismissal
December 18, 2015 12:15 dismissal
May 27, 2016 12:15 dismissal
Students will miss instructional time and learning if they are pulled out before the instructional day is over. This is strongly discouraged and will be monitored and documented as part of your student’s attendance record. We understand, however, that there are times when emergencies occur or when medical or dental appointments cannot be otherwise scheduled. Please try and make your appointments as late in the day as possible. When it is time for your child to leave school, please come to the office to sign him/her out. Please do not call the school and ask that your child be waiting for you in the front office. A student cannot be called out of class until they are signed out. In all cases of early release (students leaving before the end of the school day), the child must report to the office before they leave school grounds.
For the safety of our children, under no circumstances are visitors/parents to walk through the school building and/or classrooms unannounced. All visitors must sign in, state the nature of their visit, and obtain a Visitors Pass.
Grades are given by the teacher each nine weeks. Contact your child’s teacher as often as necessary to keep informed of your child’s progress. Familiarize yourself with the grading scale and requirements for academic achievements. The EPISD Parent Portal is available on-line for parents to monitor their child’s academic progress. Please communicate with teacher if you have any grading concerns. Grades should be entered on a weekly basis.
September 7, 2015 Labor Day
October 16, 2015 Staff Development No School
November 11, 2015 Veteran’s Day
November 23-27, 2015 Thanksgiving
December 21-31, 2015 Winter Holiday
February 15, 2016 Presidents’ Day
March 7-11, 2016 Spring Break
March 18, 2016 Staff Development No School
March 25, 2016 Spring Holiday
April 29, 2016 Staff Development No School
May 30, 2016 Memorial Day
Each student and their parent/guardians have a responsibility for the student’s mastery of the subject matter. The learning process is a joint effort. Homework and/or individual study units will be discussed fully in the classroom. Homework and classroom (class work) assignments are entirely different. At times students will be expected to complete unfinished class work at home. This is in addition to any homework assigned. The teacher will provide the instruction (directions) on what students are expected to do. Students are strongly encouraged to ask questions and seek clarification on all assignments. Each grade level has its own homework policy. Teachers will communicate their grade level homework policy with parents.
Parents can establish a learning environment in the home by:
- Showing a positive attitude towards education.
- Taking an interest in your child’s school work.
- Establishing good study conditions to include a quiet location in the home.
- Monitoring your child’s study habits.
- Exercising patience as you encourage your child.
- Asking your child to tell you what he/she learned
Teachers provide instruction to each student so that mastery of the subject matter can occur. The assignment of homework is an extension of that classroom instruction. The following are examples of homework assignments given to students at Park Elementary:
- Independent practice of newly learned skills.
- Expansion activities beyond the subject matter presented in the classroom.
- Introduction of new materials, such as the reading of a chapter in the text with a stated purpose of reading.
- Independent student projects, approved by the teacher.
Each classroom teacher will be providing their parents with homework expectations for their classroom.
The Principal’s Honor Roll is for students who make all A’s in academics and all O’s or S’s in conduct and effort. The Panther’s Honor Roll is for students receiving A’s and/or B’s in academics and all O’s and S’s in conduct and effort. Honor Roll is only for grades 2-5. All students PK-5 will be recognized after each nine weeks for their academic achievements.
Accelerated Reader (Independent Reading)
What it is: It is a tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. It serves as the practice component of a comprehensive reading program by promoting personalized practice with data to monitor and manage that practice.
Point of Contact: Lupe Favela, TLI Instructional Leader, Olivia Ruiz, Active Learning Leader
Career Cruising Spark!
What it is: Using a fun educational role-playing game called Sparkdale to help younger students learn about careers, life planning and social skills.
Point of Contact: Carla Delgado, Librarian
Drop Everything and Read
What it is: It gives the teacher a structured time to touch base with each student over a period of time, assess progress, and target instruction. Even more important, it gives students time to read what they want to read, share what they’ve read, and receive the support they need for further reading explorations and reflections.
Point of Contact: Lupe Favela, TLI Instructional Leader, Olivia Ruiz, Active Learning Leader
Guided Reading (Small Group Instruction)
What it is: A bridge between shared and independent reading. The goal is to guide students to independently use reading strategies at their own instructional level. Groups are flexible in size, usually 3-6, and are formed based on students’ reading needs and achievement. Texts should be chosen at an instructional level which falls between a 90-95 percent accuracy levels.
Point of Contact: Lupe Favela, TLI Instructional Leader, Olivia Ruiz, Active Learning Leader
What it is: It utilizes four critical components that provide teachers with a systematic and comprehensive internet-based intervention program that helps all students reach their highest potential in reading. The four components include assessment, instruction, reports, and teacher tools.
Point of Contact: Olivia Ruiz, Active Learning Leader, Lupe Favela, TLI Instructional Leader
No Excuses University
What it is: It is a national program used to encourage young students to prepare for college by adopting a school climate that promotes college readiness.
Point of Contact: Sandra Salazar, 5th Grade Teacher
PBIS: Positive Behavior Intervention & Support
What it is: School-wide initiative to identify, adapt, and sustain effective school-wide disciplinary practices.
Point of Contact: Renee Johnson, Grade 4
Think Through Math
What it is: It is a math differentiation system. It is a web-based curriculum proven to raise math achievement in grades 3 through Algebra I. The program is designed to meet the rigors of the Common Core and accelerate students to grade level.
Point of Contact: Olivia Ruiz, Active Learning Leader
TLI: Texas Literacy Initiative
What it is: It is a plan that streamlines and organizes initiatives and resources currently in place from age 0 through grade 12 and moves them into a focus for college and career readiness.
Point of Contact: Lupe Favela, TLI Instructional Leader
The school library is a pleasant place to read or study. It is open daily from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We welcome all to share in the joy of reading.
Check out policy: Books are checked out for two weeks and may be renewed for two additional weeks. Students in grade 1 are allowed to check out one book with their class; grade 2 students are allowed two books; and grades 3 are allowed three books. Students in grades 4-5 are allowed to check out 4 books. Pre-kinder and Kinder students will not check out books with their classes. However, parents may bring their children before or after school to check out up to four library books. Parents of students at any grade level are welcome to come to the library with their child and check out library books.
Lost or damaged library books: If library books are lost or damaged students are responsible for paying for the book before they can check out other library books. Students cannot be cleared from the school until all outstanding library balances have been paid.
Overdue Policy: Students who have not returned their library book by the due date will be placed on an overdue list. Overdue notices will be sent to the student’s teacher throughout the year. The library does not collect overdue fines, we ask students to return library books in a timely manner so that they may be able to check out more books. Students will not be permitted to check out additional library books if they have overdue books.
Lost and Found
Articles found in and around the school must be turned in to the office where the owner may claim their property by identifying it. Articles of clothing are kept in the cafeteria. Valuables such as watches, cell phones, keys, glasses, etc., will be kept in the school office. Items not claimed by the end of the fall and spring semesters will be donated to charity.
Your child’s full name should be written on all removable clothing, such as jackets, coats, sweaters, caps, hats, etc. Do not forget to label backpacks and lunch bags. The faculty and staff, and administration suggest that you periodically visit our lost and found area. Important note: Don’t forget that all parents must report to the office if visiting the lost and found area during the instructional day.
Meal Prices and Menus
We are pleased to announce that we will be implementing a new option available to select schools in El Paso ISD that participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. It is called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and will begin in school year 2015-16. In a CEP school, all students receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost, regardless of family income. Families will not need to fill out an application for school meals if all of their students are attending the CEP campuses. Meals will be available from the first day of school for breakfast and lunch at no cost to students. The first two weeks students will eat breakfast in the cafeteria. Starting the third week all students will eat breakfast in the classroom.
Information and Procedures
Adequate nutrition is essential for optimal learning, which is why we work hard to provide our students with excellent service at our cafeteria. It is important that you become familiar with our system.
Breakfast is served from 7:15 a.m. – 7:55 a.m. the first two weeks of school in the cafeteria. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide the student breakfast if he or she arrives to school after 8:00 a.m.
We are always in need of volunteers to help our students during the lunch period. Full or partial help is greatly appreciated. Lunch services are provided between 10:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Parents are welcome to eat with their children during our Parental Involvement events or on other special occasions. When these events become available we will inform parents. Adult lunches and children not attending Park are priced “A LA CARTE.”
A copy of the school menu for each month will be sent home in advance. The school lunch menu will be posted on the main page of EPISD website . Copies of the calendar may also be picked up from the front office.
Students in grades K-5 are allotted a 40 minute lunch period. Lunch time information will be available through your child’s teacher.
Pre-K students may eat lunch if parents choose for them to do so. Morning classes will be served at 10:55 a.m. (parents must pick up their children immediately after they have completed lunch). Morning PK students must be picked up no later than 11:30 a.m. Parents must wait for their child in the front of the school. Afternoon classes will be served at 10:55 a.m. Please do not bring afternoon PK students to lunch before 10:55 a.m. Their lunch is served at 11:15.
The lunch program is operated under guidelines from the federal government. Therefore, we cannot sell soda or candy to elementary school students during the lunch time.
Applications for the free/reduced price meal program must be submitted and processed each year. Free and reduced lunch applications will be distributed at registration or by homeroom teachers. Approval is given by the El Paso Independent School District Food Service Department.
We will make every effort to provide your child with lunch each day.
Please communicate with the cafeteria staff or administration if you are experiencing problems with your child’s lunch.
Thank you for providing for the needs of your child.
It is the responsibility of the student (or the parent in the case of the younger students) to ask for make-up work following an absence. Request for assignments and/or tests should be made on the day the student returns to school. Work should be completed within the same number of days as the absence. For long absences or absences due to severe illnesses, the teacher will adjust the time.
The Parent Portal provides parents with online access to information on their EPISD-enrolled students. Parents will be able to view their child's attendance, classroom assignments, and grades. Parents may register for the parent portal in the front office. Please bring photo identification. Parents may also register and access the portal by visiting the website at http://www.episd.org/_parents/.
Park Parent Program is a great way to become part of the school community and assist teachers and parents meet the needs of all students. We invite all parents to become members and active participants of the Park Parent Program. PPP meetings are held each month at 5:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria unless otherwise notified. Notices of programs will be sent home, and every change in the schedule will be announced.
Parking for parents and visitors is located in the front parking lot and around school. For the safety of our children, parents, and employees, please exercise caution when you park or drive through the faculty parking area. Parking spaces are limited. Parking in the Bus Zone, Student Drop-Off Zone, or any other area marked red is strictly prohibited and may result in a citation from El Paso Police or District Police.
Two parties are allowed during the school year. The first one is the day before Winter break and the second one is the last day of school year. Parties are limited to the last hour of the day.
Physical education is a required subject as part of the school curriculum for all elementary students in grades K-5. It is necessary to notify our PE teachers should your child have temporary physical restrictions. Students needing to be excused from PE for more than three days require written notice from a physician. An excuse from participation does not excuse a student from completing modified assignments, written assignments, or written skills tests. Checking with the PE teacher on your child’s progress is encouraged. Parents are encouraged to participate in Wellness Wednesdays once per month during their child’s P.E. time.
Pledge to U.S. and Texas Flags & Moment of Silence
The State Mandate requires students to daily recite the pledge to the United States and Texas Flags, respectively. Students and staff are also required to observe a moment of silence each morning. If you do not wish for your child/children to participate you must make your request in writing. Written request may be given to the teacher or submitted directly to the office.
Report Cards for PK-5th are issued every nine weeks. A Progress Report will be sent to parents at the end of the 4th week of each grading period or at any time during the grading period if the grade falls below 70. Report cards will be issued on the following dates:
October 27, 2015 April 5, 2016
January 12, 2016 June 7, 2016
Safety is an extremely important aspect of the daily routine of attending school. It is very important that the home and school work together to ensure the safety of all children as they go about the business of learning. Talk to your child/children about school safety. The faculty and staff of Park Elementary will keep parents informed concerning issues of safety and work with the community to establish procedures to make the school as safe as possible. We practice fire drills once per month and Code Blue Lock Downs twice per year.
Traveling To and From School:
Students who walk to school should:
- Walk on the sidewalk (not in the street or landscapes).
- Use the crosswalks.
- Follow directions given by adult monitors or patrols.
Students who ride bicycles or scooters to school should:
- Follow all traffic regulations that apply to bicycles.
- Wear a helmet.
- Follow directions given by adults or patrols.
- Walk with their bicycles on the school sidewalk to the bicycle rack located in front of the school by Edgar Park Gate.
- Lock bicycle on the bicycle rack.
Never Talk or Stop for strangers!
- Do not throw rocks!!! Rocks are not to be picked up, kicked, or touched in any way.
- Obey all adults monitoring and supervising.
- Respect the right of others. Keep your hands, feet, and hurtful comments to yourself.
- Follow safety procedures when using playground equipment.
- Stay within the playground boundaries.
- Follow all School Rules and Student Expectations.
Hallways and Sidewalks:
Students should remember that hallways and sidewalks are there for the purpose of allowing people to move from one location to another. This movement should take place in a manner that will not create a safety hazard for others. The following rules apply when moving through the halls or down the sidewalks at Park Elementary.
- Walk at all times in the hallways or on the sidewalk.
- Move down the right side of the hallway or sidewalk.
- Stay on the sidewalk and do not walk on landscape.
- All students must carry a pass when they leave their classroom during instructional time.
Our school nurse is on duty Monday–Friday from 7:45 a.m.–3:45 p.m. to attend to children who become ill or injured. Please inform the office, the nurse, or the teacher if your child is experiencing a health problem that may affect their participation in school. Students may be excused from P.E. due to illness for up to three days with a parent’s note. Excuses from P.E. longer than three days must come from the student’s doctor. Please be sure that the emergency card is turned in and updated so you can be reached if your child has an emergency.
Please be advised that when the school nurse is not on campus, the school may not have a substitute nurse on duty. Office personnel will attend to your child’s health needs.
The school nurse must be aware of all medications a student is taking at school. The nurse will dispense medication once all administration requirements are met. A brief summary follows:
- All medications, including prescribed (i.e. short term antibiotics, year around anticonvulsants) and over-the-counter (i.e. Tylenol, cough syrup, Neosporin, calamine lotion, etc.) must be accompanied by a written doctor’s order and a signed parent consent form before medication can be administered at school . These authorizations must be obtained for each medication and renewed annually.
- All medication must be brought in the original container with the pharmacy label.
- The medication must be prescribed by a physician from the United States.
EXCEPTIONS: A student may be allowed to carry an inhaler, epinephrine, insulin pump or glucagon if the nurse has a current written order by the student’s physician and parent.
It is critical that all telephone and contact numbers be on file in the event of an emergency. In the event your child becomes ill or is injured at school it will facilitate the process of reaching you immediately. Notify the school immediately of any change of address or telephone number.
A supply list is available from the teacher, website, and office. Each student should come to school with the necessary school supplies. The school supply list is also available on our website.
Parents and students may stay informed about what is happening in our campus by visiting the Park Elementary website, which provides access to contact information, latest news, upcoming events, photo galleries, teacher websites, things to know and web links. The web address is http://Park.episd.org/index.php.
If your child has a physical or mental disability that significantly impedes on of the mayor life functions (learning being one of them), please communicate your concerns with our administration. If your child meets the criteria for Section 504, he/she may qualify for accommodations to level the playing field for him/her.
The goal of Special Education is to meet the needs of students. Another important goal is to move them up to the academic level of their peers. It is crucial that parents work with their children and their child’s teacher to ensure great results. High expectations, monitoring student effort, and attending all parent meetings (ARD’s) will help all students meet their academic goals.
When it becomes necessary to withdraw your child/children from school, please notify the school office three working days before the withdrawal date. This time is necessary to process paperwork and make certain that the student has cleared with all programs in the school (classroom, textbooks, library, lunch program, special programs, etc.). Teachers need time to make certain that all academic records are in proper order. Please provide the office with the city and state and, if possible, the name of the school where your child will be attending. Parents that are certain they will be leaving El Paso should notify the school sooner than the three working days.
Students in Pre Kinder are assessed using a new assessment tool from Child’s Learning Institute.
Students in Kinder-2nd are assessed using AR for MOY/BOY/EOY.
Students in 3rd-5th take the STAAR (More information coming)
The state of Texas and the El Paso Independent School District provide textbooks and workbooks for all students free of charge. However, damage to or the loss of these materials is the responsibility of the student to whom they are issued regardless if students lend their books out to their peers. To prevent unnecessary wear, the state requires that all textbooks be covered. We will be working with our Partners in Education to provide book covers for our school. If you would like to assist us, students may cover textbooks using paper bags. Please note: tape may be used to secure the book cover but not directly on the textbook itself. Fines for improper use or damage to books will be assessed. Full payment is required for lost books or for books too damaged for continued use prior to issuance of replacement books.
Students are not permitted to use the office or classroom phone except in an emergency and with staff permission. Please discuss after-school plans with your children before they arrive to school. Classes cannot be interrupted for non-emergency messages.
Students are not allowed to use cell phones during the instructional day. Cell phones must also remain off and turned in to the front office at the beginning of the day. Teachers and staff may collect cell phones from students who violate this policy. Parents will be contacted and a Student Incident Report may be generated for students who are repeat offenders. School will not be responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices.
Volunteers in Public Schools
Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) is designed for parents, the community, & businesses to participate in the educational process of schools. Please contact our VIP’s coordinator Mrs. Bertha Warner if you are interested in volunteering. Volunteers must complete an application with Principal’s approval, and clear a background check before they can begin volunteering at school. Volunteers must attend an orientation and be willing to volunteer as assigned.
On inclement weather days (rain, extreme cold, blowing dust, etc.), students will report to and remain in a designated area (primarily the gym or the cafeteria). Students will also remain indoors during lunch and P.E. if the weather is bad.
Parents are asked to make arrangements with their children so that each child will know exactly what they are expected to do in the event the weather is bad at dismissal time. All students will remain indoors until parents or daycare providers arrive. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
School will be in session unless the weather makes it dangerous for students to come to school. Local radio stations and television will announce the school District’s decision to suspend or cancel school.
Please sign this form, detach and send to your child’s teacher.
Parent Signature: __________________________Date: _______________
Student Name: __________________________Date: _______________