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Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School

Parent and Student Handbook

Reviewed September 2016

I.INTRODUCTION

VISION STATEMENT / DEPARTMENT FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

PHILOSOPHY OF SCHOOL

MIDDLE STATES ACCREDITATION

CATECHETICS (RELIGIOUS EDUCATION)

II. DAILY PRACTICES AND POLICIES

ADMISSIONS/REGISTRATION POLICIES

DRESS CODE

ABSENCES/TARDINESS

CAFETERIA

CLOTHING IDENTIFICATION

EARLY DISMISSALS

EMERGENCIES/EMERGENCY CARDS

EMERGENCY CLOSING AND DELAYS

EMERGENCIES DISMISSALS

EXTENDED CARE

FIELD TRIPS

FUNDRAISING

HOMEWORK

HEALTHY INITIATIVE

PARTY INVITATIONS

RIGHTS OF NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS

TEXTBOOKS

TESTING

TRANSPORTATION

BUS

CAR RIDERS/WALKERS

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

STUDENT ACTIVITIES/ASSEMBLIES

ALTAR SERVERS

BASKETBALL, CHEERLEADING, VOLLEYBALL AND SOCCER

BAND

STUDENT COUNCIL

III CURRICULUM

CATECHETICS

COMPUTER

FINE ARTS

ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

REMEDIAL READING AND MATH (TITLE I)

ACT 89 Speech/Language

Psychological Testing

Student Assistance Program

IV COMMUNICATIONS

INTERNET USE POLICY

PARENT AND ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS

SUPPLIES/TEXTBOOKS

TELEPHONE

TRANSFERS

TUITION

SCHOLARSHIP MONIES

VOLUNTEERS

VI HEALTH AND SAFETY

ILLNESS

ACCIDENT AND INJURY

MEDICATION

FIRE DRILLS

VISITORS

PLAYGROUND

SCHOOL NURSE/NURSE PRACTITIONER

DENTIST/DENTAL HYGIENIST


I.INTRODUCTION

VISION STATEMENT / DEPARTMENT FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

The Vision for the Department for Catholic Schools is to promote and to sustain Catholic

Schools of unparalleled quality, which integrate faith into every aspect of life and culture,

producing graduates who continually strive for human and Christian perfection.

 

PHILOSOPHY OF SCHOOL

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School works cooperatively with parent(s)/guardian(s) to develop and enhance the individual potential of each child physically, spiritually, academically and psychologically. Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School maintains the highest quality educational program. We believe the integration of religious truths and values is a goal to which all students have a right. To this end the faculty, administration, parents and students will work together toward a four-fold purpose of Christian education:

1. to teach doctrine

2. to worship

3. to build community

4. to serve

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School will strive to place great emphasis on

personalized learning, endeavoring to meet the unique need and capabilities of each individual student by utilizing the best academic and innovative techniques of instruction as well as assessment.

A complete academic program that fulfills all requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education is maintained. Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School is totally committed to excellence in education and cooperatively will strive to provide the necessary atmosphere and experiences for individuals to grow in Christian values while expanding the knowledge and skills each student requires to become a responsible member of society.

 

MIDDLE STATES ACCREDITATION

 The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School. Middle States accreditation is an expression of confidence in Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School’s mission, goals and objectives, performance and resources and validates publicly the excellence in education.

The Middle States Evaluation is an ongoing process requiring the submission of updated plans every three years. After 7 years, the school is re-evaluated for continued accreditation. We were re-accredited on May 1, 2011.

 

CATECHETICS (RELIGIOUS EDUCATION)

Catechetics is the center of the Catholic school. A conscious effort is made to create a Christ centered atmosphere by stressing Christian values in the classroom as well as throughout the school. A conscious effort is made to integrate catechetics into every aspect of the school curriculum.

 

Our belief in Jesus has drawn us to this school community. Our beliefs are expressed in and

strengthened by daily communal prayer. Students develop skills and a love for the Church’s

daily worship. Prayer includes a prayer each morning with simple prayers for before and after lunch and at the end of the day.

 

Faith experiences are an integral part of catechetics. Opportunities for Eucharistic Liturgies,

Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross, classroom prayer and service to others are included.

Community is at the heart of Catholic education, not simply as a concept to be learned, but as a reality to be lived.

 

The principal, in conjunction with the Pastor and the Director of Religious Education, work with the teachers in the religious development and sacramental preparation of the students. Parent Preparation Programs for Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation are held during the year. These are parish programs and involve all eligible children and parents of the parish.

 

II. DAILY PRACTICES AND POLICIES

ADMISSIONS/REGISTRATION POLICIES

 Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School admits students of any race, national, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students formally accepted into the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admission policies, athletic or other school administered programs. Children who are not Catholic are expected to participate in religion classes and attend all religious functions of the school/church.

 A student entering kindergarten must be five years of age by September 1st. Official certificates of birth and baptism may be required at the time of registration. Students entering First grade may be required to take a readiness test and must be six years of age by September 1st. Those registering for grades 1-8 must fulfill the age requirement for the desired grade and present letters of recommendation from the previous school. A readiness test may be administered to all new students to verify placement. Grade level and academic group determinations are made on the basis of school records and birthdates. Immunization records must be complete before any child may enter school.  

Students that do not meet the September 1st age requirement may upon approval complete the Pre-Kindergarten program twice.

The requirements are as follows:

1 dose of chickenpox vaccine

4 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (one dose must be after the fourth birthday)

3 doses of oral polio vaccine

2 doses of measles vaccine after the first birthday (or proof by blood test of having had

measles)

1 dose of mumps vaccine after the first birthday (or proof by physician’s letter of having

had mumps)

1 dose of rubella vaccine after the first birthday (or proof by blood test of having had

German measles)

3 properly spaced doses of hepatitis B vaccine (K-4)

 

DRESS CODE

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School is a Catholic elementary school, which

maintains the right to establish a uniform dress code for its students. It is recognized that

proper school attire and good grooming are conducive to a student’s educational and social

development. This Dress Code was developed:

1. to promote a Christian atmosphere

2. to free children for academic concentration

3. to de-emphasize competition among children regarding clothing, and

4. to allow more economical dress for school

Students will not be permitted to display display body piercing, tattoos, multi-colored hair that is designed to attract attention or academic concentration. This dress code is required of all students in all grades, kindergarten through eighth grade. This policy is intended to maintain a standard of dress that is neat, economical, modest and attractive. School uniforms MUST be purchased from School Belles, French Toast, or JCPenney.

 

Uniforms for Girls

Pants Navy or Khaki

Shorts - April 15th through October 15th ONLY

Skirts & Skorts Navy, Khaki, or Plaid (School Belles only)

Jumpers Navy or Khaki solids, Navy/red plaid

Blouses– Dress or Oxford– long and short sleeved White or Light Blue (Mass attire)

Polo Shirts – long and short sleeved White, Navy, Red

Sweaters – crew neck cardigan Navy, Red or White (no logos)

Sweaters - crew neck pullover Navy, Red, or White (no logos)

Sweaters – V-Neck Cardigan sweater Navy, Red, or White (no logos)

Sweaters - V-Neck pullover sweater Navy, Red, or White (no logos)

Sweaters - V-Neck pullover sweater vest Navy, Red, or White (no logos)

Shoes are to be a clean athletic style or dress leather type shoe with socks.

*No Crocs, high-heels, open toed shoes, or boots are permitted during school hours

 Uniforms for Boys 

Pants Navy or Khaki

Shorts – April 15th through October 15th ONLY

Shirts – Dress or Oxford – long and short sleeved White or Light Blue (Mass attire)

Polo Shirts – long and short sleeved White, Navy, or Red

Sweaters - crew neck pullover Navy, Red, or White (no logos)

Sweaters – V-Neck Cardigan sweater Navy, Red, or White (no logos)

Sweaters - V-Neck pullover sweater Navy, Red, or White (no logos)

Sweaters - V-Neck pullover sweater vest Navy, Red, or White (no logos)

 Shoes are to be a clean athletic style or dress leather type shoe with socks.

*No Crocs or boots are permitted during school hours.

Physical Education Uniforms – Girls and Boys

T-Shirt, Sweatshirt, Sweatpants, and Shorts - Red with OLMBSS Logo & Rebel

are ordered through School Office

 

For Mass days or church events girls are to wear dress blouses of white or light blue

with jumper or skirts. Boys are to wear dress shirts of white or light blue with ties.

 

Reminder:

Girls - Skirts are to be no shorter than one inch above the knee and not rolled at waist Girls – Capri pants are not permitted

Girls & Boys - Cargo pants/shorts are not permitted

Girls & Boys - Dress blouses/shirts are to be tucked in at waist

Girls & Boys – No jackets, hats, or hoodies are to be worn during school hours

ABSENCES/TARDINESS

Regular attendance at school is a major factor in determining academic success. Students who are absent for more than thirty days during the academic year may be denied academic

promotion.

Absences from school are defined as either Excused or Unexcused according to guidelines from the Pennsylvania School Code. Excused absences include illness, quarantine, impassable roads, recognized religious holidays, and urgent reasons, such as a death in the family or a court appearance.

The state guidelines also permit an Excused Absence for Educational Trips if a

request is sent to the school prior to the dates of the trip. If no prior notice is received, the

absence is classified as Unexcused.

Parents should call the main office by 9:00 a.m. if child will be absent from school. Additionally, it is required to provide the child’s name and reason for absence. Unless the absence will be for an extended period of time, please make arrangements to pick up the child’s work on the bench located outside of the main office.

Students will be marked “tardy” if they arrive after 8:40 a.m. They MUST report to the main office upon arrival.

Upon returning to school from an absence, a student must submit a “written” excuse to his/her

homeroom teacher as required by state law. If this excuse is not submitted within three days

following the absence, the absence will be classified as Unexcused.

A “written” excuse should be given to the homeroom teacher or appropriate classroom

teacher(s) for the following reasons:

A “written” excuse MUST be given to the homeroom teacher and the office staff for the

following reasons:

According to the Pennsylvania School Code, Section 1332, “the absence of any pupil who

remains out of school with or without his parent’s permission, and is not absent because of

illness or for other urgent reasons, as defined in the School Code, shall be excused. Such

absence will be recorded as “unlawful-excused” for a pupil who is under the compulsory

attendance age”. Section 1333, “Any such child who has been absent three days, or their

equivalent, during the term of compulsory attendance, without lawful excuse…shall be given

written notice. If, after such notice is given…, attendance is again violated by the person, such

person shall be liable… for referral to the magistrate”.

Parents and guardians of students who acquire excessive absences may be required to provide documentation from a physician indicating that the absences are relating to an existing medical condition.

CAFETERIA

Lunch: All students must bring or buy a lunch. Those bringing lunch may purchase milk.

Rules: The use of good manners is encouraged and, therefore, the following cafeteria rules are

to be observed:

The cafeteria is operated in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, which

prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, religion, or national origin.

CLOTHING IDENTIFICATION

Parents are strongly urged to mark their children’s personal belongings with their name or initials. Since children do not readily claim lost items, proper identification helps us to find the owner and save parents the cost of replacement. Lost-and-Found (See School Office) items that are not claimed are donated to Saint Vincent DePaul.

EARLY DISMISSALS

Parents should make every effort to schedule appointments at a time that school is not in

session. However, if a child must have an early dismissal he/she must have written note for the principal’s approval. For these dismissals, parents or an authorized adult must meet the child at the office and sign him/her out at the authorized time. Children who arrive later than 10:20 a.m. will be marked absent in the morning. Students who leave school before 1:10 p.m. will be marked absent in the afternoon.

EMERGENCIES/EMERGENCY CARDS

At the beginning of each school year, parents are required to complete a Student Emergency

Card. It is imperative that the school be able to reach you to inform you of illness or an

emergency situation. It is also important to list the names of others who can be contacted

should you be unavailable. Please keep the card updated by notifying the office.

EMERGENCY CLOSING AND DELAYS

If inclement weather or some other emergency requires that the school be delayed or closed,

this information will be announced on KDKA, WTAE and WPXI. Because of the number of public districts represented in our school, it is important that your listen for an announcement that identifies Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE OR RECTORY FOR THIS INFORMATION.

Please note: in the event of a delay, follow the delay schedule for your residential school

district.

EMERGENCIES DISMISSALS

In the event that we would be required to dismiss school early, that information will be

announced on the same stations noted above. All families should have an emergency procedure that your child will be prepared to follow. All students will be placed on their appropriate

bus for dismissal if necessary. The school shall use Option C message alert to notify the family.

EXTENDED CARE

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School offers before school and after school programs for those who need child care. Morning extended day is available from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for a fee and afternoon extended day are available from 3:20 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for a fee. This service is available during the school calendar year. Parents should contact the school office for the fee schedule and contact person if they plan to use this service.

There will be no before school care program on days where there is a 2-hour delay. There will be no after school care program on early dismissal days.

FIELD TRIPS

Every class is permitted field trips during the year. Each student must have signed permission

slip before he/she is permitted to participate. Transportation, in accordance with diocesan

directives, is provided by bus, and a fee is charged to cover costs. No 8th grade students may

participate in the end-of-year field trip unless tuition is paid in full.

FUNDRAISING

The Diocesan policy for funding elementary Catholic schools calls for each school to have fundraising activities to generate 10% of their total operating budget.

HOMEWORK

A reasonable amount of homework, according to grade level, is of great educational value and so is assigned every day. Assignments are not always written. Study and memory work are frequently assigned. Homework is assigned on a regular basis to:

Parents can assist students with home assignments in the following ways:

1. Provide a quiet spot away from the television, telephone, or other distracting elements;

2. Check to see what was accomplished during the designated study time regarding

completeness, neatness, and correctness;

3. Be willing to listen to reading, spelling, and math facts and to explain procedures, but

never do the assignment;

4. Consult the teacher if the child uses the excuse “no homework” too often.

5. Utilize Option C to monitor child’s progress

6. Establish consistent communication with the classroom teacher to make-up missed assignments

Homework for students in grades 5-8 will be posted to Google Classroom.

In the event that a student is not turning in homework, they will receive 1 demerit for each assignment missing.

If for some reason the child cannot complete an assignment, the parent should inform the

teacher by written note stating the reason. Arrangements should be made as soon as possible to make up incomplete assignments. The Diocese recommends the following time schedule for home study:

Primary (levels 1-3) - 30 minutes

Intermediate (levels (4-5) - 45 minutes

Upper Elementary (levels 6-8) - 1-1 ½ hours

In case of a student’s absence, requests for homework should be made before 9:00a.m.

Homework will be available at 3:30p.m.

HEALTHY INITIATIVE

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School believes that Health education programs give students the knowledge and skills to become successful learners and healthy adults. In order to promote a healthy lifestyle students are given Health and Physical Education classes.

Part of this initiative is the reduction of unhealthy eating during the school day. If a parent wishes to send in Birthday treats they  MUST be non-edible. Edible treats will be returned home with the student. The school will celebrate each child’s birthday with a special prayer in the morning, and a school wide celebration once each month.

PARTY INVITATIONS

Please do not send party invitations to school to be distributed for your child’s birthday. This

may cause hurt feelings among the students not invited. The only exception to this is if every

boy or every girl or all students in your child’s room are invited.

RIGHTS OF NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act gives full rights to each parent, unless the school has been provided with evidence that there is a court order, State’s statute or legally binding document relating to such matters as divorce, separation or custody that specifically revokes these rights. Such an order is to be on file in the school and those persons responsible for the child(ren) are to be informed of the circumstances. Every effort is made to keep the noncustodial parent appraised of the progress of the child(ren) through reports, report cards and parent/ teacher conferences.

TEXTBOOKS

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School participates in Pennsylvania’s Act 195/90

whereby the state purchases textbooks and instructional materials of non-religious items. A

parent’s form with permission to have their child use these books is kept on file in the school

office. All hard back books are to be covered at all times. Students are responsible for the condition of the books given to them at the beginning of the year. Students will be required to pay for the

book if it is damaged or lost. Books taken to and from school are to be placed in a book bag.

TESTING

Standardized tests, textbook tests and teacher-made tests are administered to students

throughout the year. These assessments require students to synthesize information, apply

what they have learned and demonstrate their understanding of what has been taught.

Achievement Tests: Students in grades K-8 are administered a standardized test to measure

progress from one year to another. A component of the standardized testing program is an

aptitude test that helps to define the ability of the student in relationship to the results of the

standardized test. If a child should be absent due to illness, every attempt will be made to

enable the child to make-up the tests. However, since the tests must be mailed on the last

scheduled test day, make-up testing often necessitates taking more tests daily than is ideal.

To prevent this, we ask that you do not schedule trips or appointments during the time of

standardized testing.

Performance Assessment: Each child in grade K-8 participates in a performance Assessment.

This task allows students to respond to open-ended questions and to demonstrate their ability

to use higher order thinking skills.

Teacher-made: Tests, which are constructed by teachers to measure, evaluate and determine

what students have learned.

Textbook Tests: Tests, which accompany textbooks are adopted for use with students in a

particular area and are administered at the conclusion of a chapter and/or unit.

TRANSPORTATION

It is important that we know the ordinary means by which each child arrives and departs daily.

A note is to be sent to the homeroom teacher and school office when a change is necessary.

For reasons of safety and insurance, each child is to ride his/her assigned bus.

BUS

It is the PARENT’S responsibility to contact your resident school district transportation director

for busing. Students who live more than a 1.5-mile radius from Our Lady of the Most Blessed

Sacrament School are eligible to be bused to the school. Those who live along a route that has been declared “hazardous” are also eligible for busing. The Board of Education Transportation Division determines “hazardous route” claims. The student transportation policies and procedures of the local educational agencies responsible for busing students are applicable to all students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Students are expected to maintain appropriate behavior while in route on the bus. Every bus

follows the guidelines that are within our own discipline code. If the bus driver/company

recommends that a student be removed from the bus, the principal will support it. This will

result in the student losing bus privileges. The student/parent will then be responsible to make

other arrangements for transportation.

Students are expected to remain in their seats at all times. This insures their safety and the

safety of others. If improper conduct occurs, the driver prepares a report, which is sent home

to alert the parents to the problem. If the behavior persists, the bus company has the right to

ask the school district to suspend the student’s privilege of riding the bus, temporarily or

permanently.

The following bus rules are to be obeyed:

1. Remained seated at all times until the correct stop has been reached. If the driver has

assigned seats, these seat assignments are to be honored.

2. Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.

3. In vehicles where seat belts are available, use them properly.

4. Do not ask to ride a bus other than the one to which you have been assigned or ask the

driver to let you off at another stop. Only the Department of Transportation can

authorize such changes.

5. Observe the same conduct as in the classroom. Quiet talking is permitted. Loud talking,

etc. may distract the driver, prevent students from hearing instructions, or prevent the

driver from hearing signals from emergency vehicles.

6. Be courteous; use no profane language.

7. Do not eat, drink, or chew gum on the bus.

8. Keep the bus clean.

9. Cooperate with driver.

10. Do not put anything out the window of the bus.

11. Do not be destructive.

12. The driver is in charge. Any directives of the bus driver in addition to the above are to

be followed.

CAR RIDERS/WALKERS

Students that are walking or riding in cars must be picked up in the back of the building at

dismissal.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Student activities are offered to students that are in good academic standing in each of their subjects. Students that earn a grade lower than a C will be evaluated for academic ineligibility.

These students will not be able to play in the game or participate in extracurricular activities until the grade has improved.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES/ASSEMBLIES

Assemblies are held for children throughout the school year. The assemblies are planned in

conjunction with the principal and faculty.

ALTAR SERVERS

Students in grades 4 through 8 have the privilege of serving on the altar. Students who choose this privilege are expected to fulfill assigned responsibilities and be on time. Students are encouraged to wear nice attire on the days that they are expected to serve.

BASKETBALL, CHEERLEADING, VOLLEYBALL AND SOCCER

Basketball, cheerleading and soccer are offered to boys and girls at Our Lady of the Most

Blessed Sacrament School.  Volleyball is offered to girls in grades 4-8. The Athletic Association is responsible to the principal and pastor for the programs.

BAND

Band instruction is available for a fee for interested students from grade 4-8. The Diocesan

Program dictates the monthly fee annually. The instruments are rented with the option to buy.

Small group lessons are provided one period a week and practice is held once a week. The

periods are rotated so the same classes are not missed too often. However, it remains the

responsibility of the student to make up missed work. A meeting is held at the beginning of

each school year to provide information for interested parents.

STUDENT COUNCIL

Student Council’s organizational goal is to foster espirit de corps through student planning and activities.

III CURRICULUM

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School offers a strong traditional curriculum. In the

“Continuous Growth Program” of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, students advance through a

defined curriculum according to their individual needs and abilities. In addition to meeting all

the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the curriculum gives special

attention to the integration of Gospel values.

Curriculum Guidelines for all subject areas are utilized by the Catholic elementary schools and provided through the Department for Catholic Schools. The guidelines endeavor to give

continuity to the teaching/learning process, and are geared to meet the individual needs of

students and to guide the teaching/learning process.

All textbooks have been selected from the list of recommended texts devised by the Curriculum Directors of the diocese. They are approved because the philosophy is consistent with the Catholic philosophy of education, the subject matter is adaptable to the Continuous Growth Program and because there is sequential, consistent development of material.

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament does not utilize the Common Core standards in lesson planning and instruction. Some textbooks may identify the Common Core standard, but this is not a component of our instruction.

CATECHETICS

A formal catechetical program is taught daily. The Diocese Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines,

“Growing in God’s Covenant” contains a balance of doctrinal content, scriptural understanding,

faith formation, prayer, and worship experiences. A variety of materials and resources are used

to foster both spiritual growth and moral development.

COMPUTER

The computer curriculum in the primary grades develops familiarity with functional uses of the

computer through the use of programmed software. In the upper grades, skills such as word

processing, database, composition and entry, and the use of spreadsheets are emphasized.

FINE ARTS

Instruction in the Fine Arts contributes to the development of the whole person; promotes

individual expression; allows experimentation with diverse materials and elements; enables

exploration and appreciation of the works of their students and major artists; develops an

awareness and sensitivity toward the environment and finally promotes a deeper

understanding of heritage and culture.

The fine arts curriculum provides a holistic approach to education, which incorporates many

aspects of the core curriculum and can be integrated into the total educational experience. Students are exposed to Music and Art education weekly. Students in grades 5-8 have the opportunity to join Drama as an enrichment opportunity.

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Health education, which leads to the total well being of each student, is the goal of the Diocese “Health for Success” program. The program is a complete, comprehensive approach to developing our students physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.

The health and physical education curriculums strive to establish healthy, active students so

that each child can develop to his or her full potential. Students learn to respect the rights of

others and to follow rules through games and to be physically active. Learning to constructively channel energies helps the student to develop a good self-image. The skills, habits, and attitudes developed within the program provide opportunities for greater success in the students’ lives.

LANGUAGE ARTS

The Elementary Language Arts Curriculum for the Diocese of Pittsburgh has been developed to enable each student to be introduced to language as a viable form of communication, as an

invaluable skill, and an art to be enjoyed. English classes center on improving writing, grammar and speaking, as well as expanding vocabulary and improving spelling.

Language, as a skill, provides the student with the important tools to speak fluently, to read and comprehend, to compose, to write legibly and to spell correctly. An awareness of the history of language and the continuous development of vocabulary also are important phase of skill development.

Students in grades K-5 center on an integrated approach to Language Arts, developing the

necessary skills essential for success including phonetic skills of the student. Students in grades

6-8 learn an appreciation of literature with skillful authors who vicariously open new worlds of

adventure of far off places, times long past, and modern trends of good reading. Having

developed a love for good literature, this aesthetic element overflows into the students

personal, oral, and written expression.

LIBRARY

The school utilizes the local community library to support and enrich the curriculum. It is a service and teaching agency as well as a place of purposeful learning. The librarian and classroom teacher are partners in the instructional process. They plan and implement these activities so that the goals of both the content area and the library program

are achieved.

MATHEMATICS

The mathematics curriculum is designed to help students meet the mathematical needs of the

present and future, to provide practice in logical reasoning, and to develop the ability to find

patterns and recognize structure in mathematics. Basic facts and taught in the lower grades

and must be memorized. Concepts are taught sequentially. In primary grades, students are

introduced to many ideas that are foundational to an understanding of algebra. Algebraic

topics are taught in the older grades and a full year of algebra is taught in eighth grade.

Teachers promote problem solving skills and exploratory inquisitiveness in all students to

assure critical thinking skills. Cooperative learning in the classroom is essential to heighten

student awareness in the value of cooperation in group situations, to strengthen

communication skills in mathematics, and to promote a mathematically literate society.

SCIENCE

The science curriculum is specifically designed to develop a student’s understanding of science

in human experience and the individual’s role in the community and in society. Examples of

scientific phenomena are explained and demonstrated. Students become scientists as they

learn to understand and use the scientific method to organize ways to solve problems, and to

seek the answers to the wonders of God’s world. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students

study the basics of chemistry, biology and physical science with hands on participation in a

science lab.

SOCIAL STUDIES

The Social Studies curriculum begins with an introduction to community helpers. It progresses

to the study of family friends, and later encompasses a more in-depth study of the community.

Beginning in the fourth grade, the curriculum focuses on the study of the United States land

regions and Pennsylvania history. At the fifth grade level, United States history the Civil War

and a study of the United States geographical regions is covered. Sixth grade students study

World Cultures and World Geography with an emphasis on the countries of the Eastern

Hemisphere. Seventh grade studies United States history to the Reconstruction and eights

grade studies United States history beginning with the Reconstruction to the modern day. Map and geography skills are taught at all levels. Values such as social justice, peace, cooperation between states and governments’ opposition to the “isms” such as racism, sexism, and materialism are integrated in the Social Studies program.

WORLD LANGUAGE

Language students learn the sounds and syntax of the language. Students are also introduced to culture. A variety of materials and methods are used for instruction.

Students in grades K through 8 receive instruction in Spanish language. Middle School students are given a blended approach in Spanish utilizing direct instruction and online activities.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

The following services are offered through the Intermediate Unit:

REMEDIAL READING AND MATH (TITLE I)

The Title I program is designed to provide additional assistance to students who are not

demonstrating grade level proficiency in reading and /or math. Funding for these services

comes from the local public school district. Referrals for the program are based on teacher

referrals, standardized test results, and parent approval. Alternate strategies are planned for

students in accordance with individual instructional goals and in support of the classroom

curriculum to help students develop mastery of basic skills.

ACT 89 Speech/Language

Speech and language services are also provided through Act 89 funding. This is a special service offered to students to enhance communication skills, with directly impact social and academic interactions.

Psychological Testing

A certified psychologist is assigned to our school. Psychological testing is available by parent

request or at the recommendation of the teacher in consultation with the principal. Parents

make the final decision. Results are formally reported to parents, principal and teachers along

with a list of recommendations made by the psychologist. THIS INFORMATION IS KEPT

CONFIDENTIAL and is not shared with anyone without parent permission.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is mandated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Act 211 of 1990. It is a comprehensive program of prevention, intervention, and support for

students in grades K-12. The members of the Team are the principal and faculty members of

the school who have received special training through Approved Agencies.

The program exists in order to promote growth and development of the child. The team

members work with students who are experiencing behavior difficulties which impact their

social, emotional and educational progress.

Referrals for the program are made by faculty and/or parents. Once a referral had been

received by the Team, classroom teachers are asked to complete a form, which helps identify

the behaviors. The Team then makes informed assumptions as to what is needed to help the

students, conveys this information to classroom teachers, parents/guardians, and evaluates the results. If necessary, after consultation with parents, appropriate referrals are made to outside agencies.

Team members must maintain all information regarding students and their families under

safeguard of privacy and confidentiality. Access is limited to those who have a legitimate

educational interest.

IV COMMUNICATIONS

Parents are informed of the student’s progress and other school information as follows:

Interim Reports

Quarterly report cards

Parent/student/teacher conferences

Conferences on request

Conduct referrals

Communication material is sent home periodically. A monthly calendar and our monthly hot

lunch menu will be distributed through the office. Any information or flyers etc. that a parent

may want to distribute MUST be approved by the principal.

Any questions concerning your child should be directed to the teacher. Positive communication

between teacher and parent is vital to our total education program. Parents are asked not to

call teachers at their home.

INTERNET USE POLICY

Guidelines for “Internet Use Policy” Implementation and Practice

This guideline is established to ensure understanding and application of Our Lady of the Most

Blessed Sacrament Internet Use Policy. Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School

reserves the right to amend these guidelines at any time. It is understood that the

administration of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School will inform parents/guardians

of any changes made in these Guidelines via the school’s monthly newsletter. Student’s

parents and /or guardians are required to review these guidelines with their child(ren) and

complete and return the attached parent/guardian consent form.

This guideline includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

1. Information and news from a wide variety of sources and research institutions

2. Public domain and shareware software of all types

3. Discussion groups

4. Access to any educational institutions and libraries

Etiquette

1. Be polite when sending written messages to others

2. Appropriate language is expected in all messages

3. Anything pertaining to illegal activity is expressly forbidden

4. Do not reveal access information, personal or otherwise

5. Do not disrupt others’ use of the internet access

6. All users should remember that deleted materials can be retrieved.

The following actions, which are not inclusive, are considered unacceptable actions by the

administration of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School:

1. Placing unlawful information on the Internet

2. Using the internet for non-school related activities

3. Sending messages that are likely to result in loss of the recipient's work or systems

4. Using the Internet for commercial purposes

5. Using the Internet for political lobbying that does not support the expressed philosophy

and tenets of the Catholic Church

6. Sending or receiving copyrighted material without permission

7. Plagiarism

8. Using Internet access to send or retrieve pornographic material, inappropriate file text,

files dangerous to the integrity of the system, violent or threatening material or

messages

9. Circumventing security measures on school or remote computers or networks

10. Vandalism

11. Falsifying one’s identity

PARENT AND ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS

All sport programs are the responsibility of the Pastor/Principal. The Athletic Association is

accountable to the Pastor and Principal. Coaches are selected by the Athletic Director and

approved by Pastor/Principal and serve on a volunteer basis. The Diocesan Guidelines for

Elementary Catholic Schools Sports programs guides the policies. Parent interest and

willingness to coach are vital to the continued success of the program.

Coaching candidates will be considered using the following criteria:

SUPPLIES/TEXTBOOKS

The supplies needed by the students vary at each grade level and are determined by the needs of the subject. Teachers will inform students of specifics during the first week of school.

TELEPHONE

No child is permitted to use the telephone, including cell phones, except for emergencies.

Forgotten homework, books, lunch, gym clothes or changes in afternoon plans are not sufficient cause to call home. Students are not permitted to have cell phones outside of their backpack during school hours. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in the cell phone being confiscated. Parents will be required to pick the phone up during regular business hours.

TRANSFERS

When a student transfers to another school, parents should notify the school office as soon as

possible. Academic records will not be forwarded until all financial obligations to the school

have been met.

TUITION

Parents who register a student in the school enter into a contractual obligation with the school.

Follow your Tuition Payment Preference Form Option chosen. Parents are reminded that the

operational budget of the school in dependent on timely fulfillment of this obligation. Parents

whose tuition is in arrears will receive a notice indicating the past due amount. Continued enrollment in the school will be considered in the event tuition becomes outstanding. Registration for

the next school year, final grades, and transfers of academic records will not be processed if

there is an outstanding balance.

SCHOLARSHIP MONIES

Scholarship monies are available for eligible families. The Private School Aid Service (PSAS)

application is used. These applications are assessed by an independent evaluator. This one

application is used for Scholastic Opportunities and Bishop’s Education Fund must be filed by

March 15th. A limited number of application forms are available in the school’s office.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are necessary for the success of our school. A volunteer program is available, please consider using your time where needed.

VI HEALTH AND SAFETY

ILLNESS

It is often difficult to decide if your child should stay home from school when complaining of

illness. An objective sign is an elevated temperature. It is recommended that a child be kept

home from school until the temperature has remained normal (below 100 degrees) for 24

hours.

If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or more, skin rash, diarrhea/vomiting, strep

throat, or evidence of lice, the child will be sent home. Parents are asked to use discretion in

sending their children to school if they display any of these symptoms. Please inform the

school office if your child becomes sick with a contagious illness.

ACCIDENT AND INJURY

In the case of accident or illness at school, parents are contacted to take the child home, to the doctor, or hospital. It is important for your child’s safety and comfort, as well as the effective operation of the office, that emergency information needed to locate parents is available for each child and that this information is kept up-to-date by parents.

Parents of children who have any kind of physical disorder should contact the principal, school nurse, of teachers to make them aware of the problem. All cases of head lice should be reported immediately.

MEDICATION

Whenever possible, medicine is to be given at home, and parents are to request the physician

to adjust the schedule for administration so that it can be given before and after school hours.

If medicine must be administered at school, the following guidelines apply:

1. All over the counter or prescription medication must be delivered to the school by a

responsible adult along with a physician’s written request for distribution by school

personnel.

2. Medication brought to school must be in a container labeled by a pharmacist or

doctor. The label must include the student’s name, the name of the physician, date

of prescription, dosage, and frequency of administration.

3. Parents must sign an Indemnity Agreement, which has been prepared by the Legal

Office and distributed through the school office.

FIRE DRILLS

Fire drills are held periodically. Exit directions, which are posted in prominent places in each

room, are to be followed. No one –teacher, student or other personnel-may remain in the

building during fire drills. When the students hear the bell, they are to leave the room quickly

and quietly in single file. Students remain outside until summoned back to class.

Students are to remain in absolute silence during all fire drills. Misconduct of any nature is to

be reported to the principal. This is a very serious offense and will be dealt with immediately.

VISITORS

For security reasons, anyone entering Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School is to

report to the office or receptionist immediately regardless of the purpose of the visit. For the

safety of all students, a visitor’s badge must be worn. Communication with teachers and

students will be handled by the school office and will be done in a manner that does not disrupt

the educational process in the school.

Any articles or items to be left for a student will be left in the school office or with the

receptionist. This will eliminate any unnecessary interruptions to classes and instruction.

PLAYGROUND

Every school day, weather permitting, the students enjoy an outside break supervised by a staff member and volunteer monitors. Organized play is encouraged. Rough games, water guns, snowballing, footballs, and frisbees ARE NOT PERMITTED. All balls must be of “Nerf” nature. It is the Principal’s discretion concerning all playground equipment.

Students are never to leave the playground area without the permission of the principal and

the knowledge of the playground monitor. In case of illness or accident, the student is to

report to the personnel on duty.

Lunch and playground monitors have the responsibility of enforcing rules. They are to be obeyed and treated

respectfully. The following rules are to be observed on the playground:

If inclement weather makes it necessary to stay indoors at lunchtime, classroom rules are to be observed:

SCHOOL NURSE/NURSE PRACTITIONER

One school nurse is assigned to Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School each year. The responsibilities of the school nurse include:

DENTIST/DENTAL HYGIENIST

The Dentist/Dental Hygienist makes routine visits to our school and is responsible for

maintaining all dental records. The Pennsylvania School Health Law requires dental

examinations for students entering grades K, 3rd, and 7th. These grades were selected because they represent critical periods of growth and development in a child’s life.

We recommend that your family dentist do these examinations. School dental health

evaluations will be provided for students who do not furnish proof of a private dental

examination within the last six months. These forms are given out to the students before

school ends so that appointments can be scheduled over the summer.