The 2016-2017 Monthly Events Calendar is now available on our website under the “Forms & Documents” page. You can also view a copy here. The 2016-2017 Parent/Student Handbook has also been posted on the web under Forms & Documents. You can view a copy here (an acknowledgement form that you and your child must sign – stating you have read and understand the school policies – will be sent home on the first or second day of school).
First Day of School – Thursday, September 1st – Four-hour Day – 12:05 Dismissal
Please bring all of your child(ren)’s school supplies and meet in the large parking lot between the school and the Pre-Kindergarten between 7:30 and 7:50am. Parents can wait with students in the lot on the first day of school.
At 7:55am the homeroom teachers will come out and call their students’ names and ask them to line up to enter the school. Kindergarten parents will enter the school with their Kindergartners.
If there is rain on the first day of school, everyone will enter through the breezeway door and wait in the school gym.
DISMISSAL: At the end of the school day, students being picked up by parents (referred to as “walkers”) will be walked over to the school gym. Parents should be waiting outside the gym doors no later than 12:05pm to pick up their child(ren). When the doors are opened, please form a line at your youngest child’s grade first (numbers are marked on the floor with Kindergarten being closest to the stage).
Once the teachers have walked the children into the gym and has blown the whistle, each parent will approach the teacher and give their name. The child will then be dismissed to them. Please do not cross the center of the gym and take your child out of the line. For everyone’s safety, please help us conduct dismissal in an orderly manner.
Please do NOT park your car in front of the breezeway, anywhere there are marked “no parking signs,” or on Church Street where the buses park any day during dismissal time.
If your child is taking the bus home, please make sure they know their bus number. Younger students should have a name tag with their name, your cell number, and the bus number written on it. (Bus schedules are expected to be available by end of day Friday and will be put on our school website and e-mailed out to everyone when we have them).
If your child is going to AFTERCARE on the first day, please make sure they have a lunch and drink from home. There is no hot lunch/milk served on 12:05pm dismissal days. To pick your child up from Aftercare (or drop them off in the morning), ring the buzzer outside the breezeway door.
Friday, September 2nd – Full Day – 2:05pm Dismissal
Parents of walkers should be outside the school gym doors no later than 2:05pm to pick up their children. Dismissal procedures will be exactly the same as on Thursday.
Kindergarten students should bring a snack and a drink to school along with a lunch on both four-hour days and full days of school. Students in grades 1-8 may bring a fruit or vegetable snack and a bottle of water to school every day. Students in grades 1-8 do not have lunch at school on four-hour days, unless they are attending aftercare. Students attending aftercare on four-hour days must bring a lunch and drink from home (hot lunch is not available on these days).
On full days of school, students in grades 1-8 may bring a lunch from home or purchase lunch at school. The lunch menu is sent home with students before the start of each month. The lunch menu (click to view) is also available online at saintjamesschool.net. Prices are as follows (the price of lunch includes one milk): Grades 1-5, $2.15; Grades 6-8, $2.40. Students new to Saint James School this year (grades 1-8) will receive a packet home with their child in the first few days of school containing instructions on how to sign up for an on-line lunch account. If you wish to have your child purchase Hot Lunch in advance of receiving on-line sign-up information, please send in exact change (in an envelope labeled with their name) or a check for multiple lunches made out to “Manchester Hot Lunch Program” detailing your child’s name.
Returning families, please remember to fund your child’s lunch account prior to the first full day of school.
We look forward to seeing our new families, incoming Kindergarten families, and buddy families at the annual Meet & Sweet event on August 30th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm (at the school), and everyone else on September 1st! Enjoy these last few days of Summer Vacation!