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Parent Welcome LetterSCHOOL PROGRAMS
Bear Cub City After Care Program 9
After School Enrichment Programs (PTA Sponsored) 9
SCHOOL POLICIES
Conflict Resolution 12-13
Emergencies 17
Cafeteria and Lunch Program 18
OUSD Wellness - Nutrition/Candy Policy 19
PARENT PARTICIPATION
Events – What/When/Who 22
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STUDENT ACTIVITIES 24-25
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environment where students and adults are meaningfully engaged
in learning. Our culturally diverse population is our strength. And
the spirit of equity, cooperation, and respect permeates our
school communities. Our curriculum design and instructional
practices enhance our ability to connect academic learning to
applied and service learning as evidenced by our garden and
EcoLiteracy Curriculum. We are determined to produce students
who are socially, politically, academically, and technologically
competent.
establish goals and priorities. They feel welcomed and valued as
partners in the educational process.
Our staff experiences a sense of ACCOMPLISHMENT and is held
in high esteem. They work collaboratively, are competent,
effective, and committed to professional growth. They are
positive role models to our youth.
Our community takes PRIDE in Cleveland Elementary as a premier
educational institution, and the community readily partners with
us in a spirit of respect and support.
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SCHOOL COMMUNICATION GUIDE
PHONING THE SCHOOL
Teachers: Parents may contact teachers by phoning the school at the main
office number, and leaving a message. The message will be put in the
teacher’s box and every effort will be made to return the call within 24
hours.
Students: The office staff will only convey emergency messages to students
and ask that you state your child’s room number and teacher. Please be
sure to communicate after school arrangements to your child ahead of
time. Students will not be allowed to use the office phone except in
emergencies.
Principal: please call the main office number to make an appointment.
CLEVELAND SCHOOL SIGN
Make a habit of checking the school sign on the corner of Cleveland St. and
Montclair Ave. for reminders of minimum days, school closures, meetings,
and events.
Children often bring home announcements and flyers about upcoming school
events. Please designate a folder for these announcements, help your child
develop the habit of giving you these materials at home daily, and double
check that you have gotten important school announcements. You’d be
surprised how often this information remains in backpacks!
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Regular Days : 8:25 am.to 2:45 pm
Wednesday Minimum Days: 8:25 am to 1:30 pm.
Children should arrive at school by 8:20 AM to avoid being late, or between 8:00 and
8:20 if they wish to receive school breakfast. Line up bell is at 8:25 for all grades.
Instruction begins at 8:30. Please make sure children arrive to school on time every
day! Students arriving after 8:30 am must sign in at the office before reporting to
class. Wednesdays are ALWAYS minimum days. Other minimum days are on the school
calendar. Please make a note of them.
REGULAR DAY INSTRUCTIONAL SCHEDULE
Instruction
Recess
Instruction
Lunch
Instruction
Recess
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Instruction
Recess
Instruction
Lunch
Instruction
TOTAL INSTRUCTIONAL TIME:
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OUSD core curriculum materials and teacher professional development
including:
Math-Pearson Envision Mathematics
Social Skills-Second Step / Head Heart Hands (COE)
Social Studies, Technology, Art, Music, Leadership, Health, Eco-
literacy and Physical Ed.
In order for students to learn the curriculum, they must be present, feel
safe, and apply themselves. This is a team effort between home and
school.
Instrumental/Vocal Music – Instrumental music is offered to grades 3-5.
For grades K-2 Cleveland has a vocal program provided by Cantare Con
Vivo. (This program relies on PTA funds.)
Art – In partnership with MOCHA, art is offered to all grades at Cleveland
and is integrated with Core Curriculum. (This program relies on PTA
funds.)
Garden – All grades participate in Eco-Literacy / Garden activities with the
goal of becoming ecoliterate. (This program relies on PTA and grant
funds.)
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HOMEWORK
Homework is assigned nearly everyday for all grade levels. Homework must
be signed by a parent/guardian. Have your child explain the homework
before you sign it. Set a routine time and place for homework to be
completed. Students should have a backpack and home-school folder to
keep materials organized. PARENTS: CHECK YOUR CHILD’S BACKPACK
DAILY FOR IMPORTANT PAPERS.
PARENT CONFERENCES AND REPORT CARDS
Parent conferences will be held in the fall and students will receive three
report cards during the year. Additional conferences can be requested by
the teacher or parent and must be scheduled ahead of time.
CLEVELAND IS A TITLE I SCHOOL
Title I is the nation’s largest federal assistance program for schools. These
resources are directed toward students who need them the most. At
Cleveland, the Title I program funds and supports opportunities to close
the achievement gap through additional instructional assistants, technology
in the classroom, supplemental teaching materials, fieldtrips, assemblies,
and professional development for teachers. Governance bodies for the
school’s state and federal funds are the School Site Council (SSC), and the
English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC), which meet monthly.
GIFTED AND TALENTED (GATE)
While we believe that each student is gifted in his or her own right, the
school does receive funding for providing activities and materials which will
meet the unique needs of students identified and tested as G.A.T.E. The
categories for recommendation will include: intellectual, academic, high
achievement, creativity, leadership, and visual and performing arts. The
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school district facilitates the GATE testing procedures. Students can be
referred by teacher or by using test scores and may participate with
parental approval.
Under the state Proposition 49 funding, Cleveland School offers a
comprehensive, enriching and focused academic after-school program. This
program is designated to help close the achievement gap, provide structure
and opportunities for economically-disadvantaged families (TITLE 1), and
serve as partner and support of our daily academic program.
Approximately 90 diverse students are served through the after-school
program. For more information, www.oases.org, or contact our Site
Coordinator listed in the School Directory.
Bear Cub City After Care Program
Bear Cub City After-Care Program is a private, non-profit organization
that provides on-site care for K-5th grade students after school hours.
The program offers homework assistance, leadership and recreational
activities, community participation and enrichment projects. Bear Cub City
offers a flexible schedule that can be changed monthly.
For more information or an application, please contact Program Director
listed in the School Directory.
After School Enrichment Programs (PTA sponsored)
The PTA organizes and oversees a number of after school enrichment
programs that happen throughout the school year. Past offerings include
Chess, Art, LEGO, Guitar, Spanish and Mandarin. We rely on parental
involvement to help choose new programs and lead kids to and from
sessions. If you would like to help, please contact the PTA.
LOST AND FOUND
Lost and Found items are stored in a bin located outside the multi-
purpose room. Parents are invited to look there for lost clothing. Smaller
items such as glasses and keys are kept in the office. Each month
unclaimed lost and found items will be donated to charitable causes.
Please remind your children to take responsibility for their belongings and
write their names on them if possible.
ATTENDANCE, TARDIES AND ABSENCES
We appreciate your cooperation in making sure your child attends school
on time each day. The school’s per-pupil funding is reduced every day
that children are marked absent. Therefore, we ask that you please
schedule dental and medical appointments after school and on weekends
whenever possible. If your child must miss school, please have them
attend for part of the day.
Tardies: Students arriving after 8:30 AM must go to the office for a
tardy slip before going to class.
Absences:
When your child is absent from school, a parent or guardian needs to:
1. Call the main office and let the School Secretary or the Attendance
Clerk, know that your child will be absent.
2. Whenever your child is absent or MORE THAN 30 MINUTES TARDY,
please send a written explanation including the following information:
Student’s name
Date(s) of absence/tardy
Reason for absence/tardy
Parent’s signature
PLEASE try to refrain from scheduling extended family trips during school
times.
Habitually late or tardy students may be required to make up time and
assignments during recess, lunch, or free time. If tardiness or absences
persist, students and parents may be referred to the School Attendance
Review Team (SART).
PICKING UP CHILDREN DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
If you know in advance your child will be leaving during the school day
please send a note to your child’s teacher. When you come to get the
student, FIRST go to the office and they will call the room. Students
then come to the office and must be SIGNED OUT. For the safety of all
students, your child will only be released to a parent, guardian, or
designee listed on your child’s emergency card.
PUPIL EMERGENCY INFORMATION
To ensure the safety and well being of your child it is essential to have
current contact information on file in the school office. The “Pupil
Emergency Data Card” must be filled out completely each year, kept
current and be on file at the school. Include telephone numbers of people
who can be reached during the daytime in case of illness or injury. List the
names of ALL persons permitted to pick up your child from school.
Contact the main office to update information throughout the school year.
It is imperative that special medical circumstances be noted on the card.
Students are not allowed to have any medication in their possession.
Arrangements to take medication must be cleared through your family
physician and the school office. Any students with asthma medications
MUST leave one inhaler in the school office, clearly labeled with student’s
name and date.
Our goal is for Cleveland students to be:
- Honest and truthful - Responsible and accountable
- Aware of others rights and needs - Respectful of differences
- Independent and self-disciplined - Self-initiating and confident
- Literate and well-rounded - Lifelong learners
- Productive and contributing citizens - Effective team players
-Students are required to pursue the prescribed course of study, to
comply with the policies and rules of school, and to follow the directions
of teachers and other staff while attending school or school-related
activities.
courtesy, obedience to lawful authority, consideration for the rights of
others, and the desire to learn. They are encouraged to work
cooperatively with the school in fostering these traits in their children.
-Parents are required by law to respond promptly to requests from school
officials and to attend conferences regarding their child’s behavior.
-Cleveland staff will teach and practice the school rules, enforce the rules
fairly and consistently, provide recognition and incentives, treat students
respectfully, involve parents, value, model and expect self-discipline.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION POLICY
Teasing, name calling, harassment, hitting, threatening, or willfully excluding
anyone are not acceptable at Cleveland Elementary. If students are having
a conflict, it is the school’s policy that students immediately alert school
staff and officials to help them resolve the conflict.
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HOW TO HANDLE A CONFLICT
1. Immediately alert a teacher, yard duty supervisor or the principal when
there is a conflict.
2. The adult will ask you to write or make a statement explaining what
happened.
3. All students will be brought together to talk about the conflict or
issue.
4. Problem will be discussed and resolutions established by the students,
teacher & principal.
5. If a conflict is habitual, all parents involved will be contacted for a
conference.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS
Be assertive, not aggressive; Be confident; Quickly get away from the
situation; Firmly tell the bully to stop; Immediately tell a trusted
adult; Use the buddy system; Be a model—show respect for others.
Talk to your child about the ways they are learning to handle conflict. If
your child reports an on-going conflict, please discuss it with the teacher
and principal. Do not address another student directly. We must model
non-violent ways of resolving issues.
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MORNING DROP-OFF
Children are not allowed on school premises unless supervision is provided.
Staff is on duty from 8:00 to 8:20 AM for those students having
breakfast in the Multi Purpose Room and on the yard beginning at 8:20
for all other arriving students.
-Students should not arrive before 8:00am for breakfast or before
8:20am for start of school.
-The unloading zone on Cleveland Ave. is a special student-valet drop-off
zone with help from our Safety Patrol, from 8:15-8:30 each morning.
This is the only car drop-off area. Cleveland Ave. will be limited to one-
way traffic between Athol and Montclair. Be respectful of crossing guards
and parent volunteers.
-If you wish to escort your child onto the campus, valet service is not for
you. Please park in a legal spot on a neighboring street and cross at the
crosswalks.
-Brooklyn Street access to the school is also available for foot traffic and
parking drop-offs if you do not want to take advantage of the Cleveland
St. valet service.
-Student crossing guards will be on duty at the intersection of Cleveland
St. and Montclair Ave. from 8:15–8:30 AM to direct traffic and help
everyone cross safely. Be respectful of crossing guards and parent
volunteers.
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How to use the drop-off system:
Cleveland Ave.: For quick drop off of students, pull all the way
forward and alongside the curb to allow the student-valets to open
the door for your child. Be sure your child is ready to exit the car.
The valet will open your door, help your child out, close your door
and get you on your way! PLEASE: DO NOT PARK. DO NOT SHUT
OFF YOUR ENGINE. DO NOT EXIT YOUR CAR.
Corners of Montclair and Cleveland: Crossing guards will help you
cross the street. Cross only when the guards have stopped the
traffic. PLEASE DO NOT JAY WALK. PLEASE DO CROSS IN
CROSSWALKS.
Brooklyn St.: Back gate entrance is open from 8:00–8:30, and from
dismissal until 3:00 PM. At all other times the back gate will be
locked for security.
-Park in the appropriate areas Jay walk
-Use the valet service and crossing guards Double park
-Support the Safety Patrol Block neighbor driveways
-Volunteer to help as a Parent Supervisor Let your child out in the
-Use crosswalks middle of the road
SAFETY PATROL
3rd, 4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to participate in the
Traffic Safety Patrol Program with the permission of their parents and
teachers. These students serve as the crossing guards and student valets
throughout the school year and must arrive by 8:10 on the mornings they
are on duty. In addition, they participate in a monthly meeting with the
Faculty Advisor and an Oakland Traffic Police Officer. Students must
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maintain their grades and appropriate school behavior in to order to
participate. Encourage your 3rd, 4th and 5th grade student to volunteer for
Safety Patrol. Parents, please volunteer also!
MORNING DROP-OFF DIAGRAM
Montclair Ave
Athol Ave
For more information, to join the safety patrol or become a parent volunteer contact
the Safety Patrol Parent shown in the School Directory. Please use and respect the
valet and crossing guard system. Thank you for your support!
ALWAYS BE RESPECTFUL OF FELLOW PARENTS, STUDENTS AND
NEIGHBORS. ALWAYS!
AFTERNOON PICK-UP / PLAYGROUND SUPERVISION
Please drive carefully if you are driving to pick up your child. All the
CLEVELAND
ELEMENTARY
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morning rules still apply! Be especially careful on Montclair Avenue, where
our youngest students are coming out of their classrooms. DO NOT
PARK IN BUS ZONE. DO NOT DOUBLE PARK or allow students to
cross in front of or behind cars! Students must be picked up promptly
at dismissal, as per Penal Code, Section 270.5(a), unless they have on-
site after school care. If you are delayed in picking up your child,
PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE.
No child can be left alone before or after school on campus, including at
the playgrounds. A parent or guardian must be on campus with them at
all times. If a child is found on the playground alone, they will be sent to
the office and parents will be called for immediate pick up.
EMERGENCIES
and local disasters every month. An emergency preparedness bulletin will
be sent home to give you information about our procedures.
You will be asked to fill a bag with specific student emergency supplies to
be kept at school.
BUILDING SECURITY AND VISITATION
To ensure that the building remains a safe and secure place for your child
to attend school, the following procedures will be enforced. Your
cooperation and understanding are appreciated.
ALL VISITORS must check into the office as soon as they enter the
building. They must have a visitor’s badge.
Anyone on school property without a badge will be directed to the
office.
Parents (guardians and grandparents) may come to school to be with
your child during lunch. Please know that although it is fine for you
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to assist your child, you may not assist other children with their
food (OUSD rule).
CAFETERIA POLICIES AND LUNCH PROGRAM:
Free and reduced cost breakfast and lunch are available with a
qualifying application. Forms are handed out at the beginning of each
year and are also available in the office year round. We encourage
every family to fill out and return the lunch forms regardless of their
intention to receive school lunch. This will assist our school and
district to secure funding for the school.
Breakfast is served every morning only between 8:00–8:20 AM.
Please see office for prices. Prices are subject to change
Students may buy lunch or bring lunch from home. A lunch menu is
available each month. Milk is also available. Please see office for
prices. Prices are subject to change.
Do not send soda or candy in your child’s lunch. Healthy foods will
help your student to concentrate, feel well, and do better in school.
Food provided by the cafeteria may not be taken out of the cafeteria
due to Educational Health Codes
WE COMPOST AND RECYCLE DURING LUNCH!
To cut down on campus waste we encourage you to pack food in reusable
containers or use products that are compostable or recyclable. Ask your
child to follow our recycling / composting guidelines program at school.
Our “Green Team” of lunchroom monitors makes it easy. Parents, if you
are in the lunchroom, we ask that you follow recycling / composting
guidelines as well.
OUSD WELLNESS POLICY
At school we love to celebrate birthdays, holidays and special events. The
District’s Wellness Policy requires all food at school, including food served
at classroom parties, fundraisers and after-school events to follow healthy
guidelines. In our effort to educate students about making healthy choices
and eating nutritious foods, here is a list of fun and healthy snack food
suggestions. Please help to achieve our mission of wellness for all students
by snacking healthfully!
candy
cupcakes
cake
donuts
dried fruits/fruit leather
low-sugar yogurt products
whole grain crackers or pretzels with peanut butter or cheese
mixed nuts and seeds or trail mix
string cheese
PARENT PARTICIPATION
Your presence is welcomed at CLEVELAND SCHOOL! There are lots of
ways to get involved:
Cleveland parents, teachers and students are encouraged to participate in
the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Meetings are held at the school
once a month, typically at 6:30 PM (check the school calendar). The PTA
provides a forum where participants address ways to support our school,
promote quality education, and encourage community involvement. Past
achievements include the introduction of the after-school enrichment
program and an in-class art program, and the planning, development and
installation of the play structure and school announcement sign. Through
fund-raising efforts such as eScrip, grant writing, walk-a-thon, Boxtop
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collection programs and more, the PTA continues to support our school’s
partnership with MOCHA for in-class art,…