ELEMENTARY STUDENT
HANDBOOK

WELCOME

This handbook has been designed as a tool to help familiarize you with our school and specific policies pertaining to Kindergarten through 6th grades. Please read it carefully and be sure that you understand the guidelines which we have established with the student’s best interest in mind. We want you to understand what Calvary Murrieta Christian School (CMCS) offers and what is expected in return.

Table of Contents

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ELEMENTARY STUDENT HANDBOOK 

Our Philosophy

The foundation of our philosophy is based on our belief in God the Father, Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit as our guide, and the Bible as God’s Word. We believe in the authority, authenticity, and reliability of the Bible as the complete and final revelation of God concerning all matters in faith, truth, and practice. All our goals and objectives are based on the underlying principles in the Bible which include:
  1. Assuring the salvation of all of our students. (Matthew 28:19-20)
  2. That all of what we do in word and deed is to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
  3. Promoting the maturity of our students in doctrine and practice. (Ephesians 6:4 and Colossians 1:28-29)
  4. Training our students in Christian service and ministry. (2 Timothy 2:2)
  5. Teaching our students a sound mastery of basic learning skills, self-discipline, and good work habits. (2 Timothy 2:15)
We believe that the knowledge of the Bible and in the person of Jesus Christ is essential to the development and growth of each individual student in spiritual, mental, physical, and social areas. All staff and faculty have a personal relationship to Jesus Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to minister through them as they affect the lives of their students. We believe that our priorities and the priorities of those we teach should be in the following order:
  1. Commitment to Christ
  2. Commitment to family
  3. Commitment to school
Our belief is that God is sovereign now, in the past, and in the future. We believe we have been created in God’s image and the Bible gives us the moral principles by which we should live.

Our Purpose

In today’s world of tumult and shifting values, it is imperative that our children be given the best opportunities to develop strong intellectual and moral character. CMCS is a Christ-centered, spiritual and academic environment that seeks the best education and the richest fulfillment of potential for each student. Our purpose and desire is to train the whole student so that he or she will develop according to the example of our Lord Jesus Christ; a godly influence in the world. Our goal is that each student will experience the full, regenerating power of Jesus Christ and the Word of God through the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. At the same time, we expect each student to strive for the highest development of each of his or her God-given gifts and talents. Functioning as an extension of the Christian home, CMCS supports parents who seek to obey biblical instruction which gives them ultimate responsibility for the education of their children (Deuteronomy 6:7-8). Because the Christian approach to learning differs significantly from the secular viewpoint, CMCS offers a curriculum rooted in a God-centered view of life. This view holds that God’s Word is the standard for all truth. The curriculum, taught by a qualified Christian faculty, allows parents to provide their children with academic instruction consistent with the Christ-centered teaching received at home and at church.

Our Living Curriculum

The teaching staff at CMCS is highly qualified and thoroughly dedicated to helping each student toward positive spiritual, mental and physical growth. Since our school is a ministry o f Calvary Chapel Murrieta, all of our teachers are born-again believers and hold to our Statement of Faith. We believe that the knowledge of the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ are essential to the development and growth of each individual student in spiritual, mental, physical, and social areas. CMCS is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Our Instructional Program

Our desire is to see each and every student strengthen his or her relationship with Jesus Christ. We also desire that they have a sound mastery of basic learning skills, and acquire self-discipline, good work habits, and biblical social values. The Bible – God’s Word – is carefully and purposefully integrated into all curriculum as well as being a dynamic course of study by itself.

School Colors

Royal blue, black and white

"Warriors" - Our School Mascot

As Warriors of the Lord, we strive to put on the whole armor of God. We chose our mascot in 1993 from Ephesians 6. Our prayer is to see our students rise as Warriors for Christ as they shine their lights brightly in our dark world.

Admission & Employment Policy

CMCS makes no distinction concerning an individual’s race or ethnic background because we acknowledge that there is no preferential treatment with God (Romans 2:11).

General Information

School Hours
Kindergarten-6th grade: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Half-Day Dismissal Times
Kindergarten-6th Grade: 12:00pm
On half-days, lunches will not be served.

Daycare Program

The following information pertains to our K-6th grade Daycare Program. If you have any questions regarding the Daycare Program, please email Sherry Moreno at [email protected].
Start Time: Morning daycare begins and is charged from 7:00am to 7:30am. Afternoon daycare charges begin at 3:15pm for all students on regular school days and 12:30pm on half-days. Afternoon daycare ends at 6:00pm.
Morning Drop-Off: All students dropped off before 7:30am must go directly to the daycare room to be checked in by the daycare staff. Please walk your student to the door. After 7:30am, students are walked to their classrooms.
Afternoon Pick-Up: When picking up, you must sign your student out of daycare. Be prepared to show your photo ID when picking up any student from daycare. All students automatically get checked-in to after school daycare 30 minutes after their dismissal (3:15pm on regular days and 12:30pm on half-days). If you do not arrive on time to pick up your student after school, he/she will be checked into daycare. If you are a part of a carpool arrangement and your student is checked into daycare, we cannot be responsible for your bill because someone else failed to pick up your student on time. Afternoon daycare ends at 6:00pm. If you cannot pick up your student by 6:00pm, you will be charged $1 per minute after 6 pm.
Snack Policy: A light snack is given to students who are in daycare at 4:00pm. Students who would like an additional snack or arrive after 4:15pm, may purchase a snack for $.75 or a snack card for $7.50 (10 snacks). We will also provide a gluten free snack option. Parents may also send daycare snacks for their student from home. A list of allergies should be listed on the student’s emergency form on FACTS. For a complete list of snacks, please refer to the information board inside the daycare room.
Special Arrangements: Our school relies on the information listed on your student’s emergency form. When your student will be going home with someone who is not listed on their Emergency Form, please notify the daycare staff as soon as possible by email or by leaving a message on the daycare answering machine.
Daycare Email: [email protected]
Daycare phone number during regular school hours: (951) 834-9190, ext.1225
Daycare phone number before and after regular school hours: (951) 691-4949

 FACTS Emergency Form Instructions
  • Log on to our school website at www.cmcsweb.com
  • Click on Quick Links
  • Click on FACTS
  • Enter the district code CM-CA (case sensitive)
  • Log-in using your username and password. If you have never logged-in to FACTS, you must create an account by clicking on “Create New ParentWeb Account”
  • Under the School Information, click on Web Forms
  • Click on Student Medical and Emergency Information
  • Click the box next to your student’s name
  • Enter the new information
  • Once you have finished, you MUST click Save at the bottom left-hand corner.
  • Logout

Daycare Fees: Please note that there is a one-time daycare registration fee of $25 per family each year, and that includes one hour of daycare. Our daycare rate is $10.00 per hour for those families choosing to pay using ACH (debit). Additional students will be charged $8.00 per hour, per student. Families choosing to pay by cash, checks or credit cards will be charged $12.00 per hour (credit card fees are included in that rate). Any part of an hour is prorated.
Billing Procedures: All daycare payments are considered late after the 15th of each month. ACH payments will be deducted on the 15th of the month. A $25 late fee will be charged to your account if payment is made after the 15th of the month. Daycare accounts must stay current for your student to use this service. Your monthly statements can be emailed to you or mailed to you via USPS. Please direct your payments to:
Calvary Murrieta Christian School
Attn: Kelsey Perry
24225 Monroe Avenue
Murrieta, CA 92562

For questions regarding billing, please contact Kelsey Perry at (951) 834-9190, or email [email protected]

Donations & Gifts

CMCS is a non-profit entity. The tuition is kept as low as possible to make Christian education available to those who desire such for their children. Because the tuition and fees may not cover all of the operating expenses, gifts are welcomed. All cash gifts and gifts-in-kind are income tax deductible, as long as they are not designated for an individual.

Admissions Procedures

Step 1:  Apply Online
  • Complete the Online Application. Create an account and log in. Complete a New Student Application and submit the $99 application fee (non-refundable). Each student applying will require a separate application and fee. Before beginning the process, please have the following documents available to upload into the application: birth certification, immunizations, and current & previous year's report card.
  • Please Note: This site (FACTS) is not optimized for mobile devices. Please use a full-size computer to view the complete information.
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    • All prospective students, including incoming Kindergartners, are required to have up-to-date immunizations and birth certificates on file prior to school beginning.
    • All 1st grade students are required to have a physical on file prior to school beginning .  A "grace period" of 30 days is allowed for transfer students.  When the school receives a student’s record and the "Report of Health Examination for School Entry" is included, there is no need to repeat the examination.
Step 2:  Complete an Entrance Assessment
  • After the completion of the online application, a member of our admission team will reach out to you to schedule a time for your student to visit the school for an in-person entrance assessment. 
Step 3: Receive an Acceptance Decision
  • Following the completion of the online application and entrance assessment, an offer of admission will be given based on class availability, student's academic progress and compatibility with CMCS values.
Step 4: Enroll
  • View the Final Enrollment Steps email. Pay the SEF and registration fee and select your tuition payment plan. 
  • After the student has been officially enrolled and your registration is complete, we will request the cumulative file from the school previously attended.
Step 5: Receive a Welcome Letter
  • After enrollment is complete, a Welcome Letter will be sent out detailing information regarding student's official start date, teacher, and list of supplies for their first day of school.

Student Enrollment Requirements

Personal Faith: Prospective students must possess a genuine desire to grow in their Christian faith.  Because of our strong commitment to a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, it is expected that a parent and their children have a personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Parent Qualifications: We believe the Bible mandates that the primary responsibility of each student’s education rests with the parents, and we view the school’s role as one of partnership with the parents in this endeavor. In order to establish and maintain a successful partnership, it is essential that parents are in agreement with the philosophies and intentions of the school. We recognize that parents alone have the single greatest impact on their children’s lives and serve as a role model to their children.
Church Requirements: We require that at least one custodial parent is born again and is in attendance at a Christian church on a regular basis. Regular church attendance by parents and students goes hand-in-hand with church and school goals. 

Withdrawal Procedures

A student who is transferring from CMCS to another school must inform the Registrar’s Office at least one week prior to withdrawal.  This will help expedite the transfer of appropriate files to the next school. Once notice of leaving has been received, you will be responsible for an additional 60 days of tuition from that date. A CMCS Withdrawal Form will be given to the student, officially completing the withdrawal process.

Tuition

Every family is required to sign a financial contract, which states the total amount of tuition due for the entire school year. Parents have the option of paying in full or electing a payment plan. Tuition payments will be handled by the CMCS Accounting Department. We offer several payment plans.
  1. ACH is an automatic withdrawal system, processed through the CMCS Accounting Department. You will need to provide your banking information to set up your account for the ACH withdrawal process.
  2. Cash, checks, money orders, cashier checks, and credit cards are also accepted. 
Calvary Murrieta strives to keep tuition rates as low as possible, yet high enough to secure quality teachers, staff, and educational materials.
Payments
ACH: 
ACH is more cost effective and is collected on the 5th or the 20th of the month. Tuition payments are based on a 12-month payment plan.
  • FAMILIES ON 5TH ACH PAYMENT PLAN: The first monthly withdrawal begins July 5 and continues every month on the 5th through June 5, a total of 12 payments. For the quarterly payments, withdrawals take place on July 5, October 5, January 5, and April 5. For semi-annual payments, withdrawals take place on July 5 and January 5. If the 5th falls on a weekend or holiday, withdrawals will take place the next business day.
  • FAMILIES ON 20TH ACH PAYMENT PLAN: The first monthly withdrawal begins June 20 and continues every month on the 20th through May 20, a total of 12 payments. For the quarterly payments, withdrawals take place on June 20, September 20, December 20, and March 20. For semi-annual payments, withdrawals take place on June 20 and December 20. If the 20th falls on a weekend or holiday, withdrawals will take place the next business day.
By choosing either of the ACH payment plans, you authorize CMCS to withdraw all school related fees including, but not limited to tuition, daycare, field trips, etc. thru ACH transactions using the banking information provided. This authorization will remain in effect thru the duration of your child attending CMCS or until you cancel in writing. If your account information changes or you wish to terminate this ACH authorization, you must inform CMCS in writing at least 15 days prior to the next billing date. 
MONTHLY CASH/CHECK: 
Payments are due by the 1st of each month starting July 1 through June 1. All payments are considered late if not received by the 5th of each month and a $25 late fee will be applied to your account. If you are planning to pay in full, the full payment is due on or before July 1st.  If your payment is not received by then, your account will be set-up at a higher monthly rate.
  • FAMILIES ON 5TH CREDIT CARD PAYMENT PLAN: The first monthly withdrawal begins July 5 and continues every month on the 5th through June 5, a total of 12 payments. For the quarterly payments, withdrawals take place on July 5, October 5, January 5, and April 5. For semi-annual payments, withdrawals take place on July 5 and January 5. If the 5th falls on a weekend or holiday, withdrawals will take place the next business day.
  • FAMILIES ON 20TH CREDIT CARD PAYMENT PLAN: The first monthly withdrawal begins June 20 and continues every month on the 20th through May 20, a total of 12 payments. For the quarterly payments, withdrawals take place on June 20, September 20, December 20, and March 20. For semi-annual payments, withdrawals take place on June 20 and December 20. If the 20th falls on a weekend or holiday, withdrawals will take place the next business day.
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS: 
There is a 2.6% fee on the amount charged for a credit card payment. If the payment dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the payment will be withdrawn the next business day. By choosing the credit card payment plan, you authorize CMCS to withdraw all school related fees including, but not limited to tuition, daycare, field trips, etc. thru credit card transactions using the credit card information provided below. This authorization will remain in effect thru the duration of your child attending CMCS or until you cancel it in writing. Termination of this authorization or any changes to the account must be received at least 15 days prior to the next billing date. All payments are considered late if not received by the 5th of each month and a $25 late fee will be applied to your account.
Late Charges
All payments are considered late on the 5th day after the scheduled due date that you have chosen. On the 10th or the 25th day of the month, a $25 late fee will be applied to your account.
NSF Fees
  • RETURNED CHECKS: Returned checks are not resubmitted by our bank.  If your payment is returned, the Accounting Office will notify you by telephone and/or email.  CMCS will expect payment for the returned check, along with an NSF fee of $25.00.  If CMCS receives two or more returned checks, the payer will be required to make all further payments by cash, cashier’s check, money order or credit card.
  • ACH REJECTIONS: You will receive a courtesy call and/or email if CMCS receives an ACH rejection and you will be charged a $25 fee. Then CMCS will reprocess the ACH and there will be an additional $25.00 fee for each attempt returned NSF. If CMCS receives 3 or more ACH rejections, you will be removed from ACH payments and you will be charged the Non-ACH Tuition Rate. All further payments must be made by cash, cashier’s check, money order, or credit card.
  • CREDIT CARD REJECTIONS: You will receive a courtesy call and/or email if CMCS receives a Credit Card rejection and you will be charged a $25 fee and request a different credit card number for processing.
  • DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS: Tuition payments are due on the first of each month and are considered late after the 5th of each month.  If your account is unpaid by 8:00am of the last day of the month, your account will then be suspended, your student’s status will change to non-attendance, and he/she will not be permitted to return to class until the balance is paid or payment arrangements have been accepted by the Accounting Department.
  • SUSPENDED ACCOUNTS: An account can become suspended as a result of more than two returned checks/EFTs, or after an account has become 30 days delinquent and no payment arrangements have been made with the Accounting Department. Once an account has been suspended, payment arrangements must be made and agreed upon for the child(ren) to remain in school.
  • If a payer defaults on any portion of the payment arrangements:
  1. The arrangement becomes null and void
  2. The balance in full becomes due and payable
  3. The student will not be permitted to attend school until the account is brought current.
If no payment arrangements have been made, CMCS reserves the right to withdraw the student(s) from school. Delinquent accounts can be sent to collections at anytime.

Student Enrichment Fee (SEF)

STUDENT ENRICHMENT FEE (SEF)
  • Student Enrichment Fees (SEF) are fees collected to support programs which enhance or support the core instructional programs provided through tuition dollars. Generally, they are programs which are provided for the benefit of the entire school or campus, and not specific to any one grade level or class. Your child’s individual participation, or lack of, in any of these programs is not what substantiates the fee, therefore, no participation is not grounds for a refund. In fact, no refunds will be given for SEF fees. These programs are budgeted, and spending is based on funds availability. SEF fees must be paid to ensure your student’s enrollment and class placement. Furthermore, since these programs are ongoing (from one school year to another), based on funds availability (actual cash in the bank), and are program specific (not school year specific), fees are due for an entire year regardless of when you enroll. Funds, if unused from a prior year, would be directed to future years’ programs, and once again, for the benefit of the entire school or campus.
    • Elementary Student $500.00 per student
    • Junior High Student $750.00 per student
You receive a family discount on your SEF when more than one child from a family is enrolled (including preschool). The way this works, is that a Full SEF is charged for the youngest child, and $250.00 is deducted from the SEF amount for each additional sibling. When making your payment please don’t forget to reduce your fees with the discount if it applies to your family.

Fees Other Than Tuition

Library: We are blessed to have a library on campus. As the students enjoy and use the library from day-to-day, we need to remind them that there are certain fines that will be imposed in the following circumstances:
  • Late fines are $0.10 per book per day.
  • A fine of $5.00 will be assessed for any item returned with a missing or damaged barcode label.
  • A fine of $5.00 will be assessed for any damaged or lost periodical.
Students will pay the replacement cost of lost materials. If the lost material is found, the students will still owe overdue fines, not to exceed the price of the materials. If materials are damaged, the amount of damage will determine the fee. Lost textbooks may be found in the Lost and Found. Students should look for lost books immediately. New books must be purchased in the event that a student’s books have been damaged, lost or stolen.
Supplies: A supply list will be issued at the time of acceptance and is available on our website. Each student is then required to bring his/her own paper, notebooks, pencils, etc. to class each day.

Other Pertinent Information

Lunch Cards (Food Service): Students may bring their own lunches from home or buy lunch from the CMCS Kitchen. Drinks and snacks may also be purchased. Students purchasing lunch must either have a lunch card on file in the kitchen or bring money for lunch. It is recommended that each student have a lunch card and/or snack card on file during the school year. For your convenience, lunch cards and snack cards are available for purchase in the elementary school office or online at our school website. (Please make your checks payable to Calvary Café.) Lunches include menu entrée, fruit or vegetable, water, or Capri Sun.
Lost and Found Procedures: All personal belongings that have been turned in as lost will be kept in the Lost & Found. Small items such as jewelry can be claimed in the office. Please label all articles of clothing, as items that are marked with a name will be returned. You may check Lost & Found daily, if needed. At the end of the month the Lost & Found cart will be placed near the school office so that you may check for your child’s possessions. Every two months, unmarked, unclaimed items will be given to the Mexico Ministry – Colina de Luz – for distribution to the needy.
Telephone Policy: The use of personal devices during school hours is strictly prohibited for elementary students. Personal devices include cell phones, watches with messaging and calling capabilities, and smart glasses. Students must ensure that their devices are silenced and stored out of sight during school hours. Student cell phones are not to be used on field trips unless given permission. Office phones are available for student use with permission. Administration reserves the right to evaluate and determine the appropriateness of all matters relevant to this policy.
Transportation: CMCS does not provide a bus system for the students.
Lockers: 6th grade students are issued a locker (and lock) that is property of the school. We reserve the right to check a locker, if we deem necessary for the safety of other students. There will be a fee of $5 to replace a lock.

Harassment Policy 

Sexual Harassment Policy: Calvary Murrieta Christian School, a ministry of Calvary Chapel Murrieta, in compliance with the California Education Code, is required to develop and distribute a policy regarding sexual harassment. CMCS is committed to a work and educational environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each child has the right to learn in a professional, caring atmosphere that promotes equal educational opportunity, and is free from discriminatory practices. Sexual harassment is a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and California Education Code Sections 210 through 214, inclusive. Therefore, CMCS strongly condemns, opposes, and prohibits sexual harassment of individuals, whether verbal, physical, or environmental, by anyone. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to, and including, expulsion. Staff members will model appropriate forms of addressing other students and teachers. Curriculum will include books, music, and activities that demonstrate respect for others. Teachers will be alert to gender biased comments and attitudes, for example: “Girls can’t drive trucks” or “Boys can’t play with dolls.” Teachers will engage children in discussions that illustrate that both men and women are successful at a variety of occupations and pastimes. Classroom activities and lessons will be developmentally based so that children will not be presented with concepts that are beyond their capabilities. If parents or staff members become aware of comments or behaviors on the part of staff or other students that could be considered sexual harassment, the parents or staff members are requested to bring their concerns to the Principal or Superintendent (hereafter referred to as “the administration”). After talking with the administration, the written complaint may be filed with the School Board. A confidential investigation of the matter will be conducted. The intent of the procedure is to insure prompt recourse, fairness and equity to the family alleging sexual harassment, to the child, and to the witness. The investigation will be conducted by one administrator and one board member: One male and one female. The family will be notified as to the determination of the investigation. If it is found that unlawful harassment has occurred, effective remedial action commensurate with the severity of the offense will be taken. CMCS will not retaliate against the person or the child making the complaint and will not knowingly permit retaliation by any CMCS employee or other child or family member.
Obligations of All Employees: Employees shall report to the administration any conduct on the part of other employees or non-employees, such as representatives or service vendors, who sexually harass any student enrolled at CMCS. Teachers in a classroom setting shall take action to stop any harassment of students, including discipline of students involved and notification of the administration. The employee shall submit, in writing, a detailed and specific account of the incident, which will be used in investigation and allegation. No employee of CMCS shall take action to discourage a victim of harassment from reporting such an instance.
State-Mandated Harassment Policy: In order to be in full compliance of state law, CMCS must distribute the following Student Harassment policies to each family enrolled.
CMCS is committed to providing an academic environment in which all individuals treat each other with dignity and respect and which is free from all forms of intimidation, exploitation, bullying, verbal and electronic harassment, and sexual harassment. This policy prohibits such acts. CMCS believes that students have the right to learn in an atmosphere, which is most conducive to the achievement of their fullest potential. As such, guidelines have been established to help students discern when the line between playful interaction and disrespectful behavior has been crossed. A student who feels they have been harassed should immediately contact a school employee or administrator. Students who observe harassing conduct are encouraged to report the matter to a school employee or administrator promptly. All complaints will be investigated promptly and appropriate corrective action will be taken. Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of the parties involved in any complaint. However, the school reserves the right to fully and completely investigate every complaint, and to notify the student’s parent/guardian and appropriate law enforcement agencies as the circumstances warrant. It is against the school’s policy to discriminate or retaliate against any person who has filed a complaint.

Academics

Progress Reports: Progress Reports are issued for 1st – 6th grade students 5 weeks into each quarter. These reports are issued by teachers to commend the student for outstanding work or to communicate the need for improvement. Additional reports will be sent if deficiencies occur. Careful attention should be given to the grades and to the comments noted by the teacher.
Grading: The academic year is made up of four 9-week quarters. Credit for classes is given on the basis of quarterly work grades. Report cards are issued at the end of each quarter. The grade given will reflect that period of time.
Quarter Grades and Report Cards: At the conclusion of each quarter, an evaluation of the student’s progress for an entire nine-week period will be recorded on the student’s report card. These grades become part of the student’s permanent record. Quarter grades are the basis for grade point averages, awards, and Honor Roll determination.
Academic Probation: Academic probation will be invoked in the following manner: when a student has a serious academic problem. It is intended to give notice to the parent and student so that a mutual effort on the part of both the school and home may be made to correct the academic deficiency. Hopefully, the deficiency will be improved to a satisfactory or passing level. If not, the administration will decide if the student will be able to continue at CMCS. Academic probation will be invoked in the following manner:
  • A student who received an “F” or multiple "D" grades at the conclusion of a grading period will be placed on academic probation for one grading period. The student will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities during this time. 
  • An email of notification will be sent to the parents.
  • A conference will be held with the parents, the student, the teacher, and the administration to give an explanation of the probation and suggestions for remediation.
  • The academic status of the student will be reviewed by the administration at the end of the next grading period.
  • After being placed on probation, a student who receives no "D"s or “F”s the next grading period will be removed from probation. Extracurricular activities may be resumed.
  • After being placed on probation, if a student receives multiple "D" grades or an “F” the following grading period, administration will decide if the student will be allowed to remain in the school.
Standardized Tests: Standardized tests are administered to all students each year in order to help parents and teachers evaluate their progress. These tests are mandatory.
Awards: At the completion of each quarter, 4th through 6th grade students who have an overall GPA of 3.0 in core classes will be listed on the Honor Roll. (Math, Bible, Language, History, Science, Spelling, Reading – the aforementioned are considered core if graded with a letter grade A-F). These honors will be based on semester grades.
Student of the Month Awards: Each month, Kinder – 6th grade teachers choose one outstanding student to receive the “Student of the Month” award and one student to receive the “Christian Character” award. These awards are distributed at the Student of the Month assembly. Parents are notified when their child is receiving an award. Enrichment and Outstanding Achievement Awards are distributed to Kinder -6th grade students at the Quarterly Student of the Month assemblies. Teachers select a student from their class for Outstanding Achievement in a specific area. Enrichment teachers select one student from each class to receive one of the following awards:
  • Art (Quarter 1 & 3)
  • Music (Quarter 1 & 3)
  • P.E. (Quarter 2 & 4)
  • Technology (Quarter 2 & 4)
Cumulative Records (CUM File): Pursuant to the Education Code of California, Chapter 1.5, Article 3, Section 49063, you are hereby given notification of privacy rights of parents and students. Federal and state laws grant certain rights of privacy and rights of access to students and their parents. Full access to all personally identifiable written records maintained by CMCS must be granted to natural parents, adoptive parents, or legal guardians of students under the age of 18. Parents may review individual records by making a request to the administration. The administration will see that explanations and interpretations are provided, if requested. Information, which is alleged to be inaccurate or inappropriate, may be removed upon written request by parents and reviewed by the administration. Parents may also receive a copy of any information in the records at a reasonable cost per page. Policies and procedures relating to types of records, kinds of information retained, persons responsible for records, directory information, access by other persons, review, and to the challenge of records are available through the administrative office. When a student moves to a new school, records will be forwarded upon the request of the new school. All unpaid balances must be paid in full prior to the transfer of records. At the time of transfer, the parent may review, receive a copy (at a reasonable fee), and/or challenge the records.

Chapel 

Chapel is an important part of life at Calvary Murrieta Christian School. It is an opportunity for students to hear truth about Jesus from outstanding speakers and from one another during class chapel performances. Students are required to attend Chapel. 

Attendance

Absences: Attendance at school provides a student with classroom experience. This experience is composed of participation in class activities and direct instruction conducted by the classroom teacher. The instructional program designed by each teacher is a progressive and sequential experience. It is difficult for that experience to be made up. For this reason, failure of a student to attend class without the knowledge and consent of parents and/or school staff will be seen as a serious problem and will not be allowed. Failure of a student to attend school will be considered an absence. Each absence will be considered either excused or unexcused.
Excused Absences: An excused absence is an absence with the knowledge and consent of parents and school staff due to a personal illness, serious illness in the family, death in the family, school-approved trips, medical or dental appointments, court appearances, or absences due to providential hindrance. Please call the school office the morning of the absence to notify the staff of the reason for your child’s absence. A note will be given to the teacher informing them of the reason for the absence. If you were unable to call the office the morning of the absence, the student is to bring a signed note from parents detailing the cause of the absence upon returning to school. The student should present the note to the teacher at the beginning of class.
Unexcused Absences: An absence with the knowledge and consent of the parents and school staff for any reason other than those previously listed will be considered unexcused. If a parent did not call in and report to the office staff on the day of the absence, upon returning to school the student is to bring a signed note from the parents detailing the cause of the absence.  The student should present the note to the teacher at the beginning of class. Unexcused absences will be tracked by administration who may request a meeting with parents to discuss the importance of attendance.
Extended Absences: When a student will be out of school for an extended period (longer than 5 school days), it is the responsibility of the parent to notify the administration and the teacher in writing at least 7 days prior to the absence. Students who have excessive absences (20% of attendance days) will be required to meet with administration.
Classwork/Homework Requests for a Planned Absence or Early Release: If a student has a planned absence, teachers must be informed 48 hours in advance if homework is requested. The teacher will let parents know when the work is ready for pick up in the front office.
Classwork/Homework Requests for Unplanned Absences or Early Release: If a student has an unplanned absence (emergencies, sickness, etc.), the parent must call the front office to notify the school. Missed work can be requested at that time. Teachers have 48 hours to prepare the work and place in the office for pick up. When the work is ready, parents will be contacted.
Tardy Policy: Tardiness affects not only the late student, but the entire class. It is the responsibility of the parents and students to be sure that students are at school and in class on time. Parents can drop their children off as early as 7:30am without paying any day care fees. They will go directly to their classrooms. Tardies will be given after 8:00am. Our school policy regarding tardiness states that students arriving late to school will receive a tardy slip. The tardy will be marked excused for the following reasons:
  • Personal illness
  • Serious illness in the family
  • Death in the family
  • Medical or dental appointment
  • Court appearance
  • Providential hindrance
All other reasons for the tardiness will be marked as unexcused (example: running late is unexcused). An excessive amount of unexcused tardies will result in the following actions:
  • Five unexcused tardies = Email from the Principal
  • Seven unexcused tardies = A phone call from the Principal
  • Ten unexcused tardies = Parent meeting with the Principal and an individualized plan will be put into place.
  • Unexcused tardy counts will be reset to 0 at the beginning of each quarter.
Early Check-Out: If your child has a pre-arranged appointment, please notify the teacher 48 hours in advance if homework is requested. This way, the teacher can prepare the student to leave early. If a parent checks out their child early without early notification, missed work will not be ready for pick up until the next day.
Make-Up Work: Students have two days upon returning to school after an absence to turn in make-up work for credit. In the event of sequential excused absences, the first day’s make-up work is due the second day they return to school. For example, the make-up work for three days of sequential excused absences cannot be turned in all at once six days later. The first day’s make-up work is due two days upon return and the second day’s make-up work is due four days upon return, etc. Under special circumstances, arrangements can be made for alternative due dates based on the teacher’s discretion.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures

Drop-Off Procedures: For the safety of our students, please adhere to the following procedures when dropping your child off in the morning. Parents of Kinder-6th grade students have two options for drop-off in the morning:
  1. Drop off in the yellow drop-off zone: For those parents who would like to drive-through and drop their child(ren) off in the morning, follow the flow of traffic through the parking lot (along the back and around to the yellow drop-off zone) in a single-file line. Stop and let students out on the right-hand side of the vehicle (in the yellow drop-off zone only) and drive on. This will allow for a smooth flow of traffic. 
  2. Park and walk to the gate: If you would rather park and walk your child to the gate, please use crosswalks and obey crossing guards. Do not drop students off in the parking lot and allow them to cross through traffic unescorted by an adult, regardless of grade. Parents may walk students to the gate. Any students dropped off earlier than 7:30am must be checked into day care at the normal day care rate. Kinder students may be walked directly to their classrooms by a parent or guardian.
After School Pick-Up : All students must be picked up in the classroom by a parent, guardian, or authorized person. The main entrance gate will be opened for pick-up at 3pm. Students not picked up by 3:15pm will be checked into daycare and you will be billed accordingly.
Special Needs and Arrangements: We know that circumstances arise that may cause you to be unable to pick up your child in the manner described above. In order to accommodate you in this area, we offer special pick-up for the following circumstances:
  • Handicap
  • Illness
  • Newborn Baby (up to 2 months old)
If you need to make special arrangements for pick-up due to one of these circumstances, please contact the office and we will be happy to accommodate you. If an emergency arises and you need to make special arrangements for a certain day, please contact the office prior to 2:30pm. Please arrive and park in the  handicap parking stalls (if applicable) by 3:15pm and a staff member will walk your child to your car. Please do not park in this area unless you have a prearranged special needs pick-up.

Walking Passes

Walking passes are available to 6th grade student athletes only, and only for the purpose of walking to sports practice on the upper campus. In order to obtain a walking pass, a Walking Pass Request Form must be on file (available in the elementary school office.) The request must be filled out completely and signed by the parent or guardian. Once the request is approved by administration, the student will be issued a walking pass. 

Health Policy 

In order to minimize the spread of illness, CMCS expects you to keep your child home when ill. The following are guidelines as to when your child should be kept home or will be sent home:
  • Fever
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Rash of unknown cause (If a doctor or health department staff member can identify the rash as not being contagious, we will admit the child providing the rash is not making the child sick and excessively uncomfortable)
  • Suspected conjunctivitis (pink eye: symptoms include red, itchy eyes, with crusts that form on the eyelid)
  • Contagious conditions such as untreated ringworm, head lice, impetigo, etc.
  • Significant symptoms of respiratory illness (thick colored mucus from eyes or nose, serious cough, wheezing, red runny eyes or crusty eyes, sore throat, or earache)
  • Any suspected fracture
  • Head injury with any brief loss of consciousness, severe headache, or visual disturbances (otherwise 911 will be called)
  • Cuts or gashes that appear to require medical attention or visible bleeding that cannot be controlled within 5 minutes.
For infections requiring a doctor’s prescription, please keep your child home 24 hours after beginning an antibiotic. For all other illnesses, the child must be symptom free for 12 hours before returning to school. 
Emergency Forms: In order to properly care for your student and notify parents/guardians when a student needs to go home, California Education Code 49403 requires that all parents submit emergency forms with their home phone, work phone, cell phone, and emergency contacts. CMCS requires that each student have an emergency form on file; one form is kept on file in the office and one copy is kept on file in the classroom. It is imperative that we receive this information at the start of each school year. If your student is injured or ill, and we do not have an updated emergency form, we may have to call 911 for treatment at the parent’s expense. Please include at least two or three local numbers of people who could care for your student if you are not available. The information on the emergency forms must be kept up to date throughout the school year. When a student becomes ill or injured, the parent is called. After attempting to contact the parents with no success, the persons designated as emergency contacts will be called. If the parent is reached via phone, they may designate someone other than who is listed on the emergency form to pick up their child. An emergency contact cannot designate someone to pick up the student other than those listed on the form. If the parent and emergency contacts are unable to be reached and it is a non-emergency situation, school administrators will determine the appropriate action. It is very frustrating for both the child and the office staff when a child is not feeling well, or there is an emergency situation, and employees are unable to contact an adult.
Communicating Health Conditions: In order to ensure your student’s health and safety, it is important for us to be made aware of any health conditions or allergies the student may have. Please note ANY health problems in the appropriate space on the emergency form. This information is not only necessary for us to address students’ health and safety, it is also necessary for any emergency personnel who may be called in to care for your child. Students’ health information is confidential and will only be shared with staff on a need-to-know basis. Contact the school office immediately if your child contracts a communicable disease. Please bring a doctor’s release when the child returns to school. The school follows District Public Health regulations as to when a child may return to school after a communicable disease. Students returning to school after being treated for head lice must be examined in the health room prior to returning to class. The child must be free of all lice and “nits” before being re-admitted to school. All persons, including volunteers, who are in regular contact with the children shall be in good health and free from communicable disease.
Administration of Medication Policy: No student shall be given over-the-counter medication during school hours without authorization from the parent/guardian.  Authorization is given on the student’s emergency form. No student shall be given prescription medication during school hours except with written request from a licensed physician/healthcare provider who has the responsibility for the medical management of the student. All such requests must be signed by the parent/guardian. These authorizations must be renewed whenever the prescription changes and at the beginning of each new school year. All medication, prescription and over-the-counter, must be stored and dispensed in the health office. All medication must be provided in the container in which it was purchased. If it is a prescribed medication, it must be in the original container with the prescription label attached and must be prescribed to the student to whom it will be administered. School personnel cannot give medication brought to school in a plastic bag, plastic ware, or any other repackaging. Out-of-date medication will not be given. If your child frequently requires over-the-counter medications such as allergy medication or acetaminophen, please consider sending some to the health office for us to keep on hand for your child. An adult must bring the medication to the school along with the completed authorization form. Students are not allowed to have medication in their possession at school. This practice allows for the safety of all students on campus. The only exception to this policy is if the student’s well-being is in jeopardy and the medication, such as an inhaler for asthma, is carried on his/her person. The appropriate release forms can be obtained from the school office and must include a statement from the physician that the student’s well-being is in jeopardy unless he/she carries the medication.
Responsibility of the Parent or Guardian: Parents/guardians shall be encouraged to cooperate with the physician to develop a schedule so the necessity for taking medication at school will be minimized or eliminated. Parents or guardians will assume full responsibility for the supply and transportation of all medications to and from school. For over-the-counter medication to be administered, parents or guardians must complete the medication section on the student emergency form, which gives written authorization for school personnel to administer over-the-counter medication. Parents or guardians may pick up unused medications from the school office during and at the close of the school year. Medication remaining after the last day of school will be discarded.  A request for administering prescribed medication must be completed by the parent or guardian and filed with the school office. The container must be clearly labeled by the physician or pharmacy with the following information:
  • Student’s name
  • Physician’s name
  • Name of medication
  • Dosage, schedule and dose form
  • Date of expiration of medication
Each medication is to be in a separate pharmacy container prescribed for the student by a physician.
Responsibility of School Personnel: The school health aide will assume responsibility for placing medication in a secure cabinet. Students will be assisted with taking medications according to the physician’s instructions and the procedure observed by a school staff member. Each administration of medication will be recorded on a medication log immediately following the time of its administration by the individual who gave the medication and an email notification will be sent to the parent or guardian through FACTS notification system.
Health Emergencies: Although we do not have a certified nurse on staff, our staff has been certified in First Aid and CPR. When a child has been injured, we evaluate the situation on a case-by-case basis. When appropriate, we apply ice packs to bumps, topical ointment and band-aids to cuts and scrapes, etc. If more serious, we will notify the parent and complete an Accident Report.
  • If a student is injured on campus, the student should report the injury to a teacher, administrator, or staff member.
  • If a student becomes ill, he/she should notify a staff member, and proceed directly to the health room.
  • If a student is advised to leave campus, the parent will be contacted. When the parent or other authorized adult comes to pick up the student, they will be asked to sign the student out in the office.
Immunizations: Children must have their immunizations up-to-date and submitted to the school. The only exception being that a child has a medical exemption authorized by a physician. Written statements by the physician must be submitted.

Emergency Procedures

Emergency Preparedness: The action taken during any type of emergency situation depends a great deal on the specifics of the incident. CMCS may evacuate, lock-down, or initiate a shelter-in-place response, according to the nature of the threat. The main objective is the protection of the students and staff members. CMCS conducts various types of crisis response drills throughout the school year and works in collaboration with our local public safety agencies. If you are on campus during a crisis response drill, you are required to participate and to report to the command post. In the event of an actual crisis, parents/guardians should report to the school command post where they will receive instructions on where to pick up their child. Students will not be released until student accounting is complete, so please do not attempt to take your child without proper authorization from CMCS staff. Your child will only be released to the individuals designated on your child’s emergency form. For this reason, it is imperative that you keep your child’s emergency information accurate and up-to-date. The individual picking up your child should be prepared to provide our staff with photo identification.
Emergency Kits: CMCS has a comprehensive disaster plan. This plan will provide for the safety and welfare of each child in the event of a major disaster, such as an earthquake, lockdown, or fire. An important area of our plan deals with providing food and water should students be required to remain at school for an extended period of time. Our school is equipped with emergency kits for each student.
Fire & Disaster Drills: It is required by law that schools conduct fire drills. In keeping with recommended civil defense procedure, disaster drills also may be conducted. Instructions for these drills will be given over the school intercom and reinforced by the instructor. Students are expected to become familiar with these instructions so that all drills can be conducted with a minimum of confusion. CMCS has a comprehensive disaster plan. This plan will provide for the safety and welfare of each child in the event of a major disaster, such as an earthquake, lockdown, or fire. An important area of our plan deals with providing food and water should students be required to remain at school for an extended period of time. Our school is equipped with some stored emergency items. Kits have a shelf life of 5 years and will be stored for use in the event of an emergency.

Closed Campus Policy 

We are a closed campus. This means that no student is to leave the school grounds during the regular school day for any reason unless an authorized parent or guardian comes to the office to sign them out. If leaving early for an appointment, please call the office the morning of the appointment so that the teacher can be notified ahead of time and missed work can be prepped. 

On Campus Visitors

All visitors are required to check-in with the school office upon entering the campus. Those wishing to volunteer in classrooms must have prior approval from the teacher and  administration. Visitors are required to sign in and out, and to wear a visitor name-tag during their entire visit. Identification may be requested of visitors. We follow these procedures as a precaution for our students, as we feel it is essential to identify all adults interacting with the students.

Volunteers

Calvary Murrieta Christian School has many opportunities for parents to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer at CMCS, we ask that you complete the following items and follow our volunteer requirements:
  • Complete a Volunteer Application Form and attend a mandatory Parent Volunteer Meeting annually.
  • Have an approved Livescan on file (this only needs to be completed once while at CMCS).
  • Read and comply with our volunteer requirements and dress code.
  • Arrange a volunteer schedule with your child’s teacher.
  • Sign in at the office and pick up your name tag, which must be worn at all times while on campus.
  • Sign out in the office when you are done volunteering.
Volunteer Dress Code: We ask that while on campus, field trips and school events that you follow the volunteer dress code:
  • Halter, off-the-shoulder, strapless, spaghetti straps less than 2 inches, and backless tops or dresses are not permitted.
  • Short tops, which expose any part of the midriff skin, are not permitted.
  • No undergarments are permitted to show through the outerwear.
  • The neckline of dresses and tops must be modest. Cleavage cannot show when standing or bending over.
  • Jeans with holes are permitted if the holes are on the knees or below.
  • Skirts, dresses, and shorts should not be higher than 5 inches above the knee.
If you are out of dress code, the staff has been instructed to offer you an appropriate item to wear while on campus. Please help us avoid this uncomfortable situation by complying with the dress code.
Siblings: We ask that you not bring your student’s siblings with you when you volunteer or while chaperoning on field trips.
Volunteer Schedule: Once you have completed the volunteer requirements, you must arrange a schedule with your child’s teacher. Please adhere to this schedule. Teachers count on you to be there on your scheduled day/time. If for some reason you are unable to make it on your scheduled day, please notify the teacher as soon as possible. This is especially helpful for reading circles, homework packs and craft projects.
Confidentiality & Impartiality: It is important to remember that your capacity in the class is that of a volunteer. Please do not show favoritism for your child and please do not show any judgment against other student’s behavior, attitude, etc. Please do not speak to anyone but the teacher about what you observe in the classroom, student’s grades or student behavior. It is the teacher’s responsibility to handle any concerns you may have. Please be especially sensitive to this by not taking it home and discussing it with other family members. Your child could pick up on this and kids could get hurt.
Special Privileges: Being a parent volunteer does not avail you to any special privileges, except that of being able to volunteer in your child’s classroom so we ask that you not pick your child up early when volunteering or drop in on other classes unexpectedly.

PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship)

The CMCS teachers and staff encourage you to become a part of our Parent-Teacher Fellowship. It is a wonderful way to become a part of our school through events such as our Jog-a-thon, Staff Appreciation Week, and special family events.
PTF Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization shall be, in prayerful dependence upon God:
  • To establish a fellowship between home and school.
  • To work together as parents and staff to coordinate school events and activities.
  • To encourage and strengthen the parents in fulfilling their God-given responsibility in the training of their children in the Lord.
  • To bring families and staff into a closer relationship where they may cooperate intelligently in the activities and education of the students.
  • To provide a channel through which the physical and financial needs of the school can be made known and through which the members and friends can help in supplying these needs.

School Rules

It is the student's responsibility to follow the rules of the school, treat others as they would want to be treated, and do nothing to interfere with the learning, safety, and well-being of other individuals. In the registration process, parents and JH students will be asked to sign a Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct covers our expectations of parent and student behavior, church attendance, conflict resolution, and other important codes we strive to live by.

Student Technology Use Policy: Calvary Murrieta Christian School (CMCS) has an exciting opportunity to expand learning access through Internet and computer use for students and staff.  With this opportunity comes the responsibility for appropriate use.  All Calvary Murrieta Christian School student/personnel accessing the Internet and computers will comply with the CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act). At CMCS, students will have the opportunity to use PC laptops, Chromebooks, iMacs, and iPads. All students, faculty, and staff are responsible for using the CMCS’s computing resources in a safe, effective, ethical, and lawful manner. The items below constitute examples of acceptable and unacceptable use:
  • Acceptable Use: 
    • Use consistent with the mission of CMCS. (https://cmcsweb.com/mission-values)
    • Use CMCS technology for appropriate educational purposes only.
    • Be aware that school personnel have access to all user directories, data, email, web pages and other files stored on our campus servers and may review files and communications at any time.
    • Be responsible for all materials created, sent or received under his/her user account and therefore should not give out their password to anyone.
    • Respect the privacy of individuals.
  • Unacceptable Use: 
    • Use of computers or networks that violates federal, state, or local laws or statutes.
    • Activities that interfere with the ability of others to use computing resources or other network-connected services effectively.
    • Activities that result in unauthorized access to or the loss of another’s work.
    • Connecting one’s personal computer to the network without taking reasonable precautions against viruses.
    • Distribution of obscene, abusive, or threatening messages via electronic media, such as email or instant messaging.
    • Distribution of chain letters or broadcasting to lists of individuals in a manner that might cause congestion of the network.
    • Use of the CMCS’s computers or networks for commercial use or profit-making enterprises except as specifically agreed to with the institution.
  • Google Classroom Accounts: Students will be provided with a logon and password for their Google Classroom Account. Students are not to share their network password with another person. This will protect students from others using their computer accounts in unacceptable ways. Passwords are always changed at the beginning of each school year and other times upon request. Within their Google Classroom, students can share their homework or documents with their teacher. Each teacher will share his/her classroom expectations regarding submitting online work with his/her students. Parent will not hold CMCS or CMCS personnel responsible for the failure of any technology protection measure.   Junior High Students will use their google classroom login to login onto campus chrome books.
  • Google Email: Google Email is disabled for Elementary Students.

Cell Phone Policy: It is the strong recommendation of Calvary Murrieta Christian Schools that students and parents carefully weigh the choice of whether to bring personal cell phones to school. They can be disruptive to the learning environment, often create discipline problems, and are all too frequently damaged, lost, or stolen. If students do bring cell phones to school, they are subject to the following policy guidelines.
  • Acceptable Use:
    • Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off and kept out of sight during class time, unless otherwise directed by individual teachers in their classrooms. Parents are reminded that is cases of emergency, the main office is the appropriate point of contact to ensure that your child is reached quickly and assisted in an appropriate way.
    • Cell phones must not disrupt classroom lessons with ringtones, beeping, or vibrating.
    • Cell phones and other electronic devices may not be used in any manner that disrupts classroom lessons or other educational activities, such as assemblies.
    • Cell phones, cameras, or other devices should not be used to photograph or film others without their consent.
  • Care for Electronic Devices:
    • Students who bring cell phones or other electronic devices to school are personally responsible for the safety and security of those devices.
    • The school accepts no responsibility for cell phones or other electronic devices that are lost, damaged, or stolen at school or while traveling to and from school.
  • Process for Violation of this Policy: Students who violate the rules for the use of cell phones and other electronic devices, set forth above, will face corrective action as described below:
    • First violation – warning by teacher; teacher may confiscate for the remainder of the class period.
    • Second violation – cell phone/electronic device confiscated by teacher and turned in to administration to be picked up at the end of the school day.
    • Third violation – confiscation, item given to administrator to be picked up at end of the day or later by parent/guardian.
    • Fourth violation – confiscation, item given to administrator, school discipline imposed.

Internet Usage: CMCS makes every reasonable effort to minimize the risk that student users will encounter inappropriate material on the Internet during school. However, there is no absolute guarantee that our efforts will be successful. Therefore, CMCS takes no responsibility for non-school information or materials that are transferred through the CMCS network and/or the Internet. CMCS requires students, when using school technology, to refrain from intentionally viewing and/or downloading inappropriate non-academic material. If a student is unsure if material is inappropriate, said student should consult with his/her teacher. Teachers occasionally might use online sites to extend learning opportunities.  If the student needs to have a login in order to use the site, parents will be provided with the username and password.   As much as possible, CMCS will always generate a generic login for the student (cmcs1 or first name/last initial) to protect our students’ digital footprint. 

Animals on Campus 

Dogs are not allowed on campus. A child wanting to share a pet must have prior consent from the teacher and administration. If permission is given, the animal must be caged or on a leash and supervised at all times. 

Field Trips

School sponsored field trips are established for the specific grade level and are precisely picked for educational purposes. Please be advised that siblings are not allowed to attend. If a parent or guardian would like to drive on a field trip. He/she will need to pick up a Drivers Application in the front office.

Parties 

We invite our parents to participate in class parties without siblings.
Personal Party Invitations: Party invitations can be sent home through a student's classroom or distributed on campus if ALL the students in the classroom are invited to the party. All other invitations need to be delivered off campus.

Discipline 

General Campus Rules:  
  • No bringing or possessing fireworks, firecrackers, matches or other flammable materials on campus.
  • No chewing gum.
  • No personal electronics.
  • No possessing, selling or otherwise furnishing any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object, including pepper spray.
  • No using, possessing, selling, furnishing or being under the influence of any controlled substance (illegal drugs or alcoholic beverage) or intoxicant of any kind.
  • No sexual harassment of individuals, whether verbal, physical or environmental. Expulsion will be recommended upon the first offense for violations involving drugs, weapons, explosives, alcohol, or sexual assault (Education Code 48900 B, C, D, N and 48915 C).
  • No cheating. Cheating consists of copying someone's work to submit as one's own, giving or receiving answers, or plagiarizing.
  • No stealing. 
Classroom Rules: 
  • Students must always demonstrate respect for, and cooperation with, teachers.
  • Students will be on time to class, and will be prepared with the necessary materials and mental attitude which indicates a readiness to learn.
  • Students may not be in classrooms or offices unless a teacher or staff member is present.
How Misconduct is Handled: When a student’s behavior or attitude is in conflict with the standards of the school, every effort will be made to encourage the student to demonstrate the change and improvement necessary to comply with these standards. As much as possible, misbehavior in the classroom will be handled by the teacher. Methods of maintaining student discipline at CMCS include the following:
  • The teacher and student will have a meeting regarding the misbehavior.
  • The teacher will communicate with parents and guardians.
  • The teacher may assign a consequence to the student.
  • The teacher may request a conference to include the parent, teacher, student, and/or administration.
  • The teacher may lower the citizenship grade.
If, after a reasonable amount of time, the teacher feels there is a continuing problem with the behavior or attitude, he/she will refer the student to administration for further disciplinary action. In certain serious misbehaviors, students will be referred immediately to administration. Probation or suspension may be used as part of the discipline procedure. Students may be expelled for continued violation of school standards or if a single offense is particularly serious. Expulsion is handled by the school board.
Discipline Categories And Consequences: Misconduct has been classified and divided into three categories, depending on the severity of the violation.
  • CATEGORY III: Violation of U.S., state, or city laws. Activities that seriously threaten the safety of the student or classmates. Activities that show gross lack of respect for authority or property. Frequent and repeated violation of Category II rules. Offenses: Stealing, fighting, violence, possession of weapons or dangerous objects, vulgarity, threats, sexual harassment, possessing or being under the influence of any controlled substance or intoxicant. Expulsion will be recommended upon the first offense of violations involving drugs, weapons, explosives, alcohol, or sexual assault. (Education Code 48900 B, C, D, N, and 48915 C).
  • CATEGORY II: Activities and attitudes that show a lack of respect for authority. Frequent and repeated violations of Category I rules. Offenses: disrespect, defacing or misuse of property, inappropriate language, improper physical contact, cheating, lying, plagiarism, excessive tardies or truancy.
  • CATEGORY I: Minor disturbances that prevent classroom order and instruction. Offenses: chewing gum, dress code violation, cell phone use, inappropriate gestures, continuing disruptions, failure to observe class or school rules.
Consequences: warning, student conference, parent conference, loss of privileges, community service, behavior contract, suspension, expulsion. 

Dress Code

The dress code applies to all student activities (ie. field trips, class parties, sporting events, school plays, graduations, etc.). Parents of students in violation of dress code will be notified and requested to bring appropriate attire on the day of the violation.
Girls:
  • Short tops, which expose any part of the midriff skin, are not permitted.
  • No undergarments are permitted to show through the outerwear.
  • Halter, off-the-shoulder, strapless, spaghetti straps less than two inches and backless tops or dresses are not permitted.
  • Cleavage cannot show when sitting down or bending over.
  • Jeans with holes are permitted if the holes are on the knees or below.
  • Shorts, skirts, dresses, and hemlines with slits may not be shorter than 5” from the top of the knee.
  • Leggings are acceptable only if they are not skin tight or see-through. Please wear a shirt or dress that covers the bottom area.
  • Shoes or sandals with heel straps must be worn at all times. Flip flops are not permitted.
  • Make-up is not allowed.
  • Body piercing is only allowed on the ears.
  • Girls may only wear one-piece bathing suits at events/activities that require “beach wear”.
Boys
  • Jeans with holes are only permitted if the holes are on the knees or below. 
  • Tank tops must be at least two inches wide. The chest area may not be visible from the sides.
  • Sandals with heel straps must be worn at all times. Flip flops are not permitted.
  • Hats are permitted, except in the chapel.
  • Boys may only wear swim trunks at events/activities that require beach wear. Shorts may not be shorter than 5 inches above the top of the knee.
This dress code is not all-inclusive. Any situation not specifically covered herein will be resolved by the administration in accordance with the general intent and purpose of the code. With changing styles, the administration reserves the right to add inappropriate clothing to this list at any time.