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#HIGHLIGHTS December 2019

At the annual organizational meeting of the Superior North Catholic District School Board, Judy Wawia, First Nation Representative was elected Chair of the Board. Mrs. Wawia has been Vice-chair of the Board serving consecutive terms since 2015.

Amanda Monks, representing the community of Terrace Bay was acclaimed Vice-Chair of the Board. Amanda Monks has several years of experience as a Trustee for the Superior North Catholic District School Board.

Left: Amanda Monks, Vice-Chair of the Board, Right: Judy Wawia, Chair of the Board

Other Trustee members are: Kristy Lachance (Manitouwadge), Hugh McCorry (Marathon), Lawrence McParland (Schreiber), Marline Ilijow (Nipigon), Shirley Jean (Red Rock), Lilliana McPherson (Longlac) and Chereyl Marino (Geraldton and Nakina).

We are blessed with their enthusiasm, encouragement and dedication to our students and staff throughout the Superior North Catholic system.

The Inaugural meeting was preceded by a mass and commissioning of Trustees at St. Martin Catholic School, officiated by Father Terry Sawchuk. Thank you to Father Terry Sawchuk for the beautiful mass and commissioning service. We also thank Betty Hanley for the liturgical music and to St. Martin Catholic School students for leading the mass.

At the conclusion of the Inaugural session, a regular board meeting was held, in which Trustees settled their committee responsibilities. The Superior North Catholic District School Board looks forward to continuing to serve the interests of all our students, parents and communities.

To support collaboration among schools and educators across the geographically large Superior North Catholic District School Board and to celebrate teaching practices and student learning, a short video will be created each month to highlight each school.

For the month of December, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Manitouwadge is being featured for their awesomeness!

Holy Saviour Catholic School's Native as a Second Language class taking learning outside. What beautiful bird feeders they made to feed the chickadees!

"Ozhitoonig Miiniteyeg" — "Making gifts"

The students at St. Edward Catholic School in Nipigon made loom beading bracelets. These bracelets will be given as gifts to family members

The St. Martin Catholic School held its first annual “Holiday Hoopla” on Friday, December 6th organized by their very own Grade 7/8 class.

Together, the class organized many fun and exciting activities such as a White Elephant sale, Juice and Popcorn Sale, Face Painting, and Carnival Games such as Minute to Win It, Skeet Ball, Sucker Pull and more! The Cake Walk and Bake Sale were organized and run by students in Grade 5/6.

They are proud to announce that they raised over $650.00. All funds raised will be donated to The North Shore Harvest Food Cupboard.

Thank you to all who joined the school in an afternoon of fun and excitement. Shout out to the students and staff who helped to make this event such a success!

The St Brigid Bison and Buddy the Elf agree: "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!" The Bison migrated through the streets of Nakina caroling, visiting homes and businesses, singing songs of hope, peace, joy and love.

St Brigid Catholic School Bison, Alyssa Frost, organized a fundraiser to provide schools in isolated Indigenous communities with vegetable gardens as her “passion project.”

She set a goal, planned the event, arranged for the purchase of materials, managed a team of support staff, ran the event, managed budget, paid off expenses and calculated the profit.

Altogether, she raised $150, enough to sponsor four school and community gardens.

St. Edward students in all grades participated in their MAGU ornament making activity so that we could decorate our Christmas tree. Jesus is the reason for the season!
Advent is all of us spreading the message of hope, peace, joy and love. Holy Saviour Catholic School students gathered this month around the wreath showing that God's love is all around us and that it never ends.
Thanks to the Schreiber Senior Centre for inviting the Holy Angels Catholic School Kindergarten and Gr. 1/2's to the Senior Center. We had fun singing and the cookies were delicious!

This holiday season, the best gift you can give your child is a good education. And the best place to get an education is in school. It’s tempting to extend your vacation by a few days, but remember, those days count as absences. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time. So make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning. If missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom. So give your child the gift of attendance and help build a habit of attendance.

Hello everyone. My name is Erin Roxborough. I am the new Attendance Counsellor for the Superior North Catholic District School Board. I look forward to building awareness and working as a team to help improve attendance in our schools. Have a happy and safe holiday!

The Greenstone OPP came to St. Joseph Catholic School in Geraldton to do a bullying presentation to our students. Students were engaged and had many questions for the constables.

The St Brigid Bison took a field trip halfway across the world without even leaving the safety of the classroom, spending their morning "exploring by the seat of their pants" as they joined other classes from across North America to hear from biologist Mia Fahmi live in Madagascar! The Bison along with students from as far away as St John's, Newfoundland, and Virginia, USA, learned about how Dr Fahmi is dissecting leeches in the Lost Forest to monitor endangered species.

Principals and Senior Administration also joined the Grade 5 /6 class St. Martin Catholic School for an "Exploring by the Seat of your Pants" adventure. The educators learnt how we can the use of this technology to enrich the curriculum for all children in our schools.

The St. Edward Catholic School grade 5 girls participated in “Hackergals” and explored opportunities in code.

St. Edward Catholic School students in grades 4 and 5 who are enrolled in the LU Student Achievement Program participated in a variety of activities with the LU team!

Students enjoyed this time and were most appreciative of the provided lunch and tshirts!

On Tuesday, November 26th the SNCDSB sent a team of educators, including system support staff to Thunder Bay to attend a workshop coordinated in partnership between the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the Youth Prevention Project in Thunder Bay and District. The day was facilitated by Dr. Jodi Hall who presented on “Trauma Informed Lens & Vicarious Trauma Tools for Education and Community Organizations”.

The session was organized in two sections, focussing on developing an understanding of:

  1. The complex issue of trauma, and how to recognize and respond accordingly to trauma
  2. Secondary (vicarious) trauma and helpful information to support professionals who work with people (students or staff) that have experienced trauma.

The learning/resources shared further reinforces the ongoing need for compassion opposed to consequence and will support us in helping other educators look for and identify a students “sparkling” moments.

"Together We Educate Heart, Mind and Soul."