Elementary School


The Canadian International School of Egypt (CISE) follows the Ontario Curriculum for all subjects in the English and French Immersion programs.

Students require consistent, challenging programs that will capture their interest and prepare them for a lifetime of learning. They require knowledge and skills that will help them compete in a global society and allow them to lead lives of integrity and satisfaction, both as citizens and individuals.

The Ontario Curriculum provides a rigorous and challenging curriculum for students. The required knowledge and skills for each grade set high standards and identify what parents can expect children to learn and to know by the end of each grade. Copies of the Ontario Curriculum documents are available for parents to peruse in the Library Information Centre or on-line from the Ontario Ministry of Education website: www.edu.gov.on.ca.

The Kindergarten program is designed to help children build on their prior knowledge and experiences, form concepts, acquire foundational skills and form positive attitudes towards learning. It is also designed to lay the groundwork for lifelong learning.

It provides opportunities for learning, self-expression and self-discovery in a number of areas including music, drama, games, language activities, co-operative activities with peers and free play.

The six areas of learning in Kindergarten are:

Personal and Social Development



Science and Technology

Health and Physical Activity

The Arts

The core curriculum for the Grade One to Eight English program includes:



Science and Technology

Social Studies (Grades 1-6), History and Geography (Grades 7 and 8)

Health and Physical Education

The Arts

French as a Second Language – Core French (from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8)

The core curriculum for the French Immersion program includes:

Le Français


Les Mathematiques

Les Sciences Humaines

La Santé et L’education Physique

Les Arts

In addition to the core curriculum, Classical Arabic and Conversational Arabic are taught from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Islam and Christianity are also part of the Arabic timetable. Egyptian history, geography and culture are integrated in all areas of the curriculum and are given a special focus in Social Studies in Grades Four to Ten.

Ontario Student Record (OSR)

CISE uses the Ontario Student Record (OSR) to record a student’s ongoing educational progress. The OSR is confidential and is privileged for the information and use of the principal and teachers of the school for the improvement of instruction for the student. Parents have access to all the information contained in their child’s record; a staff representative must be present during that time to answer any questions he/she might have about the documents in the OSR folder.

The OSR folder contains information such as biographical data, schools attended, names of parents(s), special health information, photographs, additional information as deemed appropriate, report cards, the Ontario Student Transcript (for Secondary School Students), and a documentation file which may contain documents such as a custody order; educational, psychological, and health assessments; doctor’s notes; suspension letters; interview documentation; and other information as deemed appropriate.

Reporting Student Achievement to Parents

Assessment and evaluation are important for tracking student progress, adapting curriculum and instructional approaches to meet student needs, and determining the overall effectiveness of programmes and classroom practices. Communication about assessment and evaluation will be clear, meaningful, and continuous throughout the school year.

Communication will also be designed to provide detailed information that will encourage students to set goals for learning, help teachers to establish plans for teaching and assist parents in supporting learning in the home.

Two Term System

The school year for students in Pre/Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight is organized into two terms. Formal reports will be issued to students and parents at the end of each term (mid February and end of June). Student progress is monitored continuously and an interim report will be provided mid November to assist students and their parents to monitor progress.

A unique progress report for students in the Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-School Program) will be provided each term. Junior and Senior Kindergarten students receive an anecdotal report on each of the six areas of learning for Kindergarten. Students in Grades 1-6 receive a letter grade for each subject area. Progress for students in Grades 7 and 8 is reported through percentage grades. Comments on student effort and progress for each course are provided on the report as well as an assessment of the student’s Learning Skills.

Parents and students need to review all information provided on the report and meet with the students’ teachers to discuss the students’ progress whenever there is a need to do so. Of course, parents are welcome to meet with their child’s teachers whenever they have questions or concerns. Parent, Teacher, and Student Interviews will be held following the first mid November progress report.

The School Day

The school day begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. The structure of the regular elementary school day, will be as follows:

Entry: 8:10

Morning Recess Grades 1 – 8: 10:05 – 10:20

Kindergarten lunch and recess: 11:00 – Noon

Grades 1 – 4 lunch and recess: 12:00 – 12:40

Grades 5 – 8 lunch and recess: 12:30 – 1:10

End of day: 3:00

Kindergarten students will have their own schedule and recesses as required. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten teachers will distribute copies of the daily schedule.

To keep your child safe, students transported by car are not to arrive at school before 8:00 a.m. There is no supervision prior to that time.

Students being picked up by car are to be picked up no later than 3:15 p.m. except for those days when the student is involved in after-school activities. On those days appropriate arrangements need to be made for pick up.

  • Due to required increased security, parents are not permitted into the building for student pickup and drop off.

Students are expected to be on the bus and in their assigned seats by 3:10 p.m.

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School Policies and Procedures

Attendance – General

Good attendance is important for academic achievement and success in school. All students must attend classes punctually and regularly. School activities commence at 8:15 a.m. All students are expected to be present in their assigned classroom, ready to begin their day at that time.

Absence of Students

To assist the school in providing security for the children, parents are asked to notify the school if their child is going to be away. A written note to the teacher, a note in the student’s agenda or a phone call to the Main Office in advance, is requested. In the case of an extended absence, please inform the school of your child’s planned return date. This will minimize concerns at the school and eliminate unnecessary phone calls to verify the absence of a student. Also, if appropriate, arrangements can be made to provide the student with school work during that absence.

The school telephone numbers are (202) 2541-8299

Elementary School Late Arrival Procedures

If a student arrives at school after the start time in the morning or after the start time in the afternoon, he/she must report to the front foyer desk. Each late student will be given a late slip explaining to their teacher the reason for the lateness. However, if a student is away in the morning and comes back during the noon break period, he/she can go directly to his/her next class. The teacher will account for his/her return in the daily attendance control system. All parents are asked to put forth a concerted effort to ensure punctuality.

Parents Visiting the School

As CISE grows, it is increasingly difficult to ensure student safety without more stringent control of access to the school. Parents entering the school during the school day must sign in at the security office, present appropriate identification and receive a visitor pass prior to entering the school. Parents should then report their presence to the front foyer desk. If a parent wishes to meet with a teacher, Principal, or Vice-Principal, it is necessary to make an appointment in advance. Appointments during the teaching day are difficult to arrange and will only be considered in extraordinary circumstances.

Leaving School during the School Day

Students who must leave the school early for an appointment or special event must be picked up by the parents or by a driver or other adult with the parent’s written permission and signed out at the front foyer reception desk. Parents are not to go to their child’s classroom. Students will be called to the reception desk to meet their parents.

Leaving the School Grounds

Students are not allowed to leave the school grounds at any time during the day unless on a supervised school activity or with parental permission. Students who are picked up by drivers at the end of the school day must stay on school property until their drivers arrive. Security staff is responsible for the enforcement of this expectation.

Students who must leave the school grounds during school hours, for a specific reason, must bring written permission from their parents to the homeroom teacher and the Main Office must be notified.

Non-registered Student Visitation

Non-registered students may visit CISE with their parents after making an appointment with an administrator or a member of the office staff. Students and parents are more than welcome to visit CISE and will be accompanied by a staff representative during this visit, so a pre-arrangement is necessary.

If a CISE student wishes to arrange a school visit for a friend to see what CISE is like, the visiting student’s parents must contact the Main Office in order to make an appointment.


Homework, which is defined as course-related tasks assigned by the teacher to be done outside of regular class-time, is a vital component of the learning process. When they engage in doing homework, students review and apply concepts learned in the classroom, they further integrate these new ideas with prior learning, and they extend classroom learning. They also develop personal organization and independent work skills.

Some Types of Homework:

  • completion of work assigned in class or missed due to absences
  • supplementary practice and/or further study
  • reading a book
  • research projects
  • preparation for tests or exams
  • organizing binders/notes, etc.
  • on-going review
  • discussion of a topic at home

The student will:

  • clarify what is required by the homework assignment and complete assigned homework properly and diligently
  • ask teachers for help if needed
  • plan/choose with parents/guardians an appropriate time and place to complete work
  • have all materials ready to complete homework assignments
  • use his/her student agendas to facilitate homework completion
  • provide reasons if homework has not been completed on time as well as plan for completion.

The teacher will:

  • vary the types of homework (e.g., research, practise, etc.)
  • demonstrate/model the work to be done prior to assigning any homework
  • collaborate with other teachers on timelines for major assignments of projects as well as amount of homework
  • explain to students and/or parents the marking system which will be used
  • ensure that expectations are clearly understood
  • monitor progress on extended homework
  • teach organizational and time management skills and assist students in developing these skills
  • teach and review study skills

Parents are asked to:

  • provide a quiet place for students to work, with appropriate supplies
  • assist students with the management of time, seeking a healthy balance between homework, family activities, and other activities
  • show interest in what the child is doing by asking what he/she has for homework
  • provide occasional guidance such as clarification, editing, and listening
  • check work and sign the student agenda when appropriate
  • for younger students, read regularly to or with the child
  • help locate resources for research
  • provide praise, encouragement and helpful feedback when necessary
  • communicate with the teacher when necessary,(e.g., specific ways the parent and teacher can work together to assist the child)
  • in extenuating circumstances, communicate with the teacher providing reasons why homework is not completed

Assignment Completion

Students are expected to complete all assignments on time. Teachers and the

Principal/Vice-Principal will assist students in developing good work habits, including time management, and in developing the attitudes that lead to success in life, including pride in work done. The cooperation of parents is essential.

Assignments that are late or incomplete will result in responses ranging from required completion after school hours to the development and monitoring of an action plan with the student, parent, teacher(s) and the Principal/Vice-Principal.

 Student Dress Code

  1. Parent support of the CISE dress code is essential. Student must be in uniform on the bus, on the school grounds, and to gain admission to class. If a student comes to school without a uniform or wearing an unacceptable item of clothing, the parents will be informed. Normally in this situation the student will be sent home to correct the problem or referred to the Uniform Shop to purchase replacement uniform elements. Students who arrive at school consistently out of uniform will be subject to suspension.
  2. Students need to understand that proper dress is a significant school expectation and any effort to ignore expressed standards in this regard will not be tolerated.
  3. Exceptions may be made for special occasions as agreed upon in advance by the appropriate Principal.
  4. CISE may on occasion host “Special Dress Days” such as festivals, sports days, and challenge days when the uniform is not required. Students will be notified well in advance of these days.
  5. Uniforms are to be purchased at the school Uniform Shop. It is important to ensure that sufficient pants/shorts, shirts and/or T-shirts are on hand at home. There should be no excuse for uniforms not being worn due to being laundered. It is the parents’ responsibility to have uniform pants shortened.
  6. Any modifications to the school uniform for reasons of faith must be discussed and approved on an individual basis with the Administration.
  7. Students are expected to come to school clean and well-groomed. Excessive expressions of individuality such as coloured hair or body piercings are not appropriate for this school and will require a discussion with the Administration of the school should they appear.
  8. These dress code expectations apply as well to students involved in field trips unless specific alternative clothing directions have been given.
  9. Students participating in field trips and tournaments must wear their school uniforms.
  10. In cooler weather, if students are cold, they must only wear uniform sweaters/hoodies in classes.
  11. Hats are not to be worn inside the school.

We endeavour to provide a variety of sizes of uniforms. There have been a few incidences when a student cannot find a suitable size. When this occurs the student is to discuss the problem with the Vice-Principal.The Vice-Principal will outline in writing the next steps.

Parent-Teacher Communications

All teachers will communicate with parents regularly concerning student progress, performance expectations, behaviour and other matters. The main strategies for effective Parent/Teacher communication include:

  1. Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
  2. Calls home
  3. E-mail
  4. Newsletters
  5. Agendas – provided by the school
  6. Individual meetings, in person, by appointment, usually scheduled after school
  7. As necessary, meetings with a member of the school’s Administration. Parents must meet with the classroom teacher before requesting a meeting with the Principal/Vice Principal
  8. SMS
  9. Facebook

In order to maintain communication, it is important to keep our office updated with any changes to mobile numbers and/or email addresses.

In September we have a Kindergarten to Grade 8 Curriculum Night for parents. Teachers will give information about classroom expectations and what will be taught in each of the subjects.

To enhance teacher–parent communication, the school has four mobile phones available for teachers to use to call parents. These phones are also taken by the teacher when students are on field trips. The phones are for out-going calls only, and will not be answered. The mobile numbers are:

  • 010 122 46517
  • 010 032 22848

To contact a teacher please use the school’s main numbers and leave a message with the office staff.


  1. Please remember that parent-teacher or Principal-parent meetings are by appointment only. Parents are asked not to arrive without an appointment, as it will not be possible to accommodate an interview with a teacher since the teacher will be with his/her class or involved in student supervision. Also, unscheduled meetings do not allow the school staff participants to be properly prepared for the important discussions which make such meetings productive.
  2. It is CISE policy to decline to provide parents with personal teacher contact information such as personal e-mail addresses, home mobile numbers and home addresses unless agreed to, in advance, by the teacher.


    Transportation – General

    Bus transportation to and from school is available to most students although the school does reserve the right to decline to provide transportation to students whose residence is sufficiently remote from the school to make efficient pick-up, drop-off and travel times. If there are safety issues about the bus and its driver please contact the school.

    Parents must also give the name of the person who will greet their child(ren) when dropped off after school.

    The transportation fee is set at the beginning of the year.

    • Students are expected to follow the bus rules and respect the instructions of the bus monitor.
    • Students are expected to be punctual for buses. Buses cannot wait or return for tardy students in the morning.Students who miss their bus at the end of the day will have to call their parents and make alternate arrangements to get home.
    • Students may only travel on the bus to which they are assigned. Switching buses creates security concerns and will not be allowed. Please do not ask.

    Students are expected to follow these simple bus safety rules:

    1. Remain seated in your assigned place while on the bus
    2. Keep hands, feet and head away from windows and doors
    3. Use appropriate language
    4. Behave responsibly – every student deserves a safe and happy ride
    5. Follow the directions of the Bus Monitors at all times
    6. Students will be allowed to have a snack on the bus from 3:00-3:10 pm before the buses leave the school grounds
    7. Any damage to the school bus caused by a student(s) will be charged to the student(s)

    Being transported by school bus is a privilege. Students who consistently ignore bus rules may have this privilege withdrawn.

    Activity Buses

    Late buses are scheduled each week on Monday and Wednesday, so that students can participate in teacher supervised activities such as After School Activities and team sports. The late buses will leave the school at approximately 4:45 pm. Late bus service is only available to students that have subscribed to the regular bus service.

    Private Drivers

    When students are transported to school privately, parents are required to:

    • complete a form with the name of the driver and other contact information;
    • notify the school in writing, if a change of driver is to take place;
    • drop off students between 8:00 and 8:10 am; pick up students between 3:05 – 3:15 pm.

    The Driver will:

    • be issued with a “Pick Up Card” which must be presented to security personnel whenever children are picked up;
    • wait outside the school.


    • Gate 6 – Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3
    • Gate 5 – Grade 4 to 8
    • Gate 4 – Secondary students
    • Siblings will use the Gate of the older/oldest in the family

    If students have parental permission to travel in a car other than their own after school, they must give the Principal or Vice-Principal a letter signed by their parents during the lunch recess. When being transported by car, the number of people in the car should not exceed the number of seat belts.

    These procedures are in place for the security and safety of individual students.

    Bus Students who Occasionally Go Home by Car:

    Parents are to notify the school in writing of any changes and clearly indicate who will be picking up the student and at what time. In the event of an emergency please contact the Main Office. Requests for changes must be made before 1:00 pm.

    Computer Technology and Internet Policy

    CISE has internet connection to support learning. The school is equipped with land and wireless internet connection. All school computer use must support education for classroom activities and/or professional or career development.The school supports only the ethical and legal utilization of technology and internet resources. The smoother operation of the network is dependent upon appropriate use. All users will adhere to the following expectations:

    CISE has the right to monitor all electronic communication.

    Users will not transmit, relay or receive information or materials that are inappropriate and/or unlawful.

    If a user unintentionally accesses unacceptable materials, he/she must report this to the supervising teacher.

    Users will familiarize themselves with and respect copyright laws and licensing agreements.

    Use of electronic media such as email, chat rooms, blogs, social networking sites, etc. without a specific identified task/focus/issue is inappropriate.

    Vandalism and/or the unauthorised use of non-school hardware or software on the network environment are prohibited

    Computer Misuse and Consequences

    Each student will be furnished with a computer account and a password. If there are any misuse of CISE’s computer policy one or more of the following consequences may result:

    • suspension or cancellation of use of access privileges;
    • payments for damages and repairs;
    • discipline under other appropriate school policies, including suspension or even expulsion;
    • civil or criminal prosecution under applicable Egyptian law.

    Should an infraction occur, the school Administration may immediately revoke user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or as having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to CISE’s computer system.

    Students are to print homework assignments at home. No work is to be transferred from home to the CISE computer network by portable memory devices such as flash memory as this practice puts the integrity of the school’s computer system at risk.

    Electronic Devices (examples: Mobiles; Laptops; iPads; iPods; Cameras)

    It is expected that all students are engaged in the learning and instruction in the classroom. All electronic devices must be put away and inaccessible during class time to avoid distraction to self and others. Students must have permission from their teacher to use any electronic devices during class time. Misuse may result in disciplinary action. In addition, if a student chooses to bring any personal electronics to school the items are his/her responsibility. The school does not accept responsibility for any loss, theft or damage. Students are encouraged to ensure their belongings are not left unattended and are secured safely. Students are not allowed to take pictures of other students, staff or teachers unless they are given specific permission to take pictures for a particular assignment or project. Students must receive permission from any staff member and student before their picture is taken. Teachers will outline the rules for taking any pictures during the school day.

    If a student is seen using an electronic device such as a camera, mobile, etc., without permission, the student will be asked to give it to the Principal/Vice-Principal. The item can be collected by the student at 3:00. The third time that a student is requested to give the Principal/Vice-Principal an electronic device, it will only be returned to his/her parent.

    Safety & Valuables

    Anything of value to the student should not be brought to school. Objects such as mp3 players, video games, mobile phones and cameras are not needed at school and ideally should be left at home. While every effort will be made to monitor student activity, the school cannot be responsible for lost, broken or stolen items.

    Failure by a student to respect this requirement may result in the item’s confiscation. The same expectation will apply to personal entertainment devices such as iPads and iPods.

    Mobile phones are not to be used during school hours or anywhere on the school campus without permission.

    Parents are not to call or text students during the school day. In the event of an emergency or a message needs to be given, call the Main Office and CISE staff will ensure the student receives the message.

  3. Academic Performance Policies

    Academic Honesty

    It is expected that all homework, essays, assignments, projects etc. presented by students for assessment, will be their own work. The advent of the Internet, which is a superb source of information for students, has led to a large increase in plagiarism (the presentation of another person’s work as your own). Plagiarism includes students copying into their work sentences, paragraphs, graphics and so on from another author, without providing an acknowledgment of the source.

    For all cases of plagiarism and cheating, teachers will communicate information to the parents about the infraction and the consequences. Specifically, teachers will discuss the individual situation with the student; the Principal will be informed; with repeated incidents, the teacher and Principal will discuss the individual situation with the student and parents. Consequences will be based on the factors outlined above and may include:

    • re-doing part/all of the assignment
    • completing an alternate assignment
    • loss of marks
    • a mark of zero
    • suspension
    • expulsion

    Academic Probation

    Students are expected, through co-operation with their teachers and their own efforts, to maintain an appropriate level of academic accomplishment. Failure to do so in the absence of justifiable circumstances will have significant consequences.

    The School’s expectation is that students must have a minimum average of 60% (Level 2) for each subject as determined by their teachers based on the school’s usual evaluation practices. Of course, accommodation for new students dealing with English as a Second Language challenges will apply.

    When a student’s marks falls below the required minimum or he or she gets two or more failing grades in an Elementary term, he or she will be placed on academic probation. If the student does not improve his or her performance to meet the minimum level of academic accomplishment in the next term, the Vice-Principal/Principal will meet with the student and parents to consider the next steps. At that meeting, all circumstances related to the student’s academic situation will be reviewed.

    Field Trips

    Field trips are organized to enrich the students’ experience of the school curriculum. These are valuable experiences related to one or more of the school’s academic programs. All students are expected to participate in these educational outings subject to the following requirements:

    1. Students must have their parents sign appropriate field trip forms indicating parental consent, in order to be allowed to participate in field trips. Permission given over the phone is not sufficient;
    2. If students arrive at school on the day of a field trip without their signed field trip form, they will be offered an alternative program if that is possible or asked to work independently in the library. For younger students it may be necessary to ask parents to take them home for the day;
    3. All students must wear their school uniform on field trips unless an exception has been approved by Administration;
    4. Students whose behaviour at school has been consistently inappropriate may not be permitted to participate in any type of field trips (i.e. day trips or extended trips) at the discretion of the Principal.

      Expectations for Student Behaviour

      All CISE students are expected to adhere to the CISE Code of Conduct. Depending on the severity of the discipline infraction, the CISE reserves the right to give detentions, suspend or expel students depending on the seriousness of the infraction.

      Students are expected to: come to school prepared for class with books, pens and paper; be on time; be in uniform; treat all teaching and support staff with respect; treat fellow students with respect and, of course, be respectful of themselves.

      Code of Conduct

      CISE adheres to the guiding principles of the Ontario Schools Code of Conduct. All members of the school community – students, staff members, parents and volunteers – are included in this Code of Conduct whether they are on school property, on buses during an educational outing or at school-authorised events or activities. All members are to be treated with respect and dignity and are expected to use non-violent means to resolve conflicts.

      The Principal provides leadership by:

      • demonstrating care and commitment to academic excellence and a safe and orderly teaching and learning environment
      • holding everyone accountable for their behaviour and actions
      • communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of the school community

      Staff Members maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models, staff members uphold these high standards when they:

      • help and encourage students to work to their full potential and develop their self-worth
      • communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents
      • set a positive tone in the school
      • maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students in their classroom and the whole school
      • treat students and their concerns in a consistent, fair and courteous manner
      • demonstrate respect for all students, other staff members and parents
      • prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship

      Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves and for others through acceptable behaviour. Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:

      • comes to school regularly, on time and ready to learn
      • is prepared for all classes by bringing required material and completing homework assignments on time
      • is responsible for any work missed in classes due to absence
      • shows respect for themselves, for others and for those in authority
      • develops self-discipline and shows courtesy through language and actions toward all members of the school community
      • shows respect for school property and the personal belongings of others
      • cooperates with other members of the school community
      • resolves interpersonal conflicts and difficulties through discussions with the other person or through seeking assistance from school personnel
      • refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others (e.g., alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, objects which may be used as weapons; or resemble weapons)
      • follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his/her actions
      • keeps his/her hands and feet to himself/herself

      Parents expect that staff members will act as positive role models for students and will treat each one in a fair and consistent manner. Parents play an important role in the education of their children and have a responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfil this responsibility when they:

      • show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress
      • provide a suitable environment for regular homework and ensure that their child completes school assignments and prepares for the next day’s work
      • communicate regularly with the school
      • attempt to attend school events and meetings and give constructive input and support to school
      • help their child to be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school
      • ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time
      • promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival
      • know the Code of Conduct, school and transportation rules
      • encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour
      • assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues

        Consequences of Inappropriate Behaviour

        Problems involving physical/verbal abuse, neglect of school property, disruption of the learning of others, or other inappropriate behaviour, will be dealt with immediately and with suitable consequences. Parents will be notified in the case of repeated serious infractions. Consequences include but are not limited to:

        Behaviour Plan

        A plan is developed by the teacher in consultation with the Learning Support Teacher, Vice-Principal, student and parents to explicitly teach and monitor specific behaviours and skills that need to be improved. The plan is followed by the student daily and signed by all teachers involved as well as by parents every night. The plan is part of a progressive discipline model.


        A detention involves the student reporting to the teacher’s classroom or Principal’s/Vice-Principal’s office during the student’s recess or lunch time. The student may be asked to fill out a “Student Incident Report” form indicating what the problem was, how his/her action affected the learning environment and how to solve it the next time.

        In –School Suspension

        If a student’s inappropriate behaviour continues the next step could be an in-school suspension. The student will not return to his/her regular class but will be expected to complete his/her work in a designated, supervised area. The family will be contacted and required to attend a meeting as soon thereafter as possible.

        Out of School Suspension

        A suspension involves a student remaining at home during school day(s) for the period of the suspension. The student is not welcome back at CISE and is not allowed to attend any school functions or be on any CISE bus until the date of the suspension is over. A parent conference will be a requirement before the student is readmitted to the school.


        If a student is considered for expulsion, that is, permanent removal from the school, parents will be contacted to participate in a discussion concerning the matter. If, after that discussion a decision to expel the student is made, he or she, with parental support, may submit a written appeal of the decision to the Director. The decision of the Director is final.

        Following an expulsion all CISE textbooks and borrowed supplies/materials must be returned before official student documents will be released.

        School Facilities

        Care of CISE Facilities and Resources

        CISE’s ownership has invested substantially in the school’s facilities. All students are expected to respect and use the facilities with utmost care. Mistreatment or misuse of the facility or equipment may result in a suspension. Astudent will be expected to pay for any equipment he or she has wilfully damaged­. The student will not receive his or her report card or diploma until the required payment has been made.

        The Auditorium, Cafeteria, Gymnasium, Library, Computer Lab, and Science Laboratory are important areas in our school. All students are expected to respect and use the equipment in these areas appropriately and to help others to do the same. This means students will:

        • treat all facilities and equipment with care
        • ensure tidiness and organization of each facility after use, (e.g., placing equipment back in order)
        • consume food/drinks in the Cafeteria only
        • place any garbage in the proper receptacles
        • make use of facilities only with a teacher present

        Care of Textbooks, Books, Library Books and School Items

        Students must return all textbooks, books, library books and school items in good condition. Otherwise, the parent will have to pay the replacement cost. The library and textbook deposit fee is used for any outstanding school resource when a student is permanently leaving the school.


        The Library is to be used for research and reading for pleasure. All students are invited to take advantage of the Library’s materials and services. An impressive selection of books, periodicals and electronic resources facilitates the learning of students. Students may use these materials in the Library or sign out books and return them in good condition by the due date.


        In the cafeteria all students will:

        • treat the facilities, cafeteria and staff with respect
        • sit at assigned tables
        • eat their own food that they either brought from home or bought in the cafeteria
        • line-up in an organized fashion
        • ensure tidiness and organization of the Cafeteria after use (e.g. placing dirty dishes, cutlery away properly)
        • remain seated on chairs while eating
        • eat with good table manners
        • talk in a normal tone of voice, with no excessive raising of the voice
        • wait until teachers give permission before leaving

        Food and drinks (other than water) must be consumed in the cafeteria. No food is allowed outside.

        Students must purchase coupons to pay for food. Students must pay cash for these coupons. There are no provisions for credit for food coupons.

        Each of our food services providers are committed to delivering, quality meals at reasonable prices. Their efforts are monitored by the Administration and concerns or compliments regarding these services are welcomed.

        Prayer Room

        • Shoes are to be removed before entering
        • The Prayer Room should be left clean after use.
        • Students will not be excused from class to go to the Prayer Room. There are opportunities during students’free time to visit the Prayer Room for prayer and reflection.

          Miscellaneous policies

          Supplies Purchased by Parents

          Students are supplied with the necessary individual learning materials such as textbooks. Parents are required to buy all classroom consumable supplies such as pencils, markers, pens, rulers, erasers, notebooks, folders, and duotangs. During the first week of school, teachers will notify parents of the requested supplies.

          Extra-Curricular Activities

          Extra-curricular activities such as clubs, sports and special projects will begin early in the school year. Examples of Activities are: Football; Soccer; Basketball; Volleyball; Badminton; Swimming;

          Drama; Art; Choir; Music; Tennis; Chess and Board Game; Floor Hockey; and School Plays.

          Special Celebrations

          Throughout the year CISE will be hosting several special days such as Halloween, Sports Days, Challenge Days, Egypt Day and Spring Fling Day.

          Medical Clinic

          CISE has a full-time doctor (General Practitioner) on its staff who will attend to all immediate and emergency needs of its students and staff. The doctor compiles and files required medical information about all students and implements a preventive medical program where required. Students are required to have a completed permission form from their teachers to visit the doctor during class time. As necessary, the doctor will contact parents to provide important information. Parents are requested to provide important medical information directly to the Doctor about their child (E.g., allergies, medical condition).

          Lost & Found

          The Lost and Found is located in the Uniform Shop. Students are asked to check there first if they have lost anything.

          Gifts to Teachers

          The best gift to a teacher is your support for your son’s or daughter’s learning and your encouragement of their good behaviour. Other tangible expressions of appreciation are discouraged.

          Evacuation and Lockdown Drills

          Student safety is always of primary importance at CISE. The school practises two types of drills. One is called an Evacuation Drill. This drill is used to empty the school building. All students and staff exit the building in a safe and orderly fashion and assemble on the main soccer field.

          The second drill is called a Lockdown Drill. This drill is used to secure all students and staff in classrooms and offices with doors locked. Please note, this is nothing more than another type of safety drill.

          All schools in Ontario are required to regularly practise both of these drills. Teachers will explain these drills to all students to prepare them.

          Unplanned Early Dismissal Days

          There may be times when the school must send students home early due to a situation which causes traffic problems and delays. If we dismiss students 15 minutes early, we do not call parents. For all other times, Monitors will call the parents of students on their buses. For Kindergarten students who go home by car, the Educational Assistants in their classrooms will call parents. School personnel will call parents of students in Grade 1 to 3.Students in Grade 4 to 8 will call their parents under the supervision of a staff member. The message will be also sent by a SMS message and posted on Twitter.

          Character Education

          Building the character of our students is very important. Each month we will focus on one of the character traits below which is part of our CISE Wolves – Be Part of the Pack. Students who best demonstrate the character trait will be recognized during Character Education assemblies.

          Be Respectful (September, October)

          Ø Treat others with respect • Be tolerant and accepting of differences

          • Use good manners, do not use bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others •Do not threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements

          Be Responsible (November, December)

          Ø Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere – keep on trying!

          • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined
          • Think before you act – consider your choices
          • Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes • Set a good example for others

          Be Caring (January, February)

          Ø Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others

          • Help people in need • Do not blame others carelessly • Take turns and share
          • Listen to others

          Be Trustworthy (March, April)

          Ø Be honest • Do not deceive, cheat or steal • Be reliable – do what you say you will do

          • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation
          • Be loyal – stand by your family, friends and country

          Be a Good Citizen (May, June)

          Ø Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate

          • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed • Vote • Be a good neighbour
          • Obey laws and rules •Respect authority •Protect the environment • Volunteer