Programs

JUNIOR AND SENIOR KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION?

Children registering in the Junior Kindergarten must be four years of age on or before December 31 of the school year for which they are registering. Children registering in Senior Kindergarten must be five years of age on or before December 31 of the school year for which they are registering. Children currently registered in the Junior Kindergarten program need not register for the school’s Senior Kindergarten program. Placement will be processed by the school unless otherwise notified by the parent.

The following documentation is required for registration:

  • Roman Catholic Baptismal Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Health Card
  • Immunization. Before a registration is finalized, a child will have completed the prescribed program of immunization for diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Registrations cannot be processed until all documentation is complete.

STUDENT AGENDA

Students from Grades 1 to 8 will receive a student agenda in the first week of September. Through use of these agendas, students are able to learn time management skills, goal setting, and how to keep track of and prioritize their tasks.

These agendas help students to record and track homework assignments and long term projects. Students are expected to use them daily. You can help encourage and support the use of agendas, by checking your child’s agenda and signing it daily, or as required by the classroom teacher.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

Students are expected to work to their full potential and to be courteous, cooperative, and attentive during class. They are expected to complete all homework and to prepare and study for tests. Students will permit others to work in an undisturbed class situation and demonstrate co-operation with and respect for all members of our school community.

NOTEBOOKS / FOLDERS

The process of keeping a notebook/folder has many important learning purposes. It helps one to:

  • learn and practice organizational skills on a daily basis;
  • keep an on-going record of progress;
  • evaluate one’s own progress;
  • practice reading and writing skills daily;
  • record and apply new concepts and skills;
  • record test marks and assignment results once they are signed by parents, for future reference;
  • use notes as a study aid to prepare for tests.

A student’s best efforts should be reflected in handwriting and work habits. The only markings on the cover of each notebook should be: the student’s name, subject area, and school (all correctly spelled). Notebooks are marked and sent home for parent’s signature on a regular basis. This may occur more frequently if a student is experiencing difficulty. Students are responsible for correcting any errors and for completing unfinished work. Notebooks/folders need to be returned on the following school day, as the student will require her/his books for in-class work completion. The process will be further discussed by the teachers with students in the classroom, and with parents at the September Curriculum Night.

HOMEWORK

The use of the student agenda is an important step in developing good homework habits. Learning is a lifelong process which can occur everywhere, not just in school. Research has shown that homework is a valuable tool, when used correctly:

  • if it is related to learning that goes on in the classroom;
  • if parents are involved in supervising and assisting; and
  • if teachers provide input and monitoring.

Homework should provide an opportunity for growth, student responsibility, independence, and self-discipline. Homework is intended to provide practice and application of known concepts. Parents are encouraged to assist their children in setting a time period and location for homework. Time will vary depending on the age, ability, and project requirements of the student. As a general guideline, students should be assigned 10 minutes of work per grade. If a student is in Grade 1, s/he is assigned 10 minutes of work. The student may read with a parent or work on an activity that reinforces a concept taught at school. Junior and Intermediate students may complete unfinished work, practice basic number facts and concepts, work on a special assignment or project or study for a test. A student in Grade 8 should be doing approximately 80 minutes of work per night – if time, in school and at home, is being managed well. Students who indicate that they have “no homework” should work on such activities as: reading a story or novel, practicing mathematical number facts, reinforcing language and mathematical concepts, reviewing notes, writing a story, proofreading and editing a story, and/or studying for a test.

Students who consistently and conscientiously do their homework:

  • improve their academic performance;
  • increase their ability to follow directions;
  • improve their organization and time management skills;
  • learn to work independently;
  • develop critical thinking skills;
  • accept responsibility for their own learning;
  • increase their motivation and self confidence;
  • develop positive work habits and attitudes.

The following roles and responsibilities will assist in providing consistent and appropriate homework practices.

Role of the Teacher:

  • Design homework that has a specific purpose and clear instructions.
  • Communicate the method of evaluation for each assignment, when the task is assigned.
  • Ensure all assigned homework is assessed (e.g., student, peer, teacher).
  • Utilize a variety of homework activities (e.g., research, drill, review, studying).
  • Design homework activities in keeping with individual abilities.
  • Establish due dates in cooperation with teacher colleagues (e.g., rotary assignments).
  • Communicate homework concerns to student, parent in the early stages of concern.

Role of the Student:

  • Understand the assignment and its purpose.
  • Know how assignments will be assessed.
  • Record all assigned homework in student agenda.
  • Accept responsibility for homework completion within the required timelines.
  • Establish an appropriate time and place for homework.
  • Ensure that all materials needed for the assignment are available both at home and at school.

Role of the Parent:

  • Encourage a positive attitude toward school and learning.
  • Develop consistent household routines for homework.
  • Understand that homework should be completed by the child.
  • Monitor homework frequently for quality and completion.
  • Assist and support your child only when necessary.
  • Communicate homework concerns to the teacher.

READING

There is a direct relationship between reading and academic success. From reading comes intellectual growth and creativity, increased vocabulary, and a stronger grasp of language structure. Tips for encouraging children to read:

  • Use your child’s current interests as a stimulus for discussion.
  • Make reading together an integral part of each day; this also encourages closer parent-child rapport.
  • Encourage your child to use the skill of reading in everyday situations (e.g., reading street signs, etc.).
  • Let your child see you reading.

REPORTING TO PARENTS

Teachers evaluate and report a student’s progress in many ways during the course of a year. The form of evaluation may include classroom observations, homework assignments, tests, essays, projects, oral reports, class participation and other work as assigned by the teacher. Formal reports for Grade 1 – Grade 8 students are sent home at the end of each term (December, March, and June). Junior and Senior Kindergarten provides an observation period in the fall, followed by formal reporting periods in March and June.

PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES

Conferences with your child’s teacher will take place after the report cards are sent home in early December. Please, however, do not feel that you need to be limited to the formal time period set aside for parent-teacher conferences. If you have a concern about your child’s progress, or if there is special information about your child, which you feel the teacher should know, contact your child’s teacher at the school to book an appointment. Similarly, the teacher may contact you at various times throughout the year to share information.

In preparing for the conference, you might want to consider asking some of the following questions

  • Is my child paying attention?
  • Is s/he able to complete the work in a reasonable time?
  • Is my child achieving to the best of her/his ability?
  • Is my child co-operative, helpful and friendly with staff and classmates? Does s/he have friends? Does s/he work well with others?
  • Does my child do just what is expected or does s/he go beyond the basic expectations?
  • What do you see as my child’s strengths in learning? What do you see as my child’s areas of need?
  • How is my child developing in the social or emotional areas? Does s/he deal appropriately with frustration, anger and correction?
  • What can we do at home to help her/him improve/develop?
  • Does my child demonstrate responsible behaviour? Does s/he follow through on commitments, homework, group projects?
  • Does my child make good use of her/his time?
  • Is her/his desk, personal materials, notebooks well organized?
  • How can I help my child be a more effective listener?

EXTRA-CURRICULAR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Many of our staff members give freely of their recess/lunch breaks and their after school hours to run/supervise a variety of activities; we appreciate the donation of their time, talents, and energy. Each year, we strive to organize a number of extra-curricular activities to provide students opportunities to participate, not only to represent Our Lady of Peace in competition, but also to enjoy the activity. Your child will be informed as these activities are established. Please encourage your child to participate and show school spirit.

MONETARY REQUESTS

Some out-of-school excursions may require parents to pay transportation and activity fee costs. We strive to keep to a minimum the monetary requests made. Please let us know if you have difficulty meeting such requests. No child will be excluded from a day trip or activity for monetary reasons.

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