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CUPE Job Action Update

September 25, 2019
Sunday, October 6
On Sunday, October 6 the Minister of Education announced that a tentative agreement has been made with CUPE. ALL ALCDSB schools will be open on Monday, October 7. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
We look forward to welcoming all students and...
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Share your thoughts on the future of Catholic Education

September 16, 2019
We want to hear from YOU as we work to create a new MYSP for the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board!  Send us your thoughts: Every school board in Ontario is governed by a board of trustees that has a legislated requirement to ensure the creation...
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Early Years & Child Care Services Survey - City of Kingston

May 23, 2019
​ Help shape the future of early years and child care services in Kingston and Frontenac County!
The City of Kingston provides direction and oversees Child Care and EarlyON programming in Kingston and Frontenac. As the child care and early years’ service system manager, the City plays an important role in...

St James Major Recipient of Total Community Challenge Minutes Grant

May 22, 2019

We are excited to announce that St James Major Catholic School will be participating in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge, taking place between May 31st – June 16th.  As Canada’s premier physical activity brand, ParticipACTION helps Canadians sit less and move more through innovative engagement initiatives and thought leadership.  St James...

2019/2020 School Year Calendar

May 22, 2019
​ The 2019/2020 School Year Calendar has now been approved. To view the full calendar:  2019-2020 ALCDSB School Year Calendar .pdf
 Please note the following dates: First Day of School - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Christmas Break - Monday, December 23, 2019 - Friday, January 3, 2020 March Break -...
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April 15, 2019
​ The Student Advisory Committee is a group that helps foster a two-way conversation on between Ontario’s students and EQAO. Students are the focus of EQAO’s work, and we value learners’ perspectives on everything that we do. During its inaugural year, the Student Advisory Committee met three times virtually. These meetings...
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Hot Docs Film Festival in Sharbot Lake

April 11, 2019
​ Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200,000. Hot Docs Film Festival o ffers free in-school and in-cinema screenings for grade 7 to 12 teachers and their students throughout the school...

St James Major's Beacon of Hope 2018 - 2019

March 28, 2019

On March 21, ALCDSB celebrated Beacons of Hope at a breakfast held at the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston. Parents/guardians, schools' administrators, Trustees, the Director and Beacons of Hope listened as school administrators shared the stories of students and their journey of becoming Beacons of Hope. Here is the story...
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Spaghetti Dinner April 3rd!

March 28, 2019
​Mr. Veryzer's class is hosting our 2 nd annual St. James Major spaghetti dinner. We are hoping to fundraise for our year-end trip to Ottawa, which is where 100% of our tickets sales will go to. The date of this event is Wednesday, April 3 rd , from 6pm – 8pm...
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Supporting Graduates: St James Major Cookbook

March 28, 2019

St. James Major Graduation committee along with graduating students will be hosting a new fundraiser in the upcoming weeks. Cookbooks will be put together and sold by graduating students. We are asking that all students participate in this fundraiser as it will go directly back to the students to...
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Recognition of Students' Work

February 21, 2019
​At our February Prayer Service, Anne was recognized by the Knights of Columbus for her work on her poster "Christ in Christmas." Anne received a certificate and a gift card for her placement at the district level. Great work Anne! Many students in Ms. Wringe's and Ms. Mattice's classroom participated in...
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School Bus Safety Rules: Staying safe on and around the school bus

February 21, 2019
​Please review the follow safety rules with your child to reinforce the importance of ensuring all students are kept safe on and around the school bus. It is important for all parents/guardians/caregivers to know your child’s route number, time of pick up and drop off, and the name and number of...
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Call for Catholic Education Week Award Nominations!

February 19, 2019
Catholic Education Week May 6-11, 2019 During the week of May 6-11, 2019 the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board will celebrate the significant contribution that Catholic Education has made to the community, the province and to Canada. Our Catholic Graduate Expectations challenge students to articulate in society those fundamental values...

Dungeons and Dragons Club @ St. James Major (Grade 6-8)

February 05, 2019
Location: Mr. Veryzer's Classroom
Time: Thursdays after school (until 4:00pm) Experience Level Required: Zero Come to D&D club and learn how to play! Everyone welcome – remember, these dungeons aren't going to explore themselves! Parents/guardians are responsible to provide or arrange transportation from school to home. There is no cost to...
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Welcome to Kindergarten!

February 01, 2019
  The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board looks forward to welcoming your child to our kindergarten classrooms!
Online Pre-Registration  New this year! ALCDSB offers pre-registration online for all incoming kindergarten students.  Pre-Registration Online Form
This application will take approximately 15 minutes. After you complete this form,...

Every Day Counts!

January 21, 2019
​ Mrs. Ammell visited our intermediate and junior classrooms on Friday January 18th to talk about the importance of attending school every day. Students really enjoyed her discussion and learned how every school day counts! Please see information below. If you have any questions or concerns about your child/ren's attendance, please...

Serving School Council

January 14, 2019
​ Mrs. Rebecca Peters has served in various roles on St. James Major Catholic School Council. Her dedication to the school has been greatly appreciated over the years. "For the past few years I have loved being your Chairperson for the school council. I feel my time in this position has...

Self Regulation: An Information Night for Parents

January 08, 2019
​Do you have or know anyone who has a child in Kindergarten? Ever wonder about the wiring of the brain and its effect on our emotions? Do you often parent in the 'red brain'? Do you know what causes your child stress? Did you know that it is crucial to think...

Thank You Bus Patrollers

January 08, 2019
​St James Major has 13 bus patrollers. Bus patrollers were trained by Tri-Board Transportation on October 1 and again on November 26. Bus patrollers play an important role in bus safety, as well as being leaders and role models to other students on the bus. Today, Hunter, Layne, Jed, Ayden, Rian,...

Inclement Weather and Bus Cancellations

January 08, 2019
​ TriBoard Transportation Authority, in consultations with Directors of Education, determine bus cancellations due to inclement weather. Information regarding bus cancellations at the beginning of the day is usually made available to radio stations by 6:00 a.m. In the event that buses are cancelled at the end of the day, or...

Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge

December 21, 2018
​ The Knights of Columbus have two basic duties … to serve their Priest and to serve their community. They believe that sports provide the discipline and focus required to develop athletic skills, character and faith formation. On September 8 th , students at St James Major took part in the...

Christmas at St James Major

December 21, 2018
​On December 17 th , the St James Major Catholic School community came together to celebrate Advent and the coming of our Lord. Father Cyprian led the community at Mass. All three classes led the community in a hymn. After Mass, we all enjoyed a lovely lunch. Thank you to all...

Christmas Message

December 19, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students of St James Major Catholic School, Only a few more days until you are able to enjoy the blessings of the Christmas season. The season of Advent always represents for us a period of great hope as we prepare for Christmas. St James Major is indeed a...

Catholic School Board Vacancy

December 13, 2018

The Board of Trustees of the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board invites applications from interested and qualified individuals to fill, by appointment, a trustee vacancy for the term of office 2018 – 2022.  This vacancy is a result of no candidates in Quinte West at the October...
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Safety First

December 07, 2018
​ Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and their families. Given the recent threats to school safety situations which led to Lock Downs and/or Hold and Secures taking place in some of our schools and in schools in two of our...

The Gift of Education

November 30, 2018

Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, consider the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days.  We know...
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Cold Weather Safety Tips

November 22, 2018
​ Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.  The risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.
dress warmly dress in layers, the outer layer should be wind resistant synthetic and wool fabrics provide as good insulating...
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As your child learns to read and write and as your child becomes a more fluent reader and a clearer writer

November 22, 2018

​With regular practice, children develop fluency in reading and writing. At the same time, they will also learn to think more deeply about the stories or information that they read. In this stage, your child: • Is able to adapt his or her reading to different types of reading materials,...
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When your child is first learning to read and write

November 22, 2018

When children are first learning to read and write, it is important to talk about the ideas they are reading about. This will help build their comprehension skills. In this stage, your child: • Begins to match written words to spoken words and to see relationships between sounds and...
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Before your child begins to read and write

November 22, 2018

Young children are eager learners and can develop literacy skills in a variety of ways. In this stage, your child:  • Likes to be read to and to look at books or words  • Learns about words by playing with letter blocks, looking at picture books, playing with magnetic...

Community Living Letter to Students and Parents

November 19, 2018
​ Dear Students and Families,               Community Living North Frontenac is excited to be embarking on a new journey in collaboration with Granite Ridge Education Centre. Beginning this fall a representative from Community Living North Frontenac will be at Granite Ridge Education Centre twice monthly to meet with and assist students...

Cannibis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know

November 12, 2018
​ School Mental Health ASIST and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) collaboratively developed the above PDF resource ‘Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know’. Drug Free Kids Canada has written the ‘Cannabis Talk Kit” to provide adults with the information they need to know about cannabis including scripts and...

After School ABA Program - Autism Skills Groups

November 05, 2018
​ The After School ABA Program is offering FREE Autism Skills Groups to children/youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The groups will focus on teaching a variety of skills including social, behaviour/emotional regulation, daily living and communication.  For Belleville and area, including Napanee :
For more information:  ASAP Flyer - Updated October...
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Treaties Recognition Week Nov. 4-10

November 05, 2018
In 2016, the Ontario government passed the Treaties Recognition Week Act to honour the importance of treaties and to help all Ontarians learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships. This legislation designates the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week and is intended to bring awareness to the treaty...

ALCDSB Welcomes Board of Trustees

October 23, 2018

Following the October 22, 2018 School Board Trustee elections, the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is pleased to welcome four new trustees. Please join us in welcoming: Michael Murphy, Kingston and Frontenac Islands Brian Evoy, Kingston and Frontenac Islands John Duggan, Belleville, Tyendinaga, Deseronto Peter McEnery, Tweed,...

Home Alone & Stranger Safety Program, and Kidsitters Canada Babysitters Training Course

October 18, 2018

Vari SAFE Education specializes in Youth Safety!  Their programs, instructors and learning objectives all support children, develop student confidence and strengthen our communities and families alike.   Vari SAFE partners with city recreation departments, local CAS agencies, individual schools or school boards, and with various youth groups to provide the most...

Operation Warm Feet - Winter Boots for $2, While Supplies Last

October 11, 2018
​ Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) is a multi-service, multi-site Community Health Centre – that means they care for the people in our community, and also care for and build up our community.  KCHC has many locations, and many different services and programs. While their work is diverse, all of their programs and staff are united...

Grade 7 and 8 Students: Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) at Queen's University

October 03, 2018
​For more than 30 years, the Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) at Queen's University has connected students in grades 7 to 12 with challenging and inspiring academics alongside the dynamic learning and living environment of university life. Providing an inclusive and unmatched mix of opportunities, ESU makes an unmistakable difference: nurturing curiosity,...
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ALCDSB Shares Experiences with FreshGrade [video]

October 02, 2018
FreshGrade is a digital portfolio and assessment platform that makes learning visible for educators, parents/guardians and students.  Check out what ALCDSB educators and students have to say about their experience with FreshGrade!


From all the staff and students of Saint James Major Catholic School,

October 01, 2018
​ Thank  you to  all  the parents who have donated sports balls to the school! This new equipment will allow the students to play basketball, soccer, and  really , any  sport! The students here are all  thankful  to  everyone  who donated the  balls and  are looking forward to using them on...

Parent/Guardian Survey for School Improvement

October 01, 2018
​Parents/guardians and community members are welcome to participate in a survey. The information collected in the survey will be used to develop the School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-being (SIPSAW). Please visiti to complete the survey. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. The SIPSAW will...

ALCDSB Celebrates 20 years (Video)

September 26, 2018

An Important Part of Your Child/ren's Lunch Bag: Water Bottles

September 19, 2018

At St. James Major, children need a clean water bottle on a daily basis to use our water station. Hydration is an important part in learning!  Water bottles increase instruction time and  promote the healthy habit of drinking water. Water   can also help with concentration throughout the school day.   A few simple water bottle requests:  1. Please make...

Tour of Sagonaska Demonstration School October 11

September 12, 2018
​ Th e Provincial Demonstration Schools provide educational programs for approximately 120 students. Students come to the programs significantly underachieving in some or all of the academic areas. Poor reading, writing, spelling and mathematics skills are common; many students also have immature social skills. Nevertheless, all students have average to above...

Attendance Matters!

September 10, 2018
Parents/guardians want their children to succeed at school, spiritually, socially and academically. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in September so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well later in life! The connection...

Get Moving!

September 10, 2018
​ Children (aged 3–4 years) should accumulate at least 180 minutes of physical activity at any intensity spread throughout the day. Activities in different environments develop movement skills. Children's progression toward at least 60 minutes of energetic play by 5 years of age is appropriate. More daily physical activity provides greater benefits. 
For health...

St James Hot Lunch Program Survey

September 07, 2018
​Parents/guardians please complete the online hot lunch survey found at before September 23 . Computers will be available at the school at the Open House on September 20th to complete the survey. The 2018-19 St James Hot Lunch Program will be developed based on parent/guardian feedback to this survey. You will be informed...

Hello From the First Day of School,

September 06, 2018
​The morning started off well with a little chatter, the class started off with a talk circle and we all passed around the ball and told everyone what we had done over the summer and/or what we look forward to this year. Every now and then someone would make a joke...

Guidelines for Extreme Heat

September 05, 2018

KFL&A Public Health has adopted a series of extreme heat thresholds to inform community residents, health care providers, and community service providers on the measures they can take to reduce the health effects of hot, humid, and smoggy weather. Between May 1 and September 30, KFL&A Public Health monitors...

St James Catholic School Working with A Traditional Anishinaabe Woman

September 03, 2018
​Danka is a traditional Anishinaabe woman  from the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation.  Danka is a 7-generation direct descendant of Chief Frances Sharbot and Mary Susan Nigik. Danka has been working with schools sharing traditional knowledge and crafts for the last 12 years. Danka carries teachings on traditional hand drumming, Algonquin language,...
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School Council Meeting: September 17 @ 5pm

August 31, 2018
​ St. James Major Catholic School Council is a forum through which parents/guardians and other members of our school community can contribute to improve student achievement and well-being. Membership on School Council includes representation from parents/guardians, the parish, the community, teaching and non- teaching staff, and school administration. The role of...

Ministry of Education: A Parent's Guide to the Fundamentals of Math

August 30, 2018
​Ontario’s publicly funded schools are focusing on the fundamentals of math. This is an overview of what Ontario students in Grades 1-8 are learning in math, and how you can support your children’s math learning at home. parent_guide_math_en.pdf


KFL&A: Preparing for Kindergarten

August 29, 2018

For most children, starting Kindergarten is exciting and rewarding. But it also can be a time of anxiety and stress about the unknown. It is normal for your child to have mixed feelings. He may feel excited about his new school, new backpack and new friends. But he may...

Lunch Supervisor Position

August 19, 2018
​ St. James Major Catholic School is looking for a Lunchtime Supervisor for each day of the week for the 2018-2019 school year. The position requires that you work one hour per day, during the lunch period. As a Lunchtime Supervisor you will supervise students at lunch recess and while eating their lunch....
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How Can I Support My Child/ren's Learning?

August 02, 2018

The best time for children to start learning to read and write is when they are very young. This is when they begin to develop positive attitudes and basic skills. Reading to children and talking to them about their ideas (even if those ideas don’t make sense to you...
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Grade 7/8 Students: Welcome to Your Personal Math Mentor

August 02, 2018

Get help with math when you’re stuck or simply need a bit of support or encouragement. In real-time, from anywhere. Mathify connects grade 7-10 students with Ontario certified math teachers - online, after school - to better understand how to solve math problems. Join 70,000+ students across the province and...
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How Can I Support My Child/ren's Learning?

August 02, 2018
​ Ontario’s mathematics curriculum reflects current research and is similar to that of other high-performing jurisdictions. The curriculum provides instruction to build mathematical concepts, procedures and skills. It also provides a balance of problem solving and practice. These types of activities help build the mathematical knowledge and skills our students need...