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This Lower School Handbook is designed to help students, parents, and guardians become familiar with MPA policies and procedures, and to provide some general information that will be useful throughout the school year. Parents and students are reminded to read the PreK-12 section of this handbook for other information that also applies to Lower School students.

The Mounds Park Academy Lower School Administration may introduce new rules and procedures, or modify existing ones, and reserves the right to interpretation.

Attendance

Planned Absence Form Mounds Park Academy believes full-time attendance is an essential element in our students’ educational process. Regular attendance fosters a climate conducive to learning, perpetuates effective teachi...

Behavior Guidelines

The teacher will use the classroom discipline plan, which includes sending a student to the Lower School office where the following procedure will be implemented: First time: The Lower School Administration has a discussion wit...

Birthdays

A student in Grades PreK-4 may bring a treat to share with classmates on her/his birthday following MPA's Food Allergy Guidelines and Protocol (see here). Following Health Department guidelines, the treats should be bought and...

Cell Phones

Students are permitted to use the phone in our Lower School Office. Cell phone use is prohibited unless special permission is given by the Lower School Administration.

Classroom Observations

Mounds Park Academy welcomes visits to our school and classrooms by parents, adult relatives, and interested educators. We encourage our community members to volunteer in classrooms and offices when opportunities are presented. Ho...

Community Service

  Community service is a priority in all grades at MPA. The Lower School cooperates with Middle and Upper School projects and also has its own annual service projects. Individual grades and homerooms also carry out...

Conferences/Comment Cards (Grading)

Formal conferences are scheduled on the school calendar for each fall and winter. This is an opportunity to share your child’s progress as well as to cooperatively set goals. Conferences are scheduled on the hour a...

Discipline

In the Lower School, we use the 7 Cs as our discipline policy:  Clear expectations, Consistent follow through, Consequences that are developmentally appropriate and fit the action, Consideration of the age, the act...

Extended Day Program (Panther Club)

Childcare is offered before and after school, on most school vacation days during the school year, which are not legal holidays, and during summer break. Students may arrive by 7 a.m. on school days and report to the cafet...

Extracurricular Activities

Lower School students have an opportunity to participate in some activities outside of the regular school day. Karate, piano lessons and violin lessons are available on campus for a fee for interested K-4 students. Chess Clu...

Field Trips

Occasional field trips that support the regular curriculum are taken throughout the year by individual classes or grades. Teachers send information home prior to the trip.

Food Allergy Guidelines and Protocol

Lower School follows the Mounds Park Academy Food Allergy Guidelines and Protocol (see this section in the PreK-12 Handbook for full details). In Lower School, the guidelines prohibit foods with peanuts or tree nuts (wal...

Grade 4 Conflict Managers

Fourth grade students are trained to serve as conflict managers on the playground to help other K-4 students solve problems in a harmonious way through consensus. This method supports the school’s approach to pro...

Halloween Costumes/Parade

A parade of Grades PreK-4 begins in the Kindergarten hallway and then back to the classrooms on Halloween day. For safety reasons, children in grades PreK-2 may not wear masks. Students in grades 3-4, being more mature...

Homework Policy

The purpose of assigning homework is to give students the opportunity to engage in focused practice to further develop skills, extend lessons, encourage critical thinking, and develop good work habits. Homework also serves as a ...

Library

  Students in grades Pre-K through 4 meet weekly with the librarian. K-4 students may check out books and bring them home. The children need to return the books the following week in order to check out more books. Mi...

Lost and Found

Lost and found items are kept in the Lower School office. If items are left on the bus/van, students should ask the drivers. Please label all outerwear including uniforms. If a sweater, jacket, etc. is put into lost an...

Lunch/Lunchroom

Each year students make the choice of hot or cold lunch. Billing is through the Business Office.Students who take cold lunch do not have the option of eating hot lunch some days and bringing their own lunch on other days. How...

Mechanical Devices

Lower School students are not allowed to have any mechanical devices on campus, including cell phones.

Outdoor Play

Students are required to participate in outdoor recess unless it is raining or the wind chill reaches 10 degrees below zero. It is important that students dress appropriately for the weather. Boots and snow pants are r...

Phone Calls/Messages

Students are permitted to use the phone in the Lower School Office.  Cell phone use is prohibited unless special permission is given by the Lower School Administration. Arrangements for overnights should be made from hom...

Principles of Good Practice for Lower School

Elementary education emphasizes the development of the whole child, providing for each child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs. Elementary programs are developmentally appropriate, in that they ...

Responsibilities

General Lower School Rules: 1. Respect – Students show respect for themselves and others and do not use putdowns, fight, or exhibit embarrassing behavior. 2. Language – Students express feelings directly with ...

School Events/Traditions

Back-to-School Night is a special evening scheduled in August for the purpose of receiving homeroom assignments, meeting teachers, getting reacquainted with friends, meeting new classmates, and getting an introduction to...

Student Supplies

Class supply lists may be found my clicking here. Students need a paint shirt for use in art class. Typically, large t-shirts work best for students.

Weather Policy: Absences

When families make the decision that unsafe weather conditions require them to keep their student home, it will be considered an excused absence. These days, however, will be normal school days with classroom lessons and scheduled...

 

Last modified: August 13, 2017