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Welcome to another wonderful school year at Amherst Street School!  We are so excited to see familiar faces and meet new friends and families.  If ever you have a question or a concern, never hesitate to contact us here at school.  We are here to make this a fantastic school year for your child.  I would also encourage you to be involved in the school by volunteering your time with us.  Children do better in school when their parents are actively involved in their education.  Amherst Street Elementary is very proud to announce that we have been named a Blue Ribbon School again this year thanks to all of you!
 
 
Important Reminders for a Successful School Year
 
SCHOOL STARTS AT 8:10 A.M. SHARP!  Please help us by getting your child or children to school on time.  If your child will be absent, please make sure that you call the office at 594-4385.
We have an answering machine on our phone line from 3:15 PM to 7:15AM. If your child is going to be absent, please give us a call. If we do not hear from you, you will receive a call from our automated messaging system. This system calls your home phone so it’s very important to call your child in or check your home messages. Remember this is for your child’s safety.
 
Arrival and Dismissal Reminders
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
School Hours:                       Kindergarten:     8:10-2:25
                                               Grades 1-5:         8:10-2:35
Early Releases are scheduled throughout the school year for teacher in-service. Kindergarten students dismiss at 12:25 and Grades 1-5 students dismiss at 12:35.
 
 
Guidelines for Healthy Food Choices
The Nashua Board of Education adopted a new Wellness Policy after much study and collaboration with nutritional experts.  This policy imposes stricter guidelines on the food provided as part of the school lunch program, but also on any food sold or distributed during the school day.  This policy applies to any classroom celebrations, including birthday celebrations.  The new requirement is that any food served during the school day must meet health guidelines.  Please look for more information from your child’s teacher.
 
Communication
Communication between home and school is vitally important to the success of every child.
Please check your child’s Student Planner and/or back pack daily.
 
We need your help in keeping our records accurate. 
Please be sure to keep the school informed anytime your home phone, work phone or cell phone number changes. We also need to be informed anytime your address changes. It is critical we know how to reach you in an emergency.  Thank you for your help.
 
Student Information Sheets – Information on the Student Information Sheet is essential. The school must be able to reach you by phone should an emergency occur. Be sure to make arrangements with a neighbor or relative who would be available in case of an emergency dismissal. Please review, make changes and return this form as soon as possible.
 
Hot Lunch and Milk Collection – Procedures for collecting lunch and milk envelopes and prices are explained in the handouts you will receive. There will also be an application for Free and Reduced priced meals. New applications must be completed each year and should be completed as soon as possible. Breakfast is available for all students from 7:30-7:55
 
Afterschool procedures – Written notes
If your child will be deviating from their normal after school procedure please send a note to the teacher that morning. We need a written note rather than a phone call to in-sure that we are keeping your child safe by following your family plans. Please be sure your child is always picked up on time. Thank you!
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                
 
Below are new procedures that we ask all parents/students to follow.  Any changes that are necessary will be made accordingly.  Outside supervision for students begins at 7:30.  Please respect the importance of consistent attendance. Please make all appointments after the school day ends.  Your cooperation in all that is outlined below will be much appreciated.
  1.  Breakfast Program:  Our breakfast program begins at 7:30.  Please do not drop your child off before 7:30.  There is no supervision provided before 7:30.
  2.  DROP OFF PROCEDURES-
    1. Cars will form a single line to drop off students behind the school.  Cars will need to enter the back parking lot by way of the tennis court entrance.  Please do not pass cars.
    2. If it is necessary for parents to park for any length of time, please park in the parking spaces to the east of the car loop and walk your child across the parking lot.  No parking in the loop.  Under no circumstances may cars be left running while unattended.
    3. Students who arrive after 8:10 a.m. will need to be signed in at the office.  Parents must park their cars in order to bring their child inside.
  3. Kindergarten drop off:
  4. Kindergarten drop off times:  7:30-8:10. 
  5. A staff member will meet students as they enter the school.  Do not let your child leave the car until you are signaled to do so.  Please practice with children who need assistance in putting seatbelts on/off and opening/closing car doors.  Student independence will expedite the drop off process.  Students will line up by back door with teachers and then be walked to class.  Students, who arrive after specific drop off times, will need to be signed in at the office.  Parents will need to park in a parking spot and bring the child into the office.
  6. Kindergarten pick up time in the rear of school:
                                                              i.      Kindergarten pick up time:  2:25
                                                            ii.      Students will be waiting with a staff member.  Please display your name card to expedite your child’s dismissal.  Name cards will be distributed on the first day.
  1. Grades 1-5 drop off (Please refer to #2 above):
    1. Students will enter the building through the gym and walk to cafeteria or playground.
  2. Grades 1-5 Pick up
  3. Cars will turn into Holman Stadium parking lot by the tennis courts on Sargent Ave.  Students will be lined up in the gym and dismissed to a parent in the car loop.  Please remain in line until the car in front of you pulls up.  Staff members will be outside to assist students.
  4. Buses will enter the bus loop by way of Sargent Ave. and driveway closest to Amherst Street.
  5. Students will enter the front doors.
  6. Cars will not be allowed in the front bus loop from 7:45-8:15 and 2:15-2:45.   I ask for your cooperation on this matter.
  7. Please park your cars in Holman Stadium parking lot or on Sargent Ave.  There will be no parking in the loop except for our Handicapped cars.
  8. Students, who are Amherst Street walkers, must use the sidewalk and cross with the crossing guard on Amherst Street.  All other walkers are to use sidewalks and crosswalks as appropriate and proceed to the playground or cafeteria for breakfast.  For afternoon dismissal, walkers will exit the building onto the playground.
  9. Buses
  10. Parking
  11. Walkers
  12. Important Reminder – Please remember that there is absolutely NO SMOKING on school grounds. State Law prohibits anyone from smoking while on school grounds. We appreciate your cooperation.