Dear Parents/Guardians & Scholars,
Welcome back and a special welcome to those parents and scholars who are new to our school. It is hard to believe summer vacation is over and it is time to begin a new and exciting school year. We look forward to having everyone back in the building! We hope your summer was enjoyable and everyone is ready to get back into the routines, schedule, excitement and learning a new school year brings!
My name is Shelby Schutt and I am pleased to return to Andrew J. Rickoff School for the 2022-2023 school year as your child’s principal. I look forward to continuing my work with you; the parents, scholars and staff to continue academic achievement through blended learning and profile of a graduate. I am excited about the planning and preparing done by the staff to make this year a successful one for your child(ren).
There are several changes with the 2022-2023 school year. Our school time is now 7:35 AM -2:05 PM. CMSD no longer has a formal uniform policy, however there are dress code expectations. On the first day of school your child may receive a packet of information and forms that must be reviewed and completed by you. That information will include information such as emergency forms, student handbook, school handbook, internet use policy, individual classroom information and supply lists. Please be sure to check your child’s book bag or folder on a daily basis for important information.
I wanted to take a few moments to share with you a few old and some new procedures and reminders to prepare you and your child for opening day.
Breakfast will be served daily from 7:15 AM - 7:35 AM. The school day begins at 7:35 AM, promptly! Again, this is a 5 minute difference from years past. PARENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE BUILDING OR ESCORT STUDENTS TO THEIR CLASSROOMS IN AN EFFORT TO QUICKLY GET OUR SCHOLARS ACCLIMATED TO ROUTINES.
It is not too late to register your child! If you have a child who will be five before September 30th you can still register them for kindergarten. Please bring the following information: Birth Certificate, complete shot record, parent/guardian driver’s license/state ID, Proof of address, withdrawal from the previous school and report card (if already attending school).
If you have a child that will be four before September 30th please call the school office at 216-838-4150 for a pre-school registration packet.
School Hours are as follows:
Students who do not eat breakfast will report directly to the gymnasium for Morning Meeting. All students are expected to be on time. The instructional day begins at 7:35 AM. Students who arrive after 7:35 AM are considered tardy, and will be marked as such.
The school day ends at 2:05 PM. and dismissal begins at 1:55 PM. Please inform your child as to where they are to go after school and/or who will pick them up at dismissal.This action is necessary to ensure our student’s safety. All students must exit the building with their teacher and class through the appropriate doors at dismissal.
Andrew J. Rickoff's School tardy rate continues to be high. We have a high percentage of our students with chronic tardiness; this has a negative impact on student learning not only for your child but the entire class. Every time a child comes to class late it interrupts the educational process.
If your child is going to be absent please call the school at 216-838-4150 and have your child bring a note when he/she returns to school. Please be sure to provide your name, your child’s first and last name, their room number, and reason for the absence. Please make sure you date the note.
All students are required to have all emergency cards, release of information and forms to be completed and on file with Andre J. Rickoff School. You will receive forms with your child’s student assignment packet. Students who do not report to school with these forms will have them sent home with them on the first day of school. Please be sure to take time to complete them and return them with your child.
Cell phones may not be seen or heard while on school grounds. Any cell phone seen or heard will be confiscated up to thirty days. Phones will be returned to the legal parent or guardian only. Please review the cell phone policy as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
Office phones are for school business and emergencies only. Students are required to make pick up arrangements prior to coming to school. Please be sure to discuss after school arrangements with your child in advance.
CMSD relaunched its Get 2 School, You Can Make It attendance campaign Wednesday, with speakers at a pep rally providing words of inspiration and telling students about the importance of attending school every day.