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BALDWINACADEMY

Academia Baldwin

 

“A Great Place to Learn”

“Un Lugar Maravilloso para el Aprendizaje”

 

 

 


Grades TK - 6

Grados Kinder Transicional - 6

 

Parent/Student Handbook

Guía de Padre/Estudiante

 

            2013/2014    


TK-6 Parent/ Student Handbook

2013/2014

 

 

BaldwinBulldogs

                                                                        

School Colors:  Royal Blue and White

 

 

BALDWINACADEMY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1616 Griffiths Street

La Puente, California 91744

Phone:  (626) 933-3701

Office Hours:  7:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

 

        

                                                                                      Mrs. Lilia Picado Principal                                                                                         

 

 

HACIENDA LA PUENTE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

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A Message From the Principal

 

 

         Dear Parents and Students:

 

     Welcome to Baldwin Academy and the 2013/2014 school year.  It is our desire to provide an exemplary educational experience for your child and to ensure that all students achieve at high levels of academic proficiency.  The entire staff at Baldwin Academy is committed to academic and social excellence.  I feel very fortunate and pleased to be principal of such an outstanding school.  I am looking forward to working in partnership with each of you during the school year.

 

This Parent-Student Handbook is intended to present rules, regulations and procedures that are reflective of District and Board Policy.  It contains other information necessary for the success of your child.  Parents are requested to read the material and follow the procedures as outlined to support the maintenance of a safe and orderly learning environment for all students.  It is suggested that the handbook be kept as a reference guide as questions arise during the school year. 

 

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support and look forward to a productive school year!

 

Sincerely,

 

Lilia Picado

 

Mrs. Lilia Picado

Principal
VISION STATEMENT

 

            The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is a community committed to developing lifelong learners who value themselves and the diversity of all people; apply decision-making skills leading to responsible actions; and use creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving in meeting the challenges of a changing society.

 

Strategic Planning Committee

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

 

 


HACIENDA LA PUENTE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION GOALS

 

  1. All students in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will succeed in meeting high standards and achieving at high academic levels.
  2. The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will provide a supportive and innovative learning environment rich in the visual and performing arts and a challenging course of study to meet the unique needs of every student.
  3. The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will attract and retain quality personnel who demonstrate strong, positive leadership that promotes a culture of collaboration and teamwork and creates an environment in which all stakeholders feel respected, valued and are dedicated to every student’s success.
  4. The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will efficiently expend and effectively maximize all resources to fulfill educational priorities, while sustaining and maintaining long-term financial stability.
  5. The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will provide its students and employees with safe, orderly and clean schools and district sites.
  6. The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will continue to develop, sustain, recognize and promote programs of excellence and strong partnerships with parents and the community which result in high levels of success for all students.

 

 

 

 


BaldwinAcademy Mission Statement

 

Collaboration between parents, staff and students will ensure that all of the learning opportunities are provided in a safe secure environment, that will enable students to live, work and thrive in a highly connected, competitive world.

(updated May, 2013)

 

 

 

 

 


Baldwin Academy Calendar

2013/2014 School Year

 

 

August 7                                                First day of School

August 9                                                Annual Title 1 Meeting, 8:15 a.m.

August 12                                               Annual English Learner Mtg., 8:15 a.m.

August 22                                               Back to School Night  6:00 p.m.

August 26                                               Parent Education Mtg., 8:15 a.m.

September 2                                           Labor Day Holiday – No School

September 26                                         Parent Education Mtg., 8:15 a.m.

September 27                                         6th Grade End of Grading Period

October 14                                              School Release Day – No School

October 25                                              Fall Festival, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

October 28                                              Parent Education Mtg., 8:15 a.m.

November 1                                            K-6th Minimum Day 1:15 Release Time

November 8                                            6th Grade End of Grading Period #2

November 11                                          Veteran’s Day Holiday – No School

November 12, 14, 15, 18                        Parent/Teacher Conference Week 

November 13                                          School Release Day – No School

November 25                                          Parent Education Mtg., 8:15 a.m.

November 27                                          School Release Day – No School

November 28-29                                    Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

December 20                                          6th Grade End of Semester

Dec. 23 – Jan. 3                                      Winter Break – No School


Baldwin Academy Calendar

2013/2014 School Year

 

January 6                                               School Re-Opens

January 20                                             MLK Holiday – No School  

January 27                                             Parent Education Mtg., 8:15 a.m.

February 24                                           Parent Education Mtg., 8:15 a.m.   

February 7                                             K-6th Minimum Day 1:15 Release Time                 

February 10                                           Lincoln’s Birthday Holiday – No School

February 14                                           6th Grade End of Grading Period

February 17                                           Washington’s Birthday Holiday – No School

February 18-24                                      Parent/Teacher Conference Week

                                                                 (Minimum Days, 1:15 Release)

 

March 17                                                Parent Education Mtg., 8:15 a.m.

March 14                                                6th Grade End of Grading Period #2

March 31 – April 4                                Spring Break

April 14-25                                             CST Testing Grades 2 -6

April 24                                                   Open House – 6:00 p.m. (TK – 2nd)

May 8                                                      Transition Workshop 5:00 to 5:45                          

Open House  6:00 p.m. (3rd through 6th)

May 20                                                    6th Grade End of Grading Period

6th Grade Promotion  -  8:30 a.m.

                                                                 Students’ Last Day of School

                                                                                        

 


Grade Level Schedules  -  2013-2014

 

School Day Hours:

Supervision on the playground begins at 7:45 am.  Children should not be left at school any sooner unless they plan to participate in the breakfast program.  No students should arrive at school before 7:20 am.  Students in grades K-6 should arrive no later than 7:55 a.m. when the line up bell rings.  Students are expected to go directly home or to a babysitter’s home after school, and must be reminded to use the sidewalks and crosswalks.  Your child’s safety is of our utmost concern.

***Grades TK-3           8:00 a.m. to 1:51 p.m. (Change!!!)

Grades 4-6                    8:00 a.m. to 2:07 p.m.

 

 

TK &Kindergarten                                                                           First Grade

 

8:00 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.        Instruction                                            8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.     Instruction

9:35 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.        Recess                                                    10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.   Recess

9:55 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.     Instruction                                            10:20 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.   Instruction

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.   Lunch                                                    11:10 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.   Lunch

11:45 a.m. to 1:51 p.m.     Instruction                                            11:55 a.m. to 1:51 p.m.     Instruction

 

Second Grade                                                                                      Third Grade

 

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.     Instruction                                            8:00 a.m. to 10:22 a.m.     Instruction

10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.   Recess                                                    10:22 a.m. to 10:42 a.m.   Recess                   

10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.   Instruction                                            10:42 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   Instruction

11:20 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.   Lunch                                                    11: 30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Lunch

12:05 p.m. to 1:51 p.m.     Instruction                                            12:15 p.m. to 1:51 p.m.     Instruction

 

Fourth Grade                                                                                      Fifth Grade

 

8:00 a.m. to 10:22 a.m.     Instruction                                            8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.     Instruction

10:22 a.m. to 10:42 a.m.   Recess                                                    10:45 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.   Recess

10:42 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.   Instruction                                            11:05 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Instruction

11:45 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.   Lunch                                                    12:00 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.   Lunch

12:25 p.m. to 2:07 p.m.     Instruction                                            12:40 p.m. to 2:07 p.m,     Instruction

 

 

Sixth Grade                                                                                         Minimum Day Schedules

 

8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.     Instruction                                            All Grade Levels (TK through 6)

10:45 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.   Recess                                                    8:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m

11:05 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.   Instruction                                            .

12:15 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.   Lunch

12:55 p.m. to 2:07 p.m.     Instruction

 

 

 

 

 

 

DRESS FOR SUCCESS—UNIFORM POLICY

BaldwinAcademywill be fully implementing the HLPUSD Dress for Success Uniform Policy.

 

In response to the request of many parents, the Board of Education approved a mandatory school uniform policy for all pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 students beginning September, 1995. 

Dress affects attitude and behavior, and most students wearing uniforms arrive at school with the attitude that they are there to learn.  Uniforms improve student discipline and self-esteem.  They focus attention upon learning and discourage gang intimidation.  Affordable school uniforms should reduce the clothing costs for many families.  They allow students to concentrate more on learning, the emphasis is on who the students are not what they are wearing.

 

Uniform Colors and Styles: (TK-6)

Our district colors are navy blue and white, with navy bottoms and white, royal blue or light blue tops.   Shirts and blouses must have sleeves and collars and should be worn tucked in.  All students, K-6 must wear the district approved uniform at all times unless he/she has a uniform waiver on file with the office.  Uniform waivers will only be granted during the first two weeks prior to school opening, and the parents requesting such waiver must meet with the principal before being granted a waiver.  All students with a waiver on file will be required to follow the district adopted Dress Code.

 

Compliance Measures:

The district’s dress code will be enforced along with the district uniform policy.

 

No student shall be suspended from class or from school, be expelled from school, or receive a lowered academic grade solely as a result of not complying with Board Policy JC-DBC.

No student shall be considered noncompliant with the policy in the following instances:

  1. when non-compliance derives from a financial hardship;
  2. when a student wears a button, armband or other accouterment to exercise the right to freedom of expression as provided by Education Code 35183;
  3. when a student wears the uniform of a nationally recognized youth organization, such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, on regular meeting days;
  4. when a student wears a school-adopted logo or college/university shirt on designated days;
  5. when a student’s parent or guardian has secured a waiver from the uniform policy by following the procedure outlined below.

 

Exemption Procedure:

To exempt a student from the uniform policy, the parent or guardian must observe the following procedure:

            Yearly Waivers:

            1.  Parents who object to the Dress For Success Uniform Policy must fill out and submit a waiver request form at the school site during the two weeks before the opening of school.

            2.  Parents of students new to the district will have a two week period to file a waiver request from the date of enrollment.  During this two week period, students must meet district dress code expectations.

            3.  Any other waiver will have to be approved by a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet with one appeal to the Board of Education

 

 

 

Waivers of Varying Duration:

Waivers of varying duration for the Dress For Success Uniform Policy may be issued by the site administrators.  These waivers are restricted to those who meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Short-term Health:  a health issue that would preclude the student from being able to wear regular clothes to school;
  2. Religious Freedom:  for those families who belong to a denomination or sect that has historical religious tenets that can be verified, which precludes them from wearing other than their religious apparel;
  3. Financial Hardship:  for those families that have four or more children in the district and meet one of the following criteria:
  4. homelessness

                              b.   head of family is unemployed or on disability.

After the opening of school, if the student does not comply with the uniform policy or have a waiver on file, the parent or guardian will be informed in writing and may need to  meet with the designated administrator to:

  1. become informed of the reason for the policy;
  2. become informed of the uniform policy requirements

 

Financial Considerations:

No student shall be penalized in any way for failing to wear the uniform for reason of financial hardship.  Each school will:

  • designate a specific staff member to assist those families in need;
  • work with the staff, local school community to identify resources;
  • arrange for a method for recycling the uniforms.

 

STUDENT DRESS AND GROOMING STANDARDS

 

In order to assure that the dress code in administered consistently across the district, the following procedure must be followed:

  1. If a student is suspected of violating the dress code, the violation will be reported to the principal or designee.
  2. The principal or designee shall observe the student to make an initial determination if the student is in violation of the dress code.  At that time if the student is found to be in violation of the code, he/she will call home for a change of clothing, or change into school provided uniform.  A written notification will be sent home with the student.
  3. The student will have an opportunity to review the contention that the dress code has not been violated.  If the principal or designee is not persuaded the student will be asked to remove the clothing or jewelry.  The principal or designee shall retain the clothing and/or jewelry until the end of the school day.  At that time, the item will be returned to the student.  The student will be directed not to wear the item in the future, while at school, or at any school activities.  If the removal of clothing may prove embarrassing to the student or is not practical, the principal or designee may direct the student to call home for a change of clothing for the remainder of the day. 
  4. Parents of students who violate the policy will be notified in writing.  The parent will be given the opportunity to meet with the principal or designee to discuss the violation of the dress code. If the parent is not satisfied with the conclusion of the conference, the parent can then meet with the principal of the school.  If the parent is still not satisfied, they can schedule a meeting with the superintendent’s designee.
  5. Any student who repeatedly violates the dress code will be subject to more severe disciplinary action.
  6. Because gang attire can change from year to year, as well as from campus to campus, the principal and his/her designee need to be sensitive to new group attire for recognition.  After several incidents have occurred in which attire by the participants can be established as a contributing factor, the specific clothing identified with the group can be added to the list of unacceptable school attire.

 

In recognition of the instructional responsibilities and goals of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, the district has set forth the following rules relative to the dress and appearance of student, which will be strictly enforced.

 

Dress Code/Rules for School Attire:

  1. Clothing must be free from tears, rips, holes, etc.
  2. Shorts must not be below the knee and must be at least mid-thigh in length and must be hemmed.   
  3. Pants must fit the student, cannot be oversized and must be hemmed.  Additionally, long/short pants must be worn at the waist (sagging, drooping are not allowed). Long pants should just touch the top of the student’s shoe, must not drag on the ground and must be hemmed.  No frayed edges are allowed.
  4. Boys’ socks with shorts must not go above mid-calf.
  5. Tank tops, cropped shirts or bare midriffs are not allowed.  Shirts and blouses must have sleeves, collars and must be buttoned and tucked in.
  6. Jackets, sweatshirts, and shirts must be free of writing and pictures, except that of teams or groups at the school, and those of colleges or universities or a small manufacturer’s logo.
  7. Clothing articles including, but not limited to gloves, bandanas, cut off pants with knee high socks, unstrapped bib overalls, multi-colored shoe strings, wrist bands, hats, hair nets, excessively long belts, belt buckles stamped with a letter, “in memory of” shirts, professional teams’ clothing, or jewelry commonly recognized as being related to a group or gang, which provoke others to act violently or be intimidated by fear of violence, shall not be worn on the campus or at any school activity.
  8. No hats, baseball caps, bandanas or other head gear is to be worn on campus or at school activities unless such head gear is approved sun-protective head gear or is medically or religiously required and approved by the school principal.  (The basic hat for these purposed is a straw or cloth hat with a full brim that is 1.5-4 inches wide.  It may be white, off white or tan without design or writing.  Any other type of hat may not be worn unless it has been specifically approved by the school principal for the individual school site.  Approved hats must be worn in such a manner as to provide protection from the weather.  Approved hats may only be worn outside.
  9. Gang slogans and graffiti will not be allowed on school binders or books, computers, notebooks, backpacks, clothing or folders.  These items will be confiscated.  Books damaged will be billed to the student who checked out the book.
  10. Clothing or jewelry which depicts or suggests sexually-related or obscene gestures, pictures, or wording or which promotes the use/abuse of drugs, alcohol, tobacco or any controlled substance shall not be worn on campus or at school activities.
  11. Students shall not wear articles of clothing, jewelry, or accessories which, in the opinion of the school principal, pose a clear and immediate threat to the physical well-being or safety of other students on campus/ i.e., heavy chains holding keys or wallets, spike collars, wrist bands, or metal toes of shoes.


Guidelines

 

  1. Standards for dress and grooming in the schools should reflect styles and behavior which are acceptable and representative of the community and, generally, of the appropriate student age group.  Hair styles/colors that cause distraction to the learning environment will not be allowed.  Determination is at the principal’s discretion.
  2. Health and safety requirements of individual locations and conditions may influence dress and grooming standards, particularly when special protective garments or equipment is not available.
  3. More specific standards for student activities, athletics, and performances may be established in each school in consultation with parents, teachers, and students involved in a specific activity when conditions of participation suggest or require them  Such standards may be reasonable and are subject to the approval of the school principal.
    1. Activities:  Generally, dress and grooming standards appropriate for school attendance will be acceptable for activity participation.  When uniform dress is appropriate for an activity, such as for school bands, all participating students will be required to wear such uniform dress.  Grooming requirements may reflect the special conditions of an activity.
    2. Athletics: Dress and grooming standards appropriate for school attendance will be acceptable except when specific conditions require exceptions.  Individual teams may choose to adopt more specific grooming standards so long as they are reasonable and appropriate, subject to the approval of the coach and principal.  All enforcements of exceptions to general standards must occur in consultation with the principal.

      Health and safety conditions applicable to specific sports will serve to determine reasonableness of grooming standards.  However, any such standards must meet the spirit and intent of these guidelines and must be identified independently of standards relating to physical conditioning and health requirements and personal conduct and discipline of team members.

  1.  Performances:  Special dress and grooming standards may be required for public performances, even though uniforms are not provided, so long as they are reasonable and appropriate.  School groups will be expected to meet participation requirements of outside organizations when the school participates in such sponsored events.

 

 

 

 

 

All students are to dress in district uniforms at all times, unless a uniform waiver is on file in the office.   All students on uniform waiver must follow Dress Code/School Rules for Attire at all times.

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL PROCEDURES

 

Positive Attendance:

School attendance is mandatory for all students ages 5-18 in the State of California. School districts are funded by the state based on the average daily attendance (ADA) of the students enrolled in the district schools.  The school receives funds only for the days the students are present at school.  While we still must account for each day a student is absent and indicate the reason for the absence, no funding will be given to the district for excused absences.  This makes it extremely important for each student to be in school every day.  Students who are ill should stay home, but students needing medical or dental appointments should be at school as much of the day as possible, either before or after the appointment.  We no longer do independent study contracts with students.  Students who are gone for long periods of time (more than 5 consecutive days) for unexcused reasons will be checked out of the school.  When students return they will be re-enrolled based on space available at the time of their return.  We will not be able to hold spaces for students.  Trips out of town must be scheduled around the school calendar. Parents of students with excessive absences/tardies will be referred to the School Attendance Review Team (SART) or District level School Attendance Review Board (SARB) at the principal’s discretion. 

 

Types of Absences:

  1. Excused:  Illness, medical appointments, or death in the immediate family.
  2. Unexcused:  An absence that occurs with the knowledge and approval of parents for reasons which, though not acceptable under state law, are not classified as excused.
  3. Truancy:  An intentional and planned violation of state attendance laws.  Students who are more that 30 minutes late are, by law, considered truant and will be given an office referral.

 

Absence/Appointment Notes:

In the event that your child misses school, please phone the school immediately or write a note to the teacher explaining the reason for the absence upon your child’s return to school.  After a long or communicable illness or a skin disease, a child must have a note from his/her doctor and be admitted through the school office.

 

Tardies:

Students are considered tardy if they are not in the classroom by starting time.  Tardiness causes classroom disruption and it is important that you support our program by bringing or sending your child to school on time.  The tardy child must go to the office to get an “Admit to Class” slip before entering their classroom. 

 

 

School Attendance Review Team Meetings (SART):

Students who are truant (have excessive tardies and or absences) will be referred to the School Attendance Review Team (SART).  This team consists of the student, parent(s) and/or Guardian(s), the school representative with the principal.  At the meeting a plan to improve the student attendance will be developed.  The student’s attendance will continue to be closely monitored on a monthly basis.  If the student’s attendance pattern does not improve as a result of the plan, a referral to the district level School Attendance Review Board will be made.  Those meetings are held at the Industry Sheriff’s station.

 

 

 

Drop off and Pick-up Procedures:

For your child’s own safety, no student may exit or enter a car that is not parked completely along side the curb.  Double parking is not permitted at any time along Griffiths Ave.  If you are parked across the street, you must exit your car and escort your child across the street at all times.

 

Leaving the School Grounds:

Children may not leave the school grounds during the school day without written permission.  Children must first be cleared through the front office.  If you are picking your child up early, please come to the office to sign them out.  Please do not go to the classroom.  Our office staff will call the child to meet you in the office.  District Policy requires that we release a student only to a parent or other adult listed on the Student Emergency Information card.

 

Visitors:

In order to ensure the safety of all students and staff, all adults must enter through the office when coming onto school grounds.  This includes volunteer aides as well as visitors.  It is important that we know who is on campus at all times in case of emergencies or if and when we must forward messages.