Student Handbook


The staff and community of ECE believe that learning is a shared, nurturing experience between a child and those who touch his/her life. Our mission is:

  • To help students become independent thinkers and doers
  • To provide successful experiences which encourage each student to achieve his or her highest potential
  • To instill worthwhile values which create responsible citizens
  • To prepare students for challenges in today's technological world.


We hold high expectations for EVERY CHILD, regardless of his/her race, gender or socio-economic background. We will offer the most conducive learning environment for each of our students. We will strive to help each of them reach these high expectations because every one of them are worth all the effort we can provide.



The staff believes in the total developmental and educational process of developing a successful child. Parent Involvement is so vital in a child's academic success. Their cooperation, input and support in the school helps to enhance the effective school's operations. We believe it is important that parents become shareholders in workshops, meetings, policies, effective communication and the educational process to ensure student success.


Mascot: Eagle

Colors: Royal Blue and White

Motto: "Work Hard, Play Smart & Soar Together"


The ABC's of ECE

A is for...


The Accelerated Reading program is for all students in grades 1-5. This program is to encourage students to read while building reading comprehension skills.

An incentive program is in place for students who read a certain number of books and pass computer tests based on the content of these books. Students earn points when they pass these tests. Once a test is taken, pass or fail, the student may not repeat the test. Classrooms and grade levels have their own incentive programs to reward students for reading achievement. Students should take tests on books they COMPLETELY read.

ACCIDENTS: Parents will be notified of accidents that need medical or immediate attention. You should be certain that the school ALWAYS has a current contact phone number and address for you, PLUS AN EMERGENCY CONTACT number (someone you trust to notify you in case we are unable to reach you and have to contact your emergency contact person instead.)

ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS: Student addresses and phone numbers should always be kept up-to-date at all times. Notices from the school/teacher will be mailed to the address ON FILE IN THE SCHOOL. Unless you notify us of any changes, what we have on file is what we use. Please furnish the front office with your latest contact address and phone numbers for home, work, emergency contact person(s), etc. These numbers should allow the office/teacher to contact you between the hours of 8:00am and 3:30pm. Messages, notes, papers to be signed, and progress reports delivered by the student from the school or messages deleted from answering machines causing a parent not to receive a message is a matter between the parent and child - not to be handled by the school, but by the parent. In some cases, the parent/guardian may be required to attend a parent conference before the student may return to school. Where legal guardianship is provided, information will be given to the legal guardian. If one parent does not live within the ECE School district, messages will be delivered to the address that provides the student the right to attend ECE School. In the case of joint custody, messages will be sent to the parent with whom the child will spend the night's lodging.

AFTER SCHOOL CARE: Parents of ECE students who need after school care should call 399-7714 for an application. The After School Day Care program is operated every day that school is in session and also on Teacher Workdays. Students must be picked up by 6:00pm. All students who may use After School Day Care will need an application on file with the After School Care Office at Central Office. The charge for a single afternoon is $10. Teachers must be provided with a note if students are to attend After School Day Care.

ARRIVAL TIME: Our building is opened at 7:30am daily. NO STUDENTS should arrive prior to 7:30am. ECE staff members are on duty beginning at 7:30am to supervise students who must be dropped off prior to 7:55am. All students who arrive between 7:30am and 7:40am should report to the cafeteria. Our teachers are using their early time at school to prepare for the day. Please give them that time, uninterrupted, so that they can prepare for your students. ONLY TEACHERS AND STAFF WILL BE PERMITTED INSIDE THE BUILDING PRIOR TO 7:30AM.

ASSESSMENTS: Students will take classroom assessments to assure they are progressing towards meeting their goals. Assessments may be formative or summative. All students will take common assessments throughout the year.

ATTENDANCE: All students are expected to attend school daily unless they are ill. A WRITTEN NOTE EXPLAINING THE ABSENCE IS REQUIRED when the child returns to school. Students who accumulate repeated tardies (6 tardies or more) might be asked to provide evidence of a doctor's appt. or other medical reason for being tardy or leaving early. For excessive tardies/early pick-ups, the problem may be turned over to the school's social worker. The social worker will be asked to investigate and help the child/family develop a plan to get the child to school on time or a plan to ensure the student remains in school for the entire instructional day.

Being on time is a learned behavior. We therefore ask that students be on time and that you, as a parent/guardian, help your child learn the importance of punctuality. Tardiness interrupts the students' instructional time - as does an early pick-up. Other students' instruction is interrupted, too. For the purpose of attendance, early checkouts are coded as tardies. Students who are tardy or are picked up early, EVEN ONCE, WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PERFECT ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATE AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

AUDITORIUM MANNERS: Students are expected to behave in an orderly manner and pay attention to programs when we assemble as a group in the auditorium.


B is for...

BALLOONS: Balloons, flowers, and other similar gift items for students should not be delivered or brought to school. Such items create distractions and interrupt instruction. Due to safety, this practice is discouraged.

BATHROOMS: Every effort will be made to make sure that students have the opportunity to use the bathroom when needed. However, students should not be in the bathrooms unless they have permission or it is a scheduled break. Teachers have bathroom breaks scheduled every 90 to 120 minutes. Students may be asked to wait to go to the bathroom if it is close to break time. Students will never be refused the opportunity to go to the bathroom. If a student's request to go to the bathroom is frequent and appears to be a physical problem or a bad habit, the student will be referred to the counselor. The counselor may want to talk with the parent or request a doctor's note stating that a medical problem exists. Please let us know of problems that may exist by sending a doctor's note as soon as possible to the counselor so that all concerned teachers might be alerted.

BEGINNING OF THE YEAR: At the beginning of the school year we understand the need for parents to accompany their student(s) to the classroom, especially those parents whose children have not attended school before. We want your child - our student - to feel secure and comfortable while at ECE; however, we feel you should encourage your child to go to the classroom unassisted to build independence.

BOOK BAGS: Parents should supervise their children in packing their book bags. Only necessary items for school should be in the bags - NO TOYS, UNESSENTIAL ITEMS LIKE PLAYING CARDS, HAND-HELD COMPUTER GAMES, ELECTRONICS, ETC. Items should be limited to materials needed for school (books, pencils, pens, paper, assignments, etc.) Students do not need to carry their book bags to lunch or to the playground. Book bags may be moved from one classroom to another during the day.


Students who ride the bus must hold their book bags in their laps. Book bags with or without wheels cannot be set in the aisle of the bus. Many students cannot pick up their bags with wheels in order to get it onto the bus, much less onto their laps. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD A SUITCASE ON WHEELS BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL. They are much larger/heavier than book bags with wheels and could possibly injure small students or injure sandal-footed students.

BOOK FAIR: The PTO will, again, sponsor two book fairs this year. They are a great opportunity to buy books for your children AND to help the PTO raise funds to purchase additional library books.

BOOKS: Students are expected to show respect for textbooks and library books. When books are damaged or lost, they must be paid for in a timely manner. Students and parents are held responsible for all books assigned, loaned, or checked out of the library or classroom. It is possible that parents may be asked to pick up their child's report card so that damaged or lost books may be paid for at that time.

BREAKFAST: WCS will provide all elementary school students with free breakfast. Breakfast will be served in the classroom for all ECE students beginning at 7:40 and ending at 8:00. Students must arrive to class prior to the tardy bell at 7:55 to receive breakfast. Elementary school parents will not have to complete a free/reduced meal application.

BUS: School bus transportation is a privilege - not a right - and may be withdrawn for inappropriate behavior while waiting to board, disembarking from, or while on, the bus. Students may ride the bus only if they are assigned by the school system to ride that particular bus. Emergency requests to ride a bus cannot be granted or allowed due to insurance coverage guidelines. Students who do not ride the bus at least one day per week will be removed from the assigned bus list. A new request must be made in order to reassign a student to a bus - and this may take several days to process. If your child normally arrives on a bus in the morning then he/she will ride the bus home UNLESS THE BUS DRIVER AND TEACHER ARE NOTIFIED IN WRITING THAT THE CHILD WILL NOT BE RIDING THE BUS THAT AFTERNOON. If transportation plans change, please write a note and send it with your child to school. Phone calls to change a student's transportation will not be accepted. All students are expected to be at the bus stop when the bus arrives. The bus driver has been trained not to honk the horn for students and not to stop at the bus stop unless students already are standing at the bus stop.


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CAR RIDERS: Students who ride a car should be dropped off and picked up in front of the building facing Lake Wilson Road. Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:30. Staff members will greet students each morning and assist with helping them unload.

Car riders will dismiss at the front entrance of the school. We will have staff members stationed as to load 10 or more cars at a time by running double lanes. If your child is a car rider, we ask that you do not park and walk up to pick up your child, but wait in the car line. This is to ensure the safety of all students during this very busy time at school.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS/TELEPHONE: We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your telephone number and address up to date. Notify the office immediately if you move or change your home, work, or cellular phone numbers during the year. Also, please provide the office with the contact number and address of a trusted friend or relative we may contact in case of emergencies, or who will know how to reach you at all times. Parents who cannot be reached may expect messages from this emergency contact about a sick child, school problems, homework, discipline and attendance problems. Please make sure this person is trustworthy and will deliver messages to you, the parent/guardian. This may be the only way to contact you in an emergency so please make sure that you update this information if it changes. Children get very anxious during emergencies if their parents cannot be reached. Parents or guardians who have not provided numbers/addresses or an emergency contact person who can be reached between 7:30am and 3:30pm will be contacted by a social worker to update this information.

CHECK-IN AND CHECKOUT: Students who arrive after the 7:55 bell are expected to sign in at the office. Parents are responsible for signing their child in after the 7:55 tardy bell. PLEASE DO NOT CHECK-OUT YOUR CHILD AFTER 2:30pm UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY. Students arriving late or departing early cause interruptions of instructional time. Parents are strongly encouraged to make appointments outside school hours and on student holidays so that their child will be in school all day. If a child needs to leave early, a note must be sent to the teacher who will notify the office. All students must be signed out in the office. Students who arrive after 11:30 or leave before 11:30 are counted as absent, regardless of the reason. All early checkouts are counted as tardies.

COMMUNICATION: It is important to communicate with your child on a daily basis. Your child's teacher or the office may send notes home to be read/signed and returned. Please check your child's agenda daily. This is where teachers and parents can communicate with each other. Remember, communicating with and on behalf of your child is just one way to express your love for that child.


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DEPARTURE TIME: School is dismissed at 3:00pm. Students should not be expected to leave before that time. We have several adults on duty in the front of the school and in the bus parking lot each afternoon. Parents are expected to stay in their vehicles and proceed through the car line. Please proceed with caution when traveling through the car line in order to avoid accidents or near accidents.

DISMISSAL DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER: Dismissal during inclement weather can be hectic. Please ask your child to follow the instructions given to them by their teacher or principal. We ask that you not enter the building while we are trying to get students out since we are trying to dismiss students in an orderly manner. Students will be allowed to stay in the hallways out of the weather until their ride picks them up. Teachers will stay with them until all students are safely on their way home.

DISCIPLINE: Students are expected to follow the discipline rules in their classrooms, on buses, on the playgrounds and school-wide. We will not allow a student to steal precious instructional time from his/her peers or to prevent others from having opportunities for learning. Students who interrupt instruction or are disruptive anywhere in or on school property may be disciplined, including the use of suspension.

DRESS CODE: Students should wear clothing that is appropriate for school. Rooms are air conditioned, so keep this in mind when your child dresses for school. Clothing should cover the body, including the midriff. Clothing should not be worn which would allow undergarments to be seen. Inflammatory, violent, or racist items printed on shirts will not be allowed. No pants shall be worn below the waist-line and shirt tails should be tucked if they are too long. Shorts and pants that hang low at the waist are not allowed. Shorts, skirts, and skorts must be long enough that the tip of the index finger should rest against material when standing straight up. If your child's clothing is not appropriate, the parent will be contacted to during a change of clothing, or pick up the child. Prevention is the key here. Know what your child is wearing before he/she leaves for school in the morning.


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EAGLE HIGH FIVE: Students may earn Eagle High Fives when they display good character or exemplify model behavior. When a student receives an Eagle High Five, they may redeem it for a reward sticker, pencil, or bookmark in their classroom. Once a month, we will have a grade level drawing for a gift card for students who have redeemed their Eagle High Fives! The more high fives a student has accumulated the more chances they have to win. Each month we will begin again with new Eagle High Fives for that month.

EXPECTATIONS: We have high expectations for all our students. We expect them to be on time, to stay all day, to be attentive and to be cooperative, to complete all assignments, to use good manners, to respect everyone and to do their best work every day. We expect parents to support us, to ask questions rather than make assumptions, to assist their child with homework and to encourage their child to put forth his/her best effort daily. One strategy is to check homework every night. Students should read or be read to nightly. We expect our teachers to be prepared each day to teach. We do not believe all teaching is done in the classroom and encourage teachers and staff to use every teachable moment to help students learn. We expect our staff to help students become academically, physically, and emotionally prepared for their future.


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FAIRS: SCIENCE AND MATH FAIRS: ECE will host a Science and Math Fair during the school year. Students will have the option of completing a science project and/or math project. All projects will be on display for viewing after they are judged. There will be a reception for parents and students involved in the science/math fair following the project due date. You will receive more information about this well in advance.

FIELD DAY: Field Day offers students an opportunity to participate in activities that will enhance their athletic skills. They compete against themselves at a variety of activity stations. We hope you will plan to join in the fun that day as a station volunteer.

FIELD TRIPS: Teachers plan instructionally sound field trips for students. Any student who does not have a signed permission form will not be permitted to leave campus for field trips. The teacher will properly receipt all fees and charges for field trips paid by the student/parent. Students who exhibit poor behavior while in school may not be allowed to participate in field trips unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Money for field trips will not be refunded unless the school has to cancel the trip. You should keep your original receipt in case the school has to submit a refund in the event of a cancelled trip.

FIRE DRILLS: A fire drill is held each month school is in session. When the alarm sounds students are expected to line up quietly at their classroom door. They then walk single file, quickly and quietly, to their designated exit with their teacher.

FOOD: Parents, please be aware that the policy, mandated by the federal government, is that NO COMMERCIAL FOOD MAY BE BROUGHT INTO THE CAFETERIA OTHER THAN THAT PREPARED BY THE CAFETERIA STAFF.

FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH: All WCS elementary students will receive free breakfast and lunch this school year. There will be a charge for additional items. Parents do not need to complete a meal application.


G is for...

GRADES: K-2 GRADES: (M, S, N, U) At the K-2 level students receive an M when they have mastered a skill on grade level, an S when they are meeting the grade level expectations, an N when they need to improve in a certain skill area and a U means the student is not meeting the standards that will be necessary to be promoted to the next grade level.

3-5 GRADES: Grades at this level are A, B, C, D, and F. These grades are based on the countywide grading system. An A is Excellent work, 100-93 points; a B is Above Average, 92-85 points; a C is Average, 84-77 points; a D is Below Average, 76-70 points; an F is unsatisfactory with points 69 and lower. A "D" indicates the student may be close to making a failing grade and should work harder. It is not sufficient just to pass. An "F" is a failing grade and indicates unsatisfactory schoolwork and the student must improve significantly in order to pass or be promoted to the next grade. Parents should request a conference with the teacher when students make an "F" in order to see what things the students need to do to improve grades and the likelihood of being promoted.


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HAZARDOUS WEATHER: Through the Parent-Link system, parents will be notified of any school schedule changes due to inclement weather. Parents should listen to radio or watch TV to find out if schools are closed or have a delayed opening due to inclement weather/hazardous conditions. Make-up days are listed on the "Student Holidays" page of this agenda. Please do not call the main school number for this information as it ties up the lines and prevents calls from weather services or the superintendent.

HOMEWORK: Students may be assigned homework each night. Some teachers may give light assignments with the expectations that a project or large reading assignment be completed. Make sure your child uses this agenda and puts deadlines for both of you to review. A review of previous work, math facts (multiplication tables, etc.) or spelling words would help your child build skills needed to be successful.

Every student in grades K-5 should read or be read to EVERY NIGHT, including weekends. YOUR TIME IS THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE YOUR CHILD. Reading is a wonderful way to share time and improve your student's academic skills.


I is for...

IDENTIFICATION: Due to the nature of the world today and our concern for the safety of all our students, please do not be offended if we require identification in order for you to visit a classroom or pick up a student. Our concern is the safety and well being of your child, our student. Signing in and wearing a visitor's pass helps assure students that they are safe at school. Your child may know you, but others may not. Teachers, staff, and students have been asked to report anyone in the building who does not have a visitor or volunteer badge visible.

IMMUNIZATIONS: Every student entering Kindergarten and those in the first through fifth grade must have a current immunization record and a health assessment on file in the office within 30 calendar days from the first day of school. Failure to do so may lead to suspension or expulsion from school. Students who enroll after that date have 30 days from the date they enrolled in the Wilson County Schools system to furnish proof of immunizations or the student will not be allowed to return to school until such proof is provided. If you do not know what immunizations are required, please contact the Wilson County Health Department or our school counselor.

INSTRUCTIONAL TIME: Instructional time is a very valuable resource for our students. Using the intercom or going to the door of classes to get students before the school day is over is a waste of valuable instructional time. EVEN 5 MINUTES A DAY BY ONE PARENT ROBS ALL STUDENTS IN THAT CLASSROOM OF 15 HOURS OF INSTRUCTION TIME PER YEAR. That is similar to being absent for 3 days. Multiply that by 3 or 4 parents and students have lost more than a week of precious instructional time.


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JUMP ROPE FOR HEART: Our PE teacher will be conducting this fun activity that helps the American Heart Association during the month of February.


K is for...
The beginning of a great adventure starts in Kindergarten. This time can be the most exciting time in a child's early years. This time is one of the building blocks of a sound foundation for his/her education. Kindergarten students should be encouraged to be independent, finding their way to their classroom and to the front door. Kindergarten students will be brought to the front door by their teacher to greet parents at the normal release time of 3:00pm. PLEASE TEACH YOUR CHILD HIS FULL NAME, PARENTS' FULL NAME, STREET ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER AND WHERE THE PARENTS WORK. This is just not for school purposes, but it is essential information that all children should know by the time they are 4 years of age for safety purposes. If you and your child are ever separated, you will be glad the child knows this information.

Help us make this a special year for all our children. Let them do as much as possible on their own. We teach responsibility by allowing students to be responsible. Volunteer in their classrooms and on their field trips. Come to school to eat lunch with them.

KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENT - MEDICAL: A kindergarten medical assessment is required for all students entering kindergarten. Forms are available at medical doctors' offices throughout the county. Students not completing the medical assessment will not be allowed to attend school until the assessment has been completed. If you have any questions or problems getting this assessment done, please get in touch with the counselor at the school who will be glad to assist you.


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LOST AND FOUND: Please be sure to mark your child's clothing with his/her name so that it can be returned when found. Items not marked/identified are placed in the lost and found area (in the cafeteria). Unclaimed clothing at the end of the year will be taken to the Salvation Army.

LUNCH: All WSC elementary students will receive free lunch this school year. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria and parents/guardians are always welcome to dine with their child. Students may purchase additional items.

If students bring their lunch, they may buy milk as they walk through the lunch line. NO CANNED, CARBONATED, OR BOTTLED SODA-TYPE DRINKS should be sent to school since these tend to be dangerous when shaken or at the very least messy when opened after being shaken. We invite you to eat lunch with your child at any time. Lunch is scheduled according to classrooms. Be sure to ask the teacher when your child's lunchtime is so that you can be on time to eat with him/her.

LUNCHROOM BEHAVIOR: We encourage our students to use good manners and behavior while in the lunchroom. Either their teacher or an assistant supervises them. If they have problems in the lunchroom, they should first report any problems to the adult supervising them at that time. The following behavior is expected:

  1. Entering the cafeteria - Stand quietly in line without touching or bothering anyone else.
  2. Talk quietly at the table with those at your table only.
  3. Use good manners as you eat.
  4. If you drop something, pick it up.
  5. Walk as you carry your tray to and from the table.
  6. No pushing, playing or loud talking while in the cafeteria.
  7. No sharing of food
  8. Follow the school rules.


M is for...

MEDICATION: School personnel may not administer medication, prescription or otherwise, without the written instructions and a completed medication form signed by the doctor prescribing the medication and the parent/guardian.

School personnel may not apply any treatment beyond first aid. Prescription medications must be brought to the school in a pharmacy labeled bottle that contains instructions on how to administer, how often, and in what dosage. Most pharmacists are aware of this and if asked will split the prescription into two bottles so that one can be brought to school and be properly administered. Bottles containing any type of medicine should be given to the teacher. Over the counter medications must be in the original container and will be administered according to the physician's and parent's written instruction.


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NEWS: Our newsletter, The Eagle's Nest, is sent home at the beginning of each month. This newsletter contains important information about upcoming events at our school along with ways you can help your child. It is a must read!


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OFFICE: Our office is located to the left of the main entrance. All parents, PTO officers and members, grandparents, spouses, children, and visitors/volunteers are expected to sign in and receive a visitor's badge. Mrs. Bass, our school secretary, will be happy to help you. She can also help give you directions to all parts of our building as well as check the schedule to see if children are in their regular classrooms. Messages are delivered to teachers, teacher assistants and other support staff members during instructional periods so that they may return telephone calls. This is to minimize disruption of instructional time.


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PARENTS/FAMILY: The most important part of any student's success is the family. Help us help you; ask when you have a question. Volunteer or visit when you can.

PARENT-LINK NOTIFICATION SYSTEM: The Parent-Link notification system is a means by which the school remains in contact with the community (parents). It is extremely important that you keep your phone numbers up-to-date in the office so that the Parent-Link system will be able to reach you via phone with any announcements regarding the school or school system.

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (P.T.O.): We are very proud of our Parent Teacher Organization and the support that it has provided in the past years. It is very important that you attend the meetings and become actively involved.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE: Perfect attendance awards are given at ECE School. Students are eligible for the year's end award ONLY IF THEY HAVE NO ABSENCES, NO TARDIES, AND NO EARLY DISMISSALS. Students must be in attendance every day for a full day in order to be eligible at the end of the year for the Perfect Attendance Award.

PHONE USE: The telephones are for teachers and staff to make necessary school related business calls. Students should be aware of how they are getting home in the afternoon prior to leaving for school in the morning. They should not be expected to call during the day to obtain this information. Students should be prepared to come to school. That means they should have books, homework, lunch or lunch money, etc. all organized the night before so that it will not be necessary to use the phone after they have arrived at school. In addition, students should be taught their phone number, parents/guardians' names, where they work or go to school, and their addresses by the time they reach kindergarten age.

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORT (PBIS): PBIS is a general approach to preventing problem behaviors and implementing researched based practices to maximize academic and social behavior and outcomes for students. School-wide expectations will be posted within the classrooms.

PROFICIENCY EXPECTATIONS: Students in all grades will be expected to meet the proficiency standard for their grade level. Parents, students, and teachers will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to all work together in the teaching and learning process. Please ask your child's teacher or the counselor about the proficiency expectations if you do not understand them. Please review the section on instructional time, homework, grades, and attendance. We will do our best with you on our team to make sure every student does the very best to reach the proficiency standards.


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QUESTIONS: If you have any questions about your child's progress or his/her educational experiences please feel free to ask the teachers. The ECE School Staff members are happy to answer any questions you may have. Mrs. Spencer and our office staff are happy to meet with you about ideas and suggestions for improving OUR school.


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REFRESHMENTS: If you would like to provide a small amount of store bought refreshments for your child's class on his/her birthday, you may do so (cupcakes, cookies). Refreshments may only be served after 1:30pm, according to Federal School Lunch Guidelines. Please check with your child's teacher before bringing or sending any snacks for the class so that the teacher can help plan for a time for students to enjoy the refreshments.

REWARDS FOR EVERYONE: ECE is a place where we hope parents and students feel valued and comfortable. As a part of establishing the atmosphere, we have a student reward program for everyone.

Many parents are aware of the recognition that comes with making good grades. At ECE, we have The Principal's List for students making all A's or M's and the Honor Roll for students making A's and B's only or all S's and M's. Students who greatly improve will receive the Soaring Eagle's Award. Our Renaissance Celebrations occur every nine weeks, with the students being treated to a reception/party/event. The criteria for Renaissance are as follows: Attendance: No more than 6 absences and tardies combined. (Early checkouts are considered tardies, too); Behavior: No behavior referrals (office or bus); Academics: Reading and Math on grade level on K-2 report card; All A's/B's on 3-5 report card. Students must meet all 3 requirements to attend Renaissance celebrations or events.

During the fall our students have an opportunity to participate in the Young Author's Recognition program. A student may chose to write based on the topic that the Reading Association has for that school year.

In the spring, ECE students can enter the Science/Math Fair. Students must register for their project to be allowed in the competition. This ensures that students are using higher order organizational and planning skills and not just throwing a project together the night before the projects are due. Participants from each grade level are awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention ribbons.

Each year our students compete in their room or in their communication skills class to be eligible for the school level Spelling Bee. Students who win at this level are then eligible to participate in the Wilson County Schools Spelling Bee.

Students caught being unusually kind and considerate to others will receive an Eagle High Five. (For more information, see Eagle High Fives.)

REPORT CARDS: Report cards are issued every nine weeks. Please read all information included with the report card and review the report card. Please sign and return the report card envelope the next day. If the student does not bring the report card on the date given, please call the school to find out why the student does not have a report card. Report card dates are listed on the school calendar on the back cover of the agenda book.


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SAFETY: We are always concerned about the safety and well being of our students. Please use the front door that is on the Lake Wilson Road side of the building. To enter the building you will need to use the buzz in system. You will need to press the silver triangle and be prepared to share your name and reason for your visit. Guests must stop by the front office, sign in and secure a visitor or volunteer's pass before going further in the building. When asking another person to pick up your child from school, please send a written note with this person. Ask the person to be ready to show identification to us upon arriving and requesting the child. PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR YOUR CHILD TO BE CALLED TO CHECK OUT AFTER 2:30PM UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY! Dismissal time can be confusing and we want to be sure every child gets home safely. If classrooms are interrupted during this time to release children early, the interruptions often result in children being left by a van, or by a bus. Early release of children interferes with keeping everyone on schedule for their departure places and times.

SPANISH IMMERSION: Spanish Immersion is a program for students who will enter kindergarten at ECE. Through this program, students will learn to understand, speak, read and write in Spanish as well as English.

SNACK TIME: Each individual teacher decides if and when her class will observe a snack time. This is partially determined by the time students eat breakfast and the time they eat lunch. The teacher will notify you about rules regarding snacks. Parents are encouraged to send nutritious snacks if their child will be observing a snack time.


T is for...

TEAM: It takes every member of the team to make a positive difference in a child's education. Parents, teachers, students, counselors, staff, administration, and members of our community are a part of our team. At ECE our focus will always be on what is best for the student's mental, academic, emotional, and physical well-being. We must all be sure we're doing our part. When there are conflicts, all should be ready to discuss strategies that can be put in place to resolve the problem or at least be able to understand the problem. As role models, we must remember to take time to talk about things that will benefit our students.

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES: Transportation changes will not be accepted over the telephone. Please send a note to school concerning changes.


U is for...

UTMOST: Every student at ECE is of utmost importance. Our faculty and staff will make every effort to insure his/her success. Please help us reach our goals. Help us foster future leaders by making our students your utmost priority.


V is for...

VISITORS: Volunteers, parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters from another school, grandparents, EVERYONE visiting our school must first check in at the office and pick up a visitor's badge. All persons entering the building should enter by the front door facing Lake Wilson Road by the front office.

VOLUNTEERS: If you are interested in volunteering, please see our Help Wanted Board. Opportunities are always listed there. Volunteers are needed in the office, classrooms, media center, field day, Spring Fling and several other events.

VALUABLES: Large amounts of money or valuables should not be brought to school or on field trips. One major problem usually arises when students allow someone else to hold a valuable item (toy, jewelry, money, electronic devices). If the student allows someone to hold an item that should not be at school in the first place, the item will be held in the office for a parent to pick up at the end of the day or year. Although school personnel try to prevent losses, they are not responsible for students' personal property. Large amounts of money, cards, electronic equipment/games, etc. should NOT be brought to school.


W is for...

WEB PAGE: ECE has a web page. Check us out! You will find names of teachers, staff members, school activities listed, picture events, field days, and examples of student work. We will continue to maintain a parent resource page to help with reading and math. You may find us by clicking on This will direct you to the Wilson County Schools website. Go to the tab for Schools and click on Elm City Elementary.

WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME: Any item not needed for school/class should be left at home (i.e. cards, toys, electronic devices, iPods, balls, etc.). ITEMS SUCH AS MATCHES, SHARP OBJECTS, LIGHTERS, FIREWORKS, FIREARMS (or ANY LIKENESS OF A FIREARM, INCLUDING WATER PISTOLS), tobacco products, alcohol and illegal drugs are ALL BANNED FROM THE SCHOOL'S CAMPUS AND VIOLATE STATE AND LOCAL LAWS. Possession of any of these will result in an automatic suspension with the possibility of long-term suspension.

WITHDRAWALS: Please notify your child's teacher and the office if you plan to move or change schools. We need to know one day in advance in order to prepare the progress report and transfer slip. All textbooks and library books must be accounted for or paid for before withdrawing your child. If you are moving outside of the county or state, please be prepared to give us the name and address of the school to which we will be sending the student's records. School records are sent from ECE School when the school to which the student has transferred requests them.

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES: Your child may have a cell phone at school. However they must follow WCS Board Policy while on campus. The device must remain off and in their book bag all day (out of sight/out of mind). If you child's device rings or disrupts class, the following will occur: The first offense, the teacher will take it for the rest of the school day and return it to the student at the end of the day. The parent/guardian will be contacted. The second offense, the teacher will refer the student to the office and the parent/guardian will have to meet with administration to pick the phone up. The third offense will result in the student receiving an office referral and the phone being taken by administration for the rest of the school year. The phone will be returned on the last day when the parent/guardian comes to pick it up. According to WCS Board Policy ECE is not liable for any lost or stolen Wireless Communication Device.


X is for...

X: X marks the spot, the spot your child should be in every day in his/her classroom ready to learn at 7:55am. Please make every effort to be sure students are in attendance daily and that he/she arrives before the 7:55 bell and remains until the 3:00 bell.


Y is for...

YOU: Your encouragement and support are essential for your child's success in school. Be involved in your child's school life by volunteering, by participating in activities for students, and by attending conferences with teachers or administration when needed.


Z is for...

ZZZZZZZ'S: Make sure your child gets plenty of rest each night. A well-rested child is more alert, ready to learn and less likely to disrupt class than one who is tired and grouchy.

We hope you will find this agenda very useful! Please refer to it frequently. If you have suggestions for additional things which should be added or clarified, please let the Principal, Mrs. Spencer, know so it can be included in next year's revisions.