• th?id=I4822527316001763&pid=1CEDAR GROVE ELEMENTARY

    QUEST FOR BEST!

    2017-2018

     

     

    A Message from Principal Kristie Finley:

     

    Parents/Guardians and Students,

    It is my pleasure to welcome you to Cedar Grove Elementary School. For some of you, this may be your first year with us. For others of you, we welcome you back for another amazing year. CGES is an exceptional learning environment composed of dedicated and hardworking faculty and staff members, students, and supportive parents. We pride ourselves on building long-lasting productive relationships with students and families. We are proud of our school and the success we continue to experience. Cedar Grove Elementary is your school. We stand firm in our commitment to provide rigorous academic programs in a safe and nurturing atmosphere. We value each child, and will always work diligently to provide a wide array of learning experiences for every student. We look forward to working with you during the 2017-2018 school year. It is going to be the best one yet!

    With joyful anticipation,

    Kristie Finley

    Cedar Grove Elementary School Faculty and Staff

    2017-2018

     


    Administration

    Kristie H. Finley, Principal

    Matthew White, Assistant Principal

     

    Office Staff

    Reggie Jordan, School Secretary

    Teresa Marshall. Attendance Secretary

    Mandy Cowart, School Nurse

     

    Custodial Staff

    Jim Young

    Darlene Meeks

    Ethan Zhang

     

    Cafeteria Staff

    Tonna Phillips. Manager

    Candy Mardis

    Trena King

     

    K4

    Laura Reeves & Anna Cadden

     

    K5

    Sheila Daughtry  & Donna Wilson

    Inga Bryant & Rhonda Lyle

    Shelby Litz & Barbara Cabaniss

    Beth Kyle & Melissa Creamer

     

    First Grade

    Elizabeth Callaham

    Haley Fousek

    Jill Cannon

    Shannon Richards

     

    Second Grade

    Debbie Hughes

    Rebecca Cothran

    Carol Clardy

    Andrea Moore

    Deana Mitchell

     

    Third Grade

    Emalie Degen

    Terri Ivester

    Brenda Perry

    Shelley McDade

    JJennifer Carraway

     

    Fourth Grade

    Pam Whiteside

    Becky Owens

    Christy Hughes

    Christy LeCroy

    Meagan Lundeen

     

    Fifth Grade

    Stephanie Summerlin

    Samuel Cothran

    Emily Curry

    Beth Waters

    Lori Davis

     

    Related & Other Teachers

    Sheri Whitworth, Music

    Dee Davis, PE

    Heather Dowell, Art

    Katie Wesolek, Library

    Donna Shipman, Computer Lab

    Laurie Brown, Speech

    Amber Greer, Intervention

    Jennifer Dorriety, Guidance Counselor

    Marley Hart,  Resource

    Patty Cannon, LD Self-Contained

    Maureen Parris, LD Assistant

    Jane Addison, Reading Intervention

    Stacey Shaw, Reading Coach

    Beth Moore, Math Lab

     

     

     

     

    August 2015                                                 *Calendar Subject to Change

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    Meet the Teacher

    Drop In: 2:00-5:00

     iPad meeting for 3rd grade students/ families and any other students new to our district: 4:00 in the cafeteria

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    First Day of School for Students

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    September 2015                                    *Calendar subject to change

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    Labor Day Holiday

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    Washington, DC (5th grade) Parent Meeting: 9:30 & 5:30

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    Grandparent’s Breakfast

    K4-2nd grades

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    Charleston (3rd grade) Parent meeting: 9:30 & 5:30

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    Grandparent’s Breakfast

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    7:20-8:00

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    Grandparent’s Day

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    Library open until 5:30- Please come and read with  your child!

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    Back to school night:

    5:00-5:30: School-wide meeting (café)

    5:30-6:00: Grade level meetings

    6:00-7:00: Classroom visitation

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    Teacher Workday

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    Parent Advisory Team Meeting:

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    Lunch and Learn for Parents/Guardians: (Study skills) 11:00-12:00

    Join us for lunch in room 110. We hope to see you there!

    Library open until 5:30- Please come and read with  your child!

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    Bookfair begins!

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    Fall Festival/Bookfair

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    Field Day

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    November 2015                              *Calendar Subject to change

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    Daylight Savings End: Remember to move your clocks back 1 hour

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    No School for Students

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    Veteran’s Day

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    House Meetings:

    Recognize good grades and speeches by candidates

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    Biscuits for Dads in the cafeteria

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    Biscuits for Dads in the cafeteria

    3rd-5th grades

    Library open until 5:30- Please come and read with  your child!

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    House Recess: More details to come!

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    School Closed

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    Thanksgiving Holiday

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    December 2015                                     

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    Lunch and Learn (Internet safety): 11:00-12:00

    Join us for lunch in room 110. We hope to see you there!

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    Christmas Program:

    Time TBA

    Library open until 5:30- Please come and read with  your child!

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    Christmas Program for students: K-2 (8:30) and 3-5 (9:15)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Christmas Holiday

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    Welcome Back Students!

     

     

     

     

     

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    9:00 & 5:30

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    2nd nine weeks House Party

    Library open until 5:30- Please come and read with  your child!

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    Lunch and Learn: (LD/ADHD)

    11:00-12:00 for parents/guardians

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    Muffins for Mom in the cafeteria

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    Library open until 5:30- Please come and read with  your child!

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    Spring Break

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Library open until 5:30- Please come and read with  your child!

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    5th grade to Washington, DC

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    1st Grade Celebration

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    Balloon Walk: 2:00

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    4th Award’s Day:

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    Memorial Day

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    Last Student Day: 11:00

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    Cedar Grove Elementary School

    Mission/Vision:

    The mission of Cedar Grove Elementary School in partnership with students, teachers and parents, is to develop a community of excellence that strives to be respectful, responsible and productive every single day.

    School Pledge:

    We are Cedar Grove Colts – winners all the way.

    We are respectful, responsible, and productive every single day.

     

    Beliefs:

    • Respectful
      • Demonstrating respect for self, peers, adults, our school and the community is critical.
      • Respect is a learned behavior. The school, home and community should work together to foster a respectful mindset in our students.
      • Respect is demonstrated in attitude and actions.
    • Responsible
      • Students must take responsibility for themselves and their own actions; the home and the school will work cooperatively with the child to guide the development of this sense of responsibility.
      • Students should know that with every right comes responsibility, and that collective responsibility starts with individual responsibility.
      • The education of our students is the responsibility and partnership of individual students, parents, teachers and community members.
    • Productive
      • Students, teachers, staff and parents must agree that academic work in class and at home is critical to our students’ success in school.
      • Students must demonstrate goal setting strategies in order to accomplish long term success, understanding that today’s choices affect tomorrow’s accomplishments.
      • Students must demonstrate the ability to apply what’s learned to the real world and to real world problems.
      • A cooperative effort among students, peers, teachers, and community members is essential for students to reach their full potential regardless of their ability level or needs. 

     


    School Hours

    Student Arrival: 7:45 a.m. Students arriving before 7:30 will go to the library or computer lab to read or work on math/reading programs. At 7:30, students sit outside of their homerooms until 7:45. Students are asked to sit quietly during this time and are encouraged to read. Students enter the classrooms at 7:45.

    Student day begins: 7:45 a.m.

    Student dismissal: 2:45 p.m.

    Teacher Day: 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Please do not drop students off before 7:20 each morning. The doors do not open until 7:20 and there is no supervision before 7:20.

     Please pick your child(ren) up before 3:20 each day if they are car riders. Supervision will not be provided for students remaining after 3:20 unless they are participating in a supervised activity. Please note these procedures. They are designed for the safety and well being of your children.

     

    Tardies

    Please understand that excessive tardies can also result in attendance being turned over to the Anderson County Board of Education’s Attendance Office. After the tenth unexcused tardy, a letter is mailed to parents requesting a school level attendance conference.  If unexcused tardies continue, the school is to turn attendance records over to the Anderson County Board of Education’s Attendance Office.

    If your child is tardy (after 8:00 a.m.), parents are expected to escort their child to the school’s office in order to receive a tardy pass.

    Early Dismissal

    If it is necessary to get your child out before the end of the school day, please do so before 2:20 p.m. Due to end of day procedures and traffic congestion, we cannot call students from class for early dismissals after 2:20 p.m. The only exceptions will include an emergency situation. Please arrange your appointments before or after this time.

     

    Attendance

    The Education Improvement Act of 1984 makes regular school attendance compulsory for all children, ages 5 (on or before September 1) to 16.

    The law requires that school officials immediately intervene when a student has three consecutive unexcused absences. After the third unexcused absence, a letter is mailed to parents requesting a school level attendance conference.  If unexcused absences continue, the school is required to turn attendance records over to the Anderson County Board of Education’s Attendance Office.

    Excused absences include:

    1. Students who are ill and whose attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others. This would be accompanied by an official doctor’s excuse or by a parent excuse (parents can provide up to 5 excuses for sickness).

    2. A death in the child’s immediate family to include parent, sibling, and grandparent.

     


    Unexcused Absences:

    1. Students who are absent without a doctor’s excuse or parent excuse (beyond five parent excuses.)

     

    CGES Discipline Code

    Cedar Grove Elementary will utilize a discipline policy involving four houses school wide. Each student, staff, and faculty member will be assigned to a house. Students following rules and/or going above and beyond will be awarded with points for their houses. The points will be tallied each week school wide, and the winning house will be posted on the board in the lobby. At the end of each nine weeks, the house with the most points will be awarded with a bowling party.

    This discipline system will serve to instill a sense of community and the effort it takes to work toward a common goal.

     

    School Wide Rules:

    1. Respect yourself and others.
    2. Respect school property and your learning environment.
    3. Walk silently and orderly through the hallways.
    4. Follow directions.
    5. Dress appropriately for school.
    6. Be on time, use time wisely, and come prepared.
    7. Leave unnecessary items at home.

     

     

     

    Cafeteria Rules:

    1. Enter the lunchroom by walking in an orderly and quiet line.
    2. Sit at your designated tables.
    3. Pick up all necessary items at you go through the serving line.
    4. Remain in your seat during lunch. Raise your hand if you need something.
    5. Leave your area clean.

     

    Playground Rules:

    1. Use the playground equipment properly.
    2. Stop playing and line-up when the teacher signals.
    3. Fighting and rough play are not allowed.
    4. Throwing objects such as rocks, sticks, or sand is not permitted.

     

    Dress Code

    We encourage your child to dress in clean, comfortable clothes. Appropriate dress is necessary to reduce distractions and promote a productive learning atmosphere.

    1. Tank tops, spaghetti straps, halter tops, sheer shirts, and bare midriffs are not permitted.
    2. No logos depicting alcohol or tobacco companies or obscene or suggestive words or phrases.
    3. Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be finger tip length.

     

     

     

    Student Cell Phone Use

    Use of cell phones is not permitted on campus during the school day. Cell phones are to be turned off and kept out of sight. The school day extends from a student’s arrival on campus until dismissal. Cell phones are not allowed out on the playground or buses.

     

    Bus Rules

    Anderson County School District One will provide free bus transportation. Good behavior is expected from students while they are riding the bus to and from school. Bus drivers have the authority to enforce school rules. Respect is to be shown to drivers. Bus drivers are responsible for student’s safety to and from school. Therefore, if/when an incident occurs, a referral will be written and turned into school administrators. Students may be suspended from riding the bus dependent upon the action or number of referrals that have been written. A bus suspension is not an excused absence from school.

     

    Rules:

    1. Be on time for the bus in the mornings.
    2. Remain seated on the bus at all times.
    3. No food, drink, candy, or gum on the bus.
    4. No shouting or yelling on the bus.
    5. Keep arms, head, and other objects inside the bus at all times.

     

     

     

    Consequences for referrals

    1st report: Administrator talks with student

    2nd report: 3-day suspension from riding the bus

    3rd report: 1 week suspension from riding the bus

    4th report: 2 week suspension from riding the bus

    5th report: Off bus for the rest of the year

     

    School Breakfasts and Lunches

    Cedar Grove Elementary School serves nutritious meals every school day. All students receive free breakfast and lunch. Parents are always welcome to have lunch with their children on any day. 

    Title I Funding and Support

    Cedar Grove is proud to be a Title I school. Title I funding allows our schools to meet additional needs of our children, teachers and families. This year, because of feedback from you and our staff, we are addressing the following areas: additional teachers to lower class sizes, early interventionists, extended hours in our library, before school and after school support, additional classroom resources in math and reading, support for field trips, staff development, incentives for our children, additional technology, and monies to support the involvement of our parents and community.

     

    Visitors

    In order to assure for the safety of our children, all visitors (any non-school employee) entering the school during school hours must report to the office. In the office, visitors will have their driver’s license scanned through our school’s security system – School Check-In. This state-of-the-art system allows an immediate background check. While time consuming, this system adds an important safety measure for our school. While we welcome all visitors- no one will be allowed to enter our building without using our school check-in and producing an ID. This is for your child’s safety and the safety of our entire school.

     

     Conferences

    Parents and teachers may request a formal or informal conference any time a need is identified. Our teachers and administration are always available when there is a need or concern. At the end of the first nine weeks grading period, parents are invited to attend a formal conference to discuss their child’s progress and to pick up report cards. Subsequent nine weeks conferences are handled on an individual student-by-student basis.

     

    Guidance

    Children who are experiencing extreme problems at home and/or school are referred for guidance counseling. Our guidance counselor, Mrs. Jennifer Dorriety, will provide classroom guidance and small group counseling.

     

    Unforeseen Hardships

    Unforeseen hardship can occur in any family. Some of these hardships may include losing your job, death in the family, hospitalization, illness, eviction from your home, etc. An additional resource person in our district is Tanya Richbourg, Family Services Coordinator. Please feel free to contact her at 847-3632.

     

    Child Abuse/Neglect

    In compliance with the SC Protection Act of 1977, a school teacher, nurse, counselor, or other school professional acting in an official capacity who has reason to believe that a child under the age of 18 has been subjected to physical, mental, or emotional abuse and/or neglect must report or see that a report be issued to Social Services or a law enforcement agency in the county where the child resides or is found. School personnel are mandated reporters. If any school personnel suspects child abuse and/or neglect, they are personally responsible for reporting this directly to the Department of Social Services.

     

    Sick Children

    If your child has been vomiting, has had diarrhea, or has a fever, please do not send him/her to school. Please know, per district and DHEC regulations, if your child has a fever, diarrhea, or is vomiting, they cannot return to school for 24 hours (24 hours free of symptoms). Please visit our school website for other health related information, including our school exclusion list. If you are in doubt, please contact our school nurse, Ms. Mandy Cowart, at 847-3500.

     

    Distribution of Medication

    If at all possible, please schedule your child’s medicine at home. However, if it is necessary for your child to receive medicine while at school, the following is required:

    *The school must have a written order form from your physician stating the diagnosis, name of medication, dose, time interval, side effects, and duration of treatment. Forms are available in Nurse Cowart’s office. Please understand that the prescription label is not a written order. If the dose changes during the year, the doctor must write a new order.

    *The school must have a signed permission form from the parent or guardian for any medication, including over-the-counter medications. Again, forms are available in Nurse Cowart’s office.

    *Medication must be brought in by the parent, in the original container labeled from the pharmacy – never in a baggie or envelope. If the medication is over-the-counter it must be in a sealed, unopened bottle with the child’s name on it. Medication will be kept locked in the nurse’s office. Children must never carry or take medication on their own.

    *Parents are responsible for keeping track of and maintaining an adequate supply of their child’s medication for school use.

     

    If you have any questions about medication administration, please feel free to contact Nurse Cowart at any time.

     

    Resource Program

    Special instruction is provided for students who have difficulties in learning.  A part of each day is spent receiving instruction from a specially trained teacher.  The remainder of the day is spent in a regular classroom.  Teacher recommendation and test results determine admission to the resource program.

     

     

    Gifted and Talented

    Cedar Grove offers a program for the academically or above average students for grades 3 – 5.  These students must meet the criterion set forth by the SC State Department and Anderson School District One.  To be eligible for enrollment the student must meet the state guidelines.

     

     

    Student Progress Reports

    Student work will be sent home biweekly. Your child’s folder should be signed and returned to school the following day. Progress reports will be sent home at the midpoint of each nine weeks. Report cards will be sent home quarterly.

     

    Weapons on School Grounds

    No Weapons of any kind will be allowed on school property. This state law applies to parents, students, and employees. If a weapon is brought to school, local law enforcement officers may be contacted.

     

    Money and Other Valuables at School

    Please do not send large sums of money and other valuables to school with your child. Students are not to bring cell phones (children are always welcome to use the phones in the main office), IPODs or other electronic devices to school. These items create a distraction and children run the risk of losing them.

     

     Lost and Found

    Articles of clothing, books, etc., found are typically turned into the office or placed on the lost and found rack in the cafeteria. Please write your child’s name on all coats, jackets, lunch boxes and book bags.

     

    Head Lice Procedure

    When live lice are found on a student, the student’s parents will be notified and asked to pick up their child at school as soon as possible. The district lice letter will be sent home with the student. Upon returning to school, the parent/guardian must accompany the student and the student will be re-checked by a trained staff member or school nurse before being admitted to class.

     

    Field Trips

    Field trips are carefully planned by teachers to be valuable extensions of the classroom program. Parents must sign a permission slip and pay any fees for students to attend. Teachers may invite parent chaperones and parents are always welcome to attend (as long as space at the event is available).

     

    Volunteers

    Volunteers are a valuable and important part of the school day. Our school encourages parent and community involvement in various ways – serving as a class mom, at special events on and off campus, copying/cutting and assisting a teacher, reading to children, tutoring and mentoring, etc. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at 847-3500. An annual volunteer training will be provided at the beginning of the school year.

     

    Rolling Book Bags

    Please note that we strongly discourage our students from using rolling backpacks.  Our classrooms do not offer enough space for the rolling book bags and bus riders are unable to carry them. Also, please note that students run the risk of running into or over other students. The rolling backpacks also make the care and cleaning of our floor more difficult for our custodians. We would like to offer a few suggestions that might help to ease the weight that students must carry on their backs.  We have “cubbies” in every classroom to help minimize the amount of books that the students must carry. Students should also only take home books that are absolutely necessary for that day’s homework assignments.

     

    Changing Transportation

    If there is a change in transportation, please send a note explaining the change. Phone calls cannot be accepted because there is no way to verify identity over the phone.

      

    Car Riders

    To better provide for the welfare of our students during dismissal each day, we ask for your help in the following areas:

    *Please do not have cars blocking traffic lanes.

    *Please do not drop off or pick up children at the side or back of the building.

    *You must have a Cedar Grove issued traffic card in the window or dash on the driver’s side for each child you are picking up. If you do not have a card, please park, go to the office, and show your ID to pick up a child.

    *Please do not exit your vehicle at any time while in the circle.

     

    Please understand that, due to congestion during arrival and dismissal times, our traffic moves in one direction on Melvin Lane.  From 7:30 until 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Melvin Lane will be a one-way street from bottom (Harper St.) toward Highway 20.  Coming from Williamston, you will need to take a left onto Harper St. (the next road up from Melvin Lane).  From Belton/Cheddar, you will need to take a right onto Harper.  All cars will need to stay in line; Melvin Lane is a no passing zone.  Everyone exits onto Hwy 20.

    We thank you in advance for your cooperation in our efforts to make arrivals and dismissals safe and efficient.

     

     

    Media Release

    The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) authorizes Anderson County School District One to release “directory information” of students to individuals who request such data.  Directory information includes your child’s name, address, telephone number, photographs (as related to school or district sponsored events, activities and special recognitions), date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weights and heights of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most previous school attended, and other similar information.

    If for some reason you object to the release of the above-referenced information complete the “Release of Directory Information” form available at your child’s school.  Forms must be submitted within 15 days of attendance or the school will be free to release or use information on your child as appropriate.

     

    Accidents and Emergencies

    Every effort is made to prevent accidents.  However, in case of an accident the procedure is as follows:  authorized school personnel or the school nurse gives first aid.  If it is considered serious or if the child is uncomfortable, a parent is called.  In major cases of accident or illness, every effort is made to contact the parents.  The school will follow your direction on the enrollment and consent forms, if the child needs more than first aid. 

     

    Important Note:  School personnel will give no treatment other than first aid.  Please keep the school informed with the most updated information.  Please notify the school if the following occurs:

    *Change in your name, address, phone numbers, and family doctor.

    *Names of persons to contact in case either parent cannot be reached.

    *Your absence from home if out of town.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We look forward to partnering with you in order to make this school year the best yet! As always, if you have questions or concerns, we are just a phone call or visit away. Thank you for your continued support of our school. Cedar Grove Elementary is an amazing place to learn!