Principal’s Message


Welcome to the St. Dominic Savio Catholic Elementary School website. Our hope is to keep you updated and informed about all school news and activities.  St. Dominic Savio is a dynamic school, embracing of change, growth, innovation, and success.  Please follow us on Twitter, @wcdsbStDominic and register for our Newswire to get all the latest news and information you need.

At St. Dominic Savio, we feel blessed to have a rich learning environment that sets high standards for success.  We have a great staff, who look forward to learning alongside your child, highlighting individual strengths and honouring the unique potential of all.  Each member of our school community is a dedicated professional, committed to providing quality education that nurtures the whole child; body, mind and spirit.

Included in our school community is our parish, St. Mark. This relationship allows our students to develop a strong connection with the Church and our Catholic faith. Under the guidance of Father Roque, Deacon Philip, and Pam Olinski, our parish liaison, the students will have many opportunities to grow as faithful disciples of Christ. We truly are a triad of support – family, school and parish.  I am most proud to be a part of this great team!

Our Catholic School Advisory Council is an important partner with our school community as well.  We would love to have you come out and join us for meetings and offer the opportunity for you to volunteer during family and CSAC events.  Check our school calendar often as we welcome you as an active member of your child’s academic success.  Please feel free to contact the school with any questions you may have.

May God bless you always,

Mr. Rob Purificato                                                             Mr. Gary Litschgy
Principal                                                                                      Vice Principal

WCDSB Mission and Vision

Our Mission:

“As disciples of Christ, we educate and nurture hope in all learners to realize their full potential to transform God’s world.”

Our Vision:

“Our Catholic Schools: heart of the community — success for each, a place for all.”

WCDSB Code of Conduct:

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of the individual. All individuals concerned with the school system -trustees, staff, students, parents, visitors to schools –are subject to the following code of conduct; a code of conduct that will be implemented within the Catholic faith life experience of each school community and consistent with the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations, the Safe School’s provisions of the Education Act and Regulations and the constitutional right of Catholic school boards to manage their schools as stated through section 93 of the Constitution Act, 1867. APC 018 Code of Conduct

Important Information

Homework? Who needs it!

Students benefit from homework in the best of ways. In their own time and their own style they can review what was covered in class.
Homework improves students’ understanding and retention of material covered earlier in the classroom. Study skills are developed: time
management is learned. Through homework our students gain independence, initiative, responsibility and self-discipline. Homework is a valuable teaching tool; teachers get feedback about student understanding and can use this information to identify and
plan different levels of support for students individually. Homework calls for support from parents. That has benefits too! Parents can see what their children are working on and they can help
monitor their child’s progress and communicate more effectively with teachers about what is being studied in school. Homework is directly connected to the Ontario Curriculum and therefore supports students’ achievement of provincial learning
expectations in all subjects. Results of homework completion are reported in the provincial report card under the ‘Learning Skills’ section.

Tips for Parents:

  • Establish a routine: work out a regular homework schedule that might help avoid procrastination.
  • Give space for homework: create a bright and quiet space free of distractions where your child can concentrate on schoolwork.
  • Be a role model: read a book or newspaper while your child completes his/her homework.
  • Be positive about homework: let your child know how important school is. The attitude you have about homework will have a
    big influence on your child’s attitude about homework.
  • Supply learning materials: make sure the materials your child needs (paper, pencils, calculator, dictionary etc.) are available.
  • Encourage organization: ask your child to show you their school agenda regularly. Let them see you record deadlines and
    important events in a work or family calendar.
  • Show an interest: chat to your child about their school day and ask them to explain their homework assignments to you.
  • Stay informed: communicate with teachers about what your child is learning. Let them know if you have any questions
    or concerns and that they can call you if there is a problem.
  • Set limits: if homework is meant to be done by your child alone, stay away. Too much parental involvement can take away from
    the positive effects of homework, such as developing independent work and study skills.
  • Praise your child: offer words of encouragement for successfully completing homework. This builds confidence.
Research shows that homework is very effective in establishing positive attitudes towards school and developing good work habits.

Multilingual Parent Guide

  • Parents of elementary school students can now find information to help their children develop strong skills in reading, writing and
    mathematics. “Helping Your Child do Mathematics” and “Helping Your Child do Reading and Writing” are online tips that are available in 12 additional
    languages (Arabic, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese).

EQAO Results

Click here to view results.

Extended Day Program

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is pleased to offer a fee based Extended Day Program for children from JK to grade 6. The program provides children with opportunities to expand their knowledge through a variety of activities. Children will be exposed to situations that will stimulate their curiosity, independence and communication skills.

Click here to learn more about the Extended Day Program.


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