Inclement Weather Announcement
Due to the number of roads that remain unsafe, the Walton County School District will remain closed Thurs., Jan. 18. No students or employees are to report.  

Principal's Welcome Letter 2017

Dear Sharon Family,

Welcome Back! We are excited to see all of our students and families as we begin the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking forward to another great year at Sharon Elementary School. We strive daily to provide a safe, engaging and challenging learning environment for your child and we appreciate the partnership that we have with our families and community.

I believe that this exceptional staff will help your child flourish and grow during their early childhood years and will provide them with the skills they need to be successful as they transition to middle school.

If at any time during the school year you have a concern regarding your child, we encourage you to contact the classroom teacher, counselor or an administrator immediately to share your concerns.

I would encourage you to visit our school website throughout the year to stay informed regarding activities and resources that are available at Sharon Elementary. In addition, we will be utilizing a variety of notification methods during this school year.
  • School Messenger Call Out – please make sure that your phone information is accurate in Infinite Campus.
  • Email – if you would like to receive email notifications and reminders, please make sure that you have a current email on file in Infinite Campus.
  • Remind101 – this is a safe and free text messaging service. Phone numbers are kept secure and are not displayed when a text message is sent. If you would like to receive notifications and reminders by text message, please text the following message @dosterses to 81010.
Just a few other reminders to help us have a smooth 2017-2018…

School Hours
Children should arrive NO earlier than 8 a.m. if they are riding to school with their parents. SCHOOL DOORS WILL NOT OPEN UNTIL 8 a.m. EACH SCHOOL DAY. Please do not allow your students to exit the car until a staff member arrives at the car pool lane. We have had issues with this in the past with students being left at the tables outside the building alone. This is a safety concern, as there is a lack of supervision and we want all of our students to be safe. Students will report to the café at 8 a.m. and will be released to class at 8:10 am. Afternoon dismissal will begin at 3:20 p.m. Students should not remain on campus after 4:00 p.m. unless they are bus riders or participating in a supervised activity.

EXCEPTION TO THE ARRIVAL AND PICK UP RULE: Sharon Elementary School will be offering a BEFORE and AFTER SCHOOL program this year for a fee. BEFORE CARE hours will be 7:10-8:10am and AFTER CARE hours will be 3:30-6:15. Information regarding cost may be found on the school website, you may register at Open House or you may pick up a registration form in the front office.

Please NOTE: Transportation changes will not be accepted after 12:00 for the 2017-2018 school year. All transportation changes must be sent via written note, no changes will be accepted over the phone. All transportation notes must be sent to the classroom teacher, secretary AND receptionist.
Teacher – please see website for email
Secretary: Julie Todd julia.todd@walton.k12.ga.us
Receptionist: Lynda Callis lynda.calliss@walton.k12.ga.us

AM Drop Off/ PM Pickup
AM Drop Off: car rider lane in the front of the school (one lane only). Please do not use the parking lot as a drop off area. For your child’s safety, students should be escorted to the crosswalk by an adult. Please refrain from parking in the handicapped parking spots for drop-off if you do not have a handicapped parking pass. Please do not pull out of the lane and go around the other traffic as it creates an unsafe environment.

PM Pickup: Option A – car rider lane in front of the school (two lanes). Option B – flag pole walker. Parents should line up on the sidewalk to the left of the flag pole (when facing the school). Students will be dismissed from the exterior door at the beginning of Wing F. In the event of inclement weather, parents should line up under the awning at the main door and students will be dismissed from the main door. Option C – bus.

Please insure that you have your car rider or flagpole walker sign with you every day as our duty personnel will change throughout the year and they may request to see the sign.

Please keep in mind that we have several parents who participate in the car rider line. The Walton County Sheriff’s Department has directed us to ask that you please wait until closer to 3:20 to begin lining up for car riders. This will allow our flag pole walker parents the opportunity to enter the parking lot and park prior to dismissal. This will also help us to keep traffic from backing up onto Sharon Church Road and Center Hill Church Road.

School Safety
Our staff will follow procedures that will promote a safe learning environment for all children. As part of this safety plan, we ask that ALL persons entering the building report immediately to the front office. Upon request to enter the school beyond the office (including the café), each person will sign in and be given a pass to be displayed clearly during the entire visit. Any person who does not clearly have permission to be in the school will be escorted to the front office. As part of the safety procedures, we may require personal identification from anyone requesting to visit or remove a student from the building. We welcome parental support, but ask that you limit visits during instructional time unless you have made arrangements to volunteer in the classroom.

Parent Volunteers
Parent and community volunteers are a vital part of our school community and the work that you do is greatly appreciated. In order to volunteer in our school you must complete the Walton County Schools Volunteer Training class annually. We will offer several classes in the fall and the dates will be publicized. It is very important that you attend one of these trainings as we cannot guarantee that other trainings will be scheduled later in the year.

Food Allergies and Sensitivities
As you know, we have two scheduled parties during the school year and many of our parents often share treats with their children’s classrooms when they have a birthday. Please keep in mind that we have several students at Sharon Elementary School with food allergies and sensitivities. We would encourage you to consider providing items that are non-food related such as pencils, markers, erasers, stickers, books etc. In the event that you provide a food item, please notify your child’s teacher 48 hours in advance so that they have sufficient time to make arrangements for any students with food allergies or sensitivities. In addition, we ask that any food treats be store bought with the ingredient label clearly visible.

PLEASE READ

For the FIRST THREE DAYS OF SCHOOL (August 2nd, 3rd and 4th) CAR RIDERS ONLY will dismiss at 3 p.m. This will allow us to clear the roads for buses to arrive at their scheduled times. Regular 3:20 p.m. dismissal will resume for ALL groups on Monday, August 7th. Please be patient with us once we return to our regular dismissal time for car riders as it may take a few days for our routine to be established. Our goal is always to dismiss students in a timely manner.

Drills
We will be conducting a fire drill on the first day of school, as well as once a month for the remainder of the school year. A lock-down drill will also be conducted within the first three days of school. Additional lock-down drills and severe weather drills will also be conducted throughout the year.

Sharon Elementary School – Simply the Best!
 
Sincerely,
Freda Doster, EdD
Principal
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