PRESENTATION OF MARY ACADEMY DRESS CODE

 

Presentation of Mary Academy is a private Catholic school. Emphasis is placed on education in the academic, spiritual and emotional domains. The uniform for students in grades Pre-K-8 was established to support a commitment to simplicity, neatness and lack of competition in the area of dress. Uniforms must fit properly and be worn appropriately each day. Students who are not in proper uniform will be asked to contact their parents to obtain proper uniform clothing or will be required to borrow available uniform clothing from the Uniform Consignment Closet. Repeated violations to the dress code may result in the loss of “dress-down” privileges and/or after school detentions.

 

Since one of the goals of the uniform is to discourage peer pressure connected to style and popular name labels, it is essential that all students adhere to the requirements of the dress code. Please be mindful of the fact that Presentation of Mary Academy has a true uniform as opposed to a dress code. The uniform is very specific. We pay close attention to adherence of the uniform guidelines. This is part of who we are as a school. It works best when we are partners in supporting these guidelines.

 

It is important that all students adhere to the school’s conservative policy on dress. If anyone is not certain about the appropriateness or acceptability of clothing, jewelry, or hairstyle, he/she should consult with the Assistant Principal before spending money in these areas. Not doing so may result in unnecessary expense.

 

PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN Uniform for Boys and Girls

  • Gray uniform pants/slacks with pull-up elastic waist.
  • Maroon or white polo shirt with PMA logo.
  • Black or brown shoes.
  • White ankle socks with slacks (Socks should cover the entire ankle.)
  • Maroon knee-highs or tights for the girls.
  • Jumper is optional for girls in Pre-K and K.

 

Optional Uniform for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Students:

Uniform jumpers are optional for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. If you choose to purchase a jumper for your daughter, please follow the uniform requirements for students in grades 1 – 4.

GIRLS’ UNIFORM, GRADES 1 – 4

  • Gray/Maroon plaid jumper (Jumper must be hemmed to the knee.)
  • Peter Pan collar, solid white blouse, long or short sleeves.
  • Maroon long sleeved cardigan sweater with PMA logo.
  • Maroon knee-length stockings or tights.
  • Uniform necktie for the girls is optional.

 

Uniform Phase-in for Grades 5-8

Parents, please note that we will be phasing out of the old gr.5-8 skirt. The new skirt will be a kilt style for the girls. We will phase out the light gray pants for boys in grades 5-8 and switch to a darker gray dress pant.

 

GIRLS’ UNIFORM, GRADES 5 - 8

  • Gray/maroon plaid skirt to be worn with PMA vest or sweater.
  • Skirt must be hemmed to the knee. Waistband must not be rolled up.
  • Maroon sleeveless vest, V-neck sweater, or V-neck cardigan with logo.
  • White blouse with convertible collar, oxford button-down collar, long or short sleeves. Blouse must be worn tucked into skirt at all times.
  • Maroon knee-length stockings or tights.

BOYS’ UNIFORM, GRADES 1 – 8

  • Gray pleated twill uniform pants purchased through the uniform company.
  • Boys in Gr. 5-8, dark gray pleated dress trousers.
  • Black leather belt to be worn at all times with the pants.
  • Plain, white, pointed collar or oxford shirt, long or short sleeves, tucked in the pants at all times.
  • Socks, plain, white or gray, must cover the entire ankle.
  • Maroon long-sleeved V-neck sweater or sweater vest with PMA logo.
  • Maroon necktie is required at all times with the uniform shirt.

GIRLS’ WARM WEATHER UNIFORM, (MAY 1 – OCT. 15) OPTIONAL

  • White or maroon short-sleeved polo shirt with PMA logo.
  • Grades 1-4 wear shirt with their jumper.
  • Grades 5-8 are excused from wearing vest or sweater when wearing a shirt.
  • Polo shirt must be worn tucked into skirt.
  • White ankle socks may be worn during this time.
  • Socks should cover the entire ankle and should be plain and undecorated.
  • Peds, sports socks and socks that do not cover the ankle are unacceptable.

GIRLS’ WINTER UNIFORM, (OCT. 16 – APRIL 30) OPTIONAL

  • Gray uniform pants, purchased through the uniform company, may be worn in place of the jumper or skirt.
  • Girls must wear uniform sweater (grades 1-4) with the pants.
  • Girls in grades 5-8 must wear the uniform vest or cardigan.

BOYS’ WARM WEATHER UNIFORM, (MAY 1 – OCT. 15) OPTIONAL

  • The oxford shirt may be replaced by a white or maroon short-sleeved polo shirt with PMA logo. The polo shirt must be worn tucked into slacks.
  • The necktie is not required with the polo shirt.
  • Gray uniform shorts purchased exclusively through Educational Outfitters.

SHOES (sneakers allowed on gym day only)

Sturdy black school shoes, preferably soft soles. For safety, shoes must have closed fronts and backs with no “platform” styles heels or soles. Shoes must not exceed a one-inch heel for students in grades 1-8. Boots must not be worn indoors, not even on DRESS DOWN DAYS.

DRESS UNIFORM FOR FORMAL OCCASIONS (school liturgies, special guests, and formal occasions) FOR ALL STUDENTS, with the exception of Pre-K-K

  • BOYS: White Oxford shirt, gray uniform pants, and maroon necktie.
  • GIRLS: White blouse with jumper or skirt.
    • Grade 5 – 8 must wear the sleeveless vest or V-neck cardigan sweater.
    • Maroon knee socks or tights are required.

    GYM UNIFORM FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES PRE-K-8

    On “gym day” students must come to school dressed for physical education class. The gym uniform is purchased through the uniform company only.

    The uniform dress for physical education classes consists of:

    • Maroon T-shirt with PMA logo.
    • Maroon fleece shorts with PMA logo (Shorts must be hemmed.)
    • Maroon sweatshirt with PMA logo.
    • Maroon sweatpants or wind-pants with PMA logo.
    • Sneakers (plain, sturdy, Velcro or tie) and socks are required. Sneakers with shoelaces must be tied at all times.) Sneakers should not be distracting, such as having lights, roller blades, noisemakers, etc. built into them.

    DRESS-UP DAYS

    Dress-up days will be called on rare or special occasions at the discretion of the Principal. The students’ appearance must be neat and clothing must fit properly. Options for dress-up day include:

    • GIRLS-Dress blouses or shirts may be worn with skirts and dress pants or conservative dresses.
    • Footwear must be appropriate as outlined above.
    • BOYS-Dress shirts with collars may be worn with dress pants. Ties and jackets are optional.

    DRESS-DOWN DAYS

    On days when uniforms are not required, PMA students should not wear any type of clothing or grooming which is inappropriate for a Catholic school. This includes spandex and other tight?fitting clothes, shirts advertising brand names, with ads or other writing, camisoles, pajama bottoms, tank tops, shirts with spaghetti straps, extra?short skirts or shorts, halter tops, sun dresses, and torn clothing. Skirts and shorts should be near knee?length. Flip-flops, sandals, slippers, and boots are never allowed. No bare midriffs or low-cut tops. Dress down days are not about “marketing” the latest style, fashion, or brand name. Students do not have to participate in the dress down day if they are not comfortable adhering to the dress down code. The PMA uniform is always acceptable.

    CAMOUFLAGE CLOTHING:

    Camouflage clothing or any military-type clothing, including jackets and hats/caps, is not considered appropriate at this school and may not be worn.

    HATS: Hats of any kind are not to be worn in school by either boys or girls, except for medical or religious reasons.

    HAIR:

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    Hair should be kept clean, neatly groomed and out of the eyes.

     

     

    · Hairstyles should be simple. Faddish and counter-cultural hairstyles are inappropriate for any student. Multi-braided, heavily moussed, gelled, or "spiked" hairstyles are not appropriate.

    · Boys' hair should be kept short around the face and bangs must be above the eyebrows. Boys' hair should be above the collar and without sideburns, tails, or sculpturing. Hair should NOT be shaved above the top of the ears, i.e. Chili Bowl haircuts.

    · Girls' bangs must be above the eyebrows, or hair must be secured away from the face.

    · Hair must be its natural color. Dyed hair, streaking, highlighting, lowlights, glints, etc. are not permitted.

    Students who disregard haircut or hair color guidelines may be subject to suspension or be required to dye the hair back to its natural color or to cut it to regulation guidelines.

    PERSONAL APPEARANCE

    Practices including tattooing, body painting and body piercing undermine the school’s commitment to simplicity and lack of competition in the area of dress and are forbidden.

    • Jewelry must be limited to one simple necklace, bracelet and/or ring, and conservative in nature.
    • Pierced ears should be limited to one pair of small, simple stud earrings.
    • Boys are not allowed to wear earrings. Necklaces must be under the shirt and tie
    • Make-up, glitter, extra?large or gaudy hair?clips or headbands, distracting hairstyles and fads, and colored nail polish are not permitted at PMA for all age groups.

    UNIFORM ACCESSORIES

    Numerous uniform accessories are available at Educational Outfitters that complement the school uniform such as bows, ribbons, socks with frills, lunch boxes, backpacks etc. Parents are under no obligation to purchase accessories.

    If a student has a legitimate reason for being out of uniform, he/she must bring a note from a parent or guardian explaining the situation.

    CONSEQUENCES FOR UNIFORM VIOLATIONS

    Failure to follow the dress code will be tracked by the teachers. Abuses of the dress code policy are dealt with in the following manner. Students in Grades 1-3 will be referred to the Assistant Principal. Students in grades 4-8 will be issued a uniform violation notice. After the third uniform violation a teacher detention is issued.

    LABEL CLOTHING

    Please mark all clothing, sneakers, mittens and coats with students’ names, as well as lunch boxes and backpacks.

    LOST AND FOUND

    Lost and found items may be claimed from the “LOST AND FOUND CONTAINER” located in the school cafeteria. All lost and found items not claimed by the last Thursday of the month will be sent to a local charity. Uniform clothing will be cleaned and placed in the uniform boutique. For food safety reasons, lunch boxes and water bottles left behind will be thrown out after three days.

     

PERSONAL APPEARANCE
Practices including tattooing, body painting and body piercing undermine the school’s commitment to simplicity and lack of competition in the area of dress and are forbidden.
  • Jewelry must be limited to one simple necklace, bracelet and/or ring, and conservative in nature.
  • Pierced ears should be limited to one pair of small, simple stud earrings.
  • Boys are not allowed to wear earrings. Necklaces must be under the shirt and tie
  • Make-up, glitter, extra?large or gaudy hair?clips or headbands, distracting hairstyles and fads, and colored nail polish are not permitted at PMA for all age groups.
UNIFORM ACCESSORIES
Numerous uniform accessories are available at Educational Outfitters that complement the school uniform such as bows, ribbons, socks with frills, lunch boxes, backpacks etc. Parents are under no obligation to purchase accessories.
If a student has a legitimate reason for being out of uniform, he/she must bring a note from a parent or guardian explaining the situation.

CONSEQUENCES FOR UNIFORM VIOLATIONS

Failure to follow the dress code will be tracked by the teachers. Abuses of the dress code policy are dealt with in the following manner. Students in Grades 1-3 will be referred to the Assistant Principal. Students in grades 4-8 will be issued a uniform violation notice. After the third uniform violation a teacher detention is issued.

LABEL CLOTHING

Please mark all clothing, sneakers, mittens and coats with students’ names, as well as lunch boxes and backpacks.
LOST AND FOUND
Lost and found items may be claimed from the “LOST AND FOUND CONTAINER” located in the school cafeteria. All lost and found items not claimed by the last Thursday of the month will be sent to a local charity. Uniform clothing will be cleaned and placed in the uniform boutique. For food safety reasons, lunch boxes and water bottles left behind will be thrown out after three days.

TARDINESS POLICY


In an effort to eliminate chronic tardiness situations, PMA is establishing a new procedure for students who arrive late.

  1. A child in grades Pre-K through Grade 5 is considered tardy if he/she arrives after the set arrival time for that grade level and the class has already entered the building.
  2. For grades 6-8, students are considered tardy if they are not in their "houses" by 7:45. The classes begin entering the building at 7:35. Because of the short drop off time for the middle school l (7:30-7:35), some leeway has been provided for these students.
  3. Any student who arrives late, after his/her class has entered the building, must report to the main office on the first floor, accompanied by the parent or adult responsible for transporting him/her that morning, in order to sign in and provide the reason for the tardiness, as well as to obtain the tardy slip needed for admission into the classroom.
  4. Once the tardiness has been cleared at the office, the child will be allowed to join his/her class.
  5. Wen entering the building, adults are required to park their vehicles in the parking lot. Vehicles must never be left unattended in the traffic circle at the start or end of the school day, since this hinders the traffic flow for other families.

SCHOOL HOURS

Grades 6-7-8 students are expected to be in the front of the school by 7:35 am. They are expected to be in their house by 7:45 am.



Grades(s)School Hours Pick-up Time
Grades 6, 7, 8 7:35am - 2:25pm 2:30pm
Grades 3, 4, 5 7:45am - 2:15pm 2:20pm
Grade 2 7:55am - 2:05pm 2:15pm
Grade 1 7:55am - 2:00pm 2:10pm
Kindergarten 8:10am - 1:50pm 1:55pm
Pre-Kindergarten (Full Day) 8:20am - 1:45pm 1:50pm
Pre-Kindergarten (1/2 Day) 8:20am - 11:30pm  

Parents should plan to pick up their children at the dismissal times noted above. If this is impossible, they should get in touch with the School Office (x200) so that proper arrangements can be made. Students not picked up from car line by 2:45 will be sent to the After School Program and parents will be charged the appropriate fee.

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