School Handbook

School Handbook

INTRODUCTION & OBJECTIVES
 

            Emanuel Lutheran School is operated and maintained by Emanuel Ev. Lutheran Church of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. This handbook has been prepared to help parents and students understand the purposes and functions of Emanuel Lutheran School and the type of educational program it has to offer. It will serve as a guide to you and your child in matters relating to the school.
            Upon enrolling your child in Emanuel Lutheran School, you indicate that you subscribe to the policies stated in this handbook.
            We have a Christian Day School to assist the home in its responsibility of giving its youth a Christian education. Such Christian education aims to foster faith and motivate an entire life of Christian living. God’s verbally inspired Word is the only basis and guiding rule for Christian faith and life. We must first use the Law to point out man’s completely lost condition. We are then able to comfort this despairing soul with the good news of the Gospel. We recognize that we are only the tools of the Holy Spirit working through the Word. This Word is brought to the child in daily devotions and formal Bible classes. All other subjects are taught in the light of this Word. Further guidance is provided by examples set by the Christian teachers.
            Our school strives to provide the child with a Christ-centered education which in no way neglects any academic area generally considered essential to a curriculum of elementary education. This would include the perfecting of useful skills, developing cultural interests and social graces, promoting physical health, and developing the special gifts and talents of the individual child. This Christian centered education will enable the child, God’s precious gift, to take his proper place and serve his church, home, and community. To attain these objectives, our congregation makes every effort to provide the school with adequate equipment and facilities and properly trained personnel.
            The basis for all our objectives is the Word of the Lord Himself, for He has commanded, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it,” (Proverbs 22:6). Because the “Fear (love) of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom,” (Proverbs9:10), we want to give our children that most important part of education, a feeding of the soul and strengthening of faith. This is not something that can be done haphazardly and only occasionally, therefore in our school the Word of God is applied throughout the day and is the basis and guide for all learning and living.

 ABSENCES
 

            Faithfulness in all matters is one of the marks of the Christian: therefore, students are expected to be prompt and regular in their attendance. Absences must be brought to the attention of the teacher either by phone or in writing.
            If parents would like to have their child stay in for recess because of a cold or some other valid reason, please inform the teacher.
  
ADMISSION POLICY & TUITION
 

            The primary purpose of Emanuel Lutheran School is the Christian training of the children whose parents are members of Emanuel Lutheran Church. But our school also realizes its responsibility to heed the Lord’s command to make disciples of ALL nations. Therefore, in carrying out our duties as God’s missionaries, we do admit pupils outside of our fellowship.  Pupils are admitted in the following manner:

  1. Children of Emanuel Lutheran Church
Members are certainly encouraged to send their children to the Christian Day School. No tuition is charged for these children. All members are expected to bear their share of the cost of the school in their weekly church offering.
  1. Sister Congregations (WELS & ELS)
Children of sister congregations may attend Emanuel Lutheran School. As in #1, no tuition is charged to these pupils, but these parents are also expected to share the cost of this Christian education through offerings to Emanuel Lutheran Church.
  1. Non-Member Families
Contingent on availability of classroom space and teacher/pupil ratio, enrollment is open to non-member families. A tuition fee will be charged to these families. Note the following guidelines:
 
A)  Students will participate in all the curricula adopted by the school board including all classes involving religious instruction.
 
B)  All policies of the school and participation in extracurricular activities including church singing are to be observed.
 
C)  The tuition fee for a family’s oldest child will be waived during the first year if a parent completes the Bible Information Class (BIC) by the end of the school year.  In BIC you will learn the teachings of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod (WELS) which will be taught to your child. If after finishing the class, you agree to the teachings of the WELS, you will be invited to become a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church. More specifics concerning the class are available by contacting the pastor at Emanuel Lutheran Church.
 
BOOKS & SUPPLIES
 
            Each child is required to pay an annual fee which covers replacement costs of textbooks, workbooks, and other school supplies. Students are held responsible for the books they rent and are expected to take good care of them. (This includes NO marring with writing utensils or other sharp objects.) There is a fine for damaged or lost books.
            Children are expected to have all required supplies at all times. A list of these supplies is furnished before the school year begins. The school maintains a book store where most of these items can be purchased during the school year.
 
CONDUCT & DISCIPLINE
 
            Our Lord expects of His children that out of love, we walk in His commandments and live lives pleasing to Him. It is our intent to help parents instill the desire in their children to want to serve their Savior. With this attitude, our children will endeavor to conduct themselves accordingly.
            The devil, the world, and our sinful flesh work overtime to overcome these good intentions. Children in error will be made to see their sin in the mirror of the Law, for the purpose of contrition so that the Gospel can be used to bring forgiveness and the desire to amend their ways. It should be kept in mind that chastening is done with every consideration for the child’s home, health, and personality.
            Parents of children will be held responsible for property damage done willfully by the student. Fighting, bullying, abusive or threatening behavior, or continuous classroom disruption will not be tolerated. Any serious issues will be brought before the school board and may result in suspension or expulsion from school.
            Possession of guns, knives, alcohol, illegal drugs, or unauthorized medication is sufficient grounds for suspension or expulsion. The faculty reserves the right to search lockers, desks, etc. for any reason. If a student is found with any of the above mentioned at school, his parents will be notified immediately to discuss the situation, and if deemed necessary, the police and/or school board will be contacted.
 
CURRICULUM
 
            A school curriculum consists of all of the learning experiences which come to the child through the school. Therefore our curriculum strives to provide for the complete needs of every child – the spiritual, the mental, the social, the physical. So it is expressed in Luke 2:52: “Jesus grew in wisdom (mental) and stature (physical) and in favor with God (spiritual) and men (social).”
            The academic program of our school corresponds to public elementary education and complies with all of the suggested requirements of the State of Michigan. The curriculum includes the language arts, social studies, science, mathematics, the fine arts, and physical education.
            Since our school program is Bible-based and Christ-centered, the curriculum also includes daily devotions and religious instruction in Bible history, church history, hymnology, and catechism. Since the entire course of religious instruction is designed to lead to confirmation, catechism instruction is conducted by the Pastor in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.
 
DAILY & YEARLY SCHEDULES
 
            A daily schedule will be distributed at the beginning of the school year. The typical school day for grades K - 8 begins at 8:00 AM and dismisses at 2:40 PM.
            Pupils must arrive promptly in the morning, but no earlier than 7:30 AM. Neither should they linger after school unless special arrangements have been made with the teachers. Pupils are not permitted to leave school grounds during the school hours without special permission.
 
DRESS CODE
 
            Students are to dress cleanly and modestly in a way that reflects respect for the Christian education they are receiving. Parents should use the following guideline to help their children choose appropriate clothing to wear to school:
            Clothing which advertises or portrays alcohol, bars, tobacco, musical groups, weapons, demonic symbols, or uses words to display an un-Christian attitude will not be allowed. Tank tops, tight, revealing, or torn clothing will not be permitted. Open-toe shoes require socks. Shorts may be worn in September, October, April, May, and June. They are to be no shorter than 1 inch below the fingertips when standing and no longer than 3 inches below the knee. Skirts and skorts also are not to be shorter than 1 inch below the fingertips and the length of capri pants should be below the knee when sitting.
            Bizarre haircuts and unnatural coloring are not allowed. Boys are not allowed to wear earrings, and girls should avoid excessive make-up.
 
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
 
            Kindergartners should be five years old by September 1st in order to enroll. Upon admission, parents are to present copies of their child’s birth certificate and immunization record.
            Students seeking admission to grades 1-8 must present an accumulative report card showing their prior years standing and sign a transfer request form.
 
FACULTY
 
            Teachers at Emanuel Lutheran School have a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. They are certified through Martin Luther College, our Wisconsin Synod teacher training school. The faculty keeps up on current programs and methods of teaching by regularly attending conferences and workshops and periodically enrolling in post graduate courses of study.
 
HEALTH
 
            A county health nurse annually checks the vision and hearing of all students. Health records are kept on all children. Teachers need permission from parents before administering any type of medication.
 
 MISSION PROGRAM & CHAPEL
 
            On the last day of every school week a chapel service is held to which the students may bring an offering to help support a selected mission. We urge parents to encourage their children in their offerings as they help spread the Gospel throughout the world. Parents and friends are invited to attend this weekly service.
 
NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY
 
            Emanuel Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, or athletic and other school-administrated programs.
 
PARENT-TEACHER COOPERATION
 
            Parents and teachers should work together to carry out the task of providing a Christian and academic education. Parents and teachers should dedicate themselves to a study of God’s Word so they may carry out their duties in a God-pleasing manner. Regular attendance in worship services and participation in church and school activities is expected of all parents and students. The policies of the school should be upheld.
            To discuss the progress of each child, conferences between parents and teachers are held after the first quarter and if requested or needed, at other times during the year.  If any misunderstandings arise during the school year, Christian love guided by proper regard for the Eighth Commandment requires the parents to consult the teacher first to discuss the situation.
            Telephone calls to the school should be made before and after school or during the noon hour, unless there is an emergency.
 
REPORT CARDS
 
            A complete report regarding the child’s progress will be issued on a nine-week basis. If needed, teachers will make arrangements for individual conferences with parents. Comments which will help the teacher to better understand and help the child are appreciated. It is most important to evaluate and discuss this report with your child. Report card envelopes should be signed and returned within one week of distribution.
  
SCHOOL LUNCH
 
            Students are to bring their own lunch. This includes their own forks or spoons. Only plastic knives are allowed! A refrigerator and microwave are available for use. Every Wednesday a hot lunch is provided for a nominal fee.
 
SPORTS
 
In order to participate in the sports programs at Emanuel, a student has to be in good academic standing as determined by the teacher and principal. Also, if a participant is absent from school the day of an event, he will not be allowed to participate in that particular event.
 
TESTING
 
            In accord with commonly accepted educational policies and that of the Wisconsin Synod, standardized tests are administered. These are administered every year to aid in showing the progress of the child and in evaluating the teaching materials being used.
 
TRANSPORTATION
 
            Busing is available within the Tawas Area School District. Parents are responsible for the conduct of their children on the bus. Transportation for students living outside the school district will have to be arranged by the parents.
 
SECURITY
 
            Every effort will be made to ensure the safety of the students at Emanuel. Currently the school has in place a door bell used for admittance and security cameras mounted in various locations throughout the school and attached church.
 
CRISIS PLAN
 
            A Crisis Plan has been developed for the building. It contains procedures to follow for a fire, tornado, lockdown, and evacuation.  A copy of this plan is available for public viewing.
 
DISCLAIMERS
           
            This handbook does not serve to contractually bind the school in any way. Contents of this handbook are subject to change without notice by Emanuel’s Board of Education.
 
Revised - January 2017