Parents & Guardians:
We are excited to begin a new school year and know that 2017-18 will be our BEST YEAR YET for the Buccaneers with 40 YEARS OF BUCCANEERS as we continue to embody our vision of EXCELLENCE IN ACTION!
Some news you can use and important procedures:
Communication: We communicate in a variety of ways. Be sure to subscribe to the Mt. Bethel website: www.mtbetheles.com and check the PTA Website frequently. You will receive emails if there is a weather event or dismissal change through Blackboard Connect. One email address is automatically loaded to Blackboard Connect. Information on how to subscribe/add additional email addresses will come home in Cobb County folders on Monday!
Arrival: Please do not arrive on campus before 7:15. When parents cue up early, it blocks our teachers from entrance and causes a safety issue. We are ready to receive students at 7:15. The only drop-off location for carpool is at the front of the school where staff greet you in carpool.
Lunch: For the lunch menu, CLICK HERE! We are excited about having a new Cafeteria Manager, Donna Childs-Milford this year! Student breakfast items are served a la carte and are available in the cafeteria daily. Student lunch cost has changed to $2.35 this year. You can pay via check made payable to Mt. Bethel or through MyPaymentsPlus. Kindergarten students will receive a letter with their ID number on Monday. If your 1st – 5th graders needs their student’s ID and you wish to sign up for MyPaymentsPlus, please call the front office. In order to solidify lunchroom procedures and to ensure adequate food for all students, we ask for guest diners to wait until after Labor Day to join us for lunch. Guest lunches cost $3.75 and will be available in September!
Dismissal: We begin dismissal early during the first week and try our best to make sure buses run on time. All transportation changes must be made on our Transportation Change/Bus Pass form and approved through the front office before 10:00 am. You will receive a copy of this form in Cobb folders on the first day of school and can download the form from our website at THIS LINK. No guest riders will be approved until after Labor Day. If you need to check your child out early, please do so prior to 1:45 pm. NOTE: GUEST RIDER PASSES WILL BE DENIED IF PARENTS DO NOT FILL OUT BOTTOM PORTION – THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE. Again, no guest riders until after Labor Day!
Yellow Tags on Backpacks: Yellow tags will be placed on backpacks for students in K, 1st, and 2nd Grades. This is a visual cue to bus drivers to ensure that no student under the age of 8 is released without an adult/guardian to meet them at the stop. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM TRANSPORTATION. If you happen to miss the bus at the afternoon stop, children under 8 or with a yellow tag on backpacks will be brought back to school.
Classroom Deliveries: We deliver items to classrooms one time daily at 10:00 am. Items worthy of delivery are lunches and eye glasses. Please help your student practice the LIFESKILL of RESPONSIBILITY and accept the natural consequence if they forget a water bottle or homework.
Office Hours: Phones will be answered from 7:15 am – 3:30 pm. We suspend phone and doorbell response during dismissal (1:45 pm – 2:25 pm) to ensure the safety of our 1,100 students.
Absences/Tardies: If your child is absent or tardy, upon return, please send them with an Absence/Tardy Excuse form. Two Absence/Tardy Excuse forms will come home on the first day in the Cobb County folder, or you can access the form by CLICKING HERE. Excused absences include: illness, death in the family, religious holiday, court order, or parent military deployment/return home. If a child checks in after 11:15 am, they are considered absent.
We recognize how lucky we are to have your support. More importantly, we are grateful that you entrust your staff to teach your amazing children each and every day. If you have a question or concern, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or one of our administrators.
Looking forward to an another amazing year,
Jessica Appleyard, Principal