School Handbook

OUR MOTTO: "BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE"

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

Welcome to Czech and Slovak School. The faculty joins me in welcoming you, and in sharing the pride we have in our school and our Czech and Slovak community. Czech and Slovak School has a long tradition. In 1892, the Bohemian Citizens' Benevolent Society was formed and named after the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia. In 1910, our school was founded by the Society out of desire to teach Czech and Slovak language and culture to children of immigrants of the Czech and Slovak descent. In 2002, the school began an overhaul of the entire program. Within the next 11 years, a small classroom of 11 students grew into a school with over 130 students. Over the last 5 years, our school has gone through tremendous growth. The pages of this handbook are filled with important information regarding school procedures. The need for a comprehensive school handbook arose as a result of an increased student enrollment and our continuous interest to keep our students safe and their parents informed in a timely fashion. We also welcome any suggestions from our students’ families in order to keep improving this handbook. Parents and students, please, review the information together. If you have questions after reading the handbook, kindly contact me.  We believe that open and clear communication between school and home is important to the success of our language program. We welcome your support during the school year, and solicit your participation in our school PTA. We look forward to celebrating with you the achievements of our students. Let’s have a great 2016-17 school year!

Sincerely,

Blanka H. Korabova-Sylvester, Director

OUR VISION, MISSION, CORE BELIEFS

The mission of the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center is to dedicate its efforts to offering a quality education that brings a rich, immersive experience in the Czech and Slovak languages and their cultures to elementary and high school age students, as well as, adult students of all origins, and all skill levels. We do so by conducting language classes, language and cultural events.  We develop students’ academic skills in listening, speaking, reading, comprehension, and creative writing. We build  students’ knowledge and appreciation of the Czech and Slovak historic and geographic context and appreciation of folklore dancing and singing and confidence to participate in them.

The vision of the Czech and Slovak Culutral Center for every students is to

  • develop and maintain oral and written proficiency in the Czech/Slovak language in order to communicate effectively both, at home and with his/her relatives, friends, and colleagues in Czechia and Slovakia.
  • continue developing language skills on his/her own for a personal enjoyment and enrichment and to advance career opportunities.
  • build and maintain strong links to the Czech and Slovak cultural heritage.
  • have openness and appreciation of the Czech and Slovak culture and of other cultures.

Core beliefs of the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center:

  • We believe that language programs facilitate development of high levels of academic achievement, bilingualism, and, and cross-cultural awareness among participating students.
  • We believe in a balanced literacy approach which incorporates reading, writing, listening, and speaking and promotes language proficiency in the target language.
  • We believe in home/school collaboration to encourage parental involvement in and advocacy for the program.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND VOLUNTEERING

Members of the School Committee:  Helena Kopalova, Milada Kubikova-Stastny, Eva Lysakova, Martina McCarthy, Dana Takac-Chair, Maria Vaskova

We value and always welcome parents' help in various areas of our language program. If you would like to volunteer, please, contact director Blanka Sylvester for more information. At the same time, we express our sincere gratitude to all parent volunteers for their kind support! 

Parents can volunteer in the following areas:

  1.  Coordinating school fundraisers
  2.  Taking pictures at school events, maintaining an online school picture gallery
  3.  Videotaping school events and creating a DVD for all students as their end-of-year gift
  4.  Coordinating school trips
  5.  Designing and maintaining school website
  6.  Creating and updating school phone directory
  7.  Creating and maintaining school chronicle
  8.  Coordinating Parent Patrols to supervise students on the school staircase
  9.  Coordinating teacher gifts
  10.  Coordinating students’ end-of-year gifts
  11.  Coordinating the purchase and/or exchange of school folk costumes among parents
  12.  Coordinating the sale of school T-shirts
  13.  Serving as Class Parent Representative

Other suggestions are welcome!

SCHOOL HOURS, OPENING, AND PICK UP TIMES

  • Friday classes begin at 5:00 p.m. and dismiss at 7:30 p.m. (classrooms open at 4:45 p.m.; pick-up time at 7:35 p.m.)
  • Friday Kindergarten begins at 5:30 p.m. and dismisses at 7:30 p.m. (classroom opens at 5:30 p.m. pick-up time at 7:35 p.m.). Class meets every other week. See the school calendar
  • Saturday a.m. classes begin at 9:30 a.m. and dismiss at 12:00 p.m. (classrooms open at 9:15 p.m.; pick-up time 12:05 p.m.)
  • Saturday p.m. class begins at 12:00 p.m. and dismisses at 2:30 p.m (classroom opens at 12 p.m.; pick-up time at 2:35 p.m.) 
  • Saturday Kindergarten begins at 1:20-3:20 p.m. (classroom opens at 1:20 p.m.; pick-up time 3:25 p.m.) Class meets every other week. See the school calendar. 

Students are expected to arrive on time. Pick-up time is no later than 5 minutes after the class has been dismissed. Please,  arrange for a pick-up or contact your teacher immediately if you know you are going to be late. Obtaining a phone number from your child’s teacher is a must. 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Arrival Procedure:

Parents are required to bring their children to the classroom entrance. Students are expected to arrive in their classrooms quietly and sit down behind their desks upon arrival. They can choose to read a book from the school library or work on a worksheet or activity prepared beforehand by their teachers. Students are encouraged to use restrooms before entering classrooms to avoid disturbances during lessons. Parents are asked not to linger on the 2nd floor during classes due to the Certificate of Occupancy restrictions. However, they are allowed to wait on the ground floor. 

Dismissal Procedure:

Students will be released only to a parent, an authorized guardian, or a person who has been indicated in the school application by the parent/guardian. I.D. will be required to dismiss new students the first day of school. Additional person can be added to/removed from the list in the course of the school year, however, only with a written parental request addressed to the teacher/director. This person has to show his/her I.D. the first time he/she picks up the student from the school. We ask parents to pick up their children from all the Friday and the Saturday classes on the ground floor.  

STUDENTS' WHEREABOUTS AFTER CLASSES

Students are not allowed to stay unattended in their classrooms, the auditorium, or anywhere in the Bohemian Hall building and the restaurant after the school day has ended due to safety reasons. Kindly ensure your child is with you at all times if you decide to visit the restaurant after school.  Please, review and sign School Dismissal Policy Alert Form. Hand it in no later than October 15, 2016.

ABSENCE

Parents need to inform their child’s teacher at least 1 week prior to his/her absence, or immediately after you know your child will be absent.  Only 3 unexcused absences are allowed, however, parents still need to inform their teachers. Additional absences have to be substantiated by a doctor’s note. If a student has 4 and more unexcused absences, a meeting will be scheduled between the parent, the teacher, and director with the goal to correct the situation. If no additional steps are made on the part of the parent, the student might be removed from the program and placed on the waiting list for the next school year.  Parents are responsible for inquiring missed homework from their teachers. The “3 unexcused absences” policy will be waved for joint custody parenting, however, parents are responsible for the completion of all missed work. Please contact the director to set up such arrangement.

BEHAVIOR

We ask that you talk to your children about appropriate behavior during school. Your child should stay quiet and seated, follow classroom rules and teacher’s directions. We also ask that our students do not play with teacher material, such as the chalk, ruler, pointer, do not draw on the construction paper, red seat sacks, on the board, or anywhere else, except when they are directed to do so by the teacher.  At the beginning of each school year, students bring home classroom rules. Please sign them and discuss them with your child.

SNACK AND LUCH/DINNER

Snack

Students are allowed to bring a snack which will be consumed during dedicated time (usually half way through the lessons).  Due to the school’s inability to store snacks in a cool place, we ask parents to send in a non-perishable snack, such as crackers and juice.  All drinks need to have a lid to prevent spillage. Milk-based products, such as yogurt, cheeses, etc. are not recommended. Snacks should be put in lunchboxes which will be placed in an area in the classroom indicated by the individual teachers. Please inform your teacher of your child’s food allergies  beforehand  so we can take precautionary measures to protect your child’s health in the best way possible.

Lunch/Dinner

Students and their parents are not allowed to consume any brought-in food on the restaurant and garden premises due to the NYC Health Department restrictions. However, if your child has a dance rehearsal with Limboracik after school, s/he can consume a brought-in lunch/dinner in the auditorium. 

COATS AND BACKPACKS

Due to limited space in our school, we ask parents not to send backpacks or any kind of large bags to the classrooms. Children can bring a small bag that can be hung on their chair.  During cold months, a coat rack is available on the ground floor for all outerwear the children will wear to school. For a faster identification, please, mark your child’s outerwear with his/her name. 

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Electronic devices and toys may not be used by students during school hours unless allowed by the teacher as part of a lesson.  It is also forbidden to bring to school any items which would be hazardous to the health, safety, and well-being of the school occupants.

Lost and Found Box:

The Lost and Found box is located upstairs by the classroom entrances. If your child loses a personal article, please check the box first. All items are disposed of after the school year will have ended.  

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

The professional personnel at the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center value a strong home/school relationship and understand that students learn best in a team atmosphere where parents and teachers work together for the benefit of the student.  Parents are urged to attend PTA meetings held by the school at least twice a year in the Bohemian Hall Cellar Bar, to get acquainted with the school issues and to express their ideas and opinions. Parents can also  meet  with  their  child’s  teacher, schedule  individual  meetings/conferences directly with the students’ teachers in order to get to know their teacher and if they have questions or concerns.

Meetings/conferences must be scheduled in advance to avoid disruption of classroom instruction. Call or email your request directly to your child’s teacher to schedule a meeting/conference. In addition, parents are welcome to schedule a meeting with the center's director to discuss any concerning matters. Request for a meeting with the director can also be scheduled via email or a phone call.  Parents may also observe two ½-hour lessons a year. However, an observation has to be arranged with their child’s teacher well in advance. Teachers may conduct Family Night and invite all parents at once. It is up to each teacher’s discretion.

COMMUNICATION

Emails: The school communicates with parents mostly through emails. Please check your email box periodically to receive  your child’s homework,  flyers, to find  out  about cancellations, date changes, and various instructions sent by the teachers or director. 

Website: Our second major communication channel is our website czechslovakculturalcenter.org. Please, use it to find out about upcoming center events and other important information.

Glass Box: Located on the wall by the staircase. It is updated periodically for upcoming events and important dates, changes, and cancellations. 

Mailbox: Furthermore, parents can communicate with the teachers and director via a mailbox. Unmarked black mailbox is located on the wall upstairs by the classrooms’ entrances. Please put your note in an envelope and mark it clearly with the recipient’s name. The mailbox is checked once a week.

CURRICULUM

The language and cultural education curriculum is aligned with The Czech/Slovak National Curriculum Standards  for  Elementary and Midlle  Schools  and  with  the  Common  European  Framework  of  Reference  for Languages (Czech/Slovak as a Foreign Language) . A brief description of all the academic subjects taught in our program follows. 

Reading

The program focuses on developing and improving decoding skills, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Our school adopted the American teaching model Reader’s Workshop which is becoming popular in the Czech/Slovak elementary schools and is very effective in terms of building reading skills and critical thinking skills while supporting reading enjoyment. 

Writing

The  program  focuses  on  developing  writing  mechanics  and  creative  writing  skills.  We do not teach Czech/Slovak cursive writing but we educate our students about the differences with the US cursive writing style. We use Writer’s Workshop teaching model in our curriculum. 

Grammar

We use the Czech/Slovak grammar textbooks for elementary schools which are already aligned with the Czech/Slovak curriculum standards for elementary schools. 

Czech/Slovak as a Foreign Language

School also offers lessons to children for whom Czech/Slovak is a new language. Curriculum covers listening, conversation, simplified reading, creative writing, and cultural education. Classes develop basic communication skills, vocabulary, grammar, and the practical use of the Czech/Slovak language in everyday communication. Program is aligned with the Common European Framework Reference for Languages.

Czech/Slovak for High School Students

Classes focus on a further development of communication, writing, and reading skills while expanding students’ vocabulary. Students engage in debates on current issues, read critically literary and pop culture excerpts, play language games, write essays, create posters, etc. 

Cultural Education

Younger students enjoy learning various topics and current issues from the cultural and social life of the Czechia/Slovakia, while the older students study geography, history, and the civics using genuine Czech and Slovak textbooks for elementary schools. As a part of our cultural education, students study music and folk dance. During music lessons, students learn folk and pop songs and rehearse for their public performances. Folk dance is taught outside of the school hours, however, the lessons immediately follow our regular school day. While attending music classes is a part of the school’s curriculum, dance lessons is voluntary.  

HOMEWORK

We at the Czech and Slovak School believe that homework is an integral part of the learning process and an essential component of the home-school partnership necessary for student academic achievement.  As an important extension of school instruction and learning, it provides an excellent opportunity for practice, review, reinforcement, completion, preparation, make-up, and enrichment. Our teachers assign homework to all children from all subjects every week and expect each student to complete and return it the following school day, unless specified otherwise by the teacher. However, if you child is not able to complete his or her homework on time, please, contact your teacher and arrange make-up time. Generally, homework will be marked incomplete after 2 weeks. Each teacher determines what homework to assign and how to grade it.

Weekly Minimal Homework Time Investment Guidelines for Each Grade: (based on 4 subjects-Reading, Writing, Grammar, Cultural Education)

  • Students K-1 Gr. 10 minutes each subject                  TOTAL Weekly: 40 minutes
  • Students 2-4 Gr. 15 minutes each subject                  TOTAL Weekly: 1 hour
  • Students 5 Gr.-   20 minutes each subject                  TOTAL Weekly: 1 hour 20 minutes

Please note that in addition to homework, your child is also expected to read daily (please see Reading for Joy)

TEXTBOOKS AND WORKBOOKS

Textbooks and workbooks are provided to students free of charge. Students need to treat any books as borrowed property, ie. they must not color or doodle on the cover or inside unless instructed by the teacher.  If space is provided in the back of the textbook, students write their names there in pencil, otherwise they can lightly pencil in their names on the front page. Some books (write-in workbooks) will become the student’s property at the end of the school year, while others (i.e. textbooks) will be returned by the students back to school before the school year's end. It is each family’s responsibility to take care of student’s textbooks at home. If textbook or workbook is lost or havily damaged, family is expected to replace it within one month. Kindly note that copies of the lost or damaged book will not be provided after one month. Students will not be able to continue in the program if books are not replaced. Lost textbooks can be ordered online. Czech textbooks and workbooks: www.ucebnicemapy.cz. Slovak textbooks and workbooks: www.eurobooks.sk. Please, contact the director for additional resources.  

GRADING

Students are graded based on the following criteria: in-class participation, oral and written tests and quizzes, timely completion of homework, class attendance, and attendance of school performances and events. Grading percentage is decided by each teacher individually.

READING FOR JOY

Reading is important in any language.  Not only it improves speed and word decoding but it also expands vocabulary and develops critical thinking and cultural awareness. All students who can read in Czech/Slovak, or who understand Czech/Slovak will participate in a reading competition called Reading for Joy. The goal is simple: read as many minutes as you can. Each student’s family will receive a Reading Log sheet from their teacher via email at the beginning of the school year. Every time children read at home, they log the minutes they have read. Parents can read to younger students and log minutes for them. Every time a log is full, parents sign, send to school, and start a new one. Logs are sent to school at the end of each month. Teachers keep track of all minutes students have read.  At the end-of-school year ceremony, all participating children will receive small prizes and best readers receive additional prizes and gifts.

Reading for Joy 2016-17:

The goal for our students this school year is that each child reads at least 2017 minutes! Not to worry. The number seems big but when broken down into small chunks, it becomes quite manageable. This is how we’ll do it:

  1. Each child will read at least 35 minutes/week at home.  That is 5 minutes a day!
  2. Each child will receive 30 reading minutes/week at school (school parties are excluded). No minutes will be awarded if the child is absent from school but he/she can make up the lost minutes at home!
  3. At the end of the competition, each child will have read over 2015 minutes.

Competition begins on September 23, 2016 and ends May 20, 2017. 

Good luck to all participants!!!

PERFORMANCES

All students are required to wear their performance costumes for all school performances. New students who have not purchased their costumes will wear the following: Girls-solid white (no design) blouse, solid black (no design) skirt, black stockings, black shoes. Boys-solid white (no design) shirt, solid black (no design) pants, black socks, black shoes

2016-17 Performances:

1. Slovak Festival (Friday Limboracik and Slovak School's Hlas). 

  • Address: Mercer County Park, West Windsor, NJ
  • Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • Time: 12:00pm

Snack/Meals will not be provided. Kindly bring your own food or purchase it at the festival, cash only.  No transportation will be provided to/from the festival.

2.  St. Martin Festivities (Czech School and Saturday Limboracik only)

  • Address: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. 23-25 Newtown Avenue Astoria, NY 11102
  • Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm
  • Performance: 1:00-1:30 pm

Light meals will be provided for the performing children by the organizers.  The school is asking all attending parents to kindly pay a $5 entrance fee in order to support the church activities. No transportation will be provided to/from the event.

3.   Tree-Lighting Ceremony (Friday school)

  • Address: The Bohemian Hall Garden, 29-19 24    Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
  • Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
  • Time: 6:45 PM (during school hours)

The Friday school students will perform a short program, Saturday students are welcome to join. Parents can join as spectators. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by the Bohemian Hall. Students do not need to wear their folk costumes. 

4. BCBSA Christmas Party (Friday school and Fri Limboracik)

  • Address: The Bohemian Hall Garden, 29-19 24    Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
  • Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
  • Time: 8 PM 

 

The Friday school students will perform a short program. Saturday students are welcome to join. No food will be provided by Bohemian Hall. Students need to wear their performance costumes. 

5.   Mikulášská-St. Nicholas Party (all-school event)

Address: The Auditorium, Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 2 PM
Meeting Time: 12 PM
Czech and Slovak Saturday morning school **will have regular classes from 9:30am-12:00pm. Afternoon classes are canceled. The restaurant will provide light meals for the students, free of charge. Event is open to the school families and BCBSA members only.
 
6. Christmas Market in Asbury Park, NJ (Slovak School)
 
  • Address: Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten, 527 Lake Ave Asbury Park, NJ 07712.
  • Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
  • Time: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
No transpostation and no meals provided to the students.
 
7. Christmas Market at the Czech Consulate (Czech School)
 
Address: Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd St., New York NY 10021
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Time: TBA
Meeting Time: TBA
No transpostation and no meals provided to the students.
 
8. Midnight Mass at the Church of St. Jan Nepomucene (some students from the Slovak School)
  •  
  • Address: 411 E 66 St., New York, NY 10065
  • Date: Saturday, December 24, 2016
  • Time: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA

 

9. Easter Concert (All-School Event)

  • Address: Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
  • Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Meeting Time: TBA

Czech and Slovak Saturday morning school will have regular classes from 9:30am-12:00pm. Afternoon classes are canceled. The restaurant will provide light meals for the students, free of charge. Event is open to the school families and BCBSA members only. Children will take an all-school picture.

 

10.  EU Open House (selected students only)

  • Address: Czech Embassy, 3900 Spring of Freedom St NW, Washington, DC 20008/Slovak Embassy, 3523 International Ct NW, Washington, DC 20008
  • Date: Saturday, May 14-15, 2017
  • Time: TBA
 
Details: TBA
 
11.   Czech and Slovak Festival (all-school event)
  • Address: Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
  • Date: Saturday, May 28, 2017
  • Time: TBA
  • Meeting Time :TBA

The restaurant will provide light meals for the students, free of charge.  Czech and Slovak Saturday morning school will have regular classes at the Bohemian Hall, from 9:30am-12:00pm. Afternoon classes will be canceled. Event is open to general public.

PERFORMANCE COSTUMES

Students are required to wear costumes to almost all performances.  Costumes are obtained by the center, however, parents are responsible for the purchase. New costumes are usually not available until December or January.  Price per costume is $90.  Parents pay only $55/costume if the BCBSA contributes $35/costume. Performance costumes are the same for the school and Limboráčik. No need to purchase two different costumes. Details when and how to obtain the costumes will be given to the parents at the beginning of the school year. Payments for the costumes are usually collected on the day of the fittings. Please, bring cash or a check made out to BCBSA. Costume coordinator is our Slovak parent, Mrs. Eva Lysakova elysakova@gmail.com.

LIMBORÁČIK

Limboráčik is a children’s folk dance group that operates under the children's language program. It was founded in 2003 and it has since been in existence. The group is conducted by dance instructors from Slovakia and continues to enjoy the recognition in the Czech and Slovak communities, as well as, the general public. Limboráčik rehearses 1 to 2 hours weekly and rehearsals are conveniently scheduled to follow the Friday or the Saturday classes. Rehearsals take place in the BH main hall (Josef.A.Voves Hall) or Room #1. Limboracik's 2016-17 rehearsal calendars can be found at the end of this page. Please note the schedules are subject to change in terms of the time and place of each rehearsal. For Friday rehearsals,  contact Dana Podzuban dana.podzuban@bohemianhall.org or Roman Lewkowicz roman.lewkowicz@bohemianhall.org, Saturday rehearsals Jozef Vasko  jozef.vasko@bohemianhall.org or Maria Vasko maria.vasko@bohemianhall.org.

2016-17 EVENTS

1.   School Trip

  • Place: TBA
  • Date: TBA
  • Departure Time: TBA
  • Arrival Time: TBA

Event is voluntary and intended for all families. Bus transportation will be provided by the center. Additional information, including signing up, will be displayed on our website and follow in email.

2.   Boučkovo Children's Theater from Czech Republic (in Czech)
 
Place: The Auditorium, Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24 Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: TBA
 
Details: TBA

3.   Christmas Party

  • Place: The Auditorium, Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24 Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
  • Date: Friday, December 16 and 17, 2016
  • Time: 5:00-7:00 pm (Friday) and 12:30-15 pm (Saturday)

Event is intended for the Friday and the Saturday students and their families. Students are expected to participate and their attendance is counted as a part of their overall attendance. During the event, children will engage in  various holiday activities. Part of the event is also a gift exchange. Each child will exchange one small present with another child from his/her class. Gift exchange partners are determined by each teacher either through a lottery or by choice.   Presents should be of value not exceeding $20. Each present needs to be clearly marked by the receiving child’s name and brought to school at least one week prior to the event, December 9 or  December 10. Students will receive a light dinner, free of charge. Parents are welcome to purchase meals and drinks from the restaurant. 

4.   Children's Carnival

  • Place: The Auditorium, Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24 Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
  • Date: Saturday, February 10 & 11, 2017
  • Time: 11 AM-1 PM

Event is intended for the Friday and the Saturday students and their families Students are expected to participate and their attendance is counted as a part of their overall attendance. Students will receive a light dinner, free of charge. Parents are welcome to purchase meals   and drinks from the restaurant.  During the event, children will engage in various activities, including “burying” the contrabass, making paper lanterns, etc. Part of the event will also be individual students’ recital and a 20-minute lantern procession along a route near Bohemian Hall. Please, let your teacher know if your child plays a musical instrument and would like to perform a Czech or Slovak piece.

5.   Easter Workshops

  • Place: The Auditorium, Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24 Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
  • Date: Friday, April 7 and 8, 2017
  • Time: 6:30-7:30 pm (Friday) and 12:30-1:30 pm (Saturday)

 

Event is intended for the Friday and the Saturday students only. Students are expected to participate and their attendance is counted as a part of their overall attendance. During the event, children will engage in  various Easter activities. Students will not receive a meal. Parents are welcome to purchase meals and drinks from the restaurant. 
 
6.   Picture Day
 
  • Place: Bohemian Hall Garden, 29-19 24   Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
  • Date: , April 28 & Saturday, April 29, 2017 
  • Time: during school hours
Children wear their everyday clothing (not their performance costumes).  In case of inclement weather, the school picture day will be moved inside or to the following week. 

7.   My Country, My Town Assembly

  • Place: The Auditorium, Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24 Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
  • Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
  • Time: 11:30 am-12 pm 

PowerPoint presentations by our older students. Friday students are required to participate. Saturday parents are strongly encouraged to attend. Friday students and their parents are welcome. No food will be served during this event.

8.   Picture Day

  • Place: Bohemian Hall Garden, 29-19 24   Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
  • Date: , April 24 & Saturday, April 25, 2015 
  • Time: during school hours

Children wear their everyday clothing (not their performance costumes).  In case of inclement weather, the school picture day will be moved to the following week. 

9.   End-of-Year Ceremony 

  • Place: Bohemian Hall Garden, 29-19 24   Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
  • Date: Saturday, June 9 and 10, 2017
  • Time: TBA

Event is intended for students and their families. All students are required to participate. During the event, students will receive their report cards and Reading for Joy winners will be announced. All children will receive a small present for participating in the competition.

10.   Family Day
 
  • Place: TBA
  • Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017
  • Time: TBA

 

Details: TBA

Please note that additional events might be announced. All dates are subject to change and all events are subject to cancelation.  

TUITION AND FUNDRAISING

Parents engage in fundraising activities in order to raise funds for the school’s various activities, including the school trip, school supplies, textbooks, etc. We ask parents to come up with creative ways to raise money. 

Goal for 2016-17: To raise $25,000+

Suggestef Fundraisers: Book Sale, T-Shirt Sale, Slovak-Czech Varieties Sale. Other fundraisers might be announced during the school year.

Registration and Tuition Fees: 

1) Current (Continuing) Students: Current or continuing students are students who are currently enrolled in the Czech and Slovak language program for children and will register for the next school year.

Registration Fee: $0

Yearly Tuition: $200/child, $150/1st sibling, $100/2+ siblings

Registration Deadline: February 28, 2017. Late registrations will not be considered for the next school enrollment. A child will be withdrawn from the program and put back on the waiting list.

Tuition Payment Deadline: March 31, 2017

Online Registration: Parents will register their child online. Please, go to the center’s website czechslovakculturacenter.org. Click on Class Registration Form and select “Current Students” from the pull down menu. Fill out the form and click “Submit”. 

2) New Students: New students are students who are enrolling in the Czech and Slovak language program for children for the first time. A new student is also a student who had been enrolled in the past but left the program.

Registration Fee: $25 (Non-refundable and due with the tuition payment)

Yearly Tuition: $200/child, $150/1st sibling, $100/2+ siblings

Registration Deadline: February 28, 2017. Late registrations will not be considered for the next school year enrollment.

Tuition Payment Deadline: August 15, 2017

Online Registration: Parents will register their child online. Please, go to the center’s website czechslovakculturalcenter.org Click on the Class Registration Form and select “New Students” from the pull down menu. Fill out the form and click “Submit”.

Late Fee

Payments submitted after deadline are subject to the following:  A late payment fee of $25 per child will be added to the tuition fee if it is not submitted within 2 weeks after the deadline. The enrollment is cancelled after 2 weeks and the child is put back on the waiting list.

Cancelations

In case of cancelation, a refund will be issued for the tuition fee that have been paid in advance provided that:
The school has been notified in writing (hard copy signed by the parent/guardian, emails will not be accepted) before August 15, 2017. Please note that tuition will not be considered for a refund after this date. Registration fee of $25 and late payment fees are not refundable. 

OPEN HOUSE

Czech and Slovak School hosts two Open House events for prospective students and their families during one Saturday afternoon in March.  One Open House is held in Czech/Slovak and the other in English. During  Open  House,  prospective  students  are  assessed  on  their  knowledge  of  the  Czech/Slovak language, particularly, their ability to speak and understand spoken word. Assessments help the school determine the most appropriate placement for each new student.  If you know of someone who might be interested in signing up for our classes, please advise them to frequently check our school website czechslovakschool.com for information on the upcoming Open House, or contact the director at 201.496.4393.  No child will be admitted in the program without attending one of the Open House events.

2017 Open House: Please note, that the school will be organizing Open House on Saturday, March 4th. Please, keep checking our website for any updates! Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you very much for your kind cooperation in all of the above issues!