Health & Safety

August 2, 2013

Tips for a safe school year

Traveling to and from school

Walking to school

• Make sure your child’s walk to a school is a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection.

• Be realistic about your child’s pedestrian skills. Small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic; carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.

• If your children are young or are walking to a new school, walk with them the first week or until you are sure they know the route and can do it safely.

• Bright colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.

• Visually check for traffic in all directions before crossing any street or intersection.

• In neighborhoods with higher levels of traffic, consider starting a “walking school bus,” in which an adult accompanies a group of neighborhood children walking to school.


• Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride.

• Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic.

• Use appropriate hand signals.

• Respect traffic lights and stop signs.

• Wear bright colored clothing to increase visibility.

• Know the “rules of the road.”

• Always walk your bike across intersections

• Visually check for traffic in all directions before crossing the street.

School bus

• If your child’s school bus has lap/shoulder seat belts, make sure your child uses one at all times when in the bus.

• Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb.

• Do not move around on the bus.

• Check to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing the street.

• Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver.

• Children should always board and exit the bus at locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building.


• All passengers should wear a seat belt and/or an age- and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat.

• Your child should ride in a car safety seat with a harness as long as possible and then ride in a belt-positioning booster seat. Your child is ready for a booster seat when she has reached the top weight or height allowed for her seat, her shoulders are above the top harness slots, or her ears have reached the top of the seat.

• Your child should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle’s seat belt fits properly (usually when the child reaches about 4’ 9” in height and is between 8 to 12 years of age). This means that the child is tall enough to sit against the vehicle seat back with her legs bent at the knees and feet hanging down and the shoulder belt lies across the middle of the chest and shoulder, not the neck or throat; the lap belt is low and snug across the thighs, and not the stomach.

• All children younger than 13 years of age should ride in the rear seat of vehicles. If you must drive more children than can fit in the rear seat (when carpooling, for example), move the front-seat passenger’s seat as far back as possible and have the child ride in a booster seat if the seat belts do not fit properly without it.

• Remember that many crashes occur while novice teen drivers are going to and from school. You should require seat belt use, limit the number of teen passengers, do not allow eating, drinking, cell phone conversations or texting to prevent driver distraction; and limit nighttime driving and driving in inclement weather. Consider the use of a parent-teen driver agreement to facilitate the early driving learning process.

Backpack safety

• Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.

• Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.

• Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.

• If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried up stairs.


Bullying is when one child picks on another child repeatedly. Bullying can be physical, verbal or social. It can happen at school, on the playground, on the school bus, in the neighborhood, or over the Internet.

When your child is bullied

• Help your child learn how to respond by teaching your child how to: 1-Look the bully in the eye. 2-Stand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation. 3-Walk away.

• Teach your child how to say in a firm voice: 1-“I don’t like what you are doing.” 2-“Please do not talk to me like that.” 3-“Why would you say that?”

• Teach your child when and how to ask for help.

• Encourage your child to make friends with other children.

• Support activities that interest your child.

• Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.

• Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child’s safety and well-being when you cannot be there.

When your child is the bully

• Be sure your child knows that bullying is never OK.

• Set firm and consistent limits on your child’s aggressive behavior.

• Be a positive role model. Show children they can get what they want without teasing, threatening or hurting someone.

• Use effective, non-physical discipline, such as loss of privileges.

• Develop practical solutions with the school principal, teachers, counselors, and parents of the children your child has bullied.

When your child is a bystander

• Tell your child not to cheer on or even quietly watch bullying.

• Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult about the bullying.

• Help your child support other children who may be bullied. Encourage your child to include these children in activities.

• Encourage your child to join with others in telling bullies to stop.

School Supply Lists

Transitional Kindergarten

2 pkg Thin barrel – dry erase with erasers on end

Thin barrel markers – regular

Colored pencils

Golf pencils

1 pack Paper lunch bags

1 plastic binder, 3 fasteners with pockets in front

and back.

Clear zipper pencil pouch, 3-hole punched

2-8 packs of thin Crayola crayons

Ziploc slide lock storage bags (gallon, quart &

sandwich) no folding bags please

1 box of Kleenex

1 roll of Paper towels

3×5, 4×6 and 5×7 index cards

Colored chalk, thin regular sticks

Colored chalk-sidewalk size

2 regular sponges, non-scrub style

4 Glue sticks

1 bottle of white glue

Fragrance Free Baby Wipes

Homemade playdough (recipe available from TK teachers)



8 large glue sticks (Elmer’s)

1 pair of children’s scissors (Fiskars brand)

1 box of Crayola 8 pack crayons

4 boxes of Crayola 24 pack crayons

1 pkg colored pencils

1 pkg of #2 pencils

1 box of Kleenex

1 roll of paper towels

Large backpack (no wheels)

1 pkg of paper plates

1 pkg small paper plates

2 pkgs of thin Expo dry erase markers

Side Walk Chalk

1 pkg Crayola washable markers

1 plastic pencil box (5×8 flip top)

Ziploc bags (snack, quart & gallon size)

Fragrance Free Baby Wipes

3 prong plastic folders

Pipe cleaners

Beads that fit pipe cleaners

Plastic sheet covers


1st Grade

Plastic pencil box that closes (no larger than 8×5)

2 boxes of Crayola crayons (16 count)

12 glue sticks

1 pair of children’s scissors (Fiskars brand)

1 roll of paper towels

10 pkg washable Crayola markers

Fragrance Free Baby Wipes

Pony Beads

Pipe Cleaners

1 pkg of pencils (Ticonderoga or Dixon)

1 composition notebook

Ziploc bags (quart & gallon)

1 Elmer’s glue (1.25 oz.)

1 pkg paper plates

2 boxes of Kleenex

2 pkg of Expo Dry-erase markers (fine tip)



2nd Grade

2 boxes of Crayola crayons (24 count)

4 Erasers

1 pkg of pencil top erasers

2 Marbu Composition with picture space journals

1 pkg of 10 washable Crayola markers

3 boxes Kleenex

5 glue sticks

1 pair of children’s scissors (round tip)

1 pocket folder without prongs

1 pkg colored pencils

Ziploc bags (snack, sandwich, quart & gallon size)

4 pkgs of 24 pencils (Ticonderoga or Dixon)

1 Multi pack of EXPO dry-erase markers

1 EXPO dry-eraser

1 pack of 4 black thin EXPO dry-erase markers

1 package of paper plates

Fragrance Free Baby Wipes


Third Grade

2 boxes of Kleenex for the classroom

1 container of hand sanitizer or hand wipes for the classroom

2 wide-ruled notebooks (spiral or composition)

3 packs of pencils

1 pencil pouch or pencil box for supplies

1 pack of crayons

1 box of colored pencils

1 pack of washable markers

4 dry-erase markers

2 highlighters

2 erasers

1 binder

5 two pocket folders with holes so that they are able to go into a binder (red, blue, green, yellow, orange)

2 packs of wide-ruled paper

1 small hand-held pencil sharpener for desk

1 gluestick or glue bottle

1 box of quart-size Ziploc baggies

2 composition books

To ensure that your child’s supplies do not get mixed up with another child’s, we are recommending that you label these items with your child’s name or initials.


Fourth Grade

1 (white) regular 3-ring binder (2-inch) w/ pocket in the front (no zipper binders please)

12 Tab dividers for writing folder

1 Pencil Zip Pouch for writing folder

1 red ink pen

1 blue ink pen

1 green ink pen

(6) 2-pocket folders (red, blue, green, yellow, purple, orange) * Folders will be labeled by subject at school.

2  Highlighters

Water bottle WITH A LID

Box of crayons

Colored markers


Index Cards

2 spiral notebooks

Colored pencils

Dry erase markers and an eraser

Optional items that may be donated to individual classes-

Kleenex, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, glue sticks, liquid glue, post-its, and graph paper


Fifth Grade


Blue or black pens*

Notebooks or notebook paper*

5-pocket folders (one per subject and one for homework)*

Binder (too keep folders organized)*



Crayons and colored pencils



2 boxes of Kleenex

4 Composition Books

1 black and white for Math notes

1 yellow for English/Language Arts notes

1 green for Science notes

1 blue for Social Studies notes

2 black dry erase markers

*Items are suggested to help keep your student’s daily needs met and help keep them organized.

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