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Chipeta Elementary School
950 Chipeta Ave
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone (970)254-6825    FAX (970)242-6386
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Chipeta's history by Chipeta's Great Grandson, Roland McCook

All About Energy, Chipeta Elementary the GREEN SCHOOL

Schedule and Attendance

School Supplies

School Hours

Playground Supervision

Cougar Care (Before and After School Supervision)

Visiting the School

Attendance and absences

Early Dismissal from School

School Health Assistant and Medication

After Hours Supervision

Student Behavior

Chipeta School-Wide Behavior Management

Transportation

Bicycles/Rollerblades/Skateboards/Scooters

Bus Transportation

Parking and Pick-Up

School Communication

Tuesday Folders and Monthly Newsletter

Progress Reports and Conferences

Telephone Messages

Other Topics

Cafeteria

Dress Code

Emergency Schedule

Playground Equipment

Schedule and Attendance

School Hours

school hours

    School is in session for grades K through 5th from 8:45 a.m. - 3:50 p.m. The first bell rings at 8:45 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 8:50 a.m. There are two half day kindergartens, one from 8:45 - 11:50 am, and the other from 12:55 - 3:50 pm. The school office operates between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

   Wednesdays are early release days. School starts at the same time; but, school ends at 1:50 p.m. Half day kindergarten on Wednesdays runs from 8:50 – 10:50 and from 11:50 – 1:50.

 

School Supplies

school supplies

     In order to save parents and guardians money on school supplies, there will be a $25.00 school supply charge. This will enable teachers to buy supplies in bulk and avoid the purchase of unneeded items.

 

Playground Supervision

Playground Supervision

   The playground is supervised every morning from 8:00 - 8:50 a.m. during the time buses are arriving and unloading. Do not send your children to school earlier than 8:00 a.m., since there is no adult supervision present on the grounds. The playground is also supervised during lunch recess and grade level recess periods.

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Cougar Care

Cougar Care

    The Cougar Care program will be offered at Chipeta Elementary to meet the needs of parents and their children who have just spent an enriching day at school. The program will offer children the opportunity to engage in before and after school activities that will encourage social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Theme based activities planned by our professional staff will allow your child to be creative and independent in a comfortable and safe environment.  The Cougar Care program is a state licensed program that is facilitated through Grand Junction Parks and Recreation.

REGISTRATION

     Enrollment is open to all Chipeta Elementary students First through Fifth grade. Registration forms must be filled out prior to admittance. A registration fee of $10.00 per family is due at the time of enrollment. Registration can be taken at the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation office or at Chipeta Elementary School.

Fee Schedule and Hours of Operation:

Morning Care:

6:30am-8:00am-$4.00

(Students will be released to the Chipeta morning program at 8:00am for no additional charge)

Afternoon Care:

3:50-6:00pm-$5.00

Early Release:

1:50pm-3:50pm-$5.00

    Students will eat lunch in the school cafeteria. Lunch fees are not included in program fees. Lunches can be purchased through the school lunch program.

Scholarships:

     Scholarships are available to those individuals who provide proof of financial hardship.  Proof may come in the form of the following: free/reduced lunch certification, letter from school administrator, proof of income, Medicaid card, referral from Social Services or other similar agency, etc.

For more information contact Grand Junction Parks and Recreation at 254-3866. 


Visitors

Visitors

    Parents are encouraged to visit their children's classroom or any of the district's other instructional facilities. This is one of the best ways to help out at school.

   Visitors MUST check in at the office before visiting a classroom to get a visitor badge. Please be sensitive to the learning environment when visiting. We value your expertise and involvement. By volunteering you are showing your child that you value education and you support our school. Thank You!

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Attendance and Absences

Attendance Early Dismissal

     

    A child can never make up a day missed at school even though some assignments may be made up at a later date. The interaction and instruction that takes place in the classroom are equally as valuable as written assignments. Students should only be absent from school in the case of an illness, unusual family difficulties, or emergency. Other absences should be avoided and, in fact, may constitute truancy. If your child is absent for more than one day, please make arrangements to have his/her homework picked up.

   When your child is absent, the parent is requested to call the school office between 8:00 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. to inform the school as to the nature of the absence. If the child is absent and no call has been made, the school will call to check on the child.

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Early Dismissal

   As a general policy, children are dismissed from school during school hours only in case of an emergency. In such situations, a note should be sent to the child's teacher on that day and the parent must come to the office to sign the child out of school.

Please try to schedule appointments before or after school.

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School Health Assistant and Medication

Health

   Cindy Winder is Chipeta Elementary’s full time health assistant. She is on duty from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Chipeta Elementary’s RN is Janel Champion, 254-5417.

     If a child becomes ill or injured at school, he/she will be cared for, and the parent will be notified. Simple first-aid will be administered, but no medication will be given unless the medication and written permission is on file with the office. The responsibility for further care rests with the parents or family physician.

   If your child contracts strep throat, pink eye, chickenpox, or any other contagious disease, please inform the school health assistant or office staff at once. Throat cultures are not given at school.

Medication

medication

  

    In order for prescription medications to be administered by the school health assistant or trained staff, the school is required to have the form "Request for Medication" completed, signed by the physician and a parent, and be on file in the school. Prescription medication must be in the original container labeled by the pharmacist. Please check with your physician regarding the necessity for giving medication during school hours.

   Over the counter (non-prescription) medication supplied by the parent in the original container may be given only with a parent's signature on the permission form. Forms are available in the school office and at most physician’s offices. New forms must be completed each school year.

   If it is necessary to send liquid medication to school, please send a dosage spoon with the medication. We request parents bring the medication to school. Medications which have not been used or picked up by the expiration date will be discarded at school.

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After Hours Supervision

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Student Behavior

Chipeta School-Wide Behavior Management

   Chipeta is a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) school. We strive to have a school environment that is positive, preventative, predictable, and effective. We endeavor to be safe, healthy and caring. These elements help provide an atmosphere essential for academic success.

The Chipeta Behavior Expectations require each student to be:

Respectful

Responsible

Safe

     We have developed a matrix that outlines the desired behavior in each school setting as it pertains to these three school-wide expectations. It is our goal to establish and maintain an effective school environment that maximizes academic achievement and behavioral competence of all learners.

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Transportation

Bicycles/Scooters/Skateboards/Roller Blades

lTransportation

   Children may ride scooters & bicycles to school. Scooters & bicycles must be walked on the school grounds. Bicycles should be locked to the bicycle rack. Roller blades may be worn to school, but are not allowed on school grounds. Students must change into their shoes at the edge of school property. Please remember that the school cannot be responsible for any personal property brought to school.

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Bus Transportation

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    Bus transportation is provided to children in the Chipeta attendance area who live more than one mile from school. Where students are ineligible for school district transportation, the parent may contract privately with First Student if it will not cause deviation from the existing routes. Information on specific bus number, bus stop and stop time for individual students is available at the school office or at First Student Contract Services, 241-1570 OR you can click on the following link to the First Stop Locator.

    It is our hope that you stress to your child the importance of proper conduct at the bus stop and on the bus. We want to be sure that every Chipeta student has a safe and happy ride to and from school.

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Parking and Pickup

   Please read the pick-up and drop-off procedures carefully. Your cooperation is appreciated. The drop-off/pick-up loop is located in front of the school on Chipteta Avenue between 9th and 10th Street. Vehicles in the “pick-up/drop-off loop should continue to pull forward filling spaces vacated in front of them. Drivers are to remain in their vehicles. Do not park on 10th and Chipeta Avenue in the bike lane. Officers will be writing tickets.

Other Guidelines

  • Students should exit their vehicles on the right side onto the sidewalk. Parent should remain in their vehicles.
  • When dropping off, please make sure your child makes it safely into the supervised areas before leaving.

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School Communication

Tuesday Folders and Monthly Newsletter

Thursday Folder

    In an effort to assist you and your child with important information and school news we have established "Tuesday Folders". Each Tuesday your child will bring home a packet of letters, classroom information, etc. Please take time to sit and discuss this information with your child. In addition, on the last Tuesday of the month, a monthly newsletter will be sent out regarding important school news and upcoming events in the next month.

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Progress Reports and Conferences

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     The Chipeta staff is committed to communication between students, teachers, and parents. Pupil progress is reported through formal parent-teacher conferences twice a year and progress report cards are sent home during the year. Fall parent conferences are scheduled in October. Spring Conferences will be held in May. Progress report cards will be sent home at the end of each quarter. Additional conferences may be initiated as needed by the parents or teachers throughout the year.

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Telephone Messages

progress

   

      We will deliver emergency/urgent messages to your child. If at all possible, arrangements for any changes in your child's routine should be made before they come to school in the morning. Students will not be allowed to use the telephone for permission to go home with a friend.

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Other Topics

Cafeteria

Cafeteria

   

     We serve lunch for those who wish to purchase. Students may purchase hot lunch, or may bring a lunch prepared at home. Children bringing a lunch from home may purchase white or chocolate milk. If a student has any food allergies or is allergic to milk we will need a note from their physician stating the problem. Juice substitutions will not be made without such a note.

   Personnel from the Food Service Department will take lunch money at the entrance to the lunchroom by the cafeteria in the morning from 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. They may also pay via the internet or telephone. Simply log on to www.mealpay.com or call   1-866-393-4498. It is helpful if lunches are purchased by the week or by the month, although students may purchase them daily. We encourage students to purchase their lunches before school or via phone or internet to keep the lunch line moving smoothly. For more information on menus and more click on the following link to Nutrition Services.

   To avoid the loss of sack lunches and lunch boxes, please put your child's name on them.

   Free and reduced lunch information will be sent home with your child the first day of school. Forms will be available in the office also.

   If you are planning on joining your child for lunch, please call the office before 9:00 a.m. to order the lunches needed.

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Dress Code

Dress Code

  

     School is your child's "workplace" and consequently we ask that they dress appropriately. Children should dress according to the weather. If it is cold, please send your child to school with warm clothing.

   Any clothing which is deemed inappropriate will not be allowed to be worn at school. Please help your child make choices that will be conducive to a positive learning environment. We ask that students not wear tank tops, half shirts, crop tops, short shorts, bike shorts, or slogans promoting alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex, or violence, or sagging pants.

   Please make sure all coats, hats, and gloves are labeled with your child's name. Let's keep our focus on student learning.

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Emergency Schedule

emergency

  

     Inclement weather or other factors may result in closing schools, delayed opening, or early dismissal. School closing will be announced over local radio stations. Close contact is maintained with the district transportation office, bus company, highway department, weather bureau, and news media. Closing decisions are made as early as possible. On a questionable day, please listen to the radio rather than calling the district. Please complete the emergency/enrollment form very carefully. Complete, accurate information, including home and work phone numbers, is very important! If there is a change of address or phone number, inform the school promptly.

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Playground Equipment

Sports equipment

    Children are allowed to bring their own playground equipment, with the exception of hard bats and balls, to play with on the playground. No electronic devises including CD players, Game Boys, etc. will be allowed at school. All items brought from home must be clearly marked with the child's name. The school cannot be responsible for items lost or stolen. Safety is of prime concern and we reserve the right to exclude any items we deem unsafe or inappropriate.

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