New Students

Welcome to St. Albans!

We are delighted to have you as new members of our family. We look forward to getting to know your family. Below you will information to assist you acclimate to our school.

What are the school hours?
The classroom doors open at 8:00 a.m. and class instruction begins at 8:15 a.m. Both pre-kindergarten and kindergarten are dismissed at 12:15 p.m. however, after winter break, the kindergarten class is dismissed at 1:30 p.m. Additionally, during the first two weeks of school, first grade is dismissed at 1:30 p.m. All other students are dismissed at 3:00 p.m.

The first Friday of every month all grades are dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

What are office hours?
The office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. On early dismissal days the office closes at 2:00 p.m.

What are the drop-off and pick-up procedures?
The primary method for drop-off and pick-up is the circle around the flag pole. Because student safety is the most important thing, all cars in the circle need to pull forward as far as possible, and all students should exit on the right side of the vehicle. Parking in the circle is strictly prohibited but parking spaces are available for anyone who wishes to drop or pick their child up at the classroom. Additionally, designated carpool spots are available for those who qualify!
Drop-off Policies and Procedures >>

Do you offer a bus or carpool?
We do not have a bus system however we encourage families to carpool whenever possible. We have designated carpool parking spaces in front of Taber Center for those families regularly transporting four or more St. Albans students. You can sign up for carpool in the office.

What do I do if my child is absent?

If your child is absent, please contact the office before 9:00 a.m. If you email your child’s teacher to let them know about the absence, please also copy Ms. Mindy Sakoi in on the email so that the office attendance records can be updated. Upon returning to school after an absence, the student should bring a note signed by his/her parent stating the reason for the absence. Excused absences include illness, medical or dental appointments, death in the family, funerals, family emergency/crisis, a car accident, car problems or unexpected traffic difficulties.
Student-Parent Handbook Page 19 >>

What happens when my child is late for school?
If your child arrives to school after 8:25 a.m. they are considered late. If this happens, all students are required to stop by the office for a tardy slip before proceeding to their classroom. Excused tardies include car trouble, bad traffic or unexpected road detours, doctor’s appointments, or a family emergency or illness of a sibling prior to or en route to school.

How do I request homework for my child?
All parents requesting homework need to call the front office by 9:00 a.m. Unfortunately, we cannot accept homework requests after 9:00 a.m. due to the limited time that teachers have to process these requests. All homework will be ready in the office for pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

How do I leave a message with a teacher?
The best way to reach a teacher is either through the voice mail system by calling the office or via email.

What is SAPA? SAPA, is the St. Albans Parent Association and as a family at St. Albans you are automatically a member of SAPA! Not only is SAPA the fundraising arm of the school, but it also is the service organization, too. SAPA meetings are held monthly on the third Friday of each month and everyone is encouraged to attend. These meetings help to provide current information about the events happening on campus and all attendees earn one parent point for attendance.

Find out more about Parent Involvement >>
Find out more about SAPA >>

What are Parent Participation Points and how do I earn them?
Parent participation points are the volunteer hours that all St. Albans families are asked to complete. One hour of volunteer work equates to one parent point and each family is required to earn 35 points each year. Earning points is easy and you may do so in a variety of ways. Driving on field trips, helping in the classroom, school work days, and helping with SAPA events, are just a few examples of ways to earn points.

All volunteer opportunities can be found online via Volunteer Spot. Earned parent points are also posted online and are updated by our Parent Assessment Coordinator at the end of each month.
Parent Parent Participation Points >>
Parent Points Coordinator- Sonia Satchell
Sign-up for volunteer opportunities online via Sign Up

Do you offer before and/or after school care?
Day care is available to all St. Albans families and is open from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Parents may have their children attend day care on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and drop-in students are always welcome! The cost is $6.50/ per hour.
Extended Day Care Policies and Procedures

Why does your school have uniforms and what are the requirements?
The purpose of the uniform code is to prevent clothes competition and establish a school-wide standard of acceptable dress. All uniforms must be purchased through Dennis Uniform Company and all of the dress guidelines may be found in the Student/Parent Handbook.
Uniform Information >>

Again, welcome to St. Albans we are happy you have chosen us to educate your child!