Opening of School Information 2017 – 2018

shutterstock_186528500August 1 is here!

 

This posting contains important information for students and families in preparation for the opening days of school.

Please take the time to read each section carefully.

Thank you!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Included in this posting is information regarding:

Orientation Schedules for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Freshman Parent Social and Information Night

Commuting to School

Student Parking Permit Application

Traffic and Parking Handbook

Required Student Drop-off and Pick-up Zones

Highlights from the Student & Parent Handbook

Health Form Reminder

Daily and Updated Information from Saint Mary’s

Bell Schedules

Athletics – Fall Sports

Epicurean Food Service

Parent Association Meeting Dates & School Presenters

Volunteer at Saint Mary’s

“Back to School Night” date and time

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 Saint Mary's Painther head onlyFRESHMAN ORIENTATIONS AND INFORMATION 

♦ Freshman Orientation and programs take place over a four-day period. The Orientation dates are August 17, 18, 21, & 22. The daytime orientations and programs are for students only.

♦ On Thursday, August 17, freshmen check-in at the Cross Plaza at 9:00 AM.

♦ Freshmen are to bring their iPads on Thursday, August 17.

♦ Freshmen are to be in school dress code for all orientation days.

♦ Lunch is provided for students on August 17 and 22. Students are to bring their lunch or have purchased credits from Epicurean Food Service to purchase lunch on August 18 & 21.

♦ Student body card and school photos will be taken on Thursday, August 17. Information regarding purchasing school photos can be found by clicking the School Photo Packet link below.

 All orientations and the freshman retreat are mandatory for freshman students.

Click here for the four-day Freshman Orientation & Program schedules and details.

Click here for school photo packet information

Kurt Burton Studios will also email families a reminder of photo dates and packet information.

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Saint Mary's Painther head onlySOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, AND SENIORS ORIENTATION PROGRAMS

Sophomore Orientation

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Junior Orientation

Thursday, August 24, 2017 – 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Senior Orientation

Thursday, August 24, 2017 – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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♦ Please remember that student attendance at orientation is mandatory.

♦ All students need to bring their iPad to orientation.

♦ All students need to be in school dress code.

♦ Lunch is provided for each class.

♦ Student body card and school photos will be taken on orientation day. Information regarding purchasing school photos can be found by clicking here.

Click here for the sophomore, junior, and senior orientaton schedule

Click here for school photo packet information

Kurt Burton Studios will also email families a reminder of photo dates and packet information.

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Saint Mary's Painther head onlyFRESHMAN PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT Wednesday, August 16

Welcome to the parents of the Class of 2021! You are invited and encouraged to attend this evening’s information night beginning with a freshman parent social followed by three information sessions.

Freshman Parent Social at 5:00 PM – Meet the administration and parents from your child’s class

Introductions begin at 6:00 PM.

WelcomeBrother Edmond, President

Food Service Introduction – Representatives from Epicurean

Overview of EveningMs. Cathy Molinelli, Vice Principal

Click here to download the Freshman Parent Information Night Agenda

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Break Out Sessions: 25 minute Rotations

Your Child is Now in High SchoolStrategies for success at Saint Mary’s

Everything you need to know to transition to high schoolNeighborhood Traffic, Transportation, Epicurean Food Service, PowerSchool and more

Meet Your Child’s Counselor & Be InvolvedLearn the best ways to be informed & involved in your child’s high school life

The program will conclude at approximately at 8:00 PM.

This evening is for parents only – students do not attend.

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Saint Mary's Painther head only COMMUTING TO SCHOOL

The fewer cars, the better!

Saint Mary’s strongly encourages all students to take public transportation, carpool, bike, or walk to school. Saint Mary’s has bike racks located in the front and back of the school to secure student bicycles.  Carpooling is also strongly encouraged. Carpool information will be available for families at Freshman Parent Information Night and Back to School Night.

Take BART to Saint Mary’s

The North Berkeley BART Station is just four blocks from Saint Mary’s College High School. The “Teen X-treem Student Discount Program” offers a 50% BART discount for students in middle and high school, between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age. The program encourages students to get in the habit of taking BART and other forms of public transportation.

Saint Mary’s supports the “Teen X-treem” Program by selling discount BART tickets in Vellesian Hall on campus from Mrs. Joanne Howe’s office. Students and parents need to complete a BART form and return it to Mrs. Howe before purchasing tickets.

Click here to download an “Teen X-treem” BART form

Click here to view the BART routes and schedules.

Take AC Transit

The #688 and #25 stop two blocks from the entrance of the school. The #688 bus will begin service Monday, August 25. You may also click here to view a detailed #688 operating schedule. Click here to find the bus routes from your home to Saint Mary’s College High School. When entering the school’s address in the destination field, you can use: 1294 Albina Avenue, Berkeley, CA.

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 Saint Mary's Painther head onlySTUDENT PARKING PERMIT APPLICATION

If you are a student applying for a parking permit, please make sure you read the following:

I am applying for a student-parking permit and agree to the following:

I will drive safely and slowly at all times.

I will keep my music down to a low level so that it cannot be heard outside my car.

I will only park in the designated areas and never park in front of any residences or businesses.

I will not drive on Hopkins Court before school, at lunch, or after-school.

I will display my permit at all times and will not give or sell my pass to anyone.

My passengers and I agree to behave in a manner that reflects positively on Saint Marys.

I have a valid California drivers license and will adhere to all vehicle laws.

Students who have applied for and have received a parking permit based on the premise of having a carpool may lose their permits if they are found not to be carpooling or driving the designated number of students.

Parking permits are non-transferrable.

Parking privileges can be revoked at any time due to rule violations or poor school behavioral conduct.

♦ Please download the 2017 – 2018 Student Parking Permit Application which is also posted at the end of this section. If you are having difficulty downloading the application, you can pick one up from Elizabeth Haro, Principal’s Assistant, during the hours of 10:00 to 3:00 PM in Saint Joseph’s Hall.

This application must be completed and submitted to Mr. Connor Banks, Dean of Students, by Wednesday, August 9.

 Do not include any money. Parking fees will be collected when permits are awarded. Students will receive an email in mid-August informing you of your parking application status.

♦  Permits will be granted first to those who carpool the greatest number of students. Non-carpool students are at risk of not receiving a permit and may only receive a permit after all carpool applications have been processed.

Click here to download the Student Parking Permit Application

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Saint Mary's Painther head onlyTRAFFIC & PARKING HANDBOOK

Saint Mary’s operates under a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) granted by the City of Albany. The CUP sets forth guidelines for parking and traffic management. In addition to ensuring Saint Mary’s compliance with the CUP, the school Traffic and Parking Management Plan aims to achieve the following:

♦ Decrease automobile trips to and from school, thus reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gases;
♦ Support our community’s ability to use alternative modes of transit to and from school; and
♦ Respect our neighborhood through communication, reduced traffic levels, improved safety and increased livability.

The Saint Mary’s Community is required to follow the rules and guidelines written in the Traffic and Parking Handbook. Please take time to carefully read the information in this handbook.

Click here for the Traffic and Parking Handbook

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  Saint Mary's Painther head onlyREQUIRED DROP-OFF AND PICK – UP ZONES

One of the attractive features of Saint Mary’s College High School is its location in a clean, safe, and pleasant residential neighborhood. Saint Mary’s wants to maintain a beautiful neighborhood environment we all can enjoy. Saint Mary’s strongly encourages using public transportation, forming carpools, bicycling, and walking to and from school. If you have to drive your child to school, please make sure to read and follow the rules for Saint Mary’s Drop-off Zones.

Freshman Drop-off on Monterey Avenue

Saint Mary’s requires that freshman parents who drive their child to school use the designated drop-off area on Monterey Avenue. The purpose of the freshman drop-off area is to disperse the amount of vehicles arriving to campus in the morning. This will alleviate traffic congestion at the Albina and Posen entrances.

♦ Parents must pull off of the street into either the drop-off zone in front of the Monterey Avenue gate entrance or into the bus stop

♦ Students who are dropped off in the drop-off zone should be careful but move quickly when exiting the car to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

♦ Please be sure to keep your music off.

♦ U-Turns are not allowed on Monterey Avenue.

♦ Please do not double park at or near any pick-up or drop-off zone.

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Saint Mary's Painther head onlySophomore, Junior, and Senior Drop-off on Posen Street

Parents and students may not enter the Posen Street parking lot for morning drop-off or during the first 20 minutes of school. Parents who drop students off on Posen Street must pull forward, into the drop-off zone.

♦ Students who are dropped off in the drop-off zone should use care and swiftness when exiting the car to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

♦ No U-turns are allowed near the drop-off zone.

♦ Please be sure to keep your music off.

♦ Please do not double park at or near any pick-up or drop-off zone.

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 Saint Mary's Painther head onlyHIGHLIGHTS FROM THE STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK 2017 – 2018

Please take some time to review the information and policies in the handbook. Please make sure to spend time reading the following sections:

Chapter 2: Academic Expectations – CLICK HERE

Chapter 4: Grading, Purpose, and Policies – CLICK HERE

Chapter 5: Academic Standing –  CLICK HERE

Chapter 8: Code of Conduct – CLICK HERE

Student Dress Code – CLICK HERE

Chapter 10: Attendance Policies and Procedures – CLICK HERE

Students will receive an electronic version of the Student & Parent Handbook to download on their iPad. A PDF copy of the complete handbook will be posted on the Parent section. Click here for the Student & Parent Handbook webpage.

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HEALTH FORM INFORMATION 2017 – 2018

Health/Emergency Form is due on or before August 4, 2017

The Health/Emergency Form MUST BE COMPLETED EACH ACADEMIC YEAR by both a parent AND physician.

FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN ONLY

Parents must also include a copy of their child’s immunization record showing proof of the Tdap booster shot Please do not submit a different physician form or attachment.  Information requested must be ON THIS HEALTH/EMERGENCY FORM ONLY – No copies or faxes accepted

We use this form throughout the year for off-campus activities, including sports teams, overnight field trips and Enrichment Week. The 2017-2018 Health/Emergency Form must be returned on or before August 4, 2017 to fulfill each student’s registration requirements. To comply with state law, students must have this form on file with the Registrar every academic year whether or not they are participating in a sports program.

A few insights and suggestions:

If your child has not had a physical within the last two years, make an appointment now to ensure compliance with the August 4, 2017 deadline. Physicians will not complete and sign this form if your child has not had a physical examination within the last two years. If your child has had a physical within the last two years, check with your physician’s office. Most doctors will usually complete and sign the Health/Emergency Form without a visit.  However, if your child plans to participate in sports, they must have a full physical each year. If you have Kaiser coverage, plan ahead as experience has shown that they usually take a minimum of two weeks to process the form.

BE SURE TO MAKE A COPY of the completed Health/Emergency Form before submitting it to the Registrar.

Submit the Health/Emergency Form to the Registrar. DO NOT LET YOUR CHILD TURN IN THE HEALTH/EMERGENCY FORM(S) TO A COACH. If a completed form is not on file with the Registrar, your child will NOT be considered fully registered or able to participate in a sport. Students who do not have a fully completed Health/Emergency Form on file by August 4, 2017 will not be allowed to attend classes beginning August 28, 2017 until it is received by the Registrar.

Please feel free to call Carol Balding, Registrar, at (510) 559-6214 if you have any questions regarding the Health/Emergency Form.

Click here for a PDF of the Health Form.

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Saint Mary's Painther head onlyCALENDAR INFORMATION & SCHOOL UPDATES

Throughout the school year, the Saint Mary’s website provides updated information on all programs and events.

The school’s homepage provides current and upcoming information in the following sections:

Announcements: The Announcement section provides information on upcoming programs and events. There may also be special postings with information regarding upcoming meetings or messages from the administration.

Upcoming Events: Information in this section lists school events or activities that will take place within the week or the following week.

Daily Announcements: This section provides information that is communicated to the students during homeroom. In addition, the Daily Announcements have information from the Parent Association and will list any changes in the athletic schedule.

School Calendar: The School Calendar gives an overview of the school year and is updated each Sunday.

School News & Updates: A family e-news is sent via Constant Contact twice a month with school news, updates, and important reminders.

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Saint Mary's Painther head onlyONLINE TEXT BOOKS 2017 – 2018

Click here to review the book list for the school year.

Please remember to purchase the books needed for the first term by the first day of school.

Please do not purchase any books if you have requested a schedule change.

Remember that online book purchases are non-refundable.

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 Saint Mary's Painther head onlyBELL SCHEDULES 2017 – 2018

Click here to review the 2017 – 2018 Bell Schedules.

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Saint Mary's Painther head onlyATHLETIC INFORMATION – Fall Sports 2017

Fall Sports begins in August!  Below is a list of Fall Sports, start dates, and coaches contact info.:

Cross Country (COED) – Start date is AUGUST 14th

Contact: Varsity Head Coach – Denis Mohun (dmohun@stmchs.org)

Football – Start date is AUGUST 7th

Contact: Varsity Head Coach – Connor Banks (cbanks@stmchs.org) orJV Head Coach – Bert Bertero (abertero@stmchs.org)

Golf (Women’s)  – Start date is AUGUST 14th

Contact: Varsity Head Coach – Moe Ali (mali@stmchs.org)

Tennis (Women’s) – Start date is AUGUST 14th

Contact: Varsity Head Coach – Mike Sommers (msommers@stmchs.org)

Volleyball (Women’s) – Start date is AUGUST 14th; Tryouts begin the 21st!

Contact: Varsity Head Coach – Gary Hodge (vb.coach.hodge@gmail.com or coachhodge@live.com)

JV/Frosh Head Coach – Kristina Shapona (kshapona@gmail.com)

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Saint Mary's Painther head onlyEPICUREAN GROUP FOOD SERVICE

A Message from Epicurean Group

 “We are delighted to be providing the Saint Mary’s College High School Community with wholesome food. We are a local company whose employees possess unparalleled experience and skill. We live our passion for providing great fresh, local and organic food prepared from scratch, every day at every meal.

Epicurean Group’s philosophy is to provide excellence in food and service that surpasses community and industry expectations. Epicurean Group is built on a foundation of fresh, healthy eating. It is more than just the food you eat; it is the quality of food. Great nutrition is built on the freshest ingredients, the highest quality meats, fresh, natural and organic vegetables from local growers.

We dedicate ourselves to cooking from scratch, not using frozen or prepared foods high in sodium and fat.

We work together with local farmers to obtain fresh, seasonal, organic produce and fresh meat and fish to nourish the body and the mind

We develop weekly seasonal menus that reflect the natural environment in a sustainable manner and satisfy diverse palates in the community.

Epicurean Group would like to introduce to you Chef Leonel Castillo and Resident District Manager Rufino Quicho. Both Team Members are well versed in restaurant and food service management and will be a great lead in building our café team. Please stop by and visit with us, we would love to answer any questions you may have about our food service. Please do not hesitate to call me at 925.783.0453.”

Click here to read the complete message from the Epicurean Group and for online payment and account information with MySchoolBucks.

Click here to read about online breakfast, break, and lunch payment options.

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Saint Mary's Painther head onlyPARENT ASSOCIATION MEETINGS 2017 – 2018
Come to the Parent Association meetings to get updates on the school, meet administrators and program directors, and meet other parents.

Executive Board Meeting  5:45 PM – 6:30 PM – Includes Board Members, Class Representatives  & Committee Chairs only                      

Parent Information Meetings ~ All Parents Invited to Attend

Parent Social begins 6:30 PM

Meeting begins 7:00 PM

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Schedule of Speakers and Topics

Wednesday, October 11: Speaker(s)/Topic: Student Life Program Updates

Wednesday, December 13: Speaker(s)/Topic: School & Academic Updates

Wednesday, February 7: Speaker(s)/Topic: Student Wellness – Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Inclusive Community

Wednesday, March 14: Speaker(s)/Topic: Academic Course Scheduling Overview

Wednesday, May 9: Speaker(s)/Topic: School & Academic Updates

Click here for additional information regarding the Parent Assoication Meetings

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Saint Mary's Painther head onlyVOLUNTEER TO HELP AT SAINT MARY’S EVENTS!

To ensure that Saint Mary’s events and evening programs are welcoming and successful, we need your help and support! The 2017 – 2018 school year will be filled with opportunities for parents and family member to volunteer and be involved in the school community.

We have three wonderful parents – Kari Gaspardone, Carla Lieske, and Jennifer Miller – who “stepped-up” to be the  Volunteer Team Coordinators and manage volunteerism for Saint Mary’s. This incredible team will continue to work with the school in coordinating the volunteer opportunities.

Saint Mary’s uses Signup.com which is an online program that assists us in managing volunteerism for school events. Once a parent or family member signs up to volunteer for an event, the program will automatically send an email confirmation and reminder emails regarding  the event. Saint Mary’s will also receive information of those parents who did volunteer and support at each event.

The volunteer opportunities for August through December are posted! January through June events will be posted online by the end of September.

Please click here to review and sign-up for Volunteer Opportunities for August through December.  

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  Saint Mary's Painther head only“BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT” – Thursday, August 31

Back to School Night provides parents the opportunity to meet teachers and become familiar with course objectives and expectations.  Evenings such as these reinforce our commitment to clear communication and the value of partnering with parents in teaching and guiding your children, our students.

Click here to review the “Back to School Night” agenda.

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Any questions, please email Lawrence Puck, Vice President, (lpuck@stmchs.org) and he can answer your question or forward your email to the appropriate person.