Welcome to April! It’s so hard to believe that there are only three months left in this incredibly busy 2014-2015 school year. As we move further into Spring, we are all looking forward to better – and warmer – days ahead. Don’t miss a thing this month! Check out our April events below:
April 2 is Holy Thursday and also John Paul II Day in Canada. We mark this very important day in the Christian calendar in a variety of ways, including re-enactments of The Stations of the Cross. Please check your child’s school calendar or newsletter for times and locations and join us.
All Niagara Catholic schools and sites will be closed on Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6, in observance of the Good Friday and Easter Monday holidays. We hope your family enjoys the blessings of the Easter season.
The 12th Annual Bishop’s Gala will take place at Club Roma on Friday, April 10. This is a signature event in our system, when we recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to Catholic education in Niagara and in Ontario with the Niagara Catholic Education Award of Distinction. This year’s recipients are Anna Racine and the late Joseph Noonan. The Bishop’s Gala is also raises funds for the Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education, which provides scholarships for graduating students.
On Monday, April 13, Niagara Catholic will celebrate the many volunteers who enrich and enhance the lives of our students during our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. Thank you to the many parents, grandparents and community volunteers who bring their time and talents into our schools throughout the year.
Niagara Catholic’s Elementary Chess Tournament will take place April 14, 15 and 16 at St. Denis Catholic Elementary School. If you have a student competing on one of these days and are able to attend, please feel free to drop by St. Denis to watch the students in action.
Niagara Catholic will once again mark Earth Week with our Electronics Recycling Event at the Catholic Education Centre. Please feel free to drop off your unwanted electronics at 427 Rice Road in Welland from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 27. The proceeds from this year’s event will once again go to our Helping Hands Fund to support families in need.
Niagara Catholic’s annual Heritage Fair will take place at Brock University’s Pond Inlet on Wednesday, April 22. This event celebrates the people and events in Canada’s history that have made our country the great nation it is today. Niagara Catholic has once again declared April 22 United Way Day across the system. On this day, our schools will raise funds for our local United Way organizations and will learn more about how they support the member agencies in the community.
Niagara Catholic’s annual Grade 7 Faith Festival will take place on Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 at St. Alfred Catholic Church in St. Catharines. Once again Father Tony Ricard will bring his dynamic message about faith and making good choices to students. Father Tony will also hold a 90-minute presentation at Saint Michael Catholic High School in Niagara Falls on April 29, titled The Path from Slavery to Salvation. This presentation will explore the musical heritage and faith journey that brought freedom to the South. This event is free and open to the public and we guarantee that it will life your spirit!
While our Grade 7s celebrate their faith on April 28 and 29, secondary school students will participate in the Inspiring Thinkers Conference at Brock University. This two-day session will focus on literacy and numeracy. The April 28 event will focus on writing, and includes a number of very exciting guest speakers and workshops for students to enjoy. On April 29, it’s all about math, and our advanced mathematics students will participate in a number of workshops and presentations by some of the most brilliant math minds in Canada and beyond.
We conclude April with the Niagara Catholic Festival of the Arts, which will take place on April 30 at Notre Dame College School. Be sure to check your child’s school calendar for specific information about this event, which once again showcases the many unique talents of our students.