First Day of School FAQ

First Day of School FAQ
Posted on 09/01/2016
Front door of Cascadia Elementary

Cascadia FAQ

The purpose of this document is to help families navigate the first few days of school and answer questions about logistics. Please refer to the Cascadia Student Handbook for additional information about our school.

Each morning teachers ask students about after school plans and it’s not unusual for students to forget their plans. It is very helpful to attach a luggage tag to your child’s backpack with their daily afternoon schedule.

Beginning of the day School officially starts at 9:35. The first bell is at 9:30. Recess supervision starts at 9:15. If your child is late, they need to report to the office to get a late dot and then go to their classroom.

Before School Supervision Outside supervision begins at 9:15 when buses arrive. Students are not allowed in the building before school unless they are participating in a before school class or eating breakfast.

  • 1st/2nd grade students go to the courtyard
  • 3rd/4th grade students go to the front lawn
  • 5th grade students go to the gym A.M.

On Rainy-day drop-off days students go directly to their classrooms.

Drop-off and Pick-up procedures may be found here.

End of the Day

School ends at 3:45 p.m. If your child rides the bus, teachers will walk students to the bus area. If you are picking up your student, meet them at the front lawn area. We ask that parents wait outside the fence since recess is taking place on the front lawn.

  • 1st-3rd grade students will exit out the main gate.
  • 4th and 5th grade students will exit through the gate at the north end of the front lawn.

P.M. buses will load in the North parking lot. If it’s raining, students will wait in the gym.

Lunch Information

During the first few weeks of school, as the students get back into the habit of eating a focused lunch, we often hear concerns that the students don’t have enough time to eat. Our lunch period is 20 minutes so it is really important that everyone works together so that students can get the most eating time. Here are a few things that you can do to help improve your student’s lunchtime experience:

  • If your child is buying lunch, practice their pin number with them at home. This helps expedite the lunch line and gets everyone eating faster. Teachers will send this information home with your child the first day of school.
  • When packing lunches include all of the items your child needs to eat their lunch including silverware, napkins and a drink. We are trying to reduce the number of sporks and paper napkins students use as another way to reduce waste and conserve resources.
  • Help to ensure that your child is able to open all of the items in their own lunchbox, otherwise they wait for adult help. Common items that students cannot open include: yogurts (both cups and gogurt), string cheese, small packages of things like crackers, and thermos bottles. If possible, please pack your student’s lunch items in easy to open Tupperware containers. (This has the added benefit of allowing your student to save food for a snack for later. Otherwise, they will throw out the yogurt or cheese stick that they ate one bite of, because there is no way for them to take it with them easily).

To pay for school meals families can send cash or check (made out to Student Nutrition Services), or pay with a credit card via PayPams found on the district website under “Student Nutrition Services.”

Breakfast: $2.00
Lunch: $3.00
Milk: $0.50

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