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New Parents & Cipriani FAQs

Cipriani Elementary School works hard with parents to ensure the highest level of success for every child at Cipriani. Parents play a critical role in helping their students succeed—your support is the most important factor in your child’s ability to grow and learn—but Cipriani Elementary School can help. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or if you would like to discuss how you can best help your child.

Fast FAQs

Whether you are a returning family or new to our school, students and their families will find answers to many of the questions that are top of mind as the first day of school approaches.  You will also receive more information and be able to ask questions at Back to School Night.


What is Back to School Night?

Back to School Night is an opportunity for parents to meet their child(ren)’s teacher and find out about this year’s curriculum, classroom procedures, volunteer opportunities and more. Back to School Night is for parents only and will be held in September of each year.  Check the Cipriani Konstella site for more information.


What do I need to do before school starts?  Are there forms to fill out?

Enrollment is run by the Belmont Redwood Shores School District (BRSSD), not Cipriani School. BRSSD will send an email with a link to the annual online Student Information Update form in early August.  If you have more than one child in the District, you will receive a separate email for each child. Please be sure to complete this information update as it contains all your student's emergency contact information.


How do I find out who is in my child’s class?  Can I get in touch with other parents?

You will receive an email from the District with your child’s class/teacher assignment the Sunday before school begins as long as you have completed your Student Information Update. 

You will be able to see who is in your classroom on the Cipriani Konstella site.  


How can I contact my child’s teacher?

Communication between parents and teachers is critical to student success.  Your child’s teacher will review the best times and methods to get in touch during Back to School Night.  In addition, all Cipriani teachers have an email address which may be found on the Cipriani Website under School Staff or on the Cipriani Konstella site


How can I contact someone at the District?

The Belmont-Redwood Shores School District Office is located at 2960 Hallmark Drive, Belmont, CA 94002.  The phone number is: 650-637-4800. 

For more information go to the District website:


What time does school start? End?

Transitional Kindergarten students start at 8:15am and are dismissed at 12:15 pm M, Tu, Th, and F.

Kindergarten students start at 8:15am and on regular school days (M, T, TH, F) are dismissed at 1:15 pm.

1st – 5th grade students start school at 8:25 am. On regular school days, 1st thru 3rd graders are dismissed at 2:35 pm, 4th and 5th graders are dismissed at 3:00 pm.

On Wednesdays and additional Minimum Days, TK and Kindergarten students are dismissed at 12:10 pm and 1st thru 5th graders are dismissed at 12:20pm.

For more information see Calendar & Bell Schedule and Arrival & Dismissal


What is the safest route to walk to school?

As Cipriani has limited parking we encourage Cipriani families to walk to school if possible.  Cipriani is committed to ensuring the safety of all its students and has developed a Safe Routes plan for the school.  All Families are asked to review the Safe Routes flyer and follow the guidelines for walking to school as well as for school drop-off and pick up.


Where does my child go on the first day? Should I accompany my child to the classroom?

All parents should drop off their children at the flag pole if walking, or in the drop off lane if arriving by car.

TK and K students will be escorted by staff to the TK/K playground, and then to their classrooms.

1st through 5th graders will proceed to the back playground. Teachers will hold up signs after the 8:23am bell so students can line up and start their day at 8:25am.  Your child’s teacher will provide further guidance.


After the first day, how/where do I drop my child off?

Drop-off and pick up time can be very congested, so please allow ample time and be patient. Cipriani provides a Drop Off Lane in the morning from 8:10am – 8:25am. Please do not drop children off prior to 8:10am as there is no supervision.  Please follow the blue flow of traffic line on the Drop Off Procedures and Safe Routes to School map for drop off.  Buena Vista is VERY congested at drop off; this can be alleviated by following the blue flow of traffic line. 

If you are parking please be courteous and DO NOT block or park in neighborhood driveways, the white curb for drop off, or blocking crosswalks.  Also please DO NOT park on the Northeast side of Buena Vista at Cipriani (heading away from school up Buena Vista), this is a fire hazard and severely congests traffic flow.


Where do I pick my child after school?

Please wait at the flagpole if walking, or in the car pick-up lane if driving with the names of all students you are picking up clearly displayed in your windshield along with their teacher. TK-3rd grade teachers will escort students to the front of the school and staff will dismiss students individually when the student and staff member see the student's parent or authorized adult.  4th and 5th graders exit through the gate closest to the second story building.

For more information see Arrival & Dismissal


What if my child is sick? Or late?  Or I need to pick him/her up early.

If your child is going to be absent or late, call the Cipriani’s Attendance line 650-620-2811. You may also email and your teacher to let them know.

If you need to pick up your child early, check in at the office.  The secretary will contact your child’s teacher and have your child report to the office.  

For more information see Attendance


What if there is an emergency on campus (ex. fire, earthquake, etc)?

At Cipriani School, the safety of students is our primary objective. That is why we have a comprehensive Disaster Plan for responding to emergencies. 

For more information see Emergency Procedures


What if my child forgets something (e.g. lunch, jacket, homework, etc.)?

Bring the forgotten item to the office; do NOT go directly to the classroom. To minimize disruption to the classrooms, the office will contact the teacher to reunite the student with the forgotten item.


Is there after school care?  How does my child get from the classroom to the after school site?

Cipriani's on-campus after school provider is Footsteps. Kindergartner and 1st graders are met by Footsteps program representatives at their classroom and escorted to Footsteps.  All other students will walk to Footsteps. 

For more information please see Footsteps


When are school vacations?

Please refer to the BRSSD Calendar


What school supplies does my child need on the first day?  What about a backpack?

It is helpful for your child to have a backpack on the first day of school to bring their lunch and water in and take home any papers. 

Your child does not need to bring any supplies to school! Cipriani PTA, through the Education Commitment Campaign, will provide all the supplies your child needs in the classroom.  This includes paper, pencils, crayons, markers, rulers, scissors, etc.!  Cipriani PTA has asked the teachers exactly what supplies they need to best support the programs and activities for their individual classroom. This a win-win as parents don’t have to run from store to store collecting various supplies or lug in bags of supplies on the first day and teachers get exactly what they want and need for their classrooms at a large discount starting day one of school. 

If you would like to help pay for the cost of supplies, please contribute through the Education Commitment Campaign, a PTA-SchoolForce partnership. This contribution is completely voluntary and is fully tax deductible.

You can make this contribution during the district School Information Update or contribute here.


Should I send my child a snack?

Yes, each classroom has a snack break mid-morning and parents should send a healthy snack to help their child stay focused and able to learn.


What about lunch? Can my child microwave food? Can my child purchase a lunch?

Students do not have access to a refrigerator or microwave and staff and volunteers are unable to microwave food for students.

You can pre-order hot or cold lunches through the District provider, Lunchmasters.  For the 2021-2022 school year, all public school students in California are eligible for free lunch. Lunches do need to be ordered in advance on The Lunchmaster website.


Are there any food restrictions?

Cipriani is a no food birthday celebrations school. We love birthdays and celebrate each child with a pencil and card from the principal. Please help us by not bringing any food items to share with the class for your child’s birthday. See Healthy Celebrations for more information.

Although there are no specific restrictions, parents are encouraged to be aware of any food allergies in their child’s classroom. 

Parents of children with food allergies should complete District forms and inform the child’s teacher on the first day of school.


What if my child needs to take medicine at school?

If your child needs to take medication at school, you will need to complete the District’s Medical Authorization Form

For more information see Illness & Medicine


Where can I find out about the curriculum?

Cipriani Elementary School follows California State and Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary District guidelines.

For more information see Curriculum


How much homework will my child have?

Cipriani Elementary School has developed guidelines for a school wide homework policy in order to clarify general expectations for students, parents, and teachers. Each teacher will develop a classroom homework policy based on the following guidelines in the fall.

For more information see Homework


Are there field trips?

Yes!  Thanks to generous PTA donations K – 5th grades take one or more field trips during the year that support concepts learned in the classroom.  Parents are welcome, and essential, to help chaperone and transport children.  Your child’s teacher will talk about specific field trips being planned during Back to School Night.

All field trip drivers/attendees must have District Volunteer clearance done prior to going on any school field trip. Driver's must have fingerprint clearance prior to driving on any field trip.  Please visit the District Volunteer webpage.


What resources are available for children with special needs?

Cipriani offers a number of specialists to help each student achieve to his or her highest potential.  Please speak with your child’s teacher or the principal if you feel they need these services. 

BRSSD is also fortunate to have Opening Doors PTA, BRSSD’s Special Services PTA.  Opening Doors’ mission is to provide resources for parents, district educators and students who need extra support.  For more information please visit the Opening Doors PTA webpage:


Can I volunteer in the classroom?  Or if I can’t volunteer during the day, are there other ways to contribute my time?

To volunteer in the classroom, contact your child’s teacher. Most in class volunteer sign ups will occur during Back to School Night.  All in class volunteers must have completed the District Volunteer Clearance Process.   You can learn more under Volunteering.

If volunteering during the school day isn’t possible, the PTA has many volunteer opportunities that fit any schedule. For details go to PTA Volunteering Opportunities or email the PTA Volunteers Coordinator.


Is there anything I need to do if I am visiting the campus to volunteer or participate in an event?

At this time, no volunteers are allowed on campus. In the future, we hope to welcome visitors to campus, and you should follow this procedure: all visitors AND volunteers are required to check in at the front office prior to going to the classroom. On each visit please sign the visitor or volunteer log and obtain a pass or badge.

Why do volunteers log in?  One is for safety, so the staff know who is on campus during any emergency.  The other is for PTA historian records which are sent to California State PTA.  Cipriani volunteers thousands of dollars in volunteer hours every year.  California State PTA presents these hours and their monetary equivalent to the state every year.  


How can I contribute financially?  What is the Education Commitment Campaign?

Cipriani PTA and School-Force work hand in hand to provide for the "whole child".  From August 1st through October 31, contributions to the Education Commitment Campaign will be shared by Cipriani PTA and School Force. Both Cipriani PTA and School Force support programs and services that directly benefit your child(ren).

School-Force supports students across the District.  School-Force specifically at Cipriani funds our music teachers, our librarian, our science teacher, our Leap Arts program, Innovation Grants for teachers, our reading specialists, and technology.

Cipriani PTA funds supplies and community events at Cipriani.  PTA funds assemblies, class materials, Common Core materials, classroom libraries, Leap Arts, Mad Science. and community events at Cipriani.

For more information visit our Education Commitment Campaign page.


How do I join the PTA?

Your PTA membership is included in your contribution to the Education Commitment Campaign.


How do I know what’s going on at school?

Cipriani utilizes a communication platform known as Konstella.  Konstella allows Cipriani to consolidate communications platforms. Go to the Communication page for more information.

Another great way to get involved and keep up with what’s happening at Cipriani is to attend PTA General Association meetings. PTA meetings take place Sept, Nov, Jan, March, May, and June on the first Thursday of the month from 7:00pm to 8:00pm over Zoom.  General Association meetings are open to everyone and participation is encouraged.  Only PTA members may vote on any actionable items.


Can we get Cipriani t-shirts or sweatshirts?

Sure!  Wearing Wildcat Wear builds school spirit.  Spirit Wear sales including sweatshirts, t-shirts, caps, tote bags and more are offered through the Cipriani Store. Make your purchases on the Cipriani Store.


Parenting Support Resources & Information

Parents say that raising their children is the most rewarding aspect of their lives—but that doesn’t mean it’s easy, or that parents always have all the answers.

Health - If you have health concerns about your children, the American Academy of Pediatrics' site provides excellent children's health information.

  • Media - Today's children have unprecedented access to information and experiences through computers, the internet, video games, TV, and cell phones. Common Sense Media gives parents critical information about digital media choices like the latest "must have" video games.
  • Safety - Keeping your children safe is a primary responsibility of all parents. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provides resources for keeping kids safe.
  • Substance Abuse — Learn about the types of peer pressure students face, how to talk about the dangers of drug use and how to determine if your teen is using drugs at Parents. The Anti Drug

Opening Doors PTA

Opening Doors: a Belmont Redwood Shores Special Services PTA is a 501(c) not for profit parent and teacher association established in September 2007, formally known as BRS-SEPTA. Our mission is to provide resources for parents, district educators and children who need extra support, through an educational speaker series, program materials, and in advocating for a supportive environment at our schools.

Please visit our website for more information.