New Family FAQs
Q: When does school start?
A: The first day of school is Tuesday, August 8. This will be a full day of school for grades 1-5. Kindergarten students will have a half-day of school on August 8 AND August 9, dismissing at 11:30. The school bus will run for the half-day dismissal time. The first full day of school for Kindergarten will be Thursday, August 10. The full MNPS calendar can be found at mnps.org, including all school holidays. A detailed calendar with school-specific events can be found at juliagreen.org.
Q: Is there a new student orientation?
A: There will be an opportunity for students to visit the school and meet their teachers on Monday, August 7. Additional details will be shared through Hornet News as soon as they are available.
Q: What are the hours of the school day?
A: School starts at 8:00am and dismisses at 3:00pm. Morning drop-off begins at 7:45am.
Q: What are the attendance requirements?
A: It is important that all students attend school regularly. Please check the calendar now and plan any 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: Yes, Julia Green Extended Care 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 am and 3-6pm. For more information about extended care, please visit www.jgec.info.
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.
Car: You may drop off and pick up your child by car. More detailed information on how the line works is available under Carline Procedures.
Walk: Families that live within walking distance may choose to walk to school.
Q: What does my child need to wear to school?
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 be 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, which is open at school events throughout the year.
Q: What about school supplies?
A: All students must purchase school supplies before school begins in August. The school supply lists have been posted under School Supplies.
Q: What else will my child need for school?
A: In addition to classroom supplies, students should have a backpack. For children who 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: All students will eat lunch daily in the cafeteria. All students benefit from the No Pay lunch grant which provides lunch at no cost to all students. Students may also bring a lunch from home. Funds can be put on your student’s account for treats in the cafeteria such as ice cream or chips by visiting the cafeteria, or you can send money to school with your student.
In addition, all students benefit from No Pay breakfast served daily from 7:30 to 8:00 am.
Q: May I come have lunch with my child?
A: Yes! Visitors will be allowed to eat with their children on specific days. Additional information will be provided at the beginning of the school year.
Q: When do we find out my child’s teacher?
A: While it is difficult to predict the exact timing, you will be notified of your child's teacher prior to the first day of school.
Q: Can I sign up to receive Julia Green emails? How else can I get information?
A: The best way to stay up to date is to sign up for Hornet News, using the quick link on this website. In addition, you will receive phone calls from MNPS and Julia Green administration using the phone number you use in your registration after you are officially enrolled. You can also follow us on Instagram @jghornets
Q: How else can I connect with other Julia Green families?
A: Get connected with a Buzz Buddy! Our Buzz Buddies are existing families that help welcome our newest families to Julia Green! If you would like to be connected with a Buzz Buddy, please email JGBuzzBuddies@gmail.com. Buzz Buddy families can expect regular outreach from your Buzz Buddy with important dates and information about school events; a play date with your student and a child in their grade level; and a dedicated resource for your family throughout the school year as you have questions!
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: We are here to help! Please reach out any time.