There are many events and activities taking place in our schools across Niagara Catholic this month. To discover what’s happening in your child’s school, please visit their school website to see the school newsletter or calendar.
On April 8, Niagara Catholic will celebrate the many parent, grandparent and community volunteers who enrich the lives of students in our schools at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at the Holiday Inn Parkway Convention Centre in St. Catharines. More than 300 people are expected to attend the event – and there are many more who are unable to attend due to work commitments, and we want all of our volunteers to know how much we appreciate everything they do for our students every day.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on April 14. Niagara Catholic students and staff will mark this holiest week in our calendar through prayer. Many will re-enact The Stations of the Cross, Jesus’s last day on Earth as a man. A reminder our schools and sites will be closed on April 19 and 22 for Good Friday and Easter Monday, as we head out of the Lenten season, and into the Easter season in the Church.
Have a blessed April, everyone!
The mission of the Diocese of St. Catharines is founded in the mission of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus states that He came down from heaven, "not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me." (Jn6:38) Jesus' mission is doing the will of his Father. This is the will of the Father, "that all who see the Son and believe in him will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day". (Jn 6:40)
The Diocese of St. Catharines' mission is rooted in doing the Father's will by proclaiming His son to the world so that all can know, love and serve Him. This mission is lived out on a daily basis in our parishes, schools and Catholic institutions. We find clergy, religious and laity committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ by witnessing to His truth, justice, love and mercy. St. Catharines Diocese is where faith lives.
Trustees Recommend Policies
During the April 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees recommended one policy be send to the Board for approval at the April 25 Board Meeting
French Immersion/Admission of Elementary and Secondary Students will be considered by the Board at the upcoming meeting.
St. Augustine CES Chapel Named for Pope St. Gregory the Great
The name was requested by the students and staff at the school, based on the close connection Pope Saint Gregory the Great had as a mentor to Saint Augustine, as Augustine led missionaries to evangelize England.
The Board supported the name, which was also endorsed by Bishop Bergie, and Board Chaplaincy Leader Krista Wood.
The official naming will take place in connection with the feast day for St. Augustine, which will be celebrated May 27 at the school. Students will learn how Pope Saint Gregory the Great influenced St. Augustine’s life.
Board Pre-Approves Capital Project Tenders
Work is currently under way to tender capital projects which each have an estimated cost in excess of $500,000.
The projects include an upgrade to the front entrance, stairs, ramp, pillars and exterior wall at St. Alexander Catholic Elementary School; an upgrade to the front entrance, sidewalk, pillars, canopy, exterior walls and administrative office at St. Denis Catholic Elementary School; Upgrades to the front entrance, sidewalk and canopy of St. Peter Catholic Elementary School; upgrades to the ventilation system and renovations to eight classrooms at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School and an upgrade to the music room at Notre Dame College School, to include practice rooms, upgrade ventilation and increase acoustics.
There are also several roofing projects scheduled for the summer of 2019, which would be covered by the pre-approval if the costs exceeded $500,000, although none are expected to reach this threshold.
Ministry of Education funding is available for all of these projects.
Capital Projects Update
Two capital projects currently in development by Niagara Catholic are awaiting design approval by the Ministry of Education.
The designs for a consolidated Monsignor Clancy /St. Charles Catholic Elementary School and for three childcare rooms there and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School are pending Ministry approval.
Library Information Centre Programs and Services
During the April 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees were advised of the essential roles Library Information Centres have within our schools.
Karen Desjardins, Coordinator of Library Information Centres, provided an overview of the value of the Centres to schools, focusing on how they support the use of a number of technologies, offer space for personal and group literary engagements and develop a love of reading in students, and help students develop literacy and research skills they will use throughout their lives.
Alternative Programs at Niagara Catholic
During the April 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees were advised of the intregal way in which our alternative programs support student success and achievement.
The report by Superintendent of Education Ted Farrell and Administrative Programs Staff focused on the Pope Francis and Saint Kateri Tekakawitha Centres, Niagara LINK Program, Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL), the Community Outreach Program, Young Parent Support Program, the Children/Youth in Care Program, and the Care/and/or Treatment, Corrections and Custody Program, all of which are offered by the Board.
The complete report is available in section C3 of the April 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda.
Have you checked out our Good News page lately? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on the great things happening in the system. Click here to see scenes from our 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education Annual Benefit Gala.
The Niagara Catholic District School Board, through the charisms of faith, social justice, support and leadership, nurtures an enriching Catholic learning community for all to reach their full potential and become living witnesses of Christ.