Welcome to February! The shortest month on the calendar is one of the busiest for Niagara Catholic.
Our Catholic secondary school students have completed their Semester 1 exams, and will begin Semester 2 on February 8.
That is also the week that our annual Kids Helping Kids campaign will take place in our Catholic elementary schools. This initiative, which supports the Niagara Children’s Centre, began in 1998. To date, our students have raised more than $675,000 for programs and services for students with mobility and communicative challenges. Niagara Catholic’s 18th Annual Kids Helping Kids Week will take place February 8-12, 2016.
Ash Wednesday is the official start to Lent. Our schools will all participate in Ash Wednesday services on February 10.
A reminder that the Family Day holiday is February 15. We hope you enjoy the long weekend.
The deadline to nominate an individual or group for the Niagara Catholic Award of Distinction is February 26. The nomination form and criteria can be found through the Award of Distinction slide on the front page of this website.
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.
January 26, 2016
Spotlight Shines on Loretto Catholic for School Excellence Program
Loretto Catholic Elementary School was the featured school at the January 2016 Board Meeting.
Loretto Catholic opened in 1999 on Kalar Road in Niagara Falls, and with 610 students, is Niagara Catholic’s largest Catholic Elementary School. It was named for the Loretto Sisters, the teaching order which founded and ran the Loretto Academy in the city for more than 100 years, from 1861-1970.
Principal Antonio Cardamone and Vice-Principal Gus Marchio led the presentation about Loretto Catholic. The presentation included a performance of Ave Maria Loretto, the school’s song, by the school choir, a video presentation, and a presentation by students, Nadine Bongers, Clare O’Brien and Ashley Porolivo, who spoke about the social climate in the school.
They also spoke about the ways Loretto Catholic staff and students serve the local and global community, and continues to honour the memory of Matthew Daniele, a student at the school who died suddenly of pneumonia in 2001, when he was 10 years old.
Mid-Year System Achievement Review 2015-2016
As part of Niagara Catholic’s Vision 2020 Strategic Plan, each year, Niagara Catholic’s Senior Administrative Council drafts a set of System Priorities and presents that to the Board. The Board-approved System Priorities are then distributed to stakeholders within Niagara Catholic and the broader community.
As part of this process, each winter, Niagara Catholic’s Senior Administrators review the progress of the year’s System Priorities and presents a Mid-Year Progress Achievement Report to Trustees.
Trustees were presented with the report at the January 26 Board Meeting. It will be published on the Board website for the public to review.
Niagara Catholic Baby Celebration Celebrates Class of 2033
On January 13, more than 40 members of Niagara Catholic’s Class of 2033 visited the Catholic Education Centre for the Board’s Sixth Annual Baby Celebration.
This annual event is one of the popular at the Catholic Education Catholic Education Centre. This event is done in co-operation with the Ontario Early Years Centre at Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School, and is supported by the Parenting class at Notre Dame College School.
More photos from this very special event are available on the Good News Section.
Additional P.A. Day in 2015-2016 School Year Calendar
This new P.A. Day was a part of the agreement reached during the central negotiations in 2015, and affects all elementary and secondary schools in Ontario.
Niagara Catholic’s additional P.A. Day will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016. The Board approved this date during a Special Board Meeting earlier this month.
This information is also being shared on the Board website and our social media accounts, and will be published in school newsletters. We wanted to reinforce this message to families by promptly notifying you of this change to our school calendar in order to assist you in making any arrangements you may require.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school. Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education.
French Immersion Registration Continues
A reminder for parents interested in enrolling their child or children for French Immersion, Niagara Catholic’s online registration for French Immersion continues through February 12, 2016. Details are available here.
Mild Winter Means Savings for Board
The relatively mild and snow-free winter has translated into savings for Niagara Catholic. A reduced need for snow-plowing and lower utility costs left Niagara Catholic with a $1.3-million operating surplus, Superintendent of Business and Financial Services Giancarlo Vetrone told Trustees at the Board meeting.
Vetrone cautioned that while the surplus is good news, there is still time to incur winter-related expenses. He added that there are other staffing-related costs which are scheduled to rise in the year, including benefits, and stressed the importance of having a strong contingency fund for these things and unexpected repairs.
Spring is shaping up to be busy at Niagara Catholic!
Each year, Niagara Catholic presents the Distinguished Alumni Award to graduates of Niagara Catholic who have made a notable contribution to their professional or community life, and whose life exemplifies the Catholic Gradate Expectations. The awards are presented at a celebration at the Catholic Education Centre during Catholic Education Week in May.
The deadline to nominate a Distinguished Alumni is March 11, 2016.
Niagara Catholic is also seeking nominees for the 2016 Niagara Catholic Education Award of Distinction. The nomination deadline is February 26, 2016. These awards are presented annually at the Bishop’s Gala. This year’s Bishop’s Gala will take place on April 1, 2016, at Club Italia. Tickets are now available, so reserve your ticket – or a table – today.
We’re in the News
If you haven’t checked out our Good News Blog or our In the News section of niagaracatholic.ca (accessed through the front page) lately, take a peek. It includes some great stories and photos about news and events from our schools.
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.