Information for Strawberry Point Families

Welcome to Strawberry Point School! We hope that you and your child have a wonderful year.

How do I register my child for school?

You register your child for school at the Mill Valley School District.  For more information check their website.  

What is my child's school schedule?

Kindergarten runs from 8:30 am until 1:40 pm every day. For the first three weeks of school, kindergartners are dismissed at 11:45 am.  Grades 1 - 5 attend from 8:30 am until 2:50 pm, except on Wednesdays when everyone is dismissed at 1:45 pm. For a look at the daily schedule, click here.

Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

In the morning most Kindergarten parents park either in the school parking lot, the Strawberry Recreation Center parking lot across the street or on the street and walk their child to their classroom via the Kindergarten playground. It is very important that if you choose to park on the street that you do not block our neighbors' driveways. The first bell rings at 8:25, and the children line up outside their classroom. The second bell rings at 8:30, and the teacher will open the door and greet the children and final good byes are said. Children may only enter the classroom through the corridor when it is raining. Supervision is available on the playground beginning at 8:00. Kindergarten students may take advantage of drop off and morning supervision as soon as parents and students are comfortable with that.

First through Fifth Grade children are either walked into school as above or do drop-off. For drop off please drive into the school parking lot, pull to the end of the yellow curb and drop your child off without turning off your car engine or getting out of your car. A parent on Traffic Duty will be on-hand to open the car door and help your child out. If you follow these directions drop off is smooth and safe. Please watch the following Traffic Video

After school, Kindergarten children are picked up directly from class by a parent or an approved adult. 

First through Fifth Graders may be picked up from their classroom, or walk to the parking lot or home. If you are more than 10 minutes late, your child will be waiting for you in the school office. If your child is in Kindergarten and enrolled in EDS (Extended Day Services), the EDS staff will pick up your child from their classroom and take them to the EDS classroom on campus. All other grades are responsible for getting to the EDS classroom after regular school dismissal.

What are my options for before and after-school child care?

Marin Day School's Extended Day Services (EDS) provides after-school child care on campus. Please contact EDS at 415-383-6204 for more information. If you would like morning care please contact EDS so they may add your name to make sure this program is in place. The afternoon Kindergarten session is from 1:55 until 3:00pm, and a full afternoon session runs until 6:30pm. In addition, the Mill Valley Parks and Recreation department runs after-school enrichment programs at all Mill Valley elementary schools, including Strawberry. They offer a broad variety of classes and activities, some for all ages and some specifically for the younger kids or older kids. Many parents and kids make great use of these programs. Children can participate in these programs even if they are also enrolled in EDS. The enrichment teachers will pick up Kindergartners from either EDS or their classroom, and either return them to EDS or wait for you to pick your child up. Grade 1-5 students are expected to get to their enrichment class by themselves.

There are four calendar sessions of enrichment classes each year. There is a fee for these programs (and no discount from EDS for missing time if your child is also enrolled there). Sign-ups take place at the Mill Valley Rec. Center. Visit www.millvalleycenter.org or call 415-383-1370.

What do I do about lunch?

Your child has 2 options for lunch: bringing a bag lunch from home, or getting a lunch from Choicelunch, the new hot lunch program. If they bring a lunch from home, it should be made convenient enough for them to open and serve by themselves. Low-waste or no-waste lunches are preferable to having lots of things for them to throw out.

The MVSD-managed hot lunch is a healthy choice lunch program provided by Choicelunch. You can sign up online by using registration code MVSD.

What do I do if my child is sick?

If your child will not be attending school or will arriving late, you should call the school office at 415-380-2490 x 100. If you do not call, the office will call you to inquire about your child. If your child is enrolled at EDS, they should also be notified (415-383-6204).

What about arriving late or leaving early?

If you have an appointment for your child, and you need to arrive late or leave early, please let Ellie know. If you are arriving after school has started, you need to sign your child in at the main office. If you need to get your child before the official end of the school day, let Ellie know and she will make sure that your child is in the office at the correct time, waiting to be picked up. This allows your child to leave the class without disturbing the other students, and you can sign your child out in the office.
 
What if my child has forgotten something important?

Please drop off items to be delivered to your child with Ellie in the office. She will deliver it to your child in a timely and unobtrusive manner.

How do I learn about important announcements and events?

You will receive weekly newsletters from your teacher(s), which tell you what has been happening in the classroom and what events are coming up. Weekly emails are sent out from the school or PTA reminding all families of upcoming events. This is a great source of information about events and other things related to school. You can also check the website for information, resources and stories about what is happening around Strawberry Point School. 

What's the best way to communicate with the teachers?

In Kindergarten, there are clipboards that the teachers leave outside the room each morning and afternoon where you can write notes for the teachers. You can write on these to communicate changes in your child's schedule or pick-up person (or anything else you need to communicate that is not private). You can also leave the teachers a phone message or drop them an email which will be picked up after the teaching day. If it is an emergency, call the school office. In First thru Fifth Grade you can contact your teacher by phone or email to ask questions or arrange a meeting.

For more in-depth communication and with advance notice, the teachers are always available to conference with you about your child's progress. There is a regularly scheduled parent-teacher conference in November and March for parents of Kindergartners, and one conference in November for parents of all children in 1st through 5th grade.

Do adults have to use the kids' bathrooms?

No, there are adults-only bathrooms in the back of the main office.

Where do I find lost articles?

Lost articles will be placed on a rack or in bins inside the Multi Purpose Room (MPR)or weather permitting outside the MPR before and afterschool. The best defense against losing things is to clearly identify them (especially outerwear and lunchboxes). Unclaimed items are donated to charity throughout the year, so check frequently for missing articles.

How can I get involved?

Given the situation of public school funding in our state, it won't surprise you to learn that our school relies heavily on parent volunteers. Classroom volunteering is easy and fun. Teachers rely on help with reading, math, art, driving on field trips, organizing classroom parties, or working on the class garden bed. You can check in with your child's teacher or room parent about these volunteer opportunities in your child's classroom. The PTA also has many volunteer opportunities. Volunteering is a great way to get to know other Strawberry Point families. Many parents remark that volunteering is one of the best things they get to do all year!