Magruder Primary School

1712 Chestnut Avenue  •  Newport News, VA 23607  •  Phone: (757) 928-6838  •  Fax: (757) 247-0422

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Magruder Primary school is a school-wide, Title I school which serves kindergarten, first and second grade students. We also have two classes that serve preschool, special education students. Our teachers provide students with opportunities to learn, explore, and be creative in a warm, caring and nurturing environment. All of our teachers are highly qualified (fully licensed) in their respective field.
Our goal is to provide each child with the foundation needed to be successful in our rapidly changing society. We have very high expectations for our students. We welcome parent and community involvement and know that working together, each child will succeed.

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Mission Statement

Magruder Primary Staff, in partnership with the community, will provide a creative and nurturing learning environment for every child to master the essential  skills needed to become successful, lifelong learners.

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School Hours

Student Hours: 
8:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.     Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 
8:20 a.m. to 12:20 a.m.   Wednesday
Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. daily
The first bell to enter the school rings at 7:50 a.m. for students eating breakfast at school. For safety reasons, students should not arrive or enter the building prior to this time as there is no supervision available for students.
If students are going to eat breakfast at school, they should be here at 7:50 a.m. For safety reasons, students should not arrive or enter the building prior to this time as there is no supervision available for students.    

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Other School Information

Agenda Books

The Magruder Agenda Planner will be available at a cost of $2.25. The student Agenda Planner includes important information for students and parents. It is your child’s calendar and a two-way communication tool between the home and school. It keeps you and your child informed of school events. Check your child’s agenda planner every day. You can send notes to your child’s teacher by putting them in this agenda planner. Please review this information carefully.
The following items are included in this student Agenda Planner:
  • Home-School Partnership
  • Letter from the Magruder Primary Administration
  • Magruder Primary School Student Handbook
  • Newport News Public Schools Vision and Mission
  • Handwriting Instructions
  • Virginia Standards Of Learning (SOL) Information
  • Important District Information
  • 2011-2012 School Year Calendar
Attendance Policy

Attendance Matters at Magruder Primary School!  We need your child at school each day for the entire instructional year (180 days).  When a student is absent from school for any reason, you (the parent/guardian) must write a note stating the reason for the absence.  This must be done within two days of the student returning to school.  Phone calls do not replace the required note following an absence.  When students are absent from school, parents/guardians will receive a phone call from the school.  Unexcused absences will be followed-up by our Parent Involvement Specialist and Attendance Officer.  Please be sure to read the Student Attendance Policy located in the Student Code of Conduct section of this Agenda Planner.  In addition, when a student comes to school late, he or she must have a note stating the reason.  Try to make doctor or other appointments, for students, after the instructional day. (Please refer to the Rights and Responsibilities section of the agenda book for the Attendance Policy) 

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Bus Riders

  • All Kindergarten students must be met by a responsible person at the bus stop, on time, each day.  Yellow ID cards must be viewed by the bus driver every day.  No card, no child.  Kindergarten students will be returned to the school by the bus driver and kept in the office.  Parents will need to pick up children who are brought back.
  • If a child has been returned to school by the bus driver and the office is unable to contact anyone to pick up the child and/or no one has called the office inquiring about the child's whereabouts, the police and/or child protective services will be contacted for assistance.  Continued difficulties where a child is left waiting after dismissal will require a child protective service referral.
Guidelines for Changing Child's Transportation Information:
  • Children who ride the bus or daycare van regularly but who are to be picked up at school or changed to a different bus or bus stop for any reason, must have a note telling the teacher about the change and how long it is to be in effect.  If we have not heard from the parent/guardian, we will not make the change.  Transportation changes will not be accepted over the telephone.  Again, we are looking out for the safety of your child.
Name Tags
  • Kindergarteners must come to school each day with his or her nametag.  The bus drivers and teachers use the information on this tag daily.  If it is lost, please make a temporary tag with your child's name, address, and phone number.  This is especially important when there is a substitute bus driver.
  • First and second graders will need their nametags for the first month or so until the staff and bus drivers get to know the transportation needs of your child. 

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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival Procedures
  • Starting at 7:50 a.m., all first and second grade students report to the cafeteria.  Most will be eating breakfast while others who have had breakfast, at home, may read a book.  From the cafeteria, first and second graders will be dismissed to their classrooms.  Kindergarteners will report to their classrooms for breakfast.
  • The instructional school day for students begins at 8:20 a.m., and ends at 2:50 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Student hours on Wednesdays are 8:20 a.m. to 12:20 a.m.
  • All students are to be in their classrooms and ready to start the school day at the 8:20 bell.  If a student arrives at school after 8:20, they must report to the office before going to class.  A tardy note must be provided by the parent/guardian stating the reason for being tardy.  It is important that tardies be kept to a minimum. 
  • Students arriving by school bus are not counted tardy if the bus is late.
Please see that your child attends school every day.  A day of school missed can never be made up!  Make every effort not to schedule vacation days during the regularly scheduled school year.  Tests and assignments must be made up within one week following the absence.
Dismissal Procedures

       Walkers, Van Riders, and Parent Pick-ups: 
  • First and second grade students are allowed to walk home,, pending written permission from the parent/guardian.  Kindergarten students must be either picked up from school or met at the bus stop by a responsible person.  Persons picking up Kindergarten children MUST have a YELLOW Card authorizing pick-up.  Three (3) cards are given to you for this purpose.  Put the yellow cards in a safe place or five them only to people you trust to pick up your child. 
  • At 2:10, the dismissal bell will ring and afternoon announcements will e given.  After this, an announcement for teachers to dismiss the Walkers, Van Riders, and Parent Pick-ups will be given.  Please do not pick up your child until AFTER this announcement is given and the teacher has opened the classroom door. 
  • Kindergarteners ca be picked up at the end of their hallway.  First grade Pick-ups and Walkers will be leaving at the end of the first grade hallway and second graders at the end of the second grade hallway.  All children must be signed out. 
  • Make sure all people authorized to pick up your child are listed on the emergency card and have a picture ID with them.  We will not allow your child to go with anyone who does not have a picture ID and who is not on the emergency card.
  • If you need to pick your child up before school is dismissed, you or the person/s listed on your Emergency Card must present a picture ID.  For Kindergarteners, a note from the office will allow you to pick your child up at the classroom.  The teacher will ask you for this note.  No child will be allowed to leave without this note.  This is for your child's safety.  For first and second graders, students will be called to report to the Office to go home.  Please do no pick up your child early unless it is an emergency.
  • When the person picking up the child is someone other than a parent or guardian or those on the Emergency Card, arrangements must be made in advance.  A note from you giving the name of the person picking up your child and giving your permission for them to do so will be required.

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Please refer to the “Rights and Responsibilities section of the agenda book.
  • Children are expected to follow the rules for behavior as outlined in the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.  Review these rules at home before signing the parent compact.
  • Magruder Primary School has a school-wide Code of Conduct.  Posters that reflect the following are throughout the building: 
We always:
  • listen to all adults and follow directions;
  • keep hands, feet, and objects to ourselves;
  • show respect to others;
  • maintain a safe and orderly school.
The school division takes a very strong approach to not allowing guns, knives, or toys that look like guns or knives in any school.  Parents need to go through their child’s book bags, coats, and pockets before they come to school.   A very strict policy is in place for violators.
  • Students may not bring beepers, cell phones or other communication devices to school.  These devices will be confiscated and may not be returned.
  • Students should be reminded of all bus conduct rules as listed in the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.  Violation of bus rules may result in suspension of bus privileges and parents will be responsible for providing transportation to and from school.
  • Gum, Candy, and Sodas are not allowed to be brought to school.

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Guidelines for Dress and Appearance 

  • Students are expected to dress appropriately for a comfortable and active day of learning both indoors and outdoors. Children are running, climbing, skipping, and jumping outside. Make sure your child wears closed in shoes (tennis shoes) and clothes that allow him or her to do all these activities comfortably and safely.  Flip flops (and shoes that are similar to flip flops), high heeled shoes, thin straps on shoes, or shoes with wheels are not allowed.
  • Children are not to wear shorts, skirts, or dresses that are higher than their fingertips. If the student places his/her arm by his/her side and the shorts do not extend to their middle finger tip, the clothes are too short. Parents will be called to bring appropriate clothing to school and the child will be excluded from class until proper school attire is worn.
  • Children are not to wear tank tops, spaghetti strap tops, or any other top that exposes their entire shoulder and upper arm. Halter tops or short shirts that expose the midriff area are also not permitted.    
  • Headgear (ex. caps, hoods, hats, wave caps, bandanas) cannot be worn inside school facilities unless it is for a religious or medical requirement.
Children’s Belongings
  • Put your child’s name on all items he or she brings to school.  Many students have things that look alike and this will prevent a mix-up.
  • Backpacks are helpful for children to carry items to and from school.  Do not purchase backpacks with wheels. Label the book bag or backpack with your child’s name.

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Medical & Illness Concerns:

Please refer to the “District” section of the agenda book
All parents with students who have documented or suspected health problems must speak directly to the school nurse.  (A Plan of Care will be developed to meet your child’s specific needs at school.)
Any morning that your child appears to have symptoms of illness, he/she should remain at home.  Do not send your child to school if he/she:
1.     vomits at home during the night or the morning before school.
2.     has a fever at night or in the morning before school.  Your child needs to be fever free for 24  hours without medication before returning to school.Please do not give your child Tylenol and send him/her to school. 
3.     has a large amount of thick mucus draining from the nose.
4.     has a persistent cough.
5.     was ill enough to be treated by a doctor or taken to the emergency room the day before.
When your child is sent home from school with an illness, please keep him/her home the next day.  Children should return to school when symptoms of illness have stopped.  This will help to control the spread of illness, especially among young children. Childhood illnesses such as chicken pox, pink eye, ringworm, the flu, colds, etc. are normal occurrences when children attend school.  Do not be alarmed if you receive a call from the school nurse saying your child is in the clinic.  The nurse might ask you to come and pick up your child from school.  Children should be kept home until they are fever free for twenty-four hours.
If you have questions about sending your child to school, please feel free to call the school nurse at 928-6838 ext. 1109.
Medicines at School: 
Please refer to the “District” section of the agenda book.
Parents should ask the doctor to schedule medication doses other than during school hours.  When this is not possible, the school will cooperate with parents to see that the medication is given as prescribed.  Below you will find the Newport News School policy that must be followed if your child is to be given medication during school hours.
1.       All medications, non-prescription and prescriptions and over-the-counter, can only be administered at school, with a physician’s order.
2.       Students must not be given medicines (prescription or non-prescription) to transport to and from school. Medications must be brought to school by parents or an adult in properly labeled original prescription bottle or container.
3.       Written orders from the physician must detail the name of drug, dosage, and time interval medication is to be taken.  Forms are available from the school nurse.
4.       School nurses will contact prescribing physicians as necessary to clarify orders. 

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Pupil Emergency Data Card

When filling out this very important card for your child, please note any medication from which your child may have an allergic reaction.  Include any other important information we need to know in the event of an emergency.  Please include cell phone numbers.  Please include the names and phone numbers of all adults who will have permission to pick up your child.  Your child will only be released to people you list.  Please note:  All changes must be in writing.  Send a note with your child to update this very important card throughout the year if necessary.  Your child’s safety is our first concern.
Emergency Information
Every year we have children with high fevers or injuries that require us to contact the parent.  There are many parents whom we cannot contact by telephone.  Please provide us with the telephone number of a neighbor or local friend or relative who will take care of your child in the event that we cannot locate either parent.  This information should be included on the Pupil Emergency Data card and returned to the child’s teacher immediately.  Contact the office if there is a change of address or telephone number during the year.  Pagers and cell phone numbers are also very helpful.  In the event of a medical emergency, the Newport News Rescue Squad may be called to transport your child to the hospital.  If possible, we will notify you before sending your child to a hospital.  If not possible, we will notify you as soon as possible thereafter.

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Parent Involvement and Volunteering

  • Parent involvement is essential to the Magruder Primary program and we invite you to volunteer in a classroom or become a member of Magruder’s School Improvement Team.  This team, which consists of staff and parents, meets on a regular basis to ensure the best possible instructional program at Magruder Primary.
  • Students do better in school when parents and teachers share and reinforce the same academic and behavioral expectations.  Throughout the year various workshops and programs are planned to help parents understand how to help their child be successful in school.
  • Magruder has an “open door” to all who would like to volunteer at our school.  Contact the Assistant Principal, Mrs. Haley, for information.

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Parent Conferences

  • Parents must meet with their child’s teacher at least twice a year – one conference per semester.  During this meeting you will hear about your child’s progress in school. 
  • Parents can also meet with their child’s teacher at any time throughout the school year.  Please call your child’s teacher to schedule a conference.
Calls to Teachers:
  • The office will accept calls for a teacher and a note will be placed in the teacher’s mailbox.  Teachers will be able to return calls during their planning time or before or after instructional hours.

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Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

We are very excited to have a committed Parent Teacher Association (PTA).  Plan to join our PTA as we continue to create new and exciting opportunities for our students.  Your membership helps to build a strong PTA which supports the school by providing field trips, programs, supplies, and other educational opportunities for our students.  Our President for the 2011-2012 school year is Ms. Lenetia Andrews.  PTA Membership information will be distributed to all parents in the fall.  Please call the school at 928-6838 if you have any other questions.

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Homework Policy

Homework is an important extension of the instruction received within the classroom.  Homework can serve to meet individual needs, strengthen skills, supplement class work, and aid in establishing and extending pupil responsibility. Homework can be expected each week, Monday-Thursday. 

Homework may include the following:
  • paper and pencil tasks
  • reading and listening activities
  • projects
  • make-up work
  • memorization activities
The amount of time a pupil will need to spend doing homework on any given day will vary depending on many factors, including types of homework, student characteristics, and study habits.  Parents should ensure that their children take responsibility for their own homework. In addition, parents can assist by providing a homework environment that has a workspace, good lighting, materials, and regular scheduling of study time.

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Reading Program

  • Home Reading is required for all students, every night for a minimum of 15 minutes.  The monthly calendar located in the agenda planner may be used to indicate that you have read to, or with, your child each night.  Home reading participation is recorded on your child’s report card.  At the end of the year, children who returned their reading calendars every month get to participate in a special activity and receive a certificate.
  • Magruder Primary children will be checking out books from the library to be read at home.  Please make sure these books are taken care of and returned promptly to school and in good condition.

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Media Center

Magruder School has a wonderful media center which boasts a collection of books, newspapers, periodicals, reference books, and instructional media kits.
The Media Center houses computers that have internet access.  Both students and faculty have access to them.  There are also additional computers in the classrooms and computer lab.
The Media Center operates on a schedule allowing children to visit on a weekly basis. 
Loan Period
  • Reference books:  overnight only –returned before the morning announcements.
  • Books:  one week with renewal privileges
  • Magazines: may be checked out for a one-week period.
Overdue Material:  Students with overdue items will not be permitted to check out additional material until overdue materials have been returned.

Lost And Damaged Material:  All lost and damaged material must be paid for before students are permitted to check out additional material.   

Moving:  If you are moving, the media center will notify you of any materials that have not been returned.

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Birthdays / Celebrations

If you would like your child to celebrate his/her birthday at school, plan to do this in the school cafeteria during your child’s lunch period (School Board Policy JJB-P).  All children in your child’s class need to be included in any celebrations.  Your child’s teacher will be happy to provide you with a class count.  Also, please do not bring candles to light.  Healthy snack are encouraged.

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Bad Weather

In the case of bad weather, listen to the radio, TV (NNPS Cable Channel 47), or call 926-7618 for information about delayed openings, early dismissals, or school closings.  The Newport News website also has information.
Make sure your child knows what to do and where to go if schools close early.  The teacher should also have this information.

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