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Survival Guide

SOUTH SCHOOL SURVIVAL

*Navigating Your First Year*


Welcome! Veteran parents put together a few items that can get overlooked in the shuffle of information that we believe will help you immensely.


DROP OFF: You may park along the street to walk your child in, or go through the drop off lane. The drop off lane is LANE 1 and you will see parent volunteers waiting to open your door and help your child out of the car. Please say your goodbyes before you get to the greeter, have your childs items ready and accessible, and do not allow your child out of the car without a greeter-even if they are running late (unless you are so late the greeters have left). *When entering the school parking/drop off area, please take turns letting those turning left and those turning right. In this case, kindness has the right of way-not right hand turns.


PARKING/PICK-UP: Easily one of the most anxiety creating aspects at South! :) If you have no older kids at school, the two most important things to remember is to STAY IN LANE 1 and DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR. Do not block the crosswalk by the door OR when you turn into the lot. Do not park in a parking space unless you would like to be trapped there until 3:30. If you park on the street, it is ok to be slightly in the street, but please do not cross into the yellow lines of the walking crosswalk along the street side of school.


*Kinder Pickup-You may park anywhere along LANE 1 or an available spot to walk in and get your child from his/her classroom. There will be no staff assisting and you must pick your child up at his/her classroom. You must leave the school yard without delay because playing or socializing is very disruptive to the continuing classes.


ACTIVITY CENTERS: Kinder offers a special opportunity to have volunteers in the classroom every day. Starting in late Sept or October, the room parent will send out a sign in sheet through Konstella with opportunity slots to volunteer. It is very special to most children and parents alike.


AFTER SCHOOL REC PROGRAMS: Hillsborough Recreation has a wide selection of after school programs offered for your child. It will, however, be your responsibility to show your child where to go after school because they will not be escorted to those programs by a staff member.


AiA/ART IN ACTION: This is a parent run art program that comes into the classroom once a month and teaches a lesson on a famous piece of art. The kids then create a piece of art loosely based on the concepts the children just learned. The program needs volunteers to teach and also to assist the kids creating.


ARIEL: Daytime Custodian. He calls you maam, but he knows where your childs missing lunch box is and can retrieve lost items from the creek.


ELIZABETH VEAL: South School Principal.


FITNESS FRIDAYS: Parent volunteers stage themselves around the perimeter of the school to monitor and encourage the kids as they run laps. One lap=one popsicle stick. Four popsicle sticks=one colored foot. The kids are given a chain necklace at the beginning of the year to hang their earned feet. This occurs at lunch recess on those Fridays that weather permits. Volunteers are appreciated.


HOT LUNCH: Hot lunch may be purchased online for your child through Choice Lunch. The program is run entirely by parent volunteers. Every lunch you work gets your child a free lunch. It is a great chance to interact with your child and see them with their classmates.


HSF: The Hillsborough Schools Foundation is a charitable foundation that enables tax-deductible gifts to the district through its Annual Giving Campaign, Signature Events, and Business Partners. HSF contributes 13% of the HCSD budget and helps close the gap between shrinking government funding and the high quality education we expect for our children. Pledge Day is a day we ask you to pledge the ACE (actual cost to educate) each child you have at South. Money is due by Spring, but the earlier you pledge/pay, the easier it is for the committee to do their job.


HTV (Hillsborough TV): Our in-house video making magic! Parent volunteers film the kids throughout the year for the duration of their time at South. At the 5th grade promotion ceremony, families are given a DVD of their childs entire time at South.


ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Celebrate the start of school at this annual South School family tradition with old fashioned games and ice cream.


KONSTELLA: An online resource South uses as the one stop place for all volunteer sign-ups, event organization and parent/classroom communication.


LATE TO DROP OFF OR EARLY RELEASE: The school gates will be locked during school hours with access only through the office. If your child arrives after the doors have locked you (or they) must sign in into a book located near Ms. Grossdesk. The same is true if you are signing your child out early from school; sign them out and then go to their classroom to retrieve your child.


LOST AND FOUND: You wouldnt believe how many items never get noticed missing until youve seen our lost and found locker. New items are generally placed on the benches at the base of the library ramp. Every week or so, they get moved to the wardrobe rack which can be found by the side door of the library (or in the soon to be constructed shed outside TLC). After two months, those items will be donated.


MPR: Multi-Purpose Room. This is the building towards the creek where we do most of our gathering. Students eat lunch there, we hold assemblies there, some parent meetings are there, basically its where we gather as a school for most all activities.


MR. CARPENTER: School Counselor/Psychologist. On hand to help your kids work through any stickysocial situations. Meet him at Coffee with Carpenter.


MS. GROSS: South Schools Administrative Assistant


MULTICULTURAL DAY: Multicultural Day is a chance for our students to learn more about world cultures. The MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) is transformed into booths that represent different countries from around the world. The students visit the country, stamping their passport books, learning facts and sampling traditional cuisine. This is a parent run event.


READING CHALLENGE: Mrs. James (our librarian) puts together an amazing selection of books for the kids to read throughout the year. She selects quotes from each book that you and your child note on a sheet. If your child finishes all the books during the year, your child will receive a student designed Reading Challenge T-Shirt and be invited to a pizza, movie and ice cream party at night in the library.



SOUTH PARENT GROUP (SPG): The South Parent Group. Each family is encouraged to be a member of the South Parent Group.  Parent Group dues pay for the All School Directory, South School Yearbook, Art in Action materials, classroom parties, teacher gifts, lab equipment, and playground supplies.  Kindergarten dues include $10 for emergency supplies.  5th Grade dues include the promotion ceremony and party, class gift, and class party.  We do not hold fundraising events. The South Parent Group is led by a parent executive board.


TIGERS: Our South School Mascot.


VOLUNTEERING: If you are volunteering at the school, please make sure you enter through the office, sign yourself in on the ledger which is on the podium style portion of the desk by Ms. Gross and wear a visitors badge.