Handbook

 

 





 

Handbook for Parents and Students

 

2017-2018 School Year

 

revised June 2016 (BOE)


 

Mission Statement:   

 

Celebrating God's gift of eternal life through Christ-centered, quality education.





 

701 S. Massachusetts

Sedalia, Mo 65301

660-826-1925 office and fax

www.sedaliastpauls.org - web site

principal@sedaliastpauls.net - e-mail



 

Dear Parents and Students:

The staff of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School welcomes you to our school. While you are your child’s most important teacher, it is our privilege to play a part in helping you provide your child a Christian education as well as to share the love of Christ with your family. Together, we can help your child learn about God’s Word and His world.

 

This handbook serves as a way to let families know how our school operates. Within it you will find much valuable information. Please become familiar with it. There is a page to sign at the end of the handbook indicating that you have read the handbook.

 

During your child's stay at our school it is our hope that they will grow spiritually as well as increase in the academic disciplines. If the staff can be of any assistance to you and your family please let us know.

 

God’s  blessings,

Rhonda Tull

Principal





 
















 

School Supplies

2017-2018

Below is a list of the supply needs for each grade for the current school year. ESV Bibles may be from your own source or they may be purchased through the school for $8.00 hardback or $4.00 paperback. .

Preschool:

Backpack (large enough to accommodate a school folder)

Water bottle (with name on it)

4 spiral-bound notebooks

1 box of tissues

1 container of disinfecting cleaning wipes

1 large bottle of hand sanitizer

Beach towel or SMALL blanket for rest time (small enough to be easily transported to and from school each day in backpack)

1 fold-up plastic mat for rest time (with name on it)

Change of clothing in plastic bag (with name on the bag)

$5 to help cover the cost of classroom supply of crayons, markers, and glue


 

Kindergarten:

backpack

1 large bottle of Elmer's Glue

1 box (8) Crayola Crayons

1 box (24) Crayola Crayons (for after Christmas)

1 package hardwood yellow pencils

1 blunt tipped scissors

1 large eraser

1 plastic school box

1 sturdy folder with pockets

2 boxes Puffs tissues

1 large container of  cleaning wipes

1 water bottle (with name on it)

1 beach towel for quiet time

1 pair extra underwear, pants, and shirt in a plastic bag

to be stored in backpack

1 old shirt for painting


 

1st/2nd Grade:

Backpack

Large eraser

2  (24 packs) of Crayons

Pointed scissors

1 bottle Elmer’s glue

1 glue stick

12" ruler (standard and metric)

2 Boxes of tissues

2 Folders with 2 pockets

3 Spiral notebooks (wide lined)

Zipper pouch for supplies (Please do not send school box)

1 roll paper towels

1st graders- 1 container of disinfectant wipes-any brand

2nd graders- 1 box of ziptop bags (sandwich size or snack size-any brand)

3rd/4th Grade:

1 pkg. #2 lead pencils

Erasers

1 red pen

24 pack of Crayons (no larger, please)

1 spiral notebook wide-ruled

1 pack colored pencils & hand held sharpener

Scissors

2 folders with inside pockets

1 yellow highlighter

2 boxes of tissues

2 rolls paper towels

12” ruler (standard and metric)

Zipper pouch for supplies (no school boxes, please)

ESV Bible (purchase in office)



 

5th/6th Grade:

Backpack

ESV Bible

Water Bottle (must have lid)

2 packages of wide lined notebook paper (These will be shared.)

1” binder (no trapper keepers)

Set of colored pencils (preferably with some shades of colors if available)

Handheld pencil sharpener for colored pencils

Washable markers (pack containing 8 to 10)

2 wide ruled spiral notebooks

2 red pens

Highlighter (choice of color)

1 pack of 3x5 white note cards (These will be shared.)

5th graders- 1 container of Clorox (or similar brand) wipes

6th graders- 1 box of ziploc bags (sandwich size)

2 boxes of tissues

12“ ruler with metric on one side (transparent if available)

Zipper bag for keeping writing utensils together

Ear buds

Eraser

1 Folder

Scissors

Glue stick

#2 pencils

 

Do not send mechanical pencils, or any other writing instrument not listed, notebooks, notepads, etc. Please don’t send extras of list items. As we need replacements during the school year, we will let parents know.



 

7th/8th Grade:

Backpack

Scientific Calculator ( recommended but not required Casio FX-260 Solar Powered, found at Walmart for $20)

2 rolls of paper towels

2 boxes of kleenex

Plenty of dry erase markers

1 compass

1 protractor

1 packages loose leaf notebook paper

5 wide rule notebooks

2 pocket folders

1 3 ring binder, 2”  

Plenty of #2 pencils ( can be mechanical or regular)

1 package of red pens

1 package of colored pencils

1 package of markers

1 package of 3x5 multicolored (orange, green, pink)  note cards

2 glue sticks

12“ ruler with metric on one side ( non bendable )  

Scissors

Water bottle must have lid (optional)

Returning students ( bring Bible and catechism that was given to you last year)

New students Bible and Catechism will be provided.



 


 

Mission Statement: (3/13)

Celebrating God's gift of eternal life through Christ-centered, quality education.

 

Vision Statement: (8/04)

St. Paul's Lutheran School will be known for its focus on principles of Christian education, for academic excellence based on individual student needs, for strengthening the development of the whole person and being the Christian school of choice for Lutheran families and the greater community.

 

Educational philosophy: (8/04)

St. Paul's Lutheran School is dedicated to a belief in the value of each individual as a child of God. We provide Christ-centered, quality educational opportunities to help students achieve their potential to be life-long learners and to make positive contributions to their families, their communities and their churches.

 

ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF

St. Paul’s Lutheran School is maintained and operated by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church as an expression of its conviction that Christian education cannot be separated from the secular branches of learning and the application of Christian truths.

The administration of our school rests with the St. Paul’s Board of Education, a body consisting of members elected from the voters of the congregation. All policy making for the administration of St. Paul’s is the responsibility of this board.

The responsibility for the immediate and direct supervision of the school rests with the principal. His role is to execute the policies and resolutions enacted by the Board of Education. It is also his responsibility to recommend changes in policy for the improvement and welfare of the school.


 

THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

St. Paul’s Congregation, by the authority of the voters’ assembly holds the Board of Christian Education accountable for the operation of the school. The basic objectives of the Board of Christian Education are to determine policies and procedures of the Christian day school, to select personnel for the various classes and programs, to provide the necessary means and facilities for all school classes, functions, and activities.



 

School Board members as of January 2017

 

Tracy Garrison

Britt Faaborg

Nancy Hurt, Chair

Ann Weber

Sharon Sawford

Brenda Huser

Our Savior representative, Amy Rambo, secretary

Pastor Jeremy Freeman, ex-officio

Principal Rhonda Tull, ex-officio

 

THE PRINCIPAL

The Principal is responsible for the administration and supervision of the total educational program, personnel - all instructional and non-instructional staff, the physical plant, and the finances of the school. A major function of the principal is the implementation of board policies. The principal is accountable to the Board of Education and through the board to the church council and the congregation.

 

THE PASTOR(s)

The pastors are the spiritual overseer of the entire congregation; the pastors are also the spiritual overseer of the school, the principal, the faculty, and the staff. Their responsibility toward the school and its staff is that of personal concern for the proper religious instruction of the pupils and the maintenance of a thoroughly Christian environment for everyone.

 

THE SCHOOL STAFF

The school staff includes all persons who in some way execute the policies of the congregation and the board of education whether they teach, supervise, or administer in some capacity. Instructional staff members teach and are referred to as the faculty. Non-instructional personnel include the secretary, teacher aides, School Age Care (SAC), custodians, and cook(s). The entire staff must possess a spirit of service - service to God, to the children placed in their care, and to each other.

 

2015-2016 Teachers and Staff (as of June 2016)

Principal – Rhonda Tull – cell 660-233-1970,  e-mail: principal@sedaliastpauls.net

Pre-Kindergarten -4 year olds - Mrs. Amie DeFord  amie.deford@sedaliastpauls.net

Kindergarten - Mrs. Donna Katzing  donnakatzing@sedaliastpauls.net

1st and 2nd - Mrs. Pamela Brandt pamela.brandt@sedaliastpauls.net

3rd and 4th - Mrs. Joyce MacLean joyce.maclean@sedaliastpauls.net

5th and 6th - Mrs. Rhonda Tull rhonda.tull@sedaliastpauls.net

5th and 6th- Ms. Debra Easley debra.easley@sedaliastpauls.net

7th and 8th - Mr. Joshua Grass joshua.grass@sedaliastpauls.net

Art/PE/Para – Tara Sprinkle tara.sprinkle@sedaliastpauls.net

Cook – Mr. John Nail

Secretary- Ms. Janice Hoos janice.hoos@sedaliastpauls.net

Janitors– Marvin Baumgarner

School Age Care- Joshua Grass, Tara Sprinkle,Cathy Ackerman, Linda Lynde

Librarian- Tara Sprinkle

Athlete Director - Tara Sprinkle

Beta Club sponsor (volunteer) - Rhonda Tull

Girl’s Volleyball Coach (volunteer) - Mrs. Tara Sprinkle

Boy’s Basketball Coach (volunteer) - Mr. Joshua Grass

Chess Club Sponsor (volunteer) - Shane Weber

Band Director - Mrs. Rhonda Tull

Choir Director - Mrs. Joyce MacLean

Recorder Director- Mrs. Pamela Brandt

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

St. Paul's Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin or religious affiliation in administration of its educational, admissions, athletic and other school administered programs.

 

ENROLLMENT and ADMISSIONS (Rev 02/11)

It is the desire of St. Paul’s Lutheran School to meet the Christian education needs of the Sedalia area. By doing this it will have achieved the mission set before it. Listed below are the enrollment policies:

  • St. Paul's has contracted with FACTS (http://www.factsmgt.com/)to handle the collection of tuition. All tuition is paid through them, except tuition paid in full for the school year.

  • New students in grades 3-8 must take W.R.A.T test to determine reading, spelling and math grade levels prior to enrollment. If special needs are required they must we worked out with the public schools special education department prior to the first day of attendance at St. Paul’s.  St. Paul’s works closely with the public school professionals trained in helping special needs children.

  • If for any reason St. Paul’s cannot place a child due to the limited classroom size, the registration fee will be refunded.

  • Classroom size for PK-4 and Kindergarten is 12 students to one teacher. First-Eighth grade is limited to a maximum of 18 students per classroom teacher. Classroom combinations will be determined by enrollment and student needs.


 

TRANSFER POLICY (rev 2/11)

 

All students requesting transfer to St. Paul's Lutheran School:

1. A student will not be allowed admittance if they have been expelled from another school until they have fulfilled the required punishment period.

2. Must be able to function successfully both in academics and conduct in a regular classroom setting.

3. Must submit from the previous school either an oral report or transfer of records.

4. Students in grades 1-2 will be interviewed and tested. Students in grades 3-8 will be administered an achievement test (W.R.A.T) for reading and math to determine the approximate levels of competence. This test takes approximately 30-40 minutes and should be scheduled ahead of appointment time with the staff.

5. Student will be evaluated, within 10 days, by observation and classroom performance. If it appears that the child does not "fit" in the class due to behavior and/or academics the parents will be notified and the tuition refunded.


REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

  1. Parents of all pupils, returning and new, are to complete the registration form prior to the beginning of each school year. The registration fees (or a portion of fees) need to be paid to secure a seat in the classroom.

  2. All parents must fill out an application which supplies the school with all the information needed for transfer of the pupil's permanent records.

  3. Each parent or guardian must fill out (or update) an emergency care card.

  4. All parents of new students must, by law, provide a completed immunization record prior to their child attending class.

 

AGE REQUIREMENTS

 

In accordance with state law, children must be:

● PK-4 - 4 years of age before August 1 (no exceptions per School Board 5/2013)

● Kindergarten - 5 years of age before August 1

● Grade 1 - 6 years of age before August 1

Children entering any of these classes are required to show proof of age at the time of registration.



 

TUITION AND OTHER FEES (rev. 1/17)

Registration fees are to be fully paid by August 1st and are non-refundable (except in the case of over-filling a class) Anyone paying tuition in full prior to the beginning of the school year will receive a 3% discount. The privilege of a student’s continued enrollment may be forfeited if an account becomes delinquent. Final report cards, transcripts, and all records may be withheld for anyone whose tuition and other fees are not paid in full.

 

The following fee structure has been adopted for the 2015-2016 school year:

 

The total cost for the year for a child’s education at St. Paul’s is around $5,000.  (Depending on the number of students) The Sedalia public schools spend about $8,000 per student. Your tax dollars help fund the public schools. The members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sedalia help fund St. Paul’s Lutheran School.

 

Single Pay - 3% discount


 

PK Rate - $3300 /year (all students)


 

Community Rates K-8:                   

1st Child - $ 2810/year

2nd Child- $ 2240/year

3rd Child - $ 1690/year  

4th Child - $1120/year  

5th Child- $570/ year

LCMS Church members rate K-8:

1st child - $ 2200/year

2nd child -$ 1760/ year

3rd child -$1320/year

4th child - $900/ year

5th child -$440/year

 

Registration (all students) - $100 (non-refundable) - (helps pay for the administrative costs of the school.)

Books and materials ( K-8) $200/child -(helps pay for textbooks, workbooks, printer supplies)(Preschool $25)

Technology fee (K-8) $50/child - (helps pay for computers and maintenance of all technology. )

 

MEMBER / NON-MEMBER STATUS (rev. 09/15)

To be considered a LCMS family in the school program the following conditions must be met:

1. At least one parent must be a member of a LCMS Church and attend church service at least 2 weekends a month

2. The child must be enrolled in a LCMS Sunday school and attend.

3. The child must have had a Christian Baptism.

 

These are written to encourage and ensure that the church and home are working spiritually together in the same direction. We wish to enhance the religious quality of our home and school. Regular church and Sunday school attendance, attendance at the Lord's Supper, and support of the congregation (economically and/or by personal participation) should reflect the sincere intent of the parents to be actively involved in the work of the congregation. Non-member status in the school program applies to those families that do not meet the criteria of active membership outlined in the paragraph above. It is not the intention of this policy to deny any member family the opportunity of Christian Education for their children, but to ensure and enhance the quality, purpose and existence of St. Paul's Lutheran School.

 

TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES

All textbooks and workbooks are furnished to the pupils through the books and materials fee. The student is responsible for these books until they are returned. If the book is returned damaged beyond normal wear, a replacement fee may be imposed. Children of grade 3-8 are requested to furnish their own Bible. (Bibles may be purchased through the office for a nominal fee.)

 

SCHOOL HOURS and DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES (Rev 4/11)

Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:00 p.m. for all grades. Parents who pick up or drop off children during the school day must use the west doors on Massachusetts Street. This door is controlled by our security system so you will need to ask for entrance into the building by pushing the button by the door. You may be asked to look up at the camera if you have something covering your face/head. All children are to be dropped off at the gymnasium entrance on the west side of the gym. The double doors are monitored by an adult and this is the only door open into the school before the start of school at 8am. All other doors in the building are locked.

 

Pick up (rev 4/11)

Children will be picked up in the parking lot on the south of the gymnasium. Parents and guardians are to park in the lot and walk up to the gate (southeast corner of the building) to the playground to retrieve the child. The parents will then be responsible for the safety of the child to get them to the vehicle and home. Parents may exit the parking lot onto 50 highway on the south side of the lot or

exit onto Washington street on the east side of the lot. Parents should not exit through the west exit onto Massachusetts as that will be a one way going east.

 

SCHOOL AGE CARE PROGRAM (SAC)

St. Paul’s offers day care from 6:30 am -8:00 am and from 3:00 pm-5:30 pm. Rules and rates will be posted in the daycare (S.A.C.) handbook. Chronic misbehavior may result in expulsion from the daycare program.

 

SCHOOL PICTURES AND YEARBOOK

Each year St. Paul’s School has a professional studio come to school and take pictures at least twice a year. Some of these pictures are used to produce a yearbook.


WEATHER CLOSING (revised June 2014)

The principal makes a decision on when to closee school due to inclement weather.   A text message and voice message will be sent out over our SCHOOLREACH program as well as messages sent to the local radio stations (1490 AM, 1050 AM, 92.1 FM, KMMO 102.9 and KCTV 5 in KC as well as a posting on sedaliademocrat.com and sedaliastpauls.org ) to hear closing announcements. However, once we are in school we do not dismiss early as a rule. Parents who are uncomfortable with the changing weather conditions are welcome to pick their child up from school as needed. Children will not be allowed to leave during a tornado warning. Parents are welcome tostay at the school until the warning is over.

DISASTER PLAN

A disaster plan has been developed, with the assistance of the Pettis County Civil Defense, for the school to cover most possible scenarios The plan has been worked out whereby the children will be kept at St. Paul's or another safe place, depending on the emergency. An emergency handbook contains the details of each plan of action and is available from the office or principal.


 

VISITORS DURING SCHOOL HOURS

All parents and visitors are required to check in at the office. Visits to the classrooms should be scheduled in advance with the child's teacher. This includes conferences with teachers so they can be held before or after school hours. If it is necessary to speak with a child or deliver any material during school hours, come to the office and notify the office personnel. Please do not interrupt classes!

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICE POLICY (Rev 4/2016)

Students are discouraged from bringing electronic devices of any kind onto school property. Students may use the office phone in the case of an emergency with permission from their teacher or other school personnel. Students may bring cell phones to school for the purposes of safety only. Use of cell phones or any other electronic device used during the school day or during School-Age-Care participation may disrupt the teaching and the learning environment. They are to remain turned off, and inside backpacks. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed to be used while the child is in the custody of St. Paul’s Lutheran School unless specific permission is given by a staff member. This time period starts from the arrival of the student and extends to the time the student is picked up for departure. Note that a teacher can give permission for electronic devices for specific reasons such as for use during longer field trips or for a special class activity.

 

If a student is using a cell phone, or any electronic device without permission, St. Paul’s Lutheran School staff will confiscate it and send it to the principal to be picked up at the end of the school day.  After the first infraction, the parent may be contacted to pick up the device at the end of the school day.

 

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

 

TARDINESS (Rev 9/15)

Tardiness causes undue commotion and loss of class time. More than three unexcused tardies in any one semester will result in the student not allowed to play sports or be in any extracurricular clubs.  If a student is tardy, it is the parent's responsibility to report to the office with the student. Any student not in his/her classroom by 8:10 am will be considered tardy.

 

Absenteeism Policy: (rev 9/15)

Being away from the classroom is a severe detriment to your child's school success. Regardless of the reason for absence, the child may face significant educational problems if not in school. If your child is going to be absent, you need to call the school office @ 660 826 1925. If you know in advance that the child will be absent, please contact the office or the child's teacher as soon as possible. Please let us know why your child is absent. If there is no notification, the school secretary will contact the parents/guardian to assess why the child is not at school. Once the child has 5 unexcused absences in a semester they will not be allowed to play sports or be in any extracurricular clubs. If the child's attendance falls below 80% of the time school is in session the principal shall notify the Pettis County Juvenile Officer and report the lack of attendance.

 

LEAVING DURING SCHOOL SESSIONS

Parents desiring to have their child dismissed from school before the regular time are requested to send a note with the child or notify the teacher by means of a telephone call, or call for the child in person. No child will be released to an unidentified person. For the safety of the child, parents are requested to notify the principal in the event an emergency arises which should necessitate the child's absence in the afternoon after having attended the morning session. Please come to the office to sign the child out and the office will call to the classroom and have the child sent to the office. Teachers will not release students without notification from the school office. Students who have permission to stay after school for athletics or other school related activities MAY NOT LEAVE the grounds.


 

CHURCH /SUNDAY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

St. Paul’s school encourages all the students to participate in weekly worship at their home church. Those without a home church are invited to worship with the St. Paul’s family. There is a place on the grade card indicating the number of Sundays in worship and in Sunday school for the expressed purpose to remind all of us the importance of attending. Awards are given at the end of the school year for those who were faithful in attendance.

 

DRESS CODE (rev 4/03)

The primary purpose of our school’s dress code is to assure that our students are neat, clean, and well groomed for all school activities. Their appearance should reflect the Christian values of our school and foster a positive learning environment. Parents are asked to consider their child’s

appearance conscientiously, remembering that everything that is fashionable is not necessarily appropriate. Parents are responsible to make sure that their children are dressed in accordance with the school’s dress code.

Students must be in dress code when they enter the building. Common sense in keeping with Christian ideals should eliminate the need to correct students in the area of dress and personal appearance. However, the principal and teachers will use their discretion in deciding if clothing is appropriate based on the age of the child and the following guidelines:


 

Slacks, pants, and shorts

-all pants, slacks, and shorts must be hemmed

-pants and slacks should not drag the floor

-shorts must reach to the bottom of the child’s fingertips when arms are at their side

-tight, form fitting shorts (i.e. biker, spandex, etc.) are not allowed

 

Skirts and dresses

-skirts and dresses should not drag the floor

-skirts and dresses should be near the knee in length or longer

-culottes and skorts may be worn if they are the appropriate lengths

Shirts and blouses

-tank tops, spaghetti strapped shirts, and mesh shirts are not allowed

-sleeveless shirts must have the armholes hemmed

-all shirts and blouses must cover the belly even when arms are raised

-shirts and blouses must have an appropriate neckline (no scoop or plunging necklines)

 

Shoes

-casual or athletic shoes with non-marking soles are recommended

-shoe laces must be tied and shoes with straps must be fastened

-shoes must be worn at all times

-shoes that fall off easily or interfere with a student’s ability to participate in activities may result in that student not being permitted to wear those shoes again at school

 

Hair, jewelry, and body

-hair should be neat, clean, appropriately styled, and should not call attention to the individual student

-visible tattoos or body piercings are not allowed

-jewelry should not be excessive, offensive, or interfere with the safety of the student

-girls may wear earrings but must remove them when participating in athletic events

-boys are not allowed to wear earrings at school or school-sponsored events

 

General

-clothing should not be tight fitting, revealing, or inappropriately sized

-clothing and accessories may not be imprinted with slogans, words, or pictures that are inappropriate or offensive

-frayed or torn clothing is not allowed

-hats, caps, or headgear will not be worn inside the school building unless for medical reasons or special occasions

 

Consequences

-If necessary, the parent will be called to bring appropriate clothing for the child and the child will be excluded from class until appropriate clothing has been obtained.

-The first offense will result in a written warning sent to the parent.

-Each additional offense may result in a detention.

 

DISCIPLINE (Revised 10/02)

The staff of St. Paul’s will work as a team in disciplining students under their care and guidance during the school day. The teachers will each have a “safe” place designated for another teacher to send a child who is becoming disruptive or challenging to stay until the “host” teacher feels like the child has regained composure and takes responsibility for his or her actions. The time in a “safe” place may vary from a few minutes to several hours or days. The staff will not tolerate the disruption of the learning experience by one or two children with bad behavior or attitudes.

The sole purpose of intervention is to help the child understand the inappropriate action or behavior by having them complete a “Think Sheet”. The think sheet allows them to write down what happened, whom it involved and what they can do to correct the behavior. The process is totally one of understanding and patience. Class work will be completed and the child will be made as comfortable as possible. The child will be monitored by the host teacher and talked to quietly and compassionately

 

GENERAL PROHIBITED BEHAVIOR

Includes but is not limited to:

● Any disrespect for those in authority.

● Insubordination: refusal to respond to or to carry out reasonable and lawful directions of

authorized personnel.

● Verbal abuse: name calling, racial slurs, or derogatory statements addressed to others.

● Physical abuse: pushing, shoving, hitting, etc.

● Disruptive actions or other misconduct: other misconduct, not listed above, that disrupts or interferes with the educational process. There are times when these misbehaviors are of such a nature that they would require more severe actions.

● Inappropriate language: cursing, swearing (using God's name in vain), and gross, vulgar, unsociable language.

● Truancy: unexcused absences from classes or the lunchroom.

● Throwing objects such as rocks, snowballs, sticks, etc., intending to do harm or damage.

● Leaving school campus without permission.

● Cheating on schoolwork.

● Fraudulent signatures.

 

ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR

Illegal behavior cannot be tolerated in a Christian environment and may result in immediate suspension or expulsion. This behavior is directly contrary to the commandments of our Lord and would include such behavior as assault, battery, involvement with weapons or items that could be construed as weapons, involvement with tobacco, alcohol or drugs, burglary, theft, robbery, arson, extortion, vandalism, or other felonious conduct. These types of behavior will be reported directly to the proper legal authorities.

 

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual harassment of or by any student shall not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary and/or legal action, including possible expulsion.

Sexual harassment has the purpose or effect of creating a negative impact on an individual's performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment and includes but not limited to:

● Verbal conduct such as derogatory comments, unwanted sexual advances, sexual jokes or any inappropriate words.

● Visual conduct such as derogatory cartoons, drawings, pictures or gestures.

● Physical conduct such as leering, assault, blocking normal movement, touching an individual’s body or clothes in a sexual way or any inappropriate actions.

● Threats and demands to submit to sexual request.

● Retaliation for reporting a violation or participating in an investigation.

Teachers are required to discuss this policy with their students at the beginning of the school year in an age appropriate way and will assure them that they need not endure any form of sexual harassment.

Anyone at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, who is subject to or witnesses sexual harassment, should immediately report such conduct to the teacher or to the principal.

 

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

In conflict situations, persons involved must follow these guidelines (Matthew 18 is our guide):

1. Speak to the person with whom there is a conflict and attempt to peacefully resolve the difference at a scheduled conference time.

2. If the conflict is not resolved contact the principal to discuss the issue. The principal will then call a meeting of the parties involved and attempt to resolve the differences.

3. In the event that the issue is not satisfactorily resolved the issue is to be brought to the Board of Christian Education through the Board Chairman. The Board will meet with all parties involved and the Board’s decision will be considered final.

The goal of these steps is to restore relationships and, in so doing, promote the sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Problems not settled using this procedure would be treated as spiritual matters and handled through the guidance of the Pastor and ultimately by the congregation.

The Board meets monthly on a predetermined day (contact the school office for the times). Anyone wishing to address the Board should contact the school office by the preceding Wednesday so they may be put on the agenda. The Board will not entertain problems that have not been filed through the principal.

 

Parent-Teacher Communication

Home visits or group class gatherings will be scheduled by each teacher in PK- 4th grades prior to the first day of school (provided the teacher feels safe doing a visit). The purpose of these gatherings or visits is to enable the teacher and parent to join in partnership in meeting the spiritual and academic needs of the child. Parents may always request a home visit from their child's teacher by notifying the school office. An orientation meeting for 5th- 8th grades will be scheduled about one week before school starts. A home visit may also be arranged for new students. Report cards are issued three times during the school year. These reports are supplemented by other communications, written and oral. One required parent-teacher conference is scheduled at the end of first grading period. Parents wishing to consult with the principal or a teacher may do so before or after school hours. Parents are always welcome to visit the classroom. Please make arrangements with your child's teacher before visiting. A weekly newsletter from your child’s class may be sent home to keep you informed about the activities in the classroom. The teacher will set the day that works best for them to send the letter home. The teacher may also utilize electronic media to communicate.

Check www.sedaliastpauls.org for additional information under the classroom pages.

 

Faculty Devotions

Monday through Friday mornings the faculty will meet for morning devotions and announcements. (Generally 7:30-750) If you need to speak to a teacher please plan ahead and schedule a time that works for all parties.

 

Phone Use Policy

The phone is our connection to others and is to be used for the business of the school unless an emergency or illness. Students may only use the phone with permission from a staff member and for a specific purpose.

 

Chapel Services

Chapel is held every Wednesday starting at 9:00 am. Area Lutheran pastors, special guests, and teachers may take turns leading chapel. Parents are invited to join us in worship anytime. Offerings from these services are sent to various ministries both in the United States and throughout the world.

 

CURRICULUM

Students study religion on a daily basis by participating in either religion classes or in corporate, chapel worship. Students are required to memorize portions of the Bible and Christian songs. St Paul’s also uses materials published by our Lutheran publishing company (CPH) for religion. Other materials used in our classrooms are purchased from national publishers but are guided by a Christian teacher to bring honor and glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus. In addition to the study of God and His Word, students are instructed in the following areas:

 

Reading, English (Grammar) ,  Social Studies, Mathematics, Science / Health, Spelling & Vocabulary, Fine Arts (music, art), Physical Education, Computer Technology

 

 

Sports Program (rev 7/11)

There is a inter-school competitive basketball and volleyball schedule for Grades 4-8. The girls will play volleyball and the boys will play basketball. These teams will form only if enough children desire to play the game.  Other sports may be conducted by the after school program and be intramural with both girls and boys participating through the after school program

 

Grading scale

 

A+ 100-98

A        97-94

A-      93-90

B+ 89-87

B       86-83

B-      82-80

C+ 79-77

C      76-73

C-     72-70

D+ 69-67

D       66-63

D-     62-60

F 59-0

S = Satisfactory

U = Unsatisfactory

I  = Incomplete

 

Homework

It is difficult to set up a standard rule for the amount of time to be spent on any work at home since there is a great degree of variance throughout the grades and among individual children. Parents should take this into consideration in planning activities and in providing a time and place for the child to study. Consistency on the part of the parents will help a great deal in developing the routine of doing homework. Children are given opportunities in school to complete many of their assignments. However, homework may be necessary in order to complete some assignments, especially in the upper grades. If a child seems to be bringing home large amounts of homework, parents should contact and discuss the situation with the teacher.

 

ACADEMIC RECOGNITION-Honor Rolls

To recognize outstanding academic achievement of those students in grades 4-8.

 

Honor Roll:

A system of two honor rolls is utilized. These honor rolls are as follows:

  • "A" Honor Roll – all A's on grade card (A+, A or A-)

  • "A/B" Honor Roll- all A’s and B’s

 

National Junior Beta Club (1/2013)

In 2012 St. Paul's established a National Junior Beta Club for students in grades 5-8 and who make the honor roll. The goal of the Club is to lead through service. Refer to the national web site for more information at http://www.betaclub.org/



 

Achievement Tests

Stanford Tests are given in the spring to students in grades 3-8. We believe that these tests are important but not critical. It is a moment in time and the child is encouraged to do their best. The results are more for the staff to evaluate their teaching techniques and methods rather than judge the intelligence of the student. A home report is sent home with each child that takes the tests.

 

Computer Lab and Library

Students may use the library at the direction of their teacher or librarian during the school day. Library use before or after school must be arranged in advance with a faculty member. Students are financially responsible for library materials checked out to them. Replacement costs will be assessed for materials lost or damaged beyond normal repair.

 

Students and parents must sign the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) before they may have access to any St Paul’s computer. (Found in the back of this handbook)

 

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

St. Paul’s Lutheran School provides student accident insurance for each of the students and will continue to do so as long as the premiums remain affordable – this policy is a blanket policy and covers all the students. The board of education has approved the purchase of the policy through the registration fees or through the PTL organization. All claims are to be directed to the principal.

 

Lost and Found Items

The teacher may confiscate toys or any items or objects brought to school by the student distracting to the class. Possession of the object may be regained by the student at the discretion of the teacher, on the last day of school year, or if one of the student's parents comes to the school to obtain it. Items found will be placed in a box in the cafeteria so that they might be found easily. At the end of the year the school the items not claimed will be disposed of at the discretion of the principal.

 

Medical concerns

ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT AT SCHOOL

First aid supplies are kept at school. First aid for minor cuts and bruises are given at school. Serious or questionable injuries are referred to the parents immediately. If parents or guardian cannot be reached, teachers refer to the Emergency Care Cardfor direction for medical care. If for any reason, the parents or guardian or other designated person cannot be reached, the child will be taken to the hospital. In cases when a student's temperature is near or over 100 degrees, parents will be requested to take the child home. Also students with rashes or those appearing to have a communicable disease will be sent home with a request for verification of the illness by a physician.

Parents of students with chronic or specific health problems are required to complete the Emergency Care Card and provide a detailed description of symptoms and/or warning signs with instructions of steps to be followed in cases of emergency.



 

DISPENSING MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

Many children are able to attend regular school because of the effective use of medication in the treatment of chronic disabilities or illness, or even short-term illnesses. When medication is necessary it is usually more desirable for the medication to be administered at home than at school. However, any student who is required to take medication during the regular school day may do so but must comply with school regulations. These regulations include the following:

 

1. Prescription medication will be given only on written orders from a physician detailing the name of the drug, dosage, and time interval that the drug is to be given. This may come in the form of a properly completed pharmaceutical label on the bottle. The label must include:

*The student’s name

*The current date

*The name of the medication

*Specific instructions concerning the time and the amount of the drug to be given

*The name of the doctor prescribing the medication

*The name and the phone number of the pharmacy

Please request duplicate bottles for the medication from the pharmacy - one for school and one for home. If this is not possible please bring the original labeled bottle to school. See the back page of this handbook for a sample of the form needed for written permission from the parents or guardian requesting the school to comply with the physician’s order for medication. Additional forms will be available upon request. Please note: Prescription medication will not be given at school until an initial dose has been administered. The child may not enter school until 20 minutes has passed after taking initial dose.

 

2. Nonprescription medication will be given only with written doctors orders and with a signed parent permission slip for the drug to be given at school. Tylenol (or any similar aspirin or non-aspirin) may not be given at school without such written authorization.

 

3. Students with chronic or specific problems requiring medication for emergencies must have their medication properly labeled as listed above. Specific written instructions must be provided as to when and under what circumstances medication is to be given. This information is to be provided and signed by the student’s doctor on an annual basis.

 

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE REQUIRING EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL

 

● Chickenpox - Exclusion no less than five days after the appearance of skin eruptions. All lesions must be dry scabbed. The student must be seen by the health room personnel or school staff prior to returning to the classroom.

● German Measles (Rubella) - Exclusion for seven days after the appearance of the rash.

● Impetigo - Exclusion until the lesions are healed or documented under a doctor’s treatment.

● Measles - Exclusion during cold symptoms and seven days after the appearance of the rash.

● Mumps - Exclusion for nine days following the onset of swelling.

● Head Lice - Exclusion until effective treatment has resulted in the absence of all nits from the students hair and lice from his/her scalp.

● Scabies - Exclusion until a doctor’s note is received stating the student is under treatment.

● Red or Inflamed eyes - Exclusion until the eye is clear or until a doctor’s note is received stating the diagnosis and until medication has been given for 24 hours.

● All rashes - Exclusion until the student brings a doctor’s note stating the diagnosis and that the student may attend school ( as long as the order follows the guidelines listed in the C.D.C.., "Communicable Disease in Man" recommendations), or until rash is clear.

● Fifth’s Disease - Exclusion from school when a lacy rash is present. The student may return to school with a doctor’s diagnosis and statement that the student is non- contagious. "Slap Cheeks" appearance will not exclude the student.

● "Strep" Throat - Exclusion from school is required until the student has been on an antibiotic for 24 hours.

● Vomiting/Diarrhea - The student should remain home until he/she has been symptom free for 24 hours.


 

FEVER

In any illness where the body temperature is elevated to 100 degrees (F) or above the child should remain home until the temperature has been normal for 24 hours unless written approval is received from a physician. This exclusion is to protect the child from further illness and also to protect the children with whom the student may come into contact. Parents will be notified when a child at school is found to have a temperature of 100 degree (F) or above.

 

NOTE:

If your child is, or has within the last 24 hours been RUNNING A FEVER, VOMITING, has DIARRHEA, SEVERE ASTHMA or ALLERGIES, ETC, please do not send them to school. For the protection of the rest of the children you will be called to pick your child up if they are displaying these

symptoms


 

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

Missouri law requires the school to have an adequate immunization history of every student. The parent or guardian must provide the school a record of the student’s immunizations before the child will be permitted to attend class. St. Paul’s follows the State of Missouri requirements for school attendance. Link to information- go to our school web site www.sedaliastpauls.org and check under   QUESTIONS


 

NO SMOKING POLICY

In the interest of health for the students there is no smoking allowed by staff, visitors, or students in the school building at any time.

 

Hot Lunch Program (Feb 2013)

St. Paul's is NOT part of the Government Lunch Program. We encourage participation in the program so that we may continue offering a good lunch for our children. We offer a hot lunch Monday-Thursday and on Friday a sandwich lunch (ham and cheese sandwich or peanut butter and jelly).

 

(August 2015)

Child Lunch $2.75

Adult lunch $ 2.75

Extra milk - $.35

 

Field Trips

Permission slips for field trips will be sent home at least one week in advance.

Students may not go on field trips without a signed permission slip on file in the

office. Students without permission will be supervised on campus instead of

attending the class field trip. All children and adults will be secured with seat belts as Missouri State law states. Drivers on field trips are to be at least twenty-one years old with a current driver's license and current insurance coverage that has medical insurance coverage of at least $5,000 and considered a "safe" driver with no major traffic incidents in the past five years.

 

PTL

The Parent-Teacher League is an integral part of the St. Paul’s family. It is through

the fundraisers and the support of the organization that the school is able to do

many of the things that it does. There are no dues to pay. Your involvement is all

that is desired. The PTL general membership meets 4 times a year and all parents and interested parties are encouraged to attend the meetings.



 

The PTL has three standing committees:

 

  1. Parent-Teachers Relations; which develops plans to strengthen the relationships between parents and teachers to enhance the learning environment at St. Paul’s.

  2. Parent-Child Relations; which develops plans to assist parents in raising children and children in becoming good citizens and home and in the community.

  3. Fund Raising; this committee develops ways to increase funding of the school. All parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in one of these committees.

 

Room Parties

There are at least two class parties: Christmas and Valentines. There may be more at the discretion of the classroom teacher. You are encouraged to support the class in all functions. Healthy snacks are encouraged. Fresh fruit and vegetables instead of cake and cookies are encouraged.

 

Dances and Socials (rev. 10/02)

The School Board will approve all dances and socials. Request should be made

through the principal at least one week prior to any Board of Education meetings. Most board meetings are the second Thursday of the month.

 

Birthday/Baptismal Celebrations

Some parents like to send a special treat (Healthy snacks are encouraged) on their child's birthday or baptism to share with the class. This is acceptable; however, check with the child's teacher first to make sure there are no previous commitments. Invitations should not be delivered at school for any occasion unless all children in the class are being invited.

 

School Programs

There will be at least two school programs: Christmas and the End of the Year

(8th grade graduation). These are opportunities for the children to perform for an audience. Please support them. There will also be times when they will sing at area churches or perform in other ways on our stage. You are encouraged to support the children in all programs.

 

Asbestos Notification

On October 22, 1986 President Reagan signed into law the Asbestos Hazard

Emergency Response Act. The law required EPA to develop regulations, which

provide a comprehensive framework for addressing asbestos problems in public and private elementary and secondary schools. On October 30, 1987, the EPA published the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule. This new rule requires all public and private elementary and secondary schools to inspect for friable and nonfriable asbestos develop asbestos management plans that address asbestos hazards in school buildings and implement response actions in a timely fashion. A complete inspection has been conducted by Mead Environmental Assoc, Inc. A management plan has resulted from these inspections and is available in the administrative offices. Periodic surveillance is required every six months. A reinspection of our facilities is required every three years. Any fiber release episodes and any activities involving the disturbance of the ACM are also recorded in the management plan. The purpose of the federal and state regulations is to protect the health and well being of all persons entering the building. You, as a parent, are encouraged to examine the management plan as it affects your child(ren).



 

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY (JUNE 2011)

Policy:

The expected standards for behavior at St. Paul’s Lutheran School excludes bullying. Teachers, using Jesus as the model of behavior. Actively and consistently teach positive behavior and anti-bullying messages that dissuade aggressive, harassing, or any type of bullying behavior.

 

Definition: “’Bullying’ is the repeated intimidation of others by the real or threatened infliction of physical, verbal, written, electronically transmitted, or emotional abuse, or through attacks on the property of another. It may include, but not be limited to, actions such as verbal taunts, name calling and put-downs, including ethnically based or gender-based verbal put-downs, extortion of money or possessions, retaliation, stalking, public humiliation, and exclusion from peer groups within school.”

A second, more concise, definition: “’Bullying’ happens when a person is exposed repeatedly and over time to negative action on the part of one or more persons.”

 

Such conduct is contrary to the behavior, values, and principles taught by our Savior, and are disruptive of the educational process. Therefore, bullying is not acceptable behavior in St. Paul's Lutheran School.

 

It is our goal that no student shall be subjected to bullying:

(1) during any school-sponsored education program or activity;

(2) while in school, on school property, on school buses or other school vehicles, or at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities; or

(3) through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment.

(4) Bullying incidents, including “cyberbullying”, that occur outside the school but whose effects carry into the school, will not be tolerated.

 

Bullies are subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion. Law enforcement officials may be notified of bullying incidents.

 

Procedure:

Teacher or other adult staff member completes a behavior report form based on personal witness or reports of a student(s)..

Students who are caught in the act of bullying will be subject to a disciplinary process as outlined below:

A. Warning – When a minor incident occurs, the teacher will take the opportunity to help students define bullying and to express the inappropriateness of bullying, referencing Jesus’ example of reaching out in love and kindness and practicing the blessings of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self control (Galatians:5:22-23).

B. Inform parents – Teachers will keep parents informed of their child’s actions in writing.

C. Inform Principal – The principal is involved after the warning has occurred.

D. Confer with parents and principal – Gather invested staff persons and discuss the situation.

 

Options for action at this stage include:

1. Draw up a behavioral contract

2. Suggest to parents to have student get counseling or therapy at expense of child’s family

3. Assign some community service to the student

4. Consult with one of the St. Paul’s pastors

 

E. Time-out in classroom or another “safe place” – Move student’s desk away from other students’ desks/ tables.

F. Removing recess and other privileges – Loss of recess and/or special activities.

G. Visit to Principal's office – Come to the office and confer with the principal. Principal may contact parents, and if necessary, call a meeting of teachers and parents.

H. Time-out in Principal's classroom/office – Student may need to spend time sitting in the Principal's office. Student may be asked to write a “think sheet” related to the topic of bullying behavior.

I. Suspension from school – the time being from one day to three days – After consultation with the parents, teacher, and input from the Board of Christian Education (BOCE) chair, the student may receive up to a three day suspension. The student may be asked to develop a plan for positive behavior.

J. Suspension of longer duration – After a three day suspension, and consultation between the principal, parents, teacher, and BOCE, the BOCE may suspend for an indefinite period of time.

K. Expulsion – When reasonable efforts to correct the inappropriate behavior have been exhausted, and after consultation with the parents, teachers, and principal, the BOCE may expel the student.

L. Law enforcement will be notified when criminal intent is obvious.


 

What is Bullying and how is it exhibited

Conflict is normal.          Bullying is not normal conflict.

Normal Conflict: Bullying:

Equal power between friends Display of power, not in friendship

Occasional Frequent

Accidental Purposeful

Demonstrates concern Demonstrates pleasure

Takes responsibility Blames others

Tries to solve problem No effort to resolve issue

Occurs anywhere Occurs where bully is safe

 

Teasing compared to taunting by a bully:

Teasing Taunting

Swaps roles with ease Based on an imbalance of power

Not intended to hurt Intent to harm

Maintains dignity Meant to humiliate, demean

Pokes fun in lighthearted clever ways Comments or acts are bigoted or cruel

Innocent in motive Sinister in motive

Only part of friendship interaction           Continuous action against others

Discontinued when person teased Continues, increasing when target

becomes upset or objects becomes distressed or objects

 

Examples of erroneous adult reactions to bullying

1. Believe they shouldn’t intervene because of lack of skills

2. Fear they will only add fuel to the fire

3. Failing to intervene, adult, reinforces bully’s behavior

4. Adults model bully behavior

 

Warning signs of a child who has become a target

1. Abrupt lack of interest in school activities

2. Suffers a drop in grades

3. Withdraws, wanting to be let alone

4. Injuries are inconsistent with the explanation

5. Often ill, unable to sleep, or sleeps too much

6. Sad, sullen, angry after receiving e-mail or using the phone

7. Acts out of character

8. Speaks of peers in derogatory or demeaning terms

9. Stops talking about daily activities

 

Bully Prevention

Awareness > > > > > BULLY < < < < < Intervention

Council, discipline, teach the bully

Support targets

Activate and empower the witnesses

 

School climate will work to:

Teach and model Christian behavior

Set positive tone in classroom

Direct and intentional instruction

Spend time with students

Involve parents, membership, and community

Distinguish between “Reporting” and “Tattling”

 

Basic Intervention: In Absence of Intervention:

RECOGNIZE bullying - Bully’s acts become more violent.

REFUSE bullying - Targets act out in violence

REPORT bullying -  They no longer can cope.

 

Indicators

A. Bullies

1. Have a desire to hurt

2. Thrive in a power imbalance

3. Operate in an unjust use of power

4. Will repeat the hurtful action

5. Enjoy seeing the target suffer

6. Possess a sense of the target’s susceptibility

7. Likes to be in charge

8. Believes he/she should get what he/she wants

9. Misconceives how others treat him/herself

10. Has a small network of friends – “wannabes”

 

B. Target

1. Passive target

  • Quiet, sensitive, cautious, in interaction with peers

  • Lacks skills of assertiveness

  • Has diminished self-confidence

  • May withdraw, runaway, breakdown, or cry when confronted by bully

2. Provocative Targets-

  • Anxious and insecure

  • Pesky behavior

  • Repeatedly initiate / provokes others

  • Continually loses the provocation

 

C. Bystander (witness) Indicators

1. Empowers the bully by silence

2. Feels empathy for the target, but afraid to act

3. Fears becoming target if associated with target

4. Afraid of causing the situation to escalate

5. Seldom steps forward to defend or speak against bully

6. May feel guilt

7. Lacks skills and knowledge in how to deal with the situation

 

Classroom Strategies

A. Bystander

1. Talk about bullying

2. Emphasize strength in numbers

3. Explain expectation for action

4. Teach and practice how to take a stand

5. Empower witness to act!

6. Acknowledge and reinforce caring behavior

 

B. Target

1. Provide safety in reporting

2. Take all reports seriously

3. Assign buddies to new students or potential targets

4. Strive for “caring majority” using devotions, meetings, discussions to teach expected behavior.

5. Model each student as a child of God

6. Consider how groups are formed for competition (does not allow for isolation of target – “Choosing sides”)

7. Teach friendship skills – What makes someone a friend?

8. Teach assertiveness skills – Saying, “Don’t!” or “No!” convincingly

 

C. Bully

1. Equalize power – work one-on-one

2. Challenge distorted thinking about acceptable behavior and aggression

3. Use consistent, predictable discipline

4. Focus on behavior and expectations

5. Use problem solving approach

6. State rule violated; feelings of target; plan of action

7. Provide pro-social consequences – “Don’t bully the bully in the process.”

8. Document and forward to principal

 

Student Strategies

A. Bystander

1. Not join in aggressive behavior

2. Get adult help – Reinforce the difference between “reporting” and “tattling”

3. Mobilize peer group

4. Take individual stand

5. Befriend target

6. Model proper action

7. Fill out report (see accompanying document)

B. Target

1. Avoid bully

2. Walk away

3. Make assertive statement “No!” or “Don’t!” and walk away

4. Use humor

5. Tell - report to adult

6. Stay in safe areas

7. Share feelings with an adult you trust

8. Use “self-talk”

9. Fill out report (see accompanying document)

C. Bully

1. Teach social skills-

  • Friendship-101 “How to gain friends and keep them.”

  • Empathy skills “Walk a mile in ___ shoes.”

2. Emotional self-awareness

3. Social awareness

4. Anger management

5. Assume personal responsibility

 

Teacher & Staff Member Strategies

1. Examine own behavior

2. Calmly, but firmly, confront comments, jokes, gestures, blame-the-victim statements

3. Model good communication, anger management, and conflict resolution skills

4. Make behavior expectations clear; enforce the consequences

5. Supervise! Supervise! Supervise!

6. Believe the target

7. Intervene when bullying occurs. Use the “Work-it-out-by-yourselves” strategy cautiously and sparingly. Remember, bullying is violence, and the target is, for the moment, defenseless

8. When bullying occurs, give more attention to the target and less to the bully

9. Encourage and recognize proper behavior

10. Declare, practice, and follow through on “Zero Tolerance” for bully behavior

11. Teachers and Staff Members receive ongoing training in anti-bullying and assertiveness skills

12. Help students learn to express themselves in positive ways

13. Consistently enforce consequences for bullying behaviors

14. Help the student take ownership for his/her behavior(s) by helping him/her accept responsibility, by fostering growth in self-discipline, by encouraging a Christian model of repentance and forgiveness

15. Fill out a Report Form when bullying occurs (see accompanying document)

 

Strategies for Parents

1. Each parent needs to examine his/her own behavior.

2. Consistently confront inappropriate comments, jokes, and gestures

3. Receive ongoing training and information regarding anti-bullying and assertiveness skills.

4. Model good behavior by using good communication, anger management and conflict resolution skills

5. Help own children learn how to express themselves in positive ways.

6. Make expectations clear

7. When children are present, recognize the importance of supervision in reducing bullying behavior(s)

8. Respond immediately to incidences of bullying by first visiting with the appropriate staff person. Follow up with supervisor(s) if necessary

9. Help children take ownership for his/her behavior

10. Empower children to report bullying

11. Differentiate between “reporting” and “gossiping.”


 

Behavior Report Form

(filled out by adult staff member)

Date: ___________________________ Time: _______________

Location of Incident:____________________________________________

All persons involved: ___________________________________________

Witnesses: ___________________________________________________

Severity Level:_____ Low       ____ Medium         ____High

What was seen: ____________________________________________

What was heard: ____________________________________________

___________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________

Staff Person’s Assessment: ________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________

Plan of Action: ________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

Principal Informed (list date and time): ________________________

Parent/Guardian Informed? Y or N

Other Authorities Informed? Y or N

 

Print name of adult filling out this form: _________________________

Signature: ___________________________Date: ________________

 

Student Behavior Report Form     (filled out by student)

Date: _______________________ Time: _____________________

Location: ________________________________________________

Others Involved: _______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

Witnesses: ______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

I saw: ______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

I heard: ______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

I did this: _______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

Name of Student Reporting: ____________________________________



 

Acceptable Use Policy (June, 2002)

Please read this document carefully before signing.

Wireless Internet access is now available to students and teachers at St. Paul’s Lutheran School (SPLS). We are very pleased to bring this access to SPLS and believe the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.

The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. Students and teachers have access to:

• Electronic mail (E-mail) communication with people all over the world

• The ability to browse the World-Wide Web

• Public domain software and shareware of all types

• Discussion groups on a plethora of topics ranging from Chinese culture to the environment to music to politics

• Access to many University Library Catalogs and the Library of Congress

 

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. SPLS has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We (SPLS) firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this world wide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of SPLS. It is the user that controls the search criteria and therefore the material accessed.

With this in mind, we (SPLS) believe that it is imperative to teach our students about making Christian choices about the type of material they access. It is our (SPLS) belief that by training our young people how to deal with objectionable material now, they will be better suited to make the same type of value judgments as adults.

These guidelines are provided so that you are aware of the responsibilities you are about to acquire. In general this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources. If an SPLS user violates any of these provisions, his or her account will be terminated and future access could possibly be denied. The signature(s) at the end of this document is (are) legally binding and indicates the party (parties) who signed has (have) read the terms and conditions carefully and understand(s) their significance.

 

The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. The faculty will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. Also, the system administrator may close an account at any time as required. You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

1. Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.

2. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.

3. Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues.

4. Note that electronic mail (E-mail) is not private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail.

5. Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users.

6. All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property. The network and its resources including access to the Internet are available to the staff and students of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School. Parents of students wishing to make use of the computer network may do so if they first check with their child’s teacher to make sure that there isn’t a conflict.

Members of St. Paul’s congregation who do not have children attending our school and who wish to make use of the computer network will need to speak to the administrator about access and sign the Computer Network Use Agreement. Access times will be limited to when there is a teacher available.

The use of your account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of SPLS. Use of other organizations network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any US or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret.

SPLS makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing.

SPLS will not be responsible for any damages you suffer. This include loss of data resulting from delays, non deliveries, incorrect deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at your own risk. SPLS specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.

Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware or software.



 

Parents signature_____________________________________________



 

Student signature______________________________________________



 

Date signed________________ agreement good until child leaves the school






Medication forms –Below are two forms that can be cut out and used.

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St. Paul’s Lutheran School

Parent Request for administration of medication by school personnel

I hereby request and give my permission to the Principal or his designee to administer the following medication to my child.

Name of child_______________________________

 

Name of drug_______________________ Dosage________________

 

At the following time: ________   given for what medical reason:


 

Expiration date of this request:______________

 

Date signed ____________________

 

Parent signature_____________________

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Medication forms –Below are two forms that can be cut out and used.

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St. Paul’s Lutheran School

Parent Request for administration of medication by school personnel

I hereby request and give my permission to the Principal or his designee to administer the following medication to my child.

Name of child_______________________________

 

Name of drug_______________________ Dosage________________

 

At the following time: ________   given for what medical reason:


 

Expiration date of this request:______________

 

Date signed ____________________

 

Parent signature_____________________

 

Adopted July 2005

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS –Grades 4-8

We take responsibility for learning.

This means :

1. We arrive at school on time.

2. We are prepared for class.

3. We demonstrate a serious and responsible attitude in daily work.

4. Homework is carefully and thoughtfully completed and on time.

We try to settle our differences in a peaceful manner.

This means:

1.We respect other people’s property and personal space.

2. We do not physically or verbally fight with other children.

3. We do not take anything that does not belong to us.

We follow the directions of adults in charge, the first time given.

This means:

1. We look at the speaker.

2. We do not talk back to teachers or adults in charge.

We are sensitive to the needs and feelings of others.

This means:

1. We use appropriate language at all times.

2.We do not bully nor tease other children.

3.We are willing to help each other.

4. We are friendly and courteous.

We are expected to move safely through the school.

This means:

1. No playing around in the bathrooms or hallways.

2. No running in the lunchroom, hallways, or up and down stairs.

 

SIGNED BY STUDENT :__________________ Date_____________

Parent Expectations

 

Parent- Teacher Conference: Parents are expected to attend Parent-Teacher conferences when scheduled. If unable to attend it is expected that the parent will re-schedule with the teacher at another time.

 

Programs: Parents are expected to attend programs of the school. This includes PTL meetings and special programs in which the children perform. Even when your child is not performing it is an encouragement to all that all parents attend.

 

Homework Help: Parents are expected to work with the child at home, with homework or in encouraging good study habits and self-discipline. It is suggested that the child have certain chores to do at home and be limited on the amount of screen time. It is always a good idea to encourage a lot of reading of good

literature.

 

Auto Insurance: Parents driving on field trips are expected to show proof of auto insurance to the teacher prior to leaving the property of St. Paul’s Lutheran School. It is advisable to have at least $5000 in medical insurance on the car policy. This would provide up to $5000 for each passenger regardless of fault or relationship to the driver.

 

Property Damage: The school enjoys the use of the facilities of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. While normal wear and tear are assumed during the operation of a school such as this, the church reserves the right to charge individual parents for material damage directly attributable to the neglect, abuse, or misuse of these facilities, furnishings, and personal property by their children.

 

Accounts Payable: Payments are generally made through FACTS. There is an on line registration. The school office will assist in getting signed up for FACTS Tuition Management. If a student is dismissed or withdrawn for any reason, the tuition is charged for the entire month, even if the student is in attendance only a portion of that month. Written notification of withdrawal must be submitted to the school office. School records are not released until all accounts are made current.

 

Textbooks: Parents are expected to encourage their child to care for school textbooks and library books so that several years of use may be gotten from each book. Those that abuse the books beyond normal wear and tear will be charged accordingly.

 

Visits to the classroom: Parents are welcome to visit the classroom during school hours. They are required to schedule the visit with the classroom teacher and report to the office upon arrival.

 

Lunch with your child: Parents and grandparents are encouraged to eat lunch with their child any day of the week. Please call the office so we may prepare a meal for you.

 

I, ______________________________________________________ have read and

agree to abide by the parent expectations as listed above and have read the Student Handbook

 

Signed this ________________ day of _______________ 20_________

Photo Release Form

St. Paul Lutheran School

701 S. Massachusetts

Sedalia, MO 65301

 

_______________________________ School Year

 

I, being the parent, guardian of ________________________________, hereby consent that the photographs or videos taken of him/her during the 2012-2013 school year while he/she is enrolled at St. Paul Lutheran School as a student may be used by St. Paul Lutheran School.

 

These pictures may be used on school Bulletin Boards, local newspapers, in the school newsletter, school yearbook, school websites, or scrapbooks made in class.

 

Furthermore, I consent that such photographs and or videos shall be the property of St. Paul Lutheran School, which has the right to duplicate, reproduce and make other uses as St. Paul Lutheran School deems necessary.

 

□ It is okay to use my son/daughter’s photograph, etc. as described above.

 

□ I DO NOT give my consent to have photographs of my son/daughter used by St.Paul's Lutheran School in any way, as specified above.

 

Name of Student: ____________________________ Grade: ________

 

Signature of Parent: ________________________________________

 

Home Address: ___________________________________

 

City: _______________________ Phone:_________________________

 

Please sign and return this to the school office. This paper will be kept on file in the student’s permanent record in the school office for only one year. Parents need to sign a permission slip every year that their child is enrolled in school. Parents always have the right to update and change this at any time during the school year.

 

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Upcoming Events
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Home Volleyball vs St. Paul's Concordia
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