School Handbook

Office Hours

Office hours for the School office are 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on regular school days.  Intersession and summer office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The school office number is 808-822-4212.  E-mail address scsoffice@st-catherineschool.org.  Web site is www.st-catherineschool.org.  St. Catherine Preschool classroom can be reached at 822-9229.

School Hours

The school day is 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. for kindergarten through grade 5 except 3:00 pm for Middle School. On Fridays the school day ends at 1:15 p.m. Please consult the school calendar about half days and school holidays.  Preschool hours are 7:30 a.m. through 2:15 p.m. with extended care available until 5 p.m.

Coyle Hall is opened and staffed at 7:15 a.m. when students may be dropped off. St. Catherine School cannot assume responsibility for students who are brought to school before 7:15, but students may join morning Mass at St. Catherine Church which begins at 7:00 a.m.

Students must be picked up by 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m. for Middle School and 1:30 p.m. on Fridays.  Students remaining after 2:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively, will be sent to After School Care and assessed the appropriate fees.

School Day Schedule

7:15 - Coyle Hall opens

7:45 - Morning Assembly in Coyle Hall

8:00 - 8:55 - 1st Period

8:55 – 9:45 - 2nd Period

9:30 - 9:45 - Recess (K – 2)

9:40 - 10:00 - Recess (3 - 8)

10:00 – 10:50 - 3rd Period

10:50 – 11:40 - 4th Period

10:50 - 11:10 - Lunch (Preschool)

11:00 - 11:40 - Lunch and Recess (K - 2)

11:40 - 12:20 - Lunch and Recess (3 - 8)

12:25 – 1:15 - 5th Period

1:15 - Dismissal (Friday, Whole School)

1:15 - 2:10 - 6th Period

2:10 - 3:00 - 7th Period (6 - 8)

2:15 - Dismissal (Monday - Thursday, K - 5)

3:00 - Dismissal (Monday - Thursday, 6 - 8)

 

Morning Assembly

A school wide assembly is held each morning at 7:45 a.m. in Coyle Hall marking the start of the school day. During this time, positive values are encouraged and students join in school wide prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, and general announcements. Attendance is mandatory. Teachers are present to ensure respectful and appropriate behavior. Parents are encouraged to attend daily morning assembly.

Visitors

All visitors must report to the school office to sign in and obtain a visitor’s badge.  For the safety and security of our students, no one is permitted to go directly to the classroom, cafeteria, or playground. Parents bringing items for their children during school hours are asked to bring the items to the office and not to the classroom.

Parking

St. Catherine School has very limited parking and student safety is our highest priority.  The turn-around in front of Coyle Hall is strictly for dropping off and picking up children.  Parking in the circle is not allowed at any time, as this creates a traffic problem.  Park in designated areas only and follow instructions of St. Catherine School staff on duty.

Cafeteria

St. Catherine School offers hot, USDA approved breakfast and lunch to all students.  Students are not to bring soda or caffeinated beverages to the cafeteria or on campus.  Meals can be pre-purchased in the office or on line through the school web site or at www.mymealtime.com.  Families may apply for free or reduced fee lunches through the National School Lunch Program at the time of registration or when there is a change in financial circumstances.

St. Catherine School provides a fresh fruit or vegetable snack to each child at morning recess through a federal grant program.

Volunteers

Volunteers are a vital part of our school.  Parents are frequently asked to assist in the classroom, office, cafeteria, playground, as chaperones for field trips, and in many other capacities.  All help is encouraged and appreciated.  Volunteers and visitors must sign in at the office and obtain a visitor’s pass.  All volunteers are asked to sign the Volunteer Agreement and adhere to the St. Catherine School Code of Conduct.

Parent Participation (Hana Makua Hours)

Each parent is required to provide a minimum of 10 hours of service during St. Catherine Carnival. The carnival is our major fund-raiser and service opportunities are focused on the success of this activity.  Additionally, we request one parent from each class to serve as Home Room Parent.  These parents serve a critical role in organizing and encouraging volunteers for our activities and special events.

Parent Teacher Guild

The purpose of the St. Catherine Parent Teacher Guild (PTG) is to serve the best interest of the school by supporting its mission, programs, activities and fundraising efforts.  All parents and teachers are members of the Parent Teacher Guild which meets the third Tuesday of each month in Coyle Hall.  PTG officers include president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.  The PTG president is also an ex-officio member of the School Advisory Board.

School Advisory Board

The School Advisory Board is a consultative committee to the Pastor and Principal which meets quarterly.  Responsibilities include long range planning, finance, development, and marketing.  Membership is by appointment of the Pastor.

Communication

Open and clear communication is an important aspect of St. Catherine School.  Each week the Friday letter is sent home with students, e-mailed to families, and posted on our web page and Facebook page.  This letter contains import information and pertinent announcements.  A quarterly newsletter, The Lantern, is issued at the end of each quarter and is filled with news and student work from each class.

Parent input is important for our continuing growth and improvement.  Teachers and administration welcome feedback and suggestions.  E-mail and phone calls will be returned in a timely manner.  Teachers are busy with students during the school day and are not available without an appointment.

After School Hours

Students are given adequate time to pack their belongings before the last school bell rings.  As a professional courtesy, teachers and staff members will not open any locked classroom doors for students and parents.

St. Catherine School operates an After School Care program as an extension of our school program and is licensed by the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services.  This program provides an environment that is safe and nurturing where students are adequately supervised at all times.  Students are provided time and space to complete homework, read, socialize appropriately, and play.

School policies which are spelled out in the St. Catherine School Student Parent Handbook apply to the After School Care program.  Students will follow all rules set forth in the Parent Student Handbook and enforced by the ASC coordinator.  Students who do not follow these rules will not be allowed in the After School Program.  Additional policies are as follows.

St. Catherine School After School Care program is licensed for a maximum of 20 children, ages four years, eight months to thirteen years.
Students enrolled in After School Care must be enrolled in St. Catherine School.  The ASC coordinator will have on file a copy of the students’ Emergency and Authorized Pick up forms.  All students will conform with school policy regarding TB clearance and Form 14.
Hours of operation begin at the close of school through 5 pm.
Snacks are not provided by the school; however, children are encouraged to bring healthy snacks.
Provisions are made for students with special needs.  Bathrooms and the classroom are handicap accessible.
Emergency medical care plans are in keeping with school policy.  In case of illness or minor injury, parents will be called to pick up the child.  In case of a serious or life threatening situation, the teacher will follow first aid procedures, including calling 911, parents, and school administration.  Students who are ill will not be allowed to attend After School Care.
After School Care coordinators are registered with PATCH and the Department of Human Services and have completed all requirements of those agencies.
St. Catherine School caries liability insurance as required by Hawaii Catholic Schools and the State of Hawaii.
In accordance with school policy, valuables and electronics should not be brought to school, and the school will not be responsible for the loss of such property.
Transportation is not provided for students in After School Care.  ASC does not take students off campus on field trips or excursions.
Disclosure of information on the child is available to parents, guardians and non-custodial parents under the terms of the Buckley Amendment.
Students will be signed in at 15 minutes following the end of school day and will be signed out by the person picking up the child.

 

Specific Preschool Information

St. Catherine Preschool operates within St. Catherine School and is licensed by the Department of Human Services and accredited by WASC and WCEA. A copy of the current operating license is posted in the preschool classroom.   Operational and administrative policies for preschool are consistent with those for St. Catherine School. Any policies not found in this section will be found in corresponding sections of this handbook.

St. Catherine Preschool provides developmentally appropriate experiences that meet the needs of our children, promoting physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual growth in a Catholic environment preparing children for a successful transition to kindergarten.  Students work in a “prepared environment” which allows self-directed learning to take place.  Teachers introduce new materials and information in group circle time as well as on an individual basis.  Instruction in music, art, physical education and computer science are provided.

Religious Education

St. Catherine Preschool is a Catholic program.  Religious education instruction instills a sense of God’s presence and love in our children, and shapes attitudes of love and respect for all of God’s creation.

Parent School Communication

A parent, guardian, or designated adult must sign each child into the program each morning and sign the child out upon leaving.  This is an opportunity to communicate with teachers daily.  Parents are asked to complete a developmental questionnaire upon admission.  Parent-teacher conferences are held in September of each year.  Teachers are available for conferences throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to participate in all school functions and PTG sponsored events.

Admission Requirements

In addition to St. Catherine School requirements, preschool students must be potty trained.

Discipline Policies

St. Catherine Preschool staff work in partnership with parents or guardians to guide children to behave in an appropriate and compassionate manner.  When a behavior arises that is not in keeping with the goals of the program, the following procedures will be in place.

When a behavior problem occurs in the classroom or on the playground, and redirection is not effective, a time out will be given and appropriate behavior is discussed.  The staff will remind the child of the rules and allow the child to rejoin the group.
Repeated behavior issues are discussed with parents or guardians.
If a problem continues, it is taken to the school principal/director and a conference will be requested between the parents and principal in order to develop an action plan.  The principal may offer appropriate professional support services if appropriate and available.
If the above procedure has been followed and improvement is not seen, a child may be removed from the program if:

The child poses a threat to self, staff, or other children.
The child behaves in a manner that is difficult to manage in a group.
The child or parent/guardian uses language that is abusive or threatening.

Admissions and Records

 Admission to St. Catherine School is a privilege and is based in part on the school’s ability to serve the child effectively with the resources available to the school.

Confidentiality

All personal and financial information submitted to the St. Catherine School is held in confidence until such time that it is no longer required, when it is destroyed.

Non-Discriminatory

St. Catherine School and Preschool does not discriminate in its admission policy on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, religion, national origin, or disability, if with reasonable accommodation, the individual can function.

Age requirements

Preschool:        Three years old by December 31

Kindergarten:   Five years old by December 31

First Grade:      Six years old by December 31

Application Process

St. Catherine School’s application process includes a meeting and interview with the principal, completion of the written application, submission of previous school’s records, current health form (including vaccination record, TB clearance, and physical examination), and birth certificate.

Probation

All new students are placed on probation for one quarter.  This time period allows the school and parents to evaluate the child in the new setting, wait for any pertinent information on the new student that may be forthcoming, and observe the child’s academic and social adjustment to the school community.  If the need presents itself, the probationary period may be extended or reinstated at the discretion of the administration.

Re-enrollment

A re-enrollment application is required for all students who wish to return to St. Catherine School.  St. Catherine School reserves the right to accept or reject re-enrollment applications from returning students.  Such decisions are based on parental cooperation, student’s academic growth, behavior, and fulfilling financial obligation.  No student will be considered enrolled unless all financial obligations have been met and all required forms turned in to the school office.

Student and Parent Requirements

Students must have all school forms, a current physical examination, immunization records (Form 14), TB test, and fees paid in full, and tuition payment arrangements made before the start of school.   Students and their parent(s) or guardian(s) must also agree to abide by our school polices.

Students from divorced or separated families will need to provide a copy of the court decree specifying custodial issues and visitation schedule.  We expect all parties to conduct themselves in a cordial and respectful manner at all times while on campus.

 

 Financial Information

 Tuition Obligation and Refund Policy

Parents or guardians sign a contract regarding tuition and payment schedules, with tuition paid through F.A.C.T.S. Tuition Management Company.  Flexible tuition payment schedules are available. Comprehensive fees and tuition insurance are due at the time of registration and are not refundable.  Tuition insurance is required of all families in case of withdrawal or dismissal of students.  This protects the family’s investment should the child be removed from St. Catherine School for any reason.

Tuition payments must be completed by May 31, for the concluded school year.   Delinquent accounts will be forwarded to a collection agency. Students may be excluded from school until tuition accounts are made current.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is made available through the St. Augustine Educational Foundation, Adopt A Student Fund, Kipona Scholarship Program (elementary), and Pauahi Keiki Scholar Program (preschool).  Applications are due in February and March for the following school year.  Applications are available in the school office and on the school website.

Families receiving financial aid from the Adopt A Student Program are required to perform an additional five hours of service per quarter.  Please call the school office for service opportunities.

Fund Raising

The annual St. Catherine School Carnival is our major fundraiser for the school.  All parents are required to contribute to Carnival preparation and work an 8 hour shift during Carnival weekend, the first Friday and Saturday of May.  Each family is also required to sell one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) in carnival scrip per child enrolled in St. Catherine School. Other fundraising events are held as needed.

 

Policies and Procedures

Attendance

Regular attendance is essential to a student’s success in school.  Persistent absenteeism and tardiness create a genuine hardship for the student and his class, and is regarded as a very serious problem potentially affecting re-enrollment for the following year.

When a student is unable to attend school, parents must e-mail or call the school office before 8:00 am. Excused absences include illness, accident, or death in the family.  An office

Removing students from class in order to travel is disruptive to student learning and is discouraged.  Class and homework missed due to extended vacations will be the responsibility of the student and is not excused.

School begins at 7:45 am, with students reporting to Coyle Hall for morning assembly.  Morning Assembly is an important time for our school community.  Prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and general announcements are made at this time.

A student is absent if not present in school for at least half a day except if the student is on an authorized school activity.  A student is present if in their homeroom by 8:00 a.m.  A student is tardy if arriving after morning assembly and should report to the office for a tardy slip.  Students who are tardy more than five times during the school year will not be considered for perfect attendance awards.

Students with excessive tardies and absences will be monitored and with regular review of daily attendance, parent notification of current attendance record by phone or letter, meeting(s) to develop an attendance action plan that will include teachers, parents, administrator and student, and an individualized attendance agreement.

If chronic absenteeism and tardies are negatively impacting the student’s learning/academic progress, a referral may be made to the Family Court for educational neglect.

Early Release

Appointments during school hours are discouraged as this disrupts the student’s classes.  When an early release is necessary, the parent/guardian will sign out the student in the office.  A student returning from an appointment must report to the office with a note from the parent/guardian.  A student will not be released to anyone without proper written authorization by the parents/guardians.

Media Use of Photos

St. Catherine School uses local media to showcase our community projects and promote enrollment.  Parental consent for the use of student photographs is implied unless expressly denied in writing.

Health Room

The health room is available for the immediate and temporary care of injuries and illnesses that occur during the school day from 7:30 am until 3:00 pm.  St. Catherine School does not have a school nurse on staff.  However, our preschool teachers and several other staff members are certified in first aid.  We will provide first aid care for the injured and care for ill students until they can be picked up.

If a child becomes sick while in school, a staff member will determine if the student can return to class.  If the child is too ill, has a fever or is vomiting, parents will be called to pick up their child.  Due to limited space in the health room, parents must pick up their child(ren) in a timely manner. Students with a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea will be sent home. Students should not be sent to school if they have had these symptoms within the last 24 hours.

Minor accidents will be attended to as necessary by a member of the faculty or staff.  Serious accidents are handled immediately.  Parents will be notified as soon as possible.  If parents or persons specified on the child’s emergency form cannot be reached, the school will make every effort to have the child treated by a physician/hospital.

Medication Policy

Request for Administration of Prescription Medication in School Forms must be completed by the parent and physician for all prescriptive medications.  Forms may be obtained from the office, and once completed, will be kept on file throughout the school year.  A separate form is necessary for each new prescription.  If the student requires medicine and a medication policy form is not on file, the parent may come to the school to administer the medication at the office.  Forms for over-the-counter medications (such as Benadryl, Robitussin, Tylenol, etc.) will also be available in the school office (no physician signature is required).  These forms may be filled out by a parent/guardian ahead of time giving the office or school staff permission to administer the medication sent from home.

The required dose of medication must be sent in a container with the prescription label on it to the office (along with the Request for Administration of Medication in School Form).  It is advisable to ask the pharmacist to make an extra bottle with a label for this purpose.  Injections will not be given. Only oral or topical medication will be administered.  Medications will be administered in the office by the office or school staff.  Students are not allowed to carry or administer their own medication.

The policy for administering medication during school hours does NOT apply to activities or events before or after regular school hours (7:45 am to 2:15 pm). If your child requires medication to be administered outside of these hours, or while participating in St. Catherine School extra-curricular functions, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to make arrangements.

Child Abuse Policy

For the health and well-being of all students, and in accordance with State law and Diocesan Policy, any staff member who suspects any type of child abuse, whether it be physical, sexual, mental, verbal or neglect, will report it to the proper authorities.

Wellness Policy

The primary goal of nutrition education is for students to develop positive attitudes, behaviors, and the appropriate skills associated with lifelong healthful and enjoyable eating patterns. Nutrition education is delivered in environments that reflect respect for body-size and or differences.  Students receive consistent nutrition messages throughout the school, classroom and cafeteria.

St. Catherine School builds awareness among teachers, food-service staff, coaches, and other school staff about the importance of nutrition, physical activity and body-size acceptance to academic success and lifelong wellness, and encourages parents, teachers, school personnel, and students to serve as role models in practicing healthy eating and being physically active.

Students will be given opportunities for physical activity during the school day through daily recess periods, elective physical education (PE) classes, walking programs, and the integration of physical activity into the academic curriculum.  We desire that all students participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of developmentally appropriate physical activity each day.  We will provide daily opportunities for all students to learn about and enjoy physical activity that will foster an understanding for the need for lifelong fitness and health.

St Catherine School provides an environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all students, including those who are not athletically gifted.   We encourage families to support programs outside of the school that encourage physical activities.

Convenient access to facilities for hand washing shall be available and fully equipped with soap and towels. Safe drinking water is available throughout the school day.

St. Catherine School provides adequate time for students to enjoy eating healthy foods with friends, scheduled as near the middle of the school day as possible.  Our desire is to teach and demonstrate healthy eating habits.  Healthy food education will be provided in class rooms.  The program will be aimed at giving students the knowledge and skills necessary to live healthy productive lives.

Snacks served each morning are to make a positive contribution in the child’s diet.  We emphasize serving fruits and vegetable as the primary snack and water as the primary beverage. All foods offered to students during a school activity should be a good source of nutrients

 

Emergency Procedures

 In the event of an emergency, illness or other problem, parents will be called at work or at home. If the parents cannot be reached, emergency contact indicated by the parent on the emergency card or registration form will be contacted. It is the parent’s responsibility to inform the school immediately if there are changes for these emergency numbers. In serious emergencies, 911 will be called first and then the parents or guardians will be notified. The procedures outlined in the Crisis Plan Handbook will be followed for other emergencies.

Fire

Fire drills are held monthly with all staff and students participating. In the event our school is severely damaged by fire, the children would be evacuated and held in the parish hall or church, if necessary, and parents/guardians will be called to pick up their child.

Tsunami Warning

St. Catherine School is not located in a tsunami inundation zone, so in case of a tsunami warning we do not evacuate. These procedures will be followed in the event of a tsunami warning:

If a warning is issued during the school day, the children will be supervised until parents can safely pick them up.
If a warning is issued before school begins, school will likely be closed for the day as Hawaii Civil Defense urges residents to stay off roads. Parents are urged to listen to local Civil Defense radio station (KQNG 93.5FM).

Hurricane/Tropical Storm

Hurricane or tropical storm watches are issued by the National Weather Service 36 hours prior to the arrival of the storm effects. Hurricane or tropical storm warnings are issued when one of these storms could affect Kauai in 24 hours or less. When a watch is issued, we will monitor the storm and make decisions about school closure before the issuance of a warning. Local Civil Defense radio station (KQNG 93.5FM, 94.5 in Princeville) will announce school closures.

Earthquake

Should an earthquake of significant magnitude occur on Kauai, we can anticipate considerable disruption to our roads. The children will be cared for by the school staff until picked up by a guardian.

Lockdown Situation

Lockdown drills are held annually. In the event of an intruder or incident that may result in harm to students or staff, the school will follow lock down routines.  Following an all clear, administration will determine if the situation merits school closure.  If so, students will be cared for until picked up.

 

School Closure Policy

 In accordance with the US Department of Education and Hawaii Catholic Schools, St. Catherine School has established a set of policies to ensure the continuity of education for our students in the event of enforced school closure.  Schools may be closed as a preventative measure (to prevent or decrease the spread of flu) or when a significant proportion of students have developed a fever.

School Responsibility:

Prior to possible school closures, St. Catherine School administration will communicate frequently with families regarding specific procedures and policies as they develop.  If a school closure is imminent, a hard copy letter and e-mail will be sent home as soon as the decision is made.  If a decision is made to close the school during off hours (when school is not in session), an announcement will be made over the civil defense radio station (KONG 93.5).  School personnel will be on campus to let parents know not to drop off children.

Administration will keep families informed of progress via school-wide e-mail and posted on St. Catherine School web site and Facebook page.  Individual concerns will be handled either by phone or e-mail in a timely manner. Administration will keep St. Catherine School office open for modified hours during school closures whenever possible.  In case of illness of all office staff, a teacher-in-charge will be designated to continue with administrative communication, but office hours will be suspended.

Teacher Responsibility:

If there is advance warning about school closure, teachers will send students home with all books required for period expected closed.  This includes hard bound texts and consumable workbooks.  Students who have been absent will have their books waiting at a designated pick up location such as the school or church office.  Parents can pick up books as soon as is feasible.

If advance notice is not available and school is closed without warning, teachers in lower grades (through 4th grade) will put together packets of books and materials from the classroom needed for the anticipated period of school closure. These will be made available through the school or the church office during specific hours.  Upper grade (5th -8th) students will be given a list of books needed from their lockers and they will be asked to collect them from school.  Additional classroom materials will be made into packets and available at the school or church office.

Teachers will assign work and communicate with students and parents via e-mail.  Families without e-mail access will be reached by phone.  Parents will be expected to work with their children as required.  As needed, teachers can scan and e-mail text to students, supplementing school books.

All school work will be due upon the re-opening of St. Catherine School unless another due date was given.  Students who are ill at the time of reopening will turn in their work when they return to school.

Parent Responsibility:

Parents will collect books and materials from school.  All hard non-consumable text books remain the property of St. Catherine School and are expected to be returned undamaged.

Parents will work with their children when needed to help children understand and complete assigned work.  Open communication with teachers is vital during periods of school closure. At the time of the reopening of St. Catherine School, parents must assess their child’s wellness, and if necessary will keep the child home until he/she is well.

 

Academic Policies

Report Cards

Report cards are issued quarterly for grades K through 8.  The assessment and progress reporting of preschool students will be contained in portfolios.  A summary sheet is issued to parents each quarter.

Progress Reports Grades 5 – 8

Students who are performing below average (D or F) in any subject at each mid-quarter throughout the year will receive a progress report from the teacher of that subject. Teachers may also issue progress reports for students regardless of performance level.  Parents are asked to sign and return the form, and may request a conference with that teacher.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are mandatory during the last week of the first quarter, typically the last week of September.  Subsequent conferences will be scheduled when dictated by the student’s academic performance or behavior or at the request of the parent or school.

Evaluation and Grading

Academic subjects, which include Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Hawaiian Studies and Religion, will be graded as follows:

Grades 1-3                                                       Grades 4-8

E    Excellent                                                    A   Excellent

S    Satisfactory                                                B    Very Good

I     Improving                                                  C    Good

NI  Needs Improvement                                  D   Poor

IP   Insufficient Progress                                  F    Failing

Non-academic subjects, such as Physical Ed., Art, Music, and Drama will be graded as follows:

S    Satisfactory

U   Unsatisfactory

Citizenship Grades will be given based on a system of merits and demerits accrued by each student.  This grade represents a student’s adherence to the school’s code of conduct.

Academic Testing Program

St. Catherine School administers nationally normed tests each year using the following schedule:

Terra Nova Complete Battery and Cognitive Assessment are administered to all second through eighth grade students during the last two weeks of October.  Results are available in December.

ECRA Writing Assessment is administered to fourth, sixth, and eighth grade students during the third week of September.  Results are available in December.

NCEA Assessment of Catholic/Christian Religious Education is administered to fifth and eighth grade students mid-November.  This assessment does not provide individual student scores.

Academic Honors

Following each grading period, Principal’s List and Honor Roll certificates will be awarded to students earning qualifying a grade point average. Awards are presented following the end of each grading period.

Principal’s List                   3.6 – 4.0 Grade Point Average

Honor Roll                         3.3 – 3.5 Grade Point Average

Student of the Month awards are presented to one child in each grade for each month based on their academic and character development.  Refer to Student Learning Expectations for criteria.

Homework Policy

Homework is assigned as the natural extension of the student’s class work.  The amount of home-work takes into account the nature of the subject matter and the age and ability of the students. The following schedule will be used as a guide to determine the time allotted for homework each day:

1st grade:          10 minutes                                                                   5thgrade:          50 minutes

2nd grade:         20 minutes                                                                   6thgrade           60 minutes

3rd grade:          30 minutes                                                                   7thgrade:          70 minutes

4th grade:          40 minutes                                                                   8thgrade:          80 minutes

Homework is not given over holidays and weekends for grades K – 4, nor is it due the first day following vacations or holidays, without the principal’s approval.  Students in grades 5 – 8 may be assigned homework over weekends and holidays. Should a student be absent, please request homework no later than 8:00 am, when calling the office to indicate the absence.  Homework assignments for absent students will be picked up at the office. It is the responsibility of the student to discuss work missed during an absence.

Field Trips

Field trips are a privilege, not a right, and are designed to aid students’ educational, cultural, and social growth. It is the right of the school to prohibit a student from a particular field trip due to behavior problems. Parents will receive notices of field trips in advance of the scheduled trip date and will be asked to sign and return field trip permission forms and fees for each trip.  Students will not be able to participate on the field trip without a signed St. Catherine School permission form.  Phone calls and personal handwritten notes will not be accepted in lieu of proper forms.  Parent chaperones will be requested as needed.

Student Records

Parents and students are allowed to review records.  A 24 hour written notice is required for review.

St. Catherine School abides by the Buckley Amendment with respect to the rights of non-custodial parents. In the absence of a court order to the contrary, the school will provide the non-custodial parent with access to the academic records and to other school-related information regarding the child.  If there is a court order specifying that there is to be no access to school information, it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to provide the school with an official copy of the court order.

St. Catherine School will release student records to an official of another school in which the student has enrolled or intends to enroll. A school official must make a written request to release the records.

St. Catherine School maintains permanent files for each student who has been enrolled. This does not include disciplinary or financial information.

 

Extra Curricular Activities

Student Council

The Student Council provides an opportunity for students in grades 5 – 8 to develop leadership skills and work cooperatively as Student Council Officers.

Altar Servers

Students from grades 3 – 8 are encouraged to participate in the training that will prepare them to serve during school and Sunday Mass.

Yearbook

A student yearbook staff, working with a faculty advisor, prepares materials for publication.  All students are encouraged to make contributions to the yearbook.

After School Enrichments

After school enrichment activities include Performing Arts, Spanish Club, Service Club, Gymnastics, Cub Scouts, and Lego Robotics.  These activities require parental approval and may incur a nominal fee.

 

Dress Codes and Grooming Policies

 St. Catherine School uniform and dress code reflects a standard of excellence and self-discipline.  Students are encouraged to distinguish themselves by their character rather than by fashion. Studies have shown that schools with uniform dress experience fewer discipline issues and distractions.  Parents find that uniforms make for calmer mornings and lower clothing costs.

Shoes and Socks

Shoes must be athletic type, predominantly white, black, or brown with neutral shoelaces.  Socks must be white, khaki, or maroon and worn just above the ankles. White knee socks are also allowed.

Boys and Girls Shirts

Uniform shirts are maroon or white with the St. Catherine School logo for Kindergarten through 8th grade.  The preschool uniform is a maroon or white St. Catherine School t-shirt.  All polo and t-shirts are available for purchase in the school office.  Shirt sleeves are not to be worn rolled up.

Girls Skirts, Jumpers, and Shorts

On Mass days Kindergarten through 4th grade girls must wear a plaid jumper, and 5th through 8th grade girls wear plaid skirts.  Skirts and jumpers must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee. White peter pan blouses are to be worn with the jumper.  Jumpers, blouses, and skirts are ordered through Dennis Uniforms.  White or maroon polo shirts (available through the school office) are to be worn tucked in with plaid skirts.  On days when Mass is not attended, kindergarten – 8th grade girls may also wear khaki shorts or slacks.

Boys Pants and Shorts

Boys in kindergarten through grade 8 must wear khaki shorts or slacks.  Long khaki slacks must be worn by all boys on Mass days with shirts tucked into pants and worn with a black or brown belt.

Outer Wear

Jackets, cardigans, and sweatshirts with St. Catherine School logo can be purchased. Non-uniform outer wear is not a part of the St. Catherine School uniform.  Sweatshirts are ordered through the school office.  Jackets and cardigans are purchased through Dennis Uniforms.

Uniform Care

Uniforms must be clean and properly maintained when worn to class. Stained, dirty, torn, or faded uniforms are unacceptable and will result in the issuance of a Dress Code Infraction Notice.

Free Dress

Free dress days are a privilege and given at the discretion of the administration.  Appropriate free dress reflects modesty and personal pride. Ill fitting, torn, frayed, or stained clothing is not allowed. Shorts and skirts length will conform to uniform standards. Midriffs must be covered, and spaghetti straps or low cut tops are not acceptable. Athletic shoes and crew socks must be worn.

Physical Education Uniform

The PE uniform consists of black athletic shorts and maroon or white school t-shirt worn with white socks and athletic shoes. This uniform may be worn on PE days (except when students attend Mass). T-shirts are available for purchase in the school office. Shorts are available through Dennis Uniforms.

Grooming

Hair: Students hair must be neat and clean.  Highlighting or hair coloring is not acceptable.  Extreme hairstyles, as determined by the administration, are not allowed.  Boy’s hair must be kept at a length well above the shirt collar and must not fall over the eyes.  Facial hair is not allowed.

Jewelry: Students are discouraged from wearing jewelry due to the risk of loss.  A wristwatch or simple necklace is permitted.  Girls (not boys) are allowed to wear a single pair of earrings – stud or small hoop.  The school accepts no responsibility for lost jewelry.

Makeup and Nails: Neither makeup nor nail polish are acceptable at any time during the school day.  Nails should be kept closely trimmed to the fingertip.  Rule of thumb: when looking at the palm of the hand, the nail tip should not be seen.

8th Grade Graduation

Boys: Long slacks, button front short or long sleeve dress shirt, black shoes. Hair should be neat.

Girls: Dress, no shorter than uniform (3 inches above the knee), modest neckline, no spaghetti straps or backless styles. Shoulder straps should be at least 2 inches wide.  If the material is sheer, appropriate undergarments should be worn.  Dress sandals or closed shoes.  Minimal makeup is allowed. Hair should be neatly styled with no color treatments.

 

Safe Environment Program

The “Policy on Allegations and Incidents of Sexual Misconduct” promulgated by the Diocese of Honolulu is incorporated in this handbook by this reference. A copy of the policy is contained in the handbook, “To Offer Healing, To Restore Trust,” first published January 8, 2004.  The handbook is available from the school.

The Church endorses the mandatory reporting provisions of H.R.S. Chapter 350 concerning child abuse. All staff members and teachers are required to sign an acknowledgment that they have read and understood the ethical and personal conduct policies of the Diocese of Honolulu.

Consistent with diocesan policy, St. Catherine School will conduct Safe Environment training as part of the school curriculum.  A meeting will be held before the class is conducted to provide parents an opportunity to review the safe environment materials.  Consent for the participation in this program is included in the signed acknowledgment form located in this handbook.

All adults, whether staff or volunteer, whose service involves unsupervised contact with children will complete a background screening and Safe Environment training as mandated by the Diocese of Honolulu under the Shield the Vulnerable Program.

 

Spiritual Program

 The mission of Catholic education in the Diocese of Honolulu is to form children who are nourished intellectually, spiritually, and liturgically to share the presence of Christ in the world.

Our Catholic educational institutions are obligated by our faith to shape our youth by immersing students in curriculum and experiences rooted in Catholic teaching and doctrine with emphasis on morality and Christian character building. This formation, paired with 21st century academics and teaching methods, is critical for success at any Catholic educational institution in Hawaii.

There are many choices a family has in the education and faith formation of their children. We invite all families who have chosen to enroll their children to share in the light of Christ and to cooperate and support the mission and framework of Catholic education in the Diocese of Honolulu.

Liturgical Services and Observances

Throughout the year St. Catherine School students participate in many liturgical services and observances.  All students, regardless of religious affiliation, are expected to participate.  During the Lenten season, students from grades 1 – 8 reenact the Stations of the Cross.  This moving religious experience is open to our families and friends.

School Mass

A Mass is generally celebrated twice a month, usually on the first and third Friday at 8:00 a.m. in St. Catherine Church.  Dress for School Mass is the formal uniform. Students who come to school without their formal uniform will be issued the necessary pieces and cost will be billed to parents.  Students attend Mass with their classes and are supervised by their teachers.  Parents are welcome to join us. See the monthly school calendar for specific Mass schedule.

Sacramental Preparation

All students in second grade receive sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist as part of the religion curriculum.  The sacraments are administered in each student’s registered parish. Students and their families interested in receiving the Sacrament of Baptism may contact the Church office at 822-7900.

 

Technology Protocol

 The use of computers and personal electronic devises are becoming increasingly important in the learning environment; therefore, in order to maintain an environment of safety and mutual respect, the following guidelines are established.

The purpose of technology use is to support appropriate research and communication by students and staff by providing access to resources and the opportunity for collaborative work.

It is expressly prohibited to use technology in any manner in violation with federal or state regulation.  This includes transmitting threatening or obscene material. Printing or downloading copyrighted materials such as music, video, or other materials is prohibited unless expressly authorized by the copyright owner or licensee, or allowed under the Fair Use Doctrine.  It is also unacceptable to misrepresent yourself or others or to cause harm to the network, to distribute unsolicited bulk messages, sell addresses, lobby or solicit for causes unrelated to St. Catherine School.

The use of St. Catherine School technology facilities and resources and the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use of these resources will result in a cancellation of a student’s privileges.

When using computers at St. Catherine School,  students will:

• move slowly and quietly around computers and in the computer lab;

• follow all teacher instructions regarding the use of computers, flash drives, networks, e-mail, digital cameras, video software and other related hardware;

• respect equipment (e.g. no food, drink, or magnetic objects at or near the computers) and electrical cords;

• use computers only with teacher supervision;

• seek help when something goes wrong;

• not alter, add, or delete any software, hardware, or setup of the computer;

• not interfere with the files or folders of others;

• regularly back up my work;

• respect and keep my area clean and talk only when necessary;

• be responsible for my actions with computers.

When using the internet as school, students will:

• be under the supervision of a teacher at all times;

• go to internet sites specified by my teacher;

• respect the copyright laws when accessing information on the World Wide Web;

• not copy another person’s work from the Internet without crediting the author.

When using e-mail at school, students will:

• not give out personal information such as my surname, address or telephone number or the information of another student or teacher;

• always have teacher’s permission before sending e-mail;

• ensure that any e-mail sent does not contain inappropriate content;

• ensure that any web site postings, replies, uploading are grammatically correct and proofread by at least one other person, and approved by my teacher.

When members of the St. Catherine School community, parents or students, communicate with other individuals, groups, or institutions, they do so as an individual, not as a representative of St. Catherine School.

Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves children.  If you feel you can identify a security problem, notify the administration.  St. Catherine School endeavors to provide appropriate supervised access to its network and to the internet.  We know, however, that supervision can never be complete and individual users are expected to accept responsibility for their own actions.

Personal Electronic Devises

The possession and use of such items are prohibited from school grounds.  Banned electronic items will be confiscated if present during school hours; confiscated items may be claimed by a parent or guardian.

Cell Phones may be brought to school but must be kept in the OFF position during school hours.  They may not be used for picture taking, to harass or threaten any persons, or for game playing, Internet or e-mail access, gambling or making purchases of any kind.  Unauthorized use of cell phones during school hours will result in the confiscation of phones which may be reclaimed by a parent or guardian.

 

Student Learning Expectations

 All members of the St. Catherine School community are expected to act with courtesy and integrity, and take pride in their own achievements and be accountable for their actions.  To this end Student Learning Expectations have been developed to describe the skills and characteristics a graduate of St. Catherine School will possess.

A graduate of St. Catherine School is a:

Person of faith who understands the teachings of the Catholic faith, contributes to the community through service, respects diversity in God’s creations, continues to grow spiritually, and makes moral decisions based on the teachings of the Catholic faith;

Responsible citizen who appreciates his/her heritage and respects cultural diversity, is aware of global issues and responds to them appropriately, understands civic and community responsibilities, and be accountable for his or her own behavior;

Collaborative worker who recognizes and respects individual differences and similarities, communicates interactively, displaying empathy and consideration of differing ideas, demonstrates responsibility and flexibility in the support of group needs and goals, and has a good work ethic;

Curious learner who analyzes, identifies, integrates and applies information, is able to listen actively, speak clearly, write concisely and correctly, has essential thinking and problem solving skills, has developed an appreciation for the fine arts, and uses technology for learning, communication and enjoyment;

Child with a positive self-image who is growing in self-esteem and self-confidence, is self-directed,
is able to evaluate progress and accept constructive criticism, and fulfills commitments.

                                                                                                                                                revised 7/2013

Citizenship and Disciplinary Policies

Guiding Principles

St. Catherine School is committed to teaching the whole child, including development of character, morals, and ethics, while preparing them to be responsible and faithful members of the community valuing education, justice, charity, and freedom.  We strive to create an environment where students develop the capacity for moral decision making based on clear values and expectations.  Our goal is to guide children toward self-discipline.

Discipline is not viewed as punishment.  The aim is to maintain environmental conditions free from distracting or disruptive behavior.  Based on mutual respect and group welfare, St. Catherine School discipline policy seeks to develop student ideals, attitudes, and habits for good Christian living.  Students are encouraged to appropriately and respectfully question policies with which they disagree. The following are the self-discipline skills emphasized:

Learning Skills: Listening; following directions; asking questions; sharing time, space, people, and things; age appropriate social skills.

Constructive Skills:  Cooperation; understanding rules; completing a task; leadership; effective communication.

Productive Skills:  Organizing time, space, people, and things; collaborative problem solving; compassionate leadership; distinguishing fact from feelings; generosity.

Catholic Social Teaching

Principals of Catholic Social Teaching are an integral part of our faith and guide us in our relationship with one another. St. Catherine School community is committed to live and teach by these principles.

Dignity of the Human Person –  I am created in the image and likeness of God and redeemed by Jesus; I believe every person is my brother and sister.  I protect each person’s right to be born and to live with dignity; and to grow, to work and to die with dignity.

Creation – I respect, protect and am grateful for all of God’s creation. I know God has provided for the basic needs of all people by entrusting the environment, our property and talents, our bodies and health to our attentive care each day.

Dignity of Work – I believe all work is meant to be creative, fulfilling and sacred; our work can help build a better world and lead us to God.  I believe in the basic right of human beings to work, to be paid fairly, to be treated with respect, and to work in safe and healthy conditions.

Community – I value the common good and well-being of every person.  I work for strong systems that support family and community values.  Relating and working together, we build friendships and discover our common goals.

Solidarity – I believe we are connected with every person in the world.  I stand up for the rights of all people.  We encourage, teach, nurture, and promote the growth of all individuals, regardless of how different they are from us.

Option of the Poor – I respond to the needs of the oppressed and powerless for the good of all.  I choose to live more simply so that others can simply live.  I treat others equally, making sure that all resources are shared with fairness.  I work for peace by acting justly.

Rights and Responsibilities – I believe everyone has a right and duty to be an active part of our society.  I speak out, and I respectfully listen to others’ opinions, as together we make decisions that affect our lives.

Code of Christian Conduct Covering Student and Parents/Guardians

The students’ interest in receiving a quality, morally based education can be served if students, parents and school officials work together.  Normally, differences between these individuals can be resolved.  In some rare instances, however, the school may find it necessary, in its discretion, to require parents/guardians to withdraw their child.

It shall be an express condition of enrollment that the student behaves in a manner, both on and off campus, which is consistent with the Christian principle of the school as determined by the school in its discretion.  These principles include, but are not limited to, any policies, principles or procedures set forth in any student/parent handbook of the school.

It shall be an express condition of enrollment that the parents/guardians of a student shall also conform themselves to standards of conduct that are consistent with the Christian principles of the school, as determined by the school in its discretion.  These principles include, but are not limited to any policies, principles or procedures set forth in any student/parent handbook of the school.

These Christian principles further include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.   Parents/guardians are expected to work courteously and cooperatively with the school to assist the student in meeting the academic, moral and behavioral expectations of the school.

2.   Students and parents/guardians may respectfully express their concerns about the school operation and its personnel.  However, they may not do so in a manner that is discourteous, scandalous, rumor driven, disruptive, threatening, hostile, or divisive.

3.   These expectations for students and parents/guardians include, but are not limited to, all school sponsored programs events (e.g. extended care, athletics, field trips, etc.)

The school reserves the right to determine, in its discretion, which actions fall short of meeting the Christian principles of the school.  Failure to follow these principles will normally result in a verbal or written warning to the student and/or parent/guardian and normally will first result in disciplinary action short of a requirement to withdraw from the school (e.g. suspension of student or suspension of parent/guardian’s privilege to come on the campus grounds and/or participate in parish/school activities, volunteer work, etc.)

The school reserves the right to determine, in its discretion, when conduct is of such a severe nature as to warrant immediate action without a warning.

Care of School Property

Students are expected to respect and care for all school property, including books, classroom materials, furniture, equipment, buildings, plants, signs, and all other items on school grounds. Intentional harm or vandalism will result in disciplinary action and reparations.

Conduct to and from School

St. Catherine School students are expected to conduct themselves with dignity and respect at all times, including during transit to and from school.  They represent the school to the community at large and can either send a message of pride and honor or disgrace.  Whether walking, biking, riding school or public buses, students are expected to abide by all pertinent laws and regulations.  Failure to do so will result in disciplinary consequences.

Bullying Policy

The St. Catherine School community recognizes that bullying and intimidation have a negative effect on school climate and negate the spirit of dignity and uniqueness of each individual we advocate in a Catholic school.  Students who are intimidated and fearful cannot give their education the single-minded attention they need for success.  Bullying can also lead to more serious violence.  Every student has the right to an education and to be safe in and around school. The St. Catherine School community shall not tolerate any bullying on school grounds or at any school activity on or off campus.

Bullying is a pattern of abuse over time and involves a student being “picked on.”  Bullying includes physical intimidation or assault, extortion, oral or written threats, teasing, putdowns, name-calling, threatening looks, gestures, or actions, cruel rumors, false accusations, and social isolation.

The St. Catherine School community expects all staff members who observe or become aware of an act of bullying to take immediate, appropriate steps to intervene, unless intervention would be a threat to staff members’ safety.  If a staff member believes that his/her intervention has not resolved the matter, or if the bullying persists, he/she shall report the bullying to the school administration for further investigation.

The St. Catherine School community expects students and parents who become aware of an act of bullying to report it to the school administration for further investigation.  Any student who retaliates against another for reporting bullying will be subject to suspension or expulsion.

Upon learning about a bullying incident, the principal, or designee, shall contact the parents of both the aggressor and the victim, interview both students, and thoroughly investigate.   This investigation may include interviews with students, parents, and school staff, review of school records, and identification of parent and family issues.

Consequences for students who bully others shall depend on the results of the investigation and may include counseling; a parent conference, detention, suspension and/or expulsion.

Original Work Ethic

Students are expected to submit their own original work and provide adequate citation for work attributed to another author.  By contrast, students who plagiarize or cheat create situations where essential learning may be missed and the efforts of scholarship misunderstood.  Because we intend to maintain high standards, the following examples are considered cheating and will be appropriately addressed.  St. Catherine School believes it is essential that action be taken when cheating and or plagiarism occurs.

Plagiarism involves:

submitting a report, paper project, homework assignment or any other project that has been knowingly copies from another individual’s work without clear identification of the source,
neglecting to identify a quotation, interview information, or paraphrased passage, and
using experimental data from other sources without instructor permission, or fabricating data to fit expected results.

Cheating involves:

giving or receiving help from another student during a quiz or test without the express permission of the instructor,
using books, notes, or other sources of information during a quiz or test without the express permission of the instructor,
obtaining a quiz or test without the express permission of the instructor before the test is administered,
altering any grade on an assignment, test, or report card,
engaging in any behavior that is intended to deceive.

Consequences for Infractions

St. Catherine School maintains disciplinary authority over the school campus, immediate surroundings, and any school function or extracurricular activity.   A system of merits and demerits will be maintained by instructional staff and will be used in the calculation of Citizenship grade as well as determining consequences for infractions.  Consequences for infractions include parent notification, parent conferences with staff and administration, on campus detention, or when the student’s attendance presents a danger to himself or others home detention or expulsion may be imposed.

 

Complaints and Concerns

 In the spirit of subsidiarity, if you have a complaint which you believe is important to communicate, speak to the person with whom you have the complaint. If it is a concern related to the classroom, address this concern at a pre-arranged meeting with the classroom teacher. If the complaint is not resolved, then talk with the principal. If the complaint is still not resolved, you may then speak with the pastor. If the complaint is still not resolved, you may send your signed and dated complaint in writing to the Superintendent of Hawaii Catholic Schools.

 

Amending the Handbook

 This handbook is intended to describe the philosophy, services, and structure of the school’s educational program. The principal is the final interpreter of the content of this handbook, and retains the right to amend the handbook for just cause. Parents will be given prompt notification if changes are made.

 
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