EARLY CHILDHOOD


Philosophy

St. Francis Central Catholic School Early Childhood programs provide opportunities to help our youngest learners develop a stronger, balanced foundation for spiritual, academic and social skills. With parents and school as partners, it serves as a transition from home to school where young children can develop the fundamental basic skills necessary for success throughout their academic life. A loving and caring atmosphere will prevail at all times.

 

Academic Standards

Children in the St. Francis Central Catholic early childhood program will develop skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Religion Self-esteem Health & Safety
  • Literacy Math Science
  • Music Art Social Skills
  • Fine Motor Skill Gross Motor Skills

 

Class Schedules

Monday-Friday, 7:50 AM – 2:30 PM.

 

Class Size

In Pre-kindergarten, class sizes shall be limited to 20 students with one teacher and one teacher’s assistant per classroom.

 

Illness & Contagious Disease

Your child should be kept home if any of the following symptoms are present: rash, fever, vomiting, lice, sore throat, conjunctivitis (pink eye), diarrhea, severe runny nose or bad cough. If any of these symptoms appear at school, parents may be called to come for the child.
Please call the school if your child is going to be absent. The secretary will notify the teacher. Please tell the secretary if your child has a communicable disease such as chicken pox or influenza.

 

Parental Involvement

Parents are the primary educators of their child(ren). Parental involvement and communication are wholeheartedly encouraged. In Pre-kindergarten, conferences will be scheduled for each family twice per year. Progress assessments will be provided. These assessments will serve as a tool for exchanging information to meet the needs of the child. All families have the right to additional face-to-face conferences with their child(ren)’s teacher. These conferences should be scheduled through the school secretary so as to ensure teacher availability and readiness; drop in conferences are not permitted.

 

Snacks

Children are permitted to bring simple, nutritious snacks. Appropriate snacks will be communicated through the teacher and homeroom parents. Bottled water is permissible.

 

Homework

Homework is valuable for reinforcing concepts and skills and for mental discipline. Homework is required of all students. Students are expected to review daily that which was learned in class. They are expected to read the lesson again for reinforcement, and they are expected to practice the skills worked on in class. Homework assignments will be coordinated by teachers to avoid homework overload for students. All homework assigned is to be checked and returned to the student.

Assignments may not be given in advance for any time missed by students. Assignments will ordinarily be given when the student returns. It will be the parent’s responsibility to review the skills taught while the student is absent. If an absence is due to illness, work may be picked up from the teacher daily. Work not turned in will result in a zero for all incomplete assignments.

Though some students need more study time than others, the following time schedule for homework is suggested for average students:

  • Grades K-2 15-30 minutes
  • Grades 3-5 45-60 minutes

Students are responsible for completing all homework assignments by due dates. Parents, please report to the teachers if homework takes longer than the recommended time. Every student is required to have a homework assignment book and parents are asked to check it each evening.

 

Probationary Admissions in Pre-Kindergarten

Students are admitted under probation to St. Francis Central Catholic in the following circumstances:
1. All New Admissions;

2. Behavioral misconduct that results in an out-of-school suspension (for students in grades three, four, and five only);

3. Under special circumstances determined by the Principal in consultation with the Designated Pastor and the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.
Probationary admissions are reviewed at the end of each semester by the administration and Early Childhood faculty. At that time, probationary status can either be removed or continued for a period of one semester. If probationary status is continued, the parents and student will be notified in writing as to why probationary status has been continued and what concrete actions must be taken to remove the probationary status.
After the second consecutive semester on probation has ended, the probationary status will be reviewed again. At that time, the status will either be removed, or the student will be required to either withdraw from school or face expulsion. In these latter instances, the parents and student have the right to a hearing before the Designated Pastor and Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to appeal the decision. In these cases, the decision of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is final.

 

Withdrawal of Students for Academic Reasons

SFCCS may require a student to withdraw for serious academic reasons if the school is unable to meet a student’s needs. If such a request is made, the following conditions must be fulfilled:

  • Sufficient advance notice of the request must be given in writing to the student and parents;
  • The required progress reports shall have been given to the student and parents;
  • The student and parents shall have been given the opportunity to discuss with the appropriate staff personnel the future school placement of the student; and
  • The school must cooperate with any receiving school in matters concerning the placement of the student in an instructional program.