Frequently Asked Questions

March 14, 2012 at 20:54

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND SPRING MILL ELEMENTARY?
Families who rent or own a home in our attendance district are eligible to attend. Kindergarten and First Grade students must be 5 or 6 years old by September 1st respectively to enroll in those grades each year.

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE NEEDED FOR ENROLLMENT?
We need an original birth certificate, documentation of immunizations, a current mortgage or lease in the parent’s name, and a recent (within the last month) utility bill. If the parent resides with another person who holds the lease or mortgage, you must first contact our Student Programs Advisor, Mrs. Migdelia Bolin at (317) 845-9400, ext. 77213 to fill out Shared Residency paperwork and schedule a home visit. You may submit enrollment paperwork after completing the Shared Residence process.  Please call our office at (317) 259-5462 with any questions.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY ADDRESS CHANGES AFTER MY CHILD ENROLLS AT SPRING MILL?
You will need to bring in a new lease/mortgage statement. School staff will review residency verification documents and change the address in Skyward. Parents/guardians can change telephone numbers and emergency contacts online.

DO YOU HAVE KINDERGARTEN AT SPRING MILL ELEMENTARY?
Yes,all Washington Township schools offer Full Day Kindergarten at no charge to parents. 

WHAT ARE SCHOOL HOURS?
Spring Mill’s school day runs from 8:25-3:25 p.m.

WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES FOR ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL?
Spring Mill’s arrival and dismissal procedures have been streamlined to focus on safety and security for 700+ students, staff and visitors. Please click on the link to read and understand the details.
IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you send a written note to the teacher informing us of changes to your child’s dismissal plans. We need to hear of this change from the parent/guardian, not from the young child. To ensure safety, we would also prefer not to get phone messages about changes to your child’s dismissal plans. However, we understand that emergency situations may necessitate your calling the school to communicate a change. In that case, we will need ALL transportation changes communicated to the office staff by 1:00 p.m. at the latest.  The end of the day is hectic as we prepare to dismiss over 700 students. Please avoid making multiple changes to your child’s dismissal plans each week. When you adhere to these expectations, it allows us to ensure that students are dismissed safely. 

HOW DO I REPORT MY CHILD”S ABSENCE?
If your child will not be at school, it is important that we know this – it allows us to know that your child is safe in your care. Please call our attendance line at (317) 259-8850 (ext. 17555) before school starts – we need your child’s name (spell the name) and grade, your relationship to the child, the date and time of absence, the teacher’s  name, and reason for the absence. If your child is out of school for a medical appointment, you must give us a doctor’s note for the absence to be excused. If your child will not be in school for an extended period of time, you must complete a ‘Prearranged Absence Form’. 

HOW DO I REPORT A CHANGE IN DISMISSAL PLANS FOR MY CHILD?
We need parents to send a written note to the teacher on any day that a student’s dismissal plan changes.

IS AFTER SCHOOL CARE AVAILABLE?
AYS (At Your School) provides after school care for a fee at Spring Mill before and after the regular school day. For more information, please contact their office directly at (317) 283-3817 or go to their website.

DO YOU OFFER A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?
Yes. Students from grades K-5 have opportunities to study Spanish language and culture for 50 minutes per week.

HOW OFTEN DO STUDENTS ATTEND SPECIALS CLASSES?
Spring Mill’s students participate in art, music, physical education, library/media and Spanish classes once a week. They receive instruction for 50 minutes each week per subject.

WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED DURING LUNCH PERIODS?
Students are encouraged to have a nutritious lunch which is provided daily at school. Four choices are always offered, including hot choices, a salad or fruit lunch, and a sandwich option with side items and milk. Free or reduced cost lunch is offered to qualifying families. Students are allowed to carry lunch to school, and may purchase milk separately. Students are served lunch in half hour periods between 11:05 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Breakfast is also offered daily.
Lunch Schedule for 2016-2017:
Kindergarten – 11:30-12:00
1st Grade – 11:05-11:35
2nd Grade – 12:00-12:30
3rd Grade – 1:15-1:45
4th Grade – 12:50-1:20
5th Grade – 12:25-12:55

HOW LONG IS RECESS?
Recess is held in each grade level for 20 minutes during the school day. Kindergartners have two recess breaks. All students go outside every day unless the windchill is below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, or a doctor’s note is provided. All students are expected to dress appropriately with hats, gloves and boots in cold weather.

HOW DO I GET A TRANSPORTATION ISSUES RESOLVED?
All buses are dispatched from our Transportation Center, so often, questions are best answered by their staff who may be reached at (317) 254-5510. You can access more information on the Transportation Department’s webpage. At Spring Mill Elementary, the Assistant Principal, Mr. Chad Patsel, handles bus concerns.
When a new student enrolls in Washington Township Schools there will be a 2-day turn around time before the child can ride a bus.  This is for safety reasons, to allow us to ensure that pertinent details are shared and plans are in place to drop-off your child at the right location.  When the transportation team has worked out the details, they will inform the parent, school and driver of the child’s arrival and dismissal details. 
IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you send a written note to the teacher informing us of changes to your child’s dismissal plans. We need to hear of this change from the parent/guardian, not from the young child. To ensure safety, we would also prefer not to get phone messages about changes to your child’s dismissal plans. However, we understand that emergency situations may necessitate your calling the school to communicate a change. In that case, we will need ALL transportation changes communicated to the office staff by 1:00 p.m. at the latest.  The end of the day is hectic as we prepare to dismiss over 700 students. Please avoid making multiple changes to your child’s dismissal plans each week. When you adhere to these expectations, it allows us to ensure that students are dismissed safely. This is important enough that we have noted it twice on this webpage. 

For all other questions, please call our office staff at (317) 259-5462.

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