Handbook for St. Joseph School

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Handbook for St. Joseph School
St. Joseph School
Calendar and Handbook 2012-2013
Traditions That Empower the Child.
Child of Faith. Child of Service. Child of Knowledge. Child of Tradition. Child of Discovery.
www.stjoeelem.org
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PASTOR’S LETTER/HISTORY
CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
PHILOSOPHY/
MISSION/VISION STATEMENTS
FACULTY AND STAFF
LUNCH PROGRAM
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PTO
AUGUST
PRESCHOOL
SEPTEMBER
ARTS & HUMANITIES
OCTOBER
ADVENT
NOVEMBER
MIDDLE SCHOOL
DECEMBER
STEWARDSHIP
JANUARY
FUNDRAISING POLICIES
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL
MAY
JUNE
JULY
ADMISSION AND RECORDS
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25
27
29
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31
UNIFORMS
32
ATTENDANCE/ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL 33
AFTER SCHOOL EXTENDED CARE
34
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Field Trips, House System,
Academic Team, Clubs, Groups
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CURRICULUM
Faith Formation, Core Content Classes
Report Cards, Progress & Evaluation
TeacherEase, Evaluation, Conferences
Honor Roll, Homework Policy
School Counselor
Learning Consultant/Special Needs
Philosophy, Protocol, Admission
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POLICIES & PROCEDURES
No Smoking Policy, Telephone
Bikes, Lost & Found
Thursday Envelope, Emails, Visitors
School Announcements, Birthdays
Releasing Students
Emergency Form, Custody Decisions
Accident Report, Medicines, Illness
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TECHNOLOGY USE
Internet, Email
Ethical Use Policy
eReaders, Cell Phones
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FINANCIAL POLICIES
Stewardship/Tuition Rates/Payment
Payment Options
Books/Supplies/Fees/Financial Aid
Adopt-a-Child
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DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES
Philosophy
Unacceptable Behaviors
Serious Infractions, School Functions
Firearms / Dangerous Weapons
Threatening Behavior
Search & Seizure
False Threats, Harassment
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CORRECT PROCEDURES
Teacher/Principal Mediation
Suspension or Probation
Grievance Procedure
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EMERGENCIES
Civil Defense, Fire, Tornadoes
Earthquakes, Fire, Bomb Threat
Inclement Weather, Early Dismissal
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ADVISORY BOARDS
School Board, PTO, Athletics
SCHOOL FORMS
Sounding Board
Policy Agreements
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53
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FROM FR. BILL’S
QUILL
FROM FR. BILL’S QUILL
There are many ways to measure the passage of
time, whether by a clock or a calendar. As we
have brought to a close the past school year by
blessing and sending forth the eighth graders in the
Class of 2012, my thoughts now turn to the class
of 2013. This year’s graduating class also marks
a passing of time for me, as they would have been
entering the first grade the summer of my arrival
as pastor in 2005. Just as you parents mark the
yearly growth and maturity of a child, so I marvel
at all the growth and maturity of our elementary
school. This past year, once again the faculty,
staff, students, and you parents had to adapt and
be patient as we completed the second phase of
our “A Time to Build” Capital Campaign with the
construction of the new St. Joseph Parish Hall. It
was available to us so that the first function in it
was the reception for our parish’s eighth graders
who were confirmed this year on May 15th. Just as
the dedication of the Parish Hall marked an ending
of the construction phase, it also marked the beginning of a new facility to serve the growing needs
of our parish. Similarly, we continue to experience
a growth in our number of students, especially in
our preschool program and primary grades. We are
projecting this coming year’s enrollment to be the
largest since years before my arrival seven years
ago!
Each year brings its challenges and opportunities
for growth, I am sure this coming one will be no
different. Sometimes these changes happen so easily that in a brief time it seems almost like we have
always done them this way. I reflect now upon the
changes to the more safe and secure playground
area and the drop-off and pick-up patterns in our
parking lot.
HISTORY OF
ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL
Working together as a family we can ensure that this
coming year will be another highly successful year for
our students and all involved with our school. I remain in awe of our faculty and staff’s devotion to our
children’s lifelong learning and faith formation that
is so generously offered by them and their sacrifices
made by serving in Catholic schools. Just as we have
all benefited from the legacy of those who made past
sacrifices, and our present students benefit from our
sacrifices; thus we continue to build upon our 59 year
old educational foundation to ensure the future life and
vitality of our school.
Thank you for the trust you place in our parish school
by entrusting your child(ren) to our care and for the
many ways that you support St. Joseph’s Elementary
School with our “Traditions That Empower the Child.”
Know that I remain at your service if ever I can be of
help.
Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Bill Hammer
In 1819 Bishop Flaget requested the Sisters of
Charity of Nazareth to open an elementary day
school for the education of the children in the
Bardstown, Kentucky area. The name “Bethlehem” was given to this new school to signify the
birth of the first branch house, stemming from
Nazareth, the Motherhouse of the Sisters.
Bethlehem continued as an elementary school
until 1911.
In the fall of 1953, the new St. Joseph Parish
School was opened. At that time, it was one of
the largest and most modern in the Archdiocese.
In 2009, St. Joseph School was renovated, and a
10,000 square foot addition to the school was
completed to include a new media center, technology lab, science lab, art and music rooms, two
modern preschool classrooms, office area, and
secure entrance. In 2011, St. Joseph School
earned the presigious, nationally recognized AdvancED Certification after completing a rigorous
self-study and evaluations from local and national
AdvancED Certification Teams. In 2012, two preschool classrooms and meeting areas were added
to the SJS campus when construction of the St.
Joseph Parish Hall was completed.
St. Joseph School is certified through
AdvancED. The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and
School Improvememt (NCA CASI) and
The Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools Council on Accreditation
and School Improvement (SACS CASI)
are accreditation divisions of AdvancED.
(www.advanc-ed.org)
PHILOSOPHY OF ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL
MISSION STATEMENT
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atholic education is one of the most
important ministries of the Church.
Catholic Schools have the opportunity
and the responsibility to provide the atmosphere
for developing the human potential of each student
to become the unique person and disciple God has
called each to be. Its distinctive purpose is to relate
all human culture and knowledge to the Good
News of Salvation. The purpose of Catholic Education is contained in a three-fold dimension:
• To proclaim the Gospel message
• To develop a community of faith
• To give service to others
The primary and ultimate purpose for the existence
of St. Joseph School is to assist parents in fulfilling
their role of educating their children with a quality
Catholic education. The educational program and
goals of St. Joseph School provide for the growth
of the total individual: spiritual, intellectual,
emotional, and physical, so that the student may
develop into a truly Christian person. This program
prepares our students to live intelligently and freely
with a sense of responsibility toward their country
and an awareness of their own needs and the needs
of others.
To support this philosophy, St. Joseph School has
committed itself to the following objectives:
• To provide a comprehensive religious
education program enabling our students
to better understand the Gospel message as
they are encouraged to live out their faith
in service to others
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To provide the student an opportunity to
plan and participate in the Liturgy,
thus deepening his/her awareness
of the faith community
To help students develop a positive selfimage and to understand and appreciate
their uniqueness as individuals
To create an environment which encourages
respect for authority while recognizing the
rights of others
To provide an academic program rooted in
the basic skills and expanded to embrace
the sciences, humanities and arts
To help each student develop the power to
think constructively, to solve problems, to
reason independently, and to communicate
effectively
To provide the students, faculty, and
parents an opportunity for input in
the decision-making process
To promote a model of inclusion for children
with mild disabilities
To continue the search for new ways to
meet the individual, physical, mental, and
educational needs of all our students.
To deepen the students concern for and
skill in peace-making and the achievement
of justice
To continue our commitment to a Catholic
program of academic excellence by an
ongoing process of evaluation and change
These goals can be accomplished only if the school
creates an environment of love and cooperation in
which dignity and uniqueness of each individual is
respected as efforts are made to form a Christian
community among the staff, faculty, students and
parents.
The mission of St. Joseph School, as
an integral part of St. Joseph Parish, is
to provide an environment of academic
excellence for all students based on Catholic
values and traditions. St. Joseph School is
committed to help the students develop the
spiritual, intellectual, physical and
emotional skills needed to become
responsible citizens and lifelong learners.
VISION STATEMENT
St. Joseph School, through collaboration
of parish, parents, teachers, administrators and community, provides a learning
environment and experience that prepares
all students for successful participation in
Church, academics, the community, and
in their personal relationships. St. Joseph
School will meet these goals by:
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Including prayer, sacraments, and
worship as an integral part of student
formation
Offering a variety of academic programs
and extracurricular activities
Increasing the use of technology for
students and staff
Addressing financial concerns by
encouraging participation of time, talent
and treasure
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FACULTY & STAFF
PRINCIPAL
Mr. Michael Bickett
ADM. ASSISTANT Mrs. Beth Walker
SECRETARY
Mrs. Susie Heil
OFFICE ASST.
Mrs. Michelle Ball
I.T. DIRECTOR
Mrs. Beth Trusley
MAINTENANCE
Mr. Felix Boone
Mr. Daniel Weakley
PRESCHOOL
Mrs. Judy Walsh - Director
Ms. Patricia Butler
Mrs. Mary Howard
Mrs. Christina Reyna
KINDERGARTEN Mrs. Angie Krish
Mrs. Donna Snider
GRADE ONE
GRADE TWO
Mrs. Sheila Mattingly
Mrs. Connie Whiteman
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Language Arts
Language Arts
Math
Religion
Science
Social Studies
Mrs. Kara Lewis
Mrs. Ali Sparks
Mrs. Chasity Livers
Mrs. Melissa Bradley
Mrs. Valerie Brooks
Mrs. Janet Cassidy
Mrs. Karen Allen
Ms. Mary Spalding
MEDIA INSTR.
Mrs. Karen Spalding
MUSIC
Mrs. Jill Vittitow
P.E.
Mr. Patrick Miller
CAFETERIA STAFF
Mrs. Kay Mattingly, Manager
Mrs. Kate Guthrie, Asst. Mgr.
Mrs. Agnes Apted
Mrs. Brenda Miles
SPANISH
Mrs. Hortensia Mayer
PASTOR
TECHNOLOGY
Mrs. Susan Hurst
Rev. Bill Hammer
ASSOCIATE
Rev. David Carr
LEARNING CONSULTANT
Mrs. Pat Hagan
GRADE THREE
Mrs. Katrina Ballard
Mrs. Karen Meredith
SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Mrs. Audrey Carney
GRADE FOUR
Mrs. Katie Garrett
Mrs. Betty Carol Riley
Mrs. Shawn Bond
Mrs. Pam Zarantonello
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Mrs. Janet Hicks, Director
Mrs. Marlene Blair
Mrs. Angela Guthrie
Mrs. Darlene Peppers
ART
Mrs. Anna DeWitt
Mrs. Margie Downs
GRADE FIVE
TEACHER ASSISTANTS
Mrs. Michelle Ball
Mrs. Patty Fox
Ms. Pam Hamilton
Mrs. Jamie O’Bannon
Mrs. Debbie Watts
Mrs. Mary Wimpsett
MUSIC MINISTRY
Mrs. Debbie Jones
Mrs. Jill Vittitow
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Ms. Tara Mattingly
TUTOR
Sr. Lorena Fleischman
JR. HIGH YOUTH MINISTER
Mrs. Renee Farnsworth
LUNCH AT ST. JOSEPH
PREPAID MEALS ONLY:
At the beginning of each school year, every family
is provided with an application for the government
lunch program.
• Children from families who qualify will receive
free milk and free meals, or a reduced price for
milk and meals
• Applications should be filled out and returned to
school as soon as possible.
• Applications can be submitted at any time during
the school year – particularly if family circumstances change.
• All information on an application is confidential
and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility for the government lunch program.
All students must eat a lunch prepared by the
cafeteria or brought from home. The account can
be funded as a parent chooses; checks can be sent
to school with the student or dropped off in the
cafeteria.
Note: No “fast food” may be brought into the
cafeteria according to state and federal regulations.
Cash/Check is sent to school and deposited into
your child/children’s account. The money is for
meals only; no a la carte items may be purchased.
CASH ON THE LINE:
ALLERGY POLICY:
Students with allergies will be given accommodations according to their need. For example, during
lunch or snacks, students with food allergies will
be separated from the allergen.
Cash/check is accepted as the child purchases
meals and/or a la carte items. Each child will enter
a personal identification number (PIN) into a 12
key pin pad to access his/her account. If you have
placed cash on account under options 1 or 2,
monies/meals will be deducted from your account
for purchased meals based on the eligibility of your
child (full pay, free, or reduced).
This system is confidential. All students will be
required to enter their PIN number regardless
of meal status or payment method, thus insuring
your child’s privacy.
Students may charge up to two times, but after that,
they will be given a peanut butter sandwich and
water until the account is funded again. When an
account needs funds, a reminder is sent home with
the student and posted on TeacherEase in order to
keep parents up-to-date.
PAYMENT OPTIONS ARE:
CASH ON ACCOUNT UNLIMITED:
Check/cash is sent to school and deposited into
your child’s account (unlimited account). There are
no limitations as to what may be purchased or how
many purchases can be made, but a meal must be
purchased before ala carte items can be purchased.
The account balance decreases as purchases are
made.
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PTO
Parent Teacher Organization:
Every parent/guardian is encouraged to become
an active participant in the Parent Teacher
Organization (PTO). This organization provides
the opportunity to express your concerns and
to work cooperatively with the teachers on
projects that benefit the students both directly
and indirectly. Meetings are held in the school
cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. the second Tuesday of
every other month beginning in September.
Two major projects that the PTO undertakes are
the Pancake Breakfast in January and Friday
Fish Fries during Lent. Both are excellent
stewardship opportunities.
The Sounding Board Committee is a special committee of the PTO designed to review and take
action on ideas, comments, questions, and suggestions submitted by parents. A Sounding Board form
is attached at the end of this handbook. To share
your ideas, please fill out the form and return it to
the “Sounding Board Box” located near the school
lobby.
In-school Volunteers
During school hours, there are many opportunities
for parents or grandparents to provide their time
and talent to enhance our curriculum and provide an opportunity for active participation in the
education process of our young people. All school
volunteers have a criminal background check. All
volunteers should sign in at the school office each
time they participate.
“Cherish your visions
and your dreams as
they are the children
of your soul, the
blueprints of your
ultimate
achievements.”
Napoleon Hill
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August 2012
Sunday
Monday
30
Tuesday
31
Wednesday
1
Thursday
2
First Day of School
Friday
Saturday
3
No County Bus
4
10
11
No County Bus
Athletic Board
6:00 pm
5
12
Parent Meeting
Preschool 6:30 pm
Parent Meeting
Kindergarten 6:30 pm
Parent Meeting
1st Grade 6:30 pm
Parent Meeting
2nd Grade 6:30 pm
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7
8
9
Parent Meeting
3rd Grade 6:30 pm
Parent Meeting
4th Grade 6:30 pm
Parent Meeting
5th Grade 6:30 pm
Parent Meeting
6th Grade 6:30 pm
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14
15
Opening School Liturgy
Feast of the Assumption
9:30 am
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17
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23
8th Grade Liturgy (11 am)
and Lunch
24
Acknowledgement Form
Due (pg. 53 of SJS
Handbook)
25
30
31
Stewardship Day
4-H Meeting 3:15-4:30 pm
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
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20
21
22
School Board 7:00 pm
26
27
28
29
Safe Environment Training
St. Gregory, Cox’s Creek
6:30 pm
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
8th Grade Parent Meeting
DC Trip 6:30 pm
Preschool Fun and Learning for 3 and 4 year olds.
“May your walls know joy; may every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.”
Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey
10
September 2012
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
1
Fr. Bill B-Day
2
3
No School
Labor Day Holiday
4
5
Athletic Board Meeting
6:00 pm
9
Second Grade Enrollment
Rite 9:00 and 11:30 am
Mass
10
11
9/11 Prayer Service
8:10 am
12
PTO Out-of-Uniform
6
School Liturgy
9:30 am
7
School Pictures
8
Second Grade Enrollment
Rite 5:00 pm Mass
14
15
Bourbon Festival
Bourbon Festival
21
No School
22
Autumn Begins
28
Stewardship Day
29
Second Grade
First Reconciliation Parent
Meeting 6:30 pm
13
Preschool Prayer Service
(11 am) and Lunch
BHS Assembly 2:10 pm
4-H Meeting 3:15-4:30 pm
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
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17
PTO Meeting 7:00 pm
School Board 7:00 pm
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20
7th Grade Liturgy (11 am)
and Lunch
PTS Conferences
4:00-7:00 pm
PTS Conferences
4:00-7:00 pm
26
27
Bourbon Festival
23
Parish Picnic
12:30 pm
24
30
25
8th Grade visit to
Bethlehem High School
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
Weekly Arts & Humanities Classes for K-8
Students sing, play ukuleles, keyboards,
recorders, bells, and rhythm instruments in
music class.
Students use paint, charcoal, textiles,
paper, and clay to create original works in
art class.
Library teacher says “Happy Birthday
Dr. Seuss!
Let’s make Oobleck!”
Spanish lesson with Senora Mayer.
Hula hoop fun in gym class.
Students learn computer skills on new
computers in the technology lab.
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October 2012
Sunday
Monday
1
Tuesday
2
End of 1st Quarter
Wednesday
Thursday
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3
Friday
Saturday
5
6
Blessing of the Animals
St. Joseph Church
10:00 am
11
12
13
Arts and Crafts Fair (8th
Grade Work Bread or Pork
Booth)
18
19
20
25
6th Grade Liturgy (11 am)
and Lunch
26
Stewardship Day
27
Fall Break
7
Respect Life Sunday
8
Columbus Day
9
10
Fall Break
14
Arts and Crafts Fair (8th
Grade Work Bread or Pork
Booth)
15
Classes Resume
2nd Quarter Begins
16
17
School Board 7:00 pm
21
28
22
29
Book Fair
23
Archdiocesan
Open House
9-11 am, 3-5 pm
24
Make-up Pictures 8:30 am
Parish Frightfully Fun
Family Festival
5:00-7:00 pm
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
30
Book Fair
31
Book Fair
PTO Out-of-Uniform
PTO Meeting 7:00 pm
Advent and Christmas Season
Pennies from Heaven, Christmas Concerts, Plays, Stewardship and Prayers at Christmas
14
November 2012
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
1
School Liturgy
All Saints Day
9:30 am
2
Book Fair
Book Fair
Saturday
3
Fall Festival 5:00-8:00 pm
4
Daylight Savings Time
Ends
5
No County Bus
No City Bus
6
No County Bus
No City Bus
7
8
5th Grade Liturgy (11 am)
and Lunch
9
10
Confirmation Enrollment
Rite 5:00 pm Mass
16
17
Election Day- SJS in
Session
Bethlehem High School
Open House
12:30-2:30 pm
11
Confirmation Enrollment
Rite 9:00 & 11:30 am
Mass
Athletic Board 6:00 pm
12
13
14
8th Grade Confirmation
Meeting 6:30 pm
15
Preschool Open House
9-11 am, 5-7 pm
4-H Meeting 3:15-4:30 pm
Veterans Day
18
25
19
26
Second Grade
Sacrament of First
Reconciliation 7:00 pm
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
20
Grandparents’ Day
Liturgy 9:30 am
21
27
Bethlehem High School
“Lights, Camera, Auction”
6:00 pm, BHS
School Board 7:00 pm
28
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
22
23
Thanksgiving
Holiday
29
30
Stewardship Day
24
Middle School Grades 6-8
Students in middle school call the “top floor” of St.
Joseph School their home. Students switch classes
throughout the day as they complete their core
classes; language arts, math, religion, science, and
social studies. Weekly Arts & Humanities classes
include art, media, music, P.E., Spanish, and
technology. Academic requirements and
extracurricular involvement prepare
students for high school and college.
The St. Joseph School House System is for grades 6-8.
Students are divided into mixed-grade houses which
are named for a saint and include a mascot and motto.
Students earn points for their house by participating
in school activities, sports, and clubs, and performing
church and community service.
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December 2012
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
1
2
Advent Begins
3
Pennies From Heaven
Assembly 2:15 pm
4
Reconciliation
Grades 3-5, 8:30 am
5
6
School Liturgy 9:30 am
7
8
Bethlehem Placement
Exam 9:00 am-noon
13
Pennies From Heaven
Assembly 9:20 am
14
15
20
Possible Snow Make-up
21
Winter Begins
22
Athletic Board 6:00 pm
9
10
11
Reconciliation
Grades 6-8, 8:30 am
12
4-H Meeting 3:15-4:30 pm
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
School Board 7 pm
16
17
18
Pennies From Heaven
Assembly 9:20 am
19
Stewardship Day
2nd Quarter Ends
Christmas Program
Afternoon 1:00 pm
Evening 7:00 pm
23
24
Christmas Eve
25
Christmas Day
Christmas
30
New Years Eve
31
Christmas
26
27
Break
Break
28
29
Stewardship Days:
One day each month students donate $1 to our
Stewardship Fund to be out of uniform.The money
collected is contributed to help others.
Projects include:
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Catholic Charities for earthquake and tornado
relief
Cysic Fibrosis Foundation
Hospice of Nelson County
National Children’s Leukemia Foundation
Nelson County Community Clinic
Nelson County Humane Society
Nelson County Relay for Life
New Life Center
Red Cross of Nelson County
St. Vincent DePaul
Other Stewardship Projects at St. Joseph
Project Hope : A school-wide , Lenten project that provides St. Vincent DePaul food pantry with canned goods for Nelson County families.
Pennies From Heaven: Advent fundraiser to assist sister parish and school in Haiti. Thousands of dollars are donated by students, families and
the surrounding community every year.
Student Class Service Projects: Other classes also participate in recycling projects as well. White paper, cardboard, ink cartridges, cell phones
and plastic bottles are recycled. Other projects include praying the Rosary for special needs, visiting nursing homes, campus beautification, pen pals
with the home bound and our service men and women. All classes participate in Earth Day programs.
“It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
Mother Teresa
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January 2013
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
1
New Years Day
Wednesday
2
Thursday
3
Classes Resume
Friday
4
Saturday
5
3rd Quarter Begins
Christmas
6
7
8
Break
No County Bus
No County Bus
9
10
4th Grade Liturgy (11 am)
and Lunch
11
Intent to Return Forms
Due
12
17
18
19
Middle School District
Governor’s Cup
Assessment & Quick
Recall
25
Stewardship Day
26
4-H Meeting 3:15-4:30 pm
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
Athletic Board 6:00 pm
13
14
15
Middle School District
Governor’s Cup
FPS & Composition
16
PTO Out-of-Uniform
Second Grade
First Eucharist Parent
Meeting 6:30 pm
PTO Meeting 7:00 pm
20
21
No School
Martin Luther King Holiday
22
23
24
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
School Board 7:00 pm
27
Catholic Schools Week
Pancake Breakfast
7:30 am - 1:00 pm
28
CSW
29
CSW
Middle School Regional
Governor’s Cup
FPS & Composition
30
CSW
31
CSW
School Liturgy 9:30 am
FUNDRAISING POLICIES
Goal:
To provide for academic excellence at St. Joseph
School while maintaining affordable cost and
contributing to its long-term financial security.
Objectives:
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Build an endowment fund for the future
Increase operating revenue with interest
income from the endowment fund.
Build fellowship through an increase in
family involvement.
Coordinate and limit fundraising events
that require the sale of goods.
Participation in the
Scrip Fundraising
Program is requested
of all families.
Fundraising and Scrip Policy:
Fundraising at St. Joseph School will include
community events and family services. Fundraising will be a coordinated effort among the PTO,
Athletic Board, Men’s Club, faculty, parents, and
students. When a parish/school has a fundraiser
for a school trip or related activity, the parish/
school cannot take the funds raised by one parent
and reduce only that particular parent’s fee, nor
one particular child’s fee for the trip or activity.
The funds raised for the trip must be put altogether
and reduce the total cost of the trip or related activity for everyone. Volunteers cannot be paid directly
or indirectly for any fundraising event.
The Scrip fundraising program begins in August
with the grocery certificates and scrips program
wherein families purchase a minimum of $100 in
grocery certificates or scrips per week for a total
of 52 weeks. A scrip envelope containing an order
form is sent home with students each week and
then the scrip cards are distributed to the student
or parent within a day or two. Kroger cards are
reloadable at the store. On average, $40,000 is
raised through Scrip, saving SJS families over
$150 per year.
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February 2013
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
1
CSW
Saturday
2
Middle School Regional
Governor’s Cup
Assessment & Quick
Recall
Souper Bowl of Caring
Supper 5:00-7:30 pm
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4
5
6
7
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
St. Joseph School
Open House
5:00-7:00 pm
Athletic Board 6:00 pm
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11
No County Bus
12
13
School Liturgy
Ash Wednesday 9:30 am
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8
9
15
No School
16
Possible Snow Make-up
4-H Meeting 3:15-4:30 pm
Fish Fry
17
18
No School
Presidents’ Day Holiday
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21
3rd Grade Liturgy (11 am)
and Lunch
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
Bethlehem High School
Freshman Pre-registration
3:30-7:30 pm
School Board 7:00 pm
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Stewardship/PTO
Meeting, Current SJS
Families
9:00 am & 7:00 pm
Elem. District Governor’s
Cup- FPS & Composition
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PTO Out-of-Uniform Day
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SJS Registration New
Families
9-11 am, 4-6 pm
Project Hope Assembly
9:20 am
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Stewardship Day
Fish Fry
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Stewardship - Giving back to the community
Girl Scouts collect cookies during their cookie
sale for Troops overseas.
The annual Pennies From Heaven fundraiser
raises thousands of dollars every year from SJS
families and the community.
Fourth grade students make Valentines Day cards
for soldiers.
Former SJS students help collect blankets for
homeless people.
Kindergarten students collected pj’s and stuffed
toys for children in local shelters.
Thousands of cans of food are collected during the
annual Project HOPE (Help Our People Eat)
food drive.
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March 2013
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
1
3rd Quarter Ends
Saturday
2
Elem. District Governor’s
Cup- Assessment & Quick
Recall
Fish Fry
3
4
4th Quarter Begins
5
Reconciliation Grades 2-5
8:30 am
6
7
8th Grade Confirmation
Retreat
8
No School
9
Possible Snow Make-up
First Grade Liturgy
(11 am) and Lunch
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
Athletic Board 6:00 pm
10
Daylight Savings Time
Begins
11
Terra Nova Testing Week
Grades 3, 5 & 7
12
Terra Nova
13
Terra Nova
No City Bus
Project Hope Assembly
2:10 pm
Fr. Carr B-day
4-H Meeting 3:15-4:30 pm
Fish Fry
14
Terra Nova
15
Terra Nova
16
First Communion Prayer
Day, 9:00 am - noon
Registration Forms Due
BHS Little Blue & Big Blue
Bash
Fish Fry
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Fr. Batcheldor B-day
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Terra Nova Testing Week
Grades 3, 5 & 7
19
Terra Nova
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Terra Nova
Spring Begins
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Terra Nova
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Terra Nova
School Liturgy 9:30 am
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
Elem. Regional
Governor’s Cup, FPS &
Composition
DC Trip Meeting 6:00 pm
School Board 7:00 pm
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Palm Sunday
25
No County Bus
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No County Bus
Reconciliation Grades 6-8
8:30 am
27
No County Bus
Fish Fry
28
No County Bus
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No County Bus
Holy Thursday Prayer
Service 9:30 am
Good Friday
Stations of the Cross
9:30 am, SJS Gym
Easter Sunday
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Elem. Regional
Governor’s Cup
Assessment & Quick
Recall
Stewardship Day
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Much more than the three R’s...
First graders perform in the “Three
Piggy Opera.” Students in 2-5 star in
the annual Christmas Program while the
Drama Club presents the annual Spring
Production.
Former SJS student Dr. Ritchie uses a lamb
heart to show the structure and function of
the heart to 5th graders.
The SJS Robotics club program includes over 30
students and 4 teams which compete in the Annual
First Lego League. The 2012 “Joebots” placed
first in the State for programming.
4th grade lesson in the Science Lab.
Technology is used throught the school to
enhance learning using Smartboards, personal
computers, and the state of the art
computer lab.
Field trips are integrated into the curriculum of
all students in grades Preschool-8th grade.
Fourth grade students plan, design, build and
test their inventions to protect an egg
during the Egg Drop Experiment (most eggs
survived the ordeal).
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April 2013
Sunday
Monday
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Possible Snow Make-up
Tuesday
2
Possible Snow Make-up
Wednesday
3
Possible Snow Make-Up
Spring
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8
9
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
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5
6
11
12
13
18
School Liturgy 9:30 am
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Class Pictures 8:30 am
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25
Kindergarten Liturgy
(11 am) and Lunch
26
Stewardship Day
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Break
10
Easter Sunday
Spring
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15
16
Break
17
Athletic Board 6:00 pm
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22
8th Grade DC Trip
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Earth Day
8th Grade Return from DC
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
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2M - Sacrament of First
Eucharist, 9:00 am Mass
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2D - Sacrament of First
Eucharist, 5:00 pm Mass
Sacrament of First Eucharist
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May 2013
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
1
Thursday
2
May Procession
9:30 am, St. Joseph
Church
Friday
3
No County Bus
Saturday
4
No School
Possible Snow Make-up
School Board 7:00 pm
5
6
7
8
9
Second Grade Liturgy
(11 am) and Lunch
10
11
15
PTO Out-of-Uniform
16
17
Stewardship Day
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22
Field Day
23
Awards Day 9:00 am
24
Last Day of School
25
8th Grade Dismissal Noon
School Liturgy 9:30 am
Graduation Mass and
Ceremony 6:30 pm
St. Joseph Church
Talent Show 1:00 pm
30
Possible Snow Make-up
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Possible Snow Make-up
4-H Meeting 3:15-4:30 pm
Science Fair Grades 6 & 7
6:00-8:00 pm
12
Mother’s Day
13
14
PTO Meeting 7:00 pm
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20
21
Jr. High Youth Group 7 pm
26
27
No School
Memorial Day Holiday
28
Possible Snow Make-up
29
Possible Snow Make-up
School Board 7:00 pm
May Procession- Living Rosary and
Crowning of the Blessed Mother
June 2013
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
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3
4
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Father’s Day
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Summer Begins
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Vacation Bible School
9:00 am - noon
Vacation Bible School
9:00 am - noon
Vacation Bible School
9:00 am - noon
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July 2013
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
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2
3
4
Independence Day
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ADMISSIONS & RECORDS
GUIDELINES FOR ADMISSION TO
ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL
T
o assist St. Joseph administrators in enrolling students, the following are principles and
priorities regarding school admissions:
Principles: The basic purpose of Catholic
Schools is to assure that Catholic truth and
values are fully integrated with the student’s life
and academic program. Catholic schools recognize
the broadening and enriching educational opportunities afforded in culturally diverse school situations, and direct resources to recruit teachers and
enroll students to achieve cultural diversity.
Application of Principles: Saint Joseph does
not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex,
religion or national origin. Students are admitted
to Saint Joseph on an annual basis. Continuance at
Saint Joseph for each successive year will be based
on attitude, behavior, and the academic achievement of the student. This is entirely the decision of
the school.
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Children who will be three years of age
by October 1 of the current school year are
eligible to enter the preschool program for
three year olds.
Children who will be four years of age
by October 1 of the current school year are
eligible to enter the preschool program for four
year olds.
Children who will be five years of age
by October 1 of the current school year are
eligible to enter kindergarten.
Children who will be six years of age by
October 1 of the current school year and
have successfully completed kindergarten are
eligible to enter first grade
In the admission of students the order of priority
shall be as follows:
• Children from families with children already
enrolled
• Children from parish families now reaching
school age
• Children from families with children enrolled
in St. Joseph Preschool or St. Joseph Montessori Children’s Center
• Children from families newly moved into
the parish whose children have been in
Catholic schools where such were
available.
• Children of non-parishioners from other
Catholic Parishes
• Children from families newly moved into
the parish whose children have not been in
Catholic Schools where such were available.
• Children of a non-Catholic faith
POLICY FOR ADMISSION OF NEW
STUDENTS:
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Records are requested from previous
school.
A conference is held with parents, student,
and principal before student is enrolled.
Parents/Guardians are required to inform
the principal of their child’s special
academic, emotional, or physical needs
and any testing for learning disabilities.
Copies of testing reports are needed to be
considered for acceptance. The principal
has the right to decide if the school’s program
will best meet an individual child’s special
learning needs
Requirements/expectations of the student
are explained at this conference.
REGISTRATION: Registration is held in the
spring of each year for all new students who expect
to attend St. Joseph the following year.
PERMANENT RECORDS: The Permanent
Record serves as an educational history for each
student. This record remains in the active current
file as long as the student attends the school.
The School recognizes the rights of the non-custodial parents to see their child’s records according
to the Buckley Amendment unless there is court
order on file to the contrary. The parent must allow
ample time for preparation of requested requested.
Vital Information:
1.
2.
Social Security Number
Birth Certificate
Health: Health records required for admission are:
1. A physical and eye examination are required
for all initial enrollments within 6 months
prior to, or one month following his/her initial
enrollment.
2. A current immunization record for any
child enrolled
3. A medical exam and updated immunization
for all entering 6th grade.
Sacramental: Documents required for registration (if applicable):
1.
Baptismal Certificate
2.
First Eucharist Certificate
ACADEMIC: Transfer students must provide
a copy of all previous academic and attendance
records.
TRANSFERS/WITHDRAWAL: Notice of
a transfer or withdrawal should be made by the
parent to the teacher, principal and secretary.
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UNIFORMS
W
hen purchasing your uniforms, use
the following criteria. If something
is not listed, it can be assumed that
it is not an acceptable part of the school uniform
code. Uniforms should be purchased from Spalding
& Sons, Choice Uniforms, Shaheen’s Department
Store, Lands’ End, Walmart or Target.
THESE ITEMS ARE UNIFORM FOR
STUDENTS IN ALL GRADES:
Sweater: Navy or white, button front or pullover
with long sleeves or sleeveless. Sweaters may or
may not be monogrammed.
Sweatshirt: Navy blue or red with St. Joseph
School name and logo.
Shoes: Tie-up shoes or shoes with straps cross the
top of the foot are required. No sandals or crocs
may be worn. Boots of any kind are not allowed.
Belt: Belts are optional for students in grades K-3.
Belts are required for students in grades 4-8 with
slacks or shorts that have belt loops. Belts must be
solid black, brown, or navy with no decorations.
Socks: Plain navy or white socks must be worn at
all times.
GIRLS UNIFORM CODE:
Jumper: (Girls grades K-4 only) Navy uniform
jumper no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
Skirt: (Girls grades 5-8 only) Navy uniform skirt
must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
Skort: (Girls grades K-5) Navy uniform skorts.
Blouse: Plain white oxford cloth or cotton with
pointed, button-down, or round collar, short or
long sleeves. Girls in grades 6-8 have the option of
wearing light blue uniform blouses.
Shirt: Solid white polo shirt (golf style shirts) with
no logo, no matter how small. Girls in grades
6-8 have the option of wearing light blue uniform
shirts.
Slacks: Navy uniform pants with no logo. Girls
in grades 6-8 have the option of wearing khaki uniform slacks. Pants must be worn at the waist - low
rise pants are not allowed.
Shorts: Navy uniform shorts with no logo. Shorts
must be worn at the waist - no low rise shorts are
allowed. Uniform shorts must be no shorter than 3
inches above the knee. Girls in grades 6-8 have the
option of wearing khaki uniform shorts. Low rise
shorts are not allowed.
BOYS UNIFORM CODE:
Shirts: Light blue oxford cloth or cotton button
front shirt with short or long sleeves. Light blue
polo shirt (golf style shirts) with no logo, no matter
how small. Boys in grades 6-8 have the option of
wearing white uniform shirts.
T-shirts: Plain white T-shirts only may be worn
under the uniform shirt.
Slacks: Navy uniform pants. Slacks must be worn
at the waist - no sagging styles are permitted. Boys
in grades 6-8 have the option of wearing khaki
uniform slacks.
Shorts: Navy uniform shorts. Shorts must be worn
at the waist. Uniform shorts must be no shorter
than 3 inches above the knee. Boys in grades 6-8
have the option of wearing khaki uniform shorts.
OTHER POLICIES:
• Shorts will be allowed during the months of
August, September, October, April, May, and June.
• Girls are not to wear makeup, colored lip gloss, or
nail polish. Only post type earrings may be worn.
Elaborate costume jewelry is not appropriate for
school. Earrings for boys are not acceptable.
• Hair should be neatly trimmed and not extreme.
Teachers who question the suitability of a student’s
dress or hair may send the student to the Principal.
The Principal may make a decision concerning the
situation and take appropriate action.
• Blouses or shirts must be tucked in at all times.
• Sew or print names in all sweaters, gloves,
hats, etc. to eliminate lost items.
Out of Uniform: When students are given an
out-of-uniform day, dress must be appropriate for
school. Shorts/skirts must be no shorter than 5”
above the knee. Sleeveless tops may be worn
only with a T-shirt under them. T-shirts with
names and logos of rock/heavy metal groups,
alcohol, illegal drugs, or offensive wording
are not allowed. Girls in grades 6-8 may wear
natural looking make up on out of uniform days.
The Principal or Administrative Assistant
will make final decisions concerning dress
code violations when necessary and take
appropriate actions.
ATTENDANCE/ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL
A
ttendance: State Law requires that all
children attend school 175 days per
year. A child can never make up a day
he/she has missed, even though he/she may go over
the assignments that were presented. Therefore,
private medical or dental appointments should
not be made during school time except in cases of
emergency. It is the responsibility of the student to
make up the work missed. St. Joseph School is not
liable for students when they leave the premises.
Arrival: Students are not to arrive at school
before 7:30 a.m. Supervision begins at that time.
Upon arrival students are to enter the school and
immediately go to the gym. Students sit in designated areas and may talk quietly. Teachers escort
students to their homerooms at 8:10 a.m..
Absences: Parents should call or email the school
on the day of the student’s absence. If a parent does
not call, a school representative will call the parent.
Students who are absent will have an “A” indicated
on their attendance record.
• A student who misses more than two class periods
in one day will be considered absent for 1⁄2 day.
• A student who misses more than 1/2 day is not
eligible to participate in extracurricular activities
that day.
• Students who are absent for more than three
consecutive days may be requested to provide a
doctor’s statement.
• Students who have chronic absences without a
valid excuse may be considered truant as defined
by Kentucky law KRS 159.50. Appropriate action
will be taken under those circumstances.
ARRIVAL SCHEDULE:
Tardiness: All students are expected to be in
the gym by 8:10 a.m. The arrival of a student
after 8:15 a.m. constitutes tardiness and this will
be recorded on student records. Students who
are tardy will have a “T” indicated on their attendance record. A student with 3 tardies may
need to make up the time after school under
supervision.
7:30 a.m. -Earliest time students may arrive;
students must go to the gym
8:10 a.m. -Students are taken to homerooms
8:15 a.m. -Students arriving after 8:15 are tardy
DISMISSAL SCHEDULE:
2:45 p.m. -Announcements
Early Dismissal: Before a student is dismissed
early, a parent or guardian must report to the office
and sign the student out. The student will then be
called to the office to be dismissed. No teacher
may dismiss a child from the classroom to the parent during school hours. When a student returns to
school from a doctor’s/orthodontist’s appointment
he/she must sign in at the office. Students who
leave school early or miss a portion of the school
day for an appointment will have “ED” (Early Dismissal) indicated on their attendance record.
2:50 p.m. -First dismissal bell rings; preschool,
kindergarten, older siblings and bus
riders exit
2:55 p.m. - Second dismissal bell rings; 1st-8th
and walkers exit
3:00 p.m. -Third dismissal bell rings;
-After School Care (ASC) students go to
cafeteria
Excellence in Attendance Award: In order for
a student to qualify for Excellence in Attendance,
he/she must meet the following criteria:
-Late Care Riders go to the media center
- DASH students go to assigned room
1) Two or fewer days absent during the school
year.
3:30 p.m. Students still waiting in late car rider are
taken to After School Care
2) No more than 9 ED (Early Dismissal) or T
(Tardy) indicated on the attendance record for
the school year.
Illness:
Bus: Transportation is provided for students who
live one mile or more from the public school
according to the Kentucky State Law for school
transportation. A student may be denied this
privilege for serious misconduct. The student owes
respect and consideration to the drivers and to each
other. No child is to get off at any stop but
Regular attendance is important for a child’s
academic success. However, if your child is
running a fever, nauseated, or ill at home before
school time, please do not send your child to
school to suffer all day and expose others to the
illness. State law requires a record of absentees
and written excuses when it is necessary for a student to be absent from school because of
illness. Please send a written excuse when your
child returns to school.
his/her own unless he/she has a written note
signed by the principal.
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AFTER SCHOOL EXTENDED CARE
A
fter School Care is a program designed
to assist our parents with their childcare
needs. The program is open to all students
in grades Preschool-8 who attend St. Joseph School.
The program is available each regular school day
from 3:00 -6:00 p.m.
It provides opportunities for children:
To complete homework.
To be in a safe, supervised environment.
To participate in fun, organized activities
Parent/Student Routine: Student must sign in with
monitor upon arrival. Parent must sign out the child
when leaving. This is extremely important for your
child’s safety.
Program Design: Students will be grouped by age
for structured activities that will include study time,
art, reading, computer, and play. Snacks will be
provided each day.
Discipline: The After School Care Program is an
extension of our regular school day. The discipline
code expected during the regular school day is also
expected during the After School Care Program.
Days closed: If school is not in session for a half or
full day, there will be no after school care.
Payment: Fees are due on a weekly basis. If your
account is not up to date at the end of each calendar
month, a bill will be sent to you. All checks should be
made payable to St. Joseph School – for After School
Care.
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EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Field Trips:
Field trips are an important element of your child’s
education. St. Joseph School organizes field trips
to religious, historical, cultural, industrial and
business places each year. Written permission
of must be obtained from a parent/guardian
before a child may attend. Failure to bring such
permission prevents a student from participating. There is an additional fee for most field
trips.
A field trip is a privilege, not a right. The parent
or teacher has the right to refuse to let a student
participate in a field trip. If any student is behind
in his/her work or is having behavior problems in
school, he/she may lose the privilege of participating in the field trip. However, in such an event,
a student should report to school in uniform on
the date of the field trip for regular schoolwork.
Uniforms are to be worn unless the type of trip
requires otherwise. Buses will be utilized for field
trips, with the exception of very short field trips.
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Parent chaperones are needed to help the teachers during most field trips.
Siblings and family members other than the
chaperone are not permitted to attend school
field trips.
House System: The House System places middle
school students on teams that strive to excel in all
school activities.
Altar Servers: Boys and girls in grades 5-8 are
Academic Team: Grades 4-8 participate in local
competitions, and in District, Regional and State
Tournaments.
4-H: A state organization for grades 4-8. Students
are given an opportunity to compete in local and
state competitions.
Athletic Program: Grades 4-8 boys and girls are
School Safety Patrol: Middle School stu-
given the opportunity to compete in various sports:
bowling, basketball, baseball, and volleyball.
dents assist our teachers in maintaining a safe
environment during morning drop off and afternoon
pickup.
given the opportunity to serve mass at school and
parish liturgies.
Math Counts: Grades 6-8, students compete in
math competitions at Regional and State levels.
Robotics Club: Students ages 9 to 14, design,
Girl Scouts: Daisies- Kindergarten; Brownies-
build and program an autonomous robot to perform
certain tasks and compete in a worldwide Lego
competition.
grades 1-3; Juniors- grades 4 and up.
Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts: Cub Scouts- for boys
8 years old or older, or who have completed the
second grade. Boy Scouts- for boys in grades 4-8.
Drama Club: Students in grades 6-8 are given
the opportunity to produce and act in school
productions.
Church Choirs: Students in grades 2-5 and 6-8
are invited to participate in the school liturgies and
during parish weekend masses.
Extra Curricular Programs:
St. Joseph School extra-curricular activities such as
athletics or clubs promote Christian values, sportsmanship and academic success for all students.
The administration, teachers, coaches and sponsors work together to provide opportunities for our
students. The following are all extra curricular
activities:
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CURRICULUM
FAITH FORMATION
St. Joseph School is a Catholic School. All students
are instructed in the basic beliefs of Catholicism
and Christian morality and expected to participate
in all religious activities.
Science: Physical, Life and Earth sciences are all
part of the science program.
Report Card:
Social Studies: History, geography, citizenship,
and current events are all components of the Social
Studies program.
The entire student body attends monthly scheduled
liturgies and other liturgies to celebrate special
occasions and feast days. Special grade specific
liturgies are held for students, parents, and grandparents and on that day those special guests are
invited for lunch.
ARTS & HUMANITIES CLASSESGRADES KINDERGARTEN - 8th GRADE
Sacramental Preparation
Technology Education: Students develop research
skills, keyboarding skills and proficiency in word
processing using Microsoft Word, Power Point,
Excel, Publisher.
St. Joseph School is an outreach ministry of St.
Joseph Parish, sacramental preparation is seen as a
profound privilege and responsibility. This preparation is offered to support the primary educators
of the faith, the parents of the child. A minimum
requirement for this preparation would simply be
what the Church asks from all its members.
Reconciliation----------------Grade 2 (Fall)
Eucharist----------------------Grade 2 (April)
Confirmation-----------------Grade 8 (Spring)
CORE CONTENT CLASSES
Language Arts: Language Arts includes reading,
English, spelling, vocabulary and writing; including expository, descriptive, narrative, persuasive
and creative writing)
Mathematics: In grades K-6 students are placed
with classroom groups. In grade 7, students are
placed in pre-algebra. In grade 8, students are
placed in algebra.
Religion: Daily religious instruction is included in
all grade levels K-8.
PROGRESS AND EVALUATION
Spanish: Students develop language skills in
Spanish as a second language and an appreciation
for other cultures.
Music: Choral music, music theory, recorders,
keyboards, movement, and musical productions are
integral components of this class. Students gain
hands-on experience using recorders, keyboards
and percussion instruments.
The following code is used on the Primary Report
Card to evaluate goals set by the teacher and
individual students:
OP-Outstanding Progress
EP-Expected Progress
LP-Little Progress
The following code is used for grades 1-8 and
indicates the level of mastery achieved by the
student in comprehension of subject matter and
demonstration of skills:
A-Excellent (93-100).
B-Very good (84-92).
C-Adequate (75-83).
D-Passing (70-74).
F-Not Passing (69 and Below)
I-Incomplete
Physical Education: Students engage in a comprehensive physical education program based on participation in athletics and physical fitness activities.
Conduct/Effort:
E-Excellent
S-Satisfactory
U-Unsatisfactory
N-Needs Intervention
Art: Students work with a variety of materials
and methods to create original works of art while
exploring different artistic periods and styles.
Promotion/Retention:
Media: The purpose of the school library program
is to teach research skills, internet safety, public
speaking, and promote the love of reading in
collaboration with the classroom teachers.
The teacher and principal, in collaboration with
the parent and student, make decisions concerning promotions and retentions. Such decisions
are based on the total evaluation of the student’s
performance. Failing two or more core content
classes for a school year may constitute retention
for a student. Summer school may be required for
promotion. Any possibility of retention will be
communicated in writing to the parents and
students well in advance of the end of a school
year.
CURRICULUM
Make-up Work: When a student is absent, the
student is responsible for the work that he/she
missed and is required upon return, to go to the
teacher(s) involved for make-up tests, homework
The evaluation process depends upon a sincere reor class work. This make-up work is to be done
lationship of cooperation among teachers, students,
on the student’s time after he/she has returned to
and parents, so that the common goals in education
as stated in the philosophy can be achieved. Christian school. Make-up work should be completed within
a reasonable time established by the teacher(s).
educators believe that vital to the evaluation process
is the fact that each child is unique, that a child should Policies may vary according to the level (primary,
intermediate, middle).
develop an awareness of self in light of progress
which he/she is capable of making.
Home Work/Study Policy:
TeacherEase is a web site used by all teachers as a
means of communicating grades, conduct, homework Home assignments develop initiative, responsibility, independent thinking, and perseverance. Each
assignments or general information to parents. Each
level, primary, intermediate, and middle school
parent is assigned a TeacherEase password that will
gives homework and has policies unique to their
enable him or her to access each student’s information. Parents and teachers may also e-mail via Teacher levels i.e. late policies, weekend work. Weekend
Ease. Student report cards are created using a Teacher homework is necessary occasionally in grades
3-5 and will be more frequent for middle school
Ease format.
students. Homework is due on the date assigned by
the teacher. Late work is accepted but can incur a
Basis for Evaluation:
penalty.
Class Participation: Listens attentively, manifests
Archdiocese of Louisville suggested guidelines for
interest, does background reading, gives considered
homework
opinions, and has a positive attitude toward learning.
Personal Development and Study Habits: Positive
30-40 minutes
attitude toward learning situations, interacts with oth- Grades 1-2
Grades
3-4
40-50 minutes
ers, respects the rights of others, demonstrates responGrades
5-6
60-75 minutes
sibility, and comes prepared for class.
Grades
7-8
75-90 minutes
Written Assignments: Class work and home assignments, performance assessments, role playing, buildParents are asked to provide a quiet space for
ing of models, etc.
Test Results: Use of teacher-made and standardized their son/daughter to complete homework each
day. Parents are encouraged to allow the child to
tests to evaluate the student’s grasp of the subject
assume responsibility for the quality of the work.
matter.
Parents are asked to give support to their child
while still allowing the child to work independently.
Philosophy of Evaluation and Reporting
Process:
Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences:
Conferences are to be considered one of the
primary sources of communication between
parents, teachers, and students. The student is required
to be present at the scheduled fall PTS conference to
complete the flow of information. Other conferences
will be held as needed for each student.
Special Conferences:
As a courtesy we would suggest:
Consultation with the Principal and teachers is best
handled by an appointment. Parents wishing to confer
with teachers are asked to make appointments
after school hours. We ask that you do not go to your
child’s room to consult during school hours.
Honor Roll:
The Honor Roll program is available to students in
grades 4-8. There is an “A” (all grades in core content classes and Spanish are A’s) and an “A-B” honor
roll (all grades in core content classes and Spanish
are A’s or B’s). A student’s grades in Arts & Humanities classes must be satisfactory. An “N” or a “U” in
conduct or effort will disqualify a student from being
on the honor roll.
Class Size:
Kindergarten: Maximum of 25 students
1st - 5th Grade: Maximum of 29 students
6th - 8th Grade: Maximum of 30 students
The average class size for St. Joseph School is 22 students with a teacher:student ratio of 17:1.
St. Joseph School curriculum is designed to meet the
policies and guidelines extablished by the Archdiocese
of Louisville’s Office of Lifelong Formation and Education, and to meet or exceed the objectives set by the
Kentucky Department of Education.
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CURRICULUM
School Counselor:
St. Joseph School is a Peace Builders school. Peace
Builders is a collaboration initiative of the Archdiocese of Louisville committed to the academic
and social competence of children, family, and
community context.
On-site problem solving occurs through teamwork
of school officials, parents, professionals, and other
members of the faith communities. Staff support and clinical supervision comes from Family
Counseling at the Center for Family Ministries of
the Archdiocese of Louisville.
The school counselor provides direct services to
the student and family and manages the counseling case-load. The school counselor provides
individual, group, and family therapy services that
are delivered during school hours. Referrals can be
made by the counselor, parents, or teachers.
Parental permission is required before a child is
seen for counseling. Exceptions are made when
there is a legal requirement to report any signs of
abuse or neglect and when a student may wish to
share information regarding safety of self or others.
Good Touch/Bad Touch: This educational program sponsered by the Archdiocese of Louisville
is provided to students in grades K-6. The school
Counselor and staff members are trained by the
Archdiocese to educate our students on appropriate
adult/child interaction.
Life Skills: This educational program sponsered
by the Archdiocese of Louisville is provided to
students in 5th grade. Nutrition, hygiene, physical
development, and Christian values are discussed in
an age appropriate context.
CURRICULUM
Learning Consultant:
Philosophy:
St. Joseph School promotes a model of inclusion
for children with mild disabilities in our school. We
believe that children with mild disabilities can be
successful within the regular classroom
setting when strategic teaching accommodations
are implemented. Private schools do not receive
state and federal monies to fund special education
programs. Therefore, we do not write or accept
I.E.P.’s (Individualized Education Plans) as public
schools are mandated to do. However, our schools
are guided by an Archdiocesan Special Education protocol, which include Section 504 Plans in
addressing the special needs of children. Federal
programs offer speech and tutoring programs to
those students with documented needs.
Protocol:
For those students enrolled in St. Joseph School
who are experiencing learning difficulties, a School
Strategy Team made up of school personnel who
know the student best, meet to write a Strategy
Plan which identifies specific goals and strategies
which are directly related to the student’s strengths
and needs. The School Strategy Plan is shared with
parents. Teachers keep ongoing documentation
of the teaching strategies they are utilizing as well
as the results of those strategies, and the Strategy
Plan is evaluated/revised after a designated period
of time. If it is determined by the School Strategy
Team that formalized testing information is needed,
a request for a psycho- educational assessment will
be made.
For those students enrolled in St. Joseph School
with a diagnosed disability, Section 504 Plans are
written. The school will convene a meeting of
a 504 Team whose members consist of school
personnel, parents, and the student when appropriate. This team collaborates to identify the accommodations, which can be provided to enable the
student to become a more successful participant in
a particular class setting. These accommodations
may include strategic teaching strategies, modified
curriculum, and adjustments in grading practices.
All members of the 504 Team are asked to sign an
agreement stating the responsibilities and rights
of all parties. Documentation is kept on student
progress and reconvening dates are established to
evaluate the 504 Plan. It is required that current
formalized assessment information be provided to
the school and updated every 3 years.
Archdiocesan representatives are available to
consult with schools on particular students and to
offer assistance and support to School Strategy
Teams as well as Section 504 Teams when
strategies and accommodations are being
identified.
Admission of Special Needs Students:
Prior to admitting a student with a diagnosed
disability, the principal, the learning consultant,
and the classroom teacher, must consider the
severity and degree of the disability using the
following criteria:
1. The level of support needed from special
services or any special equipment the student may
require.
2. The number of students with disabilities
currently enrolled in an assigned class. It is
recommended by the Archdiocese that no more
than 10-15% of students with disabilities is
enrolled in any one classroom. St. Joseph Schools’
resources such as available support personnel, class
size, and accessibility of school facilities are all
taken into consideration.
3. The principal and learning consultant may
engage the services of the Archdiocese to assist
in making a determination of whether a student’s
educational needs can best be met in the St. Joseph
School setting.
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POLICIES & PROCEDURES
No Smoking Policy:
Lost and Found:
In order to be eligible for federal funds we must
implement the NO SMOKING POLICY in compliance with the Pro-Children Act of 1994.
Most lost and found articles are turned in to the
office. If the article is labeled, the child will be
called to pick it up. All other items will be taken
to the lost and found, bottom floor near the west
stairway.
Pro Children Act of 1994:
The applicant assures that it is in compliance with
the Non-smoking Policy for Children’s Services,
set forth in the Act, which states that:
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•
“No person shall permit smoking within any
indoor facility owned or leased or contracted
for and utilized by such person for provision
of routine or regular kindergarten, elementary,
or secondary education or library services to
children,”
"No person shall permit smoking within any
indoor facility (or portion thereof) owned or
leased or contracted for by such person for the
provision by such person of regular or routine health care or daycare or early childhood
development (Head Start) services to children
or for the use of the employees of such person
who provides such services, except that this
section shall not apply to (1) any portion of
such facility that is used for inpatient hospital
treatment of individuals dependent on, or addicted to drugs or alcohol, and (2) any private
residence.”
Bikes:
Bike racks are available on the east side of the
school. Since the school can assume no responsibility for stolen or damaged bikes, it is recommended that each one be registered with the police
department and a lock provided for it.
Telephone:
The phone at the school office must, of necessity,
be a business phone only. Students are discouraged from asking permission to use this phone.
During the school day, students may use the phone
with permission from their homeroom teacher and/
or the secretary for emergency matters. No student
will be called to the phone and only emergency
messages will be delivered to individual students.
After school plans are to be made in advance.
Thursday Envelopes:
Notices from school, PTO, athletic programs,
extracurricular programs, graded assignments, etc.,
will be sent home with your oldest child on Thursday of each week. The notice will come home in a
large manila envelope. Please check the envelope
every Thursday, remove papers and notices, initial
it, and have your child return it on Friday.
Birthdays:
Special deliveries of flowers, balloons, etc., are
not allowed during the school day. Students are
allowed to distribute a treat to their classmates at
lunchtime.
Email/Website:
Teachers, administrators, coaches, and group leaders use TeachErease to communicate important
and timely information to parents and students via
email. The website is also a valuable resource for
students and parents to stay informed about important school events and information.
Visitors:
Parents and other visitors who have a sincere interest in our school are welcomed at anytime.
• All visitors must sign in and also sign out at the
office upon entering the school.
• Students may not bring visitors to school without first conferring with the teacher or teachers
involved and then with the Principal.
• Check with your child’s teacher before coming.
• Upon arrival to the classroom, knock, enter
quietly, and be seated.
School Announcements:
Each afternoon, announcements are made to the
entire student body. Please call the office by
2:30 p.m. if you have an announcement concerning
transportation for your child.
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Releasing Students:
No ill child will be dismissed from school without
the parent first coming to the office. If a parent
is sending someone to pick up his/her child, the
parent is asked to notify the office by letter, email,
or phone prior to the time the child is to be taken
from school. The Principal or staff must know
when someone other than the parent is authorized
to pick up the child. The parent or authorized
person must sign the sign-out book in the office.
Medicine:
Accident Report:
The school does not dispense any medication,
prescription or over-the-counter, without the written permission and directions from the parent
or guardian. All medication is kept in the office.
Medications must be in the original bottle with the
child’s name on it. No pain reliever medication will
be provided from the office without parental permission. These medicines must be provided by the
parent/guardian.
Every accident which occurs at school and requires a
doctor’s attention or keeps the student out of school
half a day or more must be reported on a Student
Accident Report. One copy is sent to the Office of
Lifelong Formation and Education and another is
filed in the school office. Please inform the school
when this circumstance applies.
Custody Decisions:
Emergency Information:
Before the beginning of the school year, each
family updates their emergency contact information. This information is included in our student
data base and enables the school to call a parent
(or designated persons if the parent cannot be
reached) when a child is ill and needs to go home
in case of an accident, or it is necessary to take the
child to the hospital or doctor. It is very important
that the school office has accurate phone numbers
on file in case of a student’s illness or emergency.
A copy of any court ordered custody decree must be
provided to the school. This information will help
the school in determining when, if ever, the child
can be released to the non-custodial parent.
Alternate Transportation Plans:
Transportation information is provided to the
homeroom teacher on the Transportation Information Form. When a student needs to leave
school by a means other than the regular daily
transportation, then the student must have a
note signed by a parent stating this fact, or the
parent must call or email the office to have the
change made on the afternoon announcements.
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POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Technology Use:
Internet, Email, and Technology Use
Ethical Use of Technology Policy
eReaders:
The computer lab, work stations, and software
are made available to the students of St. Joseph
School to be an integral part of the curriculum. It
is imperative that all students are aware of the need
for the equipment to be kept in optimum operating
condition. St. Joseph School will hold accountable
anyone who uses technology inappropriately.
St. Joseph School reserves the right to impose
consequences for inappropriate behavior that takes
place on or off campus and after school hours.
Inappropriate use of technology (for example, on
a home computer), may subject the student to consequences. Inappropriate use includes harassment,
use of school name, remarks directed to or about
faculty/staff, offensive communications, and safety
threats.
The following Acceptable Use Policy is in effect
for St. Joseph School:
Specifically, SJS expects that:
1) Computer users will not download from the internet or from media any program or programs that
are not already on the computers.
2) Computer users will not damage, disassemble,
or otherwise alter in any way the equipment. Such
actions prevent others from using the equipment
and result in additional expenses for repair.
3) Computer users will not alter the desktops,
screen, or settings of the computer or any program
on it. This includes altering or deleting the work of
others.
4) Computer users are expected to use the internet
for class work and general reference. The accessing of inapporpriate materials is considered a
severe breach of school policy. Further, the use
of the internet for research is to be done within
the limits imposed by the individual teacher of the
student.
5) It is the responsibility of all users to maintain
the Technology Lab or Media Center computers in
a manner that facilitates use by all. Each person
should expect that the area will be found in as good
condition as when the day starts. All rules regarding food, drink, gum, etc., apply at all times to the
labs and the Media Center. Those who are not
compliant will be subject to appropriate
disciplinary action.
Cell Phones:
Students who bring cell phones to school must
keep them turned off in their backpacks during the
school day. They may not be used until after 3:00
p.m. dismissal. The consequence for failing to
abide by this rule is confiscation of the cell phone
after which it will be kept in the office for one
week. Electronic games are not permitted during
the school day or in After School Care.
A. eReaders of all types will be allowed at St.
Joseph School.
1. The eReaders may be utilized by students in
the morning in the gym, and may be used in After
School Care.
2. The eReaders will be allowed in the classroom
at the teachers discretion for reading, research and
other possible activities.
3. eReaders must be utilized according to these
rules: The devices must be utilized for educational
purposes only: i.e. books, research, and
educational games with teacher permission, such
as a multiplication game for math, spelling quiz
games etc.
4. Students will not be allowed to access the
internet through wi-fi or 3G.
5. The school is not responsible for damage or loss
of any electronic devices.
B. Failure to follow the Acceptable Use Policy will
result in the loss of usage.
1. First offense, warning from the teacher or
supervisor on correct usage policy.
2. Second offense, student is not allowed to use
the eReader for one week.
3. Third offense, the eReader will be banned from
school. Depending on the severity of the offense
this penalty could be a minimum of one month
and possibly the remainder of the school year. This
penalty will be determined by the principal.
FINANCIAL POLICIES
Stewardship
St. Joseph School operates under the stewardship
model for families who are members of St. Joseph
or St. Michael Parishes. Under this model, the
school is a ministry of the parish. Families share
their treasure by making a gift to St. Joseph Parish
annually, semi-annually, or monthly. The St.
Joseph School Board establishes recommended
giving guidelines for stewardship families yearly.
Tuition
Non-parishioner families pay tuition rates as
established yearly by the St. Joseph School Board.
Tuition may be paid annually, semi-annually, or
monthly. Families with students attending
preschool pay a separate tuition rate.
Payment Options
1. Annual payments: Stewardship
recommended giving and tuition are due
on or before August 1 of each school year.
2. Semi-annual payments: Stewardship
recommended giving and tuition are due one-half
on or before August 1 and one-half on or before
January 1 of each school year.
3. Monthly payments: It is expected that by
choosing the monthly plan for stewardship recommended giving or tuition, automatic withdrawal
will be used. The 10-month option is August
through May of each school year and the12-month
option begins in July. Automatic withdrawals will
be made on the 5th or 20th of each month.
Financial Aid
Adopt-a-Child
Financial Aid is available through the Catholic
Education Foundation for families who pay tuition
rates. A formal application is available in the
school office. Applications are due around the
middle of March.
St. Joseph Parish provides the opportunity for
donors who would like to provide financial
assistance to a school family. Persons participating in this program contribute an amount over and
above their weekly Sunday offering. Anyone interested in more details of this program may contact
the school or parish bookkeeper.
Book/Supply/Technology Fees
The registration, book/supply, and technology fee
for each student is established yearly by the St.
Joseph School Board. The registration fee is due
when registering in March and in non-refundable.
The technology and book/supply fee is due on or
before Back to School Night in July.
Accounts
It is the policy for all St. Joseph School families to
keep all stewardship, tuition, and fees current. All
payments of stewardship and tuition are to be paid
in a timely manner under the terms as agreed upon
at the time of registration. If any tuition payment
is delinquent, the family shall be notified. Failure
to fulfill tuition and fee obligations can result in
dismissal of a student(s) from the school until full
payment has been received. Tuition payments
cannot be carried over from year to year. All
accounts must be in order by May 30 of the current
school year. St. Joseph School reserves the right
to retain all student records until all accounts have
been settled. Exceptions will be made only when
there is a valid reason or hardship and
arrangements have been made.
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DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES
Philosophy:
The essence of Christian discipline is selfdiscipline. The code of discipline is intended to be
a positive means of helping each child recognize
appropriate behavior and growth in self-discipline.
The student is free to choose one form of behavior
over another, but must learn to accept the
consequences of the chosen behavior. The student
who chooses specific actions that violate the rights
of others or the philosophy of the school
community will be dealt with in Christian Justice.
Purpose: The purpose of the discipline code is to
ensure that the rights of each individual student to
obtain the best possible education are protected.
Each individual has the right to expect the school
to be a safe place with an atmosphere conducive to
learning.
Policies:
According to Kentucky State Law, “…all pupils
admitted to the common schools shall comply with
the lawful regulations for the government of the
schools. Willful disobedience or defiance of
authority of the teachers, habitual profanity,
vulgarity, or other violation of property or law
constitutes cause for suspension or expulsion from
school.” St. Joseph School policies endorsed by
the St. Joseph School Board and faculty are to be
enforced.
Unacceptable Behaviors:
The following are unacceptable behaviors, which
will result in a detention by the teacher(s) in
consultation with the administration:
• Truancy, habitual tardiness,
• Disrupting of the classroom.
• Use of profanity, stealing, dishonesty
• Teasing/harassing other students.
• Defacing books, desks, school property and
teacher materials.
• Improper use of facilities in the restrooms and
cafeteria.
• Non-conformity of uniform regulations.
• Chewing gum in school or on school grounds
unless written permission is given for orthodontic
treatment.
Serious Infractions:
• Drugs-The possession and/or use of any
chemical, drug, or drug derivative classified as a
stimulant or depressant without the authorization
of a physician is prohibited on the school grounds
or at any school sponsored function. When drugs
are authorized, a parent or guardian must furnish
written notification to the principal’s office in all
instances. Disregard of this policy is subject to
the disciplinary procedures outlined in this handbook. Strict measures may apply especially when
tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or other illegal drugs
are involved.
• Fighting-Parents of students will be called to
come to school to take their child home for the rest
of the day. Conferences will be held with parents to
discuss a plan of action.
School Functions:
Only those functions that involve St. Joseph School
children and are authorized and sanctioned by the
Principal’s office will be recognized as official
school sponsored functions regardless of time
and location. The Principal reserves the right to
discipline a student for behavior that is contrary to
school philosophy.
Non-Sponsored Functions:
Any function, which is not authorized or
sanctioned by St. Joseph School, is considered
private and the school assumes neither authority
nor responsibility.
Firearms and Dangerous Weapons:
KRS Chapter 527 reads as follows: “A person
is guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon on
school property when he knowingly deposits,
possesses, or carries, whether openly or concealed,
for purposes other than instructional or schoolsanctioned ceremonial purposes, or the purposes
permitted in subsection (3) of this section, any
firearm or other deadly weapon, destructive
device, or booby trap device in any public or
private school building or bus, on any public or
private school campus, grounds, recreation area,
athletic field or any property owned, used, or
operated by any board of education, school, board
of trustees, regents, or directors for the administration of any public or private educational
instruction. The provisions of this section shall not
apply to institutions of postsecondary or higher
education.”
The Kentucky Penal Code, Section 500.080, states
that “deadly weapon” means:
• Any weapon from which a shot readily capable
of producing death or other serious physical
injury may be discharged; or
• Any knife other than an ordinary pocket knife or
hunting knife; or death star
• Billy, nightstick, or club; or Blackjack, Shuriken
• Nunchaku karate ticks; artificial knuckles of any
type
DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES
While the Kentucky Penal code, Section 500.080,
does not define hunting knives or pocket knives
as “deadly weapons,” these knives should not be
permitted in schools unless prior permission has
been obtained from the administrator and the items
are used for instructional purposes.
Each chief administrator of a public or private
school shall display about the school in prominent
locations, including, but not limited to, sports
arenas, gymnasiums, stadiums, and cafeterias, a
sign of at least six (6) inches high and fourteen (14)
inches wide stating: “UNLAWFUL POSSESSION
OF A WEAPON ON SCHOOL PROPERTY IN
KENTUCKY IS A FELONY PUNISHABLE BY
A MAXIMUM OF FIVE (5) YEARS DOLLAR
($10,000) FINE.”
Failure to post the sign shall not relieve any person
of liability under this section.
Should a student be in violation of the above
policy, the following steps should be taken:
• the parent/guardian is contacted;
• the student is dismissed from school;
• the police are called;
• superintendent is notified; and
• the reason for dismissal is noted on the student’s
permanent record.
Threatening Behavior:
Any behavior deemed threatening is inappropriate and may result in immediate suspension and/or
dismissal from school. Threatening behavior is defined as statements, gestures or actions intended to
cause harm to another and/or damage to property.
Behaviors deemed threatening are to be addressed
in the following manner:
• Student exhibiting threatening behavior is removed from the situation and placed under the
Range of Penalties:
direct supervision of appropriate school personnel.
• Student’s parent/guardian is notified. Pastor
and Superintendent of Schools are also apprised.
Should the threat concern death or serious physical
injury to any student, teacher, volunteer, employee,
or any other person reasonably expected to be on
school property, or concern the use of a weapon
of mass destruction on school property, the local
authorities will be contacted. The individual(s) who
have been threatened, as well as applicable parents/
guardians, are to be notified as soon as possible.
• Student is suspended from school pending the
results of a mental health assessment conducted
by an appropriately credentialed professional.
Principals may consult with the Family Counseling office for assistance in determining an adequate
mental health assessment.
• Student may not attend school, any school activity, or be present on school grounds pending the
results of the mental health assessment and a
final placement decision.
• Mental health assessment results and recommendations are shared with the principal who makes a
final placement decision that may include conditions for reinstatement and follow up. In making
the final placement decision, the principal considers the results of the mental health assessment, any
history of problematic behavior, the circumstances
surrounding the threatening behavior, the nature of
the threat, the developmental stage of the student,
and other relevant information.
• If a student engages in threatening behavior a
second time, the student may be dismissed from
school.
Any student falsely reporting threatening behavior
is subject to disciplinary action which may include
suspension and/or dismissal from school.
Homicidal Threats:
Harassment:
If a homicidal threat is made, the above steps are to
be followed, and the police are to be contacted. The
student (s) who have been threatened, as well as
their parents, are to be notified as soon as possible
St. Joseph School does not condone any form of
harassment: sexual, verbal, physical, or visual. This
prohibition against acts of harassment applies to all
individuals in the school. Harassing behavior may
result in suspension and/or dismissal from school.
Young children (K-3) who make threatening statements may be required to attend a conference in
which the student and parent are clearly told that
any further threats could result in suspension and
required mental health assessment.
Search and Seizure:
If a principal believes that a student is carrying a
dangerous item on his or her person, the principal
should ask the student to empty pockets, book
bags, purses, etc. If the student does not comply,
the principal must make a choice. Obviously, if
the principal believes that persons are in danger,
the principal will have to take whatever action
appears necessary to gain possession of the item.
If the situation permits, the best course for action
would appear to be to contact the parent and have
the parent come to school and conduct a search of
the child. Where possible, principals should contact
the appropriate diocesan personnel or attorney for
advice.
Teachers should approach any search and seizure
carefully by using a “balancing test”: is this search
and its possible effects worth finding whatever it is
that the school is seeking? Teachers should avoid
the trauma of students being singled out for accusation.
False Threats:
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CORRECTION PROCEDURES
Teacher/Principal Mediation:
For situations which need teacher and/or principal
involvement these procedures will be followed as a
normal rule:
1) Teacher conference with the student to seek
an understanding and solution.
2) Isolation within the range of the teacher’s vision
and so placed that other students will not be
distracted.
3) Loss of privileges.
4) After school detention (DASH for middle
school). Parents are notified in writing prior to
the detention so parents can make necessary
arrangements.
5) Conference with principal, teacher, student, and
parent(s). A plan for changing inappropriate
behavior is formulated and consequences are set.
In School Suspension:
In school suspension is a disciplinary procedure
by which a student is removed from the class for
a specified period of time. The teacher provides
educational tasks for the student to complete.
The Principal puts a notice of Suspension in the
Principal’s discipline file and provides a duplicate
copy to the parent(s) or guardian.
Suspension or Probation:
Suspension or Probation will be used when normal
disciplinary procedures have failed or in cases of
exceptionally severe breaches of discipline (example: fighting, smoking, possession or use of
any drug classified as a stimulant or depressant,
disrespectfulness, or any other offense deemed
serious by the Administration). During the period
of suspension or probation, the student will not
be privileged to participate in any extra-curricular
activity.
Probation: Probation is a disciplinary procedure
by which a student is evaluated in regard to attitude
and behavior over a specified period of time by
teacher and Principal in order to determine his/her
resolve to remain in the school community.
Procedure for Probation: If the Principal decides
that probation is necessary, he/she:
1) Conferences with the student, teacher, and
parent(s) to advise of reasons, conditions, length of
probation, and plan of action. During the probation period the student will work with the school
counselor.
2) Advises the pastor.
3) Files notice of probation signed by parent(s),
student, teacher, and Principal in the Principal’s
discipline file, and gives a duplicate copy to the
parent(s)/guardian.
4) Conducts a second conference after the period of
probation to decide whether the probation is to be
terminated or extended.
Indefinite Suspension: Indefinite Suspension (out
of school suspension) is a disciplinary procedure
by which a student is removed from the school
indefinitely. This is used in those cases where probation and temporary in-school suspension seem
inadequate to effect the desired changes in the
student’s attitude and behavior. In dealing with
such problem areas as serious conflicts, alcohol and
other drugs, it is very important that deliberations
are weighed in the light of a Christian’s response to
God’s command of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Grievance Procedure: Authority as exercised
in the Catholic School System depends in a large
measure upon a spirit of willing cooperation among
administrators, staff, parents, and students. However, honest disagreements can and sometimes do
occur between persons at various levels. Normally,
disagreements or complaints should be discussed
and resolved at the level closest to the disputed
question. For those instances when the persons involved cannot reach an agreement that is mutually
satisfactory, the following guideline is offered:
1) Student/Parent 2) Staff Person 3) Principal
4) School Board (Chairperson selects two members
of the Board with approval of pastor as a hearing
committee) 5) Pastor
6) Superintendent (who may choose to form a hearing committee composed of Office of Lifelong Formation and Education Board members and staff)
7) Due Process Board of Archdiocese of Louisville
8) Archbishop
It is assumed that all persons involved in a complaint situation will be attempting to find the simplest, most effective way to resolve differences.
Normally, disagreements or complaints should be
discussed and resolved at the level closest to the
disputed question. When either party involved
chooses to appeal a decision to the next higher
level, such appeal should have been made in writing within a reasonable amount of time (10 days to
2 weeks). If, at any level, a formal hearing process
is sought, all persons involved must agree to full
disclosure of all pertinent information to the board
or committee that is conducting the hearing. The
hearing body is bound to maintain confidentiality
concerning all information received.
CORRECTION PROCEDURES
At the parish level, the pastor retains the right to
intervene with authority at any stage of a complaint
or grievance, provided such intervention seems
more likely to bring a just and speedy resolution to
the problem.
At any point, the Office of Lifelong Formation and
Education is willing to offer counsel and advice,
and may act as facilitator, but will not authoritatively intervene unless a breach of policy or official
procedure has occurred.
When the matter is referred to the Office of Lifelong Formation and Education, a representative of
the office will meet with both sides of the dispute
to search for and propose a satisfactory resolution.
The Office of Lifelong Formation and Education
may appoint an ad-hoc committee to conduct a
hearing should that approach be considered helpful.
Fourth Grade Honor Roll Award Winners
Unresolved disputes may be referred to the
Archdiocesan Due Process Board.
Ellen Filiatreau and J.D. Taylor are the
2012 Knight Award recipients
John Haydon and Morgan Salsman are the
2012 Spirit Award recipients
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SCHOOL EMERGENCIES
Bomb Threats:
If the school receives a telephone or written
bomb threat, the police department will be
notified immediately and the decision of the
police authorities concerning the course of
action to be taken will be followed. The Office
of Lifelong Formation and Education will
then be notified of the threat and the course of
action that was taken.
Tornadoes:
Kentucky State Law requires tornado drills
twice a year. Students are required to file out
quietly into the cafeteria or hallway on the
basement level and be seated in position in
assigned places until the “all clear” signal is
given.
Early Dismissal:
Emergency Release Procedures:
No student will be dismissed from school unless
a parent or individual designated by parent comes
for his/her child/ren. All parents, or designated
parties, who come for students, must have them
signed out at the office or at a temporary student
release station.
The faculty and staff are prepared to care for
your child/ren in time of critical situations. If you
are not able to reach school, your child/ren will
be cared for here. A number of faculty members
have first-aid certificates and will be in communication with local emergency services.
Inclement Weather:
Earthquakes:
School Closing:
In the event of an earthquake, the students
will be evacuated to the area adjacent to the
church adjoining our school property until the
school is assessed by our Fire Department as
to it’s structural integrity.
Fire:
Kentucky State Law requires at least one fire
drill each month. Students will file out quietly
to the appointed area. Attendance will be
taken to
ascertain if all students have left the building.
Any decision made by the Superintendent of the
Bardstown City School System in regard to the
closing of school due to weather conditions will
be abided by in our school. This is always announced on the radio and local TV station as soon
as it is known.
In case of early dismissal due to weather, parents
will be notified by WBRT (1320 AM) radio and our
local TV station, PLG-13 and an announcement via
TeacherEase. Once it has been announced, parents
are encouraged, whenever possible, to come to
school and pick up their child/ren. Buses usually
will make their rounds.
Please do not call school:
The lines must be open for emergency calls. Tune
your radio to WBRT (1320 AM) or our local TV
station, PLG 13. Information and directions will be
given.
Calls to verify school closing should not be made
to the parish rectory or teachers’ homes.
ADVISORY BOARDS
The following St. Joseph School parents
generously give their time and talent to the
following boards. If you ever have questions
or concerns about our school, please contact
one of the following people.
School Board
Jason Cheek
[email protected]
Bill Edelen
[email protected]
Allen Ice
[email protected]
Suzanne Hite
[email protected]
Jason Jones
[email protected]
Frank Manion
[email protected]
Rick Smith
[email protected]
Matthew Stiles
[email protected]
Nicole Wheatley
[email protected]
350-0924
348-3802
348-2507
PTO Board
President
Monique Becker
Vice-President
Mary Kate Evans
Secretary
Lisa Prescott
Treasurer
Millie Riggs
Member-at-large
Michelle Lanham
Faculty Rep
Margie Downs
Important Phone Numbers:
348-9886
350-4067
350-0672
348-4464
510-5237
348-5994
507-4492
348-1903
Athletic Board
350-3429
Director:
Mike Mitro
Assistant Director:
Wayne Morris
Members:
Troy Beam
Jamie Blanford
Janet Cassidy
MT Harned
Robbie Hinkebein
Ron Ray
Scott Rogers
James Spalding
Ali Sparks
School Office
School Fax
Computer Lab
Cafeteria
Flaget Hall
Rectory
After School Care
Parish Office
Religious Ed Office
Youth Minister
4-H Office
Bethlehem High
Bethlehem Athletic
348-5994
348-4694
331-9650
348-0067
348-3126
348-3126
294-9912
348-3126
348-6454
348-3126
348-9204
348-8594
348-0671
St. Joseph School Website Address:
859-621-9263
331-0694
349-0245
Fr. Bill Hammer- Pastor
348-3126 ext. 101
[email protected]
Michael Bickett- Principal
348-5994
[email protected]
Beth Walker- Admin. Asst.
348-5994
[email protected]
Shawn Bond- Faculty Rep.
348-5994
[email protected]
Monique Becker - PTO Pres. 348-9886
[email protected]
Traci Peters- Montessori Dir. 348-1540
[email protected]
www.stjoeelem.org
348-6326
St. Joseph School Email Address:
348-5148
348-5703
348-3724
348-5994
349-2588
348-9704
543-4714
348-5220
270-402-1481
348-5994
Principal - [email protected]
Admin. Assistant. - [email protected]
Secretary - [email protected]
Technology - [email protected]
I.T. Director - [email protected]
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PTO SOUNDING BOARD
COMMENTS: SUGGESTIONS:
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Name: ________________________________________
Phone:________________________________________
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ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL POLICY AGREEMENTS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM
As a parent or legal guardian and student at St. Joseph School, we have read and agree to be governed by the Student/Parent
Handbook for St. Joseph School. We understand fully the regulations contained therein and recognize the right of the school
to establish rules and provide for their enforcement.
We, the undersigned, agree to the above statement of policy:
_______________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Name (please print clearly)
___________________________________________
Address
_______________________________________________
Parent/Guardian signature
___________________________________________
Student Signature
_______________________________________________
Student Signature
___________________________________________
Student Signature
_______________________________________________
Student Signature
___________________________________________
Student Signature
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