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SMITH STEM SCHOOL

64 St. James St.
West Hartford, CT 06119
Phone: 860-236-3315
Fax: 860-236-3342

Teresa Giolito, Principal 

School Information 

 
 

Contact Information

Florence E. Smith STEM School

64 St. James Street
West Hartford, CT 06119-2325

 

860-236-3315

860-236-3342 (fax)

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Principal
Teresa Giolito

School Hours/Conference Schedules

 

School Hours

For safety and comfort, children should not arrive earlier than 8:20 a.m. Schools are not responsible for outside supervision prior to 8:20 a.m. The only exceptions are for those attending WHEE, the breakfast program (opens at 8:10 a.m.) or with teacher permission.

  • The first bell rings at 8:20 a.m., at which time children may enter the building.
  • The second bell rings at 8:30 a.m. to alert students that they have five minutes to get to class.
  • The third bell rings at 8:35 a.m. signifying that the school day has begun.

Children are considered tardy if they arrive after 8:35 a.m. Tardy records appear on your child's report card and are therefore part of your permanent record.

SCHOOL DAY HOURS

  P-5 Office
M 8:35 am-3:20 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
T 8:35 am-3:20 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
W 8:35 am-2:00 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Th 8:35 am-3:20 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
F 8:35 am-3:20 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm

WHEE Before and After School Information

Safe Driving
Please obey all posted signs and traffic regulations when driving on school grounds or near our school. Remember the one-way drive is for buses only during arrival and dismissal times. Please do not park in the one-way drive one half hour before arrival or dismissal.

After-School Plans
Please make sure to send in a note to your child's teacher whenever there is a change in your child's after-school plans. Unless there is a note, children will follow their usual after-school arrangements, i.e., ride the bus, go to WHEE, or walk home. Please plan ahead and try not to call the office with changes in dismissal plans since we cannot guarantee that telephone messages will be conveyed to students prior to dismissal.

Telephone Messages
It is the policy of Smith School not to interrupt classes to convey telephone messages to students. We request that early dismissal or after-school plans be finalized prior to students' arrival at school each day since we cannot guarantee that telephone messages will be conveyed prior to dismissal. If there are changes in dismissal plans please send a note to your child's teacher.

                       

 

Parent Conferences
Please note the following early closing during Parent Conference weeks:

  Nov. 11-14 March 10-13
M 3:20 pm 3:20 pm
T 1:30 pm 1:30 pm
W 2:00 pm 2:00 pm
Th 1:30 pm 1:30 pm
F 1:30 pm 1:30 pm

School Closings and Delays

Early Closing Information

 

When school is delayed or there is an early closing, please do not call the school office. If school is closing early, we will send out an automated call.  Please listen to the entire message so that you have all of the information regarding the closing.

  • West Hartford Source Line: 860-233-2334
     
  • By registering your cell phone or pager with the WHPS Alert system at www.vincens.com/sas/whps.

Due to emergencies, such as inclement weather, electrical outages, and other unforeseen circumstances, it is sometimes necessary to make changes to the school day for the safety of our students. Please take the time before an emergency arises to develop a contingency plan in the event of a school delay, early dismissal, or cancellation and discuss it with your child. 

Parents are reminded that regardless of the exact timing of a storm occurring during the school day, the early dismissal schedule is as follows:

  • Elementary schools: 11:45am   
  • Middle schools: 11:00am
  • High schools: 10:30am

These early dismissal times will not vary. There are multiple information sources that will provide you with changes to the school day including:

REMINDERS:

  • When school is cancelled or delayed, all before school activities are also cancelled.  This includes breakfast, vocal music, instrumental music, and any before school classes.
  • WHEE will always be delayed by the same amount of time that school is delayed (from a 7:30 a.m. start time).  For example, a one hour delay = a one hour delay for WHEE opening.  
     
  • If there is a delayed opening on a Wednesday, school WILL DISMISS AT THE USUAL 2:00 P.M. DISMISSAL TIME.

Additional Information

Absent or Tardy
Please call the school office before 8:30 a.m. or the voice mail absence box 232-3334 (box 305) if your child is going to be absent or tardy. We appreciate your consideration in making this telephone call.

Visitor and Volunteer Sign-In
Anyone visiting or volunteering at Smith School during school hours should enter at the bus entrance door.  You will have to press the buzzer and announce your name, then proceed to the office.  You will be required to wear a volunteer or visitor name badge. Your cooperation is appreciated and essential.

What School Volunteers Can Do at Our School
One of the most frequently asked questions from potential volunteers is, "What can I do that will be useful?" Click hereto find out what you can do to support Smith School!

Safe Driving
Please obey all posted signs and traffic regulations when driving on school grounds or near our school. Remember the one-way drive is for buses only during arrival and dismissal times. Please do not park in the one-way drive one half hour before arrival or dismissal.

After-School Plans
Please make sure to send in a note to your child's teacher whenever there is a change in your child's after-school plans. Unless there is a note, children will follow their usual after-school arrangements, i.e., ride the bus, go to WHEE, or walk home. Please plan ahead and try not to call the office with changes in dismissal plans since we cannot guarantee that telephone messages will be conveyed to students prior to dismissal.

Telephone Messages
It is the policy of Smith School not to interrupt classes to convey telephone messages to students. We request that early dismissal or after-school plans be finalized prior to students' arrival at school each day since we cannot guarantee that telephone messages will be conveyed prior to dismissal. If there are changes in dismissal plans please send a note to your child's teacher.

Behavioral Expectations

Upcoming Events

  • December 2018
    • MonDec17 Cocoa and Caroling 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    • TueDec18 Last Day for Stop Motion Animation and Puttin' on a Show STEAM PM
    • ThuDec20 Last Day for Kids on Stage and Robotics and Engineering STEAM PM
  • January 2019
    • ThuJan17 PTO meeting/Library 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    • ThuJan31 STEM/Take Apart/Lego Night (Snow Date 2/7) 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • February 2019
    • ThuFeb28 Family Literacy Night 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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