Student Agenda

Focus on Faith

Our Focus on Faith Theological Theme provides a focus for students and staff that will guide what they learn through the curriculum, how they worship in community, and how they give witness to their faith. The instructional practices at St. Francis of Assisi School reflect the knowledge, skills and mindsets embodied in these expectations:

Focus on Faith Theological Theme:  “Do You Love Me?” John 21:15-17

Kindergarten – “Where is God?”
Grade 1 – “Who is God?”
Grade 2 – “How are we members of God’s family?”
Grade 3 – “Who is the Holy Spirit?”
Grade 4 – “What does Jesus ask of us?”
Grade 5 – “How do we live in community?”
Grade 6 – “How do we live in accordance with God’s will?”
Grade 7 – “What is our story?”
Grade 8 – “How are we Church in the world?”

Equity and Inclusive Education

St. Francis of Assisi School is committed to providing an equitable and inclusive environment for our students and staff. We recognize that all people are created equal, in the image of God, each with unique characteristics deserving of dignity.
In accordance with the Church’s teachings, St. Francis of Assisi School commits to provide, in all its operations, an inclusive educational environment that supports and enables diversity within our Catholic learning community.
Additional information regarding equity and inclusive education policies can be found on the board website at


The following roles and expectations regarding homework have been adapted from the document, “Homework Guideline for Elementary Schools in the Halton Catholic District School Board”:

The Student:

  • Ensures understanding of the homework task and purpose, and asks for clarification or assistance from the teacher
  • Uses a management tool to record homework (i.e., a student agenda)
  • Organizes materials and ensures that the required materials/resources that are needed to complete homeworkare taken home and returned, as necessary
  • Manages time and priorities to ensure a healthy balance between homework, co-curricular, after school activities, family commitment and needs for personal and family time
  • Completes assigned homework on time and to the best of his/her ability

The Teacher:

  • Ensures that homework assigned is purposeful and understood by students
  • Respects the varying family situations, barrier issues to the completion of homework and the placement of family needs as a priority over the completion of assigned homework
  • Ensures that homework not be assigned for completion during Statutory/Board holidays, Professional activity days, Sacramental or school evenings/events as per the Board’s school year calendar and the school events calendar found on the school website.
  • Reviews and checks homework in a timely manner and assists students who did not complete homework where appropriate

The Family:

  • Provides a healthy balance between homework, co-curricular, after school activities, family commitments and needs for family time
  • Reads with their child/children in English, French and/or the family’s first language as appropriate
  • Creates an environment and establishes routines at home to support the completion of homework
  • Gives encouragement and appropriate support without doing homework for their child/children
  • Shows interest in the child’s/children’s homework and learning
  • Monitors their child’s/children’s stamina and vigor and stops them from completing work when signs offrustration, loss of stamina, exhaustion or lack of understanding occur
  • Communicates such times as outlined above to the classroom teacher and partners with the teacher to create a mutually agreeable plan for the completion of homework in the future

Personal Electronic Devices

As per Halton Catholic District School Board Policy I-43, St. Francis of Assisi School is committed to providing an environment that is conducive to learning. Fundamental to such success is the ability to use technology responsibly to gather, evaluate, construct and share knowledge in our world.

When relevant to curriculum and instruction, teachers may permit the use of any board owned or personal electronic device in a manner that meets the current policy as a classroom learning device, and to develop competency with the following learning strategies:

  • Becoming a Digital Citizen;
  • Understand Technology Operations and Concepts;
  • Creativity and Innovation;
  • Research and Information Fluency;
  • Communication and Collaboration;
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making;

Students are expected to demonstrate legal, ethical and responsible behaviour related to the appropriate use of technology.  Individuals who do not comply with this Policy will be subject to appropriate consequences consistent with the school’s Code of Conduct, Progressive Discipline and Part XIII of the Education Act entitled Behaviour, Discipline and Safety

Lockers and Valuables

Lockers will be assigned to all students in Grades 1 to 8.  Students and parents should make note of the following reminders:

  • Items of value should be left at home
  • Lockers must be kept clean, tidy and food must be removed
  • Lockers remain the property of the HCDSB
  • Valuables such as expensive jewelry, electronic equipment, cherished toys, and collections must not be brought to school

The school is not responsible for storing, replacement cost or recovery of valuable items. If an item is to be brought to school for a school project, permission is required from a parent or guardian to have the item(s) at school.

De Franco, RobStudent Agenda