Enrolling Your Child in St. Walter School
ADMISSIONS AdvancED Executive Summary
At the time of registration parents must present the following papers: official birth certificate, baptismal certificate and current health and immunization records as proscribed under the Illinois State School Code. (Beginning July 1997, the Illinois Department of Public Health, Child Health Examination Code, will require all children enrolling in a child care facility or preschool program, the Kindergarten level and children entering fifth (5th) grade for the first time, to show evidence of three (3) doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine.)
ADMISSION OF TRANSFER STUDENTS: ALL STUDENTS ENTERING ST. WALTER SCHOOL MUST BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH RULES.
AGE OF ADMISSION
A child entering Saint Walter School must abide by the requirements of the State of Illinois regarding the age of admission. Students are also required to present a birth certificate and baptismal certificate. At present this means a child entering kindergarten must have reached five (5) years before September 1st.
The State of Illinois provides for compulsory attendance of all children between the ages of seven and sixteen years. The responsibility for compliance with the law belongs to the parents, but the school is obliged to keep accurate records of daily attendance. This record is kept on file.
SCHOOL YEAR AND SCHOOL DAY
The length of the school year and school day is determined by the State of Illinois and the Office of Catholic Education.
POLICY ON NON-DISCRIMINATION
Saint Walter School respects the dignity of each student and will not bar admission to any child because of race, color, sex or national and ethnic origin. All can enjoy the rights, privileges, programs and activities that are available in our school. Saint Walter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, loan programs, athletics, and other school administrative programs.
St. Walter School does not have a specific curriculum designed for those students who are diagnosed as having a learning disability. We do have Title I services with limited instruction for children with a learning disability. Consideration for their attendance at St. Walter School will be determined by the principal.
A current dental and health record must be presented and placed on file for all students entering Kindergarten and 5th Grade. Also, evidence of a lead screening test must be part of the health examination. All transfer students must present a dental and a health record upon registering for school. NO STUDENT MAY BE ADMITIED TO A CLASSROOM UNTIL THE HEALTH AND DENTAL RECORDS ARE TURNED INTO THE OFFICE. Good mental, physical and emotional health are essential and necessary to facilitate the learning process.
A hot lunch program is available for St. Walter School students by Food Service Professionals. Milk is also available. Menus are sent home for ordering on a monthly basis. Contact Mrs. Rich through the school office for more information.
Early Childhood Programs
St. Walter School offers an all-day kindergarten program which starts at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. Students enjoy a snack at mid-morning and lunch/recess with the rest of the school. They are actively involved in learning all day long.
The program balances academic learning with social/emotional programs. Students complete a reading readiness program. As a result, many learn to read by year's end. The math program teaches the concept of numbers and relationships to prepare for computation. The religion program helps students establish a relationship with God and to explore the wonderful world He created. Science and social studies concepts are explored through thematic units that teach through hands-on activities.
Students also practice how to work and learn in a group. They are taught "school skills' that help them be successful students.' Activities that teach them about themselves and their talents help them feel confident. All· programs encourage students to be successful while offering a warm, supportive atmosphere.
Students visit the computer lab at least three times per week. They work on the classroom computer regularly. Music and art are incorporated into the day's activities. Students have a formal music class once each week. They also visit the library for weekly story time and begin to check out their own books by mid-January. There is also time each day for free choice activities.
Students must be five years old by September 1 to enroll.
St. Walter offers several options for pre-kindergarten. Parents may enroll children in three day or five day options. They can enroll for mornings only or for the entire day. The morning session is from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. each day. The full-day session fills regular school hours from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Students in pre-kindergarten learn letter, number, color and shape recognition. They explore their world through thematic units and learn how the world works. They are taught the social skills necessary for working in a group. Sharing, taking turns, listening to others and cleaning up are some of the skills pre-kindergarten students learn.
Students visit computer lab once each week for 20 minutes after Thanksgiving. Lessons are taught through a variety of activities. Carpet time, story time, lesson time, table activities and free playtime comprise the day.