St. Luke Catholic Elementary School
- Principal: Jennifer Rachmann
- Secretary: Tracy Morawski
- Grades: JK–Gr.8
- French Immersion
- School Parish: St. Peters Parish
- Enrollment: 247
- Hours of Instruction:
8:45 A.M.–3:05 P.M.
At St. Luke School we believe that is important to recognize student achievement, participation and excellence through the presentation of awards at school assemblies for individual and team success. On an on-going basis, students are selected by their teachers at regular assemblies for their motivation and effort in selected academic and non-academic strengths. The non-academic recognitions are closely linked to our school focus on the Catholic virtues. Weekly trophies are also presented for oral speaking efforts.
Upon graduation from St. Luke School, some of the student accomplishments and achievements that are recognized include:
- Top Academic
- Top Male and Female Athletes
- Christian Spirit
- French Award
- English Award
- Math & Technology Award
- Student Council Award
- Parent Council Award (CSAC)
- Bilingualism Certificate
- Catholic Virtues Award
More About Our School
For more about our school please visit our school website: http://stl.npsc.ca/
Here you’ll find monthly school newsletters and calendars, current school news and events, a school photo gallery and more.
How We Live Our Catholic Faith
On a monthly basis, our students and staff focus on the importance of our Catholic Virtues. We do our utmost to incorporate these virtues into all aspects of our school. We recognize children regularly for their leadership in exemplifying the virtues of: respect, empathy, justice, patience, responsibility, compassion, forgiveness, stewardship, tolerance, and honesty.
As a faith community, we aspire to have our students develop a way of living that embodies the teachings of Jesus Christ. Through prayer and modeling we endeavour to integrate our faith into the day to day curriculum and social fabric of our school community.
Our chaplain and parish priest are invited to visit the school regularly and to participate in the Eucharistic celebrations and the Liturgies of the Word. These liturgical celebrations occur both in individual classrooms as well as with the entire school community. We welcome the participation and partnership with our parish community, local Knights of Columbus and Catholic Women's League as well. Our school selects annually a Faith Ambassador who helps to guide the spiritual development of staff as well as students.
Demonstrating Our Faith
Our school supports many charitable endeavors including: The Food Drive, Santa Fund, Jump Rope For Heart, MS Read-a-thon, Unicef, Kid's Helping Kids, The Soup Kitchen, Patrick 4 Life, The Holy Childhood Organization. Masses are celebrated regularly and each classroom takes on the responsibility of planning and organizing at least one liturgical celebration per month. We believe that a strong link between church, home, and school best serves our children to grow in faith and to develop spiritually to their full potential. Sacramental preparation is encouraged by our staff members as we strive to assist our parishes in this process.
Vision of a Catholic Learner
- are discerning believers formed in the Catholic Faith community who celebrate the signs and sacred mystery of God's presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection and moral living.
- are effective communicators who speak, write and listen honestly and sensitively, responding critically in light of Gospel values.
- are reflective, creative and holistic thinkers who solve problems and make responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good.
- are self directed, responsible lifelong learners who develop and demonstrate their God-given potential.
- are collaborative contributors who always find meaning, dignity and vocation in work which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good.
- are caring family members who attend to family, school, parish, and the wider community.
- are responsible citizens who give witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life.
- Religion and Family Life
- The Kindergarten Program
- Science and Technology
- French and English Language Arts
- The Arts
- Social Studies
- Health and Physical Education
- Daily Physical Activity (DPA)
French as a Second Language
|Level(s)||% of Instruction|
|JK - SK||50%||50%|
|Gr. 1 & 2||90%||10%|
|Gr. 7 & 8||50%||50%|
We believe in the integration of exceptional pupils in our French Immersion program, provided the placement best meets the needs of the pupil and is in accordance with parent's wishes.
The students at St. Luke School are exposed to a variety of activities. We are confident that our students benefit from the exciting co-curricular activities we offer which include:
- Sports Teams
- Student Council
- Arts and Crafts
- Winter Electives
- Library and Office Helpers
- Rainbows Club
- Morning announcers
- Lunch and cafeteria monitors
- Checker/Chess Club
- Enrichment Modules
- Glee Club
- Homework Peer Tutors
Assessing Student Progress
Provincial testing is one way we assess our students. The EQAO testing process is a useful instrument which offers us a "window" of individual school performance relative to the expectations set out in the new Ontario curriculum documents. It provides a valuable snapshot for measuring student achievement in the writing and reading strands for Language as well as in all five strands in Mathematics.
In May/June on an annual basis the EQAO conducted the provincial Primary and Junior Assessment. Both assessments engaged the students over a period of five days in an integrated unit of work. During these units, students produced work to show how well they met the Grade 3 and Grade 6 expectations in reading, writing and mathematics. Additional information pertaining to the student's attitudes towards reading, writing and mathematics, their perception and self-evaluation in these academic areas and their activities in these subjects outside school are gathered and graphed. These results are shared with parents and assist educators in forming the School Improvement Plan.
The St. Luke students like others enrolled in an Early French Immersion program, share a unique position as participants in this province-wide testing process. As such, a number of factors must be taken into account when reviewing the achievement results. We must consider that although our students in Grade 3 write the identical test as their peers in the regular program, many have been introduced to formal English instruction only 8.5 months prior to taking the test. The grade 3 Mathematics component was written in French using a translated version of the English test. In Math as well, expressive language skills become increasingly important as the students are expected to describe their thinking and the steps they follow in solving Math problems while correctly using proper terminology.