for information on +Pass, regarding transportation for our students.
NOTE: Please visit our Winter Weather Information document for winter weather procedures and information.
Our students arrive on foot, and by bike, scooter, car, and school bus. For the safety of our kids, please make note of these safety rules when dropping off and picking up your children. I have also spoken to the Transportation Department so that buses abide by these expectations as well. For those students who arrive by bus, we have a new procedure enacted by the Transportation Department. Please check out the +Pass information.
Traffic safety rules
CHILD SAFETY SHOULD BE OUR PRIMARY CONCERN ESPECIALLY DURING DROP-OFF AND PICK -UP
For the safety of our children, please follow these simple guidelines:
- Park legally (a block or so away) and walk your kids to school.
- Teach your children to use the crosswalks, and model that for them as well.
- North Drop-off: Drive south on Columbine and use the drop-off/pick-up lane in front of the school.
- South Drop-off: Turn from 3rd Avenue north onto 3rd Place and use the drop-off/pick-up lane in the back of the school by the playground.
- Please pull as far forward as you can in the drop-off/pick-up lanes.
- When picking up your children, be sure to tell them to wait for you near the pick-up area. You will not be allowed to wait in that lane for very long.
- DO NOT park in the “no parking” zones near stop signs and crosswalks. Parking here decreases crosswalk/pedestrian visibility and is a safety hazard.
- DO NOT double-park.
- DO NOT stop at the stop signs by the crosswalks and wait for your child to get in or out of the car. This blocks traffic and the cars behind you may try to go around you, creating a dangerous situation for the children.
- DO NOT park in the drop-off/pick-up or bus lanes.
- DO NOT leave your vehicle unattended for any length of time in the drop-off/pick-up or bus lanes.
- DO NOT park or stop in the crosswalks.
- DO NOT do any U-turns.
- DO NOT jay-walk.
SOAR is our school-wide motto and matrix for teaching explicit behaviors across all areas of the school to assure consistency and to define expectations for student behavior. Our goal is to teach students to behave in ways that contribute to academic achievement and school success, and support a school environment where students and staff are responsible, respectful, and caring. Our intent is to consistently recognize positive behaviors and to provide feedback that is on-going to promote a caring community of learners. A copy of the S.O.A.R. Teaching Matrix is in the back of this directory.
As a member of the Bromwell community, I can expect:
• To work and learn in a pleasant and peaceful environment.
• To be safe at Bromwell School.
• To be treated with compassion and understanding.
• To be appreciated and respected for my individual strengths and uniqueness.
Expectations for Administration:
• Support students, teachers, and parents.
• Organize resources to maximize student success.
• Enforce district and school discipline policies.
• Work with teachers to promote student success.
• Maintain a positive dialogue when discussing school-related situations.
Expectations for Teachers:
• Be consistent and fair in developing and maintaining standards of behavior in the classroom.
• Keep parents informed regarding classroom activities, discipline concerns, and school programs.
• Strive to teach children in ways that take advantage of their individual strengths and learning styles.
• Maintain a positive dialogue when discussing school related situations.
• Maintain confidentiality on sensitive student-related issues.
Expectations for Parents:
• Review the discipline code with my child and support its implementation.
• Participate in my child’s education by regularly communicating with teachers and administrators.
• Provide time, space, and support for study and monitor homework completion.
• Ensure my child attends school regularly, arrives on time, brings basic school supplies, and comes dressed appropriately for learning.
How Bromwell students come to school daily prepared and ready to learn:
• Pay attention in class.
• Have necessary classroom equipment and supplies.
• Complete assignments on time.
• Be helpful to teachers.
• Attend school regularly and arrive on time.
How Bromwell students show kindness and respect to all persons in the school environment:
• Use good manners.
• Work and play fairly.
• Help others.
• Use appropriate language.
• Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
• No name-calling or teasing.
How Bromwell students respect the rights and property of others:
• Obtain permission before using the property of others.
• Take care of and return the property of others.
How Bromwell students help make our school a safe and pleasant place to learn:
• Know and obey school rules.
• Take care of school property and the school grounds.
• Use appropriate tone and level of voice.
• Walk, don’t run, when in the building.
Bromwell is a proud community with high standards and expectations as reflected in our BEAC initiative, our Community Expectations and our Characteristics. The following are some additional guidelines to assist our students and community in maintaining a successful learning environment:
Students should come to school looking clean, neat and dressed in a manner that is appropriate and not distracting. Hats are not to be worn inside the school. The Denver Board of Education passed a “Zero Gang Tolerance” policy in 1992 which states that no clothing associated with gangs, including baseball caps, are to be allowed in any DPS school building.
Students should dress for weather – especially on field trip days.
Please label all outer garments and your child’s backpack with their full name.
Our behavioral expectations for students are the same on the playground as they are throughout the school. Generally, students should keep hands and feet to themselves, respect others and their possessions, and follow the rules for each piece of equipment.
On the playground, the following conduct is specifically not allowed:
• Running or chasing on the blacktop.
• Throwing sand, rocks, sticks, or snow.
• Climbing fences or backstops.
• Leaving the playground before school begins or during the lunch hour.
• Using bad language, threats, or racial slurs.
While we recognize that the use of cell phones is a convenient way to communicate within families, we are asking students to limit cell phone use to before and after school. If your child needs to contact you during the school day please have them use the school telephones with teacher or office staff permission. Likewise, please limit adult use of cell phones within the school building, and turn your phone to silent when visiting classrooms. We also value the physical activity provided during recess as an important social and emotional release during a long school day and discourage the use of electronics at this time. The electronics policy outlined below includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, game systems, Walkmans, and iPods.
Students should have all electronics turned off and in their backpacks from 8:25 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
If a staff member sees a student with an electronic device during school hours, he/she will collect the item and return it at the end of the day. The second and any subsequent times an electronic device is taken it will be turned into the office and a parent will be asked to pick it up.
7:30 a.m. Office opens
8:10 a.m.* Students can arrive on school grounds
8:25 a.m. 1st Bell rings; students go to classrooms
8:30 a.m. Tardy Bell – Classes begin
11:10 a.m. Lunch (ECE-KG lunch)
11:30 a.m. Lunch/Recess (1-3 lunch; ECE-KG & 4-5 recess)
11:50 a.m. (1-3 recess, 4-5 lunch)
12:00 p.m. ECE-KG classes resume
12:15 p.m. 1-5 Classes resume
3:15 p.m.** Classes dismissed
3:30 p.m. Final Bell – Supervision Ends.
After 3:30, any unaccompanied students will be asked to wait in the front lobby until their ride arrives. Telephones may be used to contact families at this time.
* Students should not arrive at school until 8:10 a.m., as no adult supervision is provided prior to that time.
** All students are dismissed promptly at 3:15 pm. Please pick-up children on time as no supervision is provided after 3:30 pm, unless they are participating in an approved after school activity or Kaleidoscope Corner.
Note: On very cold or wet days, students will be invited into the building beginning at 8:10am.
CHILD SAFETY SHOULD BE OUR PRIMARY CONCERN ESPECIALLY DURING DROP-OFF AND PICK -UP
For the safety of our children, please respect these guidelines:
• Park legally and walk to school.
• Teach your children to use the crosswalks.
• Drive south on Columbine and use the drop-off/pick-up lane in front of the school (north side).
• Turn from 3rd Avenue north onto 3rd Place and use the drop-off/pick-up lane in the back of the school by the playground (south side).
• Please pull as far forward as you can in the drop-off/pick-up lanes.
• When picking up your children, be sure to tell them to wait for you near the pick-up area. You wil1 not be allowed to wait in that lane for very long.
• DO NOT double-park.
• DO NOT stop at the stop signs by the crosswalks and wait for your child to get in or out of the car. This blocks traffic and the cars behind you may try to go around you, creating a dangerous situation for the children.
• DO NOT park in the drop-off/pick-up or bus lanes.
• DO NOT leave your vehicle unattended for any length of time in the drop-off/pick-up or bus lanes.
• DO NOT park or stop in the crosswalks.
• DO NOT do any U-turns.
• DO NOT jay-walk.
Parking in the Cherry Creek Area has become very difficult. Bromwell has only 35 parking spaces. These spaces are assigned to teachers and staff who arrive early and stay into the evening. Please be considerate by not parking in these designated, numbered spaces. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Regular daily attendance is required of all students.
Students will be allowed in the classroom entrance door when the morning bell rings at 8:25 a.m. Students who arrive between 8:25 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. will still be allowed into the building through their usual classroom entrance.
The tardy bell will ring at 8:30 a.m. Students will no longer be admitted by classroom entrance, but must go to the front door for admission to the building. No supervision will be provided at the south entrance.
Students must be signed in at the Front Desk by adults or present a signed parent note.
Tardy students, who are not signed in by adults, will receive an automatic lunchtime detention.
If you know your child will be absent or tardy, please call the Attendance Line @ (720) 424-9380 or email Bromwell_Attendance@DPSK12.org BY 9:00 a.m. If we don’t hear from you, parents/guardians will be receiving a ROBO call by the school on the day of the absence.
Please sign the ATTENDANCE BOOK in the office when your child is leaving early, or returning during the school day.
Please contact the school, in advance via in person, by email or phone call if your child will be going out of town.
|Excused tardiness will include:
• Medical/dental appointment
• Personal reasons/extenuating circumstances (administrative approval)
|These must be presented at sign-in with the following information:
• Student’s full name
• A parent/guardian signature
• A daytime phone number where parent/guardian can be reached
Students with excessive tardiness will receive a letter from the Bromwell Psychologist at which time she will set up a meeting with parents to discuss reasons the Bromwell student is late, review Bromwell policy on tardiness and try and find solutions to eliminate the tardiness.
Medical or Other Appointments
Whenever possible, please schedule your child’s medical or other appointments outside of school hours. Please sign the ATTENDANCE BOOK in the office when leaving early for the day or leaving and returning the same day.
Signed instructions must be given to the school whenever a parent or legal guardian leaves their child in the care of another adult while they are out of town.
The decision to close school or run elementary buses on a late schedule rests with the Superintendent. This decision is based on information collected between midnight and 5:00 a.m. In some cases a delayed schedule will be announced based on snow conditions and forecasted wind-chill factor.
Announcement of School Closure or Delayed Schedule
School closure or delayed schedule will be announced on local television stations beginning at 5:00 am. The media will be updated at 12:00 noon, so tune in for additional changes or go to the DPS website for up-to-date closures and information.
Depending on the severity of conditions, educational excursions and Balarat may be modified or canceled.
If school is in session and a storm develops during the day, a decision may be made to send students home early. Parents should make previous arrangements so that their children have a place to go if there is no one home on early storm release days. Under no circumstances will a child be sent out into a storm without a place to go.
In the event of a school emergency, the school staff is trained to respond in a variety of ways. This may include an evacuation of the building but staying on school grounds, taking students to safe assembly location inside the building, locking the building down so nobody is allowed to enter or exit the building, or in an extreme event, evacuating to a location off site.
It is extremely important that parents know what role to play during these procedures and follow instructions carefully so as not to put themselves or the students and school staff in additional danger. Please review the following information so you will know what to do in the event of an emergency during school hours.
• All staff and students go to classrooms. Outside activities are brought inside.
• Students will shelter-in-place if needed.
• Do not come to the school as danger is in the school area.
• We will not dismiss until danger is over.Lightning in the Area
• Outside activities brought inside.
• We will not dismiss.Snow
• Watch local T.V. stations to see if DPS is closed. If so, please do not send your children to school.
• Visit the DPS website: www.dpsk12.org
• Activities may be canceled.Delayed Start/School Closure
To learn if DPS is on a “Delayed Start,” closed due to severe weather, or will dismiss school during the day due to snow, watch local T.V. channels 2,4,7,9, 31, and 50 (Spanish) or listen to radio KOA 850 AM and KJME 1390 AM (Spanish).
If DPS is on a delayed start, elementary buses may arrive ½ hour later than usual.
• The most common evacuation is a fire drill.
• All students and staff will exit the school and go to a designated location.
• Everyone will remain outside until the “All Clear” message is given.
• If we need to leave school grounds, we will walk or go by bus to our designated off-site evacuation locations (Good Shepherd School or Waldorf School)
Information will be available at the school or through the DPS Communications Office.
Students will be released to parents or guardians who are listed on the emergency card and have proper I.D.Lockdown
We will lockdown if danger if danger in our building or neighborhood threatens our students.
• All exterior doors will be locked.
• All interior doors will be locked.
• No one may enter or leave. NO EXCEPTIONS!
• No dismissal until situation is over.
• Watch the news or the DPS web site for the latest information.
• Do not call the school.
• A sign will be posted in door windows stating we are in lockdown.
(Implemented when weather conditions are not conducive for students to be outside)
Generally, students spend a portion of the lunch period outside.
When weather prevents students from being outside, an announcement will be made over the PA system at approximately 11:00 a.m. if it is to be an “Inside Day”.
Students will then go to the cafeteria on the same schedule. Students who normally go outside first go to the gym instead. Students are then rotated between the gym and the cafeteria for lunch and recess during the lunch period.
Front office staff can be found in the main office located directly to your right when you enter the front door. They are glad to answer any school-related questions you may have. Please sign the VISITOR BOOK whenever visiting Bromwell and immediately upon your arrival. To arrange for a tour of the school, contact the school office and ask to be placed on the next scheduled tour sign-up.
Please contact the staff in the Bromwell front office prior to hanging any items on the school walls. There are some very specific Fire Department codes that must be adhered to.
Bromwell embraces a long tradition of academic excellence led by a cohesive, award winning faculty. Our literature-based curriculum inspires our students to reach their highest potential as independent, confident learners. Beyond the required curriculum, Bromwell offers Physical Education, Theater and Instructional Research Technologies. Other programs and activities include:
• After School Enrichment
• Challenge and G/T
• Cultural Awareness Celebration
• Destination Imagination
• Science Fair
• Spring Art Show and more…
The Bromwell CSC and faculty believe in the value of homework as a tool to reinforce classroom learning, teach good work habits and teach responsibility. We support Denver Public Schools policy IKB-Homework, which establishes minimum amounts of homework for grades K-5.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade: 10-15 minutes one or two days per week
Grade 2: 10-20 minutes, two days per week
Grade 3: 15-25 minutes, two days per week
Grade 4: 15-30 minutes, two or three days per week
Grade 5: 20-30 minutes, three or four days per week.
Each classroom teacher designs his or her own homework plan. Make sure you understand the teacher’s policy, especially the section on consequences for failure to complete homework on time. Most teachers cover this topic at Back to School night. It is your responsibility, as a parent, to understand the teacher’s policy and to make sure your student understands it as well.
How much should parents help?
Different teachers have different attitudes regarding parental assistance with homework and special projects. Some prefer to see what the child can do independently; others encourage parents to ask questions and point out problems. Ask for clarification if you don’t know whether it’s OK for you to lend a hand.
At Bromwell, we believe that students and families deserve homework that is clear and understandable. We want children to succeed with their homework assignments. We encourage you to talk to your child’s teacher if you or your child has difficulty understanding or completing homework. If you have a question concerning the amount of time your child spends on an assignment, please let the teacher know.
Our faculty is deeply committed to receiving feedback about homework issues. If your child has difficulty with a specific assignment for any reason, please let the teacher know, with a note, a phone call or a classroom visit.
If your child is away from school due to illness or family travel, the classroom teacher may assign homework or makeup work. This is to make sure the child doesn’t miss vital learning during his/her absence. Whenever possible, let the teacher know in advance about an absence so that lessons or homework can be provided in a timely fashion.
The Bromwell Kaleidoscope Corner is an on-site, licensed, school-age childcare program serving Bromwell students. For information or to reach the coordinator call 303-936-1795. The Early Riser program begins at 6:30 am. Children may participate in the school’s breakfast program at the regular school fee. The After School program covers the time from the end of school at 3:15 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Student Records and Confidentiality
The confidentiality of student records and privacy rights of students and parents shall be maintained in compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1/1/95. Scholastic achievement, medical information, and/or standardized test data on file may be reviewed by parents/guardians upon request.
Tuition Based 4 year old ECE and Full-Day Kindergarten
Bromwell provides the opportunity for families to pay tuition to have their ECE & Kindergartners attend full-day programs. The programs are educationally and socially balanced and is integrated with all-school activities such as theater and PE.
Assigning students to classes is most effectively done by our classroom teachers who have been working with the students daily in an educational setting. Teachers consider the learning styles and academic needs of the returning students and assign them to the different classrooms at the next grade level. This process is done with care for and utmost consideration of each child’s academic and social/emotional needs. It takes careful consideration of many factors to create equitably balanced classrooms in terms of academic needs, behavior, gender, ethnicity, and number of students.
If you feel that your child requires unique consideration as these decisions are made, the principal will receive letters regarding your child’s placement for the following year. A letter may not be e-mailed and must be delivered directly to the principal by the deadline (announced each spring.) This is not a guarantee that requests will be honored, but it will be taken into consideration. A late request will not be considered due to the amount of work that will already have been completed. Class composition will not be altered after the lists are finalized.
Certain kinds of information from the parents can be very helpful to teachers when they make class assignments. Consideration is given to those factors that influence how effective a child’s learning will be in a given classroom. Some factors for parents to consider and share with teachers are:
• What is your child’s strongest and/or weakest learning style (visual, auditory, kinesthetic)?
• Which factors tend to provide the most motivation to your child?
• In what type of environment does your child seem to learn best?
• How do you view your child’s general temperament?
• Do you view your child as having significant gifts, talents, or learning challenges in any particular area(s)?
General Health and Medical Procedures.
The school should be informed of any special problems your child deals with such as epilepsy, diabetes, nosebleeds, rheumatic fever, heart conditions, asthma, or serious allergies.
In compliance with Colorado law, an immunization record signed by a doctor must be filed before school starts.
If your child requires medication during school hours, bring a completed (by your child’s doctor) Student Medication Request Release Agreement and the unopened, labeled medication to the main office where it will be stored and dispensed. Only school personnel may dispense medicine with the proper DPS Medication form signed by your physician along with an unopened, labeled Rx.
Please be sure to alert the school office if your emergency phone numbers change.
A nurse is assigned to Bromwell School. Health services scheduled throughout the year at various grade levels include vision, hearing, counseling with children and their parents about health problems, and providing needed information for children with special learning needs. The nurse is involved with school absences that are due to chronic or acute health conditions.
School Psychologist Services
At Bromwell, a school psychologist works with the school nurse, teachers and parents in providing expertise and assistance to children with special needs be they social, academic, behavioral or environmental. The school psychologist is available to parents for consultation related to school matters.
The mission of Bromwell’s CSC is “to create at Bromwell an environment in which the educational, social, and emotional needs of all children are effectively served within the context of a formal elementary school curriculum. The CSC is proactive, anticipating needs and creating solutions.”
Bromwell’s CSC is a site-based management team made up of the principal, four teachers, four parents, one classified employee and one community representative. DPS CSC’s have been given the responsibilities in the following areas:
1. Student Achievement. Review the School Improvement Plan (SIP) for the school according to district guidelines, and in collaboration with the school community, based on current objective achievement data provided by the central office and meeting the approval of the appropriate assistant superintendent.
2. Budget. Preparing and including in the CSC Committee minutes an annual school budget according to district guidelines that supports the objectives of the SIP, based on the allocation from the Board of Education.
3. Relationships. Establishing relationships with parents, community members, civic, service and neighborhood organizations, to increase involvement in the school, and ensure full inclusion of all groups within the school community in the CSC process.
4. Safety and Discipline. Reviewing school procedures and policies as a part of the SIP, including a review of the discipline and safety issues at the school: Incorporating, as a part of that review, an analysis of the data on verbal threats and physical harm to teachers, students, and community members.
5. Staffing Allocation. Assist the principal by making recommendations concerning the use of the staffing allocation provided to the school by the Board of Education.
6. Evaluation of the Principal. Annually evaluating the principal.
The mission of the PTA is to advocate on behalf of all children and youth and to empower PTA members to influence individuals, organizations, and communities to positively impact the lives of children and youth. The activities of the PTA are achieved through PTA subcommittees made up of volunteers from the Bromwell school community. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the monthly meetings beginning at 6:00 p.m. Check the Bromwell web site for more details.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our PTA Community Relations Coordinator. The Coordinator’s role is to recruit and support volunteers at Bromwell. There are many opportunities for parents to support their child’s education at Bromwell. Parents assist in classrooms, on the playground, in the library, and in the lunchroom. Through the PTA, parents can volunteer for fundraising, educational, and social events. Through the CSC, parents can also participate in setting school policies, enhancing community relations and communications, designing the school improvement plan, reviewing standards, and working with the school budget.
The purpose of having volunteers at Bromwell is to assist the school and community in fulfilling their goal as successful educators of our students. It is important for all volunteers to realize that their assistance must contribute to this goal. As such, when you must bring younger children with you, please be sure that the volunteer activity in which you are participating is appropriate for his/her attendance. The following are suggestions for appropriate volunteer activities for when you are/are not accompanied by younger children. When in doubt, ask the teacher or person responsible for conducting the activity.
School Mascot and Colors
Bromwell’s mascot is the eagle and our school colors are red and white.
School-wide celebrations have traditionally included Halloween, December Holidays, Valentine’s Day, Cultural Awareness Celebration
Spring Arts Festival, and Field Day
Your child’s teacher will give you information about celebrating birthdays and any other special class programs.
Lost and Found
Lost and found items are gathered and placed in a large bin in the hallway by Room #126. Each quarter you will be reminded to check the lost and found for items that belong to your child. Items that are unclaimed after a given time will be donated to local charities.
Please label your child’s outer wear, packs, lunch boxes and valuables with their full name. Discourage your child from bringing personal items to school that are valuable, irreplaceable, or may distract from school work.
All students are expected to eat lunch. Students should eat their own lunch and not share with others. Label lunch boxes with full name and room number. Students may charge up to two lunches.You can pay in advance for hot lunches online! Visit www.myschoolbucks.com and register.
The Bromwell Buzz email newsletter goes out weekly. The Bromwell Buzz reports school-wide meetings, events, and volunteer opportunities occurring each week. Information to be published should be submitted to the Bromwell Buzz coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org the Wednesday evening prior to the week you wish the information to appear.