SCHOOL HISTORY

The Faith Lutheran Church of Hialeah congregation began on April 9, 1948. The kindergarten opened on September 5th by Mildred Pease with twenty-one pupils. A new educational building was built, which today is the Flora “Bee” Littlefield Early Childhood Center, and the children came. Several years later, in June of 1974, under the direction of Rev. Glienke, a committee began a feasibility study for the opening of a Christian Day School. The school opened in August of 1975 with only two students in the combined first and second grade. The next year, a combined 4 and 5-year-old kindergarten was added with both before and after school childcare, under the direction of Bee Littlefield. As the years progressed the school has grown to include the 2 1/2 to 4-year-old preschool program through the eighth grade.

Students in Classroom

Message from Principal

Faith Lutheran School serves a diverse community in the heart of Hialeah. Our school offers classes from preschool (ages 2 ½- 4 years old) through eighth grade. Our school mission is: "To provide a Christian environment where children grow in the unconditional love of God through Jesus Christ and develop spiritually, academically, physically, socially, and emotionally as children of God.” Our mission is lived each day as our faculty, staff, and administration work together to provide the best academic program possible through a Christian worldview.

 

Our goal is to meet the needs of the whole child. Students can participate in a wide range of activities. We are excited to provide technology in each classroom to engage and enrich the learning process.  After-school activities including STEM and an academic enrichment program for reading and math to build skills and provide additional academic support. In addition, students may participate in a sports program to help them stay healthy and fit. 

 

If you are looking for a nurturing family environment where everyone knows your child, this is your school. Our parents are an essential part of our school's success. We are blessed with a supportive Parent Teacher League. I encourage you to get involved in your child's education, and I look forward to working with you and your child in the coming year.

 

Blessings,

 

Zaida R. Valdes

Principal

Mission Statement

Faith Lutheran School's mission is to provide a Christian environment where children grow in the unconditional love of God through Jesus Christ and develop spiritually, academically, physically, socially, and emotionally as children of God.

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STAFF DIRECTORY

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PTL

 

Parent Teacher League (PTL) is an organization of school parents, grandparents, guardians, and teachers who are committed to the support of the school. The PTL is dedicated to enriching and enhancing our students' academic, social, and spiritual education at Faith Lutheran School. One of the primary functions of PTL is to organize events. They meet regularly with the elected officers and the principal to plan a program of activities. Enrolled families are members of the PTL. Contact the school office to get more information on how you can support the PTL.

Accreditation

Elementary/Middle School

Faith Lutheran School (kindergarten through eighth grade) is accredited by the National Lutheran Schools Association (NLSA) and by the district of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Accreditation offers the assurance that our school is fulfilling all NLSA educational requirements.

 

Faith Lutheran School undergoes an evaluation process every five years. In addition, our school complies with and exceeds the Florida Sunshine State Standards.

Preschool

The State of Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Child Care License Since 1983

 Certificate number: C11MD0724

 

VPK approved- Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten State Funded for all children who turn 4 by September 1 of each year.

The Early Learning Coalition School Readiness Program. Teachers are members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

 

Standards of Ethical Conduct

Standards of Ethical Conduct are adapted from “The Code of Ethics and The Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida” promulgated by the Florida Department of Education, as required by Section 1002.421 of the Florida Statutes. (July 1, 2008)

Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession at Faith Lutheran School.

  • Shall have an obligation and legal responsibility to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Any misconduct must be reported to Principal Zaida Valdes (305-885-2845).

  • Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning and/or to the student’s mental and/or physical health and/or safety.

  • Shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning.

  • Shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view.

  • Shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student’s academic program.

  • Shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.

  • Shall not intentionally violate or deny a student’s legal rights.

  • Shall not harass or discriminate against any student based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition. Sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination.

  • Shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage.

  • Shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained during professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purpose or is required by law.

 

Training Requirement

All instructional personnel and administrators are required to complete a yearly training on these standards of ethical conduct, before the beginning of each new school year, as a condition of continual employment.

Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators

All instructional personnel and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrator which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to the principal Mrs. Zaida Valdes in person/or 305-885-2845. The report must be documented on the “Educator Misconduct Reporting Form” found in the Policy and Procedure Handbook.

Reports of misconduct committed by the administrator should be made to the Board of Christian Education Chairman (Please contact the school office at 305-885-2845 for the contact number) and to the assistant administrator or the President of Faith Lutheran Church.

Legally sufficient allegations of misconduct by Florida certified educators will be reported to the Office of Professional Practices Services.

Policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student are posted in the common workroom near the front office and on our Web site at http://www.faithlutheranhialeah.org.

Reporting Child Abuse, Abandonment or Neglect

All employees and agents have an affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Call 1-800-96-ABUSE or report online at: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/report/.

Signs of Physical Abuse

The child may have unexplained bruises, welts, cuts, or other injuries; broken bones; or burns. A child experiencing physical abuse may seem withdrawn or depressed, seem afraid to go home or may run away, shy away from physical contact, be aggressive, or wear inappropriate clothing to hide injuries.

Signs of Sexual Abuse

The child may have torn, stained or bloody underwear, trouble walking or sitting, pain or itching in genital area, or a sexually transmitted disease. A child experiencing sexual abuse may have unusual knowledge of sex or act seductively, fear a particular person, seem withdrawn or depressed, gain or lose weight suddenly, shy away from physical contact, or run away from home.

Signs of Neglect

 

The child may have unattended medical needs, little or no supervision at home, poor hygiene, or appear underweight. A child experiencing neglect may be frequently tired or hungry, steal food, or appear overly needy for adult attention.

Patterns of Abuse

 

Serious abuse usually involves a combination of factors. While a single sign may not be significant, a pattern of physical or behavioral signs is a serious indicator and should be reported.

 

Liability Protections

Any educator reporting in good faith any instance of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect to the department or any law enforcement agency, shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability which might otherwise result by reason of such action. (39.203, F.S.)

An employer who discloses information about a former employee’s job performance to prospective employer of the former employee upon request of the prospective employer or of the former employee is presumed to be acting in good faith and, unless lack of good faith is shown by clear and convincing evidence, is immune from civil liability for such disclosure or its consequences unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that the information disclosed by the former employer was knowingly false or violated any civil right of the former employee protected under F.S. chapter 760 (768.095, F.S)

Non-Discrimination Policy

Faith Lutheran School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin. Faith Lutheran School admits students of any race to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students.

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