The World is Ours!

The World is Ours!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


WELCOME  TO THE 2019-2020 NEW ARRIVALS PROGRAM!

Mrs. Sims - New Arrivals Teacher


Welcome, Scofield Families!! In light of the developments regarding COVID-19, I’d like to first say that Mrs. Capomolla, Mrs. Hunt, and my thoughts are with those affected by the virus in the U.S. and around the globe. The whole purpose of this quarantine time is to keep as many of us safe and healthy as possible. So the Stamford Public Schools District wants students to know that they should stay home and stay safe so that everything can return to normal as quickly as possible. We know being home (in sometimes tight quarters) is tough on everyone, so now is the time to remember to be respectful and kind to your family. Be kind to your brothers and sisters and help your parents around the house. Finally, take this opportunity to spend time with your family and create beautiful memories with them. 


CONGRATULATIONS JASON, MARIA, AND ANGEL!! GOOD LUCK AND NEVER GIVE UP👍💗😍






Link to Learn how to use Google Classroom and Grab and Go Locations in English and in Spanish

LINKS TO FOOD PANTRIES IN STAMFORD DURING COVID-19



School Counselors
There are two school counselors in the building. They assist your child with academic support, College & Career Readiness and Social Emotional help. If your child has any problems in school their counselor will meet with them to provide any assistance they may need.

Communication
I provided your child with a list of ways to communicate with me or the school. Please try  not to contact me on my cell phone unless it's a true emergency. If your child does not make it home or is missing are what I would consider to be an emergency.

Setting up a meeting
If you ever want to set up a meeting please call me at 203-977-2763

Please make sure that you are part of your child's education!!!
It takes all of us to work together so that your child is successful! Make sure that they are doing their homework and that they are ok at school. Talk to them! Make time for them! They are in a new environment and they need you!

Do you have any questions????


1. Parent Communication: Communicating with each other is very important in your child's academic and social learning. I am happy to say that I will be adding all of the events that are happening in my classroom, in the school, and in the district on this site. I will be calling parents the minimum of once a week to discuss how your child is doing in school and at home. I will be able to communicate with you using "Language Guidelines". This company allows us to use a translator during our phone calls and meetings at school. I would like to be able to also meet with you at least once every two weeks for the first few months of school if possible. I's appreciate it if we you can set up a meeting in the within the next two weeks. At the meeting we will discuss background information (education, personal information, health concerns, behavior,etc.) that you believe may help or effect your child's learning. There is a phone being set up in my room where you are able to reach me. Once I get the number I will send it home with your child. If I am teaching I will not be able to answer the phone; therefore please leave a message. If it's an emergency please call the main office at 203-977-2750
2. Absence:It is monitored daily for accuracy, educational impact, and legal requirements of being present every day.
  • All days absent must have a note sent in. You can also call the school at 203-977-2750 or my phone, even if you do not speak English, and simply tell the person on the phone, "My son/daughter will not be in school because..." Make sure to tell them the name of your child and the reason why. They will mark the absence online so that the teachers are aware.
  • You may also write an Absent letter and send it in with your child the next day they come to school.
  • We also ask that you try not to take family vacations during the school days as opposed to school vacation days. This will not benefit your child's ability to learn English.
  • If you child misses more than four unexcused days in a month, the school administrators will investigate why your child has been absent.
3.  Homework and Expectations: Students will be provided with homework everyday.
  • Please make sure that your child is reading in English at least 20 minutes a day. There is a program called "Reading A-Z". this program gives the kids access to more than 10,000 books online; which I am able to see what they read.
  • Please have your child show you that they finished their homework. If you work late, have them put their homework on the table so that you may see that it is completed.
  • Have them watch at least one video a day on my blog. The videos are no more than 5 minutes each.
  • They will be tested on materials they learned that each week on Friday.

4. Community Organizations: All of the organizations have translators to assist ALL families.
  • There are many organizations in the community that can assist you with English classes, translating letters, lawyers, employment, food, clothes, housing, therapy, and many other needs one may have. 
  • Building One Community: has a website where they provide a calendar of all of the events and classes they have at their Stamford location. They also inform you on how to get medical care for yourself and your child, provide lawyers for legal questions and concerns, extra help with homework for your child.
  • Person2Person: Provides emergency food and shelter for parents. You can look at their other services online or you can go to their location and they are able to assist you.
  • Americares: There is a bus that provides free medical care to families that may not have healthcare. You can find out about the dates and locations on their website or you can call and ask.
  • Stamford Public Schools: You can go to this site to find out about what your child is learning, if school is cancelled or delayed because of the weather or other causes, school calendars, school events,contact information for each department at the government center pertaining to school, etc.).

5. Code of Conduct and Rules:  It is very important that parents review the rules that Dolan and the Stamford School District have put in place to keep your children safe and in an environment conducive for learning.
What to Wear . . . 
Scofiled's Dress Code: All students should take pride in their personal appearance. Please come to school well-groomed and wearing clothing that is neat, clean and in good taste.
 Here are a few guidelines to follow:
* Book bags must be kept in student lockers. 
* No attire that creates a distraction from the learning process will be permitted. Wearing “sagging pants”, pajamas or any other items, not school-appropriate, is forbidden and will not be tolerated.
* Shorts and skirts must fall at/below student’s fingertips. Shirts must cover chest and mid-section.
* Shoes or sneakers should be worn. No flip flops, slippers, or athletic “slides”, etc. please. 
* Hats are not allowed inside the building. Sunglasses may be worn with a written prescription from a doctor. 
* Outerwear (coats etc.) may not be worn inside the classroom. They must be stored in lockers upon student’s arrival. 
* See Board Policy 5147—for full details.
* Parents of students who are not dressed appropriately for school (as determined by school administration), will be contacted. Students will remain supervised, but removed from class, until their parents arrive with appropriate attire.
 Lunch Time:
All students are expected to find their seats quickly and remain seated unless given permission by a teacher or administrator. An adult dismisses you from your lunch table. Leave the table and the area around your chair clean. Place your tray or garbage in the trash cans provided. Do not eat or carry food outside of the cafeteria. You may bring a lunch from home if you would like. 
Smoking/Alcohol/Other Controlled Substances:
We want our students to be the healthiest that they can be, so, in support of the law, our school policy prohibits you, your parents, staff, and other guests from smoking on school grounds, on school buses or in any part of the school building. Smoking is a serious offense to your lungs and a serious offense at Dolan. We take this policy very seriously. Do not bring smoking items to school. If you are carrying smoking items, they will be confiscated and your parents will be notified. Serious consequences may result for any controlled/illegal substance found on school property, including, but not limited, to cigarettes, alcohol, drugs/drug paraphernalia, vaporizers and hookahs.
BULLYING:
 In accordance with state law, it is the policy of the Board of Education that any form of bullying behavior, whether in the classroom, on school property, on a school bus, or at school sponsored events, is expressly forbidden. “Bullying” shall mean any overt acts by a student or group of students directed against another student with the intent to ridicule, harass, humiliate, or intimidate the other student while on school grounds, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity, (which acts are committed more than once against any student during the school year.) The prohibition against bullying behavior specifically includes cyber bullying, which generally includes using information and/or communication technologies to commit such overt acts against another student with the intent to ridicule, harass, humiliate or intimidate the other student. Such overt acts, even if committed off campus, may result in discipline up to and including suspension and expulsion from school. Board policy and regulation #5005-R Sending any form of harassing, threatening, or intimidating message, at any time, to any person may be considered a crime. 
HARRASSMENT: 
Harassment in any form will not be tolerated. If violations occur, disciplinary action will be taken. Also discrimination on the basis of race, creed, national origin, sex, age, or handicap will not be tolerated. 
 Vandalism
Please take part in preserving the Scofield community. If you damage school or other people's property accidentally, you may have to pay for the damage. However, if you intentionally damage school or other people’s property, the Board of Education will be notified and you, along with your parents/guardians, and you will be responsible for the damage. In addition, disciplinary action will be taken. This includes vandalism of desks, chairs, binders, artwork, etc. 
-Lost and Found Books, clothing, and other items that are found in the building will be brought to our Lost & Found in Guidance. Scofield Middle School Staff cannot be responsible for valuable items brought into school. Therefore, we suggest that you leave sums of money, jewelry, electronic devices, etc. at home. Lost and Found items will be donated or discarded on a monthly basis.
-Cell phones, IPODs, and all other non-school related electronic equipment ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BE VISIBLE OR TURNED ON IN SCHOOL. If you bring these or other valuable items to school and they are misplaced or damaged, the school will not be held responsible in any way. It is safest to leave these items AT HOME. If ANY of these items are found to be out and/or “on” they WILL BE confiscated by school personnel. Your parent will need to make an appointment and meet with your administrator in order for the item to be returned. Disciplinary action will be taken. *STUDENTS WHO VIOLATE THIS POLICY MORE THAN ONCE, WILL NOT HAVE THEIR ITEMS RETURNED UNTIL THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. 
Remember: Student cell phone use (and other unauthorized devices) is prohibited in the building. This includes extended day programs. Rubber bands, white out, and permanent markers are not allowed for student use in the building. “Fidget Spinners” are not allowed to be brought into the building by students. Use of any of these items may result in administrative action. 
Changes of Address, Withdrawals and Transfers 
 If your family is moving, you are required to tell the main office of your change of address. This is necessary to assist in the addressing of bulletins, school letters, report cards and health clinic papers. Please stop by the main office with the correct documentation to change your information. Additionally, families must provide current, working phone numbers in case the school needs to contact you during the day. 
WITHDRAWALS AND TRANSFERS If your family is moving,  it will be necessary to complete withdrawal or transfer procedures so that your child may continue being successful in his/her new school. Please stop by the main office or call 977-2750 to begin this process.
Buses and Bicycles …
a. Obey the driver courteously.
b. Disruptive behavior is not allowed.
c. Do not damage the bus in any way. Parents will be responsible for damages.
d. Be on time. The driver cannot wait for tardy students.
e. Bus students MUST take the bus to and from school. Children are not allowed to walk or carpool without a written request by their parents and the approval of an administrator, at least one day in advance. 
f. Ride the bus you have been assigned. If you need to ride a different bus, you must present a note from a parent or guardian to your administrator, at least one day in advance

* Bicycle parking racks are provided for you in the back parking lot of the school. All bicycles should be parked and locked there for your protection. 
* For safety reasons, you must get off your bicycle at the entrance of the school property and walk alongside your bicycle to the parking racks. Helmets should be worn for your own safety.  
*Bike riders are dismissed with walkers.   

6. Bus Assignments: Parents that have provided all of the paperwork to downtown have had a bus assigned for their child. If you have not completed all of the information required, your child unfortunately will have to be dropped off by a family member or friend.

If you have any questions please ask me by using google translate or you may set up a meeting with a translator.

Thank you for everything today!!!
Contact Information: If you ever have any questions or concerns please contact me at esims@stamfordct.gov.as well as 203-977-2763