Student Handbook – First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School
First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor: Roger Crabtree (541) 747-3549
Principal: Dale Shrum (541) 741-8254
4028 Camellia Springfield, OR 97478
Copyright August 2005 , F.L.M.B.C
Table of Contents
… in the infallible verbal inspiration of the whole Bible, which is our only and complete rule of faith and practice. 11 Timothy 3:16,17.
… in the Triune God, the Trinity. Matthew 28:19, Deuteronomy 6:4.
…in the Genesis account of creation. Genesis 1:1-2.
… in the total depravity of man. Romans 3:25, 5:12, 6:23.
… in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:26-38; the Deity of Jesus Christ, John 10:30; the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Hebrews 2:9.
… that salvation is wholly by grace through faith in Christ, Ephesians 2:8, and that all believers are preserved eternally. I Peter 1:5, John 10:27-30.
… in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the bodily resurrection of His saints, I Corinthians, Chapter 15; the second coming of Jesus Christ, personal and bodily, as the crowning event of this Gentile age, Acts 1:11, to set up His Kingdom on earth and to rule upon the earth one thousand years, Revelation 20:6
… in the Bible doctrine of eternal punishment in hell of the finally impenitent. Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31.
… that a scriptural church is a visible assembly of baptized believers, covenanted together under New Testament law for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission, with an unbroken history from the personal ministry of Jesus Christ on earth to this present day. Matthew 28:18-20.
… in what true Baptists have ever held: The Great Commission was given to local New Testament churches only; in kingdom activities, the local assembly is the only unit in associated work; each church has equal authority; and the churches should meet their responsibilities according to their several abilities. Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:21.
… that all cooperating bodies, such as associations, committees, etc., are and properly should be under complete control of the local churches. Matthew 20:25-28.
… that scriptural baptism is immersion of believers, administered by a local New Testament church; the Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance, restricted to faithful, local church members. I Peter 3:21; Romans 6:1-10; I Corinthians 11:17-34.
“…we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37
The objective in building a church school is to obey the Scriptural imperatives of Deuteronomy 6:5-7:
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children.”
and of Proverbs 22:6:
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
The goals of this school are not to reform, but to train young people not only in skills for this life, but also for the life to come. It will be expected of every student, staff member, or volunteer to maintain the highest principles of self-discipline, leadership, individual responsibility, personal integrity, and good citizenship as set forth in God’s Word. This school stands without apology for the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the highest standard of morality and Christ-like behavior.
The church and the school are integral and inseparable entities. The First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School is a ministry of the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Springfield. The primary emphasis is on the basic fundamentals of faith in Jesus Christ and Biblical doctrines. First Timothy 2:4 says, “Who will have all men to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth.” It is our desire that everyone accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and that they learn to serve Him according to God’s Word.
The First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School shall have a racially nondiscriminatory policy and therefore shall not discriminate against members, applicants, volunteers, students or others on the basis of sex, race, creed or national origin.
The First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School recognizes that it cannot meet the educational needs of all children. It is a school offering a high quality of Christian training, and is not designed to be a correctional institution for problems arising beyond those usually encountered in average school children. While we love delinquent and emotionally unstable children, the school is not equipped to meet their needs. Some children do not adjust to a disciplined academic environment and find excuse to criticize the policies and decisions of the staff and administration. In such cases, the school reserves the right to have full discretion in the discipline of the student, with corporal correction used if considered appropriate, in order to maintain a healthy learning environment for all students.
Students are expected to act in an orderly and respectful manner maintaining Godly standards in courtesy, kindness, language, morality, and honesty. Students must agree to strive toward unquestionable character in dress, conduct, and attitude which is Christ-honoring.
The student and the parents will be strongly encouraged to attend the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church and her functions faithfully.
Parent orientation and parent conferences promote good understanding of the school program. Parent orientation will be scheduled early in September; and parent conferences will be scheduled after first and third quarters. Individual parent conferences may be scheduled by either the parent or teacher for any academic or disciplinary concern. Parent conferences will NOT be held at any church function.
First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School discourages excessive watching of television, computer game playing, inter-net usage and video games. The values taught and caught while watching TV tear down what God is trying to build up in our lives. Rather, each student is encouraged to read a minimum of 30 minutes per evening. We encourage the parents of younger children to sit and listen to their children read.
Communication between home and school is very important. For this reason, the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School has adopted a “Pony Express” system to help with parent-teacher communication. Anytime the school wishes to communicate with a given parent, the student will be given an envelope showing they have received the message to take home. The student will then return the envelope to school the next day with the father’s signature and any response the parents wish to enclose. Although it is imperative that both parents read and understand the Pony Express and communications, the father’s signature is required on the Pony Express. Repeated loss of envelopes will result in billing the cost of replacement envelopes.
Any questions concerning the teacher, teaching procedure, curriculum, etc. should be addressed to the principal. The teacher should not be approached first. If necessary a meeting will be scheduled with the teacher, principal, and parent. If necessary, the pastor may also be present.
Acceptance into the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School is a privilege and not a right or a requirement.
No student will be denied admission on the grounds of sex, race, creed or national origin. The children from the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church will have priority.
No child will be admitted who has a severe discipline or educational problem, or physical or mental handicap that the principal feels will be a continuing problem to the entire class or school. His decision will be final in each case. A standard of reading level should be obtained especially in the upper grade levels. Each student will be interviewed and decisions made as the situation warrants.
Before enrolling a child you must:
1. Pick up an admission package, read and go over all material in the package thoroughly.
2. Read the handbook.
3. Submit an application accompanied by the nonrefundable application fee, health forms, and the previous report card.
4. Interview with the parents and the student, either individually or together, with the school staff.
5. Receive written notice of acceptance or rejection of the applicant.
Registration will follow acceptance after payment of the necessary fees and any other forms that are not yet on file are returned.
The financial needs of a private educational training center are quite substantial. The First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School has developed its curriculum and geared its expenses with the objective of keeping student tuition levels at a minimum. In order for the school to meet its financial obligation it requires that parents must be faithful in making their monthly payments on the date due. The First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church reserves the right to use the finances in any manner we deem appropriate or necessary.
If for some reason a student does not attend a full year of school, tuition will be based on a per diem rate. The per diem rate is figured by dividing a year’s tuition by the number of school days. That rate is then multiplied by the number of days the student is enrolled. If for some reason a student is withdrawn from the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School a thirty (30) calendar day written notice is required. When a thirty day notice is given, unused tuition will be prorated and refunded according to the per diem rate. If written notice is not given, parents will still be responsible for the per day rate for the school days in the 30 day period following notification. In the case of expulsion, parents will only be charged for the days enrolled.
-An Application Fee of $15 per child with $40 per family maximum if paid by July 1st. After July 1st, the fee will be $25 per child or $65 per family. This is a one-time non-refundable fee.
-A Diagnostic Testing Fee of $25 for any 1st grade student and older; or $15 for Kindergarten and younger students. This fee is due prior to testing.
-A Returning Student Fee of $10 per child or $25 per family maximum if paid by June 1st. After July 1st, the fee will be $25 per child or $65 per family.
-Curriculum Fees include a King James Bible published by A.C.E. for each student which costs $20. This Bible will remain at school and is an invaluable part of the students education.
Students will use a prescribed number of learning packets for each subject. Parents will be billed monthly for curriculum that has been issued. Curriculum fees will be due on the 25th calendar day of the month.
-Tuition will be due on the 10th calendar day of every month. The first payment will be due on August 10th. The annual tuition for one child attending The First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School will be $1750; for two children $2900 per year; three children will be $3500 and each additional child beyond three will add an additional $500 per year to the total tuition.
Tuition Payments may be made in one lump sum at the beginning of the school year or broken down into 10 monthly installments. Tuition paid in the one lump sum will receive a 5% discount. You must, however, notify the principal which plan you choose prior to August first.
-A Late Payment Fee of $15 will be assessed when payments are five (5) calendar days past due. Students will not receive any new curriculum if there is an outstanding balance. Students whose accounts become forty-five (45) days past due will be dismissed from school.
-A Returned Check Fee of $25 will be assessed for all checks returned by the bank for insufficient funds. After two checks are returned for insufficient funds, all future payments will be paid by cash, cashiers check, or certified funds.
Any exception made does not change the financial policy of this school.
The First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School is a disciplined organization; without it we would not be a Godly organization. We believe children are the happiest when they know what the expectations are. A disciplined life will be a happy and useful life.
The parents must be willing to cooperate with the school, and school staff in order for discipline to necessary to keep student conduct as it should be. Parents are notified when corporal correction is administered and the father will be required to administer the corporal correction. The principal may administer the discipline in extenuating circumstances after parental notification.
-Behavioral Probation will be assigned to those who continually resist the rules and discipline of the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School. This may be initiated by the principal upon request of the teacher as deemed necessary for behavioral control. Parents will have a conference with those involved. Probation will only last one quarter. If a student has not made sufficient progress, he will be asked to withdraw from the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School. Parents will be informed of student progress at least once during the probationary period. Of course, serious offenses against the school do not necessitate a probationary period. Immediate dismissal is always a possibility.
-Suspension - Sometimes further disciplinary measures are in order. If a student does not want to cooperate, a one to tl1ree day suspension may be given, excluding that student from all school functions. Suspension may be “in-school” or “out-of-school” at the principal’s discretion. The principal will initiate the suspension and the parents will be called for a conference. A student returning from a suspension will be on a probationary status.
- Expulsion - Should a student continue to rebel and show ungodly conduct, he/she shall be dismissed from school for the remainder of the year. Reentry the following year would be very unlikely, depending mostly on what God has done in that person’s life to change their attitudes and actions.
This school is to help train and teach your child. Your student will be educated in things other than academic. We are unable to do this if your child is not at school. Attendance is an extremely important part of the student’s learning. Therefore, it is important for the student to be present at school.
One of the most important records that we maintain is the attendance record. Much of our credibility as a school is based on our attendance policy and the student’s overall attendance. These records are part of our compliance with Oregon Compulsory Attendance Laws 339.010-339.030.
Each time a child is going to be absent, the school must be notified that morning. To report an absence, parents may call at 9:00 a.m. A note may be sent with another student or presented to a teacher when a student returns to school after an absence. For record keeping purposes, the note must include the student’s name, the date of the absence, the reason for the absence, and the parent’s signature.
If the absence is foreseeable, a note should be sent in advance. Doctor, dental, music, and other appointments should be made after school hours.
Absences for reasons other than for sickness or emergency will be considered unexcused and- will require that the time be made up at the discretion of the school staff. Unexcused absences are recorded on the student’s permanent record. Students who have an unexcused absence will not be considered for honor roll. Excused and unexcused absences will be determined at the discretion of the school staff.
Once a child has been absent (for any reason) four (4) days per quarter, a review of that student’s attendance will take place. The student could be put on probation or dismissed.
A student will be considered tardy if they miss one hour or less of instructional time any time during the school day. This could be for any reason from oversleeping to dental appointments. The third tardy of a quarter will require the student tomake up the missed time in order to comply with the state attendance policy.
Any exception does not change the attendance policy of the school.
Students have the option of using one Personal Day. This will be one half school day where a student will be allowed to miss for any reason and it will not count on their attendance record. Students will make a written request to the principal a full three school days in advance of the requested absence. The reason for this is so planning and adjustments may be made in. the student’s individual schedule. The following things will be considered: attendance, academic progress, conduct, and timing. Please be aware that id the particular timing of ‘the personal day is inappropriate, it could be denied. For instance, requesting to use a personal day during the last week of the quarter or the last two weeks of school would be poor timing.
Students who choose to enroll in a class or activity at another institution during school hours while attending the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School must meet several requirements. The student must be maintaining a “B” average or an average that will permit credits toward either the general or college prep diploma. Activities should be scheduled so the student misses the least amount of instructional minutes. Time that is missed is not considered tardy or unexcused, however instructional time missed must be made up. Anyone who misses instructional time because of an extra-curricular activity will be required to make up this time at the discretion of the principal.
At the end of the term, a copy of the student’s attendance and grades will be submitted to the principal so that it may be included on the permanent record.
Some activities within the public school systems require that the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School become an associate member of the Oregon State Activities Association. Since only a few students participate in these activities it would not be prudent to use school funds to pay the membership dues. All students who chose to participate will be required to pay their part of the yearly membership fee.
It must be remembered that the student is representing the First Landmark Missionary Baptist church and her school and should the student become a bad example or witness to those at the other institution, his privilege to participate may be taken away.
Transportation will be the student’s responsibility and no exceptions to the school dress code will be made.
Credits from another high school may be accepted if they meet certain conditions. Credits for subjects will be accepted when specific information about the classes may be obtained. Up to one-half of the total number of credits for graduation could be transferred to the permanent record. The decision on any such transfer will be at the discretion of the principal and/or pastor. Credits from any type of home-school will be difficult to accept.
The responsibility for scholastic achievement is placed on students in our program. The goals set by the student and/or teacher are not more than the child is capable of completing during the school day. Should a student not meet his quota for the day, he/she will be required to complete the work at home or after school in the classroom at the discretion of the teacher. Should your child have homework, a slip will be sent home with the assignment and instructions. The slip is to be signed by the parent and returned the following day. A parent’s signature lets the staff know that all homework on the slip has been completed satisfactorily. If a signed slip is not returned the next day, some form of corrective action will be administered.
The grading system of our school is designed to give parents a true indication of the student’s progress or lack thereof. Students will be graded on their academic work as well as their conduct. Core curriculum includes: math, English, social studies, science, word building, Bible, and writing. High School students may also have electives. Conduct grades include: following directions, working independently, doing neat work, completing work, courteousness, self-control, and respect for authority. Grade Reports are prepared and given to parents at the end of the quarters and semesters.
below 65% Failure
Students who meet all of the requirements may be eligible for quarter or year long honor roll.
The minimum requirements are as follows:
1. Completion of the prescribed academic projection given by the teacher.
2. All memory work completed on time including weekly and monthly verses.
3. All writing completed satisfactorily and turned in on time.
4. An additional book report on a book approved by the teacher.
5. Average grade (academic and character) of 90% or higher. (90%-94% for B honor roll; 95%-100% for A honor roll).
6. No unexcused absences or excessive tardies.
7. Conduct and attitude’ deserving honor roll status.
The honor roll is reserved for students who have earned the privilege. Final consideration will be left up to the school staff. Simply meeting the minimum requirements does not automatically put a student on the honor roll.
A uniform prevents Godly youth from being a stumbling block through immodest, careless, or sloppy dress. Uniforms result in higher discipline and academic standards. Uniforms give identification to our school and they provide a distinct difference. Uniforms· reduce yearly clothing costs and they eliminate competition in dress between potential social climbers.
Young people are continually pressured to fit in with the world. Many are accepted or rejected based on what they wear. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Dressing to conform or fit in with the world is not acceptable to God. Young people need to be taught to dress to please God rather than to please the world.
All clothing should be clean, in good repair, and well pressed. Tight fitting clothes are not appropriate. Baggy or extremely oversized clothing is not appropriate. Students should wear their own clothes including jackets, sweaters, and shoes.
G I R L S : Girls will wear a school jumper or skirt. The minimum length is below the knee. This should be worn with a solid red, white, or black blouse; a solid red, white, or black shirt with a collar; or turtle neck. No sleeveless blouses. T-shirts will not be appropriate. Girls may wear either socks or tights of school colors. Nylon hosiery may be worn by older girls (They shoul4 be either black, white or natural.) The shoe should have a closed heel and toe. Sandals and sling-backs are not permitted. School colored tennis shoes may be worn. A solid black, white, or red cardigan-type sweater or fleece jacket may be worn. Pull-over sweaters, sweatshirts, hoodies, and excessive logos will not be allowed.
Chapel: A black skirt and white dress blouse with black dress shoes should be worn. The dress blouse should not be a knit or Polo-type shirt. An undershirt or slip should be worn under the blouse. Black or white tights or hose with black dress shoes with a low heel should be worn.
BOYS: For daily wear, boys may wear dark black jeans or black slacks, and a belt. No corduroy, cargo, or carpenter-type pants. Jeans should not be acid washed, stone washed or faded. These should be worn with a solid red, white, or black knit shirt (Polo-type) with buttons; turtle neck; or Oxford (button-up) type shirt. Short sleeves or long sleeves are permissible. Solid T-shirts may be worn underneath the regular school shirt. Tennis shoesmay be black or white and in good condition. The shoes may not have an excessive number of logos on them. Tennis shoes will be laced to the top and worn inside the pant leg. A solid black, white, or red cardigan-type sweater or fleece jacket may be worn. Pull-over sweaters, sweatshirts, hoodies, and excessive logos will not be allowed.
Chapel: Black slacks will be worn with a black belt. A white dress shirt will be worn with a solid black tie. Black dress shoes and black socks will be worn.
P. E. Clothes: A solid pair of black, gray, or red sweat pants and a solid black, gray, or red T-shirt will be worn. P.E. clothes should not be tight, but be loose fitting. T-shirts should be long enough to cover the waist when bending and stretching. No tank tops or sleeveless shirts. White T-shirts are not appropriate. P.E. clothes and shoes should be in good repair. If possible, good school tennis shoes should not be worn.
All clothing is to be modest and in good taste.
The decision on any clothing will be at the discretion of the principal and/or pastor.
Make-up should be limited and not obvious. Only natural colored nail polish may be worn by older girls (e.g. French manicure, clear, light pink or beige). For boys, hair should not extend over the collar or below the ear. It must be kept neatly trimmed and combed. No beards or mustaches will be allowed. No student may wear a hair style that covers the eyes or is an apparent distraction to the learning process.
No questionable accessories will be allowed. Hair bows are not to exceed the width of the wearer’s head, and should be of school colors. Pony tail rubber bands, barrettes, hair clips, etc. should be school colors. Tie tacks are to be of an appropriate size. Hats will not be allowed on school premises. Girls will be limited to the wearing of two or less rings; boys will be limited to the wearing of a class ring. Watches may be worn as long as they are in good taste.
Earrings are not to exceed the size of the earlobe (dangling earrings are not allowed). Only one pair of earrings should be worn by girls. Earrings or necklaces will be gold, silver, red, white, or black. No earrings, necklaces or bracelets will be allowed on boys. All jewelry is to be modest and in good taste. No tattoos should be visible. The decision on any such item wi11 be to the discretion of the principal and/or pastor.
Offices and chairs are assigned and changed only by the teacher. They must be cared for, cleaned and maintained by the student. Students are not to lean or sit on the office or divider.
Students in the learning center will be issued one American and one Christian flag. Repair or replacement of flags will be billed to the student.
Extraneous items in the office or on the bulletin board must be approved. Calculators are not permitted in the student office except with the teacher’s permission.
Since school supply lists may vary from year to year, the following is a general idea. It would be best to check with the teacher each fall to see if any changes or additions have been made.
All students: Accelerated Christian Education King James edition Bible, twelve inch ruler, eraser (white vinyl type), blue ink pen, two pocket folders, Kleenex, pencil box (cardboard),Kindergarten/First Grade: Pencils (not mechanical), wide ruled loose leaf paper, crayons, liquid glue, Second Grade – Sixth Grade: Dictionary, pencils, wide ruled loose leaf paper, crayons, glue, protractor, Seventh Grade – Twelfth Grade: Dictionary, pencils, college ruled loose leaf paper, colored pencils, glue stick, compass, four subject spiral notebook
Every student will meet in the church auditorium each Wednesday. The program will be given by the pastor, principal, or guest speakers appointed by the pastor. Chapel will be a time to come together in one accord to sing praises and hymns, and hear God’s Word proclaimed. It will be a time of quiet meditation for each student. In order to have a quiet response, there will be a seating arrangement made by class and a “no talking time” will be observed. We give all parents an open invitation to come to the chapel service each week and encourage those parents who are available to attend.
The student body will have daily devotions with pledges, Scripture readings and prayer. A time for students to share prayer requests and answers to prayer will be allotted. There will be prescribed portions of God’s Word which students will be required to commit to memory throughout the year. Parents should provide some help to their children at home.
The First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School places emphasis upon the greatness of America’s heritage and the sacrifices of its heroes. America is a republic which guarantees liberties to educate for the preservation of freedom.
We unashamedly teach the Biblical doctrines of self-discipline, respect for those in authority, obedience to the law, and the love for flag and country.
Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Pledge of Allegiance to the Christian Flag:
I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag, and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again, with might and liberty to all who believe.
Pledge of Allegiance to the Bible:
I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word; and will make it a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path, and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.
A student is not permitted to communicate or be out of his seat without permission. He should not turn sideways or around in his seat or tip back in his chair.
Activities not related to prescribed material are not to be conducted in the office unless privileges have been earned.
The American flag should be raised for teacher guidance in academic difficulties. The Christian flag is to be raised for permission to score. Personal questions should be asked on break time.
Every student is diagnosed a starting point in each subject according to their ability. Students areprescribed to complete a certain amount of work per year. While doing work, the student should be able to retain it before moving on. The teacher will work closely with the student to see that this is accomplished.
Students are periodically tested to see if they are retaining knowledge. This is an important tool for both students and teachers. It is the best way we have of determining if the educational process is effective.
Cheating, either in the daily work, or on a test, is a serious offense. Every student will be tempted to cheat. This usually happens because of lack of study or less than serious effort. Cheating on the little things at school will lead to cheating on big things later in life.
Authorization is required when in an off-limits area such as:
1.a classroom without a staff member present
2.the parking lot and automobiles
3.the principal’s office and store room
4.the church auditorium except during designated times
5.the computer/video room
6.another student’s office
7.a teacher’s desk or filing cabinets
The First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School has a closed campus policy. Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds once they have arrived at school for the day without written permission.
When students need to leave during the school day, a written note must be provided by the parent and the student must sign out on the school sign out record.
The school telephone is reserved for official school business and emergencies only. Students needing to place an emergency call will give the school secretary the number and name of the person they wish to call and she will place the call.
Students who bring their cell phones to school need to turn them off when arriving. Cell phones may be keep in the student’s backpack or given to a teacher. Cell phones will not be used during school hours (including lunch break).
All students will be required to have an updated medical history including immunization records on file at the school.
Any medication that a student needs to take during school hours should be checked in with the teacher or principal. The medicine must be in its original container. In such cases all medicines must be kept in the school office. No staff member will be allowed to administer any medications, including pain relievers, to any student without parental authorization. In cases of serious injury and parents cannot be contacted, the nearest medical facility will be used.
In connection with their studies, students have a number of field trips scheduled during the year. Although such off-campus learning experiences are of real enjoyment for the students, it is to be realized that these experiences are designed to enrich learning. Teachers may ask students to take notes and test upon returning to school or write a paper concerning the trip.
Field Trips are a privilege and not a requirement. Behavior or academic progress may be considered before allowing a student to participate.
The desired result of such trips, under the supervision of adults, is that the student is disciplined in the art of self-control and gracious deportment in all kinds of situations. The student uniform is to be worn on all field trips. If this is not the case, notices to such effect will be sent home.
All students who live within the Springfield city limits need to have a library card from the public library. These cards may be filed at the school, for younger students; or in the student’s possession at all times, for older students.
If public library books are not at school when the school returns books to the library, responsibility to return the book or pay the late fees will fall on the parent.
In the case of inclement weather, we will follow the Springfield Public School’s decision on closure.
Parents will be notified on days when school will be dismissed, or delayed because of inclement weather.
Because the school is a ministry of the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Springfield, we reserve the right to delay the start or cancel part or all of a school day because of funerals or other church functions. Because this is an inconvenience to parents, this will only be done when circumstances are unavoidable.
Parents will be notified in the case of such a closure.
Students should be picked up from school promptly at 3:00 p.m., unless other arrangements are made with the principal. While waiting to be picked up, students should remain in the designated area. For their own safety, students should not be running in the parking lot.
Each student must have a Student Pick-up Form completed and filed in the school office. This protects the children and the school from tragedies and liabilities.
No student will be released to anyone other than those named on the form without a written note that has been signed and dated from the parent.
All visitors or parents must report to the principal and/ or school office before approaching any student.
Visitors must keep the clothing standards, and must notify the principal one day in advance for approval.
The First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School reserves the right to search any student’s automobile, backpack, coat, pockets, purse, office, or any other place deemed necessary for suspicion of illegal or unauthorized materials. We also reserve the right to search any student, however no search will be conducted by an opposite-sex staff member. Any such illegal or unauthorized material will be confiscated at the discretion of the principal, and appropriate disciplinary action taken.
No students will be allowed to publish and/or distribute a student newsletter, cartoon, or any other publication. The First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church
School has all rights to what is published, circulated, or otherwise distributed at its school to its students, staff, or parents.
Lunches should be brought from home. Each item in the lunch should be labeled with the student’s name. All food brought to school in the lunch will be eaten.
When a lunch needs to be heated, a note must be attached indicating the need to be heated.
Students should eat only at the assigned area, and go to the recreational area after receiving permission to be dismissed.
Student should clean off their own space and put the trash in the wastebaskets.
Students should not make unfavorable remarks about another’s lunch, and each student will eat their own food.
A blessing will be asked as a group prior to being dismissed from class.
Gripping: Gripping will not be tolerated. Any legitimate question or complaint will be answered promptly and courteously when brought to the proper authority in the proper attitude.
Handbook: We reserve the right to modify and amend the student handbook as it becomes necessary or desirable.
Language: Use only words which glorify the Lord.
Playground Equipment: When a student checks out playground equipment, they are responsible to return or pay for it. It will be the responsibility of the student and his parent to pay for or replace equipment lost over the fence or damaged.
Property: Marked on, defaced, or broken property is to be replaced at the offending student’s expense. Guns, matches, lighters, knives, radios, disc players, candy and gum (including lunches) are not permitted on campus.
Transportation: All cars and bicycles should be locked. All students must stay out of and off of vehicles from arrival until departure. Only licensed drivers are permitted to drive automobiles to school.
I recognize that the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School has a qualified, trained, and dedicated staff and have confidence in their ability to perform the educational functions due my child at their discretion.
I realize that from time to time children take issue with actions that they do not agree with and that they are prone to criticize statements out of context. This being normal for children, I pledge that should such occur, I will not support the criticism; that I will correct my child, support the school personnel, and will call the principal for full details at any time I have question concerning an incident.
I further realize that building strong relations with the school staff will aid In the training of my child and this is as much my responsibility as it is the school’s. I also agree to:
1.pray for the staff and the program.
2.cooperate with them in discipline accepting their judgment in all such matters.
3.lay a spiritual training of chapels, revivals, etc.
4.follow through with any work, assignments or slips to be signed.
5.see that the children are in attendance and on time.
6.send written excuses for absence or tardiness.
7.cooperate in training the children to respect school property and pay for irregular abuse of the same.
8.attend all parent functions.
9.read the handbook thoroughly.
I realize that attending the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church School is a privilege and not a right. It is my intention to abide by the decisions and support the discipline of the administration and staff.