St. Mary School is a Christian educational community that offers parents the opportunity of a sound academic and faith-filled experience for their children. St. Mary School is open to students of all faiths and religions, offering physical education, art, music, computer, Spanish and library along with all basic subjects and religion classes.

How To Register
St. Mary School is accepting registrations for Preschool- 3, Kindergarten – 4 and grades Kindergarten through 8th for the 2015-2016 school year.

For more information or to register, please call the school office at (920) 487-5004 or stop in the school office to pick up a registration packet at 214 Church Street, Algoma, WI 54201.

Preschool-3 and Kindergarten-4 Programs
St. Mary Preschool – 3 and K-4 programs are open to children ages three through five. The child must be 3 years of age by September 1 to enroll in the Preschool-3 program. The child must be 4 years of age by September 1 to enroll in the K-4 program. The child MUST be toilet trained to attend St. Mary Preschool. Practical, durable, and very washable clothing is best suited for preschool.

As the Bible teaches, “God does not show favoritism” Acts 10:3. Therefore, St. Mary Preschool admits students of any sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin and all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities are generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, educational policies, admission policies, and other school-administered programs.

St. Mary Preschool-3 sessions are held Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00 – 11:00.
The Kindergarten-4 program is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 – 11:00.

2015-2016 Preschool- 3 /K-4 fees are as follows:

  • Two sessions weekly – $550* per child per year plus $35 Technology fee
  • Four sessions weekly – $1000* per child per year plus $35 Technology fee

A non-refundable registration fee of $50.00 per student MUST accompany registration to ensure your child’s placement into the program. Preschool fee payments must be made monthly beginning September 1 and continuing through June 1 of the current school year. Statements will be issued monthly for your convenience.

Registration is held in spring and throughout the summer as needed. Tours of the school can be arranged in June or August by contacting the school principal at 487-5004.

Please visit our Preschool Section for more detailed information.

Kindergarten
A child must be 5 years of age by September 1 to enroll in Kindergarten. The child also needs to be screened in the spring semester previous to enrollment, and re-screened in early fall if requested by the teacher.

Along with registration and student emergency data, the school also needs a copy on file of the following:

  • Up-to-date Immunization Record
  • Health Examination Report signed by attending physician

Immunizations
In February 2008, the State of Wisconsin put in to place new immunization requirements. You can view the new requirements here.

State law requires all public and private school students to present written evidence of immunization against certain diseases (diptheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis and chickenpox) within 30 school days of admission. Parents and guardians of children who lack the proper immunizations will be notified and expected to make arrangements to receive the vaccinations.

Wisconsin State Immunization Law also requires that all students provide proof of varicella vaccination or an indication that the child has had the chickenpox disease.

Tuition
Tuition for grades K – 8 for the 2015-2016 school year is $1600.00 per student.   If you are not a member of St. Mary Parish, there is a $650 per family, ‘Out-of-Parish’ fee.

Additional Fees

  • $50 Playground fee/ Family
  • $35 Technology fee /Student Pre K  – 8
  • 450 points of service or fund raising for the St. Mary School Home & School Association. Please see the Home & School Association section for more information. If you have any questions, please let us know!

Upon registration a minimum down payment of $50 per child plus the $50 playground fee is required. Any balance is to be paid monthly from September 1, 2015 – June 1, 2016. All checks for tuition payments are to be made payable to St. Mary School.

No child will be excluded from St. Mary School because of inability to pay tuition. Justice to the child is more important than payment for his/her schooling, even though the latter is needed. Tuition grants are available to assist families with payment of tuition. Please contact Deacon Chuck Agnew- 487-5001 or Principal Linda Layer- 487-5004 to discuss your concerns. All information will be held in strictest confidence.

The playground fee, Technology fee, Book fee and Home & School Commitment points do not fall under any tuition assistance programs.

 

Dress/Uniform Code

It is always expected that clothing and one’s personal appearance will be respectable and appropriate so that it does not distract from the educational process.  For modesty reasons, midriffs must be covered and pants worn at the waist.

All students in Grades K-8 must wear either the St. Mary uniform shirts or solid blue or yellow short-sleeve polo, long-sleeve polo, or crew neck sweatshirts.  During the cool weather season, a plain, solid (any color) fleece may be worn. Students in Grades 3-8 are required to wear their shirts tucked in.

The uniform also consists of PLAIN, solid colored pants which includes corduroys, cotton pants, jeans (no holes or tears), sweatpants, and wind pants (small logo acceptable).  ABSOLUTELY NO TIGHT LEGGINGS /JEGGINGS (pants which fit tightly to the body), OR CAMOUFLAGE will be allowed.   Shorts or capri pants will be allowed during the months of September and May.  Shorts must be no shorter than finger-tip length.

Thursdays will be DRESS FOR JESUS (mass day).  Students should wear the St. Mary uniform shirts or solid blue or yellow short-sleeve polo, long-sleeve polo, or crew neck sweatshirts along with solid plain dress pants. ABSOLUTELY NO JEANS, SWEATPANTS, WINDPANTS, OR CAMOUFLAGE.  Students may choose to “dress up.”  Girls may wear skirts or dresses with proper seasonal leg coverage (tights or leggings). Boys may wear suit and tie, dress shirts, or sweaters.

The last day of the week will be considered a “Casual Day” on which students will be allowed to wear casual attire in place of the school uniform. However, if the last day falls on a mass day, students will be required to DRESS FOR JESUS.  Attire on casual day should not have signs, logos, or statements encouraging the use of drugs or alcoholic beverages nor any statements or graphics that are contrary to the (dress shorts) mission and philosophy of St. Mary School may be worn. Clothes must be modest; under clothing should never be exposed.  Pants with words or phrases written across the backside are not allowed.

Students who wear pierced jewelry may wear one “stud” or “post” type earring per earlobe at school or school activities.  No part of the earring is allowed to hang below the earlobe.  Students may wear a watch and one ring per hand but, no bracelets or necklaces of any type may be worn.

Shoes- Students must wear footwear that is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor activities.  Flip-flops are not allowed as they do not offer protection against injury.  If sandals, clogs, “crocs” or “air-walkers” are worn, they must have a back strap, which is to be used to assure they stay on the student’s feet.

Violations of the uniform policy will be handled as follows:

1st      offense:  The teacher will speak to the student in private.  A note will also be sent home notifying the parents/guardians.  The note must be            returned to school signed by the parents/guardians

2nd      offense:  The student will be spoken to privately by the principal.  A phone call will be made to the parents/guardians.

3rd      offense:  The principal will schedule a conference with the parents and the student to determine why the uniform code violations are occurring and to devise a plan for handling further uniform code violations.

 Transportation
Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from school. Bus transportation is provided by the Algoma Public School System for those eligible to ride the bus. The public school system has contracted Dworak Bus Service from Kewaunee to provide this service. Parents can call Dworak Bus Service in Algoma (920) 487-2920 or Kewaunee (920) 388-2777 – directly to arrange for bus transportation for your student.

Parents may also consider car pooling, especially those who live outside the Algoma school district.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do we have to be Catholic and/or members of St. Mary Parish to send our children to St. Mary School?
A: No. You do not have to be Catholic and can belong to any Parish and send your children to St. Mary School. St. Mary School is open to students of all faiths and religions.

Q: Do we have to live in Algoma, the Algoma Public School District or Kewaunee County to send our children to St. Mary School?
A: No. St. Mary School accepts students from the entire area.

Q: Do we have to apply via the public school district’s open enrollment period in February of each year to send our children to St. Mary School?
A: No. St. Mary School is a private school and you can apply for enrollment at any time during the year.

Q: Can our children visit the classrooms?
A: Yes. Please call or stop in the school office to make arrangements for you and your children to visit the classrooms and receive a tour of the school.

Q: Our children once attended SMS but we transferred them to a different school. Can we transfer them back to SMS?
A: Yes. Please call or stop in the school office to register your children at SMS.

Q: Our financial situation has changed since the beginning of the school year and we no longer feel we can afford the tuition. Can we apply for help?
A: Yes. Please contact Deacon Chuck Agnew- 487-5001 or Principal Linda Layer- 487-5004 to discuss your situation. All information will be held in strictest confidence.

Q: What time is school in session?
A: The entrance bell rings at 7:55 am. School begins at 8:00 am and students are released at 2:55 pm.

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