ARRIVAL and DISMISSAL PROCEDURES and SAFETY GUIDELINES 2014-2015.doc
We welcome everyone back to school for the new school year. Listed below is the information that may be helpful with the changes due to the new arrival and dismissal procedures.
Valley Road Schools New Drive Way
This summer an additional driveway was added to Valley Road School. The driveway will allow the following to take place:
- A second entrance to the school at Arrival and Dismissal. This new driveway will be open approximately 6:30am and remain open to 8:45am and again from about 2:30 or so until 3:05pm. The rest of the day this new driveway will be closed to vehicles by gates. This driveway will be one way traffic entering the Valley Road School lot. During arrival and dismissal all traffic remains one way.
- This driveway will be used in addition to our current entrance. This will reduce crowding on the local streets approaching the school. Parents may enter in either driveway. When entering the new driveway for student drop off, the vehicle must proceed around the school, drive by the field, around the back end of the school by the woods and proceed to the drop off on the office side of the building by the steps. Before 8:25am cars may stand in line in the right lane and wait for the doors to open. Parents may pass the line to the left if they want to drop off by the steps and leave before the door opens. If people want to wait until the door opens, then they must stay in line and wait until the line starts to move.
- Traffic from both driveways will meet at the current entrance area and will have an alternating merge. We ask drivers to please honor this merge.
- The new driveway on the field side of the building will have a pedestrian gate that will only be open when the driveway is closed to vehicular traffic allowing students to cut directly across to the field area throughout the school day.
- When the pedestrian gate on the field side of the school is closed during arrival and dismissal, our walkers must follow the sidewalk to the lower driveway and cross at the base of the driveway by Valley Road to go to the playground.
- At dismissal if parents wish to go to the playground, they could wait until 3:05pm and cross the pedestrian pathway at the top of the driveway; or before 3:05pm they could walk down to Valley Road and enter the playground from the opposite side.
- There will also be additional parking so that that there will be many parking spaces available to parents. The new spaces on the field side of the building will be able to accommodate the staff. This should leave many additional spaces on the woods side of the school for visitors to the school. This will allow parents more accessibility to be able to park in the school lot.
- We ask all drivers to give any walking parents and students the right of way. This is most important for our crosswalks. One will be at the base of the new driveway and the other on the office side of the building connecting the sidewalk to Blake Drive.
- There will be new drainage to allow the Valley Road sidewalk to remain drier and have less winter ice.
- The town is supplying this project so we thank the Mayor and Town Council for their assistance with our traffic patterns.
Supply Lists for School Year 2014-15
The supply lists are on our website.
Comprehensive Procedures for Arrival and Dismissal: This is posted under resources and there is also a link below.
Please see the comprehensive guidelines for Arrival and Dismissal Procedures and Safety Guidelines in an e-mail sent to you or on the website under resources - school resources. A paper copy was also sent to families new to Valley Road School in Grades 1-4 and given at the Kindergarten Orientation on Wednesday September 3rd.
As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122), the Clark Public Schools has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades to the school district's HIB webpage, and to each individual school's webpage. Please feel free to contact Mr. David Geschwendt, Anti-Bullying Coordinator if you have any questions. The grades are on the left towards the bottom of the resources.
Anti-Bullying Specialist - Ms. Nicole Arpino
Valley Road School
150 Valley Road
Clark, NJ 07066
732-428-1639 or 732-388-7900
Anti-Bullying Coordinator - Mr. David Geschwendt
Arthur L. Johnson High School
365 Westfield Avenue
Clark, New Jersey 07066
(732) 382-0910, Ext. 3178
Main Office 732-388-7900
To Report an Absence call the main office 24/7
and leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting With a Dot at Valley Road School
International Dot Day has garnered attention in schools, libraries, and communities around the globe. Last year, registrations exceeded 1.3 million participants in 84 countries. Students at Valley Road School celebrated Dot Day by making their mark and seeing where it takes them.
Kindergarteners read and discussed the book The Dot with their art teacher, Miss Michelle Matesic. The students, just like the main character in the story, started with a small dot and continued to make their art around it. Their projects showed them how a small mark can transform into a beautiful piece of art. “The story helps students to see that they can be creative and how even starting with just a dot can lead to vibrant and creative artwork. The Dot helps show the students that anything is possible and anything can be great depending on our perspectives!”, said Miss Matesic.
The computer teacher, Ms. Czarnecki, utilized technology with her kindergarten and first grade classes to animate dot drawings. Students decorated their “Dot Day” sheet, which was printed from the ColAR Mix website (http://colarapp.com/). ColAR Mix is an augmented reality app that transforms 2D coloring pages into 3D animations. It's absolutely amazing! Students love seeing their own artwork transformed this way!
Students in grades 2-5 created digital drawings in the software application, Pixie. Each dot created shows something unique about the students’ artistic style. An online gallery was created (http://vrsshowcase.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/international-dot-day) to display the amazing dot creations. This project connected students with other schools around the globe! Students were able to break down the walls of their classrooms to share dot activities and creations.
In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb!
Students in Mrs. Carrano’s class tracked the weather in March to see if it would go out like a lamb. To keep track, they colored one box in orange for each day that was like a lion, to represent a cold and windy day. To represent days that were like a lamb they pasted one cotton ball for each day that was warm and sunny. They found that almost everyday in March was like a lion. The students practiced graphing, counting, and the concepts of less and more. This lesson was important for them to do every morning because it determined if they would get to go outside for recess. If the weather was like a lion no one wanted to go outside. The students in Mrs. Carrano’s class are looking forward to days in April that are less like a lion and more like a lamb.
Photo Caption: Frame 1(left to right: John Michael Lima, Michael Avila), Frame 2(Michael Avila), Frame 3(John Michael)
Mayor Sal Bonaccorso is presenting his new plan to add parking and additional drop off space to the Valley Road School parking lot at a Clark School Board Meeting. The Mayor and Town Council are providing this project to the school district to help alleviate traffic and parking on the roadways during arrival and dismissal. This project will also make the school's arrival and dismissal safer and more efficient for parents, students, and staff.
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USS San Jacinto
First grade students from Valley Road School observed Veteran’s Day by writing letters to sailors serving aboard the USS San Jacinto. One of the sailors, Juan Caro, has a daughter, Kai, in first grade at VRS. Kai’s mom suggested that her class write letters to Kai’s dad and fellow service members aboard the ship. Thinking it a wonderful idea, Ms. Krick invited the other first grade teachers, Mrs. Peitz and Mrs. Spence, to participate.
Students in Ms. Krick’s class were encouraged to write sentences that expressed their gratitude and well wishes to the sailors and then ask a question. They also drew a picture about the navy or the armed services, and another about themselves. Both Mrs. Peitz and Mrs. Spence’s first grade classes wrote a group letter and signed their names. Mrs. Spence’s students then drew pictures for the sailors. All the boys and girls were very excited about this project and worked very hard on them. They were eager to thank the sailors for their service and hoped to make them smile. The letters were collected and sent to Kai’s dad in late November, with the hope that he would distribute them among the sailors. At the time, the USS San Jacinto was somewhere in the Red Sea.
In December Ms. Krick was excited to receive several emails from Juan Caro with attachments that included photos and information about the ship. One attachment was a scanned document in which many sailors took time to give detailed answers to every question posed by the students. The answers were addressed to the students by name, which was absolutely thrilling for these girls and boys. There were signatures and messages from the sailors as well, including Kai’s dad, the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Command Master Chief, and the ship’s Chaplin. The Chaplin placed all the letters in the ship’s learning center for Sailors to read and enjoy. Mr. Caro also sent Ms. Krick a plaque and a baseball cap with the ship’s logo.
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