Dear Flamingo Family.
My name is Philip Bullock and I am very excited to begin the new school year as your principal. I have worked for Broward County Schools for the past 33 years, the last 26 years as a school administrator. This past school year I was honored by our school district when I was selected as “Broward County Schools Principal of the Year.” I look forward to meeting and welcoming all of our Flamingo students and families this school year.
As you are probably aware, Flamingo Elementary has moved their school grade to a “B,” but we will not be satisfied until we not only receive an “A” this coming school year, but maintain that “A” for many years to come. By working together I am very confident that this goal will be achieved.
Our “Meet and Greet” has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 13th, (8:00 am for grades Pre K-1, 9:15 am for grades 2-3, and 10:30 am for 4th and 5th Grade). This is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, and for your child to know where their class is before the first day of school on Wednesday, August 14th. We are allowing parents who wish to walk their child to class to do so on the first day of school. Beginning on Thursday, August 15th, only parents who are volunteering, have a parent conference, or have other school related business will be allowed to enter campus. We do welcome volunteers and we encourage you to be a partner in your child’s education, but for the safety and protection of staff and students, all visitors must be cleared through our security system during school hours prior to entry by using your government issued identification (driver’s license, passport, or State of Florida identification. Only one gate to our parking lot will be open during school hours, and school personnel will monitor this gate during these times. If this gate cannot be monitored due to unsafe conditions, or other pertinent reasons, then the gate will be locked. If you have an emergency and need to pick up your child while the gate is locked, we ask that you call our office at 754-323-5700 and we will unlock the gate for you. We know that these safety measures can cause an inconvenience at times, but we must never allow that to compromise the safety of our students, staff, or guests.
Our breakfast program begins at 7:25 am. Students may only come on campus from 6:30 am until 7:15 am who are enrolled in our Flamingo Before Care Program. Students will be taken to breakfast directly by the Before Care Program. When dropping off students, we ask that you pull up as far as you can and then come to a complete stop when dropping off your child or children. Please do not leave your vehicle while in the car loop. If you need to assist your child please pull into a vacant area where it doesn't block the pathway of others. During dismissal, we are asking that all car riders please place the card that was given to you by your teacher and hang it up on each vehicle used for pick up every day. This will help expedite the dismissal process. As with arrival, please do not leave your vehicle unattended in the car loop, and cell phone usage is not permitted during arrival or dismissal. Our school dismisses at 2:00 pm. All students who are not picked up by 2:15 pm will be considered a late pick up and will need to be signed out in the office. We respectfully ask that if you need to pick up your child or children later than 2:15 pm on a habitual basis, that you enroll them in either our Flamingo Afterschool Program, or make other arrangements for child care.
I want to wish each and every member of our Flamingo Family a successful school year, and to thank you for entrusting your children to us during the school day. I pledge to all that we will do everything in our power, and explore all resources at our disposal to ensure that each and every one of our student’s needs are met. If you would like to meet with me in person about anything, or if we can assist you in anyway, please do not hesitate to contact our assistant principal, Ms. Arroyo or myself. We have a true open door policy and welcome the opinions and ideas of others. All that I ask is that if you have a specific concern about something that happened in your child’s classroom, that you give the respect and courtesy to your child’s teacher and discuss the issue with them first. Working hand in hand together, I am confident that all issues and concerns can be rectified with positive results. I am looking forward to fantastic year!