Parent FAQs

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Q.  What are school hours?
A.  Classes are held between 8:00 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday classes are held between 9:00 a.m. and 3:20 p.m.

Q.  Where do I drop my student off and pick them up?
A.  Drop Off: 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. at the drop-off area west of Bennett Hall. Enter campus at the main gate on Menaul Blvd., bear left and follow the road around to the west side of the campus, drop off at behind Bennett Hall, and exit by the back gate onto Broadway.

Pick Up: 3:25 p.m. until 400 p.m. at the drop-off area west of Bennett Hall. Enter campus at the main gate on Menaul Blvd., bear left and follow the road around to the west side of the campus, pick up  behind Bennett Hall, and exit by the back gate onto Broadway.

Q.  What do I do if my child is late?
A.  Parents must sign their student in with the Registrar in the Media Center.

Q.  What do I do if my child will not be in school?
A.  If your child is ill, call the Attendance Line, 341-7255 by 8:30 a.m. each day that your child is out sick. Your student may get their homework off of Canvas or e-mail their teacher directly.

Q.  How will we know if there is a snow day or delayed schedule?
A.  Menaul School usually follows Albuquerque Public School (APS) decisions in “typical” closure situations, but may make differing decisions if appropriate. If APS follows a delayed schedule, our school day will begin at 10 a.m. The Student and Parent Handbook has specific information about cancellations and delays.

Q.  What if my child becomes ill during school.
A.  If your child needs to be sent home, he or she will be sent to the Registrar in the Media Center and you will be called to come pick them up. If your child needs an over-the-counter medication (Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl, etc.), they will only be administered to a student by an assigned Menaul employee after ensuring that the parental permission form to administer that medication has been completed.

SCHEDULES & CONTACTS
Q.  What is the Chapel and Lunch schedule?
A.  Chapel is at 10:45 – 11:05 a.m. each day except Wednesday. Middle School Lunch is at 11:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. and Upper School Lunch is at 12:00 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Q.  What are advisors?
A.  Every student in grades 6 through 12 has a faculty advisor with whom the student and the student’s parents can talk about school or personal matters.

Q.  Who should I call if my child has a problem?
A.  Start by contacting your child’s advisor. Your child’s advisory is listed at the top of their schedule.

Q.  Will we receive a list of important numbers?
A.  A list of important numbers is included in this packet and can also be found in the Student/Parent Handbook on page 7 located on the Menaul School website under student/parent Information.

Q.  Is there a student directory?
A.  Yes.  A student directory will be sent home with your student around Labor Day.

Q. When are student pictures taken?
A.  Student pictures will be taken sometime during the first full week of school. Your child will receive a picture order form a few days prior to the scheduled date.

Q.  Does each student have to an ID card?
A.  Yes. A photo ID card is distributed to each student with their student pictures in September.

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DINING HALL AND MEALS

Q. How can I find out the prices of meals and the lunch menu, so that my child and I can plan ahead?
A.  Please refer to the lunch price sheet on the Menaul School website. Monthly lunch menus will also be posted on the website.

Q.  May I pack lunch for my child?
A.  Yes.

Q.  Is breakfast available?
A.  A hot breakfast and a la carte items are offered from 7:30 to 7:55 a.m. each school day.

Q. What is the cost for each lunch card?
A.  The lunch cards will cost $20 each. Lunch purchases may be made in $1 and 50¢ increments. If the student uses the $4 “meal deal” option every day, each card will last five days, or one school week.

Q.  Where do I purchase a lunch card?
A.  The lunch cards will be available for purchase during office hours in the Business Office and during lunch in the Cafeteria once school starts.

Q.  How many cards may I purchase at a time?
A.  You may purchase as many cards as you want. Some parents may choose to purchase several to have on hand and others may choose to purchase only one card at a time. Because these cards will be considered as valuable as cash, we will issue no more than five cards at a time to you without your explicit authorization and no more than one card at a time to your child without your written authorization.

Q.  I’m worried about misplacing the cards at home. Can I pay for several cards at once and then let my child pick the cards up as he/she needs them?
A.  Yes, excess lunch cards may be kept on reserve for your child and picked up as needed.  A weekly e-mail will be sent to parents whose children have excess cards available to let the parents know how many cards remain.

Q.  In the past, I’ve been able to make lunch payments over the phone by credit card. Is that still an option, and, if so, how will my child get his/her lunch cards?
A.  Yes, you may still pay over the phone. You or your child may come in at your convenience to pick up the lunch cards from the Business Office, or you child may pick up the lunch cards in the Cafeteria during lunch. Please remember that your child will not receive more than one card at a time without your written authorization.

Q.  What if my child loses his/her lunch card?
A.  Unfortunately, lost or stolen lunch cards cannot be replaced; therefore, a new card will need to be purchased, or your child may purchase lunch with cash.

Q.  What if my child forgets his/her lunch card one day?  Will he/she still be able to eat lunch?
A.  If your child has forgotten his/her lunch card, the immediate alternatives are to pay with cash or to have a parent/guardian purchase a new lunch card over the phone.

Q.  What if my child does not have enough money left on the lunch card to make a desired purchase?
A.  Students will be asked to put an item or multiple items back if they do not have enough funds on their card or in cash to make the desired purchase. Our goal is to encourage our students to be responsible and to prepare them to succeed in life.

Q.  My child sometimes eats breakfast as school. Can the lunch card be used for this, too?
A.  Yes, students may use their lunch cards to purchase breakfast as well as lunch. However, lunch cards will only be sold during lunch in the Cafeteria, and cash is not an accepted form of payment for breakfast. If the student does not have a lunch card, he or she will have to go to the Business Office to purchase one before he or she will be able to purchase breakfast.

Q.  Can my child just pay for lunch with cash?
A.  Absolutely. Cash will still be an accepted form of payment in the lunch line.

UNIFORMS
Q.  Does my child have to wear a uniform?
A.  Yes. All Menaul School students are required to wear a uniform each school day unless it is a special occasion (spirit week, Menaul Challenge, etc.) Uniforms consist of a red or white polo shirt and khaki pants, shorts, or skirts. Seniors may wear a black Menaul School polo shirt. Uniform shirts may be purchased at Graphic Connection at 4901 Paseo Del Norte Albuquerque, NM 87113 Phone: (505) 821-2777.

CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Q.  May students use cell phones and other electronic devices during school?
A.  No. Students are not allowed to use cell phones or electronic devices between 8:00 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. Students may use school phones to contact parents in case of an emergency. If a student is found in possession with a cell phone or electronic device in use during the school day, the parent/guardian will be asked to pick up it up from one of the Deans. If you need to contact a child please call 345-7727.

Q.  How do I get an important message to my child during the school day?
A.  To leave a message for your child, call the main number and speak with the receptionist. She will get an important message to your child.

Q.  How can I excuse my child from class for medical appointments?
A.  A parent must come and sign the student out with the Registrar in the Media Center.   In upper grades where the student drives, the student must bring a note signed by a parent to the Registrar in the Media Center and sign out. All students must sign back in with the Registrar in the Media Center when they return to campus.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AND MISSION WEEK
Q.  What is mission week?
A.  Mission Week is usually the week prior to Easter Sunday and a time when each class, 6th-12th, will be involved in a community service project. The purpose of this week is to put the Menaul School students in direct contact with our greater community, giving them an opportunity to give to those in need. Overseen by Menaul School faculty and staff, younger students will engage in local projects and older students will travel to areas of need outside of Albuquerque and even outside of New Mexico.

Q.  Is there a community service requirement for students?
A.  All Menaul School students are encouraged to participate in some type of community service. Upper School students must complete 70 hours of community service over the course of 4 years. Community service hours are broken down as follows

Freshman are required to complete…….10 hours
Sophomores are required to complete…..15 hours
Juniors are required to complete……..20 hours
Seniors are required to complete……..25 hours

PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
Q.  Who belongs to the Menaul School Parents’ Association (MPA)?
A.  All parents and guardians of Menaul students eligible to join the Parents’ Association.

Q.  How do I get involved with MPA?
A.  Menaul parents have several opportunities to volunteer. One way to sign up is through volunteer forms. Please contact Annette Anya, MPA President for more information.

Q.  How do I find out who is currently serving on the MPA board?
A.  A listing of the MPA board and contact information is available on the school website

Q.  How do I find out what is going on at school?
A.  There are several ways we use to communicate to parents about their student and upcoming events. The first is the Panther Pride, our weekly newsletter. Each Monday you will receive via email a copy of the upcoming weeks activities and news. Our web site calendar is another way to stay informed about events and activities. Information about your students academic progress is available on Canvas. Each Friday afternoon, faculty update all the grades for the week.