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J.J. Boys learn about acts of kindness

Nick Foley of “Celebrate the Hero” visited J.J O’Neill Catholic School in Napanee to share with students’ ways to enhance the lives of others, by making those around us feel great. Nick worked with grades 4, 5, 6 boys in the first workshop; concentrating on making others feel good. The students were eager to put Nick’s message into action using hero slips to uplift their fellow classmates. In the grade 7-8 workshop, Nick continued with the “how do you want to be remembered?” theme having students practice the importance of spreading joy to the people around them through kind acts.

Student helps “Get Kids In The Game”

Student helps Get Kids In the Game
Nolan Lalonde, a Gr. 5 student at St. John XXIII Catholic School, is helping “Get Kids In The Game”. As a goalie for the Greater Kingston Jr. Frontenacs team, Nolan realized that some kids in the Kingston area are not able to experience the benefits of organized sports, He thought that if kids were able access certain sports equipment, perhaps they may participate in organized sports and activities that they weren’t otherwise able to. What started out as a classroom initiative, quickly grew into a school wide initiative of collecting gently used sports equipment for those kids who need it. The positive response from the school community has prompted Nolan to share his goal of helping to “Get Kids In The Game” with the rest of our Board.

School choir sings at Sir John A. Macdonald
Bicentennial ceremony

Choir singing at Bicentennial ceremony
Photo by: Jerry Moore of the
Watertown Daily Times
Students from the St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School Choir performed at the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial celebrations at Kingston City Hall. The choir opened the ceremony with the national anthem, the royal anthem and then, following the unveiling of the newly minted Sir John A. coin, sang Michael Mitchell's "Canada in my Pocket" to the delight of the crowd of VIPs which included the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, the Prime Minister, Mayor Paterson and the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament. Student Sarah Furtado helped Mayor Paterson pull the curtain and reveal a newly restored painting of Sir John. It was an exciting day with many great moments. Congratulations to the choir members for their excellent representation of their school community!

Holy Cross student wins National Crystal Growing competition!

Student shows her crystal
Grade 12 chemistry student, Tessa vanZenvenbergen was awarded the top prize for the Chemical Institute of Canada National Crystal Growing competition. Over a period of five weeks, Tessa carefully grew her crystal ensuring that conditions were optimized. Her crystal was judged based on its clarity, size, and sharpness of edges. Tessa will be awarded the $300 prize later this month and will have her crystal posted on the competition's website. Congratulations also to Michael Brownlee and Sarah Peebles for placing second in the Quality Only category.

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.

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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.