Zinser Elementary News
September 16

Zinser Elementary News September 16


Attendance/Drop Off - Pick Up
Our start time is 8:35 am. We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving after 8:45 without an excused call/absence will be marked tardy. Any students arriving after 9:05 without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the morning session. Please call the attendance line at 616-453-2461 to communicate your students’ absence, early leave time, or late arrivals as well. STRIVE FOR FIVE!!!

Parking Lot Notes:
Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot.

  • Always look to pull up where and when possible to help with the flow. Tell your child to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the sign and you pulled up past it, you can circle around the lot and keep your car moving.
  • Thank you for those turning right only. We know it’s an inconvenience for some but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run (we've had a couple of accidents at that intersection).
  • Drop-off starts at 8:30; If you are in the lot before 8:30, you may drop your child off a few minutes early to get the traffic flowing, but the child will be standing by the grade sign until the 8:30 bell. All 1st-5th grade students can enter at the bell in the designated door.
  • We do have two lanes in the parking lot. Please only use the right lane for drop-off and pick-up, the inside lane is a pass-by lane only. Please pass by with caution. It is very dangerous to let students out in that lane.

Drop Off Expectations:

  • Drop-off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35.
  • Kindergarten (including K-Knights) families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with the class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.
  • Staggered entrances will be used once again. Grade-level signs will be put outside by the designated door. After the first week, students will walk in the correct door at 8:30 or later and head directly to the classroom.

Dismissal Expectations:

  • The school day ends at 3:37 pm.
  • Kindergarten (and K-Knights) and early pick-ups start at 3:30 pm.
  • Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get the child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up.We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot early for an early pick-up at 3:30 pm. 1st-5th grade families will use the car line in the parent parking lot for pick-up. Your child will stand at the correct grade level sign and enter the car when it’s at the sign or close to the nearest pull-up spot. You may need to pull up past the grade sign to help with the flow.

Bus Transportation
Bus routes will no longer be posted online going forward due to student safety. Bus routes will be emailed before the first day school. If your student will be using a bus stop for other than your home address, please complete an Alternate Transportation form, and email to transportation@khps.org.

News from our Nurse
As the school year is quickly approaching it's time we start thinking about medications. If your child has daily or emergency medications that will be kept at school we must have a NEW Medication Administration Directions form filled out and signed by a physician. As a reminder, all medications must be brought into school by an adult. Please reach out to Nurse Courtney at cellens@khps.org if you have any questions.

Hats are to be worn outside only unless on a designated hat day. Please be sure to dress your child appropriately for the weather. All students should have a change of clothes left at school, including appropriate shoes for PE day. Parents should expect a phone call for a change of clothes if a student isn’t dressed appropriately or something happens to his/her clothes at school.

Background checks
Background checks must be completed annually by anyone volunteering at least 3 days prior to volunteering! Forms can be completed in the school office or at the administration office. A photo ID will be required.

Individual treats or “gifts” are not encouraged again this school year. Instead, we are encouraging you to donate a book to your child’s classroom in honor of them and their birthday. You are welcome to personalize the book or we can do it for you.

You can have your child visit the office or Mr. Willick for a birthday pencil!

We do not want birthday invitations to be passed out to students during the school day. A student may pass out invitations if everyone in the class will receive one, or a parent can discreetly give some invitations to the teacher, who can place them in backpacks.

Baton Twirling Classes
Join the fun and learn how to twirl a baton! Every Tuesday beginning on September 20th and ending December 13th. Ages 4-7, from 6:15 pm-7:00 pm. Ages 8-18, 7:00 pm-7:45 pm. Register on September 20th at the first class session. Held at Coit Creative Arts Gymnasium, 617 Coit Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Cost is $9 per week to be paid at each class plus a $10 registration fee paid at the first class. Batons will be available for purchase at class for $30 each (payment plans available). Questions: call (616) 460-1747 or email athleticsens@aol.com or visit our website at www.athleticsensations.com.

After School Bible Club
Kids' Life Bible Club will be held every Monday after school for one hour in the Media Center. Pick up is at 4:30 (no transportation provided). Starting on Monday, September 26 (or anytime after). Designed for grades K-5. Please fill out a permission form and turn in to the office. Call or email: (616) 837-7225 or hankandbetty@hotmail.com for more information.

The Local - Cheer Fundraiser
Bring a flyer to The Local (next to Ace Hardware on Remembrance) on Wednesday, September 28th and 10% of your purchase goes to the KH Cheer Team. Place your order online at www.TheLocalGR.com.

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