St. Francis Catholic School Handbook
Dear Parents and Students,
What greater work is there than training the mind and forming the habits of the young
–St. John Chrysostom
Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School! In choosing St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, you have demonstrated a commitment to the values and philosophy of a Catholic education.
The Parent/Student Handbook reflects the policies of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School for the 2020-2021 school year. Please read this document carefully as parents have been our partners in establishing policies and procedures.
The faculty and staff of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School look forward to working with you to promote academic excellence and spiritual development in the context of the teachings of the Catholic Church.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is a Preschool through Grade 8 Catholic Elementary and Middle Parish School under the Diocese of Baker. The curriculum stresses academic achievement within a Christian community where the child feels that he/she is loved and respected by his/her peers as well as the teacher. The Diocesan curriculum guidelines, consistent with the State of Oregon guidelines are followed for the teaching of all secular subject areas. The curriculum is marked by current content and fresh approaches to methodology. There is emphasis on principles rather than fact, on learning through problem solving rather than by precept. We strive to offer a program which makes use of many sources of reading material, a wide variety of audio-visual and technology tools and a multi-text approach to the content areas.
On August 8, 1936, Sister Mary Margharita and Sister Catherine Mary, Sisters of the Holy Names came to Bend to develop plans for a convent and school. Funded by the parish families, St. Francis School opened its doors on September 21, 1936. The original building consisted of four rooms of equal size.
There were two classes to a room and a lunchroom in the basement. The school was heated by a wood furnace. Today, the school sits on a 17 acre campus on the east side of town and serves 100 students. The school official colors are blue for peace and gold for success.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School educates the whole child in a Christ-centered community valuing service, leadership and academic excellence.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School endorses the call of the Catholic Bishops of the United States to express its educational ministry through the objectives of personal spirituality, social justice, and a strong academic program in accord with the Diocese of Baker.
- To develop the total Christian personality by instilling in the students a respect for life and reverence for Christian living.
- To develop within the school, a strong religious education program based on Catholic Theology, Scripture, Liturgical experience, and service so that each child will grow and develop a Christian way of life.
- To facilitate the intellectual, social, and physical development of each child through a variety of instructional methods such as small and large group instruction, departmental classes, and other tools for basic knowledge and formation.
- To aid students in evaluation of their own capabilities and vocational possibilities.
It is the consensus of the faculty that every human being has a right to pursue knowledge corresponding with his/her dignity and God-given ability, regardless of background or sex. In the early years, education is often of the utmost importance because through education and guidance the children of today become the Catholic citizens of tomorrow.
VISION AND VALUES STATEMENT
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School inspires academic scholars motivated to serve and lead the world with Faith and moral character.
St. Francis School Values:
Faith. Compassion. Excellence. Integrity. Perseverance. Joy.
St. Francis is fully accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancEd). In the spring of 2016, a team formerly known as Northwest Accreditation Commission visited our school. Based on self-study, student work and observations in our classrooms, they validated our school’s accreditation.
St. Francis strives for continuous school-wide improvement and believes that it is an ongoing collective responsibility and obligation. The standards of St. Francis School are commensurate with, or exceed those in public education with respect to length of school year, instructional time, student/teacher ratio and curriculum. Faculty members are certified by the State of Oregon and licensed in the areas they teach. A high percentage of our teachers have earned masters degrees. The overall goal of the accreditation process is to positively impact St. Francis stakeholders which includes students, teachers, administration, parents, and Parishioners.
St. Francis is a STREAM school which stands for the inclusion of Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, The Arts, and Mathematics into all classroom teaching. STREAM is the collaborative blending of 5 concepts through the platform of the Catholic faith in an exploratory and inquiry-based learning environment. Saint Francis School in Bend offers rigorous academic standards. We provide the highest level of technology available, including SMART boards and Chromebooks in every classroom.
Through Science and Engineering, middle schoo students enjoy the school’s state-of-the-art lab to learn about Earth / Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Along with meeting and exceeding the Oregon State Standards for each discipline, a special emphasis is placed on using the Scientific Method to complete activities in the laboratory. St. Francis has also been appointed as a Stewardship School through Oregon State University Natural Resources Education Program. Through the Stewardship program, St. Francis teachers will receive professional development in the natural sciences, curriculum, and support from Oregon State University. Each year, students compete in the Bend Research Inventerprise Contest to engage them in the Engineering Design Process. Sixth through eighth grade students attend OMSI Outdoor Science Schools to give them a hands-on, interactive experience.
Students practice service and social justice in relationships, from the donation of the garden proceeds, and in grade level service projects. Respect for others, morals, and virtues are all practiced at St. Francis School. Prayer is taught as the development of a personal relationship with God finding His beauty in the world around us.
The St. Francis differentiated curriculum provides students with multiple options for acquiring information and making sense of ideas. The primary way of achieving this is through the study of universal concepts. Teachers provide students with deep and complex learning experiences, challenging them at all levels. Teachers use a dynamic blend of whole group, small group and individual instruction. Flexible grouping allows students to interact with others to develop new ideas. Students are encouraged to question the reasoning and assumptions behind ideas, and student-led inquiry is embraced. Differentiation recognizes student background knowledge, readiness and preferences in learning and interests
The heart of who we are at St. Francis School is rooted in the practice, tradition and philosophy of the Roman Catholic Church. We teach children to live out the Gospel. Religion is a cherished core component of our weekly curriculum. Students in Grades Preschool-8 begin their school day with prayer and once a week the children attend Mass or a liturgical celebration.
- Reconciliation: Catholic students enrolled in second grade at St. Francis School will be prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Children should be 7 years of age or older in order to prepare and receive the Sacrament.
- Eucharist: Catholic students enrolled in second grade at St. Francis School will be prepared for their First Holy Communion. Children should be 7 years of age or older in order to prepare and receive the Eucharist.
- Confirmation: Catholic students enrolled in sixth grade at St. Francis School will be prepared for the sacrament of Confirmation. The sacrament will be administered in May. All youth preparing to receive this sacrament must meet all the requirements set forth by the parish.
Curriculum of the Disciplines
Catholic doctrine and tradition, Bible study, Catholic Social Teaching, preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, and Eucharist. Our religion classes teach children to develop personal faith, discipline and moral judgment. Religion classes are an important part of the curriculum at St. Francis School. All students regardless of religious affiliation are expected to participate in religion classes, religious services and celebrations.
The Language Arts Program reflects the inter-relatedness of the communication process. Specific topics and units of study vary between classrooms and grade levels. The program encompasses grammar, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, literature, writing and speech.
The mathematics curriculum at St. Francis Catholic School focuses on the fact that mathematics is evident in all aspects of human endeavor. Competencies to be developed include understanding number and measurement concepts, facility in computational and graphing skills, understanding of geometric relations, the use of effective problem solving processes and data management.
Process and content are taught within the framework of an activity based experiential program that actively involves students in science. The science curriculum places emphasis on lifelong skills such as data collection, observation, making logical inferences and drawing conclusions.
Social Studies teaches students to explore and resolve social issues that are of public and personal concerns. Students at St. Francis School study a wide variety of topics specifically related to grade level. Equal emphasis is placed on skills, values and attitudes. Problem solving and decision making methods are taught as an integral part of the program.
Students in grades K-8 have Spanish classes two times a week. The curriculum includes language acquisition and exposure to Spanish-speaking cultures with an emphasis on conversation.
Physical Education and Health
All students at St. Francis School participate in Physical Education and Health programs to improve their health and well being, and to assist them in staying committed to lifelong healthy choices.
The Art program for Grades Kindergarten-8 stimulates creative exploration through innovative projects using a variety of mediums and materials.
The St. Francis School music program includes movement, dance, drama, song, improvisation and playing instruments. Student participation in all school wide music performances is expected and is 50 percent of overall music grade.
To enrich classroom studies, develops critical thinking and allows students to become computer literate. The school computer network has a fiber optic Internet connection. St. Francis School has Smart Boards in every classroom. We have a one to one Chromebook program for Kindergarten through Middle School.
The St. Francis School library is available to students from Preschool-Fifth Grade. Library skills are taught and time is allowed for book selection. Preschool and Kindergarten students have a weekly story time in the library. Our school library contains a variety of classics, fiction and nonfiction, as well as reference materials in hardback and paperback. Borrowed books are to be returned on time and in good condition. A fine of one canned good is required for overdue books. (Canned goods are donated to local food banks). Books damaged or lost must be paid for by the student before any other materials may be checked out.
St. Francis School students in grades K through 8 will be administered Renaissance Place Assessments and EasyCBM assessments. Individual scores are kept on file and are available for parents in the fall.
Testing and Diagnostic Services
St. Francis School makes use of the Child Find program through the Bend-LaPine school district to link qualified students with services they need. With this support we are able to develop Student Service Plans and implement strategies that assist students with learning needs. St. Francis cannot provide as many services or providers as the public school system but strives to provide or support the optimal placement for each child.
The High Desert ESD and Bend La-Pine School District (upon request) assists school families in diagnosing learning and behavior disorders. Testing is done on a referral basis through the teachers, principal, and special education teacher. Teachers and parents work together with ESD or school district to determine the intervention necessary for the academic success of the child.
The Student Council gives students a share in the management of the school by acting as a planning board for student activities and school-wide events. Members of the council are representatives of the student body and work closely with faculty representatives.
Kids Club: Before/After School Daycare Program
The staff of Kids Club is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of the individual child by guiding spiritual, social, academic and physical growth through challenging and nurturing activities in a Christian atmosphere. The Kids Club program follows the school calendar which operates Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. The Kids Club will be closed on all days that school is not in session.
The goal of Kids Club is to provide a safe, Catholic enriching, recreational program conducive to learning with a minimum of formal structure. Children are encouraged to develop friendships, pursue their interests and to gain a sense of independence and confidence.
St. Francis School Athletics
Athletics, whether a part of the curriculum or extracurricular, helps the school live out its Gospel mission. Athletic programs that successfully integrate the Gospel message into athletics produce faith- filled individuals who respect others, value human life and will sacrifice for those in need.
Teamwork, honesty, cooperation, self-sacrifice, dedication, obedience, hard work, goal setting, respect, self-discipline and mutual encouragement are the goals for young people who participate in sports.
Excellence is the standard for any team or program. Excellence in a Catholic school means that the team has reached its full potential individually and as a team. While winning is important, it is not the most important thing. Winning should be a part of the mix which includes competition, participation, hard work, coping with disappointment and enjoying victory.
Students in Grades 6-8 may participate in afterschool sports programs at their local public Middle School.
St. Francis offers the following co-curricular program:
Fall: Boys and girls cross country
Winter: Boys and girls basketball, volleyball
Spring: Boys and girls track and field
Please refer to our athletic policy handbook
Daily School Schedule
|7:30-7:45||Teacher Work Time in Classroom|
|7:45-8:00||Students report to classrooms|
|11:30- 1:00||K-8||Staggered Lunch|
|2:45 – 3:00||Staggered Dismissal|
Regular attendance is extremely important. Parents must check students out at the school office when taking their child out of school for an appointment. Doctor’s appointments should be made after school hours, if possible.**All students must be signed out of the office by a parent/guardian before leaving the school.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Mary Kiefer Kwatersky
|1st Grade||Sister Ngan Do|
|2nd Grade||Sister Ignacia Carrillo|
|3rd Grade||Stephanie Neagele|
|4th Grade||Erika Pakalnis|
|5th Grade||Beth Boswell|
|Middle School Language Arts||Matthew Woodworth|
|Middle School Math||Maile Ball|
|Middle School Social Studies||Terri Logan|
|Middle School Science||Cheryl Morgen|
|Band||Not during Covid|
|Elementary P.E.||Caitlin Putnam|
|Middle School P.E.||Matthew Woodworth|
|Nutrition Services||Anne Watts|
|After School Daycare||Anita McCarthy|
|Office Manager||Crystal Giudice|
|Head of Administrative Team||Julie Manion|
Registration begins in late-February for children already enrolled at St. Francis School. Waiting Lists are maintained for all grades and families are informed of openings as they occur.
The Registration fee is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable. Registration will not be accepted until all accounts are in good standing.
Age Entrance Requirements
St. Francis admission requirements are:
- Preschool students must be 3 or 4 years of age, and potty-trained, by September 1st.
- Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age, and potty-trained, by September 1st.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or athletic and other school-administered programs.
As openings become available, the following priorities will be used to accept students to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School:
- Members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish
- Members of other parishes
- Non-Catholic students
At the time of registration, all new students seeking admission to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School are evaluated on the basis of current standardized test scores and report cards.
- Active parish affiliation/stewardship
- Immunization Records
+All students entering St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School must have current immunizations. The only exemption to the policy is in the event that a student has an illness that would compromise his/her life by being immunized. Documentation of a compromising condition, such as, but not limited to, leukemia must be presented prior to acceptance.
- Birth Certificate copy
- Baptismal Certificate (Catholic applicants only)
- Report Cards
- Standardized Test Results
- Record of IEP
Students applying for Admission in Grades 1-8 must present a copy of the current report card and standardized test results. These will be reviewed to determine whether the program at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School will meet the educational needs of the students. An introductory meeting with the student is part of the admission process.
All new students will be given a trial period in which to prove himself/herself both socially and academically. If during this trial period there are any problems, a student may be asked to withdraw his/her attendance at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. The recommendation and decision of the school is final. St. Francis is limited in its human capital resources and will make reasonable accommodations for learning differences when possible. St. Francis cannot accommodate students who have extraordinary learning differences. If after admission, the educational and/or behavioral needs of a student exceed what would be considered reasonable, the student may need to be separated from St. Francis School. This decision will be made in order for the student’s educational and/or behavioral needs to be fully met in another educational setting. If the decision to separate the student from St. Francis School is made by the school, the student’s tuition due would be prorated.
Non-Catholic students whose parents accept the philosophy of St. Francis School will be accepted on a space available basis. Non-Catholic students are expected to attend all religious observances.
A child may be admitted to St. Francis School when the following information and documents have been received by the school:
- The name of the child’s former school, teacher and principal.
- The child’s current report card.
- Reason for transfer to St. Francis School.
Immunizations and Health Records
The state of Oregon requires full immunization for all children (ages 5-14) who are entering school for the first time. Verification of all immunizations, required by Oregon law, must be presented before entrance to school. The only exception is for children who for medical reasons cannot have shots. Records should be brought to school on or before the first day of school.
In early January, teachers will meet with parents of children who may need to repeat a grade. Teachers will express concerns and reasons for considering the possibility. At the time of registration, the child will be placed on two grade lists: one if the child needs to repeat a grade and another if the child is promoted in June. Teachers and parents will meet in May to make the final decision regarding retention or promotion. The child will be placed on the appropriate class list in June.
St. Francis School will maintain waiting lists for classes that have reached the enrollment maximum. Priorities for admission will be used in placing names on the waiting list:
- ?Children who have siblings enrolled at St. Francis School will be accepted first.
- Children who were on last year?s waiting list will be placed next if they re-register in March.
- Parish families and non-parish families will be placed on the waiting list after sibling and prior wait-listed students have been accepted.
Tuition and Fees
|Preschool and Pre-K Tuition 2020-2021
(Yearly/Monthly for 12 mos.)
|3 yrs or
4 yrs by 9/1/18
|Parish & Non-Parish Families||$7,383||$3,692||$5,538||$5,538|
Parents have a half day option, however, St. Francis School does not offer a half day rate.
Kindergarten*-8th Grade/ 2019-2020 Tuition
|Tuition 2020-2021(Yearly/Monthly for 12 mos.)||1 child||2 children||3 children||4 children|
|Registration on or before 3/15/21||$250||$500||$500||$500|
|Registration after 4/15/21||$350||$700||$700||$700|
-2% Discount if Total Tuition is paid by CASH OR CHECK ONLY in full by September 10, 2019.
* Students must be 5 years old by September 1st, 2019 to be eligible for Kindergarten.
|Additional Family Obligations||BUY OUT|
|*50% of any earnings over $250 will be credited to tuition OR||$250|
|Auction Obligations(Procurement $100/Raffle $100) OR||$200|
Tuition Payment Policy
Parents and Guardians should be apprised of the following tuition policies that have been established at St. Francis School:
- Tuition is due and payable on the 10th day of the month beginning in July.
- Tuition payments are due on the tenth of the month indicated. Payments are late after the 10th and late fees will be applied.
- Tuition accounts must be current by the last week of the trimester in order to be enrolled in the following trimester. Tuition accounts will be checked several weeks prior to the end of the trimester to confirm the student’s eligibility for the following term.
- All changes to scheduled payment dates must be made with the school office prior to scheduled dates of payment. Such arrangements must then be submitted in writing to the principal.
- The fee for checks returned by your bank is $30.
- Tuition for the current year must be current before the registration deposit for the next school year will be accepted. The registration deposit to enroll your student is non-refundable.
- The non-refundable registration deposit for the next school year is due and payable on the announced date in February. Students whose deposits are not received in the St. Francis School office by the due date will not be considered registered. Arrangements for late payments due to extraordinary circumstances should be made before the due date; late payments are still subject to late fees.
As a school community, St. Francis continues to thrive and to grow with the continued financial support of all our families. Tuition payments are due on the 10th of each month. Tuition payments must be paid current or written arrangements made with the principal. Arrangements must be made in writing to the principal or a student may be dismissed from school. Under no circumstances will a student with outstanding tuition payments be allowed to re-enter St. Francis the following year.
Collection Policy and Handling of Delinquent Accounts:
Hardship can happen to anyone. If this should strike your family, PLEASE inform the Principal so arrangements can be made to assist you in whatever intervention is necessary.
If a tuition payment is late, a letter will be sent notifying the parent/guardian that tuition is overdue and to please bring their account current or ask for a meeting with the Principal.
When the second payment is missed without communication from the parent/ guardian, the Principal or School Finance Committee will contact the parent/guardian to ask for a meeting to resolve the delinquency.
If the parent/guardian fails to make arrangements or to abide by the ones made they will be asked to remove their child or children from St. Francis.
Families must notify the school in writing if a student is withdrawn from the school.
Registered students who enter any given trimester, are responsible for the entirety of the trimester’s tuition amount.
St. Francis Financial Aid Procedure
- Financial Aid packets will be available in the office.
- Complete and submit packet to the school office.
- Families will be notified of their financial aid. Financial aid will be granted according to need and funds available.
- Families must sign and return the financial aid agreement before it can take effect.
Parents as Volunteers
Partnership between parents and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic school to provide excellent educational opportunities for the children. This policy provides support services and a distribution of the parent workload which is needed to operate the school at a reasonable cost. We value the participation and appreciate the commitment and contribution that volunteering requires. Without parent involvement our children would lack those special opportunities that parent/school interaction gives to the entire school.
20 hours per family
40 hours per financial aid recipient families
In 1994, the Auction Committee began a raffle to raise funds for the St. Francis of Assisi School Auction. This raffle has become a successful part of our yearly Auction for the children and the school.
Each family agrees to be responsible for a minimum of $100 procurement obligation for the Auction and
$100 in raffle ticket sales. If raffle tickets are lost or families do not want to sell tickets, parents are responsible to pay for the cost of the tickets.
Annual Giving Campaign
The primary focus of this fundraiser is 100% participation of all school and Parish families. No minimum contribution is suggested and all contributions are voluntary. Proceeds from this fundraising drive support the annual budget. Annual Giving is an optional program for families but every small donation adds to the effort.
The School Advisory Council created the SCRIP program in June, 1997. The SCRIP program eliminates year-round fund raisers for the school. Scrip is an important part of our financial plan. What ever amount you purchase, you get to spend. The partner companies give a percentage of your purchase to the school for selling their brands.
Scrip may be purchased for local retailers such as Safeway, Fred Meyer, Home Depot, Lowes, Old Mill, Barnes and Noble, Blockbuster, Regal Cinema, etc
Parents for St. Francis (PSF)
The mission of PSF is to enhance the overall educational, spiritual, recreational and social experience for our children, parents and staff. The objectives of PSF:
- To promote understanding, communication and cooperation between parents, school, parish and community.
- To support and encourage the teachers, administration and staff of St. Francis School in their pursuit of academic excellence and spiritual education.
- To develop and coordinate parent education programs and social activities for parents, students, families and those who support the school.
PSF meets its objectives by coordinating volunteer opportunities at St. Francis School. There are many areas or activities in which to volunteer your help. You may call either the PSF president or vice- president, who will assist you in choosing the area and times that work best for you, or watch the weekly St. Francis Newsletter for the many opportunities available.
School Advisory Council
St. Francis School Advisory Council is advisory and consultative in nature. At present, it consists of nine members in addition to the pastor and principal. Each member of the Advisory Council shall serve a term of three years. Members include two parishioners and four school parents. The School Advisory Council meets on the second Thursday of each month. All members of the parish are welcome to attend open scheduled meetings of the School Advisory Council.
The School Advisory Council is established by the pastor in accordance with diocesan policy to assist him and the principal in the governance of the parish school. The SAC is consultative and gives advice on:
- Development – PR, Marketing, and Strategic Planning
- Finance – School Budget Development and Fiscal Management
- Governance – SAC Bylaws, Policy Advice, and SAC Membership
Home / School Communication
St. Francis Newsnotes
A weekly school-wide newsletter is sent home electronically on Wednesdays which includes activities and information.
Back to School Nights
The principal’s presentation is followed by classroom orientations for parents of children in the elementary grades. Parents are invited to visit their children’s classrooms, meet the teachers, and learn more about curriculum, classroom procedures, etc. for the upcoming year. Teachers will also distribute copies of their individual classroom handbooks.
FACTS information system is our online portal for students and parents to keep track of all their data. You will find a calendar, grades, lunch orders and more within the FACTS family portal.
Each member of the staff has a mailbox. Office personnel will be glad to forward any written correspondence to the appropriate mailbox.
Any staff member can be reached via e-mail @saintfrancisschool.net.
Appointments for Teachers
Parents who wish to set up an appointment or leave a message for a teacher should call the office at 382-4701 or email the teacher directly. The teacher will call or email the parent back as soon as possible. Please do not stop in to see the teacher before school starts. This is their time to get ready for their students.
Tardiness is unfair and discourteous to the teacher and other students in the classroom. Instructional time is most important and interruptions of any kind disrupts the learning process. Students who arrive late miss important instructions, announcements and learning time.
Students who arrive after 8:15 am are marked tardy. After 8:15am for any reason, must be signed into the school office by a parent. Parent contact will be made when a student has excessive tardies. If you know your child will be late, please call the office and let us know. Excessive tardies at the start of the school day or during the school day will be treated as a disciplinary matter. After the third tardy as well as every tardy after your child will receive lunch detention. The running total does restart at the beginning of each term.
Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 1-8 should arrive at school between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. There is no supervision before 7:45 a.m. except preregistering for before school care. Students must report to their classroom upon arrival. All children arriving after 8:15 am need to stop in the office to sign in. If needed please prearrangement for a.m. care is made with the office.
Students waiting for cars will proceed to the designated area at 3:00 p.m. If your child is to be picked up after school by someone other than the regular person, please send a note with your child.
Students signed-up for Kids Club will go to their designated rooms at 3:00 p.m. If another person will be picking up your child, please send a note with your child to E1.
If your child will be absent, please notify the school before 8:30 a.m. If you would like school work and/or homework for your child, please call the office in the morning or email the teacher. Teachers need time to prepare materials. If office is not contacted, a parent will be contacted.
Students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students who are sent home during the school day with a fever will not be allowed to return to school the next day as this would not allow for the 24 hour protection of the entire school community.
Absences During the School Day
Students needing medical appointments during school hours require a written note by the parent. Parents are required to sign out their child. If the child returns to school during the same school day, he/she must be signed back into school in the office.
Vacations: Assignments and Homework
Regular attendance is a positive force in your child’s academic performance. Vacations should follow the school calendar.
The school calendar provides for extended weekends 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. Families who take additional vacations during the school year should plan on completing work upon their return because school work and homework assignments flow from how well the class has learned a lesson.
Students who are absent due to illness have one day for each day of absence to make up the missed assignments, quizzes or tests. For example, a student who was absent three days would be given three school days to complete the missed work.
Field Trip Procedures (postponed due to Covid-19)
Class visits to places of cultural or educational significance give enrichment to the lessons of the classroom. Permissions slips are sent home to parents at least one week prior to the field trip. If a trip poses some risks such as being near a lake or walking through woods where poisonous plants might be found, these should be noted on the parent form. The mode of transportation should also be noted and parents must sign that they accept that decision. Parent and teacher drivers are asked to provide proof of insurance.
- Field trips are re-evaluated each year to determine the compatibility of the field trip with curricular goals.
- A field trip is a privilege and not a right.
- There are no traditional field trips. Class participation in a particular field trip over consecutive years does not mean that this trip has become a school tradition.
- All grades do not always have the same number of field trips.
- Field trips are permissible for all grades when advanced planning, location, and the experience insure a successful learning opportunity.
- Individual teachers, in consultation with the Administration, reserve the right to restrict or deny student participation on any field trip due to, but not limited to, poor academic performance and/or poor conduct.
- A written official permission slip, signed by the parent, is required before a child will be permitted to attend a field trip activity. Verbal permission cannot be accepted.
- A telephone call will not be accepted in lieu of the proper field trip permission slip.
- Parents may refuse to permit their child from participating in a field trip by stating so on the proper form.
- Students who do not attend a field trip will remain at home with the parent and will be marked absent for the day.
- All monies collected for the field trip are non-refundable.
- Cell phones are not allowed on field trips unless otherwise directed by the teacher and/or administration.
- Parents who chaperone a field trip may not bring pre-school or school-age siblings on the field trip.
- A student who does not have a permission slip will not be allowed to go on the trip.
The following requirements must be verified by the driver or chaperone:
- A chaperone is required to complete a parish background check and SB:155 check
- The driver must be 21 years of age or older.
- The driver must have a valid, non-probationary driver’s license and have no physical disability that may impair the ability to drive safely.
- The vehicle must have a valid registration.
- The vehicle must be insured for minimum limits of $100,000 per person and $300,000 per occurrence.
- All children must be individually buckled into a seat belt or car seat during transport.
- No child shall sit directly in front of an airbag.
- The driver shall not partake in any activity while driving that would jeopardize the safety of the children (e.g. talking on a cell phone).
- Siblings shall not accompany their parents acting as chaperones.
- All rules that apply at school for adults and children apply during the field trip (e.g. no smoking).
- Encourage everyone to be safe, responsible and be respectful.
- The driver will not stray from the teacher provided plan (i.e. stop at vendors for treats for their riders.)
The ratio of children to chaperones should be stated. The general rule is the younger the children are, the greater the standard of care. For trips other than interscholastic athletics, supervision of one (1) adult per ten (10) students is recommended. This ratio should be lower for very young children.
Student Health and Medications
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School recognizes that an allergy is a serious condition affecting many school children and positively welcomes all pupils with allergies. The school encourages children with allergies to achieve their potential in all aspects of school life by having a clear policy that is understood by school staff and pupils. Teachers and new staff are also made aware of the policy. The school does all that it can to ensure the school environment is favorable to children with asthma or allergies.
Any student who requires the dispensing of medication at school must comply with the following State of Oregon requirements:
- At the beginning of each school year, or when a child joins St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, parents are asked to submit a child’s medical record through FACTS. From this information the school keeps its asthma/allergy registry which is available for all school staff. If medication changes in between times, parents are required to inform the school.
- A permission form to administer all prescription and non-prescription medication must be completed. Forms are available in the office.
- St. Francis School is not allowed to take verbal orders or phone orders to dispense medication to any child.
- Children are not allowed to use other children’s medication supply even if they use the same medications.
- Prescription and nonprescription medication must be brought to school by the parent in its original container. Physician’s order is to be included on the prescription label or on the medication consent form if a medication is by prescription.
- Self-administration of prescription inhalers requires Diocese of Baker form completed by parents or guardian. Immediate access to reliever inhalers is vital. Children are encouraged to carry their reliever inhaler. All inhalers must be labeled with the original prescription.
- A locked storage area shall be provided for the safekeeping of the medication.
- Parents shall be notified concerning any possible side effects from the medication, failure of the student to be responsible about taking the medication and the need to replenish the medication.
Students must have a note signed by a physician in order to be excused from outside recess or gym class.
Child Abuse Laws
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School abides by the Child Abuse laws of the State of Oregon. This law mandates that all cases of suspected abuse and/or neglect be reported to Child Protective Services.
Students may use the telephone in case of an emergency. In an on-going effort to help them become independent, we urge them to take responsibility for remembering their own lunch and homework. Students are not allowed to call home for permission to go to a friend’s house.
Leaving the School Grounds
No student may leave the school grounds during the day without permission from their teacher and/or written authorization from their parent or guardian.
Visitation During School Hours (suspended due to Covid-19)
Parents can not visit classes during the school day this year. All parents need to stop for a health screening at the office door before entering the building. Parents are restricted to the office area this year.
Complaint Procedure for Parents
If a parent has a complaint about the school’s policies, procedures or employees, the following steps may be taken:
Speak with your child’s teacher first. In most cases getting the facts and discussing the matter in a kind and constructive manner helps to solve the problem.
Speak to the administration. If you have not spoken to the teacher, the administrator will ask you to do so.
- The administrator will involve the teacher in the discussions.
- The administrator may request at any time during the process that your concerns be put in writing.
- The administrator may involve at any time during the process others who may be helpful in resolving concerns.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School adheres to the Buckley Amendment (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) in regard to privacy of student records and the rights of noncustodial parents. It is the responsibility of the parents to share any official custodial information decided through the courts. Official custodial agreements will be kept in a confidential file in the office of the principal. In the absence of any court document, the school will view each parent as having full legal custody of his/her child. In the absence of a court order to the contrary, non-custodial parents have the right to receive records about their child’s academic progress or lack thereof. The school reserves the right to charge a shipping and processing fee for extra records sent to more than one home address.
Be advised that if a teacher is subpoenaed to testify in a child custody case, the parent will need to pay the cost of a substitute teacher and any other costs associated with the testimony (mileage, parking, food, etc.).
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete theUSDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax:? (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Parking Lot Etiquette
Please get information from the office about the 20-21 arrival and dismissal policy.
We must stress the importance of ALL parents following the guidelines to ensure the safety of our students and Parishioners. Our situation is unique because we have very limited parking lot space in order to drop off and pick up our children. The parking lot is small and it becomes congested and dangerous. If you enter the lot, we ask that you abide by the following rules to ensure safety for all:
- It is too dangerous to allow children to cross between vehicles, please have them exit your vehicle on the passenger side.
- If you are a driver, please do not do the following:
- Get out of your vehicle in the drop off line. If your child needs assistance getting out of your vehicle or getting their items, please park in the designated parking lot and assist them safely.
- Pass cars in the drop off line, please wait until the car in front of you moves forward.
- Put your car in reverse, a small child could have gotten behind your vehicle.
- Double park or drop children off in the parish parking lot.
3. Inclement weather creates a greater degree of difficulty on our street, sidewalks and parking lot. In these conditions please be courteous as many of our parents are uncomfortable in these conditions and need additional patience.
4. Students must enter the school at the east parish entrance.
5. Please slow down, children do not always watch for moving vehicles (or listen to their parents).
6. Please remember it is against the law to leave children unattended in your vehicle.
7. If you need to walk your children in, or if your child is in preschool, please park in the designated parking lot and do so safely.
8. The front of the school office entrance is intended for 5-minute parking. This area is not for dropping students off before 8:05am, but is reserved for parents who need to conduct business in the school office, check in a student after 8:05, or to check a student out of the office.
9. Do not park vehicles or drop off children at the school’s west end entrance (near music room). It is extremely important that entry into the school be restricted to the front parish and school office.
It is everyone’s goal to ensure a safe environment for the children. Thus we need patience, cooperation and understanding to help make our parking lot safe. Choose safety over convenience.
EMERGENCY AND PARENT CONTACT INFORMATION
It is the parent’s responsibility to keep current information on file at the school office and in the FACTS database. Please update changes of address, changes in insurance, phone numbers or emergency contact numbers when they occur during the year.
Weather Delays and Closure
St. Francis School declares delayed starts based on Bend School District’s delayed start information. When the School District has a two hour delay, St. Francis School will also delay for two hours. We do this because Bend School District employs transportation personnel who drive out to each site and assess conditions. On delayed start days, St. Francis School will notify parents via TV channel KTVZ21? We will post the news on Sycamore and send out an email.
During the 2020-2021 school year St. Francis will notify parents of delays or closures with the FACTS Alert system text and email messages.
If there is a delay, there is no child supervision until school starts. St. Francis staff members will not arrive until 9:45 a.m. Your child must remain in your care until 15 minutes before delayed start time.
If the Bend-La Pine School District closes, then St. Francis School is closed.
If the Bend-La Pine School District has a late opening of two hours, St. Francis School opens two hours late.
In case of early closure or evacuation, parents will be notified by FACTS Alert system text and email messages.
Emergency Evacuations and Disasters
Emergency evacuation and disaster plans are posted in each classroom. All posted procedures are followed by school staff. Should an emergency situation call for the evacuation of children from the school building, they will be taken outside until the school is deemed safe by appropriate authorities. Parents may contact the Parish Center (541-382-3631) in the event that no one can be reached in the school building. Parents or other family members may not interfere with emergency or rescue personnel or equipment in an emergency, but should wait patiently until the child is accounted for in the proper safe location and can be released. Fire drills/earthquake are performed once a month and lock down drills are performed two times a year as preparation for emergencies.
In an emergency, information may be released to appropriate persons if it is necessary in the judgment of the Principal or his/her designee to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons.
Emergency Care Information
The school has current emergency care information for each student. Each parent is responsible to provide the following current information during the year and to annually update:
- The name of the student, his/her home address, telephone and birth date;
- The business addresses and telephone numbers of the parents/guardian, and the hours during which they will be at their place of work. If applicable, the cell phone and/or pager numbers of parents should be recorded.
- The name of the family physician, office address and telephone number;
- The name of the medical insurance company and identification number;
- Special health conditions or allergies to which the student is susceptible; the emergency measures to be applied, and any current medication;
- The parents approval to send the student to a medical facility for emergency treatment should this be necessary;
- The names of the persons to whom the student may be released;
- The signature of responsible parent(s) or legal guardian.
In some situations it may be necessary to have a school lockdown. As per police recommendations, the following procedures will be implemented for a school lockdown:
- Doors and windows will be locked;
- No one will be permitted to enter or leave the building;
- Lockdown will continue until the school receives an all clear signal from emergency personnel.
- If necessary, students may be evacuated and moved to another location which will be communicated to parents by emergency personnel.
Parents should not call the school, so the phone will be available to emergency personnel.
Fire and Other Emergency Alarms
When the alarms are sounded, evacuation by everyone is required. Students are to follow their drill routine and to follow the teacher’s direction:
- Walk quickly in line to designated area.
- No talking or loud noises.
- Form a line and respond to roll call.
- Return to class in a line and in silence.
STUDENT SCHOOL-WIDE BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
|Be Safe||Be Responsible||Be Respectful WWJD|
|Hallways||Walk at all times.
Keep hands and feet to yourself.
Follow adult direction stay to the right.
|Stay with your class or group.
Help others when needed.
Watch for others.
Follow the flow of traffic.
|Keep hands and feet to yourself.
Be aware of others and surrounding areas.
Keep hands off walls and bulletin boards.
Keep floors picked up, all coats and packs in the lockers.
|Office||Walk to the office.
Have someone walk with you only when needed.
|Students must have permission.
Students must have an appropriate reason to be in the office.
|Use kind words and actions.
Wait patiently for help.
Say please and thank you.
|Bathrooms||Keep feet off toilets, stalls and walls.Maintain 6 feet of distance.
Keep water in the sink.
Wash hands with soap and dry after each use.
|Put paper towels in the wastebasket and toilet paper in the toilet.
Flush after each use.
Report any problems to your teacher.
Knock on the stall door.
Give others privacy.
|Lunch||Wash hands before lunch.
Walk at all times.
Keep hands and feet to yourself.
|Stay in your seat.
Raise your hand if you need an adult.
Clean up your area.
Be waste free.
|Use good manners.
Say?please and thank you.
Follow adult directions.
Wait your turn.
Use inside voices.
|Playground||Keep hands and feet to yourself.
Follow adult directions.
Play only safe games.
Stay within playground limits.
|Get adult permission to leave the playground with a buddy when appropriate.
Be responsible for the equipment you are using.
|Follow adult directions.
Include everyone in games.
Help others if they are hurt.
|Classrooms||Walk at all times.
Students must be supervised by an adult.
Keep hands and feet to yourself.
Keep feet and chairs on the floor.
|Try your best at all times.
Be prepared for class.
|Follow adult directions.
Listen when others are talking.
Raise your hand to be called on.
|P.E.||Wear tennis shoes.
Keep hands and feet to yourself.
Follow adult directions.
|Follow the rules of the game.
Listen carefully to the instructions.
Be prepared for class.
Dress in your P.E. uniform (Middle School Only).(suspended due to Covid-19)
|Use kind words and actions.
Help others when needed.
|Assemblies||Walk at all times.
Keep hands and feet to yourself.
Remain seated until you are excused.
listen and follow directions.
|Sit on your bottom.
|Use good listener skills when you are presenting and the audience.
Use appropriate response to speaker: only clapping.?
Use indoor voices.
|Uniforms||Wear closed toed shoes.
Choose sizes that fit comfortably.
|Wear the appropriate clothes (approved in the dress code).
Tuck in your shirt.
|Follow the uniform policies.
Listen to adult directions.
|Dismissal||Walk with your class and teacher to designated pick up spot.
Stay on the sidewalk with your class and teacher until your ride picks you up.
Enter car from the curbside.
|Walk to your car.
Stay with your class.
When picked up, your parents are responsible for you; stay with them.
|Listen to adult directions.
Follow the rules.
|Library||Walk at all times.
Keep hands and feet to yourself.
No climbing on chairs, bookshelves or tables.
|Treat books properly and return books on time.
Clean up after yourself and recycle paper.
Push in your chair.
|Come in quietly and sit down ready to listen.
No talking or looking at books during story time.
Do not bring food or toys into the library.
Use quiet voices during free times.
Listen and follow directions.
|Church||Walk at all times.
Keep hands and feet to yourself.
Stay with your class. Follow adult directions
|Voices are off once you are in the Church.
Hooded Sweatshirts and shorts are not worn to Church.
Shirts are tucked in.
Get adult permission to leave the Church.
Use the bathroom before going to Mass.
Bless yourself with the Holy Water.
Genuflect before entering and exiting the pew.
Bow in front of the altar.
Fast one hour before Mass.
|Fire Drills||Be Safe.
Walk at all times.
Hands and feet to yourself.
Follow adult directions.
|Stay with your class.
Follow the flow of traffic.
Line up in your designated area.
|Wait patiently. Voices off.
Listen when others are talking.
All students make many daily choices in deciding to act in a responsible manner. Usually they respect school rules, adult authority and the rights of others. We will have many celebrations to support and encourage this responsible behavior throughout the year.
We believe that irresponsible behavior can be defined as either minor infractions or severe behavior problems. All teachers create their own classroom management programs and plans that are approved by the principal. Teachers will provide parents with their classroom management policies.
- Children will be treated with gentle respect, and are to respond respectfully to all children and adults in the school.
- Talking back and arguing is not acceptable.
- Hurting another person, either physically or with words, is not acceptable. Keep hands to yourself; fighting, wrestling, or roughhousing is not permissible.
- Children are to follow playground safety rules at all times. Playground rules will be taught and consistently reinforced by staff.
- Children will be expected to walk in the hallways. Walking through the halls quietly shows respect for others who are studying.
- Children will be encouraged to use appropriate language at all times. Swearing and/or inappropriate gestures are not acceptable.
- Children will be expected to keep our school looking attractive and free of vandalism and/or graffiti.
- Drugs, alcohol, tobacco and weapons are strictly forbidden on the St. Francis School campus. Violation of this rule will result in immediate suspension or expulsion.
- We ask that hats be removed when entering the building.
- Telling, not tattling will be encouraged. Students will be trained in KELSO Choices to differentiate between big problems and small problems.
- Walk on the blacktop and sidewalk.
- Line up immediately when the bell rings.
General Rules for Recess
- Play safely and fairly; listen and follow directions.
- Children must receive permission from a supervising adult in order to:
- leave the playground for a ball or piece of equipment outside the fence
- enter the school during recess time
- leave the school grounds for any reason
- Children should approach and depart from the playground quietly when classes are in session.
- Line up quickly when recess has ended.
- Collect equipment, jackets and lunch gear.
- Snowy Day Activities:
- Children may make snowmen and climb snow hills.
- Throwing snowballs is not allowed. If a child throws a snowball, the result can range from detention to suspension from school.
- Children must be seen at all times, and may not go down the hill on the field.
We have outdoor recess weather permitting throughout the school year. Children are expected to participate in outdoor recess. In extreme weather conditions (e.g. below 20 degrees), recess will be indoors. In the event of serious illness, when a physician advises the child against outdoor play, the parent must send a note of explanation, with the anticipated time your child should stay indoors. If you have a situation not covered by these statements, please contact your child’s teacher to explain your problem so that the best arrangements can be made.
Children are expected to come to school prepared for the weather. In the winter, children should wear waterproof boots, warm coats, waterproof bibs/pants, hats and mittens/gloves. Snow clothes will be bagged or packed when not in use. There is a high probability that your child will be playing in snow.
The children will stay inside if the weather is not advisable for play. This decision is made before morning recess and again before the lunch period. If PE is not in session, the teacher on duty may take the children to the Community Center.
Equipment from Home and Inappropriate Items Are Not Allowed
- Permission from a teacher is required for personal equipment for PE.
- No toys should be brought to school unless arranged with the teacher for sharing purposes ONLY.
- Students are not permitted to wear smartwatches while school is in session. Smartwatches are to remain in locker during school hours.
- Cell phones are to remain in lockers on silent and vibrate setting turned off.
- Items such as, but not limited to, e-cigarettes, questionable books and pictures, knives, guns, matches, cigarettes, toys, trading cards, laser lights, CDs, cameras, or anything that will detract from a learning situation are not allowed at school at any time.
- The school administration, in accordance with state laws, will determine the appropriate disciplinary measures to be taken concerning the presence of these items in the school. Items taken away from students will be returned to the parent(s)/guardian(s) at the end of the school day.
Kindergarten- Fourth Grade Discipline Procedures
- Verbal Warning
- Classroom Consequences
- Behavior Improvement Sheet- student is sent to POD (doors open) to complete the form, then takes home for parent signature
- Sent to office with documentation that shows what misbehavior was and all the steps (above) that were already taken. Teacher to call office to say student is coming.
- Exception consequence: Severity of actions may be an instant #4 or #5.
**Specials Teachers will do #1, and then send to office. Specialist will call teacher to say student is returning. The Student will write an apology letter to specialist.
**Parents will be emailed to inform of the Behavior Improvement Sheet that needs to be signed and returned the next day.
Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade Discipline Procedures
- Behavior Improvement Sheet- student is sent to POD (doors open) to complete the form, then takes home for parent signature
- Lunch/Recess/After school detention, 3:00-3:30pm
- Office referral
Two exceptions to these rules are insubordination and bullying.
These are normal discipline problems which will be handled by the staff member on duty at the time of the problem. Classroom teachers will have a plan to handle all minor problems that occur in their classrooms. At the discretion of the supervising staff member, students who are involved in repeated minor problems could receive a Behavior Referral.
Severe Behavior Problems
Severe behavior problems are unacceptable at St. Francis School. Some examples of severe behavior are:
- Bad language
- Verbal Threats
- Disrespect/harassment/relationship issues
- Repeated minor problems
- Bullying and cyber-bullying
Physical violence or the threat of physical violence is referred to as assault, menacing or bullying. Included is fighting in a school building, on the school grounds or nearby vicinity, or at school-sponsored activities. Menacing is willfully threatening to assault a fellow student or a faculty member. Bullying is any behavior that contributes to a hostile educational environment, including cyber bullying.
We do not attempt to list every behavior because we expect common sense and conscience to be a student’s major guide. If a student destroys school property, writes on walls, leaves the playground, or some other obvious violation of trust, it WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE to say, It wasn’t listed in the handbook, and therefore, I didn’t know it was a rule.
Office Managed- Consequences
All severe behavior problems will be sent to the Administration. The consequences steps for such infractions are:
- In-school suspension
- Out-of-school suspension
Any work that a student misses due to in-school or out-of-school suspension must be made up. The administrator will call the parents and fill out a referral form to send home with the student. The form must be signed by the parent and returned the following day before the student will be allowed back into class. The administration reserves the right to jump to steps that are appropriate for the severity of the infraction.
Detention may be issued for a breach of classroom and/or school rules. Parents are provided with a Behavior Improvement Plan Form with written notification of the detention. The day, date, and time of the detention are at the discretion of the Principal who monitors the detention. Detention takes precedence over appointments, practices, lessons, tutoring, ball games, etc.
Issues with behavior that are serious infractions of rules and unacceptable behaviors, depending on the circumstance could result in suspension of the student(s) involved. Suspension of a student may be decided as a necessary means of discipline by the administrator after consultation with the teacher and/or investigation of the situation. The parents will be notified before the student is suspended, and the suspension may vary from one to three days. If sent home, the student may return to school only after school and parents confer. During the suspension period the student is marked absent. Students must complete all classwork and tests from the days of suspension.
Expulsion is an extremely serious matter. Students who pose a threat to themselves or to others may be expelled from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. Students who have been expelled will not be allowed to return to the school for any reason without prior permission from the Principal.
Students whose parents have violated the Parents as Partners agreement in this handbook may also be excluded from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.
Expulsion will occur when:
- The student has been suspended three times during one school year.
- The student refuses to follow the School Behavior Plan or displays consistent disruptive behavior.
- The student has committed a serious offense against the state, city or school regulations.
The principal will arrange for a conference with the parents. They will be informed and given written notification of the reasons for expulsion. The student’s records will be mailed to the new school chosen by the parents.
Drugs and Alcohol
Students who possess drugs and/or alcohol at school or at any school function face suspension and/or expulsion.
The administration and teachers of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School reserves the right to discipline its students for off-campus 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 cyber-bullying.
Each student is assigned a locker or cubby in which to store clothing and textbooks. In order to maintain a quiet atmosphere for class, students are allowed to go to their lockers only at specified times. The school reserves the right to inspect lockers at any time.
The children are permitted to eat snacks on the playground at recess/break. Please deposit your paper in the garbage can.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School offers a hot lunch program daily. Students may choose to bring their lunch each day. Students should not bring glass bottles, soft drinks or excessive amounts of candy. Students are expected to use the same manners required in the classroom during lunch. Courtesy toward other students and cooperation with lunch monitors are in order at all times. The children say Grace together in the cafeteria.
Milk/juice can be purchased in the lunchroom for $.50. Students may pay with cash or put money on their account in the school office.
Homework is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their capabilities and further educational growth. Parents and teachers working as partners can provide assignments, direction, encouragement and good study conditions, but it is the student who must complete the assignment and do the learning. Planning for a consistent homework study time allows students to practice, apply, extend, and enrich classroom learning. The teaching partnership of home and school will give students the clear message that educational excellence is a high priority goal, not only during school but at home as well.
To do a thorough job with homework students should:
- Plan their time wisely.
- Take responsibility for his/her own learning.
- Follow all homework directions and explanations.
- Ask questions.
- Begin assignments promptly, and turn them in when they are due.
- Always do their best.
- Take the initiative in making up missed work.
- Persevere to assure that difficult tasks get accomplished.
- Show effort.
Middle School Responsibilities
The middle school years call for more student responsibility as they work with different teachers daily, with a variety of assignments and projects with a variety of timelines. This is also a time when students begin to transition from nightly assignments to extended assignments, necessitating that they develop the skill of allocating their time throughout the week. Contact individual teachers to schedule conference appointments.
In assigning homework, teachers can help students and parents by:
- Giving assignments during class and making sure materials and objectives have been fully explained.
- Establishing timely and effective home/school communications concerning homework assignments when appropriate.
- Being certain that students have the skills needed to complete a task before it is assigned.
- Estimating the length of the assignment for the average student so that the task does not exceed the maximum time allotted for homework.
- Assigning homework on a regular basis and relating it to what is being taught in the classroom.
- Avoiding homework as punishment or disciplinary action.
- Being sure homework is reviewed.
- Providing feedback to students in a timely manner on work that is turned in.
The best way for parents to help a child learn is through example, guidance, and support. It is important that parents listen and express their interest in class work activities when children talk about school. In establishing an effective and pleasant homework time parents can help by:
- Setting aside a regular time each school day during which your child will be involved in some kind of homework activity.
- Providing a favorable study environment free from distractions and equipped with necessary materials.
- Encouraging your child and providing help when appropriate, but insisting your child does his or her own work.
- Providing a reading time even if no specific homework has been assigned.
Grade Level Guidelines
These may vary according to student needs, classroom subject/assignments, special education considerations,
- Elementary K-3: 30-45 minutes a day or 150 minutes a week
- Intermediate 4-5: 45-75 minutes a day or 225-450 minutes a week
- Middle School: 60-90 minutes a day or 20-30 minutes per core subject daily.
General Dress and Grooming Code
Dress Code Philosophy
In keeping with St. Francis School mission statement, the dress code has been designed to promote total education and social integration of the individual. We believe that there is a definite correlation between an individual’s personal appearance and self-esteem. When a student is appropriately groomed and dressed, he/she feels confident. A positive self-perception in turn affects other dimensions of the individual, such as behavior. Good Rule: If you think you shouldn’t wear it, you shouldn’t.
- Pants/slacks/shorts may be purchased from our recommended vendors. Recommended vendors are: Educational Outfitters, Lands End and Gap Kids Uniform (see also at Gap stores ? ask for their dark khaki uniform pants.) Scrip for Lands End can be purchased through the school office. Call for information.
- Color: Dark Khaki or navy blue (no stone or light khaki color)
- Pants must be straight legged and trim fitting (no skinny jeans, jeggings, overalls, carpenter, cargo, capris, drawstring, hip huggers, or flared-leg pants allowed.)
- Material: Twill or corduroy.
- No shorts on Mass days.
Jumpers, Skirts, and Skorts
- Skirts/skorts/jumpers may be purchased from our recommended vendors. Recommended vendors are: Educational Outfitters, Lands End and Gap Kids Uniform
- Color: Dark khaki, navy blue, or classic navy, large plaid (only available through Lands End.
- Material: Twill or corduroy
- Tights are not required with skorts.
- Length of jumpers, skirts, and skorts must be a maximum of 3.25 inches from the top of the knee cap. This rule applies even when a student is wearing leggings or tights.
- Color: Solid navy blue, white or red (not maroon or any other shade of red); no stripes or logos other than our school logo.
- Style: Polo, red, white or navy blue undershirts/turtle necks may be worn with a polo during cold weather.
- Shirts must be tucked in.
Sweatshirts and Sweaters
- Color: Solid navy blue, red or white
- Style: Crew-neck pullover sweatshirts (plain or with school logo), Crew/v-neck, cardigan or vest sweaters (plain or with school logo), hooded sweatshirts with the St. Francis logo. St. Francis Team Sport sweatshirts may be worn.
- Grades PK-4 wear school uniform and tennis shoes to gym class.
- Grades 5-8 bring their gym clothes to school. The gym uniform will be purchased through St. Francis School. Students will change into their gym uniform before class.(Suspended due to Covid-19)
Belts are optional but are encouraged if belt loops are seen. Belts must be either dark brown or black with no decoration (i.e. studded or decorated in any way).
Socks, Knee high socks and Tights
- Only solid white, solid black, khaki (tan), navy, red and gray are allowed.
- Socks must be worn and need to be visible above the shoe.
- Tennis socks are allowed.
- Girls have the option of wearing socks, leggings or tights with their winter uniform. It is suggested that girls wear bike shorts under their jumpers or skirts if they choose not to wear tights.
- Boys Shoes: Black, Brown, Tan, Navy, White, Red or Grey Oxfords, Loafers, Boots or Boat/Deck style. Athletic shoes ok but must follow required uniform colors above. Closed-toe sandals with back strap also optional.
- Girls Shoes: Black, Brown, Tan, Navy, White, Red or Grey Mary Jane, loafer style, or boots. Athletic shoes ok but must follow required uniform colors above. Closed-toe sandals with back strap also optional.
- Footwear shall consist of clean shoes in good repair with a maximum one-inch heel. Students must have athletic shoes with them at school on PE days. Shoelaces must be kept tied. Boots that do not fit properly or without traction soles are not permitted. On inclement weather days when snow boots are worn, it is highly recommended that a second pair of shoes for indoor wear are available at school.
Fall and Spring Uniform
Students are permitted to wear shorts September through October and April through June excluding Mass days.
Free Dress Days
Non-uniform days are observed throughout the school year. On non-uniform days, students are expected to be in modest and appropriate attire. Students are not allowed to wear tank or spaghetti- strapped tops, t-shirts with inappropriate logos, tops that reveal the wearer’s midriff, biker shorts, skirts or shorts shorter than with fingertips extended at their side, baggy pants, or clothes with tears/holes. If students choose to wear leggings, spandex or tights, the top or dress must be a maximum of 3.25 inches from the top of the knee cap.
Make-up, nail polish and dangly earrings
Make-up and dangly earrings are not part of the school uniform and should not be worn to school. Nails must be clear only for PK-8th. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings to school at any time including Out of Uniform Days.
Hair should be well groomed, conservatively styled and appropriate for academic purposes. The following are not permitted for girls or boys: dyed hair, spiked hair, tails, shaved heads, or any hairstyles that is disruptive to the learning environment as determined by the principal.
- Boys: Hair should be trimmed above the collar, out of the eyes, with ears at least partially visible.
- Girls: Hair should be away from the eyes. Feathers and glitter are not permitted.
General Dress Code Guidelines
Any issue related to the cleanliness or neatness of the uniform, hairstyles or general appearance of the students not specifically addressed in the school dress code, can be judged appropriate or inappropriate by administration. If administration determines that a student is not in uniform or their appearance is distracting to the educational process or diminishes the reputation of the school, the principal will request that the student make modifications.
Identification of articles
Please Label articles of clothing such as hats, sweaters, jackets, shirts, boots /gym shoes, gloves and mittens must be labelled due to COVID-19. Lunch boxes and playground equipment brought from home must also be labeled.
Unlabeled, forgotten items must be discarded daily.
When the weather gets warm, the children tend to take off sweaters or jackets at recess time. In the winter months, many articles of clothing are lost at recess. Having your child’s personal property labeled facilitates the process of returning lost items.
Consequences for Students not in Uniform
- First Offense: A note will be sent to parents indicating the child is out of uniform. The student will be instructed to change into a uniform from Sister’s Closet Uniform Exchange if available.
- Second Offense: A parent will be called to bring a change of clothing.
Parent’s compliance with the dress code is very important. It eliminates conversations at home about why I can’t wear such-and-such because so and so had it on. It also teaches children the importance of abiding by policies, a necessary skill as they prepare for their futures in school and the workforce.
The St. Francis faculty and principal believe in academic honesty and the principle of the honor code. Students are expected to do their own homework, to test without external resources, and to submit original work for all assignments. St. Francis students are also expected to deny all requests to copy from their own work. Violation of this principle is subject to both disciplinary and academic penalties.
PLAGIARISM: Fundamentally, plagiarism is the offering of the words or ideas of another person as ones own. Plagiarism includes:
- The use of another person’s work, in part or in full. This includes copying homework.
- The use of material without documentation, in part or in full.
- Paraphrasing original material without documentation.
CHEATING: Cheating is an attempt to improve ones score or to help to improve someone else’s score through dishonest means. Cheating includes:
- The use of another person’s test/answers either before or during the exam.
- The use or possession of notes, answers, cheat sheets, or other sources not approved by the teacher during the exam.
- The stealing/receiving of test papers prior to the test.
- The giving/receiving of specific test information.
- Marking answers after the test period is over.
A student whose academic performance indicates serious deficiencies may be placed on academic probation. Academic probation is for students who can learn, but choose not to learn. Students on academic probation will be placed on a two week improvement plan. At the end of the two week period, the student’s academic progress will be assessed. Students whose average is an F will not be allowed to participate in any sports, extra curricular activities associated with St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School or academic competition until the grade has improved to a passing grade of D (70% or higher).
General Testing Procedures For All Classrooms
In order to reach consistency in our teaching of academic ethics at St. Francis, the faculty agrees to a set of general procedures for all testing situations at St. Francis. While each teacher has the professional right to adopt additional rules consistent with his/her philosophy, all students can expect to follow the testing procedures:
- Students must follow teacher directions.
- Students cannot talk to other students during the examination period.
- Students must keep their eyes on their own paper during the exam. Students must cover their answers to the test.
PLAGIARISM: The academic penalty for plagiarism is a zero (0) on the assignment and referral to the principal for all students involved.
CHEATING: The academic penalty for cheating is a zero (0) on the test or quiz and referral to the principal for all students involved.
SHARING HOMEWORK: The academic penalty for sharing homework is a zero (0) on the assignment for the student(s) giving and/or receiving the homework, and a referral to the principal.
VIOLATING TESTING PROCEDURES: Violations of testing procedures are usually referred to the principal. The penalty for violating testing procedures will be determined by the principal in consultation with the teacher. A student athlete or student involved in extracurricular activities who is involved in cheating will also be unable to participate in sports/extracurricular competition.
St. Francis Pledge
At St. Francis School we pledge to provide:
- A school atmosphere free from disruption and conducive to the educational process.
- Information to parents/guardians about your child’s educational program.
- Information about your child’s progress or lack of progress.
- Access to your child’s records.
- Information to parents of rules and regulations.
- Opportunities for meetings with teachers to discuss grades or concerns.
- A school where teachers and administrators fairly and consistently enforce rules and regulations.
Because a child learns best by the reverent, responsible and respectful example of the parents, we ask in return that Parents/Guardians:
- Reinforce good Christian values.
- See that your child attends school regularly, on time, and in appropriate dress.
- Emphasize discipline and responsibility.
- Supervise the completion of homework.
- Demonstrate respect for the learning environment and adults in authority.
- Be an example of reverence during prayer time.
- Stop rumors and gossip, and go through the proper channels when a problem arises.
- Notify the school of your child’s absence by 8:30 each morning.
- Understand that the good of all children comes before your child’s needs or wants.
Right to Amend
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School reserves the right to amend this Handbook. Notice of amendments will be sent to parents e-mail communication.