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Student Handbook



NO use or display of cell phones by students will take

place during the academic school day. Cell phones (if

necessary to be brought to school) must remain off

and in backpacks until students leave school grounds

after school.

Cell phones will be confiscated if students persist in

using cell phones at school, and disciplinary action

will result.






A Message From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Smyth Road School, the best school in the city of  Manchester!!! This will be an exciting and memorable year for all of us.

We hope that you and your children will have a wonderful year at

Smyth Road School.

We 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!

We hope 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 policies.

If 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!


Jennifer E. Briggs




Af ter School Program

Smyth Road School has an after school program conducted at the  school by The  

New Morning School. Please call them directly at  669-3591 for information and



Home-School communication is an ongoing, important process.  Notices and class

papers will be sent home on Thursday in a large envelope. There will be a place for

the parent to sign or initial each week upon receipt. The student will need to return

the envelope to school the next day. Please make every effort to look for this

envelope on Thursday because it is our goal to keep families informed of  important

school events.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures


Students arrival is at 8:20 a.m., but will be allowed to enter the building at 8:10.

Students should not arrive before this time. When students arrive they should enter

the building and head directly to their classroom. Teachers will be waiting in the

classroom for students to arrive. Children will be marked tardy after the 8:35 bell.

Instruction will begin at 8:35 a.m.


School Policy

Parents are not allowed to walk their children to their classroom.   This means before

and during school. Parents are not allowed to go their child's classroom to pick them

up at the end of the day. When the tardy bell rings all entrance doors will be locked

and remain locked for the entire school day. Any parent or person wishing to enter

the building must ring the bell on the right side of the left entrance door.  Any

visitors allowed to enter the building MUST report to the office, sign the

visitor/guest book and obtain a pass. To receive a pass the visitor/volunteer's name

must have previously been given to the office by a teacher. All approved

volunteers/visitors in the building must wear their passes at all times. If you are

bringing items to school that your child has forgotten, you need to leave them in the

main office. School personnel will deliver them to your child. You must sign out and

leave the building by the door between the office and the Kindergarten room.  This

procedure is part of the Emergency planning for Smyth Road School.



Parents must indicate on the emergency forms at the start of each school  year the

method of transportation their child will take for dismissal (bus patrol, car patrol,

day care buses or walking).

If a change in transportation f rom the normal mode is to be made for a

particular day, the parent needs to notify the teacher in writing.


A copy of the parent request will be sent to the office where the secretary will note

the change.

If there is no written note from the parent/guardian to indicate a change in the

mode of transportation for that day, the student will go home in the manner the

parent initially indicated on the  emergency form.

Buses for special education students will pick up students in front of the school for

 dismissal, and buses for the MTA will pick up students on Bruce Road. Since all the

buses create a safety concern at dismissal time, we have asked classroom teachers to

escort their students to the Kindergarten side of the building for car dismissal.

Parents must come and get their child from the waiting area. Parents/Guardians need

to legally park (not in the bus lane) on Bruce Road or surrounding roads and walk up

to school. Parents are not to drive up to the school parking lot; that lot is for staff

vehicles only.

We have 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

office to wait.  Students who are walking home will be dismissed at 2:40 and will be

escorted to the bottom of Bruce Road to walk home. At that point, children are

expected to walk home right away in an orderly manner,  staying on sidewalks and

 using crosswalks.

Early or Emergency Dismissal

Parents must notify the teacher/office in writing, by telephone or in person to have a

child dismissed early. Parent/guardian or listed temporary care person must sign out

the student in the sign out book in the office.  Parents must notify the teacher/office

in writing or in person if any person other than the parent or guardian is to pick up

the student early.  That person designated by the parent/ guardian must provide

identification before they will be allowed to sign the student out.  In the case of an

emergency the student will be dismissed only to the parent/guardian or those listed

on the emergency form.

Scheduled District Early Dismissal/Parent Conf erences

There are two early release days scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year.

When there is a scheduled early release, students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m.


 These are the scheduled early release dates:

·  Thursday, October 23: (Parent Conference 11:45- 3:00p.m.)

· Tuesday, December 23




The Manchester School District recently revised their new attendance policy for all

students 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

unless their attendance is exempt per NH law or their absence meets criteria to be

considered an excused absence. (See criteria listed in policy for accepted reasons for

excused absences.) If a student is absent, parents/guardians need to notify the school

by phone or they need to send in a note in writing on the day of the student’ s return

to school.  Tardiness to school without documentation shall be considered

unexcused. Every third unexcused tardy shall constitute one full-day unexcused

absence.  Early dismissals from class without documentation shall be considered

unexcused. Every third unexcused dismissal shall constitute on full day unexcused

absence from school.

Daily Schedule


Arrival: 8:20

Instruction begins/ Late bell 8:35

Grade K & 1 Lunch/Recess: 11:15-12:00

Grade 2 &3 Lunch/Recess: 11:45-12:30

Grade 4 &5 Lunch/Recess: 12:15-1:00

Dismissal: 2:35 p.m.

Parents should not allow their children to arrive at school before 8:10 am. There is

no adult supervision earlier. School personnel are not responsible for any activities

(not scheduled by the school) on school property before and after school hours.

School Cancellations

School will be open during bad weather unless it is considered dangerous for the

students to commute to school. If school is to be cancelled, the Superintendent will

notify local radio and TV stations between 5:30 and 6:30 am. I f weather conditions

are bad early in the morning, but expected to improve, a 2 hour delayed opening will

be announced. This means instruction will begin at 10:35 and school will be

dismissed at the regular time.

Dress Code

You will receive a copy of the newly adopted district student dress code. Also please

see mansd.org for all district policies.

District Policies

All district policies can be found on our web site www.smyth.mansd.org.



Lunch & Snacks

Information 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  

and/or cold lunch at a price of $.35. All milk served is 2%.  Water is available

during snack and lunchtime at the water fountain.  Nutritional snacks must be

brought from home. The school does not provide snacks nor can they be purchased

at school. School Food and Nutrition does not supply spoons or napkins for cold

lunch. Please be sure your child’s lunch and snack include both.  Children must

conform to the cafeteria rules or forfeit the privilege of staying at school for lunch.

These rules will be posted on the cafeteria walls. Teachers are on duty during the

lunch period.

Playground /Recess

Recess is a part of the elementary school program. Children are not allowed to bring

balls or toys of any kind without permission from their teachers. Radios, CD players

or any hand-held video games are also not allowed. The school reserves the right to

confiscate any items judged to be dangerous. THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE.

School- Wide Rules

1) Walk and move safely and quietly;

2) Be courteous. Show respect for adults and other students;

3) Listen to and follow directions;

4) Keep your school neat and clean - it belongs to all of us;

5) Appropriate language is expected at all times

Code of Conduct

The student code of conduct can be found on both the district web site

www.mansd.org and the school site.

Party Invitations

We request that party invitations NOT be given during school hours. As you know,

we are not allowed to give out student names, addresses or telephone numbers so it

is your responsibility to ask that information from the parents of your child's friends.


Classes and individuals make frequent use of the library, generally checking out

reading materials for a period of one week. The librarian welcomes NEW books.

Dedication and memorial stickers are available for gifts to the library.

Schedules: Kindergarten through Grade 3 may check out one book a week. Grades 4

and 5 may check out books as needed or on an individual basis. Failure to return a

book on the day it is due will result in the child not being able to borrow another

book until the first one is returned.



The purpose of homework is to help students become self-directing, independent

learners. Homework assignments shall support clearly defined school and classroom

objectives and shall be used to reinforce or enhance school experiences.

Student Responsibilities

a) Complete all assignments on a timely basis;

b) Listen carefully and follow directions provided by the teacher;

c) Use study aids and materials provided by the teacher;

d) Use time efficiently. Plan ahead. Don't wait until the last minute to do long-range


e) Study in a well-lighted and distraction-free area;

f) Study at a specific time daily;

g) Discuss homework assignments with your parents;

h) Talk with the teacher if you have problems completing homework;

i) Be neat, organized and keep track of school materials and homework;

j) Complete your part of an assignment that involves the cooperation of one or more


Parent Responsibilities:

a) Provide a well-lighted, distraction-free study area where the student can comfortably read and write;

b) Be positive, provide encouragement and make sure assignments are completed on


c) Encourage your child to take responsibility for keeping track of school materials

and assignments;

d) Assist the student with budgeting his/her time;

e) Provide a specific time period for daily study;

f) Supervise the homework. Make sure the student understands directions and works

carefully and neatly;

g) Help find materials and resources needed to complete homework assignments;

h) If the child is have difficulty completing homework, check his or her study habits.

Moving lips when reading, writing slowly or unclearly and using poor study habits

are signs the child may have problems that reduce his/her ability to get homework

done including personal problems unrelated to the schoolwork;

i) Talk to the teacher about any concerns or problems.


Parents are expected to keep up-to-date on all recommended medical attention and

required inoculations for their children.




Phone number for locating parents or guardian (home as well as workplace)

Phone number of a friend, neighbor, or relative in case a parent cannot be reached.






Student accident insurance is available though Gerard Lefebvre, Inc. Forms are

issued to each family early in the school year.

Class Assignments

Requests from parents asking for next year's teacher assignments for their children

have created problems. Unless there is an urgent situation that you think we are

unaware of we will not be able to accept requests. Final decisions for classroom

assignments rest with the principal. Students will be notified of their next year’s

classroom teacher through the mail the week before school begins.


Children walking home from school are expected to walk in an orderly

manner. At some dangerous crossings adult guards are on duty. Parents must instruct

their children to behave and stay on the sidewalks and crosswalks when possible.

Teachers and crossing guards can help but the children must be responsible for their  

own safety. This cannot be stressed enough!

Report Cards and Progress Reports

Report cards are a device for assessing a student's Performance. Report cards will be

sent home the week of Dec. 8th, the week of March 23rd and the last day of school.

Progress reports are not as formal as the report card and serve as an interim indicator

of a student's performance. These are issued three times in the weeks of: October

6th, February 9th and May 4th.


It has been brought to the attention of the P.T.O that our teachers have been

supplying tissues for our children's runny noses. We would appreciate your support

by sending in a box of tissues with your child at some point. during the year. It

would also be appreciated if parents would send in hand sanitizers as well.


Wednesday is popcorn day! Every Wednesday popcorn is sold for $.50 during

morning recess. A 'pre-pay' option will also be made available to students. Proceeds

are 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.


On the first Thursday of every month a school newsletter will be sent home. Please

take the time to read this informative document.

Lost and Found

Any articles of clothing or lunchboxes that are found and are not marked clearly

with the owner’s name, will be placed in our 'lost and found'. The child and/or their

parents are responsible for checking the lost and found for any misplaced items. On

the first Friday of each month, beginning in October, all items that haven't been

claimed will be donated. We do not have the room to store all these items for the

entire year. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Family Educational Rights and Priv acy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. ~ 1232g; 34

CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education

records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an

applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.  FERPA gives

parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records.

These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or

attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights

have transferred are "eligible students”.

· Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the

student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not

required to provide copies of records unless, f or reasons such as great

distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the

records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

· Parents or eligible students hav e the right to request that a school correct

records which they believ e to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school

decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the

right to a formal hearing.  After the hearing, if the school still decides not to

amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a

statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested


· Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible

student in order to release any information from a student's education

record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without

consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR~


School officials with legitimate educational interest;  Other schools to which a student is transferring; Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

Accrediting organizations; Complying with a judicial order or lawfully issued

subpoena; Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies;

and State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to

specific State law.  Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory "

information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and

place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.  However,

schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information

and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to

request that the school not disclose directory information about them.   

Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights

under FERPA. You may contact y our child's school if you have questions

concerning y our rights under FERPA.





What is P.T.O.?

At Smyth Road School, the Parent Teacher Organization is the school spirit in adult

form. As the name implies, P.T.O. is ideally comprised of all the teachers and

parents or guardians.  The P.T.O. can be a most effective instrument in aiding school

functions, in binding the community harmoniously and in strengthening the family

life through active interest in the children's school activities, atmosphere and studies.

We, at Smyth Road School are very fortunate in having a very active P.T.O. This

allows room for many accomplishments.  However, one problem exists, the

Executive Board of the P.T.O. cannot personally reach each and every parent for

each and every function. We try through the newsletter and special notices to advise

you of functions and to request assistance. You, the parents must take the initiative

and volunteer. If there are ever any questions, feel free to contact any member of the

P.T.O. Board (see listing in this handbook). We welcome all your calls, whether it

be questions, constructive criticism or to volunteer.  The 2013-2014 school year was

successful and plans are being formulated for this year to be just a rewarding. Find

out the many ways to be involved at Smyth Road School. Here are some concrete

ways to be involved:

. Come to the September Open House - a chance to meet teachers, specialists and

other parents;

Say, "Yes, I'll help with P.T.O. functions";


Help out with  popcorn on Wednesdays. Come to the monthly P.T.O.

meetings (usually the second Tuesday of each month).

.Send any questions or comments to the P.T.O. e-mail

address – smythroadpto@yahoo.com.

Website: smythroadpto.yolasite.com


Facebook: Smyth Road School PTO

Remember we are ALL part of the Smyth Road P.T.O.!

Smyth Road School P.T.O. Board


Co-President Heather Noon hsgnoon@gmail.com

Co-President:  Jen Strabone astrabone@comcast.net

Vice President: Jaimee Thews jaimee.thews@comcast.net

Secretary Heather Abernathy hmrabernathy@gmail.com

Treasurer Joan Funcke evrypny@gmail.com








September 9 P.T.O. Meeting

October 14  P.T.O. Meeting

November 12  P.T.O. Meeting

January 13 P.T.O. Meeting

February 7  P.T.O. Meeting

March 7  P.T.O. Meeting

April 14 P.T.O. Meeting

May 12 P.T.O. Meeting

All P.T.O. meetings are held from 7:00-8:00 p. m. in the school library.

All parents and guardians of Smyth Road School students are automatically non-

voting members of the PTO. If you would like to become a voting member please

complete the “ Member-at-Large” form. Please join us at these meetings.







Smyth Road Family Picnic – Sept. 24 another chance for families to

get together for a fun evening. A barbecue, games and entertainment

are being planned.


Fall Festival – Oct. 23 a chance for families to get together for a fun

evening of games, the penny sale and our infamous Bat Dropping.

Costumes are welcome.


Turkey Trot – Nov. 19 fundraiser. Smyth Rd. students can run/walk

to support Smyth Road School.


Skiing – Smyth Rd. participates in McIntyre’ s after school program on

Tuesdays. Starts Jan. 7.


Book Fair – Feb. 10-14 the book fair is held during school hours. A

brochure is sent home listing the books available for purchase. Classes

have scheduled times to visit the fair and browse among the available

books. One night is made available for both students and parents to choose together.


Mother/Son Outing – March 20 a fun activity is planned for the male students and


their adult guest.

Science Fair -

Children in third, fourth and fifth grades have the opportunity to demonstrate their


scientific creativity and knowledge at the Smyth Road School Science Fair. The


projects are worked on at home. The fair is held in the evening.


Sweetheart Dance – April 10 a night of fun and entertainment for the female


students and their "special adult" to enjoy a special night out together.


Teacher 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.






Mission of the Manchester Public Schools

To provide safe, healthy, nurturing and respectful environments in which all

students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will enable them

to become life-long learners as well as positive and productive citizens. The success

of our schools can be achieved through collaboration and interdependence with the

community. The District is committed to utilizing all resources towards this exciting