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Pick Up/ Drop Off

On regular school days, school begins at 8:00 am and ends at 2:15/2:20pm. Supervision will be available for breakfast only ​​ at 7:30am and campus opens to all students at 7:50am. After school supervision is available until 2:45pm. Please do not bring students to school before 7:30am and please make sure students are off campus by 2:45pm. On minimum days, students must be off campus by 1:00pm unless they are in an approved after school activity.

Grade levels are dismissed at different gates. All students are dismissed from the side gates, at the parking lot along Kitching Street. Kindergarten parents may pick their students up at the last gate near the bike racks. DO NOT park in the bus pickup area or next to a RED CURB because you may receive a citation. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will ticket anyone illegally parked. Everyone is encouraged to observe all parking and traffic regulations so as to help ensure the safety and well-being of our students.
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Mary McLeod Bethune Strategic Vision, 2013-2019
Executive Summary

The future will not be multiple choice! Today’s students will work into the latter part of the 21st century, past 2050! The jobs of the future haven’t yet been created! The future will be ruled by the innovators, the patient and creative problem solvers. The new global economy requires innovative thinkers who can apply content area knowledge, communicate with confidence, collaborate with a variety of people across disciplines & networks, and create new products, new services, and new businesses. Automated work will either be done by machines or outsourced to other countries. The world needs more creative folks. We need innovators!

Innovation is the gateway to the future. We believe that three pillars hold some tremendous promise for our students: Design Thinking, Project-based Learning, and the Integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Design Thinking is a creative problem-solving process used by some of the most innovative companies in the world. Project-based learning involves engaging students in a real-world, interdisciplinary challenge that requires students to think critically, communicate, create, and collaborate in small teams. Finally, project-based learning provides a unique platform for us to integrate science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. California will have the most STEM-related jobs in the country over the next ten years and we want to equip our students to compete for those jobs.

Beyond talent, resiliency, perseverance, and grit are key habits of mind in the 21st century. We believe in educating the whole child. This means helping our children develop their thinking, their academic understanding, and their social and emotional interactions. We know that certain social and emotional capabilities are particularly important: Self Awareness, Self-Regulation, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. None of this learning happens without significant relationships, among students, among the adults in our community, and between the school and the larger community.

Preparing students to live, and to live well, in the 21st Century will require a community effort. We invite you to join us on this journey to create the next generation of innovators. Explore our website, ask questions, and get connected!

For Parents

about 1 year ago

Parents play the most important role in providing support and building the confidence of their children. Here at Bethune Elementary, we want to work together with parents for the betterment of our students. We are always looking for Parent volunteers and members for our PTO, SSC, and ELAC. We encourage you to check out some of the tips listed below and activities that can be used to develop a child's confidence and improve their overall school experience.

Be generous with praise
-Observe your child carefully and comment on the things that they do well. When you identify any areas that need improvement, address them with your child and encourage them to do better.

Encourage "personal best"
-Help your child by encouraging him or her to do their best both in school and at home. Nobody is perfect and children need to know that. Always remember that "personal best" does not mean "perfect." While we want children to get the best grades possible, learning is not the same as high grades so encourage your child to try their personal best. Children, like adults, need to have the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. 

Make learning a priority

-Be the example for your child. Your attitude towards their education, school attendance and school involvement makes a strong and lasting impression on your child. Show your child that their education is a priority by showing interest in their school work, reflecting on their school day and promoting Perfect Attendance by getting them to school every day, all day, on time.

Show interest in school work
* Talk about how their day was at school.
* Ask to see classwork.
* Have your child read aloud to you.
* Read to and with your child from a variety of material in your first language. 
* Encourage your child to discuss new ideas and opinions. 
* Show appreciation for good efforts.

Offer suggestions for success
Help your child use the following strategies to improve performance at school:
* Do homework together.
* Apply to what has been learned to daily activities.
* Set up an area for homework that is away from noise and distractions.
* Schedule study time.
* Organize a schedule on a family calendar for school activities and due dates.