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16-01 150th Place
Whitestone, NY 11357
(718) 746-3833

School Day
Morning Bell rings at 8:15
              Dismissal Bell rings at 3:00             

The school doors open at 8:00.  All students are to enter through the main entrance doors and go directly to their homeroom.  Parents should not enter the building.  The main entrance doors will not be open before 8:00 and after 8:15 your child will be given a late pass.  If it is absolutely necessary for your child to arrive earlier than 8:00, they are to wait in front of the main entrance until the doors open, not in the schoolyard. 
                All children will be dismissed into the schoolyard by their teachers.  No student is to leave the line without the teacher’s permission.  No parent should remove a student from the line without the teacher’s consent.  Parents are asked not to stand near the entrance gates so as to allow the classes access into the yard.
    
Note:  First Friday of the school month - the children attend 8:30 Mass and are dismissed at 11:30.
 
Parking
Arrival/Dismissal: Parents may park in the schoolyard in designated parking spots at arrival and dismissal times. 

Admittance
                St. Luke’s School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin.  The creed of any child will not bar admission to the school unless this would hinder the unique religious philosophy of the school. Non-Catholics are welcomed to attend.  All non-catholic students must participate in the formal religious instruction, as well as all liturgical functions conducted during the school day.  Sacramental participation is, of course, excepted (i.e. Penance, Eucharist, Confirmation). 
                Education at St. Luke’s begins with a two year old Tiny Tots Program and progresses through the Eighth Grade.  To begin his/her formal education, a child should be ready for school.  Students who do not meet certain criteria - e.g. age, emotional stability, age appropriate social maturity, ability to pay, may not be accepted into school.

 

Registration

                  Grade                                     Age                                         Date________
   Tiny Tots                             Two years of age                  Oct 1st 
Nursery School                  Three years of age               December 31st
Pre-Kindergarten               Four years of age                 December 31st
  Kindergarten                       Five years of age                  December 31st
  First Grade                          Six years of age                    December 31st
 

The following records must be presented at the time of registration:

  • Certificate of Birth
  • Certificate of Baptism
  • Complete Health Records with Immunization dates
  • Records of previous school (if applicable)
  • Any other pertinent information that may relate to the child’s school performance

 
Transferring Students
                All students in grades 2-8 transferring from public school or other Catholic Schools require a Parent/Principal Conference.  At that time a review of the child’s academic record and behavioral characteristics will be discussed.
                Ordinarily, a child who is transferred will be placed at the grade level which was attained in the sending school.  However, care should be taken to ensure proper placement.  If serious doubt should arise the Principal and Faculty of the receiving school will make a final determination with the parents.

Records
                The transferral of records is the school’s responsibility.  The Principal is the legal custodian of all permanent records and is responsible for their preparation, maintenance, privacy, transcription and dissemination.

Absence
                It is of the utmost importance that children attend school daily unless seriously ill.  The school is required to keep an adequate record of daily attendance, absence and tardiness in the Register of Attendance in a manner approved by the Commissioner of Education.
                If a child is absent from school, parents must call the office at 746-3833, no later than 9:00 AM to excuse the child. This is a safety measure for your child and the school.  Upon returning to school after an absence, the child must give a written note to the teacher indicating the child's name, date(s) of absence and reason for the absence.  Notes from parents relating to excused absences are kept on file in the school's office for a period of one year.  It is expected that absent students make up any work missed and are responsible for any work or tests upon their return to school. The attendance of students who leave school before the lunch period will be recorded as a half-day absence in the school register.
 
Absentee Work
                Homework assignments for all classes will be posted on the school website (www.slswhitestone.org) on a daily basis.  In the event of a child’s absence, parents should check the Homework section for work missed.   Parents may also request to pick up books for the absentee. However, no requests for pick up will be accepted after 9:00AM. 

Attendance
                Good and if possible perfect attendance is encouraged. Studies show a high correlation between academic success and attendance at school.  Regular and prompt arrival is a must if academic success is desired.
 
Tardiness
                Tardiness in most instances is nothing more than a bad habit.  A pupil who arrives after the 8:15 AM bell rings will be marked LATE and receive a late pass which will be given to the homeroom teacher to be recorded in the State Attendance Register.  Students receiving 3 or more latenesses in one trimester are not eligible for any honors at report card time for that trimester.  Also, students who receive 3 latenesses will not be permitted to dress down on the next scheduled Dress Down Day.

 
Home Instruction
                In case of extended illness or disability, provisions for Home Instruction may be arranged through the school’s office.
 
Care of Books
                Under the New York State Textbook Law (NYSTL), textbooks are loaned to the students.  It is their responsibility, therefore, for the proper care of these books throughout the school year.  All books given to the students must be covered.  Students who receive new textbooks will be required to purchase a "Book Sox" book cover.  Students are responsible for all books given to them and will be asked to pay for lost or damaged books before a new one will be issued or before the final trimester report card is given.  The price of the book will be determined by the New York State Textbook Catalog listing.

School Bags
                Due to safety issues for all students, school bags with rolling wheels are not permitted. 

Discipline
                Discipline in the schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn should reflect the spirit of Christian living and help students to grow in the understanding of self and of Christian responsibilities to others.  Respect and cooperation are KEY and are reiterated daily to all students by administration, faculty and staff.
                A discipline code has been established which will influence Kindergarten through Grade Eight.  This system will attempt to correct those behavioral actions that are deemed unacceptable for our children's development.

Disciplinary Offenses
                Students who fail to comply with school policy occurring on school grounds or during school functions will face disciplinary action.  Infractions that may lead to detention are as follows, but not limited to:

~food and/or drink outside the cafeteria
~improper uniform appearance
~disruptive classroom behavior
~bullying
~cheating or copying work
~improper language
~out of classroom without permission
~defamation of another's character
~destruction of school property or the property of another.
 (Payment is expected for the replacement of purposefully
destroyed school property, textbooks, etc.)
~stealing
~lateness (3 lateness = 1 detention)
~truancy
~misrepresentation of the school.
 (Misrepresentation of the school includes disorderly conduct,
words or actions outside the school  property where an
offending student is recognized as a student of St. Luke's School.)
~disrespect to a teacher, staff member, or parent volunteer
~cutting classes
~use of cell phones, ipods, or other electronic devices, etc.,
 (electronic devices may not be used or seen during
the school day, cell phones must be turned off. 
These items will be confiscated and will need
to be retrieved by a parent.)
~other
      It is understood that in addition to the schedule of offenses listed above, disciplinary action may be imposed at the discretion of the administration and faculty in the case of students who commit offenses previously unforeseen.
Serious Infractions Are Referred to the Principal and Pastor.

Suspension
                When it is deemed necessary, the administration may suspend pupils from class.  Either home suspension or in-school suspension will be left to the discretion of the administration.  During in-school suspension, a student is marked present.  In the case of home suspension, the student is marked absent.  A student would be required to complete all school assignments during the period of suspension.   Suspensions are entered on the student's permanent record card.
              
 Expulsion
                Expulsions are the permanent dismissal of a student from school and are viewed as a radical action at which point the school is saying that the student's interest would be better served in another environment, or that a student's behavior is a serious threat to the school community, or both.  This decision ultimately rests with the Principal.  Consultation with parents, teachers, the Pastor and the student is required.  When serious infractions escalate to the level of expulsion, they are recorded on the student’s permanent record.  Parents should note that by this stage they have long been apprised of the offensive action(s) and involved in the process of discipline.
                In all cases involving possible suspension or expulsion, the parents of the student will be notified as soon as possible. 
An appointment will be mutually arranged for the school administrator, parents and student to confer.
 
Serious offenses that might warrant student suspension or expulsion are as follows, but not limited to:
1.  Continued and willful disobedience
2.  Physical assault*
3.  Possession of alcohol or drugs
4.  Possession of a weapon
5.  Immoral behavior
6.  Bullying
7.  Inappropriate use of electronic devices
                *All students are instructed that physical retaliation to provocation is unacceptable.  Students always have recourse to a teacher, staff member, or parent volunteer if struck by another student.  The student who chooses to fight chooses suspension.  Refraining from physical retaliation demonstrates self control and good decision making.

 
ANTI-BULLYING /HARASSMENT POLICY

Purpose:

The school communities within the Brooklyn Diocese believe in the sanctity of human life and the inherent dignity of the human person.  We believe that all students, school employees and volunteers have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. All members of the school community, in turn, have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance. Research shows that students who learn in a safe and supportive environment succeed academically.  Students have a right to learn in an environment free of any harassment that substantially interferes with their education.
 
Definition:

Bullying, bias-based harassment /intimidation are intentional, repeated, hurtful acts (physical, verbal, written) committed by one or more persons towards another person or persons.  It usually involves an actual or perceived imbalance of power which can be physical, emotional or verbal. 
If not addressed, bullying can lead to the creation of a hostile, offensive or intimidating school environment and can affect a student’s educational opportunities.
 

  • Physical: physical violence, stalking, threats, aggressive or menacing gestures, exclusion from peer groups which is intended to humiliate or isolate the target (relational bullying)
  • Verbal: taunts, teasing, derogatory language, derogatory jokes, name calling, slurs, spreading rumors
  • Written: written or graphic material including graffiti containing comments or stereotypes that are electronically written and transmitted via internet, social messaging sites, blogs, instant messaging, text messages, cell phone, webcams,.  This would also include forwarding such messages if received.  This generally constitutes cyberbullying
 

Reporting Procedures:

  • The targeted student, parent/guardian of a student or other students in the school (bystanders), or any school staff who believe that bullying has occurred should report the incident to the principal.
  • The principal needs to conduct an investigation by interviewing all parties separately.
  • The parents of all involved students should be notified.
  • If it is determined that bullying has occurred the child who bullied is to be subject to consequences per the school’s disciplinary code.
  • Parents should be advised to contact the appropriate law enforcement agency if the situation warrants such a report. 
  • Referral to counseling should be made for all parties if deemed necessary.
  • The principal must follow up to see that the offending conduct has stopped.
  • All students should be notified that retaliation against anyone who makes a report will not be tolerated and those that retaliate will be subject to disciplinary actions.
 

Communication of Policy:

Annually all staff, students and parents should be apprised of the policy and such a school policy should appear in the parent/student handbook and faculty handbook
 

 

Uniforms
                The purpose of the uniform is to emphasize that school is important - that it is a place in which serious thought and learning happens.  The environment which includes the cleanliness of the building and the appearances of faculty, staff and students speaks of the quality of the school.  We are proud when people enter our building and notice that we respect our building and ourselves as evidenced by our appearance.  A visual check of uniforms will be performed each morning by the teachers.  Violations of the uniform code are taken seriously.  If a child is not properly attired, a detention may be issued to the student.

GIRLS:

Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
SLS Sweat suit
White socks
Sneakers
SLS Shorts and T-shirt during the warmer weather.
 
Grades 1-5
Jumper
White short/long sleeve cotton shirt with SLS logo
OR White short/long sleeve open collar blouse
Navy blue knee socks/opaque tights
Navy uniform pant may be worn in cold weather
If necessary, a navy or white sweater or
SLS gym sweatshirt/fleece ONLY
Black, rubber sole lace-up or buckle (Mary Jane) shoe, maximum 2" heel

Grades 6-8
Skirt (maximum length 2" above the knee)
White short/long sleeve cotton shirt with SLS logo
OR White short/long sleeve open collar blouse
Navy sweater vest
Navy blue knee socks/opaque tights
Navy uniform pant may be worn in cold weather.
If necessary, navy or white sweater or
SLS gym sweatshirt/fleece ONLY worn over the vest
Black, rubber sole lace-up shoe, maximum 2" heel.
 
BOYS:

Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
SLS Sweat suit , White socks, Sneakers
SLS Shorts and T-shirt during the warmer weather.

Grades 1-8
Navy uniform slacks
Short or long sleeve white (grades 1-5) or blue (grades 6-8) collared dress shirt and tie
If necessary, navy or white sweater/sweater vest or SLS gym sweatshirt/fleece ONLY
Navy blue, black or white socks - 'no show' socks are not permitted
Black, rubber sole/lace-up shoe, maximum 2" heel

BOYS AND GIRLS
Fall/Summer Uniform
Optional  (May 1-October 31)
Grades 1-8
Navy uniform walking shorts (boys)
Navy skort (girls)
Short sleeve cotton shirt with school logo
The girl's sweater vest (grades 6-8) need not be worn during this period
Navy blue or white crew socks/knee socks - 'no show' socks are not permitted
Black, rubber sole/lace-up shoe, (buckle shoe for girls only) maximum 2" heel

NOT PERMITTED
Sweatshirts  (other than school issued)                     
Boots or shoes with platform soles
'no show' socks

Makeup                                        
Colored nail polish

Fingernails longer than  average length 
Acrylic Nails or Tips            
Hanging earrings

“Fad” haircuts, shaved hair designs, hairstyles, accessories, or hair colors    
Jewelry (see exceptions below)*

Facial hair (mustache, beard)     
Boys are not permitted to wear earrings

Boys hair should not be below the collar
 

 


ACCEPTABLE JEWELRY
*Girls only - small post earrings (one per ear).
*Boys and Girls - a watch and a religious medal or cross on a thin chain may be worn.
 
N.U.T. Cards(No uniform today)
N.U.T. cards may be issued throughout the school year for various reasons.  If a student chooses to use their N.U.T. card, appropriate dress is required.  Shorts, tank tops, mini skirts, tight clothing, inappropriate T-shirt logos, etc. will not be permitted.  Non-complying students will notify parents to bring the regular school uniform.  All N.U.T. cards must be used by date indicated on card and may not be used on First Fridays
 
Physical Education Uniforms - Grades PK-8
There are two required Physical Education uniforms:
1.  Shorts and T-Shirt with logo of school, white socks and sneakers.
2.  Sweat suit with logo of school and sneakers.
 
Gym sneakers must be lace-up or velcro.  NO slip-on, backless, or platform allowed.

 

 
Lunch Program
                The school lunch program is provided for children in grades PK-8 between the hours of 11:00AM and 1:00PM.  Children bring their own lunch to school or purchase lunch from the daily menu.  The purchase of daily milk is made available to students on a monthly basis.  Water is also available for purchase on a daily basis.  No glass bottles or bottles with spouts are allowed to be brought to school.  If a child has forgotten their lunch, parents may bring it to the security desk no later than 9:00 AM otherwise cheese and crackers will be provided for them on that day.  The purchase of water and milk is made available to the children on a daily basis.
                No students may leave the school property during the lunch hour.  Any parent wishing to remove their child from school during this time must sign his/her child out at the security desk after approval from the office.
                Parents may not visit their child during lunch time in the cafeteria or the school yard
Any necessary communication with your child must be secured through the office.
                Children at play in the schoolyard may not play dangerous running or ball games.  Food, beverages, radios, ipods, cell phones or other electronic devices, etc., are not permitted in the schoolyard.  When at play and in the cafeteria, children are not permitted to return to their classroom for any reason.  Unescorted visits to any part of the building at this time is an unsafe practice.
                Proper behavior is required during the lunch period.  Any student who displays improper lunchtime behavior will be removed from the lunch program for the remainder of the year.  It will become the parent's responsibility to monitor their child during this time.
 
CURRICULUM
Requirements
New York State law requires 177 days of actual student attendance.  In addition, three professional days form part of the professional life of the Diocesan School Community totaling 180 days.
                To meet professional obligations to students and their parents, schools are required:
A.  To provide five hours of formal instruction for grades 1 through 8 per day.
B.  A once a month faculty meeting warranting a half day dismissal.
Instructional Materials
                On-going curriculum review is the responsibility of the Administration and Faculty.  The responsibility for the selection of textbooks, instructional materials and equipment is also their concern.  Review of textbooks is done annually.

Homework
                All students are expected to participate in class activities, assignments, projects, and homework.  Report card grades are a combination of test marks, class participation and all of the above.  Our school is on a trimester reporting system.
                Homework is given to reinforce the learning process and to meet individual needs.  Homework and class assignments may be used as a test grade, if material has been adequately covered.  Each student in grades 1-8 will be required to use a homework notebook for their assignments.  For a child to benefit from the work assigned and to develop good study habits, a definite period of time and a quiet place should be provided.  It is the responsibility of every parent and child to check homework for neatness and accuracy.  Your signature on your child's homework indicates that you feel it is an acceptable standard.  The amount of work given nightly is up to the discretion of the administration and faculty.   In order to help our children become more responsible, they will not be permitted to call home if they have forgotten books, homework , projects, etc.  Students who are absent from school must make an effort to make up the assigned work.  Homework is posted on the school website on a daily basis.  The copy machine may not be used by students to make copies of daywork, class notes, etc. 
 
Mandated Testing Programs
                Diocesan Standardized Testing for grades 3-8 is administered in the fall of each school year.  The results of the testing are shared with parents at the first parent/teacher conference in December.  The Home Report is given to parents at that time.
                New York State Tests are administered according to the dates set by the State.  Results are shared with parents of grades 4 and 6 when they are received by the school.  Test results of students in grade 8 are sent to their receiving high schools.  The following is a schedule of NYS Tests and the grades tested:

Grade                           Subject Tested
    4                          English/Language Arts (ELA)
    4                          Mathematics
    4                          Science
    6                          English/Language Arts (ELA)
    6                          Mathematics
    8                          English Language Arts (ELA)
    8                          Mathematics
    8                          Science               

The State mandates that students who score a  low Level 2 or below on a NYS Test must receive Academic Intervention Services - AIS (i.e. remediation, tutoring). 
St. Luke’s School provides AIS Services for students who have scored below a Level 2. 
Students who score a Level 1 must receive AIS and be retested the following year.
 
Guidance
                The Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP) provides St. Luke School with a Guidance Counselor.  The counselor conducts grade appropriate lessons with classes and is available for consultation with individual students and/or parents if needed. 

Library
                Our well-equipped library acts as a complement to our instructional program and is available to teachers and students.  Primary classes frequent the library weekly.

Science Lab
                Students in grades PK-8 use the fully equipped Science Lab on a weekly basis.  

Computer Lab
                Our state of the art Computer Technology Lab with Internet access is available to all classes at all times. 
Teachers receive on-going professional development in technology in order to fully integrate technology into the curriculum. 

Field Trips
                Field trips are learning experiences and considered an extension to the educational process.  Grade level teachers in consultation with the Principal determine the appropriate trip for their classes.  Written permission slips must be obtained from parents of pupils who wish to go on a scheduled trip.  When necessary, parent chaperones who have been Virtus trained are invited by the teacher to assist in the supervision of the students.  Parent chaperones take responsibility for the group assigned, not only their child.  Since field trips are an extension to the curriculum, students may not be exempt from a trip unless a serious reason exists.  Transportation is provided by insured carriers and approved by the Diocesan Office of Catholic Education.
 
EVALUATION
                Evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of a student’s achievement arrived at after  using a variety of measurement tools which may include daily classwork, homework assignments, independent work or projects, cooperative work or projects, student portfolios, written tests and quizzes. 

Report Cards
                A student’s achievement of program objectives in grades Nursery through Eight is evaluated and reported at three checkpoints during the year.  Report Cards are distributed at the Parent/Teacher Conferences in December and March.  The third trimester report will be sent home with the student in June.  The final grade for the year is recorded in the fourth column of the report card and listed on the permanent record card.
                All academic work for a marking period must be completed by the close of the marking period.  Incomplete work will warrant a failing grade for any assignment that has not been handed in.
                Teachers will contact parents as the need arises, and parents should also feel free to ask for an appointment with their child's teacher at any time during the year.

Awards
Principal’s Award:
       Any child in grades 4 through 8 who has attained agrade average of 95% or above and has NOT received a 1 in a special subject or 3 or more latenesses in a trimester.

Outstanding Achievement Award:
     Any child in grades 4-8 who has attained a year average of 95% or above in each major subject area is eligible for the Outstanding Achievement Award.  This award will be given to the students at an awards ceremony to be held in June. Students receiving a 1 in a special class or  3 or more latenesses in one trimester are not eligible for any honors at report card time for that trimester. 
 
Honor Roll:
     Any child in grades 4-8 who has attained a year average of 90% or above in each major subject area is eligible for the Honor Roll Award.  This award will be given to the students at an awards ceremony to be held in June. Students receiving a 1 in a special class or  3 or more latenesses in one trimester are not eligible for any honors at report card time for that trimester. 
 
Retention
                All retentions are decided upon by the Principal and teachers in consultation with the parents.  The final responsibility for a pupil's retention rests with the Principal.
Private tutoring may be recommended for students who, through early identification and assessment, indicate difficulty in completing required program objectives.   
                Parents of students identified as potential holdovers, will be notified by the end of the second trimester.  In June, a final decision will be made.
 
Graduation
 Diplomas are granted by the Diocesan Office of Catholic Education and affirm that a student has successfully completed all of the requirements of the curriculum for eight consecutive years.
Graduation occurs at the end of the eighth grade.  A student who has failed one or more subjects may participate in the commencement ceremony but may not be awarded a diploma.  The diploma will be awarded subsequent to the passing of said subjects in summer school.  A student may also be denied participation in the commencement ceremony for continued serious infractions of the school's code of conduct.   Finally, promotion and graduation are subject to the full discharge of all financial obligations to the school.
 
COMMUNICATION
 
Parental Guidelines
                The vision of the school cannot be realized without the cooperation of the parents or guardians of our students.  Acceptance of a student to our scholastic/religious Community is a two-fold reality: the student becomes part of our school and the parent accepts its program/rules and regulations.  Students are with us for only a few hours in the week and during the academic year.  Support from the home in the form of cooperation in the accomplishment of assignments and encouragement in study is essential.  Necessary, too, is a spirit of support for the school and care that its good name and that of its staff is maintained in conversations and expression of gratitude.  Hence, a parent who enrolls a child with us agrees to:

~civility in conversation in any meeting with school personnel since it is the expected behavior of polite dialogue;
~present any complaints in a composed and rational manner, as they are best attended to when they are presented calmly, reasonably and ordinarily written to assure that they are focused with supporting evidence;
~refrain from libelous and defaming gossip, as it will not be tolerated;
~for the safety of the students and faculty, all visitors to the school must register at the Security Desk,
and the parents may not go to a child's class without specific authorization;
~lunch time is not visiting time for parents.  It disrupts the school program and it may be upsetting to the younger children. 
The need to see a child at this time should be first cleared with the Office. 
~The School Secretaries, Security assistant, lunch assistants and aides in the classroom are members of the
school's official family and are to be accorded the same respect as other staff;
~attendance at parent meetings is an important part of the educational process and
we expect that at least one parent or guardian will attend when such meetings occur.
 

Parent/Teacher Conferences
                Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled formally twice each year after the issuance of report cards.  Conferences at other times during the year may be scheduled at the request of the principal, parent or teacher.  Parents are asked to contact the teacher first to arrange a suitable time to discuss their child’s progress or concerns.    Please understand that communication regarding your child’s progress is a two-way street; you as a parent have as much obligation to inquire as the teacher has to inform.
 
Family E-envelope
School notices are available online via the Family E-envelope section of the school website.  It is the responsibility of each school family to view weekly postings.  Any organization wishing to send something home through the
e-envelope system must have the information in the school office a week before posting.  All communications must go through the hands of the principal.
 
Emergency School Closing
                There are times when school must be closed due to inclement weather or other emergencies.  Radio and/or television announcements stating the close of the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan Schools include St. Luke’s School.  Parents will be notified through the Parent Alert System by telephone, text messaging and e-mail, if applicable, as well as the St. Luke website at www.slswhitestone.org .


EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS -TINY TOTS, NURSERY, PRE-KINDERGARTEN
                The Early Childhood Program offers time and space for youngsters to be children where they are free to play, explore, and imagine.  It is designed to lead them from wonder to discovery and from imagination to affirmation.  It provides the opportunity for all children to associate pleasure with learning so that each one feels good about herself or himself.
                In this Program, the teacher collaborates with parents in sharing religious beliefs and values with children.  Her adult encouragement and example are among the most important factors which influence faith development.  As collaborator, the teacher fosters a deeper awareness of God’s presence.  The teacher is flexible and supportive in meeting the needs of each new group.  The teacher offers each child space to experience the joy of learning at his or her own capacity and pace.
 
Tiny Tots
                Our Tiny Tots Program provides a creative, safe and stimulating environment for two year olds.  This program provides a special time for parent and child to spend together, gradually leading to a gentle separation customized to the needs of each child and parent.  The class consists of playtime, story time, arts and crafts, music and movement and snack time.
Nursery School
                A child’s introduction to school is a most exciting and important step in his development.  Energy, enthusiasm and eagerness are components characteristic of most three year olds. Our program focuses on the enhancement of social skills emphasizing the importance of interaction and cooperation with peers.  Readiness skills are developed through various mediums.  Exposure to painting, coloring, drawing, writing, and building develops fine motor skills while large motor skills are enhanced through physical activity, music interaction and circle games.  Language expression is developed through show and tell, daily discussions on weather, time and the calendar.  Singing, cooking and creating art projects are all part of a child’s day in Nursery School.  A full time aide(s) is in attendance at all times to assist the teacher. 
Pre-Kindergarten
                At the age of four, the pre-school child has already developed many vital skills.  In this year, he will be more adept at most of the tasks introduced to him in Nursery School.  Painting, cutting, drawing, writing and coloring will begin to take on a new form as these accomplishments become more proficient to the child.  Language expressions and readiness skills for the child are developed daily.
                To cooperate with others, sharing, waiting your turn, being helpful, knowing math, and reading readiness concepts, painting, creating, cooking, drawing recognizable objects are a few of the triumphs of a four year old child.
                A full time aide is in attendance at all times to assist the teacher.  The children attend physical education and computer classes weekly and have outdoor playtime in a supervised, fenced-in playground.
 
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Regulations
                The Education Laws of New York State mandates that students attending non-public schools receive the same health services provided to students attending public schools. 
Immunizations
                New York Law states that all children attending school (Grades N-12) must be immunized against contagious and infectious diseases.  The proper medical forms are given at the time of registration.  A No Shots-No School Policy is strictly enforced.

Identification of Health Problems
                New York State mandates that accurate health records for each student be kept on file in a designated place.
1.  Height and weight of each student is recorded yearly.
2.  Results of vision and hearing tests are recorded yearly.
3.  Pertinent medical information and recommendations (i.e., allergies; chronic illness; childhood diseases, etc.) are kept on file.
                The return of dental notes is the responsibility of the parent.  Parents must see to it that children receive a yearly check-up at the dentist.
 
School Nurse
                The New York City Department of Health, if the City budget allows, provides a school nurse for public and non-public schools.  It is the nurse’s responsibility to maintain all health records.  She is available to assess unexpected illness and injuries and make appropriate referral.  The City of New York, Department of Health and Department of Education prohibit the unauthorized distribution of medication, including aspirin, to students.  The School Nurse will supervise the administration of parent/physician authorized medication to students (only written authorization is valid). 
 
Transfer of Health Records
                All medical records are kept in the permanent record file and are transferred to receiving schools upon a child’s withdrawal from a school.  These records are the property of the Department of Health.  They are confidential and subject to regulations established by the Law.  The Principal is the chief custodian of all medical records.
 
 
Accidents and Illness at School
                 In case of a serious accident at school, parents will be notified immediately.  It is important that parents fill out the emergency information sheet given to each child at the beginning of the school year and NOTIFY US IMMEDIATELY OF ANY CHANGES DURING THE YEAR.
If emergency medical attention is needed, an authorized member of the faculty or staff will accompany a child to the hospital and remain with that child until a parent arrives.  Hospitals reserve the right to treat patients under eighteen years of age without parental consent in life-threatening or emergency circumstances.  No "elective type" treatment will be given without the consent of the parent.
 
Insurance
                The Parish and School are insured through Parish Services Corporation for claims of liability which arise due to negligence on the part of the school. 
The insurance does not cover injuries resulting from accidents unless negligence is involved.
                Optional insurance coverage is available for all students through American Home Assurance Company. 
Forms for insurance are sent home to parents in the beginning of the school year.

Release of Pupils from School
                Pupils are expected to be in attendance for the complete session each school day.  If for any reason a student must leave school before the regular dismissal hour, a parent or person authorized by the parent must come to the security desk after approval from the office to escort the student out of the building. A sign-in and sign-out book indicating time of arrival or dismissal must be signed by the parent.  Once a child arrives at school, he/she may never be sent home for assignments, books, projects, etc.
     Parents are asked to make appointments for doctors and dentists in advance so that they may be after school hours or during holiday weeks.

Fire Drills/Evacuation Drills/Lock Down Drills
                Fire Drills, Evacuation Drills and Lock Down Drills are conducted as directed by New York State and Diocesan regulations.  These drills are held at various times under varying conditions.  Students follow emergency exit directions posted in each room.  The children are taught to leave and return to the building quickly, quietly and safely.
  
Crisis Management Plan
St. Luke’s School has a Crisis Management Plan in place which provides specific and detailed procedures for responding to a range of incidents including specific written evacuation procedures identifying primary and alternate exits evacuation.  These procedures are practiced by the students and staff throughout the year in order to insure a smooth and efficient process for evacuation in an emergency.  Our plans have been filed with the 109th Precinct as well as the local Fire House so that we may all work together in the event of an emergency.

Asbestos Notice
                In compliance with the EPA’s regulations covering asbestos-containing building material in schools, this is St. Luke’s School annual notification that ACBM’s are present in the building.  A program has been implemented to ensure that the material is maintained in good condition, and appropriate precautions are followed if the material is disturbed for any reason.  This management program consists of surveillance, inspection, response action, record keeping and training for maintenance and custodial staff, and is available for review at the school office.  It is the policy of St. Luke’s to provide a safe environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Pesticide Notice
New York State Education Law, Section 409-H, requires schools to provide written notification regarding actual or potential use of pesticides throughout the school year.  St. Luke’s School is also required to maintain a list of students, parents or staff members who wish to receive a 48-hour prior written notification of specific pesticide applications in the District.  While the school does not anticipate any situation where there will be a need to provide notification of a pesticide application 48 hours in advance, if you would like to receive such notification if one were required, please call the school office, requesting pesticide application notification.  In the unlikely event an application of a regulated pesticide application is required, the school would not apply such chemicals unless the school was to remain unoccupied for a continuous 72 hours following the application.  In doing so, a 48-hour notification would not be required.
 
SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES
                The spiritual life is an integral part of the education of a student at St. Luke’s School.  We do not look on it as an addition, but as the unifying principle that nourishes and enriches our curriculum.
Daily Prayer
                Each day begins with a prayer.  During the Advent and Lenten seasons, the morning announcements contain a theme relative to the Season and are intended to set the tone for the day.
Monthly Masses
                On the first Friday of each month, there is a special school Liturgy prepared by the students under the direction of their teachers.  Each grade level has its turn in the preparation and participation of the liturgy, giving the students a deeper appreciation of the value of the Mass.
Class Masses
                Classes are scheduled to attend the 8:30am Parish Mass each month.  The dates for Class Masses are included on the calendar that is posted on the school website.
Confessions
The parish priests hear confessions for students in grades 3-8.  Each class is given a scheduled time during the school year.
Stations of the Cross
                Stations of the Cross are conducted during the season of Lent.  Classes are invited to attend and participate in the traditional devotion of Christ’s journey on the Cross.  
The Blessed Mother
                The month of May is dedicated to our Blessed Lady and is celebrated in the school with class projects and a special outdoor Mass in honor of Mary. 
Sacramental Preparation
                During their years in St. Luke’s School, the students are prepared for the Sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist in the second grade, and for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the eighth grade.
 
EXTENDED DAY PROGRAMS
                St. Luke’s School provides Morning Care, beginning at 7:00AM, for families who are in need of early drop off for their children due to parent work schedules. An After School Program is also offered for students from dismissal until 6:00PM.  A daily/weekly fee is charged for those who participate.  Students who attend the Morning Care or After School Program must follow the directions of the program supervisors.  Any student who is a disruption to either program will not be permitted to return.
 
BUS SERVICE
                Bus service is provided by the Office of Pupil Transportation for students in Grades PreK to 6 who qualify based on distance from St. Luke School. Student Metro Cards can also be issued for those who qualify, upon request.
          Private Bus Service is available at the expense of the parent.  Call the school office for further information.
 
SOURCES OF INCOME
                Income to the school is obtained primarily through tuition, donations, fund raising and mandated services provided by the State of New York.
Tuition
                It should be clearly understood that tuition in itself does not cover the cost of educating your child.  The budget is supplemented by other sources of income listed above.  The payment of tuition is the responsibility of the parents.  It is crucial that all payments should be made on time.  Any difficulty of meeting payments should be made known to the Pastor immediately. Admit to Class,  graduation, promotion to the next grade, transfer of records, report cards and re-registration process will not be completed unless all financial obligations are met regularly and on time.
Donations/Gifts
Donations and gifts such as: books, toys, games and furnishings are always greatly appreciated.  Please contact the school office if you wish to contribute materially, monetarily or of your own personal time.
Mandated Services
Limited subsidy from the State of New York for services mandated such as attendance recording, testing and curriculum is received annually.
 
STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION
Saint Luke’s School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all 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 in the administration of its educational and admission policies, athletic programs or other school programs.
 
VIRTUS
                The Diocesan Safe Environment Office, relating to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, requires all adult volunteers, who have access to children and wish to volunteer for field trips, student supervision, etc., to attend a Virtus training session, sign a release form for a background search and sign a Code of Conduct.
 

CELL PHONES, iPHONE, iPOD, iPAD,
BLACKBERRY, ANDROID, NOOKS, KINDLES, and
ALL TYPES OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES

 
Cell phones and electronic devices are disruptive in our educational setting. While our school understands the need for cell phones for parents to get in touch with their child, the phone or any other electronic device has no purpose while the student is in school.
 
Students are not permitted to use cell phones on school grounds.
Students are not permitted to take out cell phones to make calls, answer calls, receive texts, send texts, take pictures, send pictures, receive e-mail, or compose and send e-mail.
 
 
Students at St. Luke School are not permitted to have a cell phone either on their person, in their schoolbags, coat/jacket, purse, etc.   If it is necessary to bring a cell phone to school, the student must give the turned off phone to their homeroom teacher at the start of the day for retrieval upon dismissal. 
 
AFTER SCHOOL and OFF OF SCHOOL GROUNDS the student may turn on the phone and
use it in the manner the student has been instructed by his/her parents.
 
CELL PHONES WILL BE CONFISCATED FROM A STUDENT IF THAT
STUDENT IS USING THE PHONE OR CARRYING THE PHONE VISIBILY.
 
When a cell phone, or any electronic device is out and visible, it will be taken by the teacher or staff member and given to the Principal. A detention will also be issued to the student.  The electronic device must be picked up from the Principal by a parent for a fine of $25. If the student takes out the cell phone, or any electronic device, for a second time after it has been confiscated, the cell phone or electronic device will be kept until the last day of school. The cell phone or electronic device must be picked up from the Principal by a parent for a fine of $50. THIS POLICY CAN BE CHANGED, AT ANY TIME, BY THE PRINCIPAL AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. If this occurs, the Principal and
Assistant Principal will inform parents and students of the policy change.



ADDENDUM
                The principal reserves the right to amend this handbook at any time for just cause.  

ADDENDUM 1

Discipline in the schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn should reflect the spirit of Christian living and help students to grow in the understanding of self and of Christian responsibilities to others.  Respect and cooperation are key and are reiterated daily to all students by administration, faculty, and staff.
            To clarify what is in our handbook and what has been the practice over the past several years, the discipline code was established to influence all students.  This system attempts to correct those behavioral actions that are deemed unacceptable for our children’s development and also seeks to recognize those students who exhibit outstanding behaviors.
            As a team, Saint Luke has decided to continue to use a demerit system, with the added feature of a merit system as a guide for discipline and recognition in Grades Six through Eight.  The administration and faculty at Saint Luke expect students at our school to be respectful of themselves, their schoolmates, and our teachers at all times.  Failure to abide by the standards of conduct will result in the issuing of demerits, detention, or other disciplinary actions.  Conversely, students who abide by the codes and go above and beyond expected behaviors through excellent conduct, cooperation, and acts of kindness will be recognized with merits.
 
Merit System
Saint Luke School has high expectations for student behavior. We feel it is important to recognize and encourage exemplary behavior. When students are seen going above and beyond to help peers, faculty, and/or administration, merits are issued.  Some examples of these merits are kind deeds, helping a staff member or student, charitable works, and in-class cooperation and conduct.  Two merits earn the student a “WOW” award.  Administration, teachers, and our parish will recognize these students with a monthly list of names announced in our school and in the parish bulletin. In addition, these students will be given a small token of our pride in their outstanding merit.
 
 
 
Demerit System
Students who engage in a disciplinary offense as listed in the Parent/Student Handbook and on our school’s website will receive a demerit.  Some examples of these violations include disruptive class behavior, uniform infractions, inappropriate physical behavior, improper language, inappropriate behavior in the hallway or at lunch/recess, and use of cell phones during the school day.  Any student who receives two demerits will automatically receive a detention upon the third demerit.  Detentions will be served throughout the entire lunch period in a lower grade classroom.  While serving the detention, students will copy the portion(s) of the Parent/Student Handbook that best applies to the infraction and/or another appropriate written assignment.  All demerits are posted on Option C and may require a parent signature.
            Two detentions will result in the student’s loss of a privilege.  Students may be given immediate detention and/or further disciplinary action for more serious infractions that involve potential physical damage, bullying, cheating, or harm to people or property.  It should be noted that detentions will affect a student’s conduct grade on their report card and may prevent the student from receiving honors.