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Governor Bent Elementary School           







5700 Hendrix Rd. NE

Albuquerque, NM  87110



Our Vision

Growing Minds

Growing Hearts

Growing Together



Our Mission

We will support, prepare and challenge students to be responsible for and engaged in their own learning by collectively growing as professionals and by activating our families and community.




 Jonathan Saiz, Ed.S.



Kaye Bates, M.A.

Assistant Principal




GBES Office Hours – Monday - Friday

7:30 AM – 4:00 PM



Important Numbers


Office ………….….…………………...…………......881-9797                           

Attendance  ………….….………...……………..…...881-9797 (ext. 2)

Health Office  ………….….……………….………...881-9797 (ext. 3)

Special Education  ………….….…………………….881-9797 (ext. 4)

Counselor.  ………….….………………….………...881-9797 (ext. 5)

Administration.  ………….….………………….……881-9797 (ext. 9)

Governor Bent Fax ………….….…………….……...881-8885          

APS Transportation..………….….………..……....... 880-3989

APS Service Center..………….….………..……....... 855-9040

City Of Albuquerque Pre-K ………….……………...767-6500












2017 – 2018 APS & GBES Calendar


August 14.............................................First Day of School (1st - 5th)

August 16………………………...…...First Day for Kindergarten

September 6…..…………….….….….Open House/ Title I Meeting

September 4..........................................Labor Day Holiday (No School)

October 12-13.......................................Fall Break (No School)

November 20-21……………………...Parent / Teacher Conferences (No School)

November 22-24...................................Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

December 18 - January 1 ….................Winter Break (No School)

January 2...............................................Professional Development Day(No School)

January 3…………………….………..Students Return

January 15.............................................Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

February 19...........................................Presidents’ Day Holiday (No School)

March 8-9………….………………….Parent / Teacher Conferences (No School)

March 26-29……………………....…..Spring Break (No School)

March 30………………………...……Vernal Holiday (No School)

May 23...................................................Last Day of School

May 24-25………….….……………...Snow Make-up Days (if necessary)



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for other events, such as Picture Days, Standardized Testing, and Family Engagement Activities.






General Information



Daily Time Schedule – Monday - Friday               

7:48 First Bell 

7:53 Students in seats and working                                        

10:45 – 12:30 Staggered Lunches/ Recesses*

2:00 End of School

*Classrooms will notify parents of specific times in their newsletters.


Note: Grounds supervision begins at 7:40 am each day. Plan for your student(s) to arrive at school no earlier than 7:40 am.



Inclement Weather / Early Release

Severe weather means schools are closed for the day for safety reasons.  This is announced on local TV and radio by 6:00 a.m.  Please listen for these announcements.


Less severe weather results in an abbreviated day.  Start and dismissal times for Governor Bent students on an abbreviated day schedule are as follows:     

Classes Begin – 9:50 a.m.                Classes Dismiss – 2:00 p.m.


 In case of severe weather during the day, we will contact parents or day care providers so they can make arrangements to pick up their children.


Specials Block 

PE, Library, Music, & Computers


8:10-8:55       4th Grade                11:00-11:45    2nd Grade

9:05-9:50       Kindergarten          12:15-1:00      1st Grade

10:00-10:45    5th Grade                      1:10-2:00         3rd Grade                         


APS School Attendance Guidelines

Regular attendance is a key to school success.  On time, daily attendance is a critical component of this educational process.  We understand sometimes families may need support to help their child be successful.  School staff can direct you to possible resources within the school community. Teachers take attendance daily.


Attendance Policy

·  A parent/guardian must notify the school at 881-9797 ext. 2, when a student is going to be absent.


Absences may be excused for the following reasons with appropriate documentation:

·  Illness (including chronic illness documented on a health plan, IEP or 504)

·  Limited family emergencies; family deaths        

·  Medical, health or legal appointments

·  Suspensions

·  Religious commitment

·  Deployment of military parent


All absences for other reasons are unexcused.


All absences for other reasons are unexcused including:

·Non-school sponsored activities or trips

·Family vacations outside the normally scheduled school breaks

In APS “a student in need of early intervention (truant) at five (5) unexcused absences and a habitual truant at ten (10) unexcused absences in a year.





                                                               -APS Student Handbook 2016-2017


Excessive Absences

·      Schools will work collectively with parents/families to identify and provide intervention strategies for students with unexcused absences

·      School-related activities taking students out of school are not included when evaluating excessive absences. A student is not allowed more than ten (10) school-related absences per class per semester.

·      State law requires schools to withdraw a student after ten (10) consecutive days of absence, but only after the school has exhausted its efforts to keep the student in an educational setting through a variety of interventions.

·      Schools may not use out of school suspension or expulsion as punishment for truancy.

·      Families will be contacted by an automated call if their child has 2 unexcused absences. This is to provide families with the opportunity to work with their child’s school to begin interventions. Designated APS staff may contact a family at this time also.

·      Families will be contacted by an automated call if their child has 5 unexcused absences. Designated APS staff should make contact with the family and schedule an appointment to work with the parent on strategies and support.

·      Families will be contacted by an automated call and will receive a written letter if their child has 10 unexcused absences. Parents/guardians will need to meet with school staff to review prior strategies and develop a more intensive support plan.

·      Students that receive more than 10 unexcused absences may be referred to Juvenile Probation

·      Interventions for students with disabilities who have IEPs (other than students receiving “gifted” services only) will involve consultation with the IEP team and/or performance of a Functional Behavior Assessment.



·      Students who come late to school will need to check in at the front office. Elementary school aged children must be walked into the office by a parent/guardian.



Late Arrivals/ Early Check Out

·  A parent/guardian must sign a student in at the office when the arriving after 7:55 am. The student will need a “glad you are here” pass to go to class.

·  Early Checkout begins in the office.  Only parents or adults (over 18 years of age) listed as ‘Guardian’ or under ‘Emergency Contacts’ on the registration card will be allowed to check out students before the regular dismissal time.  For the safety of our students, picture identification (i.e. a driver’s license) is required for early release.  Students will not be released to any adult without proper ID. Early checkouts will not be permitted after 1:45pm.



Student Drop Off and Pick Up

It is not safe to drop children off more than 15 minutes before school or to leave them more than 15 minutes after the school day ends.

• Parents must not leave their children on a school campus longer than fifteen (15) minutes either before or after the school day.

• School grounds are not supervised except during the school day.

• If extenuating circumstances prevent a family from picking up a student on time, the school must be notified within fifteen minutes of the end of the school day.

• If students are repeatedly left on campus outside of the school day hours, an administrator will attempt to contact the family to discuss and resolve the problem.

• If the problem continues, the student may be considered abandoned and the police will be notified. Such children may be subject to transportation to a designated state shelter.

·  APS schools will do their best to abide by parenting plans provided to them but are not responsible to enforce specific pick-up days.



Before-and-After School Care

·  Rio Grande Educational Collaborative, call 873-6035 for more information.

·  Off-site childcare is also offered through privately owned daycare centers.


Emergency Information

It is vital to have current phone numbers so we can contact you.  Please notify the office, and nurse of any information changes such as new telephone number, change of address or change of custody. If any changes occur during the year, please update your child’s enrollment cards, which are located in the office.  Please have a picture identification card with you when you come into the office to make any changes. Changes cannot be made over the telephone.  


Custody Issues

The office and Nurse and the teacher should be notified of any custody issues involving your child. This notification should be in the form of written court documents, which clearly states who has custody and who has access to your child. The school cannot deny access to a custodial parent unless there are court documents prohibiting such contact. Please update the documents each year in the office. The office staff will adhere to paperwork on file. “Word-of- Mouth” agreements will not be accepted.



Any student receiving prescription medication at school must have an Physician’s Authorization to Administer Medication filled out and signed by their physician. No prescription medication will be given without this authorization signed by a physician. APS policy stipulates that any prescription medication given during school hours must be in the original container (the pharmacy label must match doctor order). Students may not bring their own medication to self-administer.


Illness and Injury

Parents will be asked to pick up their children when there is:

       - Vomiting/severe diarrhea    - Serious Injury     

       - Temperature 100 or above - Red, swollen, draining eye

       - Unidentified Skin rash                 -Students unable to return to class after 20 min


Should your child become ill at school and need to go home, you will be contacted. Make sure that the school has all your current telephone numbers. We also need telephone number of a family member, neighbor or friend that we may call in case of an emergency, if we are unable to reach you.


Visitors to our Campus

We welcome and encourage your visits to Governor Bent and strive to keep a close surveillance of our campus. In accordance with state law, all visitors to our campus between 7:40 – 2:40 must first check in at the office and must wear a "Visitor" badge. We do this to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff.



Student Transfers

When a student is transferring to another school, please be sure all textbooks and library books are returned.  We will not release records to another school if material or fees are still owed.



All children who attend Governor Bent may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them.



Fire Drill and Lock Down Procedures

Fire regulations require the school to hold periodic fire drills. They are held once a week for the first month of school and once a month thereafter. Twice a year a practice lock down drill will occur. During a lock down, students and teachers are not allowed to leave their rooms for any reason. All doors are locked in the school and nobody is allowed into the building. If you happen to arrive during this practice drill, you will have to wait outside the building in your car until the drill is complete. The drill will usually take about 20-minutes.


Phone Calls/ Cell Phones

Classrooms will NOT be interrupted with phone messages.  It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to make after school arrangements BEFORE school starts.  Plan ahead for changes with your child BEFORE they leave for school.  Office staff will take messages for emergencies only.  Cell phones are not to be used or seen during school hours.  They may be kept in silent or off mode in student’s backpacks. Cell phone may be taken and held in the office for a parent to pick up, if a student has it out during the school day. School is NOT responsible for lost phones. 


Bus Service/ Transportation

Students who live more than a mile from school qualify to ride the bus. Students who do not obey the rules may have their bus privileges revoked. 


Birthday Parties

We extend our “Happy Birthday” wish to each youngster on their “special day” Parents/guardians are welcome to bring a special treat to the classroom for the last 20 minutes of the day. No deliveries of gifts, flowers and balloons for students will be allowed in classrooms for a birthday party. We will keep the gifts in the office and may be picked up at the end of the day by the student. Please arrange to give these things to your children at home, as it is disruptive to the learning environment. 


Field Trips

Only written permission slips can be accepted for field trips.  Verbal permission is not acceptable.  You will also be asked to sign a walking field trip form at the start of the year.  You will be notified if your child will be off school grounds on a walking field trip.


You must have an official background check if you are attending on a field trip.  Please see the APS website ( to begin the background check process. 



Parent-Teacher Conferences/ Progress Reports

Communication between school and home regarding a child's progress is vital. To help facilitate this communication, mandatory parent conferences have been scheduled two times each year. Parent conferences will be scheduled as part of the first and second reporting periods. Parent- teacher conferences will be:


November 20-21, 2017 & March 8-9, 2018


Students will not attend school on these days. Other parent conferences may be scheduled with your child's teacher as the need arises.  Midterm progress reports will be sent each trimester.


Personal Property / Lost & Found

School personnel cannot be responsible for personal property. Students will not be allowed to bring personal items, including (but not limited to): bikes, roller blades, scooters, skateboards, bats, balls, radios, jewelry, toys, trading cards, and fidget spinners.


Staff may take the personal property away if it becomes distracting to the learning environment. The property and can be picked up at the end of the day by the student or parent.


Please have student names on jackets and clothing. Please take time to check the lost and found box and clothing rack in the cafeteria for lost clothing. At the end of the year unclaimed items will be cleaned and sent to Goodwill.


Photo Policy

If your child should not be in any photos/videos of school activities (usually due to custody and/or security issues) please let the school know in writing.


Computer Policy

Each student is scheduled to have computer instruction with supervision. APS has rigorous safeguards to make certain Internet access is appropriate. In order for your child to participate, please sign and return the Acceptable Internet Use Agreement.     





Harassment and Violence Prevention

APS District policy contains strict guidelines regarding harassment.  There is no tolerance for harassment, including sexual harassment or harassment aimed at persons with disabilities. 


Dress Code

We follow the APS guideline in order to promote a safe learning environment.  Students who are out of compliance will call home for a change of clothing/shoes. If a change of clothing cannot be provided from home, the student will be provided alternative clothing. Fake tattoos, make-up, and face paint will be taken off in the health office. Parent/Guardian will be informed of the infraction.


Here are important guidelines to be aware of:

o   No gang-related attire (this changes, so be aware) or clothing that distracts from learning

o   No tight or revealing clothing (spaghetti straps, exposed midriffs or   backs, tube tops, low cut or off the shoulder)

o   Straps on sleeveless shirt should be at least 1 ½ inches wide

o   No inappropriate slogans on clothing

o   Shorts must be “finger-tip” length

o   No hats allowed in the buildings (may wear for warmth or sun protection)

o   No sagging pants or wide-legs.  Pants should fit at waist, crotch, and legs.

o   No long belts or chains, spiked jewelry, or piercings

o   No make-up or brightly colored or distracting hair*

o   No flip flops or shoes with heels** (for safety reasons)

o   No fake tattoos

o   No face paint

*Exception on GBES Spirit Days

**Exception: picture day, performance, awards assembly, class presentation approval from administration/teacher.


Behavior/ Discipline / PBS

What is PBS?

Positive Behavior Supports is a proactive systems approach to preventing and responding to classroom and school discipline problems. 

The purpose of PBS is to create positive, respectful, and responsive learning environments for all students, by developing consistency across staff and settings regarding:

·      Stated expectations for student behavior;

·      Staff response to occurrences of unwanted behaviors;

·      Staff response to occurrences of desired student behavior; and

·      How discipline infractions are handled.

Emphasis is directed toward teaching expected behavior, supporting behavior and positively reinforcing behavior in order to develop and maintain safe learning environments where teachers can teach and students can learn.

Positive Behavior Support is comprised of three levels of intervention implementation: Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. While the three intervention tiers build upon one another, each tier has a specific intervention focus and process for implementation.


§  Tier 1: Interventions: Teach and reinforce a consistent set of behavioral expectations for all students, staff, and settings school-wide;

§  Tier 2: Interventions; Provide small group and individual support for students with repeated behavior problems; and

§  Tier 3: Interventions:  Provide assessment driven, individualized support plans for students who have the most intensive needs.


How will students be taught school wide expectations?

Students will be taught school wide expectations with Independent Charts.  I –Charts highlight different areas on campus and list the expected behavior for that area.  Teachers will teach the behavior and students will practice expected behavior.  Following I-chart behavior is referred to as being “Cougar Cool.”


How will students be reinforced for following school wide ROAR expectations?

Cougar Cool behavior will be reinforced with ROAR tokens for demonstrating Respect, being On Task, an Awesome Attitude, and Responsibility. Students will log in these tokens with their teacher.  Throughout the year, students who have earned tokens during a specific block of time will purchase acknowledgments from the ROAR Store


What will the consequences be for violating a school wide behavior?

Behaviors are classified in two categories: Minor and Major. 

Minor behaviors in the classroom are first re-taught.  If student continues after being re-taught, the behavior will require a consequence in the classroom according to individual classroom management systems. 

Minor behaviors on the playground will first be re-taught.  On a second violation, the student will walk with the duty teacher for 2-5 minutes to discuss expected behavior and to have a pause from play.  The third violation will result in a “Cougar Pause” slip.  This slip will be given to the student’s homeroom teacher, resulting in community service during recess time.

Major behaviors are those classified as causing harm to self, others, or property.  Any behavior that violates the law is a major behavior.  Examples of these behaviors include (but are not limited to) vandalism, fighting, or harassment.  These behaviors will be referred to the office for consequences in accordance with APS policies.


Placement Policy

Classroom placement is always a challenging process. It is important to remember that we must have equitable placement for ALL children.


The Placement Team will take into consideration all categories, such as gender, language needs, etc. to form balanced, equitable classes. Balance must be maintained. The Principal will have final authority on balance/equitable changes, if needed.





At this time the district makes a final teacher allotment, based on school population the first 20 days of school. In the event that we are required to add a teacher the following Redistribution Procedure will occur to again assure fairness to all children: 


The class will be formed using a lottery method; names will be drawn to assure fairness. (Example: All high achieving female names will go into a hat and will be picked according to the number needed to balance the classroom.) The principal will have the final authority building this class.


If at the 20th day we are required to lose a teacher, the students that are in the classroom that will lose the teacher will be equitably distributed among the other teachers at that grade level.



Student Placement

Placement of students is always an emotional issue. Sometimes as parents we want a particular teaching style or the same teacher that another family member had. It is important to remember that we must have equitable placement for all children and that classrooms must be reasonably balanced with children of all abilities and gender.


We are thoughtful as we place students into classrooms. Once final placement decisions have been made, classroom transfers are NOT encouraged.  Children and parents both need to be exposed to different teaching styles and learning environments. When a transfer is requested, a three-step process is required:

1.    Parent meets with teacher to discuss concerns.  Wait two weeks to see if problems are resolved.

2.    After 2 weeks, parents and teacher meet with administrator to discuss options.

3.    The final decision to transfer a student into another classroom is at the discretion of the principal.

If we continually place children in the same learning environment year after year, it would be an enormous disservice to them when they reach middle school and are exposed to a variety of different teachers and styles.  We all grow and learn from new environments.


Parent Involvement

We welcome your participation! Please remember that this is our school and we all share the responsibility for meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of the children. Check with your child's teacher and see what you can do in the classroom to help. Let us know of any special interests, talents, or abilities you can share with us. We need you! A key ingredient in an outstanding school is the degree to which all adults unite in a concerted effort to provide for our children. Our children are our most precious resource. When you volunteer, we thank you for . . .

·      Checking into the office and recording your presence at school by signing in/out and by wearing a visitor badge.  

·      Being discreet and trustworthy and for respecting the confidences of teachers and children.