Message to Parents/Guardians

August, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians of Ethel Burke Students,

Welcome back to our Ethel Burke Family!

I hope that you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer. I write today to make you aware of some of our procedures and regulations for the opening of school.

On the first day of school all students will be greeted by staff outside on the blacktop area and will be directed where to report.  Teachers will be holding classroom signs so that parents can help their children locate the teacher.  The first day, September 8th, is a full day with dismissal at 3 p.m.  Throughout the year, students will always report to the all-purpose room before going to class. 

Over the past several years, staggered times for entrance into the building has worked extremely well. This procedure has helped to resolve some traffic issues and has made the opening of the school day a much smoother process.

With the exception of the first day of school, this plan will continue throughout the 2015/16 school year as follows:

  • Students in Grades K, 1 and 2 will enter through Exit #4 (playground side)
  • Students in Grades 3 and 4 will enter through Exit #3A along Linden Avenue
  • The staggered times will remain the same for entrance into the building as follows:
  • 8:20 a.m. – Grades 3 & 4
  • 8:25 a.m. – Grades 1 & 2
  • 8:30 a.m. – Kindergarten
  • Younger siblings may enter with older siblings.

Please adhere to these assigned times in order to avoid traffic congestion in the parking loop area.

Once inside the all-purpose room, students will be asked to read during this time frame and may earn 1 step for the 100 Book Challenge.

In addition to the above changes, please follow the proper safety guidelines when dropping your child off in the morning. Be sure to cross where designated and follow the instructions of the Crossing Guard at all times.  Please note that there are also designated places where school safeties cross students and parents.  Drive safely at all times, observing traffic regulations and speed limits, and enter and exit the parking lot carefully.

 It is our hope that everyone will abide by these simple rules in order to ensure the safety of our children.  

I sincerely wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy new school year!



 Frank E. Jankowski