Spotlight March 20

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March 20, 2018

Policies Approved

The Trustee Code of Conduct Policy (100.12) and Student Trustee Policy (100.4), recommended for approval during the March 6 Committee of the Whole Meeting, were approved by the Board March 20.


Shining the Spotlight on St. Ann St. Catharines

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Students have a wonderful relationship with the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate (SOLI Sisters).

One school is showcased during the Board meeting each month. This month, the spotlight was on St. Ann Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines. Principal Scott Root attended the meeting to share with Senior Staff and trustees what a true gem the school, located in the heart of Port Dalhousie, is in the community.

Mr. Root spoke about the school’s close connection with Star of the Sea Church, its community parish, and with Father Rick in particular. Father Rick attends the school weekly, knows the students and staff, and celebrates Masses at both the school and church, presides over Sacraments and supports initiatives such as food drives.

The school also has a strong relationship with the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate, affectionately known as the SOLI Sisters. They also stop by the school weekly to assist with sacramental preparation, and, for many students, it is their first contact with nuns. The students enjoy a great relationship with the sisters, and their presence in the school continues to strengthen the link between students and their faith.

Students also continue to develop their faith through a weekly rosary circle and Minds-Up Meditation. Social justice initiatives such as the Me to We Adopt a School program, Christmas basket program and a bike exchange allows students to understand the different socio-economic needs within their own community and importance of putting others before themselves.

Staff at St. Ann Catholic Elementary School make improving literacy and numeracy scores their focus. If a student is not at their language level in reading or language, a success plan is implemented to support their achievement. Students use Raz Kids, an online reading program, which allows each student to progress at their own pace. An after-school reading program also supports the School Improvement Plan for literacy, as does a Student Reading Partnership with Brock University for English Language Learners.

In numeracy, students use programs such as Dream Box, one of four schools offering this program, which was funded by the Catholic School Council. This program builds a basic understanding of math and supports the lessons taught in class. Both Raz Kids and Dream Box provide students with an opportunity to use technology to learn. The programs are available throughout the year, which helps students stay engaged throughout the summer.

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Students have the opportunity to learn guitar and piano thanks at St. Ann St. Catharines.

Students participate in many clubs and organizations at St. Ann Catholic Elementary School. They have the opportunity to take guitar and piano lessons, and join the school band. There is an active robotics team, and a Coding Club, which not only support 21st century learning, but also provide students with the opportunity to explore future career opportunities. There are also a number of sports teams for students to join throughout the year.

Staff at the school have an outstanding relationship with Catholic School Council, which, in addition to the support through funding Dream Box, also helped provide funds for 100 Chromebooks, the Raz Kids program, smartboards, playground maintenance, the school fun night and Me to We.




Trustee Determination and Distribution for the 2018 Municipal Election

During the March 20 Board Meeting, trustees approved a report that would realign the boundaries for the trustees representing Grimsby/Lincoln/West Lincoln and Welland heading into the 2018 Municipal Election in October.

Currently, there is one trustee who represents Fort Erie, Port Colborne and Wainfleet, one for Grimsbly, Lincoln, Pelham and West Lincoln, one for Thorold (including Merritton), one for Welland, and two trustees each for Niagara Falls/Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines.

Beginning with the term which will begin in December 2018, the trustee elected to represent Grimsby/Lincoln and West Lincoln will no longer represent Pelham. The Pelham area will be represented by the Welland trustee.

This was made based on the Population of Electoral Group Reports. Review the details in the report, found in Section A6.1.3 of the March 20 Board Meeting agenda.


Attendance Area Reviews

During the March 20 Board Meeting, trustees approved two reports which seek to align boundaries in St. Catharines and Welland.

The Attendance Area Review for the Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School and Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School families of schools will see the entire St. James Catholic Elementary School boundary fall within the Saint Francis Catholic Elementary School boundary. It is currently shared between both Holy Cross and Saint Francis Catholic Secondary Schools.

In Welland, the recommendation is to align the boundary adjust capacity at both St. Alexander Catholic Elementary School in Pelham, and St. Kevin Catholic Elementary School in Welland, both of which are part of the Notre Dame College Family of Schools.

Review the complete reports in sections A6.1.4 and A6.1.5 of the March 20 Board Meeting agenda.


Good News!

It’s nearly April – can you believe it! We have had some incredible news to share this month, including some pretty impressive student success stories you can read in the Good News section of this website, and in the In the News section accessed through the main page. If you’re looking for good news, this is the place to go!


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