Welcome back to a brand new year. It’s hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of the second decade of this century, and that we’re into the second part of our school year. We hope everyone had a relaxing time off for the Christmas break, and is back at school and work, ready for the exciting learning and faith opportunities that lie ahead.

January is another busy month, so let’s get started!

On January 16, Niagara Catholic will host our annual Baby Celebration at the Catholic Education Centre. This very special event brings together staff who have had babies in the past year – and their new additions – for a morning of fun and friendship. This year we’ll be celebrating the Class of 2036. Baby day is a favourite day in the calendar for CEC staff, and we look forward to welcoming the mums (and dads), babies and siblings to the Catholic Education Centre on January 16.

January 18 is an elementary PA Day. Please check the eFlyer section of our website to find activities for your children that day.

French Immersion registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, January 21. Registration will take place online and spaces are limited, so if you are interested in registering your child for French Immersion for September 2019, plan to be ready at your computer January 21. Families may also pre-register children for our English-language elementary or secondary programs online at any time by clicking the link on the main page of this website.

Semester 1 exams begin in our secondary schools on January 25. Good luck to everyone writing exams – study your notes, get plenty of rest and relax! Secondary exams end on January 31.

January 25 is also the day Niagara Catholic will observe Family Literacy Day – with a twist. Our Catholic elementary schools will host Literacy and Numeracy activities throughout the day.

We’ve been spared a lot of snow and cold so far this season, but sooner or later winter will make an appearance in Niagara. Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather on wintry days, as students will go outside unless a weather advisory has been issued by Niagara Region Public Health, or your child’s principal determines the conditions at the school are hazardous.

We also remind you of the procedure followed to cancel transportation or close schools. Any cancellations or closures are posted on the Board website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and on the Niagara Student Transportation Services Twitter feed. NSTS also shares transportation cancellations with local media, and bulletins will be posted on their websites and social media channels. Radio and TV stations will also announce any cancellations or closures on the air. No news is good news, so if nothing is posted online by 6:30 a.m., it’s a normal school day. Parents, as always, have the final say on whether to send a child to school on inclement weather days, but we remind you that all absences must be reported using the Safe Arrival System if you choose to keep your child at home.

And finally, a reminder that stomach bugs, colds and flu sweep through classrooms and schools quickly. While we encourage students to share in class, this is one time we hope that they don’t. Please keep children home when they are unwell to prevent the spread of illness and be sure to report their absence. 

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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December 18, 2018

Trustees Recognize Niagara Catholic’s 2018 Christmas Card Artists


Grade 2 student Bridget Cahill receives her plaqued card from St. Catharines trustees Larry Huibers (left) and Kathy Burtnik, and Chair of the Board Frank Fera.

During the December 18 Board Meeting, Niagara Catholic’s Board of Trustees recognized the student-artists who created the 2018 Board Christmas cards.

Students designed the 2018 Christmas cards in the fall. The 10 cards were then chosen by a selection committee.

Each student received a plaque-mounted copy of their design, and their families received a boxed set of the cards.

This year’s recipients were:

  • Zia Amlani (Grade 8, Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School);
  • Bridget Cahill (Grade 2, Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School);
  • Sofia Covelli/Melena Orsini (Grade 8, Loretto Catholic Elementary School);
  • Ava Curvelo (Grade 11, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School);
  • Christian DiDomenico (Grade 11, Saint Paul Catholic High School);
  • Kaitlyn Guitard (Grade 11, Saint Michael Catholic High School);
  • Anesa Meraram (Grade 7, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School);
  • Dakota Webb (Grade 8, St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School) and
  • Sabrina Zima (Grade 11, Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School)


School Excellence Program – St. Mary Catholic Elementary School

During the December 18 Board Meeting, the spotlight shone on St. Mary Catholic Elementary School. Principal Rosie Araujo was joined at the meeting by the school choir, which performed two Christmas songs. She then presented a short video which depicts life at the school.

2018 Director’s Annual Report

The 2018 Director’s Annual Report was presented to the Board during the December 18 Board Meeting. The report summarizes the year’s successes. Those interested in reviewing the report can find it here.

2019 Trustee Honorarium

Niagara Catholic has released the honoraria from the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board, and trustees from December 1, 2018 through November 30, 2019.

Chair of the Board Frank Fera will receive $16,673 for the one-year term. Vice-Chair Dino Sicoli will receive $13,636 and trustees will receive $10,599.

The honoraria are set in accordance with Ontario Regulation 357, which requires honoraria be based on enrollment for the year.

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