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Toronto Catholic District School Board




September 2019 Start of
School Year Info



Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Dear Parents/Guardians,
As we prepare for the 2019/2020 school year, we would like to provide an update on construction of Bishop Macdonell Catholic Elementary School. Based on information provided by the general contractor, we expect for the new school to be ready for occupancy in early 2020. We expect the Canoe Landing community centre, including the child care centre, to be complete by spring 2020.
As a result of being unable to move into our new school building for the beginning of September, TCDSB Planning and Facilities staff have contingency plans in place in order for students to begin the new school year together on September 3, 2019 at:
St. Mary Catholic School
20 Portugal Square
Toronto, M6J 3P2
Before and After School Care will be available at St. Mary Catholic School for those families who have registered effective September 3, 2019 when school begins.
As for School Bus Transportation, please note that all students eligible to receive school bus transportation have been assigned to neighbourhood bus stops. It is imperative that you confirm your transportation information prior to the start of the school year as bus stop location, times, and bus operator may have changed or been removed. You can find your transportation information via the transportation portal at, the transportation office, or the school office.
We will continue to provide you with updates as information becomes available on our website, to families registered by email through School Messenger and on twitter @BishopMacdonell.
Please note the Bishop Macdonell school office (located at St. Mary Catholic School temporarily) is now open, and the school phone number, 416-393-5462, will remain the same for the school year.  
We thank you for your understanding and look forward to our new school year together,  
Bianca Auciello
cc.        John Shanahan, Superintendent of Education
            Dan Koenig, Associate Director, Academic Affairs
            Deborah Friesen, Superintendent of Capital Development and Asset Renewal
            Martin Farrell, Superintendent of Environmental Support Services
            Michael Loberto, Superintendent of Planning & Development
            Norm Di Pasquale, Trustee