Frequently asked questions…
How do I drop off my child safely at WMA?
Formal supervision in the Dixon Gym begins at 7:30 a.m. No student should be in the building before that time. All students are expected to be in the Dixon Gym by 8 a.m.
No student should enter through the main door unless arriving after 8:30 a.m. School officially begins at 8:10 a.m. Attendance will be taken at 8:15 a.m. A child not in his or her classroom at that time will be marked late.
Parents must drop all students off at the car line doors. All students who arrive by car should go directly to the Dixon Gym. Please refrain from using cell phones during arrival on campus and remember to maintain a safe speed of 10 miles per hour.
Students transported by bus enter the building through the designated door and go directly to the Dixon Gym.
Students should enter through the front door and proceed to the Dixon Gym. (On the first day of school, all parents are welcome to come in to the school and walk their child to his or her classroom.)
Precious Cargo private van service transports from South Philadelphia, Fairmount and Center City. Please contact Amelia and John Fogarino at 215-463-5489 (H) or 215-480-0800 (C). Please call ASAP if interested.
How do I pick up my child at dismissal?
Half-day Montessori dismissal begins at 11:15 a.m. Dismissal for full-day students begins with prayer at 2:50 p.m. (11:50 a.m. on early dismissal days), followed by instructions for car, walker, Mercy After Care, sport, and bus lines.
Parents are not permitted to pick up their children in the Dixon Gym, the Front Lobby, or any other door to the building. Please pull in the front driveway and form two lines. Do not leave your car for any reason. A placard will be given to you at the beginning of the year. Display the placard in the front windshield with the names and grades of all the children you are transporting. Follow the directions of the teachers in the car line. Teachers will escort your children to the car. Children who are not picked up by 3:20 p.m. will go to After Care and be charged accordingly. Please refrain from using cell phones during dismissal on campus and remember to maintain a safe speed of 10 miles per hour.
Students will be dismissed from the Dixon Gym as their buses arrive. A teacher will walk them to the buses. If a bus does not arrive at school by 3:30 p.m., parents will be notified.
About half of our students go home by buses provided by the school districts. Most buses leave school by 3:15 p.m. Some districts require the students to stop at other schools and change buses. Philadelphia, Springfield (Delco.) and Marple-Newtown School Districts do not provide transportation for Montessori fives and kindergarten students. No school district provides transportation for ECC, Montessori threes and fours, or pre-k students.
Only children who live within a one?mile radius of the school will be permitted to walk home. Permission notes must be on file in the Main Office for students to walk home. Students are required to sign out at the end of the day. A staff member will cross the children at the traffic light at Merion Road and Montgomery Avenue.
How can my child be part of the After Care Programs?
Beginning on the first day of school, Play and Disocver and Mercy After Care (MAC) are open from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. On certain days such as faculty Inservice Days, Spring Break, the week before Camp and certain holidays Mercy After Care closes at 4:00 p.m.
The programs include recreational activities, enrichment experiences, scheduled homework periods, and snacks for children in Montessori and the Early Childhood Class (ECC) through eighth grade. The staff consists of professionals, both teachers and teacher aides, who work together to provide individual attention, security, and consistency of program in an atmosphere of respect and fun.
Click here for the MAC/Play and Discover registration form.
What is the uniform for my child?
Half-day Montessori, ECC and pre-k students do not wear uniforms. Starting in kindergarten, every child wears a uniform. The students have a warm weather uniform, a winter uniform and a gym uniform. Specifics about our uniform can be found here. The school uniform is available through Flynn & O’Hara. Visit one of their locations or Flynn & O’Hara. They can also be reached at 800-441-4122. Gym uniform (sweats) can be purchased through Lands’ End and Flynn and O’Hara.
What is the Parents Association? How can I become involved?
Waldron Mercy Academy’s Parents Association is an organization comprised of parents, teachers and the administration. It consists of several committees that help with social, academic, athletic and outreach programs for WMA. All parents are welcome to be part of this association. Click here for more information.
What is the WMA Weekly?
WMA families receive our weekly newsletter, the WMA Weekly, via email. It is filled with all the updated information parents need about upcoming events, lunch menus, athletic events, special speakers, etc. Parents are asked to read this newsletter each week to keep up-to-date on Waldron Mercy Academy news. Click here to view our archives.
Is breakfast available?
Williamson Hospitality is the food service provider for WMA. Breakfast is available each day from 7:30 to 8 a.m. in the Cafeteria. Information about the cost and choices is found on the weekly menu posted here.
Is a hot lunch available?
A daily hot lunch program is available to our full-day students. Information about the cost and choices is included in the calendar posted each month online. Parents have the option of packing their child’s lunch or buying. Beverages and snacks may be purchased at WMA whether you pack or buy lunch. A debit process can be used when purchasing any items.
Are there healthy snacks available at lunch?
There are healthy snacks sold at snack time and lunch time. The prices range between 75¢ and $3.50.
Is there a snack break?
Beginning in first grade, students can purchase snacks for their morning break time. Soft pretzels can be purchased for 75¢. The school provides snack for Montessori children. Kindergarten students bring their own snacks from home. Please be conscious that many students have food allergies. We ask that you do not send snacks to school that contain peanuts or tree nuts.
What is Community Gathering?
Every Wednesday morning at 8:10 a.m., the faculty, staff and students join in the Dixon Gym for prayers and announcements. We celebrate birthdays, academic and athletic accomplishments, and we pray and sing together. Parents are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend, you can read highlights here.
When are “Back to School Nights”?
Each September, Waldron Mercy has a time for parents to meet the teachers, hear about the grade expectations and ask questions. “Back to School Night” for our Montessori 3- and 4-year-old students, and ECC, pre-k, kindergarten, and grades 1 to 3 will be held Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Parents of our Montessori full-day program and grades 4 to 8 will meet on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. All meetings begin in the Dixon Gym at 6:30 p.m. More information will follow.
When are parent-teacher conferences? When are report cards distributed?
The Waldron Mercy academic year is on a trimester system, which runs September to November, December to February, and March to June. Report cards are distributed at the end of each trimester. Parent-teacher conferences are held in November and February. An interim progress report is sent home in October and April. Grades 5 to 8 can access their grades online.
Pre-k sends formal reports home three times a year. Montessori communicates progress through conferences two times a year. Kindergarten sends four formal reports home a year.
At the end of the first two trimesters, teachers schedule conferences for further communication concerning each child’s progress. All parents are expected to attend the first conference. The second trimester conferences are by request only. Teachers and/or parents can request a second trimester conference. Students in kindergarten through grade five attend conferences when appropriate. Students in grades six through eight are required to attend conferences.
How do I communicate with my child’s teacher?
Parents are encouraged to communicate with their child’s teacher throughout the school year. Parents can write notes, email or speak to the teacher on the telephone. If needed, parents and/or teachers will request additional conferences to discuss their child’s progress.
Communication: Connect 5 Notification
Waldron Mercy Academy has adopted the “Connect 5” Notification Service, which allows us to send a telephone message to you providing important information about general school news, as well as emergencies. We use Connect 5 to notify you of changes in the school schedule, such as delays, early closings or cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances, or inclement weather. Connect 5 can also be used to remind you of scheduled events, including field trips, report card distribution and more. In the event of an emergency at school, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you will be informed immediately by phone.
What you need to know about receiving calls sent through Connect 5:
When you receive a call from Connect 5 there will be a delay after “Hello.”
- It may sound like a telemarketing call, so please don’t hang up.
- Caller ID will display Waldron Mercy Academy’s main number when a general announcement is delivered. The call will be made to your primary phone number (usually your home) and to your cell phone.
- Caller ID will display “411,” if the message is an emergency.
- “Connect 5” will leave a message on any answering machine or voicemail.
- If the “Connect 5” message stops playing, you can press any key (1 to 9), and the message will replay from the beginning.
The successful delivery of information is dependent upon accurate contact information for each student, so please make certain we have your most current phone numbers—home, business and cell. If there is a change in any number since you applied to Waldron Mercy Academy, please email Lorraine Cox with your updated information. After the school year begins, you will also be able to update your information by logging onto the WMA website. Your user name and password with be sent to you at the start of the school year.
If you have any other questions please contact Joellen McDonnell, RSM, director of admission, at 610-664-9847, ext. 113.