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Embassy Creek Elementary Celebrating Our 25th Year!

2018 – 2019 Principal’s Report

We are excited to start our 25th year at Embassy Creek Elementary! Please remember, the 1st day of school for students will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15th. In preparation for this year, there are several important News Flashes that we wish to share with our community.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Please know that Safety and Security of our students will be our top priority once again at Embassy Creek and across the district. The following safety and security related “non- negotiables” will be implemented beginning on the first day of school. These non-negotiables are:

All students / staff members must wear their school-issued ID’s at all times on school grounds. Students new to the school will have their pictures taken early in the school year and receive their badges shortly thereafter.

Once the school day begins, ALL perimeter gates will be secured and all visitors will have to enter through our main parking gate on the west side of the school.

All parents / visitors / guests are required to proceed through the main office using the Security Tracking and Response (STAR) system. Please be prepared to show your driver’s license or other proper identification.

Embassy will be conducting monthly Code Red drills in addition to other state-required drills. Appropriate notification will be provided for all Code Red drills.

I understand that these expectations will require a change in behavior and at times may also pose an inconvenience. However, prioritizing the safety and security of our students and staff is paramount. We need your help and patience in implementing these expectations.

Other important items that I would like to share with everyone includes:

BACK-TO-SCHOOL ONLINE FORMSThe Code of Student Conduct Goes Green! Parents are asked to review the Code of Student Handbook and complete the required forms by accessing the Back to School Forms link found at the Broward School’s webpage at:

http://browardschools.com/backtoschool-onlineforms

Please complete the forms no later than Friday, August 31st.

FIRST DAY PARKING

Parents, please be advised that parking during the first few weeks of school is very difficult. Under no circumstances are parents to park in the front parking lot near the office. If you are planning on escorting your child to class on the first day of school, it is recommended that you carpool and / or park at an offsite location and walk with your child at your own risk. Please remember to use the appropriate crosswalks.

CLASS SIZE AND STUDENT PLACEMENT

Due to the State Class Size Reduction Requirements, students may need to be moved between teachers after the start of school to ensure compliance with the required student limits. School administration may have to make tough decisions to meet this mandate. Please know that every student’s placement regardless of the structure of the class is “temporary” until classes are balanced. Parents interested in obtaining additional information on Class Size Reduction can find it available at http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/classsize/.

OPEN HOUSE DATES

Please mark your calendar and plan on attending your child’s Open House. This will be an opportunity for parents to meet with the teacher and hear all the wonderful things that are planned for this school year. Just a reminder that Open House is for PARENTS ONLY, no childcare will be provided for either of these events! The dates and times are:

Grades 3 – 5 Wednesday, August 22nd @ 7:00 PM

Grades K – 2 Wednesday, August 29th @ 7:00 PM

VOLUNTEERING AT SCHOOL/CLASSROOM

Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend our informative Volunteer Orientation Breakfast scheduled for Tuesday, August 28th at 8:30 AM in the cafeteria. This meeting will explain all the guidelines and procedures to help ensure a successful volunteer experience. Teachers will not begin utilizing approved classroom volunteers until after this important meeting. To expedite the process, take time to register as a volunteer by applying online after August 14th at www.browardschools.com/volunteer. Please note that returning volunteers are also required to reapply online this year. Thank you for your continued cooperation. Volunteers are an important part of our success.

KINDERGARTEN “BOO HOO” BREAKFAST

That’s right, our kindergarten parents are invited to a Boo-Hoo Breakfast on Monday, August 20th beginning at 8:15 AM. Kindergarten parents are invited to come to the cafeteria to cry, laugh and enjoy light snacks courtesy of the PTA as their little ones show their independence and make it to class without mom or dad! Important information will be shared with parents. Don’t miss it!

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Monday, August 20th is Independence Day at Embassy Creek Elementary. The students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to show their independence and ability to report to their assigned area on their own. We thank our parents for helping us celebrate this special day.

Thank you....We look forward to seeing “smiling faces” on Wednesday, August 15th