Frequently Asked Questions

What are the school hours?

Our school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Unless your child attends the breakfast program, please do not send him or her to school before 7:45 a.m., as there is no supervision before that time.

Our school dismisses at 3:30 p.m. Please pick up your child no later than 3:45 p.m. If you pick up your child after that time, we will assess a late fee of $15.00 plus $1.00 for every minute thereafter until you arrive for your child.

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What is the school’s attendance policy?

Regular school attendance is essential for the student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as an individual. We expect students in kindergarten through 8th grade to be in their seats, ready for the day, by 8:00 a.m.

Teachers are responsible for students entrusted to their care during the normal school day. Students arriving after 8:05 a.m. must go directly to homeroom where their teacher will mark them tardy. Please note that every five tardies will equal one day of absence.

If your child will be absent, we ask parents to call our office before 8:00 a.m. to let us know. Our office number is (973) 345-2212.

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Will my child have the opportunity to play outside during the school day?

We believe in giving students time to play. We will send students outdoors for recess unless weather conditions prevent them from doing so. Please be sure your child dresses appropriately before leaving for school in the morning. Please understand that cold weather will not necessarily mean that the children will be indoors. We will send students outside to play as long as the temperature for the day is 32 degrees or higher.

During inclement weather days (rain, snow, or temperatures under 32 degrees), we will keep students inside. We will serve students lunch, and then we will assign various recreational activities for recess.

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When are parent/teacher conferences?

Our staff is always willing to meet with parents. We have scheduled a number of parent/teacher conference days during the school year. These dates follow the issuance of the report card for the marking period. We will notify parents if we feel a parent/teacher conference is warranted. We will hold all parent conferences from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Parents may request an individual teacher conference at any time during the course of the school year.  Please contact your child’s teacher beforehand if you would like to make an appointment to discuss your child’s academic progress or other concerns. This allows the teacher time to gather the necessary material and information to prepare for the conference in a professional manner.

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Does the school have a dress code?

We have established our dress code to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. The basics of our dress code are:

Girls & Boys

  • Navy Blue Pants only (Dockers, French Toast, Co-Ed, Lands' End) NO jeans, leggings, jeggings, cargo pants, shorts. Mandatory.
  • Light blue oxford dress shirt only (long sleeve and/or short sleeve) w/logo. No Polo shirts. Mandatory.
  • School plaid tie (You can purchase a long tie at Lands' End. A snap cross girl’s tie can be purchased at the school store only) Mandatory.
  • Blazer (Navy) with logo—optional
  • Vest (Navy) with logo—optional
  • Cardigan (Navy) with logo—optional
  • Gym Sweat Pants w/ logo and T-shirt w/logo. Mandatory.
  • Gym Shorts w/logo (optional) can only be worn April-June on gym days.
  • All White or All Black Sneakers (sneakers can only be worn on gym days)
  • Blue or Black rubber bottom shoes (No boots of any kind)
  • Optional Fleece Jacket

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Can my child take his or her medication at school?

If a child has a special medical condition, please file the necessary information with the clinic along with explicit instructions on how to proceed. We will administer physician-prescribed medications in school only in cases in which failure to take prescribed medication during school hours could jeopardize a student's health. Medication must have a pharmacy label that includes the student's name, directions for administration, and the physician's name and phone number.

Before we can administer any medication here at school, a parent or guardian must sign a designated Authorization for Medication form. The same rule applies to the dispensing of over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough/cold medications, and sore throat/cough lozenges. A parent or guardian must bring these types of medication to school. For the safety and well-being of all students, we ask that students never transport medications. We will impose serious consequences with students who do not follow this rule.

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