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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Frequently Asked Questions about 

Bishop Macdonell Catholic Elementary School 

 

Q: What will the school start and end times be?

Bishop Macdonell's school start time will be 9:00 a.m. 

Bishop Macdonell's school end time will be 3:30 p.m. 

Jean Lumb Public School, our TDSB neighbours, will begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. ​


Q: When will the school building open?

A: The school is scheduled to open in September 2019 for the beginning of the 2019/2020 school year. 

 

Q: Will construction at Canoe Landing be complete when school starts in September? 

A: Construction of the multi-use community facility at Canoe Landing Park is expected to continue into early 2020 fall 2019, with the certificate of completion scheduled for Nov. 2019. Construction will not impact the school day.

 

Q: Will students from TCDSB and TDSB have the same recess times?

No. Recesses will be scheduled so that TCDSB and TDSB students have separate recess times. 

 

Q: What documents do I need to register my child at Bishop Macdonell?

The following documents are required for registration:

  • Child's Birth Certificate 
  • Passport/immigration documents (only if child was not born in Canada)
  • Child's Catholic Baptismal Certificate (or proof of parent's Catholicity or RCIA/RCIC letter)
  • Child's Immunization Record 
  • Proof of residency in Toronto  

 

Q: Will there be child care available for students of Bishop Macdonell?

A: TCDSB plans to offer child care, including a Before and After School program, through a third-party child-care provider, if there is adequate interest. 

 

The implementation of child care programs is based on the number of registrations received. Parents/guardians will be able to express their interest in child care as part of the school registration process. We will be able to determine if there is sufficient interest by the end of February, and parents/guardians will receive an update then. 

 

Q: My child currently attends a different TCDSB school, how can I transfer them to Bishop Macdonell?

A: It is recommended that students from surrounding TCDSB schools who wish to register at Bishop Macdonell for the 2019/2020 school year complete a registration application online at soar.tcdsb.org. Parents/guardians will need their child’s OEN number in order to complete the application.

 

Alternatively, parents/guardians may request a transfer. A transfer would be requested from their child’s current school.

  

Q: We live outside the Bishop Macdonell fixed boundary, can my child still apply to attend the school?

A: Students living outside the school boundary may still apply to register at Bishop Macdonell. Applications will be processed according to priorities listed below. Once all available spaces have been filled at a school, any remaining applicants will be placed on one of 6 potential wait lists:

  • Priority I – Applicant living inside or outside the boundary of the school with a sibling attending the school
  • Priority 2 - Applicant living in the school boundary
  • Priority 3 – Applicant living outside the school boundary but attends licensed child care within the school boundary for September 2019
  • Priority 4 –  Applicant living outside the school boundary with unlicensed child care within the school boundary
  • Priority 5 – Applicant living outside the school boundary and is not attending child care
  • Priority 6 – Applicant living outside the City of Toronto

 

Q: Will Bishop Macdonell students have to wear a school uniform?

All TCDSB elementary schools have an Appropriate Dress Code. Students at Bishop Macdonell will not be required to wear a school uniform, but will be required to follow the Appropraite Dress Code, which consists of any combination of white and navy blue garments (e.g. plain white top, navy blue bottom or, navy blue top and bottom, no denim). 

 

Q: Will there be a French Immersion program at Bishop Macdonell?

A: No. Students in the Bishop Macdonell Fixed Attendance Boundary who wish to pursue French Immersion programming will be redirected to St. Mary Catholic School (20 Portugal Square, Toronto).

 

Q: What is a STEAM School?

Bishop Macdonell has been designated as a STEAM school. STEAM curriculum focuses on inquiry-based learning and encourages students to apply the principles of design thinking from Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

 

Q: Will Bishop Macdonell have a designated place to eat such as a cafeteria? 

No, Students will eat in their classrooms.

Q: Will the PA system be heard in both schools?   

Bishop Macdonell and Jean Lumb will have separate PA systems for daily school related announcements. The Canoe Landing Facility We will also have a shared PA line for emergency purposes.

 

Q: Will the two elementary schools be sharing any spaces? 

The schools have shared hallway spaces, a shared library, and shared gymnasium.  The gymnasium is double in size, and each school will have a designated half for regular use.  The playgrounds will also be shared, however recess times will be scheduled separately.

 

Q: What is the school’s home parish? Will students attend Mass there?  

Bishop Macdonell’s parish is St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bathurst​

 

Q: Will the younger children and older be separated in the school yard?  

Yes, there will be areas designated for kindergarten, primary and junior/intermediate students.  ​

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