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Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook

Table of Contents

Welcome Back to School!

This handbook explains our school policies and procedures. It can serve as a ready reference guide to help answer and clarify questions typically asked by parents each year. Keep it in a convenient location.

Please remember that our school newsletter, The Wrangler, is sent home once a month to highlight activities and keep you informed of many items of interest involving our school and students. You will be sent an electronic copy via e-mail unless you have requested a paper copy from your child's teacher.  

We continue to strive for greater collaboration between home and school. We believe communication and collaboration are essential ingredients in your child’s success in school. Please help us achieve this by becoming involved in whatever way you can.

We hope this is a productive, safe, and happy year for you and your child.






Seven Bar Elementary Phone Numbers

Attendance   899-2797 option 2
Fax   899-4376
Assistant Principal
Roberta Montoya
Jennifer Abeyta
899-2797 option 9
899-2797 option 9
Office Secretary
Office Clerk
Beth Kukowski
Janelle Fontaine
899-2797 option 0
899-2797 option 0

Veronica Anderson

Cheryl Benedetto

899-2797 ext 42204

899-2797 ext 42228

School Nurse Melissa Ybarra 899-2797 option 3

Patricia Aleman


Rio Grande Educational


Before/after school care


RGEC website


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Bus Questions

APS Transportation Services: 880-3989


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APS Phone Numbers

Diane Kerschen, Associate Superintendent Elementary Schools 880-2589
Community Service Center 855-9040


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Daily Schedule

Monday-Friday 7:43 AM - 1:50 PM
Abbreviated Days

9:43 AM - 1:50 PM


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Breakfast $1.15 Student Lunch $1.95
Reduced Breakfast $0.00 Reduced Lunch $0.00
Milk $0.40 Adult Lunch $3.20


If your child brings lunch money on a daily basis, please have them keep it in a safe place. If students lose their lunch money, they will be allowed to call home.We encourage parents to pre-purchase lunch using My Schoolbucks.  Applications for free/reduced lunch tickets are available from the cafeteria manager.

Students may also bring lunches from home and purchase milk at school.

Cafeteria rules are:

  • enter and exit calmly
  • practice good manners
  • speak softly
  • eat your lunch
  • clean up after yourself

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School Supplies

Supply lists by grade level are available in the office or on our website. These lists are also posted at surrounding area stores.

If purchasing school supplies is a hardship, please see the principal.

All students are encouraged to take good care of their supplies.

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Seven Bar has an active parent teacher association. Every year they survey the staff and parents to provide programs and support that will enhance the school goals and create a positive climate for learning. On orientation day, please stop by the PTA table to fill out a parent volunteer form and join the PTA.

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Seven Bar Instructional Council

The Seven Bar Instructional Council consists of the principal, staff, parents and other community members who meet to set goals for our school. Our emphasis is on providing programs and services that best serve the students needs. We encourage and support parent and community involvement.  

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Bicycles may be ridden to school only if the student has a lock. The bicycle is placed in the bike rack during school hours. The school will not be responsible for theft or damage to student bicycles. We strongly encourage students to wear helmets when riding their bikes to school.  

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Bus Rules


Children should follow the school rules while waiting for the bus and boarding the bus. Buses are owned by contractors and have rules that apply to students who ride them. APS Transportation Department provides the school with bus handbooks, which describe rules and consequences. Please remember that bus riding is a privilege. When children violate bus rules, parents will be notified in writing. Repeated violations may result in suspension of bus privileges. APS Transportation Department does not allow children to ride home with friends or take a different bus than normal.

Should you have any questions, please contact APS Transportation at 880-3989 or click here to visit their website.

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Seven Bar Discipline Plan

The goals of our discipline plan at Seven Bar Elementary are to provide clear expectations for students, parents, and staff, prompt communication with parents and students, and consistent rules, consequences and reinforcement for common areas of school.

The purpose of discipline at Seven Bar is to teach students the pillars of Character Counts!

Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Caring, Respect, Fairness, and Citizenship

Wrangler Code of Conduct

All Wranglers will:

  • Respect others including personal space, property, and rights.
  • Take responsibility for words, actions, property at Seven Bar.
  • Show a caring attitude toward self, others, and school.
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  • Follow school rules and do what you can to make Seven Bar a better place.
  • Be a person of your word and deed.

To Follow the Code of Conduct Student Wranglers will:

  • be quiet while passing classes in between portables and in hallways.
  • walk only between portables and in hallways.
  • stop playing when the bell rings.
  • follow general safety rules for all play equipment.
  • show respect for all adults and students.
  • practice good manners.
  • listen and follow directions the first time.
  • avoid adults without badges or visitor stickers and report them to school personnel.
  • ask questions if not sure of a rule.
  • admit mistakes and apologize if accidents happen.
  • model courtesy using please, thank you, and addressing adults with ma'am and sir.
  • play in designated areas only.
  • stay away from dangerous areas.

To Help Everyone Follow the Code of Conduct Adult Wranglers will:

  • walk behind class when escorting them across campus to monitor behavior.
  • wear badges and visitor stickers to identify themselves as a safe person.
  • model good manners.
  • ask questions if not sure of rule or policy.
  • admit mistakes and apologize if accidents happen.
  • show respect for other adults and children.

Reinforcement for Code of Conduct


  • Students who are model citizens at Seven Bar and follow the Wrangler Code of Conduct can be nominated by the members of their class to have a pizza lunch with the principal. Each class can send up to two students per month as a recognition for practicing Character Counts!
  • Citizenship Awards — Each grading period students will be awarded a Character Counts Award if they have received all checks and pluses on their report card in the behavior section.
  • Recognition on morning announcements of students practicing specific pillars of Character Counts


In the common areas of Seven Bar (playground, hallways, cafeteria) these are unacceptable behaviors and will result in:

Caution Slip to Teacher

Referral to Office

  • Jumping off swings
  • Running up slides
  • Playing between portables
  • Playing in bathrooms
  • Using monkey bars without hands
  • More than one on slide at a time
  • Head first on slide
  • Playing tag on play equipment
  • Climbing fences
  • Going under portables
  • Littering
  • Throwing inappropriate objects
  • Throwing food
  • Spitting on grounds
  • And other safety violations
  • Physical aggression including self-defense
  • Threats of physical aggression
  • Verbal aggression
  • Fighting
  • Sexual harrassment
  • Racial slurs
  • Vandalism
  • Stealing
  • Weapons possession (knives, guns, including look-alikes, sharp objects)
  • Drugs and alcohol possession (including look alikes)
  • Spitting on person

Students will lose remainder of recess and go to designated area to write a refocus plan.

Students will be sent immediately to office with referral slip for further disciplinary action determined by principal or designee.

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Dress Code

Seven Bar complies with the APS Dress Code, which specifies:

  • Students must wear appropriately fitting clothing (not excessively tight or revealing; “sagging and/or bagging” is prohibited).
  • Students may not wear clothing that advertises, displays, or promotes drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual activity, violence, disrespect and/or bigotry (including WWF advertisements).
  • As a matter of courtesy, hats/caps are not to be worn in the building; except when there are specific instructional, safety, religious, or medical reasons.
  • Students may not wear spiked jewelry, chains, or belts with more than a 2 inches excess.

In addition, students at Seven Bar

  • are not allowed to wear ball caps or hats at school - special circumstances will need to be approved by the principal.
  • are not allowed to bring any form of make up to school including glitter, lip gloss, and hair products. We discourage students from wearing make-up to school. Students who do so will be sent to the office to wash their faces.
  • may not wear clothing where underwear may be exposed (bra straps, underpants, boxer shorts).
  • may wear sleeveless shirts if strap is three fingers wide or wider.
  • may not wear short or skirts that are considered too short (as measured by the students fingertips when hands are resting at their side).
  • may not wear muscle or shirts that expose midriff.
  • may not wear shoes with wheels.

If the violation is correctable at school, the student will make the necessary changes. The teacher will refer the student violating the dress code to the office to notify the parents of the violation. If the student needs a change of clothing, they will wait in the office until the parent arrives with the appropriate clothing. They may make up any work they miss while they are waiting.

If there are additional violations, students may be suspended from school.

The Board of Education expects student dress and grooming to reflect high standards of personal conduct so that each student’s attire promotes a positive, safe, and healthy atmosphere within the school.

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Field Trips

Field trips provide an excellent educational experience for students. The APS district does require prior approval of all field trips by the principal. Field trips that are activity based require an extra fee paid by students to cover liability insurance. Money paid for a field trip is non-refundable if a child misses the activity for any reason.

Students MAY NOT participate in a field trip unless a parent permission form has been signed by the parent or guardian and returned to the school.

Due to legal implications involving liability, oral permission over the phone and handwritten notes are not acceptable substitutes for the signed parent permission form.

Frequently parents are invited to accompany the class on a field trip to help the teacher supervise students. Parents who go on field trips MUST have a background check.  Non-school age children cannot be accommodated on field trips requiring bus transportation.

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Seven Bar complies with the Albuquerque Public School “Religious Issues and Holidays Policies.” APS requires that educators make curriculum decisions and guide discussions sensitive to varying beliefs, which neither inhibit or advance a particular religious belief. Holiday activities (religious and/or cultural) must have a strong curriculum tie to District Standards.

If you have specific concerns or issues you wish to discuss regarding holidays, please notify the school.


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Homework provides an opportunity for students to develop responsibility. Teachers at Seven Bar will provide meaningful activities that reinforce skills introduced in the classroom. It is a tool for nurturing communications and interactions between the student, parent, and school.

Homework is assigned on a regular basis either daily, weekly, or monthly. It is assigned to be consistent with district minimum and maximum time limits based on age and grade levels.

Grades K-2nd: 20-30 minutes of homework per night

Grades 3rd-5th: 30-60 minutes of homework per night

Some homework will be assigned for extended periods (Science Fair projects or specific research projects).

Seven Bar follows APS policy of providing homework for students upon their return to school. When a student returns to school he/she will have the same number of days to make up the work missed as the number of days he/she was absent in order to receive full credit. For more information, please see your child’s teacher.

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Reading (Literacy)

Teachers at Seven Bar teach reading using a variety of strategies. All students in APS use a common core reading program and adhere to NM State Standards.   Specific standards for reading are further defined on our website. Students who speak a language other than English receive special attention and strategies to help them become proficient in English and successful in school. Students who are nearing proficient or at beginning steps as measured by standardized tests also receive an additional 30 minutes of direct instruction and may be referred to the Student Assistance Team for additional help and resources.   See your child’s teacher for more information.


Teachers at Seven Bar all use a process approach to teach students writing skills. Each grade level is expected to address certain skills. Student’s writing is collected in a portfolio and scored on a rubric.  Portfolios are sent on to the next teacher each year.


Students will be learning math using a problem solving approach. All schools in APS use a core math program and adhere to NM State Standards. The teachers at Seven Bar use a math series called “Stepping Stones”. This series does not provide a textbook for students to take home with practice math problems. Students will be asked to practice skills in context. Math goals and skills are defined by grade level on the website


APS supports the use of hands-on science application. Students are provided with science kits that provide experiential learning activities to address the NM State Standards.

Social Studies

APS adheres to the NM State Standards for the teaching of social studies.  Students receive instruction using a combination of resources. 

Fine Arts

Students receive instruction in art and music from teachers provided by the Fine Arts department in APS.  These teachers rotate between schools on an annual basis.

Physical Education

Students receive physical education weekly from teachers at the school using NM State Standards.  In addition Seven Bar encourages active and life long physical activity through a variety of opportunities.  These opportunities are often promoted in the weekly newsletter, the Wrangler.

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The laws in the state of New Mexico are such that school districts cannot assume liability for costs incurred through student accidents. Therefore, the Board of Education makes a student accident policy available to students in the Albuquerque Public Schools. A brochure sent home at the beginning of each new school year explains this optional policy.

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Library books and textbooks are very valuable. Please encourage your child to care for their books and return them as required. Lost books must be paid for so that the school can replace them. Outstanding debts may impinge upon a student’s registration status.

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Lost & Found

Parents may come to the school at any time to check the Lost and Found. Clothing items and/or lunch pails are usually placed in the Lost and Found. Money, pieces of jewelry, or small items are kept in the office when they are found. When the Lost and Found box gets full, we notify parents in the school newsletter so you may claim items before we give them to the APS Clothing Bank. We strongly recommend marking your child’s first and last name on clothing, lunch pails, etc.

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Parent Communication

Teachers and staff communicate with parents in a variety of ways, several of them are described below:

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
Communication between school and home regarding a child's progress is vital. To help facilitate this communication, mandatory parent conferences have been scheduled two times each year: fall and spring. Dates for the conferences are determined by the District. Students do not attend school on the days parent-teacher conferences are held.

It is the goal of the teacher to meet with the parents of every student during the conference period. Parents sign up for conference times during Meet the Teacher day before the first day of school. Teachers will notify parents in writing as to the scheduled time. Please send back the verification that you can attend or need to request a different time. If you cannot attend one of the scheduled days, you may arrange another time with your child’s teacher AFTER the scheduled dates. Due to Negotiated Agreements with the Teachers Union, NO CONFERENCES WILL BE HELD PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED DATES to allow the teacher time to prepare. Other parent conferences may be scheduled with your child's teacher as the need arises.

Teachers will try to coordinate conferences for families that have more than one student at like times but in the event that families need to reschedule a conference, this cannot be guaranteed.

Please note, teachers will hold only one conference per child. It is important that parent/guardians, that live in different locations, hear the same information at the same time.

Progress Reports

Progress reports are sent home every twelve weeks. The first and second progress reports are discussed during the parent-teacher conference. Progress reports are sent home with the student at the end of the third and final reporting period. Teachers also send home weekly and daily progress reports.

If your child does not attend the last day of school, you may send a self-addressed stamped envelope to school. The office will mail your child’s report card home.

Seven Bar Website

The Seven Bar website is available for enhanced communication between home and school.  Parents have access to class webpages, email addresses for specific teachers, and links to parent resources as well as student games and websites that enhance learning.

Seven Bar Wrangler

Each week the PTA publishes a newsletter for parents called The Wrangler.  It is available online.  If you wish to receive a paper copy, please let your teacher know at the beginning of the year.  Copies will go home with students on Wednesdays.

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Personal Items

Students may not bring large and/or expensive toys, electric items (cell phones, walkman radios, games, etc.) and/or items that may be harmful to themselves or other students in school. If brought to school, they will be kept in the office. Parents will be called to pick up the items. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal items brought to school by students.

Deliveries of flowers, balloons or other personal items are not permitted during the instructional day.

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Pets are not allowed at school unless special permission is granted by the principal or teacher. The parent/guardian is responsible for bringing and picking up the pet if the pet is at school for a special reason. Please do not bring your pet onto school grounds when picking up your child from school. This presents a dangerous situation if your pet should accidentally bite someone.

If a pet follows the child to school, the student will be allowed to call home or work to pick up the pet.

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Student Check-Out

If parents or guardians need to pick up a student before the school day is over, please come to office first. We have a sign-out sheet and will check I.D. Please have your driver's license available. We also check the name of the person on the enrollment card. If the name of the person picking up the child is not on the card, we will not release the child to the person without permission of the parent/guardian on the card. Please make sure all persons who pick up your child are on the enrollment card.

We will not check out students after 1:45 as the last 15 minutes of the day is very important for homework instructions, etc.

If there is a reason why your child needs to go home with someone other than arranged at home, we require you to fax us the information with your driver’s license or other identification on the fax. We do this as a precaution for your child’s safety.

Please make all arrangements for your child prior to coming to school. Messages will be given to children only in the event of an emergency.

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Student Health

The health room staff are committed to maintaining a healthy environment that will enhance the learning and well being of all students at Seven Bar. All students entering an APS school for the first time must present a certificate showing immunization against:

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis
  • Polio
  • Measles (Rubeola and Rubella)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella

It is against New Mexico State Law for a student to attend class who is not current on his/her immunizations.


Should a student be involved in a serious accident, the school makes every effort to contact a parent immediately. It is extremely important that the health room have current emergency contact information. Office personnel will call 911 only in a situation deemed appropriate by the health office or the principal. Please stress the importance of reporting school-related injuries to the health room.


In an effort to provide a healthy environment for all students, the health staff treats all students who are ill by

  1. taking their temperature,
  2. checking symptoms, and
  3. administering appropriate care.

If warranted, the health office will contact the parent to pick up the student.

Any student who has experienced a fever, persistent cough, vomiting, and/or diarrhea within 24 hours of the school day needs to be carefully evaluated before coming to school. If your student is not fully recuperated from an injury or illness, please keep your student at home.


APS policy regarding medication states that no one on the school staff, except the nurse, may administer medication to students. In the absence of the nurse, the Health Assistant supervises the self administration of medication by the student. Forms signed by the student’s doctor are required for a student to receive any prescription medication, as well as any over the counter medication taken for more than 5 consecutive school days. Students are allowed to have over-the-counter medication available in the health room on an as-needed basis, provided a parent completes the appropriate form and the medication comes to school in the original packaging. These forms are available in the health room. All medications are kept in a locked cabinet in the health room. Students will be allowed to carry inhalers with them, provided the appropriate form has been signed by parent and doctor. Any medication brought to school by a student must be taken to the health room before the start of the school day. Students will not be allowed to keep their medication with them on campus.

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Student Placement

Students are placed in classrooms based on classroom composition, parent input using the Learning Styles Inventory, and numbers of students. Requests for teachers by name are against APS policy. We do not allow parents to interview or observe classrooms prior to placement.

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Seven Bar has only three lines available for business use, so students are not allowed to use the phone. School personnel will notify parents in case of an emergency or illness. Please refrain from using the phone for incidental messages such as last minute permission requests or personal messages. The office will deliver messages to students with minimum disruption to the classroom instruction.

Parent & Visitor Cell Phone Policy - In order to minimize disruptions to instruction, NO cell phone use is permitted at Seven Bar except in the lobby or office. Please turn your cell phone to vibrate or silent while at school. Students are  allowed to have cell phones at school. They must remain in the backpack and turned off during the day, but may be used to contact parents before or after school. 

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During the school year your child may be individually tested to check academic achievement levels and progress. Individual teachers use different instruments to assess learning. If you or the school feels your child needs extra support to enhance learning, you or the teacher may request a referral to the Student Assistance Team.

The Student Assistance Team (SAT) will discuss interventions to try in the classroom and make recommendations to parents to increase the child’s success in school. Sometimes the Student Assistance Team will recommend testing by a licensed Evaluation Specialist. After a battery of tests, the parent will be contacted for a meeting to discuss the test results and appropriate interventions.  If you have questions about this process, please contact the school office.

District Tests

APS uses standardized tests to assess program effectiveness and student achievement. In elementary school, these tests occur in third, fourth, and fifth grades where students are tested using the PARCC Assessment.  Results from these tests help determine a school’s status using No Child Left Behind guidelines.  For more information, please contact one of the Seven Bar administrators.

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In order to help us keep track of "safe" adults on campus, parents are not to be on the playground, by the buses, or by the classrooms before and after school.  Parents are welcome to wait with their child before school in front of the school or in the lobby. 

Visitors are required to make prior arrangements or an appointment to visit the classroom in order to minimize disruptions to the instructional program. If you want a conference with your student's teacher, please make arrangements with your student's teacher to meet before or after school. All visitors and volunteers are expected to adhere to APS policies and code of conduct. 

APS district policy requires all visitors to check in with the office. We have a visitor’s sign-in system in the office. Visitors will receive a visitor’s badge to assure our students' safety. If a staff member or student sees a person on campus without a badge, they will be reported to the office.

Parents are welcome to volunteer in the classrooms, chaperone field trips, or occasionally eat lunch with your child in the cafeteria as long as you have an APS background check.  New Mexico State Law requires that you have a background check performed prior to having unsupervised contact with a child in the classroom (or in any classroom-related events). Please see the office for more information.

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