Frequently Asked Questions
Please Note: all this info can be found in more detail in the Parent/Student Handbook and is not a substitute for the Handbook
Students may be dropped off only after 7:15am. Kindergarteners & 1st Grade will go to the gym to wait until 7:30am at which time a teacher will escort them to class. Grades 2nd -8th will go to the cafeteria and wait there until 7:30am after which time they should go immediately to their assigned classroom.
Students are asked to be in their classrooms NO LATER than 7:45am when morning announcements will begin. Students coming in after 7:45am need to report to the office before going to class. Note: Bus delays do not count as a tardy. (See Tardies policy in parent student handbook online.)
When dropping off in the morning PLEASE have your student(s) exit the car on the passenger side only and begin exiting cars when you can see the north end of the school building outside the window.
ALL Students should be picked up through the car-line (if not on a bus or walking/biking home). We ask that you…
a. NOT come into the building to wait at the bottom of the stairs.
b. NOT wait outside the exit door to take your children when they exit the building.
Cars line up facing the Kindergarten building (south) in 7 rows of cars.
Please DO NOT get out of your car and call your children to your car.
Teachers/administrators will release your children as they see the car sign you have been provided with your family’s name on it. (New families: your name signs will be sent home the first few days of school)
When all students in one car line are loaded we will release that car line (left to right) and ask that you pull straight ahead all the way through the car line in order to exit the parking lot.
Bartholomew County School Corporation (BCSC) bus transportation is available for St Bartholomew students on the High school bus routes. Please contact BCSC Transportation Department for more information: 812-376-4246 website: http://www.bcsc.k12.in.us/domain/40
SCHOOL CLOSINGS – WEATHER
St Bartholomew Catholic School follows Bartholomew County School Corporation (BCSC) weather-related closings & delays. We use email/text to communicate closures. You can also listen to local radio-stations. You can also sign up for BCSC Closing Notifications: http://www.bcsc.k12.in.us/Page/16874
Our school is following the same protocol regarding e-Learning days that BCSC has established which means that we will have an e-Learning day from home on the 6th and later snow days.
STUDENT GRADES — JUPITER GRADES
Report cards for Kindergarten-3rd grades will be standards-based. Report cards for students in 4th-8th grades will be traditional. You will be able to view all of your child(ren)’s grades through JupiterGrades. Report cards will be emailed to parents each quarter.
JupiterGrades is a system required for all diocesan schools to maintain student data, create and send reports to the Indiana Department of Education, and distribute important/urgent information to all school families. Please be sure you inform the school office if you have any changes to your contact information.
Students in Grades 2-8 will each receive a Chromebook with a case. Students in K-1 will have access to I-Pads. Classrooms have Smart Projectors. Students in Grades 2-8 learn to type using Edutyping.
Please view the online Dress Code Requirements at: http://www.stbirish.net/student-handbook/
Notify the school office if you did not receive a hard copy of the dress code and wish to have one.
SPIRIT WEAR & DRESS DOWN DAYS
Spirit Wear Days are every Friday. Students may wear a Spirit Wear shirt with uniform bottoms. Spirit Wear is available for purchase 3 times a year (please check school newsletter for upcoming dates). The Bullying Prevention t-shirts are also ok for spirit wear days.
Dress Down Days are the last Friday of every month (see weekly school newsletter for exact dates). There are still dress restrictions on dress down days, please see the Dress Code for more information.
ALL SCHOOL MASS DAYS – PROCEDURES
All-School Masses will be held weekly on Thursdays at 8:15am unless otherwise noted on the school calendar. All are welcome. Students may sit with parents at regular All-School Masses if parents arrive by 8:10. Non-Catholic participants and Catholic participants having not yet received First Communion may come forward for a blessing. All Catholic participants having already received their First Communion are expected to receive full communion. Students must wear school uniform to Mass.
“BUDDY” MENTORING PROGRAM
Our buddy program at St Bartholomew allows older students to mentor younger students. We pair our 7th grade class with Kindergarten, 8th grade with 1st Grade and 5th grade with 2nd grade. The older students help their younger buddy during all-school mass and they team up throughout the year for various activities. The 5th grade is “Reading Buddies” with 2nd graders.
SCHOOL CALENDAR & SPECIAL EVENTS
Back to School Open House (August)
The evening begins in the church with an informational meeting followed by classroom visits. Students & families can meet their teachers, drop off school supplies, learn more about extracurricular activities, athletics, PTO and more.
These are held four times a year to discuss upcoming events, propose & review the PTO budget and elect new officers. Please see the PTO Bulletin board for more info – in front lobby by elevator.
PTO Fall Festival (September)
A favorite event for the students, this fundraiser is hosted by our school PTO and open to the entire parish and public community. It is a family-oriented event with game booths run by each grade and specialty booths (Family Fun Jars, Peg Board, cake/baked goods auction, etc.) Food is available for purchase. All parents are encouraged to volunteer with their child(ren)’s grade activity/booth. Please contact the PTO President for more information or attend a PTO meeting.
Grandparents’ Day (October)
This is a school-wide event that begins with an all school mass followed by a coffee & desserts reception and allows grandparents the opportunity to see student(s)’ school/classroom and take students out to lunch.
Thanksgiving Feast (November)
This is an all school student & staff luncheon hosted by the PTO to celebrate Thanksgiving. It takes place in the school gymnasium.
2nd/3rd Grade Christmas Play (December)
A program put on by our Music teacher, Mrs. Owens, and the 2nd & 3rd grade classes. Parents, relatives and friends are invited to attend. The 1:30pm performance is generally for the school’s student body. The second evening performance at 7:00pm is offered for those who cannot attend the daytime performance.
PTO Mother-Son Jock Rock Night (January)
This is an event sponsored by our school PTO. It allows moms (or aunt/grandmother etc.) and their special boy(s) to enjoy an evening of fun, food and fellowship.
Catholic Schools Week (January)
This is a fun filled week to celebrate the joy and faith of our rich and rewarding mission of Catholic Schools Education. Details are announced in the weeks leading up to Catholic Schools Week.
PTO Father-Daughter Dance (February)
This is an event sponsored by our school PTO. It allows dads (or uncles/grandfathers, etc.) and their special girl(s) to enjoy an evening of fun, food and dancing.
PTO Auction (April/May)
This is the main PTO fundraiser for our school that includes food, entertainment, live & silent auction items (including class art projects). This is an evening for adults only (school parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, the local community and staff) to get out and enjoy a fun evening with other adult company.
5th Grade Musical (April)
A spring musical program led by our music teacher, Mrs. Owens, and performed by 5th grade classes. Parents, relatives and friends are invited to come. The 1:30pm performance is generally for the school’s student body. The second evening performance at 7:00 pm is offered for those who cannot attend the daytime performance.
Kindy 500 (May)
A special program for Kindergarten, they design a “race car” with their families. The whole school participates in a Carb Day to sign autographs and see their cars. The following day the whole school, friends & family are invited to come and watch the race.
SPECIAL CLASS EVENTS & FIELD TRIPS
Kindergarten – Kindy 500, Indianapolis Zoo
1st – Appleworks in Trafalgar
2nd – First Communion, Play at Clowes Hall every other year, Christmas Play
3rd – Newfields or Architectural Tour, Christmas Play, CYO Day Retreat
4th – Simmons School, JA Biztown, CYO Day Retreat
5th – JA Biztown, 5th Grade Musical, CYO Day Retreat
6th – CYO Camp Overnight Field Trip, Hunter’s Bee Farm, Newfields Art Museum
7th – Chicago Trip, eXplore Brown Co. Zip Line, Architectural Tour
8th – Washington DC, Anderson Falls
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES OFFERED
- Boys & Girls Scouts
- Church Band
- Geography Bee
- Solar Car Team School Band (4th-8th)
- Climate Restoration Team
- Spell Bowl
- Math Bowl
- Middle School Student Council
- Mass Servers
- Children’s Choir
- Horticulture Club
Girls & Boys Basketball – 5th-8th grades Girls Volleyball – 5th-8th grades
Girls Cheerleading – 5th-8th grades
Co-Ed Golf – 7th-8th grades Girls on the Run & Trailblazers Running Programs
St Bartholomew has a partnership with Northside Middle School in the following sports: Football, Cross Country, Track & Field, Wrestling & Tennis
Please visit our Athletic Page for more information, game times and practice times: http://www.stbirish.net/athletics/
HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Every adult that wishes to volunteer at school (or with children in any capacity within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis) must complete the online program: ‘Safe & Sacred’. This program can be found on the website of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis or a link is provided on our school website. It is an online program that lasts about 45 mins. It includes a video with a Q&A response section at the end of the session. A background check is also ordered through this system. This program is required for the safety and care of our children.
Safe & Sacred web link: https://safeandsacred-archindy.org/login/index.php
PTO Program & PTO events New Family Mentoring Program Lunch Duty
Classroom helpers Christmas Luncheon for Teachers Children’s Choir
Room parent(s) Thanksgiving Feast Grant Writing
Special School events Catholic Schools Week Events Many, many more!
SIGN IN/SIGN OUT PROCEDURES (DOCTOR APPTS, VOLUNTEERING)
All visitors must enter thru the Main Door. There is a large sign at this entrance with instructions on how to get buzzed in the door.
Please stop at the front desk of the school’s main office (inside front doors and turn right to go up the stairs) to sign your child(ren) out/in of school for any appointments and also for visitors (i.e. dropping off lunches, forgotten homework, etc.) and volunteers. We ask that you NOT go to your child(ren)’s classroom directly.
If you are a visitor or a volunteer, you will be issued a name tag at the office that you must wear in the school.
Visitors, volunteers, parishioners and parents are welcome to visit our school. For the safety of our students, we ask that you park in the church parking lot or behind the Kindergarten building.
FACTS is the program that will handle all payments to the school – Meals, Milk money, Field Trip money, Band Fees and Tuition. Please DO NOT send any money into the school office by personal checks or cash.
“MEALS” account on FACTS: “FIELD TRIPS/SUPPLY FEES” account on FACTS:
lunch and breakfast field trips
milk money novels/supplies purchased for students by the school
“SPECIAL” account on FACTS:
Tutoring / lessons
FACTS help line: 866-441-4637 —- Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 7:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
LUNCH and BREAKFAST MENU
Lunch and breakfast menus are posted on the school website month by month: http://www.stbirish.net/lunch-menu/ Our lunches are provided through BCSC and Columbus North High School.
We are a provider of Free & Reduced Price lunches. Please contact the school office for an application form.
Breakfast is available but must be ordered the day before. Breakfast includes milk.
Lunch Menu Options:
Hot Lunch Daily (includes Milk)
Salad on Tuesday & Thursday
Box Lunches on Monday, Wednesday & Friday – (Alternates between ham & turkey sandwiches)
Peanut Butter-only Sandwich – any day (comes with Hot Lunch sides)
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich – any day (comes with Hot Lunch sides)
SCRIP – FUNDRAISING PROGRAM
This is a school-wide year round fundraising program that allows student families to raise money for class trips, individual tuition reduction and school programs. SCRIP is gift cards you purchase at face value and there are no extra fees that you incur. You are able to spend the gift card at the full value you paid at purchase. The vendor donates a % of the card you purchased to the school for your benefit. Half of the money goes back to the school, and you can decide if you want the other half of the money credited to your tuition account, your class trip account or donate it all back to the school. You can also split the money raised between these accounts. For example, if you shop at Target you can get a gift card for $50 and Target donates 2.5% of that $50 to you/St. Bartholomew! Please contact Stephanie Rice at 812-603-1082 if you have any questions or would like to order Scrip gift cards. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our school nurse, Theresa Hotek, is available every day Monday – Friday. If you have any questions regarding your student(s) medical records, medications, medical needs or health please feel free to contact her via email email@example.com or by calling the school office 812-379-9353 ext 224.
Our school counselor is available all day Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. The counselor also helps to organize our Olweus anti-bullying program (Irish Time and Irish Families). If you have any questions or would like to have your child see the counselor please feel free to contact her via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the school office 812-379-9353. Parent referral forms & more information on the school website: https://www.stbirish.net/miss-gabby/
OLWEUS BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today. With over thirty-five years of research and successful implementation all over the world, OBPP is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting. It is designed for students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools (students ages 5 – 15 years old). All students participate in most aspects of the program, while students identified as bullying others, or as targets of bullying, receive additional individualized interventions. Olweus is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. The weekly time spent on this curriculum is called Irish Time. Once a month, students meet in all-grade level groups called Irish Families.
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Some of our teachers provide after school care, you will need to contact the office for more information.
KinderCare will pick up at St. Bartholomew School
Students may ride a bus from North High School to FFY