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Welcome Back Information 2017-2018 School Year

posted Aug 2, 2013, 1:51 PM by   [ updated Jun 12, 2017, 9:59 PM ]
School begins on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.  Our School start and end times are the same for the 2017-2018 school year.  School will begin at 8:30 and release at 3:10 Monday through Friday.  Scholars may begin arriving no earlier than 8:20 as there is no supervision until 8:20. Scholars will be let into the building at 8:20. Scholars will be marked tardy at 8:31.  If a child is tardy, they should report to the front foyer to receive a tardy slip from the Community Advocate. 

Scholars will receive free breakfast and lunch again this school year.  We are excited to inform you that we have also been awarded the healthy snack grant again for the afternoons Monday through Thursday!

Student Arrival Process:

Arrival Vision:

Each morning we expect that scholars arrive to school feeling joy and excitement. We strive to create an arrival structure that is safe and predictable for all scholars and runs smoothly with minimal direct support from adults. In order to accomplish this vision, we have created a clearly designed vision of what arrival should look like from the moment a student steps foot on the Minnequa Campus until they are in their classrooms.

Morning Timeline Snapshot:

  • 8:20-8:30 Scholar Arrival

  • 8:20 Designee opens gym door and Kdg. Room 2 door, and remains in the threshold.

  • Specialist Teachers begin duties in the Cafeteria and Gym.

  • Community Advocate is available for uniform violations at the front foyer.

  • 8:20-8:30 Scholars begin to arrive and move to the Gym (3rd, 4th and 5th grade students) to work on Bright Work (a silent activity), and the younger scholars move to the cafeteria (Kdg., 1st and 2nd grade students) to begin breakfast.

  • 8:31- Doors are shut. Tardy slips will be given in the front foyer.

Building Threshold Greeting:

Every Morning scholars are greeted with a friendly handshake and “good morning” at the building threshold and upon entering their classroom by their classroom teacher. This is done to start each scholar’s day off in a positive way and build relationships with every student.

Bright Work:

Bright Work (silent activity) time is an opportunity for scholars to start their day off in a calm, academically focused manner. Scholars are code switching and preparing for the learning to come. Our morning is purposefully designed to start every day in the strongest way possible for all scholars.

As scholars enter the cafeteria or gym in the morning, they will take out their AVID binder and work on their Bright Work.

Bus Student Arrival:

Students arriving on the bus will be greeted by a staff member who will escort them to the scholar greeting area. This ensures a safe and consistent transition for all bus students’ arrival.


To ensure that all children have equal access to school supplies, the school will utilize Title I funding to purchase school supplies for student use. Parents are responsible for purchasing a backpack for their child. If parents would like to donate tissue, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, baby wipes for art, or any other donation, we gladly accept and appreciate the donations.

Uniform Vision:

At Minnequa Elementary all scholars are expected to wear uniforms each day while in the building. The uniforms are designed to create a sense of a cohesive community connection to Minnequa, a sense of identity and community. At Minnequa we are preparing students for lifelong success, wearing a uniform in elementary school sets a standard for personal care that will benefit students in future endeavors.

What it Looks Like:

Monday- College Shirt Day

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday- Minnequa Shirt or blue, white or black polo

Friday- Scholars Choice Day

Shirts and Bottoms:

On Monday, Scholars wear a College Shirt. If they do not have a college shirt, one can be purchased at Imprinted Sports Wear!

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, scholars are expected to wear a Minnequa t-shirt, or a blue, black or white polo additionally they may wear a Minnequa pull-over or zip up hoodie over their Minnequa shirt or polo. All are available for purchase at Imprinted Sportswear.

On Friday, Scholars may choose what they want to wear for the day (dress up, etc.). They must follow district dress code as noted in the District Code of Conduct book.

It is expected that scholars follow the school dress code.  

Pants, jeans, skirts, and shorts must be worn at the student’s waistline, sagging is not allowed.

Shorts and skirts must be at fingertip length (with hands to side) or longer.

Scholars in skirts can wear white, black, gray or navy blue tights or shorts below.


Basic tennis shoes or dress shoes are required.  All scholars must wear tennis shoe on PE days. Scholars may keep their tennis shoes in their backpack to change into on PE days.

Scholars are not allowed to wear shoes with wheels.


Uniforms should be well kept, free of rips, markings, and stains.

If parent/guardian wishes to label clothing it should be inside of the uniform, not visible from the outside.

Spirit Days:

Periodically we have spirit days.  Scholars are expected to dress in spirit wear.  Should they choose not to participate, they are expected to wear their Minnequa uniform.

What it Feels Like:

Staff, scholars and parents are knowledgeable about the uniform expectations.

All staff, scholars and parents share responsibility for upholding uniform expectations. Scholars feel included and part our Minnequa Community.