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Monday, June 29, 2015
Loyalist Golf & Country Club
Bath, Ontario

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Former astronaut ‘very down to Earth’

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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.

Catholic school chosen to sing O Canada coast to coast

Children singing O Canada
Archbishop O'Sullivan Catholic School was one of two Kingston schools selected to participate in Hometown Proud, a national program which incorporates teachable moments and a cross country recording tour featuring thousands of elementary school students from each province and territory singing O Canada together. The Department of Canadian Heritage, in celebration and commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Flag of Canada, has provided funding for elementary school programs in 2015. As part of the Canadian Heritage program, a recording session tour to 80 elementary schools across Canada is taking place. Students will be featured on the largest recording of O Canada to date, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary and for a potential world record. MPP Ted Hsu was in attendance to help the school celebrate this memorable experience.

Hockey Mom Learns Life Lessons

Allyson Tufts Hockey Mom
A Nicholson Catholic College alum has written a book about her years as a hockey mom. The paperback, Lessons From Behind the Glass, is loosely based on her family’s travels and travails of almost 10 years following her son’s hockey career.

“It’s from a mother’s perspective,” said author Allyson Tufts. “I grew up with hockey and have lived it all my life. The book is the culmination of stories and adventures – and lessons learned – from the moment my son first stepped on the ice until junior hockey.”

Her children, Brock and Korah, attend St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School. The mom character in her book chronicles the highs and lows of all the years she watched her brothers, her husband and now, her son, a goalie, face the many challenges of competitive hockey.

As with many fans, there was the stress of not agreeing with a coaching decision or a referee’s call, and the impact that had on her – and her son. As the competition and the pressure increased, she said she would write down her feelings, set the notes aside for a couple days, then go back and read them. “There were times, on the outside that I thought I handled it well, but on the inside, I was losing it. I would go back and read my notes and think, wow, you were mad!”

She would then sit back and watch other parents. “It’s a good tool to sit back and watch others,” she said. The lessons she learned, about herself and her family, morphed naturally into a ‘how-to’ book.

She credits her husband with possibly the best lesson she learned – teach your kids to advocate for themselves. Every chapter is a lesson and Allyson offers two more important lessons: Don’t force your passion; your children will find their own, and parents see hockey through a different set of eyes.

A special book signing and reading will celebrate the release of Lessons From Behind the Glass at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre on Sunday, April 19 from 12 – 2:30 p.m.

Let’s put all our eggs in one basket!

Students showing chart
In his Lenten message for 2015, Pope Francis tells us that “every Christian community is called to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of the greater society of which it is a part, especially with the poor and those who are far away.”

This year, St. Carthagh Catholic School in Tweed took on the challenge of raising money for the mission hospital of St. Clotilde, Peru.

Why St. Clotilde? Fr. Maurice Schroeder, who guided St. Carthagh and St. Edmund churches through Advent last year, spent most of the last 30 years building and practicing medicine at the mission hospital of Santa Clotilde. So what better way to support his work than share his focus, the school community asked.

To continue Fr. Moe’s mission in Peru as a Lenten focus, the school did research and decided the best way to help was to create a sustainable chicken raising project (to feed patients) that would supply an ongoing source of protein - eggs and when no longer laying - meat. This would involve money to build a coop, purchasing the chickens and feed and also working a system to protect the chickens from both theft and predators. The students look forward to photos of the project as it progresses.

The Construct Carthagh’s Coop at Clotilde fundraiser was on, with a goal of $1,500. Throughout Lent, classes held a Canadian Tire Money Swap, Bottle Drives, a Movie Night, sold milkshakes and brought in their loose change. Their almsgiving resulted in raising $1,760 for their brothers and sisters in Peru!

Mother Teresa Chess Tournament

Students showing awards
Mother Teresa Catholic School recently hosted a chess tournament featuring 72 competitors from eight schools across the Board. Congratulations to Genryl Laxina, who won the Grade 6 and Under Division, narrowly beating teammate Owen Best from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, and to Jordan DoCanto, also from Our Lady of Lourdes, who won the Grade 8 and Under Division, beating Skylar Danford-Prince from Sacred Heart Marmora. All students were commended for their sportsmanship and great play.

“Amazing Grace in Action”

Students showing awards
The K2K Jamaica Mission Trip was once again a huge success. Sixteen students and four staff from Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School recently returned from Kingston, Jamaica, after eight challenging but amazing days together. The group returned with minds and hearts full with a life time of memories and experiences. As on past K2K Mission Trips, students and staff volunteered at various projects sponsored by St. Patrick's Foundation, including St. Monica’s, a home for abandoned elderly persons, and at two remedial schools for disadvantaged children - Riverton Early Childhood Centre and St. Margaret’s Human Resource Centre. The group also enjoyed a wonderful visit and discussion with the Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica, the Most Rev. Charles Dufour. During the months leading up to the trip, the group collected wheelchairs, walkers and enough medical and school supplies to fill 16 large donation bags. These were donated to various schools and groups visited on the trip. A large donation was also made to St. Patrick’s Foundation, with the monies raised from the school’s bake sale in September, an E-Waste Collection in October and a ‘Jamaica Fish Fry’ in November.

All returned to Canada with many fond memories of their time in Jamaica and with a deeper appreciation for the challenges faced by the less fortunate in developing countries. Perhaps most importantly, they returned home with a greater realization of the presence of God in the poorest of the poor whom they met and worked with everyday. A big thank you to all our benefactors and donors, especially the Archdiocese of Kingston, the Sisters of Providence, the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and other church and school groups who helped make this trip possible.

London Calling Tour a smashing success

Students showing awards
Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School Senior Band ‘London Calling Tour’ came to a very successful conclusion. The band was the first Regiopolis-Notre Dame ensemble to perform in Europe and they did it in style, performing at Cadogan Hall, home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. For their outstanding efforts, the ensemble received a Gold Standing, which allows them continued participation in the Heritage Festivals of Gold series. The band enjoyed listening to excellent performances by ensembles from New York and California, and followed this by five days of touring London and surrounding area with our tour guides James and Peter. Highlights included Billy Elliot The Musical, and attractions such as The Tower of London, Windsor Castle and the London Eye.

Milk Bags For Mats

Students showing awards
As a Lenten project this year, students from St. Patrick Catholic School, Harrowsmith, decided to collect plastic milk bags, which will eventually be made into woven mats. The bags will be sent to Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board, where they will be woven into mats for victims of the ebola virus in West Africa. The goal: 1,000 milk bags. The result: almost 4,000 milk bags to date! Local parishes and the community have joined in this cause. Congratulations to all students and families who are improving the quality of life of those less fortunate than ourselves. We will continue to collect milk bags until the end of this school year.

Celebrating Easter with Paschal Candles!

Students showing awards
The Primary Division at Holy Name Catholic School participated in a very special religion activity with Michael Gundert, Special Assignment Teacher, Religious Education and Family Life. The students learned how to make an Easter Paschal Candle and its importance. The Paschal Candle represents the light of Christ and is lit every year at the Easter Vigil. The Paschal Candle is also often used at baptisms. It features the Alpha and Omega letters on the top and bottom to represent God as eternal, and the cross to represent Jesus sacrifice for our sins. Students also learned that there are five marks on the Paschal Candle to represent the five wounds of Jesus on the cross. Every Paschal Candle is unique in that it has a yearly date on it. This wonderful hands-on activity enriched our faith and the celebration of Easter.

An Exciting New Learning Space in Batawa

Students showing awards
Students from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Batawa joined Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison and members of the Batawa Lion’s Club at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new outdoor classroom space located adjacent to the school. The Quinte Lion’s club strategically located the site close to the school so students and staff could expand their environmental, experiential and outdoor learning curriculum. The outdoor classroom is the first stage of a larger learning commons that has been planned, led by Lion’s Club President Jeff Moorhouse. This is yet another example of the outstanding community support local students have and a clear model of civic pride for our students!

Nominations open for
John Gerretsen Youth Leadership Award

Nominations are now open for the John Gerretsen Youth Leadership Award, established with the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area to support the leadership development of students in Grades 9 – 12 who would like to further develop their leadership skills. The award aims to support young leaders as they strive to develop their potential: to understand their strengths, weaknesses, and leadership style; to set worthy personal goals; and to develop the confidence, resilience, motivation, and skills to bring these goals to fruition.

Through his compassionate and courageous leadership as a member of the Provincial Parliament, and Mayor and City Councillor for the City of Kingston, John Gerretsen devoted his career to enabling positive change and to advocating for citizens, young and old, throughout our community and province. The John Gerretsen Youth Leadership Award was created in recognition of his long time commitment and stellar service to Kingston and the Islands.

Click for full details and nomination form.

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

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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
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.