St. Elizabeth School 2018-2019 Parent/Student Handbook "Building Tomorrow Today Through Catholic Education" - Alice, TX

 
St. Elizabeth School

                                  2018-2019 Parent/Student Handbook

                “Building Tomorrow Today Through Catholic Education”

Principal’s Right to Amend Handbook

The principal reserves the right to amend the handbook for just cause.

Parents will be given notification if changes are made.

                            TEXAS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
THE MISSION OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
                                         IN THE STATE OF TEXAS

The ministry of Catholic Education in general is the fulfillment of the educational mission of the Catholic
Church and has its primary goal the continuous formation of the Catholic person.
As a pastoral instrument of the Church, the strength of the Catholic school is its ability to respond to the
needs of the whole person, the Church in a time of transition and the world with a global perspective for a
peaceful and sustainable future.
The Catholic school is a unique environment in which students can experience the presence of the Holy
Spirit. It’s focus is on the individual person’s spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, cultural, and physical
development. In the Catholic school, students and teachers are drawn to proclaim the Gospel message, to
unite in worship, to respond to the needs of the community through fellowship and social justice, and to
serve all people through the sharing of their spiritual gifts and temporal goods.
Intellectually, students are challenged to work to the best of their abilities. In a world of diversity and
absolutes, students need to be free to appreciate and understand the living organism called the Earth, the
peoples and the cultures that inhabit it, and to develop global perspectives by which to form their lives and
consciences. Students are provided opportunities to develop basic academic and physical skills, pursue
knowledge, and critically study and analyze the world in which they live.
The effective Catholic school must call its students to the conviction that people are more important than
material gain, that justice is more important than success, that love is more important than esteem, and that
collaboration unites while competition divides. The truly successful Catholic school student is not
necessarily the one who is successful in every endeavor, but one who accepts the Christian responsibility
for fulfillment of personal potential and shares these gifts with others.

                                       ST. ELIZABETH SCHOOL

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Mission
The mission of Saint Elizabeth Catholic School is to develop responsible, productive, faith-centered citizens
by providing an educational experience centered on the fundamentals of spiritual, academic, physical, and
emotional growth.

                                                  Vision
Saint Elizabeth Catholic School aims to embody the premier educational experience through collaboration
with families to instill character, confidence, and discipleship as students navigate their early journeys
toward happy and productive futures as well-rounded future world leaders.

                                             Core Values
                                              Integrity (Truth)
                                             Service (Sacrifice)
                                                    Faith
                                                  Respect
                                                   Family
                                                 Excellence
                                                    Love

                                        ST. ELIZABETH SCHOOL
                                                 2018-2019

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SCHOOL OFFICIALS
                Spiritual Director                        Monsignor Leonard Pivonka
                Principa l                                Patricia Garcia

                                          FACULTY AND STAFF
                K3                                Priscilla Schneider
                K4                                Cindy Bunch
                K5                                Belinda Sanchez
                1st grade                         Valerie Vavrusa
                2nd Grade                         Lisa Longoria
                3rd Grade                         Mary Lilly Garza
                4th Grade                         Ernesto Gutierrez
                5th/6th ELA, S.S                  Lori Gonzalez
                5th/6th Math, Sci.                Fidencio Lerma
                Spanish                           Noelia Saenz

                Media / Music / Choir             Kim Garcia
                Physical Education                Debra Beltran

                K3 Teacher Asst.                  Noelia Saenz / Stacy Lopez
                K4 Teacher Asst.                  Amy Villarreal

                Admin. Asst. / Bookkeeper         Mary Torres
                Secretary                         Desiree Canchola
                Cafeteria Manager                 Ashley Solis
                Cafeteria Cook                    Lisa Infante
                Custodian                         Edna Lazo

St. Elizabeth School is under the auspices of the Department of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Corpus
Christi and is an integral part of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Alice, Texas. We serve students
in grades Kinder 3 through 6th grade.

                                            ADMINISTRATION

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The pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church is the chief administrator of all parish activities. The
Principal administers the operation of the school. The School Advisory Council serves in an advisory
capacity.

                                                      STAFF

The school faculty is comprised of qualified personnel. All staff and faculty attend various religious and
educational workshops and classes through the school year in order to enhance their skill in the classroom.

                                              SES INFORMATION

School mascot: Bobcat
School colors: Navy and Red
School Motto: Building Tomorrow Today Through Catholic Education

St. Elizabeth Catholic School
615 E. Fifth St.
Alice, TX 78332
(361) 664-6271
www.sesalice.org

                                          Saint Elizabeth School
                                        Policies and Procedures

ACCREDITATION
Saint Elizabeth School is a parish school within the Diocese of Corpus Christi. The school is accredited through the
Texas Education Agency and the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department. The most recent accreditation

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took place during the fall of 2017. The curriculum is designed by the Diocese of Corpus Christi and meets or
exceeds the State Board of Education standards.
ACCELERATED READER
All students in grades 1st – 6th are required to participate in the Accelerated Reader Program (AR). Teachers will be
assigning a reading comprehension grade every 9 weeks according to reports run from the program. To meet AR
goal, students must have an 85% comprehension average and the points assigned by their teacher. Depending on
class size, the top 3 (or less) will be recognized each marking period.

ADMISSION / ENROLLMENT
Parents who seek a Catholic education for their child enter into a contractual agreement between the parent/student
and the school and the rules of the school governing all areas of the student’s development, as stated in the school’s
philosophy statement. As part of the contractual agreement, there are explicit (expressed) and implicit (implied)
expectations placed on both the parent/student and the school. Explicit rules and regulations are included in the
Parent/Student Handbook and in various school communications.

A student must be three (3) YEARS OF AGE ON OR BEFORE September 1 to be admitted into the 3K program, and
four (4) years of age on or before September 1 to be admitted into the 4K program. A student must be five (5) years
of age on or before September 1 to be admitted into kindergarten.

A student must be six (6) years of age on or before September 1 to be admitted to Grade One. Exceptions may be
made in the case of a student who has successfully completed Kindergarten in a different state where the deadline of
the entering age is later than September 1, provided there is a written statement from the school which indicates that
the student is prepared for Grade One.

Prior to a student’s admission to any grade, the following records are required:

    1.   Official Birth Certificate;
    2.   Baptismal Certificate;
    3.   Immunization record;
    4.   Social Security Card
    5.   Report Cards (if applicable)
    6.   If transferring form another Catholic school, a written statement indicating that all financial obligations have
         been cleared.

A Catholic school may refuse to admit a student if tuition is outstanding and/or financial obligations to another
Catholic School have not been reconciled.

A student may be suspended from another school (Catholic, public, or private) for substance abuse or for other
disciplinary reasons may be admitted to the new Catholic school under the following conditions:

    1. In the case of a substance abuse problem, the student is currently enrolled and/or has been enrolled in
       counseling and treatment, and written verification of treatment and rehabilitation is presented to the school.
    2. The student displays a positive attitude and cooperative spirit towards the school
    3. The student’s family is willing to communicate and to work with the school
    4. Resources to help the student, if needed, are available to the school
    5. The student’s family is willing to cooperate with the school’s recommendation for appropriate counseling, if
       needed
    6. The school administration is willing to accept the student

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Any student entering St. Elizabeth School for the first time will be accepted on probation for a 9 week period. At the
completion of the probationary period, the student’s teacher and principal will determine whether or not the student
may remain in the school. If the school, in the sole opinion of the teacher and principal, is unable to fulfill the needs
of the child, the parents will be informed and the child will be dismissed from the school.
In order to be admitted to any grade, parents must present official certification as to his/her grade level. Prior to
admission, each prospective student will provide the school with the following:
                1. Official birth certificate
                2. Baptismal record
                3. Social Security Card
                4. Report Card
                5. Transfer record (if transferring from another Catholic school a statement that all financial
                     obligations have been cleared must be included) including a questionnaire provided by the school
                6. Achievement Test Results
                7. Verification of current immunizations
It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to make the information listed available to St. Elizabeth School.
Withholding any of the above documentation is cause for the principal to require the parents/guardians to withdraw
their child child / children. .

Parents/ Guardians must sign and return to the school the acknowledgement page in the Parent /Student handbook
within one week of distribution. If a parent/ guardian refuses to sign and return to the school the acknowledgment
page in the handbook, their children)’s enrollment in the school may be terminated.

The school has the right to decline enrollment or re-enrollment of any student or to suspend or dismiss any student at
its discretion, and for any cause deemed sufficient by the school authorities.

NOTE: Transfers into the exiting grade are not accepted.

Home Schooled Students
In the case of students who have been home-schooled and who are seeking admission into a Catholic school, proper
documentation must be submitted to the school for the purpose of evaluation and placement, including, but not
limited to:

    1.   Portfolio of the student’s work;
    2.   Report cards;
    3.   Recommendations from previous schools;
    4.   Home-school curriculum used with the student;
    5.   Grade level and subject testing.

In addition, standardized testing or other testing measures as determined by the school may be required prior to
admission. If required and not available at the time of application, the school or other agency approved by the school
will administer the test at the parent’s expense.

The school retains the right to place the student in the grade or courses deemed appropriate.

If a student enrolled in a Catholic school in the Diocese of Corpus Christi is not demonstrating academic success, the
school administration may request that the parents/guardians have their child evaluated by a certified educational
diagnostician and/or his/her pediatrician. If the parents/guardians agree to the evaluation, the school administration
after having reviewed the evaluation and consulting with the parents/guardians, reserves the right to determine if the
child can be serviced. (refer to Diocesan Policy 4025)

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ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH ACADEMIC/PHYSICAL CHALLENGES
As referenced in Policy 4025, a student accepted to a Catholic School that is in need of special services may be
provided with accommodations.

If the student is in need of accommodations, a written accommodation plan will be developed by the school
administration and the teacher(s). The accommodation plan must be mutually agreed upon by the school
administration, teacher(s), and parents/guardians of the student.

The accommodation plan will be on file in the student’s cumulative record and will be reviewed on at least an annual
basis.

If the accommodations being provided are not meeting the needs of the student, the school administration, in
cooperation with the parents/guardians may:

    1. Refer the student for benefits under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)-B to the appropriate
       diagnostic source;
    2. Make a determination, after consultation with the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, that the student’s best
       educational or social interests will not be served by remaining in the Catholic school. For the benefit of the
       child, the student may be asked to relocate to another school.

If all avenues have been explored and the school cannot meet the needs of the student or if the parents have not
acted on the school’s recommendations regarding diagnostic evaluation of the student, the Principal has the right to
request withdrawal of the student (if currently enrolled) or refuse his/her admittance into the school.

AFTER-SCHOOL CARE
St. Elizabeth School offers an extended day program until 5:30 pm. Children are supervised in a relaxed, yet
structured environment. The cost is $4.00 per hour or $90.00 in advance. The advance cost for 2 children is
$140.00 per month. One dollar will be charged for every minute after 5:30 pm. An effort will be made to contact the
school in the case of an emergency. Overage must be paid at the time the child is picked up.
ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
Students interested in training to become a St. Elizabeth Parish Altar Server must participate in server training.
Children who have received their sacrament of First Holy Eucharist are eligible to participate.

ATHLETICS
Inter-parochial athletic competition is promoted as an extension of the school’s physical education program for
students in grades 4,5,and 6. The goal of the program is to develop physical skills, mental discipline, and
sportsmanship. All students are encouraged to participate regardless of skill level or experience

ATTENDANCE
         The Texas Education Agency has adopted a 90 percent rule. This rule states that students must
attend class for 90 percent of the time it is offered in a given school year. Likewise, students must attend
school for 90 percent of the time it is in session in a given school year. Catholic Schools in the Diocese of
Corpus Christi, for accreditation purposes, follow the 90 percent rule. Situations in which students do not meet the

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90 percent rule in regards to attendance of class and school will be reviewed by the school administration. A
determination will be made as to whether the student will be retained or allowed to re-enroll in the school.

         Students should arrive to school each day on time and ready to learn. A student is absent for one
whole day when he/she has not been in school for at least 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the
afternoon. Families show respect and support for the instructional day when they schedule medical or
dental appointments outside of school hours. On regular school days, any student arriving after 10:00 am or
leaving before 2:00 pm is absent for the whole day. On early dismissal days, any student arriving after 10 am or
leaving before 10 am is absent for the entire day. Every effort should be made to schedule dental and orthodontic
appointments after school whenever possible.

          The day after any absence from school, the student must bring a note written and signed by
parent/guardian explaining the child’s absence.
A student absent from school for 10 days or more during one reporting period is usually unable to accomplish
sufficient work during this period to permit a comprehensive grading of his/her performance. A note from the doctor
for prolonged illness will be REQUIRED before a home study program is developed for the student. Unless a home
study program has taken place to the satisfaction of the teacher and principal, an F is issued for that reporting period.

           Only the principal has the authority to excuse a student from school when an illness is not involved.
Keep in mind that we have the 90% rule in effect. When requesting that a student be dismissed from school for
any planned reason (ex.: out of town trip), parents are to submit this request in writing to the principal as only the
principal has the authority to excuse a student from school when an illness is not involved. This request should be
presented to the principal at least one week in advance. If approved, the teacher will be notified and will prepare a
list of assignments that the student must submit on the first day after the absence. Otherwise, the absence is
considered unexcused and make up work will not be given. Therefore, a failing grade (0) will be given on missed
work.

Only students with 5 or less tardies or early outs, and 0 absences are eligible for the perfect attendance award per
marking period and end of year.

AWARDS
In order to recognize student academic achievement, athletic achievement, and good citizenship, the school
promotes a variety of awards.

BEHAVIOR REPORT
The daily behavior report is the teacher’s means of communicating daily with school families. As a school, we feel
that constant communication is vital to every student’s progress and success. In addition, we feel that building
responsibility is a life-long skill. In order to make our students accountable for keeping involved, we ask that parents,
a guardian, or any other responsible adult sign their responsibility folder daily.

*Individual classroom teachers reserve the right to add to the above mentioned “basic” policies. Written
notification of policy must be made available to parents.

CANCELATION/ DELAY OF SCHOOL

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In the event of an emergency dismissal – inclement weather, unscheduled holiday, or other unforeseen
circumstances – St. Elizabeth School usually follows directions given by the Alice Independent School
District and/or the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Such notices would normally be televised via Corpus
Christi television stations (channels 3, 6, 10), or Alice radio stations (KOPY FM 92.1, KUKA FM 105.9) or
via text. However, Radio Station KLUX FM 89.5 is the official site of emergency information for Diocesan
Schools.

CATHOLIC IDENTITY
As a Catholic School, Saint Elizabeth endeavors to provide students with the foundations of their faith. This is done
through instruction of Catholic doctrine and by provide an example of living in a Christian community. This is taught
throughout the day during prayer,liturgy, academic subjects, and all activities. Students participate in Mass each
Friday, and are expected to attend school Mass the third Sunday of the month. Students have daily religion classes
and participate in traditional Catholic practices such as Stations of the Cross, Recitation of the Rosary, Adoration of
the Blessed Sacrament, the Crowning of Mary and other traditional practices of the Roaman Catholic Church. Study
of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Gospel Values, Catholic Social Teachings, and the Beatitudes are part of
the school curriculum. Students are required to memorize Catholic prayers as appropriate to their age and provide
service to those less fortunate. Catholic families also play an important role in the child’s faith formation and are
encouraged to attend Mass and participate in traditions of the church as well as leading a strong prayer life in the
home.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER
Parents or guardians are responsible for notifying the school office and the classroom teacher in the event of a
change of address e-mail telephone number or any update or change to the emergency card.
CHEATING
Cheating is a serious compromise of a student’s integrity. If a child is caught cheating, appropriate consequences
will follow and parents will be notified.

CHOIR
Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students make up the choir at Saint Elizabeth School.

CLASSROOM CELEBRATIONS
Parents/guardians must coordinate birthday celebrations with the classroom teacher in advance. Birthday
celebrations will be held during the last 15 minutes of the school day. Room parents are responsible for planning 2
parties during the school year (Christmas and End of Year). If school families would like to contribute to the
classroom party/celebration, they should contact the room parent/s. NO GOODY BAGS ARE ALLOWED.

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CLASSWORK
Teachers will follow their own schedule for sending work home for review, but will do so on at least a biweekly basis.
When teachers send papers home, parents should review them, discuss work with students, and return all required
papers the following school day.

COMMUNICATIONS
The Bobcat Bulletin goes out each Sunday evening. It is the main form of communication between the school and
parents. The school also uses Remind text messaging, email, the website and our facebook page to communicate
information.

CONSENT FOR PUBLICATION
St. Elizabeth School reserves the right to publish our students’ achievements and notes of interest using names,
photos and/or likenesses in local newspapers, the principal’s weekly newsletter, and other forms of media. If you
object to the publication of your child’s photo, video, etc., it is the responsibility of the parent to provide the school
with written notice at the beginning of each new school year.

CUSTODY
If a student’s parents are divorced, the school will need a copy of the custody section of the divorce decree on file.
Otherwise, the school abides by the provisions of the Buckley Amendment with respect to the rights of the non-
custodial parents. In the absence of a court order to the contrary, the school will provide the non-custodial parent
with access to the academic records and other school related information regarding the child. It is the responsibility
of the custodial parent to provide the school with an official copy of the court order.

DISCIPLINE
In an effort to establish a discipline plan which reflects the philosophy of St. Elizabeth School, and which recognizes
the special and unique characteristics of each child, the School Advisory Council has adopted the following policy:

All adults and students at St. Elizabeth School will endeavor to live up to the following standards:
          Be truthful
          Be trustworthy
          No put-downs
          Active listening
          Personal best
Corporal punishment is not allowed in Texas Catholic Schools. Any touching that can be construed as punitive is
corporal punishment.

The principal will handle extraordinary discipline problems. The teacher in charge will handle ordinary discipline
problems at the time. Teachers and administrators shall be authorized to take just and reasonable measures to
establish effective school discipline and to develop in all students self-disciplined, emotionally mature behavior.
Disciplinary measures may be taken by authorized school personnel to control the behavior of students not meeting
the accepted norms of school behavior and to prevent individual students from disrupting school activities and other
activities.

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Each student is responsible for his/her own actions. The children need to realize that they are judged for what they
are as well as for what they know. Almost every instance of misbehavior in school detracts from someone’s
education. Therefore, since misconduct becomes costly to people other than the guilty person, the school takes the
following position:

A student will be referred to an administrator for the following reasons:
              1. Fighting
              2. Severe disruption
              3. Any action which puts the child and/or other children in danger
              4. Disrespect or defiance
              5. Repeated occurrences of minor infractions

First Referral:
The administrator will conference with the child and notify the parent. A referral slip will be sent to the parent. The
slip must be signed by the parent and returned the next day before the child can return to class. The teacher or
administrator will be available to meet with the parent upon request.

Second Referral:
If there is a second referral within the school year, the parent is required to come to the school for a conference with
the administrator. The referral slip must be returned and signed before the student can return to class the next day.

Third Referral:
The third referral during the school year will result in a conference between the parent and administrator, return of a
signed discipline slip, and depending on the severity of the behavior, the student will be suspended for 1,2, or 3 days
(as determined by the Principal). During the suspension the child must complete all classwork.

DISMISSAL/EARLY CHECKOUT
    ●    K3, K4, and K5 are picked up at the classroom at 3:15
    ●    1st through 6th will be dismissed in the front of the school at 3:30.
    ●    Students must be picked up by a designated adult.
    ●    Students will be checked into the Extended Day Program 15 minutes after pick up time.
    ●    Early check out is highly discouraged.
    ●    A student is considered checked out early if they leave more than 10 minutes early.

DRESS CODE
Kinder 3 through 4th Grade
BOYS: Red knit polo shirt (short or long sleeve) must match red from Academic Outfitters, no other color
         variations.
         Red plaid shirt
         Navy shorts or slacks
         Navy or black belt
         Jackets, Hoodies or Sweatshirts – PLAIN NAVY NO LOGOS/ORNAMENTATION
         Sweaters must be PLAIN navy, red or white. NO LOGOS/ORNAMENTATION
         Socks required – navy, red, or white socks (socks must be visible, NO-SHOWS are NOT ALLOWED)
         Shoes – primarily white, red, or navy tennis shoes (colors must be true red or true navy no royal blue)
         Heelys are not permitted

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No earrings

GIRLS : Navy button front sailor blouse
         Red knit polo shirt (short or long sleeve regular or feminine fit) must match red from Academic
                   Outfitters, no other color variations
         Navy and/or Plaid walking shorts, skort, or slacks (Plaid slacks are no longer available)
         Button on sailor tie
         Jackets, Hoodies or Sweatshirts – PLAIN NAVY NO LOGOS/ORNAMENTATION
         Sweaters must be PLAIN navy, red or white. NO LOGOS/ORNAMENTATION
         Socks required – navy, red, or white socks (socks must be visible, NO-SHOWS are NOT ALLOWED)
         Shoes – primarily white, red, or navy tennis shoes (colors must be true red or true navy no royal blue)
         Heelys are not permitted
         Hair bows/accessories – navy, red, white or school plaid

5th Grade and 6th Grade
BOYS: Navy knit polo shirt (short or long sleeve) must match navy from Academic Outfitters, no other color
         variations
         Khaki walking shorts or slacks
         Red Plaid shirt
         Navy or black belt
         Jackets, Hoodies or sweatshirts – PLAIN NAVY NO LOGOS/ORNAMENTATION
         Sweaters must be PLAIN navy, red or white. NO LOGOS/ORNAMENTATION
         Socks required – navy, red, or white sport socks ( socks must be visible , NO-SHOWS are NOT
                             ALLOWED)
         Shoes – primarily white, red, or navy tennis shoes (colors must be true red or true navy no royal blue)
         Heelys are not permitted.
         No earrings

GIRLS: Navy knit polo shirt (short or long sleeve regular or feminine fit) must match navy from Academic
        Outfitters, no other color variations
        Navy ¾ sleeve button-down blouse
        Khaki slacks, shorts and/or Plaid skort, (Plaid slacks are no longer available)
        Jackets, Hoodies or sweatshirts – PLAIN NAVY NO LOGOS/ORNAMENTATION Sweaters must be
        PLAIN navy, red or white. NO LOGOS/ORNAMENTATION
        Socks – navy, red, or white sport socks or knee-high ( socks must be visible , NO-SHOWS are NOT
                   ALLOWED )
        Shoes – primarily white, red, or navy tennis (colors must be true red or true navy no royal blue)
        Heelys are not permitted.
        Hair bows/accessories – navy, red, white or school plaid

Miscellaneous Uniform Information
· SES emblem on left side of polo shirt (available from school office)
. School crest emblem on left side of Mass uniform (available from school office)
· The length of the shorts and skorts should be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee
· A belt must be worn on any shorts or slacks that have belt loops
· All boys’ shirts must be tucked in at all times
· Jewelry should be kept simple; no large and/or distracting jewelry
· Expensive jewelry should not be worn to school
· No dangling earrings
· Necklaces should be simple and worn inside the shirts
· Absolutely no body piercing for boys and none other than earlobes for girls
· No cleats or roller soles
· No artificial nails, nail polish or make-up
· No tattoos while on school grounds or while in school uniform
· Socks must be visible; No-Shows are NOT ALLOWED
. No mo hawks or other fad haircuts

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Spirit Day Uniform (Every Wednesday unless otherwise designated)
On Wednesday the students should wear the bobcat T-shirt with Bobcat spirit shorts, denim capris, or jeans.
JEANS must not be torn/destroyed. No denim shorts . Bobcat t-shirts are available in the school office. Shorts
are available through Academic Outfitters (Students are not to wear their uniform shirts.)

Church/Dress Uniform (Every Friday and Special Masses)
BOYS :
        All boys should wear slacks (no shorts), the button down plaid uniform shirt and black or navy dress
        shoes.
GIRLS :
        All girls should wear plaid skort, the navy button front sailor blouse (K3-4 th ) or
        the Navy ¾ sleeve button-down blouse (5 th -6 th ) and black or navy Mary Jane or Oxford dress shoes.

         NO SHORTS or POLO SHIRTS ON MASS DAY

Winter Attire
GIRLS:
         Plain solid white, red or navy long sleeved T-shirts and navy or white tights may be worn with the
         regular uniform.
BOYS:
         Plain solid white, red or navy long sleeved T-shirts may be worn with the regular uniform. Shirts must
         be tucked in at all times.
BOYS/GIRLS
         Jackets, Hoodies or Sweatshirts – PLAIN navy-NO LOGOS OR ORNAMENTATION
         Sweaters must be PLAIN navy, red or white. No logos or ornamentation permitted. Sweat suits from
         Academic Outfitters are allowed in winter but not on Mass days.
         If the sweatshirt, jacket or sweater is removed the student must have a uniform shirt or Bobcat T-shirt
         under it. Winter coats that are not school colors may be worn outdoors only, not in the building.
HAIR
         Hair shall be clean and neat, shall not cover the eyebrows and shall not be styled in a manner that might
         create distractions in the classroom. Boys’ hair shall not extend below the top of the shirt collar.
FREE DRESS DAY
         On a designated Free Dress Day students are to wear appropriate school attire. No short shorts, skirts or
         dresses (not shorter that 3 inches above the knee). No spaghetti straps, halter tops or strapless tops or
         dresses. No high heels. If shoes other than sneakers are worn then sneakers should be brought to school.

Non compliance with uniform policy
Five violations of the School Dress code/Uniform Policy will result in a “U” on the report card under “Personal and
Social Development-Observes School Regulations.” If the student continues to be non-compliant a Discipline
Referral will be issued.

ELECTRONICS OR DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS POLICY
Catholic school personnel in their normal responsibilities and duties may be required to contact parents/guardians
outside of the school day. When communicating with parents/guardians, school personnel are to use school
sanctioned methods of communications which are: the school telephone system; and, at the discretion of and with
permission from the principal, the school email system. When using the school email system, however, personnel
shall refrain from sharing grades, behavior, and other personal information in regards to a student. It is strongly

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recommended that school personnel not use a home telephone or personal cell telephone when communicating with
parents/guardians.

Use of other forms of electronic or digital devices, such as texting, is not permissible when communicating with
parents/guardians and students regarding school/student related issues.

Catholic school personnel are not to contact students by electronic and/or digital communications. Personnel are to
contact parents/guardians, not students, when they need to disseminate information for the student’s benefit. If
personnel contact a student using electronic devices, including, but not limited to, home telephone; personal cell
telephone; email; texting; or networking sites, such as Facebook.com; myspace.com; You-tube; twitter, the student
shall immediately notify his/her parents/guardians about the contact. The student’s parents/guardians shall
immediately report to contact to the principal and/or other proper school authorities.

Students are not to contact school personnel. If a student contacts personnel; using electronic devices, including, but
not limited to, home telephone; personal cell telephone; email; texting; or networking sites, such as Facebook.com;
myspace.com; You-tube; twitter, the personnel shall immediately notify the parents/guardians of the student
concerning the communication by the student to the personnel.

Catholic school personnel are not permitted to name or use images of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, a Catholic
school/parish, or any other diocesan entity as part of their personal networking sites.

Catholic school personnel who violate this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including
termination.

Likewise, Catholic school students who violate this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including
expulsion.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
An emergency management plan is implemented each year with appropriate staff training and scheduled drills. .
Detailed evacuation plans are posted in each classroom

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
The school is monitored regularly for compliance with health and safety regulations including classroom environment,
air quality, equipment status, and toxic agents.

FACULTY MEETINGS
Faculty meetings are held the 1st Friday of each month. School is dismissed at 12:30 pm on the days when faculty
meetings occur.

FAMILY RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT OF 1974
An educational agency or institution may presume that either parent of the student has authority to inspect and
review the educational records of the student, unless the institution has been provided with evidence that there is a

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legally binding instrument or a State law or court order granting such matter as divorce, separation, or custody, which
provides to the contrary.

FIELD TRIPS
All school sponsored field trips shall be approved by the administration and have an educational purpose. The
Diocese of Corpus Christi recognizes the role of such trips as complementary to the instruction taking place in the
classroom. Before a principal approves a field trip, it must be shown that the destination holds cultural, spiritual, or
instructional significance. Parents may request that a child not attend and students may be denied permission to
attend if they fail to meet academic or behavioral requirements. Also, no child will be allowed to attend without the
proper permission slip. Non-students or siblings are not permitted to attend school-sponsored field trips. All students
are to arrive and depart the destination as a class.

Drivers for field trips must fill out the appropriate insurance forms and have a criminal background and verification of
the CMSE class attendance on file with the Diocese of Corpus Christi and our office.

FINANCES
Please keep in mind that the school has financial obligations that must be met each month. In order to meet these
obligations all payments must be received on a timely basis. Please note the following guidelines.
    ❏ All financial obligations must be current at the end of each month in order for students to remain enrolled.
    ❏ No services will be issued on credit, other than extended day and cafeteria
    ❏ After two returned checks the account will be put on a “cash only” basis for the remainder of the school year.
    ❏ There will be a $25.00 returned check fee.
    ❏ A $3.00 convenience fee will be charged for all debit card transactions.
    ❏ If the account is past due at report card time, report cards will not be released and your RenWeb account
      will be disabled.
    ❏ All official transcripts, awards and report cards will be withheld until accounts are paid in full.
    ❏ Payments include tuition, registration fees, extended day fees, cafeteria, and any other miscellaneous items.

FUNDRAISING
Families who choose the fundraising plan are obligated to support the fundraising projects of the school in order to
supplement their tuition payments. Families who choose the non-fundraising plan are welcome to support fundraisers
in order to support the welfare of the school community.

GANG RELATED ACTIVITY
Youth gang and gang related activities are prohibited. A gang is identified as any non-school sponsored group,
usually secret and/or exclusive in membership, whose purpose or practices include unlawful or anti-social behavior or
any action that threatens the welfare of others.

If a student is suspected or identified as being a member of a gang, shows interest in joining a gang, initiates or
participates in any gang related activity, or has been approached for recruitment, any of all of the following steps may
be taken:

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1. Parents/Guardians will be contacted immediately and appropriate intervention initiated.
    2. A behavior contract will be prepared stating the conditions for the student remaining in the school.
    3. Students may be referred to personal or family counseling.
    4. Students may be referred to the Department of Human Services or other welfare or child care agencies of
        the respective county.
    5. Police, Juvenile Court, and other appropriate authorities will be notified of violence and/or illegal activities.
    6. The student may be suspended or expelled as already outlined in the school discipline policies.
    7. Parents/Guardians/Student will be held liable and financially responsible for all forms of vandalism.
Extreme care should be taken to protect the identity of a student, teacher, and other school employees who reports
any gang activity at the school.
GRADING POLICY
Numerical grades are given in lieu of letter grades:
A= 90-100
B= 80-89
C= 70-79
F=69 and below

Late/Missing Assignments
            ✓ 15 points for the 1st day
            ✓ 25 points for the 2nd day
            ✓ Grade of 0 on the 3rd day
Retesting
NO retest unless the class average is below 60%. No retesting on AR quizzes.

Lowest/Highest Grade
Lowest = 0
Highest = 100

Make Up Work
The student will be given 2 days to complete daily assignments for each EXCUSED absence. Not more than one
week will be allowed for makeup work regardless of the number of absences. There will be no make-up days for
long term and/or recurring assignments such as Current Events, projects, etc. If a student is absent one day, they
will receive the missed assignments upon their return to school. If a student is out more than 1 day then parents
must call the school office on the 2nd day by 10 am to pick up student work Student work can be picked up from the
school office between the hours of 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. This will allow the teacher ample time to get the
assignments ready.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
The Diocese of Corpus Christi recognizes the right of parents to appeal school decisions affecting their children.
When such an appeal is necessary, the Diocesan Grievance Procedure must be used. Before initiating a formal
appeal, parents are encouraged to dialogue with person against whom they hold a grievance. When conflicts are
resolved through dialogue in an attitude of Christian respect, the greatest beneficiary will be the child.

When the attempts made do not result in a resolution of the problem, the case may be formally appealed using the
Diocesan Grievance Procedure. No grievance will be accepted for formal consideration unless it has first been
presented in writing by the grievant to his or her principal within five working days following the occurrence of the
event. A copy of the official grievance procedure is available from the school office.

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HEALTH POLICIES
The mission of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Corpus Christi includes a commitment to the physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual health of students. Parents, administrators, health coordinators, health screeners, and
teachers share this responsibility.
Parents/guardians have the ultimate responsibility for the health of the student. Illness and injuries that occur during
school hours and which require specialized attention will be referred directly to the parent/guardian.
St. Elizabeth School adheres to the minimum requirements of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
(AHERA). The location of any asbestos-containing materials that are located in the school have been identified and
marked. The operation and maintenance of said areas is in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency
guidelines. An asbestos management plan is on file in the school office.
Catholic schools comply with Federal OSHA bloodborne pathogens standards.

Schools and grounds are monitored regularly for compliance with health and safety regulations including classroom
environment, air quality, equipment status, and toxic agents.

HEALTH RECORDS
Emergency Card – Must be completed and signed annually by the parent or guardian. Contains emergency
information and a release to obtain information about child’s known medical conditions.

Cumulative Health Record – Contains immunization history, pertinent health information and results of all school
screenings. It is retained at the school year to year and is forwarded when the student changes schools.

Medication Log – A flow chart recording each dose of each medication administered to the student y school
personnel. Request for administration of medication signed parent must be on file in order for medication to be
administered by school personnel.

PRN medication form – A request for administration of a medication or medical treatment to a student on assessment
of need rather than on a schedule. Must be signed by physician, parent, principal, and school health administrator.

Illness and Injury Log – a daily record of health related incidents and illnesses occurring at school. Includes
complaint, assessment information, treatment, if any, and disposition.

Head Injury Sheet – Notification to a parent or guardian when child has sustained any head injury at school.

Accident Report – A record, retained in the school, of the circumstances attending any incident occurring at school
for which professional medical care is required.

State Reports of School Screening and Immunization Activities – reporting documents completed and sent to Texas
Dept. of Health annually.

Diabetic Care Plan – To be completed by the team of school personnel and parents for children diagnosed with
diabetes.

Asthma Emergency Card – completed for students diagnosed with asthma and kept with emergency card.

Allergy Emergency Card – Completed for students diagnosed with life threatening allergies and kept with emergency
cards.

Accommodation Plan – completed on student requiring medical or academic modification.

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HEALTH SERVICES
Emergencies: each school is required to have at least two full time staff persons currently certified in CPR and two
full time persons currently certified in Standard First Aid. Emergency Response reference materials are readily
available in the school for all personnel.

Illness: A staff member assesses the student’s condition including temperature, appearance, demeanor, and
complaint and acts accordingly based on the student’s health condition and health guidelines. In some instances of
suspected communicable conditions (listed in the school health manual) students must be excluded from school in
accordance with state law.

Vision and Hearing Screening: Students are screened annually by the Texas Department of Health certified
screeners and are referred as necessary for further professional evaluation.

Spinal Screening: Grades 4, 6, and 9 are screened annually by the Texas Department of Health certified screeners
and are referred as necessary for further professional evaluation.

Acanthosis Nigricans: Grades 3, 5, and 7 are screened by trained screeners and referred as appropriate.

Medication Administration: Whenever possible, medication should be administered at home before and after
school hours. In cases where in school administration of medication is necessary, a strict diocesan policy is in effect
(Handbook of School Policies) and requires that a “Request for In-School Administration of Medication” form (form
H23) or a “prn” medication form be completed and signed by the parent/guardian for each medication to be
administered. The principal oh his/her designee may administer the medication according to diocesan policy. The
medication must be kept in a locked cabinet (or refrigerator in the school and students are not permitted to have
medication on their person at school.

Chronic Disease or Disability: Nursing assessment, consultation, and intervention are provided by the Diocesan
School Health Administrator as appropriate upon referral by the principal.

HEALTH - ENVIRONMENTAL
Schools and grounds are monitored regularly for compliance with health and safety regulations including classroom
environment, air quality, equipment status, and toxic agents. Diocesan schools are in compliance with all provisions
of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.

HOMEWORK
Homework contributes to higher academic achievement and creates a closer bond between the home and school by
keeping parents in touch with their child’s progress. It is the responsibility of the parents to monitor the progress of
the assignments and to communicate with the teacher should any concerns arise. Excessive incomplete homework
assignments will be reported to the parents. RESPONSIBILITY for one’s homework and materials is stressed.
Special emphasis will be placed on math, reading, and writing skills. Families are encouraged to read together daily
to help students build a good foundation. Parental encouragement of student attention to studies is highly
recommended so that the student will achieve test scores that are commensurate with potential. Studies show that
students who learn to discipline themselves to study early in life normally find the increasing demands of higher
education easier to adopt.

HONOR ROLL

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Blue Ribbon Award - A average for the year
Red Ribbon Award – End of year average in subject areas must have no more than two B’s

ILLNESS, INJURY
           1. The school secretary takes care of minor accidents. In the event the need for any major First Aid care
               arises, the school will contact the student’s parent/guardian or physician responsible for the student.
           2. Any child, who has fever or other overt symptoms of illness, will be sent home.
           3. Students with initial symptoms of communicable diseases must remain at home. The child will be
               readmitted upon presentation of a written release from the doctor or clinic, according to guidelines.
           4. Children should be kept at home when they are ill. For the protection of all students, a child displaying
               the following symptoms will be sent home (unless a physician’s written permission slip is obtained):
               a. Fever/temperature (100 degrees F – a child should be kept home until he/she has been free of
                     fever for 24 hours)
               b. Bad cold (congestion, sore throat, etc.)
               c. Eye infection
               d. Unusual skin eruptions
               e. Swollen glands
               f. Nausea
               g. Vomiting
               h. Diarrhea
It is the parent’s responsibility to obtain medical attention for the child. The school office should be notified
concerning cases of contagious or communicable diseases immediately.

IMMUNIZATIONS
At the time of registration parents must present the child’s immunization record. A child is not considered registered
until his/her immunization records are current. The County Health Department audits our records.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
For information concerning school closures, please consult local TV and radio stations. If the local school district has
cancelled or delayed school, this school will follow the same protocol. Parents will be notified of days scheduled to
make up any lost days.

LEAVING CAMPUS
Children are not permitted to leave prior to the end of the school day unless the parent/guardian or their designee
personally signs the student out at the office. No teacher will allow a child to leave the campus without clearance
from the office.

If a parent/guardian is allowing their child to be picked up by someone other than themselves, the parent must submit
a signed note to the principal. NOTE: The school reserves the right to ask the unknown individual for identification.

LIBRARY
The chief purposes library instruction are:

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● To develop a permanent interest in books and reading.
             ● To develop good attitudes, skills and abilities in using the library for work and leisure.
             ● To develop the habit of using the library for the solution of problems, finding information and to
               broaden experiences.
What students and parents can expect from the library:
           ●      A safe and orderly environment
           ●      Development of a pattern of success in all students
           ●      Instruction in basic virtues and responsibility
           ●      Instruction in the utilization of effective methods to obtain and use information.
Student Use:
             ●    Student may check out two books at a time.
             ●    Students with overdue books will not be allowed to check out books.
             ●    If a lost book is paid for and later is found, the student can return the book and receive a refund.

MEDICATION
See medication policy with Diocese of Corpus Christi Health policies

NONCOMPLIANCE WITH RULES AND REGULATIONS
Parents must understand that their children’s enrollment in Catholic schools is a privilege, not a right. Parents and
students must adhere to the standards and expectations of the Catholic school as stated in this handbook. Failure
to comply with these policies and procedures is grounds for removal of the school. Parents/Guardians must
sign and return the acknowledgement page within 2 working days of the date the handbook was received. If
the parent/guardian refuses to sign and return the acknowledgement page, their child/ren’s enrollment in the
school will be terminated.

NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY
The Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Corpus Christi exist in order to help the church in this area to accomplish her
mission of developing committed Christians. Catholic schools are called to make faith real in the world.
They must be or become a loving Christian community, witnessing the presence and reality of the risen Lord to and
for the culture in which they exist. The Catholic Schools in the Diocese exist primarily for Catholic students of any
sex, race, color, nationality, and ethnic origin and secondarily for students of other denominations of any sex, race,
color, nationality, and ethnic origin who choose the Catholic schools. St. Elizabeth School strives to treat all people
equally. Here is no discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, age, or handicapping condition.

PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES
Conferences may be scheduled by the teacher or parent at any time during the year. Formal conferences will be
scheduled following the first and third grading periods. The report card will be distributed at the conference. These
conferences help the parent to becfome acquainted with the child’s teacher, familiar with the school and curriculum,
and to discuss the child’s school performance.

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PARENT / TEACHER ORIENTATION
Parents should make every effort to attend the orientation at the beginning of the year. The meeting is held in the
child’s classroom and its purpose is to acquaint the parent with academics, classroom procedures and behavior
expectations.

PARTIES
Students are allowed two parties a year, one at Christmas and at the end of the year. Birthdays may be celebrated
at snack-time or at 15 minutes before the end of the school day if parents wish to bring a treat for the class. Please
inform the school office or the classroom teacher the day before you intend to bring the treat. Invitations to out of
school parties will be allowed only if there is an invitation for every child or all boys/girls in the class.

PHOTOGRAPHS
Student photographs are sometimes posted on the school website and facebook page or used in other promotional
materials. Your signature on the handbook form signifies that you agree to have your child’s image utilized by the
school. If you do not wish your child’s image to be utilized by the school, you must notify the principal in writing by
the first day of school.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
    Rules
    1. Students must respect teachers/classmates
    2. Students must respect property (personal, teacher, classmates, school)
    3. Students are not allowed to use inappropriate language
    4. No teasing
    5. No aggressive behavior

    Participation is mandatory for all students except for those who are medically exempt. A written excuse from the
    parent/guardian is required before students are excused from PE classes. If a student is to be excused for
    more than 2 days, submission of a physician’s statement upon return to school is required. A verbal
    excuse will not be permitted.

    Please be advised that free dress day attire should not hinder student participation in PE.

    Discipline:
    The teacher will monitor student behavior, participation, and attire. Students will be graded accordingly. Failure
    to follow PE guidelines will result in points being deducted from their grade.

    The following scale will be used per grading period:
    0-5 points deducted S
    6-10 points deducted S-
    11-15 points deducted N
    16+ points deducted U

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Note: A serious disruption will be sent to the principal’s office and consequences will be left to his/her discretion.

PLAYGROUND
When school is in session, children will be properly supervised at all times on the playground. Do not allow your
children to play on the playground without supervision of a staff member at any time as the school cannot be held
responsible for injuries.

PROMOTION AND RETENTION
Upon designation by the Superintendent of catholic Schools, Principals shall be responsible for and shall have the
authority to place a student in a program commensurate with the student’s performance in accordance with existing
curriculum statutes and policies.

A school may not grant social promotions. A student is promoted if, considering his/her abilities, he/she has
satisfactorily completed the work of the current grade.

Promotion:
The following criteria for promotion will be followed:

Elementary Grades: To be promoted from one grade level to the next, a student shall attain for the year an average
of seventy (70) or above in all subject areas.

Catholic Doctrine: The teaching requirement and importance of catholic Doctrine as an integral part of the
curriculum in the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Corpus Christi are recognized. Any student failing Catholic
Doctrine in Grades One through Eight must make up the failure prior to the beginning of the subsequent school year,
following a growth plan approved by the school’s principal. In Grades Nine through Twelve, credit will be granted or
withheld in Catholic Doctrine on the same basis as in the other courses.

Retention:
A student may not be retained more than twice in grades Kindergarten through Eight and may not be permitted to
remain in the same grade for more than two (2) years. Every effort should be made by the Principal to provide
alternative programs or adjust the regular program for students with special needs and who have approved
accommodation plans on file.

If a student receives a grade below seventy (70) in any subject area, the student fails the subject. If a student fails
two (2) or more major subject areas, he/she shall be retained in that particular grade level. Parents must be informed
of the likelihood of their child’s academic failure and possible retention by the beginning of the second semester of
that particular school year.

The major subject areas are:

Grades 1-3     Catholic Doctrine, reading, English, and Mathematics
Grades 4-6     Catholic Doctrine, reading, English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
Grades 7-8     Catholic Doctrine, reading, English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science

PTO

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Parents are automatically members of the Parent Teacher Organization

RECORDS
The following records must be on file for each student: birth certificate, immunization record, and social security
number. Catholic students will need a copy of their baptismal record in order to prepare for the sacraments. The
student’s permanent record will include the above items in addition to academic records, academic testing, health
records, and emergency information. If a parent wishes to view a child’s record, he/she may do so at any time. The
school may require 24 hours’ notice and a written request.

REGISTRATION
Registration is held throughout the year. First preference is given to students and siblings of students who are
presently enrolled.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
The religious education classes are designed to help the children learn more about themselves and their relationship
with God and the community in which they live. Students participate in religious classes four times a week and Mass
once a week. Catholic children who are enrolled in a Catholic school are not required to attend CCD classes.
The school day begins and ends with prayer. Prayer before and after meals is also incorporated. Teachers and
students are encouraged to pray throughout the day. It is important for all parents to reinforce prayer life in the home
and see that their children attend Sunday Mass or relevant church services regularly.

REPORT CARDS
Report cards are issued quarterly. Parent conferences are held at the end of the first and third grading periods.
Parents must attend the conferences in order to receive the report cards at the end of these grading periods.
Parents may also view grades via Renweb.

RIGHT TO SEARCH
The school reserves the right to search all property brought on campus.

SACRAMENTS
Catholic students will receive the sacrament of First Holy Eucharist during second grade. Students who are
members of other parishes must have written permission from their parish priest to receive sacraments at St.
Elizabeth. For more information, contact the school office.

SCHEDULE
K3,K4, and K5 -7:55 to 3:15
1st -6th Grades 7:55 to 3:30

    ●    The building opens at 7:25
    ●    Children picked up late will be sent to extended day. (Charges Apply)

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