Dear Students, Parents and Friends of Queen of Heaven Catholic Elementary School,
It is both an honour and a privilege to be assigned as Principal and Vice Principal for our beautiful school in such an amazing community! We extend our thanks to the wonderful students, staff and parents for your ongoing collaboration and hard work!
On behalf of all staff members, we would like to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. We are very proud of our students and we know that through our continued effort, Queen of Heaven School will be a wonderful place for our Catholic students to live and learn.
Best wishes for a great year!
Mr. J. Susi Mrs. A. Barden
Principal Vice Principal
The Significance of Queen of Heaven
Queen of Heaven is named for our Blessed Mother Mary and our Holy Rosary Parish which services our School and the Milton community north of Derry Road.
The Queenship of Mary is commemorated in the last of the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary — the Coronation of the Virgin as Queen of Heaven and Earth.
Queen of Heaven is one of many titles used for the Virgin Mary. The title derived in part from the ancient Catholic teaching that Mary, at the end of her earthly life, was bodily and spiritually assumed into heaven, and that she is there honored as Queen.
Pope Pius XII explained that Mary is called Queen of Heaven because her son, Jesus Christ, is the King of Israel and heavenly king of the universe.
Feast Day: August 22
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“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.”
Our Parish Partnership
As part of Holy Rosary Parish, we work closely with our Parish Priest and the church community to live and teach gospel values and provide for the faith and development each child. Together with parents, we assist the parish in preparing students for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Throughout the school year we bring together the home, church and school through class and school liturgical celebrations; through the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation; through the Religion and Family Life Education Programs; through service and ministry to those less fortunate and through the daily example we model and provide as Catholic Educators. We are a faith-centred community.
During September we will hold a Curriculum Night at the school. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet staff and visit the classrooms.
Parents are invited to attend individual classroom presentations by your child’s teacher outlining the school curriculum and other pertinent information parents should know for the school year.
The school provides the students with the necessary books, program-related materials and textbooks. You are requested to remind your child of the importance of caring for these items. It will be necessary to have students replace lost or damaged materials.
The use of the Agenda planner 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, if 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 for homework. Time will vary depending on the age, ability of the student and project requirements.
Students who indicate that they have “no homework” should be reading a story or novel which should be a 20 minute daily practice for all students.
All students have the opportunity to visit the school library to borrow reading materials. Our library technician reviews library conduct and borrowing procedures with students in September. Parents are asked to remind their children to take care of the borrowed books and to return them on time. Lost or damaged books must be paid for or replaced.
All students will have the opportunity to use school technology (tablets, iPads, laptops, computers, etc.). Proper computer protocol and behaviour is mandatory for usage. Each September, parents are provided with the “Acceptable Use of Electronic Assets” guidelines and are required to sign a permission form acknowledging their child(ren) will comply with the computer protocol outlined in these guidelines.
Grade 8 Graduation
Grade 8 students who have successfully completed the requirements to enter Secondary School will graduate in June. The graduation ceremony generally includes a Mass, Celebration of the Word, diplomas and awards presentation and a social.
Students entering Grade 9 are encouraged to continue their Catholic Education at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School. Option sheets are completed in January with Secondary School Counselors.
Parents are strongly encouraged to get involved in our programs by helping out whenever possible. Some examples include:
- Catholic School Council
- Book Fair
- Family BBQ
- Pizza Days
- Milk Program
- Family Fun Night
- Reading Programs
- Field trip supervisors
- Christmas Wish Charity
- Special Events
- Class Volunteers, as requested by individual teachers
All volunteers require a Volunteer Criminal Reference Check, inclusive of a Vulnerable Sector Screening, to be on file at the school. A Volunteer Criminal Offence Declaration Form, in support of the Criminal Reference Check, is also required to be signed annually. Opportunities for parents to sign up for volunteering will be emailed to all parents as the need arises. To ensure the safety of the students, volunteers are reminded to please sign-in at the main office to obtain and wear a visitor’s badge.
To enrich and broaden the experiences of our students, field trips and class excursions are taken throughout the school year. Trips, which are related to themes or units of study, are planned as an introduction or follow-up to the core curriculum topics. Permission slips are required for each field trip and will be sent home in advance with students.About Our School