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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

J.J. O'Neill still Canada’s most active school!

Students showing awards
J. J. O’Neill Catholic School in Napanee has retained the title of Canada's Most Active Kids by winning the Winter 60 Minute Kids Club Challenge! Antonio Montes of 60 MKC recently visited the staff and students to share the wonderful news. The students diligently tracked their eating habits, exercise and screen time daily for 60 days. They are gearing up for the third and final challenge which begins April 15th! Top prize is $1,500 towards an activity for participants worth that amount.

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
Click for proposed 2015-2016 school year calendar.

J.J. O’Neill teacher receives “Teaching Nutrition Award”

Teacher with students holding award
Grade 3 teacher, Christine Carriere-Roth from JJ O'Neill Catholic School was awarded the "Teaching Nutrition Award" for Ontario teachers. Christine's innovative teaching approach to supporting nutrition with her students has been recognized by the Registered Dieticians of Ontario. She started a project called “Foods We Haven’t Tried… but Want To!” As a class, students use Food Picture Cards to make a list of foods they want to try and categorized them into food groups using Canada's Food Guide. Every Friday for four weeks, selected foods from the list were brought to class for students to taste. Students are encouraged to work with their families to include some of the foods they tried and liked in their snacks and lunches.

Art comes alive at St. Gregory

Living painting that scares girl Living painting represents a pearl earring
Students from St. Gregory Catholic School’s Grade 6/7 class put on a “Living Art Museum”. Students had 2 months to research a famous artist of their choice, select a piece from their collection, and find a way to bring the painting to life. Some groups re-painted the painting, leaving an opening for their mouths, while other groups used costume to bring the painting to life. Parents, staff and students had the opportunity to speak with the curators and the paintings themselves to learn more about the artist, the style of artwork, the painting, and more interesting facts. A great day was had by all.

Regi Senior Concert Band to Perform in England

The Senior Band at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School will again represent their school community on the International stage. In recent years the band has had the privilege of performing in music festivals at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Carnegie Hall in New York.

This month, 61 students from the band will be travelling to London, England to perform in the Heritage International Music Festival at Cadogan Hall, home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This will be the first musical ensemble from Regi to perform overseas. They will be performing three major works for concert band: Persis by James Hosay, Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre and the march British Eighth by Zo Elliot. The works are as challenging as they are varied.

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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.

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
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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.