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1 Francis T. Bresnahan School Parent Information Nights Tuesday, August 26 th and Wednesday, August 27th

2 Welcome and Introductions Amy B. Sullivan Kristina Davis Principal of Early Childhood Principal of Primary Grades 1-3 Karina Mascia Assistant Principal of Primary Grades 1-3 Distinguished Guests The Honorable Mayor Donna Holaday Susan Viccaro- Superintendent of School Steve Bergholm- Director of Facilities Anthony Pruner-Project Manager Andrea Egmont-Newburyport Youth ServicesSheryn Seale-Director of Food Services Amanda Bradbury- Before and After School ProgramGreg Whitney-School Resource Officer Danielle Davis - Before and After School ProgramLee Lamkin & Nadine Gallo Salter Transportation

3 Interior Highlights Bright, spacious classrooms with 21 st Century Technology Interactive Projectors Tablets Laptops Wi-Fi 2 Art Rooms 2 Music Rooms including a performance stage with lighting Full –size gymnasium Library/Media Center with cathedral ceilings Cafeteria with round tables and booths Beautiful architecture and artwork-terrazzo floor, student tiles, nautical theme

4 Classrooms Preschool & Kindergarten Grades 1, 2, and 3 Located on the 1 st floor Bathrooms in the classroom Cubbies in the classroom Extra large room Grade 1: 2 nd Floor Grade 2: 2 nd Floor: Crowley, Foster-Whyte, Westgate 3 rd Floor: Andrake, Cahill, Callahan, Gangemi Grade 3: 3 rd Floor L-Shaped Rooms Lockers in Hallway

5 2 Playgrounds Ages 2-5 area fenced in with riding track Ages 5-12 area with multiple, unique structures Rubberized Surface Shaded Seating ADA Accessible Beautiful landscaping Parent Drop-Off Circle Visitor Parking Security Cameras Buzzer System Double Secure Entrances Basketball and 4- square area Bike Racks Exterior Highlights

6 ProgramHours Grades 1-38:20 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. Full Day Kindergarten8:20 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. Half Day AM Kindergarten8:20 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Half Day PM Kindergarten12:05 p.m. -2:50 p.m. Full Day Preschool8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Extended Learning Preschool8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Half Day AM Preschool8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Half Day PM Preschool12:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

7 School Configuration Early Childhood Office Preschool & Kindergarten Located at the side entrance, Door 2 Primary Office Grades 1-3 Located at the front entrance, Door 1 Principal: Amy B. SullivanPrincipal: Kristina Davis Principal’s Secretary: Lori BeardAssistant Principal: Karina Mascia Receptionist: Gael PhillipsPrincipal’s Secretary: Deann Boulay Receptionist: Elaine LeBlanc Health OfficesSchool Adjustment Counselors School Nurse Leader: Cathy RiccioPK-1: Lisa Gibbs Located on the 1 st Floor PK-1 Health Office: 1 st Floor School Nurse: Lynne Rurak Grades 1-3: Deborah Eggers Located on the 3 rd Floor Grades 2 & 3 Health Office: 3 rd Floor School Nurse: Beverly Heinze-Lacey *Both counselors will support grade 1. *During morning arrival, recess and lunch periods, both nurses will be available in the 1 st floor health office.

8 A RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM APPROACH Arrival and Dismissal Time Bus Communities Teaching Recess Common Language Learning to Do Lunch All School Meetings Emphasizing social, emotional and academic growth in a strong and safe school community “Creating safe, challenging and joyful schools”

9 My hands are hanging by my side. Eyes ahead. I’m ready for the hall. I’m standing straight and tall. Eyes ahead. Voices off. I’m ready for the hall.

10 Arrival 8:05-8:20 AM –Full Day K, Half Day AM K, Grades 1-3 Bussers  All buses arrive at the front of the building at Door # 1 (High St. Entrance)  13 buses, 2 mini-buses and 2 vans  Each bus is assigned a Bus Leader- a teacher who lead the effort in improving bus behavior and build community among bus riders.  Bus Leaders will board the bus when it arrives at school each morning.  Bus Leaders will greet children, review expectations for entering the school, and check in with the bus driver.  Only 3 buses will be unloaded at a time.  Students will enter the building at Door #1 by the Main Office.  Bus community meetings will be held on September 4 th with Students, their Bus Leaders, Administration and Bus Drivers.  All third graders will be given Bresnahan hats and asked to wear them on the bus to serve as student leaders for all K-2 students on their bus. Please have children ride the bus the 1 st day of school to get used to the routine.

11 Arrival 8:05-8:20 AM –Full Day K, Half Day AM K, Grades 1-3 Riders Students who are driven to school by a parent are RIDERS. Drop off is on the side entrance of the school accessible only by North Atkinson St. Please enter the driveway and proceed to the side of the building. Take a left at the last entrance to enter the drop-off queue. Once in the drop-off area (alongside the sidewalk at the side entrance of the school), pull all the way forward towards Murphy Ave so that cars can be stacked the full length of the sidewalk. Students dropped off in the queue should be able to independently exit from the vehicle. Students may only exit on the passenger side. Once in the queue, you must wait for a staff member standing close to the Murphy Ave. exit to signal that cars may exit. There are barriers preventing cars from trying to circumvent cars in front of them in the queue. Please remain in the drop-off lane at all times. To exit, please proceed straight to Murphy Ave. to take a RIGHT only on Low St. OR Take a left at the end of the queue and proceed around the back of the parking lot to exit back onto North Atkinson St. Only a RIGHT turn will be allowed onto North Atkinson St.

12 Arrival 8:05-8:20 AM –Full Day K, Half Day AM K, Grades 1-3 Walkers Due to construction, walkers must enter the school via North Atkinson St. whether they are coming from High St. or Low St. From High St. Cross High St. at crosswalk in front on Natural Grocer Crosswalk at High and North Atkinson Walk along the left hand side of North Atkinson Enter at North Atkinson Driveway- sidewalk will be paved –Wed, 8/27

13 From Low Street Low North Atkinson. Please cross here where the crossing guards will be stationed. Please walk up the right hand side of North Atkinson St. where there is a sidewalk Enter at North Atkinson Driveway- sidewalk will be paved- Wed, 8/27

14 Entering the School Door 4 3 rd Floor Door 3 2 nd Floor Door 2 1 st Floor Students should enter the school at the designated door for their floor: Door 2: 1 st floor students (closest to the offices.) Door 3: 2 nd floor students (middle door) Door 4: 3 rd floor students (closest to Murphy Ave.) All staff members are on duty in the morning and stationed at designated areas (crosswalks, entrances, stairwells, corridors, etc.) to greet students and supervise arrival. We will also have a transition team available to help students to their classrooms during the first few days of school. All kindergarten students will wear their name tag given to you during the Meet and Greets on September 3 rd. All kindergarten students will be escorted to the gym upon arrival where kindergarten teachers will be waiting for them. Entrance doors are blue

15 Preschool & Half Day PM K Arrival- 8:30 a.m. & 12:05 p.m. (PK) 12:15 p.m. (K) There is no drop-off area or queue for preschool-aged students. All preschool students arriving by car must park in the main parking lot (North Atkinson side entrance). Please enter the parking lot at the second entrance. The 1 st row of parking spots will be designated as visitor spots for parents. There is no parking for visitors in the driveway area. These spots are assigned to teachers. Please escort your child across the crosswalk to Door #2 (Miss Sue/Miss Karen) or Door #3 (Miss Giovanna/Miss Tanasi/Ms. McLaughlin) A teacher will meet your child at their designated door. To park- enter at 2 nd /middle entrance to lot Visitor Parking- 1 st Row Door 2- Miss Sue, Miss Karen Door 3 Miss Giovanna, Miss Tanasi, Ms. McLaughlin Please use crosswalks

16 There are 3 lunch and recess periods daily. 10:40-11:25(Gr. 2) 11:30-12:15 (Gr. 3) 12:20-1:05 (Gr. 1) Some classes will have recess before lunch and some classes will have lunch before recess. This schedule will flip-flop mid-year. Kindergarten and preschool will join Grades 1-3 for lunch and recess, 2-3 classes at a time. Preschool and kindergarten students have an additional 5 minutes for lunch No more than 4 classes at a time will go to recess on the older playground. No more than 3 classes at a time will go to recess on the younger playground. All students will participate in a “Game Day” in which they will be introduced to the rules of recess and each specific structure on the 1 st day of school. This helps to start the year with shared expectations and a repertoire of games for the playground.

17 General Recess Rules Play Fair Share Take Turns Try New Things Help Each Other Be Aware of Each Other Include Everyone Hands to Self Show Kindness Walk quietly and carefully when lining up SuperNova: Sit on the bottom or lay down if someone is pushing, feet off the ground. Only 1 spinner Stand to try walking on it. If students are standing there is no spinner. All students on the supernova at a time should either all be standing or all sitting Up to 10 students at a time. Super Nova

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19 Lunchroom Configuration Oval tables and 8 booths (rotating schedule) 2 lunch lines and one milk line Lunch payments can be pre-paid on MySchoolBucks.com Grades 1-3 students will choose their lunch daily upon arrival in the classroom and enter their 4 digit pin to pay for lunch Parents of preschool and kindergarten students will fill out an order form on the 1 st day of the week indicating lunch selections for the week ahead. Cash payments may be sent to school on Mondays in an envelope with your child’s name and teacher’s name.

20 Dismissal: Full Day K, Half Day PM K, Grades 1-3: 2:50 p.m. Please complete and turn in your PERMANENT DISMISSAL form TONIGHT. Bussers, Boys/Girls Club, Y Afterschool Program Dismissed by floor to common areas where attendance is taken. Bussers and Boys/Girls Club to cafeteria and ½ of gym Y Afterschool to stage and ½ of gym Bussers will be greeted by their bus leader who will escort them to the bus. Students will exit Door #1 to board the busses and exit from the front entrance towards High Street.

21 Dismissal: Full Day K, Half Day PM K, Grades 1-3: 2:50 p.m. Riders All students picked up by a car will be dismissed through the side entrances. Every student will be assigned a pick up door: Door #4 (Murphy Ave) All 3 rd graders with no younger siblings Door #3 (Middle Door) All 1 st and 2 nd graders with no younger siblings and 3 rd graders with a sibling in 1 st or 2 nd grade but not kindergarten. Door #2 (closest to offices) All kindergarteners and any 1 st, 2 nd or 3 rd grader with a kindergarten sibling, Once your child is assigned a door, this will be their default door all year even if there dismissal may change on a given day.

22 Riders continued… Please follow the same procedure as the morning. Enter from North Atkinson St., proceed up the driveway and enter into the queue for pick-up at the curb alongside the side entrance. Display your placard with your last name which will be given to you at the Meet and Greets on September 3 rd. Placards will be color-coded by what door your child(ren) are assigned to in order to expedite the pick-up process. Please pull all the way up in the queue so that we can fit as many cars as possible. Please roll down your window and tell a teacher who you are here to pick up. Teachers will call students via walkie-talkies from their pick up doors. Please be patient we will be taking attendance and checking off each student as they are picked up to ensure they are being dismissed to the correct person. Wait until a staff member closest to Murphy Ave. signals for your car to exit. Remember right turns only from Murphy Ave. onto Low St. and from the driveway to North Atkinson St.

23 Walker Dismissal- Full Day K, Half PM K, Grades 1-3: 2:50 p.m. Walkers will be dismissed after the busses leave the premises. Walkers will be dismissed through Door #1 at the front of the building. Walkers can walk down the driveway towards North Atkinson St. or along the side of the school towards Murphy Ave. A walker is considered a student who is physically walking home from school and not being picked up by a parent. Please do not park on the abutting streets and attempt to pick up a walker. This will cause great dissention with our neighbors and abutters. If you are picking up in a vehicle, your child is considered a rider and you must drive onto school property and either enter the pick-up queue or park in a visitor parking space to dismiss your child.

24 Preschool and Half Day AM K Dismissal 11:05 a.m. (PK) 11:15 AM (K), 1:00 pm (PK), 3:00 pm (PK) Bussers will be dismissed at their departure time from Door #1 at the front of the building. Riders and Walkers will be dismissed at their departure time from the side of the building. If you are picking up your child in a vehicle, please park your car in the front row in the parking lot and walk to your assigned door to sign out your child. To park- enter at 2 nd /middle entrance to lot Visitor Parking- 1 st Row Door 2- Miss Sue, Miss Karen Door 3 Miss Giovanna, Miss Tanasi. Ms. McLaughlin Please use crosswalks

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