2 Welcome and Thank You for Sharing this Important Time with US! Parental InvolvementUnited FrontOpen Door PolicyKindergarten – 4thGrade Principal-Jaime MaddenOffice Team: Carolyn Garcia & Elizabeth MunizLead Teacher: Tom Amenita5th – 8th Grade Principal- Henry DiGiacintoOffice Team: Marianne Kraut & Cheryl KovalskyLead Teacher: Ken CampbellTonight is the first step in our year of education together as a parent school team! An important message that we can send together to your children is that we are working together to provide them with the best possible educational experience.
3 BUILDING A TEAM Building a team requires: Trust Commitment to the missionCommunicationCollaborationCourtesyConflict Resolution
4 Research conducted by the State of Michigan Department of Education Family participation in education was twice as predictive of students’ academic success as family socioeconomic status. Some of the more intensive programs had effects that were 10 times greater than other factors.7The most consistent predictors of children’s academic achievement and social adjustment are parent expectations of the child’s academic attainment and satisfaction with their child’s education at school.10
5 “Decades of research show that when parents are involved students have6”: Higher grades, test scores, andGraduation ratesBetter school attendanceIncreased motivation, better self-esteemLower rates of suspensionDecreased use of drugs and alcoholFewer instances of violent behavior
6 Joyce Epstein of Johns Hopkins University has developed a framework for defining six different types of parent involvement.ParentingCommunicatingVolunteeringLearning at HomeDecision MakingCollaborating with Community
7 PARENTING: Parent education and other courses or training for parents Family support programs to assist families with health, nutrition, and other services
8 COMMUNICATINGDesign effective forms of school-to-home and home-to-school communications about school programs and children's progressSNAP GRADES- Weekly Newsletters- Website- Automated Telephone Announcements- AgendasConferences with every parent at least 2x Per YearPEP/IEP/504 Conferences 2x Per year- REQUIREDLanguage translators to assist families as neededSpanish, French & Creole
9 VOLUNTEERING: Recruit and organize parent help and support V.I.P.S ProgramsSchool Volunteering Requirement of 15 HoursSchool and classroom volunteer program to help teachers, administrators, students, and other parentsContact Morgan Mitchell!!!
10 LEARNING AT HOME:Provide information and ideas to families about how to help students at home with homework and other curriculum-related activities, decisions, and planningPTA Information SessionsInformation for families on skills required for students in all subjects at each gradeSunshine State StandardsInformation on homework policies and how to monitor and discuss schoolwork at home
11 DECISION MAKING:Include parents in school decisions, developing parent leaders and representativesPTABFA Board of DirectorsIndependent advocacy groups to lobby and work for school reform and improvementsPolitical Action Group
12 COLLABORATING WITH COMMUNITY: Identify and integrate resources and services from the community to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning and developmentCollaboration with NPB Recreation CenterResource DepotUniversity of Florida Cooperative Extension ProgramFlorida Power and LightDr. Terry CouchSouth Florida Fair GroundsSchool District of PB CountyPalm Beach County Health Department
13 TEAMS HAVE RULES!! Chain of Command Funding Federal Government Property TaxesIncome TaxesFederal GovernmentFlorida Department of Education½ Cent Sales TaxFundingUtility TaxesBright Futures Academy School BoardSchool Board of Palm Beach CountyChief Executive Officer-Kendall ArtusiJaime Madden- PrincipalHenry Di Giacinto- PrincipalJanine Korody- Webmaster & Special ServicesEllen White- Business ManagerMarsia Tucci- Testing & PublicationsAlice McAnelly- Admissions & Extended DayMorgan Mitchell- Community OutreachCarol Merman- Health & Food ServicesPhil Robinson- Facilities & TransportationMarianne Kraut- Dismissal & AdministrationSherry Vazquez- Data ProcessingCarolyn Garcia- Dismissal & AdministrationAdministrative StaffTeaching Staff, Support Staff and Assistants
18 Local Taxes Derived from: 77.88% Property Taxes: $3.1 Billion10.91% Individual Certificate Sales7.42 % State of FloridaRemainder= Miscellaneous Taxes2009 Tax Roll
19 Local Tax Expenditure 37.04% School District of Palm Beach County $1,166,223,982.0219.32% County Expenses15.95% Municipalities9.36% Waste/Water/Utilities6.30% FireRemainder= Miscellaneous Taxes2009- Tax Roll
20 BUDGET COMPARISON GET INFORMED- GET INVOLVED VOTE PBC SCHOOL DISTRICT BRIGHT FUTURES ACADEMY$2.7 Billion Total Budget$1.4 Billion General Operating51 % of Total Budget$1.0 Billion Capital Projects37% of Total Budget$ 4,737, Total Budget$ 4,113, General Operating87% of Total Budget$338,650 Capital Needs7% of Total BudgetGET INFORMED- GET INVOLVED VOTECharter Schools get $0 from State PECO funds for CapitalCharter Schools get $0 from the ½ cent sales taxThe PBCSD voted last year to move a portion of their general operating funds into their capital fund and in doing so cost PBC Charter Schools over $1,000,000
21 What is a Charter School? Charter Schools in Florida shall….Meet High StandardsProvide Parents with informationabout their child’s growthImprove student learningEncourage the use of innovative learning methodsCreate innovative measurement toolsProvide competitionCreate new professionalopportunities for teachers
22 Charter Schools Have Board of Directors Bright Futures Board of DirectorsMr. John Gnecco- ChairMr. Bob Frein- Vice ChairMrs. Rebecca Nelson- SecretaryMr. Frank WalkerDr. Terry CouchMr. Giovanni deFrancisciBoard Meetings are held at the Riverside Campus6:30 PM on the 4th Tuesday of every month
23 Mission Statement“Provide families with an educational alternative to the currently available school programs, for students enrolling in grades K-8, in accordance with the highest professional standards and in cooperation with school families, key stakeholders, and community members, in an effort to foster academic excellence in a small, safe and nurturing environment that uses an integrated, interactive, multicultural program where each student’s individual talents are recognized and students are encouraged to reach their full potential, while striving to achieve 100% literacy growth. All parties are taught to recognize the different developmental stages of growth from childhood to adolescence with the ultimate goal of the student realizing their full potential and becoming productive, competitive citizens in a global economy.”Why do parents bring their children to our school? Key stakeholders and community members- who are these people? Small- we are dedicated to having small campuses. Huge goal- but we want students to be successful- PTA inviting speakers- Understanding who they are- their strengths and weaknesses and understand the world around them.
24 BFA is a Safe School!! New for 2010-2011: Car DecalsSee Appendix IDStudent Identification BadgesStaff UniformsVisitor ID Badge PrintersCrisis Response TrainingSee Appendix CR
25 Attendance & AbsencesStudents must be in attendance for 40 of each 45 days in a 9 week periodMake up work must be submitted within ONE DAY on return for each day absent.You must turn in a note, SIGNED BY THE PARENT, in order to receive an excused absence (Details PBCSD P7)
26 Arrival and Dismissal Team Riverside Staff:Phil Robinson-Marianne Kraut-& Ken CampbellLighthouse Staff:Carolyn Garcia-Lynnae Steinberg-Rhonda GordonProsperity Staff:Tom Amenita- Steve Soloman
27 Arrival TimeSchool Starts at 8:00AM (this does not mean you arrive into the parking lot at 8:00AM!)EARLY BIRDSStudents can arriving as early as 7:30-7:44 AM(NO EARLIER) and must be signed in to Before Care! After 7:45 AM they may go directly to their class!LATE ARRIVERSAfter 8:00AM students are considered tardy and MUST be signed in at the front office!
28 MAP and Manners Map See Appendix P Manners Please review your arrival/dismissal mapMannersNo cell phones in lineDo not block trafficObey street signs (no left turn out of lot)No Yelling at StaffNo drinking and drivingStay AlertRemain in your car
29 Dismissal- the basicsDismissal begins at 3:15 on regular school days and 11:15 on half days.THERE WILL BE NO DISMISSALS BETWEEN 2:45 AND 3:15 UNLESS PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE OR THERE IS A FAMILY EMERGENCYNo pick up changes without prior written notice.
30 Dismissal- the nitty gritty! Half Days:11:15AM regular dismissalNO AFTERCAREPTA hosts Art in the Park!!!Regular Days:3:15PM regular dismissal3:30PM Shuttle Bus Rider Dismissal
31 Shuttle Bus RidersShuttle Bus Departs Promptly at 7:35AM from each campus and you MUST have your child there on time or you must transport!(See Appendix T)Shuttle Bus forms must be filled out for your child to ride the Bus.(get out your forms!)Bus Rules must be followed.(See Appendix BR)
32 Bus in GeneralStudents at BFA ride the bus for various reasons- (get out your Bus Permission Form!)AM/PM ShuttleSick ClinicPE TransportationSportsClubsConnectionsAftercare
33 Extended Day Services ALL AFTERCARE ON RIVERSIDE Before Care-Opens at 7:30AMBreakfast $1.00After Care- (See Appendix A)Begins Monday, August 23All AC students will be shuttled to Riverside Campus$50 Registration FeeSee Aftercare Forms
34 Aftercare Fees Due the 1st Friday of the Month Full Time Care: 3:30- 6:001st Child: $200 Per Month2nd Child: $150 Per Month3rd Child: $100 Per MonthPart Time Care: 3:30- 4:30$100 Per Month Per ChildAugust is paid for by the $50 Registration Fee!
35 Connections Program See Appendix C Connections Begins Monday, August 23All Connections Classes will be held on the Riverside CampusAll Connections students will be shuttled to the Riverside CampusConnections Dismissal is at 5:00PM Sharp!Please do not be late to pick up your child!See Forms
36 Connections Classes Art Music Drama Athletic Training High School Portfolio PreparationTutoring
37 Connections Fees Classes are offered Monday- Thursday $10 Per Class for BFA Students$15 Per Class for Non-BFA StudentsYou can take as many as you like- up to 4 per week!Scholarship Opportunities are Available!See application form
38 Student Health NO SHOTS, NO SCHOOL, NO KIDDING Student Illness Policy (See Appendix IP)Do not send your child to school sick!! Use common sense-Fever Free for 24 hoursDiarrhea/Vomit Free for 24 hoursNO RASHES or OPEN SORES- Chicken Pox-MERSANo Lice! No Scabies!Pink Eye Symptoms
39 BFA Health ClinicTo reduce the spread of communicable diseases, students that are not picked up with in an hour after parents are contacted (or if the parents can not be contacted) will be sent to the Riverside Clinic where they will be isolated from the general population. The clinic staff will continue to attempt contacting the parents- letting them know where to pick up their child. A $5 convenience Fee will be charged for each hour a child is kept in the clinic.
40 Community Outreach Immunization Program See Appendix HCBFA will offer immunizations to our students and the community at large, free of charge, at the Lighthouse Campus from 3:45-6:30PM on dates to be announced.
41 Medications Policy See Appendix MP Your child may need a 504 Plan!! Notify the school if your child has a diagnosed health condition that requires accommodations, or medications, or could require special care in emergency situations!If your child does not have a 504 plan and you feel he/she may need one- Please contact Janine Korody or Carol Merman to discuss your child’s needs!
42 MEDICATION POLICY MUST HAVE A DOCTOR AND PARENT SIGNATURE NO MEDICATIONS (PRESCRIPTION OR NOT)NO LOTIONS OR CREAMS INCLUDING SUNSCREANNO EYE OR EAR DROPSNO SPRAYSNO PERFUMESNO DEODORANTNO COUGH DROPS
43 Florida Kid Care & Accident InsuranceSee Appendix KCSee Appendix SISee Forms-2Florida Kid Care offers health insurance options for families!!Florida School Insurance offers accident insurance based on the needs of students and their parents!
44 School Communications TEAM- Telephonic Emergency Announcements and Messages (Please fill out form)Friday School NewsletterSchool WebsiteClassroom NewslettersMessage BoardsCalendar- School District & BFA Calendar
45 SNAPGRADES.COM Empowering Parents and Students Parents and Students can log on and review homework assignments, grades, attendance and communicate with the teacherLog on to Snapgrades.comEnter your child’s nameBright Futures AcademyNorth Palm BeachFlorida
46 Discipline Florida State Statute 1003.04 Each public K-12 student must remain in attendance through the school year, unless excused by the school for illness or other good cause, and must comply fully with the school’s code of conduct.”See Forms: Parent Student Acknowledgement
47 Parent Teacher Conferences 2 Times Per Year! PEP- Personal Education PlanIEP- Individual Education Plan504 Plan- Medical Needs PlanLEP Plan- Limited English Proficiency PlanGoal is to review progress and goals- Academic and Social
48 Discipline Florida State Statute 1003.04 “The parents of each public K-12 student must cooperate with the authority of the student’s district school board, superintendent, principal, teachers, and school bus drivers according to ss and , to remove the student from the classroom and the school bus and, when appropriate and available, to place the student in an alternative education setting, if the student is disobedient, disrespectful, violent, abusive, uncontrollable, or disruptive.”
49 School’s Code of Conduct See Appendix D Should be followed at all times when at school, on the school bus and/or at a school functionNO Behaviors:Disruptive-Rude-Disrespectful-Non-CompliantLying-Cheating-Stealing-Destroying PropertyIrresponsible Bathroom UsageBullying-Gangs-Cyber Threats-GossipInappropriate Touching of ANY KIND
50 Consequences Detentions- Held at the Riverside Campus 5-8: Monday-Wednesday-Thursday 3:30-4:303-4: Tuesday 3:30-4:30Conduct ImprovementSuspension- Repeat Offenses or Level 2 or Higher 1st time offenseRemoval from the Program- Repeat Offenses or Level 2 or Higher 1st time offense
51 Conduct Improvement 1 or 2 in conduct on report card Conduct Improvement Classes are held at the end of each 9 week period from 3:30-4:30PM Monday- FridayReport Card Conduct Grading Scale4: Contributes to the learning of self and others3: Contributes to learning of self2: Disrupting the learning of self1: Disrupting the learning of self and others
52 Grading Grading Composition 4.0 Regular Scale 4.5 Honors Scale ParticipationHomeworkAssessmentsPrincipal’s Honor Roll:All “A’s” All 4s in ConductHonor Roll:All “A’s & B’s” All 3s/4s in ConductB.U.G Roll:Up in at least one subject- down in none4.0 Regular Scale4.5 Honors ScaleGrading Scale:“A”89-80 “B”79-70 “C”69-60 “D”59-Below “F”Academic Dishonesty- Including Plagiarism and Cheating will result in a ZERO for the assignment or assessment!
53 Curriculum Methodology and Assessments Curriculum: Materials and Books used to teach studentsMethodology: The Way the information is taughtAssessments: Measurement Tools
54 CurriculumBFA uses a WIDE variety of curriculum materials to teach students on their various levels and learning styles We use almost every major text book publisher used in education! Holt Mifflin-National Geographic-Scott Foresman- McMillan-McGraw Hill- Harcourt-Steck Vaughn-Write Source-Zaner-Bloser-Glencoe-Prentice Hall-Singapore Math to name a few!
55 Methodology Front Load International Awareness Foreign Language AcquisitionAchievement GroupingPhysical Activity every dayArt/Music/Theater/Film IntegrationStudent Directed- Teacher Facilitated“Human beings migrate for various reasons to meet their basic needs and may alter their new location”
56 Assessments Classroom Assessments FCAT SSS Diagnostics Teacher generatedWritten Tests, Essays, Student Projects, Oral PresentationsFCATReading-Math-Science-WritingSSS Diagnostics2 Times Per Year
57 Back Packs and Lockers Student Organization Students may bring backpacks to school every day- except for the last week of schoolPlease do not allow your student to “HOARD” stuff in their back packs- teach them to empty them regularly!Lockers are available at the Riverside Campus and will be assigned during the first week of school. Each MS bag has a coupon for $5.00 toward the cost of a lock and locker.
58 Student Organization Each 1-4th Grade Bag contains an Agenda Please check your child’s agenda each day for notes and conduct grades5-8 will only get agendas when deemed necessaryStudents need to work toward self-management so they will be prepared for High School and beyond
59 School Activities Civil Air Patrol EDU-Garden Sports Program Field TripsSchool Social EventsClubsSee form: Permission to Participate in School Activity Form
60 Civil Air PatrolThe Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force.NPB County Squadron Flight-152Student receive aerospace education, drill and ceremonies, fly away trips and are tasked with various operations to support the US Government and the State of FloridaMeets Monday Nights 6:30-9:00 for students 12 and olderFees are from $70 and up- depending on uniforms and travel expenses
61 EDU-Garden“Teaching our children respect and responsibility for the environment while motivating them to develop an intrinsic desire for learning and the courage to think beyond the classroom”Research field for hands on exploration!Archaeology, Botany, Entomology, Conservation, Recycling, Team Work, Gardening, Animal Husbandry, and Much More
62 Sports Program 5th - 8th Grade “Encouraging a love for the outdoors and athletics for life, while providing a competitive team building program, and teaching sportsmanship to meet the needs of all athletic abilities”Intramural and scholastic sports activitiesSports include: Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball and Lacrosse
63 Field Trips K-4: One grade level field trip per 9 weeks 5-8: One subject area field trip per 9 weeks4th Grade: St. Augustine5th Grade:6th Grade:7th Grade:8th Grade:Field Trips are a privilege, not a right! Students must meet behavior requirements to attend field trips!NO 1s or 2s in conduct
64 School Social Events Friday Night at the Riverside (K-8) School Dances (5-8)Veterans 5K Run- Community Outreach (K-8)Thanksgiving Day Feast (K-8)Giving Chain and Toy Drive (K-8)Charter School Week (K-8)Holiday Musical (K-8)Showcase of the Arts (K-8)Holiday Musical & Showcase of the Arts- Gardens High School- Theater Etiquette
65 Clubs“After school extra-curricular activities that encourage camaraderie and foster self esteem”Scottish DanceJump RopeChess4HClubs Begin September 13th$10 Fee per club! Space is limited
66 PTA “Together we’re Better!” YAHOO-BOOHOO- Lighthouse CampusPTA Art in the Park Days- ½ daysFundraisersPTA Café- Oct. 27th Lighthouse CampusPTA Fun Night- January 22ndPTA Family to School Week February 14th-18thTeacher Appreciation May 2-6Monthly Meetings with guest speakers
67 Volunteering Confidentiality Agreement Bright Futures Parents must volunteer 15 hours, per active parent each yearAll volunteers and school visitors must present identification upon entering school groundsAll volunteers/visitors must sign into the VIPS programAll volunteers/visitors must wear the printed name tag indicating that they are a visitor at Bright Futures Academy
68 Volunteer Opportunities PTA EventsConcession Stand Duties & Food SpecialsThanksgiving FeastClass PartiesField TripsEDU-GardenSports TeamsFriday Night at the RiversideFacility Needs
69 Food and Concessions See Appendices CS, EC & GW PTA Sponsored PIZZA FRIDAYGreat Wrap WednesdayConcessionLighthouse- Select DaysProsperity- M-F 9:50-1:30Riverside- M-F 9:50-1:30School District Food Service$1.75 K-5$
70 Question and Answers: Supply Drop Off: Lighthouse: Week before school starts items may be dropped off in bins outside the office and brought in during the 1st Week of SchoolRiverside: Week before school starts or 1st Week of SchoolThe first week of school- supplies will be collected out front at drop off or in the home room classWe follow the PBCSD days for hurricanesand other make up days