School Life

Agenda Books

In an effort to save costs for families, we are trying new agenda styles.  Kindergarten students do not have agendas, they have communication bags.  Grade 1-6 students will be provided with an agenda.  Homework and important notes will come home in the agenda, which will be used as a communication tool between teachers, parents and students.  The cost for the agendas is $4.00.

Athletics

Students are involved in daily physical activity and school teams that include; soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country running, softball, track and field. For more information please see our Clubs and Sports page.

Attendance Expectations

Punctuality and regular attendance on the part of the student is important to the process of learning. Both the individual student and his or her classmates may be impacted as a result of this issue. Parents will be contacted when late attendance and punctuality become a concern. Board attendance counsellors will be involved if attendance and punctuality do not improve after parent contact has been made by the school.

The following  attendance procedures are followed by St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School's administration, teachers and students:

  • Teachers take attendance each morning and afternoon.
  • The school secretary will contact the parents/guardians of absent students beginning at 9:00 a.m. to ensure the safety of the students.
  • If parents/guardians have notified the teacher that their child will be absent on a particular day, please also send a note, with the reason for the absence, to the school secretary (via e-mail or note). This note indicates that the secretary does not need to contact parents/guardians when the student is absent.
  • If students are leaving for any reason during the course of the day, parents  must inform the office, and sign the child out at the office before the child leaves.
  • If students arrive at school after the 8:25 a.m. bell, they must obtain an admit/late slip at the office before going to class. Students will not be admitted to class without a late slip.
  • Teachers will consult the office if they feel a student has an attendance or punctuality issue (i.e. more than 10 unexplained lates or absences). Administration will contact the parents/guardians. A board attendance counsellor will be contacted if there is no improvement in the student's attendance or punctuality.
  • If parents/guardians are withdrawing their children for an extended holiday during the school year, they should request approval from the school principal. Staff is not required to provide daily homework assignments for students while they are on holiday. The teacher may suggest that students read daily, keep a daily journal, or create a map of their destination.

Absent students should complete any work or assignments that they have missed.When your child is going to be absent from school, for any reason, please contact the school at (905) 987- 4797.

To see the our Board's full Attendance Expectations click here

Co-curricular Activities

Environmental Club, Drama Club, Recycling, Choir, Intramural Sports, Student Government and many more.  For more detail, please see our Clubs and Sports page.

Code of Conduct

Our school provides a safe and inclusive learning environment. To view the Board's  Code of Conduct page click here.

Excellence in Learning

Students come to school interested in learning and staff provide students the support they need to succeed.

Living our Faith

The students of St. Francis of Assisi school live their faith through daily discussions regarding the Catholic Virtues, the Catholic Graduate Expectations and appropriate grade level Catechesis.

  • Community service projects in classrooms and strong partnership with our parish, St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church 
  • Catholic Virtues Into Action - Respect, Empathy, Justice, Patience, Responsibility, Compassion, Forgiveness, Stewardship, Tolerance, Honesty
  • Daily school-wide prayer and reflections
  • Daily classroom prayers
  • Code of Conduct imbued with Catholic values
  • Celebration of the Sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation

Social Justice

The school community is supportive of local and global social justice issues.

  • Organized programmes to focus on those less fortunate than us.
  • Student leadership, We Day participants, Supporters of numerous local, provincial, national and international projects through fundraising activities, etc. 
  •  United Way
  • Terry Fox Run
  • Family Hamper Christmas Drive
  • Share Lent
  • Remembrance Day Assembly