Insider Tips and FAQs
Are you new to Steele or a returning family? There is much to learn about the ins and outs of our fabulous school.
Frequently Asked Questions at the beginning of the school year…
Where do I park and drop off/pick up my child? The east side of the street directly in front of the school’s main entrance (Marion Parkway) is designated as the “Kiss and Drop” area. This is for parents who want to drop their child off at the curb and don’t need to park. Please respect this practice and DO NOT park your car in this area. It is staffed by parent volunteers who can help children get onto the school grounds safely. Also, do not double park on this street as it is heavily ticketed (it is a major fire truck route). Feel free to park on the other sides of the building, but try to walk if you can! Your child’s teacher will designate a meeting place for the class to meet at in the morning and this will be the same place that you’ll pick your child up after school.
What time does school start? First bell rings promptly at 8:10am. We strongly suggest that you drop your child off before 8am. Faculty is available on the playground to watch your child. Second bell rings at 8:15 am. Students are expected to be in class at that time. If your child arrives after 8:15am, they will be asked to go to the main office to receive a tardy slip. Tardies are recorded throughout the year and appear on your child's report card.
My child is sick, what do I do? In the event that your child is sick or is going to be late call the Attendance Phone Line at 720-424-3725 and leave a message by 8:30 AM. Leave your name, your child's name, teacher or room number, date of absence and reason. If you know that your child is going to miss school for a trip, etc. there is an absentee form to fill out in the office.
What is the best way to contact my child's teacher during the day? We have found in the majority of cases that your child's teacher would like to be contacted by email. They check their emails periodically throughout the day. If you need to inform your child of an appointment, vacations or a special request, you are best to contact his/her teacher at least a day in advance so that they can prepare for the change.
How does my child buy lunch? The most direct way is to go to the cafeteria and pay money directly into your child's account. Each time he/she buys something (milk $.40 or lunch $1.40), it will be deducted from his/her account. If the account balance is low, your child will be sent home with a reminder stamp to let you know you need to add additional money. Another easy way to put money into your account is by logging on to www.mylunchmoney.com and pressing the "Enroll" button. It will walk you through all the steps necessary to create an account and then you can add money using a credit card.
How do I get Steele newsletters? Sign up to receive the Steele Stallion Press via email. To ensure that you receive weekly news and updates go to the Steele Elementary website and click on the link on the home page. When you sign up, you may choose to receive 2012-2013 All School News and/or 2012-2013 PTA News.
What afterschool programs are available at Steele for my child/children? Click here to learn more about the afterschool programs available. For information about Kaleidescope, Steele's afterschool daycare program, click here.
How do I get my information added to the school directory if it is missing or incorrect? Contact Catherine Collier, Steele PTA Directory Coordinator, at email@example.com.
What is the process to have my child added to the bus list? As long as your child qualifies for the Steele bus route, you will need to go into the office and have your student added to the bus list. If you receive a letter in the mail regarding the bus route, then most likely your child is on the list. In order for your child to ride the bus, you will need to inform his/her teacher that they will be taking the bus. If you want your child to ride with a student who is not on the bus list, then the parents of the guest passenger will need to write a letter to the principal and My. Boyer will need to give approval. Once approved, an email should be sent to the teacher of the guest passenger informing the teacher that the parent has given approval for this change in schedule.
I hope this is helpful! You will get a lot more information at the Popsicle Social and in the first few days of school and at Back to School Night. But in the meantime, please feel free to email us with any other questions you might have.
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