1C Classroom Policies

Mrs. Rinker’s Classroom Policies


Anytime your child is absent from school, you are to notify the school before 9:05 AM.  You must also send a written excuse from you or your doctor explaining the absence, and this excuse is to be returned to school on the day your child returns.  Please remember to sign and date the excuse.  Written excuses must be turned in within 24 hours of your child’s return to school or the absence will be unexcused. 


a. Personal Illness - Parent determines the student is unable to attend school due to illness.

  • Requires notification from parent/guardian
  • Phone call to school on day of absence before 9:05 AM
  • Written note from parent/guardian when student returns to school
  • Not to exceed 4 days per Trimester

b. Medical Excuse - Student has been seen by a doctor and the doctor determines dates that the student is unable to attend school due to illness.

  • Requires written excuse from doctor
  • Parent phone call to school on day of absence
  • Written note from doctor when student returns to school

c. Illness in the immediate family

  • Requires notification procedures as outlined for Personal Illness

d. Quarantine

  • Requires notification procedure as outlined for Personal Illness
  • Students with head lice will be excused 2 days

e. Death in the family

  • Requires notification procedures as outlined for Personal Illness

f. Religious observances

  • Requires notification procedures as outlined for Personal Illness

g. An emergency or set of circumstances which in the judgement of the school, constitutes good and sufficient cause for absence from school.

  • Requires notification procedures as outlined for Personal Illness

h. Family Vacations:  The following regulations must be met to insure uniform handling of family vacation situations:

  • A student must request a Family Vacation Form from the office.
  • The student and parent will complete the form prior to a family vacation.  If approval is not obtained, the absence will be unexcused and no work will be made up.
  • The student will present the completed form to all teachers.
  • The completed form must be submitted to the school office prior to the family vacation.
  • Homework missed from a pre-approved family vacation absence will be given to the student upon their return to school.
  • The days count as absences, but are not calculated in the total for the attendance notification process.
  • Only 1 family vacation will be granted each school year.
  • Student with excess absences may be denied family vacation.
  • Please avoid September, October, April and May testing dates when planning vacation.

All other absences will be considered unexcused unless approved by the office in advance of the absence. 


Students shall only take those medications that are necessary to keep the child in school. When this is necessary, the office must have a signed form from the parent/guardian, and the doctor of the student that received the medication in accordance with H.B. 262. The medication must be in the container that was issued from the pharmacy. This includes all over-the-counter medication as well as prescription medication. Also, cough drops, aspirin, ointments, etc. will not be administered unless accompanied with the proper form signed by the parent/guardian and doctor as well.


Elementary school lunch prices are as follows:  Full lunch $2.00 with milk, reduced 40¢, extra milk 40¢.  Breakfast is free and available daily for all students.  Please send your child’s weekly or monthly lunch money in a sealed envelope marked with their name and 1C.  Place it in the money/note pouch located in the C.O.M.E.T.S. Folder.  This helps me stay organized and ensures that the cafeteria knows who to give credit for lunch.  Even easier, payments can also be paid online by credit card or electronic check at www.payforit.net (a small fee is charged for this service).  You will need your students ID# to sign up.


For your child’s safety, it is school policy that I MUST send your child home his/her normal way, UNLESS I receive a written note or the office receives a phone call from you.  This will prevent any misunderstandings and is in the best interest of your child.  If they are going home an alternate way, please include full names and bus numbers on the note.  Please place notes in the money/note zipper pouch in your child’s C.O.M.E.T.S. Folder.


EES is a participant in the Read 20 program. With this program, your child is expected to read 20 minutes each night. This can be independent reading or reading with a friend or family member. Students can, and are encouraged to read any material they are interested in! The Read 20 log will be kept in your child’s folder. Please sign or initial that your child has read 80 minutes a week. I will keep these for documentation for the Elementary Quarterly Read 20 awards. Homework also consists of practicing your rainbow words! The list is found in your child’s COMET folder. Each day we complete a math lesson the homework page will be attached to the lesson. This is not required, but students can complete the homework page to help practice and reinforce math concepts we are learning at home.

With all of that being said, schedules are BUSY! I know that realistically there are nights where your family will not have time to accomplish it all. We are human! J If your child wants to read more than 20 minutes one night and less than 20 minutes another that is fine! I encourage you to do what works best for your family. I do not want homework to be stressful and a struggle for your family at home. I will not collect or grade any homework. The only thing that will be checked is the Read 20 log that will be turned in for the EES Read 20 awards. For everything else, I am under the assumption that you want your child to succeed as much as I do and will work with then as much as possible at home.

If you would like any additional resources to work on with your child at home, please let me know. I would be more than happy to send resources home for you!


Your child’s birthday is a special occasion!  S/he will be celebrated and recognized in 1C and be our Birthday Leader for the day. If you wish to send in a treat, please consider nonfood items such as pencils, stickers, or the donation of a book, game, or puzzle for our classroom that we will dedicate to your child. If handing out party invitations in school, please give one to each member of the class.  Students who have birthdays during the summer months will have a special day dedicated at the end of the year to celebrate.


Throughout the school year, we will have classroom celebrations.  For these occasions, donations for supplies will be appreciated.  When it gets closer to these times, I will send a letter home with supplies that might be needed.   If a parent so desires, a child may be excused from a classroom party.


Beginning at the end of September and on each Thursday, we will welcome our Mystery Reader.  This is when someone other than Mrs. Rinker gets to read to our class!  Please contact me by emailing, calling, or stopping by the classroom to sign up!

C.O.M.E.T.S. Folders

Each night your child will bring home his/her C.O.M.E.T.S. Folder.  Please check it each night and have your child bring it back the following school day.  This folder will be our home/school connection.  Please see the separate information for this important folder.


Please contact me if you have concerns, questions, or just wish to talk about your child!  You may email me at rinker_l@elginschools.org or call me at school at 740-223-4301 either before 8:50 AM or after 3:45 PM.  If you need to reach me in the middle of the day, my planning time is from 12:25 – 1:05.  You may also call me at home at 740-360-1610 or communicate through Class Dojo.   I will return emails and messages as soon as I can.







Contact Information

Elgin Local Schools
1239 Keener Road South  
Marion, OH 43302

Phone:  740.382.1101  
Fax: 740.382.1672