We’re enrolled! Now what?
We know how newly enrolled families like to get connected early, so we created this page to help you do just that. Read, click and feel free to ask us questions.
When do I need to be where?
The calendar (find a link at the bottom of any page) is the best way to get up-to-date event information. School families receive a calendar in the mail every summer, and you can also find a school calendar at the back of your PTF directory. New families should be sure to attend events like the New Parent Orientation (August 13, 2012) and New Family Tailgate Party (September 14, 2012).
Ahem… PTF Directory?
Every year, the Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF) publishes a school directory with contact information for every family enrolled at CHCA. It also contains school start times, class lists, handy contact info for faculty and staff and much more. You’ll use it a lot! (Proceeds from directory sales are turned right back around and used to bless our teachers and students.) Buy yours at a Meet the Teacher Night, the Eagle Store or the Scrip Shop starting in August. Find out more about PTF or purchase a directory from the Parent Page.
You keep mentioning the Scrip Shop. What’s that all about?
Do you buy groceries, gas or clothing? Ever eat at a restaurant? Of course you do. What’s great is that with the Scrip program, you can do all of those things and lower your tuition at the same time. How it works: CHCA buys gift cards from over 400 major retailers (think Wal-Mart, Kroger, Shell, Starbucks, Panera, etc.) at a discount. You buy the gift cards from us at face value, then we split the savings with you. Find out more about the Scrip program from the Parent Page or visit the Scrip Shop at EBL Elementary Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. whenever school is in session. Summer hours are every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
What should my child wear to school?
All Grade PK-8 students wear a uniform to school, currently a Modified Uniform Dress Code. Over the next two years we will be phasing in a single vendor uniform program. For the 2012-2013 school year we will continue to follow the Modified Uniform Dress Code. Information about both the current program and a March 30, 2012 letter describing the upcoming changes are posted in the All Campus Information section on the Parent Page.
High school students do not wear a uniform but must maintain CHCA standards regarding modesty and appropriateness. See Family Info Guide in the MSL High School section on the Parent Page for details.
What about school supplies?
This depends on which grade your child will attend:
Grades preschool - 8: Check out School Supply lists on the Back to School 2012-2013 page. All EBL ES students entering preschool-grade 4 can also order school supply kits online by June 29.
Grades 9-12: All high school students should arrive with a pen and notebook on the first day to take notes about each teacher’s specific requirements. You’ll find it’s best to wait until after the first day to buy supplies.
When do I find out what classroom my child is in or what their schedule looks like?
Like school supply lists, this differs depending on which building he/she attends:
EBL ES: Class lists are linked on a secured page from the Back to School 2012-2013 page starting late Friday, June 22. If you don't have your log-on ID and password, contact Mrs. Williams in the EBL ES front office.
Armleder: All Armleder families will receive an invitation to attend the PTF Family Social Meet and Greet held on August 12, 2012 (4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the Armleder playground) and can meet teachers and classmates at this time.
CHCA Middle School: Student schedules will be mailed near the end of June and will include classroom info, teacher placements and locker assignment. You can visit the school to walk through your schedule and practice your locker combination starting in August.
MSL High School: Student schedules will be mailed home in mid-June. Families receive an e-mail in August with locker assignments, parking information and other back-to-school details.
How do I find summer reading assignments?
Visit the Back to School 2012-2013 page for complete details. Note there are often writing, wiki update, vocabulary and service requirements in addition to reading.
We know our child needs to get involved early. What’s the best way to get plugged in?
There are dozens of ways to get to know fellow students, whether your child wants to start in an area they’re familiar with or explore something new.
- Find an extracurricular activity that interests your child (visit your school building page in the left hand navigation of the Student Life section)
- Explore the arts (Fine Arts section)
- Join an SOS Team
- Get involved in a sport (Athletic section). Grade K-6 fall sports registration is done through our online Registration System. To register for Grade 7-12 sports, contact the Athletic Department; necessary paperwork for Gr. 7-12 sports is linked from the Parent Page
- SummerFlight is another great way to get connected through Day Camps, SpringHill at CHCA, Specialty Camps and For-credit HS Classes
I suppose my child will want to eat at some point during the school day…
Brown-bagging it is always welcome, but GTC (our school lunch provider) provides great meals for your child as well. EBL ES, Armleder and CHCA Middle School families can even prepay for a lunch card that stays on file at the cafeteria. That way, the card stays put, your kid gets lunch, and no one has to search for lunch money in the couch cushions at the last minute each morning. Find lunch card forms for each building on the Parent Page.
Does CHCA have after-school care?
You bet. EBL ES, Armleder and CHCA Middle School students can take advantage of extended day programs at each of their buildings. These are described in detail in the Student Life section.
What kind of medical information does CHCA need?
All students need an Authorization for Emergency Response form on file in the nurse’s office before the first day of school to help our school nurses learn about any medical needs for your child. Preschoolers, 7th graders and any students who need to take over-the-counter or prescription drugs at school have other required forms. All forms are available on the Back to School 2012-2013 and Parent Page.