10 Reminders to Help Parents Get Ready for a New School Year
10 Reminders to Help Parents Get Ready for a New School Year
Posted on 07/31/2014
logoThe calendar is quickly changing from July to August. The change means summer break is coming to an end for students and a new school year is about to begin.

Confluence Charter Schools will welcome students to the first day of school on Tuesday, August 12. From getting school supplies and school uniforms to learning where to get on the school bus, there is a lot for parents to do to get ready for a new school year.

10 Reminders for Parents

1. Missouri’s Sales Tax Holiday is August 1 through August 3, 2014. Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers and other items defined by the state are exempt from sale tax for the weekend.

2. Paper, pencils, crayons and what else? School supply lists are online. Confluence school supply lists and GCAA school supply list

3. What can my child wear to school? Uniform and dress code policies are online. School Dress Code

4. What’s for lunch? Menus for breakfast and lunch are posted each month. Breakfast and Lunch Menus

5. Read! Read! Read! Make sure your child reads every day. Reading takes skill and practice. One of the best and simplest steps to improve the reading ability for children is to provide sustained periods of time for children to read. Students in grades K-8 should read at least 20 minutes every day; students in grades 9-12 should read at least 30 minutes every day.

6. Where’s the bus stop? What time will the bus pick up my child? Bus stop details and bus schedules are mailed to parents from First Student. Please check with your child’s school if you have questions about bus transportation.

7. Parents of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are required to be present at the bus pickup and drop off stops.

8. School hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for K-8 schools; school hours are 7:26 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Confluence Preparatory Academy; and school hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Grand Center Arts Academy. 

9. Holidays, professional development days and parent-teacher conferences are listed on the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar so you’ll know when your child does not have school. Academic Calendar 2014-2015

10. BE POSITIVE! Your encouragement and support makes a difference in your child’s education.

What’s New at Confluence?
As the 2014-2015 school year begins, Confluence has plenty to look forward to:

• There are about 85 new teachers and staff among the five campuses.
• Student enrollment is approximately 3,800.
• Confluence Preparatory Academy will have its fourth class of seniors, the class of 2015.
• Confluence Preparatory Academy has a new principal, Mike Powers.
• Grand Center Arts Academy continues to grow and will have its first class of juniors.
• Grand Center Arts Academy has a new principal, Dr. Matt Frederickson, and Lynne Glickert will serve as executive director.
• Grand Center Arts Academy has performance space and classroom space at the renovated Sun Theater. The renovations were completed in late spring 2014.
• For the second consecutive year, Old North, South City and Walnut Park earned bronze-level recognition for their Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) programs. PBS is a systematic approach for improving student behavior and academic performance.
• Confluence Charter Schools is sponsored by University of Missouri-Columbia. Confluence and MU announced their partnership in May 2014. MU is the sponsor for Confluence Academy-Old North, Confluence Academy-South City, Confluence Academy-Walnut Park and Confluence Preparatory Academy.
• Grand Center Arts Academy is sponsored by Saint Louis University.
• In June 2014, Confluence welcomed six new members to its Board of Directors. The Board includes Jeanice L. Baker, Thurman L. Brooks, Robert Goldson, Holston Black III, Katherine Casas, Craig H. Larson, Lance LeComb, Leona Lucas and Jose Pineda.


Key Dates for Confluence Families

July 31 CPA Registration, All Grades, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
July 31 Walnut Park, Parent-Student Orientations 
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

August 1 Walnut Park, Parent-Student Orientation
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
August 1 Last Day of Summer School

August 11 Professional Development, No School
August 11 South City, Kindergarten Orientation, 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Compton Building
August 11 South City, New Parent Orientation Meeting, Gr. 1-8, 4:30 p.m.
Library, Meramec Building

August 12 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

August 15 GCAA School Picnic, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Forest Park, Picnic Site #11
August 19 South City, Open House/Meet Your Child’s Teacher,
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
August 21 Old North, Meet the Teacher Night, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
August 26 Walnut Park, Open House/NCLB Meeting, 6:00 p.m.