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The ALCDSB Celebrates Catholic Education and Mental Health Week

May 02, 2022

During the week of May 2 to May 6, 2022, The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) are celebrating the significant contributions that Catholic Education has made to the community, the province and to Canada. During Catholic Education Week ALCDSB schools will also recognize Mental Health Week as an opportunity to promote mental health and well-being across our system.

“Observing a concurrent celebration of Catholic Education and Mental Health allows our board to celebrate and highlight our ongoing mission, while reinforcing the correlation between practicing faith and positive mental health. Celebrating the significant contributions of Catholic Education through a series of purposeful events and activities supports faith formation for all members of our Catholic school community. By participating in Catholic Education Week, we are celebrating our achievements, and all members of the ALCDSB are reminded to recognize, understand, and apply social-emotional learning and mental health skills in all areas of their lives." Said David DeSantis, Director of Education.

Catholic Education and Mental Health Week will be celebrated across the province during the week of May 2 – 6, 2022. The theme of Catholic Education Week 2022 is Rebuild, Restore, Renew Together. This year, Mental Health Week focuses on how empathy is important for our mental health.  

There are five sub-themes, one for each day of Catholic Education Week and Mental Health Week. The themes are aimed at helping staff and students to reflect more fully on what Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Together means to them.

The subthemes of Catholic Education Week and the components that support Mental Health and over all well-being are: ​

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                              Catholic Education Week             Mental Health Week                     

Monday:                  Rediscover                                  Emotional

Tuesday:                 Rebuild                                        Social

Wednesday:            Restore                                        Spiritual

Thursday:                Renew                                         Physical

Friday:                    Rejoice                                        Cognitive​

Catholic Education Week is marked by special activities at all grade levels, including prayer celebrations and service activities. The ALCDSB will observe the daily themes by participating in Catholic Education activities each day at 10 a.m.

Catholic Education Week Schedule:

Monday, Monday 2: CEW Quiz: Catholic Education in Ontario

Students and staff are invited to test their knowledge on the history of Catholic Education in Ontario. Classes or groups that are interested in participating are invited to complete the registration form. Quiz and supporting information will be provided to registrants.

Tuesday, May 3: CEW Video Project (Video link will go live at 10:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, May 4: ALCDSB Twitter Challenge

Students and staff are invited to participate in the ALCDSB Catholic Education Week Twitter Challenge on Wednesday, by sharing Tweets and photos of ways that they are working to “Rebuild, Restore, and Renew Together".

Thursday, May 5: Catholic Education Week Mass (LIVESTREAM - Video link will stream live at 10:00 a.m.)

Friday, May 6: Catholic Education Week Awards Presentation (Video link will go live at 10:00 a.m.)

For information about Catholic Education Week 2022 events please visit alcdsb.on.ca.

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board serves approximately 12,000 students, employs over 1,400 full-time equivalent staff and covers a geographical area of more than 16,000 square kilometers. The ALCDSB builds faith-filled learning communities where each member is loved, inspired, and successful. 

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  • Discipleship

    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.

  • Scholarship

    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

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