August 10, 2022 -- We are looking forward to welcoming our students back for another successful school year! This time of year is a busy one, with many tasks to tackle and information to sift through. In an effort to help you organize it all, we have included details for key tasks and items that are important as you prepare for the upcoming school year.
Included in this email:
- First Day of School Dates
- School Day Start & End Times
- Champions Child Care
- PaySchools Central & School Fees
- Bus Assignments/Here Comes the Bus
- Class/Schedule Assignments through PowerSchool
- Returning Student Registration Form
- Shaker Heights Schools Calendar
- Coffee on the Lawn
- School Breakfast & Lunch Information
First Day of School
In order to provide for intentional start-of-school orientation time for students, particularly for those transitioning to new buildings or who are new to the District, Shaker Heights Schools is planning to use a staggered start to the 2022-23 school year. Students will start the school year as follows:
School Day 1 (Wednesday, August 24):
- K, Grades 5, 7 and 9 attend all day.
- New students in grades 1-8 attend all day.
- DO NOT ATTEND: Students in Grades 1-4, 6, 8 who are not new to the District and all students in grades 10-12,
School Day 2 (Thursday, August 25):
- All K-4 students attend all day.
- Grades 6-8 attend all day.
- Grades 9-10 attend half day. (Grade 9 in the AM, Grade 10 in the PM)
- Grades 5, 11-12 do NOT attend.
School Day 3 (Friday, August 26):
- All K-8 students attend all day.
- Grades 11-12 attend half day. (Grade 11 in the AM, Grade 12 in the PM)
- Grades 9-10 do NOT attend.
For a printable chart of the staggered start schedule, please click here
School Day Start & End Times
New school start and end times have been established for students for the 2022-2023 school year. These times were created in close collaboration with building principals and the District’s transportation department. These changes help increase instructional time for some grade bands, add collaborative planning time and allow for on-time busing to and from school. Start and end times for the 2022-2023 school year are as follows:
Early Childhood (PreK): Half Day AM
8:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Early Childhood (PreK): Half Day PM
12:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Early Childhood (PreK): Full Day
8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
K-4 Elementary Schools
(Boulevard, Fernway, Lomond, Mercer, Onaway)
9:20 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Woodbury Elementary School
8:20 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
Shaker Heights Middle School
7:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Shaker Heights High School
For daily bell schedules, click here
Champions Child Care
Champions Child Care, a division of KinderCare, provides before- and after-school care for students in Grades K-6 at all five elementary school buildings (Woodbury students will go to Onaway). Information regarding registration, hours and fees/rates can be found at their website: discoverchampions.com
PaySchools Central & School Fees
All school fees are loaded onto student accounts and can be paid through PaySchools Central. This includes the $35 supply fee for Grades K-6 as well as the $25 activities fee for Grades 7-12. (The K-6 supply fee covers all student supplies, with the exception of gym shoes, an art shirt or smock, backpack and lunchbox. Students in Grades 7-12 are required to provide their own school supplies, and supply lists will be provided by your student’s teachers.) Fees will be loaded to PaySchool Central for payment after the first day of school.
You may also select the optional One2One Chromebook coverage for just $25 through your PaySchool Central account. You can learn more about this valuable protection plan by visiting shaker.org/TechSupport.aspx
Bus Assignments/Here Comes the Bus
All bus assignments will be sent to families via Here Comes the Bus. This convenient website and app allows families to view the location of the bus and get updates if there is a change, delay or breakdown. If you have not already signed up for Here Comes the Bus, please visit shaker.org/transportation
and follow the instructions to get set up. Signing up is easy and takes just a few minutes! Here Comes the Bus will be available after 8/15.
Class/Schedule Assignments Through PowerSchool
Class and schedule assignments will be available to view in PowerSchool by noon on Monday, August 22. Families should have received instructions for setting up a PowerSchool account. If you need assistance, email [email protected]
Returning Student Registration Form
Beginning next week, families will be asked to complete the returning student registration form located in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Families will receive an email from PowerSchool Registration Support ([email protected]
) with the subject Shaker Heights City School District Returning Student Registration for [Student Name]. This form must be completed in order to see your student's schedule/class placement prior to the first day of school.
Shaker Heights Schools Calendar
The District maintains an online calendar of all District and building-level events. You can find the calendar at shaker.org/calendar
. Calendar items are posted using each school building's two letter code. Calendars can be sorted using the filtering options. Please check the online calendar frequently as events are updated regularly. In addition, the buildings regularly share upcoming important dates in the weekly newsletters. Please note, due to limited vendor support, the District is no longer using the Shaker Heights Schools app.
Coffee on the Lawn
Parents of students in grades K-6 are invited to join their school’s PTO for Coffee on the Lawn. Fernway and Boulevard will hold a special Coffee on the Lawn on Wednesday, August 24 from 9-10 a.m. for Kindergarten and new families who begin school that day. On Thursday, August 25, Boulevard, Fernway, Lomond, Mercer and Onaway Elementary Schools will host Coffee on the Lawn from 9-10 a.m. Woodbury Elementary School is hosting their event on Friday, August 26 from 9-10 a.m. The PTO will provide the coffee!
School Breakfast & Lunch Information
School lunch will no longer be provided free of charge to all students for the 2022-2023 school year, as the USDA did not extend the universal free lunch program for this school year. Families are encouraged to complete the free/reduced lunch application, which can be found on our website: https://www.shaker.org/ApplicationforFreeReducedMeals.aspx
School lunch is $3 for grades K-6 and $3.25 for grades 7-12. All menus are available on a month-by-month basis on our website: shaker.org/lunch
. As always, students are also welcome to pack their own lunch from home.
Shaker Heights Schools is pleased to continue offering breakfast to all students free of charge.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!