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Kingston Community Conversation about
Creating Confident Kids

"How do we, as a community, foster confidence in our children?"

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

5:30 pm Pizza, Fruits & Veggies, Juice, Tea & Coffee.
6 pm Children are invited to join one of two workshops while parents enjoy our Keynote speaker, Dr. Dean Tripp followed by a panel discussion. We will end the evening with a presentation from all the children that participated in the workshops.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:30-8:30 pm
Location: Holy Crosss Catholic Secondary School, 1085 Woodbine Road, Kingston

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Celebrating Earth Hour

Students listening to music in the dark
St. Paul Catholic Secondary School in Trenton recently held events to mark Earth Hour. Turning off lights to save energy, the students engaged in classroom activities, yoga and meditation in the drama room. Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement that brings together people with the goal of protecting the planet. It engages the mainstream community on a broad range of environmental activities.

Easter Seals Telethon surpasses goal

$212,000!!! That is what the 2014 Easter Seals Southeastern Ontario Telethon raised for kids with physical disabilities!! The event was held on Sunday April 13 from 12-4pm on CKWS TV! A big huge thank you to everyone who made this telethon possible. The crew at CKWS TV and Cogeco, all the ambassadors, our sponsors, and the volunteers. I would also like to thank the people who came in to be on the phones and accept donations, and the various radio and media hosts who came in to help us out! Without the whole crew this year's telethon would not have been possible. I’d also like to give a special thank you to the Algonquin and Lakeshore District School Board for their support. Thank you to the staff and students from schools across the board who supported us throughout this campaign. A special thank you goes out to the staff of the board who generously donated their time to be on the phone banks accepting donations! Your support goes a long way and is greatly appreciated! Most importantly though, thank you to the Southeastern Ontario community for all your donations as you helped us not only reach our goal, but surpass it! On behalf of Easter Seals, thank you to everyone for your continued support and for helping kids with physical disabilities succeed!

Chad Lees
Easter Seals Ambassador

St. Carthagh celebrates
World Autism Awareness Day

St. Carthagh Catholic School was one of 300 schools across Ontario to raise a flag in support of World Autism Awareness Day. The school welcomed two guest speakers from Autism Ontario who presented a fun and interactive presentation to all students. The hope is to create awareness of what autism is and the importance of acceptance.

Students were asked to wear “red” on this day to show support, create awareness and celebrate achievements and the uniqueness for all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Director's Annual Golf Tournament
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Black Bear Ridge Golf Course
501 Harmony Rd, Belleville

Registration Form
(Deadline: June 7, 2014)

Sponsorship Notice

Funding Announced for
New Catholic Elementary School in Kingston

A new Catholic elementary school will be built in the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board in the City of Kingston.

MPP John Gerretsen, Kingston and the Islands, today announced funding for a new Catholic elementary school in Kingston to accommodate students from the combined attendance areas of St. Patrick Catholic School, St. Peter Catholic School and Holy Family Catholic School. The location of the new school is yet to be determined. This new Catholic elementary school follows a recommendation of the Kingston Centre Elementary School Accommodation Review Committee which was approved by the Board of Trustees, and for which the Algonquin and Lakeshore CDSB submitted a Capital Priority business case to the Ministry of Education in December 2013.

Funding for the construction of a new Catholic elementary school in Kingston Centre has been approved as part of the Ministry of Education Capital Priority projects for 2014. Complete details with respect to the scope of the project are expected to be confirmed by the Ministry of Education in the next few weeks. In the meantime, Trustees will begin deliberations to select a site for the new school.

“The Board of Trustees is excited by this announcement,” said Tom Dall, Chair of the Board. “We are pleased and proud of the government’s commitment to fund the infrastructure renewal of our Catholic schools in Kingston. We appreciate that the government has recognized the outcome of the community consultation through the Accommodation Review Process with this capital funding announcement for a new Catholic elementary school in Kingston Centre.”

“This investment in our Board aligns with and supports our multi-year strategic plan to provide our students with 21st century learning environments,” said Jody DiRocco, Director of Education. “This is great news for our Board, and especially for those families in this area of Kingston Centre who can look forward to improved and modern learning environments for their children. The Board looks forward to beginning the next stages in the planning phase of this exciting project.”

Tradition of excellence in Catholic Education
continues in Trenton


St. Peter Catholic School in Trenton celebrated the Official Blessing and Grand Opening at an open house. His Grace, Archbishop Brendan OBrien, blessed the school followed by the official ribbon cutting featuring, among the celebrity cutters, the youngest and oldest members of the student body. Catholic education in Trenton dates back to 1860.

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
Click image to view Transition Guide
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.