SNCDSB #Highlights September 2021

We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website – we are kicking off our new school year with a new look!

Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors with an easier way to learn about our board and our schools. We wanted to make the new website faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly.

Amongst the new features, the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to foster improved communication with our school communities. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, announcements and good news stories!

As we started the 2021-2022 School Year, the safe opening of our schools remained our top priority. The guidance document we received from the Ministry of Education and our consultations with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit informed our specific plans for a safe reopening on Thursday, September 2.

While we continue to refine our SNCDSB specific guidelines as new information becomes available, below are some of the key decisions and safety protocols that informed our safe reopening.

Monthly Virtue for September – Respect
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 7:12

Superior North Catholic District School Board staff and students participated in the Terry Fox Walk. 41 Years ago, Terry Fox started a movement that continues to grow strong in the hearts of Canadians each year. This year is no exception. While this year's event might look a bit different, the goal remains the same: to raise funds for cancer research.

SNCDSB Schools participate in Terry Fox Walk.

September 30th is #OrangeShirtDay and the first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. A day to honour our Indigenous communities and those affected by the residential school system; in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for future generations to come. #EveryChildMatters

We encourage you to listen, learn, and reflect on the lasting effects of residential schools. https://www.orangeshirtday.org/

St. Joseph Catholic School #EveryChildMatters
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School #EveryChildMatters
St. Martin Catholic School #EveryChildMatters
St. Edward Catholic School #EveryChildMatters
Holy Angels Catholic School #EveryChildMatters
Our Lady of Fatima #EveryChildMatters
Holy Saviour Catholic School #EveryChildMatters

September 30th was Orange Shirt Day and was the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. All #SNCDSB staff and students joined Judy Wawia, Chair of the Board and Colleen Sheriff, Indigenous Education Lead virtually via Zoom for prayer and drum to honour the Residential and Day School survivors and remember the children that never made it home. A video of Phyllis Webstad was shared. Phyllis spoke about her Residential School experience and how the Orange Shirt Day movement came about. The virtual session provided reflective questions for classrooms to extend their learning and ended with a closing drum and song.

St. Hilary Catholic School #EveryChildMatters
St. Joseph Catholic School students from the Native as a Second Language and French as a Second Language classes made the most of the beautiful weather with a Nature Scavenger Hunt/Chasse au trésor. Thank you Mrs. Meshake and Mrs. Gardiner.

Last school year Holy Saviour Catholic School started Tobacco plants in their growing tower. This fall, students harvested the plants with Ms. Michano. They are in the process of drying; once dried, they will be used to make tobacco ties for various offerings. Semaa (tobacco)

Our Lady of Fatima Grade 3/4 and 7/8 classes went to visit the Every Child Matters Garden in Caramat. Student painted orange rocks to be placed around the garden, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears spoons, worked on screwing the floor down for the Fort in the middle and harvested vegetables from Ms. Violet’s garden. Students enjoyed spending time learning outside the regular classroom and enjoyed every part of it. Thank you for inviting us to your garden Ma Violet!
Catholic Education Centre Staff #OrangeShirtDay #EveryChildMatters

#SNCDSB is very excited about our enhanced spaces and structures for outdoor learning! Pictured is the outdoor learning space at Holy Saviour Catholic School in Marathon.

Superior North Catholic District School Board (SNCDSB) is proud to announce the installation of Lu: Interactive Playgrounds in four school gymnasiums, with the remaining schools to be installed later this fall. St. Hilary, St. Edward, Holy Angels and Our Lady of Lourdes schools now have an immersive and interactive gymnasium that fosters physical activity and curriculum. The Lu Interactive Playground encourages children’s curiosity and engages intelligence and learning styles.

The Lu interactive playground supports students to develop confidence, empathy, self-esteem and interpersonal skills through gamification available through Lu. Students will enjoy the lights, sounds and interactive platform during their physical education class and their math, literacy, social studies and health curriculums areas. All students can engage in physical activity.

SNCDSB is committed to creating engaging 21st-century learning environments to educate students, heart, mind and soul. School assemblies, prayer services, dances and Christmas concerts will be transformed by this world-class audiovisual technology. Lu is transforming education around the world, with systems integrated in over 20 countries across the globe. SNCDSB’s progressive and forward-thinking team has illuminated students' education through state-of-the-art technology and facilities.

Mrs. Wright’s Grade 1/2 class at St. Hilary Catholic School trying out the new Lü interactive playground.

At Superior North Catholic District School Board (SNCDSB) we like to spotlight our student alumni. We are proud to highlight our students who have graduated SNCDSB with the knowledge, skills and confidence to affect change.

Tyler Tucker, NHL St. Louis Blues

On September 27th, Our Lady of Fatima Grad, Tyler Tucker played in his first NHL game for the St. Louis Blues. It was a preseason game against the Dallas Stars. Tyler has a very successful junior hockey career in the OHL with the Barrie Colts and the Flint Firebirds. He was drafted by St. Louis Blues in 2018.

Tyler's story is proof positive that anyone from the small communities that make up the schools of SNCDSB can realize their dreams. This is not limited to hockey but to any field or profession. Hard work pays off regardless of what career path you choose.

When returning to his hometown, Tyler and his brother Jesse always make time to help out on the ice with kids in Longlac Minor Hockey.

“Tyler is a very quiet person who lets his actions do his talking. He leads by example which is part of the reason he was an assistant captain with the Barrie Colts.” – Tim Griffin, Principal, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School

Tyler Tucker, Barry Colts

Congratulations on your achievements and efforts Tyler!

A huge shout out to our Plant and Field Services team for all their work over the summer months to support healthy and safe learning environments for students and staff.

The Superior North Catholic District School Board System Support Team works directly with schools to support Catholicity, Indigenous Education, Technology Enabled Learning, Mental Health & Well Being, Attendance and Math.

For more information on the programs and initiatives they support check out the slide deck https://bit.ly/SNCDSBSystemSupportTeam

SNCDSB System Support Team
"I chose education because to me, education is the key to all types of success in life...it's about progress and helping others." – Maria Vasanelli, Director of Education