Student Life

Growing Success

“The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning.” (Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools, Grade 1- 12, 2010, p.6)

In the TDSB, there is an expectation of fair, consistent and transparent assessment, evaluation and reporting strategies. Assessments and evaluations are designed to provide students with multiple, positive opportunities to demonstrate their learning skills and work habits and their understanding of the curriculum expectations. For the full version of the Ministry of Education Growing Success document, please visit Ontario Ministry of Education website.  At Humbercrest, we place a high value on the Learning Skills (Self-Regulation, Responsibility, Organization, Collaboration, Initiative and Independent Work) and our students are expected to both learn and demonstrate these skills through their classwork and other school activities, and reflect on their progress through teacher feedback, peer and self-assessment.

Homework

Each student from Gr. 1-8 will have some time during the school day to record homework and other important information.

TDSB Homework Policy P.036 is outlined below:

Kindergarten: Homework is not assigned to Kindergarten students. There is a strong connection between parental involvement and student achievement. As a result, families are encouraged to engage in early learning activities such as playing, talking and reading together in English or in the family’s first language. Teachers may provide resources to support home-based early learning activities.

Grades 1 to 6: There is a strong connection between reading to or with elementary children everyday in English or in one’s first language and student achievement. As a result, homework assigned in the early grades shall more often take the form of reading, playing a variety of games, having discussions and interactive activities such as building and cooking with the family. In the late Primary and Junior grades, effective homework may begin to take the form of independent work. In both cases, homework assigned for completion, practice, preparation or extension should be clearly articulated and differentiated to reflect the unique needs of the child.

Grades 7 to 8: Completion of homework for middle school-aged students can contribute to improved student achievement. Homework assignments for completion, practice, preparation or extension for students in Grades 7 and 8 shall be clearly articulated and carefully planned, in partnership among core and rotary teachers. Estimated completion time should be one hour or less.

Lunch and Snack

JK/SK students have lunch in their classrooms; students will have time for snack in the morning and afternoon.

Gr. 1-6 – The lunch-hour is supervised. If your child is in the lunch program (i.e., staying at school for lunch) the student may not leave school property, unless signed-out by an adult.  Please follow the protocol listed above Safe Arrival, Late, Absence, and Leaving Early (sign-out at the Main Office).  Students who are not in the lunch program (i.e., go home for lunch) are to leave school property at lunch dismissal and return by 12:35 p.m.

Lunchroom Rules

The following lunchroom rules are posted:

  1. Indoor voices please
  2. Remain seated during lunch
  3. Raise your hand for help
  4. Participate in “boomerang lunches”, i.e., place your garbage and recycling back in lunch bags and return home to dispose of in appropriate bins
  5. Tidy up after yourself (table and floor please)
  6. Wait for a signal from the supervisor before going outside (push-in your chair)

Gr. 7-8 – have options for lunch.  Students may use the Lunchroom during the lunch hour – the rules for Lunchroom use apply to all students. Grade 7 & 8 students may leave school property at lunch with parent permission. All students must be back by no later than 12:35 p.m. Entry bell rings at 12:35 and classes begin at 12:40 sharp. Parent permission forms will go home with the Student Packages in September.  Students represent Humbercrest at school as well as off school property. Lunch privileges may be revoked if misused.

Library

Our library has a large and diverse collection of English, French and multi-lingual books. Students are able to sign out books on a weekly basis.  Kindergarten to grade 2 students may sign out one book and students in grades 3 – 8 may sign out up to four.  A replacement fee is charged for lost books.  Children may continue to borrow books if one book hasn’t been returned.  If two books haven’t been returned, our teacher librarian will speak with the student and a note will be sent home. Students are responsible for lost books and are encouraged to look after them at both home and school.

Connect to your TDSB Virtual Library 24/7 to find online resources (news/magazine/journal articles, e-books, pictures/videos, helpful web sites/tools) for projects and personal interest

How to connect from outside of TDSB:

  1. http://aw.tdsb.on.ca – sign in with student/employee number and network password – locate my home tab (top navigation bar) – Virtual Library (left navigation bar)
  2. http://www.tdsb.on.ca – locate find your school (top navigation bar) – school nameVirtual Library link (left navigation bar)

3.  Search on the Internet for “school name TDSB Virtual Library”.

TYPE OF RESOURCE AND HOW IT HELPS YOU

Encyclopedias – A great place to start an inquiry on most topics.

eBooks – Easy to access online to build your knowledge about a topic or to read for pleasure.

Online databases – Find topic overviews, current news/magazine/journal articles, images, video on many subjects, from hundreds of sources.

Images & Media – Find streamed video, images, and music for projects, for homework and for personal interest.

Library Catalogue – Login to the library catalogue to see your account and to access eBooks.

Types of Resources:  Use the left navigation bar or home page to choose the type of resource to meet your needs. Many resources have read-a-loud, translation features and include images and video.  User Names and Passwords:  Some resources need user names and passwords when outside of TDSB.

Locks and Lockers

 Any student with a locker MUST have a lock. Students may purchase a lock at the office for $5.00. Each teacher will keep the student’s combination, serial number of lock and locker number on file.  Locker combinations should not be given out to another student.  Students need to keep the combination confidential.  The security and tidiness of the locker are the responsibility of the student. Students may go to lockers at the beginning of the day, at the beginning and end of lunch, and at the end of the day.

Sports and Clubs

 Humbercrest has a number of sports, clubs and other activities before school, at lunch or after school. Teachers organizing these activities will send home a permission form describing the activity and give the dates, times and location of meetings and practices.

Excursions

Excursions provide our students with experiences that enhance and improve curriculum connections.

Walking Trips

Some excursions are local walks to nearby libraries, tours of the neighbourhood, or parks.  A “Walking Excursion Form – Immediate Community” is signed at the beginning of the year for local trips near the school that may occur during the school year.

Field Trips

Other excursions are farther away and classes go by TTC or chartered bus.  During field trips, a teacher will supervise the children, with the assistance of other responsible adults.

A “Parent/Guardian Permission for Excursion Form” is signed by a parent/guardian for each class field trip. Parents are informed of the details and purpose of the trip through a letter from the teacher.  Students must have a permission form signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate.