ST. DAVID OF WALES JUNE 2013 Principal B. Gillis Secretary D. Gibson Trustee Peter Ferreira (416) 805-7110 Peter [email protected] Superintendent C. Saytar 905.890.1221 PARISH St. Martin of Tours 1290 McBride Lane Mississauga, ON L5C 1M8 905.279-5742 SCHOOL HOURS Grades 1-8 8:45 -11:45 12:45-3:15 Grades JK-SK 8:45-11:15 or 12:45-3:15 St. David of Wales 4200 Beacon Lane Mississauga, ON L5M 2N6 905.848-4200 WebSite http:// www.dpcdsb.org/ DWALE End of School Year Prayer Let us give thanks for the past year. For the things we have learned, for the fun we have had, for the skills we have gained, for the help we have had, and for the friends we have made. Let us pray for those leaving school at the end of this year. For pupils, teachers, helpers; for their new schools, new friends, and new activities, and for their well being. Let us pray for ourselves and for the future. For a happy holiday time, for safety for those who travel, for families and friends, for help and guidance in the new school year, and for continuing growth in faith and hope and love. Principal’s Message As this school year draws to a close, please know that I am grateful that God has allowed me the privilege of working with a highly dedicated group of people; amazing students, staff, volunteers, and parents/ guardians! Thank you to Fr. Joyson, Fr. Gijo and the Parish team at St. Martin of Tours Parish for their spiritual leadership through school Masses, Liturgies, visits and Sacramental preparation. CONGRATULATIONS TO STUDENTS! St. David of Wales students are to be commended for their excellent efforts at co-operating with instruction and regular reminders about safety and appropriate play, both in the school and on the playground. The expert guidance of staff and the support of parents combined with the students’ desire to co-operate and do well, helps keep behavior problems at a minimum. We emphasize celebrating successes and learning from our mistakes. This results in our school being a safer, happier place where students feel valued and respected. FIRST COMMUNION A very special thank you to our trustee Peter Ferreira, for the on-going support of Congratulations are extended to all our Grade Two students, who recently celebrated the Sacrament of First our school community. Holy Communion. Thank you to their teachers, Mrs. Suraci, Ms. Collins Special thanks to our Mississauga South and Ms. Borges for preparing them for this Sacrament. Superintendent C. Saytar, for her support The Liturgy was a beautiful demonstration of our comand encouragement throughout the year. mitment to our Catholic Faith. Also, a special thank you to Mrs. Meloche, our Parish Representative for purchasFrom the bottom of my heart, I thank you ing the gifts, food and decorations for this beautiful celebration. Thank you to our School Council for supporting the parents and guardians of these amazthis Sacramental Celebration for our students. Thank you ing children! Your work in raising your to Father Joyson for joining our celebration. children in a Catholic community is truly commendable. It was wonderful to see our parents/guardians, school and the Parish supporting our students Faith Journey. Thank you to parents/guardians for supporting your child in My final heartfelt appreciation is to the their Sacramental preparation. Special thanks to our students of St. David of Wales School. You Grade 8’s for serving our Grade 2 students. Our Grade are a remarkable group of young people 8,’s, after serving, joined the Grade 2’s and enjoyed a and to our Graduates I will pray that God sundae to celebrate their sacrament of confirmation. will keep you safe and happy always!!! I will continue to hold all of you in my heart!!! PEACE GARDEN On behalf of the entire St. David of Wales staff, I sincerely wish everyone a safe, restful and enjoyable summer with family and friends. B. Gillis Principal Doesn't our garden look beautiful?? Special thanks to Mrs. Myszkowski, Mrs. Zoffranieri, Mr. Diolanda (our day custodian), Mr. DiFilippo and Mr. Pascali, (our night custodians) for cleaning out, pruning, planting, watering and adding some TLC to our gardens. As we strive to provide a positive environment for everyone, keeping our gardens manicured is essential. Special thanks to P. Danko and her class for planting flowers in our garden. KISS AND RIDE REMINDERS This is another reminder to follow the directions for the Kiss and Ride. Please remind your children that they are never to exit the car from the drivers side and to stop and look before getting off the sidewalk. ARE YOU MOVING?? If you are anticipating a move over the next few months, please let us know. We are preparing classes for September, 2013 and this information is helpful in determining class sizes. Please call the school at (905) 848-4200 or send a note to your child’s teacher. LOST AND FOUND We remind students and parents / guardians to check the Lost and Found for any items that may be yours and were misplaced throughout the year. Our custodian has placed these items on a table near the Library. Please check it, as any items left will be donated to the needy in our community on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. LAST DAY OF SCHOOL TERM 3 REPORT CARDS Report cards will be distributed to students on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. As in the first term, we ask that parents/guardians sign and return the bottom portion of page 3 with your comments. Please ensure that you forward page 3 by Friday, June 28. Our projected enrolment for September continues to fluctuate, and changes may occur throughout the summer and into September. Please be aware that our reorganization day; if necessary will be on Friday, September 13. On the first day of classes, Tuesday, September 3, students will gather in various areas of the school and be directed to their classes. When the bell rings, students will gather in the following areas: Kindergarten students in the Kindergarten Courtyard Gr. 1, 2 & 3 students in the gym Gr. 4, 5 & 6 students in the library Gr. 7 & 8 students in room 109 (DPA rm.) Parents/Guardians are reminded that only students are to enter when the bell rings. Thank you for your cooperation. The last day of school will be Friday June 28, 2013 following regular hours from 8:45 a.m. — 3:15 p.m. NEW REGISTRATIONS The School office will be open for new registrations starting Tuesday, August 27—Friday , August 30, 2013 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. SCHOOL HOURS FOR 2013/2014 Kindergarten a.m. Kindergarten p.m. Grades 1—8 Morning Recess Lunch Afternoon recess 8:45 a.m.—11:15 a.m. 12:45 p.m.—3:15 p.m. 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 10:10 a.m.—10:25 a.m. 11:45 a.m.—12:45 p.m. 2:15 p.m.—2:30 p.m. SCHOOL DAY BEGINS Just a reminder to everyone that the school day begins at 8:45 a.m. with the bell. Any student coming into the school after 8:45 a.m. that has not arrived on a school bus is considered late and will be marked as late on the daily attendance. Recently we have seen an increase in the number of lates. Punctuality is very important. Each time a student is late, that student disrupts the whole class when entering and has quite possibly missed important instructions. If your child/ren have a frequent number of lates or absences, you will receive a letter to acknowledge this concern. A copy of this letter may be sent to our Social Worker and placed in your child/ren’s OSR. Punctuality is a life skill which students need in order to be successful in the future. THANK YOU AND APPLAUSE TO: Parents/Guardians for reminding their children to be respectful towards others and to play safely. Parents/Guardians who continue to practices safe driveway and parking routines. Parents/Guardians who are encouraging their children to let an adult know if someone is bothering them. Parents/Guardians who got their Criminal Reference Check so they can supervise class trips. . HERE COMES THE SUN With the arrival of warmer weather we are aware of the concerns regarding the ultra violet rays. There are a number of scheduled outdoor activities and field trips during the months June. We encourage you to dress your children for the events and weather. For example, hats, t-shirts with sleeves, etc. It is recommended to use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. We cannot accept the responsibility for applying sun screen at school. Recommendations from Peel Health to reduce the effects of radiation include: Wear protective clothing to cover the skin Wear a hat to protect both the eyes and skin on the head, particularly if there is a little hair (students are reminded to remove hats before they enter the school building). Wear sunscreen, (it is available in a variety of protection factors – the high the factor number the greater the protection). Stay out of direct sunlight i.e., remain in shaded areas, particularly during midday, when the sun’s rays are most direct. Know your skin type for example, fair-skinned people are more sensitive to ultra-violet radiation. Parents, please reinforce these recommendations with your children. DRESS CODE With the approach of the warmer weather, we ask you to review our dress code with your children. At all times, clothing should be comfortable, tasteful and appropriate to our Catholic school environment. Clothing must display appropriate and acceptable words and graphics. Girls tops must have a minimum of 5 cm. (approximately the width of 3 adult fingers) at the shoulders. Boys tops must have sleeves. Shorts and skirts must reach the bottom of the student’s fingertips when hands are relaxed to their side. Specifically not allowed are: Bandanas, string tops, tube tops, halter tops, or anything that exposes bare skin, midriffs and/or undergarments, skin tight clothing, spandex shorts and pants, sheer materials (including mesh), cut -offs, torn or ragged clothing and pants which sag below the waist. Thank you for your co-operation in helping to instill the values of common sense, good taste and modesty in our students. CCCCAT (Catholic Community and Caring Action Team) The St. David of Wales CCCCAT met on several occasions to collaboratively provide Safe School initiatives for our school. As a committee, we decided to implement activities that create a safe environment whereby all students feel a sense of inclusivity. The following initiatives were implemented; primary soccer club, floor hockey for Junior and Intermediate students, bracelet making club, knitting/skipping club, and ―Fill Your Bucket Program (Grades 1-4), 2 student nominated Virtue awards, 1 teacher nominated Virtue award,. A special thank you goes out to our Grade 4 skipping club leaders. During the announcements, students’ birthdays are recognized and children receive a small token gift from our treasure box. St. David of Wales community received a $800.00 grant through our Healthy Eating Program. Hockey equipment and whale skin balls were purchased. The CCCCAT’s initiative is also based on achieving an equitable and inclusive school climate whereby all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable and accepted. It is our commitment to establishing a caring community. Co-Chairs M. Mete & S. Borges JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN 2013/2014 CALLING ALL BOOKS Parents/Guardians of JK students will receive a letter at the end of June with a date for a school visit with parent/guardians during the school day during the 1st week of school. All JK students will begin their program on Monday, September 9, 2013. The end of the year means returning all Library/School books. Please have a look around your home for any library or school textbooks and return them to the school. All Library books are due by June 14th, 2013 PALS Our Peer PALS (Playground Activity Leaders in the School) program continues to have much success at St. David of Wales School. The following students have continued to make a commitment to participate in this programs. KINDERGARTEN RECESS The Senior Kindergarten students will be going out for recess starting on Monday, June 17. This will help them prepare for grade one. We appreciate our older students making them feel welcome as the big yard can be quite overwhelming for P.A.L.S. PARTICIPANTS: the little ones. Zachary C. Precious H. Josh B. Yvonne V. Alexandra M. Ryan S. STORAGE OF MEDICATION Anjili J. Isabel D. New medications and the proper forms Amica A. Samantha C. for storage will need to be filled out for Matthew R., the new school year. All medication Alyssa C. will need to be sent home on the last day of school. If you prefer to pick Co-ordinators: N. Siconolfi, M. Mete & S. Borges up the medication, please send in a note with your child stating that you will be picking it SCHOLASTIC SPRING BOOK FAIR up on June 28, @ 3:15 p.m. Otherwise, it will be sent home with your child. A big thank you to all families and staff who supported our Scholastic Spring Book Fair ―Story Laboratory‖. A thank you goes out as well to the Gr. 2 and 3 students for all their adverBUS TRANSPORTATION tising . The eligible bussing distances within Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board are as follows: See you again at our Fall Book Fair!! Kindergarten—Grade 1 Grades 2 - 4 Grades 5—8 Secondary 1.0 km 1.6 km 2.0 km 4.8 km GRADUATION Our grade 8 students celebrate their Graduation on Thursday, June 27 beginning with a luncheon at The Novotel Mississauga @ 12:00 p.m. Parents/ Guardians are asked to drop their son/ daughter off at the Novotel Mississauga and students will all return by bus to the school by approximately 4:30 pm Parents/Guardians are asked to be at the school awaiting the arrival of our students. There will then be a mass at St. Martin of Tours [email protected] 6:30 p.m. Graduation will follow the Mass. Librarian: C. Zoffranieri HEADS UP VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION On May 1st and 2nd, a selection of Junior and Intermediate students represented St. David of Wales in the Mississauga South Academic “Heads Up” competition. Students tested their knowledge in a variety of subject and interest areas through responding to challenging questions. Congratulations to the Junior Team: Annie L. Grade 4 Rodolfo F. Grade 5 Isabelle D. Grade 6 Alyssa C. Grade 6 Alex M. Grade 6 And the Intermediate Team: DATE CHANGE!!!!! Our Volunteer Appreciation will be held on Wednesday, June 19 @ 2:00 p.m. Thank you to all the parents/guardians and community members who have volunteered their time for the students of St. David of Wales. We look forward to seeing all of you. We will send an invitation home to all volunteers. However, if you volunteered and we inadvertently missed your name, please contact the school.. We want to personally say thank you to each of you for volunteering at St. David of Wales School. YEAR END LITURGY We will be celebrating our Year End Liturgy with Father Joyson around our Peace Garden. This celebration will be held on Thursday, June 13 @ 10:30 a.m. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Hope to see many of you there! Kyle P. Grade 7 Franka S. Grade 7 James T. Grade 8 Andre S. Grade 8 Matteo S. Grade 8 Both teams put their heads together and did an excellent job at the tournaments. Ms. Smutnicki and Mrs. Danko would like to thank the members of both teams for putting in a great effort! Friday June 7 P.A. Day—(no school for students) Monday, June 10 12:45 Virtues Assembly followed by Blue Veil Performance Families are welcome to attend Tuesday, June 13 1:30 Year End Liturgy—families are welcome to attend Tuesday, June 18 Family Track and Field Meet Wednesday, June 19 2:00 Volunteer Tea in the Library Friday, June 21 Board Track and Field Meet Monday, June 24 1:30 Awards Assembly—families are welcome to attend Tuesday, June 25 Report Cards sent home 10:45 SK Graduation a.m. students 2:45 SK Graduation p.m. students Thursday, June 27 12:00 Graduation Luncheon @ Novotel Mississauga 6:30 Graduation Mass & Ceremony @ St. Martin of Tours Church Friday, June 28 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Have a safe, relaxing Summer Tuesday, September 3—First Day of Classes Are you interested in working at our school beginning in September? We have openings for: Student Monitor Part-time: 1.2 hours per day The rate of pay is $11.45 per hour plus 4% vacation pay Position Summary DUTIES OF THE STUDENT MONITOR 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. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE STUDENT MONITOR Be aware of the school rules; Be prompt in reporting for supervision assignments; Become informed of specific medical/behavioural situations pertaining to students supervised 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 Principal at the school location that you wish work at for more information. ALL new employees will be required to submit a current original criminal background check (CBC) including a "Vulnerable Sector Screening" (VSS) issued within 6 months prior to commencing employment with the Board. We thank all applicants, but advise that only those under consideration will be contacted. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at (905) 890-0708 extension 24616 to provide your contact information. Support Services staff will contact you within 2 business days. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is an equal opportunity employer. We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code.