Important Updates for Gardner Street Families

Dear Gardner families,

We are working every day to improve our campus procedures and value your feedback and assistance in making all our routines effective and efficient so that students have an enjoyable day full of learning in a safe and caring environment.  From the moment students begin their journey to school until the time they arrive home, we are concerned about their safety and well-being.

Here are some reminders about old and new procedures that we think will help everyone – students, staff, parents, and community members – have a better Gardner experience.

Morning Drop-Off
Make drop-off and pick-up of students safe!

We have three drop-off spots including the lower yard (Gardner), the pre-school (Vista), and the main entrance on Hawthorn.  At all three locations it is important that parents use common sense and follow the law even without police being present.  Pull into the drop-off lane and wait until you reach the front of the line to let students out of cars.  Avoid the red curb and the bus zone.  Don’t let students out in the street and respect our neighbors.

After school, please stay out of the bus zone east of Vista and allow yourself enough time to keep students safe when entering cars – pull over to the curb in a legal parking zone.

Visiting Campus During School
Keep our campus secure and our learning free of interruptions!

All visitors to our campus must come directly to the main office.  If you are volunteering during the day you will be given a volunteer’s visitor’s pass and be asked to sign in upon arrival and to sign out upon departure.  Volunteers must be pre-approved by the classroom teacher and/or the principal.

If you arrive early to pick your child up at the end of the school day, please respect our classrooms and the learning happening in school by waiting off campus until our doors open at 2:40 pm.

After 3:00 pm, the doors to the main building on Hawthorn are kept closed.  You may enter through the large gate just west of the auditorium after 3:00 pm.

Arriving Late = TARDY!
Form good habits by leaving home early and arriving on time!

Students who arrive late must come directly to the main office to receive a tardy slip.  Parents of pre-schoolers and kindergartners may escort their child to class.  1st – 6th graders will be assisted to class by school personnel.

Food for Class Parties/Celebrations
Feed students healthy treats that please everyone!

When bringing treats to share for birthday parties or class celebrations, please remember that some students have food allergies and intolerances to certain ingredients.  Before shopping, please ask your classroom teacher about specific allergies/intolerances including, but not limited to, dairy, nuts, wheat and food dyes/coloring.

The following ingredients are not allowed for shared foods:

  • Peanuts and tree nuts
  • Food coloring (this mainly applies to cakes and cupcakes with brightly colored frosting) 

Thank you for your ongoing devotion to our students and our school.

Warmly,

Michael Rosner, Principal