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Parent Concern Protocol

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are aware that, from time to time, parents/guardians have concerns about their child’s progress at school and/or about the various practices and procedures which are established at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School.

We want to ensure that concerns or questions about your child’s education are addressed in an efficient, effective and respectful manner. In order to do this, when you have a concern about something that is happening at school, please take the following steps based on HWCDSB protocol:

• Contact the classroom teacher through a note or a phone call to the school secretary.
• Arrange to speak with the teacher via telephone or by scheduling a meeting with them.
• The classroom teacher will respond to a parent concern via phone or in-person meeting.
• If the concern cannot be addressed by the classroom teacher, or if a solution is not acceptable, the teacher will involve the Principal and a meeting will be arranged if necessary.

Please note that if the Principal receives a parent concern, they will refer it back to the classroom teacher and the teacher will contact the parent. The parent will be notified that the teacher will be contacting them to arrange a meeting/phone call.

We trust that this clarifies the process for you. However, if you wish to obtain more information about how to proceed when you have a concern about your child’s education, please refer to the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s website (www.hwcdsb.ca) which includes the a “Respecting Home-School Relationships” document under the Policies, Protocols and By-Laws section.

Parent Resource Library

Feel free to look through our Parent Resource Library listing for books of interest. Simply contact the school with the title you would like to borrow and we will either set it aside for you to pick up or we can send it home with your child.

OLMC 2015 -2016 School Improvement Plan Goals

Faith Goal: The staff of OLMC will work to deepen the integration of the teachings of our Catholic faith into all aspects of school culture in order to strengthen students‘ commitment to Christ and the Church. This goal will focus on Implementation of Religious Education Curriculum, integration of Catholic Social Teaching in program and curriculum, and the development of Catholic student leadership.

Literacy Goal: The staff of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will work with students to develop a Growth Mindset and will continue to provide descriptive feedback to assist their students in improving their work.

Numeracy Goal: Students need to develop a Growth Mindset in order to realize that hard work and perseverence can result in increased student achievement.

Pathways Goal: The staff of OLMC will work to improve student achievement by providing relevant, supportive and equitable programming that reflects the learning needs and interests of all students. The focus will be on supporting education/career/life planning; and engaging parent/community partners in programming.

Catholic Community Culture and Service: The staff of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will work to create, implement and follow-up with a program to help prevent and respond to bullying behaviours while promoting a respect for all members of our school community.

HWCDSB Learning Resources

Parent Resources

Listed below are a number of useful resource links for parents. We have also listed some educational links to assist you when guiding your children.

Online Safety - The Door that's not Locked
http://www:thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca

Smartphone Safety - A guide for Parents
http://www.mobility.protectchildre ...

Be Smart Strong & Safe
http://www.protectchildren.ca

The Parent Institute
http://www.parent-institute.com/ed ...

Web Awareness Network
http://www.bewebaware.ca/english/d ...

Web Awareness & Safety
http://www.cyberwise.ca

Surfing the Net with Kids
http://www.surfnetkids.com/

Information on Succeeding in High School
"More Ways to Suceed in High School"

Healthy Kids
http://www.hamilton.ca/teacher

Eat Right Ontario
http://www.eatrightontario.ca

Ask a Dietitian
http://www.eatrightontario.ca

School Health
http://www.eatrightontario.ca

Making Learning a Fun Part of Everyday Life
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/abc123

Educational Links

Newseum: Newspapers Around the World
http://www.newseum.org/todaysfront ...

Hamilton Public Library
http://www.myhamilton.ca/myhamilto ...

Library & Archives Canada
www.nlc-bnc.ca

National Geographic
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

National Geographic Kids
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ ...

TVO Educational Network
http://www.tvo.org/cgi-bin/WebObje ...

Ask Jeeves Kids
http://www.ajkids.com/

Language Conversion
http://www.wordreference.com/

French Verb Conjugations
http://www.verbix.com/languages/fr ...

Learn French
http://french.about.com/

French Radio Canada
http://www.radio-canada.ca/index.s ...

French as a Second Language Homework Toolbox
http://www.fslhomeworktoolbox.ca

Math Fun, Resources and Games
http://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/mathfrog/ ...

Nelson Math
http://www.nelson.com/nelson/schoo ...

Canadian Parliament Photo Gallery
http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/ ...

NASA Kids
http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/

Web Awareness Network
http://www.bewebaware.ca/english/d ...

Web Awareness & Safety
http://www.cyberwise.ca

Search Engine Resource for Kids
http://ivyjoy.com/rayne/kidssearch ...

Link to Learning
http://www.linktolearning.com/

Environmental Website for Elementary Students
http://www.ontario.ca/ezone

Healthy Kids
http://www.hamilton.ca/teacher

Hamilton Wentworth ILC Homework Math Help

The ILC Homework Help website located at http://homeworkhelp.ilc.org is designed to enhance students’ learning skills and contribute to academic success in math. This project focuses on providing on-line math assistance to students in Grades 7, 8 and 9. The key features of the website contain interactive tutorials, examples, exercises and EQAO test preparation. The site also includes the Ask a Teacher one-on-one tutoring, available only after school from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and is designed to help students with their homework. Parents can also register as guests but cannot participate in the chat sessions. This is a fully monitored site with several protective measures where students remain safe and anonymous and can return to the site as often as they need. All grade 7, 8 and grade 9 math classes have registered using their Ontario Education Number and have had an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the environment.

Parents/guardians wishing to register as guests or who have comments and questions can contact ILC directly at homeworkhelp@tvo.org.
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