Tell Them From Me: Your opinion counts!

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In our continuing effort to improve school effectiveness, and increase parent engagement, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be implementing an online parent survey– Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning Parent Survey. All parents across each of our elementary and secondary schools are invited to complete a, voluntary and anonymous web-based survey. The survey will be available April 25th until May 13th.

The TTFM Partners in Learning Parent Survey is an online survey that allows parents to provide their input into school improvement initiatives in an anonymous way. The survey is based on a comprehensive questionnaire covering several aspects of parents’ perceptions of their child’s experiences at home and school, including the extent to which parents feel the school supports learning and positive behaviour and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.

If you would like more information about the survey, please Click here.

Access to the survey, including login information will be emailed to parents and guardians by the school syner-email system.  If you haven’t received it please contact Mr. Ieraci at  ieracij@hcdsb.org

We value the input of our parents and greatly appreciate your support in helping us to make our school the best it can be.

SEAC Soundbytes – What is EQAO?

EQAO is the Education Quality and Accountability Office. It is an independent government body that develops and oversees reading, writing and mathematics tests that Ontario students must take in grades 3, 6, 9 and 10. Some students with special needs may be exempt from writing the EQAO test.  These students have usually been identified through an IPRC (Identification, Placement and Review Committee) meeting and have Individual Education Plans (IEPs). EQAO was created to provide accurate and reliable information about student achievement in publicly funded schools and make recommendations to improve learning and teaching. The tests give parents, teachers, principals and school … Continue reading

Important Graduate News

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Attention Graduate-hopefuls! Who will be this year’s Valedictorian???
Nominations for the 2016 Valedictorian will be available beginning on Monday, May 2, 2016 in Student Services. Who would you like to speak on your behalf at this year’s Graduation ceremony? Members of the 2016 graduating class can nominate as many candidates as they wish.
Completed nomination forms with all necessary signatures are to be returned by Friday, May 13, 2016 no later than 3 p.m. to Mrs. Arcaro in Student Services. Voting will take place at the Grad luncheon on Thurs. May 26th! Good luck to all Valedictorian nominees!
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Photos???!!!
Did you miss your chance to have your grad photo taken at STA? You can still get your grad photo taken but you have to contact Pegasus (the photography company) yourself to arrange an appointment at their studio in Stoney Creek. Pegasus School Images: 1-800-461-6575.
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PROM!!!!!
Tickets for Prom go on sale on Tuesday, May 10, Wednesday, May 11, and Thursday, May 12 during period 4 lunches for 2016 STA potential graduates only. For Grade 12 IB students, you will have an opportunity to buy tickets after your afternoon exam on Monday, May 9th.

If you are a potential STA graduate and you want to buy a ticket for a guest who is not a member of STA’s 2016 graduating class, you will need to pick up, complete and return a guest permission form before you can even think of buying the actual ticket. The guest permission forms are available outside room 320, workroom 3A and workroom 3D. These must be returned completed by Friday, May 6th. See Ms. Kam for more details.

For any STA graduating hopefuls who wish to pay online for Prom tickets, the online purchase system will be available on early May. In order to get your Prom ticket and your name on the list, you MUST bring in your printed receipt to the Prom ticket sales booth on May 10, 11 or 12 during period 4. Don’t wait until the last minute to get all this done, or you may be waiting even longer to celebrate your achievements!

YMCA Summer Works Student Exchange

To all grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 students who may be interested in a Summer Works Student Exchange program in Quebec through the YMCA, there will be a presentation in the library during period 2 on May 10th.  The YMCA exchange program is a six-week exchange program that places Ontario high school students with a host family in Quebec, with the goal of practicing their French language skills. While there, they also work for a non-profit organization, gaining valuable work experience and making up to $2,000. The YMCA staff in Quebec also plan some awesome activities, such as zip lining, kayaking, trips to the theatre and to amusement parks.

If you think you might be interested in hearing more about it, please sign up on the sign-up sheet located on the front of the door of room 212.

Report Cards

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Report Cards were distributed to students on Thursday April 21. Please take some time to review your learning skills and marks. Consider what improvements you can make as you move towards the end of the school year.

Baby Grad Info

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ATTN: Online payment for this campaign opens on February 8, 2016

Dear Parents,

This year the St. Thomas Aquinas newspaper Aquinas.me is once again proud to present the commemorative graduation edition, SWAG, celebrating the accomplishments of the 2015-2016 graduating  class. The graduation edition is in a glossy, full colour magazine format.

As in the past, we will fill our graduation edition with articles and pictures dedicated to recognizing our students and the amazing things they do.  In addition to this, we will also be featuring our Baby-Grad Campaign as an opportunity for you, the parents, to show your grad just how special they are.

If you wish to participate in Baby-Grad, please submit:

  1. a cheque for $15 made out to St. Thomas Aquinas, or online payment at hcdsb.org and click on the School Cash Online (opens February 8, 2016) link (to cover the cost of publication and a souvenir copy for your graduate),
  2. an electronic (jpeg format only) copy of a baby (childhood) photo of your grad to stanewspaper@gmail.com ,
  3. and a 50-75 word write- up to stanewspaper@gmail.com so that your grad will appear in this special edition. If paying online, please attach copy of receipt to email  containing picture and write-up.
  4. Please direct all questions regarding this campaign to stanewspaper@gmail.com.

This graduation edition is meant to be a special keepsake for you and your graduate.

All cheques and photos must be received by May 20 to be eligible for the Graduation edition.  If you are paying by cheque, please make all cheques payable to St. Thomas Aquinas and forward to:

St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School
Attn. Mrs. Thorpe or Ms. Power
Re: Baby Grad
124 Dorval Drive, Oakville, Ontario, L6K2W1

Please email stanewspaper@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Thank you for your participation!

Melodie Thorpe
Michelle Power
Justin Yantho

Newspaper advisors

School Cash Online

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We are pleased to advise you that the Halton Catholic District School Board has completed the implementation of a new online payment initiative – School Cash Online.

School Cash Online provides parents with easy access and convenience at any time to make online payments for a variety of student activities, while maintaining an electronic receipt history for items purchased and providing greater flexibility and control on how payments are made to the school. This new online payment method will also help reduce the risk of theft and cash misplacement.

This new initiative was introduced throughout our Board in 3 phases, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School was part of the third phase of implementation which is now “Live”.

For more information including an FAQ, the benefits of this program, and how to register for School Cash Online, please visit: http://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/Pages/School-Cash-Online.aspx

To register, click here.

SEAC Soundbytes – Mental Health and Special Education

Children in today’s society face many stresses from a variety of sources that could have an
impact on their social and emotional development and academic performance at school.

Children with special education needs may be at greater risk for mental health issues given the
complexity of their needs and challenges across many areas of functioning.

In 2007, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of
Education began focusing and collaborating on student mental health and well-being at school.
Today, many schools have adopted strategies to help students who are impacted by stressful
life events to deal affectively with their challenges. HCDSB has implemented school based
mental health teams who seek to improve the quality of life for our student’s at risk and to
improve the general climate of schools. Teachers, principals and support staff are provided with
the information they need to support students with mental health problems through early
recognition and effective classroom strategies. For a student with an IEP, these strategies may
be included in their special education program.

If you are concerned about your child in terms of his/her negative thinking, feelings, mood and/
or ability to relate to others then you are encouraged to speak to your child’s teacher and/or
Special Education Teacher. Together, you and your child’s educators can put a plan in place to
address these concerns.

For further information on mental health in education please refer to “Supporting Minds – An
Educators Guide to Promoting Students’ Mental Health and Well-being”.

Submitted by Rhonda Quesnel, SEAC Member representing VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children

Parking safety around schools

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Dear parent or guardian:

Starting this week, as part of an awareness campaign, the Town of Oakville and the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) will be visiting select Oakville schools to help educate drivers about school area safety and parking.

Attached here is a postcard which details the difference between No Stopping and No Parking restrictions.

Dropping off and picking up students in school areas can cause a lot of extra traffic congestion. Illegally stopped or parked cars are a safety risk as they make it hard for other drivers to see pedestrians, particularly children, crossing the street.

We need your help to ensure the children of our community can get to and from school safely. The Town of Oakville has partnered with Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) to help educate drivers about school zone safety and parking. Your child’s school has been identified as an area of concern. This month, officers will be visiting the school to remind drivers:

  • Not to stop in No Stopping areas
  • Not to park in No Parking area
  • Not to obstruct sidewalks, crosswalks, driveways or fire routes

Following the awareness campaign, officers who patrol school areas will enforce parking regulations, ticketing illegally stopped or parked vehicles. Parking tickets may be issued at the time of the violation or may be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Please click here to obtain more information.

Parent Teacher Interview Night – Thursday March 31

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This is a reminder of Parent Teacher Interview Night on Thursday March 31, 2015 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Please have your son or daughter speak to their Subject Teacher for an interview.

All students will be given an appointment booking slip closer to the interviews. If Teachers do not have any appointments left, please contact the Subject Teacher directly, by calling the school at 905 842-9494.

Interviews will occur at the school in either the gym or cafeteria. Upon your arrival, please check the white board in the foyer to determine each teacher’s location.

We look forward to meeting you.