||UPCOMING EVENTS AND IMPORTANT DATES|
CAMPION COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS
St. Edmund Campion invites you to its 7th annual Campion Community Christmas on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Various Christmas-themed activities will be held for children 12 years of age and under. The cost of the event is $2 per child. We are also accepting non-perishable food items for our Christmas food drive. All donations are much appreciated. Please come join us in bringing forth the Christmas spirit. Merry Christmas!
2013-2014 PREMIER'S AWARD FOR ACCEPTING SCHOOLS
On Wednesday November 19, 2014, Minister of Education Liz Sandals announced that St. Edmund Campion is one of 11 recipients of the 2013-2014 Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools across Ontario.
Over 80 nominations were submitted from across the province for the 2013-2014 school year. This award recognizes schools that have demonstrated initiative, creativity and leadership in promoting a safe, inclusive and accepting school climate. St. Edmund Campion has been granted this prestigious award to recognize the exceptional and innovative work being done in the school to create a safe and accepting school environment. A safe, inclusive and accepting environment makes a school a great place to learn!
St. Edmund Campion has been provincially recognized as a school that has demonstrated initiative, creativity and leadership in promoting a safe, inclusive and accepting school climate. Congratulations to the staff, students and parent community for their continued efforts and great success!
To read more, please click on link below:
COLD AND FLU SEASON
As cold and flu season approaches, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board continues to be vigilant in ensuring that our schools are clean and that our school communities are educated regarding good hand hygiene and cough etiquette. These practices are promoted on an ongoing basis, but as the prevalence of colds and flu increases, our board increases the cleaning of contact surfaces, as well as reminds schools to review cold and flu prevention with students and staff. Many resources are utilized from our regional health units.
A reminder, as well, that communicable diseases can be contracted in public places throughout the year. For example, cold-related viruses, such as Enterovirus, are transferred from person to person through hand contact. Cold and flu viruses typically peak from December through February, but can start as early as October.
Regional Health Unit Resources
Please assist us by reviewing good hand washing procedures, as well as other preventative measures, as outlined in the various Peel Health and Wellington Dufferin Guelph (WDG) resources available to you through their websites. As always, children who are unwell, should be kept at home.
Also available on the Peel Health and WDG websites, are the schedules of local Flu Clinics.
For more information, visit the health unit websites:
Direct links to the above information can be found in the Parent Section of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board website at www.dpcdsb.org
STRIVING FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY:
A Message To Parents and Guardians On Our Continued EQAO Success
The recent release of EQAO results for Grades 3 and 6 reading, writing and mathematics, Grade 9 mathematics, and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), show that Dufferin‐Peel has, once again, matched or exceeded the provincial averages in each assessment area. This marks the sixth consecutive year in which the percentage of our elementary students achieving or exceeding the provincial standard has equalled or exceeded the provincial averages. The Grade 9 test results and the OSSLT results represent the fifth straight year in which our secondary students exceeded the provincial performance. In fact, the Dufferin‐Peel secondary results were between 4% and 13% higher than the provincial averages.
These results speak highly of our students and of you, their parents and guardians, who support their education. They are also a clear reflection of the high degree of professionalism and dedication of our teaching and support staff, the commitment of our administrators and of the board of trustees towards supporting all students and ensuring their well‐being and continuous achievement. In addition, they speak to the high level of collaboration, which to us, is reflective of a caring and committed Catholic school system.
EQAO assessments and the OSSLT are just two forms of measurement. In the context of the goals of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations, no single assessment provides a complete picture of student well‐being and/or achievement. However, as EQAO is used throughout the province to indicate student success, we take great satisfaction in our collective efforts to honour results that demonstrate that extraordinary lives are indeed growing with a great Catholic Education here in Dufferin‐Peel.
And, while we reflect with pride on our success, we continue to be collectively committed to our moral purpose of supporting each and every student, from early years to vocation, through the goals outlined in our Strategic Plan, System Strategic Direction, Catholic Board Learning Plan and Catholic Board Corporate Plan.
Congratulations to all on these very positive results and to the ongoing well‐being and success of our students.
Thank you to all parents and guardians for choosing a Dufferin‐Peel Catholic education and for your contribution and support as we work towards the continued success and well‐being of all students.
Mario Pascucci, Chair of the Board
John B. Kostoff, Director of Education
MESSAGE FROM LINDA ZANELLA
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your continued support over the last 17 years.
During my 17 year tenure with Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board, I have worked with the board and the community to open many new schools in Wards 2, 5 & 6. As well, I have advocated, voted for, and worked closely with the board to implement new French Immersion programs, Career Path programs and a secondary regional arts program in our community. I have also served on a committee that brought forward a new five-year Strategic Plan that was recently approved by the board. Our Board EQAO scores have consistently outperformed the Provincial average. We should all be proud of these accomplishments that have benefited our children and future children who will enter the Catholic school system.
As we near the upcoming municipal election, I wanted to let you know that I will not be seeking re-election as your trustee. I will be seeking election as City Councillor in the October 27th municipal election. I am so thankful to have served you and the Brampton community as your trustee since 1997. It has been an honour and privilege to be your representative. Dufferin Peel is a wonderful dynamic school board that has always put children first and I know that Dufferin Peel will continue to serve you as a leading board in the province.
I wish you all the best for a productive school year in 2014 and God bless you always.
Congratulations to all on these very positive results and to the ongoing well‐being and success of our students.
Wards 2, 5 & 6
WELCOME LETTER FROM SUE STEER
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As always, September marks both a beginning and an end. While the suns sets on the summer of 2014, we are once again faced with the promise of a new and fruitful year as the fall beckons us back to St. Edmund Campion Catholic School. For those of you who have relocated over the summer; those who have transitioned to secondary school; those who are excitedly watching their child begin the Full Day Kindergarten experience; and of course, for those who are returning to a familiar school setting...Welcome back, and may peace be with you.
It is my privilege to welcome you to the Brampton West Family of Schools. This is a very active and vibrant Family of Schools where the love of Christ can be found in our hallways, our classrooms and in our daily endeavors. Jesus is indeed the reason for our schools; He is the unseen but ever present teacher in our classrooms. He is the model to our faculty and the inspiration of our students. We will continue to celebrate the gift of Catholic Education this year within the theme of Catholic Education Week: "Exploring Paths of Joy". This reference to the Gospel of Luke 24:32, "The Road to Emmaus", calls us to reflect on the journey taken, the wonder of Jesus' presence within our lives and the joy that is received as we profess and live the Gospel message.
Within our schools we are fortunate to have dedicated staff who have worked diligently to prepare the school and classrooms for learning. I know that your child is being greeted to a classroom that is supported not only by devoted teachers, but also school administrators, administrative assistants, custodians, support staff, bus drivers and crossing guards who have spent many hours preparing for the upcoming school year.
The Brampton West Family of Schools is constantly growing and welcoming new students and their families within our schools. As of August 2014 our population includes 7600 elementary and 4327 secondary students, with new arrivals every day. We consist of 16 elementary schools and 3 secondary schools, all of which are served by extremely dedicated staff who put the needs of every child first and truly believe in the potential of each and every child. Five parishes support our schools' liturgical plans, working in partnership with teachers and students to provide spiritual nourishment and development of our students and their teachers. Our school communities are privileged to be served by three dedicated trustees: Anna da Silva, Linda Zanella and Frank Di Cosola each of whom brings a wealth of experience and a relentless passion for Catholic Education and the success of all students.
As the superintendent to Brampton West, I have the unique blessing to work with your Trustees, Linda Zanella & Frank Di Cosola, the parish teams from Guardian Angels and St. Leonard and the administration and staff of St. Edmund Campion. I look forward to the upcoming year, as I anticipate working with each school team to support your child in meeting their full potential. As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said "We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." You have instilled a sacred trust within the faculty that comprises the Brampton West Family of Schools. Together, we have a rich task before us as we support progress for all learners within each aspect of their educational wellbeing: spiritual, academic, social, emotional and physical.
As we anticipate the successes of the year ahead, I encourage you to remember that each success will be the result of the mutual support and respect that parents and educators show one another. Our students are venturing into a 21st Century world that is, in many ways, unpredictable for the adults who encourage and lead these young individuals. As our students mature we are reminded that their beliefs, ideals and sense of responsibility, friendship and family are constantly challenged and the common values and support we share as role models in their lives will impact greatly on their decisions as they grow into Catholic leaders of the future. We are happily committed to working with our partners to continue to support each child in their quest for knowledge, happiness and, above all, spiritual development that will enable them to be successful citizens within the community.
It is indeed my pleasure to welcome each of you to the Brampton West Family of Schools for the 2014/2015 school year and offer my sincerest prayer that the upcoming year will be one filled with new opportunities to learn, to discover, foster relationships that promote self-respect and dignity and serve one another as we build our Catholic School community together.
All my best for a wonderful school year.
May you know and be richly blessed by the love of God,
Superintendent, Brampton West Family of Schools
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
PAN AM/PARAPAN GAMES VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
In the summer of 2015, the Greater Golden Horseshoe region and GTA will play host to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. The TORONTO 2015 Games will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Canada, with 41 countries and over 10,000 athletes and officials participating. With more than 20,000+ volunteers needed to successfully deliver the Games, TORONTO 2015 will be one of the largest requests for volunteers in Ontario’s history, and is guaranteed to be a once-in-a- lifetime experience. There are volunteer opportunities in areas ranging from press operations, venue management, technology, communications, opening and closing ceremony volunteers and performers and many more!
Apply at TORONTO2015.org/volunteers using code VOLEDUDPCDSB.
SAFE @ ST. EDMUND CAMPION ONLINE REPORTING TOOL
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.
We ask all students to please report any negative incidents that affect your well-being and/or the well-being of your school community by clicking on the link above. The incident may be one that either you have witnessed or experienced yourself.
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-Principal.
ARE YOU TICKED?
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.
ESL (NON-CREDIT) FOR GRADES 9-12
Adult and Continuing Education would like to provide additional supports to our learners of ESL this summer (2014) by offering an opportunity to further practice language development skills. The program focus is building community with an emphasis on student well-being.
This is a non-credit bearing course. It will not be open to non DP students and therefore it is not advertised on the summer school course complement.
If you are an ESL student interested in this opportunity, please click here for more information.
BUS CANCELLATIONS/SCHOOL CLOSING DUE TO BAD 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 FM 99.9
||CHUM AM 1050
||CFTR AM 680|
|CFNY FM 102.1/AM 640
||CJCL AM 590
|CFRB AM 1010
||EZ ROCK FM 97.3
||CJBC (FR) AM 860|
|CHIN FM 100.7
We will be communicating one of four standard messages to the radio stations. The four announcements and their effect on the transportation system are as follows: (Please note that the highlighted text only will be communicated by the radio stations).
- "Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board buses serving St. Andrew, St. Benedict and St. Peter elementary schools and R.F. Hall Secondary School are cancelled for today."
- "The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board buses and the Peel District School Board buses in the Town of Caledon and the County of Dufferin are cancelled."
This means that all runs listed under announcement #l PLUS the following are cancelled:
* All schools in the Town of Caledon and all school runs that begin in the Town of Caledon.
* Individual schools will be notified if this cancellation affects their school.
- "The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Peel District School Board buses are cancelled."
This means that ALL transportation services provided by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and The Peel District School Board, including buses, vans and taxis have been cancelled for the entire day.
- "The schools and offices of both the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Peel District School Board are closed."
This means that ALL Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board ad Peel District School Board schools and offices are closed to all students and staff.
NOTE: For Secondary School students riding Public Transit, cancellation of service will be communicated by the respective transit property over the radio. Please be advised that Public Transit rarely cancels and that the level of service on days with inclement weather is unpredictable.
STUDENT TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS
The Ontario Student Transcript (OST) is the official record of a student's secondary school academic achievement in the province of Ontario. Student records are confidential and transcripts are issued only on the written request of the student or parent/guardian (when student is under 18 years of age) and are subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).
If the last secondary school you attended resided within the Dufferin‐Peel Catholic District School Board and you require your transcript, please use the applicable process outlined here to request your Ontario Student Transcript.
FORMING OUR CATHOLIC VISION FOR LEARNING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
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.
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STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE
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.
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.
Click here for a copy of the Reliable Life Insurance brochure. You may purchase coverage for your child at www.insuremykids.com or by calling toll free at 1-800-463-KIDS (5437).
For more information about the insurance plans that are available through the Reliable Life Insurance Company, please click here.
CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES ACT
In April 2000, the Child and Family Services Act was amended and a new law came into effect concerning our obligation to report concerns about children who may be "in need of protection". As is the Board's practice, we will continue our duty to ensure your child's safety this year.
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HOMEWORK HELP PILOT PROJECT
The ILC operates Homework Help – a website that provides students with access to a variety of math resources, and access to free online tutoring from Ontario Teachers, Sunday to Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Click here for more details about how to utilize this resource.
STOPR: STUDENT TRANSPORTATION OF PEEL REGION
For information regarding student transportation services, bus stop locations and time details please visit www.businfo.stopr.ca.
The instructions for logging on to the site are as follows:
- Click Student Login
- Enter information (Note: Your OEN is your Ontario Educational Number – this can be found on any of your report cards)