"EDUCATING FOR NOW AND FOR ETERNITY"

GENERAL ROUTINES, EXPECTATIONS AND REGULATIONS

Bell Schedule
 Kindergarten
Pupil Attendance
 Please make sure children arrive at school on time
Absences
 Classroom Deliveries
Care of Books and Property
Phone Privileges
Birthday Party Invitations
Non-smoking Policy

Office hours are Monday to Thursday 8:40 to 4:00; Friday from 8:40 to 3:30
The Principal is available daily from 8:45 to 9:30 (other than Friday), from 2:30 to 3:00, and from 3:30 to 5:00 for scheduled appointments.

 
Bell Schedule
8:30 Staff Prayer (staff are unavailable until 8:45)
8:50 Students line-up and proceed into school with their teachers
10:30-10:45 Morning Recess    
12:00-12:30 Afternoon recess
12:30-12:45 Lunch begins (lunches eaten in classrooms with teacher supervision)    
2:45 Prepare to dismiss    
3:00 Dismissal    
2:00 Wednesday dismissal    

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Kindergarten
Morning Session         8:50 - 11:30
Afternoon Session     12:30 - 3:00 (except Wednesday at 2:00) Kindergarten classes switch February 4, 2022

In the morning, teachers are at Staff Prayer and/or busy preparing for the day's work. We would ask you to please assist the staff by allowing your child to leave for school just in time for the bell at 8:50 a.m. If possible, parents should arrange their own supervision, similar to that arranged for after school. There is a teacher on supervision from 8:35 to 8:50 a.m. and 3:00 to 3:15 p.m. There is a parish Mass Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m., other than Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. On cold and/or rainy days, the students will be allowed in after staff prayer at 8:35. Staff meetings are held Wednesdays at 2:15 p.m. Please arrange to speak with teachers at times other than between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m., or after school on Wednesdays.

Students play outside at recess and lunch unless it is raining, in which case they remain in classrooms. School staff members supervise at morning recess and at least two parents and two staff members are on duty during afternoon recess. Students need to come to school dressed to play outside on a soggy field and sometimes in cold weather.

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Pupil Attendance
Punctuality and regular attendance are very important to every child's success in school. We ask for your co-operation in getting your children to school on time and in keeping your children regularly in school. Parents are to phone the school after 8:40 a.m., but before 9:30 a.m. if their children are not attending school for that day due to illness, etc. We will contact parents of absent children who have not called in to make sure they are actually absent and not lost on the way to school. You can be a great help by remembering to call us first. If the message machine is on, please leave the name of the child who is absent, his/her grade and the teacher's name. We check the messages before we make the phone calls.

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Please make sure the children arrive at school on time. All students must report to the office for a late slip if they arrive after the 8:50 bell. After school, a teacher will remain outside on supervision for fifteen minutes. Any children not picked up by then will be taken into the school where they must wait until someone picks them up. If possible, please phone the school if you are going to be more than fifteen minutes late. On Wednesday, any children not picked up by 2:15 will wait in the hall outside the office.

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When your child has been absent for any reason, please send a written note with parent's signature stating the reason for the absence. Unless a child is too sick, he/she is responsible for finding out what work was missed and for completing all assignments. If you want to pick up schoolwork for a sick child, please phone the school in the morning to make the request. The teacher needs time to put something together; you will be able to pick up the assignments after school. When students are sent home during the day because of illness, an absentee note is still required.

The government grant is only allocated to a pupil who attends 135 class days up to May 15, unless absences are a result of sickness and are explained in a note. The Education Committee may require parents to pay the difference, in cases where children are absent for prolonged periods of time for reasons other than illness. If you take your child(ren) out of school for holidays, it is expected that you fulfil learning obligations assigned by the teacher.

If you have to make doctor/dentist appointments during school hours, please try to make them early in the morning or late in the day. But if it has to be during school hours, please send a note ahead of time to the teacher so he/she can make the sure the child is ready.

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Please do not go to the classroom to pick up your child or to make deliveries. This is very disruptive. Report to the office for help from a staff member.

Classroom Deliveries
If you are bringing your child's lunch to school after the 8:50 a.m. bell, please do not disturb the classes, but rather take the lunch to the office, marked with your child's name and grade. Lunches, backpacks, assignments, etc. will be delivered, if necessary, just prior to the recess and lunch bell.

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Care of Books and Property
Proper care of all books, whether they are the property of the school, or of the pupil, is an important part of every child's training. We ask for your co­operation in seeing that all books are well cared for while in the possession of your child. All texts should be returned to school each day. Your child will be expected to compensate for any lost or destroyed library book or any textbook loaned to him/her for the year. Please see that your child has a plastic bag or book bag, in which to care for his or her books; avoid over-sized bags.

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Phone Privileges
Students are permitted to use the telephone only if they have a permission slip from their teacher and only if it is an emergency. In order to permit staff and parent phone calls, telephone use by students is limited. Students will not be allowed to use phone to make arrangements for after school pick-up, etc. unless the school has changed a scheduled event.

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Birthday Party Invitations

Please use consideration for others when distributing birthday party invitations. Usually it is impossible for your child to invite the whole class to a party. Rather than having hurt feelings, we ask that you either mail the invitations or distribute them yourself to the parents of the children who are invited.
 

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Non-smoking Policy

As a result of legislation introduced on March 10, 2022 (Bill 10, the Tobacco Sales Amendment Act 2007 - Banning Tobacco and Smoking in Public Places and Schools), smoking or holding lighted tobacco, in or on school property is prohibited..
 

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