It is the recommendation of the Diocese of Metuchen, Office for Catechesis, that parish religious formation classes be held twenty-eight to thirty two sessions during the school year and that these sessions be at least one hour and fifteen minutes in length.
The DCFF (Director of Children's Faith Formation) is required to establish a system for notifying parents when a child is absent. (PCL Handbook, Dio of Met, Pol #3 - 17 May, 2004). This requirement is essential to keep the parent and the Office of Children's Faith Formation abreast of the child's whereabouts in the event of an emergency evacuation and/or lock down. Attendance will be taken within the first ten (10) minutes of class. Absentees will be reported to the office. If the Office of Children's Faith Formation was not previously notified by a parent of the child's absence, a call will be made to the home to confirm the child's absence.
There is a definite scope and sequence to the lessons taught each week. We recognize that the children are involved in many wonderful activities. However, religious education must have a priority. A child should not miss several weeks of class for sports, play or band practice. In addition to your child missing important foundational material, it will also send the wrong message to the rest of the class. Excessive absences hinder a child's progress, especially when preparing for a Sacrament.
IF YOUR CHILD IS GOING TO BE ABSENT, YOU MUST CALL
THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN'S FAITH FORMATION
908-725-1112, EXT 1119 or 1128
If the office is not opened at the time of your call, you may leave a message with your child's name, teacher, class and reason for absence. If you know well beforehand that your child will be absent you may notify the office via email: Kbohler@icsomerville.org
NO MORE THAN THREE (3) UN-EXCUSED* ABSENCES
PER SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE PERMITTED.
* More than three (3) un-excused absences may be cause for repetition of the current level of education ... examples of excused absences might be death in the family, illness, etc. Sports or extra curricular activities do NOT fall into the category of excused absences. (PCL Handbook, Dio. of Met. Pol #3 - 17 May, 2004)
Code of Behavior
Our program continues to grow each year. However, we are totally dependent upon the dedication of our volunteers. As Christians, our behavior must be loving, kind and respectful. We realize that our children work hard and play hard, and may be tired and/or restless after a long day at school. However, we ask you to remind your child to give their utmost attention and respect by behaving in class and by being careful in the classroom they are meeting. Children's Faith Formation classes are held in the home rooms of the Immaculate Conception Elementary School students. The desks contain their books and personal belongings. It is of utmost importance that the desk contents are not disturbed in any way. Failure to respond to this attitude of respect will be handled on an individual basis.
If a discipline problem occurs and/or persists,
we will contact you for your assistance.
STUDENT CELL PHONE AND IPOD/MP3 DIGITAL MUSIC PLAYER USAGE
Cell phones may be carried into the building with the following provisions:
1. Prior to the commencement of class, the catechist (teacher) will hold your child's cell phone. It will be returned at the conclusion of the class session.
2. No cell phones may be used for picture taking
3. No harassment or threatening of persons via cell phone is permitted.
4. Cell phones may not be used for game playing, Internet or email access or conversations, gambling or making purchases of any kind.
5. No pagers or other communication devices are allowed.
6. Those who violate any of the rules regarding cell phones will forfeit their privileges of bring them to class.
IPOD/MP3 DIGITAL MUSIC PLAYERS
Students may NOT bring IPODS and/or MP3 digital music players to the ICS building and should not arrive at class time wearing the headsets.
(Shoes/Sneakers with Wheels)
CHILDREN ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WEAR HEELIES!
Due to the dangerous nature of the sneakers/shoes containing roller skate wheels (Heelies), children may NOT wear them to the Immaculate Conception Elementary School building.