Catholic East Elementary School
The mission of Catholic East Elementary School,
a richly-diverse Catholic community,
is to pursue academic excellence,
nurture strong moral development and
foster lifelong learning through
living out the Gospel values.
“We Pray, We Serve, We Learn”
Goals and Objectives of Catholic East Elementary
Moral and Spiritual Goals and Objectives:
• To nurture the faith-life of everyone involved in and with the school.
• To foster responsibility for one's actions.
• To build a faith community.
• To worship and pray together.
• To witness our faith through our actions.
Academic Goals and Objectives:
• To strive for a stimulating and challenging educational program that provides for individual needs.
• To strive for an environment which will enhance the realization of our part in the world community.
Social and Psychological Goals and Objectives:
• To develop respect for self and others.
• To maintain an environment which nurtures a positive self-image.
• To offer support to children from single, blended and intact families.
• To nurture individual responsibility.
Physical Goals and Objectives:
• To provide programs which will encourage the development of healthy bodies.
• To promote participation in extracurricular sports activities as long as it does not infringe on school work.
School Phone Number: 414-964-1770
School Fax Number: 414-964-6578
Principal’s Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Corporate Board: Bishop Jeff Haines, Fr. Tim Kitzke, Fr. Mike Michalski
Principal: Jennifer Jones: email@example.com
Dean of Students: Carrie Starr: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Manager: Hilda Esteves: email@example.com
FACULTY AND STAFF
6th Homeroom/6-8 Social Studies and Science
7th Homeroom/6-8 ELA/Master Teacher
8th Homeroom/6-8 Math
Admin Asst SSPP
Admin Asst HR
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CATHOLIC EAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Catholic East Elementary School is a Seton Catholic School that is part of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and, as such, is subject to and follows Seton Catholic Schools Policy.
Catholic East Elementary School is accredited by the Wisconsin Religious and Independent School Accrediting Association (WRISA) and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. All accreditation activities follow the Archdiocese Planning and Accreditation Process and Archdiocesan Policy 6181. Principals and teachers must be certified in the proper areas by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and must keep their licensure current by obtaining the required amount of credit hours. On rare occasions, a teacher may be put on an Archdiocesan study plan to complete coursework in a required amount of time in order to continue teaching at the school. Teachers also must be certified in Religious Education through the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The principal monitors both the DPI certification and the religious education certification.
Catholic East Elementary School offers programs of education and formation for children and youth in K3 through grade eight who are willing and able to live within the religious, academic, behavioral and attitudinal requirements of the school. Their parents demonstrate a desire to have the school assist them in their parental role as primary educators of their children.
Catholic East Elementary School respects the dignity of the child. Neither race, nationality, nor other forms of discrimination will prevent a child from being accepted into the school. Children attending Catholic East participate in all elements of our program—both academic and faith formation. Scholars attend the school liturgies and other opportunities for sharing our faith.
Families are admitted into the school community on an equitable basis. Generally, the principal will meet with all new families. The purpose of this interview is to provide the best consultation to prospective parents/guardians and their children.
Children are admitted to school according to state and archdiocesan age regulations. A child must have a birth date prior to September 1 of the appropriate year for which admission is requested. For example, admission to four year old kindergarten requires that a child be four years old before September 1 of the K4 year. (Archdiocese Policy 5111.1)
In order to attend K3, the scholar must be potty trained.
All scholars in their first year at Catholic East are enrolled on a probationary basis. Probation begins the first day, a child attends school at CEE and expires, one calendar year later. If the progress of a scholar is unsatisfactory, either academically or behaviorally, enrollment may be terminated.
All scholars must have proper and up-to-date immunization records or a document of government dispensation from immunizations on file in the school office by the thirtieth day of school. Catholic East Elementary School will comply with all government regulations for notification and reporting the lack of proper immunization records.
A family information sheet must be on file with the school each year. A copy of the child custody court document must be on file for every child where the parents are separated or divorced. Other pertinent documents, such as restraining orders, also need to be on file. Catholic East Elementary School will remain strictly neutral on all child custody issues unless there is a copy of a restraining order against one parent on file in the school office. All family information, child custody documents, and restraining orders are kept confidential.
Catholic East Elementary School is required by law to notify all parents/guardians that there is asbestos in this school. Catholic East Elementary School is in compliance with state and federal regulations concerning the inspection and maintenance of all asbestos. The Asbestos Management Plan is on file in the school offices and is available to any parent/guardian for inspection in the school offices upon written request. The plan may not be removed from the school offices.
Athletics is an important part of the development of a child. Athletics teaches sportsmanship, teamwork and self discipline. Catholic East offers co ed basketball and girls’ volleyball to scholars in grades 5-8. Grade 4 scholars may be called up to play if there are not enough fifth graders to form a team. Scholars participating in sports must have a physical exam report signed by a doctor stating that they are in good health and may be active in sports. This form and other paperwork that is required is to be on file in the school office by the first practice of a team’s season.
Scholar athletes who are working to the best of their ability, who complete assignments on time, and who are examples of proper school behavior may participate in the competitive sports program.
the scholar's teachers, coaches and the athletic director.
Scholars may be suspended from any athletic activity for offenses in the following areas:
Practice Rules and Regulations
The times scheduled for practices are those which are convenient for the coaches or activity supervisors. Scholars must practice in order to play, compete or perform!
Supervision at Home Activities
Rules of Conduct for Home and Away Games
Catholic East Elementary School is fortunate to have our own gymnasium/parish center. Other schools have their own facility or use an off-campus facility. Care and concern should be shown for all facilities at all times.
On the Court Policy
Only participants of the game in progress are allowed on the court during their athletic activities. This means all athletes currently not playing, and any spectators are not allowed on the court before, at halftime, or between games. This policy will be strictly enforced at all home and away games. Any person not complying with this policy will be immediately removed from the gymnasium.
An activity will only be made available if there are two adult (age twenty-one or older) volunteers willing to coach and/or supervise the activity. All athletic activities will be in compliance with Archdiocesan regulations and Policy 6145.
Scholar attendance is an important factor to the success of the educational program at Catholic East Elementary School. Regular attendance at school is expected and is essential for children. Parents/guardians are obligated, by law, to enforce and support this expectation. When a child is tardy or absent from school, more than just assignments are missed; namely, the actual instruction and class work on which the assignments are based are jeopardized. Frequent tardiness or absence interrupts the continuity of the educational process and can lead to undesirable habits and poor academic achievement. For this reason, scholars should only be tardy or absent due to illness or some other reasonable cause. Slight irritations (e.g. sniffling) should not keep a child from attending school. On the other hand, children who are genuinely ill should not be sent to school, as they are unable to concentrate on their studies and may spread their illness to others. Children should be free of a fever for twenty-four hours before returning to school, and they should generally be ready to participate fully in school activities. Scholars absent from school part or all of that day may not participate in extracurricular activities after school (e.g. Scouts, Athletics, Dances, etc.). The only exception to this is absence for a funeral. Therefore, the only excused absences from school are for illness or a funeral. Catholic East Elementary School will follow all Archdiocesan Policies for tardiness and absences (policy numbers 5113, 5115, and 5117).
Note: You must notify the school office in writing if you designate someone else (i.e., grandmother, aunt, neighbor, etc.) to pick up your child after school. The notice must be in the school office at the start of that school day.
When a scholar is going to be absent, due to illness or a funeral, the parent /guardian must:
Homework for an excused absence can be sent home with a sibling or a neighbor as requested by the parent/guardian. Homework can also be picked up in the school offices, at the campus where your child attends, after school. Scholars are responsible for making up any lessons or work missed as the result of an illness. The situation can be adjusted on a case by case basis between the principal, teachers and parent/guardian when an illness is chronic or long term. Scholars will be given a minimum of one extra day per day excused from school to make up homework.
There are events where a parent/guardian may need to remove a child from school for some reason other than an illness. These are considered unexcused absences but may be necessary due to family situations. These may include, but are not limited to: family vacations, medical or dental appointments, sports or recreation activities, or family emergencies. The school discourages taking scholars out for vacations during the regular school year. The school calendar provides times for families to share these experiences without disrupting the flow of education.
When removing a child for all or part of a school day parents/guardians must:
Missed school work will be given to the child upon his or her return to school. Teachers are not required to assign homework in advance for trips. It is the responsibility of the child to make up missing work within the time line set up by the teacher. Parents/guardians should contact the teacher regarding any missed school work.
Extended or Excessive Absences
Habitual absence is a serious problem and will require a conference including the scholar, parent/guardian, teacher, and principal to resolve issues that may be causing this problem. Habitual absence is considered truancy. Scholars absent three or more consecutive days must have a doctor’s excuse upon returning to school. In addition, patterns of routine absences for illness (more than 10 days per semester) will result in a need to submit medical documentation in order to be considered as excused absences. The school will enforce state and archdiocesan policy with respect to unusually frequent absences, which may include referral to the local school system officers, social service representatives, the police liaison officer or the police department. Citations from civil authorities can be given to a scholar and/or the scholar’s parents/guardians for excessive absences.
Consequences for Absences: Any day your child does not attend school is an absence. This includes excused and unexcused.
The school day begins at 8:00 a.m.at SS. Peter and Paul Campus and at 8:15 a.m. at Holy Rosary Campus. Scholars are expected to be in the cafeteria and ready to begin Morning Prayer and Assembly by this time. Those who have not arrived by this time are considered tardy. Only late arrivals, arriving 1 minute after the start time of school, are considered tardy and tardiness does indeed become a part of the child’s permanent record. Habitual tardiness is a serious problem and will require a conference including the scholar, parent/guardian, teacher, and principal to resolve issues that may be causing this
Tardiness is considered truancy. PARENTS/GUARDIANS AT HOLY ROSARY MUST BRING THEIR CHILD TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE WHEN TARDY—YOU MAY NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILD WITHOUT COMING INTO THE OFFICE TO SIGN THEM IN! PARENTS/GUARDIANS AT SSPP MUST BRING THEIR CHILD INTO THE SCHOOL OFFICE WHEN TARDY, WHEN THE TARDY IS AFTER 8:05. THESE POLICIES ARE IN PLACE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR SCHOLARS. Continued excessive tardiness may result in consequences such as becoming ineligible for extracurricular activities, field trips, and other special activities. The school will enforce state and archdiocesan policy with respect to unusually frequent tardiness, which may include referral to the local school system officers, social service representatives, the police school liaison officer or the police department. Citations from civil authorities can be given to a scholar and/or the scholar’s parents/guardians for excessive tardiness. Excessive tardiness could result in the loss of one’s seat at Catholic East Elementary.
Truancy is defined by state law as “absence from school for one or more days where the school has not been notified by the parent of the scholar or intermittent consistent absences that have the appearance of attempting to circumvent the compulsory attendance law”. Habitual tardiness and/or absence are considered truancy. The Catholic East Elementary School principal will contact parents/guardians concerning an unreported tardiness or absence or when a pattern of tardiness or absence is observed. Catholic East Elementary School will comply with the truancy policy of county social services where the family resides. Citations can be given to the scholar and/or the scholar’s parents/guardians for truancy.
Catholic East Elementary School is proud to have a Before and After School Enrichment Program called Kids Campus that is open to any Catholic East Elementary School scholar, grades K3-8, during the school year. The program will begin on the first full day of school at both campuses. Scholars will be in Kids Campus at the campus at which they attend school. Our goal is to provide an enriching after school experience to benefit your children academically, as well as provide them with structured activities at the beginning of the day and once the school day has ended. The program has an instructional focus. In our Catholic school, the spiritual formation of our children, during the school day and before and after school, is our top priority!
Kids Campus Hours:
Kids Campus hours before school will be 7:00 a.m.to the start of breakfast at the SS. Peter and Paul Campus and Holy Rosary Campus.
After school hours will be from the end of school to 6:00 p.m. at both campuses.
Cost is per scholar and is as follows:
1 child: $3.50 per hour
2 children in family: $3.00 per hour per child
3 or more children in family: $2.50 per hour per child
Kids Campus is not designed to be an academic enhancement program. Rather its purpose is to provide safe, affordable and structured child-care for our parents who cannot be available within 10 minutes after the school day ends. The following schedule should be followed with regards to Kids Campus:
3:20-Sign-in, snack, homework
4:30-Indoor games, gym time or outside time
5:45-Assist with final clean-up/organization of Kids Campus
Friday (or last day of the week)-The Schedule can be rearranged and not include homework. A movie that is G rated may be shown (PG with approval of Principal).
3:40-Structured Activity/Craft (more extensive than a coloring sheet and the activity/craft must be prepared prior to the start of Kids Campus).
4:30-Outside and inside games
5:15-Video and quiet time
3:35-Sign in, Snack
4:30-Structured Activity\Craft (more extensive than a coloring sheet and the activity\craft must be prepared prior to the start of Kids Campus).
4:45-Outside and inside games
5:15-Video and quiet time
Behavior standards are expected to be as consistent as possible between school and Kids Campus. However, scholars color charts will not continue into Kids Campus. Rather, Kids Campus personnel should direct misbehavior with non-verbal/verbal warnings. The Director of Kids Campus should be notified if a scholar’s behavior is consistently off task or if the behavior becomes severe. In those instances, the Kids Campus Director will notify the principal and compose a detailed e-mail to the principal prior to leaving Kids Campus for the evening. It will also be the responsibility and expectation of the Kids Campus Director, to notify the parents/guardians of the misbehavior, the same day the behavior occurs.
A requirement of using the Kids Campus Program (Before and After School Care) or purchasing lunch or milk (if you are not part of the free/reduced lunch program) is to provide the school with a voided check or your savings account information, in order for us to debit your checking or savings account for your monthly charges as an automatic withdrawal from your account. This is the only form of payment we will accept for Kids Campus and for the hot lunch and milk program.
We must have this information whether or not your child uses Kids Campus or participates in our hot lunch program on a regular basis or just occasionally through the school year.
Any questions, please call Ms. Esteves, Catholic East Business Manager, 414-964-1770.
Catholic East Elementary School encourages parents/guardians to be inclusive when issuing birthday party invitations. If everyone in the class is included in the birthday invitation, invitations may be distributed at school. If a limited number of students are being invited, the invitations MUST be distributed outside of school. If scholars wish to bring a treat for their class on their birthday, parents/guardians are urged to select healthy treats. Scholars may “dress up” and be out of uniform on their birthday or on their half-birthday FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SUMMER BIRTHDAYS. If a birthday falls on a weekend, scholars may dress up on the Monday following their birthday.
Catholic East Elementary School will supply all the textbooks and workbooks needed to meet the educational standards of each grade level’s curriculum. All scholar textbooks and workbooks remain the property of Catholic East Elementary School throughout the school year.
All non-consumable textbooks (books that would not have writing in them and are used for several years) that travel between home and school must be covered with either paper or cloth book covers within the first week of school. The name of the textbook and the name of the child may be written on the front paper cover with a marker that will not bleed through the paper, but no other writing or drawings will be allowed. Covers will be replaced as they become torn or worn out. Textbooks that are damaged intentionally or unintentionally by the child will be replaced by the parents at replacement costs. Missing or lost books will be replaced by parents at replacement costs.
Those textbooks used by one child for only one year and that are written in by the child are considered consumable textbooks. Consumable textbooks often have paper covers which become ripped even with normal use. Missing or lost books will be replaced by the parents at replacement costs. Books damaged to the point they can no longer be used will be replaced by parents at replacement costs. It is left to the classroom teacher to determine when a consumable textbook can no longer be used as an effective teaching instrument and must be replaced.
Scholars are responsible for having their basic school supplies with them each day. School supplies should never go home. Parents are provided with a classroom supply list prior to the start of school and are responsible for supplying these materials and for replacing them throughout the school year. Parents will be contacted by the teacher when supply items are running low. Items should be replaced as soon as possible.
The school is responsible for monitoring communication between the child and persons outside of the school. For this reason, scholars are not permitted to have cell phones, IPods, iPads, Kindles and other electronic games and devices in school during the school day, unless in special circumstances where the teacher or principal has given permission. Parents/guardians can opt to send a cell phone, IPod or other electronic games and devices with a child for a school related after-school activity with the understanding that the parent/guardian is responsible for any use or misuse of that cell phone, IPod or any other electronic games or devices.
All electronic devices are brought to the school office by the classroom teacher’s designate and held there during the school day and then picked up from the school office at the close of the school day. ALL DEVICES MUST BE LABELED WITH THE CHILD’S NAME. There is no exception to this policy.
THE SCHOOL ASSUMES NO LIABILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO CELL PHONES, IPODS, OR OTHER ELECTRONIC GAMES AND DEVICES BROUGHT TO SCHOOL.
Parents will need to fill out a “Cell Phone, IPod, Other Electronic Games and Devices Permission Form” for scholars who will bring a cell phone, IPod or other electronic games or devices to school for use before school or after the school day is over. Cell phones must remain concealed during Kids Campus and after school activities.
Consequences for scholars being caught with a cellphone or other electronic device that is not allowed:
1st Warning-Call to parent
Subsequent occurrences after the first warning, result in an in-school suspension.
If a scholar violates the cell-phone policy on a consistent basis, the scholar may receive out of school suspensions instead of in-school suspensions.
To cheat is to intentionally obtain a grade on an assignment or test by trickery or deception. Cheating would include but not be limited to: copying answers or information from one person’s paper to another, viewing notes, using a textbook during a test, copying another’s electronic documents, asking another person for test answers or information, or plagiarism (see Plagiarism in this handbook).
Consequences for Cheating\Plagiarism:
All educational personnel, priests, support staff, etc. are required, by law, to report any cases of suspected child abuse. This includes but is not limited to physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse. Suspected child abuse cases will be reported to the Milwaukee County (or appropriate county) Department of Social Services, depending upon the residence of the family. Catholic East Elementary School staff will cooperate with social services and with law enforcement officials in all investigations involving Catholic East Elementary School scholars. Catholic East Elementary School will also be in compliance with Archdiocesan Policy 5140 concerning child abuse.
All educational personnel, priests, support staff, etc. are required, by law, to report cases of suspected child neglect. Suspected child neglect cases will be reported to the Milwaukee County (or appropriate county) Department of Social Services, depending on the residence of the family. Catholic East Elementary School staff will cooperate with social services and with law enforcement officials in all investigations involving Catholic East Elementary School scholars. Catholic East Elementary School will also be in compliance with Archdiocesan Policy 5140 concerning child neglect.
General Code of Conduct
Lunchroom Code of Conduct
Recess Code of Conduct:
As my child’s most important educator, I understand that I teach my child best by my own example of reverence, responsibility, and respect. I ask Catholic East Elementary School to assist me in forming my child as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I understand that my child’s principal and teachers are dedicated professionals who make many sacrifices to administer and teach in a Catholic school. In order to show my cooperation, support, and thankfulness:
I will ensure that we pray daily as a family and attend Mass as a family on weekends.
I will have my child in school on time every day with the necessary school supplies and appropriate dress.
I will monitor my child’s telephone, computer, and television use, as well as movies and magazines my child views or sees.
I will not tolerate vulgar, sarcastic, or catty language from my child or bullying, violent, or aggressive speech or behavior. I will set a good example in my own speech and behavior.
I will show respect for the principal, teacher, staff member and any other adult in authority in front of my child at all times, regardless what I may think of their actions or say to them in private.
I will never lie to the pastor, the principal, teachers or staff members to protect my child from the consequences of his/her behavior.
I will stop rumors. I will go to through the proper channels when I have a problem.
I will speak respectfully and with kindness and courtesy to other parents in front of scholars, especially when there is any disagreement.
I will speak to the teacher or adult in charge before I accept my child’s version of an incident. I know the good of all children comes before my child’s needs or wants.
I will follow the school’s rules, calendars, deadlines, and expect my child to do the same even when I may disagree.
I will build a bridge of acceptance and understanding, and expect my child to do the same, among the different cultures represented at Catholic East Elementary School.
Frequent communication between the school and home is a very important part of the educational success of Catholic East Elementary School. Many of our teachers send home a weekly newsletter with the activities of the week listed and information regarding all the wonderful and interesting things that the children are doing. Others use the assignment notebook as a method of communication. Many teachers use our online program to communicate, which is a function of our online grading program. Parents are welcome to contact the teacher through notes, emails, telephone calls and conferences. Positive communication is as important as communicating concerns.
It is a good idea to check your child’s backpack/school bag everyday!
Good communication between home and school is essential to your scholar’s achievement. If an incident involving your child should occur that concerns you, please discuss the occurrences with him/her carefully and obtain as many facts as possible before contacting the school. If after discussing with your child you still remain concerned about the situation, please, first contact your child’s teacher to see if there are any additional factors that may explain what happened. After all the facts and viewpoints are known, productive problem-solving is more likely to occur.
If you as a parent or guardian have any concerns regarding your child, please contact the teacher with your initial concern. In seeking to carry out our school philosophy, we wish to be of service to both the scholars and to you, the parents/guardians. Knowing the facts is an important way to quell unnecessary and untrue rumors quickly. We are always more than willing to supply accurate information.
Concerns should be dealt with by contacting school/archdiocesan personnel in the following order: 1) Classroom teacher; 2) Principal; 3) Corporate Board and 4) Seton Catholic Schools
Parents/Guardians should never interrupt teachers on the playground before school or after school or go to any classrooms to talk about your child with his/her teacher without making an appointment. Please communicate with your child’s teacher and schedule an appointment to see him or her. This is the best thing for you, your child and the teachers and keeps your communication with your child’s teacher appropriate and private!
Likewise, appointments should be made to see the principal, business manager, guidance counselor, dean of students, director of technology integration, etc., unless it is an emergency situation.
Catholic East Elementary School has curriculums for all core subject areas: Math, Religion, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. These are reflective of the mission of Catholic East Elementary School and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, along with Music, Art, Physical Education and Health. Technology is integrated into every aspect of the curriculum. Our curriculum is a Standards Based Curriculum in line with the Common Core Standards of Education established by the State of Wisconsin and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Curriculum is reviewed on a yearly basis.
Catholic East Elementary School participates in many activities designed to enhance the core curriculum. These special programs are sometimes held during the school day as part of classroom activities and sometimes held after school or as part of community activities. Some are restricted to certain children based on age. Catholic East partners with First Stage Milwaukee, Sharp Literacy and Urban Ecology Center.
When school authorities learn that a scholar is the subject of a court decree, which restricts the placement of contact of either parent with the child, a request shall be given to the parent who maintains primary physical placement of the child to submit a copy of this court decree. Alternately, a letter from an officer of the court stating the requirements of the court in this matter will suffice.
Catholic East Elementary School discipline is based on Catholic values, as well as respect for others. The goal of our discipline plan is to lead our scholars to achieve self-discipline. Our goal is to develop within each scholar a sense of responsibility and recognition of consequences for her/his actions. A positive learning environment within Catholic East Elementary School requires that all persons involved follow acceptable standards of behavior. The involvement of the parents/guardian, the principal, the faculty and staff, and the scholars, is critical to the success of the discipline plan. All discipline policies are in line with Archdiocesan Policy 5411.
Conduct Detrimental to the Reputation of the School
The principal reserves the right to impose disciplinary consequences for any conduct, inside or outside of school, which is detrimental to the reputation of Catholic East Elementary School.
Discipline is a systematic approach based on pre-established rules, consequences, and rewards. Scholars are responsible for their own behavior. The role of the teacher is to maintain a Catholic, caring, nurturing and dignified approach to discipline whereby positive behavior is encouraged and rewarded.
Scholars who demonstrate responsible Catholic values in their behavior will be recognized for their accomplishments and become eligible for incentives. IT IS THE CHOICE OF EACH SCHOLAR TO DEMONSTRATE ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR. Consequences for those scholars who choose inappropriate behavior are clear.
Catholic East Pride! Go, Scholars!
2017-2018 Rules of Behavior and Discipline Plan:
All Scholars, Grades K3-8
• Scholars will be in proper uniform at all times
• Scholars will walk quietly in the hallways
• Scholars will be safe by being where they are supposed to be
• Scholars will keep their hands, feet and objects to themselves at all times
• Scholars will be respectful and kind in their words and actions
Primary Scholars at Holy Rosary Campus, Grades K3-1
• Listen when others are talking
• Follow directions
• Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself
• Work quietly and don't disturb others
• Show respect for school and personal property
• Work and play in a safe manner
Positive Reinforcement K3-8th Grade
Scholars have an opportunity to earn “Scholar Dollars” for exemplary behavior. Whole class behavior can be rewarded with an “Eagle”. K3-4th grade scholars who remain on GREEN for 3 or more days can receive a reward or incentive time on Fridays.
FOR ALL SCHOLARS GRADES K3-8.
Discipline notices are issued to scholar when behavior deviates from the limits of what is considered acceptable at Catholic East Elementary. When scholar behavior begins to impact the culture of our school in a negative manner then a discipline notice may be issued. Discipline notices are issued to scholars for behaviors that are classified as “severe.”
Examples of severe behavior may include but are not limited to the following:
Below is the procedure that will be followed to handle disciplinary situations:
Discipline Form Used
Detaining a scholar is an effective method of discipline and may be used by any teacher as part of a classroom or out of classroom discipline plan. The principal can also make use of detention as a disciplinary action. Detentions will be served at the discretion of the principal/teachers, but should last no longer than 45 minutes. A child may receive multiple detentions depending on the severity of the issue. Parents/guardians will be informed when their child has served a detention. Parents must be notified by phone the day before a child is expected to serve a detention or be detained for any amount of time at school due to disciplinary action.
Principal will reserve the right to initiate a Saturday detention.
Dress Code for Catholic East Elementary Scholars
Dress code is of extreme importance when maintaining a culture of excellence and high expectations for scholars. The uniform conveys to both the internal and external community, that school is a place of “business.” Uniforms not only help our scholars maintain a neat and professional appearance, but they reduce distractions in the classroom and reduce the stress of scholars and parents needing to worry about what to wear. Uniforms have long been held as an important part of the Catholic School tradition. Lastly, in most high performing schools around Milwaukee, a strict uniform is enforced. This is because a large body of research suggests that maintaining a strict and tight uniform policy plays a vital role in maintaining a culture of excellence and high performance. As a staff, we are unified and committed in our efforts to maintain consistency in the enforcement of the scholar dress code outlined below.
Teachers are expected to enforce the dress code found in the Parent/Guardian/Scholar Handbook. Dress code violations should be handed to the offending scholar by the classroom teacher. Notices of violations will be sent home to parents/guardians.
Scholar dress will be appropriate for a Catholic school setting and be in accordance with the Catholic ideals we wish to foster. Catholic East Elementary School has a school uniform policy. A neat and clean appearance will be required and the standard for appearance will be determined by the classroom teacher in consultation with the principal. The principal has the final say with regard to all dress code and scholar appearance issues. It is the dual responsibility of the parent/guardian and the scholar to be dressed properly for school. Dress code violations will be handled through a consequence system that is outlined in the dress code guidelines. Parents/guardians will be kept informed of dress code violations. We believe that a neat and properly attired scholar will help create an atmosphere which is conducive to study and academic and social progress. Parents are responsible to send their children to school with correct and neat dress and grooming. Please pay attention to what your child is wearing before he/she leaves for school in the morning. If your child comes to school in clothing that is not consistent with the Catholic East dress code, parents/guardians will be called first thing in the morning and will be asked to bring the proper clothing to school. Your child will remain in the office until you arrive with proper uniform attire. In order to avoid this ordeal, please make sure that your child is in proper uniform before they leave for school! Appropriate clothing helps a scholar realize the importance of time spent in school. Scholars should always be neat and clean in appearance, including keeping shirts tucked in and in appropriate sized clothing. The official formal school uniform is required for all scholars in K3 through Grade 8.
SHOES AND BOOTS: Dress shoes or tennis shoes (athletic shoes) are to be worn to school. If your child wears a dress shoe to school, a pair of tennis shoes should be purchased and kept at school for physical education class. Boots, including “fashion boots” such as UGG type boots, etc. may NOT be worn during the school day and will be taken off prior to entering the classrooms in the morning. Boots are allowed for outdoor use only, i.e., on the playground or to and from home in the morning or afternoon. All shoes should have non-marking soles. No wheeled shoes, shoes with flashing lights, platform shoes, flip flops, or open toed sandals, etc. are allowed.
BELTS: Belts must be solid color in black, brown, white, navy or khaki. No other colors are allowed. There should be no “designs” on the belt. Where belt loops exist on pants or shorts, a belt must be worn for all scholars in grades 2-8. Scholars in grades K3-Grade 1 are not expected to wear a belt.
SHIRTS: Shirts are to be a white or navy blue (which is a dark blue) polo, oxford, or turtleneck, with long or short sleeves. Shirts are to be tucked into pants, shorts, or jumpers/skirts. T-Shirts/undergarments worn under uniforms shirts must be white or navy blue .
PANTS/SLACKS: Pants are to be the color of navy blue or khaki corduroy or twill, and supported by a belt. Where belt loops exist, a belt must be worn for all scholars in grades 2-8. Scholars in grades K3-Grade 1 are not expected to wear a belt. No cargo (patch pockets), nylon or warm-up pants are allowed. K3 scholars may wear navy blue sweatpants or knit pants. “Skinny” pants or pants that are tight fitting are not acceptable, nor should pants ever be worn “down low.” Capri pants are not to be worn as uniform pants. Leggings are not allowed as pants.
SHORTS: Shorts are to be the color of navy blue or khaki and must be walking shorts. (longer styled, just above the knee). Shorts are not to be worn “down low.”
SWEATERS: Sweaters are to be white or navy blue only. Sweaters may have a hood. Vest sweaters in white or navy blue are acceptable, as are cardigans or pullover sweaters.
SOCKS: Socks can be any color.
TIGHTS: Tights must be white, black, or navy blue
LEGGINGS: Leggings can be worn under skirts/jumpers (however, not alone as pants) and must be white, black or navy blue.
SWEATSHIRTS: Only Catholic East Elementary School sweatshirts may be worn in class for grades K3-8. Spirit Wear may be ordered online from our Spirit Wear Store provided by PrepSports anytime during the school year. The Spirit Wear Store offers a large variety of design options and styles. Any of these are fine for Spirit Wear days with the exception of “hoodies.” Keep in mind if you are placing an order for a Catholic East sweatshirt that may be worn on days other than Spirit Wear days, the sweatshirts must be:
Grades 6-8 scholars will receive a Catholic East zip-up fleece, free of charge, as a gift from the school upon entering middle school. Middle School scholars may wear the fleece or the Catholic East Elementary crew sweatshirts only. No other sweatshirts are allowed to be worn in school. Fleeces are kept at school in the classroom closets and are NOT to be taken home. The school staff will wash the fleeces periodically during the school year. Fleeces are handed out when the weather turns cool in the fall. Eighth grade graduates get to keep their fleeces at the end of the eighth grade year.
JUMPERS/SKIRTS: Girls may wear either Catholic East Elementary School jumpers/skirts/skorts in “White Plaid” which can be purchased from Land’s End, www.landsend.com, using our school code, #900128638, regardless of the grade they are in. Jumpers/skirts/skorts must be of modest length. Tights, socks, leggings, or skin-tone stockings may be worn with either the jumper or the skirt. (See other color options above under socks/tights).
PHYSICAL EDUCATION DRESS CODE: 6th-8th grade scholars should change into a different shirt for P.E. Make bringing a t-shirt on PE days a routine!
Tennis shoes must be worn on gym days (especially on dress up days, spirit wear days, or out of uniform days) for K3-8th grade scholars. Scholars need to bring tennis shoes to school with them if they are not wearing tennis shoes to school on PE days.Tennis shoes that Velcro are a must for scholars in K3-K4 unless scholars are able to tie shoelaces.
ADDITIONAL DRESS CODE GUIDELINES:
SPIRIT WEAR DAYS: “SPIRIT DAY” takes place on the first Friday of the month or other days deemed “Spirit Days” or “Dress Down Days” by the school principal. On Spirit Wear days, scholars can dress in Catholic East Spirit Wear (which can be ordered online from our Spirit Wear Store provided by PrepSports), a college or sports team T-shirt, jersey , or sweatshirt as long as the sweatshirt is not a “hoodie.” Hoodies must be taken off in the school building. On these days, scholars may wear jeans that are not frayed or torn. Scholars may wear athletic pants but no sweatpants or leggings as pants for Spirit Days or Dress Down Days. Shoes must be closed-toed. Appropriate boots and Uggs can be worn on these out-of-uniform days but not boots that are meant for outdoor use only (snow and rain boats). Scholars can also wear their uniform on a Spirit Day or Dress Down Day, if they choose to do so.
BIRTHDAYS: Scholars may “dress up” and be “out of uniform” on their birthday or half birthday (half birthday for those who have summer birthdays or their birthday occurs during a school vacation). The attire must be appropriate for school!
Enforcement of Policy
Interpretation and implementation of any part of this dress code policy will be at the discretion of the principal in consultation with the staff. Teachers are instructed to do a “uniform check” each morning during announcements. Those scholars violating Catholic East Elementary dress code will receive a uniform violation. The uniform violation should be returned signed, the following day. If a uniform violation is not returned, a phone call will be made home.
Until September 6th, teachers will not address uniform violations with a “violation,” rather will notify the parents of the uniform issue.
Scholars are expected to dress appropriately for cold weather. Boots, hats, scarves, mittens or gloves and a warm coat should be worn during cold weather. Dry socks, kept in the scholar’s backpack and taken home for frequent washings, are recommended.
Gang affiliation, use of gang symbols, gang hand signals, and/or wearing of gang apparel by any scholar will result in immediate disciplinary action including probable suspension and/or expulsion according to the regulations in the Catholic East Elementary School Parent/Guardian/Scholar Handbook. Again, please pay close attention to your child’s attire before he/she leaves for school.
Catholic East Elementary School at both campuses has a fire/emergency evacuation plan and will conduct regular practices beginning the second week of school. Any individuals in the school building for any reason will be required to follow the evacuation plan. This evacuation plan will be used any time the building needs to be evacuated. Catholic East Elementary School will follow the directions of the local police and fire departments in the release of scholars into the custody of their parents following a building evacuation. In the case of an evacuation, persons at the campus evacuating will go to the alternate campus.
Catholic East Elementary School at both campuses has a tornado plan for moving scholars to a safe location within the building in the event of a tornado warning, and will conduct regular practices each year. Catholic East Elementary School will follow the directives of local police and fire departments in the release of scholars into the custody of their parents following a natural disaster. No child will be released at the end of a school day while the area remains under a tornado warning.
Important to Remember: In the event of a crisis situation involving a parishioner, scholar, staff member, or family member it shall be the overall objective of the staff to maintain a caring but orderly atmosphere. Therefore, to the extent possible, the staff will continue “business as usual” carefully considering how their actions can limit the potential for hysteria. In most cases, we cannot plan for exactly what we will do in such a situation as this. Creativity, courage and good common sense have saved many lives in these situations!
CODE RED –full lockdown, immediate danger
CODE BLUE – emergency, including medical, in which there is no immediate danger but teachers are to keep scholars in their classrooms
ALL CLEAR – all clear signal, given by the principal or a designate with whose voice you are familiar will be used to end a Code Blue.
If an emergency situation arises that demands all personnel and scholars to remain in locked classrooms, a CODE RED will be declared over the PA system by the principal or a staff member designated by the principal. Parents will be notified by school personnel, police or authorities of the lockdown situation. For Code Red, staff should remain locked in their classrooms until administration or the local safety authorities unlock your classroom.
There may be a situation where scholars will need to be evacuated from their building. The evacuation sites are our two campus building. Scholars evacuated from Holy Rosary Campus will walk to SS. Peter and Paul Campus and vice versa. If both campus sites need to be evacuated, the East Library (MPL) will be our evacuation point. All families must sign a walking permission slip that covers this type of situation. This permission slip will be in your Welcome Back packet. Parents will be informed by school personnel, police or authorities in case of an evacuation.
Catholic East Elementary School at both campuses is kept locked during the school day. All personnel are issued and wear identification badges. Access can only be gained at the main entrance and visitors must be “buzzed in” and identification provided to school personnel by way of the video camera at the entrance. Visitors must sign in at the school office and receive a “visitor’s pass.”
School personnel can deny entrance until proper identification is established. Every effort will be made to protect the scholars from random acts of violence without alarming the scholars or surrendering our ability to provide a public ministry. Any parent/guardian that is in the building should be there for a specific purpose and good reason, (i.e. volunteering, parent meeting, teacher conference, etc.) and must check in the school secretary or the principal immediately upon entry to the building. Parents/guardians will not be allowed to take lunches, jackets, homework, etc. to the classrooms if their child has forgotten them. This practice can be very disruptive to the learning environment that teachers are working so hard to create for your children. Parents/guardians will be asked to leave their child’s things the school secretary, a teacher or the principal, one of whom will take them to the child at the appropriate time. Parents/guardians are asked not to wait at their child’s locker, in the hallway outside of classrooms or at the door of the classroom or in the classroom as this is disruptive to both scholars and teachers. Parents/guardians should also not be regularly eating lunch with their child. Lunch provides a great opportunity for children to practice their social skills as they enjoy lunch with their peers. Parents/guardians are more than welcome to formally observe our school in action, but must receive permission of the principal to do so. Catholic East Elementary School has a “lockdown” policy and procedure, which is practiced once during the school year. All of these policies are in effect to protect our scholars.
All school personnel are given ID badges and are required to wear them when in the buildings or on school premises.
Snow Days, Heat Index Days and Early Closure
In the event that schools are closed for the day due to weather conditions, every effort will be made to contact parents/guardians personally. This is one reason why it is important to inform the school immediately of any changes in phone numbers, emergency contacts, etc. Parents/guardians are encouraged to listen to local radio and television stations for weather related announcement or check online for postings. Closing school due to severe weather conditions is coordinated with the MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. Catholic East Elementary School will follow the directives on closing of the Milwaukee Public School District (the stations/web pages will indicate “Milwaukee Public and Private Schools”) for school closings due to extreme weather conditions. However, Catholic East normally will also be published online, as well. Stay tuned to the following radio /TV stations or go online for school closing updates:
For any other emergency at Catholic East Elementary School, we will do our best to contact you before the children leave home for school.
It is the right of a parent/guardian to keep a child home from school if that parent feels that weather conditions are unsafe for travel. School may be in session during days of high heat indexes. While Catholic East Elementary School does not have central air conditioning at the SS. Peter and Paul Campus, there are fans provided for comfort. Holy Rosary Campus has air conditioning. A child showing symptoms of heat related illness will be sent home from school. It is the right of a parent/guardian to keep a child home from school or to pick up a child early from school if that parent feels that the heat index is unsafe for children to be in school. However, please realize that children generally handle heat and cold better than adults so, in most cases, it is completely safe to send you child to school when it is in session, no matter what the weather is outside.
In the event of early school closings, parent contact procedures will be followed as noted above. All parents will be contacted in the way you indicated on the required form. Again, parents/guardians must listen to local radio and television announcements concerning early closings. Scholars will be transported home using regular transportation methods. Parents/guardians should work out a plan of action with the child in the event a child arrives home to an empty house because of an early closing. At least one staff member will remain on site until all children have left the building.
Effective school discipline results from excellent communication between home and school (parent/guardian and teacher). Good communication and goodwill are essential to effective problem-solving. If an incident involving your child should occur that concerns you, please discuss the occurrences with him/her carefully and obtain as many facts as possible before contacting the school. If after discussing with your child you still remain concerned about the situation, please, first contact your child’s teacher to see if there are any additional factors that may explain what happened. After all the facts and viewpoints are known and recognized, productive Christian problem-solving is more likely to occur.
If you as a parent or guardian have any concerns regarding your child, please contact the school with your initial concerns. In seeking to carry out our school philosophy, we wish to be of service to both the scholars and to you, the parents/guardians. Facts most often dissipate rumors quickly. We are always more than willing to investigate and supply accurate information. The school's telephone number is (414) 964-1770.
Concerns should be dealt with in this order: 1) Classroom teacher 2) Principal
3) Corporate Board and 4) Seton Catholic Schools. Having all the facts and honest discussion can alleviate much misunderstanding.
Parents/Guardians should never interrupt teachers on the playground before school or after school or go to any classrooms to talk about your child with his/her teacher without making an appointment. Please communicate with your child’s teacher and schedule an appointment to see him or her. This is the best thing for you, your child and the teachers! Also, please make an appointment to see the principal, business manager or any other administrative staff members
Educational field trips are chosen by the teacher. Two trips per class are allowed each year, besides First Stage and Urban Ecology. Additional trips may be allowed on a case by case basis. Teachers should inform the principal prior to planning the field trip. Upon approval, the school secretary will provide the teacher with a Parent Permission Slip, to be duplicated as necessary and distributed by the teacher or placed on the teacher web page online. The teacher is responsible for preparing a letter of explanation with the permission slip. Scholar transportation must be by bus or walking. If scholars are being transported in private automobiles, all proof of insurance, Safeguarding God’s Children attendance proof and driver operator forms must be on file in the school office before the field trip (this is in rare circumstances!). The school secretaries will be responsible for arranging bus transportation to and from the destination. Teachers should coordinate field trips no less than a month prior to the event to make the best use of busing. All field trips must have an educational objective. Activating prior knowledge is an important element in extending one's knowledge base. Therefore, it is recommended that concepts related to the trip are studied prior to the trip and internalized upon return through oral, written or artistic expression. The school secretary or teachers will inventory all scholar permission slips and fees before the day of the field trip. All permission slips and fees must be submitted to the school office no later than the end of the school day before the trip. Verbal permission by phone is not permissible at any time. Scholars are not allowed to bring in their permission slips the morning of the trip. A note from home indicating permission is not acceptable—the permission slip turned in must be the one that was issued to the scholar. If the child does not have their permission slip in at the designated time, they will remain at school for that day or parents/guardians may be called to pick up their child. To be clear, those scholars who do not have their permission slips in on time must report to school and will spend the day in the school office or in another classroom doing pre-arranged class work or may be sent home. Teachers will be responsible for obtaining chaperones for the event and for informing the office of who they will be and are responsible for checking to insure that they have taken the Safeguarding God’s Children session, have a criminal background check on file and have signed the Code of Ethical Standards (please check with the school secretary at Holy Rosary Campus to see if your chaperones comply).
The ratio of children to adults is dependent on the nature of the field trip. The recommended ratio is as follows:
Chaperones will be given an itinerary for the day by the teacher, along with the list of scholars in their care. Teachers will be responsible for any scholars with special needs during class trips. Toys and electronic equipment (such as cell phones, iPods, DSLs, etc.) may not accompany the scholars on a field trip, unless prior permission is given by the principal.
In the Case of an Emergency:
Teachers are required to bring along with them a copy of the emergency record and the field trip permission slip for every child attending a school outing. This information will be kept in a special binder and must be visible at all times. In the event that a scholar must receive medical treatment while on a field trip, the teacher should give his/her copy of the emergency record to the emergency medical technician who will be transporting the child to the hospital/clinic. The classroom teacher should place all permission slips in the binder, as well. A teacher may accompany a child who is being transported to the hospital provided there is another Catholic East faculty/staff member on site to assist the chaperones with their supervisory tasks. The teacher must delegate a chaperone to inform the school about the incident immediately following the initial summons for medical assistance. Teachers are to remain with the injured scholar until medical assistance arrives. Upon arrival back at school, the teacher is obligated to complete an Accident Report. They can be obtained in the school office. The school secretaries will assist the teachers with the completion of this form.
All of the following forms below are provided for parents/guardians through the U.S mail and at Welcome Back Evening or may be sent home on the first day of school and must be returned by the posted required date in any given year. These forms are also available on our school website (http://www.catholiceast.org/parents/school-forms.cfm) Teachers also may have specific forms for you to complete.
Please sign up and support our fundraisers. Tuition is only part of the cost of educating
It is the expertise of our staff, the generosity of our supporting parishes and the volunteer hours of our parents/guardians that keep Catholic East Elementary School going strong. We need volunteers for two types of activities at school: those which are a direct service to the school (chaperoning, tutoring, typing, etc.) and fundraising. Our budget requires that we do fundraising annually. Suggested fundraiser participation include the Soles for Education Walk and the Catholic East Gala in May.
There are many ways that the parent/guardian can actively participate in your scholar’s school day. Parents also make up the membership of the Home and School or other committees. Providing service to the school is good role modeling for your child. At the times, a classroom may have a fundraiser but this can be done only with the permission of the principal.
Concessions at Athletic Events
Soles for Education Walk
Book Fair during Catholic Schools Week
Lenten Fish Fries
Concessions at Athletic Events
We will have a very special high level fundraising dinner and silent auction event not only to raise money, but to celebrate Catholic East Elementary: past, present and future. This event will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
Don’t forget that there are things you can do every day to support Catholic East Elementary School.
and have them list Catholic East Elementary as your donation choice)
Teachers must support parish and school fundraising activities, such as Fish Fries or the Gala. Teachers may be asked to serve on fundraising committees, and should do so in good spirit and with a willingness to help support the school.
GRADING SCALES AND HONOR ROLL
K3-Teacher created report appropriate for age group
+ Demonstrates consistent understanding and application
/ Demonstrates a general understanding
- Needs more time to develop skills
Grades 1 and 2
S Secure: Demonstrates a complete understanding and application
P Progressing: Demonstrates a general understanding
N Needs improvement: Demonstrates an inconsistent understanding
F Below 69.5
At the end of each quarter, scholars in grades 3-8 achieving a grade point average of:
Catholic East uses Powerschool, an online grading program. All parents/guardians/scholars are given logins and passwords at the beginning of the school year which enables them to use the online grading program. Grades will be updated weekly. Teachers are encouraged call parents by phone or to email from your school email account in order to foster good communication between school and home. Parents who do not have computers are welcome to use a computer at school to view their children’s grades. Progress reports will go home and require signature by the parent, every other week.
Progress reports for current scholars can be found on the Powerschool online program and can be viewed electronically by parents/guardians daily, if desired. A communication is sent home to parents/guardians at the midpoint of the first quarter reminding parents/guardians to check their child’s progress prior to the mandatory parent/scholar/teacher conferences in November. Parents/guardians who do not have access to a computer are encouraged to use a school computer in either lab that Catholic East will provide for their use.
The Corporate Board (Frs. Jeff Haines, Tim Kitzke, and Mike Michalski) are a level of support to Catholic East.
The specific direction of the school is delegated to the principal.
If a question regarding procedures should arise:
The individual with the grievance beyond level three may elect to proceed further with the grievance through the parish grievance committee and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. All grievances beyond the third level must be submitted to the proper committees in writing within a designated time line as set by Archdiocesan Policy 4135.4.
Guidance is a part of the curriculum at CEE and unless a parent explicitly requests for a scholar to not see the Guidance Counselor, students will be eligible to see him/her.
Recognizing that all scholars, faculty, staff and volunteers strive for a community based on love and respect, harassment/bullying of any kind is unacceptable and contrary to Catholic faith. Although harassment/bullying is usually considered to be a pattern of consistent behavior against another person, it can also include a single serious action.
Harassment/bullying is defined as participating in or conspiring with others in physical or verbal acts that injure, degrade, frighten, threaten, intimidate or disgrace another person. Harassment/bullying can include, but is not limited to, the following threatening behavior: racial insults, derogatory ethnic slurs, online posts or phone texts of a degrading nature, unwelcome sexual advances or touching, sexual comments, jokes or gestures and physical or mental abuse.
Harassment/bullying will not be tolerated. If an accusation of harassment/bullying is substantiated, a plan will be established to prevent further harassment/bullying and a notice of the harassment/bullying intervention will be placed in the offender's cumulative record. Offenders may face disciplinary actions including suspension and expulsion.
School personnel must report and/or investigate all incidents of harassment/bullying and take appropriate action when they personally observe these incidents or are made aware of them by other means.
Examples of bullying include:
Educators (teachers, counselors and administrators) cannot control all the communication that happens between scholars, especially outside of school. If a scholar is a bully in school, staff will respond immediately with direct consequences. If school staff discovers a scholar is bullying another scholar outside of school, they will take disciplinary action (this is a policy in public and private schools). In some cases of repeated or severe bullying, school staff will need to notify the police. Bullying schoolmates at any time, whether in person at school, through negative gossip with others, or through written or computer messages, or through phone use, is wrong.
Physical or verbal threatening, harassing or intimidating another scholar is never acceptable at Catholic East Elementary School. Bullying can happen in person, in writing, through gossip with others, or more often in recent years, through use of computers and phones. Scholars involved in bullying behavior will be severely reprimanded which could result in a suspension or expulsion. Online harassment or harassment on the phone via texts or voicemails; done after school hours between two Catholic East Elementary School scholars, falls into this area and could result in a suspension or expulsion.
Hazing means any activity which is a condition of initiation or admission into or affiliation with an organization, regardless of a scholar's willingness to participate in the activity. No person may intentionally or recklessly engage in acts which endanger the physical health or safety of a scholar for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating in connection with Catholic East Elementary School. Under those circumstances, prohibited acts may include any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance, forced confinement or any other forced activity which endangers the physical health or safety of the scholar. Any scholars engaging in hazing can and will be prosecuted under Wisconsin law.
Catholic East has a Home and School Association. The purposes of this association are:
The Home and School works closely with and is responsible directly to the school principal. Additionally, the Home and School is considered a sub-committee to the Catholic East School Advisory Council. More information on meetings/activities for the upcoming school year will be forthcoming in the Wednesday Blast.
Home study is an important part of the daily curriculum and is an extension of the structured class period into the home life. Incomplete homework is most frequently the cause for unacceptable grades on progress reports and quarterly report cards. Homework will not be excused. Homework can be postponed or adjusted for an excused absence. All homework must be made up for an unexcused absence. All makeup work must be in by the date set by the teacher to receive credit. If you notice that your child is bringing home an excessive amount of homework, please speak with your child’s teacher for clarification. Homework, except for make-up work, is generally not given over extended school vacations. Homework for absent scholars can be sent home with siblings or neighbors as requested by the parents. Homework for absent scholars can also be picked up in the school offices at the end of the school day.
Scholars in grades two to eight receive an assignment book at the beginning of the school year. Parents are encouraged to work with their child in using this as a tool for organizing, planning and completing homework. If the scholar loses the assignment book, a replacement may be purchased in the school office.
Homework, whether written, read or studied is assigned almost every school night. It is needed to reinforce and expand classroom learning. At times, scholars may need assistance. The parent/guardian is responsible for making sure homework is satisfactorily completed, but the parent/guardian or another adult is never to do their child’s homework and send it to school as the child’s work. If your child consistently is having trouble completing the homework on his/her own, please contact your child’s teacher to discuss this issue.
The amount of time needed to satisfactorily prepare assigned tasks depends upon the individual child. The following are suggested guidelines for homework for the average child:
Teachers will make themselves available to assist any scholars who need extra help. Please contact your child’s teacher to make the necessary arrangements.
At the end of each quarter, scholars in grades 3-8 achieving a grade point average of:
All K3-Grade 1 scholars at Holy Rosary Campus begin their day at 8:15 a.m. They must be in the cafeteria and ready for Morning Prayer by this time. Scholars at Holy Rosary are dismissed at 3:35 p.m.
All Grade 2-8 scholars at SS. Peter and Paul Campus begin their day at 8:00 a.m. They must be in the gym and ready for Morning Prayer by this time. Scholars at SS. Peter and Paul are dismissed at 3:20 p.m.
If you have children at both campuses you should drop your scholar off at SS. Peter and Paul first and then travel to Holy Rosary next. Just a reminder that if your child is late, he/she is considered truant, so please get to school on time!
All scholars attend school for 180 days. All grades at Catholic East Elementary meet the instructional minutes required by the State of Wisconsin and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Promptness is a desirable quality and we want to instill this habit in our scholars. It can be uncomfortable for a scholar arriving late, if classes have begun and procedures for the day have taken place. Often, this can lead to the child having a bad day. Tardiness is recorded on the scholar’s permanent record. A scholar is marked tardy if he/she arrives after the bell rings in the morning.
Please make arrangements for early dismissal days (one Thursday per month and during conferences) especially if your child will not being going to Kids Campus. Please check monthly and yearly calendar for early dismissal dates. On these days, Kids Campus will begin at the end of school day and go until 6 p.m. at both campuses.
Drop Off and Pick Up
School hours at SS. Peter and Paul Campus are from 8:00-3:20 p.m. and Holy Rosary Campus hours are from 8:15-3:35 p.m. If you have children at both campuses you should drop your scholar off at SS. Peter and Paul first and then travel to Holy Rosary next.
At SS. Peter and Paul Campus, before school in the morning, please drop off your children by pulling up to the curb on Greenwich and have them enter through the front doors of the Children should not be dropped off in such a way that they need to walk across the street by themselves. Your child will then walk into the cafeteria and either get in line for breakfast or sit at their assigned table.
After school, grade 2-8 children going home immediately after school will be dismissed from the playground in the back of the school. Those scholars going directly to Kids Campus or Big Brothers Big Sisters will go to those areas and do not leave the building in between. It is a good idea for you to wait for your children close to the same spot every day. You will need to talk with your child about where you will meet them after school right away for the first day so there is no confusion about pick up.
At Holy Rosary Campus, before school, please pull into the parking lot at the entrance sign, park your car and get out of the car and walk your child into the cafeteria. If you are dropping your child off between 7:45-8:15 a.m., walk your child into the cafeteria at the Holy Rosary Campus and either have your child get in line for breakfast or sit at their assigned tables and wait to line up to go into the school building.
After school, please enter at the correct sign and park your car and come to get your child who will be waiting with his/her teacher, again inside the fence. Those scholars going directly to Kids Campus will go to those areas and do not leave the building in between. Exit the lot using the exit lane. Please be very careful in going slowly and watching out for scholars on the parking lot!
Just a reminder that if your child is late, he/she is considered truant, so please get to school on time! Consistent tardiness may jeopardize your child’s enrollment at Catholic East.
Supervision on the Playground Before and After School for those scholars not enrolled in Kids Campus. Kids Campus scholars remain in the buildings before and after school.
SS Peter and Paul Campus (Grades 2-8): Supervision is provided for your child in the cafeteria in the morning from 7:45-8:00 a.m. and in the afternoon on the playground from 3:20-3:25 p.m.
Holy Rosary Campus (Grades K3-1) Supervision is provided for your child in the cafeteria from 7:45-8:15 a.m. and after school on the playground from 3:35-3:40 p.m.
ALL SCHOLARS MUST BE PICKED UP BY THEIR PARENT/GUARDIAN OR AN ADULT DESIGNATED BY THE PARENTS, BY 3:20 P.M. AT SS. PETER AND PAUL CAMPUS AND BY 3:35 P.M. AT THE HOLY ROSARY CAMPUS, UNLESS THEY ARE SIGNED UP FOR KIDS CAMPUS, BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, TUTORING, ATHLETIC PRACTICE OR ANOTHER SCHOOL ACTIVITY. IF SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE PARENT/GUARDIAN IS PICKING UP YOUR CHILD, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OFFICE. WE WILL NOT RELEASE YOUR CHILD TO ANYONE ELSE BUT THE PARENT/GUARDIAN WITHOUT PERMISSION TO DO SO!
Children who are not signed up for an after school activity and who are not picked up by the above mentioned times will be brought to the school office by the teacher in charge and the parent/guardian will be called at that time by the teachers or other staff. The expectation is that you will quickly come to pick up your child. Arriving late to pick up your child should not be a common practice and should only take place in the case of an emergency situation.
We will not automatically send scholars who are not picked up at the proper time to Kids Campus! If your scholar will arrive early and stay late, even if this doesn’t happen frequently, you must use our before and after school care program, Kids Campus), so that your child is not left alone on the playground.
It is our suggestion that every parent should enroll their child in Kids Campus and provide us with a voided check (we only use automatic debit for this program) so that your child is able to go to Kids Campus should an emergency arise and you are unable to get to school. Kids Campus, offered by Catholic East Elementary School, supervises only the children of those parents/guardians who enroll for that service and only those who are scholars at Catholic East. Scholars should never be left unsupervised at the Milwaukee Public Library or other public facilities. See the Before and After School Care section for more information on signing up your child and payment policies.
It is important that a child stay home from school when the child is ill. A child cannot participate fully in the school day and can spread illness to other children by being in school while sick. Illness includes fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or a communicable disease or rash. A child is also kept home for parasitic infestations. Children who become ill during the school day will be brought to the school office and parents will be contacted. Parents/guardians will be asked to make every effort to arrange for the child to be picked up from school. No child will be permitted to walk home when ill. Children who are ill and absent for all or part of a school day will not be allowed to participate in any afterschool activities that day.
Children who are in school are expected to participate in the day’s activities unless there is an excuse from the family doctor. Children are not exempt from recess, physical education or any other activity if they are in school.
Head lice are a common parasitic infestation of an insect in human hair. It is easily transmitted from child to child. Children discovered with head lice will be brought to the school office and parents/guardians will be called to pick up the child. Parents/guardians are responsible for treatment of the infestation. Catholic East Elementary School has a “no nit” policy. This means that children are not permitted to return to school until all the lice and the eggs have been removed. If faculty/staff notice lice or suspect lice, we will notify the parents/guardians who then need to take the child to their family doctor or other health care professional for professional determination of the existence of lice and advice regarding treatment. If you, as parents, notice lice, please immediately do the same. Children who have a case of head lice will not be permitted to return until all lice and nits are removed. You will need to bring a note from your doctor/healthcare provider notifying us when the child is nit free before the child can return to school. All school families will be informed in writing when there has been a case of head lice reported to the office. As much as possible, the names of children and families who are dealing with an infestation will be kept confidential.
School staff will follow proper procedure when dealing with an injured child. Parents will be contacted if necessary for more serious injuries and will always be called for head or facial injuries, even if the injury does not seem serious. Catholic East Elementary School always errs on the side of caution when contacting parents/guardians regarding reporting injuries occurring at school. All Catholic East Elementary School faculty and staff are trained in basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Bumps, bruises, small cuts, and scrapes will be treated by school personnel. The staff member in charge will determine if parents/guardians need to be contacted and/or the child needs to be picked up. Parents/guardians are always notified if the injury occurs to the child’s head and/or face, whatever the severity of the injury.
Parents/guardians will be contacted if it is determined by the staff member in charge that an injury is serious, but not life threatening. Serious injury may require additional medical attention as determined by the parent/guardian.
Life Threatening Injuries
The staff of Catholic East Elementary School reserves the right to summon immediate medical assistance and attention for any child that is judged to be in a life threatening situation without contacting parents/guardians prior to summoning medical assistance and attention. Parents/guardians will be contacted as soon as possible after contacting emergency medical assistance.
Any situation where a child is rendered unconscious will be treated as a life threatening emergency and aforementioned procedures followed.
It is extremely important that all parent/guardian emergency contact numbers be kept up-to-date with the school office. Any change in medical emergency information or your contact information must be communicated to the school office in writing as soon as that change is made. This includes, but is not limited to: change of work numbers or extensions for one or both parents/guardians, change of the person to contact in an emergency or in their telephone numbers, and/or change of physicians or dentists. Please be sure that the name of an alternate person that we can contact in an emergency is aware that you have submitted their name to the school. Also, please remember to list any pertinent medical or dental information that you believe would be helpful to the school.
Please mark all clothing, boots, shoes, book bags, lunch bags, etc with your child’s name. We have a “lost and found” area in school. Please call the school office if your child has lost something. All items that are not picked up from ‘lost and found’ at the end of the year will be given to St. Vincent DePaul.
Catholic East Elementary School offers a complete scholar hot lunch program funded by parents/guardians and subsidized by the State of Wisconsin and the federal government. The lunch program is in compliance with state and federal requirements for portion sizes and nutritional requirements and is cooked on site. For those not eligible for free and reduced lunch we have a pay per lunch program. A lunch menu posted on the website each month. All food is cooked onsite by trained personnel.
Lunch Program Costs
The cost for the lunch is $2.75 per meal which includes milk. Milk may be purchased separately for 30 cents.
A scholar may bring a bag lunch rather than participate in the hot lunch program. Soda is not allowed. Milk, juice, or water is fine. The noon lunch and recess period is a closed lunch period. Rarely, and only in exceptional cases, would a child be allowed to leave during that time. Prior written permission is required.
Free and Reduced Lunch Program
Some families may be eligible for free or reduced ($.40) lunches. Applications are sent home to every family at the beginning of the school year. Please complete and return the first day of school.
Policies for Payment of Scholar Lunch Accounts
A requirement of purchasing hot lunch or milk (if you are not part of the free lunch program) is to provide the school with a voided check or your savings account information, in order for us to debit your checking or savings account for your monthly charges as an automatic withdrawal from your account. This is the only form of payment we will accept for Kids Campus and for the hot lunch and milk program.
Expectations of Children/Reporting of Eating Issues
Children are never asked or forced in any way to finish all their food or milk. However, teachers who supervise the lunchroom do monitor food consumption and parents/guardians will be contacted by the principal/guidance counselor if a child demonstrates poor nutritional habits or symptoms of an eating disorder.
Morning nutrition is offered to all scholars in all grades each morning. Catholic East Has a Wellness Policy. Please see that section for further information.
If you choose to provide a birthday treat for your child’s class, please know that they should be limited to one small sized baked treat or a healthy treat such as fruit, vegetables, or a granola snack bar.
Mass and prayers services are solemn events. Random clapping from the congregation, talking out, chewing gum, etc. are not acceptable behaviors for scholars or adults attending mass.
It is against school policy for medication of any kind, including over the counter products such as Tylenol or aspirin, to be dispensed to a scholar of Catholic East Elementary School without the written permission of the parent/guardian and a medical doctor. No staff person will administer any form of medication unless the proper forms are on file in the school office. There are no exceptions to this policy. A form will be sent to all families to use and copy for the school year, if necessary.
Both sides of the medication form must be filled out before the school can administer prescription medication. The medication must be sent to school in its original container and labeled by a pharmacist. Scholars who receive prescription medication on a regular basis (i.e. Ritalin) need only send one medication form unless the prescription changes. Special forms are available in the school office for those parents/guardians who wish a child to keep an asthma inhaler with him/her at all times. Parents/guardians are encouraged to keep three dose antibiotics at home and administer them before the child comes to school, when the child comes home and before the child goes to bed. It is not necessary to give three dose antibiotics at meal time unless specified on the prescription label. If the medication required is administered in any way other than oral, see the principal to set up an admission plan.
The parent/guardian side of the medication form must be complete before the school can administer any medication, including cough drops. All medication will be kept in the school office and administered by the school secretary or the principal.
Scholars who use inhalers must submit the required form to the school office. All families receive this form in their packets at the beginning of the year.
Money should always be sent to school in a sealed envelope. The envelope must be clearly marked with the child’s name, grade, teacher’s name, amount of money enclosed and the reason for payment.
Catholic East Elementary School has contracted to have a program of communication with parents regarding their children’s progress through Powerschool. This program will allow you as parents to receive a portal with password to privately and confidentially monitor your child’s achievement on a day to day basis online. Information will be forthcoming at the beginning of each school year on the various aspects of the program and how to use it. You will also be assigned your username and password at that time.
Parent/guardian involvement is essential and required for an effective school community.
Importance of Home-School Communications
Parent/guardian-school communication is an integral part of the education process. Unless parents/guardians, teachers and principal are mutually cooperative, the child is deprived of the supportive environment necessary for learning to flourish. Parents/guardians are always welcome to visit, but these visits are to be arranged at a time mutually agreed upon by the principal, teacher and parent/guardian.
Parent/Guardian, Scholar, Teacher Conferences
Parent/guardian, scholar, teacher conferences are held two times a year (one required, one requested). When a conference is scheduled, attendance by both the parent/guardian and the child is strongly encouraged. See the school calendar for dates.
While there are scheduled times for parent/guardian, scholar, teacher conferences, parent/guardians or teachers may arrange additional meetings at a convenient time for all involved. These conferences can be scheduled by calling the school office or contacting the teacher directly. Teachers will not be interrupted by phone calls or unscheduled conferences during class time.
Fundraisers are a very necessary part of maintaining daily operations of the school. There are a few fundraisers held each school year that require full participation of each school family in order to ensure the financial health of the school. Your support is critical and appreciated.
Parent/Guardian Volunteer Requirements:
It is the expertise of our staff, the generosity of our supporting parishes and the volunteer hours of our parents/guardians that keep CEE going strong. We need volunteers for two types of activities at school: those which are a direct service to the school (chaperoning, tutoring, typing, etc.) and fundraising. Our budget requires that we do fundraising annually.
Suggested family participation:
1. Each family (parent/guardian, grandparent, etc.) work at least one Market Day per year.
2. Each family work at least three of our Fish Fries.
3. Each family participates in other fundraisers to the best of their ability.
There are many ways that the parent/guardian can actively participate in their child's school day. Parents also make up the membership of the Home and School Association. A new Home and School Association has been started at Catholic East. More information will be provided throughout the year.
Catholic East Elementary School is part of and is directly accountable to the Corporate Board and to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The principal is part of the ministry team of the staff of the parishes and frequently communicates with the priests, parishes and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Office for Schools. All school committees and subcommittees report to the School Board. The School Advisory Council is an advisory board to the principal. Please support your parish which supports our school.
The priests are involved in the school on both the pastoral and administrative levels. The priests may walk through the school at any time, have lunch with scholars, spend time with children on the playground and informally visit classrooms. The priests are available to help and support the teachers. The priests preside at the children's liturgies, instruct the children during liturgy and can certainly keep classes after mass for grade level instruction. The priests are involved in the sacramental programs for first communion, first reconciliation and confirmation. The principal regularly meets with the Corporate Board in order to ensure excellent communication and accountability.
Peanut Allergy Concern Statement - Some scholars have a lethally dangerous allergy to peanuts, and therefore our environment must be as peanut-free as possible. Please consider this in preparing lunches. We request snacks and class treats be totally peanut-product-free for a class with a scholar having this allergy. For other grades, if a peanut product for snack, treat, or lunch is sent, the scholar(s) is instructed to wash up carefully after eating, to avoid contaminating any surface. We can all help in keeping our very allergic children to be safe! The best thing we all can do is avoid sending any snacks with peanuts as ingredients to grades K3-8 across the board.
Administrators and teachers in Catholic schools are held to a high degree of professionalism. All teachers are required to achieve and maintain Basic Certification in the teaching of Religion from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Teachers of Religion are required to achieve and maintain Advanced Certification in the teaching of Religion from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Teachers and administrators also must hold and maintain appropriate certification/licensure through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in the area they are teaching or administrating or must have a study plan in place with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and approval of the Superintendent of Schools. All teachers, staff and volunteers are required to have completed the “Protecting God’s Children” Safe Environment session and are subject to a thorough national criminal background check every five years. All must sign the Code of Ethical Standards for Seton Catholic Schools. All teachers are routinely informally and formally evaluated by the principal and must have a Professional Development Plan on file.
Personal information about faculty and staff (i.e. cell phone or home phone numbers, home addresses or personal email addresses) will not be given out to the general public without written permission from that individual.
For health and safety reasons, family/household pets are not allowed in the school building, even for show and tell events. Classroom pets are not allowed, as well. Resident pets in the classroom can send the wrong message. The Humane Society often finds classroom pets confined in extremely small spaces. Many do not have adequate care, including veterinary attention. Some are cast-off when they become burdensome or the lesson is completed and many classroom pets are surrendered to the Humane Society and shelters across the U.S at the end of the school year. Because keeping pets in the classroom often sends the message that animals are disposable and /or easy and cheap to care for, the Humane Society urges teachers to plan their curriculum without including resident pet companions. The school principal, for special educational events, may grant exceptions to this policy.
Photos videos of scholars may be used for school publicity under the following guidelines:
Plagiarism is defined as “stealing and passing off as one’s own, the ideas, images, or writings of another.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1961). Since plagiarism is an act of stealing, it is not accepted in any writing or speaking project turned in as an assignment by a scholar of Catholic East Elementary School. Any partial or complete act of plagiarism found in a scholar’s assignment will result in a reduction of the grade on that assignment.
Scholars in the intermediate grades (three, four or five) who wish to use direct quotes or paraphrase another’s ideas, images or writings must follow reference guidelines established by the classroom teacher.
Scholars in the middle school (grades six, seven and eight) who wish to use direct quotes as part of a written or oral assignment must follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style for referencing a direct quote both in the text and on the reference page. Instruction in APA will be given by the sixth, seventh and eighth grader teachers. Scholars in grades six, seven and eight who wish to paraphrase a passage must provide acknowledgement as an in-text citation according to the APA style.
The welfare and safety of the children is of primary concern when scholars are engaged in outdoor activities at recess. The teacher supervisor on the playground has full authority to set boundaries or discontinue activities not covered in this handbook if he/she feels that an activity has become dangerous or violent. The playground is divided into play sections based upon grade for recess and scholars are expected to remain within their play area. The following procedures are in effect at any time scholars occupy the playground areas. This includes, but is not limited to, before school, after school, recess and during the noon hour.
11. Scholars are responsible for equipment that they bring out to the playground area.
12. Scholars will show respect to playground supervisors.
13. Scholars will help keep the playground clean.
14. During lunch recess, no scholar may enter the building without a building pass, except in the case of an emergency.
Consequences: Whenever a scholar’s behavior deviates from the limits of acceptability, the teacher on duty will take appropriate action for the safety of your child and other children on the playground.
Please note: The school is not responsible for any personal toys that are lost, stolen, or broken during the school day.
Indoor recess is held when weather conditions do not permit scholars to be outside, such as rain or extreme cold. Temperatures at or below zero degrees and wind chills below zero degrees are considered too cold to be outside. There is some flexibility in the wind chill taking into account the length of the recess and the temperature compared to the wind chill. During indoor recess, children remain in their classroom. Primary children can play or view a video and older children can work on homework, play board games and cards, or put together a small puzzle. Our indoor recess program is always looking for donated and appropriate DVD movies, board games, small jigsaw puzzles (100 pieces or under) and decks of cards.
During or immediately after snowfall, children need to be dressed for conditions. Boots and snow pants are required for any scholar who wishes to play in the snow in and around the toys.
Scholars in K3 through fifth grades must wear boots, mittens, hats and snow pants when playing outside in the snow. Keeping an extra pair of dry socks in their backpack for the winter is a good idea.
Recess is an important part of the school day because it allows scholars to practice positive social skills and the morals and values we teach here at Catholic East Elementary School. Because of this, certain behaviors are not permitted. These behaviors include:
The teacher on duty may impose disciplinary action as the situation warrants.
Supervision at the SS. Peter and Paul Campus is provided for your child in the cafeteria in the morning from 7:40-8:00 a.m. and in the afternoon on the playground from 3:20-3:25 p.m.
Supervision at the Holy Rosary Campus is provided for your child in the cafeteria in the morning from 8:05-8:15 a.m. and after school on the playground from 3:35-3:40 p.m.
ALL SCHOLARS MUST BE PICKED UP BY THEIR PARENT/GUARDIAN OR AN ADULT DESIGNATED BY THE PARENTS, BY 3:20 P.M. AT SS. PETER AND PAUL CAMPUS AND BY 3:35 P.M. AT THE HOLY ROSARY CAMPUS, UNLESS THEY ARE SIGNED UP FOR KIDS CAMPUS, BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, TUTORING, ATHLETIC PRACTICE OR ANOTHER SCHOOL ACTIVITY. IF SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE PARENT/GUARDIAN IS PICKING UP YOUR CHILD, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OFFICE.
Children who are not signed up for an after school activity and who are not picked up by the above mentioned times will be sent to the school office by the teacher in charge and the parent/guardian will be called at that time by the teachers or other staff.
We will not automatically send scholars who are not picked up at the proper time to Kids Campus! If your scholar will arrive early and stay late, we strongly suggest you use our before and after school care program, Kids Campus, so that your child is not left alone on the playground. You will receive for information on Kids Campus signup and payment policies or call the business manager for more information.
The scholar desks and coat room areas are the property of Catholic East Elementary School. There is no expectation of privacy for the desks and coatroom areas or any items stored in these areas. Periodic inspections of lockers and desks will be conducted at any time by the principal (or principal designate) without advance notice, parent/guardian consent or consent from the scholar.
There is no expectation of privacy with scholar athletic items or locker space. The principal and school staff reserves the right to check athletic items or lockers at any time.
There is no expectation of privacy with cell phones, notebooks, textbooks, journals or diaries when they are on school grounds. The principal and school staff reserves the right to check and read any written or electronic material or phone material that is located on school grounds. Teachers who use scholar journaling are mandated to read these journals nightly.
There is no expectation of privacy with computer hardware, flash drives, computer software, cell phones or access to the internet. We reserve the right to check and read any data input located within the school. Scholars are not permitted to engage in email correspondence on school computers, nor may they text or use cell phones during the school day. We reserve the right to check all web sites that the child has entered while on a school computer. Protective software is in place on all school computers. The “Acceptable Use Policy for Computers and Telecommunications Form” must be signed prior to any scholar being allowed to use a school computer.
Search and Seizure
The principal and staff members specifically delegated by the principal can and shall inspect the scholar lockers and desks and any items in the lockers and desks periodically.
The principal/designee shall have the right to access any content, including text messages, emails, photos, or address books on cell phones confiscated from scholars or on school computers or other such devices.
All contraband items such as alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, knives and weapons shall be deposited with the principal. Officers of the law, appearing with duly processed search warrants, will be accorded the right to inspect as per the court's order.
If there is ever a question about an item a child might be carrying on their person, parents/guardians will be called.
Items such as gum, candy, soda, weapons (artificial or real), roller shoes and skateboards and any other items deemed prohibited by the principal are not to be brought to school. The school will not be responsible for any such items brought onto the premises. Disciplinary action will be taken for violation of this policy.
Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs, Pornography and Weapons
Scholars and employees have the right to attend school and work in an environment that is free from use of illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornography and weapons.
In compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Wisconsin Act 201, 1989, the school site shall be a Drug Free Zone, free of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse. Pornography and weapons have no place in the school environment.
Use or possession any of the above on school property or at school events will result in serious disciplinary action and proper civil authorities will be contacted. Expulsion is certainly a possible outcome for these types of serious violations.
Catholic East Elementary is a Gun Free Zone, as well.
Catholic East Elementary School is first and foremost a center for Catholic religious education. Religion is taught as a subject each day. Each subject is taught with a focus on the spiritual development as well as the academic development of the child.
Scholars attend weekly liturgy or prayer services either with their classmates or with the whole school.
A prayer service can be substituted for a liturgy without notice. There is daily all school prayer at the beginning of the day, the middle of the day and at the end of the day. In order to support the spiritual environment of the school prayer time, we ask that any adults in the building at the time of prayer pause in any activity they are engaged in, maintain a respectful silence, or better yet, join us in the prayer.
Teachers lead a meal prayer in the middle of the day before lunch. Religious articles that remind the children of their Catholic Identity, such as crucifixes, statues and rosaries are found in every classroom and throughout the building. Special celebrations, such as the Living Rosary, occur during the year. Catholic East Elementary School celebrates Catholic Schools Week each year. Parents/guardians and other family members are encouraged to attend liturgies and other events.
A teacher may recommend that a scholar repeat the current grade they are in by using the following procedure:
Sacramental preparation programs are offered in a setting that involves family, church and child. Scholars take part in the First Eucharist Program and in the Reconciliation Program of the parish to which they belong. Catholic East Elementary School supports and reinforced study of the Sacraments.
All paid employees and volunteers in Catholic Schools or Religious Education programs who have any contact with children in Catholic Schools or religious education programs are required to attend a Safe Environment “Protecting God’s Children” awareness session, agree to a criminal background check and sign the Code of Ethical Standards for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. This is mandatory for anyone employed by or volunteering at Catholic East Elementary School.
You must complete the one-time session (about a two hour program), in order to chaperone or drive for field trips, assist the teachers in the classroom, coach teams, classroom volunteer, etc. The principal of Catholic East Elementary School is mandated by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to ensure that everyone who works with children in any way in our school completes the one time training session. This is followed up by the Sexual Abuse Prevention Office at the Archdiocese to make sure we are in compliance.
The sessions are very positive and informative. This is a serious issue that all our parents/guardians and others need to know about. The statistics of sexual abuse of minors in the United States is staggering.
The Catholic East principal is a certified trainer for this program and Catholic East Elementary School will have four or five sessions per year on site. It is suggested that all parents/guardians, or others who will volunteer for various activities at the school, attend the session early in the fall, in order to have the training completed for the upcoming school year. Letters will go home announcing these sessions.
There are also many other sessions in this area that you can attend and you can get a listing of those online at http://www.archmil.org/offices/safeguarding.htm. Scroll down to “Events” for a listing of the sessions throughout the Archdiocese and then register online for the session. You cannot attend a session at Catholic East or elsewhere, without registering online for the session.
Once you complete the session, you are put on a national registry and do not have to attend again, even if you move and your child attends a Catholic school in another part of the United States. And again, all employees and volunteers must agree to a criminal background check and must sign the Code of Ethical Standards for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. If you have any questions, please contact Catholic East Elementary School Principal.
The School Advisory Council is a standing committee of the cooperating parishes and is primarily concerned with the intellectual and spiritual development of the scholars. Its primary function is to develop policies that will enable the school to reach it’s agreed upon goals and to further the success of the school. The School Board is advisory to the principal.
Every scholar at Catholic East Elementary School has the right to use books, materials, supplies and equipment. With this right comes a corresponding responsibility and that is to respect and care for them. Lost or misplaced books must be promptly replaced by the scholar. Replacement cost is the value of the book plus shipping and handling costs. This includes both text and classroom library books. Carelessness in handling books and materials will result in monetary fines to replace the costs of such items. All school texts must be covered without the use of tape or glue.
Scholars must come to school prepared with books and supplies each day. These supplies include pencils, pens, paper, erasers, crayons and other items required by the teacher. A supply list was shared with each family prior to the start of the school year.
Catholic East Elementary School offers programs geared to the needs of all scholars within the self-contained classroom. Catholic East Elementary School is limited in what can be offered to some special needs scholars in an inclusive, self-contained classroom. Scholars with special needs in academic development, physical development and/or emotional development are handled on a case by case basis.
It is in the best interest of the child to disclose all special needs to the school prior to admission.
Special needs are defined as characteristics or behaviors in a child that require additional supportive services as intervention to that of the regular classroom teaching. Some of the characteristics or behaviors that may require these services are:
• Poor peer relationships, anger issues, or social skills
• Grief/Loss issues
• Abusive relationships
• Drug/alcohol dependency or codependency
• Health needs
• Academic Deficiencies
Special needs are identified by:
• Parent/guardian referral
• Scholar self-referral
• Teacher or Principal observation and referral
• Surveys conducted by social services or school nurse.
• Standardized test results in which scholars score below the 39th percentile (and live in specified target areas)
Supportive services or interventions to meet these special needs are as follows:
Title I is a federally funded remediation program for scholars living in eligible attendance areas. It is a tutorial program which is not meant to be used in place of classroom instruction. In addition to living in the government determined target areas, the scholar should fall at or below a certain percentile in order to qualify for the program. Catholic East has a “push in” tutoring program where teachers help scholars who need extra help in reading and mathematics during the school day. You will be contacted regarding this program at the beginning of the school year should your child need this assistance.
A Referral for scholars to be tested which result in an IEP: Individual Education Plan is made when there is reasonable cause to suspect that a scholar may have exceptional education needs. Initial referrals can be originated by parent/guardian, school staff or Community Health & Human Services personnel. Catholic East is fortunate to be one of few schools that have a full-time guidance counselor who is generally involved in this process.
Once a referral list is generated, the case manager will determine the team composition which may include: Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech Pathologist and Diagnostic Teacher(s). Input is also obtained from classroom teacher(s), parent/guardian, Principal, supportive personnel and, when appropriate, from the scholar.
Tutoring and Summer School Programs. There are several structured tutorial programs available. Please see the school guidance counselor for more information.
Teachers are constantly involved in the scholar assessment process and are available to consult with parents/guardians whenever necessary at the request of the parents/guardians or the teacher. Parents are welcome to contact the teacher using the phone numbers or email addresses, which will be sent to you at the beginning of the school year. Please respect the learning environment of the classroom and call before or after classroom hours. Please make your communications to the point and respectful.
Catholic East uses Powerschool, an online grading program. All parents/guardians/scholars are given logins and passwords at the beginning of the school year which enables them to use the online grading program. All grades are entered weekly in order for parents to be able to view grades prior to the weekend. Parents/guardians who do not have computers are welcome to use a computer in the school lab to view their children’s grades. All “progress reports” are viewed electronically at mid-quarter. Report cards are produced electronically and teachers have deadlines for the final entering of grades at the end of each quarter.
Progress for current scholars can be found on the Powerschool mid-point of the first quarter reminding parents/guardians to check their child’s progress prior to the mandatory parent/scholar/teacher conferences in November. Parents/guardians who do not have access to a computer are encouraged to use a school computer in the lab that Catholic East will provide for their use.
A written report card will come home with each scholar on the first Wednesday following the end of every quarter in the Wednesday folder. The report card becomes part of the child’s permanent record. Report cards are issued in grades K4 through grade 8 quarterly. K3 parents receive a more informal assessment of their child’s progress. Parents are asked to sign and return the report card envelope the first three quarters within two weeks of issue. The final report card is given the last day of school and the envelope is not returned. Scholars are instructed not to open report card envelopes or any other communication addressed to their parents. Opening of the report card envelope should wait until the child is with his/her parent/guardian.
Formal parent conferences will be held with the regular classroom teacher or homeroom teacher at the end of the first quarter. Parents/guardians can request conferences with specialist teachers or specialist teachers can request parent/guardian conferences for one or both of the scheduled conference times. Parents/guardians may schedule informal conference times with teachers throughout the year at a time mutually agreed upon with the teacher. Scholars are encouraged to be present and included in the conference.
Testing is an important part of scholar assessment. Testing allows a teacher to determine if the child has grasped the concepts of a particular chapter or unit. The tests consist of teacher made tests and those supplied by the textbook manufacturers. Tests are usually announced well in advance of the test date allowing a child to study the information for the test. Some quizzes may be given without advanced announcement in order to check on spelling or mathematics skills.
The Forward Exam is administered in the Spring to all 3rd-8th grade scholars.MAP testing is used in grades K3-8. MAP testing takes place three times per year and results are shared with parents at conferences and/or sent home. Group results are published annually. Individual pupil results are provided for the parents. This is only one tool to assess a child’s ability.
Standardized testing allows parents/guardians and children to see how the child is progressing when compared to other children locally and nationally. Standardized testing also allows the school to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the school curriculum based upon the total class comparisons. Standardized tests are given outside of the curriculum and are not counted with the other forms of assessment. Parents/guardians will receive a copy of the child’s standardized test results. Class test results are made available to anyone upon request. Individual test results are released only with the written consent of the parents. Individual scholar test results are shared with parents and the eighth grade tests can be shared with the high school to assist in class selection and placement for high school. Test results become part of the child’s permanent records.
Scholars undergo standardized testing throughout the year. Please refrain from taking your child out of school for appointments, vacation, etc. during testing times. Once we receive the results, they will be sent home. All test results are part of the scholar’s permanent file.
Academic, behavioral and health records are kept on every scholar in the school. Special needs files are kept in a separate location and can be accessed by the parents/guardians or a child over the age of eighteen by contacting the school principal. Parents/guardians can make a visual inspection or arrange for photocopies of their child’s school records by contacting the school principal. A child over the age of eighteen can make a visual inspection of his/her school records or arrange for photocopies by contacting the school principal.
The scholar, his/her parents/guardians and professional personnel have a right to know recorded information. Catholic East Elementary School follows State and Archdiocesan guidelines governing the collection, maintenance administration and dissemination of scholar’s records with utmost care, confidentiality and responsibility. Schools may withhold the transfer of official scholar’s records (transcript of credits) for unsatisfied financial obligations. Only those records may be withheld for the semester(s) or scholastic period in which the unsatisfied financial obligation was incurred. Health records may never be withheld.
No item can be removed from the school records by a parent/guardian or a child. Parents and children over the age of eighteen are permitted to add written statements to the permanent record as they see fit and to have written statements attached to specific documents. Records may not leave the school office and the principal must be present when records are examined to offer explanations of the contents as needed.
All records are kept permanently in locked filing cabinets and are confidential. Parents/guardians are not permitted to remove school records when a child transfers to another school. Only school to school transfer of records is permitted.
Catholic East Elementary School will be in compliance with Archdiocesan Policies 5115, 5125 and 5125.31 concerning scholar records.
Records Transfer if Catholic East Should Close
In the event that Catholic East would ever be in a situation to close permanently, parents would be notified by letter.
Scholar records would be transferred to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee at the following address:
Name of Organization: Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Department/Contact: Office for Schools/Maureen Wurster
Address: 3501 S. Lake Drive
City, State Zip Code: Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912
Telephone Number: (414) 758-2254
These records will be kept at Archdiocese of Milwaukee indefinitely.
To ensure all parents/guardians know where their child’s/children’s records are stored, they would be required to sign a “Consent to Transfer Scholar Records” form. This signed consent form will be added to the scholar file, and a copy of it will be sent to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
Catholic East’s tagline theme is “We Pray, We Serve, We Learn.” This focuses on Gospel values, academic achievement, service and high expectations.
Catholic East Elementary School has state-of-the-art technology for our 21st Century Learners. SMART boards are now in every classroom, both at Sts. Peter and Paul Campus and at Holy Rosary Campus. State-of the-art computer lab is located at the Holy Rosary Campus and Chromebooks have been implemented at the SS Peter and Paul Campus as well as the Holy Rosary Campus. Technology is integrated into all subject areas, including the teaching of basic programming and other practical applications that scholars will need to know as they graduate from Catholic East Elementary School and go on to achieve success at various area Catholic and public high schools. Catholic East has a director of technology integration in its employ. This person coaches teachers on how to provide the best possible integration of technology into their particular curriculum.
An online grading and parent communication vehicle is offered to parents and scholars. The name of this excellent program is Powerschool. Protection for scholar computer use is on all computers and scholars are carefully monitored when using technological devices.
Scholars are assigned a Catholic East Google Apps for Education account which is only to be used for the purposes of school-work. This is a “closed garden” account meaning they are unable to send/receive email or share documents outside of the @catholiceast.org domain. Their school domain gmail account becomes active in 4th grade. Scholars sending personal messages via Catholic East e-mail are subject to consequences. Catholic East scholars are not permitted to use school email to register for social media accounts.
Scholars are prohibited from using social media on school grounds. Negative interactions on social media in a scholar’s personal time may be subject to school discipline if it negatively impacts the culture of our school in any way. Many social media sites (i.e. facebook and instagram) require that scholars be at least 13 years of age to have an account. Catholic East will have a zero tolerance policy for scholars who are found to be using these social media sites negatively.
Testing, as an evaluation and review of the scholar's learning, is an integral part of the academic program. Formal and informal tests will be administered throughout the school year. Parents/guardians are encouraged to assist their children to study for their informal tests (quizzes, chapter/unit tests, etc.).
Scholars may use the office phone for appropriate phone calls with the permission of the school secretaries, teachers or the principal.
Bicycles and Walkers
Parents are responsible for a child’s behavior prior to the arrival of a child on school grounds. Scholars need to be taught proper safety procedures by their parents/guardians regarding walking to school or riding their bicycles. Catholic East Elementary School is not responsible for any lost or stolen bicycles on school property. All bicycles must be secured in the school bike rack with a bike lock provided by the parents/guardians.
The operating budget for Catholic East Elementary School is based on four sources: tuition, Milwaukee Parental Choice vouchers, parish investments, and development efforts (annual fund appeal) and fund raisers. The success of our operation is dependent on the reliability of our income sources. Catholic East Elementary works very hard to remain fiscally responsible to all of our sources of income. Consequently, we operate a very tight budget and are dependent on regular, consistent tuition payments made on time and in full in order to meet our operating expenses.
Parents/guardians must make their full tuition payment prior to the start of school by the published due date, which is generally August 15. Parents/guardians may also elect to use the FACTS program. These are the only two forms of payment of tuition that are allowed at Catholic East. FACTS is the leading tuition management service in the nation, serving more than 4,000 schools and nearly one million families with a 99.8% collection success ratio. FACTS allows parents/guardians to make monthly payments over the course of ten months. This service is a low-cost, convenient way to make your monthly tuition payments, in a manner that is completely confidential and secure. Automatic deductions in the form of payment will be made from your bank account.
Scholarships are also available to scholars who qualify. Please contact the school principal for additional information.
Milwaukee Parental CHOICE Program
Catholic East Elementary is a Catholic school that offers the CHOICE voucher to scholars who qualify. Applicants qualify based on income and residency eligibility. Applications and criteria are available from the business manager.
All movies shown to scholars must be approved by the principal prior to showing. Generally, all movies are rated G or PG. The principal approves all movies and they are previewed by the teacher prior to showing.
Catholic East Elementary School has responsibility for the safety of our scholars and for the management of our classrooms. Doors to the schools and parish complexes leading to the school are locked. All visitors to the school buildings must enter the main doors at each campus and be “buzzed” in by the secretary using the security camera and entry device. Parents/guardians may not go directly to the classroom or make contact with teachers in inappropriate areas to discuss their child with the teacher. Special arrangements must be made to discuss a pupil’s progress. Please contact your child’s teacher and make an appointment to talk with them by calling, emailing or leaving a note for them in the school office. Forgotten items such as books, lunches, etc. are to be brought to the school office and will be taken to the child in his/her classroom by the school secretary. Parents are not to wait outside classrooms before or after school.
Appointments are necessary to observe a class. Please contact the principal if you want to observe. To ensure safety for our children at school, all visitors must check in at the school office before going to the classroom. All visitors need to sign in at the office and pick up a visitor’s badge. This applies to all parent/guardian helpers also. When you are finished with your visit, please stop in the school office to return your badge and sign-out. Former Catholic East scholars may not visit during the school day.
Catholic has its own website (www.catholiceast.org). The website is continually being changed and updated! Anything published on the website must have the approval of the principal. The website has a rolling calendar where school activities and important events are posted. Make it a “favorite” on your preferences.
The Federal Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 mandated that all schools including private schools that participate in authorized programs under the National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act must develop a local school wellness policy. This requirement applies to those schools participating in programs such as the free and reduced-price lunch program, the school breakfast program and the special milk program. The law implies that reimbursable school meals meet the program requirements and nutrition standards set forth under the legislation.
The goal of the Catholic East Elementary School Wellness Policy is to offer nutrition education to influence scholars’ behaviors by enhancing their knowledge and skills to help them make healthy eating and physical activity choices. The nutrition education will be integrated into subjects such as math reading, health and physical education; and will provide opportunities for scholars to practice skills and have fun with the outcome of fostering lifelong healthy eating. Nutrition influences a child’s development, health, wellbeing and potential for learning. To afford scholars the opportunity to fully participate in the educational process, scholars must attend school with minds and bodies ready to take advantage of their learning environment. This nutrition policy encourages all members of the school community to create an environment that supports lifelong healthy eating habits.
CATHOLIC EAST ELEMENTARY WELLNESS POLICY
SCHOOL NUTRITION AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Catholic East Elementary promotes a healthy school by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment. The school administration and staff supports a healthy environment where children learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, Catholic East contributes to the basic health status of its scholars. The children who attend have access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive. Improved health fosters scholar attendance and optimizes scholar performance potential, which are critical for scholar success.
Healthy School Environment
Physical Education Curriculum
Staff Wellness Education
CATHOLIC EAST NUTRITION GUIDELINE
Catholic East strongly encourages the sale and distribution of nutrient dense foods for all school functions and activities. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “Nutrient-dense foods are those foods that provide substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals (micronutrients) and relatively few calories.” In an effort to support the consumption of nutrient-dense foods in the school setting, staff and interested groups will be encouraged to adopt the following nutrition guidelines when selling food and beverages on school grounds.
If a family plans to withdraw their child from Catholic East Elementary School during the school year, the procedure stated below shall be followed.
A. Schedule an appointment to inform the principal of their intentions.
B. Take care of all fees, fines, and tuition payments.
C. Complete and return the exit interview form given to them by the principal
Right To Amend
The Principal is the final recourse and reserves the right to amend the Handbook at any time.
Parents/Guardians/Scholars/Faculty and Staff will be given prompt notice of any such changes or additions.
Please note: Policies and procedures need not be published in this handbook to be considered documented policies and procedures.
A compliance document is in your Welcome Back packet. ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS AND SCHOLARS MUST SIGN AND RETURN THE COMPLIANCE DOCUMENT STATING THAT YOU WILL COMPLY WITH THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF CATHOLIC EAST ELEMENTARY AND THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MILWAUKEE. FAILURE TO SIGN THIS DOCUMENT WILL RESULT IN THE WITHDRAWAL OF YOUR CHILD FROM CATHOLIC EAST. THIS FORM MUST BE TURNED INTO EITHER SCHOOL OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 2, 2015.
Parent - Scholar - Staff Covenant