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  • Parent Information

    Parent Communication: Students in grades 1-5 will receive an agenda book. It is an important means of communication for assignments and class behavior. We encourage parents to write notes daily to the teacher about homework difficulties or questions that may arise. If the agenda book is lost, there will be $5.00 replacement fee. Students will also receive a Friday Folder. Please check and discuss folder items with your child each week. BlackBoard Connect telephone call outs will be used to inform you of absences, tardy arrivals, reminders and special programs. Regular updates to our school website as well as FaceBook and Twitter posts will also be established as regular means of communication. Please be sure your home, cell and work telephone numbers are current throughout the year to receive important updates and reminders.

    Arrival & Dismissal Procedures: The first day of school for students is Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Every day the doors open at 7:25 a.m. for school-wide breakfast in the classroom. The school day ends at 1:55 p.m.  Every student must be on time in order for instruction to begin and continue with no interruptions from late arrivals. All early dismissals must be completed by 1:25 p.m. In order to ensure the safety of all students, we have a new dismissal procedure. Parents/guardians picking up students in grades Pre-K to 1st grade will report to the cafeteria door to sign out students. All other parents/guardians picking up students will now meet students at the front of the building near the John H. Bayne sign. To protect our students from danger only school staff are permitted in the building during dismissal. Bus riders will remain in their classrooms until their bus is called.  To prevent student injury, only buses will be allowed in the front of the building during dismissal. Enclosed is a dismissal procedure form. Please complete the form and send it with your child on the 1st day of school. It’s important to note that all changes to your child’s dismissal procedure must be received in writing by 1:00 p.m.

    High Expectations: We believe that students live up (or down) to our expectations. Studies show that student achievement is strongly affected by what adults expect of students. Let students know that you believe in them and speak positively about school to them. If you know a particular assignment is difficult tell your child, but also let them know that you are sure they will do well if they work hard. Remind them that hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. Hard work is key.

    Nightly Homework: It is critical that every child reads and practices Math skills for at least 30 minutes every night.  MyOn, online library, will be available at no cost to John H. Bayne students again this school year. Daily reading is the greatest way to increase comprehension, fluency and vocabulary. i-Ready will be provided to every students to complete individualized lesson on-line each night. Students may access MyOn and i-Ready by logging into their PGCPS Clever account. Teachers may provide additional assignments based on class needs.

    Bus Schedules: The transportation office utilizes a computerized bus routing system to manage the transportation of students. If applicable, students will be assigned to a bus to and from school. Bus schedules are mailed from the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Department of Transportation. Please review the schedule and help your child memorize their a.m. and p.m. bus numbers. Bus information is also available on the new mobile application. Download the Bb District by Blackboard app in the Apple App Store or Google Play store using your Family Portal Account for up to date information.

    G-Suite (Google Apps) Accounts for Students: For the 2017-18 school year all 1st through 12th grade students automatically receive free G Suite Accounts. This allows students to access Chromebooks, use Google Classroom and all other G Suite tools. The ability to use these tools in and out of the classroom will enrich the learning experience and allow our teachers and students to develop skills critical for academic success. Parents/Guardians of Kindergarten students must get permission to receive an account. A permission form will be sent home. Please return the permission form with appropriate signatures to your child’s teacher. As a parent/guardian, you have the right to deny account creation for your child. If you decide to opt out, contact the office to obtain an opt-out form.

    Background Checks: Due to recent changes in policy (Administrative Procedure 4215), commercial background checks can no longer be utilized for field trips. We encourage all volunteers to conduct your fingerprint background check between now and September 29th in order to visit classrooms, volunteer and chaperone field trips. For questions, contact the Background Unit at 301.952.7831.

    Breakfast & Lunch: John Bayne Elementary School has been designated a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. This allows us to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students.  Monthly menus will be sent home for review. Students will use a personal identification number (PIN) to access the meal program. Returning students will use their same PIN. New students will be assigned a PIN during the first week of school. To maximize students’ lunch time, this number must be memorized immediately. CEP status letters will be sent to each family. This letter should be kept in a safe place as it may be required to receive fee waivers for fingerprinting, field trips, etc. If you fail to receive a status letter by the beginning of October, feel free to contact the Application Office at 301-952-6517.

    Discipline: Please send your child to school with the expectation that they will learn in a disciplined and positive classroom environment. Every child must cooperate by listening and following directions so the teacher can utilize every moment for teaching and learning. Teasing, bullying, fighting, using inappropriate language or being disrespectful to teachers and classmates will not be tolerated. The Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook will be adhered to at all times. A school-wide discipline plan will be implemented.

    • School Uniforms: All students are required to wear their entire school uniform on the first day of school through the last day of school. Headdresses can be worn indoors for religious and health reasons only. A limited supply of donated uniforms are kept at the school in the event of an emergency. Students’ attire should reflect pride in our school and be appropriate for an academic setting. It is the responsibility of each family to ensure students have uniforms that both fit properly and maintain a professional look daily.