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APRIL 2019 Superior North Catholic District School Board Newsletter

Spring is the season of new beginnings. It is the changing of our physical environment. The bare and grey landscape make way to a bright palette of colors. The lake has movement again, trees wake up from a long winter and flowers compete for our attention.

Spring is a time for growth. It is about our intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth. Psalm 1:3 talks of a person being like a tree by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.

Spring is also about Easter – the most important holiday on the Christian calendar. Easter represents the fulfillment of God's promises to humankind, and Jesus’ resurrection is a promise of a new life. It shows us that our faith in Him is alive and powerful. This event is also a powerful reminder to us all that trusting in a divinity bigger than ourselves will pull us up even from the depths of despair.

Spring time in Catholic schools means celebrating who we are and what we believe; praying in community, reading a book outside in fresh air, looking forward to summer with family and knowing that we are all in this together.

As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. – Hosea 6:3, NIV

Maria Vasanelli, Director of Education

At 10:45am on April 2, St. Martin Catholic School students and staff participated in a Raise the Flag ceremony. We listened to Lea and Liv as they shared the importance in recognizing today and we prayed for those who live with ASD and for those who support. #lightitupblue #worldautismawarenessday
CEC STAFF #lightitupblue #worldautismawarenessday

Project Purse

The St. Hilary Catholic School Grade 8 girls wanted to continue to make a difference and to “give back” so they participated in “Project Purse.” Every woman deserves a purse filled with essential life items.

The students used Kahoot to practice household items and animate and inanimate objects in Ojibwe.

Thank you to everyone for their generous donations!

The gr. 1/2 students enjoyed making ice cream as their culminating task after learning about procedural writing. The Gr. 3/4s showed off their creativity with their collaborative 3D structures.

In April, students from St. Joseph Catholic School in Geraldton travelled to Geraldton Composite High School to take part in Skills Canada's Trade and Tech day. This was a great hands on learning opportunity for our students.

Trades and Tech Day sponsored by Skills Canada

JK/SK Space Exhibition Project

Without skipping a beat after the announcement that the world scientific community published the first ever photo of a Black Hole, Mrs. Arsenault, Mrs. Furlotte and the Our Lady of Fatima JK/SK class took this project to the next step. They have built a rocket ship and attempted to blast it off in search of this Black Hole. The students explored the concept of gravity and light years and had a lot of fun launching their rocket ships!

The St Brigid Bison hosted their annual Stations of the Cross procession through the streets of Nakina on Holy Thursday. Joined by parish priest Father Praveen Kumar, students and staff from St Brigid Catholic School and Notre Dame des Écoles took-up the Cross and lead prayers and reflections throughout Nakina, reliving Christ's last hours before the crucifixion.

In April, Holy Angels Catholic School participated in the Plastic Bag Grab Challenge sponsored by Recycling Council of Ontario and Walmart. The students challenged their school to find ways reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic bags.

The Gr.3/4's made friendship bracelets using plastic bags and the 3/4's and 5/6's got together to make a mural solely out of all the bags our school collected in the last 2 weeks. Our theme was plastic pollution and Global Warming and the loss of our arctic habitat and how it affects animals such as the polar bear.

The bags the school collected will now be brought to Walmart to be recycled into park benches.

Congratulations to the Student of the Month recipients for April!
Students at Our Lady of Lourdes enjoying some games with teacher Mrs. Baker.

Students at Holy Saviour Catholic School celebrate their achievements during the month of April! Great work!

Submitted by Sr. Romiti, Faith Formation & Catholicity Co-ordinator
Submitted by Tracy Bryson, Positive Behaviour Support Lead
Submitted by Michelle Legacy, Attendance Counsellor
Submitted by Peter Kutok and Lena Stahl, Math Leads

Resources:

Submitted by Colleen Sheriff, Indigenous Education Lead
Submitted by Sarah Clowes, Technology Enabled Learning Teacher Contact

On April 16th, school teams that included the Principal, the Learning for All Teacher or a Classroom Teacher and an Educational Assistant took part in The Third Path Professional Learning.

All of our schools have begun focussing more on creating environments based on relationships, and look forward to continuing our Third Path journey.

Educators had the opportunity to take a one day course on April 29th with Pamela Toulouse, author of Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools. This professional development was for educators who teach in Kindergarten to Grade 8 and based on her book "“Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools." This book is a great resource for all teachers that are looking for ways to respectfully infuse residential school history, treaty education, Indigenous contributions, First Nations, Inuit and Metis perspectives, Seven Grandfather Teachings, and sacred circle teachings into their teaching. Toulouse presented a culturally relevant and holistic approach that facilitates relationship building and promotes ways to engage in reconciliation activities.

The Superior North Catholic District School Board is honoured to be a project partner with Thunder Bay District Health Unit to implement the Youth Violence Prevention Project.

This exciting initiative provides the capacity to implement a school-based, skills-focused, healthy relationship program aimed at preventing teen violence and related risk behaviours for Grade 7-9 youth in our region.

Together we will deliver the Fourth R, an evidence-based program that addresses the Grade 7-9 Ontario Health Curriculum with units on:

  • Personal Safety & Injury Prevention
  • Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours
  • Human Development and Sexual Health
  • Healthy Eating

The Fourth R applies a youth-focused, harm-reduction strategy to empower students with the knowledge, positive relationship skills and decision making abilities to target the unhealthy behaviours and attitudes that contribute to teen violence perpetuation and victimization.

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"Together We Educate Heart, Mind and Soul."

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