Welcome to Thomas Fleming Elementary School!
During the 2019-2020 school year, we look forward to a
cooperative and committed home-school partnership. Parent
involvement is encouraged and welcomed. There are countless
opportunities to be involved in our school including serving
on PTO-related committees and events; volunteering in
the classrooom/school setting, attending school sponsored
events, and supporting your child’s learning daily. We welcome
you and your children to our school.
For the safety of the children, the school office confirms all absences.
IF YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ATTENDING SCHOOL
FOR THE DAY, OR WILL BE LATE, PLEASE CALL THE ATTENDANCE
LINE AT 857-7004 BY 8:15 A.M. TO LET US KNOW.
When your child returns to school, a note should be sent in explaining
Students are required by law to attend school daily. Planned
absences should be cleared in advance by the school. The school calendar,
teacher planning, and a student’s academic standing should be
considered carefully before definite plans are made.
absences due to illness
Absences Due to Illness
Our school environment promotes the health and wellness of our
students, faculty and staff. We encourage children to stay home when
they are sick so that they can receive the rest and care they may need.
If a child becomes ill at school, a parent or person identified on the
emergency card will be notified so that arrangements can be made to
have the child taken home to be cared for. If a child returns and is well
enough to be in school, participation in all activities, including recess
and gym is expected. If a child is not able to participate in all activities,
please send a note from your doctor explaining the limitations.
When a student returns to school following an absence, a note to
the teacher or office explaining the absence is necessary. Teachers will
assist with “make-up” work and send work home when advance notice
After School Late Departure
All students must leave school grounds by 3:10 p.m. unless they
have been asked to remain by their teachers, or some special activity
has been arranged for them. If a teacher or administrator keeps a
student in the classroom because of behavioral concerns or to
complete assignments after 3:30 p.m. the parents will be notified by
Hat, Gum, and Cell Phone Policy
The wearing of hats/hoods inside the school are prohibited
unless authorized as part of PBIS Celebration days. Gum chewing
and cell phone use by students is not allowed unless approved for a
We are committed to providing a safe and respectful learning environment
for everyone at Thomas Fleming School. We have established clear
and positive focused behavior expectations school-wide that we will help all
students learn and follow. We believe that caring, respectful and responsible
students contribute to the learning success for all. “A respectful learning
environment is everyone’s responsibility and everyone’s right.”
Our school should be a safe and supportive place to learn. If a student
feels that he/she is being bullied, and it is safe to do so, the student may
tell that person to stop. Victims or witnesses are asked to report bullying
to the school principal, teacher, or staff member. parents/Guardians
who believe their child has been a victim of bullying may file a written
report of suspected bullying with the school and report this immediately
to School principal Daniel ryan. The school staff designated to
receive reports of bullying are Teacher, jeff Guilmette,
counselor, Coori Sellers, and ETIS, David Davidson (reports of
School/Home and Home/School Communications are vital
to the working partnership between school and families. We
commit to providing regular information about school programs
and student progress. Together we will celebrate our students’
success and work to resolve problems or barriers to the learning
success and growth of each student. We care about your
child’s academic, social, and emotional well being. Please let us
know if your child has experienced something at school or away
from school that may impact their learning focus or well being in
any significant way.
We believe that open and direct communications help us to
develop the most effective home/school relationships and keep
the support focused on the student. If you have questions about
instruction, discipline, homework, or learning materials, please
be encouraged to talk first with your child’s teacher.
If there are changes in address, home or work phone numbers,
family or custody status, health issues, or childcare, please notify
us immediately so that we may update our records. In case of an
emergency the school must have up-to-date information. Safety
comes first at Fleming School.
Computer Use Policies
The learning appropriate and purposeful use of technology to
support and transform learning is an expectation and a responsibility
for all learners and educators at Fleming School. All students
and their parents/guardians will commit to and sign an acceptable
use agreement which allows for students to use the school provided
technology resources in a responsible and safe manner.
Fleming Web Page – Fleming Flyer
Make sure to bookmark the Fleming web page in your
browser! We update our website regularly, and we publish a new
edition of the Fleming Flyer every other Friday. Our website is a
communication connection within our school and EWSD district
Fleming students are expected to read for 30 minutes every
night. There are times when math or writing assignments are given
that extend beyond the school day. Students benefit from an MTSS
approach and their learning is supported through differentiated instruction
and by participation in tiered intervention group work as
needed. We acknowledge our students need for learning and social
development that is available outside of the school beyond the
school day. We also understand the great value of family time that
these limited homework expectations allow.
Falcon Feathers/Blue Slips - Opportunity Room
Following a PBIS systems approach we seek to frequently
acknowledge and commend our students who are following
school expectations in all areas of the school. Staff may offer a
student specific praise and award them with a Fleming Falcon
Feather card along with the positive feedback. These cards
are brought back to class and acknowledged to contributing
to a classroom and school goal. Achieving the school goal for
awarded feathers results in special school wide celebration.
Students who struggle to follow the school expectations
may be given a blue Slip and asked to go to process with the
school social support coordinator to address and learn to
correct the problem behavior. Major violations of school
expectations may require the student to meet with the
principal. An email communication or phone call home will
be made by the teacher
Monthly safety drills will be conducted at the school. Our
school safety plan will also include drills that will help us safely
respond to a school crisis including; Clear the Halls, Lockdown
Lockout and Evacuation Emergency response and safety procedures
are directed through a District Safety Plan. These drills
are developed with the collaboration of the Essex Junction Fire,
Rescue, and Police and the District School Safety Director
The eleven member Fleming Student Council meets biweekly
on Friday mornings from 7:45 to 8:15 AM. There are
2 student council members selected to serve from each
Fleming School classroom. The Council Members serve in
their school leadership positions by Semester.
MTSS Intervention Program Supports
In addition to the general learning and homework assignment
help offered through the school day some students may be asked
to participate in targeted math, literacy, and social skills learning
intervention programs which are scheduled during two learning
block times and may also be scheduled during an extended school
day. Parent/Guardian permission would be required for student participation
in these after school learner support programs and
MTSS (Title One) Intervention programs.
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
The PTO is one of our school’s finest assets. It is an active organization
which offers opportunities for parent involvement which
results in enhanced educational opportunities for our students. We are
truly thankful for all they do for our Essex Junction youngsters. We
encourage you to become involved in the Fleming PTO. Meetings
are held monthly at the school.
The school bell rings to start the day at 8:00 a.m. Students enter school
and go directly to classrooms where attendance is taken. A student is considered
“tardy” if they are not marked present on their classroom attendance by 8:10
a.m. Parents/Guardians will be contacted to develop an attendance plan if there
is a pattern of tardiness. Being on-time for school starts each student’s learning
day off in a positive way and demonstrates respect and responsibility.
Telephone / Cell Phones
There are no phones designated for student independent use. Students need
permission from their teacher or administration to access school telephones.
Students are not allowed to answer school phones due to school safety guidelines.
Students are not permitted to use cell phones or walkie talkie communication
devices while at school. Students are not allowed to use personal technology
to take photos or video images at school which have not been approved for
Visitor Entry - School Safety Access
Our school entrance will be locked from 8:10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.
Visitors to the school during these hours will need to have their identity verified
and disclose the purpose of their visit to school before being given permission to
enter, and then be “buzzed in.” At the front door you will see a camera station.
You need to press the button and wait for a staff member to address you over the
intercom. You will be asked your name and the nature of your visit. After you
are approved for entry, you will be asked to come to the Main Office to sign in
and obtain a visitor’s badge. After your school visit you will return to the Main
Office and sign out and return your visitor’s badge prior to exiting the school.