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Our Beliefs

• • Catholic faith formation and student learning are the priorities of our school. Each member of our school community is a valued individual with spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, cultural, and emotional needs. All students can learn. Students learn best when actively engaged through a variety of instructional activities and opportunities that support their learning and creativity. Parents are the principal educators of their children. Teachers, administrators, and staff are allies and coworkers with parents in the total education of their children. Parents, staff, students, and community members share in the responsibility and work together to provide a respectful, supportive, and safe learning environment. Our commitment to ongoing improvement enables students to become Christ-centered, confident, selfdirected, lifelong learners.

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How to Contact Us School Office School Fax Number School Nurse Cafeteria State Clerk Parish Office Religious Education Office 614-885-3149 614-885-1249 614-888-3046 614-885-8268 614-848-3029 614-885-7814 614-888-5384


St. Michael School and Parish Staff Principal: Pastor: Associate: Religious Ed: Kindergarten: Sr. Mary Michael, O.P. Fr. Anthony Dinovo Fr. Matthew Morris Mrs. Raychel Namiotka Mrs. Tammy Davis Mrs. Stephanie Thompson Sr. Mary Jacinta, O.P. Mrs. Stacy Cottrell Mrs. Joyce Kemmerly Mrs. Jane Pillivant Sr. Immaculata, O.P. Mrs. Carla Madigan Mrs. Leslie Anderson Miss Cindy Taylor Mrs. Beth Werner-Smith Mrs. Alicia Doran Sr. Mary Gabriel, O.P. Mr. Jonathan Stahlberger Mrs. Meghan Koegler Mrs. Tina Keller Sr. Jude Andrew, O.P. Mrs. Bonnie Brown Mrs. Tammy Arndt Mr. John Wallace Mrs. Paula Caldwell Mrs. Michelle Sarff Mrs. Mary Ann Koncal Mrs. Kristin Miller TBD Mr. Michael Gohr Mrs. Erica Gowitzka Mr. John Hollern

First Grade: Second Grade: Third Grade: Fourth Grade: Fifth Grade Sixth Grade: Seventh Grade:

Eighth Grade: Art: Media Specialist: Music: Physical Education: Spanish: Technology: Algebra:


Kindergarten Aides: Mrs. Marlene Sparks Mrs. Peggy Heffernan Mrs. Christine Moore First Grade Aides: Mrs. Lisa Barlage Mrs. Denise Ellis Second Grade Aides: Mrs. Julie Roudabush Mrs. Barbara McCartner Third Grade Aides: Mrs. Irene Sze Mrs. Traci Weiland Nurse: Mrs. Jessie Hinton Reading Specialist: Mrs. Alexa Brookhart Academic Assistance: Mrs. Tammy Perkins Speech/Hearing: Ms. Jenna Rayburn Psychologist: Mrs. Kathy Chickerella Counselor: Mrs. Lisa Wightman State Clerk: Mrs. Doris Reichert School Secretaries: Mrs. Pamela Grossman Mrs. Judy Smith Mrs. Peggy Cook

Director of Student Services: PSR Secretary: Parish Staff:

Mrs. Cathy Levins Mrs. Lisa Axene Mrs. Becky McAninch Mrs. Cathy Myers Mrs. Sheri Rogers Mrs. Cheryl Hatem Mrs. Ann Conaway Mrs. Amy Murtha Mr. Jim McCabe Mr. Steve Wood 3

Cafeteria Staff:


2013-2014 Important Dates
August 14 August 21 August 22-23 August 28 September 2 September 5 September 6 September 13 Sept. 22-27 October 2 October 4-8 Oct. 14-18 Oct. 28-Nov. 1 November 1 School Supply Sale/Class Lists posted First Day of School (Early Dismissal) Early Dismissal Junior High Parent Meeting, 7pm Labor Day- No School Meet the Teacher Night, 7pm All School Mass Early Dismissal, Staff Development Catholic Schools Week (Columbus diocese) All School Mass in honor of the angels Faculty In-Service/Convention- No School Terra Nova Testing, Grades 2-8 8th Grade Camp All School Mass, All Saints Day Early Dismissal, End of 1st Quarter November 12 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8 pm November 14 Early Dismissal, P/T Conferences 2-6 pm Nov. 27-29 Thanksgiving Break- No School December 6 All School Mass, St. Nicholas Day December 20 Early Dismissal Dec. 23-Jan. 5 Christmas Vacation- No School January 17 Early Dismissal, End of Second Quarter January 20 Martin Luther King Day- No School February 13 Early Dismissal, Staff Development Feb. 14-17 Mid-Winter Break- No School February 18 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8pm February 20 Early Dismissal, P/T Conferences 2-6 pm March 5 All School Mass, Ash Wednesday March 21 Early Dismissal, End of Third Quarter March 24 Faculty In-Service-No School 8th Grade Confirmation, 7pm March 25 All School Mass, The Annunciation of the Lord April 16 Early Dismissal April 17-27 Easter Break May 2 May Crowning, 1:15 pm May 26 Memorial Day- No School June 4 8th Grade Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation June 5 Last Day of School, Early Dismissal


The Religious Education Program
The unique feature of a parochial school is the process of religious development and formation of its students. At St. Michael School this is maintained through a complete graded course of study in Religion, which is taught in grades K-8, covering the basic tenets, beliefs, traditions, and practices of the Roman Catholic faith. Sacramental preparation for the Eucharist (second grade), Reconciliation (second grade), and Confirmation (eighth grade) is incorporated into the curriculum at the appropriate grade levels. Eucharistic participation is of high priority. All school liturgies are scheduled once a month. The children will attend class Mass regularly. Class Mass schedules are as follows (8:15 a.m. Mass): First, Second, and Third Grade Wednesday; Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade - Thursday; Seventh and Eighth Grade - Friday. Penance Services are scheduled at intervals during the school year. Parents are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation with their children regularly so that the children will associate this experience with family worship rather than as a school experience. The student body also has the opportunity to experience traditional devotions and practices of the Catholic faith including: the rosary, Stations of the Cross, Lenten sacrifices, mission education, vocation awareness, and prayer services. In addition, service opportunities are available in all grades. All of the above components, as well as a prevailing atmosphere of faith, contribute to the process of internalizing values which are distinctively attributed to the Catholic faith. 5

Academic Expectations
St. Michael School follows the graded courses of study as written by the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools and approved by the Ohio Department of Education in all subjects. The graded courses of study provide for the basis of instruction. The primary texts used for any course are selected by the faculty from a list that has been approved by the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools. Academic Awards Each quarter, there will be an academic awards ceremony recognizing outstanding achievement and participation in school extracurricular activities such as student council, recycling, etc. Accelerated Reader All students will be tested at the beginning of the school year to determine their base-line reading level. This will allow the students to read books on their own reading level. Teachers and students may take the opportunity to establish reading goals each quarter. Algebra for High School Credit The opportunity for eighth grade students to take Algebra for high school credit will be given to those students who will pass the Diocesan placement test with an 85% or above. This placement test will be given to all interested seventh graders during the month of May. Assignment Notebooks Each student (grades 1-8) will be given an assignment notebook to record daily assignments. Students are 6

expected to take good care of this notebook and may be asked to replace it if it is lost. Parents are expected to check the notebook on a regular basis. Band A voluntary instrumental band program is available to students in grades 5-8. Students are scheduled to attend small group lessons as well as large ensemble lessons throughout the week (class work missed must be completed). A monthly fee is charged. Band for returning members begins in mid-September. Band registration for new members is held in late September with lessons beginning in October. The band program continues through May. Conferences All parents are invited to participate in conferences in the fall and the spring. At other times either teachers or parents may initiate a conference. E-mail to schedule a conference rather than discussing issues via e-mail. Extracurricular Activities Activities for students include: Altar Server (Grades 5-8), Drama Club (Grades 4-8), Student Council (Grades 1-8), and Band (Grades 5-8). Our junior high students may participate in the following activities during the year - Power of the Pen, Sodality Club (Devotion to Mary), Math Club, as well as many service opportunities (i.e. Computer Assistance, Sound Crew, Office and Bookstore workers, etc.). Enrichment Program


Our enrichment program allows students to investigate, learn about topics of their own interests and the opportunity to develop particular talents through special projects. The enrichment program also provides for whole school assemblies and activities (i.e. COSI on Wheels, Artist in the School, etc). Field Trips Field trips serve the instructional program by utilizing those educational resources of the community that cannot be brought to the classroom. Parents will be asked to sign permission slips indicating that they will permit their child to join the class in this educational tour. Children without permission slips will not be allowed to accompany the class. Fees for field trips may be assessed. Parents will be asked to act as chaperones for small groups. Homework Students are expected to turn in assignments on time and to do their best work. Homework is defined as: (1) Assignments not completed in school; (2) Projects connected with subjects being studied; (3) Reading assignments; (4) Studying, preparing for tests; (5) Any other item(s) deemed appropriate by the individual teacher. Parents should assist the students by providing a quiet place and a regular study time each evening, and by making sure assignments are neat, complete and accurate. Time allotment for the various grade levels listed below are suggested average amounts of time, and will vary from student to student given his/her individual ability and rate of performance. Parents who are concerned about “too 8

much” or “too little” homework should contact the teacher involved: A suggested time would be: Grade K-2: 20 minutes each day; Grade 3-4: 45 minutes each day; Grades 5-6: 60 minutes each day; Grades 7-8: 90 minutes each day. If a child fails to turn in his homework in a timely fashion the following will result: First and second missing assignment per week – parent will be called or a note will be sent home. Failure to return the signed homework note and missing work will be considered missing two more assignments. A detention will result. The third miss per week merits a detention. If failure to complete homework becomes a chronic problem, parents may be contacted by the teacher to plan additional intervention. Library The library is an extension of the classroom. Reading for pleasure, knowledge, and enrichment is encouraged. Books are checked out for a two-week period and may be renewed for an additional two weeks. Students are responsible for all books checked out in their name until returned to the library. They will also be responsible for any damaged books. Reporting Pupil Progress A student’s progress report is given four times per year. Reports of pupil progress will be based on evidence from multiple assessments which demonstrates a student’s understanding of the different academic content standards, and teacher observations.


Written interim reports are sent to parents between report periods. Life Skills reports, which indicate negative behavior or deficient study skills, are sent as needed to alert parents to problems that are developing. Copies of Life Skills reports are kept in the student’s cumulative record. Technology Parents and students are asked to sign an “Acceptable Use Policy.” Any inappropriate use of computers is considered a violation of school rules, and students in violation will lose their rights to computer access at school, in addition to other possible consequences. Students without the signed form will not be allowed to access the technology resources. Wellness Policy Catholic schools recognize that it is essential to educate the whole child, spiritually, academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. Similarly, wellness education must be multi-dimensional and encompass all the same areas in order to promote ultimate health. Catholic schools aid this emphasis on total wellness by embracing reverence for life, self-respect, and respect for others. The primary goal of nutrition education is to positively impact eating behaviors. The primary purpose of Physical Education is to promote physical fitness and to have students develop habits that will be beneficial throughout their lives. All schools with a lunch program must follow nutritional guidelines established by the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition Services. For the complete policy, please contact the school office and ask for policy # 5145.0.


Code of Conduct
Courtesy and respect should characterize the students from a Catholic school and a Catholic home. Students are expected to possess self-discipline and to be considerate of others in the classroom, cafeteria, and playground. Respect and obedience to the judgment of your teachers is a must. General Rules 1. Students are to show proper respect to all adults – teachers, office, library, cafeteria, and maintenance personnel as well as to volunteers and visitors. Students are to show proper respect to one another. Students are to show proper respect for our neighbors. When coming to and from school, students are expected to use only driveways and sidewalks. Students are not to cut across lawns. Proper care must be given to all property and equipment. If anything is broken or lost, it must be reported to the principal. The student may be required to repair or replace the item. Attendance and promptness at school and class are expected. Chewing gum in school is not permitted. Consequences for chewing gum: first offense $10.00 fine; second offense - $15.00 fine; third offense - $20.00 fine and parent conference. Electronic devices are not permitted (i.e. cell phones, iPods, laser pens, Kindles or E-readers, etc.). The devices will be confiscated and secured in the office and must be picked up by a parent.

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Acceptable Use Policy Students must have a Network Acceptable Use Student Agreement signed by them and their parent or guardian 11

before being allowed access to the network and the internet. Students shall abide by this policy and any school or classroom rules for network access. Assertive Discipline Policy Our school rules are designed to provide students with the best possible atmosphere for learning and for getting along with other students and teachers. All rules are based on the following premise: Every teacher has the right to teach, and every student has the right to learn. Classroom Rules (In Class) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6, Follow all directions. Complete assignments on time. Talk only with permission. Bring all supplies to class. Keep hands, feet, and objects to self. Leave room only with permission.

Consequences per day (for all rules except #2) 1. 2. 3. First offense – Name recorded (warning). Second offense – Check is added to name (teacher consequence i.e. warning, isolation, task, etc.). Third offense – Add another check to the name, pink slip, parent notified, 45 minute detention (7:00 a.m.). Fourth offense – Student sent to principal.


Consequences per week (except for rule #2) 1. First offense – Parent notified/phone call or note. 12

2. Second offense – Parent notified/phone call or note. 3. Third offense – pink slip, parent notified, 45 minute detention (7:00 a.m.).

Note regarding homework consequence: Failure to return the signed homework note and missing work will be considered missing two more assignments. A detention will result. In addition, it is possible for a child to get three missing assignments in one day which will result in a detention.

Out of Classroom Rules (hall, playground, cafeteria, church, buses, lavatory, field trip, assembly, uniform violations) 1. 2. 3. 4. Follow directions. Stay in assigned area. Act appropriately. Use equipment appropriately.

Consequences (Per Week) 1. 2. First Offense – Pink Slip/Warning Second Offense – Pink Slip, parent notified, 45 minute detention (7:00 a.m.)

Detention 1. For a valid detention: a. Parent/guardian of the student must sign the detention sheet held by the staff member on duty at the time of the detention. b. Student must be prompt. Doors will be locked at 7:00 a.m. 13


Failure to attend and/or meet the above requirements merits an additional detention except in situations of uncontrollable circumstances (i.e. flat tire). Principal must be contacted by 8:15 a.m. the morning of the missed detention.

Positive Reinforcement Each month, students will be allowed to dress casually on “Pink Slip Day” if they have gone the entire month (or since the last “Pink Slip Day”) without receiving a pink slip. In addition, classroom teachers may have their own reward system. In the junior high, an “All Star” list is compiled and published each month in the newsletter recognizing proper behavior. Behavior Off Campus The Diocese of Columbus has a concern with conduct by students at school or away from school that may bring discredit or harm to the name of the school or the reputation of the student body. Consequently, conduct at school or away from school that is inappropriate to Christian moral standards, conduct that is violation of the law, conduct that is detrimental to the common good, threatening, harmful, or offensive to other students or staff or conduct that is of such nature as to jeopardize the good name of the school, may subject a student to discipline. Discipline for such conduct shall be at the sole discretion of the school. Bullying Our Catholic values require behavior that reflects mutual respect for and positive treatment of one another. Bullying 14

goes against everything we believe as Catholics. St. Michael shall not tolerate any bullying on school grounds or at any school activity on or off campus. Bullying is a pattern of abuse over time and involves a student being “picked on.” Bullying includes physical intimidation or assault; oral or written threats; teasing; putdowns; namecalling; threatening looks, gestures, or actions; cruel rumors; false accusations; and social isolation. Students and parents who become aware of an act of bullying on school grounds are to report it to the school principal for further investigation. The principal will contact parents of the aggressor and the victim. This investigation may include interviews with students, parents, teachers, school staff and reviewing records. Consequences for students who bully others may include counseling, parent conference, detention, suspension, and/or expulsion depending on the results of the investigation. Harassment It is the policy of the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Columbus to maintain a working and academic environment in all programs and activities, free of all forms of harassment and intimidation. No student, teacher, or other staff member – male or female – should be subject to harassment in any form, and specifically not to unsolicited and/or unwelcome sexual overtures or conduct, either verbal or physical. Anyone who experiences what they believe is harassing conduct must bring it to the attention of an appropriate person at the school, or at the superintendent’s office. Any person who believes they are subject to harassment or intimidation should contact either the principal, assistant 15

principal, or pastor. A complaint should be filed in writing. In the case of harassment involving a student or students, the parents or guardians of the respective students shall be duly notified. In the event that an individual alleges harassment by a principal, assistant principal or a pastor, the individual may file the complaint with the superintendent. All complaints will be advised of the outcome of the investigation. The full text of this Harassment Policy, including investigation, resolution and appeal procedures as approved by the Diocese of Columbus are on file in the school office. A copy will be provided to any individual upon request. Substance Abuse Policy According to the Diocesan Policy #5131.1, alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, harmful intoxicants and illegal substance and/or paraphernalia are defined as banned substances. Banned substances are not to be used, possessed, or sold on the property of schools/parishes of the Diocese. This also applies to all school related events held off school property. First Offense: Student-principal conference and parentteacher-principal conference Referral to school counselor and/or outside of school agency or treatment center At home or in-school suspension (up to ten days) Possible expulsion Second Offense: Conference, suspension, treatment at outside of school agency or treatment center Police involvement (as necessary) Assessment results reported to principal prior to return to school Possible expulsion 16

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Suspension and Expulsion Policy Serious misconduct is cause for suspension and/or expulsion. Serious misconduct is that which disrupts the academic atmosphere of the school; endangers fellow students, teachers, or school officials; damages property; or flagrantly or repeatedly violates regulations or policies of the diocese or school. For such serious misconduct, the principal or administrator in charge may immediately suspend the student from school. The student may be sent home during the school day provided that the student’s parent or guardian has been notified. Students facing a possible suspension or expulsion and their parents are required to attend a meeting held with the principal (and possibly the discipline review committee four teachers selected at the beginning of the school year). Upon receiving a fourth detention in one semester, a warning letter will be sent to parents or guardians informing them that should a fifth detention be issued, the student and his/her parents will meet with the review committee. The committee will recommend to the principal whether the student’s behavior warrants a suspension. If a student is suspended, any participation in school extracurricular activities (i.e. sports, clubs, etc.) is immediately suspended for the duration of the suspension (as well as through the remaining eligibility week). In addition, students are responsible for all academic work 17

during days of suspension. Any academic evaluation will be assessed a 0%. Should a student receive a sixth detention in one semester, the student and his/her parents will meet with the review committee. The committee will recommend to the principal whether the student’s behavior warrants an expulsion. The student will not be eligible for readmission. Expulsion shall not take place except as a result of the suspension procedure. For further clarification of the suspension and expulsion policies, please refer to Diocesan policy #5114.0. A copy will be provided to any individual upon request. Threats to Welfare and Safety According to Diocesan Policy # 5140.11 no student will use, possess, handle, transmit, or conceal any object which is or can be considered a weapon or instrument of violence. Objects which are explosive or incendiary in nature, or any object reasonably determined to be a threat to the safety or security of any person, are prohibited on school premises, and at school-related functions. Disciplinary actions may include detention, approved school/community service, in-school suspension, referral to Juvenile Court and/or other appropriate law enforcement agency, suspension from school, expulsion from school following suspension, and diversion programs.


General Information
Absence The parent or guardian of a student who will be absent from school must call the school office between 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. to report the absence. Upon the student’s return to school, a note must be presented from the parent or guardian informing the school of the nature of the absence. These notes are kept on file for the academic year. It is the student’s responsibility to inquire about class work missed during the illness. The work must be completed within three days of their return to school. Absences due to vacations are not excused. Teachers will not be responsible for work assignments nor give advance work assignments to the vacationing student. It is the student’s responsibility to inquire about class work missed during the vacation or any illness. The work must be completed within three days of their return to school. Any student absent from school for any reason for more than twenty-eight days may not receive credit for the academic year. Permission to leave school during the school day, including the lunch period, will not be given without a written request from parent or guardian, except in an emergency or as determined by the principal. Students are not allowed to leave grounds during lunch time except to go home for lunch. No student may accompany another student off the school property for lunch. Access to Student Records No data shall be released about students without the written consent of the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a minor student. 19

Those who are permitted to view an individual student’s records are: school personnel; parents/guardians of a minor student; a student who is 18 years of age or older; noncustodial parent of an individual minor student unless denied access by a court order; and officials of other schools to which the student transfers. Parent(s)/guardian(s) of an individual minor student may request a copy of any item in the file. All others are denied access unless they have a subpoena or the written permission of the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a minor student. School personnel may release information concerning students for research and statistical purposes as long as the individual student’s identity is protected. Admission St. Michael School follows the Diocese of Columbus Policy in regard to admission procedures. A copy will be provided to any individual upon request. After School Hours Children dismissed at the regular time must go home immediately. Children delayed for incomplete work or to help teachers are to have parent permission in advance. If children are waiting for the bus and leave the grounds, they will forfeit their right to ride the bus. Students are to remain in the classroom until time for boarding buses. Children on the playground after school hours are not permitted in the school building unless supervised. Supervision of students involved in extracurricular activities after school hours is the responsibility of the teacher or authorized adult until such activity is ended and the children are picked up. Parents will be notified of the hours of such activities so arrangements can be made to pick up their children in a timely fashion. Children 20

involved in extracurricular activities may purchase soft drinks only after 3:15 p.m. from the pop machine in the gym hallway. Arrival Students arriving before 7:45 a.m. and remaining after 3:15 p.m. will be unsupervised. The school doors will open for students at 7:45 a.m. and close at 3:15 p.m. Bookstore Supplies Basic school supplies (i.e. pens, pencils, etc.) which a student may need may be purchased from the bookstore located in the office Monday through Friday from 7:50 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. Physical Education shirts and shorts are available at the bookstore. Care of Books All hardback books must be covered. Each child is to have a book bag in which to carry his/her books to and from school. Lost or damaged books must be replaced by the student. Encourage your child to show small damages to the teacher so that the proper repairs can be made before serious repairs are necessary. Please do not attempt to do the repairs at home since some mending materials cannot be used on all books. Class Observation Parents of St. Michael students are invited to observe the school program. Observations are to be scheduled with 21

administrator’s approval. Parents are encouraged to observe their child’s classes anytime between October and the end of April, and not before a holiday break. In all observations, please report to the office to sign in and pick up your visitor’s badge. Communications Classroom Home Pages Every homeroom will have a home page. The home pages are linked to the St. Michael School web page. The classroom home page will be used as one method of communicating with parents the individual happenings in a classroom. Items that may be considered for publishing on the classroom home page – daily homework, long term projects, classroom news, upcoming events, etc. Communication Folders A “Communication Folder” will be sent home with information from the school office and various organizations every two weeks. All items must be approved by the administration. The folder will go home twice a month with the “youngest and only” child from each family. E-mail Communication E-mail can be used to facilitate communication between parents and staff. Staff members will - in most cases respond to email within 48 hours (unless they are absent from school). E-mail is best used for asking questions with specific factual answers as well as scheduling calls. E-mail will not be used to list homework assignments (use of the academic planner is for this purpose) or submit homework. E-mail should be informative, succinct, and respectful. 22

Care should be given to the tone of e-mail. Phone calls are preferred to solve a problem or to have a complex discussion. If your matter is not resolved by an initial exchange of e-mails, it’s best to call and speak by phone. Urgent messages are still to be handled via phone. Arrangements for a child’s transportation home from school should be made before he/she arrives at school. E-mails or faxes should not be used to communicate a change in a child’s normal method of transportation. Please call the school office prior to 2 p.m. to communicate these changes. School Website The “St. Michael Messenger” will be used to communicate pertinent school and community news via e-mail every Wednesday. In order to receive the weekly updates via email, recipients must go to the school website and follow the instructions. The Messenger will also be posted on the school website. Crisis Plan Saint Michael School developed a crisis plan in 2000. This plan is reviewed and revised each year. In the event of an evacuation, we will move to the church. If it is necessary to leave the grounds completely, we will go to Gethsemane Lutheran Church (35 East Stanton Avenue/three blocks south of Selby Boulevard). In the event of a crisis, students will be kept safe at school. Students will be sent home by normal transportation means or released to parents pursuant to district policy. All afterschool activities and events will be canceled. Please be 23

aware that we will want to keep the phone lines opened for emergency use. Custody Issues The custodial parent is required to provide the principal or the person in charge of Admission with a current certified copy of any child custody order or decree pertaining to the student. Daily Schedule The school day extends from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. School doors will open at 7:45 a.m. We ask that parents do not drop off their children before this time. On early dismissal days, the school day extends from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Our lunch schedule is as follows: Kindergarten: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.; Grades 1-3: 11:25 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; Grades 4-6: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Grades 7-8: 12:20 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. The cafeteria does not serve lunch on early dismissal days.

Directory Information Directory information regarding students will be released in various formats including websites unless a parent notifies the school that such information is not to be released regarding his/her child. Directory information includes names of students, grade level, honor roll, activities, sports, awards, and date of graduation.


Dress Code As Catholics we believe that modesty and appropriateness in dress are important. We also believe that the focus in school should be on the importance of a person’s character and on the business of education rather than on appearance. We understand based on experience that student behavior is directly related to student dress and grooming. Uniforms are to be worn from the first day of school to the last. Students are expected to be neat and well-groomed and are to wear the uniform attire in a manner consistent with good taste and decency. The interpretation of the code is left to the discretion of the administration. Parents are requested to see that their children come to school in accordance with the dress code. Any student reporting to school out of uniform and/or judged to be dressed in inappropriate attire may be denied permission to attend classes. Violations of the dress code are considered violations of the school rules. In the event that an emergency arises in which the child comes to school without his/her uniform, the parents should send a note of explanation. Hair/Jewelry/Makeup/Nail Polish/Tattoos/T-shirts Good grooming and personal hygiene are required at all times. Boys must be clean shaven. Tinted or dyed hair is not permitted and students will be asked to leave school and return with hair in its natural color. Students are expected to avoid extremes in hairstyles (i.e. corn rows, etc.). Boys’ hair must be at least ¼ inch in length and not go past the top of the ear nor beyond the top of the collar or eyebrow.


Girls only may wear one pair of post earrings (no dangling earrings) at the bottom of the ear. One religious medal is permitted on a chain (at least 6” in diameter), to be worn under the shirt and kept fastened all day. The school will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged jewelry, nor for any injury sustained as a result of wearing jewelry. No makeup or nail polish may be worn. Tattoos, either rub-on or permanent, are not permitted. Boys and girls may wear solid white t-shirts under their shirts. Hats As a matter of courtesy, all hats are to be removed while in the building. Physical Education Uniform The physical education uniform for grades 3-8 consists of a shirt and shorts and must be worn for Physical Education. These may be purchased at the bookstore. A small plastic bag will be needed to hold the clothes for gym changes. If a student in grades 3-8 does not dress in the proper P.E. uniform three times in a quarter, a detention will be issued. Junior high students are required to wear athletic shoes for P.E. class. Pink Slip Days/Casual Days On casual days, students may wear their choice of clothing. The clothes should be in accordance with a Catholic school atmosphere. Therefore, the following guidelines are to be followed when selecting their clothes: If the student is wearing a (1) T-shirt - it must have no offending statements such as “pink wear” or drug 26

advertising, i.e. alcohol, tobacco, etc; (2) shorts - must be at least finger length on the leg. Not permitted are sleeveless shirts, tank tops, low-cut tops, muscle shirts, cut-off shorts or slacks, short shorts, or low waistline pants. Stretchy or form-fitting material is also not permitted, such as Jeggings, yoga pants, tights, or “skinny jeans.” On casual days the dress code is still in effect regarding hair, jewelry, makeup, nail polish, tattoos, and hats. With the exception of flip-flops and sandals, casual shoes may be worn on these days. Scout Uniform The Scout or Brownie uniform may be worn once a week on the meeting date. If the uniform incorporates shorts, this uniform may be worn during the months of August, September, May, and June. Shoes All shoes must be tied (functional) or strapped (functional) rubber or hard sole dress shoes or athletic shoes. Athletic shoes must be white, black or gray; no high-tops, “lights”, or fluorescent colors permitted. If equipped with laces, shoes must be tied. No boots, open-toed shoes, sandals, or clogs are permitted. All shoes must have “backs”. We recommend leather for shoe material. Junior high students must wear dress shoes only, in black or neutral colors. Heels may not exceed one inch. “Sperry’s” are permitted. Junior high students may bring athletic shoes to wear during recess. 27

Socks Girls may wear solid white, dark gray or dark green knee socks. Solid white crew (minimum four inches above the top of the ankle) socks may only be worn with solid navy blue uniform dress shorts. No short or ¾ socks. All socks must be pulled up to the maximum length. Boys may wear solid white, black or navy blue crew (minimum four inches above the top of the ankle) or dress socks. No short or ¾ socks. All socks must be pulled up to the maximum length. Sweaters Medium gray sweaters with the official St. Michael logo purchased only from School Days, Educational Outfitters, or Educational Apparel may be worn over the uniform shirt/blouse. Note: The updated school logo will be placed on the sweaters. Sweatshirts Medium gray sweatshirts with the official St. Michael logo purchased only from School Days, Educational Outfitters, or Educational Apparel may be worn over the uniform shirt/blouse. Only official St. Michael logo sweatshirts (crew neck only) may be worn in the classroom. They may be purchased only from School Days, Educational Outfitters, or Educational Apparel or through the Home and School Association (when on sale). The sweatshirt must be sized to fit. This interpretation will be left to the discretion of the administration. If deemed oversized, the student will be asked to remove the sweatshirt. 28

Turtlenecks Children may wear a solid white turtleneck or undergarments beneath a long sleeve shirt or blouse in cold weather. Uniform – Boys (In addition see “Warm Weather Dress”) Pants: Navy blue dress pants Navy blue dress corduroy No cargo pockets (pockets midway on leg) All pants must be worn at the waist and may not sag. No jeans, faded blue pants, or extreme styles are permitted. Black or brown belts (grades 6-8) White oxford button down dress shirt Solid white knit placket collar shirt During the period of August, September, May and June, boys may wear either the white oxford button down dress shirt or solid white knit placket collared shirt. During the months of October through April, boys are to wear a white oxford button down dress shirt and a tie. Shirts must be tucked in completely at all time. Shirts must be completely buttoned except the top button. Long-sleeve shirts are to remain buttoned at the wrists. Ties (7-8): A monogrammed uniform tie is to be worn whenever the white oxford cloth shirt is worn. The knot must be tied to cover the top button of the shirt.

Shirt (K-6): (7-8):


Uniform – Girls (In addition see “Warm Weather Dress”) Jumper (K-6): Plaid jumper purchased at School Days, Educational Outfitters, or Educational Apparel. The jumper can be no more than one inch above the knee (that is, the bottom of the hem may not be more than three inches from the floor when the student is kneeling). Jumpers must be zipped at all times. Jumper (7-8) Solid green jumpers worn with the white oxford button down dress shirt purchased at School Days, Educational Outfitters, or Educational Apparel.


Navy blue dress pants Navy blue dress corduroy No cargo pockets (pockets midway down on the leg) All pants must be worn at the waist and may not sag. No jeans, faded blue pants, or extreme styles are permitted.


White round (i.e. Peter Pan) collar White oxford button down dress shirt Shirts must be tucked in completely at all time. Shirts must be completely buttoned except the top button.


Solid white or dark gray


Warm Weather Dress During the months of August, September, May, and June, the children may wear solid navy blue uniform dress shorts. These shorts must be purchased only from School Days, Educational Outfitters, or Educational Apparel. Both boys and girls may wear either the solid white placket collar shirt or white dress shirt/blouse with the uniform shorts. Emergency Card Information Please keep emergency information up-to-date on your family card on file in our office. Please notify the school immediately if you have a change of address and/or phone number during the school year. Emergency Closing Parents will be notified through the St. Michael School Notification System. Radio and television stations will also be notified. Please tune in starting at 6:00 a.m. A reasonable effort will be made to contact the parents for emergency closings during school hours. In order for this notification system to be effective, it will be important to notify the office immediately, in writing, of any phone or email changes. Extracurricular Eligibility Policy The concept is based on: (1) Education is one of the primary reasons children attend St. Michael School; (2) The student is representing St. Michael 31

School and must act accordingly. Therefore: (1) Any student receiving failing grades (69% or below) in two or more subjects during any one week period will be ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities for the following week [Note: If the student is failing in a particular subject but attaining a notable grade in effort in that subject (as determined by the teacher) the student retains his/her eligibility to participate; (2) Any student receiving a detention due to conduct as stated in the Assertive Discipline Policy will be ineligible for the following week. This clause does not apply in the case of a “minor” detention offense (i.e. dress code, uncovered text book, etc.) as viewed by the administration. Definitions: (1) The weekly grading period runs from Friday through Thursday; (2) The one-week ineligibility period will run from the following Monday through Sunday. Ineligible students will not participate in practices nor shall they dress for the game (s) during this period. (3) The student may participate in their activity during the weekend before the ineligibility period begins. (4) A student who is suspended from school immediately becomes ineligible during the entire period of the suspension. The “regular” requirements mentioned above will also be in effect for the weekly work.


First Aid and Health We may give only first aid. If your child becomes ill and is running a temperature (100 degrees or above), you will be contacted to come for your child. If you send a neighbor or a person unknown to us please let us know in advance, as we will not let your child go in the care of someone else unless we are given permission. If you wish your child to take medication (including overthe-counter medication), please follow the guidelines listed below: 1. 2. Written permission from the parent or guardian. A physician’s verification of the necessity for the medication; dosage; times or intervals at which it is to be taken; duration; and possible side effects. Medication must be in the original container and have the affixed label including student name. Accurate records of the medication given must be kept in the student’s file. A statement releasing and holding school personnel harmless from any and all liability for damages or injury resulting directly or indirectly from the presence of the medication in the school or its use by the student.

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All medication (prescription and/or over-the-counter) will be sent to and dispensed only by the school nurse or his/her designee in the office. The only exception to this is the asthma inhaler, which the student may keep with his/her at all times. If the student uses the inhaler he/she must inform the nurse or his/her designee immediately. In addition, please report to the school nurse immediately if your child has a communicable disease, a rash or an 33

eruption on the body. The school will report the case to the Health Department. The length of time your child must be excluded is required by law for the following diseases: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Chickenpox – until the scabs are dried; Measles (three days) – four days from first appearance of the rash; Measles (regular) – four days from first appearance of rash; Mumps – nine days after swelling occurs Scarlet Fever – until the child has been under antibiotic treatment for twenty-four hours, or until recovered; Whooping Cough – three weeks from date of first whoop or until recovery has occurred as determined by a physician.


Physical Examination A physical examination is required by the diocese for all kindergarten students and new pupils. A yearly physical examination is recommended for all students. This examination should be a positive procedure to appraise the child’s health, fitness for studies, and other activities, as well as to discover illness or other concerns. Immunization and Vaccinations A pupil is in compliance if the pupil meets or exceeds the minimum number of immunizations required for protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. The State Legislature mandates what diseases pupils must be protected against. The Ohio Department of Health stipulates the number of doses of appropriate vaccines required. 34

If the student has no record that this has been done within fifteen days after the child enters school, the child will be excluded. Vision and Hearing Testing Vision and hearing testing is done on all new pupils and routinely in selected grades. If you receive a letter recommending further examination, please return the physician report to the school for your child’s health folder. High School Students at St. Michael School have the option of attending Bishop Watterson, St. Charles, or St. Francis De Sales High School. Please be aware that your place of residence may be a factor in determining which high school your child may attend. Locker Policy Lockers are the property of St. Michael School and are issued on various grade levels for student use. Students are to use their assigned locker. St. Michael School is cotenant of all lockers; therefore, student lockers may be checked at any time. Students who damage lockers may be denied the privilege of a locker. Lost and Found All items should have the student’s name and grade level (i.e. 1C for Mrs. Cottrell’s first grade) listed on them. This will assist in getting the items back to the student when they are lost. If an item is found, it will be placed in the lost and found closet located at the bottom floor by the east staircase (staircase close to the kindergarten rooms). The 35

closet is cleaned out at the end of each quarter. We will attempt to return the item (if the name and homeroom is listed) to the owner. All other items will either be discarded or donated to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Lunch and Recess Schedule The lunch period extends from 11:15 a.m. to 1:05 p.m. The schedule is staggered to accommodate each of the playground facilities. Kindergarten: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Grades 1-3: 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Grades 4-6: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.; Grades 7-8: 12:20 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. St. Michael School has a federally-subsidized hot lunch program. Hot lunches are available at a cost of $2.75 per student. Those who prefer to bring their lunch may purchase milk for $0.50. Student salads are $2.00. These prices are subject to change. Hot lunch items and snacks are available for purchase at the a la carte table. These prices are posted daily. Salads are available when pre-ordered in the lunch counts. If a student should forget a lunch or lunch money, a “full tray” lunch may be charged. Charging is limited to three times per quarter. A student must phone home (from the office) for lunch if this limit has been reached. Permission to leave school for the lunch period will not be given without a request from parent or guardian. No student may accompany another student home for lunch. Non-Discrimination Policy St. Michael School recruits and admits students of any race, color, or ethnic origin to all its rights, privileges, programs, and activities. In addition, the school will not discriminate 36

on the basis of race, color, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational programs and athletics/extracurricular activities. Furthermore, the school is not intended to be an alternative to court or administrative agency ordered, or public school district initiated desegregation. Office Phone The office phone is for business only. In case of an emergency and with permission, students may use the phone in the main office between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Students may not use any other phone in the building. There will be no charge for emergency calls. Students may not call for forgotten supplies or to arrange “get-togethers.” Parents are asked to please avoid calling the school with messages, unless it is absolutely URGENT. Students will receive messages at announcement times (10:35 A. M. and 2:35 P.M.). Messages received after 2:00 p.m. for students will not be delivered. Please, whenever possible, make students aware of changes to their regular transportation before they come to school. The student must have these changes in written form or they will be sent home their “normal” way. E-mails or faxes should not be used to communicate a change in a child’s normal method of transportation. Parties Room parents assist with classroom parties. There will be a “party” fee assessed at the beginning of the school year to assist in covering the expenses of these parties. In regard to individual home parties: We believe that a student attending St. Michael is a reflection of the school 37

twenty-four hours a day. Thus, things done on the students’ own time are a concern to the school. It has been our experience that students need social interaction in a number of controlled settings such as outings, parties, picnics, and school dances. The school makes every effort to provide organized boy/girl social activities in a controlled and balanced atmosphere in which all students can participate. It has also been our experience that private parties held in the homes of students lead to the development of “cliques,” needless peer pressure, and situations which continually exclude certain students from attendance. In addition, private parties create certain apprehensions and conflicts between students during the school day. It is for these reasons that exclusive private boy/girl parties are discouraged. They do not foster the goals of the school nor are they supportive of the Christian attitude that we attempt to achieve. Publishing Student Information A consent form signed and dated by the parent of a student will be obtained to release personally identifiable information. Personally identifiable information is information that makes the identity of a student more traceable. Personally identifiable information at St. Michael School includes pictures with and without names. Registration Registration information for the next school year will be requested in January. Projected enrollment figures for the following year must be as accurate as possible for budgetary purposes. In May, after the budget is approved by the School Advisory Board, a tuition agreement policy will be signed by the parent or guardian to indicate how they intend to pay the following year’s tuition (advance payment, quarterly or monthly payment). 38

Tardiness One of the purposes of education is to develop habits and patterns for life. In order to help the students form good habits of punctuality and courtesy, the following procedures are outlined. A child is marked tardy at 8:15 a.m. unless buses are late due to inclement weather or other unavoidable circumstances (if buses are not running – the parent is still expected to get the student to school on time). If a child is tardy, the student must report to the school office to obtain a tardy slip before entering the classroom. The student will not be admitted to class without a tardy slip. All students will be allowed to receive three emergency tardies per quarter in order to provide for inclement weather, traffic conditions, etc. The following guidelines are used to mark a student’s attendance record, according to diocesan policy: 8:15 – 9:00 a.m.: 9:01 – 11:15 a.m.: After 11:15 a.m.: Excessive Tardiness When a student exceeds three tardies during the quarter, the following consequences will occur, hopefully preventing and forestalling habitual tardiness: 1st accumulated tardy – detention; 2nd accumulated tardy – detention and parent conference; 3rd accumulated tardy – suspension. Additional tardies could result in an expulsion. Medical Excuse 39 tardy half day absent

If students are absent more than ninety minutes for a doctor’s appointment, they will be marked absent for ½ day. In order to be issued a medical excuse (thus not being marked tardy). A doctor’s excuse must be presented to the office at the time of arrival. If students are to be dismissed early from school, the medical excuse must be presented before class the next school day to avoid an “absence” or “tardy” from class. In addition, if a student is unable to participate in Physical Education or any activity, a medical excuse must be presented the day of class. Transportation Parents are encouraged to instruct their children on proper behavior to and from school, as well as the danger of going with people unknown to the child. Please tell your children to respect people’s property. Students are not to cut across lawns, yards, etc. and are to respect the other person’s right to use sidewalks. Bikes Students in the fourth grade and above are permitted to ride bicycles to school. They must obey all traffic rules. Students must walk their bikes on the sidewalks around the school, church, or on the parking lot. Bicycles should be locked when put into the bike rack and are the total responsibility of the student. The use of mopeds, scooters, rollerblades, and skateboards by students are not permitted. Bus The right of students to ride the bus is conditional on their good behavior and observance of rules. Habitual disturbers are subject to forfeiture of this right, either temporarily or permanently. The discipline procedure will typically be: the first written discipline slip from the bus driver – 40

conference with student and possible written warning; the second written discipline slip from the bus driver – conference with student and possible suspension from the bus; the third written discipline slip from the bus driver – conference with student and possible expulsion. In all cases, a parent will be requested to sign the discipline slip as a notification. It will be the parent’s responsibility to confer with the proper transportation personnel (i.e. bus driver, transportation supervisor, principal, etc.). Please check on your children from time to time at the bus stop. If a student should miss the bus, he/she must report to the school office if arrival occurs after 8:15 a.m. Any questions regarding transportation should be referred to the District Bus Coordinator. The bus coordinators for each district may be reached at the following numbers: Columbus - 365-5074; Dublin – 764-5926; Olentangy – 740-657-4080; Worthington – 450-6600. Car Please do not drive your cars into the playground area any time the children are out at recess. Special caution should be taken at dismissal times. When dropping off your children before school, use the Selby parking lot cone area and have your children walk down the front sidewalk to the front doors. At the dismissal time or when picking up your children for an appointment, please use the High Street entrance. Car riders are dismissed to the gym at approximately 2:40 p.m. Parents must enter through the gym entrance door, which will not be opened until 2:45 pm. Parents who arrive after 2:30 to pick up their child(ren) will be directed to the gym for pickup. 41

The parking lot across the street from the school, east of Sharon Square Shopping Center, may not be used by any parishioner, staff, or parents of students during the business week. Going Home a Different Way Students who desire to leave school by a means other than their normal route must present the school administration or their designee with a note in the morning signed by one of their parents for the following instances: (1) a bus rider who accompanies a walker and (2) a child going home a different way other than their normal means. In both incidences, the parent of the receiving home must also present the school administration or their designee with a signed note. The school administration or their designee will sign both notes. Due to bus liability, students may not ride any other bus but their assigned bus nor will permission be given to students to accompany an authorized bus rider. Walkers Walkers will be dismissed at 2:40 p.m. to the gym. All walkers must exit by the front doors and use the crossing guards. Walkers who are being picked up via a car will be considered a car rider and must be picked up directly from the gym. Tuition The St. Michael School Board and the Parish Finance Committee recognize the importance of Catholic education. Some important points include:


1) The per pupil cost of educating a child at St. Michael School is $5,000. 2) The tuition for 2013-2014 will cover 65% of the cost for the first child, 55% of the cost for the second child, and 45% of the cost for the third child. 3) The balance of expenses needed to run the school is borne by St. Michael Parish and feeder parishes (e.g. St. Joan of Arc, St. Peter). Please understand that your weekly financial support of your parish will help offset the subsidy your child receives. All families must sign and have on file in the school office a current “Tuition Payment Agreement Form.” This form explains the various payment plans (advance, quarterly, and monthly), late fees and matriculation fees (fees for withdrawal during the school year/tuition refund formula). It is your signed agreement stating your payment choice for the current year. The FACTS Management Company will be handling our tuition collection. All families of St. Michael School will be expected to participate in the FACTS program. Tuition for the 2013-2014 school year for the active participating Catholic family is: first child per family $3,185; second child per family - $2,700; third child per family - $2,200; fourth child per family - $750; fifth child per family - $500. For each non-participating student in a family the tuition is $5,000. Financial assistance is available from the St. Michael Parish School Tuition Assistance Endowment as well as the Columbus Diocese. Parents who fail to seek assistance are presumed not to require financial assistance. Parents who anticipate problems with payments of tuition should contact the principal or pastor. 43

Unless arrangements acceptable to the principal or pastor are made, or delinquent tuition is paid prior to the due date of the next payment, we will consider alternatives, i.e. suspension of the student(s), until tuition payments are brought current. Valuables The school administrators and staff cannot be responsible for valuables which students bring to school. It is recommended that students leave all valuables at home. If special circumstances make it necessary for a student to bring substantial cash or important possessions to school, please contact the office. These items can be safe guarded by registering them and leaving them at the main office. Visitors All visitors, parents, and guests must report to the office and sign in upon arrival. They are to enter the building from the west back doors of St. Michael School after pressing the buzzer, waiting for a response, and identifying themselves. Upon entering the building, they must proceed directly to the office and sign in. Volunteers Different kinds of knowledge, skills, interests, and experiences are required to provide a well-rounded education for your children. Volunteers can participate in many ways – reinforcing skills, monitoring small groups of students, assisting in the Media Center, cafeteria, health screening, and much, much more. We welcome and deeply appreciate parental involvement. A volunteer sign-up sheet will be sent home in the first day packet as well as on an “as-needed” basis. When volunteering in the school, upon 44

arrival please report to the office to sign in and sign out when leaving. According to the Diocesan Policy #4110.00, all school staff and volunteers who have care, custody and control of students must have on file a current Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) criminal background check and must attend the “Protecting God’s Children” workshop. Volunteers are indispensable to our program. Your participation will help to ensure the safest possible environment for our young people.

Volunteer’s Code of Conduct Volunteers are accountable to the pastor and principal. They respect confidentiality. They adhere to civil and ecclesial law, policy and procedure concerning the reporting of neglect, suspected abuse or when physical harm could come to the person or to a third party. Volunteers are aware they have considerable personal power because of their ministerial position. Therefore, they will sustain respectful ministerial relationships, avoiding manipulation and other abuses of power. Physical, sexual, or romantic relationships between an adult volunteer and a minor are unethical and are prohibited. Volunteers model healthy and positive behaviors with minors. Procuring, providing, or using alcohol and/or controlled substances for or with minors is unethical and is prohibited. Volunteers are aware of the signs of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse and neglect. In addition, volunteers are aware of their limitations with respect to paraprofessional counseling and make appropriate referrals, as well as being aware of and complying with all applicable parish, organizational and/or diocesan policies with special 45

attention to sexual misconduct, safety, transportation, parental permission, and medical emergency policies. In case of an emergency, volunteers should remain with their assigned class. School Advisory Board The St. Michael School Advisory Board functions as an advisory board to the principal and pastor whose purpose is to assist in developing and defining the policies which govern the operation of the school (i.e. planning, determining the budget and tuition rates, etc.). All regular meetings of the Board (held every second Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. – September through May in the media center of the school) are open to parish members and to the parents of children receiving their education at St. Michael School. The opportunity of such non-members, visitors, and invitees to address the Board shall be limited to those whose written request (made to the board president) has been approved for the agenda at least ten days in advance of the meeting.

Home and School Association The main purpose of the Home and School Association is to assist and support the programs and operation of St. Michael School in cooperation with the Administration. Dues (including a directory) are $5.00 per family per year. The business meetings are held monthly, typically on the third Monday of the month (exception January and February) at 7:00 p.m. in the school’s conference room. You are cordially invited to attend these meetings. 46

Home and School Programs “Meet the Teacher” Night; magazine drive; school pictures; St. Nicholas Day; spring fundraiser; picnic day; used uniform sale; boxtop and Campbell labels monthly turn-in; Market Day. Athletic Association In addition to a Physical Education program within the school day, boys and girls of St. Michael School have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports programs sponsored by the Parish Athletic Association, beginning with the middle grades. The purpose of the Athletic Association is to promote a balanced athletic program for the children of the parish and school by providing encouragement, organization and finance. Any individual 18 years or over who is in association with St. Michael Parish or School shall be eligible to be a voting member.