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Students of compulsory school age are required
to be present for daily class unless legitimately excused. A student
has the responsibility to make all necessary arrangements for making up
work when absent from school.
Please notify the school by 9am each day the student is absent at 412-661-9425 and make arrangements for homework pick up.
A written note signed by the parent or guardian
stating the reason for absence and date(s) is to be given to the homeroom
teacher upon the student’s return to school. Students who are absent
for more than 30 days during the academic year may be denied promotion.
The school day begins at 8:10am and ends at 2:55pm.
The children are to arrive by 8:00am. Any child arriving after 8:10am
is considered tardy and must report to the office for a late slip before
being admitted to classes. Class work missed because of tardiness must
be made up.
A written request from the parent or guardian stating the reason and time of early dismissal is to be presented to the homeroom teacher. The teacher will send it to the office for the principal’s permission.
When the time of early dismissal arrives, the student is to report to the office and must be met there by the parent or guardian who must sign for the child’s release from school. If the child returns to school to complete the day, he/she must report to the office sign back in before returning to the classroom.
No child will be released from school unless
the person picking up the child is an authorized person.
No child is permitted to leave the school at
any time (including lunch hours) without the written permission of the parent
Severe weather or some other emergency may necessitate
the closing of school, the delay of classes, or an early dismissal.
Announcements concerning changes in the school day will be made on the
following radio stations: KDKA (1020 AM), WTAE (1250 AM), WVTY (96
FM). Local television stations and their websites also provide this
information. Please consult one of these resources while your child
is preparing for school. Please do not call the school, the lines
must be kept open to contact faculty and update information.
In the event of a two-hour delay, all children should report to
school at 10am. There is morning preschool when there is a delay.
Because some public districts do not provide busing outside the normal times,
children from these districts should get rides to school. Teachers
will be not present at the usual time.
In case of an emergency dismissal, Homeroom
Coordinators will initiate a phone chain to notify parents as soon as possible.
However, because phone service may be interrupted, some emergency
situations may not allow for this option. Children will not be dismissed
until parents are notified and transportation is arranged.
Please submit all changes to emergency phone numbers to the office
All car drop off and pick ups are to be
made on Willard Street in front of the church. Parking is not permitted
in the church driveway or in the designated area on Edgerton Ave.
Buses will pick up students on Edgerton Ave. in front of the school.
Both Willard and Edgerton are designated School Speed Limit areas with a
speed limit of 15 mph while the signs are flashing. Please obey these
limits for the safety of our children. Please
do not drive or park in the circular driveway or pull into the school playground
from the alley.
Open communication among parents, teachers, and
administrators is important for student progress and for maintaining a healthy
For quick daily reference see:
the Bede Banter
Any questions concerning your child should be directed to the teacher. Please call the school office to leave a voice mail message for the teacher who will return your call. Positive communication between teacher and parent is vital to our total educational program. Parents are asked not to call teachers at their homes. PTG meetings will also address issues relevant to the school.
Report cards are issued to the children four
times a year, before the parent-teacher conferences, in November, January,
and April. Students receive the final report card on the last day
of school. Mid-reports are also issued four times a year, between the
final reporting dates. Conferences can also be arranged by request
at any time of the year.
The school office is open from 7:30am to 3:30pm.
Communication with teachers and students will be handled by the school office
and done in a manner that does not disrupt the educational process.
Students may only use the office telephone for emergencies, with the permission
of the staff. Cell phone use by students during the school
day is not permitted. Cell phones which are brought to school must
be kept in the child’s backpack. Cell phones are not to be carried
on a student’s person. No one may use his or her cell phone during
school hours for any reason. Please do not call your child during the
school day via the cell phone. Text messaging is absolutely forbidden.
Arrangements concerning transportation and after
school activities should be arranged prior to the school day.
Student safety is a primary concern. It is necessary to be able to identify all who enter the school building.
All school volunteers and visitors must sign
in at the office when they arrive and before they leave. Parents who
have an appointment with a teacher must stop in at the office before joining
the teacher. No one may walk through the halls or visit a classroom
without permission from the principal.
Items forgotten by a student and needed for the
day’s work are to be left at the school office to eliminate any unnecessary
interruptions to classes and instruction.
Boys K-8: Navy blue or tan cotton twill pants with appropriate belt; NO DENIM, CORDUROY, LOW RIDER, JEAN-LIKE CUT, or PANTS WITH POCKETS ON THE SIDE; PANTS MUST FIT AND BE WORN AT THE WAIST; White, light blue, or navy shirt with a collar or turtleneck; SHIRTS MUST BE TUCKED INTO PANTS.
Girls K-4: Uniform plaid jumper or navy blue or tan cotton twill slacks with an appropriate belt; NO DENIM, CORDUROY, LOW RIDER, JEAN-LIKE CUT, or PANTS WITH POCKETS ON THE SIDE; White, light blue, or navy shirt with a collar or turtleneck; SHIRTS MUST BE TUCKED INTO SLACKS AND FIT APPROPRIATELY. NO SKIN TIGHT OR SHORT SHIRTS OR BLOUSES WILL BE PERMITTED. JUMPERS MUST BE WORN NO SHORTER THAN 2" ABOVE THE KNEE.
Girls 4-8: Uniform plaid skirt of appropriate length (NO SHORTER THAN 2" ABOVE THE KNEE) No rolling of skirt is permitted!; navy blue or tan cotton twill slacks with an appropriate belt; NO DENIM, CORDUROY, LOW RIDER, JEAN-LIKE CUT, or PANTS WITH POCKETS ON THE SIDE; White, light blue, or navy golf or oxford shirt with a collar or turtleneck; SHIRTS MUST BE TUCKED INTO SLACKS OR SKIRT. NO SKIN TIGHT OR SHORT SHIRTS OR BLOUSES WILL BE PERMITTED. Please make sure that skirts and shirts fit appropriately.
For all students in Grades K-8, sweaters of any style may be worn over a shirt, blouse, or turtleneck provided the sweater is solid navy or white. Fleece jackets/shirts are not acceptable. Sweatshirts may be worn, but they must be St. Bede sweatshirts. If a sweater or St. Bede sweatshirt is worn, an appropriate school shirt MUST be worn underneath. No T-shirts will be acceptable.
From the opening day of school until October 1, and from May 1 until the end of the school year, navy blue or tan cotton twill walking shorts may be worn. NO DENIM, CORDUROY, LOW RIDER, JEAN-LIKE CUT, EXCESSIVELY BAGGY or SHORTS WITH POCKETS ON THE SIDE. Girls must wear appropriate length shorts. Anyone wearing inappropriate shorts will lose the privilege of wearing shorts.
Appropriate school shoes and socks or tights (white, light blue, or navy) must be worn. NO SNEAKERS/SNEAKER-LIKE SHOES, VANS, SANDALS, CLOGS, FLIP FLOPS or HIGH HEELS ARE PERMITTED. Shoes may not have a heel of more than 1.5". Students travel up and down the stairs all day. High platform shoes, clogs, sandals/flip-flops are very dangerous.Dress and grooming are important. Emphasis is on cleanliness and neatness. Extreme fads (dyeing of hair in odd hues, unkempt hair, hair in eyes) and styles are not appropriate or acceptable for school. Boys’ hair must be groomed and cut above the collar and off the face.
Homework is intended to supplement and reinforce class work. Homework may consist of written work, reading for review, study and memorization, or work on special projects. Typically, the following time allotments for homework are suggested:
Primary levels (1-3) 30 minutes
St. Bede School administration and faculty are committed to teach
and model Gospel values to encourage students to live their lives as a reflection
of Christ. The philosophy of the school strives to recognize and
respect the dignity of each person and to offer a positive, Christ-centered,
safe learning environment based on the Social Teachings of the Church.
Discipline is considered an element of moral guidance not as a form of punishment.
Please consult the various handbooks in print, available in the school office, for more specific details on expectations and consequences for the various grade levels.
St. Bede School follows the guidelines and regulations found in the Catholic School Safety & Security Manual.