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Young hero receives Fire Safety Action Award

Student gathered in Peace Garden
The Fire Marshal’s Public Safety Fire Council has recognized 7-year-old Alex Korchuk this week with a Fire Safety Action Award, because of his quick action and fire safety knowledge.

Alex, a Grade 2 student at St. Gregory Catholic School, was asleep in his home last December when he was awoken by the sound of a smoke alarm. He woke his father, telling him the alarms were going off and the house was filling with smoke. He then woke his two older brothers, leading them to safety. Alex remained calm throughout the incident while his father extinguished the fire and called the Prince Edward County Fire Department.

Prince Edward County Fire Prevention Officer (FPO), Mike Branscombe, visited Alex’s school just months before to teach the class about fire safety, staying calm and family fire evacuation plans. “Alex’s quick actions demonstrated a solid understanding of fire safety and family evacuation,” said FPO Mike Branscombe. “Not only was Alex prepared but his family was prepared. They had discussed evacuation plans which avoided a potentially tragic situation.”

“Education is key to fire prevention and fire safety,” said Fire Chief Scott Manlow. “We are so proud of Alex and how he applied what he learned in the classroom to a real-life situation. Teaching fire safety in schools is so important and the dividends are immeasurable.”

RND athlete wins bursary

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Kevin Bates of Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School in Kingston has been named the male winner of the 2014 Kingston Road Runners Association High School Bursary.

Kevin has been running competitively since 2010, participating in cross country, track and a number of KRRA road races. Kevin has represented Regiopolis-Notre at KASSAA, East Regionals as well as OFSAA. He placed first in the KRRA under 20 male category and in 2013 he was the 5th overall male. In addition, Kevin has played volleyball, soccer and in the senior concert band at Regiopolis-Notre Dame. Highlights include a team bronze at the 2012 OFSAA volleyball finals and a performance at Carnegie Hall with the concert band.

Kevin maintained an average over 95% during his high school years. He has volunteered at a number of school and community running events, and in 2014 he supervised long runs at RND, and served as a volunteer volleyball coach.

Kevin will begin his studies in biomedical engineering at the University of Ottawa in September, 2014. The bursary will be presented at The Limestone Mile on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Peace Garden brings serenity and beauty

Student gathered in Peace Garden
Vice-Chair of the Board, John Brisbois, gathered with students, parents, and staff at St. Peter Catholic School in Trenton to commemorate their beautiful new Peace Garden. The Peace Garden will serve as a as a tranquil play space, an outdoor classroom for environmental studies and a retreat for prayer and reflection.

The Peace Garden, designed by Meredith McLeod’s Gr. 1-2 class and her ECO team, consists of a five-foot cross, handmade cedar benches, three new maple trees and perennial plants which attract butterflies. It was designed as a circle to represent God’s never-ending love.

The construction of the Peace Garden was made possible through the combined efforts and talents of students, parents, and staff. The Gr. 1-2 students designed t-shirts to commemorate the event and all proceeds from the sale supported the project. The generosity of the Fellows, McCaw, McLeod, McCullough, and Diening families, in addition to the Board’s "Healthy Active Lifestyles and Environmental Literacy" grant, made the Peace Garden a reality.

Celebrating excellence in Catholic Education!

Student trustee sworn in by Director of Education Jody DiRocco
Ally Craig, a Grade 11 student at St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School in Belleville, was officially sworn in by Director of Education Jody DiRocco as Student Trustee 2014-2015 when she took the Oath of Office at the June 17 Board Meeting. The Board also acknowledged and thanked outgoing Student Trustee Adrianna Sudds for her contributions to the Board of Trustees.

Teacher receives award.
Patti Ann Whalen, a Grade 2 teacher at St. John XXIII Catholic School in Kingston, was presented with the Associate Teacher of the Year Award by Peter Chin, Associate Dean, Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. The Associate Teacher of the Year Awards recognize associate teachers whose programs and mentoring are exemplary, and whose commitment has resulted in excellent practicum placements for students.

Students recieve bronze medal for science fair project
Caroline Burchat and Anna Supryka, Grade 10 students at Nicholson Catholic College in Belleville, recently won Bronze Medals at the Canadian National Science Fair in Windsor. Their project, `Shade is Cool`, demonstrated the cooling effects plants have on houses. A total of 500 young scientists from across Canada participated in the 53rd annual national competition.

Student named to provincial advisory council

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Holy Name Catholic School is very proud to announce that Grace Boyd, a Grade 8 student at the school, has recently been selected be a member of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council for the 2014-2015 school year.

The Minister's Student Advisory Council is a group of approximately 60 students from all parts of the education system and regions of the province. Members share their ideas and advice with the Minister of Education on how to ensure Ontario's schools remain the best in the world.

The council is about empowering youth to 'be the change.' Council members think big, SpeakUp and take action to help other students across the province. They share perspectives and act as change agents by expressing their views directly to the Minister of Education.

We would like to congratulate Grace on being selected for the Council and look forward to her work with the group in the coming year!

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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.