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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School Handbook
 
St. Louis Catholic School
St. Louis Catholic School is a partnership of students, teachers, parents and St. Leo Church, dedicated and committed to fostering the development of the whole child (spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social) in a positive learning environment.
Our goal is to teach through Catholic beliefs the skills required to be lifelong learners and contributing members of society.
 
St. Leo Church – Father Frank Carpinelli
St. Louis Catholic School is aligned with St. Leo Church of which Father Frank Carpinelli is the Pastor.   Father Frank celebrates our monthly masses with the staff and students.
St. Leo Church is located at 277 Royal York Road. Toronto M8V 2V8.  
Telephone 416-251-1109
 
St. Louis Catholic School Advisory Council (CSAC)
  • To meet the needs of present and future challenges, school councils have been established in all Ontario schools.  The school lies at the heart of every community and relationships between parents, school staff and the community are witnesses to the collaborative processes involved in educating our children.
  • The Advisory role of the “School Council” is to provide ideas and opinions, to assist the Principal and, where appropriate, school board Trustees in making decisions on educational items.
  •  St. Louis Catholic School CSAC meets regularly and all meeting dates are published in the school newsletter and on the school web-site.  The newsletter is published at the beginning of each month.
  • Minutes of the meeting are available for all community members, on the school web-site. CSAC maintains a Bulletin Board and information table near the Morgan Avenue entrance.  All parents of our school community are welcome to attend school council meetings.
 
Expectations of Using the Student Agenda Book
“Learn to Plan  . . .  Plan to Learn”
 
Student’s responsibility :  To record homework, assignments, projects, tests, upcoming excursions, and other obligations.
Teacher’s role: To instruct and monitor students in the use of the agenda book and to use the agenda as a communication tool with parents.
Parent’s role:  On a daily basis, to read the student notations, sign the agenda book and use it as a communication tool with teachers.
 
Academic Responsibilities
Students are expected to:
  • Attend school regularly and be on time. School starts at 8:45 am.
  • Display a positive attitude towards learning
  • Be prepared for classes with completed homework assignments
  • Bring necessary learning materials to school, books, notebooks, math sets, pen, pencil, eraser, completed projects
  • Respect and abide by classroom and school behavior expectations
  • Participate fully in all classroom activities and enrichment activities provided
  • Ask for extra help when extra explanation of lessons and assignments is needed
 
Homework Expectations
Homework is an important dimension of academic success. It offers a variety of learning opportunities, using different media that encourage and support students in relation to their in-school experiences. It is a cooperative effort involving teachers, students and parents. 
The amount of homework assigned is influenced by such factors as grade level and individual learning profiles. There are four types of homework: Completion, Preparation, Practice and Application and Extension/Creative.
COMPLETION: To keep up to date with classroom work.
  • This includes completing classroom assignments, reading responses, notes, exercises, pieces of writing, reading selections and completing activities as assigned from various subject areas.
 
PREPARATION: To prepare for the next day’s class work or forthcoming lessons.
  • Students will be required to collect information, read background materials, study for tests, quizzes, unit tests/exams, complete tasks associated with sacramental preparation, and use agenda books to establish regular study and review time.
 
PRACTICE & APPLICATION: To develop, review and reinforce specific skills and to transfer skills or concepts into new situations.
This may include:
  • Completing extra questions in a textbook if an assessment item demonstrates that the student has not mastered a skill
  • Writing a letter after being taught the components of a letter
  • Completing community service hours
  • Reviewing and practicing numeracy skills and/or troublesome spelling words,
  • Being read to, reading aloud, independent reading
 
EXTENSION/CREATIVE: To enrich classroom experiences and to deepen the student’s understanding, in addition to providing opportunities for problem solving and critical thinking and integration of skills. This may include:
  • Volunteering to help in local parish, community group, e.g. Food Bank
  • Working on projects, research, independent study
  • Inventing a product to solve a problem
  • Creating designs, stories, drama, prayers
PARENTS can assist their Child/ren by:
  • Providing a quiet time and place for schoolwork/homework completion
  • Engaging in a dialogue with their children about the school day
  • Showing an interest in their child’s schoolwork/homework
  • Modeling reading to their child
  • Set aside Family Reading Time
  • Signing all tests/assignments sent home by the classroom teacher
  • Instilling a respect for school property
  • Supporting their child’s achievement in the arts: drama, music, art
 
SPECIAL EDUCATION RESOURCE ROOM SUPPORT
  • Parents are encouraged to consult with the classroom teacher about concerns they may have regarding their child’s achievements or adjustment to school. 
  • Most challenges may be successfully addressed by the parents and teacher working together with the student. 
  • As some students may need additional supports with the academic program, our Special Education Resource Teacher and our Assessment and Programming Teacher are also available for consultation.
SAFE ARRIVAL POLICY
The safe arrival policy is a system of procedures which enable the school to verify a student’s absence or lateness with the parent or guardian.  These procedures are a critical part of the daily attendance taking procedures at St. Louis Catholic School.
  • Parents are asked to call the school at (416) 393 -5331 before 8:30 am and leave a message when their child/ren will be absent or late.
  • Students who are late (arriving after the 8:45 am bell) will report to the office before going to the classroom.
  • A late slip is issued to the student and presented to the classroom teacher.
  • All parents of students whose absences are unexplained will be contacted.
  • Parents must provide the school with complete and current emergency contact information. This includes all telephone numbers and cell phone numbers at which parents can be reached in case of an emergency situation. It is vital that we have this current information in our data file.
  •  If contact cannot be made, or if there are concerns about a student, the principal will determine whether to call the emergency numbers provided by the parent.
  • The Principal will inform the school social worker of all students who have numerous unexplained lates and absences. Parents will be asked to attend a case conference to review their child’s attendance profile and assess the situation.
EARLY DISMISSAL
  • Students who must leave the school earlier than 3:15 pm dismissal must bring a note from their parent requesting early dismissal.
  • Parents must come into the school office and sign out their child. A sign out book is provided by the school secretary.
  • Students will be called by the school secretary to meet their parent in the office.
  • Students will not be released to the parent at the classroom door.
 
LUNCH HOUR ROUTINE
 Lunch hour provides an ideal opportunity for students to interact with their classmates. Students who do not go home for lunch will remain on school property during the lunch hour. Students should not leave the school grounds during lunch hour to go to local restaurants or visit a friend’s house. The safety of our students while in our care is a prime responsibility and concern for all staff.
  • Parents may take their child out for lunch. They must sign out their child using the sign out book in the school office.
  • Upon return to the school, parents must sign in their child for the afternoon session; beginning at 12:45 pm
  • Parents are asked to follow this protocol.
  • During inclement weather, students remain in their classrooms. Supervision is provided by school staff.
  • It is essential for students to bring nutritious lunches.
  • Encourage your child to bring a litter free lunch to support our commitment to the environment. Please try to use reusable containers (not glass) whenever possible. This will assist us to reduce the amount of refuse created a lunch time.
  • Students are encouraged to use the recycling containers provided throughout the school.
BUS TRANSPORTATION PROCEDURES
  • At the beginning of each school year, all students who ride the bus will be provided with behavior expectations for doing so.  A periodic review of these expectations by a parent/guardian with your child is encouraged in order to ensure the safety of all students riding the buses.
  • It is important to remember that riding the bus to and from school is a privilege not a right.
  • A note from a parent is necessary for the non-bus student to use the school bus service on special occasions; such as completing a project with a classmate.
  • Students who are not able to meet expected behavioural expectations will have the privilege removed.
  • BUS STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WALK HOME!
  • Alternate transportation arrangements must be provided in writing by the parent/guardian to the school office, otherwise the student(s) will board the assigned bus to get home.
  • Students are reminded to follow bus safety rules while riding the bus to and from school.
  • Be courteous and respectful towards the bus driver.
  • Remain seated while on the bus.
  •  Enjoy the ride to and from school!
 
SCHOOL BUS DROP OFF & LOADING ZONES ON Morgan Avenue and Penhurst Avenue
  • Parents and Guardians are reminded to be aware of the BUS LOADING and DROP OFF ZONES at the front and back of the school building.
  • The bus zones are very busy at the start and at the end of the school day. Please take the time to park your car in a parking spot outside of the School Bus Zones when dropping off or picking up your child(ren),
  • The staff parking lot is not to be used as a drop off or pick up location.
  • The staff parking lot should never be used as a pedestrian walkway.
  • Students should always access the school yard by the two access gates provided for their safety.
SCHOOL BUS CANCELLATION/SCHOOL CLOSURE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
  • During periods of severe weather, the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s information line may be reached at 416-222-8282 Ext. 2873 for transportation updates, school bus cancellations, and school closures.  You may also access local media outlets such as CBC Radio & TV, CTV, CP 24, and NEWSTALK 1010.
  • It is important to remember that when transportation is cancelled in the morning and parents elect to personally drive their child to school, it is also the parent’s responsibility to pick-up the child at the 3:15 p.m.  Be mindful, even if road/weather conditions improve, school buses will not resume operations.
  • When school bus services are cancelled, the school may remain open to students who can safely walk to school.  It is the responsibility of parents to determine whether it is safe to come to school or not.  If you choose to keep your child at home, please call the school at 416-393-5331, to inform us of your decision.
             
DISMISSAL – INCLEMENT WEATHER
  • At times, inclement weather necessitates that students gather in the school gym to assemble for bus dismissal. Students are always supervised by teachers and support staff while waiting for school bus pick up
FOOD ALLERGY ALERT
  • Some students experience severe reactions to certain foods.
  • Anaphylaxis refers to a collection of symptoms such as breathing difficulties, shock and drop in blood pressure. All are potentially fatal.
  • Bee stings and peanut allergies are most common in the ‘severe’ category.  Parents of these students need to make sure that an EPI PEN has been registered and provided to the school office. 
  • Please ensure that the medication/EPI PEN is cerrent. Check the expiry date.
  •  Students may carry EPI PENS on their person. Staff and Administration need to be informed if the medication is in place.
  • Parents of students in classrooms that have a classmate allergic to nuts will be contacted on a yearly basis and may be required to restrict peanut products.
  • Please do not bring baked goods such as cakes and cupcakes to celebrate your child’s birthday.
  • An alternative of fruit, pencils or other small toy are preferred for everyone’s safety.
 
MEDICATION
  • Under certain conditions, a student may be required to take medication during school hours.
  • Parents must complete proper TCDSB forms before any medication is administered to a student. The forms also require signature of the prescribing physician. These forms are available from the school office.
  • Please note . . . it is assumed that if a child is well enough to come to school, the child will participate in all school activities, recess periods and physical education classes. Indoor supervision is not available during recess.
  
SAFE SCHOOLS INFORMATION
STUDENT BEHAVIOUR & EXPECTATIONS
  • All students, parents and staff have rights and responsibilities. Students have a right to an education and a corresponding responsibility not to deny these rights to others.
  • All staff members enforce the Code of Behaviour for our school, facilitating a safe learning environment for your child/ren.
  • It is designed to ensure Christian behaviours by promoting respect for self, respect for others, respect for property and respect for authority.
  • Staff has developed a fair and equitable way of handling infractions of school rules to support a safe, happy learning environment at St. Louis Catholic School.
  • Students needing redirection are attended to in a professional manner.
 
 
EXPECTATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES
  • Students are expected to enter and move through the building in an orderly manner.
  • Students are expected to respect staff, parents, and volunteers.
  • Students are expected to follow through on directions given by staff, parents, and volunteers.
  • Students are expected to respect their classmates.
CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR
The purpose of consequences is to bring about a positive change in behaviour. Consequences at the classroom and school level will be varied and appropriate to the age of the student and the behaviour needing correction. Conflict resolution strategies are implemented as part of the progressive discipline process.  
At St. Louis Catholic School we adhere to the Progressive Discipline process which provides a continuum of interventions to assist the student(s) presenting with inappropriate behaviours and responses to social interactions while at school.
Additional information on Safe Schools may be found at www.tcdsb.org under Safe Schools Policy S.S. 09.
 
PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE STRATEGIES
  • Students are aware of consequences for inappropriate behaviour.
  • Consequences are in place to maintain the safety of students, staff, visitors, and safety of the entire school community.
  • Consequences of inappropriate behaviour may include one or more of the following and are not limited to the following:
    • Informal or Formal discussion with the student/on going monitoring
    • Written reflection (“Think Paper”)
    • Apology: Written and/or verbal
    • Written behaviour report
    • Parent contact/phone call
    • Restitution
    • Guidance Teacher Counseling
    • Social Work Counseling
    • Withdrawal of privileges/detention
    • Loss of privileges to attend or participate in school events, excursions and other extracurricular activities
    • Community Service
    • Suspension
    • Police Involvement
 
Safe School reminder – These items are not allowed at school.
Keep these items at home!
 
  • Electronic Toys and Hand held devices
  • Trading Cards 
  •  Cell phones
  • Skateboards, Scooters
The staff of St. Louis Catholic School is not liable for the safe storage of any of these items should they be brought to school. We are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.
 
APPROPRIATE DRESS – COLOUR CODED ATTIRE
St. Louis Catholic School will implement and adhere to the Appropriate Dress Code Policy S.S. 07 of the Toronto Catholic District School Board effective September 1, 2011, as well as all Catholic schools within the TCDSB.
At St. Louis Catholic School the Appropriate Dress Code consists of a combination of white and navy blue garments (i.e. plain white top and navy bottom); no denim, no jeans and no logos on any of the Navy Blue and White clothing.
All students will wear the colour coded attire of Navy Blue & White while at school, on excursions, participating in competitions, tournaments, music festivals, and while attending Mass at the school gym or at St. Leo Church.
Parents/guardians may wish to access www.tcdsb.org/csac/dresscode.htm for further information.
  
EXCURSIONS
  • The staff of St. Louis Catholic School believes that many valuable learning experiences can and need to occur away from the classroom. 
  • Excursions are extensions of the in-school curriculum and as such are not optional as they provide enrichment of student learning.
  • On all school excursions, students must follow the school Code of Behaviour.
  • Teachers organizing excursions will send home a cover letter and permission form for each excursion. Therein you will find specific information about the excursion: purpose, itinerary, lunch, supervision, and costs involved.
  • Each student participating in the excursion must return to the classroom teacher (a) a permission form signed by the parent and (b) payment for the excursion.
 
On occasion, the school will need parents to drive to tournaments and competitions. Volunteer drivers must fill out a TCDSB form stating they have a minimum of $1,000,000.00 public liability insurance.   The completed forms are kept on file in the office.
 
Permission Forms
  •   At the start of each school year, parents will receive several permission forms to be completed and returned promptly to the school office.
  • Permission forms are required for: 

            (a)  student participation in local walks in the community; including a walk to and from St. Leo Church

             (b)  student to remain at the school during lunch hour

             (c)  students to be photographed at school events
 
             (d)  specific administration of medication to a student
 
LOST & FOUND ITEMS
  • Parents or students are asked to label articles of clothing and school bags with the student’s identifying information. 
  • Throughout the year many items of clothing are misplaced or lost.  Items found are placed in the “Lost & Found” box located on the main floor hallway.
  • Parents and students are requested to check regularly for lost articles. 
  • At the end of the school year, unclaimed items are donated to charity.
NEIGHBOURHOOD RELATIONS
It is important that we maintain good relationships with our community.  We are proud of the community spirit at St. Louis C.S.  We remind our students not to litter or to walk on private property while walking to and from school, on local community walks with their classmates, or completing cross country running practices.