News & Events

October Newsletter 2017

Greetings IA Families,

It’s a great day at Imagine Andrews! Please use the link below to access the October newsletter:

October 2017 Newsletter

Best,

H. D. Rice II

Family Handbook 2017-2018

Greetings Imagine Andrews Families,

Please use the link below to access the updated Family Handbook for 2017-2018. Please review this important document. It will give clarity on many school rules and expectations.

Updated Family Handbook 2017-2018

Car Line Procedures 2017-2018

Car Line Procedures

2017-2018

Scholars will be dismissed to their classes at 8:05 AM.  Scholars purchasing school breakfast will need to arrive no later than 8:20 AM. Breakfast will be served daily from 8:00AM-8:20AM. Grades Kindergarten through 4th grade will dismiss at 2:40 PM. Grades 5-8 will dismiss at 3:10 PM.

Parents who have children in both elementary (K-4) and middle school should not pick up their children until the 3:10 p.m. dismissal. Children in grades K-4 who have siblings in middle school will be placed in a supervised classroom until their older sibling is called over the walkie-talkie to be dismissed.  

 

Morning Car Line Procedures

  • At 8:00 a.m. there will be a team of staff members assisting with opening car doors and supporting scholars with moving from the cars to the entrance doors. Parents are not permitted to get out of cars in the line.
  • Please ensure that scholars have their garments, backpacks, materials, instruments and other belongings with them as you approach the car line. There will not be time for parents to stop or get out of the cars. On multiple occasions, we have noticed parents letting scholars out of cars in the parking lot and allowing them to walk through the lot to the entrance. This is extremely dangerous. Please do not let scholars out of the vehicle until you reach the sidewalk to the entrance.
  • The purpose of this process is to create the most effective and safe environment for our families. We ask that you collaborate with us in order to ensure that this procedure is carried out in an effective and diligent manner.

 

After-School Car Line Procedures

  • All independent walkers & bike riders are called on the walkie-talkie first.
  • If you are walking to get your children in grades K-4, please sign the clipboard located outside the exterior doors. Someone will call them on the walkie-talkie.
  • If you are in the car line, please do not get out of your car.
  • Families will receive a color coded card (on the first day/morning) to assist with the after school carline procedure.
  • Have the “I am picking up” sign on your dashboard so that your child’s name can be called over the walkie-talkie.
  • If you are picking up a student in grades 5-8 and arrive early, during the K-4 dismissal, park in the inner circle of the carline (it will be labeled with cones).
  • Keep the exterior front entry way clear. A place will be designated for parents that is off to the side of the entry way, so it is clear and is not a fire hazard.
  • Scholars in grades 5-8 are welcome to be picked up, with your permission, at the building facilities next door to us.
  • Please do not drop-off and pick-up your child on San Antonio Blvd.
  • Please adhere to the speed limit. Security Forces will issue you a citation. If you receive two citations, you may be suspended for a minimum of 30 days from driving on AAFB.

Class Lists and Blog Links for 2017-2018

Kindergarten Class Lists:

http://imagineandrewsteam1.blogspot.com/

 

First Grade Class Lists:

https://firstgrade17-18.blogspot.com/

 

Second Grade Class Lists:

http://iasecondgrade.edublogs.org

 

Third Grade Class Lists:

http://3rdgradeeaglesnest.blogspot.com/

 

Fourth Grade Class Lists:

http://iapcs4thgrade.blogspot.com/

 

Fifth & Sixth Grade Class Lists:

http://connellyscience.blogspot.com/

 

Middle School Class Lists:

http://iamiddleschoolrela.blogspot.com

 

Reminders: Open House for New Families

Open House for New Families: Thursday, August 31, 2017 (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

Open House for New Families is a time for new families to visit/tour the school, meet staff members and the principal. The building will be available to visit from 5:30-7:30. We look forward to meeting our incoming families.

Uniform Policy & Friday Shirt Options

In order to create a consistent and safe environment that is free of distractions, Imagine Andrews Public Charter School has instituted a uniform dress code for all students. We believe that a higher standard of dress encourages greater respect for individuals, students and others, and results in a higher standard of behavior. In other words, students who come to school dressed properly will excel academically and conduct themselves appropriately while at school.

This belief is supported by research into the benefits of uniforms, though conventional wisdom suggests that mandatory uniform policies benefit students on specific behavioral issues (attendance and self control) and academic outcomes. Uniform policies also affect school environments and student outcomes by providing a visible and public symbol of commitment to school improvement and reform.

Moreover, Imagine Andrews is a National model for innovation in public education. Thus, “excellence in all we do” must permeate everything at Imagine Andrews, including how we dress. Parents are also to be reminded that our “high profile” nature, coupled with our proximity to Washington, DC, makes us easily accessible to some of the Nation’s most highly regarded leaders and other people of great prominence. With that said, the Uniform and Dress Code Policy was crafted in an effort to ensure that we “look the part” and represent our school community, Imagine Schools, Prince George’s County Public Schools, and Joint Base Andrews with pride and with excellence.

The Imagine Andrews uniform consists of:

MALES

SHIRTS
Short or long sleeve white oxford style shirt, pressed, free of stains and buttoned all the way up. Shirts should be completely tucked into student’s pants. Plain Solid, white undershirts that are free of logos are required and are to be worn underneath the oxford shirt.

SWEATERS
Red cardigan sweater (optional)Red V neck sweater (optional)

TIE
Ties will be required for male students in grades 1st – 7th; male students can wear neckties**Ties should be clean and free of stains. When wearing the Imagine Andrews V-neck sweater, the neck tie should be tucked inside of the sweater.

PANTS
Khaki pants or shorts (pleated or flat front) should be well-pressed and worn on student’s waists. Cargo pants are not permitted.

BELTS
Belts must be solid khaki or solid black ONLY.  Belts must be worn if there are belt loops on the pants.

SHOES/SOCKS
Shoes – Uninterrupted black sneakers are required; sneakers should be solid black, have black shoelaces, and soft soles.  Students are not permitted to have open toe shoes, sandals, or flip flops.

Socks – Students are required to wear plain black or white cotton socks; student socks should be free of any other colors and logos.

FEMALES

SHIRTS

Short or long sleeve white oxford style shirt, pressed, free of stains, and buttoned all the way up. Shirts should be completely tucked into student’s pants/scooters.  Plain Solid, white undershirts that are free of logos are required and are to be worn underneath the oxford shirt.

SWEATERS
Red cardigan sweater (optional)Red V neck sweater (optional)

TIE
Ties will be required for females in grades 1st – 7th; female students can wear crossbow or neck ties.Ties should be clean and free of stains. When wearing the Imagine Andrews V-neck sweater, the necktie should be tucked inside of the sweater

PANTS/SCOOTERS
Khaki pants or shorts (pleated or flat front) should be well pressed and worn on student’s waist. Cargo pants are not permitted.  Khaki color scooters can be worn by female students; scooters must minimally reach the student’s knee caps.

BELTS
Belts must be solid khaki or solid black ONLY. Belts must be worn if there are belt loops on the pants.

SHOES/SOCKS/TIGHTS
Shoes – Uninterrupted black sneakers are required; sneakers should be solid black, have black shoe laces, and soft soles.  Students are not permitted to have open toe shoes, sandals, or flip flops.

Socks – Students are required to wear plain black or white cotton socks; student socks should be free of any other colors and logos.

TIGHTS
Female students have the option of wearing tights w/ their scooters. Tights must be solid white and free of holes and designs.

Ties are required for students in grades 1st-7th, and optional for students in kindergarten. Red sweaters are an optional accessory. Students have a choice between the vest and the cardigan, and boys and girls can wear either of the two. However, they must be purchased from our vendor to ensure they bear an official Imagine Andrews logo.

All required uniform items — shirts, ties, and sweaters/cardigans — must be purchased from our vendor, Flynn O’Hara Uniforms.  Click here to order.

Khaki pants, skirts/scooters, and shoes may be purchased elsewhere. Parents may choose when students wear short- or long-sleeve shirts, and shorts or long pants. Scooters/skirts may also be worn at the parents’ discretion.

[Note: Scooters are skirts with “built-in” shorts. They differ from skorts because they have a “full skirt” look. We recommend that female students wear scooters for added privacy. However, parents may use their discretion as long as the child’s skirt is khaki- colored and meets the length requirement (must reach the top of the student’s knee caps)].

All parents must understand and agree with the dress code prior to the opening of school. Students are expected to be in their school uniforms on the first day of school. The complete school uniform policy can be found in the Parent Handbook.

During the 2017-2018 school year, scholars will wear the desiganted shirt & tie everyday. The first Friday of every month will be “College & Career/Armed Forces) the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Friday will consist of  polos, college/career, armed forces, spirit wear and middle school house shirts. May 1st until the end of the year will be polo optional.

Grades K-6 will wear blue polos only

Grades 7-8 will wear red polos only

Background Checks & Fingerprinting for 2017-2018

Greetings Imagine Andrews Families,

It’s a great day at Imagine Andrews! The safety of our scholars is our top priority.  We certainly enjoy having you volunteer at our school and joining us on exciting field trips; however, any adult that would like to volunteer MUST complete a criminal history check through Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).  Below is a brief description of the different types of background checks that are conducted coupled with contact information for the fingerprinting office.  Thank you for your continued support!

COMMERCIAL –BASED STATE CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS:

Commercial background checks completed through PGCPS involve a comprehensive court records search throughout the State of Maryland, based on written information provided by the applicant. No fingerprints are taken.

FINGERPRINT-BASED NATIONAL and STATE CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS:

Pursuant to Federal and Maryland law, PGCPS conducts a national and state fingerprint background check on all individuals who will have direct contact with children under the supervision of PGCPS. The process must be completed through PGCPS and involve a full fingerprint supported criminal records check through the CJIS (Criminal Justice Information System), a State of Maryland legal database. Criminal background results are usually received by PGCPS from the State of Maryland and FBI within seven working days. Employees and volunteers only need to undergo the full fingerprint background check one time, subject to the exceptions provided in Section IV. of this Procedure.

 

VOLUNTEERS:

  1. All volunteers – such as mentors, interns, tutors, chaperones, and volunteers working in concession stands and at gate receipts at athletic events – must undergo a fingerprint background check 14 days in advance of the day field trip, overnight trip or activity on or off school property.
  2. Any parent/guardian who needs assistance covering the cost of a fingerprint background check, and whose child(ren) qualify for free and reduced priced meals, may request waiver of the background check fee by providing a copy of their eligibility letter from the PGCPS Department of Food and Nutrition Services.
Contact Information Background Check Information
Hours of Operation
8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Monday – Friday
Sasscer Administration Building
14201 School Lane, Room 128
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772 

Telephone: 301.952.7831
hr.backgroundunit@pgcps.org

  • Cost of Fingerprint Background Check $56.57
  • Cost of Commercial Background Check $7.00 (not applicable for field trips)
  • Cost of Online Commercial Background Check $7.26 (not applicable for field trips)

Base Access for Families 2017-2018

Greetings Imagine Andrews Families,

It’s a great day at Imagine Andrews! Several families have reached out with questions regarding base access for the 2017-2018 school year. In the Spring, a grey base access form was sent home to families. Parents/Guardians were to complete the form and send it back to the main office. If you returned the form, your base access information is at the visitor’s center in the Imagine Andrews Base Access Binder. Please ask someone in the visitor’s center to look for your name in that binder. They will give you base access.

If you do not recall receiving or completing that document, please see the attached form, complete it, scan it and send it to cathy.hall@pgcps.org. Once your base access forms are completed and submitted to Ms. Hall, your access should be ready the next day.  If you have any further questions regarding base access, please reach out to Ms. Hall. Be sure to bring your driver’s license, up to date proof of insurance and registration of the vehicle.

It would be best if you obtain what you need to access the base before the first day of school. Ms. Hall will be there on the first day to greet families in the morning. That process tends to be hectic and lengthy when people wait until that day. I strongly encourage families to take care of the base access issue in advanced to avoid late arrival to class on the first day of school.

I look forward to seeing all of you on the first day of school. The big day is almost here! Enjoy the last days. Before we know it, school will no longer be out for summer!

 

H. Douglas Rice II, Principal

Imagine Andrews Public Charter School

 

base access form 2017-2018