St. Joseph Elementary School

January 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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January's Virtue of the Month is: Self-Control

Self-Control

This month, we celebrate the Virtue of Self-Control.


God wants us to do what we know and feel is right.


A person of self-control

  • is patient with themselves and others
  • knows how to share and take turns
  • has the power to stand up for what is right
  • looks for peaceful ways to resolve conflict
  • can think things through


Our daily prayer for January...

Let us now pray... for the grace and strength to be people of self-control so that we will resist the temptation to cause harm to ourselves and others around us.


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

1. Our Confirmation Preparation Program will be done virtually and will run from February 1st to March 14th

2. Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation (both for those who have started or have not started their preparation program) has officially opened and will close on Sunday, January 16th, 2022

3. Registration is open to those in grade 7, as well as those in grade 8 (if they have not yet had the opportunity in the past two years due to the pandemic)

4. Please use this link to read more details and register though the online form https://stjosephmi.archtoronto.org/en/sacraments-at-st-joseph/confirmation/ *please note the two sections stating "not started" and "partially completed/fully completed", as this will help you navigate your registration

5. Once registration has been completed, be sure to bring a copy of your child(ren)’s birth certificate and baptismal certificate, as well as the $50 fee (cash or cheque only), to the parish office in a labeled envelope (ie. child(ren)'s full name, the sacrament he/she will be receiving, as well as the school he/she attends).


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 our earliest convenience.

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

1. Our Communion Preparation Program will be done virtually and will run from February 1st to March 14th

2. Registration for the Sacrament of Communion (both for those who have started or have not started their preparation program) has officially opened and will close on Sunday, January 16th, 2022

3. Registration is open to those in grade 2, as well as those in grade 3 (if they have not yet had the opportunity due to the pandemic)

4. Please use this link to read more details and register though the online form https://stjosephmi.archtoronto.org/en/sacraments-at-st-joseph/first-holy-communion/ *please note the two sections stating "not started" and "partially completed/fully completed", as this will help you navigate your registration

5. Once registration has been completed, be sure to bring a copy of your child(ren)’s birth certificate and baptismal certificate, as well as the $50 fee (cash or cheque only), to the parish office in a labeled envelope (ie. child(ren)'s full name, the sacrament he/she will be receiving, as well as the school he/she attends)


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.

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 for the first 10 days of school when returning in-person.


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.

Winter Safety Tips

Dear Families,

Our cold weather is already upon us! Now it's important that everyone using our school bus system is familiar with STOPR's winter weather procedures.


STOPR will monitor weather and road conditions during the winter months and make a decision to cancel transportation by 6:00 a.m. each morning.


School Bus Safety Tips for Children During the Winter Months

  • Whenever possible, wait with your child(ren) at the bus stop or arrange someone to wait with them;
  • Allow extra time to get to the bus stop location;
  • Plan to arrive 5 or 10 minutes early to your bus stop;
  • Make sure your children are dressed appropriately for the cold weather as unexpected mechanical problems with school buses can occur;
  • Wear bright coloured clothing or wear a coat with reflective safety strips for added visibility.
  • Students and parents should maintain physical distancing between family groups and wear a mask while waiting for the bus;
  • Always sit in your assigned seat;



What Happens if the Bus cancelled on inclement mornings?

  • Please check the weather and listen for announcements each morning. Announcements are announced on the radio, on our school twitter and webpage "Yellow Banner"
  • Does your child(ren) have a plan? Emergency contact person or neighbour to go to if their bus does not arrive;
  • Does your child have a "bus buddy" or someone they can walk with and wait with for the bus?
  • When buses are cancelled, schools will remain open to students as per the Ministry's latest announcement.

Kiss N' Ride

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.


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

2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for 2022-2023 School Year

Online Registration for 2022-2023 Kindergarten will open on January 10, 2022.

We encourage as many parents/guardians as possible to register online during the week of January 10-14, 2022.

January 27 - Information Session Supporting the Transition of Children with Differing Abilities into DPCDSB for September 2022

On Thursday, January 27, 2022, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board's Special Education and Learning Services Department will host a Virtual Information Session to Support the Transition of Children with Differing Abilities into school. This meeting is for families of children with differing abilities, such as vision, hearing, speech, autism, physical/medical and/or developmental delays in the cognitive and/or motor areas, who will be transitioning into a DPCDSB school in September 2022. The meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. More Information / Flyer

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


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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.


This year, our Catholic School Council will be coordinating a "contactless" chocolate fundraiser. Please review the information below for more details.


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

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
  • 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.

Parent/Guardian Resources

Elementary Learning Mode Change

Changes to Modes of Learning

As we have been receiving many inquiries regarding online, remote-only, hybrid and in-school learning, please allow me to clarify some of the information you have been receiving.

Please follow one of the options below:

1. If your child has been participating in in-school learning and you would like your child to continue with in-school learning for the remainder of the year, you do not have to take any actions of informing the school.


2. If your child has been participating in in-school learning and you would like your child to participate in online learning for the temporary period until February 22, 2022, please inform your child’s teacher. He/she is collecting this data. Your child will remain in the same class, but access the class online through the Google Classroom Google Meet platform. (Hybrid Model)


3. If you would like to change your child’s mode of learning for the remainder of the year, starting February 22nd (February 22- June 30th), please inform the school office by emailing or calling the school and leaving a message 905-826-4422. This includes changing from in-school to remote-only / remote-only to in-school. Remote-only will likely be at another school with all students online.


4. If your child has been participating in in-school learning and you would like her/him to participate in online learning until February 22 and then also change to remote-only learning from February 22 to June 30th, please inform the school office of your wishes.


I hope this helps to clarify what is being asked of parents. Please respond by Monday, January 17, 2022. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school via email.

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

Grade 1 French Immersion Applications for the 2022-23 school year

Students entering Grade 1 in the 2022-23 school year are eligible to apply this year for the French Immersion program. The French Immersion program begins in Grade 1 and continues until Grade 12. The DPCDSB currently offers the Grade 1 French Immersion program in eight Catholic elementary schools. Please visit the DPCDSB French Immersion webpage for location maps and a list of French Immersion locations. All applications to this Grade 1 program will be done online. Online applications open on Monday January 10, 2022 at 9 a.m. and will close on Tuesday January 25, 2022 at 4 p.m. To apply to the Grade 1 French Immersion program, please visit the DPCDSB French Immersion webpage to access the online application or to get more information about the Grade 1 French Immersion application process.

January 12 - Region of Peel Family COVID-19 Vaccination Webinar For the Black, African, and Caribbean communities in Peel

Time: 7:00 p.m. A safe space for parents and caregivers to ask expert panelists questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Join us for this informative Q&A discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine for children and adults and have your questions answered.
Panelists: Dr. Zainab Abdurrahman, Pediatric Clinical Immunologist and Allergist and Dr. David Burt, Immunologist. Register at: bit.ly/peelcovidwebinar Do you have a question for the panelists? Click 'Contact the Organizer' to submit your questions before the event. Click here to access the Zoom Link and join the live conversation. Meeting ID: 984 6049 7781 Dial in option: 647-374-4685 (when prompted, enter the Meeting ID)

Trustee Newsletter

School Photo Day Re-Take Day on February 2, 2022- Revised Date!

We're happy to announce that EdgeImaging will be visiting the school on February 2, 2022 for Photo Re-Take/Grad Photo Retakes. Please bring your best smiles! *Revised Date!

Community Engagement Event- January 26th at 7 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars

January 2022


  • January 3 and 4: All Ontario schools are closed. Teachers and staff preparing for temporary switch in modes of learning. Parents to inform teachers of their desire to change from in-person to remote
  • January 5: All In-Person and Remote Learning Classes continue
  • January 6: The Feast of the Epiphany
  • January 10- 14: Online Kindergarten Registration for 2022-2023
  • January 11: Virtual School Bus Safety Presentations K-8
  • January 14: Virtual X-Movement Presentations at JOEST
  • January 16: Registration deadline for First Holy Communion and Confirmation with St. Joseph Parish
  • January 17: Deadline to change mode of learning
  • January 18: Virtual X-Movement Presentations at JOEST
  • January 19: Catholic School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
  • January 24: PA Day/No School for Students
  • January 26: Virtual X-Movement Presentations for JOEST; Community Engagement Event- Dr. Jean Clinton at 7 p.m.
  • January 27: Information Session to Support the Transition of Students with Differing Abilities to Kindergarten at 7 p.m.


February 2022


  • February 2: School Photo Re-Takes/Grad Re-Take Day * New Date
  • February 3: First Day of Term 2
  • February 18: PA Day: Reporting to Parents/Guardians
  • February 21: Family Day
  • February 22: Change to Modes of Learning