Principal's Message

Principal
Tara Bruce
[email protected]
330.761.1625

Dear Crouse Family, 

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! My name is Tara Bruce-Bentley and I am the principal of Crouse Community Learning Center! It is my absolute pleasure to welcome both our incoming and returning families back to the home of the Best and the Brightest! I have many positive thoughts and powerful aspirations for this upcoming school year for your young leaders! I am excited and honored to have all of you attending our beautiful school. 

 

As with our most recent school years, I would like you to know that the safety of your child is our top priority in conjunction with a five star education.   As always, we are looking forward to a productive partnership with parents, now more than ever, to ensure student safety and academic achievement.  As partners, our shared responsibility for your child's safety and success will be guided by the following:

 

  • Strict adherence to CDC and School Board safety protocols
  • No student or visitor can enter the school if exhibiting COVID symptoms

 

 

Precautions we taking to ensure your child’s safety

Assessing Symptoms

Students and staff will be required to do daily self-health checks prior to going to school. Anyone with COVID symptoms or a temperature above 100°F should stay home.

  • Symptom monitoring of all students/staff at school and return home if symptomatic.
  • Students showing symptoms of COVID will be removed to a separate dedicated clinic and then released to parents/guardians.
  • The district will follow guidance from Summit County Public Health if a staff member or student needs to self-quarantine.

Face Coverings

  • Optional for all students, staff, and visitors
  • Masks will be available in the office upon request

Cleaning

  • Frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing throughout the day
  • Hand sanitizers in classrooms and high traffic areas in school, including entrances to school
  • Daily frequent cleaning of high-use items (e.g., door knobs, restrooms)
    Scheduled deep cleaning of schools
  • Educating students on proper hand washing, physical distancing, appropriate use of face masks, cough and sneeze etiquette and the importance of staying home when sick or displaying symptoms

Physical Routine Changes: Classrooms will return to normal setups. When possible, 3 feet of social distancing will be implemented.

 

 

Student Dress Code

School uniforms are suspended for the 2022-2023 School Year

 

All garments must be neat, clean, properly sized, without holes and rips and in acceptable condition.  

Students may not wear anything that promotes gangs, tobacco, drug or alcohol use or anything illegal or immoral.

 

Head: Hats, caps, hair bonnets and do-rags are not permitted to be worn indoors.

 

Tops: Upper garments must be properly sized; hooded apparel with hood down is permitted. Underwear, shoulders, chest, back and  midsection may not be visible.  Sleeveless shirts are not permitted.

 

Bottoms: All lower garments must be anchored at the natural waist and cannot drag on the ground and exposing more than mid-thigh is not permitted.  Legging and biker shorts must be worn with long tops that fall below the hip area.  

 

Shoes: All footwear must be secure on the foot and not present a safety hazard.  All shoes must have a back.  Slippers, flip-flops, slides and shower shoes are not permitted.  Enclosed shoes are encouraged. 

 

Enforcement:  Any student in violation of the Dress Code may be subject to discipline and be required to change into compliant clothing before being permitted to attend class or school activities. 

 

Communication

It is our desire to keep you informed of all that is taking place at school.  All correspondence (except in the case of an emergency) will primarily be sent home on Fridays. Correspondence will include Friday Notes, parent letters and other important parent communication.   Friday Notes will be posted on our school webpage https://crouseclc.akronschools.com), posted on Class Dojo and will also be emailed to parents’ email on file.  

 

Please listen to the Friday ALL Calls for weekly updates. You will receive an All Call of upcoming events every Friday at 6:00.  Thank you for listening to the entire message for details of school events and messages.  There is no need to return a call to the school.

 

If you have questions or concerns that arise at any time, please do not hesitate to give your child’s teacher or me a call.  I look forward to having a long and rewarding relationship with you and your family.

 

Attendance

As we get ready to open a new school year, I also want to draw your attention to the importance of school attendance. As you know, Crouse has focused on improving attendance over the years and we continue to work hard to make sure our students attend school regularly, but we need your help! This is one of our highest priorities, to which we monitor very closely. 

 

Did you know?

  • That absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year? 
  • Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school during the year! 
  • Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade? 
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school? 

    Research shows missing 10 percent of the school year (or about 18 days in most school districts which defines chronic absenteeism) negatively affects a student’s academic performance? That’s just two days per month!

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success – both in school and in life. When you help us make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, and have a better chance of graduating from high school ready to meet all that life’s challenges may have in store for them successfully!

 

Report Times & Breakfast

Students may enter the building at 7:50 a.m. to eat breakfast free of charge.  Breakfast is from 7:50-8:15 a.m.  

K, 1, 2, 3 will eat in the cafeteria. Students in grades 3-5, will eat in their classrooms.  

**Students arriving after 8:30 a.m. will not receive breakfast.

 

Instruction begins at 8:30 a.m.

 

Students are considered late if they arrive after 8:30 a.m

We encourage all students to arrive at school by 8:15.  We begin our social emotional direct lessons at 8:15.

 

Dismissal

Please make sure your child is aware of how he/she is to get home daily.  If there is a change in how he/she is to go home, a note must accompany him/her. The note should be given to the teacher that morning, otherwise the child will be sent home in the usual manner (bus, car, walker, etc.).   

For safety reasons, no phone calls to the school will be accepted to change student’s modes of transportation.


No early checkout after 2:00 due to the transition taking place in the school as we transition for dismissal.


Dismissal times and locations


  • All walkers (Grades K-6) will be dismissed from door 2 (located on Noble) at 2:30 daily.
  • All bus and van riders will be dismissed from Door 3 (located on Stoner) at 2:25 daily.
  • All car riders (Grades K-6) will be called out of the cafeteria when parents arrive at the school from Door 1 beginning at 2:25.  We are asking for all parents to stay in their vehicles if you designate your child as a car rider.  We will call children out as you arrive.  We will give you a sign with your child’s name on it to place in your dashboard to ensure the process goes fast and smoothly.  Crouse staff members will be placing children in their cars. 

Other notes about dismissal:


  • Please stay in your vehicle – A staff member will place your child in their car.
  • Please do not make a left turn into the front parking lot (located on Nobel).  Right turns only.  This will help the flow of traffic.
  • Please do not park on Noble (the street is too narrow for traffic to flow effectively).
  • Left turns will not be permitted when leaving the parking lot.  Right turns only. Again, this will help the flow of traffic.

 

Important Facts and Dates


The school office will be open beginning Monday, August 1, 2022 from 8:00-3:00


Open House: - Focus: Meet the teachers and visit your child's classroom.


August 25th, 2022 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm


First Day of School:


August 29th  Grades 4th & 5th   

September 1st  Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd & 3rd 


ALL STUDENTS in Grades K-3rd MUST contact the school to schedule an appointment for our K-3 Screener


Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade Screening:

August 29th, August 30th & August 31st   by appointment only

Please call the school to schedule an appointment.  330-761-1625


Please expect the appointment to last about 60 minutes.  Parents must stay at the appointment.


No School:

September 5th Labor Day 


Fall Picture Day - September 29, 2022

Parents/guardians will need to send in the correct amount for picture packages that you have selected. 


The Crouse staff and I feel an immense privilege to be a part of your school family. At Crouse CLC, we all share the common mentality that our students and their families are OUR families! Together, we make an invincible team in your child’s academic journey. We thank you for your support and look forward to serving you in the 2022-2023 academic year!  



Sincerely,


Tara Bruce-Bentley

Tara Bruce-Bentley, Instructional Leader

Crouse CLC – Home of the Best and the Brightest


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