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Toronto Catholic District School Board

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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!

December 6, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,
At the TCDSB, one of our greatest priorities is ensuring that all our students arrive safely at school each and every day. 
To enhance our existing absence-checking procedure, we are in the process of introducing a new, more efficientstudent absence reporting feature called SafeArrival. Your child’s school is one of the first schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board selected to implement this new system starting on January 7, 2019. SafeArrival feature is a within the SchoolMessenger App. This new system will reduce the time it takes to verify student attendance, making it easy for you to report your child’s absence and easy for staff to respond to unreported student absences. 
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.

These options are available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.  Future absences can be reported at any time up to a maximum of 10 consecutive days. It is important to note that when setting up your account, you must register using the email address and phone number associated with your child’s student record.
In addition, we will use the SchoolMessenger as an automated notification system to contact parents whose child is absent when the absence was not reported in advance. The automated notification system will attempt to contact parents at multiple contact points until a reason is submitted for the absence. If our system is unable to reach the designated contacts, office staff will follow up. 
If you report your child’s absence in advance using the SafeArrival toll-free number, website or SchoolMessenger app, you will NOT receive these notifications.


Starting January 7, 2019, please report absences in advance using SafeArrival instead of sending notes or calling/emailing the school. 
Starting January 7, 2019, staff will be using the School Messenger automated notification system to let you know if your child is absent (when you haven’t reported the absence in advance). 
If you have children attending other schools, please continue to report absences using the existing procedures for those schools.  This system will eventually be rolled out to all schools within the TCDSB.

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.

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. Simply click on the language that best suits your needs.


 In addition, for information on our school's parent council click on the link CPSP (left margin). 

EQAO Testing
Full Day Kindergarten Program
Homework Assistance
Parent Literacy/Numeracy Guide
 Free Afterschool Academic support Sessions for 2018-2019


















































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