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No matter if you are new to Cleveland or have been here for while sometimes it’s tough to keep up with all the stuff going on here. Here are a few must-know items. Something missing from this list? E-mail Michaela at michimarx@yahoo.com.

  • Assemblies – The music teacher, Regina Bell, coordinates assemblies.  They start at 8 a.m. most Fridays in the Gym.  Parents and families are encouraged  and welcome to attend. If just dropping your student off, please do so at the gym on Fridays.
  • Back to School Night – This is an exciting night for all Cleveland Cubs!  Come tour the building and meet your new teacher and classmates!
  • Bell Schedule –
    • 7:40am – Morning Bell (students report to classrooms)
    • 7:50am – Tardy Bell (report to office before going to class)
    • 10:30am – Morning Pre-K Dismissal
    • 12:10pm – Afternoon Pre-K Begins
    • 2:50pm – Afternoon Dismissal
  • Bingo Night – Bring the family for an exciting evening of Bingo.  There is typically a dinner option, lots of bingo calling and even classroom raffle baskets.
  • Birthdays (Teacher’s) – When is your student’s teacher’s birthday?  You can find them all on the Cleveland Calendar on the main page of the website. Make him/her feel extra special that day!
  • Birthdays (Student’s) – Check with your student’s teacher on his/her policy on classroom birthday celebrations.
  • Book Fair – There are two Scholastic book fairs at Cleveland, one in the fall and the other in the spring.  They are scheduled to coincide with Parent/Teacher Conferences.
  • Box Tops – Please collect Box Tops for Cleveland Elementary.  This raises money for the school – recently PTA bought a new copy machine for the teachers! Have family and friends save as well.  There is a classroom competition each semester and PTA sponsors the prize. Send Box Tops to school in a baggie with your student’s teacher’s name on the baggie or form.  It’s extra helpful to attach them to the forms.
  • Curriculum Nights – Each grade will have a designated curriculum night during the first few weeks of school.  This is a time for parents to hear about grade-specific curriculum, expectations and classroom procedures.  Parents can also meet the other teachers for that grade.  Mr. Bell attends and is available to answer questions.  These are very important and informative meetings.
  • Family Dance – 5th grade sets the theme and date, usually in the spring.  All Cleveland Cubs and his/her parents are invited to attend (in costume, of course). Siblings who do not attend Cleveland are not invited to this event for safety purposes.  Thank you for abiding. Crazy DJ Lisa always puts on a fantastic show!  You won’t want to miss this!
  • Family Fun Night – Usually right after school starts. A fun night for the entire family, complete with dinner options, games, and more!  You’ll definitely want to attend!
  • Jog-A-Thon – Typically in September. The day begins with the youngest grades first. This is PTA’s main fundraiser for the year.  Each child is asked to participate in the event and in fundraising.  It’s a fun-filled day with a DJ, healthy snacks and lots of laughing!
  • Lunch – You are encouraged to have lunch with your student whenever possible in the cafeteria.  Refer to the lunch schedule below for the appropriate time:
    • Kindergarten: 10:45-11:05
    • 1st Grade: 11:10-11:30
    • 2nd Grade: 11:35-11:55
    • 3rd Grade: 12:00-12:20
    • 4th Grade: 12:25-12:45
    • 5th Grade:  12:50-1:10
  • Library – Each class visits the library once a week (the same day every week). Your student’s homeroom teacher can tell you the class’s assigned day.
  • Music/PE Days – These two classes are at the same time and alternate days.  For example, a class might have PE on M, W & F one week so the next week PE will be on T&TH.  On PE days, please dress your student appropriately (cartwheel shorts under skirts/dresses, closed-toe shoes for running, etc.).
  • OU Men’s Gymnastics –  The Men’s Gymnastics team volunteers at Cleveland Elementary each and every week. These guys are amazing and give so much to our students!
  • Pop Tabs – Please collect pop tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. Send to school in a baggie with your student to donate.
  • Popcorn Fridays – PTA provides all Cleveland Cubs with popcorn each Friday following their designated lunchtime. What a treat!
  • Restaurant Nights – Be sure to mark your calendar for our Restaurant Nights that are scheduled.  Make dinner easy those evenings and help out the PTA at the same time.  Mention Cleveland PTA and the restaurants will donate a portion to the school!
  • School Check-In – Parents and/or visitors should always check-in with Ms. Mary in the front office for a name tag, even on school party days.
  • School Supplies (Non-Homeroom Teachers) – There are many teachers in the school who are not homeroom teachers (music, library, PE, reading, etc.) and in turn do not receive supplies from students for their classrooms.  If you are able, check with them to see if you can help provide basic supplies that might be needed (Kleenex, Clorox wipes, etc.).
  • School Supplies (Restocking) – Throughout the year, ask your Student’s teacher if any additional supplies are needed for the classroom.  Certain supplies may run low depending on the season (Kleenex) or study units.
  • Target RedCard, Homeland Card & Amazon Smile – If your household has a Target RedCard, a Homeland Card or Amazon Smile membership, please link those cards to Cleveland Elementary.  The stores will in turn, donate a percentage to the school!  Every little bit helps!
  • Teacher Appreciation – PTA sponsors monthly Teacher Appreciation meals or treats to pamper our amazing teachers.  There is a monthly email sent out to all PTA members asking for donations.  Please consider helping show our teachers how much we love them!
  • Teacher Notebook – There is a “my favorite things” notebook in the Teacher’s Workroom, organized by grade and teacher.  Each teacher has filled out a form, revealing his/her favorite things.  It’s a great resource for gift ideas!
  • Thursday Folders – A Cleveland folder is sent home every Thursday with every student.  It will contain announcements and flyers from teachers, the school and the community.  Please empty the folder, sign the back and return it to school with your student the following day.
  • Yearbook pictures (unofficial) – Throughout the year, please submit pictures via text or email to the yearbook committee.  Be sure to identify the activity and grade that is pictured. Also, don’t forget to order your yearbook!!
  • 5th Grade Fundraiser – 5th grade sells Icee Pops on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the cafeteria after lunch.  The cost is $1 each.  Start saving those quarters!
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