Spotlight, December 2014


New Board Chair and Vice-Chair Selected for 2015


Father Paul MacNeil

Niagara Catholic held its Inaugural Meeting for 2014-2018 at Denis Morris Catholic High School on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Trustees were sworn in by Honourable Mr. Justice Joseph Henderson, assisted by Reverend Monsignor Vladimir Zivcic, P.H.V.G. and John Crocco, Director of Education/Secretary-Treasurer.

As part of this meeting, Trustees elected a Chair and Vice-Chair for 2015. Father Paul MacNeil was acclaimed Chair of the Board and Dino Sicoli was elected as Vice-Chair.

The complete announcement, including remarks from the new Chair and Vice-Chair and Director of Education John Crocco are available here.

You may also view a video about Niagara Catholic by clicking here.

Policy Update

During the December 16 Board Meeting, Trustees approved the Board’s new Concussions Policy. This policy recognizes that children and adolescents are at the greatest risk for concussions during physical activity and further acknowledges that concussion prevention and management requires the cooperation of the full school community. You can read the Board’s Concussions Management Policy in the December 16 agenda.

2015 Christmas Cards

Each year, Niagara Catholic students are given the opportunity to design Christmas cards which will be used by Trustees, Senior Staff and Parish Priests. This year,

four card designs were selected by students from across our system. The 2014 card designers were:

New Members for SEAC

During the December 16 Board Meeting, five new members were appointed to Niagara Catholic’s Special Education Advisory Committee for 2014-2018. The new members, and their associated groups, are:

  • Carol Baldinelli – VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children
  • Sarah Farrell – Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region
  • Bill Helmeczi – Pathstone Mental Health
  • Rob Lavorato – Down Syndrome Caring Parents (Niagara)
  • Anna Racine – Tourette Syndrome Assocation of Ontario (Niagara Chapter)


New Members for Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Committee

In addition to appointing new members to the Special Education Advisory Committee, Trustees also appointed three community members to the Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Committee for 2014-2015. These members, and their associated groups, are:

  • Shelley Gilbert – St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Linda Marie O’Hagan – St. Catharines Diocesan Council for Development and Peace
  • Heather Pyke – Ontario Association for Parents in Catholic Education (OPACE)

Winter is Here

With winter weather upon us, we’d like to remind parents and guardians that they should ensure that students are properly dressed for the weather when they come to school. Students should have a winter coat and snow pants or snowsuit, hat, scarf, mittens/gloves and boots so they are warm when they go outside at recess and lunch hours. It is also wise to have an extra set of clothing, in case students get wet throughout the day. During extremely cold weather, students are kept indoors.

Winter storms are frequently tracked through radar, but are often unpredictable. Parents should have a plan in place throughout the winter in case inclement weather forces the cancellation of buses or closure of schools. Check our website and listen to local radio stations (610 CKTB, 105.7 EZ Rock, 91.7 Giant FM and 105.1 2Day FM) for any transportation delays or cancellations or school closures due to inclement weather.