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                Welcome to a new scholastic year at St. Aloysius Happy House Learning Center. To make it the best possible year, let us join together in spirit and action in fostering here, at St. Aloysius, a center of learning, culture, and Christianity. 

            You are sending your children here because you realize that one of the most important means to assure their happiness and success is a fine Catholic education. Together we can provide consistent guidance, which is necessary for the formation of Christian character, the final and full purpose of a Catholic education. 

            This mission of education we share, this responsibility to our children can be accomplished only by working side by side, in complete understanding and with devotion to our common calling. With God’s help we will succeed. 

            Since cooperation and understanding come with knowledge of what is expected of us, this handbook has been placed on-line. In it you will find important information regarding school regulations, academic activities, and a multitude of guidelines which will facilitate the work of the year ahead.  

                                                                                   G O A L S

I.                   The Goals of the Catholic School  

The Catholic school is committed to the development of the whole man, since in Christ, the Perfect Man, all human value find their fulfillment and unity. He is the One who ennobles man, gives meaning to human life, and is the Model which the Catholic school offers its pupils. Its task is fundamentally a synthesis of culture and faith and life: the first reached by integrating all the different aspects of human knowledge through the subjects taught in the light of the Gospel; the second is the growth of the virtues characteristic of the Christian.

 II.                The Philosophy of St. Aloysius Happy House Learning Center

To promote in the children an awareness of the presence of Christ in the world and the ability to see the magnificence of God through a body of knowledge.

 To build a Christian community through love and service of one another beginning in the classroom and extending into the world.

To prepare the children to live with everyone in the world regardless of race, color, or creed as responsible Christians who are witnesses to Christ.

 III.             Non-Discrimination Statement

 St. Aloysius Happy House Learning Center bases not only its educational purposes, but all its activities on the Christian teaching of the essential equality of all men as rooted in the fatherhood of God, Christ’s love, and man’s supernatural destiny.

Thus, with discrimination so contrary to its nature and mission, St. Aloysius has not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies.

 This policy is subscribed to by all Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese                                                    ADMINISTREATION

 I. Principal

 The administrator is the Christian leader and the administrative head of the school and is responsible for the effective operation of the school as an educational institution.

 II. Staff

 Principal: Mother Gloria Castro

Teachers: Sister Maribel assisted by Sr. Dorothy

              Sister  Madeline assisted by Sr. Silvia

              Sister Ana Maria assisted by Mother Gloria

                        TEACHING STAFF

 I. Responsibility to the School

 The teacher works in collaboration with the administration so that she may effectively provide each student with the appropriate learning experiences in a Christian environment.

 II. Responsibility to the Parent

 The teacher offers guidance and reports the progress and attitude of pupils to the parents by means of written report cards and informal conferences.

 III. Responsibility to the student

 The teacher witnesses to the Gospel message by word and example, helps to ensure a value-centered education, and provides a joyful learning environment.

IV. Faculty Meetings

 On a regular basis, the administrator and teachers meet to discuss matters of common concern. The meeting provides a time to share teaching strategies, discuss particular problems, examine instructional materials, evaluate programs and plan future instructional programs.



A.   The School Calendar

 Before the end of the school year, the Superintendent of Schools sends to each school the tentative calendar for the next school year; the official calendar is mailed in late August.  

The administrator distributes the school calendar containing pertinent dates and information to all parents on the first day of school.

  B.     The School Day:     Arrival and Dismissal

  1.      Kindergarten (5 Years old)

  The children arrive at school by bus which leaves them on Pells Road in front of the school where the teachers receive them. The bus schedule is published in local papers. Only Kindergarten children are provided with transportation by the various districts. Classes are held five days a week.  

2.      Pre-School (4 years old)  

The children are brought to school by their parents who leave them at the door of the classroom where the teachers welcome them. Classes are held five days a week.

  3.      Nursery (3 years old)

  The sessions for these children will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in St. Aloysius Novitiate.

  Sessions are held from according to the following time schedule:

Morning session        8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon session – 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Children are expected to be on time and parents should observe the time schedule carefully.  

Parents who drive children to school must park in the parking lot.  

C.            Organizational Pattern  

Each school adopts an organizational pattern most appropriate to the needs and abilities of the students. Our Kindergarten, Pre-School and Nursery are organized as self-contained classes.  

1.   Appointments

     It is a strict rule that at no time during school hours are parents permitted in the school without permission from the office. You can understand the lack of order which would exist if people were allowed to walk throughout the school. The safety and the welfare of the children is at stake in this matter.

    Appointments to see the teachers and/or administrator should be made in advance by note through the child. These meetings will take place in school.  

2.   Newsletter  

    Newsletters from the administrator are sent to parents each month though the children. These letters are placed in lunch boxes. Please check lunch boxes every day.  

D.   Finances  

1.Tuition: The monthly tuition, from September to June inclusive is paid on the first Monday of each month.  

            Nursery                                    Please contact the school for tuition information (Three days)

            Pre-Kindergarten             Please contact the school for tuition information (Five days)            Kindergarten                 Please contact the school for tuition information (Five days)  

A registration fee is also charged for each child. Please contact the school for fee information.  

2.   Books and Supplies

a.           Nursery



Insurance Fee….

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   Instructional materials and supplies for each year: crayons, scissors, paints, glue drawing paper, pads, construction paper, clay, puzzles, audiovisual material, computer, etc…  

    b.    Pre-Kindergarten  





          Insurance Fee……  

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   c.     Kindergarten

          Reading………..     (  Includes 24 letter books, sniffies and magic mirrows)




Insurance Fee….    

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All payments should be sent with the child to the teacher in a sealed envelope on which appears the name of the child, the amount enclosed and the reason for the fee.  

II.     Daily Exercises and Special Programs

  A.   Religious  

As part of the morning exercises, as well as at other appropriate times during the day, students and teachers raise their minds and hearts in prayer to God.

  Parents are the primary teachers of their children. In most cases, they will attend Sunday Masses if that is the example their parents give them. This is a special responsibility of parents and we expect your children to receive this spiritual leadership from their home. The school does not make Christians, it merely adds to the formation of those who already are Christians.  

B.   Patriotic

When the school is in session, the American flag is on display outside the building. Each classroom also displays the American flag.  

The opening exercises each morning include the salute to the Cross and to the United States Flag and the singing of a patriotic hymn.  

C.   Special Events  

In the sprit of expanding the learning experiences of the students in educational and cultural areas, special presentations are often held. Some of these presentations are given for parents especially at Christmas and Graduation Day.

  D.   Field Trips  

As part of their learning experiences, the children are taken on various field trips several times during the year, i.e., apple picking, pumpkin picking, farm trips, library trips, etc. The teachers and volunteer parents accompany the children on these trips.

  III.     Curriculum

A.   Primary Goal

  The primary goal of the program of instruction in the school of the Archdiocese is to provide those learning experiences, which most effectively inculcate worthwhile attitudes and impart the knowledge and skills necessary for the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical development of the student.

  B.   Required Subjects

  A special curriculum appropriate for Kindergarten children and approved by the Department of Education is planned and used by the staff. The children learn basic skills needed so that they can be ready for the studies that are to follow.  

The Macmillan/McGraw Hill Reading Program is the basic series used to teach the children to read, write and listen.

  Included in the curriculum are: Religion, Math, Science, Health, Music, Art, Citizenship, Physical Education and Social Studies.  

Kindergarten and Pre-School concentrate on three areas of development: social, emotional, intellectual.  

Socially: The children are encouraged to interact with and respond to each other in a positive manner, to cooperate in group activities as well as to establish basic friendships.  

Emotionally: Children are encouraged to be more independent and responsible for their actions as they encounter various situations. They are motivated to accept challenges and to build self-confidence.

  Intellectually: The children are exposed to basic readiness skills that will prepare them for 1st grade.

  C.   Religious Education  

The religious education program consists of three major elements:  

1.   Instruction  

Presenting God to the student as a loving creator, Redeemer and Life-Giver.  

2.   Worship  

Prayers and services, which unite the student in a living, experience with God.

3.   Service  

Teaching justice, mercy and peace through the use of the Gospels.  

D.   Lessons and Learning  

1.   Planning  

The individual teacher develops the daily instructional objectives for each subject area. To meet the diverse learning styles of students in class, the plans include learning through a variety of instructional aids and materials.  

Children should form the good habit of doing homework. A specific time should be set aside for this task. Parents should work closely with their children in reviewing the skills taught in school.

  E.   Instructional Materials  

1.   Textbooks  

Books that best meet the children’s needs in each of the major areas of learning are selected by the administrator and teachers.  

2.   Supplementary Materials  

A variety of instructional materials that supplement the textbooks provide enrichment for the children.

  F.   Testing

  1.   Teacher-made Tests

  Teacher-made tests are given to the children on a regular basis. These tests reflect the material covered during the school year.  

G.   Pupils Progress Report

  1.   Report Card  

Student’s progress is reported three times a year on the pupil’s report card. These are generally distributed by the classroom teacher to the parents or to the students. The report cards should be signed by both parents and returned the day after distribution. The report provides a starting point from which both parents and teachers can proceed to help the children achieve greater success.

  2.   Parent-Teacher Conference

  Conferences can be initiated by parents or teachers. To see the teachers, parents write a note asking for an appointment at a convenient time.  

3.   Record Card  

The official Archdiocesan record card is a permanent record providing an ongoing chart of a student’s progress. On this card is recorded a student’s attendance, standardized tests scores, teacher’s evaluations, and a cumulative academic record. This record card travels with the student throughout the elementary grades and into high school.

  4.   Promotion and Retention

  The administrator and the teacher make the final decision to promote or retain students. This decision is based upon the total evaluation of the student’s growth in all areas of development.

  Where there is a possibility of retaining a child, the parent will be informed prior to the final decision.


  1.  Students Attendance  

A.      Attendence  

Children are expected to attend each session in order to achieve the goals and objectives of our program. Acceptable excuses for absences are sickness and inclement weather.

  B.   Absences  

Any child who has been absent must return to school with a note of explanation signed by a parent.

If a child will be absent for a prolonged period of time, the school should be notified. A doctor’s note is required for extended illnesses.  

II.     Admission  

A.   Nursery  

Children must be 3 years old by December 1st of that year to be admitted to the Happy House Nursery.

  B.   Pre-School  

Every Child admitted to Pre-School must be 4 years old by December 1st of the year of admission.

  C.   Kindergarten  

The State Education Department recommends that every child admitted to Kindergarten be five years old by December 1st of that year. A Baptismal record and certificate of complete immunization must be presented at registration. In addition to these, medical and dental forms must be completed and sent to the school by October 30th.  

The above mentioned records, certificates and forms are usually presented at registration for Pre-School but are updated every year. New Kindergarten students are required to present complete proof of immunization.

  III.     Registration  

Registration for students takes place during the month of February on a day designated by the school. This date will be published in the Church bulletin three weeks before registration. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the school office.

A registration fee is required on the day of registration. (Please contact the school for fee information). 

All new Kindergarten students are to be brought to registration for screening.  

IV.     Change of Address  

In the event of a family move, the school should be notified immediately of the new address and phone number. This information should be kept current for the benefit of the children.

   Transfers: Parents of the students who are withdrawing from Happy House must inform the administration of the school.

  V.         Health Regulations  

A.     Health Records  

An inventory of student’s health is undertaken each year. All students are screened for the visual and hearing acuity, weighed and measured, referred for dental care, and observed for signs of health problems.  

B.   Immunization  

Prior to entering Pre-School or Kindergarten, every student must be immunized against diphtheria, measles, mumps, polio, rubella. (Public Health Law #2164).

  New students entering Pre-School or Kindergarten shall be denied admission to the school unless proof of complete immunization is presented at registration.  

C.   Identification of Health Problems  

All health problems that are identified by the school shall be noted on the health record card. Parents will be informed and their cooperation is expected so that children will receive the necessary professional care.

  VI.     Safety  

For the safety and protection of the children, there should be on file in the office a listing of the home and business addresses and telephone numbers of the parents or guardian of each student. In addition, and alternative relative should be listed in case parents cannot be reached.

  A.   Accidents and Illnesses  

When an accident occurs to a student or when a student becomes ill, the principal will contact the parent or guardian. Until the arrival of the parent, the student will be kept comfortable in the school.

  B.   Release of Pupils from School  

Parents expect their children to be in the care of the school during school hours. Consequently, students will not be released early without explicit knowledge of their parents. The principal and the teacher should be notified in advance through a note of the purpose for the early dismissal.

A student will not be released to anyone other than the parents or guardian as listed on the student’s record.  

C.   Playground Rules  

The playground offers the opportunity for the children of the Happy House to have a pleasant time of recreation when weather permits it.  

Children use the play equipment in the playground and for their safety, activities are restricted to the simple games proper of young children.  

D.   Closing Schools Because of Inclement Weather  

Closing of schools because of inclement weather is not a local school decision. This decision is made by the office of the Superintendent of Schools for the Wappingers school district. When the decision to close schools has been made, this information will be communicated through the major radio stations and through the municipal broadcasting services. You can also inquire at  

VII.     Discipline  

Statement of School Standard Behavior  

An effective teaching program is based upon a well-ordered class with an atmosphere conducive to learning. Children who attend St. Aloysius Happy House are expected to be industrious to their work, respectful and cooperative with their teachers and caring and helpful with their classmates. The school staff shall do all that is possible to see that students have respect for themselves, for other persons and for all community helpers.

  VIII.     Graduation  

Only Pre-School and Kindergarten will participate in a graduation ceremony indicating that the children have completed their work for their age group. A certificate is awarded to each child at a special ceremony.  

IX.     Miscellaneous  

A.         All students are asked to wear tags indicating name and for kindergarten students, the bus number.  

B.         Each child must be provided with a light snack in a lunch box, (a drink, a fruit or whatever you think is healthy for your child).  

C.         Each child must be provided with a box of tissues for his own needs.  

D.        Toys, games and other items are not brought to school unless the teacher requests them.

E.         Parents who wish to send in a coke or cupcakes for a child’s birthday must notify the school in advance.

F.         Fund raisers that are run during the year to purchase additional audiovisual aids, manipulative materials and books for the children, will need the complete cooperation of parents if we are to give our children the best education possible.

G.        Class Mothers contact parents to obtain what is necessary for the various school activities, i.e., parties, field trips, etc. and choose two or three helpers to assist them.  

H.        There will be a need for volunteers to assist the children on their field trips and other activities. Parents who have special abilities and talents are welcome to share them with the children at the discretion of the principal.      


Teachers - Everyday you take us under your wings and guide us. Answering questions, helping us grow and learn. Gently reminding us when we do wrong. All day long you give yourself - a shining light that shows us kindness, patience and love. We are blessed to have you in our lives.





         For more information please contact the school office:    

                                            Mother Gloria Castro                                    

                                            St. Aloysius Novitiate

                                                        Box 98

                                    Hopewell Junction, New York 12533

                                                Tel: 845-226-5671    

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