April 15, 2014
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
Dear parents and guardians:
Today, our school was placed in Lockdown as Peel Regional Police investigated an altercation that involved four of our students. One of the students involved was injured and was taken to hospital for treatment.
While the Police investigation is ongoing, our status of Lock Down was lifted by 2:20 pm and students and staff were released on a controlled basis at the end of the school day.
Let me assure you that we work hard to make sure that St. Roch is a safe, caring, and inclusive place to learn and to work and today’s incident notwithstanding, we will continue to strive to achieve that goal each and every day.
The school will have Guidance Consellors and support staff on hand for any students requesting support.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
An Evening of Information for Families of Students with Developmental Disabilities
The Special Education Advisory Committee, through funding from the Parent Reaching Out Grant is offering a series of presentations as listed below:
Understanding Developmental Services Ontario - April 24, 2014
Understanding The Ontario Disability Support Program - May 1, 2014
Planning and Networking for Transitions - May 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5, 2014
For more information please click here to download the information flyers.
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 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.
REMINDER: Parent-Teacher Interviews take place this coming Thursday, April 3 from 6pm to 8:30 pm at St. Roch.
Your child was sent home today with an Interview Request form. Please complete the form, indicating your time preferences and send back to the teacher for scheduling according to your request. We will accommodate as much as possible; appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.
For a copy of the information sent home with your child, click here.
Please be sure to ask your child for the response from all of their teachers, so you have your schedule for the evening before Thursday arrives.
We look forward to seeing you April 3.
Peel Regional Police Social Media Presentation
On April 22nd at 7 p.m. in the school library, School Council is proud to announce that we will be having a presentation by Constable C. Christidis from Peel Regional Police to discuss with parents/guardians and students regarding Social Media and how to protect you and your family.
For further information click here. To register, please contact the school at 905-456-8543 ext 26000.
International Student Exchange Information Night
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic Institute for International Education in collaboration with the Canadian Education Exchange Foundation, are pleased to offer students attending schools in Dufferin-Peel the incredible opportunity to study overseas. There will be an information night on Thursday April 10, 2014. Student Exchange.
Catholic Education Newsletter
On behalf of John Kostoff, Director of Education, please find the 2nd Catholic Update newsletter for the month of February. To access the newsletter, click the link below.
EARTH HOUR 2014
We are pleased to announce that the Board has approved a DPCDSB Earth Hour to be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 between 10.00 and 11.00 a.m.
Earth Hour brings together communities from across the globe celebrating a commitment to the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour. Earth Hour aims to encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world. Individuals, businesses and governments are urged to show leadership on environmental solutions through their actions, to use Earth Hour as a platform to showcase to the world what measures they are taking to reduce their environmental impact. Earth Hour asks everyone to take personal accountability for their impact on the planet and make behavioural changes to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle.
Earth Hour asks people to only turn off the non-essential lights for one hour - not lights that affect public safety. Earth Hour is also a celebration of the planet so it is important to enjoy the moment in a safe environment.
Between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., schools are encouraged to turn off lights where it is safe to do so.
Hallway lights to be reduced to minimal lighting to ensure student and staff safety in accordance with health and safety and emergency preparedness policies and procedures.
Classroom lights to be turned off where this does not adversely disrupt normal classroom teaching.
Gymnasium/Cafetorium/Library lights to be reduced to a minimum to ensure student and staff safety and where reduced lighting does not adversely disrupt normal activities carried on in these areas.
Staff Areas – all non-essential lights to be turned off, including staff lounge, administrative offices and reception area where it does not adversely disrupt normal office duties and workflow and ensures the safety of staff and students.
St. Roch Regional Centre For The Arts
Click here for more information
St. Roch School Council Contact List
An Opportunity For Community Involvement
Audit Committee Recruitment - Information click here
Jostens School Ring
A representative from Jostens will be at our school to take orders on Tuesday, March 18th and Monday, March 24th. They will be available in the matrix during Lunch Times.
Please download the order form here
Registration for the 2014-15 School Year:
Grade 8 students who do not attend one of our Catholic feeder schools are asked to complete a pre-registration package and submit it, along with all necessary documents to the Guidance Office by January 31, 2014 during office hours.
Grade 9-11 students who live in our boundary and wish to attend St. Roch in September are asked to complete a pre-registration package and submit it, along with all the necessary documents to the Guidance Office as soon as possible.
Course Selection for 2014-15
Please go to the Guidance page of this website for more information about online course selection.
Requests for Religious Accommodations
Please click here for information regarding Religious Accomodations.
Transition Programs for Grade 8 Students
Students are more than welcome to attend both:
Get Ready! for Secondary School - August 21, 22, 25, & 26, 2014. Registration form available here.
Link Crew Orientation Day - August 27, 2014
Healthy School Survey
Click here for survey.
2012/2013 Transportation School Bus provided for distances of 4.8km or more. Click here for details.
Brampton Safety Council Newsletter here.
Dufferin-Peel Catholic Institute for International Education
International Student Program
Now Accepting Applications
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is now accepting applications from international students who wish to study in our outstanding elementary and secondary schools.
Education means the world to us.
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) is Ontario’s second largest Catholic school board operating 149 school facilities (including 123 elementary and 26 secondary schools) throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Orangeville. Schools are connected to and supported by Catholic parishes and our faith.
Internationally recognized for excellence in education.
One of the truly defining characteristics of a Dufferin-Peel education is the diversity that comes with having a student body from over 150 countries. We celebrate both our internationalism and the uniqueness of each member of our community - students, staff, parents, and parish. As a school community we are greatly enriched by this diversity.
Opening minds to a better world.
Located just west of the City of Toronto, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and less than a 90 minute drive to Niagara Falls and the U.S. border, Dufferin-Peel is home to the Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest airport with non-stop service to 180 destinations in 60 countries around the world. Plus, the region boasts an extensive network of local and regional train and bus services with direct connections to 16 universities and colleges within a 60 kilometre radius.
Students wishing to apply to our International Education programs are encouraged to visit our website at www.dpcdsb.org/CEC/Programs/International+Students/ or to contact:
Rita Borg, Principal of the International Student Program
(905) 412-3341 Ext. 31460