Frequently asked questions
What are the important PRE phone numbers?
What time will by child be home on Early Dismissal days?
Refer to the School District Calendar for important dates and times, including early dismissal days. The calendar will note the time school ends on these days. If your child rides the bus, it should take your child an equitable amount of time to get home on the bus as it takes them on a regular day. For Kindergarteners, some Early Dismissal days are a no school day, while others are a regular day. The school usually sends home reminders about these days to avoid confusion. Read the updates carefully.
Who do I contact regarding Special Education Services? Are there any additional parental supports?
Elizabeth Woods is the Director of Special Education and can be reached at 267-1014. Parent Advocates for Special Students (PASS) is a district wide, PTSA sponsored network of parents interested in special education and trends. Visit the PASS web page for more information.
Is there a Lost and Found?
There are Lost and Found containers at school and in the district transportation office The transportaiton office is (located directly across the parking lot from the Mendon Center Elementary main entrance.
What is the protocol on teacher's gifts, particularly during the holidays?
n the spring, PTSA organizes Teacher Appreciation Day. Room parents will contact families and ask them to consider donating a small amount per child. This is voluntary and it is NOT allowed to be more than $5. With this money, they will organize a class gift for the teacher(s) in your child's class. Recent NYS tax laws state that gifts worth a total of $75 or more received from students have to be reported as extra earnings by the teachers. Over the holidays, some parents choose to send in cookies or other small tokens to show their appreciation. This is voluntary and again should not be a costly gift.
Do I have any input as to my child's teacher placement for next year?
In the spring, the building principal sends home a form via your child's Take Home Folder requesting family input. The purpose of collecting input is to place students into the environment that best suits them. Families can’t request to have (or not have) a specific teacher. Current year teachers also provide feedback to the principal to help make the best choice for each child. A week or two before school starts, families receive a welcome back packet with teacher assignment and back to school information.
What "specials" do students participate in at school?
Art, gym, library, computer and music. Each day your child will have one or more special. Your classroom teacher will send this schedule home early in the school year. Children in 4th and 5th grades are required to bring in a change of clothing for gym class and will be assigned a locker.
What is offered to buy for lunch and how much is it? How do they pay for lunch?
Lunch and recess are at the same time each day. Hot lunches cost $3.00 (subject to change from year to year) and include milk. A menu with daily selections is sent home at the beginning of each month. Fruit and yogurt, salad bar and a bagel box are also offered on a daily basis. Parents are encouraged to sign up for an online for a debit card on MySchoolBucks.com. Parents may come in and have lunch with their child at any time throughout the year. Please check with your child’s teacher regarding their lunch time. Please contact the school if your children have allergies or with questions.
Can I get a class list with student contact information?
Families should sign up online to be included in the school directory. If you have signed up previously, a link will be emailed directly to you asking to confirm your contact information. Directories are printed and distributed to all students.
What do I need to bring to visit school?
Bring a drivers license or photo ID when visiting. Anyone entering the school must use the main entrance and sign in at the office before entering the building. All other doors are locked during the school day. Visitors are required to wear a visitor sticker at all times while in the building.
Is there a Back-To-School orientation/summer visit day?
A school information packet will be sent out at the end of August with details regarding visiting the school/classroom prior to the first day.
Are there any gatherings or resources for newcomers?
PRE PTSA has created a page with useful information for Newcomers. During the school year, newcomers have an opportunity to ask questions at monthly PR PTSA meetings. These meetings are a great opportunity to meet parents at the school. Visit the Newcomers page for more informaiton.
Can I bring my children who do not attend PRE to the school if I am attending a PTSA meeting, volunteering with ASE, joining my child for lunch or to a classroom activity?
Most often this is not a problem. (Definitely for PTSA meetings, ASE volunteering, and lunch) However, for classroom activities, check with the teacher or organizer first.