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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School Newsletter - June ​2017


Principal’s Message

As this is the last newsletter of the year, we reflect back and are very appreciative and look with honour on all the teachers, parents and community members who have dedicated and contributed so much to ensuring positive experiences for our students. We also congratulate all the students for their many accomplishments, success and awards whether they were featured in these newsletters or in another manner. The month of May proved to be another busy event-filled month as the school hosted teachers from Windesheim University, Netherlands to observe our many pedagogical talents, grade 7 and 8’s Quebec trip, Camp Olympia, trips to Pioneer village, Harborfront and an Italian film trip, The Sacrament of Confirmation for our Grade 7’s, The Living Rosary for the month of Mary, CAT/4 and EQAO testing, soccer game, track and field meets, the Parent Council BBQ, and many more events within the classrooms and the community.

We now look forward to the final four weeks of school and some June events such as Swim-to-Survive, Italian trips, The Sacrament of First Communion, Grade 2 Cultural Lunch, graduation and more. On behalf of St. Conrad’s staff, Mr. Cleary and I we wish you a blessed, safe and joyful summer and look forward to seeing you in September. The last day of school for student is Thursday, June 29th.

A very special thanks to all those parents and volunteer students from our local Catholic high schools who assisted in making our 15th Annual BBQ such a success. Please note that there are some BBQ t-shirts available for students for $12.00.  Students can wear these t-shirts each Friday in June.  Finally, as a special Summer treat we will be offering students “$2.00 Freezie Days” in June. Dates are included on the school calendar.

OECTA Young Authors Competition

Two of our youngest writers have proven that writing can be fun and rewarding. Evelyn Mele and Eli Anoos in Ms. Paiva and Mrs. Fajardo’s Kindergarten class composed a poem about Cats, and a Non-Fiction report about Robots respectively. Both were submitted to the OECTA Young Authors Writing Competition.  Evelyn received an honorable mention.  Eli was the provincial winner for his Non-fiction report.  Congratulations Evelyn and Eli!  We are very proud of both their successes.

Grade 7 & 8 Quebec Trip

By Alyssa Provenzano & Kathy Nguyen

The grade 7 and 8 students went to Quebec City from May 9-12 for their year end trip. Some of the highlights of Quebec were the Sainte Anne Basilica, the Montmorency Falls, the Canyon with suspension bridges, and the delicious Sugar Shack. There were several educational walks and tours to learn about the history of Old Quebec which included the Place Royale and the Citadel to name a couple. Our tour of the city allowed for large and small group exploration where some of us enjoyed poutine! We walked a lot everyday from cobblestone paths to canyons and bridges. We saw a lot of new sights you don’t get to see in Toronto, and lodged within the walls of Old Quebec. We had a breath taking view of the St. Lawrence River and we also saw Le Chateau Frontenac from our hotel. At the Sugar Shack, we danced the night away and some of us like Mrs. Vrapi put maple syrup on everything. On our last day, we went cosmic bowling, and Mrs. Moro got 5 strikes! Every day was a new adventure. The last day we didn’t even want to leave! Quebec grew on us so much. We are sure everyone remembers their number for Mr. Pistilli's countdown​​! It was an amazing experience. Thank you to our teachers who planned it for us. We will always remember this amazing trip!

Track & Field Team

On May 8th sixty-seven students participated in the Divisional Track and Field Meet at York University. Our school finished 2nd overall in our division. On May 18, twenty-three students advanced to the Regional Meet where we finished as a school in 5th place out of 42 schools. On May 24, Five students, Isabel Valentim, Kristine McDonald, Sebastian Parsalidis, Antonio Tripodi and Denzel Pineda competed at the City Finals in Varsity Stadium. Isabel finished in 7th place in the 1500m, Kristine and Sebastian both finished 1st in Shot Put, Antonio finished 4th in the 1500m and Denzel finished 2nd in the 400m and 3rd in the 100m. The coaches are very proud of all the athletes! Way to go St. Conrad! Mr. Conte, Mr. Zuath, Mrs. DiSanto, Mrs. Santo, Ms. DiPasquale, Mme. DiStefano, Mme. Copetti.

Me-to-We Yogurt Fundraiser

The Me-To-We team would like to thank the St. Conrad School community for a successful frozen yogurt fundraiser. We surpassed the goal this year of $3000 and fundraised $3,332 for Healthcare in Tanzania. Great things happen when we think less about "me", and more about "WE". 

Chess Team “Check-in, Mate!”

On March 22th, students from Grades 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 competed in the “Girls Only – Individual Grade Chess Tournament”.   Fourteen schools participated this year. On March 29th, students from Grades 1 to 8 competed in the “Open Individual Grade Chess Tournament” hosted by St. Conrad’s. Eighteen schools participated this year. On April 6th-7th, Maria Carreon (Gr. 4), Sierra Bonavota (Gr.6), and Cristian Tarantino (Gr. 1) represented St. Conrad at the City Finals.  Cristian Tarantino came in 1st in his grade and advanced to the Provincial Tournament. St. Conrad also participated in the “TEAM Chess Tournament” on April 25th. The teams would like to thank their coaches, Ms. Alvarenga, and Mrs. Palmieri.

Gifted Class at St. Conrad

The students in St. Conrad Gifted Withdrawal Program participated in various contests/competitions this scholastic year: the Toshiba NSTA/Exploravision 25th Science Competition;  TCDSB 20th Annual Debate Competition; the Toronto Public Library Bookmark Contest; the Canadian Geography Challenge 2017; and the Math League Contest. Students also participated in the recent Doodle 4 Google Contest 2017. We had a very interesting year exploring, competing, problem solving and most importantly having fun learning.

Updates from St. Conrad’s Eco-team

Our school’s Eco team is turning 5!  We started a small Eco team in 2013, and our Eco club initiatives have blossomed since then.  First year as Silver, second to fourth year as Gold, this year we are awaiting our certification standing.  Perhaps Platinum next year?  We will aim high! Our Eco team has been involved in expanding our school garden, collecting Tabs for Wheelchairs, Hatching Chicks and Butterflies, Plastic Bag Grab Challenge, starting a vermicular bin, and planted outdoors.  The Eco team has planted Lavender topiary in our new Sensory garden, and added new native plants in our Pollinator garden.  

We are now working on planting vegetables and various herbs in our school garden. Thank you to our very involved Eco parent committee members who were instrumental in bringing the planters to our school.  We sincerely thank you for your ongoing enthusiasm, devotion and support. The native plants, vegetables, and herbs are ready to be loved and cared for.  They have been growing very well, and we hope they will continue to flourish.  We would like to start a volunteer list for parents and staff who are willing to water during the summer.  If you are available on rotation during the summer weeks, please contact Ms. Paiva or Mrs. Sottile.  There will be a sign-up sheet in room 107. Get into the Green Scene!  


TOTUS TUUS Youth  Program

From  August 14 to 18, 2017 TOTUS TUUS is coming to St. Philip Neri Parish for grades 1-6. Summer  fun on our week-long camp for all students. Teen Program is August 13-17, 2017 for grades 7-12. Please call Parish Office or Youth Coordinator James at the church 416-241-3101 for more information and registration. Thank you!

Year of the Parish Celebrations

Capping off the Year of the Parish, and Catholic Education Week, the Toronto Catholic District School celebrated Parish Family Day on Friday, May 5th. This culminating celebration featured a Mass of celebration, and a showcase of student work that spoke to the special bonds that have developed between our school communities and their parishes, pastors, sisters and others in their parish community. To view all the wonderful submissions from our schools– and specifically St. Conrad’s contribution from Ms. Paiva and Ms. Fajardo’s JK/SK class available in the Year of the Parish page on the TCDSB website.

Catholic Parent Council CORNER

Greetings parents and students! Well, another school year has come and gone!  We have had a busy year with many events and activities for both parents and students.  This past weekend we held our 15th annual community BBQ .  It was a fun-filled day full of exciting events and lots of great food!  Our annual raffle was a great success as well with many happy winners!  We would like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to come and help or/and partake in this event, making it the success it was! We congratulate all the winners in our raffle!! The following were the winners of our top three prizes:

· Go pro camera set—Francesco Dipetta

· Shawn Mendes concert tickets—Kyle Runch

· $250 best buy card—Francesca Tarantino

Over this past year we held many events from our cultural Christmas to our movie nights to last week’s BBQ.       We also have raised a lot of money that has gone directly towards funding student and school activities.  However, without all the support we have received directly from parents, students and staff, these events would never have occurred!  We would like to thank everyone for their dedication in making this year great!!  Have a safe summer and see you next year from our CSPC Executive.

Interested in Parent Involvement?

The Toronto Catholic Parent Involvement Committee is a provincially mandated and funded committee, which supports student achievement through increased parent involvement.  The committee strategizes and plans initiatives and events that promote and facilitate parent engagement, and helps parents to support their children’s learning at home and/or at school. Toronto CPIC members are volunteer parents/guardians, who bring forward information and ideas from their own wards, and relay important decisions and important information from the central table back to the parents in their area. If this sounds of interest, consider running for election in the fall of 2017. Don’t have the time to serve on a committee? Consider nominating someone for the committee, and remember to come out and vote for your CPIC representative. Visit soon for detailed election information.

WADOKA Registration for next year

This program offers training in WADOKA, a unique Martial Arts-based system, to motivate students to develop “character”, self-regulation and self-defence skills, to be fit, disciplined and to acquire the self-confidence to achieve success in all areas their lives.   

Program Cost: $20.00 x 10=*$200.00

MONDAYS: Sept. 18, 2017-June 18, 2018.

Program Period: “Lunchtime” (11:15am – 12:15pm)

Program Attendance: Junior Kindergarten - Grade 5

To register complete the Registration form (on the school’s website under “Newsletters”, pay a deposit of $100.00 to reserve your spot , and deliver both to the school office (Please note: the balance of the remaining fee owed must be paid on the first day of class.) Fees can be paid by Cash or Cheques made out to “WADOKA Academy”. Last day to Register: Friday, June 9th 2017.  For more information call Colin Ninvalle at (416) 903-0218 or Note that New students must add $50.00 for the cost of martial arts Uniforms.

Student Placements—September 2017

  In mid-June school staff will be determining student grade placements for the 2017/18 school year.  We use such criteria as current placement (e.g., is the child in a combined grade now?); gender, and constructing good working groups.  Grade placements will be shared with students in their final report card for the 2016/17 school year. If parents have specific concerns related to their child’s placement, they must put their requests in writing, detailing the reasons for their requests.

  Although we appreciate the constructive relationships and hard work our teachers do in working with your child and their siblings, a persuasive reason for placement does not normally include a preference based on these experiences.  Our community can acknowledge that we have a strong staff who consistently demonstrate their commitment to Catholic education. Please forward any requests through the office or email the school principal. Finally, remember that any placements are “tentative” and could change if student numbers and classroom sizes change prior to September 30, 2017.


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