FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS…

 

I would like my children to attend the Shining Star Program.  How do I register them?

 

You need to fill out the registration packet, which you can find on the Mary Bray website under the Shining Star Before & After School Program link.  Send a complete registration packet, the first month’s payment, and the $35.00/child registration fee into school.  If it is before the first day of school, you can send it into the Mary Bray main office.  If it is after the first day of school, you can send it in with your child and have them take the registration packet and the check/money order to the main office or directly to the director of the program, Alison Mersiowsky.  Please make sure everything is in an envelope labeled “Shining Star.” 

 

Do I have to pay the registration fee every year?

 

No, you do not.  You are only required to pay the $35.00 registration fee the first year your child attends. 

 

Is there any food provided in the AM or PM session of the program?

 

There isn’t any food provided in the morning session of Shining Star.  However, if your child didn’t have to time to eat breakfast in the morning, they are allowed to bring something from home.

 

In the afternoon session, we do provide a snack.  The snack is different every day and it comes with milk. 

 

Please note that on half days the students are in the program from 12:30-6:00.  They do not have lunch during the school day on half days and there is nothing for them to purchase in the after school program.  Therefore, all students in the Shining Star Program are required to bring a bagged lunch from home on half session days.  Snacks are the only thing provided. 

 

If your child brings their own snack and/or lunch from home, please be sure to pack food that does not require heating.  We are not allowed to heat up any food for the children.

 

What are FLEX tickets? 

 

FLEX tickets are sold in a book of 5 for $105.00.  If your child comes to Shining Star once in a great while, you can purchase the FLEX tickets as opposed to paying the monthly amount.  One ticket is used per session. 

 

If school is closed due to inclement weather, in-service days, etc., is my monthly payment less?  What about the month of June, for example, when the students do not attend school for the entire month? 

 

Your monthly payment is the same amount every month.  We do not charge extra for half days and we do not credit you when school is closed.  You are charged the same amount every month from September to June. 

 

Are my children allowed to bring in anything from home, such as toys, video games, IPods, etc?

 

Students are not allowed to bring any items from home to their classes and they are not allowed to bring any to the Shining Star Program either.  It is school policy.

 

If I am unable to pick up my children from the program, can someone else pick them up for me?

 

In the registration packet (which you are required to fill out when you register) you will find there is a section where you write down “additional pick-up.”  Only those people that you write down on that list are able to pick up your children.

 

However, please note that everyone is required to show their driver’s license as a form of identification, at least for the first few times you come to pick up the children.  We understand that this may be an inconvenience, but it is a safety precaution that we feel very strongly about. 

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION REGARDING HOMEWORK

 

The students that attend the afternoon session of the program are allotted time to start and hopefully complete their homework.  The Shining Star staff circulates while the students are working and guides them when the students need assistance.

 

Rules Regarding Homework…

 

*The homework is checked by one of the Shining Star teachers when the students are finished.  However, we stress that the parents/guardians check the homework as well.  There are only two staff members assisting with homework and it can become difficult to give every student individual attention.

 

*Unfortunately, we are limited with the amount of time we have.  All projects and studying are to be done at home.    

 

*It is the responsibility of the student to do their homework.  We will not check planners, go through backpacks, or plea with students to start their assignments.  When we form a line for homework, it is your child’s responsibility to get in that line.

 

*It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work on homework in the computer lab.  We ask that all of the children are quiet, prepared, ready to work, and respectful of the room and the items in the room.

 

*We understand that students need time to adjust to their new schedules, classmates, and teachers at the beginning of a new school year.  For the first two weeks of school, students will be permitted to go back to their classrooms (accompanied by a staff member) if they forget any books, homework, etc.  However, after those two weeks, they are not allowed back to their classrooms for any reason.  The teachers provide your children with plenty of time before the end of the school day to gather up all of their belongings.  We try to instill qualities in your children, and personal responsibility is no exception.  Please stress to your children to double check their backpacks before they leave their classroom for the day.