SSLS provides many enhancements to the curriculum in the form of field trips to area cultural events, museums, businesses, and other learning opportunities. Parental permission is required before students can participate in field trips. Parents may also be asked to help with student transportation. Drivers transporting children to and from school activities must be insured and have a valid California driver's license. Seat belts and car seats as required by law are required for each child transported in private vehicles.
Immunization and Health Requirements
California law requires that all students entering first grade receive a complete health checkup and all required immunizations. Each student entering first grade must submit a report of health examination properly filled out and signed by a physician. This form contains the student's immunization record.
All medications must be left with the child's teacher. No medication (including pain relievers) may be dispensed without written parental permission.
Children who are ill must be kept home for the welfare of both the child and others in the school. Arrangements must be made for students who become ill during school hours. Parents must designate someone who is available to pick the child up within one-half hour of being notified of an illness or injury.
Parents and volunteers who regularly participate in or otherwise assist during school activities and field trips are required to have a tuberculosis (TB) test.
Regular attendance is essential for a child's development and continued enrollment in the school. The yearly academic calendar will be provided in the registration packet, and is also available on the school's website.
Punctuality is expected. Any arrivals after 8:10 am will be considered unexcused tardies. Ten unexcused tardies within one quarter will result in a child being withheld from school for one full day. This will occur on the school day following the tenth tardy. Students will be responsible for all missed assignments. Excusable tardies must be called in to the staff before 8:00 am. Parents must notify the school if their child will be absent. The staff must be notified of all absences and tardies by 8:00 am
Children are not permitted to leave the school premises during the school hours without permission from a parent. Please attempt to schedule all necessary appointments after school. If this is not possible, please arrange appointments during the noon hour or at the end of the school day. Only children enrolled in the school or participating in special programs are allowed on the premises during regular school hours.
Drop-off and Pick-up Times:
- No later than 8:10 am
- Off-campus by 3:30 pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)
- Off-campus by 2:45 pm on early dismissal day (Wed)
If a child remains on campus after 3:30 pm on regular dismissal days or after 2:45 pm on early dismissal days without school consent, a late pick-up fee will be owed at the time the child is picked up.
We pray that SSLS is a place where Christ is honored and where our good behavior flows naturally from His love to us. We teach children to be ambassadors for Christ in all aspects of their daily lives. To this end, teachers and volunteers are trained to maintain Christian discipline at all times. They strive to discipline all children fairly according to Scriptural principles and with unconditional Christian love. They are guided by our written discipline policy. Specific rules of conduct for our school, as well as discipline procedures, will be given to students and parents during the first week of classes.
At SSLS children are taught three basic rules. All school routines flow from these biblical commands.
- BE KIND: Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
- BE SAFE: But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. 1 Corinthians 14:40
Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20
- BE RESPECTFUL: Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. Hebrews 13:17
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
SSLS expects that parents and students alike will recognize that students owe a willing obedience to their teachers, showing them respect as God's representatives.
St. Stephen Lutheran School has a school uniform policy. Students are expected to be in uniform as well as to be neat and clean. Exceptions may be allowed for field trips and extra-curricular activities. A specific outline of the uniform requirements will be provided with the registration packet.
Between Parents and Teachers
Reports cards are sent home quarterly. If a child is working below his or her abilities, a notice is sent home prior to the report card date.
Conferences are held each semester in an ongoing effort to bring school and home together in the education of each child.
Parents will naturally wish to inquire into their child's education. Please make arrangements to visit the classroom or meet with the staff as often as desired.
The most important written communication tool between parents and teachers is the Friday Flash. Parents are expected to read the Friday Flash promptly, as it contains time-critical material.
Parents are expected to support the instructors in all academic and disciplinary matters. If problems arise, parents are asked to address them with the teacher involved. Subsequently, if necessary, they may confer with the principal and the Board representative.
Stanford 10 achievement tests are administered to students every other year. These tests monitor the students' accomplishments in the various subject areas and provide a standard means for evaluating progress throughout the educational process.
Books and Supplies
Textbooks purchased by the school are expected to be used for several years. Student fees cover this cost. These books must be maintained in good order. Replacement fees are assessed on lost and damaged books.
Each child is expected to bring his or her personal school supplies on the first day of school. The school furnishes a list of required supplies. Please replenish supplies as needed throughout the year.
The school does not provide meals. Students are asked to bring their own snacks and lunches. Volunteers are available to warm the children's meals in a microwave oven.
Payments may be made annually or monthly. Monthly payments are divided over ten equal payment periods beginning August 1st and ending May 1st.
- Monthly payments are due and payable on the first of each month and considered delinquent after the tenth.
- A $10.00 late fee is added to each account for payments made after the tenth of each month.
- The late fee will increase to $20.00 for payments made after the twentieth of each month.
- All accounts must be kept current in order for the student to remain enrolled in the school.
- If an account becomes 30 days past due, the student will be ineligible from attending classes until the delinquent account is brought up to date.
If a student is dismissed or withdrawn for any reason, the tuition is charged for the entire month, even if the student is in attendance only a portion of that month. Written notification of withdrawal must be submitted to the school office. School records are not released until all accounts are made current.
The school enjoys the use of the facilities of St. Stephen Lutheran Church. While normal wear and tear are assumed during the operation of a school such as this, the church reserves the right to charge individual parents for material damage directly attributable to the neglect, abuse, or misuse of these facilities, furnishings, and personal property by their children.
Other Parental Responsibilities
Our parents bring many gifts to SSLS. We appreciate their participation, which enhances our school immeasurably. Volunteer opportunities may be discussed with the volunteer coordinator. Required annual parent involvement includes attending at least two parent-teacher conferences, and four evening meetings (Back to School Night, Spring Fair, and two Book Club Evenings.)
St. Stephen Lutheran is most pleased to make this educational opportunity available to you and your children. The governing body of St. Stephen Lutheran School is the voting membership of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, operating through its Board of Education. If you have any questions about this handbook, the administration of the school, or the teaching ministry of St. Stephen Lutheran School please direct your inquiries to:
St. Stephen Lutheran School
320 Moorpark Way
Mountain View, CA 94041
|7:50 AM||Gate opens|
|8:00 AM||Arrival time/Doors open|
|8:10 AM||School begins with morning devotion in the sanctuary|
|Noon–12:50 PM||Lunch and recess – Grades K–8|
|2:30 PM||Early Wednesday dismissal time
Pick-up is between 2:30–2:45 PM
|3:15 PM||Please pick up your children promptly|
|3:30 PM||Daily faculty meeting|
All children should be off campus by this time