Early Dismissal Policy (Planned and Last minute)
St. Leo Catholic School
St. Leo Catholic School is a partnership of students, teachers, parents and St. Leo Church, dedicated and committed to fostering the development of the whole child (spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social) in a positive learning environment.
Our goal is to teach through Catholic beliefs the skills required to be lifelong learners and contributing members of society.
9:00 am - Entry
10:42 am to 10:57 am - Recess
11:45 am to 12:45 pm - Lunch
2:10 pm to 2:25 pm - Recess
3:30 pm - Dismissal
St. Leo Church – Father Frank Carpinelli
Father Frank celebrates monthly masses with staff and students.
St. Leo Church is located at 277 Royal York Road. Toronto M8V 2V8.
Students are expected to:
Attend school each day and be on time. School starts at 9:00 am.
Display a positive attitude towards learning
Be courteous and cooperative at all times
Be prepared for classes with completed homework assignments
Bring necessary learning materials to school, books, notebooks, math sets, pen, pencil, eraser, completed projects
Respect and abide by classroom and school behavior expectations
Respect and comply with the School Dress Code Policy of Navy Blue & White
Respect the rights and property of others
Participate fully in all classroom, enrichment and extra-curricular activities provided
Ask for extra help when extra explanation of lessons and assignments is needed
Homework is an important dimension of academic success. It offers a variety of learning opportunities, using different media that encourage and support students in relation to their in-school experiences. It is a cooperative effort involving teachers, students and parents.
The amount of homework assigned is influenced by such factors as grade level and individual learning profiles. There are four types of homework: Completion, Preparation, Practice and Application and Extension/Creative.
COMPLETION: To keep up to date with classroom work.
This includes completing classroom assignments, reading responses, notes, exercises, pieces of writing, reading selections and completing activities as assigned from various subject areas.
Completion of classroom work prepares students for the next lesson.
PREPARATION: To prepare for the next day’s class work or forthcoming lessons.
Students will be required to collect information, read background materials, study for tests, quizzes, unit tests/exams, complete tasks associated with sacramental preparation, and use agenda books to establish regular study and review time.
PRACTICE & APPLICATION: To develop, review and reinforce specific skills and to transfer skills or concepts into new situations.
This may include:
Completing extra questions in a textbook if an assessment item demonstrates that the
student has not mastered a skill
Writing a letter after being taught the components of a letter
Completing community service hours
Reviewing and practicing numeracy skills and/or troublesome spelling words
Being read to, reading aloud, independent reading
EXTENSION/CREATIVE: To enrich classroom experiences and to deepen the student’s understanding, in addition to providing opportunities for problem solving and critical thinking and integration of skills. This may include:
Volunteering to help in local parish, community group, e.g. Food Bank
Working on projects, research, independent study
Inventing a product to solve a problem
Creating designs, stories, drama, prayers
PARENTS can assist their Child/ren by:
Providing a quiet time and place for schoolwork/homework completion
Engaging in a dialogue with their children about the school day
Showing an interest in their child’s schoolwork/homework
Modeling reading to their child
Set aside Family Reading Time
Signing all tests/assignments sent home by the classroom teacher
Instilling a respect for school property
Supporting their child’s achievement in the arts: drama, music, art
SPECIAL EDUCATION RESOURCE SUPPORT
Parents are encouraged to consult with the classroom teacher about concerns they may have regarding their child’s achievements or adjustment to school.
Most challenges may be successfully addressed by the parents and teacher working together with the student.
As some students may need additional supports with the academic program, our Special Education Resource Teachers and our Assessment and Programming Teacher are also available for consultation.
SAFE ARRIVAL POLICY
The safe arrival policy is a system of procedures which enable the school to verify a student’s absence or lateness with the parent or guardian. These procedures are a critical part of the daily attendance taking procedures at St. Leo Catholic School.
Parents may report an absence by: i) Calling 1-833-251-3286; OR ii) Use http://go.schoolmessenger.com; OR iii) Use the SchoolMessenger App **All reporting is available 24/7** PLEASE DO NOT CALL/EMAIL THE SCHOOL TO REPORT AN ABSENCE.
Students who are late (arriving after the 9:00 am bell) will report to the office before going to the classroom.
A late slip is issued to the student and presented to the classroom teacher.
All parents of students whose absences are unexplained will be contacted.
Parents must provide the school with complete and current emergency contact information. This includes all telephone numbers and cell phone numbers at which parents can be reached in case of an emergency situation. It is vital that we have this current information in our data file.
If contact cannot be made, or if there are concerns about a student, the principal will determine whether to call the emergency numbers provided by the parent.
The Principal will inform the school social worker of all students who have numerous unexplained lates and absences. Parents will be asked to attend a case conference to review their child’s attendance profile and assess the situation.
Students who must leave the school earlier than 3:30 pm dismissal must bring a note from their parent requesting early dismissal.
Parents must come into the school office and sign out their child. A sign out book is provided by the school secretary.
Students will be called by the school secretary to meet their parent in the office.
Students will not be released to the parent at the classroom door.
Early dismissal – LAST MINUTE CHANGE TO PICK-UP ROUTINE
Parents making last minute changes to their child’s pickup routine at dismissal time, must call the school office prior to the 3:30 pm dismissal.
The following information must be provided to our school secretary:
Name and phone number of the person who will be picking up your child at dismissal time.
It is important that this person is aware that the child will be picked up from the school office, not the schoolyard.
The person picking up your child may be asked to provide identification as they sign-out the child at dismissal time.
We will not transfer the care of a child to anyone without preauthorization from the parent or guardian.
LUNCH HOUR ROUTINE - 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
Lunch hour provides an ideal opportunity for students to interact with their classmates.
Students who do not go home for lunch will remain on school property during the lunch hour.
Students should not leave the school grounds during lunch hour to go to local restaurants or visit a friend’s house.
The safety of our students while in our care is a prime responsibility and concern for all staff.
Parents may take their child out for lunch. They must sign out their child using the sign out book in the school office.
Upon return to the school, parents must sign in their child for the afternoon session; beginning at 12:45 pm
Parents are asked to follow this protocol.
During inclement weather, students remain in their classrooms. Supervision is provided by school staff.
It is essential for students to bring nutritious lunches.
Encourage your child to bring a litter free lunch to support our commitment to the environment. Please try to use reusable containers (not glass) whenever possible. This will assist us to reduce the amount of refuse created at lunch time.
Students are encouraged to use the recycling containers provided throughout the school.
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
ALL visitors must access the outside video phone system in order to enter the school building. Upon entry, visitors must comply with TCDSB policy by reporting to the main office.
Office staff will assist you with your visit to our school. Visitors must sign in/sign out using the Visitors Log Book. Please do not go to your child’s classroom.
Visitors will be provided with a visitor badge/lanyard to wear during their entire visit at our school. The badge is returned to the office at the end of the visit when visitors sign out in the Visitor’s Log Book.
BUS TRANSPORTATION PROCEDURES
At the beginning of each school year, all students who ride the bus will be provided with behavior expectations. A periodic review of these expectations by a parent/guardian with your child is encouraged in order to ensure the safety of all students riding the buses.
It is important to remember that riding the bus to and from school is a privilege not a right.
A note from a parent is necessary for the non-bus student to use the school bus service on special occasions; such as completing a project with a classmate.
Students who are not able to meet expected behavioural expectations will have the privilege removed.
BUS STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WALK HOME!
Alternate transportation arrangements must be provided in writing by the parent/guardian to the school office, otherwise the student(s) will board the assigned bus to get home.
Students are reminded to follow bus safety rules while riding the bus to and from school.
Be courteous and respectful towards the bus driver.
Remain seated while on the bus.
Enjoy the ride to and from school!
Drop off Procedure for School bus and Parents
Parents and Guardians are reminded to be aware of the BUS LOADING and DROP OFF ZONES on Stanley Ave and Elizabeth St. Please do NOT PARK in the Bus Loading zone.
Staff members will be positioned at each of the gates around the school and will welcome students into the school yard. Younger students, especially our Kindergarten students will be walked by a staff member to the Kindergarten Yard. Students arriving after 9:00 a.m. must enter the front door of the school and report to the office.
The bus zone is very busy at the start and at the end of the school day. Please take the time to park your car in a parking spot outside of the School Bus Zone when dropping off or picking up your child(ren),
The staff and visitor parking lots are not to be used as a drop off or pick up location.
The staff and visitor parking lots should never be used as a pedestrian walkways.
Students should be walked to their entry door/school yard area by parents. It is unsafe to drop off students in the visitor parking lot.
Parents/Guardians pick up students from the dismissal areas: Primary Doors, Junior Doors, Intermediate Doors or the school office. Students will await their parent/guardian in these areas for pickup. Students will not wait in the visitor parking lot.
Students should always access the school yard by the access gates provided for their safety.
It is unsafe and illegal to leave your car running in the parking lot while dropping off a child at school.
It is unsafe and illegal to leave a child in a car (running or not) in the parking lot while dropping off a child at school.
Parents should not double park in order to drop children off at school. Wait for a spot to free up or park on a side street and walk your child to school.
In case of inclement weather in the morning, students will be allowed to enter the school. Teachers will be at three entrance points to allow students into the school (front door, Junior Playground Doors, and Primary Yard Entrance Door closest to the triple hoop). Kindergarten students will go directly to their classrooms. Students in Grades 1-8 will take direction from the teachers as to whether to go to the gym or to their classroom. Parents are permitted to walk their child to the appropriate entrance door.
SCHOOL BUS CANCELLATION/SCHOOL CLOSURE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
During periods of severe weather, the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s information line may be reached at 416-222-8282 Ext. 2873 for transportation updates, school bus cancellations, and school closures. You may also access local media outlets such as CBC Radio & TV, CTV, CP 24, and NEWSTALK 1010.
It is important to remember that when transportation is cancelled in the morning and parents elect to personally drive their child to school, it is also the parent’s responsibility to pick-up the child at 3:30pm. Be mindful, even if road/weather conditions improve, school buses will not resume operations.
When school bus services are cancelled, the school may remain open to students who can safely walk to school. It is the responsibility of parents to determine whether it is safe to go to school or not. If you choose to keep your child at home, please call the school at 416-393-5333, to inform us of your decision.
DISMISSAL – INCLEMENT WEATHER
At times, inclement weather necessitates that students gather in the school gym to assemble for bus dismissal. Students are always supervised by teachers and support staff while waiting for school bus pick up.
BUS TRANSPORTATION Contact Information:
First Student– 905-629-8200
Attridge – 905-855-7771
FOOD ALLERGY ALERT – ST. LEO IS AN ALLERGEN AWARE SCHOOL!
Some students experience severe reactions to certain foods or other items.
Anaphylaxis refers to a collection of symptoms such as breathing difficulties, shock and drop in blood pressure. All are potentially fatal.
Bee stings and peanut allergies are most common in the ‘severe’ category. Parents of these students need to make sure that an EPI PEN has been registered and provided to the school office.
Please ensure that the medication/EPI PEN is current. Check the expiry date.
Students may carry EPI PENS on their person. Staff and Administration need to be informed if the medication is in place.
Parents of students in classrooms that have a classmate allergic to nuts or environmental products (e.g. latex) will be contacted on a yearly basis and may be required to restrict peanut/nut and other products. Each presenting case is addressed individually and this information is shared with all the students and staff, school wide.
Please do not bring baked goods such as cakes and cupcakes to celebrate your child’s birthday. Teachers will not distribute home baked items. They will be returned to you.
An alternative of fruit, pencils or a small toy are preferred for everyone’s safety.
Under certain conditions, a student may be required to take medication during school hours.
Parents must complete proper TCDSB forms before any medication is administered to a student. The forms also require signature of the prescribing physician. These forms are available from the school office.
Please note it is assumed that if a child is well enough to come to school, the child will participate in all school activities, recess periods and physical education classes. Indoor supervision is not available during recess.
SAFE SCHOOLS INFORMATION
STUDENT BEHAVIOUR & EXPECTATIONS
All students, parents and staff have rights and responsibilities. Students have a right to an education and a corresponding responsibility not to deny these rights to others.
All staff members enforce the Code of Behaviour for our school, facilitating a safe learning environment for your child/ren.
It is designed to ensure Christian behaviours by promoting respect for self, respect for others, respect for property and respect for authority.
Staff has developed a fair and equitable way of handling infractions of school rules to support a safe and happy learning environment at St. Leo Catholic School.
Students needing redirection are attended to in a professional manner.
EXPECTATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES
Students are expected to enter and move through the building in an orderly manner.
Students are expected to respect staff, parents, and volunteers.
Students are expected to follow through on directions given by staff, parents, and volunteers.
Students are expected to respect their classmates.
CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR
The purpose of consequences is to bring about a positive change in behaviour. Consequences at the classroom and school level will be varied and appropriate to the age of the student and the behaviour needing correction. Conflict resolution strategies are implemented as part of the progressive discipline process.
At St. Leo Catholic School we adhere to the Progressive Discipline process which provides a continuum of interventions to assist the student(s) presenting with inappropriate behaviours and responses to social interactions while at school.
Additional information on Safe Schools may be found at www.tcdsb.org under Safe Schools Policy S.S. 09.
PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE STRATEGIES
Students are aware of consequences for inappropriate behaviour.
Consequences are in place to maintain the safety of students, staff, visitors, and safety of the entire school community.
Consequences of inappropriate behaviour may include one or more of the following and are not limited to the following:
Informal or Formal discussion with the student/on-going monitoring
Written reflection (“Think Paper”)
Apology: Written and/or verbal
Written behaviour report
Parent contact/phone call
Guidance Teacher Counseling
Social Work Counseling
Withdrawal of privileges/detention
Loss of privileges to attend or participate in school events, excursions and other extracurricular activities
Safe School reminder – These items are not allowed at school.
Keep these items at home!
Sports equipment such as regulation soccer balls, footballs
The staff of St. Leo Catholic School is not liable for the safe storage of any of these items should they be brought to school. We are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. We are aware many of our students have access to person cell phones for safety reasons while travelling to and from school. While at school students have access to school telephone line to contact their parents. All calls placed to parents are completed by office staff.
Safe School Program
The Toronto Catholic School, TCDSB, including staff, students, parents, and trustees is committed to the TCDSB’s mission of providing a safe and welcoming learning environment that supports academic excellence and is an example of Christian community.
This mission is affirmed in TCDSB policies, including the Violence Prevention Policy. Every member of this community – student, teacher, parent/guardian, support staff, trustee, parish priest, volunteers or others while on TCDSB property, at TCDSB sponsored events and circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate – is governed by the policies of the TCDSB and shares in the responsibility for creating a positive environment that is safe, harmonious, comfortable, inclusive and respectful. View complete policy at http://www.tcdsb.org/Board/Policies/Documents/S.S.,%2009%20Code%%Conduct_Nov08.pdf
TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy
The TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) governs the proper use of technology and electronic communication in our schools. The purpose of the AUP is to provide students and their parents with a set of guidelines that outline the safe and appropriate use of technology within our Catholic School system. Included in the AUP is a definition of electronic communication to include social media, website publishing, and the use of personal electronic devices (PED’s). In addition it addresses expectations surrounding the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy effective as of September 2012. While these devices are not mandatory for classroom activities, they may be included when there is a clear educational purpose that has been identified by the teacher.
Electronic Communication includes but is not limited to Internet use, e-mail and social media, browsing, publishing or posting on web sites, downloading, accessing or storing files and use of personal electronic devices.
The use of electronic communication system within the Board has an educational and professional purpose. The term educational and professional purpose includes classroom activities and limited high quality, self discovery activities.
All parents and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the AUP. For parents, the full text of the TCDSB AUP can be found at: http://www.tcdsb.org/board/policies/aup
A summary of the AUP expectations for students in the TCDSB:
It is a privilege, not a right, to use the Board’s network and devices. Privileges may be restricted or taken away if the AUP is violated.
Students must use their own student account and keep it private when using the board network or devices.
Students must use the network and electronic communication for educational purposes only.
All students and their parents must sign the "Student Access Agreement" before they will be allowed to use the Board’s network and devices.
Personal Safety & Privacy:
A student should tell the school Principal or teacher immediately if they feel uncomfortable or not safe because of a message they received from an electronic communication such as an email, text message or photo.
Parents should discuss with their children the importance of protecting their personal information and privacy when using any electronic communication such as the internet.
All parents and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with resources that support Digital Citizenship. For parents and students, resources can be found at: https://www.tcdsb.org/ProgramsServices/SchoolProgramsK12/AcademicICT/DigitalCitizenship
TCDSB student logins grant access to WiFi, school computers and devices, and educational third-party services e.g., Google Apps for Education (GSuite).
Password management is very important and students must personally create their own password and it must be a strong password.
Students must keep their password secret, and never disclose or share a password.
When creating a password we recommend that you make it easy to remember, but hard for others to guess. Avoid using personal information such as your name, email address, or mailing address.
Password creation checklist:
Minimum 8 characters
Need to meet three of the following criteria:
At least 1 upper-case letter
At least 1 lower-case letter
At least 1 number
At least 1 special character
Trying to access or “hack” parts of the Board network or any other computer network is prohibited.
Purposely breaking, destroying and intentionally abusing Board computers, network, hardware, software, or electronic devices.
Installing, accessing or sharing unauthorized equipment, software or media files such as games.
Engaging in any bullying or threatening behaviour such as cyberbullying, making threats, or posting inappropriate material about another student to a social media site is unacceptable and will be dealt with according to the Education Act or school codes of conduct.
Impersonation or using a false identity.
Any use of inappropriate language (obscene, profane, threatening, harassing, bullying, racist or disrespectful) posted publically, privately, or on any websites.
Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
Students must not plagiarize and must obtain permission for any copyright materials they use.
Bring Your Own Computer / Personal Electronic Device (PED):
The student use of PEDs is a privilege, not a right and can be removed if it interferes with student learning.
Students can bring Personal Electronic Device (PED) such as cell phones and laptops to school, but are not allowed to use them during class time unless allowed by the teacher. Students are responsible for securing their own devices and MUST turn them off and put them away during regular school hours.
The teacher may send a student to the office if a PED is used inappropriately during class time. The administrator may confiscate the device and store it securely until the matter is resolved.
The school Principal may decide when and where PEDs are allowed in the school.
Students can use PED’s to connect to the school network for internet access only. PEDs are NOT permitted in examination rooms, unless the teacher has granted permission.
Board Technical support will be not be provided for any hardware, software or connectivity issues, and users may not install any Board/Ministry licenced software, unless the software has been licensed for home use.
All student PEDs must have anti-virus protection on them before they can connect to the Board’s network.
Students cannot take pictures or capture video with their PEDs in private areas such as washrooms or change rooms.
Any pictures or videos published electronically and taken on school property or at a school event must have the permission of the individual(s), their parents or the principal/designate.
Any images or video that negatively impact the school climate must not be captured, transmitted or posted under any circumstances.
Accessing TCDSB Wi-Fi Network with a Personal Device
The TCDSB provides students with Wi-Fi access on their personal devices for educational purposes only. Students must restrict their use of Wi-Fi to this end.
Access to Wi-Fi with a personal device is restricted to the TCDSB-Guest network.
Any personal device connected to a Wi-Fi network other than the TCDSB-Guest (including but not limited to TCDSB-Misc) will be identified and banned from all TCDSB Wi-Fi networks.
In the event that a student violates this policy, the student (and parent, where applicable) will be provided with a notice of violation and will meet with a school administrator/designate.
A school administrator/designate may deny, restrict or suspend a student’s access to the Board’s network upon any violation of this policy or other rules of the school. Appropriate legal authorities will be contacted if there is any suspicion of illegal activities.
The Board will cooperate fully with legal authorities in any investigation relating to illegal activities conducted through the Board’s system.
APPROPRIATE DRESS – COLOUR CODED ATTIRE
Students at St. Leo Catholic School adhere to the Appropriate Dress Code Policy S.S. 07 of the Toronto Catholic District School Board.
At St. Leo Catholic School the Appropriate Dress Code consists of a combination of white and navy blue garments (i.e. plain white top and navy bottom); no denim, no jeans and no logos on any of the Navy Blue and White clothing.
All students wear the colour coded attire of Navy Blue & White while at school, on excursions, participating in competitions, tournaments, music festivals, and while attending Mass at the school gym or at St. Leo Church.
On Civies Day, students may wear civies clothing appropriate to a Catholic School setting.
Parents/guardians may wish to access www.tcdsb.org/csac/dresscode.htm for further information.
The staff of St. Leo Catholic School believes that many valuable learning experiences can and need to occur away from the classroom.
Excursions are extensions of the in-school curriculum and as such are not optional as they provide enrichment of student learning.
On all school excursions, students must follow the school Code of Behaviour.
Teachers organizing excursions will send home a cover letter and permission form for each excursion. Therein you will find specific information about the excursion: purpose, itinerary, lunch, supervision, and costs involved.
Each student participating in the excursion must return to the classroom teacher (a) a permission form signed by the parent and (b) payment for the excursion.
On occasion, the school will need parents to drive to tournaments and competitions. Volunteer drivers must fill out a TCDSB form stating they have a minimum of $1,000,000.00 public liability insurance. The completed forms are kept on file in the office.
At the start of each school year, parents will receive several permission forms to be completed and returned promptly to the school office.
Permission forms are required for:
(a) student participation in local walks in the community
(b) student to remain at the school during lunch hour
(c) students to be photographed at school events
(d) specific administration of medication to a student
LOST & FOUND ITEMS
Parents or students are asked to label articles of clothing and school bags with the student’s identifying information.
Throughout the year many items of clothing are misplaced or lost. Items found are placed in the “Lost & Found” box located beneath the EAST stairs leading to the Library corridor.
Parents and students are requested to check regularly for lost articles.
At the end of the school year, unclaimed items are donated to charity.
It is important that we maintain good relationships with our community. We are proud of the community spirit at St. Leo C.S. We remind our students not to litter or to walk on private property while walking to and from school, on local community walks with their classmates, or completing cross country running practices.
School Cash Online
In order to participate, you must register your child online first. Please register as soon as possible at https://tcdsb.schoolcashonline.com
As more parents register, we will be able to initiate payments for field trips, yearbooks, activity fees etc.
Our goal is to have NO CASH/CHEQUES being sent to the school through your child.
This means safe, fast and easy transactions.
Social Media for Parents
Please follow us online for announcements, reminders and general updates about the school and school community!
Facebook- St. Leo CSPC
Please send your child with a backpack big enough to fit a lunch bag and school home communications.
A communication bag will be provided to your child and we request that it be returned to school everyday so that it may be used to bring home artwork, school letters, etc. We will use the bag to exchange communication with you. If you have a message, we kindly ask that you please put it in the bag. To ensure strong communication between the school and home, we also ask that you check the communication bag daily.
Clothes and Shoes
Please send your child to school with comfortable uniform clothes and shoes. Shoes with velcro are recommended. We also suggest providing your child with indoor shoes (e.g. velcro sneakers) to be kept in their cubby for gym and as rain/winter boots should not be worn in the classroom. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the winter and outdoor play (e.g. winter coat, snow pants, waterproof gloves, hat, neck warmer and boots).
Change of clothes
Please send your child a change of clothes. This extra set of clothes will remain in a bin in the classroom. In the event that your child needs to change clothes, they will need to do so independently. Please write your child's name on each item and put them in a plastic, resealable bag (like a ziploc) with their name on the bag.
Sunscreen and Hat
We have outdoor play everyday, weather permitting. If you feel that your child needs sunscreen, please put sunscreen on your child before school. If you would like your child to wear a hat, please send one.
Snack and Lunch
Your child will have two snack (am/pm) everyday and a lunch. To avoid confusion, we recommend labelling your child's food containers as #1 for AM snack, #2 for lunch and #3 for PM snack. Please send your child with nutrition snacks. In an effort to reduce waste, we also ask that you send a water bottle with your child's lunch hag. Food with nuts is not PERMITTED as we have serious allergies in our classroom. This includes peanuts and tree nuts and any products that may contain them
Birthdays are always exciting! Due to allergies we ask for NO Baked Goods. To commemorate the special day, your child's birthday will be celebrated in the classroom through song and special tasks throughout the day. In an effort to create and maintain a positive and inclusive environment, we also ask for your sensitivity when it comes to your child's invite list, we will make sure to distribute the invitations into the children's communication bags.
Morning supervison in the kindergarten courtyard is provided from 8:45 am to 9 am. Students are to be dropped off in the kindergarten yard for entry where they will line up with their classmates upon morning bell (school start time is 9 am). To ensure safety and security we ask that all parents and guardians refrain from entering the kindergarten yard. At dismissal time (3:30 pm), our students are to be picked up from the doors that are located in the kindergarten yard.
Morning entry transitions can be challenging especially during the first term. We encourage our families to say "see you later!" prior to their child entering the kindergarten courtyard. Good byes can be difficult but with consistency and routine, transitions such as these get easier. As our mornig entry is very busy, we also ask that the parents and guardians remain outdoors in order to further support school safety and a smoother transition indoor. Throughout the year, there are various opportunities in which the families will be invited into the classroom.
In an effort to minimize distractions and possible conflicts (e.g. Lost items), we ask that your child's toys and special personal belongings be left at home.
All clothing, shoes, backpacks, lunch bags and water bottles should be clearly labelled with your child's name.
Please provide us with a written communication if there will be a be a change to your child's daily routine (e.g. pick up/bus). Notification is also required if someone other than those specifically listed on your child's information form will pick up your child.
All visitors to the school must gain admittance upon buzzing the office for entry.