• Morning Drop-Off Procedures (Caution, Courtesy, Cooperation)
    We ask that everyone follow the procedures as outlined for the safety of all! We thank you for being cautious, courteous, and cooperative during drop off in the morning. Our facilities are limited but our greatest resource is the spirit of cooperation among parents, staff, and children. School doors open at 8:55 a.m. for breakfast and 9:00 a.m. for all students. Morning work begins shortly after arrival. Students are considered late and need to be signed in if they arrive after 9:15 . When late, parents must park and escort their child into school to sign them in. If you choose to escort your child to the crosswalk or entrance, watch them enter the building, or if they need help getting them out of the car:
     Enter the parking lot slowly. (Do not drive in or block the opposing lane.)
     Refrain from using a cell phone until you park or exit our parking lot.
     Please park in a designated space and be careful crossing the drop-off line of cars. Note: There are spaces designated as 10 minute parking and staff members have agreed to keep the spaces behind these spaces free. Remember that the handicap spaces are reserved for vehicles with a handicap tag.  Use the crosswalk and wait for a signal from a staff member, as there are buses that move across the crosswalk. (PM K parents please use crosswalk and walk to front door.)
     After escorting your child to the entrance, please remember that school is in session between 9:00 and 3:30. To avoid interruptions or disruptions to nearby classrooms, please refrain from unnecessary talking and move quietly away from the building.
     If you have items to be delivered to the classroom, please leave them at the front desk. We will be happy to deliver them for you.
     If you have school business, please sign-in with proper identification and follow the directions of our greeter. If you choose to drop off your child between 9:00 and 9:15 (PM K follow procedures above):
     Enter the parking lot slowly. (Do not drive in or block the opposing lane.)
     Never back up when in the drop-off line.
     USE ONLY THE DROP OFF LANE CLOSEST TO THE CROSSWALK.
     Refrain from using your cell phone until you park or exit our parking lot.
     Pull up to the crosswalk that leads to the main entrance. Two cones delineate the dropoff area. Please pull as far forward in the drop-off area as possible.  Put your car in park while children are exiting. Students should exit the vehicle from the passenger side only. However, if this is impossible, please ask your child to cross in front of your car.
     Stay in your car. If necessary, a staff member will assist your child out of the car.  Students should exit the vehicle from the passenger side only. This is the safest side to exit the vehicle.
     Please stay in the car line and do not pass vehicles that are dropping off students. Please wait your turn for drop off and be patient with students who are being dropped off in front of you.
     As soon as your child enters the crosswalk area, please keep the flow of traffic moving and exit the parking lot. If you would like to watch your child enter the building, please park your car and follow the procedures above.  Prior to leaving the drop-off area, please check to ensure that there are no people in the path of your vehicle.
     Be patient and courteous with all school personnel who are monitoring the traffic flow. They are there to ensure the safety of you and your child.
     NEVER USE THE LANE THAT WOULD REQUIRE STUDENTS TO WALK UNATTENDED BETWEEN PARKED CARS.
    Please be cautious, follow the procedures, and be courteous to staff, children, other parents, and volunteers. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in providing a safe environment for our children and for participating in the efficient and safe procedures outlined above. The goals of this document are as follows: 1. To ensure the safety and security of our students, their families, and our staff.
    2. To prevent traffic problems on Route 17K.
    3. To allow families to drop off their child in a timely manner.
    4. To keep the driveway clear for cars to enter and exit our central office.
     
    Please note: Morning work begins as soon as students sit in their seats. It is beneficial for all students to enter the building as close to 9:00 (12:50 for PM Kindergarten) as possible. However, we will wait until 9:15 (1:00 for PM Kindergarten) to be sure students are in the building safely. After 9:15 (1:00 for PM Kindergarten), students are late and need to be signed in by a parent/guardian.
     
    Berea Basics - A welcome guide for families new to our school.
    Introduction Welcome to Berea Elementary School!
    This guide gives you information about our school. General Information Berea Elementary School has approximately 470 students ranging from kindergarten to 5th Grade. We have approximately 80 dedicated faculty and staff members who work diligently every day to meet the academic, emotional, social, and physical needs of all Berea students. We are fortunate to have a supportive Board of Education, Superintendent, and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Contact Information If you would like to contact the school, our main number is 457-2400 ext. 11501.
    Listed below are some people who, in addition to your child’s teacher, are available to help you:
     John Solimando, Principal (ext. 11511)  Tamara Ryder, Assistant Principal (ext. 11520)
     Catharine Giordano, Principal’s Secretary (ext. 11511)
     Michelle Dymond, School Nurse (ext. 11700)
     Delaine Charette, School Psychologist (ext. 11640)
     Katie Gusmano, Student Assistance Counselor (ext. 11647) 
    Emergency Forms Our student management system maintains each student’s emergency contact information.
     
    You are required to provide the school with accurate contact information at the time of registration.
    In September, a Demographic Validation Form will be sent home with each student. It is imperative that you confirm or correct the information on this form, sign and return this form to school by the date requested. It is essential that information be current at all times. The district uses the Connect Ed. System (our automated phone system) in emergency situations, including early dismissals. Please immediately notify the office of any changes to ensure that this information is current at all times.
     
    Our School Day School Hours:
    Our doors open every morning at 9:00 a.m. (Students eating breakfast are invited to enter school at 8:50 a.m.)
    The official day begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Please note that students are released from the buses at 9:00 a.m.
    If you bring your child to school, he/she will not be marked late if he/she arrives by 9:15 a.m. However, it is best to drop off your child at 9:00 a.m., because that is when most children begin their morning routines and teachers facilitate morning work.
    Arrival Procedures for Students Riding Buses:
     The buses pull into the stalls in the order in which they arrive.
     Students are released from the buses at 9:00 a.m. (Students eating breakfast are released from the buses at 8:50 a.m.)
     Under the supervision of staff members, students walk directly to their classes or to the cafeteria for breakfast.
     
    2 Arrival Procedures for Students Being Dropped Off:
     Buses are the only vehicles permitted in the bus lane.
     Parents and visitors may park in the 10 minute visitor parking spots or any other open spot.
     If you are going to escort your child in, please: - Park your car, wait for a signal from a staff member, and cross at the crosswalk. - If you have items to be delivered to the classroom, please leave them at the Greeter’s Desk, labeled with both the student and teacher name. - If you have business in the school, please sign in and show photo ID.
    If you are going to drop your child off, please:
    - Pull up as far as possible in the drop-off lane and stay in your car.
    - Put your car in park and have your child exit from the passenger side of the car.
    - If your child has to get out of the driver side, have him/her cross in front of your car.
    - A staff member will direct your child into the crosswalk when it is safe.
    - Check that the drop-off lane is clear before you leave and keep the flow of traffic moving.
    - Do not back up or pass other cars in the drop-off lane.
    - Please refrain from using your cell phone during drop-off.
     
    Dismissal Procedures for Students Riding Buses:
     Buses pull into the bus stalls in numeric order.
     Kindergarteners are walked to their buses after all other students are released.
     Students are called by grade level and their teachers walk them to their buses.
     Parents of kindergarten students must meet the bus at the bus stop. If you are not there, your child may be brought back to school.
     
    Dismissal Procedures for Students Being Picked Up: If you are picking up your child at the end of the school day, please:
     Send in a note stating that you will be picking up your child at dismissal. You may write notes for a single pick up, for every day pick up, or for the same day(s) every week.
     Park in the main parking lot and proceed to the main entrance at 3:20 p.m.
     After 3:20 p.m., you may enter the building, sign out your child, and wait for him/her to be dismissed. Students being picked up will be dismissed at 3:25 p.m. You will need to show photo ID. This is for your child’s protection.
     Exit through the side door closest to the kindergarten playground. A staff member will guide you. Using this exit will expedite the dismissal process.  Any student being dismissed early must be picked up by 3:00 p.m. Otherwise, they will be dismissed at 3:25 p.m.
     Please call the office before 3:00 p.m. for any change in dismissal for that day.
     
    Dismissal Procedures for Students Being Bused Somewhere Other than Their Regular Stop:
    If your child is riding the bus home with another student, both you and the parent of the other student must send in notes giving permission.
     
    Attendance Regular attendance is critical to a student’s success in school: The only recognized excuses for school absence are personal illness, family illness, death in the family, religious holiday, and court appearances. If your child has been sick, he/she must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. The school will send you a letter if your child’s attendance (including absences, tardies, and early dismissals) becomes a concern. We believe if students miss school, they miss out!
     
    If Your Child Is Absent:
     Please call the school (457-2400 ext. 11507) in the morning and leave a message stating your child’s name, your child’s teacher, the reason for the absence, and if you will be picking up homework or having it sent home with someone else.
     Send in a note stating the reason for the absence when your child returns to school. This will ensure that the absence is not documented as unexcused.
     
    If Your Child Is Late:
     Please park in the main parking lot and walk your child into the school.
     Sign your child in at the Greeter’s Desk.  Write the reason for the lateness in the sign in book or write a note explaining the reason. This will ensure that it is not logged as an unexcused tardy.
     
    If You Are Picking Your Child Up Early:
    Please send in a note stating what time you will pick up your child. When you arrive, park in the main parking lot, bring in ID, sign in at the Greeter’s Desk, and go to the main office. Someone in the office will call for your child while you sign your child out. Emergency or Snow Delays, Early Dismissals or Closings All delays, early dismissals, and closings are announced on the District’s automated phone system, District’s main number (457-2400), the district’s website (www.vcsd.k12.ny.us), and local radio stations. If there is an early dismissal, you will be notified via the district’s automated phone system. If it seems that there may be an early dismissal, please be sure to remind your child of your family’s early dismissal plan. Safety Safety is of the utmost concern to us. There are school procedures that help our students stay safe. We also have an active safety committee that consistently reviews our building procedures to make sure that all students are safe. Listed below are some of our safety procedures:
     All guests must show photo ID at the door, state the reason for visiting, and sign in at the Greeter’s Desk.
     Visitors are not permitted into the classrooms during the instructional day unless scheduled with the teacher in advance.
     Visitors are never permitted to be on the playground during our recess hours.
     All exterior doors, other than the front door, are locked during the entire school day.
     
    Cafeteria
    Easily pay for school meals at: myschoolbucks.com 
    More information on Cafeteria: Food Services Webpage
     
    Activities
    Thanks to the support of our PTO and our committed staff, we always have a lot going on at Berea.
    Listed below are some of the activities that we offer:
     Student Council
     Band and Chorus
     Drama Club
     School Store
     Class trips at every grade level
     PTO sponsored events (Welcome Dance, Craft Night, Science Fair, Book Fairs, etc.) Before School and After School Program (Club Kid)
     Our local YMCA runs a before and after school program (Club Kid) here at Berea. The before school hours are 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and the after school program is from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For additional information, please call 845-344-9622 ext. 237 or (914) 443-1976. 
     
    Communication We believe that it is imperative to communicate frequently with school staff so your child can benefit from a rich instructional program. Here are some of the many ways to stay informed:
     Visit our website (www.vcsd.k12.ny.us). Follow the Valley Central School District on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 
     Read the Berea Times, which is posted on our website each month.
     Sign up for a SchoolTool Parent Portal account at the school. Be sure to bring your photo ID.
      Contact your child’s teacher by phone/e-mail (firstname.lastname@vcsdny.org).
     Send written notes.  Become a member of our terrific PTO!
     Request a parent conference at any time throughout the year.
     If you have concerns, remember to contact your child’s teacher first. Concerns about Student Progress If you are worried about your child’s progress, meet with the teacher immediately. He/she can discuss concerns and involve the appropriate support personnel.
     Our school psychologist, student assistance counselor, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists are available to discuss your concerns.  Our building administrators are also available to help you through a concern or issue.
     Our Multi-Tiered School Support Team is a valuable resource that can help teachers implement effective instructional strategies to help ensure student success. Services We are committed to helping all students succeed to the best of their abilities. Listed below are some of the services that are available to students if needed:
     Speech and Language
     Occupational Therapy
     Physical Therapy
     MTSS Team 
    Academic support for students who qualify: - Academic Instructional Support (AIS) - Remedial Math and Reading - Peer Tutoring
     English Language Learners (ELL)
     Counseling Groups (social skills, grief, stress and anger management, etc.)
     Individual Counseling
      
     AWARDS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    Berea’s Honor Roll Criteria

     

    Grade four and five students can become eligible for Berea’s Honor Roll each quarter. Students need to earn A’s and B’s in all academic subjects and receive no grade below an S (Satisfactory) in special area classes.

     

    Principal’s Circle Criteria

     

    Grades (4 and 5): Students must maintain A’s in all academic subjects and receive no grade below an S (Satisfactory) in special area classes and social/work.

     

    Citizen-of-the-Month Criteria

     

    Each month the classroom teacher selects a student for the “Citizen-of-the-Month” program. The following is the criteria for “Citizen-of-the-Month”:

    The child demonstrates good citizenship skills in the way he/she interacts with her/her peers and adults in the school.

    The child demonstrates knowledge of an understanding of the importance of being a good citizen at school.

    The child exhibits a positive attitude in carrying out his/her student responsibilities.

     

    Principal’s Award Criteria

     

    Each week, a teacher or staff member may submit a child’s name for the Principal’s Award. This award can be given for various reasons and is based on the professional judgment of the Berea faculty and staff. The criterion is contingent upon an individual student’s progress usually related to academics and/or behavior.