November is a month where we feel a shift in the air.After the exuberance of October, with our many celebrations and our Annual Pilgrimage, we transition into the contemplation that November brings us.
There are many events and activities that will take place this month in all of our schools and sites. We begin November with All Saints’ Day on November 1. This is a very busy day across Niagara Catholic, as we also mark Take our Kids to Work Day for our Grade 9s, who will spend the day exploring future career pathways with family and friends. While the Grade 9s are away from school, our Grade 8 students will visit their future Catholic secondary schools for Grade 8 Transition Day. This is one of many activities our Catholic secondary schools plan for senior students in their family of schools to ease the transition from elementary to secondary school.
On November 2, we will once again come together in prayer for All Souls’ Day.
November 11 is Remembrance Day, and this year is particularly poignant. In April, more than 400 students and staff stood on the hallowed battleground in Vimy, France, to participate in the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. On this day, we remember the sacrifices of the thousands of young men scarcely older than our students who gave their lives in the first half of the last century, the men and women who gave their lives in wars in the first decade of the 21st century and we honour those who continue to serve. Our students will participate in a number of very moving Remembrance Day services and observances at their school and in the community.
Friday, November 17 is a Professional Activity Day for our elementary and secondary students. Have an enjoyable long weekend.
November is Fall Registration Month at Niagara Catholic. If you have a child starting school or going into Grade 9 in September 2018, or you know someone who does, we invite you to attend our Kindergarten Open House and Registration Day on November 22 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. or at one of our eight Catholic secondary schools which take place between November 21 and 30. Get the dates and times for the open house at your neighbourhood Catholic secondary school here.
Also on November 22, students from our our Catholic secondary schools will participate in our annual Culture of Life Conference, a time when we reflect on the preciousness of life in all its forms.
On November 24, elementary and secondary student leaders will come together for the annual Leading Out Loud Student Conference. During this event, students are engaged by a very inspirational speaker and are given the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills.
The mission of the Diocese of St. Catharines is founded in the mission of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus states that He came down from heaven, "not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me." (Jn6:38) Jesus' mission is doing the will of his Father. This is the will of the Father, "that all who see the Son and believe in him will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day". (Jn 6:40)
The Diocese of St. Catharines' mission is rooted in doing the Father's will by proclaiming His son to the world so that all can know, love and serve Him. This mission is lived out on a daily basis in our parishes, schools and Catholic institutions. We find clergy, religious and laity committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ by witnessing to His truth, justice, love and mercy. St. Catharines Diocese is where faith lives.
November 21, 2017
Sharing the Excitement About St. Joseph Grimsby
The School Excellence Program is a highlight of each monthly Board Meeting – where a school principal, often joined by members of staff, students and parents – present to the Board, sharing what makes their school so special.
On November 21, St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby was in the spotlight, with Principal Lisa Incaviglia sharing the good news about the school named for St. Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus and the Patron Saint of Canada.
During her presentation, Mrs. Incaviglia recognized the staff members in attendance – Jennifer Ciccone, Samantha Risi, Tara Principi and Patricia Penner – and also Leanne Prince, a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School Catholic School Council and the Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Committee.
Mrs. Incaviglia spoke about the notion that, like St. Joseph (a carpenter who is also the Patron Saint of Workers), teachers are builders, who build bridges to connect learning between subject areas and the world around us; between students in support of the development of positive and healthy relationships, and to the community. Teachers also lead by example, showing students how to become builders themselves. With the support of St. Joseph Church, there is a strong connection between school and parish, creating a strong Catholic identity.
This year, students and staff have embraced the third of our three-year Theological Them, focusing on Serving Him. Staff encourage students to take good risks to enhance their education and believe in creating a supportive environment where students feel safe to try new things and explore new gifts and talents. Staff focus on the “third teacher,” classroom environments where students are nurtured and valued, with learning centres and areas that allow for student movement, collaboration, dialogue and independent work.
The St. Joseph Student Council and Student Senators work hard to engage students in global and local initiatives, so they understand the world beyond themselves.
Mrs. Incaviglia’s presentation concluded with a short video which included comments from current and former students, staff and parents from St. Joseph, as well as parish priests Fr. Rico Passero and Fr. Ronald Angervil, about what makes St. Joseph so special.
Don’t forget Niagara Catholic’s 2017 Fall Kindergarten Open House and Registration Day takes place November 22 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. If you or someone you know has a child starting school this year, plan to attend the Open House and join the Niagara Catholic family in September 2018.
Our Catholic secondary school open houses take place between November 21 and 30. Find out why Niagara Catholic has Niagara’s best graduation rate, and one of the top four graduation rates in Ontario by stopping by the open house for the Niagara Catholic secondary school in our community.
We’ve had an incredible first three months of the school year! If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to check our Good News section of this website to see great stories on the programs and events taking place in our schools. Then check out the In the News section for media coverage of many of these stories, which is accessed through the main page.
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