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Dress Code Policy

Notre Dame Elementary School believes that the school uniform helps create an appropriate tone for a focused learning environment. By eliminating competition in dress, the code promotes a spirit of community and builds a positive identification with the school. A basic dress code, with different options, assists students to be conscious of good grooming and appropriateness in dress. Parents are essential in helping the school enforce the dress code. 

All school uniforms can be purchased through www.schoolbelles.com.
Schoolbelles
468 Richmond Road, Suite E
Richmond Heights, OH  44143  
Tel: 216.291.0568
 All gym uniforms and spiritwear can be purchased through rdpsports.com
RDP Sports
9261 Ravenna Road, Suite B-8
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087-2449
Tel: 330.405.3501
Click here to purchase Spirit Wear
Click here to purchase Gym Wear
 
Spiritwear and gym uniform sales occur periodically throughout the year.  Order information will be announced in Lion's Tale and delivered to school. For your convenience, NDES keeps a limited supply of gym uniforms and spiritwear available for purchase.
 
Dress Uniform
Dress Uniform
All students are required to wear dress uniforms on Mass days or other special days that may be announced throughout the year. Specific details will be in the handbook.
 
Girls’ Dress Uniform
Girls in grades K-3 dress uniform consists of wearing the NDES plaid jumper with a blouse or oxford shirt. For grades 4-8, the dress uniform consists of the NDES plaid skirt with a blouse or oxford shirt and vest. Girls may not wear pants or shorts on dress uniform days.
 
Boys Dress Uniform
Boys in grades K-6 dress uniform consists of wearing navy school pants with a short or long sleeved solid polo shirt or dress shirt; boys in grades 7 and 8 are required to wear a solid dress shirt and tie with khaki or navy pants. Boys may not wear shorts on dress uniform days.
 
Regular Uniform

Girls Jumpers Grades K-3
The girls in grades K-3 wear a NDES plaid jumper, navy blue slacks or NDES plaid or navy shorts from Schoolbelles. A navy, white, yellow or forest green cardigan or pullover sweater may also be worn with the uniform.

Girls Skirts Grades 4-8
The girls in grades 4-8 wear a NDES plaid skirt, skort, kilt or kick-pleated skirt of appropriate length (2 inches above the knee or longer), navy blue slacks, NDES plaid or navy shorts.
 
Girls Tops Grades K-8
The girls wear a navy blue vest with a solid white, navy, pastel blue or pastel yellow blouses (including the piping area and collar) with a Peter Pan, tailored or button-down collar either long or short sleeved.
 
A solid white turtleneck or solid white, pastel blue or pastel yellow polo shirt (including the piping area and collar), regular or banded bottom, knit or moisture wick may also be worn.
 
Vests are not required with polo shirts as long as appropriate attire is worn under the polo shirt (solid white or cream colored cami or tank top). If attire is not appropriate, a sweater vest will be provided for the day. If not purchased from Schoolbelles, blouses must be of the same style and fabric as those from Schoolbelles. Blouses must be tucked in. The NDES logo is the only logo permitted on blouses and shirts.
 
Boys Grades K-8
The boys wear navy blue dress pants, navy blue corduroy pants or navy shorts purchased from Schoolbelles. A navy, white, yellow or forest green cardigan or pullover sweater may also be worn with the uniform.

Boys Tops Grades K-8
The boys wear solid white, navy, pastel yellow or pastel blue knit or moisture wick polo shirts (including the piping area and collar), solid white, pastel yellow or pastel blue button-down dress shirts or white turtlenecks. Shirts may be long or short-sleeved and must be tucked in. The NDES logo is the only logo permitted on shirts.

Grades 7-8

Junior high students may wear khaki pants as part of their uniform. The pants are to be traditional in style. They may not have pockets down the sides or any brads on them. Polo shirts or button down dress shirts (see above) may be worn with the khaki pants. Shirts are to be tucked in and a solid brown or black belt must be worn with belt-looped pants and shorts for grades 4-8. Girls may also wear banded polo shirts; vests are not required with polo shirts and khakis (see above).
 
Uniform Shorts
Schoolbelles uniform shorts may be worn August – October 31st and April – June. Junior high students may wear khaki uniform shorts without cargo pockets, pockets down the sides or brads of any type.
 
Belts
Solid brown or black belts are required with belt-looped pants and shorts in grades 4-8.
 
Socks
For both boys and girls, socks must be solid colored navy blue, black, forest green or white of crew length.  Socks can have a simple logo, but sport stripes up the back are unacceptable. Girls may wear solid colored tights, anklets or knee hi socks of the colors listed above. Socks must cover the ankles  and tights with holes are not acceptable.
Shoes
Solid navy, black, tan, cordovan or brown leather or canvas shoes with closed toe and closed heel and heels not to exceed 1 ½ inches. Shoes with a contrast in the same color family are acceptable. Gold, silver, flashy, sparkly or plaid/printed shoes are not acceptable. Boots of any kind are not acceptable

Traditional-style (non-high/mid tops) tennis shoes in white, navy or black or any combination of these colors, may be worn with NDES uniform shorts and with the NDES gym warm-up uniform that can be worn to school on gym days. Regular shoes may also be worn with school uniform shorts and with the NDES gym warm-up uniform that can be worn to school on gym days.

High top or mid-top tennis shoes may only be worn on dress down days. Tennis shoes worn to school may not be the same shoes worn for gym class. Shoes for gym class are to be kept at NDES. Light-up tennis shoes are not permitted.

Gym Uniform
Gym Uniform Policy Grades K-8
The physical education uniform consists of a gold Notre Dame tee shirt (purchased at school) and solid navy shorts with the ND logo (purchased at school). All students who purchased the warm-up suits may wear them to school on their gym days. They should wear their gym shorts and t-shirt under the warm-up suits. On warm days, the students only need to wear their gym warm-up pants with their gym shirts and shorts when they arrive in the morning. The students will be permitted to take off their warm-up suits on warm days. Tennis shoes may be worn with the warm-up suits. Students that did not purchase gym warm-up suits will change before and after gym class. Gym warm-up suits may not be worn to school on dress uniform days. All students are required to change for gym on dress uniform days and dress down days.

Gym Uniform Shoe Policy

All students are required to have a pair of non-marking tennis shoes at school that will be worn only for gym class. The tennis shoes are to be traditional in style and the color/colors of your choice. Shoes must either have Velcro or laces that are fully laced and tied. No light-up, high-top or mid-top tennis shoes may be worn for gym class.
Spiritwear & Dress Down Days
Spiritwear Days:
Clothing for Spiritwear Days consists of any appropriate NDES Spiritwear t-shirt or sweatshirt with jeans, sweatpants or shorts. If shorts are worn, they must be at least fingertip length.
Running-type shorts and pajama pants are not permitted.

Dress Down Days:

Birthdays are considered “Out of Uniform Days.” Clothing for out of uniform days must be appropriate for a Catholic school environment. Tops with suggestive or offensive language and/or pictures are unacceptable. Tanks, tiny tees, spaghetti straps, sheer tops, bare midriff are not permitted. Tops/t-shirts are not to be tied or rubber-banded. Concert and band t-shirts, “PINK” brand of clothing, camouflage attire, oversized pants, miniskirts, short dresses, skirts are not appropriate. Tight fitting clothing of any kind are not permitted. There should be no wording across the back of pants. If shorts are worn, they must be at least fingertip length. Running shorts, yoga pants, leggings, pajama pants are not permitted.

If a student comes dressed inappropriately, the student will be required to call home for a change of clothes or given a change of clothes to wear from the NDES Clinic.
Recess Attire
Students should be prepared for outside recess at all times. Students have outdoor recess if the temperature is 22 degrees or above.
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