CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
P.O. Box 9 2926 Commercial Ave. South Chicago Heights, IL 60412
(708) 756-3566 Phone (708) 756-3678 Fax
Alison Donald, B.A. Administrator/Principal
Suzanne Scampini Administrative Assistant
Christine Madden, B.A. Financial Assistant
Phil Lolli, B.A. Middle School Director
Marisa Santiago Extended Daycare Director
Shirley Adams Secretary
Marguerite Alston, B.S. Secretary/Health Aide
Georgette Perez Kindergarten
Linda Sons 1st Grade
Linda Graves 2nd Grade
Michelle Cook 3rd Grade
Krystal Norfleet 4th Grade
Merinda Kruzel 5th Grade
Donna Adams 6th Grade
Monica Perry 7th & 8th Grade
Phil Lolli 7th & 8th Grade
Stefany Molina Spanish
Schlonda Dodd Permanent Substitute
Sylvester Baugh Athletic Director
Stefany Molina Gym Teacher
Alison Scampini Computer Teacher
Carolyn Robinson Music Teacher
Joyce Williams Art Teacher
George Leach Maintenance Supervisor
Jermaine Bowling Custodian
Favion Ford Custodian
The administration retains the right to amend the handbook for just cause. Notification of
changes will be announced.
"Excellence in Christian Education since 1973"
The mission of Cornerstone Christian School is to educate students for life through the
saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and to help them develop enduring Christian values in
a loving, Christ-centered environment.
PROFESSION OF FAITH
“And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all
the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass
for you, and not one word of them has failed.” Joshua 23:14
Cornerstone Christian School’s rules of conduct, policies, and goals are based upon
the following biblical principles:
1. To love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength Mark 12:30
2. To love your neighbor as yourself Mark 12:31
3. To seek mercy, integrity, purity, and justice Micah 6:8
1. Spiritual Development
Every student will have the love and grace of Jesus Christ shared with them on a
2. Character Development
The students will develop an ethic of enduring Christian values.
3. Excellence in Education
Every student will gain a firm academic foundation and be proficient in all areas
4. Critical Thinking Skills
The students will actively participate in the classroom, resulting in effective higher
5. Social Skills
The students will develop proper social skills.
6. Community Relations
The staff will effectively serve our constituency.
7. Conflict Resolution
The staff and students will develop positive approaches to avoiding discipline
problems and resolving them should they occur.
8. Developing Unity of Purpose
The staff and parents will work together to create synergy and community.
9. Trusting Relationships
The administration, staff, and parents will have open disclosure and positive
10. Children First
As a Christ-centered school, we will help meet the needs of students.
11. Safe Learning Environment
The school will cultivate a safe learning environment that will not tolerate physical
violence, intimidation, or harassment.
12. Christian Stewardship
The school will act with integrity in financial matters.
Account balances from the previous year must be zero before a child can be registered
for the following year. Registration begins in February for returning students.
You must notify the office in writing in order for your child to be officially dropped from
enrollment for any reason. Failure to do so will result in your being responsible for any
and all incurred charges.
If you leave Cornerstone with an unpaid balance, you will have 10 days to clear your
account before it is sent to our collection agency. Your child’s report card and official
school records will be held until the balance is paid in full.
All account balances must be zero by April 5, 2012 and must remain zero from May 5
until the end of the school year. Report cards and achievement test results will not be
mailed if accounts are not paid in full.
The Stanford Achievement Tests will be given the week of April 16, 2012, to students in
1st - 8th grades. Parents will be sent the comprehensive results in the mail with the final
report card when all fees have been paid.
ADMISSION AND RE-ADMISSION
As a private institution, Cornerstone Christian School reserves the right to set and
maintain its own standards for acceptance, including academics and student conduct.
A new student entering grades 1-8 must meet the following requirements:
1. * 2.5 Grade Point Average for students entering grades 1 – 5
2. * 3.0 Grade Point Average for students entering grades 6 – 8
3. * Last achievement test must show student on grade level for previous grade
4. Must be in good conduct/behavioral standing from previous school(s)
* A copy of student’s most recent report card and achievement test scores must be
brought in at time of registration. Children must be 5 years old by September 1 to enroll
in K5, and 6 years old by September 1 to enroll in first grade. No exceptions.
A non-refundable registration fee and an entrance exam/screening fee are also
required. After registration, an exam date will be arranged.
Re-Admission: Registration for returning students begins in February. Forms will be
mailed home. The registration process is not complete until the signed form and non-
refundable registration fee has been returned to the office.
The registration process for each school year includes evaluating each student's
academic performance, behavior, attendance, and tardy record. Any student with a
Grade Point Average of less than 2.0, five or more detentions and/or more than one
suspension, or excessive unexcused absences and/or tardies will be placed on review
for the upcoming year. A Review Meeting with the Administrator will be required to
consider the student’s re-admission. Students not meeting the minimum requirements
may be denied re-admittance to the school.
Students who have been expelled from Cornerstone Christian School will be
considered for re-admission on an individual basis.
Students are expected to be in attendance regularly. If your child will be absent, please
contact the office. Perfect attendance and one day absent awards will be given at the
end of each semester. Students with more than three tardies per semester will not
be eligible for attendance awards. Fifteen or more absences will result in the
student being placed on review for the upcoming school year.
BOOKS & MATERIALS
Students are responsible for maintaining their textbooks in a reasonable condition.
Student accounts will be charged for the replacement of any book(s) lost or damaged
during the school year. The student's name should be written in all books and on all
school supplies. It is important for each child to have their supplies ready and
labeled for the first day of school.
Students damaging any school property or equipment will be asked to make restitution
and may be considered for dismissal. The parent or guardian of the student is liable for
all damages caused by the student.
1. Students will respect & obey the driver.
2. All body parts must remain inside the bus.
3. Windows may not be open below the safety line.
4. No feet in the aisles. Aisles must be clear at all times.
5. No damaging the seats.
6. No eating or gum chewing.
7. No standing or changing seats once the bus is moving.
Violation of the Bus Rules may result in detention, suspension or loss of bus privileges.
A state mandated bus evacuation drill will be conducted one time per school year.
Cell phones have created a culture of constant communication. This technology of
continuous “connections” can become detrimental to the learning process for our
students by creating distractions and opportunities for academic dishonesty. Cell
phones must be “out of sight” and in the “powered off” from the time students enter the
building until they are picked up from school. (The office phone is always available to
your child during the school day and EDC hours.)
This policy is in place at all times, including field trips, class outings, after-school
activities and sporting events. It is up to the discretion of the coach, teacher, or adult
leader as to whether cell phone use will be permitted during their activities. Non-
compliance with the coach, teacher, or adult leader regarding cell phone use, will carry
the same consequences as for during the school day.
If a student is found in violation, they will be subject to the following consequences:
1. With the first offense, the cell phone will be confiscated and turned in to the
office and an after-school detention will be issued. Cell phones will be
released only to the student’s parent at the end of the school day.
2. With the second and subsequent violations, the above will apply with the
addition of a $10 fine which must be paid before the cell phone will be
returned to the parent.
3. Students are required to surrender their cell phones when requested by school
staff. Refusal will result in a one-day suspension.
CHANGE OF INFORMATION
Parents are required to immediately notify the office if there is a change of address,
telephone number, or persons authorized or denied to pick up your child. It is your
responsibility, for the safety of your child, to keep these names and phone numbers
Chapel services will be led by the teachers and on occasion guest speakers each
Wednesday. The services enhance Christian character and biblical principles. Girls
must wear a jumper or skirt (see dress code).
We value and appreciate parent participation on class field trips. Chaperones are
accepted on a “first come and first paid” basis. Parents will be limited to one field trip
per year unless otherwise stated. This is done to give all parents an opportunity to be a
chaperone. Information and field trip permission slip will be sent home with the
student. The Chaperone Agreement Form at the bottom of the permission slip must be
signed and returned to the school prior to being accepted as a chaperone. Please pay
exact amount for field trips. There will be no refunds for chaperones if they cancel.
CHILD ABUSE: The Illinois Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act mandates that school
personnel promptly report alleged or suspected child abuse and/or neglect to the Illinois
Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) when the alleged abuser is a parent,
guardian, relative, or other caretaker who has some responsibility for the child’s welfare
at the time of the abuse or neglect. This includes professionals such as teachers who
are responsible for the care of the child.
Illinois law requires school professionals to notify DCFS even if there is a suspicion of
child abuse or neglect. Thus, the school professional need not have proof or
convincing evidence of the abuse; merely suspicion of abuse makes a call to DCFS
necessary. Furthermore, Illinois law protects school professionals from litigation if the
DCFS call was made in good faith.
Types of child abuse include physical abuse (such as corporal punishment), sexual
abuse (such as inappropriate touching), or psychological abuse (such as name-calling
or intimidation), or other emotional inappropriateness.
School personnel shall follow procedures which have been developed in accord with
Illinois law. The school administrator shall maintain confidentiality for the benefit of all
Cornerstone’s Christmas program will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011. The
time will be announced at a later date. The Christmas program is a part of the music
curriculum; therefore your child is expected to participate.
The classroom code is in effect in all classes and with all teachers and is expected to
be upheld daily. Each child should memorize this code.
1. Obey directions the first time they are given.
2. Respond properly when addressed.
3. Not disrupt the attention or activities of the teacher or class.
4. Help to maintain a quiet and peaceful classroom environment.
5. Stay in my seat unless given permission to get up.
6. Face the front and raise my hand to talk.
Sign-up sheets may be posted outside the classrooms for Holiday parties. Birthdays
may be celebrated. If you wish to send treats for your child’s birthday, please do not
send a cake! Cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and/or individual ice cream cups for the
entire class are appropriate. Please notify teachers ahead of time if you will be
sending something to school. Do not send "private" birthday invitations to school
unless every student in the class is invited. The school will not give out
individual student addresses.
Please note that Cornerstone does not celebrate or recognize Halloween.
Sept. 5, 2011 Labor Day
Oct. 10, 2011 Mandatory Parent-Teacher Conference
Nov. 24 & 25, 2011 Thanksgiving
Dec. 21, 2011 – Jan 3, 2012 Christmas Break
Jan. 13, 2012 Teacher In-service
Jan. 16, 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance
Feb. 20, 2012 President’s Day
Mar. 12, 2012 Open House
Mar. 30 – Apr. 6, 2012 Spring Break
Cornerstone Christian School uses the ABeka, Shurley English, McDougal Littell
Math(7th – 8th) Glenco Science(5th – 8th), and Positive Action for Christ Bible and
TechnoKids Computer curriculum. Kindergarten – fifth grades use the Sube Spanish
curriculum and Realidades Spanish books are used by the 6th, 7th and 8th grade
classes. Also included in the academic schedule are Music and Art (Kindergarten – 6th
grade), and Gym.
DISCIPLINE (DETENTION, SUSPENSION, EXPULSION)
Cornerstone Christian School will not tolerate any form of physical violence,
intimidation, or harassment. It is our goal to maintain a peaceful and safe
environment where learning can take place and a teacher’s day is not consumed
with behavioral problems. We expect parents to cooperate by taking the time to talk
with their children concerning proper behavior at school.
If, at any time, a student’s behavior or attitude indicates an uncooperative spirit or one
that is out of harmony with the spirit and standards of Cornerstone (whether or not
there is any definite breach of conduct), the student may be requested to transfer out of
the school. The disciplinary procedures are as follows:
1. The incident or issue will be handled by the student's teacher. This involves
discussing the situation with the student using scriptural principles in order to
correct the problem.
2. The student's teacher will use progressive measures such as:
a. Correcting and/or redirecting the behavior
b. Removing privileges
c. Issuing disciplinary assignments; i.e.: writing lines
d. Sending the student to the office
e. A phone call to the student’s parents
3. Any student who shows serious or repeated behavioral problems during the
school day, morning and/or afternoon Extended Day Care (hereinafter EDC), or
at any school sponsored activity will be issued a DETENTION (or SUSPENSION
if the Principal determines the incident warrants).
4. Detentions are cumulative throughout the current school year. Any student who
receives five or more detentions will be placed on review for the following school
5. The eighth detention will result in a one day suspension from school.
6. The twelfth detention may result in expulsion from school.
7. Three detentions issued in one day will result in a one-day suspension in addition
to the three detentions.
8. Suspension from school may be one to ten days, depending upon the
seriousness of the situation. The number of days is decided by the
administration. One suspension counts as three detentions.
9. ALTHOUGH THERE IS A PROCESS LEADING UP TO A SUSPENSION OR
EXPULSION, THE ADMINISTRATION MAY DETERMINE TO SUSPEND OR
EXPEL A STUDENT AT ANY TIME DEPENDING ON THE SERIOUSNESS OF
Detentions are served on Mondays and Thursdays (3:15 P.M – 4:15 P.M.) only.
Detention guidelines are as follows:
a. The detention slip must be signed by a parent and returned to the student's
teacher the next school day after it has been issued.
b. The student must attend the entire assigned detention time.
c. The student must complete all work assigned for the detention.
d. The student must comply with instructions given by the teacher supervising
the detention room.
Failure to comply with the detention guidelines may result in an additional detention
Cornerstone Christian School believes that appropriate attire encourages good student
conduct and is fundamental to the development of wholesome attitudes and behavior.
The school’s intent is to maintain standards of godliness and excellence but not to be
legalistic and rigid.
The School Uniform for Boys and Girls is as follows:
Must be navy, black, or tan (khaki) uniform style pants. Pants must fit properly at the
waist. Baggy, too tight, or low ridding pants will not be permitted. A belt must be worn
with pants that have belt loops and must be buckled at all times. Pants must be
properly hemmed at shoe level and not dragging on the floor.
Polo shirt - long or short sleeve. Must be navy, white, red, black or light blue. If wearing
a brand (POLO, IZOD, etc.) the logo must be smaller than the size of a quarter. Boys
and girls may wear navy, white, red, black or light blue Oxford cloth or cotton
shirt/blouse with long or short fitted sleeves. Shirts must be tucked in at all times, and
only one top button may be left unbuttoned.
Turtleneck sweaters and shirts must be navy, white, red, black, or light blue and cannot
be tight or form fitting. Either the mock or regular style collar is acceptable.
Girls may wear pleated or non-pleated skirts or jumpers - navy, black or tan (khaki).
Skirts or jumpers must be no shorter than two inches above the knee and modest
in fit. Leggings are permitted to be worn under dresses/skirts, but must be ankle
length. *Skirts or jumpers must be worn on Wednesday (Chapel), however from
December 1 until the end of February girls may wear slacks in consideration of
the colder weather.
Navy, white, red, black, or light blue sweaters or vests may be worn over a shirt,
blouse, or turtleneck. No jackets/coats are to be worn in the classroom.
Dress or athletic shoes may be worn. Shoes must be worn with socks, tights, or
nylons. No open toed shoes, sandals, or flip-flops.
Cornerstone Gym T-shirts/sweatshirts are to be purchased through the school.
Cornerstone sweatpants are also available for purchase. Solid gray, black, or red
sweatpants may be worn. Gym clothes must be worn to school on gym days.
Hair should be clean, well groomed, and away from the eyes. Hair cuts and hair colors
are to be appropriate for school and not to cause distraction or undue attention. Any
letters, symbols, or designs cut into the hair are unacceptable. No hats, bandanas,
scarves, or sunglasses are to be worn in the building.
Body piercing or tattooing are not allowed. Girls’ ear piercing is acceptable.
Dress Code considerations for 7th & 8th grade Jr. High only:
Long or short sleeve and may be worn “un-tucked” provided the length is no longer
than fingertips when arms are at student’s side.
Hooded zip-up sweat jackets
Acceptable colors are navy, white, red, black, or light blue (solid colors only, plain –
no designs, logos or writing).
All items worn or brought to school should be compatible with the ideals of a Christian
school. Book bags, lunch boxes, school supplies, and videos depicting rock groups,
drugs, alcohol, wrestling, martial arts, Pokemon, Digemon, Harry Potter, etc. are not
The dress code is to be observed each day during the school year, including
Wednesday Chapel, school programs, field trips, etc., unless the school has informed
the parents otherwise.
Students not dressed according to dress code guidelines will be issued a Dress Code
Violation and will remain in the office until appropriate clothing is brought to school. A
detention will be issued for every 3 Dress Code Violations.
The school reserves the right to make a final decision on all dress code matters,
including clothing and hair.
Hand-held games and electronic devices are prohibited unless by permission from
Administration, classroom teacher, or EDC director.
Cornerstone is not responsible for any lost or stolen devices.
EXTENDED DAY CARE (EDC)
EDC is available daily from 6:15 A.M. - 7:45 A.M. and 3:15 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. beginning
August 15, 2011 and ending May 18, 2012. A light snack will be served during
A.M. EDC - Students arriving before 7:45 A.M. must report to their designated EDC
class. They are allowed to bring and eat breakfast until 7:30 a.m. Food must be in
disposable containers and preheated. There is no microwave available to students.
At 7:45 A.M., the students are dismissed to their regular classes. Any child in the
building, including the front foyer area, before the 7:45 A.M. bell, will be charged for
EDC. (For the security of your child, please walk them in to the EDC class or be sure
they enter the 2nd set of double doors if you drop them off under the car port.)
P.M. EDC - The school day ends at 3:00 P.M. Students who are not picked up from
their regular classroom by 3:15 P.M. will be marked on EDC attendance and their
accounts will be assessed the EDC fee. Parents must pick students up from the EDC
classroom. If your child has already left their classroom, please sign them out with the
EDC teacher before leaving the building.
Students must be picked up by a parent or authorized person and be prepared to show
a form of identification to the EDC worker. Authorized “pick up” people must be at
least 16 years of age.
Late charges will be assessed for children not picked up by 6:30 P.M., starting at $25
for every 15 minute increment according to our clock. If a child is still here at
7 P.M., and the school has not been contacted by the parent or authorized person, the
South Chicago Heights Police may be called.
The fee for EDC is $2250.00 a year or $225 per month. The EDC payment MUST be
paid on the first of the month with your tuition payment, beginning August 1 and ending
May 1. If EDC is needed only on an occasional basis, a daily fee of $25 will be
assessed to your account, and you will be billed at the beginning of the next month.
Payment is due upon receipt of the bill.
Any EDC balances not paid by the 15th of the month will result in the student
being held out of class and EDC until the balances are paid.
Each class will take educational field trips at least once during the school year. A
permission slip will be sent home and the money should be returned by the deadline to
the classroom teacher. Refunds will not be given if a child is absent, suspended,
or expelled on the day of the field trip.
FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS
Students are taught proper safety procedures in the event of a fire or tornado. Each
class has a predetermined procedure for moving children to safety in a quick, quiet,
and orderly fashion. Timed drills are given periodically during the school year.
Each week, teachers may nominate a student who has shown outstanding character
and behavior in their class. Selected students are announced as the Flame Bearer of
the Week over the intercom and awarded a certificate on Friday afternoon. Their
picture is taken and displayed on the Flame Bearer board outside the school office for
the following week. Flame Bearers are given 50 cents each day the following week,
and the privilege of going to the snack machine at lunchtime, if they so choose.
To qualify for Flame Bearer of the Week, a student should:
1. Arrive at school prepared and on time
2. Follow rules on a consistent basis
3. Complete classroom and homework assignments on time
4. Show a good attitude toward school, staff, and fellow students
5. Cooperate well with fellow students and teachers
6. Show kindness and consideration, holding the feelings of others in high esteem
Fund raising is a necessary means of support for our school. One mandatory
fundraiser, determined by the school, is required for the school year. (The
minimum participation amount is $300 sale per student or $500 sale per family.)
Various fund raisers are planned throughout the year and we ask that each family
participate as much as possible.
Ongoing Fund raisers include:
General Mills Big G Box top for Education Scrips Cards (Also earns tuition credit)
Skating Days at Lynwood Sports Center Paper and Aluminum Can Recycling
Target Guest Card
The Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) is computed by assigning points to grades. The
points are totaled and divided by the number of subjects being graded.
A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point, F = 0 points
GRADING SCALE: 100 – 92 A
91 – 81 B
80 – 72 C
71 – 62 D
Below 62 F
Honor Roll, High Honor Roll and Certificate of Scholarship will be given quarterly to
students with or within the range of the following G.P.A.’s
Honor Roll: 3.0 – 3.49 G.P.A.
High Honor Roll: 3.5 – 3.79 G.P.A.
Certificate of Scholarship: 3.8 – 4.0 G.P.A.
Kindergarten and 8th grade students who meet all academic and behavioral
requirements will have an opportunity to participate in a promotion exercise at the end
of the school year, held at Cornerstone Christian Center. Eighth grade students are
required to pass the United States and Illinois Constitution tests and must have a
cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 1.0 in order to be eligible for
academic promotion. Parents will be notified immediately if a student should become
ineligible for participation in graduation exercises.
Graduation ceremonies will be held on the following days:
Kindergarten May 12, 2012 (time to be announced)
8th grade May 15, 2012 @ 7 p.m.
Student account balances must be current to purchase the cap and gown. Also,
student balances must be zero in order for your child to participate in the
graduation ceremony. No checks, with the exception of a cashier’s check, will
be accepted as a form of payment after May 5.
Believing homework is an integral part of the school program, each teacher is at liberty
to give homework to help students advance in their studies. Therefore, all students are
required to complete all of their daily homework assignments. We expect the parents to
fully cooperate in seeing that assignments are completed on time. Consequences, at
the teacher’s discretion, will result from incomplete homework.
Students may occasionally go to the Chicago Heights Public Library when working on
research and science fair projects. Students will be transported by Cornerstone’s bus.
6th, 7th and 8th grade students will be assigned a hall locker for storage of school items
and outerwear. The locker remains the property of the school and may be searched
at any time. Any student who abuses locker privileges may be subject to disciplinary
action, which could result in losing locker privileges. Cornerstone will provide locks
which are the property of the school. Should the lock be lost or damaged, a $5.00
replacement fee will be accessed to the student’s account.
LOST AND FOUND
Items that are left at school are placed in the Lost and Found bin(s) at the end of the
day. If you need to look through the “Lost & Found” items, please contact the office. At
the end of each month, unclaimed items that are marked with the students’ name will
be returned to them. Unmarked items are donated to a charitable organization.
Cornerstone is not responsible for any lost or stolen articles.
Every child should bring a lunch in a labeled sack or lunch box; we encourage healthy
foods. There is no microwave available for student use. Students should not share
or trade food. Be sure to include plastic forks or spoons as needed. No candy or gum
is allowed, even if these items are included in Lunchables or other prepackaged meals.
Red or purple drinks are not allowed in the classrooms. To promote good nutrition, we
ask that you avoid sending canned soft drinks.
If a student does not have a lunch (or one has not been delivered to the office by
11 A.M.), a school lunch consisting of a sandwich, chips, and fruit will be made and a
charge of $5.00 will be added to your account. With the third and each additional time
a school lunch is made for your student(s), the charge will be$7.00 per lunch.
Only students who are “Flame Bearer of the Week” are allowed to use the
vending machine at lunchtime. Any other occasions would be at the teacher’s
HOT LUNCH: We offer a hot lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Menus are
sent home monthly. Payment and lunch selection must be made by the date stated on
each menu. There will be no exceptions made for forms turned in after the due date.
Please turn in exact amount for hot lunch to your child’s classroom teacher or the
office. There will be no refund or credit if your child is absent on a hot lunch day. If you
have not pre-paid for milk and your child receives hot lunch, please remember to
provide a drink for your child.
MEDICATION AND ILLNESS
In compliance with the Illinois Department of Public Health, a doctor’s written
authorization is required for all medicine, whether over-the-counter (including cough
drops) or prescription, before administration. The office must have a signed MEDICAL
AUTHORIZATION FORM completed by the doctor. No medication will be administered
to a student without this completed form.
If your child has a fever (99 degrees or higher), any physical discomfort, rash, eye
infection, head lice, ringworm, etc., or has experienced any symptoms such as vomiting
or diarrhea the morning of, HE/SHE MUST BE KEPT HOME FROM SCHOOL. In the
event of a communicable disease such as chicken pox, mumps, measles, etc., it is the
responsibility of the parent to notify the office as soon as the disease has been
diagnosed. Children must remain home until the disease has run its full and complete
Your child’s temperature must be 99 degrees or lower for 24 hours before he/she
can return to school. A doctor’s note is required to return to school after 3 or more
consecutive days of absence due to illness. Please notify the school office by
9:00 A.M. if your child will not be in attendance for that day.
If a student becomes ill at school, a parent will be contacted. It is the parent’s
responsibility to either come or make other necessary arrangements for the student to
be picked up within a reasonable amount of time. If a parent cannot be reached, the
office will begin calling the listed emergency contact persons. It is imperative that these
names and numbers be kept current.
No care beyond first aid (defined as immediate, temporary care given in case of
accident or sudden illness) will be given by school personnel. Should a medical
emergency arise, the South Chicago Heights Paramedics will be contacted. This action
could involve the child being transported by ambulance to St. James Hospital. The
parent will be financially responsible for the ambulance and any emergency room
Cornerstone offers an optional milk program for a fee of $48.00. Your child will receive
a ½ pint of either 2% white or chocolate milk on a daily basis beginning the first day of
school until the end of the school year.
Cornerstone Christian School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic
origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made
available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions
policies, athletic and other school administered programs.
OPEN DOOR POLICY
The administration of Cornerstone has an open door policy. Should you at any time
have a concern that needs our prompt attention, we will be happy to meet with you. If
you have exhausted viable communication with the administration and still feel that
your concerns have not been adequately met, then you may request, in writing, a
meeting with the School Board.
PARENT - TEACHER CONFERENCES
Mandatory conferences will be held during the day on Monday, October 10 from
8 A.M. - 6 P.M. There is no school on this day, and children are not to attend the
conference. We welcome and encourage good communication among parents,
teachers, and administration. Conferences with the teacher should be made by
PARENTS IN ACTION
“Parents in Action” is a group of volunteer parents whose function is to promote a better
understanding and cooperation between home and school. PIA volunteers give their
time in helping with hot and Fun Day lunches, Field Day, sport activities, fundraisers,
and other school functions. We encourage all parents to participate. Information is
sent home throughout the year concerning different activities sponsored by the
Payments may be made by Cash, Check, Money Order, VISA, MasterCard,
Discover, or Debit Cards in the office. Checks or money orders may be mailed to
Cornerstone Christian School, P.O. Box 9, South Chicago Heights, IL 60412.
Please put your child’s first and last name on any check or money order. There is a
$25.00 fee on all returned checks. If a check is returned, you will be put on “cash or
money order only” status for the remainder of the year. Post-dated checks will not
*There is a $5.00 transaction fee for a charge/debit of $1 - $199 and $10.00 for a
charge/debit of $200 and up.
The State of Illinois requires the following examinations for admission into
Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th Grades:
Kindergarten: Physical, Dental, and Vision
2nd Grade: Dental only
6th Grade: Physical and Dental
*All students are required to have a birth certificate and up to date immunization
records on file in the school office. Proof of having being examined by a qualified
physician or licensed optometrist must be presented before October 15 of the school
year. Failure to do so will result in students being excluded from school from October
15 until the required documentation(s) are presented.
Occasionally, opportunities arise where Cornerstone Christian School would use
pictures of our students in various media such as newspapers, school yearbooks, web
pages, brochures, and other means of school promotion.
Photos used may or may not identify the student pictured, depending on the school
activity or event.
Progress Reports are an excellent way to assess students’ academic progress and
behavior. These reports are sent home every 3 weeks with the student and are to be
signed by the parent(s) and returned to the teacher. If you have a question or concern,
or if you are not receiving a report, please call the teacher.
Report cards will be mailed home quarterly. The grading periods are as follows:
Aug. 15, 2011 – Oct. 14, 2011
Oct. 17, 2011 – Dec. 16, 2011
Dec. 19, 2011 – Mar. 2, 2012
Mar. 5, 2012 – May 11, 2012
Final report cards are mailed home when all fees have been paid.
Students entering 5th – 8th grades have the opportunity to try out for the following
Volleyball (girls only)
In order for students to try out for any sports team, a “C” average is required and must
be maintained for the duration of the sport activity season. Students falling below this
average any time after the season has started will be dismissed from the team. Any
student serving a detention or a suspension on the day of a game or practice will not be
allowed to play or participate (i.e. riding the bus, suiting up, sitting with the team on the
bench, going in the locker room).
Transportation to and from the games will be by bus. Parents are responsible for
making sure that their child is picked up at the school after games.
Further details about the sports program are outlined in the sports handbook.
STANDARD OF CONDUCT FOR BEHAVIOR
As a Christian organization, we strive to maintain a student body of high Christian
character. We expect all students to follow certain standards of behavior based on
biblical teachings and expect parents to help us enforce them. The following will not be
1. *Weapons of any kind
2. *Illegal drug procession and/or use
3. Threats, physical violence, physical aggression, harassment, or intimidation
3. Smoking, gambling, stealing, lying, cheating, alcoholic beverages, chewing
4. Profanity, derogatory remarks, or name calling
5. Selling or distributing any object or material not authorized by the Administration
6. Public display of physical affection, such as hand holding, kissing, or embracing
while at school or at any school sponsored activity
7. Inappropriate touching
8. Activities that may lead to injury, such as piggy-back riding, play fighting, or
*The administration will immediately notify local law enforcement officials of firearm
incidents at the school. The administration will also notify such officials of verified
incidents involving drugs in the school. The Illinois State Police shall also be notified
through the School Incident Reporting System (SIRS).
Violation of any of these principles could lead to suspension or expulsion.
All students are automatically enrolled in our school's group insurance plan. In case of
an accident, the parent’s insurance is primary and Cornerstone’s insurance becomes
Student pictures will be taken in October. Information will be sent home regarding
the exact date and details. Orders and money must be turned in on the day pictures are
The school day begins at 8:00 A.M.; however students can arrive as early as 7:45 A.M.
without being charged for EDC. Students will be marked tardy if they are not in their
seats and prepared for class by the 8:05 A.M. bell (according to our clock). The fifth
and subsequent tardy a student receives in any quarter will result in a $5.00
penalty with each tardy. This rule is intended to emphasize the importance of being
on time every day. Prompt and faithful attendance is one of the best habits a child can
Tax letters are prepared on a “by request” basis. The tax letter specifies the amount
paid to Cornerstone Christian School during the preceding calendar year for
registration, books, tuition, and child care costs.
Annual Base Tuition:
K5 – 6th Grade.... ........ ......... ........ $4,320.00
Monthly payments (Aug. – May) .... $ 432.00
7th - 8th Grade ..... ........ ......... ........ $4,630.00
Monthly payment (Aug. – May) ...... $ 463.00
Annual Extended Day Care Tuition:
K5 – 8th Grade.... ........ ......... ........ $2,250.00
Monthly payment (Aug. – May) ...... $ 225.00
Any month that your child is in attendance, one or more days, you are responsible
for the full month’s tuition.
10% discount is offered for a second sibling and 25% discount for a third sibling. The
fourth and any subsequent siblings in a family are tuition-free as long as the sibling
accounts are kept current at all times.
Monthly tuition is due on the first of each month. After the 5 th of the month,
regardless of what day this date occurs, a $25.00 late fee will be assessed to your
Account and your child will be held out of class until the balance is paid in full.
If your tuition payment is late two times within a year, your child/children may be
dropped from enrollment.
In the event of inclement weather, Emergency school closing information can be
(1) online or by E-mail at www.EmergencyClosings.com
(2) phone - (847) 238-1234
(3) radio - 89.7 FM – WONU radio or 720 AM – WGN radio
(4) television – channels 2, 5, 7, 9, Fox and CLTV news
Call the school voice message system at (708)756-3566 for updates.
CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
HANDBOOK SIGNATURE FORM
We acknowledge that we have received and read the entire copy of
the Cornerstone Christian School Handbook and we agree to follow
the guidelines and policies set forth in the handbook.
Please sign and return this page to your child’s teacher by September 2, 2011.
Table of Contents
Staff Listing 1
Mission Statement 2
Profession of Faith 2
Account Balances 3
Achievement Tests 3
Admission and Re-Admission 3-4
Books & Materials 4
Building Care 4
Bus Behavior 4
Cell Phones 5
Change of Information 5
Christmas Program 6
Classroom Code 6
Classroom Parties 6
Closing Dates 7
Dress Code 8-10
Electronic Devices 10
Extended Day Care 10-11
Field Trips 11
Fire & Tornado Drills 11
Flame Bearer 11
Fund Raisers 11
Lost and Found 13
Medication and Illness 13-14
Nondiscriminatory Policy 14
Open Door Policy 14
Parent – Teacher Conferences 14-15
Parents In Action 15
Payment Options 15
Physical/Dental/Vision Examinations 15
Picture Release 15
Progress Reports 16
Report Cards 16
Standard of Conduct for Behavior 16-17
Student Insurance 17
Student Pictures 17
Tax Letters 17
Weather Conditions 18
Table of Contents 19-20
Handbook Signature Form 21