School Practices & Guidelines
Greeley School Practices & Guidelines
If your child is to be absent from school for any reason, please call the school nurse (446-2638) or the school office (446-6060) as early as possible. There is an answering machine on the nurse's phone to take messages before 8:30 a.m. and after 3:30 p.m. Without this notification, someone from the school must call your home to find out why your child is absent. You should also notify the school if your child is not to return to school in the afternoon. Absentees should bring a note to their teachers when they return to school.
Children in grades 3 and 4 only may ride bikes to school. Please provide locks and helmets. Riders are required to walk bicycles on school grounds. All bicycles should be registered with the Winnetka Police Department. On Bicycle Safety Day children in grades 3 and 4 may bring their bicycles to school, learn hand signals and travel through a bicycle course.
This fundraising activity sponsored by the Greeley PTO will be held in November. Award winning and other recommended books, grouped by age and category, are on display and available for purchase. Children visit the fair with their classes during the school day to prepare their "wish lists" and to make purchases. Parents can return with their children after school or in the evening to purchase books.
Bus service is provided on a fee basis and is offered via two bus routes. Parents should note that the children are usually not supervised (except by the driver) while they are on the bus. Guests may ride the bus with regular bus riders if they both provide a note dated and signed by a parent. This note must be taken to the office in order to receive a bus pass. Regular riders need a dated/signed note for visits requiring a different bus or bus stop.
Carpools and Autos
Please drop off and pick up children at either the Elder Lane entrance or at the corner of Fairview and Hawthorn. During school hours, Elder Lane is one-way going west and Hawthorn is one-way going east, Fairview is one-way going north. Do not park on Fairview on school days and do not allow children to shortcut through the parking lot to the playground. Parking passes may be obtained from the office for parking on the street in "Permit Parking Only" spaces.
Parent/Teacher conferences are typically scheduled three times per year, in the Fall, Winter and Spring. Spring conferences are optional for grades 2, 3 and 4. Kindergarten conferences are held twice a year on different dates than those of the other grades.
Please help the office keep records up to date by calling the main office if you have a change in phone number or address. Please update your emergency forms with babysitter information. It is crucial that babysitters' names be included on the emergency contact forms in the Red Binder in the office. Even if we know your sitter by sight, we must have written parental permission to release your child to the sitter in the middle of the school day. Thank you for your support in this matter.
Greeley's Directory is published each fall by the Greeley PTO. It includes school policies, events during the school year and important information in addition to class lists. Directory copies are for sale in the school office year-round through the school secretary.
Emergency School Closing:
Inclement weather or other unanticipated emergencies may result in school being cancelled. The determination to close school will be based upon available information collected from local law enforcement agencies, weather forecast services, and neighboring school district administrators. If this happens, every effort will be made to finalize the decision by 6 A.M. If one or more of our schools closes, the District will communicate with parents and staff as soon as possible in the following ways:
School closing and schedule change information will be posted on our district website www.winnetka36.org, and on each school's home page.
Parents and staff who have shared their phone contact information will be contacted through our automated phone messaging system as soon as the decision to close is made. If a parent does not receive a school-closing call, it is because the phone number is not listed properly. Parents should contact the school secretary at their child's school on the next school day to update their contact information.
Parents and staff who have shared their email contact information will be also be contacted via an email alert.
We will communicate our closing information to local broadcast media, including all local television and radio news stations. Information will also be shared with www.emergencyclosings.com.
Please provide labeled extra indoor KW shoes and socks for your child during the winter months. Also, mark all sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, etc. with your child's name.
Field Day, held in the last weeks of school, is an event for grades 1-4 in which students are assigned to one of three teams (red, white, or blue). Each child participates in events across the playground with the students in his or her grade.
To participate in field trips, the law requires that each child must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.
Please send your children's lunches with them in the morning. If you must deliver lunches after the school day has begun, leave the lunch in the "Forgotten Lunches" box on the bench in the front hall. The children know to look there for their lunch.
Go-To-School Night in the fall provides parents an opportunity to meet other parents, listen to a presentation by the teacher and be updated on school/PTO activities. Attendance is strongly recommended.
Greeley PTO E-blast
The Greeley PTO E-blast is a regular communication between Greeley and parents. It is distributed electronically to each family. Be sure to read the PTO E-blast regularly, as it is a source of useful information. You may submit items that you feel will be of interest to other parents. Please put any submission in the PTO mailbox in the school office, and provide your name and phone number in case of questions. Commercial or political items will not be printed.
Annual dues are requested per family. Meetings are held as indicated in the Greeley PTO E-blast. Please see the PTO link on the Greeley website.
Greeley's Ghost Walk will begin promptly after lunch on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Parents are invited to observe the festivities on the playground. Students may put on their costumes during the lunch hour. Those who stay for lunch will have a specific time during which to change into costume. They should bring bags to carry extra clothing home. Students who go home for lunch may change at home and come back to school in costume. Safety is our primary concern. In case of rain, the children will parade through the schoolhouse, and do their Ghost Dance in the gym. Costumes must follow these guidelines:
- Masks may not obscure vision.
- Weapons and "look-alikes" of any kind are forbidden. This prohibition includes toy guns, rubber knives, clubs and bludgeons.
- Costumes should allow the child to walk safely and sit comfortably throughout the afternoon.
- Costumes should not be gory.
Our focus, as always, is to maintain an atmosphere conducive to high-quality education in a comfortable environment, and to that end we make every effort to keep outbreaks of head lice to a minimum. Please talk to your children to encourage them not to share headwear.
Parents with children entering Sr. Kindergarten the following school year register their children in December. More details are provided in the Greeley PTO E-blast during the weeks preceding Registration Day.
Kinetic Wellness (KW) Excuses
To be excused from KW, a note from home or a doctor is requested. There should be few times when this is necessary.
Lost and Found
The lost and found box is located in the hallway leading to the playground on the east side of the building.
Parents may sign up their children to have lunch at school on one or more days per week. The fee for the lunch program is $3.00/day for supervision only; $3.55 per day for supervision and milk; and $3.75 for supervision and orange juice. Ten-lunch cards may be purchased at the front desk. For any deviations or additions to the scheduled days, parents must send a note to school, detailing the change. Children should give their notes to their classroom teachers. Children may stay for lunch on an occasional basis. Lunch money should be included with the lunch note. Children who participate in the lunch program are offered a variety of activities.
Please make every attempt to schedule appointments during non-school hours. If a student needs to leave during the school day, a parent or guardian must enter the school to sign the child out at the front desk.
Please have the day's plans set and clearly communicated to your children before they leave for school each day. Any after-school plans should be arranged in the morning before your children leave for school. We can put you through to a teacher's voicemail, and/or put a note in a teacher's mailbox, but we do not interrupt class to deliver messages except in emergencies.
A note is required whenever a child is to leave school other than the usual time of dismissal. Please also send a note regarding any play date arrangements (we require notes from the parent of the host and from the parent of the guest).
Greeley's office is open on school days from 8 AM to 4 PM. Telephone: 847-446-6060
Dogs are not allowed on school property. This is a district-wide policy.
Playground supervision begins at 8:20 AM and at 12:15 PM. Your child should not be on the playground before these hours.
Children can't say, "You can't play." During winter, there is no throwing snowballs anywhere on school grounds at any time. The playground will be divided into two zones: One zone for playing games and a separate area for snow sculpture and snow forts. No one child is "in charge" of snow forts - everyone is welcome to help build. Children may add on to someone else's snow sculpture or fort, but they may not harm or destroy it. Children may not take snow from someone else's sculpture or fort in order to add snow to your own structure. There should be no "passwords" or fighting.
Parents can sign up their 3- and 4-year olds to receive an extensive developmental assessment, including a hearing and vision test. There is not charge for this assessment, which is performed by members of the School District's Department of Pupil Services.
The Greeley Resource Center has a library with over 16,500 volumes and a variety of multimedia learning materials. The children use computers and multimedia materials with their classes and on an individual basis.
Two room parents per class are chosen by the PTO Vice Chair of Communication. Their duties include coordination of Go-To-School Night events, notification to parents of emergency school closings, being a welcome person for new Greeley parents and miscellaneous assistance as requested by the teacher (field trip staffing, holiday treats, etc.).
School Picture Day
Your child will bring home an order form in advance of Picture Day which must be returned with payment prior to pictures being taken.
The "sings" are musical presentations by grades 1-4 students under the direction of Ms. Ferneding, the music teacher. The Winter Sing is in typically December. The Spring Sing for grades 1-2 and grades 3-4 is in April or May.
Because we can't be sure that everyone in the building recognizes every visitor who comes into Greeley, please stop in the front lobby and take a moment to sign in and put on a visitor's badge. Staff and students know that the visitor's badge means that you have signed in at the front desk. Please understand that this small task helps ensure the security of everyone in the building.
Snowy Weather/Recess Policy
To go outside on snowy days, all children must have hats, mittens or gloves and boots. Snow pants are highly recommended.
Bus service is offered on a fee basis to Greeley students.