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WELCOME TO WEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
 
4700 River Road
Fairfield, Ohio 45014
Phone: 513-868-3021
Fax: 513-868-3624
 
Principal: Kim Wotring
Assistant Principal: Mark Rice
  
School Hours:
9:15 - 3:45
Office Hours:
8:15 - 4:15 (School Year)
7:00 - 3:00 (Summer)
 

Fairfield West Elementary Back to School Information for 2016-2017

* All bus route information will be entered onto our district website www.fairfieldcityschools.com under the transportation tab. The routes will also be posted in the lobby of the school at the Meet the Teacher night. If you need additional information regarding bus routes, please call the Transportation Office at 829-6603.
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*The school office opened Wednesday, August 3rd. Our summer hours are from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Once school starts, our office hours will be from 8:15 AM until 4:15 PM Monday through Friday.

*Please mark your calendar for your child’s Meet the Teacher Night. This evening provides you and your child an opportunity to meet the teacher prior to arriving to school on the first day. Students are invited to come with you. However, due to overcrowding, please try to make child care arrangements for younger siblings. The teachers will also provide handouts with important information. Students are invited to bring their school supplies and sit at their new desks for the first time. A great deal of information will be available to you in the gym that evening as well. Please stop by the gym. Our PTC will be serving treats to our students there. This is also a great opportunity to take your child on a tour of the building so they will be familiar with their surroundings on the first day. Please note that your child’s grade level determines which night and time you are to attend Meet the Teacher Night.
*3rd and 4th graders, you attend on Friday, Aug. 12th from 5:00-5:45.
*AM preschool/kindergartners and 1st graders, you attend on Monday, Aug. 15th from 4:30-5:15.
*PM preschool/kindergartners and 2nd graders, you attend on Monday, Aug. 15th from 5:30-6:15.

☺ The first day of school for the students grades 1-4 and preschool will be Tuesday, August 16th.
☺ The first day of school for kindergartners is staggered. This means kindergarten students will be assigned to come in on either August 16th, 17th, or 18th with the first typical day where all kindergartners attend together being on August 19th. There will be an additional mailing going home to kindergarten parents to explain the details of this process.

☺ School hours for students grades 1-4 are 9:15 AM until 3:45 PM. For preschool and kindergarten the AM session is from 9:15-11:55 and the PM session is from 1:05-3:45.

☺ Please find enclosed a list of school supplies. You can bring those to Meet the Teacher Night or send them with your child on the first day of school.

☺ You will be receiving a welcome letter from your child’s teacher in the near future. It will be filled with important information. Enclosed in that letter you will find a bus tag for your child to wear or display the first week of school. Please make sure that it is completed and attached to your child or his/her book bag. We strongly encourage students to ride the bus on the first day so that they can become familiar with the routine. Our teachers and staff are available to assist them to their classes. The letter will also provide your children with an important clue on how to identify their teachers when they get off the bus on the first day. They will be carrying something special to help students know who they are (e.g. a stuffed monkey or a red umbrella). This will be fun and helpful!

☺ The cost of a school lunch is $2.75 per day ($13.75 per week). If you purchase items separately, milk will be $.50 and juice will be $.50. If your child plans to purchase lunches, please consider paying in advance. Whether you send in a check or use the E/Z Pay system it reduces the opportunity for lost lunch money. Our Café Terminal keeps track of each student account balance. More details will be available from the teachers and in the office. This information does not apply to preschool and kindergarten students, as they follow a half day schedule and are not here during lunch time.

☺ You will receive a ‘School Start’ folder containing important information and forms at Meet the Teacher night. If you are unable to attend, your child will receive the folder on the first day of school. Please read these materials and fill out all forms completely. Forms should be returned to school as soon as possible. Completing the necessary papers on a yearly basis can be difficult, but the process really is important for the safety and education of your child. Please keep the office updated if any important information changes during the school year (address, home phone number, work phone number, custody, etc.). It is vital that you provide us with numbers to reach you in case of emergency.

☺ West has a wonderful PTC (Parents and Teachers for Children) which meets throughout the year. You are invited to the first parent meeting on Tuesday, September 6th, at 6:00 PM in the Media Center. Please feel welcome to attend and participate in any of our many activities throughout the year. This is a wonderful way to stay informed of all that is happening here at West. You will also want to check out the PTC tables in the gym on Meet the Teacher Night.

☺ Latchkey is available here at West. The hours are from 6:30 AM - 9:15 AM and from 3:45 PM - 6:00 PM. You need to register your child for this program prior to use. You may call Cheryl Sandor at 887-0549. Information packets are available in the school office. Latchkey will have information available for you in the gym on Meet the Teacher Night.

☺ School fees are $60.00 per child ($40.00 per child for kindergarten). This amount is due by September 9, 2016. If you have questions regarding the payment of this fee, please contact Brenda Scheidt, the school secretary. You will be able to pay your fees in the school office on Meet the Teacher Night, if you so desire. You may also stop by the school to pay your fees during regular office hours, mail the money to us, or send it to school with your child in the clearly marked envelope which we will provide. Credit cards (Visa,Mastercard, & Discover only) may be used to pay school fees as well as on-line EZ Pay. If you would like to set up a payment plan for your fees, please stop by the office and speak with Brenda. We would be happy to help.

☺ Information regarding our Free and Reduced Lunch Program will be included in the ‘School Start’ folder. If you wish to participate in this program, please submit the completed paperwork to Brenda as soon as possible. Please list all names of children living in your household. Remember, these forms must be completed each year for reconsideration.

☺ A copy of the dress code policy for Fairfield City Schools is included in the Elementary Handbook you will receive in the ‘School Start’ folder. Let’s help our students establish good habits right from the start. Our most frequent issue is shoes with no back strap. It is for their safety that we require shoes to be firmly attached to feet. Flip-flops and Slides are not permitted.

☺ If your child is going to be absent from school, send us an e-mail to Westattendance@fairfieldcityschools.com by 9:15 (1:05 for PM preschool and kindergarten). This will notify us and count as your written note for your child’s return! If you are unable to email us, please call the office by 9:15 AM on the morning of the absence (1:05 PM for PM preschool and kindergarten) to let us know, along with sending in a note with your child when he/she returns. If we do not hear from you each day of an absence, we will call you and let you know that your child is missing from school.

☺ Students need to be here every day to get the full West experience! Here is a reminder concerning the Board policy regarding “Student Absences and Excuses”. Three unexcused tardies equal one unexcused absence. If a child is absent from school, we must receive an absence note from the parent/custodian no more than three days after the student’s return. If no documentation is received, the absence will be deemed unexcused.

☺ We strongly encourage children to ride the bus to and from school each day. Our front drop-off area is
congested and causes traffic to back up on River Road. If you do need to drop your child off, please note the sign as you leave the front drive. A left turn in the morning from 8:30 – 9:30 is not permitted. Morning drop-off time is 9:05 – 9:15 AM. We let students in the building at 9:10. For our afternoon preschool and kindergarten friends, the drop off time is 1:05. Thank you in advance for your patience as we get students into the building in a safe and efficient manner.

☺ Lastly, don’t forget to smile! School is starting and West Elementary is a great place to be! Thank you for trusting us with your child. We promise to do everything and anything we can to make this year a positive experience where your son or daughter will grow academically, socially, and emotionally. If you have any questions about the information in this packet, please do not hesitate to call the office at 868-3021.


Kindergarten Parent Letter for 2016-2017 is listed in the files at the bottom of this page.
 
Attention Parents of 4th Graders Transitioning to 5th Grade at FIS:
To help you better understand your child's new experience next year at FIS we've posted  "parent orientation" information at the bottom of this page. Additionally, a video inviting your child to attend the annual Intermediate School Fifth Grade Transition Camp is posted on the "Videos" link on the right side of this page. The camp is August 2 from 9 a.m. until noon. 
 
Attendance email (to report a student absence): westattendance@fairfieldcityschools.com    

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