Dress Code

Journey School is a community. We have core values and commitments that bind us together. The staff must enforce the dress code every day as part of the job. When we fail to do this we are breaking our agreements and letting the kids down. It isn’t always easy to stay on top of the dress code, as diligence and strength are required. We have lots of room for improvement and aim to get better in 2012-13. We want students schooled in a wholesome environment that focuses primarily on inner-development versus outer appearance! In turn, we ask all parent-partners to support the dress code by:

• Checking how your child is dressed before leaving home in the morning.
• Supporting staff 100% as we implement the dress code.
• Returning “loaner” clothing washed along with the required signature page.
• Informing us in appropriate and honest ways when we need to get better.

AGREEMENTS

(1) Dress should be conducive to school work/activities and should be weather-appropriate (rain gear is needed so learning is not interrupted).

(2) Clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes/baskets and any other accessories must be free of media advertisements, references to drugs, alcohol, racism, sexism, violence, slogans, cartoons, and caricatures.

(3) Commercial logos should be smaller than standard shirt pocket size.

(4) Sports jerseys and camouflaged clothing are not allowed at school.

(5) Tops and dresses with straps at least 1” wide are acceptable.

(6) Midriff tops and undergarments that “show” are prohibited.

(7) Dresses, skirts, skorts and shorts may be no shorter than mid-thigh.

(8) Shorts need to be worn under dresses and skirts in grades K-3 for active play.

(9) Jackets and sweaters should be labeled with first and last name.

(10) Hats (with appropriate logos) are acceptable when worn outside.

(11) Sandals must have a heel strap and all footwear must be as flat as possible. Shoes with wheels are prohibited.

(12) All grades 1-8 students should wear, bring daily, or keep in class a pair of closed toe, closed heel athletic or sneaker type shoes for games classes.

(13) Shoes with laces are necessary in kindergarten.

(14) Lipstick, make-up, tattoos (permanent and temporary) and body piercing other than ear piercing are prohibited with the following exceptions: grades 5 and up may wear nail polish and grades 7 and 8 may wear light make-up (per staff discretion).

(15) Stud earrings are allowed in all grades. Grades 7 and 8 may wear other jewelry and/or dye their hair (so long as the color is not considered an educational disruption by school officials).

DECORUM AND DRESS FOR CLASS PRESENTATIONS AT ASSEMBLIES AND PUBLIC  OFFERINGS

Students need markers to remind them that they are “ambassadors for their education.” Journey School seeks to honor the work of the classes by setting a dress code especially for presentation of class work. When a class assembles on a stage and “as one”–showing their peers or the public the beauty of their work–we ask that they dress in white shirts/blouses and dark pants/skirts. In addition to making an effort to adhere to a strict dress code for these occasions, we ask that students observe a conservative decorum.

HALLOWEEN DRESS

Halloween offers an opportunity to honor a tradition enjoyed in many Waldorf Schools where students dress in the costumes that feature grade-level curriculum themes. Thus, when students parade in front of each other, the older students remember their past and the younger ones wonder about the future. Here are the themes to guide you in assembling simple, homemade costumes:

First grade: Fairy, elf, prince, princess, or other character from a fairy tale.

Second grade: Animal or noble human being (king, queen, knight, princess, etc.).

Third Grade: Farmer, builder, gardener, tailor, baker, or other trades person.

Fourth Grade: Odin, Thor, Loki, Sif, Idun, blacksmith, god, giant (not scary!), veterinarian, or animal (lion, eagle… etc.).

Fifth grade: Represent the beauty of a culture such as Indian or Persian, Greek god or athelete, or a botanist,

Sixth grade: Represent the beauty of Chinese culture, Roman culture (centurion, soldier, orator, etc.) Scientist (acoustics, heat, etc,)

Seventh grade: Represent the beauty of the Renaissance as a painter, poet, dancer, or a scientist (physics, etc.), mathematician, actor.

Eighth Grade: A figure of a known and revered person (Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Curie, Barton, Emerson… etc.)

These are just ideas, try your best to honor the opportunity this holiday offers to our community!