Baldwin County Public Schools
Daphne Elementary Daphne, AL
Jonathan  Ellis
Principal
251-626-2424       Email

Principal's Corner

Great Questions Answered by Mr. Ellis

Recently I have received questions regarding a variety of subjects.  I hope this helps to clarify policies, procedures, and dates in place.  These questions are fairly random, but GREAT questions! 

 1.  Do you accept teacher requests for next school year?  This is the most frequent question I receive.   I do accept letters from parents that describe the characteristics of a teacher they feel would work well with their child’s needs or the characteristics of the child. I do not accept specific teacher requests.  Please do not name teachers in your letter.  I will begin accepting letters now until the final day of school.  The best way is through email at jellis@bcbe.org, so that I can verify to you that your letter was received.  You may also write a letter, place in a sealed envelope, and drop it by the office.  Office staff will direct it to me.  

2.  What are the dates for school registration?  Kindergarten?  Pre-K?  Students who are already enrolled will be automatically enrolled for next year.  However, if there are changes/updates (for example, you changed homes,) we will need that information updated in the office.  PLEASE help us spread the word if you know parents of K and PreK children.  Here is our calendar of events:

Wednesday, March 12th- Title 1 Pre-K Screening- Auditorium 8:00-2:00.  This class has a maximum selection number of 18 students.  Student selection is based on an assessment given to students that day.  It is not first come, first serve.  The county notifies which students were accepted/not accepted into the class.  Those students not selected are placed on a waiting list in case openings become available.  Jennifer Pierce is the teacher.

Requirement to be considered for the program:

Your child will be 4 years old on or before September 2, 2014.

Copy of State Issued Birth Certificate

2 Proofs of Residence (utility bills or lease)

Tuesday, April 1st- Inclusion Pre-K Screening- Library 1:00-3:00.  This class has a VERY LIMITED number of spots available for typical students.  There is also a monthly charge for this program for students who are not multi-disabled.  Students are selected based on an assessment given that day.  Stephanie Smith is the teacher.

Requirement to be considered for the program:

Your child will be 4 years old on or before September 2, 2014.

Copy of State Issued Birth Certificate

2 Proofs of Residence (utility bills or lease)

Thursday, April 24th- Kindergarten Registration- Auditorium 8:00-2:00.  Parents of incoming kindergarteners need to bring the following:

Requirement to Enroll in School

Your child will be 5 years old on or before September 2, 2014.

Alabama Immunization Record (Blue Card)

Copy of Social Security Card

Copy of State Issued Birth Certificate

2 Proofs of Residence (utility bills or lease)

 

We will have 2 kindergarten orientation days in April.  Those dates will be communicated/coordinated with local Pre-K schools so that they can schedule visits with us.  If you have a child not affiliated with a local Pre-K, you may contact the office to join one of our groups during orientation. 

 3.  What am I allowed to give my teacher for an end of the year gift?  As you may remember, the Alabama Legislature passed ethics laws on what public workers can/cannot receive as a “gift.”  Those laws included teachers.  The ethics laws have since been revised.  In a nutshell, students can give their teachers gifts of up to $25, but they cannot exceed $50 in any given school year.  Therefore, a $25 gift certificate is okay.  A more detailed article can be found athttp://blog.al.com/live/2012/12/after_all_the_fuss_last_year_w.html.

 4.  Can I bring in fast food to the cafeteria to eat with my child?  We certainly encourage all parents to come eat with their child for lunch, but we discourage bringing in fast food.  Our Parent and Student Handbook states some reasoning:  Stateregulations also stipulate no outside food may be brought into the cafeteria except those packed as a lunch from home.  Please follow the State guidelines for healthy meals and snacking.  Students are not to bring soft drinks, sport drinks, caffeinated beverages or foods high in sugar and fats to school.  Parents may not bring fast food and high glycemic foods to the school cafeteria during lunch.  Please do not be upset if the front office asks that you not bring in fast food items for lunch.  We are simply trying to comply with regulations.  Remember, you can always bring food packed as a lunch from home. 

 5.  How many vacation days do we receive?  What do I need to do to be granted vacation days?  The Parent and Student Handbook states the following:  Parents are discouraged from taking their children on trips during regular school days, as the absences will generally be considered unexcused.  Exceptions will be considered for trips that have educational merit as determined by the principal.  A maximum of up to three (3) days will be construed as educationally excused.  Days may/may not be taken consecutively.  Written permission (two weeks prior to trip) must be obtained from the principal. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the Spring with their children.  As always, follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/daphneelementary.com to connect with the learning within our walls.

 

In service,

 

Jonathan D. Ellis

Daphne Elementary School

251-626-2424