November is shaping up to be a very busy month across Niagara Catholic! We hope you will enjoy reading about them on our Good News Blog and will join us for public events at our schools and in our communities.
We begin November 2014 in prayer and reflection. All-Saints Day is November 1, and All-Souls Day is November 2. Please pray for all of those who have gone before us.
On November 5, our Grade 9 students will have the opportunity to explore future career pathways during Take Our Kids to Work Day. It’s an exciting time for these students, and we are grateful to the many community partners who make this such an insightful and safe event for our students.
While the Grade 9s are away, our Catholic secondary schools host Grade 8 Day. This annual event brings our senior Catholic elementary school students into their future Catholic secondary school. We invite all Grade 8s to participate in activities at their future Catholic high school. We also encourage you to share your experience on social media, using #NCSmartChoice to join the conversation.
Finally, members of the Special Education Advisory Committee will meet at the Catholic Education Centre on November 5.
November 7 is Random Act of Kindness Day across Niagara. Last year, Niagara Catholic held a system-wide Oatmeal Day, in support of Mary’s Meals Canada. This event was incredibly successful, raising $30,000 to help fund a hot meal program for students in Malawi. Through the very generous support of students and staff, we were able to feed $3,000 students a hot meal at school every day for a full year.
In 2014, our schools have arranged their own Act of Kindness events, while staff at the Catholic Education Centre will hold a used clothing drive in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association.
A Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline truck will be parked at the Catholic Education Centre on November 7, and you are invited to drop off gently used clothing during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). The clothing will then be distributed to local Value Village stores for sale.
The events of the past few weeks have served as an especially poignant reminder of the importance of our Canadian military.
On November 11, our students and staff will observe Remembrance Day in a variety of ways, including prayer services, visits to local cenotaphs, and inviting veterans of Canada’s wartime and peacekeeping service to share their stories.
Please wear your poppy proudly through Remembrance Day.
This event brings together elementary and secondary students from across the system to discuss this year’s topic, Lead Out Loud – Learning the Stories of Our Community.
On November 13, Niagara Catholic will host its second annual Culture of Life Conference. This focuses on the Catholic Social Teaching of the Dignity of the Human Person.
Don’t forget: November 14 is a Professional Activity Day for our Elementary and Secondary schools.
Elementary progress reports and secondary mid-term report cards will be sent home with students the week of November 17.
Elementary parent-student-teacher interviews will take place the following week.
November will conclude with our second annual Kids Lit Quiz on November 26. This fun and educational event challenges elementary students’ knowledge about their favourite books.