Parents and Community
Students can arrive at the ringing of the 7:15 a.m. bell. All students arriving prior to 7:15 a.m. should wait in the lobby area with an adult. There are no staff members available to watch children prior to 7:15 a.m.
Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:15 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. each school day. No breakfast is served on delayed days.
Your student's lunch schedule is provided by the teacher. Lunch is served on all days school is in session, to include early release days.
Morning Bell 7:15 a.m.
Warning Bell 7:40 a.m.
Tardy Bell 7:45 a.m.
Dismissal Bell for Busses, Prime Time and Daycare 2:20 p.m.
Dismissal Bell for Walkers and Parent Pick Up 2:25 p.m.
Breakfast for Students - No Cost
Breakfast for Adults - Ala Carte
Lunch for Students - No Cost
Lunch for Adults - Ala Carte
Traffic Patterns/Flow and Parking
In order to provide a safe and orderly environment, traffic patterns for parents and visitors are as follows:
Facing the school:
* Faculty parking is on the right as you enter.
* Buses will load and unload in the right parking lot, facing the school.
* Daycare will flow through from the right to the left, in front of the school.
* Parent pick-up is on the left side as you are facing the school.
Please be mindful of others while in the drop-off/pick-up lines and leave ample space at the crosswalks. Be alert to staff members that are directing traffic to help maintain a smooth flow of traffic.
* Visitor parking/registration is in the front of the school, or on the left side of the building. You may not park in the visitor parking, located in the front of the school, for dropping off your child or picking your child up, unless you possess a handicap sign, your child is tardy or you are checking your child out of school early.
Check In and Check Out Procedures
All students must be checked-in through the Front Office by the adult bringing them to school after the 7:45 a.m. bell. These students will be given a late pass in order to be admitted tardy to class. Any student arriving after 11:30 a.m. will be marked as absent for the school day.
STUDENTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CHECK-IN WITHOUT AN ADULT.
All students leaving prior to the dismissal bell must be checked out through the office by an authorized person picking them up. This person must be listed on the student's check in/out card. Due to transitioning at the end of the day, NO students will be permitted to be checked out prior to 2:00 p.m. Any student checked out prior to 11:30 a.m. will be marked as absent for the school day.
IDENTIFICATION WILL BE REQUIRED OF ALL CHECK-OUTS.
Under no circumstances will a student be released from class without following the above check-out procedures. The school will not be involved in domestic custody disputes without legal documentation on file.
Homework and Parent Links
Research has repeatedly shown that one of the quickest and best ways to increase students' achievement is to reinforce skills through homework. Students at this age (grades K-5) continually need the support of their parents in ensuring that homework is completed to promote success. Our homework policy is designed to reinforce skills not to serve as busywork. Appropriate amounts and time spent on homework should be as follows:
Grades K-2 – approximately 20-30 minutes
Grades 3-5 – not more than 1 hour
Please be aware that outside research and projects may take longer. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's homework, please direct them to the teacher.
MEDICATION CANNOT BE SENT TO AND FROM SCHOOL BY THE CHILD.
Medicine will not be administered to a child unless prescribed by a doctor. All medicine must be in the original container with the prescription label. If medication is to be given more than 5 consecutive days, a "Request to Administer Medicine" must be signed by the doctor and kept on file in the office. If you feel this may apply to your situation, please stop by the office to get the necessary forms before going to the doctor in order to help prevent multiple trips to the physician. This should be taken into consideration when you have a child on a medication on a regular basis.
Prime Time After School
After school care is provided on-site by the Cumberland County Schools Prime Time Program. This program provides students with enriching activities to enhance the learning process. Prime Time is not currently offered at Ben Martin Elementary.
For more information visit: Cumberland County School’s Prime Time
Prime Time main office 910-678-2451
Community Volunteer Services
Our staff is always looking for ways to involve our parents and the school community in as many activities displayed throughout our school each year. These activities include: Grandparent’s Senior Prom, Math Night, Science Night, Accelerated Reader Night, Fire Prevention Week, Red Ribbon Week, and Field Day are only a few opportunities in which our parents can become more involved.
To be a Cumberland County Approved volunteer at our school you must complete a volunteer application through Cumberland County Schools. Visit the link below to learn more about the Mentor and Volunteer Programs offered through our school system.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
- I want Ben Martin Elementary to be one of the best schools in Cumberland County!
- I want my child to have a great school year – to learn and to have fun!
- I want to set an example for students the importance of volunteering!
- I want to connect with other parents to make a difference in our school!
- I want to help decide how PTA fundraising money is spent!
- I want all the students at Ben Martin be successful!
If the above statements are true, then “help us help the school”. Parent involvement is critical for a successful school. You can volunteer as a PTA officer or a committee chair. There are jobs that take no more than a couple hours a month, some are that are seasonal, and a few that require a routine commitment.
Dedicated teachers, staff, and PARENTS help make Ben Martin Elementary a great school! Join now – it’s rewarding, it’s important, it’s even fun!
Nominate yourself or someone else. Some positions can even be shared, some are ready to be filled immediately, but all need your support in order to be successful. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher for more information.
All candidates for positions must be a member of the PTA, with current dues paid before beginning any position. Annual dues are $6.oo per person, every member of your household can be a member. Every person who joins a school PTA in North Carolina automatically becomes a member of both the North Carolina PTA and National PTA. Membership is open to ANYONE who believes in the North Carolina PTA Mission and Values. Being a member does not commit you to a position, but does allow your voice to be heard!
PBIS - Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support
PBIS – POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION & SUPPORT
At Ben Martin, we have implemented the Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) program as a process for creating a safer and more effective learning environment within our school. This program is a systematic approach to enhancing the capacity of our school to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving Ben Martin’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. This approach will help us create a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.
Partners In Education
At Ben Martin, we believe that all students can learn and commit ourselves to ensure that they do learn. We believe that home-school-community partnerships foster not just participation and involvement, but consensus and collaboration. We are fortunate to have several community partners that are truly committed to assisting with the educational process in order to enhance learning for our boys and girls. From volunteering in the classroom, tutoring, providing incentives, to assisting with our PTA and special events, our partners truly make a difference at Benjamin J. Martin Elementary.
Partners that joined us for this school year include:
Food Lion on Reilly Road Two Brother's Pizza on Reilly Road
We salute our partners and appreciate all they do to ensure SUCCESS!