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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School Handbook

 

STUDENT HANDBOOK 2012 – 2013

ST. JUDE CATHOLIC SCHOOL

3251 Weston Road, North York, M9M 2T9
416-393-5279 – OFFICE
416-393-5122 – FAX
 
Principal: Mr. N. Biagini
Vice-Principal: Ms. C.D’Souza
Superintendent: Mr. L. Notten
Trustee: Mr. S. Piccininni
 
THIS AGENDA BELONGS TO: __________________________IN GRADE: ______IN ROOM: ______
 
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 if 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.  This agenda is to be used as a communication vehicle 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 what ever way you can to support our vision- growing and learning or all, whatever it takes.
 
Sincerely,
Mr. N. Biagini                                 Ms. C.D’Souza
Principal                                      Vice-Principal
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OUR COMMON FAITH

 
At the beginning of this school year I address my message to all parents/parishioners of St Jude’s Roman Catholic Church to remind you that our task as people of faith begins in our environments: home, church and school.  This is where our children will see the practice of religion for what it really is; a way of life through which God is given what He justly deserves as Our Father.  In return, He takes care of His children so that they can be witnesses to Him for others or the marvelous things He has done for us.
So, where do we go from here?  Maybe it would help if we realized that Catholic education must be a community effort.  In other words, it is an action of the believing community known as the Church Universal, a shared but differentiated responsibility.  The Church’s history has always pointed to Catholic education as a priority of the whole community.
I invite all of you who think about this endeavour and to do the best you can as people of faith to take seriously the task of being Catholic, of being a witness of the love of God among your families and work places.
To Mr. Biagini, to the staff and teachers and to all of You I implore from the Lord many blessings for the efforts you are doing for the good of our children.
 
Thanks and God Bless.
Fr. Effren Alvarez-Pelayo, OFM  Pastor
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MESSAGE FROM CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
 
CSAC would like to welcome everyone back from his or her summer vacation!  We would like to have everyone participating in all our CSAC activities.  All our meetings are listed on page 3 of this agenda and everyone is invited.  If anyone wants to get involved with our fundraising, safe arrival or our hot lunch program please contact the school to volunteer.  With input and commitment of our school community we have been able to generate some new activities.  Have a great year and get involved.
 
CSAC

 

Prayer at the Beginning of the School Year
 
Dear Lord, as we begin this new school year, we gather once again as Your community of believers.  We thank You for the energy and spirit that You renewed in us throughout the summer months.  We thank You for that time to enjoy our family and friends and to reflect on what is most important in our lives.
 
Let this year be marked by a new enthusiasm and positive outlook so that, with the inspiration of Your Spirit, Lord, we may continue to help all Your children and their families in Your name.
 
We ask for Your guidance as we look for new ways of seeing, understanding and communicating.  Make us worthy of Your call so that we may reach out to support our colleagues and staff, foster trust with parents and community, and look for the spark of the Spirit in every child’s eyes.  Help us to fulfill Your wishes with every honest intention and work of faith.  Let us be gentle with ourselves and bring laughter and joy to others.
 
We ask this in Your name.
 
Amen
 
 
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PRAYER AND BLESSING

 
Parents may bless their children each day, or on special occasions.  These or similar words may be used as they place their hands on the child’s head:
 
May God bless you, N., and keep you in His love.
The child answers: Amen!
 
At bedtime: Dear Father, bless N. and keep her/him in your love.
Grant her/him a good rest tonight, and send your angels to protect her/him.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The child answers: Amen!
 
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PARENTS’ PRAYER

 
All praise to you, Lord Jesus, lover of children: bless our family, and help us to lead our children to you.  Give us light and strength, and courage whenever our task is difficult.
 
Let your Spirit fill us with love and peace, so that we may help our children to love you more. All glory and praise are yours, Lord Jesus, forever and ever.   Amen!
 
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A PRAYER FOR OUR FAMILY

 
Blessed are you, loving Father, ruler of the universe: you have given us your Son as our leader, and have made us temples of your Holy Spirit.
Fill our family with your light and peace.  Have mercy on all who suffer, and bring us to everlasting joy with you.
Father, we bless your name forever and ever.  Amen!
 
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FAMILY BLESSING

 
When the family is gathered together or at a special occasion:
 
Father of all life, we praise you for giving us your Son to be our Savior and Lord.
Bless us all as we gather here today, (tonight) and let us live happily in your love.
Hear our prayer, loving Father, for we ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen!
 
All may share a sign of peace and love.
 
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ST JUDE CATHOLIC SCHOOL
 
Hours of Instruction:
 
Entrance: 8:30 am Full Day Kindergarten 8:30am to 3:30pm
Morning Recess: 10:15-10:30 am
Lunch: 11:35 am
Lunch Recess: 11:55 am
Afternoon Recess: 2:05-2:20 pm
Dismissal: 3:30 pm
 
 
TCDSB School Year Calendar 2013-2014 
  
Number of school days ​  194
Number of Professional
Activity Days
6
Labour Day September 3, 2012
First Instructional Day​ September 4, 2012
Thanksgiving Day October 8, 2012
Christmas Break Dec. 24, 2012–Jan. 4, 2013​
Family Day​ February 18, 2013
Mid-Winter Break March 11–15, 2013
Good Friday March 29, 2013
Easter Monday April 1, 2013
Victoria Day May 20, 2013
​Last day of classes
for elementary students
June 27, 2013
  
ST JUDE CSAC MEETINGS
PROPOSED CSAC Meeting:
Week of September 16, 2013
Week of November 18, 2013
Week of January 20, 2014
Week of March 17, 2014
Week of May 19, 2014
                                                   
 
    
 
OUR VISON OF ST. JUDE CATHOLIC SCHOOL
 
As a Catholic Community, we at St. Jude, believe that our primary responsibility is to live the Good News, enabling each member to learn and work in a nurturing environment.
Gospel values are woven into the fabric of our Common Curriculum.
We share a vision of our students as life long learners who will aspire to be productive members of our society and present themselves as images of God.
In this environment we hope to develop competencies not only in academics, technology and the arts, but also in personal development, social interactions, conflict resolutions and decision making for the common good.
We will achieve this, our mission, through a collaborative model that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the community.
 
VISION OF T.C.D.S.B.
 
To provide students with the qualities they will require, our vision of T.C.D.S.B. is a school system that:
v  Is Christ centered
v  Is student focused
v  Demonstrates a clear sense of purpose
v  Is visibly Catholic
v  Reflects empowering leadership
v  Applies collaborative decision making
v  Is innovative
v  Provides role models among all stakeholders for all these qualities
 
MISSION STATEMENT/GOALS OF T.C.D.S.B.
 
In a school community formed by Catholic beliefs and traditions, our Mission is to educate students to their full potential by providing:
v  Leadership in the shared responsibility for education that exists among the school, the students, the family, the parish and the community;
v  A safe and welcoming learning environment that is an example of Christian community;
v  Role models of Gospel Values and Catholic doctrines, teachings and beliefs;
v  Guidance in what students need to learn;
v  Instruction in the learning process itself;
v  Religious, academic and technical instruction;
v  Integration of Catholic, Christian beliefs into the total learning experience;
v  Feedback on the student’s proficiency and progress
 

VISION OF OUR STUDENTS

 
We envision students whom:
v  Are formed in the Catholic faith
v  Apply Christian values to life’s opportunities, challenges and choices
v  Display self-esteem and self-respect
v  Strive to be the best they can be
v  Demonstrate skills for nurturing a healthy family life
v  Demonstrate global perspective and community responsibility
v  Demonstrate relevant knowledge and ability
 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO
 THE CANADIAN FLAG
 
To my flag and to the country it represents,
 I pledge RESPECT and LOYALTY.
Wave with PRIDE from sea to sea
 and within your folds, keep us ever UNITED.
Be for all a symbol of
 LOVE, FREEDOM and JUSTICE.
God keep our flag.
God protect our CANADA.
 

PRAYER TO ST. JUDE

 
St. Jude Thaddeus, holy apostle and cousin of Christ, we venerate your name and honour you for your labour of teaching and preaching His word.
By your powerful intercession please assist us in our pressing needs, help us to grow in the likeness of Christ and keep us faithful to Him until death.
 
AMEN.
 
 

CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

 
This code is written for all members of the St. Jude School community:
Students, staff, parents and visitors.
It is written to conform to the Ministry of Education, Toronto Catholic District School Board
and community directives, and reflects our mission of where we are going and our vision of who we are.
 

GENERAL SECTION

We believe that:
v  Intimidation, physical, verbal or written, sexual or psychological abuse, and bullying is unacceptable and will not be tolerated
v  Discrimination on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, language, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other attribute is unacceptable and will not be tolerated
v  Deliberate degradation of any individual is unacceptable and will not be tolerated
v  Deliberate vandalism of school property and damage to personal property in the school environment is unacceptable and will not be tolerated

STUDENT SECTION

We believe that:
v  Students are formed in the Catholic faith
v  Students apply Christian values to life’s opportunities, challenges and choices
v  Students demonstrate global perspective and community responsibility
v  Students display self-esteem and self-respect as a result of the skills taught
v  Students demonstrate skills for developing and maintaining personal and family well-being
v  Students are prepared to learn academically, socially, physically and religiously
v  Students receive guidance and support where needed

PARENT SECTION

We believe that:
v  Parents are viewed as equal learning partners
v  Parent-staff relationships are open, non-threatening, trusting, tolerant and supportive

STAFF SECTION

We believe that:
v  Staff conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the professional code of ethics, board policies and Ministry directives
 
STUDENT

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the Education Act of Ontario
A pupil shall:
v  Be diligent in attempting to master such studies as are part of the program in which the student is enrolled
v  Exercise self-discipline
v  Accept such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent
v  Attend classes punctually and regularly
v  Be courteous to fellow pupils and obedient and respectful to staff members
v  Be clean in person and habits
v  Take such tests and examinations as are required by or under the Act or as may be directed by the Ministry
v  Show respect for school property
Every pupil who attends the school is responsible to the principal of the school for his or her conduct:
v  On the school premises
v  On out of school activities that are part of the school program
v  While travelling on a school bus that is owned by the Board or school bus that is under contract to the Board

Under the St. Jude C. S. school code

A pupil shall not:
v  Violate the stated goals of the vision general section
 
PROCEDURES
In dealing with concerns arising from the code the following will be emphasized:
v  Activities and practices that enhance self concept
v  Strategies that promote and provide options for the establishment and maintenance of a positive school environment
v  Early identification
v  Close liaison with student’s parents
v  Adherence to T.C.D.S.B. policies in serious situations involving suspension
Steps in the Process
Step 1     Incidents of a less serious nature will be dealt with by the teacher.  Parents may be notified.
Step 2     The repetition of disruptive behaviour will be dealt with as a serious matter.  Parents will be notified.
Step 3     Any incident that violates the general section of the Vision or persistent disruptive behaviour must be dealt with as a serious matter.
CONSEQUENCES
The degree of severity of the incident will determine the severity of the consequences.
v  An in school detention with a notification to parents regarding the facts and consequences of the situation
v  Formal out of school suspension to be filed in O.S.R. as per Board guidelines and Progressive Discipline Application
v  Any violent behaviour that results in a suspension, recommendation for expulsion, or is reported to the Principal on a Violent Incident Form containing a description of the serious violent incident, a reference to the call to the police and reference to the disciplinary response.  Together with any letter to the student and/or parent/guardian regarding suspension or expulsion, it will be filed in the student’s O.S.R. for minimum period of three years.
The decision to activate an in school detention or formal out of school suspension will be based on the severity and frequency of the transgression.
Example: For very serious situations where,
i)                     the physical and/or emotional safety of students and/or staff has been put at risk
ii)                   the student’s language and conduct with staff shows an obvious and blatant opposition to authority
iii)                  the student is violating the alcohol or drug abuse M.O.E. or T.C.D.S.B. guidelines
Formal suspension will be initiated and T.C.D.S.B. regulations for suspension followed.
These actions can be followed by expulsion or possible transfer to another school.  A transfer is to be considered as a means of enabling a victim of assault to heal from the after effects of the assault and return to normal.  The perpetrator not the victim is the one moved.  Expulsion is dealt with at the Board level when a “student’s conduct is so refractory that his/her presence is injurious to other pupils” (Education Act).
 
The “New Safe Schools Act” is in effect as per Bill 157 – Rules & Regulations will and must be followed.
Any details not listed in this handbook will be enforced as per the TCDSB Code of Conduct. (For additional information please visit www.tcdsb.org, under Parent section, Safe School)
 
PARENTS

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

v  Review the code of behaviour with your child.
v  Let your child know that you have high expectations.  Only the best they can do will be accepted by you.
v  Ensure that your child arrives at school on time.  Punctuality is a key to success.  Please note that our school hours are:    8:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
12:35 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
                        Please note: morning and afternoon recess is 15 minutes.
v  Parents will be notified if their child has been late 3 times during the week.  A parent conference may be scheduled.
v  Ensure that the school has up to date, accurate information for you and your child: address, phone number, health card number, your work number and emergency number.
v  Inform the school when your child is ill.  The Safe Arrival Program is in place at St. Jude.  A message can be left on our answering machine, 24 hours a day.
v  If you feel that there is problematic situation arising do not hesitate to contact the school to discuss the concern.  Phone for an interview so that a mutually convenient time can be set.
v  If you do not understand some part of your child’s assessments or evaluations, ask for clarification.
v  School Colours: Red and black.  Our current practice is a school dress code: red top, black bottoms (pants/shorts/skirt).
v  Ensure that your child arrives at school appropriately dressed.  Negative slogans, tight bicycle shorts, midriff sweaters/blouses, short shorts are not acceptable.  Modesty is the general rule.
v  You may wish to place your child’s name or initials on all clothing which might be misplaced.  Coats, boots, hats and gloves in cooler weather are needed by students.
v  Under no circumstances should money or valuables be left in clothing or school bags.  Valuable property should not be brought to school without the consent of both the teacher and the parent.
v  Remember to report in at the office when visiting the school.  All visitors will identify themselves, while on the school’s premises, with a St. Jude’s visitor badge and SIGN IN.
v  No students are allowed off school premises at lunch, unless a parent picks the child(ren) up and signs them out at the office.
v  Parents are permitted in the school yard in the morning and afternoon lunch hour 5 minutes before the bell.  We encourage parents to visit the office to become a parent volunteer.   

PROCEDURES

A parent shall support the stated goals of the general section.  In dealing with the parents, the staff will emphasize:
v  An open approach that recognizes that children learn from their mistakes and that parents have the primary role of encouraging positive behaviour
v  Communicating in a clear effective manner the information needed.  Translation will be made available as needed.
Steps in the process
Step 1     The parent of staff member should contact the other regarding the concern.  They should set a time to discuss the issue and bring it to resolution.
Step 2     If a satisfactory resolution is not forthcoming either one may request the principal or vice principal to step in and be part of the process.  Together the points of contention can be defined and worked to their resolution.
Step 3     A formal meeting chaired by the principal or vice principal at which time the points of conflict will be clarified.  A plan of resolution will be written down, with copies given to both parties.
Step 4     In serious matters that could lead to legal recourse for either party, the Superintendent of Schools must be informed and all T.C.D.S.B. policies and procedures followed.
 
 
STAFF
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Follow all rules and guidelines as set forth in Ministry Regulations and T.C.D.S.B. procedures and policies.
v  Consistently apply school code of behaviour to all students

PROCEDURES

All staff members shall support and uphold the stated goals of the general section of the school’s vision.
In dealing with staff the parents and students should recognize that:
v  Staff are operating in what they feel is in the best interest of the child and the school
v  When serious incidents occur they must be dealt with.
Staff will engage in the process of parent-staff conflict resolution as stated previously.
Staff will follow the process of student-staff concern as previously outlined.
 
VISITORS

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Education Act defines a visitor to the school as follows:
“A parent or guardian of a child attending a Separate School and a member of the Board that operates the school may visit such school, and a member of the assembly and a member of the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church may visit a Separate School in his or her constituency or in the area where he or she has pastoral charge as the case may be.  It is the duty of any visitor to report to the main office any time they enter the school.”
A visitor’s actions should not violate the stated goal of the general section of the school’s vision.

PROCEDURES

Visitors to the school are required to:
v  Clearly state the purpose of their visit.
v  Sign the log book.
v  Abide by the principal’s or designate’s decision regarding the interference of classroom routines.
v  All visitors will identify themselves, while on the school’s premises, with a St. Jude’s visitors badge.
Steps in the process
In response to violations of the duties and responsibilities of visitors to the school:
v  A warning letter can be sent to an individual with information about the school code and outlining future consequences available to the school.
v  A Trespass to Property letter can be sent if disruptive behaviour continues.
v  Police can be involved in cases where the safety and security of people in the school or school building is compromised.

 

ATTENDANCE

Daily attendance at school is not only required by Ontario Law, but is essential for success at school and the establishment of good work habits.  If your child is ill, or has an appointment, please phone the school.  The Safe Arrival Program is in place and you can leave a message on the answering machine, 24 hours a day.  Routine calls will be made to the home of students who are absent for extended periods of time.
Students returning from an absence, due to illness or any other reason, are required to submit a parental note.  Students are expected to complete work missed during the period of absence.  This promotes a sense of belonging and responsibility and should be a high priority of each student.
If necessary for a student to leave school early, he or she should have a signed note from home conveying this information.  Students leaving school early must use the sign-out book in the office.

 

LATE PROCEDURES

It is extremely important that students arrive to school on time.  The Regulation under the Education Act states: “It is a requirement for pupils to attend classes punctually and regularly.”
At St. Jude Catholic School, lateness will be monitored regularly.  At 8:30 when the students enter with their classes, all doors except the front door will be locked. 
 
If lateness continues to be a concern to the child’s learning, a phone call will be made to the child’s home prior to filing a report with the Attendance Counsellor.  Student lateness not only affects your child, but also has an impact on the learning of others.  We ask the cooperation of all parents in this regard.
 

BUS PROCEDURES

Pupils will be picked up and dropped off at their same stop each day.  If the student misses their bus, it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to get the child to school or home as the case may be.
Students are responsible to the Principal for their conduct on the bus.  In interest of safety for all the students on the bus, as well as for keeping proper order and a sense of responsible behaviour, students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that insures the safe operation of the bus.
v  Get on and off the bus in an orderly fashion
v  Be reasonably quiet and well behaved.
v  Be seated in your seat and remain seated until the bus comes to a full stop.
v  Be courteous to the bus driver, obeying his or her requests immediately.
v  Students must stay on designated bus for the duration of the year.
v  Parents/Guardians please inform the office in writing if your child(ren) is not taking the bus on a particular day.
RIDING THE BUS IS A PRIVILEGE!  Bus privileges can be withdrawn for up to ten days in response to incidents in violation with the stated goals and visions of St. Jude Catholic School.
 

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION

Each child’s progress is assessed primarily on the basis of daily work, projects, periodic testing, and student participation.  Official provincial report cards are issued in late November, early March and the end of June.
The staff of St Jude Catholic School attempts to keep parents informed of their students’ achievement as well as areas of concern.  Only by working together (home and school) can we provide the best support system for all students in our care.
This can be achieved through report cards, personal interviews, telephone calls, newsletters, portfolios, and other forms of home and school communications.
 
Hands Off Policy

1)       What is the “Hands Off” Policy?
The “Hands Off” Policy is a philosophy adopted by the students and staff of St. Jude Catholic School.   The “Hands Off” Policy states that physical contact and verbal abuse are prohibited at all times. 
 
2)       What does “Hands Off” mean?
“Hands Off” means that to yourself at all times. Hitting, fighting, roughing, pushing, tripping, kicking, shoving in line, play fighting, wrestling, pinching, spitting, biting, pulling hair, scratching, throwing objects (rocks, sand gravel, snowballs, iceballs, handful of snow, ect…), are all examples of physical or hurtful contact.  Disrespectful and abusive language, name calling racial remarks, swearing and inappropriate gestures of any kind, etc…are all examples of verbal abuse.
 
Participating in any of the above activities is considered an offence at St. Jude Catholic School.
 
3)       Why do we have a “Hands Off” Policy?
We have a “Hands Off” Policy to make a safer environment for everyone involved and to prevent anyone from getting hurt physically or emotionally.
 
4)       Who is responsible for the “Hands Off” Policy?
Students, teachers, the principal, and parents are all responsible for the “Hands Off” Policy. Students are responsible for making and obeying the rules.  Teachers and the principal are responsible for making the rules and for seeing that the rules are obeyed.  Parents are responsible for reminding their children of the rules and for backing up the rules of the school.
 
5)       What are the consequences for breaking the rules of the “Hands Off” Policy?
Discipline Process: There will be a progressive set of consequences for students who use inappropriate of disrespectful behaviour beginning at the school bus, on the bus, during the school day, including the afternoon bus stop, and while participating in extracurricular activities.  Please refer to Code of Conduct consequences section.

6)       Where do the rules of the “Hands Off” policy apply?
The rules of the “Hands Off” Policy apply anywhere in and around the school, before, during, and after school hours.  The rules apply while visiting other schools, during school activities, on field trips, and/or on the school bus.
 
ST. JUDE CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Parent/Student/Teacher Commitment
 
I have read the St. Jude Catholic School Code of Behavior and will try my best to uphold the honour of my school.
 
 
 
_____________________________              _____________________________              _______________________
Signature of parent/guardian                            Signature of Student                                           Signature of Teacher