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Grade 3 Bus Safety Poster wins 3rd Prize

Chris Hadfield
Congratulations! to Anthony for winning 3rd prize, out of 500 entries, for his poster in the 2014 ISBOA Bus Safety Poster Contest sponsored by Martins Bus Lines. Anthony, a Gr. 3 student at Holy Name Catholic School, was awarded a $25 Chapters Gift Certificate and a certificate with a photo of his winning poster. The theme of the 2014 ISBOA Poster Contest was “Be Smart- Be Seen, I Wait in a Safe Place!” Martins Bus Service also gave Holy Name Catholic School a $100 Voucher towards the charter of a school bus. Well done Anthony!

Fish fry raises more than $2,500 for Kingston 2 Kingston mission trip

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An evening of great food, music and fellowship has raised more than $2,500 for the Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School Kingston, Jamaica Mission Trip. The Jamaica Fish Fry, held at the school, saw a steady stream of more than 300 people come out for Mike Mundell’s famous seafood. A special thanks to everyone for their support, and especially those who generously donated to the silent auction, including Sonja Gentile, Tony’s Pizza, Greek Town Grill and Take-Out, Mino’s Village Restaurant, Farm Boy, Laura’s Kindercare and Mino’s Take-Out West. A special thank you to Holy Cross student Colin Watts and his band for their great musical entertainment.

Peer mentoring leads to success

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St Theresa Catholic School Teachers Allie Barrett, Peer Mentor Facilitator, and Jen Smith recently took part in the Teacher Leadership and Learning Program Summit. The summit was a presentation of leadership and transition initiatives to move Grade 8 students into Grade 9. Grade 8 students who are exposed to positive transition experiences are more likely to be successful, and belonging to a peer group helps teens work on their identity and individuality. When students feel like they 'fit in' with a group that promotes their likes and social values, they can become stronger in their attitudes and convictions. The goals of this project are to create links with home and school, involve parents in their children’s education and pair Grade 8 students with peer mentors.

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Here's how our Catholic schools are giving back

St. Paul students have a pancake breakfast
Students at St. Paul Catholic School, Kingston host a pancake breakfast to raise funds for United Way.

Pajama Day
Primary students enjoyed Pajama Day in Sharbot Lake. The school community was asked to bring in a Toonie for the opportunity to wear pajamas to show their support for the United Way.

Loyola school of adult and continuing education campuses had a unique challenge – the campus that raised the most for United Way got to shave the hair, beards, ponytails and legs of faculty Mike Zaffino and John Pronovost. The individual who raised the most money had the honour of doing the shearing. The goal of $300 was shattered by the final total of $2,440.85 that was raised among the campuses.

Pajama Day
Crazy hair day was part of the United Way Spirit Week at St. Carthagh Calothic School.

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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.

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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
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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.