Here we are, two full months into the new school year (can we even still call it new?). Lots of incredible things have happened in September and October, and November is another busy month filled with faith, fun and lots of learning here at Niagara Catholic. Here’s a sampling of what will happen throughout the system in November:


Students will contemplate and pray for our Catholic saints on November 1, All Saints’ Day. On November 2, they will continue their prayerful ways on All Souls’ Day, a day to remember all those who have gone before us.


November 2 is a busy day, with our Grade 9 students participating in Take Our Kids to Work Day visits to workplaces across Niagara. While the Grade 9′s are learning about future career options, our Grade 8 students will experience a day in the life of their future Catholic secondary school. It’s another one of the many ways in which Niagara Catholic nurtures the relationship between our Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and a seamless transition for students from Grade 8 to high school.


November 4 is Random Act of Kindness Day in Niagara. Of course we focus on kindness in all of our schools and sites throughout the school year, but on November 4, we join others in Niagara in doing an unexpected something special for those we know – and complete strangers. Who doesn’t love a little surprise on a November Friday? Whether it’s paying for a stranger’s coffee, baking cookies for your office or even just holding the door or a chair for someone you see in a restaurant or mall, take a moment to commit a Random Act of Kindness of your own.


November 11 is Remembrance Day, and on the day – and throughout that week – Niagara Catholic schools will focus on teaching students about the men and women from Niagara and all over Canada who have sacrificed their lives so we could live in the country of freedom and democracy we enjoy today. Please wear a poppy proudly through Remembrance Day and pray for those who have – and continue to – put themselves in harm’s way for our freedom and protection.


November 18 is a Professional Activity Day for our Niagara Catholic elementary and secondary schools. We hope you enjoy the extended weekend.


This year, we’ve changed up the schedule for our Kindergarten and Secondary School Open Houses, with the hope of beating Old Man Winter. Our Kindergarten Open House and Registration Day is November 23, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. If you have a child turning 4 by December 31, or you know someone who does, please visit your neighbourhood Niagara Catholic elementary school to find out more about registration. Visit our elementary registration website for a list of what’s required to complete a registration and to download and fill in the required forms so you can save time on November 23.


Our Catholic secondary schools will also hold Open Houses that week for all Grade 8 students in Niagara. Open Houses will take place at Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School November 22, Denis Morris, Lakeshore Catholic and Saint Paul Catholic High Schools November 23, Notre Dame College, Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School and Saint Michael Catholic High School November 24 and Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School November 30. Check the links for each school for the time of each event.


On November 24, our Niagara Catholic secondary students will participate in the annual Culture of Life Conference. This event touches on the topic of the sacredness of life in all its forms.


It’s been so mild outside that it’s easy to forget that winter – and Christmas – are almost upon us. The Advent season begins on November 27 with the First Sunday in Advent. For those unfamiliar with Advent, watch this helpful – and short – video.

On November 29, selected Niagara Catholic student leaders will participate in the a leadership conference based on our 28-8: The Power of Teamwork Leadership Program. We look forward to sharing photos and videos of this very inspiring event with you.


We wish everyone a great November, and please be sure to stay connected with the Board, and your child’s school (or future school) by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ll even follow you back!



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.

logo-spotlightNovember 22, 2016

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School Presents School Excellence Program

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School presented its School Excellence Program presentation, sharing what makes it such a warm and inviting school in the west end of St. Catharines. Principal Marg Marion was joined by Grade 8 students Mia Manchisi, Prime Minister of the Student Council, and Lily Watt, Social Convenor. Their presentation focused on the Strategic Direction to nurture the distinctiveness of Catholic education, and the Enabling Strategy to enhance technology for optimal learning.

Mrs. Marion spoke about the importance staff and students place on our Catholic faith, and, in particular, the school’s namesake, Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She also spoke about the way in which teachers have integrated technology into the classroom to promote true 21st century learning. The students, who have never known a world without the Internet or access to technology, spoke about how this assists them as modern learners and the value they place on being able to use programs like the Google Apps for Education to do homework and collaborate with classmates.


Board Meets Final Time Before Annual Organizational Meeting

The November 22 Board Meeting was the final meeting for Niagara Catholic’s Board of Trustees, in advance of the Annual Organizational Meeting, which will take place on December 6.

Minutes for a variety of meetings were listed as consent agenda items on the agenda, including the November 8 Committee of the Whole Meeting, the May 12 Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (NCPIC) Meeting, the Open Audit Committee Meeting from September 23, the October 5 Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Meeting, and meetings for Ad Hoc Committee meetings for the Saint Michael and Saint Paul Catholic High Schools Families of Schools Committee Meetings.

In addition, trustees approved re-appointing Leone Strilec from the St. Catharines Diocesan Council for Development and Peace, and appointing Shelley Gilbert from the St. Vincent de Paul Society, as community representatives on the Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Committee.


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. There’s also some great stories on the In the News section of our website, accessible through the home page. Once there, you’ll find great stories about the fantastic things happening in our schools.


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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.