Frequently Asked Questions
Be Prepared For School
Drop Off and Pick Up:
All morning drop-offs will be outside of the school in the front lawn area. Grade K-3 should be dropped off and wait on the lawn in front of the school. Grades 4-5 should be dropped off in our North drop off area and wait there. When the bell rings at 8:00, students will line up in a designated spot, then your teacher will walk their class inside to our classroom. After school, students will stay in the classroom and will need to be signed out through me by a parent/guardian/older sibling. Please notify your child’s teacher about afterschool plans or changes to the normal afterschool schedule. If your student arrives to school after the tardy bell at 8:15, they will need to go check in at the office before coming to class.
If it is raining or snowing in the morning, students can use the north doors before the bell rings to go to the cafeteria or the gym. We have signs in the doors to the school to indicate if there is supervision outside or inside for the morning.
School ends at 2:30 on regular days and 1:00 on Friday/short days.
At Ensign we offer many classes outside of your student’s classroom. This year we have:
• Music- General Music for grades K-4 and Strings, Choir, and Band for grades 5 & 6
• Physical Education
• Counseling Class
We love when parents volunteer in their student’s class, each teacher will have times during the week set aside for volunteers. Please contact your student’s teacher directly to find out what opportunities there are. Parent volunteering typically starts in the middle or end of September once students have learned the routines and procedures of the classroom.
School supplies are provided for all students. For the first day of school your student will only need a back pack, we will provide everything else.
Please prepare your student for school just as you would if they were home and going outside to play. If it is raining please send them with a rain coat, if it is cold send them with winter weather gear. We will make sure that your student has time to put on their outerwear before each recess. We will be having outdoor recess unless it is below 17 degrees outside, raining, or the PMI 2.5 is above 55 according to the state air quality index.
Dress Code Overview:
Please send students in safe footwear (no flip flops or open-toed sandals).
Please send students in comfortable clothing that is not revealing and is weather-appropriate. Reminders will be posted on our website as the seasons change.
Students may not wear hats, hoods, or sunglasses during instructional time.
Let’s face it, accidents happen! Just in case your child has an accident at school, he or she needs an extra pair of pants, underwear, and socks to change into. These items should be labeled with your child’s name and placed into a labeled Ziploc bag. Teachers will keep these items in their classroom’s storage room, where they will be safe if they are needed. If your child does have an accident, be sure to send a replacement set of clothes the next day. We will send the clothes home at the end of the school year.
A link to pay for school lunch can be found on our website along with a lunch menu, or students can bring a home lunch. I have included a paper with a printed number pad and your child’s lunch number. It is essential that your child practices ‘entering’ their lunch number at home so they are able to do it independently at lunch time. We will not be practicing or memorizing lunch numbers during class time. Please practice the number even if your child will be bringing a home lunch every day - this will also be their login for the computers so knowing it is very important!
Not all teachers will use homework folders but if they do they are to be taken home every day and brought back to school every morning. Teachers will send homework and important information in these folders daily so please be sure to check the folder every night with your child. Homework packets will begin after Labor Day.
Snacks for Kindergartners:
Following afternoon recess, we give students a little snack. Without snack donations from families, we wouldn’t be able to provide snacks. Within the first couple days of school, I will send out an email with an updated list of appropriate snacks for our classroom. Appropriate snacks for the first week would include:
• Graham crackers
• Fruit snacks
• Animal crackers
• Cheese sticks
We love celebrating birthdays! Depending upon your child’s birthday we will celebrate full birthdays or half birthdays. If you would like to bring something for the class, let your teacher know so we can schedule the best time to celebrate. District policy states if you bring food, it HAS to be store bought. Please keep in mind that teachers will not be able to pass out any homemade treats, which results in very disappointed students.