"EDUCATING FOR NOW AND FOR ETERNITY"
We, at Cloverdale Catholic School, are a Catholic community, who share the Catholic faith and promote the spiritual, intellectual, moral, social, emotional and physical growth of children, so that they, in turn, may spread the knowledge and love of God and neighbour to the larger Christian community and to all mankind.
The principle aims and the philosophy by which we try to make important decisions at Cloverdale Catholic School are:
1) That the students grow daily more conscious of the gift of faith that they have received.
2) That the students be led, through example, learning and participation, to understand and appreciate the role of the Mass, the other sacraments, the worshipping life of the church and personal prayer.
Catholic Education is meant to develop the whole child - their
spiritual, intellectual, moral, social, emotional and physical powers,
so that they will be able to assume personal and community
responsibilities, pursue genuine freedom, and be willing to become
active on behalf of the common good.
4) We want to immerse our children in beauty, (as seen in God's creation and in His plan for each of us), in truth, (as taught by the Magisterium of the Church), and in order, (as ordained by God and the Church), so that when our children are faced with the ugliness, lies, and chaos of society, they will be able to choose beauty, truth and order.
Our school is not the only agency, however, that is responsible for the education of our children. Even more important is the home. When our school exercises its role and influence in the students' education, it is to complement the family's educational effort - not to replace it - for the parents are the first educators. Our students have a right to expect that their home and school support one another in the spiritual, academic, and traditional resources that are their birthright. The importance of our Church and the presence of our priests in the educational growth of our students can never be under-emphasized. It is the responsibility of our priests to establish our school as a community centred in the Eucharist and to exhibit their pastoral leadership in all ways.
We are aware that many families have very busy, often stressful lives. Teachers realize that homework is sometimes viewed by parents in a negative light. Cloverdale Catholic School has a policy that includes a justification for homework, including:
The times listed below are guidelines established for each grade level to help teachers in assigning work and parents in supervising homework. If children work diligently, they should be able to complete work within this time frame, unless otherwise advised by classroom teacher. Please use the planner to advise the teacher if your child is spending more than the following recommended times, on a consistent basis. If this form of communication doesn't help, please ask to meet with the teacher.
Read aloud to your child - 15 minutes
Students from Grades 1 to Grade 7 will use a Homework Planner. Please check it regularly and use it to communicate with your child's teacher if there is a comment or concern about homework assignments. Specifically, if your child has had trouble or was not able to complete assigned work, please indicate. If a student does not complete homework, he/she will be required to do so at the teacher's direction.
If you choose to go on vacation during regularly scheduled school days, a practise we definitely don't encourage as it is very disruptive, please note the following: