Helpful Back to School Tips and News

Aarrrrgh you ready for Back to School season, Pirate families? The following post contains important information for your student, communicating with the school and ensuring a successful year. This information was shared with families in the Back to School News blue information sheet passed out at Meet the Teacher.

Join the PTO

Have you joined the Pirate PTO yet? Click here to complete your membership info now. 

School Hours

Grades K-5 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Front Doors open 7:20 am
Breakfast Hours 7:20 am - 7:55 am
Students enter class 7:45 am (students not in class will be marked tardy after 8:00 am)
Morning Announcements 7:55 am
Class Begins 8:00 am


Should it be necessary for your child to miss a day of school, you must send a written and signed note stating the reason for the child's absence within 3 days of the absence, including the following info: 

  • Legal First & Last Name
  • Grade
  • Specific date of absences
  • Specific reason student was absent
  • Parent signature

If a doctor's not is submitted, please make sure it covers all days of the absence. If not, please send an accompanying parent note with the above-listed information. For questions email [email protected].

Visitors & Safety

ALL visitors must check in with a valid Driver's License and receive a Visitor Tag from the front office before entering the building. The visitor tag must be worn the entire time visitors are in the building. Classroom visits will be permitted with the principal's and teacher's prior approval. 

Teacher conferences will need to be scheduled during the teacher's conference time. 

Change in Transportation, Early Pickup & Change in Pickup Adult

If a change in transportation needs to be made, please send a written and signed note explaining how you want your child to go home. Only in an emergency situation will the school accept an email to [email protected]no later than 2:00 pm. This email must contain a copy of your photo id, your student's legal first and last name, the original way they go home and how you want them to go home that day. 


Parents who must pick up their child early for an after school doctor's appointment, etc., should do so by 2:45 pm. 

If someone other than the parent is to pick up your child, the person's name must be listed in Skyward as family member or an emergency contact or designated on the emergency form. The person designated to pick up your child must be prepared to show appropriate identification to school officials. 

Classroom Communication, School Email & Tuesday Folders

Tuesday has been as the day that all student work, office memos, campus and district level information, and other important messages will be sent home. Please check and read over the material and sign and return all necessary items to school. 

Make sure that you have signed up for three forms of communication to be in-the-know: (1) subscribe to the weekly Pomona eNews email, (2) join the Pirate PTO, and (3) subscribe to your students' teachers' Class Dojo accounts.  Additionally, many teachers also have Google classroom environments set up for parents to join as well.

Student Birthdays

Your child may bring in store bought birthday treats for the class to celebrate their birthday (or half-birthdays* for summer babies). Teachers appreciate it when parents end in treats that are single servings (cupcakes, cookies, donuts, etc. . . ) because they are easier to distribute. Birthday treats will be distributed at lunch, recess or the end of the day. Party favors, balloons, flowers, stuffed animals, and other birthday gifts are not allowed.

Birthday party invitations may be sent home from school as long as every student in the classroom (or every boy/every girl) is receiving an invitation. 

*Half Birthdays work like this: June celebrates in December, July celebrates in January, and August celebrates in February.

Cafeteria Information and Procedures

Breakfast is $1.25; Lunch is $2.25

Meals may be paid for using cash or checks at the cafeteria registers or online with a credit card by visiting Each child will receive a pin number for their lunch account. 

Due to limited seating, visitors are limited to 2 guests per student and will be scheduled by specific grade levels per week. More info to come. 

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