Dear Barrett Families:
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! It has been a full and exciting summer,with the Barrett Book Blast, Innovation Academy, and many great events! We look forward to welcoming everyone back at the Open House on Thursday, August 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Kindergarten through fifth grade students begin school on Tuesday, September 5th; four-year old VPI (preschool) students will be phased in starting on September 5th or 6th – please see specific instructions from your teacher. Attached to this letter is a letter from Dan Wendell, our PTA President, with news and information about the PTA. For students in grades 1-5, an information sheet is also attached letting you know who your student’s homeroom teacher is. Kindergarten students will need to wait until the open house to find out their classroom assignment. Please note that careful planning went into class groupings and assignments, and at this point we are not able to honor requests for changes. Remember that in grades three, four and five, students will “departmentalize” or switch classrooms and have one teacher for English Language Arts and another for Math/Science and Social Studies. These students will have a team and may also work with other teachers at this grade.
Barrett will host many activities for students and parents this year. Please watch for flyers that your children will bring home and post the Family Activities Calendar that you will receive in your First Day Packet in a handy place. Be sure to mark Parent Back-To-School Night on Wednesday evening, September 13th on your calendars. This is an evening for parents to learn about classroom routines and expectations for grade level work.
At the beginning of last school year, all classes worked on developing a set of school-wide expectations for behavior and conduct. The final product of this work was the student-generated “Barrett 3 R’s” – please review these with your child as these will be frequently referred to throughout this year.
- Respect Myself
- Be safe inside and outside the classroom
- Believe in yourself and try your best
- Respect Others
- Be safe and kind to others
- Listen and be ready to learn
- Respect Our School Space
- Keep your class and school clean
- Take good care of our school books, supplies, and equipment
Here is some information to help you plan the transition from summer vacation to school:
Hours: School begins at 8:25 a.m. Students will be admitted to the school to go directly to their classrooms at 8:00 a.m. Our breakfast program begins serving at 7:30. Only children eating in the school breakfast program or in the Extended Day Program will be admitted prior to 8:00 a.m. There is no general supervision for students prior to 8:00 a.m. Playing on school property, including the playground and blacktop is prohibited prior to 8 a.m.
Bus Riders: If you are eligible for bus transportation, you will receive information from the Transportation office regarding route assignment and schedules. Please note that drivers are being instructed to return children age 9 and younger to school if there is no adult or older sibling to meet the children at the bus stop. At that point, it is the family’s responsibility to arrange pickup. Drivers will only release children age 9 and younger to adults they recognize. Other adults will require signed permission from the family to take the child at the bus stop. The sticker in this envelope is for your child on the first day – she/he should wear it so we know how she/he gets home!
Meal Prices: Lunch costs $2.80 and breakfast costs $1.60, milk costs 75¢. If you qualified for free or reduced meals last year, you are eligible for them again this year until new applications are due. Families must apply and qualify for free/reduced price meals annually. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 8:10 a.m. We do close the kitchen at 8:10 to ensure students are in class on time. Exceptions are made when buses arrive late.
Class Assignments and Supply Lists: Your class assignment is on the sheet attached to this letter. Please check information to be sure we have current contact information. You are invited to an open house on Thursday morning, August 31, between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Class lists will be posted in the main hallway of the school. Supply lists for your child’s grade level are attached to this letter. The school store will be open every morning the first week of school from 7:50 to 8:30 a.m. You will be able to buy Barrett assignment notebooks, recorders, headphones, and specialty items like t-shirts and sweatshirts.
The Barrett staff is looking forward to working with your family. Best wishes for a great school year for both you and your child. If you need additional information or if we can answer any questions, please call us at 703-228-6288. See you soon!