25 Things You Should Know for 2018-19
Starting on August 10 we posted one thing we wanted you to know for the new 2018-19 school year — read them all below
Share this information with others and help us make 2018-19 the best year yet! #CdASchools25things
# 1 - TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE & REDUCED MEALS
When children eat a healthy diet, they can perform at their very best. With 170 days of school on average —depending on your student's grade — this a BIG [and expensive] task! Families who meet simple income guidelines qualify for this easy and confidential meal support - even teachers do not know student status. View the income chart and apply NOW: www.cdaschools.org/mealapp
#2 - FREE LEARNING SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR STUDENTS
Now you can easily support your student's classroom learning at home! We provide our students access to quality online learning tools that can be accessed from any phone, tablet, or computer. Our favorites include Vocabulary.com, iReady (math), ReadyRosie (0-3rd Grade), Overdrive (e-books& audiobooks), and SmartyAnts (before Kindergarten). Read more and log in! www.cdaschools.org/subscriptions
#3 - GET YOUR PARENT CALENDAR!
Don’t overlook another school holiday, conference or early release day —the district’s official 2018-19 Parent Calendar is available for posting on your family’s fridge. Attendance matters! Check the dates of our Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks before planning your next family vacation. Download now: www.cdaschools.org/2018-19
#4 - TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES!
If you have a student in 7-12th-grade, make sure you are familiar with our Advanced Opportunities! These programs allow students to individualize their high school learning plan to get a jump start on their future and include dual credit, technical competency credit, and the Advanced Placement program. Many of the programs can earn students college credit while still in high school, saving time and money! More at www.cdaschools.org/opportunities
#5 - GET PAID TO BE AT SCHOOL!
If you enjoy spending time on your student's school campus, you may be happy to learn you can get paid to be there! We have many F/T, P/T and substitute positions during school hours and are hiring now for the 2018-19 school year. Join us at a Classified Job Fair to learn more on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 9 am - 12:30 pm in the Woodland Middle School gymnasium [ 2101 St. Michelle St., Cda].
#6 - ATTEND YOUR STUDENT'S BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT!
This year all events are August 28 & 29. Even if you can only stop by briefly, plan to attend the orientation, open house or BBQ at your school. Show your student their education is important to you while meeting new teachers, school administrators and finding opportunities to get involved! Go to your school's website or www.cdaschools.org for the exact day, time and details for your event!
#7 - SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS MAKES IT EASY
Skyward makes it easy to stay on top of your student's progress. Skyward allows you to view student attendance, discipline, schedule, and — if you have a 6th-12th-grade student — grades and assignments. Look for the Skyward Mobile Access app in the Apple or Android store for easy access. Need password help? See the front office staff at your child's school!
#8: KIDS LOVE OUR SCHOOL PLUS PROGRAM
This before & after childcare K-5 program for is open year-round (even on SNOW DAYS!) from 6:45 am to 6 pm. With a 1 to 12 ratio — and a schedule of quality activities, field trips, study time and more — this program is perfect for working families. Did you know? If your family qualifies for free and reduced meals, you could qualify for a minimal copay using ICCP funds! We have School PLUS sites at all 11 elementary schools, with a special site for ½-day-K. More info: cdaschools.org/schoolplus
#9 - VISITING A SCHOOL? BRING YOUR ID!
Our district utilizes the Raptor system to protect your children by screening parents, visitors and volunteers who enter our building during the school day, against sex offender databases in all 50 states. Additionally, you can help keep our schools safe by always using the front buzz-in entrance, signing in, wearing your visitor badge, and never opening locked doors for others. Read more about safety in our schools at cdaschools.org/safety.
#10 - HOPE ON THE HOMEFRONT OFFERS FAMILY SUPPORTS
Our dedicated Hope on the Homefront team is available year-round to help district families in crisis find the help they need — connecting them to resources in our schools and our larger community. If you or a family you know is homeless, struggling with precarious housing, or in need of help with clothing, shoes and/or school supplies, call 208-664-8241 x10061. More info at www.cdaschools.org/help
#11: KNOW YOUR BUS INFO!
Download your bus route schedule and review bus safety and etiquette information with your students: www.cdaschools.org/buses. Worried about a late bus? Call 208-667-3451 for an update. Alerts will be sent and posted to social media for buses running 30+ min late.
#12: KNOW SCHOOL CLOSURE INFO
It may seem unnecessary today but be aware of the district's snow closure and inclement weather protocols! For example: How do we share info about a “snow day” closure? [Answer: Text, email, website, social media, tv/radio, closure telephone hotline.] At what temperature range will outdoor recess be canceled? [Answer: Single digit temps or at the principal’s discretion.] Childcare is available on snow days for students enrolled in which program? [Answer: School Plus.] Bookmark it now: www.cdaschools.org/closures
#13: STAND UP, SPEAK UP TO BULLIES
A district-wide bully-free zone is our goal. We have many programs and incentives to help our schools create and maintain an environment that is emotionally and physically safe for each child to learn —but to fully combat bullying in our schools, we need your help! We ask students —and all adults — to STAND UP, SPEAK UP against bullying. Don't stand by, choose action! [Pro Tip: Bullying can also be reported anonymously through our new online TIP LINE, found on the homepage of each district website.] Learn more: www.cdaschools.org/standupspeakup
#14: ATTEND SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS (EVEN JUST ONE!)
We urge you to attend school board meetings! Even just one. It's where major decisions are made and we need your input. Sign up to address the board during public comment at the beginning of the meeting, or just listen and learn about our goals, issues, strengths, and the direction of our district. More information, including meeting dates and archived board meetings: cdaschools.org/board.
#15: KNOW THE SIGNS / SUICIDE PREVENTION
Back-to-school season can be a time of increased anxiety and depression for kids. Be familiar with the warning signs of suicide — never be afraid to ask the tough questions when someone may be at risk. Need help now? Call/text 1-208-398-HELP (4357). During the school year, students (and parents) can always reach out to a school counselor, nurse or staff member. Watch for free QPR training periodically throughout the school year. Learn more: www.cdaschools.org/QPR.
#16: SUPPORT STUDENT LEARNING AT HOME
Be a parent/guardian superstar by supporting your student's learning at home with 3 easy resources! 1) Download a PARENT GUIDE, by grade! These guides outline what your student will learn this year and activities you can do at home to help them succeed: www.cdaschools.org/parentguides. 2) TRACK ASSESSMENT dates for your child! Assure they are in attendance and prepared to do their best: www.cdaschools.org/dates 3) UTILIZE VOCABULARY.COM, a learning program customized to your student's grade and classes: www.vocabulary.com
#17: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING - REPORT THREATS
Now you can REPORT A THREAT online! Potential threats or dangerous behaviors [online threats, fighting, bullying, drugs, etc.] can easily — and anonymously — be reported from any school website homepage with our NEW TIP LINE.
Please, before school starts have a conversation with your student about how important it is to report potential issues, even if they feel something might be fake. Student tips can prevent violence, self-harm, and threatening behaviors in other. We strongly encourage students — and our entire community — if you "see something, say something."
#18: DOWNLOAD THE APP!
We are excited to announce a new mobile app designed to keep our families better informed and connected to what’s going on in our schools. The app gives you easy, real-time access to: school/district news; push notifications about breaking news and closures; calendars and school menus; staff directories (by school) with email contacts; easy access to eFunds, Skyward, bus info, tip line and much more! Download it today! From your mobile device, search "Coeur d'Alene Public Schools" in the iTunes App Store® or Google Play® store. www.cdaschools.org/app
#19: JOIN THE PTA/PTO AT YOUR SCHOOL!
There are many great reasons to join a parent-teacher group — becoming an active volunteer is only one. The best reason to join is that parent involvement has been proven to help students succeed! Anyone can be part of a PTA/PTA to be informed of school issues, connect with other parents, make their voice heard, be a part of new school programs and to provide support the school. Most PTA/PTO groups will have a table at back-to-school night where you can join for a small fee.
#20: RESPECT PRIVACY GUIDELINES
We ask our families and visitors to follow confidentiality guidelines when taking (and sharing!) photos snapped at school, both before AND after the school day. You can protect student privacy by: 1) getting the permission of your teacher or school before taking photos in a classroom or private school event, and 2) never making public a photo of another student without the permission of the parent or guardian. Have questions? Ask a staff member!
#21: BE IN THE KNOW ABOUT SAFETY & SECURITY
We work continuously to evaluate and strengthen our safety program and urge you to be in the know about basic security protocols and functions! School security and student safety are vital to a successful learning environment. We have buzz-in entry systems, visitor ID checks/passes; ID badge access controls; security cameras; fire, evacuation, and lock-down drills; police officers in schools, and more. More information can be found on our Safety/Security Channel: www.cdaschools.org/safety
#22: UTILIZE OUR SCHOOL NURSES WHO ARE A VALUABLE RESOURCE
Our school nurses are a valuable resource for families! You know nurses keep student safe by assessing and triaging illness or accidents during the school day —but did you know?
—Nurses publish & enforce school illness guidelines
—They can administer critical medicines w/ permission
—They offer coordination of care for kids w/ health conditions
—Nurses provide student & staff training to encourage healthy choices
—They provide valuable community resources & referrals
Bookmark the health & nursing section of our website and introduce yourself to your student's school nurse next week! www.cdaschools.org/nurse
#23: READ THE DISTRICT (& SCHOOL!) HANDBOOK
Take a moment to download and review the District Handbook for Parents & Students. Discuss the policy and procedure outlined there with your child—and make a list of any questions your family has for district leadership or school administrators. A handbook specific to your child's school may also be available with further expectations. Bookmark this page: www.cdaschools.org/handbooks
#24: CAREER CRUISING ALLOWS STUDENTS TO EXPLORE THEIR OPTIONS, SET GOALS
Career Cruising allows students in grades 8-12 to easily discover their strengths and interests, match them to a career, and then create a 4-plan to get there! By exploring career clusters, core tasks, scholarships, colleges/tech programs and more, they learn what is required for success in a potential life path — be it college or career. We encourage you to log in with your student to continue the exploration at home with family members and discuss results. More info: cdaschools.org/careercruising
#25: YES, ATTENDANCE MATTERS FOR YOUR STUDENT
Here's the big one. ATTENDANCE MATTERS for YOUR student—no matter what grade, school or teacher. For example, poor attendance can influence whether children can read proficiently by the end of third grade or are held back. By 6th grade, chronic absence is a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. For future success, we need your help to motivate all students to make daily attendance a priority. What will YOUR family do to reduce absenteeism this year? Pro Tips: https://tinyurl.com/yaydahvp