Treasure Valley Seventh-day Adventist School

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Treasure Valley Seventh-day Adventist School
305 1/2 S. 9th Street
P.O. Box 396
Payette, ID 83661


         Treasure Valley Seventh-day Adventist School
305 ½ S. 9th Street
P.O. Box 396
Payette, ID 83661
Treasure Valley SDA School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 642-2410
Valerie Iwasa - Teacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  642-7253
Dan Iwasa - School Board Chairperson . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . .     642-4260
Ken Salerno, Jr. - Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  .278-3897
Payette SDA Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . 642-3009
Tomm Lemon - Pastor  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . .   549-1060
Patrick Frey-  Educational Superintendent . . . . . .  . . . . .  208-375-7524

School Hours
Grades 1-2                                          Grades 3-8
       Monday-Friday                                      Monday-Thursday
       8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.                               8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
                                                                    8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

It is requested that students do not arrive before 8:15 a.m. and that all students be off the school grounds by 3:30 p.m., except those having special permission. Parents who are unavoidably late should notify the school of the time they expect to arrive.  Teachers cannot be responsible for children left later than one-half hour after dismissal time.
Lunch is at 11:30 a.m.  Students need to bring their own lunch.  Behavior, academic and social, is affected by diet.  Help students pack a healthy lunch free of excess fat and sugar.  Please do not send caffeinated drinks to school. A hot lunch will be available for purchase on Wednesdays.
Treasure Valley Seventh-day Adventist (TVSDA) School is a Christian elementary school operated by the Payette Seventh-day Adventist Church for the youth of this area, under the direction of the Idaho Conference of Seventh-day Adventists headquartered at 7777 Fairview Ave., Boise, ID 83711.
Mission Statement
Treasure Valley SDA School offers an opportunity for students to attain and use their academic potential in a learning environment that promotes developing:
1.  A personal relationship with Jesus.
2.  A positive respect for themselves, all other people, and
    on going learning experiences.
3.  A personal commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of TVSDA School is to help lead students to know Jesus as their personal Savior and Friend.  It seeks to help them realize that Jesus will soon return and that all true education will help prepare for that grand and glorious event.
TVSDA School aims to create an atmosphere favorable to the development of a Christian character--that the students attending will learn to be thinkers, not mere reflectors of other’s thoughts, and in so doing will develop into mature individuals ready to fill the place God has for them.
We believe that effective learning can be accomplished only through the combined efforts of the church, the home, and the school.  We seek your prayers as we dedicate ourselves to supporting the cooperation of these three institutions.

We believe that a comprehensive education involves the complete physical, mental, social, and spiritual development of the individual.  Therefore we aim:
-  To help students develop a personal relationship with Jesus through
    Bible study and prayer.
-   To help students realize the importance and value of obedience  through a personal faith in Jesus.
-   To help students learn to value individuals and appreciate diversity
     in fellow human beings.
-   To provide an atmosphere conducive to development of Christian character and opportunity for social growth with those of similar attitudes and    
     standards while developing a sense of responsibility and discrimination in choosing life’s values and objectives.
-   To help students realize the importance of good physical development through understanding the laws of health, proper diet, and regular exercise.
-   To help students see the influence of the mind upon the body and of the body upon the mind through that which is seen, heard, and experienced.
-   To increase the students’ ability to use the tools of knowledge and logical reasoning to become increasingly independent in making decisions based
     on accumulated facts.
The curriculum of TVSDA School is approved by the Idaho State Board of Education and the SDA Board of Education.  The curriculum consists of traditional offerings and includes the addition of Bible studies and the integration of Biblical beliefs and concepts into all areas.  Each day begins with worship which includes prayer, and a story or talk of a religious nature.
Excellence in spiritual, physical, mental, and social growth is the goal at TVSDA School.  We believe that with God we can attain great heights of accomplishment.  Although our school is small, it has all the materials and equipment necessary to offer your child an excellent educational environment.  Our teacher is professionally trained and  certified and the small class size affords a high level of individual attention.  However, TVSDA School is not equipped nor is the staff trained to handle special behavioral or learning problems.
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Each year two opportunities are given for parents and teachers to discuss the progress of individual students at regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences.  If the parent or teacher feels additional
conferences are necessary, they can be arranged.  Parent-teacher communication is encouraged as it creates a better learning environment for the students.
Parents and/or guardians are to supervise all students attending school functions outside of school hours.
Field Trips
Many educational benefits are derived from the field trips taken during the school year.  Your student will be well supervised, and care will be taken for his/her safety.  In advance of each field trip you will be given full information regarding the trip.  You will be provided a consent form to sign giving your permission to take your student on the trip.  If students are not able to participate in the trip other arrangements need to be made with the teacher to provide a satisfactory substitute experience.  Conduct and dress standards for field trips should conform to school policy.
Accident Insurance
The school carries accident insurance on all students while enrolled.  All accidents must be reported promptly to the head teacher.  At registration a brochure will be given to each parent or guardian explaining the coverage and medical benefits.

We believe that the patrons of our school desire and expect us to follow the policies and standards laid out in this bulletin.  Additional policies adopted and announced by the faculty, as voted by the school board, are as binding as those printed in this bulletin.
Nondiscriminatory Policy
The Seventh-day Adventist Church and all of its church schools admit students of any race to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at this school and makes no discrimination on the basis of religion, ethnic background, country of origin, or sex in administration of its educational policies, application for admissions, scholarship or loan programs, and extracurricular programs.
Entrance Requirements
TVSDA School welcomes any student who desires a Christian education and is willing to support the principles and regulations of the school.
In accordance with Idaho state law, a student must be six years of age by September 1 before entering first grade.  Birth certificates must be shown upon registration of all first graders.
All students entering first grade or enrolling in our school for the first time must present immunization records and have a doctor’s examination.  Proper forms are available at the school as well as in most doctor’s offices.  A new student will present his/her latest report card or take a placement test to determine grade level.
All previous accounts with the school must be paid before registration.
All students will be accepted only by action of the school acceptance committee after formal application and consideration of the following items:        1. Previous academic achievement
2. Previous citizenship
3. Previous financial responsibility
4. Any other factor that would impact the student’s or school’s success

Bad Weather Policy
When the weather produces conditions that make travel unsafe, in your judgment,  from home to school, please do not try to make the trip until road conditions improve.  Conditions such as large amounts of snow, icy roads, and possibly flood water could be possible causes that would prevent safe travel to school.  When such conditions exist, please tune to the Ontario radio station, KSRV FM 96.1 or AM 1380, and listen to see if the Payette schools plan to close.  If the Payette schools close, our school will also be closed.  If you have questions about school closure, please call the teacher’s home or the school.
The telephone is primarily for school business.  Students are asked to obtain permission before using the phone and to keep calls short so that lines will be kept free for emergency use.  Parents are asked to limit their calls or to leave a message as it does cause a disturbance to interrupt a class to call a student to the phone.
 **Cell Phones Cell phones brought to school must be turned off and in student lockers at all times during school hours or they will be confiscated.
Parents and other interested persons are encouraged to visit the school and its classrooms anytime.  Student visitors must have the permission of the teacher in advance of their planned visit to the school.

Student Conduct
Standards of conduct as found in the life of Christ are upheld at TVSDA School.  The high moral principles of respect to God and others are expected from all who attend.  The character of the student is in part determined by the way in which he/she relates to the standards of our school.
Each student should realize that when he/she presents themselves for admission to TVSDA School, he/she thereby pledges to observe willingly all its regulations and to uphold the Christian principles upon which the school is founded.  Breaking this pledge may mean forfeiture of the right and privilege to attend.

A student will be disciplined and may even be suspended or expelled for engaging in the following practices:
-  Using profane language, whether written, verbal or in gestures.
-  Verbal or physical sexual harassment.
-  Possessing or displaying obscene literature, indulging in lewd
  conduct or suggestion.
-  Using or possessing alcoholic beverages, tobacco, narcotics, or
   harmful drugs in any form.
-  Stealing or dishonesty, including willful deception or cheating in
-  Leaving the school grounds during school hours without permission.
-  Illegally entering any part of the school complex.
-  Possessing firearms, fireworks of any kind, or other dangerous
-  Participating in or encouraging any act of physical or verbal assault
   that injures, degrades, disgraces, or shows disrespect to a fellow
   student, teacher, or visitor.
-  Criticizing or undermining the religious ideals of the school.
-  Consistently disregarding the dress code.
-  Discharging fire extinguishers or falsely setting off the fire alarm:
   anyone doing either will be fined $25 in addition to standard
   punishments and any incurred expenses.
-  Willfully damaging or vandalizing school property: Students
   involved in such activity will be held financially responsible for the
   full cost of the damage.
Electronic games, or music players are not to be brought to school.  Any radios, electronic games, or music players found will be taken from the student and kept by the teacher until the end of the current school year.
Weapons Policy
Any student who is determined to have carried or possessed a firearm or other dangerous weapon onto school premises, school provided transportation, or to other places where school sponsored activity is
 taking place shall be subject to immediate expulsion.  If requested by the parent or guardian, the case may be reviewed by the school board and modifications to the action made as deemed appropriate.
Dangerous weapons include:
  1. Any firearm
  2. Instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slingshot
  3. Sand club
  4. Metal knuckles
  5. Spring blade knife
  6. Any knife, the blade of which is automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical device.
  7. Any knife having a blade which opens, or falls or is ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by outward, downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement.
  8. Other items such as chains, etc.
  9. The use of any item in a manner which threatens bodily harm.
A child must attend classes for a minimum of 80% of the school year.  If he/she misses more than 20% of the 180 required days, for any reason including illness, the parents must communicate with the teacher and/or school board for permission for the child to continue in attendance.  By the parents presenting information establishing the validity of the absences, the teacher and/or board can then determine whether or not further school attendance is warranted.  (Three tardies equal one absence.)  All missed classwork, whether from excused or unexcused absences, must be made up.
Physical Education
All students are expected to participate in the P.E. program.  If, for medical or health reasons, a student needs to be excused from active participation, he/she must bring a signed statement from his/her doctor.  In some cases a note from a parent or guardian may be acceptable.  Students are expected to have a pair of gym shoes for use in the gym and in other P.E. Activities.
Dress Code
Correct principles in dress should be regarded as carefully as other principles of Christian living.  Simplicity, modesty, proper fit, healthfulness, neatness, and appropriateness for the occasion are principles to follow in preparing the wardrobe.

Students are required to wear the school uniform Monday through Friday.  Students are to arrive at school and leave school in school uniform.   The school uniform will consist of a school shirt and/or sweat shirt and properly fitting solid color jeans, slacks, skirt, or shorts (shorts in hot weather only).
Pants: Pants will be a solid color, neat, modest, and without tears.
Shorts: Shorts will be a solid color, knee length, modest and without tears.  (Pants and shorts do not include bib overalls, sweat pants, or other athletic type wear.)
Shirt: The school shirt is a solid color short or long-sleeved polo style with no logo or pictures.  School shirts will be loose-fitting, modest, and long enough to cover the upper part of the body at all times. .
Sweat Shirts: Sweat shirts will be a solid color with no logo or pictures (no hoods or pockets).
Skirts: Girls may wear solid color knee length skirts instead of pants.
Shoes: Shoes designed for protection and support are required at all times.  They should be clean and in good repair, and worn with socks or stockings.  Metal cleats or other shoes detrimental to floors are not to be worn. 
Hairstyles: Hairstyles must be worn in a  neat, clean manner. Extreme styles should be avoided. Color should be natural looking. Girls/Boys hair must be cut or maintained so that it is kept out of the eyes and off the face at all times.
Jewelry: Excluding medical identification, jewelry (such as bracelets, friendship bracelets, ankle bracelets, friendship bands, rings, necklaces, earrings, piercing studs, or chains) is not to be worn.
Cosmetics: If cosmetics are worn they should appear natural and not be obvious.

Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances or requests or other conduct of a sexual nature which is offensive. It can be spoken, written, or physical behavior. It includes, without limitation, offensive pictures, graffiti, jokes, gestures, unwelcome flirtation or propositions, unnecessary or inappropriate touching.
If submission to offensive sexual conduct is made a condition of academic status, progress, benefits, honors or activities, it is sexual harassment. Sexual harassment also occurs when the offensive behavior or material creates a hostile school environment. It should be noted that false accusations are themselves a form of sexual harassment.
Incidents of sexual harassment should immediately be reported to school authorities for appropriate action. Students who sexually harass others are subject to discipline up to and including dismissal. Employees who engage in sexual harassment are subject to discipline up to and including termination.
Reporting Procedures: Students who have experienced sexual harassment shall report the incident to school authorities as soon as possible. If the harassment is between students, the students shall report the incident to a teacher or principal. If the harassment comes from an adult, the student should report the incident to the principal or another responsible adult.
Student Search Policy
The school reserves the right to search the student's person and personal property.
Treasure Valley SDA School
Webpage Policy
            Treasure Valley SDA School operates a website: This website is under construction, but will include the school handbook, calendar, staff information, pictures of activities, school history, and student work.
The purpose of the school website is to provide the general public, constituents, parents, and students a place to find out information about Treasure Valley SDA School. It also provides a place for students to publish some of their work.
Student Protection:
It is Treasure Valley SDA School’s policy not to place student names or recognizable student pictures on the website without signed parent/guardian permission.  The following rules will be followed in the use of any student name or picture when permission is granted:
1. Only the first name will be used in connection with any student work.
2. No names will be connected with student pictures.
3. No personal student or parent information (address, phone, age, etc.) will be allowed to appear in any posted material.
4. All posted student work will be screened for negative or embarrassing content.
5. Any posted student material that is felt to be objectionable by constituents, parents, or students will be removed.
6. Permission to use student work and pictures can be withdrawn at anytime by stating your wishes in writing.

TVSDA School must operate on a sound financial basis. Understanding and integrity must regulate our business relationships.  It is necessary for all accounts to be taken care of on a cash basis.
The yearly costs of tuition and fees are divided into ten equal payments.  At registration the entrance fee is due.  The first of the 10 monthly payments is due by September 15.  This payment deadline may be waived providing written evidence that a church or other approved party has agreed to pay the tuition and entrance fee.  The last payment is due in June.
Entrance fee
Registration on or before first day of classes  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $165
Late registration after first day of classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $195
Second Semester entrance fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    $100
(For students beginning school at TVSDA during the second semester)

Monthly Tuition (for each of 10 months):
Constituent Students           *Early Pay Discount        Regular
One student                  $202.00                      $224.00
Two students                $385.00                      $428.00
Three students              $567.00                      $630.00
Four students               $742.00                      $825.00
Nonconstituent Students
One student                  $221.00                      $246.00
Two students                $424.00                      $472.00
Three students              $626.00                      $696.00
Four students               $822.00                      $913.00
Each additional student over 4 will be computed at 50% of full individual student tuition.
Tuition discounts:
*Early payment discount:  A 10% discount can be deducted from the regular tuition rate if the payment is received by the 15th of the month as reflected in the schedule above.
Discount for entire year up front: A 12% discount can be deducted from the regular tuition rate if the entire year’s tuition is paid by the first day of classes.
New member subsidy: Contact school treasurer for details.
Late payment policy
If the school bill is three months or more in arrears, the student(s) may be dismissed from school unless a church or approved party pledges to pay the tuition.
Miscellaneous fees
Returned checks . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Current bank charge
All students are accountable for lost textbooks, library books, and any excessive wear or damage to books, desks or chairs.  Students will be responsible for the cost of replacing damaged property as follows:
Reported damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Cost
Unreported damage  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cost + 10%
Monthly tuition will be prorated on a weekly basis.
When enrolling, students and parents must review this bulletin before signing the registration form.