Arrival & Dismissal
Grades K-4 - The school doors open at 8:00 a.m. and the school day begins at 8:00 a.m. The lobby outside the Smith Gym will be opened and staffed at 7:45 am for students whose parents need to drop them off earlier. For students arriving by bicycle, racks are located at the Kindergarten entrance. Students arriving (other than by bus) after 8:00 a.m. must report to the Smith Office before proceeding to their classrooms. These students will be marked tardy. Tardy notifications will be sent home to parents if students are late more than three times.
Grades 5-8 - The Lecture Hall behind the Donaldson Auditorium will be open and staffed at 7:45am for students whose parents need to drop them off earlier. Students arriving later than 8:00 must report to the Brooks office before proceeding to their classrooms. Those students will be marked tardy and will be issued a pass to enter the classroom. In the upper grades, tardiness is particularly disruptive and confusing for students. For students in Grades 6-8, repeated tardiness (three or more) will result in detention.
In Grades 6-8, students meet at the beginning and end of the school day with their homeroom teacher. This connecting with students is very important. Classes are departmentalized. An outline of the curriculum for each grade is provided in the Program of Studies for Grades 6-8, which is distributed at an Open House for parents in the fall and is also available through the school office.
Grades K-4 - The regular school day ends at 2:50 p.m. except on Wednesday, when students are dismissed at 12:35 p.m. Wednesdays are half days for the entire school. Students who take the bus will be directed to their buses. Parents picking up students will meet them in the after-school Walkers Room (Smith Gym). For safety reasons, we ask that you let one of the staff members on duty know when you have met up with your child before leaving.
Grades 5-8 Dismissal is at 2:50 p.m., except on Wednesdays, when dismissal is at 12:35. Students who take the bus will be directed to their buses. Students in Grades 5-8 who are not taking a bus home are to be picked up in front of the Donaldson Auditorium entrance. Cars picking up students and departing bicyclists should exit on the Hartwell side of Center Field to avoid the buses loading children in the circle.
Transportation by Car
Transportation by Car: Please note that the school doors open at 8:00 a.m. and school begins at 8:00. The Donaldson Auditorium and the lobby area outside the Smith Gym will be open and staffed at 7:45am for students whose parents need to drop them off before the 8:00 opening. Please note there will be no supervision prior to 7:45am.
Walkers and Bicyclists
For their personal safety, children should be encouraged to walk or bike in groups whenever possible, stay on the paths and crosswalks, and cross with the crossing guard posted on Lincoln Road. By state law, bicyclists must wear safety helmets. Bike racks are located outside the Smith Kindergarten entrance for grades 3 and 4 and the Donaldson Auditorium entrance for Grades 5-8.
Children in Grades K-4 who have a parent’s permission to walk to and from school must check in at the Smith Gym before exiting. Children may begin riding bicycles to school in grade 3 with parent permission. Grade 3 and 4 students riding bicycles must check in at the Smith Gym before exiting.
Children in Grades 5-8 may leave for home as soon as they are dismissed. They exit out Ballfield Road and may not enter the loop where buses are lined up.
Drop-off for Grades K-4: Drivers must follow safety procedures in the Smith parking lot. Parents can drop off their children at 8:00 a.m. at the walkway that leads into the Kindergarten wing, but the children should exit the car on the school side only. Do not remain parked here while your child walks into the school, as it causes a traffic jam. If you need to supervise your child walking in, park in any marked parking space. Please do not use the parking spaces marked for the disabled unless you need them.
Drop-off for Grades 5-8: At 8:00 a.m. students may be dropped off at the Donaldson Auditorium entrance. Students in Grades 5-8 will be dismissed at the end of the day from this same entrance. When you are dropping off students in the morning or picking up students at the end of the day, park in the Brooks Gym lot or around the circle in front of Donaldson Auditorium if spaces are available. Please do not enter the Center Field circular driveway while the buses are loading or unloading (7:50 – 8:30 a.m. and 2:20 – 3:00 p.m.). You may exit directly out on the Hartwell side of Center Field.