Parents and Teachers Helping Students (PATHS) is our school’s parent group. PATHS volunteers and fund raising efforts support the school’s Faith formation, academic and extracurricular programs. Examples include planning school-family events, paying for field trips, and providing funds for school technology. Each family is asked to pay yearly dues and will receive a copy of the “Buzz Book”, which contains useful school and student information. We hope you will consider joining our PATHS group and share your talents.
For complete information on screening policies, see the revised Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse, section 1.2 (p. 3).
Here are some PATHS helpful hints for our school:
Below you will find information related to home communication, uniforms, gym and spirit wear, transportation, tuition, and much more! However, please feel free to contact the school office, at 440.331.3075, if you have any questions.
WHAT RESOURCES WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT SAINT CHRISTOPHER SCHOOL AND THE PATHS?
The most important resource is the Parent/Student Handbook, which can be accessed electronically on Gradelink, the school’s learning management system. The handbook contains important information about school policies. Many of your questions will likely be answered by referring to the appropriate section of the Handbook. Periodically, a section in the handbook may be updated. At the start of the year, you will asked to sign an acknowledgement that you have reviewed the school handbook. For additional information on all the topics addressed below, please consult the following resources, including Gradelink.com, the monthly PATHS’ meeting, the Buzz Book, and the weekly Parish bulletin. And don’t forget…your child’s backpack!
WHAT IS THE BUZZ BOOK?
The Buzz Book is a directory of parents, students, and teachers at Saint Christopher School. It shows class lists, gives information about PATHS Executive Board and Council members and committees, lists addresses and phone numbers of families and gives important dates throughout the year. A Buzz Book is sent home in September to each PATHS family that paid dues.
WHAT IS GRADELINK?
Gradelink is the website where grades are posted and much, much, more! It is also a valuable resource for school calendar, spelling words lists, classroom calendars, lunch menus, Parish athletics information, in addition to new items that are being added all of the time. At the start of the year, you will receive an activation code for you and each student in your family. The students can access their grades and parents can view all their children’s grades . Please contact Mrs. Fuerst at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Gradelink is a web-based program that can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection.
WHAT GRADE LEVEL DO STUDENTS BEGIN WEARING UNIFORMS?
Uniforms are required in grades K – 8. An email will be sent home for any dress down day or shared in the weekly reminder. Uniforms do not have to be worn on picture day. Uniform shorts with uniform shirts may be worn until October 1. After October 1, boys in grades 6-8 must wear ties. St. Christopher School sweatshirts and/or 1/4 zips are permitted to be worn by all students. Spirit wear can be purchased by Cleveland Printwear http://www.scknights.com/ .
WHERE DO I PURCHASE A UNIFORM?
You will receive a School Belle’s catalog. They have the approved styles. You can order from the catalog, online, or in their store. You may purchase clothing anywhere as long as it complies with uniform standard. Please see the Parent/Student Handbook or the School Belle’s catalog you receive from the school for details regarding uniform specifics.
HOW DO I PURCHASE A GYM UNIFORM OR SPIRIT WEAR?
Currently students do not need a separate gym uniform for days they are scheduled to have gym class. They may dress down in school appropriate attire suitable to participate in gym class. They also need to wear gym shoes on these days.
Spirit wear can be purchased from Cleveland Printwear http://www.scknights.com.
WHAT IS GYM DAY?
Gym Day takes place in May. It is held in the parking lot and playground area and the children compete in a variety of team activities and obstacle course challenges.
WHAT IS THE UNIFORM EXCHANGE?
The uniform exchange occurs several times a year. It is held to give all parents an opportunity to get gently worn shirts, blouses, pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers and gym uniforms. No money is paid. If you are not in need of anything but would like to donate, we gladly accept items for the exchange.
IS THERE A REDUCTION IN TUITION WHEN MY SECOND CHILD ENTERS KINDERGARTEN?
Yes, if you are a registered parishioner of St. Christopher Church and you have two or more children in the school at any grade level (full-day K – 8th grade) there is a reduction in tuition. See current tuition schedule for details.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH BUS MY CHILD TAKES?
Rocky River, Westlake and Fairview Park Schools Transportation Department send postcards to all eligible bus riders in August regarding where the bus stop is located, what bus your child will be taking, and the time of pickup and drop-off. If you have questions about busing or if your child has a problem on the bus, please contact the school transportation departments directly. For Rocky River, contact (440) 356-6042, for Westlake (440) 835-6313, and for Fairview Park (440) 331-5500, ext. 1128.
Remember, the bus WILL NOT drop off Kindergartners unless a parent or caregiver is there to receive them.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD GETS SICK OR HURT AT SCHOOL?
If your child is sick, they will go to the office and see the nurse. You may be called to pick them up. If we are unable to reach you, the alternate contact person on your child’s medical card will be called. A nurse/aid is on duty Monday through Friday from 8:30 -1:30. The nurse handles illnesses and minor injuries. If your child is badly hurt, you will be called and your child may be taken to the emergency medical facility indicated on your child’s medical card. It is important to update the office with any change in your address, phone number, cell phone, or emergency contact information. Contact information is to be included on the medication forms.
WHAT IS BEFORE/AFTER CARE? CAN I USE IT ON A DROP-IN BASIS?
Morning & After Care our school day care program available to students. Morning Care operates from 7:00 am in the morning until 8:00 am and can be used on a drop-in basis. After Care operates from 2:45 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the afternoon on school days. You must register and pay for this service in order to have your child attend. Additional details can be found in the Campus Life section on the website.
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOESN’T HAVE THEIR PACKED LUNCH?
The child or child’s teacher will notify the office that the student arrived without their lunch. The office will attempt to contact the parent(s). Lunches may be left in the office and the student will be notified to pick it up. Please write the child’s name and room number on the lunch. Another option is for your child to purchase a lunch through the Automated Lunch System. Each child has an account that a parent deposits money into that is used for lunch. As the child purchases lunch, the amount is deducted from the balance in the account. More information will be provided in regard to setting up and using this system.
WHAT IS THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPE?
Christmas Shoppe is held in Mary’s Room during the month of December. Students in grades K-8 are may purchase small Christmas presents for their relatives. Information and order envelopes will be sent home prior to the event.
WHAT ARE THE CONCERTS AT SCHOOL?
There is a winter and spring concert put on through our music program. Information is sent home at the beginning of the year with the dates of the concerts and what grades are involved. The school Band program, available to students in grades 4-8, also has a winter and spring concert each year.
WHAT PROCEDURES FOR DISMISSAL OF WALKERS, BUS RIDERS, AND CAR RIDERS?
At the beginning of each year, every family will receive an updated letter regarding dismissal specifics. Please familiarize yourself and go over the information with your children. All children are dismissed over the PA system and will be allowed to leave when their group is called.
The drop-off and pick-up procedure is “Enter from Detroit Rd. and Exit out onto Northview”.
In the morning, all cars are to enter from Detroit Road, drive to the school doors and drop-off students. Faculty members are there to greet students as they are dropped-off. All cars must exit through the parking lot to Northview Ave.
In the afternoon, please park your car and come up to the school doors to pick up your child. Kindergartners must be signed out by a parent or guardian. Please be aware of traffic as you are walking through the parking lot. A teacher will be present in the parking lot to help direct traffic and maintain safety.
If you come at lunchtime, use Detroit Road to enter and exit and avoid parking near the playground. Children may be at recess and both the Lakeview and Northview exits will be blocked.
Please drive slowly when entering the parking lot. For the safety of all our children, refrain from using cell phones while driving in the parking lot. Never park or drop-off at the rectory.
WHAT IS VIRTUS AND VIRTUS COMPLIANCE?
Any and all parents or volunteers that work or are in the school or coaching any sport with children must have a finger print report on file along with an application. Volunteers are also asked to partake in the national VIRTUS program, an awareness program for identifying sexual abuse in children. This includes room mothers, art helpers, lunch room, field trips supervision, library aides, and any other help given to our school. Please contact the Religious Education Office for VIRTUS training. There is also an ongoing computer program with VIRTUS updates as well as a manual and guidelines to follow. You must be in full compliance to volunteer or coach. There must be two forms signed and on file in the office. You must be up to date on your computer bulletins.
HOW DO I JOIN PARENTS AND TEACHERS HELPING STUDENTS (PATHS)?
All parents with students at our school are automatically members of PATHS. However, to receive the Buzz Book and become a voting member, families must pay yearly dues. There is a form sent home at the beginning of the year and it is also a checklist of areas to volunteer. This form can also be found on Gradelink under the PATHS section, as well as in the school’s office.
WHAT IS THE ART SHOW?
The art show is held in conjunction with our annual Open House event during Catholic Schools Week; typically during the last week of January. Selected thematic pieces created by all of our students are displayed throughout the school.
WHAT IS KINDERGARTEN PROMOTION?
Kindergarten promotion occurs on the last day of school for the kindergarten class. The kindergartners have a ceremony in the morning in which family members and older siblings are welcome to attend. After the ceremony, kindergarten students go home with their families.
WHEN IS FIRST COMMUNION?
Second graders receive their First Communion in the spring. Parents of second graders will receive information about classes and meetings in preparation for this sacrament from the St. Chris Religious Education Office.
WHAT IS 8TH GRADE GRADUATION?
This event is typically held in the evening on the last day of school for the eighth graders. The eighth graders celebrate their graduation from St. Christopher School with a prayer service. Within the prayer service students receive their graduation certificate. This is followed by a social for the graduates and their families.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS?
Please contact your child’s teacher. Due to the wellness policy, only non-edible treats are permitted. No food should be brought to school. Any invitations for parties must be mailed/emailed directly to the classmates’ home. No invitations or thank you notes can be passed out at school.
WHAT IS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK?
Catholic Schools Week (CSW) occurs at the end of January/beginning of February. It is a whole week of activities to celebrate Catholic education and St. Christopher School. It begins with our annual Open House/Art Show on last Sunday in January. Parents are welcome to attend many of the events that take place during this week.
WHAT IS ORIENTATION / PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES?
There is a family orientation morning the day before the first full day of school. Students and their families meet their new teachers and drop-off supplies. Parent-teacher conferences are in November and provide another opportunity to discuss how your child is doing. You will receive a note home to schedule a conference. You may also request to meet with the other teachers your child has at any time during the school year.
WHAT ARE THE FUNDRAISERS AT ST. CHRISTOPHER SCHOOL?
We have two major fundraisers each year. The Journey to Success Raffle and the annual school auction.
Journey to Success Raffle occurs in the late fall. Families are asked to sell raffle tickets to raise funds for the school. Prizes are awarded each day for a month following ticket sales and there are incentives for the students.
The auction is held in the winter and the theme varies each school year. Auction funds provide critical support for virtually every school function. Please consider attending and/or volunteering your support for this fun and worthwhile event.
ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR ST. CHRISTOPHER SCHOOL:
- Heinen’s, Giant Eagle, Amazon, and GFS – Register at these retailers each year to help our school. We receive a portion of the sales each year.
Box Tops for Education – This is a fast and easy way for you to help our teachers and students. Buy participating products and use the Box Tops mobile app to scan your store receipt. The app identifies eligible products and automatically add Box Tops to your school’s earning online. Even if you’re shopping online or doing grocery pickup, you can still submit your e-receipts and earn Box Tops. You may also find some physical Box Tops on products-these can still be clipped and sent in to school.
Scholastic Books / Book Fair – You can order books through fliers that come home and there is a book fair in the October. Our school earns money and books based on what is spent.
WHAT ARE THE LUNCH AND RECESS SCHEDULES?
NEW FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
11:50 – 12:15 K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th at lunch – 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade at recess
12:15 – 12:40 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th at lunch – K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at recess
Students have 20 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes for recess. This includes having to get through the hot lunch line. Any parent who wishes to enter the lunchroom must first go to the office and get a visitor’s pass. For the first few weeks of school the Kindergarten students have an “angel” from the 6th grade who sits with them and helps them get adjusted to the lunch routine. Monthly lunch menus are found on Gradelink. Any additional items sold at lunch will be announced during lunch the day before. A teacher and 1-2 parents monitor recess. Volunteers must be VIRTUS compliant!
Parent volunteers are needed for inside and outside supervision each day. Please contact the office if you are interested in helping with outdoor recess. It is very important to dress children for the weather. Only when it is raining or EXTREMELY cold will the children be kept inside for recess.
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS I CAN HELP IN MY CHILD’S CLASSROOM?
All school volunteers must be Virtus compliant. You can volunteer to become a Room Parent, or for various events and field trips throughout the year. Parents of students in Kindergarten and 1st grade may also volunteer in the library during their child(ren)’s library time. In the fall, your student’s room parents will send out a notice asking for volunteers for class events. Each class has a retreat and parents are also needed to help during the day.
CAN I GO ON FIELD TRIPS WITH MY CHILD’S CLASS? DO WE PAY FOR FIELD TRIPS?
A permission slip will come home for each field trip. You may contact the child’s teacher about the need for chaperones. Currently, PATHS sponsors a few trips per year for each class including the busing expense. Any parent chaperones will have to pay their own admission and drive separately. Volunteers must be VIRTUS compliant.
CAN I ATTEND MASSES AND PRAYER SERVICES HELD AT SCHOOL?
Yes! In fact, we encourage parents to attend these religious events so they can appreciate and share in the spiritual education their child receives here at St. Christopher School. Check the monthly calendar for dates, locations, and times.