Saint Henry School Educating for Life, Guided by Christ
Parent/Student Handbook 2013-2014
6401 Harding Pike Nashville, TN 37205-4011 Phone: (615) 352-1328 Fax: (615) 356-9293 Development Office: (615) 353-6477 www.sthenryschool.org
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreward School Mission Statement School Beliefs School Motto History Accrediatation/Affliation
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I. PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION School Philosophy Parental Role School/Parent Partnership Handbook Policies
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II. ACADEMICS Curriculum Religious Instruction Standards of Work Resource Program Textbooks/Insurance Textbooks Insurance Library Honor Code for Accelerated Reader/Accelerated Math Technology Testing Homework Suggested Time Allotments Irregularities During Tests, Cheating Parent-Teacher Communication Grading-Report Cards Mid Term Reports Quarter and Semester Grades Conduct Grades for Grades 3-8 Honor Roll Promotion/Failure Policy Kindergarten Primary Grades 1 – 3 Intermediate- Junior High Grades 4 – 8
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III. ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES Non-Discrimination Clause
Admissions Age for Admission to Kindergarten General Conditions for Admission Class Placement Withdrawal Attendance Excused and Unexcused Absence Excused and Unexcused Tardiness Release of Students Transferring to Another School Arrival and Dismissal Arrival Early Drop Off Dismissal Late Pickup Deliveries to School Phone Calls Cell Phones and Electronic Devices School Hours After School Program Guidance Counselor Lunch/Milk Program
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IV. GENERAL SCHOOL POLICIES Administrative Student Custody and Guardianship Access to Records Transfer of Records School Visitors School Calendar Safe Environment Program and Policy Safety Training for Volunteers School Communications Tiger Connection Take-Home Communication Messages for Students Inclement Weather/School Closings Photos and Other Media Field Trips Lecturers/Speakers Outside Speakers/ Distribution of Literature Graduation Requirements/Ceremonies Class Parties Birthday Celebrations Home Parties Home and School Association
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School Committee Fund-Raising Lost and Found
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V. FINANCES School Tuition Policies Tuition Parish Subsidy Policy Financial Support of the Parish Tuition Payment Financial Aid
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VI. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES & BEHAVIOR Behavior and Discipline Expectations for Student Behavior Discipline Minor Infractions Major Infractions Detention Suspension Behavioral Improvement Plan Probation Dismissal Expulsion Harassment Procedure for Reporting Harassment Intervention Procedures Substance Abuse/Weapons Student Regulations and Procedures Searches School Lockers and Desks Students and Student Property Care of School Property Lunchroom and Playground Dress Code Uniform Requirements & Other Pertinent Information Shoe Guide
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VII. CO-CURRICULAR AND EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Participation and Suspension Suspension Detention Activities Altar Server Drama Club Children of Mary
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Patrol Squad SHS Forensics Sports and Cheerleading Athletics Student Athlete Rules and Obligations Sportsmanship Care for Uniforms and Equipment Respect for Facilities Safety Practices Awards/Rewards Parent Obligations
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VIII. HEALTH AND SAFETY Student Health and Safety Accidents and First Aid Asbestos Management Medical Examinations and Immunizations Illness Policy Communicable Diseases Medication Chronic Medical Conditions of Students Aids Policy Sexual Harassment - Students Heart Defibrillator
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PRE-KINDERGARTEN Program Guide
Parent/Student Handbook revisions for 2013-2014 are indicated by a border surrounding the information.
FOREWARD The school is a projection of the home. It is the home that the school looks to for support and cooperation. Therefore, for the interest and information of the parents and children of Saint Henry School, this Handbook is considered desirable and necessary. It is accompanied by the sincere hope that these directives will promote and foster good will and cooperation by helping to assure consistent action and objective treatment. To supplement this Handbook, weekly school bulletins, letters, and monthly calendars will inform parents of current necessary information.
MISSION STATEMENT Saint Henry Catholic School strives to build God’s kingdom through prayer, academic integrity, and service to others. SCHOOL BELIEFS Formed by Catholic tradition, we believe a Christ-centered educational community:
Strives to form the whole person spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and physically.
Recognizes the uniqueness and dignity of all persons.
Works in unity with parents, the primary educators of their children.
Continuously improves academic instruction for learners and professional development for teachers.
Provides quality academic programs that prepare students for life-long learning.
Offers a variety of co-curricular opportunities instructional practices, activities and assessments that recognize different learning styles and needs.
Models and incorporates Catholic teachings throughout the curriculum to properly form a Catholic intellect.
Provides opportunities to serve others in response to the Gospel message.
Provides a safe and disciplined environment where a love for the Catholic faith, life, family, and country is fostered.
SCHOOL MOTTO Educating for Life, Guided by Christ
Saint Henry II, Roman Emperor Saint Henry was a German king. He was born in 973 and died in 1024. Saint Henry worked for peace and had a great concern for the church and its reform, which stemmed from his own devout nature. As king and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, he built a number of churches and monasteries. He is often portrayed in art with a crown, scepter and miniature church. Saint Henry can be regarded as the model Christian ruler.
HISTORY On December 29, 1954, Mr. Henry Neuhoff deeded to Bishop Adrian and the Diocese of Nashville the sixteen acres of land necessary for the building of a church and school. On June 10, 1955, the bishop named Monsignor Joseph Siener pastor of the newly established St. Henry Parish and School. Ground for the new building was broken on April 4, 1956, and the corner stone was laid on July 21, 1957. On August 29, 1957, Saint Henry School opened for registration with 196 students in grades one through eight. There were six classrooms with two laywomen and four Dominican Sisters teaching. The parish grew and by 1960 there were ten rooms in operation and 292 students enrolled. By early 1963 the property south and west of Saint Henry was transferred to the Diocese giving the Parish a total of 64 acres of land. Building has always seemed to be a part of history of Saint Henry School. In 1965, the School had 375 students and construction was begun on six additional classrooms, a gymnasium, and a cafeteria. A kindergarten was begun in 1971, and three additional portable classrooms were added to accommodate the enrollment during this time period. Parent involvement was heightened at this time with the establishment of the Home and School Association and an Educational Commission on the Parish Council. Additional growth was realized with the building of the Parish Center in June 1972. Four more portable classrooms were added in the late 1980â€™s to keep up with the demands of enrollment. Due to all this growth and the presence of several portable classrooms, plans for renovation and additions to the school were formulated and implemented from 1992 to 1994. Between 2004 2006 a new church, chapel, and fellowship hall was built. A new school library was built in 2008 and a new pre-kindergarten program was added. The new additions are a wonderful testament to the hope, which Saint Henryâ€™s Parish has in Catholic schools, and the future of our Church. Saint Henry is a school of growth and development. It is an institution facing a new century, backed by the beliefs of its people and fortified by the persons who have contributed to its development. Saint Henry is a strongly Catholic and deeply rooted parish and school community. Over 695 students currently attend the school with four Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation and fifty-seven lay faculty/staff supporting the educational development of the school. Saint Henry received Southern Association Accreditation during the 1998-1999 academic year and was re-accreditated in 2008.
ACCREDITATION/AFFILIATION Saint Henry School is a Diocesan, State, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) approved parochial elementary school in the Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee. Saint Henry School received state approval in 1969. Saint Henry received approval from the Southern Association in 1998 and was re-accreditated in 2008. Saint Henry School enjoys membership in the following organizations:
Catholic Diocese of Nashville Southern Association of Colleges and School (SACS) Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
I. SAINT HENRY SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY Saint Henry School is a Catholic parochial elementary school. Its philosophy is derived from application of fundamental Catholic teaching. The aim and content of our educational program considers not only the child’s mind and body but also, and most importantly, his/her immortal soul. To form true and honest Catholic Christians who will live in this world in such a way as to enter the happiness of heaven is surely the aim of Catholic parents who have the first and greatest responsibility for the education of their children. Saint Henry School is committed to supporting this fundamental task of parents through a school program aimed at providing spiritual, education, social and physical opportunities for students to grow and explore their gifts, talents and responsibilities of service to the wider community. Aware that the educational process is not simply a human activity but a Christian journey toward the Triune God, students are encouraged to recognize God in the sacraments, in doing His will, in one another, and in the everyday simple tasks which they perform. They are encouraged to develop a prayer life that unites them with Christ. In its efforts for quality education, Saint Henry School strives for personal and academic excellence in both its students and its faculty. Relying on the grace-filled cooperation of all, Saint Henry School aims to be the kind of school that provides for the Catholic education of the child in every aspect of his/her growth and development.
PARENTAL ROLE The Catholic Church recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children. The Catholic school exists to assist parents in the Christian formation of their children. In this Handbook, the term parent refers not only to a student’s natural or adopted parent, but to a student’s non-parent legal guardian or to any person or agency authorized to act in place of parents. Parents are expected to display an attitude of respect and support toward the school, the staff, and the educational process by:
Supporting the school’s mission and commitment to Christian principles; Supporting the school policies as outlined in the school handbook and regulations. In addition, parents are to ensure their son/daughter understands this handbook; Participating fully in school programs that are developed to support the education of their children; Remaining informed and involved in the religious instruction of their children.
SCHOOL/PARENT PARTNERSHIP As the primary educators of their children, parents/guardians freely make the choice of a Catholic education for their sons/daughters. Registration and acceptance at Saint Henry School constitutes an agreement of the parent/guardian to accept and abide by the rules and regulations of the institution and to support its philosophy of education. A cooperative relationship between the Saint Henry School faculty/staff and parents/guardians is essential for the overall education of a student. If a parent/guardian refuses to abide by the rules and regulations of Saint Henry School, or by word or action is unsupportive of its goals, or otherwise fails to meet his/her obligations under school or diocesan policies, the school administrators may require the parent/guardian to withdraw his/her child or children from Saint Henry School. Additionally, parents/guardians will be held to the same standards of respect as students are in regards to their interactions with administrators, teachers, staff, and students.
HANDOOK POLICIES In light of unique situations which may arise in the educational process, and because it is impossible to foresee all school issues that arise, the faculty and administration reserve the right to address and to take appropriate action for any such situations not specifically referenced in this manual. In addition, in view of the unique and essential religious mission of Saint Henry School, it is expressly understood that the school may take actions in cases where moral offenses occur which reflect adversely on the school, the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, the Roman Catholic Church, or which interfere with the ability of the school to perform its religious mission, or to effectively maintain the intimate working relationship of the school and the Community of Faith. This handbook may be modified by the school after reasonable notice to the parents/students of the effective date of any changes if it is deemed necessary to do so in the best interest of a student or of the entire school community. Any section headings are for convenience of use, and shall not affect the interpretation of any provisions. If the school should elect not to take action in a particular situation, this shall not be construed or interpreted as a waiver or preclude the school from acting in a subsequent situation of the same or similar kind. All parents along with 5th-8th grade students are required to sign a form stating they have read the rules and regulations outlined in this handbook and they agree to abide by those rules. Failure to have a signed form on file will not prevent the school from enforcing its policies. Each family receives a Student Directory listing studentsâ€™ and parentsâ€™ names, addresses, and telephone numbers. The Student Directory should be used to acquaint parents with the names of their children(s) classmates and parents. These directories are for Saint Henry School families only and should not be shared with others outside the school community.
II. ACADEMICS CURRICULUM Curriculum encompasses the sequentially ordered learning experiences which the school provides for its students. The total curriculum includes the development of Catholic values and attitudes, as well as the attainment of knowledge and skills necessary for the student’s spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, and physical development. The basic curriculum for the school (but not necessarily for each grade level) includes the following subjects: Religion, Reading, Language Arts (English, Spelling, Handwriting), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts (Art, Music, and Band), Health and Safety, Physical Education, Computer Education, Spanish, and Library. RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION Since religion is the distinctive mark of every Catholic school, systematic religious instruction is provided daily at Saint Henry School. Religion permeates the school and is an integral part of everyday living. The child should show a deep interest in religion by diligent study and by taking an active part in religious exercises. Non-catholic students must attend the religious functions in which the students are engaged. They are expected to participate in classes of religious instruction. STANDARDS OF WORK Students in grades 4-8 are required to write in cursive for all assignments, unless otherwise specifically directed by the teacher. These instances will be rare. Students in grades K-4 are required to write in pencil. Students in grades 5-8 are required to write in black/blue ink. Students are not permitted to use liquid paper. If an error occurs, students should simply draw a single line through the error and rewrite the correction. RESOURCE PROGRAM Saint Henry School believes that every student has potential and the gifts which God has given them. To help foster areas in which a student and classroom teacher may need extra help to bring out the potential, resource instruction may be a component of the educational program. The Saint Henry School Resource Program is designed to support children experiencing difficulty in the regular classroom due to properly identified learning problems. The resource teacher in consultation with the classroom teacher and the child’s parents coordinates the learning activities in areas identified as needing assistance. The goals of the Saint Henry Resource Program are to provide:
support for teachers in identifying specific academic needs of students teachers with information about classroom adjustments necessary to meet academic needs of students who need extra support individual and small group instruction for students who qualify
Students who qualify for the Saint Henry School Resource Program must be identified as in one or more of the following areas:
Certified Learning Disabled Certified Language Impaired Diagnosed with ADHD which adversely affects academic performance Possess a learning problem that affects academic performance in the classroom
A student must be recommended in consultation with the classroom teacher, parents, and resource teacher. The Resource Teacher may admit students to the resource program on a temporary basis. If a student does not seem to be successful under our resource efforts and does not seem to be making progress with the classroom adjustments or the resource support, the school will reserve the right to refer the student to another program, which may meet the needs of the student.
TEXTBOOK/INSURANCE TEXTBOOKS Books and workbooks are issued by the teachers and are returned upon completion of the school year or withdrawal from school. The school appreciates the care taken for books. Students will be charged for damaged or lost books. INSURANCE Cost of insurance coverage for students at Saint Henry School is included with tuition. Coverage is for school time and any school related activity or trip.
LIBRARY All classes are assigned a regular library period. Books may be taken out for one week and then they may be renewed for another week. The school library/media program supports the school’s objectives through involvement in the teaching/learning process. The library exists to assist the teacher with the child’s development by means of both informational and recreational reading, and to have the students learn how to use reference materials to their best advantage. It is our special objective to instill in the student a love for books and the joy of being able to use the library. Volunteer parents are encouraged to sign up to work in our library.
HONOR CODE FOR ACCELERATED READER AND ACCELERATED MATH, GRADES K-8 To help maintain an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence among students and teachers and to ensure that each student is judged solely according to his or her own merits, Saint Henry School has established the following Honor Code: No student will unfairly advance his or her own performance in the Accelerated Reader/Math program, nor will he or she in any way intentionally limit or advance the performance of his or her fellow students using the Accelerated Reader/Math program. Students will not give questions or receive answers for an Accelerated Reader/Math test, nor will they be dishonest in any other way. Students will not take a test on any book unless they have read the complete book themselves. If students suspect another person is not being honest about Accelerated Reader, they promise to report to the teacher in charge, or ask that person to report him or herself. The following are examples of what will be considered as cheating:
Giving or receiving questions or answers for an Accelerated Reader/Math test, or in any way cheating on an Accelerated Reader/Math test. Using Cliff Notes, classic comic books, movies, videos, or shortened or abridged versions of the books on the Accelerated Reader book list to try to pass the test. Using any means besides reading the full, unabridged version of the book to pass an Accelerated Reader Test.
A willful violation of the Honor Code results in a detention against school policy.
TECHNOLOGY Computer and Internet use supports education/research and is consistent with educational objectives. Student use of school facilities for Internet access is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use which includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized transmittal or improper use of copyrighted material or materials protected as trade secrets; transmission of threatening or obscene materials; vandalism of computer files; and violation of computer security as determined by the school administration can result in a cancellation of those privileges and also subject the student to other disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined to include any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, or any agencies or networks connected to the Internet. Creation and/or uploading of “computer viruses” is expressly prohibited. Additional responsibilities for use of school facilities for the Internet are:
When using networks or computing resources of other organizations, students must observe the rules of that organization regarding such use. Users should not reveal their personal addresses or phone number(s) and shall not reveal the personal address or phone number(s) of others without their authorization/permission. Students may not use e-mail. Students shall immediately notify the system administrator/school administration if they suspect that a security problem with the system and/or the Internet exists. Any attempt to log onto the Internet or the school’s network/system as a system administrator will result in loss of user privileges at the school. Any user identified as a security risk by the school administration/systems administrator, due to a history of actual
or suspected unauthorized access to other computer(s) or network(s), may be denied access to the school’s computers, networks, and/or systems. Users shall abide by generally accepted rules of network etiquette, which include but are not limited to: o o o
Messages to others shall be polite and shall not be abusive. Messages shall use appropriate language and shall not use obscenities, vulgarities, or other inappropriate language. Use of the network shall not disrupt use of the network by others.
Engagement in online social networking/blogs such as, but not limited to Facebook®, Instagram®, MySpace.com®, Xanga®, Friendster®, etc. may result in disciplinary actions if the content of the student’s blog includes defamatory comments or pictures regarding the school, the faculty, other students, or the parish.
TESTING The school’s testing program is intended to assist teachers and administrators in a systematic evaluation of the academic programs, to diagnose students’ strengths and weaknesses, and to aid in revision of the curriculum and planning of instruction. Class scores are not released or published for the purpose of comparison. In addition to academic tests for grading purposes, the school will administer:
Computerized Accelerated Reading Test Computerized STAR Reading Test to determine the student’s reading range Computerized STAR Math Test to determine the student’s math level Standardized achievement test (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) TCAP Writing Assessment in grades 5 and 8 EXPLORE Tests in grades 7 and 8
HOMEWORK In order to reinforce daily work and develop good study habits, the school promotes specific homework policies. Parents should provide proper conditions at home, and if possible, a specific time span wherein homework can be completed. Parents are urged to help the child realize that study and review of assignments are necessary. Assignment notebooks are required for students in Grades 3-8. The teacher or administration may check these at any time. Parents are encouraged to review these with their children. Although homework has different purposes in different grades, homework is required at all grade levels. The amount of homework a child may have on any given day will vary depending upon the nature of the assignment, the amount of work the child completes in school that day, and the speed at which the child completes his/her work at home.
SUGGESTED TIME ALLOTMENTS Homework time does not include long range-assignments/projects. Grade K (Parental help suggested and encouraged) 10-15 minutes Grade 1 20-30 minutes Grade 5 60-75 minutes Grade 2 20-30 minutes Grade 6 60-75 minutes Grade 3 30-45 minutes Grade 7 75-90 minutes Grade 4 45-60 minutes Grade 8 90-120 minutes
IRREGULARITES DURING TESTS, CHEATING Honesty and truthfulness are virtues that are held in high regard at Saint Henry School. There are standard regulations affecting all testing – students have no extraneous material on their desk, they keep their eyes on their own paper, they stop writing when told to do so, etc. These regulations are made to assure the validity of the testing. All irregularities during testing are failures against these standard regulations and indications of possible dishonesty. The Assistant Principal is informed by the teacher of all such infractions. All irregularities during testing have both an academic and a disciplinary penalty determined by the Assistant Principal. Where, in the judgment of the Assistant Principal, cheating/testing irregularity has taken place, commensurate punishment is assigned and the offender receives an “F” on the test or assignment on which the cheating/testing irregularity occurred. The penalty for cheating/testing irregularity is usually detention.
PARENT-TEACHER COMMUNICATION A mandatory parent-teacher conference is scheduled at the end of the first quarter. Teachers are available to parents throughout the school year to keep the lines of communication open in the best interest of the students. Parent-teacher conferences can be scheduled throughout the school year if necessary. Parents should first contact a teacher with any concerns about a student or class concerns before seeking intervention by school administration. Parents may contact teachers in writing or by phone. Email is not used by Saint Henry School teachers or administrators to communicate with parents.
GRADING – REPORT CARDS Evaluation of the student is based on teacher judgment and observation, daily work, teacher prepared tests (which may include but not limited to projects, portfolios, and other tools for assessment), class participation, and effort. The purpose of grade reports is to present an assessment of a student’s achievement in his/her academic studies to parents. MID TERM REPORTS Mid Term Reports are sent home midway through the nine-week period to indicate satisfactory or unsatisfactory work. This assists students and parents to keep abreast of academic progress.
QUARTER AND SEMESTER GRADES Kindergarten progress reports are issued three times a year. Scholastic reports of academic achievement are issued four times each school year for students in Grades 1-8. Grades 3-8 Grading Equivalents
Grades 3-4 Conduct/Effort Codes
A+ A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF
E=Excellent G= Good S= Satisfactory N= Needs Improvement U= Unsatisfactory
99-100 95-98 93-94 91-92 88-90 86-87 84-85 79-83 77-78 75-76 72-74 70-71 Below 70
Grades 5-8 Conduct Codes E=Excellent G= Good S= Satisfactory N= Needs Improvement U= Unsatisfactory
Grades 1-2: Grading Codes E = Excellent G = Good S = Satisfactory N = Needs Improvement U = Unsatisfactory
Percent Equivalents 93-100 86-92 77-85 70-76 Below 70
Conduct/Efforts Codes E=Excellent G = Good S = Satisfactory N = Needs Improvement U = Unsatisfactory
CONDUCT GRADES FOR GRADES 3-8 Conduct Grades are Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement, and Unsatisfactory. The following guidelines are used to determine conduct grades. E=EXCELLENT STUDENTS WHO FOLLOW GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS OR THOSE WHO RECEIVE ZERO MI’s (minor infractions). G = GOOD STUDENTS WHO FOLLOW GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS OR THOSE WHO RECEIVE ZERO TO THREE MI’s (minor infractions). S = SATISFACTORY STUDENTS WHO FOLLOW GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS MOST OF THE TIME OR STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE 4 TO 7 MI’s. N = NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
STUDENTS WHO NEED TO IMPROVE BEHAVIOR AND MEET EXPECTATIONS MORE CONSISTENTLY OR STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE 8-11 MI’s OR TWO DETENTIONS. U = UNSATISFACTORY STUDENT BEHAVIOR IS UNSATISFACTORY IN THE JUDGEMENT OF THE TEACHER. STUDENT’S BEHAVIOR HAS RESULTED IN A SUSPENSION DUE TO EXCESSIVE MI’s OR DETENTIONS OR SERIOUS INFRACTIONS AGAINST SCHOOL POLICY. THE BEHAVIOR IMPROVEMENT PLAN WILL BE IMPLEMENTED. HONOR ROLL Grades 5-8 are eligible for the Honor Roll. The requirements for eligibility are: Distinguished Honors All grades must be A’s (93- 100) All conduct grades must be G’s or E’s 1st Honors No more than 2 B’s (86-92) All other grades must be A’s (93-100) All conduct grades must be G’s or E’s 2nd Honors All grades must be B’s and A’s (86-100) No C’s or below All conduct grades must be G’s or E’s Grades for academic eligibility are required from the following subject areas: Religion, Language Arts (Reading/Literature; English Grammar, Spelling), Spanish/Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, Health, and Social Studies/History Grades in the additional areas of instruction included in Honor Roll eligibility are: Art, Music, Physical Education, and Computer Science.
PROMOTION/FAILURE POLICY A major goal of the school is to assist students to complete each academic year satisfactorily. The repetition of a grade is recommended when it is deemed by the school to be necessary and advantageous to the particular needs of the student.
The final decision to promote or retain a student is based on the student’s academic performance and best interest as determined by the administration. Teachers will notify parents if their child is not progressing satisfactorily toward a passing grade. Students who have not successfully completed the prescribed course of studies for their particular grade but would not benefit from being retained in the grade may be “placed” in the next grade level; however, the school may prepare and implement a summer academic plan for the student as a condition of placement.
KINDERGARTEN A decision to retain a student in the Kindergarten program shall be based on the progress of the child, especially with regards to level of maturity attained and the ability to handle the academic program of the first grade. This decision will be a consultative one involving the teacher, parents, and principal. PRIMARY - Grades 1-3 The inability to read causes more children to experience failure or lack of progress in school than any other single factor. The foundation in reading is laid in the primary grades, especially the first two grades. Hence, in the primary grades, promotion is to be determined mainly by the child’s progress in reading. It is important to determine the overall ability of the child in making such decisions. Retention in primary grades is advised over lack of achievement in the next level. INTERMEDIATE – JUNIOR HIGH Grades 4-8 Promotion in grades 4-8 is to be determined by a combined average of the grades students receive in the following subject areas:
Religion Language Arts (Reading/Literature, English Grammar, Composition, Spelling, Handwriting) Mathematics (Math, Pre-Algebra, or Algebra) Social Studies/History Spanish/Foreign Language Specialty Subjects (computer, art, music/band, physical education, and health or any subject provided under the title of specialty are combined to equal a single grade that is averaged with the other subject grades.)
A student who has received a general average of 70% (D-) in these subjects for the year is to be promoted provided he/she has passed two of the three core subjects including English, Literature, and Mathematics. The school reserves the right to recommend retention for a student whose academic performance and/or behavior indicates that the student needs an additional year in order to mature. This is done only in cases where it is believed that the student will benefit from the additional year.
III. ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES NON-DISCRIMINATION CLAUSE Saint Henry School admits students of any race, color, sex, and national origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, or national origin in the administration of educational polices, admission policies, loan programs, athletic, or other school administered programs. This policy does not preclude the ability of the school to undertake and/or enforce appropriate actions with respect to students who advocate on school property or at school functions any practices or doctrines, which are inconsistent with religious tenets of the Catholic faith.
ADMISSIONS Saint Henry School admits students of any race, sex, religion, or national origin. The admissions policy for Saint Henry School adheres to the laws of the State of Tennessee and the Department of Catholic Education which determines the age for admittance as well as health and academic records required for admittance. Saint Henry School is a parish elementary school supported by tuition and the contributions of the members of the parish. The primary purpose of the school is the development of the spiritual, intellectual, social, moral, and physical potential of the children of Saint Henry Parish. Registered, contributing parishioners and currently registered students will be given priority over other applicants for admission. A contributing member is one who is registered, participating, and financially supporting the parish through the use of the envelope system on a regular basis. Applicants for admission will be given priority in the following manner:
Current registered students who continue to meet school standards and their siblings Registered/contributing parishioners of Saint Henry Parish Registered/contributing parishioners from other parishes Non-Catholic applicants
Ordinarily, all children of Saint Henry parishioners will be admitted to school after completing the registration required by the school office. However, class size may require a waiting list to be established. In such a case, the list will be generated for each grade on a first come – first served basis, based on those families meeting the Admission Policy criteria. The waiting list is generated each academic year and is not carried over from one academic year to the next. This policy gives equal opportunity to all parishioners. AGE FOR ADMISSION TO KINDERGARTEN Children who reach the age of five years by August 15 may be admitted to a kindergarten program. Readiness testing is used to determine the developmental appropriate placement in the kindergarten program. (CSO503)
GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION A student is admitted to the school on the premise the student intends to learn the Catholic religion and be educated in a Catholic environment. In certain cases, students may be admitted on a probationary basis subject to the student successfully completing one or more subsequent interim evaluations. Students with academic or other needs (i.e., behavior), which cannot be reasonably accommodated by the school, may be denied admission. The following documents are required:
Presentation of an original, official birth certificate Baptismal certificate Academic and all other pertinent school records. The family must provide evidence that the student is in good standing at their prior school, showing satisfactory achievement in conduct, effort, and the academic subjects. It is the responsibility of the Principal to make decisions concerning the acceptance of applicants. Immunization and other Health Records Special Education Records
All records must be submitted before final approval of acceptance is given. The administration holds the right to require assessment for entrance into its academic program. All students must meet school standards. Although Saint Henry School attempts to meet the needs of its students, it is not equipped to serve students with severe disabilities. Parents are asked to supply all pertinent information having impact on the school’s ability to provide for the child’s needs. Special academic and/or psychological evaluation may be required. All admissions are subject to the approval of the Principal and are based on such criteria as:
Active/contributing parish membership School records (Academic, Psychological, Attendance, Conduct) Reason (when applicable) for not previously attending Saint Henry School Predetermined class size
Incoming students in grades four through eight and parents of these students may be required to schedule a conference with the Principal prior to final acceptance and admission. Ordinarily, students will receive a letter of acceptance prior to each academic year. Students who are continually in violation of school policy will be issued a letter of probation or non-acceptance at the discretion of the Principal in consultation with the faculty. Such decisions are subject to the approval of the Pastor. Applications for admission will not be accepted if the concerned party is in violation of the Diocesan Policies or the adopted policies of Saint Henry School. (CSO 503) CLASS PLACEMENT The principal/administration and faculty reserve the right to place students in a class, which is consistent with the results of the student’s prior academic records and any admission testing. WITHDRAWAL
Parents who withdraw a student from the school must provide written notification of the withdrawal.
ATTENDANCE Regular attendance is a key factor in student achievement, growth, and development. Students are expected to be in school every day that the school is in session unless illness or other emergency situations prevent them. Parents need to notify the office between the hours of 8:00 am and 9:00 am if a student will not be attending school that day. This policy is for the protection of the Saint Henry students. Saint Henry School commends students who come to school every day by awarding Perfect Attendance Awards at the end of the year. In addition to attending school each day, students must be on time for school each day and remain for the entire school day. Students who are tardy or check out of school early do not qualify for perfect attendance. Awards for perfect attendance are for students who arrive before the tardy bell each day, attend every day of school, and never leave school early. Our school day is 7 hours. A student must be present a minimum of 3 hours and 45 minutes to be considered present for a full day of school. All absences, tardies, and early checkouts are recorded in the student’s attendance record and on the report cards. EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCE The school calendar provides for vacation days throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to schedule trips or family outings during these times so as to eliminate the need to interrupt a child’s learning process. Missed assignments are the student’s responsibility. A written excuse, explaining the reason for absence and signed by the parent, must be presented upon a student’s return to school. If a written note is not received within 2 days of the student’s return to school, the absence is considered unexcused. An excused absence may be one of the following reasons:
Personal illness of the student: Students may be absent from school twelve (12) days with a note from a parent. After the twelfth absence and for each absence thereafter, a statement from a certified medical care provider will be required stating that the student was too ill or had an injury preventing him/her from attending school.
Death: In the immediate family, two days will be excused.
Family Emergency or Disaster: These are excused at the discretion of the principal.
Medical/Dental Treatment: Medical and dental treatments are excused when they cannot be scheduled other than during school hours. A note from the dentist or doctor needs to be provided when the student returns to class.
Principal Discretion: -
Reasons of extenuating circumstances, with approved documentation, which are judged by the principal to be sufficient cause for absence, will be excused.
Requests for an excused absence due to extenuating circumstances should be made in writing to the principal at least one week prior to the scheduled absence, when at all possible. Extra-curricular activities not related to school may be excused by the principal. These absences are limited to two excused absences per year, and requests must be made in writing before the absence.
Visits to other schools (should be planned for days we are not in session) and absences other than those mentioned above will be considered unexcused. In the case of an unexcused absence, the teacher is not required to instruct again or give credit for work missed or provide make-up tests. Make-up assignments are the responsibility of the student and he/she should make provisions to obtain assignments and books on days absent. Contact with classmates should provide the student with material covered during an absence. If it is necessary for a parent to pick up assignments for a student, the school office must be notified by 12:00 noon. This work will not be ready before 3:00 p.m. Work is not usually issued ahead of time for students who anticipate being out of school. Grades may be held if a student has not completed work due to absences. Parents have a responsibility to their child and to the school to bring the children to school. Excessive absences hinder student progress and have a negative impact on the entire class. If a student misses more than 24 days of school, the student may be placed on a contract. The student who misses more than 24 days of school may be subject to retention. EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED TARDINESS A student who arrives at school after the 7:55 am bell is considered “tardy” and will be marked as tardy on the attendance record. An excused tardy may be for one of the following reasons: Personal illness of the student Medical/Dental Treatment Family Emergency or Disaster Major Traffic Congestion Inclement Weather All of these must be accompanied by a note from parent. When returning from a Medical/Dental appointment, student needs to bring a note from the doctor’s office. All other tardies are considered unexcused. For every four unexcused tardies, parents of students in grades K-2 will be asked to meet with the school administration. For every four unexcused tardies, students in grades 3 through 8 will serve detention. If a student in grades 3-8 accumulates tardies in a single quarter for two detentions, a conference with the parents will be called to discuss the matter before the second detention is issued. Each quarter will begin a new count for unexcused tardies.
RELEASE OF STUDENTS Parents must provide a written notice when requesting that a child be dismissed prior to the school’s dismissal. Authorization for release must bear the signature of the parent. Students will not be released to anyone other then parents/guardians unless the person is named in the notice from the parent. Parents sign their child out of school at the school reception area. Parents do not go to the classroom, unless specifically directed to do so by the school personnel.
TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL The school must be notified in writing by the parent(s) of a student regarding a decision to transfer a student to another school including the last day the student will attend classes at school. All school-owned materials such as textbooks and library books must be returned to school and all fees paid before leaving. Scholastic information will be sent to the new school upon a “request for records” from the new school. All fees and tuition must be paid prior to the release of the student’s records.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL ARRIVAL The morning drop off is in the center-parking island; students may be dropped off on either side. Morning drop off officially begins at 7:15am. Students wait with school personnel until the 7:45 bell. EARLY DROP OFF For families who need to drop students off at school before 7:15am, the school provides an additional half hour of supervised time for students. Families need to pay $1 for dropping off students between 6:45am and 7:15am. Payment should be given to the teacher on duty when the student arrives. If a family fails to keep up with financial responsibility of Early Drop Off, the family may lose the privilege of this program. DISMISSAL School dismissal takes place 3:00-3:15pm Monday through Friday. At dismissal, all students exit the building and go to their pickup area to locate their ride. For the safety of all students, please follow the established traffic patterns and directions of teachers on duty. The parking lot entrance is from Vaughn’s Gap. The exit is onto Vaughn’s Gap (by the playground), or Harding Pike. At 3:15pm students who have not been picked up return to the school and join the teachers who monitor the late pick up. Parents are asked to call the office if they are unable to be on time for pick up. Students will be monitored by teachers until 3:50pm and parents are responsible for paying a $2.00 fee for late pick up. Parents who fail to pick students up by 3:50pm are required to use After Care Services. These services are provided from 3:00-6:00 Monday through Friday and are operated by St. Mary Villa.
LATE PICK UP Saint Henry students who cannot be picked up from school at normal dismissal time (3:003:15pm) will be supervised by the teachers in our Late Pick-Up Program. This service is provided to accommodate families who cannot pick children up promptly or need extra time due to transportation at other schools. If a ride is late (not arriving by 3:15pm) students will be sent to late pick up. Below are questions and answers which may help to clarify late pick up. When can I use late pick up for my children? Monday through Friday, 3:15-3:50pm What should I do if my child cannot be picked up until after 3:50pm? Register your child in the After Care Program operated by St. Mary Villa We recommend that your child be registered with St. Mary Villa if you think you will need their services (St. Mary Villa 356-6336) Students who are not picked up by 3:50pm will be sent to After Care. Parents failing to register students in After Care who do not arrive by 3:50 will be charged After Care prices at Late Pick Up and risk losing the availability of Late Pick Up. Where will my child be waiting? Students who attend late pick-up will wait in the dining hall. Mrs. Elder or Mrs. Butner will monitor students. Go to the front office to gain access to the dining hall for late pickup. What is the cost? The cost is $2.00 per day per child Weekly or monthly payments may be made for those who plan to use the late pick-up service five days per week- Monday through Friday.
DELIVERIES TO SCHOOL No items (binders, lunch, homework, instruments, uniforms, etc.) may be delivered to school. Items delivered to school will not be sent to the students’ classrooms. All snacks (including birthday treats) must be delivered before school begins. Exceptions to this delivery policy will only occur in the case of special projects or presentations that will be prearranged with the parent by the teacher. The purpose of this policy is to maintain an orderly environment in our classrooms and to promote student responsibility. PHONE CALLS Students will not be permitted to call home for any reason, unless an emergency arises. What constitutes an emergency will be determined by the administration. CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES The use of cell phones, e-readers, tablets, IPODS, or other electronic equipment is not permitted on campus during the school day including arrival, dismissal, and during after school practices/activities. We ask that students do not bring these items to school.
If a cell phone or electronic device is seen or heard during the school day or during after school practices/activities, it will be confiscated and turned in to the Assistant Principal. Detention will be assigned. A parent needs to retrieve the item.
SCHOOL HOURS 7:45am 7:55am 7:55am - 3:00pm 3:00pm
students are sent to their classroom official beginning of school and opening prayers school hours closing prayers and dismissal
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM An extended day program is offered on days when the school is in session for students who are currently enrolled in the school’s academic program. Please contact St. Mary Villa at 353-1296 regarding policies and fees to utilize this program.
GUIDANCE COUNSELOR A school guidance counselor is available to confer with students in areas that may extend beyond academic matters. While the conferences are generally confidential, the counselor may need to disclose certain information to parents, teachers, school administration, or other authorities.
LUNCH/MILK PROGRAM Saint Henry School has a full service cafeteria that allows students to purchase lunch at school. Saint Henry School does not participate in the Government Lunch Program. You may pay for your child’s lunch through the PayForIt system or each Monday the homeroom teacher collects lunch money from their students and it is applied to the student’s account. Each student is issued an ID swipe card that he/she uses to purchase lunch, milk, or ice cream. The cards are collected and kept by the homeroom teacher. Milk may be purchased separately. Menus are sent home once a month and are noted on the website calendar. The cost of lunch, milk, and ice cream is established at the beginning of each school year. Report cards will be withheld for students who have substantial cafeteria debts to be paid. Students may bring packed lunches from home. Recognizing the virtue of moderation and the existence of world hunger, we encourage parents to pack lunches that contain a moderate amount of food- only the food your child will eat. The following are not permitted in the lunchroom: gum, fast food, and carbonated beverages. No glass containers. Parent volunteers assist the cafeteria staff with the daily lunch. Their assistance in the lunchroom is important and appreciated.
IV. GENERAL SCHOOL POLICIES ADMINISTRATIVE STUDENT CUSTODY AND GUARDIANSHIP At the time of school entry or at any other time where a change in custody status/arrangement occurs, it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to provide the principal/administration with a true and correct copy of the legal document for any student for which there is a legal custody agreement or for any student not residing with his/her parent. ACCESS TO RECORDS Parents have a right (unless prohibited by the courts in a custody agreement) to the timely inspection of the educational records of their child during school hours. The school shall respond to reasonable requests for explanation and interpretation of the records. If the education records of a student contain information on more than one student, the parents are limited to the specific information about their child only. The school administration may elect to provide, at cost, photocopies of a student’s educational records to parents, but documentation is to be stamped “unofficial.” TRANSFER OF RECORDS Records of student’s progress are released to another school when the parents or legal guardian sign a Record Release Form. Records may not be hand carried by parents or legal guardian. Academic records, report cards, and diplomas will not be released until all tuition and fees are paid in full. SCHOOL VISITORS All persons other than school staff and currently registered students must first report to the school reception area immediately upon entering school grounds, sign in/out, and wear a visitor badge when visiting the school. On occasion, parents may wish to attend lunch with a Saint Henry student. For the safety of all, parents who wish to join their child for lunch, need to sign in at the reception area. After signing in and receiving a visitor badge, parents may wait in the hallway outside the cafeteria until the students arrive. Parents should demonstrate moderation in visiting for lunch. Too frequent visits often impede on the atmosphere that encourages peer interactions between students. We ask that parents send in a note a day in advance to the office if another family member wishes to attend lunch without the parent being present. Remember this is a privilege that may be revoked as a result of disruptions to the common good. Alumni may visit the school with a faculty or staff member to facilitate the tour. Alumni, including high school age persons, wishing to visit teachers are asked to do so after school hours so as not to disrupt the learning environment and the common good of our students.
Recess is not for parents or other visitors. The purpose of recess is to allow students to have time for informal play with their peers. Informal play is an important part of development of character, interpersonal skills, and peer relations. For this reason, recess is for students only â€“ not for parents. SCHOOL CALENDAR A school calendar of the various meetings and school activities at Saint Henry School is published each year. This calendar is compiled within the framework of the basic calendar issued by the Superintendentâ€™s Office for the schools of the Diocese of Nashville. Dates and school events will be published through the Tiger Connection and the school website. SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM AND POLICY The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops requires that Catholic churches, schools, and youth organizations ensure that children and youth who worship, study, or participate in activities sponsored therein can do so in the safest and most secure setting possible. Parents and caretakers must have confidence in these institutions before allowing their children to become involved with them. To comply with Article 12 of the Charter, the Diocese of Nashville has developed a Safe Environment Program. This program is to be followed in each parish and institution in the Diocese of Nashville. The program includes establishment of a diocesan Safe Environment Committee to oversee the program within the diocese and the appointment of a Safe Environment Coordinator in each parish and institution of the diocese. Lynn Womack, Director of Administrative Services for St. Henry Parish, is the Safe Environment Coordinator for St. Henry Church and School. Tennessee State Law requires that anyone who reasonably suspects that abuse is taking place is to report it to civil authorities. An awareness of child abuse and a willingness to respond to any reports that might come forward are two very good ways to prevent future abuse. The Diocese of Nashville makes the Safe Environment Program easily accessible to all by keeping it posted on the web at www.dioceseofnashville.com. All families are encouraged to read this information. SAFETY TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS The Safe Environment Program stipulates that volunteers are required to have on file: (1) a completed diocesan authorization to release information and a profile form, 920, (2) a background evaluation through Kroll Background America, 930, (3) a signed acknowledgment form certifying that the volunteer has read and understands the Code of Conduct, and (4) a signed acknowledgment form certifying the volunteer has completed the safety training program. All Saint Henry volunteers are required to have all four of these items on file before volunteering with our students. This includes those who volunteer to drive for field trips. In accordance with Diocesan policy, all Saint Henry School volunteers must complete a Profile Form each year. Volunteers must be trained in the Safe Environment Program provided by the Diocese of Nashville. This program is also used to train employees. The safety training consists of 42 slides which take approximately 30 minutes to study. Training may be taken (a) at home by accessing the diocesan web site (www.dioceseofnashville.com) using the browser, Microsoft Internet
Explorer, (b) by checking out a CD of the safety program from the parish or school office if you are unable to access the diocesan web site at home, (c) by arranging to use a parish office computer; (d) by making alternate arrangements with Lynn Womack. Please study the material, read and sign the enclosed green acknowledgement form, and return it to the parish office in the enclosed envelope. In order to volunteer, the signed safety training acknowledgment form will have to be on file in the St. Henry parish office. Volunteers whose actions are inconsistent with these policies can be removed from volunteer programs. SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS Tiger Connection This is the main source of communication to our school parents, and is carried home by the youngest child in each family. The messages and types of communication are to be approved by the school administration. The Tiger Connection is not an advertising vehicle for events and functions that do not involve Saint Henry children. It is also not to be used for information that is not related to the school or for personal or business advantage. It is sent home by the youngest or only child every Tuesday of the academic year. Take-Home Communication Students in Grades K-6 carry a weekly communication folder home to parents. These folders contain academic and behavioral information. The folder is signed by the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) and returned on Wednesday. Other important information such as the Tiger Connection may be carried in this folder. Midterm Reports and Report Cards are issued to students on designated days. Parents should be aware of these dates in order to discuss student progress. MESSAGES FOR STUDENTS Ordinarily students will not be called to the telephone for outside messages. If the matter is urgent, please give the message to the receptionist. INCLEMENT WEATHER/SCHOOL CLOSINGS School cancellations/early dismissals due to inclement weather will be announced through an automated emergency alert system and on local radio or TV stations. Saint Henry School will also post weather closure information on our website. If the roads in your neighborhood are impassable, keep your child(ren) home; they will be permitted to make up the work missed. Ordinarily, when school is canceled all practices and events are canceled. Sometimes in Nashville, weather is bad in the morning and school is canceled but the weather clears by afternoon. At Saint Henry School, if weather clears on a day of a weather cancellation, it may be possible to hold practices. If the cancellation is lifted, the principal will notify the athletic director. The athletic director will inform coaches who will call players to inform them of practice. Attendance at any practice on a snow-day is always optional because the roads may not be clear in all areas.
PHOTOS AND OTHER MEDIA Saint Henry School gives parents an opportunity to object before students participate in videotaping, audio recording, photography, news media releases, or Internet media. A Press Release form is issued with the beginning of the year packet and must be signed and returned to this office. This form is kept on file during the academic year. Saint Henry School does not put student names with photos that are used on the Saint Henry website. Any student or parental publications are subject to review and approval of the school administration prior to publication. FIELD TRIPS Field trips are privileges planned by teachers and approved by the school administration. Educational purposes are the primary objective. The trip/outing usually has direct application to a unit of work studied by the students. Adequate preparation for the trip is made with the class to indicate the nature of the trip, its purpose, things to be observed and/or recorded, and any special plans or requirements for the trip. Field trips are considered an extension of the school day and the code of conduct will apply. A student must give to the sponsoring teacher a permission form signed by a student’s parent(s) prior to a student participating in each activity. Students may be deprived of the opportunity of participating in a class trip as a disciplinary action. Students should be made aware of the fact that field trips are privileges; no student has an absolute right to a field trip. Students can be denied participation in field trips if they fail to meet academic or behavioral requirements. Any parent who accompanies students on school activities has the responsibility and duty to enforce all rules of good conduct and safety. We do not encourage younger siblings who are not of school age to be brought on a field trip experience as the first duty of the accompanying adult is the supervision of the children. Parent volunteers must authorize a Background Check and complete the Safe Environment Program Training (available at www.dioceseofnashville.com) prior to the trip. In the event private automobiles/vehicles of parents/guardians or other authorized adults are to be utilized to transport students on field trips, the drivers and/or vehicle owners must have:
A copy of a valid driver’s license Sufficient liability, medical, and uninsured motorist insurance coverage ($100,000/$300,000) A background check A profile release Safe Environment Training - Evidence to this effect must be presented to the school office for review and approval prior to the use of such vehicles. The administration shall have the right to prohibit, for any reason, a proposed driver from transporting students on a field trip.
LECTURES/SPEAKERS Outside Speakers/ Distribution of Literature Only speakers enhancing the school curriculum will be allowed to speak to groups of students. The individual responsible for the speaker or group meeting must present a format to be approved by the administration. Other organizations may leave literature in the school office for distribution with approval from the administration. Students or teachers, on school property, or at group meetings of students during school hours or after school functions, can only distribute literature approved by the administration. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS/CEREMONIES The school does not guarantee a certificate of satisfactory completion of any course of study to students. In order to qualify for graduation, students must satisfactorily complete (by attaining a passing grade) all courses for credit in the school’s academic program, satisfy their financial obligations, and be in compliance with the school’s code of conduct and with all school regulations and policies. The principal shall have the right not to certify a student’s graduation or provide transcripts of the student’s academic record to third parties such as other schools, or to issue a Certificate of Diploma to the student, if there has been a breach of a material condition of the contract (i.e., failure to meet financial obligations or infractions against the school’s code of conduct).
Graduation ceremonies should be characterized by dignity and due consideration for practical and economic realities. A celebration of the Eucharist should be held by and for the graduates close to the date of graduation. All Graduation exercises, banquet, trip, and other ceremonies are planned and implemented through the school administration. Homeroom mothers work in consultation with the Junior High teachers and the school administration. Permission for events and fundraisers are reserved to the administration.
CLASS PARTIES Planning and organization of parties is the responsibility of the teacher. Usually, room mothers/fathers assist with parties. Communication between the teacher and room parent is important in planning class parties. Party treats should be kept simple. It is important that these treats are distributed in moderation, as it is in keeping with Christian virtue. This is especially important since our society has increasing rates of childhood obesity. Saint Henry School parties should include fun activities that are not solely oriented toward food. Class parties for grades K-4 Halloween Christmas Valentine’s Day
Class Parties for grades 5-8 Christmas
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS Birthday parties are not allowed; however, students may bring to school a small birthday treat such as cupcakes, cookies, etc. Birthday treats do not include soft drinks or full meals. Treats should be given out at a time designated by the classroom teacher. Birthday invitations for home parties may be handed out if every student is given an invitation (or all girls/all boys). HOME PARTIES Invitations to home parties other than birthday celebrations as stated above may not be distributed at school unless it is a party for the entire class. The administration and faculty of Saint Henry School do not support the sponsoring of “coed” parties and/or dances. They do support and encourage, organized, wholesome, and suitable activities such as sports and club membership (Scouts, CYO, etc.). Saint Henry is not responsible for parent sponsored parties/social functions involving students of Saint Henry.
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION The Home and School Association is sponsored by the school to promote a cooperative effort to meet certain needs of the student body. All parents are encouraged to take an active interest by attending meetings and taking part in volunteer opportunities within the school. All Home and School activities and materials prepared by parents must be submitted to the principal/administration for approval prior to implementation and/or distribution. The organization should strive to:
Support the pastor, principal/administration, teacher, parents Bring a closer relation of the home and the school so that parents and teachers may cooperate in the training of the child Support and promote quality Catholic education Encourage Catholic values of family life Provide parental assistance for school functions as deemed necessary by the principal/administration Unify parents in an effort to raise funds each year for the school
SCHOOL COMMITTEE The School Committee is a policy advising body for Saint Henry School. The function of the Committee is to determine goals and objectives for Saint Henry School and to formulate policies that will assist the principal of the school. The School Committee is advisory in nature.
The functions of the Saint Henry School Committee are as follows:
Recommend goals for the parish school in the areas of finance, long range planning, communication, and facilities Propose policy that will guide the Principal in implementing the approved goals Evaluate and implement development goals recommended Assist the Principal in preparing the school budget Monitor the condition of the facilities, project major repairs, and make recommendations on building and grounds as needed. Evaluate the effectiveness of the School Committee and its policies in achieving goals for the school Assist the Principal in understanding the needs and circumstances of the families of Saint Henry School Prayerfully reflect on and discuss with the Principal matters that relate to the overall welfare of Saint Henry School Carry out other functions which the Pastor or Principal may entrust to the School Committee from time to time
Duties of the School Committee are:
Implementation of policies of the Diocesan School Office Preparation, in cooperation with the administrator, of the annual budget and present it to the Parish Council Establishment of long range development goals Approve and oversee organization and activities involved in the receipt and disbursement of funds on behalf of Saint Henry School Set rates for tuition Establish salary scale and benefits for faculty and support staff Share responsibility for procuring adequate financial support for school operations
Persons who are interested in becoming a member of the school committee are asked to submit a resume to the school office by the 15th of March. Copies of these resumes are sent to the current members of the School Committee so they can be reviewed before the next meeting. At the April meeting members of the Committee will vote on the new members whose resumes they have reviewed. Members serve three year terms.
FUND-RAISING Any program of fundraising at the school must have the approval of the principal/administration. Fundraising activities should be organized and executed so that the school program is not interrupted. Students may participate in and cooperate with worthy collections and fundraising projects conducted by the school or parish. The school prohibits door-to-door activities by the students.
LOST AND FOUND Parents are encouraged to mark all articles with the child’s name. A lost and found box is located in the main hallway. Articles not claimed are given to a charitable organization the last Friday of each month. Saint Henry School is not responsible for items lost by students. Students should not bring valuable items or large sums of money to school.
V. FINANCES SCHOOL TUITION POLICIES TUITION Tuition is a yearly fee determined by the School Committee and the Parish Finance Committee. We have two rates: (1) for participating/contributing members of the parish and (2) for nonmembers of the parish and non-participating/non-contributing members of the parish. Catholic education is a responsibility of the entire parish community. Tuition does not cover the entire cost of education or all of the costs to maintain and operate Saint Henry School. The difference is made up primarily through a subsidy St. Henry Parish gives the school to cover costs. Our belief is that parents who have their children’s education subsidized have an obligation to support the parish financially, unless there are serious extenuating circumstances. Therefore, it is necessary for parents to pay a portion of the total expense of educating their child(ren). Families/students from other faiths are welcome at Saint Henry. As expected, the tuition rate for these families is higher since they do not tithe a portion of their income to St. Henry Parish. St. Henry parishioners who do not regularly support the parish will be charged the nonparticipating/non-contributing tuition rate. PARISH SUBSIDY POLICY As part of the registration process, families who are registered members of St. Henry Parish submit a subsidy card to the parish office for review by the Subsidy Review Committee. The Subsidy Review Committee must sign the card in order for families to receive the discounted tuition rate (participating/contributing rate). The subsidy card highlights the main responsibilities of St. Henry parishioners:
To attend Mass faithfully To support the parish to the best of one’s ability To use the parish envelope system on a regular basis
The subsidy card verifies membership and contributions to the parish for each family. Active members of St. Henry parish qualify for participating/contributing tuition rates at the school. Families that attend Catholic parishes other than St. Henry Parish need to submit their card to their parish. After the card is signed, it should be submitted to St. Henry Parish Office for processing. FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE PARISH Parishioners of St. Henry are asked to practice generous stewardship of their time, talent, and treasure. The tradition of our Church rooted in Scripture is to tithe, that is, to contribute 10% of our gross income to the church and other charitable organizations. Our diocese suggests we contribute 5% to the parish, 2% to the diocese, and 3% to other causes.
St. Henry Parish uses $750.00 as the suggested minimum contribution for a contributing member. Contributions are usually submitted by using the weekly envelope system at Mass. This $750.00 minimum is considerably less than the diocesan suggestion of 5% -- for most of our families. If there are extenuating circumstances, we try to be accommodating. Families who have not met the suggested minimum of $750.00 annually are asked to submit a written explanation at the time the subsidy card is submitted for review. In the written explanation, parents explain why the family was unable to meet the minimum. Explanations are sent to the parish office, addressed to the Subsidy Review Committee. These correspondences are confidential. TUITION PAYMENT All tuition payments are processed through the St. Henry Parish Office. Ted Zepezauer, Director of Financial Services, facilitates our tuition management. There are three options for tuition payment: one annual payment, two payments, and the 11 month automatic electronic payment plan. Questions regarding payment options should be directed to Ted Zepezauer at the parish (352-2259, extension 115). Statements are sent each month to those families delinquent in tuition payments. Saint Henry School asks those parents or those responsible for tuition to communicate with the school if tuition payments have not been regular or are behind. First semester or final report cards will not be issued until the account is paid. Transfer of records or test scores will not be forwarded until the account is paid in full. Registration is suspended for the next school year until the tuition account is paid. This means that families whose tuition payments are in arrears at the time of registration will not be permitted to register until their account is up-to-date. Late registration will not guarantee that a space will be available for the student. Students will not be admitted to classes for the new school year until the previous yearâ€™s account is paid in full. Families whose tuition is delinquent risk losing their childâ€™s place in the class. Tuition is a parental responsibility. Parents may be asked to withdraw their children from Saint Henry School if they fail to meet their financial obligations. FINANCIAL AID Financial aid is available to Saint Henry families. We use Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) to process applications for tuition aid. Applications for tuition aid may be obtained from the school office. Applications can also be filed through TADS website at www.tutionaid.com. No financial assistance may be obtained without completing the Tuition Aid Process forms. Information received on the application is strictly confidential. Notice of aid and the amount received will be sent to the applicant. TADS is used to process and analyze the application, but financial aid is given by Saint Henry School.
VI. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES & BEHAVIOR BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE The behavior and discipline policies of Saint Henry School are an extension of our school motto: Educating for Life, Guided by Christ. We expect all students to develop patterns of self-discipline, respect, reverence, and honesty. At Saint Henry School, education is formation in the likeness of the Person of Jesus Christ. Our discipline policies ensure that students are protected from physical harm and create an atmosphere that is conducive to the total development of the human person: physically, emotionally, socially, morally, intellectually, and spiritually. As partners with the parents, the school endeavors to teach students the necessary skills to become a responsible and self-directed adult. We also recognize the need for a school-wide discipline program to respond to infractions and inappropriate behavior. The school observes this code of conduct because it is built on fundamental Catholic social teachings. The role of the principal/administration, staff, and faculty is to work with the students and parents to assist the students in developing a strong Christian attitude toward life. (CSO 518) EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT BEHAVIOR Each student is expected to demonstrate respectable Christian behavior, on and off the school grounds. The faculty and staff attempt to foster an environment that promotes the total Christian education of the student. If this goal of maturity is to be realized, discipline is necessary to provide for the health, safety, and development of each person within the context of the common good. Cooperation between faculty/staff, students, and parents will help to build a Christian
atmosphere. The administration of Saint Henry School reserves the right to discipline its students for offcampus behavior that is not in line with behavior expectations of its students during the course of the school day. This off campus behavior includes, but is not limited to, cyberbullying.
General Expectations for Behavior:
Show reverence to God in prayer, Mass, daily conversations Be respectful to all Be on time for school Be courteous and considerate of others Obey classroom and school rules Respect, preserve, and protect property Be honest and trustworthy Respect and observe the school’s dress code
The Saint Henry discipline system recognizes that children who have not reached the age of reason (typically the years before they receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation) warrant a form of correction and discipline that is different than the system used for older children. Teacher/parent communication for children in the formative grades of K-2 is essential for helping children to grow in virtue and good behavior. Our discipline system for students in grades 3-8 is based on a gradation of minor offenses, major offenses, suspension, and dismissal/expulsion which pertain to different levels of responsibility. The following are some approved disciplinary measures:
Conference with the student and/or family Communication notice Out of uniform notice Minor infraction slip (MI) Assignment of special tasks Denial of privileges Detention Probation Suspension Dismissal Expulsion
DISCIPLINE Students who lack self-discipline or who violate those rights of others can expect disciplinary action. Each offense will be dealt with on an individual basis according to the age of the student, the nature of the infraction, and the severity of the case. Repeated infractions can result in more serious consequences, up to and including suspension and/or expulsion, but there is no requirement for progressive discipline. Because it is impossible to foresee all problems that may arise, this handbook empowers the faculty and administration to take disciplinary action for any behavior (within or outside of the school community) that violates the spirit, philosophy, and code of conduct of the school, even though not specified. In justice to the other students, circumstances may dictate that a student be removed temporarily or permanently from the school setting. Minor Infractions (MI’s) Minor offences against classroom or school rules/policies may be addressed as follows:
Warning to the student by the teacher Verbal or silent admonition Denial of privileges Restricted school-related activities Assignment of special tasks Report of offense using a minor infraction slip (MI)
When a student receives a written minor infraction (MI), it is to be taken home, signed by the parents and returned to school. If a student receives four written minor infractions in a quarter, the student will be issued a detention slip and will be required to attend Saturday detention. The following are examples of minor infractions/violations:
Minor violations of classroom rules Arriving late to class Failing to keep textbooks covered/defacing textbooks Excessive noise in halls Failure to obey instructions Gum chewing/candy Littering Impulsively arguing after receiving a MI Minor classroom behavior problems Horseplay Public display of affection Violation of dress code Writing or passing of notes
Major Infractions Major infractions/violations of the rules and regulations as outlined by Saint Henry School may result in Saturday detention without prior warning. A third major violation or a third Saturday detention resulting from major and/or minor violations in any given semester will result in automatic suspension. Detention notices will be sent home with students. Examples of major infractions/offenses are as follows:
Disrespectful behavior at Mass/Church Disrespectful to teacher, staff member, or agent of the school Cheating/irregular behavior during testing/plagiarism Impulsive behavior that is harmful to another person Harassment (bullying/cyberbullying) Forgery, lying, skipping class Vandalizing or defacing school property or personal property Deliberate physical harassment Disruptive behavior at assemblies Major classroom disruptions Profanity or obscene gestures directed toward any person Unauthorized accessing of computer programs, data or message capabilities, Internet Using another person’s password to access computer network or programs Use of cell phone, pager, or other unauthorized electronic/media device
DETENTION Detention is usually held on the first and third Saturday of the month from 8:00-9:30 a.m. and is conducted by two members of the faculty. Students report in uniform. Students will serve the detention on the assigned Saturday. Failure to report to Saturday detention will incur an additional Saturday detention. No extra curricular activity supersedes detention. An athletic or extra
curricular event is no reason not to be in a Saturday detention. Parents are required to sign the student in and out of detention. Detention is subject to inclement weather and may be canceled. If so, the monitoring teacher will call parents and students when the decision is made. The students will serve the detention at the next assigned Saturday. Please be on time. Parents who are unduly late in picking up a student (except in the case of an emergency) from detention will be charged a late fee. SUSPENSION Suspension is a serious consequence used when all other methods of discipline have failed to change a student’s inappropriate behavior. A student may arrive at suspension in two different ways. 1. Suspension results when a student receives a third detention either for an accumulation of minor infraction slips or for major violations (or a combination of the two) within a semester. 2. When a student’s behavior becomes detrimental to the physical, spiritual, or academic welfare and progress of other students, he/she will be suspended from school. A serious infraction/violation of school policy is cause for suspension. There are two types of suspension: in school suspension and out of school suspension. Ordinarily, suspension is in-school unless the student is seen as a threat to the welfare and safety of others. Suspension will be used for serious infractions. Suspended students are also placed on disciplinary probation. Once the student is suspended, the student and parents are required to sign a behavioral contract (Behavioral Improvement Plan) in which they signify their understanding of the problem and agree to work with the school in correcting the situation. The failure of the parents to execute this agreement shall preclude the student from returning to the regular instructional program. This policy applies to in-school and out-of-school suspension. Note: On the day of a suspension students may not participate in any school function or extra curricular activity including athletics, forensics, and drama. During the time a behavioral improvement plan is in effect, any violation of school policy may result in dismissal/expulsion. Examples of serious infractions/violations:
Persistent disobedience or violation of school regulations Blatant disrespect to teacher, staff member, or agent of the school Stealing Fighting Harassment (bullying/cyberbullying) Failure to meet Behavioral Improvement Plan Taking medication in violation of the school medication policy Threatening to hurt another student or to do damage to the school
Possession or distribution of obscene, profane, or pornographic material (This includes, but is not limited to, possessing or transmiting inappropriate photos on cell phones or other electronic devices (Sexting) Possession of materials that threaten school and student safety Leaving school without permission Providing, selling, or possessing any unauthorized or harmful substance Smoking or possession of tobacco, cigarettes, or marijuana Possession, handling, or transmitting any object that can be considered a weapon or other dangerous object Possessing, receiving, buying, using, or transmitting drug, alcoholic beverage, controlled substance, medication, inhalant, or look-alike drug Possession of fireworks, matches, or lighters Damaging/defacing school property or personal property (restitution must be made) Unauthorized modification and/or deletion of computer programs or data Engagement in online social networking/blogs such as, but not limited to Facebook®, Instagram®, MySpace.com®, Xanga®, Friendster®, etc. may result in disciplinary actions if the content of the student’s blog includes defamatory comments or pictures regarding the school, the faculty, other students, or the parish.
BEHAVIORAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN The Behavioral Improvement Plan is a plan formulated for a student who has earned suspension due to major infractions or an accumulation of minor infractions. The plan is put in place after a meeting of an administrator, teacher(s), parents, and student to review that student’s behavioral record and determine a plan for a specific period of time. If these parties cannot agree upon a plan, the principal shall formulate a plan for compliance by the student. PROBATION Probation occurs when a student is given an agreed upon Behavioral Improvement Plan that must be followed. DISMISSAL Conduct which is disruptive to the learning atmosphere and/or contrary to the school’s code of conduct is justification for a principal/administrator to dismiss a student at the close of the school year. Parents who withdraw a student from the school must provide written notification of the withdrawal. EXPULSION Expulsion may be resorted to when one or all of the following are present:
A serious infraction of school rules occurs
The student has demonstrated continuing disregard of school rules for which other means of discipline have proven ineffectual
The student’s continued presence in the school has the probability of being a serious hindrance to the safety or welfare of the school community
If it is necessary to expel a student, the principal or administration will notify the student and the student’s parents about the student’s action and provide them with an opportunity to respond in accordance with the school’s disciplinary hearing process before making any final decision on the matter. During the process of any appeal, the expelled student shall be removed from the school community in compliance with the expulsion notice unless otherwise directed at the discretion of the principal/administration. HARRASSMENT Harassment is defined as any verbal, physical, or visual conduct on the part of a student that has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following: 1. unwelcoming and persistent behavior that makes a student feel threatened or unsafe, including hitting, kicking, pegging, spitting, pushing/shoving, and social alienation 2. verbal conduct such as repeated teasing, taunting, mocking or ridiculing, the use of vulgar or obscene language, repeated racial slurs, derogatory jokes or comments 3. behaviors that are sexual or intimidating in nature including physical contact such as assault, unwanted touching, and blocking of normal movements that interferes with another student’s work, study, or play 4. retaliation or intimidation for having reported or threaten to report serious misconduct 5. visual gestures, notes, pictures, graffiti, e-mails, or other means of electronic media/cyberbullying PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING HARASSMENT 1. Student(s) should tell a teacher or staff member and their parents of any concerns. 2. Parents are asked to inform the student’s teacher(s) of their concerns. 3. Teachers will address the concern and determine if further action is needed. If necessary, the teacher will refer the situation to an administrator, usually the Assistant Principal. 4. Athletes should tell their coach and parents. Coaches and parents should inform the Athletic Director. If necessary, the Athletic Director will contact an administrator. The administrators keep the Pastor informed of serious or repetitive incidents. 5. Privacy protects all parties from the disclosure of information regarding a student to anyone other than his/her parent or legal guardian and school staff. Reports are not shared with those who are not in a position of authority. They may be shared with others in a position of authority on a need-to-know basis.
INTERVENTION PROCEDURES Because harassment and bullying are growing areas of concern in our nation, we have implemented two programs to teach respect and to prevent bullying. The programs are: Steps to Respect and Second Step. Teachers integrate these programs into their lesson plans. Virtual Reality Sites: Virtual Reality Sites pose a developmental and moral risk to the life of a student. Parents are cautioned to be aware of the online sites visited by their children. If you have questions regarding examples of these sites please contact the school.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE/WEAPONS The school makes every effort to make students aware of the dangers and consequences of the unlawful use of substances. Catholic school students are forbidden to possess or consume alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs and may not have in their possession weapons of any kind, real or simulated on school property, or at school related activities. (CSO 520) The use or sale of drugs on or within school property is unlawful and is in violation of school policies. If a student is suspected of having violated this policy or is discovered with the unlawful use, sale, or possession of drugs or alcohol on or near school property or at school-sponsored events, the parents will be notified and the proper law enforcement agencies will be contacted.
STUDENT REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES Privacy of individual students must be balanced against the need to protect the health, welfare, and safety of other members of the school community. SEARCHES The principal/administration or his/her designee has the right to protect the health, welfare, and safety of school patrons against drugs, weapons, unauthorized publications, and other contraband materials. Search of a studentâ€™s person and/or personal property (e.g. backpacks, etc.) on school property or at school activities may be conducted by the school principal/administration or other designated officials. Searches of students or student property should only be conducted with the consent of the principal. It is necessary that a search be reasonable and related to the school rights in these regards. SCHOOL LOCKERS AND DESKS Storage cubicles and desks are school property and are subject to searches by school authorities to protect the safety of all. A student to whom the cubicle or desk has been assigned has exclusive use of the locker or desk but has no proprietary rights versus the school. STUDENTS AND STUDENT PROPERTY Students are solely responsible for their own personal property. The school accepts no responsibility for items left unattended in the common areas of the school.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY Students are to care for school property in a respectful manner. Students who deface or damage school property or the property of others will make financial restitution. If library books are not returned, students will be assessed an amount equal to the value of the book or its replacement, whichever is greater, as determined by the principal/administration.
LUNCHROOM AND PLAYGROUND All students have a designated time for lunch and recess, which is monitored by Saint Henry faculty and staff. While in the dining hall, children are expected to be polite, mannerly, and neat. Conversations must always be appropriate for the Catholic school environment. Students are expected to follow all playground procedures and the instruction of faculty and staff. Students are not to come in the school from recess without permission and a pass. In case of an injury, students must get permission from the playground teacher before going to the office.
Saint Henry School Dress Code Guidelines - 2013-2014 The dress code provides a standard for students that fosters an environment conducive to learning and respectful behavior. Uniforms should be clean and pressed with all buttons attached and hem intact. Polos must be tucked in at all times. ALL TAN KHAKI PANTS AND SHORTS ARE TO BE SAME COLOR AS PARKER UNIFORM. Writing on school apparel or shoes is not permitted. Final decisions regarding the school uniform rest with the principal/administration. Must Item Pre-K K-4 5-8 purchase Any at Parker Store GIRLS Tan khaki pants x x Tan khaki walking shorts to the knee with cuff x x Tan khaki full skort x x SHS plaid jumper at or below the knee x x White round peter pan collar blouse (short/long sleeve) x x SHS plaid skirt at or below the knee x x SHS crested black & gold polo shirt (short/long sleeve) x x x Black or white tights x x x x Black Parker ankle length leggings (socks to cover legging) x x x x Black or white knee or crew length socks (solid, no emblems, writing, etc.) x x x x Modesty shorts worn under jumper & skirt (not to show) x x See Uniform Shoe Guide on page 40a and 40b x x x x Solid black or solid white tennis shoes may be worn all year round (below the ankle) (matching laces) x K only x Black SHS crested cardigan sweater (optional) BOYS Tan khaki walking shorts to the knee Tan khaki pants SHS crested black and gold polo shirt (short/long sleeve) Black, white or khaki crew length socks (solid, no emblems, writing, etc.) Black, brown or khaki belt (plain/solid color) See Uniform Shoe Guide on page 40a and 40b Solid black or solid white tennis shoes may be worn all year round (below the ankle) (matching laces) Black SHS crested sweatshirt (optional)
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SUMMER UNIFORM The summer uniform may be worn from the beginning of school until September 30 and from April 15 until the end of the school year. The summer uniform is optional. The standard uniform may be worn throughout the year. GIRLS Tan khaki full skort x x x Tan khaki pleated walking shorts to the knee with cuff x x x x SHS crested black and gold polo shirt x x x x Black, brown, or khaki belt (plain/solid color) x x x Black or white crew length socks (solid, no emblems, writing, etc.) x x x x Solid black or solid white tennis shoes (below the ankle) (matching laces) x x x x BOYS Tan khaki walking short to the knee x x x x SHS crested black & gold polo shirt x x x x Black, brown, or khaki belt (plain/solid color) x x x Black or white crew length socks (solid, no emblems, writing, etc.) x x x x Solid black or solid white tennis shoes (below the ankle) (matching laces) x x x x
Saint Henry School Dress Code Guidelines (Continued) Item Standard or Summer Uniform Guidelines No boots of any kind All socks should be above the ankle. All shoes should be below the ankle. Matching laces on all shoes that require laces. All polo knit shirts tucked with pants, shorts, skorts, and skirts.
Must purchase Any at Parker Store
ATHLETIC ATTIRE Students must have athletic attire for all gym classes. Failure to comply with this standard affects a student's grade in P.E. Students in Pre-k through 3rd grade do not dress out for P.E. GIRLS & BOYS Gym shorts and shirt (purchased through SHS) 4 only x White crew length socks (solid, no emblems, writing, etc.) 4 only x Tennis shoes x x Sweat suit in cold weather (optional) 4 only x
ACCESSORIES GIRLS One pair of post or small earrings (nothing dangling) Clear nail polish and chap-stick No facial make-up Socks with uniform plaid trim
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GIRLS & BOYS Medical bracelet, watch Religious medal or cross on a chain No other necklaces
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HAIR STYLE AND LENGTH GIRLS & BOYS Hair length must not extend beyond the eyebrows in the front. Hairstyles should be neat and well kept. No hairstyle should be a point of distraction such as punk or unusual haircuts. Hair should not be cut too short (no shorter than 2 guard) or let grow too long (over the collar for boys). Student's hair should be the student's natural color. No dyed or colored hair treatment or fad hair embellishments allowed. Hair barrettes and bows should be simple. OUT-OF-UNIFORM POLICY • Clothing appropriate for school must be worn (For both a dress up day or casual day.) • Appropriate shorts may be worn during summer uniform times only. • Skirt length same as school uniform (at or below the knee). • Tank tops, net shirts, mini-skirts, tight fitting apparel, i.e. jean leggings or any such fashions, as well as bleached or frayed clothing are not appropriate for school. • All printing or advertisements must be appropriate for school. • Shirts need to be long enough to tuck in. • No bicycle shorts, sweatpants, or warm-ups. • Tennis shoes may be worn. No sandals or other open toed or open backed shoes (Crocs, etc.). If a student's clothing is inappropriate, parents will be called to bring appropriate clothing. The student who violates the dress code on an out-of-uniform day may receive a minor infraction.
Saint Henry School Uniform School Shoes 2013-2014 The shoe selections below are the only shoe styles to be worn during the 2013-2014 school year. For color photos, please check the website (www.sthenryschool.org) Pre-K & K: Girls ** Solid black or solid white tennis shoes may be worn by Pre-k & K throughout the school year **
Black Mary Jane (no cloth/canvas/crocs)
Black & white leather or Keds saddle oxford
Black Merrell (or look alike)
Pre-K & K: Boys ** Solid black or solid white tennis shoes may be worn by Pre-k & K throughout the school year **
Black leather dress lace up
Black Merrell (or look alike)
See back for Grades 1 through 8
Black Mary Jane (no cloth/canvas/crocs)
Black & white leather saddle oxford
Black Merrell (or look alike)
Grade 1 through 8: Boys ** Solid black or solid white tennis shoes may be worn with the summer uniform **
Black leather dress lace up
Black Merrell (or look alike)
Grade 1 through 8: Girls ** Solid black or solid white tennis shoes may be worn with the summer uniform **
VII. CO-CURRICULAR AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES PARTICIPATION AND SUSPENSION Participation in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities is a privilege, not a right. Students who successfully meet the school’s academic requirements and adhere to the code of conduct will be given the privilege of participating in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Reports are distributed every four and a half weeks alternating between progress reports and report cards. Grades 1-4 Mid-Term Reports Conduct comments must be positive. A student who receives an overall U, “Unsatisfactory” in conduct, will be warned so as to make adjustments between mid-term and quarter grades. Grades 5-8 Mid-Term Reports Conduct comments must be positive. A student who receives an overall U, “Unsatisfactory” in conduct, should see this as a warning so as to make adjustments between mid-term and quarter grades. Grades 1-4 Quarter and Semester Grade Reports Conduct comments must be positive. A student who receives an overall U, “Unsatisfactory” in conduct, or two failing grades in core subjects, will be placed on suspension for two weeks from the date the report is issued. Grades 5-8 Quarter and Semester Grade Reports Students who receive an overall U, “Unsatisfactory” in conduct, or two failing grades in core subjects, will be suspended from participation in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for two weeks from the date the report is issued. After two weeks, teachers and administrators review the student’s conduct and academic grades to determine whether improvement has been demonstrated. A student whose behavior and grades have improved may be permitted to participate in co-curricular activities. SUSPENSION The Assistant Principal informs the Athletic Director of suspension for athletes. The Athletic Director informs coaches. The Assistant Principal also informs other persons responsible for extracurricular or co-curricular activity of any suspensions. Any students accepted to Saint Henry School on either behavior probation or academic probation will be ineligible in school-related activities for the first semester. This is left to the discretion of the Principal in consultation with the teachers. Anyone on suspension twice for the spring semester will automatically be on suspension for the first two weeks of the next semester. A student who is placed on academic suspension for the final report card may not participate in any activities from the 1st day of school in August through the first 14 calendar days of the school year. They may participate in activities from August 1st to the beginning of school.
SCHOOL DETENTION Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities do not come before school discipline. Students who need to serve Saturday detention cannot use these activities as an excuse. If a student receives a detention and must miss the activity, it is the studentâ€™s responsibility to inform the sponsor/coach about his/her absence. Students who attend/participate in the activity rather than attend detention will be suspended from the next two events and serve the detention.
ACTIVITIES ALTAR SERVERS Students in grades 5-8 serve in Eucharistic and Para-liturgical ceremonies. DRAMA CLUB Students in Grades 6-8 perform in plays and are called the Saint Henry Players. CHILDREN OF MARY Service and prayer group that includes students in grades 6-8 PATROL SQUAD Students selected are responsible for assisting with the safety of the student body at dismissal from school. They help facilitate the smooth running of traffic and the safety of all. SHS FORENSICS Interpretive reading competition is conducted for students in grades 3-8 on a voluntary basis. SPORTS AND CHEERLEADING (See Athletics).
ATHLETICS A variety of sports are offered to students of Saint Henry School. Students are encouraged to participate in suitable grade level activities. Sign-up days occur throughout the year. Students participating in school-sponsored athletic activities must have proof of an annual physical and will be kept on file in the school office. Fall sports include: Football (boys, grades 5-8), Cheerleading (girls, grade 8), Cross Country (boys and girls, grades K-8), and Volleyball (girls, grade 5-6). Winter sports: Basketball (boys and girls, grades 3-8). Spring sports: Volleyball (girls, grades 7-8), Soccer (boys and girls, grades 5-8), and Golf (boys/girls, grades 6-8). The Saint Henry Athletic program is an extra-curricular program sponsored by Saint Henry School through the work of volunteer parents. The program is self-supporting. Saint Henry School students who meet the eligibility criterion set by the teachers and administration may participate. Students from other parochial Catholic schools, not hosting a team, and CCD students are eligible to participate in the Saint Henry School athletic program provided they meet the criterion set up by the Diocesan Athletic Council and permission has been granted by the administration of the school. Students from other parochial schools and CCD students playing on a Saint Henry team may not play for two schools during a single season of play. Saint Henry School administration
reserves the right to place students from other parochial schools and CCD students on particular Saint Henry teams. The program exists for the students of Saint Henry School to foster positive school spirit, good sportsmanship, character formation, positive experience in team participation, and most importantly an enjoyable time for the students. The program emphasizes skill development and honest hard work. Although winning is enjoyable, it is not the primary focus of the program. The school administration, as well as the volunteer coaches, emphasizes this. Saint Henry parent volunteers support the program by coaching, volunteering time at the games, working in the concession stands, and practices. Volunteers are a very important part of the program. It is necessary for parents to give of their time as well as their presence at different functions. If volunteers do not come forward, Saint Henry School will not be obliged to furnish a sports program for the students. Saint Henry sports functions are self-supporting. Parents will be charged per sport what it costs to participate, outfit, and run the sporting event. Students must adhere to the policies issued by the School Committee, Athletic Director, and Administration. Students are also regulated by the guidelines of the interscholastic athletics committee for the Diocese of Nashville. STUDENT ATHLETE RULES AND OBLIGATIONS The student athlete must be at all practices, games, and team meetings. Permission from the coach to be absent must be obtained and for a serious reason. If students miss practice they cannot expect to play in the following game. A student who misses three or more practices may be asked off the team. If a student misses a parochial league game because of another sport or activity, they must sit out the next league game. The student athlete needs to see that he/she has a good diet, adequate sleep, and proper warm-up before and after each practice and contest. Any student who uses, possesses, or buys alcohol, tobacco, or any illegal controlled substance during the season will be referred for evaluation before he/she is considered eligible for continued participation in athletics. Any suspected or reported use of alcohol, tobacco, and or other illegal controlled substance will be investigated by the Athletic Director and/or principal who will determine the appropriate course of action. Depending upon the situation, the action may include a temporary or permanent suspension from athletics. SPORTSMANSHIP The Saint Henry athlete is expected to perform to the best of his/her ability at all times while also extending courtesy to coaches, officials, opponents, spectators/fans, and school employees during contests and outside of them. Clothing worn to athletic events must be free of references to drugs, alcohol, sex, or any derogatory remarks. Athletes may not use offensive language or gestures before, during, or after athletic events. If a student chooses to indulge in such behavior they will be suspended for two games. If they choose to repeat behavior for a second time they will be asked to leave the athletic program for the rest of the season.
CARE FOR UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT Please follow care directions in the labels of uniforms. Uniforms are to be returned on time, washed, and in good condition. If a student fails to return the athletic uniform they will be charged the cost of the uniform. Report cards may be held until all uniforms are paid for or returned to the school. RESPECT FOR FACILITIES Students must leave Saint Henry or other school’s facilities clean and free of damage. Students should be respectful of a facility by choosing not to play in the foyers or other areas not designed for sporting activities. They should also be respectful of a facility by observing simple rules such as no cleats in the building, no food in the gym, keeping areas free of cups, food, items of clothing, etc. Athletes and unauthorized persons are not permitted in the Physical Education office. SAFETY PRACTICES Athletes may not use the facilities unless coaches are present. Athletes must be supervised during athletic events. They are not to be running or rambling around the facilities before, during, or after games. Students who have been absent from school during the day may not participate in a Saint Henry function in the evening (Also see Illness Policy page 47). This includes both games and practices. Injury, illness, or incapacitation during a practice or game must immediately be reported to the coach or parents in charge. Before an athlete may return to an athletic activity after any injury requiring a physician’s attention, he/she must present the signed approval of the physician and parents/guardians to the Athletic Director. AWARD/REWARDS Trophies, plaques, ribbons, and any type of athletic award should not be given to students without the expressed permission of the Athletic Director and administration. Banquets, parties, and athletic gatherings require approval and permission of the school administration. Students’ awards and recognitions are given in consultation with the Athletic Director, the Principal, and team coaches. PARENT OBLIGATIONS Parents support the Saint Henry athletic program by:
Insuring students have a proper physical prior to the beginning of the athletic season. Insuring students are dropped off and picked up on time for both practices and sporting contests. If students are consistently left at practices and contest sites, parents will receive a call. If the pattern continues, the student may not be allowed to continue in the athletic program. Support proper student behavior at all athletic events both verbally and by example. Give positive and appropriate example to student athletes at all athletic functions. Adults should not be loud or disrespectful to referees or coaches; they should not heckle players from Saint Henry School or opposing teams. They should not use profane language toward coaches, students, referees, or other parents. Adults should have control of their
emotions and tempers at all times. Adults should not be surprised if they are asked to leave a contest or practice in which they have displayed inappropriate behavior. Anyone who violates these rules will be suspended from attending the next contest. A parent who consistently violates these rules will be suspended from attending athletic contests for the remainder of the season.
VIII. HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDENT HEALTH & SAFETY Parents and guardians have the primary responsibility for the health and well being of their children. School health services supplement, rather than substitute, for parental care and concern for the health of the students.
ACCIDENTS AND FIRST AID The parents of an injured student will be notified of the accident/injury by the principal/administration or the principal/administration’s designee as soon as reasonably possible, taking into consideration such factors as the apparent severity of the accident/injury and the priority of providing assistance to the student. If an incident results in a medical condition or injury which can be reasonably known to the appropriate supervisory faculty/staff member and/or the principal, the school and/or its staff are authorized to serve to minimize the severity of the injured person’s condition, secure professional diagnosis and/or treatment if such action, in the opinion of the school, appears to be reasonably warranted. The school shall be expressly held harmless from any costs or expenses associated with the professional diagnosis and/or treatment provided (including, but not limited to, the cost of transportation). Such costs or expenses are the responsibility of the injured party or, if a student, the student’s parents.
ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT Saint Henry School has an Asbestos Management Plan in compliance with Federal Law. The initial Asbestos Management Plan (1989), Re-inspection Reports, and Asbestos Removal and Abatement Reports are available to the public for review at the Parish Center Office. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A general history of Asbestos Management at Saint Henry School is as follow:
In 1989, Saint Henry School submitted an Asbestos Management Plan to the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, detailing all areas where asbestos-containing materials were present in each building of Saint Henry School.
Bi-annual inspections began in July of 1989. These inspections take place every year.
Every three years, a required re-inspection is completed under the supervision of the environmental management company, Resolution, Inc. Three-year inspections have occurred in 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013.
Between June 1994 and July 1995 Environmental Abatement, Inc. of Hendersonville, removed most asbestos from the existing building as part of the renovation of the school building. The asbestos removed included floor tile and the adhesive related to the ceilings
of the school lobby and cafeteria kitchen. A small amount of the spray applied ceiling material remains and has been encapsulated.
The school addition, constructed in 1995, contains no asbestos.
In June 2005, asbestos abatement was performed by Swift Environmental to remove asbestos from the church building, church tunnels, and the connector between the church and school. The project consisted of removal of ACM pipe insulation, 9x9 floor tile and mastic, and exterior transite shingles. This work was performed prior to renovations and demolition of a portion of the church building.
Asbestos was removed from the building prior to the library/kindergarten construction. The work was performed prior to the renovation of the old library area.
MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS AND IMMUNIZATIONS Health medical examination forms and immunization forms are required of all Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students and all new students in grades 1 through 8. A child will not be permitted to start class until all required health forms have been completed by a physician and returned to the school office. The following immunizations are required by law:
Basic series of DPT and boosters (4 doses required)
Basic series of Polio (4 doses required - final dose on or after the 4th birthday)
MMR Vaccine (2 doses required)
Hepatitis B Vaccine (3 doses required)
Varicella (Chickenpox) (2 dose required), (history of disease is acceptable)
Hepatitis A (2 doses) – Effective July 1, 2011
All students entering 7th grade are now (effective July 2010) required to have:
Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster (“Tdap”)
Verification of immunity to Varicella (Chickenpox) (2 doses or history of disease)
ILLNESS POLICY Saint Henry School shall exclude from attendance any student who is in need of specific medical attention and re-admit the student upon receipt of a doctor’s written verification of recovery or wellness to attend school. If a child becomes ill during school time and needs special attention, parents will be contacted. If we are unable to locate the parent, the name and number noted on the Emergency Form will be called. In the event that there is still no response, we will attempt to call a relative or friend. No
child will be sent home without permission of the parent, or one designated to take the place of the parent. No child will be sent home alone during school hours, therefore, it is important that an emergency number be filed for each student and kept up-to-date. If a student has been ill with a fever, cold, sore throat, skin rash, or skin eruption, he/she should not be in school nor attend or participate in after school activities. A child should be free of ailments and/or fever for twenty-four (24) hours before returning to school and after school activities. This is a state law. A child should not be sent to school with a stomachache, headache, or other ailment. If a child is not well enough to stay in class, a parent will be called to come and take him/her home.
COMMUNICABLE DISEASES When a suspected case of chicken pox, measles, impetigo, mumps, contagious conjunctivitis (pink eye), streptococcal infection (including scarlet fever), head lice, or other communicable diseases is reported, the parent will be called immediately to take the child home. A child suffering from any communicable disease and in need of special medical attention shall be excluded from attendance and re-admitted upon receipt of a doctor’s written verification of wellness to attend school.
MEDICATION The administration of any drug without the order of the physician and the permission of the parent/guardian could be interpreted as practicing medicine and is prohibited by law. This includes prescription or over-the-counter drugs. When it is necessary for school personnel to administer prescribed medication, the following guidelines are to be followed:
The principal shall appoint a responsible person or persons to supervise the storing and administering of the medication.
Written request must be obtained from the physician and the parent/guardian before any medication may be administered by school personnel. These forms are available on the School website under “Our School.” The request must include instructions as to name of medication, dosage, time, and duration medication is to be taken and possible side effects.
Medication must be in the original containers (child proof) and have an affixed label including the student’s name, name of medication, dosage, route of administration, and time of administration.
New request forms must be submitted each school year and as necessary for changes in medication order.
At the end of the school year parents are responsible to pick up all medications. All medication left in the clinic/school office at the end of the school year will be disposed.
CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS OF STUDENTS The parent of a student with a chronic medical condition must provide oral or written updates to the nurse as the student’s care regimen is changed. If this change includes adjustments in medications given at school, the physician and the parent must fill out a new Medication Form. If necessary, with parental written consent, the school nurse may communicate with the physician regarding medication/procedural care changes. Students with medical conditions that may necessitate out-of-uniform clothing i.e. shoes, shirt, etc…should submit a parent note to their teacher indicating the circumstance warranting the adjustment and duration. A parent note is permissible for up to two days, but a doctor’s note is required for any condition requiring an adjustment for more than two days. Any out-of- uniform items are subject to the approval of the administration. If the condition necessitates tennis shoes, only solid black or solid white tennis shoes below the ankle with matching laces may be worn. Any extenuating circumstances should be discussed with the administration.
AIDS POLICY The Christian community is called to respond to the sick in our midst with compassion and justice. Students who are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or have Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) must be provided an opportunity to receive a Catholic School education unless the student’s health interferes significantly with performance. Decisions regarding the admission or continued enrollment of students infected with HIV/AIDS will be based on the medical condition of each student and the anticipated interaction with others in the school setting. When making such a decision, a team of school and Church personnel shall consider both the needs of the individual student infected with HIV and those of students, staff, and families to have the school be a safe environment. An infected child already enrolled is eligible to continue in school while the child’s health and interaction with others are being reviewed. If the student’s physician and/or parents are unable or unwilling to participate in this process, this shall not preclude the team from acting.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT – STUDENTS Sexuality affects all aspects of the person including, in a general way, the aptitude for forming bonds of communion with others. Saint Henry School endeavors to provide for its students an atmosphere free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature, or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. “Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature” includes, but is not limited to, “the deliberate, repeated making of unsolicited gestures or comments, or the deliberate, repeated display of offensive, sexually graphic materials which is not necessary for school purposes.” No student is to sexually harass another member of the school community. Any student who engages in sexual harassment shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Any student who believes that he or she is being sexually harassed shall immediately report such information to the supervising teacher and to the school principal/administration. A student who is
uncomfortable for any reason in reporting such alleged harassment to the teacher and/or school principal/administration, or is not satisfied in doing so, may report the matter directly to the school Pastor. Any information reported shall, to the extent possible, be treated as confidential. All claims of sexual harassment shall be thoroughly investigated in an appropriate manner. No student will be subject to any retaliation or disciplinary action on the part of the school for reports of sexual harassment made in good faith.
HEART DEFIBRILLATORS Saint Henry School has three onsite heart defibrillator units for use in emergency events that may happen during school hours or during school activities that take place in the school building. Members of our faculty and staff have been CPR certified and trained in the use of the defibrillator by Lifeguard Medical Solutions. It is our hope that these units will never be utilized, but with the variety of events that happen within our school building, the presence of the defibrillators (AED) help us to be prepared.
NOTE: Saint Henry School Administration retains the right to update the present handbook as deemed necessary.
Pre-Kindergarten Program Guide
Mission Statement Saint Henry Catholic School strives to build God’s kingdom through prayer, academic integrity, and service to others. Program Overview Our primary goal in Pre-Kindergarten is the formation of the whole child—spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, and creative. In working toward this goal, we strive to create in each child a lifelong love of learning through planning developmentally appropriate activities, situated in a safe and loving environment. We appreciate individuality and recognize the unique gifts that each child has to offer. Our program strikes a balance between age-appropriate, hands-on experiences and teacher-facilitated activities in order to make the most of this first school experience. Curriculum Our program is based on developmentally appropriate practices as set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and follows the Pre-K Curriculum Standards mandated by the Diocese of Nashville. We believe there’s a powerful relationship between environment and behavior. We strive to provide children a warm, nurturing space where they can feel comfortable, confident, secure, and happy. We provide an environment that allows children to grow and develop to their fullest potential. We promote cooperation, sharing with others, kindness, and respect through the use of teacher modeling and “teachable moments”. We will nurture the development of self-control in each child. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd In forming the whole child, we realize the importance of exposing young children to God’s infinite love for them and of 2
helping create each childâ€™s foundation for a lifelong relationship with God. The basis of our religious curriculum is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The catechesis is based on the principle that each child has an inner desire to be close to God. The curriculum provides the child the opportunity to create his/her Catholic memory with the living God through meaningful, purposeful materials. Our classroom has a special center called the atrium. This atrium contains simple yet beautiful materials that the children will use to help them draw near to God. In the atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer by taking the material for that text and working with it â€“ placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd or setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper Table. The children will hear about, pray, and meditate first on the parable of the Good Shepherd and then move onto Kingdom parables, and then the infancy narratives. The children learn about the gestures of the Mass, articles of the altar, and the Liturgical calendar. The emergent relationship with God is assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. The lessons and materials are presented in such a way that the religious potential present in each child is discovered. Personal Safety/Safe Environment A personal safety unit designed for preschool-aged children will be taught during the year as required by the State of Tennessee and the Diocese of Nashville. Classroom Environment/Routine The classroom is organized into learning centers. These centers include: blocks, dramatic play, art, science, math, creative writing, reading, and our Good Shepherd Atrium. These learning centers give children the opportunity to make 3
choices, explore at their own levels, engage in hands-on discovery, solve problems, work with friends, use language, and be creative. In these centers, the children will discuss, dramatize, recreate, organize and develop thinking and reasoning skills as they learn through play. Our daily routine is balanced among free choice time in the learning centers, small group activities, whole group gatherings, and outdoor play. We will foster the development of each child by providing opportunities that include: puppet play, stories, daily calendar, science experiments, cooking projects, nature walks, puzzles, hands-on math materials, and experiences in the Good Shepherd Atrium. Children will also participate weekly in music class. We will evaluate each childâ€™s development and progress through daily observations and periodic individual assessments. Progress reports will be sent home three times a year, and there will be one scheduled parent/teacher conference. If you would like to request an additional conference at any time please notify your childâ€™s teacher. Hours of Operation Pre-K hours are: 7:55 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday Before care and Extended Day are available. Further details provided upon request. Arrival/Dismissal Procedure Morning drop off begins at 7:15 a.m. Children who arrive between 7:15 and 7:40 a.m. must be signed in and will wait with school personnel. At 7:40 they will be escorted to the classroom by the teacher or aide. Children who arrive between 7:45 and 7:55 a.m. should be walked down to the 4
Pre-K classroom by their parents or caregivers. Please strive to drop off promptly so that your child is able to transition smoothly into the classroom to begin his/her day successfully. Monday-Friday dismissal takes place 2:00-2:15 p.m. Pre-K children will be dismissed from the double doors near the gym and will be released to a parent or caregiver by the teacher or aide. Every child must be signed out before being released to a parent or caregiver in the afternoon. Please list anyone who is allowed to pick your child up on the Student Information form, along with phone numbers. If someone other than the adults listed is to pick up your child, please send a written note in your childâ€™s folder giving your permission. Your child will not be released to anyone who is not on your transportation plan without your approval. Identification may be checked the first time someone different picks up the child. School cancellations/early dismissals due to inclement weather will be announced through SchoolReach (an automated emergency alert system) and on local radio or TV stations. We will also post a message on our website if school is cancelled. Go to www.sthenryschool.org and look on the main page for messages about cancellations or delays. Communication Your child will have a Pre-K folder that will be used as a daily avenue of communication between home and school. It should come back to school each day in your childâ€™s backpack. Information from school, such as our monthly calendar and daily reports, will come home in this folder. We will check it each morning for communication from home. We will have access to voicemail in the classroom that will be checked daily during rest time (around 12:30). If you need to 5
get a message to us, please do so before this time. Of course, any urgent message may be sent through the main school office. Snack Each child should bring a small healthy snack daily. We will provide water. Lunch We will eat lunch in the classroom each day. Please send a nutritious lunch that includes food from the four food groups below:
Dairy (MILK, yogurt, cheese) Fruit/vegetables (grape jelly is not a fruit) Grain (crackers, bread, granola bar) Protein (meat, peanut butter)
* Please include an ice pack (refrigeration is not available) Tennessee state guidelines require each child to drink milk with his/her lunch. Plain milk may be purchased through the school cafeteria. The cost per day is $.75. Please keep in mind the importance of a healthy snack and lunch. Your child will have a long, active day in our Pre-K class and we want them fueled with healthy food that will help them have a wonderful day. No candy, please.
Rest Time The children will rest each day for one hour after lunch. They must remain quietly on their mat during rest but are not required to sleep. We will provide the rest mats and ask that each child bring their Happi Nappi (included in supply fee). They may also bring a special soft quiet snuggly. Uniform The uniform for Pre-K is a modified version of the SHS uniform. All parts of the uniform may be worn the next year in kindergarten, with the exception of the long-sleeved polo shirt, which may not be worn by girls in kindergarten. The school uniform may be purchased at: Parker School Uniforms 204 Ward Circle Brentwood, TN 37027 (615) 376-6003 For Boys Tan khaki pants or walking shorts to the knee, comparable to those sold by Parker Uniform Co. Long or short sleeve SHS crested black & gold polo shirt Solid black or solid white ankle style tennis shoes with matching laces (we highly recommend Velcro tennis shoes) or black lace up dress shoes with matching laces, black Merrell (or look alike), black or tan bucks. NO THICK OR PLATFORM STYLE SOLES. White or black crew length socks (solid, no emblems, writing, etc.) SHS crested black sweatshirt Belts are not recommended
For Girls Tan khaki pants, walking shorts to the knee with a cuff, or Parker Uniform khaki full skort Long or short sleeve SHS crested black & gold polo shirt Solid black or solid white ankle style tennis shoes with matching laces (we highly recommend Velcro tennis shoes) or black Mary Janes (no cloth/canvas), black & white leather saddle oxford (or Keds saddle oxford), or black Merrell (or look alike). NO THICK OR PLATFORM STYLE SOLES. White or black knee or crew length socks (solid, no emblems, writing, etc.) Black or white tights Black Parker ankle length leggings (socks to cover leggings) SHS crested black cardigan (available through Parker) Belts are not recommended Illness If a child becomes ill during school time, parents will be contacted. If a child has been ill with a fever, cold, sore throat, skin rash, or skin eruption, he/she should not be sent to school. A child should be free of vomiting, diarrhea, and/or fever for 24 hours before returning to school. This is a state law.
Revised: 8-5-2013 All other policies and procedures from the Saint Henry School Parent/Teacher handbook are applicable.