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2015 Catholic Education Week Highlights

Archbishop Francis J. Spence Catholic Teacher of the Year
Archbishop Francis J. Spence
Catholic Teacher of the Year
Recipient: John Corrigan
Contribution to Catholic Education
Contribution to Catholic Education
Recipient:Ann Boniferro
Katharine Award
Katharine Award
Recipient:Barb Douglas-Barker

Excellence in Supporting Catholic Education Award
Excellence in Supporting Catholic Education Award
Recipient:Barb Megill

Elementary Student of the Year
Elementary Student Volunteer of the Year
Recipient:Gabby Watts

Secondary Student of the Year
Secondary Student Volunteer of the Year
Recipient:Teighlor Barrett

Adult Volunteer of the Year
Adult Volunteer of the Year
Recipient:Nicole Riley

Catholic Education Week 2015
Faith in Action in our schools

Summer School Banner Wolfe Island Daycamp Cooperative Education e-Learning Summer School SWAC (School-Within-A-College

Director's Annual Golf Tournament
Monday, June 29, 2015
Loyalist Golf & Country Club
Bath, Ontario

Registration Form (Deadline: June 5, 2015)

Sponsorship Notice

2015 - 16 Student Trustee elected

Student Trustee 2015-16 Danae O’Neill
Danae O’Neill, a Grade 11 student at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School in Kingston, has been elected Student Trustee for the 2015-16 school year during elections held at the Board Office in Napanee. She will be inducted at a Board of Trustees meeting on June 16, 2015.

“The role of Student Trustee requires excellent communications skills, enthusiasm and a great work ethic. I believe that I have all those traits and would use my time as Student Trustee to unify our five secondary schools through clear communication and shared events,” she said in her address to fellow senate members. She said her involvement in varsity sports has taught her about cooperation, listening to all and the importance of what’s best for the team.

In addition to athletics, Danae is very active in her community and beyond, volunteering for local food banks and participating in mission trips to help support people in third world countries. “I have been given many gifts in my life and this instilled in me a strong sense of gratitude and volunteering is a way to support one another.”

Danae takes over as the student voice from Ally Craig of St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School.

Protecting the earth today for our tomorrow

Painted butterflies on fence in front of school
St. Patrick Catholic School in Kingston is celebrating "Earth Month" in April. The students learned about the importance of butterflies and moths and how to protect them. Each staff and student painted their own butterfly. The Art Installation can be seen along the street in front of the school.

Loyola performs at Belleville event

ESL students
The English as a Second Language (ESL) students from Loyola School of Adult and Continuing Education performed songs at the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination. Sponsored by the United Nations Association in Canada, the program included remarks from politicians and Belleville Police Chief and a presentation by Tour for Humanity. Loyola faculty member Michelle Rosebush had the opportunity to address the audience about Loyola and its programs, and faculty member Michelle Dean led the Loyola group in song.

Former astronaut ‘very down to Earth’

Student with photo  Student's Photo
Two students from J. J. O’Neill Catholic School have won national recognition in a photo contest.

Blake Dowling won the Elementary Challenge and Karter Brett received an Honourable Mention in the ‘Bondar School Challenge’. Since September, Christine Roth’s Grade 3 class has been participating in the contest, which helps children connect with the natural world through the lens of a camera. The foundation loaned a class set of cameras to use for the project and provided basic instruction in the use of a camera and composition. The students took walks to local parks, strolled through the Peace Garden and took a trip to the Frink Centre to find inspiration and subjects for their photos. After the fall session, students choose their favourite photograph and wrote an artist statement about their work and the photos were submitted for judging.

Blake and his teacher attended the Roberta Bondar Foundation's gallery opening reception for the Savannah Survivors exhibit at First Canadian Place in Toronto, where Blake’s work was displayed alongside Dr. Bondar's! Dr. Bondar gave a short address at the opening and commended all the student's for their hard work and dedication to the natural world. She spoke with each student and signed a copy of her book for the school.

The students’ work will be displayed at a gallery show on Wednesday, May 6th from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. during Catholic Education Week.

Trustees approve 2015-2016 school year calendar

At the Board Meeting of March 24, 2015, Trustees of the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board received and approved the 2015-2016 school year calendar. The calendar will now be submitted to the Ministry of Education for final approval.

Under the proposed school year calendar, all students will start classes on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, after the Labour Day holiday.

Some notable details of the proposed 2015-2016 School Year Calendar are:

First day of classes for all students will be Tuesday, September 8
There will be 6 PA days in total
Christmas Break - December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016
March Break March 14 - 18, 2016
The last day of school is June 29, 2016

View the Draft 2015-2016 Calendar

We celebrate our Beacons of Hope!

Each year, the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board celebrates our ‘Beacons of Hope’, acknowledging the accomplishments of the many students whose contributions to their school and the wider community reflect our Catholic virtues. Not likely to be recognized in other venues, these unsung heroes contribute to the betterment of the community with dedication, integrity and gentle spirit. Celebrations are held across the district to recognize and honour those who make such a significant, positive contributions to the life of their school and their Catholic school community.

View the 2015 Beacons of Hope Recipients

Little girl holding iPad
The Trustees of the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board work to promote a strong Catholic education system, one that focusses on the heart of our system Catholic school students and graduates!

Our Catholic schools tradition of academic excellence is well-known, but it is an education rooted in our Catholic faith that makes a difference in the lives of our students and the province as a whole. This is the message we must tell. Join Catholic school boards throughout the Province of Ontario to share our stories of success and excellence.

Share the value of Catholic education and visit the Faith in Our Future website to learn more www.faithinourfuture.ca

Support Catholic Education

Why is it still so important that I designate my taxes to the Catholic School Board?

Recently, you received a Property Tax Assessment Notice from MPAC. By ensuring that you are registered as a separate school supporter, you are helping to deliver as powerful message to the Ontario government about the level of support for publicly-funded Catholic education in our district.

Now more than ever, it is essential that all partners in Catholic education work together to demonstrate in a tangible way, their commitment to and belief of Catholic education and in the protection and preservation of our educational system. One way to do this is by ensuring that your school tax support is designated English-Separate.
Being identified as an English Separate (Catholic) Supporter …
  • Your children are able to attend Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic elementary schools
  • You can vote for Catholic school Trustees
  • You are counted as a supporter of Catholic education in Ontario
For information on changing your Direction of School Support Designation, contact your local Catholic school or click the “Direction of Tax Support” link.

Algonquin and Lakeshore Works
to Reduce Poverty

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board has long been a community leader in helping those in need. As followers of Christ, we are challenged to strengthen our communities by assisting those who are most vulnerable.

Although we are blessed to live in a rich province in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, many among us struggle financially. One in eight children and many people with disabilities are marginalized by poverty. Recognizing the inherent dignity of every human person, we are called by grace to respond in faith and love. The Catholic community has always been involved in service to the poor through Catholic agencies and organizations, through the actions of religious orders, and through the generosity of our parishes. "The Church's love for the poor . . . is a part of her constant tradition. This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor.” i

In the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, the social teachings of the Church are integrated into the curriculum and the broader life of the schools around a structure of service, education and action. Whether it is a food drive, a class discussion about poverty in our world, or participation in a public awareness action, Catholic schools have demonstrated consistent leadership in charity and justice. The caring and empathetic culture of our school communities is based on the teachings of the Catholic Church, and is manifested in the principles of equity, inclusiveness and respect. In solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world, our school communities work to bring hope to people in need, both in our schools and in the broader community. By supporting organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Holy Childhood Association, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, our staff and students answer the call to action. Through our collective efforts, we can and do help those in need.

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic Education Foundation redirected its fundraising efforts in 2007 to address the topic of poverty in our schools. To date, dozens of families facing financial crises have been aided through the Foundation. Through the creation of an Emergency Response Fund, schools have access to funds to support children and families in crisis, providing assistance in the form of food and clothing, the provision of eyeglasses, Epipens, or medical supplies, and many other financial needs.

Our school system is committed to supporting children and their families living in economically disadvantaged circumstances. At the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board “we accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic Tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.” ii _________________________________________
iCatechism of the Catholic Church #2444
ii Strategic Plan

Take the Path to Success

Take the Path to Success
Click image to view Transition Guide
Making the transition from elementary school is an exciting journey for students and parents/guardians. We are pleased that you have decided to continue your journey in our Catholic Secondary Schools where young people are formed in their faith and educated to be responsible citizens of the world. This publication contains much of the practical information that can be helpful to you.