We begin November with All Saints’ Day on November 1, and All Souls’ Day November 2.
Also on November 2 we will celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day in Niagara. This year, some of our schools and the Catholic Education Centre will support Socks for Change to provide warm socks for people living in poverty or on the street in Niagara.
Remembrance Day is a Sunday this year, so students will honour those who gave their lives in Canada’s wars and all those who served in Remembrance Day assemblies and talks at their schools during the week of November 5-9.
November 14 is Take Our Kids to Work Day. Grade 9s across Niagara Catholic will spend a day working with a parent, family member or family friend to experience a day in the life of the person they are shadowing. This allows students the opportunity to learn about the different career paths available to them.
November 16 is a Professional Activity Day for elementary and secondary students. Enjoy the long weekend!
On November 19, we will celebrate our artists in Grades 4 through 6 with our Celebrating Junior Artists gallery opening at the Catholic Education Centre. Students whose work has been selected to be displayed at the CEC and their families are invited to the gallery opening.
Secondary school open houses begin on November 20 and continue through November 29. Our Kindergarten Open House and Registration Day is November 21. Please click on the Open House and Registration Days slide on the main page of the website to get the dates and times of the open houses for your neighbourhood Catholic secondary school. If you can’t make it, our principals will be happy to welcome you to the school for a tour at a time that works for you. Registration is available online at any time through this website.
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.
Policies Recommended to the Board
During the November Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees approved three policies be sent to the Board for approval.
Occupational Health and Safety Policy (2016.), Employee Workplace Harassment Policy (201.7) and Employee Workplace Violence Policy (201.11) will be considered at the November 27 Board Meeting.
Proposed Joint-Use School in Wainfleet
Niagara Catholic has been investigating the possibility of a joint-use elementary school in Wainfleet since the Niagara Catholic Long-Term Accommodation Plan (2016-2021), was approved by the Board in 2016. At that time, St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School had 111 students, and a projected enrolment of 120 students by the start of this school year. There are currently 87 students enrolled at the school, and although growth is anticipated, it is expected to be less than 70 per cent of the school’s capacity of 187 students.
With no partnership in place at this point, and no interest from community groups to lease underutilized space at St. Elizabeth, Niagara Catholic has the following options to address the declining enrolment at the school. These are:
- Maintain the status quo
- Pursue an Attendance Area Review with the nearest Niagara Catholic elementary schools
- Conduct a study to investigate the reduction of the footprint of St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School to reduce capacity.
- Conduct a Pupil Accommodation Review and consolidate St. Elizabeth with a neighbouring school, conditional upon Ministry funding. An Attendance Area Review would be required to adjust boundaries.
Niagara Catholic’s preference is to retain a Catholic elementary school presence in Wainfleet through a joint-use school. The complete report, which includes next steps, is available in Section C2 of the November 13 Committee of the Whole Agenda.
Grade 8 and Grade 12 Graduation Survey Results Provided to Trustees
Catholic values student voice as a priority to enhance student engagement, student achievement and the well-being of all Niagara Catholic elementary and secondary students. Student Voice surveys are provided to all Grade 8 and Grade 12 students each year. They provide feedback to administrators, teaching and support staff and Board staff regarding elementary and secondary experiences in Niagara Catholic schools, and also provide data to inform Board and School Improvement Plans for Student Achievement and Well-Being, and evidence for informed decision-making about enrolment, retention and Catholic education.
To date, the following has been completed:
- System-level highlights presented to Senior Administrative Council
- Provided elementary and secondary school principals with summary events
- Provided secondary school principals with a summary of Grade 8 results for their FOS
- Provided System-level highlights to principals and vice-principals for independent review
- Presented System-level highlights to secondary Library Technicians
A number of other presentations are ongoing, including sharing results with Student Senate and Board staff, and providing opportunities for conversations to take place within Families of Schools.
Provincial Consultation on Education Reform in Ontario
In addition to giving stakeholders such as school boards the opportunity to participate, all Ontario citizens are invited to have a say. Earlier this month, Niagara Catholic sent a notice to all staff, inviting them to participate in the survey and Telephone Town Halls, accessed through the main page of the Board website.
The deadline for submissions is December 15.
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