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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to contact the school office at  705-745-4113

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 bus arrives at our school at 8:50 a.m. and leaves at 3:45 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 at 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 705-745-4113 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 8. To receive a sacrament, the student must be baptized Catholic. 


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 St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School.

Phone: 705-745-4113
Fax: 705-745-9707

Questions Relating To Contact Name
Absences/Lates Mrs. Thomas
Aboriginal Education Mrs. Sawada
Bus/Transportation Concerns Mrs. Thomas
Catholic School Council Mr. Sawada
Exams and Report Cards Mrs. Thomas
Exchange Students Mr. Sawada
Graduation Mrs. Thomas
Media Inquiries Mr. Sawada
Parent-Teacher Interviews Mrs. Thomas
Renting a Room/Facility at St. John Kelly O'Boyle
Visit our School Board's
Facility Rentals for more information.
Safety Patrols Mrs. Poast
School Choir Mrs. Poast
School Library Mrs. Teeninga
School Photos Mrs. Thomas
School Sport Teams Mr. Sawada
School Website Mrs. Thomas
Special Education Mrs. Evans
Volunteers Mr. Sawada