School Policies

Absences / Attendance

To comply with state law, you are asked to call the school before 8:00 a.m. if your child is going to be absent. Voice Mail has been installed so that you may call the school at 630-719-5820 the evening before to avoid any possible line overload at the start of the school day. Your cooperation in calling in the evening or before 8:00 a.m. will eliminate the secretary having to call you to verify your child’s absence.

If your child is absent from school for an extended period of time, you will need to come to school for assignments. We ask that you call in advance so that teachers have an opportunity to prepare assignments for you without disrupting instructional time.

Arrival at School

No child should be on school property before 8:10 a.m., since there is no outdoor supervision prior to that time. Doors open at 8:20 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, they will open at 8:15 a.m.

After School Play Dates

If your child will be going to another student’s home after school, whether walking or riding, a note from the parents of both students is required for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students. The note is then to be signed by the principal.

Bicycles

Bicycle riders must wear bicycle helmets to and from school, and observe traffic safety rules. Bicycles must be parked in the bike racks and locked. No bike riding is allowed on the school blacktop during school hours or during arrival or dismissal.

Birthdays

Edible birthday treats are not allowed to be brought into school. We hope that students will continue to celebrate their birthdays in an alternate fashion. Some additional ideas include: donating an indoor recess game to the class, contributing a book to his/her classroom library, inviting a parent or grandparent to read aloud to the class and donating pencils or stickers to be used by the class on special occasions. You may choose to take your child to lunch that day. Please do not have your child hand out invitations to birthday parties at school. Unless all of the children are invited, feelings will be hurt.

Calling the Teachers or School

You may contact a teacher by calling the school office and leaving a message with the secretary. The teacher will return your call at his/her earliest convenience. You may also contact the teacher by email.

Class Parties

The PTA organizes three class parties each year: on Halloween, a December holiday party, and on Valentine’s Day. A party fee is collected to cover the cost of the above events.  A school picnic, also sponsored by the PTA, is held at Belle Aire at the end of the school year.

Drop Off Policy and Parking

During morning drop off, if you choose to walk your child from your car to the school door, or in the afternoon, pick up your child at the door, PLEASE PARK YOUR CAR IN A DESIGNATED SPOT:

  • In the Parking Lot Along the WEST side of Belle Aire Lane
  • NO PARKING on the EAST side of Belle Aire Lane.
  • Herbert Circle (to the west of school off Downers Drive)
  • Parrish Court (off Venard just north of the path).

Please don’t block the semi-circle in front of the school or the east side of Belle Aire Lane with a parked car. This is the drop off (and pick up lane).

Please note that the first driveway is the BUS ZONE. Please do not block the driveway or it’s entrance while dropping off or picking up children. You may always use open parking spaces.

During drop off and pick up, the traffic flows into the second drive counter-clockwise in front of school.

  • If Parking, park only in designated spots.
  • Do not drive up Belle Aire Lane past the second drive.
  • Please never pass up cars waiting in line on Belle Aire Ln. to pick up and drop off students or drive out the entrances of the drives. This creates traffic jams for cars trying to exit from school. Also, never double park in the second drive.
  • Do pull up when cars leave if you’ve been waiting in your car in front of school to pick up or drop off.
  • Illinois law prohibits the use of cell phones within school zones unless you’re using a blue tooth device.

Electronic Devices

Personal electronic devices such as iPods, MP3 players, handheld games, and cell phones must be turned off and in back packs during the school day.

EMERGENCIES / SEVERE WEATHER / SCHOOL CLOSINGS

All schools in District 58 receive severe weather information. If a tornado warning is issued, all regular school activities will cease. Students report to designated areas of the building until the warning is lifted. The Connect Ed System will be enacted by the district office or principal in the event that students will need to be sent home.

In hazardous weather or other emergency situations, the Superintendent of Schools may deem it necessary to close school. For emergency school closing information, call the Downers Grove info. line at 630-434-6800. The district then notifies radio stations from which the official announcement is made, including WBBM (780), and WGN (720). Parents are urged not to call school for this information because open phone lines are vital at such times.

In case of an emergency early dismissal, the Superintendent allows one hour, if possible, from the time the announcement is made to the time of the dismissal. The district office or principal will enact the Connect Ed System to communicate this information to the parents. Students who walk to school are dismissed only after the parent or the parent designee arrives in person to take the child home. Buses unable to reach their designated stops will return the students to school and their parents will be notified.

Fire and Disaster Drills

Drills are conducted regularly to acquaint students with the nearest exit doors. Instructions for evacuating the building, location of exits, and the assigned places in the building to take cover in the event of a tornado, are posted in each classroom.

Gym Clothes

For safety’s sake, all children are required to wear gym shoes and socks. Shoes must not be slip-on, high-tops, or platform style shoes, and cannot be worn for any other purpose. Please write your child’s name on the shoes (and on any other belongings such as back packs, lunch boxes, etc.). Remember, gym shoes must be left in school.

Lunch Period

Students have 20 minutes to eat lunch and 20 minutes recess. Intermediate grade students have recess prior to eating lunch. Primary grade students eat lunch prior to recess.

Grade 1,2,3 Eat Lunch 11:40 – 12:00 Recess 12:00 – 12:20
Grade 4,5,6 Eat Lunch 12:00 – 12:20 Recess 11:40 – 12:00

Please send lunch in reusable containers with a spoon/fork when appropriate. Encourage your children to bring home all recyclable items (i.e. yogurt containers to be recycled). If you wish to bring a hot lunch for your child, please have it in the office before the beginning of his/her lunch time and include the child’s name.

Notes and Phone Messages

Should a student need to leave prior to 2:55 p.m., it is very important for parents to send a note to the Principal, stating the time and reason for the release.

We understand that there are times when a parent needs to get a message to a son/daughter during school. We remind you, however, that unless the message is of extreme urgency, we do not interrupt class time to deliver a message. Notes are placed in the teacher’s mailbox and picked up as soon as possible.

Pets

No pets are allowed on the Belle Aire grounds during school hours. That includes the drop off and pick up of children.

Recess & P.E. Activity Release

P.E. and recess are part of a regular school day. Our general approach is that if a child is well enough to be in school, then he or she is well enough to participate in all school activities. We will honor a parent’s request to excuse their child from P.E./Recess for two days. Beyond that time, we request a doctor’s release. Children will not be sent outside in the event of rain or when the temperature is below 0 F.

Releasing Students

When children reach school, it is the school’s obligation to keep them until regular dismissal time. If a student becomes ill during the school day, the student must be excused by the principal or his designee who will make the appropriate parent contact. If for any reason your child needs to be released for dental or medical appointments, the parent or guardian is required to send a note to the principal stating the time and reason for the release. This request is made in order to help protect your child.

All staff members are prohibited from releasing any child without approval of the principal. No child will be permitted to leave school premises with an unauthorized person. The parent is to come into the school office and sign the child out at that time.

Parents are expected to direct their children to go home immediately following the close of school or any school function.

Report Cards & Conferences

Report cards will be sent home quarterly and on the last day of school. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled in the fall and the spring during the evening, and additional times will be made by each individual classroom teacher. In addition, a conference can be scheduled at any time by calling the classroom teacher to make an appointment. Please review the “VISITORS SECTION” as listed in this directory.

Roller Blades/Shoes, Skateboards & Scooters

Students may not wear roller blades or roller shoes on school property. Skateboards and Scooters are not allowed on school property during regular school hours.

School Hours

Kindergarten

8:20: AM kindergarten students enter school with teacher
8:25 to 11:05 a.m.
12:10: PM kindergarten students enter school with teacher
12:15 to 2:55 p.m.

Grades 1-6

8:20: Bell to enter school
8:25 to 11:40 a.m.
11:40 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. (student lunch/recess)
12:20 to 2:55 p.m.

Telephone

Students may use the office telephone only in an emergency. Permission from the secretary or principal is necessary. It is very important for students to make after school activity arrangements before coming to school each day.

Urgent messages from parents will be delivered immediately to students. District 58 will utilize the ConnectEd system to communicate emergency information. Please inform the school of changes in your phone number so that this important communications network can function effectively.

Vacations

We realize that in some cases, families have little control over their vacation times. However, in those cases where control can be exercised, we ask that families respect the school calendar. Although there is no way to make up for missed class time, the teacher will provide student’s parents with subject area assignments when the child returns from vacation. If you choose to take a vacation during regular school days, you and your child(ren) should focus on the educational aspects of the trip and include daily activities related to the trip such as reading, journal writing, etc. Upon return to school, students will have the number of days missed to make up work.

Visitors

Parents are always welcome to visit the school and their child’s class. Please call the teacher to arrange an appointment.

All visitors must first report to the school office where they will be required to sign in and will receive a visitor or volunteer badge to be worn while in the building. We are charged with the care of your children and we must be able to protect them by identifying all adults who enter the building. Further, all children who are dismissed early or leave the school for any reason (doctor’s appointment, etc.) must be picked up and signed out in the office by an adult.

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