Frequently Asked Questions


School Day


What are the school hours?

Our school day begins at 8:25 A.M. and ends at 3:05 P.M. for grades 1-8. Our half-day kindergarten students are dismissed at 11:30 A.M. and full-day kindergarten students are dismissed at 3:00 P.M.

Our half-day preschool programs begin at 8:30 A.M. and ends at 11:00 A.M. Our half day five day preschool begins at 8:15 A.M. and ends at 11:30 A.M. Our full-day preschool begins at 8:15 A.M. and ends at 2:30 P.M.

How early can I bring my child to school?

Morning care is available from 7:00 A.M. to 8:15 A.M. ($5 per hour). Regular drop off time is 8:00 A.M. to 8:15 A.M. (supervised at no charge). The tardy bell rings at 8:25 A.M.

Is there a Morning/After-Care program?

Morning care is available from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M., including when there is a 2 hour delay.  After-Care (known as Extended Day) is available from 3:05 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.  Both programs are drop-in and can be utilized when needed.   There is no enrollment fee and the cost is $5 per hour per child.  Learn More

Do the children wear uniforms?

Yes, all children in grades K-8 wear uniforms. There are different options for boys and girls.  Read more about our uniform policies.  Preschool children do not wear uniforms.

Is there a hot lunch program?

Yes, Saint Teresa School offers a daily hot lunch program in the school cafeteria. A meal consisting of an entrée, sides, and fruit is available for $2.75. Milk or juice can be chosen.  An extra entree can be purchased for $1.00 if school lunch was purchased that day or $2.00 if school lunch was not purchased.  If your child has brought their lunch, milk or water can be purchased (cash only).  Read more about our Hot Lunch Program

Do you provide bus transportation?

Bus transportation to and from Saint Teresa for K-8 students is provided by your local public school district. Half-day kindergarten students are transported to school but not from.  Any district within 10 miles of our school is required to provide transportation. Feel free to call our school office or your school district’s transportation coordinator for details.

May my child have a cell phone at school?

Students may not use any type of electronic device at school. Cell phones must be turned off and kept in their backpacks during the school day. If an electronic device is visible, it will be taken away, the student will receive an infraction, and a parent must pick up the device at the school office. We are not responsible for any lost or damaged property. Students may not call home for lunches, homework, projects, etc.

Does Saint Teresa of Avila School require service hours?

No, Saint Teresa of Avila School does not require service hours.  However, we have numerous opportunities to participate in school events and fundraisers, volunteer in your child’s classroom, or do behind-the-scenes work.  There are events and fundraisers during day, evening, and weekend hours.  We ask for your assistance helping us to serve your children and meet fellow school and parish families.

Contact and Information


How do I contact the school or church office?

The school phone number is 412-367-9001 x530. The school fax number is 412-364-1172. The rectory phone number is 412-367-9001.

How do I contact other school families?

A school Directory is sent home the first month of school.

What should I do if my child will be late, is home sick, or has to leave early?

If your child will be late or absent, please call the school office at 412-367-9001 x530 by 8:25 am. If you will be picking up your child early, please send a note to the teacher or call the school office so that your child will be ready when you arrive.

How is information communicated to school families?

At the beginning of the school year a packet is sent home with the family’s youngest child.  The papers should be filled out within the week and returned in the envelope.  Graded work and school news is sent home for the parents to view as completed. The principal posts a weekly newsletter on the school website every Friday. All additional school news is posted on the school website or sent as a OneCall emails or texts.

Education


How do you incorporate the Catholic faith in your school?

Along with weekly Mass, religion class is part of our daily curriculum.  Prayer is woven throughout the day.  Classrooms begin and end their day in prayer and always pray before meals.  Discussions and celebrations of the liturgical seasons and lives of the saints are incorporated throughout the year.  Opportunities for reconciliation are provided during Advent and Lent for all students who have received that sacrament.  Preparation and instruction is provided in second grade for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion and in Eighth grade for Confirmation.

Does my child have to be Catholic to attend Saint Teresa of Avila School?

We welcome students of all faiths. Non-Catholic families who enroll their children in our school appreciate the Catholic faith, values, and prayer taught at the school. They value the atmosphere it provides for their children and are impressed in how it strengthens them spiritually.

What books or supplies does my child need?

We provide all textbooks to our students at no cost. Saint Teresa of Avila School students take responsibility for the care of their textbooks. Each student is responsible for their own school supplies, and a supply list is available on the school website. We greatly appreciate donations of classroom supplies such as tissues and wet wipes.

What special courses does Saint Teresa of Avila offer?

We offer weekly instruction in classes for art, computer/media, music, physical education, and Spanish.  We also have a school library which is open to all students.  Each class visits the library once a week.

Do parents have the opportunity to view their child’s grades online?

Yes, Saint Teresa of Avila has a parent portal called “Option C”.  Parents are given a password to access and view their child’s homework and grades.

What standardized testing program is used?

The Terra Nova test is administered for grades K-8 in April.