• Welcome Back To School!                

    Beiriger Elementary Newsletter

    August 2017



    Dear Beiriger Families,


                Welcome back to a new school year! Starting a new school year can be both exciting and a bit overwhelming. It is my goal that we partner together to make sure your child has a successful year. I am committed to kids and helping them reach their full potential. I will need your help too! Research shows that when parents partner with the school, children are more successful! We will be the biggest fans for our kids!

    The Beiriger Staff has been busy getting ready for their students to arrive. Please help by assisting us with the following things:

    • Make sure your child comes to school on time.
    • Make sure your child is prepared for class with supplies and completed work.
    • Make sure you contact your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns.
    • Make sure your child is rested and ready to do his or her Personal Best!
    • Make sure your child has a quiet place to study and complete work at home.

    We are looking forward to an amazing and productive year!!       

    Take Pride in Yourself, and the Beiriger Bulldogs!


    Monday, August 14th – BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT – 5:30-7:00 P.M.

    • Kindergarten – Welcome Presentation @ 5:00 P.M. in the cafeteria, with Classroom Visits at 5:30 P.M. (please bring school supplies for kindergarteners)
    • Title 1 Informational Meetings in the Library @ 4:45 P.M. and 6:45 P.M.

    Tuesday, August 15th ~ First day of school


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    School Hours

    7:45:   Breakfast students may enter the cafeteria doors

    8:00:   Cafeteria doors open for all students to enter

    8:10:   First bell

    8:15:   Tardy bell

    3:00:   Dismissal


    DAILY SCHOOL SCHEDULE - Save for future reference.  

    8:10 - First Bell

    8:15 - Tardy Bell



    8:55 – First Bell

    9:00– Tardy Bell



    Kindergarten -            10:55 – 11:15 am     Recess 11:15 - 11:30 am

    Grade 6          -           11:15 – 11:35 am     Recess: 11:35 – 11:50 am

    Grade 1          -           11:35 – 11:55 pm    Recess: 11:55 – 12:10 pm

    Grade 2          -           11:55 – 12:15 pm    Recess: 12:15 – 12:30 pm

    Grade 4          -           12:15 – 12:35 pm    Recess: 12:35 – 12:50 pm

    Grade 5          -           12:30 – 12:50 pm    Recess: 12:50 –   1:05 pm

    Grade 3          -           12:45 –   1:05 pm    Recess:   1:05 –   1:20 pm


    Each grade level will have 15 minutes of recess time on the playground. Each grade level will have 20 minutes to eat lunch in the cafeteria. IN AN ATTEMPT TO HEIGHTEN SECURITY, WE WILL BE HAVING A CLOSED CAMPUS FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH.


    Late Start Tuesdays – We will begin classes one-half hour later on Tuesdays beginning August 22nd.



    Breakfast - Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria beginning at 7:45a.m. Students are to enter using the cafeteria doors. The cost is $1.25 for breakfast.

    Lunches - All students attending full day classes are eligible to eat in the cafeteria. Hot lunches for students will again be served this year for the cost of $2.10 (includes milk). CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO: GRIFFITH PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOODSERVICE. Students may buy hot lunch in the cafeteria or bring lunch from home. To encourage healthy eating habits, the school district will no longer serve soft drinks to students during school hours. Therefore, we strongly encourage parents not to send soft drinks in lunches.




    FREE AND REDUCED - Free and Reduced applications from school year 2016-2017 will expire in September 2017. In order to continue receiving benefits for the 2017-2018 school year, please submit a new application. If we do not receive an application, benefits will stop and your child will be charged the full meal price of $2.20 for lunch. Application can be filled out on-line.


    VISITOR RULES - Any person who is not a Beiriger student or staff member is considered a visitor and must report to the office. Visitors will need to sign in, show their driver’s license, and must wear a visitor sticker before going to classrooms or anywhere in the building. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated for the protection of your children as well as everyone at school. All visitors must enter through the front doors on Lillian Street. This is the only entrance that is used during regular school hours. Parents who are here to pick up their child early must also report to the office and sign their child out.


    SAFETY COMES FIRST FOR OUR CHILDREN - Your Superintendent and Principal are vitally interested in the safe conduct of your child(ren) to and from school. Instruct your child(ren) to cross the streets at the designated crossing place only. Instruct them to stay on the sidewalks both north and east of the school. Bike riders are to walk their bikes to the school upon approaching school property.


    GYM SHOES - All of our students in grades K - 6 will be required to have gym shoes or some type of tennis shoes for Physical Education classes. Be sure to check your child’s schedule so you are aware of their gym day.


    MEDICATION AT SCHOOL - Only medication prescribed by a physician will be given at school. This includes over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin and cough drops. All prescription medications should be in the original container. Students may not transport medications on a school bus or keep medications in their possession.


    ATTENDANCE IS IMPORTANT.  Please contact the office prior to 9:00 a.m. to report an absence. When your child returns after an illness lasting 3 or more days, a doctor’s note is requested. Parents are encouraged to make appointments outside of school hours for doctor visits whenever possible.




    1. Please enter through the MAIN ENTRANCE doors located at the northwest doors that lead into the office area.
    2. If you are going to breakfast, please go into the cafeteria and begin eating right away. Do not wait for friends.
    3. If you are not eating breakfast, please line-up with your grade level in their designated spot.

    Bicycle Riders:

    1. Park your bike and lock it in the bike rack located at the northwest entrance. Enter the MAIN ENTRANCE doors located by the office area.
    2. If you are going to eat breakfast, please go into the cafeteria and begin eating right away. Do not wait for friends.
    3. If you are not eating breakfast, please line-up with your grade level in their designated spot.

    Car Riders:

    1. Enter the drop-off/pick-up driveway on the southeast side of Lillian. Please make sure you follow the one-way driveway around until you get               to the northwest doors that lead to the main entrance doors located by the office area.
    2. Please have your child(ren) enter through the northwest doors. Please sign in at the main office in order to get a pass to enter the building.
    3. If you are going to eat breakfast, please go into the cafeteria and begin eating right away. Do not wait for friends.
    4. If you are not eating breakfast, please line-up with your grade level in their designated spot.


    Bus Riders:

    1. Bus riders will be dropped off in the front of the building.
    2. Bus riders will enter through the front doors by the main office.    
    3. They will walk to the cafeteria to eat breakfast or line-up with their grade level in the cafeteria or gym.




    1. Bus riders will leave through the front doors in the middle of the building facing west or Lillian Street. They will go directly to their bus so that the      bus may leave promptly.
    2. Walkers and bicycle riders will be dismissed at 3:00. They will leave through the front doors in the middle of the building facing west on Lillian    Street.                                       
    3. Car riders will be dismissed at 3:00 at the MAIN ENTRANCE doors located on the northwest side of the building. These doors are located near the office area. Mrs. Reczek and Ms. Cundiff will be assisting  students getting into the cars at that location. Cars are to enter through   the drive entrance located on the northeast side of Lillian Street and are to  follow the one-way path. LEFT LANE TURNS LEFT AND RIGHT LANE TURNS RIGHT. The entranceway is long enough to hold the number of cars picking up.




    Obviously this is a time of the day where we must all work together. In addition, I ask the following: be patient, be courteous, and be helpful. With all of us working together the safety of our children will never be in doubt.


    EMERGENCY CLOSING - Whenever it becomes necessary for emergency closing because of bad weather conditions, Hammond radio station WJOB 1230, 1500 AM, or 105.5 FM, or 107.1 FM on your dial, will carry this information. You can also check the Griffith Public Schools web site for additional information. (www.griffith.k12.in.us).


    WHERE WOULD YOUR CHILDREN GO IF THEY WERE SENT HOME UNANNOUNCED DURING THE SCHOOL DAY BECAUSE OF AN EMERGENCY BEYOND OUR CONTROL? -- It is a real possibility that due to a power failure, fire, or bad weather that your children would have to be sent home early. Make arrangements with friends, relatives, and your children to set up this type of emergency plan until you arrive home.


    ONE CALL NOW SYSTEM - We will use the “OneCallNow” system to call in the event of a school closing or announcement. If you need to change the phone numbers you provided at registration, please contact the office. Please consider signing up for the One Call Now text message option by texting “Alert” to 22300.


    SCHOOL OPENING DELAY PLAN - During a SCHOOL DELAY, the following steps will be taken:

    1. All bus drivers and schools will start their day one or more hours later than usual.
    1. School dismissal will be at the regular time.
    2. School lunches will be served.


    STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK - The Griffith Board of School Trustees approved and adopted the Elementary Student/Parent Handbook for students in grades K - 6. The handbook has been incorporated in the front of your child’s student planner. It was prepared so that each student and parent are aware of what rules and regulations are necessary to bring about a successful school experience. The handbook is not exhaustive in nature. It contains basic information.   Often a question you have can be answered by referring to the handbook. Should you have a question, which is not answered by the handbook, please call the school office.


    PEST CONTROL & USE OF PESTICIDES - The School Corporation is committed to providing a safe environment for students. It seeks to prevent children from being exposed to pests and pesticides. While pesticides protect children from pests that may be found in the school and its surrounding grounds, under some circumstances they may pose a hazard to children. Therefore, pest control practices may involve a variety of chemical and non-chemical methods that are designed to control pests effectively while minimizing potential pesticide exposure. If you wish to obtain information about our pest control practices, please contact the Assistant Superintendent, at Griffith Public Schools, 602 N. Raymond, IN (219) 924-4250.


    SCHOOL PICTURES - Student pictures will be taken on Wednesday,

    August 30th.   Interstate Studios will be taking the pictures again this year. An information packet will be sent home. If you plan to purchase pictures, you must send payment of your chosen package with your child on picture day. Interstate Studios will stand behind their work and provide retakes if necessary. Please send one envelope per student, not per family.


    NORTHWEST INDIANA SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT NETWORK - NISEC Parent Network is a group of ten parents of special education students who are working to help improve communication between parents and school personnel. They try to be a source of information to parents by providing details of upcoming workshops or by letting individual parents know of possible sources of information.


    The network periodically sends newsletters to parents of students with disabilities. The newsletter is intended to keep parents up-to-date on a variety of issues ranging from changes in legislation to parenting tips. Newsletters will be on NISEC’s web-site @ www.NISEC.org.



    DRESS CODE - Please read the dress and grooming policy for elementary students on page 5 of the elementary student handbook. The following are recommendations for proper school attire:


    1. All shoulders should be covered. No bare or exposed midriffs, tube tops, or halters are permitted. Camisoles, tank tops, and muscle shirts should  not be worn alone.
    2. All clothing is to be free of rips, tears, or holes and must be sized correctly.
    3. Pajama bottoms, lounge wear/boxers are unacceptable.
    4. Shorts and skirts must be at least fingertip length.
    5. Head wear should not be worn.
    6. If Heelys are worn, the wheels must be removed.
    7. Clothing should not contain obscenities, drug/alcohol advertisements, or sayings inappropriate for school.


    We believe our dress code is one of flexibility and individual judgment. We realize that a great deal of the responsibility for making decisions regarding the appearance of your children falls on you, the parents. We also believe that there is a direct relationship between an acceptable appearance, good schoolwork, and good school behavior. We hope you agree and will continue to work with us. We shall continue to stress these points and to teach them as positive values.


    GOLDEN PANTHER PASSES AVAILABLE - All Griffith residents 62 years or older are eligible to receive a Golden Panther Pass. The pass will allow a Griffith Senior Citizen to be admitted free to all Griffith Public Schools sponsored activities: athletic events, band, and choral concerts and plays. Sorry, it does not include State sponsored athletic tournaments and activities. The passes represent a small token of appreciation from the Board of School Trustees and the school community for what the senior citizens have done for the schools over the years. Passes may be obtained at the Administration Building. A driver’s license will be needed.


    ADULT PARTICIPATION FORM- If you have not already done so on-line, please complete the Adult Participation Form as soon as possible. You will not be able to interact with the students unless this forms is completed and approved.



    1. Specials grades will not be included in honor roll.
    2. Grades will be given at second and fourth grading periods.
    3. First and third quarter grades will be considered mid-term grades only.


    HONOR ROLL - The following is the criteria for Honor Roll:

    1. A student must achieve all A’s and B’s (no C’s allowed).
    2. Students in grades 3-6 are eligible.
    3. Specials subjects do not count.
    4. Honor Roll students may receive one bumper sticker per year.


    PTC The PTC officers for the 2017-18 School Year are:

                President -                 Lisa Bell

                Secretary -                 Kristen Piro

                Vice-President -        Angie Lukas

                Treasurer -                  Kristen Reczek


    BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - Box Tops for education is a fundraising program for schools sponsored by General Mills, Inc.   Please save all Box Tops coupons from General Mills products in an envelope or baggie and periodically return them to your child’s classroom. If you would like additional information about the participating products, please visit www.boxtops4education.com.

    OFFICE DEPOT/OFFICEMAX – Shop at Office Depot or OfficeMax and Beiriger School will receive 5% back. Our school I.D. number is 70036232.