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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​St. Maria Goretti Catholic School

21 Kenmark Boulevard


Toronto, Ontario 


M1K 3N8


Telephone: 416-393-5260


Fax: 416-397-6371





Principal:  D. Canning


Pastor:  Father Edwin Galea   



Vice Principals:    M. Murphy


Secretary:  R. Schieman


G. Ross                                                            


Clerk-Typists: J. Howell



 P. King


Superintendent of Education:  G. Grant


Trustee:  N. Crawford







Student Handbook 2013-2014



TCDSB Mission Statement



In a school community formed by Catholic beliefs and traditions, our Mission is to educate students to their full potential by providing leadership in the shared responsibility for education that exists among schools, students, families, parishes and the community; a safe and welcoming learning environment that is an example of Christian community; role models of Gospel values and Catholic doctrines, teachings and beliefs; guidance in what students need to learn; instruction in the learning process itself; religious, academic and technological instruction; integration of Catholic, Christian beliefs into the total learning experience; and feedback on students’ proficiency and performance.




New School Hours






Morning Entry 

8:30 a.m.

Morning Recess

9:40 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.


11:35 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

Lunch Recess

11:55 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

Afternoon Recess

1:40 p.m. –   1:55 p.m.

Bus Dismissal

2:55 p.m.

Walkers Dismissal

3:00 p.m.






Vision of Our Students


We envision students who…


 Are formed in Catholic Faith


Apply Christian values to life’s opportunities, challenges and choices


Display self-esteem and self-respect


Strive to be the best they can be


Demonstrate skills for nurturing a healthy family life


Demonstrate global perspectives and community responsibility


Demonstrate relevant knowledge and ability


Pursue academic excellence




Rights and Responsibilities of a Student



I have the right and responsibility to learn in a Catholic atmosphere:

  • I am responsible for my own learning and I allow others to learn.
  • I do my best at all times.
  • I am honest.
  • I come to class with necessary books and materials.
  • I do my homework.
  • I arrive to school on time.
  • I am respectful during prayer celebrations and religious activities.
  • I bring home all school information for my parents.


I have the right to be safe and the responsibility to permit others to feel safe:

  • I obey all the school rules.
  • I avoid games that promote violence or that could hurt others.
  • I do not bully others.
  • I keep my hands and feet to myself.
  • I tell an adult if someone is hurt or doing something dangerous.
  • I listen to teachers and supervisors.
  • I use school equipment in a safe and respectful manner.
  • I play safely on the playground


I have the right to be respected and to be treated with dignity and the responsibility to treat others in a similar manner:

  • I will demonstrate respect of others without discrimination against race, culture or ability.
  • I treat everyone kindly and with respect.
  • I speak to others in an appropriate and polite manner.
  • I listen to others when they speak.
  • I respect the space and belongings of others.
  • I work quietly so other students can work.


I have the right to learn in a clean environment and the responsibility to do my part in helping keep our environment clean:

  • I keep my desk and classroom neat and tidy.
  • I clean up after myself at lunchtime.
  • I keep the washrooms clean.
  • I throw litter in the garbage.
  • I cooperate in keeping the schoolyard clean.


Rights and Responsibilities of Parents



Parents Have the Right 

  • To expect their children to be educated in a school community formed by Catholic beliefs and traditions, which promote the basic Gospel values.
  • To expect that the individual potential of each child will be recognized and an appropriate program be made available for all students.
  • To expect their children to learn in a safe environment that is free from violence,threats or fear of violence.
  • To receive periodic reports on the performance and progress of their child.
  • To expect school staff to be approachable and open to parents, students and community members.


Parents Have the Responsibility 

  • To ensure regular and punctual attendance.
  • To ensure that children are well rested, well nourished, appropriately dressed and prepared for school.
  • To inform the school of health conditions or family changes which may have an impact on a child’s education.
  • To ensure that children have scheduled times for homework and an appropriate location to complete their studies.
  • To allow children to grow and develop responsibility for their own actions/decisions.
  • To provide positive support for the policies and efforts of the school in the education of their children.
  • To demonstrate to their children a commitment to our Catholic beliefs and traditions.


Rights and Responsibilities of Teachers and Support Staff



Teachers/Support Staff Have the Right

  • To be treated with respect by all students, parents and visitors.
  • To an environment, which makes it possible for them to teach, or do their work without undo disruption, fear or discomfort.


Teachers/Support Staff Have the Responsibility

  • For clearly reviewing the rules and expectations of the school and the rules of their individual classrooms in relation to behaviour and discipline.
  • For promoting trust, reconciliation and acceptance in relationships within the school community.
  • For equally sharing in the monitoring of school and student behaviour.
  • For modeling community standards of behaviour and dress.
  • For accepting responsibility to adapt instructions to meet the individual needs of students.


Homework Policy



The St. Maria Goretti Community recognizes the value of homework that furthers students’ learning in relation to the curriculum. Homework should be a positive experience.



A well-designed homework policy should:

  • Meet the developmental and individual needs of the student.
  • Reinforce and extend school experiences.
  • Assist students in assuming responsibility for their own learning.
  • Develop positive attitudes towards independent study and life long learning.
  • Encourage the development of self-discipline, good work habits and time management skills.
  • Enable parents to become involved and to participate in their child’s learning.
  • Enable regular on-going communication between teachers, parents and the students.
  • Assist students in preparing for subsequent learning activities.


Safety Policies



Safe School /Arrival Program


The Safe Arrival Program is implemented to ensure your child’s safety. We will continue to call you after the morning and afternoon attendance if your child is absent from school and we do not know why. If your child is going to be late or absent from school, please call the school at (416) 393-5260 and leave a message before 8:00 am.  This is a required and necessary part of our Safe Arrival Program.  The safe arrival of our students is a joint responsibility of the school and the home.



Early Dismissal


Students who must leave before dismissal time may do so ONLY with the written permission from the parent. We ask that parents come to the office to sign their child out. Unless it is an emergency situation, we ask that a written note be provided to your child’s teacher in the morning, notifying him/her of scheduled appointments and changes to end of day procedures. As a safe arrival home requirement, please avoid calling late in the school day to request that your child change their regular home procedure.



Visitors to the School


All visitors to the school including parents, grandparents and babysitters, must report to the office. We ask that all visitors to the school follow this policy for the safety of our children. Once school begins, ALL doors are locked.  Please do not approach any of our students in the schoolyard.  The office staff is available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.


Drop Off and Pick Up


Please drop off and pick up your students from the schoolyard. Students may be dropped off in the schoolyard beginning at 8:10 a.m. when teacher supervision begins. Pick up is at 3:00 p.m. at the back, by the church, after the buses have departed. In the morning, please do not wait in the schoolyard with your child. Adults in a schoolyard become a safety issue. Your child may know you but you are a stranger to other students. It is very difficult for the teachers on supervision to detect a stranger when adults are in the schoolyard. As well please do not walk your child to their classroom. Children need to learn the school routines and too many adults in the school during drop off and pick up enables a stranger to enter the building unnoticed. Thank you for your cooperation.



School Telephone


Parents are asked to refrain from requesting the school secretary to deliver messages to their children in their classrooms. This is disruptive to the students in the classroom. This should be done in emergency situations only. Also, students are only allowed to use the school telephone in an emergency. Please organize your day with your children before they come to school.



Cell Phone Policy and Electronics


All personal electronic devices such as cell phones, i-pods, cameras, etc. should not be at school.  Under special circumstances where a parent has notified the office that their child must have a cell phone, it must be powered off and stored out of view in knapsack.  The consequences for using cell phones or other electronic devices during school hours will be confiscation of the device for a period of time.  A parent can be required to come and collect such items at school.



Health Policies



If your Child Becomes Ill at School


We do not have facilities at school to accommodate children who are ill. It is the policy of the school to make a sick child as comfortable as possible while the parent is being contacted. In a case where an injury appears to be serious, the Principal or designate may take the child to the hospital emergency or an ambulance may be called and a parent will be contacted. Please ensure home, work, and emergency phone numbers and contact names on file in the office, are accurate and up to date.



Peanut Free School


We have several children with severe, life-threatening food allergies, especially to peanuts/nuts. This is a medical condition (anaphylaxis) that causes a severe reaction to specific foods and can result in death within minutes.  As this affects the entire school community, we request that you do not send food with your child to school that contain allergens e.g. peanuts, nutella, milk, eggs etc. If your child has been diagnosed with such a medical condition, please let the school know, so that we can plan for their safe integration.  Children are asked not to share food with other children.  Please do not send food to school for birthday celebrations. Teachers do recognize special occasions such as birthdays in a variety of ways, which do not include food. Please respect the Peanut Free designation for our school and help ensure a safe and healthy environment for all children.



Children with Medical Conditions 


Please make sure that you notify the office and the classroom teacher of any health problems that your child may have.  If your child has severe allergies that may require an epi-pen we ask that you provide one epi-pen for the office and we ask that another epi-pen be carried by the student.  We require updated  medical forms in September 2011.  Please keep track of expiration dates and replace medication as required.



Administration of Medication Policy


Do not send medication to the school with your child.  If your child is required at any time to take medication at school, it is the Board policy that parents or guardians must submit a completed Request and Consent for the Administration of Oral Medication form to the school with the medication. This form is available through the office and must be signed by both the parent and the doctor.



Staying In At Recess


Students are expected to go outside for recess.  If a child is too sick to go outside, they are too sick to come to school. If the weather is extremely cold, stormy or rainy, an indoor recess procedure is followed.



Pediculosis-Head Lice


Outbreaks of pediculosis are common among school children. They are not considered a health problem. They are considered a nuisance. Any person, however clean, may become infected by exposure to other infected persons or their belongings (clothing, hats, combs, brushes). Parents are advised to look for pediculosis when their children are observed excessively scratching their heads. Please inform the school if your child has head lice. The school will send home a letter to the parents where cases of head lice have been reported, advising the parents to check their children’s hair.



Other Policies



Inclement Weather Entry Procedures



In the morning:


All students in grades 1-8 go directly to the ARK until 8:10 a.m.  At 8:10 a.m. they will proceed to their classrooms or in the case of portable students, to their assigned lunchroom until 8:30a.m. when the bell rings for them to go to their classes.  JUNIOR and SENIOR KINDERGARTEN students remain in the ARK until 8:30a.m. where their teachers will come to pick them up.  All students who walk to school are reminded to enter through either of the student entrances facing the east schoolyard.  Both doors will be open at 8:10 am.  Please do not ring the Main Office.



In the afternoon:


Junior and Senior Kindergarten bus students will be brought directly to the ARK and will wait until 12:35 p.m. where their teachers will pick them up.  JK and SK students who walk to school should enter from the student entrance facing the east school yard.  They will also wait in the ARK until 12:35 p.m. where their teacher will pick them up.



Personal Property


Parents are requested to see that their children’s clothes, boots, gloves, scarves, shoes, lunch boxes etc. are marked with the child’s name. Clothing does get misplaced and many children have identical or similar belongings. The following items are not allowed at school; i-pods, video games, skateboards, scooters, roller blades, bikes, hardballs, bats, or any other valuable toys.  The school will not be responsible for any stolen, personal belongings. 



Leaving the School Grounds


The school strongly discourages students from going to local stores and restaurants for lunch. Since we cannot supervise students once they leave school grounds, we ask that all students remain at school at all times. Students are allowed to leave at lunch if accompanied by a parent.  Parents will be notified of any violations of this policy.  Students are not permitted to bring food back to school.  The school will assume no responsibility once the child leaves the school grounds. The responsibility for the child becomes that of the parent.



Assessment and Evaluation


Each child’s progress is assessed primarily on the basis of daily work, projects, periodic testing and student participation. A progress Report Card will be sent home in November and Provincial Report Cards will be issued in February and June.  Parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled in November to coincide with the first report. The staff at St. Maria Goretti will keep parents informed of their student’s achievements as well as areas of concern. This can be achieved through report cards, scheduled personal interviews, telephone calls, newsletters, student agendas and any other forms of home and school communications. When you need to talk to your child’s teacher outside of the above-mentioned times, we ask that you make an appointment.   



Bus Zone


Parents and visitors are strongly reminded that the circular driveway off Kenmark Blvd. is not to be used to drop off or pick up students.  This is a designated bus loading zone and fire route.  We thank you for your cooperation.







Students are required to ONLY use the bus assigned to them both to and from school.  Please be aware that both teachers and drivers have been apprised of this requirement and will strictly enforce it.  For safety reasons, parents are not permitted to pick up their child from the bus loading area.  We trust that everyone will cooperate to ensure the safety of our students.  Please call the school if you have any concerns regarding bus transportation.



Bus procedures


Students are responsible to the Principal for their conduct on the bus. In the interest and safety of all 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 ensures the safe operation of the bus. 

  • Get on and off the bus in an orderly fashion.
  • Be reasonably quiet and well-behaved.
  • Be seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • Be courteous to the bus driver, obeying his/her requests immediately.




Bus privileges can be withdrawn for up to ten days in response to incidents in violation of the goals and visions of St. Maria Goretti Catholic School.



Progressive Discipline     



The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) is committed to our mission of providing a safe and welcoming learning environment that supports academic excellence and is an example of Christian Community.  Every member of this community - student, teacher, parent/guardian, support staff, trustee, parish priest, volunteers or others while on TCDSB property, at TCDSB sponsored events and circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate - is governed by the policies of the TCDSB and shares in the responsibility for creating a positive environment that is safe, harmonious, comfortable, inclusive and respectful.  



The TCDSB Code of Conduct recognizes the importance of progressive discipline which focuses on prevention and early intervention as the key to maintaining a positive school environment. Discipline can be defined as supporting students to make the right decisions.  It refers to instruction, self-control, and orderly conduct.  Consistent and logical consequences, rather than punitive measures are important in order for students to learn that they can control their own behaviour by making appropriate choices.   



The interventions and consequences applied to instances of inappropriate behaviour must be made after consideration of a student’s history, age, level of remorse and any other mitigating factors that apply.  In a progressive discipline approach, consequences are designed to support the prosocial development and future behaviour of the person responsible for the action.



At St. Maria Goretti Catholic School, we address progressive discipline when we recognize and deal with infractions to the St. Maria Goretti Code of Behaviour.  



Consequences for infractions to the SMG Code of Behaviour will be clear and fair in order to promote problem solving and encourage students to take responsibility for their actions.  Mitigating factors will be considered with every infraction.



Parents will be contacted when deemed necessary.  Incidents may be documented and a plan of action may be developed. Consequences will comply with requirements set out in the Ontario Schools’ Code of Conduct and TCDSB policies and procedures.



Additional information can be found at the TCDSB web site at under Safe Schools Policy S.S.09.



Threat Response Procedures



St. Maria Goretti Catholic School has a primary responsibility to ensure the safety of students and staff inside the school building and on school property. Shelter in Place, Hold and Secure and Lockdown represent the three different responses that may be initiated by a school principal in the event of a threat to school safety.



A Shelter in Place response is initiated when there is an environmental concern. There is no immediate threat. Students remain in the building and classes continue as usual.


A Hold and Secure response is initiated when the threat is proximate to, but not inside the building.  The threat poses no immediate danger to students or staff while they remain in the building. 


A Lockdown response is initiated when imminent danger is present within the school building and the safety of students and staff is threatened.



In order for all students and staff to become familiar with expectations during a threat to school safety, our school will be practicing threat response procedures as we have normally done with fire drills.  During these drills, signs will be posted on the entrance doors indicating that the school is in Shelter in Place, Hold and Secure or Lockdown. The doors may be locked and no one will be allowed to enter or exit the school. 



Monitoring Social Networks and Your Child’s Use of the Internet



Inserted below is a copy of a letter that was sent home to parents in June 2012 in response to grave concerns regarding safely navigating the internet, in particular social networks. Please be aware of the potential dangers to children who openly communicate and share personal information through the internet. You are encouraged to monitor your children and the various sites they frequent, as well as the electronic “friends” with whom they dialogue.





                                      ST. MARIA GORETTI




      21 Kenmark Blvd.


Toronto, Ontario


M1K 3N8


Telephone 416 393-5260









June 2012



Dear Parents/Guardian



It has come to our attention that a number of students are not properly using FACEBOOK or other internet applications. It has also been noted that inappropriate comments and photos have been exchanged. 



Please keep this in mind when monitoring your son’s or daughter’s use of the internet.



We strongly recommend the following:



-Students should not have FACEBOOK pages.  If you do allow such use, it needs to have proper security settings and parents must regularly monitor conversations back and forth.  The password should be known by the parent – no exceptions. Parents need to regularly sign-on and review and monitor conversations. Student passwords should not be shared with other students.


-Students should not create personal websites or participate in blogs revealing personal information (name, school, friend’s names, etc.).


-Webcam usage should be monitored very closely or simply removed.


-Computers should, whenever possible, be located in family rooms where all members have access.


-Computers should not be in a bedroom.



** Parents:  One example I am sharing with you.  I monitored a conversation between one of our female students and an unknown man.  The man was enquiring as to her age, and whether she had ever had sex.  You can plainly see the seriousness of this communication that I am sending you.



Yours truly,


P. F. Sullivan



If you have any questions or require clarification, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or school administrators.


Catholic School Advisory Council



Elections for the new School Council will be held in September. The purpose of the Catholic School Advisory Council, through the active participation of parents, is to improve pupil achievement and to enhance the accountability of the education system to parents. Therefore, the CSAC shall function in an advisory role to the principal and shall achieve its purpose by making recommendations to the principal and where appropriate to the Board on matters in accordance with the Education Act and TCDSB Policies, Guidelines and Operating Procedures,


The School Council is a valuable asset to the school. All parents are invited and encouraged to become involved. CSAC meetings are open to all parents and items can be brought to the meetings through any member of the council. 




Parish Information



In an effort to encourage all students and parents to attend Mass at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, we are including the times of the weekend masses for your convenience.


Saturday: 5:00 p.m., Sunday: 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 7:00 p.m. and every morning at 8:00 a.m.







In January of 2008, the Toronto Catholic District School Board began focusing on a different virtue for each month of school.  These virtues are built upon our Faith and Character Development because it is our responsibility as Catholics to try to live a life of Virtues.  Encouraging our children to follow Christ’s example is the most important thing we can teach them, and our actions will speak louder than our words.  Help us to recognize and celebrate the virtues of the month.



September – Hospitality February - Love


October – Gratitude March – Forgiveness


November – Peacemaking            April - Justice


December – Charity May - Compassion


January - Courage June - Faithfulness



Here at St. Maria Goretti Catholic School, we also celebrate the successes and achievements of students who have excelled in various aspects of the curriculum.  At masses and assemblies, we present Academic Awards for each month.  Help us to recognize and celebrate the academic themes of the month.



September – Off to a Good Start February – Social Sciences


October – Reading March – Performing Arts


November – French April - Writing


December – Visual Arts May - Sportsmanship


January - Mathematics June – Most Improved/Student of the Year




2013/2014 School Year Calendar


Labour Day September 2, 2013

First Instructional Day September 3, 2013

Thanksgiving Day October 14, 2013

Christmas Break December 23, 2013-January 3, 2014

Family Day February 17, 2014

Mid-Winter Break March 10-14, 2014

Good Friday April 18, 2014

Easter Monday April 21, 2014

Victoria Day May 19, 2014

Last day of classes (elementary students)    June 27, 2014


Six (6) Professional Development Days

Ministry Designated Day                              October 11, 2013

Parent-Teacher Conferences                       November 14, 2013

Faith Day                   November 15, 2013

Ministry Designated Day                              December 20, 2013 

Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting             January 24, 2014

Ministry Designated Day                              March 7, 2014

Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting             June 6, 2014​