Wow! How did we get to the end of 2016 so quickly!
December is a busy month with a variety of Advent activities taking place in schools across Niagara Catholic.
Check your child’s school calendar for what’s happening in their school in December.
We have a few System events in December:
Niagara Catholic’s Annual Organizational Meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 6. During this meeting, Trustees will elect the Chair and Vice-Chair for 2017.
The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will meet at the Catholic Education Centre on December 7.
On December 15, Director of Education John Crocco will host his annual Faith Formation and Annual Luncheon for Administrators, Managers and Priests.
The final Board Meeting for 2016 will take place on Tuesday, December 20.
December 23 is the last day of classes before the Christmas break.
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the two-week break with family and friends. Be safe until we’re all together on January 9, 2017!
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.
December 20, 2016
Student Christmas Card Artists
Each year, Niagara Catholic students are invited to design Christmas cards, which are distributed to our trustees, members of Senior Staff and parish priests for use during the Christmas season.
This year, eight cards were selected from students in grades six through 12 at our Catholic elementary and secondary schools. You may view a full gallery of photos of our student artists and their designs on our Facebook page.
The students were recognized during December 20 Board Meeting, each receiving a plaqued version of their card and an Excellence in the Arts pin, presented by Director of Education John Crocco and Chair Father Paul MacNeil.
We thank all of the students for their beautiful contributions to our Christmas celebrations in 2016!
St. Theresa in the Spotlight
Each month, Niagara Catholic shines the spotlight on one of its schools. This month, it was St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines.
Principal Deborah Mercnik told the Board about what makes St. Theresa – Niagara Catholic’s last open-concept elementary school – the indispensable choice for the families of the 179 students it serves.Her School Excellence Program focused on the efforts staff have put toward continues education, particularly in math. She said students and staff have embraced technology as a way of grasping new concepts, which will help prepare students for their future education and careers in the 21st century.
Mrs. Mercnik also touched on the ways in which St. Theresa students and staff give back to the community, supporting causes at home and around the world. She is especially proud of the way extended families support these causes, too.
During her presentation, Mrs. Mercnik was joined by students Makayla Regehr, a Grade 8 student who sang Silent Night, and Robbie Csordas, a Kindergarten student who explained how he set up a restaurant.
Turf Field Agreement for Saint Paul Catholic High School
During the December 20 Board Meeting, trustees received a report from Director of Education John Crocco and Giancarlo Vetrone, Superintendent of Business and Financial Services, outlining the current agreement between Niagara Catholic and the City of Niagara Falls for a new turf field at Saint Paul Catholic High School.
The report shared information that during the December 13 Council Meeting, the City of Niagara Falls councillors unanimously approved setting aside $500,000 in the 2017 budget as a contribution to the field at Saint Paul.
With this contribution, a $200,000 contribution from the Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education and a matching $200,000 from the Niagara Falls Soccer Club, $900,000 of the anticipated $1-million cost has been covered.
The Foundation is currently working to raise additional funds for this project through its Turf Field Campaign.
Read the complete report in the December 20 agenda.
Have you checked out the Good News section of the Board website lately? If not, you’re missing some great stories and photos about our students. Be sure to check it out often to keep up to date on the fantastic things happening in our schools and across the system. There’s also some great stories on the In the News section of our website, accessible through the home page.
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On behalf of everyone at Niagara Catholic, we wish you all the best for a wonderful Christmas with family and friends, and for a happy, healthy 2017. Please note that the Catholic Education Centre, and all schools and sites, will be closed from December 26, 2016 through January 2, 2017. Have a blessed Christmas, everyone!
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.