Niagara Catholic District School Board

May is one of the busiest months at Niagara Catholic. It’s particularly fitting that a month that celebrates Mothers is the Month of the Holy Mother, because May is the Month of Mary in the Catholic Church. Come and see what May has to offer across Niagara Catholic!


 

CEW SlideWe begin the month with Catholic Education Week, from May 3-8. On May 3, parishes throughout Niagara will have a special Catholic Education Week message from students and staff at our schools. On May 4, we will begin the week in our schools with Music Monday at schools across the system, and our annual Catch the Spirit Awards, which celebrates students who exemplify Catholic education in all they do. A number of events will take place throughout Catholic Education Week in our schools. Each school will host an Open House and activities are planned for each day in our schools. Check our booklet for details.


 

Dist-Alumni-Slide-May-2015We conclude Catholic Education Week on May 8 with our Third Annual Distinguished Alumni Celebration. This very special event recognizes the outstanding contribution of our graduates to our local and global communities. Updated! Read about this year’s event here.

 

 


On the first day of school this year, students from St. Thomas More Catholic Elementary School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School came under one roof for the first time as a school community. On May 13, they will celebrate the blessing of the renovated and expanded Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School. We invite past and current students of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and members of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel family to participate in this event at 1 p.m.


 

Grad2014Niagara Catholic’s annual Graduation Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 14, at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls. On this day, Niagara Catholic’s 1,900 graduates will come together for a special celebration of their 14 years in Catholic education. This year’s speaker will be Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson, founder of  Soul Play, which brings together theology and engaging storytelling. Dr. Nelson-Johnson will be the guest speaker at the Partners in Catholic Education event, which will take place that evening at Club Roma in St. Catharines. 

 


Friday, May 15 is a Professional Activity Day. While our students enjoy an extra day on the long weekend, staff across Niagara Catholic will take place in activities to further deepen our faith.


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Don’t forget: Monday, May 18 is Victoria Day and all of our schools and sites are closed as we celebrate the unofficial start to summer.


On May 20, our elementary and secondary school student leaders will participate in the Student Leadership Symposium at Club Roma in St. Catharines. During this event, students will elect the Chair and Co-Chair of the Elementary and Secondary Student Senates for 2015-2016. The Chair and Co-Chair of the Secondary Student Senate will serve as our two Niagara Catholic Student Trustees. 


Primary and Junior EQAO testing begins on May 25, and runs through June 5. Grade 9 EQAO Mathematics Assessments begin on May 28 and runs through June 12. Parents of students taking these tests will receive information from the school about how to ensure their child is ready on testing days.


One more month to go in the year, everyone, and June is shaping up to be another busy one! Check back on June 1 for a list of events and activities in our schools.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Policy Update

During the May 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees recommended that the following revised policies be approved at the May 26 Board Meeting: Student Suspension Policy (302.6.4) and Student Explusion Policy (302.6.5).

 Niagara Catholic regularly reviews policies to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the Board and are in compliance with Ministry of Education requirements.

 Trustees will consider the policies at the May 26 Board Meeting. 


 

Niagara Catholic Halfway Through Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

During the May 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Superintendent of Education Yolanda Baldasaro and Applied Behavioural Analysis Supervisor Cathy McMullan provided Trustees with a mid-way snapshot of the Board’s Accessibility Plan. This plan describes the measures the Board has underaken and will undertake between 2012 and 2017 to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disbilities who work, learn and participate in our Board community and environment, including students, staff, parents and guardians, volunteers and visitors to the Board and its schools.

 This plan is guided by the Niagara Catholic District School Board Accessibility Standards Policy and Administrative Guidelines (800.8). Read the complete document in the May 12 agenda.


 

Trustees Recommend 2015-2016 Annual Budget

Giancarlo Vetrone, Superintendent of Business and Financial Services, presented the draft 2015-2016 Annual Budget to Trustees during the May 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting.

 The 2015-2016 balanced budget is set at $250,669,003, a decrease in spending of approximately $6 million over 2014-2015. Trustees will consider the 2015-2016 Annual Budget at the May 26 Board Meeting. Read the budget report in the May 12 agenda.


 

 Students Bound for National Skills Competition in Saskatoon

Alex Powell, a student at Saint Michael Catholic High School, will represent his school and Niagara Catholic as part of Team Ontario at the Skills Canada Competition in Saskatoon May 27-30.

Alex Powell, a student at Saint Michael Catholic High School, will represent his school and Niagara Catholic as part of Team Ontario at the Skills Canada Competition in Saskatoon May 27-30.

Two Niagara Catholic students will travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan later this month, as part of Team Ontario for the Skills Canada competition 2015, after winning gold at Skills Ontario at RIM Park in Waterloo May 4-6.

Alex DiPaola, a student at Notre Dame College School, won Gold in the Mechanical CADD (Computer Aided Design and Drafting) category. This event tests the student’s ability to visualize the size, shape and proportions of two-dimensional drawings in three dimensions.

Notre Dame College School student Alex DiPaola, who will participate in the Skills Canada in the Mechanical CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) event in Saskatoon May 27-30.

Notre Dame College School student Alex DiPaola, who will participate in the Skills Canada in the Mechanical CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) event in Saskatoon May 27-30.

Alex Powell, a student at Saint Michael Catholic High School, won Gold in the Electronics category. This event tests the student’s strong analytical skills, persistence, keen problem-solving and troubleshooting abilities, mathematical aptitude, knowledge of computers and excellent hand-eye co-ordination.

Director of Education John Crocco praised the students for their hard work and commitment to excellence in their events, and the staff who taught and supported them to achieve this result.

Director of Education John Crocco praised the students for their hard work and commitment to excellence in their events, and the staff who taught and supported them to achieve this result.

“I am very proud of both Alex DiPaola and Alex Powell for representing their schools and Niagara Catholic at the Skills Ontario competition and earning spots on Team Ontario for the Skills Canada event in Saskatchewan later this month,” said Mr. Crocco.  

“Their outstanding results are proof that knowledge, skill, hard work and commitment pay off, and I know that the best wishes of all of Niagara Catholic will travel to Saskatoon with them. I would also like to recognize their teachers who shared their knowledge, time and talents for the success of all students.”


 

Catholic Education Week 2015 A Resounding Success

Niagara Catholic schools were filled with faith, fun and families during Catholic Education Week 2015. The week kicked off with Music Monday and the Board’s annual Catch the Spirit Award, which celebrates outstanding Niagara Catholic students, and concluded with the Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes and honours outstanding alumni. View a complete story and photos of Catholic Education Week events in our schools here.

Director of Education John Crocco, left, is joined by 2015 Distinguished Alumni recipients Joseph McDonald, Terri-Lynn Woodhouse, Dr. Michael Levesque and Bishop Gerard Bergie at the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Celebration.

Director of Education John Crocco, left, is joined by 2015 Distinguished Alumni recipients Joseph McDonald, Terri-Lynn Woodhouse, Dr. Michael Levesque and Bishop Gerard Bergie at the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Celebration.

 


Don’t forget!

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The Niagara Catholic Staff and Family Picnic will take place at Queenston Heights Park on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Join us for an outdoor Mass led by Bishop Bergie at 10 a.m., followed by fun, games and food prepared by the Culinary Arts students at Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School. All Niagara Catholic staff and their families are invited to participate in this event. Bring your lawn chairs, snacks and beverages. To register your attendance, please RSVP to www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCDSB2015 by Friday, May 29.

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

MISSION STATEMENT

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.