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Uniform Policy: July 2016

JAMES SCHOOL – DRESS CODE PHILOSOPHY

Final St. James School Uniform Requirements 2016 2017 (click to download complete uniform policy)

Students are asked to adopt a school dress code out of respect for our community and our common educational goals.  Wearing a school uniform is also a visible indicator of school pride. A uniform style of dress diminishes issues of socio-economic differences, which sometimes arise as a result of fashion.  At St. James School, we want students to develop a strong sense of self-respect.  St. James students are always expected to dress modestly and in a manner which allows the focus of the day to be on academics and spiritual growth.  In all cases, a student’s clothing should be clean, without rips or holes, and free of commercial logos, slogans, or offensive graphics/language.

Our standard dress code applies the majority of the time, and can be worn throughout the school year.  An optional summer uniform is available during the warmer weather months.  The uniform should always be clean, neat and unwrinkled.  Shirts must be tucked in at all times, with the exception of our youngest learners in preschool and kindergarten. On each student’s designated day for physical education class, the children can wear the gym uniform and sneakers.  There are other occasions when students are asked to “dress up” or “dress down”.  On these occasions, the spirit of the dress code should be adhered to and clothing should always be modest and appropriate for a Catholic school.

Students are asked to refrain from trendy hairstyles and large hair accessories; hair color should be natural.  Boy’s hair should be above the shirt collar and trimmed around the ears.  Jewelry should be kept to a minimum and not interfere with a student’s ability to focus on schoolwork.  Shoes should be conservative dress shoes either lace-up or slip-on with no embellishments.  Oxford style, saddle loafers or Merrill-style shoes are acceptable. Sandals, boots, slippers or open-back shoes are not allowed.

Regular uniform checks will take place throughout the year. Parents will be contacted if a student is not following the uniform policy on a given school day.  Students who repeatedly violate the uniform policy will serve a detention.  When it falls upon the teachers to “police” student uniform conformity, valuable class-time is wasted.  Therefore, we ask parents to evaluate your children’s attire as they leave for school each day.

During the 2016-17 academic year, one “Dress Down Day” and one “St. James Spirit Wear Day” will occur each month.   Participation in these events is optional. St. James Spirit Wear is available to purchase through the Home School Association (H.S.A.).   Questions regarding Spirit Wear can be directed to the following email:  sjhsa@sjssct.org.

Please keep in mind that we are evolving into a new uniform for our students.  We understand that this is a change for families and are allowing a transition period in academic year 2016-17 for the items noted below:

  • girls in grades 6 – 8 can wear the navy blue jumper
  • girls in grades 1-5 can wear the black watch plaid skort
  • last year’s gym uniform will be allowed
  • plain white polo shirts without logos can be worn

All uniform regulations and guidelines, including dress down days, are subject to the discretion of the Principal.

Uniforms can be purchased at:

Land’s End supplies uniform pants and shorts, gym sweatpants and mesh shorts. They will also supply the fleece.

Families may also opt to purchase the uniform pants and shorts at Old Navy stores.

 

JAMES SCHOOL – UNIFORM POLICY 2016-2017 YEAR

Regular uniform can be worn year-around.

Optional summer uniform may be worn from opening day until October 31st and again from May 1st till year-end.

 

PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN:

Regular Uniform:  Plain White Short/Long Sleeve Polo Shirt or White Short/Long Sleeve Polo with St. James Insignia, Three-Quarter Zip Navy Fleece with St. James Insignia (optional), Navy Uniform Pants, (details to follow on a Skort option for girls), Navy or White Socks or Tights, Solid Color Navy, Black or Brown Dress Shoes.

 Gym Clothes:    Gray Gym Shirt with St. James Insignia, Plain Solid Navy Sweatpants or Plain Solid Navy Mesh Shorts (Summer), Navy Blue Sweatshirt with St. James Insignia, and Athletic Sneakers

Summer Uniform   Plain White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt or White Short Sleeve Polo with St. James Insignia, Solid Color Navy Uniform Shorts, Navy or White Socks, Solid Color Navy, Black or Brown Dress Shoes

 

BOYS IN GRADES 1 – 5:                                                         

Regular Uniform:    White Collared Button-Down Dress Shirt, Black Watch Plaid Tie, Navy Uniform Pants, Three-Quarter Zip Navy Fleece with St. James Insignia (optional), Black or Brown Belt, Navy or White Socks, Solid Color Navy, Black or Brown Dress Shoes

 Gym Clothes:     Gray Gym Shirt with St. James Insignia, Solid Navy Plain Sweatpants or Plain Solid Navy Blue Mesh Shorts (Summer), Navy Blue Sweatshirt with St. James Insignia, and Athletic Sneakers

 Summer Uniform:       Plain White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt or White Short Sleeve Polo with St. James Insignia, Solid Color Navy Uniform Shorts, Black or Brown Belt, Navy or White Socks, Solid Color Navy, Black or Brown Dress Shoes

 

GIRLS IN GRADES 1 – 5:

Uniform:  Black Watch Plaid Jumper or Skort, Three-Quarter Zip Navy Fleece with St. James Insignia (optional), Plain White Short/Long Sleeve Polo, Navy or White Tights or Knee Socks, Solid Color Navy, Black or Brown Dress Shoes.

 Gym Clothes: Gray Gym Shirt with St. James Insignia, Plain Solid Navy Sweatpants or Plain Solid Navy Mesh Shorts, Navy Blue Sweatshirt with St. James Insignia, and Athletic Sneakers

 Other:  Girls may wear a simple stud or small hoop earring.  No makeup or nail polish is allowed. These rules apply to all school days, including dress down days. Hem for jumpers and skorts must be no higher than 1’’ above the knee.

 

BOYS IN GRADES 6 – 8:

Regular Uniform:    White Collared Button Down Dress Shirt, Tie of Choice, Three-Quarter Zip Navy Fleece with St. James Insignia (optional), Solid Color Khaki Pants, Brown or Black Belt, Brown, Navy or White Socks, Solid Color Navy, Brown or Black Dress Shoes

 Gym Clothes:   Gray Gym Shirt with St. James Insignia, Plain Solid Navy Blue Sweatpants or Plain Solid Navy Blue Mesh Shorts (Summer), Navy Blue Sweatshirt with St. James Insignia, and Athletic Sneakers

 Summer Uniform: Khaki Shorts, Plain White Short Sleeve Polo or White Short Sleeve Polo with St. James Insignia, Brown or Black Belt, Brown or White Socks, Solid Color Brown or Black Dress Shoes

 

GIRLS IN GRADES 6 – 8:

Uniform:  Navy Blue Jumper or Gray Skirt, Plain White Long/Short Sleeve Polo Shirt or White Long/Short Sleeve Polo with St. James Insignia, Three-Quarter Zip Navy Fleece with St. James Insignia (optional), Solid Color Tights Sock of Choice, Solid Color Brown, Black or Navy Dress Shoes.

Gym Clothes:   Gray Gym Shirt with St. James Insignia, Plain Solid Navy Blue Sweatpants or Plain Solid Navy Blue Mesh Shorts, Navy Blue Sweatshirt with St. James Insignia, and Athletic Sneakers

Other:   A simple stud or small hoop earring (no larger than a dime) may be worn.  Clear or flesh tone nail polish may be worn.  Make-up is not allowed.  Hem for jumpers and skirts must be higher than 1 ‘’ above the knee.