ST. thecla catholic school

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St. Thecla Catholic School serves as an integral extension of the educational ministry of the Church, which continues the teaching of Jesus. We endeavor to do the following:

  • Develop and direct the growth of the whole person centered in Jesus Christ through the integration of culture and faith in living commitment to a greater Christian service to all and to the building of God’s kingdom here and now;

  • Involve and assist parents in their task of nurturing their children’s faith, developing their academic skills, instilling in them a sense of responsibility and inner-direction, guiding them to the achievement of moral freedom, and inspiring them to a sense of Christian mission in life;

  • Incorporate truth and value into the curriculum; and,

  • Respect and value the racial diversity unique to our school by bringing about an awareness of the Word of God through prayer, celebrations, and social justice issues.

We, the community of St. Thecla Catholic School, dedicate ourselves to serving God through our growth in faith, education, and love for one another as members of God’s Family.

St. Thecla Catholic School has fulfilled the requirements for accreditation with the Michigan Non-public School Accrediting Association, a chapter of the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations.

St. Thecla Catholic School admits students of any sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded students at school. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration and other school-administered programs. The education of students is a partnership between the parents and the school. Just as a parent has the right to withdraw a student if desired, the school reserves the right to require withdrawal of a student if the Administration determines parents are not cooperating satisfactorily in the parenting.
Pre-school and Kindergarten

  • All Pre-school children for the three-year and four-year Pre-school programs and Kindergarten must have attained that age before December 1st of the school year in which they are entering. Registration occurs in the following order:

  • First opportunity for enrollment will be given to students presently enrolled in the school and to their siblings.

  • Second opportunity for enrollment will be given to St. Thecla-registered parishioners who do not have any children currently enrolled.

  • Third opportunity for enrollment will be for non-parishioners through an application and possible testing process. Consideration is made for active Catholic families.

  • Full payment of tuition and fees for the previous year is required before registration is accepted.

Admission Process and Registration Form

  • Upon admission of a new student, the parent or guardian shall provide the following with the completed registration form: The child’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate, and a list of immunizations required by Macomb County and the State of Michigan. In custodial cases, a legal document designating custody is necessary. A recent report card, achievement test scores and/or progress report are required. All new students may be tested prior to admission. Additionally, the principal reserves the right to interview the parent(s) or guardian(s) and student to ascertain reason(s) for transfer.

  • Each student is required to have a current list of individuals on file in the School Office in case the parent or guardian cannot be reached. This information is to be completed on the reverse side of the registration form and should list the person’s name, relationship, address, home/work/cell phone number.

  • The decision to accept a new student is the principal’s responsibility. The student is granted a probationary status for one report card-marking period.

  • It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to inform the school if a student is subject to any medical need that may merit regular or periodic attention while at school. (Please see Health Section, p. 15.)

Each family pays tuition based upon a designation of parishioner or non-parishioner. However, whether enrolled as a parishioner or non-parishioner, each school family is expected to volunteer time/talents for the benefit of the school community. Each family is expected to participate in a designated amount of hours at school. The expected amount is determined each year. If a family chooses not to participate in school activities, an additional fee will be added to the tuition prior to the end of the school year.

  • Status: Parishioner A St. Thecla parishioner is registered through the Parish Office and is expected to actively participate in the life of the parish through Sunday worship, stewardship time, talent, and treasure. A parishioner is expected to practice stewardship of time and talent.

  • Status: Non-parishioner A Non-parishioner status recognizes those families or individuals who do not wish to be registered at St. Thecla Parish, but who desire Faith Formation and the quality education provided by St. Thecla School. This enables families or individuals to practice their own faith as they choose and where they choose. This status, however, does not exempt the school family from participation and support of school activities.

  • Tuition: Tuition rates are based upon the per-pupil cost and then adjusted through proposed fundraising and parish subsidy. All previous tuition balances must be paid in full before registration is accepted.

For those families desiring to pay the “parishioner” rate for tuition versus the “non-parishioner” rate, there is a minimum donation expected in your Sunday Offerings by the end of the previous calendar year in order to help cover a portion of the parish subsidy to educate your child. (Contact the tuition coordinator in the Parish Office for details.)

  • Tuition Payments: If you pay your tuition in full by the last business day in June, you will receive a 1.5% discount. Tuition statements will be sent out during the first two weeks of June. If you do not wish to pay your tuition in full, then you must enroll in the FACTS Tuition Management Program.

  • FACTS Tuition Management Program: The program helps families meet their financial obligations in a simple convenient way which is completely confidential and secure. Choices can be made from the following four options: (1) two semi-annual payments; (2) four quarterly payments; (3) ten monthly payments; or (4) credit card payments for which there is a fee. There is a service fee for using the FACTS program. It is not a loan program, and there are no interest or finance charges assessed, nor is there a credit check. You can conveniently fill out an agreement online from your home or office.

Tuition Assistance: Assistance grants are available through the Archdiocese of Detroit. Applications are available in the Parish Office at the end of January, and they must be returned by the date posted on the form (usually the 1st of April). After that date, the Archdiocese will not accept any applications.
Alternative Tuition Plans: For exceptional cases, these plans may be made through the Parish Office, tuition coordinator, and the pastor.
School Fundraising: School fundraising is critical to help lower the tuition costs. Fundraising is built into the school budget and is necessary for the support of the faculty, programs, and capital improvements. Total support and cooperation from every school family in major fundraising efforts are essential to keep tuition rates low, as well as for the improvement of our programs and school. The major fundraiser each year is the January Jackpot School Raffle. Each family is responsible to sell or purchase a specific amount of tickets that is determined each year and assessed through the non-refundable fundraising fee. You have the option of either selling the tickets to get your money back or putting your name on the stubs to have several chances to win part of your money back. The Home and School Association is responsible for organizing and carrying out other voluntary school fundraising activities such as the following: The Entertainment Book Sale, Mom-to Mom Sale, Market Day, and a variety of other events.

St. Thecla Tuition Refund Policy: If a family makes the decision to withdraw their child/children from St. Thecla School, the following policy applies:

  • Withdraw during the first 4 weeks – 80% of the semester tuition will be refunded.

  • Withdraw during weeks 5 thru 8 – 60% of the semester tuition will be refunded.

  • Withdraw during weeks 9 thru 12 – 35% of semester tuition will be refunded.

  • After the 12th week there will be no refunds.

If you have paid in full and withdraw during the first semester, the second semester tuition will be refunded in full in addition to the above percentages.

Families who withdraw from the school at any point after April 28 will still receive their fundraising fee value of “January Jackpot” tickets when they become available.
Any balance of unpaid tuition that has not been paid up to the date of withdrawal must be paid in full to St. Thecla School before your child/children’s school records will be released to the new school.

The school day begins promptly at 8:30 A.M. and ends at 3:40 P.M. Dismissal for a half-day is at 12:15 P.M.

Pre-school: Family members or guardians must wait with the pre-schoolers in the Gathering Room. Half-day class begins at 8:40 A.M. and ends at 11:15 A.M. All-day class begins at 8:40 A.M. and ends at 3:30 P.M. The teacher will open the doors and let the students in at the stated time. At the end of the class time, the teacher will dismiss the students through the Gathering Room doors. Pre-school dismissal for half-day is at 12:00 P.M.

  • Kindergarten: ALL Kindergarteners enter through the front door of the school and exit through the Gathering Room. Dismissal for AM Kindergarten is at 11:40 A.M. and for full-day Kindergarten at 3:40 P.M.

  • Grades 1 – 8: [Arrival]: Students may not enter the building before 8:20 A.M. Prior to 8:20, students should line up outside their assigned doors. The Extended School Program (ESP) is available for parents who need before-school and after-school childcare for students in grades one - eight. See page 20. Students who arrive more than five minutes before the first bell, or who are left past 4:00, will be sent to the Extended School Program and the family will be charged accordingly.


  • Absences: The attendance and emergency information telephone number is (586) 791-2170. Please call this number to report an absence before 9:00 A.M. We do need to know if the absence is due to something contagious. The office staff will begin to call home phone numbers after 9:15 A.M. if you have failed to notify the school. If the school does not make contact, emergency work numbers will be called to ensure the safety of all the children.

You may request to pick up your child’s homework at the end of the school day in the School Office or have it sent home with another student by leaving that student’s name and homeroom number on the absence call-in line.


    • Call the student absence line by 9:00A.M.: (586) 791-2170, #1

    • Childs name and homeroom number

    • State brief reason for absence, and if student has communicable disease, i.e., chicken pox, strep, etc.

    • Student’s expected date of return

    • Homework requests are required before 9:00 A.M. and will be available for pick-up at the end of the school day.

  • Excused Absences: Excused absences are those due to illness of the student, death in the family, a doctor or dentist appointment, or those instances where the principal determines that exemption from attendance is in the best interest of the school or student. Students with an excused absence are responsible for making up schoolwork. A grade is given upon satisfactory completion of assignments. Students have as many days to make up missed work as were absent.

  • Unexcused Absences: Unexcused absences may include truancy, cutting classes, or tardiness, and such categories as an unapproved “take your child to work” day, shopping, vacation, oversleeping, personal grooming, etc.

  • Extended Absences: Each year school families will receive a school calendar prior to the start of school. The St. Thecla school calendar provides families with many opportunities for vacations during the year. We do discourage extended absences for the students; instructional time cannot be duplicated. If you must take your child out of school for an extended absence, you must fill out a “Pre-arranged Absence Form.” (This form is available online.)

Please be advised that if you choose to take your child out of school for an extended period of time, there will be a considerable amount of work to be made up when the child returns. Teachers will NOT provide work for students prior to their departure. Upon return, the teacher will present the child with the missing assignments. It will be the responsibility of the student to complete all work within the same number of days that he/she was absent.

  • Perfect Attendance: Perfect Attendance Awards will be given out at the end of the school year to students who were neither absent nor tardy during the course of the year.

  • Tardiness: Students are expected to arrive on time for school and must be in the classroom when the bell rings. Students are considered late or tardy when they come into the classroom after the second bell. For every three unexcused tardies (grades 6 – 8) per month, a student will be required to serve a Supervised Silent Lunch (SSL) monitored by a teacher.

  • Withdrawal from Classes: A written request sent to the student’s homeroom teacher must be made by a parent/guardian for dismissal during the school day. The student will be released to the parent at the School Office. Parents are required to sign out their child. Notwithstanding any emergency, we ask that parents make doctor/dentist appointments early in the day or late in the afternoon.

  • Truancy: Truancy refers to the condition or offense that results when one is in violation of education compulsory attendance laws. A truant is a child who fails to attend school without permission. In the case of apparent truancy, the first contact will be made to a parent/guardian. If all efforts to persuade the child to return to school are fruitless, the case shall be referred to the police department, attendance officer, or a social worker.

Students celebrate the liturgy on Friday at 9:00 A.M. They also attend on Holy Days if they occur during the school week. Parents are always welcome to come to these Masses with the children; however, this does not meet your Sunday obligation.
Each school day begins and ends with prayer. Students pray before eating. Classroom prayer services are also a part of the students’ spiritual lives.
Parents are highly encouraged to share in all the adult Faith Formation meetings and programs, especially sacramental preparation classes offered by the St. Thecla Faith Formation Office.

All students are to come to school neatly and modestly dressed. It is the responsibility of the parents to see that their children are appropriately dressed before leaving for school.
Daily Uniform – Girls:

  • Blouse – White or Light Blue - to be tucked inside the skirt or jumper. Long-sleeve shirts are not to be worn under short-sleeve blouses. Plain white undershirts (with no lettering) are to be worn. Long- sleeve blouses must be buttoned at the cuff and not rolled. Short-sleeve blouses—sleeves may not be rolled.

  • Jumper (Girls – Grades K—4 ): The plaid uniform jumper may not be worn more than one inch above the floor while kneeling.

  • Skirt/Split Skirt (Girls – Grades 5 –8 ): The plaid uniform may not be worn more than one inch above the floor while kneeling. Skirts may not be rolled.

  • A plaid, plain navy blue, or dark green uniform may be worn. No flared or hipster pants are allowed. The waistband for pants must sit at the natural waistline.

Daily Uniform – Boys:

  • Shirts: Light blue or white-tailored button down or plain polo shirt (long- or short-sleeves); free of emblems. It must stay tucked into the pants. Long-sleeve shirts may not be worn under short-sleeve shirts. Short sleeves may not be rolled. Undershirts must be plain white with no lettering. The shirt must be appropriately buttoned.

  • Slacks: Navy blue dress or corduroy pants are acceptable for all boys in grades 3—8 . Black or brown belt with small buckle securely fastened around the waist and through all belt loops is required. No flared or hipster pants are allowed. The waistband for pants must sit at the natural waistline.

Boys and Girls:

  • Sweaters/Sweatshirts: [Kindergarten through Grade Eight] Solid navy blue or dark green cardigan-style sweater, crewneck, v-neck; vest or a full sweater is permitted; St. Thecla Hawks’ sweatshirts/hoodies may also be worn.

  • Walking Shorts/Skorts: Students may wear uniform walking shorts or skorts from the beginning of school until October 1st and May 1st until the end of the school year.

  • Socks: Solid plain, navy blue, dark green, or white socks should be worn for either boys or girls. Girls may wear knee socks or tights; boys and girls may wear anklets that cover at least three inches of the ankle. No footies are allowed.

  • Shoes: Leather or suede dress shoes with non-skid soles are permitted. The following styles/types of shoes are not permitted: tennis shoes, running shoes, athletic shoes, canvas shoes, boots, shoes above the anklebone, shoes having more than a one-inch heel, backless shoes, and sandals . All shoes must be worn with socks.

  • Jewelry: Wristwatches are permitted. Religious necklaces up to one-half inch may be worn ; no other jewelry is allowed. It is stressed that valuable religious or family jewelry should not be worn to school.

    • Girls Only: Post earrings no longer than the earlobe may be worn in each ear. There shall be no other piercing anywhere on the body.

    • Boys: No earrings or any other piercing will be allowed.

  • Hair/Cosmetics: Extreme hairstyles, hair coloring, or accessories are NOT permitted as determined by the administration. No excessive cologne or perfume is permitted.

  • Boys: Hair may not be worn below the top of the shirt uniform collar or below the eyebrows.

    • Girls: Lipstick, colored chap stick, eye/face make-up, fingernail polish or fake/acrylic nails are not permitted. Nothing may be worn on the head except for narrow headbands, small barrettes/clips, ponytail holders or scrunchies in blue, white, green or uniform plaid. The scrunchies and ponytail holders are NOT to be worn as bracelets.

Gym Uniform: Students wear their gym uniforms to school on the day gym is scheduled. The uniform for girls and boys is the same. The gym uniform may be purchased at Schoolbelles or from the St. Thecla Sports Committee. All gym wear must be labeled with the student’s name. All gym uniforms must be properly fitting – not too tight - not too baggy. The sweatpants must have elastic on the ankle.

  • Navy blue, gray, or white sweatpants with elastic ankles; long navy blue, gray or white shorts;

  • Navy blue, gray or white T-shirts or sweatshirts; plain/non-decorative gym shoes and white socks (no footies).

  • All students are required to have a separate pair of white-soled or non-marring gym shoes that are used only for gym and are to be kept in school. Each student should have a shoe bag to hang on his or her hook.

Scouts: Girl and Boy Scouts may wear their uniforms to school on the day of their meetings, except

on gym days.

Sports Victories: St. Thecla Hawks may wear their jerseys to school over their uniforms following a


Special Days: Special dress-up days, Jean Days, field trip days, picture days, and other school celebration days are scheduled on the monthly activity calendar or are announced. On these days, students are to wear their “good clothes.” Students are not allowed to wear jeans (unless on a designated Jean Day). Shorts, T-shirts or tennis shoes are NOT allowed on dress-up days. No high heels (more than a one-inch heel). Shoes must have enclosed heel. Nice dress slacks are acceptable for girls and boys. All skirts and dresses must be of uniform length. Individual picture day is always a dress-up day.
Uniform Violations:

  • First violation: A dress code violation will be issued.

  • Second violation: A dress code violation will be issued; the student will call home. A SSL (Supervised Silent Lunch) will be issued.

  • Third violation: Student will be sent to the principal.


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Confirmation/May Crowning/Graduation:

BOYS: Dress pants, dress shirt, tie and dress socks and shoes. A suit or sport coat may be worn. No spiked or dyed hair or jewelry with the exception of cuff links and tie clasp.

GIRLS: A nice dress that is no shorter than an inch above the knee and no longer than three inches below the knee (cocktail length). No floor-length gowns, spaghetti straps or off-the-shoulder dresses or blouses. No excessive jewelry (rings, earrings, ankle bracelets, etc.) may be worn. If the ears are pierced, then only post earrings may be worn. No nail extensions, excessive hairdos, dyed or spiked hair. A soft nail polish, eye shadow, and lipstick may be worn. Nylons and dress shoes complete the outfit. Spike heels are not permitted. Absolutely no cleavage may be shown.
All Chaperones:

  • Must have taken the Protecting Gods Children workshop given by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

  • Must have on file a criminal background check.

  • Must have on file a parent permission slip signed by parents.

  • Must have on file an agreement with field trip rules signed by all drivers.

  • Must have car insurance not less than $250,000 - $500,000 liability with complete copy of insurance endorsement/or policy.

    • No siblings are allowed on field trips.

Chaperones who leave their cars at St. Thecla the day of the field trip should park them in the rows closest to the Activities Center and not in the designated playground area.

All drivers must bring students back to school. The students are not to be dismissed/signed out until the teacher accounts for all of the students. No siblings in other grades will be dismissed early.

In following our School Mission Statement, We, the community of St. Thecla Catholic School, dedicate ourselves to serving God through our growth in faith, education and love for one another as members of God’s family”:
Students are expected to be courteous and respectful to others including the following: administrators, teachers, parish and school employees, volunteers, parents, and other students in all of their interactions. Students who engage in name calling, threats, bullying, intimidation, or other conduct or communication that has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile, offensive, or abusive atmosphere [including activity in online postings on social networks, such as Facebook or MySpace ] will be disciplined, up to and including expulsion.
For a school to operate harmoniously, there must be a balance between freedom and restraint. Rules of conduct flow from obedience, respect for authority and each other, as well as common sense, courtesy, and concern for one another. Student conduct and control extend beyond the classroom behavior and includes respect for adult authority, respect for the common good, and respect for school rules and the law.
Parents are responsible for their children’s conduct and must help in solving behavioral and academic problems. Parents are expected to be models for their children by explaining the school rules and modeling them. (All references to parents also include legal guardians.)
The pastor, school administrators, i.e., principal, assistant principal, school counselor, and School Advisory Committee, support parents who want discipline exercised. All staff members have been instructed to protect the rights of students who wish to focus on teaching and learning activities each day. Each student has the responsibility to uphold the following:

  1. Conduct himself/herself in a Christ-like manner.

  2. Respect the inherent human dignity and worth of every individual.

  3. Work without disturbing others.

  4. Study diligently and maintain the best possible level of academic achievement.

  5. Take care of all learning materials for his/her use.

  6. Respect all building and property of St. Thecla School and Parish, as well as the property of others at any location.

The Administration has the right to take action for student misconduct in the school, lunchroom, playground, church, parish property, on buses or at school functions, field trips and/or out-of-school conduct, which, in the judgment of the Administration, disrupts or interferes with school operations or is detrimental to the reputation of the school. The following types of school behavior and activities will most likely result in formal disciplinary action against a student. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive but is intended to highlight major areas of concern.

  1. Disrupting the learning environment or general order and discipline in the school.

  2. Contempt of authority or insubordinate or abusive action directed toward school employees or volunteers (including lunchroom personnel).

  3. Infringing on the rights of others.

  4. Endangering the health and safety of any person.

  5. Abusive and offensive language by students.

  6. Threatening statements, fighting, or harassment of other students.

  7. Threats or verbal assault on a teacher or other adult. (All threats will be taken seriously regardless of the age of the child.)

  8. Causing loss or destruction of property.

  9. Improper care of school textbooks, equipment or supplies. Any excessive damage or wear will become the financial responsibility of the student and parent.

  10. Any actions which are otherwise in violation of laws, parish policies, or classroom rules.

St. Thecla Catholic School has posted the school’s Internet Policy on its website. This policy requires the signature of the parent/guardian and the student. The signature page must be returned to the computer teacher prior to the student’s first computer class of the school. If there is no access to a home computer, please ask for a copy of the Internet Policy from the computer teacher.

Disciplinary action will be taken against students who do not observe school rules. In general, the teacher and/or administrator(s) will handle minor problems informally. More serious problems will result in more serious consequences. Students may serve detention(s), be suspended, or expelled from school when misconduct is serious and/or continual.
Return of the consent form signifies the parent/guardian’s consent to these school policies and guidelines. This is an acknowledgment of the parent/guardian’s intention to cooperate with the teachers in the enforcement of these rules. See the Aggressive Rubric online: .
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