Design Image
Home Image

  Mission Statement  



The Mission of Elizabeth Fonde Elementary School is to develop confident, respectful, academically successful students who are working to their highest potential headed by a competent staff.

  About The School  

A Message From the Principal

Dear Parents and Students of Elizabeth Fonde Elementary School,

Welcome to a new school year at a wonderful school. I am for my 3rd year as principal at Elizabeth Fonde Elementary and have high expectations for a great school year.

Together, I know that we can work to make this the best school year for your child. Parental support is key in ensuring your child’s academic success. The faculty and staff at Fonde are committed to doing whatever it takes to create a learning environment that will breed success.

This handbook contains operations policies and procedures for Elizabeth Fonde Elementary School. Please review this handbook with your child so they he/she is aware of the rules and expectations at school. Should you have any questions, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call.

Our doors are always open and we invite parents to become a part of our success by volunteering and joining the PTA. Getting involved in your child’s school is one of the best things you can do for your child.


Ms. Joy Gould

History of Fonde

The school was named in honor of Elizabeth Fonde in recognition of her many years of service as an educator. Fifty­two years ago Fonde opened its doors to 380 students, eleven teachers, one substitute, one secretary, and one female custodian. Mr. James T. Hamner Jr. served as principal from 1959­1992. Elizabeth Fonde Elementary School is located at 3956 Cottage Hill Road. Elizabeth Fonde takes pride in the fact that it is indeed a school in which the community accepts the challenges and responsibilities of educating children.

MOTTO: “Preparing Today for Tomorrow”


SCHOOL COLORS:Red and Navy Blue


7:15 a.m. ­ 7:35 a.m.       Breakfast begins

7:45 a.m.                      Teachers clock in

7:50 a.m.                      Take ­in Bell/Students report to class

7:55 a.m.                       Morning Announcements

2:50 p.m.                       Afternoon Announcements

2:50 p.m.                       K, 2, 4 Dismissal to PODS

2:54 p.m.                       1, 3, 5 Dismissal to PODS

2:57 p.m.                       Yellow, Blue, Orange, and Pink Buses to Gym Van Riders/After School Care Dismissal

3:00 p.m.                       Car Line Dismissal (K­5)



First Infraction:Redirect Behavior

  • Verbal Reprimand
  • Temporary time­out with grade level’s discipline intervention teacher
  • Review discipline plan
  • Discuss behavior folder/pre­office referral form with student.
  • Student/ teacher conference

Second Infraction: Behavior Letter sent home to be signed by parent 

  • Begin documentation in behavior folder on pre­office referral form.
  • Place signed copy in behavior folder.
  • If letter is not returned, document on pre­office referral form.

Third Infraction:Telephone call to parent to schedule parent/teacher/student conference.

  •  Document date of conference.
  •  Review parent­school compact and discipline plan.
  •   Complete PLCIA to document plan­of­action to implement to improve behavior.

Fourth Infraction: Mandatory Parent/Student Conference with Teacher

  • Requested by Teacher
  • Review signed compact.
  • Review discipline record and pre­office referral form.
  • Discuss plan­of­action to improve behavior; complete PLCIA.
  • Request monitor student’s behavior in classroom during a.m. or p.m.

Fifth Infraction:Formal MCPSS office referral and/or Counselor referral

  • Back on Track Referral
  • Administrator­Parent­Student Conference
  • Upon student’s return to school, parent will be requested to sit in the classroom with student for an entire school day
  • Counselor Referral
  • Sixth Infraction: Formal MCPSS office referral.
  • Out of School Suspension




Students (not enrolled in before school care) may not arrive on campus prior to 7:15 a.m. As students arrive, they should adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. All students should go directly to the cafeteria for breakfast. They should line up outside of the cafeteria doors.
  2. Students who do not eat breakfast are to line up at the cafeteria doors. Enter through the cafeteria going into the main hall  and sit quietly in their designated areas until dismissed.
  3. Students will be permitted to pass to class at 7:50 a.m.


  1. Children must have a pass when outside the classroom during instructional time.
  2. Children will walk in a single line and to the right at all times.
  3. Children will place hands either by their sides, in their pockets, or behind their backs.


  1.  Afternoon Announcements will be made at 2:50 p.m. daily.
  2.  At 2:50 p.m. students in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades will be dismissed to PODS. Then at 2:54p.m. students in K, 2nd, and 4th grades will be dismissed to PODS. Students will be escorted to each area and supervised faculty/staff member at all times.
  3. 3:00 p.m. Carpool students will be dismissed. They will be seated on the benches in the front of the school. (No vehicles will be allowed to park in the far left lane due to bus entrance and pick­up)
  4. Children riding the bus will walk to their designated area escorted by a faculty/staff member, have a seat, use their whisper voice and listen for their buses to be called.
  5. Children riding a daycare van will walk in a single line escorted by a faculty/staff member to the main hall and have a seat in their designated area, use their whisper voice, and listen for their daycare vans to be called.


All Elizabeth Fonde Elementary School visitors are required to report to the main office upon arrival on the school campus and show proper identification. Visitors are those persons who are not employed at Elizabeth Fonde. Parents are visitors and must sign in at the office when they wish to visit the campus. Conferences with your child’s teacher will be scheduled either before school, during the teacher’s planning period, or after school. THIS IS A SCHOOL PROCEDURE AND MUST NOT BE VIOLATED BY ANYONE. VIOLATORS MAY BE ARRESTED AND PROSECUTED!



The cafeteria line and area will be a safe and clean environment where people interact with courtesy and respect.

Cafeteria Line Procedures:

  1. Children will face forward and keep hands, feet, and objects to themselves.
  2. Children will use whisper voices in the cafeteria line.


Cafeteria Area Procedures:

  1. Children will sit at designated tables and stay in their seats.
  2. Children will eat quietly and use good manners.
  3. Children will be responsible for cleaning up their eating area (tabletop, seats, and floor).
  4. Children will stay seated until dismissed by the teacher.
  5. Children will stop eating and drinking once they stand up.


 CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM (LUNCH PRICES)Subject to change per MCPSS The Child Nutrition Program meal prices for 2015­2016 are as follows:

All students qualify for FREE breakfast and lunch for the 2015­2016 school year.


The restrooms will be a safe environment where people will use them appropriately and leave them clean.

Rules and Expectations:

  1. Students can only use the restroom during breakfast and dismissal only if a faculty/staff member has given them permission.
  2. If restrooms must be used during instructional time, students must have a restroom pass.
  3. Use restrooms appropriately

Use equipment properlyely: Respect privacy of others Use whisper voices

  • Use only toilet paper in toilets Flush once
  • No writing on the walls and stalls, no pencils, pens, markers, or crayons in restrooms
  • No playing or running in restrooms No standing on toilets
  • Wash hands
  • Throw all trash in trashcans Leave promptly


Riding the bus is a privilege. Improper conduct on the buses will result in the privilege being denied. Only regularly scheduled bus students are to ride the buses. Your child must ride the bus both in the morning and in the afternoon. All changes in dismissal must be done in writing sent to your child’s teacher.


  1. Students must remain seated
  2. Students must use their whisper voices
  3. Students must follow the direction of the bus driver
  4. Students must keep their hands, feet, and belongings to themselves
  5. NO items may be thrown from the bus
  6. NO body parts are to be hung out of the bus
  7. NO profanity or inappropriate language on the bus
  8. NO fighting


  1. Discipline form submitted to the principal or assistant principal
  2. The principal will conference with student
  3. The principal will inform the parents/guardian
  4. After three (3) discipline infractions that require administrative intervention the student will lose bus privileges for the 2015­16 school year



Early dismissals are disruptive to the educational process. Excessive early dismissals not approved by Elizabeth Fonde Administrators could result in the following:

  1.  Loss of perfect attendance status
  2.  Lowered grades in the subject/s affected
  3.  Referral to the attendance office for investigation, or
  4.  Referral to the Department of Human Resources

All parents/guardians who wish to check their child out of school prior to the closing of the school day must do so through the main office using the school’s approved check­out procedures which are:

  1.  Present identification to the front office staff/administrator or designee
  2.  Authorization on the child’s locator card will be verified with the individual present to check the child out
  3.  If the person is authorized to check the child out, he/she signs the early dismissal log, and the child will be called to the office
  4.  If the person requesting to pick the child up does not appear on the child’s locator card, the parent is contacted by phone for directions

When changes are made about transportation, this should be sent to the teacher in writing. Changes in transportation will NOT be done by phone; All changes in dismissal must be put in writing! This will be strictly enforced!

Children are not permitted to leave class and wait in the office to be picked up. Teachers are not obligated to interrupt their instructional time to give assignments to students who are leaving prior to the close of the school day. However, a note allows the teacher the opportunity to prepare assignments if at all possible.


We do understand emergencies happen; therefore an Elizabeth Fonde Elementary Administrator will approve any early dismissal past 2:30 p.m.


In most cases, divorced parents continue to have equal rights, such as access to student information. If a parent has a court order that limits the rights of one parent in matters such as custody or visitation, please bring a copy to the office. UNLESS THE COURT ORDER IS SIGNED BY A JUDGE AND ON FILE WITH US, WE WILL PROVIDE EQUAL RIGHTS TO BOTH PARENTS.


Students should be picked up promptly at dismissal. Students who are not picked up by 3:30

will be taken to the City of Mobile’s STAR after school program located at Fonde. Parents will be charged a fee by the city. Parents who habitually arrive after 3:30 p.m. are subject to referral to the Department of Human Resources for child abandonment.


When a student is absent, a written note explaining the absence should be sent within 3 days of the child’s return to school. After 10 absences, a doctor’s note will be required to excuse further absences. A total of 5 unexcused absences will be reported to the attendance officer.


The telephone located at the front desk may be used by students and parents in the event of an emergency ONLY. You should make arrangements for your children before they leave home in regards to transportation, and after school plans. Please remember changes in transportation will not be done by phone. All changes in dismissal must be put in writing!


PTA fees

  • We would like to have a very active parent volunteer program at Elizabeth Fonde Elementary School. Volunteers help to:
  • promote parental involvement in all aspects
  • increase student achievement
  • acquaint parents with academic programs
  • strengthen communication between school, parents, and community
  • get involved, be a volunteer, join the P.T.A. Your child needs your support, and so do we!

Parents are encouraged to join and actively support the PTA. Membership costs are $5.00 for single­(only one (1) child attends Elizabeth Fonde) and $10.00 for families­(two (2) or more children attend Elizabeth Fonde). PTA money will be used to improve the overall programs at Elizabeth Fonde.


  • Subject to change per MCPSS
  • The Child Nutrition Program meal prices for 2015­2016 are as follows:
  • All students qualify for FREE breakfast and lunch for the 2015­2016 school year.



Parents are urged to contact the school whenever the need arises. Teachers may be contacted by note or telephone. If you wish to have a conference with your child’s teacher, please call ahead to make an appointment as our teachers’ schedules do not allow time for drop in conferences. We also recommend using our school communicator and school planner as a consistent communication tool.


Your child’s homework will depend on their grade level. There are several reasons for homework:


  1.  To provide extra practice on learned skills
  2.   To provide further learning in areas covered in the classroom
  3.  To provide an opportunity for students to learn good work habits
  4.  To grow in responsibility

We know learning is important and should continue after school hours. Daily homework should not be viewed as punishment, but as a way to encourage and extend learning. Students should also designate time to read each night this is an important tool to learning.

Parents, communicate your child’s reading achievements at home to the school so we can recognize him/her.

 READ!                          READ!                           READ!                     



  1. A GOOD EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT. Here are some things your child can do to help:
  2. Attend school regularly
  3. Be attentive in class
  4. Have notebook, paper, pencil and other materials necessary for classes
  5. Ask questions if you do not understand, or, ask your teacher for extra help
  6. Do not waste time during the school day
  7. Have a regular place to get your homework done each night and turn off the television
  8. Ask yourself every day if you have done your best in school that day


First, Second, third, and fourth quarter report cards will be sent home. Progress reports will be sent home every two weeks. Please discuss each with your child, sign it, and return it as soon as possible. If there are questions, a conference may be requested.


Due to the size of Elizabeth Fonde and the importance of ensuring that each child receives an appropriate education, school administrators will only be available by appointments. Elizabeth Fonde administrators will try and return phone messages within 24 to 48 hours.


Children cannot learn when they are sick. It is important to help keep all children healthy and safe. Therefore, it is necessary that parents help insure that the following guidelines are respected:

  • Do not send children to school if they are ill with severe coughs, colds, flu, chicken pox, high fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, pink eye, etc.
  • Make sure that you have completed the emergency contact information with at least two (2) emergency telephone numbers.
  • Only medication prescribed by your child’s physician (in a bottle labeled with the doctor’s name and directions) can be given at school and only then if a signed permission form is on file. (These forms are available in the office.) Medication that is given three times a day (every 8 hours) should not be sent to school, it should be given before the child comes to school, immediately after school, and at bedtime.
  • Parents of any child suspected of having a contagious health problem will be contacted by phone or letter with instructions to pick up the child until the condition has either cleared or receive a note from a doctor declaring that the condition is not contagious.
  • If a student becomes ill at school, professional judgment will be used and the parent notified to pick up the student when deemed necessary.

Elizabeth Fonde Elementary has a full­time health aide and Registered Nurse who provides services once a week.


Response To Instruction integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems. With RTI, we will identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities. RTI is not a guarantee of promotion, making the honor roll, passing the graduation exam, or higher ARMT + scores.


Elizabeth Fonde Elementary, and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs  funded by Title I, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

 School Responsibilities:

 Elizabeth Fonde Elementary School will:

  • Provide high­quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards.
  • Hold parent­teacher conferences 1st quarter during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.
  • Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress every three weeks by STI Progress Reports.
  • Provide parents reasonable access to staff through scheduled conferences during planning periods, before or after school.
  • Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities by following Elizabeth Fonde Visitor Procedure of signing in at the front office and obtaining a visitors pass.

Parent Responsibilities:

  • We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:
  •  Supply the appropriate school supplies FOR ALL FOUR quarters.
  •  Sign the behavior calendars in the school communicator daily and/or school planner daily.
  •  Be responsible for my child’s punctuality and attendance.
  •  Adhere to school wide procedure of no early dismissals after 2:30pm.
  •  Support and reinforce discipline policies of the classroom/school and MCPSS Student Code of Conduct.
  •  Participate in all scheduled parent­teacher conference.
  •  Maintain a time and place for homework and review it regularly.
  •  Actively encourage and stay involved in what my child is learning.
  •   Attend to the health needs of my child.
  •   Monitor my child’s academic progress throughout the year.
  •   Provide a uniform in accordance with school policy.
  •  Participate in workshops for the purpose of strengthening parenting skills or the skills necessary to provide the assistance in academic areas when possible.

Student Responsibilities:

We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards. Specifically, we will:

  •  Work hard to do my best in class and on my schoolwork.
  •  Complete and return homework assignments.
  •  Attend school regularly and on time.
  •  Bring appropriate materials to school.
  •  Obey classroom/school rules daily.
  •  Follow school procedures.
  •  Wear the adopted school uniform as directed.
  •  Strive to treat teacher, staff and other students with respect.
  •  Actively read and test on appropriate Accelerated Reading Level

The Mobile County Public School System does not discriminate in its education and employment programs on the basics of religion, age, race, color, national origin, gender, marital or parental status, and disability. This district complies with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding discrimination. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed as follows. For student inquiries, contact Terrence Mixon, Executive Director of Student Services, P.O. Box 1800069, Mobile, Alabama 36618 or call (251) 221­4245. For employee inquiries, contact George Smith, Employee Relations Administrator, P.O. Box 1800069, Mobile, Alabama 36618 or call (251)221­4531.

Design Image