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Kindergarten students made hand prints for a wall display of all of the new friends they were making

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8th Grade Students paired up with the Kindergarteners for a special day

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Kindergarteners working on Christmas projects during Elf Day

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Ms. Elam working with students

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Students hard at work

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Students working on reading skills in groups

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Mrs. Schutz and a student

Kindergarten Handbook

Philosophy and Goals of St. Jude Kindergarten

St. Jude Kindergarten will strive to:

  1. Provide a learning environment that will enable children to develop basic skills and concepts that will offer them opportunities for understanding and practicing the Catholic faith.
  2. Help children to build a positive self-concept by experiencing success, encouragement, and reinforcement.
  3. Provide opportunities for developing greater responsibility in caring for self and others, making choices, participating actively in their learning, and accepting consequences.
  4. Guide students in the development of their natural talents according to their own capabilities.
  5. Provide opportunities for students to share their God-given talents and gifts.  Thus, they begin a habit of contributing in a positive manner to other people’s needs.
  6. Guide and facilitate students participating in liturgical celebration thus nourishing their daily lives both now and later as adults.
  7. Aid parents in the task of preparing their children for growing into mature Christian adults.

Curriculum:  Our Catholic faith is integrated throughout our curriculum.  The Saint Jude Kindergarten Program follows the standards set by the Archdiocese as well as Common Core State Standards.  Our program meets and exceeds these standards by implementing:

Language Arts                                             Phonics - Comprehension
Religion                                                        Verbal Communication Skills
Personal Relationships                            Motor Development          
Music                                                             Learning Centers                                                  
Writing Skills and Handwriting                 Art                         
Math Readiness                                          Physical Education              
Science                                                        Computer           
Health and Safety                                       Guided Playtime                                                 
Social Studies                                             Reading Stations  

 

Tuition - FACTS Program
Kindergarten tuition will be paid through the FACTS program.  The following instructions will help you register your child in the St. Jude FACTS Program:

In the month of February, the FACTS link on the school website will be updated for the next school year.  All families must register with FACTS and set up payment arrangements within the FACTS system before the end of the current school year.

If you have any questions regarding the FACTS program, please feel free to contact Susie Graves @ 786-4371 or e-mail sgraves@stjudeindy.org

Kindergarten Schedule
Kindergarten students will follow the same schedule as St. Jude Elementary School for the regular school schedule as well as for emergency closing.  When in doubt as to whether school will be open due to severe weather or any other condition, an automated message will be sent to all parents.  For those that give permission, a text message will also be sent.  In addition to phone calls and texts, the local TV stations will be notified, the school webpage will be updated and an email will also be sent regarding closing or delay information.  Effort is made to decide on closing or delaying by 6:00 A.M.

 

Arrival and Dismissal Times
Full day kindergarten will be in session from 8:00AM – 2:50PM.  Students may arrive between 7:30 and 8:00am.  A before care program is also available between 7:00-7:30am for $1.00 per day.  The before care program is held in the Art room.

Morning Drop Off Procedure
Students enter Door #2 in the morning.  Door #2 is located across from the Family Youth Center.  Cars enter the North Gate, drive past the Church and gym and continue around the School building.  After dropping off students at Door #2, cars will exit the South Gate. 

Dismissal Procedure
Detailed dismissal procedures will be explained during the KG meetings as well as the SJS Parent Handbook.

Absence
If a child has any symptoms of illness, please keep him/her at home.  Please call the school attendance number or the office to report an absence by 9:00AM, or within one hour of school start time.  A child must be symptom free without medication for 24 hours prior to the return to school. A written note should be sent when the child returns to school.

Vaccination and Immunization
A complete and updated record of the child’s immunizations and vaccinations must be presented at registration.

Dress
The Kindergarten children will use the same uniform code observed by the grade school.  A copy of this uniform code can be found in the Parent Handbook which is posted on the school webpage.  Navy blue shorts may be worn from the first day of school until October 1st and again from May 1st until the end of the school year.

Supplies
Most school supplies will be purchased from the supply fee collected at registration and need not be sent from home.  Supply lists can be found online under the Resources menu option.


Sending Money
Whenever sending money to school, please use a sealed envelope marked with the child’s name, Teacher’s name, and an indication of the purpose for which it is being sent.

School Communications
Please read all notices, letters, Parent Emails, and newsletters (Raiders’ Edge) carefully since this is the principle means of communication between home and school.  Teachers have the ability to email parents directly through our grading system called My Student’s Progress.  Parents will be given user accounts for the MSP system as well. 

Kindergarten Conferences
Parent-Teacher conferences are important to your child’s well-being and success.  Individual conferences will be scheduled at the end of the first grading period.  However, if you should have questions or concerns at any time please send a note, e-mail, or call the school office and leave a message and your teacher will contact you as soon as possible.

Sharing TimeOur version of Show and Tell
Your children will be encouraged to share ideas and experiences related to our Kindergarten themes.  A schedule of regular sharing themes will be given in the teacher’s weekly newsletter.

Birthdays
We happily acknowledge the birthdays of all students and staff on the announcements each morning. Summer birthdays are acknowledged during the spring months (June birthdays in March; July birthdays in April; August birthdays in May).  In an effort to improve our Wellness Program, we are asking parents to consider the following birthday celebration procedure as an alternative to celebrating with food items. If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday, we ask that you purchase a book to be donated to the classroom library. We ask that you wrap the book as a gift and send it in with your child. There will be a point in the day where the student and the teacher un-wrap the “gift” and the birthday boy/girl acknowledged. We also encourage the student to write an inscription on the inside cover of the book. As more birthdays are celebrated, the library will continue to grow. Those with summer birthdays can be included as well. This project will ultimately help our early literacy instruction by providing students with more books to select within the class and is within our Healthy Schools guidelines.

Any party invitations should be mailed not distributed at school.   We ask that parents and relatives do not send balloons, flowers, or other special gifts to school for birthdays and special occasions.

Kindergarten Discipline
Discipline in the classroom will be aimed at helping each child to develop habits of safety, consideration, respect, and courtesy in dealing with other individuals and with the class as a whole.  A few basic rules will be discussed and established to make our classroom run smoothly.

How Parents Can Help

  1. Be sure your child gets enough sleep – 10 hours recommended.
  2. Start your child’s day with a nutritious breakfast.
  3. Help your child develop good health and safety practices around the home.
  4. Give opportunities for your child to play with other children.
  5. Teach your child how to snap, button, and zipper coats and tie his/her shoes.
  6. Teach your child his/her name, address, phone number, birthday, and to print his/her first name with the first letter capitalized and remaining letters lowercase.
  7. Dress your child appropriately for all seasons as we try to go to recess daily.
  8. Encourage your child to follow simple rules of courtesy and good manners.
  9. Keep your child in school regularly, except when ill.

What Can You Do To Help Your Child Succeed In Kindergarten?

  1. Motivate your child to take responsibility at home.  Give them simple tasks to complete.  Practice tasks that use sequencing skills (i.e. go upstairs, brush your teeth, and put on your pajamas).
  2. Be constantly encouraging and express interest in what your child does in school.  Try to get beyond…”We just played.”
  3. Review schoolwork, projects, and papers with your child as a means of sharing his/her experiences and reinforcing what he/she has learned.
  4. Keep your teacher informed of any confusing or negative attitudes or situations which may be disturbing your child.
  5. Keep in touch with your child’s teacher through weekly newsletters, school newsletters, communication folders, and email.

Volunteering at Saint Jude School:    For you to be able to volunteer in the classroom, to go on field trips, or to work with the children, volunteers must complete the Safe and Sacred program.

THis program is completed online and will take roughly 45minutes to complete.  

  1. Safe and Sacred – can be found at www.archindy.org
    1. Click on Child Safety & Misconduct Reporting on bottom left of screen
    2. Click the registration link under  "For Adults:  Safe and Sacred:  Safe Environment Training"
    3. After creating an account - follow the directions completing the program.
    4. The direct link to the program:  https://safeandsacred-archindy.org/login/index.php