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  • Saint John the Baptist Elementary Skaggs Catholic Center, LLC

    2017-2018 School Year Anchored in God’s Love

    Mission

    Saint John the Baptist Elementary educates the whole child through our Catholic faith.

    Schoolwide Learning Expectations Students at Saint John the Baptist Elementary are:

    CHRISTIANS who:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of Catholic teachings. • Grow in their faith.

    • Serve others.

    LEARNERS who: • Demonstrate growth in academic skills.

    • Display critical thinking skills. • Use technology as a learning tool.

    COMMUNICATORS who:

    • Listen actively. • Express written and verbal thoughts effectively.

    • Work cooperatively.

    CITIZENS who: • Show respect for self, others and the environment.

    • Take responsibility for own actions. • Use virtues in daily life.

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    Table of Contents

    WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION 4

    VISITORS 5

    MISSION STATEMENT 6

    PHILOSOPHY 6

    SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS 6

    HISTORY 7

    COLORS AND SEAL 7

    ADMISSION AND ATTENDANCE 8 Admission Policy 8 Enrollment Policy 8 Parishioner Qualifications 9 Proof of Legal Name, Age & Custody 9 Name of Student 9 Immunization for First Admission/Health Assessment Requirements 9 Age of Admission for Kindergarten and 1st Grade 10 Exclusion 10 Respect for Persons with Disabilities 10 Class Size 10 Immunization 10

    Immunization Exemption 11 Assurance Statement 11 Programs and Activities 11

    ATTENDANCE & ABSENCE 11 Absences 11 Vacations 12

    Doctor’s Note 12 Make-Up Work 12 Insufficient Attendance 12 Perfect Attendance 13

    TARDINESS/STUDENT CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT 13 Tardiness 13 Interruptions 13 Release of Students from School 13

    STUDENT CUMULATIVE RECORDS 14

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    Access to Records 14 Non-Custodial Parents 14 Privacy of Student Records 14 Transfer of Records 14

    DRESS CODE 14 Saint John the Baptist Elementary Uniform Policy 14

    GOVERNANCE 15 Catholic School Leadership 15 Line of Authority 15

    COMMUNICATION 16 Newsletter 16 Web Site Information/Power School 16 Monthly Calendar 16 Meet-the-Teacher Open House 16 Back-to- School Night 16 Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 17 Telephone Use 17 Electronic Communication Devices (Cell Phone Policy) 17 Messages 17

    CATHOLIC SCHOOL DISCIPLINE 17 Saint John the Baptist Elementary’s Expectations for Student Behavior 17 Discipline Policy Principles 18 Guidelines for Behavior 18 Specific Guidelines/Infractions 19 Academic Honesty 19 Fighting/Violence 19 Food/Gum 19 Inappropriate Language 19 Property Care and Maintenance 19 Threat to School Safety 20 Search and Seizure 20 Speech and Publications 20 Stealing 20 Acceptable Internet Use Policy 20 Total School Discipline Cycle 20 Termination of Enrollment 21

    Expulsion 21 Transfer 22

    Concluding Statement 22

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    ACADEMICS 22 Grading Scale 22 Homework 23 Late Homework Policy: Grades 2-5 23 Tutoring 23 Report Cards 23 Promotion/Retention 24

    Exceptions 24 Honor Roll 24 Honorable Mention 25

    EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 25 Book Fair 25 Enrichment 25 Lunch Program 25

    Policy 25 Social Justice 25 Sports Program 25

    FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS 26 Cost-Based Tuition and Fees 26 Tuition Rate 26 2017-2018 Tuition 26 Financial Aid Assistance 26

    Registration/Reenrollment Fee 26 General Fee 26

    FACTS Tuition Management Program 27 Fundraising and Development 27

    INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS 27 General Curriculum 27 Planners and Book Bags 27 Books and Supplies 27 Field Trips 28 Library 28 Religion 28 Schedule 29 Standardized Tests 29

    HEALTH, SAFETY AND EMERGENCY 29 Communicable Diseases/Lice 29 Dispensing of Medicine 29

    Self-Carry/Use of Metered Dose Inhalers 30

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    Emergency Information 30 Emergency Procedures 30

    Fire/Earthquake Drills 31 Illness and Accident Reports 31 Medical Appointments 31 School Closure for Inclement Weather 31 Illness 31

    PARENT INVOLVEMENT 32 Relation to School Community and Philosophy 32 Home & School Association 32 Meetings 32 Parent Service Program 32 Presiding Lunchroom 33 Mandatory Meeting 33 School Board 33

    ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL PROCEDURES 33

    MISCELLANEOUS 33 Lockers 33 Books 34 Lost and Found 34 Parties 34 Personal Valuable Materials 34 Bicycles, Skateboards, Rollerblades 34

    WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION Welcome to Saint John the Baptist Elementary and the 2017-2018 School Year! This year’s theme – Anchored in God’s Love – is a reminder to trust in God. In doing so we will be filled with stability, peace, strength, determination and passion. With God as its anchor, Saint John the Baptist Elementary will be successful in its mission of educating the whole child through our Catholic faith and everyone will grow as Christians, learners, communicators and citizens! The school’s administration, faculty and staff accept the responsibility of guiding each student through his/her educational endeavors in partnership with his/her parents. Through Saint John the Baptist Elementary’s mission, we are called to educate the whole child through our Catholic faith, and lead the students to be Christians, learners, communicators and citizens. It is imperative that everyone – students, parents and faculty - work in unison to help each student be successful!

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    Saint John the Baptist Elementary is accredited through the Western Catholic Education Association, and received a six-year term in Spring 2013. The school’s next accreditation visit is scheduled for March 2018. The school is one entity of the Skaggs Catholic Center. Saint John the Baptist Elementary and Saint John the Baptist Middle School work in cooperation with the same School Board and Home & School Association. A Catholic school is one arm of the educational ministry of the Church. The Church seeks to prepare its members to proclaim the Good News and to translate this into action. Your choice to send your child to Saint John the Baptist Elementary indicates that you are interested in the total development of your child. Everyone working together will result in an individual prepared to cope with, live in, and contribute to the community in which he/she lives. The Parent/Student Handbook is part of the contractual agreement between you and Saint John the Baptist Elementary. Based on the Diocesan Policy for Catholic Schools, which can be accessed at www.dioslc.org under Catholic Schools, and guidelines pertaining to Saint John the Baptist Elementary in particular, this handbook provides valuable information and outlines important school policies and procedures. While every effort has been made to make this handbook as complete as possible, it cannot address all situations. All previously issued handbooks are superseded with the publication of this handbook. I hope it will promote understanding, cooperation and a spirit of support within the Saint John the Baptist Elementary community. Please read this handbook and familiarize yourself and your child(ren) with the information it contains. On occasion, Saint John the Baptist Elementary students are photographed during activities, events, etc. and the picture(s) may be used in a newspaper article, advancement newsletter, on social media, etc. If you do not want your child’s photograph to be used throughout the 2016- 2016 school year, please notify the school in writing by Friday, September 8, 2017. Please consult the handbook prior to calling the school with a question – you may find the answer right here! The administration retains the right to amend this handbook. Parents/Guardians will be notified in writing of any changes during the school year. Please keep all change notifications with this handbook for easy reference. Thank you for partnering with Saint John the Baptist Elementary. I am looking forward to a successful year! Mrs. Nikki Ward, Principal

    VISITORS Visitors/Parents/Guardians to Saint John the Baptist Elementary must report to the office immediately upon entering the building and before proceeding to any other location in the

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    school. All visitors, including volunteers, are required to sign in at the off

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