Parent Handbook 16-17

Parent Handbook 16-17
  • L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School

    Office Hours:

    8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m in both campuses.

    Drop off students:
    9:10am at the LC
    9:15am at the UC
    For the safety of our children
    No students are allowed in the building before the above times.

    No Parents are allowed in the building after drop off in the office or on the first floor.

    Lower Campus
    (Grades K-1):
    1305 Prosperity Ave.
    St. Paul, MN 55106 Phone: 651-744-1050 Attendance: 651-744-1053 Fax: 651-221-1487 School Hours:

    9:30 - 4 p.m. Breakfast-to-Go: 9:10-9:30

    Upper Campus
    (Grades 2-5):
    1760 Ames Place
    St. Paul, MN 55106 Phone: 651-744-6970 Attendance: 651-744-6973 Fax: 651-744-6971 School Hours:

    9:40 - 4:10 p.m. Breakfast-to-Go: 9:20-9:40

    Fatima Lemtouni – Principal John Osorio – Assistant Principal

    Katie Adams- School Nurse
    Annette Walseth – School Counselor

    Kristine Blomgren 651-744-1050 Lower Campus Secretary

    Annie Tellier 651-744-7019 Upper Campus Secretary


    At LNFI we will provide students a place where they can grow to their highest potential in a global setting. Together students, staff, parents and community members will encourage and support a culture of respect and excellence. By working together and maintaining high expectations we will ensure students achieve academic success!

    DAILY THINGS– Absences and Medicines

    If your child will be absent from school be sure to call the office and let us know. If your child is out sick for multiple days, call each day.

    If your child needs to take medicine at school contact the School Nurse and work with her to get all of the required paperwork in place. Children cannot be given medicine at school without a doctor’s permission.


    Given the number of children with significant food allergies, we request that YOU DO NOT BRING TREATS. This includes birthday celebrations. We recognize that birthday celebrations may be a tradition in many families, but not all families celebrate birthdays so we ask that you hold your celebrations outside of the school day.


    Students should arrive at Lower Campus by 9:10, Upper campus 9:15, to allow them time to get breakfast and get to class on time.

    Students may be dropped off starting at 9:10 LC and 9:15 UC.

    Parents/guardians picking students up at the end of the school day must wait in the gym for their children. Dismissal routines start at 4:00pm LC and 4:10 UC. Students MUST be picked up by 4:10 and 4:20. The school day officially ends at 4 and 4:10.

    If you are making a change to the way your child will be getting home, please be sure to call the office by 3:30pm. This allows time for office staff to communicate the information to the teacher.

    Remind your child that bus transportation to and from school is a privilege not a right. Students who do not follow the driver’s directions, who yell and scream or move while the bus is in motion, will be suspended from the bus. Absences due to bus suspensions are not excused. Parents/guardians must transport their children to and from school if they are suspended from the bus.


    Regular attendance is crucial to success in school. Students who are regularly late to school or miss school can fall behind and have a difficult time catching up to their classmates.

    It is expected that your child will attend school and be on time to school every day. If your child is absent, you must call the school. All absences require a phone call from a parent or guardian. This excuse should include the child’s name, the date of the absence, and the reason for the absence. If we do not receive a phone call of explanation, the absence will be considered unexcused.

    The following are acceptable reasons for absences:

    • Illness

    • Religious holidays

    • Extreme family emergencies

      The following are Unacceptable reasons for absences:

    • Student needs to baby sit.

    • Travel/Vacation without prior approval from Principal

    • Transportation (e.g. car won’t start)

    • Missed the bus

    • Overslept

    • W eather

    After Three cumulative days of unexcused absences, LNFI will contact the parent by letter or phone to share our concerns.State law requires that children between grades K-6 attend school.


    Children who are tardy miss important instructional time! Please help your child be ON TIME EVERY DAY. However, if you know that child will be tardy, please call. Children who arrive late at school should report to the office with parent/guardian before going to class. Habitually tardy students will be treated as truant.


    Families who have students experiencing excessive absences or tardiness will be referred to a meeting with the Assistant Ramsey County Attorney through the SAM program (School Attendance Matters). Further action by the County may be required if no improvement in attendance or on time arrival is shown. Continued unexcused absences may result in referral to Child Protection.


    Your cooperation in arranging regular medical and dental checkups outside of school hours is appreciated. If a student must be excused for such an appointment during the school day, please send a note to school stating the time the child will need to leave school and who will pick up the child. Your child will be expected at school before and after the appointment.


    Students may enter the school using the doors from the parking lot beginning at 9:10am; students are not allowed to wait in the office. Students do not need to be escorted into the building. Parents should drop off students and wait for child to go into building. There will be staff in the building waiting to greet them. Tardy students must report to the office for a late pass.

    School ends at 4:00pm and students will be escorted by staff out of the building to their assigned bus or to the gym for Parent pick up.


    Students may enter the school using the front doors on Ames Place if being dropped off by parent beginning at 9:15am. Parents do not need to escort their child into the building; there will be staff in the hallways waiting to greet them. Students are not allowed to wait in the office. School ends at 4:10pm and students will be escorted by staff out of the building to their assigned bus or to the gym for Parent pick up.

    Although we realize emergencies occur, we insist all children MUST be picked up by 4:10 LC and 4:20 UC. Please make appropriate arrangements to be on time.


    Children who are leaving school early must be picked up at the main office. A child will be released to either of the child’s parents, his or her legal guardian or any person for whom written permission is given by the parent or legal guardian.

    PLEASE NOTE: Students picked up early for reasons other than doctor’s appointments, illness, or extreme family emergency will be considered absent – unexcused.


    The exception to the release of students will be a court order denying this right. The order MUST be presented to the school and a copy kept on file. Children WILL NOT be released to a parent or individual if a court order denying contact with the student exists.


    Visitors to the building must stop in the school office to sign into the building. This policy helps us maintain a safe and secure building and minimizes disruption to classrooms. The school reserves the right to request identification from anyone entering the building. School staff is asked to direct visitors to the office if a person is not wearing a visitor’s tag. Parents must make an appointment with the classroom teacher to visit their child’s classroom ahead of time. If you must speak to your child during the school day, let the office staff know and they will arrange for your child to meet you in the office.


    Classroom Level Responses to Behavior #1 Take a Break

    The purpose of “take a break” is for students to refocus and regain control. At LNFI, we hope that eventually every student is able to demonstrate self-mastery so they are able to effectively use the privilege of taking a break within the classroom. Staff members pay attention to the minor disturbances, rather than waiting for the child’s self-control to deteriorate. If students fail to self-correct after being given a reminder or redirection, the staff member will direct the student to take a break. In every classroom there is a designated spot for students to sit quietly, near instruction, but not interacting with other students or disturbing other students learning. The goal is for the student to gain self- control, to refocus on the task at hand, and to return toparticipating with their class. The amount of time a child spends in “take a break” depends on the individual situation.

    #2 Buddy Room

    Each classroom has a designated buddy room. The buddy room is used when students are unable to effectively use the option of “take a break.” Like, “take a break,” the amount of time a child spends in a “buddy room” depends on the individual situation. If students refuse to go to a “buddy room” or disrupt the learning of the other students while in the “buddy room” they will be referred to administration.

    Office Referral Procedures

    Students are referred to Administration if they are unable to appropriately use the classroom responses of “take a break” or “buddy room”. In addition, students are sent to administration for any infraction from the District Student Behavior Handbook: /Rights & Responsibilities that calls for a minimum action of dismissal, suspension or notification of police. These include, but are not limited to the following:

    Possession of a weapon Assault
    Criminal sexual conduct Theft

    Willful damage of school property
    Use or possession of controlled substances
    Sexual or racial harassment are possible grounds for dismissal, suspension or notification of police.


    Toys, cell phones, tablets from home etc. are NOT allowed during the school day. If a student has a toy or device out during the school day staff will confiscate it. This rule also applies to the bus ride. Depending on the situation, the device/toy may be returned to the student at the end of the day or may require a parent/guardian come into school to collect the device.

    LNFI is not responsible for investigating the theft of or replacing personal electronics/toys brought to school.