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Fifth Avenue Elementary School

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


What are the school hours?
8:05 AM - 2:25 PM

How can I reach the school by phone?

  • Main Office 262-6820
  • Nurse 262-6823
  • Counselor 262-6824
  • School Psychologist 262-1409


Where can I learn more about the kindergarten to grade five curriculum?

Please visit:

 What is the morning routine at Fifth Avenue?

The school day begins at 8:05 a.m., with buses scheduled to arrive at approximately 8:00 a.m. Members of the staff supervise the children in the All-Purpose Room and the Gym between 7:50 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., at which time students proceed to their classrooms. Therefore, if your child is a walker or is driven by car to school, please make sure that he/she does not arrive until 7:50 a.m.  


What should I do if my child will be absent?

Please notify the school when a child is ill or will be absent from school. Parents are requested to call the School Nurse at 262-6823, before 10:00 a.m. on the day of absence. Voice mail is available at this number to receive messages during evening/early morning hours.  This way, the school will know that provisions have been made for the child, and a call to the home will not be necessary. Parents who wish to be notified whenever their child is absent from school should forward a specific request in writing to the Principal.  Absences due to family business or vacation are considered illegal and are so recorded on the child's official attendance card.  Students returning to school after an absence must bring a note signed by their parent explaining the reason for the absence. This note should be given to the classroom teacher on the day the child returns.

Parents requesting assignments for legally absent children should make the request to the Main Office (262-6820) after calling in the child’s absence. Please be advised that homework will be available for pick-up at 3:00 p.m. in the main office.


Where should I pick up my child during dismissal?

Parents waiting for their children at dismissal are requested to wait outside the "B" wing on the Fifth Avenue side.


What should I do if I need to make changes with my child's dismissal time?

Parents should send a note with their child or come to the Main Office, if there is any reason that a student needs to leave school early. Parents, or a designated adult, must sign the student out of school when leaving before dismissal. Parents may NOT pick up children directly from the classroom or the playground. This procedure is designed for the safety and protection of our children. Early dismissal must occur at least thirty minutes prior to the end of the school day and the child must be signed out in the Main Office. Those who arrive to sign out their child less than thirty minutes from the dismissal time will be asked to wait and pick the child up at their normal dismissal time and location.  Whenever possible, parents should schedule appointments for their child during non-school hours to avoid interrupting his/her academic program.


What should I do if my child is late for school?

Children who arrive late to school--after 8:05 AM--must report with their parent to the Main Office. A note from the parent is necessary in order for the student to obtain an excused tardy. The child should then stop by the Health Office so that the daily attendance sheet can be amended.


How should I forward my emergency information?

Updated emergency information is essential for communication in the event of illness or accident. Please fill out the form completely and have your child return it to his/her teacher on the first day of school. It is important that the home and work telephone numbers are current.  Also, please include the name and telephone number of a person(s) to contact if the parents cannot be located in an emergency.