|Frequently Asked Questions|
When does school start and end?
School hours are from 8:40 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Students should not arrive at school before 8:40 a.m., since they are not supervised on the grounds. Students should not be in the building after 3:15 unless they are supervised by an adult.
Whom should I call when my child will be absent?
Call the Forrestdale attendance line at 732-842-0383. Choose option 1 to speak with Cathy Hawn or leave a message about the reason for your child's absence. Please call before 9:00 am.
Can I pick up homework when my child is absent?
Students who are going to be absent for several days are encouraged to try to stay up to date with assignments. Parents of students in grades 4 and 5 may call the main office at the beginning of the day to arrange to pick up the homework for that day, which will be available in the main office after 3:30. Please do not request to pick up work before the end of the school day.
Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are to choose "homework buddies" in each class from whom they can get missed assignments via telephone after school. Teacher class websites that include homework assignments are now linked to this district website. Parents can pick up books needed for these assignments after 3:15. Please work out access details (locker number and combination) with your child.
When do report cards come home?
For 2014-15, report card are issued on November 18, February 3, and April 21. The final report card is mailed home by the end of June. Report cards for the first three marking periods are carried home by the student in a brown signer envelope. Please sign and return the envelope promptly with your child so his/her homeroom teacher can ascertain that a parent has seen the report card and so we can re-use the envelope.
Interim reports are issued on an as-needed basis; not every student will receive one.
Can my child leave during the day?
Students who need to leave during school hours should present a note from their parents to Cathy Hawn in the main office before or during homeroom period. Ms. Hawn will issue the student a pass and include the student's name on the list of early dismissals so that all teachers are informed. The student should report to the office for dismissal at the time indicated on the pass in order to avoid having the office call to interrupt the class. All students leaving or arriving during the school day must sign in and out from the main office.
Can I visit the school?
Parents are welcome to visit the school; please call the principal to make arrangements before coming. All visitors must sign in at the office and wear a visitor badge.
How are students placed on the honor roll?
Students in grades 6 through 8 are eligible for honor roll or high honor roll. To be placed on the honor roll, a student must receive an 83 or above (or all A's and B's) in all subjects. To be placed on the high honor roll, a student must receive a 92 or above (or all A's) on all subjects.
Will a non-custodial parent get a copy of a child's report card?
The Rumson Board of Education believes it is appropriate to allow non-custodial parents to participate in the education of their children. According to board policy, upon request, non-custodial parents shall be entitled to exercise all parental rights to the extent that such rights are not restricted by a legally binding instrument or court order. Parents of Forrestdale students who want to ascertain inclusion on the list of parents who receive report cards by mail for all marking periods, may call or e-mail Cathy Hawn at 732-842-0383 ext 331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.