When Visiting Purdy, ALWAYS CHECK IN AT THE FRONT OFFICE
We love having you visit our school, however, in our ongoing efforts to maintain security for our students and staff at Purdy, we are asking all visitors to check in at the office upon arrival and obtain a visitor’s sticker. Please do not go to the classrooms, playground, or anywhere on the Purdy campus without a visitor’s sticker. There is a sign-in book provided for you at the front office. You must sign this every time you are at school. In case of an emergency we need to know who is in the building. (This is also very helpful when someone is trying to contact you and we are trying to find you)
There needs to be as few interruptions in your child’s classroom as possible to help create a positive learning environment. Lunches, homework, notes, etc. that need to be delivered to your child need to be left at the front office. We will make sure they receive them.
Calls From/To Purdy
If you see a Peninsula School District or Purdy phone number on your caller ID, we encourage you to check your messages before calling our office. The call could be an automated message, a call from any staff member in the building or from your student. If you call our office with the expectation that we will know who called you, we will do our best to assist you but we likely won’t know where the call originated or what it was about. Make sure your child knows to leave you a message if they ever call you so you aren’t left wondering who called you and why.
Class Placement Procedure
Purdy staff members intentionally gather information from teachers, specialists, and Para educators, in order to form balanced classes that will provide a nurturing, challenging environment for our students.
For students attending Purdy Elementary, a number of factors are considered when forming classes for the following year. Some of the factors include:
- Overall class size
- Ratio of boys and girls
- Academic strengths and challenges
- Social and emotional needs
- Students with special needs
Q. May parents request a particular teacher for their child?
A. We ask that parents not request a teacher by name; rather we encourage parents to provide us with information regarding the specific needs of their child. It is the responsibility of the principal and staff members at Purdy Elementary to use their professional judgment for class placement.
Q. May parents request a particular program at Purdy, such as Multi-Age Monkeys or Manatees?
A. We ask that parents not request a particular program; rather we encourage parents to inform us about the type of learning environment that is best for their child.
Q. If I want to make a change in my child’s classroom placement, when and how does this occur?
A. At the beginning of the school year classroom placements will remain in place for a period of 2 weeks. If concerns remain after 2 weeks, parents may contact the principal for consideration of class placement change.
Some important things to remember for safety reasons when driving through our parking lot:
- When possible, please have your child ride the school bus.
- Always drive slowly and cautiously, watching out for pedestrians.
- Follow the clearly marked arrows. There is only one direction to follow when coming in to the parking lot.
- Please do not park in the red and yellow No Parking Zones.
- The End of the Day student pick up process – You will drive along side the sidewalk in front of our school to the yellow loading zone. The students will be kept safely back from the curb pick up in front of the steps. When staff makes contact with the driver, your student will be sent to the car. Once your student has quickly buckled in, please move forward so that we can maintain a smooth flow of traffic.
- Please do not try to go around the car in front of you. Wait your turn in line.
- Follow the designated parking lot exit.
Our hope is that this procedure will allow us to have a smooth flow of traffic and a safe parking lot for all. We will have several staff members helping kids move to cars in a safe manner.
Go Green and Ride the Bus!
What If I Have A Concern?
If you have a concern regarding your child(ren), the following steps might be helpful:
Please contact your child’s teacher by calling the Purdy office (530-4600) or by visiting the classroom before or after school. When calling, ask to speak directly to the classroom teacher. When visiting, please check in at the office and our office personnel will call the classroom to let them know of your arrival.
Please contact the school nurse, Miriam Atchison by calling the school office.
Emotional/Social Health Concerns
The school counselor, Beth Ruffner, is available to help families find appropriate resources for children. Our counselor is also available for children needing extra support at school. Ms. Ruffner can be reached through the Purdy Office (530-4600)
School Related Concerns
Please feel free to contact the principal in the office (530-4600). Ms. Brooks can help work through school issues/situations that happen inside or outside the classroom.
Remember, situations and/or concerns cannot be addressed if you do not make someone aware of them!
The goal of these guides is to assist parents in supporting the learning of their children.
It provides information regarding what students are expected to learn at each grade level. These resources provide ideas for what parents can do at home to support the learning goals.
How To Get Involved
Volunteering Opportunities at School
Purdy staff love to have parents/guardians and community members involved in our school. Please feel free to ask about opportunities for your involvement at Purdy.
Other Ways to be Involved
Ask your child’s teacher if he/she wants to have help! There are ways to help inside and outside the classroom. Just ask!
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)
This is a safe school initiative that involves fathers and father figures to help create a more safe and secure learning environment.
Family Academic Nights
Each year Purdy hosts a Math Night. This is a good way to learn about how to best support your child in the areas of Math.
An open house is always scheduled for the end of September for families and the community to visit the school
Parent/Teacher conferences are held each October and March. This is a perfect way to connect with your child’s teacher and to find out how to best support your child at home.
Visit our Website
Our school website has a wealth of information that can keep parents informed about our school, district and curriculum. Teachers have classroom websites that can help parents be informed about the classroom activities and current learning.
We really appreciate our volunteers. Before you are allowed to be in, the classroom you need to fill out a Washington State Patrol Packet and be fingerprinted. This is a quick procedure and can be done in the Front Office. There is no cost and it is valid for two years.