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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School Newsletter - December 2017


Principal’s Message


During the month of November we had the Earth Rangers visit at St. Conrad’s on the 21st of November where they presented on ecology and even brought some wildlife to the gymnasium during their assembly for grades 1 to 6. “Scientist In The School” has been a frequent visitor in November and will continue to be throughout the year. We have also offered a number of pay as you go programs at lunchtime.  Please keep your eyes open for new offerings for the New Year.
St. Conrad School is very proud of our boys and girls Volleyball teams and their accomplishments in the Divisionals and Regionals. Both teams placed in Regionals— the Girls 2nd and the Boys 3rd. Since the top two teams move on to the City’s, our girls team was privileged to compete in the season’s top tournament. Congratulations to Olivia, Isabel, Mina, Jimena, Katherin, Melina, Adriana, Chiara, Mikayla, Julia, Isabella, Tia, Kayla and their coaches Ms. Vrapi and Mr. Pistilli for their tireless dedication and early morning practices which proved successful!
St. Conrad’s also hosted SUON College from China for the second year in a row. Education professionals from teachers to principals to programming staff visited St. Conrad’s Friday November 24th to witness the pedagogical approach, technology and facility of our teachers and school community. They went back home impressed with our school and thankful for the experience. 
November 10th was a chance for all the staff, students and some parents who could attend to commemorate our fallen soldiers during our Remembrance Day Ceremony. For the month of December we have much to look forward towards. There will be a week prior to the Christmas break which will contain Christmas Spirit Days, Spirit Cup Challenge, our school’s Christmas concert and class activities.  However, before the last week students  and staff will have the opportunity to go to reconciliation in the gym during their preparation for the birth of Christ in our celebration of Christmas. In addition, our CSPC will host our annual Cultural Christmas event with Christmas activities and foods from around the world. Finally, please see the information about our Christmas concert on the last week of school prior to Christmas. The administration would like to wish all the parents, students, staff and support staff a very blessed, Spirit-filled and joyful Christmas season and Happy New Year.


Well-Being Corner
Setting Realistic Expectations at Christmas Time
(Tips from St. Patrick’s Hospital , Dublin, Ireland)


Christmas is often a very busy time of year with much planning and activities. While it’s enjoyable, we may find ourselves rushing from one event to another without taking the time to enjoy each moment. We encourage you to consider the following tips so that you will enjoy a “well-paced” Christmas.


1. Decide which Christmas activities and traditions are most significant to you. Only participate in those activities that have significance for you and decline the activities which cause stress or are insignificant for you. 
2. Christmas time tends to be a time when people spend more money than they can afford.  Make a Christmas budget and stick with it.
3. Take care of yourself.  Eat right, get enough sleep and exercise.   As adults, control your alcohol consumption and limit your indulgence in high fat or sugary foods.
4. Recognize signs of stress and use relaxation techniques when you begin to get irritated or upset such taking a few deep breaths, going for a walk or taking a break.


5. Have realistic expectations of family and friends.  Just because it is Christmas, does not mean the attitudes or behaviours of relatives and friends will change.  Accept this and plan how you will respond to help keep the Christmas spirit.


6. Make time for yourself. This time does not need to cost anything and can include going for a walk or reading a book.   Schedule time for yourself during the busy Christmas period.


7. Delegate Christmas tasks and ask for help. Communicate openly and remember it’s ok to say “no”. Don’t carry the entire burden
8. If you experience persistent low mood or anxiety, consider professional help. There is a wealth of experience and expertise available to deal with mental health difficulties.




Faith In Action @ St. Conrad
The Me-To-We team is excited to announce that their first fundraiser was extremely successful, raising $1,035 on the nights of Parent- Teacher Interviews (Wednesday, November 15, and Thursday, November 16). These funds will go towards the $4000 school goal this year of raising money for Haiti's Alternative Income Projects. Thank you to all students on the team who demonstrated excellent leadership abilities. We wish to thank the following sponsors: Starbucks (Royal York and Lawrence location), Manager: Sabrina Chiodo; Ms. Moran from St. Pio's bakery for donating cannoli; and Mrs. DiCredico for donating panettone from Milano. Thank you to the St. Cornad School community for making this a truly successful fundraiser. A thank you also goes out to the teacher leads: Ms. Cerullo and Ms. Soda. We wish all families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Christmas Concert 2017


As this newsletter goes to press, staff and students have begun preparing and rehearsing for our Annual Christmas Concert.  This year, be part of the in-crowd and join St. Conrad students from grades 1 to 6 in their performance of the “Inn Crowd”. With a combination of catchy tunes and a “Christ”mas theme that warms the heart, we’re all sure you love this year’s performance.
Mark you calendars for Tuesday, December 19th.  Be ready to be entertained beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the school gym. Due to fire code regulations, tickets are limited and provided on a per family basis for a nominal cost.  The bulk of funds raised at this event go to offset the cost of costumes, decorations and audio-visual equipment rentals. 




This year our Kindergarten classes are presenting a much more interactive experience for their families and friends.  The Kindergarten Christmas Celebration will be in the afternoon of Thursday, December 21st. More specific details on the event and ticket costs will be sent home from your Kindergarten staff in the coming weeks.


School Settlement Worker—INTRO


The School Settlement Worker (SEPT Worker) at St. Conrad Catholic School is Mehrraz Ahangar. Her role is to provide information, orientation, and referrals to newcomer families about resources in their communities. She is available to assist newcomer families in matters concerning:                                                            


· Immigration issues
· Employment programs information
· Education (college, university, adult school, etc.)
· Language , English/French Programs
· Health (physical, mental, dental, etc.)
· Housing information
· Legal matters information
· Library Programs
· Parks and recreation
· Financial assistance… and much more


The services are FREE and confidential for both parents and students. She is available by email at or phone at 647-296-8257. She can also meet with you in person by appointment.  Please do not hesitate to call and email at any time. She speaks English and Farsi. If you require support in a different language, arrangements can be made.


Parent Council (CSPC) CORNER


Hello parents and students!  With the year slowly coming to an end, we would like to first  take this opportunity to once again thank all of you for the great effort that has been put forth with our school events.  We are currently in the midst of our “Big Box Birthday Fundraiser”.  We will be handing out these card boxes afterschool on Tuesday December 5 from 4-6pm. Parents who have ordered boxes, especially large amounts of them, can pick them up at this time. Our 6th annual Cultural Christmas is taking place this Sunday December 3 at 1 p.m. We would like to invite everyone to this great event which has grown every year and has become a festive tradition at St.Conrad’s.  On this day, students, parents, family and friends can experience the Christmas traditions of different cultures, and even sample some of their tasty fares. This day has proven to be a fun day with lots of activities, food and even a visit from Santa himself! It is great day to meet new friends and reacquaint with old ones and truly show how great St. Conrad’s community is. We hope to see you there!! Social Media Expert Paul Davis will be presenting to parents On Monday December 4 at 7:00pm. All parents and teacher of schools in the area are welcome to attend! Paul will provide parents with an informative evening on social networking, online safety and what our children are privy to online. Paul has delivered his message to over 400,000 people including students, Department of Defense Boarder Services and police on topics including Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, cyberbullying, sexting, online gaming, online security, digital trails and smartphones. The event will be held at Madonna Catholic Secondary School at 20 Dubray Avenue. This is a FREE Event so please join us!  Hope to you see you there! The CSPC, would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year. May the new year bring you health and happiness to you and your families! Our next meeting is December 13 at 7pm. All are welcomed to attend the meeting and the small social that will follow.  See you in 2018!


Inclement Weather Protocol


With the approach of winter and the associated ice and snow, there is always a possibility of school bus cancellations or delays, as well as cancellation of programs and services such as evening classes or permits. Your best source of information is via Twitter @TCDSB. For those who are not on Twitter, please tune in to local television and radio networks for updates. Other good sources of information are:


TCDSB’s website
Toronto Student Transportation Group website 




SAVE THE DATE! Kindergarten Registration January 2017


The Toronto Catholic District School Board invites families with children born in 2014 to register for Junior Kindergarten beginning Wednesday, January 17, 2017 at 10 a.m. EST. Registration options:


  Parents will be able to complete their application online beginning at 10 a.m. EST on January 17, 2017, at, and follow up with a visit to the school to present the required documents. The online application is available at: During the registration process you will be asked to select a date to come into the school to complete your registration. You will require the following Documents: 1) child’s Birth Certificate or Passport/Immigration documents if child was not born in Canada; 2) child's Catholic baptismal certificate and proof of residency in Toronto (some examples; a lease agreement, utility bill);  and 3) immunization record.  A full list of requirements are provided at the end of the online registration process.


For the past three years, our JK/SK classroom have filled prior to the end of January. Ensure that you register your child early for open spots for the coming school year.  Applicants are processed in the following priority: Priority 1: applicant has a  sibling currently in the school Priority 2: applicant lives in the St. Conrad catchment area.  Priority 3, 4, and 5 applicants live outside our catchment or the City of Toronto and are admitted only after priority 1 and 2 students.


Principal of Excellence Award—OAPCE


The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) Toronto hosted its 12th Annual Commissioning Ceremony of Catholic School Parent Council OAPCE Liaison Representatives to our organization on Monday November 6th 2017. This celebration of Catholic Education focused on the support and encouragement OAPCE Toronto provides to parents and guardians of children in the TCDSB. OAPCE also congratulated the outstanding Principals who were awarded by their parent communities (CSPC) for the 2016/17 Principal of Excellence Awards. These awards acknowledge Principals who have worked collaboratively with their parent community to combine their passion for education with the ability to lead and foster opportunities to ensure student success in our Catholic Schools. St. Conrad’s is proud that Mr. Gary Swain was among those principals who were awarded a Principal of Excellence award. Congratulations Mr. Swain!
International Language Classes After Hours @ St. Conrad
This is to advise that the International Languages Program (After Hours) will be offering Portuguese, Italian and Spanish at St. Conrad.
First day of class for Portuguese and Italian will be on Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, every Saturday up to and including June 9, 2018.   At this time we do not yet have enough students to open a Spanish class.  We would need at a minimum 14 more students.
The community has shown a real interest in this program and we are looking forward to expanding this program into your community.  To facilitate the growth of the program, staff will be on hand on December 9 to complete registration for those students interested in the IL programs in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.  Parents may also register their children at the TCDSB website. Look under Programs And Services > School Programs K-12 > International Languages for more details.