"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
As we begin the month of October, we tend to think of Thanksgiving and gratitude. The mood is reflective and calm. Autumn brings beauty, especially to Northern Ontario where we are surrounded by nature and tranquility.
Meanwhile students have settled into their learning routine, continue to build relationships with friends, and prepare for the season of Thanksgiving. Our Catholic values inform us to be thankful, in harmony and support each other. Colossians Chapter 3 states, “And may the peace of Christ be in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together in one body. Always be thankful. Let the Word of Christ in all its richness find a home with you. Teach each other, advise each other, in all wisdom (v. 15-16). Our schools should be an example of this message in all that we do.
Much work was completed this past summer to some of our schools. Upgrades included and not limited to, flooring, painting, playground safety, and new furniture. We are committed to improving all our schools over the next few years so our students can learn in an environment they can be proud. In addition, our senior team has completed the Board Improvement Plan which directly sets goals for programming.
We look forward to a great school year ahead and I wish all our school board community a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Maria Vasanelli, Director of Education
Students from Holy Angels Catholic School participated in the Terry Fox Run and learned about the importance of fighting together and standing up even when it’s hard - together we are stronger! #HASLearns The Terry Fox Foundation
On Thursday, September 26th Holy Saviour Catholic School welcomed parents, guardians, students, grandparents and visitors to their annual Welcome Back Open House and BBQ.
Visitors had the opportunity to tour the learning environments and classrooms and students were excited to show off their favourite things in their classrooms. The teachers and support staff were available to meet the parents. Demonstrations of Math and Language programs that will be used this school year were given including IXL - an online learning tool that students can use at home.
Rhonda O’Connor, RN from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit provided parents/guardians and students with information on healthy snack ideas for the school year. Superior North Catholic District School Board Attendance Counsellor, Michelle Legacy provided information on the importance of attendance and Helen Gibbons, Mental Health Nurse provided information on the importance of taking care of ourselves. Kelli Adams, Positive Behaviour Support Worker was on hand to treat our students to some creative face painting. Thank you for being part of our team!
The learning commons was open for their annual book fair. There were many great books available, and with the money raised, the school will purchase more books for their school library! A free BBQ was put on by the Holy Saviour School Parent Council. A big thank you to Al Cresswell from CFNO for cooking such delicious burgers!
On September 19th, the St Brigid Bison joined with our trustee Mrs. Chereyl Marino and coterminous schools Notre Dame des Écoles and Nakina Public School to celebrate the Fall Harvest! Beginning with a nature walk to our outdoor classroom, students smudged and made offerings of asemaa (tobacco), participated in natural awareness and Ojibwe vocabulary games and harvested mashkiigobag (Labrador tea). Afterwards, all three schools joined together for a community feast of hearty soup, delicious bannock, scrumptious blueberry crumble and freshly brewed tea. Chi-miigwetch to everyone who contributed to the success of the day!
The grade ⅞ Native as a Second Language students at St. Edward Catholic School went with Mrs. Boress and Mrs. Sheriff to pick the sacred medicine sage.
St. Hilary Catholic School, Red Rock, ON
St. Hilary was thrilled to unveil its new logo to our staff and students. Thanks to their fundraising efforts, every student received a new shirt featuring our new logo so they can show their St. Hilary Storm Pride in style. Many thanks to Mrs. Ashley Muir for all of her hard work in bringing this initiative to life.
St. Hilary Catholic school hosted their annual Open House and Terry Fox walk on Monday, September 16th. We had a great turn out and raised an amazing $763.55 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Thank you to Saunders Foodland for preparing our delicious meal.
St. Joseph Catholic School, Geraldton
On Thursday, September 26, 2019 the students and staff at St. Joseph Catholic School in Geraldton, participated in the annual Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research. Students and staff walked from the school to the Geraldton Complex to meet students from B.A. Parker Public and GCHS. Together we acknowledged students who raised money for the Terry Fox Foundation. St. Joseph students held a bake sale and raised money through donations for a grand total of $766.50!
The Catholic Education Theme for this year is:
Loving God, You sent your Son, Jesus, to be our hope. We feel his promised Spirit at work within us. We recognize his risen presence among us as we gather in his name in prayer, and celebrate the Eucharist. He is the hope which inspires us to share as members of the Catholic educational community, in your church’s mission to announce the Good News to the whole world. We thank you for the gift of Catholic education. May it continue to be a place where Christ ignites within us, an abiding confidence, in a future filled with hope. We make this prayer through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen
September’s virtue is
We are reminded that we all have strengths and weaknesses, gifts and limitations. Yet we are all God’s children!
One way of showing this respect and acceptance of one another is demonstrated in the book, Jeremiah Learns to Read. This book also reminds us that it’s never too late to learn!