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.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)
As a person’s attire often reflects their attitudes and values, so we believe it is important to guide our students to dress in a way that reflects the values to which we hope they aspire. When students come to school we want them to know that work done for the Lord is to be heartily carried out and God-centered as outlined in the verse above. The attitude of professionalism in dress sets the tone for work well done. The attention to modesty speaks of a desire to please the Lord rather than to draw the attention of others.
We trust that our families value these two principles and we also realize that there are differences of thought on how to implement these biblical ideals. Because some standard must be set in the realm of attire, even in the midst of varying positions on the issue, the school has set forth a dress code. By enrolling their child, parents agree to follow the school guidelines in these matters for the benefit and unity of the entire school community.
In concise terms, these are the expectations in these two areas of dress:
Professionalism: Come to school ready to get to work and wear clothes that convey that attitude. Clothing that is in disrepair or articles that seem better suited for lounging rather than learning should be kept at home.
Modesty: Cover and conceal the areas of your body that should not be revealed: back, belly, bottom and chest. In these areas, wearing skin revealing or shape conveying clothes (even if skin is not visible) is not appropriate.
We understand that giving more specific direction on dress may come across as legalistic in manner, but it is our hope that a heart of modesty and humility is cultivated as students consider their clothing choices each day. It is our intent that these detailed guidelines below are seen as a practical help for parents and students aspiring to give heart-motivated honor to the Lord in the way they dress for school.
Shirts and tops should be modest, not low cut or sheer. Tank tops (wide or thin straps), halter tops, midriff and muscle shirts are not permitted. Shirts should not reveal skin or undergarments around the waist or back even when the student is moving or seated. This also applies to P.E. and sport practices. Girls may wear sleeveless dresses or tops as long as the shoulders and back are covered. It is often possible to wear a top that would otherwise fail to meet the dress standard if it is paired with a garment that is worn beneath or over top.
Pants, jeans, slacks, capris, dresses, skirts, and other like items should be neat and in good repair. Articles may not be tight or form fitting. Shape-conveying pants such as tights or leggings must be worn with something that covers the legs down to at least mid-thigh and all skirts or dresses without leggings must extend to the knee. Athletic wear, sweat pants, lounge wear, or sleepwear is not permitted as part of the normal academic day. Grades Pre-K through 4 may wear shorts that extend to mid-thigh.
Footwear must not prohibit daily student activities. Due to safety concerns flip-flops are not to be worn to school. Students who wear outdoor footwear during inclement weather must bring other footwear for the classroom. Footwear must be worn during the school day unless permission for a special circumstance is granted.
On the Head
Hats, caps, sweatshirt hoods, and bandanas may not be worn in the building during the academic day. Hair styles should be neat, well-groomed, and of a natural color. Hair should always be out of the eyes regardless of how it is kept or worn. In addition, young men’s hair may not cover the ears, go below the collar, or extend beyond the eyebrows. Young men may not wear headbands, hairbands or barrettes. Facial hair, if worn, must be neat and well kept.
Piercings should be removed with the exception of female ear piercings.
Logos, advertisements, messages, and themes displayed on clothing should not promote ideals counter to that of our Christian values or cause a distraction from the learning environment.
For Physical Education, students in grades 5-8 are required to wear the school P.E. uniform. This consists of the shorts made available by the school and a t-shirt bearing the school’s name or logo. Both of these items will be made available at cost to families. Sneakers are also required for Physical Education. Students are expected to wear warmer clothes (athletic pants, sweatshirt, etc.) that cover their P.E. uniform on cooler days when they will be outside.
Special Occasions/Choir Uniforms
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, or for certain evening school functions. In addition, students in grades 5-8 are required to have a choir uniform consisting of the following:
Girls: Black skirt (knee-length or longer), white blouse, and black shoes.
Boys: Black pants, white button-down shirt (tucked in), and black shoes. Ties will be provided.
Because we value our school community and know of its influence in our students’ lives, we request that those who come to volunteer or visit as guests also observe these dress code principles in their choice of attire.
Since styles and fads come and go, it is the general spirit of the dress code in regards to professionalism and modesty that should be considered when selecting attire. In matters of appropriate dress, the judgment of the teacher and/or headmaster will be the final determinant in acceptability for school attire. The teachers and/or headmaster will address specific dress code concerns with students and their parents as the need arises, but love, discernment, and discretion will be the manner in which these sensitive conversations will be carried out.
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.