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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Student Handbook
 
2012 – 2013

​​​​​​​​To download a pdf file of the entire school handbook select the linkSt Aidan School Handbook.pdf 
or select a tab below.
  
 

 Behaviour Code

 

Behaviour Code

 
Students learn to work independently, cooperatively in small groups, and in a whole class setting. The ability to work together is a vital factor in the learning process. Mutual respect, cooperation, and positive interaction are values that are encouraged at St. Aidan. As a Catholic school community we endeavour to uphold Gospel values, in our teaching and in our daily activities, in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines we therefore emphasize respect for self, for others, for authority, and for property. Positive behaviour and reinforcement of good behaviour are stressed. However, if a student demonstrates lack of consideration for others or for school rules, then the school will proceed to involve parents in dealing with unacceptable behaviour and its consequences.
 
Guidelines for Behaviour
  1. Show Respect for God and the Catholic Faith
    Students must participate fully at Mass and in all religious activities in a prayerful, respectful manner.
  2. Show Respect for Yourself and Others
    Students must appreciate every person as a member of God’s family and value the unique gifts of each individual.
  3. Show Respect for All Adults
    Students must recognize the efforts of all adults who contribute to their learning by demonstrating polite manners, appropriate tone of voice and body language and deference.
  4. Show Respect for Our School
    Students demonstrate pride in their school by treating all school property respectfully and upholding the school’s positive reputation in their daily encounters and on school excursions.
Following the Guidelines
A. What the School Will Do
  1. Ensure, to the best of our ability, the safety and well-being of our students.
  2. Model, teach and support positive behaviour and respond to negative behaviour with appropriate consequences.
  3. Teach and encourage positive self-esteem and strategies for conflict resolution.
  4. Communicate, collaborate and celebrate with parents all aspects of their child’s school experiences.
B. What the students will do
  1. In the Schoolyard
    Play safely in the yard.
  2. Remain outside during recess, lunch hour and before 9:00 a.m. unless the student has a teacher's permission to enter the school.
  3. Cooperate with the teachers on duty.
  4. Leave snow, sticks, dirt and grasses on the ground.
  5. Keep the school yard clean.
At Lunch
Students are encouraged to stay at school over the lunch hour. From time to time parents may give permission for their child to leave the school to purchase lunch or go home for lunch. Parents are asked to notify the school in writing each time they give their child permission to do so. Students eat lunch in their classrooms under supervision.
  1. Remain seated at lunch.
  2. Talk quietly and eat politely.
  3. Stay on the school grounds. Students may only leave at lunchtime in the care of a parent or with written permission from a parent.
  4. Follow the instructions of classroom monitors and supervisors.
 

 Acceptable Behaviour

 
Acceptable Behaviour
What Behaviours are Not Permitted.
 
The following lists are designed to give students an indication of the types of behaviour that are not acceptable.
  1. Physically Inappropriate Behaviour: aggression, punching, kicking, pushing, bullying and intimidation, spitting at or on someone, choking, fighting and/or "play fighting", the possession of items that could be used as "weapons", using items with intent to injure and other behaviours not listed but deemed inappropriate.
  2. Inappropriate Verbal Behaviour: not telling the truth, profane language (swearing),threats, rude responses and gestures, racial/religious comments, screaming at someone, put-downs, inappropriate tone of voice.
  3. Stealing: taking property belonging to another student, school staff members,
    volunteers or the school without the owner's consent.
  4. Vandalism: wilfully destroying or defacing school property or the property of
    other students, staff or volunteers.
  5. Inappropriate Electronic Communication: cyber bullying via MSN, Facebook, Youtube, Myspace, text messaging, and all other forms of social media or technology either at home or at school. Cell-phones must be handed in at the office during school hours. In case of emergency, parents are asked to phone the school if they need to speak with their child during school hours. Inappropriate cell-phone use will result in the phone being confiscated. The school does not encourage use of electronic devices (i-pods, PSP, MP3, etc.) during school hours and as a result will not be responsible for broken, lost or stolen equipment.
 
Consequences for Unaccepatble Behaviours.
The consequences of misbehaviour will include the following strategies:
  1. Contact parents.
  2. Supervised detentions.
  3. Withdrawal of privileges including bus transportation.
  4. Restitution - paying for damages.
  5. Suspension.
     
Log Book.
A log book will be kept in the office which will be used to record any incidents of misbehaviour that occur during the school year and the name of the student involved in it. If a student's name appears in the log book three times, the following will take place:
  1. The student will be given a warning and will write an explanation of proper behaviour which the student will sign.
  2. A letter will be sent to the parents to inform them of the behaviour and the parents will be requested to sign it as confirmation that communication was received.
  3. If inappropriate behaviour continues, the parents will be called to a meeting with the principal and the teacher.
    For further details see TCDSB Policy S.S.09
 
Safe Schools Progressive Discipline
Possible Consequences for Minor Incidences
1st Minor
  • Staff intervention 
    Logged in classroom code of conduct notes, or on a Safe School Incident Report 
2nd Minor
  • Same as first
3rd Minor
  • Same as 2nd
  • Office to speak to student and phone call home
4th Minor
  • Office Intervention
  • Suspension
  • Speak to student and parent/guardian upon returning to school
     
    Progressive Discipline Continuum
Possible Consequences for Major Incidences
1st Major
  • Office Intervention
  • Suspension
  • Speak to student upon returning to school
2nd Major
  • Suspension
  • Speak to student upon returning to school with parents
  • Set up behaviour plan
  • Specialist support
3rd Major
  • Suspension
  • Speak to student upon returning to school with parents
  • Behaviour plan re-explored and alternatives considered
Mitigating factors shall be considered with every incident.
Suspensions/Expulsions can occur with any incident depending on type and severity.
 
For further details consult TCDSB Policy S.S.09
 
 
Strategies for Recognizing and Encouraging Positive Behaviour
Our strategies for recognizing and encouraging positive behaviour are based at two levels: in the classroom and in the school as a whole.

In the classroom, teachers encourage positive behaviour in a variety of ways.
  • Creating a positive classroom atmosphere which is congenial, relaxed and caring
  • Clear positive expectations about student behaviour
  • Verbal praise and recognition
  • Written praise and recognition
  • Giving students incentives
  • Giving students special privileges
  • Weekly or monthly certificates of merit
  • Report card comments that are made in positive ways to encourage student growth.
     
In the school as a whole, teachers encourage positive behaviour in a variety of ways.
  • Clear positive expectations about student behaviour.
  • Monthly awards assemblies.
  • Written and verbal praise.
  • A consistent focus on student self-respect and self-esteem
 

 School Hours

 

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School Hours

 
Morning Entry ​9:00 a.m.
​Morning Recess 10:10 – 10:25
​Lunch 12:05 – 1:05
​Lunch Recess 12:25 – 1:05
​Afternoon Recess 2:10 – 2:25
Dismissal​ 3:30 p.m.
 
 

 Supervision and Safe Arrival

 

Supervision

 
Students are supervised in the schoolyard from the arrival of the first bus (8:20 a.m.) until the entry bell has rung, during recesses, lunch hour and after school while they are waiting for the bus. On rainy or exceptionally cold days the students are supervised inside the building.
 
 
 
Safe Arrival Policy
 
If your child is going to be absent from school, please call 393-5350 between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. This will assist us and save time. Our secretary will begin phoning you at home or at work at 9:30 a.m. Thus we ensure the safety of all our children either at school or at home.
 

 Student Illness and TCDSB Homework

 
Student Illness
 
Children who are sick will be more comfortable and recover faster if they are kept at home. We ask parents to keep their children at home if they are not well enough to enjoy the recess break. Please notify the principal if your child or children have ongoing medical conditions that may require special consideration.
 
 
TCDSB Homework
 
Kindergarten— Grade 3
Formal homework is not assigned in Kindergarten. In Grades 1-3, students are expected to finish incomplete class work at home. The importance of reading at home cannot be emphasized enough. Reading can take the form of reading along with, or being read to by your children. School books, poetry, library books, comics, etc., are all appropriate for home reading. In addition, helping in the kitchen or around the house or with the shopping helps to develop responsibility, independence and task completion.
 
 
Grades 4-5-6
In the Junior Division, homework assignments usually involve the completion of work begun at school. Projects may be assigned as homework to complement the work going on in school. Reading, personal writing and daily review of work already completed should form a regular portion of an evening's homework.
 
 
Grades 7-8
The Intermediate Division curriculum guidelines recommend that 25% of the total mark in any subject area be made of homework/study skills. In order for students to be well prepared for Secondary School, formal homework is assigned regularly in conjunction with the classroom program.
 
For further details please visit the TCDSB Homework Guidelines at www.tcdsb.org
 
 

 Students Who Ride the Bus

 

 

Students Who Ride the Bus

Any changes to the regular bus routine must be communicated to the school either in writing or by telephone (emergency).
 
Your Responsibility as a Student
(Only bus students may ride the bus to and from school)
Waiting for the bus:
  • Be at the pickup point on time. Drivers cannot wait for latecomers.
  • Do not abuse the privilege of waiting for the school bus on or near private property.
  • Wait in single file well away from the roadway until the driver stops the bus, then board the bus in an orderly fashion
     
On the Bus
  1. The driver is in charge of the bus and must be obeyed at all times. Students are to be polite and courteous to the bus driver.
  2. Students are still responsible to the Principal when riding the bus.
  3. Enter and exit the bus in an orderly fashion.
  4. Sit where the driver tells you and remain seated for the duration of your trip.
  5. Students are expected to maintain school rules on the bus.
  6. Keep your belongings on your lap or under the seat; the aisle must be left clear.
  7. Don't open a window without the driver's consent, and never lean out the windows.
  8. Never throw anything inside the bus or out the windows.
  9. Food is not to be consumed on the bus.
  10. Respect the bus equipment. Students will be held responsible for damages they cause to the vehicle.
  11. Avoid conversation with and distraction of the bus driver while the vehicle is in operation.
     
Leaving the bus
  1. You may leave the bus only at regular stops.
  2. If you drop something under the bus, notify the driver; don't try to retrieve it yourself.
  3. Never cross the road behind a school bus.
  4. Cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you.
What Behaviuors are Not Permitted
The following lists are designed to give students an indication of the types of behaviour that are not acceptable.
  1. Physically Inappropriate Behaviour: aggression, punching, kicking, pushing, bullying and intimidation, spitting at or on someone, choking, fighting and/or "play fighting", the possession of items that could be used as "weapons", using items with intent to injure and other behaviours not listed but deemed inappropriate.
  2. Inappropriate Verbal Behaviour: not telling the truth, profane language (swearing),threats, rude responses and gestures, racial/religious comments, screaming at someone, put-downs, inappropriate tone of voice.
  3. Stealing: taking property belonging to another student, school staff members, volunteers or the school without the owner's consent.
  4. Vandalism: wilfully destroying or defacing school property or the property of other students, staff or volunteers.
  5. Inappropriate Electronic Communication: cyber bullying via MSN, Facebook, Youtube, Myspace, text messaging, and all other forms of social media or technology either at home or at school. Cell-phones must be handed in at the office during school hours. In case of emergency, parents are asked to phone the school if they need to speak with their child during school hours. Inappropriate cell-phone use will result in the phone being confiscated. The school does not encourage use of electronic devices (i-pods, PSP, MP3, etc.) during school hours and as a result will not be responsible for broken, lost or stolen equipment.
 

 Student Planner and CSAC

 

Student Planner
Time management and personal organization are two life-skills that we emphasize at St. Aidan. It is, therefore, mandatory for all Grade 1 to 8 students to carry the planner with them at all times. The students are expected daily to write homework and assignments into the planner. The planner is also for parent/teacher communication. Parents are expected to check and sign the planner nightly when homework has been completed. The teachers are expected to use the planners to communicate with parents, either by signing homework as it is listed by the student or by writing a note to the parent in the planner. The planners are offered to the students at a cost of $6.00 each.

 
 
St. Aidan Catholic
School Advisory Council
 
 
In accordance with Ministry and Board policy, we have a School Advisory Council. Membership is extended to all interested parents, staff representatives, the pastor and Catholic ratepayers. The St. Aidan Catholic School Advisory Council meets regularly to discuss upcoming events and to offer advice on many areas of school planning. The Council organizes fundraising, which provides for school related functions and needs. Please support the Pizza Lunches and Bake Sales. Volunteer parents also help out in classrooms, supervise on school trips and help organize special events throughout the school year. Parents are invited to participate in School Council meetings and events. Meeting dates are posted in the monthly calendar. Everyone is welcome.