RED RIBBON WEEK IS THIS WEEK
PTA is proud to sponsor this year’s Red Ribbon Week with the theme: YOLO – You Only Live Once, Be Drug Free! Click here for a detailed description of the week’s events. Here are a couple of important reminders for the week:
Wednesday: Team up Against Drugs and wear your favorite sports team shirt
Thursday: I Elect to be Drug Free – Wear Red, White and Blue
Friday: Red-y to be Drug Free – Wear Red
HALLOWEEN PARADE – MONDAY, OCT. 31ST AT 9:15 AM Parents and family are invited to come and view this spectacular event! Please walk your child to class (if needed) and then all visitors are asked to wait outside the front gates until 9:15 am, when we open the campus for the parade. Students may come to school in costumes that meet the school dress code and need to bring regular shoes and clothes to change into after the parade. See below for more details.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME POLICY Please remember that students may not wear any masks or fake blood (for safety reasons) during the Halloween parade. This year, we will also not allow clown costumes (see above). Also, no fake weapons of any kind are allowed. Students should be prepared to change back into their regular clothes as soon as the parade is over.
HALLOWEEN TREAT POLICY - TUSD Wellness Policy restricts food not meeting Senate Bills 12 & 965 Guidelines for nutritional value. In general, no candy or sugary items are allowed at school. Any treats that are brought to school (even if not eaten at school) must meet the Wellness Policy Guidelines. For more information about the TUSD Wellness Policy click here.
HALLOWEEN PARADE PARKING The church across the street will be available for parking on the day of the parade. Please DO NOT park in the staff lot as these are assigned spots for our staff members. Thanks!
Information from the District:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As many of you already know, in the past several weeks, there has been increased reports of individuals dressing up as clowns and creating disturbances nationwide. Many of these incidents have occurred in and around public areas, including parks and schools. There is heightened anxiety and fear over clown sightings due to several incidents being reported of a disturbing nature.
Though nothing has been reported in our District, in light of these recent reports, clown costumes WILL NOT BE ALLOWED at any TUSD school site during the Halloween season. This rule ensures everyone (students, staff, and parents) is able to fully enjoy the holiday festivities.
Additionally, this allows us to easily identify any individual attempting to come on to our campuses to create an unsafe environment. Staff, security, and law enforcement, will be able to quickly identify anyone in a clown costume, and immediately know they do not belong. Such individuals will be dealt with accordingly.
If you have any questions, please speak with your student’s principal. It is always our goal to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. We appreciate your cooperation, efforts, and support in helping us keep our students and schools safe.
APEX FUN RUN IS COMING! We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Fun Run this year as our major fundraiser! We had an amazing Apex Fun Run last school year and profited more than $16,000! The first 10% of the funds went directly to the teachers to spend in their classrooms. Then we were able to purchase additional iPads and Chromebooks for our classrooms, as well as help to fund our math intervention program. This year, the funds from our Apex Fun Run will be used once again to support our classroom technology and intervention programs. The Apex program will be with our students from November 1st to November 10th, teaching leadership and fitness as we raise pledges to help our school. Please feel free to visit www.apexfunrun.com to learn about this interactive program that helps schools all over the country raise money, while promoting leadership and fitness. Click here for the letter that went home with students on Monday (10/24). Be sure to review it before next Tuesday’s Pep Rally, and thanks in advance for your support!
EARTHQUAKE - no bells (duck, cover, and hold) – then evacuate
FIRE - Continuous 10 second bell, 5 second pause, repeated to evacuate.
SHELTER IN PLACE - 1 long bell, 2 short bells, repeat 3 times. Announcement over the PA system.
Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, please be assured that our school and school district have prepared and continue to update our emergency plans. However, your cooperation is essential to support your child who may be at school when such an emergency occurs. These are some of the most important things you can do:
If there is a disaster . . .
It is not too late to purchase a membership to our fabulous PTA! We are having a PTA Membership Drive this month. With every paid PTA membership of only $8, your child will receive a coupon for the Aquarium of the Pacific, a coupon for Baskin-Robbins ice cream, and a coupon for Google Express. Your child will also receive one spirit stick!
Not only that, the classroom with the highest number of PTA memberships by the end of October will win a special Halloween prize per student and a frozen treat on Halloween! Remember, anyone can purchase a PTA membership, including moms, dads, grandparents, neighbors and friends! You can purchase a PTA Membership directly on our website at www.arnold-pta.org. If you prefer to pay by check, membership envelopes will be available in the school office. Just fill it out, place your check inside, and leave it in the PTA box in the office. Let's support our amazing PTA by purchasing a PTA membership!
School Parking Lot Safety
The spaces in the Arnold School parking lot are assigned for staff only. Due to limited parking space, we have a valet drop-off system in the morning. When picking up your child from school, please do not double park; double parking is unlawful and unsafe. Students are to remain on the curb until a car stops at the curb or an adult parks and comes to get the student. Do NOT park in spaces specifically designated for staff only. Students should not step between cars to enter a car. The parking lot is considered a street and all rules of street safety apply.
Thank you to our 5th grade CHAMPPS (Champs Have and Model Positive Peer Skills) students who have been helping out with our morning valet.
We would like to pass along some rules regarding our morning valet system. Please read them and then decide if this is right for you and your child.
BEFORE and AFTER-SCHOOL CARE AT ARNOLD ELEMENTARY
For information about the Arnold YMCA Child Care Program, please call the YMCA Child Care Office at 310-325-5885, ext. 7498.
For information regarding the City of Torrance After-School Club, please call the Community Services Department at 310-618-2994 or visit their website at:http://www.ci.torrance.ca.us/Parks/7128.htm
PICK UP POLICY
Please remember that you CAN NOT park in the staff parking lot when picking up your child after school. Cars are only allowed in the valet line for pick-up. Parking behind cars in the staff parking lot blocks our staff from being able to leave and creates a possible fire hazard.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not let children run around unsupervised if you are waiting outside the front gates for upper grade dismissal. School is still in session for the other students.
10/24 - 10/28 - Red Ribbon Week
10/31 - Halloween Parade (@ 9:15 am)
11/1-11/10 - APEX Fundraising
6 - Daylight Savings time ends
8 & 9 - 3rd Grade GATE Testing
10 - APEX Fun Run
18 - PTA Association Mtg (6:00)
18 - Movie Night (6:30)
22 - End of Trimester 1
23-25 - Thanksgiving Break
1 - Barnes & Noble Night (6:00)
5 - 16 - Parent Conferences (Early Out Kinder 1:40, 1st - 3rd: 2:03, 4th-5th 2:12)
8 - PTA Board Mtg (6:00)
15 - Band Winter Concert (6:30)