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Toronto Catholic District School Board

TCDSB School Year Calendar 2011 – 2012
Number of School Days                                             194
Number of Professional Activity (PA) Days              6
Labour Day                                                                 September 5, 2011
First instructional day                                                 September 6, 2011
Thanksgiving Day                                                       October 10, 2011
Elementary PA Day                                                    November 18, 2011
Elementary PA Day                                                    December 9, 2011
Christmas Break                                                          December 26, 2011 to January 6, 2012
Elementary PA Day                                                    January 27, 2011
Elementary PA Day                                                    February 17, 2011
Family Day                                                                 February 20, 2012
Mid-Winter Break                                                       March 12 – 16, 2012
Good Friday                                                               April 6, 2012
Easter Monday                                                            April 9, 2012
Victoria Day                                                               May 21, 2012
Elementary PA Day                                                    June 1, 2012
Last day of classes for elementary students               June 28, 2012
Elementary PA Day                                                    June 29, 2012



Welcome to another exciting school year. We wish to take this opportunity to extend our best wishes for a very successful and fulfilling school year.  The 2011 –2012 school year will be centred in the three pillars that St. Henry school believes in – Faith development, Academic Development and Extra Curricular development (which includes health and eco living). Our activities are designed to challenge everyone in a Catholic community built on the Gospel message.
This agenda offers a method of organizing time and provides information necessary to be a member of the St. Henry  Catholic School community.  The agenda is designed to assist students in learning to plan and organize their days.  It also provides an excellent opportunity for teachers and parents to communicate by exchanging written messages.
Included in the pages that follow are pertinent points on how our school day will take place. We have also added in our school code of conduct and information about items that we have found to be most relevant to a successful school year.  Parents are asked to review this document and reinforce its contents with their children.  Parents are asked to contact the school if any items require clarification.
 Sincere best wishes for a great school year!
 The Staff of St. Henry School


St. Henry Catholic School is proud to be one of three schools in the Epiphany of Our Lord Parish.  It was established in September 1980.  During the first year the students were in shared accommodation at St. Cyprian Catholic School on Pharmacy Avenue while the permanent site was being constructed.  The students moved into the present building in 1981.  The official school opening took place with a Solemn Blessing by                  Reverend M. Robbertz, the Pastor of Epiphany of Our Lord Parish on April 29, 1982. A six room addition was added to our school at the start of the 2011 2012 school year coinciding with the closing of St. Maximillan Kolbe School.
St. Henry Catholic School has an established history of “striving for excellence” in servicing the Catholic community, in faith, academics and extra curricular life.  We have a diversified community that brings a rich and global dimension to our school population and community, including different languages and cultural groups.
The school was named after St. Henry II, Emperor (972-1024) whose feast day is July 13th.  St. Henry was born in 972 in Bavaria.  He firmly believed the great eternal truths and sought in all things the greater glory of God.  St Henry established numerous pious foundations, gave liberally to worthy organizations and built the Cathedral of Bamberg.


The safety of the students is a high priority at St. Henry Catholic School.  While every safety precaution is taken during the school day, accidents may happen from time to time.  Thankfully most accidents are minor but occasionally there are more serious incidents.  Student Accident Insurance is offered each Fall by an independent insurance company and all applications are to be returned directly to the Insurance Company.
It is the policy of the Toronto Catholic District School Board that parents are contacted when their children are absent from school, unless school staff are aware of the reason for the absence.  PARENTS:  Please call the school as soon as possible when your child will be away, or send a note the day before, e.g. regarding doctor or dentist appointments. You may call in the evening or in the morning, preferably before 8:30 a.m., to report an absence.  Please leave a message for our secretary, Mrs. Zahra, on the school answering machine.
It is very important that the school secretary is informed immediately of any changes to your telephone number at home or at work, and/or changes to your alternate contact person.  In an emergency, we may need to reach a parent/guardian without delay. 

School Board policy requires that all persons who are not school staff members report immediately to the office when they enter the school.  At this time you will be issued a visitors badge to wear while in the school. This ensures that the staff in the school are aware of all persons in the building and is a very important way to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students. Parents should not be in the school yard before the school day begins other than to drop off their children.

Transportation Dept. telephone # 416-229-5313
The Continuing Education Department of the School Board offers adult English as a Second Language (ESL), Literacy and Citizenship Preparation programs throughout the City.  Visit and click on the “Program Directory” button.  You may also call 416-222-8282 extension 2491 to request a copy of the Directory.
Communication between the home and school is very important for the success of our children.  If parents/guardians have any concerns, please telephone the school and leave a message for the teacher to call you, to arrange for an appointment.  It is very difficult for a teacher to speak with a parent who arrives at the school with no prior arrangements.  Please call ahead.  We value parental input in providing our students with the best possible education in the context of a school community formed by Catholic traditions and Christian values.
St. Henry has initiated a weekend homework plan. You can access this material in the following way. 
2. Select St. Henry from Schools section
3. Click on homework website
4. Click on specialized subjects
We encourage you to check the homework website on a regular basis for weekend homework and examples of level 3 and 4 work in areas on which extra emphasis is being placed such as Better Answers, Journal writing, Math problem solving, etc
All items of personal property should be labelled or marked with the child’s name.  There is a “LOST AND FOUND” box in the school.  Each year, at the end of the terms, we donate the items not claimed to a charity. 
Parents and other adults who are willing to give some of their time to become involved in the school are always welcome and appreciated.  Please contact the principal.
The bell rings daily at 8:25 a.m.   Students should aim to arrive 10 minutes before entry to ensure that they are on time. PLEASE NOTE: there is no supervision in the schoolyard before 8:05 a.m.   For safety reasons, parents must ensure that their children do not arrive before this time.  Parents should be aware that the supervision of the children remains their responsibility before and after school.
Dismissal of the morning Kindergarten classes is at 11:00 a.m. 
The lunch bell rings at 11:30 a.m. for all others and afternoon classes begin at 12:30 p.m.
The final dismissal bell rings at 3:00 p.m. for all students.  PLEASE NOTE: there is no supervision in the schoolyard after 3:00 p.m.   Students are expected to leave the schoolyard promptly unless waiting for a school bus or they are involved in extra-curricular activities.  It is the responsibility of the students to inform parents when they will be staying after school, e.g. for a sports event.
  • When a student is late for school, he/she must report to the office before going to class.  Habitual lateness is a very serious concern.
  • Kindergarten parents are kindly requested to wait in the schoolyard near the Kindergarten classrooms for their children.  The teachers will escort the children to the exit door each day
    It is very important that parents/caregivers are on time to pick up their children.
·         All students who regularly eat lunch at school are very strongly encouraged to bring food from home each day.  Please remember to include eating utensils.
·         No student who normally eats lunch at school will be permitted to leave the school at lunchtime unless a signed and dated written note from the parent is given to the classroom teacher. Children who go out for lunch are not to return to the schoolyard until after the 11:50 a.m. bell when supervision begins outdoors.
·         As part of our Gold Eco School Status (3 years in a row!) We encourage all students to bring waste free, healthy lunches. Tupperware or stainless steel containers for both food and drinks save a tremendous amount of waste. A rule of thumb is that the more packaging that is in your lunch, the less healthy the lunch is as well. Fruits, vegetables and yogourt are great snacks to consider.  Remember that healthy, growing bodies, need healthy fuel to keep them going 
·         All lunches being dropped off for students MUST be left at the office.  Fast Food lunches such as McDonald’s/Wendy’s are NOT permitted.
Parents/Guardians, on those occasions where changes to the normal pick-up arrangements for your child are made, please send a signed note ahead of time to inform the teacher.  You may also telephone or come to the school office to inform staff.
If your child must leave early during some part of a school day, parents/guardians are asked to send a “signed and dated” note to the child’s teacher advising him/her of the appointment, etc.  If a parent or designated person is picking up a child during school hours please come to the school office and appropriate arrangements will be made.  No student is to leave the school unannounced.  This is a security issue.  If a parent/guardian intends to pick up a child from the schoolyard at recess or lunchtime, it is important to first report to the office and then speak with a staff member in the schoolyard before leaving with the student.
Student/Parent Responsiblilities
Student Code of Conduct and Progressive Discipline
 Like all schools in the TCDSB, St. Henry follows a progressive discipline model. As part of our model , we have monthly assemblies to promote our Virtue of the Month. Our school is immersed in the language of Faith and Character Development and we encourage all students to follow the path of Jesus and live by the golden rule. Treat others the way you want to be treated. All classes also post our student code of conduct in their room.  Families are encouraged to review the School Code of Conduct that is outlined below.  Parental cooperation and support of the School Code  of Conduct is essential to keep our home school partnership a healthy one.
The code is as follows.
1. Remember that God is inside everyone and live my life at home and school in a way that shows this – If God guides everything we do and if God is in everyone, we tell our students that how can you possibly treat anyone with anything but respect. IF you hit someone, lie to someone, steal from someone or disrespect someone, that is GOD who you just did it to.
2. Be my peaceful self at school and remember the hands off policy– We follow the hands off policy. Physical contact is not tolerated in our school
3. Be mindful of my tone of voice when speaking to others - The way we speak to others is as important as HOW we speak to others.
4. Respect the things that belong to others— We remind everyone that God gives us all therefore everything we have really belongs to God.
5. Show courtesy and respect to my teachers, supervisors, classmates and visitors - Refer back to point one and it’s clear WHY we should do this. Also remember the golden rule
6. Avoid distracting my classmates when they are doing their schoolwork – Focus is key at school
 7. Come to the line when the bell rings and line up in a quiet and in an orderly manner (this includes bus lines) – Recess is a time of excitement and noise. When the bell rings, students need to make the transition inside. End of day bus lines need to be orderly in order to be safe.
8. Use a quiet indoor voice in the school – excess noise disrupt other classes from their learning
9. Walk quietly and carefully in the halls,  safety is paramount and moving through the halls carefully is a must. Students should not be inside the building during recess unless they have permission to go to the washroom or office.
10. Come prepared for class and do my schoolwork – We ask all parents to help your children be prepared for school by looking in their agenda daily and making sure your children come to school rested and ready to learn. Letting the teacher know when something has happened that will affect your child’s learning for the day is also very helpful
11. Finish homework at HOME – Our board’s homework policy says 10 minutes a night for Gr. 1 and 10 additional minutes for each grade to a maximum of 80 minutes in Gr. 8. Please do not hesitate to write a note to your child’s teacher when your child has gone over the limit and is becoming frustrated by this amount of work.
12. Keep my classroom, the school, and the school yard clean – A clean learning environment starts with us and it is EVERYONE’s responsibility
13. Dress appropriately while at school (follow our blue and white colour code). – see the section on dress code for more specific information
14. Keep electronic devices stored off and out of view while at school. – Our preference is that no electronic devices come to school. IF you feel the need to send your child with a cell phone or an Ipod, the school does not take responsibility if it is lost or taken. If any staff member sees any electronic device out, they will confiscate it and it will be returned at the end of the day or when a parent comes in to pick it up.
15. Accept consequences when I do not follow the Code of Conduct. – We tell our students that no one will follow every point of the code of conduct but that’s where consequences come in. Consequences range from the simple like an apology letter, reflection paper, standing by the wall at recess, to more significant like loss of recess for the day, 250 -500 word essays and in extreme cases (consistent dis respect, non compliance, physical or verbal aggression towards other students) may lead to school suspension
Our student code of conduct is a living document and will be reviewed and amended twice a year as necessary by our Safe Schools Team.
On the topic of discipline and students behaviour
At no time should parents come to the school yard to take matters into their own hands if their child is experiencing a problem with another student.  Please contact the school staff who are trained to deal with incidents involving students according to the policies of the Toronto Catholic District School Board.  Thank you to all for your cooperation.
Parents are kindly requested to always remain outside the school playground! All parents MUST report to the office.  DO NOT go directly to a classroom.
All schools in the TCDSB are following an acceptable dress code policy.  The expectation is for navy blue pants, shorts, skorts or skirts. Tops should be white or blue with sleeves and collar. In colder weather a blue or white sweater/hoodie may be worn on top without any logos, flowers or printing of any kind.  Please refer to the TCDSB’s Acceptable Dress Code Policy for further details
Parents are strongly encouraged to send healthy snacks to school with their children.  Snacks should include 2 or 3 of the four food groups: grain products, vegetables & fruit, milk products or alternatives.
Snacks loaded with sugar should be avoided as they give a very quick energy boost and then leave children feeling tired.    FOR SAFETY, PLEASE DO NOT SEND GLASS BOTTLES TO SCHOOL.
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition.  Several of our students have severe allergies to peanuts, other nuts and/or chocolate.  Please DO NOT send any food containing nuts with your child.
Kindly note that all children will go outside in winter, unless the weather is unusually cold.
Please ensure that children are properly dressed for the Canadian weather.  By dressing for the weather, outdoor recreation is very enjoyable in winter.  It is common knowledge that outdoor air is often much healthier than indoor air.  Children will go outside for recess unless the temperature (wind chill) is a serious consideration. 
We realize that it may be difficult for parents to make arrangements for a sick child.  However, removing a child who is ill from school will reduce the spread of germs.  Students with illnesses such as colds or a flu which are serious enough to prevent them from participating in physical education classes, recesses, and outdoor activities must remain at home until their condition improves.  This will benefit the child and prevent the spread of illness to others. All parents are responsible to keep the school informed and up-to-date regarding any significant health concerns relating to their children.
Principals, teachers and support staff of the TCDSB are NOT permitted to administer any type of prescription medication during the school day unless the school receives written authorization on the appropriate TCDSB form signed by the parent and the prescribing physician.  The permission forms to dispense any medication are available in the school office and must be updated on a regular basis.
Also, please be advised that staff in TCDSB School will not dispense non-prescription medications to students.  Should a parent/guardian require additional information or have any questions about this protocol, they are asked to contact the school principal or the Special Services Department of the TCDSB at 416-222-8282 Ext. 2358
Thank you to all families for returning the Local Excursions Permission Form which is sent home at the beginning of each school year.  Local excursions may involve walking to Epiphany Church, the Library, local facilities, parks, other schools etc.
Community Expectations
St. Henry is within the boundaries of Epiphany of our Lord Roman Catholic Parish. The church is located at 3200 Pharmacy Avenue. Throughout the year, weather permitting, our students from Gr. 2-8 will be walking to Epiphany Church for school Masses. Gr. 1 students will be taking the bus to School Masses.
Skating Program
All students from Grades 1 to 8 participate in an indoor skating during the winter months.  It is necessary that all students have their own skates and protective helmet.
Day Care
St Henry is very pleased to have on site Kreative Kids Childcare Centre.  Inquiries can be made through or through Lesley Hercules, program manager, at 416-438-9411
Common courtesy and consideration will make the best use of the available parking.
Parking or Standing vehicles are prohibited in the front circular drive to ensure EMS and Fire Department access. It may be used by parents or guardians to DROP OFF AND PICK UP students only. 
The marked “School Bus Loading Zone” extends from the Canada Post mailbox to the driveway of the school. 
NOTE:  Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed by the police.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The schoolyard gate will be open for community parking when there are special evening functions.
Parent/Guardian’s Commitment
Parents/Guardians play an important role in the education of their children and have a responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students.  Parents fulfil this responsibility when they:
  • Show an active interest in their son/daughter’s school work and progress;
  • Communicate regularly with the school;
  • Become familiar with the Code of Conduct and school rules;
  • Help their child 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;
  • Encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour;
  • Assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues;
  • Demonstrate respect for school staff.
  • Support the Schools Dress Code Policy and Eco School Initiative.


Student Commitment
Students are to be treated with respect and dignity.  In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.  Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:
  • Follows the points in our school code of conduct and understands that God is in everyone
  • Comes to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;
  • Shows respect for themselves, for others and for those in authority;
  • Follows the Golden Rule