FENTON AVENUE CHARTER SCHOOL
August 13, 2018
“Welcome Back” to our returning students and parents, and a warm welcome to all our new families. As the 2018-2019 school year begins, we look forward to making you a part of the learning process as we create more educational opportunities for our students. We are excited to have you meet our teachers and want you to know that we are always available to answer your questions. Mrs. Sumida will continue to serve as the Executive Director working on fiscal management, long range planning and future projects. Mrs. Sumida will also continue to oversee the growth of the Fenton Charter Public Schools. Her office is located in the Fenton Charter Public Schools office in Sun Valley. David Riddick has begun his position as Chief Academic Officer, and his office is also located in the Fenton Charter Public Schools office. Judy Werner will continue to serve as the Special Education Coordinator for the Fenton schools, but will be on campus weekly.
Our Fenton Avenue Charter School administrative leadership team is proud and committed to serving your children. We look forward to a great year with your family.
Mrs. Leticia Padilla Parra Ms. Barbara Aragón Mr. Jessi Tello
Director Assistant Director Administrative Coordinator
We would also like to welcome the following new staff members. We welcome them and know your children will have a great year.
New Fenton Staff:
Miss Breanne Francois, 3rd Grade
Mrs. Elizabeth Gomez, Education Specialist
Mrs. Valarie Tyler-Mims, Education Specialist
To ensure a smooth transition, please note the following information, school programs and policies:
Breakfast (Grades 3-5 Only):
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
TK Breakfast: All TK students will have “Breakfast in the Classroom” daily.
You will receive more information about our TK breakfast program at the orientation.
Instructional Day (M-F):
Transitional Kindergarten (TK): 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Monday- Friday).
The front gate opens at 7:00 a.m. If TK students arrive before 8:00 a.m., they will be supervised
in the auditorium until 8:00 a.m.
Grades 3, 4 & 5: 8:00 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
The front gate opens at 7:00 a.m.
After-school Playground (Grades 3-5 Only): 2:35 – 5:30 p.m.
We have designated specific dismissal gates for each grade-level. Please review the attached map carefully to locate the gate for your child’s grade level and/or room. If you have more than one student, plan on picking up the youngest child first, and then continuing to the next child’s gate. If this is inconvenient, ask your children to meet on the After-school Playground (under the lunch pavilion) and wait until the traffic has cleared to pick them up together.
ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 3-5 WHO ARE NOT PICKED UP AT DISMISSAL TIME WILL BE SENT TO THE AFTER-SCHOOL PLAYGROUND. ALL STUDENTS IN TK WILL BE AT THE GATE WITH THEIR TEACHER UNTIL PICKED UP. PLEASE DO NOT ASK YOUR CHILD TO REMAIN AT THE GATE OR OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL UNTIL YOU ARRIVE. DO NOT ASK YOUR CHILDREN TO USE A GATE OTHER THAN THE ONE DESIGNATED FOR THEIR GRADE LEVEL.
The campus will remain a CLOSED CAMPUS throughout the day, including before and after regular school hours. Students must adhere to the Student Responsibility Code in order to continue participation in the After-school Playground.
AFTER-SCHOOL PLAYGROUND (Grades 3-5 ONLY): Students in grades 3-5 may stay after school and play on the after-school playground. Children are supervised under the lunch pavilion, and later on the yard from dismissal-5:30 and are offered a supper after school. Students must adhere to the Student Responsibility Code in order to continue participation in the after-school playground. Children must follow the direction of the playground supervisor(s). We ask for your understanding in this matter. If your child does not follow these guidelines, your child will be restricted from the after-school playground and will need to be picked up directly after school is dismissed. Please be on time to pick your children up. At times, children are left beyond the supervision times. We appreciate your help! The Fenton after-school playground follows LAUSD rules and is available for students in Grades 3-5 only as this is a permissive program. The day-to-day after-school playground is provided at no charge to participants and is a "permissive" recreation program where participants arrive and leave at their own discretion and of their own volition. It is provided for those students capable of independent supervision to, from, and at the playground site.
TRAFFIC & PARKING:
To assist us with the traffic around the school, we request that everyone follow a clockwise legal pattern around the school - this means NO DOUBLE PARKING. This would keep children from crossing in the middle of the street and create a safer situation overall. Please be patient --- honking the car horn from the moment you approach the school is not helpful. Expecting your child to run out to your car, no matter where it is, is unsafe and illegal. Planning ahead, coming early to find a parking space, and knowing your child’s dismissal gate makes for a smoother drop-off and pick-up. We also request that you respect our neighbors – they have been extremely supportive of the school historically and we count on our parents to help us keep their support.
FOOD SERVICES PROGRAM:
As part of our commitment to offer our children nutritious meals that they will enjoy, we will daily offer two breakfast entrees and three lunch entrees. We will be serving ALL children at no cost to you. We have also eliminated the use of meal tickets. We must ask parents to complete an Alternative Meal/Income form for their children. You will receive it on the first day of school. Students participating in the breakfast program should not arrive before 7:00 a.m. The school does not provide supervision before 7:00 a.m. outside the campus or in the front office. Please do not leave your child unattended outside the school before 7:00 a.m.
Regular and consistent attendance enhances academic achievement and your continued support in getting your children to school daily and on time is greatly appreciated. Please call the office whenever your child is absent. After the third day of absence, if the office has not been notified and informed of a valid reason for absence, your child will be checked out of the class and the school.
If you know your child will be absent, please call your child’s teacher or notify Miss. Veronica Ramos, our Attendance Assistant, at (818-896-7482 ext. 1381). Please make every effort to let the school and/or teacher know about your child’s absence the day before. If we do not receive notification the day before, your child cannot do an Independent Study (if applicable). Please call your child’s classroom and leave a message on their voicemail. If you prefer, you can complete your absence note online the night before. Please go to our website www.fentoncharter.net and find the “Attendance Office” link on the drop down menu. Follow the link and you can complete your absence note. If your child is eligible to complete an Independent Study, they will receive work to complete at home and the school will get credit for your child’s attendance. Again, please communicate with the school THE DAY BEFORE if your child is going to be absent.
RELEASE OF STUDENTS DURING SCHOOL HOURS:
Children will only be released to parents or their designated representative in the school office during school hours. Please be sure that all emergency cards are up to date. Policy prohibits our releasing students to walk home alone. We will not release a child to anyone who is NOT listed on the child’s emergency card and anyone picking up a child will be asked for ID.
PARENT ORIENTATION MEETINGS:
Parent Orientation Meetings for each grade-level is as follows:
PARENT ORIENTATION DATES:
Fri., August 17, 2018 – 8:10 a.m.
Mon., August 20, 2018 – 8:10 a.m.
Tues., August 21, 2018 – 8:10 a.m.
Fri., August 24, 2018 – 8:10 a.m.
All meetings will begin promptly at 8:10 a.m. Parents will then be invited to individual classrooms to meet with teachers to hear about the requirements and special activities related to that grade and class.
If you have more than one child here at Fenton and they are in the same grade, please be sure to bring another adult to cover the additional class.
Every student is required to wear the approved Fenton uniform beginning on the first day of school. Companies will be selling uniforms on Parent Orientation Meeting days near the auditorium area. If you are purchasing sweaters and coats for the coming fall and winter months, please consider purchasing colors that will compliment the NAVY and WHITE uniform. Pullover tops for boys and girls must be navy blue or plain white. All shirts with collars must be PLAIN white or PLAIN navy blue, except shirts with the Fenton logo, clean and in good condition. Please put your child’s name in all sweaters, sweatshirts and coats.
HOMEWORK: Your child will have homework! Please take the time to sit down and ask them about their day as you help with homework. Don’t hesitate to ask your child’s teacher if you have questions about homework. These are the years when we all help them to develop good work habits! Your effort now will pay off when they enter middle school. We are working for college and career readiness! Thank you in advance!
CHARTER SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND GOVERNING COUNCILS:
Fenton Avenue Charter School
Fenton Avenue Charter School is a conversion charter school (was formerly a regular public school and then converted to charter status in 1993). Fenton Avenue Charter School falls under the umbrella of the Fenton Charter Public Schools and its Board of Directors. Former Fenton Executive Director, Mr. Joe Lucente is the President of the Board.
Meetings of the Board of Directors are held every other month and notice of future meetings will be posted along with agendas and previous minutes in the Fenton Office 72 hours prior to the regularly scheduled meeting. Board meeting dates are posted on our website. We are proud to announce that the LAUSD Board of Education approved our charter petition for the fifth time in 2016-2017.
Fenton Avenue Charter School’s four governing councils will continue to meet regularly to implement policies and monitor school’s progress. We invite all parents and community members to join one of our four working councils and become active participants in our independent public charter school. The four councils are listed below:
School-Community Relations Council
Budget, Facilities and Safety Council
Curriculum and Assessment Council
Human Resource and Personnel Council
If you are interested in participating, please call the office for specific meeting dates and times during the year. The evening meeting dates for School-Community Relations Council are October 11, 2018 and February 13, 2019.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please call us at (818) 896-7482. You can also find us at: www.fentoncharter.net. We look forward to a most rewarding school year and are proud to be a part of your child’s school!
Leticia Padilla Parra Barbara Aragón Jessi Tello
Director Assistant Director Administrative Director