St. Joseph Elementary School

October 2021

School Information

Address: 249 Church Street, Mississauga, ON, L5M 1N1

School Phone Number: 905-826-4422

St. Joseph General Mailbox:

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

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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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It's hard to believe that September is behind us and we are already in October. With the many blessings, we have to be grateful for, we can share with you most genuinely how truly blessed we are to work at St. Joseph! We are continuously impressed with the amount of time and energy the staff put into making sure all students are successful and engaged. They are an incredibly talented group of teachers, ERWs, DECEs, Lunch Student Monitors, custodians, secretary and parish team who want nothing but the best for our students and families. We would like to welcome Ms. Fenn, our Grade 4 remote teacher as well as Violet Bortkiewicz, our Planning Time teacher, who will be working at St. Joseph on Thursdays and alternate Fridays.

We would like to thank the St. Joseph School community for a wonderful start to the school year. It has been a busy month and we are happy to share that students are settling into routines. Your partnership is very much appreciated and we look forward to working with you to ensure continued student success.

On Monday, October 11th is Thanksgiving! On behalf of the entire staff, we wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day!

God bless,

Ms. Cavaliere

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Father in Heaven, Creator of all source of goodness and love,

Please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.

Thank you for all the graces and blessings you have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage, our food and shelter, our health, the love of one another, our family and friends.

Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessings throughout the coming year.

This we ask in the name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother.

Amen +

Thanksgiving Food Drive- October 4th to October 8th

Our Thanksgiving Food Drive lead by our Grade 8 Youth Faith Ambassadors runs from October 4th to October 8th. Please consider donating non-perishable food items, pasta sauce, toiletries, instant cereal, tea, instant coffee, pancake mix and syrup. Thank you in advance for your generous donations! All proceeds will be collected by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

October's Virtue of the Month is: Empathy


Together in Faith

God has given us the ability to form connections with each other- to live together. Empathy helps us to connect and live together in safe, caring and inclusive communities. Empathy refers to the ability to identify and feel other people's concerns. An empathetic person believes that we all share one Spirit; that we are many parts of one body because we are all created in the image and likeness of God.

What Empathetic People Do:

  • Listen attentively
  • Watch people's body language
  • Notice and respond when someone is upset
  • Can name their feelings
  • Can see a situation from another person's point of view.
  • Know that different people may feel differently about the same thing.

Let us now pray... .for the grace and strength to be people of empathy- people who can really identify with and feel the concerns of those 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:

Parish Website:

We welcome back Fr. Paul Dobson and Fr. Michael Corpus from St. Joseph parish. We look forward to celebrating our Opening/Thanksgiving Mass virtually this year on Thursday, October 7th at 1:30 p.m.! We look forward to continuing to build a strong partnership with our home, school and parish.

Sacrament of Confirmation: On October 12th at 7:30 p.m., students in Grade 8 from St. Joseph who completed their Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation will be celebrating their Confirmation. Parents/guardians must register with the church. Students in Grade 7, 8 and 9 who have not completed their sacramental preparation will be able to register in December 2021. See flyer for details or check the parish website.

Sacrament of First Holy Communion: On October 17th at 2 p.m., students in Grade 3 and above who have received their sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, will be celebrating their First Holy Communion. Parents/guardians must register with the church. Students in Grade 2, 3 and above who have not completed their sacramental preparation will be able to register in December 2021. See flyer for details or check the parish website.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's Sacraments, please contact St. Joseph Parish via email at

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. Please complete the screening each morning. Verification will be taken each morning during attendance.

Students will have two options to show they have taken and passed the assessment

  1. Students can take a screenshot on their phone or device and show it to their teacher
  2. Hold up a card with a green checkmark. Parents can print their own from the attachment or they can be available at the school for students. Please let us know if you require this option.

In the event that a student cannot provide verification that they have passed their daily self-screening, the parent/guardian will be contacted to verify that their child has passed the active screening, or they must make arrangements to pick up their child.

Transportation Eligibility

Please note, we currently have 6 bus runs assigned to our school. All eligible students who meet the distance criteria have been assigned a bus seat. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all bus students must be assigned a bus seat. They will be required to sit with their sibling or peer in their cohort. Please remind your child to stay in their assigned seats.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, NO courtesy seats will be available for the 2021-2022 school year.

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 for Grades 5 to 8

If you would like to opt-out of bussing for this year, or AM/PM only, please contact the main office to obtain a form. Please note, you can reinstate bussing at any time by contacting the school or the STOPR at 905-890-6000.

Please check the STOPR website for bus route details for St. Joseph Elementary School

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.
  • 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!

Office Reminders

Fire Drills and Lockdown Drills Practices

It is the policy of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board that all of its' schools conduct three fire drills per term and one "lockdown" drill per term. The procedures that we follow have been recommended from the Board and are conducted with as much sensitivity as possible to not cause undue concern with our students. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

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.

Student Monitor Position Available

Our student monitors help to support supervision during the lunch hour. This is a paid position. You will require an updated Vulnerable Sector Check and complete a hiring package. If you are interested, please inquire with the main office for more information.

Allergen Awareness

In keeping with Sabrina's Law (schools are mandated to manage student allergies), and COVID-19 protocols do not send food (candy treats, baked goods, doughnuts, etc...) in for your child's class to eat. Please refrain from sending in games, books or puzzles as we do our best to keep everyone safe.
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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, November 17, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
  • 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.

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. In addition, the approved minutes will be posted on our website within two weeks of approval.

World's Finest Chocolates St. Joseph Catholic School Council Fundraiser

Your Catholic School Council is asking for your support and participation to help raise funds during this year's World Finest Chocolate Fundraiser!

Our online store is now open! When you receive your fundraising email, all you have to do is CLICK on the link, that was created for our fundraiser, and purchase a case of chocolates. Parents/guardians, you can send the fundraiser link to your friends and family and ask them to participate in our fundraiser also!

This fundraising campaign will help to pay for the 2021/2022 student agendas, Sacramental gifts for First Holy Communion and Confirmation, Grade 8 graduation gifts, FDK celebration of learning, Christmas at St. Joseph, guest speakers, and hopefully many other programs and activities for our students.

This year, we are offering a case of ALMOND chocolates and/or a case of MIXED CHOCOLATES. Each of our World's Finest Chocolate cases consist of 30- $3.00 delicious treats for friends, co-workers and relatives. All you have to do is click on the link to get started. We will ship orders directly to you, and your household will then sell the items you've ordered and keep the proceeds to recover the cost. World's Finest Chocolates will then provide the profit from your sales (the price you paid LESS the product & shipping costs) directly to St. Joseph. Please click on the link to get started.

GET STARTED: CLICK on the link below to access the Chocolate Fundraising Webstore.

Thank you for your generous support!


The St. Joseph Catholic School Council

Halloween Costume Considerations:

Halloween is an annual fun event celebrated across DPCDSB. The purpose of this communication is to raise awareness regarding costume choices to make sure that this Halloween is safe, enjoyable and inclusive for all.

In an effort to create safe, caring and inclusive spaces within our schools, students and staff are asked to consider the impact their costume may have on others.

Students are proactively encouraged to select costumes that may not be considered offensive to someone's religion, culture, race, gender expression, ability, heritage or sexual orientation.

Everyone has the freedom to express themselves within reasonable limits. As a caring Catholic community, we must ensure that the costume choices of staff and students are not offensive to, or mocking of others.

Questions to consider:

  • Does your costume mock or condescend historically oppressed people or cultures? Is the costume respectful of all or can it be viewed as culturally insensitive?
  • Does your costume include face painting for the sole purpose of matching the skin colour of a specific person or people? Although face painting is safer than wearing a mask, particularly for young children, the potential to be offensive to others must be considered.
  • Does your costume mock or condescend religions or religious beliefs? Use sacred objects/clothing of others' religions/cultures>
  • Does your costume caricaturize marginalized groups or persons (historical or current) in a way that may serve to trivialize them?

Thank you for helping us to create a safe, caring and inclusive school community.

Terry Fox

On Friday, September 24th, St. Joseph staff and students participated in our annual Terry Fox Walk around the school. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations to the Terry Fox Foundation in the amount of $1860! Thank you to Ms. Leko, Ms. Pelaccia and Ms. Guerrizio for organizing another successful event!

Mark Your Calendars

October 2021
  • October 4: Virtue of Faith Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. lead by our Grade 8 students
  • October 4-8: Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • October 5: First Fire Drill/World Teachers' Day/DPCDSB Empowering Women Day
  • October 7: Virtual Opening/Thanksgiving Mass at 1:30 p.m.
  • October 8: First Lockdown drill
  • October 11: Thanksgiving Day: Enjoy time with your family and friends!
  • October 12: Confirmation at St. Joseph Parish (Grade 8 & 9 students)
  • October 17: First Holy Communion at St. Joseph Parish (Grade 3 & 4 students)
  • October 19: Term 1 IEPs go home to parents/guardians
  • October 20: Grade 8 Grad Photo Day/Welcome Superintendent Lewis to St. Joseph
  • October 20: Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  • October 21: Child Care Worker/ECE Day
  • October 25: Mississauga North Catholic School Council Chairs Meeting at 7:45 p.m. (virtual)
  • October 26-28: Grade 4 CCAT Testing
  • October 28: Grade 4 Remote CCAT Testing

November 2021

  • November 9: Progress Reports/Communication of Learning-Initial Observations go home
  • November 11: Remembrance Day Liturgy
  • November 11: Progress Interviews (as needed for particular students)
  • November 12: PA Day: No School for Students
  • November 17: Catholic School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
  • November 30: School Photo Day