Guidelines

GUIDELINES FOR CATECHESIS

When you register for Catechesis classes, due to the size of our program, if you did NOT receive a call from us – your child got into a class you requested.  We only contact you if there is conflict regarding your registration.

We Email home the start dates in August along with a link to all the dates for the year. By the last week in August – the Class Dates are also on our website, so you may then click the Class Dates link (on our website) to see the dates, for the entire year, for your child’s option.

For the first two classes, Class Lists will be posted on the wall in a central location.  There will be Coordinators in the hall directing students to their rooms.

FIRST CLASS

Regular Tuesday and Thursday Classes Grades 1 – 8

Parents are welcome to stay for the first class.  If you have more than one child in the program, you are welcome to visit all their classrooms.

BUILDING LOCATIONS

Elementary Grade Center (EGC) – parallel to the church, runs parallel to Ridge Terrace

Upper Grade Center (UGC) – next to the Rectory, attached to the Morello Parish Life Center (MPLC)

Kinane Center (KC) – behind the Rectory, fronts Ridge Terrace

Holy Family Chapel (HFC) – basement of the church

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

ARRIVAL

Regular Tuesday and Thursday Classes Grades 1 -8

There is only a small drop-off area in the parking lot – between the Rectory and the Morello Parish Life Center (MPLC).  Since children should NOT be walking in the parking lot without an adult, if you do not use this drop-off area, please walk your child up to their building.  You must use a parking space to park and leave your car.  No cars are allowed in the small lot between the church and school nor the alley leading into it.

DO NOT USE THE INSURANCE PARKING LOT – Monday thru Friday

The children wait outside the door of their building until they are told to enter.  The area is only supervised five (5) minutes prior to the beginning of class.  In good weather the children remain outside of their building until a few minutes before class begins.  In rain, snow or below zero temperatures they will be let in ten (10) minutes prior to class beginning.

The FIRST THREE (3) classes, parents may enter the building and make sure their children find their classroom.  After three (3) classes the children enter alone – as they do for school.

Grades 1 – 3 @ 4:00 – 5:30 classes meet in the Elementary Grade Center.  1st grade is on the first floor.  2nd & 3rd grade is on the second floor.  On Thursdays all grades are upstairs. Enter through the ramp door between the church and school off the small parking lot.

Grades 4 – 5 @ 4:00 – 5:30 classes meet in the Upper Grade Center on Tuesdays and in the Elementary Grade Center on Thursdays.  Enter through the doors facing the parking lot and that are beyond the MPLC doors.

Grade 6 – 7 @ 7:00 – 8:30 classes meet in the Elementary Grade Center. 6th Grade is on the first floor and 7th grade is on the second floor.  Enter through the ramp door between the church and school off the small parking lot.

Grade 8 @ 7:00 – 8:30 classes meet in the Upper Grade Center on the first floor.  Enter through the doors facing the parking lot and that are beyond the MPLC doors.

Regular Sunday Classes Grades PK – 8

Children should arrive no sooner than five (5) minutes prior to class and should IMMEDIATELY enter the building due to the fact that it is Sunday and there is so much traffic in the back lot.  And because of this traffic, we ask that parents walk their children to the door.

Grades PK – 4 @ 8:45 – 10:15 classes meet in the Elementary Grade Center.  PK – 1st grade is on the first floor.  2nd – 4th grade is on the second floor.  Enter through the ramp door between the church and school off the small parking lot.

Grades 5 – 8 @ 8:45 – 10:15 classes meet in the Upper Grade Center on the first floor.  Enter through the doors facing the parking lot and that are beyond the MPLC doors.

Directed Study Classes Grades 1 – 8

ALL these classes meet in Holy Family Chapel (HFC).  At least one parent MUST attend with their children, so you come and go with your child, and you MUST stay for the entire class.

Family Program Classes Grades 1 – 8

This class meets Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:30 in the Upper Grade Center in the lower level Lunch Room or on the first floor in the A/B Rooms.  Parents stay with their children, so they also come and go with them.

Liturgical Based Classes

These classes meet in Holy Family Chapel (HFC) from 4:30 – 6:00.  At least one parent MUST attend with their children and you MUST go to mass and stay for the entire class.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Grades PK – 8

These classes meet in the lower level of the Kinane Center (KC).

Sunday Classes – Children should arrive no sooner than five (5) minutes prior

to class and should IMMEDIATELY enter the building due to the fact that it is Sunday and there is so much traffic in the back lot.  And because of this traffic, we ask that parents walk their children to the door.

Monday & Tuesday Classes – The children wait outside the door of their building

until they are told to enter.

Since the door is locked, someone stays at the door to let the children in, therefore  PROMPT ARRIVAL IS MANDATORY.

DISMISSAL

Regular Tuesday and Thursday Classes Grades 1 -8

For the younger grades, at dismissal the children are brought down to the outside door of their building.  Parents do NOT enter the building for pick-up.  Many parents of the younger children wait in the small parking lot between the school and church or outside the Upper Grade Center’s doors.  If the parents are not waiting in these areas, the children proceed to the sidewalk area between the Rectory and the Morello Parish Life Center (MPLC) which is supervised.

St. Paul does not take responsibility for the following:

Calling to your child to walk to your car, through the parking lot, by themselves.

Having your children wait for pick-up in a different area of St. Paul’s.

Having your children walk to another location offsite for pick-up.

If you are detained, and your child is in the area between the Rectory and MPLC

will be a supervisor there for them to rely on.  If you are more than then (10) minutes late your child will be taken to either the Rectory or the Kinane Center and we will attempt to call your home/cell.  Please do your very best to be prompt for pick-up as it is not only hard on your child but we need to prepare for the next set of classes or close up all the buildings for the night.

Regular Sunday Classes Grades PK – 8

For children in PK – 4th grade, parents need to come into the building and go their child’s room to pick them up.  Enter through the same door as arrival.  Parents may use their discretion for their older children; however, please be aware that St. Paul’s is very busy on Sundays and parents and children should use extreme caution as they leave their Sunday classes.

EARLY PICK-UP

Early pick-up is discouraged because it disrupts the class.  However we realize that sometimes it cannot be helped.  A NOTE must be SENT to class with your child, requesting early dismissal and note the time for pick-up.  The doors to the school are locked, so you must knock very loudly on the outside door, we will be listening at that time for the knock.  NO CHILD WILL BE SENT OUT OF THE SCHOOL ALONE.  PARENTS MUST COME INTO THE SCHOOL TO GET THEIR CHILD. This is for the safety of your child.

On Sundays for early pick-ups for grades PK – 4 use the double doors of the Elementary Grade Center off of Ridge Terrace.  And here too, knock loudly.

WHAT WAS COVERED IN CLASS/HOMEWORK

We encourage parents to check out the Syllabi link on our website before classes so that you can discuss what was covered in class after their dismissal. Occasionally homework is assigned in the Regular Program, so please ask your child.

ATTENDANCE

It is our hope that the children are well and can attend all the classes.  However, if you child is going to be absent, please call the office and report the absence.  Go to our website and click on the Syllabi link and then click on the grade/day and scroll to the class date missed to see what was covered in class. Please complete the Chapter Review from the missed class. Chronic absences will be addressed on an individual basis.

SERVICE HOURS

Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade must perform service hours.  Please follow the Service link on our website for more information and to download Service Hour Forms.

SNACK

The children in Tuesday/Thursday afternoon classes are allowed snacks in the classroom.  Snacks are assigned to a child each week, for their classroom.  This allows the child the opportunity to share a snack and the other children to express their appreciation.   When bringing snacks:

Do NOT bring snacks made with peanut products.

Do bring snacks that are fun but healthy.

Do NOT bring drinks.

DISCIPLINE

Discipline is training that develops self-control, character, orderliness and efficiency. It is derived from the word disciple.  The discipline that Catechesis seeks to develop is that the children grow in their ability to be disciples of Christ.  Ordinarily the children show self-control and appropriate classroom behavior.  They have consistently proven to be a joy to work with.  When a student’s behavior is inappropriate, the student needs to learn another way to behave.

Negative behavior which goes beyond the volunteer catechist’s ability to handle constructively in the classroom will result in the child being sent into the hall to speak with a Coordinator.  The second time a child is sent into the hall will result in the Director calling home.  At this point the Director and parents will decide on what is best for the child and for the class.