Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much homework will my child have?
A. Students in Kindergarten may have a few minutes of homework once or twice a week, generally practicing printing or doing some C-rod work. Generally, first grade has 10-15 minutes per day; second grade 15-30 minutes per day; third grade 30-45 minutes per day; and fourth grade 30-60 minutes per day.
Beginning in second grade there may also be long-term projects during the year. All children are also expected to complete independent reading outside of class on a regular basis.
Q. What role can I play in my child’s school day?
A. The involvement of parents in the daily life of Lower School is expected and welcomed. Each teacher and grade level has different ways in which parents can participate in the classroom. Assisting with field trips, helping with class parties and special events, listening to students read, and helping with special projects and activities are a few ways that parents become involved in the classroom. In addition, parent volunteers help in the library, cafeteria, with morning arrival, and with a wide variety of special events sponsored by the Parent Association.
Q. What are the before and after school options for my child?
A. EDC (Extended Day Care) is available from 7:00-8:00 a.m. and 3:00-6:00 p.m. (5:30 on Fridays). In addition, there are a wide variety of Enrichment classes available. A few examples are Chess Club, Dance Club, Lego Club, Science Club, Computer Club, Drama, 3-D Puzzles, Cooking, Ceramics, Scrapbooking, and Karate. These classes are offered for five or six week sessions throughout the year. There is a fee for each class.
Q. What is the dress code in Lower School?
A. All students in Grades KP-4 wear navy pants, skirts or shorts, and their choice of several colors of tops. All shirts must have collars, be tucked in and follow the standard set by the Land’s End School Uniform Catalogue (however clothing may be purchased from a variety of stores). All students wear navy bottoms and white tops on Wednesdays and for field trips and special performances. A complete description of the uniform policy can be found in the Lower School Parent/Student Handbook and here in the Parents & Students section of the website.
Q. How are students graded?
A. Students in Lower School do not receive letter grades. Four times per year students receive progress reports from their teachers, consisting of a checklist of skills accomplished and a written narrative describing student progress. Checklists use a scale of “meets expectations,” “exceeds expectations,” or “improvement needed,” as a method of informing parents of their children’s progress.
Q. How is discipline handled?
A. Students are expected to be respectful and cooperative at all times and to accept the consequences of their actions. Students should follow the Lower School Self-Control Guidelines, remembering to Stop, Think, and Go with a Good Choice at all times.
Most disciplinary situations are handled by the student’s classroom teacher. Students who do not follow the discipline expectations will be removed from certain activities such as recess or special events, may be sent to the director for further action, and the director or the teacher may contact parents regarding the situation. On a rare occasion, a student might be sent home from school if the student’s behavior is repeatedly disruptive or disrespectful or he or she is behaving as a bully and other methods of discipline have been unsuccessful.
Q. What is Chapel?
A. Lower School has a Chapel gathering four days each week: three days with all of Lower School and one day with K-8 (held in the Middle School Auditorium). Each class in Lower School presents Chapel for their peers two or three times per year. This may be through a short skit, songs, poems, or other means of communicating a particular aspect of character or spiritual development.
Faculty and administrators also present Chapel talks. These short stories or talks generally have a specific theme tied to the Lower School Virtue of the Month (honesty, respect, compassion). Chapel time generally ends with the Lord’s Prayer and weekly reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Q. What are the hours of the school day?
A. Lower School students should be at school by 8:00 a.m. Chapel begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. Students are dismissed at 3:00 p.m.
Q. How often do teachers and parents meet?
A. There are regularly scheduled conferences at the end of each of the first three terms of the school year. In addition, parents or teachers may request conferences as needed. Frequently, information is shared via e-mail, but specific questions or concerns regarding individual students are best handled in person or through a phone call to the teacher.
Q. Is there a registered nurse on duty?
A. Yes, we have a registered nurse on duty from from 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. daily.
Q. How is transportation handled?
A. Many families bring their children to school in carpool. Canterbury also has several bus routes covering all areas in Allen County and several outlying communities as well. Student pick up is not door-to-door, but is generally at a common pick-up and drop-off point in close proximity to a child’s neighborhood. More information about Bus Service is located here in the Admissions section of the Web site.
Q. Do the students take field trips?
A. Field trips are a fundamental part of a student’s educational experience at Canterbury. Trips vary considerably in their duration, destination, and design; however, they are all important components of the curriculum at each grade level. We consider each trip an opportunity to expand learning, broaden horizons, and enrich the overall educational experience a student receives at Canterbury.
Q. How much physical activity do students receive?
A. All students have Physical Education classes on a regular basis. Times vary from three times per week for 30 minutes at a time in Kindergarten to twice per week for 45 minutes at a time in fourth grade. All students also have at least two and sometimes three recess periods per day. In addition, special activities such as ice skating, cross-country skiing, and Jump Rope for Heart promote the physical health and well-being of students in Lower School.