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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to contact the school office at  905-377-9967.

Some frequently asked questions and their answers appear below.

When does the school day begin? What are the bell times?

Our school day schedule can be found here.

The bell rings at the beginning and end of each recess and lunch.

When do buses arrive and leave the school each day?

The buses arrives at our school between 8:35 and 8:50 a.m. and leaves at 3:20 p.m. each day. You can visit our Transportation page for more information on busing.

How do I know if buses are delayed or cancelled due to weather?

You can listen to your local radio station, visit the STSCO website in the morning, or call the STSCO information line at 705-748-5500 or 1-800-757-0307 for bus delays or cancellations. Remember that if a bus is cancelled in the morning, it will not run in the afternoon. 

What is the best way to get in touch with a teacher?

Parents/guardians are encouraged to write notes and requests to classroom teachers concerning any important changes in routines, schedules and other pertinent information in the student's agenda book. Parents can also call the school and leave a message for the teacher to contact them. A message is taken if the phone call is made during class time.

What do I do if my child is sick and cannot come to school?

If your child is sick, please do not send him/her to school. Children who are too sick to go outside for recess should be kept at home until they are able to participate fully in the school day. Please call the school at 905-377-9967 before 8:30 a.m. to inform us that your child will be absent. The school's answering machine is on 24/7 so you can leave a message at your convenience.

In which grades do students receive their sacraments?

Preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation are part of the Religion and Family Life Curriculum. Students prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist in Grade 2. Students prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation in Grade 7. To receive a sacrament, the student must be baptized Catholic. If your child is not Baptized and you wish to find out more about this please call St. Michael Church at 905-372-6844


Who to Contact

Have a question and not sure who to contact? The following list will help to direct you to the right teacher at Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School.

Phone: 905-377-9967
Fax: 905-377-1214

Questions Relating To Contact Name
Absences/Lates Mrs. Coss
Aboriginal Education Mme. Bos
Bus/Transportation Concerns Mrs. Graham
Catholic School Council Mrs. Graham
Exams & Report Cards Classroom Teacher
Exchange Students
Graduation Mrs. Graham
Media Inquiries Galen Eagle at the Board Office
Parent-Teacher Interviews Mrs. Coss
Renting a Room/Facility at Notre Dame Kelly O'Boyle
Visit our School Board's
Facility Rentals for more information.
School Library     Mrs. Coleman
School Photos Mrs. Coss
School Sports Teams Individual Coach
School Website Mrs. Coss/Mrs. Graham
Special Education Mrs. Brady
Volunteers Mrs. Graham