St. Julia Catholic Elementary School 6770 Historic Trail, Mississauga, Ontario L5W 1J3 905-795-2706 or fax: 905-795-9096 Volume: 1 Those Who Pray for Me Dates to Remember Issue: September, 2014 Principal P. Nichols Vice Principal D. Linardic Secretaries A. Charette S. De Carli Superintendent Mississauga Brampton Central L. Papaloni Trustee P. Ferreira [email protected] Parish St. Joseph Church 5440 Durie Road 905-826-2766 Pastor Fr. Marc-Andre Campbell School Hours Start: 8:45 a.m. Lunch: 11:45 to 12:45 Dismissal: 3:15 p.m. Attendance Verification Line 905-795-2706 press 1 Mighty and Merciful God, Who blesses us with the gift of prayer, Who listens with love when we pray: Today my prayer Is a prayer of thanksgiving For the people who pray for me, and For the prayers they have offered. Thank you for family and friends and colleagues Who include me in their prayers each day. Thank you for the people of my church When they gather for worship And remember to pray For all the children of our community, and For the parents and educators and counselors Who nurture children’s growth and learning. Thank you for everyone, known and unknown, Who lifts to you their prayers for me When I have a special need For guidance or healing or comfort or hope. Mighty and Merciful God, May I be as faithful in my prayers for them As they have been in their prayers for me. OPEN HOUSE & CURRICULUM EVENING Follow us on [email protected] This year our Open House will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014. This will give you an opportunity to meet and greet your child's teacher as well as look around our beautiful school. Teachers will be involved in Curriculum presentations from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. September 2014 2 1st Day of School—Welcome Back! 12 P.A. Day—no school 18 Open House & Curriculum Evening October 3 Run For Ruth 9 Picture Day 10 Opening Mass of Thanksgiving @ St. Joseph’s Parish PICTURE DAY On October 9, 2014 Lifetouch Photography will be at the school taking individual student pictures. Lifetouch Photography will be provided with class lists containing students names, grades and homerooms. These lists will be returned when the photography sessions are completed. If you do not wish your child’s personal information to be shared with Lifetouch Photography or you do not wish your child to participate in the actual taking of the photographs, please send a note specifying this to Mrs. Nichols, prior to October 8. SCHOOL COUNCIL INFORMATION Please consider serving on the School Council for the 2014-2015 school year. Self-nomination forms will be available for pick up at the school office from Monday, September 8 to Monday, September 15, 2014 Deadline for submitting nomination forms is: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Election (if required) will be: Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm p.m. in the Conference room. Publication of new council members names will be on: Wednesday September 17 (if all nominees acclaimed); or Friday, September 19 (if election required). First School Council meeting: Tuesday, September 23rd @ 7:00 p.m PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE Welcome Back! I would like to welcome our students and families back for the 2014-2015 school year. A warm welcome is extended to those students and families who are new to our Catholic community and our Junior Kindergarten students who have started school for the first time! This is the first year of Full Day Kindergarten at St. Julia school. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Vice-Principal, Mrs. Linardic to St. Julia. I look forward to working in partnership with her as we continue to make our school an inviting place for all students. I am certain that this year will bring many rewarding experiences for our students, whether they are spiritual, academic or extra-curricular. Being part of the St. Joseph’s Parish Community allows us to work in partnership with Father Marc Andre and the parents to prepare our students for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Our first mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Parish on Friday, October 10. Permission forms will be sent home soon by the classroom teachers. All parents are welcome to attend. As in the past, there will be many exciting things occurring at St. Julia. I will keep parents informed of these through the newsletter, which will be prepared for the third Wednesday of each month. In an effort to be environmentally conscientious all school newsletters will be posted on the St. Julia website. You can view our website through the following process: www.dpcdsb.org Click on: Elementary Schools >St. Julia WELCOME We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new staff members for 2014-2015: Ms. Freitas, Ms. Beaty & Ms. Centrone– DECE Ms. Piekarz , ERW Ms. Grabowski, Intermediate teacher Ms. Chai, Primary teacher GOODBYE We wish the following staff members well: Mrs. Higgins has accepted a position as a Physical/ Medical Itinerant at the Board. Mrs. Kowal has joined the teaching staff at St. Edith Stein. RUN FOR RUTH Our annual Run For Ruth will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014. Proceeds will go towards Share Life and any additions to our Peace Garden. More information will follow closer to the date. Special thank you to Mr. Grittani for designing and completing our Peace Garden in memory of Ruth. On behalf of the students and staff- THANK YOU Mr. Grittani and parents for your donation of flowers for our beautiful garden! A MESSAGE FROM YOUR TRUSTEE PETER FERREIRA Dear Lord, send your spirit upon us and fill us with wisdom, patience, perseverance and kindness. Welcome back! As ever, summer is too short; especially with the weather we have been experiencing. Welcome also to our new students and their families. As we begin another school year we ask God to bless all of our students, parents, teachers, administrators, senior staff, custodians, support staff, parish priests and all employees and volunteers of Dufferin-Peel as well as our Board of Trustees. We pray that this will be a successful year for all. Welcome all new staff. We know that you will find our schools to be dynamic and enriched places of learning. We wish our staff God’s blessings as they move forward this year. We appreciate their time and talent and especially their donation of treasured volunteer hours for extracurricular activities. We are so happy to see that this September brings Full Day Learning to all of our elementary schools. Schools have been renovated and are ready to welcome our new students. Studies have shown that Full Day Learning has had a positive impact on the grade one student population which has been our goal. Along with the positive outcomes of our EQAO results, we have much of which to be proud in Dufferin-Peel. Parents please support and join your Catholic School Council. It is a great opportunity for input and better understanding of what is happening in education both locally and provincially. We wish you all the best and may the good Lord always hold you in the palm of His hand. P.A. DAY—FRIDAY, September 12, 2014 No school for students. REORGANIZATION Staffing and class placements are tentative and based on school enrolment. In the event that enrolment fluctuates from projections, adjustments may need to be made to staffing and student placement. If reorganization is necessary and your child is affected, you will be notified by Friday, September 12, 2014. LUNCH PROGRAMS St. Julia will continue with Pizza day on Tuesday and Sub day on Friday for the 2014-2015 school year. Lunch moms will also run their lunch program on Monday and Wednesday. Order forms for the lunch programs will go home later on in September. VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL Parents and visitors are welcome and are required to report to the front office and sign a Visitor Log. You will be asked to wear a visitor's badge prior to accessing other areas of the school for special events, masses or celebrations. If you are picking up your child early, you must report to the office and sign him/her out. Your child will then be called to the office to meet you. If you wish to speak to a teacher please arrange for an appointment as not to interrupt class time. TRANSPORTATION All students who are eligible for bussing, based on the boundaries set forth by Student Transportation, should be assigned their buses prior to the first day of school. Details can be checked on the STOPR website ( www.stopr.ca ). If there is any problem with eligible riders, please contact Mrs. Linardic at the school. If your child is not eligible for transportation but wishes to have a spot on a bus, you must petition the school in writing. Seats will be assigned according to the Region’s “Courtesy Seat” policy. Please write your request to Mrs. Linardic under the topic of “Courtesy Seat Request.” Requests may be submitted beginning on the first day of school. Unfortunately, Courtesy Seat requests are generally not processed until the middle of October. Students who are awaiting a courtesy seat will have to make their own arrangements for transportation until then. Students who have been granted a courtesy seat will be notified at that time, and will be given a bus pass. We regret that all students who apply will not be granted seats. This is a limitation based on the availability of bus seats. We thank you in advance for your understanding. If your child is eligible for seat but does not require that spot, please let the office know, so that the seat may be given to a courtesy rider. STUDENT INSURANCE As required by the Education Act and the Ministry of Education, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board annually provides parents with information about cost-effective student accident insurance coverage via student courier. Enrolment in this program is voluntary, however the board encourages parents to take advantage of the inexpensive insurance coverage, especially if their child/children participate in sports, excursions/field trips, or, if parents do not have dental insurance coverage. The Board does require that parents confirm that they have invested in accident/life insurance for the 2014-2015 school year for their child to participate in out-of-school excursions and/or extra-curricular sports activities. ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK As we begin a new school year we would like to inform you that St. Julia is an Allergen Aware School. There are pupils in attendance who suffer from severe and life threatening allergies to certain foods, such as peanut and nut products. Exposure to the smallest quantities can cause severe life threatening reactions. Please avoid sending lunches or snacks that contain nut products. For class celebrations such as birthdays, Christmas & Valentines please consider non-edible treats. STORAGE AND ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION Please be advised that there is a Board policy on the storage and administration of medication. If your child requires daily administration of medication, please contact the office as soon as possible so that the appropriate forms can be sent home. Students are not allowed to carry medication. It is stored in the office. KISS AND RIDE Kiss and Ride has become a wonderful community building opportunity. We are pleased to greet many of the staff, students and parents each morning. However, we always try to keep in mind that the primary goal is to achieve greater safety for all students arriving at the school. To that end, we invite parent volunteers to help with our Kiss and Ride program. Many hands make light work! The safety of this program depends on parents, staff and students adhering to the lane markings. The lane closest to the building is the bus lane, and at no time, are cars to pass into this lane or block the entrance of the busloading zone. For those parents who use the Kiss and Ride program, we would like to review how it works. The traffic flow through our side parking lot is one-way only. The entrance is clearly marked through the side parking lot. The right curb indented lane, marked “Kiss and Ride” is reserved for the drop off of students. Be careful of handicapped vans which will be dropping off special needs students in this area. Children must exit from the right side of the vehicle, and proceed to the school playground. Following afternoon dismissal, we have 7 buses which need to be organized to transport children safely home. Bus students will exit out the front doors, however, walkers and students being met by parents will be dismissed from the back area. Please remain on the parking lot side of the fence bordering our school yard and do not enter the school yard. Please allow buses to have access to the driveway in order to pick up students. Students should not be dropped off at the school before supervision is provided in the yard at 8:30. CONCUSSIONS Concussions are brain injuries caused by excessive, rapid movement of the brain inside the skull. This movement causes damage that changes how brain cells function, leading to symptoms that can be physical (headaches, dizziness), cognitive (problems remembering or concentrating), or emotional (feeling depressed). A concussion can result from a blow to the head or body in any number of activities including receiving a check in hockey, falling from a jungle gym, or slipping on an icy sidewalk. All head injuries can be difficult to diagnose, however, a concussion is the most difficult head injury to diagnose. Brain scans cannot determine if a concussion exists. The school calls parents whenever a child has hit their head. It is important that parents also keep the school informed if their child has had a head injury during an extracurricular activity. The school will work with the family to set up a plan (in line with the Board’s protocol) to assist the student in returning to normal physical activity. EMERGENCY DRILLS In accordance with Ministry and Board regulations, 3 fire drills, 1 Shelter in Place and 2 lockdown procedures are conducted at the school. During a lockdown procedure the bells will constantly ring inside and outside the school. Please note at this time only Emergency Personnel are permitted to enter the school. Practicing these drills is important for student safety in case a real emergency occurs. We will continue to prepare students in a judicious and conscientious manner. For safety reasons, we ask that students wear proper footwear at all times. VOLUNTEER CRIMINAL REFERENCE CHECKS In accordance with the Safe School Act, 2000, the DufferinPeel Catholic District School Board has the responsibility to provide for a safe learning environment for its students and employees. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will require a Criminal Record Check (CRC), including a Vulnerable Sector Search for all volunteer s in the school, including excursion supervisors. If you intend to volunteer, please pick up a CRC form from the front office. It needs to be completed and brought to Peel Regional Police. As you volunteer your time to our community, there is NO cost to you. Once you receive your CRC from Peel Police, please drop it off at the school and we will house it in a secure location, with the utmost respect to the confidential nature of the material. Our volunteers are an integral part of the many activities that our students are so fortunate to participate in. Volunteers do make a difference. Thank you for giving of your time and talents to the St. Julia School community. FRONT DOOR MONITORING SYSTEM Our school has a front door speaker/buzzer/video monitoring system. Visitors may gain entrance by pressing a buzzer mounted on the wall outside the building, beside the front door. The buzzer activates a two-way speaker and camera system. The Office will then be able to determine who is at the door, by observing on a video monitor. This will enable better regulation of visitor access to the school. The following are also part of our new protocol: All outside doors are locked and entry can be gained only through the front door. All visitors, including parents/ guardians must sign into the office and wear a Visitor’s badge. Access during busy office times such as the lunch hour may be delayed depending on the availability of staff who are required to monitor the new system. The co-operation and understanding of parents/guardians will be an important factor in the success of our new protocol. In this regard, parents/guardians are encouraged to: Arrive at school on time to allow children to enter with their classmates to avoid front entry lates. Students ar e encouraged to join their class line for entry in the morning. Send lunch with your child in the morning to limit traffic in through the front door at lunch time. If you are dropping off a lunch please do so prior to 11:45 am. Sometimes the grade 6-8 students eat lunch at 11:45 due to scheduling or inclement weather. During morning prayers we are in quiet reflection and the door monitor will be answered once prayers are concluded. Morning announcements being at 8:50 am in the Fall and at 8:55 am during the Winter months. We respectfully request that you limit your visits to the school during the daytime as much as possible in order to protect the instructional time and reduce interruptions. PED BOARD POLICY (Personal Electronic Devices) To promote respect for the dignity of all members of our school community and to enhance student achievement and safety, the use of a PED is strictly prohibited in the school (including portables) or during school related activities (such as retreats, field trips, sports events, etc.) Failure to comply with this policy may result in the confiscation of the PED and/or disciplinary action as outlined in the Catholic Code of Conduct 2001. The school and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board assume no responsibility for the loss, recovery, repair or replacement for any PED brought onto school property. It is the policy of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board that PEDs are to be kept out of sight, turned off and not used within school premises or during school sanctioned events. To prevent the loss or damage of PEDs, the school encourages students to leave their PEDs at home or in their lockers. Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) are Wireless and/or Portable Electronic Handheld Equipment that include, but ar e not limited to, existing and emerging Mobile Communication Systems and Smart Technologies (cell phones, smar t phones, walkie-talkies, pagers, etc.). Portable Internet Devices (mobile managers, mobile messengers, BlackBerry handsets, etc.). PDAs (Palm organizers, pocket PCs, etc.). Handheld Entertainment Systems (video games, CD player s, compact DVD players, MP3 players, iPods etc.), digital or film Cameras, digital or analogue Audio Recorders or Video Recorders (tape recorders, camcorders, etc.). Spy Gadgets (spy cameras, covert listening devices, etc.), and any other Convergent Communication Technologies that do any number of the previously mentioned functions. THE MILK PROGRAM IS BACK The Milk Program is run by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Now, your child can have fresh, cold milk at lunchtime. This program provides the kind of healthy goodness that helps children concentrate and have more energy. Does your child eat lunch at school? Do you want to ensure they enjoy fresh, cold milk? Our school is once again participating in the Elementary School Milk program. We will offer both white and chocolate milk. A letter outlining the particulars and an order form will be sent home shortly. CURRICULUM CORNER Experts agree that the early years sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behavior, health and well-being and that early brain development is stimulated through experiences and interactions with responsive adults. Students in the Full Day Kindergarten program will interact with both a teacher and a Designated Early Childhood Educator who will work together throughout the day to help your children learn. During the school day children are involved in many different kinds of activities designed to help young learners explore, discover and grow. They will have opportunities to initiate learning and play, as well as participate in more structured play-based learning under the guidance of an educator. Research demonstrates that play-based learning leads to greater social, emotional, and academic success. Experts recognize that play and academic work are not distinct categories for young children: creating, doing, and learning are inextricably linked. When children are engaged in purposeful play, they are discovering, creating, improvising, and expanding their learning. LIBRARY NEWS Welcome back everyone! We look forward to a year full of reading for purpose and pleasure! Mark your calendars for The Scholastic Book Fair that will open on Thursday, October 2nd. Book fair hours and class visit schedules will be announced soon. Any students with outstanding books are required to either return their books or remit the fee to cover the cost of replacing the book. Notes will be sent home to these students in order to settle their accounts. No books will be allowed to be checked out to students who have overdue accounts. PHONE CALLS DURING SCHOOL TIME The office often gets requests from students to make phone calls home to ask parents to bring forgotten items such as running shoes, agendas or textbooks/homework. We are reinforcing with students that it is their responsibility to bring all necessary items to school and to arrange in advance their out of school activities. Students will not be given permission to use the phone to make such calls. Also, please make after school arrangements with your children prior to school. We make every attempt to minimize interruptions to classes. STUDENT MONITORS NEEDED Are you interested in working at our school ? ST. JOSEPH’S PARISH INFORMATION Student Masses —All Welcome: 1. Opening Mass, Friday, October 10 @ 10:00 am at St. Joseph’s Parish . 2. Advent Mass, Friday, December 12 @ 10:00 am. 3. Lenten Mass, Wednesday, March 11 @ 10:00 am. 4. End of the Year Mass, Friday, June 12 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph’s Parish. 5. Graduation Mass, Thursday, June 25 @ 10:00 am at St. Joseph’s parish. Grade 4 Reconciliation: Wednesday, November 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am. (at the school.) Grade 6 Reconciliation: Tuesday, February 10 @ 10:00am-11:30 am. (at the school.) Grade 8 Retreat: Fr iday, October 24 @ 9:00 am1:30 pm Student Monitor Position: Par t Time, 1.2 hour s per day The rate of pay is $13.45 per hour plus 4% vacation pay Available September 3, 2013 Position Summary DUTIES OF STUDENT MONTIOR: Under the supervision of the Principal or designate, the Student Monitor will: Carry out supervision duties assigned by the Principal Ensure that all reasonable safety procedures are carried out in activities for which the student monitor is responsible Co-operate with the Principal and teachers to maintain consistent disciplinary practices in the school. RESPONSIBILITES OF THE STUDENT MONITOR: - Be aware of the school rules; - Be prompt in reporting for supervision assignments; - Become informed of specific medical/behavioral situations pertaining to students supervised as per board training - Be aware of the school emergency plans; - Notify the teacher on duty when a problem arises. To be considered for these positions please contact the school. All new employees will be required to submit a current original criminal reference check (CRC) including a “vulnerable Sector Screening” (VSS) issued within 6 months prior to commencing employment with the board. UNITED WAY & SHARE LIFE You will see staff “dressing down” on Fridays in support of the United Way and Share Life. Each staff member has made donations to these charities.