Spotlight – November 21, 2017

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November 21, 2017

Sharing the Excitement About St. Joseph Grimsby

The School Excellence Program is a highlight of each monthly Board Meeting – where a school principal, often joined by members of staff, students and parents – present to the Board, sharing what makes their school so special.

On November 21, St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby was in the spotlight, with Principal Lisa Incaviglia sharing the good news about the school named for St. Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus and the Patron Saint of Canada.

During her presentation, Mrs. Incaviglia recognized the staff members in attendance – Jennifer Ciccone, Samantha Risi, Tara Principi and Patricia Penner – and also Leanne Prince, a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School Catholic School Council and the Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Committee.

Mrs. Incaviglia spoke about the notion that, like St. Joseph (a carpenter who is also the Patron Saint of Workers), teachers are builders, who build bridges to connect learning between subject areas and the world around us; between students in support of the development of positive and healthy relationships, and to the community. Teachers also lead by example, showing students how to become builders themselves. With the support of St. Joseph Church, there is a strong connection between school and parish, creating a strong Catholic identity.

This year, students and staff have embraced the third of our three-year Theological Them, focusing on Serving Him. Staff encourage students to take good risks to enhance their education and believe in creating a supportive environment where students feel safe to try new things and explore new gifts and talents. Staff focus on the “third teacher,” classroom environments where students are nurtured and valued, with learning centres and areas that allow for student movement, collaboration, dialogue and independent work.

The St. Joseph Student Council and Student Senators work hard to engage students in global and local initiatives, so they understand the world beyond themselves.

Mrs. Incaviglia’s presentation concluded with a short video which included comments from current and former students, staff and parents from St. Joseph, as well as parish priests Fr. Rico Passero and Fr. Ronald Angervil, about what makes St. Joseph so special.

Don’t forget!

Don’t forget Niagara Catholic’s 2017 Fall Kindergarten Open House and Registration Day takes place November 22 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. If you or someone you know has a child starting school this year, plan to attend the Open House and join the Niagara Catholic family in September 2018.

Our Catholic secondary school open houses take place between November 21 and 30. Find out why Niagara Catholic has Niagara’s best graduation rate, and one of the top four graduation rates in Ontario by stopping by the open house for the Niagara Catholic secondary school in our community.

Good News!

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