Upcoming Events for May 2014

May is the Month of Mary, so it is fitting that it is the month we celebrate the gift of Catholic education! May is a fun, faith-filled month across Niagara Catholic and we are pleased to share with you many of the public and in-school events taking place this month.


On May 1 and 2, Niagara Catholic will hold its 10th Annual Scrabble Tournament at Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary School. Teams from North Niagara schools will compete on May 1, and students from South Niagara will compete May 2.


Also on May 2, secondary students who took the Writer’s Craft class this year have been invited to participate in the annual Inspiring Writers’ Conference at the Four Points Sheraton in Thorold. Students will have the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of professional writers during this very enriching experience.


Catholic Education Week in Ontario begins on May 4. Students from across Niagara Catholic will begin the week by delivering a message to their local parishes during weekly church services.


Music Monday will take place across Canada at 1 p.m. on May 5, and our schools will be singing with students from coast to coast to coast. This year’s song is “Is Somebody Singing?” The song was made famous when Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield sang it from space on Music Monday in 2013, while singer Ed Robertson from The Barenaked Ladies joined in from Earth.



Parents and family members are invited to our annual Catch the Spirit Awards, which will take place at Lakeshore Catholic High School May 5. The Catch the Spirit Award recognizes student excellence and the very best in Catholic education. We are proud to present an award each year to one student in each of our Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and one student in from our Continuing Education Learning Centres May 5. This award recognizes student excellence and the very best in Catholic education. We are proud to present an award each year to one student in each of our Catholic elementary and secondary schools and one student in our Continuing Education program.


On May 6, Niagara Catholic will head into the community with dynamic performances at two of our busiest shopping malls! Our North Niagara Catholic secondary schools will perform between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Pen Centre. Catch Denis Morris at 10 a.m., Holy Cross at 11 a.m., Blessed Trinity at 12 p.m. and Saint Francis at 1 p.m. Our South Niagara schools will perform at the Seaway Mall at the same time: Catch Saint Paul at 10 a.m., Saint Michael at 11 a.m., Lakeshore Catholic at noon, and Notre Dame at 1 p.m.


May 7 is an action and faith-filled day across Niagara Catholic. Our schools will participate in a Province-Wide Mass to celebrate Catholic Education Week, which includes a special message from Pope Francis. Don’t miss the Secondary Chess Tournament, which will take place at Niagara Square on Wednesday, May 7.

CN tree plant crop


Also on May 7, our Specialist High Skills Major program students will assist in tree planting projects at all Niagara Catholic schools. This tree planting will commemorate Catholic Education Week and is a living sign of our commitment to the planet.


 Join us at the Pen Centre and Seaway Mall on Tuesday, May 6, to see some dynamic and creative presentations by our Catholic secondary schools. Musical performances will take place at both venues from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and booths will be set up at these locations, and at Fairview Mall and Niagara Square from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


On May 6 and 7, our elementary students will participate in the Guinness World Record attempt for the Largest Online Book Discussion in 24 hours. Students will read the book I CAN Believe in Myself and are encouraged to discuss the positive message and theme of the book online.


Finally, on May 7, the Catholic School Council from Notre Dame College School in Welland will host a drug awareness night. Parents, guardians and other interested, adult members of the community are invited to attend this free event. The guest speaker, Dr. Patrick Sammon, will begin at 6:30 p.m.



Niagara Catholic will host our annual Student Leadership Symposium on Thursday, May 8. This event brings together our Elementary and Secondary Student Senators for a day of discussion, culminating in the election of our two student trustees.


If you attended St. Thomas More Catholic Elementary School in Niagara Falls, you are invited to attend the school’s Closing Celebration on Thursday, May 8The event takes place from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Food will be sold between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and the formal presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.


Are you hopelessly devoted to musical theatre? Then you won’t want to miss Lakeshore Catholic’s school musical, Grease. Performances run May 8-11. Please call the school at 905.835.2451 to purchase your tickets.



On May 9, Niagara Catholic will hold its second annual Distinguished Alumni Celebration at the Catholic Education Centre. This year seven very diverse yet equally distinguished graduates of our system will be celebrated.


Also on May 9, Saint Michael Catholic High School will hold its annual Multicultural Food Festival. This year’s theme is Diversity is Delicious.


Please join the St. Edward school community for a celebration of 50 years of Catholic education in Jordan on May 10. The 50th Anniversary celebration begins with a Mass at St. Helen Church on Saturday morning. Please call St. Edward at 905.562.5531 for more information.



The Graduation Celebration is an annual tradition at Niagara Catholic. On May 15, the approximately 2,000 students who comprise the Class of 2014 will join together at the Scotiabank Convention Centre for a morning of faith and fellowship. Bishop Bergie will lead the celebration, and Father Thomas Rosica, from Salt + Light Television, will be the keynote speaker.


Father Rosica will also be the guest speaker for the annual Partners in Catholic Education dinner at John Michael’s Banquet Hall that evening. Catholic School Council members will be invited to attend by their principal.


Get your tickets to Dark Deeds at Swan’s Place, or Never Trust a Tattooed Sailor, presented by the young thespians at Saint Michael Catholic High School. There are two performances, May 15 and 16, at 7 p.m.


Please join us on May 28 for a discussion on Self-Regulation for Kids. This  free event is open to the public and will feature a presentation by Patti McGillivray, an expert in child development.  The event will take place at Denis Morris Catholic High School, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. To register, please email nadine.vantsant@ncdsb.com or call 905.735.0240 ext. 173.


Also on May 28, please join the very talented students from Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School for an evening of music and art in the annual Art in the Park Festival. The event will take place in the school’s parking lot and will feature incredible sidewalk chalk artistry, music and treats prepared by the Culinary Arts students for sale in the Art Cafe. The $1 admission fee will be included in the Saint Francis Pilgrimage Fund. This event runs from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and has a rain date of June 2.







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