FAQ

 

   

 

What are the Bus Routes?

At Luxmanor there are 7 buses with different route numbers. Each bus is identified by a color. It would be helpful to make sure your youngster can identify the color of his/her bus to eliminate first day of school jitters!

Note that the four-digit route numbers displayed in the windows on the sides of the bus are used to identify which bus a child should ride, not the two or three digit numbers painted on the bus. Any questions about bus arrival and departure schedules should be directed to the Transportation Office at 301-469-1140. Adjustments in the routes or times expected for the bus arrival are common over the first week of school as it is difficult to determine the exact time for a stop. Following the first week, students should arrive at the stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is expected.

What is the Arrival and Dismissal policy? 

Arrival at School

 

Students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:40 a.m. since supervision cannot be provided until then.  Between 8:40 a.m. and 8:50 a.m., all students will line up in the hallway outside their classrooms.  Students being dropped off in the carpool lane should enter the building through the front entrance doors into the addition and then walk to their classrooms and line up outside their rooms.  Students who either walk to school or ride the bus should enter the building through the main entrance doors by the main office and then proceed to their classrooms.  Students will enter their classrooms beginning at 8:50 a.m.  After 9:00 a.m., students are marked tardy and must report to the office. 

 

 

Dismissal at School

There are two separate exit doors for students who are walkers or who are car riders. 

  • Kindergarten students will be dismissed from the ground level exit door next to the stairs in the new addition.  

  • Grades 1-2 will exit the building from the exit doors next to the gym in front of the building.
  • Grades 3-5 will exit the building from the front doors. Older students picking up younger siblings will be allowed to walk through the building to pick their sibling up from their classroom.  

Leaving School

Students are expected to return home directly after school.   Students who are going home with a friend must have a written note from a parent.  The receiving parent must also write a note to confirm.  Students are not permitted to change after school plans without a written note from their parents.  These precautions are taken to ensure the safety of your child.  Additionally, students may not stay after school at Luxmanor unless they have written parental permission to stay for a school sponsored after-school activity.  Students are not permitted on the Luxmanor playground after school unless they have first returned home and then return to school with parental supervision. 

 

What are the bus, crosswalk and parking lot rules?

  1. Do NOT enter the bus lane after 8:40 am and after 3:15 p.m.

  2. Please obey the no parking signs and only park where it is legal to do so.

  3. Set a good example for your child(ren) by using the painted crosswalks when crossing the traffic lanes in front of the school and when crossing Tilden Lane. 

  4. If you enter the staff parking lot to drop-off or pickup your child, expect to be delayed from exiting. We restrict this traffic in order to guarantee student safety. 

  5. Please be aware of the location of the disabled parking spaces in the staff parking lot, and be careful not to block access, particularly at dismissal times. We ask that you avoid parking directly in front of these designated parking spaces.

 

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What are the rules for the carpool lane?

Student safety is our number one concern.  If you are driving your children to school, please adhere to the following procedures for dropping off and picking up your child during arrival and dismissal.  Our goal is to get you through the line as quickly and safely as possible. 

 

Morning Drop-Off

1. When dropping off your child, follow the drop off lane back to the addition.

2. Pull up to the end of the carpool lane, which is located next to the new green drop off sign at the end of the building addition.  This will allow several additional cars to pull off Tilden Lane.

3. Once your child has access to the sidewalk, he/she may exit the car from the passenger’s side.  Please have your child ready to exit the car.  One of the largest delays in the carpool lane is when students are not ready to exit the car. 

4. After your child has exited the car, you may pull into the left lane to exit the carpool lane.

5. Do not leave your car unattended in the drop off lane.  Unattended cars, even for a brief period of time cause unintended delays for other parents in the carpool lane.

6. All cars enter and exit the carpool lane using the same driveway.

 

Afternoon Pick-Up

1. Pull up to the end of the carpool lane, which is located next to the new green drop off sign at the end of the building addition.  This will allow several additional cars to pull off Tilden Lane.

2. Students will be dismissed to any car that has access on the passenger side to the sidewalk.  Once you have picked up your child, you may pull into the left lane to exit the carpool lane. 

3. Do not remain in the carpool lane once you have picked up your child.  This causes delays in the lane, which contributes to the back-up onto Tilden Lane. 

4. Please talk with your child to ensure they are ready and waiting at the pick-up lane. 

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What are the school hours?

 

School hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. 

 

What are the half day hours?

 

Half Day hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.

 

What time and how much are Breakfast and Lunch?

Breakfast - Breakfast is served from 8:40 AM to 9:00 AM and costs $1.30. Reduced price for qualified students is FREE. Breakfast is not served on late opening days.

Lunch- Lunch and/or milk will be available daily in the cafeteria, including the first day of school. Elementary lunch will be $2.55. Reduced price for qualified students remains at $0.40 for lunch. Milk will cost $0.60. Guidelines and application forms for free and reduced meals will be sent home during the first week of school or you can find the application online at MCPS Food Service.

Lunch is served at:

 

Grades  1 & 4: 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Grades  K & 3: 11:55 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.
Grades  2 & 5: 12:35 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.

 

 

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How does the SNAP lunch money program work?

Cafeteria Bank - We are using the SNAP computerized cafeteria cash register system. Parents are expected to put money in their child's account for this purpose. Even if your child normally brings a lunch to school, it is a very good idea to place five dollars in the account for emergency situations. Pay in advance by sending a check made out to “Luxmanor ES Cafeteria” with the child’s full name on the check. The cost of the meal is deducted automatically from the computer. You will then receive a low balance letter when the account is low or out of money. 

myLunchMoney.com is a service that allows parents to make pre-payments to their child's cafeteria account with a credit/debit card using the Internet, check balances, view student purchases, and recieve low balance email notification. Note, there is a fee for this service.

Checks used to pay for school meals must contain an address, phone number and student pin number. Returned checks are subject to recovery for the face value and Maryland State allowed fee of $35 through an electronic debit or paper draft to the same account. Your payment by check constitutes your acceptance of these terms. If you have any questions concerning our check acceptance policy, please call CHECKredi at 1-800-239-1222.

Where can I find the lunchroom menu?

The breakfast and lunch menu is updated monthly.

 

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Is there a before and after school program?

KidsCo now provides before and after care for Luxmanor students. Please call (301-470-9600) or email them directly for more information.

If you have not done so, please call Mrs. McGolrick or Mrs. Flores (240-740-0820), school's secretaries, about the after school care plans for your child if your child is not to return to your home at the end of the school day. Please discuss these arrangements with your child prior to the first day of school.

 

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What do I do if my child is going to be absent, late to school or if he needs to leave early?

Parents are asked to fill out the “Report A Student Absent” form on the Luxmanor Website or call the school office (240-740-0820) in the morning if their child is not going to attend school that day. For your convenience, an answering machine is turned on when the office is closed so that parents can leave messages about absent students. If you wish to call the school before 8:00 a.m. to report an absent student; leave your child's name, his/her teacher's name, and the reason for the absence on the recorder. A written note must be sent to the teacher when your child returns. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Maryland State Department of Education has made changes in the attendance policies for all Maryland counties. Effective July 1, 2007, the following rules apply to all grade levels:

  1. Students will be recorded as a.m. absent, if they arrive at school more than two hours late.
  2. Students will be recorded as p.m. absent, if they leave school more than two hours early.
  3. Students will be recorded as either a.m. absent or p.m. absent, if they are absent from school for more than two hours, but less than four hours during the school day.
  4. Students will be recorded as full-day absent, if they are present for less than two hours of the school day.
  5. Students will be recorded as full-day present, if they are present for more than four hours of the school day.

It is vital that your child comes to school on time. Instruction for students begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Students who enter school after 9:00 a.m. are marked as tardy. Students who report to school after 9:00 a.m. must be accompanied by a parent into the school to obtain a late slip/admit pass in the main office before reporting to their homerooms. Families of students who walk or drive to school need to make a concerted effort to be in classrooms no later than 9:00 a.m.

Late Arrivals - A child is late if he/she arrives after 9:00 a.m. It is vital that your child comes to school on time. Instruction for students begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Students who report to school after 9:00 a.m. must be accompanied by a parent into the school to obtain a late slip in the main office before reporting to their homerooms. Families of students who walk or drive to school need to make a concerted effort to be in classrooms no later than 8:50A.

Picking a Student up early - If you know ahead of time, send a note to your child's teacher. This will allow the teacher to have your child packed up for dismissal and give any assignments. If you need to pick up your child unexpectedly, call as soon as you know and we will notify the teacher. The secretary will call your child to the main office once you arrive and sign him/her out.

 

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What should I do if my child’s going home with another student?

If your child is going home with someone else, you must send a note with your child in the morning giving permission for your child to do so and explaining the change. Teachers will not allow children to leave with another student unless they have a signed permission note from you. Likewise, students may NOT ride on the bus with a friend if they do not have this note. (If the bus is too crowded, students will not be able to ride home with a friend). These arrangements must be made prior to the day of the scheduled get-together. Students are NOT allowed to use school phones to make arrangements to go to a friend's house.  

 

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Where can I find the school year calendar?

 2015 - 2016 School Year Calendar

How can I get my name in the school Directory?

Please read the letter you receive at home the first week of school about directory information. If you do NOT want directory information released, please return the form by the deadline.

What is the discipline policy?

Luxmanor Elementary School Standards of Behavior - Please read our Discipline Policy. Please also check out the MCPS Student Code of Conduct.

 

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How can I find out when there is a change of plans due to weather emergencies?

Winter weather emergencies, such as snow and ice, may cause disruptions to school operations and schedules. Changes may include the closure of school, a delayed opening or an early dismissal. Please be sure that your child and your child's teacher know what to do in case of a weather emergency. Provide written notice to your child's teacher of any change in plans.

You can get up-to-date information on Montgomery County School closings at the MCPS home page. All emergency announcements are displayed in bold red letters at the top of the page. For information about how MCPS makes weather-related decisions, go to the MCPS weather page.

You can sign up to receive email notification (available in six languages) whenever there is any change in county-wide school status at Quick Notes.

 

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Can I give medicine to the school nurse that my child needs to take?

No medication will be administered in school unless the child's parent/guardian and physician have completed an authorization form. These forms are available in the office and are required for each medication a child must take during the school day. If your child will need medication on the first day of school, the completed form and medicine should be brought to school in advance. Medication, including non-prescription medication, must not be sent to school with the student.

How can I get a message delivered to my child?

Emergency messages may only be delivered to students at school so that instructional time is not interrupted. Students may use the no-charge phone near the office with teacher permission and a hall pass.

What school supplies are requested for each grade?

Teachers have prepared a list of school supplies that they would like students to have. Please label all your child's supplies and belongings. If pocket folders are requested, pockets should be on the bottom rather than at sides. (See attachment for further information)

We are committed to providing all students, regardless of their economic circumstances, with full access to the instructional program. If you need assistance for any requested expense, or with providing the organizational tools and personal supplies, please contact your child’s teacher, Mrs. Silverberg or Mr. Forkert.

 

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