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.
Elementary Itinerant Arts Curriculum Delivery and Support Update
Beginning in September 2015, all elementary students began receiving Arts instruction in their classrooms, led by a team of Itinerant Arts teachers.
Students in ELKP through Grade 4 receive dance/drama and vocal music instruction, while students in Grades 5-8 will have instrumental music instruction.
The Itinerant Arts teachers travel in teams of two, with one Dance/Drama/Vocal Music teacher and one Instrumental Music teacher visiting a school on a given day.
To better assist these specialized teachers in delivering engaging and creative instrumental lessons, new instruments were purchased at the start of the school year for schools across the system. Soprano, alto and tenor recorders, ukuleles, bucket drums and guitars are now used by teachers to enable the students to achieve the more complex expectations in the provincial Arts curriculum.
Teachers can then share locally developed lesson plans through Google Apps for Education, and accessed through Smartboard technology. Lesson plans include faith-based music and drama.
Read the complete report in section C3 of the April 12 Committee of the Whole Agenda.
Niagara Catholic 2016-2017 System Priorities
Beginning at the Committee of the Whole Meeting each January, the Director of Education and Senior Administrative Council began providing monthly information reports to Trustees on the Design of the System Priorities and Annual Budget for the upcoming year.
Niagara Catholic continues to build the 2016-2017 Budget to achieve the System Priorities defined for 2016-2017 and meet the legislated requirements of the Education Act, and the Ministry of Education’s Grants for Student Needs (GSN) funding allocations.
At the April 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees voted to recommend the 2016-2017 System Priorities. These priorities include to continue to provide Catholic programs, supports and services to build strong Catholic identity and community, improving student achievement, expanding social justice, global citizenship and international education experiences, implementing the next phase of the Technology Blueprint 2016-2020, enriching the engagement of student leadership, designing and delivering a comprehensive multi-year Professional Development Plan, maintining fiscal stability and implementing the first phase of the Board’s Long-Term Accommodation Plan.
Read the full report in Appendix B of Report C6 of the April 12 Committee of the Whole Agenda.
Learn more about Niagara Catholic’s Long-Term Accommodation Plan below.
Phase 3 of Niagara Catholic’s Long-Term Accommodation Plan
Beginning in February, Niagara Catholic Trustees began looking at the Board’s Long-Term Accommodation Plan. Phase 1 was introduced at the February 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting, and approved at the Board Meeting on February 23.
Phase 2 was introduced at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on March 8, and the Board discussed the staffing and property implications associated with data in the report.
Updated information was provided to Trustees during the April 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting, along with the recommendations for schools over the short term (2016-2018), medium term (2018-2020) and long term (beyond 2020).
The report is available in section C5 of the April 12 Committee of the Whole Agenda.
Catch Up With Our Good News!
If you haven’t checked out our Good News section in a while, be sure to take a look at some of the great stories we’ve had to share, including photos from our Bishop’s Gala and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Instagram and YouTube for more about life across Niagara Catholic
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.