Parent Resources

School Hours are 8:50-3:45

ARRIVAL, DISMISSAL, & TRANSPORTATION

Drop-off

You may drop off your child between 8:40-8:50 a.m. Please note, children are not allowed to be dropped off anywhere on school grounds before 8:40 a.m. as there is no one to supervise the children until 8:40 a.m. The first bell rings at 8:40 a.m. Children arriving at school after 8:50 a.m. will be considered tardy and must go to the office to get a tardy pass before heading to their classroom. If your child will be absent, please call the Attendance Hotline at 720-424-5389 or use the Montclair Post App to report the absence. Mornings are extremely busy, so please be sure to call the Attendance Hotline number and not the main office to report an absence or tardiness.


Pick-up

Pick-up time is 3:45 pm. There is no supervision provided after 3:45, so students must be picked up promptly at 3:45. If you have an emergency and will be late, please call the main office. Students will only be released to individuals who are listed as a parent, guardian, or emergency contact – see the office to add someone to your list of approved pick-up people.


Transportation

DPS School Bus Transportation
Transportation assigns students to ride specific buses according to district guidelines and within specific load limits. Students living within their school’s walk zone (1.0 miles for elementary schools) are not allowed to ride a bus unless it is an unsafe walking environment (for example, a multi-lane highway without a crossing). Students who are assigned outside their geographical area due to a school Choice request are not guaranteed transportation.

If you live within a mile of school or outside of Montclair’s boundary, you can request an exception to have your child ride the school bus (space is limited and not guaranteed). See the DPS Transportation Department’s website for more information: http://transportation.dpsk12.org/eligibility-board-policy/

Traffic Safety and the MVP Program
Traffic flow and drop-off/pick-up procedures are now in effect to help keep our kids safe. Volunteers are needed to continue to make this program a success. Questions? Read these FAQS. PLEASE READ the new Safety and Parking guidelines. Click here to see the Map. Download a Registration form and sign up to participate in MVP.

ATTENDANCE

Daily attendance is very important to school success. If your child will be absent or tardy, please submit an absence report via the Montclair Post or call the school at 720-424-5389 and leave a message with your child’s name, teacher and reason for the absence (this is preferred over calling the main office). Upon returning to school, please send a written excuse explaining the absence. District policy states that any student who is absent for 10 consecutive days will be unenrolled and will have to re-register upon returning to school. In doing so, they may relinquish their space in a program. The first bell rings at 8:40 and the second bell rings at 8:45. If your child arrives after the second bell, he/she must first report to the office to check-in and receive a tardy pass.The school will provide make-up work for excused absences. Students or their parents are responsible for requesting make-up work immediately upon the student’s return to school. If dates of a student’s absence are known in advance, please notify the office and the teacher so that planned assignments may be given.

BACKPACK PROGRAM

Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment is a DPS elementary school located in east Denver. 63% of our student population qualify for free and reduced meals within the school. 7 years ago, the school recognized a need for additional support for a group of families who were in dire straits. The Food for Kids backpack program was founded through Montclair’s Parent/Teacher Organization, P.E.A.K. This program provides a backpack full of food for a family in need to take home over the weekend. Many of the families who receive these backpacks have little or no resources to feed their families outside of the support provided by the school. The program continues to evolve and has been used as an example to form similar programs in other schools throughout the district.Currently Montclair’s backpack program supports 24 families in need from our school community. The food sent home to the families is procured through grant funds, private donations, donations from the local food bank and occasional grocery store donations. We have a committed group of volunteers who shop for the food and come to the school each week to organize donations and fill the backpacks.
Over the past two years, our committee has been looking for ways to improve the quality of the food that is offered in the backpacks. Working with grant funds received from the Action for Healthy Kids network we have been seeking healthy alternatives to some of the staples most often available at low cost for our program. Our goal is to provide fresh produce from local farms when available.Donations are always needed. Please contact Cajah Reed at 720-4245418 or cajah_reed@dpsk12.org for more information about this amazing program and find out how you can help!

BREAKFAST & LUNCH

Breakfast
An Important Meal to Start a Successful School Day! Children who eat breakfast at the start of their school day have higher math and reading scores, they focus and behave better, and are less likely to be absent. Food and Nutrition Services is proud to serve breakfast, at no charge, to ALL students in the Denver Public Schools.Montclair serves Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC)– Breakfast is delivered in insulated containers to every classroom before the bell rings. Students have the opportunity to eat breakfast with their classmates during the first 15-20 minutes of their day. Schools that have successfully implemented BIC incorporate academic routines with the morning ritual of students eating breakfast together. When BIC is served, every student is able to start the school day ready to learn. Milk is served daily as is fruit and juice. Entrees are nourishing and easy to eat at a desk or table. Popular items such as cereal, bagels, string cheese and yogurt are some cold items on the menu and hot items may include a breakfast burrito or an egg and biscuit sandwich.


Lunch
Students have the option of purchasing a hot lunch or bringing a lunch from home. The 2016-17 lunch price is $1.85 per student. Parents can add money to a student’s account online at MySchoolBucks (small fee applies), or by cash or check in the cafeteria between 7:00am-1:30pm.


Menus
The Montclair kitchen does their best to adhere to the district’s food menus daily. Click here for current DPS school menus.


Free & Reduced Lunch
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day to all public and non-profit private schools (regardless of tuition). Eligibility is determined through an application process which considers both income and household size. If a household currently receives Food Stamps (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or participates in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), the child(ren) in that household are eligible for free school meals. If your child(ren) are directly certified you are not required to fill out an application. Homeless, runaway and migrant children are also automatically eligible for free school meals.

Click here to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch!

For additional information, please contact the Food Services Department: http://foodservices.dpsk12.org/

COMMUNICATIONS (formerly Thursday folders)

Montclair sends ALL school-wide communications via our Montclair Post App. It is every family’s responsibility to check weekly to see what is coming up. Every Thursday we post new information, so make sure to check and see what is happening at Montclair! Please download the app to your cell phone to gain access to the information. Search “Montclair Post” in the App Stores or scan the QR code below. The Montclair Post’s content can also be viewed on the web here.

Montclair - QR

When you download the app you can choose not to have Offline Caching and Location Access, but please opt IN for Push Notifications so that you receive all updates in a timely fashion.

The Montclair mobile App features:

• Links to Thursday Folder contents (weekly communication) in the “Montclair Post” tab

• Helpful Alerts, Reminders and Notifications

• Reach us with Instant Responses like surveys, payments, votes, feedback and more!

• Add our Calendar Events to your Phone with a tap

• Daily Resource to Menus, Attendance Notification, Class Websites, Schedules, and more!

For communication more specific to each classroom, teachers use an app called Class Dojo. This enables you to see what is going on in the classroom, as well as communicate easily with the teacher. Please see your student’s teacher for the classroom code so you can join their Class Dojo!

FAMILY LIAISON RESOURCES

Cajah Reed cajah_reed@dpsk12.org

HEALTH OFFICE

The Montclair Health Office Hours are
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00-2:00
Tuesday & Friday 9:00-3:45
720-424-5425

LOST & FOUND

The lost and found is located at the south end of the first floor hallway. Items that are not claimed will be donated to charity on a monthly basis. Smaller items such as keys and eyeglasses will be kept in the office.

PARENT/STUDENT PORTAL

The DPS Parent/Student Portal was created because parent involvement is a critical factor in student success. With the Parent/Student Portal, families can stay informed, monitor student progress and have more meaningful conversations with your child(ren) and their teachers.Features available on the Parent/Student Portal include:

SAVE TIME – REGISTER YOUR STUDENT ONLINE IN AUGUST!

Schedules & Courses
Review class schedules and courses.

Grades & Assignments
View status of classroom assignments, as well as current and past grades.

Attendance & Behavior
Monitor attendance, tardiness or behavior issues.

DPS & State Tests
Review results on required state and DPS assessments.

Academic Resources
Get ideas and resources for activities and exercises to do at home.

Families can log on to the Parent/Student Portal from anywhere there is Internet access, or with the mobile app available for both iPhone and Android smartphones. The portal is easy to navigate and available in Amharic, Arabic, English, Nepali, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.To request a Parent Portal account, please go to myportal.dpsk12.org and click “Getting Started”.

If you have forgotten your username and/or password, please contact the Parent/Student Portal team at dps_portalteam@dpsk12.org or 720.423.3163. Be sure to log in to your account a few times per year to keep it activated!

Students, login at myportal.dpsk12.org and use their DPS username and password.DPS Parent/Student Portal: myportal.dpsk12.org

PARENT TEACHER HOME VISITS

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PARENT TEACHER (& KIDS!) ORGANIZATION

PEAK (Parents, Educators And Kids) is our parent group that everyone in the Montclair community is part of. Getting involved is a great opportunity to meet people in the Montclair community and also help out in the school. There are many, many ways to participate through PEAK!- Fundraisers
– Classroom Helpers
– Backpack Program
– Tutoring
– Helping with School Events like the Fall Festival, Parade of Masks, International Night, Field Day
– Mystery Readers
– Field Trip ChaperonesIf you want to know more about PEAK or volunteer at our school please stop by the office or contact our PEAK president Scott Esserman at sdesserman@gmail.com. We would love to have all of our families supporting PEAK in any way they can!

SCHOOLCHOICE & ENROLLMENT

To find out if Montclair is your neighborhood boundary school, click here!At Denver Public Schools, everything we do is directed toward our goal of having Great Schools in Every Neighborhood. SchoolChoice plays a key role in attaining that goal. Any DPS student who wants to attend a school other than their automatically assigned neighborhood school can take part in SchoolChoice.

Montclair will be accepting students in ECE4-5th grades who live within the Denver Public Schools neighborhood boundary, and also accepting students who live outside of that boundary. More information about the SchoolChoice process can be found at www.dpsk12.org. Forms will be available in the school office.

• At Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment we put emphasis on academic success through enriching experiences. In an effort to enhance the classroom curriculum, we have established a program of school-wide enrichment that allows us to provide all students with opportunities that bring learning to life outside of the classrooms.

• Montclair strives to create a global perspective valuing family and community by hosting social and educational events throughout the year that represent the multicultural school community we have. Montclair is home to 22 different languages and is one of the most diverse schools in the city. Families, students, and staff members of different cultures and backgrounds interact together daily.

• At Montclair, we are enhancing each child’s experience by infusing personalization into their learning journey. This program empowers teachers and parents to become engineers of learning by providing each individual child the learning that they need, at the exact moment they need it. Students will have a deep understanding of themselves as learners and be given voice and choice in their daily educational experience.

Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment has a proven track record as a high performing school over the past 8 years. We are thrilled to announce that we will also have the opportunity to expand, build, and further improve as a result of being approved to receive a generous amount of bond money over the next few years.

We hope you will consider attending Montclair in 2017! Feel free to call or stop by the school for answers to any questions that you have!
Office: (720) 424-5380 http://montclair.dpsk12.org/

SCHOOL CLOSURES & DELAYS

The decision to keep schools open or to close them during winter weather conditions is not a simple one, but it is made with one overriding factor in mind: the well-being of our students, their families, and staff. DPS Transportation has made preparations to ensure buses are running and students arrive safely to school. Our drivers participate in a comprehensive training program that includes preparation for driving in inclement weather and adverse conditions like wintry weather.


Weather Delays (1 Hour Delays)
Introducing Weather Delay Schedule for Identified Schools: In the event of adverse weather conditions that would impede the Transportation Department’s ability to safely access students, a “Weather Delay Schedule for Identified Schools” will be implemented. The goal for this delay schedule is to provide buses an additional 60 minutes to access schools that start at 8:30 a.m. or later. If a school starts before 8:30 a.m., it will not be impacted by the Weather Delay Schedule and will start at its normal time. Montclair IS a school that will have weather delay days and our start time will be exactly 1 hour later than usual. We will still dismiss at 3:45 on delay days – please allow yourself extra time to get here on bad weather days.


School Closures
If schools are to be closed due to weather conditions, the district is committed to making a decision as early as possible. The decision to close is made by the Superintendent based on information provided by representatives from transportation agencies, the weather bureau, city and county law enforcement and DPS Transportation.


Communications
If school is cancelled or delayed, this information will be communicated in the following ways:
• The Communications Office will immediately notify local television and radio stations, which will broadcast regular announcements of school closures. You can also visit the DenverChannel.com, 9News.com, KDVR.com and denver.cbslocal.com. Notifications in Spanish will be made on radio newscasts on 1150 AM, 1280 AM and 1090 AM.
• Emergency school closures are posted on dpsk12.org immediately.
• Announcements to close or delay school will also be posted to the district‘s Facebook and Twitter pages.
• A message denoting the closure will also be left on the school district’s closure hotline at 720.423.3200, as well on the DPS Transportation hotline at 720.423.4600.
• You will receive a notification from the Montclair Post App (if you opted in for push notifications)Schools Open During Inclement Weather: The required transportation will be provided. However, services may be modified to ensure both driver and student safety and welfare. Traffic conditions may require students to spend additional time en route to school, special activities, programs or home. Buses could be delayed up to 15 minutes due to the inclement weather. This information will be posted to the Transportation hotline 720.423.4600.


Severe Weather During School Day
DPS will closely monitor severe weather conditions and forecasts throughout the day to ensure student safety. Should severe weather begin during the school day, bus routes will run in the same order as normally followed in the afternoon. Depending on conditions, arrival times at home may be delayed. After-school activities (athletic events, enrichment programs, etc.) may be modified or cancelled as a result of the weather conditions.

SCHOOL CULTURE

At Montclair, we have high standards for student behavior through consistency in School-Wide Values (ROAR), Personal Success Factors, and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (P.B.I.S.).

ROAR Values
We base our culture on four core values:
Respect
Outstanding Effort
Achievement
Responsibility

Our students, community, and teachers work together to practice what each value means in our school community. We base all of our work on these core values.

Personal Success Factors (PSF)
Personal Success Factors are the character strengths and skills that prepare students for the challenges they face both in school, and in life. Personal Success Factors are indicators of academic and career success, and are tightly linked to a student’s personal skills and strengths. We are focused on seven Personal Success Factors:
Grit
Self-Control
Social Intelligence
Zest
Gratitude
Optimism
Curiosity

Visit Characterlab.org to learn more about each of the character strengths.

Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (P.B.I.S.)
Montclair uses Class Dojo, Restorative Justice, and classroom management rooted in PBIS to celebrate and support student behavior. We believe that students must learn appropriate ways to behave at school, as well as on field trips, at performances, and with guests. We also believe that students learn best through positive and supportive environments. By creating an environment with very clear expectations supported by all school personnel, we seek to have the best possible setting for children to learn how to control their own behavior, and to work together to support one another as a community of learners.

Here are some ways that you can help to reinforce these expectations in your role as a volunteer or parent:

Positive reinforcement: Find someone using good behavior and be really interested in what they are doing. Notice the specific way the child chose to do the appropriate thing. For example, “You started working right away on your project and stayed focused on it.”


Redirection: Gently remind a child of the expected behavior when needed. For example, “We all sit quietly in the meeting area.”


Active listening: Reflect back to a child what you heard them saying, to let them know that you accept and understand his or her feelings. For example, “I understand that you felt lonely when you fell down outside and none of the other children asked you if you were okay.”


Consistency: Be specific in your expectations and follow through.


Choices: Offer children some reasonable control over the situation they are in to help encourage cooperation. Appropriate choices still get the objective accomplished, but give the child some options in how to go about it. For example, “Would you like to read together at your desk or out in the hall?”


Consequences: Children learn well when their actions lead to specific outcomes. Reminding them of the natural consequences of their actions can help them to make better choices. For example, “If you don’t come to snack now, all the apples will be gone and you won’t get any.” Similarly, “If you waste your reading time, it will use up your game time and you won’t have as much time to play.”


Humor: Used effectively, humor can defuse a tense situation, making it more manageable for everyone.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES & UNIFORMS

School Supplies
We do the shopping for you!!! During registration, families contribute a flat school fee per student, based on grade level, which supports the Enrichment programs and covers school supplies. Cash, check, credit cards, and payment plans will be accepted.
ECE — $55
Primary Grades K, 1, 2 — $85
Intermediate Grades 3, 4, 5 — $110Montclair does NOT require students to wear uniforms.

STUDENT FEES

During registration, families contribute a flat school fee per student, based on grade level, which supports the Enrichment programs. In addition, P.E.A.K. offers significant financial assistance supporting Montclair Enrichment. These fees also include a minimal school supply fee (so families do NOT need to purchase these independently). Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted.

  • ECE — $55
  • Primary Grades K, 1, 2 — $85
  • Intermediate Grades 3, 4, 5 — $110

YMCA Before and After School Care

The Denver YMCA offers before and after school care at Montclair beginning at 6:30 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m. There are several plans to choose from to suit your needs.See their website for details! http://www.denverymca.org/child-care/before-after-school-care