Student Services, Activities and Resources
LOWER SCHOOL LIBRARY
We are especially proud of The Pauline J. Copeland Lower School Library. Resources for other school libraries are available for loan or classroom use. The facility is open daily from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Specific rules and class schedules will be shared with the children by the librarian. Parents are asked to help children keep track of circulating books to avoid charges for loss or damages. Donations of books in honor of a child's birthday or other special event are welcome.
LOST AND FOUND
The Lower School Lost and Found is located in the Lower School Office. It is very helpful if all sweaters, coats, towels, and lunch boxes are clearly marked with your child's name.
LUNCH AND SNACKS
Children in Grades Pre-K-5 may bring a mid-morning snack from home each day. We ask that this be a nutritious item (apple, celery, orange, etc.) and not candy, the latest pre-sweetened breakfast cereal, or soft drinks.
Students in Grades K-5 may bring a lunch from home (we ask that the lunch reflect the same judgment as the child's mid-morning snack) or students may purchase lunch through a declining balance account on myschoolbucks.com. On mySchoolBucks.com parents can check the menu for each week on the meals tab and also see what your child has charged each day/week. MySchoolBucks will email you when your account is low. Our dining services partner, FLIK, promises healthy food choices for our students. A hot entree (vegetarian option also available), vegetables, fresh fruit, soup, turkey or peanut butter sandwiches are options that are available daily. More information about FLIK can be found here.
Pre-K: If your Pre-K student stays for Extended Day, they may bring a lunch or also select from options in our dining hall.
Field trips are designed to expand the curriculum for our students. Permission slips will be required through the new Magnus Health system, please respond via their portal and complete all forms required. Transportation for all trips is arranged by the Bolles Director of Transportation and utilizes either school or charter vehicles. Private cars are not to be used to transport children on field trips. Frequently, parents will be asked to help chaperone these trips. As an official school chaperone, parents are asked not to bring siblings, to remain with the group at all times and abide by the guidelines of the destination or the school.
Children celebrating birthdays are invited to share a healthy treat with their class. Parents usually send in a special healthy snack (please avoid sugary snacks; fresh cut up fruit and vegetables are loved by all our students) to school to help the birthday child celebrate. It is requested that birthday treats must not include items that contain peanuts, tree nuts, or nut oil. Birthday parties are not to be held at school, just a small snack to honor your child's special day! Other parties are held during the year to celebrate various occasions. Teachers and students will often ask parents to help organize these. To avoid having money being brought to school by the children, it is hoped that all parents will be willing to share the responsibility for the cost of these parties.
It is against school rules to distribute invitations, bring presents, or bring sleeping bags to school for after-school parties and functions that include only a portion of the class. Parent and student feelings are very easily hurt.
One of our annual lower school events is the Costume Parade in October for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5. Costumes should be in good taste and appropriate for lower school students. Weapons, violent costumes, and costumes associated with mystic religions should be avoided.
CAR AND BUS TRANSPORTATION
Parents may call the Transportation Office to inquire about school bus transportation. Student dismissal plans are communicated via the Student Dismissal Form at the beginning of each year. If changes occur the parent should notify the office and classroom teacher. If the dismissal routine is changed, please contact the office immediately.
EXTENDED DAY CARE
The Bolles Extended Day Care Program is operated for the convenience of working parents of Bolles students. It provides an extended day that compliments and coincides with the philosophy of the Lower School.
The Extended Day Program is closed on all days that school is closed and on the afternoon of the last day of school.
Children who are unable to participate in outside activities or play due to runny noses or recent colds should not be sent to school or the Extended Day Program. Staffing does not allow for individual or small group supervision inside.
Children in Grades 1-5 will have an opportunity to get a head start on their homework at Extended Day.
We wish to assist parents in their important job of parenting. We appreciate being made aware of special situations which may cause a child to need extra support and nurturing.
Pre-Kindergarten children enrolled in the program may bring a well-balanced lunch from home or purchase a lunch and milk, water or juice in Verlander Dining Hall. All children will be provided with an afternoon snack.
Children in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten will meet in the Pre-Kindergarten building. Children in Grades 1-5 will meet on the lower school playground. (Rain location - Grade 3 Building) All morning Extended Day students meet on the playground of the Early Learning Center (Pre-Kindergarten).
Extended Day Rate Schedule
Pre-Kindergarten: Mornings only contract rate (7:15 - 8 a.m.) $15
Full Contract Rate
Full day 7:15 - 8 a.m., 12 - 5:30 p.m. $60
Half day 7:15 - 8 a.m., 12 - 3:15 p.m. $48
Pre-Kindergarten: Daily Rate
12 - 1 p.m. $8
12 - 3:15 p.m. $16
12 - 5:30 p.m. $20
Mornings Only $5
Grades Kindergarten - Grade 5: Mornings Only Contract Rate (7:15 - 8 a.m.) $15
Kindergarten Full Contract Rate
7:15 - 8 a.m., 2 - 5:30 p.m. $48
2 - 3:15 p.m. $30
Kindergarten Daily Rate
Mornings Only 7:15 - 8 a.m. $5
2 - 3:15 p.m. $8
2 - 5:30 p.m. $18
Grades 1-5 Full Contract Rate
7:15 - 8 a.m., 2:45 (Gr1-4) & 2:55 (Gr5) - 5:30 p.m. $48
2:45 - 3:30 p.m. $30
Grades 1-5 Daily Rate
Mornings Only (7:15 - 8 a.m.) $5
2:45 (Gr1-4) & 2:55 (Gr5) - 4:15 p.m. $8
2:45 (Gr1-4) & 2:55 (Gr5) - 5:30 p.m. $18
4 - 5:30 p.m. $10 (Returning from an advantage class)
Overtime $16.00 per ¼ hour
Drop-in care for all students will be allowed. Please avoid drop-in care on rainy days.
Please remember that Extended Day Program charges are made for children not picked up by 12 p.m. (Pre-Kindergarten), 2 p.m. (Kindergarten), 2:45 p.m. (Grades 1-4), or 2:55 p.m. (Grade 5).
Your attention to the operating hours of the Extended Day Program is appreciated. Overtime charges are made when children are picked up after 5:30 p.m. ($20 per quarter hour). The school cannot be responsible for children arriving before 7:15 a.m., and as parents you simply should not leave your child unattended.
IMMUNIZATIONS, ILLNESS, AND MEDICATIONS
Prior to the beginning of school, a physical examination must be completed or transferred for each student entering the school. Immunization or a certificate of waiver is required for all students. Immunizations must be kept current, and a Certificate of Immunization, signed by a physician, or an immunization waiver must be kept on file. Please make sure to respond to the requests from Magnus Health on behalf of the school for these forms. Students may not attend school without an appropriate immunization record.
If a student is not feeling well, he/she should inform the classroom teacher and every effort will be made to contact the parent. Students will be released for medical reasons only with permission from the parent/guardian or from the person designated on the Student Information Form.
Many students must have medication available at school for certain illnesses and conditions. School personnel cannot administer medication, including pain relievers, without explicit written parental/guardian permission. A permission form completed by the parent/guardian is required in the event a student must receive medicine at school. The medicine, in its original container, labeled with the student's name, name of medicine, dose and time to be given, doctors name (if prescribed) and possible side effects, must be given to the office together with the signed permission form.
Students who are absent from school for the following reasons require a physician's statement confirming the student's ability to return to school and any necessary limitations or restriction:
- Measles, mumps, chicken pox, ringworm, scarlet fever, strep infection, mononucleosis, hepatitis, pink eye.
- Absence due to an extended illness or surgery.
- Students who may not participate in sports or gym classes following an extended illness or surgery.
Parents and student agree, as a condition of continued enrollment, to consent to the release of any of the student’s health related information, including information relating to drug treatment, testing, medical and mental health records, to employees or agents of the school, as determined by the Head of School or his or her designee, to meet the medical or safety needs of the student and the community or the legal responsibilities of the school.
The school will maintain appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect the security of all health-related information within its care or custody. While it is the obligation of the school to safeguard student medical information, we must also balance matters of privacy and confidentiality with safeguarding the interests and well-being of our students and our community. Thus, parents/guardians and students consent to allow employees and agents of the school, who have a need to know, to receive and/or share medical and/or psychological information necessary to serve the best interests of the student and/or community. In the event of a disclosure required by law, every effort will be made to notify the student and/or parents/guardians in advance.
STUDENT WELL-BEING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS
The mental and physical well-being and safety of our students is of paramount importance to the school. Therefore, there may be times when concerns might arise about personal, family or emotional issues that may adversely impact the welfare or safety of a student or those around him or her.
Based upon the observations or recommendations of a member of the Bolles staff, the school may require that a student be evaluated by an independent mental health professional acceptable to the school. Circumstances may call for an evaluation and report before the student sent is permitted to return to school.
Students and parents should be aware that our School’s philosophy is that conversations with guidance counselors will not be treated as confidential. The guidance counselor will remind the student of the non-confidential nature of the communication and, in appropriate circumstances, will encourage the student to communicate with the student’s parents or other adults regarding the circumstances disclosed. The guidance counselor may also directly inform the parent and/or administration of sensitive communications to find ways to help the student and/or family. In addition, the guidance counselor may be required to report such communications to law enforcement or child abuse authorities when the nature of the communication reveals the immediate or imminent risk of harm to the student or others, or a violation of the child abuse laws.