Riverside ES



Parent Information

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m

School Hours:
Grade Pre-Kindergarten through First: 8:20 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Grades Second through Fifth: 8:20 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All Grades are dismissed at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday

School Visitors

When parents visit the school, they are required to report directly to the main office for a pass
to visit the school. Only authorized person(s) will be permitted in the halls, rooms or on the
grounds of the school. If you need to bring anything to your child during the school day, please
pass by the office prior to proceeding to your child's room. This is to ensure the safety and
protection of our students, faculty and staff.

Arrival and Line up Procedures

School begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Students who are having breakfast at school should go directly to the cafeteria. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. After breakfast, students must assemble on the Physical Education (P.E.) court.

Students not having breakfast at school must assemble in the P.E. court behind their assigned line
up number for their class. Supervision is provided on the P.E. court beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Students are not allowed in the hallways, courtyard or upstairs prior to this time. Teachers will
meet their students promptly at 8:20 a.m. and escort them to their classrooms. Please do not
bring your child to the teacher's classroom in the morning. Students arriving after 8:30 a.m. are
TARDY and should report to the office to secure a pass to class. Your cooperation will ensure a
smooth, orderly and safe start of the school day. On cold or rainy days, students will meet their
teachers by the classroom.

Dismissal ProceduresStudents are expected to go directly home when dismissed.
Those students who are dismissed at 2:00 p.m. will not be allowed to wait for older brothers or
sisters who are dismissed at 3:00 p.m. On rainy days, students walking home or picked up by their
parent must arrange to pick up their children within the allotted time. For your convenience,
Riverside Elementary has an after school care program, designed to provide care and tutoring for
your child if you are unable to pick him/her up at dismissal time. The hours of operation are
from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The program offers home learning assistance and a host of the other
stimulating activities. For additional information, please contact Ms. Celia Martinez and
Ms. Christy Sanchez the After School Care Managers at (305)547-1520 ext.128 after 2 p.m.

Early Dismissal

Early dismissal will not be permitted between 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m and 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m

Students may be excused before the regular dismissal time with parent's permission.
As a protection for your child, we cannot accept a telephone call as a satisfactory way of
requesting early dismissal. Children will not be given permission to leave the building early
unless authorized by a parent or another person authorized on the Emergency Contact Card.
The parent or authorized person must come into the school's main office with picture id to
sign the student out. Your child will not be released to another individual unless the individual's
name is listed on the Emergency Contact Card. Please remember that identification is required
in order to release the child to any individual. Every effort should be made to schedule
appointments outside of school hours. However, when this is not possible, students will
be excused for these special appointments.


It is the parent(s) responsibility to ensure that each student has good attendance at school.
Good attendance provides your child with the best possible opportunities for academic achievement,
social and personal development. An elementary student who accumulates ten (10) or more unexcused absences may have their school records subpoenaed by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office for review. If your child is absent from school please send a note to the teacher, with the child, the day the child comes back so that the absence or absences may be excused.

School Board Rule 6Gx13-5A-1.04, Student Attendance –
Specific Responsibilities defines Excused School Absence as:

  • Student illness.
  • Medical appointment.
  • Death in family.
  • Observance of a religious holiday or service when it is mandated for all members of a faith
    that such a holiday or service is observed.
  • School-sponsored event or activity previously approved.
  • Other individual student absences beyond the control of the parent or student,
    as determined and approved by the Principal or designee.
Note: If a child permanently leaving the school to enroll in another school the parent or
legal guardian must notify the school so that the child may be withdrawn.

Perfect Attendance Program

To encourage perfect attendance in our school, at the end of each grading period the Principal
will reward the classes that have the highest number of days with perfect attendance per grade level.


All students who arrive to school after 8:30 a.m. will be considered tardy. Tardy students must
report to the main office for a late pass in order to be allowed into their classroom. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Riverside Elementary Community School has a mandatory uniform policy. Students must wear a
uniform every day. They are expected to come to school well groomed and neatly dressed in
clothing suitable for school activities. The uniform consists of a blue plaid dress or bottom for girls,
navy blue or khaki pants for boys with yellow, light blue or white shirts or blouses. There is a
display of the school uniform in the main office. The school uniforms maybe purchased from Ibiley
Uniforms or any department store. Students are encouraged to purchase a Riverside T-Shirt,
from the PTA, which may be worn on Fridays and/on school field trips

The following are not allowed:

  • No metal cleats on shoes. No clogs, thongs, sandals, or other shoes without back straps.
  • No tap shoes. No written messages, pictures or symbols on clothing that portray ideas which are inimical to health, safety, and welfare students (e.g., messages which are related to drugs, smoking, alcohol, sex and profanity). No clothes with metal studs, ornaments or other objects that can scratch furniture or damage property.
  • No see-through blouses without a camisole or whole slip, bare backs, bare midriffs, and sleeveless undershirts.
  • No hats in the building except for those used for religious or medical reasons.
  • No skin-tight, form fitting pants, short skirts, or short dresses.
  • No dangling earrings, especially for safety reasons during physical education classes.
Students wearing inappropriate clothing will be sent to the office.


When children become ill at school, they are sent to the office where the parent/guardian is contacted. Students too ill to return to the classroom will have to be taken home by a parent or person identified on the Emergency Contact Card. Be sure that the school has current emergency information on how to reach parents/guardians so that there is no delay in a child receiving prompt medical attention should it become necessary.


As per SCHOOL BOARD POLICY, a physician MUST fill out a special form in order to have any medication administered to a child by a school board employee. See office personnel for this form.

To ensure being able to see your child's teacher, please make appointments for teacher conferences
in advance. Please do not walk into the classroom to talk to the teachers, this will interrupt instruction
for the entire class. We will be happy to schedule a conference to discuss your child's progress in school. Know your child's teacher and give him/her an opportunity to know you. Give your child the feeling of security and the cooperative spirit, which exists in friendly teacher- parent relationships.
Please do not go directly to a classroom unless you have an appointment.

Procedure to file a complaint includes:
  • A conference with the teacher.
  • A conference with the counselor and/or assistant principal
  • A conference with the principal, who will study and evaluate the situation and make a decision.

School Safety

School safety is our top priority. Our faculty and staff are extremely dedicated in assisting all students
in reaching their full potential. Therefore, providing a safe environment is essential for the benefit of all students. We are requesting that you spend a few minutes reviewing our daily practices in order
to assist us in securing the school campus for everyone.

Safety Patrols

Under the direction of our administration and staff, safety patrols are our first line of defense in providing assistance in helping us secure the building. Please follow and adhere to the safety patrols directions.

Faculty/Staff Parking Lot and Garage

Parents and students are not to enter the faculty and staff main parking lot. Students should be
dropped off on SW 2nd street or SW 3rd street to enter the school building.

In order for significant educational progress to take place in school, some responsibility rests on the individual student. It is expected that students come to class with the necessary tools for learning.
These may vary, but generally include: pencils, paper, textbooks, and homework assignments.

Discipline: School is for learning and children come to school to learn.
All school activities should be to enhance learning.

  1. Show respect for all school personnel and fellow students.
  2. Use appropriate language-refrain from name calling.
  3. Come to school daily on time.
  4. Complete all classes and home learning assignments.
  5. Bring supplies to school daily and be prepared to work.
  6. Walk quietly and speak softly.
  7. Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself. No "fighting or horse playing".
  8. Follow directions of all school personnel.
  9. Show respect for school property and the personal property of others.
  10. Leave the classroom only with a staff member's permission.
According to School Board Rules, students may be suspended for repeated disruption or behavior which disrupts the orderly educational process. According to the Code of Student Conduct, suspension and expulsion by the School Board upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools may
result when the pupil has:
  • Used an article as a weapon or in a manner calculated to threaten any person.
  • Committed a serious breach of conduct including, but not limited to, an assault on school
    personnel or on another pupil, a lewd or lascivious act, arson, vandalism, or any other act
    which disrupts or tends to disrupt a school activity.
  • Engaged in less serious but continued misconduct including, but not limited to, the use of profane, obscene, or abusive language or other acts that are detrimental to the educational process of the school. Any expulsion recommendation based on such misconduct shall include a detailed report by the principal on the corrective measures taken prior to this recommendation of expulsion.
  • Suspension can also occur for excessive tardies.

Items Not Permitted in School

  1. Pets – except on written invitation of the teacher.
  2. Knives, guns, sharp objects, poppers (bang snaps), or any other objects that could be
    constructed as a weapon. Students can be suspended and/or expelled for
    ten days regardless of the age.
  3. Money in large amounts. Send only what your child needs for the day since the risk
    of lost money is ever present.
  4. Candy, gum, or soda, glass bottles.
  5. Toys, radios, computer games or sports equipment.
  6. Expensive jewelry, watches, etc. - we cannot assume responsibility should they be lost,
    broken or stolen.
1 Parents are not to bring dogs and/or other pets to school. Walking pets on school grounds
are not allowed at any time, as there is a danger of a child or an adult being attacked.

Cafeteria Rules and Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner while going to, during, and returning from the cafeteria. No parents or visitors may enter or bring food during breakfast or lunch time or eat with their child in the cafeteria. Your full cooperation will allow us to maintain a smooth and efficient breakfast and lunch program. If it is necessary for you to see your child during the lunch period, you must got to the office and we will have your child brought to you.

The following rules are expected to be followed by each student:
  1. Enter cafeteria quietly.
  2. Handle trays carefully.
  3. Use good table manners.
  4. Talk softly to persons sitting at your table.
  5. Stay seated until you are dismissed.
  6. Use your napkin, straw, and eating utensils appropriately.
  7. Leave table/floor areas clean.
  8. Line up quietly.


Please be sure that your child understands how he/she is to have lunch daily. We encourage weekly payments when possible. The cafeteria is required to operate on a cash basis. Students may buy their lunch for a cost of $1.25. In addition; snacks may be bought for $0.25 - $0.50. Parents may not enter or eat in the cafeteria during breakfast or lunch as per the recommendation of the Florida Department of Health. Cafeteria monitors provide assistance to our students.

The home learning policy is based on School Board Rule. Home learning assignment will relate to the objectives being taught in the classroom, clear and definite in purpose and an outgrowth of classroom instruction. The frequency and quantity of home learning will be, on the average, as listed below:

K-1 Monday – Friday 30 minutes
2-3 Monday – Friday 45 minutes
4-5 Monday – Friday 60 minutes

Students are given home learning assignments every day. To help your child keep track of his/her home learning assignments we are requiring that all 1st – 5th grade students have a school agenda.

Grading Policy

Performance standards for reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies have been established for all schools in Miami-Dade County.

Reading standards indicate that if a student is not working on grade level; he/she must receive a
grade of "D" or "F" in reading and will receive a comment of "Working Below Grade Level" on their
report card. The Houghlin Mifflin Reading Program has two components: one being the grade level instruction program and the other the guieded reading component that addesses the students instruction.

Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies are taught according to the students' grade level. Report card grades in these subjects are determined by finding the average grade of each student
based on the student's written class work and assessments in each subject. If the student's average
at the end of each semester is a D or F, that student will receive a comment of
"Working Below Grade Level" on their report card.

Grading Scale

A = 90 - 100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 60 - 69%
F = 0- 59%

Ways You Can Help Your Child At Home!

Here is a list of things you can do to ensure your child's success at
school and throughout his or her life.
  • Ask to see your child's schoolwork on a regular basis.
  • Create a special, quiet, well lit place for your child to study and homework.
  • Read to your child and encourage her or him to read to you.
  • Set a good example by letting your child see you read.
  • Be selective about what your child watches on T.V. Set limits of no more than one hour a day.
  • Praise and award your child for accomplished goals.
  • Make sure your child receives a good, balanced diet, including breakfast each morning.
  • Make sure your child gets to bed early and receives no less than 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Notify the teacher of any health or emotional concerns.
  • Make sure your child dresses appropriately for the weather.
  • Immunize your child.
  • Keep your child at home if she or he is not well.
  • Be available to help your child with her or his homework.
  • Take your child to local museums, cultural activities and libraries.
  • Encourage your child to participate in a sport or other wholesome activity.
  • Discipline your child and fairly and consistently.
  • Establish a set of rules and routines for everyone in the family.
  • Get involved in your child's education by volunteering in his or her classroom and
    participating in school activities.

Helping Your Child Be a Better Reader

Reading at home can be a positive experience for you and your child.
All students benefit from extra reading activities. Take a look at these suggestions:
  • Television competes for children's time. Help your child select shows to watch.
    Set up a schedule for television so your child has time for a balance of other activities.
  • Help your child get a library card. Find out if your library has some special activities and materials
    for children. Establish a place at home for your child to keep his or her library card and books.
  • At the library, select a "surprise book" for your child. Tell your child it is a book you think
    he or she will enjoy. At home, show your child the book. If your child isn't interested in
    reading it, put it aside. Chances are your child will enjoy the surprise book you select next time.
  • Encourage your child to help you prepare a recipe. Buy a child's cookbook or
    get one from the library.
  • Books make wonderful gifts. Give your child books and encourage him or her to give
    books as gifts too others.
  • Stash a few books in your car. Then your child will have something to read in the car or at appointments.
  • Encourage your child to read quietly for 10 minutes before bedtime.
  • Tape-record yourself as you read a favorite book to your child. Then, when your child
    wants to hear that story and you are unable to read it aloud, he or she can listen to the tape.

Reading together is fun! Help your child start reading more today!
Reading Aloud With Your Child Reading to your child is a wonderful way to encourage a love of
reading. It helps your child become a better reader. Look over these suggestions for how to make
the most of reading to your child.

  • After reading a story to your child, discuss what happened at the beginning, middle,
    and end of the story.
  • Partway through the story, stop reading and ask your child to predict what will happen next.
  • If your child can read the words, or knows the story by heart, encourage him or her
    to read along with you.
  • Many children find it helpful to use a place marker when they read. You can use a recipe card
    or the front of a window envelope as shown.
  • Don't be concerned if your child wants to listen to, or read, the same story again and again.
    A familiar story makes reading easy and fun.
  • After reading a story, ask your child to tell about his or her favorite part.
Start today to share the joy of reading with your child.

Helping Your Child Learn

Help your child practice memory skills that are essential to school success. Here are some fun-to-do memory activities that you can do together at home.

See and Remember

Put six objects on a tray. Let your child look at the tray. Then have your child look away while you remove the objects. Have your child tell you what objects were on the tray. As he or she mentions an object, place it back on the tray. As your child becomes skillful at this, increase the number of objects.

Listen and Remember

Clap your hands in a pattern (for example: three claps, pause, two claps).
Have your child listen and clap the pattern.

Read and Remember

Help your child memorize easy poems and nursery rhymes.

Remember the Parade!

Place six common objects in a row for your child to observe. Then have your child look away while you rearrange the order of the objects. Then ask you child to put the things back in the original order. If six objects are too many, use fewer objects. As your child becomes skillful at this, use a greater number of objects in the "parade".

Help your child look, listen, and learn!

Going Over Your Child's Schoolwork

Looking over your child's schoolwork gives you an opportunity to find out about our classroom.
I recommend looking at schoolwork with your child. It's a nice way to spend some time together
and to talk about school.

  • Ask your child to tell you about his or her work and to point out favorite samples of schoolwork.
  • Do not expect your child's work to be perfect. Making mistakes is part of the learning process.
  • Perhaps your child can display some of his or her schoolwork on the refrigerator
    or a family bulletin board.
  • Help your child write a note about school to send to a friend or relative. Have your child
    dictate a sentence or two for you to write. Mail the note with a sample of his or her schoolwork. Sending a sample of schoolwork is an easy way to stay in touch with long-distance relatives.
    And it helps your child take pride in his work.
  • Label a plastic dishpan or box with your child's name. Encourage your child to use
    this "school box" as a place for all materials that need to be taken to school.
    Having an established place for books, permission slips, and lunch money eliminates
    frantic searches for school materials. Everything is in the school box and ready to go!
    It's good idea to have a school box for each school-age child in your family.

When home and school work together, the child benefits. Thank you for your help in making your child's experiences in elementary school a positive one.

PTA (Parent Teacher Association)
The PTA is an important part of our school. The association enables parents and teachers to work together for the continual improvements of the social, physical and educational climate of the school. All parents are urged to join and attend meetings. Please join and actively support our PTA.

The Educational Excellence School Advisory Council (EESAC) is a group of teachers, parents,
students, and other concerned or interested citizens representative of ethnic, racial and economic composition of the community served by the school. EESAC members are nominated by the school/community and appointed by the principal to assist with the preparation and evaluation
of the School Performance Excellence Plan. Meetings are held once a month and notices are
posted on the office door at least five days before the meeting.

  • S.A.T.: The Stanford Achievement Test is given to Grade 2. Testing is usually given in March,
    with results received in May or June.
  • FCAT Writing: This is a statewide test to assess students' abilities in narrative, expository
    and persuasive writing. The test is given to fourth and eighth graders.
    Scores are received in May or June.
  • FCAT: The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test measures achievement of the higher
    standards that are being taught and learned by all Florida students.
    The test is administered in March for grades 3-10.
Accelerated Reader: Schoolwide reading management program that tracks students' reading practice
and literacy skills development while increasing the joy of reading.

Star Reading: Powerful diagnostic software tool that helps determine placement levels for all students.

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