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   Standardized School Day at St. James CS
      JK-Grade 8
8:45                Teacher Supervision behind the school in the primary/Junior Yard
9:00                School Day begins!!!!!! 
10:42-10:57    Morning Recess
11:45-12:45    Gr 1-8 Lunchtime consists of 20 mins inside to eat their lunch and 40
                       mins of outside play until 12:45 pm
11:45-12:15    FDK (JK/SK) Lunchtime consists of 30 mins inside to eat their lunch
2:10-2:25        Afternoon Recess
3:30                Dismissal/Bussing
3:45                Teacher Supervision ends in the primary/junior yard 
Student Learning Success is linked to good attendance and being punctual.  When we are late, we interrupt the teacher's lessons and student learning.  Be on Time and be Successful!

Safe Arrival
Reporting your Child's Absences/Lates

At the TCDSB, one of our greatest priorities is ensuring that all our students arrive safely at school each and every day. 
With SafeArrival, you are asked to report your child’s absence in advance using any of these three convenient methods:
  1. Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
  2. Use the SafeArrival website, The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
  3. Call the toll-free number 1 (833) 251-3286 to report an absence using the automated phone system.

TCDSB BusPlanner Parent's Portal 

​Please sign up for your child's bussing information.  You will receive bussing notifications, alerts and/or cancellations at:​

You will need your child's OEN Number.  This is located on the first page of their Report Card​.  If your child is in JK or new to the school, please contact the school office.

Student Nutrition Program

Student nutrition programs provide healthy meals and snacks to children and youth. The programs aim to educate students to make healthy choices and to encourage children to try new, healthy foods. Studies have shown that proper nutrients and energy lead to enhanced performance in the classroom. Each student nutrition program is unique and a reflection of its community. Our dedicated staff and volunteers operate the program with cooperation and support from Toronto Partners for Student Nutrition, The Angel Foundation, and Toronto Public Health. Student nutrition programs:
  • Support better scores in math, reading and science.
  • Provide nutrients and energy so that students are ready to learn and participate in school.
  • Create healthier eating habits.
  • Help prevent obesity.
Each year, the City of Toronto awards grants to school communities to help them offer a healthy meal or snack to their students. The goal of the grant is to help programs serve healthier foods and operate more days per week. These grants are supplemented by generous contributions from the community.  For more information on healthy nutrition, please visit (Active Healthy Kids Canada).

Our Mission
At St. James Catholic Elementary School, the parent community plays a vital role in supporting student learning and achievement both in and outside the classroom. The old saying "it takes a village to raise a child" holds true even in our digital society.


Parents, in collaboration with school staff members, work together to help students realize their full academic potential and help children in their emotional development and spiritual growth as Catholics.Homework Help.png
Here are digital copies of forms that parents can print and fill out at home.​
You can also find below some tip sheets provided by People for Education and the Ontario Ministry of Education that parents may find useful. .


  • Prodigy Game (an interactive online math program that builds basic math skills and student confidence)
  • Homework Help (free online math help resource for students in Grades 7-10 - provides live one-on-one tutoring from Ontario teachers; funded by the Ontario government and administered by TVO's Independent Learning Centre)
  • Math Goodies (a free math help portal for grade 1 to 8 students that features interactive lessons, worksheets and homework help (as endorsed by the TCDSB)
  • Khan Academy – free website for learning and practicing math at all levels.
  • Got Kids Games (online math games by grade levels)

  • Toronto Public Library KidSpace (provides online help for homework assignments and studying (information is arranged by the Ontario curriculum courses and strands and includes extensive list of resources) and has links for tell-a-story, ready-a-story, hear-a-story, tumblebooks, ask a question, do a word puzzle or find a great book)
  • Teach Your Child to read in 100 easy Lessons (a program to bridge the gap between letter sounds and reading in English)
  • ​ ​(helpful for school homework and activties)​

EQAO Testing
Full Day Kindergarten Program
Homework Assistance
Parent Literacy/Numeracy Guide



















































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