STA Raiders Orientation Day – Wednesday August 31, 10AM

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We are pleased to welcome all new Grade 9’s to St. Thomas Aquinas for September 2016. Our STA Raiders Orientation Day for Grade 9 students will be held on Wednesday August 31 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Grade 9 students are asked to arrive in the Atrium (at the front of the school) at 10:00 AM to receive their schedule. Grade 9 students will hear presentations from our administration team, Chaplain, students representatives, coaches and co-curricular coordinators. Grade 9’s will then have an opportunity to tour the building, find their classrooms and meet their Period 1 classmates.

We look forward to seeing you!

Student Timetables/Schedules for 2016-2017

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The following will be the procedures for retrieving the students timetables for September 2016.

Grade 9’s will receive their timetable on Orientation Day–August 31, 2016.

Grade 10-12’s will receive their timetable on the first day of instruction – Wednesday September 7, 2016. The students are to locate their homeroom class posted outside of the cafeteria, report to their homeroom, where their teachers will have their timetables.

Timetables may also be accessed here after September 7.

Course Changes

Changes to courses for semester 1 occur within the first 2 weeks of classes. Appointments will be made by grade. Please listen to the daily announcements for when your grade is called in order to make an appointment with a counsellor in person. Appointments and course changes cannot not be made by phone or email during this busy time.

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.

Transportation/Bussing Information

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Student transportation eligibility information will be available by visiting Haltonbus.ca and click on ‘Am I Eligible for Transportation?’ to find out if your child will be eligible for transportation to their designated secondary school. Parents are reminded that they will need their child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to access the secure parent portal.

Concussion Protocol

Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol based on current research and best practices has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion.

More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet and a Student Fact Sheet can be found on the Board`s website at: http://bit.ly/HCDSBConcussion.

Graduation 2016 Newsletter

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This summarizes information shared with graduates who attended the graduation ceremony rehearsal on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Graduation Ceremony Tickets:  Each graduate who has met the graduation requirements (including 40 community service hours, required credits and settled all accounts with the school [including $ owing, books owing, etc.]) and paid the graduation ceremony fees will receive their grad ceremony invitation along with 3 guest tickets when they pick up their gown (see below).  Each guest attending the ceremony will require one ticket to be admitted to the ceremony (regardless of age).  Lost tickets will not be replaced.  Siblings of graduates … Continue reading