School Information

Our Mission

The mission of Louise Duffy School, as a community with a strong belief in the unlimited potential of every child, is to develop confident, responsible, respectful, and compassionate students who are academically well prepared, physically fit, and emotionally healthy to journey through the 21 st century. To accomplish this, we will ensure high individual achievement, develop critical thinking skills, foster creativity, celebrate personal uniqueness and apply the six pillars of character.

Our Goals

1. Advance achievement for all students and reduce disparity between and among groups.

2. Nurture the intellectual, physical and emotional well-being of students and create a safe and respectful learning community where all students are held to high expectations.

3. Attract, retain and develop high quality staff by providing professional development resources and appropriate learning environments.

Absences

The preferred method of reporting an absence is to leave a message on our voicemail (860-521-0110) as soon as you know your child will be absent. When notification of an absence has not been received, parents/guardians will be called. Emailing your child’s teacher may result in an unverified absence as the teacher may be absent or not able to check email prior to attendance reporting.

Tardiness

Children who arrive after 8:35am are considered tardy and must sign in at the main office before going to class. Children arriving after 11am are considered absent for the day. Children must be in school for 4 hours to be considered in attendance.

Early Dismissal

If your child needs to be dismissed from school early, please have your child bring a note to the teacher the morning of the change. Unexpected/emergency dismissal changes for the same day should be called in to the main office. Children must be signed out by an adult in the office. No student may leave the building unescorted during the school day. *We expect students to attend school on time and have minimal disruptions to their school day. Chronic absences, tardiness, or early dismissals negatively impact student learning and will be addressed by the principal

hallway inspiration

There are several big ideas that will shape our work with your children:

1. Joy matters. School and learning should be joyful. We want students to wake up excited to learn and for them to come home saying “I had the BEST day!”

2. Compassion matters. Students should feel heard, understood, and safe. We will collaborate with them and engage them in sharing their ideas, solving problems, and demonstrating compassion in our community.

3. Mindset matters. Learning tasks should be meaningful and valuable, and students must believe the effort is worth it.

4. Academic growth and achievement matters. Students will have a bigger role than ever as they work to set goals, monitor their understanding and progress, and work with staff to address their needs.

Student Council

decoration/inspiration in the hallway

Student Council

Duffy's Student Council is a dynamic group of children from Grades 2 - 5. We rely on their enthusiasm to lead us in School Spirit Days throughout the year. The Council also sponsors several community service projects. Elections are held in classrooms and 2 representatives are elected. Meetings are before school at 8:00 am in room 17.

Behavioral Instruction

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, is a research-based framework for teaching and reinforcing positive, pro-social behaviors. All staff members teach the same expected behaviors using consistent language. Posters strategically placed (in the cafeteria, hallway, bathroom, etc.) further define the behavioral expectations in locations throughout our school. Staff reinforce students when positive behaviors are noticed. The goal of PBIS is to increase academic success by ensuring that all students are safe, comfortable, and ready to learn. 

We have three school-wide behavioral expectations:

● Be Respectful

● Be Responsible

● Be Compassionate

Our goal is to nurture the whole child, both academically and emotionally and these expectations reflect what we want to see, and are already seeing, from students at Duffy. We incorporated these behavioral expectations into our “Duffy Promise,” which is recited by all each day. As Duffy citizens, we show respect, demonstrate compassion, and take responsibility for our learning and our actions.

Systems of Recognition:

There are several ways students can be recognized for showing the expected behaviors:  

  1. Individually - Students can earn green tickets for showing any of the three expected behaviors from any staff members throughout the day. Tickets are used for varying reward systems in each classroom.
  2. Class-wide - If a class is showing the positive behaviors as a whole, the class can earn reinforcement with a “dragon scale.” The dragon scales will be added to a class poster of Duff the Dragon. When the class reaches 20 scales, a celebration occurs!
  3. School-wide - The tickets that students earn are poured in weekly to our student-made “ticket tower.” Every week, six tickets (with students’ names written on the back) are pulled at random to receive recognition from the Principal. Secondly, as the school reaches a goal of total amount of tickets received, a whole school celebration occurs.

Recognition and reinforcement will occur on a differentiated basis as teachers notice and “catch” the positive behaviors. Students understand that reinforcement does not occur for every single behavior.  

Systems of Discipline

The word discipline comes from the word “disciple,” which means “to teach.” We recognize that students are unique and come to school with different needs, so our responses to misbehavior need to be as individualized as each child. Our goal is to foster a collaborative partnership with students, and work with them to solve their problems.

Discipline at Duffy not only reinforces societal expectations, but teaches students how their behaviors, both positive and negative, affect others. Our staff recognizes that children learn by observing, so we strive to be positive role models. Our students learn to treat others by how we treat them.

Consequences for Student Misbehavior

  1. Conferring - A teacher, the principal, or clinical staff may confer privately with your child to problem solve together.
  2. Logical Consequences- We use logical consequences instead of punishment. While punishment aims to enforce the compliance of rules, logical consequences aim to develop self-control and an internal desire to follow the rules.  

School Visitations

Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit for various events and to volunteer their time and talents for the benefit of our students. We truly appreciate your support and assistance!

All visitors, including parents and volunteers, must go to the main office, sign in, speak to an office staff member about destination, and wear a Visitor’s badge. In order to minimize classroom disruptions, walk-in observations are not permitted. Parents must contact a teacher in advance for an appointment. In addition, parents are not permitted to escort their children to class. If an escort is needed, our office staff will assist.

If articles of clothing, lunches, instruments, etc. need to be brought to school, items should be labeled (class and name), and dropped off in the office. Our staff will ensure that items are delivered or picked up by students at a convenient time.

Lunch and Recess Times

Kindergarten has lunch from 12:20-12:50 and recess from 1:00-1:30.

Grade 1 has recess from 12:05-12:35 and lunch from 12:45-1:15.

Grade 2 has recess from 12:30-1:00 and lunch from 1:00-1:30. 

Grade 3 has recess from 11:05-11:35 and lunch from 11:35-12:05. 

Grade 4 has recess from 11:40-12:10 and lunch from 12:10-12:40. 

Grade 5 has lunch from 11:00-11:30 and recess from 11:30-12:00.

We consider outdoor play an integral part of a balanced school day. Recess affords time for exercise, interacting with peers in a less structured setting, and developing the skills of cooperation, problem solving, and sportsmanship. Students will go outside for 30 minutes of recess every day unless there is inclement weather (rain, snow, ice or below 20 degrees with wind chill). Grade level teams check nbc30.com just prior to recess to determine if it is necessary to stay indoors. The nurse consults when the conditions of the field, blacktop, and/or equipment are in question due to weather and makes a recommendation to the principal. Students are not allowed to bring toys (including fidget spinners) or balls to school. Recess equipment is provided for each grade to support outdoor play. Exceptions inside are made for “Show and Tell” activities. In this case, items from home must be transported to and from school in a bag/backpack.

Lunch Questions

What do I do if my child forgot his or her lunch?

Please bring it to the office and a member of our office staff will deliver it to your child before lunch.

How does my child pay for hot lunch?

You have two options. You can send cash in a small envelope or wallet for your child to bring to the cafeteria, or you can add money to his or her lunch account. To do this, send in a check made payable to Nutrition Services for the amount you would like to add, or visit http://paypams.com to add money electronically. The lunch price for 2018-19 is $3.00

Lunch Menus

Student Cell Phones

Students may bring cellphones to school. However, phones must be turned off and stored in backpacks during school hours. This policy is in effect during after school activities, field trips, and while riding the bus, extending to the time students arrive home.

Safety and Security

We believe that learning happens best in a safe, secure, and caring environment. Please note and adhere to the following safety procedures:

● Enter and exit the building through the front door only. Please ring the doorbell and state your purpose to gain access to the building. All exterior doors are closed and locked during the school day.

● Upon entering the building, go directly to the office to sign in to your destination.

● Wear a “Visitor” sticker at all times while in the building.

● For morning entry, students line up outside in designated areas. Family members should wait behind the class lines. Supervision begins at 8:20am.

● In the event of inclement weather, children line up in assigned areas inside the building. They should be dropped off at the door and allowed to walk inside independently in order to avoid congestion and confusion. Teachers are assigned to monitor students and direct them to class when the bell rings.

● Family members must also wait outside at dismissal. The lobby must remain clear to allow students to exit the building safely. NOTE: Designate a spot outside for your child to meet you at dismissal. Make sure your child understands his or her pick-up plan!

● Dogs are not allowed on school grounds between the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm. Please be respectful of students and staff who may be allergic or afraid by keeping your pet at home.

● For after-school activities, unless you are picking up your child early from their program, please wait outside for the instructor to bring the students to the door at the designated time. The instructor will wait to identify a parent or guardian before allowing the child to leave the premises. All activities are dismissed from the front door except for after-school sports which is dismissed from the gymnasium door.

Transportation Policies

The safety of all Duffy citizens is our top priority. Please review the rules below as a family to ensure that we are working together to create a safe school environment.

DROP-OFF ZONES

Cafeteria Lot (Handicapped parking is here)

● Follow the traffic arrows when entering the parking lot, traffic flows one-way

● Observe “No Parking,” “Handicapped Only,” and “No Standing” signs (“No Standing” means you may not sit in the car and wait)

● Park in lined spaces only

Kindergarten Lot/Bus Loop:

● Follow the traffic arrows when entering the parking lot, traffic flows one-way

● The Bus Loop is for buses only

● Avoid crossing the driveway- use the sidewalk!

Front of school on Westminster Drive: The “Kiss-and-GO” Zone: This option is for families who want/need a speedy morning drop-off experience. A staff member will be assigned to the drop-off zone each morning to greet students and support adherence to the following policies:

● Children must independently exit the car onto the sidewalk

● Drivers must remain in the car. There is no parking on Westminster between 8:20 -8:35am.

● Drivers must pull all the way up into the first open spot.

*If your child needs help getting out of the car, please park in one of our two lots. When using our lots, children should walk to their line on the sidewalk. They should never cross the bus loop!

Bus Rules and Conduct

Students must:

● Sit immediately after entering the bus and remain seated at all times while the bus is in motion

● Use appropriate language, demonstrate self-control, and uphold all of the behavioral expectations for Duffy students

● Talk quietly or read

● Ask permission before opening windows

● Enter and exit the bus by the front door except in the case of an emergency

● Cross in front of the bus

Per district policy, each kindergartner must have an adult present at the bus stop in the morning waiting for the bus to arrive and also to pick up the child when the bus returns in the afternoon. Food, balls, toys, and cell phones are not allowed on the bus.

Bicycles

Should be locked in the racks provided. They must be walked on school grounds during school hours. Children must wear helmets, per state law.