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Parent/Student Handbook

 

ST. JAMES REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

500 Tome Street

Ridley Park, Pennsylvania 19078

Telephone: 1-610-583-3662

Fax: 1-610-583-3683

Web Site: www.stjamesregional.com

STUDENT-PARENT HANDBOOK

This handbook contains certain policies and procedures of St. James Regional Catholic School.  The School may change any of its policies and procedures and apply them as circumstances dictate.  If you have a question about a particular policy or procedure, please contact the Principal.

STUDENTS AND PARENTS MUST ACCEPT AND ABIDE BY ST. JAMES REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL’S POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN ORDER FOR THE STUDENT TO ATTEND THE SCHOOL.

Preface

St. James Regional Catholic School is an extension of the education that begins the day an infant is brought home from the hospital.  By the time a child reaches the age of three, his or her parents have taught them many things.  So, when the child enters school, he or she is merely continuing their Catholic Education with the help of parents or guardians.

Your attitude toward the school and the teacher is most important, as it will reflect in the attitude of your child.  Parents are reminded that criticism, complaints, gossip, and words spoken in anger or jest, are absorbed by the child and become a part of his or her education.  Parents are asked to work with the school to maintain a united partnership between themselves and the school.

You must preservethe union of authority that makes the teacher in the classroom an extension of parental authority.

A child can be taught responsibility.  Many parents fail to develop this important trait.  It is taught over a period of days and months as the child learns that performance is expected and shirking will not be tolerated. If the child is not taught this basic characteristic at home, school tasks will be disregarded as non-important.  The child must be prepared to receive what the school has to offer.

It is most important to withhold judgment on what appears to be a grievance until you get all the facts:

· Classroom teachers appreciate the first call.

· Get your facts from the proper person.

· Discuss your problems with the proper person as soon as possible.

We stress this procedure because, in most cases, the problem will be resolved with little or no difficulty.

Gossip hurts a school.

Problems discussed with friends and neighbors tend to become exaggerated.

You hold the key to your child's success. Your encouragement can unlock for your child the best that a Catholic education has to offer.

Parental Permission Form

 

ADMINISTRATION 

 

Ms. Patricia Kaeser, Principal

                                     Telephone: 1-610-583-3662

                                     Fax: 1-610-583-3683

                                     E-mail: principal@stjamesregional.com 

 

Rev. John Flanagan, Governing Pastor

Saint Madeline Parish

Telephone: 1-610-532-6880 

FAX: 1-610-532-6653

E-mail: frjflanagan@comcast.net 

 

Rev. Anthony Orth, Governing Pastor

Saint Gabriel Parish

Telephone: 1-610-586-1225

FAX: 1-610-586-6068

E-mail 

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Mrs. Sue Eubanks,  Business Manager/Tuition Officer

Telephone: 1-610-583-3662

FAX: 1-610-583-3683 

EMAIL:  seubanks68@comcast.net

 

ADMINISTRATIVE  STAFF

Mrs. Jean Pokoy, Administrative Assistant

Telephone: 1-610-583-3662

                                     Fax: 1-610-583-3683

E-mail: jeanpokoy@stjamesregional.com

 

 

FEEDER  PARISHES

Rev. John Flanagan, Pastor

St. Madeline Parish

Telephone: 1-610-532-6880

Email:  frjflanagan@comcast.net 

 

Rev. Anthonly Orth, Pastor

St. Gabriel Parish

Telephone: 1-586-1225

Email: 

 

Rev. Gerald Canavan, Pastor

Saint Rose of Lima Parish

Telephone: 1-610-876-6170

Email: stroseoflimaparish.net

 

Rev. Robert T. Feeney, Parochial Administrator  (Grandfathered)

Our Lady of Peace Parish

Telephone: 1-610-532-8081

E-mail: OLP532@aol.com

olpmilmont.org

 

Rev. Martin E. Woodeshick, Pastor

Holy Spirit Parish

Telephone: 1-610-583-2220

 

Rev. Leo P. Oswald, Pastor

St. George Parish

Telephone: 1-610-237-1633

Email: stgeorge@rcn.com

 

Rev. Thomas M. Sodano, Pastor (Grandfathered)

St. Joseph Parish

Telephone: 1-610-583-4530

Email: stjoe.col@rcn.com

 

 

Mission Statement

St. James Regional Catholic School is committed to educating children in a loving, caring, Christ-centered environment where students may grow spiritually as well as academically.  Through a strong parent – teacher partnership, extra-curricular activities and educational opportunities, each child is encouraged to develop to his or her individual best.

A Teaching Ministry for Generations to come

St. James Regional Catholic School is a combination of the Saint Madeline-Saint Rose School as well as the Saint Gabriel School in Norwood, PA established in 2012.  St. James Regional Catholic School is a vital part of the Ridley Park, Norwood, Eddystone, Sharon Hill, Glenolden and Essington communities because it is an extension of the teaching ministry of Jesus.  We, the administration, faculty and staff believe that our school will leave an indelible mark on the lives of our students.  As a result of the combined efforts of a dedicated faculty, staff and community of parents and parishioners, the students of St. James Regional Catholic School have been, and continue to be, prepared for the various facets of life.  As a result of the school’s faith-based environment, the students have the opportunity to develop their  Catholic spirituality in such a way that they become role models for their peers.  For this reason, we believe that St. James Regional Catholic School provides a solid foundation for the future leaders of our community, nation and Church.

Administration, Faculty, Staff and Directors of Religious Education of Feeder Parishes

Father John Flanagan – Governing Pastor

Father Anthony Orth- Governing Pastor

Ms. Patricia Kaeser - Principal

Mrs. Eileen Boyle – Director of Religious Education for St. Madeline Parish (PREP)

Ktherine Dancsecs - Director of Religious Education for St. Gabriel Parish (PREP)

Sister Catherine Jane McErlean, IHM - Director of Religious Education for St. Rose of Lima Parish (PREP)

Sister Maureen Murray, RSM - Director of Religious Education for Holy Spirit Parish (PREP)

Sister Lorraine Muglie, SSJ - Director of Religious Educaton for St. George Parish (PREP)

Mrs. Sue Eubanks -  Business Manager/Tuition Officer 

Mrs. Jean Pokoy – Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Dorothy Marella - Secretary/ Safe Environment Co- ordinator

Miss Kathryn Taylor  – Pre-Kind. (3)

Miss Nicole Squadrito – Pre-Kind. (3)

Mrs. Barbara Gricco – Pre-Kind. (4)

Miss Melissa Todd – Pre-Kind. (4)

Miss Katie Bonner – Kindergarten

Miss Nicole Aaron– Kindergarten

Mrs. Kathy Shatzman – Classroom Aide

Mrs. Kathy Scaricaciottoli– Classroom Aide

Mrs. Cathy Wallen- Classroom Aide

Ms Donna Kowal – Grade One

Mrs. Danielle Soloman - Grade One

Mrs. Joanmarie Curran– Grade Two

Mrs. Lauren Loomis - Grade Two

Mrs. Kathleen Laverty - Grade Three

Miss Teresa Friel - Grade Four

Miss Ashley O'Connor - Grade Four

Mr. James Kane – Grade Five

Mrs. Josette Dwyer– Grade Six

Mrs. Carolina Qawasmy -  Grade Seven

Mrs. Cheryl Scartozzi – Grade Eight

Mrs. Sarah Markley - Director of Library Services

Mr. Robert DiSands - Physical Education including Nutrition & Wellness

Mrs. Susan Donovan- Technology

Mrs. Susan Donovan - Honors Math

Mrs. Amy Small - Art Teacher

Mrs. Denise Robinson - C.A.R.E.S. Program Director

Mrs. Sarah Markley - Campus Store Manager

Mr. John Keller, Jr. - Facilities Manager

 

Academic Probation

Our school encourages all students to reach their fullest potential through the academic program.

Academic Responsibilities

Each student is responsible for the satisfactory completion of projects, class work and homework in a timely manner.  Grades on tests and quizzes should be commensurate with the student’s ability.

A student who does not fulfill his or her academic responsibilities will be placed on academic probation during which time, evaluation of a student’s progress is monitored, as follows:

Conditions and Consequences of Academic Probation

• parent contact

• Trimester progress reports

• periodic meetings with the student

• trimester report cards

Accommodation Program

The Office of Catholic Education establishes guidelines for modifying and adapting curriculum to meet the learning needs of all students.  St. James Regional Catholic School is committed to providing for the needs of individual students.  The Accommodation Program is designed to provide adaptations to the curriculum so that high expectations are maintained for all students.  The administration, faculty, and Intermediate Unit personnel work in consultation with the student’s parent or guardian to determine the need for classroom accommodations.

Parents or guardians are required to sign a permission slip before a student will receive classroom accommodations.  Any student who participates in the Accommodation Program will receive a report card marked accordingly.

Class Participation

Students are expected to:

Closing Exercises

Participation in closing exercises is a privilege, not a right.  The School has the right to deny any student from participating in closing exercises if, in the view of the School, the student’s conduct or academic or disciplinary record indicates that the privilege should not be extended.  Also, all financial obligations to the school must be met in order for the student to participate in these activities.

Curriculum

The curriculum of St. James Regional Catholic School, intertwined with religious values, is the total mandated curriculum with its specifications of academic material and time allotment for each level of education. These are developed and taught sequentially according to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Curriculum Guidelines.

The Faculty endeavors to develop specific grade level guidelines according to the varying learning styles of the children in each particular grade. In an effort to achieve academic excellence, ensure an atmosphere conducive to academic success, and develop a worthwhile self-image for each child, the teacher creatively challenges and instructs in a manner befitting a professional Catholic educator.

Religious Education

The fundamental reason for the existence of St. James Regional Catholic School is that the children may receive an education steeped in Catholicism which will empower them to be active members of the Church and enable them to make a difference in our world today.

Sacramental Preparation

The stress in the sacramental preparation is the family involvement. The parents/guardians, as the primary educators, take a leading role in the sacramental development of their children. Nothing teaches like good example and the example of living a good Christian life. What the children see and experience in their daily lives is so important in their sacramental preparation. We prepare not just for the day, but for life. Sacraments can only be received at the parish where the student is registered.  Please check with your Pastor for all important details regarding receiving sacraments for the first time.

Reconciliation

Students in Grade Three are prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Parent attendance at Mass and parent meetings with the Director of the PREP Programs are part of the sacramental preparation.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is usually received during the Season of Lent, but may change at the discretion of the local parish Pastor.  Sacraments can only be received at the parish where the student is registered.  Please check with your Pastor for all important details regarding receiving sacraments for the first time.

First Holy Communion

Students in Grade Three are prepared to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Parent attendance at Mass, reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and parent meetings with the Director of the PREP Programs are part of the preparation.

The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist is usually received during the Season of Easter, but may change at the discretion of the local parish Pastor.  Sacraments can only be received at the parish where the student is registered.  Please check with your Pastor for all important details regarding receiving sacraments for the first time.

English Language Arts

The Language Arts curriculum at St. James Regional Catholic School includes writing, grammar, correct usage, vocabulary development, penmanship, spelling, language mechanics, dictionary and library skills, speaking and listening opportunities, and an appreciation of literature. Language Arts skills are not taught in isolation but are integrated across the curriculum. The guidelines for Language Arts are provided by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Reading/ Writing, Spelling, Speaking

The Reading curriculum at St. James Regional Catholic School incorporates the use of a skill-based and a literature-based reading series. The program is designed to teach necessary skills. It develops phonics and comprehension, challenges individual ability, and nurtures a love for reading that will assist students in the present and give them the tools necessary to thrive in the future.

The Reading Program provides a variety of reading experiences: cooperative learning groups, flexible reading groups, shared reading, oral reading, silent reading, independent reading, literature appreciation, and critical thinking activities. It completely integrates all facets of the Language Arts curriculum.

Mathematics

The Mathematics program at St. James Regional Catholic School is based on the Archdiocesan curriculum and the implementation of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Math Standards. The format of the curriculum provides for six mathematical strands: Numeration, Operations, Measurement, Statistics, Geometry, and Problem Solving. The concepts and skills of the core curriculum provide for both review and enrichment. Priority topics are developed and basic skills are maintained at every level of the curriculum through the use of daily drills.

Honors Mathematics Program

Students capable of completing the prescribed curriculum in seven years are enrolled in the Elementary Honors Mathematics Program.  The students in this program are identified in their third and fourth year and begin an acceleration of levels 4 through 8 in their fourth and fifth year.  Having completed level eight in their seventh year, these students complete a course of Algebra 1 in their eighth year.  The program is carefully monitored by the school administrator and the mathematics coordinator with the use of management guidelines prepared by the Joint Elementary / Secondary Mathematics Committee.  Students who complete this program and satisfactorily master the Algebra 1 curriculum according to criteria established by the Joint Committee are able to begin their second-year of secondary mathematics in the freshman year.

Social Studies

The Social Studies program at St. James Regional Catholic School extends from Kindergarten to Grade Eight. The students gain awareness of global, national, state, and community issues. Following the Archdiocesan curriculum, the students study history, geography, civics, social justice, economics, and current events. The use of videos, digital video discs, overhead transparencies, television, and computers, enhances the learning experiences of the children.

Science

The Science program at St. James Regional Catholic School is based on the conviction that God is the source of everything in the Universe and that Christ’s teachings are theoundation for proper responses to current scientific issues that involve ethics and morality. The faculty provides the children with an appreciation of God as Creator.

The scope and sequence for this academic area are determined by the Archdiocesan guidelines for grades Kindergarten through Eighth and include explorations in Earth, Physical, and Life Sciences.

Learning to use the Scientific Method and science process skills will encourage potential science majors as well as facilitate growth in higher order thinking skills.

Computer

At St. James Regional Catholic School, the computer is used for research, enrichment, tutorial, and remedial work. Much emphasis is placed on the use of Word Processing and Spread Sheet in the middle to upper grades. Internet as a research tool is introduced. The students use the media that correlates with their particular grade level and subject area.  Computer literacy begins at the Kindergarten level and is taught through all grades. I.B.M. format Dell computers are used in the classrooms and their use is integrated into the curriculum.

Art

The Art Program at St. James Regional Catholic School is designed to offer the students exposure to all aspects of art. They have the opportunity to develop an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the order and beauty of God’s creation and works of art.

Music

The Music Program at St. James Regional Catholic School enhances the education of the whole child and gives him or her an appreciation for a variety of music and a diversity of cultures as well. It also provides a way of praising God through song.

Physical Education

Physical Education classes are held weekly for every grade. The importance of developing good sportsmanship is highly encouraged. Every child must be prepared to attend class. Students are scheduled for weekly, forty-five minute classes with a physical education instructor.

Library

The school library is open to students on a regularly scheduled basis. Students are responsible for the books they borrow. Books that are lost or damaged must be paid for by the student.

Students traveling to the library are to do so in an orderly manner and maintain silence as they move through the school building to the library. The students must obey the following regulations:

FOR A MORE DETAILED LOOK AT THE CURRICULUM, PLEASE GO TO . . .

www.catholicschools-phl.org

Click on Parent Resources

Click on Elementary Curriculum

Graduation

Eighth grade students who have completed the prescribed course of study and maintained a suitable discipline record are eligible for graduation if all financial obligations have been met.  Procedures for graduation are determined by the Administration and the eighth grade teachers.

Homework

Homework refers to an assignment made by a teacher that will positively reinforce a concept presented in class.  Homework includes both written and study assignments, and should be done by the student independently.  While this does not preclude parental help or interest, the assignments should not require undue parental assistance or supervision.  Ample time should be allowed for the completion of out-of-class research assignments or projects.

The following time per night is suggested for homework; this includes both written and study assignments:

Grades 1 and 2                     30 minutes

Grades 3 and 4                     60 minutes

Grades 5 and 6                     90 minutes

Grades 7 and 8                     120 minutes

The School realizes that teachers, students and subjects vary.  The objective is not time, but the extension of learning beyond class time. 

In the event of absence or suspension, all homework and missed assignments are to be made up.

If a student is absent, student work may be picked up at the main office.

The assignments will also be listed on the web site.  Simply click that day’s date to view the assignments.

Preparation for Class

The student is responsible for completing all class assignments and homework on time.  Failure to do so indicates a lack of serious preparation for class.  Incomplete homework assignments will result in a demerit, and will ultimately affect the student’s effort grade on the report card.

Daily performance of students is assessed by the teacher.  Examination of copybooks and worksheets for neatness and completeness of work, as well as class participation, are part of the overall report card grade.

All students must be encouraged to use copybooks properly.  Students should not tear pages from copybooks, skip pages, or use his or her copybook as a drawing or scribbling pad. 

Progress Reports

Progress reports are sent home at the end of each week for Pre-Kindergaten through Grade 8.  Learning not only cultivates intellectual skills, but also responsibility for one’s actions; we will issue a progress report for any of the following reasons:

Promotion or Retention

Student progress is monitored throughout the school year.  During the Second Trimester, the teacher will contact the parent/guardian of a student who continues to experience difficulty, to discuss the possibility of retention and support services.  By the end of May, the teacher(s) will schedule a follow-up meeting with the parent(s)/ guardian(s).  If retention is indicated, the parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive an official notification which must be signed and returned to the school administration.  Promotion or retention is at the discretion of the administration in consultation with the teacher.

Remedial Services

DelawareCountyIntermediate Unit – Act 89/Title 1

These programs provide remedial, corrective, or developmental reading skill reinforcement for the students of St. James Regional Catholic School.  Students are considered for these programs based on their performance on the Terra Nova Standardized Test, informal Reading inventory, and recommendation of the classroom teacher or parental request.  These services are coordinated with the classroom teacher to maximize student reading, thinking, and learning potential.

Speech and Language Services

Speech and Language Services are provided by Act 89 through the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.  Children are selected to receive services when standards of sound production, fluency, language use, form, or content fall below normal standards for the child’s age and ability.  Referrals for evaluations are initiated by staff, parents or guardians, or the children themselves.  Evaluation and treatment are only provided following the consent of the parent or guardian.

Math Services

Remedial math services are provided by Act 89 through the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.  Students are considered for this program based upon the recommendation of the classroom teacher, performance on the Terra Nova Standardized Test, and informal diagnostic tests administered by the Intermediate Unit teacher.  These services are coordinated with the classroom teacher to provide maximum benefit for the student.  Service is only provided following the consent of the parent or guardian.

Counseling and Psychological Services

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides counseling and psychological services through the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.

The school counselor provides quality service to the St. James Regional Catholic School community by consulting with the school administration, faculty, and parents or guardians regarding individual students.  Individual and group counseling is available to the students.  The counselor recommends suitable referrals when needed.

After appropriate consultation, individual students are eligible for educational and psychological testing.  The school psychologist consults with the school administration, faculty and parents or guardians in order to prepare for the testing procedure.  Following the testing, the school psychologist meets with the student’s parents or guardians to review the complete report.  After parental permission is secured, the school psychologist shares recommendations with the school administration and the faculty in order to provide the student with the assistance needed.

Report Cards

Report cards are issued three times a year to students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8.

Each student is responsible for his or her own report card grade by satisfactorily fulfilling the following requirements: major testing (at least three tests in the major subjects)

Standardized Testing

The Terra Nova Test is administered each year to students in Grades K through 7, and for Honors Math.  The results are communicated to parents and are utilized by the school for curriculum planning.

Student Books and Materials

Every student must carry his or her books to and from school in a suitable book bag.  All books must be covered.  Paperback books are to be covered in clear contact paper and hard back books with brown paper covers or cloth book socks.  Books, copybooks, materials and clothing are to be properly identified with the child’s name.  The student and parent or guardian must pay in full for all lost or damaged schoolbooks or library books.  A charge will be made at the rate at which the books were originally purchased.

Students are expected to take care of their personal belongings, their books and their clothing.  They are also asked to help care for the school buildings and the outside property.  Any malicious damage will necessitate compensation.

Student Recognition

The Student of the Month is recognized for being an outstanding Catholic Christian studentby exhibiting extraordinary behavior in any of the following character traits:

Kindness                   School Pride                         Dedication                 Courtesy

Respect                     Reliability                              Courage                    Integrity

Self-Control              Honesty                                 Understanding         Initiative

Loyalty                       Curiosity                                Commitment             Generosity

Consideration           Motivation                              Cooperation              Dependability

Confidence               Wisdom                                  Caring                       Tolerance

Perseverance           Creativity                               Politeness                 Determination

Bravery                      Punctuality                            Friendliness              Positive attitude

Good Morals             Fairness                                Diligence                   Team player

Responsibility           Compassion                         Spirituality                 Trustworthiness

Forgiveness              Gratitude

This certificate is awarded each month to two students from each class designated by the teacher.

The Effort Award is given to one boy and girl from each class who have exhibited  an  extraordinary amount of effortduring the Trimester Marking Period

First Honors are given to those students in Grades 7 and 8 who have achieved a high  standard of academic excellence

Second Honors are given to those students in Grades 7 and 8 who have achieved a  high standard of academic excellence

Test Grades

In order for parents to be aware of the academic progress their child is making with regard to weekly tests, tests are to be signed by parents and returned promptly.

Issues of Admissions, Records, Health and Safety

(Topics in this section are listed alphabetically.)

Accident or Illness at School

Accidents or unusual illness occurring at school are reported immediately to the main office personnel.  When a student becomes ill or meets with an accident, the parent or guardian is contacted.  If the parent or guardian cannot be reached, the emergency contact will be called.  No medicine of any kind may be given to the student.  Only basic first aid may be administered.  Parents or guardians must be contacted immediately if there is any question regarding an injury.

Address Changes

Parents and Guardians must notify the office of address or phone number changes.

Admission

St. James Regional Catholic School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to its students.  St. James Regional Catholic School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, its admission policy, or in any school-administered program.

St. James Regional Catholic School endeavors to accommodate students with special needs, as the school’s resources and capabilities reasonably permit.  St. James Regional Catholic School reserves the right to decline admission or impose reasonable conditions of attendance where indicted under the circumstances.

St. James Regional Catholic School follows the local public school district’s age requirements for admission.  In the case of children coming from different public schools districts, the School administration determines the admission date.  For example:  A student who is 6 years old by September 1st is eligible for first grade.  The age for admission to kindergarten should be one year less than that of the first grade.  Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 must be the required age by September 1st of the current year.  Children must be fully toilet-trained.  The necessary forms and certificates for admission are:

Admission of Non-Catholics

Our school serves a variety of purposes, including the academic, social and physical development of the students.  However, the primary purpose of our school is religious.  We exist for the purpose of evangelization and catechesis, that is, the proclamation of the Gospel and formation of the entire school community of Faith.  Our school offers a complete Catholic religious education program and makes every effort to develop the Faith in all the students so that they may live a full Christian life.

Non-Catholic students may be admitted to our school under the following conditions:

C.A.R.E.S.

C.A.R.E.S. (Children Are Receiving Extended Services) is a service program provided either before and/or after school for working parents.  Only children registered in the regular school educational program can enroll in this program.  Registration takes place in April and in August for the coming academic year.  A registration fee is due at this time.

Communicable Diseases

No student, absent from school because of conditions listed below, may return to school before the specified time period.

Conferences

Conferences are scheduled in the First Trimester.

Arrangements for parent – teacher conferences at other times can be made in writing to suit the convenience of both parties whenever deemed necessary for the benefit of the child.  When requesting a conference, please state the nature of the concern, so that the teacher can be prepared.  The better the communication, the easier it will be to direct the student in his or her educational endeavors.

Teachers can not be interrupted during the school day.  Lunches, messages, forgotten books, etc. should be left at the office along with the student’s name and room number.

Emergency Contact Forms

Information necessary to address student emergencies will be required at the beginning of each school year.

Family Communication

Effective communication is the single, most important factor that assures a positive relationship between the home and the school.

Any communications, forms, money, etc. that are brought to school are forwarded to the school office through the homeroom teacher.  Students should not be instructed to deliver items directly to the office.

Financial Obligations

St. James Regional Catholic School maintains the right to withhold Report Cards and Records if all financial obligations (tuition, school fees, C.A.R.E.S. payment) are not resolved with the Business Manager.  In addition, no student may participate in Final Examinations (Grades 1-8), End of year activities (Pre-school - Gr. 8), Class trip (Pre-school-Gr.8) and Graduation Ceremony (K and 8) unless all financial obligations are resolved. 

Fire Drills

Fire drills are conducted on a monthly basis.  The students are instructed to leave the building quickly and quietly when the alarm rings according to directions posted in each area.  Failure to cooperate is considered a serious matter.

All Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers must evacuate the building for any drill.

Legal Custody Issues

It is important for the school to have a current copy of any custody decree.  This will help school personnel to make effective decisions when the need arises.  Custodial parents are likewise asked to supply the school with copies of restraining orders if the need arises.

Those individuals who have legal custody of the student may attend school meetings, participate in educational decisions and review educational records regarding that student.  Persons who do not have legal custody (including those with visitation rights but not legal custody) have no such educational rights and may not participate in these matters.

Medical Records

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has mandated that all children entering the Kindergarten or First Grade present documented proof that the following immunizations have been received:

      (Usually given as DTP or DTaP or Td)

      (Usually given as DTP or DTaP or Td)

     (Usually given as MMR)

     (Usually given as MMR)

     (Usually given as MMR)

Students attending Grade 7 must have all of the above and need the following:

                             (if 5 years has elapsed since last tetanus immunization)

After the vasic series of three Oral Polio Vaccine, Diphtheria and Tetanus, boosters are due between four and six years of age.  This should be followed by a Diphtheria – Tetanus booster between 14 and 16 years of age with a subsequent booster every ten years.  Please inform the school nurse, in writing, when boosters are given.  Other immunizations may be required.

The state does not require Pertussis, Haemophilus Influenza B (HIB) or Smallpox vaccination but parents and guardians should check with a physician for current practices.  (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Health, 2009)

Medications

It is generally recommended that prescription medicines be given to the student before and/or after school in accordance with the physician’s directions.  In those rare instances where the medication must be given during the school day, it will be administered in the main office.  Parents and guardians are required to sign a medication authorization form, which is available from the school.

Prescription and non-prescription over-the-counter medications must be in the original container with a note from the parent or guardian and physician to include: name of medicine, dosage, time of administration, dates to be given, and reason for medication.  Only the daily dose may be sent in.  It is not recommended that students carry a full prescription bottle to be taken back and forth daily.

Only medications prescribed by a medical provider for a particular child will be given during school hours.

Every effort should be made to give all doses of medication at home.

Children should not carry medication to school.  Parents should bring medication to the School Office or to the nurse.

All medication must be clearly marked with a prescription label bearing the child’s name, type of medication, dosage, and time to be given.

Written instructions from the medical provider are required.  If you did not obtain these at the time of your visit, a form will be provided to you.  Any change in dosage or medication must be accompanied by a note from the medical provider.

Over-the-counter medications will not be administered in school unless accompanied by a note from the medical provider.  Children will not be permitted to take medication on their own during school hours.

When the school nurse is in the building, she will administer the medication.  The Principal or his/her designee will administer medication on the other days.  Any parent who wishes to come to school and administer medication to their child may do so.  Please check in the School Office first.

Teachers are instructed not to permit children to take medication at school.  Please do not place your child in an embarrassing situation by sending medication to school without the proper instruction.  (Source: Ridley School District Health Services Department, Ridley School District Medication Policy, November 2001)

Nurse

A registered nurse is provided by the public school district on days selected by the public school district.  Contact the school office for days and times.

Health services in Ridley School District are performed by a team of Certified School Nurses, Registered Nurses, a Dental Hygienist, and Clerical Assistants.  Part time services are available in the Catholic schools.

First aid and emergency care for illnesses and injuries is provided in case of accident or illness during the school day.  Parents should consult their family physician for care of symptoms that occur outside of school hours.  It is not always possible for the School Nurse to evaluate situations that should be handled from home.

Please notify the school if your child is being treated for any condition which is considered to be contagious.  Your child will be readmitted to school after consultation with the School Nurse and may require a certificate of readmission from a physician.

Children should not be sent to school sick.  Children should be fever free for 24 hours and able to eat their normal diet for 2 or 3 meals before returning.  Children must also be free of contagious illness or under proper treatment as determined by the School Nurse in consultation with the parent and/or physician.

Students who miss three days or more of school may be required to have a note from the physician stating the reason for absence and approval to return to school.

If you find it necessary to send medication to school with your child, please notify the School Nurse.  Students will not be permitted to take medication in school unless the proper authorization has been provided by the parent and medical provider.  Forms are available from the School Nurse for this purpose.  (See previous section, Medications.)

Should your child have a special medical condition, please indicate that by writing or phoning the School Nurse.  It is important that this information be made available so that proper assistance can be given in the event of emergency.  This includes listing any medications that your child takes at home on a regular basis.  Information which may affect the student in the classroom is shared with appropriate faculty members; otherwise, it is kept strictly confidential.

Whenever there is any question regarding your child’s health, your cooperation in communicating that to the school through the School Nurse is appreciated.  (Source: Ridley School District Health Services Department, Ridley School District Medication Policy, November 2001)

Registration

Registration for students entering St. James Regional Catholic School for the first time begins in January.  Participating Parish members are given preference.  A non-refundable registration fee is required.

Re-Registration

Families wishing to return to St. James Regional Catholic School will be asked to re-register by April 15.  A non-refundable registration fee is required.  No parent may re-register their child(ren) at St. James Regional Catholic School unless all financial obligations from the previous year have been resolved with the Business Manager. 

Release of a Child

A student will not be released to a parent or guardian who does not have physical custody, without the written consent of the custodial parent or guardian.  To determine the custodial parent or guardian, all separated or divorced parents or guardians of students enrolled in St. James Regional Catholic School must provide the school with a copy of the court order or custodial agreement adjudicating that determination of custody.  This Court Order/Custodial Agreement is placed in a confidential file.

Safety Regulations

The following regulations have been established to insure the safety of our students and must be adhered to by all students:

Smoking

The school premises are a smoke-free environment.  No smoking is allowed in the school building.

Student Records

Unless a court or custody agreement specifies otherwise, each parent or guardian with legal custody is entitled to access all school records of the child.  Without a subpoena or court order, school records of the student(s) may be disclosed only upon written consent of the parent or guardian with legal custody.  Every change of address, phone number or family name must be reported to the office as soon as possible.  Up-to-date records are needed in case of an emergency.

Transfer

If a student is transferring to another school, parents or guardians should contact the school office to obtain the official transfer form.  Records are not forwarded to another school until a request for records is received from the new school and all financial obligations have been met by the parents.

It is the tradition of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that children attend the parish/regional elementary school within the geographic boundaries of those parishes.

Catholic students who wish to attend a parish school outside the parish in which they reside or have membership may be admitted to that school provided:

  1. Dialogue at the local level as to the reason for the request must take place.
  2. If it is determined that the permission should be granted since both pastors have judged the reasons for transferring to be meritorious, the sending pastor will write a letter of release with the receiving pastor acknowledging in writing the acceptance of the registration.
  3. The parents agree to assume the specified financial obligation.
  4. Adequate facilities are available.
  5. The academic and disciplinary records are satisfactory. 

Transportation (Topics within this section are listed alphabetically.)

In the beginning of the school year, parents and guardians are asked how their child(ren) will arrive at and leave school.  Any change in transportation arrangements must be made in writing, even if it is a change for only one day.  Emergency changes can be made by calling the school office before 2:00 pm.

Bicycles

St. James Regional Catholic School will not be responsible for bicycles.  If one is ridden to school, it should be locked to the fence by the Rodger Street entrance to the gym.

Bus

Local public school districts provide transportation for some students.

Children who ride the school bus are expected to behave in a safe and orderly manner at all times. Failure to do so will result in their being denied the privilege of riding the bus.

Children must ride the same bus both morning and afternoon as assigned to them by the school district.  Bus riders are not permitted to walk home unless the parents send a note to the homeroom teacher and the principal asking permission for this exception.

Please do not request permission, written or verbal, from the principal, staff member or teacher for a student who is a non-rider to take the bus to any location on a given day.  The school cannot grant such a request.  Parents should call the bus company to arrange for a student to ride the bus and then notify the school in writing.

Walkers

Students who choose to walk should come to the back of the school through the driveway located at the east end of the school.  Students may then enter the building through the middle back doors.

When crossing Tome Street, walkers must cross with the crossing guard.

Car Riders

Arrival:

Parents are not to stay in the yard with the students.

Dismissal:

Children will be brought out by faculty members.  Do not come into the building to pick up a student.

The student(s) will be supervised for ten minutes after dismissal.  After that, the students will be brought to the C.A.R.E.S. room.

 School Code of Conduct (Topics within this section are listed alphabetically.)

Arrival

Morning Bell:          

7:45 am for Grades 7 and 8                                                         

7:55 am for Kindergarten through Grade 6

Classes begin for all grades immediately after Morning Prayer at 8:00 am.

 Lunch Bell:             

12:00 to 12:40 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday      

12:00 to 12:40 Thursdays (hot lunch day) for Kindergarten and Grades 5 through 8

12:40 to 1:20 Thursdays (hot lunch day) for Grades 1 through 4

Dismissal Bell:       

2:45 pm Monday through Thursday                                            

2:30 pm on Fridays

 Attendance

Absences should be recorded and coded daily to the following:

Illness of student                 Illness of family                    Death in family         Quarantine

Inclement weather               Truancy                                 Other urgent reason

Student attendance must be taken and recorded twice every school day.  Absenteeism occurs when any student is absent from school for any reason (see list above) which has not been previously approved in writing by the school Principal.  The parents of students who have missed 10 cumulative days of school within the school year will be notified in the following manner:

  1. When a student is absent for 10 cumulative days of unexcused absence, the Principal will notify the parents or guardians and student in writing.  The student will be required to begin making up the time in detention.
  2. Absence of 20 cumulative days of unexcused absence within an academic year could be a determinant for retention when considered with all other factors. 
  3. Students who miss excessive school days without a physician’s note or valid reason, are to be considered truants and subject to dismissal.  The local public school district should be notified of dismissal for truancy and that the child is no longer on the school’s roll. (Archdiocese of Philadelphia Policy No.: S308.3)

Parents may wish to take their child out of school for several days for personal reasons.  When this request is made, the Principal and Teachers should discuss the student’s progress with his or her parents or guardians and advise them of the effect such an absence would have on the student’s school work.  The final decision, however, is the responsibility of the parents.

The policies regarding this area are as follows:

Appointments– Student appointments should not be made during school hours.  Missed work is the responsibility of the student and will be expected by the next day.  (Assuming it is only one day or less which is missed.) 

Lateness– Tardy students (after 7:45 am for Grades 7 and 8, after 8:00 am for Kindergarten through Grade Five) must report directly to the office.  It is essential that students be on time each day.  Lateness disrupts the teacher and other students.  Any student who is late more than ten (10) days for the academic year will have a letter from the Principal sent to the parent or guardian.  Upon the next lateness (and every one thereafter) the student will be required to make up the amount of time in an after-school detention beginning at 3:00 pm. that same day.

Computer Acceptable Use Policy

Purpose and Goals– Computers are a valuable tool for education.  Students and all users of computer technology have the responsibility to use these tools properly and in accordance with the school policy and the Acceptable Use Policy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  All students, parents, and guardians are required to sign a receipt of a copy of this policy at the beginning of every academic year.

Responsibilities of the User– With the right of access comes the responsibility to use the source both correctly and wisely.  Access to the Internet may mean that some material found will not meet guidelines set in the Acceptable Use Policy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Monitoring and controlling all such materials is impossible.  The school will make every effort to discourage the appearance of such material, however, the opportunities and information made available by the Internet make it necessary to provide access in order that our students can take advantage of the many resources on the information superhighway.

General Requirements for Use of the Internet

Student Rules

Discipline– Violators will be subject to either or both of the following:

Discipline (General)

We believe that discipline is fundamental to life.  Discipline is a necessary reflection of the philosophy of a Catholic school, which attempts to develop a fully committed Christian – a Christian committed to the observance of just rules and regulations, which will assist the individual in responding to his or her responsibilities and obligations to himself or herself and others.

The discipline code applies to students and parents or guardians, both in school and at school-sponsored events, as well as in the school or parish community and outside the school or parish community where the behavior is contrary to Catholic teachings or could bring disrepute or embarrassment to the school.

Code of Conduct – (Based on the Ten Commandments)

Preamble

We, the Administration, faculty, parents, and students, will strive at all times to be an example of a good Catholic Christian.  We will follow the doctrine and teachings of our Church, always mindful that Christ is with us in our daily life.  In following Christ’s example to treat all people and self in a dignified fashion, we promise to uphold the following code of conduct.

Code of Conduct

  1. To maintain a respectful, silent composure in church, to genuflect with reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament and to actively participate in the liturgical services always being mindful that it is the House of God.
  2. To pray with reverence at all times.  To use God’s name with respect at all times.
  3. To handle all religious items with respect and reverence.
  4. To show respect for our country and those who have given their lives for our country by properly and respectfully pledging allegiance and singing the National Anthem.
  5. To respect and obey all authority figures, rules, regulations and policies of the school community.
  6. To speak with dignity and respect to and about each other.
  7. To respect the individuality of all people.  This includes appearance, character, ethnicity, social status and abilities.
  8. To show respect for school and personal property by taking care of all items.
  9. To show respect for human sexuality in language, dress, artistic work and music.
  10. To demonstrate integrity and honesty in all aspects of human life.

I promise to uphold the Discipline Code of Conduct for Saint James Regional Catholic School in my daily life.

What happens if students do not follow the Code of Conduct?

Occasionally, removal from the group is necessary for a student and/or the learning environment of the school.  This is necessary when a student:

If possible, the adult who removes the child will help the student regain self-control.  If this happens, the two parties can continue to work together to redirect the inappropriate behavior.  If regaining control does not happen, the student will be sent to the Principal’s Office and a four-step cycle will be set in motion.

Step One:     The student reports to the office with a referral form.  The student will meet with the Teacher and the Principal and develop a plan of action to correct the behavior.

Step Two:     If the student is sent to the office twice within a two-month period he or she will again meet with the Teacher and the Principal.  Parents will be informed and a conference will be scheduled.  A contract will be drawn up.

Step Three:  If a student is sent to the office a third time in two months or the infraction is very serious, a conference will be set up with the Teacher, the Principal, the student and parents.  A suspension of activities is imposed.  A probationary period to monitor progress is set once the student is able to return to class.  This step can be repeated as long as the student is able to demonstrate that progress is being made.

Step Four:    The student may be expelled.

Serious infractions such as drug possession, weapons, or severe physical or moral misconduct will result in an immediate move to Step Four.

Consequences of Daily Activity (examples)

The following list constitutes activities which require a response.  Individuals who persist in problematic behavior will be individually disciplined.  A lack of homework requires the individual to complete the work after school or at a time designated by the teacher.

Serious infractions may result in an immediate suspension or dismissal and apply when students are on campus, on a bus, or at school-sponsored functions.  Examples of serious infractions include the following:

Prohibiting Harassment, Intimidation, Hazing, or Bullying, etc.

A safe, secure, and respectful educational environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards and build appropriate relationships with others. A Catholic School environment refuses to accept any such behaviors. Therefore, acts of harassment, hazing, intimidation and bullying (including cyber bullying and the like) are unacceptable behaviors and are prohibited in our Catholic schools. School personnel cannot monitor the activities of students at all times and eliminate all incidents of bullying between students, particularly when students are not under their direct supervision. However, to the extent such conduct affects the educational environment of the school and the rights and welfare of the students and is within the control of the school in its normal operations, it is the school's intent to prevent bullying. St. James Regional Catholic School will take action to investigate, respond, discipline, and remediate those acts of bullying.

Bullying involves actions or words against another person for the purpose of inflicting physical or emotional harm or discomfort or damage to a person's reputation that is intimidating or threatening and affects the learning and school environments. If the bully is threatening harm, a student should tell a teacher or the principal immediately. (Archdiocese of Philadelphia Policy No.: S319.3 September 2009)

Dismissal from St. James Regional Catholic School

Dress Code

Neatness and cleanliness in personal attire are part of a child’s education and the responsibility of the parents and guardians.  When a child looks and feels good about himself or herself, he or she acts and works accordingly.

Personal appearance that constitutes a distraction is not permitted.

Boys' and Girls' Uniform - Pre-School and Kindergarten

Boys’ Uniform - Grades 1- 8

Girls’ Uniform -  Grades 1 - 8

Boys' and Girls' Gym Uniform - Pre-school through Grade 8

ALL ITEMS IN BOLD PRINT ARE TO BE PURCHASED AT THE CAMPUS STORE LOCATED AT ST. JAMES REGIONAL SCHOOL.

Shoes may be purchased at B&S Shoes, Drexel Line Shopping Center, Drexel Hill, PA 19026 610-284-1070

Fall and Spring uniforms may be worn from the first day of school until October 31 and from April 1 until the close of school.

Detention will be earned by any student out of uniform, regular or gym.  Detention will be earned by any girl whose uniform length is too short.  Guidelines are given above.  Should a student need to be out of uniform, a note explaining the reason must accompany the student to school.  No substitution of any kind may be made for any part of the uniform.

Grooming Code – Boys

       (One Catholic religious medal may be worn.)

Grooming Code – Girls

       (One Catholic religious medal may be worn.)

All students are expected to wear dress shoes.  (For their safety, a rubber sole is preferred.)  No elevated heels are permitted.  Any shoes made of canvas, nylon, or any fabric, are not considered dress shoes and are not to be worn by boys or girls.  Any footwear with external trademarks or styled and constructed as athletic or casual shoes, no matter what color, is not permitted.

School Bags

All students must carry books in a sturdy book bag or backpack.

Early Dismissal

Planned early dismissals are usually at 12:00 noon.  Please check the school calendar each month for specific dates.

Emergencies

A phone chain has been established for emergencies.  Data will be announced onKYW 1060 AM on the radio.  Information will also be posted onchannels KYW 3, WPVI 6, WCAU 10, Fox 29 and PHILLY 57 or kyw1060.com

OUR BROADCAST NUMBER FOR KYW IS 485.

Extended Care

C.A.R.E.S., the before and after school program, usually operates from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.  For more detailed information, please call 610-583-3665 or click on C.A.R.E.S.

Extra Curricular Activities

Information concerning clubs and activities available to the students will be sent home by the moderators.  To view the list, click on Students and scroll to Student Activities.

False Alarms

Because Ridley Park uses a volunteer fire department, the township charges for every false fire alarm that is activated.  Therefore, the family of the student or child responsible for a false fire alarm will be fined $50.00.  The child will also be subject to suspension and ten (10) hours of community service.

Field Trips

The purpose of every class trip is to broaden the intellectual, cultural and social experiences of each child.  There will be no overnight field trips or activities.  Each student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) must provide written permission for each trip in order for the student to participate.

A class trip is a privilege which can be taken away.

If a parent or guardian does not wish a child to attend the trip for any reason, he or she must notify the school in writing.  The child must attend school on the day of the trip or it will be recorded as an unexcused absence.

Harassment / Violence (see Behavior Referral under Code of Conduct)

St. James Regional Catholic School follows the Archdiocesan Policy prohibiting harassment including sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment refers to any unwelcome sexual attention, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Sexual harassment is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated.

Any student or parent or guardian who is determined to have violated this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including dismissal of the student.

Violent, Threatening, Harassing and Inappropriate Behavior

It is the intent of the school to provide an educational environment free from all forms of improper threats, intimidations, hostility and offensive and inappropriate behavior.  Such improper conduct may take the form of unwanted verbal or physical conduct, verbal or written derogatory or discriminatory statements, and behavior not otherwise conducive to the educational and religious mission of the school.  Unacceptable conduct – either by a student or a parent or guardian – includes, but is not limited to the following:

These categories do not cover every possible situation.  The school will determine which behavior is inappropriate.

This policy applies both in and out of the classroom, in the school community generally and outside the school community, where the behavior is contrary to Catholic teachings or could bring disrepute or embarrassment to the school.

Conduct by students or parents or guardians, or anyone acting on their behalf, incompatible with the educational and religious mission of the school is grounds for disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, the immediate dismissal of the student, as well as reporting the incident to the appropriate legal authorities.

In addition, in the case of threats of violence or harassment, in any form, including oral, written or electronic, by the student against any member of the school community, the student, if suspended but not dismissed, may be required to have psychological or psychiatric clearance before returning to school.

Home and School Association

The Home and School Association is a program for parents, guardians and teachers.  This program provides an opportunity for adults and faculty members to work together for the benefit of the children.

The members work to provide talent and services to the Pastors and the administrator to aid and assist the educational process and the welfare of all school children.

Information concerning joining the association and the dates of the meetings will be sent home at the beginning of the school year.

Parental Involvement

Parents and guardians must weigh seriously their obligation to educate their children in an atmosphere of love and respect for God and others.  The home is the first school of the social virtues essential to any well-educated society.

Active cooperation of parents and guardians is expected and required as follows:

Party Invitations

Cards and invitations will only be distributed in class if the entire class is included.  While it may not be feasible financially or spatially to include the entire class in a party for your child, we are unable to send home cards or invitations to select children.

Suspension

Just, appropriate disciplinary policies are essential educational processes, which protect the common good of the school community.

Suspension may lead to dismissal.  The Principal will inform the parents or guardians of the seriousness of suspension and seek the immediate cooperation in a corrective program designed to resolve the student’s problem, if possible.

Procedures for student suspensions:

Telephone Use

The telephone in the school office is for business only.  A student may use the phone only in the case of an emergency with permission of the office staff.  Permission will not be given to a student to call home for forgotten supplies or to communicate social plans.  Please do not request that a child phone home during or after school for any reason.

If a child is detained at school for any reason without prior notification, permission will be granted to use the phone.  Urgent messages for students will be relayed to them from the school office.  During class time, neither student nor teacher may be called to the phone.  Messages can be given to the school office when necessary, and they will be given to the appropriate teacher.

Students are not permitted to use cell phones while school is in session.

Cellular Telephone/Pagers/Handheld Electronic Games

Students are expected to turn in, to the home room teacher, any electronic devices before the start of school.  This includes cell phones, I-pods, and game devices.  Students will have said devices returned to them at the end of the day during the dismissal.  If parents or guardians do not choose to have these devices turned in to the teacher for the duration of the day, then these devices are to remain at home.  Students who fail to comply with this policy and continue to conceal the devices will be sent to the office and the parents or guardians will be contacted.  The parents or guardians must then come to the office to retrieve the devices.

Visitors

Visitors are welcome by appointment.  To arrange for a visit contact the school office.

Parents and Guardians coming to the school to bring forgotten articles or to relay messages should come to the school office.  Classes are not to be disturbed for these reasons.

All visitors must report to the school office and sign in the Visitor’s Log when entering the building and complete time out when leaving the building.  An atmosphere of quiet respect for the learning rights of others should prevail throughout the school building.

Volunteers

The assistance of parent volunteers is greatly appreciated and encouraged.  We recognize the invaluable assistance given by our students’ families, which helps in building a strong learning community.

Criminal Record Checks, Child Abuse Clearances and FBI fingerprint checks must be on record with the school office in order to volunteer in the school building or to go on field trips.  Volunteers must also attend a Safe Environment Training Class sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Please call or make an appointment with St. James Regional Catholic School's Safe Environment Coordinator, Mrs. Dorothy Morella at 610-583-3662.