When students are absent or late, they miss important learning, and they often feel behind when they return to the classroom. When teachers stop instruction to help a student who is tardy, all other students lose precious learning time as well. PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD BE AT SCHOOL ON TIME EVERYDAY. Students can arrive, and will be supervised, on the school playground starting at 8:46 a.m. The first bell is at 9:01 a.m. Students are tardy after 9:06 a.m.
If you know that your child will be absent or late, please report this as soon as possible to the 24 hour attendance line 303-734-5780 or send an e-mail to sandburgattendance[at]gmail[dot]com. We will be following established state and district guidelines regarding unexcused and excessive absences and tardies. Minutes accumulated beyond 24 hours of unexcused absences and tardies are considered excessive
School starts at 9:01 a.m. and all students should be in their classroom.
School is dismissed at 3:43 p.m. except for kindergarten half days, and they are out at 11:50 a.m.
Tardies: Student arriving after 9:06 a.m. and before 10:00 a.m. will be counted tardy.
Excused Tardy: Doctor and dentist appointments.
Unexcused Tardy: Anything else
Absences: Absences are recorded on a half-day system, a.m. and p.m. Students arriving after 10:00 a.m. are marked absent for the morning; students leaving before 2:00 p.m. are marked absent for the afternoon.
Students and parents may not bring animals onto school or district premises unless authorized by the site administrator. (Board Policy Code IMG) Animals may be on school or district premises in connection with an organized and approved school or district activity approved by the site administrator. Animals are allowed to be in a classroom or district facility for a specific and appropriate educational purpose for the time necessary to achieve the educational goal.
Sorry, but if the family dog walks a Sandburg student to school or comes to pick-up at the end of the day, it may not enter the school property. This includes the playground area!! Make arrangements to meet your child(ren) out on the sidewalk by the street if you have a pet with you.
What: Inside Mornings are when students are supervised inside the school building before school due to inclement weather. Inside Mornings provide:
• students a safe place to be before school
• staff time to prepare for the school day
When: Inside Mornings will take place before school (starting at 8:46) if the weather is:
• Stormy with lightning
• Rainy, more than a misty or intermittent drops
• Snowy, more than flurries or intermittent flakes
• Temperature or wind chill factor is below 20º F.
Where: Inside Mornings will take place in the gym and cafeteria. Students will enter the school building ONLY through the lobby doors OR through monitored south entrance near the art room.
Who: Inside Mornings will be supervised by school staff.
How: Inside Mornings will be determined by 8:41 a.m. by the supervisory staff with input from the National Weather Service, local weather data, on site observations, and district direction. On Inside Mornings, students will be escorted/directed to the gym where they will have the option to:
• Be seated on the gym floor to watch a student-appropriate video OR
• Students will be seated in the cafeteria and may talk in an inside voice with those next to them.
At 9:01 a.m. (10:01 a.m. for delayed start) students will be dismissed to their classrooms.
Bad Weather - Recess when it is Cold and/or Snowy Weather
Children must come to school prepared to play outside. We will have recess if the temperature with wind chill is 20 degrees or higher. If they wish to play in the snow (in the field) they must be wearing boots. If there is considerable precipitation, recess will be held inside. If your child has a doctor's note to refrain from PE or recess, we will honor that and allow them to remain inside the building.
Classroom teachers will share with their families how birthdays are celebrated in the classroom.
If your child brings party invitations to school have your child pass out the invitations before or after school hours. Please do not have them give the invitations to the teachers to hand out.
Your child's bus stop You can find information pertaining to your student's bus number, stop & pick-up time on under the Transportation tab in your Parent Portal account.
Are you open enrolled and would like to request transportation for your child? Click here for more information on the district's transporation webpage.
Does your child want to ride the bus home with a friend? If your child is either a bus rider who wants to ride a different bus to or from school or is a non-bus rider, he/she must have a written note signed by the front office. The note may be written by parents and then brought to the office for a signature or the office can write a note (with permission & under direction from the parent).
Car Drop-off & Pick-up
With your cooperation, we can safely increase the efficiency of dropping off (and picking up) your child for school each day. Sandburg Staff will provide supervision and guidance in this area for 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after school. The same procedures apply for picking up your child in this area.
~Enter the Drop Off Area from Elizabeth St. and Exit onto Columbine St.
~Pull as far forward as you can in the “Drop Off” lane without blocking the crosswalk or obstructing the handicap parking spaces. Make sure you or past the dumpster before your child gets out of your vehicle.
~Parking in the handicap parking spaces without a designation is strictly prohibited and could result in being ticketed by local law enforcement
~Please remain in your vehicle (if you need to get out of your vehicle, please park on the street or in the Cherry Knolls Park lot)
~Have your children always exit your vehicle on the SIDEWALK SIDE (children will follow the sidewalk to the playground)
~Do NOT use the “Drive Through or Park” lane to drop off your child
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jenn Sheldon, principal, at 303-347-4675 or jsheldon[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us.
Classroom - Entry before & after school
Students must come to the front office to ask for assistance. Office staff will call into the classroom. If the teachers are in the classroom & available, students will be able to go to the classroom. If the teachers are not in their classrooms or unavailable, students will not be able to enter the classroom.
Parent input is welcomed on the best learning environment for your child. However, we do not take requests for placement with a specific teacher.
Closure / Delayed Start
If schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather and/or questionable road conditions, parents should visit LPS's website (www.littletonpublicschools.net) for information about school closures or delays or tune into local radio & television stations the morning of the day in question. Media outlets are informed if schools are closed or delayed. No announcements on the LPS website or by the media means all schools are open as usual.
Mrs. Sheldon will send a voice message home at the beginning of the week. The PAWSitive News blog will be updated on Fridays and appear on our website. Other communication will be sent home in Friday folders.
In keeping with LPS Board Policy JICA, we respectfully ask students to refrain from beach, swim, and summer wear (short shorts, spaghetti/halter straps, and large arm hole shirts without under leggings/shirts or tops worn over). If children wear inappropriate clothing, parents will be called to bring new clothes or we will provide something for them to wear.
Additionally for student safety, we ask students to wear shoes that will not interfere with activities such as running, jumping and/or climbing. Students wearing flip flops, slippers, and sandal type shoes often experience falls, sprains and injuries to feet/toes.
Hats can be worn outside only and on Crazy Hat Day (last Friday of each month).
When teachers/staff are on duty they will be wearing a bright orange vest. Please refrain from visiting too long with them so they can supervise.
Lost & Found
Clothing lost & found is located in the hallway near the cafeteria. Lunchboxes & waterbottles are on the silver shelves in the south lobby. Small item are in the front office.
Every year we donate hundreds of items that are left behind at school. We remind students often to check lost and found with limited success. We encourage you to label your child’s coats, hoodies, boots, gloves/mittens, hats, scarves and lunchboxes to that we can return them to you.
Formal parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled in the fall (October) and the spring (March) of each year. If at any time you wish to conference with a teacher, please schedule an appointment.
Personal Property (toys, electronics, etc.)
Children should not bring any items of great value. We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items. Toys, iPods, iDevices, eBook readers, MP3 players, Pokemon cards, CD players, hand held games, etc. are not allowed in class without the teacher's approval. Accessing school wi-fi without approval is also prohibited.
Phones & Phone Calls
All personal cell phones are to remain off during the day and are to be stored in a child's backpack, not out in class. If children need to make phone calls they must get permission from a school employee before using a school telephone.
Scooters, bikes and skateboards must be walked on the school property. This is for the child’s safety and the safety of others on school grounds. Please observe dismount lines (point at which student is to walk his/her bike/scooter/skateboard) near bus lane along Elizabeth St. and just inside playground entrance off of Columbine St.
Attention Parents: Community members have reported seeing students using these modes of transportation in the middle of the street and in clear danger of being hit by cars on the way to/from school. If your child is taking his/her skate board, bike, or scooter to school, please talk with them about the safest route and way to get to school using these wheeled delights.
Students using roller blades are asked to change into their shoes as soon as they arrive on school grounds. At the north entrance there is a low concrete wall to sit on just inside the gate. At the south entrance, students can sit on the wooden timbers that surround the play area just inside the gate. These locations should also be used to change back into skates for the trip home. Violators will be asked to leave their wheels at home.
A visitor means anyone who is not a full or part-time employee at that school site (e.g., central office administrator or other staff, volunteer, parent(s)/guardian(s) visiting for a purpose other than classroom or assembly program).
We love volunteers!! We know partnerships help make our school a great place to be. Parents/guardians are welcome to volunteer in the building. Other family members or community members must complete a volunteer application (click here for the application) and submit it to the district volunteer coordinator.