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Toronto Catholic District School Board

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St. Barnabas Catholic School    
30 Washburn Way, Scarborough, Ontario,  M1B 1H3
Tel: 416-393-5351 Fax: 416-397-6980
 
Principal:  Sandra Figliomeni
 
Trustee:  Mr. Garry Tanuan
Secretary:  Ms. J. Brown
 
 Superintendent:  Kevin Malcolm (416) 222-8282
Head Caretaker:  Mr. P. Amenta 
 
Pastor:  Fr. Edwin  St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 10 Washburn Way
 
(416) 298-0989
 
 
OUR MISSION
The Toronto Catholic District School Board is an inclusive learning community rooted in the love of Christ. We educate students to grow in grace and knowledge and to lead lives of​ faith, hope and charity.
 

OUR VISION

                                  At Toronto Catholic we transform the world through witness, faith, innovation and action.

 
 

OUR CATHOLIC VALUES

 We believe:

W  in the worth and dignity of every person

  in the critical role that our Catholic schools play in promoting Gospel values, social justice, 

environmental responsibility, human solidarity and the common good

  that high standards and expectations foster greater achievement 

  that people thrive in a safe, healthy and compassionate environment

  that teaching is responsive to individual needs 

  that teaching and learning should be rooted in research and evidence

  that each of us shares responsibility for creating collaborative communities of learning 

  that equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusivity are integral to the Catholic community

 that the 21st century fluencies of  digital literacy,  creativity, innovation and collaboration are

     essential

  
The Catholic Dimension
 
The school day reflects our witness to the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Gospel Values permeate our school environment. The following highlights the Catholic dimension of our school community:
 
• Daily Religious Education
• Daily Classroom Prayer
• Community Prayers and Gospel readings read over the P.A. to begin each day
• Religious songs taught in class and through the vocal music programme
• Liturgies of the Word and Liturgies of the Eucharist to celebrate Thanksgiving, Advent, Ash Wednesday , Easter, Graduation.

 

Roles and Responsibilities
 Administrators: 
• modeling Christian behaviours founded in Catholic tradition;
• demonstrating care for the school community and a commitment to academic excellence in a safe teaching and learning environment;
• holding everyone under their authority accountable for his or her behaviour and actions;
• empowering students to be positive leaders in their school community;
• communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community.
  
Teachers/Staff Members: 
• model Christian behaviours founded in Catholic tradition;
• help student work to their full potential and develop their sense of self-worth;
• empower students to be positive leaders in their classroom, school and community;
• communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
• maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students;
• demonstrate respect for all students, staff, parents, volunteers, and the members of the school community;
• prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship.
  
 Students:
• models Christian behaviours founded in Catholic tradition;
• come to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn;
• show respect for himself or herself, for others, and for those in authority;
• refrain from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others;
• follow the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.
 
Parents: 
• support the values of our Catholic school system;
• conduct themselves in an appropriate manner;
• take responsibility and support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students;
• show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress;
• communicate regularly with the school;
• help their child to 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;
• are familiar with the provincial Code of Conduct, the Board’s 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 involving their child.
  
Police:
• 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 will investigate and respond to incidents in accordance with the Police/School Board Protocol.
 
 
Appropriate Dress Code
As of September 2011 all elementary schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board implemented a mandatory appropriate dress code. St. Barnabas implemented the dress code in September 2010. Here is a review of what is acceptable wear at school:
 
• The dress code 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 or t-shirts);
• Collared shirts only. Shirts must not have any logos or graphics including stripes;
• Sweater or hoodies must be white or navy blue including the laces and must not have any logos or graphics including stripes;
• No school jerseys or t-shirts are permitted;
•  All shorts and skirts must be fingertip length or longer. Only walking shorts are permitted. No students are allowed to wear their pants low which is known as low riding;
• A change of clothing for Physical Education classes is strongly recommended for students in Grade 4 to 8. Students can wear any combination of colours for the classes including t-shirts, shorts or school jerseys;
 
 
Anaphylaxis - St. Barnabas is a Nut Free School
We would like to remind you that there are children and staff in our school, with severe, life threatening food allergies to peanuts/nuts.  This is a medical condition (anaphylaxis) that causes a severe reaction to specific foods and can result in death within minutes. If your child has been diagnosed with such a medical condition, please let the school know immediately so that we can plan for their safe integration at school.  Children are asked not to share food with other children.  We encourage you to send nut free foods with your child to school. If your child no longer uses Epipens, we require a doctor’s note. They are otherwise required by law to have an Epipen on their person and one for the office.
 
  
School Hours
  
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  School day
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Morning Recess
11:35 noon - 12:35 p.m. Lunch Hour
1:40 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. Afternoon Recess
3:00 p.m.  Dismissal
 
Please do your best to call the office between 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  
 
Lates and Absences
If children are going to be late or absent, please call the school and leave a message. This supports our Safe Arrival program and also cuts back on the number of calls we have to make. The safe arrival of our students is a joint responsibility of the school and home.
 
Supervision of Students 
Supervision is provided during the recreation periods of a regular school day. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILD(REN) BEFORE 8:00 a.m. in the morning. 
• The playground is for staff and students only
• Please do not approach any of our students in the playground
 
Come to the office and we will help you with any concern/question you might have.
 
 
Sickness in School
 
A child who is sick should recover at home.  We sometimes receive requests to have children stay in for recess because they are sick. We expect that a student who is too ill to go outdoors for regular play periods will stay at home. If sickness or an injury occurs at school, you will be notified immediately. 
 
 
Administration of Medicine
  
According to Board Policy the responsibility for the administration of medicine for students is primarily that of parents/guardians and they are encouraged to have this medicine administered outside of school hours.  In cases where a student must have medication during regular school hours, an SS-18 form:  “Administration of Oral Medication-Parents Consent and Instructions” is to be completed and signed by the parent or guardian before any medication is sent to school.  Please note that a new form needs to be completed each school year.  All prescribed medication to be administered must be clearly marked with the child’s name and have the qualified doctor’s statement for prescribed use clearly marked. 
 
The Use of Electronic Devices and the Internet
  
The use of a range of communications continues to increase in our schools and communities at an enormous rate. As the technology has expanded at an astounding rate, so have the implications related to safety, privacy and intrusion in our schools and communities.  The use of the Internet and text messaging for bullying and harassment is a serious problem. These activities, when taking place off the school site or outside school hours, normally are not school matters, but rather community or police matters. On occasion, however, these activities can have an impact on the school and negatively affect the safety and the learning environment at the school and thereby become school matters. Students are accountable for behaviour off school property, which has a negative impact on the school environment, including but not limited to behaviour which harms the tone or dynamics of the school or the safety or security of its members.

The use of recording devices (e.g. cameras, video/audio recorders, integrated digital cameras and video recorders in cell phones, etc.) cannot be used in a manner that violates the privacy and dignity of others. Therefore, the taking of photographic images of a person or persons, on school property, at school events and during school activities and/or hours, is prohibited without the permission of the person or persons being photographed and the principal.
The electronic transmission or posting of photographic images of a person or persons on school property, at school events and during school activities and/or hours, is prohibited without the permission of the person or persons being photographed and the permission of the principal.

The TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) governs the proper use of technology and electronic communication at St. Barnabas.  The purpose of the AUP is to provide students and their parents with a set of guidelines that outline the safe and appropriate use of technology within our catholic school system.  Included in the AUP is a definition of electronic communication to include social media, website publishing and the use of personal electronic devices (PED's). In addition, it addresses expectations surrounding the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy effective September 2012.  While these devices are not mandatory for classroom activities, they may be included where there is a clear educational purpose that has been identified by the teacher. 

All parents and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the AUP.  For parents, the full text of the TCDSB AUP can be found at www.tcdsb.org/board/policies/aup.  

Cell phone and Personal Items Policy 
All personal items (i.e. toys, trading cards, collections, etc.) and electronic devices such as cell phones, ipods, cameras etc. should not be at school.  Under certain circumstances where a parent determines that their child must have a cell phone, it must be powered off and stored out of view in a knapsack.  The consequences for using cell phones or other electronic devices during school hours will be confiscation of the device.  A parent may be required to come and collect such items at school.  Please remember that this school is NOT responsible for the loss damage, or theft of any item.
 
 
Success In School Begins with Regular Attendance 
One of the goals in schools is to work in partnership with parents to prepare their child(ren) to become good citizens. In order to make this successful, children need to learn responsibility and adapt to regular routines. When these routines are not consistently followed, it makes it more difficult for children to settle in to the school. Students are asked to arrive at school on time, at least five minutes before the bell rings in the morning. We track the number of lates and absences and are able to print out attendance profiles of all students. One of our goals is to work with parents to ensure their child(ren) arrive at school on time. We constantly monitor student attendance and issue letters when a student is late or absent 10 days or more (not including illness or absence due to a family emergency). If the tardiness or absences continue, we will ask our school social worker to become involved.
 
When a student misses school it impacts on their learning creating potential gaps in their learning. Also when a student arrives late to school, it disrupts the program that is already in progress. We encourage you not to take your child(ren) out during the school year for extended trips, unless it is an emergency. We thank you for your cooperation with respect to regular attendance. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
 
 
Lunch and Students Leaving School Grounds
The school strongly discourages students from going to local stores and restaurants for lunch.  Since we cannot supervise students once they leave school grounds, we ask that all students remain on school property during school hours.  Students are allowed to leave to go home for lunch or go out for lunch if accompanied by an adult.  Parents are notified of any violations to this policy.  Students are not permitted to bring food back to school.  The school will assume no responsibility once the child leaves the school grounds.  The responsibility for the child becomes that of the parent.
 
We do encourage that students eat a prepared lunch at school. Many parents drop off lunches for their child(ren). Please try to send a healthy prepared lunch with your child when they come to school in the morning. If you would like your child to have a warm, healthy cooked lunch, please consider that they go home for lunch. If dropping off lunch, we ask that you do not go to your child’s class to deliver the lunch. Please place a pre-labeled lunch on the table outside of the office before 11:35 am. Thank you for your cooperation in this important manner.
  
 
Safe Schools and School Security
All schools have procedures in place to ensure the safety of their students that comply with Board policy. Our goal is to promote a warm and welcoming atmosphere while at the same time providing the safest school environment possible. 
 
Reminders
• All visitors must report to the office to sign the visitor’s book and pick up appropriate identification (even persons who are permitted access to school premises, must first report to the office, and are not automatically entitled to have access to all areas of the school).
• Cellular phones are NOT permitted to be used on school grounds by students. Students are asked not to bring electronic equipment including cellular phones or personal, valuable items to school.
• Please adhere to dismissal times. Unless it is an emergency situation, we ask that you write a note to the teacher to inform us of any changes in the end–of-day procedures.
• Please do not approach any of our students in the school yard.  Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. only staff and students are allowed in the schoolyard.  The office is available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.
• Students are required to go home on the school bus assigned to them. Please be aware that teachers and the bus drivers will strictly enforce this.  Also, please try not pick up your child from the bus loading area.
• If you wish to talk to a teacher, please telephone for an appointment. Please do NOT go directly to the classroom.
 
 
Bus Transportation
Students are required to use the bus assigned to them both to and from school.  Parents and students are responsible for their conduct on the bus.  In the interest of all students on the bus, students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that ensures the safe operation of the bus.  Please be aware of the conduct expected when riding the bus.
  • Get on and off the bus in an orderly fashion
  • Be reasonably quiet and stay seated on the bus
  • Do not eat or drink on the bus
  • Stay seated until the bus comes to a complete stop
  • Be courteous to the bus driver, and obey their requests
Riding the bus is a privilege! Bus privileges can be withdrawn in response to incidents in violations of the policy and procedures of St. Barnabas Catholic School.

Progressive Discipline
 
St. Barnabas Catholic School is committed to the TCDSB mission of providing a safe and welcoming learning environment that supports academic excellence and is an example of Christian community.  Every member of this community - student, teacher, parent/guardian, support staff, trustee, parish priest, volunteers or others while on school property, at TCDSB sponsored events and circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate - is governed by the policies of the TCDSB and shares in the responsibility of creating a positive environment that is safe, harmonious, comfortable, inclusive and respectful.
The TCDSB Code of Conduct recognizes the importance of progressive discipline, which focuses on prevention and early intervention as the key to maintaining a positibe school environment.  Discipline can be defined as supporting students to make the right decisions.  It refers to instruction, self-control, and orderly conduct.  Consistent and logical consequences, rather than punitive measures are important in order for students to learn that they can control their own behaviour by making appropriate choices.
 
The interventions and consequences applied to instances of inappropriate behaviour must be made after consideration of a students' history, age, level of remorse, and any other mitigating factors that apply.  In a progressive discipline approach, consequences are designed to support the prosocial development and future behaviour of the person responsible for the action.
 
At St. Barnabas Catholic School, we use progressive discipline when we recognize and deal with infractions that are against our safe schools policy.  Consequences for infractions will use progressive discipline measures that are clear and fair in order to promote problem solving and encourage students to take responsibility for their actions. Mitigating factors will be considered with every infraction.
 
Parents will be contacted when deemed necessary.  Incidents will be documented and a plan of action may be developed.  Consequences that comply with requirements set out in the Ontario Schools Code of Conduct and the TCDSB policies and procedures.  Additional information can be found at the TCDSB website at www.tcdsb.org under Safe Schools Policy S.S.09.
 
 
Threat Response Procedures
St. Barnabas Catholic School has a primary responsibility to ensure the safety of students and staff inside the school building and on school property.  Shelter in place, Hold and Secure and Lockdown represent the three different responses that may be initiated by a school principal in the event of a threat to school safety.
 
A SHELTER IN PLACE response is initiated when there is an environmental concern.  There is no immediate threat. Students remain in the building and classes continue as usual.  
A HOLD AND SECURE response is initiated when the threat is proximate to, but not inside the building.  The threat poses no immediate danger to students or staff while they remain in the building.
A LOCKDOWN response is initiated when imminent danger is present on the school site and the safety of students and staff is threatened.
 
In order for all students to become familiar with expectations during a threat to school safety, our school will be practicing threat response procedures as we have normally done with fire drills.  During these drills, signs will be posted on the entrance doors indicating that the school is in Shelter in Place, Hold and Secure or Lockdown.  The doors may be locked and no one will be allowed to enter or exit the school.
 
Parish Information
In an effort to encourage all students and parents to attend Mass at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, we are including the times of weekend mass for your convenience.
 
Sunday Masses:  Saturday Afternoon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday – 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 and 7:00 p.m.
Weekday Masses:  Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m., Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Rectory:  10 Washburn Way, Scar.  416-298-0989
 
Parent and Family Literacy Centre
Our Parenting and Family Literacy Centre invites parents to spend time in a classroom with their young children.  The centre helps prepare children from babies up to six years of age for school and encourages families to be a part of their children’s learning. 
 
The centre helps children build literacy, numeracy and social skills through stories, music, reading and playing.  Family members and caregivers stay at the centre with their children and are actively involved in a number of activities. 
 
The centre is free to attend and no pre-registration is required. A free snack is provided. It is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. -  2:00p.m.  Please drop in for a visit!