Mission/Vision/Objectives Statements of St. Philip's Lutheran School
Mission Statement St. Philip's Lutheran School exists to assist families in the Christian training of their children -- academically, physically, and spiritually -- to prepare them for lives of service in the Lord. Vision Statement #1 Student Vision and Objectives . . . St. Philip's students will strive to meet high academic expectations, demonstrate leadership, and show their faith in action.
1. Students will demonstrate proficiency in every academic area by meeting grade-level standards.
2. Students will strive to use their talents and abilities to lead lives that reflect the love of Christ.
3. Students will be given opportunities to demonstrate leadership in the church, school, and community. Vision Statement #2 Faculty Vision and Objectives . . . St. Philip's faculty will be leaders in the school and congregation and will continue their education in a variety of ways.
1. St. Philip's Lutheran School will encourage each faculty member to be involved in congregational programs.
2. St. Philip's will encourage and provide opportunities for every faculty member to pursue and obtain certifications and graduate degrees.
3. St. Philip's faculty will grow professionally by attending workshops, conferences, and observing classrooms. Vision Statement #3 Strategic Plan Vision and Objectives . . . St. Philip's Lutheran School will develop a strategic plan to increase enrollment and provide staff as enrollment rises.
1. St. Philip's Lutheran School will develop and distribute advertising throughout the community and create new signage for the building to promote the school and increase enrollment.
2. St. Philip's Lutheran School will identify areas in the community to canvass and encourage families to enroll.
3. St. Philip's Lutheran School will add faculty and staff as needed and as budget allows when enrollment increases. Vision Statement #4 Programs Vision and Objectives . . . St. Philip's will offer core and supplemental programs to strengthen mind, body, and soul.
1. St. Philip's will have a core curriculum emphasizing the total development of students.
2. St. Philip's will provide a range of supplemental offerings to further assist parents and students. Vision Statement #5 Facilities Vision Statement . . . St. Philip's will provide a safe, educational environment that serves the academic, physical, and spiritual needs of our students.
1. St. Philip's will maintain a clean facility that is attractive within the neighborhood.
2. St. Philip's will strive to improve the school building and grounds by adding appropriate space as feasible.
FAITH IN ACTION
CHOICE AND COMMITMENT
FOCUS ON RESULTS
St. Philip’s Lutheran School operations are based on a core set of principles known as the five cornerstones. Everything done at St. Philip’s Lutheran School derives itself from these.
Faith in Action. St. Philip’s Lutheran School is distinctly Christian. Studying the Word of God is a daily occurrence. We teach the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. It is expected that the students of the school demonstrate their faith in all that is said and done. Further, St. Philip’s Lutheran School expects students to perform public acts of Christian service as part of the school’s curriculum.
High Expectations. St. Philip’s Lutheran School has clearly defined and measured expectations for students academically and behaviorally. No excuses will be made as a result of a student’s background. Students, parents, faculty and staff create a community within the school that supports high achievement through formal and informal rewards and consequences for academic performance and for behavioral performance.
Choice and Commitment. Faculty, staff, students and parents of the school choose to participate at St. Philip’s Lutheran School. No one is assigned or forced to attend the School. Therefore, everyone involved with the School must make and keep a commitment to the development of the students and to each other. Time and effort are required of each person in order to guarantee students success.
More Time. There are no shortcuts in life. With an extended school day, students are given more time in the classroom to gain and retain the academic skills they will need to be successful in high school and college. Increased opportunities for students to engage in a diverse set of extracurricular activities creates incentives for success, heightens learning by bringing classroom teachings into a real world context, and adds confidence and maturity to the learner beyond what can be obtained within the classroom.
Focus on Results. St. Philip’s Lutheran School tenaciously pursues high student achievement on standardized tests and other measurable objectives. There are no excuses for poor performance. Students are expected to achieve a level of academic success that will guarantee them success at the best high schools and colleges in the nation.
Our primary purpose reflects Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:19, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We are committed to providing the best possible secular education through a challenging and innovative curriculum. Yet this is only the beginning … our entire program is centered on Christ. We want all of our students to lead lives that reflect a love for their Savior, Jesus Christ. We want them to discover and use their God-given talents and abilities in the classroom, at home, at work, and at play. Our mission is to make and nurture disciples who are equipped spiritually and academically to serve their Lord in whatever situation they may find themselves.
St. Philip’s Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other school-administered programs.
The Primary Aim and Purpose of St. Philip's Lutheran School
St. Philip’s Lutheran School is a Christian School. Unlike other elementary schools, St. Philip’s Lutheran School offers a Gospel-Based Curriculum beginning with four year old Kindergarten and ending at the eighth grade. It is distinctively a school maintained by and for those who believe that “the soul of education is the education of the soul!”
It is upon the fundamental Biblical truth: “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7) that St. Philip’s Lutheran School states the following purposes for maintaining a Gospel-Based Curriculum:
That the children of our school demonstrate their faith in God as their Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.
That our children understand that the way to salvation is through faith in their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
That our children demonstrate their faith through works of love for Jesus and through their attitudes, desires, and lifestyles.
That the children of our school develop talents academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically and use those talents to do all to the glory of God.
Finally, that our Christian school may assist and share in the God-given responsibilities of church and home.
Policies for Admission into St. Philip's Lutheran School
St. Philip’s Lutheran School exists to serve any and all children who have the ability to attend a mainstream classroom. St. Philip’s Lutheran School will work to meet the needs of all children. St. Philip’s Lutheran School has accepted many students who have been determined to be “challenged” in a typical classroom setting. Many of these children who were not experiencing success at other schools are flourishing at St. Philip’s Lutheran School. We must also acknowledge that while we make every attempt to serve all children, some children may best be served by other institutions.
Policies for Enrollment of MPCP Students
Enrollment of Milwaukee Parental School Choice Students hinges on the family’s eligibility for school vouchers as established by the state and local governing bodies. In situations where multiple applications are submitted for a limited number of seats in a classroom, a lottery will occur. All names will be entered into a drawing in which each child has an equal opportunity to be chosen. The choosing of a name(s) in the drawing determines which student(s) will obtain a seat at St. Philip’s Lutheran School.
A child must be at least four (for K4) and be at least five (for K5) years of age by September 1st. A birth certificate is necessary for proof of age. Necessary forms must be completed and non-refundable tuition paid if applicable.
First grade students entering St. Philip’s Lutheran School are required by the MPCP guidelines to be six years old by September 1st of that calendar year. Proof of age through the form of a birth certificate must be submitted with the application.
Denial of Enrollment Appeals Process for Milwaukee Parental Choice Program
Under 119.23 (2)(a) a pupil must reside in the city of Milwaukee and meet the income requirements defined below to qualify for the MPCP:
The pupil is a member of a family that has a total family income that does not exceed an amount equal to 1.75 times the poverty level determined in accordance with criteria established by the director of the federal office of management and budget. A pupil attending a private school under this section whose family income increases may continue to attend a private school under this section if the pupil is a member of a family that has a total family income that does not exceed an amount equal to 2.2 times the poverty level determined in accordance with criteria established by the director of the federal office of management and budget. For purposes of admission to a private school under this section, siblings of pupils attending a private school under this section are subject to the higher income limit. If a pupil attending a private school under this section ceases to attend a private school under this section, the lower income limit applies unless the pupil is a sibling of a pupil attending a private school under this section. 119.23(3)(a) states that a school must, “Within 60 days after receiving the application…notify the applicant, in writing, whether the application has been accepted. If the private school rejects an application, the notice shall include the reason.” A school may only reject an applicant for not meeting income and residency requirements, or for losing a random selection lottery. Under St. Philip Lutheran School’s appeals process, a rejected applicant has five working days from the date of receipt of their notice of rejection to provide written evidence to the school board that the applicant was improperly rejected. The evidence must include income and residency documentation. The school board president or principal shall respond to the applicant’s appeal within five working days of receipt of the appeal notifying him or her of the acceptance or rejection of the appeal.
Acceptance of Transfer Students from Other Educational Facilities after Labor Day:
Any student transferring into St. Philip’s Lutheran School after Labor Day must abide by the following steps:
The parent(s) or guardian must schedule an appointment to meet with the Principal to discuss the policies and educational practices of school and to receive a guided tour of the building.
The parent(s) needs to schedule an appointment with the classroom teacher to have the child tested and to provide the child with an opportunity to interact with the classroom teacher. This guarantees proper grade placement, a comprehensive view of the child’s overall abilities, and a chance for the child to meet his/her teacher.
Finally, the academic records of the student’s previous academic experiences will be released to St. Philip’s Lutheran School through written authorization from the school office.
NOTE - St. Philip’s Lutheran School faculty and staff reserves the rights to place a student in the grade level which would be in the best interest of the student and the school. St. Philip’s Lutheran School Board of Education reserves the right to restrict the enrollment of those families who do not support the philosophies of the school, and who demonstrate an unsatisfactory level of support in regards to the policies established by the Board of Education. A physical examination is expected of all incoming students upon initial enrollment. In addition, all students must meet state immunization requirements.
No registration or tuition is charged.
MEMBER TUITION – Grades K5 – 8th
(Amount is due to school on the first day of each new school year.)
1 student $200.00
2 students $300.00
3 students $400.00
4 students $500.00
The Stewardship Committee will contact member families concerning the remaining tuition.
PAYMENT SCHEDULES NON MEMBERS - TUITION - For K5 – Grade 8
1 student $200.00 per month/$2000.00 per school year
2 students $300.00 per month/$3000.00 per school year
3 students $400.00 per month/$4000.00 per school year
4 students $500.00 per month/$5000.00 per school year
5 students $600.00 per month/$6000.00 per school year
Members and Non-Member for K4
Full Day $200.00 per month per student
$2000.00 per school year
Half Day $100.00 per month per student
$1000.00 per school year
Please note: Monthly tuition payments are due on the first school day of each month. The initial payment (10% of total owed) is paid on the first day of school. The remaining balance is split in 9 equal payments. Parents or guardians who have not paid the monthly balance by the 10th of the month will be charged a $10.00 late fee and sent a reminder. Any balance that remains outstanding by the 15th of the month may result in a suspension of services pending payment. Any student with a balance past due for more than one month will be suspended from school until the balance is paid in full. (There is also a $25.00 fee for returned checks).
All parents are expected to model for their children a Christian way of life. Parents are expected to willingly:
Have their children instructed in the truths of the Bible.
Attend three scheduled consultations with their student’s teacher to discuss the child’s progress and collect their report card.
Sign a commitment form supporting the policies, procedures and practices of St. Philip’s Lutheran School.
Classroom Management and Discipline
While it is expected that students of St. Philip’s Lutheran School be followers of Christ, it must also be understood that they are not exempt from the effects of sin. At such times it is the responsibility of the staff of St. Philip’s Lutheran School to show the children their sin. Out of Christian love, school staff will seek to create in the students of St. Philip’s Lutheran School a profound sense of maturity and self-discipline.
Standards established for behavior apply to all school functions, whether on or off school property, before, during or after school, or in the classroom.
Discipline procedures will be followed and enforced in the same manner throughout the school. The range of actions which may be taken are listed in this booklet. The faculty and staff shall consider all mitigating circumstances to ensure due process for each student.
We all take pride in our clean school building. Everyone is to help keep it that way.
All staff members are to be regarded as representatives of Christ, and as such, must be respected by the entire student body.
Any staff member may discipline any child upon disregard of regulations or disrespect of persons.
Arrival, entering the building, and conduct in the halls -
"Surely, this is none other than the house of God."
During school hours, teachers stand in the place of parents.
Students are not permitted to play outside either before or after school.
Always remove hats when entering the building.
In respect to classes that may be in session, there is no talking or running in the halls.
No gum chewing.
No CD players, walkmans or cell phones are permitted.
Students will walk single file when passing through the halls and using the stairs.
The lawns of the neighbors are NOT play areas.
Silence in the lines must be the rule for orderly procedure and also for listening to directions that the teacher may give.
Don't be a litterbug. You can help keep our school grounds attractive by picking up wastepaper and the like.
All personal belongings should be taken home each night. The classrooms are not to be considered as clothes closets.
A child's attitude and actions will be a reflection of the love first shown to him by God. As a family of believers we share this common love from and for God.
When a child permits himself to be controlled by his sinful nature, he is rejecting the will of God. Disrespect, name-calling, fighting, and attitudes such as these are not appropriate to God's will or our school and simply will not be tolerated. Expect to be notified if such circumstances arise. Remember your child is your responsibility twenty-four hours a day. Repeated failure to conform to the standards of God's Word and our school will lead to detention, suspension and/or expulsion.
At St. Philip’s Lutheran School teachers and administrators strive to maintain consistent expectations throughout the day. Our policy dictates that any teacher or educational assistant may hand out a detention to any child. Detentions may be given for disrespect or refusal to follow classroom guidelines. When it comes to the point that a child is making the education of the other children in the room difficult or impossible, a detention is certainly appropriate. Detentions may vary in length - 30 minutes minimum.
School-Wide Behavioral Expectations and Procedures
Gospel Motivated Expectations
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
(2 Corinthians 5:14, 15)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22, 23)
Christ came to earth to save us from sin, death, and the devil simply because he loved us. As we reflect the love of Jesus in our daily lives, we demonstrate God’s love in our interactions with others. Being motivated by God’s love we have the opportunity to put our faith in action by demonstrating the following behaviors:
Build up and encourage
Respect for everyone
Spirit of cooperation
“He who listens to life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.” (Proverbs 15:32-32)
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11)
Despite God’s love and forgiveness, we remain imperfect and unable to follow God’s Law perfectly. God makes it clear in His word that discipline is a necessary part of a Christian’s life. Discipline is done out of love so that a child may recognize their sin and experience godly sorrow which leads to repentance.
Christian Discipline Procedures
When students fail to demonstrate a positive attitude and cooperative behavior, it becomes necessary to administer consequences. In order to help students recognize their sin and regain the positive attitude and the cooperative behavior expected of them, the following consequences may be used but are not limited to:
Standing or sitting in a specific location in or out of their classroom.
Completing writing assignments focused on behavioral improvement.
Complete school service projects.
These consequences may be administered by any St. Philip’s Lutheran pastor, teacher, or staff member. Repeated disruptions may lead to but are not limited to detentions, in-school suspensions, or out-of-school suspensions with the approval of the principal.
Some behaviors demonstrate willful disregard of God’s Word and disrupt the educational process. The following are examples of behaviors which require a specific consequence.
These consequences may include but are not limited to detentions, in-school suspensions, or out-of-school suspensions:
Verbal or non-verbal defiance or disrespect of any staff member
Saying “no” when given a direction
Refusing to follow a direction in a timely manner
Walking away from a teacher
Leaving the classroom without permission
Slamming the classroom door
Talking badly about staff members
Talking back/arguing with a staff member
Verbal or non-verbal disrespect for other students
Throwing things at another student
Negative physical contact
Speaking inappropriately or bad mouthing another student
Damaging, stealing or possessing items another student’s property
Intentional academic dishonesty
These consequences may be administered by any St. Philip’s Lutheran pastor, teacher, or staff member with the approval of the principal.
No forms of tobacco, street drugs, or alcohol are permitted in school or on the surrounding premises. Guns, knives and any other instrument that could be used for harm is considered a weapon. Extreme negative behaviors such as: gang-related activity, property damage, theft, or sexual abuse are also illegal and prohibited. The police will be contacted for suspected criminal activity. Such things will not be tolerated and will lead to suspension and/or expulsion.
Disciplinary Action Plan
The following plan is for continued and repeated on-going behavioral concerns.
Except in the case of illegal or extreme negative behaviors, the following procedures will be followed:
After three detentions the next offense will result in an in-school suspension. A mandatory meeting is required with student, parent/guardian, teacher and principal before returning to school.
Any subsequent offense will result in an out-of-school suspension.
After the second out-of-school suspension, any subsequent infraction will result in expulsion, pending an appeal by the parents with the Board of Education of St. Philip’s Lutheran School.
Detentions and suspensions are cumulative throughout the year and do not reset at the start of a new quarter.
If a student does not meet the expectations of a detention or in-school suspension they will be required to repeat the consequence until expectations are met.
In addition to emphasizing the Gospel and encouraging students to be proactive in positive behavior, the staff also strives to incorporate the Gospel through, word, and more importantly action, as a part of the conclusion of each disciplinary incident with students. The wonderful promise of God’s forgiveness drives all that we do and is an essential element to any interaction with students. This action is particularly crucial when a student has done wrong and has repented.
Suspension and Expulsion Procedures
The principal has the authority to suspend students.Suspension shall mean temporary removal from classes and/or school.Suspensions shall be made solely after the principal has made an investigation and determined that such suspension is necessary to help any student, to further school purposes, or to prevent interference with school operations.Initiation of suspension may begin immediately or at the discretion of the principal.The length and type of the suspension (either in-school or out-of-school) shall also be at the discretion of the principal.If the suspension is to start immediately, the principal will attempt to inform the parents by phone or letter.The suspension process will include the opportunity for a meeting with the principal, student and parents.
If a student is to face disciplinary action that could result in expulsion (permanent removal from school), the following will occur:
Parents will be phoned and the student will be immediately removed from school.
A meeting with the principal, parents and student will take place as soon as possible, not to exceed five days after the student’s removal from school.
After the meeting, parents and student will be notified of the principal’s decision and the terms for reentry or permanent expulsion.
If the student is permitted to return to St. Philip’s Lutheran School, prior to his/her return, a conference with the principal, parents and student must occur to review and sign a statement agreeing to the terms of reentry.
In order to appeal an expulsion/dismissal the following procedures must be followed by parents:
Parents must submit a written complaint to the principal.
The principal will respond to the parent or guardian within 3 days of submission of the grievance.
If the parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the response of the principal, they can then submit the complaint to the Chairman of the Board of Education. The principal’s response is to be submitted to chairman of the board of education. Any action taken by the Board chairman must be done so in compliance with all applicable privacy laws and in accordance with St. Philip’s Lutheran School policy.
The Board of Education has final say concerning expulsion/dismissals.
Harassment is any form of uninvited and unwanted physical or verbal behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment for education.
At St. Philip’s Lutheran School we understand sexual harassment to be a form of sexual discrimination that occurs when one person subjects another person to unwanted sexual attention, coerces him or her into sexual activity, and/or punishes his/her refusal. Sexual harassment may be manifested verbally (which includes, but is not limited to, propositions, innuendoes, and/or subtle pressure for sexual activity) and/or physically (which includes, but is not limited to, touching, patting, pinching, brushing against another’s body, physical assault, rape, or subtle pressure for sexual activity). The accusation of sexual harassment is a serious one, and all cases will be given immediate individual attention with the strictest confidentiality imposed. A student should contact his/her Teacher, and/or the Principal if he/she encounters this problem.
There shall be no verbal harassment at St. Philip’s Lutheran School. Verbal harassment includes threats, gestures, or verbal attacks on persons, including attacks directed at one’s racial, ethnic, or religious background, physical or mental disability, appearance, as well as any form of obscene language, swearing, slander, name calling, or slur. Our school is a place where every one of us must be comfortable and treated with due respect.
Response to Harassment
St. Philip’s is committed to the equitable and swift resolution of harassment issues. Any student or employee experiencing harassment should follow any or all of these measures:
Let the offender know you want the behavior to stop. Be clear and direct. Do not apologize.
If you are not comfortable confronting the offender alone, ask a friend to accompany you, or write a letter to the offender, keeping a copy.
Make a record of when, where and how you were mistreated; include witnesses (if any), direct quotes, and other evidence.
If you are a student, notify the Principal, or if you are uncomfortable doing so, speak with another adult.
If you are an adult, notify the Principal.
As soon as possible, the adult notified will report to the Principal who will in turn notify Pastor and the Chairman of the Board of Education.The Principal will notify the authorities, if necessary.The Principal will investigate the matter in a swift and equitable manner and communicate a decision to all parties involved.
The Course of Studies Offered at St. Philip's Lutheran School
Word of God – Each day classes will study God’s word to heighten the students’ awareness of their great God. The study of God’s Word will provide them the opportunity to grow in and with the Word focusing on the Old Testament and New Testament. Old Testament studies will reflect the constant promise of the Savior given to the Old Testament prophets and patriarchs. New Testament studies will include the public ministry of Christ, his suffering, his death and his resurrection. It will also include a study of the early Christian church on earth.
Fine Arts – Children will be offered experiences in art and music throughout the curriculum. Both music and art will reflect the rich traditions and heritage of the community St. Philip’s Lutheran School serves. Students will be given the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of mediums and techniques. Various fairs (art, science, and history) will be held at the culmination of every year to recognize high achievement in these areas.
Mathematics – The mathematics curriculum will focus on computation and conceptual disciplines. A student must demonstrate a level of mastery in their studies before passing to the next level. The study of math will begin with basic concepts of numeration and progress up to the methods and structure of Algebra. Students who fall behind in their daily math assessments may be required to remain after school on a daily basis until they demonstrate mastery of specific skills and concepts.
Reading/Literature Courses – The skill of reading is rooted in teaching proficiency in phonics. The curriculum will offer students many activities in phonics and will work to expand the student’s base vocabulary by exposing them to many different types of literature. Reading is closely linked to the writing process. Writing activities are an integral part of any curriculum. Writing activities will permeate the curriculum throughout all courses and subjects. The reading curriculum will also include children’s literature with a focus on the classics and great African American writers. Assessment on decoding skills are done daily. Students who fall behind in their daily reading assessments may be required to remain after school on a daily basis until they demonstrate mastery of specific skills and concepts.
Spelling – Spelling is taught at all grade levels. At the primary grade levels spelling and phonics are individual classes. This is done to maximize the student’s familiarity with the ability to read phonetically. In the intermediate and upper grade levels the spelling course serves as a phonics course while working to expand the vocabulary base of the students at the appropriate grade level.
Science – At the primary level science is a tool used to create awareness of how wonderful God has designed our world. Conceptual science begins at the intermediate grade level. At the middle and upper grade levels the science course will alternate from physical science to life science. The upper grades will receive a course designed to outline those major concepts that students will need to be successful in high school.
Social Studies/History – History content at the primary grade levels is designed to create an awareness of the community in which the students live and how that community functions and works together as a whole. The course of studies at the intermediate level will focus on introductory concepts in geography. In addition, intermediate grades will study Wisconsin history, middle grades and upper grade students will study American and world history.
School Uniform Policy
School Uniform Policy Please contact the school office with questions regarding what is meant by uniform. Pictures and examples are available for you to view. Suggested retail stores include JL Marcus, Sears, JC Penney and Wal-mart. All polo shirts must be bought at St. Philip’s.
Students are required to attend school well groomed, conforming to the guidelines of Christian modesty and decency. Clothes are to be clean and neat, free of tears and holes, with shirts buttoned and tucked in. The following uniform policy will be strictly enforced.
Boys & Girls Pants Solid navy uniform style pants Belt required. (Black, brown or navy.)
Shorts Solid navy uniform walking shorts Belt required. (Black, brown or navy.) Shorts are allowed to be worn until September 30 and again from May 1st through end of school year.
Shirts School Logo Polo shirt – purchased from St. Philip’s Price: $10.00
Undergarments: T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, or turtlenecks worn under the uniform shirt must be solid white only. T-shirts or long sleeve shirts that are any other color than solid white are not permitted.
Sweaters Solid navy cardigan only, no hoods, no other colors or patterns.
It is the parent(s) or guardian’s responsibility to ensure that the uniform policy described above is followed. If a student is out of uniform, the parent(s) or guardian will be contacted and expected to correct the matter. Any student accumulating three uniform violations will serve a detention. Any student accumulating three detentions for a uniform violation will serve a suspension.
Please note: Any article of clothing should be neither oversized nor undersized. A uniform violation will be given if clothes are too tight or too baggy.
Coats and Jackets - Coats and jackets worn to school are to be taken off and hung up in the classroom closet before classes begin. They are not to be hung on the back of the desk chair. If it is cold, students are to wear a navy blue cardigan sweater or school logo fleece. No other items will be allowed to be worn as part of the uniform.
Shoes - Tennis, dress, and casual shoes with laces or Velcro straps are acceptable. Sandals, slip-on shoes, plastic shoes, light-up shoes, shoes with wheels and shoes with excessive heels are not to be worn. Socks are to be worn at all times. All students also need a pair of gym shoes with non-marking soles. These shoes should remain at school and be worn only in the gym.
Hats and Other Headgear - Hats, headbands, or any other type of headgear must be removed upon entering the building. These items are not to be worn anywhere in the building at any time. Jewelry - One thin, not oversized chain or necklace is permissible. One ring on each hand is allowed. No hoop earrings are allowed. Girls may wear one pair of posted earrings (not dangly). Boys may wear one small posted earring. No other pierced jewelry (such as eyebrows, nose, or tongue) may be worn. Mouth jewelry may not be worn. Fake Nails
Fake nails should not be worn to school. The nails become a distraction to the student wearing them as well as a possible safety issue involving scratching and breaking. Thanks! Tattoos
No TEMPORARY or permanent tattoos should be worn to school. Hair, Makeup and Perfumes
Unusual hair color and styles are not allowed. Hair is to be clean, neatly trimmed and out of one’s eyes. Girls who wish to wear makeup should do so with extreme moderation. No hair care products, colognes, perfumes, or any type of odiferous ointments or sprays are allowed in the building.
Academic Standards: Study Hall and Academic Recovery
Academic Standards: Study Hall and Academic Recovery
Students are to strive to use their God-given abilities and talents in achieving academic success. To do anything less is not in keeping with God’s will for our lives.
A percentage of daily work will not be completed in the course of the school day. This work should be taken home and completed before the beginning of the next school day. Students demonstrating an inability to complete work on a consistent basis run the risk of failing to grasp concepts. One of the basic goals of an educational system is to prepare students to be self-sufficient, responsible, and independent. It then becomes important for them to learn responsibility at an early age. Completing work on time is a fundamental goal that school children must be capable of performing prior to advancement through the grades.
Failure to complete school work on time will result in mandatory study time during Study Halls and/or Academic Recovery after the regular school day.
St. Philip’s Lutheran School offers students the opportunity to stay after school in a Study Hall setting Monday through Thursday after the school day is over. Teachers are present and available to work with students should they need assistance in completing their work. Students who have chronic problems completing work because of educational or academic gaps that may exist may be encouraged to participate in Title One services. Title One services are provided at St. Philip’s Lutheran School by a federally funded outside educational provider.
Missing and late school work is a concern shared by faculty and families alike. Work that is not turned in on time creates problems for teachers and students. It frustrates parents and guardians who are trying to help their children. It quickly can become a bad habit, and people who are regularly late or don't turn in needed items suffer throughout life. We do not want that to happen!
St. Philip's Lutheran School will work to avoid missing or late work. Faculty will contact parents or guardians to make them aware of this situation as soon as it starts to develop. Faculty and parents/guardians will arrange for After School Study Halls to provide time from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. for that child to complete this work. In addition, missing or late work will be noted on weekly school progress reports.
Completed late work will not receive full credit. Late work will be 'docked,' or lowered by the student's teacher. The severity of the penalty will depend on the situation. If the work is not turned in at all, those scores will be recorded as 0%.
If the parent or guardian refuses to have their child participate in such Study Hall or Academic Recovery opportunities, such missing or late work will be recorded as 0%.
Academic Recovery will be determined on a week-by-week basis, and it will be reset every academic quarter.
Brothers and/or sisters of students in Academic Recovery are to be picked up at their regular after school times . . . 3:30 p.m. for typical days; 4:30 p.m. for After School Care, After School Study Hall, After School Athletic Practice, or After School Detention. As another option, brothers or sisters of students in Academic Recovery may go to the local Youth Center at 3:30 p.m., but those arrangements must be made by the parents.
Students in Academic Recovery may not be able to go to athletic practices or events.
Students in Academic Recovery are to work quietly on school work. There is to be to no talking or playing around. If a student completes all their missing or late assignments, they must read a book or work on Accelerated Reading or Math until 4:30 p.m.
Students who fail to complete schoolwork on time consistently could be evaluated to determine whether there might be a physiological dysfunction causing the inability to be successful. Evaluations may and/or could involve testing done by a credible agency outside the school, an IEP evaluation done through the Milwaukee Public School System or a recommendation for an assessment by other special education personnel. A program will be created in an attempt to help them develop better study habits and to experience more success academically. If these interventions are unsuccessful and the student continues to display chronic problems completing work on time, the student’s enrollment at St. Philip’s Lutheran School may be reevaluated.
If your child will be absent from school, please notify the school by 8:00 am. If you are unable to contact the school, send a note with your child the following day explaining the absence. Please provide a written excuse from a doctor or clinic if your child is absent three or more days in a row.
All students are required to maintain a 90% attendance rate during the year. A student whose attendance rate falls below 90% will be required to make up class time lost by remaining after school in equal proportion to the time missed due to absences.
A student whose attendance is below 90% for the school year will be given an entrance exam to pass out of the present grade and go on to the next. The student must have a passing score on the test or they may be retained. All absences will be reviewed on a quarterly basis by the principal. Any student who demonstrates a chronic absentee rate may be dropped from enrollment.
Early Pick-Up or Release
Under normal circumstances, students should not be picked up early during school hours. If there is a day when it is necessary to have your child leave school early, please let your child’s teacher or the office know as much in advance as possible. This will avoid disturbing the classroom as well as keeping the educational environment distraction free. Students who leave early will be marked absence for that portion of the day.
Children who are not in their classroom by 8:00 a.m. are marked tardy. Those arriving after 8:00 a.m. must enter the building through the front doors and check in at the school office before proceeding to the classroom. Parents are to provide a written excuse for each tardy. If an excuse is not submitted, a tardy slip will be sent home with the student. The slip should be signed and returned to school the following day. Writing an excuse for late arrival at school does not excuse being late. The excuse is needed to ensure student safety and complete communication between the school and home.
The first three tardies of each quarter will be excused through parental contact with the school office. The following procedure will be followed for students that accumulate more than three tardies:
Fourth Tardy – The principal contacts parent(s) to develop a plan to ensure timely arrival at school. Contact to be made by phone and/or in writing.
Fifth Tardy – Student will be required to serve a detention for this tardy and every tardy that follows. Parents will be notified in writing if a detention is to be served. A mandatory meeting with the parent(s), teacher and Principal will be required.
Sixth Tardy - Student will be required to serve an extended detention for this tardy and every tardy that follows. Parents will be notified in writing if a detention is to be served. A mandatory meeting with the parent(s), teacher, Principal and Board of Education representative will be required.
Seventh Tardy – A mandatory meeting with the parent(s) and the Board of Education will be scheduled. The student cannot return to school until this meeting is scheduled.
"Picking Students up From School for Cause Policy"
There are times when it is absolutely necessary for a parent or guardian to pick up a child immediately from St. Philip's during the regular school day. For example, this may be required if a child is ill or if a child is having serious behavior or attitude problems. Situations like these make it impossible for the student to function successfully at school, and that child must be picked up from school immediately in order to preserve our teaching and learning efforts and to serve the health, safety, and welfare interests of all our students and staff.
St. Philip's must have both a working regular and a working emergency telephone contact for every child. This will enable our school administration to reach a parent or guardian to have a child picked up at school as quickly as possible. A student who is ill, or who is having behavior or attitude issues that make him or her unable to function at school for that day, must be taken home as soon as possible.
"School Care" charges shall be imposed upon the parent or guardian of a student who must be picked up from school and is not removed during the school day. Such "School Care" charges shall be the current "After School Care" rate per hour of the school day after the first hour the parent or guardian is attempted to be contacted and the child is still not removed from school.
If a child becomes ill or seriously disruptive and must be sent home, and a call is made to that student's parent or guardian to pick him or her up, the current "After School Care" charge shall be applied for every hour after the first hour until that child is taken home. For example, if a child becomes ill just before 1:00 p.m., and the parent or guardian is contacted at 1:00 p.m., but the child is not picked up from school until 3:00 p.m., one hour of "School Care" charges shall be applied. If a child becomes seriously disruptive of the school's teaching and learning process at just before 9:30 a.m., and the administration tries to contact the parent or guardian at 9:30 a.m., but the phone has been disconnected or the parent or guardian does not answer, and the child is not picked up until 3:30 p.m., five hours of "School Care" charges shall be applied.
Sick and/or seriously disruptive students MUST be picked up from school within an hour of a parent or guardian being notified or attempted to be notified, of the situation. The school MUST have current and working regular and emergency telephone contact information.
St. Philip’s Lutheran School administers the Wisconsin state academic achievement test. These computerized standardized tests are given to students in grades 3 through 8 and measure achievement in reading, language applications, mathematics, science, and social studies. Total test time varies by content area and grade. Results are shared with parents after the school receives the data from the scoring service.
Three times a year, St. Philip’s also gives students in grades K5-8 the Measures of Academic Performance (MAP) tests. These tests provide a more detailed and frequent assessment of how the students are doing in Math, Reading, Language Arts and Science (grades 3-8). Each subject area test takes about 50 minutes. The results from the MAP tests are used by the teachers to identify areas in their instruction that can be improved, thereby making student progress more positive and probable.
If place of residence is changed during the course of a year, report the change to the Attendance Office at once, giving the new address and phone number. This information is extremely important in the case of an emergency.
After School Care
At the request of our parents, an After School Child Care service is provided after regular school hours on Monday’s thru Thursday’s. After school hours are from 3:45 – 4:30 PM. There is no after care on Friday or on the day before a scheduled day off.All students should be picked up at 3:30PM.
This is a self-supporting program, therefore a daily rate is charged as follows:
$5.00 per day per child – regardless of how short or long a child is under our care.
The daily rate is charged regardless of the actual number of minutes your child is under our care. An additional $5.00 will be charged if you are up to 15 minutes late in picking up your child . . . $10.00 if your child is picked up after 5:00 p.m. Parents will be billed weekly. Payment is due upon receipt of bill or after school care privileges will be revoked.
After School Care, Mandatory Participation
Students who have not left the school grounds within fifteen minutes of school closing will be sent to the after school care room. Exceptions will be made for students on school grounds for an adult supervised school activity such as sports practice, athletic event, or supervised study hall. Students participating in a supervised after school activity need to leave the school grounds within 15 minutes of the conclusion of that activity.
Due to the lack of supervisory personnel, younger siblings are not allowed to attend athletic practices held after school. Parents may choose to send their children to the After School Care Program.
Athletics/Extra Curricular Activities
St. Philip’s Lutheran School offers extra curricular activities for its children. Sports and music are an integral part of its program. The purpose of these programs is to provide a Christian form of training in special skills. Complete information will be available from each group as it sets up its program for the year. Should your child participate in an extra curricular activity, please remind your child that he/she has now assumed an obligation and responsibility toward that activity. A parent(s) or responsible adult must accompany all children attending extra curricular activities. Supervision at theses events is limited. Show your interest in your children through your participation.
Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege. Misuse of this privilege will result in ineligibility. To be eligible for extracurricular activities a child must be in good academic standing.
Students are required to conduct themselves appropriately at all extracurricular events and practices.
Younger siblings are not allowed to attend practices held after school. Parents may choose to send younger siblings to the After School Care Program for a charge of $5.00 per child.
Participants are expected to attend all practices.
Extracurricular activities are led by faculty members and/or parent volunteers under the supervision of the athletic director, the principal, and the Board of Education.
Parents of participants will be responsible for paying for any equipment/uniforms that has been damaged or lost.
Parents are asked to transport students to and from all extracurricular events and practices.
(St. Philip’s Lutheran School Athletic Policy will be distributed at the beginning of the sports season to players and parents.)
An instrumental music program will be offered to children in Grades 5 - 8 through the facilities of the Wisconsin Lutheran High School Music Department. A teacher will come to our school once a week for lessons during the school day. The students will be able to rent or purchase instruments. Information will be provided by the high school during the first weeks of school.
Breakfast & Lunch Program
Breakfast and hot lunch are available to all students as part of the National Meal Program.
Milk is included with each breakfast and lunch. We also have a morning milk program for K4, K5, 1 & 2nd grade students.
Breakfast is available on a daily basis from 7:00am – 7:40am. These times are strictly observed so students can get to class on time. The school does provide an opportunity for students to eat breakfast upon arrival at school in the morning. Students must enter the building no later than 7:40am in order to take advantage of this opportunity.
Lunch is ordered on a daily basis. If your child is tardy or will be coming late because of an appointment, please call the school office before 9:00am if they are eating hot lunch. Students who do not order lunch by 9:00am should bring a bag lunch to school if they are arriving late.
Students may not use cell phones during school hours (7:00am–6:00pm). However, due to sickness or event cancellations, cell phones may be used in the School Office with staff permission. Cell phones must be turned off and turned in to the school office upon arrival at school. Parents who need to get in touch with their child should call the school office. Detentions will be issued for unauthorized possession of the cell phone or usage of the cell phone. St. Philip’s Lutheran School is not responsible for any damage to or loss of this equipment.
CD Players/Headphones/Radios/Electronic Devices
CD players with headphones and radios with headphones are not to be used during school hours (7:00 am – 6:00 pm). (If your child uses a portable music player or game while riding the bus, the item (s) must be turned off and kept in the child’s backpack until the child has left school.) Loss or theft of electronics is not the school's responsibility.
Every Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. we are blessed with the opportunity to come together as our pastor or one of our male faculty members leads us in a short service in which we hear God’s Word. Parents are welcome to attend.
The school relies upon parents to chaperone and assist with supervision for field trips and other events. Parents should be aware of the following chaperone requirements:
Smoking at anytime during a field trip is unacceptable.
Younger siblings should not accompany parents unless approved by the teacher.
Chaperones are expected to insist that their child stay with the rest of the group and not be given special treatment or conflicting expectations. Chaperones are expected to help the classroom teacher uphold St. Philip’s Lutheran School expectations and stay with the group at all times. Chaperones do not accompany classes for their own personal benefit, but rather to enhance the experience for the students.
Distributing candy, gum, or other treats must be done only with the teacher’s approval at an appropriate time.
Inappropriate behavior, conversations, or comments should be reported to a staff member immediately. Consequences should be administered only by a member of the St. Philip’s Lutheran School staff.
Confidentiality of Student Records
All information contained in the student files will be kept confidential unless otherwise stated in writing by the parent or legal guardian. The student files will be accessible to the office assistant, principal, teachers, pastors, and parents.
St. Philip’s Lutheran School follows a Curriculum Guide that presents philosophies and content to be covered in each of the major subject areas. This booklet is available upon request.
7:00AM School Doors Open – Breakfast Begins
7:40AM Breakfast Ends
8:00AM Classes Begin
11:10AM Lunch Period Begins
12:45PM Lunch Period Ends
3:30PM Classes End
3:35PM Study Hall Begins
3:45PM After school Care Begins
4:30PM Study Hall, After-School Care Ends
4:30PM Sports Practices End
Dismissal Procedures & Student Pick Up
Please note all students in Grades K4 – 8 will be dismissed through the front doors. When school is dismissed there is to be no loitering in or around school. Parents, please be punctual both in bringing your children to school and in picking them up.
In order to assure that your child has been picked up safely after school, please inform the school of the people who will be picking up your child during the year. If these names change, inform the office immediately. On a day when your child will be getting a ride with someone new, please contact the office prior to 2:00 pm.
Emergency Contact Information
It is extremely important that St. Philip’s always have the parent/guardian’s accurate and up-to-date phone numbers.
Before the school year begins, Emergency Contact information will be filled out on the registration form. This information needs to always be complete, accurate and up-to-date. If your child becomes sick, is injured or is not at school, we need to be able to contact you or a designated emergency contact person immediately to ensure your child’s well being and the health of the other children. The emergency information must include at least two local telephone numbers of people who will be responsible and authorized to care for the child when the parent is not available. Your child will not be allowed to be taken home by any unauthorized adults.
In recent years administrators have had to develop a plan for emergency building closings for reasons other than a fire or tornado. In case of an emergency, teachers will keep all children in the classrooms away from the door with the door locked until the threat has passed or other emergency action has been implemented. The goal of such shut down is to provide for the safety and security of the children. If the building has to be evacuated, the children will be kept in a secure environment, possibly the church, until such time as they can be sent home safely.
St. Philip’s Lutheran School has emergency plans in place for fires, tornadoes, and dangerous intruders. However, during these hazardous times, a school must have plans for other emergency situations. An Emergency Plan has been established for St. Philip’s Lutheran School and is on file in the school office.
Throughout the year students will be able to go on various field trips. Our goal is that such trips will enhance classroom learning experiences.
Grade Placement and Promotion
Promotion from one grade to the next at the end of each year will be based on the yearly achievements of the student in each subject covered throughout the course of that school year. A student may be promoted at the end of the year to the next level but required to repeat a specific subject again (ex: promoted to the fourth grade, but will repeat third grade math in the upcoming school year). Grade advancement is generally unproductive when a student is not experiencing academic success. Retention, however, must be used cautiously, as it can be counterproductive when it demoralizes the student. When a child is demonstrating a lack of social skills or physical maturity, retention can be very successful. In cases where the student is predominantly immature for his/her present grade level, retaining them will allow the student to interact, bond and compete with students that are at the same level of maturity in a natural and uninhibited manner.
In the event that an unfortunate situation arises that cannot be resolved, St. Philip’s Lutheran School has established a grievance policy based on Matthew 18. First, parents should privately confer with the teacher or teachers involved. If after diligent efforts, the situation remains unresolved, parents and teachers should bring the matter to the principal. Then, if there is still no satisfaction, the problem should be brought before the pastor. Finally, if necessary, the matter will be brought before the Board of Education and all aforementioned parties will work together to find a God-pleasing solution. Please note that all of these steps should occur outside of normal classroom hours.
Illness/Illness During School
If your child is ill, please do not send them to school. Please notify the school (414) 263-7614 by calling the school office before 9:00 a.m.
Illness during School Hours
If a child becomes ill or injured during the school day and is not well enough to stay in class, the parent/guardian will be called to pick the child up. It is necessary to have updated emergency contact numbers on file in the school office in case no one can be contacted at home.
State law (140.5 Wisconsin Statutes) requires that all children entering an elementary school in Wisconsin for the first time be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and hepatitis B. Certification of these requirements must be on file in the school office and can be waived only if a properly signed health or religious exemption form is filed with the school. The law also gives the right to exclude from school attendance students who fail to meet the immunization requirements. Up-to-date records must be on file at St. Philip’s by the first day of school. Please contact your doctor or the city health department to make arrangements for having your child immunized.
Lost and Found
Lost or found items should be reported to the school office. Lost and found items will be stored in the secretary’s office. Items not claimed will be discarded.
Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Abuse
The teachers and principal of St. Philip’s Lutheran School are required by law to report incidents of suspected sexual, emotional, physical, or other abuse and neglect to the proper authorities. Under this law, parents are not to be notified of the report.
Medical / Health Policies and Procedures
The faculty and staff have been trained to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all individuals. First aid materials are available in the school to treat students in cases of emergency. Parents should inform the office of any special needs that their child might have (asthma, anemia). Any medication that needs dispensing requires a parental consent form permitting the office to dispense the medication and a description of how the medication is to be dispensed from the doctor or pharmacist.
Complete information on Registration Day regarding work numbers and other individuals to contact in case of an emergency is critical! Should this information change over the course of the school year, please contact the school office to update your records.
Medication will be administered to a student only with the parent(s) or guardians permission given in writing. Please be specific with the permission as to who may administer the medication, the exact dosage, and the time the medication should be given. Children are never to have prescription medication stored in their desks. Over-the-counter medication such as aspirin may not be given to any student by teachers or staff without permission.
Newsletter and Communication
A school newsletter is sent home each Wednesday in a red folder with the youngest student in each family. This newsletter highlights important dates and information about the school year. Parents should look for this newsletter folder each week. Please return the red folder the following day for us to reuse the next week. Other avenues are also utilized for communication. St. Philip’s also has a website: www.stphilipsmilwaukee.com. These are great ways to stay in connected to the general happenings at
Research shows that learning is affected by what children eat. Excessive amounts of sugar can have an extremely negative effect on a child's ability to concentrate. Candy wrappers, gum, and chip bags also have a tendency to wind up as litter. Therefore, the following rules will be in place during normal school hours:
No eating on school grounds or in the building during school hours except during designated lunch times.
No gum chewing at any time.
No soda or candy except for special classroom treats.
Students are not to eat food or drink beverages in the halls before or after school as well as during school hours. Glass containers should not be brought to school.
Parent Orientation Meeting
Before the start of each school year or shortly thereafter, Parent Orientation Meetings are held for parents. These meetings allow the school to talk about specific points with parents before the school year begins and the classroom teacher to introduce themselves to the parents. These meetings are mandatory and if you are unable to attend one of the dates you should contact the principal or classroom teacher to arrange for an alternate time.
Parent &Teacher Communication
Parents can help teachers with their planning and help their child(ren) develop responsibility and learning by attempting to plan dentist and doctor appointments (and other appointments as well) outside the regular confines of the school day.
With open and honest communication, daily prayer, and reliance on God’s Word, we will always seek to resolve difficult situations in a God-pleasing way. To this end, we believe that scriptural principles will be observed that will assist us in communicating positively. Let us always attempt to avoid open criticism of others. Jesus tells us in Matthew 18 to gently and lovingly take up issues of contention with the offending party. We should also avoid gossip and hearsay. Try to get all the facts before coming to judgment.
As soon as problems arise, contact your child’s teacher. Many times things can be resolved with less anger and frustration if the problems are dealt with swiftly. Problems have a way of festering and getting worse the longer they sit without solution. We are here to serve our families. The more we speak together the better we will be! Don’t hesitate to call us.
Parents should try to privately confer with the teacher or teachers involved. If after diligent efforts, the situation remains unresolved, parents and teachers should bring the matter to the principal. Then, if there is still no satisfaction, the problem should be brought before the pastor. Finally, if necessary, the matter will be brought before the Board of Education for due process and all the aforementioned parties will work together to find a God-pleasing solution. Please note that all of these steps should occur outside of normal classroom hours.
Parental Access to the Classroom
Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in daily activities at the school. Parents may also observe their children’s classes provided that the observation is scheduled in advance or the parent(s) has received permission from an administrator to observe the class. The school administration is committed to providing teachers with advanced notice of guests in the classroom. This is done not only as a courtesy to teachers but also to ensure that the educational process is not disrupted.
In keeping with God's Word and will, stealing the school work of others will not be tolerated. A student may receive a failing mark if plagiarism is proven or if another student's assignment is deliberately copied in part or whole. If there is suspicion of a student's plagiarism, the teacher has a right to demand an assignment be redone.
Students, who are involved in plagiarism, whether they are copying the material or voluntarily supplying the material, are subject to disciplinary action.
According to state law, it is unlawful for the school to publicly inform parents of a potentially contagious condition that may or may not exist in a classroom setting without the expressed permission of the parent(s) and/or direct order from the Health Department of the State of Wisconsin. These situations are handled in the following manner. Once it is determined that a student may in fact have some contagious condition (ex: pink eye, ring worm), they cannot return to school unless they can produce a written slip showing that the potentially contagious condition is under a doctor’s care and poses no health risk to others.
St. Philip’s Lutheran School has high expectations for the academic and behavioral performance of its students. We continually strive to raise the bar and then work tirelessly to remove any and all obstacles that might impede student learning. Students are expected to complete assignments with passing grades (or better!). If a student does not pass a specific assignment, they are expected to re-do the assignment until they demonstrate mastery of the skill or concept.
We also expect that students in our school demonstrate growth as individuals. We expect that as they move through the grades we see evidence of their Christian character in all that they say and do.
Recess / Physical Education
Physical activity is an important aspect in every person’s life. Each class will have opportunities throughout the week to participate in both recess and physical education. Remaining physically active in life is imperative to live a high quality life. For this reason, St. Philip’s Lutheran School believes each child needs a form of physical activity within a day.
Students participating in their physical education classes and recess are expected to follow the same rules that apply in the classroom and athletic settings. Christian behavior must be exhibited at all times. Each child must respect one another and his/her capabilities. Students are expected to develop leadership skills, social skills, emotional skills, and physical skills. To aid in better serving these needs, classes will be highly structured. Unless a medical excuse has been given to the teacher, all students are required to participate in these activities.
Report Cards and Conferences
Report cards are issued at the end of each quarter. Report cards are not mailed out during the year. It is the responsibility of the parent(s) to come to the report card conference and meet with the teacher to collect the report card. Conferences are scheduled for the end of the first, second and third quarters. Parents are required to participate in these conferences. Failure to do so will be considered as a possible reason to deny enrollment for the following school year. Conferences are excellent forums for candid discussions between parents and teachers about their child’s progress. Parents are strongly encouraged to talk with the teachers and staff regularly.
If a student is ever in danger of failing a class, the parents will be notified in time to remedy the situation. It is the responsibility of the parent(s) and the child to make sure all class requirements are promptly and satisfactorily met. Parents are encouraged to contact the appropriate teacher at any time with questions on classes, assignments, and grades.
Please note: Final report cards will be withheld if any amount is owed to the church or school for tuition, hot lunch, lost books, damaged equipment, or after school fees. The final report card will be held in the school office pending full payment.
Emergency closings are announced on radio station AM 620 WTMJ/TMJ4. St. Philip’s Lutheran School is automatically closed if the Milwaukee Public Schools are closed for snow or cold. Please do not call school to inquire if school is closed. Listen to the radio or TV! Once the school day has begun, classes will be conducted for the remainder of the school day except in the case of extreme emergency. In case of bad weather, parents/guardians may pick up their children early if necessary.
Research shows that learning is affected by what children eat. In consideration of the recommendations of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction nutritional guidelines, lunches that may be brought from home are expected to be nutritionally balanced. They may not have soda or candy in them. Parents and children are responsible for the proper care of food that is brought from home.
School pictures will be taken each year, generally in the fall. A professional school photography company takes the pictures, which you may purchase if you desire.
School security is of the utmost importance for both the physical safety of students and the teaching and learning environment of the class. Parents and guardians are welcome to enter the building in the morning between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM as the students enter the building. Between 8:00 AM and 3:45 PM all parents must stop at the front office and check in with the secretary. If a parent needs to talk with their child or a teacher the secretary is able to contact the classroom. We ask that parents not enter the school hallways or room during the school day or visit their child’s classroom without the permission of the secretary, administrator, or teacher.
School & Student Telephone Use
School telephones are available for student use only in case of emergency. A teacher or staff member must give permission before a student is allowed to make a call. Calling parents for forgotten homework, lunches left on the counter, permission to go to a friend's home, or gym clothes is not considered an emergency. Children may use the telephone if the school has changed its schedule affecting after school activities. Planning ahead is the best word of advice for reducing the number of telephone calls made by students.
Students must have permission from a staff person to use the phone and will be charged $.50 for each student-initiated call. Students will not be allowed to use the phone to request that someone bring practice attire, forgotten homework, unplanned lunches, make new transportation arrangements, and so on.
Singing In Church
Usually once a month classrooms of children will be invited to sing for Sunday services at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church. Parents will be notified through the children and school newsletter of such occasions. Please receive the invitation and encouragement to worship regularly with your child. "I rejoiced with those who said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord.'" (Psalm 122:1) Students are to wear their school uniform when they are scheduled to sing in church.
Sleep & Regular Bedtime
Proper rest is very important for a child's learning capacity. It is recommended that elementary school children get at least ten hours of sleep on school nights. If your child has difficulty getting up every morning it may be an indication that he/she is not getting enough sleep. A regular bedtime needs to be enforced. It may be preceded by quiet reading time which helps the child relax rather than by watching television which leads to restlessness.
Honor Roll: Any student who achieves a grade point average of 3.00 or better in the six core subjects (Religion, Reading, Math, English, Social Studies and Science) for a given quarter will be placed on the Honor Roll.
Students Talking on the Telephone
Most children like to talk to their friends on the telephone. This can be a problem if they talk for long periods of time (more than 15 minutes), and if they make negative comments about fellow students and teachers. Some students have become very abusive over the telephone. Others have found it easy to get homework answers from a friend. Parents/guardians, please set up some guidelines as to the length of calls and hours when calls are permitted.
Study hall is available for students in grades 1 through 8 who may need extra help getting their work done. Study hall is held on Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30PM. There is no study hall on Friday or on the day before a scheduled day off. Parents must make prior arrangements with the child’s teacher before the student may stay. Students will be expected to stay until 4:30PM if they are in study hall. This will allow for an orderly, quiet study time for all students. Our classroom teachers supervise study hall in their own classrooms.
Textbooks are provided free of charge by St. Philip’s for a variety of subjects. These textbooks are valuable and it is vital that your child treat them with care and respect. If a textbook is lost or ruined, we ask that the parent pay the replacement cost for that book.
The Use of Media and Technology
St. Philip’s Lutheran School recognizes that technology is an integral part of our society. Each classroom works to incorporate technology into their curriculum and daily classroom activities throughout the school year. The computers located in the building contain a variety of software that the teachers use to emphasize the practice of basic skills and as an incentive to encourage students to complete work. When students are using the Internet, they will be supervised at all times. Students misusing the Internet can be suspended and/or dismissed from the school. Students are not allowed to log onto any chat rooms without prior consent from the classroom teacher.
Students may checkout books to read at home from the teacher’s collections in each classroom and the school library. Responsibility is required on behalf of the student to return the book in the same condition it was taken and return it in a timely fashion. Any child not abiding by this rule will be asked to replace or repair the book.
Visitors are welcome at St. Philip’s. Because the safety of all children is important to us, St. Philip’s requires that all visitors:
Use the designated main entrance.
Ring the bell on left hand side of glass doors.
2. Report to the Office.
3. Show some form of identification.
4. Sign in on the Visitor Record.
5. Wear/display the Visitor Pass while in the school.
6. Be escorted to the requested location.
7. Return the Visitor Pass to the Office and sign out.
We have been fortunate to have members of the congregation volunteer their time and talents in many ways to assist our school. Parents have the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of areas also. Please contact the school with questions or suggestions regarding St. Philip’s Lutheran School volunteer opportunities. (All volunteers must have a signed Volunteer Application Form on file in the school office.)