Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer financial aid and how do I apply?
Yes, through the generosity of a parishioner, we are able to offer tuition assistance to families in need. Those interested in applying should submit a letter of interest to the preschool office. All applications will be reviewed by the pastor. We also accept contributions to the tuition assistance fund. Contributions can be made through the preschool office.
What do I do when my child is sick? How do I know if he/she is too sick for school?
Our illness policy is in the parent handbook, but in general, if your child does not feel well enough to participate in the daily activities or is contagious to other children, they should stay at home. You may call the Parish Life Center office at 816-0045 and leave a message for your child’s teacher.
What happens when the weather is bad?
We will follow the same procedures as Carmel Clay schools when there is inclement weather. If Carmel closes for the day, we will be closed. If Carmel is on a two hour delay, we will start at 10:30.
When does school start?
Classes begin after Labor Day and end before Memorial Day. In general, we follow the same calendar as Carmel Clay schools with some exceptions.
Do your teachers have degrees?
All of our teachers are degreed in education or a related field. All personnel, paid or volunteer, will participate in Diocesan Safe and Sacred Training as well as have a criminal background check.
How do you celebrate birthdays and other holidays?
We recognize that birthdays are very special to children and their families. We celebrate each child’s birthday with a birthday snack and other special activities that mark the day. Because of food allergies, we ask that parents allow us to provide the birthday snack.
We celebrate other holidays throughout the year including: All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day and Easter. Details for each will be sent home with the children.
Do you provide lunch?
Children are asked to bring their own nutritious lunch. The school will provide a snack.
Do you include religious education in your program?
We believe that learning to love and serve God and others is one of the most important things a child can learn. The children will participate in daily prayer in their classrooms and twice a month will visit the Day Chapel to learn songs, prayers and appropriate church behavior. These prayer services will be led by our music minister and a priest. Parents are invited to join us when they can.
What supplies are needed?
We will provide a canvas bag for each child to carry their things to school. Parents are asked to provide a lunch box for their child. All other supplies are provided by the school.
The children in our two year old program do not need to be toilet trained. Parents are asked to pack enough diapers and wipes in their child’s bag for the day that their child attends. Because the nursery is used by many different groups and has very limited storage, we can not store extra diapers in the classroom.
To participate in any of the other programs, a child must be toilet trained. We understand that for many of the children in our three year old program, this is a new skill and accidents may occur. We ask that parents provide an extra change of clothes for their child in case of an accident.
Arrival and Dismissal:
The children will arrive and dismiss by way of the Parish Life Center. Cars will line up along the curb and teachers will assist the children in and out of the car. Parents who prefer may park in the lot and come to the door to pick up or drop off their child.
Our parish mission statement is from the Gospel of Matthew stating: “Go forth and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you”. (Mt.28:19-20). We recognize also that the word ‘discipline’ is derived from the word ‘disciple’. We hear our Pastor frequently state that we are called as parents, teachers, and parish to prepare our children to live forever with our heavenly Father.
With this understanding and goal, our discipline policy will focus on training our children to live as Christians through their Catholic faith. Misbehaviors will reflect the four steps of Confession, recognize the wrongdoing, admit what was done, ask for forgiveness and make amends for the wrong.
Parents will be contacted if the offense is of a serious nature or repetitious. Most behaviors will be dealt with during the class session.