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Parent-Student Handbook
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Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School

3955 Kochville Road
Saginaw, Michigan 48604

 
School Bulletin
2016 – 2017

 
A Co-educational Seventh-day Adventist School
Grades Kindergarten Through Eight
 
Accredited with the
Lake Union Conference of
Seventh-day Adventists
 
 
 
Telephone Numbers
 
Tri-City School......................................................................................989-790-2508
Fax (call first)........................................................................................989-790-2508
Robert Quillin, School Board Chairman...............................................989-297-2945
Dee Horn, Treasurer..............................................................................989-832-0644
Esther Nanasi, Principal.......................................................................530-592-8468

 
E-mail Addresses
 
School e-mail...................................................................................tricitysdaschool@gmail.com
Esther Nanasi, Grades K-8........................................................................ebnanasi@misda.org
 
 
Table of Contents
Statement of Philosophy
Administration
Instructional Staff
Support Staff
Volunteers
Who May Attend
Registration
Age for Admittance to the First Grade
School Attendance / Calendar
School Days
Dental and Medical Appointments
Financial Program
Parent-School Relationship
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Course Offerings
Scholastic Success
Lost and Damaged Books
Bibles
School Supplies
School Services
Student Activities
Home and School Association
Administrative Codes
Operating Board
Statement of the Board
Appendix
 
Statement of Philosophy
 
 
The Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School is dedicated to the fulfillment of one great purpose in cooperation with divine agencies: “to restore in man the image of his maker, to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created, to promote the development of body, mind, and soul, that the divine purpose of his creation might be realized.” Education, pp. 15, 16.
           
In the beginning man was created in the image of God and was “endowed with a power akin to that of the Creator—individuality, power to think and to do,” Education, p. 17. Man’s capacity for free, creative, responsible thinking and acting has been considerably diminished by sin. It is therefore, the purpose of christian education to restore this power in each student. A knowledge of God, His plan for our redemption and the kind of persons men and women may become as they are restored to His likeness are of first importance throughout the total school experience. Such a transforming restoration involves the development of the whole person physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.
           
Seventh-day Adventist education places a high estimate on the infinite worth of every individual and seeks to provide a climate in which a positive self-image may be developed. The necessity of providing opportunities for students to secure a preparation that will fit them to live successfully and productively is recognized. Students are encouraged to take an active interest in making the community a better place to live, to appreciate the positive aspects of culture and science, and to develop a personal sense of mission for giving the gospel message to all the world in preparation for the soon return of Jesus.
           
Seventh-day Adventist education seeks to give students an intelligent understanding of the principles governing the functions and proper care of the body, and to help them establish habits and practices, which foster physical vitality and health. Seventh-day Adventist education also seeks to acquaint students with great literature, art, and music, and to develop appreciation for “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely…”(Philippians 4:8).
 
Administration
 
Principal & Teacher…………………………………………………………………......Esther Nanasi
School Board Chairman .......................................................................................Robert Quillin
School Treasurer…………………..…………..........................................................Dee Horn
 
Volunteers
 
Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School has had an outstanding past record of volunteer services. We would like to continue this church and parent involvement in the education of our children. If you have any time to offer the school, please contact the teacher. Please do not feel you must give a full day to the school. Every hour of help offered is greatly appreciated. Our needs are varied; consequently, there are many places that your help could be used. Working with the children and teacher has been a rewarding experience to those who have taken the time to become involved. All volunteers are required to complete the "Shield the Vulnerable" on-line training. Please contact the school for more information.
 
Who May Attend?
 
         
The Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School has been established primarily for the youth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. However, membership in the church is not a requirement for admission. Students who come from a non-Seventh-day Adventist background will be accepted if space is available and if they pledge to live by the standards of the Seventh-day Adventist Church while enrolled in the school. The school is not equipped to handle young people with severe learning or behavioral problems or young people whose lives center in trouble and the school will not willingly accept such students. The school reserves the right to ask parents and guardians to assist in the education process or withdraw their children from the school when learning or behavioral problems become apparent.
           
It is the policy of the Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School to admit students of any race to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at this school and to make no discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnic background, country of origin or gender in administration or education policies, applications for admission, scholarship or loan programs, and athletic or extra-curricular programs. Students must be accepted by action of the school board. Application for admission may be made to the principal or to any school board member.
  
New Students
All Students need the following documents–
Birth certificate
Report card from previous school or a record release form
Kindergarten and all new students must have current physicals if first time in Michigan school
Complete copy of immunization records or it must be available online
Completed application forms
 

Returning Students
 
Returning students need to have up-to-date immunization records or availability of immunizations recorded on-line. Students who do not have these records on the first day of school attendance must make arrangements with the administration before attending classes. Parents of students with unusual medical needs must provide the school their physician’s instruction on care needs on or before the first day the child attends classes.
 
Age for Admittance to Kindergarten/First Grade
 
In accordance with the instruction given in the Spirit of Prophecy and supported by the findings of leading educators, children should not start school at too early an age. A student must be 5 years of age by December 1 to be eligible for admittance to Kindergarten. Likewise, no student will be admitted to the first grade unless he or she has attained the age of six by December 1 of the current school year. 
 
School Attendance / Calendar
Regular attendance and promptness in meeting appointments are necessary for satisfactory school work and proper child training. State laws hold the teacher responsible for reporting unexcused absences. Parents should call the school as soon as they know their student will be absent. According to state laws a valid excuse is constituted by “sickness, or death in the family, quarantine, medical, dental, or optometry services.” Students are to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of school and to stay no later than 15 minutes after the dismissal of school unless special arrangements are made. A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in the proper place at the right time.
 
 
Observe carefully the dates listed in the school calendar for the beginning and ending of vacation periods. Our class schedule calls for a full 1070 hours and 180 days of teaching. The teachers need this amount of time and so do the students. Please plan all appointments accordingly. Families planning a vacation other than a scheduled school vacation must notify the teacher a minimum of two weeks before the vacation begins. We realize that trips can be learning opportunities, so we want to find a balance between school requirements and extracurricular learning. Teachers will give students their assignments and any class handouts. Parents are responsible to see that their children master concepts that are taught in the classroom during their absence. Work completed during an extended absence will not be collected or graded by the child's teacher and will not be included in the child's grades for the marking period they are absent. Students are expected to know the material that was assigned during their absence and should expect to be tested when they return to school. Students are allowed one day to make up work for each day of excused absence. All work must be completed by the end of the school year. At the teachers discretion, students with unexcused absences may not receive academic credit for the work missed.

School Days
 
Classes begin…………………………………………………………………………..................8:10 a.m.
Dismissal……………………………………………………………………………......................3:30 p.m.
Friday dismissal……………………………………………………………………....................12:00 p.m.
 
Dental and Medical Appointment
 
Please try to arrange for dental and medical appointments outside of school hours except in an emergency.

 
Financial Program
 
 
Tuition Rates for the 2016-2017 School Year:
 
Tuition is spread evenly over ten months from August to May. August statements will be emailed to parents when the list of enrolled students is provided to the Treasurer. September to May statments will be emailed to parents by the 10th of each month, with the payment due date being the 20th of each month.
 
Tuition is as Follows:

Grades K – 8 $300/month for 10 months
Total for the year = $3,000

Tuition Discounts and Incentive Programs
Multiple Student Discounts
1st child – Full Tuition*
2nd child – 30% discounted
3rd child – 60% discounted
4th child – 90 % discounted
5th child + is Free
 
New Students
 
The following guidelines are designed to encourage families to send students to the Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School. (The program includes families with or without a Seventh-day Adventist background.)
 
  1. Students from a family whose children have not previously attended a Seventh-day School are eligible for a 25% tuition discount for each student, during the year when their first student attends Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School.
  2. Students from a family that attend Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School during the school year following the first year of participation in the incentive program are eligible for a 15% tuition discount. The second year for eligibility must immediately follow the first year of the family’s participation in the incentive program.
  3. The Tri-City SDA School Board is authorized to approve eligibility for the incentive program under special circumstances or situations not specifically covered by the above guidelines.

Full Payment
 
A full or half year’s tuition paid in advance will be discounted 2%.
 
Insurance
 
Accident insurance is taken out for all students attending Tri-City. This insurance covers the student from the time he/she leaves home until he/she returns home. The student is covered on all school sponsored activities and field trips. This is only a supplementary insurance.
 
Nonpayment of Tuition
 
When a student’s tuition balance exceeds the equivalent of two month’s tuition, a student’s tenure at Tri-City SDA School will be terminated effective the first day of the next month unless suitable arrangements have been made with the school board. The school will also notify the pastor of the church involved.
 
Any student account that is in arrears when school starts must pay one month’s tuition before the student can enroll, and then continue to pay each month in advance for the student to remain in school. (Payments are due by the first day of each month.) Advance payments are required for the student to continue to attend, until the account balance is paid in full.
 
Retention of Records
 
Transcripts will not be issued until the school bill is paid. Special consideration by the Tri-City SDA School Board can be requested for unusual circumstances.
 
Parent-School Relationship
 
The success of the school depends in a large measure upon the fullest cooperation between parents and teachers. Sometimes students make complaints concerning school matters. Parents are urged to follow these steps in caring for problems:
 
            1st Contact the Teacher.
            2nd Contact the Principal.
            3rd Contact the School Board Chairman.
            4th Present the problem to the School Board.
 
If a satisfactory solution to the problem is reached, it is not necessary to progress to any additional steps. Additional discussion of discipline problems should not take place until these communication steps have been followed. Please withhold judgment until investigation can be made. Carefulness along this line often prevents unhappy consequences.
 
Parent-Teacher Conferences
 
At the close of the first nine-week grading period, and in January, a parent-teacher conference will be held. At this time the report cards will be given to the parents, and opportunity will be given to discuss the report card, the progress of the student in school, check over workbooks, etc. The teachers will make a schedule of appointments.
 
Online Services
 
Parents of students in grades 3-8 can go online to check their student’s progress and see if there are any missing assignments. Please contact the school for your family’s login information.
 
Course Offerings
 
Students in grades 1-8 are required to take the following:

Art
Bible                                           
English
Handwriting
Keyboarding (grades 5-8)
Math
Music
Reading 
Science                                       
Social Studies/History
Spelling
German
                    
      Scholastic Success
 
The emphasis placed upon spiritual growth in our school in no way lessens the goal of sound scholarship. Every student should strive to acquire knowledge and master technical skills, which will make him/her “…a workman that needeth not be ashamed.” 2 Timothy 2:15  Students in the upper grades should have definite periods of uninterrupted study at home. Long hours on media devices are often detrimental to the successful school performance of young people. Sufficient rest and a good breakfast aid in learning.
 
Lost and Damaged Books
 
In the event a schoolbook, workbook, or library book is lost, it will be the responsibility of the parent to replace it. Fines will be given for books excessively damaged by students.
 
Bibles
 
Since Bible is a subject that is taught in each grade, it is necessary for each student to have a Bible at school. It is required that students in Grades K-4 have the International Children’s Bible, as this Bible coordinates with the textbook. Grades 5-8 need to provide a "New King James Version Bible."  A variety of other translations, versions and paraphrases will be available in the classroom.
 
School Supplies  
 
Grades K– 4
Bible–International Children’s Bible
Colored pencils
Crayons
Glue or glue stick
Large eraser
Pencils
Ruler – inch/centimeter
Scissors
Wide ruled paper
 
 
Grades 5-8
Bible – Kid’s Life Application
Basic calculator
Colored pencils/markers/crayons
Glue stick/or glue
Graph Paper
Large eraser
Loose leaf paper
Pencils
Protractor
Ruler – inch/centimeter
Scissors
 
School Services
 
Library
 
Tri-City School has a library of over 4,300 volumes and over 12 magazine subscriptions. The library will be used for academic purposes as well as for a student’s own interests. There is also a Home and School Library available for adults. Books from the Home and School library may be checked out anytime during the school hours.
 
Library Rules:
Students may check out books for two weeks. They may be returned anytime during those two weeks. When a book is overdue a fine of 5 cents per day will be charged, (or 5 minutes of reading) and that student will not be allowed to check out books until the fine has been paid (or reading time given). If a book is lost the student is given 3 months to find it and return it to the library, or make arrangements to have it replaced. Contact the Librarian for scheduling reading time.
 
The school library now has a collection of over 160 videos and 30 DVD’s. They may be be checked out for one week. If a video should become lost or damaged, the student will be asked to replace it. A weekly fine of .50 will be charged for overdue videos and DVD’s.
 
Health Services
 
The school believes in healthful living as taught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Each student is exposed to health lessons in science class. It is required by the Michigan Conference Education Office and the local school board that all students entering a Michigan school for the first time have a physical before attending classes. Forms may be obtained at the office. The Saginaw County Health Department requires a weekly health report of all communicable diseases. If a child has been diagnosed or suspected of having strep throat, scarlet fever, measles, chicken pox, mumps, Rubella (German Measles), hepatitis, scabies, pertussis (whooping cough), encephalitis, meningitis, pediculitis (head lice), or other communicable disease, the school must be notified. The health department provides vision and hearing tests each year at the school. These tests are scheduled with the school by the health department. There must be a complete and updated immunization record for each student on file or available on the internet. The Michigan Health Department makes a semiannual check of students’ immunizations. Waivers are available at the school office in the event you do not wish to have your student immunized.
 
Religious Services
 
Students are encouraged to attend their church each week. The school conducts daily worship periods at the beginning of each day, a Week of Prayer is held in the fall and spring, and the Bible Labs program continues throughout the school year. Students will be required to attend programs outside of school time as a part of their religious instruction.
 
Achievement Tests
 
Standardized achievement tests are administered each school year to the students. All students in grades 3 – 8 will be given the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. These tests are administered in the fall of the year and results are available for the January Parent – Teacher conferences.
 
Special Education
 
Special education services are available through the Saginaw Intermediate School District to aid students that need special help. For specific information concerning these services, contact the principal.
 
Student Activities
 
Field Trips
 
Each class participates in various types of field trips during the school year. These trips are designed to enhance the overall curriculum offered here at Tri-City as well as to offer personal enjoyment for the student. The school will provide parent and volunteer transportation to and from field trips. If your student does not meet the current age and height requirement, we ask that you provide the appropriate booster seat.
 
Special Trips
 
There are several special trips planned during the school year that involve specific classes. The Michigan Conference of SDA’s LIFT (Lifestyle Improvement For Teens) retreat is planned in the fall for grades 7-8. The Education Department provides the students in Grades 5-6 with an Outdoor Education program, on an alternating year program, in the springtime. Great Lakes Adventist Academy Days is planned in the early spring for grade 8 to get a preview of academy life. Bible Camp for grade 8 students is planned for February.
 
School Field Day & Picnic
 
A school day in May is set aside for an annual school picnic. School is in session until 9:30 with activities planned then a picnic lunch is followed by additional activities in the afternoon.
 
 
Home and School Association
 
Home and School Officers Meetings
 
The regular meetings of the Home and School Association are held during the school year. Meetings are held at the school and are scheduled by the current members. These are open meetings and all parents and constituent members are welcome.
 
Members
 
All patrons of the school and members of the Seventh-day Adventist churches are members of the Home and School Association. Members are welcome to attend all association meetings and assist in the program of the school including functions sponsored for the betterment of relations between the home and the school.
 
Purpose
 
The purpose of the Home and School Association is to advance the cause of Christian Education in the home, church, and the school, and to develop Christian character in all its members and their dependent children.
 
Attendance
 
As in all organizations, this association will be of value to the school, the church, and the home, in accordance to the support given to it through regular attendance at its functions.
 
Administrative Codes
 
Attendance Policy
 
Because academic success is closely related to regular school attendance, students are encouraged to be on time every day. Therefore, if a student is tardy by one hour or more, that tardiness will count as a half-day absence. When a student’s unexcused absences reach 15% of a marking period, the student’s name will be brought before the school board for notification. If a student’s unexcused absences reach 25% in a marking period, that student will be asked to withdraw from the school. The school routinely participates in safety drills, such as fire drills, tornado drills, and lock down drills. In the event of an emergency the teacher will call 911 and will direct the students where to go.
 
Use of Playground
 
Students are to report to their respective classroom or designated area immediately upon arriving at school in the morning. Playing on the playground before or after school is not permitted. Playground use is reserved for authorized recess and physical education.
 
Close of School Day
 
Students are expected to leave the building and grounds as soon as their ride has arrived. Any student whose ride is not here at 3:30 pm must wait on the bench at the end of the hall. Parents who are working should make arrangements for after school supervision of their student. Parents should make every attempt to have their student/s under their supervision no later than 3:45 pm so the teachers can do their after school work.
 
Permission for Off Campus Activities
 
A permission slip signed by the child’s parent/guardian, must be on record for school sponsored activities off school grounds. Students are to remain on campus at all other times during school hours. Please refrain from taking your child to lunch during the school day, as the noon period is too brief to accommodate this program.
 
Staying In
 
All students are required to go outside for recesses unless the faculty deems otherwise. Students, therefore, are to come dressed for outside activities.
 
Telephone
 
The telephone is for business use only. Students will be permitted to use it to call parents with permission of a member of the school staff. Students are not to bring cell phones to school unless a parent requests permission from the principal. 
 
Alternate Transportation
 
Students planning to leave the school by means other than their normal transportation must provide the administration with a note or receive a phone call from their parents before leaving the school.
 
Recreational Equipment
 
The use of any recreational device such as skateboards, rip sticks, roller blades, tennis shoes with wheels, roller skates, ice skates, golf balls, and regulation baseballs is not allowed on the school grounds.
 
School Closing Due to Weather
 
When it is necessary to close school because of bad weather, all families will receive a phone call at their home before 6:45 A.M. If no one answers the phone we will leave a message if possible. School closings will also be listed on TV Channels: 5, and 12, and Radio station: WSGW AM 790.
 
Visitors
 
Both the faculty and the students like to have visitors come to observe the school program in action. If you wish to visit, please contact the school office and make arrangements.
 
Toys
 
Toys of any kind are not to be brought to school unless requested by a teacher for a specific lesson or demonstration. The atmosphere of the school is one of learning. Bringing toys such as Legos, collector and game cards or catalogs, hand-held electronic games, or laptop computers are a distraction as well as a source of contention.
 
Dress Code
 
Parents are to send their children to school dressed in neat, clean, modest, and appropriate clothing. Acceptable attire would allow a child to feel comfortable in the presence of Jesus. The dress code is as follows:
1. Dresses and skirts should be long enough to cover the knee when sitting and full enough for modesty  in any position.
2. Shorts are not to be worn, except by the discretion of the faculty. Shorts that are too tight or baggy will not be permitted and all shorts must come to the knee when standing.
3. No sweat pants are to be worn.
4. Shirts, blouses, sweaters, etc. are to be long enough to cover the top of pants or skirts especially when the hands are raised. Shirts, blouses, and tops (other than sweatshirts) that extend below the fingertips while standing are to be tucked in.
5. Students must not wear white T-shirts or undershirts as their outer garments. Size appropriate dress T-shirts are acceptable. All tops must have sleeves.
6. All clothes are to be in good repair, and not torn, too tight, or too baggy.
7. Clothing with words, pictures, or decals, dealing with violence, occult, rock music or sexually suggestive material is not to be worn at school.
8. When using the playground for athletic activities during recess, girls should wear school appropriate shorts or slacks under their dresses and skirts.
9. Jewelry such as rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces is not to be worn.
10. Obvious make-up and colored nail polish are not to be worn.
11. Hair should be neat, clean, and compatible with Christian standards of dress, avoiding extremes or outlandish styles.
 
Student's feet need to be properly covered. This specifically excludes the wearing of flip flops, sandals and Crocs type footwear. The shoe must have a completely enclosed toe and heel.
 
Lunches
Items that need minimal microwave re-heating are acceptable. The time limits of the lunch period prevent the extended heating of foods. School refrigerators are not available for student use. Because many students are vegetarian and the heating of meat products in the microwaves produces offensive meat odors, meat items will not be heated in the microwaves. All cold meats are to follow the Biblical standards of clean and unclean foods. The Home and School provides the students with a hot lunch at various times during the school year.
 
After-school Hours
 
Each student is expected to be picked up no later than 3:45 PM. Parents who consistently pick up students late will be referred to the school board. In the event that a student needs to stay after 3:45 PM, the school staff should be informed prior to the child staying. Students who are waiting while their parent talks to a teacher are to be waiting inside on the bench by the door. The school’s insurance will not cover students on the playground after school hours.
 
Discipline Code
 
1. A student involved in any activity which prevents the teacher from teaching will be subject to discipline.
2. A student involved in any activity that interferes with another student’s opportunity to learn will be subject to discipline.
3. A student involved in any activity that endangers the health or safety or emotional well-being of another student or staff member will be subject to discipline. Bullying will not be tolerated.
4. A student involved in any activity that causes damage or unexpected deterioration to school property will be subject to discipline.
5. A student involved in any inappropriate social or sexual behavior such as holding hands, kissing, inappropriate touching, or suggestive behavior, will be subject to discipline.
6. The use or possession of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or illegal drugs is prohibited.
7. Profanity, inappropriate language, questionable pictures, or other undesirable materials are not permitted on the school grounds.
8. Guns of any kind, sling shots, fire crackers (or any type of explosive device) knives, or weapons of any kind are not to be brought to school and will not be tolerated on the school premises at any time.
9. Multi-media devices are not to be used during school hours without specific permission from a school staff member.
10. Gum is not allowed on the school premises.
 
Infractions of the discipline code will be documented by the teacher as they occur. Violations deemed serious by the teacher or the principal will be communicated to the parents. Documentation of discipline code violations including parental notification is to be reviewed by the teacher and principal on a monthly basis. Thus, when action by the school board is desired on discipline code violations, the principal and the teacher will have the proper documentation. The school board can then make an appropriate decision concerning each student.
 
General Conduct
 
Each student is expected to conform to all the regulations, respect and obey the teachers and support staff, and be kind to classmates.
 
Operating Board
 
Regular Board meetings are held on the first Monday of each month during the year, unless it falls on a holiday. These are open meetings except during executive session. Attendance by interested parties is encouraged.
 
Statement of the Board
 
In our attempt to provide quality Christian education for our children, we hope that we have covered all subjects that will be of help to you as parents and to us as administration. Because of the complexity and controversial nature of some of the subjects of this handbook, we, as the school board, retain the right through regular and special board action to amend and delete, or add to this handbook at any time during the school year.
 
It is our prayer that by working together we can solve the minor problems before they become major ones. We ask that you attempt to follow the guidelines as closely as possible. If there are any questions or suggestions concerning this handbook or the operation of the school, please feel free to contact any school board member or the principal.
 
Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School Board
 
Appendix
Annual Notification as required by A.H.E.R.A. for school containing Asbestos.
The Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has conducted an extensive asbestos inspection of all conference schools. Based on the finding of this inspection, a comprehensive management plan was drafted for our school and approved by the State of Michigan Department of Public Health. The Management Plan is updated on a regular basis according to AHERA law. This plan details the response actions we may take regarding asbestos containing materials found in our building.
This plan is available at the school office for inspection without cost or restriction during regular school hours.