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Dear Foster Families,
I hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable summer break.  We are excited for the new school year and to welcome back our Foster Falcon staff and students.  Just in case you didn’t know, school begins on Thursday, August 18th.
Our staff is dedicated to each student and strives to provide a strong academic environment that will ensure academic growth for all students.  Our team will focus on supporting students in academic areas of needed improvement. 
On Monday, August 8th, we will be distributing at-home COVID-19 Test Kits. The district is highly recommending that all families administer one of the tests to their school-age child before the students report to class. Please ensure that you give your child the test on Wednesday, August 17th or Thursday, August 18th, prior to coming to school.  
At this time, we will also distribute the following: 
·Family Income Survey, this will determine school funding (must return completed form)
·Foster Student Handbook & Acknowledgement Form (must return completed acknowledgement)
·Student-Parent Device Agreement- please read with your child and have them initial as well (must return completed form)
·Student Acceptable Use Agreement- read carefully and select the one for your grade level TK - 3  grade or 4 - 12 grade and complete (must return completed form)
· Annual Parent Notification to Parents and Guardians- please fill out the Acknowledgement of Receipt and Review section (must return completed form)
Forms will be returned to the classroom teacher on the first day of school.  Devices (Chromebooks) will be issued once the forms are received. 
Textbooks will be issued to each student during the first weeks of school.  As a reminder, all items issued to students need to be treated with care and kept clean.  This is a great way to demonstrate responsibility, a core value, and expectation at Foster.
Foster recommends that students follow the school uniform policy. However, if families choose to not use uniforms the student will need to abide by the following Dress Code. The Dress Code will be strictly enforced.  Parents may be contacted when their child is in violation of the Dress Code and be asked to bring a change of compliant clothing to school.  The Dress Code is designed to support an orderly and safe learning environment for all students while in attendance at Foster Elementary School.  
All students are expected to be well groomed and neatly dressed at all times, following these guidelines:
·Shorts should not be shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
·Clothing or possessions that symbolize gang membership is not allowed.
·Clothing with vulgar or suggestive slogans or advertisements for drugs, alcohol or tobacco, or occult symbols   should not be worn to school.
·Sweatshirt hoods may not be worn on the head or above the collar at any time.  If a student is warned and        continues to wear the hood, the item will be confiscated and the student can pick it up in the office after         
·Students are encouraged to wear plain shirts, free from all writing.  However, shirts with writing must 
 promote  and support an academically-focused environment. 
·Bare midriffs, halter-tops or sleeveless shirts are not allowed.
·No ripped clothing (jeans, shirts)
·Shorts or pants with exposed underwear and oversized clothes are not appropriate for school and are not to 
 be worn.
·Appropriate enclosed shoes need to be worn.  Sandals, crocs or sock –like footwear, flip-flops, and slippers   are not safe or appropriate for school activities.   
·Hats are not to be worn inside the classrooms or cafeteria, unless a documented medical condition exists.
·Makeup or lipstick is not to be worn at school.
·Jewelry is not to detract or endanger the wearer or others (rings, chains, key chains, necklaces, earrings…).    No facial piercings are allowed. 
·Students need to have trim and clean nails and are not to have long or artificial nails.
·Hair and/or hairstyle is not to distract or disrupt school or instruction (color, style…).
Communication between the school and home must be consistent and ongoing.  We will keep our families informed through our website, Parent Square, Instagram, and other correspondences.  Please be sure to keep the school updated with any concerns you have regarding your child’s academics and/or social-emotional needs.  In addition, keep us updated regarding change of address, phone number, or work information so we can keep the lines of communication open.
Our office is open from 7:30-4:00 p.m.  Please call and let us know if we can help you in any manner.  We look forward to seeing you Thursday, August 18th.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school office at (626) 962-8111.
Carmen Caballero
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