Schedule of Fees 2021/2022
Colin Macdonald Community School
Schedule of Fees 2021/2022
Annual fees: $6500.00 Casa Half Day – mornings only
$9500.00 Casa Full Day Program
$10,000.00 Elementary Program
Payment of Fees: If you make your payment in full by December 2021 you will receive a 3% discount. There is no additional charge if you elect to pay monthly or by semester. Whether you elect to make monthly payments (9 cheques post-dated for September through May) or by instalments (September 1st, December 1st and March 1st), we require the post-dated cheques no later than September 1st. In addition, a deposit of (1) month’s tuition as described below must accompany your registration confirmation.
- If you choose not to give us post-dated cheques as of the first week of the school year, you will be billed $980.00 per month for Casa and $1030.00 for Elementary for tuition to cover administration costs.
Deposit: A deposit of one month’s tuition is required at the time of registration in order to hold a spot for your child. This is applied to payment of June 2022’s instalment.
Withdrawal: Please note: If a child registered for the upcoming school year is withdrawn after June 1st, 2021, the deposit will not be refunded. Also note: if a child is withdrawn during the school year, the deposit will not be refunded. If the child is removed during a month, the parent will be responsible for the entire tuition of the month the child is removed, as well as payment of the non- refundable deposit.
Late Payments /NSF Cheques: A charge of 15% per month will be applied to payments not received within 30 days of the due date. A fee of $35.00 will be charged for each returned cheque.
Trips and Material Fees:
$175.00/year – Casa Classroom / This will be included in your first month’s tuition
$325.00/year – Elementary Classrooms/ This will be included in your first month’s tuition
Payment of the trips and Material Fee is due on September 1st (included in your September tuition payment)
The school is open from 7:40 am – 5:30 pm
8:45 am – 11:30 am (morning session)
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm (afternoon session)
with a supervised lunch/recess from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm
8:45 am – 3:30 pm
with a supervised lunch/recess from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
CMCS observes all statutory holidays that occur during the school year as well as designated Professional Development days and breaks at Christmas, March and summer.
Lunches and Snacks
Children bring their own lunches and snacks and are supervised by teachers and volunteers during the lunch period.
The Casa classes’ lunch period is from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. The children eat in their classrooms under the supervision of their teachers. This creates a calm and quiet lunchtime helping the children focus on eating and encouraging healthy eating habits.
The Elementary classes’ lunch period is from 11:30 to 12:45 pm. All students eat either in their own classrooms or an assigned classroom and then go outside. We combine the different classes on a rotating schedule to encourage opportunities for social interaction between grades.
Because we have children with peanut/tree nut allergies, we ask that no peanuts/nuts or foods containing peanuts or nuts be included with snacks or lunches. Please check ingredients of all food items in your child’s lunch or snack. If you use soy butter, please include a mini-note with the lunch/snack so that we are aware.
Field trips are an integral part of our children’s education. Because we feel that hands-on learning is the best kind of learning, the elementary classes typically take a field trip every Friday, whether it is a walk in the local community to examine the wildlife, or a trip further afield.
Casa trips vary depending on the season and on relevant programming. Our trips are planned very carefully and safety is always an important consideration.
Reports and Interviews
Interviews: Interviews happen both formally and informally. Formally each parent is invited to meet with the class teachers twice a year. At this meeting, the teacher will present some of the work that the child has been doing and will discuss concerns as well as provide feedback about the student and classroom. Informally, we have always encouraged parents to engage in regular discussion with teachers and encourage parents with specific concerns to approach the teacher directly and ask for a meeting or a phone call.
Interview Schedule: Casa Programmes have open interviews in November and April. The Elementary Programme interviews are in April. At year-end, interviews are by invitation of teacher or by request of parent.
Reports: The report format for each classroom differs and is directly related to the types of assessment instruments used in class as well as the curriculum taught during that year. Through the report, the parent and child receive written feedback on the specific skills and areas of growth and learning the child has experienced.
Report Schedule: The Casa Programme provides one report at the end of the school year. The Elementary Programme provide two reports, one before the New Year and the other at the end of the school year. An interim report for Math in April will also be provided
It has been said, “It takes a community to raise a child”. Colin Macdonald Community School staff, together with parent volunteers, provide a rich and diverse community for our children, as well as offering unique opportunities to learn and experience life in a safe and nurturing environment. Studies have shown that children have a much higher rate of success when parents are actively involved in their school experience.
Being a parent volunteer in the CMCS Community offers many positive aspects. It connects you to other parents and families, to teachers and staff, and most importantly to your own children. One senior student commented that having their parent involved as a school volunteer demonstrated for them, that their school experience was significant to their entire family unit.
Field Trip Driver Application
Strategic Planning and other Committees
The Strategic Planning Committee is made up of parents, who sit on the Committee as the chair of a committee described below or as a member at large. This committee also includes our Director, Christine Borsellino and a teaching staff representative. This committee meets bi-monthly or on an as-needed basis.
The committees with specific responsibilities are as follows; Finance Committee, Building Committee, Personnel Committee, Marketing/Community Relations Committee, and the I.T. Committee. Each of these committees meets monthly or as needed. If you would be interested in becoming a member in any committee when a vacancy occurs, please let Christine know.
Self-discipline and respect for others is of the greatest importance in our classrooms and we insist on, and to the best of our ability, model this behaviour. When disciplining a child in the classroom, staff uses “logical consequences” and ultimately time-outs.
Our Virtues Programme also plays a large part in our approach to discipline. A student’s dignity is always respected and an attempt is made to carry out all discipline as privately as possible.
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