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Kingston Community Conversation about
Creating Literate Kids

"How do we, as a community, help our children succeed with Literacy?"

Paul Davis
This is event is fully supported and funded through a Regional Parent Reaching Out Grant.

5:30 pm Pizza, Veggies, & Beverages will be porvided.
6 pm Children are invited to join one of two workshops while parents enjoy a panel discussion. We will end the evening with a presentation from all the childrent that participated in the workshops.

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 5:30-8:30 pm
Location: Holy Crosss Catholic Secondary School, 1085 Woodbine Road, Kingston

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“Learning about, in and for God's gift of Creation”

Students cooking bannick around campfire  Students listening to teepee teachings
 Students and teacher looking at baby turtles  Students working on team building

More than 160 students and staff took to the outdoor classroom at the annual Best Foot Forward conference, held at the H. R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre north of Belleville. The day included workshops in traditional foods, teepee teachings, turtle teachings, team building and experiential games, Give Me Shelter, walk the watershed and school ground cleaning. The day began with the EcoSchools Recognition Awards Presentations to schools that have achieved various levels of certification.

Sculpture shared with Batawa community

Unveiling of sculpture Students standing beside sculpture

People from the Batawa community joined Sacred Heart Catholic School Principal Darcey French and Mrs. Sonja Bata for the unveiling of a sculpture adjacent to the school. The unveiling marks the start of a public art presence in the village. The sculpture is by the late Sorel Etrog, one of Canada’s most renowned contemporary sculptors.

Students retrace the steps of Sir John A.

Choir with Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest
Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest was presented with a Sir John A. Macdonald doll following the singing of the National Anthem, performed by the choir of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School. Mr. Charest visited Kingston to lead a special Sir John A. Macdonald walk to raise awareness of the fast-approaching Bicentennial of the birth of Canada’s First Prime Minister and Kingston resident. The choir performed the Anthem in French and entertained the crowd of onlookers with a few other songs as they awaited the arrival of the Premier and Arthur Milnes, Commissioner of the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission. Photo courtesy Chris Price.

Our faith in action at St. Mary Catholic School

Students having Thanksgiving lunch Students having Thanksgiving lunch

It was all about giving at St. Mary Catholic School in Trenton, where the Thanksgiving Lunch fed more than 470 students, staff and parent volunteers. With the generosity and support of Independent Grocer in Trenton, 13 Turkeys were roasted for the traditional meal. The remainder of the food was donated to a local shelter. In addition to the lunch, the school also raised more than 600 cans for the Trenton Food Bank.

Our Catholic schools welcome the world!

International students gather together at welcome night boriginal Elder Bernard dances during the traditional drum song

Albert College in Belleville hosted a welcome night for International Students from schools in the Quinte region. Chair Tom Dall, Superintendent of School Effectiveness Terri Slack, Vice-Principal Patrick Rampp and Supervisor of International Education Madeleine O'Connor posed for a photo with some of the students from the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. There are 34 International Students from seven countries attending our Catholic schools. At right, Aboriginal Elder Bernard dances during the traditional drum song.

Welcome Simon and PACHI!

Students litening to Simon Whitfield  Students sitting with Simon Whitfield
 Students gathered around Simon Whitfield  Simon Whitfield and principal Rob Gilmour with mascot

Mother Teresa Catholic School was a sea of red when the entire school wore red and white to celebrate the visit of Canadian Olympian Simon Whitfield and PACHI, the official mascot of the 2015 PanAm Para Pan American Games, to be held in Toronto. It was just announced that the City of Kingston has been chosen as a host city for the torch relay which precedes the opening of the Games. Principal Rob Gilmour accepted a gift from the organizing committee for hosting the event from PACHI and Simon Whitfield, a PanAm athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist.

Little girl holding iPad
The Trustees of the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board work to promote a strong Catholic education system, one that focusses on the heart of our system Catholic school students and graduates!

Our Catholic schools tradition of academic excellence is well-known, but it is an education rooted in our Catholic faith that makes a difference in the lives of our students and the province as a whole. This is the message we must tell. Join Catholic school boards throughout the Province of Ontario to share our stories of success and excellence.

Share the value of Catholic education and visit the Faith in Our Future website to learn more www.faithinourfuture.ca

Support Catholic Education

Why is it still so important that I designate my taxes to the Catholic School Board?

Recently, you received a Property Tax Assessment Notice from MPAC. By ensuring that you are registered as a separate school supporter, you are helping to deliver as powerful message to the Ontario government about the level of support for publicly-funded Catholic education in our district.

Now more than ever, it is essential that all partners in Catholic education work together to demonstrate in a tangible way, their commitment to and belief of Catholic education and in the protection and preservation of our educational system. One way to do this is by ensuring that your school tax support is designated English-Separate.
Being identified as an English Separate (Catholic) Supporter …
  • Your children are able to attend Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic elementary schools
  • You can vote for Catholic school Trustees
  • You are counted as a supporter of Catholic education in Ontario
For information on changing your Direction of School Support Designation, contact your local Catholic school or click the “Direction of Tax Support” link.

Algonquin and Lakeshore Works
to Reduce Poverty

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board has long been a community leader in helping those in need. As followers of Christ, we are challenged to strengthen our communities by assisting those who are most vulnerable.

Although we are blessed to live in a rich province in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, many among us struggle financially. One in eight children and many people with disabilities are marginalized by poverty. Recognizing the inherent dignity of every human person, we are called by grace to respond in faith and love. The Catholic community has always been involved in service to the poor through Catholic agencies and organizations, through the actions of religious orders, and through the generosity of our parishes. "The Church's love for the poor . . . is a part of her constant tradition. This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor.” i

In the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, the social teachings of the Church are integrated into the curriculum and the broader life of the schools around a structure of service, education and action. Whether it is a food drive, a class discussion about poverty in our world, or participation in a public awareness action, Catholic schools have demonstrated consistent leadership in charity and justice. The caring and empathetic culture of our school communities is based on the teachings of the Catholic Church, and is manifested in the principles of equity, inclusiveness and respect. In solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world, our school communities work to bring hope to people in need, both in our schools and in the broader community. By supporting organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Holy Childhood Association, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, our staff and students answer the call to action. Through our collective efforts, we can and do help those in need.

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic Education Foundation redirected its fundraising efforts in 2007 to address the topic of poverty in our schools. To date, dozens of families facing financial crises have been aided through the Foundation. Through the creation of an Emergency Response Fund, schools have access to funds to support children and families in crisis, providing assistance in the form of food and clothing, the provision of eyeglasses, Epipens, or medical supplies, and many other financial needs.

Our school system is committed to supporting children and their families living in economically disadvantaged circumstances. At the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board “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.” ii _________________________________________
iCatechism of the Catholic Church #2444
ii Strategic Plan

Take the Path to Success

Take the Path to Success
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Making the transition from elementary school is an exciting journey for students and parents/guardians. We are pleased that you have decided to continue your journey in our Catholic Secondary Schools where young people are formed in their faith and educated to be responsible citizens of the world. This publication contains much of the practical information that can be helpful to you.