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FAQ

(FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)



Q. How do I send in lunch and classroom snack?
A. Lunch and classroom snack should be sent in two separate bags. They can be placed in either lunch boxes or brown paper bags. Many children bring a lunch box for lunch and a throw-away brown bag for snack. Both should be labeled with your child's name.

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Q. What time is classroom snack?
A. Grades K-2 have snack in the afternoon, toward the latter part of the day. Grades 3-5 have snack in the morning before lunch.

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Q. What time is lunch?
A. Lunch is staggered by grade. Check with your classroom teacher for specific times. They are given 25 minutes to eat.

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Q. What are the lunch options?
A. Syosset elementary schools do not have cafeterias. You can send lunch for your child every day, or you can purchase district lunch.

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Q. My child has allergies, what do I do?
A. A current medical form should be on file with the school nurse. You should stop by or call Mrs. Strauss, the school nurse, to discuss the specifics of your child. Any child who brings peanut butter for lunch sits at a separate table so the children with peanut allergies shouldn't have direct contact during lunchtime. You should also alert the classroom teacher of your child's needs as snacks are given in the classroom for various celebrations. Depending on the situation, the classroom teacher can let you know when these events are happening so you can send in a special snack for your child.

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Q. How do I send something to the PTA Mailbox?
A. Just send an envelope in your child's backpack clearly labeled PTA Mailbox. The teachers will see that it gets there that same day.

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Q. When are the PTA meetings?
A. The monthly PTA meeting dates are planned for the entire year. See your Syosset District calendar, which was sent home in August, and note the dates. They are usually during the first week of each month, on a weeknight, at 8 pm. They generally last for one hour. You can also reference the Baylis PTA website for a list of dates.

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Q. How do I get involved in the PTA?
A. Volunteer for a committee!!! Fill out a PTA Committee Form in the beginning of the year or check the Baylis PTA website. Throughout the year, committees may ask for volunteers to help with an event. Be proactive and call a committee chairperson directly. The Baylis Directory has a complete list of all committee chairs..

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Q. What if my child misses the bus in the morning? How do I drop him off at school?
A. If you are dropping your child off before the start of the school day (9:15) just park in the lot along Woodbury Road (not in the circle) and walk them up to the front door. If you drop off your child after 9:15, you must sign your child in at the main lobby. Please keep in mind that cars are never allowed in the circle before 9:30 in the morning or after 3:00 in the afternoon.

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Q. What if the bus doesn't come in the morning?
A. Do not call the school. Call the transportation company, Huntington Coach, directly at 631-271-8995. They can tell you what is happening with the bus. You can then choose to wait or drive your child to school yourself.

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Q. Do I need to notify the school if my child is sick and won't be coming to school?
A. Yes, you must call the school in the morning to report your child's absence. Call 364-5798.

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Q. What if I need to pick up my child early from school?
A. Send in a note to the teacher stating the time your child will be picked up and by whom. At the stated time, come to the main lobby and your child will be paged to come meet you. You must sign your child out. The latest time you can request for early pickup is 2:45 pm. After that time, your child should be picked up as a walker at 3:15.

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Q. What does it mean to be a" walker" and how does that work?
A. A walker is a child who stays at school for the entire day but does not go home on the bus. If you need to pick your child up as a walker, send in a note to the teacher (you can use the PTA "Notes to School" pad for this, too). The walkers are all released at 3:15 through the double doors to the far left of the front door of the school by the parking lot. (These are the All-Purpose Room doors.) Parents should park their car and stand outside the door to meet their child.

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Q. Who supervises dismissal at the walker door and what security provisions are in place to ensure safe pick-ups?
A. Baylis Staff members are responsible to take the walkers outside. If after a certain amount of time, a student isn't picked up, the teacher takes the child to the front office to call home. Someone waits with the child until they are picked from the main lobby.

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Q. What if I'm not home when the bus arrives in the afternoon?
A. Kindergarteners must be released to an adult. If you are not home to take your child off the bus, the bus driver will finish the route and come back to your house as the last stop. If you are still not there, your child will be taken back to Baylis and you or your emergency contacts will be called and asked to pick your child up.

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Q. Why is there a bus from the Mid Island Y at Baylis every day?
A. The Mid Island Y will pick up children from Baylis and bring them to the Y for a variety of after school programs. Contact the Y directly for more information.

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Q. Give me all the situations that require a note to the teacher.
A. Early pickup, going home as a walker, going home with another child on a different bus, going home with another child on the same bus, returning to school after illness. For all other situations... when in doubt, send a note!

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Q. What's the best way to communicate with my child's teacher?
A. For routine issues, send in a note to your child's teacher via the Home Folder. It is best to place the note on top of the homework in the folder so that it is easily seen by the teacher. For more important issues, place a phone call to your child's teacher either before school, during a special or after school.

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Q. How do I get in touch with other parents?
A. The Baylis Directory ("The Red Book") lists by class each child's name, address, phone #, bus # and parents' names. It is put together and paid for by the PTA and will be sent home in your child's backpack sometime during the fall. It is an indispensable tool. You may want to buy additional copies to keep in your car or office. There are miniature copies for sale as well if you want to carry one with you.

You may receive a class list at the beginning of the year from your child's teacher. However, teachers are not permitted to list phone numbers on the class list. If you want to contact another parent before you have your directory, send in a note and ask your child's teacher to place it in the other child's folder to be sent home.


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Q. What is the Syosset Recreation Program?
A. During the winter months the Syosset Rec. Program offers art classes and sports classes after school. The classes run for 10 weeks during January, February and March and are held at Baylis from 3:15 to 5:00 pm. The children are split by grade (K-2 and 3-5). Information regarding registration will come home in your child's backpack.

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Q. What is the Invention Convention/Science Fair? Can the younger children participate?
A. The Invention Convention/Science Fair is open to children in all grades. They can choose to either invent something or conduct a science experiment with something that interests them. Baylis staff members work with the children during select recess periods to aid them through the process and to help prepare the display boards. The school and parents have the opportunity to view all the inventions and experiments at the Fair. Information will come home in your child's backpack in late fall.

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Q. What is Reflections? Can the younger children participate?
A. Reflections is a PTA sponsored themed contest for Art, Literature, Music and Photography. It is available to students in all grades. The competition is grouped by grades K-2 and 3-5. Information is provided in late fall which will define this year's theme and all requirements. Winners of the Baylis contest participate in an awards ceremony and move on to Nassau County and possibly to state and national competitions.

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Q. Does Baylis PTA collect Box Tops for Education?
A. Yes, please clip and save your box tops. You'll find the Box Tops logo on cereals, yogurt, snacks, sandwich bags, spaghetti sauce, baking products, microwave popcorn and many more. Send them in periodically in an envelope marked: PTA Mailbox, Attn: Box Tops. Every coupon is worth 10 cents to our PTA which will help fund the programs and activities offered to your child(ren).

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