These are our answers to several questions that we are asked frequently. When the dress code was condensed, some of the answers to the detailed questions were lost or not spelled out as well. We reference our answers based upon our understanding of the previous more detailed code, and discussions with Challenger in our responses. We hope this assists you.
Some of the questions arise due to the line in the uniform policy in the Optional Uniform section for Elementary Boys and Girls which states: And/or any full uniform item of current or younger elementary grade… here are our answers for several questions. T
- This optional uniform line was intended to facilitate wearing out of items purchased for K-4 wear that still fit and were in good condition. It was not meant to confuse grades or give more choices. Most 5th - 8th grade girls do not want to wear the jumper on Thursday and Friday and we recommend taking the top off the jumper and wearing the skirt if it still fits. Most 5th - 8th grade boys do not want to wear their K-4th dark navy pants. They can wear them outside of Challenger, after school, or on the weekends as they are not a plaid item. We recommend 5th - 8th grade boys wear the crested shorts or the crested grey pants on Thursday and Friday.
- Sailor ties are allowed on optional days for 5th-8th grade girls and the current Full Dress Uniform code does not specify which tie is allowed with the oxford shirt on the girls on Full Dress days. The old dress code had both tie styles as Full Dress items. The K-4th girls may wear the oxford tie with their oxford shirts or the sailor tie may be worn with their oxford shirts. We recommend that the oxford tie be worn with the oxford shirt on the 5th - 8th grade girls.
- Boys may wear their crested dark navy shorts on Thursday and Friday year round except for special function days. We recommend to parents that they purchase a pair of crested pants as they will need them for special function days.
- Boys K-8th may wear their crested dark navy shorts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday April through October except for on Special Function Days when they wear their crested pants. The crested pants for boys K-4 is Dark Navy and the color for boys 5th-8th is Light Gray.
- Girls K-8th may wear the crested dark navy pants and crested shorts on optional days but only the crested pants during the winter months as the crested shorts are only specified for the boys year round and the shorts were never a part of girls full dress uniform in any elementary school grade.
- Girls 5th-8th do not wear gray pants unless they are exceptionally tall they may need to purchase navy pants outside of ScholarWear or wear the light gray pants with their director’s permission. If a child is out of our size range or have allergies to our clothing, a director may allow a similar item to be purchased for the child and we will put the crest on it for a charge and shipping.
- Girls 1st through 4th may not wear a Challenger plaid skirt, nor a Challenger plaid culotte or charcoal preschool shorts on optional days. These items were never a part of the full uniform of a current or younger elementary grade. Kindergarten girls may wear their preschool skirt (not shorts as this is not specified in the dress policy) on Thursday and Friday. The old preschool charcoal shorts may be worn outside of school. We discourage any purchase of skirts or culottes for 1st - 4th grade girls although we hear from some children that they are allowed in their schools. The dress code states that “Only kindergarten may wear the preschool skirt” under the Optional Uniform Items for Girls. The picture in the Optional Uniform Items is confusing because K-8th is lumped together and the photo shows an 8th grade girl wearing a culotte.
- Kindergarten boys are not allowed to wear their old preschool charcoal pants or shorts on Thursday and Friday. They may wear them outside of school if they still fit.
- Long sleeve T-shirts or turtlenecks may not be worn outside of the short sleeve oxford or polo shirts. They may be worn under a long sleeve shirt as needed for warmth or due to polyester sensitivities.
- The jumper may be worn by K-4th grade girls with a polo underneath on Thursdays and Fridays. It is not encouraged on 5th-8th grade girls, we encourage turning the jumper into a skirt.
- The sailor shirt may be worn by K-8th grade girls on Thursdays and Fridays if a Challenger sweater of some type is worn with it. Logic: The Challenger logo is required and the sailor shirt alone is not logo’d.
- Items that are not up to Challenger dress policy standards (too small, too large, too dirty or with holes, and uniform clothing not purchased from ScholarWear) are to be cited and new items purchased. K-8th program rehearsals, Photo Days and Special Function Days should include proper fitting, clean, and in good condition cardigans, ties, crested pants and shirts and dress code shoes and socks before allowing the child to participate or compete. Preschool dress rehearsals should check for proper fitting clean polo shirts.
- Preschool - 8th grade full dress and optional dress pants and shorts, jumpers and skirts and shirts are to be uniform items purchased from ScholarWear. They are “uniform” items. This is not just for the item worn on special function days. We sometimes hear from parents that similar pants and shorts are “allowed” and one pair of crested pants are purchased for special function days. This is not correct.
- K-8th grade shoes do not need to be purchased from ScholarWear. Solid colored shoes are recommended. The required colors are white, black, gray or navy. Brightly colored shoelaces, shoes with lights, characters and neon soles are not appropriate footwear.
- K-8th grade socks and tights are to be solid colors of white, black, navy, gray or burgundy. Polka dots and other patterns, lace on leggings or white or black stripes are not appropriate. Items such as bike shorts, leggings and socks purchased from other places are to match those supplied by ScholarWear. Socks are to rise at least above the ankles for both boys and girls.
- Patches are not allowed on the outside of the knees. ScholarWear has increased the size of our patches on our gray and dark navy pants on our new stock, nearly doubling the size of the patch inside the pants. This should reduce the holes we have noticed on the edge of the knees due to children crawling around in the pants.
- Specific tie patterns or colors are not required for programs or Special Function Days. Any ScholarWear tie is acceptable. Sometimes we have parents hurrying to buy a certain tie because they say their teacher required a matching ties for the program.
- There are no “girl tie colors” or “boy tie colors” in the oxford ties. There are no “girl” pants.
- K - 8th grade students may wear any of the burgundy sweater types whether Vest, Long Sleeve Pullover or the Cardigan to be considered full dress attire and these sweaters may be worn instead of the tie on full dress days. Special Function Days require wearing the burgundy cardigan sweater (the one with the buttons) and a tie.
- Some parents put off purchasing the cardigan sweater not knowing when the first picture day or Special Function Day will be. Parents then rush into the store or rush ship a sweater when they realize one is needed. We encourage purchase of the sweater at the beginning of the school year.
Preschool Specific Questions:
- Belts are not required for preschool boys and girls and shirts do not need to be tucked in currently. The pants and shorts were custom made with belt loops with the assumption that they would be tucked in during programs. This procedure has not yet been implemented. The shirts should be sized appropriately so they could be tucked in. The shirts are not meant to reach to the thighs. Shirts should hang to the tummy hip area and short sleeves should not hang past the elbow. If the shirt is so large that tucking it in would be uncomfortable, then it is too large for the child.
- The color of the full dress uniform pants and shorts for Preschool and PreK students is Charcoal (it is a Dark Gray). The uniform pants and shorts have a crest on the right rear hip or just below the right pocket near the seam. These are to be worn by the boys on Mondays and Tuesdays with the white, gray, or burgundy polo with the embroidered crest.
- Preschool children are allowed to wear Challenger sweaters in the classroom on Full Dress days if desired for warmth. Other items of outerwear will be hung up in the classroom on Full Dress days.
- Preschool children may wear their preschool uniform or even jumpers on free dress days. Some parents prefer to have their children wear uniform items each day they attend school. Some find it to be less confusing to their children to put on their Challenger uniform on both Tuesday and Thursday, (if they attend Tuesdays and Thursdays). This is not discouraged. We do make clear, if a parent desires to buy other items such as the jumper (so they can match their sister) or the oxford shirt (so they can match their brother), or pants for the preschool girl, etc, that such items are not allowed on Full dress days (Monday and Tuesday) or for programs. All uniform items are allowed on Free dress days.