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We hope the information provided below is useful for Kettering parents. If you have a question or information you would like included, please email info@ketteringpta.org.



SCHOOL SCHEDULE - 2013/14

Transitional Kindergarten: 8:00 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. ~ Lunch from 11:30-11:50

Kindergarten 1: 8:00 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. ~ Lunch from 11:00-11:30

Kindergarten 2: 10:15 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. ~ Lunch from 11:00-11:30

Thursday Prep Schedule and Minimum Day Schedule - Kindergarten
All Kindergarten classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and dismissal is at 11:50 p.m. 

Grades 1-3:  8:00 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. ~ Lunch from 11:30-12:15
Thursday Prep Schedule dismissal is 1:30 p.m.

Grades 4-5:  8:00 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. ~Lunch 11:22-12:00
Thursday Prep Schedule dismissal is 1:30 p.m. 

Thursday Prep Schedule - Grades 1-5

Grades 1-5 dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

District Minimum Day Schedule - Grades 1-5

SDC Kindergarten dismissed at 11:20 a.m.

Kindergarten 1 & 2 dismissed at 11:50 a.m.

Grades 1-5 dismissed at 1:00 p.m.

Playground Supervision  * Grades 1-5 only * 7:30 -8:00 a.m. and 2:o5 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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ATTENDANCE
With very few exceptions, the only necessary absence from school is due to illness. The state apportions money to the school district for each child's daily attendance and those days of absence due to illness, provided the illness is verified by the parent. Please send a note or call the school on the missed school day if your child is absent.Children returning after a contagious disease will need to be readmitted through the office.
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CHECKING YOUR CHILD OUT EARLY
If you need to take your child out of school during the school day, please come to the office and we will send for your child. Teachers are not permitted to release children from the classroom without office approval. This LBUSD policy has been adopted for your child's safety and to protect him/her from being taken from school by anyone not on the emergency cards.If you need to send someone who is not on the enrollment/emergency card to pick up your child during the day, please send a note or call the school office.
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BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
Breakfast starts at school at 7:40 a.m. Breakfast price is $1.25. Any student may participate in the breakfast program.
During the lunch period children may do one of the following:

1. Go home for lunch, if they bring a note giving parent permission.
2. Eat in the cafeteria. (Tray lunches are $1.75, milk is $.50 and juice is $.25)
3. Bring a sack lunch to eat on the lunch benches (1/2 pint of milk may be purchased for $.50, juice $.25).

Every student has a cafeteria account number. Students can bring in money that will be "deposited" into their account by the cafeteria staff. Staff will let students know when their account is low. Lunch is free to pupils who meet the federal regulations. Ask for a lunch application from the office if you think your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch. Note: Even though your child received a free or reduced lunch during the last school year, it is necessary to submit a new application for verifying eligibility.

Click here to view LBUSD elemetary school menu. 


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UNIFORM DRESS CODE
The dress of students at Kettering reflects an attitude of self respect and a commitment to the hard work of learning.

  • Navy blue pants, shorts or skirts are to be worn.
  • White shirts or blouses with a collar must be worn. White and red polo shirts and Kettering event (e.g. Jog-a-thon, carnival) T-shirts may be worn. Tops must be tucked in. Please see the guideline for parents booklet.<
  • Shoes must be closed toe. All other district Dress Code regulations are in effect for all students.
  • Solid color hats, caps and visors are allowed. Kettering logo (only) on hats allowed.
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PLAYGROUND SUPERVISION AND REGULATIONS
The playground is supervised starting at 7:30 a.m. You are requested to help your child plan his/her departure each morning so that he/she will not arrive before 7:30 a.m. Because of safety reasons, children will not be allowed on the playground until 7:30 a.m. The playground is supervised every afternoon from 2 until 3:30 p.m. Please be reminded that we do not provide supervision after school for kindergarten students.
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BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT AND OPEN HOUSE
Back to School night is held the first month of school. Your child's teacher will go over classroom curriculum and expectations for the school year. Open House is held in the spring. This is an opportunity for your child to show you the projects he/she has done throughout the year.
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VOLUNTEERING IN THE CLASSROOM
Your child's teacher should discuss classroom volunteer opportunities at Back to school night. You can also inquire about other volunteer opportunities in the school office. All Volunteers must be TB tested and fill out an official VIP (Volunteers in Public Schools). These are available in the school office or on the LBUSD website (click here).
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JOINING THE PTA
Our Kettering PTA raises funds to provide support at Kettering for our Technology Lab, our Library, Meet The Masters, Red Ribbon Week, Authors Festival, Science Fair, Classroom Enrichment and much more. We play an important role in maintaining our Classical School program which includes high standards for all students with three enrichment strands: The Arts (Visual and Performing), Physical Education and Science. PTA membership is one of our primary ways of supporting these programs. You can join online or download a membership form and bring your check to the school office. Click here for more information about PTA meetings and membership.
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POCKET KNIVES, TOYS, ETC.
Pupils are to leave all toys, games, play equipment, etc. at home. Bringing knives or any instrument capable of causing bodily harm is contrary to district and state regulations and can result in suspension, transfer or expulsion.
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MARK POSSESSIONS/LOST AND FOUND
Please label clearly all lunch pails, sacks, sweaters, jackets, purses, wallets, etc. with your child's name. Many articles of clothing yearly remain unclaimed from our lost and found. The lost and found rack is located in the school cafeteria.
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STREET CROSSINGS & PARKING
Please consult the safe route map and encourage your child to follow those directions and urge him/her to cross only at intersections. There is NO CROSSING GUARD. Parents must exercise great care when picking up children at school by automobile. Remember that double parking is illegal and unsafe. Please do not jeopardize children's lives by asking them to step between parked cars or to cross streets other than at corners. Do not park in our neighbors driveways. We have many complaints from our neighbors about blocking driveways and speeding on Silvera.

There are designated 20 minute, 2 hour, and no parking zones around Kettering. Be sure to check the street signs. There is also a street sweeping closure opposite the school on Silvera from noon to 4pm on Fridays. Parking enforcement is at a maximum during the opening weeks of school, Tires are first marked with white chalk, then either 2 hours or 20 minutes later (depending on area) tickets are given if the car has not moved. Parents have seen marking and ticketing happen up to 4 separate times each day, with the first marking normally occurring shortly after 9:00 a.m.
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TELEPHONES
Students may use school telephones only for emergencies. Please make arrangements with your child each morning for after school activities, transportation, etc. Cell phones must be turned off during the school day.
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RAINY DAYS
Supervision will be provided in the classroom for children eating on the lunch benches. Children eating in the cafeteria will go to their rooms after eating. Quiet activities will be provided. If it is raining, pupils will be permitted to enter their classrooms at 7:40 a.m.
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REPORT CARDS
Report cards are issued in grades 1 - 5 three times during the year on a staggered schedule and information concerning progress reports and parent conferences is sent home prior to issuance of these reports.
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CONFERENCES
Parent teacher conferences for all grades except Kindergarten will be scheduled in November. If additional conferences are desired, please call or send a note to the teacher so she can arrange the conference at the end of the school day.

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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLAN
Kettering Elementary School has a Disaster Preparedness plan in place. This plan is in line with the Long Beach Unified School District plan. The plan is reviewed with the total Kettering Staff on an ongoing basis.

The emergency radio is checked monthly. We all are hopeful that it will not be necessary to put this plan in affect. However, if an emergency should occur in the schools in the Long Beach Unified School District are some of the safest places to be.
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CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
We know that you will work with us in building pride in our school community by encouraging your child to show respect for school property. Vandalism hurts all of us. Dollars spent to repair damage caused by vandalism mean less dollars available for instruction.

If you live near the school, we would appreciate your help in reporting any vandalism to the school. The LBUSD 24-hour security number is: (562) 437-0651.

Parents are held financially responsible by law for the acts of their children which result in damage to school property including equipment, books, materials, desks and the building.

Please remind your child of the importance of showing respect for our school environment by making sure that litter is placed in our trash receptacles.
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MOVING AWAY
Please send a note to the teacher giving the exact date when the pupil will leave and the new address and school--if you know it. A transfer slip will then be given to your child to present to the new school. If the teacher knows ahead of time, the office can have the transfer ready when the child leaves.
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MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
Please be advised that we are forbidden by law to assist students with taking any medication unless we receive written information from the doctor and the parent. Medication forms are available in the school office.
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Charles F Kettering Elementary School
550 Silvera Ave
Long Beach, CA  90803
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