February 2016 Newsletter CARDINAL NEWMAN CATHOLIC

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CARDINAL NEWMAN CATHOLIC
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
698 Balmoral Drive, Brampton, ON, L6T 1X1
Telephone: (905) 792-2268 Fax: (905) 792-7566
“Where Heart Speaks to Heart”
February 2016 Newsletter
PRAYER FOR THE VIRTUE OF RESPECT Principal
K. Charron
Vice-Principal
M. Castro
Office Staff
D. Cosentino
F. Machado
Superintendent
D. Finegan-Downey
Family of Schools
Brampton North
East
Trustee
S. Xaviour
Dear God, You have lovingly created us in Your image, each called by name, to care for the world You created for us to live in peace and unity with one another. Among Your greatest gifts are our family, friends, and our community. Blessed are You for the wonderful differences of culture, of colour, of creed, and of heritage. Each one of us is unique, but united in the love of Christ. We respectfully pray for the grace and strength to respect ourselves, to respect one another, and to respect the earth and all Your creation. We hope that by recognizing and honouring the shared Spirit in everyone we meet, we can contribute to making our school a safer, more caring, and more inclusive community. Let us pray … for the virtue of respect so that everyone we meet will feel like we are their brother or sister in Christ. We ask this in the name of Jesus. AMEN.
Parish
St. John Fisher
In the month of February,
WE FOCUS ON THE VIRTUE OF Parish Priest
Fr. A Grima
Parish Telephone
(905) 793-6610
Regional Secondary
School
St. Thomas
Aquinas
SCHOOL HOURS
9:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
LUNCH HOUR
12:10 – 1:10 p.m.
RECESS
11:15–11:30 a.m.
2:10-2:25 p.m.
Respect is seeing the goodness in others. It helps us to see others as God sees them, to accept them as they are, and to treat them with dignity. God has given us the gift of friends and companions to help us and bring us joy. Every person in our lives carries the Spirit of God ‐ and so every person is our brother or sister through Jesus Christ. We all belong to God’s family and each one of us deserves to be shown courtesy, consideration, sensitivity, and thoughtfulness which are all different ways of saying respect. A RESPECTFUL person...  treats himself/herself and everyone with equal consideration and courtesy  uses a positive tone of voice and body language  avoids swearing, name‐calling, put‐downs, and inappropriate gestures  says “Excuse me,” “Please,” “Pardon me, and “I’m sorry”  avoids gossip 4WH DATES TO REMEMBER February 2nd February 4th February 4th February 5th February 7th February 10th February 10th February 12th February 12th February 15th Report Cards Sent Home
National Sweater Day
Interview Evening – reporting to parents
PA Day – Reporting to Parents (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS) The Mary Matthews Annual Public Speaking Contest @ St. John Fisher Parish @ 2 pm Ash Wednesday Liturgy @ 10 a.m. Pyjama Day
NBA All Star Event
“What is Love?” Silent Auction
Family Day (ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED)
ST. JOHN FISHER PARISH Weekend Masses: Saturday: 9:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 5:30 p.m. Weekday Masses: Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. First Friday: 7:00 p.m. SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION Detailed information about preparation for reception of the sacraments may be obtained through St. John Fisher Parish. All information regarding sacraments can be accessed first through the parish. You may contact the parish directly at (905) 793‐
6610. Each of the events listed below will take place at St. John Fisher Parish. Grade 2 First Reconciliation & Holy Communion Grade 2 First Reconciliation Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m. First Holy Communion Sunday, May 1st, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m. Grade 7 & 8 Confirmation Confirmation Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m. ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY Ash Wednesday is a time when people who seek penitence for their wrongdoings are marked with the sign of the cross, from blessed ashes, on their forehead. This symbolic occasion reminds us of our mortality and sorrow for sins, as well as the will for change and the hope of forgiveness. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of our Lenten observances. For Christians, Lent is a time of fasting and prayer as part or preparations for Easter when we are ready to reaffirm our baptism. It is also a time of goodwill to donate to charities or take part in charitable events as a way to get close to God. Ashes will be distributed to students during our liturgy on Wednesday, February 10th at 10 a.m. in our school gym. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend the liturgical prayer service. CALL TO ACTION: Catholic Education Advocacy Network Once again, your support is needed to speak up for Catholic education. As in the past, the government of Ontario has launched the “Talk Ontario” website to solicit ideas from Ontarians on the priorities they think should be addressed in the upcoming provincial budget. The “ideas” generating some of the most feedback and getting the attention of the media, are those pushing for the amalgamation of school boards and/or the elimination of publicly funded Catholic schools. We encourage our community to speak up in opposition to such ideas. Following is a link to one of the more “popular” idea threads calling for the amalgamation of Ontario’s education system. You are encouraged to communicate your opposition to any move in this direction: https://talks.ontario.ca/idea/amalgamate‐catholic‐and‐public‐school‐boards. NOTE: you will need to register to comment. FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH February is “Black History Month”. As part of our focus this month on the Catholic virtue of RESPECT, we recognize, highlight, and celebrate the gifts that our rich cultural and racial diversity enable us to experience and enjoy. FAREWELL AND BEST WISHES MS. D. OUDE‐REIMERINK WELCOME MS. D. FINEGAN‐DOWNEY The Cardinal Newman Community would like to congratulate and wish Mrs. Oude‐Reimerink all the very best as she retires. Please join us in thanking Mrs. Oude‐Reimerink for her exceptional contribution to the Brampton North‐East Family of Schools and to Catholic Education. Please join us in welcoming our new Superintendent of Brampton North East Family of Schools, Ms. Finegan‐Downey. Ms. Finegan‐Downey is an experienced Supervisory Officer who comes to the Brampton North‐East Family of Schools with a wealth of experience. FAREWELL AND BEST WISHES – MRS. HUMNISKI The Cardinal Newman Community would like to wish Mrs. Humniski all the very best as she retires from Cardinal Newman C.E.S. after 8 years in our community. We thank Mrs. Humniski for her dedication and care of our students during her years with us. We welcome Mr. J. Resendes who will be teaching primary music for the remainder of 2015‐2016 school year. Mr. Resendes brings excellent experience working with young children and will be an asset to the Cardinal Newman Community. We also welcome Miss Tuason who will be teaching a number of Arts strands. We are very happy to have Miss. Tuason with us on a permanent full‐time basis. E.Q.A.O. DATES The provincial Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has designated the dates for the Primary and Junior Divisions Assessments of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. We request that parents of Grades 3 and 6 students refrain from booking vacations or other appointments that would result in their child(ren) being away from school during the period of May 25 to June 8, 2016. More specific dates, times, and information for our school will follow in the coming months. 2015‐16 School Year Calendar Additional Professional Activity Day: Monday, April 11, 2016 Terms of the recent contract settlement between the teacher federations and the Ministry of Education included the provision of an additional Professional Activity Day for the 2015‐2016 school year for both elementary and secondary schools. Recently, boards were directed to schedule this additional Professional Development Day on or before April 15, 2016. In the Dufferin‐Peel Catholic District School Board, the designated additional Professional Activity Day has been scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2016. Therefore, there will be no classes for either elementary or secondary students on Monday, April 11, 2016. Thank you for your attention to this addition to the 2015‐16 School Year Calendar. LIBRARY NEWS The Scholastic Book Fair has arrived at Cardinal Newman. Students will have an opportunity to preview the fair on Monday February 1st and create a wish list of books they are interested in. The fair will be open to students from Tuesday, February 2nd – Thursday, February 4th to purchase books, posters, school supplies etc. The fair will be open to the public during interview night, Thursday February 4th and during the P.A Day on Friday February 5th. If our school community buys $3000 worth of merchandise, Scholastic will donate $2100 worth of books back to our library. So come out to the book fair, buy a new book (or two!) and help our library reach its goal! INTERMEDIATE SPEECH COMPETITION The Mary Matthews Annual Public Speaking Contest sponsored by St. John Fisher's CWL (Catholic Women's League of Canada) will take place on Sunday February 7th, 2016 at St. John Fisher Parish at 2 p.m. This speech contest is open to grade 7 and 8 students. Thank you to Mr. Racco for his leadership and organization with this event. GRADUATION: SAVE THE DATE! We will be celebrating the learning journey of our Grade 8 students on June 27th, 2016. The day will begin with a luncheon and dance for the students, followed by a graduation ceremony at Riverstone Golf & Country Club. Details will be shared via communication from classroom teachers closer to the date. INTERMEDIATE TRIP TO QUEBEC CITY Quebec City May 16‐19 2016 Thank you to all parents who have shown an interest in this year's intermediate trip to Quebec City. An information meeting was held on January 13th for parents. A sign up package was sent home with all interested students on Friday January 15th, 2016. Please do not hesitate to call the school and ask to speak to Madame Guglielmi if you have any questions or concerns regarding the trip. On behalf of all the intermediate teachers we thank you for your continued support! INTERMEDIATE LEADERSHIP TEAM ~ VALENTINE’S WEEK The Intermediate Youth Leadership Team, under the direction of Mr. Moroniewicz, has organized the following Valentine's Day related activities for the week of February 8th – February 12th: Song Requests: The Intermediate Leadership Team will be taking requests and dedications for the whole week. Requested songs will be played each day before first recess. Valentine’s Day Cards: Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to make Valentine’s Day cards and donate them. Donated Valentine’s Day Cards will be made available for purchasing to the school community. Funds raised will be donated to Share Life and our Breakfast Club. Candygrams: Candygram sales will begin on Monday February 8th. Permission forms for candygrams will be sent home. All candygrams will delivered on Friday February 12th. “What is love?” Art Contest: Each class will be submitting a large art piece answering the question “What is love?” The art contest gallery and final judging will take place on Tuesday, February 9th. Pyjama Day: On Wednesday February 10th, staff and students are invited to wear their pyjamas to school. Broken Telephone Valentines Message Game: On Thursday February 11th, classes will be invited to play a Broken Telephone Valentines Message Game. Each class will attempt to get a message of love across without mixing up the words too much. Winning classes (and funniest/appropriate mix ups) will be announced at the end of day. Silent Auction for top "What Is Love?" Art Contest Pieces: On Friday February 12th, teachers and parents will be invited to bid on their favourite “What is Love?” art piece. All proceeds raised will be donated to Share Life and our Breakfast Club. NBA ALL STAR EVENT Cardinal Newman C.E.S. was selected as one of two Brampton North East Elementary schools to participate in a basketball “skills and drills” clinic sponsored by NBA Canada at Enersource Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto on Friday February 12th, 2016. The clinic will be conducted by certified NBA clinicians and will feature a number of current NBA all‐stars and some former players. Our students in Grades 6 – 8 were invited to write an entry describing why they are “Newman All Stars” in order to be considered to attend as a participant in the 2016 NBA All‐Star event. To connect to the school’s Collaborative Inquiry, each student was asked to respond to the following questions: 1. Describe your Learning Skills & Work Habits: This tells us about your attitude and effort. 2. Describe your contributions to our school and how these reflect the Virtues: Share examples of how you contribute to your class and to our school to make these better places. 3. Describe how you are a team player and how your actions reflect the O.C.S.G.E.: Describe examples of how you collaborate, cooperate and treat others in your class and in the school. A 10‐member staff committee reviewed the student responses and were very impressed, making it a challenging decision to choose our 30 participants. Congratulations to all our students! JUNIOR AND INTERMEDIATE BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAMS January ended in thrilling fashion for the Intermediate Boys' Basketball Team after being invited to compete in the ACC Basketball Showcase at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. It was a most exciting experience for the boys to play on the Toronto Raptors’ home court. Unfortunately, the team fell just short in a tense game versus arch‐
rival St. Anthony. The boys now prepare for the upcoming G‐Zilla Invitational Tournament at Notre Dame Secondary School in Brampton. Good luck boys! With special thanks to Mr. Zubac for his dedication and commitment to training with both the Junior and Intermediate Boys’ Basketball teams! SHARELIFE FUNDRAISING NPU VERSUS STUDENTS DODGEBALL AND BASKETBALL GAMES On Wednesday, January 13th, some of our primary, junior and intermediate students played a fun game of dodgeball or basketball versus our Neighbouring Police Unit (NPU) Officers to raise funds for Share Life and for our school’s Breakfast Club. Our students demonstrated great sportsmanship playing dodgeball or basketball versus our Neighbouring Police Unit (NPU) Officers, while others demonstrated their school spirit by cheering their peers on. We raised a total of $221.05, with half of the funds going towards Share Life and the other half going toward supporting our Breakfast club. Thank you to all who donated to these causes. PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON BOARD PREMISES AND/OR BOARD SANCTIONED EVENTS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES: The Dufferin‐Peel Catholic District School Board acknowledges the value of the use of technology for learning. Students are permitted to register and use personal electronic devices (PEDs) on board premises and/or board sanctioned events for educational purposes, under the direction of staff and only with parent/guardian permission. Students may register their PED for the purpose of connecting to the board wireless network. Students are required to adhere to the student “Personal Electronic Device Used with WI‐FI Network Student Agreement” (GF 337) and the “Network User Application and Agreement.” (GF066) Please be advised that the Dufferin‐Peel Catholic District School Board will not be responsible for any cost incurred through the use of personal data plans. PEDs are to be used responsibly and should not interfere with learning; their use must comply with the Catholic Code of Conduct, board policies and procedures. Any personal communications (i.e., phone calls, text messages, etc.) will continue to be directed through the main office. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in a loss of PED privileges and/or any other consequences deemed necessary by school administration. The school principal may authorize limited acceptable uses of personal electronic devices during school‐sanctioned activities for a specific designated purpose outside of instructional spaces and/or in common areas. Students are responsible for the safety and security of PEDs at all times and the Board assumes no responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen devices. SCHOOL FOCUS AND COLLABORATIVE INQUIRY Our school focus this year will be on building “Collaborative Inquiry” (staff and students working together) while focusing on the development of learning skills and growth mindsets. Growth mindset is a belief that a learner’s abilities can grow and are not fixed. Inquiry‐based learning is an approach to teaching and learning that places students’ questions, ideas and observations at the centre of the learning experience. Studies show that student achievement improves enormously when students are engaged in collaborative inquiry. Our school’s collaborative focus for 2015‐2016 is: “If we continue to model a growth mindset, through educator collaboration, as we focus on inquiry practices [in MATH, FSL, NM, ETC.] and the explicit teaching of learning skills, then student engagement and achievement will improve.” At school, teachers and students will work together to construct a list of behaviours and habits for each Learning Skill. Each list will be written in kid‐friendly language to help students understand each Learning Skill better. This will give students an understanding of how each Learning Skill can be applied inside and outside of school. The school will focus on one of the six Learning Skills each month. The students will learn the indicators for each skill and what learning habits they need to continue to develop to lead them toward success. To further support our collaborative inquiry, all classroom teacher are using the Mind Up resource as part of creating conditions for learning. This resource contains lessons designed for helping students focus their attention, improve their self‐regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind‐set in both school and life. In response to our EQAO statistic, we are also using Intervention Meetings for level 2 students to close the achievement gap. At these interventions meetings, the team discuss various interventions strategies to support our level 2 learners. CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETINGS Communication between home and school is enhanced greatly by parental involvement with the Catholic School Advisory Council (CSAC). All parents/guardians are encouraged to come out to and participate in meetings. The aim of the Catholic School Advisory Council is to promote the vision, values, sacramental life and Catholic practices of the Dufferin‐Peel Catholic District School Board and the Catholic community it serves, and to advise the principal and the Board. Our Catholic School Advisory Council will be holding their meetings at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. All parents are invited to attend. Please see dates below: Future Meeting Dates: Monday, February 22, 2016 Monday, April 18, 2016 Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (Year‐End Social – Potluck) On behalf of CSAC we would like to thank all parents, guardians and teachers who helped make our Poinsettia Fundraiser such a big success once again this year. We invite and encourage parents, guardians to come out and attend our monthly CSAC meetings. Our next meeting will be held on February 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. All are welcome! YARD SUPERVISION A reminder to the parents and students that yard supervision does not begin until 9:00 a.m. Students who arrive early at school will have to remain outside. Some parents drop off their children as early as 8:45 a.m. This practice puts your children at risk. We respectfully remind you that it is your responsibility to ensure appropriate care for your children prior to 9:00 a.m. KISS AND RIDE The school’s Kiss and Ride Program is located at the front of the building. The “Kiss and Ride” lane is for stopping to drop off your child. It is NOT for parking in the morning. If you need to come into the school, please park in a designated parking spot. The parking authorities frequently make visits to our school and many members of our community have been ticketed with very expensive fines. For parents/guardians who wish to walk their child to the Kindergarten area, please park your car in the parking area. Please do not park in the Kiss and Ride area or the reserved parking spots TRANSPORTATION BUS LOADING ZONE Please be reminded that the front of the school is designated as a “Bus Loading Zone”. Parents/guardians are not permitted to pick up or drop off students in this zone. The safety of the students is our priority. Please drop off or pick up students in the designated school parking lot or the “Kiss and Ride” area. Please ensure that your child rides the bus to which he or she has been assigned. If you wish to change your child’s bus, bus stop or have concerns about the bus schedule you must contact the Transportation (STOPR) department directly at (905) 890‐6000. It is a parental responsibility to ensure that kindergarten and Grade 1 students are met at the bus. If the bus driver does not see a parent or sitter at the scheduled bus stop, the child will be returned to school. VISITORS AT THE SCHOOL & SAFE SCHOOLS ACCESS All visitors and parents are requested to enter the building through the front door and check in at the office. Please sign in, and obtain a pass if you plan to remain in the building for any reason during school hours. Please understand that during instructional time, teachers are not available to meet with you or to take phone calls. All messages or deliveries for students will be handled through the front office. Students are expected to enter and exit through their designated doors. FIRE DRILL & LOCKDOWN PROCEDURES Cardinal Newman School is required to conduct three fire drills in the fall and three in the spring. We will also be conducting two lockdown drills throughout the year. These drills are standard practice across the Board and ensure that in the event of a real emergency, our students and staff can respond quickly and appropriately. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these drills, please speak to your child’s teacher or the main office. THE ONLINE REPORTING TOOL The Dufferin‐Peel Catholic District School board has developed a new way to help nurture a safe, caring and inclusive school environment. The Online Reporting Tool is intended for students in grades 3 – 8 who become aware of bullying incidents and negative behaviours. The student can simply ‘click’ on the link found on our school’s website to fill out the report. The report will then be directly emailed to the principal and vice‐principal to be dealt with accordingly. It is important to recognize that the Online Reporting Tool is an alternate reporting option. It is best practice to speak directly with a responsible adult at home and/or in the school. DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WEATHER Now that the colder weather is upon us, we respectfully remind you to ensure that your children come to school dressed warmly to participate in recess activities. When weather conditions are severe we may reduce the outdoor play time, or have indoor recess entirely, but fresh air and exercise are vital components for successful learning, so we will endeavour to have children play outside whenever possible. Help your children by having them come to school appropriately dressed with scarves, hats and mittens. As well, all students should have indoor footwear at school. This is essential in case of an emergency evacuation. The students will not have time to change their footwear. We also recommend that students keep extra clothing such as socks and pants at school in case their original clothing gets wet. INDOOR / OUTDOOR SHOES The students should have a pair of indoor shoes to wear at school in class and for gym. Outdoor shoes/ boots will be kept for outdoor use only and out of the classrooms in order to reduce the amount of dirt and mud brought indoors. This will assist our custodial staff in keeping the school clean. Thank you for your co‐operation. LATE ARRIVALS & EARLY DEPARTURES As in the past, we ask that you call the school on the days that your child will be absent or late. This is a safety precaution that can save precious moments should there ever be an emergency situation. We thank you for your continued support in following this procedure. If your child will be late or absent from school, it is very important that you notify the school before 9:00 a.m. by leaving a voice mail message on the attendance line at 905‐792‐
2268 and pressing 1, for the attendance voice mail. You should speak clearly and leave the child’s FIRST and LAST NAME, the teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence or lateness. Any student arriving at school late is required to come to the office to request a late slip. This allows us to change our attendance information, and mark your child late, rather than absent. It is very important that students arrive to school on time and ready to work, as late arrivals disrupt instructional activities and classroom routines. We respectfully request that whether students walk or are driven to school, that they are at school before the bell rings at 9:15 a.m. LUNCH HOUR During the lunch hour, all students who stay for lunch are expected to remain at school, and all students who go home for lunch are expected to go home for lunch. If there is a change in the regular lunch hour procedure for your child, parents/guardians are asked to provide the teacher with a note explaining the change. Student safety is essential at Cardinal Newman School. For this reason, students staying for lunch at school will not be permitted to go to the local plaza. We would like to remind you that the school is not equipped to provide lunches to students who are sent to school without a lunch. Please ensure that your child has a suitable lunch, every day. If you plan to deliver your child’s lunch to the school, please ensure that it is delivered before 12:10 p.m. and is left on the table outside the main office. LUNCHES BROUGHT TO THE OFFICE Please consider having your children bring their lunches with them in the morning as the Safe Schools Access Protocol may cause delays in your child receiving lunch. If you are bringing a lunch for your child to pick up from the office, please ensure that it is labelled with your child’s name, teacher’s name and room number. Please instruct your child to come to the front lobby and pick it up from the lunch table. In keeping your child’s safety at heart, students will not be permitted to go out of the building to get their lunches. In order to avoid interruptions to instructional time, students will not be called from class. SEVERE FOOD ALLERGIES Peanut and Other Life‐Threatening Allergies, Sabrina’s Law Anaphylaxis Reaction As we begin the new school year, we would like to inform you that Cardinal Newman School is an allergen‐aware school. There are pupils in attendance at our school who suffer from severe and life‐threatening allergies to certain foods, such as peanut and tree nut products. Exposure to the smallest quantities can cause severe and life‐
threatening reactions. Anaphylaxis is a severe and life threatening allergic reaction. The most common allergen triggers are food, insect stings, medications, exercise and latex. An anaphylactic reaction involves symptoms from two or more body systems. We require your continued cooperation in sending foods to school with your child that are free from peanuts, nuts or their by‐products, and nut‐substitute products. We cannot guarantee that any classroom is nut free, but we are attempting to minimize exposure and keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. We appreciate your help and support in this important issue. We ask you to please refrain from sending birthday and special occasion edible treats into your child’s class. Instead, perhaps you could recognize a special event by sending in a non‐edible treat e.g., pencils, stickers, notebooks. Another alternative is to commemorate your child’s birthday by purchasing a book for donation to our school library. Should you wish to do so, we will be happy to place a sticker with a sentiment similar to: “Donated by Noah Brooks in honour of his 5th birthday on October 18th, 2015”. Thank you in advance for your support and understanding. If your child has been diagnosed with a severe allergy and you have not notified the school, please do so immediately. There are forms that must be completed. Please speak with our secretaries, Mrs. Cosentino and Mrs. Machado to obtain the requisite paperwork. Your continued cooperation in support of our efforts to create a safe and healthy learning environment for all is greatly appreciated! PAPERLESS SNACKS/LUNCHES Students and staff are encouraged to be environmentally friendly by reducing the amount of paper and plastic waste from lunches and snacks. Last year we received GOLD level standing ECO school certification. Students will have an opportunity to eat snacks before or after recess. Wasps, bees and birds continue to be a problem in the schoolyard, thus snacks will not be permitted in the playground. PIZZA AND SUBWAY LUNCHES Pizza Days continue to run on Tuesdays. The cost is $2.00. All profits from this fundraising initiative will go to support various school initiatives (classroom libraries, fees for tournaments, replace outdoor recess equipment, school presentations, etc.). With special thanks to Mrs. Dafoe for organizing Pizza days for our students. Mr. Sub is supplying our subs this year. We will have sub day on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Sub days for the 2015‐
2016 school year are February 18th, March 24th, April 21st, May 19th, and June 16th. Order forms will be sent home each month. Please complete and submit order forms by the indicated due date on the form. With special thanks to Mrs. Machado for organizing sub days for our students. SNACK SHACK The Snack Shack is opened on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. With special thanks to Mrs. Cicione, Mrs. Caputo‐Rostami, and Mr. Nasato for their generosity in supporting this program. HEAD INJURIES Even when it may appear to be insignificant, we are obliged to inform parents and guardians of all reported head injuries occurring at school. We do this in recognition of the potential danger of any injury involving the head area. Our interest is not to alarm you, but to keep you informed. Please remind your child to let a staff member know if they bump their head or if they get hurt at school. PEDICULOSIS – HEAD LICE Pediculosis is not considered a health problem because it is not a communicable disease. However, from time to time incidents of pediculosis occur in any school. It is recommended that parents inspect their children’s hair, especially if persistent itching and scratching of the scalp is noticed. Please inform the school if you discover an infestation. Your pharmacist may suggest treatment information. Remind your child that it is not appropriate to share other children’s combs and/or headgear, hats, etc. MEDICATION We have a number of students in the school with health conditions requiring specialized medication or supervision. In order for students to have access to medicine on a daily basis or for us to store medication in the school, your doctor MUST complete the required form. Please ask Mrs. Cosentino or Mrs. Machado for the GF035 should you wish for us to store your child’s prescription or doctor authorized medication. All medication of this sort is to be stored in the school office. We take this precaution so that medication does not fall into the wrong hands. If your child has a medical condition, please notify the school office. CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS All volunteers having direct contact with students are required to provide a C.B.C. (Criminal Background Check). The new board policy has been expanded and includes volunteering on class trips, in classrooms, Catholic School Advisory Council, etc. If there are any community members wishing to volunteer, please visit the school office to pick up the necessary volunteer criminal reference check paperwork. EXCURSIONS AND FIELD TRIPS Classes occasionally take educational trips to extend learning opportunities in curriculum areas. Teachers need to follow appropriate Board procedures. A limited number of trips may be planned by teachers. By LAW the school must have on file permission forms, which must be signed by the parents/guardians. If, on the day of the excursion, your child has not returned his/her forms, and the parent/guardian cannot come into the school to sign the permission forms, the student will remain at the school. Students will be reminded by their teachers about this policy prior to the trip taking place. Staff will offer generous timelines for return of trip permission forms and funds in order that parents/guardians have significant opportunity to submit all paperwork and fees. PLASP CHILD CARE SERVICES PLASP Child Care Services operates Before and After School Programs at this school. The Before School Program operates from 7:30 a.m. until school begins. A nutritious breakfast is served daily. The After School Program runs from the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m. Children participate in recreational activities, are served a nutritious snack daily and have time for homework. Fee assistance is available for those who qualify. Visit www.plasp.com and register your child online today. PLASP operates Before and After School Programs at this school in Rooms 27 and 28. Those involved in this program must use the regular entrance doors for access to this program. Use of the classroom’s side door into the parking lot is prohibited for reasons of safety. SCHOOL WEBSITE & EMAIL COMMUNICATION CANADA’S ANTI‐SPAM LEGISLATION On July 1, 2014, Canada’s Anti‐Spam Legislation (CASL) came into law. It prohibits the sending of commercial electronic messages, including e‐mails that encourage participation in a commercial activity, unless the sender has received the recipient’s consent prior to sending the message. The Dufferin‐Peel Catholic District School Board and Cardinal Newman School require your consent to send any electronic messages which promote, advertise or offer for sale goods and services, such as, school photos or school fundraisers. If you are interested in receiving emails from the school, including the monthly newsletter, you may pick up a copy of Canada’s Anti‐Spam Legislation (C.A.S.L.) form from the main office, and return the completed form to your child’s teacher. You may withdraw your consent at any time by notifying the main office. Please visit our website at www.dpcdsb.org/CNEWM for the latest school information. DPCDSB is now on Twitter! For the latest board news and information, follow us @DPCDSBSchools. Cardinal Newman is now on Twitter! Please follow us @CNEWM_Brampton STUDENT TRANSPORATION OF PEEL REGION (STOPR) BUS CANCELLATIONS/SCHOOL CLOSING DUE TO BAD WEATHER 2015 – 2016 SCHOOL YEAR During the winter months inclement weather may cause disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. A decision to cancel school transportation and/or to close schools is usually made by 6:00 a.m. and will be announced on the following radio and television stations: VIRGIN RADIOFM99.9 CHUM AM1050 CFTR AM680 CFNY FM102.1/AM640 CJCL AM590 CHFI FM98.1 NEWSTALK1010 AM EZ ROCK FM97.3 CJBC (FR) AM860 FM Z103.5 FM93.1 FM Q107 CHIN FM100.7/AM1540 CBC99.1 CITYPULSE GLOBAL NEWS CTV CANADA AM The board will be communicating one of six standard messages to the radio stations. The six announcements and their effect on the transportation system are as follows: (Please note that the highlighted text only will be communicated by the radio stations). 1. “THE DUFFERIN‐PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES SERVING ST. ANDREW, ST. BENEDICT AND ST. PETER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND R.F. HALL SECONDARY SCHOOL ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY.” 2. “THE DUFFERIN‐PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES AND PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES IN THE TOWN OF CALEDON ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY”.  This means that ALL buses which operate into, out of, and within the Town of Caledon are cancelled for the entire day. 3. “THE DUFFERIN‐PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES AND THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES IN THE TOWN OF CALEDON AND THE COUNTY OF DUFFERIN ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY”.  This means that all runs listed under announcements #l and #2 are cancelled.  Individual schools will be notified if this cancellation affects their school. 4. “THE DUFFERIN‐PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AND THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES IN THE CITY OF MISSISSAUGA ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY.” 5.
 This means that ALL buses which operate into, out of, and within the City of Mississauga are cancelled for the entire day. “ALL DUFFERIN‐PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AND PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY.”  This means that ALL transportation services provided by the Dufferin‐Peel Catholic District School Board and the Peel District School Board, including buses, vans and taxis have been cancelled for the entire day. 6.
“ALL BUSES ARE CANCELLED AND THE SCHOOLS AND OFFICES OF BOTH THE DUFFERIN‐PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AND THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD ARE CLOSED”.  This means that ALL Dufferin‐Peel Catholic District School Board and Peel District School board schools and offices are closed to all students and staff. Note: For Secondary School students Riding Public Transit, cancellation of service will be communicated by the respective transit property over the radio. Please be advised that Public Transit rarely cancels and that the level of service on days with inclement weather is unpredictable. INTERNATIONAL
Student Programs
Welcoming students from around the world
INFORMATION NIGHT
February 23, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Learning Centre
3566 South Common Court, Mississauga
Information regarding the International
Student Program, Summer ESL Credit
Program for International Students,
Student Exchange Program, and community
supports available to newcomers, will be
shared. Full details of the various programs
and opportunities will be provided by
several guest speakers and there will be an
opportunity to ask questions.
Kindergarten to Grade 12
High Academic Standards
and Achievement
Catholic Values
Wide variety of specialized programs
Full access to ESL and support services
Located in the Greater Toronto Area
Direct access to public transit
Easy access to world renowned
colleges and universities
For more information, visit www.dpcdsb.org
or call 905-412-3341 ext. 31460 or email [email protected]
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