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IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
SCHOOL
1000 Alameda De Las Pulgas  Belmont, California 94002
(650) 593-4265 main  (650) 593-4342 fax
(650) 593-2344 preschool  (650) 593-4260 extended day care
www.ihmschoolbelmont.org

PARENT
STUDENT
EXTENDED DAY CARE
HANDBOOK
2011-2012








Foundation in Christ  Excellence in Education  Strength In Community



Table of Contents

Table of Contents…………………1-3 Report Cards/Progress Reports.21
Welcome…………………………… 4 SchoolSpeak…………………21
Faculty and Staff ………………….. 5 Honor Roll………………...…21
IHM School Board…………………. 5 Promotion/Transfer/Retention 21
IHM Parent Club…………………… 6 Summer School………………21
IHM Athletic Council…………..….. 6 Arrival at School………………….22-24
History of the School……………….6-7 School Hours……………….. 22
Philosophy………………………..… 8 Middle School Schedule…..…22
Mission Statement………………….. 8 Morning Drop-Off……….......23
Accreditation……………………….. 8 Afternoon Pick-up………........23
Admission/Nondiscrimination Policy 8-9 Walkway by Sunrise…………23
Title IX……………………..……… 9 Transportation……………… 24
Financial Policies…………..…… 10-13 Traffic Patrol…………………24
Tuition………………………10 Reporting to School Office… 24
Volunteer Hours…………… 10 Entering School Building After
Fundraising………………… 10 Hours ……………………. 24
Financial Aid …………… 10-11 Attendance……………………….24-26
th th 7 and 8 Grade Reg. Fees .. 11 Absences from School……24-25
th8 Grade ………………….. 11 Early Dismiss. Appointments. 25
School Policies………….. 11-12 Truancy……………………....25
School Contract…………12-13 Tardy Policy……………. 25-26
Academic Policies………………13-21 Parents Roles in Education…………26
School Learning Expectations.13-14 Parents as Partners………………26-27
Curriculum………………..…15 Christian Code of Conduct……… 27-28
Homework………………..…16 Sacramental Catechesis…………28-29
Planners/Organization……16-17 Middle School Service Hours………29
Testing………………………..17 Communications…………………29-31
Grading Scale…………….17-19 Procedure for Comm…… 29-30
Conduct Rubric………..…19-20 Protocol for use of Email……29
Effort Rubric………………..20
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Weekly Bulletin Through Hairstyles……………………39
SchoolSpeak and Thursday Special notes on appearance..39
Envelope………………............30 Free Dress………………… 39
Phone Calls to School Free Dress Guidelines………40
Office…………………….30-31 Parent Cooperation…………40
Use of School or Ext. Care Supplies and Books………………… 40
Phones………………………. 31 Backpacks……………………………40
Cell Phone Policy………………. 31-32 Classroom Cabinets and Desks For
Medication……………………… 31-32 Student Use ………………………… 41
Child Abuse Laws…………………. 32 Birthdays……………………………..41
Student Records…………………… 32 Lunches………………………...….... 41
Discipline Codes………………… 33-37 School Lunch Program………41
Discipline to Discipleship……32 Bringing Lunches to School…41
School Rules…………… 33-34 Lunch Boxes…………………41
Detention…………………… 34 Emergency Procedures………….. 41-43
Alternative Consequences….. 34 Volunteers/Visitors…………………43
Probation…………………34-35 Acceptable Telecommunications Policy
Suspension…………………35 ……………………………………43-45
Expulsion…………………..35 Use of IHM Name and Logo………45
Expulsion on Grounds of School Right to Amend……….……45
Parental Behavior………… 35 Extended Care Handbook………45-48
Student Harassment …… 35-36
Conflict Resolution………36-37
Extracurricular Activities and Sports.. 37
Field Trip Policies…………………37
Uniform/Dress Code……………37-40
Girls Wear…………………38
Boys Wear…………………38
School Sweatshirts………..39
Formal Uniform…………….39
Brownie/Scouts…………… 39
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Appendix I
Letter from the Archbishop
regarding child and teen
safety/protection programs
Appendix II
School Parking Lot Map
Appendix III

School Calendar
Appendix IV
Medical Forms
Children with Disabilities

Release
School Counseling Release
Field Trip Permission Slip

INSERTED Pages to be signed and
RETURNED
Parent and Student Signature Page
and Photo Video Release 1 per family
is sufficient for this double-sided form,

but all IHM students in family must sign.
Cell Phone Policy Form 1 per student
planning to bring a cell phone to school.













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“What greater work is there than training the mind and
forming the habits of the young?”

St. John Chrysostom

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to Immaculate Heart of Mary School! In choosing IHM,
you have demonstrated a commitment to the values and philosophy
of a Catholic education.

The faculty and staff of your school look forward to working with you
to promote academic excellence and spiritual development in the
context of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Together let us pray that God, who has begun this good work in us,
may carry it through to completion.

Blessings and peace,



Mrs. Hannah C. Everhart
Principal

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IHM School Faculty and Staff 2011-2012

Pastor Rev. Stephen Howell
Principal Mrs. Hannah Everhart
Director of Preschool Ms. Lauri Hill
Director of Extended Care Mrs. Christina Moore-Rivera
Vice Principal/P.E. Mrs. Teri Grosey
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Suzie Smith
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Laurie Brazil
Director of School Advancement Mrs. Karen Andreano
Kindergarten: Ms. Sascha Gurevitz
Teaching Associate: Mrs. Christina Moore-Rivera
Teaching Associate: Mrs. Genny Pereira
Grade One: Ms. Kelly Andreano
Aide: Mrs. Valerie Mazzoncini
Grade Two: Mrs. Shelby Data
Aide: Ms. Danielle Pauli
Grade Three: Ms. Kelly Smith
Aide: Mrs. Alma Jensen
Grade Four: Mrs. Jenny Mattei
Aide: Mrs. Lisa Bettendorf
Grade Five: Ms. Jennifer Hoggatt
Aide: Mrs. Mary Wong
Grade Six: Ms. Breanne Melconian
Grade 7 and Middle School Math: Mr. Michael Zimmerman
Grade 8: Mrs. Kelly O’Connor
Middle School Science Ms. Penny Donovan
Resource Specialist Ms. Orla Hayes
Resource Librarian Mrs. Mary Murphy
Counselor Mrs. Melodie Lew
Technology Mr. David Pekari
Spanish Mr. Ruben Nuñez
Music Mrs. Teri Marconi

IHM School Board Members

Mr. Joe Reyes - President
Mr. Cary Shaw
Mr. Peter Bach
Mr. Al David
Mrs. Jacquie DeMartini
Mr. Ryan Martin-Spencer
Mr. Bob Wood
Mrs. Hannah Everhart
Rev. Stephen Howell
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IHM Parent Club Members

Mrs. Shannon Melinauskas –President
Mrs. Moddy Wong
Mrs. Claylene Fowler
Mrs. Moira “Mo” Mangan
Mrs. Zulma Singer

IHM Athletic Council Members

Mr. Sam Rossi – Athletic Director
Mr. Fred Canevaro
Mr. Greg Carbullido
Mrs. Robin Casey
Mr. Chris Coleman
Mr. Mike Walsh

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School History

The history of education on this site began in 1885, with the establishment of the Belmont School
for Boys, a private secondary preparatory school. In 1918, Archbishop Edward J. Hanna
purchased the school for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and operated it as a Catholic boys’
preparatory school until 1932. At that time, with the approval of Coadjutor Archbishop John J.
Mitty, the Sisters of Mercy moved St. Joseph’s Military Academy from Rio Vista to the Belmont
site and operated it as a boys’ grammar school until June 1952.
In the mean time, Belmont became a “mission” of St. Charles Parish, San Carlos, in 1922, and
was established as a parish in its own right under the title of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in
1947. Ten acres of the St. Joseph’s site were purchased from the Archdiocese of San Francisco by
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, when it became available. The first thing the parish did was to
establish its parish school, which opened in September, 1952, with grades 1-6 in St. James Hall,
formerly Sierra Hall, where Sunrise Assisted Living stands today. Three years later, in 1955,
grades 7 and 8 were added and moved into what is now the Science/Extended Care building, a
structure that dates back to 1913.
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur staffed Immaculate Heart of Mary School from its opening
in 1952. Due to a decline in the number of Sisters available, the Sisters of Notre Dame withdrew
from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School in 1984. At that time, a lay Principal, Miss
Margaret Purcell, was hired to lead the school with an all lay faculty. The goal was to keep the
school true to its philosophy as a Catholic institution and to continue the tradition of excellence
established by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
Our present school building was started in late 1961 and opened in October, 1962. Archbishop
Joseph T. McGucken blessed the structure on May 4, 1963. Improvements to this main school
building have included the extension of the library in 1970 and remodeled bathrooms in 1998.
The school program was expanded to include kindergarten level in 1975, and to meet the needs of
working parents, extended day care was established in 1988. Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish
built a new Parish Center, which was blessed by Archbishop William J. Levada on December 14,
2003. This new building contains a gymnasium/auditorium, a parish meeting room, a
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kindergarten classroom, and in response to the expressed needs of our Belmont Parish
community, another classroom to provide space for a pre-school level class.
In order to maintain high standards and to provide for the changing needs of our students, we
have added foreign language and computer studies to our basic elementary school curriculum, as
well as providing a Librarian, a Resource Teacher, a Technology Teacher, a Counselor and
assorted Aides.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School continues to flourish in an atmosphere that cherishes
and shares its Catholic faith, tradition and values; its love for its students; and its commitment to
excellence.
Succession of Pastors: Succession of Principals:

Fr. Daniel I. Riordan, Sister Adrienne Marie Cain, S.N.D.deN.,
Pastor 1947-1950 Principal 1952 – 1957;

Msgr. John J. Kenny, Sister Janet Marie Egan, S.N.D.deN.,
Administrator 1950-1951, Principal 1957 – 1959;
Pastor 1951-1981;
Sister Ann Christine Barry, S.N.D.deN.,
Fr. William A. O’Connell, Principal 1959 – 1961;
Pastor 1981-1990;
Sister Peter (Barbara Ruth) Birch,
Fr. James H. MacDonald, S.N.D.deN.,
Pastor 1990-2001; Principal 1961-1966

Fr. Daniel E. Carter, Sister Josephe Therese (Marie) Treanor,
Pastor 2001-2003; S.N.D.deN.,
Principal 1966 – 1971;
Fr. Joseph P. Healy,
Administrator 2002; Sister Bernice Heinz, S.N.D.deN.,
Principal 1971 – 1974;
Fr. Stephen H. Howell,
Administrator 2002-2004, Sister Ann Christine Barry, S.N.D.deN.,
Pastor 2004- Principal 1974 – 1984;

Dr. Margaret C. Purcell – Brisken,
Principal 1984 – 2007;

Ms. Sandra E. Larragoiti
Principal 2007-2010

Mrs. Hannah C. Everhart
Principal 2010-


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Philosophy

Immaculate Heart of Mary School Philosophy Statement
We, the community of Immaculate Heart of Mary School, believe in the four-fold
purpose of Catholic education: to teach Catholic doctrine and to proclaim Gospel values,
to build a community, to worship, and to foster service. We value the uniqueness of each
child and strive to develop the total person spiritually, morally, intellectually, culturally,
socially, physically, and psychologically.

Recognizing that the parents are the primary educators of their children with teachers as
facilitators of the children’s learning, we stress the partnership of family, school, and
parish in building up the faith community of Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Mission Statement

Immaculate Heart of Mary School Mission Statement
To foster a nurturing Catholic school community where children receive a strong spiritual
and academic foundation based on Gospel values.

Foundation in Christ  Excellence in Education  Strength In Community

Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission Statement
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Belmont, California is a community united by its Holy
Catholic Faith.

We are called to proclaim the Word of God, build Christian community and promote
service to the local Christian community and to the entire human family.

We respond to God’s love by our worship as expressed in the Divine Liturgy of the Mass,
the Sacraments and the other liturgies of the Church.

We strive to provide an environment that nurtures faith, hope and love in an ever-
changing world, based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

We strive to live and promote Gospel values as expressed in the “Great Commandment”
of Jesus, by “loving God and expressing this love of God through love of neighbor.”

Accreditation
Immaculate Heart of Mary School has a certificate of accreditation by the Western
Catholic Educational Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accrediting Commission for Schools.

Admission/Nondiscrimination Policy
Immaculate Heart of Mary School, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of
Christ for all, admits students of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all
the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to
students at this school. Immaculate Heart of Mary School does not unlawfully
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discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, sex or
disability in the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship
and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Children entering Kindergarten must be five (5) years of age by October 1. Students will
be conditionally accepted into Kindergarten with full acceptance contingent on displayed
readiness on the Kindergarten entrance test.

At the time of registration, all new students seeking admission to Immaculate Heart of
Mary School are evaluated on the basis of current standardized test scores and report
cards. A completed evaluation form from the previous school or preschool is requested.
This form is part of the application packet and is to be sent directly from the previous
school to our principal.

Requirements include:
*Verification of active parish membership
*Health Records
*Birth Certificate (original)
*Baptismal Certificate (Catholic applicants only)
*Report Cards
*Standardized Test Results

Students applying for Admission in Grades 1-8 must present a copy of the current report
card and standardized test results. Testing will be held for new incoming students in
Grades 1-8. An interview with the student is part of the admission process. All of this will
be reviewed to determine whether the program at Immaculate Heart of Mary School will
meet the educational needs of the students.

All new students will be given a trial period in which to prove himself/herself both
socially and academically. If during this trial period there are any problems, a student
may be asked to withdraw his/her attendance at Immaculate Heart of Mary School.

Non-Catholic students whose parents accept the philosophy of Immaculate Heart of Mary
School will be accepted on a space available basis.

Title IX
Immaculate Heart of Mary School adheres to the tenets of Title IX: “No person in the
United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participating in, be denied the
benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity
receiving federal financial assistance.”







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