Greeley School Procedures and Practices
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT GREELEY
Practices & Guidelines 2019-2020
If your child will 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 AM and after 3:30 PM. You may also email Mrs. Jenner at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time. Without this notification, someone from the school must call your home to find out why your child is absent.
Please let your child’s teacher and Mrs. Jenner know if your child will be dismissed early for an appointment during the school day. It is typical that you meet your child in the office. You must come into the building to pick your child up.
You should also notify the school if your child is going to be late or is not going to return to school after lunch. If your child will be absent from school for an extended period, such as a vacation, please let the office know ahead of time.
Safe Routes to Greeley School
In collaboration with the Village of Winnekta, suggested primary routes for Greeley students walking or biking to Greeley School were developed. Click here to view.
Children in Grades K-2 may ride bicycles and all other “wheels” to and from school with adult supervision. Children in Grades 3 and 4 may ride to school unsupervised. Please provide locks and helmets. Bikes must be walked on school grounds. Roller blades and razors must be carried on school grounds and should be neatly stored in cubbies during school hours. All bicycles should be registered with the Winnetka Police Department.
Bus service is provided on a fee basis and is offered via multiple buses. Parents should note that the children are not usually supervised, except by the driver. Students are dropped off and picked up on the Hawthorn side of the school.
Guests may ride the bus with regular bus riders if both children provide a note dated and signed by a parent. Mrs. Jenner will issue a bus pass to the guest rider. Regular riders who are taking a different bus or getting off at a different stop on their usual bus, also require notes and a bus pass. Guest riders who are not regular bus riders, are allowed 5 rides at no cost. After 5 rides, they will be charged a fee by the District.
Carpools and Drop-Off/Pick-Up
Drop-Off and pick-up of students is permitted only in the 5-car cut out in front of Greeley on Fairview Ave. The staff parking lot should NEVER be used for drop-off or pick-up. Please pull into the cut-out, and stop your vehicle as far forward as possible. Students should exit on the passenger side only. Fairview is one-way north during school hours. There is absolutely no parking on Fairview in front of the school.
Temporary parking permits may be obtained in the main office. These should be placed in your car on the driver’s side dashboard while you are in the building. A self-adhesive Greeley parking decal can be purchased for $1 in the main office. This decal should be affixed to the rear windshield of your car. These temporary parking permits are for the streets immediately around the school building as indicated by the street signs. Permits allow you to park in “permit parking” areas only. These permits DO NOT allow you to park in “no parking” areas. You must observe the local signs.
Please do not allow children to shortcut through the parking lot to the playground. Please do not block residential driveways or Greeley’s parking lot entrance and exit.
Drop-off for kindergarten students is in the cut-out on Fairview. Parents may drop off their children and let them walk into the building by themselves. Both 2:10 and 3:15 pick up is also at the cut-out in front.
Students may NOT use cell phones at school. Student cell phones must be turned off and kept in backpacks during school hours. Students may use their cell phones after school hours outside of the school building.
Parent/Teacher conferences are typically scheduled two times per year in the fall and spring. Additional conferences may be requested at any time.
Department of Student Services
Special education services are available through the Winnetka Public Schools Department of Student Services. If it appears that a child needs assistance through the Department of Student Services, parents will be contacted. Students may be referred by parents or teachers for the following services:
- Speech/Language Remediation: There is a full-time and part- time speech and language clinician at Greeley.
- Social Worker: There is a full-time social worker who works with individuals and small groups or entire classes.
- Psychologist: There is a full-time psychologist at Greeley.
- Occupational and Physical Therapy and Adaptive Physical Education services are available to students as needed.
- School Nurses: Greeley’s Health Office is staffed by two registered nurses, one two days per week, one three days per week. The nurses will conduct vision and hearing screenings for each child annually.
Please provide labeled extra indoor KW shoes and socks for your child. Also, please mark all sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, etc., with your child’s name. It is suggested that all children, especially those in the primary grades, keep an extra set of season-appropriate clothing at school.
Field Day is an event for Grades K-4 during which students are assigned to one of three teams. Each child participates in events across the playground with the students in his or her grade.
The Greeley PTO sponsors numerous events throughout the school year. Fund-raisers include Marla’s Brown Bag lunch sales, Greeley magnets, Boxtops, Grand Food receipts, Amazon Smile, a one-time $100.00 donation per family in the beginning of the school year and various events throughout the year. Revenue from these events help fund enrichment programs for our children. Greeley family events, parent/teacher events, and other worthwhile activities. A complete list of Greeley PTO events and PTO board members can be located on the PTO website. Positions are filled via Sign Up Genius each spring. Please contact this year’s PTO President for more information.
Before 8:15 No Supervision
8:25 AM-8:37 AM Doors Open Grades 1 – 4
8:37 AM School Begins (Monday – Friday)
11:10 AM – 12:12 PM Lunch (Monday)
11:25 AM – 12:27 PM Lunch (Tuesday – Friday)
2:45PM School Ends (Monday)
3:15 PM School Ends (Tuesday – Friday)
8:45 AM School Begins (Monday – Friday)
11:10 AM – 12:12 PM Lunch and Half Day Dismissal (Monday)
11:25 AM – 12:27 PM Lunch and Half Day Dismissal (Tues-Fri)
2:10 PM Extended Day Dismissal
3:15 PM Extended Play Dismissal
Your child is late to school if he/she arrives any time after 8:37 AM (Grades 1-4) or 8:45 AM (Kinders) in the morning or 12:27 PM (12:10 PM on Mondays) in the afternoon. Children who are late must check in with Mrs. Jenner as they enter the building.
Please do not send children to school before 8:15 a.m. as there is no supervision before then. Children wait outside for our doors to open at 8:25 AM. In case of rain, children will wait in the multi-purpose room from 8:15 – 8:25 AM.
We encourage parents to schedule appointments during non--‐school hours; however, we understand that sometimes it is necessary to take children out of school before the end of the school day. Parents MUST come in to sign their children out of school. Children will not be dismissed on their own. Please let your child’s teacher and Mrs. Jenner know in advance of early dismissals.
Registration for children entering kindergarten the following school year takes place on the first Friday in December. Watch for details on the Greeley and District website.
Kinetic Wellness Excuses
In order for your child to be excused from Kinetic Wellness (K.W.), a note from home or doctor is requested. It is preferable to excuse a child from an aspect of K.W. (running, for instance) rather than from K.W. altogether. There should be few times when this is necessary.
Lost and Found
The Lost and Found box is located by the playground doors on the first floor. The PTO displays items in the front hall periodically throughout the school year. Items that have names in them are returned to students. (Please put names in all items that your child can remove!) All non--‐retrieved items will be donated to a local charity.
Parents may sign their children up on Infosnap for lunch one or more days per week. Parents may also sign their children up to receive milk or juice. There is no fee to stay for lunch but there is a fee to purchase milk or juice. Children bring lunch from home. Parents have the option of purchasing daily lunches, in advance, through Marla’s Brown Bag. More information about Marla’s Lunches can be found on our PTO web site. While most students stay most days, your child may also go home for lunch on a regular or occasional basis. Please let his/her teacher know if your child will be going home on a day that he/she usually has lunch at school.
Please note that the lunch program does not provide a refrigerator or microwave. Children should bring all utensils their lunch requires.
For children with food allergies, we are able to set up an “allergen-free” table. Please speak with our nurse to arrange this.
Due to food allergies and dietary restrictions, please be aware that Marla’s Brown Bag cannot provide lunches to children who forget their lunch or are not on the pre-order list. If a student forgets his/her lunch, we will first call home in an attempt to have a lunch brought to school. We have a limited supply of food for students who do not have lunch.
Medication in School
It may occasionally be necessary for your child to receive medication during school hours. Although we do not encourage this, the following procedure has
been adopted in order for the schools to comply with your requests and those of your physician. We are grateful for your cooperation. The school must have both a written order from your physician stating dose, time, interval, side effects, and duration of treatment (forms are available in the nurse’s office and most physician’s offices) and a signed permission form from the parent/guardian, which is available in the Nurses’s Office.
Medications must be brought to school in the original container for both prescription medications and over the counter medications. Please do not send medications to school in baggies, lunch boxes, or envelopes from home. Children must never carry medications in backpacks to and from school. The school nurse or administrator will dispense medications during school hours. Call the school nurse (847-446-2638) for any questions about medication use during school hours.
A note or email is required whenever a child is to leave school other than at the usual time of dismissal. Children will be dismissed when a parent or guardian comes into the main office to pick up the student. They are not allowed to walk home at any time other than 11:10 AM on Mondays, 11:25 AM Tuesdays through Fridays, 2:45 PM on Mondays and 3:15 PM on Tuesdays through Fridays.
Please let both your child’s teacher and Mrs. Jenner know of an early dismissal. Teachers often do not have time to check their email during the school day. Please let the office know when a timely message must be delivered.
The Greeley School Nurse is in the Health Office daily from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Feel free to call with any concerns. Please call the nurse any time your child has a contagious disease, whether it occurs on the weekend, during vacation or on a school day. Diseases to be reported include strep throat, scarlet fever, chicken pox, whooping cough, or other serious, contagious illnesses. Children must stay at home 24 hours after vomiting or having a fever of 100° or more.
Greeley’s office is open on school days from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The telephone number is 847-446- 6060. Due to the nature of our busy days, we request that parents NOT call with messages for their children, except in true emergencies. Please, no play date calls.
Dogs are not allowed on school property during school hours (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and during the hours of school events. Dogs are not allowed in the school building at any time. Other pets may visit school on a limited basis with permission from the staff.
Parents can sign up their three-and four-year olds to receive an extensive developmental assessment, including a hearing and vision test. There is no charge for this assessment, which is performed by members of the School District’s Department of Student Services. Registration and screening dates will be published on the district website.
The Greeley Resource Center is located on the upper level, room 201. Our library includes over 14,000 volumes and a variety of multimedia learning materials. The children use computers, multimedia materials, math lab equipment, and our Maker Space both with their classes and on an individual basis.
Room parents are assigned by the PTO President. Their duties include coordinating Go-to-School-Night events, notifying parents of emergency closings, and providing miscellaneous assistance as requested by the teacher (field trips, chaperones, holiday parties, and projects).
You will receive an automated phone call from the District Office for announcements of closings, transportation interruptions, equipment breakdown, etc. Emergency notifications will be posted on the District website winnetka36.org.
School Picture Day
Individual and class pictures will be taken in the fall. Your child will bring home an order form in advance of Picture Day. The form must be returned with payment prior to Picture Day. No student is required to purchase pictures. If extra packages are desired, you may pick up an order form in the office.
The “sings” are musical presentations by kinder through fourth grade students under the direction of the music teacher. Dates for these events can be found in the school calendar.
As mandated by our Board of Education, all visitors entering the school are to sign in at the front door registry and wear a visitor’s badge. This is true for EVERYONE who enters the building and goes beyond the front lobby. Additionally, as part of establishing a safe school environment, and by recommendation of the Winnetka Police Department, all adults will wear lanyards when in the building. This will allow all adults to be easily recognized as an approved visitor (red), teacher (green) or substitute (blue). Lanyards should be dropped off at the front desk as you leave the building.
No weapons or their facsimiles are allowed on school property or on the buses at any time, even as part of costumes.
Snowy Weather/Recess Policy
In order to go outside on snowy days, ALL children must have hats, mittens or gloves, and boots. All students must also wear snow pants to play in the snow.
Parents are welcome to visit at all times. As a courtesy to your child’s teacher, and to avoid multiple visitors, please check with the teacher prior to the day you would like to visit. All visitors are required to report to the office first. Visitors other than relatives of currently enrolled Greeley students should make an appointment through the school office.
Activities Affiliated with Greeley School
Sports After School
This is an after school sports program offered to 3rd and 4th grade boys and girls. This is an optional, one-day-a-week, fee-based program coordinated by Greeley’s K.W. instructor. Third graders have Sports After School on Tuesdays and fourth graders have it on Wednesdays. The hours are from 3:15 – 4:00 PM, and parents are responsible for transportation home. For information, please contact Julie Holmbeck at email@example.com.
On Deck Before and After School Program
Greeley participates in the Winnetka Before and After School Program. This is a fee-based, not-for-profit program, housed at Skokie School emphasizing recreation activities and a chance to relax and complete homework. Hours are 7:00 - 8:25 AM and 3:15 – 6:15 PM every full day school is in session. Monday afternoon hours are 2:45 – 6:15 PM. On Deck is not offered on half days and no school days. Advanced registration is required for regular attendees and drop-ins. Call the District Office for more information about the On Deck program and bus service(847-446-9400).
Chess Ed offers classes specifically designed for all levels of chess ability. Chess Ed meets on Monday afternoons in Greeley’s multi-purpose room. Each week there is instruction and time to play with classmates. Parents are responsible for transportation home.
Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts
These groups are active at Greeley. There are generally monthly meetings that involve the children in a wide variety of activities.
The Strings Program is sponsored by the District. Violin, Viola and Cello are offered during school hours to students in grades 1 through 4. In addition, students come together on Friday mornings at 7:50 AM to play together in the auditorium. Students also participate in the District Wide Strings Concert in the spring. For more information, please call Terry Parisoli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are father/daughter programs for girls in 1st through 4th grade and sponsored by the North Suburban YMCA of Northbrook. At Greeley, each grade has its own circle that holds low-key monthly or bi-monthly meetings.
Greeley fourth graders may participate in Chorus. Chorus meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 AM with Music Director, Ms. Ferneding. Students sing at the Winter and Spring Sings, the District Wide chorus concert and may perform at other special events throughout the year.
Bricks 4 Kids
This activity provides students the opportunity to build using Lego bricks, gears and motors. The programs are built around proprietary model kits, plans and STEM Curriculum. Classes are interactive and hands-on, for kinders through 4th graders. Bricks 4 Kids meet on Wednesday afternoons. Parents provide transportation home.
At times various other activities/clubs/classes may be added before or after school.