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August/September 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. 

Everyone at Fuqua is looking forward to another successful and exciting year!

 

Our instructional day begins at 8:15 a.m. Students will be marked tardy if arriving after this time and must check in at the Health Room to get a pass if they arrive late.     

SCHOOL RULES

Please make time to review the school rules with your child.  Each teacher discussed these the first day of school.   Your added support will ensure a positive year (One such rule is not wearing flip flops at Fuqua).  The most important school rules are highlighted on our Fuqua School folder.  In addition to these, you may find a complete listing on the Vigo County School Corporation’s Student/Parent Guide.  The student/parent guide is located on the VCSC website (www.vigoschools.org).  

 

BIRTHDAY PARTIES/NEW VCSC WELLNESS POLICY

Birthdays are important and we want to continue to celebrate them at Fuqua, in fact we are going to celebrate them on a bigger scale!  Instead of having individual classroom birthday parties each month, Fuqua will have a schoolwide “Birthday Parade” to honor students.  Each month the entire building will honor that month’s birthdays with a parade throughout the school with all students present.  All classes will line the hallways  as “Birthday Kids” lead the parade!

The VCSC Wellness Policy that was adopted last year made us more aware of “healthy lifestyle choices” in nutrition and physical activity and contained new restrictions regarding party snacks.  In being respectful to students with food allergies and dietary concerns we have adopted a new Fuqua celebration.  Rather than have a birthday party that focuses on food, we have decided to honor students with this monthly parade.  Please do not bring “food treats” for your child’s birthday.  These will not be utilized with our new procedure.

SAFETY         

Outside doors are locked for student safety. Visitors may enter through the main doors located on Wheeler Avenue. As always, visitors should sign in with our School Protection Officer.  If you are picking up your child, they will be called to meet you at the office rather than send you to the classroom.  We ask that kindergarten parents wait at the kindergarten ramp for the dismissal of their child.    Thank you for your continued support in our efforts to improve the safety of our school!         

ATTENDANCE

To improve our school’s attendance rate, we will be closely monitoring all absences.  If your child is not going to be in school, please report the absence to our office prior to 8:45 a.m. on the date of the absence.  Any absence not reported is considered truancy and will be investigated.  Our Health Assistant, Mrs. Waller, will telephone parents/guardians if an absence has not been reported.  We will make every effort to ensure students are present at school on a daily basis.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Students will board and depart buses on Wheeler Avenue.  Buses will pull along the curb to the far East of the building.  There is a “No Parking” zone in that area.  Please be patient and safety conscious due to the additional traffic in that area.  Cars should not park or move forward into the “No Parking” zone.

ONE MEAL BENEFIT APPLICATION PER FAMILY MUST BE COMPLETED BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN AND APPROVED BY THE VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION, FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT, TO RECEIVE FREE/REDUCED MEALS AND TEXTBOOKS. This year the application is on-line and can be accessed from the VCSC homepage at vigoschools.org.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MEAL AND TEXTBOOK FEES FOR ANY CHILD NOT APPROVED FOR BENEFITS. 

Also new this year, is the “My School Bucks” app.  You can check your child’s cafeteria balance and pay with a credit card 24/7.Please be aware that you will be charged $2.00 per transaction fee.  Go to myschoolbucks.com to set up your account.

FUQUA WELCOMES 

Fuqua has several new faces this year.  Please welcome:

Mrs. Cynthia Cayton – Pre-Kindergarten Teacher; Mrs. Patel will enjoy her time at home with her babies this year!

Miss Jessie Stark – Kindergarten Teacher; Miss Coons has moved to First Grade and will be just as great there!

Mrs. Amber Geller – Second Grade Teacher

Mrs. Michelle Brown – Fifth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Laura Kidwell – Title I Reading Teacher

Mr. Carl Wassberg – Fuqua SPO

Good luck to Mrs. Casserly who will now be teaching at Terre Town Elementary and Mrs. Chalos who has moved to Dixie Bee. 

RULES AND REGULATIONS

We wish all students and staff a safe and secure start to a new school year. It is important that students know the rules and regulations pertaining to the Vigo County School Corporation. Be sure to go over the rules of student conduct with your child. These rules can be found in the new Student-Parent guide that is posted on the Vigo County School website. Unfortunately, each year we deal with incidents involving students that lead to an expulsion hearing. Many incidents are due to poor decision-making or lack of knowledge of the rules. In this age of technology, we are seeing more issues involving the use of the Internet, cell phones, text messaging and other high-tech devices. Remember ANYTHING that disrupts the school operations can cause school disciplinary consequences to be assessed. Use of private cell phones in inappropriate ways can lead to disciplinary action.  Use of private computers and instant messaging can have school implications if that message causes a school disruption. Sometimes a student commits an act that he/she feels is just a prank, such as a message written on a wall. Students involved in this type of behavior face school and possibly police sanctions. The cost in terms of lost school time and expense can be great. We implore parents and students to become familiar with the rules of student conduct and follow those rules each and every day. The rules include items such as possession of medication at school, student-to-student interaction as well as possession of forbidden items at school. If you have questions on any rule, call the Office of Student Services (462-4224) and we will be happy to discuss them with you. Your cooperation is appreciated and we wish you the greatest school year ever.

CAFETERIA CHARGE POLICY

Any student on a PAID or REDUCED status may charge up to three lunch meals to his/her meal account.   If cash is provided a student may continue to purchase regular student meals.  Any negative accounts not brought current in timely manner may be turned over to a third party for collection. 

TEXTBOOK RENTAL

A family application must be filed to be eligible for free textbooks.  Parents will be responsible for textbook fees for each child who does not have an application filed.  Regardless of approval, all students are charged a consumables fee.

BACKPACKS & SKATER SHOES

Backpacks with wheels can be brought to school but may not be rolled once in the building. We are finding that the wheels are marking up our floors.  Skater shoes are not to be worn to school for safety reasons, and just as with backpacks with wheels, these shoes damage our floors. Thank you for your cooperation.

Wednesday, August 15 Fuqua PTO will host its first meeting of the 2018/2019 school year to plan our Fall Carnival/Chili Supper and other fundraisers, at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center.  Become involved in PTO.  It is fun (PTO Meeting schedule for the year will be announced)!  Please join us!

Friday, August 17 – PTO will be selling popcorn each Friday afternoon.  The cost is .25 cents a bag and it is a great snack! There is a limit of 2 bags per student.

Friday, August 24We will have our first Birthday Parade of the school year to celebrate July and August birthdays!

Monday, September 3 - School will not be in session in observance of Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 4 – Friday, September 7 – Second Grade students will be taking the Terra Nova Test.  As parents, please ensure that they are well rested and prepared.

Monday, September 10 - First grading period midterm Parent Reports will be sent home.

Friday, September 14PTO will be hosting our Fall Carnival from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Please watch for more details as the time gets closer.

Wednesday, September 19School will be dismissed at 1:45 p.m. so that teachers may attend an instructional in-service.

Tuesday, September 25Miss Oricks and Mrs. Newman’s Fourth Grade classes will travel to the Planetarium on a field trip.

Friday, September 28Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Geller’s Second Grade classes will be participating in Pioneer Days as they take a field trip to Fowler Park.

About our school

Blanche E. Fuqua

Elementary School

1111 E. Wheeler Ave.

Terre Haute, IN 47802

(812) 462-4304



We currently have more than 350 students enrolled at Fuqua, with more than 20 teachers and 22 teaching assistants on staff. Support staff includes Foster Grandparents and two English as a Second Language assistants. Fuqua offers a clean, bright and well-maintained facility with a large campus and spacious off-street areas for safe arrivals and dismissals. Serving the southwest section of Terre Haute, it is a dynamic school with a positive approach to education.

Fuqua underwent a major renovation project that began in January, 2000. Phase I included installing a new air conditioning and heating system, new windows, floors, and ceilings. All of the classrooms received new cabinetry and carpet! Phase II included building a new media center at the east end of the building, which included a new computer lab. The new media center opened October 31, 2002. In April, 2004, new PC computers were installed in the lab. New computers and printers were also purchased and ready for each classroom in August, 2004.

 

 

 

 

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