Common Parent FAQ:
What is the best way to meet other families at the school?
We think the best way to meet new people is to get as involved in school and parish activities as possible. Our community is such a significant part of who we are that we require 30 volunteer hours per family, but our hope is that you find fun ways to meet this requirement and find many friends along the way. Please see the Home and School (HSA) Year at a Glance for activities you can participate in and/or volunteer for.
How does the school communicate information to families?
Because of our commitment to be mostly paperless, the school communicates via email (through Edlio), through our web site, through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as Join Our Class and Ren Web. These systems are fairly easy to navigate and several have mobile APPS so you can track volunteer opportunities, homework, and grades all on the go. Please if you have questions about installing or navigating these systems, check with the office, any room reps, or any HSA parent.
What is Ren Web?
A web-based program that shares info with the school community via one information system. We highly recommend the mobile App. Through Ren Web, you will receive report cards, can track homework and grades in upper elementary, and record volunteer hours. Accounting, including fees, tuition, and EDP bills are also recorded there.
What is Join Our Class?
A second web-based program that includes our school directory and parent sign-ups including all volunteer opportunities and event specific sign-ups like SEP Conferences.
What types of things can I do to meet my required volunteer hours?
We offer numerous ways to volunteer. One of the easiest ways to find activities is through the Join Our Class App. This App lists any teacher requests, room rep requests, class parties, supplies needed, Auction hours, and any other volunteer school needs. You can also talk with your child's teacher about specific volunteering in the classroom or you can sign up for an official volunteer position for HSA, classroom rep, or Auction Committee. Any supplies purchased for the school count towards hours as well - $10=1 hour.
Where do I log my required volunteer hours?
You log your hours on Ren Web under the Family icon. Service hours are listed as one of three categories. Unfortunately the system DOES NOT combine hours from several people so choose one family member to log all hours under.
Is there a school directory-how do I contact parents in my child's class?
Yes, we have directories on both Ren Web and Join Our Class. Join Our Class gives you the option to view names alphabetically, parent only contacts, or class lists. It also lists all siblings and parent contact info under each child. Please keep your family information updated.
How does the Used Uniform Sale and School Store work?
Parents and students are welcome to shop anytime before or after school throughout the year for uniforms, except in the weeks surrounding an upcoming official sale, like at back to school night. Please check in at the office to visit our store. For working parents we have volunteers that can help your child shop for needed items during EDP if you let us know what your child needs.
What is HSA and do I need to attend meetings?
HSA stands for Home and School Association and is the liaison between parents and the school and parish. Any social or fundraising activities are run through HSA, a committee consisting of parents, pastor, principal, and teacher representative. If you want to be involved or to know what activities are going on at the school, attend the once monthly HSA meetings. Please see the HSA web page under Our Community for further details, calendar events, and HSA meeting notes.
If I need to speak with my child’s teacher, what is the process?
We encourage communication anytime with your child's teacher via email or through education planners in the form of notes. We welcome individual meetings pre-scheduled with your child's teacher, based on mutual availability. Collectively, Saint Olaf will offer Student Education Plan (SEP) conferences twice a year. These are the equivalent to parent-teacher conferences. Each parent will have a face to face meeting with both teacher and student to collaboratively set/review educational goals for the school year and discuss any other issues that fit within the scheduled time frame.
Can I bring in a treat for my child’s birthday?
Each teacher has a Birthday celebration system in place, which is reviewed with parents. For the safety of our students, we do not allow parents to bring in treats. Thank you for your cooperation with this effort. Please don't hesitate to ask about each classroom Birthday policy. Our teachers love to celebrate their students and have numerous ways they do this throughout the year!
Can I visit my child’s classroom during school time?
Yes, in fact, we love visits! We do ask that you receive permission from the teacher and the office before your visit. We encourage parents to observe their child’s learning environment. Teachers often request parent volunteers as well, so check with them regarding ways you can help and participate in the class.
What kind of after school activities do you have?
In our EDP program, students may complete homework during both the morning and afternoon sessions. Our EDP room is stocked with age/learning appropriate toys and games. Movies are occasionally offered and outside play time is encouraged as weather permits. Students lead various clubs during EDP and are subject to change from year to year. Choir practice is held after school. The school partners with Mad Science to offer 2 six week sessions each year and Saint Olaf also has both Boy Scout and Girl Scout clubs. Intramural basketball is offered in the late fall.