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Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
40 Matheson Boulevard West, Mississauga, ON, L5R 1C5, Tel: (905) 890-1221
Extraordinary lives start with a great Catholic education
February 25, 2015
Letter to the Dufferin-Peel Community on the Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum
The Ministry of Education released its updated Health and Physical Education Curriculum Guidelines on Monday, February 23. Our preliminary analysis would indicate that the document is a significant update of the curriculum. Working with the Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO), we will meet the expectations of the Ministry, within our Catholic faith context, in delivering the curriculum to our students.
It is important for parents and guardians to know that, as a publicly funded Catholic board, we teach ALL curriculum through our faith lens. Human development and sexual health is no exception. As Catholics, we understand that parents and guardians are the primary educators of their children and that your role in the teaching of family life issues is pivotal and vital. In our education system, we support this vision through our Fully Alive program. In fact, the vast majority of the revised curriculum is already covered within the Fully Alive program.
For over 35 years, Catholic schools have been teaching a family life program, which covers human development and sexual health. Under the guidance of the Catholic Bishops of Ontario, the Fully Alive program was written to provide a distinct Catholic framework for family life education, which is closely tied to our Religious Education program and embedded across multiple curriculum areas.
All curriculum, including the Health and Physical Education curriculum, is written using specific expectations, so that parents, students and teachers have a clear indication of what is expected of students by the time they finish learning the material at each grade level. Curriculum documents also provide teachers with possible suggestions and examples to illustrate the intended learning. These are NOT mandatory. Teachers support student learning through materials appropriate within the context of a Catholic classroom.
As we do with all curriculum, we will teach the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum through a Catholic lens. Now that the curriculum has been released, the Catholic education community will work to develop resources that support our Catholic teachers and ensure that the curriculum delivered in our classrooms is consistent with our Catholic teachings. The content related to family life will be taught in our
Fully Alive program, which provides its own set of prompts and examples. Be assured, also, that, we will continue to offer a rich, holistic curriculum, which provides a context for healthy sexuality that is shaped by a Catholic worldview.
John B. Kostoff Mario Pascucci
Director of Education Chair
"Commnication is essential to building parent engagement. What parents know and perceive about the school depends on what they see, hear and read." Ontario Ministry of Education
The Online Reporting Tool
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School board has developed a new way to help nurture a safe, caring and inclusive school environment. The Online Reporting Tool is intended for students in grades 3 – 8 who become aware of bullying incidents and negative behaviours. The student can simply ‘click’ on the link found on our school’s website to fill out the report. The report will then be directly emailed to the principal and/or vice principal and will be dealt with accordingly.
It is important to recognize that the Online Reporting Tool is an alternate reporting option. It is best practice to speak directly with a responsible adult at home and/or in the school.
As of September, 2013, ALL VOLUNTEERS on field trips must have a Criminal Reference Check.
This is a free service for all volunteers. The form can be found here:
Please come by the school to have an Administrator authorize the Reference Check before taking it to the Police Station. Copies are also available in the office.
Safety First when dropping students off at school
- Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year, will be held at all Dufferin-Peel Catholic elementary schools on January 26* from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and January 28, 29, 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. *A snow date has been designated on January 27 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
For more information, parents/guardians should contact their school, visit the board website at www.dpcdsb.org, or call the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board at 905-890-1221.
- 2014-15 School Year Calendar
- Student Transportation
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 and in the Kiss and Ride area 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.
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Make Sure Your School Support Designation is English Separate (Catholic)
It’s a powerful message in support of Catholic education
On October 27, you will cast your vote for Catholic school trustee in the Municipal elections. Make your vote count, by ensuring you are registered as an English Separate school supporter.
When you designate yourself as an English Separate school supporter, you help foster a strong political voice, through your elected representative (Trustee), in ensuring your rights to a Catholic education for the young people in our province.
To verify that you are registered as an English Separate school supporter:
- Check the assessment section of your Tax Bill or Property Assessment Notice
- Check your Voter Information Card received by mail during the month of May
We can help you register or change your direction of school support. Contact the Admissions Department at 905-890-0708 ext. 24512.
For more information, visit www.dpcdsb.org
For more information about registration and the Full-Day Kindergarten program, call Sts. Martha and Mary School, 905 624-9625.
All other registrations, parents are asked to contact the school for details.
Daily Scripture Readings http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/inspiration.htm
Peel Health Immunization Records are to be faxed directly to the Region. For fax or telephone information:
Phone: 905 799-7700
Fax: 905 565-0426
Important Message to Parents/Guardians about Immunization
Is Your Child's Immunization Record Up to Date?
The annual screening, which is required by law, ensures children are protected from a number of vaccine preventable disease. All Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board students missing mandatory immunizations (i.e., Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella) on their records will need to update their records, or provide a valid exemption, to avoid suspension.
We, God's people, staff of Sts. Martha and Mary Cathoilic School strive daily to meet all aspects of our vocation, i.e. to teach and learn from each other and our students. We believe that literacy and numeracy are fundamental life skills. We endeavour to teach these essential processes in our classrooms.
About Our School
This school year, 2013-2014, Sts. Martha and Mary is home to 350 students with a staff and faculty of approximately 25. We work in partnership with parents to foster academic excellence as well as the spirtual life of both our students and staff.
Our School Motto is "Striving for Excellence", which reflects our commitment to high academic standards. Gospel values, teachings and beliefs are infused in the daily life of our school. We pride ourselves in our academic achievements and excellent performance in the Provincial Assessments, but especially in the Christ-centred education that we offer our students.