8:50 a.m. Entrance of students
8:55 a.m National anthem, prayer, announcements and the start of classes
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Recess break
11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Lunch break
1:55 – 2:10 p.m. Recess break
3:20 p.m. Dismissal of students
Safe Arrival Program
If a child will be absent or late for class, we ask parents/guardians contact the school (519-658-4041). Since we have an answering machine, you may leave a message at any time from 4:00 p.m. to 8:20 a.m. The school’s administrative assistant will be at the school to receive your phone calls beginning at 8:20 a.m.
When you call to report the absence or anticipated lateness of your child, please note the following information:
Child’s full name and Reason for the child’s absence/lateness (*)
- It is important for the parent/guardian to contact the school if your child will be late for class.
- When arriving late for class, the student must report to the office and obtain a ‘late slip’
The main office is open daily from 8:20 a.m. until 3:50 p.m.
For safety reasons, please note all entrances to the school will remain locked during the school day. A buzzer monitoring system is in place for visitors at the front entrance of the school.
For the safety and the wellbeing of our students and staff, all visitors to the school, including parents and guardians, must report to the main office.
In advance, we thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
If you walk your child to/from school, this is a gentle request to please not bring your dog on school property during the hours of 8:35 am and 3:30 pm. Even though your dog may be very gentle, we have some students who are afraid of dogs.
Staff members are on the school yard (both the JK/K yard and main yard) for yard duty beginning at 8:35 a.m. Please have your children arrive at the school after supervision begins in the morning.
At the end of the school day, students are expected to go directly home unless they are with a parent or involved in an after-school activity. Staff members supervise dismissal from 3:20-3:35.
Board and School Website
For up-to-date information about the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, please check out www.wcdsb.ca You may access the school website through the Board site by simply clicking on ‘Our Schools’ in the upper tool bar or by going here: https://fatima.wcdsb.ca
Early in the school year, the secretarial staff will be forwarding student information forms to all parents. Please complete/update your child’s information as carefully and as quickly as possible and return the form to the school office. It is vitally important that we have up-to-date information on each child in our care should there be an emergency. (Parents of a child who has an anaphylactic condition or diabetes are asked to be especially cautious in ensuring that the school staff are aware of the student’s condition and provide all pertinent information should an emergency arise)
Communication Guide for Parents
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) has established communication guidelines for parents and staff. Parents are requested to follow the following steps to ensure prompt and efficient resolution to their questions or possible concerns.
Step #1: Parent should speak with the teacher / staff member. Issue resolved. If issue is not resolved, proceed to Step #2.
Step #2: Speak with the principal. If you have not spoken with the teacher /staff member directly, the principal will ask you to do so. Should you not wish to do this, the principal will involve the teacher / staff member in a three-way discussion. The principal may request, at any time in the process, that you put your concerns in writing. The principal may involve, at any time in the process, others who may be helpful in resolving the issue.
Role of the Trustee: Parents may contact the trustee at any time. The trustee will direct the parent to follow the process outlined above.
Role of the School Council: The Our Lady of Fatima School Council is not a forum to discuss parent-teacher / staff member-student issues. If these matters are brought to any OLOF Catholic School Council member or any School Council meeting, the concern will be referred immediately to the principal.
The Immunization of School Pupil’s Act, a provincial law, requires Waterloo Region’s public health officials to collect and maintain the immunization records of all students in the Region of Waterloo. The Act requires students to be immunized against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps and rubella. With appropriate legal documentation, exemptions based on medical or philosophical reasons are allowed. However, students that do not have complete records or legal exemptions may face suspension from school for up to 20 days or until the records are completed or the exemptions received.
The Health Department and all schools within the Region of Waterloo work together to ensure that students are up to date in their immunizations. Every September, Public Health requests the immunization records of every student. This year again, parents are reminded to forward all immunization updates to Public Health in September/October.
Public Health will continue to strive for excellent immunization coverage which assists in protecting our children and community from vaccine preventable diseases.
Immunization: For their health. For their future.
For further information, please call 519-883-2006 ext. 5273 to speak to a nurse. Please call 519-883-2006 ext. 6182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to leave your child’s immunization information.
A reminder to parents and students that Our Lady of Fatima does have a dress code for its students. Please respect the Dress Code at all times including co-curricular activities and off site excursions.
The following guidelines will help parents and students when choosing clothing that will contribute to a positive school environment:
- Clothing may not display any derogatory or inappropriate writing or pictures.
- Hats need to be removed upon entering the building
- Shoulders must be covered (i.e., no tank tops, spaghetti strap tops, etc.)
- Shorts and skirts should be of modest length
*Students who are inappropriately dressed will be reminded of the dress code or asked to change
Students are not permitted to have personal electronic gaming devices at school at any time. Items may be confiscated and held at the office until a parent/guardian can retrieve it.
If a student brings a cell phone to school with parental permission, the cell phone must remain turned off and in the student’s backpack during the school day, unless it is being used specifically for a learning purpose under the direction of the teacher. Students must use the phone in the main office if they need to call home during school hours. The school is not responsible for any lost or damaged cell phones or electronic devices. Parents will be contacted should a student have difficulty following the school’s phone policy.
Student Transportation will have sent parents information on pick-up and drop-off times and location. You may also wish to find your child’s bussing information at www.stswr.ca . Once on the website,
- Click ‘Student Login’
- Enter your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) – can be found on your child’s report card (numbers only, no space, no dash)
- Enter your child’s birth date (dd/mm/yyyy)
- Enter your street number (house number only)
- Select your child’s school
As we begin the school year, we would like to remind all students eligible for bus transportation to/from school and their parents of the following:
- When traveling to school, students should be at their designated pick-up location five minutes before the scheduled arrival of the school bus.
- The student and her/his parents should develop a contingency plan should the child miss the school bus when traveling to school (e.g. return home; walk to a neighbour’s home; walk to school, etc.)
- When departing school, should any student miss her/his bus, that child should immediately go to the school office for assistance. She/he should not walk home.
- Only students eligible to ride a school bus will be allowed to do so when riding to/from school. Those who are not eligible to ride a bus will not be permitted to do so. If a child is not eligible and she/he wishes to visit the home of a classmate, it will be the responsibility of her/his parent to make alternate transportation arrangements.
- Transported students will only be allowed to ride their designated bus to/from school. A pupil will not be permitted to ride another bus for which they are not eligible.