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    Thurgood Marshall Elementary Family Handbook
    Opening Doors Through Literacy

    Main Office/Attendance
    2401 South Irving Street
    Seattle, WA 98144

    Dear Thurgood Marshall Families,

    Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! We are happy to have you and your child/ren participating in our community of learners this year. Please take the time to read through our handbook and review student expectations with your child.

    At Thurgood Marshall, we are keeping it REAL! Our students and staff are:
        R esilient
        E mpathetic
        A ccountable
        L ifelong Learners!

    Office Staff:
    Ms. Katie May, Principal 252-2800
    Ms. Kovacs-Storlie, Assistant Principal, 252-2800
    Ms. Hazel Patu, Administrative Secretary, 252-2800
    Ms. Brenda Dickey, Attendance Secretary, 252-2800
    Nurse Molly Chin, 252-2807 (Nurse Chin works daily)
    Ms. Meghan Kaloper, Counselor, 252-2808 (Ms. Kaloper works Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays only)

    Daily Schedule
    9:10 – Playground opens
    9:10-9:25 - Breakfast is served
    9:25 – Warning bell; building opens for students
    9:30 – School begins
    3:40 – Dismissal
    3:50 – Buses depart

    Adult Visitors
    Parents are always welcome to visit their child’s room. However, for any time period longer than 30 minutes, prior arrangements need to be made with the teacher. All volunteers must sign in at the office and wear a visitor’s badge while in the building.
    All adult visitors are required to use adult restrooms located in the staff room between the office and room 114. No adult visitors are ever allowed to enter the student restrooms.

    Anti-Bullying Policy
    Everyone at Thurgood Marshall Elementary is committed to making our school a safe and caring place for all students. The Thurgood Marshall Elementary definition of bullying is as follows:
    Bullying is unfair and one-sided. It happens when someone repeatedly hurts, frightens, threatens or leaves someone out on purpose.

    Bullying behaviors include the following:
        • Hurting someone physically by hitting, kicking, tripping or pushing.
        • Stealing or damaging another person’s things
        • Ganging up on someone.
        • Teasing someone in a hurtful way.
        • Using put-downs, such as insulting someone’s physical characteristics, or making fun of someone due to their skill in a game
        • Touching or showing private body parts.
        • Spreading rumors or untruths about someone.
        • Leaving someone out on purpose or trying to get other kids not to play with someone.
        • Using the internet/technology to harass another person.

    To prevent bullying, students at Thurgood Marshall are expected to:
        • Treat each other respectfully.
        • Refuse to let others be bullied.
        • Refuse to bully others.
        • Try to include everyone in play, especially those who are often left out.
        • Report bullying to an adult.

    Teachers and staff at Thurgood Marshall will do the following:
        • Supervise students in all areas of the school and playground.
        • Watch for signs of bullying and stop it when it happens.
        • Respond quickly and sensitively to bullying reports.
        • Investigate reported bullying incidents.
        • Assign consequences for bullying based on the school discipline code.
        • Provide immediate consequences for retaliation against students who report bullying.
        • Teach the children who are “victims” how to stop the bullying.
        • Work closely with the children who bully others to teach them other ways to exert their leadership and power in a positive direction.
        • Ask for parental support in hopes that you will work with us to help all the children.
    We expect parents to:
        • Report bullying behavior to the classroom teacher, counselor, or principal.
        • Not confront/talk to alleged bully themselves, but rather refer the issue to a staff member.

    Malicious and intentional intimidation, unwelcome conduct or harassing another person because of that person's race, color, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry or national origin is strictly prohibited. Any such acts will be dealt with according to School District Policies.

    Attendance Policy
    Attending school every day on time is an important part of your child’s success in school and sets the tone for their attendance habits in school and work later in life. As school attendance is legally required for children, the following guidelines will be set for the 2016-2017 school year.
    - Excused absences include when your child’s personal illness or injury or the illness, injury or death of a family member prevents your child from attending school. Doctor, dentist, and therapy appointments and religious observances are also excused. Once in a lifetime trips that cannot be rearranged such as college graduations are also excused, when a note is submitted to the office at least three days in advance of the absence. Family vacations during the school year should be scheduled during regularly scheduled school vacations. Children missing school for vacation trips will be marked unexcused.
    - All other absences are considered unexcused including: student or parent oversleeping, student missing the bus, student needed for babysitting, etc. If the school determines that absences are excessive or interfering with learning, a parent conference will be scheduled.
    - Students arriving to their classrooms after 9:35 am are marked tardy unless a medical reason or family emergency caused the late arrival.

    Before and After School Clubs
    With the exception of choir, before and after school clubs are run by private vendors through our PTA. As such, any questions regarding fees, student expectations, or general questions need to be directed to the leader/teacher of the activity. The school’s administration does not handle discipline matters or financial issues regarding these clubs.

    Birthday invitations are not to be passed out at school unless all students in the classroom receive the invitation. Please use the PTA family directory for student mailing information. If you are planning on sending a birthday treat for the students, please contact the classroom teacher ahead of time to inquire if any other child in the classroom has food allergies. Please consider choosing a treat that is healthy, as we try to model healthy choices in all areas of our school day.

    Bus Expectations
    Following these paragraphs you will find expectations of students who ride the bus to/from Thurgood Marshall. Please go over the bus expectations with your child. They are important to follow because they involve the safety and well-being of your child and others.
    In the event your child receives a bus conduct notice (write-up) for violating bus expectations, these are the procedures which will be followed:
    First Notice – The student will talk with an administrator about the incident. Bus expectations will be discussed. The citation will be sent home.
    Second Notice – The student will talk with an administrator about the incident. The citation will be sent home.
    Third Notice – The student will talk with an administrator about the incident. The parent/guardian will be contacted. The student will be suspended from the bus for 1 day.
    Fourth Notice- The student will be suspended from the bus for 1 to 5 days.
    Fighting – Students engaging in fighting on the bus will automatically be suspended from the bus for 1 to 5 days.
    If the student engages in exceptional misconduct, child will be suspended from the bus.

    Bus Loading Area
    The area in front of the school along Irving St. is restricted for buses and emergency vehicles between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm when school is in session for students. Please do not park there or drop off students. Cars should unload students in front of the adjacent daycare building in the parking lot.

    Cell Phones

    We recognize that many students carry cell phones to communicate with parents to/from school. Students are not allowed to use cell phones on school property. If a student has an emergency call to make, he/she must first obtain permission from an adult to use a phone. The first time an adult takes away a cell phone, the phone goes to the office and the child picks it up from the principal there at the end of the day. When this happens a second time, the principal keeps the cell phone until the parent is able to collect it. The school is not responsible for any lost or stolen cell phones or other electronic items. Should a cell phone or electronic device go missing, the administrator will only investigate if a child was “strong armed” and the device taken that way. Lost, missing, or presumed stolen electronics will not be investigated.

    Our school colors are purple and white.

    Counseling Program (A message from Ms. Kaloper)
    The school counselor is a great resource to be aware of for students, families, and teachers. The school counselor assists the school as a whole by meeting individually with students, conducting small group counseling, teaching guidance lessons in classrooms, consulting with teachers, and consulting with families. In addition, the counselor is available to provide resources to families about community agencies, resources, and classes on various topics. Through interactions with your children, the counselor helps students build positive peer relationships, study skills, decision making skills, self-esteem, safety habits, and more. Students may self-refer to the counselor, teachers/administrators may ask students to visit with the counselor, or families can request their child meet with the counselor. Should you have concerns about your child due to: classroom performance, family changes, home stress, testing, parenting, behavior, responsibility, or peer relationships, please feel free to contact the counselor, Meghan Kaloper, (available Tuesday, Wednesday, &Thursday) by phone (206) 252-2808 or email, I look forward to working with you and your children!

    Dress Code

    Our students do not wear a uniform. We ask that students come to school wearing clothes that are appropriate to an educational setting. Students are expected to dress in a manner that is safe and appropriate to weather and class activities (such as P.E.). Clothing should not be revealing. Students should wear non-slippery, closed-toe shoes. In particular, short shorts, crop tops, spaghetti straps and saggy pants are not allowed.

    Emergency Building Lock-Down
    Thurgood Marshall’s building lock-down plan assists in maintaining order and safety within the school building. In the event of an intruder or some other issue that requires a lockdown to maintain safety, students and adults are expected to go to a pre-designated safe area, remain quiet and try not to be easily seen from windows and the street. In a lock-down, parents and visitors will not be allowed to enter the building. “Lock-down” means all inner and outer doors are locked, including classroom doors. No one may come in or out. “Shelter in Place” means that the outer doors are locked but staff and students may move within the building.

    Emergency Procedures

    Notice of a school closure will be communicated through the Seattle School District website, local TV and radio channels, and voice mail recording to your home from the district. School closures takes place only during extraordinary circumstances (e.g. bad weather). When school is cancelled during the day, Thurgood Marshall staff will make sure all students have satisfactory transportation and supervision at home before dismissing them from school.
    We practice to prepare our students in the event of an emergency. Fire drills are conducted each month. Earthquake drills and lock down drills are also practiced during the school year. Escape routes are posted in the building.

    End of the Day Student Pickup
    If using the lot, follow the markings in the lot. If you are picking up a child, please meet your child at the flagpole. We ask that you not wait for your child outside the classroom but wait at the flagpole to help us avoid congestion in our hallways at dismissal times.

    Field Trips
    Several times throughout the school year, your child's teachers may take his/her class on field trips. Field Trip Permission Forms will be sent home for parent/guardian's signature and will indicate any fees needed for each field trip. When sending checks to school, please make them payable to Thurgood Marshall Elementary unless otherwise specified.
    If your child has not returned the Field Trip Permission Form to school, your child will not be permitted to participate on the field trip. If your child is unable to attend a field trip, he/she will be placed in another classroom until his/her class returns.
    If you plan to chaperone a field trip, a criminal check must be completed prior to the day of the field trip.
    If you plan to drive on a field trip or chaperone, the following documentation must be completed, prior to the day of the field trip.
    1) Criminal Background Check Form
    2) Proof of Insurance-for driver
    3) Proof of Valid Driver's License-for driver

    Gum, Candy and Pop
    Generally, students are not allowed to bring gum, candy, or pop to school. This policy helps to keep our school equipment and carpets clean, and your child healthy. Your desire to provide a small single-serving candy snack in your child's lunch is acceptable, but we encourage you to send healthful snacks rather than candy.
    Green Cards
    Students are able to travel with friends and to different stops via a green card. In order to secure a green card for your child for a temporary ride, send a note to the office including your child’s name, the exact stop you would like your child to get off at, and the date the green card is needed. If you send this message to the office staff via email, please call before noon to make sure that they have received your email.

    Hats are not to be worn inside the building.

    Library (from Ms. Hudson)
    • Your child will have a scheduled half hour each week with their classroom in the library.
    • Children receive a short lesson in the library relating to information skills and the use of the library. They might also have a short book talk when they come each week. Look for trimester reports about our curriculum with each report card.
    • My goal is to help your child find the right book for their reading level. Please talk with me if you need help finding great books for your child.
    • Children may check out books and bring them home with them. We want to encourage your children to be reading at least 20 minutes a night.
    • Children may keep their books for a week, an overdue note will be sent to the classroom at the end of each month. Please feel free to call me or email me at if you have a problem with an overdue book.
    • My policy is that a lost book should be replaced with a similar book. It does not have to be new but in gently used or good condition.
    • Parents and siblings may check out books too!
    • We are dependent on parents as volunteers in our library. If you would like to volunteer you can email me at .

    Lost and Found
    To reduce the amount of goods that are deposited on the lost and found racks, we ask that parents put first names and last initials on the label of all coats, sweatshirts, jackets, lunchboxes, and any other items your child is likely to leave sitting around on the playground or hallways. This helps to ensure the items are returned to the owners. Items left in the lost and found will be donated at the end of each trimester.

    Breakfast and lunch are served daily. Free or reduced price breakfasts or lunches are available for those who qualify. A new application form must be submitted each year for free and /or reduced price meals. Our cafeteria is fully automated and each child has a PIN number. Your child will be charged for breakfast/lunch only on the day he/she buys, not when a meal is brought from home. You may prepay your child’s meals with a check, cash or through the online service Paypams. Please make checks payable to Child Nutrition Services or CNS. Money can be taken directly to the lunchroom manager. Visit the following website for monthly menus or other Nutrition Services information: SPS School Menus
    No bottles are allowed in the lunchroom due to concerns over broken glass. Students should not bring pop or large bags of “junk food” to the cafeteria. Any snacks that are in the “junk food” category should be single serving size only. Due to allergy concerns, students are expected to eat their own lunch.
    Parents and adults are always welcome to join their children for lunch and recess. No prior notice is required. Just sign in when you enter the school and come directly to the lunchroom.

    Lunchroom Expectations:
    • Eat only your food
    • Remain seated except for getting lunch or throwing away trash
    • Use an inside voice
    • Listen to adult directions
    Main Entrance on Irving
    Unless your child is in our PEACE Academy, the program for students with autism, we ask that children not use our main front doors between 9:10-9:30 and 3:30-3:50 unless accompanied by an adult. Students with autism need consistency and structure when loading and unloading from the bus. Unnecessary foot traffic can cause many of our students with autism to become uncomfortable. Please use the door near 109 for entering and exiting during these times.
    Medications at school: If your child must take prescription or non-prescription medication during school hours, a written permission slip for the school to administer the medication must be signed by the parent/guardian and doctor, and the medication kept in the nurse's office as a safeguard for all. Medication permission forms are available in the front office. Nonprescription medication must be in original sealed container. All medications must be checked in at the nurse’s office.

    Music Program (A message from Ms. French)
    Dear Students and Families-
    I’d like to introduce myself as the music teacher at Thurgood Marshall Elementary. I am very excited to continue to build and nurture the music program! Here are some things to keep in mind as the school year begins:
    Choir will be offered this year on Tuesday (grades 1-3) and Thursday (grades 4-5) morning before school.
    Instrumental Music for 4th and 5th grade will begin soon. More information about choir, instrumental, and general music will sent home in early September. I will be updating the website Music at Marshall website throughout the next few months, so be sure to check in for updates about upcoming concerts and other music events.
    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns?
    Kelsey French (, 206-252-2780)

    Nursing Services (A message from Mrs. Chin)
    The main emphasis of health services at Thurgood Marshall is to detect, manage and prevent acute and chronic health problems that interfere with the academic process. We are lucky enough to get this accomplished with our full-time nurse, Mrs. Chin.
    With your help, we can keep Thurgood Marshall safe and healthy by:
    • Making sure your child gets adequate rest, good nutrition and wears appropriate clothing for the weather
    • If your child is sick, keep them home to rest
    • Children should not be at school if any of the following are present:
    o An oral temperature of 100 degrees F or more – or if such a temperature was present in the last 24 hours
    o More than one episode of vomiting or diarrhea
    o Any rash accompanied by sore throat or fever
    o Large amounts of nasal discharge that your child cannot cope with in a sanitary manner
    Contact Mrs. Chin before sending ANY medications, including over-the-counter medications to school. The Seattle School District “authorization for medication” form must be completed by both the parent and prescribing health care professional with prescriptive authority. A separate container with your student’s name and prescription needs to be provided by the family. Most pharmacies will supply this upon parental request. Keep the school informed of all changes in contact phone numbers at home, work or emergency contacts so we can reach you if needed.

    Animals are not allowed on school grounds at any time. Please keep your pet in your car during pick up and drop off times as many children have a fear of dogs.

    Playground Expectations
    Although these rules certainly do not include all expectations, these are the playground rules:
    Thurgood Marshall Playground Rules
    "Playgrounds should be rich environments where children can stretch their physical, emotional, social and intellectual skills." - (Hudson, Thompson, and Mack)
    General Rules:
    1. Follow the directions of the duty person.
    2. Use the equipment in a safe manner. Play safely in all areas.
    3. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
    4. Use appropriate language at all times.
    5. Show respect to your fellow students and adults.
    6. Take turns.
    7. Cooperate and use words to solve problems. Ask an adult for help.
    8. Return to your classrooms quickly after the whistle blows.
    9. Eat food only in the cafeteria.
    10. Kick balls only as part of soccer and kickball.
    11. Return equipment to the cart at the end of recess.
    12. Stay off of all fences.

    Play Structures and Field:
    1. Balls are not permitted in the Big Toy area.
    2. Make lines.
    3. Take turns.
    4. Keep hands and feet to yourself.
    5. Wait! Make sure the slide and pole are clear before taking your turn.
    6. If a ball goes over the fence, notify an adult and stay on our side of the fence.
    Play Dates
    Play dates must be arranged before students arrive to school. If your child is going home with another family, your child must have a signed note from you indicating the arrangement when they come to school. It is very confusing and potentially upsetting when last minute change of plans take place.

    Pup Press
    The Pup Press is our weekly newsletter that goes home every Thursday. All important PTA and school information is contained in this newsletter. Please be sure to check your child’s take home folder each Thursday for this newsletter.

    With the exception of major downpours, we go outside for recess. Students should have proper raingear including coats and head coverings. If there is a medical reason you feel your student should be exempted from reason, please contact our school nurse, Molly Chin at 206-252-0750.
    Reporting an Absence
    Please call the office and report that your child will not be attending school due to illness or medical appointment. We are legally required to make contact with all parents regarding all absences. All unreported absences are marked as unexcused until we hear from the parent. The school has a message machine so absences can be left during all hours.

    Spirit Day
    Friday is our all school assembly day. All parents are welcome to join us at our Friday morning assemblies at 9:35. School t-shirts and/or purple clothing are worn by staff and students. School t-shirts may be purchased through our PTSA.

    Toys, including playing or trading cards, electronic games, Legos, dolls, etc. should not be brought to school. Teachers may make an exception to this rule for special classroom events.
    Picking up Your Child Early
    Please park in the lot, come into the office, and sign out your child if you need to pick up your child. If you are in a hurry, call the office when you are two minutes out and we will call your child down to wait for you. Due to the loss of instructional time, we do not ask students to wait for parents until we have heard that they are just two minutes away.

    Progress Reports
    Progress reports are sent home at the conclusion of each trimester. A formal conference with your child’s teacher will be scheduled in November.
    School Psychologist, Speech & Language Pathologist, Occupation & Physical Therapist These specialists work at Thurgood Marshall part-time. They are available to assess student needs and to provide limited therapy. They also work with the Student Support Team (SST) and share their skills and resources with staff and parents. They can be reached through the school office or at the numbers and e-mail listed at the front of this handbook.
    Student Support Team (SST) Staff members, or parents, who have a concern regarding a child’s academic, social or emotional growth, may refer their concerns to the school’s Student Support Team. This team is made up of the classroom teachers, the principal, the school psychologist, and other specialists. A meeting is held at school to determine what we can do to better help the child. Our aim is to work together as a staff, with parents, to help the children learn and grow to their greatest abilities. Parents may request a Student Support Team meeting by contacting the School Counselor or their child’s teacher. The SST typically meets weekly.

    Volunteering/Visiting School
    1. Sign in and wear a visitors badge at all times when you are in the school building.
    2. Be mindful that all adults are modeling behavior for our children; use a respectful tone in all exchanges, whether speaking with office staff, teachers, administration or other parents. We will always do our best to help you and your child at our school. Misunderstandings can happen and an angry tone or harsh words do not help us achieve our goal of working together.
    3. No weapons of any kind are permitted on school grounds. This includes pen knifes, mace, and firearms - even if you have a permit to carry the weapon.
    4. Respect the students and staff. Teachers are unable to discuss issues/concerns with parents when students are present, as their full attention must be on their class. Please schedule a time to speak to the teacher when students are not present.
    5. All adults need to use the restrooms in the staff room hall on the 1st floor.
    6. Cell phones should be neither seen nor heard. Please turn your phone off or set to silent while in the building and do not use it in public locations in the school building.
    7. All volunteers must complete the background check form prior to volunteering or attending a field trip. This form allows us to do a background check to ensure that volunteers do not have a criminal history. Forms can be obtained in the office.
    8. If you are unsure or uncomfortable about any student's behavior, consult with a staff member. No adults should have any contact with children other than their own child unless a teacher has asked for him/her to do so.
    9. Maintain the privacy of students. Don't discuss academic or discipline issues that you may have observed while volunteering in the school.
    Weapons at School Common sense and district policy says that students should not bring guns, play guns, pocket knives, throwing stars, laser-light pens or any other device that might injure another person at school. The district penalty for possession of a weapon, toy or real, will be strictly enforced.