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									                                  MISSION STATEMENT
                           Halton Catholic District School Board

The Halton Catholic District School Board, in partnership with home and church, is dedicated to
providing excellence in education by developing Faith-centred individuals able to contribute to

                                   PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Welcome to the St. Joseph Catholic School Community within the parish of St. Dominic. St
Joseph’s is a school where we are committed to maintaining the dignity of every individual and
to treating one another with respect.

We encourage our students to take responsibility for themselves and to work and play to the
best of their ability in order to be the best they can be. For inspiration, our students can look to
our patron saint, Joseph, who worked steadily and productively to accomplish the task of taking
responsibility for the welfare of his family, Mary and Jesus.

As parents and guardians of the students at our school, you must know just how important you
are in our efforts to set up an environment in which your children can develop their talents and
gifts. It is only when we all work together that your children will have the confidence to reach for
the fulfillment of their dreams. Your children need encouragement to develop the perseverance
needed to succeed both now and in the future.

While the staff here at St. Joseph School is working to present high standards within the
classroom, nevertheless, it is well documented that the most successful students are the ones
who receive reinforcing encouragement in their home environment. I urge you, as committed
partners in your children’s education, to take an active role in helping your children to manage
their time in order to ensure that homework assignments are assiduously completed. Help them
to realize their potential by increasing their self esteem through the confidence and success
which follow in the wake of a job well done. Your children are worth the time commitment.

Further, I encourage you to become involved in the school as parent volunteers and as active
supporters of the St. Joseph Catholic School Council.

With your cooperation and support, I look forward confidently to a very exciting and productive
year for your children. Together, we can make this a year to remember.

Mrs. Dominick


                   MISSION STATEMENT i

                  PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE i

                    KEEPING IN TOUCH 1
Home-School Communication ………………………………………………..                 1

                CATHOLIC SCHOOL ETHOS 2
A Prayer to St. Joseph …………………………………………………………                  3
Catholic School Council Information …………………………………………           3
School Prayer …………………………………………………………………..                      3
St. Dominic’s Parish ……………………………………………………………                   3
St. Joseph, Patron ……………………………………………………………..                   2

Animals on the School site ……………………………………………………                8
Attendance, Absence Procedures, Safe Arrival Program …………………   8
CD/Tape Players/Radios ………………………………………………………                   11
Intramural/Extramural School Activities ……………………………………...      13
Late Arrivals …………………………………………………………………….                      8
Lost and Found Articles ……………………………………………………….                 12
Lunch Students …………………………………………………………………                       11
Monetary Demands …………………………………………………………….                      12
Parking …………………………………………………………………………..                         10
Playground Rules ………………………………………………………………                      11
Recess ………………………………………………………………………….                           10
School Bus Transportation …………………………………………………….                9
School Dress ……………………………………………………………………                        12
School Hours ……………………………………………………………………                        6
St. Joseph’s Shining Stars …………………………………………………….               12
Student Dismissal-Parent Pick-up Procedures ……………………………..      9
Telephone Use …………………………………………………………………                        10
Transportation of Students-Insurance Notice ……………………………….      10
Visitors and School Security …………………………………………………..             6
Volunteers ………………………………………………………………………                         7
Yard Supervision ……………………………………………………………….                     11

                  STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT 14
Discretionary Suspension/Expulsion Circumstances ………………………   18
Mandatory Suspension/Expulsion Circumstances …………………………      17
Preparation for Class and In-Class Conduct ……………………………….     25
Punctuality ………………………………………………………………………                      20
Range of Consequences ………………………………………………………                  16
Regular Attendance ……………………………………………………………                   19
Respect for Authority ………………………………………………………….                21
Respect for Property …………………………………………………………..                24
Respect for Self and Others …………………………………………………..            22
Safety ……………………………………………………………………………                         23
School Dress ……………………………………………………………………                      26
Standards of Behaviour ………………………………………………………..               14

                 HEALTH, SAFETY AND MEDICAL 27
Bicycle Safety …………………………………………………………………..                   31
Child Protection and Child Abuse Reporting ………………………………..    27
Communicable Diseases ……………………………………………………..                 28
Emergency School Closure …………………………………………………...              31
Fire Evacuation & Wearing Shoes in School ………………………………..     32
Grade 7 Hepatitis Immunization Program …………………………………...      32
Immunization ……………………………………………………………………                      29
Medication ………………………………………………………………………                       29
Pediculosis-Head Lice …………………………………………………………                 30
Public Health Nurse ……………………………………………………………                  29
Sick/Injured Students ………………………………………………………….                27
Skateboards, Scooters and Roller Blades …………………………………..      32
Student Medical Information Update …………………………………………          29

                      ACADEMIC CONCERNS 33
Combined/Split Classes ……………………………………………………….                33
Excursions and Field Trips ……………………………………………………              34
Physical Education ……………………………………………………………..                 34
Program Materials ……………………………………………………………...                 33
                           HOMEWORK 36
How to Help your Child Become Better in Math ……………………………     38
How to Help your Child Become a Better Reader ………………………….    37
How to Help your Child Become a Better Writer ……………………………    39
Spelling Styles Chart …………………………………………………………..               40
Work Habits and Homework ………………………………………………….                36

                     KEEPING IN TOUCH

                         HOME-SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

1. As partners in a child’s education, teachers and parents need to understand one
   another’s goals and aspirations for the children we jointly educate. We strongly urge
   parents to share information and concerns about their youngsters’ schooling. Take full
   advantage of “Meet-the-Teacher/Curriculum” nights, Interviews, and Education Week.

2. If you have questions concerning programme, curriculum requirements, or methods of
   evaluation for courses, please contact your child’s teacher.

3. Should problems arise, please first address these with your child’s teacher. In the
   event that the collective best efforts of parents, students, and staff have not resolved the
   concern, please contact the Principal.

4. A monthly newsletter will be sent home with the youngest or only child of each family at
   the beginning of each month. If you do not receive this information, check your child’s
   school bag or phone the office to request a copy.

5. On curriculum night, your child’s teacher will provide details about the pattern,
   modalities, and frequency of home/school communications particular to the class.


                                 SAINT JOSEPH

Everything we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus comes from
Scripture and that has seemed too little for those who made up legends about him.

We know he was a carpenter, a working man, for the sceptical Nazarenes ask about Jesus, "Is
this not the carpenter's son?" (Matthew 13:55). He wasn't rich for when he took Jesus to the
Temple to be circumcised and Mary to be purified he offered the sacrifice of two turtledoves or a
pair of pigeons, allowed only for those who could not afford a lamb (Luke 2:24).

We know Joseph was man of faith, obedient to whatever God asked of him without knowing the
outcome. When the angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him the truth about the child Mary
was carrying, Joseph immediately and without question or concern for gossip, took Mary as his
wife. When the angel came again to tell him that his family was in danger, he immediately left
everything he owned, all his family and friends, and fled to a strange country with his young wife
and the baby. He waited in Egypt without question until the angel told him it was safe to go back
(Matthew 2:13-23).

We know Joseph loved Jesus. His one concern was for the safety of this child entrusted to him.
Not only did he leave his home to protect Jesus, but upon his return settled in the obscure town
of Nazareth out of fear for his life. When Jesus stayed in the Temple we are told Joseph (along
with Mary) searched with great anxiety for three days for him (Luke 2:48). We also know that
Joseph treated Jesus as his own son for over and over the people of Nazareth say of Jesus, "Is
this not the son of Joseph?" (Luke 4:22)

We know Joseph respected God. He followed God's commands in handling the situation with
Mary and going to Jerusalem to have Jesus circumcised and Mary purified after Jesus' birth. We
are told that he took his family to Jerusalem every year for Passover, something that could not
have been easy for a working man.

Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus' public life, at his death, or resurrection, many historians
believe Joseph probably had died before Jesus entered public ministry.
Joseph is also patron of the universal Church, fathers, carpenters, and social justice.

We celebrate two feast days for Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary; and May 1
for Joseph the Worker.

There is much we wish we could know about Joseph -- where and when he was born, how he
spent his days, when and how he died. But Scripture has left us with the most important
knowledge: who he was -- "a righteous man" (Matthew 1:18).

                                A PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

Saint Joseph, patron of the universal Church, watch over the Church as carefully as you
watched over Jesus; help protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted son. Amen

                                    SCHOOL PRAYER

As part of our morning exercises led by designated students, the following prayer is said as a
school community. May we suggest having your child(ren) share this prayer with you.

                                      MORNING OFFERING

                                               Lord Jesus,
                                  I give you my hands to do your work.
                                    I give you my feet to go your way.
                                  I give you my eyes to see as you do.
                              I give you my tongue to speak your words.
                           I give you my mind that you may think in me.
                            I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.
                                                Above all,
                            I give you my heart that you may love in me.
                        I give you my whole self that you may grow in me.

In addition to this Morning Prayer, there will be a school closing prayer just prior to dismissal.

                                 ST. DOMINIC’S PARISH

                        2415 Rebecca Street, Oakville, Ontario L6L 2B1
                Very Rev. Roger Formosi, Pastor, Rev. Victor McNamara (Retired)
                           Mass Times: Sat. 5:30pm - Sun 9 & 11am


What is the Catholic School Council?
It is the group of elected parents, school staff, and appointed members from the Parish and
elsewhere who advise the school administration and the Board on priorities and key issues for
setting the future directions of the school and Board.

What is the main goal of the Council?
Educational improvement for all students within a Catholic framework.

What do Catholic School Councils actually do?
Catholic School Councils advise the school principal and, where appropriate, the School Board
on a variety of matters which include but are not limited to:
   Local school year calendar
   School code of student behaviour
   Program goals and priorities – curriculum and delivery
   School and Board responses to achievement in provincial and Board assessments
   Selection criteria for the position of school principal
   Preparation of school profile
   School budget priorities
   School-community communication
   Reporting to parents
   Extra curricular activities
   School-based services and community partnerships
   Community use of school
   Local co-ordination of services for children and youth
   Development, implementation, and service of Board policies at local level

How often does the Council meet?
We would like to meet monthly during the school year but are required to meet at least four
times a year. Realistically eight meetings per year are what we strive for.

Who nominates candidates?
You nominate yourself.
What is the term of office?
One year.
Is there a campaign at election time?
New legislation in support of school councils requires that a school have the School Council
elected by the 30th day of the new school year. The new Council’s first meeting must occur
within five days of the election returns.
Nominations are posted in the school for the public to read. If you so choose, you may supply a
picture and brief written summary of your background and why you are running. It’s purely
What are the qualifications required, if any?
You must be either of the following:
   The Catholic parent of a Catholic student enrolled in the school
   The non-Catholic parent of a Catholic student
No nominee is required to make any sort of a public declaration of catholicity.
A maximum of 2 non-Catholic parents may be elected provided that they obtain a vote total
which places him/her in the top eight candidate positions on voting day.
The chair of the Council is eventually elected by the elected council members and must be a
Catholic member.

                                    SOME COUNCIL ROLES

Council Members
The members of the school council shall:
   Participate in council meetings;
   Participate in information and training programs;
   Ensure the assumption of the functions of secretary;
   Where the council requires it, ensure the assumption of the functions of treasurer;
   Where the council requires it, appoint the past chair to the council;
   Act as a link between the school council and the community;
   Attend all council meetings regularly;
   Support and promote the decisions reached by council;
   Be of good will working for the common good of the school community.

The chair of the Catholic school council shall:
 Call school council meetings;
 Prepare the agenda for meetings;
 Ensure that proper minutes of meetings are recorded and maintained;
 Participate in information and training programs;
 Communicate with the school principal;
 Ensure regular communication occurs between the council and the school community;
 Consult with senior Board staff trustees, as required;
 Attend or appoint a member to attend the regional meetings.

Please support St. Joseph Catholic School Council. Meeting dates and times are in the
monthly newsletter and on the bulletin board in the school foyer.


                                        SCHOOL HOURS

We start at 8:20 a.m.                  We finish at 2:55 p.m.
a.m. JK/SK finish at 10:55 p.m.       p.m. JK/SK starts at 12:20 p.m

                              VISITORS AND SCHOOL SECURITY

Through newsletters, the Family Handbook, and notices posted in the school, we inform the
community about procedures designed to provide a secure school setting for our students (your
children) and staff. We also confess to how difficult it is to enforce security procedures and still
present an inviting atmosphere. Provincial directives are designed to:

    ensure that all members of the school community …are treated with respect and dignity.;
    promote responsible citizenship through participation in the civic life of the school
    address conflict and difference in a manner characterized by respect and civility;
    promote the safety of people in the schools.

Allowing for the fact that we must uphold the provisions of the Education Act and regulations,
these are our security goals:
     the safety of students, staff and visitors;
     the protection of instructional time.

Consequently, based on revisions to the Education Act regarding access to schools:

Everyone on school property must:
    Identify themselves; and
    State a purpose for being on the site to any teacher, the Administration or
      Secretary when SIGNING IN.

   Except at drop-off and dismissal times, everyone who enters the school playground must
   first identify him/herself to the school office and wear the Visitor’s Badge while on the
   playground. This applies to all recesses

        Signing in does not provide a general permission to visit classrooms or any
         other location in the school. Such permissions are obtained through a teacher or
         the school administration.

        Classrooms and other school facilities may only be visited under the following
         1. as a volunteer by arrangement with the classroom teacher;
         2. as an observer by arrangement with the teacher;
         3. for an interview appointment by arrangement with the teacher;
         4. as a volunteer working by arrangement with a School Council committee;
         5. with the permission of the Principal.

        Discussions with teachers occur, by prior arrangement, outside of
         class/instructional time i.e. before school, after school, at lunch or during
         teacher planning time. Teachers may not be occupied with informal parent
         discussions at the classroom door during the instructional day.

For most people visiting the school regularly, this is all very routine. We will continue to be as
hospitable to our community and community-at-large as we can be without compromising the
safety of your children.

MESSAGES: If students need to receive a message, lunch, or meet directly with someone, they
will be paged to come down to the office. Staff will not release any child to an adult at the
classroom door. This minimizes the disruption of instruction and eliminates the possibility of a
child being released to unauthorized parties.
Parents are to notify the school in writing if someone other than the usual person is picking up a
student. We will not release a student to anyone who is not the usual caregiver unless we
have been informed ahead of time.


Each year, St. Joseph School appeals to the parent community for volunteers. We always have
a very active and involved group of volunteers in our school. Their tireless energy, enthusiasm
and support are greatly appreciated by all staff. It is through their efforts that we can offer
students special events and activities. We invite and encourage you to give consideration to
becoming actively involved in the school as a parent volunteer.

As you are aware, all volunteers in schools must have a completed Police Records Check
(dated within one year). If you are interested in being a parent volunteer, and you have not
received the application for the Police Records Check, please let the office know and we will be
pleased to send a copy home with your child.

                               ANIMALS ON THE SCHOOL SITE

Animals (yes, even the much-loved family pet) are not to be brought on to the school
property. Allergic conditions among students, the problem of animal droppings, and the fear of
animals among some students are just a few reasons for this rule. In addition, animal
behaviour is less predictable under the sort of conditions typical of a school playground
and no child should be at risk of a bite or an attack from an animal brought on to the
school site.
Animals may only be brought into the school building with the prior permission of the
Permission for bringing an animal into the school will only be granted under the following
    That no child in the class or vicinity is allergic to animals;
    That no other risk is posed to students, staff or volunteers by the presence of the animal
        in the school;
    That the animal is secured or contained as appropriate for the safety of students, staff,
        volunteers or guests and for the humane treatment of the animal;
    That the presence of the animal supports an aspect of the curriculum;
    That the animal will in the school for only as long as is required to serve the purpose.

In the event that a student, staff, or parent is served by a guide dog, the person and animal will
be accommodated to the fullest extent possible without compromising the safety of anyone else
required to be on the school site.


    Students are expected to attend school on each day of the school year.
    The Education Act allows that students may be excused from attendance for limited
     periods of time with the permission of the school Principal. Please contact the
     Principal in the event that extended absences are planned.
    Please report student late arrivals and absences before 8:00 a.m. on the first day of
     absence. Our answering machine is always on for your convenience. When calling,
     please state your child’s name, grade, teacher, the reason for absence and expected
     duration of absence.

Our Safe Arrival Program helps to ensure that all children arrive safely at school. By calling in
advance of your child’s absence, you are saving us the precious time required to locate a
missing child (should this occur). By working hand-in-hand with us, hopefully such an
event will not occur. However, we can’t do it without you. Please call!

                                    LATE ARRIVALS

All students from JK to grade 8 are expected to be on time every day!
Students, who arrive after the bell, either morning or afternoon, are late.

Before going to the classroom, students arriving late need to get an admit to class slip from the
office. Teachers will not admit a student to class without an admit to class slip.

Parents may not bring a child directly to the classroom when the child is late since:
    all adults require a Visitor badge to be in the school;
    classes may not be interrupted by the teacher having to attend at the classroom door;
     regardless of the reason, the student is late and the reason must be provided to the
      school office.
Punctual attendance, on all school days, is required from all students. Parents will be contacted
by phone or in writing in the event that students routinely arrive late for school.


To ensure the safety of staff, students and visitors to our school, we seek your co-operation in
following both lunch hour and 2:55p.m. dismissal procedures as outlined below:
      Rain or shine, parents/guardians, who routinely pick up children at lunch and/or dismissal
        time, are reminded to wait outside the yellow gate/fenced area. A large influx of
        people inside the school at dismissal times adds to the hallway congestion. It is difficult
        for staff to supervise properly and to keep track of students under these conditions. We
        have a supervisory obligation to all of our children, most of whom are not met by
        parents at school dismissal.
     Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

JK/SK parents may pick up their children at the JK/SK playground.

Main Building Classes will exit through their designated area.

Portables Classes dismiss directly to the playground.

                              SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION

Students living within a distance of 1.6km of the school are required to walk.
However, when supported by appropriate medical documentation, a student may be provided
with special transportation arrangements.

Parents are responsible for the safety and behaviour of their children prior to bus pick-up and
after disembarking from the bus at the end of the day. Since school bus transportation is a
privilege and not a right, students may be denied bus privileges for misconduct.

Students are expected:
    to arrive on time at their designated stop. NOTE: students who miss their bus are not
      permitted to ride on another bus.
    to get on and off the bus in an orderly manner;
    to be seated during the entire trip to school or home;
    to keep all of themselves and any belongings inside the bus at all times;
    to conduct themselves in such a way as not to create any disturbance for the driver
    to ride only on the bus to which they have been assigned. There is a ceiling on the
      number of students who can safely ride on a school bus. Numbers are monitored
      to stay within acceptable limits. Consequently, the use of an alternate bus may
      only occur when prior arrangements have been made with the school office.
    To refrain from eating and drinking on the bus.

Fighting, profanity, spitting, and disrespect to the driver are forbidden and subject to immediate
disciplinary action. All of the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct apply to students
travelling on the school bus.


    The Halton Catholic School Board requires all authorized volunteer drivers of students to
     have a minimum of $1,000,000.00 third party liability insurance coverage.
    The Board does not authorize student drivers to transport other students.
    For the protection of your child against a minimally insured third party, the Board
     recommends that the volunteer driver obtain the Family Protection Endorsement “SEF
     Number 44” on their vehicle.

In addition to the above, Volunteer Drivers are required, by the Halton Catholic District School
Board, to complete and return, prior to driving students, an Authorization to Transport Students
Participating in School Event(s) form which can be picked up at the office.


A Reminder to Parents
The semi-circular driveway is to be used ONLY by school buses and as a fire route. There is no
parking, no stopping, and certainly no standing in this area for obvious safety reasons. When
you drive into the school parking lot, we ask that that you follow the yellow arrows indicating the
proper direction. In the main parking area we ask that you use the designated parking spots
and do not stop in other areas as it impedes the flow of traffic.

No one’s convenience will be put ahead of the safety of our students, staff and

                                       TELEPHONE USE

The office telephone is required for conducting the business of the school. It is important for
the school to be accessible by phone during the school day. Consequently, students are
permitted to use the office phone only for educational purposes or medical emergencies.
Students are not permitted to use the office phone to discuss anything that should have been
planned or considered the previous evening (e.g. visiting a friend, staying for games, requesting
forgotten assignments etc.).

The pay phone in the gym hallway is available for emergency use and can only be used with
permission from the classroom teacher.

All school phones in this Board have been placed on an automated phone answering service. If
all of the school phone lines are in use, the answering service will take your call. The messages
from the service are picked up as time allows. So, if you must speak to someone promptly,
you will need to make repeated calls. We apologize for this inconvenience.


Recess breaks serve a special purpose in the school routine and except in unusual cases
(e.g. allergies) students should not be excused from going outside.
Students who are too sick to go outside are too sick to be in the school and in the
classroom with other students. These students should be cared for at home.

                                      LUNCH STUDENTS

Students who stay for lunch are under the school’s supervision and are not permitted to leave
the grounds without written permission from their parents.

At the beginning of the year, you are asked to indicate what the usual pattern of lunchtime
attendance will be for your child. Please complete the required form indicating whether your
child(ren) will be staying at school for lunch or going home. This form will be kept on file. If you
wish to vary from the stated pattern on a special day, please send a note to the teacher.
Students who leave the school site without proper permission are subject to consequences
under the Student Code of Conduct for the school.

                                      YARD SUPERVISION

JK/SK students: Supervision is provided on the Creative Playground 15 minutes prior to the
start of both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Gr. 1-8 students: Supervision of the school playground is provided 30 minutes before the
beginning of morning classes; during the recess and lunch periods of the school day; and 15
minutes after dismissal at the end of the school day.

                                     PLAYGROUND RULES

All students are asked to be vigilant regarding the safety of those around them.
With this in mind, the following rules have been established at our school:

Students must:
    obtain a pass from staff to enter the school once dismissed for recess;
    play in the designated areas;
    avoid out-of-bounds areas;
    play with large sports balls, (footballs, soccer balls) on the field only;
    observe the requirements of the Student Code of Conduct at all times, especially with
      respect to rough play, fighting, bullying, and harassment. All of the forgoing will occasion
      a call to parents, written documentation of the incidents and consequences applied as
      appropriate under the Code of Conduct, up to and including police involvement when

When the field is open playing basketball is allowed on the pavement area.

When the field is closed due to unsafe conditions, playing with large sport balls is not permitted
on the pavement area due to the resulting crowded conditions.

                                 CD/TAPE PLAYERS/RADIOS

These items are to be left at home. The cost of these items is appreciable. The school does
not assume responsibility for securing, storing, or replacing these items or the software that is

                                LOST AND FOUND ARTICLES

Each year many sweaters, mitts, boots, runners, etc. are lost by students, and may never
claimed. We urge parents to write children’s names on their clothing. In the event that
names cannot be found, articles of clothing are placed in the lost and found bins located at the
foot of the stairs near the computer lab. Articles other than clothing should be turned into the
office. At the end of each term, unclaimed articles are turned over to charitable organizations.

                                       SCHOOL DRESS

If the school is to be a special place where the community can expect a standard of excellence,
and where the students are to develop a sense of dignity and a seriousness about learning, then
it follows that our style of dress should reflect that standard. Bearing in mind that this is a
Catholic School, the following is the dress code at St. Joseph:

    Clothing with inappropriate logos, sayings, and pictures are not acceptable at school.

    Shirts must have sleeves covering the shoulders and shirtwaists must tuck into the
     waistband of the pants, shorts or skirts being worn. No bare midriffs. Cut-off
     shorts/shirts and torn jeans are not to be worn at school.

    Pants are to be worn at the waist. Undergarments should not be visible.

    Physical education clothing should provide appropriate coverage for comfortable, modest
     and safe movement during activities. Clothing which is either too baggy or too tight is not

    Shorts should be of modest cut and proportion.

    No clothing or decoration associated with gang membership is permitted on school
     ground or school sponsored functions.

    Caps are not to be worn in the school building.

The co-operation of our students is very much appreciated in this matter.

                                    MONETARY DEMANDS

Some out-of-school excursions may require parents to pay transportation and activity fee costs.
We will strive to keep to a minimum the monetary demands that we might make from time to
time. Please let us know if you have difficulty meeting such demands. No child will be excluded
from an educational experience for monetary reasons.

                             SAINT JOSEPH’S SHINING STARS

This is an incentive program designed to encourage students to be the best they can be both
behaviourally and academically. Staff members will write a student’s name on a prepared piece
of paper when they observe an act of kindness, an excellent effort or achievement on the part of
the student. It is rather like getting a ticket for doing a good thing. At the end of the week, the
shining stars will have a chance to win a prize. Prizes can be anything from school supplies to
special treats.


We have a number of staff members who give freely of their recess/lunch breaks as well as after
school time to run a variety of activities. We are grateful for their donation of time, talent, and

We anticipate organizing a number of activities that will provide opportunities for our students to
participate for the sheer enjoyment and to represent us in competition.

We will inform you and your children of these activities as they are established.

Please encourage your children to participate and show school spirit.



                       STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR
The Halton Catholic District School Board is dedicated to providing and enhancing a Catholic
community of learning in which students will be afforded reasonable opportunities to achieve
their potential in spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical and social development. It is the
expectation of the Board that students will respond positively to this policy and act accordingly.

The Halton Catholic District School Board expects staff, students and community members
involved in school programmes and school and Board authorized activities to exhibit behaviour
which complies with:
       (i)      the Halton Catholic District School Board Code of Conduct;
       (ii)     the standards of Behaviour in the Ontario Code of Conduct;
       (iii)    Halton Catholic District School Board Policies II-30, II-12(a), II-12(b);
       (iv)     the Education Act as amended by the Safe Schools Act, 2000.
       1.       To be respected in both person and conscience as a child of God;
       2.       To learn in a safe, orderly and stimulating Catholic environment;
       3.       To have reasonable access to the facilities and equipment of the school;
       4.       To participate in appropriate programs offered by the school;
       5.       To be conscientiously instructed by the teaching staff.

        1.      To participate fully in the religious life of the school, including the celebration of
                liturgy, Religious Education courses, and related activities.
        2.      To develop personal skills and talents to serve God, and thereby his/her neighbour.
        3.      To contribute positively to the Catholic climate of the school and exhibit the
                responsibilities of citizenship.
        4.     To respect themselves as well as the person and the rights of all members of the
               school community and community-at-large.
        5.     To respect, obey and cooperate with all adults in positions of authority in the
               school community.
        6.     To comply with all school expectations and regulations respecting student
        7.     To use language that is appropriate to their dignity as Catholics.
        8.     To adhere to the school dress code.
        9.     To respect the school property and property of others at all times.
       10.     To be in attendance and punctual at all classes and scheduled activities, ready to
           learn with the materials required for full participation.
       11.     To refrain from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of
       12.     To exercise self-discipline and be accountable for their actions based on age and
               individual ability.
Principals, under the direction of the Board and appropriate senior staff, take a leadership role in
the daily operation of a school. They provide this leadership by:
      demonstrating care and commitment to academic excellence and a safe teaching and
       learning environment;
      holding everyone, under their authority, accountable for their behaviour and actions;
      communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community.
Teachers and school staff, under the leadership of their principals, maintain order in the school
and are expected to hold everyone to high standards of respectful and responsible behaviour. As
role models, staff uphold these high standards when they:
      help students work to their full potential and develop their self-worth;
      communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
      maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students;
      demonstrate respect for all students, staff and parents;
      prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship.
Parents play an important role in the education of their children and have a responsibility to
support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for
all students. Parents fulfil this responsibility when they:
      show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress;
      communicate regularly with the school;
      help their child be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school;
      ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
      promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival;
      become familiar with the School Code of Conduct and school rules;
      encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour;
      assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues.

Police and community members are essential partners in making our schools and communities
safer. Community members need to support and respect the rules of their local schools. Police
investigate incidents in accordance with the protocol developed with the local school board.
These protocols are based on a provincial model developed by the Ministry of the Solicitor
General and the Ministry of Education.

                               RANGE OF CONSEQUENCES

The development of the Code of Conduct for Halton Catholic Schools, includes a clear outline of
realistic and effective consequences for failure to meet the expectations. Interventions to help
students develop self discipline will be administered to meet their individual needs.

Parents, students, school staff and administrators are strongly encouraged to invest themselves in
collaborative approaches to the resolution of behaviour concerns.

The following are basic interventions and strategies that may be initiated by a teacher and/or
administrator. This list is not inclusive nor does it imply that each consequence must be
exercised before moving to subsequent consequences. It is important to note that these
consequences may not be applicable as responses to offences that require mandatory
       (a)     Informal interview with the student;
       (b)     Verbal or written explanation of behaviour by the student (Think Paper);
       (c)     Formal interview with the student;
       (d)     Parental involvement: phone call, correspondence, interview;
       (e)     Involvement of school support staff; (e.g., C.Y.C.)
       (f)     Peer counselling;
       (g)     Detention of student as appropriate;
       (h)     Removal of the student from the classroom to an alternate setting within the
               school with supervision;
       (i)     Referral to Special Education team;
       (j)     Removal of bussing privileges;
       (k)     Removal of privileges to attend school related activities or programs;
       (l)     Utilization of a behavioural, attendance or performance contract;
       (m)     Expectation that the student/parent make restitution;

       (n)          Involvement of, or referral to, outside agencies (e.g., Childrens Aid Society,
       (o)          Suspension as set out in accordance with the Education Act and Board Policy and
       (p)          Expulsion in accordance with the Education Act and Board Policy and Procedure.

Notwithstanding the above, the principal will take immediate and appropriate action in any
situation involving the welfare of others.


Breaches of conduct which pose serious challenges to safety and the positive learning and
working climate promoted by the Board, fall under the provisions of the Safe Schools
Policy II-30, II-12 (a), II-12 (b), the Education Act and the Ontario Code of Conduct pertaining to
mandatory consequences.

            It is mandatory that a student be suspended for committing any of the following
             infractions while at school or engaged in a school related activity. Police will be
             contacted as determined by the Principal as appropriate.

             i)        Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;
             ii)       Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs;
             iii)      Being under the influence of alcohol;
             iv)       Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;
             v)        Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school
                       property at the student’s school or to property located on the premises of the
                       student’s school;
             vi)       Possession of a replica of a prohibited weapon.

            The following infractions committed by a student shall result in a mandatory
             suspension proceeding to an Expulsion Hearing. Only the principal shall suspend for
             these actions and Police shall be contacted by the Principal:

             i)        Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm;
             ii)       Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person;
             iii)      Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm
                       requiring treatment by a medical practitioner;
             iv)       Committing sexual assault;
             v)        Trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs;
             vi)       Committing robbery;
             vii)      Giving alcohol to a minor;
             viii)     Threatening with a replica of a prohibited weapon.


   The infractions which may result in a discretionary suspension include but are
    not limited to:

    i)      Infractions where the student’s conduct off school property adversely
            affects the moral tone of the school and have a nexus to the school;
    ii)     Persistent truancy;
    iii)    Persistent opposition to authority;
    iv)     Habitual neglect of duty;
    v)      The wilful destruction of school property;
    vi)     The use of profane or improper language;
    vii)    Conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school including but not
            limited to: theft, academic dishonesty, inappropriate use of school
            property including electronic and/or voice mail systems;
    viii)   Conduct injurious to the physical or mental well-being of others in the
            school including but not limited to: fire setting, bullying or
            intimidation, hazing activities, harassment, verbal abuse, extortion,
            possession of an explosive substance;
    ix)     Distribution of hate material;
    x)      Smoking on school property.

      EXPECTED                    REASONS FOR                       STUDENT                      PARENT                      SCHOOL              RANGE OF
STUDENT BEHAVIOUR             EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR                RESPONSIBILITIES             RESPONSIBILITIES                                  CONSEQUENCES

  Regular Attendance

   You are expected to        Good attendance is             Attend school.                Ensure that your           Keep accurate           If you are absent
   attend school regularly.   essential if you are to be                                   child gets proper          attendance records.     from school without
                              successful in school.          Assume responsibility for     rest and nutrition.                                permission your
   You are not permitted                                     school assignments missed                                Determine reasons       parents will be
   to leave the school        Your parents are vitally       when absent.                  Dress your child           for absences.           notified and you
   grounds during the day     interested in your academic                                  according to                                       may be required to
   without parental           success and therefore, in      Report to the office if you   seasonal weather.          Notify parents          make up time.
   consent.                   your attendance at school.     do not feel well at school.                              when a child
                                                                                           Care for your child        becomes ill.            If truancy persists,
   You are not permitted      Communication from             If you have to leave school   at home when fever or                              you will be referred
   to leave without           home is essential if you are   during the day, you will      other signs of illness     Notify parents if we    to the Principal.
   notifying the              absent to ensure us that       need a note signed by a       are evident.               suspect truancy.
   administration.            nothing happened to you        parent, or a phone call to                                                       Failure to comply
                              on the way to school.          excuse you from school.       Phone the school if        Report frequent         with these
                                                                                           your child is to be        absence to the parent   expectations will
                              There is a legal                                             absent. Please call                                result in
                              requirement to attend                                        before 8:00 a.m.           Report frequent         consequences as
                              school at this level.                                                                   absence to the          outlined in the
                                                                                           Listen to radio stations   Principal               Range of
                                                                                           for reports of                                     Consequences.
                                                                                           inclement weather and
                                                                                           school and

                        REASONS FOR             STUDENT                 PARENT               SCHOOL            RANGE OF
                                         IES                                           ES

                                                                                      Ensure that your child     Record lateness.          Sometimes lateness,
You are expected to be   Punctuality is a good habit          Be on time for
                                                                                      leaves for school with                               infrequent and
on time for school and   which will be expected of you        school and for
                                                                                      sufficient time to be      Report frequent           unavoidable, can be
classes.                 both on the job and in your          classes.
                                                                                      punctual.                  lateness to the parent.   excused
                         personal relationships.
                                                              Don’t fool around
                                                                                      Encourage punctuality.     Report frequent           If you are repeatedly
                         Punctuality shows respect and        going to school.
                                                                                                                 lateness to the           late, you will be
                         consideration for others.
                                                                                      For your child’s safety,   Principal.                required to make up
                                                              When late, report to
                                                                                      phone the school if your                             time.
                         If you are late for class, you       the office before
                                                                                      child will be late.        Admit students to
                         inconvenience the teacher and        going to class.
                                                                                                                 class when late.          If you continue to be
                         your classmates.
                                                                                                                                           late, your parents will
                         Being late for class may result in
                                                                                                                                           be notified of your
                         missing essential information.
                                                                                                                                           tardiness and asked to
                                                                                                                                           assist the school in
                         Children are unsupervised when
                                                                                                                                           helping you to achieve
                         late. (No one to walk with, no
                                                                                                                                           the habit of
                         crossing guards.)

                                                                                                                                           Failure to comply with
                                                                                                                                           these expectations will
                                                                                                                                           result in consequences
                                                                                                                                           as outlined in the
                                                                                                                                           Range of

      EXPECTED                    REASONS FOR                   STUDENT                      PARENT                       SCHOOL                   RANGE OF
                              EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR                 STUDENT
                                                            RESPONSIBILITIES                  PARENT
                                                                                         RESPONSIBILITIES                   SCHOOL
                                                                                                                      RESPONSIBILITIES              RANGE OF
 Respect for Self and
 Others                      Every person has the          Respect the right of        Encourage your child to      Respect the fundamental     The use of profane
 Respect for Authority      It is necessary to school
                             right to expect a            Respect teachers, staff
                                                           staff and fellow            Encourage your child
                                                                                       respect the rights of        Approach the education
                                                                                                                    rights of all people.       Failure to comply with
                                                                                                                                                or improper
 You are expected to        provide an orderly is free
                             environment that             and all otherapersons
                                                           students to school             respect the rights of
                                                                                       fellow school.
                                                                                       toin thestudents, staff      of the student in a just    these expectations will
                                                                                                                                                language is a
   You are expected to
 demonstrate                learning environment.
                             from fear, harassment,        environment which is        fellow students, staff
                                                                                       and others.                  and fair manner.
                                                                                                                    Exercise such discipline,   result in consequences
                                                                                                                                                suspendible offence.
   comply with in
 Catholic valuesthe rules   injury, distractions and       free the fear,
                                                          Obeyfrombus driver           and others.                  as would a kind, firm       as outlined in the
   listed others school
 helping in the in the     Throughout your life, you
                            prejudice.                    while travelling on a
                                                           harassment, injury,         Encourage self-respect.      Provide an appropriate
                                                                                                                    and judicious parent.       Range of comply
                                                                                                                                                Failure to
   Student Code of
 school community.         will have to respect the       school bus. and
                                                           distractions                Provide an appropriate       role model.                 Consequences
                                                                                                                                                with these
   Conduct.                authority of people who,
                            Each person has the            prejudice.                  role model.
                                                                                       Provide a home               Model respect and           expectations will
 You must treat            because of their position,
                            right to develop              Obey the rules of the        environment that helps a     Promptlyto others
                                                                                                                    courtesy notify parents     A pattern of
                                                                                                                                                result in
   You are expected to
 everyone with respect     have been given the right
                            physically, intellectually,   school as outlined in
                                                           Be respectful and           Communicate and work
                                                                                       child to be clean in         of any behaviour
                                                                                                                    consistent with values      progressive as
   follow theand value all and responsibility to
 and dignity    safety      emotionally, spiritually      the Studentto other
                                                           courteous Code of           co-operatively with the
                                                                                       person, language and         problems on the bus.
                                                                                                                    promoted by the             consequences
                                                                                                                                                outlined in the
   rules for their gender, impose that authority.
 personsestablished by      and socially.                 Conduct.
                                                           people.                     school.
                                                                                       habits.                      Catholic school system.     involving Conse-
                                                                                                                                                Range of
   your school bus
 race, cultural and                                                                                                                             suspensions from
                                                                                                                    The Principal and
 religious heritage.        A student and is clean
                           The school who your            Keep hands and feet to       Encourage respect for
                                                                                       Teach your child to be                                   school bus privileges
                                                                                                                    The Principal hold
                                                                                                                    teachers shall and
                           teachers have the
                            in person, language, and                                   respectful of authority in
                                                                                       all figures and courteous    teachers accountable        is enforced.
                                                          self (HANDS OFF                                           everyone shall hold
   You are expected
 You are expected to to     habits, diligent the
                           authority, under in study,     POLICY).                     society, e.g.,apolice.
                                                                                       to others in manner          everyone accountable
                                                                                                                    for their behaviour and
   respect all staff, and
 use language which is     Education Act, to
                            co-operative and                                           consistent with values       for their
                                                                                                                    actions. behaviour and
   any other person
 appropriate and           impose certain
                            courteous, demonstrates                                    Review the School Code
                                                                                       promoted by the              actions.
                                                          Be clean in person,
   working in
 maintains thethe           self-respect on respect
                           requirementsand you for
                                                          language and habits.
                                                                                       of Conduct with your
                                                                                       Catholic school.
   school or atpersons in academic diligence and
 dignity of all             for others.                                                children.
 the school. activities.   proper behaviour.
                             Respect for others is a
 Coarse, profane or         All individuals deserve
                             trait that makes it
 vulgar language and        courtesy, consideration
                             possible for students to
 gestures or taking         and respect.
                             get along with peers
 God’s name in vain          and others.
 are unacceptable.

     EXPECTED                    REASONS FOR                STUDENT                       PARENT                   SCHOOL                     RANGE OF

                             Students have a right to                            Provide personal            Designate out of bounds     You may be refused
                                                        Care for and store
You are expected to          learn in a safe and                                 property which is easily    areas.                      use of equipment,
                                                        personal property so
conduct yourself in such     orderly environment.                                and safely stored.                                      facilities and access to
                                                        that it poses no
a manner as to promote                                                                                       Provide for adequate        play with fellow
                                                        hazard to anyone
safe use of building and                                                         Encourage consideration     supervision of the          students where
property.                                                                        for the safety ofself and   school site during the      behaviour is actually or
                                                                                 others.                     school day.                 potentially unsafe.
                                                        Play in designated
You are expected to
(i) avoid out of bound                                                           Review the “ Hands          Teach the “Hands Off”       Parents will be
areas;                                                                           Off” policy of the          policy to students and      contacted by phone or in
                                                        Do not play games of
(ii) refrain from                                                                school with your child      review it regularly.        writing concerning
                                                        physical contact or
rough play;                                                                                                                              rough play.
                                                        games which pose a
(iii) keep your hands                                                            Review with your child      Designate playground
                                                        risk of injury to
and feet to yourself.                                                            safety notices sent home    areas to students as        Repeated instances of
                                                        fellow students, staff
                                                                                 from school.                appropriate for age, size   rough play or unsafe
                                                        or visitors.
You are expected to walk                                                                                     and type of activities      conduct may result in
bicycles on the school                                                           Drive safely on school      according to seasonal       suspension from school.
                                                        Make proper use of
grounds.                                                                         property.                   conditions.
                                                                                                                                         Students will be
You are expected not to                                                                                      Impose limits on            expected to pay for
                                                        Report unsafe
use skateboards or inline                                                                                    activities found to be      damage to property
                                                        conditions and
skates on the school site.                                                                                   potentially unsafe.         caused by unsafe
                                                        situations to a
To that end, skateboards,                                                                                                                behaviour.
in-line skates, scooters,                                                                                    Report unsafe situations/
etc. are not to be brought                                                                                   conditions to the           Failure to comply
                                                        Keep valuables at
to school.                                                                                                   Principal.                  with these expectations
                                                                                                                                         will result in
Portable tape or CD                                                                                          The Principal and           consequences as
players and boom boxes                                                                                       teachers shall hold         outlined in the Range of
are not to be brought to                                                                                     everyone accountable        Consequences.
school.                                                                                                      for their behaviour and

    EXPECTED                       REASONS FOR                     STUDENT                     PARENT                  SCHOOL                     RANGE OF
                                                            IES                        IES

Respect for Property
                              The cost of maintaining
                                                            Take care of the           Promote the value       Provide the student with a    Students who damage
                              school buildings, buses
You are expected to take                                    building, its              of respect for public   clean, safe learning          school or personal
                              and supplies is assumed by
care of your personal                                       facilities and all its     and personal            environment.                  property are expected to
                              the taxpayer. Vandalism
property and to leave                                       equipment.                 property.                                             make restitution.
                              increases this cost.
personal      property of                                                                                      Promote the value of
others alone.                                               Do not litter.             Make restitution for    public and private            Destruction of school
                              School custodians
                                                                                       damage to property.     property.                     property may result in
                              maintain the school
In order to keep the                                        Respect the property       Allow this                                            suspension and possible
                              building, keep it in good
building and grounds                                        of the school and of       consequence to          Provide containers for        police action.
                              repair and keep it tidy. It
clean, you are expected                                     fellow students.           affect your child in    litter and recycling.
                              is a waste of their service
to eat in the designated                                                               some way.                                             Students who litter are
                              to be cleaning up messes
lunch area and place all                                    Take care of school                                Collect the replacement       expected to pick up
                              deliberately made by
litter in garbage and                                       textbooks, library         Provide good            cost for lost or damaged      garbage.
recycling containers                                        books, school              models of behaviour     textbooks, library books or
provided.                                                   furniture and              and attitude.           school equipment.             Failure to comply with
                              We need a clean, safe
                                                            consumable                                                                       these expectations will
                              environment in which to
You are expected to use                                     materials.                                                                       result in consequences
                              learn.                                                                           The Principal and teachers
the school grounds,                                                                                                                          as outlined in the
                                                                                                               shall hold everyone
buildings, lockers,                                         Store your                                                                       Range of
                              Students do not like                                                             accountable for their
furniture, equipment and                                    clothes/property in                                                              Consequences
                              having their personal                                                            behaviour and actions.
supplies with care and                                      the appropriate
                              property tampered with by
for their intended                                          places.                                                                          Vandalism causing
                              others. It costs money to
purposes.                                                                                                                                    extensive damage to
                              have things cleaned,
                              replaced or repaired.                                                                                          school property or
School buses, used                                                                                                                           property located on
either for daily travel or                                                                                                                   school premises results
                              Library books, school
for school field trips, are                                                                                                                  in a mandatory
                              books and materials are
to be treated with the                                                                                                                       suspension and possible
                              expensive to replace.
same care as other                                                                                                                           Police involvement.
school property.

    EXPECTED                    REASONS FOR                        STUDENT                  PARENT                            SCHOOL                    RANGE OF
                           BEHAVIOUR                      ES

Preparation for Class      It is essential that you are   Prepare for each class.    Promote a positive               Supply the necessary         When work is not
And In-Class Conduct       well prepared for class in                                attitude towards school by       materials.                   completed as expected
                           order to ensure that both      Have appropriate           supporting and encouraging                                    the teacher may:
You are expected to:       teacher and students can       change of clothing.        your child’s academic            Provide clear, concise
                           focus on the lesson.                                      progress and social              expectations.                (a) contact parents;
(a) Be prepared for                                       Have the notebooks,        development.
each class;                Well-prepared students         textbooks and                                               Encourage excellence.        (b) set a parent/
                           generally achieve better       materials that your        Provide an appropriate place                                  teacher/ student
(b) Have the notebooks,    results.                       teachers have              and time for work and study at   Assist students in           conference;
textbooks and materials                                   indicated are              home.                            developing good study
that your teachers have    It is reasonable to set        necessary.                 Demonstrate an active/           and organizational habits.   (c) curtail privileges
indicated are necessary;   limits on talking and                                     positive interest in the work                                  in order to make
                           movement in the class-         Have any assigned          your child does at home and      Set reasonable                time to complete
(c) Have assigned          room in order to achieve       homework completed.        at school.                       expectations for              work;
homework completed on      the academic goals of the                                                                  completion of work.
due dates;                 lesson.                        Hand in assignments        Discuss daily events at
                                                                                     school with your                                              (d) arrange to detain
                                                          on their due dates.                                         Promptly communicate          the student during or
(d) Be prepared to put     Students must honestly                                    children, including tests,       expectations and concerns
                                                                                     projects, assignments and                                      after the school day
forth an honest effort.    involve themselves in the      Be prepared for tests.                                      to parents.                   to finish work.
                           academic program.                                         special events.
You are expected to                                       Work diligently at         Read to your children.                                        Academic dishonesty
conduct yourself                                          your programs.                                                                           may result in a grade
according to class                                                                   Encourage daily preparation
                                                                                     for each class.                                               of zero.
rules and teacher                                         Give an honest effort.
instructions and to                                                                  Be aware of the homework                                      Failure to comply with
participate fully.                                        Follow expectations        expectations as set by your                                   these expectations will
                                                          for class as outlined by   child’s teacher.                                              result in consequences
You must not plagiarize,                                  the teacher.                                                                             as outlined in the
cheat, copy or knowingly                                                             Provide help to a child doing
                                                                                     homework without doing the                                    Range of
present the language,                                                                                                                              Consequences.
ideas or thoughts of                                                                 work yourself.
another person as                                                                    Promptly contact the teacher
your own work.                                                                       directly with any concern.

    EXPECTED                    REASONS FOR                        STUDENT                       PARENT                    SCHOOL                      RANGE OF
                                                             S                             S

     School Dress
                           Students should wear              Wear proper seasonal          Provide proper           Provide appropriate role      If the child does not
You are expected to        appropriate seasonal              clothing to school.           seasonal clothing for    models of dress.              have appropriate
wear clothing              clothing to prevent illness.                                    your child.                                            clothing, parents will
appropriate to the         Students who become               Be responsible for your                                Inform students of proper     be contacted.
season and the activity.   sick miss school.                 clothing. Do not lose         Label your chid’s        seasonal dress and school
                           Absenteeism is                    it.                           clothing to facilitate   standards of neatness,        Students may be
You are expected to be     detrimental to your                                             return of lost items.    cleanliness and modesty.      excluded from
neat, clean and modest     education. We would like          Retrieve your lost                                                                   activities for which
in dress.                  to have happy, healthy            articles from the Lost        Encourage your child     Be aware of and enforce the   they are not
                           students.                         and Found box.                to care for his/her      requirements of the Risk      appropriately dressed.
Appropriate footwear                                                                       clothing.                Management Policy and
must be worn at all        Dressing appropriately            Dress in a neat, clean                                 Procedures.                   Failure to comply with
times.                     promotes a positive               and modest manner.            Support the school in                                  these expectations will
                           learning environment and                                        maintaining the                                        result in consequences
                           reflects attention to the                                       expected standard of                                   as outlined in the
You are expected to
                           values promoted by the                                          neatness, cleanliness                                  Range of
dress according to the
                           Catholic school.                                                and modesty in student                                 Consequences.
School Dress Code.
                           In the event of a fire drill or
                           real evacuation, footwear is
                           essential to safety.



It is the policy of the Halton Roman Catholic School Board that all employees shall
comply with the reporting requirements of the Child and Family Services Act, 1984.

    All adults, and in particular, professionals who serve children, are required to
     report to C.A.S. any reasonable suspicion of child abuse.
    The initial C.A.S contact is a phone consultation where no identifying
     information is shared.
    It is the role of the Children’s Aid Society to decide whether the concern shared is
     to be investigated.
    Once the C.A.S. has decided to investigate, they terminate consultation and
     the school personnel are then required to provide all of the specific
     information asked for by the C.A.S.
    The C.A.S will then investigate whether a child is in need of protection.
    It is customary for the Children’s Aid social worker to interview children in
     school. The C.A.S. also assumes the responsibility for communicating with

Teachers, Principals, and other school staff may not investigate or decide on the validity
of a presenting concern.

Should a report be made to The Children’s Aid Society, please understand that we are
complying with the law and the policy of the Halton Catholic District School Board. We
do not sit in judgment on the parents in our community. Rest assured that we are not
reckless in the discharge of this duty. We have the best interest of your child in mind.
If your child is bruised or marked from an accident, you may wish to let the teacher know
the circumstances.

                               SICK/INJURED STUDENTS

In the event that your son/daughter becomes sick or is injured at school, please note our

    The parents or designated emergency contact person will be notified to come
     and pick up the child;
    We cannot have a sick child stay in the health room all day Further, there are no
     staff members available for prolonged supervision or nursing of sick students –
     this is a parental responsibility. A child who is too sick to go out for recess or
     who requires supervision is sick enough to stay home;
    Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to go home without prior
     approval of the parents or the designated emergency person;
    If your child feels unwell early in the morning, please make arrangements for
     him/her to be cared for at home or at a sitter’s. Please do not send your child
     back to school until she/he is well enough to participate fully. Our school
     programs are very active and do require a healthy energy level. It is often
     necessary to call a parent at work to come for a sick child. Please give
     precedence to your child’s health and comfort;
    Students who contract communicable diseases are expected to stay at home
     until the conclusion of appropriate treatment as stipulated by Halton Region
     Public Health. Please see the chart of communicable diseases below.

                             COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

Health protection legislation requires that children with certain communicable diseases
be kept away from other children during the period when the disease may be spread.
The attached chart defines what some of the more common childhood diseases are and
the periods of exclusion for these diseases.

Children With the Following Diseases Should Remain At Home and Away from

             Disease                                Periods of Exclusion
Chickenpox                        Until well enough to participate in all activities
                                  regardless of the rash.
Diarrhea                          Until diarrhea stops.
Impetigo                          Until the antibiotic prescribed by a doctor has been
                                  taken for at least one full day.
Measles (Rubeola)                 For at least 4 days after the rash begins.
Mumps                             For at least 9 days after the swollen glands first
Pinkeye bacterial                 until the antibiotic prescribed by a doctor has been
(Conjunctivitis)                  taken for at least one full day.
Ringworm                          Until treatment has started
Rubella (German Measles)          Until at least 7 days after the rash first appears.

Scarlet Fever                     Until antibiotic treatment has been taken for 1 full day.
Strepp Throat                     Until antibiotic treatment has been taken for l full day
Whooping Cough (Pertussis)        Until antibiotic treatment has been taken for at least 5
                                  If no treatment is given, for 3 weeks from when the
                                  cough began

     If you suspect your child has a communicable disease:
    keep your child at home and away from others.
    contact your family doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.
    Contact the school. It is not uncommon for children with ongoing cancer
     treatment to still attend school. However, depressed immune systems due to
     treatment require that they stay away from school when diseases like chicken
     pox, measles etc. occur in their class.


Ontario law requires students attending school in Ontario to be up-to-date with
diphtheria, tetanus, polio, mumps, measles (2 doses) and rubella immunization.
Students who are not up-to-date can be barred from school by order of the Halton
Region Health department. Exemptions to immunization based on medical, religious,
or conscientious grounds may be obtained from the Health Department. The
recommended immunization schedule for children is on a chart available through Halton
Regional Health Department, Communicable Disease Program, extension 7855 (825-
6060, 853-0501, 878-8113, or TTY 827-9833).


Please be advised that parents/guardians are obligated to notify the school of any
potential risk of injury to their child(ren). Please help us care for your child(ren) by
keeping us informed of any of the following conditions: severe allergic reaction(s),
previous concussion(s), other conditions which might affect the provision of first
aid, safe participation in school programs, recess activity and/or extra-curricular


School staff cannot administer medication, even Tylenol, without a “Request and
Consent for the Administration of Medication” (Forms HC-1, HC-2) completed and
signed by a parent/guardian. A properly labelled container is required, including the
instructions and conditions that are to be followed for the administration of the
Students should not bring medication to school without following the above outlined
procedures. We do not want to have younger children finding medicine and mistaking it
for candy. The only exception to this requirement has to do with any child who, because
of life threatening allergies, must carry medication.

Parents of children with life threatening medical concerns/allergies are asked to
notify the school and fully complete an Emergency Medications Protocol form
each September and return it to the school as soon as possible.

                                PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE

The primary role of the Public Health Nurse is to work in partnership with the school
community (parents, staff and students) to plan for and facilitate the promotion of health
in a comprehensive manner. The Public Health Nurse visits the School on a regular

basis. As a secondary role, the Public Health Nurse is a consultant to individuals and
groups regarding specific health-related issues. For more information, or if you would
like to be involved in promoting healthy school communities, please call the Public
Health Nurse contact for your school through extension 7836 (825-6000, 853-0501,
 878-8113 or 639-4540).

                              PEDICULOSIS – HEAD LICE

“Head Lice Are A Nuisance, Not a Disease”

Anyone can get head lice, but lice prefer
 clean hair to dirty hair
 short hair to long hair

Once treated for head lice, a student may return to school after having been
examined by a nurse. The school office can supply you with the contact number
for the nurse. Students must be nit-free before coming back to school.

What are head lice?
Head Lice are tiny, wingless, greyish insects that live and breed on human hair. They
move quickly and are hard to see. The eggs are pinhead-sized and are the colour of the
person’s scalp. Live eggs are laid at the root of the hair and are “glued” on so that they
will not move. The warmth at the scalp will hatch them in about seven to ten days.
The nits are empty shells of the eggs that have hatched. These can be found l cm
(1/2inch) from the scalp, and continue to grow out with the hair. The nit is white, and
distracts attention away from the live egg.

A nit can show how long head lice have been present. Hair grows about one centimetre
a month. For example, if the nit is 3 cm (l ¼ inches) from the scalp, the egg was hatched
three months ago.

How can you tell you have head lice?
 See live lice in the hair
 See pinhead sized eggs the colour of the scalp and less than ½ inch away for the
 Have an itchy scalp; but you can have head lice for a long time before the scalp gets

What to do if you have head lice?
 Ask a Pharmacist:
       for a product that kills the head lice and eggs
       for any special precautions to take while using the recommended product.
          Some products may not be recommended for young children, people with
          allergies, pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.
 Inform school or daycare. Also think of other possible contacts over the last few
  months and tell them. If you don’t, you put your child at risk of getting head lice
 Check heads of all family members and contacts over the last six months
 Clean/launder bedding, hats and other head gear

How to prevent head lice?
 Brush/comb hair vigorously every night
 Check hair weekly, especially after group activities
 Teach children to tell you if their scalp is itchy
 Don’t swap hats or head gear

                           EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSURE

When emergency conditions exist, such as inclement weather, school plant shutdown
due to heating failure etc., the health, and safety of our children are our prime
consideration. Notification of school closure during winter storms etc. will be by radio
commencing at 6:30 a.m. on the following radio stations:

                        CFRB            Toronto               1010
                        CHWO            Oakville              1250
                        CHML            Hamilton               900
                        CKOC            Hamilton              1150
                        CKMW            Brampton               790
                        Toronto         (French)               890
                        Burlington      (FM)                   180

If, for some reason, there is an early school closing, the following system has been

1. The walkers for whom we have received written permission will automatically be

2. Bus children for whom we have received written permission will be dismissed when
   the bus arrives.

3. We will call parents, who have so indicated. Parents must come promptly and pick
   up their children at the specified location.

The Hallton Catholic District School Board asks all parents to use discretion when
sending your child out based on weather conditions in your area.

*If you do not submit an Emergency School Closure Form to the school, your child will
not be released until you arrive.

                                     BICYCLE SAFETY

Please remind your child that bicycles are governed by the same traffic rules as cars.
PLEASE review safe cycling procedures at home. Be certain that the bicycle is
roadworthy and that your child is able to ride it in a safe manner.

    Teachers review these rules each year, but you are more aware than we are of
     the level of your child’s cycling skills.

    Bicycles may not be ridden on the school property. Students will receive one
     reminder. Subsequently, the student will be asked to leave the bike at home for
     a week. Should the problem persist, bikes will be impounded and returned to

    Ontario law requires that everyone under 18years old must wear a bicycle helmet
     when riding a bike.

    All bikes are to be left locked in the bicycle racks. Only bike riders may go to the
     bike racks and only when leaving the property. Otherwise, bike racks are out-of-


For safety reasons as well as storage and security concerns, roller blades, skateboards
and scooters are not permitted on school property.


Each room in the school has a fire and evacuation route posted. Look for the bright
yellow signs that indicate the closest and alternate exits.
There will be three fire drills held in the fall term and three in the spring term. Students
will leave the building as instructed. We are using an Emergency Evacuation Plan
approved by the Oakville Fire Department.
Students must wear shoes at all times while in the school. In the event that the
school must be evacuated, feet will be protected.


The Halton Health Department will administer the grade 7 hepatitis B immunization
program. The free Hepatitis B vaccine is offered to grade 7 students not previously
immunized against hepatitis B. Immunization takes place through school-based clinics.

Students will receive a total of 2 doses of hepatitis B vaccine over a six month period.
Clinics will be held in September and April. The continued success of this initiative
depends on cooperation between school and health department personnel.

The dates of the Hep B clinics at St. Joseph will be sent home with each grade 7 student
in September.

                   ACADEMIC CONCERNS

                              COMBINED/SPLIT CLASSES

Split grade classes are quite common. How do split grades differ from a regular grade?

A straight grade may have within it two, three, four or even five groups of varying ability.
Children in a given grade do not simultaneously reach levels of physical, emotional,
social or cognitive development. In essence, all grades are split grades, given the many
levels of learning.

Academic, social and disciplinary considerations are taken into account when placing
children in classrooms.

Many factors, such as previous grade placement, numbers of boys and girls, individual
ability and work habits, are taken into consideration when placing children in classrooms.
Split grade placement is no exception.

We would all prefer to have single grade classrooms. However, this is not always

Any student may be placed in a split class. The mere preference for straight classes is
insufficient grounds for exempting a student from a split class placement. Entertaining
such a preference essentially consigns other students to repeated placement in split
classes. This being said, if there are conditions about which we are unaware that bear
upon the placement of your child, we welcome the chance to hear from you.

                                 PROGRAM MATERIALS

The school provides students with a wide variety of supplies such as workbooks, pencils,
erasers, rulers and art materials, texts and library books, sports equipment, and
computers. These are expensive. We expect students to treat all supplies with respect
and to replace or pay for items, which are lost or damaged while in their care.

                                 PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education is an integral part of the entire program as set out by the Ministry of
Education. All students are expected to participate. If a child is unable to participate for
a medical reason, we require a parental note to that effect, as other areas of school life
may be affected.
Along with participation, proper attitude and appropriate athletic wear are equally
important. For gym, students should change into clothing suitable to the activity such as,
T-shirt, shorts or a tracksuit. For students’ safety, proper footwear is required. Please
note that court shoes are made for movement in all directions and are probably most
appropriate for our activities.

                            EXCURSIONS AND FIELD TRIPS

Educational trips which extend learning opportunities in any curriculum area are
encouraged. Appropriate reservations, transportation, supervision and written parental
consent are essential components of each field trip. To provide supervision ratios
appropriate to the nature of the excursion and to the age of the child(ren), participation of
parent volunteer supervisors is essential. Volunteers assure the success of each

Educational field trips are intended to enhance student learning opportunities beyond the
classroom. As such, the trip experience must be related to classroom academic

Prior to any field trip you will receive a letter which:
     explains the objectives of the trip;
     describes the mode of transportation to be used;
     details the supervision arrangements and provisions for student safety; and
     makes practical suggestions regarding clothing and food requirements where

Water Activities:
Parents are made explicitly aware of any trip activity that takes place on/in the water.
The Board requires qualified supervision and instruction for such activities.

Supervision by Parent Volunteers
    Supervision ratios will be appropriate to the excursion and age of the students.
    Where too few supervisors are available, or weather is inclement, the trip will be
     cancelled or postponed. The safety of your children is the first priority. Field trips
     are replaceable.

     Over the course of the school year, teachers make an effort to distribute broadly
      opportunities for parents to help to supervise on trips. Again, we can’t do trips
      without parental help. However, we have an obligation to all parents, whether
      available for the trip or not, to provide a well-organized, properly supervised,
      academically valid experience for their children. Consequently, only those parent
      volunteers invited as trip supervisors may attend the given trip. Additional people
      on a trip present the potential for impairing the supervision task and eroding the
      planned organization. We hope you understand.

Please note that any peson supervising on a school trip must have a Police
Records check(dated within one year of the trip) on file at the school office.

The cost should never prohibit a student from attending a trip. Please call the Principal/Vice
Principal who will help you make the confidential arrangements for your child to attend.


                           WORK HABITS AND HOMEWORK

 Success in school is possible only if regular work habits are established by the
 students. This is particularly true at the intermediate level. Students are responsible for
 being prepared with correct notebooks and suitable writing equipment. A binder or
 carrying case is recommended. Homework should be completed as assigned.

                     It is important that the homework location:
                           is consistent
                           is well lit
                           provides area for writing
                           is easily supervised
                           is distraction free

 If for some reason, the homework assignment is not completed, the teacher concerned
 should be informed and a reason should be given.

                     Ideally homework:
                         trains pupils to plan and study on their own
                         gives them an opportunity to review and master skills taught in
                         encourages them to explore creatively in directions of their
                             own choosing

Homework is an opportunity for a student to work independently at consolidating the
concepts and skills presented in the classroom. It is not punishment or busy work. For
parents, the problem with homework is to strike a balance between detachment and over

Many parents ask teachers about the amount of homework the student should be doing.


As a general rule, children in Primary Grades (Grades 1 to 3) are not given homework as
such. A child is expected to finish work assigned in class. This should be 15 - 30 minutes
in any instance. In the event of school absence, teachers and parents will work out a plan
to catch up on missed work. The child will be expected to take home and complete such
work. Reading and number fact games may be an effective way for parents to be involved.

In the Junior Grades (Grades 4 to 6) homework may need to be done for:
     special projects
     class assignments
     incomplete work

Generally, 30-45 minutes per day is required. Notebook organization and review should
occur nightly and reading for enjoyment should be encouraged.

In the Intermediate Grades (Grades 7 to 8), it is expected that students may need to do
homework each night for:
     special projects of assignments
     incomplete work assigned during class time
     assigned homework

Generally speaking, Intermediate students should be spending 45 minutes to one hour on
homework daily unless more time is required due to:
    poor utilization of class time
    absence
    poor time management in the completion of special projects
    test/exam preparation

Teachers attempt to spread out the work load for students so special assignments, tests,
speeches and projects are not due at the same time. On a regular basis, teachers send
parents information outlining what students are doing and what special projects or tests are
coming up in the near future. With some students, it may be necessary for parents to help
them budget their time more wisely.


If your child is very young...
      Look at and read books she wants to hear. If you do not have books available,
         use other reading material - greeting cards, catalogues, newspapers, magazines,
         shopping lists. The more your child sees that print is important, the more likely it
         is that she will develop a positive attitude about reading.

      Before you read a story to your child, have him look through it and “predict” what
       will happen by looking at the pictures and other clues. Stop reading at frequent

        intervals to ask him to guess or predict what will happen next or what a certain
        character will do. This helps him to realize that there are many possible ways for
        stories to end and that good readers keep guessing as a story progresses.

     Leave off the last word or words of certain phrases or sentences as you read
      aloud. Your child will learn to anticipate what’s coming and supply the missing
      words. Reinforce this behaviour with praise. Even though she isn’t really
      “reading,” she will feel like a reader and perceive reading as a pleasant and
      positive experience.

     Right after you finish reading a story, have your child “read” to you. Listen
      enthusiastically and pay more attention to effort than to accuracy! You will
      probably notice that your child is mimicking your expression and pacing, and
      that’s exactly what he should be doing. Praise his efforts.
For all ages

    Read to and with your child every day. If possible, spend the last 10-15 minutes of
     each day together sharing a book. It’s a great way to improve your child’s reading

    Take regular trips together to the public library. Get you child his own library card.
     Introduce your child to the computer as a tool for finding information. Your child will
     be amazed at how easy it is to find out almost anything once you know where to

    When your child is reading to you, don’t rush in to supply missing words when she
     hesitates. Give her plenty of time to think of an appropriate word to insert in that
     sport. It is better for her to guess a word that makes sense than to keep struggling
     over the “right” word.

    If your child asks for help while reading, you might say “Let’s look at the picture and
     see if we can figure out what that word might be “Or “Skip over this word for now
     and keep on reading until you get to the end of the sentence. Then come back and
     try to figure it out. Or simply tell him the word. During the early stages of reading
     development don’t expect your child to sound out every word accurately. This is a
     struggle and can lead to a negative attitude about reading in general.


     Use playing cards in simple games like “Go Fish”. Show your child how to figure
      out the value of the cards by counting the spots. Teach her how cards with more
      spots “win” over cards with fewer spots. Tip: To avoid confusion, remove the
      picture cards and the aces until she has mastered the cards from 2-10. Then
      return the other cards to the deck.

     Playing board games is an excellent way to learn about numbers. Have your
      child count out loud the number of spaces he moves for each turn. Call attention
      to whose piece is closest to the beginning and end of the game. You might “slip
      in” a few addition and subtraction facts while playing.

 Many children can learn math facts more quickly (and remember them longer)
  when music, rhyme, and rhythm are used to teach them. Make up “counting
  chants” together. Set math facts to familiar tunes.

 Encourage your child to notice the numbers in everyday things.

          Count the items as we put them into the grocery chart.
          Count the items as you set the table
          Count the items as we fold them from the wash
          What number comes after 5? Before 4?
          Count backwards instead of forward from 10 (or 20, etc.)
          How many wheels are on your toy dump truck?
          How many are on your bike?
          Which has more wheels?
          How old are you? How old is your brother or sister? Who is older?
          By how many years?
          How many kids should we invite to your birthday party?
          How many pieces will we have to cut from the cake?
          If everyone gets six pieces of candy, how many pieces will we need?


 Encourage all of your child’s writing efforts, accurate or not. Focus on helping
  him develop a positive attitude about writing.

 Show her how to make her own “Happy Birthday” or “Get Well” cards for
  relatives. Suggest that she write a few things down in a diary or journal at the
  end of the day as part of a bedtime routine. Have her keep a “Things-to-Do” or
  “My goals” list and update it daily.

 Whenever your child writes something, give it attention. Put it on the refrigerator
  and praise her efforts: “I’m so proud of you for learning how to write!”

 Call your child’s attention to the many times in a day or week when you need
  writing; examples: sending and receiving communications from family members
  and people at work; reading and responding to letters and E-Mail; making a
  grocery list; writing out a check.

 Work with your child to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
  Express your feelings and opinions about an article or event. This demonstrates
  that writing is a way to communicate thoughts.

 Work with your child to write a letter to a neighbour or relative who would enjoy
  receiving mail. Ask for a mailed reply addressed to your child.

                                          SPELLING STYLES CHART
                    Visual Style                                       Tactile-Kinesthetic Style

Look at the word: say it aloud, pronouncing            Look at the word; trace it with your index finger; say the
all the sounds.                                        letters.

Close your eyes and “see it”.                          Draw a box around the word that follows the letter
                                                       shapes; notice what the drawing reminds you of.
Open your eyes and write the word.
                                                       Write the word in shaving cream, salt in a box, finger
Check for accuracy; write again                        paint, etc..

Look up to the left and “see” the word in a            Punch out the letters in the air; say each letter with each
bright colour                                          punch.

Hide your written sample; write again;                 Sing, act or dance the word (in your mind is OK)
check for accuracy                                     Make words from sandpaper letters; trace with your
                                                       index finger while saying them aloud.
Hide sample; write again in another colour;
check.                                                 Write the word in the air; write it on paper and check
Repeat these steps with all other words.
                                                       Repeat these steps with all other words.
Write each word several times;
check each time                                        Write each word several times; check each time

                  Auditory Style                                          Multisensory Style
                                                       Use strategies from the other 3 boxes. Suggestions:
Say the word.
                                                       Look at the word: pronounce all sounds.
Sound it out, saying each letter or blend.
                                                       Visualize it with your eyes closed.
Spell it aloud; write it as you spell it aloud.
                                                       Trace the letters with your finger; make sandpaper words
Check for accuracy; write again; check.                if needed.

Sing the letters to the tune of a song or jingle you   Draw a box around the word.
                                                       Sing, act, or dance the word.
Enunciate each letter clearly or blend slowly.
                                                       Write the word with your fingers on a partner’s back.
Repeat these steps with all other words.
                                                       Write in coloured chalk or markers; other media.
Write each word several times; check each
time.                                                  Repeat these steps with all other words.

                                                       Write it after you study it each way; check for accuracy
                                                       each time.


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