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PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK
2009-2010

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Broadacres Avenue School
19424 S. Broadacres Avenue
Carson, California 90746
(310) 537-1980



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Welcome to Broadacres Reading at Home Schoolwide Goals
School Hours Breakfast and Lunch Programs Emergency Information
Child Abuse Reporting Policy Safety Security and Vandalism
Tobacco Free School School Site/Advisory and Leadership Councils Classroom Visitations
Afterschool Playground Personal Property Textbooks
City of Carson (Anderson Park) Child Care Broadacres Discipline Policy Homework Policy
Reorganization of Classes District Hotline-Weapon Prevention and Policy Student Release from School
Coming Events Minimum/Shortened School Day Schedule Dress Code Policy

WELCOME TO BROADACRES

Dear Parents,

Welcome to a new school year at Beautiful Broadacres Avenue School. The faculty and staff join me in extending warm greetings to you who are new to our community and also to those of you who have children returning to Broadacres. We look forward to working with you and your children as our students continue to SAY YES TO LEARNING!

I encourage you to read and discuss the information in this handbook with your child. Please keep it for future reference. For further information or clarification, please call the school office, write a note, or come in person.

Our outstanding staff is here to provide the finest educational program possible. Because the students are served best when home and school share the responsibility for each child's growth and development, we value your assistance and support.

Showing your child you support education is one of the best ways to inspire him/her to do his/her best. When s/he knows school is important to you, it becomes important to him/her, also.

We will continue our implementation of a school-wide independent reading program. A block of time is designated during the school day for independent reading (minimum 15 minutes/day). Each student in grades 1-5 will read a minimum of 20 minutes a night/4 nights a week.

Each grade 2-5 student will read 25 books per year. Students can download personal Reading Logs to record a summary and evaluation of each book.

You are invited to visit the school any time so that you can personally see the outstanding job our dedicated staff is doing. Remember, our doors are always open and you are always welcome.
Sincerely,


Patricia Scates
Principal

The Broadacres Staff
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READING AT HOME*

Parents might find the following suggestions helpful when reading with their child at home.

  1. Child reads the page silently and studies it before he reads it orally.

    During this time:


  2. Child reads the page orally to parent.

  3. Child and parent discuss the story - and do one of the following - vary this step:


  4. Parent should drill on the words the child asked for when he/she was studying.

    This may be done in the following ways.


  5. Read the next page.

  6. Re-read the whole story for fun. Share with father, sister, or grandmother, etc.

  7. Things to remember.
*Use a book recommended by your child's teacher.


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SCHOOLWIDE GOALS

Goal I: Attendance
School attendance affects student achievement. Our goal is to ensure that each child is in attendance at school daily. Our goal this year is to increase the actual daily in seat attendance to 97%.

Awards and recognition for perfect attendance will continue to be given each month and at Awards and Recognition Assembly in June.

Goal II: Student Achievement
The staff at Broadacres will focus on improving student achievement by clearly identifying the needs of each student and working toward grade level or above grade level. The curriculum will be aligned to the District Course of Study, State Frameworks, and Content Standards. Classroom instruction will focus on literacy development. All students will have full access to grade level skills and concepts. Staff will continue to receive training, guidance and assistance toward implementing a Standards Based Instructional Model which aligns teaching and learning with state standards to significantly improve achievement and assessment of all students.

Students will become familiar with post secondary education options and opportunities. Career goal setting and awareness programs will be implemented in each classroom. A schoolwide Career Day will be conducted in October.

Goal III: School Safety
A safe school environment enhances student achievement. Broadacres will continue to improve the implementation of a comprehensive school safety program and Crisis Management Plan within the school. LAUSD Police, Carson Sheriff and community organizations will be utilized to develop strategies to achieve a safe school campus and safe routes to/from school. Our goal is to achieve a campus atmosphere totally free of any kind of violence or crime related incidents.

Goal IV: Intergroup Relations
Broadacres staff will utilize Second Step: A Violence Prevention Program and activities which enhance cultural identity, value ethnic diversity, and emphasize the contributions of all people. Teachers will also utilize the District series "Lessons in Character." School staff will foster multicultural understanding and conflict resolution for students. Our goal is to reduce student conflict and increase positive student relationships. Student Conflict Managers will enhance positive student relationships.

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SCHOOL HOURS


School Grounds Open 7:35 a.m.
S.R.L.D.P. a.m. and PSM a.m. 8:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
S.R.L.D.P. p.m. and PSM p.m. 11:00 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Grades K-5 8:05 a.m. - 2:29 p.m.
Breakfast 7:35 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.
First Recess (Grades 1-3) 9:45 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.
Second Recess (grades 4-5) 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
First Lunch (K-1) 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Second Lunch (2-3) 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Third Lunch (4-5) 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Student arrival time is at 7:55 a.m. if they are not participating in the breakfast program. At that time they are to enter the gate on Kramer Avenue and walk to the classroom line-up area when the bell rings at 8:00 a.m.

The locked gate policy will continue. Children arriving after 8:05 a.m. should enter by the front gate and stop at the front office for a tardy slip.

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BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS

Lunches are $1.00 per day, milk is 25 and orange juice is 25. Breakfast is 60 and is served from 7:35 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. daily. These prices are established by the downtown cafeteria office and are the same in all Los Angeles schools. Students having breakfast should arrive no earlier than 7:35. Parents are urged to teach responsibility to their children regarding the importance of keeping up with lunch monies, meal cards, etc.

We will continue to participate in the Federal Breakfast and National Lunch Programs. Applications are being sent home. Even if you do not wish your child to participate in the Federal program, we receive part of our funding based on our lunch applications. Please fill out the application form and return it to the school before the end of September. You will be notified of the approval or disapproval of your application. Students who were on free lunch last year received temporary meal ticketbooks when school closed in June. These tickets are valid from July to September, ONLY. PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT YOU MUST APPLY EVERY YEAR (FREE/REDUCED).
If you have any questions regarding lunch applications, please call (310)537-1030. lunchpail

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EMERGENCY INFORMATION

A current Emergency Information Card must be on file at the school. It is extremely important for the safety of your child that we have updated information. Please return the Emergency Information Card for EACH child in your family promptly! Each line of the card must be filled in and signed on the back. If you change your address and/or telephone number, please inform the school immediately. You may call the school or send a note with your child. In case of a child's illness or injury, we must be able to contact the parents immediately. Also inform us if your work phone number changes.


CHILD ABUSE REPORTING POLICY


State law requires all school employees to report suspected cases of child abuse. Employees of the school are not allowed to call or contact parents to investigate this matter. The law specifically states that all investigations shall be conducted with appropriate agencies' personnel. All staff will abide by the State law and District policy in reporting these cases.

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SAFETY

The safety of our children is always a prime concern of the school, but we especially emphasize safety at the beginning of the school year. Be sure your child knows the safest route to school and that s/he makes use of the crosswalks. We encourage parents NOT to double park at the dismissal gates. It is both unsafe and illegal. For the safety of personal property and your youngster, we do not allow bicycles, skateboards, or skates at school.

If you park across the street, please walk your child/ren across. The parking lot is not a designated child pick up area or drop off area. We have staff and parents coming in and out of the parking lot.
ALL children are expected to leave immediately upon dismissal. Parents who pick up children at dismissal are asked to please be prompt. Children often wander or become frightened when left to wait for long periods of time. If you are detained, please call the office to let us know. Students must not wait for prolonged periods of time in the front of the school as there is no supervision there after dismissal. Supervised play is provided on the playground beginning at dismissal. Any student who is not picked up, will be sent to the playground. stop sign

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SECURITY & VANDALISM



We hope all parents will help us continue to work on preventing vandalism and burglaries at the school. In the evening and weekends, all lights are "off" in all buildings. Students are not allowed on campus for any reason when school is not in session. If you see anyone on the school campus who should not be there or any lights on, please call the school police (213) 625-6631 or the Carson Sheriff's Department (310) 830-1123.


TOBACCO FREE SCHOOL

Smoking and the use of all tobacco products shall be prohibited on all District property including district-owned or -leased buildings, and in District vehicles at all times by all persons, including employees, students, and visitors at any school or District site or attending any school-sponsored activity or event. In accordance with California Assembly Bill 816 and the Federal Goals Law, the District implemented the Tobacco Workplace policy on January 1, 1995.  no cigarettes symbol

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SCHOOL SITE/ADVISORY & LEADERSHIP COUNCILS


The Councils are composed of parents, community members, and staff. These groups share in the decision-making matters pertaining to the local school and its education programs. Meetings are open to all. Notices are sent home to parents prior to meetings.


CLASSROOM VISITATIONS

We encourage you to visit your child's classroom during the school year. However, a visitor's permit must be obtained from the office before going to the room. Board Rule 1265 states: "No person shall visit or audit a classroom or other school activity, nor shall any person remain on school premises, without the approval of the principal or authorized representative." It is very important that we know that only authorized persons are on the grounds. This is for the safety of students and staff. You must sign in upon arrival and sign out when you leave. Enter and leave the room as quietly as possible. Do not talk with the teacher during class time. If you wish to confer with the teacher, please arrange for a conference.

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AFTER SCHOOL PLAYGROUND

The playground opens on the first day of school in September. Hours are 2:29 - 4:30 p.m. If you plan to pick up your youngster(s), please be prompt. Thank you for your cooperation.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

The Los Angeles Unified School District does not provide insurance for loss of or damage to personal property of students. To keep our Focus on Learning, we strongly discourage bringing personal property to school, particularly large sums of money, toys, games, jewelry, watches, beepers, radios, walkmans, tape records, and computer games. Gum, candy, sunflower seeds, chips, and soda are also not permitted.

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TEXTBOOKS

Textbooks are distributed to students (Grades 1-5) at the beginning of the school year and students are permitted to take the books home for home study. Parents will be assessed for damaged textbooks or books not returned to the school in June.
In those cases where the parent(s)/guardian(s) are unable to pay for the damages or lost books, a voluntary work program will be provided in lieu of payment of the monetary amount owed.textbooks


CITY OF CARSON (ANDERSON PARK) CHILD CARE


The City of Carson-Anderson Park, (310) 603-9850, will resume their services of providing day care for all grade levels, including a.m. and p.m. kindergarten. They will pick up/drop off the children at Broadacres School. If you are interested in the program, contact them at the above telephone number.

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BROADACRES DISCIPLINE POLICY

We would like to remind you and our students about our School Discipline Policy. It allows students to learn in a quiet, comfortable and safe environment. The CODE has been given to all students. Please discuss it carefully with your child(ren). RETURN the completed tear-off to the teacher. An effective discipline policy must have the support and cooperation of the entire school community: Parents, students, teachers, and school staff. In order to continue to provide quality instruction to all our students, it is necessary that they observe the following policy:

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Attend school on time each day, unless illness prevents him/her from attending.
  2. Obey all classroom and school rules and standards of behavior.
  3. Respect themselves, their peers, their teachers and staff members.
  4. Follow directions given by teachers and staff.
  5. Bring only school supplies (No gum, candy, sodas, radios, drinks in glass bottles or can, radios, skateboards, toys of any kind, large sums of money, etc.)
  6. Work and play in assigned areas.
  7. Be properly groomed, neat and clean, every day. (School uniforms, no oversized pants.)
  8. Be responsible for their actions.

L.A.U.S.D. Board of Education policy states: "Under no circumstances will violence on campus be tolerated: acts of intimidation, extortion, harassment or physical attacks on students, school personnel, or other authorized persons on campus will not be condoned or excused."

The following types of misconduct are unacceptable and are subject to disciplinary action or suspension from school:
  1. Fighting and/or making threats
  2. Any type of gang activity or gang related activity
  3. Stealing
  4. Possession and/or use of drugs or alcohol
  5. Possession and/or use of any matches, lighters, firecrackers, or explosives.
  6. Extortion
  7. Gambling
  8. Assault or battery
  9. Continued willful disobedience, failure to follow directions
  10. Open, persistent defiance of authority
  11. Using obscene or foul language
  12. Defacing or destroying school property
  13. Consistent failure to complete class or homework assignments
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HOMEWORK POLICY

Homework is assigned in all grades to reinforce those skills taught during the school day. A copy of the homework policy is included below. We seek your cooperation.

The staff of Broadacres believes that homework is an integral part of our instructional program. It is a valuable extension of our classroom teaching and should reinforce, extend or enrich the concepts that our students have been taught in class.

We have attempted to establish guidelines regarding frequency of homework, expected time for completion and degree of parental supervision needed. We also recognize the need for some flexibility due to individual differences and circumstances that may affect children.

Mondays - Thursdays
Grade Levels Minimum Frequency Per Week Possible Amount of Time Required
K
15 - 20 minutes
1, 2
Mondays - Thursdays
15 - 30 minutes
3, 4
Mondays - Thursdays
35 - 60 minutes
5
Mondays - Thursdays
1 - 2 hours

As suggested in the above chart, assignments should generally require from 15 minutes to complete in primary grades and may require as much as 120 minutes by the time your child has reached 5th grade. The assigned subjects will be left up to the discretion of the teacher. Students not returning an assignment, for some reason other than absence, will be held accountable and may be expected to do their work either some time during the school day, or possibly after school. Please send a note of explanation if your child was unable to complete an assignment due to some reason beyond his/her control.
Students will be expected to turn in all homework assignments in a neat and legible manner. You can help your son/daughter by being aware of what type of work is being sent home and by looking over the assignments when completed. We would appreciate it if you would sign one sheet of the assignment. If there is a reason for not signing a particular assignment, please send a note explaining why.
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REORGANIZATION OF CLASSES

Frequently, it is necessary to adjust or to reorganize the number of students in classes during the first weeks of the first semester. We know you will understand the necessity to equalize the number of students in each class in order to provide a challenging atmosphere. The placement of a child in a particular grade/class is the responsibility of the principal in consultation with the teacher. Much thought will be given to your child's particular needs. If we grow or lose students, it may be necessary to reorganize our classes. Please feel assured that your child will be placed in a situation where s/he can do their best work.

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DISTRICT HOTLINE-WEAPON PREVENTION & POLICY

On February 1, 1993, the Board of Education revised its policy on school expulsion for weapons possession. Effective immediately, students of any age or grade level bringing guns of any kind to school are subject to arrest and expulsion from the district. This applies to ALL types of guns, including air guns, BB guns, stun guns, and knives.

The School Police and Sheriff's Office will be called when a child possesses a dangerous weapon.

We encourage students to use the District's Weapon Prevention Hotline to report any student or person who has in his/her possession weapons at school. The number is 1-800-954-HELP.

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STUDENT RELEASE FROM SCHOOL

For the protection of your youngster(s), students are not permitted to leave school during school hours. If a student is to leave during school hours, the parent must appear in person at the school office. Students will not be released to other relatives or adults unless there is a note from the parents and the person's name is on the emergency card. Children cannot be released from school through a phone request. It is important that our students' instructional program is not interrupted. We ask that if it is possible, please plan appointments after 2:29. We also want to have an uninterrupted Language Arts period. This period if from 8:05 to 11:30 (K-3) and 8:05 to 12:00 (4-5) . We will not relay messages or interrupt classes during this time.

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School Year Begins-Pupil HolidaySeptember 8, 2009
School Year Begins for Students September 9, 2009
Playground Opens (Hours: 2:29-4:30 p.m.) September 9, 2009
Pupil Holiday (Unassigned Non-work Day) September 28, 2009
Back-to-School Night October 7, 2009 (5:30 - 7:30pm)

Legal Holidays/Vacations

Labor Day September 7, 2009
Veterans' Day November 11, 2009
Thanksgiving Recess November 26-27, 2009
Winter Recess December 21, 2009 - January 8, 2010
Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day January 18, 2010
President's Day February 15, 2010
Spring Recess March 29 - April 2, 2010
Memorial Day May 31, 2010
School Year Ends for Students June 19, 2010
Pupil Free Day June 24, 2010

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MINIMUM SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE
8:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. SRLDP A.M./ PSM
10:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. SRLDP P.M// PSM
7:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Grades K to 5
12:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Playground


SHORTENED SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE
Regular Schedule S.R.L.D.P. and PSM (Both classes)
8:05 a.m. - 1:54 p.m. Grades K to 5
1:54 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Playground
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DRESS CODE POLICY

GIRLS: Jumpers (plaid or solid navy blue), pleated and plain skirts, solid blue shorts, skirts, and long pants. White, light blue, or navy blue tops with collars.

BOYS: Solid Blue Shorts, long pants, white, light blue, or navy blue tops with collars.

ALL STUDENTS may wear Broadacres' T-shirts and sweatshirts as part of their uniforms.

There will be four (3) free-dress days during the entire school year: Picture Day, Career Day, and African-American Cultural Dress Day. Every Friday is school spirit day. Broadacres T-shirts and sweatshirts should be worn on that day.

A. LIGHTWEIGHT - OUTER WEAR
  1. All students may wear navy cardigan sweaters. This will be sold by the uniform company. If sweatshirts are worn over the uniforms they must be either navy blue or white. Colors other than that are not acceptable.
  2. Stockings or tights should be white, blue, or navy blue.
  3. Leggings, jeans, cords and sweatpants are not part of the uniform.
B. BROADACRES T-SHIRTS/SWEATSHIRTS-May be worn as part of our approved uniforms, even though it has no collar.

C. JACKETS-HEAVY OUTERWEAR
Solid colors that coordinate with our uniform colors are suggested, but jackets of mixed colors may be worn as long as they have no logos, pictures, or initials other than the school emblem.

D. SHOES-Styles and colors will be optional, but they must be enclosed for safety.

E. SHIRTS/BLOUSES-All Shirts and blouses must have a collar. They may be white, light blue, or navy blue. Turtlenecks of white, light blue, or navy blue are acceptable. Other acceptable items are the Broadacres T-shirts and sweatshirts.

This uniform policy was adopted by our Leadership Council.
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Page was updated: 9-8-09