SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS
7:30 am—3:30 pm Monday through Friday, second half of August through
last day of school in June (school year)
9:00 am—12:00 noon Monday through Thursday, remainder of June
School Office Closed Month of July (Items may be dropped off at Parish Office, Emails may be sent to
Administration and Staff)
9:00 am—12:00 noon Monday through Friday, first half of August
SCHOOL WEBSITE………………… www.st-gabrielschool.org PTU Secretary—Elena Rogers……………………..(440) 357-1114
ADMINISTRATION Market Day—Colleen Friday……………….…........(440) 257-5423
Pastor—Rev. Fred Pausche………………………...(440) 352-8282 CYO Athletic Director—Mike Whalen……………..(440) 354-9518
Principal—Donna Lee Saladino……………….… (440) 352-6169 MAINTENANCE
email@example.com Mark Kobosky, Building & Grounds Mgr..........firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal—Ann Ulrich………….……….(440) 352-6169
email@example.com CLASSROOM TEACHERS
Administrative Assistant—Maggie Shero ……….(440) 352-6169 KINDERGARTEN
firstname.lastname@example.org Tess Babcock ……………………………...email@example.com
Administrative Clerk—Mary Nista ………..……..(440) 352-6169 Jennifer Keith ……………………………......firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com Jill Slowey………..………………………..........firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Manager—Susan Kuchenbecker………..(,440) 352-8282 Christine Rusnak……. …………………....email@example.com
Parish Office………………………………………(440) 352-8282 GRADE ONE
website www.st-gabriel.org Karen
PTU Megan Flowers ……………………………firstname.lastname@example.org
PTU President—Debra Esker…………………….(440) 357-1735 Mary Hartnett………………………………..email@example.com
PTU Vice President—Paula Haumesser ……...…(440) 352-2240 GRADE TWO
firstname.lastname@example.org Beth Jablonski………………………….email@example.com
PTU Treasurer—Alicia Henrikson……………….(216) 798-3359 Amy Holmes………………………………..…firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com Jeannine Turk ………………………………firstname.lastname@example.org
GRADE THREE Library—Terri Brown …………………….…email@example.com
Sandra Mullin …………………………..…..firstname.lastname@example.org TEACHER AIDES
Melanie Proctor ……………………….…email@example.com Cheryl Gillespie, Kdg …………………..…firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Resetar, Kdg …………………………....…email@example.com
GRADE FOUR Jennafer Hedrick, Kdg …………….……...firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Powers …………………………………….email@example.com Kellie Silvestro, Kdg ………………….....…firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Horne …………………….……...email@example.com Jennifer Leigey, Gr 2………………..……...firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanne Pengov ………………………….…email@example.com Mary Henke …………….……..………..…….firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Ann Albers, Computer ………………….…email@example.com
Jenna Dolce …………………………………..firstname.lastname@example.org AUXILIARY SERVICES
Beth Paskey ………………………..…….…..email@example.com Meg Lose—Rem. Reading, Rem. Math.…..…firstname.lastname@example.org
Rita Citraro ……………………………….……email@example.com Carolyn Kucia—Academic Talented………..firstname.lastname@example.org
Francesca DiFiore, Intervention Specialist.email@example.com
GRADE SIX Andrea Schmidt, Intervention Specialist .…firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Merkel …………………….……….email@example.com Rick Teubl, Speech & Language Therapist…........firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheryl Collier …………………………...…..email@example.com Sandra Grepp, School Psychologist …..……..firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen McGinness ……………………Kristen.email@example.com Suzzanne Tenkku, Health Aide ……………firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleen Beck, Nurse ………………….………email@example.com
GRADE SEVEN Nancy Dickinson, Clerk ………………….firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherry Tedeschi …...…………………..…..email@example.com Marge Majoros, Clerk …………….……….firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Graham ……………….……….….….email@example.com
Brian Stevenson …………………………firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER SCHOOL GRIZZLY CUB CARE
Jennafer Hedrick …………………………email@example.com
Linda Oster …………………………………….firstname.lastname@example.org LUNCH PROGRAM
Denise LaSpina ……………………….…...email@example.com Ruth Helsel, Director…………..………………firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Aurand ………………………..…email@example.com
SPECIALS Michelle Clarke………………..…………….…firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer—Joyce Gravagna ……………....email@example.com Nicol Susel ……………………….…firstname.lastname@example.org
Art—Erin Olson ………………………………...email@example.com
Physical Education—Abbey Kelley ……….…firstname.lastname@example.org
Music—Andrea Karpuszka ………..….email@example.com
Spanish—Amanda London ………………firstname.lastname@example.org
Being CHRIST ~ Every Day ~ Everywhere, through
teaching, learning, leading and serving.
Our Belief Statements
We believe that Faith is an integral part of our learning.
We believe in developing God given talents for use in service to others.
We believe in leading by example.
We believe that each child is unique and we celebrate his/her differences.
We believe in every child reaching his/her fullest potential.
We believe that learning is a life-long process and strive to instill a love of
We believe in a strong and challenging academic curriculum.
We believe that each of us deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.
We believe in fostering and directing the students to apply their knowledge in
We believe that learning is a team effort between the home, the child, and the
Accreditation and Continuous Improvement
St. Gabriel School is a Catholic school in the Diocese of Cleveland, and is fully accredited by the
Ohio Department of Education, through the Ohio Catholic Accrediting Association (OCSAA).
Our current Continuous Improvement Plan cycle, flowing from our Mission, from our Beliefs Statements,
and driven by data, is guided by two main goals, one for Catholic Identity, and one for Student Academic
Goal One states, “Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the dignity and
diversity of the individual.”
Strategies to achieve this goal include implementing best practices and programs, such as bully prevention
programs, abuse prevention programs, service and outreach programs, and relationship building programs.
Many practices, programs and resources already in place will be extended, and new practices, programs,
and resources are continually being added. Examples include Rachel’s Challenge, Called to Protect,
Altercare Nursing Home Visitations, and Operation Keepsake.
Goal Two states, “Students will improve their higher order thinking skills.”
Strategies to achieve this goal include implementing best practice programs and activities, such as
classroom instruction strategies, professional development systems, and metacognitive strategies. Many
programs, practices and resources already in place will be extended, and new programs, practices and
resources are continually being added. Examples include Marzano’s Classroom Instructional Strategies
that Work, PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities), and Bloom’s Taxonomy.
ACADEMICS Attendance and Punctuality
The importance of regular school attendance and punctuality to a child’s progress
cannot be stressed enough, no matter what their ability or skill level, and is a serious
issue at St. Gabriel School. Illness and emergency situations of course cannot be
We adhere to the grading scale of the Diocese of Cleveland.
helped, but frequent absences or tardiness naturally limit students in their
A+ (4.0-4.3………………98-100 C+, (2.1-2.3……………..82-84
opportunity to acquire basic and meaningful understanding of the subject matter and
A, (3.8-3.9)……………….95-97 C, (1.8-2.0)………………79-81
to do good work. Frequent absences or tardiness also limit the effectiveness of the
A-, (3.4-3.7)………………93-94 C-, (1.4-1.7)……………..77-78
teacher’s work and instruction for the student in the classroom. Frequent tardiness
B+, (3.1-3.3)……………...90-92 D+, (1.1-1.3)………….....75-76
also disrupts the rest of the class’ learning. Students that are habitually absent and/or
B, (2.8-3.0………………...87-89 D, (.8-1.0)…………….....72-74
tardy will receive an Attendance Notice from the Administration to require a change
B-, (2.4-2.7)………………85-86 D-, (.6- .7………………..70-71
in attendance patterns, or a conference will be scheduled to address the issue.
F (.5 and below)………69 and below
Scheduling a vacation during a time when school is in session causes a serious
Honors are earned in each quarter grading period by those students in Grades Four
interruption in the instructional process and an extra burden on teachers. At times
through Eight who have a Grade Point average of 3.0 and above.
when this is unavoidable, parents must notify the school in writing and a vacation
First Honors: 4.0+ (95-100)
release form will be sent home. The days that a child will not be present in school
Second Honors: 3.9-3.6 (93-94)
should be stated, along with other requested information. If parents decide to take
Third Honors: 3.5-3.0 (87-92)
students out of school for vacation, they may check their teachers’ homework and
Students who have any D’s or F’s, Incompletes, or Specials or Conduct grades of N
assignment postings on Edline while away. Teachers are not required to give work
or U on their report card for the quarter grade are not eligible to be named to the
and assignments individually ahead of time.
Honor Roll for that grading period. An Honors Assembly is held at the end of the
school year to acknowledge academic achievement, service, effort, and perfect
For homework assignments missed during an absence, students are given one day for
each day absent to complete and turn in work. For work still not completed, students
will be assigned to the Opportunity Room until work is completed. Points may be
deducted for overly late work.
Daily attention to the joys of reading, the challenges of critical thinking, and the
rewards of discipline-specific skill development is the focus of assigned homework.
When students need to leave school during the day for medical and dental
It will be given in proportion to the amount of time necessary to reinforce the skill
appointments, the child must present an appointment notice or note from the parents
and content involved. In part, the satisfactory completion of homework is an
on the day of the appointment. These notes are given to the teacher who reads and
exercise in time management, organization and responsibility. We hope to develop
forwards them to the Office.
these important skills in all students. Teachers may modify homework assignments
to account for individual student needs when necessary. Teachers will coordinate
Parents must call the school before 9:00am on the day of any absence. A signed
with their grade level team members, the amount of homework given, as well as due
parent note explaining the absence must be sent in upon return to school. A
dates for major assignments.
doctor’s note is needed for absences more than five consecutive days. A student
is considered tardy if they are not in homeroom by 7:50 am. Any student arriving
Students may spend more or less time on any given evening. This depends on nature
after 7:50 am must come to the Office before admittance to class to get a tardy slip.
of assignments, individual course load, and even individual approaches to homework
that will range from the methodical student to the extraordinarily focused student
Students are marked absent a full day if they miss three or more hours of class time.
who may complete homework quickly and efficiently.
They are marked absent a half day if they miss one and a half or more and less than
three hours of class time. Class time can be counted either from the beginning or
In addition, each grade level at St. Gabriel has its own unique guidelines and
from the end of the day, and excludes lunch/recess time.
procedures, including procedures for late and missing assignments, and teachers also
post their assignments as they are given on their web pages on Edline.
Progress Reports Conferences—First Quarter
The report card reflects a student’s progress in learning and mastering curriculum Parent-Teacher Conferences for Grades One through Eight are held in mid-
content and skills at the end of each quarter, and then cumulatively at the end of the November, after the end of the first quarter grading period. These conferences are
year. The report card grade is based on more than one type of assessment to make an by request only, either the teacher’s request or the parents’ request. Conferences for
accurate evaluation of what a child has learned and mastered. Each child is all Kindergarten students are held before the end of the first quarter.
evaluated according to performance, class participation, classroom and homework Conferences—As Needed
projects and assignments, tests, and various assessments that show evidence of Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences are not formally scheduled, but accomplished
achievement and learning of required grade level material. through phone communications or face to face meetings at any time needed.
Throughout each quarter and the whole year, every student’s individual grades and Please note: A teacher, or a parent, may arrange an appointment for a personal
evaluations of their work and progress are posted on Edline. This information is conference if needed at any time agreeable during any grading period. Parents
updated weekly in order to keep both parents and students informed of their requesting conferences must send a note or email to the teacher to arrange a time.
progress. Parents are also personally notified if their child is falling significantly Teachers are very willing and glad to talk with parents about their children at times
behind at any time during a grading period. The purpose of publishing this continual pre-arranged that do not interrupt teaching or learning or other school work.
progress is for parents, students and teachers to be able to address any difficulties or
struggles a child may be having as soon as possible. ADMISSIONS POLICY
St. Gabriel School accepts applications from students of any race, color, nationality
Permanent record cards are kept on file for each student. This record is updated each
or ethnic origin and does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational
year and contains a cumulative record of the student’s grades for each subject, and
programs. A student whose family has been a registered and active member of St.
the students achievement in effort, conduct, and attendance. In Eighth Grade, or in
Gabriel Parish is generally enrolled in the parish school, if there are openings, and
the case of a transfer, a copy of this permanent record card, plus a copy of the
any special needs can be met. New families moving into a home within the parish
student’s ITBS and Cog AT scores, is sent to the high school to which the student is
boundaries must first register in the Parish. This is done at the Parish Office.
applying or to the school to which the student is moving. Parents wishing to view
their child’s Permanent Record, or ITBS or CogAt scores, should call the office to
To enter Kindergarten, a child must be five years old by September 30th. To enter
make an appointment with the Principal.
First Grade, a student must be six years old by September 30th and have successfully
completed a Kindergarten course of study. Preference is given to brothers and sisters
of children attending St. Gabriel School, or in the case of transfers, to students
The testing program for schools within the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is
coming from other Catholic schools. Non-parishioners will be considered for
designed to serve and assist teachers and administrators in a systematic evaluation of
acceptance only if all the children in the parish desiring attendance at St. Gabriel
the curriculum and planning of instruction. Additional individual standardized
School have been accommodated.
testing programs are also used in some grades to determine how best to meet
students’ needs in specific areas.
Those wishing to register in any grade must obtain and complete the Application
form that is available at the School Office, and follow the steps listed in the
The Cognitive Abilities Test is a national norm-referenced test that is composed of a
Admission Procedure. The enrollment cap for each grade level is 90 students.
battery of sub-tests which are a measure of verbal abstract reasoning and problem
solving ability. These tests are given each year to Grade One in the fall, and Grades
Monthly Open Houses for Interested New Families
Two, Three, Five, and Seven in the spring.
Non-school parents interested in enrolling their children for the following school
year are invited to attend one of St. Gabriel’s special school open houses, held at
The IOWA Test of Basic Skills is a national norm-referenced test that provides for the
9:00 am approximately one Tuesday a month. Open Houses will include a
comprehensive measurement of a student’s growth and achievement in the
presentation, tour, and a brief observation of an individual classroom in session,
fundamental skills of reading, vocabulary, word analysis, listening, language,
arranged by appointment at least a week before the scheduled Open House. See the
mathematics, science and social studies. These tests are given to all Grades One
Website Calendar for Open House dates. As a general we do not provide individual
through Eight in the spring.
“shadowing” days for prospective students. Students may sit in with their parents
during an observation time on one of the monthly Open House days.
St. Gabriel School places a high priority on quality communication. School and
CATHOLIC IDENTITY Classroom communications, including Parent Newsletters, will be posted on
Edline. Please check frequently. Intermittent communications will also be sent
via email through Onecall Now. It is very important therefore, that all families
Within an academic setting committed to excellence, the Catholic school exists to
have opened their accounts on Edline, and have an update email contact in the
impart the message of the Gospel, to building a believing community, to bring the
people of God together in worship, and to express Gospel values through service to
others. The Catholic school finds its true justification in the mission of the Church.
The school must be a means for the local church to evangelize, educate and For parents and students currently enrolled, St. Gabriel School maintains an intra-
contribute to the formation of a healthy and morally sound lifestyle among its school online website called Edline. It is a locked and password protected web site,
members. Discipleship of Jesus Christ is integral to the school’s Catholic culture and which includes communications of school news, school information, student
mission. progress data, and the ability to communicate with all school staff and organizations
- Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association through email. Teachers and staff also post schedules, student assignments,
curriculum, and pertinent classroom and school news on their web pages, and may be
Catholic students are given preference in admission. In addition, in keeping with the contacted through their listed emails (which also are printed in the “Directory” in the
ecumenical spirit of the Catholic Church, all religious traditions are respected and, front of this Handbook.)
space permitting, students from other faith traditions are welcome in the school.
Catholic liturgy, sacraments, traditions, and prayer are taught as an integral part of
Daily and Weekly Information
the school’s curriculum to students of all faiths. The liturgy is celebrated weekly, Information and important papers are additionally sent home with students in their
prayers said daily, and Catholic traditions celebrated according to the liturgical book bags weekly, sometimes daily. Parents should stress with their children the
season. It is the work of the entire Catholic community of St. Gabriel to celebrate importance of bringing home all information handed out at school. Generally
sacraments and faith formation within the context of parish life. information affecting all students in a family will be sent home with the “youngest or
only” child. Parents should also check Edline and email, as communications will
The curriculum for religion is consistent with the teaching of the Roman Catholic increasingly be relegated to that avenue in the interest of going green.
Church and will conform to the guidelines of the Religion Curriculum Guide of the
Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. All supplemental material used in the curriculum
must conform to Catholic moral teaching and doctrine. Regular Bi-Weekly Parent Newsletters are posted on Edline. This provides
important information about current school activities, upcoming events, changes to
St. Gabriel School provides numerous and various opportunities for students to the calendar, mention of student awards and recognitions, and more. Messages from
participate in school, parish, and community outreach and service. Students learn The Principal’s Corner are often in the Newsletters. Intermittent email Virtual
the serving attitude of Being Christ, every day, everywhere, in activities and Backpacks are also sent weekly or as needed. This provides additional news,
projects such as Student Council, the Eighth Grade/First Grade, and Seventh information, reports and reflections on the progress of the school in various areas.
Grade/Kindergarten Partner programs, the Thanksgiving Food Bank collection, the
Christmas Adopt A Family Project, the New Student Welcome Program, the Jr Hi
Service Hours Program, the Jr Hi Altercare Nursing Home Program, and the Jr Hi St. Gabriel School maintains a school website, www.st-gabrielschool.org, visible to
Fairport Harbor “Senior Prom.” the public on the world wide web, which includes general information about
features, programs, organizations, dates and events, and history and philosophy of
the school. Also available are downloadable documents such as registration
materials for school enrollment and alumni participation. It undergoes frequent
updates and improvements.
OneCallNow scores, previous classroom scores and teacher recommendation. In Grades 4-8,
An immediate direct phone-blast/email-blast system is used to notify all families of supplemental AT (Academically Talented) classes are offered to students meeting
any information that needs to be delivered quickly, at any time during any day. This the same state and school criteria. And in Grades 1-3, supplemental Enrichment
would include such things as school closing announcements, safety and emergency classes are offered to students also meeting the same state and school criteria.
bulletins, and notifications and/or reminders of events, meetings and other items or
directions of importance. It is important to keep the Office updated on changes in Auxiliary Services
phone and/or email contacts. Through state and federal auxiliary funding, St. Gabriel School is able to provide
Staff services and resources to help meet the needs of both struggling and high
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION achieving students from an Intervention Specialist, Remedial Reading/Remedial
Math Tutor, Academically Talented Teacher, Speech and Language Therapist,
School Nurse and Health Aide, School Psychologist, and Textbook/Service Clerk.
Graded Course of Studies
The curricula of all subjects taught at St. Gabriel School follow the Graded Course of
Studies Curriculum Guides set forth by the Office of Catholic Education for the
The Technology Program provides the students with a skills-based curriculum taught
Diocese of Cleveland. These Curriculum Guides are strictly aligned with Ohio State
weekly that encompasses keyboarding, file management, word processing, Microsoft
Standards, so students are learning the same graded curricula as all Ohio schools.
Office programs, multi-media presentation programs, Internet research and
All textbooks and instructional materials are selected so as to support the Graded
navigation, and more. Innovations such as pod-casting, for example, are continually
Course of Studies.
being incorporated into the weekly curriculum. The Computer Teacher also works
with classroom teachers to help students on projects and activities that integrate with
Curriculum Parent Handbooks for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade are distributed
particular curriculum areas as needed.
at the start of the school year. These booklets describe the major skills and concepts
and standards to be presented and developed, and present an overview of the major
The technology infrastructure consists of a fully networked school, both wired and
learning objectives of each subject. General Curriculum Maps that each teacher will
wireless. There is a computer lab that has 32 desk top computers, and five mobile
be following for the subjects they teach for each grade are also posted on Edline.
carts with 30 laptops each. Each classroom is also equipped with interactive
electronic white boards and projectors, and additional computers in all classrooms.
At St. Gabriel School, the religious formation of students is of prime importance.
Teachers are continually acquiring professional development and training in
Religion classes are held daily. Students in Grades K through Eight attend all school
technology. All teachers have web pages, email access, and training to use the
Eucharistic Liturgy each Wednesday, and also on Holy Days. Students periodically
SMART boards, ACTIV boards, ActivVote, and mobile labs of student laptop
help plan and attend prayer services and liturgies that relate to their studies, seasonal
computers in their classrooms. An electronic grading program is used in conjunction
celebrations, or school events. A spirit of prayer daily pervades the school and
with Edline communications online service, and the computerized Accelerated
classrooms, and participation in service activities and outreach projects are
Reader Program is also being implemented across grade levels. In addition, the use
continually promoted throughout the year. (See CATHOLIC IDENTITY.)
of technology is being further explored for use in regular student assessments and
staff continuous professional improvement.
The sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are received for the first time in the
Second Grade. The religion curriculum provides for deep and careful preparation in
St. Gabriel School has a strong belief in the philosophy of education of the whole
these areas. Students in Grades Three through Eight are also given the opportunity
child, in which the fine and performing arts are a vital part. To supplement the core
yearly during Lent to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a class.
curriculum subjects, students weekly attend classes in General Arts and General
Music. Student art shows, musical and theatrical performances, and band
performances are among highlights of the school year.
In the Sixth and Seventh Grade there is an Honors Math course, and in Eighth Grade
an Honors Algebra and an Honors Reading course that are provided to students
A special whole-school supplementary Arts Series is planned each year. Selected
meeting state and school criteria. The criteria include specified ranges of
outside Performing Artists are contracted to come to the school on specially
standardized cognitive scores, standardized achievement scores, placement test
scheduled days to provide students with an interactive experience of a diversity of art counted as absences. All high schools provide weekend or evening open houses
forms throughout a day of adjusted scheduling. annually. Information will be provided to students in the beginning of the year.
A comprehensive Band Program is also offered for interested students. The St.
Gabriel Band Program is one of the largest elementary/middle parochial school band Extra Curricular Activities
programs in Northeast Ohio, and well known for its performance and achievements. Each year more optional activities and clubs are made available to interested
Instrumental instruction is offered on all band instruments. Small group instrument students. These promote further growth and development of social skills, leadership
lessons and full band rehearsals are provided during school hours in time slots that skills, faith values, and other talents and abilities of students outside the standard
do not pull out from classroom instruction time. Lessons and rehearsals take place in curriculum or regular classroom. St. Gabriel School, often in partnership with St.
a dedicated Band Room with professional quality equipment. The Band Program Gabriel Parish, is always working to increase such opportunities for students.
consists of the Fourth Grade Beginning Band, Fifth Grade Band, Sixth Grade Band,
Junior High Symphonic Band and Junior High Jazz Band. The bands perform in *Altar Servers *Geography Bee
school concerts, school assemblies, community festivals, and honors band programs. *Liturgical Readers *Newspaper Staff
The Jazz Band performs each spring at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. *Scouts *Ski Club
*Community Honors Bands *Spelling Bee
Foreign Language *CYO Sports (baseball, basketball, cheerleading, *Student Ambassadors
In keeping with research supporting the benefits of children studying a second football, golf, soccer, softball, track, volleyball, *Student Council
language, Spanish is also included in students’ subjects of study. Spanish is taught wrestling) *Technology Club
once a week to all grades with the goal of learning enrichment, and reaching a level *Ecology Club *Liturgical Dance
of familiarity, understanding and ease of basic communication in the language. *Youth Choir *Power of the Pen
Advanced Spanish is also offered to Seventh and Eighth grade students twice weekly *Science Club *Math Club
for more complete preparation for High School Spanish. Beginning this school year, *Geography Bee *Band
Chinese will also be offered weekly to Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grade students.
Classroom and teacher placement
Library In the spring of each school year, teachers and the administration confer and consult
The St. Gabriel School library is available for students to borrow books and practice to create the next year’s classroom student assignment and teacher assignment lists.
library skills learned in their Reading curriculum. The card catalog is automated, Much effort and work is put into this process to make the best placements and
and the Online Catalog can be accessed at www.leeca.org >LEECA Quick groupings for all students. Therefore it is the policy that all critical needs as deemed
Links>Library Catalogs>St. Gabriel. best are considered by the teachers and administration, and must be corroborated
during the school year by experiences, by evidence and input from teachers, from
Field Trips staff, and from parents, and by scheduling of any special services or programs for the
Field trips are pre-planned educational experiences related to the curriculum and next year. Any input by parents deemed critical to be considered, must be conveyed
followed by evaluation. Although field trips are educationally based, students may to teachers and/or administration at some time during the school year before spring.
be denied participation if they fail to meet behavior standards or parental permission The placement of all children is intertwined, and the placement of every single child
requirements. A substitute assignment or project will be given to a student who affects the placement of every other child, to create the optimum teaching and
cannot attend a class field trip. learning environment. The next year’s class lists are finalized in May at the end of
the school year.
High School Visitation
One day in the first semester is scheduled for Eighth Grade visitation to a Catholic
High School in the area, and will not be counted as a student absence. Students who
wish to visit any other prospective high school on a day in addition to the day
Code of Conduct
scheduled, must do it on a day when St. Gabriel is not in session but the high school
A high standard of conduct, based on and modeling Christian gospel values, is
is in session. Such additional visitations during St. Gabriel school hours will be
expected of the students at St. Gabriel School. Students grow in responsibility and
self-discipline through the years as they learn that they are accountable for their
choices and actions, which will always have consequences. They learn to self- Students will remain seated at their assigned homeroom tables, unless
control their own behavior as they understand that the observance of school rules and permission is given by the administration.
guidelines brings order and happiness to themselves and others, and safeguards their Students will use proper manners while eating.
liberties rather than curbs. They grow to realize that every student has the right to Students will follow directions of Noon Watch supervisors in clean up and
learn, and every teacher has the right to teach, in a safe environment that is a Christ- dismissal to go back with teachers to classrooms.
like atmosphere of caring, safety and respect for the dignity of all. This atmosphere
affirms and supports the loving witness of the entire Catholic community of St. Bus Rules and Guidelines
Gabriel School which ever strives to fulfill the mission of Being CHRIST ~ Every Students are responsible for safe conduct on the bus ride to and from school. For
Day ~ Everywhere. their own safety, students are expected to respect the authority of the bus driver and
comply with all bus regulations. These regulations will be upheld and enforced by
General School Rules and Guidelines—Apply also to all out-of-school sponsored St. Gabriel School. In addition, all guidelines, regulations and consequences under
activities, field trips, programs, etc. the St. Gabriel School Discipline Policy as explained in this handbook apply to St.
Behave in a respectful, orderly, and safe manner. Gabriel students riding the bus. A student who jeopardizes his/her safety and/or the
Maintain a considerate quietness anywhere in the building. safety of others will lose the privilege to ride the bus for a specified number of days.
Walk when moving anywhere in the building or with a class.
Respect school property by leaving areas used neat and orderly, and not Consequences for violating rules and guidelines
chewing gum on the school premises. Administration and teachers will address all discipline issues in a manner respectful
Remain seated and talk quietly at lunch. of the dignity of each student, and use consequences in the spirit of both helping
Wait quietly in the hot lunch line. students to learn how to correct their misbehavior and to learn the critical importance
Exhibit appropriate table manners. of self control and Christ-like behavior. The following consequences and discipline
Leave their respective eating area clean and orderly. procedures for violation of any school and/or classroom rules, not necessarily in any
Speak and act in a Christian manner. order, may include, but are not limited to:
Use a respectful tone of voice, manner and language at all times.
Adhere to the Dress Code at all times. Verbal Reprimand—warning to correct misbehavior
Be honest in relating to adults and fellow students Time Out—removal from class to reflect on how to correct misbehavior
Do not bring any electronic games or devices for play to school. Written Conduct Referral—written description of misbehavior and warning to
correct misbehavior, sent home for parent notification
Playground and Lunchroom Rules and Guidelines—In addition to above Natural Consequences—actions to be taken to naturally make up for misbehavior
General Rules and Guidelines Restitution—making up for damages done (physically or emotionally)
Students will not use inappropriate language, gestures, rough play, kicking, School Service—form of restitution upon causing damage that must be made up
pushing, tripping, spitting, jumping on other students, tearing or pulling Loss of Privileges—losing privilege to attend school function, assembly, event, etc.
clothes, and any other inappropriate behavior. Detention—written notice of scheduled time to stay after school from 2:00-3:00pm
Students will remain in assigned area and away from all parked cars. sent home; after receiving 3 conduct referrals or 3 dress code demerits, or
Students will line up when signaled for the end of the play period. combination; or automatically without warning or referral upon any Serious
Students will follow Noon Watch supervisors and enter the building to the Violation that is inconsistent with Rules and Guidelines.
lunchroom quickly and quietly. Behavior Contract—written agreement between student, family and school, created
Students will use only play equipment provided by the school or authorized by administration and teacher(s), that delineates violations, consequences and criteria
by the Principal. to be adhered to by student/parents for re-admittance to school after out-of-school
Students will use all playground equipment safely, carefully, respectfully suspension; signed by all immediately upon return to school.
and appropriately so as not to harm self or others or cause damage to In-School Suspension—written notice of scheduled half or full day of missing
equipment. classes and activities in school, upon serious misbehavior, and/or after receiving 3
Students will be respectful and obedient to all Noon Watch supervisors, on detentions; parents will be notified by administration of suspension; missed class
the playground and in the lunchroom. work may be made up and receive credit
Out-of-school Suspension—scheduled day(s) out of school, used immediately in NOTE: Serious violations occurring outside of school by any student that affect
severe cases of serious violations, such as weapon or drug possession, fighting, any other student in the school, such as internet or bus behavior, are covered by
swearing, obscene or hurtful behavior; number of days scheduled will be determined this discipline policy, and may be cause for consequences to be given.
by conferring of administration and teacher(s); upon violation parents will be
notified by administration to come to school to pick up their child for suspension; BULLYING POLICY
students will be required to be under a Behavior Contract upon return to school, and Bullying is defined as a form of violence (any mean look, word, action or gesture
further consequences, such as loss of privileges, may be issued depending upon that hurts a person’s body, feelings, or possessions), that is repeated, intentional, and
misbehavior; missed work may be completed and receive credit, at discretion of involves an imbalance of power between the parties involved in a given situation.
administration and teacher(s). Types of bullying can encompass mean looks (eye rolling, intimidating stares, giving
Opportunity Room—This room is located between the library and the Speech/GBN dirty looks), mean gestures (insulting gestures with hand or fingers, holding nose,
room. The Opportunity Room is used during the recess/lunch period for students flipping someone off, using the “loser” or “crazy” gesture), mean words spoken or
any age, any grade, who are in need of a place of opportunity to reflect on ways to written anywhere (mocking, teasing, taunting or calling names, gossiping or
improve behavior, and/or to work on making up missing or late classroom spreading rumors, embarrassing or humiliating someone, threatening to harm or hurt
assignments. This will be by written referral from teacher or administrator only. someone, making threats), and/or mean actions (pushing, shoving, hitting, punching,
Parents will be notified. kicking, biting, spitting, assaulting another with the body or objects, tripping or
Expulsion—withdrawal of student from enrollment in St. Gabriel School. causing a person to fall, physical cruelty, intentionally excluding someone from a
Withdrawal will be required upon a serious violation, repeated serious misbehavior, group, setting someone up, writing unkind/insulting words about a person, etc.).
or violation of Behavior Contract that is in complete disregard of the safety and
health of the student themselves, or another student, or a staff member, supervisor, or CYBERBULLYING
volunteer. The Principal and/or Pastor has the final right to determine expulsion at Any acts of bullying as described above, against any student or staff member of the
any time. St. Gabriel community, that are committed through use of electronic means (internet,
NOTE: Teachers will supplement the school code of conduct and consequences cell phone, etc.), whether in, on or out of the school campus, will be addressed as a
with their own classroom codes of conduct, consequences and procedures. school discipline issue.
Serious Violations Bullying is seen as an especially serious violation of the code of conduct of the
Actions considered serious violations of the discipline policy, and for which the St. Gabriel Community, and will not be tolerated. All incidents of bullying must
Principal and/or Pastor may out-of-school suspend and/or request that a student be reported and will be investigated thoroughly. Several avenues, including a Bully
withdraw from the school, include but are not limited to, the following: Report Form, will be provided for both victim and bystander students, to report
• Use, possession, or sale of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons, look-alike weapons incidents. Students who are found to have knowingly and purposefully engaged in
• Use of, or intention to use, any object in a dangerous or harmful way such behavior will be treated as having committed a Serious Violation, and may be
• Truancy or unauthorized leaving of the school property asked to withdraw from the school if the behavior is not corrected and/or restitution
• Use of vulgar, profane, obscene, violent, threatening, aggressive, or immoral is not made. In cases of suspected bullying, careful and thorough investigations will
language or gestures, pictures, or any other media or behavior be made to determine actions and consequences.
• Harmful teasing, harassing, belittling, or abuse of a student, teacher or
anyone (see “Bullying Policy” and “Cyberbullying”) Cheating
• Fighting or endangering the safety of anyone in St. Gabriel School Cheating is any act of intentional academic dishonesty through which a student
• Defying a teacher or person in authority or interfering with a teacher’s attempts to gain an unfair advantage through dishonest means. Cheating shall
conducting of class involve forgery, unauthorized copying or sharing of information, tests, homework,
• Stealing, vandalizing, defacing, or destroying school, student, teacher, or parish assignments, plagiarism and all other forms of academic dishonesty.
property as well as anything on school or parish property. 1. First offense results in the student receiving a zero on the graded
• Repeated academic cheating (see “Cheating”) assignment, quiz, test, project, paper etc. on which the cheating occurred.
The parent will be called by the student in the teacher’s presence. In
addition, a detention will be given to any student breaking this rule.
2. Second offense results in a zero on that particular graded assignment plus Sweater: Navy: long sleeve pullover or cardigan.
one day in-school suspension. Parents will be notified and a conference Turtleneck: White knit, under blouse or sweatshirt.
will be held. Socks: White or navy, knee length, or fully covering ankles, or tights.
3. Third offense may result in the student being asked to withdraw from St. Shoes: Sturdy solid black, brown or navy oxford style dress shoes; tie or slip
Gabriel School as determined by administration and teacher(s). on; heels no higher than 1 inch; NO open backs (slides or sandal style)
NOTE: THE PRINCIPAL IS EMPOWERED BY THIS HANDBOOK TO ISSUE GIRLS GRADES 5-8
DISCIPLINE MEASURES FOR ANY ACTION THAT VIOLATES THE SPIRIT, Skirt: Plaid: length to top of knee.
MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY OF ST. GABRIEL SCHOOL, EVEN THOUGH Blouse: White: short or long sleeve, pointed or oxford collar, buttoned to first
NOT SPECIFIED IN THIS HANDBOOK. ANY STUDENT WHOSE button; must be tucked in. Plain white t-shirt may be worn under blouse.
BEHAVIOR REPEATEDLY AND/OR NEGATIVELY AFFECTS THE Slacks 5-6: Navy: twill or corduroy.
LEARNING AND/OR SAFETY OF ANY OTHER STUDENT OR STAFF Slacks 7-8: Jr Hi girls only, may wear khaki twill or corduroy slacks, with belt, (not
MEMBER, OR NEGATIVELY AFFECTS INSTRUCTION OR THE jeans, or cargo or other type pants)
EDUCATIONAL AND /OR FAITH FORMATION PROCESS OF ANY Vest: Navy: V-neck pullover.
OTHER MEMBER OF THE ST. GABRIEL SCHOOL COMMUNITY, WILL Sweater: Navy,: long sleeve crewneck or V-neck pullover.
BE ASKED TO WITHDRAW FROM THE SCHOOL. Sweatshirt: Navy, red. White; must have St. Gabriel School name and/or logo
Turtleneck: White knit, under blouse or long sleeve sweater or sweatshirt.
DRESS CODE Socks:
White or navy: knee length, or fully covering ankles, or tights.
Sturdy solid black, brown, or navy oxford style dress shoes; tie or slip
on; heels no higher than 1 inch; NO open backs (slides or sandal style)
The purpose of the Dress Code is to contribute to an atmosphere that is appropriate
and conducive to the spiritual, educational and social processes of St. Gabriel
BOYS GRADES 1-6
School. Students at all times are expected to dress in a manner that is comfortable
Trousers: Navy: twill or corduroy, with belt.
yet appropriate, and not causing distractions. The school uniform is also a special
Shirt: White or light blue: short or long sleeve knit polo style; must be tucked
sign that gives a message to others about our school’s good character. Refer to
in; solid white t-shirts may be worn under uniform shirt
Schoolbelles Buying Guide ( www.schoolbelles.com ) for selection of dress uniform
Sweatshirt: Navy, red, white; must have St. Gabriel School name and/or logo.
and gym styles for St. Gabriel School.
Sweater: Navy: long sleeve pullover or cardigan.
Socks: White or navy: must fully cover the ankle
DRESS UNIFORM: Must be worn daily, grades K-8. All plaid jumpers and Shoes: Sturdy solid black, brown, or navy oxford style dress shoes; may be tie
skirts, and gym uniforms must be from Schoolbelles. or slip-on
BOYS GRADES 7-8
GIRLS AND BOYS KINDERGARTEN Trousers: Navy or khaki: twill or corduroy, with belt, (not jeans, or cargo pants, or
Girls: Light blue blouses with jumpers or navy slacks; navy sweater or other type pants)
sweatshirt with St. Gabriel School logo may be worn. Shirt: White: short or long sleeve dress shirt; must be tucked in.
Boys: Light yellow knit polo style shirts with navy slacks with belt; navy Tie: Navy or navy patterned, appropriate
sweater or sweatshirt with St. Gabriel School logo may be worn. Vest: Navy: V-neck sleeveless pullover.
Shoes: Sturdy shoes that tie, buckle, or use Velcro. No open back shoes. Sweater: Navy: V-neck long sleeve pullover.
Sweatshirt: Navy, red, white; must have St. Gabriel School name and/or logo.
GIRLS GRADES 1-4 Socks: White or navy: must fully cover the ankle.
Jumper: Plaid: length to top of knee. Shoes: Sturdy solid black, brown, or navy oxford style dress shoes; tie or slip
Slacks: Navy: twill or corduroy on; NO athletic shoes
Blouse: White: short or long sleeve, round collar; must be tucked in; plain white
t-shirt may be worn under blouse.
Sweatshirt: Navy, red, white; must have St. Gabriel School name and/or logo.
GIRLS AND BOYS GRADES K-8 *On Spirit Days or other special celebration days, school Spirit/Grizzly
Accessories K-6: Students may wear one watch, one bracelet, one ring, and one thin Wear may be worn. Students with no spirit wear may wear shirts with
chain religious necklace tucked into blouse or shirt; no hats, headscarves school colors or any nice shirts that are appropriate.
or bandanas; girls may wear only one pair of small post earrings, only *Jr Hi girls may wear very light make-up on out-of-uniform days—
one earring in each ear; no dangling earrings; boys may not wear abuse of this privilege will cause complete loss of this privilege
earrings to school or to school functions.
Accessories 7-8 only: Optional, may wear tasteful and appropriate jewelry, not OPTIONAL UNIFORM GRADES K-8: Allowed to be worn only in August,
excessive or distracting to learning; no hats or headscarves; boys may September, May, June
not wear earrings—abuse of these privileges will cause loss of privileges *Navy walking shorts (Schoolbelles)
Girls Hair: No extreme hairstyles or unnatural coloring. *Cotton knit shirt, white 1-8, light blue Kd girls, light yellow Kd boys)
Boys Hair: No extreme hairstyles or unnatural coloring; not longer than shirt collar, *Tennis shoes; white socks fully covering the ankle
nor interfering with that student’s or any other student’s education (such
as blocking of view). NOTE: Uniforms must fit properly. All items must be labeled with students’
Make-up K-6: No color nail polish; no make-up names. Students must be neatly groomed. Students may not mark, write, draw,
Make-up 7-8 only: Optional, girls may wear light, natural looking make-up and color or have stickers or tattoos on their skin. Students are to be in uniform the
nail polish—abuse of these privileges will cause loss of these privileges entire school day, including entering and leaving the building, as well as on the bus.
GYM UNIFORM CONSEQUENCES:
The school gym uniform for Grades 1-8 consists of knit shorts and T-shirt that are Students in non-compliance will receive Dress Code Demerits. Three demerits will
offered only by Schoolbelles. result in a detention. Students out of uniform will not be admitted to classrooms and
will be required to fix the problem or call parents for changing items.
Kindergarten students do not wear this uniform, but can wear the clothes they wear
to school, and must bring gym shoes on Gym day. The administration reserves the right to the final say on all Dress Code matters.
NON-DRESS UNIFORM: Worn during permitted Out-of-Uniform Days, ELECTRONIC DEVICES
such as birthdays, picture day, field trips, rewards, spirit days, and any other days
designated by the Principal; grades K-8 General Electronic Items
*No tank, sleeveless, or narrow strap tops, unless under top with sleeves Electronic items are not to be brought into and/or used in any rooms or areas of the
*No tops that are revealing, have low-cut necklines, or expose bare school campus, unless requested by teachers for learning purposes. Such items
midriffs when sitting, stretching, stooping, etc. include, but are not limited to, CD’s, IPOD’s, MP3 and DVD players, radios, TV’s,
*No sweatpants, pajama pants, yoga pants, knit pants, “tear-away” cell phones, any electronic “smart” devices or computer devices, and laser pointers.
pants, or any pants with writing on the back; pants may not be worn Such items will be confiscated, a detention will be given, and parents will be
low-waisted or sagging, and the bottom edge of the hem of the pants notified. At the discretion of the administration, the items may be returned either to
must come BELOW the knee. the student at the end of the school day or returned to a parent/guardian of the
*No skirts or dresses shorter than the top of the knee; no student. Parents and students assume all responsibility for any loss or damages to
combination of tights and short skirt electronic items brought to school.
*No shorts except Schoolbelles shorts may be worn on any out-of-
uniform day except for Field Day, unless otherwise designated Acceptable Use Policy for Two-Way Communication Devices
*Shoes may be school, athletic or dress shoes; NO flip flops, slides, or Student possession of, and/or involvement in, electronic paging, communication, or
sandals without backs; NO shoes with wheels photography devices, such as cell phones, smart/computer devices, cameras, or two-
*No inappropriate words, designs or pictures on any clothing way radios in any rooms or areas if the school during school hours is prohibited,
except as specifically authorized by the Principal. Any student found violating this
policy shall receive the following consequences:
• Confiscation of the involved device—depending on the nature and severity of Office staff to allow admittance into the building. There is also an extensive written
the violation, the confiscated device or media may be held in evidence St. Gabriel Parish Building Security Policy that describes rules and guidelines for all
indefinitely. individuals and groups using and/or visiting any areas in the school building after
• Notification of parents. school dismissal hours.
• Suspension or revocation of privileges related to Internet access, electronic mail
and/or fax, network access, and computer access. Procedure for picking up a child during the school day
• Detention If a student is to be released to his or her parent or guardian during the school day to
• Suspension or expulsion if violation is serious and deemed appropriate by leave early or for medical appointments, the parent is required to ring in at the Main
school/district administration. Office entrance doors, and sign their child out at the Office window. The child is
Legal action may be taken. then called from their classroom to come to the Office to meet with their parent or
SPECIAL NOTE: If cell phones are brought to school for appropriate and family guardian. Parents may wait in the lobby.
approved use for family/safety purposes after school, they must be stored in book ID Picture Badges
bags, in lockers, and turned off during the school day. Violations of this policy will For safety purposes, students and staff are required to wear Identification Picture
be dealt with as mentioned above. Badges at all times during the school day. ID pictures for the badges are taken
during the first week of the school year by St. Gabriel Parish staff.
INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY General Disaster Emergency Procedures
St. Gabriel School has a Crisis Response Plan with procedures and guidelines for
We believe that technology is a vital means to assist those who carry out the response actions for safety and emergency situations. Students and staff are
educational ministry of St. Gabriel School. We are pleased to offer students access instructed in the steps that must be followed, and school practice emergency drills
to our computer network, including access to the Internet. To gain access to the such as Fire Drills, Lock-Down Drills and Tornado Drills are held regularly.
Internet, all students under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission and must
sign and return an Acceptable Use Policy form listing all Internet Rules to be Emergency Procedure for Perry Nuclear Power Plant
followed to the School Office. This form is distributed to all students and their The Mentor School District to which St. Gabriel belongs, in conjunction with the
families at the beginning of the school year. Lake County Emergency Management Agency, has developed plans to protect
students, should an emergency at Perry Nuclear Power Plant require protective
response by the Mentor School District. There is a very low probability of an
PHOTO RELEASE AND AUTHORIZATION emergency at the plant and an even lower probability that it will occur during normal
school hours. Nonetheless, the district and the school have developed plans for
A Photo Release and Authorization Form is sent home at the beginning of the school accomplishing sheltering or evacuation protective actions. Information about these
year. This form gives the parent/guardian’s consent and authorization for St. Gabriel plans is sent home at the beginning of the school year.
School to release, publicize, disseminate, distribute, use, and/or reproduce any and
all photographs taken of their child during his/her enrollment at St. Gabriel School Emergency School Closing
by an employee, agent, or representative of St. Gabriel School or by an independent It is sometimes necessary to close schools on short notice. The closing will be made
contractor. as early as possible. This information will be managed by the Instant School Alert
System through TV Channels 3, 5, 8, and Radio Channels WTAM 1100, and by the
SAFETY AND SECURITY OneCallNow individual phone and email communication system.
General Building Security Procedures When Mentor Exempted Village Schools and/or Riverside (Painesville Township)
All doors of the school building are locked to outside access during the school day to Schools are closed due to weather, St. Gabriel School is also closed.
insure the safety of all within the building. A doorbell is located to the left facing the
school’s main front doors. All who enter after being admitted by school office staff If either Riverside (Painesville) or Mentor announces a delayed opening, St. Gabriel
must stop at the Office window in the lobby, sign in, and receive a name badge if School students from that area are not considered tardy.
they will be entering the school. A second set of inside doors are then opened by
Emergency Contact Information Immunizations: Kindergarten Students must have all immunizations required before
It is very important that parents notify the school when changes of address, telephone the first day of school. Seventh Grade students must have the TDAP booster by the
numbers and/or place of employment occur throughout the school year. This first day of school. Students not having immunizations or booster will not be
includes the persons listed on the Emergency Medical Forms. If parents know that admitted to class.
they cannot be located at the numbers on the Emergency Form, they must notify the
school as to where they can be reached in case of emergency. If a child is sent home from school with a fever, they should be kept home for at
least the next 24 hours.
If the child is to be released only to a particular adult in cases of court appointed
custody, the custodial parent must provide this information both to the Principal and Family Custodial Situations
to the child’s teacher. A photograph of the person to whom the child is to be All families must complete an Information Regarding Legal Custody form, whether
released is required. There is a Roster of Approved Persons form sent home at the or not there is a divorce or separation situation. This makes our information uniform
beginning of the school year for all parents to complete, which lists who is approved and complete.
to pick up their children.
In the case of pending divorce or separation of a student’s parents, parents are asked
to inform both the Principal and the teacher of this fact so that appropriate support
can be given to the child.
Emergency Student Dismissal
In case of individual student illness or accident at school, and if the student needs to In the case of divorce or legal separation of a student’s parents, a copy of the entire
be sent home, the parent or guardian will be notified as soon as possible and should legal court decree bearing the case number and the final page bearing the
come to the school to pick up the child. If the parent cannot come, the school will judge’s signature must be submitted to the Principal. Unless the decree indicates
call a person on the “Roster of Approved Persons.” A driver ID is required when otherwise, routine school communications such as newsletters, daily class work
that person comes to get the child. A release form is signed at the school Main and papers will be sent home to the custodial or residential parent. It is the
Office, or the Clinic, when a student is taken home. responsibility of the custodial or residential parent for sake of the child to share this
information directly with the non-custodial or non-residential parent.
Health and Medicine
The School Nurse or Health Aide is available to give immediate attention to students Unless restricted by a Court Order, any non-custodial or non-residential parent has
in times of sudden illness, or when accidents occur during regular school hours on the right to attend any school activity of their child, and has the right to know about
school property. Emergency medical information for each child is updated at the their child’s progress in school. Parents should keep each other informed as to these
beginning of each school year and kept on file in the Clinic and Office. activities and progress. It should be noted that many events and activities, including
the School Weekly Parent Newsletter, Principal Letters, Academic Progress and
Written request must be obtained from the physician and the parent/guardian before Assignments, and CYO sports information are posted on and/or linked to Edline.
any medication may be administered by school personnel. This request must include Unless the decree indicates otherwise, non-custodial and non-residential parents can
instructions as to the name of the medication, dosage, time, duration of medication, request to have their own access code for Edline. Non-custodial and non-residential
and possible side effects parents may also request a copy of this Handbook Calendar from the School Office.
The school website is also available for access by non-custodial parents.
No child is allowed to have any medication in his/her possession while in school,
unless authorized by a note with the physician and parent signature. This includes VIRTUS – Safety in Matters of Child Abuse
aspirin, any type of cough drop, all over-the-counter medications, and prescriptions. In accordance with the Diocese of Cleveland and St. Gabriel Parish, all employees
A form that can be obtained from the School Clinic must be completed and on file. regardless of their contact with children, and all parent and non-parent volunteers
Any medication which needs to be given during school hours must be brought to the who work with children for four or more hours in a month, or more than once a
Office to be given to the Nurse or Health Aide who will administer the medication. month, must be certified in the Diocesan VIRTUS Program. This includes:
If a child is too ill to go outside for recess or noon play, he/she is too ill to attend Reading and signing the respective acknowledgement forms for the following
school. There are some exceptions, such as cases of broken bones or sprains. For policies from the Diocese of Cleveland:
other exceptions there must be a physician’s note.
1. Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse Youth Gangs
2. Standards of Conduct for Ministry Youth gangs and gang-related activity are prohibited. The full policy is on file in the
Being fingerprinted and having a criminal background check performed by BCII Office of the Principal. This policy is incorporated in the handbook by reference as
or the FBI though it were fully set forth in the handbook and is binding just as if it were set
Attending a three-hour education and awareness VIRTUS training session, forth in the handbook.
followed by one year of on-line monthly updates (24 in total)
Being interviewed within 30 days of beginning the ministry followed by a Weapons Policy
second interview by a staff member The St. Gabriel School policy expressly prohibits the use, possession, sale, or
Completing an Employee and/or Volunteer Application discharge of any weapons, look-alike weapons, any object used as a weapon, or
Submitting a copy of their driver’s license or valid photo ID explosive devices in the school, on school grounds, or at school-sponsored activities.
This policy shall apply to all students, parents, participants in parish programs,
These actions must be completed prior to any contact with children. The employee teachers, administrators, and other personnel in the school or parish. This policy
or volunteer may start their ministry while waiting for the results from BCII or FBI; includes, but is not limited to, any firearm, knife, deadly weapon, or an object that is
however, they must be in the company of a VIRTUS trained, fingerprinted person. indistinguishable from a deadly weapon, explosive or incendiary device. An object
that is indistinguishable from a deadly weapon is prohibited if a person indicates that
Reporting Child Abuse/Neglect he or she possesses the object and further indicates that it is a deadly weapon or the
All school employees are mandated reporters under Ohio law (ORC 2151.421) and person brandishes or displays the object and indicates that it is a deadly weapon.
shall report all known or suspected child abuse. The law grants these persons Firearms shall include any loaded or unloaded gun of any caliber type. This
immunity from criminal or civil liability as a result of such reports. The Lake prohibition also includes any pistol, rifle, or other device that uses air or gas
County Department of Job and Family Services and/or law enforcement are the propelled projectiles.
investigating agency for child abuse/neglect. St. Gabriel School follows the law and
cooperates with the Children Services Division and law enforcement. Violation of this policy may warrant notification of the police, immediate
suspension, and possible expulsion. If it is determined that this policy has been
Sexual Violence violated, the parents/guardians of the offender shall be immediately contacted and
If an incident of sexual violence occurs, the Pastor, Principal or other school must cooperate with the disciplinary process.
authority are required under state law to report the incident. The Lake County
Department of Job and Family Services and the police will be contacted immediately The disciplinary process will include in/out of school suspension, pending
if any knowledge or suspicion of sexual abuse or violence has occurred involving a investigation and resolution. If the student’s infraction does not warrant immediate
child less than 18 years of age. dismissal, then the parents/guardians may be required to sign a probation contract
that includes all conditions of the student’s retention at the school. Possible terms of
Harassment Policy this agreement may include professional counseling, participation in a community
The Pastor, Principal, and staff of St. Gabriel School believe that all employees and program addressing youth violence, suspension from extracurricular activities, and
all students are entitled to work and study in school-related environments that are any other conditions deemed appropriate by the administration of the school or
Christ-centered and free of harassment. St. Gabriel School will not tolerate parish program.
harassment of any type, and the appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, suspension or expulsion. Student Threats and/or Actions of Violence
Any and all student threats to inflict any harm to self or others, and any actions
Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to, verbal or written taunting; of serious aggression or violence to self or others, will be taken seriously
bullying; other offensive, intimidating, or hostile conduct; jokes, stories, pictures, immediately.
cartoons, notes, e-mails, drawings or objects which are offensive, alarming, Whoever hears or suspects a threat, or sees an action of violence, must report it
annoying, abusive, or demeaning to an individual or group. immediately to the Principal.
Police must be notified in appropriate situations.
If police are contacted, the student will be kept in the Principal’s Office under
supervision until the police arrive.
The parent/guardian of the student who has made the threat, or enacted or was Searches
involved in the violence, will be notified immediately. In cases of suspicion that a student may be carrying or storing contraband (any
Any adult or the parent/guardian of any students who have been verbally weapon, illegal drug, drug paraphernalia, electronic device, or any other item
mentioned as potential victims or listed in writing as potential victims shall be prohibited by law or school policy), searches of a student’s person or personal
notified immediately. property may be necessary.
The student should be suspended and not be considered for readmission to
school until a mental health evaluation/risk assessment has been conducted by a Student AIDS Policy
mental health professional (licensed PhD psychologist or psychiatrist). If a Should children with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) seek
psychiatrist performs the primary evaluation, he/she shall determine the enrollment at St. Gabriel School, they shall be permitted to attend if all the criteria
necessity to utilize a psychologist (PhD) for psychological consultation and/or set forth in the AIDS Policy are met. A copy of the complete policy is on file in the
testing. If a psychologist (PhD) performs the primary evaluation, he/she shall School Office and is available for review upon request. This policy is incorporated
determine the need for psychiatric consultation. The consultation shall comply in the handbook by reference as though it were fully set forth in the handbook and is
with the provisions of ORC 2305.51. binding just as if it were set forth in the handbook.
The Principal shall provide the psychiatrist and/or PhD psychologist with all
relevant facts, including but not limited to, aggressive behavior, details of the
threat as known to the Principal, copies of any drawings or writings, disciplinary
THE SCHOOL DAY
history of the student, behavioral concerns, and the names of any known victims
or potential victims.
Morning arrival procedures are in place with safety of all as the priority. All cars,
The Principal shall receive a written comprehensive, detailed evaluation and
buses and student transportation vans enter by the driveway between the school and
report, and a documented treatment plan in accordance with ORC 2305.51 from
church. Buses drop children off at the Main Office entrance of the school building.
the mental health care professionals stating the basis (factual and risk factors and
Students being driven to school as car riders must be driven around to the back
testing results) upon which he/she determined that the student is not/does not
north side of school and dropped off at the back Delivery Entrance door. Front and
pose a danger to self or others.
back entrance doors are opened for students at 7:20am, and adults are on duty at
This report shall also address the concerns raised by the Principal to the
both entrances between 7:20 and 7:45am. Cars may not drive up to the front Office
Psychiatrist or Psychologist. The evaluation and report shall be made available
door to drop off children between 7:20 and 7:50am, but must drive around to the
to the Principal who will share them with legal and/or mental health care
Delivery Entrance. If it is necessary for a parent to come in to the school Main
consultants and administration assisting the Principal in his/her education
Office alone or with their child, the car must be parked in the parking lot over by the
regarding the readmission of the student to school. The mental health care
Church, and then everyone walks to the Office door. Above all, whether parents are
professional (psychiatrist and/or PhD psychologist) shall provide a follow-up
driving anywhere in the lot, or walking anywhere in the lot, they must be extra alert,
assessment of the student within 30 days, if the student is readmitted to school,
go slow, and be courteous.
and shall provide the Principal with a copy of the follow-up assessment and/or
evaluation and shall inform the Principal if therapy, counseling and/or treatment
Also in the morning, parents may not walk back to the classroom with their child. If
will be needed and/or provided.
necessary, someone in the Office will take care of seeing that children get to their
Counseling should be made available to children who are victims of the
classroom, or the teacher or an aide will come to the Office to take care of them.
threatening behavior or who observed the threatening behavior if it is
Kindergarten has a special system for morning arrival the first week of school to
determined that such counseling is needed and parental permission is granted.
make it easier for the new little ones, and other students new to the school will also
Documentation from the mental health care professionals concerning any
have a special system the first week. If there is parent-child separation issue, the
student are to be placed in a separate, confidential file, and should not be part of
Teacher and Administration and will work collaboratively with parents to resolve the
the student’s academic/disciplinary file, with access only by the Principal and/or
issue in a timely manner.
Pastor. This documentation may be kept for a period of one year beyond the
time when the child leaves the school as a result of expulsion, withdrawal by
parent/guardian, graduation or non-readmission before being destroyed.
7:20 am School Doors open, students may go to classrooms
7:45 am Warning Bell for K-8 and Morning Kindergarten
7:50 am Tardy Bell, Class begins
Dismissal Time and leave in a continual flow. If you are picking up your child in your car, you must
2:30 pm—All Classes K-8, buses pick up at south doors, car riders picked up after park over by the Church (not in the parking spots right in front of the Church where
buses depart the Mentor buses drive out), wait for the signal from the supervisory Staff, and the
walk up to the side MPR door only after all Riverside bus students are
Recess/Lunch dismissed and buses are gone. The entrance doors will be opened by
Students remain at school during the 42 minute lunch period. During the first half of administration after all students are in their assigned classroom. You can then enter
the period, they will have a period of outdoor recess on the playground, or indoor the building to pick up your child from one of the assigned Kindergarten or First
recess in their classroom, depending on the weather, under supervision of paid parent Grade rooms. Parents may not come into the building before buses have left and
Noon Watch monitors and school Staff. During the second half of the period, they wait inside the halls for their child to come down with car riders. The six rooms are
will eat their lunch in the Multipurpose Room under the supervision of paid parent assigned by ABC order of students’ last names:
Noon Watch monitors and school Staff. Rm 101-Names A-E Rm 102-Names F-K Rm 103-Names L-N
Rm 104-Names O-R Rm 105-Names S-T Rm 106-Names U-Z
Students may bring packed lunches or buy the hot lunch provided daily through the
Food Service Program of the Cleveland Diocese. Information concerning this After school clubs, sports groups, scouts, etc. come down with car riders and
program is sent home at the beginning of the school year. The monthly menu is meet their leader, coach, etc. in the MPR.
distributed to families each month and also posted on the school website. The cost
and the collection process for hot lunches, milk and snacks is announced at the Phone Calls/Communications during the School Day
opening of school. Personal fast food lunches may not be delivered to students Parents are asked not to call their child during school hours. In case of an emergency
during the day. Also, canned pop, glass bottles, or glass containers brought from from parents, the School Office should be called, and a message will be delivered to
home are not permitted in the lunch room. the student(s). Please be aware that because of dismissal preparations it becomes
very difficult to deliver messages after 2:17 pm. In case of an emergency or serious
St. Gabriel School also participates in the Federal Government Lunch Program, need from students (such as forgot glasses, medicine), students may use the office
which helps to defray the cost of the hot lunch. At the beginning of the school year, telephone with the permission of the Principal and administration. They may NOT
parents are given an opportunity to apply for free or reduced price lunches funded by use theirs or the teacher’s cell phone. Students who forget books, gym uniforms,
the government. Applications are reviewed and approved by the Diocesan Food and/or assignments may not use the phone to call home for these items.
Service Coordinator. Parents are notified in writing of their status.
Recess/Lunch Times Bus transportation to and from St. Gabriel School is provided by both the Riverside
M, T, Th, F W Board of Education and the Mentor Exempted Village Board of Education. Under
10:48 am—11:30 am 11:28am—12:00pm Grades 4 & 5 Ohio law (ORC 3327.05), the Mentor Board of Education cannot transport a
11:30 am—12:12 pm 12:00pm—12:32pm Grades 1 & 2 Riverside student to a Mentor address without a written release from the Riverside
12:12 pm—12:54 pm 12:32pm—1:04pm Grades 3 & 6 Board of Education. Likewise, Riverside cannot transport a Mentor student to a
12:54 pm—1:36 pm 1:04pm—1:36pm Grades 7 & 8 Riverside address without written release from the Mentor Board of Education.
It is the parents’ responsibility to make the necessary arrangements when such a
Kindergarten students eat in their classrooms at the beginning of the school year to need arises.
learn to comfortably manage lunchtime procedures in the Multipurpose Room. By
the Second Quarter they are ready to be assigned a regular lunch time at one of the If a student needs to get dropped off at a stop other than his or her own, within the
other grade levels sessions. same transportation district, parents must send in a note to the Office with the
address of the stop. The student is then issued a bus pass from the Office.
Afternoon Dismissal Each district busing St. Gabriel School students notifies the parents of routes and
Afternoon dismissals again are in place with safety as the priority. Riverside buses schedules in August. Concerns and problems regarding routes and schedules are
arrive and park in the coned off area of the parking lot. Inside the cones, Riverside referred to the respective transportation district.
buses that are parked along the school side will be loaded and leave before car riders.
Mentor buses are loaded by the front Main Office doors as they arrive individually
Grizzly Cub Care Administration and Staff to support the mission of St. Gabriel School and enhance
The after school Grizzly Cub Care program is staffed by school teachers and aides, the children’s school experience through additional opportunities, family social
and provides care, supervision, and recreation for St. Gabriel students in grades activities, and supplemental fundraising endeavors. All parents are invited to attend
Kindergarten through 6th grades from 2:30pm to 6:00pm. After an initial registration any monthly afternoon meetings. A complete PTU information packet is distributed
fee, parents pay an hourly fee per child to use the service any school day of the year, at the beginning of the school year.
except the day before Christmas break, Easter break, and the last day of the school
year. Students may be picked up at any time during the program, before closing time Principal’s Council
at 6:00pm. There is an extra $1 fee for every minute a parent is late after 6:00pm. The Principal’s Council is group of parents and teachers who meet monthly with the
Principal to offer input, advice and support to the administration and work of St.
School Supplies Gabriel School.
School grade level supply lists are given to students at the end of the school year for
the following school year. SchoolKidz supply kits are also available for order and Random Activities and Programs
purchase at the end of the previous school year. During the year, some basic Throughout the year, there are many other various school and classroom activities,
supplies are sold in the school student bookstore before school on Mondays, and events and programs that occur that need the help and service of volunteers.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. These are continually made known through avenues of communication such as the
Parent Newsletter, Edline, our PTU Marketing Committee, and flyers and
All students must have a book bag in which to carry their books to and from school, announcements that are sent home. The main criteria for volunteer work is VIRTUS
and a school assignment notebook (to be purchased on Orientation Day) to record training and certification and a background check. (See SAFETY AND
assignments and important information from teachers. All textbooks are to be SECURITY section of the Handbook.) Other criteria and training may need to be
covered, and ALL personal items must be labeled with students’ names and followed depending on the activity.
TUITION POLICY & PAYMENT SCHEDULE
The Tuition and all fees at St. Gabriel School are cost-based, meaning that all costs
Parents and guardians are welcome to serve as volunteers in the school and in the to educate a child are borne by the parents or guardians. There are no volunteer,
many activities and groups that are part of the St. Gabriel School community. The fundraising or donation requirements. Arrangements for your preference of
benefits that St. Gabriel School receives from the generosity and contribution of the payments through the school year are made with the Parish Business Manager.
time and talent of volunteers are greatly needed and deeply appreciated. Service and
engagement in the school in individual situations is always dependent first on the TUITION AND FEES
request, on the needs, and on the acceptance of the administration and the teachers School Year 2011-2012
and staff involved.
Tuition Instructional Snacks/Supply Non-Parishioner
St. Gabriel School takes very seriously the priority of safety and positive Fee Fee Fee
climate. Thus all who volunteer as explained previously in the VIRTUS section,
must pass thorough background checks and be Virtus certified. Furthermore, Grades 1-8 $3425 $250 0 $1000
the Administration and Teachers and Staff must also feel and be assured of the
great responsibility of trust and confidentiality on the part of volunteers, just as Full Day Kindergarten $3425 $250 $45 $1000
with this responsibility on the part of all employed staff. Those who violate this
trust will be asked to withdraw their involvement.
St. Gabriel School is fortunate to have the Parent Teachers Union, a very active and
involved parent volunteer organization. The goals of the PTU are to work with the
The Instructional Fee is per child, is due upon registration, and is non-refundable.
The preferred method of payment is to use our automated payment system (ACH).
This has proven to be very convenient and reliable and insures a consistent cash flow
for the school. A payment in full receives a 2% discount if paid by June 15th. Other
payment options include 4, 10 or 12 month plans.
Note above: Families who are not registered in the Parish will be assessed a non-
parishioner fee of $1000 per child.
In order to provide quality Catholic education to all St. Gabriel students and to
ensure the financial stability of the school, the timely receipt of tuition is of the
utmost importance. Accounts that are delinquent are subject to a $25 late fee per
month. Anyone who is unable to make a scheduled payment must call Lynne
Ridenour, at 440-352-8282, to get a late fee waived.
St. Gabriel’s policy is that no child will be refused a Catholic education purely for
financial reasons. Any family who feels the need for financial aid must fill out the
PSAS form and demonstrate the need for assistance. The Parish will make every
effort possible to work out a cooperative plan for those needing help to meet tuition
and fee obligation. Any questions should be referred to the Parish Business
Manager. All requests are kept confidential.