Policies & Procedures
The Minneapolis Public School District provides bus transportation to the scholars of Ascension Catholic School who live within our attendance area of North Minneapolis. Remember, this is a service to our scholars. The parents and the scholars have the responsibility to be at the pick-up point on time. The scholar is responsible for his/her conduct on the bus. A scholar can be deprived of bus service if the scholar’s conduct and/or attitude creates problems for the driver or the other scholars riding the bus. Parents will be notified if the bus service is denied to their child. Parents will be given the reason and will be responsible for their child’s transportation.
After School Care
Scholars in grades 6 through 8 may participate in this after-school programming. The Youth Center is open Monday-Friday from 2 –5:30 p.m. with designated hours for tutoring, homework help, games, creative arts, and much more. Registration for the program is $50. Families will get billed for another $150 during the school year in $50 increments for a total of $200.
Ascension Catholic School is an Anchor Partner in the NAZ Out-of-School Time network solution, and we are expanding our successful Latchkey program to serve K through 8th grade NAZ scholars enrolled at Ascension Catholic School. We offer an extended learning program designed to support grade-level attainment in reading and math for every NAZ scholar who registers as space remains available. The program runs weekly from 2-4 p.m. (or until 4:30pm) on scheduled days and includes a snack and transportation home. This opportunity is free to all NAZ enrolled families.
Ascension scholars who do not participate in the Out-of-School Time NAZ programming but participate in our regular k-2 or 3-5 latchkey program will need to register for latchkey as space is available, and there is a fee of $140/month.
Parent Participation Hours are required for every Ascension Catholic School Family. Parents or family members aged 18 years or older may earn these 20 hours of service per year of school. Each family keeps track of their hours earned throughout the school year on the Verification Form provided by the school. The Verification Form must be turned into the school office by May 1. Parents who choose not to earn the required 20 Parent Participation Hours will be billed $5 for every hour not completed.
Emergency Contact Forms
Registration Forms are filled out online by a parent or guardian when the child is enrolled in school. If changes occur, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the school in writing immediately. This safeguards the child if an emergency arises. Always update the school if your phone number changes. This is critical.
Visitors Entering the School
Parents are welcome to visit Ascension Catholic School during the day. Please ring the bell to the left of the back middle door and someone from the front office will buzz you into the school. All parents and visitors must stop into the school office to sign in and receive a visitor’s pass before heading to any area in the school building (unless you’re arriving at the end of the day for
parent pick-up). If a parent wants to speak with a teacher or help in the classroom, a meeting must be set with the teacher in advance. No teacher can step away from classroom duties to confer with a parent during school hours. If a substitute teacher is in the classroom, we will inform parents and ask that they visit when the regular classroom teacher is present.
Cold Weather Guidelines
Unless the weather is extremely severe, all children are expected to go outside at scheduled times. Requests for exceptions are difficult to honor because teachers, by law, are entitled to duty-free periods. Please check to see that your child’s clothing is sufficient for weather conditions. Boots or overshoes, or changes of shoes are to be available everyday during the
winter months and rainy days.
Rules for when we send children outside on cold days:
1. If it is 0 degrees or below (including wind-chill), scholars will remain inside.
2. If it is above 0 degrees (including wind-chill), scholars will go outside.
Parking Lot Safety
Extreme caution is required when driving in the school parking lot. Please observe all signs and cone restrictions when entering and leaving the parking lot. Never drive up close to the school building! Also, when children are present and cone restrictions are in place, children should be picked up and dropped off at the curb on the same side of the street as the school to eliminate a need to cross the street. Cars may only enter the parking lot at the north entrance or the end where the church is and leave only out of the south entrance or the end where the gym is. Follow signs present. Failure to follow these safety procedures can present a serious problem and is contrary to the safety regulations. Again, never drive up close to the school building!
To help facilitate a smooth transition of cars and scholars during morning drop-off, parking in the lot will be unavailable in the morning (except in designated handicapped parking spaces for those with state issued handicap license plates or parking passes). The parking spaces will be blocked off creating a drop-off only lane. If you want to accompany your scholar into the school you will need to park on Bryant Avenue or on one of the surrounding side streets. (Do not park in school bus zones on Dupont or 18th.) During afternoon pick-up, parking in the lot will be available’ please use extreme caution when you enter, park, and exit the parking lot.
Our playground rules:
- Show respect for others, equipment, and follow the instructions given by the playground supervisors.
- Always stay on school grounds (the playground area and/or the blacktop only, stay away from the gardens, sidewalk, and cars in the parking lot).
- Use equipment safely, sensibly and appropriately. (Do not play with the traffic cones.)
- The school provides balls. No balls should be brought from home.
- Balls are to be bounced only on the blacktop, not against the building or other scholars.
- Only one person on the slides at a time; it’s one-way only, slide down, do not walk/run up the slides.
- No climbing/standing/walking on, or jumping off the top of the monkey bars.
- Only one person on each swing and up to three persons on the tire swing at a time.
- Real or pretend fighting and rough play involving pushing, pulling, or tackling are not allowed.
- When the whistle blows, stop what you are doing immediately, go to your line and prepare to enter the building quietly.
- Leave rocks, sticks, mulch, snow, and other objects on the ground. There should be no throwing of objects of any kind, other than balls.
- Bring all playground equipment to the “ball box” at the end of your recess.
- Bathroom breaks are given before going to recess, ask one of the playground supervisors to use the bathroom only in an emergency.
- No food or drinks are allowed on the playground.
In accordance with the rules and regulations of the Minneapolis Fire Department, fire drills will be carried out on a routine basis throughout the school year.
In the event of a school danger crisis, the entire school will follow lockdown procedures. Parents will receive a letter on the day of a school lockdown.
The purpose of this wellness policy is to maintain the Ascension Catholic School environment as one that protects and promotes students’ health and well being thereby supporting the students’ ability to learn through healthy eating, safety precautions, and physical activity.
A. Foods and Beverages
Done Right Foods is the caterer of all of the Ascension Catholic School student meals. The meals are consistent with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Each student is given all of the food components on the meal tray for both breakfast and lunch.
- Students are required to take a milk choice which consists only of skim or 1% white milk.
- All food safety guidelines are followed by personnel of Done Right Foods.
- All students have access to hand sanitizer from a dispenser next to the meal check-in location. There are also bathrooms connected to the cafeteria where students may choose to wash their hands with soap and water before eating.
- The Ascension Catholic School has one breakfast period in the morning before school which feeds about twenty five percent of the students. Others choose to eat breakfast at home.
- The Ascension Catholic School has three half-hour lunch sessions beginning at 10:50AM and ending at 12:30PM. The student body is divided into thirds to ensure that every child has adequate space for eating their meal without having to be in a crowd.
No activities other than eating take place during the mealtimes.
B. Ascension Catholic School Food Service Program/Personnel
Done Right Foods caters all of the student meals for Ascension Catholic School.
The responsible person for the Meal Program is the Principal of the school, Benito Matias. He works closely with Done Right Foods Director in the guidelines and selection of meals served to the students.
Done Right Foods provides on-going professional training for their food service personnel.
C. Nutrition Education and Promotion
Ascension Catholic School deems itself to be a “No Sugar Zone.” The school does not serve any sugar-laden items (cakes, candies, cookies, etc.) to the students. This policy is followed consistently in the cafeteria with the Done Right Foods meals and in the classrooms with birthday parties and other celebrations. We do encourage parents that want to send a “treat” to send a non-food item or fruit roll-ups, popcorn, goldfish crackers, and other such healthier “treat” options.
At the fourth grade level in our Core Knowledge Science curriculum, students study the human body and how it works.
Students are encouraged and given the opportunity to drink water at every bathroom break.
Instead of rewarding students with candy, the Ascension Catholic School rewards students “Patriot Pesos”, which are used to redeem prizes, End of the Month Celebrations, and Non-uniform days.
D. Physical Activity
Each student in grades K-6 has a 20 minute recess period daily.
All students have Physical Education class from half an hour (Kindergarten) to one hour (1st – 8th grades) weekly.
Students in grades 3-8 are strongly encouraged and are given the opportunity to play sports in the Monsignor Coates Youth League. We run the following sports seasons: Volleyball for girls, co-ed Soccer, Basketball.
Once a year, the faculty and 8th grade compete in a Volleyball tournament.
Often our field trips require walking, such as the Minnesota Zoo, the Audubon Center of the North Woods, Como Zoo and Conservatory, Fort Snelling, and so forth.
E. Communications with Parents
Parents receive copies of the classroom schedule, the monthly Done Right Foods menu, the weekly Ascension Catholic School Newsletter, the Athletic Calendar of games each athletic season, and Academic Reports quarterly that give parents the necessary information for the academic success and well being of their children. Some classrooms have a classroom newsletter that also goes home weekly.
F. Wellness Procedures When a Child Is Sick
Students must stay home for at least 24 hours after an antibiotic is given or after a student has an above-normal temperature or some other indication of illness.
Students waiting to be picked up from school go into isolation to keep others from getting contaminated.
Illness notices are sent to parents of students in the sick child’s classroom.
Health services are provided by school personnel working under the direction of the Minneapolis Public School District, and in conjunction with health services provided through the Minnesota Law of 1975. Each year scholars attending Ascension Catholic School receive vision and hearing screenings. Scoliosis screening is done on an annual basis for scholars in grades 6 through 8. Minor injuries, which usually occur on the playground, are first reported to the school office personnel. In a severe emergency situation, an attempt will be made to notify the parents and when necessary, 911 will also be called. We aim to keep our scholars safe in the event of critical situations. Accident reports are written for all injuries and kept on file in the main office. If the child has contracted a contagious disease, such as strep throat, a body rash, ringworm, etc., please notify the school office. If detected at school, the child will be sent home and asked to return with a written doctor’s statement confirming it’s okay for them to return to school. The parents of the other children may then be cautioned so that early detection of the disease may prevent spreading. It is the policy of Ascension Catholic School that scholars with communicable disease not be excluded from attending school in their regular classrooms so long as their attendance does not create an unreasonable risk of the transmission of illness to children or employees of the school.
Who to Call
If you can’t find the answer to your question, here is who you can call. Our main number is 612 521-3609.
Call Dr. Grande (x112) for concerns about:
● Tuition, Latchkey, and Youth Center Billing/Financial Aid
● Parent Work Hours
● Title Programs
Call Mr. DePass (x110) for concerns about:
● Breakfast/Lunch Fees
● Free-Priced School Meals
Call Mr. Miller (x114) for concerns about:
● Discipline Policy
● Scholar Behavior
Call Mr. Matias (x111) for concerns about:
● School Policies and Procedures
● Personnel: Teachers, Administrators, Staff
● School Schedule
● Any other concerns you may have