REGULAR OFFICE HOURS

Days:
Monday - Friday,
9:00am-2:00pm

Evening Hours:
Monday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm Please call before coming! Thank you!

Office/Rectory
Tel
732-721-0179
Fax 732-721-0360
Direction to St. Mary's

Family/Children's Mass

Held once a month, usually on the 1st Sunday, during the Religious Education Program year. Children from Grades 1-4 are gift bearers, greeters, and hand out the bulletins. Children in Grades 5-8 are collectors and readers.

stained glass GENERAL INFORMATION

The Religious Education Office phone number is 732 721-1514.
There is an answering machine if no one is available. Please leave a brief message and the Director of Religious Education will return your call as soon as possible.

Days and Hours of Classes

Grades 1 to 5 Tuesdays
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Grades 6, 7, and 8 Wednesday
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Arrival Time
Tuesday Classes (Grades 1 to 5) – Always Use Main
Entrance to St. Mary’s School {2nd Street & Stevens Ave}

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Children should arrive approximately 5 to 10 minutes prior to start (4:30 p.m.) and line up in St. Mary’s first floor hall in assigned
grade area. Grades 1 and 2 may enter classroom only if teacher/aide is present. At 4:30 p.m., with teacher present, children will proceed to their assigned classrooms.

Wednesday Classes (Grades 6, 7 & 8) – Always Use Main Entrance to St. Mary’s School {2nd Street & Stevens Ave)

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Grades 6, 7 and 8 children should arrival approximately 5 to 10 minutes prior to start (6:30 p.m.) They may gather in foyer area. At 6:30 p.m., each grade will proceed with their teacher to their assigned classroom.

Late Arrivals must sign a special “Tardy Book” which is kept in the Religious Education Office. Teachers also record any tardiness.

Class Dismissal Time

Unless a child has a Walking Permission Slip on file at the Religious Education Office, it is expected that a parent/guardian/responsible adult will pick the child up on time.

If the person expected to pick the child up is late, the child will be sent to the Religious Education Office. They may use the office phone and someone will wait with them. NO CHILD IS ALLOWED TO WAIT OUTSIDE.

The PCL/Catechist WILL NOT send a student home with a driver who is visibly impaired. The program director reserves the right to call an emergency number.

Early Dismissals

If for some urgent reason a child needs to be excused early from class, a note must be given in advance to the Catechist and the Religious Education Office notified with the reason for early dismissal.

Before dismissal, parents must come to the Religious Education Office to show identification and to sign out their child. No child is permitted outside building without parent/guardian.

Please do not schedule doctor/dentist appointments or sports activities during class time.

If your child becomes ill, you will be notified and asked to pick up your child in the Religious Education Office.

Absences

If your child misses a class, please send a note with an explanation to be given to your child’s catechist. NOTE: Diocesan Guidelines allow three excused absences.
Due to the importance of Confirmation Preparation in Grades 6, 7 and 8, children who are absent three or more times will be required to attend “make-up” classes. Notices
will be mailed to inform you about dates and times.

Snow Days or Other Emergencies

Announcements are placed on the Religious Education Office answering machine at (732) 721-1514. If the South Amboy School District is closed or has early dismissal due to inclement weather, the Religious Education Program will be cancelled
for that day. Please do not call the parish rectory office.

School & Classroom Behavior

(1) Students are expected to come to class and behave in a manner that permits learning – theirs and others. Any student that will not cooperate, or is disruptive will be removed from class and if deemed necessary, the parent will be notified.

(2) Food, gum, or drinks are not allowed in class unless with special arrangement.

(3) Students should respect all property. They should not touch anything that does not belong to them on the school property.

(4) All types of electronic equipment are not permitted to be used in classrooms. They will be taken from child and not returned until end of class. If there is abusive use by
child, the electronic equipment will be taken from child and only returned to parent.

(5) Heelies and sports shoes (such as cleats) are not allowed to be used on school property.

Child Abuse Policy

If a catechist/director suspect a child has been abused, NJ State Statutes require that Division of Youth& Family Services be notified immediately.

Drugs/Weapons

Drugs will not be allowed on the Parish premises (hall, church, school, rectory or grounds). Weapons of any type are strictly prohibited on St. Mary’s property. A weapon is defined as being capable of causing harm or bodily injury. This includes, but is not limited to, guns, knives and sharp items.

Any student found to be in possession of an illegal substance/weapon will be detained until the police are notified.

Personal Data/Confidential

Religious Education offices are required to keep a permanent record on file for each student in the program. If your telephone number changes, please notify the
Religious Education Office. Cell phone and work numbers should be included if possible. Staff will attempt to contact parents/guardian at their home first in an event of an emergency.

Please make us aware of any learning disabilities, emotional or physical your child might have so we are able to adjust accordingly.