St. Joseph Elementary School

September 2022

School Information

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


School Hours:

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.

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September's Virtue of the Month is: Faith

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.


Amen +

A Prayer for Our Students

Lord,

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.


Amen+

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

Address: 5440 Drurie Road, Mississauga, ON, L5M 2J5

Parish Team:

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 stjosephmi@archtoronto.org. Due to limited office hours, it's best to email your questions for a quicker response.

Sacraments at St. Joseph Parish 2022-2023

Parents/guardians of children in Grade 2 or older wishing to have their child receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion are invited to attend a parent meeting at the church on Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30 p.m. Parents/guardians of children in Grade 7 or 8 wishing to have their child receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to a parent meeting on Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a copy of your child's baptismal certificate to the parent meeting. For further information, please contact the parish office at stjosephMI@archtoronto.org

Opening School Mass- October 3rd at 1:30 p.m.

On Monday, October 3rd, we will be celebrated our Opening Mass at 1:30 p.m. with our celebrant Fr. Anish in our school gym. All are welcome!

First Day Procedures

We look forward to welcoming our St Joseph students in Grades SK to Grade 8 on Tuesday, September 6th! Our JK students will be contacted by their teachers regarding staggered entry for September 7th or 8th. All JK students will begin school on Friday, September 9th.


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

The new school year offers us an opportunity to reflect upon our personal, professional and spiritual growth and to set some new goals. The theme chosen for the upcoming 2023 Catholic Education Week theme is:


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.

Lord,

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.

Amen +

BBQ and Meet the Teacher Night

St. Joseph School will be hosting a Welcome Back barbeque before Meet the Teacher Night on Wednesday, September 28th at 5:30 p.m. You must pre-order if you would like to eat at the BBQ. Families can order Hamburger, Jumbo Hotdog or Veggie Burger combos which include a beverage and bag of chips. All payments and orders must be made through SchoolCashOnline. No cash orders will be accepted on the day of the BBQ. Orders are due by Friday, September 15th. To register for SchoolCashOnline, please use the registration guide attached below.


Food will be served from 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Classroom Visits from 7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

Office Reminders

Daily Attendance

Parents/guardians are reminded to continue to report their child's attendance daily. Attendance continues to be taken daily by 9 am and 1 p.m. Please continue to use the School Messenger application when reporting your child absent or late for school.

Here is the link for your reference: https://www3.dpcdsb.org/parents/absence-reporting

Web: go.messenger.ca

App: SchoolMessenger

Phone: 1-844-435-3440


Web:

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


APP:

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.


Phone:

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

We would like to thank all of our parents/guardians other visitors to the school for respecting the designated waiting areas outside of the fenced area on the upper pavement and away from the gate at the Kindergarten yard. In the event that you have an appointment, please be reminded that all visitors to the school are to report to the office, sign in and wear a visitor's sticker. This helps to ensure the safety and security of our students.

Early Pick Up

If you need to pick up your child prior to the end of the day at 3:15 p.m., please send a note with your child in the agenda advising the teacher when to send them to the office. Please be prepared to sign your child(ren) out at the main office.

Students Leaving School Property

Please make sure to inform your child's teacher of regular lunch arrangements for your child. If there is a change to the regular arrangements, a note signed and dated by the parents must be provided to the classroom teacher. No students in Grade 1-6 will be allowed to leave the school property without being signed out by a parent/guardian. Students in Grade 7 and 8 will be able to leave school property for lunch, if a note has been provided by the parent. NO permission will be granted over the phone/text. Permission must be made in writing. Please attach a separate note that can be submitted to the office for record keeping.

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.

Student Supervision

School yard supervision does not begin until 8:30 a.m. every morning. Please do not drop students off prior to 8:30 a.m. unsupervised. For student safety, we would like to remind all parents/guardians and visitors to use the designated waiting areas outside of the school yard.

Parking Concerns on Church Street

Parents/ guardians are reminded to avoid parking in front of our Kindergarten yard on Church Street. Parking in this area is creating a safety concern for our pedestrians and vehicles exiting our parking lot.


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!

Transportation Update

Transportation is provided for JK/SK and Grade 1-8 students at St. Joseph who meet the Board distance eligibility for bussing. At the present, all eligible seats will be assigned by transportation.


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.

Transportation Eligibility

If your home address changed during the summer, please notify the school as soon as possible so that we can make the changes to our system. Address changes after June 30th will not be reflected in the planned bus routes to begin in September and may result in transportation services not being available for your child during the first weeks of school.


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

This year, students in Grade 3 and 6 will be participating in the assessment from May 10th to June 14th, 2023. Please avoid booking any vacations and/or medical appointments during this time. More information will be forthcoming in the coming months.

Catholic Code of Conduct

The Catholic Code of Conduct sets standards of behaviour that promote, encourage and foster a shared commitment to gospel values in daily life, respect for the dignity of persons created in God's image, responsible participation in the civic life of the school community, peaceful conflict resolution, respect for diversity, and a commitment to exemplary conduct, conscientious work and service to others. At St. Joseph, we continue to work together to provide a safe, caring, inclusive and healthy Catholic School community for all.

Medical Alert-Anaphylactic Allergies

As in the past, we continue to have students with severe, life threatening food allergies. This is a medical condition causing a severe reaction to certain allergens and can result in death within minutes. Although this may or may not affect your child's class directly, please send lunches and snacks to school with your children that are free from peanuts or nut products. We ask that you do not send in food products for the whole class to celebrate birthdays or social occasions. A donation of a book or a game to the classroom is a safe alternative to food products and enjoyed so much longer by the children.

Storage and Administration of Medication

Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that all medication and forms are updated annually for any student who requires medication to be administered at school. If your child requires medication, please have the necessary forms completed and return them to the office to Ms. Cavaliere as soon as possible. Forms were sent home in June and are available from the office for any new students to the school.

Professional Activity Day

On Monday, September 19th and Monday, October 24th, there will be a Professional Activity Day. Teachers will be involved in faith-based activities and professional development. Students do not attend school on this day.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

In accordance with Ministry regulations, three fire drills will be conducted in the fall and three in the spring per school year. This helps to prepare our students in the event of a real fire. Our first fire drill will take place on September 22nd. Our School Board has established lockdown procedures should a high risk incident involving weapons occur in the school, or on school property, that could endanger the lives and safety of students and staff. We will practice the Emergency Lockdown Procedure with students two times this year. Our first lockdown drill will take place on September 30th. In addition, we are also required to conduct one Hold and Secure/Shelter in Place drill per year. This practice was established to prepare students and staff in the event of severe weather/potential risk in the community.

Concussion Policy

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board has developed a concussion policy and guidelines for students who have been diagnosed with a concussion by either a medical doctor or a nurse practitioner. School staff cannot diagnose a concussion. Anytime a student reports to the office with a head injury, the parent/guardian will be contacted and an incident will be entered into the school's "Documentation of Head Injuries" log book.


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.

Valuables

Students are requested not to bring valuables such as electronic games, large amounts of money or items of importance to school. The school does not accept responsibility for the above. All personal items and school supplies should be clearly labelled with your child's first and last names.

Personal Use of School Materials

The school will provide your child with materials such as pens, pencils, workbooks and textbooks. Therefore, it is not necessary for you to purchase any such materials unless you wish to do so. However, it is important that children learn to make proper use of these materials and, with this in mind, your child's teacher will explain our expectations. Students are responsible for replacing lost/damaged texts, library books or technology. Parents have public access to all current Ministry of Education documents at www.edu.gov.on.ca

Lunch Routines

If you are bringing a lunch for your child to pick up from the office, please ensure that it is labelled with your child's name, room number and teacher's name. Please instruct your child to come to the office at 11:45 a.m. to pick it up as students will not be called from class prior to lunch time, so as not to interrupt their lessons.

Lunches and Snacks

We are excited to announce that Pizza Days and Milk Days will continue this year. Look out for more information later this month. All orders must be made through CashOnline by the deadline! Don't miss out! The money raised will be used for many projects and activities that occur at the school such as Scientists in the School, Guest Speakers, Enhancements to Technology and school events. All of these projects depend on these funds and your family's participation. All meals from Pizza days will comply with our School Food and Beverage Policy (PPM 150). Thank you for your ongoing support in our school fundraising efforts!


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)

It is the policy of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School that Personal Electronic Devices (PEDS) are permitted on school premises and/or Board sanctioned events for educational purposes. P.E.D.s are to be used to support learning under the discretion of staff and only with parent/guardian permission by the use of the Board WiFi Network Agreement. A copy of the agreement is included with your child's registration package. Cellphones are not permitted outside during recess. If you need to contact your child, please contact the main office to avoid interrupting valuable learning time in the classroom.

Student Monitors

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

DPCDSB Policy Affecting All Parent Volunteers


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.

Picture Perfect

Calling all students! Bring your smiles! Picture day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th! To help prepare your child for photo day, here are some helpful tips an tricks to getting the perfect photo of your child: Bright and solid colours help to emphasize your child's smile; You might want to send a comb to make sure their hair is perfect for their photo; if your child normally wears glasses, feel free to wear them for your photos. Our photographers are trained to reduce glare on the lens.

Student Insurance

As required by the Education Act and the Ministry of Education, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board annually provides parents with information about cost-effective student accident insurance coverage via student courier. Although enrolment is voluntary, the Board encourages parents to take advantage of the inexpensive insurance coverage especially if your child participates in sports, excursions/field trips, or if parents do not have dental insurance coverage. Visit insuremykids.com or call at 1-800-463-5437 for more information.

Student Agendas

As you know, organizational skills are imperative to the success of a child in school. Agendas are handed out to all students from JK to 8 to record upcoming assignments, important dates and teacher notices. Parents are encouraged to check and initial their child's agenda daily.

Have you Moved?

If you have changed your address or contact information, please inform the office as soon as possible so that we can update our contact information.


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.


Kindergarten Registration

http://www3.dpcdsb.org/schools/register-for-school/kindergarten-registration


Elementary (Grade 1-8)

http://www3.dpcdsb.org/schools/register-for-school/elementary-registration

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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

We will be having our first Catholic School Council on Wednesday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the library. (Zoom link will be provided at later date)


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.

Parent/Guardian Resources

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

By directing your tax support to the Separate (Catholic) School System:


  • 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 admissions@dpcdsb.org


Learn More:

Before and After School Programs- Register Online Today

PLASP Child Care Services is now accepting registrations for their before and after school programs, including programs at this school. We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Available space is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


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

Please check out our Online Community Bulletin Board for After School opportunities offered from our community partners (i.e., scouts, robotics, art classes, etc.).
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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 2022
  • 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 2022
  • 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