SEAC SOUNDBYTES – World Down Syndrome Day Contest

World Down Syndrome Day School Contest World Down Syndrome Day is a United Nations sanctioned observance celebrated on March 21st (3/21) with the goal to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down Syndrome. Halton Down Syndrome Association launched WDSD Contest in 2015 with the same goal to spread awareness about Down Syndrome and help promote diversity and inclusion in our schools. WDSD School Contest was AMAZING last year! A total of 21 schools entered – choosing between our Digital Media or Photo Contest. We reached almost 15,000 students in and … Continue reading

Graduation Updates

A reminder to this years graduates that you need to complete your graduation application. https://goo.gl/forms/c6kwi50BH4cFVWmv2 Information about graduation can be found on the student services website under Graduation 2019. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from Student Services. … Continue reading

Vaping at School – Education.  Warning. Ticket.

In the next few weeks, a Public Health Inspector will be coming out to do surveillance for tobacco and e-cigarettes and will educate any students who are or have been associated with vaping on school premises.  This will be the first step in their progressive enforcement for tobacco and electronic cigarettes. St. Thomas Aquinas staff have been diligent in educating all students and families on the vaping.  Synermail, announcements, washrooms sweeps, phone calls to parents and suspensions happen regularly at the school. Please be advised that Public Health inspectors have been authorized to carry out ticketing in the new year … Continue reading

SafeArrival Student Absence Reporting is Here!

We are pleased to announce that as of Monday, November 5, 2018, our school has moved to a new automated student attendance management system called SafeArrival, offered through SchoolMessenger®, the company that hosts our parent notification system. The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways: using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line Learn more about how to report your child’s absence. Click on the FAQ for more information about how to use the new SafeArrival student attendance management … Continue reading

What is SEAC?

Welcome Back! As we start a new school year, the members of SEAC wanted to take a minute to let you know who we are and what we do. Did you know that there is a committee in each school board or school authority that provides important and relevant advice on Special Education? This committee is known as the Special Education Advisory Committee or SEAC. SEAC is made up of school board trustees and representatives of local associations with a common goal of protecting the interests and well-being of exceptional children or adults. Associations currently represented on HCDSB SEAC are: Association … Continue reading

St. Thomas Aquinas C.S.S. Receives Bronze EcoSchools Certification in 2017-2018!

Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program (from Kindergarten to Grade 12) that encourages our school community to develop our ecological literacy and reduce our environmental footprint. The key areas of focus are: Teamwork & Leadership, Energy Conservation, Waste Minimization, School Ground Greening, Curriculum, and Environmental Stewardship.  Through this program, our students and staff participate in environmental education and practices, developing the knowledge, skills, perspectives, and actions needed to be environmentally responsible citizens.   For more information, please visit: http://www.ontarioecoschools.org/ … Continue reading

Breakfast Program

Did you know that St. Thomas Aquinas CSS provides ALL students with access to healthy food at school? A Breakfast Program has been running in partnership with Halton Food for Thought (HFFT) since 2006. This program is open to all students free of charge and breakfast is available every morning prior to the start of period one class, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. All food prepared and served at our Breakfast Program meets Ministry of Child and Youth Services Nutrition Guidelines and follow Safe Food Handling practices. To continue this successful program, we need your help! … Continue reading