At St. Gabriel School, we strive for the social and acedemic success of all our students. Our goal is to provide them with a safe and healthy learning environment in which they can develop into responsible and respectful citizens.
Consequently our behaviour policy is based on the principles of consistency and fairness and on empowering students to make positive choices as well as respecting the consequences of inapropriate actions.
Students who do not adhere to Lunch, daycare and bus transportation rules of conduct and safety will be subject to sanctions:
At the principal’s discretion, the student will be reprimanded and if deemed necessary, a letter of warning will be sent to parents, notifying them that should a second offense occur, transportation will be suspended for a period of a days. The letter must be signed by the parents and returned to the principal before the student returns to his/her class on the next regular school day.
The principal will notify the parents in writing that he/she has been suspended from said program for a period of three days and that a further offence will result in suspension for five days. The letter must be signed by the parents and returned to the principal as above.
The principal will notify the parents in writing that the student has been suspended from said program for a period of five days.
The principal will notify the parents in writing that the student has been suspended temporarily for reasons of safety and security.
As per a resolution passed at Governing Board, a mandatory dress code is in effect for Kindergarten to Cycle III. (Dress code is optional for Pre-Kindergarten students.)
The school uniform is a light blue T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt with the St. Gabriel Logo which can be purchased only through the school. In addition, students must wear solid navy or black pants or skirt (with no logos or designs) which parents can purchase independently.
Parents must assume their responsibility in this process and must play a pivotal role in ensuring that their children are dressed daily in conformity with the school dress code and will be contacted if a child is not abiding by the dress code.
The following items are not considered proper dress and are not permitted:
As providing a safe environment for our students is a major concern, we have procedures in place to ensure that students remain safe and accounted for during emergencies.
Students practice on a regular basis how to evacuate the school in a quick and orderly manner. The School Evacuation Plan is well-known by every staff member and a copy is posted near the door of every local. The fire drills are carried out in conjunction with the Fire Department.
Should the school have to close because of an emergency such as power failure, snow storm, lack of water, etc., then the students will be taken to Share the Warmth Building.
Only in exceptional circumstances will they be sent home. Parents must make plans so that their child will know where to go (home, relative, a neighbor). In such circumstances, it will not be possible for your child to call home before being dismissed.
Students who do not know what to do or where to go should report to the office (for further instructions) if such circumstances arise.
Up-to-date information on school closings will be announced on CJAD, Virgin 96 and Q92. When listening to the radio for school closings, please remember that we are part of the English Montreal School Board. Information will also be posted on the EMSB website and Facebook, and Twitter feeds.
Homework is an integral part of the educational process. Homework includes written work, reading books, studying of notes, practicing your instruments, etc.
The amount of homework given by a teacher will vary. Generally speaking, the amount of homework assigned will also very depending on the grade level. Students should be spending on the average the following daily amount of time on their homework:
|Grades 1 and 2
|30 to 40 minutes
|Grades 3 and 4
|45 to 50 minutes
|Grades 4 and 5
|45 to 60 minutes
Parents are expeted to play a supervisory and supportive role. As such they should be familiar with the homework policy of the school.
Parents will be notified when any homework or assignment is not completed and the student will have to complete the work during "homework period" which maybe during lunch-time or before the end of the school day. The student will not be allowed to participate in any lunch-time or after-school activities until the work is completed. We ask for your cooperation.
Students must follow the rules set by the bus driver, the bus company and the School Board. Students who misbehave on the school bus may be given a written notices or even suspended. In case of suspension, a student must be transported to school. The following Bus Safety Rules must be followed:
Students are expected to follow the rules set forth by each of their teachers which are reviewed at the beginning of each school year in September.
Students are expcted to be attentive in class, behave in a respectful and cooperative manner toward their teachers and classmates.
All students must be respectful towards teachers, other adults and as well to their fellow students. Students are encouraged to be polite. Answering back to a teacher or another adult or using inappropriate language towards teachers, students and others will not be accepted.
There is a zero tolerance policy for verbal and/or physical aggression at school. Any act of physical and/or verbal aggression from students towards their peers, administration, faculty, and other school staff will result in a suspension.
The decision as to whether it will be an in-school suspension or an at home suspension is at the discretion of the principal and/or childcare worker, and will depend upon the severity of the infraction. Parents may be asked to meet with the principal prior to readmission.
The following items are not permitted in school:
All students participating in the Lunch Program must be registered at the appropriate time and parents must pay the fee that is determined by the Governing Board at the beginning of each school year.
We can best serve the children by supporting one another and working together on any misunderstanding might arise. Parents are encouraged to call for an appointment to talk things over. We can surely come to some understanding which will safeguard the child's respect for all.
The moral obligation for the training of children rests first and foremost with the parents. The rules of conduct promoted in the school are meaningless without the parent's participation. For students to accept them, it is essential that these rules be consistent with those enforced at home. Parents will be kept regularly informed of these rules in order to ensure such consistency.
It is also extremely important that a child be thoroughly convinced that his parents stand behind the school and that they will demand an accounting of what the child does in school. Without such an understanding a child can come to think that home and school are unrelated areas of authority and he/she soon learns to play one against the other.
The responsibility of the school is to give extension and broadening to parental training. School staff are dedicated to finding the best means of guidance and teaching your children and in this way helping you, the parents.
Teachers and educators have a particular role to play in the supervision of student conduct. It is imperative that the child realizes that the supervision of student conduct is part and parcel of their daily workload.
Teachers and educators are the first line of intervention. They will assess what strategies or consequences that will be used for inappropriate behaviours. Each and every teacher and educator will exercise a certain amount of understanding, good judgement, impartiality, an absence of discrimination and a good example.
If a parent or guardian is unhappy with the school's effort to solve a discipline or bullying issue, there are avenues in which the parent or guardian may file an official complaint with the School Board.