Updated 2012-13 version
Parents: recognize and embrace
your role as a primary educator
of your children.
Lourdes Public Charter School
In small towns and rural areas, where the
school is the hub of the community, the school integrates family and
community life with education and learning. The small-school
environment allows the teachers to develop strong, emotional
relationships with students: family-like, caring, personal, familiar,
respecting and patient. There are clear expectations for student
behavior, and this close relationship with students allows teachers to
push students to higher levels of achievement. Teachers are able to
educate because in this arena the community and the school have the
same ideals. The two support each other. For decades this model of
education had been successful in many areas of the country, but because
of size and congruent ideals, the process was seldom put in writing; it
was just something that evolved. With the recent school mergers, many
small communities have lost their schools. Even though many fought to
save their school, they were unable to communicate to outsiders the
value of their system. With the charter
school movement, there is a rediscovery of the value of community based
education. The model that we are presenting in our project has
developed over a period of 105 years. It outlines what community
schools have successfully done for years. If education reform is to be
a reality, the local community must be part of the equation. The
establishment of community support and the school's accountability to
the community are a must in educational reform. We believe the model we
are presenting will be a great help to rural communities; however, this
does not mean that it is exclusively for rural areas. Building
community and accountability is the key to successful education reform.
The following two pages are excerpted from the Lourdes Public School Charter
"Not one way for all learners...The right way for each"
We believe that every child has special
talents and potential, and it is the responsibility of the school, the
family, and the community to support, encourage and nurture each
student. We expect each student to commit to and to be active and
responsible in the learning process.
We believe that all students can meet or
exceed the 21st Century standards. The blended, non-graded structure of
Lourdes School meets the individual needs of all students but is
especially helpful in personalizing the instructional program for TAG
students and students having difficulties meeting the 21st Century
standards. Lourdes School requires a strong parental commitment
and involvement in each child's educational plan.
Lourdes Charter School endeavors to
assist each student to develop their talents and meet their potential
through a strong program of basic skills and critical thinking. This
curriculum follows the 21st Century requirements. With success in
academics, comes growth in aesthetic, social, emotional and civic
Lourdes Charter School will increase
learning and achievement in a small learning environment that provides
flexibility and innovation. Lourdes Charter School will continue to
build a strong working relationship among teachers, parents and other
- The small student-teacher ratio facilitates multi-grade classrooms.
Each classroom contains 2-5 grade levels, allowing each student to
progress at his or her own developmental rate. For example a first
grade student could be in second grade math and third grade reading. A
fifth grade student might be in sixth grade reading and seventh grade
history. At the same time these students are with their peers in the
classroom and other curricular areas. Each student progresses at their
ability level without academic labeling. Each student is treated as a
unique individual, with their own P.I.E. (Personalized Individual
Education) plan. This type of instructional delivery is not available
to our students in the district schools.
- Parent and community members sharing their talents,
careers, and interests with the students enables the students' to
realize the importance of education. Education outside the community
alienates the student from their immediate rural community, thus
reducing the effectiveness of education.. The Lourdes community
embraces the words of Ernest Boyer " ..In the basic school, the
separate classrooms are connected by a sense of purpose, in a climate
that is just, disciplined, and caring, with occasions for
celebrations", (The Basic School: A Community for Learning, Carnegie
Foundation). It is only in the local community in which these students
live that such a 'Boyer Community' is established.
- Because of the proximity of families to the school, daily parent-teacher communication is an essential part of the program.
- Each student participates in the arts program, which
culminates in two all-school musicals. Every student has a speaking
part, and many students perform solo musical presentations.
- Students are given an in depth experience in technology;
computer assisted instruction, satellite courses, virtual field trips,
and a weather station are part of the curriculum. Technology is
integrated into the curriculum. The school maintains a minimum of a 1-6
- Our school library is a community library so the students
and families can participate in the 'Information Age' together. Modern
media and technology are employed. This is of extreme importance since
our community has no county library services.
The parents, community, staff, and
students combine to make a complete learning environment and
experience. Each entity's role interacts allowing an enriched community
School and community involvement takes many
forms. The community is active in the student produced musical programs
by creating backdrops, providing musical accompaniment and direction,
and by providing an enthusiastic audience for the performances. The
community also participates in several fundraisers instituted by the
school such as a can drive, a Spring Bingo/Raffle, Casino
Night and a summer garage sale.
The students and staff at Lourdes respond
to the community by including them in their end-of-year picnic,
door-to-door Christmas Caroling (especially for the elderly and
shut-ins), a Thanksgiving feast for a very supportive local Rotary
group, and by writing cards and letters of encouragement for the sick,
lonely, or bereaved of the community. The community helps in supporting
these efforts by notifying staff members of community members in need
of sympathy or support.
There has also been a special emphasis
placed on letters and cards to active and retired military members of
our community and the extended community. This is achieved by thank you
cards and care packages sent to active military personnel as well
as our ongoing program of thank you cards sent to military veterans for
The community in return has been
very generous monetarily. Every year following our Christmas mailing,
the school has received hundreds of dollars in donations. In 2003, when
the school faced a significant deficit because of the delayed payment
from the state school fund, the community members and local businesses
donated over $30, 000 to the school. Memorial gifts are often received.
These monies are being used to build a security fund for Lourdes
Parent Requirement/Participation Expectations
Parental involvement is considered
essential in a small charter school such as Lourdes. The top priority
for parents is supporting your child at home with very basic nurturing
techniques. Your child needs to have:
Parental volunteerism is also a priority
in the Lourdes School environment. Parent participation is essential to
maximize the total school and student success. Depending on home and
work commitments, there are a variety of ways to participate in your
- a regular schedule with a consistent bedtime
- a good breakfast at home
- a mid-morning snack for school
- a healthy lunch for school which should include fresh fruits,
vegetables, and whole grains with little processed foods which tend to
be high in sugar, salt and fat
- a scheduled time for homework to be done and checked by
parents (i.e. spelling words, math facts, reading comprehension, and
additional outside-of-class assignments)
- a parental review of daily class work. Parents are expected
to establish a routine with their children for reviewing homework,
communications, letters, and permission slips sent home with students.
Students in grades 1-6 should have communication folders that are sent
- volunteer in your child's classroom on a regular basis
- help with weekly housekeeping chores such as dusting, sweeping porches,
landscaping, dust mopping the hall, cleaning bathrooms, washing rags etc.
- volunteer to teach organized skills in sports and fitness,
such as volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, etc. (4-6 week
- volunteer to teach painting, craft projects, photography,
clay work, etc. (1-6 week sessions)
Volunteers working directly with children
will be required to fill out a pertinent information questionnaire and
undergo a criminal history/background check.
Parent Club Participation is another very
important expectation at Lourdes. The goal is 100% participation by
parents in our Parent/Teacher Club (PTC). Parents (at least one per
family) are expected to attend monthly PTC meetings and to actively
support all school functions and benefits. The success of the school is
determined by the total involvement of our parents and teachers in this
very worthwhile organization.
Lourdes Public Charter School has high expectations for each student.
The school encourages responsible individual decision-making, goal
setting, self- evaluation, and independent learning skills. It is the
desire of the school that at the end of eighth grade, students will
meet or exceed the state assessment benchmarks and be prepared to set
and reach their high school goals. We expect they will have developed
strong cooperative skills, self-confidence, respect, and
self-discipline that will continue through high school, college and
throughout life. Parents are urged to encourage their child's success
by monitoring progress in school and at home, and to participate as
fully as possible in the school.
Classroom Academic Expectations are as follows:
- Be courteous and respectful.
- Follow directions.
- Work quietly and independently unless otherwise assigned.
- Complete assignments neatly and on time.
- Students in grades 4-8 will have a daily assignment record.
- In grades 4-8, work is to be completed in cursive unless otherwise directed by the teacher.
- Use learning time wisely.
- When working outside of a classroom, work quietly.
- Follow the rules of each classroom. Some expectations may differ from teacher to teacher.
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Homework Class assignments are
designed to be completed at school. Work at home is to focus on basic
skills such as math facts, practicing spelling words, review of
concepts, and reading, reading, reading. If classroom time is used
wisely, there should be few class assignments to be completed at home.
Students are assessed in a number of ways including:
Standardized Academic Testing in Basic Skills (Maps from NWEA)
Quarterly Report Cards
Curriculum Assessment Tests
State Assessment Tests
School Discipline PolicyThe main goal of the
discipline policy is to help students make responsible decisions about
appropriate behavior in different situations. We want students to
develop a set of standards in which they know right from wrong and then
choose to behave by this set of internal values. The objectives of the
discipline program are to teach the following concepts for living:
1. Understanding and respect for the rights, dignity and safety of all individuals.
2. Understanding and respect for law, procedures, rules, and regulations.
3. Understanding and respect for public and private property rights.
1. Students will follow individual classroom expectations and rules.
2. Eating of food is limited to lunch and break times. Please leave gum at home.
3. Students may run only on the playground or during recess in the hall.
4. Nothing is to be thrown in the classroom.
5. Only appropriate play equipment may be thrown on playground.
6. Treat every person with respect.
7. Treat school property with respect.
8. A student responsible for damage or destruction of school or school property will
provide financial compensation for repair or replacement.
The following behaviors will result in discipline, suspension,
or expulsion of any student. The age of the student and past pattern of
behavior of the individual shall be considered prior to a suspension or
expulsion of a student.
1. Assaulting or menacing a school employee or another student.
2. Willful disobedience.
3. Willful damage of school property.
5. Use or possession of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol.
6. Use of threats, intimidation, harassment, or coercion against fellow student or school
employee, whether in person, through electronic devices, or any other form of communication.
7. Open defiance of an authority figure.
8. Use or display of profane or obscene language or gestures.
Students in the school may have differing levels of discipline related
to an infraction. Discipline may include time out, a discussion with
the student, a call to parents, recess privileges may be revoked,
in-school time in another classroom, an incident report, classroom
apologies, or other as seen fit. A compilation of infractions may
result in suspension or consideration for expulsion.
- Follow instruction without argument with the adult in charge of recess.
- Jumping out of swings or climbing up swing set bars is forbidden.
- If you leave a swing or other equipment, you have given it up.
- Everyone must stay within the playground boundaries.
- Team games are to be played by the rules.
equipment is left out at the end of recess, the class responsible will
not be allowed equipment for the following recess.
- Stage, kitchen, and bathrooms in the hall are off limits.
one will return to the classrooms after recess until they are
dismissed, and then they will return directly to their own classroom.
- No one can return to the classroom during recess for things forgotten unless permission is given by the supervising adult.
- Enter school quietly at all times.
- If there is any type of problem, take it to the teacher(s) on duty right away.
- Proper use of equipment is required.
- Students must have teacher's permission before bringing any toys, play equipment, or non-school- required items to the campus.
- Students must be physically active during recess.
- A clean pair of shoes with non-marking outer soles is to be kept at school for use in the hall.
The school expects students to dress and groom to meet standards, which will ensure that the
following conditions do not exist:
Certain activities may require a higher standard of dress. For these
times, it is asked that girls wear a modest dress, skirt, or dress
slacks. We ask that boys wear collared shirts and dress pants.
- Disruption or interference with the classroom learning environment;
- Threat to the health and/or safety of the student concerned or for that of other students.
Students are expected to dress modestly and neatly at school.
should wear tops that have 2 inch or greater straps and cover the top
band of pants or skirts when standing or sitting.
- Coats or jackets worn to school need to be removed during
the school day, except while outside. It is expected that students will
come to school dressed appropriately for the current weather
- Shorts, skirts, and dresses need to be modest in length.
may be worn outside the school building. No hats, hoods, bandanas,
scarves, caps, etc. on the head in the school building.
- Make up is not to be worn by students at school.
- Clothing with symbols or slogans deemed inappropriate by staff will not be permitted in school.
Fees. A non-refundable fee will be assessed for each
family. This will ordinarily be due in June for the school year
beginning the following September.
Attendance Lourdes Charter School only accepts full-time
students. Regular attendance is important to ensure achievement in
school. Excessive absences and tardies by a few individuals can impede
the learning program for others. Attendance rates are submitted to the
district office. Regular public school attendance rules apply to this
Parent and Student Contracts Each year parents and
students are asked to sign a contract with the school. This contract
outlines the school's expectations of the parents and the students.
Student PIE/Parent Conferences At the end of each school
year, the student, parents and teacher will meet to discuss the
student's progress in meeting their goals and set new goals for the
next school year. The student, parents and teacher will discuss how
they can assist the student in achieving their goals. The student
will then refer to this Personalized Individual Education during the
school year. This plan will be discussed again at the fall
parent/teacher/student conferences in November and be re-evaluated at
the spring conference.
Absences If your child is absent because of illness or an
appointment for which we have not been notified previously, please call
to make us aware of the situation before 8:30am. It is critical to
student safety that we know where they are at all times. Please call
every day that your child is absent. If a student is not reported
absent by parents, the school will place a call to confirm the absence.
Excused absences are those resulting from temporary or extended
illness, injury, or physical, mental or emotional disability, family
emergencies or prior request of parents or guardians. Students
returning to school after extended absences due to illness may be
required to submit a doctor's note.
Student Illness If first
aid services are employed on a child, the child’s parents will be contacted
immediately. In the event that a child
indicates they are not feeling well and/or the child is not able to function in
the school setting, the teacher or teacher designee will call the child’s
parent to take the child home. If the
child has a fever the parent must take the child home. If the child is on a medical care plan, the
directives of the plan must be followed, in addition to the above
Medications The school will not provide any oral
medications for students. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs will
only be dispensed to students if the school receives the medication in
the original container, and is given signed written instructions on
administration of the medication. Forms for over-the-counter
administration of drugs to students are available at the school.
Tardy Tardiness is a failure to appear on time and is
considered a form of absence. Repeated tardiness will be reported on
the student attendance records.
Early Dismissal Parents arriving at school prior to
dismissal should wait outside their child's classroom quietly while the
student is preparing to leave.
Make -Up Work Students are absent from school for a
variety of reasons. One day for each day that the student has been
absent will be allowed for make-up work. It is the student and/or
parent's responsibility to find out what work was missed. Parents are
asked to monitor the completion and return of the homework completed by
the student during the absence. Tests announced before the students
absence will be given the extended time only if arrangements have been
made prior to a student returning. No credit will be given for any
student for any class or portion of a class during which time the
student was absent without an acceptable excuse.
Computer Policy Each year the students are given
guidelines for computer usage, students are then asked to sign an
acceptable use contract. If the contract is broken, the student will
lose computer privileges for a time determined by the administrator
and/or teacher in charge.
Telephone Students may not use the phone. If
parents need to be contacted the teacher or TA will make the call.
Parents or guests may make local calls, but only staff members are to
answer incoming calls.
Cell Phones No cell phone usage by students on campus.
Electronics Unless pre-authorized by teachers, students are
not allowed to bring electronic devices to school.
Cyber-Bullying Cyber-bullying of any nature is strictly
Parents and/or community members should receive permission from a staff
member before using the copy machine, laminator, or other school
equipment. Students may only use school equipment if they have been
designated and trained.
Students need to have an adequate supply of school materials at all
times. Supply lists are given out before each school year, but parents
need to check the status of student supplies throughout the year.
School Supplies Only staff members may access storage cupboards or staff desks.
School newsletters and announcements are distributed through the
students. A copy of the announcements are posted on the parent/teacher,
community communication bulletin board.
Students are issued an age appropriate school planner. These are to be
completed for all subjects and assignments. When a student takes this
home, they are responsible to bring them back to school each day.
Lost & Found
Valuable items and money should not be brought to school. Lost
clothing, notebooks, and other items will be given to the classroom
teacher. Unclaimed lost and found items are given to a local charity at
the end of the year.
Textbooks All basic texts
are on loan to students for their use during the school year. Textbooks
are to be kept clean and handled carefully. We require students to
cover their textbooks. Students are charged a fine for damaged or lost
books. Textbooks lost and/or damaged during the school year will be
assessed the full cost of a new book.
All students, their families, and members of the community are able to
obtain a library number and are allowed to check books from the
library. Students may not check out books from the community section
unless they have written permission by title from their
parents/guardians. Lost or damaged books will be assessed the full cost
of a new book.
Field Trips During the school year
classes will take field trips. The families/PTC help fund these trips.
From time to time small groups of students may go on extraordinary
trips necessitating parent transportation. Before that may occur, a
specific insurance form must be completed, and submitted to the office.
These forms are distributed at the beginning of the school year, or may
be picked up at the office. All field trips are planned and organized
by the staff. Parents may be asked to assist as chaperones.
Student report cards are completed at the end of each 9-week quarter.
Progress reports may be given out during the instructional term.
While emergency closings occur infrequently, evacuation procedures will
be followed when building systems malfunction making the building
unfit, or when weather makes it necessary to send children home.
Parents will be called and arrangements will be made for every child to
leave school in parental or parental approved custody.
is closed before the school day begins, parents will receive a phone
call alerting them of the cancellation. Since the weather conditions
vary in our attendance area, it is ultimately the responsibility of the
parent to determine if they can safely transport their child to school.
At such times, parents must notify the school.
Parents are responsible to provide their children with a mid-morning
snack and a lunch. The school provides refrigerators and microwaves for
Carpool Information Interested
parents can organize their carpools. A carpool schedule must be given
the classroom teacher as students will not be dismissed unless their
name appears on the carpool schedule.
Each teacher is required to have a set of classroom rules in addition
to the general school rules. Classroom rules will further define
acceptable behaviors. Parents will be informed of classroom rules
through classroom newsletters, scheduled parent teacher conferences,
and/or phone conferencing.
Searches Students are
assigned a desk and shelf or "cubby" for their belongings. These are
school property and not the individual's. Students are held responsible
for any excessive damage to their desks. The school has the authority
to search desks, shelves or "cubbies" when deemed necessary. Valuables
such as electronic devices (except for medical reasons), wireless
communication devices, video games, etc., are not to be at school.
Advertising/Sale of Products on School Grounds
All materials posted or distributed on school grounds must be submitted
to the school administrator for formal approval before posting or
distributing. This applies to students, staff, parents, and community
members. Sale of any product must have pre-approval from the school
administrator. Students may not sell products during the school day.
This must be done, before or after school with parental supervision.
If students are participating in a religious instruction program
through their church during the school day, parents are responsible to
register their children at the church and notify the school of the
released time schedule. By Oregon statute, all students in Oregon are
allowed 90 minutes a week of released time for religious instruction
without attendance consequences.
Parental Conflict Resolution Procedure
If there are concerns about school issues, it is the policy of the
Lourdes Public Charter School that such concerns be addressed at the
lowest possible level. It is the Board's expectation that your child's
teacher be contacted before administrative or board involvement. If the
results of the contact are unsatisfactory, the parent should then
approach the administrator. The final step in the "chain of
command" is the Board of Directors. (A complete summary of the
complaint procedures can be found in the policy book in the school
Governing Board The Board meetings are
held monthly in the library. The schedule is determined annually and
will be set at the beginning of each year. It is here that the business
of the school is discussed and action taken to define the policies and
some formal operational procedures of the school. All meetings are
governed by public meeting laws. This is a business meeting which the
public is allowed to view. There will be a time at each meeting for
public input. Parents or community members should contact the
administrator or Board Chair a week before the meeting date if they
wish to place a discussion item on the agenda. If anyone is interested
in serving on this board they should contact the school administrator.
The Lourdes Educational Foundation was founded to establish economic
security for the school. As a charter school, Lourdes does not have a
taxing district and does not have access to any public monies except
80% of the state school fund. The foundation goal is to raise
sufficient funds so that a percentage of the earnings may be used in
the annual school budget. If anyone is interested in serving on this
board they should contact the school administrator.
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