Dress Code (Grades 4K-2nd)
3 year old Preschool children are encouraged to wear appropriate, washable play clothes to school.
General ACS Elementary School Dress Code Guidelines:
1. Each student’s appearance must be appropriate to a Catholic school setting. Walking shorts and capri pants are NOT to be worn on Mass days. The administration reserves the right to judge what is appropriate and to act on that judgment. The administration also reserves the right to amend the dress code as needed.
2. Clothing, jewelry and/or grooming must not be distracting, potentially dangerous and/or disruptive to the learning environment. Hairstyles must be clean, of reasonable style and natural color. Boys’ hair must be above the collar line. Ear piercing only. No more than two earrings per ear. No body piercing (other than ears). No visible tattoos, real or artificial.
3. Worn, faded, frayed, baggy or form fitting clothing may not be worn.
4. Headwear may not be worn indoors, e.g. sweatbands, scarves, hats, helmets, etc.
5. No jackets, coats, or other items intended to be worn outdoors are to be worn indoors.
6. Official scouting uniforms may be worn on meeting days.
7. Fifth grade students may wear D.A.R.E. shirts when the D.A.R.E. officer is in the building.
8. Each student needs tennis shoes with non-marking soles for use in Physical Education class.
*Solid Colors is defined as all one color, including collars and trim.
A. Shirts - *Solid colored navy blue, white, red or hunter green.
1. Button polo shirt with collar or turtleneck
2. Long or short sleeves.
3. No logos, writing or graphics except for ACS logo and school name
4. Shirts must be buttoned except for the top button.
5. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
6. White blouses with collar under jumpers only.
B. Sweaters - *Solid colored navy blue or red
1. Cardigan, V-neck, crew neck, long sleeved sweaters only.
2. No logos, writing or graphics.
3. Collared shirt or turtlenecks must be worn under all sweaters.
4. Sweaters do not need to be tucked in.
C. Sweatshirts - *Solid colored navy blue or red
1. Long sleeved ACS sweatshirts or fleece only
2. Collared shirt or turtlenecks must be worn under all sweatshirts.
3. Sweatshirts do not need to be tucked in.
D. Pants - *Solid colored navy blue, black, or khaki tan color only
1. Tailored cotton, cotton-polyester, or corduroy.
2. No bib overalls, jeans, athletic pants, or carpenter pants.
3. Pants must be worn at the natural waist.
4. Pant hems may not touch the floor.
5. Elastic or adjustable waistband is acceptable.
E. Shorts - *Solid colored navy blue, black or khaki tan color only
1. Tailored cotton, cotton-polyester, or corduroy walking shorts at the knee or no more than 3" above knee.
2. May be worn during first and fourth academic quarters only.
3. No skorts.
4. No athletic shorts.
5. Elastic or adjustable waistband is acceptable.
6. Capri pants at mid-calf.
F. Footwear - Color should be coordinated with other clothing
1. Socks, tights or nylons must be worn.
2. Enclosed shoes or sandals with back strap.
3. Shoe strings must be tied at all times.
4. No clogs, crocs, or cowboy boots.
5. No heels beyond 1".
G. Skirts/Jumpers - *Solid colored navy blue, khaki tan color only, or black
1. Cotton, cotton-polyester, or corduroy.
2. No more than 3" above the knee.
3. No split skirts or skorts.
4. In the interest of modesty, tights, leggings, or shorts are recommended to be worn under skirts and jumpers. Tights, leggings, or shorts must be solid colored.
Certain days will allow for exceptions to the dress code. The general dress code guidelines remain in place. Guidelines for these days are as follows:
Cathedral Spirit Day – Cathedral Spirit Shirt is worn (without a polo shirt) with non-dress code or dress code bottoms.
Aquinas Catholic Schools Day – Any Aquinas Catholic Schools top such as Aquinas sweatshirts, Aquinas t-shirts, Cathedral shirt, etc. is worn (without a polo shirt) with non-dress code or dress code bottoms.
Box Top Dress Down Day – Students do NOT have to be in dress code. Any appropriate clothing is worn.
CES Report Card
The Department of Public Instruction releases public reports for all public and choice schools and requests that all schools display these report cards on their websites. Below is an example of the 2017-2018 information that the report cards provide. Please note that Aquinas Catholic Schools and all private schools are currently NOT rated. The student achievement scores listed below are actually the average state scores for 2017-2018. Feel free to go to the site listed below to see the standings of all public and choice schools throughout Wisconsin. https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards/
Every threat to human dignity and life is felt in the Church’s very heart. It affects us at the core of our faith and requires strong preventive steps and responsive actions.
Aquinas Catholic Schools strives to provide a safe, secure and respectful learning environment. We will consistently and vigorously address bullying, including cyberbullying, to maintain the standards of a Christian community. Policies and procedures are described in our student/parent handbook.
The presence and use of drugs and alcohol present a clear and present danger to the health, safety, and welfare of all pupils and we take action to protect students from the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Our drug policy is described in detail in our student/parent handbook.
Internet Safety - Acceptable Use
Parent Safe Environment Forms
Any parent volunteering in our school must have the safe environment online training. Then the parent must submit a basic criminal background check and confidential questionnaire to the school office before volunteering with children and/or chaperoning field trips.
To watch the video please click here to watch the Safe Environment Program - Procedures video. After viewing the video, please take a moment to CLICK HERE and fill out the brief survey with on the Diocese of La Crosse website.
Next, you will need to fill out a basic criminal background check and confidential questionnaire - click here.
Please submit the completed forms to the school office.
***If you have completed the Diocesan Safe Environment Training last school year, please click on the link below "Annual Verification of Safe Environment Training" and fill out the form. This is the only form you will need to fill out. (Annual Verification of Safe Environment Training)
If you have any questions on Safe Environment please contact the office at email@example.com.
The safe environment video can also be found on the Diocese of La Crosse website (Library-Safe Environment Training Videos-Safe Environment Training Procedures)
Click here to go to the Diocese of La Crosse website.
The school supply list is divided by individual grade and also has a section of items we would ask that you provide as a family (not for each student).
The Cathedral Lunch Program is combined with Blessed Sacrament and St. Patrick’s to form a united ACS elementary school lunch program. Elementary students have two lunch entrées to choose from everyday. Homeroom teachers will ask students which entrée they prefer in the beginning of the day. Students must stick with the entrée they choose.
Free and Reduced Application can be found in Skyward under your family access. Please contact the school office if you would like a hard copy.
5K to 2nd Grade:
Please find the date below which your family is to bring in a snack for the class. Please note, in certain months you may be on twice. All snacks must be prepared and ready to serve with proper utensils if needed.
SNACK IDEAS: Apples, Grapes, Pineapple, Applesauce, Pretzels, Crackers, Cheese, Yogurt, Bananas, Oranges, Carrots, Popcorn, Cereal, Raisins, Cheesesticks, Jello
Please have all snacks dropped off in the morning. Thank you.
There are many opportunities at Cathedral for parents to help out our teachers, classrooms and school office. At Cathedral Elementary School we use Sign Up Genius to assist us in organizing all of these opportunities. For each opportunity below, click the link. The link will redirect you to Sign Up Genius and then you will be able to choose which activities you can help with at school. Sign Up Genius will also email you reminders prior to the event to help you!
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If you are planning to volunteer at Cathedral School (field trip, classroom, lunchroom, etc), please remember to complete the "Parent Safe Environment" forms. These forms cover volunteering at all Aquinas Catholic Schools.
Snow & Inclement Weather Procedures
Should weather conditions require the cancellation of school or bus routes, information will be relayed to parents and staff through the following media:
Channel 8 WKBT (CBS)
Channel 13 WEAU (NBC)
Channel 19 WXOW (ABC)
Channel 25 WLAX (FOX)
www.aquinascatholicschools.org – a special announcement will be posted on the ACS homepage and all school homepages
93.3 FM Z-93
94.7 FM KCLH
95.7 FM WRQT
98.3 FM KQYB
100.1 FM Classic Rock
102.7 FM Eagle 102.7
104.9 FM Magic 105
106.3 FM CC 106.3
580 AM WKTY
1410 AM WIZM
1490 AM WLFN
School Bus Routes
Local Routes: Public school bus routes for residents of the School Districts of La Crosse, Onalaska, and Holmen will continue to operate when ACS and the public school districts remain open.
Routes 90 (Ridge Route), 42 (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton) and 76 (Genoa) with direct service to Aquinas: These routes are chartered by ACS and will continue to operate when ACS is in session. Route 42 is an ACS route, even though some riders transfer at Luther High School, and will run when ACS is in session.
Bus routes that transfer at Luther High School (Routes 37 to Sparta/Tomah, 76 to La Crescent, 9 to Centerville/Galesville, 20 to Dakota/Nodine): Even if ACS is in session, there may be times when weather conditions do not allow the operation of these outlying bus routes. In those events, media will be asked to list ACS as open, but a school status of “Snow Routes” or “Buses on Main Roads Only” means that chartered routes that transfer through Luther High School will NOT operate that day. Parents should examine road conditions and determine if and when it is safe to consid-er alternative transportation. Absences and tardies due to the cancellation of bus routes will be considered excused. In the unlikely event that severe weather forces these chartered afternoon bus routes to begin early, students will be excused from classes in order to ride the bus. The school will contact parents, or the emergency contact provided by parents, to notify them if afternoon buses are running early.
Please keep this information handy for snowy mornings!
Walking School Bus
The Walking School Bus is taking place most Friday morning during October and November and again in Spring. Students may be dropped off at 7:30 a.m., near the park shelter located between 15th Cass/Madison. Please do NOT drop your children off at the park before 7:30 a.m. Parents, your help is needed to ensure that students are safe when walking to school. We need 2-3 parents each week to walk with students from Weigent Park to Cathedral. We ask that parent volunteers arrive by 7:25 a.m. All parents are invited to walk with us.
FACTS Financial Aid Application
Application and income documentation is required for the Aquinas Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance Scholarship. FACTS Management works with schools to create a custom application and collect financial data so schools can make accurate award decisions based on financial need. You may log into your FACTS user account to review the status of your application. Please allow at least two weeks for processing.