Lien Elementary School
Parent & Student Information
Kids Care Rules
Philosophy of Lien Elementary School
Building for Tomorrow
We believe children are individuals and every child is unique. We believe our primary program strives to accommodate the broad range of children's needs, their learning rates and styles, their knowledge, experiences, and interests to facilitate continuous learning. We believe continuous learning is best achieved through an integrated curriculum incorporating a variety of instructional models, strategies and resources. We believe by creating a nurturing, child-centered environment, a child's learning and self esteem will flourish.
We believe the school, family, and community must be partners in the education of children. We believe children should live in a healthy, stimulating, safe and caring environment. Together we can enhance a child's respect for self, others, and learning. Together we can create a climate for success and joy necessary for lifelong learning.
Adopted 1993 Lien Elementary School Staff
Cahill Studios of Amery will provide individual student pictures on a prepaid basis. The service is provided on a voluntary basis to the students each fall.
Parents have the option of ordering the package of their choice from the options listed. If a parent is not fully satisfied with the pictures, he/she may contact the school to have the pictures retaken.
School pictures for Lien Elementary School students are scheduled for October. Additional information will be sent home prior to photo day.
The Board of Education recognizes the positive relationship between regular school attendance and success in school and employment.
In accordance with state law, the Polk County Truancy Ordinance and the Amery Municipal Truancy Ordinance, all children between six and 18 years of age must attend school full time until the end of the term, quarter, or semester in which they become 18 years of age, unless they have a legal excuse, fall under one of the exceptions outlined in Wisconsin Stat. 118.15, or have graduated from high school.
Procedures have been developed to enhance the full attendance requirement. These procedures shall be enforced in accordance with state law, Polk County Ordinances and the Amery Municipal Truancy Ordinance.
Certificates of Perfect Attendance will be issued at the end of the school year as a reinforcement for conscientious attendance.
Half Day Absences:
Students will be marked absent for a half day if:
- they arrive at school after 9 AM or
- they leave school prior to 1 PM
Students are considered tardy if they arrive at school after 8:15 AM. If your child(ren) arrives at school after 8:15 AM, he/she should report to the elementary office prior to going to his/her classroom. They will be admitted by the office personnel and given a 'pass' to give to their teacher. If your child is late in coming to school, please send a note stating the reason why. If we do not receive a note, the tardy will be coded "unexcused".
Attendance - Parents Need to Call School
If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, we are asking that parents notify the elementary office no later than 8:30 a.m. by calling our voice mail system at 268-9771 ext. 263. Students will be coded “excused” for a doctor's appointment, funeral or illness. However, you must notify the office by leaving a message on voice mail or sending a note to school so proper coding may occur.
A relatively new state law allows a parent or guardian to excuse a child for up to ten days in a school year, provided the following measures are taken:
- note what day or days he/she will be absent
- provide a reason for the absence, and
- submit in writing to the school ahead of time that the child will be absent from school
If correct procedures are not followed, your child will be marked “unexcused” absent. Five unexcused absences constitute truancy and, by law, must be reported to the District Attorney's office.
For your convenience, voicemail messages 268-9771 ext. 263. may be left in the evening or early morning, so please leave the message as soon as you know your child is not going to be in school.
If you do not notify the school concerning your child's absence, school personnel will contact you at work or home. The purpose of this procedure is to help maintain the safety of our elementary students.
For a complete copy of the attendance policy and procedures, please contact the elementary office.
Our school day starts at 8:10 am and ends at 3:05 pm. Students should not be at school before 8:00 am. Teachers' hours are 8:00 AM- 3:50 PM on Monday through Thursday. On Friday and days before a holiday, teacher dismissal is 3:30 pm.
Dropping Off and Picking Up Students from School
Dropping Off A Student At School
Students should not arrive at school prior to 8:00 a.m. If you drive your child to school, please follow one of the following procedures:
This option is best if you choose to walk your child into the building. Enter the school parking lot from the south end. Park your vehicle in one of the visitor’s parking spaces available on the north side of the west parking lot. Walk your child to the crosswalk and into the center doors of the building.
This option is best if you choose to drop your child off. Enter the school parking lot from the south end. Use the “kiss and go” located on the west side of the school. Pull up to the curb directly in front of the building and have your child exit your car directly on the sidewalk. The “kiss and go” is meant for drop off purposes only. Do not park your car along the curb and walk your child into the building. (Please respect our paraeducators and children
using the crosswalk.)
Picking Up a Student After School
If you are picking up your child at the end of the school day, you must send a note to school with him/her or call our voicemail at 268-9771 ext. 263 by 2:30 p.m. indicating this. Your child should give the note to his/her teacher. Please DO NOT e-mail the teacher with this information. (Without written permission, your child will be placed on his/her regular school bus.)
Our school day ends at 3:05 p.m. Unless it is necessary, please do not pick your child up prior to this time. Park in the designated visitor’s parking spaces in the front parking lot. Enter the center front door of the school. After 3:05 p.m. -- pull up to the curb directly in front of the building. Avoid parking on the crosswalk and directly in front of the building where the bus for the handicap parks.
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Picking Up a Student During School
If you are picking up your child before the end of the day, you must send a note with your child indicating the time you would like him/her picked up. You must come into the building to the office to pick up your child.
For security reasons, please use the center front doors to enter and exit our building. All other doors will be locked and not accessible for entering, in order to provide a safe and secure building for our students. Thank you for your cooperation.
School may be closed at times due to inclement weather or other emergencies. If such a closing should occur, it will be announced over WXCE Radio (1260 AM), WPCA Radio (95.7 FM) and WCCO Radio (830 AM) and WCCO (4), KSTP (5), KMSP (9) and KARE (11) television. Please do not call the school to ask about closings. This may tie up the telephone system so important messages cannot be conveyed.
The School District of Amery will notify families of school delays or school cancellations due to inclement weather by using our PreK-12 notification system. You will receive a phone call to the primary phone number that we have on record, which most likely is your home phone. In addition to being called at your primary phone, you will also be notified through the various phone numbers you have included on your child's registration forms. Multiple phone numbers and email addresses will only be used to notify you of a school emergency.
Health Services & Medications
When students become ill or are injured at school they should report to the nurse's office. Every effort will be made to care for their needs. First aid is provided by the school nurse and other designated staff members. If necessary, the parent or person listed on the emergency card will be contacted to come get the child.
Emergency cards are sent home with all students the first day of school. It is very important that parents complete both sides of the card so we have access to you at home or work and that we have an emergency person to contact in case your child becomes ill at school and you are not available. Please put some thought in to listing the emergency contact person and notify him/her so they may receive a phone call from school in case of illness or injury.
If your child requires medication of any type (including bee sting kits or asthma inhalers), please bring the medication to the school office. Parent permission forms are to be signed for all mediations given. A doctor's form must be completed for medications given longer than 10 days. Medication must be in the original container with specific instruction as to dosage, etc. At no time are students allowed to keep medication of any sort in their desk or locker.
If your child has any allergies, please notify the office so teachers and necessary school personnel can be properly informed.
Head lice is a fairly common occurrence and students with lice will be sent home for treatment as prescribed by the school nurse. Students are not allowed to return to school until all nits have been removed from their hair.
The nurse is responsible for the student insurance program. This plan does not provide for broken eye glasses.
Wisconsin statues require that all students be immunized. Please see the requirements below.
The School District of Amery complies with the Student Immunization Law of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services which requires the following immunizations for each grade level:
Cumulative Number of Doses:
|Early Childhood-4 yrs
||3 Hep B
|K - 12th grade
(must be after 4th birthday)
||3 Hep B
The Student Immunization Law requires that all students through grade 12 meet a minimum number of required immunizations prior to school entrance. These requirements can be waived only for medical, religious, or personal conviction reasons.
Parents of children who are "behind schedule" or have "no record" on file should receive the Legal Notice by the 15th and 25th school day. Children in Early Childhood through 5th grade will be excluded on the 31st day of school if they have not met the requirements. On the 60th day they are reported to the District Attorney. The court may then order compliance and fine the parent $25 per day of violation.
Immunizations can be obtained at your doctor's office or on Thursdays at the Public Health Department. Please call ahead (485-8500) if you want the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, or for an appointment.
Child Development Days
Child Development Days are held in October of every year. To be eligible for this screening, your child must be 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years of age. This is the only screening that will be scheduled prior to your child's kindergarten entrance.
Child Development Days will be an exciting, fun filled time for you and your child. As parents you will have the opportunity to learn about your child's development in the areas of concept, language, and motor skills. In addition, your child's vision and hearing will be checked. You will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from schools, public health services, Head Start, Birth-to-Three program and other community agencies. Your child will receive gifts, treats and a book that he/she may take home to enjoy.
Individual schedules will be sent out to families with children involved. If you have an eligible child and have not received an appointment by the end of September, please call the Special Education office at 715-268-9771, ext. 337.
Questions and Answers About Child Development Days
1. Are Child Development Days just for 2 1/2- 3 1/2 year olds?
No. If your child is older than 3 1/2 and has not yet been screened, plan to participate in the next Child Development Days.
2. What does screening a 2 1/2 -3 1/2 year old involve?
Six areas of development are screened:
A) Vision: Checked with an activity specifically recommended by the National Society to Prevent Blindness.
B) Hearing: Hearing is screened by a trained paraeducator.
C) Speech/Language: Children talk so we can see if speech sounds and sentence structure are age appropriate.
D) Fine Motor: Children use crayons, string beads and do other activities that use small muscles.
E) Gross Motor: Children are observed as they use large muscles in hopping, jumping, balance.
F) Readiness Skills: Basic concept development is observed as children play.
3. So what is the difference between Kindergarten Roundup and the 2 1/2 -3 1/2 year old screening?
The Amery School District hosts a Kindergarten Roundup to introduce your child to school, their classmates and teacher the spring before kindergarten. Child Development Days provides a screening of all areas of your child' s development: hearing, vision, speech, language, gross and fine motor, and readiness skills. If there is a concern, we have 2-3 years to help before the child enters kindergarten.
4. Is there any follow-up after screening?
Results are discussed with parents on the day of screening, and if there are concerns, arrangements are made for further evaluation.
5. Is there any way to prepare a child for screening?
No, the activities are those a child usually learns officially. Explain to your child where you will be going, and that she or he will be playing games with new friends. If your child is frightened by new situations, this may help alleviate any fear.
6. Is it required that your child come to the screening?
Screening is a free service to help you and your child. It's not required, but almost all parents who come feel that it was very worthwhile. If you have any questions or concerns about your child, feel free to contact the Special Education Office at 268-9771 ext. 337 and we will direct your call.
7. If parents have no concerns about their child or if the child has recently had a medical exam, is screening necessary?
Yes, because screening provides a broad study of the child and gives specific information about areas which are not checked during typical physical examinations. For example, speech, problem solving and development are checked.
8. Aren't 2 1/2- 3 1/2 year old children too young to screen?
No. From birth on, children develop important skills which are possible to test through trained observation of play-like activities.
APO (Amery Parent Organization)
The APO is an organization made up of parent (and grandparent) volunteers. This group was formed to help establish a positive link between home and school. Throughout the school year we ask for volunteers at various events. Participation in even a small way at school functions helps Lien's children know that we, as parents, really do care. Here are some of the ways you can help.
- Busy Bee Room
- Book Fair
- Art Fair
- Child Care
- Book Binding
- Reading to Children
- Sliding Party
- Kindergarten Roundup
- Teacher Appreciation Day
- Hearing Screening
- Campbell Soup Labels
- Family Resource Room
- General Mills Box Tops
- Newspaper - Look Who's in the News
- Kemps Give 'em Five
- Elementary Dance & Fundraiser
- Parents as Partners Committee
Want to learn more??
Click here to download APO booklet in PDF format
All visitors and guests are required to check into the office and wear a visitor badge. Trespassing or loitering on school premises is strictly prohibited. Students are not allowed to bring other children as visitors to school.