We look forward to the upcoming academic year and thank you for your support and cooperation.
Early registration for 2023-2024 is now open online or in person at School. Online registration is available at www.armenianschool.ca. Please complete the Registration Form, the Code of Conduct Agreement, and the Media Release Consent Form.
The early registration fee is $600 per child and must be paid in full. Early registration closes on August 15, 2023 after which the fee will increase to $650 per child.
If you have a balance due on the account for the 2022-2023 academic year, early registration will not be accepted until the full amount due has been paid.
Any registrations after October 28, 2023 will not be accepted.
For your convenience, all payment methods are accepted (cash, credit/debit, PayPal, cheque, please make cheque payable to “St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Saturday School,” e-transfer at email@example.com).
*Note: Official charitable donation receipt will be issued to you for the portion of the fees paid.
Please note the following:
- To be registered in the Kindergarten class, the student must be four years of age by December 2023.
- Kindergarten to Grade 8 classes commence on September 23, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.
- High school credit courses Level 1 + 2 commence on October 14, 2023, at 9:00 a.m.
- The academic year is for a total of 30 Saturdays. Please refer to the school calendar for these dates.
- Uniforms ($45/ea.) are available from the School.
- The Registration Form is fully complete when it includes the student’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) and the health card number (OHIP). Note: Failure to submit the appropriate registration documents for the 2023-2024 academic year will lead to the denial of student entry into the class.
- Sign the Code of Conduct Agreement and the Media Consent Form. Submit these documents to School with the completed registration form.
SCHOOL POLICY AND CODE OF CONDUCT
To create an environment where students have the opportunity to connect with their Armenian heritage by exploring its cultural dimensions, including religion, Armenian history, art, literature, and music through the study of the Armenian language.
The Armenian Studies Program of St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Saturday School promotes Armenian education to preserve the Armenian faith, language, and culture and to prepare the future leaders of the community who take pride in their Armenian heritage and make valuable contributions within the Armenian Community and to society at large.
CODE OF CONDUCT
- Students will respect teachers, staff, administration, helpers, and volunteers by following the school rules, classroom instructions, and expectations communicated.
- Students will respect and be kind to classmates. Bullying behaviour (physical or verbal) will not be tolerated.
- Students will respect school property and personal property. Students will not disturb classroom materials, supplies, or student desks during their time at Saturday school, only using their personal belongings or what their teacher provides. Destruction of school property or vandalism will not be tolerated and could lead to suspension or expulsion.
- Students who do not comply with the abovementioned expectations will receive an “Incident Report” outlining the student’s concerning behaviour, impact on others, and remedial steps to correct the situation. This report will be completed at the discretion of the teacher/staff/administration members, shared with parents, and put in the student’s record.
Parental support is required and appreciated to encourage children to observe the School’s code of conduct. The administration and St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Saturday School staff encourage parents’ active involvement in their children’s education. Parental influence is the single most important determinant of student success. We strongly encourage all parents to actively support their children as they work towards success at the school.
ADDENDUM TO THE SCHOOL POLICY
The School is proud to offer the Grade 8 educational Armenia trip as a privilege that culminates learning in the classroom. Students must earn this privilege over the years at Saturday School, as it is not a guaranteed right to participate.
The School reserves the right to determine the list of students who travel to Armenia with the group and may only accept students if its mandate and set requirements to graduate from Grade 8 are met. The academic requirement to graduate is to complete the set program successfully.
The following include but are not limited to why Students are NOT allowed to travel with the group. If students:
- did not complete the academic requirements as shown in their homework, in-class work, quizzes and tests,
- need constant/special supervision,
- have not followed the Code of Conduct satisfactorily through their junior and intermediate grades at Saturday School,
- have received multiple “Incident Reports” and have not been able to remediate their behaviour
- have been suspended.
Decisions regarding participation in this trip will not be taken lightly. School administration will communicate ongoing concerns with parents and students as needed, and final decisions will be conveyed before planning the trip.
TERMINATION OF ENROLMENT
St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Saturday School reserves the right to terminate any child’s enrolment. A child may be asked to leave the School for the following reasons:
A. Repeated disobedience by a child unable to follow the code of conduct.
B. Violent or aggressive behaviour by a child, causing injury to other children or staff members or damage to school property. If any of the above situations occur, the following steps will be taken:
- First, parents/guardians are notified verbally of the situation, and a meeting is held with the principal, parents, and persons involved. A solution is discussed, and parents are encouraged to resolve the problem.
- If the situation still exists after the first verbal notification and no improvement has been made, a written warning (Incident Report) is sent to parents/guardians, and another meeting is held with the principal, parents, and persons involved. Once again, solutions are suggested, and a final warning is given.
- If the situation reoccurs after the final warning, the child is asked to leave the School. Parents/guardians do not receive any refund of registration fees.
The School will prepare the child’s exit from the program consistent with the child’s ability to understand.
Punctual attendance is a must. St. Sahag St. Mesrob Armenian Saturday School keeps accurate student attendance records and will communicate promptly and consistently with parents/guardians regarding attendance issues. Students are expected to be in School every scheduled Saturday before the morning assembly at 9:30 a.m.
- Students must be present in School from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Student dismissal 15 minutes before the end of the day is not allowed in order not to disturb the class.
- In the case of legitimate and unavoidable reasons for absence, parents/guardians may contact the student’s teacher one day prior to the school day.
- Students are responsible for obtaining from their teacher any missed assignments in order to come to class fully prepared following an absence.
- School dismissal is at 1:30 p.m. For safety reasons, parents/guardians must pick up their children on time, as extended care is unavailable.
- In case of unavoidable late pick-ups, parents/guardians must call the teacher and/or administration.
Students’ names and parents’ cell phone numbers must be written on backpacks and lunch bags.
All students must comply with the school uniform policy.
BOYS: Navy polo shirt with school logo
GIRLS: Navy polo shirt with school logo
The school uniform is available for purchase from the School at a cost of $45.
Students must wear indoor shoes during the wet season and avoid walking into the classrooms in wet boots. It is absolutely not allowed to enter the gym when wearing wet shoes.
NUT/PEANUT FREE FACILITY
St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Saturday School is a nut/peanut/sesame seed free school facility due to severe nut/peanut/sesame seed allergy conditions existing among the students. Please refrain from sending with your child any food that contains these products. All snacks must be marked Peanut Free and in original packaging, not plastic sandwich bags. (No sesame buns or bagels, manaaish, Nutella, peanut butter, breakfast bars or cereal containing nuts or sesame, cakes or cupcakes made with peanut or sesame oil or decorated with nuts, etc.)
Birthday celebrations are not allowed in classrooms, except for singing Happy Birthday upon parents’ request. Parents/guardians are not allowed to bring cake/cupcakes/candy, etc., in the classrooms for the following reasons:
- We cannot be sure if the treats are entirely nut and sesame free.
- Bringing birthday treats to classrooms creates competition between students and parents.
- Children feel left out if their parents do not bring treats for their birthday during the school year.
- The commotion disturbs the flow of the class.
When appropriate, teachers bring treats to the class and share them among students.
CELL PHONES, ELECTRONIC GAMES AND OTHER HAND HELD DEVICES
- Students are permitted to have their electronic hand-held personal devices at School but must keep them in their bags, turned off, during class time.
- Absolutely no receiving or placing calls, text messaging, gaming, receiving or responding to emails or messages during class time.
- Violating these rules may result in confiscating hand-held devices, which will be returned to the student at the end of the day.
- The school/administration assumes no responsibility for the loss, recovery, repair or replacement of any personal electronic device brought onto school property.
- Students have permission to use their devices outside of class time, such as recess/lunchtime, reasonably and appropriately. This privilege will be taken away by their teacher/school staff if inappropriate or disrespectful use is detected.
Alumni students, as well as parents, are encouraged to volunteer throughout the school year.
The skills and knowledge of our volunteers will help enrich our educational programs,
It will allow and encourage our parents to become involved in their children’s education, help to improve communication between parents and teachers and lend support to the School’s goals and objectives.
Together we can help preserve, enrich, and promote our Armenian heritage and culture.