When are teacher conferences and how do I schedule them?

Middle School conferences are held in early November (in 2017 the evenings of Nov 8 & 16 and afternoons on Nov 9 & 17).  SRMS will send an email communication to all SRMS families in late October with instructions for how to schedule the conferences online (please note: do not wait to sign up as there are a limited number of slots for parent/teacher conferences).  Your conference time will be with your child’s team teachers together. World languages, music, art, etc. are separate appointments.

 

Please note that you can communicate with your children’s teachers at any time and do not have to wait for conferences if there is something you would like to discuss.

 

What is “advisory” (also called “Star Days”)?

All middle school students are part of the Advisory program at SRMS.  When they enter SRMS, each student is assigned to an advisory group of about 12 students in the same grade  plus a teacher/staff member.  The group stays together throughout their time at SRMS.  Topics discussed vary by grade and are determined over the summer by the collective group of advisors for the relevant grade, although there is flexibility for current events.  Advisory is meant as discussion time for the students and is not graded, nor is there homework.  The purpose is to provide a forum for the students to decompress and create connections with each other, and form a connection with another adult at SRMS (their advisor)

 

What is the Morning Show?

The Morning Show is an in-house live production that is shown at the opening of each day at SRMS.  It is filmed in the green room in the SRMS Library.  8th grade students can sign up for 2 week stints as co-anchors of the morning show.  Other students can be involved behind the camera with production help, or in special segments during the show.  The show delivers morning announcements and other special segments.

 

How much is a school lunch?

$3.25

 

Do I need to send in a pass for my child to ride home with another student?

Yes - Students going home on a different bus or getting off at a different stop with a friend need a note. The note should contain the student’s full name, alternate bus number/stop and name of the student they are traveling home with. Again, parents should print and sign their full names. Any arrangements to go home with a friend, etc. must be made prior to coming to school. Parents should call the bus company to make sure there is room on the bus.  Students are not allowed to call home from school to ask if they can go to a friend’s house after hours.

 

Students being picked up at dismissal (2:50 p.m.), whether by the parent or a designee, do not need a note. They should follow whatever instructions they have been given by parents.

 

My child has a doctor's appointment during the school day, or I need to pick my child up early before the 2:50 dismissal. How do I sign him/her out?

Students being picked up prior to dismissal need a note. Children cannot be dismissed early with only a telephone call.

 

Notes should include the child’s full name, pick-up time and the parent’s full name – printed and a signature. Please note that we cannot tell a student to go home with another student or that they are being picked up early by the parent or another person. Alternate plans must be made in advance. We can only tell a student to take the bus home in the event there is a change of plans. (Understandably, emergency situations do arise; in those cases, we will make arrangements for your child to call you to receive instructions directly from you.)

 

If a child brings in a written note for early dismissal, they can give it to their homeroom teacher who will send it to the Main Office at the end of homeroom.

 

Students being picked up early must be picked up by the parent or by an official “emergency contact.” Parents must report to the Main Office to pick up their child during school hours.

 

If the child returns to school the same day, they should go to the Attendance Office to check in and obtain a pass to go to class.

 

My child wants to walk home after school, or over the high school to meet a sibling.  Do I need a note?

In order to ensure the safety of our students, we ask that you provide written permission for your child to walk to/from school.  This also includes students who may walk to/from Ridgefield High School to meet a sibling.  Whether it’s on a regular or occasional basis, students are not permitted to walk without written consent from their legal guardian.

 

My child is late for school.  How do they sign in?

If your child is going to be tardy to school, please to call the Attendance Hotline (203-894-5725/Option 4) before 9:00 a.m. to excuse their tardiness.

 

If your child is late for school, you must sign in with the Attendance Office before going to homeroom or class. Your child must have a written excuse from parent if they did not call the attendance number prior to arrival (203-894-5725, Option 4). 

 

My child is sick and will be absent.  How do I let the school know?

If your child is going to be absent, please call the Attendance Hotline (203-894-5725/Option 4), each day of absence, before 9:00 a.m.

 

What is the alternating daily schedule?

Two-Day Cycle: This may sound confusing at first, but it is how we organize our schedule. We start the first day of school on Day A, and the following day is a Day B. Then we start on Day A again. This cycle determines what special subjects (P.E., music, etc.) you will have each day.

 

What is the daily bell schedule?

Click here for the SRMS Regular Bell Schedule, emailed by RPS on 8/14/17.

 

My child left a book in their locker - can I get it after school?

Yes.

 

How can I get something on this website or in the SRMS PTA eblast?

If you would like to submit something for the weekly blast or PTA website the guidelines for submissions are below. 

  1. Articles must be emailed to srmsctpta@gmail.com by Friday morning for inclusion in Sunday's eblast.
  2. Articles should have the title in the subject of the email with date to be included. The article content should be in the body of the email.
  3. If you have multiple articles please email them separately.
  4. Please submit articles exactly as you wish them to appear in the eblast.
  5. Text articles should be typed either in Word DOC attached to the email or in the body of the email. Images should be in either .jpg, .png, or .gif format.
  6. If you wish the article to be in more then one issue, please note when you would like it to stop running.

 

Click here for the full SRMS document on SRMS-specific student procedures.

This document is full of helpful information provided by the SRMS administration 

 

 

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