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“We see God in all and respond with compassion and service.” 2018-2019 School Year Registration Packet Mr. Javier Bravo, MA Ed. Principal Fr. Gary Regula Pastor Fr. Rayison Jose, Sch.P. Parochial Vicar Mr. Harry Plummer Superintendent of Catholic Schools Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, AZ
January 8, 2018 Dear Families, Thank you for choosing St. Jerome Catholic School for your child(ren). In the Apostolic Letter Evangelization through Catholic Schools Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted outlines the role of a Catholic Education in the formation of students and in our calling to engage in evangelization. The resurrection account in the Gospel of St. Matthew relates how Christ issues the Great Commandment to his disciples: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”(Mt. 28:19-20). The Catechism of the Catholic Church relates that “those who with God’s help have welcomed Christ’s call and freely responded to it are urged on by love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world.” (CCC 3, emphasis added) Thus it is clear that the mission of the school is an extension of the salvific mission of the Church by making Christ known to all through forming the intellect of students to engage in the New Evangelization. St. Jerome Catholic School embraces the curriculum and standards set forth by the Catholic Schools Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and engages with students in the disciplines of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Reading, Religion, Physical Education, Spanish Language and Culture, and the Fine Arts to form the intellect of our students in a manner that will help them to know the truth and pursue the good. At. St. Jerome Catholic School: We believe that every child we encounter has a unique purpose and a specific talent that, once discovered and developed, will enrich the greater community. We assist children in discovering their uniqueness through developing them into faith-filled, life-long learners who are complex thinkers and effective communicators. We are a Catholic school who accomplishes our vision under the patronage of St. Jerome. Once again, I thank you for considering St. Jerome Catholic School. The office staff and I are open to answering any question you may have regarding our school, its traditions, and the registration process. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have. May St. Jerome, our patron, intercede for you and your family as you continue this registration process. St. Jerome, pray for us! Sincerely, Mr. Javier Bravo, MA Ed. Principal
Preschool Program The Preschool Program at St. Jerome Catholic School licensed by the State of Arizona. The curriculum of the Preschool program utilizes the diocesan standards based off of the Early Learning Standards issued by the Arizona Department of Education. Curriculum content covered in the Early Learning Standards include: Social Emotional Standards Approaches to Learning Standards Language and Literacy Standards Mathematics Standards Science Standards Social Studies Standards Physical Development and Safety Standards Fine Arts Standards Religious Instruction Standards The Preschool Program is a FULL DAY program. The daily schedule is: Monday – Thursday: 7:50 am – 3:00 pm Friday: 7:50 am – 1:00 pm The school day at St. Jerome Catholic School is flanked by prayer meaning that it begins with Morning Prayer and ends with the End of the Day prayer as well as classroom opportunities for personal intentions. To qualify for the Preschool Program, children must have already had their third birthday before September 1st of each school year. Children must be able to understand classroom instructions in the English language and be fully and independently potty trained.
Pre-Kindergarten Program The PreK Program at St. Jerome Catholic School licensed by the State of Arizona. The curriculum of the Preschool program utilizes the diocesan standards based off of the Early Learning Standards issued by the Arizona Department of Education. Curriculum content covered in the Early Learning Standards include: Social Emotional Standards Approaches to Learning Standards Language and Literacy Standards Mathematics Standards Science Standards Social Studies Standards Physical Development and Safety Standards Fine Arts Standards Religious Instruction Standards The PreK Program is a FULL DAY program. The daily schedule is: Monday – Thursday: 7:50 am – 3:00 pm Friday: 7:50 am – 1:00 pm The school day at St. Jerome Catholic School is flanked by prayer meaning that it begins with Morning Prayer and ends with the End of the Day prayer as well as classroom opportunities for personal intentions. To qualify for the PreK Program, children must have already had their fourth birthday before September 1st of each school year. Children must be able to understand classroom instructions in the English language and be fully and independently potty trained.
Admissions Process for St. Jerome Catholic School The entire admissions process at St. Jerome Catholic School consists of two parts: Registration and Enrollment. Part I – REGISTRATION: The following documents and fee from the school Registration Packet are needed to complete the registration process. A potential student will not be considered “registered” until all of the following have been submitted to the School Office: o Registration form o Non-refundable Registration Fee of $150 (Per Family) o Original Birth Certificate and Sacrament Certificates (If applicable) o Arizona Public School Enrollment Verification Form – This form will need to be scanned in to scholarship applications o Immunization records o Health history o ADHS Emergency Contact Form o Emergency Card (Blue) o Diocese of Phoenix Custodial Agreement o Final Report Card from previous school – The final report card must show the grades for all 4 quarters This documentation is not needed for new Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten Students o Standardized Test results from previous school (i.e. AZ Merit or ITBS) when available o Create a FACTS account and submit proof of account FACTS is an online tuition management system. When a family receives a scholarship or financial aid, the amount received must be applied to the tuition amount. This can only be done in the FACTS online tuition management system o Apply for financial aid through Catholic Education Arizona and AZ4Education – submit proof of completion o Apply for a minimum of four (4) other tax credit organization scholarships – submit proof with packet For proof, tax credit organizations will email a verification to the family when they submit their application. A print out of the verification is sufficient for proof of completion. (Sample Attached) The school will contact families who are missing pieces of the registration packet to assist them in completing the packet. Once the school has received a complete packet the school will move on to the second part of the admissions process.
Part II – ENROLLMENT o The principal will review all documents and make an enrollment decision o Students who have a failing grade in a Core Course may be required to meet with the principal prior to an enrollment decision. Note: If the previous report card and standardized test scores are not received with the registration packet, the admission decision will be placed on hold and your student will remain in “Registered” status but not “Admitted” status. o The school will send out an Enrollment Letter indicating the potential student’s enrollment status. o One of the following three statuses will be listed in the Enrollment Letter: Enrolled – The student is now a part of St. Jerome Catholic School Waiting List – The grade where the student is to be enrolled is currently as maximum capacity Not Enrolled – The student’s application is rejected. o If there is a waiting list for your student’s grade and another student submits all necessary documents, the spot will go to the next student in line who has all documents submitted.
2018-2019 Tuition Commitment Form All Families must have a FACTS Payment Plan Created Register for FACTS at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/46FLW Yearly Semester Quarterly 10 Month 12 Month Family Plan Plan Plan Plan Plan Status July July & January July, October, July - April July - June January, April Catholic Parishioner Verified by Parish 1 Child $5,800 $2,900 $1,450 $580 $483.34 2 Children $10,600 $5,300 $2,650 $1,060 $883.34 3 Children $14,400 $7,200 $3,600 $1,440 $1,200 Every student over 3 will be at a cost of $3,800 each. Non-Catholic Rate 1 Child $7,100 $3,550 $1,775 $710 $591.67 2 Children $13,200 $6,600 $3,300 $1,320 $1,100 3 Children $18,300 $9,150 $4,575 $1,830 $1,525 Register for FACTS at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/46FLW All families must be registered for FACTS automatic payment plan. Any remaining balance from the 2017-2018 school year must be resolved prior to re-enrollment I wish to pay my annual tuition using the following plan (Please circle in the table and check the selection below): __________Yearly Plan (July) __________10 Month Plan (July – April) __________Semester Plan (July & January) __________12 Month Plan (July – June) __________Quarterly Plan (July, October, January, April) I have read, and agree to abide by the financial policies of St. Jerome Catholic School as included in this information and in the Parent Handbook. I understand that the tuition payment plan I have selected will obligate me to a specific monthly payment as listed in the chart above. I understand that the first payment is due in July before the start of the school year. I understand that I must inform the school if there are any changes to FACTS and that any holds on payments must be approved by the Principal AND the Pastor. I also understand that my student cannot be enrolled unless the parent has an active FACTS account. ____________________________________ ____________________________ _______ Parent Signature Printed Last Name Date
FUNDING A CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA All families wanting to register a student at St. Jerome Catholic School must complete a minimum of 6 tax credit scholarships as part of the registration process. There are two required tax credit scholarships that all families must complete: 1. Catholic Education Arizona - http://catholiceducationarizona.org/applicant/ (application opens on February 1, 2018) 2. Arizona Education Scholarship Foundation Inc. - http://www.az4education.org/ (application currently open) Other Tax Credit Scholarship Organizations include but are not limited to: Brophy Community Foundation Arizona School Choice Trust Arizona Leadership Foundation Institute for Better Education Arizona Scholarship Fund Tuition Organization for Private Schools (TOPS) School Choice Arizona Arizona Private Education Scholarship Fund White Mountain Tuition Organization AZ Yes (Youth Education Scholarships) AAA Scholarships Arizona Tax Credit Arizona Tuition Connection Other organizations included in the next page. REMINDER: Scholarship awards can only be applied to tuition if the family has a FACTS account set up.
SCHOOL TUITION ORGANIZATION RESOURCE LIST School Tuitio n Applicatio n Disabled/ Accepts Student Organizatio n Website Fee Corpo rate Displaced Individual Plus Reco m mendatio ns Other Info rmatio n An AAA family may not accept a scholarship from more than one School Tuition AAA Scholarship aaascholarships.org $30 Yes Yes No No No Organization for the same school year. It may Foundation be easier to do a paper application than an online app. Arizona Awards scholarships for both tuition and other Community azfoundation.org free Yes Yes Yes Yes No school expenses (at hletic fees, uniforms, etc). Foundation Arizona Education az4education.org free No Yes Yes Yes Yes Monthly award distribution. Scholarship Foundation Incomplete or incorrect applications require an Arizona entirel y new application to be submitted. Be Leadership arizonaleader.org free Yes Yes No No No sure to check to be sure your application has been Foundation accepted as complete. Arizona Private Monthly disbursements. Do not require a copy Education apesf.org free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes of tax return at the time of application. General Scholarship Fund fund awards are usually made in June. Family must meet income qualifications. Arizona School asct.org $30 Yes Yes Yes Yes No Application fee. Will only accept the first 2000 Choice Trust applications. First come, first served. Provides an individualized "Launch page” for Arizona Tuition arizonatuitionconnection.com free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes your family free of charge. No tax return Connection required at time of application. Catholic Supports Catholic schools within the Diocese of Education fairapp.com $27 Yes No Yes Yes No Phoenix. Available funds designated to St. Arizona Jerome Catholic School. Need based awards. Monthly recommended student award Institute for Better ibescholarships.org free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes distribution. General fund awards in June of Education each year. Pappas Kids Family must meet income qualifications for free Schoolhouse pappaskidssf.org free Yes No Yes Yes No and reduced lunch. Submit a paper application. Foundation General fund awards are distributed in August. School Choice schoolchoicearizona.org free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Student recommended funds are distributed in Arizona April for the current school year. School Tuition Assn of Yuma Primarily supports Yuma schools but may have Azstay.org free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes funds available for others Scholarships for Educational Excellence Foundation seefaz.org free No No Yes Yes Yes Tops for Kids topsforkids.com free No No Yes Yes Yes Tri-annual disbursements
2018-2019 REGISTRATION FORM Your Child’s Information First name (as in birth certificate) ______________________ Middle: _______________________ Last name (as in birth certificate) ________________________ Birth Date: ___/____/_______ Current age: ____________ Social Security Number: _____________________________________ Mailing Address: ________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip Code: _____________________________________________________________ Sex: ☐Male or ☐Female Country of birth: ________________________________________ Family/Home Email: _____________________________________________________________ Family/Home Phone Number: ______________________________________________________ Race: ☐Alaska/American Indian ☐Asian ☐Black/African American ☐Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander ☐White/Caucasian ☐Two or more races ☐Unknown Ethnicity: ☐Hispanic ☐Non-Hispanic Family Information Name: ______________________________ Relationship to child: _________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________ City: _____________ State: _____ Zip Code: ________ Parish Affiliation: ____________________ Occupation: ________________________ Company Name: _______________________________ Home Phone: _____________________ Cell Phone: _________________________________ Work Phone: ____________________ Primary E-mail: ___________________________________ My information may be included in the school directory ☐ Yes ☐ No Name: ______________________________ Relationship to child: _________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________ City: _____________ State: _____ Zip Code: ________ Parish Affiliation: ____________________ Occupation: ________________________ Company Name: _______________________________ Home Phone: _____________________ Cell Phone: _________________________________ Work Phone: ____________________ Primary E-mail: ___________________________________ My information may be included in the school directory ☐ Yes ☐ No Marital status of parents: ☐ Married ☐ Divorced ☐ Separated ☐ Single ☐Widowed Child’s primary residence is with: ☐ Mother ☐ Father ☐Split custody Note: if parents are divorced or separated, court documents clarifying custody situation and educational rights must be submitted to the school office.
Family Information cont. Siblings: _________________________________ _______ Name Age Attends St. Jerome Catholic School: ☐ Yes ☐No _________________________________ _______ Name Age Attends St. Jerome Catholic School: ☐ Yes ☐No _________________________________ _______ Name Age Attends St. Jerome Catholic School: ☐ Yes ☐No _________________________________ _______ Name Age Attends St. Jerome Catholic School: ☐ Yes ☐No Language (other than English) spoken at home: _________________________________________________________ Religious Background Parents are: ☐Catholic ☐Non-Catholic Student applicant is: ☐Catholic ☐Non-Catholic Registered Parish: ________________________________ Location: ____________________________ Baptism: __________________________________________ ______________________________ Church Name City & State First Penance: __________________________________________ ____________________________ Church Name City & State First Communion: _______________________________________ ____________________________ Church Name City & State Confirmation: __________________________________________ ____________________________ Church Name City & State Academic Information (Preschool, Pre-K or Kindergarten applicants include day care experiences): 1) Last School Attended: _________________________________________________________________ Date Enrolled: ___________Date Withdrawn: _________ Reason for leaving: _____________________________________________________________________ 2) Last School Attended: _________________________________________________________________ Date Enrolled: ___________Date Withdrawn: _________ Reason for leaving: _____________________________________________________________________
If your child is transferring from a Catholic School that is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, is there any outstanding tuition owed to the previous school? ☐ No Yes ☐ Diocesan policy does not allow students to re-enroll in a different Catholic school when there is tuition owed to the previous school. Has your child ever been suspended, expelled, dismissed, or not allowed to re-enroll in a school? ☐ No Yes ☐ If yes please provide the name of the school and the reasons on a separate sheet of paper. Has your student ever been tested or evaluated for any disability [i.e., earning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, emotional disabilities, etc.], English as a Second Language, or medical condition? ☐ No ☐ Yes If yes, please describe on a separate sheet of paper any disability or medical condition that may affect your child’s ability to fully participate in the academic program provided at St. Jerome Catholic School . If you are requesting an adjustment or accommodation to the curriculum, please describe your request. Information about disabilities is requested for the sole purpose of determining whether the school can provide the applicant with an appropriate education or reasonable accommodation and will not be considered in determining whether he/she is otherwise qualified for admission. Please note: St. Jerome Catholic School does not serve IEPs but can create a Student Service Plan (SSP) if the school determines it is able to meet the needs of the student with appropriate accommodations to the school curriculum. Parent Questionnaire How did you learn about St. Jerome Catholic School? _____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Which activities or hobbies does your child enjoy most? __________________________________________________________________________________________________ How do you feel that your child learns best? __________________________________________________________________________________________________ What led you to consider St. Jerome Catholic School for your child? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ What are your goals for your child at St. Jerome Catholic School? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Teacher Recommendation Form Applicants for Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten To the parent/guardian: Please complete the following portion of this form and give it to your child’s daycare or preschool teacher with a stamped envelope addressed to St. Jerome Catholic School – 10815 N. 35th Avenue – Phoenix, AZ 85029. Your signature acknowledges your permission to share this information with our school. If your child has never been in a school or daycare setting, we ask parents to complete the information below to the best of your ability based on your experiences of working with your child. Name of Child:________________________________________ Date of Birth: ______________________ Current School: _______________________________________ Grade Level in 2018-19: _____________ Parent/Guardian Signature: ____________________________ Date: ____________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ To the daycare or preschool teacher: This form is designed to allow St. Jerome Catholic School to learn more about the educational background and needs of the student whose name appears below. Your candid assessment is very helpful in our attempt to find school placement appropriate for the student. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this information. I have known this child _____ years, _____ months. He/she is enrolled in our daycare/school __________________ days per week, _________ hours per day. This class has ________ students and ___________________ teacher(s). Your evaluation is used solely for the admissions process. Area of Age Needs Check if this Skills strength appropriate help is a concern Comments Demonstrates attention span Ability to focus in group situations Ability to follow directions Completes work independently Respect for classroom rules Transitions between activities Responds to behavioral directions Shows curiosity Ability to self-start Enthusiasm for new activities Problem solving ability Seeks assistance Takes responsibility Expresses ideas Grasps new concepts Uses materials appropriately
Area of Age Needs Check if this Physical Development strength appropriate help is a concern Comments Fine motor skills Gross motor skills Speech development (articulation) Area of Age Needs Check if this Social Emotional strength appropriate help is a concern Comments Exhibits courtesy and respect Shows empathy towards peers Works cooperatively with peers Demonstrates self-control Shares well without prompting Imagination/creativity Demonstrates the ability to lead Demonstrates the ability to follow Expresses feelings appropriately Shows self confidence Family Information Consistently Usually Sometimes Rarely Comments Communicates openly with the school Participates in school activities Cooperates with classroom teacher Cooperates with administration Follows rules and procedures Please use the space below for any information that would be helpful in meeting the needs of this child. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________ ____________________________________ Teacher’s Name Signature _________________________________________ ____________________________________ School Phone Number: Email address Upon completion, please return this form via mail, fax, or electronic message. Mail: St. Jerome Catholic School, Attn: Bridget Martinez, 10815 N. 35th Avenue – Phoenix, AZ 85029 Fax: 602-467-4929 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Recommendation Form Applicants for Grades 1 - 8 To the parent/guardian: Please complete the following portion of this form and give it to your child’s teacher with a stamped envelope addressed to St. Jerome Catholic School. Your signature acknowledges your permission to share this information with our school. Students in grades 1-5 will return one recommendation form from their classroom teacher. Applicants for grades 6-8 should submit recommendation forms from both their math and English teachers. Name of Child:________________________________________ Date of Birth: ______________________ Current School: _______________________________________ Grade Level in 2017-18: _____________ Parent/Guardian Signature: ____________________________ Date: ____________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ To the teacher: This form is designed to allow St. Jerome Catholic School to learn more about the educational background and needs of the student whose name appears above. Your candid assessment is very helpful in our attempt to find school placement appropriate for the student. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this information. I have known this student ________________________ years, __________________________ months. Your evaluation is used solely for the admissions process. MOST OF ATTENDANCE AND HEALTH THE TIME SOMETIMES RARELY How often does this student …attend school on a regular basis? …arrive at school on time most days? …appear to be in good health? Above Below ACADEMIC SKILLS Excellent average Average Average Poor Written expression Oral expression Willingness to take risks Initiatives and motivation Participation in class Reaction to criticism Consideration of other's feelings Independence Sense of responsibility Creativity Study habits Application of knowledge and skills Self-discipline Honesty/integrity
ATTENTION YES UNCERTAIN NO Does this student …easily transition from one activity to another? …continue an activity without constant attention? …continue a task until completed or time stopped? …usually accepts limits set by an adult? Most of Some of SOCIAL EMOTIONAL Always the time the time Rarely Never Does this student …willingly and cooperatively participate in groups? …show concern for using materials appropriately? …show leadership skills among classmates …need redirection more often than other students? …treat other adults and classmates with respect? …follow directions? …have self-control? …display emotional maturity? How would you describe this student? (select all that apply) □ Competitive □ Negative □ Well liked □ Determined □ Motivated □ Focused □ Average academically □ Cooperative □ Artistic □ Below average academically □ Easily distracted □ Advanced academically □ Defiant □ Well organized □ Responsible □ Athletic □ Enjoys school □ Needs discipline □ Immature □ Silly □ Needs to be challenged □ Mature □ Self directed □ Dislikes school Please use the space below to elaborate on any of the sections above or to share information that would be helpful in meeting the needs of this child. ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________ ____________________________________ Teacher’s Name Signature _________________________________________ ____________________________________ School Phone Number: Email address Upon completion, please return this form via mail, fax, or electronic message. Mail: St. Jerome Catholic School, Attn: Bridget Martinez, 10815 N. 35th Avenue – Phoenix, AZ 85029 Fax: 602-467-4929 Email: email@example.com
Parental Permission for Release of Student Records I herewith give my permission for the release of information requested in the bottom portion of this form for my (son/daughter). ________________________________________ _______________________ Student’s Name Current Grade ________________________________________ Date ________________________________________ Signature of Parent/Guardian Instructions: Parents, please give this signed parental permission form to your child’s current school in order for the school to have permission to send records to St. Jerome Catholic School. Request for Student Report Card and Standardized Test Scores Date: _____________________ _________________________________ is a candidate for admission to ______ grade at Student’s name St. Jerome Catholic School. Please forward the following information: ______ Report Cards for 4th quarter _____ Standardized Test Scores (AzMerit/Dibbles/District Test) ______ Health and dental records _____ Personal health history ____________________________________________ Principal Signature or designee (Office personnel) Upon completion, please return this form and records via mail, fax, or electronic message. Mail: St. Jerome Catholic School, Attn: Bridget Martinez, 10815 N. 35th Avenue – Phoenix, AZ 85029 Fax: 602-467-4929 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Affiliation (For Catholic Students Only) Families of Catholic students must be registered with a parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix in order to receive the Catholic tuition rate for their children. Please indicate the parish below where your family is registered. Student(s) Name(s) ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ Parish ____________________________________________________ Pastor’s Name ____________________________________________________ City ____________________________________________________ Parish Phone Number Families registered with a parish other than St. Jerome Catholic School are asked to provide a letter from their pastor or office personnel verifying their membership. This information will assist us and the proper pastor with the keeping of accurate records.
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