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Summer Letter

July 2023

Dear Parents and Families,
  
       Welcome to our new and returning families! I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying your summer vacation.  We at Baldwin Academy look forward to an exciting and successful year working as partners with you to provide your student(s) with the highest quality education possible. This year’s theme is "Full STEAM ahead!" 
  
 Please take a moment to read the following information, which outlines dates and other information that will help get your child’s school year off to a great start. If you have questions after reviewing this information, please stop in or call the school office at (626) 933-3701.
  
 IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 
  
 THE SCHOOL OFFICE WILL OPEN ON 7/18–Closed on Friday, July 21st and 28th 
 Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 
 Meet Your Teacher– Our Meet and Greet your teacher will take place on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. We are hoping to have this meeting in person this year. This quick meeting meets your teacher and for our students to have a successful first day of school because they will know their teacher and general expectations.
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 First Day of School – Wednesday, August 9, 2023 –MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
  
 ASES - Del Haven After-School Program: If you’d like your child to attend the after-school program, get in touch with Del Haven at 626.917.9789. Remember, spaces are limited.
  
 Attendance: Attendance is critical. Students should be here on time daily. Make sure, if your child is absent, to call the office. Coming to school is vital and we will focus on student attendance from the beginning.  
 
 Data Confirmation: Please log into your Aeries Parent Portal and COMPLETE all data confirmation for your child. By completing this process, you ensure the emergency contact information is updated. Please also complete the meal application. It is very important to have all families complete. The window will open on July 25th.
 
 2023-2024 Classes:  You will see your child's teacher in AERIES after July 25th after you have completed your Data Confirmation.
 
 Uniform Policy/Dress Code: Our uniform colors are navy blue, powder (baby) blue, and white. Please adhere to the district-wide dress code, outlined in the handbook. Students should wear neat and clean clothing and closed-toe shoes. Tuesdays will be college days and students are encouraged to wear Baldwin Gear or uniform the rest of the week. This is going to be another focus area. We are highly encouraging students to come to school in uniform. Please make students are dressed for learning, free from inappropriate logosinappropriate writingholes, etc.
  
Breakfast & Lunch: Breakfast and lunch is FREE for all students every single day. We encourage every family to complete the application. We serve breakfast between 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.
  
Drop Off/Pick Up and Parking Lot Safety: Parking in the parking lot is designated for EMPLOYEES ONLY from 7:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Let’s work together to keep students and staff safe by following all traffic and respecting city crossing guards and our parking lot assistants.
  
 Student Dismissal: Grades TK and Kindergarten classes will need to be picked up from your child’s classrooms, 1st-grade classes will exit through the gates by the TK classes, 2nd-grade classes will go through the cafeteria, and Grades 3-6 through the front gate by the office. If you would like your child to be dismissed through the back gate, please complete the form–your child’s teacher and the office will have a copy of this form.
  
 Parent Square–Parent/School Communication App: We used this app last year. If you have not done so, please DOWNLOAD the app and set your notifications to on. You can choose your preferred language on this app as well. If you have questions, please contact our school office.
 IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DOWNLOAD THIS APP
 

Class times are as follows:
  
 TK, Kindergarten, First, Second & Third Grades:      8:00 a.m. to 1:51 p.m.
 
 Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades:                                 8:00 a.m. to 2:07 p.m.
  
 **This year we will have early release on Thursdays: 
 TK – 3 @ 1:23 and 4th through 6th @ 1:33
  
Our office is open Monday through Thursday between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for the rest of the summer.

The office will be closed Friday, July 21st and July 28th.
  
 We are looking forward to another exceptional year at Baldwin Academy!  
  
Respectfully,
  
 Mrs. Lilia Picado
 Principal
 Baldwin Academy
 Hacienda La Puente Unified School District  

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