Principal's Corner

  • BUES School Rules 

     August, 2016

     Dear Parents and Guardians,

     Excitement is in the air! For many parents and students, the close of summer brings excitement about new teachers and friends, as well as anxiety over the unknown and a new beginning. I want to reassure you that, students will make new friends and teachers are experts at easing students into school.   As I head into my third year as principal of Barnstable United Elementary School, I look forward to meeting you and your child/children in the coming weeks. 


    Welcome Back Ice Cream Social In the Cafeteria:

    Please join us on Tuesday, August 30th between 5:00pm and 6:30pm. The school will be open to welcome parents and students.


    Parent Teacher Association: 

    PTA meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of every month. All are welcome to participate. A schedule of meeting dates will be provided shortly.


    Monthly School Advisory Council (SAC):

    The SAC meets the second Tuesday of every month in the school’s library from 5-6pm. Information regarding elections is forthcoming. Our board is looking for parent members.


    Daily Schedule:

    School hours               8:10am -  2:40pm

    Arrival time                 7:45am - 8:00am

    Tardy                           After 8:10am

    Breakfast                     7:55am to 8:10am


    Note: Supervision is not available prior to 7:45am.


    Homeroom Assignment:

    We have enclosed your child’s homeroom teacher assignment within this mailing. Our goal is to provide every student a well-balanced classroom in which he or she may thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Classroom teachers generally send out a special welcome letter to all of their incoming students by the end of August. Within each letter, you will find suggestions for materials that may be needed for the beginning of school, and general information about the classroom.


     Bus Passes:

    All students riding the bus must have a bus pass issued by the school district. As per the bus company rules, students may only ride the bus they have been assigned to and exit at their designated stop. Passes may be picked up on Wednesday, August 24th and Thursday,  August 25th from 7:00am to 4:45pm at the Barnstable Intermediate School, 895 Falmouth Road (Route 28) in Hyannis. Bus routes and times are printed on individual passes and will be posted in the Back-to-School edition of the Barnstable Patriot. Please plan on being flexible with time frames over the first few days, as buses may be slightly off schedule as new routes are initiated.


    Parent Pick-Up:

    Students who will be picked up every day, or have a note in the morning to be picked up that day, will exit the building entrance at 2:30pm, where staff will supervise dismissal. Parents should form a double line of cars on either side of the pavement in order to expedite the pick-up process. Should you need to pick up your child early, please sign him or her out in the main office. In order for us to maintain the safest environment for your child, please make sure that the school office has a current custody agreement on file and that you are not using your cell phone during parent pick-up.



    Students who are walking to school must wait in the main foyer until all of the buses have left the area. A staff member supervises the dismissal of these students.



    We require all visitors to identify themselves and the purpose of their visit by pressing our school buzzer, and then stopping at the main office to sign in and receive a visitor pass.


    Forgotten Item Drop Off:

    To minimize disruptions, we call students to the main office at 10:30am and at the end of the day, for items that have been dropped off.


    School Lunch:

    Our cafeteria provides nutritious breakfasts every day and tasty lunches each full day of school. The cost of breakfast is $1.50 while lunch is $2.50. Reduced and free-of-cost meals are available to those who qualify (reduced: breakfast is $0.30 and lunch is $0.40).


    A computerized cash register system is utilized in our cafeteria. All students will receive a student ID card for purchases which will be utilized for the rest of their career in the Barnstable Public Schools. Meals may be pre-paid with cash or checks (made payable to the Barnstable School Lunch Program) or you may use the “MySchoolbucks” link found on our website.


    First Day of School:

    On the first day of school, grade 4 students should report to the gymnasium, and grade 5 students should report to the cafeteria. Signs will be posted with teachers’ names and room numbers for students. Teachers will meet their students and bring them to class.



    Important Telephone Numbers:

    Main Office: 508-420-2272                           Nurse: 508-420-9054

    Guidance Office: 508-420-0190                    Transportation (bus): 508-790-6498


    Important Dates to Remember:

    Wednesday August 24th         Bus Pass Pickup at BIS (7:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

    Thursday August 25th             Bus Pass Pickup at BIS (7:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

    Wednesday, August 31st         First Day of School    

    Grade 4 Open House: Tuesday September 13th          6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Grade 5 Open House: Tuesday September 20th          6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    Parents’ Right-To-Know:

    Under the auspices of Section 1111 (h)(6) of the No Child Left Behind legislation, parents have the right to know the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher. In order to meet this requirement, BUES alerts all parents/guardians of any staff member who does not meet professional standards. 


    Rules and Responsibilities:

    At the Barnstable United Elementary School, we will emphasize to every student the following:

    1. Do your homework each and every night.
    2. Do the best you can each day in your classwork. 
    3. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
    4. Respect self, others, and your surroundings.
    5. Take responsibility for yourself and your actions.
    6. Take care of each other.


    We ask parents and guardians to act as partners in education in these areas:

    1. Check your child’s homework every night.
    2. Work with the school to deliver a consistent message regarding student responsibility.
    3. Encourage your child to read nightly.
    4. Make sure your child is on time for school.
    5. Know your child’s teacher’s name and bus name.


    On behalf of the faculty and staff, welcome to the Barnstable United Elementary School!



     Mary C. Sullivan



Our Mission

  •  Barnstable United Elementary School: Our Mission

    The Barnstable United Elementary School serves fourth and fifth graders in the Town of Barnstable with innovative learning and assessments. The mission of achieving excellence for all students is our goal. We have a major impact on students' academic, individual, social, and technological skills by creating a school environment which provides a high quality curriculum, demands excellence, and prepares the students for successful learning at Barnstable Intermediate School.