Tenacare Country Day School

School Life

Tenacre FAQs

Everything you have been wondering about Tenacre, but didn't know who to ask!
Is there an orientation day before the start of school?

What is the difference between the MidDay and After-School Programs?

Q. How long is the school day?

Q. How do drop off and pick up work?

Q. What towns do most Tenacre families come from?

Will the school help me identify others with whom I could set up a car pool?

Q. How does home/school communication take place?

Q. What is the TPA?

Q. How do I volunteer?

Q. I know there’s a dress code, but what clothing is permitted?

Q. Are there any dress up or dress down days at Tenacre?

Q. What is the Tenacre Closet?

Q. Is there a gym uniform my child needs to wear?

Q. Do children play outdoors on cold winter days?

Q. What happens if my child becomes ill at school?

Q. Do Pre-K and Kindergarten students rest at school during the day?

Q. Does my child have a cubby or locker in which to keep things?

Q. Where does my child eat lunch Monday through Thursday?

What if my child doesn’t like the hot lunch that is served on a particular day?

Q. How are food allergies handled at Tenacre?

Q. Will my child’s birthday be celebrated at school?

Q. How does the school handle religious holidays?

Q. What is Tenacre’s homework policy?

Q. What if our family needs to be away during the school year?

Q. What is Tenacre’s “tardy” policy?

Q. What supplies should my child bring to school each day?

Q. What team sports do 5th and 6th Graders participate in?
Health & Well Being
Nut Policy
Tenacre attempts to balance the needs of each individual and provide a safe and inclusive environment for all of our students. With the increasing rate of peanut/nut allergies among children, it was decided to adopt the following policy:
Tenacre does not allow items on campus that contain peanuts or tree nuts. This includes food prepared in our kitchen, purchased from vendors, or brought to school by members of our community. In addition, every effort is to be made to avoid any cross contamination, hidden allergens, or indirect exposure in foods at school, on field trips, and in arts and crafts projects.

Lunch and Snack
Tenacre offers a healthy lunch to students in grades 1-6, four days a week (every Friday is a 12:15 p.m. dismissal). Students have the option of choosing the hot meal or a variety of foods from tables in the center of the lunchroom. There are four center tables that offer: 1) fresh fruit; 2) fresh vegetables and a salad bar; 3) whole grains and granola; 4) eggs, cold cuts, yogurt, and SunButter (a sunflower seed spread that looks and tastes like peanut butter, but is peanut-free). Drinks include skim and 1% milk, fat-free chocolate milk, and water. A sample hot meal is hamburger sliders on whole-wheat buns, baked chips, raw carrots with low-fat ranch dressing, and all-natural applesauce.
In addition to lunch, Tenacre provides a morning snack for all students. Snack includes fresh fruit and low-fat cheese daily, as well as graham crackers, animal crackers, pretzels, and goldfish on different days. Children may choose water or juice to drink.

Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan
In accordance with Massachusetts law, Tenacre instituted a bullying prevention and intervention plan in January 2011. Please click on the button at the bottom of this page to read Tenacre's plan.