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Felida Elementary School5
Posted May 16, 2014
- a parent
I am so blessed to have my daughter go to Felida! Mrs. Hiebert is so patient and wonderful! I love all the teachers and staff. Thank you so much for taking such great care for my daughter! If you want your child to excel in life have them go to Felida!
Felida is an outstanding school with loving, exceptional teachers and staff! I have been involved with the school for the past 3 months as a student teacher and I have felt completely included in this wonderful family.
Felida elementary is a great school! The level of parental involvement is unprecidented. My children transferred in from Riverview this school year and I am impressed with the level of compassion and respect both Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Desormeaux have shown to my children.
Felida Elementary is a wonderful school. The parent community has one of the highest participation. Most of the teachers are top notch. There is at least one teacher (Pat Desormeaux) who should not be teaching. She treats her students with disrespect and you wonder why she is a tenured teacher. The Principal (Kris Janati) is at the par as the bad apple teacher. It is scary to know the kids have to deal with lack of quality. Even with the rotten teacher and principal I would still give this school top ratings. The parent involvement, quality of the other staff and teachers are so good they can outshine the bad. Our family feels luck to be in the school boundary.
If you want your child to be told how to think, watch TV during school hours and be in a military-like environment, send them to Felida Elementary. How can you teach a child the importance of good eating habits when you only allow them 5-10 minutes to eat their lunch while listening to a teacher who yells in a microphone to "entertain" them! The principal is way too rigid and she showed me very little respect when I tried to address a few recurring problems I had with a teacher. I could go on with everything that I hated about that school but what really brought me to withdraw my children from Felida (after only 3 weeks of attendance!), was a security issue: my 1st grade daughter was missing one day when I went to pick her up at the curb as usual! It took 15 minutes to find her! The scariest part of it was that her teacher hadn't even noticed her absence until I went to ask her where my daughter was! Same thing happened with my 2nd grade daughter who ended up left alone waiting for me to pick her up at the curb after I had promptly left notices to both her teacher and the office to specify that she was going to an after-school activities that day. Enough said...
Last year I would have given this school 5 stars. This year they have a new principal that I feel is not their for ALL the kids. In my opinion she helps some, but just doesnt want to deal with others. I have a child with an issue this year, and instead of being on his team and get through the situation, she just cast him out to another school, for them to "deal" with him. Apparently if your child has a learning disability, do not attend Felida with this Principal. Other than that, most of the teachers are pretty good - some better than others.
I am a single parent. Luckily my ex and I communicate all of our childs activities to each other. I don't want him to miss out on anything. That said, I have found that the website is exceptional for keeping tabs on what is going on at the school. At least at this school they have someone web savvy enough to do so. The last school my child attended only updated their website yearly. You can also request to see your childs grade progress by asking for a login. Like one of the responses said, "it isn't the schools fault my daughter's parents couldn't live together anymore". Snobby? Possibly a little. And there is no room for that kind of attitude in a school. As far as I am concerned, as a taxpayer, they work for me and my child and their attitudes should be nothing more than helpful.
As I single parent, I have to sharply dispute the two 2008 reviews here. I'm sorry to hear of their experiences, but they do not at all agree with mine. Both I and my ex receive invitations to all events. The only hitch we run into is that many notifications come as part of a 'parent pack' on Fridays. Unfortunately, this can mean that whichever parent got her that Friday is the one that got the notice. The only way around this would be limiting notification to email (but not everyone has email) or USPS (and that gets very expensive). It is not the school's fault that my daughter's parents couldn't live together anymore, and, while I expect them to make *reasonable* accommodations, they only have just so much budget or time. I have not found any of my single parent or dual home hassles to be due to school attitude.
Thank you last parent for speaking out! I too, found this school to be non-compliant with a 2 house-hold family. I felt so left out as a father! It was sad when I saw my son, that I did not know of what was going on for his school did not supply 2 copies of the agenda. I would agree the staff is selective with whom they will speak with and why they would acknowledge them. I would research the schools in your area.
Felida is a very snobby school that the staff and teachers decide if they would like to relay info to you or not! My experience is very low of parent/teacher/principle interaction. Single parents beware of being accepted and recognized!