Introduction

RAYNE CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Keeping God and Family in Education Since 1891

 

HANDBOOK FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

 

 Accredited by

State of Louisiana Board of Education

Catholic Diocese of Lafayette

AdvancED Certification

North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council, Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)

Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC)

 

Member of

National Catholic Educational Association

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Rayne Chamber of Commerce

 

 

Forward to Parents:

Thank you for choosing Rayne Catholic Elementary for your child’s education.  We at Rayne Catholic believe that Catholic education is the unifying force that builds and develops a whole person, spiritually, intellectually, morally, and socially. We base this on the premise that each individual is of supreme worth and dignity.

The success of our educational endeavors is dependent upon participation by parents, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.  We consider ourselves a family who works and prays together, who contributes the unique gifts and talents given to each of us by God, to provide for each child’s growth and development.  Throughout the academic year each of us will be called upon to participate in school activities.  We invite all parents to accept the challenge of moving a very good education system beyond greatness to excellence.

The faculty and staff of Rayne Catholic are committed to the educational excellence of each child.  We function as a family of Christ.  Our commitment is to prepare children to accept the differences of one another, to realize that life is precious and to provide experiences in the educational processes that will bring out the best in each child.

This handbook is prepared especially for parents.  It provides a fundamental guide for a quality education.  It will familiarize you with the policies guiding the school, but most importantly it will enable you to assist and support your child in his/her educational endeavors.  Please review the contents carefully.

Please take the time to carefully read and discuss this handbook as a family.  If you have any questions please call the school office for clarification of policies.  The Diocesan Handbook of Policies is available in the Principal’s office for further clarification.

The Faculty and Staff of Rayne Catholic Elementary

 

 

Rayne Catholic Elementary and Schools of the Diocese of Lafayette do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or national origin in accepting applications of school personnel and students as well as in the administration of education policies, of scholarship and loan programs, and of athletic and extra-curricular programs. Private schools which have been traditionally segregated by sex are not in violation of this Diocesan Policy.

 

 

Parental Agreement

It is understood, given that this is a parochial school owned and operated by the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church Parish in the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, in accordance with the rulings of the United States Supreme Court, that all parents, students, employees, and on-campus guests have relinquished, and are not entitled to, any rights granted by the United States Constitution.

 

 

Rayne Catholic Elementary School Parent Cooperation Statement

An integral part of the educational philosophy of Rayne Catholic Elementary School is the conviction that the school assists the parents/guardians in carrying out their primary responsibility of providing for the religious and secular education of their children. An ongoing positive working relationship between the parents/guardians and the school is critical to the success of the school and the students. As part of that working relationship, parents/guardians are expected to be involved as much as possible in the educational process, to refrain from conduct which thwarts the orderly administration and operation of the school, to support and participate in school activities, and to provide instruction to and set positive examples for their children both at home and in the community. While Rayne Catholic Elementary School encourages the constructive exchange of ideas, feedback and suggestions intended to foster the continued growth and improvement of the school, Rayne Catholic Elementary School is ultimately responsible for the orderly administration and operation of the school, including the policies and procedures implemented to achieve the school’s goals.

Rayne Catholic Elementary School reserves the right to terminate the enrollment of any student(s) in the event that it is determined by the school’s administration that

(1)   a positive working relationship between the school and the parents/guardians no longer exists and/or is irreparably damaged or

(2)   that the parents/guardians have failed to provide the support, assistance and example necessary for the religious and secular education to which each child is entitled.

Furthermore, failure on the part of any student and/or parent/guardian to abide by the rules, regulations and policies as outlined in the school handbook may result in termination of the student’s enrollment from the school.

Diocesan Policy, effective April, 2012

 

 

Parents as Partners

As parents in the educational process at Rayne Catholic Elementary, we ask parents:

  1. To set rules, times, and limits so that your child:
  2. Gets to bed early on school nights;
  3. Arrives at school on time and is picked up on time at the end of the day;
  4. Is dressed according to the school dress code;
  5. Completes class assignments on time;
  6. Has lunch money/account credit or sack lunch every
  7. Has all needed materials and is prepared to learn.
  8. To actively participate in school activities such as Parent-Teacher Conferences,
  9. Home & School meetings and activities, and fund-raising.
  10. To see that the student pays for damage to school books or property due to carelessness or neglect.
  11. To notify the office if the child will be absent from school.
  12. To notify the school with a note when the student returns to school after being absent or tardy.
  13. To notify the school office about changes in address or important phone contact numbers.
  14. To meet all financial obligations to the school, in a timely and responsible manner.
  15. To inform the school of any special situation regarding the student’s well-being, safety, and health.
  16. To promptly complete and return to school any requested information.
  17. To read school notes (Tiger Pause), check RenWeb, and check the school page on the website (www.org) for updated information on a regular basis and to show interest in the student’s total education. To support the religious and educational goals of the school.
  18. To support and cooperate with the discipline policy of the school.
  19. To treat teachers and staff with respect and courtesy when discussing student
  20. To treat other students and families with respect and courtesy.

This partnership is mandatory for your child’s success. Failure to maintain a working partnership may result in a breech of contract on your part.

Together In Christ,

Rayne Catholic Elementary

Pastor and Principal

 

 

Right to Amend

Rayne Catholic Elementary School and/or the Administration with the permission of the pastor retain the right to amend and/or waive any consequence stated in this handbook for just cause.

 

In accordance with Brumfield v. Dodd, Rayne Catholic Elementary School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin in all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nation and ethnic origin, or disability – which can be met with reasonable accommodations –, in administration of its admission policies, educational policies, tuition assistance programs, athletic and other school administered programs.

 

CATHOLIC EDUCATION – canon law 794

“The Church has in a special way the duty and the right of educating, for it has a divine mission of helping all to arrive at the fullness of Christian life.

Pastors of souls have the duty of making all possible arrangements so that all the faithful may avail themselves of a Catholic education.”

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS – canon law 796

“Among the means of advancing education, Christ’s faithful are to consider schools as of great importance, since they are the principal means of helping parents to fulfill their role in education.

There must be the closest cooperation between parents and the teachers to whom they entrust their children to be educated. In fulfilling their task, teachers are to collaborate closely with the parents and willingly listen to them; associations and meetings of parents are to be set up and held in high esteem.”

 

PASTOR – Diocesan policy 1008

The pastor, by virtue of Canon Law, is the responsible authority for any school associated with his parish. The pastor is not a member of the local advisory council as the council is a deliberative, policy formulating body, advisory to him. By virtue of his office, it is the responsibility of the pastor to ratify or not ratify all policies which regulate the administration of the school, according to diocesan policy and the norms of Canon Law. It shall also be the responsibility of the pastor to work in close collaboration with the principal of the school and to seek the advice of the council as appropriate. The council is advisory to the pastor and the pastor must approve all council actions before they go into effect. He should not act contrary to the council, especially where there is consensus, unless there be a reason which in his judgment is overriding (Canon 127, #2).

 

LOCAL ADVISORY COUNCIL – Diocesan policy 1009

All Catholic schools of the Diocese of Lafayette are required to have an advisory council which is to exercise its functions under the policies established herein. The local advisory council serves to advise the pastor and operates within the parameters of the policies approved by the Bishop.  An individual selected for council membership may participate in council meetings as an active, voting member only after having been certified through an in-service approved by the superintendent.  The primary functions of the advisory council are to develop a budget to provide for the schools’ financial and physical well-being and growth; to implement a development program incorporating a long range plan an including active, positive public relations and marketing of the school; and to formulate broad polices for the school.  The council will assist in the selection of a new principal as set forth in diocesan guidelines, and it may periodically evaluate the principal’s relationship to the council as its chief executive officer (CEO). The council will evaluate its own effectiveness annually.

 

PRINCIPAL – Diocesan policy 1010

The principal is the educational leader in the Catholic school and is also responsible for implementing diocesan and local school polices.

 

 

DIOCESAN Organization

Rayne Catholic Elementary is a Catholic School in the Diocese of Lafayette. Diocesan policies state:

  1. The Bishop is the Chief Administrator of all schools in the Diocese of Lafayette.
  2. The Diocesan Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Bishop.
  3. The Pastor or the Chancellor appointed by the Bishop by virtue of Canon Law is the responsible authority for the local school. By virtue of his office, it is the responsibility of the pastor to ratify or not to ratify all policies which regulate the administration of the school according to diocesan policy and the norms of Canon Law.  It shall also be the responsibility of the pastor to work in close collaboration with the principal and the school and to seek the advice of the local school board as appropriate.

The Rayne Catholic Elementary Advisory Council serves to advise the pastor/chancellor and operates within the parameters of the policies approved by the Bishop.  The primary functions of the Advisory Council is to develop a budget to provide for the school’s financial and physical well-being and growth; to implement a development program incorporating a long-range plan which includes active, positive public relations and marketing of the school; and to formulate broad policies for the school.

 

 

Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Lafayette Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Lafayette is to assist the Bishop of this Diocese in serving the educational needs of the faithful.  The Office of Catholic Schools provides guidance, leadership and support to the elementary and secondary schools.  The Office of Catholic Schools makes a firm commitment to provide service which fosters quality Catholic education in each Catholic School.


 

HISTORY of RAYNE CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Father Joseph Antonio, a pious priest of St. Joseph Parish in Rayne, Louisiana, had a dream to bring the sisters of Mt. Carmel to this tiny settlement. Bon Pere Antonio, as he was referred to, did not live to see his dream fulfilled.  He died of a stroke on August 15, 1891 and the Sisters of Mt. Carmel arrived on December 16, of that same year.  His work was the “planting of the seed that yielded a hundredfold”-  Catholic Education in Rayne.

Hardships were many for the Sisters’ home was incomplete when they arrived. The Archbishop of New Orleans stipulated that the Sisters receive and own the property on which the convent was built. The sum of $531.00 was paid to the St. Charles College in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, for the property with the understanding that the sisters give gratuitous education to the children whose parents were too poor to pay tuition.

The school opened on February 8, 1892 and in May of the same year the convent housed a class where boarding was afforded young girls.  In 1899, Father Blasé Branche, the then pastor of St. Joseph Parish, supervised a plan to move the old church to the field south of the present Rayne Catholic School for a boy’s school that was nicknamed “Little Heaven.”

From its foundation in 1891 to 1929, Mt. Carmel Academy was a private school centered in the Rayne Catholic Elementary block.  The two-story convent school housed both the sisters and the boarders with classrooms upstairs and downstairs.  Mother Superior Camille Mouton guided the ever-growing institution from 1909 to 1917 serving as superintendent.

In 1929 the fourth pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Father Hubert Lerschen, directed his leadership to his greatest interest in education knowing that a well-established school was a “tower of Parochial strength.” His first step was to seek accreditation from the State of Louisiana. The new parochial school evolved and was named St. Joseph High School using five sisters of Mt. Carmel as the staff. The first year would handle up to and including the 8th grade and one grade level per year would be added if enrollment were justified.  With only 11 grades in secondary schooling at that time, a standard graduation was projected for the year 1933.

The new decade of the 1940’s opened with more change. Lay teachers were added along with a band director. Also added was the six-man football team coached by Fathers L.C. Habetz and Ignatius Martin. The school also had a boxing team that competed against Cathedral High and Landry Memorial.

By 1941, the school and parish celebrated the 50th anniversary celebration of the arrival of the Sisters of Mt. Carmel. That year the graduating class included 23 students. The Governor of Louisiana addressed the graduates. A stirring message of patriotism was delivered in which he reviewed the great need for religion and an abiding faith in the democratic way of life as the most effective weapon with which the great nation could face the uncertain future that lies ahead.

After the war years in 1948, St. Joseph High School received the news from the State Department of Education announcing the addition of a 12th year to the curriculum. Only the graduating class of 1948 was not dismayed with the news because they had completed their 11th and final year.

In the early 1950’s Father Lerschen, who was now a Monsignor, began to plan the construction of a new St. Joseph High School. In January 1957, the final plans of Grimball-Amerongen were submitted to the Bishop and the contract was awarded to Gossen Construction Company of Lafayette, the owner being a former parishioner and mayor, Joseph Gossen. By December 5, 1957, results of Monsignor’s effort were seen on the front page of the local newspaper. The “Grand day of Celebration for the Dedication of the Modernistic, St. Joseph High School” was enjoyed by the faculty, students, and parishioners of the parish.

By the mid 1960’s it was realized that times were changing.  Monsignor had retired and fewer sisters were teaching. Times were difficult for parochial high schools, so consolidation was the talk of things to come. In November a quote from the local newspaper stated: “The proposed Notre Dame High School, serving 8 Catholic parishes in Acadia will open temporarily next fall on the St. Michael High School Campus.”  Pastor Emery Labbe’ and members of the Lay Committee, as well as the students and faculty of St. Joseph High School played a large part in the transition that took place.  In the spring of 1967 the last graduating class of “old St. Joe High” made its plans for a graduation that would always be remembered.

As the decade of the 1970’s dawned on the small Catholic school, there was to be another powerful change. When the 1971-1972 school session opened, St. Joseph Elementary and Our Mother of Mercy, both elementary Catholic schools of Rayne, sought to meet the social challenges of the times by pairing and coming together as one school. The local work began in the spring and by the opening of the 1971-1972 school year a newly named school, Rayne Catholic Elementary, opened with two campuses: grades 1 through 3 and 6 through 8 were housed at St. Joseph Hall and grades 4 and 5 at Mercy Hall. On Wednesday, September 1, 1971 the newly formed Rayne Catholic Elementary opened for class at both campuses with 462 students in attendance.

Throughout the decades of the 1970’s, 1980’s and early 1990’s the small school has always been able to come through as a shining light whether it faced a falling student enrollment, or the rising cost of educating a student. Today, there are no longer two campuses, and the Religious are no longer at the helm, steering the guiding path of the school. In 1994, the first lay principal, Dr. Sherry Cormier, was appointed.  Mr. Blaine Castille was appointed the second lay principal in 2002.  Mr. Fred Menard , the first graduate of Rayne Catholic to become principal of RCE, was named principal in 2007. Through their dedication, professionalism, and high expectations of providing quality Catholic education, registration continues to soar and a very well maintained campus are still the order of the day.

Over one hundred years of zeal for the love of God, the love of life and community, as well as the best of Catholic education at Rayne Catholic Elementary are not enough. Many local, civic and church leaders of the parish of Acadia and the church parish of St. Joseph who themselves attended as students here, look forward to the same quality of Catholic education for their children and grandchildren who are students today and will be in the future.

 

At the heart of all of our teaching is the desire to introduce our students to the person of Jesus Christ. We want them to know that He is real, the He is Lord, and that He loves them with an unending love.

MISSION

The Mission Statement Inspired by. . . .

  • Faith in Jesus Christ
  • Hope from the Holy Spirit
  • Love of the Father

            and the greatest of these is Love. . .

The mission of Rayne Catholic is to form a family of leaders and learners who know, love and serve God.

 

 

VISION

Our students will learn together, work together and pray together in answering the call to a faith-filled life of service.

We believe in God and we believe. . . .

  • that each person is created in the image and likeness of God
  • that each child is a precious gift and sacred responsibility
  • in the goodness, dignity and worth of each person
  • that Jesus Christ is our model and our teacher
  • in celebrating and witnessing our faith
  • in transforming the world through Catholic education
  • that Catholic education includes spiritual growth and fulfillment
  • that learning is a lifelong journey
  • that all can learn and develop their gifts
  • in building Gospel-centered communities for service to one another
  • that all have rights, roles and responsibilities for which they are accountable
  • that Catholic education is a shared responsibility in which parents have a primary role

 

 

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

Rayne Catholic Elementary is a community of faith, which embraces the sacraments of the Catholic Church and promotes learning.  Rayne Catholic fosters a since of community and provides for a safe and nurturing school environment.  We also provide quality instructions and educational resources to insure the academic growth of the students.  We strive to focus on the total development of the child: spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

As a Catholic school, we embrace the responsibility of the formation of young women and men toward adult maturity and active membership in the church and society. Rayne Catholic Elementary challenges and encourages our community to maintain respect in all relationships by encountering Jesus Christ in everyone we meet and in everything we do.  We promote the importance of academic learning, the value of service, the spirit of justice and charity, and the opportunity to learn through experiences.  Although religious instruction is important, we believe that a relationship with Jesus Christ is best fostered through living the Gospels, the Sacraments, the Ten Commandments, as well as all the teachings of the Catholic Church.

As a Eucharistic community, Rayne Catholic Elementary strengthens the Christian way of life by teaching and promoting prayer and worship as part of everyday life.  In addition, we open each member to the experience of God’s unconditional love and empower individuals to live out their God-given purpose and reach their God-given potential.

 

 

The Three Pillars of the Rayne Catholic Philosophy. . . .

  1. The Gospels: “…religious instruction in schools sows the dynamic seed of the Gospel and seeks to” keep in touch with the other elements of the student’s knowledge and education; thus the Gospel will impregnate the mentality of the students in the field of their learning, and the harmonization of their culture will be achieved in the light of faith.?…It is necessary, therefore, that religious instruction in schools appear as a scholastic discipline with the same systematic demands and the same rigor as other disciplines. It must present the Christian message and the Christian event with the same seriousness with which other disciplines present their knowledge.” (From the General Directory for Catechesis 73)

“All of the learning outcomes in the Program of Studies contain a religious dimension. It is the right, responsibility and privilege of educators in Catholic schools to bring to consciousness the divine presence that resides in what is learned.”     Permeation:   Living Eucharist in the Learning Community, 2002

  1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: All staff and students are trained with the 7 Habits. These habits are lifelong principles which develop skills for leadership and reveal the potential in all of us.
  1. 5 Stages of Social Justice: All students are involved in social justice activities. Our goal is to encourage students to move through the 5 stages of:  Collections; 2. Direct Service; 3. Service for Empowerment; 4. Reflection and Analysis; 5. Advocacy for Structural Change.  ALL students have the potential to initiate change.

 

 

The Rayne Catholic Elementary Crest. . . .

Rayne Catholic Elementary’s crest symbolizes the four principle parts of the school.

  1. The FLEUR DE LIS (or white lily), a religious symbol, represents purity and can be associated with the Virgin Mary. The three petals and three sepals (the leaves below the petals) are a tribute to the trinity; that is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  2. The Cross represents and memorializes Christ’s death. The Cross is a representation of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and shedding his blood for the forgiveness of our sins. The simplest and most common Christian cross, the Latin cross, is empty and reminds us of the resurrection.
  3. The torch itself has three symbolic meanings:
    1. The light of the holy spirit in each one of us, reminding us to let our lights shine.
    2. The quest and desire for knowledge, enlightenment and inspiration denoting the high educational goals of Rayne Catholic
    3. The touch of the leadership reminds us of our obligation to actively lead others to Christ and to be productive leaders in our community and church.
  4. The child praying represents our commitment to God to develop a lifelong relationship with Him. It represents our personal relationship with God and our desire to know and love Him.

 

 

The Rayne Catholic Elementary Mascot. . .

Rayne Catholic’s mascot is the Tiger.  The tiger is careful and crafty and suspicious in a good way. He is careful to avoid pitfalls and traps. He is rarely taken by surprise.

The world is full of surprises and pitfalls and traps for the believing Christian. God tells us in the Bible that we are to walk as children of the light, His children, in a dark, sinful world. We must stay alert; we must walk carefully; we must be wise.

 

 

The Patron Saints of Rayne Catholic Elementary. . . .

St. Joseph:  Our school began as a parish school for the Roman Catholic Parish of St. Joseph’s in Rayne Louisiana and was named St. Joseph High School (1st through 12th grades) before merging with the other Acadia Parish High Schools and forming present day Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish.

St. Joseph was a man of faith who worked quietly behind the scene.  He was a man of faith, humble work and means, compassionate, and caring man.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel:  Since our school was established by the Sisters of Mt. Carmel we forever remember the works of the Order as well as our beloved Virgin Mary who forever intercedes for us.

It was during the year 1251, that Our Lady of Mt. Carmel appeared to Simon Stock with a scapular in her hand. On Sunday, July 16th she appeared to him holding the child Jesus in one arm and the brown scapular in her other hand. She said to Simon, “Take, beloved son, this scapular of thy Order as a badge of my confraternity and for thee and all Carmelites a special sign of grace; whoever dies in this garment, will not suffer everlasting fire. It is the sign of salvation, a safeguard in dangers, a pledge of peace and of the covenant.”

St. Katherine Drexel:  St. Katherine Drexel and her order established Our Mother of Mercy School in Rayne and with the merging of our two schools we still remember the heritage of both schools.

Saint Katharine Drexel took an avid interest in the material and spiritual well-being of black and native Americans. Katharine founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Black and Native American peoples, whose members would work for the betterment of those they were called to serve. She financed more than 60 missions and schools around the United States, as well as founding Xavier University of Louisiana – the only historically Black, Roman Catholic university in the United States.


 

The Rayne Catholic Elementary Motto. . . .  “Be the Coffee”

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She then pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, Mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity — boiling water — but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity? Do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor of your life. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level?

How do you handle adversity? Are you changed by your surroundings or do you bring life, flavor, to them?

God calls us each to go out and change our environment; to ‘be the coffee’!

 

 

OBJECTIVES AND GOALS

  1. Spiritual Development
  1. Objectives

We believe that in helping our students develop spiritually we must:

  1. Cooperate with and assist parents in forming Christian character in their children;
  2. Deepen their love of God and others through experiences;
  3.    Guide them in forming a Catholic Christian conscience;
  4.    Instill Christian awareness of the global community;
  5.    Assist them in acquiring a genuine knowledge of their Catholic faith;
  6.    Be examples of true Christian living;
  7. Goals
  8. Communicate with the parents through Home and School Association meetings, personal conferences, written and verbal reports on classroom learning, inviting participation in school liturgical programs and other school activities.
  9. Develop a Christ-centered relationship for the students through daily classroom prayer (vocal and meditative), school liturgies and Para liturgies, sacramental preparation, and classroom discussion.
  10. Offer Christian experiences through activities, such as:  Service Clubs, Thanksgiving food collections and Christmas gifts to the needy, personal prayer and financial sacrifice for the missions, cooperation among members of the school community when help is needed, visiting and entertaining the sick and aged; living and experiencing the sacraments.
  11. Teach doctrine in a structured religion program and help students live Christian values.
  12.    Offer personal guidance and counseling, lead group discussions on moral values, and offer the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation periodically.
  13. Nurture our own spiritual life through faculty liturgies, days of recollection, and sharing of the Spirit and mutual support in our personal lives.
  1. Intellectual Development
  1. Objectives:

We are striving to:

  1. Develop our students to their full academic potential;
  2. Provide a foundation for future learning, and;
  3.    Provide a qualified staff.
  4. Goals
  5. Teach basic academic skills of reading, writing, verbal and self-expression, logical and creative thinking, with emphasis placed not only on what to learn, but more importantly, on how to learn.
  6. Provide a high academic curriculum through use of contemporary texts, methods, and supplementary materials.
  7. Encourage staff self-improvement through attendance at classes and workshops, seminars, faculty meetings, reading and sharing of professional literature.
  8. Create a disciplined environment conducive to learning.
  9. Provide opportunities in the total school community to discuss and understand the school philosophy through yearly in-service, parent handbook, Home and School meetings, and religion class discussions.
  1. Emotional Development
  2. Objectives:

We believe our role as educators is to:

  1. Help students attain an acceptance of themselves and enable them to achieve self-respect, self-discipline, and confidence in themselves as contributing members of society;
  2. Guide students toward awareness and acceptance of their strengths and weaknesses;
  3. Foster awareness in students of their responsibilities toward themselves and others.
  4. Goals:
  5. Provide an atmosphere of encouragement free from destructive criticism.
  6. Set attainable goals through which students can experience success.
  7. Clearly define behavior guidelines.
  8. Enable students to work in certain areas at their own pace.
  9. Encourage students to develop their own talents.
  10. Strive for continuous personal growth and development as Christian persons and educators.
  1. Social Development
  2. Objectives:

In helping our students to develop socially, we seek to:

  1. Instill in the students an awareness of their own unique roles in all communities of which they are members;
  2. Develop social beings that are able to communicate and relate to the world in which they live;
  3. Foster a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect of persons and property;
  4. Motivate students to develop the qualities of good leadership and citizenship.
  5. Goals:
  6. Provide opportunities for student interaction through such activities as classroom activities and discussions, playground activities, team sports, election of class representatives, clubs, involvement in civic and community activities wherever possible, and become an active participant in the community through service projects.
  7. Insure cultural growth by such things as : fairs, field trips, art exhibits and museums, speech and drama experiences, and classroom activities.
  8. Live the social principles.
  1. Physical Development
  2. Objectives:

We see that our students’ physical needs are met by:

  1. Providing for the physical development and fitness of each student;
  2. Helping students to recognize and accept their physical strengths and limitations.
  3. Goals:
  4. Allowing each child to achieve success and promoting good sportsmanship by physical education classes, team sports, supervised play periods;
  5. Serving nutritious meals daily in our cafeteria;
  6. Promoting good health by providing hearing and eye screening tests;
  7. Encouraging health and safety practices within the home, school, and community by circulating safety booklets, fire drills, and inviting guests speakers on health topics;
  8. Maintaining up-to-date health records on each child;
  9. Providing short, necessary physical activities and restroom breaks during the day;
  10. Instilling habits of cleanliness, neatness, and good health.

 

 

Core Values of Rayne Catholic’s Objectives and Goals. . . .

  1. Dignity & Respect
    We are called to value each person, and to treat one another with compassion
  2. Honesty
    Be noble of mind and heart, generous in forgiving
  3. Loyalty
    We strive towards loyalty to the vision, mission, goals and fundamental purpose of our church
  4. Fairness
    We seek unity without uniformity, symmetry without sameness, and diversity without divisiveness
  5. Personal & Communal Growth
    In Rayne Catholic Elementary, we are an organization of people, committed to the growth of the whole person

What should a Rayne Catholic Student look like?

Leaders for Life – Centered on Christ

  1. SELF-RESPECT – Includes self-confidence and adaptability
  2. FAITH-FILLED – Having a personal relationship with God; being an example which leads others to Christ; being aware of and developing their God-given gifts for the greater glory
  3. MOTIVATION – Self-directed interest in learning; intrinsic motivation rather than extrinsic
  4. RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP – Includes a concern for others and global awareness
  5. COGNITIVE SKILLS – Lower to higher levels of thinking including creativity
  6. PROCESS SKILLS – Problem solving, decision making, communication, personal relations

 

 

Advisory Council for the 2016-2017 School Year

The Advisory Council is to provide expertise and advice to the pastor in accordance with the Cannon Law of the Roman Catholic Church, the Synodal Law of the Diocese of Lafayette and the Regulations and Policies for Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Lafayette.

The primary functions of the Advisory Council are to develop a budget to provide for the school’s financial and physical well-being and growth; to implement development program incorporating a long-range plan and including active, positive public relations and marketing of the school; and to formulate broad policies for the school.

Pastor:  Saint Joseph, Rayne……………………………… Reverend Kevin Bordelon

Officers:

President:

Vice President: Ben Lormand (’18, St. Joseph, appointed by parish priest)

Parliamentarian:  Charles Hazlett (’18, Assumption, appointed by parish priest)

Secretary:  Tessa Himel (non-voting member, appointed by officers)

 

Parish Representatives:

Maureen Benoit (’18, term 2, St. Joseph, elected by parishioners)

Lisa Delhomme (’17, term 1, St. Joseph, elected by parishioners)

Ataria Gibson (’18, term 1, Our Mother of Mercy, elected by parishioners)

Chuck Habetz (’17, St. Leo, appointed by parish priest)

(’17, St. Joseph, appointed by parish priest)

Rockella Minnix (’16, Our Mother of Mercy, appointed by parish priest)

Jennifer Prevost (’19, term 1, St. Joseph, elected by parishioners)

Jacklyn Pitts (’19, term 1, St. Joseph, elected by parishioners)

(’17, term 1, Assumption, elected by parishioners)

Paul Zaunbrecher (’16, term 1, St. Leo, elected by parishioners)

Ex-officio Members:

Principal:  Fred Menard

Home and School President:  Tony Olinger

Meeting Dates: Tentatively scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of most months.  

 

 

SCHOOL OFFICE PROCEDURES

SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS

The office hours for the official school business are from:

  • 7:30am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday in August through May (exceptions: posted school holidays).
  • 8:00am to 12:00pm, Monday through Thursday three weeks of June.
  • 8:00am to 12:00pm, Monday through Thursday three weeks of July.

 

VISITORS

Rayne Catholic Elementary School is a CLOSED CAMPUS.  ALL VISITORS MUST REPORT TO THE OFFICE UPON ARRIVING ON CAMPUS.   Please see “Campus Safety” Section.

ALL VISITORS (including parents/grandparents) must have a specific reason to be on campus. . . a scheduled conference, lunch, a scheduled competition. For the safety of our students and all personnel, no one will be allowed on campus without specific cause.

All Visitors, including parents, must sign-in and out with the school’s office upon entering and leaving campus through the RAPTOR System.

Students cannot have visitors and/or outside deliveries during the school day.

It is understood, in accordance with the rulings of the United States Supreme Court, that all parents, students, employees, and on-campus guests have relinquished, and are not entitled to, any rights granted by the United States Constitution.

Prohibiting Entry onto School Campus

Students, faculty, staff, parents and visitors assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with Rayne Catholic Elementary School’s function as a Catholic educational institution.  Therefore, a person’s continued presence on school property may be restricted provided their conduct is in violation of the following:

  • Obstruction of buildings, entrances, walks, passageways, classrooms, offices, parking areas, auxiliary room (janitorial, supplies, etc.) or any other space that impedes implementation of programs and functions of the school
  • Detaining, holding, intimidating, injuring, or threatening to injure or coerce by bodily harm any person lawfully upon school property
  • Theft, malicious destruction, damage or injury to property
  • Conduct which creates a substantial risk of injury or damage
  • Other conduct which the principal deems serious enough to justify forbidding entry to the perpetrator

This policy is not intended to be, nor shall it be, used as a mechanism to circumvent procedures associated with the Code of Student Conduct.

The following school officials will be authorized to order persons to immediately leave school property and forbid their return for a specific period of time, including indefinitely:

  1. Principal of Rayne Catholic Elementary School
  2. Pastor

 

ASSIGNMENT REQUEST POLICIES

  • All homework/assignments are posted on RenWeb by 3:30pm Monday through Thursday.
  • Parents may come to school to acquire student’s books from his/her locker or desk after 2:30pm.
  • PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE FOR ASSIGNMENTS!

 

DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATERIAL AND/OR PETITIONS

As the school is neither a public forum nor a public property, no person is allowed to distribute or post any type of printed materials on campus without the permission of the administration.  Freedom of speech is a Constitutional Right which each parent, student and guest gives-up while on campus or in a RCE uniform.

 

PARENT – STUDENT HANDBOOK

Parents agree to be governed by the handbook and to support school policies, procedures, regulations, rules and personnel.  The Parent-Student Handbook is part of the contract existing between the school and the parents/students.  By signing the contractual ‘Registration’ document, parents/guardians have agreed to abide by all policies stated in this handbook.

 

MESSAGES, DELIVERIES AND TELEPHONE USAGE

  • The school should not be the ordinary means of communicating with your student. However, messages considered urgent by the parents will be communicated to the student at an appropriate time.
  • A phone will be available in the school’s office for necessary phone calls to parents/guardians. Phone calls should be brief. Courtesy is expected.
  • Students are not allowed to receive gifts, flowers, balloons, etc. at school.

 

GIFTS

Student exchanges of Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, Easter gifts or any other gifts on campus MUST receive prior approval from the administration.

Invitations to off-campus parties may be distributed at school only if the ENTIRE class is invited. Disciplinary action will result if this policy is disregarded.

 

PARTIES

Permission must be requested from the administration prior to any class or club party.

It is the responsibility of the teacher to make sure the classroom is cleaned and arranged properly.  If food and/or drinks are to be served, teacher must ensure that all student allergies are correctly handled.

Diocesan Policy states:  No social or non-religious extra-curricular activities may be scheduled during Holy Week.

 

POSTERS / SIGNS

No decorations, flyers or posters of any type are to be put on any part of the building without permission of the administration.

 

CHANGE OF STREET ADDRESS, EMAIL ADDRESS and/or PHONE NUMBER

Such a change is to be reported to the office as soon as possible.

 

LOST AND FOUND

Losses should be reported in writing promptly to the office.  Articles that are found should be taken to the office.  Lost items that are not claimed within a reasonable time will be given to the needy.  Rayne Catholic Elementary, and its employees, are not responsible for student’s personal items.

 

USE OF GROUNDS AND FACILITIES

Any group wishing to use the facilities at Rayne Catholic Elementary School must contact the principal.  Rayne Catholic Elementary is not a publicly owned.  The campus is owned by St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and the Diocese of Lafayette.

 

 

“Be it known to all who enter here that Christ is the reason for this school.
He is the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes.
He is the model of its staff and the inspiration of its students.”