Thank you to all our parents who took the time to attend the Elementary Back to School Day (all day!). Your investment in your children's lives will be greatly rewarded.
We've tried to briefly highlight the remarks from the Parents Meeting if you need to look over them again or for those who were not able to attend.
Elementary Principal Mrs. Burton shared the following encouragement/blessing for families:
Lord, who am I to teach the way
To little children day by day,
So prone myself to go astray!
Lord, if their guide I still must be
O let my little children see
The teacher leaning hard on Thee.
By Leslie P. Hill
- Clear water bottles - classroom
- NO NUTS - applies to lunch & snacks
- No Starbucks or Breakfast food/drink can be brought in the building in the mornings - please finish in car
- Thursday's complimentary lunch was a sampling of some of the new menu items, including the salad bar that will be available for our students. Special thanks to Chef Mike and Eastside Catering for lunch!
- Students need to print out lesson plans by the subject and keep a copy in your notebook behind the appropriate divider. Lesson plans for grades 1-4 will be available in ParentsWeb by Thursday at midnight.
- Lesson plans for grades 5-6 in Google Classroom Thursday at midnight - you will receive training today from your classroom teachers.
- Grades are posted on ParentsWeb K- 6 weekly for the preceding week.
- Course syllabus or Policies & Procedures are attached to RenWeb K-4 /Google Classroom 5-6 for each course taught.
- Change to Google Classroom for Grades 5/6
- 6th grade parents - please go over the acceptable use policies in the School catalog with your students. Students are expected to know, understand, and abide by the policies. As a side note, 6th graders are not allowed to have cell phones.
WHERE TO GO WITH QUESTIONS
- General information/managing the University-Model
- Mentor family
- Cornerstone website
- Mrs. DeFrancesco in the front office
- Other questions
- ParentsWeb - Mrs. Robbins
- 5th/6th grade student emails - Mr. Cunningham
- Lunchroom/recess - Mrs. Ramsey or assistants at recess
- Curriculum/Administrative issues - Mrs. Burton
- Chronicle-READ the Chronicle! BE IN THE KNOW!! - OFFICIAL SOURCE OF INFORMATION-Don’t be left out of the FUN!!
- Cornerstone website-subscribe to Cornerstone’s Google calendars - Master Calendar & Elementary Student Life Calendar - see Mrs. Marlow or Mr. Cunningham
- Social media-FB/Twitter/Instagram-Mrs. Marlow & Mrs. Souza are always posting Cornerstone news & events
CLASSROOM OR ASSIGNMENT ISSUES
- PLEASE Always first! Bring any classroom concerns to the teacher.
- Cornerstone follows the Matthew 18 Principle-see the school catalog.
- If you come to me-my first question will be “Have you spoken with your student’s teacher?”
HOME TO SCHOOL--P. 33 ONLINE CATALOG
- The administration of Cornerstone Prep desires to have an “open-door” policy. If you have concerns that you feel need to be addressed, please feel free to stop by and speak with someone on the administrative staff. If the concern relates to the classroom, please speak to the teacher first. If would be helpful to call ahead, if possible, to make an appointment. Email communication is always available as well.
- If you have a concern about Cornerstone Prep, please speak directly with the person involved in the solution-- Matthew 18. Please do not discuss your concern with others who are not involved in the solution. Following this scriptural process will maintain a Godly atmosphere of harmony, honoring to Christ.
- Teachers want to know your concerns/issues - you are not bothering them
- If your student comes home with a story or concern that concerns you, please go directly to the teacher. Often children’s perceptions are different from an adult’s or a child may not have the whole story.
- I Cor. 13: 11 “When I was a child, I spoke as a child and thought as a child. ” Please do not ask another child in the class to corroborate a story - go to the teacher. When we discuss things or bring other students into a discussion, what can happen is that seeds of mistrust may be planted and there is no resolution to the issue.
SPEAK WISELY--P. 9 IN ONLINE CATALOG
- Just as students at Cornerstone are held accountable for their words and actions, so too are the parents of those students – particularly regarding communication between home and school. Parents should model humility, gentleness, and spiritual maturity to their students by treating the Cornerstone staff and faculty with respect, both publicly and privately.
- If a parent acts or speaks in an unkind or disrespectful manner to any faculty or staff member, the matter will be taken up by the administration, who according to biblical instruction will give the offending party an opportunity to repent and ask forgiveness of the offended party. This is to encourage grace and unity.
- If the offending party is unwilling to comply with these guidelines, the student(s) of that parent or parents may be withdrawn from the academy, or barred from admission the following semester. In severe cases of slander or disrespect, a recommendation can be made to the Cornerstone board for immediate expulsion of the student(s) whose parents are unwilling to walk in a biblical manner in their relationship with Cornerstone faculty and staff members.
- This Parental Code of Conduct also applies to Cornerstone sponsored events, including athletic events. Specific policies for athletics and parent behavior are given and signed by parents at the start of each season.
- At no time is the Cornerstone email/address list to be used for any type of solicitation of any kind by parents or students.
- Emails are for quick questions - more than a paragraph make an appointment for a face to face or ask for the teacher to call you. Delicate issues should always be handled face to face or by phone.
- Eclipse - we will send home info in assignment sheets/glasses for every student.
- Parents are responsible for enforcing the Cornerstone uniform policies and by attending Cornerstone each family agreed to follow the uniform policies. Please be sure to review the policies in the school catalog.
- RECURRING issues year to year:
- Girls skirts/skorts are too short-must be no shorter than 3” above the back of the knee
- Outerwear for classrooms or building must be Cornerstone approved Land’s End outerwear or outerwear from the Booster Club-this applies to all sweaters/sweatshirts and fleece jackets. NorthFace jackets are not approved Cornerstone outerwear. Please-I do not want the students to be cold, but they will be asked to place non-Cornerstone outerwear in their locker. Email Uniform Violations will be sent during the school day.
- Elementary students are required to tuck their shirt tails in
- Patterned shoes-while being very stylish are not uniform approved footwear
- Tennis shoes - mostly black, mostly gray or mostly white with black/white/gray laces - NO colored laces
- Socks - solid color - no neon colors or patterns
- RECURRING issues year to year:
CHAPELS/CORNERSTONE CARES DAYS
- Chapel twice a month
- Wear chapel shirts and uniform bottoms
- First chapel of the month - traditional chapel; second chapel - either assembly or special holiday celebration
- Cornerstone Cares - coin collections monthly/Cornerstone Cares shirts & jeans - if children prefer not to wear jeans they can wear uniform bottoms.
- Mr. Cunningham, director of IT, is available Monday & Tuesday in the front lobby
- There are still openings for students in the Cornerstone Conservatory. View class offerings here.
- You can register here.
- See Mrs. Luke if you have any questions.
- Mrs. Robbins, assistant head of school, expressed her excitement at all the possibilities with another year of school.
- Within the University-Model school/parent partnership, you will be able to share in those “aha” learning moments with your child as their eyes light up with new learning.
- Sweet bonding that will take place between you and your child as you experience growth together this year.
- WELCOME TO THE GREAT ADVENTURE!