Greetings, Pansophia Families,
My name is Ryan Tomlinson. I am an educator, and with great privilege, the new principal here at Pansophia Academy. I would like to formally introduce myself to the Puma Pride Community.
I graduated from the University of Michigan with my bachelor’s degree in elementary education … Go Blue! I received master’s degree in educational leadership in 2016.
I’ve worked in the education field for 13 years; six as a kindergarten teacher, two as a second grade teacher and finally, I’ve spent the past five years of my career as an administrator for a K-8th grade school in Saginaw and Lansing.
My journey as an educator has now brought me to Pansophia Academy, and I can say with great honesty I am honored to lead the Puma Pride Community. I am enthusiastic and committed to supporting all staff members, students and our Pansophia families.
Please reach out to say hi. If you have any questions or concerns, I am available through email (email@example.com), and of course you’ll see me around often!
I am already humbled by the warm welcome I have received from the students, staff and families over the last two weeks. It makes me excited and optimistic about this school year and the many more to come.
School day begins at 7:45 a.m. Monday through Thursday, the school day ends at: 2:57 p.m. for students in grades 6-12 and at 3 p.m. for students in grades K-5.
On Fridays, all grades are dismissed at 1:41 p.m. This allows our staff to participate in professional development sessions.
All students receive free breakfast and free lunch. We begin serving breakfast at 7:20 a.m. When the school doors open.
Before-school daycare is available for students in grades K-5 for a nominal fee. Daycare opens at 6:30 a.m.; spaces are limited. Call the academy for registration information.
Lorri Weaver is our Lead Bus Driver and Jamie Barrand is our Transportation Coordinator. If you have questions regarding transportation, please call the academy at 279-4686 during regular school hours. The bus dispatch phone number is 677-7473; please call this number to cancel pick-ups and drop-offs or for updates on bus route progress.
We have multiple ways that students arrive and get home on a daily basis. We ask for your cooperation and patience as we make sure students get to their destination safely. Please note the following:
- If you are picking up your students at the end of the day, please do not park in the parking lot located off of Elizabeth Street. This is where our students park and it is quite congested with students leaving. Please park along Elizabeth Street.
- Parent pick-up in the office at the end of the day will not be permitted after 2:40 p.m. The busiest time for the office is the end of the day. Our destination process begins at 2:40 p.m., so students are in transition to their transportation area. Adding traffic and confusion in the front office complicates our end-of-day process.
- Elementary Car pick-up: The student car rider pick-up loop is located on Abbott Avenue. If this is your choice of pick up, be sure to get a car number from Jamie Barrand. For this choice, parents remain in their cars and children are delivered to them as they drive through the loop. This number will connect you and your student in a quick, safe manner. Car Loading begins at 3:10 p.m. This process quickens as the year progresses. Students are never waiting outside.
- Elementary Car Rider/Parent walk up to the building: Some students are car riders, but parents like to park on Elizabeth Street and walk up to the building and pick up their child. Unfortunately, we do not permit parents to walk into the building at the end of the day to find their student. This places unnecessary traffic inside the building and has the potential to be a safety issue. To accommodate parents that pick up their students but do not want to participate in the loop, we allow walk-up pick-up at the west end of the building near the playground. Parents will wait near the doors for students to be released. To begin the year, students will not be released from this room until 3:15 p.m. You will still be assigned a car rider number so we assure that students are released to the appropriate adult. This process takes a little longer than the loop pick-up due to students’ transition inside the building. This process quickens as the year progresses.
- Elementary Bus Rider: Students riding buses are escorted to the bus exit on Morse Street. Buses depart at approximately 3:15 p.m. This form of transportation takes the most coordination between home and family due to the scheduling of the routes. It is important that bus riding changes happen ASAP. Last-minute changes often impact the drop-off time for multiple stops because the buses are held up to ensure changes are honored.
- Elementary Walkers: We do not recommend students younger than fourth grade walk home by themselves, but understand that younger students walk home with older siblings. In the case that your child is a walker, they will be connected with their siblings and released from the building. Please communicate with your child’s teacher and the front office if your child(ren) are walkers.
- Elementary/Secondary BATA: Some students ride the BATA bus home. BATA picks up at Pansophia Academy daily. Elementary students that ride BATA will be escorted to the BATA bus using the west entrance by the playground. BATA picks up on Hudson Street. Secondary students independently exit the building to board BATA.
- Secondary Students: Secondary students are independently released to their rides.
Student Drop off (morning)
- Students being dropped off in the morning should use the Elizabeth Street parking lot loop. Please note that as the morning traffic increases, the more dangerous it is to allow students to walk across the parking lot to enter the building. Please use the loop and remain in your car as your child enters the building. We do permit parents of younger students to enter the building and escort their children to their classroom at the beginning of the year. As your child becomes familiar with the process, please allow your child to become independent. We have staff members posted throughout the building to guide students.
- Do not drop students off in the morning at the Abbott Avenue entrance. These doors are locked and are not opened until buses begin dropping off.
Keep up-to-date on your student’s progress by using PowerSchool, our student database system through which you can access your student’s grades. Parents and students are provided with login information at the beginning of the school year. If you need your password reset, please call the office.
We love welcoming parent volunteers to our schools each year.
Remember, all parents seeking to volunteer must fill out and return a Volunteer Registration Form. The form is available in the office; please note we need to take a copy of your driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID before we can process the form.
We need volunteers for the following areas:
- Classroom parent volunteers
- Recess monitors
- Lunch room monitors
Please join us in providing students with the best chance at succeeding by helping to maintain good attendance. School attendance for some students can be an issue and ultimately lead to schools initiating the truancy process which could lead to CPS and court involvement. When your student is absent from school it impacts their chance for success and can be a disruption to the classroom as a whole. Necessary academic and social skills are practiced daily and impact a student’s ability to find success in school, the workplace and in social settings. Please help us in our 2019-20 Attendance Campaign!