From the Principal

August, 2017

Dear Families,

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome all students and families to Arbor Academy. My name is Brandy Resman and I am the principal at Arbor Academy. I am a graduate of Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. I have been an active member of the FBR Charter School team for the past fourteen years.  I spent most of my career at Oakland Academy where I taught a variety of upper and lower elementary grades.  While at Oakland Academy, I was lead teacher (assistant principal) and was part of many leadership teams.  In 2015, I helped open and start our newest FBR charter school, Augusta Academy.  I was the teaching principal and worked very close with students, parents, and the community.  I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to Arbor Academy and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.

Our classrooms are organized, desks are labeled and the Arbor team is ready to begin an exciting school year.  Our open house is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30th from 3-6 pm.  Stop by and meet your child’s teacher, help your child locate their desk and cubbie, complete school paperwork, provide immunization and birth records as needed. In addition, free/reduced lunch forms will be available and snacks/lunches can be ordered for the first week of school.

DAILY SCHEDULE: Doors open at 8:00 am and students can enter their classrooms. Instruction begins at 8:20 am.  We will dismiss at 3:30 pm.

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES: To help us make this school year a safe and fun one, it is important that we all understand the expectations of the Academy. For example, we start our day at 8:00 am. That means that children will not be permitted in the school buildings prior to 8:00 am. Supervision isn’t available before 8:00 am. If you need to drop your children off prior to that time, you need to make arrangements either with a friend, a daycare center or sign up for our before school care program. Dismissal is at 3:30 pm.  Before and after school care is available on site at our Lakeview Child Development Center if needed.

Students are not to be dropped off at the center island between schools.  Please DO NOT park in the fire lane, even if it’s only for a brief period.  For the safety of our students and to keep traffic flowing we ask that you please park your car in a designated parking space or in the middle island and walk your child to class.

For parents dropping off at the K-2 building, please remember to turn left before the CDC drive, and then exit or proceed to the 3-6 building.  Small children are present under the CDC canopy quite frequently, so drive thru traffic for school drop off is prohibited.

To help with traffic flow, please DO NOT leave your car unattended in the circle drive between 8:00-8:30 am and between 3:00-3:35 pm. Please remember the driveway is for “kiss and go/quick hello.”

For families with children in both buildings, please drop them off at their building between 8:00am-8:15am. At the end of the day, any student who is in the 3-7 building and have a sibling in Kindergarten will be walked over to the K-2 building where they can be picked up. Grades K, 1st, and 2nd wait for pickup at K-2 building, while grades 3-7 wait for pick up at the 3-7 building. Sibling families in the K-2 building who don’t have a sibling in Kindergarten, will walk over to the 3-7 building for pick-up. For example, if you have students in K, 2nd, and 5th your children will all be waiting at K-2 building. If you have a child in 2nd and 4th, your children will be waiting at 3-7 building. If you have any questions about what this means for your family please call us BEFORE the first day of school to confirm.

EARLY DISMISSAL PROCEDURES: Instruction begins at 8:20am, and arrival after that time constitutes tardiness. Similarly, at the other end of the school day it is important that your children not be picked up too early. A full day of instruction requires that students be in their classes until the end of the day at 3:30pm. If your child leaves before 3:00, they will be marked absent in the afternoon. Students who need to leave school prior to the end of the day must be signed out in the office by the parent or authorized adult.  The office secretary will then notify the teacher who will dismiss the student to the office.

To ensure the safety of all students, students leaving school during school hours must be signed out from the school office. Parents/guardians will not be permitted to go to the classroom to pick up a student from school, but shall meet the student at the school office. School dismisses at 3:30 and Our goal is to ensure our students are given all opportunities to learn and maximize instruction with minimal classroom interruptions.  

UNIFORM POLICY:  Students are expected to arrive on time and in uniform. Uniform violation letters will be sent home if a student is not in uniform.  Parents may be contacted to pick up their child or bring their child a change of clothes.  All students are to be dressed neatly according to the following guidelines:

  • Navy blue pants, skirts, or walking shorts (not sweatpants or blue jeans)
  • White shirts with collars, bearing no insignias other than the Arbor Academy logo (no crew neck T-shirts)
  • Any visible undershirts must also be white (no navy polos or navy dresses)
  • Shirts worn underneath a white collared shirt MUST be white bearing no insignias.
  • Navy or gray sweaters (no sweatshirts)
  • Navy, gray or white socks or tights (solid color only)
  • No open-toed shoes, crocs, heels or shoes with wheels.

While students will be able to find out who their teacher is at our back to school open house on August 30th, please keep in mind that due to potential changes in enrollment and/or staffing during the first several weeks of school, all placements are considered temporary.  While every effort is made to avoid changes after the first day of school, it is occasionally necessary to make some changes to class lists.  Parents will always be notified if that is to occur.  Every effort is made to do what is in the best interest of our students.  Supply lists can be found on our website and are consistent for each grade level.

Beginning on Monday, August 21st, the school office will be open daily from 8:00-3:00.
The first day for students will be on Tuesday, September 5th.

I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of you as the school year progresses.  My door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to stop in, call or email me to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this the best year yet! Look for my newsletter each month and feel free to contact me with your questions or feedback.

Welcome to the Arbor Academy family.

Brandy Resman-Arbor Academy Principal
August 2017