FAQ's

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Tuition/ Registration/ Fees 
 
Q. How much is tuition for my child(ren)?
A. Click here for more information on tuition or refer to our school office (440-777-8433).  

Q. Is there a tuition discount for multiple students from a single family?
A. St Brendan offers a significant savings for St. Brendan Parishioners. See tuition information page for details.
 
Q. What forms of tuition assistance are available?
A. St. Brendan Parish and School strongly believe in the value of a Catholic education.

Families who would like to apply for financial aid need to go to SMART AID and complete the online application.
Deadline for round #1 is March 1, 2018 (for the 2018-19 school year)
Deadline for round #2 is June 1, 2018 (for the 2018-19 school year)
 
Completion of the SMART AID application is required for all tuition assistance.
Contact the Church Office at (440) 777-7222 or School Office (440) 777-8433 to find out more about tuition assistance.
 
Q. How much are school fees?
A. The non-refundable registration fee for Preschool through Grade 8 is $50.00 per student.
 
Q. How can I enroll my child(ren) at Saint Brendan School? 
A. REGISTRATION PROCESS – forms are available on the school website and through the school office
1. Complete the registration form.
2. Submit the registration fee; $50.00, per child.
3. A copy of your child's Birth Certificate & Baptismal Certificate (if not baptized at St. Brendan Church). After the aforementioned are submitted and the registration form is reviewed. You will be contacted by the school office for confirmation that all necessary information was received.
4. If your child is transferring from another school a release of records form must be completed and submitted to St. Brendan School. A copy of your child's most current report card needs to be submitted.

Once St. Brendan School receives the information, you will be contacted to complete the registration process and set up a meeting with the school principal.

For additional information or a tour please call the School Office at (440.777.8433)
or email the principal, Julie Onacila:
jonacila@stbrendannortholmsted.org 
 
Q. How can parents / guardians stay posted on what is going on at St. Brendan School?
A. St. Brendan has a website with an abundance of school information. E-mails are sent home regularly via our SMS to keep parents / guardians informed. Follow us on Twitter @SBSNavigators. We also have a Facebook page that is regularly updated with student activities and pictures. 
 
 
Uniform / Dress Code

Q. What is the dress code?
A. The school uniform is required to be worn from the first day of school in August to the last day in June. This applies to all students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. A uniform is also required for physical education. The uniform guidelines can be found in the Parent Student Handbook which can be found on the school website, click here. In addition, a hard copy will be sent home upon request, at the beginning of the school year. Preschool students do not have a required uniform.
 
Q. Where can I purchase the school uniform?
A. School uniforms may be purchased through Schoolbelles located at 4747 West 160th Street, Cleveland, Ohio, 44111, (216) 898-5500 or online at www.schoolbelles.com use school code S0136. It is recommended that uniforms be ordered early in the summer so that they are available to the student at the start of the school year.

Q. Where can I purchase the physical education uniform?
A. Physical Education uniforms may be purchased through Hometown Threads located at
4636 Great Northern Blvd., North Olmsted, OH 44070
(440) 779-6053 / www.hometownthreadscleveland.com.

Q. Where can I purchase St. Brendan spirit wear?
A. Spirit wear may be purchased directly from Hometown Threads. Customized and standard spirit wear is available throughout the year.
4636 Great Northern Blvd., North Olmsted, OH 44070
(440) 779-6053 / www.hometownthreadscleveland.com.
 
 
Daily Schedules / Procedures

Q. What is the daily schedule for Kindergarten through Grade 8?
A.  7:50 A.M. – first bell
      7:55 A.M. – second bell; school begins
      2:30 P.M. – car riders depart, walkers/bicycles, then bus riders
Click here for specific grade daily schedules
 
Q. What is the Preschool schedule?
A.  PK3: Thursday – Friday (8:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.)
      PK4: Monday – Wednesday (8:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M).
      PK4 Enrichment: Thursday (12:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.)
 
The preschoolers are dropped off and picked up at the side door of the school in front of the John R. Kenney Center awning. The preschool teacher and aide greet them and dismiss them at the designated door with parent assistance.

Q. What is the morning procedure?
A. Students may enter the building at 7:30 A.M. Cars may form a line in the parking lot along the side of the school to drop students off. Upon their arrival, students report to the John R. Kenny Center (gymnasium) and are supervised until the 7:50 A.M. bell. There is no outdoor supervision in the mornings.

Q. What is the routine in the parking lot for student pick-up?
A. The car line begins in front of the church and lines up around the perimeter of the parking lot. Each family is provided a sign for their car, with their family name. The sign must be visible for students to be released. At 2:30 P.M., the cars pull up curbside of the school and students get into their family marked cars with faculty/staff supervision.  
 
Q. Do you offer Before and After School Care?
A. We offer After School Care (ASC) from 2:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Monday through Friday on days that the school is in session. Specific details are available within the ASC Handbook.

Q. Is a Hot Lunch Program available?
A. The lunch program is available through North Olmsted Central Kitchen. Meals are prepared and cooked at Central Kitchen, transported to SBS, and then served by the kitchen manager. Menus are sent home at the end of each month, posted on our SMS, and the school website. Applications for free/reduced lunch are available on the website or through the school office.
 
The lunch / recess times for students:
KINDERGARTEN - Grade 5: 11:30 AM to 12:12 PM
GRADES 6 – 8: 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM
 
 
Curriculum / Instruction

Q. What curriculum does the school follow?
A. The Diocesan curriculum is in alignment with the State of Ohio standards. In addition to the state standards, our Catholic tenets, identity and religious instruction are infused throughout the Course of Study.

Q. How is our Catholic faith instilled and permeated throughout the school day?
A. The overall curriculum is Anchored in Faith. The students have daily formal Religious instruction in grades K - 8. However, Catholicism is a way of life. Students attend mass twice a month, pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent, focus on the Blessed Mother and the Rosary during the months of October and May, celebrate the Saints on a regular basis, participate in a yearly, class retreat and are involved in many Christian community service/learning projects and more.

Q. How do the students interact with today's technology?
A. Our Saint Ita Technology Suite hosts state of the art technology. The Suite houses 12 MacBook Pros, 18 iMac computers and an LED television customized to use the technology effectively within the education process. Students in grades 1-8 are assigned their own iPad mini that they use diversely throughout the school day. Each classroom is equipped with an ActiveBoard or an Epson Interactive Projector (New technology!) and an Apple TV. Students are challenged to become engaged and active in their learning process. This practice leads them to become self-directed learners and collaborative problem solvers.

Q. What is the school's homework philosophy?
A. At Saint Brendan School, we look forward to being a true partner in the faith based education of your child. As such, we are depending on you for support in that your child's homework assignments are being completed to the best of their ability. Homework is given with purpose and meaning on a regular basis in grades K - 8. Homework is an effective means to reinforce skills (especially reading and math computation) and to allow for extended learning opportunities.

Q. What professional services are provided for the students?
A. A tutor provides individual and/or small group instruction for students who qualify for Title I reading, the learning disabilities program, and/or remedial instruction through North Olmsted City Schools. Our staff also includes a school nurse, school psychologist, and a speech and hearing therapist on a part-time basis.

 

Communication / Parent Involvement

Q. Who do I contact to address questions about my child's academic and spiritual needs, or other matters?
A. Parents/guardians are asked to contact the teacher directly. They have direct knowledge of what transpires in their classroom. The principal is available for additional guidance/direction when needed.

Q. How are progress reports and grades communicated to the parents?
A. We utilize an Internet based program called SMS to communicate grades and track homework assignments. Each parent and student is given a user identification code and can access grades via the Internet. Teachers update the grades, at least, every two weeks so that you have a regular report. Parents may also email teachers through this system.

Q. Are you going green?
A. SMS will be used as much as possible to disseminate the monthly newsletter, communicable reminders, updates, messages and to give school closing information.

Q. How will I know when I am scheduled to work Bingo?
A. Bingo is held on Friday evenings to help subsidize school expenses. Parents are scheduled to work about 4 Bingo assignments a year. A letter with the Bingo schedule is sent home from the Parish Office, as well as it being posted in the weekly church bulletin.

Q. Are there opportunities to volunteer?
A. There are many opportunities to volunteer at the school, which are communicated through the weekly newsletter (i.e. school events, classroom assistance, grant writing, after school clubs, recess, and more). Volunteers are required to take the Virtus training program (Protecting God's Children) as well as have a background check. The Parent Student handbook has detailed information.

Q. What is the Holy Family Program?
A. The Holy Family Program is the sacramental preparation program for St. Brendan Parish. Families with children who will celebrate First Eucharist and First Reconciliation (traditionally 2nd graders) participate in this year-long family preparation program. The parish supports parents in their role as primary educators of the faith (the role parents agree to at their child's Baptism) with parent meetings, family retreats, and other materials. Preparation for the two Sacraments takes place at home and involves the whole family. Religion classes support and reinforce what is being taught at home.
 
Q. How do I get involved with the PTU (Parent Teacher Union)?
A. Information regarding PTU membership is distributed in August. To learn more about how our PTU is active in the school and how to get involved, go to our website under Parent Resources or email at ptu@stbrendannortholmsted.org with questions.
  

St. Brendan School

4242 Brendan Lane
North Olmsted, Ohio 44070
P: 440-777-8433 | F: 440-779-7997
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