St. Mary Catholic SchoolMt. Clemens

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FAQs

General Questions

What time does school begin and end?

Full Day Kindergarten & Grades 1 - 8:  7:50 - 3:10
AM Preschool: 8:00 - 11:00
AM Kindergarten: 7:50 - 11:30
PM Preschool: 12:00 - 3:00
Full Day Preschool: 8:00 - 3:10
Little Mountaineers: 1:00 - 2:30

What is the school dress code?
Preschool and Kindergarten students do not wear school uniforms. Casual comfortable attire should be worn so that every child feels comfortable while painting, playing, sitting on the carpet, etc.

1st - 8th Grade: Official St. Mary Catholic School Uniform
Preschool and Kindergarten: Casual dress clothes
Download the St. Mary School Dress Code


Does St. Mary School offer hot lunch?
Hot lunch is served on a daily basis. The meals are prepared on site in our kitchen. Our lunch menu is designed strictly for our students, allowing us to gear the menu to their tastes while providing a healthy well-balanced lunch daily. Our menu meets the dietary guidelines set by the Secretary of Agriculture in Washington D.C.


Are childcare services available before/after school?
St. Mary Backpacks (latchkey) is available before and after school. The morning session opens at 7:00 and lasts until school begins. The afternoon session begins immediately after school until 6:00 pm. There is a $35 yearly registration fee. Latchkey costs $4.00 an hour and is billed on the 1/2 hour. For additional information, see our Latchkey page.


What non-homeroom (also known as "Specials") classes does St. Mary School offer?
Special classes are offered each week and vary by grade level.
Spanish: Grades K - 8
Computers: Grades K - 8
Library: Grades K - 8
Art: Grades 1 - 8
Gym: Grades Pre K - 8
Music: Grades Pre K - 8

What Student Groups are available to St. Mary School students?

Altar Servers: Grades 5-8
Art Club Grades 4 - 8
Beginning Band
Boy Scouts: Grades 1 - 5
Chess Club: Grades 4 - 8
Children's Choir: Grades 3 - 8
Children's Ministry: Preschool - Grade 5
Concert Band
CYO Sports: Grades 5 - 8
       3rd and 4th Grade Boys & Girls Instructional Basketball
       1st - 4th Grade Co - Ed Indoor Soccer
Drama Club: Grades 3 - 8
Green Team: Grades 3 - 8
Girl Scouts: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
Newspaper Club: Grades 4 - 8
Spanish Club
Student Council: Grades 3 - 8
National Junior Honor Society: Grades 6 - 8

For more information, visit our Student Groups page.


What athletic teams are available for student participation?
Co-ed Indoor Soccer: Grades 1 - 4
Instructional Boys and Girls Basketball: Grades 3 - 4
CYO Boys and Girls Soccer: Grades 5 - 8
CYO Girls Softball: Grades 5 - 8
CYO Boys Baseball: Grades 5 - 8
CYO Co-ed Lacrosse: Grades 5 - 8
CYO Girls Volleyball Grades 5 - 8
CYO Co-ed Bowling: Grades 5 - 8

Additional information can be found on our Athletics page.

 
 

Volunteer Hours 

How many hours do I have to commit/volunteer for?
The families of St. Mary students in Full Day Kindergarten through Grade 8 are required to provide 12 hours of volunteer service and 3 lunch duties per school year (Half Day Kindergarten - 12 hours of volunteer service; no lunch duty). These hours may be accumulated through participation in activities offered through the school. The hours will be calculated from September 1 til May 15 of the current school year.

Why do I have to volunteer hours to the school?
A school rich with volunteers contributes to a community atmosphere - which is precisely what we strive for. Providing these hours also contributes to the success of our events.


Must I provide the Volunteer Hours?
If you are unable to volunteer, you will be asked to pay $15.00 per hour and/or $15.00 per lunch period that are not fulfilled.

What are some potential volunteer activities?
Almost all of the activities hosted by the Parent Action Committee (PAC) count toward your volunteer hours. Some of these activities include: Pennies from Heaven, Box Tops, Daddy/Daughter Dance, Mom/Son Outing, Open House, Spirit Wear, Catholic Schools Week, Santa Shop, and Book Fair.

Please see our Volunteer Opportunities List for opportunities to participate.


What activities do not count toward the Volunteer Hours Requirement?
Booster Club activities and field trips where chaperones are not necessary do not count toward the volunteer commitment.

 

New Families

When is the St. Mary School Open House?
Our New Family Open House is held the last Sunday in January from 1:00 - 4:00pm. Current families and new families are invited to attend our second Open House in March. This date fluctuates; please call the school office  at 586.458.4570 for date confirmation.

 
Can I take a tour of the school?
Yes! All prospective families are encouraged to tour the school during the school day and bring their child along if possible. please call the school office to schedule a tour!

Students entering grades 2-8 are invited to attend St. Mary School for a day prior to enrolling. It is a nice opportunity for the student to meet new friends, learn the layout of the school, and be introduced to their prospective teachers and school staff.


What are tuition rates for St. Mary School?
For complete tuition information, including In-Parish and Out-of-Parish rates, please stop by the school office, or call us at 586-468-4570.

How do I qualify for In-Parish tuition rates?
In order to be considered in-parish for tuition, you must be an active member of St. Peter Parish. Please call the school office at 586-468-4570 for complete information.
 
What are class size limits?
3 Year - old Preschool: 18 students per session with a certified teacher and a full-time aide
4 Year - old Preschool: 20 students per session with a certified teacher and a full-time aide
Half Day and Full Day Kindergarten: 26 students
1st and 2nd Grades: 24 students
3rd - 5th Grades: 28 Students
6th - 8th Grades: 28 - 30 Students

 
What is the entrance age for Preschool and Kindergarten?
3 year - old preschoolers must be 3 by September 1st and toilet trained.
4 year - old preschoolers must be 4 by September 1st
Kindergartners must be 5 by September 1st

 
What is included in the Preschool/Kindergarten curriculum?
Our Preschool Program Brochure describes areas of student growth in creative expression, motor skill, language arts, math, religion, science and social/emotional development.

Our Kindergarten Curriculum Overview describes areas of student growth in phonological awareness, motor skill, handwriting, religion, math, reading readiness, oral language, science, social studies, and development of work habits.

 
How are new Kindergarten and First Grade students assessed?
The Brigance Assessment is administered to all new Kindergartners and 1st Graders to St. Mary School. This is done to ensure that St. Mary School is the appropriate educational placement for your child. Our teaching staff will also use the testing information to gain a greater insight into our new students. The screening requires no preparation on the part of the student being tested.


I am interested in registering my child at St. Mary School. What is the registration process?
When? Registration for current families begins at the end of January.
How? Registration packets are available for all grades in the school office.

Current family tuition MUST be paid in full in order to register for the upcoming school year.
Be sure to use blue or black ink on the Student Enrollment Card.
Make checks payable to St. Mary School.
New student placement in grades 2 - 8 based on report card review and school visitation. Registration confirmation will be emailed home after processing.
In order to register, the following information will be needed:

Preschool:
Student Enrollment Card (please specify 3 or 4 year old and AM or PM classes)
Medical Treatment Release Form (salmon)
Smart Tuition Application
Child Information
Probation Policy form
Parish Acknowledgment Form
Student Media Permission Form
Health Appraisal (green) completed by physician
Updated Immunization Record
$160 Annual Fee (per family)
$150 Registration Fee per student (non-refundable)

If not currently attending St. Mary School, additional documents are required:

Birth Certificate (original* or copy)
Baptismal Record (if Catholic, original* or copy)
Immunization Record
Concussion Awareness Form
School Records Release Form
Financial Disclaimer
Current Report Card

*original documents will be returned


Kindergarten:
Student Enrollment Card (green)
Medical Treatment Release Form (salmon)
Smart Tuition Application
Probation Policy form
Parish Acknowledgment Form
Student Media Permission Form
Updated Immunization Record
Volunteer Service Hours Form
$160 Annual Fee (per family)
$150 Registration Fee per student (non-refundable)

If not currently attending St. Mary School, additional documents are required:

Birth Certificate (original* or copy)
Baptismal Record (if Catholic, original* or copy)
Immunization Record
Vision and Hearing Screening
Concussion Awareness Form
School Records Release Form
Financial Disclaimer

*original documents will be returned


1st - 8th Grades:
Student Enrollment Card (blue)
Medical Treatment Release Form (salmon)
Smart Tuition Application
Probation Policy form
Parish Acknowledgment Form
Student Media Permission Form
Volunteer Service Hours Form
$160 Annual Fee (per family) *separate check
$150 Registration Fee per student (non-refundable)

If not currently attending St. Mary School, additional documents are required:
Birth Certificate (original* or copy)
Baptismal Record (if Catholic, original* or copy)
Immunization Record
Concussion Awareness Form
School Records Release Form
Financial Disclaimer
Current Report Card

*original documents will be returned