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Dear Students and Parents,

We are excited to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year at Citrus Elementary School.  The first day of school is Monday, August 13, 2018.  Please be aware that our school hours have changed.  School hours are from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  School hours are from 8:45 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. on Wednesdays.  Please access our website ( for the most current updates of school events and school start times.

We encourage you to attend “Meet Your Teacher” on Thursday, August 9, 2018.  Kindergarten parents and students are invited to Kindergarten Orientation from 9-10 a.m. in the cafeteria.  Teachers will be providing important information about the kindergarten curriculum, school procedures, and how parents can help their child at home.  Kindergarten students are invited to meet their teachers from 10-11 a.m. First through Fifth grade, students are invited to meet their teachers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The class rolls will be posted at these designated times so that students and parents have the opportunity to visit classrooms.

The After School Program (ASP) will be on site to confirm registration or to enroll students in the morning and/or afternoon childcare program.  PTA memberships will be available for purchase, agendas will be available for $5 and other community members will have booths set up for you to visit during Meet Your Teacher. We also ask for a $5 donation for clinic supplies.

During Meet Your Teacher you will be able to pick up stickers to place on your child for the first week of school that indicate how your child will be going home.  Please help us ensure the safety of all of our students by following the instructions and place these stickers on your child for the entire first week of school.  Car tags will also be available for car riders in individual classrooms.  If your child will be a walker or bike rider, please review your rainy day plan with your child and your child’s teacher.  Students will not be able to walk or ride a bike home if there is heavy rain and/or thunder and lightning. Please remember if a student is leaving campus in a car, they are considered a car rider and must be picked up in the car rider loop.  Walkers are considered those students walking off campus and should not be picked up in a car. All students that ride a bike, scooter or skateboard must wear a helmet and will not be allowed to ride home without a helmet. A transportation schedule will also be available for students who ride a school bus to school.

Arrival procedures remain in effect in order to provide a safe and secure campus.  Parents will not be allowed to walk students to class. All students must be dropped off in the P.E. pavilion in the morning.  Students will be housed at a designated location in the building.  The front parking lot is for official school business only.  Parents who register students, volunteer, attend scheduled appointments or have other school business must check in at the front lobby.  We thank you in advance for your support as we continue to provide a safe and secure environment for you child.

Once again, we will be able to offer all students free breakfast and lunch.  Breakfast is served daily from 8:15-8:40 a.m.  We ask parents to complete the Parent Technology Media and Information Consent Form online on Progress Book.  You can access the forms at  If you do not have access or remember your log on information, we will send home updated log on information during the first few weeks of school.

Citrus Elementary is a wonderful school largely due to the great working relationship between teachers and parents.  There will be opportunities for parents to register as ADDitions volunteers and join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as well.  A new ADDitions form must be completed each year if you would like to volunteer in classrooms or chaperone a field trip.  You can complete the application by going to

We look forward to seeing you and are excited to begin another great year.

Delaine Bender