OSSLT – Thursday March 30 – SPECIAL SCHEDULE

March 22, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On Thursday March 30, 2017, the compulsory Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be written by over one third of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School students. It is a requirement that all students successfully complete (pass) this test in order to receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The first opportunity for students to write the OSSLT is in grade 10.

In order to support a testing atmosphere conducive to maximizing student success and minimizing distractions, we will be revising the school day schedule on March 30th as follows:

Students who are not involved in writing the OSSLT will have a later start to their school day as explained in the overview of the schedule below. It is important to note that all students are expected to be in full and complete uniform on that day.

OSSLT SCHEDULE
(For those writing the OSSLT)

Session 1:    8:30 am – 9:45 am
Break:          9:45 am – 10:00 am
Session 2*:  10:00 am – 11:25 am *includes time for student questionnaire

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AFTERNOON SCHEDULE (remainder of the day)

Common Lunch: 11:25 am – 12:05 pm (students and staff)
Period 1:    12:10 pm – 12:40 pm
Period 2:    12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Period 3/4: 1:20 pm – 1:50 pm
Period 5:    1:55 pm – 2:27 pm

Please be aware that transportation (school buses) will operate on their regular schedule of times. Students who are not writing the literacy test and arrive to school prior to the start of Period 1 will be provided with a supervised study area in the library.

If you have any questions regarding this schedule, please contact the school at (905) 842-9494.

Sincerely,

P. Di Ianni
Principal

Parent Teacher Interview Night – Thursday March 30

This is a reminder of Parent Teacher Interview Night on Thursday March 30 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. If Teachers do not have any appointments left, please contact the Subject Teacher directly, by calling the school at 905-842-9494.

Interviews will be conducted in the gymnasium for all teachers except the following:
Guidance Counsellors will be available in Student Services
CO-OP Teacher will be available in Library
Special Education will be available in the gymnasium

We look forward to meeting you.

Week at a Glance: March 27 – March 31

Monday, March 27
Eco Club Meeting – 2:30 p.m. Rm 213 – Mr. Thomson
French Club Meeting – 2:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Room 212 – Mme. Vucina
Raiders for Life Meeting – 2:30 p.m. – Rm 215 Chaplain – Ms. Rerecich
Mock Trial meeting – 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. –Rm 310 – Ms. Styka /Ms. Robertson
Nintendo Club – 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 – Rm 320 – Ms. Salvo
Photography Club – 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Room 311 – Mrs. Sdao
Jr. / Sr. Badminton practice – 2:30 – 4:15 p.m. – Gym A – Mr. Berndt/Mrs. Robertson

Tuesday, March 28
Graduation photos – by appointment – 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – in the Art Gallery-outside Rm 303
Student Council Meeting – 8:00 a.m. – Rm 319 – Mrs. Miller
Art Club Meeting –2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rm 304 – Mrs. Jasionowska
Concert Band – 2: 40 p.m. – 4:00 – Music Rm 101 – Mr. DeBono
Relay4 Life meeting – 2:30 p.m. – Rm 203- Mr. Culina
New Mentality Group – meeting 2:30 p.m. – Rm 102 – Ms. Rerecich/Mr. Choi
Literacy course- 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Rm 203 -205 – Ms. Caddick
Jr. / Sr. Badminton practice – 2:30 – 4:15 p.m. – Gym A – Mr. Berndt/Mrs. Robertson

Wednesday, March 29
Civvies Day – $2 – School cash online payment will be open til Tue March 28th
Graduation photos – by appointment – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – in the Art Gallery-outside Rm303
Book Club meeting – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Library – Mrs. Dennis
Humans for Humanity Meeting – 2:30 p.m. Rm 212 – Chaplain – Ms. Rerecich
Literacy course 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Room 203-205 – Ms. Caddick
Theatre Aquinas – rehearsal for Sears drama -2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Ms. Lidstone
Mock Trial meeting – 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Rm 310 – Ms. Styka/Mrs. Robertson
Jr Boys Hockey – tournament – Wave – Burlington – 8:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. – Mr. Michtics

Thursday, March 30
OSSLT  – Literacy Test
Cafeteria closed for the day – bring lunch
Graduation photos- by appointment-8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.-in the Art Gallery –outside Rm 303
Best Buddies – Exec. Meeting – 8:00 a.m. Rm 214
Art council meeting – 7:50 a.m. – theatre – Ms. Lidstone
Anime Club – meeting 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 – outside room 218
Mock Trial meeting – 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Rm 310 – Ms. Styka/Mrs. Robertson
Theatre Aquinas – Rehearsal – 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – theatre – Ms. Lidstone
DECA Business Club – Meeting – 2:30 p.m. – library – Mrs. Mancinelli
Aquinas School Newspaper 2:30 p.m. – Rm 305 – Ms. Power
Ping Pong Club – 2:30 p.m. – in Atrium- Ms. Bilinski
SOS Chaplaincy Meeting – 2:30 p.m. – Rm 104 – Chaplain – Ms. Rerecich
Jr. / Sr. Badminton practice – 2:30 – 4:15 p.m. – Gym A – Mr. Berndt/Mrs. Robertson

Parent/Teacher Interviews – Gym – 6:30 p.m. – teachers will distribute appointment forms
– Student to  make appointments for parent.

Friday, March 31
Graduation photos – by appointment-8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.-in the Art Gallery –outside Rm303
Sign-language club meeting 8:00 a.m. Rm 104 – Mrs. Finn
PJ’s (Peace and Justice) meeting – 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. cafeteria – Ms. Robertson

Upcoming important dates:
April     3-7 Graduation Photos continued by appointment
April     4  – Staff Meeting
April     5 –  Gr 11 & 12 Presentation- Funny Money
April     6 – PJ’s Lenten Retreat
April   10 – PJ’s Food Drive
April   14 – Good Friday – no classes
April   17 – Easter Monday – no classes
April   26 – Civvies Day
April   28 – P.A. Day – no classes

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be distributed to students on Friday March 3. The Progress Report places a very strong emphasis on the development of student LEARNING SKILLS and WORK HABITS. Student achievement of six Learning Skills and Work Habits are shown on the front page of the Progress Report. These are:

(1) Responsibility
(2) Organization
(3) Independent Work
(4) Collaboration
(5) Initiative
(6) Self-Regulation

The development of these skills and habits will be reported as “excellent”, “good”, “satisfactory” or “needs improvement” and a space is provided for teacher comments about student progress or need for improvement.

Ministry of Education policy places an emphasis on teachers using the Progress Report as a stepping stone to conduct rich discussions and proactive interviews or conferences with parents and/or students at this time. This is an opportunity to help establish or further strengthen a positive tone for the remainder of the year.

Civvies Day – Online Payment

Students are invited to have an extra Civvies day this Friday (March 3). Payment for this Civvies day must be made through School Cash Online. Cash will not be accepted. Students are expected to be in uniform if they have not paid online.

The cost for this Civvies day is $2.00

Sign up for School Cash Online here: https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/

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.

School Cash Online

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, … Continue reading

Bussing and Transportation Changes

Bus Changes to start on Thursday February 9th.

  1. Students who were assigned to Route 204 have now been assigned to Route 200 – there are no changes to the times just the Route number – there will be no Route 204 in the morning only.
  2. Two stops have moved from Route 200 to Route 235 – On Ford Dr & Dunedin Rd (NW Corner) and On Kingsway Dr & Prince John Cir (NE Corner)
  3. Two other stops have moved from Route 200 to Route 372 – On Chartwell Rd & Maple Ave (NW Corner) and On Constance Dr & Maple Ave (NE Corner) relocated to On Maple Ave & Constance Dr (SE Corner)
Students and Parents will be able to access these changes on the Halton Student Transportation Services website Monday evening.