The Naval Academy Primary School Association, Incorporated is a private, nonprofit Maryland corporation, formed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a school to provide a high-quality preschool through fifth-grade education for children of persons eligible for membership in the Association. Order of priority for membership in the Naval Academy Primary School Association is listed in the schoolÕs corporate bylaws (available at www. napschool.com).
The Naval Academy Primary School (NAPS) is dedicated to providing a substantial elementary school education—including an extended-care program—in an environment conducive to learning. The enrollment ranges from 265 to 285 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The school endeavors to limit class size as follows: ten for 2-day-a-week pre-kindergarten; ten for 3-day-a-week pre-kindergarten; fourteen for 5-day-a-week pre-kindergarten; sixteen for kindergarten; and eighteen for first through fifth grade. The small classes promote close interaction between teacher and child. Small classes also provide great flexibility in adapting individual lessons to challenge each child at his or her ability level. Teachers work with the students in all areas of development.
The Naval Academy Primary School began in the early 1900s as a nursery school for children of Naval Academy faculty and staff, both military and civilian. Two sisters, the Misses Liza and Mary Magruder, operated the school, often referred to as The Magruder School. From the schoolÕs inception until the late 1940s, it was housed in a succession of locations: the east end of Dahlgren Hall; the lower level of the Naval Academy chapel until 1913 when John Paul JonesÕs body was placed in the chapelÕs crypt; and Isherwood Hall, a building subsequently demolished to provide the site for Alumni Hall.
In 1949, the school moved across the Severn River into a building that formerly housed a BOQ and later an officersÕ club annex.¥ The school continues today in this delightful location on Mill Creek, only minutes away from the Naval Academy and historic Annapolis, MarylandÕs capital city.
*In March 1943, construction was completed on a new BOQ at the NavyÕs Radio Transmitter Facility (RTF) located on Greenbury Point across the Severn River from the Naval Academy. These quarters housed an influx of military personnel working at the RTF during the height of World War II. When the war ended, the number of officers stationed at the RTF declined and occupancy at the BOQ fell significantly. In 1947, this BOQ was converted to an annex for the nearby Naval Academy Commissioned Officers Mess, and included a dining hall, ballroom, bar, bowling alley, and guest rooms. In 1949, the seldom-used mess annex was turned over to a group of military parents supervising the operation of the Naval Academy Nursery School then located in a golf shack at Perry Circle near USNAÕs gate eight. The Navy gave the group permission to convert building 74 for use by the Naval Academy Nursery School. In 1953, the Naval Academy Nursery School Association was chartered and recognized by the Maryland Secretary of State as a nonprofit Maryland corporation. Five years later, the schoolÕs name was changed to Naval Academy Primary School.
The administrative and financial management of the school is vested in the NAPS Board of Directors with daily operation supervised by the school director. The board of directors comprises the school director, a staff representative, and officers who are elected by and from the NAPS Association members. Board members serve two-year terms and may stand for reelection. The board, which meets monthly, operates under the rules set forth by the school's by-laws.
Administrative: director, bookkeeper, admissions director, administrative assistant, healthcare coordinator, custodian. Teaching: nineteen classroom teachers, six special-subject teachers (art, computer, French, library, music, and physical education), one resource teacher, seven teaching assistants. Extended-care program: supervisor and six assistants
AGE REQUIREMENTS 2009/2010 (kindergarten and pre-kindergarten)
Pre-kindergarten 2 days a week: Tue & Thur
age three by 09/01/09
Pre-kindergarten 3 days a week: Mon, Wed, & Fri
age four by 12/31/09
Pre-kindergarten 5 days a week
age four by 09/01/09
Kindergarten 5 days a week
age five by 09/01/09
We expect families to recognize the importance of school attendance and maintain the integrity of the school calendar accordingly. It is the position of the school that no amount of homework can replace the personal instruction of the classroom teacher or the interaction that occurs among students and staff during the normal school day. Consequently, we encourage you to take your trips during school vacations but we do understand that it may be necessary in special circumstances to make a trip during the school year. Students away from school on a trip will be responsible for making up assignments as designated by the classroom teachers and should make arrangements in advance of any trip (see Homework Policies). We also encourage you to schedule dental/medical appointments after school hours, during school breaks, or on teacher in-service days, when all students are dismissed at 11:45 a.m.
It is extremely important that students be in the classroom on time. Late-arriving students are a disruption to the entire class, causing a loss of valuable teaching time. Students arriving in class after 8:20 a.m. are marked tardy. The number of times tardy is noted on the studentÕs report card. For late arrivals: parent must park, sign-in the child with the office staff and then the student may proceed on his/her own to the classroom. (see Safety Rules)
NAPS endeavors to follow the Naval AcademyÕs school-year calendar as closely as possible. The NAPS Year-at-a-Glance is distributed at the beginning of the school year. This calendar includes holidays, vacations, teacher in-service days, and other dates that are planned a year in advance. Additionally, a monthly calendar, distributed in the Tuesday Envelope, includes current listings from the Year-at-a-Glance as well as dates added during the school year.
CODE OF CONDUCT
All NAPS students are expected to conform to a basic code of conduct that includes being honest, trustworthy, dependable, and respectful at all times. Students must respect school property as well as property belonging to teachers and other students. Any infraction of this code of conduct will result in disciplinary action. (see Discipline)
We encourage you to contact your childÕs teacher if you have any concerns regarding your child. You may leave a message at the school office and the teacher will return your call as soon as possible to arrange a mutually convenient meeting time. Only emergency messages will be delivered to the classroom; all other messages will be placed in the teacherÕs mailbox. Please bear in mind that the periods right before school begins in the morning and immediately after dismissal in the afternoon are extremely busy. Consequently, teachers will not be available for impromptu discussions during these times.
The school sends home a large envelope each Tuesday with the oldest child in the family. Parents should be alert each Tuesday to check contents of this envelope. Except in unusual circumstances, all written communication from the school office is sent to parents in this manner. Please read all material sent home and sign any papers necessary, returning the papers in the envelope with the oldest child the following morning. Following Monday holidays, the Tuesday Envelope will be distributed on Wednesday. A $3.00 fee is charged for a lost or irreparably damaged envelope. (If a Tuesday Envelope has not been returned by the following Monday, the family will receive no information that week. Packets of the weekÕs information will be available outside the main office. Exception: If there is a report card or bill, a new envelope will be used and a $3.00 fee charged.)
The schoolÕs monthly newsletter (NAPS News) is sent home in the Tuesday Envelope. This is the primary source of school-to-home information so donÕt miss reading it. Distribution is either the first or second Tuesday of the month.
The school often distributes flyers with information about special events and programs at NAPS. We also distribute flyers for nonprofit community organizations when the education content is deemed appropriate. The flyers will be included in a Tuesday Envelope when the timing is right but occasionally are sent home separately. School policy prohibits endorsement or promotion of any individuals or businesses.
The schoolÕs directory is for school communication between parents, teachers, and students exclusively. Staff personal information should be used for parent-to-parent communications only. The directory is not to be used for any commercial or political objectives nor is it intended for anyone outside the NAPS community. The directory is distributed in September, with necessary updates published in the newsletter throughout the year.
Our preschool program is carefully designed to provide three- to five-year-old children with a positive school experience in a nurturing atmosphere. Classroom teachers help the children feel good about themselves and the world in which they live. Through constructive play and learning activities, teachers concentrate on developing academic readiness and social skills.
The formal academic curriculum for elementary school begins in kindergarten with the gradual introduction of the skills needed for reading, writing, and mathematics at this level. The main aim of kindergarten is to give the students a solid foundation for these basic academics as they master the social skills necessary for future school experiences. The students explore their environment in a scientific manner and develop early concepts of time, money, and measurement. The social studies program stresses the importance of the individual as a well-adjusted, productive member of a group, willing to share and to accept responsibility. The students are always encouraged to ask questions as they learn about the world around them.
First Through Fifth Grade
The school offers students in first through fifth grade a well-rounded curriculum that includes language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, art, music, French, and library and computer skills. Small classes allow close interaction between teacher and student. The schoolÕs goals are to develop studentsÕ individual abilities while encouraging independent thinking and problem solving. A phonics-based reading system, started in kindergarten, is reviewed and strengthened in first grade. The emphasis on writing and listening skills further develops a strong reading and writing vocabulary at all levels.
The mathematics program combines drill, problem solving, and application of concepts in everyday living. These activities help students achieve practical math competence and a firm understanding of the concepts necessary for higher mathematics.
Introduction of French in the first grade familiarizes the students with the sounds and structure of a second language. Drills, songs, games, and conversation develop oral vocabulary for all grades. Reading and writing are introduced in the upper grades.
The schoolÕs science program offers the students an awareness of the world in which they live. The science curriculum follows a carefully structured system whereby elementary scientific theories presented in the lower grades are expanded with graduated levels of difficulty in the higher grades.
The social studies program focuses on people, both past and present. Through the study of history, geography, and government, students are introduced to our societyÕs diverse cultural heritage. A feel for time and place is enriched through field trips, movies, crafts, map work, and research projects.
Students participate in art, French, music, physical education, and computer classes, and make weekly visits to the library for story time, instruction in library skills, and to check out books.
¤ Pre-kindergarten students do not check out books from the library.
¤ Pre-kindergarten two-day-a-week students do not have computer instruction.
¤ French and formal art instruction begin in first grade.
The schoolÕs resource teacher provides informal assessment and extra instructional support for students as requested by classroom teachers. Visits may be one time only or on an on-going basis. Parents of children referred for on-going instruction will be notified in advance of the commencement of such instruction.
Special Education: NAPS does not have the resources necessary to educate children with special-education needs and accordingly, reserves the right to condition admission or continued enrollment at the school based on the following stipulations:
¥ Complete cooperation by the student and parents in special education assessments deemed necessary by NAPS personnel.
¥ Full access to preexisting individual educational plans prepared for students by special education service providers.
¥ Full access to any special education providers, medical personnel, counselors, and mental health professionals providing services for student or potential student.
¥ Agreement that in situations identified by the schoolÕs director, the student or potential student will be made available for evaluation by appropriate special education assessment professionals.
Any infraction of the schoolÕs rules (see Code of Conduct) will result in disciplinary action. This disciplinary action cannot be confined to a specific set of rules, for every situation is different. Each offense will be reviewed in its entirety with consideration for the circumstances involved. Following this review, appropriate action will be taken.
The teacher is the first and most important person involved in dealing with behavioral problems that necessitate disciplinary action. Minor problems will be worked out between teacher and child. Teachers expect parental support in reinforcing classroom rules and procedures. Frequent communication between teacher and parent(s) can often preclude minor problems becoming major.
Consequences for classroom misbehavior may include one or more of the following: a reprimand, counseling, time out, or withdrawal of privileges, e.g.: no recess. Sometimes a time out in a quiet place with supervision is sufficient to calm a frustrated child. When a teacher feels that stronger disciplinary action is necessary, the child may be sent to the director, in which case the parents will be informed and the visit noted in school records. If the studentÕs misbehavior persists, there will be a conference with teacher, parents, director, and student.
If the above procedures fail to produce the desired results, a child may be suspended. Suspension from school, which is a last resort, will be at the directorÕs discretion and only after a timely warning to the parents. (see note below) Prior to re-admission after a suspension, the parent(s) and child will meet with the personnel director, the director, and the teacher. Continued infractions of school rules after a suspension could result in dismissal for the duration of the school year.
EXTENDED-CARE PROGRAM (for charges, see Tuition and Fees)
Before- and after-school care is available; this consists of structured play, organized activities by age group, and supervised homework time. Before-school care is offered from 7 to 8 a.m. After-school care is offered for pre-kindergarten and half-day kindergarten from 11:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and for full-day kindergarten through fifth grade from 2:45 to 5:30 p.m. The service may be used routinely by enrolling in monthly extended-care.
Occasional users of the extended-care program are accommodated only when space is available and should give the school as much notice as possible when requesting a reservation. Doing so will enhance the likelihood of securing space for the desired date. An occasional user must cancel a reservation date, otherwise the account will be charged at the regular rate.
All extended-care charges appear on the monthly statement. A monthly pre-paid charge appears for permanent enrollment whether on a full-time or part-time basis. For occasional users a daily charge appears the month following use. If you have any questions about the extended-care program after reading this section of the handbook and the additional information about the program in the Tuition and Fees section, call the school office.
Children may not be left for care before 7 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m. under any circumstances. For the safety of the children, parents bringing children for before-school care must sign the daily log on the porch and establish that there is an extended-care worker on duty. Parents picking up a child from the after-school program must sign him/her out on the daily log. Failure to do so is in violation of school rules and will be reported to the administration for action.
Unexpected Carpool Delays and Extended-Care Services
In the event a parent is unexpectedly delayed at mid-day or afternoon carpool children will be sent to aftercare at noon or 3 p.m. In the interest of safety and accountability, students must be supervised at all times and such supervision is guaranteed only in aftercare. Students picked-up between noon and 12:30 p.m. or 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. will be assessed a $15 late fee. The account of each student remaining after the 30 minute grace period will be assessed both the late fee and the daily extended care rate. So that we may account for the students whereabouts at all times, late parents must sign-out children on the daily log. Failure to do so is in violation of school rules and it will be assumed that the child remained after the 30-minute grace period. Thus the account will be billed for the maximum amount.
Before-school care is primarily supervised play. After-school care is more structured, including a thirty-minute period set aside for homework. Students in second through fifth grades are expected to have the proper supplies—pencils, paper, and books—necessary for doing their homework; students will not be allowed to return to their classrooms after 3 p.m. The extended-care program staff supervises homework time. However, it is not the staffÕs responsibility to see that a childÕs homework is completed and checked; further attention will be needed at home. (see Homework)
In addition to the classrooms and offices, the Naval Academy Primary SchoolÕs facilities include an art room, computer laboratory, health room, lunchroom, library, a multi-purpose room used for French and music, and indoor and outdoor areas for physical education and play. A large enclosed porch is the setting for assemblies as well as for before- and after-school care. The school is in compliance with all rules and regulations of the Naval Academy Fire, Health, Safety, and Public Works Departments.
Field trips are planned to reinforce, supplement and/or enrich the schoolÕs curriculum and the studentsÕ experience. Therefore, students are expected to attend. During the academic year, classes participate in several excursions, and a blanket permission slip must be signed at the beginning of each school year. Prior to each trip, information regarding trip particulars and any special considerations will be provided, including schedule, cost, and uniform requirements.
Field trip schedules are determined based upon many variables including event times and adequate travel time. The scheduled departure time will be honored and the trip will not be delayed for late students or late chaperones.
The cost of the field trip will appear on the monthly statement. Costs are figured based upon 100% attendance, and each class member will be billed accordingly. Chaperones are also billed.
Improperly attired students will not attend. Should a student arrive out of uniform, a parent will be notified immediately and given the opportunity to rectify the oversight before the scheduled departure. If the class must depart before a parent arrives, the parent has the option to join the group at a designated meeting spot as agreed upon with the teacher, or take the child home.
Parents are encouraged to serve as chaperones when possible but must bear in mind that not all trips require chaperones, not all trips can accommodate all that wish to attend, and younger siblings are not allowed on field trips. Chaperones are asked to:
1. Be attentive to and supervise assigned children
2. Be courteous and respectful to event personnel
3. Dress appropriately for the event (no flip flops, unkempt clothing or jeans if children are dressed in formal attire)
4. When in doubt, refer and defer to the teacher
5. Souvenir shop only if a pre-arranged time has been set-aside for all students
6. Provide the teacher with a cell phone number accessible during the trip. Refrain from cell phone use for personal business
7. Refrain from engaging in adult conversations or using profanity while on a trip
NAPS has a dedicated health coordinator and health room. The health coordinator is trained in CPR and first aid for students but is not necessarily a nurse.
It is imperative the school be informed of special medical conditions, allergies, etc. This applies to mild allergies and problems as well as serious issues. If a child requires treatment or medication during the course of a school day, the medicine must be on hand at school with the proper release (see later in this section). Please keep the school up to date on all health-related information as changes occur. In the case of certain medical conditions, the school reserves the right to require a doctorÕs statement regarding the childÕs health.
Immunizations and Disease Prevention
The Naval Academy Primary School is required by law to comply with the immunization schedule set forth by the Maryland Health Department. An up-to-date immunization form for each child must be submitted to the office no later than the first day of school. A student lacking proper documentation may be excluded from school. Forms are available in the school office.
To curb the spread of communicable illnesses, students are expected to observe and maintain proper hygiene. Students should arrive at school clean and well groomed. Parents are asked to encourage regular hand washing at home, and keep student fingernails clean and trimmed.
In the event of an emergency (illness or accident) and a parent cannot be reached, it is mandatory that the school has on file the name and phone number of a local friend or relative willing and able to pick up a sick or injured child. (This information is requested on the Student Information Sheet.)
When to Keep Children Home
According to the USNA Pediatric Clinic and Anne Arundel County Department of Health, the school recommends the following guidelines regarding sick children:
¥ Keep children at home when ill. Many illnesses are of shorter duration if recognized and treated early. Be alert to symptoms that may indicate the onset of a communicable disease.
¥ A child should not attend school if experiencing any of the following: fever of 100 o, rash, reddened eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, productive cough with fever, persistent runny nose with green or colored discharge, or other untreated nuisance condition such as ringworm, scabies, or head lice.
¥ Report any incidents of contagious diseases to the school.
When to Go Home Early
Parents will be contacted to pick up children exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
¥ Fever 100 o or higher ¥ Fever less than 100 o if accompanied by headache, stomachache, or diarrhea ¥ Nausea or vomiting ¥ Skin rash not seen by a physician ¥ Coughing, if excessive
¥ Reddened eyes not seen by a physician ¥ Conjunctivitis ¥ Head lice
When to Return to School
Listed below is the school policy—as recommended by the USNA Pediatric Clinic and Anne Arundel County Department of Health—for children returning to school after illness. Parental cooperation is expected and appreciated.
¥ Chicken pox: Child may return with a doctorÕs note and if all scabs are dry. Other school-age family members may attend school if well. Observe siblings each morning for symptoms.
¥ Fifth disease: Child may return after diagnosis and when fever-free for 24 hours.
¥ Conjunctivitis (pinkeye): Appropriate treatment in effect for 24 hours and no colored discharge.
¥ Head lice: Child must be treated with lotion shampoo prescribed by a physician or over-the-counter treatment recommended by a pharmacist. Child must be free of lice and nits, and cleared by a school official.
¥ Illnesses requiring antibiotics: Child may return once prescribed treatment has been in effect for 24 hours and free of fever for 24 hours.
¥ Impetigo: Child may return when released by physician or under treatment and lesions have begun to heal.
¥ Infectious hepatitis: Child may return when released by a physician, but not before seven (7) consecutive days from the onset of jaundice.
¥ Mononucleosis: Consult a physician. Child is excluded if he/she has fever or if physician has recommended the child stay home.
¥ Ringworm: Child may return after undergoing treatment.
¥ Scabies: Must consult physician. Child may return after undergoing treatment.
¥ Scarlet fever, scarletina, and strep throat: Child may return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun, and has been fever-free 24 hours.
¥ Vomiting: No vomiting for 8 hours and no fever for 24 hours.
Medications and Excused Absences
á All medicines to be administered at school must be kept in the school health room. Medicines are administered by the health coordinator or other authorized staff members.
á Prescription medicines must be properly labeled and accompanied by a Request to Administer Medication at School form (forms available in the school office). This form requires both a parent and physician signature.
á Over-the-Counter medications must be accompanied by a form signed by a parent only.
¥ A parental note is sufficient to excuse a child from physical education class and recess for one or two days.
¥ If a child has a serious injury or condition that could be construed as possibly limiting physical activity for an extended period, the school requires a note from the childÕs doctor stating any restrictions on the studentÕs activities while at school.
¥ If a child is absent more than three days, please inform the school office regarding the reason for the absence.
¥ The school has the right to request a written note from a physician upon a child's return to school after illness.
All children must be toilet-trained. In the event of a first-time wetting incident, a staff member will notify the parent. In subsequent wetting accidents and in all soiling accidents, a staff member will alert the parent, who will be expected at the school immediately to take care of the situation. If a chronic pattern develops with a student, it will be necessary for the director to evaluate the situation with the parents and the childÕs physician to determine the feasibility of the child remaining at NAPS.
Homework serves to reinforce subject matter that has been taught in the classroom. Each teacher will outline her homework policy at the beginning of the school year. Doing schoolwork at home encourages students to develop independent study habits and therefore, should be the childÕs responsibility. However, parental involvement with a childÕs homework gives the parent an awareness of the childÕs strengths and weaknesses and is valuable in the educational process. Parents can help by following a few simple guidelines:
¥ Designate a regular place for doing homework away from household traffic and noise.
¥ Establish a regular time for working on assignments.
¥ Encourage the child to complete the assigned work.
¥ Review homework for completeness and correctness.
HOURS OF OPERATION
¥ School building is open: 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
¥ Offices are open: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (June/July: Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.)
¥ Teachers are on duty: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
¥ Morning carpool: 8 - 8:15 a.m.
¥ Students who are not registered with the extended-care program are not allowed in the school prior to 8 a.m.
¥ Classes begin: 8:15 a.m. Students arriving after 8:20 a.m. are marked tardy.
¥ Pre-kindergarten and half-day kindergarten students are dismissed at 11:45 a.m.
¥ Full-day kindergarten through fifth grade students are dismissed at 2:45 p.m.
¥ Extended-care program—by reservation
only—is available for all students: 7 - 8 a.m. and 2:45 - 5:30 p.m.; also
available for pre-kindergarten and half-day kindergarten students:
11:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
¥ Visitors to the school must check in with the office upon entering the building; this entails signing a log and obtaining a visitor badge.
¥ Parents picking up or delivering a student to school during school hours must also check in the office.
¥ NAPS does not follow decisions by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools regarding school closings, late openings, or re-openings after a closing due to inclement weather.
¥ Designated board members make the decisions regarding the opening and closing of school.
¥ The decision will be posted on the NAPS website (www.napschool.com) no later than 6 a.m.
¥ Do not rely on the NAPS telephone answering machine to provide closure information.
¥ If a storm arrives after school has begun for the day, check the school website regarding early closing. Even without an early closing, parents are welcome to pick up their children early if they are concerned about driving conditions worsening before regular dismissal time.
¥ Extended-care program in the event of school closings:
¥ All-day school closing: The extended-care program will not be available.
¥ Late opening: No before-school care ¥ Half-day classes will be held as usual.
¥ Early dismissal: After-school care will be canceled.
INTERNET AT NAPS
This section is only for those with children in the kindergarten-fifth grades.
Students are always under teacher supervision when using the Internet. However, we also expect students to develop the ability to take individual responsibility in their use of the Internet without prompting by the teacher or her assistant. After reading the policy below, we ask that you discuss the rules with your child(ren) to the extent they are old enough to understand. Should a student disobey any one of these rules, he or she will be forbidden further access to the Internet.
While using the Internet, students will
¥ be polite, and use appropriate language when communicating with others
¥ respect copyright laws
¥ respect the privacy of others
¥ not reveal any personal information, e.g. their name, address, or phone number or that of any other student
NAPS library includes a wide variety of picture books, easy readers, juvenile fiction, and a collection of non-fiction suitable for use at the elementary-school level. Students and teachers are encouraged to use the libraryÕs resources for research as well as pleasure reading. During weekly scheduled visits to the library, the librarian will introduce the students to basic library skills; provide guidance in choosing books; and encourage and stimulate reading through games, story telling, and contests. At the beginning of the year, the school librarian will send information home about the studentsÕ use of the library. If you have any questions concerning your childrenÕs library use, please call the librarian.
The NAPS Birthday Book Program helps build and enrich the libraryÕs collection. Students whose parents wish them to participate in the program come to the library during their birthday month to choose a birthday book from a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction. After the choice is made, a special bookplate honoring the child is affixed to the book. He/she takes the book home to share with his/her family for two weeks. When the book is returned to the school, it becomes part of the permanent library collection to be used and enjoyed by all. Enrollment forms on this tax-deductible program are included with the forms mailed out in the summer and also available in the office throughout the school year.
LOST AND FOUND
The school maintains a lost and found in the far corner of the lunch room; this is accessible to students and parents during school hours. Items with identification will be returned to the owners immediately. Unidentified items that remain unclaimed after a monthÕs time will be donated to the Navy Relief Thrift Shop.
LUNCHES AND SNACKS
¥ Students provide their own lunches. Parents are encouraged to provide healthy options and adequate portions.
¥ Milk is available at lunchtime with the cost being billed to the studentÕs monthly account. Opportunity to enroll in the milk program is offered twice a year; once with the forms sent in the summer and again mid-year.
¥ Any food or beverage brought to school should be in an unbreakable container that the child can open without assistance; pop-top cans are not allowed.
¥ Sodas are not allowed.
¥ Students must not bring items that require heating or refrigeration.
¥ All students bring a midmorning snack from home.
Classroom fundraising activities often include serving a hot lunch to the students once a week. Such projects are planned by a parent committee or classroom teachers and depend upon volunteer assistance to ensure successful operation. An information and sign-up sheet is sent home before each lunch program commences.
The safety rules are very important in giving the administration knowledge as well as control of who is in the building at a given time.
Picking up children on foot at afternoon carpool:
¥ Parents must wait in the outer lobby and give their carpool numbers to the staff member on duty. Please do not beckon children or remove them from the premises without staff knowledge.
Picking up children on foot at 11:45 carpool:
¥ These parents must wait in the lobby until staff and students are in place for carpool.
¥ Parents may then request the staff member on duty to call for the student to be picked up.
¥ Parents may not pick up their children from the classroom.
Taking children out of school or bringing children to school during school hours:
¥ When bringing a child to school during school hours—this includes late arrivals after morning carpool has ended—you must park and accompany your child to the main office where you will be asked to sign-in the child. For any short errand in the school, you may park in the 15-minute parking on the straight part of the driveway; you may NOT park on the circle at anytime.
¥ Anyone who needs to take a child out of school ANYTIME during school hours must send a note to school (in case of emergency, you may inform the school by phone).
¥ When picking up a child during school hours, you must go to the office to sign your child out and wait there for your child, who will be paged over the intercom. This rule applies even if you are arriving during the morning carpool.
Delivering an item to a student during school hours:
¥ When delivering an item to a student during school hours, you must bring the item to the office for a staff member to deliver to your child.
Volunteering in the school:
¥ All volunteers must check in at the office before beginning their work.
¥ Individual pictures are taken in the fall and will be ready for holiday gift-giving.
¥ Class pictures are taken in January.
¥ A student-body picture is taken in the spring.
Birthdays are important events for children; accordingly, teachers will allow class time for brief celebrations. Parents are asked to provide the refreshments for these parties. Parents are welcome to schedule un-birthday parties for children who have summer birthdays. If a student is having a party at home, parents are asked to refrain from distributing invitations at school unless the entire class is invited.
As an independent, nonprofit organization, NAPS faces the enormous challenge of providing an outstanding faculty and facility to support the growing needs of its students while maintaining the lowest tuition cost in the area. Development activities are managed by the development chairman elected to the NAPS Board of Directors.
An annual giving fund, established in 2001, provides for specific, short-term projects and is supported by pledges made annually. In the recent past, the annual giving fund and the annual auction proceeds have funded the new fence and gazebo; new desks throughout the school, science equipment for first through fifth grade, and a completely new kitchen. All gifts are tax-deductible.
Parents and teachers organize several activities during the year to raise money for specific purposes. These activities usually include but are not limited to the sale of gift wrap and serving weekly lunches at the school (see Lunches and Snacks). The success of these ventures depends entirely on the willingness of a sufficient number of parents to participate. These activities provide an opportunity for new parents to become better acquainted with the school as well as with other parents.
Classroom parties are planned and implemented by parent volunteers. The school celebrates Halloween, Christmas, ValentineÕs Day, and Easter, with these occasions being casual-dress days. Children dress in costumes for Halloween but these costumes may not be gory or include toy weapons of any kind.
At the beginning of the school year, each family is asked to make a commitment to help with at least one party per child. If a family has more than one child in the school, parents should participate in a separate party for each student. Teachers rely on the supervision and manpower provided by parent volunteers throughout the entire event. Parents are required to make child-care arrangements for younger siblings while volunteering in the classroom.
TESTING AND PROGRESS REPORTS
The Terra Nova Achievement Test, a nationally normed measure of student achievement is administered annually to all children in kindergarten through fifth grade during the month of April. Make-up testing is administered only in the case of absence due to illness or emergency, and then only at the discretion of the director. The average scores of NAPS students are consistently above the national average.
Report cards are issued four times a year for students in kindergarten through fifth grade while progress reports are issued twice a year for pre-kindergarten students. Parents are asked to sign the report card after each of the first three marking periods and return it to school promptly. Individual parent-teacher conferences are held for all classes in the fall. Parents of pre-kindergartners meet with the teacher again in the spring to discuss their childÕs developmental progress.
Parents provide transportation to and from school; the school does NOT offer transportation. Each family is assigned a number to be used during pick-up time. This number is referred to as a carpool number even when used by an individual family. If you are interested in forming a regular carpool, call the office for a list of families in your area. Typically, block extended-care families are not assigned a number, and must notify the school if a student will be leaving at a regular carpool time. At no other time during the day will block extended-care students be dismissed for car pick-up. Parents must walk-in, and sign-out the student.
¥ You must have a carpool number whether your family travels alone or in a carpool with another family.
¥ All carpool numbers are assigned by the school; obtain your number as soon as possible. (Parents of returning students should not assume they will be assigned the same number as the previous year.) You must use the school-provided carpool number, i.e.: the actual card issued to you by the office. If you lose this card, you may get a replacement from the office.
¥ If you form a regular carpool with another family, both families will be assigned the same number.
¥ If you form a carpool, notify the school as soon as possible so the children can be grouped together at dismissal time.
¥ Attach your carpool number in clear view on the upper part of the windshield on the passenger side.
¥ A note or e-mail must be sent to the school giving permission for your child to leave the school with anyone other than his/her regular carpool.
¥ Always notify the driver(s) of your carpool anytime that you make other arrangements for your childÕs transportation.
¥ Remember that golfers—in carts or on foot—have the right-of-way.
¥ Successful carpools depend primarily upon the cooperation of the parents involved. The following rules are in force at all times.
¥ No left turn into school driveway during carpool.
¥ Do not engage the staff in conversation during carpool arrival and departure; this delays the entire operation.
¥ Make sure that your children enter and depart cars from the side next to the building; if your child still sits in a car seat, have the seat on the passenger side of the car, either front or rear, and release all buckles before entering the circle.
¥ If adjustment of car seats and seat belts takes extra time, pull around the corner of the driveway, stopping to the side of Greenbury Point Road so that we can continue the loading process as efficiently as possible.
¥ Make sure that your children are seated in or are safely out of your car and that car doors are securely closed before proceeding around the circle.
¥ Remain in your car to ensure that the line proceeds around the circle as quickly as possible.
¥ It is not permissible to drop off a child at the end of the driveway or in the parking lot across the street. You may drop off a child ONLY at the school entrance and into the care of a staff member. Otherwise, you must park across the street and walk with your child to the entrance.
¥ Please do not hand correspondence, tuition payments, or other such items to the carpool staff. The safety of your child is our utmost concern.
Carpool starts at 8 a.m. Students arriving after carpool has ended must be signed in by a parent and are marked tardy.
¥ Children waiting to be picked up during carpool remain inside the school in their assigned places until their carpool number is called.
¥ Mid-day Carpool for pre-kindergarten and half-day kindergarten students begins at 11:45 a.m. Children remaining after 12 noon without reservations for extended-care are sent to the program and a late fee charged to the studentÕs account.
¥ Afternoon carpool begins at 2:45 p.m. Children remaining after 3 p.m. without reservations for extended-care are sent to the program and a late fee is charged to the studentÕs account. ¥ In the interest of safety and accountability, you must sign-out children in the extended-care log; failure to do so is in violation of school rules, will be reported to the administration for action, and accounts will be billed for the maximum amount.
¥ Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., long-term parking for school visitors is in the lot across Greenbury Point Road. Please DO NOT park below the putting green. Children may not be left unattended on the putty green! Fifteen-minute parking is available on the right side of the school driveway. It is clearly marked: ÒFifteen-minute parking except during carpool operation.Ó The asphalt area to the side and back of the school is the teachersÕ parking lot; the asphalt area in front of the school is a part of the playground. Physical education classes, recess, and after-school activities are held on this area, weather permitting. It is dangerous and disruptive for cars to come and go in that area while children are on the playground and some games (e.g.: volleyball) cannot be played if cars are parked there.
¥ Parking is forbidden on Greenbury Point Road at all times; this INCLUDES the widened shoulder area close to the end of the school driveway. The no-parking rule on Greenbury Point Road is an edict laid down by the USNA Security.
¥ Cars must never be left unattended on the circle in front of the school.
1 Tuition is paid in nine equal installments. First installment is due by 5/20/09 for returning students, or at time of enrollment for students new to NAPS. Second installment is due 9/20/09 and monthly thereafter.
2 Annual fees will be billed in one installment on 06/01/09.
á There is a $100 per-family, nonrefundable fee upon initial application.
á There is a limited amount of financial aid available. Call the school for details.
Refund policy for families withdrawing children during the academic year
¤ A 30-day written notice of intention to withdraw a student is required to avoid losing tuition.
¤ If a less-than-30-day notice is given, there will be a tuition obligation for 30 days, beginning the date the written notice is received by the school.
¤ Exceptions will be made in case of military orders or medical emergency.
¤ Other exceptions will be considered by the board on a case-by-case basis.
¤ Under no circumstances will any portion of the annual fees (book/supplies and building maintenance) be refunded.
¤ School records will not be released until all NAPS accounts are paid in full.
¤ If a student is asked to withdraw as a result of disciplinary action by the board, there will be no refund.
á Late payment of tuition: Parents whose tuition payments are not received by the 20th of the month will be assessed a $25 late charge.
á Returned checks: $25 (After two occurrences, payment must be made by cash, or bank check for the remainder of the school year.)
á Late extended-care pick-ups: There will be a fee at the rate of $10 for each 5-minute segment after normal closing time. (This is a per-child charge.) Three late pick-ups will preclude use of the extended-care program for one month. The director will review extenuating circumstances regarding late pick-ups on a case-by-case basis.
á Before-school care without reservation: $15
á After-school care without reservation: Pre-kindergarten and half-day kindergarten children remaining at school from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. or full-day students remaining from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. without reservations for after-school care are sent to the extended-care program and a late fee of $15 is charged to the studentÕs account. Students remaining after 12:30 p.m. or 3:30p.m. will be charged both the late fee and the daily extended-care rate. Parents are reminded to sign-out children no matter what the time. Failure to do so will result in the maximum charge.
Extended-Care Program - The day is divided into three periods as follows:
Block A: 7-8 a.m. Block B: 11:45 a.m.–2:45 p.m. Block C: 2:45–5:30 p.m.
Monthly pre-paid rates for permanent enrollment
Daily rates for occasional users
$55 5 days
$200 5 days
$120 3 days
$80 2 days
$200 5 days
$120 3 days
$80 2 days
¤ Permanent enrollment is billed in advance whether it is full-time or part-time use.
¤ There are two enrollment periods for permanent use of extended care. The first is at the beginning of each school year and covers September through December. The second enrollment period is in December and covers January through May. Once enrolled you are obligated for the entire period, it is not possible to switch back and forth between permanent and occasional use.
¤ Permanent part-time users who use additional days will be charged for those days at the daily rate for occasional users.
¤ It has been necessary to make these changes due to some parents switching back and forth between occasional use and prepaid use, creating havoc with the record keeping.
¤ As before: occasional use when available is charged to the studentÕs account the month following the use.
á Uniforms are required dress at the Naval Academy Primary School. Students are expected to abide by the uniform policies. Uniforms should fit properly and be clean and well maintained. Please discard stained, torn, or otherwise unkempt uniform pieces.
á Flynn & OÕHara is the only source for the required physical education uniforms and girlsÕ jumper and skort. (See ordering information at the end of this section)
á The plain, solid -color navy-blue trousers, shorts, and cardigans as well as the white dress shirts, polo shirts, turtleneck shirts, and blouses—described in the dress code below—can be purchased through a wide variety of stores in the area or through Flynn & OÕHara.
á The NAPS logo, as applied by Flynn & OÕHara to P.E. uniforms and polo shirts, is the ONLY adornment allowed on school uniforms.
á All blouses and shirts—except sweatshirts—must be tucked in at all times.
á All jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, caps, mittens, and gloves should be marked with childÕs full name.
á For safety reasons, small stud earrings and wristwatches are the only jewelry allowed at school.
á First non-compliance with the uniform code: A note will be sent home.
á Second non-compliance with the uniform code: A note will be sent home and the parent must sign and return the note to school.
á Third non-compliance: A telephone call will be made to the parent to discuss the problem.
á Fourth non-compliance: If possible, the student will be outfitted from the uniforms on hand at the school and the student account will be charged accordingly. If this is not possible, the parent will be called and the student will not be allowed to attend class until the parent brings the correct uniform to school.
Field trips: Prior to any field trip, the teacher will send home an information sheet that includes details regarding the prescribed uniform. The uniform information will also be included in a flyer sent home before the field trip. If a child arrives at school out of uniform for a field trip that has been designated formal, a staff member will make a phone call to the parent, requesting that the correct uniform items be brought to school. If the situation is not rectified by the scheduled departure time, the student will remain at school until he/she is picked up by a parent or an authorized adult. If no one is available to come to school for the child, he/she will be cared for at school with an extended-care charge added to the studentÕs account.
¥ White Shirts: dress-style, polo, or turtleneck; may have short or long sleeves; polo may be plain or with logo from Flynn & OÕHara
¥ Trouser-Style, Navy-Blue Pants: may be long or
NO blue jeans or jeans-style pants
NO cargo pants
NO jersey knit pants
¥ Belts: black, brown, or navy-blue; no ornaments or decorations
¥ Socks: solid-color white or navy-blue (must cover the ankle and may not have any adornment)
¥ Shoes: closed toe and heel; must fasten with tie,
buckle, or velcro
(heel height must not exceed 1Ó) no boots
¥ Optional: navy-blue cardigan, navy-blue sweater vest, navy-blue slipover sweater, or navy-blue NAPS sweatshirt (These are the only items of outerwear allowed in the classroom.)
¥ Scout Uniforms: On meeting day,
students may wear their scout uniforms, but only in their entirety. UNIFORMS
Everyday Wear – GIRLS
¥ White Shirts: blouse with collar and buttons down the front, polo-style, or turtleneck; may have short or long sleeves; polo may be plain or with logo from Flynn & OÕHara
¥ Flynn & OÕHara Drop Waist Jumper, Navy (All girls PK2-5th grade must have a jumper)*
¥ OR Flynn & OÕHara Skort, Navy*
Trouser-Style Navy-Blue Pants: may be long or short
NO blue jeans or jeans-style pants NO windpants
NO cargo pants NO hip-huggers
NO jersey knit pants NO Capri pants
NO sweatpants NO leggings
¥ Socks: solid-color white or navy-blue (must cover the ankle and may not have any adornment) OR
¥ Tights: solid-color white or navy-blue
¥ Belts: black, brown, or navy-blue; no ornaments or decorations
¥ Shoes: closed toe and
heel; must fasten with tie, buckle, or velcro
(Heel height not to exceed 1Ó) no boots
¥ Optional: navy-blue cardigan, navy-blue sweater vest, navy-blue slipover sweater, or navy-blue NAPS sweatshirt (These are the only items of outerwear allowed in the classroom.)
¥ Scout Uniforms: On meeting day, students may wear their scout uniforms, but only in their entirety.
á Navy-blue NAPS sweatshirt or white NAPS T-shirt (short- or long-sleeves)
á Solid-color white or navy-blue socks (must cover the ankle and may not have any adornment)
á Athletic shoes
The formal dress uniform will be the uniform-of-the-day for certain field trips (e.g., Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert); class and student-body picture-taking days; the annual Christmas program at USNA; and any other day designated by the director as a formal-dress day.
Formal Wear GIRLS
¤ Flynn & OÕHara Navy Drop Waist Jumper*
¤ White blouse with collar and buttons down the front or turtleneck
¤ Socks: solid-color white or navy-blue (must cover the ankle and may not have any adornment)
¤ Tights: solid color white or navy-blue
¤ Dress shoes, i.e.: no sneakers or boots
Formal Wear BOYS
á Trouser-Style, Navy-Blue Long Pants ONLY: (NO shorts, blue jeans, cargo pants, jersey knit pants, sweatpants, leggings, or windpants)
á Belt, solid-color navy-blue, black, or brown (PK Boys Only: No belt required)
á White dress shirt or turtleneck
á Socks: solid-color navy-blue (must cover the ankle and may not have any adornment)
á Dress shoes, i.e.: no sneakers or boots
¤ Class party days (Halloween, Christmas, ValentineÕs, and Easter), the Friday before Army-Navy football game, and the last day of school.
¤ Teacher in-service days (These days are noted on the Year-at-a-Glance Calendar.)
Remember that even casual-dress days have a few rules. Not allowed are: T-shirts with inappropriate pictures or text; tank tops; or unkempt clothes of any kind. If a child chooses to wear a uniform on a casual-dress day, the uniform must be worn according to regulation.
All new orders for P.E. uniform items and girlsÕ jumpers and skorts must be placed through Flynn & OÕHara. Order forms are available in the school office at any time. Orders may also be made online, by telephone, or in person.
To order online, go to www.flynnohara.com and follow the onscreen directions.
To order by telephone, call 1.800.441.4122.
To shop in person, visit the store at 1608 W. Furnace Branch Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21060. A store representative can be reached at 410.684.2816. Store hours are M, T, TH, F, S from 10 am until 5 pm. On Wednesday the store is open from 10 am until 7 pm.
For further clarification, call Chris Daley at 410.757.3090.
*All previously purchased uniform pieces that conform to current uniform standards are permitted. Students may continue to wear appropriate jumpers and skorts from Lands End through the end of the 2009-2010 school year. The transition grace period will then expire. For the 2010-2011 school year, all P.E. uniform pieces and the girlÕs jumper and skort must be purchased through Flynn & OÕHara.
There are many ways in which parents can volunteer time at the school. Various activities throughout the year offer opportunities for children, parents, and teachers to have fun while working together to benefit the entire student body. We want you, as parents, to be involved as school volunteers for field trips, parties, and other special activities. Remember to check in at the office and get your visitor badge before doing your volunteer work.