Northwest Christian School

Educating for Today, Training for Eternity
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Northwest Christian School

In Partnership with  Seventh-day Adventist Education
 
904 Shaw Rd
Puyallup, WA 98372
Phone: 253-845-5722
Fax: 253-604-0490
 

www.nwchristianschool.org
 
2013 – 2014 Academic Calendar & NCS Handbook
 
 
“Educating for Today: Training for Eternity”
 
 
Mission Statement
 
Northwest Christian School – educating for today, training for eternity
  • by seeing and treating each child as God’s gift
  • by showing each child the keys to a personal friendship with Jesus Christ.
  • by preparing individuals mentally, physically, and spiritually for a place in His service today and tomorrow.
  • by challenging individuals and groups to academic excellence and a lifelong habit of learning.
 
Philosophy of Education in Action
 
Christian education is based on the belief that each student is unique and valuable and needs development as a whole person.  Students are educated to accept service as a way of life, to be sensitive to the needs of people at home and within society, and to become active members in the Body of Christ.  Faculty members are committed to keeping Jesus first in their lives and modeling the Christian life-style.
 
NCS provides a safe and enriched environment in which students can thrive and discover the joy of being life-long learners, active thinkers, develop positive attitudes, and learn to work together as a community.  Students are given the opportunity to explore, discover, and apply concepts in the real world.  We embrace the philosophy that all students can learn, and together with teachers can strive for academic excellence.
 
Character Development
 
As sons and daughters of God, students and staff at NCS will work to develop admirable character traits and practice life skills.  These skills are the core of developing a Christian character and working together as a community.
Traits: NCS seeks to teach each student the following traits of character.
 
 
  • Trustworthiness
  • Truthfulness
  • Respect for others
  • Active listening
  • Doing one’s best
 
 
Life Skills: The development of a Christian character hinges on the development and daily practice of essential life skills.  The following life skills are set before the students at NCS and reinforce our academic curriculum with life training.
 
  • Evangelism:  Model Christ as an example to others
  • Integrity:  The honesty and truthfulness of ones actions
  • Initiative:  To do something because it needs to be done
  • Flexibility:  The willingness to alter plans when necessary
  • Perseverance:  To keep at it; to continue in spite of difficulties
  • Organization:  To plan, arrange and implement in an orderly way; to keep things orderly and ready to use
  • Sense of humor:  To laugh and be playful without harming others
  • Effort:  To do your best
  • Common sense:  To use good judgment
  • Problem-solving:  to create solutions in difficult situations and everyday problems
  • Responsibility:  To respond when appropriate, to be accountable for actions
  • Patience:  To wait calmly for someone or something
  • Friendship:  To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring
  • Curiosity:  A desire to investigate and seek understanding of one’s world
  • Cooperation:  To work together toward a common goal or purpose
  • Caring:  To feel and show concern for others
  • Courage:  To act according to one’s belief
  • Pride:  Satisfaction from doing your personal best
  • Resourcefulness:  To respond to challenges and opportunities in innovative and creative ways
 
Admission
 
Non-discrimination Policy
 
It is the policy of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in all of its church-operated schools to admit students of any race, color, sex, or national origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at its school.  We make no discrimination on basis of race in administration of education, policies, application for admission, scholarship, and athletic or extracurricular activities.
 
NCS welcomes any young person who desires a character-building education.  As a Seventh-day Adventist Christian school, high moral principles and respect for God and others are expected from all who attend.  Students   must realize that when they present themselves for admission to NCS, they thereby willingly pledge to observe the regulations and uphold the Christian principles upon which the school is founded.  Behavior contrary to this may forfeit the student’s privilege to attend.
 
Age Requirements
 
  • Kindergarteners must be 5 by August 31
  • First graders must be 6 by August 31
Underage children who have previously been enrolled in a public or private school for not less than four consecutive months may apply for enrollment in a similar placement at NCS.  Underage children whose parents believe them to be exceptionally qualified for kindergarten or 1st grade may apply for early entrance.
The principal and teacher shall evaluate the child requesting early enrollment on the following factors:
 
 
  • mental ability
  • gross motor skills
  • fine motor skills
  • visual discrimination
  • auditory discrimination
  • emotional/social development
 
 
The results of this evaluation shall be brought to the school board for a final decision on early enrollment.  A non-refundable fee will be collected to cover the cost of the extra screening process.
 
Steps for Admission
 
  • Submit an application and receive notification of acceptance (an interview may be requested)
  • Register by completing and signing forms provided by the school office
 
Note: All admissions are contingent upon a two-week probationary period.   Students transferring from another school must present their last report card pending receipt of cumulative records.
 
Health
 
Immunizations
 
Records showing up-to-date immunizations or a signed waiver must be presented before the first day of attendance.  Information on required immunizations is available in the office.
 
 
 
Sickness
 
Students should stay home or will be sent home under the following circumstances:
 
Fever of 100.0 degrees or more: Students must stay home until the fever breaks and they are fever free for a period of 24 hours without medication.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea: Students may return 24 hours after the symptoms are gone.
  • Fever of 100.0
  • A rash, which is disease related or if the cause is unknown, please check with a physician before coming to school.
  • Lice
  • Discharge from eyes or red eyes
  • Excessive signs of a cold or flu: tiredness, sore throat, runny nose, coughing, etc.
 
Medication
 
Due to the complex Washington State code, please obtain information at the school office.  No medications are allowed to be carried by students.  By state law, all medications must be administered through the school office.
 
Hours of Operation

 
          7:30 to 3:30 Monday through Thursday
          7:30 to 1:15 on Friday
          School Hours:
          8:30—3:15 Monday through Thursday
          8:30– 1:00 Fridays
Extended Day Care is available 7:00 am until 6:00 pm (Monday through Thursday and 7:00 am until 4:00 pm Friday)
 
Policy on Absences
 
  • Plan to be at school regularly and on time for best academic results.
  • Students are required to stay on school grounds at all times unless permission is given to leave.
  • Regular attendance is required by state law.
  • Medical/dental appointments are to be made outside school hours whenever possible.
Attendance is taken for ALL school activities including field trips and sports day .If there is an anticipated absence, submit a request to the teacher well in advance in order to form an acceptable plan for missed curricula.
 
 
Field Trips
 
Information will be sent home with students at least one week prior to all field trips.  Permission slips must be returned.  Parents will be asked to help provide transportation (see below), but fees for most trips are collected at registration.
 
Transportation
 
  • Transportation of students to and from school is the responsibility of individual parents
  • We encourage and will assist in facilitating car pooling
  • Written or verbal permission must be given to the office and to the teacher in order for a student to go home with another adult
  • Anyone driving for a school function must have previous clearance.  Paperwork is available in the office.
 
School Closure
 
NCS follows the decision of the Puyallup school district for school closure or late start days.  When starting late, there is no before school care.  Additional information may also be posted under “news” on our web site and/or be released to local news outlets.  Additional communication will be provided through RenWeb’s Parent Alert system.  You will receive a call or a text.  ***Please be sure to sign up for a RenWeb account online at www.renweb.com
 
Friday Late Starts:  A minimum of four hours of school is needed to legally count a day as a school day.  In the event that the Puyallup School District calls for a late start on Friday (we release classes at 1:00 on Fridays), our school day will be extended to compensate for the time delay.  i.e.: Two-hour delay on Friday will shift our school operating hours from 10:30 to 2:30. 
 
E-Day Work:  Northwest Christian School accounts for a number of school closures in the academic calendar.  In the event of unscheduled school closures above and beyond the allotted number of snow days in the academic calendar, students will be required to access NCS E-Day forms online at the school website.  Each classroom will have E-Day activities and work posted under their individual classroom links.  A minimum of 4 hours of activity should be recorded by the student.  Parents need to download and sign the E-Day Documentation Form, also available on our website.  Students who do not turn in E-Day forms within a week of the school closure will be given an unexcused absence for the closure day. 
  
Parents
 
NCS has open classrooms.  Parents are always welcome to visit classrooms for quiet observation during school hours.  Students please do not invite a friend to class unless previous arrangements are made with the teacher.
 
Communication is the key!  Parents and teachers are encouraged to speak with each other often.  We schedule two parent/teacher conferences a year, and of course, you are welcome to schedule an appointment anytime.  Make this a priority for the benefit of your child!
 
Financial Information
 
The investment in your child’s education at NCS is money well spent.  However, the money paid for tuition is significantly less than what it actually costs for you to attend NCS.  The Puyallup Adventist Church operates NCS at its expense with subsidy also received from the sisterhood of churches in the Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
 
A separate document with financial information for each new school year is available from the school office.
 
Financial Agreement

 
Every parent or guardian must sign a financial agreement.  Strict adherence to the terms of the agreement is required.  If there are extenuating financial circumstances during the year, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to request, review, and sign an amendment to the agreement.  If you cannot keep monthly payments current, please contact the school treasurer.  Payments overdue by 45 days are considered delinquent, and the student may be asked to withdraw.
 
Additional Fees

 
Besides tuition, there are other school-related items that may involve added charges.  Most of these are optional.
 
 
  • School pictures               
  • Yearbook
  • Field trips
  • Outdoor school
  • P.E. Extension Programs
  • Graduation
  • 8th grade trip
  • Music lessons and music groups
  • Extended day care
  • Extra-curricular sports
  • Auburn Adventist Academy Music Festival
  • Gymnastics
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Parents Involved in Education (PIE)
 
Our school is strengthened by parent involvement. This involvement shall include, but not be limited to : attendance at school functions, reading information sent home from the school, communication with our child(ren)’s teacher(s), participation in fundraising activities, Christian conduct at sporting events and field trips, volunteering at our school, etc.
 
Transfer of Records
 
If a student is withdrawn from school during the school year, a withdrawal form must be completed.  This must be completed before a report card can be issued or any refunds given, if due.
 
The cumulative file and transcript may be withheld until all school charges are paid in full.  The school board may release records if satisfactory arrangements are made to cover indebtedness.
 
School Work
 
It is the student’s responsibility to complete school assignments and turn them in on time.  Teachers are not required to give credit for late work.  Northwest Christian School provides online monitoring of grades and missing work reports.  Parents are asked to regularly monitor this report to ensure timeliness in coursework and excellent academic performance
 
For a successful year
  • Make sure your child gets adequate sleep (9-11 hours)
  • Make sure your child receives regular and balanced meals
  • Make regular worship time and church activities a priority
 
Lunches
 
NCS’s hot lunch program is on hold until the kitchen portion of our new facility is finished.  However, there are lunch options that are provided through contract with local food businesses.  These options are advertised through the school’s Monday Memo publication and can be purchased through the office.
 
Personal Items
 
Telephone/Cell Phones/Tablets/MP3 players/gaming device
 
A student may only place a phone call from a cell phone in the event of an emergency.  Use of personal cell phones, tablets, and iPods, are limited to teacher discretion and may only be used during school hours for academic purposes.  At any time, teachers or the administration reserves the right to confiscate personal devices for the day if abuse of this privilege occurs
 
Lost & Found
 
All unmarked items left at school will be disposed of if unclaimed after thirty days.
 
Banned Items
 
The issue of student safety is paramount to the Northwest Christian School experience.  Any student found to be entering the school with weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc. will be immediately detained in the office and the authorities will be contacted
 
Northwest Christian School does not allow chewing gum on campus.  In addition, toy weapons, video equipment, skate boards, roller blades, skates, and scooters are not permitted on campus.  We ask that parents cooperate with helping to maintain a spiritual and academic atmosphere at our school by monitoring what their children bring to school.
 
Dress Code
 
Northwest Christian School has instituted a dress code that reinforces the traits and life skills of a developing Christian.
 
Specifications for Pants/Skirts/Shorts/Jumpers/Skorts
 
  • Color: Khaki (tan), black, or navy blue
  • Style: Dress style pants or shorts, skorts, dresses, skirts and jumpers. Cargo, corduroy and Capri styles are acceptable.
  • Tight material, denim and embellishments are not acceptable.
  • Tights and leggings are acceptable only if worn as an undergarment under shorts or skirts.
  • Length: Shorts and skorts must be fingertip length minimum when arms are at sides. Skirts and jumpers must be 3 inches below the finger tip.
Specifications for Shirts
 
  • Color: Any one solid color: no stripes, embellishments, or collar stripes.
  • Style: Shirts must have collar.  Polo, turtleneck, or oxford styles are acceptable.  No long-sleeved shirts under short sleeves, and no layering of another shirt showing at the bottom.
Specifications for Sweaters, Sweatshirts, Jackets, etc.
 
  • Coats and jackets may be worn outside and must be removed once inside the building.  When more warmth than the collared shirt is desired inside the building, students may only wear NCS logo outerwear from approved suppliers. (See the NCS web site for a link to Lands End and French Toast.)
Headdress (hats, caps, hoods, etc.) are not to be worn indoors.
 
Clothing must fit appropriately (not overly tight or baggy), be neat, and in good repair.  Styles need to avoid bare midriffs. Noticeable makeup is inappropriate at school. This includes lipstick, eye shadow and fingernail polish.  Jewelry is not to be worn at school. This includes rings, ear studs, earrings, necklaces, neck chains and bracelets. Hair should be neat, clean and natural in color. Extreme hairstyles are inappropriate at school.
 
Northwest Christian School administration reserves the right to make the final decision regarding any dress issue.
 
Citizenship
 
The privilege of attending NCS is dependent upon the willing cooperation of the student to maintain high standards of conduct and attitude.  Discipline is designed to be redemptive rather than punitive in nature to assist the student in developing a positive Christian character and building self-esteem.
Students at NCS will:
 
 
  • Respect God and His Word
  • Respect and obey those in authority
  • Respect the rights of others
  • Respect property
  • Practice the Golden Rule
  • Uphold Christian standards
  • Dress modestly and appropriately
  • Be clean in body and mind
  • Be prompt to meet appointments
  • Be friendly and considerate
  • Use common sense in daily decisions
  • Use lifelong guidelines and life skills
 
 
Disciplinary Action Required
 
The concern here is with the decided effort to do wrong (Matthew 12:25, 30,33,35).  The wrongdoer may have meant no harm, but nevertheless, his actions tended to destroy peace and order at school.       
 
  • Use of inappropriate words or phrases
  • Defacing property
  • Disobedience
  • Cheating
  • Tussling (anger management problems)
  • Lying
  • Improper material brought to school
  • Disregard of Christian principles

 
Consequences and communication may include:
 
  • Discussion with teacher and student and/or parent
  • Student will work within a corrective plan that may be shared with student’s parents/guardians, staff and classmates
  • Fines may be applied for any repair work needed to fix school property that may be damaged
Major Disciplinary Action
 
A student who shows no improvement in self-discipline in the areas listed above or does something which is so endangering to himself or to others that it cannot be tolerated even once, more serious action is required (Proverbs 26:12, Hebrews 12:1-15).
 
  • Possession of firearms, knives, weapons of any kind
  • Stealing
  • Possession of illegal substances
  • Insubordination
  • Violent behavior (with intent for, or result in, physical harm)
  • Undermining influence on others
  • Any form of harassment
Action will include one or more:
 
  • 1-3 day suspension
  • Parent conference
  • Indefinite suspension pending consideration by the school board for expulsion      
 
Extended Care for School Day
         
Extended Day Care is a program to provide a safe and supervised environment for students, at NCS. Extended Day Care begins before school at 6:45 am to 8:15 am. Extended Day Care begins after school at 3:30 pm Monday – Thursday until 6:00 pm and Friday from 1:15 until 4:00 pm. Students who have not been picked up after school will be escorted to Extended Day Care. The pre-payment card has been structured in half-hour increments. For added security of the students, each guardian must sign in and out daily so students will never be unsupervised.  Thank you for cooperating to make this a safe and secure program.
 
  • Purchase pre-paid card from the school secretary and registration to the program.                                                              
  • A signature from a guardian is required each time for every student.
  • Release form must be on record and signed by guardian if any other individual is picking up your child/children. Identification may be required.
  • Extended Day Care ends at 6:00 pm on Monday-Thursday and Friday at 4:00 pm
  • After 6:00 pm or on Friday after 4:00 pm your child/children will be charged $1.00 each for every minutes until you pick your child up.
A notice will be given when no time is remaining. If your child/children arrive for supervision and an additional card has not been purchased, you will be charged double until a card has been purchased. If this bill is not paid promptly, the matter will be referred to the School Board.
 
When you are on campus before or after school your child/children must be with you; otherwise, they will be escorted to the EDC area where you will be charged.
A school handbook, Disaster plan, health and pesticide policies are posted on parent information boards for review. 
 
Thirteen-year-old After School Care Policy:  Under state regulations, once students turn thirteen-years-old, they are no longer permitted to be admitted into the NCS afterschool care program.  All possible arrangements need to be made to have your child picked up by 3:30 p.m. after their thirteenth birthday.
         
All students in this program are expected to conduct themselves as during the regular school hours and follow the policies of the school Handbook. All incidents will be reported to the Director of ECEC. If students have behavior problems, they may face disciplinary action or dismissal from this program                                                                                                                       Hours of Operation
 
  • Before School: Mon - Fri 6:45 AM - 8:15 AM
  • After School:  Mon – Thur. 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday  1:15 PM - 4:00 PM  
Harassment Policy
 
NCS is committed to preventing any type of harassment of individuals.  Not only are we following Christian principles, but also guidelines set forth by federal and state laws which prohibit certain types of harassment.  Such conduct is offensive and will not be tolerated. 
 
Harassment can be physical, verbal, or non-verbal and includes slurs, jokes, intimidation, or any other way to put down, make fun of, or cause discomfort about an individual’s race, religion, national origin, age, gender, or physical appearance.     
         
Concerns and Problem Resolution
 
Please make every effort to resolve issues or concerns before they become problems.  On-going communication utilizing the principles of Matthew 18 between teachers, parents, students, and constituents will resolve most issues and concerns following these steps:
 
  • Arrange a time with the person or persons you are having difficulty with to discuss your problem
  • Arrange a time with the principal to discuss your problem and seek a resolution
  • Contact the School Board chairperson to discuss your problem
  • Request of the School Board chairperson that your problem be added to the next board agenda
Untold harm can be done to the reputation of teachers, the school, and students by half-truths or unfounded theories that are proclaimed or acted on without proper investigation.
 
Students with Development Concerns Policy
If a teacher and/or parent(s) have a developmental concern about a student they should consult with the parents, staff, and principal to get their input. A development concern could involve one or more of the following areas: learning, communication, motor skills, social/emotional skills, adaptive/self-help skills, and vision and hearing.
 
  • If all parties agree that testing or other professional services are needed, parents will be directed to their local school district for testing and/or family physician.
  • If the parents do not want their child tested by the school district or family physician then a plan will be developed to determine if and how NCS can meet their needs.
 
  • If the principal and teacher feel that NCS cannot meet the needs of this student the Principal should state in writing to the parents why the school cannot help this student progress as needed. The parents would then need to find another educational environment that would better assist their child.
  • If the parents want their child to continue to attend NCS they can appeal the staff’s recommendation to the School Board.
Background Checks
 
To increase safety for our students, all employees working with or around children must pass a thorough background check which is conducted by a private security firm.  As a further measure, any volunteer who regularly interacts with our students or accompanies students on field trips is also required to have a background check.  Every adult attendee on NCS sponsored field trips needs to have a completed background screening.  Forms are always available at the NCS front office. 
 
School Board and Meetings
 
The school board is the official governing body of NCS
 
The school board plans, selects staff, develops policies, promotes the school, implements conference policies and supports staff (all under direction and guidance from the Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
 
Board members are selected by constituent Adventist churches.
 
Meetings are typically held once a month on a specific week and day.  Check for the current year’s schedule.
 
Meetings are open to visitors
 
If a visitor has an item for the agenda, contact the principal or chairperson 2 weeks in advance.
 
Due to the sensitive nature of some agenda items, an executive session may be scheduled.  At these times meetings are closed to visitors.
 
School Status 

 
Northwest Christian School is a fully accredited Christian school serving partners and friends of Christian education.
 
Northwest Christian School is accredited by:
 
The National Council for Private School Accreditation 
&
The Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities