St. Michael’s School Handbook
School Year 2007-2008
Fr. Deacon James Hughes, Headmaster
Mrs. Katherine Hughes
Mrs. Christine SteineckContact Information:
Mailing address: 1545 Rose Avenue, Santa Rosa, Ca 95407
School Uniform information
Before and after school
Illness and absences
Geting in touch with teachers during the day
Snacks and lunches
Field trips and medical release forms
Fees and tuitionSt. Michael's School Uniform
The school uniform should be French Toast or Land's End brand, or similar styles from other retail stores.
GIRLS ages 6-9:
navy jumper ..............Land's End or French Toast style
blouse........................long or short sleeves with a collar,
white or light blue
sweater .....................navy cardigan or vest
socks ....................... white or navy socks or tights
navy shorts ...............worn under jumper
GIRLS ages 10-14:
skirt or jumper ......... Land's End or French Toast style
navy or khaki
below knee length
no denim skirts or "cargo skirts"
blouse...................... long or short sleeves with a collar
white or light blue
sweater.....................French Toast or Land's End style
navy cardigan or vest
socks ........................white or navy socks or tights
A girl's hair should be combed neatly, away from her eyes and face. Girls will need a head scarf to wear to church during Sixth Hour service.
All clothing should be neat, clean and in good repair. Blouses should be long enough to cover the midriff when the child is active.
atheltic shoes ...................simple style with subdued colors
non-athletic shoes ............low heel in black, navy or brown
No flip-flops, high heels, backless shoes, clogs, slippers or boots. Shoes need to be suitable for active outdoor recess.
BOYS ages 6-14
slacks......................French Toast or Land’s End style
navy or khaki
pleated or plain front
long pants, no shorts
no cargo-style or multiple pocketed pants
shirt........................ long or short sleeves with a collar
white, dark blue or light blue
sweater.................. FrenchToast or Land’s End style
navy cardigan or vest
socks ..................... white, black or navy socks
belt.......................... brown, black or navy belt
The length of boys’ hair should be above his shirt collar and out of his eyes. If an undershirt is worn, it should be white with no colors or logos.
All clothing should be neat, clean and in good repair. Shirts should be long enough to remain tucked when the child is active.
athletic shoes ..........simple style
non-athletic shoes....black, navy or brown
No flip-flops, backless shoes, clogs, slippers or boots. Shoes need to be suitable for active outdoor recesses.Other Notes About School Attire:
Watches and crosses are fine for the children to wear. However, other jewelry such as earrings, bracelets, make-up or nail polish are not to be worn. Girls whose ears have been pierced may wear simple stud earrings.
Girls will need a head scarf to wear to Church during Sixth Hour. Her hair should not be hanging in her eyes.
A boy’s hair should be cut so it is above his shirt collar and not hanging in his eyes.
If you send your child to school in boots because of rainy weather, please send indoor shoes as well. The children may not wear rain boots in the classrooms. If you would like to send a pair of cloth “Chinese shoes” for your child to keep at school and wear indoors, that will be fine for those rain boot days.
Because we do spend time outside every day, please be sure to send any necessary outdoor/rainy weather clothing. Please write your child’s name on clothing. We often find ourselves with plenty of unclaimed jackets, sweaters, etc. and you probably find yourselves missing similar items.
Any clothing the children wear at school should be free of pictures or advertising.Before and After School
The school day begins at 8:45 a.m. Children may arrive fifteen (15) minutes early, at 8:30, and may go inside and play. When the weather is fine, they may play outside. Please contact us if your child must be here before 8:30 in the morning, so definite arrangements can be made. The length of the school day depends upon the child’s age. The younger children end their day at 1:00, the older children stay until 2:00 or 3:00. Details will be available closer to the beginning of the school year.
Children must be picked up promptly at the end of their school day unless specific arrangements are made with one of the teachers.
While on the church/school property, children must be under the direct supervision of their parent or some other designated adult. When classes are in session, the children are under our care. We must pass on our responsibility to another adult at the end of the school day. Therefore, if you are unable to be here immediately after classes are over, clear arrangements must be made with an adult who is able to be here.
Please be sure to inform us of those arrangements directly; do not ask your child to convey a message as it easily can become confused.About Illness and Absences
Please, do not send your child to school if he or she is ill. We are in very close quarters indoors, and do not want illnesses communicated to other children or to the teachers. As you know, if the teachers become ill, we must sometimes cancel classes.
Please call if your child will be absent. About Getting in Touch with Us During the School Day
Please feel free to call anytime. If we don’t answer, then do leave us a message. If we are in the classroom early, we will check for messages before opening prayers. We also check messages at recess each morning (about 10:30) and after lunch (about 1:00).
We usually don’t return calls until after school, keeping our focus on the children. If you must hear from us before then, please let us know that in the message, and leave your phone number. Otherwise, please be assured that we did hear your call and will respond.About Snacks and Lunches
The children are more bright, alert and ready to work in the morning when they have had a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast.
The children also need a small, nutritious snack at the morning recess – nuts, fruit or cheese are good snacks. Without this, they start to fade at about 11:00 am.
We ask that you send wholesome, nutritious foods and not highly processed or sugary foods - and please, no chewing gum, candy, soda or sugary drinks.
We do have a microwave for the children’s use and a kettle to boil water for their lunches. If your child's lunch needs to be heated in the microwave, please send whatever accessories are necessary, including paper plate and covering. There is 5-10 minutes allotted for heating lunches after prayers at noon. Lunches could also be sent in thermoses or containers that keep foods hot for several hours.
Please also send two cloth napkins with your child’s lunch - one to be used as a place mat and one as a napkin. Though lunch time in school is casual, we hope to preserve an attitude of order and pleasantness.About Field Trips and Release Forms
We are hoping to have several field trips this year to supplement the classroom studies. In addition, we may have simple outings to draw in our Nature Journals. We will let everyone know the schedule as it develops and we can work out transportation.
The medical release forms are taken with us on all outings. Please be sure the information is current.About Tuition and Fees Tuition
Tuition for the 2007-2008 school year is $5,000. Families with more than two children in the school are eligible for a discounted rate.
The tuition may be paid in nine or ten installments, starting in September. Tuition installments are due in the first week of the month. Tuition may be paid more quickly if this is desired.Books and Materials Fee
We use a significant amount of art and craft materials during the school year. We also supply the students with notebooks, pencils. paper and various other school supplies. To help cover the costs of these materials, we have established the following fee schedule:
Children ages 6-9 $150.00 per year
Children ages 10-14 $200.00 per year
Since the bulk of the books are purchased during the summer in preparation for the following year, the Books and Materials Fee is due by August 1.