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Symonds School Parent Handbook 2015-2016

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Welcome to Symonds School

Welcome to our educational community. Symonds School is located in Keene, a community of approximately 25,000 people located in the the Monadnock Region. This is a beautiful area in the state of New Hampshire in the center of New England. It has mountains as well as pristine lakes and rivers. Our area has many small cities as well as more rural residential communities. It has many opportunities for recreation, entertainment and culture, and is well known for quality education and excellent schools.

At our website we will attempt to share the rich fabric of our school.

If I can be of any assistance please let me know.

Richard Cate, Principal


Keene School District will have 4 Early Release days: Friday, October 9th; Friday, January 22nd; Thursday, March 17th; Friday, May 27th.



WALK, ROLL & RIDE  2015-2016

On October 6,  Symonds will start  our 6th year promoting active commuting to school. 

3 Ways for Students and Families to Participate

1.Ride the Bus Our bus riders are a big part of Walk, Roll & Ride to school. Riding the bus will help reduce traffic around Symonds.  

2.Walk to School Kids walking to school get the exercise they need to be ready to learn and add physical activity for fitness and good health.

3.Ride a Bike 4th and 5th grade students are allowed to ride their bikes to school until Nov. 1st and begin riding again after March 13.

2 Seasons of Walk, Roll & Ride-

Fall Session- Oct. 6 through Dec. 15

Spring Session- March 22 through June 2

Walk, Roll and Ride Goals:

  • Kids arrive at school ready to learn
  • Community Partnerships
  • Kids and adults get the physical activity they need to be healthy
  • Promote bus ridership to reduce traffic. Fewer cars will increase safety and improve the quality of air our children breathe at school.
  • Friendly, neighborhood connections are made.  This boosts our sense of community and safety.
  • Riding, biking and walking with friends and/or family is FUN!!!

Walk, Roll and Ride Punch Cards Students hang their punch cards on their backpack and each Tuesday and Thursday a student walks, bikes or rides the bus to school the date will be punched.  We will have 1 punchcard for the fall session and 1 punchcard for the spring session.

Walk, Roll and Ride Hall of Fame Students turning in a punchcard with perfect attendance will become members!

ALL STUDENTS can participate every Tuesday and Thursday!

Walkers and Bikers

If you are already riding the bus or walking and biking to school, keep it up!  Remember upon arrival at school; visit the Playground Punch Station to get your card punched.

Walking to School with a Neighborhood Group

It’s easy to join a neighborhood walking group! Choose one of 2 neighborhood meeting points.  Each neighborhood has a Walk, Roll and Ride Captain.  Email your neighborhood Captain to let them know you will be joining the group.  On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, kids arrive at the meeting place at the designated time.  At 8am students will walk and bike to school with parent volunteers.  Remember upon arrival at school, visit the Playground Punch Station to get your card punched.

Arch St./St. Margaret Mary Neighborhood Meeting Point

Captains- Gayle Gray and Alyssa Zalaski

  • Email:  misslyss8@yahoo.com
  • Meeting Point- St Margaret Mary, 33 Arch
  • Drop off time: 7:50am-8am
  • Departure time: 8am sharp

Yankee Lanes/Upper Park Ave. Neighborhood Meeting Point

  • Captains- Catherine Koning and Chris Verville
  • Email:  ckoning@ne.rr.com    chris_verville@yahoo.com
  • Meeting Point- Yankee Lanes parking lot
  • Drop off Time: 7:45am-8am
  • Departure time: 8am sharp

Parent Drop Off Students 

Instead of driving your student to school, choose to join one of our 2 neighborhood groups. You’ll be helping your child arrive at school ready to learn and you will be helping us reduce the number of cars around our school and surrounding streets. Add in the healthy fun with friends and Walk, Roll and Ride is a winner!

Bus Riders Riding the bus helps keep the Symonds School area safe and our air cleaner.  Remember upon arrival at school, visit the Playground Punch Station to get your card punched.

Important and Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I need to include in my email to the Neighborhood Captain? Your name, your child’s name, grade and teacher. Include what days you plan to walk or bike.
  • Do I need to sign a permission slip for my child to participate? Students walking with a Neighborhood group will need to have a signed PURPLE PARENT PERMISSION SLIP.  Neighborhood Captains will have these on hand at the Neighborhood meeting points for parents to sign.
  • I don’t have email. How do I join Walk, Roll and Ride? Send a note to Mrs. Corwin at school.
  • How old does my child need to be to bike? School district rules require bikers to be in 4th or 5th grades.  Biking is allowed during daylight savings times ONLY.
  • If we join a neighborhood group do we have to go every Tuesday and Thursday? No, it’s not a problem if you can’t make it.  It’s ok to participate at the level that works for your family.  Of course, the more the healthier!
  • What should we do if we arrive at our Neighborhood meeting point after 8am departure? You will need to bring your child to school.
  • Weather? Your neighborhood captain will email a cancellation.  We also post cancellations using our PTA email blast system and the Symonds PTA Facebook page.
  • How do I volunteer to help with Walk and Roll? Email  jjenglish62@gmail.com or send a note email Mrs. Corwin at Symonds school bcowin@sau29.org.