Storm Tracker

September 2022

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Contact Information:

Principal: G. Hilton

Vice Principal: R. Coelho

Secretary: K. Romani

Superintendent of Mississauga South Schools: S. Gos (905) 890-1221

Trustee: S. Hobin (905-301-1210) Twitter: @Trusteehobin

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Principal Message:

Welcome to a new school year, and a special welcome to those families new to our community!

I am very happy to be the new principal at St. Christopher, and I look forward to working with each of you in the service of our students!

I come to St. Christopher School after five years as principal at Metropolitan Andrei School. Prior to that I was principal at St. Philip School for six years.

Our vice-principal Mrs. Coelho and I, along with the entire staff, welcome your partnership as we all work together toward the common goal of student success.

This year we will continue to strive towards environmental stewardship with all communication to families being sent out electronically. Please ensure we have your most up-to-date email information at the school office. This year we will be communicating to parents via our new monthly newsletter "STORM TRACKER" instead of weekly newsletters.

We look forward to a terrific year of learning at St. Christopher School as together we help prepare students for their future as faithful, responsible, and caring members of the community!

With kind regards,

Mr. Hilton


Virtue for September: Faith

To begin our school year, we’ll focus on our first virtue –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 by and destined to be reunited with God.

A faithful person believes that God helps us to create a safe and caring school.

A Faithful person…

  • prays whenever they can

  • learns from Scripture stories

  • assumes that there is good in everyone

  • knows that we are all loved by God


The beginning of each school year is always marked by unexpected changes which require all of us to be understanding, accommodating and flexible. The September school organization is based on projected enrollment prepared by the Board’s Planning Department. Such enrollment projections determine the number of teachers assigned to the school and consequently the grade and class configurations. In the event that student enrollment falls below or increases above projections, an adjustment to the number of teachers assigned to the school follows, which in essence may affect the placement of your child. Therefore, as we start the year, staffing is still tentative and until actual numbers are realized and assessed, reorganization of classes is a strong possibility. If we need to reorganize the school, it will take place on Monday, September 19, 2021, our PA Day. You will be notified ahead of time if changes need to be made.

Meet Our Storm Trooper Line Up!

Early Learning Team: Mrs. Cassim-Smith, Mrs. Kacaj, Mrs. Hewitt and Mrs. Vargas

Primary: Mrs. Gabrielli, Mrs. MacFarlane, Mrs. McMenemy, Mrs. Smerilli, Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Silvestri, Mrs. McNeilly, Ms. Peters and Ms. Sousa.

Junior: Mrs. Buday, Mrs. Kirkbride, Mrs. Moreira, Mrs. Inglese, Mme. Alcasid

Intermediate: Mr. Carrabs, Mrs. Bertolo, Mrs. Dell'Orso

Extended French: Mme. Dufton, Mme. Saldanha, Mlle. Lesinski, and Monsieur Ahern.

ESL and Special Education Team: Mrs. Dewsnap, Mrs. Cardoso

Support Services Team: Dr. Krane, School Psychologist; Mrs. McKillop, Speech & Language; Cynthia Creary, Child and Youth Worker.

Head Custodian: Mr. Yeboah

Librarian: Mrs. Marshall

Educational Resource Workers: Zorica Matesic, Sheila Almazan, Nina Knak-Kurliatovich

First Day Procedures

Tuesday September 6, 2022, is the first day of school for all students in SK to Grade 8. Beginning at 8:00 am, all classroom teachers will be in the yard with signs indicating teacher name and grade. To help reduce the number of individuals in the yard, we ask that students in grades 4-8 enter the yard independently to find their teacher. Students from grades 1-3 may be accompanied by one parent.

Kindergarten parents are asked to drop off their child at the Kindergarten yard. Our amazing Early Learning Team will be prepared to greet and receive incoming Senior Kindergarten students.

All support staff will also be available to assist students who were not able to access their child's placement information. At 8:15 when the bell rings, classes will enter the building and begin their day. Parents dropping off students are reminded to depart once your child has been handed off to a staff member to minimize congregation. Your support is greatly appreciated.

All students and accompanying adults are reminded to use the sidewalks; adjacent to the school on the north side, and bike path along the south side of the building. Please DO NOT congregate or walk in the BUS loading zone.

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JK Student Integration

Junior Kindergarten Students will have a staggered entry. All new Year 1 students and families will be contacted by their child's Early Learning Team to arrange a visit to discuss your child and show our new students the classroom environment. Parents will be contacted on Thursday, September 1st to schedule a school visit.

Once students have had their "Meet and Greet" school visit, they will begin in the kindergarten program the following day. For instance, if your child is scheduled for their "Meet and Greet" (approximately 15-minute visit with parent) on Tuesday, September 6th, their first day of school would be on Wednesday, September 7th.

All students will have started kindergarten by Friday, September 9. Therefore, JK students will be integrated over the 7th and 9th of September; some JK students will be invited to start on the 7th and others will begin on the 8th and 9th. With ALL JK students in school by the 9th of September. All SK/Year 2 students will begin school on the 6th of September.

Regular Entry and Dismissal Routines

Entry and Dismissal Routines

Beginning Wednesday, September 7, all students are asked to go directly to their assigned entry doors and proceed directly to their classrooms between 8:00 and 8:15 am.

Kindergarten-Cassim-Smith/Kacaj: Entrance 6

Kindergarten-Hewitt/Vargas: Entrance 7

Grades1-3: Entrance 2 (Peace Garden)

Grades 4-8: Entrance 5

At the end of the day, students will exit via their assigned entrance doors at 2:45. Parents and Guardians, are reminded to wait at the crosswalk as students are being dismissed by their classroom teachers. Students will be dismissed at the crosswalk.

Upcoming Events

September 5th: Labour Day ~ Schools Closed

September 6th" First Day of School ~SK students and Grades 1-8

September 7th: First Day of School ~ Group A JK students & SK, Grades 1-8

September 8th: First Day of School ~ Group B JK students & SK, Grades 1-8

September 9th: School open for ALL students

September 12th: Catholic School Council 2021-2022 School Year Closing Meeting

September 19th: P.A. Day ~ No School for Elementary Students

September 22nd: Open House/Scholastic Book Fair

September 27th: School Picture Day

September 28th: Catholic School Council Opening Meeting for 2022-2023 School Year

September 29th: First Day of Pizza Day available via

September Medical Reminder:

If your child has a medical condition, please ensure that the school is aware of it by submitting the proper forms and medication as soon as possible in September. Parents are responsible for ensuring that all medications and forms are updated 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, along with any medication, to the office as soon as possible. Forms are available in the office. Please remember to check the expiry dates of all medication before bringing them to school.


As we begin a new school year, we would like to inform you that St. Christopher Elementary, is an allergen aware school. There are pupils in attendance who suffer from severe and life-threatening allergies to certain foods, such as dairy, peanut and nut products. Exposure to the smallest quantities can cause severe life-threatening reactions.

Anaphylaxis is a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction. The most common allergens triggers are food, insect stings, medications, exercise and latex. An anaphylactic reaction involves symptoms from two or more body systems. The safety and well-being of all of our students is a priority.

In order to ensure the safety and well being of all pupils, we request that you NOT send any lunches or snacks that contain peanuts and or tree nuts, including peanut butter substitute products. Please make sure that all of you children's caregivers are aware of the food restrictions. Please avoid sending food for birthday or special occasions. There are many alternatives such as stickers and pencils. Should there be a specific allergy concern in your child's classroom, information will be shared by the classroom teacher.

We appreciate your cooperation in supporting a safe learning environment for all pupils.

Asthma Awareness

As we begin the new school year, we would like to remind families that St. Christopher school continues to participate in "We Share the Air", a scent sensitivity awareness campaign. There are students in attendance who suffer from life-threatening asthmatic conditions to air pollutants. Exposure to even minimal odours may cause a potential life-threatening reaction.

Very common triggers are: perfume, cologne, scented products, personal care, such as hairspray. The safety of our students is priority. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of all students, we request that our school community refrain from wearing scented personal products, complying with our Scent Free Zone Campaign at school and all school events. We appreciate your cooperation in supporting a safe learning environment for all students.

Concussions and Head Injuries

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 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 the incident will be entered into the school’s “Documentation of Head Injuries” log. This is precautionary only, and we ask that you check your child when he/she gets home for any signs of a concussion or illness. We will also encourage you to go onto our school website, where a brochure containing information about Concussions is provided. Again this is a precautionary measure and for information purposes.

Verification Forms

Student verification forms will be coming home in the first few weeks of school either via email or paper copy. We ask that you kindly review all information to ensure that it is correct. Please ensure that all phone numbers are accurate in case we need to contact you should your child be sick at school.


Daily SELF-COVID Screening Procedures

It is recommended that staff, students and visitors continue to complete the Provincial COVID Screening Tool before attending school.

Please see our attached "Community Bulletin" for more detailed Back to School Updates and reminders with respect to Heath & Safety Protocols.

Attendance Verification

It is important for students to be at school on time and ready to work. When students are late they miss important information and routines. We realize that throughout the year there will be times that your child will be away from school.

SafeArrival is an application within SchoolMessenger that will allow parents/guardians to report their children’s absences in one of the following three ways:

What is SafeArrival:

  • SafeArrival is an absence management system that improves student safety.
  • It supports school staff to follow up on unexcused absences.
  • It allows parents and/or guardians to notify the school in advance about an upcoming absence.


  • Better Attendance Management for Enhanced Student Safety
  • Faster and Easier Attendance Management
  • Simplified Parent Reporting Tools
  • Accessible, Convenient and Secure
  • Automated Key Tasks With SafeArrival Administrative Tools

In the event that your child is late or absent, please use one of the three ways to access Safe Arrival.

Students who arrive late to school must proceed to the office to get a late slip.

Child Safety

The Child and Family Services Act compels educators to report any issues that may compromise a child's welfare. If a staff member suspects any issue that may affect a child's safety, then Children's Aid Society (CAS) must be contacted. It is our Legal Obligation as employees of the school to report any suspicions directly to the Children’s Aid Society. It is not the role of educators to investigate. That is CAS' role. CAS, not the school, informs parents directly of the issue.

Scholastic Book Club

Many of your schools participate in the Scholastic Book Club. Please note that participation in this program is completely optional and that the books curated in these offerings are selected for a wide audience and not specifically for a Catholic audience. We encourage parents to review the selections that their child makes to ensure the material chosen reflects their family values.

St. Christopher will host a Scholastic Book Fair during our school Open House:

September 22nd.

Details to follow.

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We Are Many, We Are One

The new school year offers us an opportunity to reflect upon our personal, academic and spiritual growth and to set some new goals.

The theme chosen for the upcoming 2023 Catholic Education Week is:

Catholic Education: We are Many, We are One

L’éducation catholique: À plusieurs, nous sommes un

Catholic Education Week is held each year in May in our 29 Ontario Catholic school boards. It will run from April 30 – May 5, 2023.

When we see – En voyant


You showed us how to see those who are blind, those who are small, those who are fearful and those who climb trees.

We can see with our eyes.

More importantly we can see with our hearts.

You invite us to see with our hearts, to see deeper than the surface.

Guide us this year.

When our attention is called to someone or something, remind us to be loving, compassionate and kind.

Then we will see like you see and we will be one.


Community Information Bulletins

Parish Information

St. Christopher Parish

1171 Clarkson Road N

Mississauga, ON L5J 2W1

Phone: (905) 822-1171

Pastor: Fr. Joseph Rodrigues

Catholic School Council Parish Rep. Updates:

  • Looking for Altar Servers
The recruitment for new members of the Ministry of Altar Servers is now open for all youth who are aged 8 and older and have received their first communion. We are looking for youth who are willing to dedicate their time, themselves, make friends, and deepen their Christian life in the way of service to the Altar of the Lord. Community Service hours will be provided.

School Hours

​Our School Hours:

School Starts at 8:15 am

Morning Recess: 9:38 - 9:53 am

Lunch: 11:16 am - 12:16 pm

Afternoon Recess: 1:39 - 1:54 pm

Dismissal: 2:45 pm

Please note: We will continue with "soft entry" in the morning, students may enter the building using their designated doors beginning at 8:00am. School starts at 8:15am.

A reminder that we no longer have staggered dismissal. Students will be dismissed at 2:45. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we return to previous dismissal time.

Catholic School Council

Catholic School Council

The School Advisory Council is comprised of parents, a school faculty member, a non-teaching representative, as well as an appointed parish community representative. The aim of the council is to support school activities and students through involvement and fundraising. We are always looking for new parents to join our School Council! If your child is participating in online learning you are still part of our St. Christopher community and therefore you are welcome to attend council meetings and participate in council elections.

Last Council Meeting for 2021-2022 School Year: Please join us for our next council meeting on September 12th @6:30 PM

New Council for 2022-2023: Please join us for our council meeting on September 28th @6:30 PM

Any parent wishing to be a member of the 2022-23 School Council must complete a nomination form. Nomination forms can be obtained via the attachment to this newsletter, or by contacting our school secretary Mrs. Romani at the office. Completed nomination forms can be e-mailed to or submitted through your child to the school no later than Monday, September 19, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Further information will be forthcoming should an election be required and regarding future Catholic School Council meeting dates. Please also note that all Catholic School Council Members must have a valid criminal reference check.

This school year's meetings will be held in-person in our school library, unless otherwise noted. All are welcome to attend.

Elementary Organization Plans: Combined Grades

Attached is a letter from David Amaral, Associate Director, DPCDSB regarding the Ministry of Education publication "An Introduction to Combined Grades". Below is also a brochure for your reference.
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STOPR Transportation

The distance criteria for transportation eligibility must be more than:

  • 1.0 kilometre for Kindergarten and Grade 1
  • 1.6 kilometres for Grades 2-4
  • 2.0 kilometres for Grades 5-8

All Kindergarten and Grade 1 students who take the bus are required to be met by a parent or guardian when disembarking from the bus after school.

All bus information for the current school year is posted on the front windows of the school. Transportation eligibility is determined via the Board Bus policy. Information regarding this policy as well as current route information is available through the STOPR website:

You may also contact the Transportation Department via the following contact numbers: Transportation: 905-890-6000 Special Education Transportation: 905-890- 6362. To determine if your son or daughter is eligible for transportation, please visit You can also receive up to date information by following STOPR on Twitter @STOPRinfo

To receive updates on whether your child’s bus is running late, please subscribe to STOPR at https://

STOPR has made the decision not to have Courtesy Seats at this time. Only students who are eligible to ride the bus according to the distance criteria above will be granted a seat on the bus. All bus students are required to wear a mask while boarding the bus until they depart at their destination. They will be provided with an assigned seat and siblings will be placed together to allow for more physical distancing to take place on the bus. STOPR may re-evaluate their decision regarding courtesy seats if the COVID situation improves.

Beginning August 29th, parents can access the bussing portal for their child(s) transportation information.

Access your account HERE

Bus Safety

Bus safety

If your child rides the bus daily, it is important that they are aware of the safety rules on the bus. Students are required to:

  • Listen to the Bus Driver at all times and report any problems or injuries to him/her
  • Go directly to their assigned seat and remain seated during the entire bus ride
  • Do not eat, drink, swear, fight or chew gum on the bus
  • Do not put arms out the window, or throw items or garbage out the window
  • If any damage to the seat of bus is caused, students will be held responsible
  • Be at least 5 minutes early at your bus stop to ensure that you don't miss the bus

Improper conduct on the bus will be dealt with at the Office. Repeated or serious incidents can result in busing privileges being suspended or removed. Please review these rules with your child. Taking the bus is a privilege, not a right.
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