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KIPP Believe Primary Handbook

KIPP BELIEVE PRIMARY SCHOOL POLICIES

MISSION, VISION AND VALUES

Our Mission

KIPP Believe Primary is built on the belief that accountable schools constructed on a foundation of thoughtful college-focused planning and strong neighborhood partnerships have the ability to transform communities from within.

At KIPP Believe Primary we empower our young scholars with academic knowledge and community support while cultivating strong character and values. Our scholars gain the tools needed to advocate for themselves, their friends and families in order to become respectful leaders who ultimately succeed in ending generational poverty within their community.

Our Vision

KIPP Believe Primary creates a school environment where all children are safe, successful and free to take risks in order to become their best selves. Highly trained and compassionate teachers provide our scholars the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to become not only academic achievers, but also artists, scientists, authors, athletes, community organizers and agents of change.

Our scholars will be held to high literacy standards, be taught through rigorous instruction, engage in hands on service learning and be exposed to dynamic learning experiences. We believe this will lead our students to develop a deep love for education and literacy, internalize a sense of social responsibility focused on improving the world around them and feel committed to their own success and the success of others as they become the active leaders of tomorrow.

Our School Values
  • PRIDE
  • LOVE
  • PERSISTENCE
  • JUSTICE
 

HOURS OF OPERATION

School Start and End Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:30 a.m. – 3:4p.m. Wednesday 7:30 a.m.– 12:45 p.m.
 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURE

Arrival
 
Students may be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. at the gate on Pearl St. The doors will open at 7:30 a.m. Children will not be supervised or allowed into the building before 7:30 a.m. KIPP Believe Primary is not responsible for children dropped off before 7:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. Parents may walk their students to the classroom if they so choose before 7:30 a.m..
Breakfast may not be guaranteed after 8 a.m. After 7:45 a.m. students are considered tardy. A parent must accompany the student to the Front Office where s/he will record the arrival time in the Tardy Log. The student will not be permitted to class without a tardy pass from the Front Office.
 
Dismissal
 
You must notify the Front Office of any changes to your scholar’s daily bus assignment by 2 p.m. daily and 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. For example, if you plan to pick up your scholar when s/he usually rides the bus, you will call the front office by 2 p.m. so that we can make the change. If we know the change by 2 p.m., then we are able to tell our staff in plenty of time. If you do not let us know the change by 2 p.m., we cannot make the change. If you do not communicate the change to the front office, we cannot guarantee the change will be made.
  • All students must be picked up between 3:45 and 4 p.m.
  • Parents may pick up their scholars at the gate on Pearl St. until 4 p.m.
  • After 4 p.m. parents may pick up their scholars in the cafeteria.
  • On Wednesday early dismissal, all students must be picked up between 12:45 and 1 p.m.
 

DRESS CODE & UNIFORM EXPECTATIONS

The purpose of our dress code is to ensure that students are able to fully focus their attention on their education while they are at school. If a scholar repeatedly is out of uniform, the parent will contacted to attend a conference.

Bottoms: Scholars will wear only gray or plaid pants, shorts, skirts and jumpers. All pants, skirts and shorts must be an appropriate size and fit. Scholars will wear pants on their waist. No underwear or boxers should be visible. Skirts and shorts must be worn at the knee. Khaki bottoms are not allowed.
 
Belts: Scholars will wear a plain black belt without logo, design, or graphics. The belt should have a simple buckle.
 
Shirts: Scholars will wear a KIPP Believe Primary polo shirt or button down shirt that is tucked in (waistband should be visible). Undershirts need to be solid white, black or gray with sleeves that do not stick out past the polo.
 
Shoes: Scholars will wear black sneakers with no logos, designs, graphics, or lights. If shoes have laces, they must be black and must be tied. If your scholar cannot tie his/her shoes, your scholar must wear Velcro shoes.
 
Outerwear: Scholars will wear uniform sweatshirts and sweaters as part of the uniform. These are available for sale in the Front Office. Non-uniform sweatshirts and sweaters are must be gray, navy, red, or black without logos or designs. Scholars must take their hoods off their heads while in the building.
 
Jewelry: Earrings must be studs and smaller than a nickel. Scholars may only wear small chain necklaces inside their shirt.
 
Other: Scholars will not wear hats, bandanas, or other head coverings in the school building. Scholars may not wear artificial nails.
 
KIPP Believe Primary reserves the right to change or modify the dress code as problems arise during the year.
 

ACADEMICS

 
KIPP Believe Primary has a student-centered, constructivist approach to instruction. In each block of the day, scholars are pushed to solve problems independently or with peers and given ample work time to practice skills on their own level. We have a balanced approach to literacy instruction—ensuring that scholars are pushed to understand high level text as well as given guidance with texts at their reading level. Some of KIPP Believe Primary’s curricular resources include Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Workshop, Cognitively Guided Instruction (Math), Math Investigations (K-2), Eureka Math (3-4), and Mondo Phonics. In order to ensure that our scholars’ social and emotional skills develop we also have direct social skills instruction through the PATHS curriculum daily. In order to serve all scholars at different ability levels we strategically group scholars throughout the day for intervention for all areas of development—for this we use Reading Mastery, Leveled Literacy Instruction, and Guided Reading. At KBP every child gets what they need to be successful every day.

Homework Policy

Homework folders are sent home daily Monday-Thursday and parents are expected to sign the daily log. Scholars receive weekly homework packets with assignments Monday-Thursday.

CELL PHONE POLICY
 
Students who are in Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade are not permitted to carry a cell phone to school at any time.

If Third Grade and Fourth Grade students elect to bring a cell phone to school, it must be turned in to the locked technology closet upon arrival daily. It can be picked up at the locked technology closet during dismissal.

If any cell phone is seen or heard by a KBP staff member during the instructional day, the telephone will be confiscated and kept in the front office until a parent or guardian visits the school to pick it up.

KBP is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen cell phones, therefore we recommend carrying cell phones for emergency purposes only.
 

SCHOOL-WIDE BEHAVIOR SYSTEM

 
Beliefs about Character Development and Support: At KIPP Believe Primary we believe that teacher actions affect student actions. A predictable and routinized classroom leads to clear expectations, which leads to a calm, safe, learning environment. We believe that most children will be successful within the classroom given the following systems.

KIPP Believe Primary Norms: Work Hard, Be Nice, Be Safe. Change the World.

Kindergarten through Fourth Grade

In Classroom Character Management System: Clip Stick System (Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Red)
Scholars all start the day on Green (in the middle of the clip stick)
Scholars have the opportunity to move up to Blue for following rules and meeting all expectations.
Scholars who move up to Purple are making exceptional choices without reminders and going above and beyond to live the values (examples: a scholar, without prompting, helps a friend clean up Math materials, a scholar finishes work early and gets a Beyond Z workbook so as not to waste any learning time).
Scholars’ colors on the clip stick will reset to Green after their lunch/recess.
 
CLIP STICK AND BEYOND
 
STEP 1 (Warning): Verbal Warning (be specific about behavior you need to see; warn about potential clip move, example: “Julie, we are silent during transitions, that is a warning, next time it’s a clip move.’)

STEP 2 (Clip Move): If a scholar continues the misbehavior, his/her clip will move down the clip stick. After any consequence, teachers will quickly look for appropriate behavior and PRAISE (or potentially change color back up)
 
STEP 3 (Separation from Group):Teacher will ask scholar to move to a different location in the classroom to think about his/her choices and say that they may rejoin the community after they have shown appropriate behavior (example: “Patrick, you are not being safe because you have been putting your hands on friends. Go to your desk and as soon as I see that you are being safe I will ask you to return.”). Teacher monitors scholar and when the scholar shows the appropriate behavior (ideally within 5 minutes), she or he may return to the group.
 
STEP 4 (Red, Reflection, and Coaching Conversation): Scholars move to Red when major misbehaviors occur (fighting, stealing, cursing, etc) and/or if they have not improved after moving to yellow and the separation from group. At this point, a student is again removed from the group and required to complete a Character Reflection Form. At some point during the day (e.g., independent work, lunch, recess, free-choice centers, etc.), the teacher and student review the Character Reflection Form and engage in a Coaching Conversation (example: ‘I noticed earlier during Math Workshop that you were having a hard time being silent. I was so happy to see that you’ve completed your reflection and gotten back on track. What can we do so the same thing doesn’t happen tomorrow/later during Writing Workshop.’)
 
STEP 5 (Buddy Classroom): If a scholar makes another poor choice after moving to Red, they will be asked to go to another designated classroom. The teacher, a support, or a peer should escort the scholar to the Buddy Classroom with work to complete (teachers can text the Culture Team if assistance is need). Upon entering the classroom the Classroom Teacher will give a brief synopsis of what has happened, for example, ‘Julie is having a hard time remembering to follow directions the first time. Can she sit in your classroom for a few minutes and reflect?’ Buddy Teacher will say, “We have a friend who needs some extra love. Please take a seat away from the community and start your work.” Buddy Teacher will give the scholar 2 minutes alone to calm down. After 5-10 minutes, either the Buddy teacher, a support, or a peer should engage in a Coaching Conversation. The scholar who enters the classroom should sit at the teacher table or another designated “time-out”/separation from group space. Once calm and post-Coaching Conversation, the scholar will be sent back to their homeroom and asked to apologize for the choice that they made as well as name what they will do differently to “turn it around.” The community will affirm the friend coming from Buddy classroom by saying “We love you, we believe in you, and we won’t give up on you!” NOTE: Scholar should quickly earn the opportunity to move up on the clip stick for reflecting and deescalating.
 
STEP 6 (Referral to Culture Team): If a scholar makes another poor choice after integration back into the community, the teacher should ask the scholar to move from the community and wait while an Office Discipline Referral Form (ODR) is completed. The teacher should fully complete the ODR and text the Culture Team. At this point, the scholar will be removed from the classroom to the Time out Room. Depending on the offense, a member of the Culture Team may make a phone call to the parents. If it is the scholar’s first referral, the Culture Team will attempt to reintegrate the child into the classroom, with an apology and talk about what behavior will replace the unacceptable behavior. The teacher will listen to the scholar, thank them for their apology, and affirm that he/she knows the scholar can do better. The parent of a scholar who earns two or more referrals within a few day period will be contacted by a member of the Culture Team and asked to come in for a meeting with the Assistant Principal of Culture to better align home and school behaviors. At this point, a suspension will be considered for future referrals. Multiple referrals in a day may also result in a parent conference or possible suspension, depending on the behaviors involved.
 
Communication with Families:
In the scholar’s homework folder or binder, parents will be able to find a log sheet that includes their child’s afternoon and morning colors, along with anecdotal notes from the teacher about the choices made to warrant that color (examples: Dot had a hard time using safe hands in the morning. Dot was really helpful to friends during Math today!). Parents will receive a same-day phone call from the teacher if their child ends the day on Red. This phone call will not happen during the instructional day.
 

GETTING INVOLVED

 
At KIPP Believe Primary, the Family Engagement Team believes that together we are a powerful voice for children. With a “students come first” approach, we commit to building a bridge between our school team, families and community in order to celebrate and advocate for every KIPP Believe Primary scholar.

Through partnership and strong communication, we collaborate to execute meaningful events, effective fundraising, and enhanced learning experiences to ensure every child has the relationships, resources and community connections they need to prepare them in graduating from college in four years. Please contact Erica Vance, Shine On Teacher and F.E.T. leader for more information regarding engagement opportunities.
 

POLICY ON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

If your child’s birthday is on a school day, s/he is allowed to wear dress-up clothes rather than their uniform if the family so chooses. The birthday child may not wear jeans or T-shirts. In-class celebrations should be coordinated with the teacher directly and may only happen after 3 p.m. so to limit disruption to the instructional day. If you plan to bring treats be sure to bring snacks that are able to be easily distributed (i.e. individual bags of chips, cupcakes, or ice cream cups rather than a sheet cake needing to be cut up). Additionally, please be sure to bring any supplies needed to distribute snacks (i.e. forks, plates, napkins, etc.). Please confirm the number of students in the class so that there are enough snacks so that no child is left out!