Gonzaga celebrates Earth week!
TUESDAY APRIL 22:
Earth Day: Whole school event: Presentation by Stephen Fenneck
WEDNESDAY APRIL 23:
Cycle/Walk to school day (staff and students)
Prefects’ spear-heading an anti-idling blitz before and after school
Reduce electricity consumption ‘Lights Out’
Periods 1 and 2: Organic Food Presentation Amanda Li (Loblaws)
FRIDAY APRIL 25:
Period 1: Homeroom trivia
Periods 1 & 2: The incredible movie ‘Revolution’ will be televised via Gonzaga TV.
Staff invited to WEAR FUN HATS to promote awareness of skin cancer, covering up, harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays.
Period 4: Greening our space: Clean up of Gonzaga/Merciful Redeemer school and Church grounds.
Safety First when dropping students off at school
The safety of all children and staff must be considered as paramount at all times when dropping students off at school. The number of serious incidents related to traffic circulation at the front of the school during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal has risen. These incidents include vehicles entering the site in the wrong direction, parking and pulling out of no parking zones, parking in bus lanes, to name a few.
It is imperative that all parents and guardians who drive their children to school adhere to the traffic circulation plan and comply with the traffic and parking signage on the site. It is equally imperative that all drivers follow the direction of staff managing the traffic circulation on the school site.
Thank you for your consideration and co-operation with this important matter.
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: LOVE
"Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."
As of September 2, 2013, the Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law makes it against the law for anyone to smoke within nine meters (30 feet) of:
- perimeter of municipal playground areas (including any outdoor area that is designed for the enjoyment or exercise of children and youth)
- perimeter of municipal sports/activity areas (including any area that is for sports and activities, as well as spectator seating areas and player warm up areas)
- entrances and exits of municipal buildings (including municipal offices, transit facilities, libraries, recreation centres, concessions stands, fire halls, police stations, golf course club houses, and Peel Housing Corporation multi-unit dwellings with common entrances)
The goal of the Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law is to reduce the public’s exposure to harmful second-hand smoke and create a healthy environment. Regional tobacco enforcement officers and municipal by-law officers can issue warnings, tickets and fines starting at $250 if the law is broken.
As you are aware the Smoke Free Ontario Act (SFOA) prohibits smoking or holding lit tobacco in public and private schools (including school grounds), including private school property that is specifically in use by the private school (e.g., any playgrounds or outdoor recreational facilities). The legislation also requires that no smoking signs are posted. Tobacco enforcement officers from the Region of Peel will begin their annual secondary school inspections (under the Smoke Free Ontario Act) starting in late September.
Forming our Catholic vision for learning in the 21st century:
An overview for parents, guardians, and students
Our vision of education in Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools is rooted in the gospel values of faith, hope and love. Guided by this vision, which is deliberately infused into all aspects of our strategic planning and operations, Dufferin-Peel schools strive to embrace the new realities of our rapidly changing world, while upholding our Catholic faith traditions.
Within these complex new 21st century realities, with variables such as globalization, the economy, environmental challenges, technological advances and increasing cultural diversity, we face the challenge of preparing our students to live, to lead, to prosper, and to fulfill their potential as Catholic school graduates, who are responsible and thriving global and digital citizens. These are exciting times in which to both teach and to learn!
We recognize and understand that students have different skills, knowledge and experiences and quite simply, they learn in different ways. Over the past year, senior Dufferin-Peel staff had the opportunity to explore, more deeply, the concept of learning in the 21st century. This included a detailed discussion on the ‘Why’, the ‘What’, and the ‘How’ of learning in the 21st century in the context of our Catholic faith. Based on these discussions a number of common concepts were identified as key learning skills, competencies and dispositions: that will be part of our Catholic context and connection to the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations.
From our analysis and discussion we must now strive to ensure that our Dufferin-Peel Catholic education system focuses on student achievement and well being for all through what we believe in and how we demonstrate our beliefs.
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)
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
Bus Cancellations during Inclement Weather
Information for parents regarding School start up procedures for transportation:
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 12. Address changes received after July 12 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 2013-2014 school year, their eligibility status for transportation may be changing. Eligibility information can be accessed at the website noted below.
All transported kindergarten and grade 1 students are required to be met by a parent/caregiver when disembarking from their bus on their return trip from school.
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.
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.
Transportation East (areas generally east of Highway 10) 905-890-6000
Transportation West (areas generally west of Highway 10) 905-890-0614
Special Education Transportation 905-890-6362
Toll free 1-800-668-1140
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.