From Your Catholic School Trustees
Sharon Hobin, Esther O’Toole and 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 Mississauga North 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 blessed to be a part of the Mississauga North community and to be working with Superintendent Tilia Cruz and Administrative Assistant, Sharon Gibney. In our humble opinion, we make a pretty good team!
A special welcome to our grade nine students. Your four years will fly by. Take advantage of all the great opportunities that are offered to you. We are very proud of our Link Crew and Get Ready for Secondary School programs. Link Crew gives Grade 9 students an early opportunity to connect with a senior student (Link Leader) in their school; someone they can feel comfortable speaking with regarding transitioning to Grade 9. The Get Ready! For Secondary School program blends 20 hours of literacy and numeracy-focused instruction with secondary school readiness activities that help welcome and prepare students for their secondary school experience. Grade 9 students will participate in a variety of activities during their transition program, including school tours, information sessions, motivational speakers, orientation games, picnics and barbeques.
To our grade twelve students - we wish you all the best in your last year of Catholic secondary school. You will be thinking about college, university or the world of work. This is the time you have been waiting for –senior students! We hope you make the best of this exciting year.
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 in order to house these 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.
ONLINE REPORTING TOOL: Promoting a Positive School Climate
The following reporting tool is intended for students who become aware of bullying incidents and negative behaviours impacting the school community. It is designed to provide information that will help promote a positive school climate.
When you fill out this form,you are NOT REQUIRED to provide your name or any other identifiable information anywhere. If the information provided is anoymous, it may be dealt with in a general way as there is no means to respond specifically when there is limited information provided. DEPENDING ON THE KIND OF INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE, you may be identifiable.
In some cases, if you are identifiable based on the information provided, the school principal/vice-principal may approach you to provide a little more information on a confidential basis. If you choose to identify yourself as part of the reporting process, the principal/vice-principal may follow up with you directly.
If you have any questions about this tool, please contact the Principal and/or Vice-Principals.
Student Accident Insurance
Important notice to parents, guardians regarding insurance for students who participate in out-of-school excursions and extra-curricular sports activities.
Effective September 2012 the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board requires that parents, guardians and adult students provide written acknowledgment that they have received information regarding Student Accident Insurance especially for those students participating in out-of-school excursions and/or extra-curricular sports activities.
Although the Board takes every precaution to provide a safe learning environment for students, accidents can and do happen. Some accidental injuries result in medical, dental and/or other expenses that are not covered by the provincial health care or employer group plans. As the parent, guardian or adult student you become responsible for these expenses. Some families have private accident insurance which is able to respond to costs arising from injuries however many families do not.
Under the Education Act, an Ontario school board may “provide, by contract with an insurer under the Insurance Act, accident and life insurance for pupils, the cost of which is to be paid on a voluntary basis by the parents or guardians. R.S.O. 1990, c.E.2, s.176, par.4.”
As required under the Education Act, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board arranges for the distribution of student accident insurance brochures (i.e., ‘insuremykids’). However, please be advised that the Board assumes no responsibility for the cost of the plan, applications, premium payments or claims; nor does the Board receive any remuneration from the Reliable Life Insurance Company. Furthermore, the Board does not and cannot insure students.
IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE AN INSURANCE BROCHURE, please either contact your child’s school or contact the Board Office (905-890-0708 X-24360).
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, require any assistance, or prefer to enroll online or by phone, please contact the Client Service Department of Reliable Life Insurance through one of the following options:
Telephone: 1-800-463-5437 (toll free), or 905-523-6525
Address: P.O. Box 557, Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 3K9
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET)
If your home address will be changing during the summer, please notify the office staff at your child’s school prior to June 30. STOPR will also accept address change information after June 30 until July 11. Address changes received after July 11 will not be reflected in the planned bus routes to commence in September and may result in transportation services not being available for your child during the first weeks of school. Parents will be responsible for their children getting to and from school until appropriate transportation service is arranged.
The distance criteria for transportation eligibility is:
1.0 kilometer Kindergarten and Grade 1
1.6 kilometers for Grades 2 – 4
2.0 kilometers for Grades 5 – 8
4.8 kilometers for Grades 9 – 12
If your child is moving to grade 1, grade 5, grade 7 or grade 9 in the 2014-2015 school year, their eligibility status for transportation may be changing. Eligibility information can be accessed at the website noted below.
Parents who received letters in April of this year indicating that the transportation eligibility status for their children is being revised due to eligibility reassessment are reminded that this change will occur effective September 2, 2014.
Courtesy transportation, which is assignment of ineligible students to available, empty seats on buses, will not be initiated prior to October 3. No exceptions.
Please be aware that during September and early October, STOPR priorities are eligible students requiring transportation service, bus overloads, and route timing adjustments.
Requests for additional or adjusted bus stop locations, route adjustments, and challenges to eligibility status will not be addressed until late October.
Please be patient. STOPR provides transportation services for approximately 62,000 students to 350 schools on 1,300 buses. This is accomplished with an operations staff of 15. Every effort is made to complete required adjustments as quickly as possible, but there are limitations to the volume of changes which can be appropriately communicated and implemented each week.
All transportation operations issues are the responsibility of STOPR and not either Board or individual Trustees.
Internet: www.stopr.ca. This website provides up to date delay and inclement weather cancellation information in addition to policy, procedures and frequently asked questions.
Businfo.stopr.ca.: This website allows parents to access information specific to “what school do I attend” and “am I eligible for transportation”. This site also provides parents access to specific bus stop location and pick up and drop off times for their children if eligible for transportation.
Telephone: STOPR: Phone: 905 890-6000
Toll free: 1-800 668-1140
STOPR Administration: Phone: 905 890-0708 ext. 23220
Bus Cancellations during Inclement Weather
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 RADIO FM99.9
EZ ROCK FM97.3
CJBC (FR) AM860
STOPR Administration 905 890-0708 ext. 23220
Geoquery Website - http://businfo.stopr.ca
This website also allows parents to login and find their child’s transportation information by following these instructions:
type in the website address: businfo.stopr.ca
click “student login”
enter your child’s OEN number, street/house number, school and grade
This will automatically display the child’s transportation information, if they are eligible.
This capability for “student login” will be available for parents starting the second last week of August until the end of June each year. This feature will be locked down during the summer for route planning purposes.
Additional features of this website are, School Information, Which School Do I Attend and Transportation Eligibility and Delays and Cancellations
STOPR: STUDENT TRANSPORTATION OF PEEL REGION
For information regarding student transportation services, bus stop locations and time details please visit http://www.stopr.ca/Pages/default.