KIPP STAR Elementary - Family Handbook 2013-14

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    FAMILY HANDBOOK

    2013-2014

    586 West 177th

    Street, 4th

    Floor New York, NY 10033

    Tel: (212) 991-2630

    www.kippnyc.org

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    Dear Families,

    Welcome to the KIPP STAR Elementary team and family! We are so excited to begin our 3rd

    year,

    and as a team of families, students and staff, we are continuing to build the foundation for early

    education and character together. We commit to helping our children develop the character,

    academic skills and habits necessary to succeed in middle school, high school, college and the

    world beyond. We believe that by working together, we can provide opportunities to enable our

    children to grow up to have happy, healthy and successful lives.

    Whether our KIPPsters are in the classrooms reading A Chair for My Mother, at the zoo discovering

    the needs of animals to live and survive, performing at our winter show or practicing their school

    values, they truly embody what it is to be a KIPPster. We practice the KIPP Philosophy: Be nice and

    work hard. Due to the tremendous grit, love, hope, communication and support of their teachers

    and families, we know that our KIPPsters will do amazing things. We are excited about their infinite

    possibilities, and building the first KIPP elementary school in Washington Heights is one step

    towards achieving those possibilities. These are truly exciting times, and we are happy that you are

    part of it!

    We recognize that these efforts take tremendous discipline and dedication, which can only be donewith the joint efforts of families, staff and our students. Since we value open communication and

    access to information, we have prepared a handbook regarding the schools structure, a ttendance,

    schedule, culture and academics along with other pieces of information that we think you will find

    helpful. Hopefully, this handbook will serve as a useful resource to answer any questions that you

    may have. Please keep it handy so that you may refer to it when necessary.

    We look forward to an exciting and positive year! Once again, welcome to another year at KIPP

    STAR Elementary, which is filled with the promise of greatness, enthusiasm, love and dedication.

    Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

    Thank you for your faith and support,

    Anokhi Saraiya

    Principal

    (917)-450-8853

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................................................................................................................. 3WHO WE ARE ........................................................................................................................................................ 4

    KIPP MISSION ................................................................................................................................................................... 4

    OUR BEGINNING .............................................................................................................................................................. 4

    KIPP CREDO ...................................................................................................................................................................... 4At KIPP, we believe. ......................................................................................................................................................... 4

    KIPP STAR ELEMENTARY VALUES ........................................................................................................................... 5OUR VALUES..................................................................................................................................................................... 5

    KIPP COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE ..................................................................................................................... 6SOME OF WHAT EVERY KIPPSTER LEARNS DURING WEEK ONE ............................................................................. 7KIPP STAR ELEMENTARY STAFF INFO ..................................................................................................................... 8GENERAL INFORMATION ....................................................................................................................................... 9

    ENROLLMENT ................................................................................................................................................................... 9

    WHO SHOULD I ASK? ....................................................................................................................................................... 9

    ATTENDANCE ................................................................................................................................................................. 10

    ATTENDANCE CONSEQUENCES FOR ABSENCES & TARDIES ........................................................................................ 11

    SCHOOL UNIFORM ......................................................................................................................................................... 12

    DRESS CODE POLICY ....................................................................................................................................................... 13

    FOOD AND WELLNESS .................................................................................................................................................... 14

    TRANSPORTATION ......................................................................................................................................................... 16

    FIELD LESSONS ............................................................................................................................................................... 16

    COMMUNICATING WITH STAFF AND TEACHERS ........................................................................................................... 16

    CELL PHONE POLICY ....................................................................................................................................................... 17

    PERSONAL BELONGINGS ................................................................................................................................................ 17

    HEALTH AND SAFETY ........................................................................................................................................... 17IMMUNIZATIONS ........................................................................................................................................................... 17

    REPORTING A CHILDS SICKNESS.................................................................................................................................... 17

    NURSE SERVICE AND MEDICATION ................................................................................................................................ 18

    COUNSELING SERVICES .................................................................................................................................................. 18

    CALENDAR AND SCHEDULE .................................................................................................................................. 18START/END DATES ......................................................................................................................................................... 18

    VACATIONS/HOLIDAYS ................................................................................................................................................... 19

    SCHOOL CLOSINGS (BAD WEATHER) .............................................................................................................................. 19

    FAMILY SATURDAYS ....................................................................................................................................................... 19

    ACADEMICS - WORK HARD............................................................................................................................... 22HOMEWORK................................................................................................................................................................... 22

    CHEATING/PLAGIARISM ................................................................................................................................................. 23

    PROMOTION TO THE NEXT GRADE ................................................................................................................................ 24

    BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT............................................................................................................................... 25FAMILY INVOLVEMENT ........................................................................................................................................ 26

    WHAT ARE A FEW WAYS I CAN GET INVOLVED?.......................................................................................................... 27

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    WHO WE ARE

    KIPP MISSIONKIPP STAR Elementarys mission is to teach our students to develop the character and academic

    skills necessary to succeed in high school and col