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Toronto Catholic District School Board

St. Timothy Catholic School
25 Rochelle Crescent
Toronto, ON   M2J 1Y3

 
ST. TIMOTHY CATHOLIC SCHOOL MISSION
St. Timothy Catholic School community is built on a firm foundation of Catholic beliefs and traditions and is dedicated to upholding the values of the Catholic faith.  Our mission is to educate students to their full potential as good Christians.
 
VISION OF OUR STUDENTS
 
We envision students who:
     Are formed in the Catholic faith;
     Apply Christian values to life’s opportunities, challenges and choices;
    Pursue academic excellence;
     Demonstrate relevant knowledge and ability;
     Display self-esteem and self-respect;
     Strive to be the best they can be;
     Demonstrate skills for developing and maintaining personal and family wellness
     Demonstrate global perspective and community responsibility
 
THE ABCs OF ST. TIMOTHY’S POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
 
ALLERGIES
Parents are requested to inform their child’s teacher concerning any food, medicine and other allergies or insect bite reactions.  Teachers are not permitted to administer any medication unless proper forms and consultation has taken place with the school in advance.  In a related matter, it is helpful for all of us to be aware of the severity of some allergy problems.  A wider variety of reactions are more prevalent today.  Most sensitivities are outgrown by the time children complete elementary or secondary school, however, some children continue to run the risk of having anaphylaxis shock to such foods as peanuts, eggs, wheat and fish.  Even tiny amounts are sufficient to cause a severe reaction.
Please avoid sending food for birthdays or special occasions.  There are many alternatives such as stickers and pencils.  Your child’s teacher will be discussing these alternatives with the class throughout the year. 
 
ATTENDANCE    
Punctuality and regular attendance contribute to a child’s success in school and in future jobs.  Tardiness not only robs students of opportunity, but is also a disruption and distraction to other school members.  Remember that missed lessons and class work often cannot be reconstructed or “made up” completely. Punctuality is an important lesson to learn for life.  Please establish a routine whereby your child arrives at school on time each and every day.
 
Absenteeism and tardiness is recorded on our Ministry of Education Attendance Registers on a daily basis.  As stated in the Education Act:  Every student shall attend school regularly and punctually and every parent guardian or other person having charge of the pupil who is of compulsory school age shall take all steps that are necessary to ensure regular attendance of that pupil.
NOTE:
Parents are requested to phone the school at 416- 393 – 5298 if their child is going to be absent or late.  Parents are able to leave messages on the school’s answering machine.  Leave your child’s name, teacher’s name, and the reason for absence.  If your child is away without explanation, we will contact you to confirm that you are aware that your child is absent from school.
 
If a student is late arriving in the morning or afternoon, s/he is required to report to the office to receive an admit slip and then give it to the child’s classroom teacher.
 
BUS 
Safety and respect for all children is as important on the bus as at school.  In addition, the bus driver must be able to concentrate on driving the bus to ensure that our children reach their destination safely.  Students are responsible to the principal, as well as the bus driver, for their conduct on the school bus.  Student misbehaviour will be reported to parents.  If the misbehaviour persists, the offending child/children will be prohibited from using the bus.  Please call the school if you would like the phone numbers of your child’s bus route.
 
The following rules have been set up to help ensure the safety of our children.
Rules for the bus are as follows:
  • use only the bus for which you are registered
  • walk to the bus stop, and wait until told to get on
  • walk to your seat on the bus, without pushing or shoving
  • sit on the seat and keep your feet beneath the seat
  • engage in polite conversation
  • eating or drinking on the bus is not permitted
If a student breaks the bus rules, the following steps will be taken:
 
First Notification
Discussion with the principal.
 
Second Notification.
Discussion with the principal, and notification will be sent to the parents.
 
Third Notification
Suspension of bus privileges for minimum of 3 days.
 
**If your child is required to take the bus, he/she is expected to do so everyday unless a written note is provided to the office first thing in the morning.**
PLEASE NOTE:  Phone calls related to changing buses at the end of the day will not be allowed
 
 
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR- SAFE SCHOOLS POLICIES & PROCEDURES
 
The responsibility for a safe school culture and the education of appropriate social behaviour founded on gospel values rests with everyone.
 
The Provincial Safe School Act was amended by the Ontario Government on February 1, 2008.  Bill 212, an Act to amend the Education Act in respect of behaviour, discipline and safety is now in effect.  The TCDSB has revised its Safe School Policy to incorporate Ministry regulations while continuing to emphasize the importance of prevention.  For more details, please go to the TCDSB website:  www.tcdsb.org/policyregister/CodeofConduct.htm.
 
Bill 212: Progressive Discipline and Safety in Schools
It is a requirement of Bill 212: Progressive Discipline and Safety in Schools that each school establish a progressive discipline plan.
  • An effective progressive discipline plan must be established and developed by all members of the school community
  • An effective progressive discipline plan must be practiced with a unified school-wide approach.
  • The school’s code of conduct and behavioural expectations must be communicated to parents, students and staff annually and reviewed regularly.
 
What is meant by discipline?
  • discipline can be defined as supporting students to make the right decisions.
  •  discipline refers to instruction, correction, the development of 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.
 
What is Progressive Discipline?
Progressive Discipline is a whole-school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequences.
It includes:
  • prevention measures and initiatives
  • early and ongoing intervention strategies
  • strategies to address inappropriate behaviour
 
In a progressive discipline approach, consequences are designed to support the pro-social development and future behaviour of the person responsible for the action.
 
 
What is meant by mitigating factors?
Interventions and consequences applied to instances of inappropriate behaviour must be made after consideration of mitigating factors.  These might include:
 
1.  The pupil does not have the ability to control his or her behaviour.
2.  The pupil does not have the ability to understand the foreseeable consequences of his or her behaviour.
3.  The pupil’s continuing presence in the school does not create an unacceptable risk to the safety of any person.
 
Consequences must have a positive effect on the student’s journey through reconciliation, either formally or informally with the school community and those affected by the person’s behaviour.  Interventions, therefore, should be selected in direct response to individual skill development needs.
 
For a student with special education needs, any interventions, supports, and consequences must be consistent with the student’s strengths, needs and goals contained in his or her Individual Education Plan (IEP).
 
Interventions and consequences increase when:
  • the concerning behaviour is persistent
  • the concerning behaviour escalates
  • there is a very serious infraction of the Code of Conduct
 
Under Bill 212 (Section 306), a principal shall consider whether to suspend a pupil if he/she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging the activity will have an impact on the school climate:
 
1.  Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person.
2.  Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs.
3.  Being under the influence of alcohol.
4.  Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority.
5.  Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school or to property located on the premises of the pupil’s school.
6.  Bullying.
7.  Any other activity that is an activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under a policy of the board. 
 
Under Bill 212 (Section 310), a principal will suspend a pupil if he/she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on school climate:
 
1.  Possessing a weapon, including possession of a firearm.
2.  Using a weapon to cause or threaten bodily harm to another person.
3.  Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner.
4.  Committing sexual assault.
5.  Trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs.
6.  Committing robbery.
7.  Giving alcohol to a minor.
8.  Any other activity that, under a policy of a board, is an activity for which a principal must suspend a pupil and, therefore in accordance with this Part, conduct an investigation to determine whether to recommend to the board that the pupil is expelled.
    
Suspension under Board Policy 
Under clause 306 (1) 7 of the Education Act, a pupil may be suspended if he or she engages in an activity that is an activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under a policy of the board.
Under Board policy, activities for which a principal may suspend a pupil include: 
·         Persistent opposition to authority;
·         Habitual neglect of duty;
·         Wilful destruction of school property; vandalism causing damage to school or Board proper or property
       located on school or Board premises;
·         Use of profane or improper language;
·         Use of tobacco;
·         Theft;                                                                          
·         Aid/incite harmful behaviour;
·         Physical assault;
·         Being under the influence of illegal drugs;
·         Sexual harassment;
·         Racial harassment;
·         Fighting;
·         Possession or misuse of any harmful substances;
·         Hate-motivated violence;
·         Extortion;
·         Distribution of hate material
·         Inappropriate use of electronic communications/media; and/or
·         Other – defined as any conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or to the physical or mental
      well-being of others.
 
CODE OF CONDUCT 
In the St. Timothy’s Catholic School community we strive to provide our students with a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment where sensitivity to, and caring for other people are as important as academic learning.
 
At St. Timothy, students are expected to:
  • Contribute positively to the Christian climate of the school
  • Respect the dignity and rights of all people
  • Respect the property of the school and all members of the school
  • Behave appropriately during all school programs and activities, on and off the school grounds
  • Be co-operative to fellow students, teachers, staff and visitors
  • To seek and accept extra help from a teacher when required
  • Use appropriate and respectful language at all times
  • Complete all work in a timely manner and to come prepared for school
  • Enter and exit the building  in a safe, attentive and quiet manner
  • To abide by the rules of the classroom and school
  • Be respected by all members of the school community
  • Work and learn in a safe and orderly environment
  • Access facilities and to participate in programs offered by the school
  • Adhere to the school’s “HANDS OFF” policy
 
Consequences / Interventions
Failure to meet the outlined expectations may result in a variety of consequences, issued in a progressive discipline approach, depending upon the individual student and the nature of the issue.  Each incident will be dealt with by the staff at St. Timothy in a fair and consistent manner.  Incidents may be minor (e.g. name calling, spreading rumours, put downs, rough play) or major (e.g. malicious hands on, non-compliance, swearing at someone in authority) in nature and each will be dealt with accordingly.  In the event of undesirable behaviour by a pupil the following disciplinary measures may be applied:
 
a) An appropriate detention or loss of privileges
b) Verbal warning, time out or apology
c) Telephone calls or letters home
d) Meeting with Principal
e) Intervention of school/board resource personnel
f) Student dialogue to raise empathy
g) Good deed or other meaningful act as appropriate
h) Use of restorative justice intervention
i) Warning of Suspension letter & phone call
j) Request for parent interviews
k) Persistent and habitual or very serious offences may result in suspension.
l) Think Paper / Reflection Paper
 
Individual teachers will deal with discipline issues that may occur within the classroom or school.  The principal will deal with students whose behaviour is of a persistent and/or serious nature.  Parental support in assisting students to meet the school’s expectations is an essential part in creating a positive and safe school environment.
 
CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL (CSAC) 
The CSAC committee is an advisory group of parent volunteers and staff who meet together on a regular basis to discuss global issues of St. Timothy Catholic School.  CSAC welcomes any parent/guardian who wishes to support CSAC.  Please feel free to attend any of our scheduled meetings throughout the year (dates and times will be announced).  Ideas and suggestions are always welcomed and appreciated.  You may contact the CSAC Council by calling the school directly.
                                      
DRESS CODE 
All students are expected to be neatly and appropriately dressed for school.  St. Timothy, along with all schools in the TCDSB, has implemented the Appropriate Dress Code, which consists of any combination of white and navy blue garments (i.e., plain white top, navy blue bottom; navy blue top and bottom; no denim).
·         Boots cannot be worn in class; a pair of indoor shoes must be worn inside the school.  Students are asked to have indoor and outdoor shoes.
  • Clearly label your child’s possessions.  Students names should be placed in all personal items.
 
Inappropriate Dress
Refers to attire that does not meet the Catholic school community standards of decency.  Clothing that contains language or images that depict violence, profanity, racial or gender discrimination is not acceptable.  The school will deal with any issues of inappropriate dress accordingly.
 
EARLY DISMISSAL
Early dismissal may be arranged at any time with the signed request of a parent and the consent of the principal.  Parents, however, are encouraged to make appointments or plan social activities outside of school hours whenever possible. At NO time can students leave school premises without parent and principal permission. 
 
ELECTRONICS AND MEDIA DEVICES AND INTERNET SAFETY 
TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy
The TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) governs the proper use of technology and electronic communication in our schools.  The purpose of the AUP is to provide students and their parents with a set of guidelines that outline the safe and appropriate use of technology within our Catholic School system.  Included in the AUP is a definition of electronic communication to include social media, website publishing, and the use of personal electronic devices (PED’s).   In addition it addresses expectations surrounding the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy effective as of September 2012.  While these devices are not mandatory for classroom activities, they may be included when there is a clear educational purpose that has been identified by the teacher. 
 
Definition:
Electronic communication includes but is not limited to Internet use, e-mail, and social media, browsing, publishing or posting on web sites, downloading, accessing or storing files and use of personal electronic devices.
The use of an electronic communication system within the Board has an educational and professional purpose. The term educational and professional purpose includes classroom activities and limited high quality, self-discovery activities.
All parents and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the AUP. For parents, the full text of the TCDSB AUP can be found at: http://www.tcdsb.org/board/policies/aup
A summary of the AUP expectations for students in the TCDSB:
 
Behaviour Expectations:
Ø  It is a privilege, not a right, to use the Board’s network and devices.  Privileges may be restricted or taken away if the AUP is violated.
Ø  Students must use their own student account and keep it private when using the board network or devices. 
Ø  Students must use the network and electronic communication for educational purposes only.
Ø  All students and their parents must sign the "Student Access Agreement" before they will be allowed to use the Board’s network and devices. 
 
Personal Safety & Privacy:
Ø  A student should tell the school Principal or teacher immediately if they feel uncomfortable or not safe because of a message they received from an electronic communication such as an email, text message or photo.
Ø  Parents should discuss with their children the importance of protecting their personal information and privacy when using any electronic communication such as the internet. 
 
Unacceptable Activities:
Ø  Trying to access or “hack” parts of the Board network or any other computer network is prohibited.
Ø  Purposely breaking, destroying and intentionally abusing Board computers, network, hardware, software, or electronic devices.
Ø  Installing, accessing or sharing unauthorized equipment, software or media files such as games.
Ø  Engaging in any bullying or threatening behaviour such as cyberbullying, making threats, or posting inappropriate material about another student to a social media site is unacceptable and will be dealt with according to the Education Act or school codes of conduct.
Ø  Impersonation or using a false identity.
Ø  Any use of inappropriate language (obscene, profane, threatening, harassing, bullying, racist or disrespectful) posted publically, privately, or on any websites.

Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

Ø  Students must not plagiarize and must obtain permission for any copyright materials they use. 
Bring Your Own Computer / Personal Electronic Device (PED):
Ø  The student use of PEDs is a privilege, not a right and can be removed if it interferes with student learning.
Ø  Students can bring Personal Electronic Device (PED) such as cell phones and laptops to school, but are not allowed to use them during class time unless allowed by the teacher.  Students are responsible for securing their own devices and MUST be turn them off and put them away during regular school hours. 
Ø  The teacher may send a student to the office if a PED is used inappropriately during class time.  The administrator may confiscate the device and store it securely until the matter is resolved.
Ø  The school Principal may decide when and where PEDs are allowed in the school.
Ø  Students can use PED’s to connect to the school network for internet access only. PEDs are NOT permitted in examination rooms, unless the teacher has granted permission.
Ø  Board Technical support will be not be provided for any hardware, software or connectivity issues, and users may not install any Board/Ministry licenced software, unless the software has been be licensed for home use. 
Ø  All student PEDs must have anti-virus protection on them before they can connect to the Board’s network. 
Ø  Students cannot take pictures or capture video with their PEDs in private areas such as washrooms or change rooms. 
Ø  Any pictures or videos published electronically and taken on school property or at a school event must have the permission of the individual(s), their parents or the principal/designate.
Ø   Any images or video that negatively impact the school climate must not be captured, transmitted or posted under any circumstances.

Disciplinary Consequences:

Ø  In the event that a student violates this policy, the student (and parent, where applicable) will be provided with a notice of violation and will meet with a school administrator/designate.
Ø  A school administrator/designate may deny, restrict or suspend a student’s access to the Board’s network upon any violation of this policy or other rules of the school.  Appropriate legal authorities will be contacted if there is any suspicion of illegal activities.
Ø  The Board will cooperate fully with legal authorities in any investigation relating to illegal activities conducted through the Board’s system.
           
EXTENDED VACATION 
Please note that the school year is designed with “built in breaks” allowing parents to plan ahead for vacation time.  Days missed due to extended vacation or vacations taken while school is in session impact significantly on your child’s education for which you the parent is ultimately responsible.
 
Please notify the office in writing of any “extended” vacation days to be taken or prolonged absences during school time.   However, please note that an absence of at least 30 consecutive days will result in a demission and parents will then be required to re-register.
 
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
A variety of extra-curricular activities are offered to enrich your child’s experience at St. Timothy.  Many of these activities require before and after school practice.  Your help, support, and encouragement of your child’s involvement in these activities are greatly appreciated.
All students at St. Timothy should be proud of their school and of their accomplishments.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities provided to them which occur beyond the classroom.  Students, who have difficulty meeting school expectations may have the privilege of participating in extra-curricular activities suspended until such time as they are able to be “responsible citizens”.
Any activities occurring before or after school will require written parental consent.
 
“HANDS OFF” POLICY 
The “Hands Off” policy is a philosophy adopted by the students and staff of St. Timothy Catholic School.  The policy states that hurtful physical contact and verbal abuse are unacceptable at all times.  The “Hands Off” policy is another tool that helps St. Timothy Catholic School to be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.
 
HOMEWORK 
The assignment of homework will vary according to grade level, student achievement and teacher expectation.  For all grades, students are required to complete any work that they did not finish in class.  We would strongly encourage that parents monitor the completion of homework and motivate their children to read on a nightly basis.
Homework is the responsibility of the students, and parents are asked to provide a supportive environment in which to work.  Organizational and time management skills are learned in the elementary grades. 
The use of the agenda is strongly recommended to be used as a tool to track homework assignments, to improve student organizational skills and to ensure ongoing communication with teachers.          
 
LATENESS 
Good attendance and punctuality are expected and should be encouraged at all times.  If your child arrives late for school, he/she will be given  an admit slip’ (computer printout) at the office and  the lateness recorded immediately from the Board’s system.  A child is on time when he or she is in line for teacher pick up for classes.  Please ensure that your child is on time for classes so that instruction is not interrupted.
A written notice will be sent home for consistent lates.  Further parental and/or school intervention may follow as past lates will be referred to in order to determine if a “pattern of habitual” lates appears to be emerging.

 
LUNCHTIME ROUTINES/BEHAVIOUR
Whenever possible, pupils are encouraged to go home for lunch.  Eating at home or with a child-sitter provides a natural exercise break.  Valid reasons for students eating lunch at school are:
·         both parents working outside the home
·         distance from school
·         involvement in extra-curricular activities
·         students going home for lunch are expected to return for 12:30 to avoid being marked late
 
Students are not allowed to leave the school grounds during lunch unless a parent picks them up and signs them out.
Students who remain for lunch are expected to:
·         Eat politely in their designated area and NOT visit other classrooms
·         Remain seated until dismissal
·         Clean up their eating area before leaving
·         Respect the safety of students who have food allergies
·         Exit the classroom and proceed for recess in a straight, quiet line
 
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Formal parent-teacher conferences are held twice each year, after progress reports are sent home.  If at any time you have concerns regarding your child’s progress, you are encouraged to contact the classroom teacher to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.
 
PARKING LOT 
Please avoid parking in the BUS LOADING ZONE as this will cause major traffic congestion.  Please DO NOT STOP in the drop-off circle at the front of the school and never leave a car unattended in the drop-off circle at any time.
Parking enforcement officers make frequent visits to ensure the front driveway is safe.  Vehicles may be ticketed.
 
REPORT CARDS    
An official school report will be sent out to the parents at various times during the year.  Parents should retain their copy of this statement of achievement for future reference.  A copy of each report will be placed in the student’s Ontario Student Record.  A signature section of each report must be returned to the classroom teacher with a parent signature.
 
SCHOOL HOURS
ENTRY            8:30am
RECESS         10:12-10:27am
LUNCH            11:15am TO 12:15pm
RECESS         1:40pm TO 1:55pm
DISMISSAL      3:00pm
 

 
Recess is a time for outdoor activity.  Students may not re-enter the building without a teacher’s permission.  Students are expected to dress appropriately for the weather.  During inclement weather conditions, indoor recess will be announced from the office.  Students must remain in their classrooms and find a quiet activity.  Teachers will be on supervision.                            
 
STUDENT ILLNESS
While the school has the students’ interests at heart and is always considerate of their needs, the school is not equipped to care for children who fall ill.  Parents/Guardians are requested not to send their children to school if they are not well.  Whenever a child becomes ill while at school, the school will phone the parents and request that the child be taken home.
It is essential that the school have the most up to date telephone numbers where a parent/guardian and care givers can be reached immediately.  Please forward all new contact information to the office as soon as possible.                   
 
SUPPORT SERVICES 
St. Timothy is assigned a Social Worker, an Assessment and Programming Teacher, a Speech and Language Pathologist and a Psychologist.  They are involved in the testing of students, classroom observations, and consultation.  These are carried out in response to teacher and parent requests and if required, special programs will be set up.  The Social Worker consults with parents in response to their requests or as a result of a team consultation.
 
VALUABLES 
Items with a monetary or sentimental value (including iPods and other personal communication or entertainment devices) SHOULD NOT be brought to school.  The school cannot be responsible for the loss or damage of these items.
 
VISITORS 
Upon arrival at the school, all visitors, including parents, are required to report to the office, thus giving the principal the opportunity to meet and welcome them.  If a parent wants to drop something off for their child, or pick them up for a medical appointment, they are asked to come to the office.  We will contact the class.
For safety reasons, we ask that parents DO NOT go directly to the classrooms.  If you are picking your child up at the end of the day, please wait for your child outside the office area.
 
VOLUNTEERS 
Parents wishing to volunteer with the school are asked to contact the school principal.  When volunteering at the school in classroom settings in an ongoing situation, it is recommended that a parent will not work in the classroom of his/her own child.  Parents are definitely welcome to assist on those individual excursion days in the classroom of their own child.
All parents who serve as volunteers are expected to recognize the importance of confidentiality with respect to events and incidents which occur in the school.  Events and incidents should not be discussed by volunteers in the community at large.  A police check is a mandatory requirement.