Mary Ellen Cunningham Elementary School

 

FAQ

Q. What are the school hours?

A. School hours are as follows: 

3 y.o. PPCD Students

7:30 am to 10:45 am

PK 3 Students 

7:30 am to 11:15 am or 11:30 am  to 3:00 pm

4 y.o. PPCD & Pre-K Students

7:30 am to 2:00 pm

All Other Students

7:45 am to 3:00 pm

Teachers

7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Office

7:15 am to 4:00 pm

 

 

Q. What is the drop off procedure in the morning?
A. School doors open at 7:15am.  Students will go into the cafeteria and sit with their class in the designated area.  Between 7:30 and 7:35, teachers will escort their classes from the cafeteria to the classroom.  Students who arrive after their class has left the cafeteria should proceed directly to their classroom. Staff are available in the hallways to assist or escort any student who needs a little help finding their way.  All students must be in their classrooms when the instructional day begins at 7:45.
 
Q. May I accompany my child to the classroom?
A. No.  We have a designated "hug zone" in the front hallway of the school.  Please say your goodbyes to your student in this area and allow our staff to see your student safely to class.  We appreciate your cooperation with this process as it allows us to maintain a safe learning environment, increase student independence, and start the instructional day on time with minimal distractions.
 
Q. Can I have lunch with my student?
A. Absolutely!  Please check with your child's teacher for the class lunch time.  Please arrive a few minutes early and check-in at the office; a photo ID is required.  You may accompany your child through the lunch line or bring in lunch for a special treat.  Although school lunches are free for all students, an adult lunch is $3.50.
 
Q. What is the procedure at dismissal?
A.  Students who live nearby and walk or bike home will be dismissed directly to do so.  Those in after school programs or who ride a bus will be escorted to their program or transportation.  If you choose to pick up your student, you may park on the street and meet your student's teacher in the designated pick-up area.  You may also wait in the vehicle pick up line in the designated area for your student's class.  If you choose to wait in the vehicle pick up line, please pull all the way forward, remain in your vehicle at all times, and follow the instructions of the staff and safety patrol, who will assist you and bring your student to you.
Second and third grade students are dismissed from the front of the school.  All other students are picked up from the back parking lot, along Buffalo Pass.
If there will be any change in your child's after school transportation, please let your teacher know.
 
 
Q. What if my child is late to school or must leave early?
A. For any student arriving after 7:45 am, or any student who must leave before 3:00 pm, please check in with the office.  Office staff will escort your student to or from class. Students will only be released to individuals who are named on the student's registration form as allowed for pick-up.
 
 
Q. What if my child is absent?
A. It is important that your child attend school every day!  If your student is ill and cannot make it to school today, please call the office at 512-414-2067 before 10:00am. When your child returns to school, please provide a written excuse note and place it in the box in the office. Be sure to follow up with your child's teacher for any missed work!
While attending school every day is important, please keep your child at home if they are ill.  Reasons include:
  • Fever over 100F - Stay home until fever-free without medication for 24 hours.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea - Stay home until 24 hours after ceasing.
  • Irritating, frequent cough
  • Chiken pox - Stay home until blisters have custed over and no new blisters erupt.

 

Q. Help! My child lost an item at school! What can I do?

A.  Please check with your child's teacher to see if the item might be in the classroom.  Otherwise, all found items on campus are kept in our lost-and-found in the front of the school.  Office staff can direct you.  Please note that our lost-and-found fills up quickly.  Volunteers will peridocially organize the lost-and-found, and any items remaining over the winter or summer breaks may be donated or disposed of.

 

Q. What are the school colors? Mascot?

A. We wear Green and Yellow to show our Cobra pride!

 

Q. What is the school song?

A. 

We are the Cunningham Cobras

Oh yes we are!

We will go far

Straight to the stars



We are the Curious Cobras

Oh yes we are!

Cunningham’s the very best!

YES!



We are respectful and responsible

Oh yes we are

Honest and Kind

Safe all the time



We are Cunningham Cobras

Oh yes we are!

Cunningham’s the VERY Best!

Yessssssssss (slithering hand motion like a cobra)