Welcome back to a new school year, filled with joy and wonder and endless possibilities! We hope everyone enjoyed the outstanding weather we had this summer, and is back at school ready to learn!September is a busy time as we gear up for an exciting year ahead. Here’s some of the highlights of what’s coming up in September. 

September 4 - Welcome back! It’s the first day of school!


Our first Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting of the 2018-2019 school year will take place September 5, and our first Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Committee Meeting of the year is September 6.


On September 14, Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School will welcome members of the Toronto Maple Leafs to the school for an afternoon talking about the connection between hockey and STEM and the importance of goal setting, whatever your goal might be. Thank you to Mary Ward graduate Christine Nicholson, who works with the Leafs, for organizing this outstanding event in co-operation with software maker EVERFI.


Niagara Catholic students will be out on the run in the community on September 16, participating in local Terry Fox Runs. The annual Niagara Catholic Classic golf tournament supporting the Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education takes place on September 16 at Legends on the Niagara. Get your foursome and invest in Catholic students while enjoying a fabulous day on the links and a pretty great meal afterward.


Students from Niagara Catholic schools will travel to WE Day in Toronto September 20, where we are sure that they will be inspired by the many great young (and not-so-young) leaders sharing advice on how to make the world a better place.


On September 21, Niagara Catholic will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in Welland, the home of a new day care program for seniors called Eventful Days. The ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m.


We will wrap up September with the annual Terry Fox School Run on September 28, and participation in the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival in St. Catharines September 29. We have been a huge part of this parade for nearly a decade, so whether you’re from St. Catharines or another part of Niagara, come down to see our elementary students march and our secondary student floats in the Grande Parade. The fun begins in downtown St. Catharines at 11 a.m.


Looking for events and activities specific to your child’s school? Be sure to check out their school calendar or newsletter, found on the school website. Have a fantastic first month, everyone!

The mission of the Diocese of St. Catharines is founded in the mission of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus states that He came down from heaven, "not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me." (Jn6:38) Jesus' mission is doing the will of his Father. This is the will of the Father, "that all who see the Son and believe in him will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day". (Jn 6:40)

The Diocese of St. Catharines' mission is rooted in doing the Father's will by proclaiming His son to the world so that all can know, love and serve Him. This mission is lived out on a daily basis in our parishes, schools and Catholic institutions. We find clergy, religious and laity committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ by witnessing to His truth, justice, love and mercy. St. Catharines Diocese is where faith lives.

Header for SpotlightSeptember 11, 2018

Architect Selection for Additions to Monsignor Clancy, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary Schools

In July, Venerino V.P. Panici Architect Inc. was selected to design the consolidated Monsignor Clancy and St. Charles Catholic Elementary Schools at the Monsignor Clancy site, along with an on-site child care, and a new childcare centre for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School.

The selection was presented to the Board for information during the September 11 Committee of the Whole Meeting.

Trustees Receive Introduction to 2018-2019 School Year

During the September 11 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Director of Education John Crocco and members of Senior Staff provided trustees with an overview of the successes from the past summer, including the 2018 Summer Camps, which took place at six sites in July and August, as well as plans for the 2018-2019 school year.

The presentation focused on all department updates for the beginning of the new school year, System Priorities, Ministry of Education updates, enrolment, staffing, budget, program innovation, student support, equity and inclusion, alternative programs and planning, facilities and system updates.

Have Your Say at Election Time – Check Your Assessment Today

Don’t wait until right before the October 22 Municipal Election to check your assessment – if you have moved any time in the past four years, now is a great time to ensure that you are eligible to vote for English-Separate trustees.

Assessment is assigned to the property, not the homeowner, so it’s important to check with your local Clerk’s Office to ensure that the assessment is designated English-Separate. Designating your support not only makes you eligible to vote for your Niagara Catholic trustee(s), it is also a very visible support for Catholic education in Niagara.

Good News!

Have you seen our awesome photos from the first day of school? If you haven’t, you should check out the album on our Facebook page. Check out our Good News section for more good news throughout the year, including this story about St. Ann Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines.

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The Niagara Catholic District School Board, through the charisms of faith, social justice, support and leadership, nurtures an enriching Catholic learning community for all to reach their full potential and become living witnesses of Christ.