Welcome to Thelma Barker Elementary
At Barker, we focus on our students, each other, and our families. We do this by practicing our "P's". That means that our students, teachers, and staff members are punctual, positive, and present. Being punctual means just that! We are on time each day, begin class on time, and arrive on time for meetings. Being positive means that we focus on the positive interactions, events, etc., that occur and that are witnessed each day. One way we do this is by recognizing students who use their PAWS (our school-wide expectations) and with our Kindness Revolution. Staff members are also recognized with daily "Shout-Outs". Practicing being present means that we not only focus on attendance, but we emphasize being engaged in the teaching and the learning process while at school.
At Thelma Barker, Kindness is #1! We have high academic standards for our teachers and students, as well as the expectation for everyone to follow our school rules.
The PAWS expectations:
P - Practice Responsibility
A - Always have a Good Attitude
W - Work Hard
S - Show Respect
By practicing all of our "P's", Thelma Barker has created a school climate and culture that fosters student achievement, promotes teacher growth, creates a culture of care for our students, and celebrates student and teacher successes alike.
School Day Information
Our school day begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:30pm. School doors open for students at 7:55am. Thelma Barker does offer before and after-care. The program meets every full day of school, Monday-Friday. The before-care program allows students to be dropped off anytime between 6:30am-8:00am. The after-care program allows students to be picked up anytime between 3:45pm-5:30pm. For more information on registration and fees, contact Linda Wells at 664-2576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All students are required to adhere to the JMCSS dress code policy. Students are required to wear purple, black, or white polo style shirts with collars and khaki, navy blue, or black bottoms. A black or brown belt is required for all garments with belt loops for all students in grades 1-5. Coats, jackets, or sweaters worn inside the building must be solid COLOR, black, navy blue, or white and must not have a hood. There are no guidelines for coats worn outside the building.
Peanut Free School
In order to provide a safe environment for our students with life-threatening peanut/nut allergies, we are a "Peanut Free/Nut Free" building. Food allergies are a major health concern at our school because students may experience severe allergic reactions caused by food products being brought to school. As a result, we will not allow any homemade goods to be brought to or served at Barker. Since some of our students can suffer from a reaction merely by touching a peanut/nut-containing food, we are putting the following safety guidelines into effect:
- Please do not send any peanuts, peanut butter, or foods containing peanuts or peanut butter to be eaten as snacks in the classroom and cafeteria
- We will not be doing any classroom projects that involve peanut butter (like bird feeders) or peanut shells (art projects). Please do not send any of these projects into the classroom with your child.
- Birthday parties are a special time for children, but can be a difficult time for the food-allergic child. If you would like to send in snacks, please be careful about the ingredients. Please reference the provided list for approved snacks. It would be especially helpful if you could let your child's teacher know a few days ahead of when you would like to celebrate your child's birthday, so that the food-allergic child can provide his/her own safe treat.
- We will try to keep the food at holiday parties to a minimum. As with birthday parties, we must be extremely careful about the ingredients in all of the food items. Please do not enclose any candy or treats with holiday cards.
- If your child ate peanut butter for breakfast, we would greatly appreciate you making sure that his/her hands are washed with soap and water before leaving for school. Water alone does not do the trick!
This is a learning process for all of us, but we trust that you understand how deeply important it is to respect and adhere to these guidelines. If throughout the course of the year you have any questions or concerns about food-allergy-related issues, please do not hesitate to contact the school.