Letter to Communitry - A Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why
Dear Elementary Parents and Guardians: A Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, based on a novel by Jay Asher, has recently been in the news as it has raised concern regarding the portrayal of suicide. This series is about a high school student who dies by suicide, leaving behind 13 cassette messages that share the events that she believes have led to her death. The series is graphic and sensationalizes the act of suicide. This may lead to some vulnerable students misinterpreting its message. (Read more...)
FREE Clothing Giveaway (PDF)
Staff at St. Catherine of Siena have emptied out their closets, and will be having a clothing giveaway here at the school on Thursday, May 4, 2017 (1:30-6:30 p.m.). This event is for all families, please come by and take what you’d like. Clothing will be new or gently used. Clothes not taken will be donated to Dr. Simone, but we’d love to see it used by families here at the school.
Peel's 'File your taxes, Get your Benefits' campaign to help families with their taxes
Peel Region is pleased to announce the launch of the Region’s File your taxes, Get your Benefits campaign. This is their first campaign dedicated to encouraging low-income Peel residents to use free tax preparation services offered by the Region and non-profit organizations to access all of the benefits they are eligible to receive by filing their taxes correctly. http://www.povertyinpeel.ca/index.asp. The site also includes a number of information tools including the schedule of free tax preparation sessions in March and April and a link to the Canada Revenue Agency’s roster of local tax clinics hosted by other non-profit and community organizations.
A Catholic Community, Culture, and Caring School Climate Survey has been developed to provide an opportunity for parents and guardians to express feedback regarding their perceptions of school climate. All parents and guardians of students in Dufferin-Peel are invited to participate. You can access the survey link by visiting the Dufferin-Peel website or your school’s website. The survey will be open from February 6, 2017 to March 6, 2017. The Catholic Community, Culture, and Caring School Climate Survey is now available for all parents and guardians to complete. Please click on the following link http://bit.ly/2jG2xSR.
The Scholastic Book Fair (PDF )
What better way to promote reading to our students than by supporting this important literary event. We invite your entire family to participate by purchasing the latest and greatest in children’s books. Your support of this vital literary event is key in helping us obtain new books and resources for our library and classrooms. At last year’s Scholastic Book Fair St. Catherine of Siena students and families surpassed our goal of 250 books. I have set a goal for this Book Fair to meet or even surpass that amount again this year. Please look for the Goal Chart when you visit the Book Fair in the library and help reach our goal and please ask about our NEW library wish list that include students’ suggestions for the library.
Book Fair Dates: (Friday, Feb. 3 - Monday, Feb. 13, 2017)
Fri., Mon., Tues., Wed., 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed every day during lunch (12:03 - 1:03 p.m.).
Thursday 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Family Event Night
Fri. Feb. 10th 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. P.A. Day – Parent/Teacher/Student Conference
Mon. Feb. 13th 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Last Day)
2017-18 Kindergarten Registration
Registration for Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year, will take place on:
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.*
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday, January 27, 2017 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
* Snow Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
For more information about registration and the Kindergarten program visit http://www3.dpcdsb.org/schools/register-for-school/kindergarten-registration.
Dental Screening - January 17-20, 2017 (PDF)
FREE dental screening for All Grades at school by Peel Public Health on January 17-20, 2017. A dental screening is a quick assessment by a Registered Dental Hygienist who will take a look inside your child's mouth. A separate, sterilized mouth mirror is used for each child. If a child is identified as needing additional treatment, a form will be sent home and the parent may be contacted by a dental staff member. A re-screening may be required. Peel Public Health will no longer be sending out paper exemption forms. If you DO NOT want your child to be screened, please visit the web portal at www.peelregion.ca/dental/schoolscreening or call 905-799-7700 extension 5622 by January 16, 2017.
Christmas Family Craft Night (PDF) - (now FULL)
St. Catherine of Siena School cordially invites you to Family Christmas Craft Night on
Thursday, December 1 @ 7 p.m.
An invitation to a Parent Engagement Evening presenting Next Generation Learning on November 24, 2016 at St. Paul Secondary School (PDF)
Fall Family Movie Night @ Siena
St. Catherine of Siena School Community is proud to present Family Movie Night. Our feature presentation will be Finding Dory, it is open to all students and their families. Parents/guardians must accompany their children to the show. Tickets are $3.00/person which include a popcorn and a drink. We encourage all children and their families to attend this fun-filled family oriented evening.
When: Friday, November 4, 2016 Doors Open: 6:30 p.m. Movie Starts: 7 p.m.
Terry Fox Walk/Run (Message from Students)
Hey Parents, our Siena Terry Fox Run/Walk will be on Friday, September 30, in the afternoon. Your child must wear running shoes, a hat, and red/white because Terry Fox is a true Canadian hero!! Please remind your child to bring a reusable water bottle! It’s going to be a HOT day!!!! Please also remind your child to bring a Toonie for Terry to raise money for cancer research. Thank you!
Parents of St. Catherine of Siena, come join us at Cathloic School Council!
All are invited to attend our first Catholic School Council (CSC) meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the school library/meeting room. This is our first meeting for this school year. Come out and find out what Catholic School Council is all about. Your children will benefit from your involvement. You will have an active voice in what is happening at the school and hear about all the wonderful things that are happening at Siena. Please note, there will be no child care provided.
This is just a reminder that Photo Day is Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Open House BBQ
Just a reminders about tomorrow's (Sept. 22) BBQ/Open House. The BBQ will take place from 5 - 6 p.m. (note that food will not be served after 6 p.m.) while class visit are taking place from 6-7 p.m. Also, we're asking families and staff to donate soap to the Canadian Food for Children ministry, we will be accepting donations at tomorrow's BBQ.
Kindergarten Information Meeting
Just a reminder that there will be a Kindergarten Information Evening for all Kindergarten parents (year 1 and 2 on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.. The purpose of this evening session is to provide details related to routines and procedures that will be put into place for this coming school year.
2016-2017 - School Calendar (PDF)
Family Movie Night - April 29
Forms Due Tomorrow (Forms are attached, these have been sent home)
Family Movie Night @ Siena -- Friday, April 29, 2016 (The Good Dinosaur - Letter)
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m. Movie Starts: 7 p.m. (sharp)
St. Catherine of Siena School Community is proud to present Family Movie Night. Our feature presentation will be The Good Dinosaur, it is open to all students and their families. Payment is due by Friday, April 22. Movie tickets and coupons will be sent home with your child before the movie night, Friday, April 29. Order early since it’s usually a sell-out.
Afterschool Movie @ Siena (Grades 6-8 only) -- Friday, April 29, 2016 (Star Wars - Letter)Doors Open: 3:45 p.m. Movie Starts: 4 p.m. (sharp)
St. Catherine of Siena School Community is proud to present a Spring Afterschool Movie. Our feature presentation will be Star Wars - The Force Awakens, rated PG, and is open to all grade 6, 7, and 8 students. Payment is due by Friday, April 22
The Siena S.A.C. Committee is planning a Spirit Day on Friday, April 15. To help welcome Spring, the committee will have (i) Movie Day for our students in FDK to Grade 5, presenting a Columbia Pictures’ animation, Hotel Transylvania 2 and (ii) Spring Dance for our students in Grades 6 to 8.
EQAO Parent Information Night
A reminder to parents of Gr. 3 and Gr. 6 students that we have our EQAO Parent Information evening on March 31 beginning at 6:30 p.m.; please know this is optional.
2016 Annual Offence Declaration for Volunteers
This declaration saves parents from completing another Criminal Reference Check, if done within the year. If you have a Criminal Reference Check here at the school, we’re asking you to please complete, sign and submit this declaration to the office. (PDF)_
Math Night - Math Counts @ Home! Wednesday, February 24, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Please join us for our inaugural Math Night; a series of breakout sessions designed to help parents know how they can help their child with math at home. A math bag will be given to each family in attendance. (PDF)
Christmas Week Activities (Dec. 14-18) (PDF)
Christmas Family Craft Night (PDF)
St. Catherine of Siena School cordially invites you to Family Christmas Craft Night on
Wednesday, December 9 @ 7 p.m.
Personal Electronic Devices on Board Premises and/or Board Sanctioned Events for Educational Purposes:
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board acknowledges the value of the use of technology for learning. Students are permitted to register and use personal electronic devices (PEDs) on board premises and/or board sanctioned events for educational purposes, under the direction of staff and only with parent/guardian permission. Students may register their PED for the purpose of connecting to the board wireless network. Students are required to adhere to the student “Personal Electronic Device Used with WI-FI Network Student Agreement” (GF 337) and the “Network User Application and Agreement.” (GF066) Please be advised that the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will not be responsible for any cost incurred through the use of personal data plans. PEDs are to be used responsibly and should not interfere with learning; their use must comply with the Catholic Code of Conduct, board policies and procedures. Any personal communications (i.e., phone calls, text messages, etc.) will continue to be directed through the main office. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in a loss of PED privileges and/or any other consequences deemed necessary by school administration. The school principal may authorize limited acceptable uses of personal electronic devices during school-sanctioned activities for a specific designated purpose outside of instructional spaces and/or in common areas. Students are responsible for the safety and security of PEDs at all times and the Board assumes no responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen devices.
Report to the Community - Fall 2015
This publication, along with our Twitter feed, regular trustee and school newsletters, Director’s Annual Report and other communications, are all part of our effort to keep the community apprised of the many successful events and activities that are taking place in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. Read More...
You are invited to an OPEN HOUSE for parents and students to the PROPOSED REGIONAL SECONDARY International Baccalaureate Program at St. Paul Secondary School on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 7-8:30 p.m.. (PDF)
Michael Wade is coming!!! Well-known author Michael Wade is visiting St. Catherine of Siena School on Monday, May 4. He has written the best-selling And Then It Happened series of books. He will be giving two presentations in the afternoon speaking to the grades 3 to 8 students. All are welcome to listen and witness his enthusiasm and cleverness as he speaks about reading books as well as writing them. On the day of the visit, signed copies of his books will be available for the special author day price of $5.00 each including GST or the complete set of 12 books for just $35.00 including GST. These books normally sell for over $90.00 for the set. If you wish to purchase one or more books, please have your child bring exact change on the day of the visit. Also, all attendants will receive a Catholic Education Week prize ballot.
Attached you will find a Book of Events flyer highlighting the many events taking place here at St. Catherine of Siena over the next two weeks. The week of May 3-8 in Catholic Education Week, which highlights the partnership between our Catholic schools and local Catholic parishes. (PDF)
Conference & Marketplace for Dufferin-Peel CDSB Catholic School Council
Saturday, April 11, 2015 (PDF)
SEAC Parent Reaching Out Grant: Read & Write Gold – Supporting Literacy
Dufferin-Peel Catholic D.S.B.’s Special Education Advisory Committee [SEAC] cordially invites the parents of students with diverse learning needs to attend a parent engagement workshop entitled Read & Write Gold – Literacy Support Software for Home. This two hour interactive session is offered twice; on Tuesday April 14th and again on Thursday April 16th 2015 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Dufferin-Peel Catholic Education Centre, 40 Matheson Blvd West, Mississauga, Ontario L5R 1C5 in Room 301. A light dinner will be available at 6:30 p.m. All registered participants will receive take-home resources. Registration is requested by March 31, 2015 to the attention of Laura Conte either by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone 905-890-0708 ext. 24011. Registrants are requested to provide their name, contact information and the number of participants attending.
2015 Annual Offence Declaration for Volunteers
This declaration saves parents from completing another Criminal Reference Check, if done within the year. If you have a Criminal Reference Check here at the school, we’re asking you to please complete, sign and submit this declaration to the office. (PDF)
Letter to the Community: Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum
On February 23, the Ministry of Education released its updated Health and Physical Education Curriculum. Read the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s letter to the community regarding the revised curriculum.Read more.
The Online Reporting Tool: The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School board has developed a new way to help nurture a safe, caring and inclusive school environment. The Online Reporting Tool is intended for students in grades 3 – 8 who become aware of bullying incidents and negative behaviours. The student can simply ‘click’ on the link found on our school’s website to fill out the report. The report will then be directly emailed to the principal and/or vice principal and will be dealt with accordingly.
It is important to recognize that the Online Reporting Tool is an alternate reporting option. It is best practice to speak directly with a responsible adult at home and/or in the school.
Parent Evening - Next Generation Learning - Wednesday, February 25 (PDF)
On Wednesday, February 25, both St. Timothy and St. Valentine School will be host a Parent Engagement Evening from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. highlighting curriculum, technology and 21st century learning happening in Dufferin- Peel schools. Some of the sessions will include: Faith, Numeracy, Literacy, Inquiry based learning, Inquiry/Outdoor Education in Kindergarten, Responsive Classroom Design, Assistive Technology and Special Education, and Blended Learning to name a few.
Parents are asked to register through survey monkey by accessing the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VRV887H. Registrations will be open until February 20, 2015.
Winter Family Movie Night on Friday, February 20 - St. Catherine of Siena School Community is proud to present Winter Family Movie Night on Friday, February 20. Our feature presentation will be Big Hero 6. The event is open to all students and their families. Parents/guardians must accompany their children to the show. Tickets are $3.00/person, which includes admittance, a raffle ticket, popcorn and a drink. Seating will be provided. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 7 p.m. (PDF)
Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-16 school year, will take place on:
> Monday, January 26, 2015 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.*
* Snow Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
> Wednesday, January 28, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
> Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
> Friday, January 30, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
On Thursday, January 8, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s Special Education and Support Services Department will host a Kindergarten entry planning information session for parents and guardians of children with differing abilities which affect their learning, such as vision, hearing, speech, autism, physical/medical and/or developmental delays in the cognitive and/or motor areas, who are entering Kindergarten in September 2015. The meeting will be held at the Catholic Education Centre from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more information about this session, call 905-890-0708 ext. 24011. More information on FDK Registration: http://www.dpcdsb.org/SIENA/About/Registration.htm
KinderParent Chat: Sign up to participate in an online chat about the Kindergarten registration process and the Catholic education your child will experience in our schools. Dial in on January 19 or 20, 2015 @7:00 p.m. to find out more about what we have planned for your child in FDK. Board staff will be available online to greet you and to respond to any questions you have about the registration process or the Catholic education your child will experience in our schools. Complete this brief survey to let us know who you are, when you'd like to join in and what your most pressing questions are. We look forward to hearing from you.
Fall Family Movie Night - Friday, November 7, 2014 (PDF)
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St. Catherine of Siena School Community is proud to present a Fall Family Movie Night. Our feature presentation will be Hotel Transylvania, and will be viewed outside in the school yard, weather permitting. It is open to all students and their families. Parents/guardians must accompany their children to the show. Tickets are $3.00/person, which includes admittance, a raffle ticket, popcorn and a drink. Seating will be provided, but please feel free to bring our own lawn chair and cozy blanket. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with the movie starting at 6 p.m.
DPCDSB Secondary Schools to Hold Public Information Sessions for Grade 8 students and parents
Dufferin-Peel’s secondary school public information sessions will take place throughout October, November and December. A complete schedule of sessions is available online. For more information about the information sessions, parents/guardians should contact their local school directly. A listing of all Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools is available at www.dpcdsb.org
Grade 8 Students - Secondary School Bus Information
As you prepare to transition to secondary school, this letter provides information regarding
transportation services for secondary students. The policy of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic
District School Board is to provide transportation services for all secondary students who
reside more than 3.8 kms from their designated secondary school, or for students who
reside more than 3.2 kms from their designated school in communities with no public transit
service. All transportation services are provided by STOPR (Student Transportation of Peel
Summer Trustee Newsletter (PDF)
Dufferin-Peel Catholic Board extends busing eligibility for secondary school students: Approximately 2,050 more students in Grades 9-12 now eligible for busing MISSISSAUGA – At its meeting on June 17, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board approved a reduction in transportation distance eligibility for secondary school students from 4.8 kms. to 3.8 kms. Dufferin-Peel parents/guardians and students can check their eligibility for busing based on the new distance after July 1 by visiting the STOPR website at www.stopr.ca and clicking on the Am I Eligible for Transportation link.
We are pleased to be able offer your child the opportunity to join the Ready, Set, Read! Summer Reading Club. This program is an exciting project offered jointly through the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Public Library system. For an hour each week for 6 weeks, Dufferin-Peel teachers will be modelling and demonstrating a variety of reading comprehension strategies during read-aloud sessions. There is no cost to participate in the Ready, Set, Read! Club. All children in Grades 1, 2, and 3 and their families are invited to join. Information Letter (PDF) To Register visit http://www.dpcdsb.org/cec/programs/summer+learning/ready+set+read.htm.
Public Input: 2014-15 operating budget
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is providing multiple options this year for parents/guardians and other community stakeholders to provide input regarding the board’s 2013-14 operating budget. For more information please read the attachment (Passed).
ConnectHear 2014! For the second year, in conjunction with May as “Speech and Hearing” month, an invitational gathering for parents of children with hearing loss has been planned with you in mind. Please join us, Thursday, May 1st, 2014 (7-8:30 p.m.) at the Catholic Education Centre, for thoughtful conversation with our guest panel and connect with families who have shared concerns and experiences. (PDF)
Pretzel Day – Thursday, April 10, 2014 (PDF)
Newcomer Fair: You're invited to attend the school's inaugural Newcomer Fair on
Thursday, April 3, 2014. This event provides parents the opprtunity to connect with the different organizations who serve our community, and to learn more about the different FREE programs and services designed to help people integrate into Canadian society. (PDF)
Movie Night - Friday, March 28 @ 6:30 p.m. (PDF)
St. Catherine of Siena School Community is proud to present Movie Night; our feature presentation will be Frozen. This night is open to all students and their families. Parents/guardians must accompany their child(ren) to the show. Those attending movie night will receive a ticket.
Parents' Conversation Circle on Thursday, March 20 at 9:15 a.m.
The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education's, In association with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, 75TH ANNIVERSARY, CONFERENCE, ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & GALA DINNER on MAY 23 - 24, 2014. This year's event is entitled 'Parental Influence on student well-being and Catholic Education'. (PDF)
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Marian Small, Author and International Professional Development Consultant for Improved Mathematics Education, will hold a session Dufferin-Peel parents with a focus on everyday ways in which parents can support their children’s math thinking with practical and fun suggestions to use over the March Break and throughout the year.
When: March 3, 2014, 6:45 – 9 p.m. at the Catholic Education Centre. (PDF)
Parents' Conversation Circle on February 19, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.
Parents' Conversation Circle on January 27 at 9:15 a.m. The aim of this event is to provide parents an opportunity to meet, share, and learn from other families, agencies, and service providers about programs that may be of benefit to them. (PDF)
Important notice for Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of students in SK/Year 2 Kindergarten:
The French Immersion Online Application System is now open for submissions. To apply, go to www.dpcdsb.org. The system will remain open until February 28, 2014. Note: All submissions, which meet eligibility criteria, are accepted. In the event that the number of applications is greater than the number of spaces available at a French Immersion school, a centralized, computer-generated lottery will be held at a date yet to be determined. Letter Home (PDF) Chart (PDF)
Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies: Supporting Mental Health
Feb. 18, 2014 @ St. ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA SECONDARY SCHOOL (PDF)
FORMING OUR CATHOLIC VISION FOR LEARNING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (PDF)
Peel’s Family Literacy Workshops -- Jan. to March 2014 (PDF)
Church Christmas Schedule (PDF)
Walk to School Wednesdays (PDF)
School Council Inviation - Nov. 13, 2013 (PDF)
Bussing - Grade 8 students going to High School (PDF)
Bus Cancellations/School Closing Due to Bad Weather (PDF)
Dufferin-Peel hosts Kindergarten entry planning information session for parents of children with special needs
On Wednesday, January 22, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s Special Education and Support Services Department will host a Kindergarten entry planning information session. This meeting is for parents and guardians of children with special needs which affect their learning, such as vision, hearing, physical, developmental or autism, who are entering Kindergarten in September 2014. The meeting will be held at the Catholic Education Centre from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more information about this session, call 905-890-0708 ext. 24284.