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Providing Educational Excellence in a Family Environment for over Thirty Years
mission is to maintain high academic standards while encouraging
self-discipline, independence of thought, tenacity of purpose,
creativity and spiritual well being. The school strives to instill in
students a lifelong love of learning as well as the motivation to look
within and beyond themselves so that they become responsible,
contributing members of society.
curriculum and staff seek to instill the morals and values of the
Orthodox Church, while embracing students of all faiths. In keeping with
our Christian faith, character development is a primary objective.
While acknowledging parents as the primary educators of their
We are grateful for the privilege of educating our students as we embrace our faith, and welcome you to our family.
/ Parent Policy Guide
handbook was written as a guide to help parents and students understand
the policies of the Day School. It does not address all policies and
situations that may come up in the course of the school year. If
questions arise concerning policy, do not hesitate to call the office or
come in and see the Headmaster. His door is always open.
and Financial Responsibilities
yearly tuition cycle begins August 1st and the final payment
is due May 1st. All fees and tuition must be paid fully by
May 10th (excluding day care charges which are due in full by
June 10th). Monthly statements are sent out on the 25th
of each month for the following month�s fees. Each current month�s
fees are due by the 10th of the month; if not received by the
10th of the month they will be re-billed on the 15th
of the month with a $25.00 late fee assessment. Past due balances will
accrue interest at 1.5% per month, compounded daily. There is a $30.00
charge for all returned checks. If an account is delinquent after thirty
(30) days, all charging privileges (i.e. Day Care, lunches, field trips)
will be suspended.
Day (Day Care) hours are from dismissal to 5:30 P.M. There is a $5.00/15
minute late charge for students picked up after 5:30 P.M..
order for an eighth grade student to participate in graduation, all
accounts must be paid in full, including the graduation fee, no later
than the 10th of May. Records of students leaving
a student is withdrawn after the July 1st contract deadline,
that student�s family is responsible for their financial obligation.
Exceptions would include those students who are withdrawn by mutual
agreement of the Headmaster and the parent(s). Petitions for exceptions
must be sent in written form to the School Board for consideration.
the event that a student�s account becomes seriously in arrears, the
student may be asked to leave the school, and/or legal action may ensue.
Safety and Security
ask that parents do not enter the classrooms of students after 8:00 A.M.
Preparation is necessary to start the day. If
you would like to join your child at Chapel, please meet them at the
east side door of the Church to join them and their class.
you need to speak to a teacher, speak to your child, or drop off
something for your child, you must go to the school office. The office
will notify the teacher that you are in the office. The teacher will let
the office know whether or not it is a convenient time to meet or send
the student to the office. Please do not �pop in� on a teacher;
their full attention needs to be on their students.
parents like to come and watch and enjoy their children at Day Care.
Please understand that even though you are there, as long as your child
is on the grounds at Day Care you will be billed the appropriate fees.
Our liability for your child does not end until they leave our campus.
following are, but not limited to, reasons for dismissal from
parents are separating, going through a divorce, and/or determining
custody of their children, they should keep the school informed of all
events in writing.
events can be very stressful to children. It is essential that the
school remain informed but neutral in all situations. Our students need
to know that their school is supported and respected by both parents,
and that their parents� conflict will not be brought into their school
information pertaining to custody matters must be in the form of an
official court order. Students will be released to either parent
according to law in the absence of a court order.
8:00 � 2:30
1 � 5
8:00 � 2:45
6 � 8
8:00 � 3:00
� 5:30 *
closing may occur prior to a holiday or vacation period.
not picked up within 15 minutes of their dismissal time, will be
sent to the extended day program and their accounts charged the
school calendar is issued in the registration packet and re-issued in
with the upper school, arrival time for kindergarten is 8:00 A.M. At
8:00 A.M. class begins. Structure and routine are something that these
young learners need. We ask that all parents be out of the
kindergarten building by 8:00 A.M.
arriving after the 8:10 bell are considered late and must go to the
school office and be signed in by a parent or guardian. Once signed in
by a parent or guardian the student will be issued an admission slip to
class. If their class is in
Chapel, they are to wait in the office until their class returns from
Chapel. A detention may be given for excessive tardies. Five tardies is
equivalent to one absence and can prevent a student from receiving the
perfect attendance award at the end of the year. We ask that parents
help us avoid detentions for tardies by making sure their children get
to school on time.
daily attendance is crucial to a student�s positive school experience.
A student is considered absent if he/she is not at school, or if he/she
leaves school before 11:00 A.M. or comes to school after 11:00 A.M.
returning to school after an absence, students are
required to present to their teacher a note explaining the reason
for their absence.
a student must be absent, the parents are asked to call the school
office before 9:00 A.M. to inform the school that their child will be
out. Students will be given two days to complete and turn in work missed
during the absence. For extended absences due to illness, special
consideration will be given to the student for completing missed
assignments. The length of time will be determined by the Headmaster and
the classroom teacher.
for an absent student will be sent to the school office at the end of
the school day. Please do not call the school for early assignments.
a student accumulates 12 or more absences in one year, retention may be
garments must be
labeled with student�s name and grade.
ladies in grades kindergarten through 5th are not permitted
to wear make-up. Ladies in grades 6th through 8th
are permitted to wear light make-up and fingernail polish. If any
make-up or nail polish is considered by the Headmaster to be excessive,
the young lady will be asked to remove it before returning to class.
Earrings should be small and unobtrusive.
through 5th Grade
Grade through 8th Grade
should be neatly groomed and above the collar; eyes need to be seen. No
tails, fad cuts or facial hair are permitted. Earrings are not allowed
for young men. Shirt tails should be tucked in properly at all times.
through 5th Grade
Grades 6th through 8th
Grades 6th through 8th
young ladies and young men must wear navy or black leather shoes. Middle
school boys must have brown shoes. Suede, patent leather, vinyl and/or
high top shoes are not acceptable. Shoes must be solid navy or black
with no white or other colors; shoe laces must match the color of the
students may wear any type of tennis shoe.
Dress Code Information
extreme cold temperatures when sweaters are not quite enough, jackets
may be worn.
dress appropriately for chapel. (This includes visiting parents.)
expect parents to help us set the tone for dressing respectfully when
attending Chapel services. This includes not bringing and drinking
coffee or other beverages in Chapel.
S - Satisfactory (A-B
Improvement Needed (C level)
U - Unsatisfactory
List (Grades 4th � 8th)
in all academic areas
in all other categories
Roll (Grades 4th � 8th)
and �B�s� in all academic areas
in all other categories
Improved (Grades 1st � 8th)
award of most improved may be given by the teacher to a student or
students who have shown most improvement during an academic quarter.
and Second Honors (Grades 1st � 8th)
and Second Honors are given to the students with the highest grade point
average at the end of the year.
/ Salutatorian (Graduating 8th graders only)
order to be considered for Valedictorian a student must have completed
three academic years at St. John Greek Orthodox Day School (6th,
7th and 8th grades).The Valedictorian must have
the highest cumulative total average for the three years.*
Salutatorian must have the second highest cumulative total average for
the event that the averages are extremely close, prior year grades will
be taken into consideration.
there is a time that
is an integral part of your student�s academic training. We believe
that homework should be a reinforcement of materials covered or
discussed in class. Parents should help their child find a quiet place
in which to study. We ask that parents further help their child by
making sure their homework is complete and neat.
reports are a reflection of your child�s progress, both academically
and behaviorally, for a three week period. They are sent home to be
signed by the parent or guardian and returned to the homeroom teacher
the next day. They are not a cumulative total, but a three week review
of your child�s progress. Music, P.E., Computer, Art, Religion and
Spanish are recorded at the bottom of the progress report. Progress
reports are issued to help keep parents informed about class
participation, completing assignments, dressing out for P.E., etc.
cards and kindergarten progress reports reflect your child�s quarterly
progress. They are to be signed and returned the following day.
in a middle school sports league limits participation to those students
in grades 6th, 7th and 8th. When
enrollment is low in the middle grades as to affect fielding a team, 5th
graders and younger may be invited to play. Junior varsity participation
is offered for some sports. There is a tennis club available, however
membership is limited.
sports team participants must maintain a minimum over-all grade point
average of 2.0 or higher. If during a season a team member�s GPA drops
below a 2.0, that student will be allowed to practice, but will not be
allowed to play in a game until their GPA is at or above a 2.0. If,
after three weeks, the student has not brought his GPA to a 2.0 or
higher, he will be asked to resign from the team. Sports team
participants must refrain from outside activities that would otherwise
bring embarrassment to the team and/or the school.
at any time during a season, in the coach�s opinion, a student
exhibits a poor attitude, misses practices or generally misbehaves, that
student will be asked to leave the team.
addition to our extensive sports program,
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participating in St. John Book Clubs may be asked to purchase the book
needed for the club.
�Intouch� newsletter is distributed to students to take home every
Wednesday. This is the school�s way of keeping parents informed of
school happenings on a weekly basis (calendar changes, special events,
etc.) Please read the �Intouch� to stay current with events at the
is important that parents respond to notes sent home by the teacher. At
times, the teachers may ask that these notes be signed. In this way,
teachers can be sure that parents have received and read the note.
note that a parent may want to send out to their child�s class (i.e.
Christmas party, Gala info. etc.) must be approved by the Headmaster
before being sent.
Calls and Messages
the event you need to speak to a teacher, please call the school office
and leave a message to that effect. Your call will be returned at the
teacher�s earliest convenience. Students are not permitted to make
calls home during the day to request forgotten school work, personal
items, or to make social plans, etc. Students need to learn to be
responsible and plan ahead. Dismissal times are very hectic: please do
not call during dismissal to give a message to your child.
are discouraged from bringing cell phones to school. If a cell phone is
brought to school it may not be turned on during the school day (7:30am
� 3:00pm). This includes the vibrate mode. The first time a student is
found using or having a cell phone on during the school day, it will be
confiscated and returned only to the parent of the student. The second
infraction will lead to confiscation. The phone will be returned to the
parent of the student at the end of the academic quarter.
The school will at no time accept any liability/responsibility
for a cell phone on the school campus with respect to, but not limited
to, loss, damage or theft. Parents are also asked not to use cell phones while in their cars during
drop-off and pick-up of students to alleviate distractions.
will be notified of all school sponsored field trips. Permission slips
are sent out for all field trips and must be signed. Chaperones will
often be needed to help transport and supervise students. It must be
clearly understood by parents that, during field trips, the teachers are
in charge of their classes. Chaperones,
however, must supervise
carefully their group. If a student does not have a signed
permission slip, he will not be able to go on the field trip.
driving on the field trip must have adequate seat belts for the number
of students they are taking. They must also provide proof of insurance
to the school in order to drive.
For insurance purposes, drivers are requested to drive directly to and
from the function, not stopping for side trips, errands, or special
treats for their passengers. When chaperoning, we ask that younger
siblings be left at home so that full attention can be given to the
students under your supervision. Your child�s safety is of the utmost
importance to us.
no time should a student have any form of medication in their possession.
This includes aspirin, vitamins or stronger medications and applies to
all age levels. We acknowledge that some students are mature and able to
take medication by themselves at home, however, at school and for the
child�s safety, no student is permitted to have medication in their
possession. If a student is found to have medication in his possession,
it will be taken and returned only to the parent.
a student is required to take medication at school, the parent must
bring the medication to the school office and give it to the school
secretary. They will be asked at that time to complete and sign a
medication dosage form. The school will not assume responsibility for
dispensing medication to students who refuse to take it. The parent will
have to make arrangements to come to the school and dispense their
are required to inform the school if their child has contracted a
contagious disease. Anyone contracting a contagious (communicable)
disease � student or employee - will not be allowed to work or attend
school during its contagious stages. This policy also pertains to
head-lice, pink eye and impetigo. In certain cases the school may
require a doctor�s release before the child is allowed to return to
are provided for purchase at lunch by the Boosters Club.
make sure that your child comes to school with his/her lunch each
morning. Forgotten lunches must be taken to the school office. They will
be distributed to students before lunch begins.
days are special days that occur throughout the school year. On these
days the students do not have to wear their school uniforms. �Tag
Days� are decided randomly by the Headmaster. Students are expected to
dress respectfully: shorts of the appropriate length, and shirts that do
not advertise drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products; also, muscle shirts,
midriffs, and/or shirts with inappropriate words, pictures or gestures
are not permitted. If a student does come to school inappropriately
dressed, he will be sent to the school office until a parent brings the
the safety of the students we ask that all class parties (ie. Halloween,
Christmas, Easter, etc.) be held on campus. The format for classroom
parties is at the discretion of the teacher.
is sadder for a child than not receiving an invitation to a class
member�s birthday party. Unless everyone
in the class is invited, birthday and other occasion party invitations
should not be distributed at school.
Teacher Support Organization (PTSO)
PTSO is committed to the improvement and enhancement of the educational
and social environment of the school by providing support to the faculty
and students through effective action and fundraising efforts. The PTSO
adds the special extras which enhance our curriculum. The PTSO is in
charge of our Gala, Field Day, and many other family events throughout
the year. Parents are notified of PTSO planning meetings through our
school newsletter the �Intouch�. All parents are encouraged to join
and participate in the activities of the PTSO.
�Homeroom Parent� is the major link between the PTSO, the teacher
and class parents. The HP helps with items brought in for special
projects and class parties. They help in the organization of drivers for
field trips. They are the right arm of the teacher. It is important that
when parents accept this position, they understand the responsibilities
that come with it.
in 1998, the St. John Greek Orthodox Day School Board seeks to create an
exceptional moral and professional atmosphere at the Day School. The
Board strives to offer the highest quality education in a Christian,
family environment, thereby providing the best possible service to the
Tampa Bay Community and to St. John Greek Orthodox Church. The Board
will serve as a vehicle for the resolution of issues between parents and
the school. Members are elected or appointed through the bodies they
represent (the Parish Council, the Church General Assembly and the
Parent Teacher Support Organization) and will serve for a period of two
On Sexual Harassment
harassment consists of unwelcome physical or verbal conduct of a sexual
nature that includes, but is not limited to the following:
student who believes that he or she has been the subject of sexual
harassment should immediately report the incident to one of the
will be handled in a confidential manner. Individuals will be advised of
this matter on need-to-know basis. A prompt and thorough investigation
will be undertaken by the Headmaster. Students found to have violated
this policy will be subject to the appropriate discipline, up to and
including suspension or expulsion, as determined by the Headmaster.
A positive and
constructive working relationship between the School and a student�s
parent/guardian is essential to the accomplishment of the School�s
School accordingly reserves the right to terminate or not renew a
student�s enrollment contract if the School reasonably concludes that
the actions of a parent or guardian make such a positive and
constructive relationship impossible, or otherwise seriously interfere
with the school�s accomplishment of its purposes. There will be no
Intentional injury inflicted by a student upon another student or faculty member will be dealt with immediately. Depending on the severity of the altercation, the punishment shall include suspension and/or expulsion, both of which will be determined by the Headmaster.
The use of inappropriate language or gestures on School property or at School sponsored functions is not permitted. If at recess, inappropriate language or gestures directed to a fellow student will result in an automatic time out of not less that 15 minutes. If the incident occurs in the classroom, the student will be sent to the office for a 15 minute time out. If directed toward a faculty member it will result in an automatic detention. Two or more incidents directed toward a faculty member will result in an automatic suspension; the length of which will be determined by the Headmaster. Two suspensions in this manner will result in expulsion.
Our goal is to teach our students responsibility. Students are required to come to school in complete uniform. This includes blouses and shirts being tucked in properly. Where belts are required, they should be worn. Abuse of this policy may result in a detention or time out at recess. A parent may be called to bring the appropriate clothing. Parents need to inform the teacher if there are extenuating circumstances that affect their child�s dress.
of School or Personal Property
The purposeful and malicious destruction of school or personal property by any student will result in an automatic detention or suspension. That student and/or his parents will be held financially responsible for the refurbishing or replacement of that which was damaged.
There are many times when students do not see eye-to-eye with their classmates. This can result in a verbal confrontation. When students move beyond verbal to physical confrontations, it is considered a fight. Depending on the severity of the altercation, the punishment shall include but not be limited to one of the following: time out at recess; detention; suspension or expulsion. The determination of the punishment rests with the Headmaster.
is defined as any intentional deception by which a student passes off
another student�s academic work as their own, or gives answers to work
to another student. Examples of cheating include homework copied from another student, research papers turned in with false documentation and/or copying during a test/exam (whether from notes or another student�s paper). Cheating is to be considered a serious violation of School policy. A student caught cheating will receive a detention or suspension, and no credit for the work. Cheating may affect academic and conduct grades. Parents will be notified if such an incident occurs.
If a student is found to be in possession of, or under the influence of, a controlled substance at school or at a school sponsored function, the result will be immediate suspension or expulsion. If suspended, the student will be asked to have a substance abuse screening from a physician, the results of which will be given to the school. If the results of the aforementioned screening are positive, depending on the substance and the severity, the Headmaster may insist the student receive abuse counseling or the student may face expulsion.
or academic detention is served in the afternoon from 3:00 to 4:00.
Parents are given one day�s notice to arrange for pick up. In certain
instances, the School reserves the right to notify the parent at work or
at home that their child will be staying the same afternoon as the
occurrence. Any student not picked up after detention will be sent to
our extended day program and charged accordingly.
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