"Coming together is a beginning. Staying together is progress. Working together is success." -Henry Ford
We are off to such a great start this year at Pine Ridge Elementary. In our first two years, I have observed students who are eager to learn, staff that loves your children and a community that is committed to their school and children. Our third year has started off just as well, if not better! I thank all of you for making Pine Ridge such a terrific place to work and learn.
A couple of items we would like to ask for your assistance in this year is attendance and student pick-up and drop-off. First, please make sure your child is arriving at school on time. It is crucial that they begin class with their teacher and classmates to get off to a great start for the day. The first bell is at 8:50. All doors around the building will be locked after all students are in the build-ing at 9:00 and you must enter through the front of the building and sign your child in at the office. Please make sure your child get here on time.
As many of you have noticed, we have had officers from the Aurora Police Dept. on campus assisting us with our parking lot and adjacent streets. I have answered a few questions from par-ents regarding the officers presence and the short answer is we are doing everything in our power to keep all of our students safe. I appreciate the positive feedback from the majority of parents as well as your cooperation. The parking lot and surrounding streets are much more calm and safe because of your patience. If everyone will stay patient we will continue to have great dismissals and drop-offs. It is amazing that we are able to dismiss over 800 students in less than ten minutes, safely on a daily basis. In addition, we are continuing to work on the problems in the morning and after school with people double parking on the streets surrounding the school and also having children run between cars to get to their class. The police department has informed us they will be issuing tickets for people double parking or not following safety rules around the school both in the morning and afternoon. We do not want anyone to receive a ticket and most of all we want all of your children to be safe as they arrive to school and leave in the afternoon. All classes line up in the back of the building on the playground, away from traffic and walk into the building with their teacher. If you need to enter the building, you will be directed to the front entrance to sign in appropriately. The intent is to ensure the safest learning environment for your student. Thanks for your cooperation.
We look forward to continuing through a terrific school year and with everyone working together….we will accomplish our goal!
Darin Carney, Principal