January brings with it the promise of new beginnings, and there are lots of great things happening at Niagara Catholic throughout the month. Read on for details:
Niagara Catholic’s Open House and Registration Days are January 12-14, 2016. All Grade 8 students in Niagara are invited to come to the Open House for their neighbourhood Catholic Secondary School on one of the nights.
Information about our Secondary School Open Houses, which includes how to register, and the times and dates of each school’s event, is available here. Future Thunder, Redmen, Raiders, Gators, Irish, Phoenix, Mustangs and Patriots, don’t miss your chance to be a part of an outstanding tradition in Catholic education.
Our ELKP Open House and Registration Day is January 13, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Parents and guardians of children who will turn four by December 31, 2016, are invited to register their children at their neighbourhood Catholic elementary school during the Open House, or at a time that is convenient for them. Learn more about what is required to register your child here.
January 13 is also a special day at the Catholic Education Centre. That’s the day dozens of Niagara Catholic staff bring the newest members of our Niagara Catholic family to a special Baby Day Celebration. This morning event brings together close to 1oo parents and babies for a time of socializing and fun. Thank you to our partners from the Ontario Early Years Centre, and the parenting class at Notre Dame College School, for helping make this event so much fun for everyone who attends.
Many of the youngsters who will begin their journeys in Catholic education in September attended one of our previous Baby Celebrations.
January 15 is a Professional Activity Day for our Catholic elementary schools.
January 27 is Family Literacy Day. Niagara Catholic staff have planned a special – and really fun – Family Literacy Day event. Stay tuned for more details!
And as hard as it is to believe, it’s the end of the first semester of school in our secondary schools! Our Grade 9 students will sit their first high school exams beginning on January 29, while our Grade 12s write their penultimate high school examinations as they prepare for their final semesters of secondary school. Good luck to everyone who is writing their exams in January and 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.
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.