2017-2018 Parent-Student Handbook
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WELCOME TO OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL SCHOOL
Welcome and thank you for your interest in Our Lady of Mount Carmel School!
At Our Lady of Mount Carmel School we carry on a rich tradition of Catholic education at its finest. Always mindful of our high standards of excellence, we look to the future with the goal of providing a total learning environment based on excellence in educational opportunities and the formation of the Christian community.
This fine institution serves students from diverse backgrounds. We offer a rigorous curriculum that includes, in addition to our regular academic courses, foreign language (Italian) starting in Kindergarten as well as computers, art, music, physical education, and library as well as many wonderful clubs and activities including student council and a talent show.
We are fortunate to have a dedicated staff of professionals and pastor who are committed to the mission of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We continue the traditions of this institution while constantly searching for ways to advance our mission, that of developing children academically and spiritually. To that end we participate in weekly Mass as well as First Friday Mass. Our students host and participate in all Liturgical year celebrations. Our Lady of Mount Carmel welcomes those who wish to grow academically and spiritually.
SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS:
The school office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All visitors must ring the buzzer to be let into the building. All parents, volunteers, visitors, and alumni must reportto the officeupon entering the school to receive avisitor’s pass and to sign in. Please remember, that for safety purposes, we cannot allow parents to escort their children to their class or to visit classrooms.
TUITION AND FEE OBLIGATIONS
A material precondition to any student(s) being permitted to attend classes at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is that all payments be current. Should any installment remain unpaid by the end of the school year, including Before and After Care installments, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, at its option, reserves the right to not allow that student to return. All 8th grade students who are not current with their tuition obligations risk the possibility of not participating in graduation and/or 8th grade activities. The parent(s)/guardian(s) hereby agree to pay all costs and attorney’s fees incurred by Our Lady of Mount School in the enforcement of the tuition agreement.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges).
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is a Catholic school, serving students from Day Care through Grade 8. We provide a spiritual foundation through a caring and nurturing faith-filled climate. Our challenging, comprehensive, academic programs prepare students for a multi-cultural and technologically changing world.
VISION STATEMENT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD:
The fundamental purpose of Catholic schools is to advance the educational mission of the Church. Catholic schools educate diverse students to form Catholic, person-centered learning communities; provide quality teaching through traditional and innovative educational programs infused with Catholic social teachings; involve students to serve as thinkers, productive moral citizens, and spiritual leaders; and recognize and appreciate parents as the primary educators of their children.
We believe that our spiritual atmosphere and academic program encourages each individual to utilize his/her talents and strive to become moral and responsible children of God. We believe that our faith-filled climate:
- Instills in the students the tenets of the Catholic social teachings.
- Each student/staff member exhibits respect for the dignity of all individuals through daily interactions.
- Working with our parish community (pastor, religious, parish societies), we prepare the students to become participants in the community.
- Improves the faith life of faculty, students, parents/guardians through liturgical and sacramental participation.
- Clearly demonstrates to all visitors that this is an extension of our Church.
- Graduates young adults ready to accept their stewardship within the community at large.
In accordance with our mission of providing a comprehensive academic program:
- We utilize the curriculum standards provided by the Archdiocese of Hartford, Office of Catholic Schools, to formulate and update our curriculum collaboratively, thus maintaining continuity within our academic program.
- We provide physical education, art, library, music, and technology classes, as well as a choral music program.
- We offer a foreign language program for grades 3 through 8.
- We offer advanced studies in mathematics (Pre-Algebra & Algebra) for students in grades 7 and 8.
In preparing students for a multi-cultural environment:
- Our curriculum incorporates materials exposing students to other faiths and cultures.
- Our school community has evolved from a predominately Italian population to a multi-cultural student body and staff with the addition of members from other European countries as well as from South Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
In preparing students for a technologically advancing world:
- We maintain a computer lab for student use in all areas of the curriculum.
- We offer computer classes to grades K through Grade 5.
- We have integrated technology into the curriculum through the use of Smart Board technology.
- A technology coordinator is available to assist all classroom teachers in incorporating technology into the curriculum.
- There are two computers in every classroom with internet access as well as a teacher’s laptop and Smartboard.
- PK classrooms have six computers for centers with age appropriate software/games as well as Smartboard.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School teachers and staff are CPR certified, educated in bloodborne pathogens, as well as trained in the administration of Epi Pens and inhalers.
SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE
School hours for PK3 and PK4 are 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
- School hours for grades K through 8 are from 8:50 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
- Dismissal on half days for PK3 and PK4 is 12:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
- Dismissal on half days for K-8 is 12:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
PK3 and PK4
- An authorized adult will sign in students at the back entrance of the school at 9:00 a.m. for arrival.
- Back entrance doors are locked at 9:05 a.m. every morning. Any students arriving after 9:05 a.m. must be buzzed into the front entrance of the building and report directly to the main office to sign their child into school. An Office staff member will then escort your child to their classroom for you. Parents are not allowed to walk their child to their classroom.
- Any PK student needing to be dropped off prior to the 9:00 a.m. start, must be signed into the Before Care Program located in the front office. Under no circumstances is any child to be left unattended in the building or escorted to their classrooms by their parent prior to 9:00 a.m.
K through 8
- No child should arrive at school before 8:30 a.m. Any child arriving prior to 8:30 a.m. will be brought to the Before & After School room and the parent/guardian will be billed accordingly.
- Parents are to drop off students at the front entrance to the school. Between 8:30 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. students may enter the playground (or cafeteria, during inclement weather and during the winter months).
- When outside in the playground, students will line up on the playground with their class. There will be two teachers on duty in the morning in the playground beginning at 8:30 a.m.
- When inside in the cafeteria, students will sit at their assigned class table. There will be two teachers on duty in the morning in the cafeteria beginning at 8:30 a.m.
- At 8:50 a.m. teachers will pick up their classes and escort them to their classrooms. Under no circumstance may students arriving prior to 8:50 a.m. go directly to their classroom.
- While on the playground, no ball playing or running is allowed for the safety of all students. Students are expected to remain in line with their classmates.
- For safety reasons, only students and teachers are permitted on the playground or in the cafeteria. No parents will be allowed in the playground or in the cafeteria during morning duty.
- Any student being dropped off prior to 8:30 a.m. must report directly to the Before Care Program located in the front office. Under no circumstances is any child to be left unattended in the building or escorted to their classrooms by their parent prior to 8:30 a.m.
- Irregular attendance interferes greatly with a student’s progress. An extended illness of a student or death in the immediate family constitutes reasons for an excused absence of 4 days or longer. Vacation taken during regular school hours does not constitute an acceptable excuse for a child’s absence from school. Please do not take your child out of school to go on vacation during the school year. Too much precious time is lost when the child is not in the classroom.
- When a student is absent from school, parents will call the School Office 203-755-6809 in the morning by 9:30 a.m. to notify the school of his/her absence. The school reserves the right to contact parents of students who are absent and who have not phoned before 9:30 a.m.
- For an extended absence of 4 days or more, a doctor’s note is required. Absentee notes will be kept on file.
- Absences will be monitored. The principal and teacher will review records of students who are absent for a prolonged period of time and not due to any medical issues. Frequent absences may provide reason to consider a year incomplete and cause a student to be retained. It is important for your child to be in school.
GYM CLASS ABSENCE
A written note signed by the parent or doctor is necessary in the event a student must be excused from gym. If the student is excused from gym with a doctor’s note, the doctor must also submit a note informing the teacher and nurse when the student may resume gym.
Students arriving after 8:50 a.m. should report directly to their classrooms. Students arriving after 9:00 a.m. are tardy and must first report to the school office where they will be given a late slip. They will then be escorted to their classrooms by a member of the school staff.
PK3 and PK4
- An authorized adult will sign out students at the back entrance of the school at 2:45 p.m. for dismissal.
- Students will only be allowed to leave with a pre-authorized adult.
- Teacher reserves the right to ask for identification from any adult picking up a child.
- Due to the 3:00 p.m. back entrance dismissal of our older children and in order to preserve the safety of our PK students in the same area, ANY PK STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT PICKED UP BEFORE 3:00 P.M. WILL WAIT IN THE AFTER CARE PROGRAM. Family will be charged accordingly. No students are to remain in the office waiting for pickup after 3:00 p.m.
Grades K through 8
- At 3:10 p.m. Grades K through 8 will be dismissed as follows:
- Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 5 students will be escorted to the back entrance in the playground by their classroom teachers, where they will be picked up by their parent/guardian or designated adult.
- Middle school students (Grades 6 through 8) will be escorted to the front entrance by their classroom teachers and are to be picked up by their parent/guardian or designated adult in the front of the school building.
- Middle school students with younger siblings will be allowed to walk from the front entrance around to the playground to be picked up along with their younger siblings.
- All bus students will be escorted to the cafeteria where they will remain until their busses arrive.
- Parents are not to park or block the back entrance of our school building on Avon Avenue during dismissal.
- There is no parking in the playground at dismissal time due to safety hazards.
- STUDENTS NOT PICKED UP BY 3:10 P.M. WILL WAIT IN THE AFTER CARE PROGRAM. Family will be charged accordingly. No students are to remain in the office waiting for pickup after 3:00 p.m.
Change in Normal Dismissal:
If a student is making a change in the normal afternoon dismissal procedure, (such as taking a bus instead of getting picked up or vice versa, going home with another child or adult, or getting picked up instead of going to Aftercare or vice versa), a note should be given to the homeroom teacher in the morning indicating the change. The note must include any address and any necessary directions for the bus driver each time this occurs.
Early Release from School:
- Before individual students can be dismissed from school, he or she must give the homeroom teacher a written request from a parent or guardian stating the reason and time for dismissal and indicating the person to whom the student is to be released. OLMC discourages parents from taking students out of class before regular dismissal time. Students miss instruction and classrooms are interrupted.
- No parents or guardians are permitted to get their children from their classroom. The child(ren) will be called down to the office by the secretary.
- No child will be permitted to leave school early unless an adult signs the student out in the office.
- The school requests that medical and dental appointments be scheduled after school hours.
BEFORE AND AFTER CARE
The Before and After Care Program is for students from PK3 through Grade 8. This program is an extension of our school day and all rules and regulations outlined in this handbook are applicable while your child is in our care.
- The Before Care Program runs from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. On delayed openings due to weather, the program runs from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
- The After Care Program runs from 2:45 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- On regularly scheduled half days with a 12:30 p.m. dismissal, the After Care runs from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
- On half days with a 10:45 a.m. dismissal, the program does not run.
- If there is an early dismissal due to weather cancellation, the After Care Program does not run.
- If there is no school, the program does not run.
- Children attending the program MUST be signed in and signed out each day.
- Children must be pre-registered in order to attend the Before/After Care Program. Registration forms and more information pertaining to the Before/After Care Program can be obtained from the office.
CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE
Discipline is everything we do for our children to make them feel responsible and accountable. The moral obligation of training children in self-discipline and self-control rests first of all with the parents. The primary function of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is to teach students and to encourage them to become respectful and responsible members of society. Thus, our school discipline policy encourages the development and growth of each child toward becoming a self-disciplined, respectful, accountable, and mature young person. The following basic principles of conduct and discipline are in effect:
- Respect is encouraged to create a positive Christian attitude toward everyone.
- Self-control is required to facilitate the teaching and learning process for each member.
- An orderly atmosphere conducive to learning is encouraged throughout the school.
- Proper behavior and sportsmanship should prevail during school-related activities both on and off the school premises.
- Courteous and respectful behavior is expected of all students, faculty, and staff at all times during the school day.
The faculty of this school strives to provide incentive and rewards to encourage and motivate students to do their best in all areas of self-discipline. Sometimes, however, it becomes necessary for teachers to refer students to the School Administrator for disciplinary action because of a lack of self-control and/or self-discipline by the student.
Procedures for Disciplinary Action
The school Disciplinary Policy warrants specific consequences depending on the misbehavior/action. Disruptive behavior may result in various forms of punishment including recess withheld, detention, suspension, or expulsion depending upon the nature of the misbehavior. Disciplinary consequences are applicable to misbehavior/actions stemming from those that occur on school property, school transportation, and at school-sponsored activities that occur either on or off school grounds.
The Discipline Policy is not all-inclusive. Teachers will identify and/or report, when necessary, inappropriate behavior/action to parent/guardian and/or the school principal. If warranted, a conference with the parents will be scheduled. School administration is the final recourse in all disciplinary actions.
Expectations of the Students
The faculty and administration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel expect the students of our school community to behave in a responsible and caring way both on and off campus. The students shall:
- Accept the leadership and authority of teachers, the Principal, and other staff members.
- Cooperate with teachers, other students, and all members of the school community.
- Be courteous.
- Be honest in all class work and homework.
- Use acceptable language.
- Remain on school property until dismissed by a teacher or the Principal.
- Not chew gum or eat candy in the building, on the school bus, or on school property.
- Be in the school building before or after school only with the permission of a teacher or the Principal.
- Be in the proper school attire while on school property.
- Show consideration and care for school property.
- Complete all assignments on time.
- Not verbally or physically abuse another student at any time.
- Assume responsibility for learning.
ü Be attentive in class
ü Come to school prepared and ready to learn
ü Be organized
ü Use time wisely
ü Cooperate with peers and teachers
· Refrain from bringing electronic equipment or valuable possessions to school except with special permission from a teacher or a parent. The school will not assume any responsibility for such items.
· Walk at all times, especially in the hallways and classrooms.
Detention will be given by a teacher or by the Principal for infraction of rules and school policies. Detention will be held on Wednesday afternoon for an hour (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.). When a detention is given, the student is required to bring the detention notice home to be signed by a parent. It is then returned to the classroom teacher and filed in the office the following day.
Failure to serve a detention at the appointed time will result in additional detentions being issued and continued infractions will require the attention of the Principal.
Suspensions are extremely serious and are preceded by involvement of the Principal and the parents.
Inappropriate behavior may be handled in a variety of ways. Based on the misdeed, the student may:
· Be denied recess time.
· Be assigned a writing punishment, which may require a parent’s signature.
· Be removed from the class for a specified period of time.
· Be required to remain after school to complete work (parents will be notified).
· Receive a detention.
· Receive an in-school suspension.
· Be suspended from the school.
· Face expulsion.
· Birthday invitations will only be distributed if there is an invitation for each student in the class, or if the invitations are for all the girls or all the boys.
· Please label items of clothing, bags and other items. This will help when items are misplaced.
· Money should be sent in envelopes and labeled. (Name, Grade, Reason for Money.)
· Any student who needs to make a phone call must do so at the main office.
· Articles that can be considered “weapons of any kind” are prohibited in school. Examples of these are: guns, lasers, knives of any description, etc.
No student shall possess, use, attempt to use, or be under the influence of a prohibited substance on school premises during any school term or off school premises at a school-related activity, function, or event that is held on/or off the school premises.
In addition, the transmittal, sale, or attempted sale of a prohibited substance is also prohibited under this policy.
A ‘prohibited substance” is defined as:
· Any controlled substance or illegal or dangerous drug as defined by law, including but not limited to marijuana, any exotic drug, hallucinogen, stimulant, depressant, amphetamine, or barbiturate.
· Alcohol or any alcoholic beverage.
· Any use of glue, aerosol paint, or any other volatile chemical substance for inhalation.
· Any other intoxicant or mood-changing, mind-altering, or behavior altering drug.
· Any prescription drugs used in amounts or purposes not contemplated by the prescription.
Students who violate the substance abuse policy shall be subject to disciplinary action including expulsion.
CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Tablets, with signed permission slip from parents, may be brought to school.
Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, and electronic games are not to be brought to school.
We strongly discourage students from bringing cell phones to school. Children are welcome to utilize the phones in the school office at any time if needed. Should there still be a need for a child to bring a cell phone to school, then the new policy is effective immediately. All cell phones will be turned in and collected by the home room teacher first thing every morning. All cell phones will then be stored safely in the Principal’s office during the school day. Cell phones will be returned at the end of the school day. Absolutely NO cell phones are to be stored in book bags nor on the child. Should any child be caught with a cell phone on them during the school day, they will face immediate suspension from school. Cell phones also are NOT to be utilized during the Before and After Care Program or while waiting for the bus after school.
Bullying is prohibited in all Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese. It will not be tolerated during the school day or during any school-sponsored activities on or off school grounds. Bullying and intimidation are actions that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Any behavior deemed by the school administration to be considered as bullying shall result in disciplinary action, which may include detention, suspension and expulsion from school.
Any student who retaliates against another student for reporting bullying may be subject to disciplinary action, which may include detention, suspension, and expulsion from school.
Bullying is defined as any overt acts by a student or a group of students directed against another student with the intent to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the other student while on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity, which acts are repeated against the same student over time. Bullying includes physical intimidation or assault; extortion; oral, written or electronic threats; teasing; putdowns; name calling; threatening looks, gestures, or actions; cruel rumors; false accusations; and social isolation.
School employees, students, and parents who become aware of any act of bullying must report the incident to the school administration for further investigation.
The guide that we will follow is the State of Connecticut Bullying Task Force Report, Brave Enough to be Kind.
Upon learning about a bullying incident, the Administrator shall thoroughly investigate the circumstance.
If it is concluded that an act of bullying has occurred, the parents or guardians of the student who committed such acts and the parents/guardians of the student whom such acts were directed shall be notified. Consequences for students who bully others shall depend on the results of the investigation and include parent conference, detention, suspension, or expulsion. Depending on the severity of the incident, or the series of incidents, the administrator may take appropriate steps to ensure student safety. This may include reporting incidents to law enforcement if appropriate, and establishing a supervision plan with the parents.
Engagement in online blogs or postings, such as, but not limited to, My Space.com, Facebook, You Tube, etc. , shall result in disciplinary actions, including expulsion, if the content of the student’s blog or postings includes defamatory comments regarding the school, a person’s dignity, bullying, harassment, threats or other inappropriate comments that are contradictory to Catholic teaching.
Each user shall abide by the generally accepted rules of etiquette and applicable school policies, which include, but are not limited to the following:
· Not writing or sending abusive messages or those which contain vulgarities, violence, or threats.
· Not sending chain letters or participating in pyramid schemes.
Each teacher shall educate students in the proper use of the internet and shall provide appropriate supervision and monitoring of student use.
Official forms will be sent out to the parents/guardians giving permission for their son or daughter to access the Internet while in school.
Official forms will also be sent out concerning the use of photos of OLMC students that we may use on our school web site and/or OLMC Facebook account.
· No student should arrive on the school playground before 8:30 a.m.
· Running and ball playing are not allowed from 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
· No balls are to be thrown against school building.
· The area behind the dumpster and side of school are off limits.
· No pushing or shoving is allowed.
· No swearing or trash talking to any student or teacher.
· Everyone plays on a team.
· No ostracizing of any student will be allowed.
· No touching or rough housing contact with other students.
SCHOOL BUS CODE
· Respect must be shown for the bus driver at all times.
· Students must remain seated. Arms should remain inside seating area.
· There is no pushing, shoving, roughhousing, eating, chewing gum, or name calling of any kind.
· Speak in a normal tone of voice.
· Notes are needed if a student is not taking assigned bus home. Notes are to be given to homeroom teacher who will send to the principal.
· Phones, iPads, iPods, Kindles, Nooks, headphones, compact disc players and any other electronic devices are not permitted on the bus. They must be kept inside backpacks.
CARE OF SCHOOL BOOKS
· Students must carry books to and from school in a book bag.
· Books should be covered at all times, except for books designated as consumables.
· No writing or marking is permitted inside the books or edges of the books.
· In cases where a book is damaged or lost, the student will be charged a fee for replacement of the book.
Complete school uniforms are to be worn at all times and every day in school and on the bus for Grades K-8, except on casual dress days. It is the choice of the Principal only to award dress up and casual dress days. It is the primary responsibility of the parents to ensure that the uniform policy and dress code listed below are adhered to.
Uniforms will always be clean, with no holes, tears or rips. No clothes will be worn inside out.
Uniforms are to be purchased at The Dennis Company in Waterbury or Rosenblatts in Naugatuck.
If a student is out of uniform for school or for gym, parent will be called to furnish the correct uniform.
No uniforms are required for PK3 and PK4.
· Khaki, cotton trousers, worn at the waistline, with a dress belt. No oversized or baggy looks.
· Navy polo shirt with OLMC logo. Shirts are to be worn tucked in and are not to be oversized.
· Khaki uniform shorts may be worn in lieu of trousers in August, September, May and June only. All other uniform requirements apply.
· No socks below the ankle will be allowed. Socks must be a solid color, white, black, brown or navy only.
· Belt is required.
· Khaki, cotton trousers, worn at waistline, with a dress belt. No oversized or baggy look.
· Navy Polo shirt with OLMC logo. Shirts are to be worn tucked in and are notto be oversized.
· Navy sweaters with the OLMC logo only may be worn during class. No sweatshirts may be worn during class over uniform.
· No socks below the ankles will be allowed. Socks must be a solid color, white, black, brown or navy only.
· Belt is required.
Beginning November 1, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys will change over to their winter uniforms. The winter uniform will consist of a white oxford button down shirt (short or long sleeve), a tie, and a navy blue sweater vest with the OLMC logo and khaki pants.
On May 1st we will switch back to the fall/spring uniform.
(GRADES K–5 )
· Navy/Khaki/Red Plaid knee-length jumper with white short sleeve cotton shirts, Peter Pan collar.
· Navy blue or white knee-socks are to be worn during August, September, October, April, May and June. The only socks that will be allowed are knee-socks.Ankle socks are NOT allowed.
· Navy tights or white tights may be worn from November to March. No panty hose allowed.
· Navy sweaters with OLMC logo only may be worn during class. No sweatshirts are allowed over uniform.
· Khaki uniform shorts may be worn in lieu of a jumper in August, September, May and June. All other uniform requirements apply.
(GRADES 6 – 8)
· Khaki, knee-length skirt. Skirts are not to be rolled up and must be worn at knee-length or longer.
· Navy blue or white knee-socks are to be worn during August, September, April, May and June. The only socks that will be allowed are knee-socks. Ankle socks are NOT allowed.
· Navy tights may be worn from November to March. No panty hose allowed.
· Navy sweaters with OLMC logo only may be worn in class. No sweatshirts are allowed during class over uniform.
Beginning November 1, the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls will change over to their winter uniforms. The uniforms will consist of a white oxford button down shirt (short or long sleeve) and a navy blue sweater vest with the OLMC logo and khaki skirt.
On May 1st we will switch back to the Fall/Spring uniform.
All students, grades K-8, have the choice of wearing two different style shoes:
· Mary Janes – Navy or black
· Bucks or Sperry's for both boys and girls – Tan or black only.
These shoes have non-lug soles. No other style shoes will be permitted. No construction type boots are allowed. No open toe shoes, high heels, or flip-flops will be allowed in school. Shoes should look more like a shoe than a sneaker.
· Navy blue sweatpants.
· Gym shirt or Navy sweatshirt (without hood) must have OLMC logo.
· Navy gym shorts must have OLMC logo and may be worn during warm weather. Shorts will be no shorter then 2 inches above the knee.
· For middle school students, loose fitting nylon basketball style shorts are to be worn. No exceptions.
· When wearing shorts, any colored socks are allowed.
· Full gym uniform must be worn on gym day, or the children will not be allowed to participate in gym.
· Sneakers are worn on gym day only.
Please make sure that your gym shirt and pants fit properly. If they are too tight, then they have probably outgrown them.
· No shaved heads, no razor stripes, no lines of any kind. No bizarre haircuts or styles of any kind.
· No excessive long hair.
· NO STUDENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO COLOR OR ALTER THE COLOR OF HIS/HER HAIR.
· Students are not allowed to wear makeup, lip-gloss and/or nail polish.
· Excessive jewelry is prohibited. Girls may wear one earring per earlobe and no large dangling earrings. Boys may not wear earrings. Chokers and excessive jewelry are not allowed.
· Bracelets are not allowed in school; the only exception would be a bracelet worn for medical reasons. Silly bands are not allowed. A religious item and watch may be worn.
CASUAL DRESS DAYS
· Allowed: Jeans, sweatshirts, sweatpants, appropriate saying tee shirts, sneakers.
· Not allowed: Shorts (see shorts policy below), oversized pants, leggings, ripped jeans, ripped pants, tank tops, midriff shirts, half shirts, sleeveless shirts, low-cut shirts, tight-fitting shirts, open-toed shoes, flip-flops or sandals.
· Children in PK and K are allowed to wear sleeveless shirts for casual dress day and shorts.
Policy regarding shorts for casual dress days: For grades 6-8, there will be NO shorts of any kind. For grades K-5, the only shorts allowed will be the khaki uniform shorts or OLMC navy gym shorts. For PK3 and PK4, any shorts may be worn.
The Administration reserves the right to decide what is appropriate. Students may be sent home to change if appearance is inappropriate.
Curriculum design shall be understood to include every learning experience (academic and co-
curricular) sponsored by the school. The subjects included in the curriculum shall meet and/or exceed
the requirements of Connecticut state law, as applicable to private schools, and Archdiocesan policies
and procedures. Curriculum design and development is not merely a course of study or a listing of
goals and objectives, but rather it encompasses all of the learning experiences that students receive
under the directions of the school and office of Catholic Schools. In implementing the curriculum,
each school shall consider the needs of the student, the abilities of the staff, and the requirements of
time allotments, according to Archdiocesan and applicable state regulations.
The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford are encouraged to implement and monitor an
integrated curriculum infused with Gospel values and a global view, which recognizes that students
learn in different ways. Each elementary school maintains a balanced curriculum, including religion,
language arts, science, mathematics, geography, social studies, health/wellness, physical education,
the arts, world languages, and service learning. Technology must be integrated into all curricular
The value of homework to a child depends upon interest in continuing one’s learning experience. Values from homework are gained when the following facts are understood.
· Homework has a definite function in extending skills learned in class.
· Homework is a preparation to share with others something, which is covered, read, or created.
· Homework assists in the development of basic skills.
· Homework handed in after the appropriate time established by the teacher is considered missing.
· Failure to complete homework will affect a student’s overall grade.
SUGGESTED AVERAGE TIME ALLOTMENTS FOR HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS
Grades 1-3 - 30 minutes
Grades 4-6 - 60 minutes
Grades 7-8 - 90 minutes
Parents have the responsibility to provide a quiet place that is conducive to study.
Students of all ages, but particularly younger ones, sometimes need someone to help drill reading, vocabulary, spelling words, and math facts. Never should parents take on the responsibility for completing a child’s assignments. Parents should check all homework. Refer to Detention policy on homework.
Projects may be given from time to time which will require work outside of the classroom. Students may need to access outside resources to complete their task. Late or incomplete projects will result in lowering of grade.
Children absent for 1 or 2 days will make up their homework/class work upon their return.
Most of the assessments done in Kindergarten are informal and individual. Progress is monitored by the teacher and communicated to the parents via parent conferences.
Report cards are issued three times a year. The evaluation key used is as follows:
M- Meets Grade-Level Expectations
P- Progress Noted Toward Grade-Level Expectations
T- Time and Experience Required For Skill to Develop
ED- Experiencing Difficulty1
NI- Not Introduced At This Time
GRADES 1 - 3:
Report cards will be sent home three times during the school year.
The measurement codes used on the Report Cards are as follows:
5 - Consistently Exceeded Grade Level Expectations
4- Consistently Achieved Grade Level Expectations
3 - Approaching Mastery of Grade Level Expectations
2 - Approaching Proficiency Toward Grade Level Expectaions
1 - Difficulty Meeting Grade Level Expectations
I - Incomplete work
* Indicates Improvement is needed for this skill area
GRADES 4 - 8:
Progress Report Cards: Progress Report cards are sent home three times a year. They are sent home in the middle of a marking period. This gives parents/guardians a chance to see how their child is performing in school.
Letter grades will be given for academic achievement major subjects. The numerical averages earned will be based upon daily work, tests, andhomework.
Grades for Report Cards grades 4-8
F Below 65
For all grade levels, Health, Art, Music, Handwriting, and PhysicalEducation will be graded as follows:
Reporting To Parents:
- The school is divided into trimesters. Each trimester, the school will inform parents as to the academic progress of the student through the distribution of the official diocesan report card.
- In addition to trimester report cards, the faculty will give information when requested or when deemed necessary through personal contact, conferences, and interim reports.
- Report cards will be used in determining extracurricular eligibility.
- There will be parent conferences held in the first and second trimesters. In the first trimester, all parents will be asked to come in for conferences, regardless of how their student is performing academically. In the second trimester, it will up to the descretion of the teacher as to which parents will be asked into school for a conference.
- Grades 6 through 8 parents may access Educonnect, the online grading system, to check student averages.
Parent Seeking Reports
It is the parent’s privilege to remain informed of their child’s progress. A parent is free to contact a
teacher by sending a note for an appointment to discuss a child’s performance. Teachers will then respond by telephone, e-mail, or written note. Teachers should not be called at home.
HONOR ROLL SYSTEM
Grades 4 – 5
Honors with Excellence
Students receiving a grade of A- or higher in all of the following subjects; Science, Social Studies, Math, Reading, Religion, Written Language, Oral Language and Spelling, will be awarded the recognition of Honors with Excellence for their excellent academic performance.
Students receiving a grade of B- or higher in all of the following subjects; Science, Social Studies, Math, Reading, Religion, Written Language, Oral Language and Spelling, will be awarded the recognition of Honors for their outstanding academic performance.
Grades 6 – 8
Honors with Excellence
Students receiving a grade of A- or higher in all of the following subjects; Religion, Math, Science, Social Studies/History, Geography, Language Arts, Literature and Italian, will be awarded the recognition of Honors with Excellence for their excellent academic performance.
Students receiving a grade of B- or higher in all of the following subjects; Religion, Math, Science, Social Studies/History, Geography, Language Arts, Literature and Italian, will be awarded the recognition of Honors for their outstanding academic performance.
A cumulative record is maintained for each pupil from his/her entrance into Our Lady of Mount
Carmel School. Such records pertaining to the individual pupil may be used only for the benefit,
promotion, or welfare of that pupil. All material is treated as confidential information and is accessible only to authorized school personnel.
PROMOTION AND RETENTION POLICY
Students are promoted once a year based on the student’s satisfactory completion of the grade requirements. Students who fail a subject for the year must make up the course in a summer program or discuss alternative solutions with the approval of the Principal. The school may retain a student in a grade for a second year if the administration, faculty and parents/guardians agree that it would contribute positively toward the personal development and academic progress of the student. Criteria for decision-making concerning retention should be based on the gathering and documenting of multiple forms of data including but not limited to: qualitative and quantitative sources of assessments, student responses to strategies implemented for intervention, teacher input and consultation among faculty, administration, and parent/guardian. Standardized testing should be a factor for academic judgment.
When the question of retention arises, all other avenues should be investigated: public school assessment, psychological evaluations, and medical evaluations of hearing, eyesight, physical and social wellness.
If a student is to be retained in the same grade, the parent should be advised at least three months prior to the end of school year.
Children may bring lunch to school or choose our hot lunch program. Hot lunch will be served five days a week. You will be notified on the monthly calendar as to the type of hot lunch that will be served. The lunch menu can be found on the school web site. The hot lunch program will be run by Tony Piccochi.
If students do not have their hot lunch slips in on time, they need to bring lunch from home on the day hot lunch is served.
If a student forgets a lunch, he/she may call the parent from the school office. Please adhere to the following procedures when bringing the lunch to school.
· Label the child’s lunch with name and grade.
· Leave lunch in the school office. Student will pick it up at lunchtime.
· Nut or peanut butter products are NOT allowed in school.
The school milk program begins with the first full week of school. For a set fee, parents may purchase milk for their child(ren) for the entire school year. Milk will not be provided on half days.
Vacations should be planned to coincide with the school vacations. Teachers are not expected to provide homework for those who vacation at times other than those specified by the school calendar and absence from school is not excused.
FIELD TRIP POLICY
· School-approved trips will be held during the school year and will be monitored by teacher and parent volunteers.
· Field trips are a privilege, not a right.
· Each grade is allowed a maximum of two field trips per year.
· Students with pending, serious disciplinary actions will not be allowed to attend school trips.
· Students attending field trips must have written permission slips from parents/guardians on file with their teachers. Official forms will be sent home for each school sponsored field trip.
· School-sponsored overnight trips shall not be permitted in elementary/middle schools.
· Children not enrolled in the school may not attend a school class field trip.
· No student shall be denied a trip because of parental inability to pay.
· The Principal reserves the right to exclude a student from participation in a field trip.
· The use of teaching aids, including a variety of technologies, shall be used insofar as they
contribute to learning and help the teacher attain teaching objectives and goals pertinent to the curriculum.
· Videos/DVDs whose rating by the film industry is not for “General Audiences” (G) must have a signed release from the parent/guardian before viewing.
· Videos/DVDs which are not property of the school shall be shown only with prior permission of the Principal.
· Video/DVDs are not to be shown for entertainment purposes only.
INCLEMENT WEATHER/EMERGENCY CLOSING
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School will follow the “no school” radio announcements of the Waterbury Public Schools. In case of inclement weather, please listen to WATR 1320 AM, WWCO 1240 AM, or WFSB-TV Channel 3, and all other major Connecticut television and radio stations.
If early dismissal occurs, due to inclement weather or emergency, please have an emergency plan intact for your child (i.e. taking bus home, picked up by parent, etc.).
SCHOOL SPONSORED EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
· Extracurricular activities include, but are not limited to, student council activities, clubs, sports, and movie nights.
· Extracurricular activities are provided according to the availability of volunteers to direct programs. These activities are an integral and desired component of a student’s school life.
· Extracurricular activities foster the value placed upon human life given by God.
As a participant and/or spectator, the student develops his or her personal potential and contributes to school spirit. Extracurricular programs do not, in any way, take precedence over the academic program of the school. The expected behavior of each student in dealing with the entire school community is of a higher priority than the sports and extracurricular programs.
· In the design of the athletic program, the widest possible participation of students shall be
· Students who participate in sports must meet the behavioral and academic standards the school sets for membership on sports teams or leagues.
· Students who fail a course or exhibit behavior that is detrimental with our policies will meet with the Principal to discuss possible suspension or termination of that sport.
· Coaches shall be chosen for their character and willingness to abide by school policy, as well as for their coaching skills. They shall be directly accountable to the Athletic Director and ultimately accountable to the school Principal.
· The Principal has final responsibility for and authority over all athletic teams.
These guidelines will affect all OLMC coaches, students and parents. The overall objective of extracurricular activities at OLMC is two-fold:
· To provide an opportunity for students to develop their athletic skills and gain a personal sense of accomplishment.
· To promote an environment where constructive interaction within the context of a group effort can be experienced.
These goals are consistent with the philosophy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. The aim is to develop positive personal and social growth in preparation for adulthood with a Christian perspective. Concentration on the following specific areas will ensure a successful and enjoyable program: initiative, motivation, school spirit, and a healthy sense of competition, the acceptance of individual differences, the ability to share success, as well as failure, and mutual supportiveness. Although the direction of athletic programs will be guided by the Administration, the responsibility for these objectives resides in all adults (parents, coaches, teachers, interested friends), who impact the maturation of these young people.
All students, in order to participate in an extracurricular or sports program, will meet the following requirements:
· Parent’s permission to play.
· Academic performance will be reviewed by the school administration and may affect eligibility for participation.
· He/she must possess personal qualities, which are consistent with the philosophy of the school.
· Be cooperative and get along in a group.
· Be able to take correction respectfully.
· Be cheerful and courteous.
· No foul language or gestures by team members.
· No fooling around during practice or at games.
· He/she must be physically fit as appropriate for the sport or activity.
Sport physicals are required before trying out for a sport. Students without appropriate sports physicals will not be allowed to participate until physical is completed. Sport’s physical forms are available in the school nurse’s office. Sports physicals must be completed annually. The sports and mandated health assessments are not interchangeable.
Please check with school nurse if you have any questions.
· Students are ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity during a period of suspension.
· A student involved in a disciplinary action can be suspended from playing on a team or from
participating in any other extracurricular activity.
· No student may participate in a sports practice, or extracurricular event on a day that he/she is absent from school. Four hours is considered a school day.
· Students who earn one or more failing grades or an unsatisfactory conduct grade, check marks, or negative comments on a report card will become ineligible to participate in the extracurricular activities program.
· Students must fulfill the requirements of this handbook.
· Awards and award functions are the responsibility of the Administration and Athletic Director.
· Awards will be presented based on participation in Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Athletic Program.
· Should be consistent with the philosophy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School.
· Seek medical attention for any player who sustains an injury.
· Coaches are not allowed to provide or arrange for transportation of any team member (with exception of their own children).
· Playing time for each player will be at the coach’s discretion.
· Each coach should inform the Administration in writing before the close of the school year as to whether or not he/she plans to continue coaching the following year.
· Practice should not be so excessive that it interferes with the player’s academics.
· Keep academics a priority.
· Get proper medical attention; call 911.
· Notify parents and administration of injured player.
· Students need to obtain a physician’s medical release form before they return to normal activity.
· Each coach should have a properly equipped first-aid kit for minor injuries.
· No injured player should be left unattended.
NO PRACTICE OR GAME SHOULD BE CONSIDERED SO IMPORTANT THAT IT COULDN’T BE INTERRUPTED TO GET PROPER MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR AN INJURED PLAYER.
Care for Team Equipment and Uniforms:
· No player should abuse equipment or uniforms unnecessarily.
· All uniforms and equipment will be turned in at the end of each season.
· Practice and try-out policies will be decided by each coach to meet the needs of his/her team after notifying the Administration.
· Sports practices should never be scheduled on a Sunday morning or a holy day such as Good Friday.
· Give consent for their child’s participation.
· Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from all games and practices.
· Support coaches.
· Do not criticize coaches’ decisions.
· Discuss concerns privately with the coach or Administration.
· If you have a question concerning your son/daughter, please talk to the coach first.
· Respect decisions of officials at all games.
· Keep academics a priority.
· Be a role model in sportsmanship and Christian behavior.
ILLNESS OR INJURY WHILE IN SCHOOL
Emergency telephone numbers are required of all pupils. If a child becomes ill or is injured, and in the judgment of the school nurse a child should be sent home, the parents will be notified. If parents or guardians cannot be reached, the emergency telephone contact will be used. Health records and emergency files must be kept updated at all times. If you change your work or home phone numbers, please inform the office.
Medication to be taken in school must be presented to the school nurse by parent or guardian and must be accompanied by a doctor’s authorization explaining how it is to be administered. No medication, including over-the-counter, will be given under any circumstances without the written authorization of a physician. State law requires that all medication must be brought to school in its prescription bottle or container. All medications must be left with the school nurse.
Kindergarten pupils must have a health examination before the first day of school by their personal physician. Immunizations against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, and polio are required.
Subsequent health examinations must be performed as required by State law and all immunizations must be kept up to date.
A mandatory health examination is needed for entry into sixth-grade.
All pupil allergies are to be reported directly to the school nurse on or before the first day of school, or as diagnosed.
Medical documentation of allergies should be provided to school nurse as soon as possible.
Any change in medication should be reported to the school nurse and office.
No medications are to be brought to school unless their personal physician and the school medical
advisor authorize them. Medication authorization forms are available from the school Nurse.
All medications that are to be administered must be written out and sent into school.
If a child has to be on temporary medicines, like penicillin, cough medicine, Tylenol etc., a parent or
appointed person must come into the school to administer it to the child. Otherwise, they must adjust
the time so it does not have to be given in school.
State Law strictly prohibits giving any medicines not authorized by the child’s doctor. It takes several
days to get all necessary forms signed and the child could be off the medicines by then. Prescribed
medications shall be administered to and taken only by the person for whom the prescription
has been written. Orders are valid for the requested time period only and long term medications
must be renewed annually, beginning each academic year.
The school nurse will notify parent/guardian in advance when student’s medication is running
low at school. It is the parent/guardian responsibility to provide more medication with
appropriate prescription label to the school nurse. At end of school year, notices will be sent
home to remind parents to pick up their child’s medications. Any medication left after the end of
the school year, will be discarded.
The responsibility for early detection of head lice is shared by all school personnel. Education and health employees should be alert to any unusual scratching and redness around the nape of the neck and ears.
The transmission of head lice from one person to another usually occurs during close personal contact. Thus, the problem is particularly common among school children that are inclined to share various articles such as hats, combs, and brushes, and who engage in contact sports, roughhousing and other activities involving bodily contact.
The following protocol is recommended for the control of head lice:
· Examine any student suspected of lice infestation.
· Screen all siblings, classmates, club members, and team members of the individual.
· If the individual with head lice is enrolled in the OLMC Before and After Care program, then all students enrolled in the program will be screened.
· The decision of “who else will be screened” will be at the discretion of the public health nurse and/or supervisor assigned or Principal of the school.
When a child is identified as having head lice, attempts should be made to contact a parent or guardian. That individual should be asked to come to the school and take the child home. The purpose of exclusion is two-fold. First, prompt action is a method of preventing lice from spreading to others while maintaining the dignity of the infested child. Secondly, parents need education related to the transmission and treatment of lice.
In the event children with lice cannot be excluded from school, the child may return to class with these recommendations:
· Activities involving close body contact should be discouraged.
· Group activities around classroom table should not take place.
· Child should be instructed not to put on articles of clothing that belong to another student.
· Instructions on proper treatment of the child’s hair, clothing and other articles should be sent
home with the child.
· Rules related to re-admittance to school should accompany the child.
· Family is required to bring in a box of shampoo or bottle of shampoo that was used.
In schools where there are numerous children and classrooms affected with head lice, the
Principal and the public health nurse will:
· Develop a temporary place to care for children (with lice) who cannot be excluded on the day the problem is identified.
· Provide additional health education for administrators and teachers in the spread and control of head lice.
· Have a “no nit” policy for the school. This policy would require students, who return to school following treatment, to be free of nits, after the School Nurse/Principal has checked the child’s head.
Remember: Lice are very small, flat, wingless insects that cling to the scalp or hair shafts to keep from being brushed or washed out. Lice cannot jump or fly. Their legs and bodies are not designed for jumping and they cannot fly because they don’t have wings. So, for lice to be
transferred from one person to another, the infested person must come in direct contact
with another person.