St. Joseph Elementary School
Address: 249 Church Street, Mississauga, ON, L5M 1N1
School Phone Number: 905-826-4422
St. Joseph General Mailbox: St.JosephESMississaugaInfo@dpcdsb.org
Principal: A. Cavaliere
Administrative Assistant: I. Carabetta
Catholic School Council Chair: T. Prsa
Superintendent of Schools- Mississauga North: M. Lewis
Trustee Ward 6 & 11: L. del Rosario
Associate Pastor: Rev. P. Dobson, St. Joseph Parish
St. Joseph Parish Email: stjosephMI@archtoronto.org
St. Joseph School Hours for the 2022-23 school year are:
Morning entry: 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
AM Recess: 10:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
PM Recess: 2:10 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Dismissal: 3:15 p.m.
September's Virtue of the Month is: Faith
In September, we celebrate the Virtue of Faith. Faith is the great virtue of believing in God and trusting that God is with us. A faithful person believes that we are created, guided and destined to be reunited with God. A faithful person believes that God's plan for us includes the right to be safe, especially at school.
A faithful person:
- Prays regularly and reverently
- Learns from Scripture stories
- Honours people's God-given names
- Assumes that there is good in everyone
- Accepts the God-given worth of themselves and others
Our daily prayer for Faith:
Let us now pray for the grace and strength to be people of faith-- people who can truly believe that God's plan for us includes the right to b safe at school.
A Prayer for Our Students
Thank you for your unique gifts of every child as they transition into a new school year. Fill each student with fresh enthusiasm and a heart that's excited to learn and grow. Surround them with your enduring love. Give them confidence and grace; equip them with the ability to persevere through trials. Bless their teachers with wisdom, understanding, and a heart to serve, as they embark on the journey together.
Message from the Principal
I trust that students, staff and parents have had the opportunity to enjoy time with loved ones this summer and everyone is eager to get back to school.
As we begin the 2022-2023 school year, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new families, our new staff members, Ms. Mendes-DECE, Ms. Colasanti-DECE, Mr. Ceccanese for Ms. Ohinski, Ms. Khan for Ms. Barranca, and our new school psychologist, Ms. Stewardson.
More than ever, we look forward to our continued work with St. Joseph Parish through Fr. Paul Dobson. We extend a warm welcome to Fr. Anish Alex who comes from St. Anne's Parish in Brampton. We look forward to continuing our spiritual and faith journey together.
Thank you our custodians, Mr. Kolodziej and Mr. Patel who have worked diligently over the summer to prepare our school for September and for the staff who came in to set up their classrooms. As we begin our learning journey, know that we will do our best to promote the academic, spiritual, social and emotional growth of our students.
Online teachers and students will continue to be placed by the school board and will be receiving communication from the board and your child's teacher. To our students in the building, we look forward to our Catholic Education Week Theme 2023- "We are Many, We are One," as we begin our new school year together.
We will be having a Meet the Teacher/Family BBQ on Wednesday, September 28th from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing reconnecting with our families for this community event!
St. Joseph Parish Information
Pastor: Fr. Paul Dobson
Associate Pastor: Fr. Anish Alex
Deacons: George Jurenas & Lionel Gomes
Parish Staff: Ann Cavallin, Michele Mullins
Sacramental Coordinator: Megan Dominigues
Office Phone Number: 905-826-2766
Parish Email: stjosephMI@archtoronto.org
Parish Website: http://stjosephmi.archtoronto.org
If you have any questions or concerns about your child's Sacraments, please contact St. Joseph Parish via email at email@example.com. Due to limited office hours, it's best to email your questions for a quicker response.
Sacraments at St. Joseph Parish 2022-2023
Opening School Mass- October 3rd at 1:30 p.m.
First Day Procedures
This weekend, parents/guardians will receive a message from SchoolMessenger with your child(ren)'s grade, classroom assignment and room number. If there is any information missing, staff will be available on the first day of school to provide assistance.
On Tuesday, September 6th, our Grades SK-8 students will be greeted by our staff who will assist in finding their child's teacher. Grades 1-8 will meet on the upper pavement. Students in SK will go to the Kindergarten yard and where staff will be available to assist. If there inclement weather, Grades 1-8 students will meet in the school gym and SK's will meet in Room 2.
Please let your child's teacher know if your child will be picked up at the end of the first day by a parent/guardian, walking home or riding the school bus. Bus students will receive their bus tags on the first day of school. Studennts will be assisted by their teachers and staff to find their bus. Parents/guardians are asked to use the Kiss N Ride and to avoid blocking our bus lines to provide supervision to our students. Parents/guardians and pets are not allowed inside the fenced area during the school day.
Catholic Education Week
We are Many We are One/ A plusieurs, nous sommes un
"We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually, we are members, one of another." (Romans 12:5)
Catholic Education Week Prayer
We are many, we are one; we all form one body in Christ.
when we see the one before us, let us reverence your presences within;
when we listen to one another, let us hear with our hearts;
when we reflect on each encounter, may we discern to understand;
when we learn from those around us, let us respect our differences with joy;
and when we act, may we be kind and generous to all,
for each person is a member of your body, with all that they are.
We are many, we are one.
BBQ and Meet the Teacher Night
Food will be served from 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Classroom Visits from 7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
Here is the link for your reference: https://www3.dpcdsb.org/parents/absence-reporting
1. Go to the SafeArrival Website at go.schoolmessenger.ca
2. Select Sign Up to create your account. (Only needed for the initial set up, after that you will click on login.)
3. Select Attendance
4. Select Report Attendance
Or you can download the SchoolMessenger App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Please note that the SafeArrival uses the SchoolMessenger App. You will be prompted to enter your email address. Please use the email address that we have on file in the office and create a password. The system will send a link to your email address on file, please click on the link to activate the account.
1. Call the toll-free number 1-844-435-3440
2. Listen and follow the prompts to report the absence
3. If the system doesn't recognize your caller ID, you will be asked to enter your student's home phone number or any phone number for the guardian that is on file with the school.
Visitors to the School
Early Pick Up
Students Leaving School Property
Emergency Information/Parent Consent Forms
On the first day of school your child(ren) will be receiving a student information package/consent forms. Please complete and return these documents to your child's teacher by Monday, September 12th.
In addition, a printout and attendance verification for your child will be sent home after reorganization with the most current emergency contact information. Please send it back to the school by Friday, September 23rd to your child(ren)'s teacher. It is critical that we have current and accurate contact information on file in the event of an emergency at school. Thank you in advance for your attention to this important matter.
Parking Concerns on Church Street
Alternatively, we advise parents/guardians to use our Kiss N Ride or park in designated parking spots (i.e., Green P) across the street. We thank you for your continued support!
Courtesy seats will be considered in early October depending on available seats, students' age.
We currently have 8 busses assigned to our school. Bus run details are posted on the front doors of the school. However, it's best to check the www.stopr.ca website for the most up to date information and to check bus delays. Parents/guardians can create an account to receive notification and updates on your child's route. You will require your child's student number to register for an account.
The distance criteria for transportation eligibility is:
- more than 1.0 km from the school for FDK to Grade 1
- more than 1.6 km from the school for Grades 2 to 4
- more than 2.0 km from the school for Grades 5 to 8
A Message to Parents/Guardians from STOPR
Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Assessment
Catholic Code of Conduct
Medical Alert-Anaphylactic Allergies
Storage and Administration of Medication
Emergency Evacuation Procedures
Your child will be given an information pamphlet entitled "We want to give you a heads up...Concussions are serious." This pamphlet outlines the signs and symptoms of concussions. It also includes information about what to do if you suspect your child has a concussion and how a concussion is treated. Guidelines have been developed by Dufferin-Peel CDSB to support an 8-phase "Return to Activity" process following a diagnosed concussion. These guidelines include 5 phases for "Return to Learn," followed by 3 phases for "Return to Play". With parental consent, school administration will work collaboratively with school psychology staff to monitor your child's progress through the 8 phases. For more information, please contact the main office.
Personal Use of School Materials
Lunches and Snacks
Please ensure that your child has a reusable water bottle, two snacks and a lunch with easy to open containers and utensils. We ask that you make these litterless lunches with little garbage to keep our classrooms clean and eco-friendly. Students are not allowed to share food due to allergen awareness. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.
PEDs (Personal Electronic Devices)
If you are interested in being a Student Monitor for the 2022-2023 school year? This is a paid position which involves supervising students inside and outside during the lunch hour each day. Applicants must have a Criminal Reference Check before beginning work. Should you be interested in further exploring this opportunity, please contact the main office for further details and/or obtain an application package.
Criminal Reference Checks & Annual Volunteer Declarations
A reminder that all parent volunteers are required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) to volunteer for excursions such as field trips, helping to drive to sporting events, and to volunteer within the school (i.e., Catholic School Council, Pizza, Milk, All Star Reading, etc.) We recommend that if you plan to volunteer during the 2022-2023 school year, that you complete your CRC as soon as possible.
All you are required to do is come to the main office between 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. to pick up a document that must be taken to the required form by the Peel Regional Police for processing. Please note, that this does require a number of weeks to complete, so it is recommended that you start this process as soon as possible.
Parents who have a valid Vulnerable Sector Screening filed in the office for 2021-2022 are asked to sign and return the Annual Offence Declaration form available in the office before September 30th, 2022. Please inform your child's teacher if you require an annual declaration. Failure to do so, may result in you having to complete another Criminal Reference Check and delay your ability to attend field trips with your child or volunteer within the school. Thank you for your cooperation in following this school board policy.
Have you Moved?
In addition, if you know families who haven't registered their children for September 2022 yet, please encourage them to register as soon as possible. This information will help us with our class organization and school staffing for September.
Elementary (Grade 1-8)
Catholic School Council
2021-2022 Catholic School Council Members:
- Chairperson: Tania P.
- Treasurer: Mackenzie N.
- Parish Representative: Mary Claire M.
- OAPCD Representative: Isabella F.
- Fundraising Representatives: Catharine O. & Chibuike U.
- Secretary: Katherine L.
- Voting Member: Allison R.
- Teaching Representative: Cindy B.
- Non-Teaching Representatives: Regina Z. & Leslie G.
First Catholic School Council Meeting
If you would like to be nominated or self-nominate for one of our positions for the 2022-2023 Catholic Council, please contact the main office and a form will be sent home with your child. Elections will take place on October 5th. Nomination forms are due on Friday, September 30th at 4 p.m. Attached is our Catholic School Council information letter and the Catholic School Council Roles. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend any of our Catholic School Council Meetings, you don't have to be a member of the Catholic School Council. Please note that there is a hybrid option for parents who wish to attend our council meetings virtually.
A Message from our Trustee, Luz del Rosario, Mississauga Wards 6 & 11
Important Information from our Associate Director, David Amaral
International Languages/Indigenous Languages Information
Are You Ticked
- You may vote for Catholic School Trustees in the Municipal elections
- Your children may attend Catholic elementary schools
- You show your support for the Catholic school system
To verify that you have registered as a English Separate (Catholic) school supporter:
- Check the assessment section of your Tax Bill or Property Assessment Notice
- Check your Voter Information Card received during an election year (2022)
Have you moved?
Even if you have been an English Separate (Catholic) School Supported in the past, the designation does not follow you when you relocate. By default, your property taxes support your municipality's English public school board. Every time you move or if there is a change of ownership, it is essential that you register yourself as an English Separate (Catholic) school supporter.
To register as an English Separate (Catholic) School Supporter or change your Direction of School Support, please contact the DPCDSB Admissions Department by phone at 905-890-0708 ext. 24512 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before and After School Programs- Register Online Today
PLASP programs are licensed by the Ministry of Education and are adhering to strict public health guidelines. Highly trained staff facilitate fun, age-appropriate activities both indoors and outdoors.
Before School programs operate from 7:30 a.m. until school starts and include a breakfast daily. After School programs begin at school dismissal, include a substantial daily snack, and run until 6:00 p.m.
PLASP Child Care Services is a charitable organization, operating on a not-for-profit basis, providing award winning programs for children, for more than 40 years.
Visit plasp.com to register, or contact the PLASP Support Services Centre at 647-484-4372
Community Information Bulletin
School Mental Health Ontario and Community Resources:
School Mental Health Ontario has updated their list of resources. We invite you to review their list of resources available on our DPCDSB Well-Being SharePoint to help support you and students during this time of transition back to school. For a list of community telephone-based mental health supports, please see below.
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or text "CONNECT" to 686868 (0-18 years of age)
- 24.7 Crisis Support Peel Dufferin: 905-278-9036 I 1·888·811·2222. (for all ages)
- Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 (support for all Indigenous peoples across Canada)
Mark Your Calendars
- September 6: First Day of School for SK-8
- September 9: First Day of School for JK students
- September 14: Parent Meeting for First Holy Communion at St. Joseph Parish at 6:30 p.m.
- September 15: Parent Meeting for Confirmation at St. Joseph Parish at 6:30 p.m.
- September 19: PA Day- Reorganization/Faith Day- No School for Students
- September 22: First Fire Drill
- September 23: Terry Fox Run
- September 28: Meet the Teacher Night/Family BBQ at 5:30 p.m.
- September 30: Truth and Reconciliation Day/Orange Shirt Day
- September 30: Catholic School Council Nominations due at 4 p.m.
- October 3: Opening School Mass at 1:30 p.m. with Fr. Anish (School Gym)
- October 2-7: Thanksgiving Food Drive for St. Vincent de Paul
- October 5: Catholic School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
- October 10: Thanksgiving- Enjoy time with family and friends!
- October 24: PA Day- No School for Students