Student Agenda

 Saint Marguerite d'Youville

Saint Marguerite d’Youville was born in Varennes, Quebec, on October 15, 1701. She attended the Ursuline Convent in Quebec until 1714. In 1722, she married Francois You de la Decouverte in Notre Dame Catholic Church, Montreal. In 1727, she joined the confraternity of the Holy Family and her devotion to the Eternal Father became the focal point of her life. Tragically, her husband died on July 4, 1730, at thirty years of age, leaving her with two sons, Francois and Charles (who later became priests).

On December 31, 1737, Marguerite and several friends, who had been helping care for the poor and needy in their homes, consecrated themselves unreservedly to God for the rest of their lives, to serve the poor. This was the beginning of the Sisters of Charity, later to be known as the Grey Sisters.

In 1747, Marguerite accepted the administration of the dilapidated Hospital General des Freres Charon. Through industry, creativity and charity, she raised up the declining institution and improved the quality of care. Marguerite suffered the ordeals of war, famine, fire and personal health challenges, but nothing could discourage her. Her confidence in God the Father was steadfast. She died on December 23, 1771. To this day, St. Marguerite d’Youville manifests tenderness to those who pray with confidence.

Marguerite d’Youville is the first Canadian born person to become a Saint. In naming our school after her, the long service of the Grey Sisters in Whitby is also recognized.

 St. Marguerite d'Youville Catholic School Prayer

Saint Marguerite d'Youville
I beg of you,
Wherever I may be, whatever I may do,
Take me by the hand and lead me to Jesus.
Together let us walk the Way;
The one where Jesus is recognized in the poor,
The abandoned, the sick, the forgotten.
Walk with me in the light of the Truth that is Jesus,
So that one day with you
I may enjoy Life everlasting. Amen.

St. Marguerite d'Youville, pray for us.

 DCDSB Mission Statement
We are called to celebrate and nurture the God-Given talents of each student as we serve with excellence in the light of Christ.
 Our School Community

St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic School is a vibrant school community of approximately 230 students and 25 teachers and support staff. We are supported in our educational efforts by the parish of St. John the Evangelist Church and All Saints Catholic Secondary School. These partnerships are consolidated with open and regular communications and the sharing of numerous events and celebrations. Home, school and parish cooperate in forming the heart and spirit of our school community. 

At St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic School, every day begins with prayer. School Masses and Liturgies are scheduled regularly throughout the school year to celebrate the gift of our school and its uniqueness as a Catholic community of living and learning. 

 St. John the Evangelist Church

The home parish for St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic School is St. John the Evangelist. The parish invites you to celebrate the sacred Liturgy each weekend and to take part in all parish social events. In this way, we are a truly caring, Christian community.

Pastor: Fr. Francisco

Church Address: 

903 Giffard Street
Whitby, ON L1N 2S3

Phone: 905-668-3676
Fax: 905-658-9109

 St. John the Evangelist Church Mass Schedule


Saturday - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday - 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.


Saturday - 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. or by appointment

 School Hours

8:05 a.m. - Supervision begins

8:20 a.m. Entrance Bell

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Recess

11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 pm. - Recess

2:50 p.m. - Dismissal 

 School Year Calendar 

September 6 - School Begins

September 23 - P.A. Day

October 10 - Thanksgiving holiday

October 24 - P.A. Day

Dec. 26–Jan. 6 - Christmas Break

January 20 - P.A. Day

February 17 - P.A. Day

February 20 - Family Day

March 10 - DCDSB Designated Non-Instructional Day

March 13–17 - March Break

April 7 - Good Friday

April 10 - Easter Monday

May 22 - Victoria Day Holiday

June 9 - P.A. day

June 29 - Last day of school (2:50 p.m. dismissal)

 St. Marguerite d'Youville Communication
The youngest child in each family is designated the courier for school information that goes home to each family. Weekly updates are emailed on Sunday’s. Follow us on twitter @smddurham. Please ensure you have shared your email with the school for email updates. 
 Emergency Contact Forms

A Student Information Form is emailed for every student in early September each school year. A parent/guardian is asked to update the information and submit the form online.

Should information change during the school year, please notify the office and your child’s records will be updated.

 Supervision of Students

Supervision on the yard begins at 8:05 a.m. After school, the bus zone is supervised until approximately 3:00 p.m.  There is no formal yard supervision after 3:00 p.m.

 Parking and Kiss & Ride
For the "Kiss and Ride" program vehicles are to stop inside the solid line on the right hand side of the parking lot. Vehicles can not be left unattended here, it is strictly a drop and go or pick up and go, no parking, or leaving vehicle. If you want to walk your child to the gates of the yard, please park in a parking space and escort your child to the fence. Please remember during the school day there are no parents/guardians on or in the school playground. This is for the safety of all students.
 Inclement Weather Conditions

Any decision to withdraw school bus service or to close the school will be made by the Director of Education or designate.  When this occurs, radio bulletins will commence from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the local television and radio stations. If you require further information you may visit Durham Student Transportation website at

In the event that weather and/or road conditions force the cancellation of transportation services in the morning, it must be understood that services will be considered cancelled for the day.  Parents who elect to transport their children to school in the morning are responsible for providing transportation home.          

Breakfast Program
Beginning at 8:05 a.m. interested students are welcomed to enjoy a nutritious breakfast as they arrive at school. Parent volunteers and staff prepare and supervise the program at 8:20 a.m.
 Lunch Procedures

Students who stay for lunch are expected to observe and follow the guidelines which have been established and clearly explained to them.

Children eat their lunch in designated classrooms from either 11:40 a.m. to 12:05 a.m.  Students are expected to remain in the playground area (weather permitting) when outside for lunch recess.  No child staying for lunch can leave the school yard unless accompanied by a parent/guardian and is signed out at the office.

 Parent Involvement Committee

Our Parent Involvement Committee is a group of dedicated, hardworking parents, community members and staff who devote time and energy into making “SMD the place to BE!”.

This is a great way to be involved in your child’s school. All parents are welcome to our meetings whether they are a member of council or not. The council is always looking for extra voices and volunteers.

 School Code of Conduct
Please click here to read the Code of Conduct