It is important for the teacher to know if a child is having difficulty and homework is one of the ways to assess this. Homework will be assigned to grades K-8 on a regular basis that may include weekends. It may consist of the following:
- Completion of work begun in class
- Make-up work
- A review of concepts
- Reinforcement exercises
- An extension of previously introduced work
- Preparation for tests or quizzes
The recommended time allocated for homework per day is as follows:
- Kindergarten—15 to 20 minutes
- Grades 1 and 2—30 to 40 minutes
- Grades 3 and 4—45 to 60 minutes
- Grades 5 and 6—60 to 80 minutes
- Grades 7 and 8—80 to 120 minutes
Parents have a responsibility for the success of their child with regard to homework. Additionally, the child’s attitude toward home study is likely to reflect that of his/her parent. Parents should give guidance only and not correct or do their child’s homework. Parents should also:
- Provide a study area—good lighting, proper seating, etc.
- Provide a specific period—aim for the same time daily
- Think positively—encourage your child
- Supervise homework—ensure child follows directions and works carefully
- Help the habit—contact your child’s teacher if your child does not have homework
Additional information on homework, or more details on the above, may be found in the Parent/Student Handbook.
K-8 Grading Policy
A for a score of 97 to 100
A- for a score of 93 to 96
B+ for a score of 90 to 92
B for a score of 87 to 89
B- for a score of 84 to 86
C+ for a score of 81 to 83
C for a score of 78 to 80
C- for a score of 75 to 77
D for a score of 69 to 74
F for a score of 68 and below
Internet Curriculum & Safety Policy
In addition, to the required curriculum, OLPH offers computer education classes for students in Grades 1-8. Students in grades 1-3 are scheduled one forty (40) minute class per week. Students in grades 4-8 are scheduled for two forty (40) minute classes per week.
The curriculum provides age-appropriate classes in the following subjects:
- Computer vocabulary
- Keyboard instructions
- Print commands
- Word processing, graphics
- Internet research
Grades 4-8 receive a letter grade each trimester. Acquired skills, homework, and active involvement in class lessons are all criteria for the grade.
To maintain a safe environment for Internet access, OLPH has an Internet use agreement that must be signed by students and their parents. A copy of the document may be downloaded here.
State law requires regular student attendance for classes in school unless excused for a valid reason; this is defined by diocesan policies #5111-5113 and local school policy. Elementary-school students, who are absent 20 or more days per semester (or more than 13 days per trimester) without a doctor’s excuse or other comparable professional excuse, may be asked to withdraw from school or be retained. The final decision rests with the principal in all cases. Students are expected to be on campus from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Students may not leave the campus for any reason without written authorization from parent/guardian.
Dress Code Policy
Each school shall establish standards for student dress which will promote cleanliness, health, safety, and the development of Christian values. (Diocesan School Board, January 1985.) The uniform is an integral part of the school’s educational policy. It must be adhered to by all registered families. Each uniform should be clearly labeled with the child’s name and grade. It is the student’s responsibility to take pride in his/her school uniform, and the parents/guardians responsibility to encourage his/her child to come to school with a clean and neat uniform.
All students of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School are expected to arrive and depart from school in a proper fitted complete uniform. Only in extreme cases will a student be allowed in class without the full uniform. In such a case, a written note from the parent/guardian is required. Should a student be out of uniform and without a note, the student will be sent to the office and parent/guardian will be called in order that the correct uniform is brought to school. If parent/guardian is not available, a student will be given a note to take home. It must be signed by parent/guardian and returned the next day. Failure to comply with dress code may result in an “out-of-uniform” notice. Frequent disregard of the dress code may imply a disregard of school rules and be reflected in the Conduct grade.
The school uniform is reviewed often with input from the principal, staff, and school parents. All uniforms must be purchased from Norman’s Uniforms. Norman’s Uniforms location, hours, and other information can be obtained by visiting their website. Use School Code 82470 when making your purchases online. Additional details regarding uniforms may be found in the Parent/Student Handbook.
- Plaid Jumper (for grades K-4) length to be no higher than 2 inches above the knee.
- Plaid Skirt (for grades 5-8) length to be no higher than 2 inches above the knee.
- White, short-sleeve overblouse (peter-pan collar) to be worn with skirt or jumper.
- Solid white undershirt or camisole under overblouse
- Grey, Light Blue, or White Polo Shirt with Our Lady of Perpetual Help School logo to be worn with shorts or skort
- Short Sleeve White Oxford Shirt with Our Lady of Perpetual Help School logo
- Skipper Blue Pleated Shorts
- Low Rise Flat Front Shorts
- Pleated Shorts
- Solid white, fold-down ankle socks
- Navy Stretch Belt
- All white or navy blue or navy blue & white school shoes/athletic tennis shoes (shoelaces appropriate to shoe-not decorative)
- White or Navy Knee Highs
- Platform shoes, platform tennis shoes, dress shoes, boots, and open toe shoes such as sandals are not acceptable.
The following may be worn in the winter of cooler months:
- Skipper blue twill pants
- Flat Front Pants
- Grey, Light Blue, or White Polo Shirt with Our Lady of Perpetual Help School logo to be worn with slacks
- Long Sleeve Grey, Light Blue, or White Polo Shirts with Our Lady of Perpetual Help School logo to be worn with slacks
- Navy Blue Hooded Zip Sweatshirt with Our Lady of Perpetual Help School logo
- Navy Blue Cardigan Sweater with Our Lady of Perpetual Help School logo
- Navy Blue Hooded Nylon Jacket with Our Lady of Perpetual Help School logo
- White tights
The girls’ jumper, skirt, overblouse, and/or short sleeve Oxford shirt must be worn on the day of school liturgies/masses.
- Skipper Blue twill pleated shorts
- Skipper Blue flat front shorts
- Grey, Light Blue, or White Polo Short Shirt with Our Lady of Perpetual Help
- School logo
- Short Sleeve Light Blue Stripe Oxford Shirt with Our Lady of Perpetual Help
- School logo
- Navy Stretch Belt or Black Leather Belt
- Solid white crew socks (Socks must be visible and cover the ankles; Short tennis socks are not acceptable.)
- All white or navy blue or navy blue and white school shoes/athletic tennis shoes (shoelaces appropriate to shoe-not decorative)
- Platform shoes, platform tennis shoes, dress shoes, boots and open toe shoes such as sandals are not acceptable.
The following may be worn in the winter or color months:
- Skipper Blue twill pleated pants
- Skipper blue flat font pants
- Long Sleeve Grey, Light Blue, or White Knit Polo Shirt with Our Lady of Perpetual
- Help School logo
- Navy Blue Hooded Zip Sweatshirt with Our Lady of Perpetual Help School logo worn over shirt
- Navy Blue Cardigan Sweater with Our Lady of Perpetual Help School logo
- Navy Blue Hooded Nylon Jacket
The boys’ shorts or pants and short sleeve Light Blue Stripe Oxford shirt must be worn on the day of school liturgies/masses.
Grey PE Shirt with Our Lady of Perpetual Help School logo
Navy Mesh PE Shorts with Our Lady of Perpetual Help School logo
Each student in grades 3-8 is required to wear a PE Uniform. PE uniforms must be purchased from Normans Uniforms. It is recommended to have 2 uniforms per child and must have their name marked on their uniform. Students are expected to have and wear their PE uniform by the second week in September.
Parents of children needing medication are to bring all medications to the office with a completed authorization form from (1) their parent or guardian, and (2) their physician. The form provides permission to dispense the specified medication to the student. The student should come to the office at the designated time for the distribution of his/her medication. The office staff or principal will observe the student taking the prescribed dosage. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to pick up all medication by the last day of school. The above policy includes prescription and over-the counter medications.