Frequently Asked Questions

Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School

What is the school schedule like?

We follow a 6-day cycle with one full day of studies in English and one full day of studies in French.

Does the school have a uniform?

PDC has a dress code that consists of a compulsory blue cardigan, blue bottoms and white top. Students have a specific gym uniform.

Is daycare available?

Daycare is available at an additional cost to parents. Daycare begins as of 7am until 8:35am and from 3:51pm to 6pm. Students in daycare afterschool work on their homework from 4pm to 5pm, after that, activities are planned by the daycare educators.

Is there a lunch program?

Students are able to stay at school for lunch and be supervised by our Lunch Supervisors at an additional cost to parents.

Do teachers give homework?

Yes, teachers give homework. We ask that parents ensure homework is completed and sign their child’s agenda nightly.

Other than teachers, what other support do students have access to?

We have two resources teachers, behavior technicians and attendants at school.  The school board also provides us with weekly support from a Spiritual and community animator, Documentation Technician, Psychologist, Speech and Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist.

Do students have access to technology?

Every class has a Smartboard and classroom laptop. In addition, PDC is equipped with a full computer lab, mobile laptop carts and mobile iPads carts. We also have other technologies such as 3D printers and robotics equipment. 

Do students have access to a library?

Our Documentation technician runs our library and provides the classroom teachers with information and sources that are required for the classrooms. Mr. Walter takes pride reading to our students when he is at PDC.  In addition, we have a 3D printer in our library where students design and make 3D objects during their STEAM projects.

Do you have an outdoor classroom?

Yes, we do! Our outdoor classroom allows our teachers to change the students learning environment and bring the learning outside.

How do we bring nutrition into the classroom?

PDC has a garden located behind the grade 1 classes.  Our school garden provides built-in nutrition education. The garden can provide hands-on education about the food groups as well as learning history through gardening. Our students visit the garden regularly and can also have an opportunity to pick fruits and vegetables.  Our daycare students’ are responsible for planting and caring for the garden so that the PDC community can enjoy.

Other than physical education, how else do students move at PDC?

In addition to physical education, children are ensured to have 60 minutes per day of physical activity. Our Recess Facilitator promotes cooperative, peaceful play, inclusion and respect for others during recess. Our Facilitator reinforces social behavior expectations and playground rules as well.

The day can get long for some kids. How do teachers help students stay focused?

Children at PDC are taught to recognize when they need a break.  Teachers incorporate Brain Breaks regularly in class which allows students to get up and move. These Brain Breaks reduce stress and frustration and increase attention and productivity.  In addition, Brain Break locations are found around the school which include stations such as a stationary bike to help some students release their energy when need be.

How does the school help those who are struggling?

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a teaching method that aims to identify struggling students early on and give them the support they need to be successful in school.  The goal is for the school to intervene, or step in, and start helping before anyone falls really far behind.

In addition, teachers also use another approach. Through Daily 5 / Cinq au Quotidienne, students are taught to be independent learners and work in stations with peers which have been created by their teacher.  The students rotate and will have a station where each will work with the teacher on either reading or writing activities.  Each group consists of 4-5 students. 

What are some of the school activities students can be a part of at PDC?

Here are just some of the activities students can be a part of: Video Gaming creation in grade 6, School Storytelling Festival, Spiritual community activities, Annual Sports Day, Green Committee, Social Skills Groups, etc. We also have a Science Fair, Italian Fair and Steam Fair which students LOVE to be a part of!