|Grades Pre-K and K||approximately 15 minutes|
|Grades 1 and 2||approximately 30 minutes|
|Grades 3 and 4||approximately 45 minutes|
|Grades 5 and 6||approximately 90 minutes|
|Grades 7 and 8||approximately 120 minutes|
|Grades 1-3||First Honors||An average of 90% or higher in all grade.|
|Grades 1-3||Second Honors||B in every subject or 85% average with no grade less than 80%|
|Grades 4-6||First Honors||90% average;
no mark less than 85%
|Grades 4-6||Second Honors||85% average;
no mark less than 80%
|Grades 7-8||First Honors||90% average;
no mark less than 85%
|Grades 7-8||Second Honors||85% average;
no mark less than 80%
Good conduct is a requirement to receive First or Second Honors. Therefore, a student must receive an A (excellent) or B (good) in conduct to be eligible for honors.
A student who does not receive an A or B in Conduct, will not receive First or Second Honors even though marks might warrant it.
Student with excessive lateness’s and unexcused absences will not receive honors.
Report Card Distribution
Report cards are distributed in November, January, April, and June. Report cards will be withheld if financial obligations have not been met and fees are outstanding.
Report cards may not be given before the assigned date. In the event that a student will leave school prior to the last day in June and all financial obligations have been met, the student may give the teacher a self-addressed stamped envelope and the report card can be mailed the last day of school.
Very few decisions we make about children are more important than recommendations to promote or to retain a student. Most students will be able to follow the school’s regular program of sequential learning objectives. If the student successfully achieves the year’s objectives, the student progresses to the next grade.
Testing, diagnosis, and actual performance, however, may indicate that some students cannot follow the school’s complete course of study. Therefore, the decision to retain a student indicates that although the school has done everything to help the student achieve success, the student has not made satisfactory progress.
Assessments: In addition to class and school exams your child will also take part in the Archdiocesan testing program which includes the Archdiocesan religion test, annual standardized tests and New York State Education Department assessments. These tests measure academic growth over a period of time.
In addition to class and school exams your child will also take part in the Archdiocesan testing program which includes the Archdiocesan religion test, annual standardized tests and New York State Education Department assessments. These tests measure academic growth over a period of time.
The faculty of St. Francis of Assisi School reviews these test results regularly for the purpose of promotion or retention in conjunction with classroom performance and grouping for reading and math.
Accidents: A student accident insurance fee is added to every child’s book bill. In the event of an accident at school you may obtain a claim form from the office. Please note that the school accident insurance usually is secondary to the parent’s own medical insurance coverage.
Admission Policies: Roman Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York base their educational purpose and all their activities on the Christian teaching of the essential equality of all persons as rooted in God’s love.
Thus, with discrimination so repugnant to their nature and mission, Catholic Schools in this Archdiocese do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin and gender in administration of educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
This policy is subscribed to by all Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese of New York whether owned or operated by the Archdiocese, the parishes of the Archdiocese or religious communities with the Archdiocese.
The process for admission to St. Francis of Assisi School is: parents must complete the school application form and provide all required documents. Following an interview and evaluation of the materials, the parent will be notified about the status of the child.
St. Francis of Assisi School gives preference in admission first, to siblings of currently enrolled students; second, to Catholic students whose parents are active members of the parish; third, to Catholic students whose parents are active in another Catholic parish; fourth, to non-Catholic students.
Announcements: Informational announcements are handled through the school P.A. Courteous attention is expected when any message is presented over the P.A. system, especially when prayers are said. All announcements must be written and brought to the office and approved by the principal.
Attendance: Excused Absence: A child is legally absent from school for the following reasons: sickness, sickness or death in the family, impassable roads or extreme weather; all other absences are unexcused.
Lateness: A child should come to school even though he/she may be late. All lateness is recorded and marked on the report card. Parents will be consulted about chronic lateness, and the child may be required to make up time missed.
When the child returns to school, a completed absence form must be given to the teacher. This form is distributed at the beginning of the school year and contains appropriate spaces for the child’s name, date of absence, class, reason for absence, and the signature of a parent or guardian. Doctor or dental appointments should be scheduled for after school or on Saturdays. Family vacations are not to be planned for those days when school is in session. The school provides families with an annual calendar to insure that does not happen.
If it is necessary for a child to be dismissed during the school day, the parent or adult chosen by the parent MUST come to the school for the child. The school must be informed ahead of time about such occurrences.
When a child is absent, parents are required to phone the school by 9:00 A.M. Absence notes are still required in addition to the phone call.
Birthday Parties: Birthday parties for Grades Pre K – 8th may be held monthly in the lunchroom with the teacher’s permission. Parents should notify the teacher in writing. Parents may bring small individual items such as cupcakes, brownies, etc... Parents may not bring in favors or “goodie” bags for the students
Books: All books must be properly covered. Contact paper is NOT to be used to cover any books obtained under N.Y.S. Textbook Loan. These books are stamped on the inside front cover. Each child is responsible for keeping his/her books in good condition. Books that are lost or defaced become the liability of the student and his/her parents. If a book is lost or defaced, the school will bill the parents for the cost.
ASSIGNED TEXTBOOKS: When a textbook is lent to a pupil on a semi-permanent basis, the New York State Department of Education requires that: - the pupil’s name be placed in the space provided in each book - the teachers make a record of the number of the book - the teachers make a record of the condition of the book - In September, each child will put a clean cover on each textbook received. In June, all textbooks are collected, extra materials and covers are removed. - all workbooks are collected in June.
SUPPLEMENTARY BOOKS: When books are handed out to the children for use during a specific period within the classroom, they will be immediately collected after they have been read. If the book is to remain with the children for any length of time; his/her name must appear in the book and the teacher should have a record of this.
LIBRARY BOOKS: Books may be borrowed for two weeks. Books are charged to the child so that he/she will have the experience of signing out a library book and abiding by due dates. If books are returned late, there will be a five cents fine per day per book, payable by the child. All lost library books must be paid for so that the school can purchase an additional copy. If the book is located after a new order is placed, the child will be allowed to keep the old book since he/she has paid for it.
Busses: Busing is provided within a 1 1/2 -mile limit to students from their residence. The Public school district where the student resides provides this service. If a student is to take a different bus from school a note must be submitted to the principal at the beginning of the school day.
Bus discipline. Students and parents should consider riding on the school bus as a privilege and an extension of the school. Thus, students are to demonstrate a respectful, Christian, and safety-conscious attitude at all times on the bus.
- students should obey the driver and monitors at all times.
- students should do nothing to cause annoyances or distraction to the driver, as this places the safety of all in danger.
- in cases of extreme or persistent misbehavior, St. Francis of Assisi School will work in consultation with the public school district about possible consequences.
Child Abuse Laws: Under NYS law, school officials are legally obliged to report any suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to the proper agency. In so reporting, no allegation is made against a parent or care giver. Rather, it is a judgment by the school that the child may be presenting signs of abuse or neglect.
If the teacher or school nurse suspects abuse or neglect, he or she must immediately confer with the principal to discuss the aspects of the abuse and to determine which person on the school staff will report the alleged abuse to the proper agency.
Child Custody: Custodial parents are entitled to receive original sets of report cards, school and special event notices, school calendars, etc...
Non-custodial parents are generally entitled to receive duplicate sets of report cards, school and special event notices, school calendars, etc... Such parents may be asked to supply the teacher with self-addressed stamped envelopes for convenience and expediency.
Communication: Since as parents you are the child’s first teachers, you are our partners in education. Therefore, regular communication with you is an essential part of your child’s school experience. Scheduled parent conferences allow teachers and parents to discuss student achievement as well as to develop means to assist students in areas of difficulty.
A parent may request a meeting with a teacher at any time by simply sending a note to the teacher in question and the teacher will arrange for this meeting outside class time at a mutually convenient time. The meeting should take place in the classroom or someplace that insures privacy, never in a hallway or on the street. A parent who is refused such a meeting should notify the principal. Teachers will not be available to meet during class times with any parent. This interferes with the learning process.
Confidentiality: There is a professional and moral ethic that requires all persons to safeguard all information of a privileged nature. It is imperative that such information be regarded as a sacred trust.
- If there is evidence of knowledge that could impact on the health or safety of any person, the teacher has the responsibility to share the information with the principal.
- Under Section 423 of the Child Protective Services Act, school officials are required to report when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child coming before them in their professional or official capacity is an abused or maltreated child. (See section on Child Abuse.)
The rules that govern privileged information apply, as well, to any personal or academic information that is discovered through daily classroom instruction or other social interaction with students parents or peers. Always the sense of the Sacred should prevail.
Crisis Plan: Should a crisis require evacuation from St. Francis of Assisi School building, students will be brought to a safe place located at Mount St. Michael School and parents can meet them there.
For further information concerning the crisis, parents can refer to the following:
Daily Schedule: Parents: Before 7:45am and after 2:30 PM St. Francis of Assisi does not have staff available to watch out for problems on school grounds or to supervise children on school grounds. Students should not arrive on the school grounds prior to 7:45am and parents must arrange pickup at dismissal times. IN THOSE INSTANCES WHEN STUDENTS ARRIVE ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS PRIOR TO 7:45am, PARENTS MUST PROVIDE FOR THEIR PROTECTION AND SUPERVISION.
All visitors must report to the school office when entering the building. Visitors will be given a pass to carry inside the building. This will help to ensure safety of all students and staff.
To avoid interruption during the school day, any messages, forgotten lunches, books and boots, etc., must be taken to the OFFICE and not to the classrooms while school is in session. The school office will see to it that the child receives these items.
Students will not be allowed to call home during the school day except for emergencies. All changes to the regular routine must be submitted to the office in writing.
Discipline Code for Student Conduct: Parents choosing Catholic school for their children frequently cite our commitment to structure and discipline as a major reason for their investment in Catholic education. Our students are to conduct themselves at all times as examples of Christian behavior and exhibit the values of their family, the Church, and our school community. Good classroom order and a tight school structure help to insure the safety of all children, facilitate the learning for all students, and promote self-control and self-respect in the individual child.
While most parents find our approach to discipline to be very favorable, there are instances when a child breaks a rule and must suffer the consequences of his or her action. It is then that a parent may attempt to debate the fairness of the school policy or make excuses for the child’s misbehavior. The administration of this school does not engage in debates with parents about our rules and regulations, nor can it be supportive of parents who are interfering with a child’s growth in accepting personal responsibility for his or her actions. By enrolling a child in this school the parent agrees to and is supportive of the rules and regulations that we deem as critical in the spiritual, academic, and behavioral growth of the child.
Teachers discipline students directly for minor classroom disruptions, for not coming prepared to class, not being in the complete school uniform, for not completing assigned homework, for minor verbal disputes with other classmates, or other incidents which interfere in the teaching-learning process for the child and his or her classmates. Parents are notified of classroom problems by the teacher and are asked to help the teacher to insure that inappropriate behavior is modified.
Teachers are not permitted to use corporal punishment on any child. Perceived acts of corporal punishment should be reported to the principal of the school immediately by students or parents.
It happens that some classroom discipline issues are referred to the administration of this school. This would include chronic minor problems listed above or major problems such as, but not limited to, chronic lateness, the verbal abuse of the teacher by a child; signs of disrespect to a teacher or another adult on the staff; fighting; physical, sexual, or verbal harassment of a fellow student; violent behavior; stealing; vandalism; or the possession of a drugs, alcohol, or a weapon. The administration handles such matters in a variety of ways depending on the severity of the incident.
The school employs a progressive discipline system for minor acts of misbehavior in order to encourage students to change inappropriate behavior so that sanctions do not increase in severity. Students will be issued Discipline Referrals when this is necessary.
Parents must sign each referral and return it to School. When three (3) referrals have been accumulated the students will be suspended for a minimum of one day. Any child who has been suspended will not be able to attend any Field Trips.
For more serious acts of misbehavior such as fighting, stealing, vandalism, swearing at or being disrespectful to an adult in the building, and harassment, the student is immediately suspended for a period of one to five days. In cases of vandalism, the parent must pay the full cost of the repair or replacement of the item before the child may return to school. In cases of theft, the item is either returned in good condition or the cost of replacement is borne by the parent before the child can return to school.
In cases in which a child engages in a fight which causes injury to another child or adult, the police will likely be called and, then, the parents will be notified. Likewise, the possession of drugs or alcohol by a child are reported to the police. The school reserves the right to expel such a child.
In cases in which a child brings a weapon to school, the police are notified, and then the parents are called. The school reserves the right to expel a child for the possession of a weapon.
It is the expectation of this school that student behavior is exemplary both on and off school grounds. Whenever a child is wearing our school uniform he or she represents his or her parents and the entire school community. Therefore, the school reserves the right to punish students for acts such as, but not necessarily limited to, fighting, vandalism, and stealing off school grounds when the child is in the vicinity of the school or wearing the uniform of the school. The principal determines what is within the vicinity of the school. This could result in any number of punishments including the possibility of suspension or expulsion.
Lastly, a child’s arrest for a crime on or off of school grounds, within or beyond the vicinity of the school, at any time could result in the child’s suspension or expulsion. A child’s conviction of a crime on or off of school grounds, within or beyond the vicinity of the school, will likely result in a child’s expulsion.
Any student who is caught engaging in excessive physical behavior is to be given a detention immediately, and referred to the principal so that a meeting can be arrenged.
Added: October 25, 2010
Dress Code: Your school uniform confirms your attendance at St. Francis of Assisi School and is a symbol of unity within the school community. It minimizes distractions in the learning process. It is important that you take pride in your appearance by wearing your complete uniform always remembering that by wearing it inside and outside the classroom and the school you are representing the school and your behavior should be a credit to both yourself and the school community.
Pre-K Boys & Girls are to wear the GYM uniform. This includes a St. Francis of Assisi School T-Shirt, Sweatshirt, sweatpants or shorts with St. Francis of Assisi School Logo (only) and white sneakers.
Gym Uniform: Navy blue school uniform mesh shorts or St. Francis of Assisi School sweatpants with the St. Francis of Assisi School logo, grey St. Francis of Assisi tee-shirt, navy blue St. Francis of Assisi School sweatshirt and white sneakers. Students who do not wear the proper Gym Uniform will not participate.
Girls and Boys: The presence of anything that proclaims a current fad is not permitted.
During the cold weather, students may wear the navy blue uniform cardigan sweater or the uniform school sweatshirt. Other types of sweaters or sweatshirts may not be worn.
*Students who are not in full uniform will receive a Conduct Referral. Personal Appearance
A good personal hygiene routine should be followed daily: ears, neck, and fingernails should be given special attention. When appropriate, children should be instructed in the use of deodorant.
Uniforms should be neat and clean.
Hair should be clean and well groomed. The boys’ hair should not be below the shirt collar. Bangs should not be so long that they impede vision.
Parents will be notified if a child comes to school consistently in an unkempt manner. If no improvement is noticed within a reasonable amount of time, an appointment with the parents and the Principal will be made.
No "Fad" haircuts, designs mohawks etc. It is the parent's responsibility to ensure this rule is followed. It is at the sole discretion of the Principal to determine if a haircut is not within the guidelines set forth in this handbook. The Principal will not engage in debate regarding the above and parents are expected to support this policy 100%.
Boys are not allowed to wear earrings. If a parent choose to have their sons ears pierced ti cannot be done during the 10 month school calender.
Drug and Alcohol Policies: In recognition of the seriousness of drug and alcohol problems to which the children are exposed, St. Francis of Assisi School will follow the policy as stated below:
- if a teacher suspects that a child is under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, the matter will be referred to the principal immediately
- the principal will verify teacher observation and will notify parents who must pick up the child immediately
- should it be determined that the suspicion is accurate, parents will be expected to follow the recommendations of the school principal if the child is to continue in the school
- any student who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or any drug, and appears at a school function in questionable condition will be barred from attending or participating in that ceremony, a party, dance, or school outing.
Parents will be notified and appropriate action will be taken which may include suspension or mandatory withdrawal from the school.
Electronic Devices: Any electronic device such as cell phones, iPods, and beepers, hand-held and other personal electronic devices that may distract the student, other students, or the class as a whole during the course of the school day is prohibited. These items will be confiscated and returned to the parent in JUNE.
If parent requires a student to carry a cell phone for safety reasons, a written note from the parent must be on file in the office. The phone must be kept in the office until dismissal.
Emergency Closings/Delayed Openings: When school is closed due to inclement weather or some other emergency, the closing will be announced over the radio station WFAS 1230 AM and channel 12 News on Cablevision. We follow the Yonkers Public School schedule to inclement weather closings.
Use of the computer at school is limited to school related activities. Internet users are expected to behave responsibly in accessing and viewing information that is pertinent to the mission of the school
Vandalism and other infractions of school policy while using the Internet will result in immediate cancellation of privileges along with disciplinary action.
After School/Home Access requires students to follow the same student expectations as stated in the "Discipline Code for Student Conduct" and "Harassment Policies" in the student handbook.
Students must abide by the generaiiy accepted ruies of network etiquette both inside and outside school.
Students are responsible for their explorations on the Internet-and are subject to the
consequences of the school's discipline policy.
Students must sign a contract indicating their understanding and acceptance of the
school's guidelines (see parent student handbook).
Parents must give their permission for their child to use the Internet for educational purposes as an individual by signing the Contract Form once conditions are clearly understood. Parents also have the option of denying permission for their child to use the Internet independently at school.
Finally, if our school is notified during the school year that a registered sex offender has moved within the vicinity of our school, further notice will be sent to you.
These procedures are part of our continuing effort to provide a safe environment for all children in this school.
Be courteous and respectful in your messages to others. Use appropriate language. Do not use vulgar, harassing, obscene, threatening, bullying, abusive, or sexually offensive language, or make any statements that are slanderous or disparaging of any students or adults.
Never visit inappropriate or offensive websites.
Never download materials from inappropriate or offensive websites.
Never expose yourself in an inappropriate, vulgar, or sexually offensive manner on any website or via e-mail either in pictures or videos.
Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.
Do not reveal your home address or phone number, or that of other students or staff.
Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private.
People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages related to or in support of illegal activities maybe reported to the authorities.
Proofread your message before you send it.
Never agree to get together with someone you "meet" on-line.
Only public domain software ("shareware") can be downloaded.
Copyright laws must be respected. Do not make-unauthorized copies of software and do not give, lend, or sell copies of software to others.
Do not use the Network/Internet for illegal activities.
Software applications, games, or CD-ROMS from home may not be used on school equipment without proof of licensure and prior approval of appropriate school personnel.
Do not reveal personal passwords, use or try to learn others' passwords.
Do not copy, change, read or use another user's files without prior permission from that user. Do not attempt to gain unauthorized access to system programs for computer equipment.
Do not post personal messages on bulletin boards or "list servers." Send personal messages directly to the person to whom you want to write.
Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network for other users.
Do not waste or take supplies such as paper, printer cartridges, and diskettes that are provided by the school.
Talk softly and work in ways that will not disturb other users. Keep computer work areas clean and do not eat or drink in the computer lab.
If students encounter material on a networklbulletin board that is not
appropriate (vulgar jokes, statements of belief that some might consider immoral, etc.,) the student is responsible for not pursuing this material and reporting the matter to appropriate school personnel.
The use of cell phones, camera phones or other digital media is prohibited during the school day. Cell phones, camera phones, or other personal electronic devices will be confiscated if students use them during the school day without permission. In addition, any student who uses a camera, camera phone or other personal electronic devices in school or in the classroom for any reason will be suspended. Further disciplinary measures including expulsion, will be considered depending on the nature of the camera, camera phone, or personal electronic device use.
Technology Use outside normal academic hours and/or off school grounds (including but not limited to cell phones, e-mail, text messages, camera phones, cameras, personal digital assistants (PDA's), chat lines, bulletin boards, etc., are subject to the same guidelines as previously cited in the "Discipline Code for Student Conduct," "Harassment Policies," and the "Summary Statement.
The school reserves the right to seek financial restitution for any damage caused by a student or other user. The system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use, and their decision is final. The administration, faculty, and staff of the school may request the system administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific privileges. Violation of the rules and code of ethics described above will be dealt with seriously.
Transmission ofany material in violation ofany Us. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. The use of school computers and networking resources for commercial activities is not permitted. Their use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.