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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Principal's Message 

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It is my pleasure to welcome you to St. Jude Catholic School. Our experienced staff is dedicated to providing every student with the best Catholic education possible. Through a Christ-centered vision and in partnership with our parents, parish and local community we continue to embrace our goal - academic excellence for all.  

 

As a Catholic School we recognize the importance of developing in each student an attitude of respect for self, others and property.  We encourage children to develop their individual gifs and talents and, at all times, seek to promote Gospel values.

 
We look forward to the new school year with enthusiasm and commitment to work collegially with all members of the St. Jude Community. We realize that close cooperation between home, school and parish is vital to promote the best interests of our students.

 Teachers, let’s cooperate to produce a learning environment that promotes the motto:

"Striving for Excellence with God by our side..."  
Please review the contents of your child's agenda. The agenda is to be used as a communication tool between parent and teacher. You are invited to contact your child's teacher or our office for any assistance you may require. I encourage all parents and students to become fully involved in whatever way you can to support our vision – ‘We All Belong’.
 

St. Jude Catholic School is part of a vibrant parish community. The school was first opened in 1960. By 1964, the school population had grown to such an extent that students attended school in two shifts: the morning shift 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the afternoon shift from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Some students were bussed to other schools while additions were being built. Eventually other schools--St. Jane Frances and St. Simon Catholic Schools--were built to accommodate the growing population in the area. At one time there were over 1,000 students enrolled at St. Jude. Additions to the school include the gym, library, staff room and the section added beyond the library.

 
Graduates from St. Jude include federal ministers, professionals, tradespeople and hardworking homemakers and community builders. Many of our students return to express their feelings of love and sense of community.
 
Our school is dedicated to St. Jude, one of the 12 Apostles. He has been known as the “helper of the hopeless” or the "saint of the impossible”.  Our school commissioned an honour roll. It was installed in October and blessed by Auxiliary Bishop Prendergast S.J. on the occasion of his pastoral visit. Images of St. Jude and St. Francis are part of the honour roll which also includes a prayer to St. Jude and a prayer to St. Francis of Assisi in English, Spanish and Italian--constant reminders that all things are possible with God.  
 
How We Meet the Diverse Needs of Our Students
 
There are many activities which exemplify the Catholic environment at St. Jude. There are celebrations of community masses and large school masses. Special child-centered masses are planned for smaller groups of students. Prayer life at St. Jude is very active. In terms of visible signs there are many crucifixes, holy pictures and displays acknowledging our good works and commitment to our faith. Our front foyer depicits displays of the season we are in.
 
St. Jude provides students with a safe and welcoming environment. Codes of behaviour and consequences are discussed at divisional assemblies. Students and parents are welcome to discuss their concerns. For example, an anaphylaxis in-service and an establishment of an anaphylaxis protocol have addressed food allergy concerns.  A safe caring school envirnoment is always a priority.
 
There are many curriculum initiatives. Reverse integration has been introduced to enhance the learning of our exceptional and English as a second language students.
 
  • Learning cycles - co teaching are part of the strategies used for program delivery.
  • Partnering with school librarian will provide opportunities for small group interactions.
  • 21C fluncies are supported and encouraged in all classes.
  • Literacy development will be the focus for the primary division.
  • Numeracy is our school critical focus and is supported with parent engagement
  • Peace education and social skills programs will assist students in developing interpersonal and problem solving skills.  
There are many co-curricular activities and programs organized at St. Jude. Students are involved in sports, arts and crafts, drama and music activities. In addition, there is a chess club and a W5H team. All our students are enrolled in international languages in our extended day programs.
 
Whatever we do at St.Jude’s we always assist our students to live by our motto which is easily visible in various sections of the school. 'Strive for Excellence in All that We do.'
 

 
HOURS OF INSTRUCTIONS
Start Time: 8:30am
Morning Recess: 10:12 – 10:27am
Lunch: 11:15 – 11:35pm
Lunch Recess: 11:35 – 12:15pm
Afternoon Recess: 1:40 – 1:55pm
Dismissal: 3:30pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

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PAandExamCalendar.pdf
  
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6/20/2013 2:05 PMNo presence informationBiagini, Nick (Immaculate Conception)