Information for Parents

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Parent Handbook PTO Information
Registering Your Child Cross Words
School Closing Procedures MCS Lunch Program
Volunteering at MCS SAU 70 Bus Routes
Immunization Information 2013-14 Parent Survey

 

Parent Handbook

Please refer to the Parent Handbook for answers to many questions about the school day and what you and your child(ren) will experience at Marion Cross School.

Click on the handbook image to the left, or on the link below to download a copy of the 2016 - 2017 MCS Parent Handbook.

 

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School Closing Procedures


The school district (SAU #70) operates an automatic call system which will notify parents on days when there are school cancellations and delays.  This automatic call will normally be made by 6:00 am, or shortly thereafter.  If you are not receiving those calls, or if you would like to receive them at a different phone number, or you would like NOT to receive those phone calls, please contact the school secretary.

For current delayed opening or school closing information, you can also go to the WMUR-Channel 9 Weather website and look for a Norwich/Marion Cross School listing.

Should there be either delayed opening or school closing due to inclement weather, the following procedures will take place: Schools will be in session unless weather and road conditions are unusually severe. If schools are in session, they will either start on time even though busses may be a bit slow, or will open two hours late. If open, schools will remain in session all day. SCHOOLS WILL NOT CLOSE EARLY.

For the Norwich School District, the Town of Norwich Road Agent will assess Norwich road conditions and will be in contact with Hanover Dispatch to find out about other area road conditions. He will discuss by 5:30 a.m. alternatives with Assistant Superintendent Jamie Teague, and will then make a recommendation on whether to run buses in Norwich, or to delay the opening of school for two hours. Ms Teague will call Superintendent Frank Bass and a final decision will be made by 5:45 a.m. MS Teague will call the radio stations listed below before 6:00 a.m.; she will also call our bus company and Hanover Dispatch. The Superintendent will call Mr. Bill.

If a two hour delay has been announced as described above and it is later determined that conditions have not improved, and schools will be closed, an announcement to that effect will be made on the radio and TV stations listed below before 8:00 a.m.

WMUR TV Channel 9 WNNE TV Channel 31 WNTK 99.7FM 1020AM WNHV 910AM WCVR 102.1FM WTSL/WGXL 92.3FM 1400AM NHPR 91.3FM WKXE 95.3FM WHDQ 106.1FM KIXX 100.5FM WWOD 104.3FM V-101 101.7FM Parents should be aware that bus drivers have the option of bypassing roads on their own if they feel they are not safe. It is possible that even though a route has been determined to be safe by road crews, police, the bus contractor or the driver may determine that the bus may not actually be able to travel on a particular route. Therefore, parents should have alternate plans for their student's transportation, either morning or afternoon, if they live in an area where bus transportation might be difficult in bad weather.

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MCS Lunch Program

Instructions for parents for ordering lunches at Marion Cross School:

1. Go to https://marioncross.schoollunchchoice.com

2. Enter information under the “New Customers” section to create a user account.

3. Click on “How to add a student account” tab for video. Follow the instructions to add a child or multiple children accounts. For those who can’t view the video, you simply click on the “Add Student” tab in the blue menu bar, choose Marion Cross School from the drop-down box, then enter your child’s name, grade, and teacher’s last name.

4.To place an order, follow the instructions in the second video on the “How to add a student account” tab. Basically, you click on the name of the student, choose meals from the menu that is shown, and proceed to checkout when you are ready to pay and finalize your order. Meals can be ordered as far in advance as you can see on the menu, or as short in advance as the following day as long as you order before 9 AM of the day before.

FAQs

Q: What is the deadline for placing orders?
A: Orders must be placed by 9:00 A.M. the morning before the day you want your meal. (Example: Monday's lunch must be ordered by Sunday at 9:00 A.M.)

Q: What is the price for each meal?
A: The price per lunch is $3.00.

Q: Can I cancel a meal once the order has been placed?
A: Meals can be cancelled until 9:00 A.M. the day before the day for which the meals were ordered. After the 9:00 A.M. all sales are final. (Example: Monday's lunch must be cancelled bySunday at 9:00 A.M.)

Q: How do I cancel a meal?
A: To cancel a meal, log in to your account. On the main page there is a "Meals Order" section there you will see a link that says "cancel" next to the days for which you have ordered. Click on this link and confirm that you would like to cancel this meal. A credit for the value of the meal(s) will be added to your account.

Q: What is your refund policy?
A: We have a "No Refund Policy." Cancelled meals will result in a credit on your school lunch account. This credit will automatically be applied to your next order.

Q: What if I have children in multiple grades?
A: When you add children to your account make sure you select the right grade for each child.

Q: What is your privacy policy?
A: We will not sell or disclose any contact information submitted through our site to any third party. All personal information will be kept confidential. We will only use your contact information to correspond with you about important matters concerning our lunch program.

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Registering Your Child for School

The first step in registering a student at Marion Cross School is to call Katie Cormier, the School Counselor and Director of Admissions. She can answer questions you might have, set up a tour and information session for you and your child, and help you with the transition. You can reach her at: 802/649-1703 or by email: katiecormier@marioncross.org

Next, parents of all new students, plus parents of incoming pre-K and K students, should complete an online pre-registration form. There are two possible pre-registration links to visit, depending on whether you will enroll your child at MCS this year, or beginning in September 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year.

- The first is if you wish to register your child this school year, 2016- 2017. It can be accessed by clicking here.

- If you are a parent of an incoming pre-K or K student, or you are enrolling your child for next school year 2017-2018 (beginning September 2017) please use this link.

Finally, please fill out our registration packet. The packet contains a few additional information sheets not included with the online registration process. (Click on this registration packet link to download the forms. Revised February 2017.)

This includes:
•Records Release
•English Language Survey
•Kindergarten Questionnaire (if your child is a new K student)

Please add a copy of the child's birth certificate and current immunization record in order to complete the registration packet.

We look forward to your joining our community. Please let Katie know if there is anything she can do to help.

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Volunteering at MCS


Interested in volunteering at Marion Cross School? Do you like to read with children? Go on field trips? Help in class? Please fill out the following volunteer form: you'll be eligible to volunteer for up to seven years! Click here to access our Volunteering Form. Thank You.

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Bus Routes


For information about SAU #70 Transportation System and up-to-date bus routes for this 2016 - 2017 school year, please click on the link. The new Parent Handbook, found above, also has bus route information on page 15.

 

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PTO


We are lucky to have a very active and involved Parent Teacher Organization. From publishing our school newsletter (PTO Notes) to raising funds for teacher grants for enriching the curriculum to baking pies for staff appreciation day, our PTO volunteers provide vital services and support.

The Marion Cross PTO was formed in the spring of 1993. This organization brings teachers and parents together to enrich the education of our students. It provides meaningful programs and events for parents, students and teachers, and it engages in special projects that will support the school mission and community spirit. The success and vitality of the PTO depends upon the
involvement of as many parents and teachers as possible. The PTO considers all parents and teachers members. We encourage you to participate.

PTO Officers for 2016-2017 are:

President Co-Chair: Stephanie McCaull, smccaull@gmail.com

President Co-Chair: Susan Simmers, susan_simmers@yahoo.com

Treasurer: Tonya Gammell, tonya.gammell@hypertherm.com

Secretary: Hillary Campfield, hillarycampfield@gmail.com


For much more detailed Information about the MCS PTO, please visit the PTO pages linked to the left.

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Immunization Information

The Vermont Department of Health collects and publishes immunization rates for individual schools and compares them to rates in the state. Here is a link to the immunization rates of Marion Cross School and the State of Vermont.

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2013 - 2014 Parent Survey Results

Are you interested in what parents think about Marion Cross School? Here are the results of a survey done in March of 2014.

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Cross Words

Each week during the school year, Mr. Bill publishes the MCS Cross Words, a newsletter of What's Happening here at school. That newsletter is distributed to people automatically via Power School, our parent information system. If you would like to receive Cross Words and do not get it automatically, please call the main office and we will gladly add you to the list.

Cross Words 2016 - 2017: May 19

Past Issues: August 26, 2016, September 2, September 9, September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18, December 2, December 9, December 16, January 6, January 13, January 20, January 27, February 3, February 10, February 17, March 3, March 10, March 17, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 28, May 5, May 12,

 

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Marion Cross School
22 Church St. | Norwich, VT 05055
phone 802-649-1703 | fax 802-649-3640

Updated 05/21/2017