PTO answers FAQ's


Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

(Please refer to your Student/Parent Handbook for additional information)

1. Arrival and Dismissal

What are the school hours?

Regular School Day

Pre K to 3rd: 8:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.

4th to 7th: 8:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Early Dismissal School Day

Pre K to 3rd: 8:15 a.m. until 1:15 p.m.

4th to 7th: 8:15 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

What time may my child arrive at school?  The main front door opens at 7:30 a.m.for students in grades K-8. Students in our PreK3 and PreK4 program may arrive at 7:45 a.m., but parents must bring the child to the classroom to be signed in. 

What time do classroom doors open?  Classroom doors open at 8:00 a.m. Students who arrive before 8:00 a.m. will report to the Gym or the Library.

Where do I drop my child off?  All traffic is one way entering from Starr Drive via the North parking lot entrance. 

PRE-K ONLY: An adult is required to accompany a Pre-K student to the Pre-K classroom and sign him/her in and out and record the arrival and departure time. Pre-K students and accompanying adults will enter through the Pre-K entrance located in the Pre-K wing.

What if I need to pick up my child early?  If you need to pick you child up from school before dismissal time, send a note in the morning with your child, or call the school office explaining the situation and the time you need to pick him/her up at the office. Come into the office at that time, and sign your child out. If your child’s dismissal plan should change, please notify the office.

2. Absence/Tardiness

How do I report that my child will be absent from school?  A parent or guardian should contact the school office at 442-4554 ext 206 before 9:00 a.m. if the student is to be absent from class for that day.

How can my child receive make up homework?  If a student’s illness has caused them to miss more than one day of school, contact the office to request make up homework. Homework will be available for pick up in the office at 3:00 p.m. on the day of your request.

What if my child arrives to school late?  A student is considered tardy if he arrives to school later that 8:15 a.m. Students arriving after 8:15 a.m. must report to the office to receive a tardy slip prior to entering the classroom. 

3. After School Program

How do I participate in the after school program?  Please contact the office for information regarding the after school program.  The program operates from the close of school each day until 5:45 p.m. and is an additional charge to the school program. Students receive an after school snack, have outside play time, have time to complete homework and have organized activities and free play until parents arrive.

4.Open House and Student Conferences

What should parents expect at the Open House?  The evening begins with a gathering in the Church Center, which allows parents to meet the new teachers and staff, to be introduced to our PTO Board members and to hear about goals for the school year from our Principal and Pastor.  

Parents then may attend 20 minute teacher presentations in their children's classrooms describing the year’s curriculum and teacher  expectations. These presentations are repeated three times for those with more than one child.

Following the sessions with teachers, parents are invited to a PTO sponsored Wine and Cheese party in Corry Hall. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the other parents of SJS students.

When are parent/teacher conferences?  Parent/Teacher conferences will be held after the first and third quarters. Parents and guardians are asked to come to school during their pre-assigned time slots on conference day to discuss student progress with the teacher. Conferences are schedule for 10 minutes. At any time during the school year, if you desire a longer, more detailed conference with a teacher about a student’s progress, please make an appointment with your child’s teacher.

5. Entering the School

Sign In and Visitor Badge:  Please remember that all parents and visitors must use the main entrance and must sign in and out at the main office. Please wear a visitor badge at all times while on school property.  This is for the safety and security of all our children. 

6. Fund Raisers and Community Service

Does the school have any fund raising events?  The School sponsors events each year that support the base budget.  Those events include an annual fund, the Scrip program and a Men's Night.  The PTO also sponsors several different programs which help our school earn money for needed equipment and supplies. Each year the PTO sponsors an annual Fiesta auction and other smaller events to support additional school needs.

What types of community service do students participate in?  Students have a number of opportunities to participate in programs designed to help the less fortunate which include supplying items for the Community Emergency Outreach (CEO) center in Fayetteville, St. Jude’s Math-a-thon and Rice Bowl, etc.

What is CEO day?  The second Wednesday of each month is designated as CEO day. On this day students are asked to bring food (canned foods, canned meat, peanut butter, cereal, etc.) for those in need. Students are allowed to dress down on this day while still following the policy of clothing appropriate for a Catholic School.  This is a great way for students to learn about helping those less fortunate than themselves.

What happens to the food collected by the students?  Each month, students from the Middle School volunteer one morning at the Cooperative Emergency Outreach center in Fayetteville. The students, teacher, and parent volunteers, transport the food collected by the school and parish to CEO and assist volunteers at the center with organizing and stocking donated items.

7. Hot Lunch/Snacks and Recess

SJCS is a participant in the federal government’s School Hot Lunch Program and as such is required to follow all federal guidelines concerning child nutrition in planning and serving lunch to our children. Students may purchase hot lunch including drink (milk or juice) or bring a sack lunch from home.

  • Lunches from fast food chains may not be brought into school.
  • Carbonated canned drinks are not allowed.

8. School Masses, Prayer Services and Children’s Liturgy

When will my child attend Mass?  Students attend Mass at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday and Friday mornings in the Chapel Center.  Students participate in Mass ministries by reading, altar serving, cantoring, bringing up the gifts and singing in the Angel Choir.

May I attend Mass with my child?  School Mass is also the daily parish Mass, and parents are welcome to attend.

When are prayer services?  Morning prayer is celebrated on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:15 a.m. in the Chapel Center. Morning prayer is led by the children.

When are the Children's Liturgies?  Children’s Liturgy will be led several times a year by our students in St. Joseph Chapel Center. We encourage all of our students and parents to celebrate as a family. Children may volunteer to participate in the Mass as altar servers, readers, and gift bearers or as part of the school choir.

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