Welcome Back from Principal St. Louis!

George W. Nebinger Families:

Happy New Year! Or, if you are new to our Nebinger family, welcome & thank you for choosing our amazing school for your child’s education. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer and are ready to start a new school year on September 3rd. The beginning of the school year always marks a time of promise and possibility; 2019-2020 is no exception! With a talented staff and a supportive community, our students are poised to have another great year at Nebinger Elementary. We strive to infuse positive learning experiences for our students every single day. Our goal is to provide a phenomenal environment in which all Nebinger scholars can flourish, achieving academic excellence, becoming emotionally and physically stronger while growing their talents. At Nebinger, we are in the business of developing awesome humans.

I will be reviewing 2018-19 goals as well as sharing our new school goals for the 2019-2020 school year in more detail during our Back to School Night, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5pm — Mark your calendars. I ask ALL families to join us to walk in the shoes of their children, meet our staff and build community. I am so looking forward to this year together. Below I’ve included some info that will help us have a Great First Day!


The first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year is September 3, 2019 for grades K through 8th.

*** As a reminder, we must have all required paperwork in order for your child to enroll. ***


School hours
School gates open everyday at 8:00am with school starting officially at 8:30 am.  The school day ends at 3:09pm. Please note that we do not have before school care. Therefore, we are unable to supervise students on the school grounds before 8:00am. Also, the main office will be open to parents at 8:30 am with the exception of  pre-scheduled meetings.

Breakfast
Breakfast is still provided to every student. Breakfast will take place BEFORE instructional hours from 7:45am to 8:25am. Breakfast service will stop at 8:20am with no exceptions. Students eating breakfast will join their peers to transition to class at 8:25am. All students who arrive at school before 8:00 am will be ushered to the cafeteria to eat breakfast. Students are not permitted on the playground without supervision before 8:00am.

Arrival
Grades K-3 will start their day on the playground for admissions.
Kinder will enter through the main entrance for the first week of school and go directly to their classrooms. Teachers will be waiting to greet them. Kinder will start outdoor admission on 9/9/19.
Grades 4-6 will enter the building through the yard and into the auditorium.
Grades 7-8 will admit through the playground and go to the cafeteria.
Bus Riders and students in our AS Program will enter the building through the main entrance.
★ All students should be in their correct locations by 8:25 am, to join their teachers for admissions at 8:30am.

Nebinger Staff will be present and visible to escort or direct students to their assigned admission location. Please see admission and dismissal policy in the student handbook for more details. Student handbooks are available on our website. A copy will also be sent home the first week of school.

Dismissal
All students riding the bus or in our AS Program are dismissed via auditorium.
Students attending an after-school program will be escorted to their assigned location.
Please communicate our dismissal procedures to your child’s After School Programs.
Kindergarten parents will be allowed to enter the building through the front doors to pick up students from their classrooms. Please bring ID.
Grades 1-8 will be called to dismiss through the schoolyard gate. Please meet your child outside the gate at 3:09.

Attendance Matters!
Attendance matters for doing well in school starting in Kindergarten. Absences can add up before you know it! As a parent, you are responsible for making sure your child develops the habit of regular attendance.  If you are facing any challenges seek out support from the school and community. We are here to help. Your children can suffer academically if they miss more than 16 school days. That can be just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it. When students are in school we can ensure they are learning. At Nebinger we want every student to attend school 95% of the time which means a student cannot be absent more than 9 times in the school year.

Uniforms
Our tops are hunter green and our bottoms are khaki. Please call Ayana Townsend, Dean of Students, at 215-400-8110 or email atownsend@philasd.org  if you have further questions concerning uniforms.

Grade Supply List
Supply list will be provided to all students on the first day of school.

*** Be sure to visit www.philasd.org for important back-to-school information such as how to get a Philadelphia School TransPass and a list of vaccines your child will need to attend school. All of us at George W. Nebinger School look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday, September 3rd, and working with our families and community to support high-level learning. Together, we can make this school year our best one yet!

Here’s to a GREAT year!

In Service,

Natalie Catin-St.Louis
Principal