NO use or display of cell phones by students will
place during the academic school day. Cell phones
necessary to be brought to school) must remain
and in backpacks until students leave school
Cell phones will be confiscated if students
using cell phones at school, and disciplinary
Message From the Principal
to Smyth Road School, the best school in the city of Manchester!!! This will be an exciting and
memorable year for all of us.
that you and your children will have a wonderful year at
appreciate that parents play a critical role in the education of children,
and we are looking forward to working together to make this a most successful
year for all of our students. Our goal is to challenge and encourage our
students so that they will become life long learners and responsible young
citizens. At the same time, it is important to show them that learning can
really be fun!
you take the time to read and discuss the information contained in this
handbook with your child. It will hopefully
answer the many questions you may have about the rules and activities of our
school and where to find the information regarding district rules and
something is not clear, or if you have further questions,please don't
hesitate to call the school for more information. We all look forward to
working cooperatively with all our Smyth Road families to make this the best
school year ever!
Road School has an after school program conducted at the school by The
Morning School. Please call them directly at 669-3591 for information and
communication is an ongoing, important process. Notices and class
will be sent home on Thursday in a large envelope. There will be a place for
parent to sign or initial each week upon receipt. The student will need to
envelope to school the next day. Please make every effort to look for this
on Thursday because it is our goal to keep families informed of important
& Dismissal Procedures
arrival is at 8:20 a.m., but will be allowed to enter the building at 8:10.
should not arrive before this time. When students arrive they should
building and head directly to their classroom. Teachers will be waiting in
for students to arrive. Children will be marked tardy after the 8:35 bell.
will begin at 8:35 a.m.
are not allowed to walk their children to their classroom. This
during school. Parents are not allowed to go their child's classroom to pick
the end of the day. When the tardy bell rings all entrance doors will be
remain locked for the entire school day. Any parent or person wishing to
must ring the bell on the right side of the left entrance door. Any
allowed to enter the building MUST report to the office, sign the
book and obtain a pass. To receive a pass the visitor/volunteer's name
have previously been given to the office by a teacher. All approved
in the building must wear their passes at all times. If you are
items to school that your child has forgotten, you need to leave them in the
office. School personnel will deliver them to your child. You must sign out
building by the door between the office and the Kindergarten room. This
is part of the Emergency planning for Smyth Road School.
must indicate on the emergency forms at the start of each school year the
of transportation their child will take for dismissal (bus patrol, car
care buses or walking).
change in transportation f rom the normal mode is to be made for a
day, the parent needs to notify the teacher in writing.
of the parent request will be sent to the office where the secretary will
there is no written note from the parent/guardian to indicate a change in the
transportation for that day, the student will go home in the manner the
initially indicated on the emergency
for special education students will pick up students in front of the school
dismissal, and buses for the MTA will pick
up students on Bruce Road. Since all the
create a safety concern at dismissal time, we have asked classroom teachers
their students to the Kindergarten side of the building for car dismissal.
must come and get their child from the waiting area. Parents/Guardians need
park (not in the bus lane) on Bruce Road or surrounding roads and walk up
school. Parents are not to drive up to the school parking lot; that
lot is for staff
been asked to remind parents to not park in St. Paul’s Church parking lot.
If a child is not picked up by 3:00pm,
he/she will be escorted back to the main
to wait. Students who are walking home
will be dismissed at 2:40 and will be
to the bottom of Bruce Road to walk home. At that point, children are
to walk home right away in an orderly manner,
staying on sidewalks and
or Emergency Dismissal
must notify the teacher/office in writing, by telephone or in person to have
dismissed early. Parent/guardian or listed temporary care person must sign
student in the sign out book in the office.
Parents must notify the teacher/office
writing or in person if any person other than the parent or guardian is to
student early. That person designated
by the parent/ guardian must provide
before they will be allowed to sign the student out. In the case of an
the student will be dismissed only to the parent/guardian or those listed
District Early Dismissal/Parent Conf erences
are two early release days scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year.
there is a scheduled early release, students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m.
These are the scheduled early release dates:
October 23: (Parent Conference 11:45- 3:00p.m.)
· Tuesday, December 23
Manchester School District recently revised their new attendance policy for
grades K-12. The policy can also be found with all other district policies at
http://www.mansd.org/ Students are expected to attend school each day on time
their attendance is exempt per NH law or their absence meets criteria to be
an excused absence. (See criteria listed in policy for accepted reasons for
absences.) If a student is absent, parents/guardians need to notify the
phone or they need to send in a note in writing on the day of the student’ s
school. Tardiness to school without
documentation shall be considered
Every third unexcused tardy shall constitute one full-day unexcused
absence. Early dismissals from class without
documentation shall be considered
Every third unexcused dismissal shall constitute on full day unexcused
begins/ Late bell 8:35
& 1 Lunch/Recess: 11:15-12:00
&3 Lunch/Recess: 11:45-12:30
&5 Lunch/Recess: 12:15-1:00
should not allow their children to arrive at school before 8:10 am. There is
adult supervision earlier. School personnel are not responsible for any
scheduled by the school) on school property before and after school hours.
will be open during bad weather unless it is considered dangerous for the
to commute to school. If school is to be cancelled, the Superintendent will
local radio and TV stations between 5:30 and 6:30 am. I f weather conditions
early in the morning, but expected to improve, a 2 hour delayed opening will
This means instruction will begin at 10:35 and school will be
at the regular time.
will receive a copy of the newly adopted district student dress code. Also
mansd.org for all district policies.
district policies can be found on our web site www.smyth.mansd.org.
about hot lunch and hot lunch menus can be found under the quick link
for parents on www.smyth.mansd.org. Milk may be purchased daily
for recess time
cold lunch at a price of $.35. All milk served is 2%. Water is available
snack and lunchtime at the water fountain.
Nutritional snacks must be
from home. The school does not provide snacks nor can they be purchased
school. School Food and Nutrition does not supply spoons or napkins for cold
Please be sure your child’s lunch and snack include both. Children must
to the cafeteria rules or forfeit the privilege of staying at school for
rules will be posted on the cafeteria walls. Teachers are on duty during the
is a part of the elementary school program. Children are not allowed to bring
or toys of any kind without permission from their teachers. Radios, CD
hand-held video games are also not allowed. The school reserves the right to
any items judged to be dangerous. THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE.
and move safely and quietly;
courteous. Show respect for adults and other students;
Listen to and follow directions;
your school neat and clean - it belongs to all of us;
Appropriate language is expected at all times
student code of conduct can be found on both the district web site
and the school site.
request that party invitations NOT be given during school hours. As you know,
not allowed to give out student names, addresses or telephone numbers so it
responsibility to ask that information from the parents of your child's
and individuals make frequent use of the library, generally checking out
materials for a period of one week. The librarian welcomes NEW books.
and memorial stickers are available for gifts to the library.
Kindergarten through Grade 3 may check out one book a week. Grades 4
may check out books as needed or on an individual basis. Failure to return a
the day it is due will result in the child not being able to borrow another
until the first one is returned.
purpose of homework is to help students become self-directing, independent
Homework assignments shall support clearly defined school and classroom
and shall be used to reinforce or enhance school experiences.
Complete all assignments on a timely basis;
Listen carefully and follow directions provided by the teacher;
study aids and materials provided by the teacher;
time efficiently. Plan ahead. Don't wait until the last minute to do
Study in a well-lighted and distraction-free area;
Study at a specific time daily;
Discuss homework assignments with your parents;
with the teacher if you have problems completing homework;
neat, organized and keep track of school materials and homework;
Complete your part of an assignment that involves the cooperation of one or
Provide a well-lighted, distraction-free study area where the student can
comfortably read and write;
positive, provide encouragement and make sure assignments are completed on
Encourage your child to take responsibility for keeping track of school
the student with budgeting his/her time;
Provide a specific time period for daily study;
Supervise the homework. Make sure the student understands directions and
find materials and resources needed to complete homework assignments;
the child is have difficulty completing homework, check his or her study
lips when reading, writing slowly or unclearly and using poor study habits
signs the child may have problems that reduce his/her ability to get homework
including personal problems unrelated to the schoolwork;
to the teacher about any concerns or problems.
are expected to keep up-to-date on all recommended medical attention and
inoculations for their children.
INFORMATION NEEDED ON EACH CHILD'S
number for locating parents or guardian (home as well as workplace)
number of a friend, neighbor, or relative in case a parent cannot be reached.
MAY BE TAKEN ONLY WITH A NOTE FROM A
AND THE PARENT. ANY MEDICATION BROUGHT
WILL BE KEPT IN THE NURSE'S OFFICE. NO
ADMINISTERED UNLESS THIS PROCEDURE IS FOLLOWED.
ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
accident insurance is available though Gerard Lefebvre, Inc. Forms are
to each family early in the school year.
from parents asking for next year's teacher assignments for their children
created problems. Unless there is an urgent situation that you think we are
of we will not be able to accept requests. Final decisions for classroom
rest with the principal. Students will be notified of their next year’s
teacher through the mail the week before school begins.
walking home from school are expected to walk in an orderly
At some dangerous crossings adult guards are on duty. Parents must instruct
children to behave and stay on the sidewalks and crosswalks when possible.
and crossing guards can help but the children must be responsible for their
safety. This cannot be stressed enough!
Cards and Progress Reports
cards are a device for assessing a student's Performance. Report cards will be
home the week of Dec. 8th, the week of March 23rd and the last day of school.
reports are not as formal as the report card and serve as an interim
student's performance. These are issued three times in the weeks of: October
February 9th and May 4th.
been brought to the attention of the P.T.O that our teachers have been
tissues for our children's runny noses. We would appreciate your support
sending in a box of tissues with your child at some point. during the year.
also be appreciated if parents would send in hand sanitizers as well.
is popcorn day! Every Wednesday popcorn is sold for $.50 during
recess. A 'pre-pay' option will also be made available to students. Proceeds
used for transportation on field trips. On the first popcorn day of the year,
each child will receive a free bag of popcorn, compliments of the P.T.O.
first Thursday of every month a school newsletter will be sent home. Please
the time to read this informative document.
articles of clothing or lunchboxes that are found and are not marked clearly
the owner’s name, will be placed in our 'lost and found'. The child and/or
are responsible for checking the lost and found for any misplaced items. On
first Friday of each month, beginning in October, all items that haven't been
will be donated. We do not have the room to store all these items for the
year. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Educational Rights and Priv acy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. ~ 1232g; 34
Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education
The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an
program of the U.S. Department of Education.
certain rights with respect to their children's education records.
rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or
a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights
transferred are "eligible students”.
· Parents or eligible students
have the right to inspect and review the
education records maintained by the school. Schools are not
to provide copies of records unless, f or reasons such as great
it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the
Schools may charge a fee for copies.
· Parents or eligible
students hav e the right to request that a school correct
which they believ e to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school
not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the
to a formal hearing. After the
hearing, if the school still decides not to
the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a
with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested
· Generally, schools must
have written permission from the parent or eligible
in order to release any information from a student's education
However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without
to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR~
officials with legitimate educational interest; Other schools to which a student is
transferring; Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
organizations; Complying with a judicial order or lawfully issued
Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies;
State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to
State law. Schools may disclose, without
consent, "directory "
such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and
of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However,
must tell parents and eligible students about directory information
allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to
that the school not disclose directory information about them.
must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights
FERPA. You may contact y our child's school if you have questions
y our rights under FERPA.
Smyth Road School, the Parent Teacher Organization is the school spirit in
As the name implies, P.T.O. is ideally comprised of all the teachers and
or guardians. The P.T.O. can be a most
effective instrument in aiding school
in binding the community harmoniously and in strengthening the family
through active interest in the children's school activities, atmosphere and
Smyth Road School are very fortunate in having a very active P.T.O. This
room for many accomplishments. However,
one problem exists, the
Board of the P.T.O. cannot personally reach each and every parent for
and every function. We try through the newsletter and special notices to
functions and to request assistance. You, the parents must take the
volunteer. If there are ever any questions, feel free to contact any member
(see listing in this handbook). We welcome all your calls, whether it
questions, constructive criticism or to volunteer. The 2013-2014 school year was
and plans are being formulated for this year to be just a rewarding. Find
many ways to be involved at Smyth Road School. Here are some concrete
. Come to the September Open
House - a chance to meet teachers, specialists and
"Yes, I'll help with P.T.O. functions";
out with popcorn on Wednesdays. Come
to the monthly P.T.O.
(usually the second Tuesday of each month).
.Send any questions or comments
to the P.T.O. e-mail
Facebook: Smyth Road School PTO
we are ALL part of the Smyth Road P.T.O.!
Road School P.T.O. Board
Heather Noon firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-President: Jen Strabone email@example.com
Jaimee Thews firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Abernathy email@example.com
Joan Funcke firstname.lastname@example.org
DATES TO REMEMBER
9 P.T.O. Meeting
14 P.T.O. Meeting
12 P.T.O. Meeting
13 P.T.O. Meeting
7 P.T.O. Meeting
14 P.T.O. Meeting
meetings are held from 7:00-8:00 p. m. in the school library.
parents and guardians of Smyth Road School students are automatically non-
members of the PTO. If you would like to become a voting member please
the “ Member-at-Large” form. Please join us at these meetings.
DATES FOR P.T.O. EVENTS
Road Family Picnic – Sept. 24 another chance for families to
together for a fun evening. A barbecue, games and entertainment
Festival – Oct. 23
a chance for families to get together for a fun
of games, the penny sale and our infamous Bat Dropping.
Trot – Nov. 19
fundraiser. Smyth Rd. students can run/walk
support Smyth Road School.
Rd. participates in McIntyre’ s after school program on
Starts Jan. 7.
Fair – Feb.
10-14 the book fair is held during school hours. A
is sent home listing the books available for purchase. Classes
scheduled times to visit the fair and browse among the available
One night is made available for both students and parents to choose together.
Outing – March
20 a fun activity is planned for the male students and
in third, fourth and fifth grades have the opportunity to demonstrate their
creativity and knowledge at the Smyth Road School Science Fair. The
are worked on at home. The fair is held in the evening.
Dance – April 10
a night of fun and entertainment for the female
and their "special adult" to enjoy a special night out together.
Appreciation – May 5-9
we organize a breakfast and lunch during this
week. We will also look for volunteers to
give teachers a “duty free” day.
of the Manchester Public Schools
provide safe, healthy, nurturing and respectful environments in which all
have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will enable them
become life-long learners as well as positive and productive citizens. The
schools can be achieved through collaboration and interdependence with the
The District is committed to utilizing all resources towards this exciting