Uniform Information

Polk County Schools have a county-wide uniform policy. The R. Bruce Wagner uniform is worn as a symbol of school pride and unity.  It reduces distractions during the school day. In order to retain and enhance the integrity of the dress code, the following expectations have been established.  See Code of Conduct: Section 2.06Uniforms are required every day, except in cases of class or school special events.

  • Shorts, pants, skorts, skirts, skirted jumpers
  • Must be plain, solid-color twill, corduroy or denim fabric
  • Traditional blue jean color is OK for denim.
  • Must have long or short sleeves
  • Knit polo-type or woven dress shirts (with collar), blouses, turtlenecks
  • Only county or school approved T-shirts may be worn.
  • School T-shirts are available through our office.
  • Our school polo shirts are navy and may be purchased in the office.
  • A belt is required, if the garment has belt loops.
  • Shirts (including t-shirts) must be tucked in.
  • Shorts/skirts must be mid-thigh or longer.
  • Shoes must be safe (laces tied) and have enclosed heels or a heel strap (flip flop, slides, and sandals without straps may not be worn.)
  • Shoes with wheels are not permitted.

Supply List

Find out what supplies you will need for the 2020-2021 school year at R. Bruce Wagner Elementary School.

Please contact the Main Office if you have any questions or comments concerning the supply list.

  • 2- boxes of 8 count crayons
  • 2- packages of primary pencils with erasers
  • 2- packages of glue sticks (2 count or more)
  • 1- box of tissues
  • 1- scissor
  • 2- “Primary Journal” composition notebooks
  • 1- pair of earbuds/headphones
  • 1- small pencil, supply box or zippered supply pouch
  • 1- container of disinfectant wipes
  • Boys – 1 box gallon size freezer bags

Girls – 1 box quart size freezer bags

  • 36- #2 pencils – plain, no pictures or glitter
  • 1- plain WHITE binder clear-view 1” inch with 3 rings
  • 6- jumbo or 8 regular glue sticks
  • 4- plastic folders with pockets and brads: 1 each: red, blue, green, purple,
  • 3-plain cover spiral wide rule notebooks 70 pages
  • 4- large pink erasers – no cap erasers
  • 1- boxes of tissues
  • 3- box of 24 count crayons
  • 3-plain cover Composition wide rule notebooks
  • 1 ream white copy paper
  • 1- Plastic Pencil box –no pouches
  • 1- scissors
  • 1- pair of headphones (or earbuds)
  • Boys – 1 box gallon size freezer bags

Girls – 1 box quart size freezer bags

  • 3- packages of WIDE RULE loose leaf notebook paper.
  • 36- #2 pencils – plain, no pictures or glitter
  • 2 packages of cap erasers OR 2 packages of large pink erasers
  • 1- box/bag of wipes (Clorox or Antibacterial)
  • 1- box of 24 crayons
  • 2- jumbo glue sticks or 4 REGULAR size glue sticks
  • 6- plain folders with pockets and brads: 1 each: red, blue, yellow, green, purple, orange (no pictures)
  • 1- plain white binder clear-view 1” inch with 3 rings
  • 5- spiral notebooks PLAIN – WIDE RULE – 70 pages: 1 each: red, blue, yellow, green, purple (no pictures)
  • 1- pair of earbuds/headphones
  • 1- pencil box – no pouches
  • Boys – 1 box quart size bag & 2 boxes of tissues
  • Girls – 1 box freezer size bag & 2 containers of wipes
  • 2-plastic folders-1 red and 1 blue
  • 4- composition notebooks
  • 1- 1-inch 3 ring binder with clear-view cover
  • 1-package 5 tab dividers
  • 1- pencil pouch (no boxes)
  • 3-packages of WIDE rule paper
  • 36- # 2 pencils- plain, no pictures or glitter
  • 1- package of rectangular pink erasers
  • 1-package of cap erasers
  • 1 package of thin markers
  • 1- packages of glue sticks
  • 1- 24 pack of crayons
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 1-pair of earbuds/headphones
  • Boys- 1 package of antibacterial wipes and gallon zip lock bags

Girls- 1 bottle of hand sanitizer and quart size zip lock bags

  • 1- 1-inch Clear-View 3-Ring Binder
  • 4- packages of Wide-Ruled Notebook Paper
  • 4- Composition Notebooks (Wide-Ruled)
  • 6- Folders with brads and pockets (2- Blue, 2- Red, and 2- Green)
  • 48- pre-sharpened #2 Pencils
  • 1- pack of large Pink Erasers
  • 1- box of 24-count Crayola Crayons
  • 1- box Crayola Markers
  • 1- package of Dry Erase Markers
  • 1- pair Fiskars Scissors
  • 1- Red Pen
  • 2- Jumbo Glue Sticks
  • 1- bottle of Elmer’s Glue
  • 1- Pencil Pouch
  • 1- pair of Earbuds/Headphones with name on them in a Ziploc bag
  • 2- boxes of Tissues
  • 1- bottle of Hand Sanitizer
  • 1- container of Clorox/Lysol Wipes
  • 1- 1″ inch clear-view binder (3 ring)
  • 4- spiral notebooks
  • 4- composition notebooks
  • 3- plain folders with brads; 1 each red, blue, and green
  • 4- packs of loose leaf paper wide rule
  • 36- #2 pencils– plain, no pictures or glitter
  • 1- package of colored pencils
  • 1- package of large pink erasers
  • 1- box of tissues
  • 1- pair of earbuds/headphones
  • Boys- 1- bottle of hand sanitizer

Girls- 1 box/bottle of antibacterial wipes

PBiS

What is PBiS? Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support is a system of tools and strategies for defining, teaching, acknowledging appropriate behavior, and correcting inappropriate behavior. It is a framework for creating customized school systems that support student outcomes and academic success. School-Wide-PBiS is for the whole school, it is preventative, and it changes the paradigm of focus from negative behaviors and exchanges to positive expectations and interactions.

Our Team’s Mission Statement

We will work together to be proactive in promoting clear and consistent expectations to ensure academic success and positive behavior.

School-Wide Expectations

Whiz Kids are accountable for their actions by acting RESPONSIBLY, RESPECTFULLY, AS REQUESTED, RELIABLY and SAFELY.

School-Wide Communication

ClassDojo

ClassDojo Messaging is a wonderful, instant, and safe way for a teacher and a parent/guardians  to privately communicate with each other. Parents and teachers can read and respond to messages from the website, or from the mobile app. In addition to sending messages, teachers are also able to send photos, stickers, and voice notes to parents. The content of all messages (including photos, stickers and voice notes) are stored by ClassDojo.

ClassDojo will also be used as a communication tool for the school to share important information with parents/guardians.

R. Bruce Wagner Elementary Family Handbook

We will ensure learning takes place for all through high expectations, family involvement, and instruction rich in communication and technology.

We act respectfully, responsibly, reliably, as requested, and safely at Wagner!

  • School uniforms, as defined in the RBW student handbook, are expected to be worn at all
  • Shirts are expected to be tucked in at all
  • Non-school uniform hoodies should not be worn on campus, with the exception of cold weather days.
  • Hats are not to be worn on campus or the bus, with the exception of
  • Students are expected to walk quietly on the white line at all times, with or without a teacher.
  • Students are expected to stay with your teacher at all times, unless directed to do

Act Respectfully:

  • Say Sir and Ma’am
  • Say Good Morning, Good Afternoon
  • Say Please, Thank you
  • Walk quietly on line outside of classroom
  • Make eye contact with speaker or when speaking to someone
  • Keep lunchroom clean
  • No hats on campus

Act Responsibly:

  • Do your work
  • Keep your classroom clean
  • Turn in homework
  • Ask parent to sign your agenda nightly

Act Reliably:

  • Help others when needed
  • Be a buddy, not a bully
  • Do your work
  • Follow all school expectations even when no one is looking

Act As Requested:

  • Follow the classroom and school rules
  • Follow the lunchroom procedures and rules
  • Follow all directions the first time they are given

Act Safely:

  • Hands and feet off of others
  • Walk, not run on sidewalk
  • Stay on the line when walking even without your teacher so the door doesn’t hit you
  • Follow all recess rules
  • Stay with your teacher at all times

Student academic progress will be reported every 4½ weeks through interim reports and report cards.

RBW students are expected to:

  • Master grade level skills.
  • Participate and put forth their best effort.
  • Make progress toward the goal of becoming self-disciplined, self-directed learners, problem solvers, and communicators.
  • Bring necessary materials to class.
  • Complete and turn in assignments on time.
  • Return weekly reports signed by parents, promptly.

Respond and utilize School and Class Dojo.

Grading Scale
90 – 100  A
80 – 89    B
70 – 79    C
60 – 69    D
0 – 59      F

  • School attendance is directly related to school achievement.
  • Families have the responsibility to make sure that students attend school every day, arrive promptly, and remain throughout the scheduled day.
  • Please do not schedule early pickups. If you must pick your child up early, please do so before 2:30 pm. After 2:30 pm, you will be given a car rider tag and asked to go through the car rider line.
  • All absences are classified as excused or not excused.
    • Excused absences include:
      • Illness
      • Family funeral
      • Religious holiday

Absences for other reasons must be submitted to the principal for prior approval. We request that R. Bruce Wagner Elementary families:

  • Make every effort to schedule medical and dental appointments after school hours or during holidays.
  • Send a written note to school following a student absence. The note must include the date, reason for absence, signature of parent/guardian, and phone number, or the absence will be unexcused.
  • Send a written request to school in advance if a student needs to leave during the school day. A parent, legal guardian, or other authorized person must sign out students from the office. The person signing the child out must be prepared to produce a picture I.D.

If you are unable to send a written note in advance, email Mr. Miller  at Christopher.Miller@polk-fl.net or text him at  863-272-7922. Include a copy/photo of your drivers license with the information requested above.

Students taking extended trips during regular school time should:

  • Provide ample written notice to the office.
  • Give the teacher(s) involved in determining grades, a minimum of one week’s notice for requested make-up work.
  • Complete all make-up work within one week of return or risk reduction in grades.

Excessive absences or tardies may result in a referral to our School Social Worker and will affect academic performance.  The Social Worker may make a home visit after five tardies or absences unless an administrator is aware of special circumstances.

    • There is no supervision before 7:30 am. Do not drop off students any earlier.  Morning child care is available (KidCare Office, 686-5116).
    • Visitors arriving during bus loading or unloading must cross the bus area at the designated crosswalk.
    • Students must be in their classroom when the 7:55 am tardy bell rings. Otherwise, they will be counted tardy.  After that, all students are tardy and must go to the office with their agenda.
    • All students will sit quietly in their assigned area from 7:30 – 7:50am.
    • Students eating breakfast will go directly to the cafeteria and then to their assigned area.
    • Breakfast will be served from 7:30 – 7:55 am.
    • Only students living in or near Forestbrook will be allowed to enter/exit the back walkers gate.

R. Bruce Wagner Elementary prides itself on being an orderly school, with a high level of respect among staff, students, and families.  As a staff, we have a school-wide behavior plan called Positive Behavior Support (PBS), which is designed to foster a climate of cooperation, academic excellence, respect, and safety.  Our plan makes use of effective instructional strategies, consistent correction procedures, logical consequences, and positive reinforcement to teach students the skills and behaviors necessary to succeed now and in the future.

Birthday parties may not be celebrated at school. If items are brought in for snack, such as cupcakes, they will be distributed during recess.

Gifts, flowers, and balloons be delivered to the school. It is disruptive to the academic process and; can become a safety issue.

Any gifts brought to school will remain in the front office and the parent will be called to pick it up.

R.B.W. Policy
Food items must be commercially prepared and individually wrapped by a commercial supplier to protect students against food borne illnesses or allergic reactions.  Beverages should be purchased ready to serve.  Home prepared foods are not permitted.

  • There is no supervision for students before 7:30 am.
  • All visitors must check in at the office. Anyone on campus without a visitor badge will be stopped and escorted to the office.
  • When a student arrives after the tardy bell, the adult must escort the student into the office before the student will be admitted to class.
  • Only adults authorized on a student’s emergency card may pick up that child. Everyone checking out a child will be required to show identification.  No exceptions!  This is for the safety of your child.

Classroom parties are held twice a year, around the end of each semester per the discretion of the classroom teacher.

Families and other visitors are welcome at R. Bruce Wagner Elementary.  In order to help us ensure a safe environment for our students, county policy requires that all families and visitors sign in at the office and wear a visitor’s badge.  Visitors who are not wearing a badge will be asked to return to the office to get a badge.  Families and visitors need to dress appropriately when visiting or volunteering at R. Bruce Wagner Elementary.

Families are welcome to join their children for lunch at school. When dining with us, please follow these guidelines:

  • Families and other visitors must be listed on the child’s emergency card to visit the student for lunch.
  • Families joining their child for lunch should eat at the outside picnic tables or designated tables in the middle of the cafeteria.
  • Families may eat only with their child.
  • Families are responsible for the behavior of their child while they are eating.

Families must be prepared to leave the lunchroom and students must rejoin their class at the end of the lunch period. No walking students back to class.

Food items must be commercially prepared and individually wrapped by a commercial supplier to protect students against food borne illnesses. Beverages should be purchased ready to serve. Home prepared foods are not permitted.

  • For special events, invitations or notices are sometimes mailed through the postal service. Several of these communication methods require that emails, phone numbers and mailing addresses are kept current and accurate with the school office. Parents can view the contact information on file through Parent Portal (see pg. 6) or by coming in to the school office.
  • Students should walk at all times.
  • Bus students wait in their classroom until their bus is called or displayed on the screen.
  • Car riders go to the loading area, sit on benches or sidewalk areas, and look for their car. Parents/Guardians MUST have their car rider tag in order to pick-up in the car rider area. If you do not have a car tag, please report to the front office with a government issued ID.
  • Walkers and bike riders are to follow directions for leaving the school grounds.
  • Loading and unloading students is permitted in designated, supervised areas only. Campus access from Brook Dr. is exclusively for walkers and bike riders living in the Forestbrook neighborhood.
  • Parents must pick up their children before 3:25 pm or make daycare arrangements.
  • Kidcare is available on campus after hours.

Afternoon Dismissal Times

3:00 pm   Car riders and KidCare
3:02 pm   Bus riders
3:15 pm   Walkers and Bike riders

Bus riders
Riding the bus is a privilege.  Students riding the bus need to use quiet voices, stay seated, and obey the bus driver and bus rules.

Car Riders

  • Car rider families must utilize the car rider tag daily.
  • Car riders may only be dropped off in the car loop.
  • Car rider tags will be issued at Orientation. After the school year begins, car rider tags will be issued by the office staff.
  • If you do not have your car rider tag, you must report to the office. You will not be permitted to pick-up your student in the car rider area.
  • Students in the car area should remain seated on the benches or sidewalk in their designated area until their name or number is called.

Walkers and Bike Riders
Bike riders must walk their bikes on the school grounds.  Bikes are to be kept in the bike racks.  It is recommended that they be locked. Walkers are to cross the street at the Sheriff’s Crossing Guard located on Yates Road or at designated cross walks.  Access to campus from Brook Dr. is exclusively for walkers and bike riders living in the Forestbrook neighborhood.

After School Clubs/Tutoring
If your child attends any after school activity such as, Garden Club, Art Club or Tutoring.  You will need to get a car tag.  Car tags are available in the front office throughout the school year.

KidCare
Before and after school care is available at R. Bruce Wagner Elementary.  Please contact the KidCare office at 686-5116 for details.

  • Polk County Schools have a county-wide uniform policy. The R. Bruce Wagner uniform is worn as a symbol of school pride and unity.  It reduces distractions during the school day. In order to retain and enhance the integrity of the dress code, the following expectations have been established.  See Code of Conduct: Section 2.06Uniforms are required every day, except in cases of class or school special events.Bottoms (Navy, black, or khaki/tan)
    • Shorts, pants, skorts, skirts, skirted jumpers
    • Must be plain, solid-color twill, corduroy or denim fabric
    • Traditional blue jean color is OK for denim.

    Tops (White, navy, or yellow, but not gold)

    • Must have long or short sleeves
    • Knit polo-type or woven dress shirts (with collar), blouses, turtlenecks
    • Only county or school approved T-shirts may be worn.
    • School T-shirts are available through our office.
    • Our school polo shirts are navy and may be purchased in the office.

    Other dress code rules:

    • A belt is required, if the garment has belt loops.
    • Shirts (including t-shirts) must be tucked in.
    • Shorts/skirts must be mid-thigh or longer.
    • Shoes must be safe (laces tied) and have enclosed heels or a heel strap (flip flop, slides, and sandals without straps may not be worn.)
    • Shoes with wheels are not permitted.
    • Clothes must be appropriate size, with waist of the garment worn at the student’s waist.

The Uniform Dress Code does not allow for clothing with colored trim, stripes, embroidery, tears, decorations, etc.  It also does not provide for overalls (overalls with pants or shorts), sweat pants, knit pants, leggings, etc.  Repeated dress code infractions will result in lower grades on the personal development portion of the report card.

Personal Communication Devices (PCD) – tablets, cell phones, smart phones, electronic readers, or other web-enabled devices of any type

Devices are permitted to be used for instructional purposes (e.g., taking notes,

recording classroom lectures, writing papers) only, as approved by the classroom teacher or the principal.  However, the use of a PCD for any non-education related activity or communication is expressly prohibited.  The use of a PCD for non-educational purposes includes, but is not limited to, recording staff and/or students without permission or knowledge or recording fights and is strictly prohibited.

The owner of a PCD bears all responsibility and assumes all risk for loss, damage or misuse of said property while it is on Board property.

Possession of a PCD by a student at school during school hours is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of School Board Policy.

Parents/Guardians are advised that the best way to get in touch with their child during the school day is by calling the school office.

  • Permission forms signed by a parent/guardian and money will be due by deadlines stated on paperwork sent home. No exceptions.
  • Telephone calls on the day of the field trip will not be made for students who do not have the signed form.
  • There is a notary in the office for out-of-county field trips.
  • Younger siblings may not accompany parents on field trips.
  • Adults may not smoke on field trips.
  • Parents must be approved volunteers to chaperone field trips.
  • A parent or guardian must submit a written request to the principal for approval prior to the field trip if the child will not be returning to campus on the school bus or school-provided transportation.

The primary purpose of homework, in addition to reinforcement, is the experience it gives students to work on their own.  Homework is assigned at all grade levels.  Teachers will make an effort to coordinate projects in order to avoid excessive homework.

Homework at R. Bruce Wagner Elementary:

  • Will be meaningful.
  • May be written or unwritten.
  • Is an extension of class work.
  • Should be reviewed by parents.
  • Should be neat and completed on time according to teacher directions.
  • Is the student’s responsibility and should be completed and returned as assigned.

Parents are asked to:

  • Provide a suitable amount of time and a place for homework.
  • Model and encourage reading on a daily basis.
  • Monitor homework quality and completion.
  • Please write student’s name clearly in all removable apparel and lunchboxes.
  • Please check with the classroom teacher first for any missing items.
  • All found articles are kept in the clinic.
  • Unclaimed clothing will be donated to a charitable organization at the end of each semester.
  • As part of the Community Eligible School Provision, all R. Bruce Wagner Elementary students receive free breakfast and lunch. Students who bring a lunch from home may purchase milk, if desired. Adults may purchase breakfast (a la carte) and lunch ($3.10). Families and other visitors are welcome to eat lunch at R. Bruce Wagner Elementary. To help us ensure a safe environment for our students, county policy requires that all families and visitors sign in at the office and wear a visitor’s badge. Visitors who are not wearing a badge will be asked to return to the office to get one. Families and visitors need to dress appropriately when visiting Rochelle. Families are welcome to join their children for lunch at school. When dining with us, please follow these guidelines:
    • Families and other visitors must be listed on the child’s emergency card to visit the student for lunch.
    • Families joining their child for lunch should eat at the back booths, set aside for families and visitors, or the outside picnic tables.
    • Families may eat only with their child. Students are not permitted to eat with another students’ family; families are not permitted to eat at the class table with other students.
    • Families are responsible for the behavior of their child while they are eating.
    • Please leave the area clean and free of litter.
    • Outside meals are discouraged in the cafeteria but may be enjoyed at the outside picnic benches.
    • Families must be prepared to leave the lunchroom and students must rejoin their class at the end of the lunch period.

RBW welcomes students, parents, and the community to the Debra C. Edmiston Media Center.  The Media Center has an ample supply of reference materials as well as library books for the Accelerated Reading program and AR testing.  Parents are able to check out additional books to support at home reading.

Students requiring medication must have a copy of the Polk County Authorization for Medication form signed by their physician on file.  No medicine will be administered without this form.

  • Medicine must be in the original labeled container.
  • All medicine will be kept and given in the clinic.
  • No medicine may be kept by the student, including cough drops.
  • It is the responsibility of the parent to bring medications to the office.

Students are not allowed to bring medicine to school or take home any medicine.  Adults must transport medicine.  (per PCSB policy)

The Parent Portal is an online system that has important information for all the students and parents. Instead of visiting several different websites, making telephone calls, or visiting the school to access records or information, the parent may access them all from any Internet-connected computer. PIN numbers can be obtained in the school office. Please visit this website for additional information: http://www.polkfl.net/parents/parentportal.htm

Students (per PCSB policy) are not allowed to bring medicine to school or take home any medicine. Adults must transport medicine.

All students have the weekly opportunity to explore art using different media.  Art projects will be interdisciplinary and relate to the curriculum adopted by the Polk County School Board.

All students will participate in a weekly, rich music curriculum that both meets the state standards and enriches the academic curriculum.

All students will participate in Physical Education multiple times each week and follow the curriculum adopted by the Polk County School Board.

Attire – Socks and closed toe shoes are required   Shoes with soft soles are preferred.

Attendance – If a student needs to miss a day of physical education, a note from the parent is required.  Those students who will miss 3 or more days will need a note from a physician.

Families can count on the RBW staff to:

  • Communicate and support the mission, vision, and goals of R. Bruce Wagner Elementary.
  • Provide a caring and nurturing environment.
  • Help students identify and reach their potential.
  • Contact families when necessary.
  • Promote students’ abilities to inquire, communicate, and think logically and critically.
  • Promote and support a feeling of respect for and between our students, families, faculty and staff.
  • Provide all students with instruction/practice in all curriculum areas, based on state standards.
  • Seek ways to maintain and develop professional excellence.
  • Use technology as an academic tool.
  • Develop real world problem solving and applications in all subject areas.

The use of tobacco products on all School Board property is prohibited.  This includes all buildings, parking lots and play fields.

Bruce Wagner Main Office (863) 701-1450

Bruce Wagner Fax (863) 701-1457

PCSB Transportation Office    (863) 534-7300

Bruce Wagner Cafeteria Office (863) 701-1454

PCSB District Office                (863) 534-0500

KidCare Main Office               (863) 686-5116

RBW KidCare Phone*              (863) 701-1472

*Before and after school hours only