"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.
"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.