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Student Handbook

Curriculum/Cultural Activities

The following cultural activities are part of our curriculum and are annual events at our school: Oktoberfest, Skt. Martinstag, Skt. Nikolaustag, Weihnachtsfeier, Fasching and the Abschlussfeier.

Back to School Day

Early in the fall semester, teachers will share with parents and guardians an overview of the curriculum and answer questions.

Absence

An absence should be reported in advance by emailing each student’s teacher.  Please provide the student’s name, date of absence and reason of absence.  The teacher can prepare the homework for the following week, which may be picked up at the end of the day, given to a designated student or emailed if possible.   Kindly report an absence by 7:00AM.

Report Cards

Report cards are issued twice per school year.

Library

GLSW maintains a German-language library for the use of its students. Teachers take their respective classes each week to the library at assigned times. Students must return the book taken home the previous week in order to take out a new book.  The school welcomes donations to the library of new or gently-used books.

Emergency/Illness

Every student or parent must fill out the emergency contact and medical section of the annual Registration Form. In case of emergency (illness), the teacher or the principal will endeavor to follow the instructions given on the form.

Emergency Telephone Number

The emergency telephone number of the German Language School Westwood is 201-675-7281.  Please use only in the event of a true emergency as calls may disrupt classes.

Fire Drills

Fire drills are held twice a year so that each student becomes aware of the procedures that he or she must follow in the event of an actual fire.

Entering the Building

To maintain building security, parents, students and teachers are asked to enter and exit the building only through the front door.

Arrival at School

A parent or legal guardian of students in Kindergarten though Level 6 is to bring their child or children into the classroom at the appointed time.  The parent or guardian must make sure that the teacher is present before leaving.  At no time should a child or children just be dropped off or left alone in the classroom.

Dismissal: Kindergarten to Level 4

At dismissal time, all students in Kindergarten through Level 4 are to wait in the classroom for their parent or legal guardian.  No child/children will be dismissed into the hallway until their parent or guardian arrives. If a child is to be released into the custody of a person other than a parent or legal guardian, a written permission slip must be in the teacher’s possession before class.

Dismissal: (older students) Levels 5-8 and Level 9/10

Levels 5, 6, 7 and 8 - same as above

Level 9/10 - Since some students drive themselves to school, they can leave class unattended.  GLSW requests a letter from a parent or legal guardian of those students stating their means of transportation.

Discipline: (children’s classes only)

If necessary, the classroom teacher will discipline the child in a constructive manner and speak to the parent(s) or guardian(s).  If the teacher feels the problem is serious or chronic, he or she will refer the matter to the school Principal who will resolve the problem with the parent(s) or guardian(s), teacher and child involved.  If a problem is quite serious, compromising the health or safety or the ability to learn of any student, the Board of Trustees will resolve the problem with the input of the parent(s) or guardian(s), teacher and principal. The Board of Trustees’ decision will be final.

Inclement Weather

Closure of the school and cancellation of classes or a delayed opening due to inclement weather will be posted by early Saturday morning on our website, www.germanschoolnj.org.  A maximum of 2 snow days will be made up during or at the end of the school year to bring the total number of classes during the school year to 30 sessions.  Since our students come from many different towns, road conditions may vary.  The decision to close the school is made by the school Principal with the safety of all students in mind.

Snacks

All students have a snack break in the cafeteria.  No snacks are allowed in the classrooms.  Bagels, coffee, juice and water are sold in the cafeteria as a fundraiser for the school and the German-language library in particular.  Bagels are donated each week by two families or adult students.  No student is allowed to go alone to the cafeteria.  Each class goes and returns to the classroom together with the teacher.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

The German Language School Westwood has instituted the following measures in the event of an emergency that would necessitate evacuation from the building:

All students will evacuate the school building with their respective teachers and go to the GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH at 9 Harrington Avenue in Westwood.

In an event as outlined above, parents are to pick up their children at the church.  Every effort to contact parents will be made.

Walking from school: Exit right from the front of Berkeley School and go to the corner of Berkeley and Harrington Avenues. Turn left onto Harrington Avenue and walk ¼ mile to the intersection of Harrington Avenue and Kinderkamack Road.

Driving from school: At the corner of Berkeley and Harrington Avenues, turn left onto Harrington Avenue. Turn right onto Park Place.  Turn left onto Westwood Avenue.  Make a sharp left onto Harrington Avenue.

Enter through the Parish Office door located on Harrington Avenue.  Proceed to downstairs rooms.