To support student safety, Carmel Creek will be enforcing a No Dogs on Campus policy.
The purpose of a school-wide DRESS CODE is to establish a school environment that supports a productive academic atmosphere that supports students’ learning and reflects the educational values of the staff and the parents. These standards are consistent with those established by the Solana Beach School District, Board Policy 5132 and Administrative Regulation 5132a and can also be found in the Parent-Student Handbook available online.
The following items of clothing/accessories are considered inappropriate and/or disruptive to the educational process and are unacceptable for school attire:
- Spaghetti straps, strapless tops and tube tops worn
- Bare midriffs – no belly button and/or skin showing
- Short shorts, dresses, or skirts shorter than mid-thigh, tight athletic shorts
- Undergarments showing (i.e., bra straps showing, baggy pants worn below the waist) or lack of undergarments
- Emblems, lettering, or pictures related to drugs, alcohol, sex, violence, or profanity
- Chains or jewelry that dangle and could be unsafe
- Open-toe sandals, flip flops, plastic or slip on shoes, roller skate type shoes (Shoes should allow students to fully participate in outdoor physical education activities.)
- Clothing or accessories that contribute to the disruption of a productive learning environment and the safe operation of the school
- Hats or hoods inside the building or classroom unless for educational or religious purposes.
Please know how very much your support and cooperation with our school dress code policy is valued. The positive message that school is a place to work and learn is reinforced when our students come to school dressed appropriately.
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS
It is one of our goals at Carmel Creek to provide students with a variety of experiences that enhance student learning. Following are some of the activities students may participate in:
During the year assemblies are scheduled which expose students to various cultural and educational experiences beyond those available in the classroom. In addition, local organizations provide community and environmental awareness programs.
Books and Beyond:
The "Books and Beyond" Program, sponsored by the Solana Beach School District, has been designed to increase the amount of reading done at home. "Books and Beyond" is open to all students, teachers, and parents. At the end of the year, parents are invited to an assembly to watch their children receive earned gold medals.
Carmel Creek News is a daily news program written, produced, and performed by the students at Carmel Creek School.
Students and parents must sign an Acceptable Use Policy Agreement before a student may participate in our computer program. The agreement will be sent home with each child at the beginning of the school year. Carmel Creek has a computer lab with 30 Macintosh computers. Students attend the lab on a weekly basis. Students use a variety of programs in the lab during the school year.
The Compass Learning is offered to students two days a week for one hour each day. Students are recommended to Compass Learning by their teachers.
Classes take field trips to various educational and motivational places that supplement the classroom curriculum.
We are fortunate to have a library with an excellent collection of books that meet a wide range of interests and investigations. Students in each classroom visit the library once a week and are allowed to check out one book at the Kindergarten level and two books for grades 1-3, provided they return previously checked out material. The Media Center teacher, a credentialed teacher, will expose students to different types of genres. Students are responsible for paying the replacement or repair costs for lost or damaged books they have checked out. Report cards will be held until all checked out books are returned or the replacement/repair costs paid. Parents may contact their child's teacher for more specific information regarding library use.
Music is offered to K - 3rd grade students on a weekly basis. The music teacher is a credentialed teacher who works closely with teachers to integrate daily curriculum and music.
All students interested in participating in the Reflections Program, sponsored by the National PTA, are invited to share their talents in art, poetry, literature, etc. The PTA newsletter will keep you informed on dates.
Local High School students volunteer after school to mentor Carmel Creek students. Students are recommended to this program by teachers.
Emergency procedures are in place to insure the safety of the students during various emergency situations: earthquake, evacuation, bomb threats or intruder on campus.
During an emergency, children will be dismissed by the Superintendent to go home only if there is time to return students safely to their homes, and parents can be notified. If a student's parents cannot be contacted and/or the parent is unable to pick up their child, the school will maintain responsibility for the student until the parent or authorized individual can pick up the student. At no time will a student be excused except to the care of a parent or other adult designated on the emergency card.
If evacuation of the school is necessary, students will be transported to a predetermined location. Parents will be advised of the evacuation site by radio announcements and/or information posted at the school site. Evacuation of the school will not be attempted unless there is no alternative.
In the event of an emergency, school personnel need to be involved in caring for the students, and telephone lines need to be kept open for communications with proper authorities. As a result, we ask that you call the message hot line, (858) 794-4451, which will be updated with specific information and instructions for parents.
Students participate in various mock emergency drills such as fire, duck-and-cover, and classroom evacuations. These are conducted periodically throughout the year to insure students and staff are familiar with emergency procedures and can respond safely in an emergency situation.
Report cards are issued once each trimester to inform parents of their child's performance. Report cards represent only one facet of the communication process and may be used as a starting point for discussion during conferences. Near the end of the first trimester, your child's teacher will send home a notice to make arrangements for a conference. First trimester report cards are distributed to parents during this conference. During conference weeks, students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon each day.
GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION
California Education Code §48900.
- Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
- Possessed, sold or furnished firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.
- Possessed, used, sold, furnished or been under the influence of drugs, alcohol, a controlled substance or intoxicant.
- Offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell look-alike controlled substances, alcohol, or intoxicants.
- Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
- Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or private property.
- Stole or attempted to steal school or private property.
- Possessed or used tobacco or product containing tobacco or nicotine.
- Committed obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
- Possessed, offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.
- Disrupted school activities, willfully defied valid school personnel in the performance of their duties.
- Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
- Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by a means of an electronic act, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel.
- Committed sexual harassment (Ed. Code §48900.2)
- Participated in an act of hate violence (Ed. Code §48900.3)
- Harassed, threatened, or intimidated another student. (Ed. Code §48900.4)
Education Code Section 48900 - 48927
Children must have proof of immunization against polio, measles, rubella, mumps, diphtheria, and tetanus. This requirement may be waived for religious reasons only. Children who do not have proof of immunization (month, day, year) will not be registered in school. We make no exceptions. The proper health forms are available in the school office or at your doctor's office. If your child becomes ill or injured during the school day, parents will first be notified. If we are unable to reach the parent, we will call the people listed on the emergency card. Be sure to keep up-to-date information on your child's emergency card, which is on file in the school office.
School personnel may not administer medication without a prescription from the doctor. This prescription must be issued to the student. The medication must be in the proper bottle displaying the prescription information. This includes aspirin, decongestants, cough drops, or any over-the-counter medication. Please call the Health Clerk for more information.
CLASSROOMS WILL NOT BE OPENED UP
FOR FORGOTTEN HOMEWORK AND BOOKS AFTER 2:40 P.M.
Purpose: The purpose of assigning homework at Carmel Creek is to strengthen academic skills, reinforce concepts taught by teachers, develop student responsibility and accountability, and promote parent awareness.
Definition: Homework may be an independent activity, or may require parental help, to be accomplished outside of the school day and without benefit of teacher assistance, to reinforce previously learned ideas.
Unfinished class work or work missed due to absences, although accomplished outside of the school day, is not included in the school's definition of homework.
Homework will generally fall into one or more of these different categories and may include, but is not limited to, the following examples:
- Practice - This includes activities to reinforce skills such as studying spelling words and practicing math facts.
- Preparation - These are assignments designed to provide background information and focus on future class activities. Studying for tests and reading supplementary materials are examples of such homework assignments.
- Extension/Creative - Activities such as book reports, science projects, and research for social studies reports are examples of such homework.
- Amount of Homework: The amount of homework assigned shall be related to the maturity and ability level of the students in a given class.
The following chart suggests these guides as homework schedules for students. These schedules can be used as guidelines for parents and teachers in monitoring student time devoted to homework.
K - 2............. 10 - 30 minutes.............. up to 4 days per week
3 ..................... 30 - 60 minutes.............. up to 4 days per week
Be advised that students may spend more than one hour daily completing school work, as time at home may be spent doing assigned homework and completing unfinished classroom assignments.
It is the responsibility of the student to note and understand the homework assignment, complete it, and return it to school on the required day. Teachers may use homework assignments to help determine a student's grade.
It is the responsibility of the parent to set a specific time and place for doing homework and to monitor the student's homework. If at any time a parent has a concern about the school's homework policy, they are to contact their child's teacher.
Teachers will be responsible for assigning homework to students and for providing the necessary explanation and direction required to assure that the students can accomplish the work with reasonable success. The teacher will also monitor, assess, and acknowledge homework results for parents and students.
Specific classroom homework practice will be established by each teacher as well as this school policy and may differ from room to room depending upon the needs and abilities of the students. Teachers will share their homework policy with parents at Back-to-School Night.
Each year, beginning in April, registration begins for all new Kindergarten students entering the following school year. Kindergarten children must be 5 by September 1. Proof of residency must be shown to receive a registration packet. Completed registration packets can be brought into the office during regular office hours.
Please look out for symptoms of excessive itching and white nit eggs on hair follicles. Students with head lice will be sent home for treatment.
Teach your children to avoid sharing hats, combs and barrettes.
LOST & FOUND
Articles found are placed in a lost and found cabinet next to the stage area in the Media Center. We make every effort to return lost items if names are on them. The lost and found cabinet is cleaned out once every three months with all items given to a charitable organization. Please insure that your child's name is on coats, lunch boxes, sweatshirts, and other personal items that may be misplaced.
LUNCH PROGRAM AND RULES
We offer a lunch program for all students. The regular cost for lunch is $3.25 which includes milk. Milk can be purchased separately for 75 cents. In order to obtain a free or reduced lunch, parents must fill out an application available in the school office on a yearly basis. Parents can pay online.
Students are encouraged to prepay for their lunches. These students will be issued an electronic card which keeps track of the balance in the student's lunch account. When a student's account drops below a predetermined amount, the student will be given a note to take home. When paying by a check, please make the checks out to S.B.S.D. The school does not provide lunch money to students who have forgotten their lunch money.
School lunches are ordered by 9:00 am. If students come to school after 9:00 am, they should bring their own lunch, or make arrangements with their teacher to order their lunch the day before.
We cannot guarantee that all students will be assured their lunch selections on the menu. When in doubt, pack your child's lunch.
Parents are not allowed to eat at the lunch tables with students.
- No lining up early - GO PLAY - Lining up early will result in being sent to the end of the line.
- Walk to line when the bell rings - No running!
- Inside voices - No yelling or screaming.
- EAT - You cannot talk and eat at the same time.
- When the bell rings:
- Stay seated until your teacher arrives
- After your teacher arrives, clean up your mess from the table and ground (at least two pieces of trash).
- Line up where instructed by your teacher.
- Table Monitor's stay and wipe down the tables. Table Monitors will be given bracelets to wear to distinguish who is the classroom table monitor.
Students are not allowed to bring toys/play equipment to school
California Education Code 51210(g) requires that students in grades 1 through 6 receive not less than 200 minutes of physical education every 10 school days, excluding lunch and recess. Teachers in Solana Beach School District post schedules for P.E. in their classrooms. The schedules are also available in the school’s office.
PICK UP & DROP OFF
Due to the increased population of students at Carmel Creek School, the Safety Committee has developed a revised procedure for student arrival and departure in cars. These instructions will NOT affect any child who walks to school.
Student a.m. drop-off (arrival 8:15 - 8:30 a.m.): There are three drop-off zones. They are located on the west, south, and east sides of the school. NO PARKING is allowed in any of these zones. Students must line up with their class and must stay out of the building until their teacher walks the whole class into the building. NO FRONT DOOR ENTRY!
- Student p.m. pick-up (departure 2:40-2:50 pm):
- Follow the instructions of the Safety Director or Staff Member. Remember, these methods are for the safety of your child and the benefit of everyone.
- Drop-off and Pick-up zones are for this purpose only. These areas will open at 8:15 am and 2:35 pm. If you need to enter the building or grounds for any reason, you MUST park your car. You CANNOT leave it for any reason in these zones.
- If for any reason your child is not present for pick-up, proceed to vacate the pick-up zone. No waiting will be allowed in these zones. You MUST vacate and re-enter the zone when your child is ready.
- Teachers will bring Kindergarteners to the kindergarten playground.
- Teachers will bring/excuse 1st and 2nd grade students to the east pick-up zone.
- Teachers will excuse 3rd grade students to the west pick-up zone.
- Students must use the crosswalks to cross streets. Jaywalking will result in a student detention.
- We recommend you discuss the dismissal/pickup plan with your child(ren).
- If you have more than one child to pick-up, we recommend you use the zone of the youngest student.
- It will be necessary that each and every parent accept their responsibility for the safety of ALL our students. Thank you VERY much for your cooperation!
School hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am - 2:40pm.
School office hours are Monday through Thursday - 7:30am - 4:00pm and Friday 7:30am - 3:30pm (all days that students are in attendance)
SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL
The Carmel Creek Site Council is a group of parents and certificated staff members. This group's purpose is to review, revise, and monitor the implementation of the School Improvement Plan. The School Improvement Plan is a document that supports district and state curriculum requirements and is used to guide the expenditures of school improvement funds.
The Council is made up of five elected parents, five teachers/aides and a school administrator. Each year, two or three positions become open for election. A nomination form is distributed in the weekly electronic communication. Terms of office are for two years.
The School Site Council (SSC) meets approximately three times throughout the year at 2:45 pm in the Media Center. Dates are agreed upon at the beginning of the school year. Community members are invited to attend all SSC meetings and will be provided an opportunity to speak at the beginning of each meeting.
If the Student Success Team and parents determine that a student is performing significantly below grade level due to a possible handicapping condition, a referral to special education will be made. Once this referral has been made and parent approval is granted, the school special education staff assesses the student's current level of performance and the level at which the student is capable of performing. In order to qualify for special education services, there must be a large discrepancy between these two areas and an identified learning disability. If this discrepancy exists, an IEP (individual education plan) meeting will be conducted with the parents to share results and set up specific learning goals for the student.
Resource Specialist: Once a student qualifies for special education, the resource program can provide assistance to the students in special education to help meet goals and objectives. Students are given strategies they can utilize in collaboration with the regular education teacher to compensate for their learning disability.
Speech & Language Program:
The speech & language program at Carmel Creek serves students from three years of age through third grade. A pre-school program is available through the Solana Beach School District to serve children from three years of age who demonstrate speech or language delays or who are at high risk for developing speech or language delays.
ELD (English Language Development):
Students who have been identified as English Language Development (ELD) will receive support through a specially designed language acquisition program. This is a pullout program in which identified students work with an instructional assistant on a variety of language acquisition skills. The language survey, included in students' registration packet, is used to identify those students who may qualify.
It is the desire of the Carmel Creek staff to insure that all students, regardless of their unique needs and abilities, are able to achieve and learn the school curriculum. In order to do this, we provide a variety of special resources for students which help those with difficulties improve and challenge those with exceptional abilities. In order to qualify for these services, students must be referred through the Student Success Team.
STUDENT SUCCESS TEAM
The teacher and/or parent may refer a student to the Student Success Team. This team of teachers, special education staff and parents meet to discuss the strengths and concerns of the student and the team will make several recommendations to the teacher and parents in regards to classroom/home modifications and interventions.
TOBACCO FREE SCHOOL SITE
Carmel Creek School and the Solana Beach School District is a tobacco-free site. Use of all tobacco products shall be prohibited within any district building, facility, or vehicle. In addition, the use of all tobacco products is prohibited on school grounds or premises. This prohibition shall also apply to all individuals attending or representing the school district at school-sponsored activities held off district property.
To ensure minimum interruption of the instructional program, the Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures which facilitate visits during regular school days. Visits during school hours should be first arranged with the principal. If a conference is desired, an appointment should be set with the teacher during non-instructional time. (BP1250)
The following resources are available to any parent who wishes to know how his/her child is doing in school: parent-teacher conferences, Back To School Night, guidance counselor, meetings with the principal, report cards, progress reports, homework samples, work samples and standardized test data.