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Attendance In Case of Emergency School Songs
Communication Note From Principal School Visitors
Daily Schedule Nutrition Scrip
Getting Involved Programs Transportation
Health Procedure Rules Vision Statement
History School Site Council  

Vision Statement

The vision of Robinson School is to create a stimulating, innovative, enjoyable, and supportive environment for learning.

Robinson will provide an educational experience that nurtures within young people a belief in themselves, a love of learning, an appreciation of the arts and a deep compassion for the world around them. With a foundation in rigorous academic standards, they will embrace a spirit of excellence enabling them to use knowledge productively, creatively, and courageously.

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Note From Our Principal

Robinson continues to be a sparkling jewel in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. We continue to enjoy an enriching palette of experiences along with achievement which soars academically with some of the highest test scores in the state. Our greatest strength is in the small and compassionate hearts we cultivate in students who care for one another and make every effort to do their best each and every day.  

Thanks to thousands and thousands of volunteer hours and generosity beyond our imagination, we have been able to nurture an enriching and inviting learning community. The partnership between school and home makes it a remarkable place for children to start and to succeed. We deeply hope that you will enjoy your experience at Robinson and capture our spirit of excellence.

With warm appreciation for all the positive and generous support you provide our dedicated staff.

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Manhattan Beach History

Did You Know?

In its earliest days, Manhattan Beach was part of the ten-mile ocean frontage of Rancho Sausal Redondo, which means “Round Clump of Willows.” At one time the area was called “Shore Ares” by George Peck, who owned a section of the north end of town.

In 1901, John Merrill bought the south portion and called it Manhattan after his old home, New York City. Peck and Merrill, unable to agree on a city name flipped a coin and Manhattan won.

more. . .

Robinson Elementary was named after former master teacher Opal Robinson.

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School Songs

Capture the spirit, reach for the sky, Capture the spirit, just give it a try. Take a few moments, and soon you’ll agree, Excellence lies here, for you and me.

The Robinson Riptide Song

[Sung To The Tune of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”]
We’re the Robinson Riptides
We take pride in our school.
Striving for excellence is our quest
We won’t stop ‘til we know we’re the best!
For it’s with Mrs. Doyle and our teachers
We will surely succeed.
All our sights, hopes, dreams will come true
Here at Robinson School!

Character Counts

Character counts for you and me.
With it we stand with pride and dignity.
We aim to care, be fair and show respect.
Responsibility we never will neglect.
We are citizens that you can trust.
Set good examples for we feel we must.
So Riptides say to you,
“It Counts! It Counts! It Counts! It Counts!
Live life with character—it counts!

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Daily Schedule:

Campus Quiet Hours (Daily) 8:00 – 2:50

School Hours

AM Kindergarten (Monday to Friday) 8:00 – 11:20
PM Kindergarten (M, T, Th, F) 11:30 – 2:50
PM Kindergarten (Wednesday) 10:10 – 1:30
Grades 1, 2, 3 (M, T, Th, F) 8:20 – 2:30
Grades 1, 2, 3 (Wednesday) 8:20 – 1:20
Grades 4, 5 (M, T, Th, F) 8:10 – 2:35
Grades 4, 5 (Wednesday) 8:10 – 1:20

 

   

Recess

Grades 1, 2, 3 10:20 – 10:35
Grades 4, 5 10:40 – 10:55

Lunch

Grade 1 11:55 - 12:37
Grade 2 11:50 – 12:32
Grade 3 12:00 – 12:42
Grades 4, 5 12:20 – 1:05

Rainy Day Lunch

Grade 1 11:55 – 12:25
Grade 2 11:50 – 12:20
Grade 3 12:00 – 12:30
Grades 4, 5 12:20 – 12:50

Wednesdays

Each Wednesday students are released early so that teachers may collaborate with one another.

Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and PM Kinders 1:20

Frozen Treats, Riptide Apparel and Scrip are available on most Wednesdays after school.

Minimum Days

Shortened days to allow for special events.

Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 8:15 – 12:40
Kindergarten 8:00 – 11:20

 

Music Non-Instrumental

Jeremy Pease {Choir}:

Grades 1, 2, 4 and 5 Wednesdays

Music Instrumental

Katie Cavallaro {Strings} & Michael Corrigan {Band}:

Grades 3, 4, 5 Wednesdays

Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8am – 3pm
Wednesday 8am – 12pm

K through 4th grade students visit the library once a week; 5th grade students visit every other week. The library is open during Late Tide time on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. The library is closed to other students and parents if there is a class in session in the library/computer lab. Parents may check out library materials to read with their children at home. Please visit the library website for information on the library schedule, policies, and weekly read alouds: www.tinyurl.com/robinsonlibrary.

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Robinson Programs

Ambassador Program - Our 5th grade students are trained as ambassador models of character for our younger students. Each day at lunch a group of ambassadors help facilitate positive play experiences on our field. These students develop strong leadership abilities, serve as heroes in the hallway, promote anti–bullying and promote the excellent spirit of Robinson.

Character Counts - Each year classrooms and student council representatives focus on the 6 pillars of character: responsibility, respect, fairness, caring, citizenship, and trustworthiness. These are reinforced school–wide through classroom activities, spirit assemblies, physical education, and integrated curricular themes. Students are encouraged to reinforce the importance of developing character muscles while making this world a better place!

Community Service - Students regularly participate in student generated service projects and fundraisers to support helping others in need. These range from collecting gently used reading books to support for young children in African nations.

GATE - In 4th and 5th grades we have GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) certified teaching staff who differentiate instruction to meet the needs of our GATE population. Students are clustered together in classrooms in MBUSD. Outside opportunities are also available including Odyssey of the Mind.

Great Books - Parent docents and staff have been trained to facilitate reading groups that focus on shared inquiry through literary analysis.

Grades of Green - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Join us in support of environmental awareness by helping your student’s understanding and action toward a cleaner and eco–friendly environmental future. Please participate in Walk to School Wednesdays, Trash Free Tuesdays and Going Green efforts such as paperless school communication.

Growing Great - Trained parent docents provide fun, interactive nutrition lessons to teach children why and how to make healthy food choices. Lessons take place [5] times per year in Grades 3–5. During the monthly tastings, a seasonal, fresh fruit or vegetable donated by a local supplier is sampled in the cafeteria during lunch for Grades 1–5. All Robinson students have the opportunity to grow, harvest, eat and sell their own food from gardens located throughout the campus.

I am A Scientist Day - We celebrate the curiosity and innovation of young, scientific minds in a day devoted to experimentation and awareness of the importance of science in our world.

I Set the Standard - Students are encouraged to display a sportsmanship attitude during play. They are acknowledged in PE and at spirit assemblies for setting the standard of respect while doing their personal best and encouraging others to do the same.

Meet the Masters/Family Art Night - An interactive and exciting opportunity to learn about a famous artist and create your own masterpiece based on his or her style. Presented by our Meet the Masters expert, all ages are welcome to this hands–on art history lesson.

Performing/Cultural and Visual Arts - Cultural Arts workshops help educate the “whole child”. Layered curriculums create more opportunities for children to make connections, stay engaged, and have fun while learning—an academic subject or perhaps about themselves. It is nothing short of a remarkable effort by artists, our principal, our teachers, our parents and the students themselves that create valuable learning synergies through the arts. Robinson has a performing arts “rite of passage” for each grade integrated into the curriculum or tied to a social development phase:

Grade Workshop
Kindergarten: “The Three Piggy Opera”
1st Grade: Pantomime
2nd Grade: Irish Dance
3rd Grade: Square Dance
4th Grade: Mexican, Spanish & Russian Dance
5th Grade: Urban Contemporary Dance

All workshops culminate with a performance that parents are invited to attend.

The Wednesday Garden Club - All students are invited to join us at lunch to help weed, turn soil, plant seeds and harvest when the garden is ready.

Young At Art - Through the YAA program, parent docents provide enriching experiences for all students with hands on art projects based on exemplary artists. YAA projects are scheduled [6] times throughout the year and are taught in a non–judgmental environment with an emphasis on the learning process rather than on the final project.

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School Site Council

The Robinson School Site Council includes the principal, parents, teachers and other school personnel. It helps provide direction, review policy, and advise the allocation of the state funded school improvement programs.

Meetings - The School Site Council meets regularly. The time/date and the location of the meetings will be announced in the Tuesday Bulletin.

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Getting Involved

Contribute to the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) - MBEF raises money to improve Manhattan Beach public schools. It pays for teachers and other educators whose positions the state of California does not fund or require but who our parents and educators consider necessary for a quality education. MBEF currently pays for classroom teachers so our children can enjoy reasonable class sizes, librarians, science and reading enrichment, computer teachers, music teachers and assistants, educational advisors, college and career counselors, health assistants, among other programs. It is critical that every family joins the MBEF and considers fulfilling the minimum suggested donation per student. There are also many ways to assist with all the fundraisers. Visit www.mbef.org to learn more today!

Join the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) - The PTSA is the largest volunteer organization working exclusively to improve the education, health, safety and well being of all children. The goal of the Robinson PTSA is to ensure a quality education for our children. To achieve that goal, we combine volunteer hours with family donations to fund many school site needs, such as field trips, cultural assemblies, Young–At–Art, Meet the Masters and Grades of Green. The PTSA also pays for most of the supplies and campus improvements the students enjoy each school day. Visit www.RobinsonElementary.org to join.

Chair a Robinson Committee - Robinson has over 40 committees made up exclusively of volunteers that do everything from fundraising, community service, campus beautification, technology support and much more. Check out pages 22–23 for a complete listing.

Volunteer at Robinson Events - For those parents that can’t commit to committee work but can assist on an as–needed basis, there are many ways to support our school. Throughout the year, the PTSA holds multiple fundraisers that are staffed by parents and friends. We need all levels of support so consider working an event to help the PTSA and to meet new friends. Visit www.RobinsonElementary.org to register as a volunteer.

Work in the Classroom - What better way to get to know your teacher and your child’s classmates than through working in the classroom. Parents have the opportunity to assist the teacher with prep work, as well as work directly with students. Early in the year, your teacher will publish volunteer times and days available to parents. This is a must if it can fit in your schedule!

Stay Informed - Important information is sent out weekly regarding campus activities, upcoming events and classroom happenings. Please read all notices from your Room Parent and the weekly Tuesday Bulletin. Also, visit www.RobinsonElementary.org for PTSA information, the calendar of events, volunteer registration and much more.

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Scrip

What Is Scrip? - Scrip is a gift certificate or gift card that spends just like cash. Scrip sales are the Robinson PTSA’s largest year round fundraiser. Last year, Scrip raised over $30,000 for the PTSA. Supporting the Scrip program requires no extra dollars from your budget. You shop at your favorite retailer in person or on–line, and the retailer passes on the discount directly to the PTSA.

How The Scrip Program Works - Local merchants sell Scrip certificates to Robinson PTSA at a discount. The PTSA then sells Scrip to you at face value. You pay no more to use Scrip than you would cash. Robinson earns the difference between the face value of the Scrip and the discounted price (4 –15%).

What You Can Do To Participate - Buy Scrip! Consider your monthly spending habits and fill in the amount and type of Scrip you want. Attach a check (payable to Robinson PTSA) to your Scrip form and return it to school. Scrip order forms are in the office cubbies and available online at www.RobinsonElementary.org.

Monthly Standing Order (MSO) - Do you shop at the same retailers or grocery stores every month? Sign up for a Scrip MSO! Fill out a green MSO sheet one time only, and pick up the same order every month all year! Extra MSO forms are in the office cubbies, and available online at www.RobinsonElementary.org.

Online Scrip Ordering - Robinson uses the online ordering system ShopWithScrip.com to enter Scrip orders. This site offers you convenience—you can now order Scrip from any internet–connected computer at home, school or office. ‘ShopWithScrip’ has hundreds of different retailers, so the order page organizes products by category.

There are three payment options to choose from: Pay by ACH debit to your bank account, drop off a check in the office or ask us to charge your credit card on file. In order to pay via ACH debit, you will need to enroll in PrestoPay—a link is available from ShopWithScrip.com. However, you can still walk up to the Scrip table and purchase Scrip that we have in stock.

What Is eScrip? - Register your Vons card along with your credit and debit cards at www.eScrip.com and your Ralph’s grocery card at www.Ralphs.com and Robinson receives automatic rebates when you shop at participating merchants like Bristol Farms, Vons, Strand Cleaners and Macy’s. Join www.eScrip.com and log into the website with your username and password. Designate Robinson as your school of choice and help the Robinson PTSA earn money!

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School Rules

All students at Robinson have the right to a positive, warm, and nurturing environment where they can learn and play safely and comfortably. The goal of the Robinson discipline program is to teach each student self–respect, self–discipline, respect for adults and peers, responsibility, and positive social interactions.

Setting the Standard - We encourage all students to SET the STANDARD at all times. This translates into doing your personal best and setting an exemplary model for others. Some of the qualities we encourage for our scholars and our athletes include: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Leadership, Sportsmanship, Kindness & Trustworthiness

Riptide Rewards - All school personnel will make an effort to focus on “catching students being good” and will reward them for their good behavior with Riptide Rewards and lots of praise!

Student Rules - Students are expected to follow these rules before, during, and after school anywhere on the school grounds:

  • Treat others with respect.
  • Follow adult directions.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Keep hands and feet to self.
  • Use playground equipment properly.
  • Clean own lunch/snack area.
  • Walk quietly in hallways and on ramps.
  • Play in supervised area.
  • Use proper manners/etiquette.
  • Dress appropriately.

Riptide Reminders - In order to help remind students to make good choices and respect others, a student may receive a Riptide Reminder. It will be sent home so the parent is aware of the infraction. All Riptide Reminders must be signed by the parent and returned to the classroom teacher the following day.

1st Riptide Reminder Benched for remaining recess
2nd Riptide Reminder Benched for remaining recess and the following recess, parent may be called
3rd Riptide Reminder Benched two recesses and parent/student conference
4th Riptide Reminder Student Study Team Meeting with principal, teacher(s), parent & child

Citations - Citations are issued for more serious offenses such as fighting, disrespectful conduct to an adult, use of profanity, etc., or the accumulation of three Riptide Reminders during the school year. The citation is sent home with the child in a sealed envelope for the parent to sign and discuss with the child. The parent, child and principal (and teacher if needed) are required to have a conference upon the child’s return to school. A telephone conference between the parent and principal is allowable if it becomes difficult to arrange an in–person conference.

Suspensions - In accordance with District Policy and State Law, students engaging in the following actions can be suspended from school:

  • Profanity or vulgarity
  • Fighting, participating in a fight, or threatening to harm another
  • Defiance of authority or willful disobedience
  • Willful damage to property
  • Theft, attempted theft, and receiving stolen property
  • Possession of drugs or weapons (including imitation)
  • Sexual harassment (Grades 4, 5)
  • Acts of hate violence (Grades 4, 5)
  • Threats or intimidation directed against a pupil or group of pupils (Grades 4, 5)

Playground Rules

Remember to ask noon supervisors permission to use the restroom or leave the play area. This includes trips to the office.

Play Structure

  • Use safe practices at all times
  • No pushing or crowding
  • Slide down only on the slide
  • Do not climb up the slide
  • Do not play tag or chasing games on or around the play structure

Bars

  • Students must use two hands at all times
  • No standing or sitting on top of bars
  • Students must wait their turn for the bars by counting to 20

Swings

  • All students must sit on swings facing the 1st Street gate
  • Students must wait their turn for the swing by counting to 20, one count when feet come forward
  • Students waiting for a swing must stay outside the swing area
  • Do not run near the swings, play behind the swings, or push students on swings
  • No standing on swings

Field

  • Children are not to hang from tree limbs, dig holes in the hillside, or slide down the hill
  • No tackle games or play–fight games (i.e. ninja or karate moves)
  • Football is played with the two–touch rule
  • Scooter boards are to be used only on the blacktop area
  • Children do not push each other, they must propel themselves
  • The best technique is one knee on the scooter board and the other leg does the propelling

Hallway Rules

  • Remember to always walk in the hallways
  • Do not run
  • Use quiet voices when walking in the hallways so as not to disrupt other classes, especially during early/late tide time
  • Never bounce playground balls in the hallway

Cafeteria Rules

  • Follow directions of Staff
  • Speak quietly, do not shout
  • Keep hands, feet, and food to yourself
  • Walk at all times
  • Clean up your area after eating
  • Raise your hand to be excused
  • Wait quietly and patiently at your seat until dismissed

Campus Safety

All gates will be locked from 8:15am to 2:45pm. Please respect our instructional environment during those times. Report any loud, distracting, or suspicious behavior immediately to the office. Please keep our campus quiet and our students safe.

Download Safety Flyer

Proper Attire

Students are expected to attend school with general cleanliness, as well as dressed neatly, safely and appropriately for both indoor and outdoor activities.

Shoes -Appropriate shoes are an especially important safety factor during physical education. Sandals and slip–ons are impractical and unsafe for P.E.

Hats - Hats may be worn at school for protection from the sun during outdoor activities. Hats are to be worn with the brim forward and are to be worn by the owner. Hats are NOT to be worn indoors.

Clothing - Clothing should NOT be revealing (bare midriffs, low cut, spaghetti straps, tank tops, etc.) or in poor taste. Clothing must NOT contain words, pictures, etc., that are inappropriate or offensive in any way.

Skates, Skateboards, Scooters, Heelies etc. - School District policy prohibits students from riding or bringing these items to or from school at any time, including after school and weekends (includes “razor” or similar scooters as well as “Wheelies”, “Heelies” or any shoes with inserts). Bicycles, skateboards, and roller blades are not to be ridden in the halls at any time, (evenings and weekends included). Please help us by encouraging your children to follow this policy.

Cell Phones - Students are highly discouraged from having personal cell phones, which are very distracting to the instructional environment. If students need to call home, a phone is available in the office. Cell phones must be turned off during the school day. Parent volunteers, please respect our instructional environment by keeping cell phones off.

Classroom Interruptions - Always use the office to drop off lunches and messages for teachers. Never disturb the individual classrooms or drop things off in backpacks. Leave these items at the office.

Student Use of Telephone - Students may use the telephone in the office on an emergency basis only. Students may not use the telephone to make after school plans. After school plans must be made before school. If you need to get an emergency message to your child after school starts, please call the office.

No Dogs on Campus - Dogs are never allowed to be anywhere on school property, or to be tied/tethered to school property, including fences. Animal Control will issue costly citations for any infraction of the rules. Although we love our canine friends, this policy is important for the safety of the children and the cleanliness of the school.

Birthdays - Invitations to children’s individual parties are NOT to be distributed on school grounds during school hours. Please refrain from discussing parties at school to avoid hurt feelings. DO NOT: send any treats, cookies, doughnuts, cupcakes, balloons, etc. to school for your child’s birthday or any other reason. Many children have food allergies, and/or financial constraints and cannot participate in these activities.

The teachers celebrate children’s birthdays with various activities: singing to them, special seats, special privileges, etc. You may wish to donate a book to the classroom in honor of your child’s birthday instead of bringing treats. This wonderful practice of sharing reading rather than food is highly encouraged.

Lost and Found - Lost and Found items are stored in a bin inside the cafeteria. We will regularly have Lost and Found Roundups where the clothes are displayed in the cafeteria. These roundups will be posted in the Tuesday Bulletin and any items that remain unclaimed will be donated to charity.

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Transportation

Drop–Offs

  • Students may arrive no earlier than 8:05am. (7:55am for AM Kindergartners)
  • Please arrive to school on time each day
  • Please respect drop–off zones. No parking or crossing in the middle of the street or in the white loading zones
  • No parking in the circle area—including kinder drop off
  • No drop–off in the teachers’ parking lot on First Street
  • Always use the crosswalk when walking to school
  • Students should not ride scooters or skateboards to school
  • Be courteous to our neighbors and each other!

Pick–Ups

  • NO PARKING in the drop–off/pick–up white loading zones
  • When picking up at the drop–off/pick–up lane, please pull all the way forward to allow other cars to enter behind you
  • Please be courteous to our school neighbors, and do not park in front of their driveways
  • Carpool if possible

After School Procedures

  • Students are to go home directly after school per Board Policy unless supervised through the After School Program or EDP
  • If students are not picked up within 5–10 minutes after dismissal, they are to report to the office for safety reasons
  • No unsupervised students are allowed at any time, but especially while any class is in session—particularly in the amphitheater or the field
  • Students released early may not linger and play or wait for older siblings to be released
  • Students are never allowed in the tree area in front of school

Riding a Bike to School

  • Third through fifth grade students, with parental permission, may ride bicycles to and from school
  • Students who ride a bike to school must obtain a permission slip from the office
  • All bike riders must wear helmets
  • Bicycles must be parked in bike racks and secured with a lock. The school is not responsible for missing bicycles
  • Remember, NO riding skateboards or scooters to school

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Communication

Back to School Night - Back to School Night is a fall event for all parents. It gives parents the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher, see the classroom, learn what is expected of your child (e.g., homework and supplies) and how you can help meet these expectations at home. Parents have the opportunity to ask general questions. This is not a time to discuss your child’s individual progress. This event is for parents only—please plan ahead for a sitter. Report Cards—Students will receive three report cards during the school year. The purpose of the report card is to inform you of your child’s progress with grade-level district adopted standards. Parent/Teacher Conferences—The annual parent/teacher conferences will be held during the first week of December. Children will attend minimum school days, but conferences are for parents only. Parents are assigned one conference date and time. Prior to this date, the child will be given his/her report card, and the parents or guardians will return with it at the time of the conference. Parents should attend the conference to obtain and discuss information concerning their child’s progress in school.

Open House - Open House will occur in the spring and provides an opportunity for parents to visit Robinson classrooms with their children and enjoy the many products of his/her educational experience at the school.

Tuesday Tide - Each Tuesday look for an email from the Principal containing a .pdf file. The weekly bulletin consists of school information, reminders, upcoming events and a variety of information supplied by the School District, City/Recreation Department, and PTSA. Please take time to review the information coming home via this method. If you are not receiving the Tuesday Bulletin, please see Joni in the office.

If You Have a Concern - If a problem arises concerning your child, please talk it over first with your child’s teacher. It may be necessary to meet as a team with the principal, teacher, and support staff. Please do not let a problem go by without immediately informing the staff.

CST Testing - State testing occurs each year in May for grades 2–5. These assessments help us monitor student growth on required California state standards.

Room Parent Communication/Class Email List - All classroom email lists are to be used for school communication purposes only. These lists are never to be used for personal or business advertising. Thank you for respecting the privacy of our Riptide families!

Robinson Website - Please visit our website at www.RobinsonElementary.org each week for important information. You will find our weekly bulletin, classroom links, an updated calendar, the current lunch menu, an MBUSD link, and much more, all at the click of your finger.

MailChimp - MailChimp is email communication from the Robinson PTSA that provides information and reminders of upcoming events. Emails are sent out sporadically based on the timing and priority of the activity. The emails include links to event documents and related websites. The emails are sent to all email addresses that have been shared with Robinson’s PTSA.

School Messenger Notification Call - School Messenger is a notification service used throughout MBUSD to connect with parents, students and staff through voice, SMS text, email, and social media. You will receive a phone call with important school or emergency information.

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School Visitors

The staff at Robinson welcomes visitors and volunteers. However, it is imperative that all visitors sign in at the office.

Visitor Procedures - Board Policy requires that all visitors follow specific procedures upon entering the campus. These procedures were developed in the best interest of your children to ensure their safety while on campus and the continuity of their educational program. Protecting the classroom learning environment is paramount. Visitors who do not comply with school procedures must be restricted to ensure a positive learning community.

Please make arrangements in advance with the Principal if you wish to visit a class.

Please sign in at the office when you arrive for your visit. You will be asked to wear a special “visitor” badge. At the conclusion of your visit, please return to the office to sign out.

Cell phones must be turned off while volunteering and/or visiting the classroom. Thank you for respecting our learning environment.

Wear appropriate attire for a learning environment.

Younger siblings, not of school age, and students from other schools are not allowed to attend school with Robinson students, or be present while parents are volunteering. Oftentimes younger siblings can be very distracting and become a liability for the school.

TB Test - A current (within the last 4 years) TB test is required to be on–file in the health office for all classroom volunteers.

Confidentiality - We ask all volunteers to respect our precious instructional environments, which includes not interrupting classrooms at the start or end of school, as well as the confidentiality of student classrooms.

Closed Campus - A reminder that our campus is closed to visitors during the school day. Volunteers with scheduled times must sign in at the office before and after scheduled volunteer times. Please respect that parents may not come onto campus at other times, such as during recess and lunch without prior arrangements with the principal. Thank you for helping us keep our campus safe.

All school gates will be locked daily from 8:15am to 2:45pm to insure the safety of our students. Visitors are NOT allowed on the playgrounds or in the hallways during these hours.

Fencing - We have fencing around parts of our campus to protect access to our students. Parents or students should never climb over the fencing to enter campus. Always use the front entrance and check into the office. We are responsible for all activities and people on campus.

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Attendance

Regular Attendance is Critical to Instruction and Learning.

Please remember that attendance at school each and every day is so important for every child. It is impossible to make up the well prepared lessons our teachers present. Monitoring of this attendance is required by California Education Code. Thank you for making every effort to always plan vacations outside of the school year.

If Your Child is Absent - All absences must be reported to the Robinson Office with a reason for the absence. State law requires this information.

  • Internet: To report the absence, go to the school website www.RobinsonElementary.org. Complete the “Absence Note” on the left side of the page under Quick Links. It will come directly to the Robinson Office. Please do this for each day of your child’s absence.
  • Call: You may call the school (310) 318-5120, ext. 3265 to report an absence. We will log this information into our “Call In Log”. Again, a reason for the absence must be indicated.
  • Send a Note: A third way to report your child’s absence is to send a note to the office. Be sure to include your child’s name, date(s) of absence, reason for absence, and your signature.

Let us know if your child has a contagious disease, such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, or strep throat. We will watch for symptoms in other students. A child who is absent due to a fever or vomiting must be fever–free or vomit–free for 24 hours before returning to school.

When Students are Late to School [Tardy] - Tardies are very disruptive to the educational environment. We expect all students to be here on time each day. Thank you for instilling this prompt value with your children. Students who are tardy miss learning time and disrupt the learning of others.

Children must report to the office with a note indicating the reason for being tardy before being admitted to the classroom.

If your child has severe tardies, we will contact you personally.

Three or more tardies greater than 30 minutes constitute truancy.

Attendance Alert - Every time your child is absent, the District loses $35.00. The state funds that we receive for the daily attendance of students will NOT be paid for either excused or unexcused absences. If your child does need to be out of school, please consider providing the Manhattan Beach Unified School District with a voluntary contribution of $35.00 for each day your child is absent.

Picking Up Your Child During School Hours - If you need to pick up your child before the end of the school day:

  • Send a note in the morning with your child stating the time that you wish to pick up your child and the reason for the early release.
  • Meet your child in the school office, not the classroom. Teachers cannot release a student to a parent directly from the classroom.
  • Sign the release clipboard in health office. Your child will meet you in the office to be released.

Please make sure that all persons picking up your child during the school year are listed on your child’s Emergency Card. We will not release a student to anyone except the parent, legal guardian, or a person you have authorized in the Emergency Information entered into Infosnap.

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Nutrition

Good nutrition is a partner to good education.

Students can buy a healthy school lunch or bring their own. A school menu is included in the Tuesday Bulletin that is emailed to parents each month. Additionally it can be found on the Robinson website.

School Lunches - Hot, nutritionally balanced lunches, including a trip to the garden bar for seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as a choice of milk, can be purchased for $3.50. Juice and bottled water are available for $0.50 extra. If your child cannot drink milk, we will replace it with juice for free if we have a written notice from your child’s doctor.

Lunch Tickets - You can deposit money into your child’s school meal account at any time through a web site called MyNutrikids.com. All unused lunch money will still be valid the next year or be sent to MBMS.

Milk - If your child brings his/her lunch, non–fat chocolate/strawberry/white/soy milk, 100% fruit juice and bottled water are available for purchase a la carte for $ 0.50.

Water - Filtered water is available at all times in the Cafeteria.

Free/Reduced Price Meals - Free or reduced price lunches are available to children who qualify under the state guidelines of income/family size. Forms are available in the school office.

Lunches From Home - If you choose to send your child a lunch from home, we encourage nutritious lunches. Students are urged to prepare and bring their own healthy lunches. As a part of our environmental awareness efforts, parents are encouraged to help their children pack their lunches using reusable containers instead of plastic bags, and in lunch pails instead of paper bags. Please do not send soft drinks, non–biodegradable, squeeze–type sweet drinks, or drinks in cans or bottles. Please do not send candy or uncooked ramen noodles. No Fast Food. Parents please do not deliver any fast food lunches to your child at school!

The MBUSD Wellness Policy - The MBUSD Board of Trustees has adopted a Wellness Policy, as required by Federal and State regulations. This policy makes our children less vulnerable to allergies, diabetes, obesity, using food as a reward to themselves, etc. As adults who care about children, we must do all in our power to help children avoid illness, debilitating conditions and unhealthy practices.

Food or candy may NEVER be used as a reward by staff or parents.

Teachers and parents may use non–food rewards for our students.

Only 100% fruit juice bars may be sold at our ice cream sales, unless the sales are held ½ hour after the last students are dismissed from school.

No sweet or fatty foods may be served as part of our Multicultural Feasts, Pioneer Days or other similar events.

At our two PTSA classroom parties per year, only one party item may be of a sugary nature, i.e., one cupcake, one ice cream, etc. Parents and teachers may not add to the party with other sweet or fatty foods.

Food in the Classroom - Curriculum–based lessons that include food items may occur during the year. Prior to the activity, the teacher will notify you to ensure that your child has permission to participate. Please notify your child’s teacher and the school health office if your child has any food allergies.

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Health Procedures

When to keep your child home

  • Vomiting and Diarrhea
  • Fever of 100F or above (measured orally)
  • Severe Cold Symptoms—constant cough, sneezing, or nasal drainage
  • Flu—fever accompanied by body aches and headache
  • Contagious or infectious diseases

This list is not comprehensive. Any time your child is not well it is advised that they stay home for observation. If your child displays these symptoms during the school day, you will be contacted to pick up your sick child.

When your child may return to school

  • Your child may return to school when they have remained FREE of the above symptoms for a 24–hour period.
  • Rashes of unknown origin require a physician’s note indicating the diagnosis and releasing your child to return to school.
  • Infections like Conjunctivitis (pinkeye) or Strep Throat may return to school after 24–hours or more of physician prescribed medication.

Staying Inside for Health Reasons

Children who must stay indoors during any normal out–of–doors period must have the approval of the health assistant, or a signed note from the parent. Students must have a doctor’s note for a physical education program release, or for prolonged periods of indoor confinement.

Taking Medicine at School

If your child is required by the doctor to take prescribed medication or over–the–counter medicines, it is necessary that you follow these steps:

  • Submit a written request that the school give this assistance.
  • Submit a written statement from the doctor with the method (amount, and time schedule for administering) for either the prescription or over–the–counter medication.
  • Label the medicine with the child’s name, dosage, frequency, doctor’s name, and the doctor’s phone number. Medicine must be in the original container.

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In Case Of Emergency

Student Emergencies - If your child becomes ill or is involved in an accident at school, we will contact you using information from the Student Emergency Card. Please notify us of any change in your home address, phone number, work number, or other emergency contact numbers in case we need to contact you quickly in an emergency.

School Emergencies - In the event of an emergency/lock down, students will be dismissed only by the gate near the first grade playground. Students will only be released to persons on the Student Emergency Card with photo identification.

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