Dear Ruth Brown parents,
The first day of school is fast approaching! I am honored to be the principal at Ruth Brown for another year. I look forward to another year of working together.
Throughout the year we send home many notes about activities and news regarding our school with our students. For numerous reasons, sometimes these notes do not always make it into your hands. Other ways to stay connected with school news is to join the “Ruth Brown Parent Club” page on Facebook and/or consistently checking in on our page through the district website http://www.pvusd.us/ .
Our Parent Handbook is located on the district website. It is a great resource for commonly asked questions. The handbook is currently in revision and should be completed by the first day of school. If you would like a paper copy of the handbook, please notify the office and we will send one home with your child. The district calendar, monthly menus, school board information, etc. are also on the district website. Supply lists are currently posted on our Facebook page and the district website.
Throughout the year, a great way to contact your child’s teacher is through their district email. All email addresses are email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org). I would advise you to place your child’s name in the subject line in case the email is sent to spam. This should only be a possibility the first time that you email the teacher or me.
Safety is always a priority at our school. For this reason, we will no longer be accepting phone calls to deliver messages to our students regarding change of plans for after school pick up. We can not guarantee the voice on the phone is actually the parent. We will deliver a message to your child if you physically stop into the office to ask for a message to be delivered. This ensures us that you are the actual parent versus a voice on the phone. I understand that we do recognize several voices and that this is an inconvenience for parents; however, if this policy saves one child from picked up by a wrong parent/person then it is worth it. All three elementary schools will be enforcing this policy for the safety of all PVUSD students. Please make plans in the morning, or if your child has a cell phone text them the change of plans. They will see the message at the end of the day when they are allowed to turn on their phones.
As many of you know, there have been some changes in our school district over the summer. On July 3rd, our school board voted to implement seventh and eighth grade at all three elementary schools over the next two years. This school year we will only be adding seventh grade and the next year we will add eight grade. I am very excited about this change and the research suggests that a TK-8 school benefits students’ academic success. I am excited to have our amazing former sixth graders back as seventh graders. The school day for seventh graders will begin at 7:45 and dismiss at 2:05. The lower grades will remain on the same schedule as previous years 8:20-3:10 with minimum Wednesdays being from 8:20-12:05. Don’t forget the first day of school is a minimum Wednesday with dismissal at 12:05. We will be having a short informational meeting for parents of seventh graders on Monday, August, 18th at 6:00 PM in the cafeteria. Please join us! Student class placement lists will be posted on our cafeteria doors on Monday, August 18th at 5:00 PM.
The Ruth Brown Parent Club is in need of all new officers. Our Parent Club has been run the past few years by a handful of hard working parents. These parents run the school store, our annual Fall Carnival, Scholastic Book Fairs, help with GROWL activities, fundraisers, yearbook, etc. Basically they bring on the fun! Please consider becoming an officer or member.
We will also have a few seats available on School Site Council. These parents are in charge of making decisions with our Title One and English Learner monies. This group also works on creating our School Site Safety Plan. Ballots for Parent Club and Site Council will be available during Back to School Night on Thursday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m.
Thank you for your support of your child and our school.
Laura A. Mathews