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School Policies

Hours and Attendance

Students should arrive no earlier than 8:10 a.m., as there is no outdoor supervision before that time. Students should not be dropped off in the morning until a TCS staff member is clearly visible and on duty. Homeroom begins promptly at 8:20 a.m. Any student arriving after 8:20 a.m. must be accompanied to the school office by a parent/guardian or carpool driver. Those students arriving after 8:20 a.m. will be marked “tardy” and will not be permitted to enter a class that is in session. It is imperative that students arrive on time so as not to disrupt instruction.

Students who leave school early (i.e. for medical or other appointments) should be “signed out” in the main office by the parent. Please note that there are “15 Minute Drop Off” parking spaces in the parking lot.

Dismissal is promptly at 3:00 p.m. TCS students should be picked up in the car pool line in the front of the building. During dismissal time, the traffic flow may become congested. Students are asked not to walk between parked cars. Teachers or assistants will wait outside with students until 3:10 p.m.

If the school day has already started when weather becomes an issue, TCS will remain open as long as the University remains open. However, parents are welcome to pick up their children at any time they feel conditions warrant.

Conduct/Discipline

“The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline” – B. Phillips

Simply put, TCS’s discipline policy is based on a key guiding principle of kindness. In an environment in which students and teachers are expected to promote and personify kindness, discipline problems are minimized. Students are responsible for their actions. One correlate for an effective school is to have a safe and orderly environment. Positive discipline is important to the school environment and student learning. In addition, a “safe” environment for learning is maintained. Thus, we strictly enforce one school rule: “BE KIND.” Examples of acts of kindness:

  •    assisting a student or teacher in need
  •    using a respectful voice and kind words in communication
  •    acknowledging another’s success
  •    sharing knowledge

Student acts of kindness are appreciated and acknowledged. Our expectation is that each and every student becomes a role model for learning and positive behavior. Thus, any student who disrupts the learning of others will be removed from class. As appropriate, teachers may develop rules or discipline plans specific to their classrooms. Teachers will inform parents in writing of any discipline plan that is utilized with their class or with a particular child. Our ultimate goal is that each student develops self-discipline.

Toys, Games, Etc.

Unless specifically requested by your child’s teacher, toys, games, stuffed animals, electronic equipment, trading cards, or similar items should not be brought to school by your child.  In addition, gum is not permitted at school.

 

Parent Involvement

Parent Involvement

At TCS, we love our parents.  We strongly encourage parent and family involvement. Parents are encouraged to keep in touch with their child’s teacher(s) by writing in the assignment notebook, speaking to them before or after school, or requesting a conference. Parent involvement can take many forms at TCS. A few examples are:

  • help to organize events for the school
  • attend Parent Night
  • speak to students about a topic of interest
  • participate in the Hot Lunch Program
  • volunteer to be a Homeroom Parent
  • volunteer to bake for a special event
  • assist in the school “Literacy Link”
  • drive students to and from field trips

Remember to visit our online calendar for additional events.  We believe that it is through this partnership that we can best meet your child’s needs.

Gifts

We also recognize the extraordinary generosity of our parents, especially at holiday gift-giving time. But please know that more than anything, we appreciate the gift of having your child at The College School. At times, parents inform us that they wish to give a gift to a teacher(s) or other staff member. Although we appreciate such kindness, we suggest that in lieu of personal gifts, the following would be appreciated:

  • an item for the classroom, literacy link, playground, subject area, or special class
  • a personal note from you and/or your child
  • a donation (even very small) to our Educational Enrichment Fund. This fund supports scholarships for families whose children would not otherwise be able to attend TCS. In addition, The Enrichment Fund supports teacher attendance at trainings and workshops, which are so vital to delivering the highest quality instructional programs to our students. Finally, The Enrichment Fund supports special events, materials and equipment (e.g. books for our Literacy Link school library and computer software)

Again, your child, as well as your participation in our program, is the greatest gift!

 


School Handbook

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