JUNE 2012
B. Gillis
D. Gibson
Peter Ferreira
(416) 805-7110
[email protected]
C. Saytar
St. Martin of Tours
1290 McBride Lane
Mississauga, ON
L5C 1M8
Grades 1-8
8:45 -11:45
Grades JK-SK
8:45-11:15 or
St. David of Wales
4200 Beacon Lane
Mississauga, ON
L5M 2N6
A Prayer for Fathers
God our Father,
We give you thanks and praise
for fathers young and old.
We pray for young fathers,
newly embracing their vocation;
May they find courage and perseverance
to balance work, family and faith
in joy and sacrifice.
We pray for Fathers around the world
whose children are lost or suffering;
May they know that the God of compassion
walks with them in their sorrow.
We pray for men who are not fathers
but still mentor and guide us
with fatherly love and advice.
We remember fathers, grandfather,
and great grandfathers
who are no longer with us
but who live forever in our memory
and nourish us with their 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/
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.
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.
A very special thank you to our trustee Peter Ferreira, for the on-going support of
our school community.
Special thanks to our Mississauga South
Superintendent C. Saytar, for her support
and encouragement throughout the year.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you
the parents and guardians of these amazing children! Your work in raising your
children in a Catholic community is truly
My final heartfelt appreciation is to the
students of St. David of Wales School. You
are a remarkable group of young people
and to our Graduates I will pray that God
will keep you safe and happy always!!! I
will continue to hold all of you in my
Congratulations are extended to all our Grade Two students, who recently celebrated the Sacrament of First
Holy Communion.
Thank you to their teacher, Mrs. Cicak for preparing our
Grade 2 students for this Sacrament. The Liturgy coordinated by Mrs. Cicak was a beautiful demonstration of our
commitment to our Catholic Faith. Also, a special thank
you to Mrs. Pinto, our Parish Rep. for purchasing the
gifts, food and decorations for this beautiful celebration.
Thank you to our School Council for supporting this Sacramental Celebration for our students.
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
their Sacramental preparation.
Doesn't our garden look beautiful?? Special thanks to Mrs. Myszkowski, Mr. & Mrs.
Cairns, Mrs. Zoffranieri, Mr. Diolanda (our
On behalf of the entire St. David of Wales
day custodian), Mr. DiFilippo and Mr. Passtaff, I sincerely wish everyone a safe, rest- cali, (our night custodians) for cleaning out,
ful and enjoyable summer with family and pruning, planting, watering and adding some TLC to our gardens. We greatly appreciate your time and expertise.
B. Gillis
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.
If you are anticipating a move over
the next few months, please let us
know. We are preparing classes
for September, 2012 and this information is helpful in determining
class sizes. Please call Mrs. Gibson at (905) 848-4200 or send a
note to your child’s teacher.
We remind students and parents 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 27, 2012
Report cards will be distributed to students on Tuesday,
June 26, 2012. As in the first term, we ask that parents
sign and return the bottom portion of page 3 with your
comments. Please ensure that you forward page 3 by
Wednesday, June 27.
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 14. On the first day of classes,
Tuesday, September 4, 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.)
The last day of school will be Friday June
29, 2012 following regular hours from
8:45 a.m. — 3:15 p.m.
Just a reminder to everyone that the school day begins
at 8:45 a.m. with the bell. Any student coming into the
The School office will be open for new
school after 8:45 a.m. that has not arrived on a school
registrations starting Tuesday, August
28, 2012 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. bus is considered late and will be marked as late on the
to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily attendance. Recently we have seen an increase in
the number of of lates. Punctuality is very important.
Each time a student is late, that student disrupts the
whole class when entering and has quite possibly
Kindergarten a.m.
8:45 a.m.—11:15 a.m.
missed important instructions or announcements. If
Kindergarten p.m.
12:45 p.m.—3:15 p.m.
your child/ren have a frequent number of lates or abGrades 1—8
8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
sences, you will receive a letter to acknowledge this
Morning Recess
10:10 a.m.—10:25
concern. A copy of this letter may be sent to our Social
Worker and placed in your child/ren’s OSR.
11:45 a.m.—12:45
Afternoon recess
2:15 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Punctuality is a life skill which students need in order to be successful in the future.
Parents/Guardians for reminding
their children to be respectful
towards others and to play
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
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.
Reference Check so they can supervise class trips.
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.
Staff at St. David of Wales will be teaching our students about the dangers associated with our exposure
to the sun.
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
 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.
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
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 inclusitivity. The following initiatives were implemented: primary soccer club, floor
hockey for Junior and Intermediate students, bracelet
making club, knitting/skipping club, ―Fill Your
Bucket‖ (Grades 1-4), Positive Praise Program (Grades
4—8), student nominated Virtue Awards, 2 teacher nominated Virtue Awards and recognition of birthdays on the
morning announcements. After announcements, students
come down to the office to receive a token gift from our
treasure box. A parent’s employer has donated the items
for this, The CCCCAT initiative is also based on achieving an equitable and inclusive school climate where
whereby all members of the school community feel safe,
comfortable and accepted. It is our commitment to establish a caring community.
Co-Chairs M. Mete & S. Borges
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 10, 2012.
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. We
do need to complete our end of the year inventory.
The Senior Kindergarten students will be
going out for recess starting on Monday,
June 18. 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
the little ones.
Peer Buddies:
New medications and the proper forms
for storage will need to be filled out for
the new school year. All medication
will need to be sent home on the last
day of school. If you prefer to pick
up the medication, please send in a
note with your child stating that you will be picking it
up on June 29k, @ 3:15 p.m. Otherwise, it will be sent
home with your child.
The eligible bussing distances within Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board are as follows:
Kindergarten—Grade 1
Grades 2 - 4
Grades 5—8
1.0 km
1.6 km
2.0 km
4.8 km
Our grade 8 students celebrate their
Graduation on Thursday, June 28 beginning with a luncheon at The Renaissance
Convention Centre @ 12:00 p.m. Parents/Guardians are asked to drop their
son/daughter off at the Renaissance Convention Centre and
students will all return by bus to the school by 4:45 pm
Parents 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.
Immediate following the Mass/Grad, we will be serving
cake and water in the Parish Hall.
Our Peer Buddy and PALS (Playground
Activity Leaders in the School) programs
continue to have much success at St. David
of Wales School. The following students
have continued to make a commitment to
participate in this programs.
Daniel M.
Rocio E.
Precious C.
Mateo S.
Magda P.
Nicole E.
Kathryn M.
Alexandra A.
Catherine V.
Emily S.
Alexandra M.
Justin N.
Arveen C.
Matthew P.
Denelle B.
Anna G.
Samantha C.
Zachary C.
Kaitlin D.
Toni K.
Jayson L.
Isabel D.
Ryan S.
Jordan E.
Adam D
Yvonne V.
Gabriella B.
Garret C.
Lanvy N,.
Anthony C,.
Amica A.
Randall O.
Matthew R.,
Matthew B.,
Olivia S.
Ethan B.
Stacey F.
Christian G.
Olivia P.
Jeremy L.
Alyssa C.
Co-ordinators: N. Siconolfi, M. Mete & S. Borges
A big thank you to all families and staff who supported our
Scholastic Spring Book Fair ―Aloha to Great Books‖. A thank
you goes out as well to the Student Book Fair Committee for all
their advertising and sales help.
See you again at our Fall Book Fair!!
Librarian: C. Zoffranieri
Congratulations goes out to the Intermediate Heads Up Team for winning gold at the Tournament on Friday, May 18.
The team won all four of their round-robin games landing the
team into the finals against the home side—St. Francis of Assisi.. In what was a very tense game and with the Dragons
being down 10-6 with only 5 questions left, the team answered all the questions and were able to capture First Place!
Thank you to all the participants who took part in this year’s
Head Up Competitions.
Junior Team:
Joanna S.
Denzel B.
Alexandra M.
Franca S.
Danielle B.
Intermediate Team:
Michael C.
Alana B.
James T.
Jonathan S.
Matteo S.
Our Volunteer Appreciation will be held on Thursday, June 21 @
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. If you have volunteered and are able to attend,
please call Mrs. Gibson @ (905) 848-4200 ext. 0. 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
Mrs. Gibson. We want to personally say thank you to each of you
for assisting at our school.
We will be celebrating our Year End Liturgy with Father Joyson
around our Peace Garden. This celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 12 @ 1:30 p.m. All parents/guardians are welcome to
attend. Hope to see many of you there!
Special thanks to M s. Smutnicki and Mr. Howard for preparing both tams for the competition.
Monday, June 4
Virtues Assembly—families are welcome to attend
Tuesday, June 5
School Council Meeting
Monday, June 11
P.A. Day—(no school for students)
Tuesday, June 12
Year End Liturgy—families are welcome to attend
Friday, June 15
Movie Buy Out (Junior Division)
Monday, June 18
Family Track and Field Meet
Thursday, June 21
Volunteer Tea in the DPA Room (109)
Friday, June 22
Board Track and Field Meet
Movie Buy Out (Primary Division)
Movie Buy Out (Intermediate Division)
Tuesday, June 26
Report Cards sent home
10:45 SK Graduation a.m. students
SK Graduation p.m. students
Wednesday, June 27
Awards Assembly—families are welcome to attend
Thursday, June 28
12:00 Graduation Luncheon @ Renaissance by the Creek
Graduation Mass & Ceremony @ St. Martin of Tours
Church—Reception to follow in the Church Hall
Friday, June 29
Have a safe, relaxing Summer