Back to School Information 2019-2020

For the returning students and families WELCOME BACK! To all of our new students, WELCOME to Saint Mary’s! We hope it’s a terrific year for everyone in our school community.

FRESHMAN ORIENTATIONS

♦ Freshman Orientation programs take place over a four-day period. The Orientation dates are August 22, 23, 26, & 27. The daytime orientations and programs are for students only.

♦ On Thursday, August 22, freshmen are to check-in at the Cross Plaza by 8:30 AM.

♦ On August 23, 26, & 27 freshmen are to check-in at the Cross Plaza at 9:00 AM.

♦ Freshmen are to bring their iPads on Friday, August 23.

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

♦ Lunch is provided for the freshmen on August 22 and 27. Students are to bring their lunch or have purchased credits from Epicurean Food Service to purchase lunch on campus on August 23 and 26.

♦ Student body card and school photos will be taken on Thursday, August 22. Information regarding purchasing school photos can be found by clicking the School Photo Packet link below.

 All orientations are for students only and are mandatory.

Click here for school photo packet information (PDF needs to be enlarged when opened)

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  SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, AND SENIORS ORIENTATIONS

Sophomore Orientation – August 27 & 28 – 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Junior Orientation – Wednesday, August 28 – 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Senior Orientation – Thursday, August 29 – 9:00 am – 2:30 pm   

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 on the photo packet link below.

Click here for school photo packet information (PDF needs to be enlarged when opened)

FRESHMAN & NEW PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT

Wednesday, August 21

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

All freshmen and new families are highly encouraged to attend this evening’s information night beginning with a parent social followed by three information sessions.

This is an evening for parents. Students do not need to attend.

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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 on campus 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. Click on the link below for information regarding the “Youth Clipper Card” which offers discounts for youth using BART. The orange paper BART tickets for students are no longer available.

Click here to view the BART routes and schedules.

Take AC TransitThe #688 and #12 buses stop two blocks from the entrance of the school. The #688 bus will begin service Monday, August 25. Click here and 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.

 STUDENT PARKING PERMIT APPLICATION

If you are a student applying for an on-campus parking permit, please be sure to 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 2019-2020 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 in Saint Joseph’s Hall from Mrs. Elizabeth Haro, Principal’s Assistant, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. This application must be completed and submitted to Mr. Connor Banks, Dean of Students.

  Do not include any money with the application. 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.

Click here to view the Student Parking Handbook

Click here to view the restricted neighborhood parking around Saint Mary’s.

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TRAFFIC & PARKING

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 to view the Student Parking Handbook

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  REQUIRED 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. Use of the Monterey zone alleviates traffic congestion at the Albina and Posen entrances to campus.

  • 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 near the corner (Don’t block Transbay buses that stop here.)
  • Students 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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Sophomore, 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 designated 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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  Dress Code for 2019 – 2020

♦ Chapter 8.0: Code of Conduct & Student Dress Code – CLICK HERE

Students and families 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 of the website by August 19, 2019. 

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HEALTH FORM REMINDER

Click here to read the instructions for completing the Health & Emergency Form.

There is an additional note in the instructions for students who are participating in athletics.

Click here to download a PDF of the 2019–2020 Health Form.

The Health/Emergency Form is due on or before July 29, 2019.

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

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 2019-2020 Health/Emergency Form must be returned on or before July 29, 2019 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 July 29, 2019 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.

Your child will NOT be considered fully registered or able to participate in a sport if there is not a completed form on file with the Registrar.

Students who do not have a fully completed Health/Emergency Form on file by July 29, 2019 will not be allowed to attend classes beginning August 30, 2019, until the form is received by the Registrar.

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

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  ONLINE TEXT BOOKS 2019-2020

  1. Please remember to purchase the books needed for the first term by the first day of school.
  2. Please do not purchase any books if you have requested a schedule change.
  3. Remember that online book purchases are non-refundable.
  4. The online bookstore will be active on August 23.

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EPICUREAN 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. Please do not hesitate to call me at 925.783.0453.”

Click here for online payment and account information using MySchoolBucks.

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EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AT SAINT MARY’S

Saint Mary’s has a comprehensive Emergency Procedures Handbook for its faculty and staff. The entire school community participates in earthquake, fire, and intruder drills at the beginning of each term. As we did last year, your children will receive emails with information regarding emergency procedures and instructions.

Emergency Information will also be emailed to our families with our earthquake, fire, and intruder procedures and the school’s response after an emergency occurs. Saint Mary’s does not post the entire emergency handbook or our detailed internal procedures regarding intruder drills on our website. It has been advised by many not to have too much internal emergency procedure information for public viewing.

Emergency information will be sent to families as we review them with your children. We encourage all families to continue to have conversations with their children regarding their safety, communication with family, and a family meeting place in the case of an emergency.

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VOLUNTEER 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 2019–2020 school year will be filled with opportunities for parents and family members 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 about those parents who did volunteer and support at each event.

The volunteer opportunities for the upcoming school year will be open by August 10, 2019.  Questions regarding volunteering at Saint Mary’s. Click here after August 10 to sign-up.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: “BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT” – Thursday, September 5 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.