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Welcome to Mabel Padgett Elementary School!

Welcome to Mabel Padgett Elementary School, home of the Panthers! 

School hours are 7:40-2:25.  Campus opens at 7:10 and students can go to the cafeteria for breakfast, or straight to their classroom on the first day. The playground will NOT be open on the first day. When the first bell rings at 7:35 parents will be asked to exit campus.  Class begins at 7:40. On Monday, August 6th, the first day of school, parents/guardians may walk students to their classrooms.

Kindergarten students are dismissed at 2:15 in front of the school on either side of the kinder playground. They stay with their teacher until parents pick them up. Kinder teachers will have more information at Open House.

1st-5th grade students are dismissed at 2:25 and the teachers will walk students out to the different pickup areas (parent pickup, walkers, bus riders). It is important to let the teacher know how your child will get home from school.

 

Mabel Padgett is known as an open and friendly campus where parents are always welcome. We truly value you and want you to feel welcome when you come to eat lunch or volunteer in your child’s classroom. However, due to recent tragedies in schools around the nation, Mabel Padgett has a Closed Campus Policy so that we can more easily identify adults on our campus and their reasons for being here. Having a closed campus increases the safety and security of your child by minimizing the number of people on campus.   

Our campus is closed before and after school from 7:10-3:10. Students will continue to enter campus through one of the 3 gates; the front gate by the office/kindergarten playground, the fire lane gate at parent drop off on Falcon Drive and the bus lane gate near the playground.  Adults will not be allowed to enter through the gates, and must enter the front office, show their i.d. and sign in.

  • To keep all children safe, only students are allowed beyond the gates before school, during school or after school. This means no one is allowed to stand in line or wait in front of the classrooms prior to school, or to be in the playground area before, during, or after school.    

  • Visitors may sign in and eat breakfast or lunch in the cafeteria with their student at a designated parent table and only with their own child(ren). The playground and teacher classrooms are off limits to visitors in the morning and during recess. This is for the safety of all students.   

 

Parents are encouraged to come to school and eat lunch with their children. Please remember to present your I.D. to the MPE Office Staff, Sign-In, and put on a Visitor Sticker.  You may meet your child in the school cafeteria and then utilize the parent table to eat lunch with only your child, not their friends. This is for the safety and security of all of our students. In addition, there are peanut/strawberry free tables for those with specific food allergies. We request that only those with food allergies sit at these tables.  Due to our closed campus policy, parents will not be on the playground during recess. Lunch & Recess times for 2018-19:

 

Grade

Lunch

Recess

PK/Kinder     

9:55-10:25

10:25-10:50

1st

10:25-10:45         

10:45-11:05

5th

10:50-11:10

11:10-11:30

2nd

11:15-11:35

11:35-11:55

4th

11:40-12:00

12:00-12:20

3rd

12:05-12:25

12:25-12:45

 

Receive Updates from Principal Willis: Another safety measure we have in place is our school-wide text/email notification. To receive messages by text, text the number 81010 with the message @mabelpadge. To receive messages by email from the school, register under MPE parent email sign up on the Mabel web page, under quick links. Please help us continue to be paper free by providing your email address on our website or to the classroom teacher at Open House. Going paper free, when possible, will save time and money, and is better for the environment. Thanks for your help!

Celebrating Student Birthdays at Mabel Padgett:  Room Parents/Teachers will coordinate and observe birthdays once a month, usually at the end of the month. We will recognize students on their individual birthdays but limit class celebrations to one per month. In August we will celebrate July & August birthdays and in May we will celebrate May & June birthdays. We try to limit the amount of sugary sweet treats brought into the classroom in order to promote health/wellness, protect instructional time, be sensitive to food allergies, limit expense to parents, and promote equity. For example, on Valentine’s Day, we go with red themed treats like apples & strawberries, or non-food items. Valentine’s Day falls at the same time as our School Walk for Diabetes so we have a unique opportunity to reinforce what our students learn about healthy eating from Coach Wall through the School Walk Program. Birthday parties and balloons are not allowed during lunchtime.       

Mabel Padgett’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO): Our family and community involvement makes us unique and sets us apart from other schools. The MPE PTO has a great website, check it out at www.mpepto.org. It’s free to join. Please support our PTO….they do amazing things for our students & staff!

I look forward to a rewarding year together at Mabel Padgett where we BELIEVE in our students, staff, parents, and community. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call the school at 623-547-3200.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Leslie Willis

Principal

 

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION

In an effort to maintain a safe environment for our students, we are writing this letter to inform you of our pickup and drop-off procedures. Please review the procedures below to help us maintain student safety at all times. The parking lot on Falcon Drive is called the Falcon Express Lane and the parking lot on Turney is referred to as the Front Parking Lot.

Falcon Express Lane in the morning: The parent drop-off parking lot is located on Falcon Drive. When dropping off in the morning, pull all the way forward to drop off your student. They can walk back to the fire lane and go through the gates. Those gates close at 7:35.  If the gates are closing, pull all the way forward and drop your student off so they can then walk across the front of campus and go through the front gates which close at 7:40.

Falcon Express Lane in the afternoon for parent pick-up: The parking spaces are for staff only.  If you wish to park and walk up to the school to get your child, please park in the Turney lot.  Teachers will be on duty to direct traffic and load cars. We ask that parents pull all the way forward to the farthest open pickup space.  We will direct your child to go to these spaces. This will help in loading as many students as we can at one time. If a vehicle stops at space #4 and there are open spaces at #1-3, the line tends to slow down.  If at all possible, the best door for your child to use is a passenger side door. This alleviates a possible unsafe walk into the driving lane on the driver’s side of the car. Please review with your child your car color and type.  Always pull forward and for your child’s safety, have them enter in a passenger side door. With your assistance in this process, we hope to make everyone’s experience more positive and efficient.

The parking lot on Turney Ave. (Front of school) is for PreK-1st grade parents to park and walk students to/from campus.  Never drop off students in the middle of this parking lot. If you just want to drop off and not park, then use the Falcon Express Lane. If you have older students please use the Express Lane on Falcon.  Students may not exit unparked cars from the Turney lot. Parking along the red curb/fire lane is a violation of Goodyear Fire Department rules and could result in a ticket. All cars must park in a parking space. Turn RIGHT when leaving the Turney lot, this helps keep the traffic flow moving.  We have many parents who cross with their children in the middle of the parking lot causing safety and traffic issues.

**Please use the crosswalk in front of the office at all times**

Traffic is heaviest in the parking lots and around campus between 7:30-7:40 and 2:15-2:35. Arriving before 7:30 will help make dropping your student off much easier/quicker in the morning.


PANTHER PILLARS

At Mabel Padgett we follow the Panther Pillars using a combination of PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) and Conscious Discipline (CD). This year we begin our third year of implementation of Conscious Discipline throughout the Litchfield Elementary School District. Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based, self-regulation program that integrates social-emotional learning and discipline. The program, developed by Dr. Becky A. Bailey, empowers adults to consciously respond to daily conflict, transforming it into an opportunity to teach critical life skills to children.  Conscious Discipline is a way of organizing schools and classrooms around the concept of a school family. Each member of the family, both adult and child, learn the skills needed to successfully manage life tasks such as learning, forming relationships, communicating effectively, being sensitive to others' needs, and getting along with others.  The skills include composure, empathy, integrity, assertiveness, responsibility, the ability to make good choices, and the ability to see the best in others. We will continue to communicate with our families as we proceed down this exciting road with Conscious Discipline. We encourage families to visit ConsciousDiscipline.com for additional information.  

As part of the Panther Pillars program, we have established several clear rules for the behavior we expect in all areas of our school. We will explicitly teach those expectations to the students and reward them frequently with positive praise and PAWSitive Praise Tickets (yellow tickets). During the first week of school, students will tour the school learning all expectations and filling up their PBIS Passport. The expectations for all student behavior are clear throughout our campus, including areas such as:  the playground, cafeteria, gym, and classrooms. You will be able to ask your child, “What are the rules in your school?” “How do you follow those rules?” “What happens when a teacher sees you following the rules?” Throughout the year students will be rewarded for making positive choices through the continued use of our yellow PAWSitive Praise tickets, and an opportunity to take a trip to the prize cabinet every week.  We believe that guiding students to make positive behavior choices creates a school community where all students have an environment where they can succeed and grow.

We are continuing with Playworks this school year!  With hands-on professional development workshops and collaborative consultation, Playworks provides step-by-step guidance and tools needed to create a positive recess environment for students.  Our Recess Coach will provide support and supervision on the playground daily to reinforce the skills that Playworks teaches our students. Playworks enhances and transforms recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity. The Playworks program was very successful last year and proved to decrease bullying behavior, increase physical activity, and support student learning. We are very excited to further enhance the playground opportunities for all of our students this year!

 

Thank you for your support!  

~The Staff at Mabel Padgett Elementary