New Family FAQs

Welcome to Julia Green! We are so glad that you are here! You probably have lots of questions as you look ahead to starting school in the Fall. We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions within this document, but it is not exhaustive.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our New Families Coordinator, Kerry Roberts (kerry.boyle@comcast.net)  or any PTO Representative as the start of school approaches. 

Q: When does school start?

A:  The first day of school is Tuesday, August 10th (see the proposed MNPS 2021-22 school calendar). 


Q: What are the hours of the school day?

A:  School starts at 8:00 a.m. and dismisses at 3:00 p.m.  Morning drop-off begins at 7:45 a.m. 

Q: What are the attendance requirements?

A:  It is important that all students attend school regularly.  Please check the calendar now and plan your time off to maximize your child’s time in school.  When your child does miss school please send a note and communicate with your child’s teacher.

Q: Are there extended care programs at Julia Green?

A:  Extended Care is available with in-person learning and is operated by independent provider.  If your family needs additional hours of childcare either before or after school, JGEC provides care from 7:15-7:45 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.  For more information about extended care, please contact juliagreenextendedcare@gmail.com or Aaron Yarnall (615) 881-1976.

Q: How does drop-off and pick-up work?

A:  Students generally come and go three different ways: by school bus, by car or by walking.
 

  • Bus: All Metro students who attend their zoned school, and who live more than 1.25 miles from school, are eligible for school bus transportation.  To find your bus route, go to: www.mnps.org/transportation.  If you live within the 1.25 mile radius (the “Parental Responsibility Zone”) please contact the Julia Green Office regarding potential school bus transportation. 

  • Car: You may drop off and pick up your child by car.  More detailed information on how the lines work will be provided at orientation and the first day of school.

  • Walk: Families that live within walking distance may choose to walk to school.

Q: What does my child need to wear to school when in-person?

A:  All students must wear standard school attire (SSA) to school.  The SSA requirements at Julia Green are:

  • Tops (or dresses): with collar in any solid color

  • Bottoms: pants, shorts or skirts in khaki, black or navy

  • Shoes: must have closed-toe shoes for daily recess

Q: Where do I buy standard school attire?

A:  You can purchase SSA from any retailer that you choose.  Target, Wal-Mart, Old Navy, GAP, Lands’ End and many more retailers have a large selection of SSA clothing.  Clothes do not have to branded with the Julia Green logo.  If you would like to purchase clothing with the Julia Green logo (shirts, vests, pull-overs) you may do so through the Lands’ End uniform shop.  Go to landsend.com, click on the “SCHOOL” tab and then click on “Find Your School.”  You can search for Julia Green by entering the school name and state or using the Preferred School Number: 900129818.

Q: Is it true that students can wear non-SSA on Fridays?

A:  On Fridays, students are allowed to wear any Julia Green t-shirt in place of SSA tops.  SSA bottoms and closed-toe shoes are still required on Fridays.  Julia Green t-shirts and other gear may be purchased at the Julia Green Spirit Store.  There will also be opportunities to purchase JG t-shirts in connection with school events throughout the year (Carnival in the fall, Read-A-Thon in the winter and the Hornet Hustle in the spring).

Q: What about school supplies?

A:  All students will be required to purchase school supplies before in-person learning begins.  The school supply lists will be available on the school website.  

 

Q: What else will my child need for in-person learning?

A:  In addition to classroom supplies, students should have a backpack.  For children that choose to bring their lunch, you may wish to have a lunch box.  Most teachers also request that students bring a water bottle for use throughout the day.

Q: Speaking of lunch, how does that work?

A:  Students may bring a lunch from home or purchase lunch in the cafeteria.  Currently, there is no charge for a school lunch.  The school lunch menu is available online.

Q: May I come have lunch with my child?

A:  This will depend on the Covid-related guidelines.  Currently, no parents or guests are allowed at school lunch.

Q: When do we find out my child’s teacher?

A:  Prior to the first day of school you will receive a postcard in the mail providing you with your child’s class placement.  Unfortunately, it can be difficult to predict the exact time that these letters will be mailed and a number of factors on the district level influence this timing.

Q: Can I sign up to receive Julia Green emails? How else can I get information?

A:  Yes!  There is a Julia Green listserv and information is pushed out through a number of different channels:

  • Email: Sign up for the listserv. During the school year there is a weekly newsletter called the “Hornet News” that includes pertinent information.  There are additional informational emails as needed.  You do not need to wait until the fall to sign up.

  • Call-Outs: You will receive phone call outs from the district and Julia Green administration using the phone number you use in your registration.

  • Website: juliagreen.org

  • Social Media: Facebook follow “Julia Green PTO Parents“ & Instagram: @jghornets

 

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: You probably will, and we are here to help!  The PTO Executive Board and the Julia Green administration are available to you. Please reach out any time.