All Saints Catholic Elementary School
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2008)|
|All Saints Catholic Elementary School|
|130 Castlemore Avenue
Markham, Ontario, L6C 2P9, Canada
|School board||York Catholic District School Board|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
|Area trustee||Carol Cotton, Frank Alexander|
|Vice principal||Chris Mills|
|School type||Elementary School|
|Motto||Go All Stars Go|
|Colours||Navy Blue, White|
|Enrollment||About 550 to 600|
All Saints Catholic Elementary School opened in September 2000, upon the development of the community Berczy Village. This Roman Catholic elementary school is operated by York Catholic District School Board, in the province of Ontario, Canada.
Main Building Description
The school is divided into four divisions, kindergarten (JK-SK), primary (Grades 1-3), junior (Grades 4-6), and intermediate (Grades 7 and 8). There are about 24 classes, with an average of 3 classes per grade. The school has a "double split gym", which splits into two smaller gyms.
The building has two stories. The lower floor consists of the kindergarten division, Grade one classes, a forum (for club meetings), a "double gym", school office, custodian's office, and a library resource center. On the second floor there are Grades 2-8 classes (with the exception of grades three and six), a French department workroom, and ESL rooms. The school is equipped with two elevators not for public use.
The school also has four portable buildings which aren't always used for this school year.
The school's playground has an asphalt portion, and a field portion about the same size. The asphalt is equipped with 7 basketball nets for each individual grades, and 100 meters running track. The field is equipped with soccer posts and an area of sand used for the track and field long jump event, and also a garden with picnic tables for student to work on their homework.
- English as a Second Language.
- Help for students who have special needs and with their academic studies.
- French department is composed of three teachers, each responsible for specific grades.
Library Resource Center
The library has over 500 books. There are over 200 media information. The library contains 8 computers, and 30 laptops. In the Audio-visual room, there are musical instruments (such as orff) and other projectors (such as PowerPoint projectors).
- Fun Factory- For students under Grade 4
- Play Zone- All students
- Luke 4:18- A community service group, for students in grade 7 and 8. Luke 4:18 is responsible for holdind the Thanksgiving food drive, and Santa Sacs, a program where foods are donated to needies.
- Orff- A Xylophone Band. Open to students above Grade 5.
- Choir- Open to students above Grade 2.
- Rosary Club
- Girls' Basketball Team
- Boys' Basketball Team
- Girls' Volleyball Team
- Boys' Volleyball Team
- Green Environmental Club (Green Team, aka Tree Huggers)
Each year, All Saints hold programs in additional to the curriculum. This is a list of typical programs for students.
Connection to Parish
The school's parish is St. Justin Martyrs church, located on Highway 7 and Warden Avenue. Each month, a priest from the church will visit the school for the school mass. By the end of the year, priests would visit the school for reconciliations. In addition, the whole school visits the church every May of each year. Grade 8s also participates in retreats every year at St.Justin Martyrs. On January 24, 2007, All Saints chose delegates to visit the Ark of the New Covenant, a traveling religious work of art.
All Saints is a feeder school to St. Augustine Catholic High School
All Saints had one of the highest enrollments for any elementary school in York Region, due to rapid development in the Berczy Village and Wismer Commons area. 2006-2007 enrollment reached 753 students. In September 2007, a new Catholic elementary school, San Lorenzo Ruiz, opened in the neighbouring community of Wismer Common, helping to relieve All Saint's overcrowding situation. The number of students dropped from 753 to 580 in 2007.