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TELL THEM FROM ME STUDENT SURVEY RESULTSNew
As part of the Halton Catholic District School Board’s ongoing efforts to improve school effectiveness, the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Student Survey was implemented across all schools in our district during the fall of 2013. 

The TTFM Student Survey offered an opportunity for students in Grades 4 to 8 to share their thoughts, feedback and opinions about their St. Anthony of Padua school experience.
The data and findings of the student survey have been collated and analyzed. The data collected will be used to enhance our understanding of the diverse needs of our students and school community. It will also be used to monitor and support future planning at the Board level as well as at our school. More specifically, the results from the survey will be used to inform our school’s improvement planning, our safe schools action plan, to set SMART goals and support future planning at St. Anthony of Padua.

To view the survey results, and for more information about the Tell Them From Me school surveys, please visit: www.hcdsb.org/Parents/TTFMSurvey.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR CATHOLIC PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
The Halton Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) invites you to consider nominating yourself or another parent as a member of CPIC at the Halton Catholic District School Board. CPIC, a Ministry of Education mandated committee, is a group of parents, trustees and Board staff, who actively support parent engagement and involvement throughout the Halton Catholic District School Board.

Online nominations will be accepted until May 7, 2014. The receipt of the nomination will be confirmed by e-mail. Applications received by the deadline date will be presented at the Regional Council of School Council Chairs Meeting on May 14, 2014.

Please note that all interested candidates are required to attend the CPIC Orientation Session on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The purpose of this meeting is to provide candidates with an opportunity to learn about the roles and responsibilities of CPIC and to ask questions and enquire about the expectations of CPIC membership. The goal is to ensure that all potential members feel that they are able to make an informed decision regarding submitting a nomination.

Positions as a member of CPIC are for a two year term. The number of positions available on the committee each year will vary. Should we receive more nominations than positions currently open, an election will be held at the beginning of June, with each school casting one ballot.

For more detailed information, please click the following link: http://schools.hcdsb.org/anth/Documents/CPIC%20election%20process%20April%202014.pdf . You may also visit the Board's website at: http://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/cpic/Pages/default.aspx for more information about CPIC and for the online nomination form.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at: cpic@hcdsb.org.

Thank you,
 
Josh Duijvestein
 
CPIC Chair
Halton Catholic District School Board
 
FULL DAY EARLY LEARNING KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM REGISTRATION
St. Anthony of Padua will offer the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program (FD-ELKP) in September, 2014.
Registration for students NEW to the Kindergarten program beginning in September 2014 will be held on Tuesday, January 28th and Wednesday, January 29th at 9:00 - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
 
Please Note: If your child is presently attending JK at St. Anthony’s you do not need to register him/her for the Full Day Kindergarten Program. We encourage all parents of potential school age students to register at this time to ensure the best possible classroom organization for September 2014.
 
Criteria and documentation for admission:
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students must be 4 years old by December 31, 2014

If your child has been baptized, you will need to bring:
- Child’s Catholic Baptismal Certificate (Roman or Eastern Rite)
- Child’s Birth Certificate
- Child’s Immunization Record
- Proof of Home Address (i.e. driver's license, etc.)
 
If your child has not been baptized, you will need to bring:
- The Catholic Baptismal Certificate (Roman or Eastern Rite) of at least one birth parent.
 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the office at 905-864-8272 or click the following link... http://www.hcdsb.org/Programs/EarlyLearning/Pages/default.aspx
 
FIRST ANNUAL VANIER MULTISPORT SUMMER CAMP!
Register now for a full week of sports instruction and activities for children ages 6-13. Click the link below for more information and a printable registration form.
 
 
Visitors to the School\School Security
Visitors (including parents) and volunteers must enter through the front doors of the school in order to gain entry to the school at anytime during the regular school day. Visitors are required to proceed to the office, sign in and collect a Visitor’s Badge. If your child is late, s/he must use the front door to gain entry to the building. With this protocol in place, please make every effort to be punctual. If you have something to drop off to your child, please leave it at the front office where we will be happy to assist. These are safety precautions which also minimize classroom interruptions.
Please do not enter the yard or visit the playground areas during the school day without signing in at the office. Remember that you are a stranger to other children, so always sign in at the office. Thank you for your continued support in ensuring the safety of our children.
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Hours
Our Board designated hours for St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Elementary School are as follows:
 
8:55 a.m.  Yard Supervision Begins
9:10 a.m.  Entry Bell
9:15 a.m.  Instruction Begins
10:25 a.m. - 10:40 am. Recess (Gr.7-8)
10:40 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Recess (Gr. 1-6 )
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.  Lunch Hour
2:35 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.  Recess (Gr. 1-6)
2:55 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Recess (Gr. 7-8)
3:45 p.m.  Dismissal
 
2013-2014 Kindergarten sessions are:
- 9:10 to 11:45 a.m. (morning class)
- 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (afternoon class)
 
Supervision outside does not begin until 8:55 a.m. Students should not arrive to school before this time.
ST. ANTHONY EXPANSION BEGINS
Dear St. Anthony of Padua parents and guardians,
 
This year our school building will be expanding to facilitate the Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) Program for September 2014. We would like to update you on the progress and timeline. This week the construction mobilization begins. 
 
We would like to advise our school community of the following:
 
-the playground construction fence will be moved back, as it was originally in early September.
-the back hallway on the first and second floor will become a restricted area
-caution and information signage will be present
-a construction trailer, storage container and washroom facilities will be added on site for the construction crew
 
We ask that you share this information with your child(ren) so they are well-advised. Our focus remains on student safety and through daily announcements, appropriate signage and teacher direction, students will understand safety expectations.
 
We thank you for your support and patience as we grow. We look forward to a larger and improved St. Anthony of Padua School by next Spring.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school office 905-864-8272.

 
Sincerely,

Ms. K. Dobbie                                Mr. V. Monaco
Principal                                          Vice Principal
Transportation
Bus Schedules 2013-2014
Bus schedules will be posted on the front window of the main entrance of the school during the last week of August. The information outlines the bussing schedule, times and pick-up points for students who are eligible to take the bus. Only eligible students who live more than 1.6 km (or who live East of Fourth Line Rd.) from the school are permitted to take the bus to and from school. 
 
Cross-Boundary Students and those who live within walking distance from the school are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from school. Bus transportation under the Empty Seat Policy will be considered in late September. This is an annual application. Any previous approval does not set a precedence or establish a right to transportation. For safety reasons the school and board must know who is riding the bus.
 
Halton Student Transportation Services Online Portal
An online portal for parents called GEOQUERY will be available for the 2013-2014 school year. A link will be available on the HSTS website. Through GEOQUERY your will have secure and easy access to bus schedules, delays, cancellations, and e-mail notifications if bus routes are running late. Transportation schedules for September 2013 will be available the week of August 20th at
www.haltonbus.ca. Look for the GEOQUERY link where there will be login requirements.
Location
St. Anthony of Padua is located at 1240 Tupper Drive, north of Derry Road and east of Thompson Road.
 
From the Q.E.W., take Hwy 25 North, turn right on Derry Road, then left on Thompson Road. Turn right on McCuaig Drive and proceed to the school which is on the right side.
SCHOOL DRESS CODE
St. Anthony of Padua's standard of dress is set by the good judgment and discretion of our parents. This usually eliminates the need for the school to play the undesirable role of ‘enforcer’. The school is a special place and the students are learning a sense of dignity and seriousness about learning.  It follows that our style of dress should reflect that standard. As a Catholic school we ask our students to ensure that they dress in a manner that reflects our Faith and sense of morality. When the weather is warm, we want our students to be comfortable yet neatly attired in appropriate clothing.
 
Boys must wear full length T-shirts with a sleeve (no muscle shirts or cut-off T-shirts are allowed for regular class or gym wear).
 
Girls are not to wear anything strapless (or any top that leaves the shoulders, back or midriff bare---3 inch rule for straps).
 
Boys and girls are permitted to wear shorts provided they are modest. Shorts should cover to mid -thigh when seated. 
T-shirts with inappropriate graphics/pictures and/or sayings are not permissible.
 
For safety reasons, proper footwear (sneakers, closed in shoes) is required for gym and outdoor play. Footwear, such as flip flops, higher heeled shoes etc., increase the risk of injury and should be avoided.
 
Thank you for your support.
NEWCOMERS TO CANADA OUTREACH SERVICES
The Halton Multicultural Council in partnership with the Halton Catholic District School Board has developed the Youth Settlement Program for newcomer families funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
 
Youth Settlement Workers:
 
• Attend registration with parents
- To make registering your child for school easier, we have Youth Settlement Workers that speak your language. Call 905-464-3187 and ask for a Youth Settlement Worker.

• Help newcomer families interact with schools to maximize parent involvement, with the goal of student success

• Provide interpretation and translation services

• Connect families with useful services in the community to help students and their parents transition into the community and schools
 
For more information, please contact Tatiana Spajic by email at tspajic@halton-multicutural.org or by phone at 905-464-3187.
Combined Classes
Please review the Ministry of Education pamphlet, An Introduction to Combined Classes, for further information and answers to your questions regarding combined grades. This publication can be found at the Ministry of Education's website http://www.edu.gov.on.ca ISBN 978-1-4249-3390-7(PDF).
 
 
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