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Philadelphia Elementary School, in partnership with parents and the community, is committed to positively impacting the lives of our students.

 Loudon County Schools will graduate college and career ready students through rigorous and relevant learning opportunities.
 
End of 9 Weeks Grading Period
The end of the 1st 9 weeks grading period is on Friday, October 3rd.
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Science Fair
Philadelphia School Science Fair:
10/2:  Kindergarten - 5th grade
10/3:  6th - 8th grade

Loudon County Science Fair

10/6:  Kindergarten - 5th grade at Loudon High School
10/7:  6th - 8th grade at Greenback School
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Picture Day


Picture Day

Thursday, October 9th.


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Fall Break

Fall Break

October 13th thru October 17th
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Parents in the Know Workshop

Parents in the Know Workshop

Monday, October 20th

6 pm – PES Cafeteria

 

Topic:  STEM Family Night
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Creekfest 2014

It is Creekfest time in Philadelphia.  Come on out on Friday, October 24th from 3:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. to help showcase our school and community.  We will have bounce houses and carnival games for the students.  Students can purchase wristbands at school or on the day of Creekfest.  This will enable them to have access to the bounce houses and carnival games during the afternoon.  Direct Braille Slate Foundation, Inc. is sponsoring a Ball Race which features ten prizes with the first being $1,000.  So come to Philadelphia on Friday, October 24th for an afternoon of fun.

Creekfest will be held on Friday, October 24th, 2014
from 3:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

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Food City Bucks

Please make sure to link your Food City card with Philadelphia Elementary School by using our school code:  PLU#40650 so we can earn Food City School Bucks.    The Food Bucks program helps us earn money for school supplies and equipment.   When you go shopping,  please show the cashier this code and they will link it to your Food City Card or towards your purchase which then carries over to Philadelphia Elementary School.  You can also link your Food City Card to Philadelphia School by going to my.foodcity.com.  Flyers went home in Purple Folders, but you can always get another in the front office.  IMPORTANT:   You must link your card every school year, because it doesn’t carry over from year to year.
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2014-2015 School Handbook

The 2014-2015 PES School Handbook is online.  Please take a look at the updated dress code policy.  You can find the school handbook by clicking on School Policies and Information.  Scroll down and click on 2014-2015 Philadelphia Elementary School Handbook.  The school dress code is on pages 15 and 16.
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School Dress Code

Please check out the entire school dress code section on the website.  This may aid in purchasing decisions when selecting school clothes for the new school year.  Below are a couple of reminders:

  • shorts can be no higher than 3 inches above the knees
  •  pants and shorts cannot have holes, shreds, or tears in them
  • tights cannot be worn with shorts that are more than 3 inches above the knees
  • leggings cannot be worn as pants
  • garments must be worn over leggings and must meet all of the all of the dress code requirements in regards to length, no holes, and shreds
  • shirts that have holes or gaps due to being crochet or knitted have to have a regular shirt underneath (not a tank top)
  • cut-off or crop tops that show or expose the midriff are not allowed
  • tops with cutouts in the back are not allowed
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School Arrival, Tardy, and Dismissal

School begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:05 p.m.

The tardy bell rings at 8:05 a.m.  Students are late at 8:05 a.m. and will need a tardy pass to enter the classroom after 8:05 a.m.
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Purple Folders and Planners
PURPLE FOLDERS GO HOME ON MONDAYS!
This folder contains weekly grades, newsletters, important school and class announcements, etc.  It requires a parent signature and needs to be returned on Tuesday each week. 

 DAILY AGENDA SIGNATURE
Parents are asked to sign the student’s agenda/planner daily.  The agenda/planner is a valuable tool to keep parents informed of what students are learning every day and also to help keep students on track with any homework that might be due the next day.

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Suggestions Wanted

SUGGESTIONS WANTED

We have placed a suggestion box in the front office.  Please write down any suggestions that you have in the box.  If you are unable to stop by the office, you can place a note in your child’s purple folder.  You don’t have to put your name on it, just return it with your comment, and your child’s teacher will make sure that it gets to the front office.  With your input, we can enhance the continuous improvement process at our school.   PES is continuously developing, implementing, evaluating, and revising school wide improvement and your suggestion will help us in this process.  
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Box Tops for Education


We’re still collecting box tops for education!

Check the tops and sides of cereal boxes, beverages, paper products, refrigerated items, snacks and baby products for the Box Tops for Education symbol.  By submitting these small squares you can help our school earn money towards acquiring educational supplies. The school receives 10 cents for each box top.    Click on this link for a full list of products that participate in the Box Tops for Education http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/clip/Brands.aspx

Please send all box tops to Mrs. Angie Haggas. 
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New PreK and Kindergarten Age Requirement
 For the  2014 – 2015 school year, Tennessee children must be 5 years old by August 15th to start school.  If a student is currently in PreK during the 2013-2014 school year, they are Grandfathered into Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year.  Students entering PreK will need to be 4 years old by August 15th.  Students cannot stay in PreK unless they meet the original age requirement.

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School Attendance
Parents, we will be taking attendance daily.  Please know that attendance requirements are in effect until Friday, May 22nd 2015. 

Absentee Notes Required

A note from the parent/guardian or doctor is required for each absence(s) (please be mindful that checking out of school early is also a form of an absence).  The note should contain the student’s name, date of absence(s), and the signature of the parent/guardian or doctor. If an absence involves more than one day, only one parent note needs to be sent to the school; however, one parent note would be recorded for each of the days absent.  For example, if an illness involves three days, three parent’s notes would be recorded for the one parent note sent in. Every minute a student misses in the school year is documented in the computer and reported to the state.  We allow five parent notes to be used as excuses per year for the following reasons as stated in Loudon County Board of Education policy:


Ø  Personal illness;

Ø  Illness of immediate family member;

Ø  Death in the family;

Ø  Extreme weather conditions;

       Ø  Religious observances; or

Ø  Circumstances which in the judgment of the principal creates a situation over which the student has no control.

 

It is important for parents to use notes wisely.  In the event a parent note is not submitted for any absence, even if it is for just a tardy or early dismissal, the school reserves the right to use one (1) of the five (5) parent notes allowed per event.

 

Every absence exceeding five parent notes will only be excused with a doctor, dental, medical provider, or court note.  Students who obtain an equivalent of five unexcused total days will receive a letter stating that they have violated the state’s compulsory attendance laws and may be summoned to the Loudon County Truancy Board.  The Truancy Board will hear his/her case and decide the appropriate action.  It is important to note that many of these cases are forwarded to the Juvenile Court system.  Excessive tardiness and early checkouts also interfere with the educational process.  In accordance with the Loudon County Board of Education policy and procedures, an attendance review hearing may be required.
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School Improvement Plan
Please check out our 2013-2014 School Improvement Plan on the website.  It is under the tab on the left side of the page labeled School Policies and Information.   
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