Frequently Asked Questions
How old do you have to be to take a CHAT class?
Students must be 12 by September 1st of the school year in question.
Can I sign my son up for class if he's below the grade level listed in the class description?
If your son is eligible for CHAT (see above question), you can send an email to the tutor and ask for permission. It will be up to the tutor to decide.
If my daughter took a class in a series, is she automatically eligible for the next class in the series?
For classes that are sequential (languages, math, writing, art, etc), most students will be able to sign up for the next class in the sequence. However, some students may not be ready to progress. Please contact the tutor with questions.
Can I add to my registration later or do I have to do it all at once?
You are welcome to add classes after your initial registration has been handed in. To add a class later, simply send another copy of the Wednesday or Thursday registration form with the new class listed, along with the tuition check.
Can I sign my 4th grader up for a 5th/6th grade class if I think they are ready for it?
We realize that academically students may be at different levels, but because of differing maturity levels of young children, we require elementary students to stay within their age groups. Contact the directors with questions.
If I have students in both CHAT and eCHAT do I pay the family registration fee for both?
No, you pay the CHAT family registration fee only once, regardless of whether your family is doing CHAT, eCHAT, or both.
If I lose my email receipts can I get replacements?
Yes, but it will cost you $5. In our earlier years we spent a lot of time re-issuing receipts for people who did not save them, so we had to implement a fee. Our recommendation is that you print the receipts when your receive them so you have a hard copy along with your digital copy.
Can I use the receipt form on the website instead of the email receipt?
Yes. If you need a receipt with a signature (or if you lost your original email receipt) you can print that form, fill it out, and bring it to the tutor to sign. Do not include this with your registration materials.
When are the tuition checks cashed?
Tuition checks for the fall semester are cashed any time after August 10. The tuition checks for the spring semester are cashed any time after February 1st.
Do tutors give grades?
Tutors do give grades, but by Minnesota law, parents are the only ones who can legally assign grades. Most parents will assign their students the grade that the tutor recommends.
Where can moms be in the building while they wait for their kids to finish class?
We are happy to have moms in the building if they want to stay onsite while their kids are in class! It's a great opportunity to fellowship with other moms or work on schoolwork with siblings. You are welcome to be in the Grace Cafe or at the tables outside the worship center area (by the large windows). We ask that you do not hang out upstairs in our classroom area, as that is reserved for the students.
Do my kids have to stay with me?
All children under the age of 12 must be either in an eCHAT class or with their parent at all times.
Can I sit in class with my child?
CHAT and eCHAT are both drop-off academies. Parents are not allowed to attend classes with their children. For eCHAT classes we may occassionally ask for moms to help out in class, but for CHAT classes this is rare. Parents are welcome to schedule a class visit on occassion. If there is a student with a special need or parent concern, please contact Laura.
If my son wants a quiet place to study, where can he go?
He should check with Laura in the student lounge. There are often empty classrooms available for quiet study.
Can my 7th grade son go buy a candy bar from the vending machine?
No, only students in grades 9-12 are allowed out of the classroom wing during their free periods. He can, however, ask an older student to buy it for him, or check with Laura to see if she can accompany him.
Can I visit a class?
Absolutely! We'd love to have you come and visit a class and spend some time getting to know us! Students can visit classes alone or with their parent. Sitting in a classroom for 20 minutes will give you a good feel for the class.
Can I visit the EEE (1st and 2nd grade) class?
Absolutely! But because of the nature of the class and the age of the students, visitors can be distracting to the students so we have set apart two visitor days for that class. The only days parents can visit is the week before Thanksgiving and the week after the spring open house.
How do I schedule a visit?
Please email Laura to set up a visit. Take a look at the schedule online and let her know which classes you would like to visit. She will contact the tutors and then get back to you.
My eCHAT student is here all day for classes. Do I need to come back during lunch to oversee them since they aren't in class?
No. Students are welcome to eat with their moms in the Grace Cafe if their moms are present, but if not, the eCHAT students will eat together at specially designated tables, and will be supervised by one of the Directors and a parent volunteer.
Can my kids order off the Grace Cafe menu?
All students are welcome to order off the Grace Cafe menu. Keep in mind that the lunch period is only 30 minutes long, and students are not allowed to bring their lunch into their next class.
Why do students have to put their backpacks by the windows at the bottom of the stairs before entering the cafe area for lunch?
This is a request from Grace Church to save on the wear and tear of the cafe furniture and to protect walking spaces so people don't trip.
What time does Grace Cafe open?
The cafe has been opening early on Wednesdays and Thursdays to accomodate CHAT and eCHAT, so please stop in and get some coffee. It should be open by 8:30 a.m.
Can we stay in the Grace Cafe after it closes?
Yes, you can stay as long as you'd like. Lunch is done at 1:00 p.m. but the room remains open. Students, however, are not allowed to stay in the cafe past 12:30. They must return upstairs.
How many times do I have to volunteer each year?
We ask that each family sign up for one volunteer position each semester. If the volunteer list fills up for the first semester before you can sign up, please be the first to sign up for the 2nd semester!
I cannot volunteer. What should I do?
If signing up to volunteer is not an option, please email Laura. We have a few other volunteer opportunities that you can help with that do not involve coming on CHAT/eCHAT days.
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