Visitors are welcome, provided they register at the school office.
DAILY ENTRANCE PROCEDURES
Teachers are scheduled to arrive at 7:15 A.M. Students may enter the building either by the Orange Street door, West Penn Street door, or courtyard door when arriving in the morning. The tardy bell rings at 7:55 A.M. All students should be in their seats at that time and ready for morning devotions. Students arriving after the tardy bell must report to the office and sign in before entering the classroom.
Kindergarten dismissal is at 11:30 A.M. Parents and buses pick up children on West Penn Street.
The students leave the building by the courtyard door and parent pick up is on West Penn Street. Bus students board on West North Street.
At 2:15 P.M. an early bell is rung for bus students.
At 2:20 P.M. the dismissal bell is rung. All students should leave the building at this time unless arrangements have been made with the teacher to remain after school.
School closing due to inclement weather will be announced over radio stations W100, WHYL and WHP as early as possible. The Christian School follows the Carlisle Area School District for delays and or closings.
If classes are already in session and inclement weather forces an early dismissal, an announcement will be made on radio stations WHYL, W100, WHP. Whenever time permits, the school office will attempt to contact parents by phone to inform them of early dismissal. Essentially, the school follows Carlisle Area School District delay and or closing announcement.
RECESS AND RAINY/SNOWY DAY PROCEDURES
Students without written permission slips must go outside.
The Compulsory School Attendance law of Pennsylvania requires that all pupils, upon admission to grade one, must attend school regularly until the age of seventeen.
- State law requires that when a student returns to school after an absence, he must bring a note signed by a parent or doctor stating the exact reason for the absence. The note must be given to the homeroom teacher.
- Any student who arrives at school after the scheduled starting time will be considered tardy. Bussing delays are excepted. Students arriving after 9:00 A.M. will be considered a 1/2 day absent. Students leaving before 1:30 P.M. will also be considered a 1/2 day absent.
- Students will be permitted 3 school days to turn in their absence excuse. If a note is not turned in within this period of time, the absence will be considered unexcused at the Headmaster’s discretion.
- After a student has accumulated 10 absences during the school year, a doctor’s excuse will be required for all future absences. The excuse must be presented on the day the student returns to school and must indicate the days the student was under the doctor’s care. If a student fails to present a doctor’s excuse, the absence will be considered unexcused.
- After excused or unexcused absences, all students are required to make up all missed work. After unexcused absences, missed work must be made up within 3 school days or an “F” will be given for missed work.
Request for prearranged absences may be approved, at the discretion of the Headmaster. Students may be excused for a total of not more than 5 days for such absences.
- Students are permitted to be excused from school for dental and doctor appointments, eye examinations, and related appointments if a note signed by the parent is first presented to the homeroom teacher or the Headmaster.
- While school is in session, no student may leave the building/school property, without permission of the homeroom teacher/Headmaster.
A student who has been absent is responsible for making arrangements with his teachers to make up all missed tests, papers, homework, and/or related school work. In the case of excused absences, length of time for making up this work shall be at the discretion of the teachers or Headmaster. All work, if possible, should be completed within the marking period. If a student is absent, his/her parent should contact the teacher regarding missed assignments. You may contact the school office to request assignments. In the case of illness, the teacher must determine which assignments should be completed and which assignments should be waived in order to keep up with the necessary skills.
The purpose of homework is to reinforce classroom instruction, to develop individual study habits, to encourage a sense of responsibility and of organization in a developing and inquiring mind.
TESTING & GRADING SYSTEM
The Kindergarten teacher keeps a record of the progress of each child. Reports will be sent home at the end of each semester.
The progress of students in grades one and two is indicated on the report cards by the following system:
N- needs improving
The progress of students in grades three through eight is indicated on the report cards by O – S – I – N – U for Art, Music, Writing, Physical Education.
For grade 3-8 academic subjects grading is as follows:
A – Superior 94% – 100%
B – Above Average 86% – 93%
C – Average 78% – 85%
D – Below Average 70% – 77%
F – Failure Below 70%
Students in Grades 1-8 receive report cards four times during the school year, each period covering approximately 45 school days. In addition, periodic reports will be sent home if a student is having difficulty in a subject.
Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled during the school year. The parent/teacher conferences are held on one day in each semester.
Students in grades 5-8 who earn an average of 94% in each subject are placed on the “A” honor roll. Those who maintain an average of 86% or above in each subject will be placed on the “B” honor roll.
Year-end Averages And Honors
The eighth grade student with the highest accumulated average in both seventh and eighth grades at The Christian School of GBC will be declared the class Valedictorian.
Students may be recognized at the end of the school year as well as throughout the year for various special achievements.
Semester exams will be given in grades 7 and 8 in four subjects: Math, Science, Literature and English. First and Second semester exams combined will count 1/12 of the final average for the year.
The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills is administered to all students. We use this instrument so that we may measure our progress in relation to other Christian schools. The Achievement Tests are administered to all students each academic year.
Promotion And Retention
Retention of any student must be based upon failure in no less than two basic subjects, except in the primary grades where it may be based on reading or arithmetic alone.
Teachers are generally aware of failure in academic achievement long before the last marking period. If a pupil is in danger of failing a subject it must be discussed with the Headmaster and then a conference will be held with the parents and the Headmaster.
The graduation exercises are considered part of the school year calendar and all students and faculty are expected to attend.
The school playground is located across Orange Street from the school building. Access to this field is from the corner of Orange and West Penn Street. Crossing is supervised by a teacher or a person designated as a crossing guard. When it snows, boots or the equivalent must be worn to play on the playground. Throwing of snow is forbidden. Sticks or stones are not to be used as toys in play. The carrying of other children is forbidden as well as other kinds of play that could easily result in an accident.
Bicycles and skateboards may not be ridden on the blacktop area or on the sidewalks around the school and church buildings during school hours, 7:40 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Use Of Balls:
Use only balls such as rubber playground balls, basketballs or volleyballs on the blacktop area. Regulation footballs, soccer balls, or hard balls are not permitted to be thrown or used on the blacktop area or near any buildings. These sports are played with nerf balls. Balls are not to be kicked, except as part of an organized game during P.E..
LUNCH TIME PROCEDURES
Students must bring their own lunch to school each day. Parents of kindergarten children provide their own snack.
At 11:30 A.M. the lunch bell rings. The classroom teacher prays or sings a song of thanks before the children begin to eat. Good table etiquette is to be observed during mealtime. During inclement weather, each teacher may keep his/her class in the classroom during the lunch recess. Lunch is in the classroom and not carried onto the playground. When the bell rings at 11:50 A.M., lunch boxes/bags are put away and the class dismisses for recess.
Lunch Duty Volunteers:
Wednesday Volunteers (Moms, Dads, Grandparents, etc.) supervise lunch and recess to allow the teachers time to eat and fellowship together. One volunteer is scheduled for each classroom. Volunteers serve about once a month and are welcome to bring other younger brothers/sisters. Sign-ups and schedules are done at the beginning of the year.
CONDUCT AND MANNERS
“I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way.” (Psalm 101:2)
All student behavior should reflect: Obedience to authority (parents, teachers, headmaster, car pool or bus drivers, etc.) even when the person in authority is not immediately present. Such obedience should be willing, cheerful, and immediate.
Responsibility in doing assigned or expected tasks.
Courtesy and respect for other students, teachers, visitors, etc.
Cleanliness in person and property.
Respect for the property of others and of the school.
Morally good conduct in respect to recreation and social relationships.
The goal of our discipline code is to maintain a proper and safe atmosphere so that teaching and learning will not be impeded. Teachers are asked to make classroom rules clear on the first day and then to enforce them fairly and consistently throughout the year. Specific means of discipline will be discussed with parents during the admissions interview so that everyone understands clearly the standards necessary to maintain a fertile learning environment.
While not an all inclusive list, the following is representative of the types of offenses in which suspension/expulsion could result: Use of tobacco products, use of alcoholic beverages, use of marijuana, use of any illegal drugs, pharmaceuticals or controlled substances, also for lying, stealing, cheating, disrespect for authority and for causing consistent classroom disturbances.
A student may be suspended by the Headmaster for up to two (2) school days without prior notification of the School Board. In such cases the President of the Board, the Vice-president in the absence of the President, and at least one other officer of the Board must be notified within twenty-four (24) hours of the action. If after consideration of the matter, it is determined to warrant stronger discipline, a hearing will be scheduled. The parents of offended student will be notified by the Board President or his designee of the time, place, and purpose of the hearing. Prior to the parents’ arrival the Headmaster will give the Board a report of the circumstances of the action in addition to his recommendations for further action.
Student and parents will then be given opportunity to present their side of the situation. Following closed Board deliberation, members of the Board will vote regarding the action to be taken. If a hearing cannot be held within the time of the original suspension, the student may return to class until the hearing can be held. However, in no instance will a period of greater than one week lapse between the time of the suspension and the hearing.
The primary focus of the dress code is for students to be neat, clean and modest. Shorts are permitted for both boys and girls through Grade 4. Students may not wear tank tops or muscle shirts. Clothing which contains vulgar, suggestive statements/pictures or which advertise products that would be inappropriate in a Christian setting are also not permitted.
Students attending The Christian School of Grace Baptist Church are expected to come to school neat and clean and with modest dress. Keep in mind that the clothes should be appropriate for the occasion and season. It is commonly understood that a person’s attire affects expectations of himself, as well as the expectations and respect of others. Clothes often display attitudes and/or values; therefore the school has adopted the following guidelines:
T-shirts and sweatshirts are very popular with today’s society. However, shirts with unchristian messages and should not be worn to school.
Clothing/accessories that promote discrimination, drugs, alcohol, sex, rebelliousness, and other themes that are deemed unchristian should not be worn to school.
Grades K-4 may wear shorts. Grades 5-8 may not wear shorts or skorts. Grades 5-8 are encouraged to wear dresses, skirts and blouses, or jumpers on non-PE days. Short dress/skirt lengths are inappropriate due to the question of modesty. Blouses or dresses having spaghetti straps, or tank tops are prohibited unless an undershirt is worn. Blue jeans that are neat, clean and in good repair are acceptable dress. Capri pants are acceptable for all grade levels.
Boys must keep their haircut so as to give a masculine appearance. Blue jeans that are neat, clean and in good repair are acceptable dress. Grades K-4 may wear shorts. Grades 5-8 may not wear shorts. Plain white T-shirts and “muscle” or tank top shirts should not be worn.
Boots & Shoes
Students who wear outdoor boots during inclement weather must bring other footwear for the classroom. Due to safety concerns flip flops are not to be worn to school.
Body Piercing and Tattoos
Students may not display body piercing or tattoos. Pierced ears for girls are the exception.
Since styles and fads come and go, no list will ever be sufficient to cover the possibilities, therefore, in matters of inappropriate dress/attire, the judgment of the teacher and/or headmaster will be the final determinant in acceptability for school attire.
There are several occasions when the students are expected to wear “dress-up” clothing such as on the day when school pictures are taken, for certain class trips and tours and for certain evening school functions.
Other expectations regarding school attire:
- Shirts should not reveal skin or undergarments around the waist even when the student is moving or seated. (I Peter 3:3-5)This also applies to PE and athletic attire.
- Shorts (K-4) must extend to the mid-thigh. Skirts must extend to the knee. (I Timothy 2:9-10)
- For classroom purposes, athletic shorts, swimming trunks, boxer type shorts, and pajamas are inappropriate. Beginning 2005/2006, for students in 5-8, both boys and girls, who choose to change clothing for PE, may only wear athletic shorts. As noted above these should be mid-thigh length.
- Pants, slacks, and jeans should fit properly at the waist and should be proper length so as to not extend below footwear.
- For clarification of sleeveless shirts: Shirts and blouses must cover the entire shoulder blade. Sleeve openings that extend down the body of the shirt, low-cut tops, tank tops, halter tops, mesh tops, midriff tops, tube tops, and tops with thin spaghetti-type straps, racer backs, or T-backs are not permitted.
- For athletic practices, the same standards apply.
To help maintain an appropriate level of modesty and decency, we will have plain blouses/shirts for students to wear if their school attire is deemed inappropriate. Belts will also be kept at school for boys to help them in case of question. We will not be sending students home for violations of the code.
We fully understand that we are treading upon a sensitive issue. We are not here to embarrass or humiliate anyone, but we are charged with protecting the innocence and purity of all our student body, staff, visitors, etc. We will try to set a clear standard and then be consistent in its enforcement.
The School Health Act of Pennsylvania mandates that each child have a tuberculin test on original entry (K-1) and in grade 9. This test is usually done annually so any test done with the past year is acceptable. The tests may be done by the multiple puncture method or by the Mantoux test. The patch test is not acceptable. Since the 1997-98 school year, three doses of hepatitis B vaccine have been required of students entering school for the first time (i.e., kindergarten or first grade). This new law does not apply to students already attending school. Provisional enrollment will be allowed. That is a new student who has only one or two doses of hepatitis B vaccine may be enrolled if there is a plan to complete the remaining doses within eight months. The certificate of Immunization will be modified to accommodate the new hepatitis B vaccine requirements.
All medication should be stored in the school office and will be administered to the student from the school office.
All prescription medication must be in a prescription bottle with a current date and the name of the student on the bottle. A written order from the physician and a note from the parent stating how may days the prescription is to be given must accompany the prescription.
Medication that is to be given 3 times a day may be given before school, after school and at bedtime at home.
Parents may send a non-prescription medication to school with their child provided it is accompanied by a note from the parent requesting that it be given. The medication must be in its original container or packaging. Please do not send tablets in envelopes or baggies.
Permission is given to school personnel to give the students Tylenol or antacid by signing the back of the Emergency Card which is issued every September.
CHAPEL AND ASSEMBLIES
Chapel is held approximately every 2 weeks from 8:00 A.M. until 8:45 A.M. This is in lieu of Bible class for that morning. All classes shall be in attendance. Students are to become silent upon entering the assembly room and to remain quiet and reverent throughout the chapel service. Kindergarten, grades five, six, seven and eight sit on the left side in order from front to back. Grades one, two, three and four sit on the right side from front to back. Parents are always welcome to attend.
Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parents. In accordance with Pennsylvania State law, students residing in school districts having boundaries within 10 miles of our school are entitled to transportation by the district. Those school districts affected by this statute are Big Spring, Carlisle, Cumberland Valley, Mechanicsburg, South Middleton, Susquenita, and West Perry.
Families living within the following school districts may avail themselves of transportation on public school busses or whatever means has been established by that school district for transporting private and parochial school students.
Big Spring School District: 776-2000 Ext. 203
Carlisle Area School District: 240-6810
Cumberland Valley: 249-6996
South Middleton: 240-2605
West Perry: 789-3934
Car pools are sometimes arranged by parents. Proper conduct must be maintained at all times in an automobile used in car pools. Parents are to be notified by the car pool drivers if a child’s conduct is objectionable.
The school districts require that only the students registered in their district may ride the bus. Other students cannot ride the bus. Also because of insurance purposes, and over crowding on busses, students are not allowed to bring friends to or from school with them on the bus.
Limited help is available to students who need extra time/instruction in certain areas. This is provided during the school day at no additional cost. Classroom teachers make the recommendation for this program.
Students may use the phone only by special permission. No student will be called from class to take a phone message except in the event of an emergency. Ordinarily the message will be taken by the secretary and given to the pupil.
Limited financial aid is available to parents who make a written request at the time of application. A copy of the most recent tax return, employment status, statement of amount you can contribute, as well as an explanation of why you have chosen Christian education will be requested. A subcommittee of the Board will consider the information and make a recommendation to the Board. The amount of aid will not exceed 50% of tuition.
Individual pupil and class pictures are taken early in the school year and delivered before Christmas. Purchase of any or all of the pictures is entirely optional.
ACCOUNTS IN ARREARS
Where unforeseen financial difficulties regarding payments should arise after the school term has started, parents should notify the school office immediately. Parents with payments in arrears who have not notified the school, will be contacted about the account. If payment is not received upon notification, or definite satisfactory arrangements made, they will be considered delinquent. In the case of any delinquent accounts at the end of the first semester, the affected student may not be admitted the second semester until this account is current.
All tuition and other bills must be paid by the last day of school or satisfactory arrangements made with the school office.