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The letter is lengthy, but we wanted to ensure that all families received the most up-to-date information. We also ask families to check our school website frequently for updates. https://www.hamiltonelementarymiddle.org.
Arrival and Dismissal
7:30 a.m.- All students must be outside and ready to enter the building at 7:30 a.m. The doors will open at 7:30 a.m. Students will be allowed to come in for breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. Breakfast is optional, but all students must be prepared to enter the school at 7:30 a.m. to start class. After the first week of school, students will be marked tardy after 7:40 a.m.
2:10 p.m.- Dismissal (Please arrive by 2:05 p.m. to pick up children on time if they are not walkers or bus riders). We do not have staff to hold students past dismissal time. It’s imperative that all students are picked up on time. If you need before or after-school care, please reach out to Fitness Fun & Games. Financial Assistance is available based on income. Information on Fitness Fun & Games can be found at the bottom of this letter. Elementary students will be in the front of the building near the door in which they entered. Middle school students will be in the back of the building. If students have permission to walk home (grades 3-8), they must leave the grounds immediately following dismissal. Middle school students who pick up elementary siblings can walk to the front of the building to get them.
Early Dismissal - If you must pick up your child earlier than 2:10 p.m., you must do so before 1:40 p.m. Students are often in transition between 1:40 p.m. and 2:10 p.m. They are preparing to leave by completing exit tickets, gathering their belongings, or reporting back to their classrooms from resource or recess. Consequently, we are asking that parents/guardians refrain from requesting an early dismissal after 1:40 p.m.
7th-grade students need 1 dose of Meningococcal (MCV4) and 1 dose of T-Dap.
Kindergarten students need 2 doses of Varicella and 2 doses of MMR. Students who are out of compliance will require these immunizations to avoid being excluded from school in September. Please read the following to ensure you are in compliance:
Families are advised to make an appointment with their primary care facility as soon as possible. If they are unable to get an appointment with their primary care provider, they may seek alternate locations, see below.
The Baltimore City Health Department TIKE Immunization Clinic is open in August on MondayTuesday, and Thursday, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. The TIKE clinic has limited available appointments each of those days. As we get closer to the first day of school, those appointment times will fill up quickly. Call (410) 396- 4454 for more information.
The Rales school-based health center at KIPP Baltimore (2000 Edgewood Street) continues to offer immunizations to students that attend a Baltimore City Public School. Please call to schedule an appointment at (443) 642-2027.
Before and After Care
Before and After Care is provided through one of our community partners, Fitness Fun & Games (FFG). These spaces are limited so please do not wait to register. Application link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesiD9quIrXur-yGUI0mTJoclpqn2_QjMiAeFqOftiRBMcfMQ/viewform . For more information about FFG please visit Hamilton@FitnessFunandGames.org. You may also contact Director Mohan at 443-602-4030. Again, this program is separate from Hamilton. Please direct all questions straight to FFG.
The school supply list is under the tab labeled School Year 2023-2024, on our school’s website, and attached to this letter. Please reach out to your grade level administrator or myself if you need assistance with the school supply list. Please read the entire list. There are items at the top to share with the class and important information about bookbags and cell phones.
Hamilton students are required to wear school uniforms. We also have information related to our school uniforms on our school website and attached to this letter.
Top: Burgundy shirt.
(Elementary School)Bottoms: 4 options-Khaki pants, Khaki shorts, Khaki below-the-knee skirt, burgundy, and gray plaid below-the-knee uniform skirt.
(Middle School ) The middle school scholars will be wearing black bottoms and burgundy tops. All sweaters or jackets must be burgundy. Pants cannot be leggings or athletic wear ( no sweatpants). They should be Khaki material, but the color black.
Bottoms: 4 options-Black khaki pants/slacks, Black Khaki shorts, Black Khaki below-the-knee skirt. All bottoms MUST be black for middle school students.
Dresses: 2 options- Black Khaki uniform below the knee dress, burgundy/gray plaid below the knee uniform skirt or dress.
Sweaters/ Hoodies/Cardigans/Blazers: 1 option-all sweaters, cardigans, blazers, or hoodies must be burgundy only. No other colors will be permitted to be worn during the school day.
You may also purchase school apparel with the Hamilton logo from Sportsline/Xsell Promotions. Hamiton’s Uniform Webpage (https://hamilton23-24.itemorder.com) will be active starting July 30, 2023. Xsell Promo’s contact information is: email@example.com. They are located at 8001 Harford Road in Parkville, Maryland and the phone number is (410) 882 - 8001. Our contact person is Ms. Marie . These items are optional. You are not required to purchase apparel with the school logo.
Cell Phone Policy
All cell phones must be placed in their individually assigned locker at the onset of the school day. Parents can reach the school by calling the office in the event of an emergency. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Students caught on their phones, will turn them into the office. Parents will be required to pick up the phones at the end of the day.
Hamilton EMS will not be responsible for any cell phones, earbuds, or electronic devices.
Cell phones are not permitted during recess, lunch, or resource.
If you have never set up a Parent Portal account or need to add a new student, please email Mrs. Chalk at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Becker at CWalker@bcps.k12.md.us for the Parent Portal Activation letter. If you have already set up your account, but forgot your password, you must call 443-984-2000 to get it reset. If you are unsure, request the activation letter first. This is the website: https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/campus-portal. It is imperative that parents set up a Parent Portal account not only for the homeroom assignment but also to check grades and report cards throughout the year.
At Hamilton, we believe in the beauty and power of community. Our families are such a major part of our story. We are so thankful for our partnership with our Hamilton PTA. Please reach out to our Hamilton PTA and become a member if you haven’t already. You may find additional information about our PTA on our school website. You may also inquire via email at HamiltonEMSPTA@gmail.com.
I thank you for taking the time to read this entire letter (smile). Please know that we hear you and we are working to ensure you receive the most updated information. We will continue to provide ongoing updates throughout the school year. I hope we can continue to work together as a school family and build off of the incredible work we have already started. Our community and families are our hearts and we value our bonds with our village. We are honored to serve the students and families of Hamilton Elementary Middle School. We look forward to an amazing year with you all.
If you have any questions, please call us at 410-396-6375 between 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. or email us. If you leave a phone message we will be sure to respond within 48 hours. Please note, this information will also be sent home via postal mail service.
Natasha Pouncey- Principalemail@example.com
Zaakira Muhammad - Assistant Principal- Middle Schoolfirstname.lastname@example.org
Lorrie Randall- Assistant Principal- Elementary Schoolemail@example.com
Mrs. Chalk- Support with firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Myers- Support with email@example.com
School Website: https://www.hamiltonelementarymiddle.org
Natasha Pouncey, Principal
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