VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: CONSCIENCE
"When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society."
Pope John Paul II
MISSISSISSAUGA NORTH & SOUTH FAMILIES OF SCHOOLS
CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL CHAIRS MEETING
Healthy Minds & Healthy Bodies: Supporting Mental Health as we Serve Families in the Love of Christ
GUEST SPEAKER: DAN MCGANN, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker in Private Practice
LOCATION: ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA S. S.
THEATRE (ROOM 112)
FEBRUARY 18, 2014
7:15 – 8:15 PM
Mr. McGann’s discussion will include:
How do we support families struggling with mental health?
What strategies can we employ with our children who are suffering from anxiety & depression?
From Your Catholic School Trustees
Sharon Hobin, Esther O’Toole, Peter Ferreira
It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of 2013. We have seen tremendous accomplishments to date and have met many of our goals in our Dufferin-Peel Strategic Plan which is routed in everything we do including our Catholic Board Learning Plan. We are very proud of the achievements and activities of this Board on behalf of Catholic education and our community despite financial challenges. As our Director John Kostoff stated in his yearly report “I am extremely proud of the work that has taken place this past year in our schools, school councils, committees, classrooms, shop floors, families of schools, superintendent meetings, department meetings, in-services, offices and in a myriad of other venues.”
The new Dufferin-Peel website has been developed with significant consultation, focus groups, and user testing. The site is designed to be faster and more effective for parents, students, and other stakeholders to access the information they need. The content has been substantially updated. Along with the major work undertaken on the main Board website, we have completed an upgrade of all school websites – including updated navigation and page templates that coordinate with the new Board website. Take a look and we think you will be very pleased!
This is Year 4 in the implementation of Full Day Learning in 242 classes and 6 half day classes. This will bring our Board to approximately 71% of schools with Full Day Kindergarten. We are working towards the completion of Year 5. In September 2014 all schools will have Full Day Kindergarten!
We are delighted to share with you that Dufferin-Peel has received recognition from the Institute of Public Administration. This award aims to recognize and encourage innovation throughout all public organizations and across all orders of government. “The purpose of the award is to recognize and publicly celebrate success stories in the public sector, emulating and enhancing the image and thereby fostering innovation”. The award is in recognition of practices and effort related to the development of our High Skills Major programs in our secondary schools. This is an international award, and one that our staff should be very proud of. The information for this award came from the Ministry of Education and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada - The 2013 Innovative Management Gold Award.
As we move into the Advent Season and then on to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our teachers, administrators, school councils and volunteers who will present school concerts, Advent Masses, classroom activities, support for St. Vincent de Paul and our local food banks as well as many other social justice initiatives. We are truly blessed to have our wonderful parish priests who will visit our schools and offer Advent Masses. This is truly the face of Catholic education at its best.
We wish you a very blessed and holy Christmas and all the very best in 2014. God bless.
Congratulations to all of our Honour Roll students and to all of the award winners at last night’s ceremony! We are so proud of your achievements! Both the Honour Roll Breakfast and the Awards Night were a huge success. Thank you to Mrs. Janik-Corvinelli and her team for organizing this huge event.
The following is a list of students who received specialty awards. Specialty Awards grant recognition by people and organizations outside of the school to students who have excelled in areas dealing with academics.
University of Waterloo Mathematics Contests:
The 2013 Pascal (Grade 9), Cayley (Grade 10), and Fermat (Grade 11) Contests were written by a total of approximately 62,000 students from over 1,400 schools. A Certificate of Distinction is awarded to students ranking in the top 25% of all contestants in Canada. A Medal is awarded to the top student (in each grade) at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School.
Grade 11 Fermat Mathematics Contest: Helen Zhang (medal & certificate)
Grade 10 Cayley Mathematics Contest: Joseph Haddad (medal & certificate)
Grade 9 Pascal Mathematics Contest: Tudor Mirtz (medal & certificate)
Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest: Jeremy Gui (medal and certificate) and Ryan Leon (certificate) and Helen Zhang (certificate)
Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest: Hang Cui (medal and certificate)
Catholic Education Foundation Award:
The Catholic Student Award is presented by the Catholic Education Federation of Ontario. It recognizes young people who best exemplify the following Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations:
• A discerning believer in Christ
• An effective communicator- spreading the gospel
• A reflective, creative and holistic thinker – sharing ideas for the betterment of the world
• A self-directed, responsible, life-long learner
• A collaborative contributor
• A caring family member
• A responsible citizen
The two recipients were Caroline Marful and Emma Nastase.
The Principal’s Award is awarded to the students who have achieved the highest average in their grade.
Grade 9 Principal’s Award : Melissa Siqueira
Grade 10 Principal’s Award : Stephanie Rei
Grade 11 Principal’s Award : Ryan Leon
Joe Hugel Award: (Certificate & $100.00)
The Dufferin-Peel Roman Catholic District School Board established the Joe Hugel Award in honour of its first Director of Education in 1983. The award was given to a grade 10 student because government funding of the school system was limited to this grade in its early beginning. The Awards Committee assumed the sponsorship of this award in June of 1996. This award is given to the grade 10 student in every secondary school with the highest overall final average.
The recipient of the Joe Hugel award this year was Stephanie Rei.
An Opportunity for Community Involvement:
Audit Committee Recruitment
Based on direction from the Ministry of Education, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is seeking one volunteer community member with financial expertise and business knowledge to serve on its Audit Committee for a three (3) year term effective February 3, 2014. The primary role of our Audit Committee is to provide assurance to the Board of Trustees that the school board has the appropriate culture, personnel, policies, systems and controls in place to safeguard the school board’s assets and to accurately report financial information to internal and external users. Please see the attachment for more information.
Our Winter Uniform is now Effect.
Only the Long-sleeve Rugby Shirt can be worn
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.