January 2019

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.