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August 2018

August 2018

Dear Students and Parents,


We extend a cordial welcome to you this school year.  We are looking forward to a productive and rewarding year for all of our students at Plainview Academic Charter Academy.  Our aim is to provide the best educational environment possible for each child to reach their maximum potential and to develop an appreciation of learning and respect for excellence in performance.


Please read the monthly Pioneer Press carefully so you will be informed about our school programs, events, holidays and changes in schedules.  A paper copy will come home with your child the first of every month.  You can find an electronic copy on our school website. 



KINDERGARTEN AND NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION – Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 8:20 am and 5:00 pm in the auditorium.  The District’s language options, expectation of kindergarten students, and school goals will be presented.  


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ADVISORY COUNCIL – These meetings are held to address and discuss the needs and progress of our English Language Learners with parents.  Meeting notifications will be sent home and posted in front of the school.  All parents are welcome to attend.  The orientation and election meeting will be on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:20 am in the auditorium.  If your child is an English Learner or if you are interested, please join us.


GOVERNANCE COUNCIL – The function of this Governance Council is to evaluate the needs of the school, its’ programs and make appropriate decisions regarding them.  You are most welcome to attend Council meetings and make recommendations for the School Improvement Program.  There are 5 slots for parents to sit on the council.  Parents are voted in at the election meeting.  The orientation and & election meeting will be on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 2:45 pm in the auditorium.



Applications are available in the main office and can also be completed on-line at https://www.myschoolapps.com/


Breakfast and lunch are served daily. Breakfast is served to all students in the classroom from 8:10 to 8:30 am.  Lunch is served at 12:10 PM and the price is $3.00.  Those children bringing lunch from home can purchase milk for 75¢ or orange juice for $1.00 and water for $1.00.  There is one lunch period 12:10 – 12:50 for grades 1 – 5.  Kindergarten lunch is 12:00 to 12:40 PM.  If a child had free/reduced meals for 2017 -2018, that will continue for the first few days, BUT a new meal application for the 2018-2019 school year must be completed.  Even if you do not want to partake in cafeteria lunches, please fill out a form and mark the box for non-participation.  Our goal is 100% completion rate.


ALL STUDENTS can participate in Hot Supper Program served right after school.  ALL food must be consumed on campus and no one over 18 years old can eat the supper. 



Gate Opens                7:30 a.m.

First Bell K-5               8:05 – Students line up

Breakfast K – 5           8:10 a.m. ­– 8:30 a.m. 

Instructional Day         8:10 a.m. – 2:34 p.m.


SAFETY TO AND FROM SCHOOL – The school office opens at 7:30 AM, children should not arrive before 7:30 AM.  Parents should determine the shortest and safest route for their children to walk to school.  Safety rules should be thoroughly discussed (including crossing streets at intersections only) so it is completely understood by your child.  If you drive your child to school, please use the front of the school to drop off your child.  The staff parking lot and drive ways are off-limits for this purpose and only employees may park in the parking lot.  Please obey the traffic and parking signs.  DO NOT park in the bus zone.  Remember to be aware of your surrounding and watch out for the children. 


AFTER SCHOOL PLAYGROUND - Beginning August 14, 2018, the playground will be open on school days until 6:00 PM for students who are 2nd grade and above. The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Youth Services Section provides supervised recreational and educational activities after school each day at no charge to students.  The playground, on occasion, may be closed due to the absence of supervision or school schedule changes.  Your child should have an emergency back up plan in case the playground is closed.

This is not a child-care program.  It is a permissive recreation program and parents are not required to sign their child out.  Students arrive and leave as they please, and participation is a privilege.  Students must conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the rules and regulations of our school and playground.  Please note that the Youth Services playground program closes promptly at 6:00 PM.  No staff is scheduled after that time.  It is the parent’s responsibility to provide appropriate supervision for his/her child at the close of the program to ensure their safety and well-being.  The playground is closed for ALL school and legal holidays.


PUPIL ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE - California State Law requires every child of school age to attend school unless ill.  When returning from an absence, the child must present a written note from his/her parent or from their doctor, stating their full name, cause/reason of the absence, and date of the absence.  Coming in late or leaving early counts against your child’s attendance.  All students and staff automatically participate in the “I Rise. I Attend. I Matter.” District attendance program. 

RELEASE OF CHILDREN DURING SCHOOL HOURS - For the protection of your child, children cannot be released by teachers during school hours without the approval of the principal.  If it is necessary for your child to be excused, it is essential that you call for him/her by 2:00 pm, come into the school office, and provide valid picture identification.  Children cannot be released during school hours on the basis of a telephone call or note.  Children may only be released to the parent or person listed on the Emergency Information Card.  No child may be released to any person under the age of 18 or to someone without proper identification.


CLASS RE-ORGANIZATION - Due to the many changes in our enrollment during the first few weeks of the school year, present room assignments are only tentative.  Some children may be changing rooms in the next few days or weeks to provide a more suitable learning experience.  Sometimes children are disappointed when they must make a change.  If this occurs, you can be of great help to your child by helping him to understand that such changes are necessary.  Children adjust quickly to new situations when the home and school work together to minimize adjustment problems.


EMERGENCY INFORMATION - Emergency information must be on file with the school.  Emergency Information cards will be sent home the first week of school.  Please return the emergency information card by Friday, August 24, 2018.  Parents should keep this information up to date by informing the school immediately of changes in phone numbers, addresses, and contacts.  Children will be released only to those people who are indicated on their emergency card and have a valid photo I.D. to verify their identity.


You can access your child’s emergency information on the Parent Portal.  You can set-up or access your account using this link. https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/10470


EMERGENCY DISPERSAL PLAN - If a serious emergency arises, all children will be kept at school until released by their teacher to a parent or designated adult as shown on the Emergency Card.  The reunion gate is the back gate on Jayseel Street.  In our plan, should the emergency continue, children would eventually be moved to Verdugo Hills High School, or other LAUSD designated location, which will serve as an extended emergency site until ALL children are reunited with their families.


HOMEWORK - Homework is an essential part of our program and is assigned on a daily basis.  Generally, no homework is assigned on weekends or holidays.  Homework is a "follow-up" of a lesson that has previously been taught in class and assigned to reinforce, maintain, enrich or extend fundamental skills.  Scheduling of homework will vary with grade level and subjects.  Some assignments will be in the nature of long-term projects that the student will have to complete at home.  IF YOUR CHILD DOES NOT BRING HOMEWORK HOME FOR SEVERAL DAYS, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE TEACHER.

GENERAL HOMEWORK TIME ALLOCATION:  Kindergarten - 15 to 20 minutes a day, Grades 1 & 2 - 30 to 35 minutes a day, Grades 3 & 4 - 35 to 45 minutes a day, Grade 5 - 50 to 60 minutes a day.  All students should read or be read to daily. 


BACKPACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED – Students are given a folder to carry their homework.  Please see that all of your child's belongings, including coats, lunch pails, paper lunch bags, raincoats, sweaters, and other items are labeled with your child's full name and room number.  This eliminates confusion when students have identical items and helps in retrieving items from the lost and found.


DRESS CODE – Students must wear their uniform colors daily, except on Free Dress Fridays.



Wear shoes with high heels, poor traction or open toe, because these can be dangerous for children who must play daily on the yard and participate in physical education.  Comfortable, closed toe shoes such as sneakers are recommended for student use.


Wear hats inside the classroom or headbands on

their forehead.  Wear short shorts, midriffs,sandals,

tube tops, and/or spaghetti strap clothes. 


Wear make-up to school.




Students, parents and staff will:

1.  Be courteous and respectful to everyone on campus.

2.  Take responsibility for the cleanliness of the bathroom, campus, and playground at all times.

3.  Use appropriate, respectful, school language.

4.  Strive for student achievement.