A Message from the Principal – Mrs. R. Robinson

On behalf of the teachers and staff, I would like to welcome you and your children to Washington Irving Elementary School, a place where all children come to learn and develop their abilities to become the best that they can be. We look forward to having you as part of our school family. It is our belief that by working together we can provide your children meaningful educational experiences as they begin the journey to becoming life long learners.

Irving School Pledge

We believe that learning is a lifetime adventure. We believe in facing each day with minds open to knowledge and hearts open to love. We believe in the freedom to wonder, to ask, to explore, to imagine, to create. We believe that success means doing our best, being our best, and feeling proud of our efforts. We believe that everyone of is has special talents, and that the talents of each of us help all of us. We believe in ourselves, in each other, IN OUR SCHOOL. WE ARE PROUD TO BE IRVING PANTHERS!!!

Irving School Vision Statement

Irving Elementary School promotes high expectations in a positive, supportive, and respectful environment to develop life-long learners and responsible citizens.


Irving School Mission Statement

To achieve our Irving School vision, the Irving Community will...provide rigorous, standards-based instruction;ensure a welcoming, safe, and nurturing environment that embraces diversity; and create a variety of unique learning experiences while celebrating our successes.

Irving Staff
In compliance with No Child Left Behind, all classroom teachers, teachers’ aides, and support staff are “highly qualified”.

Attendance

It is extremely important that all children attend school daily. If for some reason your child is unable to attend school due to illnesses, etc. Please notify the school that morning by 9:00 A.M. Upon returning from an absence each parent is asked to provide the school with a written note. Notes may be written in English or Spanish. Unexcused/Excessive absences will result in names being turned over to truant officers. Excessive absences may result in the retention of a child.

Tardiness
School begins promptly at 9:10 A.M. Please make every effort to make your child is on time. All students must report to the office for an admittance pass if they arrive after 9:10 A.M.

School Communications
In an effort to communicate more effectively with Irving families, we will be sending home calendars and grade level newsletters. The Irving School Planner is another way that teachers communicate with parents. The school calling system will be utilized on a regular basis for getting messages to you. Please visit the Irving Website @http://sch-ies.ss4.sharpschool.com/ or email Dee Jones, Family/Community Involvement Facilitator at dtjones@hammond.k12.in.us
Early Dismissal
When possible, please schedule appointments after school. The fewer interruptions to the learning process the better for your child. If you require an early dismissal, please send a note and/or call your child’s teacher or the school office. You must report to the office to sign your child out of school. If your child will be returning to school, please bring your child to the office upon their return.
Train Safety
All children are expected to stay off of all railroad tracks in our school community when walking to and from school. All students are expected to respect train safety rules when the gates are down. STOP, LOOK, LISTEN AND BE SAFE WHEN CROSSING ALL TRAIN TRACKS.

Student Drop Off/Pick Up/Visitor Parking
• Drop off for students in grades K-5 is on Pine Street by Door A. We do not use the playground in the morning prior to school
• Drop off for PACT and Head Start students is at Doors T and U on the Pine Street Side of the school.
• Students (K-5) eating breakfast should enter “Door A” at school between 8:30 – 8:45 A.M.
• During inclimate weather students will enter the building upon arrival and go directly to the cafeteria if they are eating.
• No Parking on Pine Street on the west side of the street in front of our neighbor’s homes. Police will be called and cars will be ticketed.
• NOTE: Please do not block the parkway with cars/trucks in the front of the school. We have bus transportation provided for our Special Needs students before and after school.

School Meal Fees
Breakfast: Free
Lunch: Free
Textbook Rental by Grade Level – Textbook rental is due each Trimester. 

Visitors
All visitors should enter through “Door A”, report to the office, sign in and obtain a visitors pass. You should return to the office to sign out before leaving the school.

No Smoking
Irving School is a smoke free environment. Smoking is not permitted on school property.

School Closings
All school closings will be announced on the Hammond Radio Station WJOB (1230 AM) in the mornings. If closure should happen during the school day, please plan with your child what to do if you are not home. Your child should always know whom to call and where to go in case of an emergency. This is why it is so important for the school office, your child’s teacher, and the school nurse have an emergency contact and phone number for your child.

Lost and Found
Items will be located in the school cafeteria. Any items remaining at the close of the school year will be donated to a local charity.

School Newsletter
A monthly newsletter/calendar will be sent home to keep you informed of school happenings.

Behavior
We understand that each child has his/her own unique spirit and background of experiences that they bring with them to our school. We want children to be creative and engage in the learning process while developing their talents and strengths. Each teacher develops a set of rules and procedures that must be followed in order for students to succeed. Just like at home.

Irving Expectations
1. Listen when someone is talking to you
2. Walk in the building using “inside” voices
3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself
4. Treat others the way you want to be treated
5. Be kind to others (no put downs) 
6. Respect others differences
7. No gum, candy, or food in school (no pop cans or bottles) outside of the cafeteria
8. Use the bathroom in the appropriate way
9. No toys, no electronic items (pagers, cell phones, DVD players, cameras), cards of any kind or other items which get in the way of learning.

Irving Students Use Conflict Resolution –
5 Steps to Resolving Conflict

1. Both students agree to the ground rules
“I agree not to interrupt, not to name call, and I agree to work toward solving the conflict.”
2. One person tells his/her side of the story using I messages.
“I feel…when you…because… and I want…”
3. The other person restates what the problem is for the first person: Steps 2 and 3 are repeated for the second person.
4. Both people suggest solutions
5. Agree on a resolution
Is it specific? (Who does what?)
Is it balanced? (Realistic)

Parent/Family Involvement
Parent involvement is a major component of Irving School and student success. We need you as our partner to give our students the best education possible. We invite you to participate in all school activities as well as serve on a school committee. We hold parent meetings/workshops on a monthly basis for your input. You are welcome to come to school to volunteer or you may work on a project at home. Please contact our Family/Community Involvement Coordinator, Dee Jones @ 933-2467 ext. 5502 or check with your child’s teacher to learn how you can be our partner in education. Being involved in your child’s education is one of the most important things that you can do to ensure the success of your child. Please stop by anytime.

Homework
The purpose of homework is to continue the learning process at home. Homework assignments also allow parents to see what their children are learning in school, and to participate in the process. Homework assignments are usually a review of skills already taught in school. Students may also be asked to complete assignments that were not finished in class. The assignments may or may not require some adult supervision. Kindergarten thru 2nd grade children should spend a maximum of 30 minutes on homework assignments. Students in grades 3 thru 5 may spend up to an hour completing activities. Remember, homework is to be done by the students. Parents and older siblings should provide support and check over completed work.
Reading
Children should read every night, which means children can be read to and/or children can read to their parents. Books, newspapers, comics are good sources. We believe Spanish speaking families should read to their children in Spanish to maintain strong cultural traditions. All parents or other family members should have discussions with their children after reading. This ensures that children understand the material.

Physical Education Requirements
• Students are required to have gym shoes for class. All gym shoes should have white bottoms and remain at school.
• A doctor’s note is required for a student to be excused from participating in class activities. Any circumstances which require limited physical activity must be approved by the physical education or principal.

Sports
The following Intramural Sports activities will be offered throughout the year to students in grades 4 and 5: Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball.

Irving PTA ~ everychild.onevoice.
Irving School PTA is dedicated to supporting the children and parents of the community. PTA was founded over 110 years ago to be the voice for children. When it comes to decisions being made by lawmakers, PTA is at the table. Over 5.5 million people across the United Sates and beyond are united through PTA Membership in PTA is open to anyone that cares about children. Membership dues is $6.00 per year ~ your membership is your vote when we represent you in Indianapolis or Washington, DC. When you join Irving PTA you are also a member of Indiana PTA and National PTA. Please visit www.indianapta.org and www.pta.org to learn more.

We are looking for parents to serve on committees. Please watch the school newsletter/calendar for meeting dates. You may reach the PTA by calling/leaving a message @ 933-2467 ext. 5502

School Activities/Clubs/Organizations for Students
Boy Scouts
Boys and Girls Club
Brownies/Girl Scouts
Chess Club
Field Day
Honors Choir
Intramurals (4th and 5th Grade)
Jump for Heart
Lego Robotics
PTA Citizenship Essay Contest
Regional Federal Credit Union 
Science Olympiad
Student Council
Young Authors Conference