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					Trinity Lutheran School
 Utica, Michigan (586) 731-4490
Email: schooloffice@trinityutica.com




Foreword


W
           e welcome you to Trinity Lutheran School. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit,
           Trinity will guide your child into God's Word so that he or she may learn HIS will and
           experience the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

      The 2007-2008 school year theme for Trinity Lutheran is ‘SHARING CHRIST’S
STORY WITH LOVE.’

        Our goal is to help children who attend our school to grow in their awareness of what
God asks of them as His children and to apply those principles of faith in their daily relationships.

        It is my hope that the following collection of handbook statements will help you to
become better acquainted with the purpose, operation, and policies of our school.

         As we look forward with eagerness to the 2007-2008 school year, may God assist us as
parents, teachers, and children to daily model our Christian faith in all of the activities we share
together. May we also desire to grow in the knowledge of His Word.

                                                       In His Love,
                                                       Bruce J. Kosmatka, Principal
Foreword ....................................................................................................................... 1
2007-2008 Staff ............................................................................................................ 5

                                           Section I - General Information

History .......................................................................................................................... 7
Purpose ......................................................................................................................... 8
Our Credo ..................................................................................................................... 8
Administration .............................................................................................................. 9
Accreditation ................................................................................................................. 9
Enrollment Policy ......................................................................................................... 10
Entrance Requirements Trinity School (K-8)................................................................ 11
Financial Support .......................................................................................................... 11
Tuition and Registration Fees ....................................................................................... 11
Simply Giving…………………………………………………………………………..12
Tuition Credit ............................................................................................................... 12
The Win Graebner Scholarship Fund ............................................................................ 12
Trinity Preschool ........................................................................................................... 12
Entrance Requirements Trinity Preschool ..................................................................... 13
Preschool Tuition and Registration Fees: 2007-2008 ................................................... 13

                                                         Section II - The Child

Curriculum .................................................................................................................... 14
Performing Arts Attendance .......................................................................................... 14
Performing Arts Grades ................................................................................................ 15
Performing Arts Placement ........................................................................................... 15
Outdoor Education Program ......................................................................................... 15
Research Center ............................................................................................................ 15
Computer Code of Conduct .......................................................................................... 16
Internet Access and Procedures .................................................................................... 16
Privacy of Information .................................................................................................. 16
Distribution of Materials ............................................................................................... 17
Homework..................................................................................................................... 17
Make-up Work .............................................................................................................. 17
Vacations/Extended Weekends ..................................................................................... 17
Grading and Testing ...................................................................................................... 18
Progress Reports ........................................................................................................... 18
Consultation With the School Staff ............................................................................... 18
Honor Roll .................................................................................................................... 18
Leaving the School Grounds ......................................................................................... 19
Discipline ...................................................................................................................... 19

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Harassment/Bullying Policy ..................................................................................... 20-23
Dress and Grooming ................................................................................................ 23-25
Book and Equipment Damage....................................................................................... 26
Electronic Devices……………………………………………………………………...26
Nuisances ...................................................................................................................... 26
Gum Chewing ............................................................................................................... 26
Bicycles ......................................................................................................................... 26
Student Valuables ......................................................................................................... 26
Cheating ........................................................................................................................ 26
Smoking ........................................................................................................................ 27
The School and the Law................................................................................................ 27
Respect, Obedience, and Responsibility ....................................................................... 27


                                                        Section III – The Home

Attendance .................................................................................................................... 28
Absences ....................................................................................................................... 28
Tardiness and Early Dismissal ...................................................................................... 29
Spiritual Life ................................................................................................................. 29
Church Attendance ........................................................................................................ 30
Church Membership ...................................................................................................... 30
Change of Address or Phone Number ........................................................................... 30
Parent-Teacher League ................................................................................................. 30
Transportation ............................................................................................................... 31
Telephone  ............................................................................................................. 32
Special Health Concerns ............................................................................................... 32
Label Belongings .......................................................................................................... 32
School Closing .............................................................................................................. 32
Latch Key Program ....................................................................................................... 32


                                                       Section IV – The School

Closed Campus ............................................................................................................. 36
School Hours................................................................................................................. 37
Before and After School ............................................................................................... 37
After School Dismissal Procedure ................................................................................ 38
Lunch Procedures.......................................................................................................... 38
Chapel ........................................................................................................................... 38
Placement Consideration Form ..................................................................................... 39
Safety Drills .................................................................................................................. 39
Health Services ............................................................................................................. 39

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Medication .................................................................................................................... 39
Accidents....................................................................................................................... 40
Emergency Contact To Parents ..................................................................................... 40
Physical Examination .................................................................................................... 40
Extra-Curricular Athletic Activities .............................................................................. 40
Trinity Athletic Boosters ............................................................................................... 42
Children's Christmas Shoppe ........................................................................................ 42
Collection of Monies ..................................................................................................... 42
Fund Raising ................................................................................................................. 43
Substitute and Student Teachers ................................................................................... 43
Lost and Found ............................................................................................................. 43
Field Trips ..................................................................................................................... 43
Lockers.......................................................................................................................... 44
Publications ................................................................................................................... 44
Physical Education Uniforms ........................................................................................ 44
Guidance ....................................................................................................................... 45
Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM) ........................................................... 45
Special Education Services ........................................................................................... 45
Acknowledgment .......................................................................................................... 46




                                             Trinity’s Mission Statement:

                    Trinity Lutheran Church & School is committed to
                      SHARING CHRIST’S STORY WITH LOVE




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2007-2008 Staff
Rev. Norm Koy ............................................. Senior Pastor
Rev. Shawn Fenske ...................................... Associate Pastor
Vicar Justin Krupsky ..................................... Vicar
Dr. Bruce Kosmatka ..................................... Principal
Mrs. Rose Remer........................................... Assistant Principal
                                                            Homeroom - Grade 8
                                                            7 & 8 Social Studies
Ms. Carolyn Cece .......................................... School Secretary
Mrs. Donna Yee-Schurig .............................. School Secretary
Mrs. Deborah Wesenberg ............................ Homeroom - Grade 8
                                                            7 & 8 English
Mrs. Brenda Havers ...................................... Homeroom - Grade 7
                                                            7 & 8 Science
                                                            Director of Science
Miss Julie Kowalke ...................................... Homeroom - Grade 7
                                                            7 & 8 Mathematics
Ms. Christina Bean ....................................... Homeroom - Grade 6
                                                            English, Literature, Social Studies, Girls’ Health
Mr. Timothy Siekmann ................................ Homeroom - Grade 6
                                                            Science, Mathematics, Boys’ Health
                                                            Athletic Director
Mr. David Heck ............................................ Grade 5
Mrs. Susan Sheldon ...................................... Grade 5
Mrs. Karen Delmotte..................................... Grade 4
Mrs. Jane Henwood....................................... Grade 4
Miss Stefanie Davey ..................................... Grade 3
Miss Dianne Sundermann ............................ Grade 3
Mrs. Michele Grupe ...................................... Grade 2
Mrs. Karen Westendorf ................................. Grade 2
Miss Donna Brunk ....................................... Grade 1
Miss Valerie Harris ...................................... Grade 1
Mrs. Brigid Snyder ....................................... Full-day Kindergarten
Mrs. Jayne Blohm ......................................... Full-day Kindergarten Teacher Aide
Mrs. Kathleen Scruggs .................................. Full-day Kindergarten Teacher Aide
Mrs. Donna Angott ...................................... Afternoon Kindergarten
Mrs. Roxanne Arcari .................................... Preschool Director & 4 yr. Class Teacher
Mrs. Wendy Silvestri .................................... Preschool Aide
Mrs. Stacy Polsdorfer .................................... Preschool 3 yr. Class Teacher
Mrs. Deborah Cristoforo ............................... Preschool Aide
Mrs. Gail Vahlbusch .................................... Special Education Teacher
Mrs. Julie Jarkey-Kozlowski ......................... Visual Arts Instructor
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Mr. Mark Fraeyman ...................................... Director of Technology
Mrs. Carolyn Malinowski ............................. Research Center Director/Librarian
Ms. Carla Hudgens ........................................ Assistant Music Director
Mrs. Jayne Blohm ......................................... School Handbell Director
Mrs. Linda Geer ............................................ School Choral Instructor
Mrs. Pearl Jones ............................................ School Strings Instructor
Mr. Brian Pollatz........................................... School Band Director
Miss Stephanie DeCumen ............................. Physical Education Specialist
Mrs. Nancy Lanctot....................................... Latchkey Director
Mrs. Rebecca Huyghe ................................... Latchkey Supervisor
Mrs. Sheri Lanctot......................................... Latchkey Supervisor
Mrs. Andrea Miller ....................................... Latchkey Supervisor
Mr. Dave Sheldon ........................................ Minister of Family Life
Mr. Dan Karlin .............................................. Minister of Social Ministries
Mrs. Sarah Wittrock ..................................... Director of Children's Ministries
Ms. Patty J. Kernstock .................................. Youth Director
Ms. Mary Anne Hibbard ............................... Director of Music and Worship
Mrs. Jane Strybis ........................................... Director of Assimilation
Mrs. Brigitte Dietz ........................................ Director of Woman’s Ministries
Mrs. Alison Werner....................................... Nursery Director
Mr. Ray Berels ............................................. Director of Operations
Mrs. Carole Schlesselman ............................. Business Manager
Mrs. Katherine Bailey ................................... Publications
Mrs. Kay Carpenter ....................................... Printer
Ms. Diane Dawson ........................................ Finance Administrator
Mrs. Lori Michalski ..................................... Assistant Bookkeeper
Mrs. Cori Ford. ............................................ Information Desk Receptionist
Mrs. Denise Obrecht .................................... Administrative Assistant to the Pastors
Mrs. Mary Wing ........................................... Church Administrative Assistant
Mr. Dan Braet .............................................. Custodian
Miss Judy Brunk ........................................... Custodian
Mr. Ron Carpenter ........................................ Custodian
Mr. Matthew Gratopp ................................... Custodian
Mr. Gerald Russell ........................................ Custodian
Mr. David Ropes ........................................... Maintenance

Trinity Family Counseling Center
Mrs. Hermina Baker ..................................... Director of Counseling
Mrs. Karen Gitter ......................................... Counselor Therapist
Mr. John Naperkoski ..................................... Counselor Therapist
Ms. Tonya Ratliff .......................................... Counselor Therapist
Ms. Mary Dobry............................................ Intern


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               Section I - General Information
History
The members of Trinity Lutheran Church have from the very beginning held it as a cherished duty
to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

1883-84          Rev. A. Claus, the first pastor, assisted the members in the founding of
                 Trinity Lutheran School.

1887             The congregation erected a separate school building which was dedicated
                 in October.

1948             The red-brick, single story section was built. Located on Deshon Street,
                 this building housed the junior high classrooms, school office, band, and
                 custodial rooms until its demolition in September, 1988.

1956             A two story, six classroom addition is erected which connected the church
                 and 1948 section of the school.

1969             Trinity saw tremendous growth in the 1960's. Seven new classrooms, the
                 Research Center, the preschool, and kindergarten classrooms were
                 dedicated in the fall.

1970             The building program continued with the dedication in September of two
                 new classrooms, the Youth Room and the Gymnasium.

1988             Trinity congregation embarked on a tremendously ambitious 5 1/2 million dollar
                 building program which has added significant new sections to the church and
                 school complex. This program was centered on the theme "Growing By His
                 Grace".

2000             The congregation completed an extensive renovation of the Gymnasium.




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Purpose
The members of Trinity believe the school to be essential in carrying out God's command
regarding the Christian training of children. They also want to assure themselves and their
children of the blessings God has promised to those who give their children a Christ-centered
education.

John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" - gives Trinity Lutheran School the
framework to train a child to a life of service and dedication to God.

Our purpose then is:
 to strengthen children in their faith that they may grow in knowledge of their Savior, in love
    for Him, and service to Him.
 to cooperate with and assist parents in leading their children into successful, useful, and
    purposeful living.
 to help children discover and develop their God-given talents and abilities, that they might use
    them to His glory and for the benefit of their fellow man.
 to maintain high standards of early childhood, elementary, and junior high school education
    integrated with and related to the teaching of God's Word for the development of the whole
    child.
 to develop the kind of Christian character which will make the graduates of our school leaders
    in the church, in the community, and in the world of tomorrow.


Our Credo
We believe that Christian education is a vital aspect of God's mission commanded by Him to the
church through the Great Commission recorded in Matthew 28:19-20.

We believe that effective education is carried on through quality learning programs that relate the
Christian faith to every aspect of life.

We believe that Christian education is unique because:
 Christian education views the pupil as a person redeemed by Christ.
 Christian education carries out God's command to teach.
 Christian education is empowered by the Holy Spirit for accomplishing its purposes.

We believe that the Lutheran School's uniqueness lies in teaching Lutheran doctrine according to
the precepts of the Lutheran Confessions.




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Administration
Trinity Lutheran School is owned and operated by all of the members of the congregation.

1. Voters Assembly/Church Council
Authority for select decisions of property, policy, and staffing has been vested in the Trinity
Church Council by the Voter’s Assembly.

2. Committee on Christian Day School
The affairs of the school are administered by the Committee which meets the first Tuesday of each
month. For 2007-2008, six (6) voting members, holding communicant membership in Trinity
Lutheran Church, and one (1) non-voting member holding membership in another Christian
church, have been appointed for a one (1) year renewable term. All appointments have been
ratified by the Church Council of Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Committee's responsibility covers the entire education process.       The current Committee
members are:

Mrs. Kim Beauchamp                  (586) 566-9242         Advisory Members:
Mrs. Kathy Carosella                (586) 323-1905         Dr. Bruce Kosmatka, Principal
Mrs. Becky Handy                    (586) 922-9312         Mrs. Rose Remer, Assistant Principal
Mr. Eric Herppich                   (586) 226-1576         Mrs. Karen Delmotte, Faculty
Mrs. Ann Nizza                      (586) 228-7541
Dr. Thomas Schomaker                (586) 323-6434
Mr. Darryl Vert                     (586) 254-1619

3. Principal
The principal of the school must act as executive officer, who, with the help of the faculty,
suggests changes and policies for the improvement and welfare of the school. It is the principal's
obligation to see that the policies and wishes of the Committee on Christian Day School and the
congregation are carried out.

Accreditation
Trinity Lutheran School is one of over approximately 1,018 Missouri Synod Lutheran Elementary
Schools in North America and one of 88 in the State of Michigan. These schools are coordinated
by regular teacher's conferences, principal's workshops, and by the office of the Superintendent of
Schools - the Michigan District of the LCMS, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Accreditation has been
renewed by the Michigan District of the LCMS in April, 2006. Trinity Lutheran School is
administered according to the State of Michigan's required standards of elementary education.
Teaching personnel are certified by the State of Michigan. Qualified Christian teachers teach
God's Word together with a prescribed course of study leading to entrance into high school.
Additionally, in spring of 2006, Trinity concluded a three (3) year accreditation process
when it received National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA) and Michigan Non-
Public Schools Accreditation (MANS).
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Enrollment Policy
Enrollment is not limited to children of the members of Trinity Lutheran Church but is open to all
parents who want their children to have Christ-centered instruction. Trinity is in compliance with
the Department of Health Education, and Welfare regulation under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act
for Non-Public Schools.

The general order of acceptance for children in grades 1 to 8 as classroom space is available will
be as follows:

1.   Pupils re-enrolling from the prior school year.
2.   Children where one or both parents are members of Trinity.
3.   Children whose parents are not members of any church denomination.
4.   Children whose parents are members of another Lutheran Church.
5.   Children whose parents are members of other religious denominations.

In the event that student applications in any category exceed classroom availability, date and time
of application will determine acceptance into a specific grade.

The school does not usually accept students from other schools where work previously has been
unacceptable or who have had serious disciplinary problems. Each child accepted for admission
will be placed in the grade and class group which best meets his individual needs as determined by
the staff of Trinity Lutheran School. Special consideration may be given to new students enrolling
who currently have siblings attending Trinity. In all cases where a child transfers from another
school, a conference between parents and the school principal is necessary before the application
is acted upon.

With respect to kindergarten, the first enrollment deadline for student applications shall be four
(4) full school weeks following the annual Parent Kindergarten Orientation program. Preschool
teacher and parent evaluations, coupled with standardized testing for each student, will determine
placement categories of traditional kindergarten, kindergarten with caution, and begindergarten.
The students in the traditional kindergarten and kindergarten with caution categories will be
accepted as classroom space is available in this general order:

1.   Children where one or both parents are members of Trinity.
2.   Begindergarten children from the previous year of application who have attended Trinity’s
     four year old preschool.
3.   Children who have attended Trinity’s four year old preschool.
4.   Children whose parents are not members of any church denomination.
5.   Children whose parents are members of another Lutheran Church.
6.   Children whose parents are members of other religious denominations.

In the event that student applications in any category exceed classroom availability, date and time
of application will determine acceptance.
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Age-eligible kindergarten children determined by professional staff evaluation and testing to be in
the begindergarten placement category will not be accepted into Trinity’s kindergarten for that
particular year of application.

Entrance Requirements for Trinity School (K-8)
To be eligible for the kindergarten of Trinity Lutheran School, the child must reach the age
of five on or before September 1.

As part of the entrance requirements into grades K-8 at Trinity, all new and transferring students
must receive a doctor-certified physical examination and have their immunizations updated
BEFORE the child’s first day of classes.

Financial Support
The primary motive for establishing a Christian school is love for Jesus. The expenses of
operating Trinity Lutheran School as an arm of the parish are significant. The ministry of Trinity's
school is the largest single financial commitment of the parish. The exercise of good Christian
stewardship on the part of its members will allow Trinity to operate its various ministries,
including the school, to optimum efficiency.

Tuition and Registration Fees
All school families should be mindful of the fact that the 2007-2008 cost of operating the school is
approximately $5,100 per pupil. Trinity congregation financially supports all member and non-
member school families. Tuition is charged on a per pupil basis to assist in defraying the cost of
education.

The 2007-2008 tuition fee structure is as follows:
                  Trinity Member:
                           PM Kindergarten:                             $1,100.00
                           Full-day Kindergarten and Grades 1-8:        $2,200.00
                  Non-member:
                           PM Kindergarten:                             $2,000.00
                           Full-day Kindergarten and Grades 1-8:        $4,000.00

Tuition payments generally are made on a ten (10) payment basis with payment #1 due August 1,
2007, and payment #10 due May 1, 2008. Annual, semester, or quarterly payments are most
appreciated. A late fee of $25.00 per payment due will be added if payment is not made by the
10th day of each month. If regular tuition payments fall eight (8) weeks into arrears, the
parents/guardians will be advised that their child(ren) will not be admitted to school until such
time as the account is brought up to date. Re-enrollment materials will not be issued and
registration not be permitted for a new year of classes if a past due balance remains on a
family account. A fee of $25.00 per payment will be assessed for checks that do not clear banks
or savings and loans due to insufficient funds.
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Each new child enrolling in Kindergarten, Grades 1-8 for the 2007-2008 school year will be
charged a $300.00 non-refundable registration fee. This fee is to be paid at the time of
application to Trinity. The fee is non-refundable when the child has been accepted and the parent
elects to withdraw or transfer their child.

Simply Giving
Simply Giving, a program designed by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, is offered and strongly
encouraged as an option to make payments through the convenience of using a system of
electronic withdrawal from a checking or savings account. There is no cost to you to participate in
Simply Giving. Thrivent pays all transaction fees as a gift in support of Lutheran educational
institutions.

Tuition Credit
Any Trinity Lutheran School family that successfully recruits a family whose child or children
enroll and attend Trinity for a minimum of one quarter of the 2007-2008 school year shall be
awarded a tuition credit in the amount of $400 per new family recruited for full-day kindergarten
and grades 1-8 and $200 for a PM kindergarten-only family. A “new family” is defined as one
whose children did not attend Trinity during the 2006-2007 school year.

The Win Graebner Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund, named in honor of former Trinity teacher and principal, Mr. Winfried M.
Graebner, established in 1992, now assists current preschool--8 grade students in Trinity school
families where serious financial need exists. These funds may be applied for as scholarship
assistance offered at the time of the school's annual re-enrollment or new student application.

Individuals and families are encouraged to contribute to this scholarship fund through sharing gifts
to honor the memory of loved ones, special personal or family days, i.e. birthday, anniversary or
gifts of thanks to God for the blessings of Christian education and our Christian Day School.
Additional funding sources will include Thrivent Financial for Lutherans contributions and
matching grants, bequests from wills and estates, and proceeds from school-wide fund raisers.


Trinity Preschool
Trinity Lutheran Preschool has been in operation since 1976. The objective of the Preschool is to
contribute effectively to the child's spiritual, social, intellectual, emotional, and physical well-
being. The Preschool is licensed by the Michigan Department of Human Services-Office of
Children and Adult Licensing and is a direct subsidiary of Trinity Lutheran School. The
Committee on Christian Day School establishes policy for the Preschool.

Our Preschool admits children of any race, color, national or ethnic origin. Children whose
parents are members of Trinity Lutheran Church are given priority for Preschool enrollment.

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Entrance Requirements for Trinity Preschool
To be eligible for the 3 year old preschool program, the child must reach the age of three on
or before September 1. To be eligible for the 4 year old preschool program, the child must
reach the age of four on or before September 1.

Each child must have a doctor-certified physical examination on or after June 1 prior to
beginning class. Children in the 3 and 4 year old classes must have a physical and updated
immunizations every year. The green Health Appraisal form must be returned on or before the
first day of class.

Preschool Tuition and Registration Fees: 2007-2008
Tuition for the three day, 4 year old session is $111.00 per month or $995.00 for the year. Tuition
for the two day, 3 year old session is $86.00 per month or $770.00 for the year. Tuition is based
on a nine month school year. Teacher conference days and snow days have been taken into
account with these figures. A non-refundable registration fee of $135.00 per child is due at the
time of registration. Tuition will not be refunded when a child is absent or the family is on
vacation.

All tuition is payable the first day of every month. Tuition payments generally are made on a nine
(9) monthly payment basis with payment #1 due the first day of September, 2007, with subsequent
payments due the 1st of the month and payment #9 due May 1, 2008. If you pay annually, send
nine coupons along with payment by September 1, 2007. A late fee of $25.00 per payment due
will be added if payment is not made by the 10th day of each month. If regular tuition payments
fall eight (8) weeks into arrears, the parents/guardians will be advised that their child(ren) will not
be admitted to school until such time as the account is brought up to date. Registration will not be
permitted for a new year of classes if a past due balance remains on a family account. A fee of
$25.00 per payment will be assessed for checks that do not clear banks, savings and loans, etc. due
to insufficient funds.

Withdrawal from Trinity's Preschool may be at any time at the written request of the parent or
teachers. Tuition and registration fees are non-refundable.




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                             Section II - The Child

Curriculum
Trinity Lutheran School is committed to quality Christian Education which calls for a sound
academic program that will meet the individual needs of children. In keeping with a Christian
philosophy and with respect to the educational requirements of the State of Michigan, our children
receive a thorough education, not only in Christian living but also in the following subject areas:

        Computer Education: Internet Skills, Keyboarding, Presentations, Spreadsheets,
                             Tutorials, Web Page Development

        Fine Arts:
         Art - Art Fundamentals, Art Appreciation, Clay, Drawing, Painting, Print Making,
               Textiles, 3-D Design, Studio Art elective (Gr. 7/8 only)
         Music Education - Music Appreciation and Music Theory

        Language Arts: English, Handwriting, Literature, Phonics, Reading, Spelling

        Mathematics: Basic Arithmetic in all grades, Number Theory, Number Usage,
                      Pre-Algebra and Algebra I

        Performing Arts:
         Grades 1-4 - Choir
         Grades 5-8 - Band, Choir, Handbells, Strings
         Grades 5-8 – Drama: Before/after School

        Physical Education: Games, Physical Fitness, Recreation, Rhythm, Sports

        Religion: Bible History, Bible Study, Church History, Memory Work, Worship

        Science: Biological Science, Drug Education, Earth Science, General Science, Health
                  and Safety, Outdoor Education, Physical Science, Reproductive Health

        Social Studies: Citizenship, Current Events, Geography, History




Performing Arts Attendance
The choral, instrumental, and drama ensembles of Trinity Lutheran School participate mainly in
two kinds of events: concerts and worship services. Both are important for different reasons.

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There are 2-4 concerts per school year. These are important events which allow students to
display their God-given talents publicly and help their teachers/directors to evaluate both
individual and group progress. It is expected that children will attend all scheduled concerts.

The role our school children play in the worship life of Trinity congregation is very important. It
is both a privilege and an honor to worship our God. Worshipping together helps strengthen our
faith and unites us as His people. It is also a training ground for the young people to take a leading
role in worship. Since we are a part of Trinity Lutheran Church, it is expected that children will
participate in all worship services in which their performing arts group is scheduled. This
expectation is the same for both Trinity and non-member families. We invite our non-member
families to worship with us when their children are participating.

Performing Arts Grades
Directors keep records of your child's participation in concerts and worship services. In grades 3-
8, attendance is used as a tool in determining the student’s grade in addition to attitude, behavior,
and class participation.

Performing Arts Placement
Grades 3-4: Choir attendance will be one factor used in determining the student’s placement in a
5th Grade performing arts group.

Grades 5-8: Performance attendance at concerts and worship services will be one factor used in
determining the student’s involvement in a performing arts group the following year.

Outdoor Education Program
Our sixth grade will spend four (4) days at Michigan Christian Youth Camp in a nature-oriented
learning situation. There is an additional per student cost of approximately $155.00 for lodging,
meals, etc. This program is not a reward but a part of our planned curriculum at Trinity.
Therefore, all students are to be in attendance. All areas of the curriculum are touched on during
this experience. Units of study take on a new meaning and a deeper appreciation for each other's
needs as students live out a 24-hour day together.

Research Center
Students in grades Kindergarten through 8 are scheduled to be in the Research Center one class
period per week. In addition, students are encouraged to use the library at other times, with
permission, for study or research. The library has an electronic card catalog, several CD-ROMs,
books, magazines, vertical file materials, and instructional resources available. A 10 cent fine per
item/per day is charged for overdue materials. As an established policy, damaged or lost
material is assessed at the purchase price to the last borrower. Students will not receive report
cards until all fines and other obligations are fully paid. Reference material does not circulate and
is to be used only in the Research Center. Volunteer help is used to staff the library and is greatly
appreciated.

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Computer Code of Conduct
1.   All computers at Trinity Lutheran School shall be used for educational and research purposes
     consistent with the mission of Trinity Lutheran School.
2.   Students shall not seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or
     passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users, or attempt to gain
     unauthorized access.
3.   Floppy disks and/or CD's brought to school must first be given to the computer teacher before
     being used in a school's computer.
4.   Any use of the computers must be in conformity to state and federal law, licenses, and school
     policy, including the copyright law.
5.   Students are responsible for the appropriateness and content of material they retrieve, create,
     transmit, or publish on the computers. Hate mail, harassment, discriminatory representations,
     and pornographic materials are prohibited.
6.   Personal information should remain confidential and not shared without school and parent
     permission. This information includes username and password. Students should never make
     appointments to meet people in person that they have contacted on the school's computers.

Internet Access and Procedures
Students shall adhere to the same standard of conduct expected and required in a classroom and
follow rules for using resources, time limits, and printing instructions.
Students shall not lend their logins and/or passwords to anyone else, create a computer virus and
place it on the network, send messages that are: inappropriate, obscene, sexist, contain obscenities,
or contain inflammatory or abusive language, send any message or work with someone else's name
on it, read mail or files without the owner's permission, interfere with the ability of other users to
make effective use of school computing and network resources, nor willingly download or display
inappropriate images/information.


Privacy of Information
Information about the students will only be released from Trinity Lutheran School after prior
permission of the parent/guardian except as required by law, or as necessary to avoid immediate
danger or physical harm to person or property, or as included in regular publications of Trinity
Lutheran School (i.e. PTL Handbook, School Yearbook, etc.). Students also should not disclose
any personally identifying information without permission from his/her parent/guardian (in person,
over the telephone, in written notes, or via the Internet). Parents will be asked to complete the
Photo/Story/Web Page Release form on a yearly basis.




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Distribution of Materials
Any written materials distributed on Trinity’s campus to the families through the students must
receive the approval by the principal prior to its distribution (i.e., party invitations, promotional
handouts, etc.).

Homework
We believe that students can profit by developing the habit of home study. It is difficult to
establish a fixed, rigid policy for the amount of homework that children should have each night.
We have found some children will complete an assignment in short periods of time while others
may take much longer. Generally, homework is work that has not been completed at school or
work on a special project. When children find work difficult or need additional study time, work
at home can be helpful. When unfinished work is not completed at home, an explanation from the
parents is expected. Parents should also regularly review their child's work. In general, any
homework not completed by the due date may result in a zero. Work must still be completed to
insure the student is learning the subject matter.

Make-up Work
Students who are absent for any reason, other than vacations or extended weekends (see following
paragraph) will be required to make up work missed in each class including preassigned tests,
papers, and projects as soon as possible --- one day granted for each day of absence. Additional
days may be granted solely at the teacher's discretion. A day's absence does not excuse a
student from the responsibility for work assigned on the day of return. It is the student's
responsibility to obtain all make-up work from his teachers immediately upon return to school.
Failure to obtain make-up work is no excuse for not doing work missed.

Vacations/Extended Weekends
Vacations or extended weekends are not considered excused absences and should be avoided if at
all possible. Many children find it difficult to recover the learning lost in such situations. Plan
around the school calendar. Class lectures, lab experiments, art and music classes, and discussions
cannot be rescheduled. If a family chooses to remove the student from the classroom setting, the
following applies:
1. The teacher is to be notified of the absence a minimum of one week before the absence is to
     be taken.
2. It is up to the teacher's discretion to provide class work in advance of the vacation period as
     lesson plans are often made at the conclusion of the week. Homework given prior will only be
     an estimate of what may be missed during the period of absence and may not be inclusive of
     all the material covered during the absence.
3. When the student returns from vacation or extended weekends, all teacher pre-assigned
     work, including tests, papers, and projects are expected to be completed and turned in.
     For any work not preassigned, the student will be given one day for every day absent or a
     maximum of five days to complete unfinished work.


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Grading and Testing
In subject areas where letter grades are given, the following grade scale is applicable in evaluating
the progress of students:

                  A = 90-100                           D = 60-69
                  B = 80-89                            F = Below 60
                  C = 70-79                            I = Incomplete

To further aid the evaluation of a child's progress, standardized tests are administered to determine
pupil, class, and school achievement.

Progress Reports
Report cards are issued four times during the school year. Parents may confer with teachers at
the end of the first three quarters to review the formal grade report and progress being made by the
child. Parents of students in grades 2 through 8 can electronically access and receive
additional academic updates online.

On working together for the best interest of the children, it is important that the lines of
communication between home and school be kept open and that information flows both ways.
Since the need for a conference is not restricted to the viewing of report cards, both parents and
teachers are encouraged to contact one another when it is felt necessary. Ordinary situations and
simple questions usually can be handled by a note, e-mail communication, phone call, or brief
conversation.

Consultation With the School Staff
Consultations with your child's respective teacher or the principal are always welcome. However,
it would be in the best interest of all concerned if such consultations were made by
appointment. If problems or complaints arise, do not disrupt the classroom by trying to see the
teacher before or during the school day, but inform the school office so that an appointment may
be set up with the teacher. This will allow for an adequate period of time for discussion and will
assure privacy of conversation. If the matter cannot be resolved during this meeting, a meeting
with the principal, teacher, and parents should be arranged.

Honor Roll
Scholarship is recognized and encouraged through an academic Honor Roll. The school will
recognize students meeting Honor Roll grade requirements during the course of the school year.
To qualify, students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 must meet the following requirements with no
unsatisfactory conduct:
 - "A" Honor Roll: Students who have earned an A or S grade in all subjects.
 - "A-B" Honor Roll: Students who have earned an A, B, or S grade in all subjects.
Parents, encourage your children to strive for excellence, but do not expect more than they are
capable of producing.

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Leaving the School Grounds
Students staying after school for extra-curricular events are to remain in the building and go
directly to the designated location for their activity. Any student leaving the building
without parental supervision jeopardizes their involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Discipline
Christian discipline underlies the whole educational structure. It originates in the home. It is the
training that develops self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency. It is the key to good
conduct and proper consideration for other people.

Good discipline originates in the home and is continued at school. A parent should:
1.   Recognize that the teacher takes the place of the parent while the child is in school.
2.   Teach the child God's Word, respect for law, authority, the rights of others, and for private
     and public property.
3.   Arrange for prompt and regular school attendance and comply with attendance rules and
     procedures.
4.   Work with the school in carrying out recommendations made in the best interest of the child,
     including discipline.
5.   Talk with the child about school activities; show an active interest in his/her report cards and
     progress.

Your interest and support at home are important to your children and greatly appreciated by
his/her teachers. Teachers will think of each child as a precious soul for whom Christ shed His
blood. The teachers guide, lead, and properly discipline him so that he will receive the best
possible education. An atmosphere of calm is essential to learning. The following will contribute
to this atmosphere: quiet voices, careful handling of lockers, books, and desks, and courtesy in
traffic areas such as halls and stairways.

"Assertive Discipline", an outgrowth of Lee & Marlene Canter's professional efforts in working
directly with children with behavior problems, is employed through grade 4 on a modified basis at
Trinity Lutheran School. It is a systematic, positive approach designed to help individuals to learn
more effectively. We believe that all students can behave in the classroom and the school
building. We believe that all students have the right to learn and teachers have the right to teach,
and that inappropriate behavior will not be allowed to interfere with that learning and teaching.

Students and parents need to be aware that before-school and after-school study or work-
related detentions may be assigned for concerns related to a student's attendance and tardiness
patterns, academic performance, or school related behavior in both classroom and extra-curricular
activities.

On the day a detention is to be served, the student’s parent or an adult authorized by the parent is
to report to the assigned detention room at the conclusion of the detention period to officially sign
out the student from the care of the supervising teacher.
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School suspensions, both in-school and out-school, may be implemented for flagrant or repeated
concerns related to a student's conduct. During periods of suspension, a student will receive a
zero for all assignments and assigned tests along with being excluded from participating in
extra-curricular activities. Students will be required to make up work missed in each class
including preassigned tests, papers, and projects as soon as possible --- one day granted for each
day of absence due to suspension. Additional days may be granted solely at the teacher's
discretion. A day's absence due to suspension does not excuse a student from the responsibility for
work assigned on the day of return. It is the student's responsibility to obtain all make-up work
from his teachers immediately upon return to school. Failure to obtain make-up work is no excuse
for not doing work missed. There will be no suspensions issued for academic reasons.

Having three (3) detentions during a quarter will result in an in-school suspension for each
infraction thereafter during the quarter.

Harassment/Bullying Policy
Mathew 22:37-39, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with
all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the Second is like it: love your
neighbor as yourself.”

Based upon Scripture, Trinity Lutheran School is committed to establishing and maintaining an
environment that is free from harassment of any form. Harassment of any student or person
associated with the school through conduct or communication by any other student or employee is
prohibited. Trinity Lutheran School will treat allegations of harassment seriously and will review
and investigate such allegations in a prompt, confidential and thorough manner.

Definition: Harassment and/or bullying is defined to include any gestures or written, physical
or verbal acts, that are reasonably perceived as being harmful to a person or his/her property, or
places a person in reasonable fear of harm, or has the effect of insulting or demeaning any person
or group of persons.

Harassment/bullying is intimidation that would include gestures or written, physical or verbal
acts that are reasonably perceived as being motivated by a pupil’s religion, race, color, age,
national origin, sex, disability, socio-economic status, height or weight, or by any other
distinguishing characteristics. Harassment or bullying can take place any time during school
related activities. “School related” would be defined to mean a classroom, elsewhere on school
premises, on a school bus, or at a school sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on
school premises.

Bullying specifically is a form of aggression/harassment in which one or more children
repeatedly and intentionally intimidate, harass, or physically harm an individual who is
perceived as unable to defend himself or herself. Bullying is not the same thing as a disagreement
between two people.
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Bullying is
     systematic and ongoing rather than a one-time act.
     distressing and hurtful to the individual rather than good natured fun.
     generally one way rather than an exchange.

Harassment and bullying behaviors would include

Verbal Harassment
    Derogatory comments and/or jokes
    Threatening and/or obscene words spoken to another person
    Name calling and/or teasing
    Racial and/or personal comments
    Communication that is intimidating to a student in a Christian learning environment

Physical Harassment
    Unwanted physical touching, contact, and/or assault
    Deliberate impeding and/or blocking movement and/or any intimidating interference with
        normal routine
    Destroying, stealing and/or extortion of property

Social Harassment
     Being specifically excluded from activities
     Extraordinary pressure to conform
     Rumor spreading

Visual Harassment
     Publicly displaying and/or making obscene gestures
     Derogatory, demeaning and/or inflammatory posters, cartoons, written words, notes or
        drawings

Sexual Harassment
     Comments and/or actions of a sexual nature that are unwelcome and make the recipient
        uncomfortable including but not limited to rumors of a sexual nature, inappropriate
        touching, grabbing, comments about someone’s body or attire, name calling that is
        associated with ones gender

The terms harass, harassment, and/or harassing used henceforth in this policy will be construed
to include all the before mentioned forms of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying.

A charge of harassment shall not, in and of itself, create the presumption of wrongdoing.
However, substantiated acts of harassment will result in disciplinary action, up to and including


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expulsion. Persons found to have made false or frivolous charges will also be subject to
disciplinary action.

Responsibilities
1. It is the responsibility of Trinity Lutheran School to
      implement this policy through regular meetings with all administrative staff, ensuring that
           they understand the policy and its importance.
      make all faculty, staff, students, and parents aware of this policy and the commitment of
           the school towards its strict enforcement.
      remain watchful for conditions that create or may lead to a hostile or offensive school
           environment.
      establish practices designed to create a school environment free from discrimination,
           intimidation, harassment, or bullying.
2. It is the responsibility of the employee/student to
      conduct himself or herself in a manner, which contributes to a positive Christian
           environment.
      avoid any activity that may be considered discriminatory, intimidating, harassing, and/or
           bullying.
      inform anyone harassing him or her that the behavior is offensive and unwelcome.
      report all incidents of discrimination or harassment to a school official
      discontinue that conduct immediately if informed he or she is perceived as engaging in
           bullying, discriminatory, intimidating, harassing or unwelcome conduct.

Process and Procedures to Implement the Harassment Policy
1. Any student who believes she/he has been subjected to harassment may bring forward a verbal
   and/or written complaint to his/her teacher, assistant principal, or principal, who will contact
    the student’s parent.
2. A Harassment Report Form, signed by the complainant and the parent, will be submitted
   to the principal within five school days of the reported complaint.
3. The principal will be responsible for notifying the person against whom the allegation of
    harassment has been made. That person will have the opportunity to respond to the allegation
    within five school days. Copies of the original complaint and the response of the person
    charged will be given to all involved parties.
4. The principal will form an investigation team and within fifteen school days from the receipt
   of the complaint, will complete the investigation, make a determination and recommendation of
   remedial steps necessary to stop the harassing behavior if warranted.
5. Once the principal has concluded the investigation, the principal and the reporting teacher(s)
    will meet with all parties to propose an appropriate solution.
6. If any parties are not satisfied with results of the investigation, they can discuss the
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Sanctions
1. A substantiated charge against a student will subject the student to disciplinary action, which
   may result in suspension or expulsion consistent with procedures established by Trinity
   Lutheran School.
2. A substantiated charge against a faculty or staff member will subject such member to
   disciplinary action, which may include discharge consistent with procedures established by the
   Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and administered by Synod’s Michigan District Education
   Department.
3. A substantiated charge against a committee member or a volunteer shall subject such a person
   to disciplinary action which may include but is not limited to, forfeiture of position and/or
   church discipline consistent with procedures established by Trinity’s congregational
   constitution.
4. Harassment is illegal under both state and federal law. It may also result in criminal and/or civil
   charges being brought against the alleged harassing/bullying party.

The right of confidentiality, both of the complainant and of the accused, will be respected,
consistent with the school’s legal obligations, and the necessity to investigate allegations of
misconduct and to take corrective action when this conduct has occurred.

Dress and Grooming

We can look to God's Word for guidelines in all aspects of Christian living. Dress and grooming
reflect an individual's attitude and self-concept.

The purpose for establishing a dress and grooming code at Trinity is:
1. To promote neatness, decency, modesty, and respect with regard to appearance.
2. To promote unity, health, and safety.
3. To develop the philosophy of wearing the appropriate clothing at the appropriate time.

In all matters regarding dress and overall appearance, the teachers and administration of
Trinity Lutheran School reserve the right to counsel, reprimand, suspend, and even dismiss
a student.

The cooperation of students, parents, and teachers is necessary in maintaining the standards of
our dress code. It is very important that this code be accepted fully and enforced consistently. It is
especially important to be mindful of this when school clothes are purchased. Enforcing the dress
code is not the sole responsibility of the school. Parents are asked to partner with the school in
monitoring their child’s daily attire.




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             2007-2008 Dress Code for Trinity Lutheran School K-8 Grade

General Guidelines

        All clothing should not be too tight, too short, too loose or too revealing.
        Clothing is not to look like warm-ups, sweats, wind shirts, wind pants or parachute pants.
        No tights or leggings worn as pants.
        Clothing that has rips, frays or holes may not be worn.
        No leather, vinyl or denim of any kind as part of dress.
        No camouflage of any color.
        “Tucked-in” means that belt or waistband is visible.
        Printing on tops may be no larger than one 3 x 5 card. No offensive printing or design.
        Jackets, hooded or zippered sweatshirts, coats, hats, sunglasses, etc. are not to be worn
         indoors during the school day unless specified otherwise.

Tops
Oxford style shirt or blouse (full button up) with fold over collar – short or long sleeved - tucked
in.
Button down Polo style top (pattern or solid color) with fold over collar – short or long sleeved -
tucked in and un-buttoned no lower than 2 buttons from the top, for grades 5-8.
Shirts, blouses or polo style tops (pattern or solid color) with fold over collar, short or long
sleeved –tucked in, for grades K-4.
Turtle neck or mock turtle neck – tucked in.
Blazers, vests, cardigans, crew neck or v-neck sweaters may be worn only with a dress code top
underneath. This includes sweaters with hoods.

Pants
Dress slacks.
Casual slacks or corduroys, such as Dockers, or cargo type slacks.
All pants are to be full length (shoe-top).
All pants are to be worn at the waist at all times and are to fit properly.

Girls’ Dresses, Jumpers, Skirts and Skorts
Dresses, jumpers, skirts and skorts must come to the top of the kneecap or below.
No sleeveless or cap sleeved dresses. Dress code tops must be worn under jumpers.
Un-tucked tops may be worn with skirts. No exposed midriffs.

Shorts, Capri or Crop Pants
Trouser style shorts, such as Dockers, or cargo type shorts, and Capri or crop pants may be worn
from the 1st day of school through the end of the 1st quarter, and from the beginning of the 4th
quarter through the last day of school in June.
Length of shorts should come to the top of the kneecap or below

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Footwear
Dress and casual shoes.
Tennis shoes that are neat in appearance.
Socks or stockings are to be worn at all times.
Laces must be properly laced and tied and have appropriate length.
For safety reasons, footwear must have backs and/or heel straps and heels may be no higher than 2
½” – measured from the back of the heel.

Hair
Should be kept neat and clean. Hairstyles should avoid extremes.
Boy’s length should be above the collar and at or above the eyebrows.

Earrings
May be worn by girls only. Should extend no longer than 1” below the ear.

Special Dress Days
Any scouting uniforms or vests may be worn on meeting days.
Denim jeans and any dress code top or Trinity spirit wear apparel tops may be worn on Friday of
each week unless specified otherwise.
Exceptions to this would be school wide special dress days, which will be announced in advance.

Student Dress Code Violations (K-8)
Parents will be held responsible for the student’s adherence to the standardized dress policy.
Violations will result in the following disciplinary action.

         First offense – A verbal warning will be given to the student and a note will be sent
          home advising the parent(s) of the dress code violation. The note will require parent(s)
          signature and will need to be returned the following school day. If the signed note is
          not returned the following school day by 9:15 am then a detention will be issued.
         Subsequent offense(s) – The student will be removed from class and a detention issued.
          Student will change into proper dress code attire or parent will be contacted and asked to
          bring dress code attire immediately to school. The student will not return to class until
          properly dressed. If violations continue then a meeting between parent(s) teacher and
          principal will be requested.

Having three (3) or more detentions during a quarter will result in an in-school suspension
for each infraction thereafter during the quarter (see p.19-20 of student handbook).

For students in grades K-4, the classroom teacher will use their discretion in determining
appropriate discipline for dress code violations. (i.e.: card flipping, missed recess)




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Book and Equipment Damage
Children are expected to keep their books, desks, classrooms, and playground clean and in good
order. They will be asked to reimburse the school for loss, as well as, for any careless or willful
damage to text books. Pupils will also be held responsible for school furniture, equipment or
school property which is carelessly or deliberately defaced, damaged, or marred.

Electronic Devices
All cell phones or electronic devices (i.e. MP3 players, I-Pods, Gameboys, PDA, CD/DVD
players, etc.) are discouraged and are brought to school at the student’s own risk. All electronic
devices must be turned off and kept in the student’s locker between the hours of 8:40 a.m. to 3:45
p.m. Any violation will result in the immediate confiscation of the device until the student’s parent
picks it up from the school office. If further violations occur additional discipline may result.
Confiscated items must be picked up by the end of the school year.

Nuisances
Students are not to bring articles which will interfere with school procedure or be potentially
harmful to the safety of others. Skateboards, in-line skates, collectible cards, toy guns, air or
water pistols, and the like are not to be brought to school. Such items will be confiscated and
returned to the parent only at their request. These items will be discarded on the final day of
classes for the school year.

Gum Chewing
Gum chewing is entirely banned from the school and church building complex, as well as, church
and school grounds as an unnecessary hindrance to proper maintenance of floors, drinking
fountains, furniture, books, and the like.

Bicycles
Bicycles must be parked upon arrival at school and are not to be used until the end of the school
day. All bicycles should be locked. The school is not responsible for damage or theft of parts
while the bicycle is parked on school premises.

Student Valuables
Students are cautioned not to bring large amounts of money, jewelry, and other valuables to
school. Students are responsible for personal property such as watches and glasses. If it is
necessary to have valuables at school for a day, leave them in the school office for safekeeping.
Do not leave valuables in the desk or locker.

Cheating
Whether you give or receive information during an examination or on certain assignments, the
offense is the same. You will receive a zero for the work.


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Smoking
In conforming to state law which prohibits the sale of cigarettes to children, and with the
recommendation of physicians that smoking is hazardous to health, smoking by students is
prohibited. Students found smoking will be suspended from school for three days.

The School and the Law
Any unlawful act taking place on the school property or buses not only makes the student subject
to penalties which the courts may prescribe but also may result in dismissal from school. The use
of drugs of any kind may result in permanent, physical, or psychological damage, and is usually
the first step toward drug addiction. Any student found possessing, selling, or buying drugs of
any kind will be expelled from school.

Students are not to have in their possession items which may be potentially harmful to themselves
and the safety of others. Sling shots, knives, air pistols, firecrackers, matches, firearms, and the
like are not to be brought to school. Any student found in possession of such items or storing
such items in lockers, backpacks, etc. may be subject to suspension or expulsion from school.

Respect, Obedience, and Responsibility
     As part of the Christian life, students are to respect and obey their pastors, teachers, and
      other adults in positions of authority, such as secretaries, custodians, kitchen personnel,
      along with others who may be in the school from time to time.
     Students are to respect themselves and their fellow students. They are to demonstrate care
      for each other's personal study equipment, clothing and property.
     All children are deserving of a fair share of the teacher's time and have the responsibility to
      eliminate behavior which prevents other students from learning - - such as excessive talking
      and disruptive behavior.
     Students are deserving of a safe environment while on the school premises and must accept
      the responsibility to follow rules necessary to achieve that goal.
     The student has the privilege to use educational materials and equipment and the
      responsibility to give them proper care.
     Slang, street talk, cursing the name of the Lord, or openly abusive and derogatory language
      is unacceptable. Our speech should "always be gracious" as Paul encouraged in Colossians
      4:6.
     Indeed, all persons are due the respect that God desires people to have. All are special in
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                              Section III - The Home


Attendance
In accordance with the laws of the state, all pupils are held to regular and punctual attendance.
Children should be kept home only for valid reasons such as illness, contagious diseases, or death
in the family. Vacations or extended weekends are not considered excused absences and
should be avoided if at all possible. Many children find it difficult to recover the learning lost in
such situations. Plan around the school calendar. A student must be in school the day of after-
school functions in order to participate in them.

The Macomb Intermediate School District will accept a referral for an attendance concern when a
pupil reaches ten (10) unexcused or fifteen (15) excused or questionable absences. When these
numbers are reached, Trinity may make a referral at which time the county attendance
Enforcement Officer becomes involved, with possible action by the Macomb County Prosecutor's
Office. Half days of school shall count as a whole day of class.

Absences
Sick children should be kept home to prevent spreading germs to their teachers and classmates and
to ensure full recovery. When an absence is necessary, the parent or guardian is asked to call the
school office attendance line (586) 731-4490 between 8:00-9:15 a.m. on the day of the absence to
indicate the student name, grade, teacher, and reason for the absence. Written excuses for all
absences, signed by the parent or guardian, are to be given to the teacher on the day of return
even though the telephone call has been made. Extended absence may be handled with a single
written excuse.

If a child shows signs of illness, parents are to keep the child home until the condition is
remedied. A child should not return to school until he is free from a temperature for a
twenty-four period and be well enough to participate in all school activities.

In cases of rashes, sores, eye or skin irritations and other questionable illness, a doctor's note
must be presented to the school on behalf of the child indicating a specific diagnosis, any
special instructions or restrictions, and if applicable, a specified return date to school.

Parents will be notified by the office or teacher when it is advisable for the child to be taken home
or to a doctor.

Homework requests should be made at the time you phone in the absence (no later than 9:15
a.m.). Teachers will have the work available at the end of the school day (3:40 p.m.).



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Tardiness and Early Dismissal
 Late arrivals by car, bicycle, or walking are recorded as tardies within the first fifteen (15)
    minutes of the school day.
 Tardiness by bus is excused and not recorded as tardy.
 Late arrivals from recess, restroom or class breaks are recorded as tardy.
 If you arrive late to school, report first to the school office before going to your classroom to
    receive a class entry pass.
 Any dismissal (this includes doctor, dentists, orthodontics, etc.) during the school day will
    be recorded as an absence.
 Missing up to three (3) hours is a 1/2 day absence.
 Missing more than three (3) hours is a full day absence.

Spiritual Life
First and foremost, we believe that Jesus Christ fulfilled God's Holy Law for all people. "When
the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, to redeem
those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons" (Galatians 4:4-5). This
means we are not required to keep The Law to go to heaven. At the same time, we also believe
that we are inspired to live a God-pleasing life because of this freedom from The Law. "What
then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!… You have
been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness" (Romans 6:15,18). So, knowing
that we cannot meet the demands of The Law, we make every effort to live by it in response to this
mercy.

Second, we believe that only the Holy Spirit, working through God's Word and Sacraments, can
create and maintain this desire in us. "If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will
ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever -- The Spirit of
truth" (John 14:15-17a). Motivated then by God-given, Spirit-driven faith, we attend church
regularly to receive the forgiveness of sins, the comfort and peace of the Gospel, and strength to
live a godly life. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one
another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your
hearts to God" (Colossians 3:16).

Third, we believe that all the families who bring their children to Trinity Lutheran School want to
attend worship as often as it is available. "They devoted themselves to the apostle's teaching and
to the fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and to prayer" (Acts 2:42). Naturally then, we
believe that our families will pray, be in Bible study, and have devotions.

Fourth, we believe that parents have the primary responsibility of raising their children. "Fathers,
do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord"
(Ephesians 6:4). So, we believe that these children have been entrusted to our school to help
parents accomplish this goal.


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Finally, we believe that we are to help each other accomplish these things in the most constructive
way possible. "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:2-3).
And, "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But
watch yourself, or you may also be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will
fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:1-2).

"So let's keep a firm grip on the promises we believe because He always keeps His Word. Let's
see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshipping
together as some do but spurring each other on…" (Paraphrase of Hebrews 10: 22-25; Modified
from "The Message" by Eugene H. Peterson).

Church Attendance
Understanding that Christian education works best when it is understood to be an extension both of
a Christian home and a Christian congregation, we expect all families (parents and their children)
to faithfully attend at least 75% of weekend worship opportunities (Saturday, Sunday, or
Monday). Attendance will be evaluated monthly. This evaluation may affect consideration of re-
enrollment for the next school year. Accounting starts the weekend after the first day of
classes and ends the last weekend before the final day of the school year.

Special recognition is given to students for perfect church attendance at the end of the school
year. Perfect attendance is when a student has been at a service each weekend of the school year
plus special services. This includes: Thanksgiving Eve or Thanksgiving Day, all Advent Services,
Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, New Years Eve or New Years Day, all Lenten services, Maundy
Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, and Ascension. Since numerous students are members of various
churches, perfect attendance will be based on Trinity's worship schedule.

Church Membership
Parents who have no church home are cordially invited to worship with the members of Trinity.
Should information regarding worship opportunities or church membership at Trinity be desired,
the pastor or principal is to be contacted.

Change of Address or Phone Number
Please inform the school office immediately when you have a change of address or phone number,
(home, work, or cell).

Parent-Teacher League
The Parents -Teacher League is made up of all parents who have children attending Trinity
Lutheran School. All parents are asked to become active participants in P.T.L. events. This
organization serves a most necessary purpose in bringing parents and teachers together for a better
understanding and proper approach to the training and nurturing of those placed under their care.


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The P.T.L. offers select educational topics, as well as, opportunities for sharing and Christian
fellowship.

Transportation
School buses will be available to transport Trinity Students who reside in the Utica District at no
extra expense to their parents in the following cases:

1.   Pupils must reside more than 1 1/2 miles from school.
2.   Residing in a hazardous walk area as determined by a qualified traffic safety consultant.
3.   For medical reasons upon written request of a physician.
4.   Kindergarten students living more than one (1) mile from Trinity.

Elementary pupils may be required to walk one-half mile to the bus stop. Please ride the first
day of school that bus transportation is offered so that the driver is assured of his/her riders.
Children must ride their assigned transfer and main buses. Children are expected to observe all
rules of safety and be exemplary in conduct while riding the bus. The bus driver is in complete
charge of the structure and order on the bus as it relates to items such as courtesy, quietness,
cleanliness, safety, eating, and assigned seats.

Any student may be denied the privilege of riding the school bus for violation of the rules of
conduct on a bus, at the boarding or transfer school, or at a bus stop. Any student that walks to the
St. Lawrence School transfer location to catch the bus subjects himself to traffic hazards and the
possible loss of all bus riding privileges.

Bus drivers will issue unsatisfactory bus conduct reports for infractions. A Trinity student
who is reported for unsatisfactory conduct on the bus will face the following loss of bus
riding privileges:

      First Offense ------------------ Suspension for 3 days
      Second Offense --------------- Suspension for 5 days
      Third Offense ----------------- Suspension for the remainder of the school year

If a student is suspended from the bus, his/her parents will be required to make
transportation arrangements to and from school during the entire period of the suspension.

The parents desiring bus service for their children are to submit a request to Trinity.

Parents who drive their children either to or from school should not park in the area reserved for
the buses. Extreme caution should be exercised when driving in and out of the parking areas. The
safety and welfare of our children is at stake.

Parents who provide transportation for extra-curricular activities should be covered with
adequate insurance.
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Telephone         
The number for our school is (586) 731-4490. Parents are urged to use discretion in contacting
their children at school and to limit such calls to urgent matters. Only in cases of extreme
emergency will a teacher or pupil be called out of the classroom. The telephone is available to
children in cases of emergency such as illness or school activity schedule changes. If a child
wishes to remain for some activities after school hours or discuss rides home after school,
arrangements for these situations should be made with the parents before leaving for school.

Special Health Concerns
Parents of students with health concerns are to contact the school office at the beginning of the
school year or when a problem arises. Special concerns may include vision, hearing, diabetes,
epilepsy, rheumatic fever, recent surgery, medications, or anything that might limit the student at
school.

Label Belongings
Please identify such items as boots, mittens, musical instruments, gym clothing, and school
supplies such as crayons, pencils, glue, scissors, and notebooks.

School Closing
In the event of inclement weather or unforeseen emergencies, school may be closed or starting
time delayed. The same conditions may also necessitate early dismissal. School closing, delayed
starting time, or early dismissal will be announced over radio station WJR (760), and TV stations
WJBK(Ch. 2), WDIV (Ch. 4), WXYZ (Ch. 7), and School Closing Website:
(http://www.wdiv.com). The Utica Community School closing announcements automatically
effect Trinity. However, since there are not sufficient buses to dismiss all buildings
simultaneously, in the event of early dismissal, Trinity will close approximately one hour later than
the announced time for Utica Community Schools. If no report is heard, it can be assumed that
school will be in session. Please do not call the school office. Phone lines must be kept open
for emergency calls.

Latch Key Program
Purpose
Trinity Latch Key program will provide the parents and children of Trinity Lutheran School with a
childcare service BEFORE and AFTER the school day. Games, craft projects, homework, and
other activities will give the children a positive experience in a healthy, comfortable, safe, and
supervised environment. The program will be staffed by qualified and experienced adults who
will share on a daily basis a genuine Christian love for your child.




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Services Available/Hours of Operation
Childcare from 7:00 a.m. to the ringing of the entry bell for classes. Childcare from 3:45 to 5:30
p.m. every full school day.

Location
The Latch Key room is located on the 1st floor wing containing our Preschool and Kindergarten
classrooms. The program may also make use of our school gym, children’s ministry room, youth
room, and outdoor play facilities. The Deshon Street school door nearest to Hall Road is the
regular entrance and exit door.

Eligible Children
Latch Key will serve students enrolled in Trinity Lutheran School in grades Kindergarten
through 8 during the 2007-2008 school year.

Sign In/Sign Out Procedures
Mornings: Latch Key opens its doors at 7:00 a.m. The Michigan Department of Human
Services-Office of Children and Adult Licensing and Trinity require, for the safety of the children,
that they are not left off in the parking lot or at the door. The parent must sign in the child after
walking the child into the room daily. When it is time for school to begin, the Latch Key
supervisor will sign out each child.

Afternoon: Latch Key begins again when school is dismissed. As children arrive at the Latch
Key room, the supervisor will sign them in. The parent, or person who is registered on the child's
information form, is responsible to sign out the child at the time of departure. A child will only be
released to a parent or person whose name appears on the child's information form. For the safety
of your child, persons picking up children may be asked for identification. If there is a situation
where your child is not to be released to a particular person, notify in writing, the Latch Key
supervisor, as well as, the school office.

Copies of Court Orders are required to be kept in the School Office and at the Latch Key
site.

Attendance
Latch Key is not responsible for your child until he/she is officially signed in. If your child is
found unsupervised on the school premises prior to 8:40 a.m. or fifteen (15) minutes after the
conclusion of the school day, normally 3:55 p.m., he/she will be placed by a staff member in the
Latch Key program. The parent will be charged the normal $3.50 session fee per child.

Children are not allowed to wait unsupervised outside, in school hallways, or after school for a
brother or sister involved in extra-curricular activities such as athletics or musical practice.


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If a child attends Latch Key on a regular basis, the Latch Key staff should be informed of any
significant schedule change by the parent.

Discipline
The safety and welfare of all children and staff is a great concern! As we find in the regular school
setting, positive Christian principles will be used in discipline to encourage self-control, self-
direction, and cooperation.

Children will be expected to observe all rules of safety and be exemplary in conduct. Latch Key
staff are in complete charge of the structure and order in the program as it relates to items such as
courtesy, quietness, cleanliness, safety, eating, and use of equipment.

Any student may be denied the privilege of using the Latch Key program for flagrant or repeated
violation of established guidelines or policies. Latch Key staff may issue unsatisfactory conduct
reports for infractions.

A student who is issued a written unsatisfactory conduct report in the Latch Key program
will face the following loss of privileges.

         First offense              Suspension for 3 days
         Second offense             Suspension for 5 days
         Third offense              Suspension from the Latch Key Program for the
                                    remainder of the school year.



Communications
All things are to be dealt with in Christian love and concern. It is important that the lines of
communication between parents and staff be kept open and that information flows both ways.
Ordinary situations and simple questions usually can be handled by a note, phone call, or brief
conversation with the Latch Key supervisor. Both parents and staff are encouraged to contact one
another if a conference is felt necessary.

Serious Injury Procedure
If a child is injured while at Latch Key, a parent or "emergency person" listed on the child's
information form will be contacted. In the event that the Latch Key staff feels the child needs
immediate medical attention, an ambulance will be called.

Registration
Parents of all children enrolled in grades K-8 are required to register each child in their family
for Latch Key. This registration must be completed prior to the first day of class and renewed on
an annual basis.


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The parent is to complete one (1) Latch Key Parent's Policy Agreement on behalf of the family --
listing all children in grades K-8. Additionally, one (1) CHILD INFORMATION RECORD
card shall be completed on behalf of each enrolled child.

This registration is to be completed by the parent even when there is no planned student
involvement in the program due to requirements of the State Department that issues licenses for
Latch Key Programs.

Please inform the Latch Key staff promptly if any information listed on the 'Child Information
Record' card changes during the school year.

Fees
The 2007-2008 rate structure is as follows: $3.50 per morning session, $3.50 per evening
session for each child in attendance. When half-days are scheduled through formal
announcement, half-day rates for 2007-2008 will be higher due to extended hours of service.
These rates at $9.00 per child will be communicated by the Latch Key staff to parents who have
pre-registered their child.

The rate structure, student use, income, and expenses, will be evaluated at the conclusion of the
first semester. If necessary, the Committee on Christian Day School may institute a rate increase
for the second semester of the current school year.

Payments/Billings
Latch Key is self-supporting and relies solely on revenues generated from the program to operate.
Please make payments on time! Payments are to be made out to Trinity Lutheran School
Latch Key if paid by check or money order. Payments may be requested daily from occasional
use students.

Latch Key may be denied if payment is not received from regularly serviced families after thirty
(30) days. In addition, a $10.00 surcharge will be added to the balance at the end of each 30
day period. The school will hold report cards if payments are not current at the quarterly marking
periods.
Attendance records are kept. The billings will be done weekly. If there is a balance on your
account, it will be reflected on your Tuesday statement.

Late/Penalty Charges
The Latch Key program closes at 5:30 p.m. If a child is not picked up by closing, a late charge
will be assessed at a rate of $4.00 per child for each fifteen (15) minute period. If, after 6:30
p.m. the child has not been picked up, the staff person will contact the person designated on the
emergency form to arrange for pickup.

A charge of $25.00 per check will be assessed for insufficient funds in the bank.

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Brown Bag Lunch/Snacks
Children are encouraged to bring snacks from home to the morning and afternoon Latch Key
session. The Latch Key program will not normally provide snacks or meals.

Withdrawal
If it should become necessary for you to withdraw your child from the program, we ask that you
contact a Latch Key supervisor one week in advance so your final statement may be prepared.

Trinity reserves the right to deny Latch Key service to those parents who:
1. Neglect to pay an overdue balance.
2. Leave children at Latch Key past 5:30 p.m.
3. Neglect normal "sign in" or "sign out " procedures.
4. Have children who the staff cannot provide quality care for due to a particular disciplinary
    concern.

The affairs of the Latch Key program are administered by the Committee on Christian Day School.
The principal of the school is the director in charge of the program.

2007-2008 Staff
Dr. Bruce Kosmatka                            Principal
Mrs. Nancy Lanctot                            Latch Key Director
Mrs. Rebecca Huyghe                           Latch Key Supervisor
Mrs. Sheri Lanctot                            Latch Key Supervisor
Mrs. Andrea Miller                            Latch Key Supervisor



                              Section IV - The School
Closed Campus
The policy of the school is to operate as a closed campus. This means that students must stay
on the school grounds from the time they arrive until dismissal from school. Students must bring a
signed parental request to leave the building early. In addition, parents must sign their child out in
the school office. Any student arriving late or returning from an authorized departure must report
with his/her parent to the school office where the parent will sign in before the child returns to the
classroom.

For security reasons, we will operate a set of rules that apply to the safety of our students. Parents
and friends may bring children to school and walk them to the classroom in the morning after the
bell rings at 8:40 a.m. Please obtain a visitor’s badge from the visitor’s information booth if you
plan to remain in the building beyond the start of the school day at 9:00 a.m.


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During the day, all entrances to the building will be locked except for the main church entrance on
the north side of the building. When parents or other visitors come to the school during the day
for any other purpose than to pick up their child, we ask that they first sign-in at the information
booth or the school office and obtain a visitor’s badge. If the purpose of their visit is to deliver
something to their child, we ask that the item be dropped off at the school office. Parents, or
other designated adults, who come to pick up their child early are asked to come to the school
office to sign out their child and wait for their child in the school office. If this is the only purpose
of the visit, a visitor’s badge does not need to be obtained. The child will be excused from class
by the teacher and sent to the school office. If the parent needs to obtain access to the school, they
will be required to obtain a visitor’s badge.

School Hours
Preschool:
       3 year old                     Tuesday & Thursday                    9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
       3 year old                     Tuesday & Thursday                    12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

         4 year old                   Monday, Wednesday & Friday            9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
         4 year old                   Monday, Wednesday & Friday            12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Kindergarten:
       Full-day Session               Daily                                  9:00 - 3:40 p.m.
       Morning Session                Daily (Transitional)                   9:00 – 12:10 p.m.
       Afternoon Session              Daily                                 12:30 - 3:40 p.m.

Grades 1-8                            Daily                                 9:00 - 3:40 p.m.

Before and After School
Students may enter the building beginning at 8:40 a.m. (entry bell). They are to go their assigned
classroom with the necessary materials for classwork and are not to leave their room unless
permission is received from their teacher. Classes are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. Closing of
classes begins at 3:35 p.m. with dismissal at 3:40 p.m.

No student should be on the school premises after 3:55 p.m. unless requested by a teacher,
participating in a supervised activity, or involved in the Latch Key Program.

Students who participate in a supervised after-school activity are dismissed from that location
when the activity ends. Parents are responsible for prompt pick up already arranged at home
before leaving for school. Remember, the staff has an extra responsibility when you are late.




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Groups using school classrooms or other sections of the building must use only the section of the
building reserved prior for them. Please leave all rooms and equipment in proper condition to
resume school activities the next day.



After School Dismissal Procedure
To foster less congestion both inside our building hallways and stairwells, as well as, hopefully
improving traffic flow in the parking areas and streets that surround our school, we are asking for
your support and cooperation in the following procedures which will begin with our first half-
day of classes, Tuesday, September 4, 2007:

        Parents, relatives, family friends, and car pool drivers are asked to wait outdoors near
         their vehicles located in assigned parking areas.
        Drivers of children whose last name begins A through L are asked to park on the north
         playground, with overflow parking on the Van Dyke lot west of the church.
        Drivers of children whose last name begins M through Z are asked to park on the
         southeast Deshon parking lot near the Latch Key entrance doors. Overflow parking, if
         needed, will be on Deshon – directly east of school.
        Car pool drivers who have students with different last names are asked to select one
         assigned parking area for the school year so that teachers and students involved have a
         constant drop-off location.
        Students and volunteers involved in after-school activities or Latch Key are to go directly
         to their scheduled activity area.
        Bus students will be dismissed and led by teachers to the designated bus pick-up area on
         Trinity’s Van Dyke parking lot west of church.

Lunch Procedures
Students and faculty supervisors eat lunches together during the lunch period. A once weekly
pizza lunch schedule will be announced at the beginning of the school year. No permission is
granted to leave the building for buying a lunch or asking the staff to send out for a lunch.
Students are expected to wash their hands before eating. Courteous student behavior is expected
during lunch.

Hot Lunch Days: On Pizza Days, please send the correct change in a sealed envelope marked
with your child's name, grade, and teacher, and the lunch order clearly indicated on the outside of
the envelope.

Chapel
Specially designed worship services will generally be held each Thursday during the school year.
Parents and friends are encouraged to worship with us. These services should not be considered a
substitute for weekend worship. One of the pastors, teachers, or occasionally a guest speaker will
provide worship leadership. Pupils will be given weekly offering envelopes to use, and their
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monetary gifts to Jesus will be donated to various Synodical institutions, local or world-wide
Christian mission agencies. Parents should help train their children in their stewardship habits.
Special offering emphasizes include Thanksgiving and Christmas. Individual student
accounting/record keeping for chapel envelope contributions shall be the sole responsibility
for each child's parent.



Placement Consideration Form
Parents may request from the school office the Placement Consideration Form for the following
school year when there are concerns for a student’s developmental, academic or social growth.
Deadline for submitting the Placement Consideration Form will be Friday, April 4, 2008, by
the close of the school day. These forms shall be submitted to the student’s homeroom
teacher.

Safety Drills
Fire, tornado, and safety lock down drills are held to develop safety practices that will help
students move in a quick and orderly manner to predesignated safety areas during an emergency.

Health Services
Trinity receives services from the Macomb County and Utica Community School Health
Departments.

Select health personnel visit our school on a prescheduled basis. Vision and hearing screenings
are done annually in select grades.

Individual health and immunization records are kept on each child. Regarding physical
examinations, the school recommends that parents see that their child receives an annual exam
preferably using a summer exam schedule. State requirements for immunization should be
maintained at or above required levels. Specific physical examination requirements are listed in
this handbook. Please review the Entrance Requirements and Physical Examination sections.

Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccine Required
Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine will be required for Kindergarten students, all 6 th grade students,
and new students.
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6 Grade Immunization Assessment
All 6th grade students will be subject to immunization reporting and updating of immunizations to
meet current requirement.

Medication
Because of a high liability and risk factor, medication will not be dispensed by teachers. No
medication, including aspirin, is to be kept in the classroom, in the student's possession, or locker.
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Parents are to bring all prescription medication to the school office for storage and dispensing by
the parent or school office personnel. All prescription medication must have a physician's
instruction on the pharmacy label indicating dosage, intervals, and precautions. Medication
is not to be sent to school with the student. Medication form requests are to be completed on
Trinity’s August Open House Day or received and completed at a later date in the school office. It
is the parent's responsibility to pick up unused medication from the school office no later than the
final day of classes. After school's closing, all medication will be disposed of properly.


Accidents
Every accident in the school building, on the school grounds, at practice sessions, or any athletic
event sponsored by the school must be reported immediately to the person in charge and to the
school office. A written record of the accident will be kept on file in the office.

Emergency Contact To Parents
Each child is to have an updated Emergency Card on file in the school office. This information is
needed in cases of illness or accident when parents cannot be reached. In the event of illness or
accident, school personnel will only give limited emergency care. Parents are responsible for any
needed additional care.

Physical Examination
All students must participate in physical education classes. In view of this, each re-enrolled
student entering grade 6, all students entering Kindergarten, and each new student in
grades Preschool through 8, must have a doctor-certified physical examination on or after
June 1st prior to beginning classes. Copies of the exam results are to be on file in the child's
student records. If any limitation is to be placed on participating in physical education, a written
statement must be presented which clearly sets forth limitations and is signed by the family doctor.

Students in grades 5 through 8 participating in Trinity's athletic program are also required
to have a yearly physical examination on or after June 1 st prior to participating in a Trinity
sport/tryout.

Extra-Curricular Athletic Activities
Fall Sports -     Girls’ Basketball - 5 & 6; 7 & 8
                  Soccer - 5 & 6; 7 & 8
                  Cross Country – 5-8 boys and girls

Winter Sports - Boys’ Basketball - 5 & 6; 7 & 8
                Cheerleading - 7 & 8 girls
                Dance - 7 & 8 girls
                Volleyball - 5 & 6; 7 & 8 girls


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Spring Sports - Track - 5-8 boys and girls
                Softball - 7 & 8 girls

The athletic program is an extension of the physical education program. The intention is to teach
and develop physical skills, mental discipline, Christian character and sportsmanship, and the
striving spirit necessary for successful Christian living. Participation in Trinity's team sports and
cheerleading is a privilege granted to spirit-filled exemplary students who demonstrate a skill in a
given sport. Student athletes are governed by the policies and guidelines set forth in the Trinity
Lutheran Athletic Handbook.

"Each participating student is required to have a yearly doctor-certified physical examination on
or after June 1st of the previous school year prior to participating in a Trinity sport/tryout.
Copies of the exam results are to be on file in the school office. This complies with the by-laws
and policies of the North Suburban Lutheran Athletic Association (N.S.L.A.A.) of which
Trinity is a member school.

Each student also must be covered by their family’s health and accident insurance.

Eligibility Rules For Extra-Curricular Athletic Activities: One of the primary purposes of
Trinity is to provide a quality education. In keeping with that principle, an athlete is considered to
be a student first. He/she must maintain an overall average of “C or better” in all areas of the
curriculum (core subjects receiving a higher weight) in order to participate. Any student below a
'C' average overall or earning a failing grade on a report card or progress report is ineligible for
10 school days. At the conclusion of the 10 school days, his/her status will be re-evaluated to see
if necessary improvement has been made. If so, then he/she will be reinstated. If not, then he/she
will be removed from the team. Students may participate in a try-out during the time of
ineligibility. The coaching staff will be informed of the student's eligibility status.

Athletes are also expected to demonstrate Christian conduct and behavior in all classroom and
school activities. Students serving a detention/suspension are ineligible to participate in any
athletic activity (game or practice) also held on that day. This will be considered an
"unexcused" absence. Student grade point average and conduct evaluation from grade reports
prior to and during participation in an athletic activity will be considered and monitored closely.
Failure to meet these required standards will result in probation/suspension from the team.
Suspensions will be determined by the student’s instructors and the Athletic Director. Parents will
be notified.

Also, a student must be in school the day of a scheduled activity in order to participate in
that game/practice. If a student is out of school for reasons such as doctors appointments, to
attend a funeral, or for testing purposes, they may still participate in an after school scheduled
athletic activity. Absences due to illness or injury on a school day prior to an event scheduled on a
non-school day will be evaluated on an individual basis by supervising school personnel. If you


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do not participate in a scheduled physical education class, due to illness or injury, you may not
take part that day in any extra-curricular athletic activity.




Trinity Athletic Boosters
The purpose of the Athletic Boosters is to financially support the athletic programs of Trinity. The
Booster Club raises monies for the athletic programs through the "Spirit Shop" and concession
sales at home athletic events. The funds raised go to purchase athletic equipment and uniforms, as
well as, helping with team expenses for athletic tournaments.

Who is a Booster? All parents whose child participates in athletics are Boosters! Please be an
involved parent! Be an active Booster!

Children's Christmas Shoppe
This is a school-wide, preschool through 8th grade, activity that takes place generally in the
beginning of December. This event is designed for the children of our school to have an
opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for their parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and any
special people in their lives.

We offer a very wide range of items from which to pick. We have magnets, Christmas ornaments,
baskets, jewelry, flower arrangements, wall hangings, tote bags, home made candies, and just
about anything you can imagine. Prices will vary in price so that these very nice items are
affordable to our children. It is important that our children learn the real meaning and joy of
giving as well as the value of their money.

All of the above items mentioned are donated by the families and friends of our school and church.
We ask that every school family donate items or a cash gift to our fair to make this opportunity
possible for our children. Also, throughout the school year classes may be asked to make different
crafts that are then donated to the fair. In addition, many people are needed to help work on the
fair days and set up. Watch for regular Children's Christmas Shoppe updates in our school Take
Home Note.


Collection of Monies
Showing your appreciation on a strictly voluntary, individual family basis for events such as staff
birthdays and Christmas gifting is most acceptable. Formal, organized collection of monies by any
individual or group for school activities or events, staff honorariums, or staff gifts of appreciation
must have prior administrative approval. Concerning appreciation gifts for the coaches of Trinity
sports teams, please see the Trinity Athletic Handbook.



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Fund Raising
All school fund raising projects must be approved by the principal, the Director of Operations,
the Committee on Christian Day School, and Trinity Church Council.



Substitute and Student Teachers
Our school is fortunate to have capable people to help us whenever our regular teachers are ill or
are attending conferences. Students and parents will please be polite, helpful, and considerate as
you would be with the regular teacher.

Student teaching is a directed teaching experience under the supervision of the coordinating
college and the regular staff person.

Lost and Found
Each year various items of clothing and other belongings accumulate here at school because they
were either misplaced or neglected. Students who find lost articles are asked to place them in the
red Lost and Found containers placed on each floor of school. Parents and students are
encouraged to reclaim lost articles through a regular inspection of these five (5) red containers. At
the end of each quarter, unclaimed articles will be given to a charitable organization.

Field Trips
The Committee on Christian Day School encourages educational trips as selected by the faculty.
 Trip locations will be selected by the faculty with assistance from lay volunteers. Trips must
  have the approval of the school principal.
 Transportation will generally be provided, using private vehicles. There will be a driver
  serving as chaperone in each vehicle. The driver/chaperone must be at least twenty-one (21)
  years of age with a valid operator's license.
 A driver will take only as many passengers as can be restrained by a shoulder harness and lap
  belt assembly. The seat belt assemblies provided in the vehicle must be used by all
  passengers. No student of any age will be placed in the front seat at any time.
    In agreement with the American Academy of Pediatrics, we not only require all children be
    restrained with a shoulder harness and lap belt assembly, we highly recommend all children
    under 4 feet 8 inches (56 inches) and under 80 pounds be restrained with the aid of a safety
    booster seat. We would encourage all such children to bring their own safety booster seat
    when attending field trips.
 Individuals who provide transportation to school sponsored events must be covered with
  adequate "No Fault" automobile insurance and medical coverage for the driver and
  passengers as approved by the State of Michigan.

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 If transportation is provided to a school-sponsored event by means other than private vehicle,
  permission of the school principal is needed.
 For each school field trip in which the children leave the school grounds, a "Permission Slip"
  is required to be on file in the school office during the period of each respective field trip.
  This "Permission Slip" should be signed by the parent or guardian and returned to the
  issuing person of responsibility. Verbal permission will NOT be accepted.
 Chaperones, parent drivers, and parents seeking to participate in the field trip are not allowed
  to bring additional children with the class or to the school sponsored field trip.
 Individuals who provide transportation to school sponsored events may not stop at any other
  destination during the trip without prior approval from the supervising staff member(s).

It is felt that school trips will allow students to get better acquainted with community resources and
provide experiences that will enhance or support classroom and extra-curricular learning activities.
The trips are not a right for the misbehaving student to attend.

Lockers
Each student will be assigned a locker and many will share with another student. It is the student's
responsibility to see that his/her locker is kept neat and orderly. The student will use only his/her
assigned locker. Do not tamper with another locker. No objectionable pictures or adhesive
stickers may be used in the lockers. The staff will determine any unacceptable attachments or
accumulations during inspections.

Publications
The Trinity Witness is generally published during the school year. Students, faculty, and parents
are invited to submit articles for publication. We particularly invite news of our graduates.

Take Home Notes may be sent home with a child designated by the parent once weekly on the
first day of class during that week. Look for these as the final update of activities. Many teacher
memos also go home for specific classroom news.

The 2007-2008 Yearbook, sold in the spring and distributed on the final day of school, contains
individual pictures of students, teachers and staff. Photographs of extra-curricular activities and
other school events are also included.

Physical Education Uniforms
Regulation uniforms are required to be worn during the physical education classes for students in
grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. This uniform consists of a Trinity P.E. gray t-shirt, Trinity P.E. red mesh
shorts, white sweat socks, and appropriate athletic shoes. The t-shirt and short are to be neat,
clean, and marked with the student's last name clearly printed on the name plate (oval inside the
logo). The shoes reserved for use in the gymnasium must have a non-marking sole and be clean.
The regulation P.E. t-shirt and short must be purchased through the Spirit Shop.
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Guidance
Guidance is the work done by school staff primarily to help children understand themselves, learn
to study, overcome problems which may occur, work out satisfactory relationships with other
students, face realities, and accept themselves as worthwhile individuals. At times the staff
member may seek the specialized help of the Trinity Family Counseling Center or specialists in
a Guidance Clinic.

Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM)
A learning resource classroom serviced by a certified special education teacher is located on the
Trinity campus. The service enables children with special learning needs to receive a Christian
education. Trinity currently contributes $51,000 to maintain a strong program link with LSEM.

The 2007-2008 Trinity tuition rate for children involved in the learning resource classrooms has
been established at $500.00 on an annual per student basis or $125.00 per quarter, per student.

A late fee of $25.00 per payment due will be added if tuition payment is not received at Trinity by
the 10th day of each month. Further, a fee of $25.00 per payment will be assessed for tuition
checks that do not clear banks and savings and loans due to insufficient funds.

Additional charges for diagnostic testing and registration are assessments due LSEM prior to a
student entering the program.

Program/Service Goals:
A. To facilitate the mainstreaming process for students with special learning needs.
B. To further develop the student's strengths to compensate for his/her weaknesses.
C. To assist teachers and parents in understanding and instructing children with special learning
   needs.
D. To develop the student's confidence and positive feelings of self worth.
E. To improve and/or enrich academic skills.
F. To assist students in learning about Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Special Education Services
Speech Therapy: The Utica District provides speech therapy for those children who need such
help on a weekly basis throughout the school year.

Psychological Testing: This service is provided by the staff of Lutheran Special Education
Ministries (LSEM) and the Utica District if requested by school and/or parents.




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Acknowledgment
With sincere gratitude, Trinity Lutheran School acknowledges the many blessings of God and the
support of parents, congregational members, friends, and former students, along with the continued
cooperation received from the Utica School District as well as assistance received from local
police, fire, and health departments.

The personal attitudes and individual efforts of those people involved have not only created
excellent relationships, but have extended the school's potential, and have combined to contribute
to the benefit of our pupils.




Trinity Lutheran School of Utica, Michigan admits students of any race, color, or 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,
or national and ethnic origin in administration of it's educational policies, admissions
policies, or athletic and other school administered programs.

                                             The Committee on Christian Day School
                                                   Trinity Lutheran Church



                                                                            INDEX

 Absences .......................................................... 28             Church Membership ……………………………..30
 Accidents .......................................................... 40            Closed Campus …………………………..………36
 Accreditation ...................................................... 9             Collection of Monies ........................................ 43
 Administration .................................................... 9              Committee on Christian Day School .................. 9
 After School Dismissal Procedure .................... 38                           Computer Code of Conduct .............................. 16
 Athletic Boosters .............................................. 42                Consultation with the School Staff ................... 18
 Attendance........................................................ 28              Credo.................................................................. 8
 Before and After School ................................... 38                     Curriculum ....................................................... 14
 Bicycles ............................................................ 26           Discipline ......................................................... 19
 Book and Equipment Damage .......................... 26                            Distribution of Materials .................................. 17
 Change of Address or Phone Number............... 30                                Dress and Grooming (K-8) .......................... 23-25
 Chapel .............................................................. 39           Early Dismissal ................................................ 29
 Cheating ........................................................... 26            Electronic Devices…………………………….26
 Children's Christmas Shoppe ............................ 42                        Emergency Contact to Parents ........................ 40
 Church Attendance ........................................... 30                   Enrollment Policy............................................. 10

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Entrance Requirements ..................................... 11                    Progress Reports .............................................. 18
Extra-Curricular Athletic Activities ................. 41                         Psychological Testing ...................................... 46
Field Trips ........................................................ 43           Publications...................................................... 44
Financial Support ............................................. 11                Purpose .............................................................. 7
Fund Raising .................................................... 42              Registration Fees .............................................. 11
Grading and Testing ......................................... 18                  Report Cards .................................................... 18
Guidance .......................................................... 45            Research Center ............................................... 15
Gum Chewing................................................... 26                 Respect, Obedience, Responsibility ................. 27
Harassment/Bullying Policy …........................20-23                         Safety Drills ..................................................... 39
Health Concerns ............................................... 32                School and the Law .......................................... 27
Health Services ................................................. 39              School Closing ................................................. 32
History ................................................................ 7        School Hours .................................................... 37
Homework ........................................................ 17              Simply Giving…………………………………12
Honor Roll ........................................................ 18            Smoking ......................................................... ..27
Internet Access and Procedures ........................ 16                        Special Education............................................. 46
Label Belongings .............................................. 32                Speech Therapy ................................................ 46
Latch Key Program .................................... 32-36                      Spiritual Life .................................................... 29
Leaving the School Grounds............................. 19                        Sports ............................................................... 41
Library/Research Center ................................... 15                    Staff ................................................................... 5
Lockers ............................................................. 44          Student Teachers .............................................. 43
Lost and Found ................................................. 43               Substitute Teachers .......................................... 43
Lunch Procedures ............................................. 38                 Take Home Note .............................................. 44
Lutheran Special Education Ministries ............. 45                            Tardiness .......................................................... 29
Make-up Work ................................................. 17                 Telephone ......................................................... 32
Medication........................................................ 39             Testing ............................................................. 18
Nuisances ......................................................... 26            Transportation .................................................. 31
Outdoor Education Program ............................. 15                        Trinity Witness................................................. 44
Parent-Teacher League ..................................... 30                    Tuition and Registration Fees .......................... 11
Performing Arts Attendance ............................. 14                       Tuition Credit ................................................... 12
Performing Arts Grades ................................... 15                     Vacations/Extended Weekends ........................ 17
Performing Arts Placement ............................. 15                        Valuables ......................................................... 26
Physical Education Uniforms ........................... 45                        Win Graebner Scholarship Fund ...................... 12
Physical Examination ....................................... 40                   Yearbook .......................................................... 45
Placement Consideration Form ……….…....…....39
Preschool .......................................................... 12
Privacy of Information...................................... 16




                            TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL
                                 ACCREDITATION

NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOL ACCREDITATION (NLSA)
MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS (MANS)
LUTHERAN CHURCH-MISSOURI SYNOD, MICHIGAN DISTRICT

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