February: Dates to Remember

Lent 2016

Lent is the time to prepare for Easter. It is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving for Catholics around the world. It offers the opportunity to think about what it means to create the Kingdom of God and how we can contribute.

Share Lent 2016 – Creating a climate of change together!

Each year during Lent, Canadian Catholics are invited to stand in solidarity with communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who are struggling for dignity and justice.

This Lent, inspired by the Jubilee Year of Mercy and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, Development and Peace invites you to join in a Climate of Change solidarity pilgrimage with our sisters and brothers in the Global South.

By opening our hearts and walking hand in hand with the most poor and vulnerable, we can contribute to building a world rooted in justice, equality, compassion and love. Your generosity is a source of hope!

With your generous donations, Development and Peace is working to create a climate of change and build a more just world.

Solidarity Calendar: Create a Climate of Change

February is Black History Month

BHC Poster 2016

Visit the Black History Committee page for more information

St. Mary Arts Department Presents

Gr 12 Art Show Feb 2016

1516 FilmFest

Sharing of Excellence: Parent/Guardian Series

  DCDSB Parent conference poster Feb16

News from Guidance

Please visit the Guidance Department page for Information and Resources for Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transitions, Secondary Pathway Planning, Post-Secondary Pathways Planning (Apprenticeship, College, Community Living, University and Workplace) and Student Supports

For academic supports information (i.e., Math and Science Clinics), please visit the Programs and Events page.

Course Selection for 2016-2017

Course Selection Workshops: Monday February 8th (P1 = Gr 10, P2 = Gr 9) and Tuesday February 9th (P1 = Gr 11)
Course Selection Forms and Fees due: Wednesday February 24th
Workshop Information and Career Cruising Instructions can be found on the Guidance: Course Selection page

Timetable Course Changes Requests

Wednesday February 10, 2016 (9 am): Deadline for Semester 2 timetable change requests (elective courses only)
Monday February 22, 2016: Deadline for Semester 2 Course Level change requests

Students may pick up a “Timetable Request Change” form from Guidance, complete the form, and submit into Guidance as soon as possible. Students must be aware of the following:
  • All forms must be complete, with appropriate criteria identified and parent/guardian signature included. Forms that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.
  • Changes to electives will only be considered for grade 11 and 12 students interested in a pathway change.
  • Timetable changes will be considered in priority sequence starting with grade 12 students.
  • Students will be called down to Guidance to either receive their new timetable or discuss any concerns. Please listen carefully for your name throughout the day, especially over the lunches!
  • Students in grade 12 may drop a course at any time in the semester up until the first day of academic moratorium each semester. Students will incur full disclosure on their official transcript if course is dropped 5 school days after the midterm report is issued.
  • Students who have attended summer school must ensure timetable reflects the updated information.

Post-Secondary Pathway Planning

For information on Apprenticeships, College and University applications see St. Mary Guidance Department Post-Secondary Pathways Planning page and see your Guidance Counsellor!

  • January 13, 2016: Deadline to submit university applications for equal consideration to all programs.
  • February 1, 2016: Deadline to submit college applications for equal consideration. Applications will be accepted after this date with the exception of many highly competitive programs.
  • February 5, 2016: Recommended last date to submit changes to university applications. Pay attention to individual university deadlines as some may be earlier than Feb 5.
  • February 1, 2016: College Decisions – Offers of acceptance dates vary among colleges.
  • March to May 27, 2016: University Decisions - There will be a limited number of acceptances sent to students before mid-April. Most will be received after April midterm grades have been reviewed.
  • May 1, 2016: College Deadline for responding to an offer.
  • June 1, 2016: University Deadline for responding to an offer.

Registration Process

ALL PROSPECTIVE St. Mary students MUST complete a Pre-Admission Package (excluding students from our Associate Elementary Schools who live within the St. Mary boundary). Print off the package using the attached link, complete and submit to Guidance with ALL required documentation.
ANY PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS who are NEW to our Board MUST complete the DCDSB Online Student Application IN ADDITION to the Pre-Admission package.
Please call Guidance Secretary (x56020) for further details. 

Students Striving for Success - S3
Literacy and Numeracy After School Clinic

Now that you have completed semester one, you may recognize areas that you wish to improve upon. Perhaps you need to strengthen your time management and organizational skills, or perhaps you need to work on managing multiple projects and due dates, or you may need to improve upon your study skills and test/exam taking strategies.

During second semester, S3 will be offered as a TWO-part series. There will be 5 workshops at the beginning of the term and 6 workshops at the end of the term. The different sessions will help you focus specifically on skills and strategies needed at these two important points in the term.

Series One: Wednesday, February 24th to Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 (No class March 16 [March break])
Series Two: Wednesday, May 11th to Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Permission Forms are due Friday February 19th

St. Mary in the Durham Catholic District School Board Spotlight

Celebrating Student Success

Durham Student Transportation Services (DSTS)

DSTS is responsible for the management and administration of all home to school transportation for students eligible for transportation, in accordance with the Transportation Policy of the Durham Catholic District School Board. Secondary students are eligible for transportation if their primary address is within St. Mary's attendance boundary at a distance of more than 3.2km.

Occasionally transportation is cancelled due to inclement weather. Please visit www.dsts.on.ca/inclement-weather for more information (map of weather zone, radio/tv stations). In an effort to better address inclement weather cancellations, DSTS introduced weather zones. The four zones are as follows:
Zone 1 - Brock Area
Zone 2 - Uxbridge Area
Zone 3 - Scugog Area
Zone 4 - Southern Durham Region Area
The website outlines the schools in each zone. We would encourage all families to ensure that they have confirmed which zone applies to their school and area.

Chartwells Cafeteria Zipthru Card

Zipthru Webpage ClickerChartwells is introducing a NEW and CONVENIENT way to purchase food at our school cafeteria. The Zipthru Card is a gift card that you load a balance onto and use it like cash… just SWIPE and GO!
For more information visit: www.zipthru-card.ca