The School Board designates a specific manner of dress for students. The purpose of the dress code is to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning and to assist in the maintenance of discipline and respect. Children must be in full uniform each day beginning with the first day of school. All uniforms should be purchased from the school supplier so that styles, colors, etc., are uniform and consistent. Repeated failure to comply with the dress code will be addressed by the principal. Continuing failure to conform to the dress code can result in a student not attending classes.
The principal and/or assistant principal will conduct a uniform check in each homeroom periodically during the year to assure that all students are adhering to the policy set forth by the school. The final decision as to what constitutes proper and/or appropriate dress and grooming rests with the Administration.
Van Dyke & Bacon has a coupon for shoes on their . You can purchase school shoes from any store. You are not obligated to purchase at Van Dyke & Bacon.
Uniforms and other schoolwear may be purchased through Flynn O'Hara School Uniforms. Please see for ways to order and uniform prices. Uniforms can also be ordered online here.
Flynn O'Hara Store Location:
8868 Waltham Woods Road, Parkville, MD 21234
We will not allow students to wear any P.E. items that have the St. Joseph staff logo, the old mascot of the jaguar, or the plain writing of St. Joseph School.
Uniform Policy for Spiritwear Days
As designated days as noted on the calendar, we will have Spiritwear Days. These are the days that students are allowed to wear any items that have been purchased through the Home & School Association (HASA) or the St. Joseph Athletic Association (SJAA) spiritwear stores. Items may be from years past or from the most recent sales, but may NOT include the old mascot of the jaguar. Students may NOT wear any athletic uniforms (including SJAA uniforms). Students may wear their PE bottoms with the spiritwear, or their regular uniform bottoms. Please note that the spiritwear pajama bottoms are NOT allowed. Socks purchased from the spiritwear store are permitted. Students not wearing spiritwear, may wear their PE uniforms for that day. This is the policy for the entire year for spiritwear days.
Out of Uniform Policy
The designated “Out of Uniform” days require school-appropriate dress. While each special day may have specific guidelines, clothing should always be neat, modest, and free of slogans or words that have any meaning or implication not appropriate to a Catholic elementary school. Students must wear supportive shoes. Backless and flip-flop-type shoes are not allowed. Other rules regarding make-up, jewelry, hair, etc., remain in place on "Out of Uniform" days.
The school uniform is set in place, and the expectation is to be followed daily as the students enter the building. Teachers as well as the Principal and/or Assistant Principal will conduct a uniform check in each homeroom periodically during the year to assure that ALL students are adhering to the policy set forth by the school.
The final decision as to what constitutes proper and/or appropriate dress and grooming rests with the Administration. The penalty for violations of these norms will be a detention. No warning need be given. Students and parents who have questions regarding the uniform policy or grooming should consult with the Principal or Assistant Principal before appearing in school with them.
Lost and Found
All clothes and belongings must be labeled with the child’s name. If lost, articles are put on the Lost and Found Desk near the office. St. Joseph School keeps a Lost and Found at the main office. The school will do its best to get items back to students if the items are labeled with the student’s name that are found. Items not claimed are donated to charity twice a year.
Water Bottle Policy
Water bottles can only be carried around the building when students are wearing the warm weather uniform, all other times water bottles must be left in the classroom with the child’s snack/lunch. All water bottles must not exceed 18 ounces and must be reusable-NOT disposable. Water bottles should also be labeled with your child’s name on it.