Welcome New Families!

First and foremost, welcome to the Saint Ann School family! We are thrilled that your family is joining our school community and we hope that the information we are providing in this section of the school website will help make the transition into your new school a smooth and stress-free one. If you have any questions that are not covered here, or you need additional information, please contact the school office at 615-269-0568.


Dress code

  • "What is Saint Ann's uniform code?"

    Saint Ann's uniform code can be found on the Dress Code Page of the school website and in the Family Handbook (pdf). The uniform can be purchased through Dennis Uniform (Saint Ann's school code is NVSANT). Some of the pieces such as the navy shorts or pants can be purchased from any retailer that sells school uniforms. The Home and School Association sponsors a Used Uniform Sale at least once a year allowing families to sell those uniform pieces that no longer fit and to buy used pieces at deeply discounted prices. It is important to make sure students comply with the dress code at all times, so we appreciate your taking the time to review the uniform requirements in the Family Handbook.

  • "What is Dud's Day?"

    During the school year, there are several Dud's Days, or uniform-free days. Students get a Dud's Day on their birthday, and during special occasions throughout the school year. On occasion, students may "purchase" a Dud's Day by contributing to a charitable drive or participating in special school activities. Dud's Days are always announced in advance and listed in the school calendar. The out-of-uniform code is described in the Family Handbook (pdf) and it should be observed on any Dud's Days.

Arriving/Dismissing and Parking

  • "Where do I park if I need to go into the school?"

    You may always park along the curb on 52nd Avenue alongside the school, the parking lot and the school playground. Please park only on the side of the street next to the school property. Depending on the time of day, you may also park in the lots behind the school and church. However, If you anticipate that your visit at the school will extend beyond 2 pm on a school day, please do not park in these parking spaces because you may interrupt the school dismissal process or your car may be blocked and delay your departure from school. During special events, all spaces generally become filled quickly. During those times, it is common to see families parking their cars on the curb alongside the church property on 51st Avenue just across from the intersection of 51st and Park Avenues.

  • "How do I get to the school office?"

    For security purposes, the school remains locked at all times. You will need to go to the office through the front doors of the school on Charlotte Avenue. You may either park on the 52nd Avenue side of the school and walk to the front doors or you may park in the parking lots behind the school/church and cross through the courtyard gate between the church and the school to walk to the front doors. Press the buzzer at the front doors to gain access to the building and the main office is at the top of the stairs on the right.

  • "What are the school hours and arrival/dismissal procedures?"

    School hours are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. Students may be dropped off after 7:30 am, at which time a staff member will be outside to supervise them. Students should not be dropped off outside unless a staff member is present. Students who arrive before 7:30 am need to be checked into Before School Program in Neidert Hall, which incurs additional expense. Students enter the building at 7:45 am. Those who arrive after 8:00 am are considered tardy and must be escorted to the school office and signed in by a parent or guardian. Students are dismissed at 3:00 pm and go to the "Safety Zone" by Neidert Hall to be picked up or to go to the After School Program. Special arrangements for children who walk home should be made in advance by contacting the school office. Dismissal and pick-up procedures can be reviewed in the Family Handbook (pdf).

  • "Does the school offer a bus system?"

    No, unfortunately Saint Ann does not offer a bus system.

  • "What if I need to drop something off for my child?"

    We discourage parents bringing homework, projects, or paperwork left at home to your child at school. Not only does this put unreasonable expectations on you as the parent, but it doesn't help teach the child responsibility. We all need to understand there are consequences for what one does or fails to do - this is especially true for children. You may bring a child's forgotten lunch if you want, but remember that children without lunches will be fed the "sandwich" option. The children won't be left without a lunch.

  • "When should I arrive to pick-up my child at the carpool line?"

    If you want to pick-up your child in the first "batch" of cars, you should arrive by at least 2:40 pm, otherwise you will probably have to wait until the second "batch." When leaving the parking lot, you are asked to always turn right. You may review all the pick-up procedures in the Family Handbook (pdf).

  • "Can I park in the school pick-up line behind the church and run something in to the office?"

    Yes, but please be quick! Make sure your car's ignition is off and that you return to your car by 3pm when the children are dismissed so that your car does not block the dismissal process.

Lunch

  • "Does Saint Ann offer a hot lunch program?"

    Yes, Saint Ann offers a hot lunch program for all grades provided by St. Charles Catering. Menus are provided a month at a time and you may order your child's lunch for two weeks at a time. You may order lunch by submitting an order form to the school office or you may order online at the St. Charles Catering website.

  • "Where can I find the monthly lunch menu?"

    At the end of each month the lunch menu for the following month is included in the Tuesday Tidbits. This information is sent home in the Tuesday Folder and you can also find it on the St. Charles Catering website.

  • "Can I have lunch at Saint Ann with my child?"

    Yes, parents are welcome to join their children for lunch. Please let the homeroom teacher know in advance if you plan to visit during lunchtime. In addition, if you plan to purchase your lunch, please contact St. Charles Catering to order your meal ahead of time.

Communication

  • "In case of inclement weather, where can I find out whether school will be session?"

    Saint Ann has its own weather line: 615-277-9661. In case of school closings or early dismissals due to inclement weather, you may call the weather line and obtain the most up-to-date information. You may also sign up to receive updates via Twitter (instructions).

  • "Where can I find the school calendar?"

    The school calendar is available on the Calendar Page of this website.

  • "What is the Tuesday Folder?"

    Each Tuesday the students receive their Tuesday Folders containing their classroom work from the previous week, news and updates from their teachers and important forms and announcements from the school office. Parents should take the time to review the contents of each student's Tuesday Folder with their child to make sure the contents of the Folder are shared and forms are completed and returned promptly.

  • "What is the Tuesday Tidbits? Where can I find it on the school's website?"

    The Tuesday Tidbits is Saint Ann's weekly newsletter published each Tuesday and included in each student's Tuesday Folder. The newsletter is chock-full of news and information regarding school events and activities as well as other important information. In order to save the school office extra work and paper, we suggest you sign up to receive the Tuesday Tidbits by e-mail. All you have to do is complete the e-mail form and return it to the school office. You may find the current issue of the Tuesday Tidbits on the Documents and Information Page and the Home Page of this website (under the "Events" tab).

Classroom

  • "What is the best way to contact my child's teacher?"

    Although we prefer face-to-face meetings whenever possible, we realize that in our busy world that is not always possible. The Staff Page of the school website lists each teacher's direct phone line and e-mail address. You may also call the school office and leave a message for the teacher. Teachers may have different preferences regarding communication, so you may want to check with your child's teachers as to the most effective way to communicate with them.

  • "What is the Tuesday Folder?"

    Each Tuesday the students receive their Tuesday Folders containing their classroom work from the previous week, news and updates from their teachers and important forms and announcements from the school office. Parents should take the time to review the contents of each student's Tuesday Folder with their child to make sure the contents of the Folder are shared and forms are completed and returned promptly.

  • "Does my child's teacher have a website?"

    All Saint Ann grades have a main classroom page which is where all information pertinent to your child's classroom activities can be found. In addition, Saint Ann teachers are increasingly making use of their own personal teacher websites to keep students and their families informed of what goes on in the classroom on a day-to-day basis. Classroom pages can be found on the Staff Page of the school website and teacher's pages are linked from each classroom page.

  • "Are birthday celebrations allowed at Saint Ann?"

    You should contact your child's teacher for birthday celebration policies and suitable time of day for celebration. Students may bring small "treats" to share with their classmates, but we ask you to consult with your child's teacher beforehand and be mindful of any food allergies in the classroom.

Spirituality

  • "Is there a weekly school Mass at Saint Ann?"

    All students celebrate Mass together each Wednesday from 8:00 am until about 9:00 am. In addition, the students also celebrate a prayer service together each Monday from 8:00 am until about 8:30 am. Parents and family members are always welcome!

Academics

  • "What is PowerSchool, and how may I access it?"

    PowerSchool is an Internet Application used by Saint Ann to publish each student's grades and academic progress. Parents and students may access the PowerSchool Site at any time. Each student has a unique user name/password combination, which restricts access to this information. The user name/password combination will be provided to you within the first two weeks of the beginning of the school year. If you do not receive it within the first two weeks, please contact the school office at 615-269-0568.

Service

  • "Are volunteer hours required? What volunteer opportunities are there at Saint Ann?"

    Volunteer hours are not required, but are highly encouraged. Families can demonstrate their commitment to the school's Christian philosophy and mission through example by volunteering their time and talent in helping the school community. Families who volunteer get to know the school staff, meet other families and experience first-hand what goes on at Saint Ann. It is the volunteers who make many of the events and activities held at the school possible. There are volunteer opportunities to suit the interests and time availability of every family and families can choose their level of involvement. Specific volunteer needs are highlighted in the left column of the home page of this website. You may find out more about volunteering at Saint Ann in the Family Volunteer Handbook.

    To help us track our volunteer needs for future events and for reporting purposes, we ask that you please log your hours volunteered on the Volunteer Time Sheet on the Home and School page.

After School

  • "What are the school hours and arrival/dismissal procedures?"

    School hours are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. Students may be dropped off after 7:30 am, at which time a staff member will be outside to supervise them. Students should not be dropped off outside unless a staff member is present. Students who arrive before 7:30 am need to be checked into the Before School Program in Neidert Hall, which incurs additional expense. Students enter the building at 7:45 am. Those who arrive after 8:00 am are considered tardy and must be escorted to the school office and signed in by a parent or guardian. Students are dismissed at 3:00 pm and go to the "Safety Zone" by Neidert Hall to be picked up or to go to the After School Program. Special arrangements for children who walk home should be made in advance by contacting the school office. Dismissal and pick-up procedures can be reviewed in the Family Handbook (pdf).

  • "When should I arrive to pick-up my child at the carpool line?"

    If you want to pick-up your child in the first "batch" of cars, you should arrive by at least 2:40 pm, otherwise you will probably have to wait until the second "batch." When leaving the parking lot, you are asked to always turn right. You may review all the pick-up procedures in the Family Handbook (pdf).

  • "Does Saint Ann offer an after-school program?"

    Yes, Saint Ann offers the After School Program that provides care from 7:00 am through 7:45 am each school morning and from 3:00 pm through 6:00 pm each afternoon. The program provides opportunities for physical activities (outdoors weather permitting), quiet play, staff-supervised homework and snack time. The program is licensed through the Tennessee Department of Education.

The Saint Ann School "Lingo"

  • "What is Scrip?"

    Scrip is a program that allows you to purchase gift cards from participating merchants, which in turn apply a percentage of the gift card value towards your family's tuition costs. That's right! The school does not keep the money earned through Scrip; your family does! If you plan your Scrip purchases carefully, you may earn quite a bit towards reducing your tuition costs! Other ways to help lower your tuition include the Kroger "Cares" Card, which contributes 4% of your purchases towards your family's tuition. Please visit the Home and School Association page on the school website for additional details on how your family may participate in these money-saving programs as well as other programs that help the school.

  • "What is Dud's Day?"

    During the school year, there are several Dud's Days, or uniform-free days. Students get a Dud's Day on their birthday, and during special occasions throughout the school year. On occasion, students may "purchase" a Dud's Day by contributing to a charitable drive or participating in special school activities. Dud's Days are always announced in advance and listed in the school calendar. The out-of-uniform code is described in the Family Handbook (pdf) and it should be observed on any Dud's Days.

  • "What is PowerSchool, and how may I access it?"

    PowerSchool is an Internet Application used by Saint Ann to publish each student's grades and academic progress. Parents and students may access the PowerSchool Site at any time. Each student has a unique user name/password combination, which restricts access to this information. The user name/password combination will be provided to you within the first two weeks of the beginning of the school year. If you do not receive it within the first two weeks, please contact the school office at 615-269-0568.

  • "What is the Tuesday Folder?"

    Each Tuesday the students receive their Tuesday Folders containing their classroom work from the previous week, news and updates from their teachers and important forms and announcements from the school office. Parents should take the time to review the contents of each student's Tuesday Folder with their child to make sure the contents of the Folder are shared and forms are completed and returned promptly.

  • "What is the Tuesday Tidbits? Where can I find it on the school's website?"

    The Tuesday Tidbits is Saint Ann's weekly newsletter published each Tuesday and included in each student's Tuesday Folder. The newsletter is chock-full of news and information regarding school events and activities as well as other important information. In order to save the school office extra work and paper, we suggest you sign up to receive the Tuesday Tidbits by e-mail. All you have to do is complete the e-mail form and return it to the school office. You may find the current issue of the Tuesday Tidbits on the Documents and Information Page and the Home Page of this website (under the "Events" tab).

  • "What is Grandpals Day?"

    For us it is our version of a "Grandparents Day". We know that many families don't have Grandparents in town, so we want to make sure all students can show off their classroom and school to someone important in their life. We intentionally hold the day close to Thanksgiving so that any family members coming into for the holidays might become a guest.

    Most schools have these events and they are a way to share the Saint Ann School experience with grandparents, aunts, uncles or other important people. We start with Mass, then have a 45 minute program, then we allow students bring their guest to the classroom for a visit. The event is concluded with a reception in the gym. Grandpals can take students when they are finished or we have dismissal at 11am.