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A Journey to Excellence: Be The Best You Can Be!

Ivy Drive School is a learning community. Our mission is to foster within each student the motivation to pursue learning as a lifelong journey. It is our responsibility to create a safe and positive educational climate that provides every child with an equal opportunity to attain the highest possible level of educational success. In so doing, every student member is committed to exemplifying all the Pillars of Character that we hope to develop in our students as they continue on their Journey to Excellence to Be The Best They Can Be.

Our primary goal is to insure all students achieve success by promoting positive academic, social, emotional, artistic, and physical development for every child. Ivy Drive faculty and staff are committed to creating an educational environment conducive to learning where students acquire knowledge and skills according to individual needs and abilities. Students will become competent life-long readers, writers, listeners, and speakers who are college and career ready and able to live productive and successful lives. By striving to be the "Best They Can Be," each student will realize his or her greatest potential and become a successful, responsible, caring and contributing global citizen.

We realize that in order to do this, every child needs to feel both comfortable and confident. A good self-image along with strong self-discipline will be nurtured so that the desire to learn will continue long after leaving Ivy Drive School.

Dear Parents and Guardians:

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Ivy Drive School! The following handbook has been updated to assist you during the 2015 - 2016 school year. Please read the handbook carefully and review the contents with your child. You will want to save this handbook to use throughout the year. It can serve as a reference whenever you have questions regarding school policies, procedures, and activities.

Ivy Drive Elementary School is recognized as one of Bristol’s finest elementary schools. It is our intent to maintain our high expectations and standards of excellence! The development of a positive, safe learning environment in which all students can achieve to their fullest potential and become The Best They Can Be is our primary mission. We are a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) school, dedicated to maintaining a positive school climate through preventative procedures, practices, policies, and effective character education and violence prevention instruction and support for ALL students and ALL staff in ALL settings. You can read more about PBIS on the pages following this letter.

We had so much fun last year with Minecraft, that we have decided to continue on our “Journey to Excellence” by "Mining Our Craft." We will continue to strengthen our school community through our PBIS procedures, peaceful playground program, and character education program. Each year we also reach outside our school community through service projects as we continue to explore ways for each of us to “Be The Best That We Can Be.” We will continue to work within our school community using the sandbox game, Minecraft, on our own school server to learn how to become digital citizens. Our School Rule, “Respect Yourself, Respect Others, Respect Our School” will guide all of our learning, choices, and actions. Throughout the year, we will continue to integrate the character theme of RESPECT into everything we do. We will also continue to integrate our Second Step Violence and Bully Prevention program to help students become effective problem-solvers. You can learn more about this program at www.cfchildren.org and on the Ivy Drive School Website. Specifically, your children will learn the steps to deal with anger and solve conflicts by learning:

  • How to Calm Yourself Down
  • How to Solve Problems
  • What to do When You Are Angry

Students will be acknowledged throughout the year for excellence in academics and for demonstrating qualities of good citizenship and character. Students will work toward completing their “Respect Cards” and being inducted into the Ivy Drive Wall of Fame.

Like previous years, our students will participate in the Ivy Drive Reader’s Club program. We expect all of our students to “make their minutes count” by either reading to someone or having someone read to them 20-30 minutes every night. Students will also be able to challenge themselves against surprise Mystery Guests during our Just The Facts mad minute math program. Our school and district have a strong expectation and requirement that all students become fluent with their math facts. When students know their math facts, they have a much easier time solving mathematical equations, computations, and open-ended word problems. Please practice the math facts and math strategies that are appropriate and required for your child at home to help reinforce his/her ability to recall them quickly and use them accurately when solving mathematical problems.

As a faculty and staff, we strive to achieve high standards of excellence, and to insure that all students achieve a strong academic foundation in basic skills as well as becoming caring, responsible citizens. To achieve this goal, we are committed to open, honest communication and a strong partnership between you and all of us. Research has demonstrated time and again that students who are the most successful in school have parents or guardians who are actively engaged in their children’s learning. Therefore, we encourage you to get involved in your child’s education here at Ivy Drive School. You can do this in many different ways, such as: volunteering and visiting your child’s classroom; talking with your child and taking an active interest in what he or she is learning on a daily basis; communicating regularly with your child’s teacher(s) about issues and changes in your child’s life if they might impact learning and asking questions when you are unsure about something; making sure your child is “dressed for success” and appropriate for learning; insuring your child arrives to school on time, has his/her homework completed, and is ready to learn; supporting your child’s teacher(s); and most importantly, by encouraging your child to be the best that he or she can be every day!

All of us at Ivy Drive are very excited that you will be joining us as part of our school community this year. We want nothing more than to make this school year a positive learning experience for you and your child. Let’s join together and work hard to insure a safe and successful learning experience for your child and every student at Ivy Drive Elementary School.

If we can be of any assistance to you during the year, or if you have questions, concerns, or comments, please don’t hesitate to talk with your child’s teacher or contact me. You can reach me by phone at 860-584-7844, by email at rosievojtek@ci.bristol.ct.us, or by stopping by my office. You can also find a copy of this handbook along with other current information about our school on our website. The Bristol Public School website is www.bristol.k12.ct.us . Click on Our Schools and thenIvy Drive School to get our current information. Be sure to follow us on twitter @IvyDriveSchool.

Again, welcome to Ivy Drive and best wishes to you and your child for a wonderful and successful school year!


RoseAnne O’Brien Vojtek, Ph.D.

Bristol Public Schools Mission Statement

To provide all of our students with the mastery of skills, the acquisition of knowledge, and the inherent wisdom that will equip them to compete globally, to serve others locally, and to seek a fulfilling and healthy life.