New Parent FAQ 2018-07-08T20:53:33+00:00

On behalf of the Montgomery PTA, we welcome you to Montgomery Elementary!  We are excited for your family to be part of the Montgomery Elementary School family for the 2018/2019 school year.  We have developed this document to answer some of the frequently asked questions families have.  Should you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at comm@montgomerpta.com

Q: When does school begin?

A: School begins at 7:45 a.m. However, students should be in their classrooms by 7:40 so that they can unpack book bags, get settled and be ready for morning announcements.  No student is allowed to be on campus before 7:00 am.  Students should report directly to the cafeteria after arriving and will wait until dismissed by the monitor to their classrooms.  Breakfast is available for those students who arrive early. Student arriving after 7:45 are considered tardy and must be brought to the school office to be signed-in by a parent/guardian.

Q: What is the procedure for morning drop-off?

A: If students do not ride the bus, they can arrive at school either through carpool or be dropped off at the main entrance.
Carpool: As you enter the school parking lot, move to the right curb as soon as possible.  A teacher or safety patrol member will direct you when to stop and will assist your child in getting out of the car.  Please do not get out of your car to assist.  Your child should then proceed directly to the main entrance.  Please avoid passing other cars in the carpool lane while exiting.

Please discontinue use of your cell phone in the carpool line.

Drop-Off: Parents may also walk their student to the main entrance.  Please park in a legal parking space and be sure to be respectful to our neighbors.  If parking on a side street, please only park on one side of the street. 

Q: What time is school dismissed?

A: Dismissal begins at 2:15pm.  Walkers are dismissed at the lower elementary hall doors.  Bus riders and day care bus riders are dismissed directly to their respective busses. Afternoon carpool begins after buses exit the property.  The carpool line for student’s grade 3 through 5 is in the back parking lot accessible through Oconee Pass.  The staging area for afternoon carpool for student’s grades Pre-K through 2 begins where indicated in the school parking lot to the right of the school.  After the buses leave the school, cars are directed to pull forward to begin carpool.  You will be given a parent pick-up tag to hang on your rearview mirror at the Back to School Fair.  Please be sure this tag is displayed when in the carpool line.  After 3:00pm, you will be asked to come inside and sign out your child.  `

Q: Is after-school care offered at Montgomery?

A: Yes. Currently we offer we offer a Montgomery Elementary School Faculty and Staff led After-School Program.  The Program offers homework help in addition to enrichment in in Math, Art, Spanish and Computer labs.  Student to staff ratio is 15:1.  Walk-in and short term after-school care is available as space permits.  The program provides supervision until 6:00pm.  There is a lottery for new families interested in participating at the Back to School fair in August.  You must be present at the Back to School Fair to enter the lottery. 
Several daycare facilities have vans transporting students from Montgomery to their sites after school.  These include Wieuca Baptist, Ashford Academy and New Generations. Get the complete list from the school office.

Q: How can I find out about what is going on in my child’s classroom?

A: Each teacher has their own methods for communicating with parents.  However, most teachers utilize email to communicate most frequently with parents.  Be sure to check in with your student’s teacher to ensure that they have your current contact information. 

Q:  What is the Courier?

A: Every Thursday a large brown envelope called the Courier will be sent home with each child.  It contains school-wide correspondence as well as information pertinent to your child or child’s grade.  Each week it may include information about upcoming events at school, opportunities to volunteer, graded papers, information from the Dekalb County Board of Education, etc.  The Courier should be signed and returned each week.

Q:  May I visit my child’s classroom?

A: YES.  All teachers at Montgomery welcome parents to visit and help the classroom.  Please arrange this with your child’s teacher prior to your visit. All visitors must enter through the main front doors and must check in with the school secretary and pick up a visitor’s name tag. Parents should not interrupt instruction during classroom visits. If a parent/guardian needs to speak to a teacher regarding his/her child, please call the school, email or send a note to the teacher asking to schedule a conference.

Q:  How do conferences work?

A: Parent-teacher conferences are encouraged.  A parent may initiate a conference at any time by reaching out to your child’s teacher.  Conferences are scheduled outside of instruction time.  Your child may have more than one teacher.  Please be sure to distinguish between your child’s homeroom teacher and an individual subject area teacher when arranging conferences. 

Q: What is the dress code at Montgomery?

A: Students are asked to wear shirts that are solid colored white, blue or yellow. Shirts can be collared, crew, or v-neck. Style can be blouses, polo, oxford, turtlenecks, vests, sweatshirts, and sweaters with or without the Montgomery Elementary Mustang logo. Bottoms should be solid color dark or khaki pants, jeans, shorts, skirts, jumpers, skorts or capris.  Skirts, jumpers, skorts or shorts must reach to extended fingertips when students are standing.
No baggy attire is allowed.  Shoes worn to school should be appropriate for P.E. and fresh air time.  The Clothes Closet is FREE and carries gently-used dress code items that have been donated by others.

Q: What are the lunch hours?

A: Lunch times vary between 10:20am and 12:20pm.  Students can either purchase their lunch in the cafeteria or bring their lunch from home.  Fast food is not allowed in the cafeteria.  In addition, soda and candy should not be brought to school.  Students can either bring an envelope for lunch money to school or prepay for lunches through mylunchmoney.com.  In order to register at mylunchmoney.com, you will need to know your child’s student ID which is available through the school office.    Students also have snack time in their classroom which varies based on their designated lunch time.

Q: What is Discovery and how can a child qualify for this program?

A: Discovery is the Gifted Program in the DeKalb County School System.  This is an enrichment program offered for grades 1-5.  Every child is evaluated for participation in Discovery, which requires a threshold score on standardized tests, the ITBS and CoGAT, and an evaluation of motivational factors.  The Discovery curriculum complements the mainstream curriculum with additional projects and creative learning opportunities.  Evaluation for inclusion in the Discovery program occurs after the completion of the CoGAT tests around February each year.  Please direct detailed questions to Lori Bolds, Principal.

Q:  Does Montgomery take precautionary measures for health issues and allergies? 

A: Montgomery has a full time school nurse available.  Parents of children with severe allergies or chronic health conditions are asked to contact the school nurse to discuss necessary information and procedures.  Any medication required to be administered during the school day is required to be kept and administered by the school nurse. 

Q:  What if I still have questions?

A: Should you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact the PTA President, Chau Clamp at president@montgomerypta.com  You can also utilize the resources listed below:

School Office: 678-676-7502
Principal Lori Bolds: lori_m_bolds@dekalbschoolsga.org
PTA Website:  http://www.montgomerypta.com/