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Toronto Catholic District School Board


St. Conrad Catholic School Newsletter – October 2018


5 Exbury Road, North York, Ontario M3M 0A8

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TRUSTEE: Maria Rizzo –
SUPERINTENDENT: Michael Caccamo –
PRINCIPAL: Gary Swain –
CSPC CO-CHAIRS: Cristina Nati and Susie DiPetta –
Principals Message for October
Many thanks for making the transition back to school for your child so seamless.  This year, we had very few changes in our class organization and, as a result, only a small number of students were moved to new classes. Do not forget about our “Curriculum/Meet the Teacher” evening on Wednesday, October 3rd. Please meet your child’s teacher in their classroom at 7:00 p.m. Our “Me to We” team will be selling treats and drinks in the atrium to support their global and local initiatives for the year.
This year, our school newsletter and calendars will be paperless.  You will receive the newsletter with a PDF version of the calendar each month through email.  The content will also be placed on the school website.  This initiative fits with our school’s goals as an Ontario Eco-school and lessens the cost and work of producing a paper newsletter. We hope you find it more convenient as well.
On this theme of digital communication, remember that all payments for school trips, lunches, and other events are now online.  Please take the time to create a school CASHONLINE account for your family. Once you set up an account, the account will follow your child wherever they go within the TCDSB.  Additionally, our new School Messenger app provides parents with an easy way of getting school information and reporting absences from school. For absences, there are SMARTphone, telephone, and online options for reporting student absences.
The teachers and staff at St. Conrad thank you for your continued support of our school community. We encourage you to stay involved in your child’s daily school activities. Over the next months, we will keep you up-to-date with all our innovative work and initiatives to improve the programming and learning for your child.
Please read below concerning the changes to our School Trustee representation. With the recent resignation of our Trustee, Patrizia Bottoni, Maria Rizzo, a long time serving and experienced Trustee, has assumed responsibility for our school in the time spanning Ms. Bottoni’s resignation and elections in late October.
Catholic School Parent Council (CSPC) for 2018/19
We would like to welcome our new CSPC for the 2018/19 school year.  The Annual General Meeting and Elections for the Council were held Tuesday, September 25th. Our new 9 elected councilors are:
Cristina Nati
Rio Marchese
Susie Di Petta
Davide Garofolo
Monica Provenzano
Daniel  Oliveira
Bruno Di Petta
Don Pincivero
Frank Coginolio
The first meeting of the new Council will take place on Wednesday, October 24th in the Special Programs room at the school. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. and is open to all our community members. At this meeting several important items will be addressed – 1) the Council’s budget for the coming year; 2) committees, and 3) appointing of community members to the Council.  All are welcome!
Me-To-We Student Leadership
The St. Conrad School’s Me-To-We/ Free the Children team is excited to launch their first fundraiser on Curriculum Night: Wednesday, October 3, 2018. WE Charity, formerly known as “Free the Children”, is a worldwide development charity and youth empowerment movement founded in 1995 by human rights advocates Craig and Marc Kielburger. The organization focuses on young people, and the changes that they can make in the world by thinking less about “me”, and more about “we”. The organization has programs in Canada, the U.S., and U.K. for service learning, active citizenship, and international development projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. WE charity empowers young people to make a difference in the world by promoting awareness locally and globally about issues that they are passionate about.
Our school team this year has decided to dedicate our efforts on raising funds for Ethiopia, with the pillar of impact being Water Our goal is to raise the funds to build a clean water well, which costs $5000. Depending on how our fundraising goes for the year, this may be a two year project.
St.  Conrad—Allergen Aware School
As you are aware St. Conrad Catholic School is an allergen aware school. There are children in attendance who suffer from severe and life threatening allergies to certain foods, such as peanut butter and nut products. Exposure to the smallest quantities can cause severe, life threatening reactions. We at St. Conrad would appreciate the cooperation of the entire school community in NOT sending any lunches or snacks that contain peanuts or nuts, which could potentially harm a child. In addition, please do NOT send WOW BUTTER products as a safety precaution for other children. It is not easily identifiable as peanut-free. Please make sure that all of your children’s caregivers are aware of food restrictions. We look forward to your cooperation in making this a safe year for all our students.
International Languages Parent Survey
On July 12th, the Board of Trustees of the TCDSB approved a motion to survey parents in all TCDSB elementary schools to determine whether parents wish to continue or initiate an International Languages (Elementary) program at their child’s school. 
Surveys will be sent home with the progress report the week of November 12th, with the only or oldest child in each family.  Families are asked to complete one survey per family and submit it to the school principal by November 27, 2018.  
Should parents wish to have a translated version to assist with the completion of the English survey, they are asked to request a copy from the school principal or a special web page will be set up with translated versions of the survey.  Translations will be available in the following languages:  Spanish, Portuguese, Ukrainian, Arabic, Filipino, Chinese, Tamil, and Italian. 
To ensure that results reflect the school community, surveys will be coded to ensure reliability, as well as, surveys from 67% of all families in the school must be completed and returned in order for the results to be considered viable. In the current schools that offer International Languages within the five hour school day, in order to determine if the program is to be continued using the Board approved model, or to move the IL program to an alternative model, the majority of 51% should be attained for the preferred selection. 
School Photo Day – Thursday October 4, 2018
Our school photo day is fast approaching! Please remember to mark Wednesday, October 4th on your calendar, as Edge Imaging will be in the school that day capturing everyone’s smiles. Edge provides a variety of photo options to capture your child’s true personality, preserving all their school day memories. For more information on photo day, please visit:
Grade 7 and 8 Immunization
Toronto Public Health (TPH) will be visiting our school twice this year to provide important vaccines to students in Grades 7.
The HPV vaccine prevents cancer. It is safe and effective. For most students, the HPV vaccine is given with two injections, six months apart. The first injection is scheduled at our school late this term. Grade 7 students will also be offered meningococcal and hepatitis B vaccines to protect from other serious diseases. Note that the meningococcal vaccine offered in Grade 7 is on the required vaccines to attend school in Ontario.
In order for your child to receive these free vaccines, please complete the consent package your child received from their classroom teacher. For further question, please see the TPH website or call the immunization hot line at 416-392-1250.
The 2018 Terry Fox School Run!
On Thursday, September 27, our school joined in raising funds and awareness for the Terry Fox Foundation. A yearly event now at St. Conrad, students adorned in the white and red of Canada paraded through the streets of our community.
Thank you for your support from the Leadership Team!
Parent Involvement Makes a Difference
Being informed makes a difference for all the stakeholders in our community. Parents have a potentially strong influence on the school life and academic achievement of their children. Please read this short article that presents the “facts” on parent engagement. Some might be surprised to learn what parent practices actually influence their children’s learning.  Is it their direct involvement in the school or more subtle forms of involvement that matter? Find out by reading “How does parent involvement in education affect children’s learning?”
Municipal Election October 22, 2018: New ward boundaries will be in effect
Existing Trustee Wards, including the local Catholic schools they represent, remain unchanged and the new boundaries DO NOT come into effect until December 1, 2018.
These changes do not affect the current number of Toronto Catholic District School Board Trustees which will remain at 12. However, it impacts the distribution areas of Trustee Wards and the local schools they represent.
 CPIC Elections October 2, 3 and 15: Become a Voice for Catholic Parents
Representatives sought for Wards 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. Election October 2, 2018. Elections October 3, 2018 for vacancies in Wards 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. Election of Parent Members at Large, October 15, 2018 at the Inaugural Meeting.
Interim Trustee Coverage for Ward 4 Schools
Ward 4 Trustee Patrizia Bottoni has tendered her resignation from the Board of Trustees effective September 20, 2018.  The Board thanks Ms. Bottoni for her years of service to the Board and to the Catholic school communities in Ward 4, and wish her well in her future endeavours. Her departure leaves a vacancy in Ward 4, but given that we are just four weeks away from the election of Catholic School Board Trustees on October 22nd, the Board has decided not to fill the seat in the short term. Schools in Ward 4 will be represented by Trustees Sal Piccininni and Maria Rizzo, who have volunteered to support the Ward 4 area until the new Board of Trustees takes office on December 1, 2018.
The breakdown of Trustee representation is outlined below:
Trustee Sal Piccininni ( 416-512-3403)
Blessed Margherita of Citta di Castello
James Cardinal McGuigan
St. Augustine of Canterbury
St. Charles Garnier
St. Jane Frances
St. Wilfrid
Trustee Maria Rizzo ( 416-512-3405)
St. Conrad
St. Jerome
St. Martha
St. Norbert
St. Raphael
St. Robert
TCDSB thanks Trustee Piccininni and Rizzo for their willingness to be a voice for Ward 4 schools.
Traffic Safety around the School
Please ensure that you follow all the traffic signs around the school. Remember:
·        There is no parent parking in the school parking lot;
·        The school avenue is one-way from Roding to Exbury – no throughfare, please;
·        The curb along the school avenue is a bus loading zone – no parking, please;
·        Drop off area for students is on Parent Avenue.  The area is partially designated with paving stones. There is no standing (no parking, turning vehicle off, or extended idling) in this area.
Let’s work together to keep everyone safe!