Student Handbook

  Fairview Elementary School



No Goal Is Too High Where Falcons Fly


Community Consolidated Schaumburg School District 54

Ensuring Student Success


Fairview Elementary School

375 Arizona Boulevard

Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

Telephone: 847-357-5700

Absentee Phone: 847-357-5702


Principal: Mrs. Megan Ankrom, [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Maggie Gibbel, [email protected]


Student Name    ________________________________________________________


Homeroom Teacher   ___________________________________   Room   _________


School Mascot: Freddie the Falcon

School Colors: Blue and Gold



 We’re the Fairview Falcons

To our school we’ll be true.

Our vow forever

Is to work and play and

Learn about the world together.


Here’s to our school –

Blue and Gold (spoken)

Oh, we’re proud of you –

Proud of You! (spoken)

We’re happy to come each day

To learn and sing and work and play

At our Fairview School!


Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54

School Calendar for August 2020 – May 2021



13 – Full-day Institute Day –NO SCHOOL

14 – Full-day Institute Day – NO SCHOOL

17 – First day of classes for students in grades 1-6 

24 – First full day of attendance for Kindergarten students


  7 – Labor Day – NO SCHOOL

16 – Half-day Inservice – NO SCHOOL in the AFTERNOON (11:40a.m. dismissal)


  8 – Half-day Parent-Teacher Conferences –NO SCHOOL in the AFTERNOON (11:40a.m. dismissal)

  9 – Full-day Parent-Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL ALL DAY

12 – Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL


  3 – Election Day – NO SCHOOL

  6 – End of the first trimester

25 – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

26 – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

27 — Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL


18 – Winter break begins at the end of the day


  4 – School resumes

18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL

27 – Half-day Inservice – NO SCHOOL in the AFTERNOON (11:40a.m. dismissal)


11 – Half-day Parent-Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL in the AFTERNOON (11:40a.m. dismissal)

12 – Full-day Parent-Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL ALL DAY

15 – Presidents Day – NO SCHOOL

26 – End of the second trimester


19 – Spring Break begins at the end of the day

29 – School resumes


  2 – Student and Staff Non-attendance Day -NO SCHOOL

  6 – Election Day – NO SCHOOL

16 – Third midtrimester


  5 – Half-day Inservice – NO SCHOOL in the AFTERNOON (11:40a.m. dismissal)

26 – Last day of school if no emergency days are used

27 – Student Nonattendance Day


Emergency Days – May 27 through June 3 will serve as emergency days

in the event that District 54 has to close school for an emergency


Please Note: Beginning August 19, 2020, every Wednesday is designated for Staff Development. Students are dismissed 30 minutes early.  



Information from the Office


Phone number: 847-357-5700         Absentee number: 847-357-5702          Fax number: 847-357-5701


School Hours

The school secretaries are available between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

8:25 a.m. – First bell: Adult supervision begins; students begin entering through the main entrance

8:35 a.m. – Second bell: School begins

8:40 a.m. – Third bell: Announcements are made; students arriving at 8:40 a.m. or later are marked tardy

3:00 p.m. – Students are dismissed, except for Wednesdays when dismissal is at 2:30 p.m.*

         *Students may not re-enter the building after dismissal for homework or other personal items.



Call the absentee line to report when your child will be absent, even if you’ve notified the classroom teacher. Leave a message, including your child’s name, teacher, date of absence, and reason for absence. If the office is not notified, the school will call all the phone numbers we have on file until someone is reached who can let us know where the student is. We expect students to be at school unless they are ill. Families should plan extended vacations during school breaks.


Arrival and Dismissal

    • Students may not arrive earlier than at 8:25 a.m. when adult supervision begins.


  • For safety purposes, the parking lot is closed to personal vehicles between 8:20 and 8:45 a.m. and after school until the last bus has left (approximately 3:15 p.m.). If you enter the parking lot before these times, you will not be allowed to leave until all buses have left. Cars may not enter the bus turnaround to pick-up or drop-off students during these times.


  • When arriving by personal vehicle, drop students off on Arizona Blvd. where the police department crossing guard will cross children and adults. Use sidewalks and crossing lanes at all times, even if you do not have children with you as children mimic the behavior they see in adults. Cellular phone usage in a school zone is against the law, even if you are using hands-free. 
  • Cars may not make three-point turns or turn around in driveways around the school.


Children Leaving Early

If a student must leave prior to the final bell, the parent, guardian, or authorized adult designee must come into the office and sign the student out. The person may be required to show a photo ID. We discourage students from leaving early unless an emergency situation arises.


Early Arrival and Late Dismissal

A student may arrive early or stay late for a club or for an appointment with a teacher. Parents may drop-off or pick-up students using the bus turnaround only for early arrival or late dismissal. Cars will drop-off or pick-up from the lane closest to the curb, so students should enter and exit the car on the passenger side. The lane closest to the flagpole is reserved for slowly passing cars to exit the bus turnaround. This procedure may take a few extra minutes, especially when a large number of students are being picked up after a club, but our goal is to maintain a safe environment.

How Students Get Home

Students may only ride the bus to which they are assigned. Students should go home the same way (bus, after-school care, walk/car pickup) five days per week. If a child has different ways to get home,

  • it can be no more than two different ways,
  • the parent or guardian must specify the schedule in writing, 
  • the schedule cannot be changed on a weekly or monthly basis, and 
  • it must be the same schedule each week. For example, on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday a student will take the bus, and on Tuesday and Friday, the student will be picked up.


Students may not ride the bus occasionally (i.e., on an early release day.) Bus rosters are maintained by the Transportation Department, and we cannot ensure the safety or identification of occasional riders in case of an emergency. 


In the rare instance where a student will not go home in their specified way, it must be communicated in writing to the teacher or by a phone call or email to the office. Without a written communication or phone call, students go home in the way that the parent or guardian specified. We cannot take the word of a student that they are going home a different way.


School Visitors

Visitors may only enter through the main entrance. All doors are locked at all times. Visitors need to ring the bell, identify themselves, and state their purpose. Upon entering the school, they must go to the office to sign in and put on a Visitor tag. Visitors must also sign out when they leave the building.


STAR – Before- and After-School Care
The Hoffman Estates Park District uses our building for before- and after-school care. If your child is out of school or will not go to STAR on any given day, you must call STAR to report the absence. Please leave your child’s name and that your child goes to Fairview School. Their phone number is 847-885-7500. If your child goes to STAR, you may not enter the school hallways from the gym for any reason. Please go outside to the main entrance and enter the building through the front office so you may sign in.


Academic and Behavior Responsibilities

Growth Mindset

We believe that all children can learn and we encourage them to maintain a growth mindset. Student talents can be developed through hard work on their part, using strategies that they’ve learned, and by receiving constructive feedback from teachers. We teach children about the power of YET – they may not have mastered a concept or skill YET, but with hard work, they will.


Academic Responsibilities

Teachers work with students and their families at Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences to set goals and create action steps to achieve those goals. Students are expected to be active learners while in school, and to complete homework and project assignments outside of school. Expectations are communicated to families on Curriculum Night with a written communication sent home to families who are unable to attend.


Behavioral Responsibilities

Fairview School follows the District 54 School Board policies regarding student behavior. We use Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) and the 8 Keys of Excellence to increase student engagement and promote a safe school environment. We expect students to follow the 3 B’s: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. Additionally, we also explicitly teach and follow the 8 Keys of Excellence:

  • Integrity
  • Failure Leads to Success
  • Speak with Good Purpose
  • This Is It
  • Ownership
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Commitment

We model and encourage self-discipline to promote academic and social success by focusing on developing attitudes that will serve students well throughout their lives. A school-wide support system provides consistency and creates a culture that encourages positive behaviors. We define and teach behavior expectations, acknowledge appropriate behaviors, and proactively correct errors in behavior. Students who have difficulty following expectations will work with staff who will be in contact with parents/guardians. In extreme cases, the principal or assistant principal will be involved.


Response to Behavior Infractions

When children make decisions, which lead to behavior infractions, we use a restorative justice approach. It is important that children take an active role in making amends and repairing the relationships that were harmed by their behavior. Our goal is to help students avoid repeated harmful behaviors. Infractions are documented and teachers will contact the parent or guardian to explain the behavior and the restorative action taken.


When students repeatedly make decisions that lead to behavior infractions, the consequence may result in the loss of a privilege, lunch detention, or after-school detention. Students will still play an active role in making amends and repairing relationships. Only the principal or assistant principal will assign a behavior detention, and parents will be notified. 


Students are expected to complete homework and assignments and will receive a late slip when work is not completed. Each grade level communicates to families the number of late or missing assignments that will result in a homework detention, which will take place during lunch. Families will receive written notification of a homework detention, which will need to be signed and returned to school the following day. If a student does not complete homework or assignments on a regular basis, parents/guardians will meet with the teacher and child to write an action plan. The principal or assistant principal may also be involved. Students may also lose privileges to make up for missing homework or assignments.


In-school or out-of-school suspension may be a consequence for severe or repeated offenses. Whenever a suspension occurs, we utilize a team process to work with the student and family to develop a plan in order to learn appropriate self-discipline. A parent/guardian is required to attend a reintegration meeting with the child, administrator, and other school personnel prior to the child returning to class. The meeting will be held at the school, before the school day begins.




AGENDA PLANNERS – First through sixth grade students receive an Agenda Planner paid for by the Fairview PTA. Homework assignments, test dates, and project due dates are recorded in the agenda by students. Teachers and families also use the agenda to communicate with one another. Students who lose or deface their agenda will be required to purchase a new one through the school office.


BUS POLICIES – Bus behavior expectations are taught by bus company employees with Fairview staff present. Bus drivers notify school administrators of bus violations and we reteach expectations. On the third and subsequent bus referrals, or for severe behavior, a student may receive a detention or be suspended from riding the bus to and from school. Bus behavior expectations include: 

  • Demonstrate appropriate behavior at the bus stop and on the bus
  • Follow directions given by the bus driver
  • Keep hands, feet, body, and objects to self
  • Speak in a quiet voice using appropriate words
  • Stay in the same seat during the entire bus ride
  • Face forward, keeping hands, feet, and objects out of the aisle
  • Eating, drinking, and chewing gum are not allowed on the bus
  • Electronic devices, trading cards, toys, pencils, and sharp items are not allowed on the bus or at the bus stop

Bus safeguards include: 

  • Students may only ride the bus to which they are assigned.
  • Students may only get on or off at their designated bus stop.
  • Students may only ride the bus if they ride the bus daily – they cannot ride the bus occasionally.
  • Only a Fairview staff member may remove a child from a bus once the child has boarded. Parents, guardians, or other adults, may not board the bus for any reason, even at the bus stop.


DRESS CODE – Students should come to school clean and dressed neatly. Clothing that is disruptive to the educational environment is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, temporary hair coloring, offensive logos or wording, exposed midriffs, spaghetti straps, and inappropriate length on skirts and shorts. Students not abiding by the dress code will be required to comply before returning to class.


FOOD IN SCHOOL – Due to the high number of students with medical, dietary, and religious restrictions and because students learn in different classrooms throughout the day, Fairview has strict food protocols to keep everyone safe. We do not serve food or allow craft activities that involve food at school parties. Students may not bring food treats or candy to hand out for holidays, or birthdays, or other occasions. Any food sent to school for distribution will be returned home with the student. 

LunchStudents should bring their lunch to school with them in the morning. If students forget their lunch, they or the school secretary will call to ask a parent/guardian to drop off a lunch. Lunches should be dropped off by 11:15 a.m. for students in kindergarten and by 11:35a.m. all other grades. Students have 20 minutes to eat and 20 minutes of recess. Students may not share or trade any food with another student. Students should be able to open their food packages themselves and feed themselves.

SnacksAll snacks must be nut-free. Students are allowed to eat a small, healthy snack during the morning. We suggest a snack from the Big Four: fruit, vegetables, cheese, or yogurt. Children who do not have a healthy snack or a nut-free snack, may eat their snack at lunch, but cannot eat it at snack-time. We do not provide snacks for students. Students should be able to open their food packages themselves and feed themselves.

Birthday TreatsBirthdays are important to children, and we recognize our students on their special day. We announce birthdays during morning announcements, and each student receives a birthday pencil from the office and a birthday book from our PTA. Singing takes place in the classroom later in the day. If you would like your child to share a treat with the class, you may send a non-food item such as stickers, bookmarks, pencils, gel pens, erasers, or fun items found at dollar stores. If a food item is sent to school, it will be sent back home with the student.


MEDICATION IN SCHOOL – If medication needs to be administered to your child during the school day, including over-the-counter medication, please contact the school nurse and she will assist you in filling out the proper paperwork. All medication will be kept in the nurse’s office in a locked cabinet; students may not take medicine on their own at school.  The Medication in School form is on our district website.


MOBILE PHONES and ELECTRONIC DEVICES – If you would like your child to have a mobile phone at school, please send a letter or email to the principal for approval. Phones must be kept off and in the child’s backpack while at school and on the bus. Students may not take photographs or videos at school, so they may not bring other electronic devices that have picture-taking capabilities. If children violate the electronic device policy, the device will be kept in the office and the parent/guardian will pick it up. Please refer to School Board Policy 7:390 regarding electronic devices, laser pointers, and mobile phones.


PROHIBITION OF WEAPONS – Possession of a weapon or look-alike weapon is strictly prohibited.  Weapons include any object if used or attempted or intended to be used to cause bodily harm. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that clothing, backpacks, and pockets are free of weapons or look-alike weapons before coming to school or any school-related activity. Possession of these items, even if not used to cause harm, is a violation. Refer to School Board Policy 7:190(a)/7:190(a)-AP for more information.


SKATEBOARD, SCOOTER, and BIKE SAFETY – Only students in third through sixth grade may ride skateboards, scooters, or bikes to school. Roller skates, roller blade, and Heelys are prohibited.

  • Skateboards will be left in the office at the start of the day and picked up at the end of the day.
  • Bikes and scooters must be parked in the bike rack near the playground; a chain or cable lock is recommended to protect the bike while at school. Students must be able to lock and unlock the lock. The school is not responsible for stolen or damaged bikes or scooters.
  • Students must carry their skateboards and walk their bikes and scooters across the street at the crosswalk and sidewalks while on school grounds. 

VALUABLES, TOYS, TRADING CARDS, ELECTRONICS – Students should not bring personal items to school, including valuable equipment, collections, trading cards, games, or toys. This includes mobile phones unless prior arrangements have been made between the principal and parent/guardian. Sums of money larger than required for school purchases should not be brought to school. The school is not responsible for searching for or reimbursing for damaged, lost, or stolen personal items.