Mission Statement of the Educational Apostolate-Archdiocese of Dubuque
The mission of the Educational Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Dubuque is to guide individuals to:
respond to God's call to personal conversion
form Christian Community
grow in knowledge and culture, becoming enlightened and enlivened by faith
shape society in the spirit of Gospel freedom, justice, and love.
The educational community of St. Pius X School participates in the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church He founded "to prepare its members to proclaim the Good News and to translate this proclamation into action." (7))
Through systematic instruction in Catholic doctrine and Scripture, Christian values education, personal and communal prayer, and the celebration of the sacred liturgy, the message of the Good News is conveyed and experienced as a way of life, which makes the students' "faith become living, conscious, and active" (102).
Communication of the Christian message is best accomplished within a Christian community environment. Building a living community is a prime goal of the school and flows from a growing awareness that, as a child of God, a person does not live in isolation from others. Through proper guidance, a student is led to develop a healthy self-image and to build meaningful relationships which are at the basis of a loving, caring and sharing community. Having experienced friendship, love, and trust, in the smaller community, the students are better able to "build community on the same basis in their families, their places of work, their neighborhood, their nation and their world." (23)
Community is strengthened by faculty members who can learn, plan, celebrate, and pray together, who give witness to Christ by their lives as well as by their teaching, and who have a sense of vocation about their role in promoting Gospel values.
Because St. Pius X School Community is part of the St. Pius and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Communities, the school strives to promote openness, cooperation, and communication with all members of the parishes, but especially with parents whom the school considers the primary educators of their children.
Within the context of the Christian community experience, intellectual development occurs under optimal conditions. Recognizing that a variety of gifts are present in each member of the school community, each person strives to recognize and appreciate each others gifts, and to challenge him/her to the fullest development of them for each person's own personal worth, for the building of community, and for effective service to others. In addition, the knowledge, skills, values, and experiences acquired through the school program equip the students to live happily and successfully in their world, while they direct their vision to life hereafter.
Since gifts nurtured in the Christian community are ultimately designed for sharing and serving, St. Pius X School realizes its commitment to educating for service and for justice. Recognizing the "work done on behalf of justice is a constituent dimension of the preaching of the Gospel," and that the unique role of the school is to be oriented to Christian service, the students are led to see the "dignity of human life with the vision of Jesus," (10) and as far as maturity permits, are helped to learn and to make Christian responses to human needs.
To Teach As Jesus Did
Justice in the World
Board of Education
St. Pius X School functions under the jurisdiction of the St. Pius X/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Board of Education. The Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month, September through June, and is open to the public. Anyone wishing to have an item included on the agenda may do so by contacting the chairperson, the executive secretary, or the executive officer at least fourteen days prior to the meeting.
The duties of the board are to:
build understanding and support for Catholic education in all its forms;
develop the educational budget in collaboration with the local Parish Councils in accord with the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council Guidelines and Archdiocesan board procedures;
adopt and oversee the implementation of the annual educational budget;
retain personnel according to established policies of the Archdiocesan Office and Board of Education;
consult with and support administrators who operate parish educational programs
work with the Parish Councils in planning, operating, and maintaining facilities an in planning and building new educational facilities;
serve a a liaison body with public authority as appropriate
insure that Archdiocesan and Board policies are being implemented effectively
periodically evaluate the accomplishment of goals and objectives and evaluate the effectiveness of internal functioning as a Board of Education.
II. Admission Policies/Notice of Non-Discrimination
Children who are five years of age by September 15 are eligible to enroll for entrance into kindergarten. Children who are six years of age by September 15 are eligible to enroll for entrance into the first grade.
Due to the increasing size of both St. Pius X Parish and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish and the increasing demand by parents to enroll their children in our parishes' school, it has become necessary for the Board of Education to establish a policy for priority in registration of new students in St. Pius X School. This policy is based on the fact that St. Pius X School has a firm enrollment cap of 28 students per classroom (26 for each section of kindergarten).
The policy is as follows:
First consideration will be given to those families who already have children enrolled in St. Pius X School on a first come basis. This will include any siblings or step siblings from these families except for non-parishioners and non-Catholic families. If a family has had their children at St. Pius X School and the younger sibling arrives at St. Pius X after the older sibling has gone on to Regis Middle School or Xavier High School, the younger sibling will be given "sibling status" and will be included in this category. However, it will be the parents' responsibility to make this known during the time of "current family enrollment" during Catholic Schools Week.
Second consideration will be given to other families from St. Pius X and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parishes on a first come, first served basis, in the event those above do not fill the school.
In the event that the above 2 items do not fill the classrooms to the full capacity of 28 students per classroom and in the event that all parishioners wishing for their children to attend St. Pius X School have been accommodated, the St. Pius School Administrator may, at his/her discretion, admit children that do not fall under the guidelines above. This will be approached with great caution, however, realizing that once a student attends St. Pius X School, they will fall under the first situation above and will be given first consideration upon enrollment for the following year. It is our intent to insure that all parishioners wishing to send their children to the parish school are able to do so. Non-parishioners/non-Catholics will only be admitted after August 1 immediately preceding the school year.
(Approved October, 1989)
(Revised June, 1996)
(Revised June, 2002)
St. Pius X School is an equal opportunity employer and school. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, ethnic background or disability.
Registration packets are sent home during May and should be returned by the end of the school year. A preregistration for the general school population is held during Catholic Schools Week in late January. New families may enroll for the coming school year during this time, pending the registration of existing students. Kindergarten preregistration is held during this time as well. New students wishing to enroll during the course of the school year must contact the principal. Parents/guardians need to make sure the following forms are on record and kept up-to-date at school: immunization, sacramental, health and emergency information. A "Back to School Night" is held during early August for new families to register and at that time all families may also sign up for volunteer opportunities and purchase St. Pius t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. and pay lunch fees.
III. Catholic Dimension/Uniqueness
Religious education at St. Pius X School occurs in two major areas: the study of the Catholic faith and integrating faith experiences into the life of each student.
Besides classroom instruction in religion, liturgical and sacramental participation is part of our school program. Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, all school liturgies, and opportunity to participate in Mass during the week are part of the spiritual life of the school.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to become aware of and encourage their child(en) in their faith life. The school can only support what is taught and experienced at home.
Prayers, Practices, and Beliefs
A list of prayers and other basic beliefs and practices for students has been developed. Prayers may be introduced at one level and students may not be expected to have them memorized until the next year. However, students are expected to have an understanding of these prayers and they will be a part of our prayer at school. We encourage you to also pray with your child at home.
The spiritual program of the school recognizes that "to provide a sound academic program which includes emphasis on Catholic teachings within the atmosphere of Christian living" cannot be gained in the formal classroom only. The formal classroom learning is the beginning.
Every Christian has the responsibility to use one's gifts for the good of the community and to minister as Jesus did. This is the core of the Christian life.
Parents/guardians are always invited to the school liturgies. Unless a holy day occurs on another day during the week, all school Masses are held on Thursday mornings at 9:00 am.
Preparation for the first reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist will be given in second grade, with Reconciliation reemphasized at the fourth grade level. Parents should be directly involved in the religious education of their children. Meetings are held to inform parents of both the religion program and the sacrament program. Sacramental programs are parish based and under the direction of the Coordinator of Religious Education.
Liturgical Celebration - Students and teachers plan and participate in liturgies. Parents/guardians are always welcome to attend. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is provided during Advent and Lent for students in grade 5..
IV. Academic Policies/Programs
Each year students in grades 2 and 4 take the Cognitive Abilities Test in the Spring. Students in grades 3-5 take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in the Fall of each year. When test results have been returned and analyzed, parents/guardians will receive appropriate information. In addition, personal conferences are available with parents to go over the results in more detail. Parents are encouraged to set up appointments if they wish more information. Standardized tests, however, are only one source of information for a given student. A student's performance on daily assignments, unit tests, projects and other activities furnish reliable data in addition to standardized testing.
Before/After Care Program
St. Pius X School also provides a Before/After Care Program for the students who need supervision outside of the normal school hours. The program is open from 6:30 am until 6 pm during days in which school is in operation. Care is also provided on early dismissal afternoons, inservice days and snow days (also late arrival and early dismissal due to inclement weather). The cost for participating in the program is based on use and "drop-in" care is also an option. Please contact the school office for rates and more information.
It is the policy of the educational programs governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education (policy 2510) that all employees, volunteers, and students will abide by the federal copyright laws. Employees, volunteers, and students may copy print or non print materials allowed by:
fair use guidelines
specific licenses or contractual agreements
other types of permission
Employees, volunteers, and students who willfully disregard copyright law are in violation of Archdiocesan policy, and are doing so at their own risk and assuming all liability.
Field trips aid the instructional program by enabling the children to experience educational resources not found in the classroom. All students are expected to observe school policies when they are on field trips. Students must return the required permission slip signed by the student's parent/guardians.
Students will leave school, remain, and return together with their assigned group and chaperone. They may not be excused to leave the group during the trip. Parents are not to take students to fast food restaurants or to any other unauthorized place during the time the students are away from the school on a field trip unless this is prearranged with the teacher and the entire class is involved in a similar activity.
Our Guidance Counselor complements the academic program by offering support to students in a number of areas. The guidance program is formulated and approved by the Dubuque Archdiocesan Office of Education. In addition, the following topics have been incorporated into the St. Pius X School guidance program:
Drug and Alcohol Education
Human Sexuality Education
Wise Words Guidance Program
These programs are always available to parents for study and examination. Parents who do not wish their children to participate in these programs must notify the principal, in writing, of their reasons regarding this decision. (See Policy #6144.3)
The guidance counselor meets with students individually and in groups to aid them in school and life's challenges:
making choices and accepting responsibility for those choices;
learning to solve their own problems;
developing positive attitudes, values, and work habits;
gaining basic understanding of the work world;
increasing their human relationship skills; and
learning to adjust to the demands and responsibilities of family, school, and community life.
Homework is encouraged in order to teach students the importance of practice, review, and application. Teachers will try to assign homework in accord with the age of students. Parents/guardians should not have to instruct students but are encouraged to support the process through questions and suggestions when appropriate. There may be occasions when a student may need to spend more time than usual on homework. Other activities may have taken the study time, or a student may not have exercised responsibility in using his/her time well. If the latter occurs, parents are advised to confer with the teacher.
Occasionally, teachers may assign long term projects and assignments. The purpose of these projects is to encourage research and to teach children how to budget their time. If a student procrastinates, he/she may find that there is far more work on a given night than a teacher had actually intended.
Students in grades 3-5 will be required to use an assignment notebook purchased from the school to record daily assignments and provide accountability to parents for completion of assignments on a daily basis. It is our hope that through the use of assignment notebooks, the communication between school and home remains open and with daily use, students are helped to complete assignments on time.
Teachers are more than willing to assist students with work that has been missed because of a legitimate absence. These help times will more than likely be scheduled before or after school, or during lunch recess. Students who have been ill for long periods may, at the discretion of the teacher, have their assignments tailored to their individual abilities so that they can complete the past assignments, as well as any new ones, and still catch up with the rest of the class. Parents/guardians may request tentative class assignments for several days at a time in the case of absence due to illness of extended duration.
Class work missed during a planned absence of a week or more may have to be made up after the student returns to school. While the teachers feel a responsibility to assist students to make up learning they have missed, they are not expected to provide the assignments and lessons in advance. Vacation during school days is discouraged. School work missed during the time of absence must be completed within a reasonable amount of time after the student returns to school.
Human Sexuality Program
Human sexuality instruction is integrated into the Religion program and is presented from the Catholic perspective in the context of total growth. Our curriculum is based on the Benziger Family Life series. Parental/guardian support and involvement is an essential component of this program. Information will be sent to parents/guardians as the time for this program approaches, usually in the Spring. An option is provided for students whose parents/guardians do not want them to participate in these classes. A request for exemption must be in writing to the principal. According to St. Pius X/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Board of Education policy approved January 5, 1999, "Boys and girls, in grades 3-5, will be separated for the 'sexuality/human reproduction' units of the Benziger Family Life curriculum." Parents are permitted to review the course materials at any time.
It is the policy of educational programs governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education to require the ethical use of the Internet and related technologies by all employees, volunteers, and students. (Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 25110) Access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken, and/or appropriate legal action taken for any violations that are unethical and may constitute a criminal offense.
The media center is an important part of our school curriculum. Students will have access not only to the book collections, magazines, and videos, but will also be introduced to Internet access. Rules and regulations will be distributed by our media personnel. Students must also sign an Acceptable Use Policy Statement before they will be permitted to use the Internet.
Reference books are to be used in the library or they may be taken from the media center and used in the classrooms for the day, but they must be returned to the media center at the end of the day. Reference books can not be checked out and are not to be taken home.
In the event that media materials are lost, the student to whom they are checked out will be responsible for reimbursing the school for the cost of replacement materials. Final report cards will not be released to students until all library fines and replacement costs have been paid in full.
Multi-Cultural/Gender Fair/Global Education
St. Pius X School offers a global, multi-cultural, gender fair approach to the educational program.
St. Pius X School is committed "to a curriculum that fosters respect and appreciation for cultural and racial diversity and an awareness of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of each individual as a member of a multicultural, gender fair society." (Archdiocesan Board of Education policy #6144.2). The education program is one of permeation and action for the implementation of the global, multicultural, and gender fair elements of the students' education.
Items not related to educational purposes are not to be brought to school unless requested by the teacher. All clothing and other personal belongings should be marked with the child's name. The school is not responsible for lost or damaged valuables. For added security, valuables that are requested to be brought to school may be kept in the school office.
Physical Education Waiver
State Standard 12.5(6) "A pupil shall not be required to enroll in either physical education or health courses if the pupil's parent or guardian files a written statement with the school principal that the course conflicts with the pupil's religious beliefs." (Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 6144.3)
The first bell rings at 8:50 am and students who are not in their rooms at 9:00 am will be considered late. The school day concludes at 3:25 pm. On early dismissal days the school day ends at 12:15 pm. (Students will have been served lunch before an early dismissal.) NO supervision is provided for students who arrive before 8:30 am unless they have previously been enrolled in the St. Pius X Panther Pride Kids Before/After Care Program. Consequently, in the interest of the children's safety, parents are asked not to send their children to school before 8:30 a.m. St. Pius X School Administration and Faculty will not assume responsibility in the event of an injury that might occur. The main entrance doors (North side of building) will remain locked until 8:30 am. Those students who are enrolled in the Before/After Care Program are to enter the building through the West side doors located near the music room. Classroom doors will not be open until 8:45 a.m.
Any student who consistently arrives before 8:30 am and/or is not picked up by 3:45 pm will be sent to the Before/After Care Program and their parents will be billed for "drop-in" care by the program.
Students who ride by car or who walk home are dismissed from the west door of the school (near the music room). Students riding the bus are dismissed from the gym and are walked out to the buses which are parked between the church and school parking lots. For the safety of our students please do not park along this area. Cars are to enter the parking lot from the south drive that runs between the school and the priest's house and exit via the west drive out to Ozark (Dodge) St. No cars should be exiting the school grounds by way of the south drive.
School parties during Halloween, Advent and Valentine's Day are coordinated by the room parent(s) in consultation with the classroom teacher. These parties are generally held beginning at 2:45 pm on the afternoon of the holiday. In the case of the Advent party, it is held on the last afternoon before Christmas vacation.
Due to hurt feelings, and unnecessary interruptions, students MAY NOT distribute their personal invitations during the school day (unless given to the entire homeroom.) If a student wishes to bring birthday treats, arrangements must be made with the classroom teacher. After school parties are the responsibility of parents/guardians. Late evening parties are discouraged during the school week.
The service of a psychologist, school nurse, social worker, speech therapist, itinerant hearing teacher, and diagnostic testing for learning disabilities are available through Grant Wood AEA 10. Requests for these services are made by parents, or by teachers in agreement with parents and the school principal. All parental rights are strictly maintained.
When your child has been referred for special education services, federal and state laws give you certain rights Some of these are:
The right to be contacted and told what the school plans to do about your child's educational program. This must be done before your child is tested or placed in a program
You have the right ot consent. This means the school must have your permission prior to placing your child in a special education program.
The right to a full evaluation of your child's needs. If you don't agree with the school's findings you may request an outside evaluation.
The right to see your child's records kept at school.
The right to privacy of information. With a few exceptions, no one may see your child's record without your permission, given in writing. Exceptions are people such as your child's teacher, or other school officials engaged in planning your child's educational program.
The right, as much as possible, to have your child in classes with children who are not in special education programs.
The right to be involved in the development of your child's IEP (individual education program) or 504 Plan.
The right to have someone present to help you in the development of your child's IEP. This could be another parent, a teacher, a lawyer, or an advocate.
The right to appeal decisions made by the school regarding your child's diagnosis or placement.
In addition, Grant Wood Area Education Agency conducts vision screening annually for all students and hearing screening for students in grades K, 1, 2, 5, and all new students to St. Pius X School, and those students who have a known hearing loss. If you do not want your child to be screened for vision or hearing, please submit your request in writing to the school office and your child will be omitted from the screenings
If you desire additional information, please contact your child's principal.
Student Assemblies-School Liturgies
All school assemblies and liturgies are part of our school program. When any person is before the assembly to address the group, (Mass, Assembly), there is to be no talking among students nor improper behavior: shouting, whistling, excessive noise, whispering are discourteous acts.
The liturgy is an important part of a student's Catholic Christian formation. Students celebrate the Eucharist once weekly (Thursdays) and are usually involved in the preparation for it. If a Holy Day of Obligation falls on a school day, the Eucharist is celebrated on that day rather than the usual Thursday. Other forms of liturgical services are celebrated throughout the year. Parents are always welcome to attend school liturgies.
Substance Abuse Education
A substance education program is one component of the guidance program. It includes basic student education reinforcing activities/events, family education (through parent meetings), and utilization of appropriate community agencies
Regular attendance is a key factor in the success of school work. The value of the work missed is difficult to make up by out of class work.
Doctor/dentist appointments are best made for after school hours or on free days. A student who must, as an exception, be excused for an appointment should have a written notification for the teacher. A written request from the parent/guardian or a phone call is also required anytime a pupil needs to leave school before the usual time of dismissal. No child is released unless the principal knows the reason for the release and the person to whom the child is released. The school accepts no responsibility for any child who leaves without the proper permission.
Parents/guardians are requested to call the school between 7:30 and 9:30 am if a child will be absent and inform the school of the reason for the absence. If notification of absence is not reported to the school, the receptionist will contact the parents to verify the absence. If a student will be absent for an extended time due to illness, parents/guardians should inform the principal/school/teacher.
Please remember that it is important for your child to be in school unless he/she is truly ill. Regular attendance is essential for students if they are to make progress in their school work. The Iowa Compulsory Education Law (Iowa Code 299.1) states: "Children between the ages of 6 and 16 are compelled to receive education, and each child's parent, guardian, or legal custodian is the person held responsible in the law for compelling the child's education." This law specifies procedures for dealing with attendance concerns in accordance with Archdiocesan Policy 5144 and the Iowa Code 299.1, requiring "148 days annually, to be met by attendance for at least 37 days per quarter." Following the 15th day of absence in a semester a review of the student's attendance record is conducted by the local school administration. As per policy 299.1 of the Iowa Code, the County Attorney's office may also be notified.
When a child returns to school, a note explaining the absence must accompany the child.
The principal/secretary/receptionist approves the dismissal of pupils who are ill. Parents or guardians are notified when the illness is detected and are encouraged to call for the child or to make other arrangements.
Students who are absent from school may not participate in after school extracurricular activities on the day they were absent, unless the absence was not related to illness, was excused, and permission is given by the principal.
If a student falls into one of the following categories during the course of a regular school day:, he/she will be marked as having a half day absence:
1. If a student arrives 90 minutes after the start of the school day;
2. If a student misses 90 minutes or more of the afternoon school session;
3. If a student misses 90 minutes or more of instructional time during the course of the regular school day.
4. If a student leaves before noon on an early dismissal day.
Dual Parent Report - According to Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 35124, in the case of a student whose parents' marriage has been dissolved or a separation of a parent from the home, the name and address of both parents should be on file.
Unless otherwise decreed by a court order, information commonly made available to parents of any student in attendance at St. Pius X School (i.e. notices of school functions, progress reports, newsletters, etc.) will be made available to both parents. Please call the school secretary to arrange for dual parent reporting.
Parent/School Communications - Adequate and clear communication between school and home is essential for the success of the children. Parents should feel free to call teachers about student progress or other situations of concern. Teachers may be contacted before 8:45 am and after 3:30 pm. If you must call for a teacher during school time, the secretary/receptionist will take your number and the teacher will call you back as soon as possible.
A parent newsletter is sent home every 2nd and 4th Friday with the youngest child in the family.
Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences - Individual conferences are held twice a year, in the Fall and again in the Spring. Other parent-student-teacher conferences can be scheduled by either parents or teachers as the need is recognized. Students in grades 3-5 are required to attend the Spring conference with the parent(s). If for some reason the parent is unable to attend the scheduled conferences it is important that an additional conference time be set in advance with the teacher. Sign-up sheets for conferences are placed in the front hall 2-3 weeks prior to the regularly scheduled Fall and Spring conferences. Parents are asked to come in to the building and sign up for a time that is convenient. Notification of sign-up sheets will be posted in the school newsletter.
Progress Reporting - The purpose of progress reporting is to communicate the total learning growth of the individual student. This can be comprehensively accomplished through the assessment of standards and benchmarks mastered at different grade levels. Report cards are issued at the end of each semester (January and June).
In addition, effective communication also occurs through:
conferencing e.g., parent, student, teacher and any combination of these
contacts e.g., appropriate phone calls, notes, open house, information nights, etc.
written reporting e;g;, quality progress reporting
standards referenced checklists and inventories
Such communication necessarily focuses on the individual learner in order to determine the performance level in terms of ability and background of the student. Because growth occurs best in a positive learning environment which enables successful experiences for the student, progress in learning is reported and indicated in positive ways.
As our learning programs are standards based, so too, reporting to parents/guardians needs to be in accord with those standards and in keeping with the student's abilities and needs. In such a way, reporting reflects evaluation of the individual student's total growth in terms of potential and self competition.
Progress Report code is as follows for grades K, 1, 2:
I - Independent --Student demonstrates excellent progress for his/her ability
D - Dependent Student demonstrates progress for his/her ability with assistance
E - Emergent -- Student begins to demonstrate progress for his/her ability
NA - Not applicable at this time
Progress Report code is as follows for grades 3, 4, 5:
Evaluation Marks are numerical indicators of the student's progress toward meeting the designated standard. Students receive evaluation marks based on progress made for his/her individual abilities.
A number 4 indicates that the student consistently exceeds the standard. It means that the student has consistently gone beyond expectations in a specific area of learning.
A number 3 indicates that the student has met the standard. It means that the student has met the expectations required in a specific area of learning.
A number 2 indicates that the student demonstrates he/she is progressing toward learning the skills and knowledge defined by the standard. It means that the student is progressing toward the expectations required in a specific area of learning.
A number 1 indicates that the student is just beginning to learn the skills associated with the standard and he/she does not exhibit enough understanding to meet the expectations of the standard.
NA will be used when a standard area is not assessed during a specific reporting period and therefore is not applicable.
In addition, the Student Performance Level is an indicator of "++" or "+" or "-" which will indicate a student's grade level performance in each curricular area.
++ indicates a student is performing above grade level
+ indicates a student is performing on grade level
- indicates a student is performing below grade level
The following policies of the Archdiocesan Board of Education should be followed when dealing with complaints. Copies can be obtained from the Administrator, Board of Education Chairperson, or the Office of Educational Services:
Instructional Materials and Activities, Archdiocesan Board of Education Policy 1312
Complaints Against Teacher/Employee, Archdiocesan Board of Education Policy 4119.4g
Complaints Against Administrator, Archdiocesan Board of Education Policy 4119.4h
Complaints Against Board Members, Archdiocesan Board of Education Policy 8252
Early Dismissal, School Closing, and Late Start Procedures
St. Pius X School follows the Cedar Rapids Community School District regarding school closings for bad weather. The decision not to have school because of weather conditions is made by the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Do not call the rectory, church or school. Listen to the radio stations or TV channels for announcements.
Decisions for the Cedar Rapids District apply to all Catholic schools. We may not specifically be named. If weather becomes severe during the day necessitating early dismissal, that announcement will also be made by the TV and radio stations. Parents are strongly encouraged to be aware of the possibility of early dismissal and make arrangements to provide transportation for their children promptly at the time of early dismissal.
Leaving School Premises
Students may not leave the school grounds during recess or at any other time unless they have permission from their parents and the principal. If a student must leave for an appointment, a signed note must be submitted to the office. The student's parent must come into the building and sign out the student. No student will be allowed to leave the building unless a parent or other designated adult accompanies the student. When the student returns to school, he/she must first sign in at the office.
Messages and Deliveries to Students and Teachers
Office personnel will deliver any message to a student or teacher. Please do not deliver the message yourself as this disrupts the flow of the class and interrupts the teaching process. Deliveries to students and teachers during the school day are discouraged. If a delivery is necessary, it should be made to the school office. Teachers may be contacted before 8:45 a.m. and after 3:30 p.m. If you must call for a teacher during school time, the secretary/receptionist will take your number and the teacher will return your call as soon as possible. Students are not called to the telephone during school hours. Messages for students will be delivered to the student by the secretary/receptionist.
Parent Organization (PTO)
Families with children in our school are invited to join the Parent/Teacher Organization. Officers are elected annually. The PTO is a volunteer organization made up of parents and guardians of St. Pius X students that oversees all school volunteer opportunities. It provides support for students, teachers, and staff at the school through fundraising and the promotion of various opportunities for learning and enrichment. The PTO also presents each teacher and staff member with a birthday gift.
Student Privacy Act
In conformity with the Student Privacy Act, and Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 5125, St. Pius X School does not send out student information to any outside organizations without written authorization of the student's parent/guardian.
A permanent record of each pupil is kept on file at school in accord with Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 5125.1. These records are private property and are submitted only when lawfully requested. Before any record may be sent to another school, a Records Release Form must be signed by one or both parents/guardians. According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, parents may request to inspect and review the educational records of their child in the cumulative folder. We request a 24 hour notice to schedule a review of student records.
The school day begins promptly at 9 am, and any student not in his/her classroom at that time is considered tardy: When a student is tardy, he/she must report to the school office and the daily classroom attendance record is marked with a T. If the student's bus (shuttle, city, or public school) is late, the student is not considered tardy. Students who have dental or medical appointments are recorded as TM (medical) on the daily classroom attendance record, but is not recorded as a tardy on the student's report card.
If a student is truant, time must be made up as determined by the principal and teacher working in conjunction with the parents/guardians. Incidents of truancy are reported to the State Department of Education as prescribed by Iowa Code #229.1 and Archdiocesan policy 5144. Absences of 15 days or more per semester may be reported to the County Attorneys Office.
Times can and will be arranged for parents/guardians to visit school. We welcome your interest and support. Please call us and let us know what times would be convenient for you.
VI. Discipline Code
In order to provide and maintain an atmosphere which permits the orderly and efficient operation of the school and which encourages learning and helps students to develop a Christian code of personal conduct, school rules and regulations are in effect. Their effectiveness requires the positive and voluntary cooperation of all concerned.
The knowledge of the rules and regulations, their processes and their implementation are the responsibility and obligation of each St. Pius X student. Neither ignorance nor lack of understanding of the rules and regulations will release a student or parent/guardian from responsibility to cooperate with the stated policies. All Archdiocesan policies and State of Iowa education laws, as they apply to St. Pius X School, are to be respected and followed.
Beverages, Candy, Food, Gum
If a student has an appointment during the day and is gone during the lunch time, any food purchased off the school grounds must be eaten before returning to school. Students or parents may not bring fast food items or pop to the lunch room.
Because of the problems involved when gum is not disposed of properly, students are not permitted to chew gum in the school building or on school grounds while school is in session. Students caught chewing gum are fined $ .50 per day. If the fine goes unpaid for 5 days, the student will serve a detention.
Discipline in a Catholic School is basically a self-discipline directed toward discipleship and service. Discipline is the responsibility of each individual student. It has the two-fold purpose of providing for the common good and the individual good. Discipline helps all students contribute to a climate for learning and living. Guidelines are prepared and set by teachers in their classrooms in agreement with the total administrative policies. To assure adequate development and concern for each student, frequent communication with parents by teachers and with teachers by parents is encouraged. All procedures are based on the premises that parents and teachers must work together and support each others' efforts.
Students are expected to:
show respect and courtesy to other students, administration, and staff;
cooperate with teachers in regard to behavior and academic matters;
show respect for property;
foster the well-being of the school by their behavior;
promote by their behavior an atmosphere and environment in which the teacher and the student can each perform his/her role without unnecessary disruption and disturbance.
Severe misbehavior which seriously disrupts the learning environment, possibly threatens the well being ot the teacher or other students, demonstrates defiance, or breaks the law must be sent to the office.
Unacceptable student behaviors include (but are not limited to):
Rudeness, disobedience, disrespect and harassment to teachers, students, and school personnel
Profanity, abusive language
Use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco
Personal injury (fighting, calling names)
Refusal to comply with a direct teacher command
Inappropriate bus behavior
Possession of a dangerous weapon
Repetitive unacceptable classroom behavior
Habitual late/incomplete assignments
Violation of dress code
Other types of inappropriate behavior or conduct unbecoming a Catholic Christian student
In-school suspension (reserved for the principal's use)
Suspension from school for a definite time (reserved for the principal's use)
Suspension from school for an indefinite period of time (reserved for the principal's use)
Probation/Parental Conference (reserved for the principal's use)
Expulsion (reserved for the Board of Education)
Certain guidelines limit the consequences for violations:
Consequence must fit the age of the student and the seriousness of the offense in kind, frequency, and duration;
No student shall be kept after school for more than ten minutes for any reason, without informing the parents;
Manual labor/jobs around the school are acceptable consequences as are theme papers and added assignments related to the offense.
A more detailed procedure for application of disciplinary measures is outlined in the Archdiocesan Policy Book (#5144); related policies 5133 Gangs, and 5145.2 Search and Seizure. Please note summary of policy at the end of this handbook.
Any student handling or discharging a fire extinguisher at any time other than in an emergency will be fined $50.00.
Card playing and/or gambling is not allowed during the school day.
In accord with Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 5133, if a student is suspected or identified as being a member of a gang, initiates or participates in any gang related activity, or is actively involved in recruitment for a gang, any or all of the following steps may be taken:
Parents/guardians will be contacted immediately and appropriate intervention initiated.
A behavior contract will be prepared stating the conditions for the student remaining in the school.
Students may be referred to counseling (personal and/or family).
Students may be referred to the Department of Human Services or other welfare of child care agencies of the respective county.
Students may be referred to outside agencies or programs for treatment when use of drugs and/or alcohol is involved.
Students may be referred to the Task Force on Violent Crime (if applicable).
Police, Juvenile Court, and other appropriate authorities will be notified of violence and/or illegal activities.
Students may be suspended and/or expelled as outline in the school/program/Archdiocesan discipline policies.
Parent/students will be held liable and financially responsible for all forms of vandalism.
It is the policy of the educational programs governed by the St. Pius X/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Board of Education to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from sexual or any other form of harassment and/or harassment of any type. No employee, volunteer, or student associated with these programs shall be subjected to sexual harassment or harassment of any type. Any person who alleges harassment by an employee, volunteer or student of an educational program governed by the St. Pius X/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Board of Education may complain directly to his/her teacher, immediate supervisor principal, or the Superintendent of Schools (or designee) for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. This policy is in compliance with Iowa Code 601A.5 and Archdiocesan Board of Education policies 4116.1, 4116.11.
In addition, each teacher will instruct his/her class on harassment issues during the fist week of school, and each student will be required to sign an acknowledgment of the harassment policy. This acknowledgment must also be signed by the parents/guardians and returned to the student's classroom teacher.
School Dress Code and Good Grooming Policy
Pants/Slacks (both boys and girls)
Navy blue, tan, or black dress pants. No denim. No rivets. Belts must be worn in grades 4-5. Tight fitting pants are not allowed by any students. The uniform pant and shorts are straightedged. No cargo pants nor pants with oversized pockets.
Shirts/Blouses/Turtlenecks (both boys and girls)
Solid colors only. Collar, turtle neck or mock turtle neck only. Shirts must have sleeves and be tucked in at all times. If not turtle/mock neck then shirts must have buttons; no zippers nor snaps.
Uniform plaid jumper or skirt (K-5) with a white dress code blouse. (Ordered from Flynn & O'Hara) Order forms and size samples are available in the school office.
Sweaters (both boys and girls)
Solid color only. Cardigan, pullover or sweater vest. St. Pius sweatshirt may be worn with dress code shirt underneath.
Dress or tennis shoes. Sandals may be worn during shorts weather. Socks must be worn at all times. Tights may be worn, but no leggings. For safety reasons, shoes and sandals must have at least a strap around the back of the ankle. No flip-flops,platform shoes nor boots.
Navy blue, tan, or black walking length shorts. No denim. No rivets. Allowed only in the months of August/September and May/June. During this time girls may wear capris instead of shorts.
Brownies, Campfire and Scouts may wear their uniforms on meeting days.
The following are not permitted to be worn:
Overalls Flannel shirts Numerals on clothing
Painter's pants T-shirts Eye shadow
Sweatpants Sweatshirts Eye liner
Crop tops Hooded clothing Sports shorts
Clog type shoes Bootee shoes Jeans
Dangling earrings Sweatshirts
Clothing with a negative influence (e.g. lettering or pictures relating to alcohol, drugs, offensive language will not be allowed.) Heavy jackets, windbreakers and leg warmers are not allowed in the classroom.
Spirit Day and Student Day and Dress Down Days
The first Tuesday of the month is designated as Spirit Day. On this day students may wear jeans and school colors of gold/yellow and burgundy. Regis and Xavier colors may also be worn. The third Tuesday of the month is Student Day. Students may wear jeans or clothing of their choice as long as they are in good taste. Students may purchase a "Dress Down Coupon" for $1.00 for designated days. This coupon allows the students to wear clothing as on Student and Spirit Days. The proceeds from these sales go to purchasing new equipment, etc. for our school. The "Dress Down Coupons" are sponsored by the PTO.
Search and Seizure
It is the policy of St. Pius X/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Board of Education to operate its educational programs in a Catholic, orderly environment. Recognizing that the presence of contraband on school property or on the person of a student attending school is not consistent with the above policy, St. Pius X School adopts the policy as stated in Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 5145.2 which refers to the rules relating to periodic inspection, to the search of students and/or to protected student areas.
Contraband includes substances or items which, if found on school property, violate the law and school regulations, or are detrimental to an orderly environment at school. Contraband includes by way of illustration, but is not limited to, drugs, narcotics, tobacco, liquor, weapons and stolen property. It consists of substances or items which may cause a substantial disruption of the school environment, and/or which present a threat to the health and safety of the students and staff.
Weapons and Dangerous Instruments
It shall be the policy of the St. Pius X/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Board of Education that weapons and other dangerous objects be taken from students and others who bring them on to the school premises. Parents of students found in possession of a weapon or dangerous object shall be notified. Confiscation of weapons or dangerous objects will be reported to law enforcement officials and the student will be subject to disciplinary action. Students in possession of a firearm while on school property, coming to and from school or participating in any school related activity away from school premises shall be expelled for not less than twelve months. Further reference can be found in Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 5131.7A.
Tobacco, Drinking, Use of Non Prescribed Drugs
Students are not to use, possess, sell, or be under the influence of drugs, beer of other intoxicating beverages on the school grounds at anytime or while they are on a school sponsored activity off campus. The use or possession of tobacco on the school grounds is prohibited.
These are matters of state law and cannot be permitted in the school, in the immediate school area, or at school related activities, or on school buses. Student's possession of tobacco, drugs and/or alcoholic products in school, or at school activities, results in confiscation and discipline. (See Archdiocesan Board of Education policies concerning Alcohol/Drug and Discipline.)
VII. Extracurricular Activities
Students have additional opportunities to develop their gifts and talents through their involvement in band, choir, and other activities. Students who do not perform in accord with their potential or who have consistent behavior problems will not be allowed to participate until necessary improvement is shown.
The students in grade 5 may elect to participate in the instrumental music program. Those 5th grade students who are interested in playing a band instrument are encouraged to attend an instrument demonstration. There they will be given an opportunity to try instruments. After an instrument is chosen, students attend classes and lessons throughout the year. The instrumental music program consists of private lessons and group rehearsals. Parents/guardians are asked to encourage home practice. A participation fee of $100.00 is charged for these lessons and rehearsals, payable by the semester.
We are all identified with St. Pius X School. What students do outside of school and at school related events is not in all cases beyond the jurisdiction of the school.
VIII. Health/Safety Issues
In compliance with School Laws of Iowa and Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 4116.3 any certificated or licensed employee of St. Pius X School who has a reasonable belief that a child under the age of 18 has been abused by a person responsible for the care of the child, as defined by law, shall report the suspected abuse verbally to Department of Human Services (DHS) within twenty-four hours and follow the verbal report with a written report on appropriate forms.
Employees will not commit acts of physical or sexual abuse, including inappropriate and intentional sexual behavior, toward students. A first level investigator will respond promptly to allegations of abuse of students by employees by investigating or arranging for full investigation of any allegations. The Office of Educational Services will appoint the level-one investigator (the principal) and alternate (Regional Director), and will contract a trained, experienced professional to serve as the level-two investigator. This policy is in compliance with Iowa Code 280.17, School Rules of Iowa 281-102 and Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 4116.3a.
Children diagnosed as having AIDS, or with laboratory evidence of infection with the AIDS associated virus (HILV-III/LAV) and receiving medical attention may attend classes in a unrestricted educational setting in accordance with Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 5141.2.
Federal regulations and Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 7113, require us to inform you that there is asbestos in the St. Pius X School building. The building has been inspected by a certified asbestos inspector and all the asbestos found has been sealed and encapsulated.
Chemical Right to Know Law
The Chemical Right to Know Law requires that all schools in the nation prepare a list of chemicals that are known to be present in their buildings and to maintain material safety data sheets (MSDS) on them. The law further states that all chemicals are to be appropriately labeled, storage areas are to be posted for the hazardous chemicals, and employees that work with the chemicals are to be trained in the safe handling of these chemicals. The school is also to acquaint the local fire department with the location of hazardous chemicals in the school. If you want to know what chemicals are used in the school and where they are stored please contact the principal.
Fire and Tornado Drills
Unannounced drills are conducted at various times during the year in accordance with Iowa codes. Students are expected to leave in an orderly fashion, without talking, according to the directions of the teacher and return the same way. State law requires two tornado drills and four fire drills each year.
Illness and/or Injury at School
Whenever a child is ill or has a fever he/she should be kept at home. A child should not return to school for at least 24 hours after a temperature has returned to normal.
If a student is injured at school or becomes ill during the day, parents will be notified to pick up their child. Since St. Pius X School does not have full-time nurses, sick or injured children cannot remain in school for any length of time. Only simple first aid will be administered at school. It is essential that every parent submit an emergency card with up-to-date information. In cases of emergency, and/or when an ambulance is necessary, school personnel will make decisions until the parents can be reached.
Immunizations for Kindergarten
Changes in the Iowa Code regarding immunizations, Section 139.9, subsection 2, during the 1998 legislative session follows: "Children born on or after July 1, 1994, who are attempting to enroll in school must show evidence of three (3) doses of hepatitis B vaccine." Beginning in the 1999-2000 school year, all children born on or after July 1, 1994 will need proof of three doses of hepatitis B vaccine to enroll in school. Beginning July 1, 2003, the Iowa Code states, "Children 4 years of age and older who are enrolled or attempting to enroll in a public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school shall receive at least one dose of Varicella (Chicken pox) vaccine if born on or after September 15, 1997 or have a reliable history of natural disease. This dose shall have been received on or after the applicant was at least 12 months of age." For additional information, contact IDPH, Immunization Programs, 515-281-7053.
Lead in the Drinking Water
During 1991 all schools of the Archdiocese were tested for lead in the drinking water. The test results indicated the lead levels were below the established safety levels. Based upon these results and the rules of the Iowa Department of Public Health no additional testing for lead needs to be done at this time.
Any medication that a student is to take must be dispensed from the office by certificated personnel. No student may keep any medication in his/her personal possession, either in the desk or in the locker.
The St. Pius X School Authorization form signed by the parent or legal guardian must be on file for EACH medication to be given during school hours. IOWA LAW NOW REQUIRES THAT THE 'PERMISSION FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION CARD' BE SIGNED BY THE PHYSICIAN PRESCRIBING THE MEDICATION.
Only medication prescribed by a physician will be given at school. Exception: in special circumstances and after consultation between parent/guardian and the school nurse or staff delegate(s), certain non-prescription drugs may be given for short term therapy (e.g., antihistamines, antitussives, antipyretics, etc.)
All prescription medication must be kept in the ORIGINAL pharmacist's container, with the original label attached, and must include:
name of pupil
name of medication
strength and dosage prescribed
name of physician
name and address of pharmacy
date of prescription
All medications will be kept in a closed, locked container. Only the school nurse or staff delegate(s) will have access to the container. Any staff member administering medication will have knowledge of:
reason for medication
mode of administration
possible side effects
A written record of the administration of each medication will be maintained. This record will include:
student's full name
name and strength of medication
dosage and time of administration
date given and name of person administering
pertinent observations (seizure, elevated temperature, etc.)
Aspirin and other medications will be dispensed ONLY if a PERMISSION FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION FORM is filled out and signed by the parent.
(Adopted December, 1983)
(Revised May, 1999)
During 1991 all schools of the Archdiocese were tested for radon. The test results indicated the rooms were below the established safety levels. Based upon these results and the rules of the Iowa Department of Public Health no additional testing for radon needs to be done at this time.
Smoking/Smoke Free Building
During the March 1992 St. Pius X Parish Pastoral Council meeting a smoking policy was approved. The policy prohibits smoking in "all enclosed areas of the school and office buildings. This policy applies to all employees, parish members, and visitors." This policy was adopted to provide a good life-style model for our youth and a safer environment for all who use our facilities. Persons seeking employment will be notified of the policy as well as persons leasing any of the parish facilities.
Students who request to have a visitor attend school with them should:
Receive permission from the principal, in conjunction with his/her teachers at least one day in advance.
Students having guests are responsible for that person's conduct. Visitors are expected to abide by all school regulations and conduct themselves properly. Visitors must dress appropriately and in good taste.
Cedar Rapids, Community School busing is available for all elementary school students living in the Cedar Rapids School District, who live two miles from school. If busing is not available in the area where you live, the Cedar Rapids Schools will reimburse you for transporting your child to and from school. Completion of the proper form is required for reimbursements.
City Bus is available for all elementary school students living in the Linn-Mar School District (Bowman Woods and Northbrook areas) and who wish to attend classes at St. Pius X School.
For information regarding the Cedar Rapids Community School busing, call 398-2318. If you reside in the Linn-Mar School district and need information regarding transportation for the school year, you will need to call 398-5372 and ask for Diane or Cora. Parents who use day care facilities may also wish to contact the particular facility since some of them provide transportation to St. Pius. A student may be suspended from bus transportation for inappropriate conduct.
Students are to enter and exit the bus in an orderly manner. For safety reasons, students are to remain seated on the bus at all times. Inappropriate behavior will cause students to lose the privilege of riding the bus. Written bus conduct reports of incidences by a particular student on the bus will be filed in the school office. The school administration will work closely with the Directors of Transportation of the districts which transport students to St. Pius X School in order to promote the safety of the students. Transporting students to school requires the cooperation of bus drivers, students, and parents to assure that high safety standards are maintained.
Lockers are to be kept clean and orderly. Please do not put valuables in your locker. No decals, are to be pasted on lockers. Lockers are subject to inspection by the administration. Lockers are to be used only by the student to whom they have been assigned. If any damage is incurred during the year, the damage will be charged accordingly. Interior locker decorations must be in good taste representing student and school values.
Lost and Found
All students need to be taught to be responsible for their personal belongings. An effort is made to find the owners of articles of clothing, lunch boxes, play equipment, etc. There is a box of found articles if parents wish to check it. Periodically, any unclaimed items will be given to the needy.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the Hot Lunch Food and Milk program, or they can bring their own lunch. Each child has his/her own lunch card and deposits may be made to the family account before school in the morning. For families that qualify, free or reduced price lunch is available through the Federal Food Program, and these forms may be obtained from the office.
An opportunity is provided each Fall and Spring for students to have their pictures taken. Parents have the option of purchasing or not purchasing the pictures.
A listing of recommended school supplies is included with the Spring Registration Packet. Pencils and poster board may also be purchased at school before classes begin. Students are expected to have these supplies available at all times.
Students are expected to exercise reasonable care in handling books. Those books that go back and forth from school to home on a regular basis must be covered. Teachers assign book numbers to each student and that student is responsible for that particular book. If a book is lost or damaged beyond repair, payment for the book is expected. Final report cards will not released until the replacement cost for lost or damaged books is paid in full. Funding for textbooks is obtained from the St. Pius X School budget and from the State of Iowa.
The State of Iowa book funds are conditional:
each year parents/guardians of students in non-public schools must request in writing that textbook funds be provided
the allotment per student is the same for all students living in the public school district.
The request form is included with the Registration Packet. The texts purchased with state funds are selected by the school staff. This is a useful program which saves parents a significant amount of money.
The tuition for students is determined by the St. Pius X/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Board of Education. Parents/Guardians are offered three different payment methods:
full tuition payment by August 15
1/2 tuition payment due by August 15 and 1/2 tuition payment due no later than January 15
10 equal payments, August through May, to be paid by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
In May 1997 the St. Pius X/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Board of Education approved the mandatory use of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for payment of tuition if annual or semi-annual tuition payment plan is not elected. Monthly deductions would be made on either the 15 or 30 of the month beginning in August, with the last payment in May.
Delinquent tuition and fee accounts will be reviewed throughout the year. Determination will be made regarding the payment of each overdue account by the finance committee. The conditions required for re-enrollment in the subsequent school year will be communicated by the committee to the family/families concerned. The conditions for re-enrollment will be based on the fulfillment of previous arrangements for tuition and fee payments and the intentions regarding the payment of outstanding tuition and fees.
If the conditions for re-enrollment as set by the committee have not been fulfilled within the six week grace period, or by August 1, the family/families will be notified that their student(s) will be denied re-enrollment for the subsequent school year.
Tuition Tax Credit
Expenses incurred by parents may qualify for tuition tax credits. Information is distributed annually, usually at the end of the calendar year.
The Board of Education is aware that certain factors may make it very difficult or impossible for some parents to pay full tuition for a Catholic education for their children. Recognizing this fact, the local parishes have set up funds for educational grants. Eligibility for these grants is only by application. Forms may be obtained from the principal. After completion and return of the application to the principal, (along with a copy of the most recent income tax return, completed Free and Reduced Hot Lunch Application), parents will be notified of the amount of tuition grant monies they are to receive. Application must be made for each year that tuition assistance is requested. Confidentiality is maintained. (Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 3240.1)
X. Professional Staff
Kindergarten Melissa Kuefler
First Grade Jennifer Unash
Second Grade Laura Elsbernd
Barb Maxwell (pm)
Marianne Riester (am)
Third Grade Kelly Kettmann
Fourth Grade Ann Beltramea
Carrie Popenhagen (am)
Steve Serrot (pm)
Fifth Grade Maureen Engle
Art Ellen Barth
PE Brian Ernst
Media Marilyn Olson
Reading Specialist Jacquie Jans
Music Carol Deignan
Band Sarah Covington
Guidance Counselor Nancy Felton
Principal Candace Hurley
Pastor, St. Pius X Fr. Donald Klein
Associate Pastor (SPX) Fr. Dave Schatz
Pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann Fr. Neil Manternach
Teacher Associates in Primary Grades
Kindergarten Martha Beaudry
Sr. Bonnie Lentz
Grade 1 Paula Way
Grade 2 Teresa Boston
Volunteer Classroom Aides
Volunteer aides are an integral part of our learning program. These aides enable the teacher to work with small groups of students, take care of clerical duties, and a wide variety of tasks related to instruction. In order to assist the volunteers, a training session will be provided in the fall of each school year for those who are volunteering for the first time.
XI. Archdiocesan Board of Education Policies
Sexual Harassment 4116.11
It is the policy of the educational programs governed by the St. Pius X/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Board of Education to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from sexual harassment and/or harassment of any type. No employee, volunteer or student associated with these programs shall be subjected to sexual harassment or harassment of any type. Any person who alleges harassment by an employee, volunteer or student of an educational program governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education may complain directly to his/her teacher, immediate supervisor, principal or the Superintendent of Schools (or designee) for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. This policy is in compliance with Iowa Code 601A.5 and Archdiocesan Board of Education policies 4116.1, 4116.11
It shall be the policy of the St. Pius X/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Board of Education that weapons and other dangerous objects be taken from students and others who bring them on to the school premises. Parents of students found in possession of a weapon or dangerous object shall be notified. Confiscation of weapons or dangerous objects will be reported to law enforcement officials and the student will be subject to disciplinary action. Students in possession of a firearm while on school property, coming to and from school or participating in any school related activity away from school premises shall be expelled for not less than twelve months. Further reference can be found in Archdiocesan Board of Education Policy Book, policy #5131.7a
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse 4116.3
In compliance with School Laws of Iowa and Archdiocesan Board of Education policy # 4116.3 any certificated or licensed employee of St. Pius X School who has a reasonable belief that a child under the age of 18 has been abused by a person responsible for the care of the child, as defined by law, shall report the suspected abuse verbally to Department of Human Services (DHS) within twenty-four hours and follow the verbal report with a written report on appropriate forms.
Charging and Investigating Allegations of Abuse of Student by Employees
Employees will not commit acts of physical or sexual abuse, including inappropriate and intentional sexual behavior, toward students. A first level investigator will respond promptly to allegations of abuse of students by employees by investigating or arranging for full investigation of any allegations. The Office of Educational Services will appoint the level-one investigator (the principal) and alternate (Regional Director), and will contract a trained, experienced professional to serve as the level-two investigator. This policy is in compliance with Iowa Code 280.17, School Rules of Iowa 281-102 and Archdiocesan policy 4116.3a.
Search and Seizure 5145.2
It is the policy of the St. Pius X/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Board of Education to operate its educational programs in a Catholic, orderly environment. Recognizing that the presence of contraband on school property or on the person of a student attending school is not consistent with the above policy, St. Pius X School adopts the policy as stated in Archdiocesan policy 5145.2 which refers to the rules relating to periodic inspection, to the search of students and/or to protected student areas.
Contraband includes substances or items which, if found on school property, violate the law and school regulations, or are detrimental to an orderly environment at school. Contraband includes by way of illustration, but is not limited to, drugs, narcotics, tobacco, liquor, weapons and stolen property. It consists of substances or items which may cause a substantial disruption of the school environment, and/or which present a threat to the health and safety of the students and staff.
Realizing that gang activity is a community concern, youth gangs and gang related activity are prohibited. Communication will be maintained with the police department and public school officials on all matters related to gang activity within the community. Involvement and jurisdiction of school authorities in gang related incidents occurring outside the school or off school/parish property will be determined in cooperation with diocesan legal authorities and the police, and will take into consideration the nature of the incident, the safety of the student, the effect of the incident on other students, and the good order and functioning of the school.
In order to assist students in the development of positive self-esteem, decision making skills, and social values, appropriate educational programs and activities will be provided as judged appropriate by the school. Further reference can be found in Archdiocesan Board of Education Policy Book, policy #5133.
"The school administration reserves the right to amend the handbook for just cause. Parents/Guardians will be promptly notified if any changes are made.
XII. Prayers, Basic Beliefs, and Practices
Enclosed ia a list of prayers, basic beliefs, and practices. The prayers, basic beliefs, and practices for each grade follow. Hopefully this will help you as you assist your child in his/her religious practices. Please know that prayers may be introduced at one grade level and students may not be expected to have them memorized until the next year. However, know that the students are expected to have an understanding of these prayers and they will be part of our prayer at school. We encourage you to also pray with your child at home.
Kindergarten *Content to be memorized
Sign of the Cross*
Prayer Before a Meal
Sign of the Cross*
Prayer Before a Meal*
Prayer After a Meal*
Act of Contrition
Act of Contrition*
The Greatest Commandment
Act of Faith*
Act of Hope*
Act of Love*
Mysteries of the Rosary
The Laws of the Church
Prayers, Basic Beliefs, and Practices
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Prayer Before a Meal
Bless us, O Lord, and these Your gifts which we are about to receive from Your bounty, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaves, hallowed by Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Prayer After a Meal
We give You thanks, God, for these and all Your gifts, which we have received, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
God, my Father, I give You today all that I think and do and say. I'll work and study, have fun and pray. Jesus be with me all through the day. Amen.
Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You Whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His Name, my God, have mercy.
Mysteries of the Rosary
The Visit of Mary to Elizabeth
The Birth of Jesus
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
The Scourging at the Pillar
The Crowning with Thorns
The Carrying of the Cross
The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus
The Resurrection of Jesus
The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven
The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles (Pentecost)
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
The Crowning Mary as Queen of Heaven
To receive Holy Communion a person must
be in the state of grace
have the right intention and observe the Communion fast
You must not eat anything or drink any liquid (other than water) one hour before the reception of communion. Exceptions are/can be made for the sick and elderly as needed.
I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
You shall not take the name f the Lord, your God, in vain.
Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not ill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
The Greatest Commandments
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-10)
Happy are the poor in spirit, the reign of God is theirs.
Happy, too, are the sorrowing, they will be comforted.
Happy are the gentle, they will receive all that God has promised.
Happy are those who hunger and thirst for justice, they will be satisfied.
Happy also are those who show mercy to others, they will receive mercy.
Happy are the single hearted, they will see God.
Happy are the peacemakers, they will be called the children of God.
Happy are those who are treated unfairly for doing what is right, the reign of God is theirs.
Baptism Confirmation Anointing of the Sick
Eucharist Holy Orders
My God, I offer you all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your most Sacred Heart. Amen.
Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known, that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we kneel, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word made flesh, do not despise our petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer them. Amen,.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.
The Precepts of the Church
Celebrate Christ's resurrection every Sunday (or Saturday evening) and on holy days of obligation by taking part in Mass and avoiding unnecessary work.
Lead a sacramental life. Receive Holy Communion frequently and the sacrament of Reconciliation regularly. Receive Holy Communion at least once in the Lent-Easter season. Confess within a year, any serious or mortal sin committed.
Study Catholic teaching throughout life, especially in preparing for the sacraments.
Observe the marriage laws of the Catholic Church and give religious training to one's children.
Strengthen and support the church: one's own parish, the worldwide church, and the Holy Father.
Do penance, including not eating meat and fasting from food on certain days.
Join in the missionary work of the Church.
Corporal Works of Mercy
Feed the hungry.
Give drink to the thirsty.
Clothe the naked.
Help those imprisoned.
Shelter the homeless.
Care for the sick.
Bury the dead.
Spiritual Work of Mercy
Give correction to those who need it.
Share our knowledge with others.
Give advice to those who need it.
Comfort those who suffer.
Be patient with others
Forgive those who hurt us.
Pray for the living and the dead.
Magnificat, Mary's Prayer
My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God, my Savior. For He has looked upon His servant in all her lowliness. All ages to come shall cal me blessed. God who is mighty has done great things for me, holy is His name; His mercy is from age to age on those who fear Him. He has shown night with His arm; He has confused the proud in their inmost thought. He has deposed the might from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places. The hungry He has given every good thing while the rich He has sent empty away. He has upheld Israel His servant, ever mindful of His mercy; even as He promised our fathers, promised Abraham and His descendants forever.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light. And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Wonder and Awe
Fruits of the Holy Spirit
The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace...
Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done to me according to your word.
Hail Mary, full of grace...
And the word was made flesh and made His dwelling among us.
Hail Mary, full of grace...
Pray for us, holy Mother of God. that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray: Pour out your grace into our hearts. Lord by the message of the angel we have learned of the Incarnation of Christ, Your Son. Lead us by His passion and cross, to the glory of the resurrection. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things are made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilot; He suffered, died and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds form the Father and the Son, with the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified He has spoken through the prophets. We believe one holy, catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
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Way of the Cross - The Stations
Jesus is condemned to die.
Jesus accepts the cross.
Jesus falls the first time.
Jesus meets His mother.
Simon takes the cross from Jesus.
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
Jesus falls the second time.
Jesus meets the women.
Jesus falls the third time.
Jesus is stripped of His clothes.
Jesus is nailed to the cross.
Jesus dies on the cross.
Jesus is taken down from the cross.
Jesus is placed in the tomb.
Jesus rises from the dead.
Holy Days of Obligation
Solemnity of Mary - January 1
Ascension Thursday - 40 days after Easter
The Assumption of Mary - August 15
All Saints' Day - November 1
The Immaculate Conception - December 8
Christmas - December 25
Regulations for Fast and Abstinence
To FAST means to keep from eating certain foods for a period of time.
To ABSTAIN means to refrain from eating meat.
In the United States, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence, and all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
The obligation to abstain from meat binds all Catholics 14 years of age and older. The obligation to fast, limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of a day, binds Catholics from the ages of 21 to 59.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary, pray for us, O holy Mother of god.
(Response:) That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures He gives me repose; beside restful waters He leads me; He refreshes my soul. He guides me in right paths for His name's sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for You are at my side. With your rod and staff that give me courage. You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.
I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and what I have failed to do. And I ask Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, all the angels and saints, and you my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord, our God. May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.
Prayer of the Mass
Liturgy of the Word
First Reading (usually taken from the Old Testament)
Second Reading (usually taken from one of the Letters of the New Testament)
Alleluia or Gospel Acclamation
Gospel (taken from one of the four Gospels and read by priest or deacon)
Homily (an explanation of the readings)
Profession of Faith (Nicene Creed)
General Intercessions (Prayers of the Faithful)
Liturgy of the Eucharist
Preparation and presentation of Gifts
Prayer over Gifts
Eucharistic Prayer (during this prayer the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus)
The Lord's Prayer
Sign of Peace
Breaking of the Bread
Reception of Communion
Prayer after Communion
Advent-Christmastime (Christmas Day until Sunday after Epiphany)
Lent (Ash Wednesday until Holy saturday)
Easter time (Easter Sunday until Pentecost, 50 days after Easter