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Car Rider Etiquette

Farmer has worked hard over the years improving our car rider system in order to accommodate over 300 car riders daily. So at this time we’re taking a moment to remind our parents of the car rider procedures and policies. Please help us maintain an efficient car rider system by following the set procedures.

  1. Pull your car all the way up. Twenty cars are unloaded in the morning and loaded in the afternoon at one time...and that’s A LOT of cars!

  2. Drivers, and all other passengers, must stay in the car. We have Safety Patrol and teacher/staff assigned to car rider duty to supervise and assist any student, if needed. 

  3. Cars must be unloaded and loaded on the passenger side due to the safety of the students.

  4. Pull up and out of the car rider line if you need more time to assist your child once he/she is in the vehicle. 

  5. If you do not live in the Billtown Farms Neighborhood, do not use it as a cut through to get to Farmer. Car riders must use Gellhaus Lane to enter campus to create a better traffic flow and improve efficiency.

  6. In order to allow sufficient time for students to arrive to class on time, car riders can start arriving and be dropped off at 8:40am.

  7. Due to safety concerns, students may NOT be dropped off in the Ramsey Middle School parking lot to walk down (even with a parent/guardian). If you’re a car rider you MUST remain in the line and follow the car rider line procedures.

  8. We ask all parents to refrain from being on your phone in order to keep the flow moving.

  9. The red flag placed outside each morning is Farmer’s way of communicating to parents that their child is tardy to school. Whenever a child is late to school, parents MUST come into the office and sign in the child.

Like any system, it takes the cooperation of everyone. Please help us maintain an efficient car rider system by following the set procedures. 

Farmer Elementary values the importance of teaching healthy living. Please purchase healthy, store-bought snacks for classroom celebrations. All food items shall meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School regulations. No cupcakes and sweet desserts are allowed. Classroom celebrations are limited to two adult visitors, due to limited space. Siblings are not permitted to attend any classroom functions. 

The school also recognizes students' birthdays, but birthday parties are best conducted at home. Party invitations may not be distributed at school unless every student in the class receives an invitation. Please give party invitations to the teacher to distribute. Gifts, such as balloons and flowers, will not be delivered to students. Balloons are not allowed at any celebrations or promotion ceremonies. 

Early dismissal of students is strongly discouraged; however, we realize that occasionally it is necessary for a student to leave school early. Students must be signed out in the office by an authorized adult who has been designated on the student’s Enrollment Information Form. Personal identification (ID) is always requested for verification.
No student will be dismissed after 3:30 p.m.
Note: We do not interrupt instructional time to deliver messages. If it is an emergency, please call the school and we will have a counselor assist you. 

 The JCBE voted to give JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio the authority to follow guidance from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for mask wearing in public schools. This guidance states that when the county is considered by the KDPH to have a “low” (green) or “medium” (yellow) community level of COVID-19, school districts do not need to implement indoor universal masking in school settings, district facilities, or on school buses.  
You can see the county-by-county map of the community level at this link. This map is updated weekly.

2022-23 Grade Level Supply Lists

All students are required to have a backpack (no wheels).

Mr. McElwain’s Class Supply List:

  • 2 dozen #2 pencils 
  • 1 package of crayons (24 count) 
  • 1 package of washable markers (8 count)
  • 3 glue sticks
  • 1 pair of scissors (student size)
  • 1 plastic pencil box 
  • 5 two-pocket folders – (1 yellow, 1 purple, 1 green, 1 red, and 1 blue)

Pre-K Supply List:

  • 2 24ct crayons
  • 1 Dry Erase Marker - 4 color set
  • 2 folders - plastic and pocket
  • 1 package of washable markers (8 count) 
  • 3 glue sticks 
  • 3 spiral notebooks - blue - green - red
  • 1 plastic school box

Kindergarten Supply List

  • 2 dozen #2 pencils (please sharpen all pencils)
  • 3 packages of crayons (24 count)
  • 1 package of washable markers (8-10 count)
  • 10 glue sticks
  • 1 pair of scissors (label with name – must be replaced if lost or broken)
  • 1 plastic pencil/crayon box approximately 5” x 8” (no zippers)
  • 1 composition notebooks (label with name)
  • 1 two-pocket folder (label with name)

First Grade Supply List

  • 2 dozen #2 pencils (please sharpen)
  • 2 packages of crayons (24 count)
  • 2 packages of washable markers
  • 2 black/white marble composition notebooks
  • 6 glue sticks
  • 1 spiral notebook of your choice (label with name)
  • 1 pair of scissors (label with name)

Second Grade Supply List 

  • 4 dozen #2 pencils
  • 3 packages of crayons (24 count)
  • 1 package of washable markers (8 count) 
  • 3 glue sticks 
  • 1 package of fine line markers
  • 1 composition notebooks 

Third Grade Supply List 

  • 1 dozen #2 pencils (sharpened) 
  • 1 package of crayons (24 count) (label with name) 
  • 1 package of thick washable markers (8 count) 
  • 3 glue sticks 
  • 1 pair of scissors 7” or larger (label with name)
  • 1 large (10”x8”) CLOTH pencil pouch with zipper  - no plastic boxes (label with name)
  • 1 composition notebooks 

Fourth Grade Supply List 

  • 3 dozen #2 pencils (sharpened) 
  • 1 package of crayons (24 pack) 
  • 1 package of thick washable markers (8 count)
  • 3 glue sticks 
  • 1 pair of scissors (7” or larger)
  • 1 large (10”x8”) CLOTH pencil pouch with zipper  - no plastic boxes (label with name)
  • 2 black/white composition notebooks (label 1 Math and 1 Writing) 
  • 2 one subject notebooks :  1–Blue and 1-Green
  • 2 two-pocket folders (plastic if possible, no prongs needed): 1-Green and 1-Blue
  • 2 set of earbuds or headphones for personal use

Fifth Grade Supply List

  • 3 dozen #2 pencils
  • 1 cloth pencil pouch (no plastic boxes)
  • 2 composition notebooks (writing, reading)
  • 5 spiral notebooks (any color or design)
  • 5 two-pocket folders with center clips: yellow (writing), purple (reading), green (science), blue (math),  and 1 free choice for homework and special areas
  • 3 Glue sticks
  • 1 set of earbuds or headphones for personal use
  • 1 24ct crayons
  • 1 8ct markers
  • 1 scissors

Items to Avoid:

  • Trapper Keeper Style Binders
  • Backpacks with wheels
Changes in the normal way a child goes home, including early dismissals from school, require a note sent to the teacher that day and approval by an administrator. To assist in the safety of dismissal for all students, transportation changes must be written or emailed to:
and submitted by 2:30 p.m. Parents will receive an email confirmation of the transportation change. Transportation changes by phone or after 2:30 p.m. will not be accepted unless it is a true emergency. Necessary plans should be made before students leave home in the morning.
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James E. Farmer Elementary School
6405 Gellhaus Lane 
Louisville, Kentucky 40299
(502) 485-8625