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Arrival and Dismissal
Arrival and Dismissal It is important that children are dropped-off and picked-up from school at the designated time. Timeliness will help the child feel secure about school.
Morning arrival begins at 8:50 AM and morning dismissal begins at 11:20 AM.
Afternoon arrival begins at 12:25 PM and afternoon dismissal begins at 2:50 PM.
Regular and punctual attendance at school is essential to the child’s continuous intellectual, social and psychological growth. New York State Education Law states that absence from school for the following reasons is excusable: personal sickness, death or sickness in the family, impassable roads or weather making travel unsafe, religious observance, quarantine, approved educational trips, required presence in court, attendance at organized clinics, health treatment, and approved cooperative work programs. Absence for any other reason is held illegal and must be so marked on the pupil’s official record. The school will not prepare, in advance, assignments for students who are absent illegally from school. Parents must take full responsibility for their child’s completion of all class work and assignments.
When a student is absent, his/her parents must call the school office by 9:30 A.M. Messages may be left on the answering machine before school. The day a child returns to school after an absence a written note of excuse must be handed into the office as required by New York State Law.
All students are met at the cars and brought into the Main Building through the Main Entrance. The children will proceed to their classrooms from the front foyer. If you arrive early please turn off your car motor so as to prevent car exhaust from permeating the building. When droppingoff or picking-up children, please put your car into the park position. Cell phone use is prohibited on the property. Please do not pull in front of, or pass any vehicle in line. If you arrive late, please park your car and escort your child into the office.
All students are dismissed through the Main Building. For your child’s protection, Our Lady of Grace will not release a child to someone other than a custodial parent unless written authorization is provided to the school. If written permission has not been received by the school, OLG will call parents to confirm alternate release arrangements, and to obtain oral authorization of those arrangements before the child is released.
Car pooling is highly recommended for the three and four year old students to create a social experience for the children as well as to help alleviate traffic on the school grounds. Please submit your car pool list to the school by Friday of the second week of school. Permanent seating of the children is suggested to avoid argument and misunderstanding. Seat belts must be worn for the children’s safety. When stopping at the door to pick up the children, please place your car in the park position to avoid accidents. Do not drive around any car from which children are exiting.
The speed limit on the school property is ten miles per hour. It is essential that this limit be observed at all times. In-bound traffic should keep right and pass through the parking lot at the top of the hill, out-bound traffic should use the lower roadway.
In order to avoid mix-up and/or loss of clothing, please label all clothing and boots. When wearing boots, children should bring a pair of shoes to school to change into.
Security blankets, little “fun” objects and school bags and backpacks should not be brought to school with the younger children who are not having lunch at school. There is no storage space in the classrooms for knickknacks.
If you wish to celebrate your child’s birthday in school you are asked to make a request one week in advance so that parties do not overlap. Please do not send unannounced birthday parties to school as we have to provide for children with allergies. No goody bags allowed.
OLG is going green! Communication will be distributed through our e-newsletter each Thursday. Please be sure to check the Principal's Message as well as the Weekly Mail sections for important information. Announcements regarding school and IHM League events will be communicated through the e-newsletter, although there may be times when certain announcements require an in-hand distribution.
The school’s website is www. olgmanhasset.com. The site is full of comprehensive information about the school, our philosophy, and curriculum. It also holds current information and announcements. On the website is a school calendar that you can access for the latest information.
Students eat lunch in two groups: 11:30 AM and 12:00 noon. These times are supervised by appointed faculty members and assisted by parent volunteers. Miss Anne will include a monthly schedule in the weekly mail attached to the
e-newsletter please be sure to check you weekly mail. If parent volunteers do not show up at their designated time, we will not be able to bring the children outside.
Observation begins during the first week of November and concludes during the first week of April. If you wish to observe your child you may fill out an observation request form and return it to school with your child. Only written requests will be honored. Observation is for parents only.
Due to limited space, siblings are not permitted in the Observation Rooms. Parents are asked to speak quietly while observing. No picture or video cameras may be used in the observation rooms.
Our Lady of Grace is a smoke free institution. Smoking is not permitted in any building. This includes the Observation Rooms. This mandate is in accord with New York State Regulations.
When it is necessary to close school because of poor weather conditions, you will receive a recorded phone call. Please do not call the school if you miss the call, because the service will try again after several minutes. Whenever Manhasset Public Schools are announced closed, we will also be closed.
It is recommended that drivers establish among themselves the weather conditions in which they will not drive. If road conditions are doubtful, it is recommended that you do not drive the children. Even if the roads are clear, Shelter Rock Road and the school property are often slippery.
Reporting to Parents
Teacher reports to parents consist of the following: Parent/Teacher Conferences in January.
Individual Conferences requested by either the teacher or the parent.
Growth Reports written for Kindergarten children in May. Elementary Trimester Reports.
Our Lady of Grace Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational and admission policies.
Faculty Meetings and In-Service Days
Faculty meetings and in-service days are scheduled periodically to allow teachers the opportunity to attend workshops that would be professionally enriching.
Field trips are arranged for Elementary students only. Teachers and volunteer parents supervise all field trips. No student may participate in a field trip without the written consent of the parent or guardian. Children who do not participate in the field trip must attend school.
Announced fire drills will be held during the first month of school. Unannounced fire drills will be held periodically throughout the school year. A fire inspection is done on a yearly basis.
All buses that transport children to school are contracted through the Public School Transportation Offices. The only children who may be transported to and from school in these buses are those children whose parents have requested transportation through their respective Districts. No bus driver may transport children who live outside of a given District. April 1 is the deadline for your school district to receive transportation requests.
The school nurse is responsible for the maintenance of health records, routine health checks, parent contact concerning health problems, care of minor injuries, and vision and hearing screening.
Parents should contact the nurse if a child is absent from school due to a communicable disease. When a student has recovered from a communicable disease, he/she must bring a release slip to the school nurse.
If it is absolutely necessary that a child receive medication while under school supervision, the parent may:
come to the school and personally administer the medication, or
have a doctor complete and sign an Authorization to Administer Medication Form. The nurse will then administer the medication provided that the medication is in the original pharmacy-labeled container.
Illness and Injury
Our Lady of Grace must protect all children attending classes. Any ill child should be kept at home. Children should be kept at home for 24 hours after being sent home with a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting. In case of illness or injury, a student will be cared for temporarily by the school nurse or a member of the school staff. School personnel will render first aid treatment only. If emergency medical care is necessary, the parents will be contacted. If the parents are not available, the student will be taken to the emergency room.
Any injuries on the school property are recorded in the Nurse’s Injury Record Book. Parents are notified of all accidents.
New York State Regulations for school immunizations are followed. Forms sent home from the school must be filled out and signed by a Physician and returned to the school by September 1st.
There are three payment options for tuition:
Option I. Single payment due July 15th.
Option II. Two payments due July 15th and September 15th.
Option III. Ten monthly payments due on the 15th of each month, July through April.
All tuition must be paid in full by April 15th.
Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services
The District is required by State regulation to annually identify all resident children with disabilities who are entitled to attend the public schools of the District or are eligible to attend a pre-school program during the next school year. If you know of any child who may have a disability, you may contact the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services at the following number: 516-267-7670.
Parents must request special education services in writing to the school district of location (Manhasset for school age children and local school districts for Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery aged children) by June 1 preceding the school year for which the request for services is made, except when a student is first identified as a student with a disability after the first day of June preceding the school year for which the request is made prior to the first day of April of such current school year, the parent must submit the written request for services within 30 days after the student was first identified.