Graduation Rings on Sale!
This June 2015, your son or daughter will be graduating from St. Aloysius Gonzaga, so why not commemorate this milestone by purchasing them a personalized graduation ring? Graduation Rings orders will be taken during the week of November 24 to November 28th in the Cafeteria during all three lunches. You can also order a ring online at www.graduor.com. Help keep those wonderful high school memories alive with a special token of remembrance for your son or daughter by purchasing a graduation ring from Graduor!
From Your Catholic School Trustees (Click here for current and past Trustee Newsletters)
Luz del Rosario, Sharon Hobin and Esther O’Toole
We are honoured to have been elected (Luz del Rosario) and re-elected (Sharon Hobin and Esther O’Toole) to be your Catholic School Trustees. We look forward to the next four years to represent you at the school board table to address your concerns, voice your opinions and to protect and enhance Catholic education in Dufferin-Peel. We thank outgoing trustee Peter Ferreira for his time and dedication over these last four years and wish him well in his future endeavours.
From time to time we have to say goodbye to administrators as they move on to other schools. We wish to thank Vice Principals Rosina Ariganello and John Dmytrasz. We wish them all the best with their new assignments at their new schools. We warmly welcome Vice Principals Matthew DiFiore and Virginia Luh to St. Aloysius Gonzaga.
We have been so impressed with the many wonderful events taking place in our schools and with the continuing outreach to those less fortunate. This includes the work of our Catholic school councils and student governments. We have been privileged to have witnessed and participated in Student Award Presentations honouring secondary students who have acquired Honour Roll status with averages of over 80 % as well as subject award winners. Students, parents, teachers and trustees are proud of these secondary young people who work hard and are so dedicated. Congratulations!
As well, sincere congratulations to those parents who have stepped up to the plate to participate and contribute to our Catholic School Councils. This is an essential part of Dufferin-Peel. We have had school councils for many years before they were ever mandated by the government. In fact, Dufferin-Peel has been a template for the government mandated school councils and PIC, which is our CCCSC or Central Committee for Catholic School Councils. We encourage parents and guardians to attend these meetings. They are invaluable to learn more about your children’s school and to contribute opinions and suggestions to the council. Again, our sincere thanks to all the parent and teacher volunteers!
Thank you to our schools that have done an outstanding job of honouring our war veterans on Remembrance Day. All schools salute this special day in varying ways but each one recognizes the sacrifice and courage of our Veterans from the past and those who serve in the present. We cherish our Canadian freedoms and rights that help to ensure that this country of Canada remains "a true north strong and free." Thank you to all involved in these ceremonies and remembrances especially our War Veterans who give their time to visit our schools.
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
This was a very special week in our schools in the month of November. This week highlighted the importance of student empowerment to eliminate bullying. A minute of silence took place in recognition of all victims of bullying, including bystanders as well as student produced posters.
All 149 schools planned a wide range of events, activities, and actions to highlight a greater awareness of and to promote a culture of care, respect, and inclusion for all through efforts to eliminate bullying.
Student created posters are being distributed to all schools. Each poster incorporates the header, "Stand Up Against Bullying", as well the scripture verse, "We are God’s work of art" (Ephesians 2:10). The posters can be viewed on the board website at http://www.dpcdsb.org./
Online Reporting Tool Project: The board began a pilot project with secondary and select elementary schools last year. The online reporting tool has proven useful and is intended for Dufferin-peel students to report bullying incidents and negative behaviours impacting the school community. By March 2015, we will roll out the tool board-wide.
For more information please consult our Dufferin-Peel web site at http://www.dpcdsb.org/
We have seen the outcome of the hard work of students, teachers and parents in the results of this year’s EQAO report. This is the 6th consecutive year in which the percentage of Dufferin-Peel students achieving at, or above, the provincial standard (Levels 3 or 4) in grades 3 and 6 has equaled or exceeded the provincial averages. The percentage of Dufferin-Peel students achieving at or above the provincial standards in Grade nine mathematics continues to exceed provincial averages. Eighty-seven percent of Dufferin-Peel students, who wrote the OSSLT for the first time, successfully completed the test. Dufferin-Peel students have exceeded the provincial averages on each of the grade nine assessments of mathematics and on the OSSLT for the last five consecutive years. The results of this report are used to develop our Board Wide Learning Plan and a Leaning Plan for each school. All the EQAO information for each school is available on our Dufferin-Peel web site. The results of this report are used to develop our Board Wide Learning Plan and a Leaning Plan for each school. All the EQAO information for each school is available on our Dufferin-Peel web site.
Thank you to our schools –students, parents and school staff for supporting our food banks and St. Vincent DePaul with generous donations at this special time of year. Without these wonderful donations many will go without during this Christmas season. In the words of John 3:17-18 "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth"
As we move into the Season of Advent we look forward to the many wondrous events in our schools that celebrate this most extraordinary time in our Catholic faith. With much expectation we prepare for the birth of our Savior. As your trustees we are most delighted to attend many liturgies, Masses, concerts, plays, and all the events that take place in our schools over this special time. We wish you and your families the blessings of the baby Jesus and all the very best in 2015. May God bless you always.
Congratulations to Wendy Zhang and Earvin Tio from Safe@Gonzaga who created the winning Stand Up Against Bullying poster for 2014-2015. This poster will be displayed in all Dufferin-Peel schools.
The Strategic System plan for 2014-2019 is now available.
The supplement to the 2013-2014 yearbook will be arriving soon! This includes the Baby Grad section. Stay tuned for further details.
ONLINE REPORTING TOOL: Promoting a Positive School Climate
The following reporting tool is intended for students who become aware of bullying incidents and negative behaviours impacting the school community. It is designed to provide information that will help promote a positive school climate.
When you fill out this form,you are NOT REQUIRED to provide your name or any other identifiable information anywhere. If the information provided is anoymous, it may be dealt with in a general way as there is no means to respond specifically when there is limited information provided. DEPENDING ON THE KIND OF INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE, you may be identifiable.
In some cases, if you are identifiable based on the information provided, the school principal/vice-principal may approach you to provide a little more information on a confidential basis. If you choose to identify yourself as part of the reporting process, the principal/vice-principal may follow up with you directly.
If you have any questions about this tool, please contact the Principal and/or Vice-Principals.
Student Accident Insurance
Important notice to parents, guardians regarding insurance for students who participate in out-of-school excursions and extra-curricular sports activities.
Effective September 2012 the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board requires that parents, guardians and adult students provide written acknowledgment that they have received information regarding Student Accident Insurance especially for those students participating in out-of-school excursions and/or extra-curricular sports activities.
Although the Board takes every precaution to provide a safe learning environment for students, accidents can and do happen. Some accidental injuries result in medical, dental and/or other expenses that are not covered by the provincial health care or employer group plans. As the parent, guardian or adult student you become responsible for these expenses. Some families have private accident insurance which is able to respond to costs arising from injuries however many families do not.
Under the Education Act, an Ontario school board may “provide, by contract with an insurer under the Insurance Act, accident and life insurance for pupils, the cost of which is to be paid on a voluntary basis by the parents or guardians. R.S.O. 1990, c.E.2, s.176, par.4.”
As required under the Education Act, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board arranges for the distribution of student accident insurance brochures (i.e., ‘insuremykids’). However, please be advised that the Board assumes no responsibility for the cost of the plan, applications, premium payments or claims; nor does the Board receive any remuneration from the Reliable Life Insurance Company. Furthermore, the Board does not and cannot insure students.
IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE AN INSURANCE BROCHURE, please either contact your child’s school or contact the Board Office (905-890-0708 X-24360).
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, require any assistance, or prefer to enroll online or by phone, please contact the Client Service Department of Reliable Life Insurance through one of the following options:
Telephone: 1-800-463-5437 (toll free), or 905-523-6525
Address: P.O. Box 557, Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 3K9
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET)
If your home address will be changing during the summer, please notify the office staff at your child’s school prior to June 30. STOPR will also accept address change information after June 30 until July 11. Address changes received after July 11 will not be reflected in the planned bus routes to commence in September and may result in transportation services not being available for your child during the first weeks of school. Parents will be responsible for their children getting to and from school until appropriate transportation service is arranged.
The distance criteria for transportation eligibility is:
1.0 kilometer Kindergarten and Grade 1
1.6 kilometers for Grades 2 – 4
2.0 kilometers for Grades 5 – 8
4.8 kilometers for Grades 9 – 12
If your child is moving to grade 1, grade 5, grade 7 or grade 9 in the 2014-2015 school year, their eligibility status for transportation may be changing. Eligibility information can be accessed at the website noted below.
Parents who received letters in April of this year indicating that the transportation eligibility status for their children is being revised due to eligibility reassessment are reminded that this change will occur effective September 2, 2014.
Courtesy transportation, which is assignment of ineligible students to available, empty seats on buses, will not be initiated prior to October 3. No exceptions.
Please be aware that during September and early October, STOPR priorities are eligible students requiring transportation service, bus overloads, and route timing adjustments.
Requests for additional or adjusted bus stop locations, route adjustments, and challenges to eligibility status will not be addressed until late October.
Please be patient. STOPR provides transportation services for approximately 62,000 students to 350 schools on 1,300 buses. This is accomplished with an operations staff of 15. Every effort is made to complete required adjustments as quickly as possible, but there are limitations to the volume of changes which can be appropriately communicated and implemented each week.
All transportation operations issues are the responsibility of STOPR and not either Board or individual Trustees.
Internet: www.stopr.ca. This website provides up to date delay and inclement weather cancellation information in addition to policy, procedures and frequently asked questions.
Businfo.stopr.ca.: This website allows parents to access information specific to “what school do I attend” and “am I eligible for transportation”. This site also provides parents access to specific bus stop location and pick up and drop off times for their children if eligible for transportation.
Telephone: STOPR: Phone: 905 890-6000
Toll free: 1-800 668-1140
STOPR Administration: Phone: 905 890-0708 ext. 23220
Bus Cancellations during Inclement Weather
During the winter months inclement weather may cause disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. A decision to cancel school transportation and/or to close schools is usually made by 6:00 a.m. and will be announced on the following radio and television stations:
VIRGIN RADIO FM99.9
EZ ROCK FM97.3
CJBC (FR) AM860
STOPR Administration 905 890-0708 ext. 23220
Geoquery Website - http://businfo.stopr.ca
This website also allows parents to login and find their child’s transportation information by following these instructions:
type in the website address: businfo.stopr.ca
click “student login”
enter your child’s OEN number, street/house number, school and grade
This will automatically display the child’s transportation information, if they are eligible.
This capability for “student login” will be available for parents starting the second last week of August until the end of June each year. This feature will be locked down during the summer for route planning purposes.
Additional features of this website are, School Information, Which School Do I Attend and Transportation Eligibility and Delays and Cancellations
STOPR: STUDENT TRANSPORTATION OF PEEL REGION
For information regarding student transportation services, bus stop locations and time details please visit http://www.stopr.ca/Pages/default.