Arrival & Dismissal

First Day of School Procedures:

Arrival and Dismissal for Kindergarten
Arrival for Kindergarten
Teachers will meet Kindergarten students at their class line spots in the yard.
On the first day only – Teachers will meet Kindergarten students at their class line spots in the yard at 8:55 a.m for DAY ONE arrival only.
Kindergarten teachers will bring their classes inside at 9:00 am. We encourage you to come a few minutes before that to find your class line spot and be ready. Parents may go into the classroom with their children for a short time on the first day.  (Please be aware the 1st and 2nd grade classes will be lining up in the yard at 8:30 am – please allow them enough space to meet and walk.)
After the first day of school, beginning on Friday, arrival for Kindergarten students will be at 8:30am in the schoolyard.
Dismissal for Kindergarten
The first day of school will be shortened for Kindergarten students. On Thursday Kindergarten students eat lunch at 11:00 am and will be dismissed at 1:20pm to meet you at their line spots in the yard. Please be on time to pick up your child so there is a friendly face waiting to take him/her home. We ask that you leave the park as soon as you pick up your child as school is still in session for all other grades. Dismissal on all days thereafter will be in the schoolyard at 2:50 pm.
Arrival and Dismissal for Grades 1 & 2
Teachers will meet first and second grade students at 8:30 am at their class line spots in the yard.
Grade 1
Nancy Deakin                       #7
C.Steiner/L.McRae               #8
JoAnn Jimenez                     #9
J.McSorley                           #10
Melissa Fields                      #11
Carina Mirchandani             #12
Grade 2
Peter Rockwitz                    #13
Amanda Rabain                   #14
Kaitrin Sheer                       #15
Colette Hall                         #16
Bethany Trench                   #17
Nariman Elsayad                #18
Dismissal is at 2:50 pm.  Parents and caregivers pickup students at the line spot in the schoolyard.
Arrival and Dismissal for Grade 3
On the first day of school only – Students will proceed to the gym to meet their teachers.  Please enter from the schoolyard.  
After the first day of school, third grade students will go directly to their classrooms when the first siren rings at 8:28.
Please note that parents will not be able to come inside with their children.  When the siren sounds at 8:28 am, only students will enter the building. 
Dismissal is at 2:50 pm.  Parents and caregivers pickup students at the line spot in the schoolyard.
Rachel Baer         #19
Chris Miller         #20
Zoe Plantevin      #21
Lauren Becker     #22
Rebecca Lapide   #23
Arrival and Dismissal for Grades 4 and 5
Students will proceed to their classes when the first siren rings at 8:28.  This procedure is the same for the entire school year. 
Please note that parents of upper grade students will not be able to come inside with their children.  If your child is new to 199 please kindly wait by the ramp in the school playground at 8:28.  Arrangements will be made to help your child to his/her classroom.  
Dismissal is at 2:50 pm.  Students will wait in the cafeteria for their parents/caregivers to meet them.  Adults will enter the school using the front doors and leave through the exit to the driveway.  Students who have younger siblings will go to the line spots in the yard where their brother/sister is picked up. (Please let your child knows who their siblings’ teacher is and their line spots.)

General School Procedures for Arrival & Dismissal

We ask that you adhere to the following arrival procedures to maintain an orderly and safe environment for our wonderful kids.

Outdoor Arrival will use a 2-bell system.

  • The first blast of the siren at 8:28 AM will be the lineup bell. It is the signal for the upper grade students to walk down the ramp to enter school and for the parents to help their children in grades K, 1 and 2 to line up at their line spots.
  • The second blast of the siren will follow shortly the first, at 8:30 AM, when the teachers are in the yard, and it is the good-bye bell. Parents must say good-bye to the students and leave the yard when the second siren sounds (or earlier if you can). The teachers will not leave their line spots until all the adults have departed so please don’t cause us to lose time in the morning by hanging around. Adults are free to continue their conversations on the sidewalk.
  • If a family arrives after the second siren at 8:30 AM (the “good-bye” bell), the student may enter the large yard but the adult may not. We expect the students arriving at the last minute to be able to get into their lines; however, if you have a small child who isn’t confident enough to go into the yard without you, we have two solutions. The first option is to skip the yard and use the front door after 8:30 AM. The second, and preferred, solution is for you to arrive before 8:30 AM!

The goal is to make the start of the day pleasant for everyone. Most schools have much more restrictive policies in place and we are trying to avoid going that route. I ask you to consider the difficulty of our task: moving over 400 students toward one destination while perhaps 200 adults are moving in another direction. This is the best plan we could devise that will meet the needs of everyone, or at least most of the needs of almost everyone.

We are depending on your cooperation to make this a success. Some fifth graders will be deputized to be a Safety Patrol; their role will be to help students get on their lines and to tell parents that it is time to leave. Your compliance will be greatly appreciated by everyone.

Dismissal takes place at 2:50 PM. The gates to the yard open at 2:50 for parents/caregivers to enter. Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students may not leave the yard until an authorized adult arrives for pick-up. If no adult arrives by 3:10, students are brought to the main office to wait. 4th and 5th grade students may be dismissed by themselves if a parent has given written consent to do so.

Rainy Day Arrival Plans

When it rains in the morning (or the schoolyard is covered in snow/ice) and children cannot use the yard for line-up, the following will take place at 8:30:

Kindergartners – meet in the cafeteria (at their tables)

  • 1st & 2nd graders – meet in the auditorium
  • 3rd, 4th & 5th graders – go directly to classroom

We need to ask that parents drop off their children at the front door and not come into the building – this is to help create a less crowded arrival time for the children.

Rainy Day Dismissal Plans

We dismiss students in the usual way – even if it is raining! However, in cases of extreme weather, parents will be allowed to meet their children in the school:

  • Kindergarten – pickup child from their classroom
  • 1st and 2nd grades – go to auditorium
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grades – go to cafeteria

NOTE: Older siblings will be directed to meet his/her younger sibling at their designated area – classroom, auditorium or cafeteria.

Please EXIT THROUGH CAFTERIA to avoid traffic jams at the front entrance