Additional Policies and Information
Due to allergy concerns and medical needs, birthday treats are not permitted. In addition, party invitations should not be brought to school for distribution. Due to confidentiality reasons, please do not ask classroom teachers or school personnel to provide specific addresses and phone numbers. However, such information is available through the all-school directory provided by the Peterson PTA.
We respectfully request that all visitors turn cell phones off or place them on vibrate when entering the building. Thank you for being respectful of our educational setting. If students bring cell phones to school, they must be turned off and placed in a backpack unless being used for a curricular purpose. Cell phones must not be used during school hours for calls or texts.
Digital Citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. (Mike Ribble, Digital Citizenship Institute) We want students and families of Peterson Elementary to model appropriate Digital Citizenship. Please be thoughtful of what you post online of other students and parents. Before you post a picture of a child other than your own, ask yourself “Do I have permission to post?” and “How will this post affect others?” Your family can explore and pledge to be good Digital Citizens through the following links: http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/uploads/ParentContract.pdf and http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/uploads/KidPledge1.pdf
For more information, please see the district website (www.ipsd.org) for Board Policies 7:180 and 7:190 which address student behavior, including cyber-bullying, and the District 204 Parent/Student Handbook under the Student Behavior section.
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If your child forgets his/her lunch or other items, you are welcome to bring them to school. Directly outside the office door, you will find a cabinet with grade level markings. Place the items in the cabinet and your student will pick up the items there.
Lost and Found
Please clearly label your child's clothing and other articles (including lunch boxes) with his/her full name. All unclaimed items will be placed in the "Lost and Found" basket at school. Thank you for following this policy, as we will not disrupt classroom instruction for forgotten items.
Money for hot lunch, field trips, book orders, etc., must be sealed in an envelope marked with the child's name, teacher, and purpose for enclosed money. Please do not allow your child to bring money to school unless the purpose is specified.
All grade levels will have the option to bring a healthy and non-messy snack to school every day. Some suggestions are fresh fruit, vegetables, goldfish crackers, cheese slices/sticks, and pretzels. Please be aware that we have many students with severe allergies to peanuts and/or tree nuts. It would be best to avoid snacks containing these ingredients. In some classrooms, there might be an additional note from the nurse further detailing the allergies of student(s) within that classroom. Safety is a priority here at Peterson, so please understand if we ask you to provide a different snack for your child.
A student’s dress must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching/learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, modesty and decency as determined by the building principal, the Superintendent, and/or the Board of Education. Student dress or attire will conform to the following minimum standards:
Clothing must effectively cover the student’s torso.
Underwear must be covered.
Bare midriffs are not permitted.
Prohibited shirts include but are not limited to backless, one shoulder, strapless, thin-strapped shirts or blouses, revealing holes, or low-cut necklines.
Shorts and skirts must come to at least mid-thigh.
Students will be allowed to bring water bottles to school. It will be up to the classroom teacher where the water bottles will be kept. Please be careful when putting them into backpacks. We wouldn’t want any LMC books or other materials damaged. If having a water bottle becomes a distraction to the student, the classroom teacher will address it.