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St. Michael Catholic School holds “Swap and Drop”

In order to help reduce their carbon footprint, students at St. Michael Catholic School held their third annual “Swap and Drop” sale. Over 3500 items of clothing and toys were donated to the school. Grade 7 students in Mr. Wells’ class collected, organized and worked with student customers to ensure that the clothing and toys found a good home. The first piece of clothing was free for every student and any additional item cost a quarter. The day tied into the classroom's water theme as each piece of reused clothing or goods saves water and prevents dye and other by-products from entering the water table. Over 3000 items of clothing were reused within the school community and any remaining clothing was donated to St. Vincent de Paul in Belleville. The students raised enough money to buy 2 hens, a rooster, a goat and 5 fruit trees and to help stock a medical clinic with lifesaving antibiotics, antimalarials and basic medical supplies through World Vision.

Stars promote literacy and learning

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Two stars of the Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Team braved the blowing snow on Wednesday to stop by St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School to promote literacy and learning in all subject areas. Goalie Lucas Peressini and Assistant Captain Connor McGlynn spoke with Grade 4 and 5 students, and took part in a question and answer session. They also visited a Grade 1 class to read a Christmas story and counted the "How Many?" jar with them. Students were inspired to work hard to achieve their own personal "goals". Thanks Lucas and Conor!

Students help those in need

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During the first two weeks of Advent, students from Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School have taken the Advent call “to help those in need” to heart through several Kingston Street Retreats. These outreach activities took place at the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Salvation Army, Home Base Housing, and other Kingston social. Students in the ”Crusaders in Community Service” Social Action Club helped sort clothes and children's toys, and prepared food for the lunch program at St. Vincent de Paul as part of their Street Retreat. Students saw firsthand the dedication, compassion and care by both staff and patrons. The money collected through this Friday's Advent collection at Holy Cross will be going to the outreach program for homeless youth at St. Vincent de Paul.

Students help spread Christmas joy

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The Holy Name Catholic School Eco Team and Student Council put their faith in action by organizing an Advent Toy and Book Drive. Donations were collected from the school community for two weeks and sent to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, who will give the toys and books to boys and girls in the Kingston community who will benefit most this Christmas season.

Director's Annual Report

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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.