Spotlight February 28


February 28, 2017

St. Charles Catholic Elementary School in the Spotlight at Board Meeting


Students Cameron Mullins, Nikki Patterson and Reece Matier listen while student Carter Hall speaks during St. Charles Catholic Elementary School’s School Excellence Program at the February 28 Board Meeting.

Each month during the Board meeting, one Niagara Catholic school is invited to share the wonderful things that make their school the indispensable choice in their community for parents to choose for their child’s education. In February, St. Charles Catholic Elementary School was in the spotlight.

Niagara Catholic’s only primary school, St. Charles Catholic Elementary School in Thorold has a current enrolment of 285 students in Kindergarten through Grade 3. Principal Susy Walsh, who took over as administrator at the school in September, spoke about the feeling of community at St. Charles Catholic Elementary School, the tradition of excellence in Catholic education, and its close connection with Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish. Ms. Walsh was joined by students from her school, and from Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary School, where graduates from St. Charles attend from Grades 4 through 8, before moving on to Denis Morris Catholic High School to complete their Catholic education.

Their presentation, anchored by Grade 3 student Sophia Mullins, was presented as their morning “newscast,” the Penguin Pit Stop. Student Reece Matier gave students an overview of the history of the Pit Stop, and classmate Nikki Patterson spoke about the projects students and staff participate in to assist people in the developing world.

Carter Hall talked about the way students are encouraged to monitor their feelings and behaviour through the Zones of Regulation Program.  Cameron Mullins, a graduate of St. Charles, spoke about the close connection between St. Charles and Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary School. Wrapping up the presentation were Sophie Timmins, who spoke about participating in the Roots of Empathy Program, and Kindergarten student Mikayla Stonham-Toneri, who talked about her experience being Principal of the Day.

Modified Pupil Accommodation Review for St. Charles and Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary Schools

Niagara Catholic, like other school boards across Ontario, continue to experience declining enrolment. The need to effectively balance costs with pupil spaces is critically important, in order to ensure that we continue to maintain our high academic standards and the ability to nurture the spiritual well-being of our students.

In 2012, the Board made the decision to consolidate St. Thomas More Catholic Elementary School with Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School. Two years later, Niagara Catholic closed Michael J. Brennan Catholic Elementary School and relocated students to St. James Catholic Elementary School.

Niagara Catholic is currently reviewing St. Charles Catholic Elementary School and Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary School for potential consolidation. As part of this open and transparent process, a Modified Accommodation Review is being commenced, which will allow families in the St. Charles and Monsignor Clancy school communities to provide their valuable input to the Board. A public meeting will take place on April 20 at Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary School, beginning at 7 p.m.

Details about the Modified Accommodation Review can be found through the main page of this website.

Policies Approved

Niagara Catholic regularly reviews its policies, to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of our System and comply with provincial requirements.

Niagara Catholic recently asked for community input for three policies, as part of our open and transparent vetting process. During the February 28 Board Meeting, Trustees endorsed a recommendation from Committee of the Whole to approve the following revised policies: Assessment, Evaluation, Reporting and Homework Policy (301.10), Student Suspension – Safe Schools Policy (302.6.4), and Student Expulsion Policy (302.6.5).

Niagara Catholic currently has five policies being vetted: Trustee Honorarium Policy (100.11), which closes March 9, 2017, and four which are being vetted through April 19, 2017: Monthly Financial Reports Policy (600.3), Employee Workplace Harassment Policy (201.7), Employee Workplace Violence Policy (201.11) and Occupational Health and Safety Policy (201.6).

The policies are available for review on the Board website by clicking here.

Board Approves 2017-2018 School Year Calendar

Niagara Catholic trustees have approved Niagara Catholic’s proposed 2017-2018 School Year Calendar. It will now be sent to the Ministry of Education for final approval.

Highlights of the draft 2017-2018 School Year Calendar include:

First day of School:

September 5, 2017

Christmas Break:

Monday, December 25, 2017 to Friday, January 8, 2018

March Break:

March 12-16, 2018

Good Friday and Easter Monday:

Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2, 2018

Elementary Professional Activity Days:

October 6 and November 17, 2017; January 19, February 16, May 18, June 8 and June 29 2018.

Secondary Professional Activity Days:

October 6 and November 17, 2017

February 2, February 16, May 18, June 28 and June 29, 2018.

Secondary school examinations:

First semester: January 26-February 1, 2018

Second semester: June 21-June 27, 2018

Once approved, a draft version of Niagara Catholic’s 2017-2018 School Year Calendar will be posted on this website, updated with the final version, once it is approved by the Ministry of Education.

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