Welcome, March. And welcome spring!
Niagara Catholic began March by marking the beginning of our Lenten season on March 1. Across the System, our students and staff received the ashes that are symbolic of the ashes we rose from and the ashes to which we will one day return.
On March 2, secondary school students across Niagara Catholic students participated in the Baking and Culinary Arts competitions at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. Students participating in 22 other technology categories will compete at the 14th Annual Technology Skills Competition at the Scotiabank Convention Centre on March 8, and awards will be presented on March 9.
Also on March 2, students studying French, Italian and Spanish were invited to participate in the Board’s annual French, Italian and Spanish Public Speaking Competition at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School.
March Break takes place from Monday, March 13-Friday, March 17. Whether you are staying at home or going to enjoy some late winter skiing or early summer sun and surf, have a safe and enjoyable March Break.
Tickets are now available for the Bishop’s Gala! Click on the Bishop’s Gala flyer on the main page for ticket information. This year, we’re excited to have The Madhatters perform live for guests. The evening will also include a fabulous antipasto bar and meal at Club Roma, a silent auction and the Niagara Catholic Education Award of Distinction. Nominations for the Award of Distinction close on February 24. Click here for the nomination criteria and a link to the nomination form.
We’d like to remind families who have not yet chosen a school for their child for September 2017 that registration is available throughout the school year at all Catholic elementary and secondary schools. If you’re not sure which school your child will attend, click here and enter your address to find out about your home school and transportation availability.
Parents interested in registering their child for Kindergarten or any grade in a Catholic elementary school can click here for information about our Catholic elementary schools, the registration process and the documents required to complete registration. Families interested in registering a child in one of our Catholic secondary schools can find information about the registration process here. If you have specific questions, please call your neighbourhood Catholic elementary school or secondary school for assistance, or call 905.735.0240 ext. 297.
Finally, we’d like to remind parents and guardians that even though this has been a mild winter with relatively little snow, the weather can change in Niagara very quickly. Parents should ensure that students are dressed for the elements when they come to school, with warm tuques, gloves, boots, coats and snow pants. Gloves, coats and boots should be waterproof, and a change of clothes should be available just in case. Students are sent outside most days, unless Niagara Region Public Health issues an Extreme Cold Weather Alert. Given the diverse nature of Niagara’s climate, some schools may experience inclement weather while others do not, so outdoor recesses and lunches are at the discretion of the principal on days when an Extreme Cold Weather Alert is not in effect.
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.
April 4, 2017
Committee of the Whole Recommends Policies
During the April 4 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees recommended one revised Policy be sent to the April 25 Board Meeting for approval.
Once approved, the Trustee Honorarium Policy (100.11) will available in the Policies section of the Board website for public review.
Capital Projects Update
Each month, Trustees are provided with an update of capital projects currently in development with Niagara Catholic.
Sewer work is now complete at St. Martin, water service is installed, and the electrical ducts are also in place. Roofing is nearing completion and the parking lot curbing and asphalt is complete. The masonry veneer is nearly finished, window installation is underway and painting has begun.
Students will be in the new $10-million school beginning in September, 2017.
Meanwhile, the tender for the $4.5-million, nine-room addition to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby has been awarded to Brouwer Construction (1981) Ltd. of St. Catharines.
This project consists of six classrooms and three child care rooms, and includes improvements to parking, landscaping and walkways, as well as the demolition of the former Cyberquest program building.
Alternative Learning Programs
During the April 4 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees received an update on the various Alternative Learning Programs available to students.
Among the programs and services available to students in need of alternative learning are the Pope Francis Centre, Niagara Catholic LINK, the Supervised Alternative Learning Plan (SALP), the Saint Kateri Centre, a Community Outreach Teacher out Young Parent Support Program, Parent Support Program and Children Youth in Care.
Learn more about these programs in section C1 of the April 4 Committee of the Whole Agenda.
Stay up to date with our Good News!
Have you checked out the Good News section of the Board website lately? If not, you’re missing some great stories and photos about our students. Be sure to check it out often to keep up to date on the fantastic things happening in our schools and across the system, including our blog from Vimy. There’s also some great stories on the In the News section of our website, accessible through the home page. Don’t forget our monthly Director’s Video is also available on the main page of this website.
To ensure you stay connected with Niagara Catholic news and events, please be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check our website often for updates and breaking news. It’s the best way to stay in the know.
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.