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Building Procedures

A well-rounded school program provides enormous rewards for the student, the school, and the community.  A successful school program provides powerful possibilities and unique opportunities for every student. Its power ultimately lies in its capacity to raise human beings to higher levels of human experience and understanding.


Arrival:  Student arrival begins at 8:35-8:40 a.m.  The day officially begins at 8:45 a.m.

Bus Arrivals – Students will exit buses and enter through the cafeteria doors and go directly to their classrooms.  Staff will be on bus duty to make sure procedures are followed.

Drop & Go – the entrance to the Drop & Go is off of Park Avenue Road.  Please pull up as far as possible on this side road. Your children should exit out of the left side of your vehicle and then proceed into the Boy’s Side Entrance.  Staff will be there to escort students and then you are free to go without having to park your car and walk your child/children into school.  This area is a No Parking Zone. 

Walkers –  All walkers must enter the building through the Front Entrance.

Dismissal:  The day officially ends at 3:25 p.m.  Pick-ups, Park Avenue Kids and Walkers will be the FIRST students called at dismissal.

Bus Dismissal – Classes will be dismissed by floor at specific times.  Teachers will supervise students during this time and, as always, will make sure all students are placed appropriately on buses.  Parents are not permitted near the blacktop exit doors where the buses are located.

All students entering the blacktop MUST board the buses.

Parent Pick Up – If you plan on picking up your child, you MUST send in a note that morning to be given to the teacher and then to the office with your wishes.  Please be within the school’s lobby area no later than 3:15 p.m. to pick up your child/children. You will need to take notice of the “No Parking” and the “15 Minute Parking” signs about the school’s perimeter.  There is no Drop & Go at dismissal time.  In case of an emergency, please call the office with ample time in order to make arrangements for you to pick up your child.  It is IMPERATIVE that you inform the office writing of your plans the morning of the pick-up.

Walkers – All walkers will exit through the Boy’s Side doors once dismissed by the office.


Good attendance and punctuality are necessary for academic achievement.  Please make every effort to have your child in school each day on time.

School begins at 8:45 a.m.  Dismissal is at 3:25 p.m.  Students are not permitted to go to their rooms before 8:35 a.m.  Prior to this time, there is no supervision for children; therefore, please do not bring or send your child to school before 8:35 a.m.  In addition, parents and students are not permitted in the building unsupervised, before or after school hours, unless participating in a school/PTA sponsored activity or district approved community activity.

Children are required to bring in a written excuse, signed by their parent or guardian explaining their absence.  The child should bring the excuse on the first day back at school after an absence. 

It would be helpful if you would call the school and let us know why your child is absent.  If possible, please call 987-3170 between 9:00-11:00 a.m.  If we do not receive a call from you, as part of our attendance policy, we will be calling to make sure that you are aware of your child’s absence.


Visitors and volunteers are always welcome at Park Avenue Elementary. All visitors and volunteers must enter through the front entrance, provide a valid driver’s license or government issued ID, sign-in and obtain a visitor’s badge from the school office.  Care should be taken to make certain classes, students and teachers are not disturbed during instructional times.  It is a good idea to arrange for a visit in advance.

The following are some of the areas where volunteers may be needed:

Working with students under the direction of the teacher
Clerical work for teachers
Special classroom projects
Art Projects

Hours can be arranged at your convenience in concert with your child’s teacher.  Notices will be sent home with information about the volunteer program after school begins.



Parents will occasionally request telephone numbers and/or addresses of other students.

The school cannot make these available.  Keeping this in mind, class lists are not available for distribution to families or to the PTA.   


We are fortunate and proud to have an active, supportive, Parent-Teacher Association.  All parents are urged to join the P.T.A. and help with the many projects that are of great benefit to our students.  

Co-President, Jessica Mikos 
Co-President, Samantha Romig 
Vice President, Amy Buliung
Recording Secretary, Josephine Costanza
Communications Secretary, Carrie Pizanie
Fundraising Coordinator, Theresa Maybeck
Social Media, Christine McKnight
Treasurer, Kathy Lawler

P.T.A. meetings are valuable as they offer an opportunity to review topics that are important to help facilitate the education of our children. Contact for more information. 



Teachers and administrators throughout the district are assigned e-mail addresses.  The e-mail address consists of the initial of the individual’s first name followed by his/her last name and the e-mail address extension (  As an example, the email address for George Washington would be:


District Policy 5285, Student Access to Networked Information Resources, is available for your review in the main office.  The Policy governs student use of the Internet. At Park Avenue Elementary, the use of the Internet is closely monitored and supervised by our teachers.  The majority of work is usually related to a single website that has been screened by the teacher.


When it is necessary for you to take your child from school, either at an early hour or at dismissal time, you must make arrangements with the school office in writing. Parents/guardians requesting an early dismissal must report to the main office window to sign their child(ren) out of school.  Parent/Guardians are required to submit a note when requesting an early dismissal. Please be prepared to show identification, especially if the staff member present does not recognize the visitor or parent.


When serious illness or injury requires that a child be absent from school for an extended period (one month or more), the services of a home teacher may be supplied. Please contact the school office for further information.   



A hot lunch program is in operation in the elementary schools.  Milk and snacks are sold separately for students who bring their lunch.  

The following prices are for the 2019-2020 school year:

Elementary Lunch: $2.60

Elementary Breakfast: $1.35

Reduced Price Lunch/Breakfast: $0.25

New York State mandates that breakfast be available for K-6 students.  Students wishing to buy breakfast go from the bus to the cafeteria, pick up a bag breakfast, and go to their classrooms to eat breakfast.