It’s November already!

Niagara Catholic has many events and activities happening for our students throughout the month. Read on to find out what’s happening in our schools and across the system.


Take Kids to WorkNovember 4 is Take Our Kids to Work Day across Niagara. We look forward to welcoming Grade 9 students into the Catholic Education Centre, and wish our Grade 9s going to workplaces across the area a very safe and rewarding experience.


While the Grade 9s are out of school on November 4, Grade 8 students from across Niagara Catholic will get their first taste of life in their future Catholic high school on Grade 8 Day. A number of special events have been planned for the future Thunder, Redmen, Raiders, Gators, Irish, Phoenix, Mustangs and Patriots.

November 6 is Random Act of Kindness Day in Niagara. As alRAK Day Niagaraways this year, we encourage all Niagara residents to do random acts of kindness wherever they go; whether it’s buying a stranger’s coffee at the drive-thru in the morning, or simply holding a door, sharing a smile or carrying shopping bags to a stranger’s car. Kindness costs nothing, but is worth more than a stack of gold to someone who is in need of a friendly face or word.



November 11 is Remembrance Day, and our students will mark this very solemn day at cenotaphs in their communities, at a prayer and Remembrance Day services in their schools.



Friday, November 13, is a Professional Activity Day for our Elementary and Secondary students. Enjoy the long weekend!



Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is November 16-20. Across our system, schools will discuss bullying prevention initiatives and strategies and take part in ways to improve the climate in our schools. One of those ways is through the Lead Out Loud Conference, which will take place on November 18.



Elementary Progress Reports will be sent home with students on November 20. Parents will have an opportunity to discuss the progress reports with teachers. Requests for meetings should me made directly with schools.

 Niagara Catholic’s Junior Artists Gala will take place on Monday, November 23, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Catholic Education Centre. Our very talented students in Grades 4-6 will have the chance to have artwork on display at the Catholic Education Centre for the next several weeks. If you are in the Catholic Education Centre, please take a moment to walk around the public spaces in the foyer to see their wonderful artwork.

InviteYou’re invited! Lakeshore Catholic High School’s Art Fusion will take place at the school on Thursday, November 26, beginning at 6 p.m. Please bring an unwrapped toy or food donation as your admission.





November 29 is the First Sunday in Advent. If you’re not familiar with Advent, watch this helpful video.




Finally, secondary school mid-term progress reports will go home with students the week of November 30.

Have a fantastic month, and check back December 1 for what is sure to be a VERY busy month at Niagara Catholic!








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.


November 24, 2015

Spotlight on Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School

During the November 24 Board Meeting, representatives from Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines shone the spotlight on the school, sharing why it is so important to the Fort Erie community.

View the presentation here.

As part of the presentation, teacher Chad Faner performed his own song, Know Him.

Niagara Catholic Celebrates Culture of Life


Alex Schadenberg

Niagara Catholic’s Third Annual Culture of Life Conference took place at the Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre on November 5. Approximately 140 students from our eight Catholic secondary schools gathered together to explore and discuss key concepts of the Culture of Life.

This year’s Keynote Address was by Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. The conference also featured workshops by the St. Catharines Right to Life Association: Rachel Mathie spoke about her experience with the L’Arche Community, which fosters an understanding about the value placed on individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual delays, and Nikki Sinke spoke about the effects of sexual relationships on our brain chemistry and provided strategies for teenagers to live a chaste life.

EQAO Assessments for Grade 3 and 6 Reading and Mathematics Shared with Board

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the assessment results for Grade 3 and 6 students who wrote provincial Mathematics and Literacy assessments in May and June, including the results for the Niagara Catholic District School Board.

Students writing assessments

Junior students at Niagara Catholic showed an overall improvement in reading, writing and math. Eighty-three per cent of students met or exceeded the Provincial standard of Level 3 or better in reading, a one per cent increase over the previous year. Eighty-five per cent of students met or exceeded the Provincial standard in Junior Writing; also a one per cent increase over 2013-2014. On the Mathematics assessment, 60 per cent of Grade 6 students met or exceeded the Provincial standard, up two per cent over the previous year.

Seventy-four per cent of Niagara Catholic’s Grade 3 students met or exceeded the Provincial standard in reading, the same percentage as students in 2013-2014. The number of students who met or exceeded the Provincial standard in writing slipped 81 per cent in 2014-2015, and Primary mathematics results showed 67 per cent of students who wrote the assessment meeting or exceeding the Provincial standard, down four per cent over 2013-2014.

Provincial results were not released for the 2014-2015 school year.

“Student success is paramount at Niagara Catholic,” said Board Chair Father Paul MacNeil. “Assessments give one piece of the picture, but it’s important to note the small successes that happen in our classrooms every day: The way a student helps another to grasp a new concept; the way in which students collaborate with each other to write stories design artwork, and the joy that fills a classroom when a student who has struggled with a concept succeeds and the whole class celebrates. These successes are no less important than a percentage on a test. We are grateful at Niagara Catholic to have a team of partners committed to student success on all levels, from our students and teachers, to parents, administrators and the Board of Trustees.”

Director of Education John Crocco said the Board will continue to work toward areas of strength continue to move forward, and to focus on areas where improvement is needed.

At Niagara Catholic, we are proud of theexemplary Catholic leadership of our school and system administrators, the dedication and skills of our talented staff and the commitment of our students to academic excellence” said Mr. Crocco. “EQAO assessments are one of the many pieces of evidence that Niagara Catholic uses as a system, and schools use individually, to measure student achievement. Combined with other data, assessments, and the important interactive dialogue with students, parents and staff throughout the school year, this provides consistent opportunities for feedback and planning to design and provide programs and services for the success of all students in all schools throughout the Niagara Catholic District School Board.”

Niagara Catholic’s EQAO Assessment Results are available online.

Snow Removal Tender Approved

snow ploughNiagara Catholic will contract five companies for snow ploughing and salting services this winter.

Griffin Construction, Niagara Compost Soil Farm, Sacco Construction, Ltd., Steele’s Landscaping and Stevensville Lawn Service will clear the ice and snow from Niagara Catholic schools this winter.

Griffin Construction, Niagara Compost Soil Farm, Sacco Construction, Ltd., Steele’s Landscaping and Stevensville Lawn Service will clear the ice and snow from Niagara Catholic schools this winter.

The complete report is available in Section C8 in the November 24 Agenda.


Don’t miss the Good News!

Have you checked out our Good News Blog lately? If you haven’t, you’re missing great stories about life at Niagara Catholic. And please don’t forget to send us your story ideas for the upcoming issue of Showcase. Story ideas can be sent to


Follow us!

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 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.