Real education develops sound judgment and requires practical application of knowledge in all aspects of learning and in every phase of life.
At Carden Arbor View School, we collaborate to fulfill our mission: to provide the highest quality education of the whole child using the Carden curriculum and philosophy – to educate with joy, growth, enthusiasm, dignity, and respect. Parents and teachers work together to create the best educational environment for the students. In order to sustain this special community, we document policies and procedures in a family handbook to ensure that everyone knows what the expectations are. It is a dynamic document that may change as the need arises. Please read this carefully, and recognize that, by sending your child to CAVS, you are agreeing to abide by all policies and procedures outlined herein. Should you have questions or suggestions for change, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
I wish you all the best for a great school year ahead!
Daniel M. Rosenberg
Head of School
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Carden Arbor View School believes in an education devoted to the Carden Method, an education directed to the whole child, and one that infuses individuality with dignity, self-reliance, and compassion.
At CAVS students build stamina and self-confidence through disciplined effort, at the same time gaining a respect for diligence and hard work. Carden students blossom with an appreciation for life, its complexity as well as its joy and richness, and come to understand that the gift of knowledge carries with it certain moral and spiritual obligations to society that foster not just noble ambitions but unselfish service.
We hold these values both as a standard of conduct and as an outgrowth of the Carden Arbor View experience for students, faculty, staff, and everyone embraced in its family.
The Mission of Carden Arbor View School is to provide the highest quality education of the whole child using the Carden curriculum and philosophy – to educate with joy, growth, enthusiasm, dignity, and respect.
Carden Arbor View School is committed to being an exemplary Carden school. In pursuit of this vision, we will provide a well-trained staff dedicated to fostering a strong academic foundation utilizing the traditional Carden Educational Program. We offer our families a collaborative atmosphere that prepares the whole child for life. Within our innovative learning environment, we afford students of our diverse community the ability to reach their highest potential.
Carden Arbor View School admits students of any race, color, religion, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, religious creed, sexual orientation, age, national and ethnic origin, or ancestry, in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or its athletic or other school-administered programs.
Carden Arbor View School is an equal opportunity employer that complies with federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in the workplace. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, disability, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, and genetic information.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement
At Carden Arbor View School, we believe that every student should have an educational experience that leads to a deeper understanding of and respect for different people and perspectives so that our students graduate fully prepared to engage with the exciting and wonderful diversity of this world. We further believe that a diverse and inclusive community is more compassionate and more sustainable than one that excludes those who are different. To that end, we strive to enroll a student body and employ a faculty and staff that fully reflect the makeup of our Inland Empire community. Furthermore, we commit to ensuring a sense of belonging so that every individual in our community feels safe, welcomed, valued, and included and is treated with respect and empathy.
The Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the school’s fiduciary and guardian of the mission statement. The trustees consult with and advise the Head of School, but they do not take part in the active administration of the school. The board also hires and supports the Head of School and is responsible for the head’s yearly evaluation. The Board of Trustees has strict by-laws that it must adhere to; these by-laws are the procedures by which the trustees govern the school. For more information about the board and its roles and responsibilities, visit the Board of Trustees page on the school website.
The Head of School is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school. He is supported by a team of administrators, faculty, and staff.
Principles of Good Practice for Parents and Independent Schools
Carden Arbor View School, an active member of both the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), adheres to the principles of good practice as outlined on the CAIS website. These principles state: “To be successful, every independent school needs and expects the cooperation of parents, who must understand and embrace the school's mission, share its core values, and fully support its curriculum, faculty, and staff. When joined by a common set of beliefs and purposes, the independent school and its parents form a powerful team with far-reaching positive effects on children and the entire school community. Working together, parents and school professionals exert a strong influence on children to become better educated; they also help them to mature by modeling adult working relationships based upon civility, honesty, and respect. In practice, the greatest impediment to effective teamwork between independent schools and parents grows out of misunderstandings about school decision-making processes: Who makes decisions in independent schools? How are those decisions made? Independent schools must communicate their procedures to parents who, in turn, share the important responsibility to become informed members of the school community.”
The school acknowledges the positive impact that an involved parent body can have upon a school and its students. Parental involvement in the school sends a message to the child that school is very important. Moreover, parent participation can create bonds between parent and child that strengthen the family unit and aid in the development of healthy, happy children.
The school has designed a parent participation program to provide students with positive modeling in leadership, dedication, and involvement. Each family is required to volunteer a total of ten hours in school activities each year. For more information on parent participation, please refer to information distributed during registration each year or contact Mrs. Lisa Filpi.
Parent Ambassador Program
Parent ambassadors serve as liaisons of the school within the internal and external school communities. Their primary role includes:
Welcoming and supporting new families to Carden by providing ongoing information.
Participating in events to expand the surrounding community’s awareness of the school.
Attending meetings throughout the year to maintain the most current communication regarding school events and programs.
Participation in the ambassador program is voluntary. All parents are encouraged to become ambassadors.
Tuition & Re-enrollment
The school offers three tuition plans: monthly (10 months), 60/40, and tuition in full. Each plan begins on July 1st and has a five-day grace period before incurring late fees. Details can be found in the enrollment agreement within Curacubby.
Enrollment contracts are in effect for one academic year. While we anticipate that the vast majority of our kindergarten through seventh grade students will return for the 2022-2023 school year, expectation for enrollment past one year of the contract is neither stated nor implied. Re-enrollment at CAVS is based on a student’s academic performance and behavior as well as the parents’ support of the school. If a student’s academic performance and/or behavior is significantly below the school’s standards, the faculty and administration will meet to determine whether or not CAVS is the best place for that student. Parents will be informed of the situation, and a re-enrollment contract may be withheld until a determination can be made as to whether or not the student is able to return. In addition, as outlined in the National Association of Independent School’s Principles of Good Practice of Parents, cooperation between the parents and the school is the foundation for a successful independent school experience. To that end, CAVS needs and expects parents to support the school’s mission, faculty, and administration. Should issues arise that cannot be resolved in a constructive manner or should parents consistently disregard school rules and policies, the school may choose to deny re-enrollment.
In addition to the financial obligations associated with tuition, parents bear financial responsibility for all school-related fees. In addition, parents are financially responsible for replacing or repairing school-owned materials (including textbooks, equipment, and computers) if the items are damaged by the actions of the parents’ child(ren).
CAVS is a nonprofit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As a nonprofit, all donations of cash and gifts to CAVS are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
As a successful independent school, CAVS depends on philanthropic support above and beyond tuition in order to sustain our high-caliber programs and to retain outstanding faculty and staff. It is important that each family understands how critical it is that we achieve a high level of participation and volunteerism. The immense generosity of CAVS donors and committed volunteers has created a powerful culture of giving on our campus. CAVS families understand that it is their responsibility to make financial and volunteer contributions, commensurate with their personal ability, throughout their tenure at the school.
Giving is an established tradition at CAVS, and the Arbor View Annual Fund is the cornerstone of the school’s giving program. Gifts to this campaign are solicited throughout the year and may be directed to a budgeted area of school need. We ask that each family make a donation that is commensurate with their ability. These tax-deductible gifts may be made in the form of cash, check, credit card, or stock. Pledges are also accepted, as are corporate matching gifts. Donors are gratefully acknowledged through various means, including the annual report.
Our spring CAPER (Celebrating Achievement, Perseverance, Education, and Responsibility) gala is a highly anticipated and successful fundraising event. The community comes together to raise funds in support of annual giving priorities determined by the administration and the board. There are ample ways in which parents can volunteer time and support for this event.
Occasionally the school may ask for a restricted gift, a financial contribution for a specific project of initiative.
CAVS encourages families to be active participants in the aforementioned fundraising activities. Therefore, private fundraising or collection of goods by parents and students for any outside community activity is not allowed. From time to time, certain humanitarian causes may warrant our community’s involvement. These separate fundraisers are typically organized by our Student Council and must be approved by the Head of School.
Effective communication is vital to a vibrant school and must be continuous and accurate in nature. Nothing can be accomplished for, or by, our students without a right sense of communication. When the need arises to communicate with the school, it is essential that information be exchanged effectively and accurately. All members of our community are expected to be courteous and respectful when communicating with others.
Please ensure your Curacubby account in the online portal is up-to-date with accurate phone numbers and email addresses.
On occasion, parents will have questions about what is occurring in the classroom. These questions should be addressed with the teacher directly. Please understand, though, that teachers spend their days working directly with students and developing and maintaining a high-caliber curriculum for the children. It is imperative that teachers have adequate time to plan and prepare their lessons. To that end, when wishing to communicate with a teacher, please either send your question via email or make an appointment to speak in-person by either emailing or calling the teacher at school. Teachers often are unable to respond to emails immediately, but will do so within one school day of receipt. Teachers are not able to conference with parents during supervision duties, including arrival, dismissal, and recess times.
Early intervention and open communication provides the best opportunity for the resolution of difficulties. Parents should let their child’s teachers know of any family matter that may have an impact on the child’s learning and development. In addition, please inform the school if a child is receiving tutoring or psychological/learning assessments outside of school. Teachers are best able to meet a child’s learning and social-emotional needs when they have as much information as possible.
Head of School Communication
The Head of School has an open door policy and welcomes engagement with members of the parent community. If parents have broader concerns or wishes to seek the Head’s advice, that parent is welcome to make an appointment with the Head by calling the school or emailing Mrs. Mary Fitzgerald. If a parent has a concern connected to a specific faculty or staff member, the parent should contact that employee first. Conflicts can most easily be resolved when parties speak directly to one another. If speaking directly to the faculty or staff member does not satisfy the parent’s concerns, the parent may then reach out to the Head of School.
Throughout the year it is important for all parents to learn about some aspect of the school program or a school issue in a timely manner. This type of communication is handled in a message from the Head of School which will be sent via email.
Procedure for Communicating Concerns
If the concern is the student’s and the student is able, they should initiate a conversation with the teacher. If desired, a middle school student may also reach out to their advisor for support. This type of self-advocacy is a valuable skill that will serve the student well, both now and in the future. Parents are encouraged to follow up with the child to see how the conversation went.
If further action is required or if the concern is the parent’s, the parent should email or call the teacher or staff member with whom the parent has a concern and make an appointment to speak with the teacher or staff member.
If the issue is unresolved after speaking with the teacher or staff member, parents should inform the employee that they do not feel the issue is resolved. The parent can then reach out to the Head of School.
If, after meeting with the Head of School, the parent remains dissatisfied, the parent may appeal to the Board of Trustees. All appeals to the Board must be in writing, and the Board reserves the right to decline to hear any appeal. Should the Board agree to hear the parent’s appeal, a representative from the Board will communicate the next steps to the parent. The Board’s decision, including a decision to not hear the appeal, will be final.
The Call of the Cougar e-newsletter containing information and announcements will be sent via email every other Sunday with information and announcements. To submit information for the newsletter, email Mrs. Kayla Lambrecht.
Telephone Communication with Children During the School Day
Students are prohibited from using cell phones during school hours, including child care hours. Students who must carry a cell phone should turn it off upon entering the campus and store it in their backpack or locker.
The phone in the school office is for school business. Students will be permitted to use the telephone with permission from authorized personnel if there is a true need for them to do so.
Parents who need to communicate with their children during the school day must communicate through the front office. Parents should not email, call, text, or message their children directly. The front office staff can relay any necessary information to students at a time that does not distract from the child’s school day.
Please contact the school office at 909-982-9919 as soon as possible in an emergency situation.
In a school emergency, the school will notify parents as quickly as possible via phone and email. Parents must ensure that the office is informed of current home, cell, and work phone numbers via Curacubby.
In the event of a school closure or disaster, the school will make every effort to communicate with parents as soon as possible. This may include utilizing the emergency notification system via Curacubby and posting information on the school website.
Parent-teacher conferences take place in October and January for all students and may occur again in May for students with special circumstances. These conferences provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to share information on students’ academic, social, and physical progress. Parents should attend conferences at their scheduled time, as the teachers are unable to schedule multiple requests for alternate conference days.
Parents, teachers, or the administration may request other special conferences as necessary throughout the year. In consideration of the classroom teachers’ schedules, parents should schedule all conferences with ample advanced notice by contacting teachers directly, either by phone or, preferably, via email. Teachers are rarely able to participate in impromptu conferences, and immediate availability is typically reserved for emergencies only.
Student Progress Reports
Teachers prepare written progress reports each trimester. Specific information related to grading and classroom expectations will be shared at Back to School Night.
Each student and family has access through QuickSchools to view grades (middle school only) and to receive important teacher/class information. Parents should visit each teacher’s page to learn about their student’s program and stay abreast of upcoming class events and activities.
The office maintains cumulative records for each student. Parents may make an appointment with administration to review their child’s cumulative folder. Cumulative records include all progress reports and the results of achievement tests administered at CAVS.
Attendance & Absences
The school expects each student to attend every school day except in the event of illness/injury, religious holidays, high school visits that occur as part of the high school admissions process, occasional medical appointments that are not able to be scheduled outside of school hours, and funeral/bereavement leave. Parents must notify the school promptly when their child will be absent by notifying the front office and the homeroom teacher (grades K-5) or advisor(s) (grades 6-8) by 9:00 a.m.
Students who are ill may not attend school. This is the best defense against the spread of contagious diseases, including COVID-19 and influenza. If a student exhibits an elevated temperature (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), vomiting, diarrhea, a rash of unknown origin, or other severe symptoms of illness, they should remain home for a period of 24 hours following the last sign of symptoms or bring in a note from a physician approving the child’s return to school. With respect to a fever, the student must be fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication.
If a student has been absent for an extended period and/or has visited a physician, his or her family should contact the teacher. The note should describe any limitations in activities or considerations in monitoring the child’s participation.
In the event of an extended absence due to illness or bereavement, the teachers will work with the family in order to ensure the student catches up with missed material.
Prompt arrival is critical to a student’s academic success; therefore, it is imperative that all students arrive on time each day. Students who arrive after the start of school (8:30 a.m. for kindergarten or 8:00 a.m. for all other grades) will be marked tardy. All students arriving more than 15 minutes late must be signed into school by a parent/guardian. To protect the other students’ academic learning time, repeated tardiness may result in a conference with the student, parent, teacher, and administration.
The school asks parents to make every possible effort to schedule student appointments outside of school hours. Please notify teachers in writing at least one day in advance regarding appointments that are scheduled during school hours. On the day of the appointment, a parent or other authorized adult must sign the student out in the office, and then sign the student in upon his or her return to school.
|6:30 a.m.||Child care opens|
|7:30 a.m.||School office opens|
|7:40 a.m.||Drop off begins for grades 1-8 (no child care fees)|
|8:00 a.m.||Start of school for grades 1-8, playground is open for kindergarten students not in child care|
|8:10 a.m.||Drop off begins for kindergarten (no child care fees)|
|8:30 a.m.||School begins for kindergarten|
|2:30 p.m.||Dismissal for kindergarten|
|3:00 p.m.||Dismissal for grades 1-8|
|4:30 p.m.||School office closes|
Child care closes
The school office opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 4:30 p.m. After hour messages may be left with child care personnel or on the school answering machine.
Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
For Students in Grades 1-8: School begins at 8:00 a.m. Students may arrive on campus as early as 6:30 a.m. when child care opens. Students arriving before 7:40 a.m. must sign-in to child care and will incur child care charges.
For Kindergarten Students: School begins at 8:30 a.m. Kindergarten students may arrive on campus as early as 6:30 a.m., when child care opens. Kindergarten students arriving before 8:10 a.m. must sign-in to child care. Kindergarten students with older siblings may sign-in as early as 7:40 a.m. and not incur child care charges. Kindergarten students without older siblings will incur child care charges when they arrive prior to 8:10 a.m.
For the children’s safety, the school has established an orderly traffic pattern for the San Antonio parking lot. All vehicles must enter the parking lot through the south driveway from the right turn lane of San Antonio Avenue and exit to the right through the north driveway. Please do not turn left when exiting the school lot. Parents should not leave their cars parked against the curb, as it obstructs the flow of traffic in and out of the parking lot.
Afternoon dismissal begins at 2:30 p.m. for kindergarten students and at 3:00 p.m. for students in grades 1-8. Drivers entering the San Antonio lot should give the name of their students to the dismissal attendant. Each student will be dismissed from his or her classroom and escorted to the awaiting vehicle.
If parents plan to exit their cars to either drop off or pick up their child(ren) at the school gate, they should park in the Magnolia Park parking lot to the north of the school. They may leave their child(ren) at the open gate during arrival and wait for them just outside of the gate for dismissal after notifying the dismissal attendant of their arrival. Students must have written permission to be released to leave school with anyone other than those listed on their emergency information form. Families are discouraged from allowing students to make last minute arrangements.
Teachers will not be available to conference with parents during the dismissal period. Arrangements should be made to meet with a teacher prior to 8:00 a.m. or after 3:15 p.m.
The campus entry gate is located under the pergola and leads directly to the courtyard. During regular arrival and dismissal times, students will enter and exit the campus via this gate. Outside of arrival and dismissal times, students must enter through the gate that leads to the front office. This gate is just north of the campus entry gate.
Biking and Walking to and from School
Students in the third grade or above may ride their bicycles to school if their parents have filed a written permission form with the office. A lock and chain must secure all bicycles. Students must leave skates or skateboards in the office. No bicycle riding, roller blading, skating, or skateboarding is permitted on campus at any time.
Students living within walking distance of the school must have written permission from their parents on file in the school office if they will be walking to or from school. Students in grades K-2 may not walk to or from school alone.
The school encourages the use of carpools. Parents should contact the school office for information regarding other students who live in their area. If a carpool is arranged, please notify the office of all students in the carpool and the carpool drivers.
Visiting Friends After School
The school releases students only to their parents and persons listed on the emergency information form. If a student wishes to visit the home of another student at dismissal time or when leaving the child care program, both students must bring a note from their parents or parents must send emails indicating they agree to the activity. These notes must be turned into the office before the beginning of the school day. Last minute “playdates” are discouraged.
Visitors on Campus
Carden Arbor View School is a closed campus. All persons visiting campus or who have business on campus must enter through the office. All individuals on the school campus must sign the Visitor’s Register in the office and obtain a visitor’s badge. Due to COVID-19, all visitors must wear a face covering and are not permitted in classrooms during instructional time except under special circumstances.
Except for CAVS alumni currently in high school or a school-sanctioned extra-curricular activity that includes students from other schools, children who do not attend CAVS are not permitted on campus without a parent or guardian. Those children must remain with the parent or guardian throughout their time on campus.
As a small school, the majority of our students spend their days in classes with all children in their respective grade level. As students get older, they may be in different sections either by their choice (e.g., world language) or faculty choice (e.g., middle school advisory and math placement). Placement determined by faculty is taken very seriously by the school. We want all of our students to be matched with teachers and classmates who will bring out the very best in them. While parents’ insights into their children are always welcomed, in the end, the school will make the final decisions regarding class placement. The school appreciates parents’ support on being positive with their children in helping the children understand that there may be an occasion when they are not with their preferred best friend or teacher.
Students may not take summer school classes or engage in summer tutoring to test out of certain classes without prior approval from the Head of School. Families who wish to accelerate their children in math or world language should meet with their child’s math or world language teacher first. With teacher approval, the student may be given the opportunity to take an assessment to determine whether or not they may advance.
Homework is an integral part of Carden Arbor View School’s academic program. Homework is used specifically to develop positive work habits and attitudes in working independently. Teachers use homework to reinforce material previously understood or presented, to teach independent study habits, to prepare for or to follow-up a lesson, and to provide a challenge for students beyond the school day. The amount and frequency of homework any student has is dependent upon many factors, including: study habits, pace, comprehension of the material assigned, etc. If a parent finds that homework time is especially stressful for the child and/or that their child is spending a disproportionate amount of their after-school time on schoolwork, they should reach out to the teacher.
At the beginning of the school year, teachers at each grade level will share their expectations regarding homework with parents and students. Some general guidelines are below:
Students should not need to stay up past their bedtime to complete homework.
Students benefit from a comfortable working place that is separated from potential distractions such as siblings, toys, games, TV, technology, etc. Parents are encouraged to talk with their child about the best location for homework completion and to allow students to have a voice in selecting this spot.
Homework should be student-generated and reflect the students’ actual thoughts and work. The homework is for the student to complete and, unless otherwise stated, is not an assignment for the family to do together.
As a general rule, teachers avoid assigning homework on a Friday that is due the following Monday, and homework is not assigned over holiday breaks, although students may use these times to work on long-term projects and complete make-up work.
Students and parents are encouraged to read together on a daily basis.
Homework & Absences
The school allows students absent from school for one or two days an equal amount of time to complete missing assignments after returning to school. If the student is out of school for one or two days due to illness, please do not call the school office and request homework assignments; getting well should be the priority at that point. The teacher will work with the student to catch up upon their return.
On the third day of a student’s absence, parents may contact the teacher and request homework assignments. Requests made by 10:00 a.m. should be available in the office at 3:00 p.m. Requests made later in the day may not be available in the school office until the next morning. Depending on the assignment, the teacher may choose not to send work home and instead work with the student upon their return to campus in order to catch the child up on any work missed.
If a student knows in advance that they will miss school, it is the student’s responsibility, if they are old enough to do so, to contact the teacher(s) and solicit work prior to the absence. For our younger students, parents should reach out to the teacher in advance.
Relationships among students and teachers are rooted in mutual respect and trust. Therefore, it is the expectation of the school that students will always be truthful and that submitted work will always be their own. Students may not:
- Give or receive help on a quiz or test.
Have study notes visible during any non-open book assessment.
Use another person’s ideas, writings, or inventions as their own without proper citation.
Represent a classmate’s assignments as their own.
Any violation of these academic integrity guidelines will result in a zero for the assignment and additional disciplinary action as determined by the teacher and, if appropriate, the Head of School.
Employees of the school may not tutor their current students or any students immediately entering or exiting their grade level. Such an arrangement constitutes a direct conflict with our obligation to provide our educational services to our current students for the amount paid in tuition. In addition, such arrangements can lead to the appearance of a conflict of interest. Tutoring is not required for most CAVS students. If a teacher feels as though a student would benefit from outside tutoring, the teacher will let the parents know. No private tutoring for compensation may occur on campus.
As is done in most independent schools, CAVS administers standardized tests to all children in grades 1-8 each year, currently in the spring. The school may schedule additional standardized testing for some grades throughout the school year.
The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) V test is designed by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) for independent schools. It was not designed to measure student achievement in the Carden curriculum; however, this test is useful in tracking individual student’s progress over time and for educational planning. Test results are shared with parents in the fall, and parents are welcome to speak with their child’s teacher, the ERB testing coordinator, or the Head of School about the results.
Books issued to students, including consumable and reusable books, are the students’ responsibility for the year. If a student loses or damages a book beyond what is considered normal wear and tear, the cost of replacement will be billed to the student’s school account after the parent has been notified.
Students are provided access to technology, including the internet, while on campus. All school rules regarding appropriate behavior apply when using technology. In addition, technology at school may only be utilized for academic reasons. During the first days of school, teachers review in more depth grade-level appropriate expectations for computer use. Additional information may be shared with parents at Back to School Night.
Physical Education & Motor Development Programs
Physical education and motor development activities are part of the school’s required curriculum. Students in kindergarten through 4th grade participate in motor development classes. Students in 1st through 8th grades participate in physical education activities. The school does not excuse students from physical education or motor development classes unless the student presents a written notice specifically stating (a) the reason for non-attendance or non-participation, and (b) the length of time the child is to be excused from class. The reason for non-attendance or non-participation must be legitimate for an exemption to occur. An alternative assignment not requiring physical activity may be given.
Students who require additional academic support will be offered assistance in a variety of ways. Teachers differentiate instruction in the classroom as appropriate, and the students regularly spend time receiving small-group instruction. In addition, support staff are available to provide remediation.
The Personalized Achievement Using Specialized Education (PAUSE) Program is a more formalized program for students who need ongoing support. Participation in the PAUSE program may be a condition of continued enrollment at the school. A child must have a demonstrable need in order to participate in the PAUSE program, and the program is not available as an alternative to a required class. Additional fees beyond tuition are assessed for the PAUSE program.
It is the parent’s responsibility to share any diagnoses or learning differences with the school and to collaborate with the school in ensuring a student’s academic and social-emotional needs are met. If a parent feels that his or her child needs more support than is typically provided the parent should reach out to the teacher. Similarly, if a teacher feels that a student needs more support than can reasonably be provided in the classroom, it is the teacher’s obligation to inform the parent of this need.
Carden Arbor View School is not a special education school. If it becomes evident that the school cannot best meet a student’s academic, social, and/or behavioral needs, that student may be required to withdraw.
CAVS takes a holistic approach to grading and does not include letter grades on report cards for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Fifth grade students will have assignments which are given letter grades in order to prepare students for receiving grades in middle school, but these scores will not be included on the report card. Report cards indicate whether or not a student has exceeded, met, or fallen below grade-level expectations in the areas of academic performance and behavior.
Students receive letter grades beginning in middle school. The grading scale is as follows:
|A||90 - 100|
|B||80 - 89|
|C||70 - 79|
|D||60 - 69|
Anything below 60% constitutes a failing ("F") grade and is not considered passing. Students who do not pass a course may be required to do remediation work or repeat the course, or they may not be permitted to return to Carden Arbor View School for the subsequent grade level. In addition, students who do not earn passing grades on their report cards may not be permitted to participate in extra-curricular activities until such time as their grades are brought up to an acceptable standard.
Students who maintain a “B” average in all course work and receive an “E” or an “M” (exceeds or meets expectations) in both Work Ethic and Conduct marks qualify for the Carden Arbor View School Honor Roll.
The school is a member of the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF). Students in 7th and 8th grade who meet specific grade qualifications are awarded membership in this Federation. Eligibility requires the earning of 12 points in five classes (math, science, history, english, reading, and foreign languages). Students earning an “A” are awarded 3 points and a “B” is awarded 1 point.
Students who achieve all “A’s” in their course work and receive “E” or “M” in all Work Ethic and Conduct marks qualify for the Carden Arbor View School Headmaster’s List.
Eighth Grade Awards
Students in 8th grade are eligible for year-end awards that recognize their abilities, contributions, and growth. Special awards include Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Student Service Award, Academic Excellence, and Scholar Athlete Award. The school participates in the Presidential Academic Awards Program and Kiwanis Young Citizen Award. Only graduating eighth-grade students are eligible for these recognitions.
In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, a student must complete the eighth-grade year in good standing. All financial obligations must be paid in full prior to graduation. To be eligible for graduation, a student must have earned a 60% average over all three trimesters in every graded class in eighth grade and must have satisfied all course requirements for both graded and non-graded classes.
Behavioral Standards & Discipline
The school expects students to conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner at all times. Here are general guidelines for behavior drawn largely from Miss Carden’s Living Sensibly:
Always be courteous. Courtesy is kindness and thoughtfulness toward others, not just a surface display of manners.
Be interested in the welfare of the people who pass your way. Be kind because it is the proper way to behave.
Be cheery. Maintain a pleasant manner.
Be enthusiastic, work with zeal and with zest. Keep your standards high.
Respect yourself. Never cause a scene. Avoid outbursts of temper, caustic remarks, and sharp retorts. Maintain your own dignity and respect the dignity of others.
Show enthusiasm. Participate in the activities around you.
Lend your support to right action whenever you find it.
Exhibit good sportsmanship. Know the rules and follow them. Enjoy the game, not the victory.
Pay close attention every minute. Your eyes belong to the teacher when they are speaking to you.
Mind your own business. Keep your hands to yourself. Let your conscience be your guide. Heed its evaluation of your acts.
Think before you speak: be sure to sort your thoughts and put into words only those thoughts that will bless the class and contribute something of value. Do not talk out of turn or blurt out unnecessary comments or questions.
Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior
The school will respond promptly to inappropriate behavior that violates community expectations. The consequences for such behavior will vary according to the child’s age, the particular circumstances, the seriousness of the infraction, and the child’s pattern of behavior. Possible consequences include:
Loss of privileges, including not being eligible to participate in extracurricular activities
If the student’s actions caused physical and/or emotional harm to another member of the community, the student will be charged with coming up with a plan to fix the damage the child’s actions had on another person.
When there is a sustained pattern of inappropriate behavior or more than one major infraction, the school may place the student on a behavioral contract or behavioral probation, depending upon the student and the situation. Placing the student on behavioral probation is a serious step. It is a sign that, unless significant positive behavioral changes occur, the student may be required to leave the school.
Carden Arbor View School believes in maintaining a safe and respectful environment. The school community has an obligation to promote mutual respect, acceptance, and tolerance.
Acts of physical or verbal aggression, intimidation, harassment, bullying, or manipulation while on school grounds or at school-sponsored events will be promptly investigated and addressed by school personnel. In alignment with the school's mission and philosophy, training in the areas of prevention, cultivating acceptance and understanding, and maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment will be provided to all faculty, staff, and students.
Behaviors that jeopardize the physical safety of a student or others in the community or represent an ongoing pattern of inappropriate behavior are serious matters that may lead to suspension or expulsion. These consequences apply to student conduct at school and at school-related or school-sponsored events. Such consequences may also be imposed on students for off-campus behavior if, in the judgment of the school, the conduct of a student threatens the reputation of the school, fellow students and/or employees of the school, or interferes with the stated mission and philosophy of the school. These behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following:
Fighting, harm to oneself/other or threat to same and/or verbal harassment
Disrespect for authority
Use or possession of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or weapons at school or during any school-sponsored activity
Violations involving computers and telecommunications
Bullying or harassment
Decisions regarding major disciplinary action rest exclusively with the Head of School.
The school will, first and foremost, continue to follow the guidelines set by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health with additional guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health. The school reserves the right to amend its COVID-19 policies at any time, and all members of the community are required to adhere to these policies in order to be on campus.
The school will be open for in-person instruction for all students. Students will not have the option to attend school from home. Families and teachers, though, should be prepared to return to remote learning if the need arises.
Cloth masks are required indoors for anyone on campus. Cloth masks are optional outdoors except for events where there will be a large number of people present, including every all-school assembly. If an individual is unable to wear a cloth mask due to a medical condition, that person must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as their condition permits. Individuals who need a disposable mask may get a free one from the front office. If an individual refuses to wear a cloth mask when required to do so, they will not be permitted to remain on campus. Repeated violations and/or refusal to comply will result in the individual being banned from campus.
Temperatures will be taken upon arrival to campus, and students must be fever-free in order to come to school. Anyone who has symptoms of an infectious illness will not be permitted on campus and must stay at home to seek testing and care.
Visitors, including parents, are not permitted in the classroom during instructional time to minimize risk to students. Parent presence on campus may be restricted throughout the year.
Anyone who is exposed to or who contracts COVID-19 will be required to quarantine away from school for the time period as required by local and national health agencies. The length of quarantine may depend on whether or not the individual is vaccinated. The school reserves the right to require testing prior to the individual’s return to school.
For complete details about our COVID-19 protocols, visit our COVID-19 page.
Illness or Injury
The school will attempt to notify parents immediately of any serious injury or sudden illness that occurs during school hours. For this reason, it is imperative that all students have updated emergency information accessible to all office personnel through Curacubby. In order to minimize the spread of contagious disease, in particular COVID-19, parents are required to pick up sick children within 30 minutes of being notified. As noted above, students who are ill may not return to campus until they are symptom-free for 24 hours and have a temperature under 100.4 degrees for 24 hours, unaided by medication.
California state law prohibits schools from dispensing medicine without the written authorization of parents or guardians. For the safety of all students, no student is allowed to have medication in his or her possession. If it is necessary for a student to take medication during the school day:
The medicine is to be delivered to the school office before the school day begins.
Medicine must remain in the original prescription container with the student’s name, dosage, and physician’s name clearly identified.
Medicines must remain in the office.
Parents must complete a Medication Administration Release Form for over-the-counter medicine and a Health Care Plan Form (which also requires a doctor’s signature) for prescription medication. The school will not dispense any medications without the appropriate signed form. If the necessary form is not on file in the school office, the school will call 911 for any emergencies that are beyond normal first aid procedures.
Parents are strongly encouraged to administer any medication before or after school so as not to rely on the school for dispensing medicine. Medication should not be given to a child to mask symptoms of an illness. If a child is ill, they need to stay home.
Parent or guardian participation may be required to assist with medication administration during the initial implementation of a plan for a new diagnosis to ensure that the family and school personnel are in agreement of the process.
Any student who suffers a head injury will be sent to the office immediately and parents will be notified. The school may require the parent to pick up the child and have the student assessed by a medical professional for a concussion. If the student experiences loss of consciousness or other serious symptoms, then 911 will be called.
Should a student be diagnosed with a concussion, the school will work with the family to ensure all reasonable learning accommodations are being met. In order to do this, the school must have candid and frequent communication with both the parents and the treating physician. The student must be free of all concussion symptoms and be fully engaged academically before resuming physical activities, including participation in P.E., play at recess, and after-school sports.
In the event of a suspected concussion or mild traumatic brain injury during an athletic competition after school, the student will immediately be removed safely from the field of play. Parents will be promptly notified of the injury and then must take the student to a qualified physician to be evaluated for a concussion. A note from the doctor containing any restrictions on and/or clearance of the student is required in order to return to play, including recess and P.E.
Carden Arbor View School follows the Return to Play Guidelines published by Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Faculty and staff participate in biennial training that details concussion science, concussion management at school, return to learn protocols, and return to play procedures. Meanwhile, all P.E. teachers and sports coaches are annually certified using the online Heads Up! Concussion in Youth Sports Training for Coaches module. Certificates of completion of this program are kept on file in the office of the Director of Business Services.
Students may bring a nutritious snack for the mid-morning recess. Additionally, the school encourages students involved in the child care program to bring a snack for after-school activities.
CAVS provides a variety of nutritious, healthy snacks that may be purchased on site during the nutrition breaks. Prices are $1.00 per item and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The school provides all students with a scheduled lunch period each regular school day. The school expects all students to bring a lunch to school or to order a hot lunch each regular school day. Students eat lunch on campus with their classmates under the supervision of their teacher or other regular staff. Students may bring lunches from home in a container clearly marked with their name. Lunch guidelines:
Students eat the food provided for them and avoid sharing their lunches with other students.
Sack lunches should contain healthy foods provided in reasonable amounts.
Should a student arrive at school without lunch, an office staff member will attempt to notify a parent of the situation. In the event a parent cannot be reached or a lunch is not dropped-off for the student; the student will be offered emergency lunch items from the school's snack program. Next day payment is expected.
Students observe proper dining etiquette in the classrooms and lunch areas. Students should participate in conversations on suitable topics and stay seated until dismissed.
Students are responsible for cleaning their lunch area, including disposal of trash in appropriate receptacles and cleaning desks or tables.
The assigned staff member excuses students for recess on the playground for the remainder of the lunch period.
Healthy habits must be reinforced from home. Do not send candy, soda, power/energy drinks such as Monster or Red Bull or additive packets to be mixed, to school. Avoid high sugar foods and drinks with caffeine.
Although Carden Arbor View School is not a nut-free campus, we are allergy-aware. Therefore, the sharing of lunches and snacks is prohibited. In addition, if there is an event (such as a birthday, class party, or class projects) where a student is bringing in food to share, that food may not contain nuts and must come with the ingredient label intact or the list of ingredients (if homemade) provided.
In order to ensure the safety of students with food allergies, the following procedures are in place:
Each family of a child with food allergies must complete the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Allergen Information form and have the form signed by the child’s physician.
An Individual Health Plan will be developed for each student disposed to anaphylaxis, asthma attacks, and/or insulin.
Parents are required to provide pharmaceuticals for proper treatment of accidental exposure to an allergen.
Teachers and staff members will be provided with a master list of students with known allergens.
Faculty and staff will take all necessary steps to reduce the risk of accidental exposure.
Students will be provided with a designated “nut free” table on campus in the outdoor eating area. This table will be specified and kept free of all foods containing nuts.
Faculty and staff will not offer food or snack items, other than those provided in advance by the parents, to students with known allergies without parent consent. Parents should provide parent-approved substitutions to keep on hand as an alternative when food is shared with the class (e.g., a birthday or holiday treat).
The school respects that some families make dietary choices for their children (e.g., organic, non-dairy, vegan) that may not be the result of food allergies. It is the parents’ responsibility to communicate these dietary preferences to the school. Once this communication has occurred, faculty and staff will not offer food and snack items to these students without parent permission. As with food allergies, parents should provide an acceptable alternative to keep on hand at school.
Drugs, Alcohol, & Tobacco
Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are strictly prohibited on the CAVS campus. Smoking and the possession of tobacco products - including e-cigarettes and vaping devices - is not permitted anywhere on campus. This applies to students, staff, parents, and visitors on campus.
Carden Arbor View School strictly prohibits the possession, use, or threatened use of a firearm or other weapon anywhere on-campus or off-campus at school-related events. With the exception of authorized law enforcement personnel acting within the scope of their duties, an individual possessing a weapon of any kind is not permitted on school grounds.
The school provides child care before and after school. A parent or other authorized adult must sign children into the child care program before school and sign them out of the program at the end of the day. Significant discounts on child care may be obtained by pre-purchasing. You may obtain information and/or purchase child care in the front office.
The school offers child care beginning at 6:30 a.m. Participants enter the child care program through the campus entry gate. Parents should bring their children to the child care personnel in Room 9 (kindergarten room) and sign them in. Charges accrue for those children who arrive more than 20 minutes before their school day begins (7:40 a.m. for students in 1st through 8th grade and 8:10 a.m. for students in kindergarten).
The school offers child care in the afternoon from 2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Children who are not picked up within 15 minutes of their dismissal time are signed-in to child care. Child care charges begin to accrue at dismissal time (2:30 p.m. for kindergartners and 3:00 p.m. for 1st through 8th grades). When an authorized adult comes for a child at the end of the day, they must sign the child out before removing the child from child care.
If a child participates in an after-school extra-curricular program, the parent must pick the child up on time from that program. Any student not picked up on time will be sent to the child care program. After a 15-minute grace period, charges will accrue.
Complimentary Child Care
Kindergarteners who have siblings enrolled in 1st through 8th grade at CAVS may attend child care at no charge beginning at 7:40 a.m. for morning care and from 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. for afternoon care. Parents who are meeting with teachers and/or conducting school-approved volunteer activities before or after school receive free child care while they are attending a meeting or volunteering.
Child Care Rules
All school behavior and discipline policies are applicable to the child care program. The following guidelines are specific to the child care program.
Parents should supply their children with a nutritious snack for the afternoon hours.
Since school uniforms are not required in child care, parents should consider supplying their children with a change of clothing provided the items do not inhibit the safety of the students, do not carry inappropriate language, and are not excessively revealing.
Parents must sign students into child care in the kindergarten room. Parents may not drop students off before 7:40 a.m. without signing their student(s) into child care.
Parents must notify the school office or the child care staff if someone other than the student’s parents or persons on the emergency information form will be picking up the student. Written notification is required if parents know in advance that another person will be picking up their child.
There is a $1.00 per minute late charge for children left after 6:30 p.m.
All child care fees are expected to be paid when due. Families with outstanding balances may be denied participation in the child care program.
Dress & Appearance
Carden Arbor View School requires students to attend school activities appropriately dressed and well groomed. The school dress code varies by day; however, there are certain guidelines that hold for every school day for all school-sponsored events and activities, including those that occur outside of school hours (such as overnight field trips and middle school dances). The following are expectations for responsible appearance and attire:
Clothing may not inhibit a student’s safety and may not contain inappropriate language or graphics. Examples of inappropriate language/graphics include items that could be viewed as obscene, vulgar, libelous, or controversial, as well as clothing that promotes and/or endorses alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or violent activities.
All clothes must be neat, clean, in good repair, and of correct size for the student. Oversized clothing and clothing that is too tight or loose is not permitted. Tank tops, bare midriffs, skimpy tops, or sheer fabrics may not be worn.
All shorts and slacks must be hemmed with no frayed edges. Jumpers, skorts, and shorts must be near to knee length.
Pants, shorts, and skirts must be worn at the waist level. Undergarments should not be visible.
Students must wear closed-toed shoes with socks or stockings that allow for mobility and are not a potential safety hazard. Sandals, Crocs, high heels, platform shoes, backless shoes, cleats, spiked-soled shoes, steel-toed boots, extreme high tops, skates, and flip flops are not permitted.
Jewelry or other ornamentations that constitute a classroom distraction or a potential safety hazard is not allowed.
Extreme hairstyles, including coloring of hair that is not a natural color, and non-earlobe body piercings are not permitted. Hairstyles may not obstruct a student’s vision.
Hats and caps may be worn outside only and may not be worn during assemblies.
Makeup may be worn in middle school, if desired by the student and parent. Makeup must have a soft look and be in good taste.
Children involved in outside organizations sponsored by the school, such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts groups, may wear their approved uniforms to school on meeting days.
Student athletes participating on a CAVS team may wear their team uniforms on game days.
Lounge pants, pajama pants, and sleepwear are not permitted.
Dress code enforcement is the responsibility of all faculty and administration. They have sole discretion in determining if a student’s attire conforms to the school dress code or not. The school may require a student who is out of dress code to remain in the front office until a parent or guardian is able to bring a change of clothing.
Students are required to wear uniforms on Mondays through Thursdays. The school has contracted the following two uniform companies:
|Dennis Uniforms||Land's End Uniforms|
|22755-G Savi Ranch Parkway
Yorba Linda, CA 92887
Orders: 1(800) 854-6951
School Code: AN00AK
The school recommends that parents purchase uniforms from Dennis or Land’s End in order to ensure the clothing is in line with school requirements. In addition, the school’s Cougar Closet has gently used uniforms available for purchase.
Should parents wish to buy items elsewhere, they may do so. Review, though, the Dennis Uniforms or Land’s End website. Please ensure any items bought elsewhere are consistent with the items pictured on this site, as clothing items that are inconsistent with the contracted uniform companies’ items will not be permitted.
Jumper or skirt in the designated Christopher plaid (available only at Dennis Uniforms) or khaki shorts or pants; students in 2nd through 8th grade must wear a belt if the pants or shorts have belt loops
White blouse, white polo shirt, or white Oxford shirt that is tucked in (except for the Dennis Uniform over-blouse)
This dress code is required on all Mondays and may be required on non-Mondays for occasional field trips or special events.
Uniforms are required on Tuesdays through Thursdays. The range of options is much greater than on Mondays, and every Monday option is acceptable on Tuesday-Thursday.
Any items purchased from Dennis or Land’s End using the school codes listed above are permitted. Clothing items include khaki and navy shorts and pants; khaki, navy, and Christopher plaid skirts, skorts, jumpers, and dresses; white, green, and navy long-sleeve and short-sleeve polo shirts; and white button-down long-sleeve and short-sleeve shirts.
- All shirts and blouses must be tucked in, except the Dennis Uniform over-blouse.
- Only uniform sweaters, jackets, or Carden-logo sweatshirts may be worn inside the classroom, and these must be worn over a uniform shirt. Non-uniform sweaters, jackets, coats, and rainwear may be worn outside of the classroom only.
- For students in 2nd through 8th grade, a belt must be worn if pants or shorts have belt loops.
School uniforms are not required on Fridays. The dress code expectations outlined at the top of this section, though, still apply to attire worn on Fridays.
Should a special event take place on a Friday, students may be directed to adhere to the dress code for that particular day. These dress code modifications will be communicated in advance to both students and parents.
In addition, select Fridays may be designated as “Spirit Days” where special attire related to the day’s theme will be encouraged.
Students in kindergarten through 4th grade do not change for P.E. Students wearing jumpers or skirts on P.E. days should wear shorts underneath.
P.E. uniforms are required for 5th through 8th grade students. Students should bring their P.E. uniforms home regularly in order for the clothing to be washed. P.E. uniforms consist of navy mesh athletic shorts and a solid green t-shirt, both of which are available for purchase from Dennis Uniforms. Please ensure your child’s name is written on the inside of these items. In cool weather, navy blue or green sweats may be worn with the P.E. uniform. P.E. uniforms are required on all school days, including Fridays. Students who have P.E. as their first class of the day on Tuesdays through Fridays may wear their P.E. uniforms to school on the days that they have P.E.
Costumes should be appropriate to the mission and culture of the school. As such, the following guidelines must be followed:
Students may not dress as infamous or controversial historical figures, criminals, or characters from slasher/horror movies.
Students may not dress as 21st-Century political figures.
No weapons (including plastic weapons) may be brought to school, and costumes should not contain accessories that can hurt or appear to hurt others.
Costumes should not feature blood or gore.
Costumes may not inhibit a student’s vision or ability to navigate their classroom.
Appropriate footwear must be worn. High-heeled, open-toed, or loose fitting shoes are not permitted.
Students may not wear suggestive or revealing clothing.
As a general rule, if in doubt, the school recommends erring on the side of being conservative. Costumes are meant to be fun rather than scary.
Carden Arbor View School assists students in understanding emergencies and how best they can deal with them. The school has regularly scheduled emergency drills throughout the year, including fire, earthquake, lockdown, and disaster.
There are emergency supplies on campus to care for students and staff for an extended period.
Should an emergency such as a major fire or earthquake occur during school hours, the school will follow these procedures:
Identify and address initial hazards during the emergency and immediately thereafter.
Conduct an orderly building evacuation to a safe area, usually to the large field directly south of the school.
Account for all students and all adults known to be on campus.
Reduce the potential of further fire and electrical damage and/or injuries.
Provide first aid to the injured using a triage approach.
Sign out students only to authorized adults at a designated sign-out location.
All students should have a complete change of clothes (underwear, socks, shirt, and shorts/pants, etc.) on campus for use in the event of an emergency. These clothes should be in a closed plastic bag with the child’s first and last name. These clothes may be given to your child’s homeroom teacher (grades K-5) or to the front office staff (grades 6-8) during the first week of school and will be returned at the end of the school year.
The school is not responsible for loss or damage to any personal property brought to school. Students who bring unnecessary items may have them taken for safekeeping by school personnel or may have the items confiscated if they are being misused. Confiscated items will be returned directly to a parent and may not be brought to school again.
Occasionally there will be incidental expenses such as if a student wishes to purchase a snack from the school store. Parents are encouraged to be conservative in the amount they choose to send with their children.
The school encourages students to bring appropriate printed material for independent pleasure reading. If a student wants to share a specific story or other printed materials with their class, such activities should be approved by and planned with the teacher. The school requires all teachers to preview written and viewing materials to determine their appropriateness to the current areas of study before they are used in the regular school program.
Whenever a student’s after-school activities require them to bring personal items that are bulky, expensive, or not needed during the instructional day (including money), the child should leave these items in the school office for safekeeping until the end of the school day.
In order to ensure that students and adults have separate bathrooms for both health and professional boundary reasons, the bathrooms near the kindergarten classrooms and the kitchen are designated as student bathrooms while the restrooms in the front office are for adults. Except for emergencies, please ensure children are using the student restrooms and that adults utilize the adult restrooms. This protocol only applies whenever students are on campus.
During the course of the year, opportunities arise whereby the school captures special moments on camera or video. Some of our students have written stories or poems or created special pieces of art that are appropriate to share or display outside the classroom. There may also be occasions when the media arrives on campus to cover an activity or event, during which students may be photographed and/or quoted. Therefore, all parents are asked to complete the release section on the emergency information form to authorize the school and/or media to use photos of students in school publications, e-newsletters, the school website, social media, and local newspapers. It is at the sole discretion of the parents/guardians to grant the school this release.
Birthday recognition should be kept to a minimal form of celebration and must be pre-arranged with the teacher or advisor. The school does not permit birthday parties at school. Children should not bring birthday gifts to school. When birthday parties are held at home or other off-campus locations, invitations may be distributed at school only if all students in the class are invited.
Classroom Parties & Events
The school allocates monies to be used by each class for classroom parties held during the school year. The parties vary by grade level. The K-5 classroom teachers and the middle school coordinator arrange classroom events with room parents. CAVS encourages teachers and parents to keep party activities within the budgetary limits. Parents and teachers may not solicit monies on behalf of the school or class without the expressed permission of the administration.
Gifts for Employees
From time to time, employees may be offered gifts by grateful students, parents, or other family members of students. Often the best gifts are those that come from the heart, such as a handwritten note or an item handmade by the student. Families are encouraged to exercise discretion in acknowledging employees with gifts by offering modest tokens of appreciation. Due to the potential for conflicts of interest, as well as the potential for mission-inappropriate “competition” among parent gift-givers, employees may not accept gifts from an individual student that are estimated to be worth more than $100. Employees are required to report any gifts that appear to exceed the $100 limit to the Director of Business Services.
Should families wish to make larger gifts in appreciation of an employee, they should contact the Ms. Terri DiMarco to discuss opportunities for making a tax-deductible gift to the school in a specific area of school operation that honors that faculty or staff member.
Pets on Campus
Unless permitted by the administration, in order to maintain a safe and sanitary school environment, CAVS does not permit pets on the entire campus, both inside and outside the entrance gates. Certified service dogs are exempt from this policy.
During recess students are expected to:
- Follow all adult instructions the first time those instructions are given.
- Be kind to one another.
- Play safely.
- Demonstrate good sportsmanship.
- Use equipment properly.
- Use the playground only with proper adult supervision.
- Remain seated while eating.
- Put litter in its proper place when finished eating.
Teachers schedule field trips throughout the year to enrich the school’s instructional program. Parents will receive a field trip permission form for each trip which must be signed and returned to the teacher prior to departing for the field trip. Students may not attend the field trip without returning the signed field trip form. Whenever a teacher or administrator determines that it is not in the best interests of the school, class, or student for a particular child to attend a specific field trip, that student may not attend the trip. The cost of most field trips is included in tuition. Students travel to and from field trips by bus.
Typically, teachers provide the room parent with pertinent field trip information. Room parents, in turn, solicit chaperones for the trip, following up with a phone call reminder prior to the day of the field trip.
Outdoor Education experiences support the classroom program as well as the school’s goal to educate the whole child. Beginning in the 4th and 5th grade with overnight trips and continuing with week-long trips in middle school, students have an opportunity to join classmates and instructors on annual trips. Parents are encouraged to support the trips by assisting their child(ren) in preparing for the trip. Parents do not attend these trips unless the school determines it necessary for a parent to do so. Each trip is chaperoned by faculty and staff.
Students in 6th through 8th grade may attend school dances. Parents receive notice of these events in The Call of the Cougar. School dances take place on campus between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., unless otherwise announced. Parents may not leave students unattended prior to the start of dances. At the end of the dance, all students are to remain with the school chaperones until their parents pick them up. Parents are expected to pick their children up on time. Students can be released only to parents or persons designated by their parents. No students shall be authorized to leave alone or without an adult.
Students in 6th through 8th grade elect representatives and officers to form the Student Council. The Student Council works under the direction of a faculty advisor and the administration to provide all students of the school with extra-curricular activities or special events. Student Council eligibility involves maintaining good academic progress and meeting the school’s behavioral standards. If a student falls below the eligibility requirements, the administration can reinstate Student Council eligibility after academic or behavior improvement and maintenance.
Students in 5th through 8th grade may participate in athletic sports. The school takes part in interscholastic competition for each sport where a team is organized and other schools have similar teams.
Game and practice schedules are posted on the school calendar, with most sports requiring a three-day after-school commitment (Tuesdays-Thursdays). Athletic eligibility involves maintaining good academic progress and meeting the school’s behavior standards. Once a student falls below the eligibility requirements, the administration can reinstate athletic eligibility following improvement in academic progress or behavioral expectations.
Parents are responsible for transporting their child(ren) to and from away games. Carpooling is permitted. Parents must submit written authorization to the school if they wish to allow their child(ren) to be transported to an away game by an adult not designated on the emergency information form.
Parents may discuss opportunities to assist in coaching teams with the athletic director. Parents receive Parent Participation credit for this type of support and involvement.
The school offers a wide range of after-school programs for interested families. Please visit the after-school program page for additional information.
Admissions & Enrollment
Mrs. Lisa Filpi
Annual Fund & Donations
Ms. Terri DiMarco
Mrs. Mary Fitzgerald
Mrs. Luana Branch
Ms. Terri DiMarco
Mr. Ryan Soule
Mrs. Kayla Lambrecht
Mr. Daniel Rosenberg
Mrs. Mary Fitzgerald
Mr. Ryan Soule
Mrs. Luana Branch
Middle School Activities
Mr. Ryan Soule
Mrs. Kayla Lambrecht
Secondary School Placement
Mrs. Lisa Filpi
Social Media & Website
Mrs. Kayla Lambrecht
General Questions & Concerns
Regarding Academic Program
Mr. Daniel Rosenberg
Parents, if you will send to school children who will listen when directions are given to them, who will carry out the instructions given, who are courteous to adults and to playmates, and who have been awakened to the joy of learning, you can rely on the fact that their school experience will be pleasant and rewarding.
Mae CardenLet’s Bring Them Up Sensibly