|In school, establishing routines is the challenging work of a new school year, as entire classes enter new rooms and learn new ways of doing things. We expect about six weeks for teachers to establish the basic classroom and school structures in order for the classes to get in full swing. True, other subjects begin to unfold throughout that time, but without the foundation of community building, listening, caring for our own learning and for each other, classrooms cannot become the exciting, engaging, happy places that we seek. Please help your child and yourself be patient as teachers establish these routines. The rich curriculum that we are known for is coming.
On the topic of structures, and after much staff discussion, we have come up with arrival routines we feel address student needs and safety concerns. During school hours (8:10 am to 2:34 pm), it is Ivanhoe’s policy that we are a secured campus. With that in mind, the following rules need to be honored:
- PLEASE say goodbye to your students on the lower yard. It is difficult to secure the campus when we delay goodbyes for those 5-10 minutes as we walk up the ramps. This goes for classes on the lower yard as well. It is often near impossible for Rooms 15-19 to get into classrooms with all the last minute goodbyes.
- After 8:15, the dragon gate near the office is an emergency exit only- all visitors, volunteers and late students need to enter and exit through the main office.
- All visitors/volunteers need either a volunteer badge or a yellow visitor pass before entering the campus. If you are volunteering in a class in the morning, please sign in before you begin your volunteer time.
- Students who are part of Beyond The Bell are required to check in with Ms. Izzy. Students MUST ALWAYS notify her when they are leaving the lower yard. There is no supervision on other parts of the campus, including the front lawn, and it is dangerous for students to be wandering around the school unsupervised.