School Uniforms

 

DRESS CODE

As a Catholic Elementary School, at St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School  we seek to present an image of order, respect, and discipline that expresses the interior call of Discipleship.  That call is to follow Jesus Christ, to see His image and likeness in each other, and to treat one another with reverence.  Part of this commitment is the establishment and implementation of a Dress Code that will ensure appearances of modesty, neatness, and excellence.  We hope this will help create and ensure an environment in which students are encouraged to excel and grow in the Supernatural Virtues of faith, hope, and love and the Natural Virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude.  Students should be ever mindful that they are representatives of their Catholic school and faith.

 School UniformAccording to the Diocesan Policy #5132.2, students in the elementary and secondary schools of the Diocese of Harrisburg are expected to present a neat and clean appearance.  Any dress or apparel that would not reflect the moral teachings of the Catholic Church is forbidden.

St. Teresa of Calcutta School Uniforms should be purchased through FlynnO’Hara (with the exception of the physical education uniform). Please use the links on the sidebar for online ordering.

NOTE: There will be a transition phase of two (2) years for our consolidated  students (Annunciation B.V.M., Immaculate Conception B.V.M. and Sacred Heart) to the new school uniforms.  (Effective 2019 – 2020 school year.)


OVERALL STANDARDS OF MODESTY AND
NEATNESS TO SCHOOL UNIFORM

  • Shoes: Appropriate dress (solid black, brown or dark tan) shoes must be worn. Shoes must have completely closed heels and closed toes, and an arch. Shoes must be below the ankle bone; therefore, no boots. No sneakers, skater shoes, slippers, moccasins or canvas shoes are allowed. Shoelaces must be tied. (Heels may not exceed 2 inches)
  • Sneakers are not to be worn with the regular school uniform. Sneakers may only be worn on physical education class days. Vans and Sketchers are sneakers; hiker boots and wheelies are not permitted.
  • Socks:
    • Girls: Solid navy or white knee-length socks or knit tights (opaque or cable)
    • Boys: Solid white, black or navy blue socks – Two inches above the ankle bone
  • OPTIONAL: Solid navy sweater-vest, v-neck, crewneck cardigan, or quarter-zip fleece pullover with school logo.
    • If a student wants to wear a sweatshirt in the classroom during the school day, it must be an official uniform sweatshirt with the school logo.
  • No make-up (including mascara and eyeliner) or nail polish may be worn. Use of cover stick for blemishes is permitted.
  • Jewelry:
    • 1 wrist band that is not offensive or disruptive may be worn.
    • 1 religious necklace may be worn.
    • Girls may only wear one (1) pair of small stud or hoop earrings. (No long dangling or large hoop earrings.)
  • Hair is to be well groomed.
    • Haircuts/Styles/Fads – Hairstyles are to be neat and in good taste. Unusual haircuts and/or hairstyles will not be permitted.  Hair colors may be only those which are genetically possible. No feathers, beads, or hair wraps.
    • Boys’ hair should be trimmed above the ears, the eyebrows, and the shirt collar. Sideburns must end at the earlobes.
    • Boys are expected to be clean-shaven.
    • Girls hair must be off the face – may not hang in the eyes.
  • Undershirt: Must be white with no lettering or pictures. The undershirt may not extend below the sleeve of the uniform shirt or the bottom of the shirt.
  • Slacks, shorts, skirts, and skorts are to be worn at the waist.
  • Shorts (including lightweight & physical education), skorts, skirts, and jumpers must be within one inch of the top of the knee.
  • Shirts and blouses must be tucked in neatly and completely.
  • Tattoos or body piercings are not allowed.
  • Hats are not worn inside the school.

KINDERGARTEN DRESS CODE 

Kindergarten students will be required to wear a modified school uniform.

  • Drop waist jumper with shirt, option of White Peter Pan Collar or White Oxford (Short or Long-sleeve) shirt.
    • No long pants may be worn under the jumper.
  • Navy or Khaki pants (must be purchased from FlynnO’Hara Uniform Co.). Belt is optional.
  • Navy blue, Orange or White polo with school logo may be worn year-round with slacks or shorts only.
  • Socks
    • Girls: Solid navy or white knee-length socks or knit tights (opaque or cable).
    • Boys: Solid white, black or navy blue socks – Two inches above the ankle bone.
  • Comfortable shoes – sneakers permitted for both boys and girls. Shoes must have completely closed heels and closed toes, and an arch. Shoes must be below the ankle bone; therefore, no boots.

BOYS’ UNIFORM DRESS CODE
(November 1 – March 31)

GRADES 1 – 3

  • Navy blue or Khaki dress slacks (must be purchased from FlynnO’Hara Uniform). Belt is optional.
  • Navy blue, Orange or White polo with school logo may be worn year-round.

GRADES 4 – 8

  • Navy blue or Khaki dress slacks (must be purchased from FlynnO’Hara Uniform), worn with a black belt.
  • Long or short sleeve white button-down (oxford) shirt.  Shirts must be tucked in neatly and completely.
  • Uniform neck tie (Purchased from FlynnO’Hara Uniform Co.). Ties must be pulled up neatly and completely.

GIRLS’ UNIFORM DRESS CODE
(November 1 – March 31)

GRADES 1 – 3

  • Drop waist jumper with shirt, option of White Peter Pan Collar or White Oxford (Short or Long-sleeve) shirt.
    • No long pants may be worn under the jumper.
  • Navy blue or Khaki dress slacks (must be purchased from FlynnO’Hara Uniform). Belt is optional
  • Navy blue, Orange or White polo with school logo (to be worn with slacks only).

GRADES 4 – 8

  • Choice of plaid wrap-around kilt, navy kilt, or khaki kilt.
  • Long or short sleeve white button-down (oxford) blouse. Shirts must be tucked in neatly and completely. (Second button from the top must be fastened).
  • Navy blue, Orange or White polo with school logo may be worn year-round with skirt and/or pants.
  • Navy blue or khaki girls slacks (worn with a black belt).  (Must be purchased from FlynnO’Hara).

 

LIGHTWEIGHT UNIFORM – (OPTIONAL)
(Beginning of school through October 31
and
April 1 to the end of school)

Must be purchased from FlynnO’Hara Uniform

  • Navy blue, Orange or White polo with school logo may be worn with skirt, shorts, skorts and slacks.
  • Navy blue or khaki shorts or slacks.  (Grades 4 – 8 worn with black belt).
  • Navy or khaki skort – Girls grades K – 3 (To be worn with polo).
  • Solid white, black or navy blue socks (at least one  inch above the ankle bone).

NOTE – Socks may have a SMALL logo on them (e.g. Nike swoosh symbol).


PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORM

 BOYS & GIRLS – Grade K – 8

  • Orange or Gray St. Teresa of Calcutta T-shirt. (Short or Long-sleeved). (Mandatory Lightweight and Winter)
  • Navy blue St. Teresa of Calcutta shorts. (Must be within one inch of top of knee). (Mandatory Lightweight & Optional Winter)
    • Shorts option for Grades 4 – 8: Shorts may be worn underneath sweatpants if the student wishes to remove sweatpants during physical education class.
    • Grades K -3: Students will not be permitted to remove sweatpants during physical education class.
  • Navy blue St. Teresa of Calcutta sweatpants. (Optional Lightweight and Mandatory Winter)
  • Orange or Gray St. Teresa of Calcutta logo sweatshirt (Optional Lightweight and Winter)      
  • Solid white or black athletic (crew) socks (at least one inch above the ankle bone)  NOTE – Socks may have a SMALL logo on them (e.g. Nike swoosh symbol).
  • Sneakers – All colors are permitted with the physical education uniform.

DRESS DOWN DAYS

Designated dress down days will follow the same expectations in cleanliness and in keeping with Catholic morals that reflect modesty and a respect for self and others. Modesty is a part of temperance.  Temperance is a virtue and a virtue is a mark of excellence.  Shorts, tank tops/spaghetti straps, leggings, and pajama pants are not permitted.  No torn or rip clothing should be worn.  Shoulders must be covered.  Skirts must touch the top of the knee. Students must wear a fully enclosed shoe (no clogs, flip flops, etc.). Moccasins are not permitted.  Boots are permitted on dress down days only. When the day is a Spirit Day, the school spirit colors -navy blue, orange, and white- or clothing with the school logo should be worn.  Gym uniforms are an acceptable way to show your school spirit.

DRESS-UP DAYS

Designated dress-up days will follow the same expectations in cleanliness and in keeping with Catholic morals that reflect modesty and a respect for self and others.  Again, modesty is a part of temperance.  Temperance is a virtue and a virtue is a mark of excellence.  Therefore, wearing tops that cover the shoulders, skirts and dresses that touch the top of the knee, staying away from excessively tight clothing, and wearing fully enclosed shoes is not only modest but also excellent in God’s eyes.

EIGHTH GRADE

It is the belief that our eighth grade students have earned the right to express themselves.  Eighth grades students may wear their choice of socks with their uniform for the entire school year.  With the winter uniform, boys may wear a tie of their choice.  Girls – Only knee high socks may be worn with skirts.  Please make sure designs do not display inappropriate words, symbols or messages.

ENFORCEMENT OF DRESS CODE

At the first violation of the dress code, the student will receive a Uniform Notice which will be sent home for the parent to sign and return to school.  If there is a second violation during the same school year, a recess will be missed with the Uniform Notice.  The third violation will result in an after school detention.  All future violations for that school year will result in an automatic after school detention and referral of the family to the Pastor and/or Principal for resolution of the issue.