Niagara Catholic District School Board

It may be the shortest month, but February is an action-packed month at Niagara Catholic, with many activities and events taking place at schools and throughout the system in the month of love. Read on for a list of some of our key events taking place in February 2015:

Semester 2 begins in all of our Catholic secondary schools on Monday, February 2. It’s a new beginning for our students as they embark on a new set of classes, and a beginning and an end for our graduating students, marking their final semester of high school. Good luck to everyone as you begin your Semester 2 classes.


The Special Education Advisory Committee will meet at the Catholic Education Centre on Wednesday, February 4.


Kids Helping Kids Week begins at Niagara Catholic on Monday, February 9 and runs through Friday, February 13. This week is special across our system, as students in our Catholic elementary schools come together in a series of fun events to raise funds for the Niagara Children’s Centre. This has been an annual event since 1998, and has raised close to $640,000 for programs and services for students with communicative disorders in Niagara. If you’re sharing news or photos about Kids Helping Kids from your child’s school on your social media, please join the conversation by using hashtag #NCKidsHelpingKids.






Our elementary mid-year progress reports and secondary Semester 1 report cards will be sent home during the week of February 9. This information will also be available on elementary school calendars for February.



A reminder that Monday, February 16 is Family Day in Ontario. Our schools and sites will be closed. We hope you and your family will enjoy the day off to have fun together.




Whether you call it Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday or Mardi Gras, our students will partake in pancake breakfasts on Tuesday, February 17. We thank the many parent and community volunteers who make our Shrove Tuesday breakfasts in our elementary and secondary schools.



Wednesday, February 18 is Ash Wednesday. This very important day marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. If you are new to the Faith and have a child in one of our schools and want to learn more about Ash Wednesday and Lent, check out this quick video which explains it in plain and simple terms.



On February 19, our Celebrating Intermediate Artists Gala will take place at the Catholic Education Centre. This event celebrates the beautiful and creative artwork of our students in Grades 4, 5 and 6. Parents/guardians and family members of students whose artwork with be displayed in public areas of the Catholic Education Centre, as well as in our Chapel, are invited to attend the gala, which begins at 6:30 p.m.


Parent-student-teacher interviews in our Catholic elementary schools beginning February 17. Information regarding appointments will be sent home with students.


Three Niagara Catholic secondary schools will participate in the Sears Drama Festival, which runs February 23-27. This annual event is an excellent way for our students to showcase their dramatic skills. This year’s participating Niagara Catholic schools are: Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, Lakeshore Catholic High School (two entries) and Notre Dame College School. Good luck to the students participating in this very prestigious event.


Be sure to check your child’s school newsletter or calendar for more events and activities at their school throughout February.


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.




February 24, 2015

Policies Approved

During the February 24 Board meeting, Trustees approved four updated policies.

Accessibility Customer Service Policy (800.8.1), Employee Workplace Harassment Policy (201.7), Employee Workplace Violence Policy (201.11) and Occupational Health and Safety Policy (201.6) were approved and are now available in the Policies section of the Board website for review.

School Excellence Program – Discover what Continuing Education has to Offer


Niagara Catholic Continuing Education was the featured presenter during the February 24 Board meeting, as part of our ongoing School Excellence Program. During the presentation, Principal Rob DiPersio shone the spotlight on Continuing Education, speaking about the various aspects of Continuing Education, from adults who wish to complete their high school diploma, to individuals from other countries who come to study in Canada on short-stay or year-long programs and those who need ESL assistance after moving here, as well as others who take post-graduate programs.

Today, there are nearly 7,900 students enrolled at Niagara Catholic’s six permanent locations (in Welland, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie). Classes are also available at the Hope Centre in Welland, online and through various summer school programs.

Learn more about the possibilities offered by our Continuing Education Department.


Three Schools Finish in Top Five of NRP Video Competition

Three Niagara Catholic schools finished in the Top Five of the Niagara Regional Police Service’s Second Annual Film Festival, which took place at the Landmark Cinemas in St. Catharines February26.

Saint Michael Catholic High School’s40-second submission finished second in the competition, followed by Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School’s entry and Saint Paul Catholic High School’s PSA.

This year there were more than 26 entries in the competition, which focused on the dangers of distracted driving.

Lakeshore Catholic Graduate Wins $10,000 on Chopped Canada

Erin Moore

When Erin Moore (now Erin Smith) attended Lakeshore Catholic High School a decade ago, she was introduced to Culinary Arts by teacher Leanne Bizley.

That course inspired her to follow her dream of a career in Culinary Arts when she graduated from high school.

Today, Erin is a new mother and is a Sous Chef at Bymark Restaurant in Toronto. On Saturday, February 28, Erin appeared on Chopped Canada, on the Food Network Canada, one of four chefs who squared off in the kitchen in an episode called Steaking Their Claim. When the final garnish was placed and the last bite eaten, Erin reigned supreme, taking home the $10,000 prize for the episode.


Winter – It’s Sticking Around, So We May As Well Enjoy It

SnowshoeingWeb3Winter is showing no signs of letting up, so all we can do is embrace the snowy bounty God has provided this year with some outdoor activities. The Grade 6,7 and 8 students at St. Martin Catholic Elementary School took advantage of the (very slight) warm-up this week to take to the great outdoors to try snowshoeing in the field.

Looks like they had lots of fun, fresh air and exercise!


St. Nicholas Hosts Provincial Funding Announcement for Niagara Nutrition Partners

BradleyNNPIt is a well-known fact that it’s hard to keep your mind on your studies when you are hungry. Students perform at their best academically when their tummies are full.

On February 11, St. Catharines MPP the Hon. Jim Bradley visited St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School to announce $582,000 in funding for breakfast and lunch and snack programs in Niagara schools from the Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS). This funding is provided to Niagara Nutrition Partners for distribution to schools.

Niagara Nutrition Partners is a Region-wide initiative, which provides coordinated nutrition programs in elementary and secondary schools and community based programs. This is achieved through provincial grant programs and local fundraising efforts.  Currently, more than 400 Niagara Nutrition Partners volunteers bring this program to life at more than 200 school programs by buying, preparing and serving food to students and cleaning up afterward.

For more information about Niagara Nutrition Partners, please visit


Blessed Trinity Students Win Big with Allstate Just Drive Competition

AllstateCongratulations to Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School students Paige Andrews, Jess DiPasquale and Kiki DiPasquale and Connor Jones, who were the winners of Allstate Canada’s Just Drive Canada Safe Driving competition.

It’s an outstanding accomplishment for Blessed Trinity, as this contest was open to high school students across Canada.

Paige and Connor won in the audio category, Jess won the poster category and Kiki was the runner-up in the poster category. Paige and Conner will share the $1,000 prize from Allstate Canada, Jess received $500 and Kiki received $250. Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School also received $875 from the company for the winds.

Blessed Trinity students Connor Jones and Paige Andrews (Winner, audio category), Jess DiPasquale (Winner, poster category) and Kiki DiPasquale (Runner-up poster category)  earned prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 respectively and also earned a total of $875 towards their school for their wins in the contest.

For more information, and to view all winning entries, visit:

Three Niagara Catholic Schools in Top Five in NRPS Video Competition

Three Niagara Catholic schools finished in the Top Five of the Niagara Regional Police Service’s Second Annual Film Festival, which took place at the Landmark Cinemas in St. Catharines February26.

Saint Michael Catholic High School’s40-second submission finished second in the competition, followed byBlessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School’s entry and Saint Paul Catholic High School’s PSA.

This year there were more than 26 entries in the competition, which focused on the dangers of distracted driving.

The secondary school late activity buses are cancelled.

Tonight’s Speak Out! session planned for the Blessed Trinity and Denis Morris families of schools has been postponed until 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night.

This will not affect the Speak Out! event planned for Saint Michael Catholic Elementary School tomorrow night.

The Faith Formation session scheduled for St. Joseph Church in Grimsby tonight is cancelled.

All are welcome to attend the session at the CEC on March 5 at 4 p.m.

All Continuing Education Night Classes are cancelled for tonight.


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.