- A Message from the Principal
- Guidelines for Success
- Positive Student Consequences
- Conflict Resolution at Cascade
- Class Meetings
- Behaviors Requiring Intervention
- Common Office Referral Behaviors
- Automatic Suspensions
- Common Warning Slip Behaviors
- Early Dismissal Procedures
- Right at School Before and After School Program
- Calm Before Class
- Lost and Found
- Money and Valuables
- Transportation Expectations
- Meal Program
- Free and Reduced Lunches
- Health Services
- Health Information
- Vision and Hearing Screening
- Physical Examinations
- Common Communicable Diseases
- Update Student Records
- Parking Lot Safety and Bus Loading Zone
- School Visitors
- Student Insurance
- Parent-Teacher Conferences/Report Cards
- Grading Practices
- Volunteer Program
- Student Appearance
- Weapons Policy
- School Phones
- Cell Phones
- Spanish Interpreter
- Student Pictures
- Animals on Campus
- Special Services
- Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Policy
- Notice of Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Cascade Elementary School is excited to partner with all our families to ensure a successful 2019-2020 school year! Our teachers are committed to providing a welcoming and positive classroom experience, so all our students can achieve great success academically and socially. Through regular review of student assessments, we will work to provide quality reading and math instruction and support students at various instructional levels.
At Cascade, we know the importance of strong partnerships with families and the positive impact these partnerships have on student achievement. Through regular communication via newsletters, phone calls, and family events we hope to continually build strong partnerships with all our families. We encourage you to become involved in our school in any way you can. One way in which families can be involved is through the Cascade PTA. By joining the PTA, you will not be asked to do additional tasks, but this is one way to support your child’s educational efforts. Your support is vital to their growth and development.
I look forward to meeting and working with each of you in the coming year! If you have any questions we can address, please contact the school at 425-204-3350.
Welcome to Cascade!
Rachel Lockhart, Principal
All students have a responsibility to behave in a manner that enables teachers to teach and students to learn.
Our expectation is that all our students will learn how to be good self-managers. School is a place for learning to make good choices, how to get along with others, and how to live in a community. In order to provide a positive working and learning environment, a student management plan must be followed. Over the school year teachers will be teaching students social skills and expectations daily. We believe that consistency is the key; therefore, the following Guidelines for Success have been established at Cascade.
- Be Safe
- Be Responsible
- Be Respectful
- Do Your Best
Conflicts and disagreements are a normal and important part of any community. Learning how to address conflict respectfully and effectively is important for all of us. The Cascade community encourages all its members to use problem-solving strategies to resolve conflicts. Students are taught these strategies in each classroom. All school personnel are trained and will assist students as necessary in solving problems in a non-threatening and effective manner.
Class meetings are held on a regular basis at Cascade. They are an opportunity for problem solving, planning, and for celebration. Students have the opportunity to ask classmates for problem solving help. Problem solving is only initiated in a class meeting after the students have learned the skills and tools of how to be helpful, not hurtful.
Inappropriate behavior will be addressed in a respectful manner focusing on teaching the skills needed for every student to be a part of the school community in socially useful ways. Students will be asked to use a problem-solving activity to help them reflect on the behavior. For our discipline approach to be effective, it is important that good communication exist between home and school. Depending on the seriousness of the behavior, parents may be notified of a student’s problem behavior and be asked to sign a form, speak to the student, or come to a conference at the school. Please make sure that we have up to date phone numbers so that we can easily reach you.
Warning Slips are used in cases in which there has been a minor discipline issue. The warning slip is meant to be a communication piece between school and home. Interventions may include re-teaching or problem solving. If a warning slip is issued, your child will be given a copy. Please sign and return. If you have questions about the warning slip, please contact your child’s teacher.
For major discipline issues, students are written a Behavior Referral. Direct parent contact will be made if a student is having a major behavior problem. For serious problems in which an extended calming down period is needed, a student may be suspended. The school does not consider suspension to be either punishment or a solution to the long-term problem. It is simply the first step before a conference can be held to create a plan to resolve the problem.
At Cascade, suspensions are automatic for students bringing weapons, drugs or alcohol to school, or when a student makes physical contact with the intent to harm another and it is witnessed by an adult. (It is important to note that suspensions are not limited to this list and may be necessary for other behaviors). Violence is not compatible with a healthy, effective learning environment.
- Hitting/kicking another person
- Sexual or racial slurs
- Using property inappropriately as a weapon
- Sexual harassment (the persistent unwelcome directing of sexual remarks and looks and/or unnecessary physical contact at a person)
- Throwing desks or chairs
- Threats of physical violence
- Leaving building without permission
- Refusal to return to supervised area
- Leaving class, running away and hiding from an adult
- Inappropriate sexual contact (welcomed or unwelcomed)
- Serious versions of Warning Slip Behaviors
- Regularly repeated Warning Slip Behaviors needing administration help and/or student plan
*This is only a brief list of common office referral behaviors. Other behaviors may warrant an office referral and are at the discretion of Cascade staff.
- Disrespecting an adult by using foul language
- Kicking walls, tearing down hall art
- Play fighting, shoving
- Defiance, noncompliance
- Hanging from the rails in the hall, climbing the walls in the hall
- Abusive language
- Inappropriate displays of affection (welcomed or unwelcomed)
- Cheating, lying
- Property damage
- Leaving class without permission
- Talking back to an adult
- Unsafe behavior (walking up slide, etc.)
*This is only a brief list of common warning slip behaviors. Other behaviors may warrant a warning slip and are at the discretion of Cascade staff.
The habit of regular attendance is strongly related to student success. We ask that you help your child acquire this good work habit.
- ABSENCES: Call us (425-204-3360) at any time to report your child’s absence. Parents are requested to send a note when students are absent, which indicates the day of the absence and the nature of the illness. Illness is the only LEGAL excuse for absence. If you find that your child must be absent for an extended period of time, please notify your child’s teacher 48 hours in advance to obtain school assignments.
- TARDINESS: Punctual attendance is important in helping students develop a sense of responsibility. Tardiness not only causes disruption in the classroom, but also means that your child is missing out on instructional time and opportunity. By arriving just five minutes late to school for all 180 days of school a student will miss 15 hours of instruction. Students who habitually arrive at school late for any reason other than excused illness or medical or dental appointments, will be expected to make up time in the office during recess or after school. Please plan ahead so your child arrives at school between 8:20 and 8:30 AM.
Safety is always a concern for schools in keeping their students and staff free from harm. Students are NOT to arrive at school more than 15 minutes before the school day begins. There is NO supervision before or after school. At the end of the school day, students should leave school as soon as they are dismissed.
Occasionally, you may find it necessary to remove your child from school before the end of the regular school day. When a situation of this nature arises, we ask that you follow the procedure listed below:
- Send a note to the teacher so preparations can be made. If an emergency situation makes this impossible, please call the Office Manager or the school office at 425-204-3350.
- To ensure that your child leaves the school with YOU, you must come to the Office and sign the Early Dismissal Log. Your child will then be called to meet you in the office.
- Students will not be dismissed after 3:00 for any reason. If you need to communicate with your child about changes to their schedule, please do so before 2:45 or we will not be able to guarantee the message will reach them.
Right At School, is an organization that currently provides quality services before and after school in the Renton School District. The fee-based services offer a curriculum that features hands-on learning, multisensory activities, child-driven projects, daily fitness, team building, and leadership development. The program will offer options for families to attend before-school program, after-school program, or both. There is also a sliding fee scale to accommodate family needs.
All valuable articles found at school are taken to the school office. Other personal articles are placed in our Lost and Found area, located outside the office. You and your child should report any loss as soon as possible. It is a good idea to label all articles of clothing. Whenever possible, please keep valuable items at home. The school is not responsible for items that are brought to school and lost.
|Student Lunch (includes milk)||$3.00 Regular Price|
Students will not be permitted to borrow money from the office. If a student is without a lunch or lunch money, s/he will be given a supplementary lunch. To avoid this situation, please monitor your child’s lunch needs carefully. We recommend you pre-purchase meals so that your child will not have to bring lunch money each day. You may purchase any number of meals you wish, as our cafeteria is on a computerized system. You will receive a notice from Nutrition Services when your child’s balance indicates they no longer have any funds for breakfast or lunch.
Breakfast is offered at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Children who are eligible to receive free lunches are automatically eligible for a free breakfast. Children who are eligible to receive reduced lunches are automatically eligible for a reduced breakfast (at no charge).
Under provision of the National School Lunch Act, free or reduced-price lunches are available to children of families who qualify. In certain cases, foster children are eligible for these benefits.
Free and reduced-price lunch application forms are sent home in September and are also given to the parents of new students upon enrollment. Turn completed forms into the school office. A new application needs to be filled out each school year. Occasionally, a change in family income or size during the school year may qualify students who were not eligible earlier. You are required to pay or provide a sack lunch for your student upon waiting for an approval. Should this be your case, please contact Nutrition Services directly at 425-204-3545 with further questions.
A nurse is in our building on a part-time basis and on-call for the rest of the time. We have a full time Heath Aide that takes care of the first aid needs of the children. Because of the limited facilities for the care of ill or injured children, it is important for the school to have up-to-date information about what parents would like us to do in case of an emergency. PLEASE BE SURE WE HAVE AN EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER WHERE YOU OR A PERSON YOU DESIGNATE MAY BE REACHED.
Each fall, parents are requested to fill out forms informing us of any health concerns of their children. Please keep us notified of any changes in your child’s health status. The classroom teacher, as well as the health room staff, should be well informed as to your child’s needs. Forms can be obtained on the Renton School District website (www.rentonschools.us) by clicking on Health Services in the Parent Resources link.
Hearing and vision screening for distance viewing problems is done annually. Parents are advised if the results show a need for additional medical follow-up. These are screening services only and do not take the place of regular examinations performed by your eye specialist, dentist, or family physician.
Please notify the school nurse/office staff if your student contacts any communicable disease (i.e. chicken pox, scabies, lice, ringworm, impetigo, measles, whooping cough etc.) Confidentiality will be respected, and we appreciate the opportunity to be able to control any further spread of the disease in the classroom.
Under state of Washington law, the school does not provide any medications for students. Occasionally a child under medical care may require a prescription medication while in school. In these special cases, Washington state law requires a doctor’s order and a parent signature. Medication must be correctly labeled. No medicines, even over the counter drugs, are permitted without these signatures. All medicines will be stored in the school office and will be administered by the office staff, principal, or nurse. For the safety of all students and staff, do not send medicine of any type with your child.
If your child’s temperature is 100 degrees or higher OR they are vomiting they may not remain at school. Be sure we have an emergency number for your child in the event you are not available to receive the call. Before sending your student to school, be sure your child is feeling well enough to participate in the full school program, including recess and physical education. When returning after an illness they should be free of a fever – without the use of fever-reducing medication – for at least 24 hours.
Washington State Law requires that all students K through 12 must be immunized against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus (DTP), polio, varicella (chickenpox), measles (rubella), rubella (three-day German measles) and mumps (MMR). The law states that parents must fill out and sign a certificate of immunization status (CIS) form giving the month, day, and year of each dose of the vaccine. When a student lacks full immunization, we shall require evidence of initiation of the immunization schedule or a signed exemption for medical, personal, or religious reasons. Please check with your health care provider to assure your child has all the required immunizations.
Please do not park in the bus loading zones or in the driveway in front of the building. This is reserved for school buses. There is a designated parking lot for parents and visitors located south of the bus loading zone. The parent parking lot has a circular drive for dropping off and picking up students. Additional parking is available in the church parking lots across from and north of the school. The patrols will cross students safely as needed. Thank you in advance for your patience in these areas to ensure the safety of our students.
You are always welcome to visit your child’s classes. Before your visit, notify the teacher at least one day in advance, and be sure to stop first in the office to sign in and pick up a visitor’s pass. We are working together for the security of your child. Students are not allowed to bring friends or relatives to visit them during the school day.
The Renton School District does not carry medical, dental, or life insurance for students; however, arrangements have been made to provide these services to parents. Information regarding the fees and company provider are sent home each year in September and must be mailed back directly to the insurance company.
The District is committed to providing a positive and productive educational and working environment free of discrimination. Discrimination adversely affects morale and interferes with employee and student ability to work and learn. The district shall provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the instructional and co-curricular program without regard to age, gender, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, economic status, or sensory, physical, or mental disabilities. District programs shall be free from discrimination.
The superintendent or designee shall provide for annual evaluation, periodic surveys, annual notice, and complaint procedures as required by law to ensure that there is, in fact, equal opportunity for all students in the district.
The Board shall designate a staff member to serve as Title IX officer.
Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled in November. This is an important way in which parents and teachers can get to know each other and to work towards the child’s success. The conference is a means of sharing information, giving parents and teachers an opportunity to discuss the child’s special needs, and interpreting his or her progress. Conference appointments are not limited to once a year. You are encouraged to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher whenever you feel there is a need. If it seems necessary, your child’s teacher may also initiate additional conferences. In addition to Parent-Teacher conferences, report cards will be sent home in March and June.
It is the policy of the Renton School District that students’ grades or credits may be affected by attendance or tardiness in subjects or courses. Individual teachers must objectively declare to students in writing at the beginning of each subject or course the actual influence of attendance or tardiness upon the instructional objectives or goals of the particular subject or course upon grades or credits given in his/her classes.
Volunteers serve as a vital link between home and school by providing a variety of services. We encourage mothers, fathers, grandparents, older students and retired people to become part of our volunteer program. Some volunteers choose to work at school on a regular basis or attend field trips. Others find that helping on specific projects better suits their needs and schedules. Our volunteer program is limited only by the imagination of our community. It is important to contact your child’s teacher to inform them that you would like to volunteer in the classroom in advance. If you want to learn more about how you can help, call the school office at 425-204-3350. Please note: As required by law, all volunteers must be cleared through the Washington State Patrol. Please come into the office and fill out the necessary paperwork prior to volunteering. Processing time is approximately two weeks (there is no fee for this).
The Renton School District and Cascade Elementary staff believe that learning best occurs in a positive atmosphere. To that end, we ask all of our students to help create that environment. Students should report to school each day neat and clean. Appearance expectations will be enforced throughout the campus. Appearance that causes disruption of the educational process or presents health or safety issues will not be allowed.
- Clothes should be clean and in good repair. Clothing with holes is not acceptable at school.
- Shoes should be worn at all times. Please be sure to wear appropriate tennis shoes on P.E. days.
- Hats/bandanas (for both boys and girls) should not be worn to school or at school functions.
- Clothing with inappropriate language or any reference to tobacco, drugs, alcohol or gang affiliation (including bandanas) is not allowed.
- Spaghetti strap tank tops are not permitted.
- Shorts, skirts and dresses should be long enough to maintain modesty while standing or sitting. These items should be no shorter than finger length with both arms outstretched at the child’s side.
- Shirts should meet the waistband of skirts or pants, even when students move or bend. Shirts that are midriff in length and tank tops that have straps that fail to cover undergarments are inappropriate.
- Pants should not have to be held up with a hand while walking. The waistband of the pants must be worn at the waist.
- Both pant legs should be unrolled toward the ground.
- Heavy, bulky winter-type coats are not to be worn in classrooms.
- Backpacks are not to be worn in classrooms.
- Piercings must not present health or safety issues to the individual or other students.
- Large chains, whether worn as necklaces or on wallets, spiked collars or cuffs should not be worn to school.
Our goal is to create a positive learning environment. While our student population is at an age of experimentation, working very hard at trying to define their own personal style, we encourage appropriate judgment. Students may be outside even it if rains. Please be sure your child has warm outer clothing for recess in cool weather.
Under state law RCW 9.41.280, it is a gross misdemeanor for any person to carry or possess a dangerous weapon or firearm on public school premises. Firearms/weapons are not allowed in school; at school-sponsored activities; on school grounds or facilities; or on school-provided transportation. If a student brings a firearm/weapon to school, it will result in an immediate expulsion for no less than one calendar year, and notification of law enforcement.
Students who violate the statute are, following regular due process, to be expelled from the district in which they committed the violation and are considered expelled from all public schools in the state.
Renton School District policy also prohibits laser pens and objects that look like weapons, such as toy guns and toy knives. A student who brings such an object to school, on a school bus, or to a school activity can expect serious consequences, up to and including expulsion. In addition, state law criminalizes the discharge of a laser at a bus driver.
Students or staff who are aware of weapons on campus and do not report the information to school authorities are subject to discipline.
The confidential Renton School District weapons hotline number is (425)204-2468.
Communication is a two-way process between you and the school. In general, you will be most successful taking care of any matter if you contact the person who is most directly involved. In most situations, the classroom teacher will be able to provide you with information about your child. If further information is needed, please contact the school office to schedule an appointment with the appropriate staff.
If students bring a cell phone to school, they must keep it turned off, in their backpack and they will need to fill out a Cell Phone Policy and Permission slip. This must be signed by the student and the parent/guardian.
No one is to call a student during the school day (8:30 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.); call the school office. If a student chooses to not follow this policy their cell phone will be taken and will only be released to a parent/guardian. Cascade Elementary School and staff are not liable for lost or stolen cell phones.
Each year, arrangements are made with a private photographer to take individual pictures and classroom group pictures of our students for student reports and yearbooks. As a service to parents, these pictures may be purchased on an individual basis. It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school if you prefer your child not be photographed.
Please get information via public announcements on radio, TV, and the internet about school closures or delays. These announcements will be made after 5:30 A.M. Please do not call Cascade Elementary, the school district transportation department, the school district administration building, or radio stations for information. Answering these calls will reduce our ability to take other necessary action in responding to a weather crisis.
Announcements: In case of bad weather, you can expect to hear an announcement about changes to the schedule and transportation (If there are no radio, TV, or internet announcements about changes, it means we will be operating with regular procedures).
The Renton School District provides a variety of special programs and services. Before any Special Education program is considered, parental involvement and permission is requested to explore ways to help the child with his/her academic or behavioral needs.
Behavioral Disabled Program
Children whose behavior continually interferes with instruction may be assigned to a behavior class. Emphasis is upon developing appropriate behaviors for the classroom and school settings.
Moderately Impaired Special Education Program
The school has a specially designed and equipped facility for students that are in need of special care due to their physical limitations. Staff is trained to meet students' individual needs
Discovery Program (Gifted Child Program)
Children who excel academically and/or who display strong creativity may qualify for the Discovery Program.
Children with fine, gross motor development, communication, or language needs can be tested to receive therapy.
English Language Learner Program
Cascade provides the English as a Second Language Program (ESL) for ELL (English Language Learner) students that helps students who have recently immigrated to the United States develop and apply English language skills to academic content.
Primary School Counselor
The program helps students to improve self-esteem and/or peer interaction skills. Students are referred by teachers, parents and/or principal.
The Liaison helps families and students identify and obtain needed resources (i.e. housing, food, and counseling). Call our family liaison at 425-204-3355.
Head Start/Early Childhood Education
Children need to be four years old by August 31, 2016, meet a low income criterion, and live in the Renton School District. For more information, call 425-204-2201. Head start is a quality preschool experience at no cost for low income families.
Resource Room Program
Specially designed instruction is provided for eligible students in one or more basic skills areas. Students remain in their regular classes most of the school day and are pulled out for areas of needed assistance.
The school psychologist provides a variety of services including: psychological testing (determining a student’s academic ability level to his/her performance level), classroom observations, parent education, referral to outside agencies, writing reports to parents and teachers, etc.
Learning Assistance & Title I Programs
Cascade is a School-wide Title I school. This allows us to provide extra support in reading and mathematics to all students. As a parent of a Title I student in the Renton School District, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:
The Renton School District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers and patrons free from harassment, intimidation, or bullying. “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW 9A.36.090(3) (race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability), or other distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional, written, verbal, or physical act physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Informal Complaint Process
Students who believe they have been harassed, intimidated, or bullied are encouraged to act promptly to make an attempt to resolve the matter informally. Informal reports may be made to any staff member, although staff shall always inform complainants of their right to and the process for filing a formal complaint. Victims are cautioned to keep accurate documentation of any harassment, intimidation, or bullying in the event such documentation is needed in formal or legal steps. Documentation should include dates, places, specific behaviors, the victim’s responses, and any witnesses. Retaliation against any person who makes a complaint or a witness to a complaint is prohibited. Appropriate corrective action will be taken.
Formal Complaint Process
Anyone may initiate a formal complaint of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, even if the informal complaint process is being utilized. The district will fully implement the anti-retaliation provisions of this policy to protect complainant(s) and witness(es), The following steps can begin either following, or in lieu of, the use of informal attempts at a resolution:
- Present allegations to a building administrator or designee. Facts presented must include who, specific behaviors, dates and times.
- The building administrator or designee will respond in writing to the complainant regarding resolution options as soon as possible. Options given will be responsive to the individual situation and may focus on either or both short- or long-term solutions. If possible, a resolution will occur at the school level.
- If a resolution cannot be found at the school level, the formal complaint will be referred to the superintendent/designee.
If the superintendent/designee becomes involved and there is an investigation, a full written report of the complaint and the results of the investigation will be compiled. The superintendent/designee shall respond in writing to the complainant and the accused stating:
- That the district intends to take corrective action; or
- That the district does not have adequate evidence to conclude that bullying, harassment, or intimidation occurred.
If corrective measures are necessary, they will be instituted as quickly as possible, but no more than 30 days after the superintendent’s/designee’s written response, unless the accused is appealing the imposition of the discipline. If that is the case, the district is barred from imposing the discipline until the appeal process for the accused is concluded.
If the outcome is not acceptable to the complainant, an appeal process is available.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access.
- Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal or appropriate school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
- The right to request the amendment of student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
- Parents or eligible students may ask Renton School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal or custodian of such records, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
- If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personal identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
- One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or parent or student serving on an official committee, such as disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
- A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
- Upon request, the Renton School District will disclose education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
- The right to file a complaint with the Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605.