St. Joseph Elementary School

February 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 2021-2022 school year are:

Morning entry: 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

AM Recess: 10:09 a.m. - 10:24 a.m.

Lunch: 11:48 a.m. - 12:48 p.m.

PM Recess: 2:12 p.m. - 2:27 p.m.

Staggered Dismissal: 3:05 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

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Happy Valentine's Day

O Lord, help us in our everyday life to develop and repair our relationships in life. Help us to develop strong and beautiful relationships with others and with You. Help us to find happiness and contentment within ourselves. May we have strong, varying relationships that will affect others in a positive and inspiring manner. May we find our spiritual and loving needs fulfilled. Through You, O God, we will be enabled to strengthen all relationships we have.


For this we pray to You, Lord


Amen +

February's Virtue of the Month is: Respect

Respect

This month, we celebrate the Virtue of Respect


God has given us the virtues of friends and companions to keep us company and to help us along the way.


A respectful person...

  • Treats themselves and everyone else with equal consideration and courtesy
  • Uses a positive tone of voice and body language
  • Avoids swearing, name-calling, put-downs, and inappropriate gestures
  • Says, 'Excuse me,' 'Please,' and 'Pardon me.'
  • Avoids gossip


Our daily prayer for February...

Let us now pray... for respect so that everyone we meet will feel like we are their brother or sister in Christ.


Amen +

St. Joseph Parish Information

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

Parish Team:

Pastor: Fr. Paul Dobson

Associate Pastor: Fr. Michael Corpus

Deacons: George Jurenas & Lionel Gomes

Parish Staff: Ann Cavallin, Michele Mullins

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.

Message from the St Joseph Church Sacramental Coordinator regarding Confirmation for Grades 7 and 8 students

Our Confirmation Preparation Program will be done virtually and will run from February 1st to March 14th. If you have any other questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact St. Joseph Parish via phone or email (phone ext. 226, email sacraments.stjosephmi@gmail.com), and they will get back to their at their earliest convenience.

Message from St. Joseph Church Sacramental Coordinator Regarding First Communion for Grade 2 and 3 students

Our Communion Preparation Program will be done virtually and will run from February 1st to March 14th. If you have any other questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact St. Joseph Parish via phone or email (phone ext. 226, email sacraments.stjosephmi@gmail.com), and they will get back to you at their earliest convenience.

PA Day on Friday, February 18th

There will be a Professional Activity Day on Friday, February 18th. This day is set aside for Parent/Teacher Interviews. There will be no classes for students.

Daily Active Screening and Verification

Daily Active Screening and Verification


As per the Ministry of Education guidelines and supported by our local health authorities, daily active self-screening is mandatory for all students and staff. The daily screening tool and direction regarding isolation and testing has been revised.


Please continue to complete the daily screening each morning. Please use this recently updated COVID-19 screening tool. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/


Parents/Guardians will have to sign a confirmation of daily screening form each morning before school.


Individuals must isolate at home if they are exhibiting the following symptoms:


If your child is exhibiting ONE of the following symptoms:

  • Fever and/or chills, OR
  • Cough; OR
  • Shortness of breath; OR
  • Decrease of loss of taste or smell;

OR TWO or MORE of these symptoms:
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches/joint pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e., vomiting or diarrhea)


If an individual is exhibiting the above symptoms, they should use the PCR test kit or the Rapid Antigen test. If the individual tests positive with a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR test, they are required to follow isolation instructions and seek the advice of their healthcare professional as per the instructions below.


When an individual is experiencing symptom(s) listed above and does not have access to a PCR or Rapid Antigen test:

  • The individual is presumed to have COVID-19 based on their symptoms and should isolate as per the below criteria for those positive on a RAT or PCR test. The individual is presumed to be infected with COVID-19.

All household members of the symptomatic individual, regardless of vaccination status, should self-isolate due to the high rate of transmission. If they develop symptoms, they should follow isolation directions and seek testing if eligible.


If the individual has only one of the following symptoms, the individual should isolate until symptoms are improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms present); and household members are not required to isolate:

  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches/joint pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e., vomiting, diarrhea)


What happens if an individual tests Positive COVID-19 Test (PCR, rapid antigen)?

Individuals who test positive on a COVID-19 (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) should isolate immediately.

  • If the individual is 12 years or older AND either partially vaccinated; or unvaccinated, they must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or the date of their first test.
  • If the individual is immune compromised (regardless of age and vaccination status) they must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or from the date of their test.
  • If the individual is 12 years old or older AND fully vaccinated they must isolate for 5 at least 5 days from onset of symptoms AND until their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms), whichever is longer.
  • If the individual is 11 years old or younger (regardless of vaccination status), they must isolate for at least 5 days from symptom onset AND until their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms are present), whichever is longer.

All household members of an individual who tests positive regardless of vaccination status, should isolate while the symptomatic individual is isolating. If they develop symptoms, they should follow isolation directions for symptomatic individuals, and seek testing if eligible/available.

Revised Bus Cancellation Notices: We're Zone #1: Mississauga, DPCDSB

Please be advised that our Transportation Department has established a new "weather zone" procedure to monitor and communicate school bus cancellations on inclement weather days. School bus cancellations will be sent through the STOPR website, Twitter by 6 a.m. each morning. St. Joseph -Mississauga is in Zone 1. Please read the attachment below for additional information.


For more information, please visit www.stopr.ca and click on the inclement weather tab.

Kiss N Ride/ Parking Reminders

The success of this program is dependent upon parents, guardians, members of the community, staff and students becoming knowledgeable about the program and committed to following some basic principles.


  • Please drive to the end of the Kiss N' Ride to drop off your child. Students will then walk to the sidewalk and into the schoolyard.
  • Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m. (Supervision begins)
  • Parents should NOT be using the closest lane to the sidewalk. This is our bus lane and fire route. In the interest of student and pedestrian safety, it is essential that parents/guardians avoid driving or parking in the bus lane.
  • If you need to park, please park at the front of the school or the green P across the street. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended in the Kiss N' Ride, Bus Lanes.
  • Avoid parking in our staff parking spots in the morning as we have limited spots available for staff. Community members must avoid parking overnight as it limits our snow plow contractors.


Thank you in advance for your assistance in ensuring the safety of our students and staff!

Slippery Pathways

Please be reminded to be very cautious when using the city pathways that lead into the school in the winter. These areas sometimes take time to be cleared of snow and ice.

Library Learning Common News

Book Fair Update

We want to take this opportunity to once again to thank everyone for their support during our Christmas book fair. It was very successful and together we raised a total of $5000. Through Scholastic book fair initiatives, we were able to purchase $2000 in new books for students to read. A special thank you to Ms. Sajda and Ms. Pelaccia for all of their help during the book fair.

Forest of Reading

We have started reading books that have been nominated in the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Program. Each week, we will be reading a different book to our primary students. At the end of April, each student will get a chance to vote for their favourite book. Forest of Reading is a literacy initiative created by school and public libraries that exposes students to Canadian books and authors.

St. Joseph First Annual Read-A-Thon!

We're excited to announce St. Joseph's 1st Annual "Read Your Heart Out" Read-a-thon! From Monday, February 14th to Sunday, February 20th, students will be asked to set a personal reading goal for this one-week period that goes beyond their current reading habits. Motivating our children to read strengthens their literacy skills and oral language. It inspires imagination and stimulates creativity. Reading is calming and a wonderful self-soothing activity for children (and adults) who are experiencing stress.


Students are encouraged to seek pledges from their family and friends. Please send the total amount as one pledge. This can be done through the DONATION tab on the St. Joseph website (www.dpcdsb.org/JOEST) and an official tax receipt will be issued. There are lots of prizes for students to win! All funds raised will go towards outdoor education equipment such as: balls, chalk, funnel ball games and outdoor seating.


What parents can do:


  • Encourage your child to set a personal reading goal and help support them to be successful in meeting it (picture books and being read to count for younger children.)
  • Help your child collect pledges from family and friends. All pledges are due by February 25th. Please use the DONATION tab on the school website to submit your pledges. NO cash will be collected at school
  • Students will participate in a Read-A-Thon Spirit Week from February 14th to 18th. See image below for details.



With current unsettling times and so much device use, reading is more important than ever. Let's help our students improve their literacy skills and well-being, while encouraging a lifelong love of reading.


We thank everyone for their participation and support! Now, let's get ready to READ, READ, READ!

Black History Month and Beyond!

St. Joseph will be recognizing and honouring the achievements of Black Canadians during Black History Month and beyond. Each morning on the announcements, students will learn about an important figure. In addition, teachers will be participating in read-a-louds, liturgies, completing art projects, researching and discussing the accomplishments of inspirational Black figures.
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Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

Congratulations to Francesca in Ms. Araujo/Ms. Oliveira's Kindergarten class! Francesca won first place for her poster! The judges were so impressed with her creativity. She received $50.00 and a certificate from the Knights of Columbus! Her poster has been entered into the "District" level category! Winning entries will move to the "State" and "International" levels.


We are so proud of our young artist!

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2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for 2022-2023 School Year

Have you registered your child for Kindergarten 2022-2023 yet? The online registration portal is still open to families.

Office Reminders

School Cash Online

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We ask that all families take time to register for School Cash Online. This is the primary method of payment in all DPCDSB schools for school related events. As such, we will only be accepting payments through SchoolCashOnline. Please register in order to avoid missing deadlines and to ensure participation in school events and activities. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


To directly login or register, visit School Cash Online


What payment methods will be available? Parents/guardians will be able to pay online using Visa, Mastercard, and eCheque.

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

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:

First Term Report Cards/Communication of Learning

First Term Report Cards and Communication of Learning Reports will be distributed to parents/guardians on Tuesday, February 15th via student email. Please check your child(ren)'s DPCDSB email account for your child's report card.


You will have to access your child's school email to view their report card. Here's how to access your child's email account:


  1. Go to the student dashboard by typing: students.dpcdsb.org
  2. Click on the blue icon that says "Student Board Email"
  3. Use your child's login for Google Classroom (studentnumber@educ.dpcdsb.org); enter password
  4. If you require a reset to your password: Click on the "Reset Password" Icon


If you're having any trouble accessing your child's report card, contact the main office and we can provide assistance.


Parent/Teacher interviews will be held on Thursday, February 17th in the evening and Friday, February 18th. Interviews will be held via phone or virtual meeting. There will not be in-person interviews. Your child's teacher will confirm their interview time.

2022 Extended French, Grade 5 Application

Grade 4 parents/guardians who wish to learn more about Extended French or wish to enroll their child in a Grade 5 Extended French Program for September 2022, please visit the DPCDSB Extended French Webpage or contact the appropriate Extended French School.


Students from St. Joseph who are accepted into the Extended French Program would attend St. Rose of Lima (Mississauga North).


Applications will be available online through the DPCDSB Extended French Webpage. The online application process involves uploading completed required documents and submitted to the appropriate school beginning February 16th at 9:00 a.m. Applications are due on March 2, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

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Catholic School Council

Welcome to our 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.


Future Dates for our Catholic School Council meetings (all meetings will be held virtually via Zoom):

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

The approved minutes for our Catholic School Council Meetings are posted on our school website within two weeks of approval.


All Catholic School Council meetings are open to all parents/guardians at any meetings this year. It is a great opportunity to attend these meetings in order to hear about some initiatives we are pursuing at St. Joseph and/or share your ideas.

Trustee Newsletter

Parent/Guardian Resources

Parent Engagement Event on February 24th at 7 p.m.

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

School Photo Day Re-Take Day on March 7th - Revised Date!

We're happy to announce that EdgeImaging will be visiting the school on March 7, 2022 for Photo Re-Take/Grad Photo Retakes. Please bring your best smiles! *Revised Date!

Mark Your Calendars

February 2022

  • February 10: Cookie Day
  • February 14-20: St. Joseph Read-A-Thon & Spirit Week
  • February 15: First Term Reports/Communication of Learning emailed to students' email addresses
  • February 16: Scientists in the School-Fenn
  • February 17: First Term Interview Evening- Virtual/Phone
  • February 18: PA Day: Reporting to Parents/Guardians- Virtual/Phone
  • February 21: Family Day- No School, Enjoy the day with your family!
  • February 22: PEACE Presentations Grade K-8; Change to Mode of Learning/Return of Temporary Remote to In-Person
  • February 23: Pink T-Shirt Day/ Scientists in the School-Sanguigni
  • February 24: Parent Engagement Event at 7 p.m. (See flyer for details)


March 2022


  • March 1: Term 2 IEPs go home/Shrove Tuesday
  • March 2: Ash Wednesday
  • March 3: Grade 4 Extended French Applications due for Grade 5 EF Sept. 2022/ Scientists in the School- Bernais
  • March 4: Scientists in the School- Sajda
  • March 9: Riverwood Conservancy Virtual Presentations- K - 8
  • March 10: Cookie Day
  • March 14-18: March Break
  • March 24: Scientists in the School Presentation- Araujo/Oliveira
  • March 25: Scientists in the School Presentation- Gaskin/Torres