General Procedure Questions
1. Is there a new parent orientation for parents other than Kindergarten?Aside from the Kindergarten orientation, we also hold Meet the Teacher Night each year just before school starts. In addition, our first Parent Night is usually held in mid-September and includes curriculum and procedures for the year.
2. Why does the school post the class list vs. sending out letters or e-mails to parents? Based on enrollment, we often have last minute class changes that cannot be avoided. By posting the lists, we are able to make adjustments as needed, and provide up to date rosters by the first day of school.
3. Can I pick my child's teacher? We offer a questionnaire to parents regarding their child’s learning style, strengths, and weaknesses. We take great care each year in planning classes for the following school year with input from the grade level teachers as well as the counselor and specialists. We cannot accommodate specific teacher requests, but encourage parents to complete the recommendation form and include teacher characteristics they feel would suit their child’s learning style.
4. Is it possible to change my child's teacher if child isn't adjusting? If your child is having a difficult time adjusting to school we recommend a parent-teacher conference to address any specific issues. We understand that change is harder for some students than others and that it may take the first nine weeks for your child to settle in. After addressing your concerns with the teacher, you may contact the counselor or assistant principal for guidance. A decision to move a child from a homeroom class is not taken lightly as this simply creates another new setting in which your child will need to adjust. Staying positive and encouraging your child to talk to his or her teacher about their concerns is the best way to help your child adjust to a new setting.
5. What if my Kindergartener has problems finding his/her classroom the first week of school? The staff at Oakland makes sure that all new Kindergarteners make it to their classroom safely. Kindergarteners wear a necklace during the first two weeks of school with their name, teacher and classroom information on it. Teachers stand in the hallway to make sure that everyone gets to the correct classroom safely, as well as to their proper form of transportation at dismissal time each day.
1. Why do parents provide snacks for the whole class in Kindergarten? Our kindergarten team does whole class snacks for several reasons:
· So every child has a snack every day.
· So every child can participate in a weekly cooking activity (the snack helper is responsible for bringing the food items).
· So every child has the same snack- (It is difficult for kindergarteners to understand why one child gets to have Goldfish and they don't).
· To promote sharing and manners during a community snack time.
· To allow students a special week to share their favorite snack.
· To help with confusion between what was sent for lunch and what was sent for snack. Teachers are unable to monitor what each child is supposed to eat for snack and what is supposed to be for lunch.
· It is more efficient and saves instructional time.
2. Can a parent "opt-out" and send their own snacks for their child? Students are never required or forced to eat the class snack. Parents may opt out of class snacks by informing the teacher and providing a daily snack for their child that meets the nutritional guidelines. If you opt out of class snack and your child does not bring their own snack, a snack will not be provided by the teacher.
3. How can I keep track of my child's lunch account? Can I access the account to see what they ate and how much they spent? Beginning January 11, 2013 the district is providing online account information and payment options. See the Oakland website for more information or go to the district link: http://www.fortbendisdnews.com/external/content/document/1934/1664375/1/On-line%20Payment%20Flyer.pdf
4. What if my child can't remember his/her student ID number? How are they able to purchase lunch in the cafeteria? Teachers work with all students on memorizing their student ID number and provide a lunch number card or clip to carry with them until they are comfortable entering their number by memory. The cafeteria also has a list of all student ID numbers available to assist students as needed. Teachers are also on duty to assist students with their lunch account.
1. What are the alternate recess plans when weather prevents recess? Grade level teachers combine classes into 2 or 3 groups to monitor students inside. Teachers provide games, activities such as drawing or reading, or instructional videos as an alternative to outside recess.
1. What are the options for dropping off kids in the morning? Parents who drive are asked to take advantage of the car rider drop-off line in front of the school. Kids can also cross from the neighborhood with the crossing guard on Waterside Estates Drive. or Waterside Estates Circle and enter through the walker door with the bikers. For the safety of the kids, and to prevent traffic congestion, parents are asked not to drop kids off along the curb in front of the walker door on Waterside Estates Drive. Students are tardy beginning at 8:10 and parents will need to walk a tardy student into the building.
2. What are the options for picking up kids, other than the car rider line? Students can ride a bike to and from school. Students who live in Waterside Estates and are not eligible for bussing may be designated as a “walker”. Students eligible for bus transportations may ride the school bus. Students may also be picked up by a daycare provider at the parent’s expense.
3. How is the first week different? As students are getting used to the dismissal routine, for the first couple days, dismissal begins about 15 minutes early. Parents should plan extra time, especially the first day, for the car rider line. Traffic clears quickly after a few days, as everyone settles into the routine.
4. What is a rainy day dismissal? Rainy day dismissal is a term used to designate days when the weather is too severe for students to walk home or wait outside. On these days, we keep the children inside the building and dismiss them in an orderly fashion. Bus and day care riders continue as usual. Walkers and car riders are seated inside the lobby and main hall and dismissed by name. The decision for rainy day dismissal is made by the administrative team at 2:55pm and posted on the website under “News”. All students should have a rainy day dismissal plan on file for these days although it mostly pertains to walkers. Parents need to be sure they have their yellow sign to pick up the children.
5. How does the car rider line work when it's time to pick up my child from school at the end of the day? Parents are provided a sign with their child's name and grade printed on it, which should be hung from the rearview mirror until the child enters the vehicle. As cars pull through the front drive, staff members call out the names and direct students to wait at one of the eight paw prints with an adult. Students have a dismissal card with their name printed on it, provided by their teacher. This is collected as the student enters the vehicle and passed out the next day before dismissal.
6. How are kids seated on bus? Can they sit anywhere? Each bus driver determines how the students will be seated on the bus. Our campus encourages primary students to sit up front. If a problem arises on the bus, an administrator will address the issue and discuss assigned seating with the bus driver for students involved.
Discipline/Behavior Management Questions
1. Other than the color chart, explain the other rewards systems are used.
a. Who decides on good citizen awards?
Any staff member may provide any student with a good citizen slip. The slips are drawn at random and read aloud each Friday during announcements. Students selected may come to the office for a reward.
b. Who chooses student of the month awards?
Homeroom teachers select one child from his or her class each month based on school behavior character trait highlighted that month and the behavior of the student.
2. What is the policy on corporal punishment?
Corporal punishment is not permitted in FBISD.
Volunteer / Parent Involvement Questions
1. How do parents know what events they are allowed to attend? Oakland provides both electronic and paper messages regarding special events on campus. Please refer to our website or contact your child’s teacher if you have a question regarding an event. We encourage our parents to attend and become involved!
2. What are the best ways for parents to get involved? The OaklandPTO.org website provides a list of many of the volunteer opportunities available to our parents and school community. You may also contact your child’s teacher directly to volunteer in class as needed. All volunteers must first complete a Criminal Background Check that may be found under the “Be a Volunteer” section of the PTO website. Please be advised that siblings are not allowed to accompany parents when they are volunteering during the school day.
3. Are there regular PTO meetings? How can parents express their ideas and concerns to the PTO? Yes, the PTO meets once a month and all parents are considered part of the PTO, and are welcome to attend. If there is something that you would like to discuss, please send it to the PTO president by last week of any month so that it may be added to the agenda. You can find a listing of all PTO officers and committee chairpersons, with their contact information, on the OaklandPTO.org website under PTO Board.