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St. Clair Catholic Summer Learning Camp Continues to Expand 

The St. Clair Catholic Summer Learning Camp, now in its third year, is a hit with students and continues to grow in both Sarnia and Chatham.  The three week-long program, which began with just three classrooms in Chatham, has now expanded to eight classrooms between Chatham and Sarnia.

"Summer Learning Camp is an opportunity for students to reduce summer learning loss," says Brenda Corchis, Coordinator of Elementary Curriculum and Early Years Lead for St. Clair Catholic.  "The evidence also suggests that it helps to build confidence and learning skills in our students."

The program consists of 45 hours of literacy and math over three weeks, which is done during the morning hours.  In the afternoon, educational excursions or special activities are planned.  In Chatham-Kent, students will visit the Gable Rees Pool in Blenheim, Parks Blueberries, the Chatham Gymnastics Centre, the Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village and the C.M. Wilson Conservation Area.  In Sarnia, educational excursions are planned to the Moore Museum, Petrolia Pool, East Street Fire Station, Stones N Bones Museum and Canatara Park.

"The educational excursions are used to help provoke the students' thinking and further their interest in learning," says Mrs. Corchis.  "We also keep the children physically active, through dance and other fun activities."

Healthy Snacks are provided to the students through funding from the Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Programs.

Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday from July 11 through July 29 at St. Matthew Catholic School in Sarnia and Georges P. Vanier Catholic School in Chatham.  The program is funded through a grant from the Ontario Council of Directors of Education.

In the photos above, (top) students at St. Matthew Catholic School in Sarnia get fit with a dance activity in the gym; and (below) summer learning campers at Georges P. Vanier Catholic School in Chatham participate in a math activity using chrome books.

Jul 13, 2016

Monsignor Uyen and Chatham-Kent Emergency Services Partnership Raises More Than $2,200 for Fort McMurray 

Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services and Monsignor Uyen Catholic School teamed up with Toronto Blue Jays Baseball and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council for the Swing into Summer Safety campaign. Chatham-Kent was selected to host one of five municipal launch events.

“As part of the Year of Mercy, the Monsignor Uyen Catholic School Social Justice Team partnered with the Chatham-Kent Emergency Services to fundraise for the Red Cross and residents of Fort McMurray,” says Principal, Juli Faubert. “Our students were outstanding in their efforts to organize a fundraising family picnic and BBQ.  They raised approximately $2,200 through food sales.  We are grateful for the partnership with our local fire department and sponsors who made our day such a success.”

The school held a contest, which included decorating classroom doors with the Swing Into Summer Safety theme and the class that returned the most completed Family Home Escape Plans won a kickball game against the CKFES team (including chiefs, administrative support staff and firefighters).

“We had a great time playing kickball against the FDK (Full Day Kindergarten) class. There was a lot of laughter,” says Public Educator, Whitney Burk. “Thanks to the Toronto Blue Jays and the Fire Marshal’s Public Safety Council we were able to give away Toronto Blue Jay swag and a grand prize – 4 Toronto Blue Jays baseball caps and 4 field-level tickets to a 2016 regular season Blue Jays game.”

The goal of the Swing Into Summer Safety campaign is to improve public safety in Ontario by raising awareness and educating school-age children and their families about fire safety and other injury prevention tips over the summer.

Jun 29, 2016

Ursuline College Students Awarded $20K in Bursaries Thanks to Ursuline Sisters Endowment 

Students at Ursuline College were awarded $20,000 in scholarships and bursaries at last night's graduation ceremonies, thanks to a $1 million legacy gift donated to the school by the Ursuline Sisters in 2015.  This is the first year the scholarships have been awarded.

“On behalf of our school and our students, I want to again acknowledge the Ursuline Sisters for this generous donation, which will support Ursuline College graduates into the future,” says Ray Power, Principal of UCC.

The interest from the $1 million endowment is divided in the following ways:

  • Two Ursuline Sister Scholarships – of up to $3,000 each.  The scholarships are awarded to two students who have high academic excellence and who have demonstrated leadership skills through concern for others and involvement in social justice issues.
  • Two Angela Merici Bursaries – of up to $3,000 each for students headed to university.  These bursaries are awarded to two students who have achieved academically, demonstrated a concern for others, are involved in social justice issues and have shown a need for financial assistance.
  • Two Xavier Bursaries – of up to $3,000 each for students headed to college.  These bursaries are awarded to two students who have achieved academically, demonstrated a concern for others, are involved in social justice issues and have shown a need for financial assistance.
  • Two Ursuline Sisters Awards for Apprenticeship Programs – up to $1,000 each.  These awards are granted to two students who have successfully completed academic requirements and are enrolled in an apprenticeship program.

The remaining funds from the interest on the endowment are provided to a committee of UCC educators made up of the principal and advisors.  These funds will be used for school and student needs, such as uniforms, food or dental work and/or departmental needs, such as musical instruments, new technologies or equipment.  The funds are for expenses above and beyond the St. Clair Catholic District School Board’s normal capacity.

A plaque, which honours the more than 150 years of dedicated ministry of the Ursulines was unveiled at the school’s graduation ceremony last evening.  It commemorates the founding of the school by the Ursulines of Chatham and honours their “…visionary, faith-filled leadership of Catholic education in Chatham-Kent.”  It also acknowledges their “…steadfast commitment to respond to the needs of the community with unwavering generosity and love.”

Jun 29, 2016
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Media Releases
Date
Media Release
29-Jun-16 St. Clair Catholic District School Board and OECTA Occasional Teachers Ratify New Contract
24-Jun-16 Ursuline College Students Awarded $20K in Bursaries Thanks to Ursuline Sisters Endowment
21-Jun-16 Board of Trustees Approves 2016-2017 Budget
21-Jun-16 Associate Director Jim McKenzie Announces Retirement After 15 Years With St. Clair Catholic
01-Jun-16 UCC "Me To We" Group, Victory Ford and Ford Canada Partnership Raises $6,160 in Successful Drive 4UR Community Event
24-May-16 St. Clair Catholic Invests more than $2.4 Million in School Improvement Across the District
24-May-16 Accessibility Plan for 2016-2017 Presented to Trustees
29-Apr-16 Live Like Jesus:  Opening Doors of Mercy is the Theme for Catholic Education Week 2016
26-Apr-16 Student Trustees for 2016-2017 Announced
26-Apr-16 Director of Education Announces Additional Principal and Vice Principal Assignments
20-Apr-16 Superintendent of Education Deb Crawford named President of OCSOA at Annual General Meeting
30-Mar-16 Georges P. Vanier Catholic School Donates $2,525 to Chatham Parishes to Help Syrian Refugees
22-Mar-16 Director of Education Announces Changes to Principal and Vice Principal Assignments for September 2016
22-Mar-16 St. Clair Catholic Reports Salaries in Accordance with Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act
22-Mar-16 Grade 5-6 Students at Our Lady of Fatima Participate in Demonstration of TeachOntario with Education Minister and TVO 
26-Feb-16 St. Clair Catholic Special Education Advisory Committee Helps Knights of Columbus Kick-Off Special Olympics Flag Relay
23-Feb-16 St. Clair Catholic Trustees Endorse Board Calendar for the 2016-2017 School Year
23-Feb-16 St. Clair Catholic District School Board Releases Long-Term Capital Plan for 2016-2021
01-Feb-16 The Great Family of Our Church:  Our Annual Day of Faith and Learning Together 
26-Jan-16 2015 Director's Annual Report Presented to St. Clair Catholic Board of Trustees
09-Dec-15 Student Wellbeing is the Focus of Youth Think Tank to be Hosted by St. Clair Catholic
08-Dec-15 SCCDSB and Bluewater Health Work to Finalize Agreement on Sale of Former St. Patrick's Property
08-Dec-15 John Van Heck Acclaimed Chair of the Board; Michelle Parks Acclaimed Vice Chair
08-Dec-15 Board of Trustees Ratifies CUPE, OECTA and EWAO Tentative Agreements at Tonight's Meeting
24-Nov-15 Director of Education Announces Changes to Principal and Vice Principal Assignments
24-Nov-15 St. Clair Catholic Board of Trustees Ratifies Provincial Agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees
23-Nov-15 Emmanuel Jal Brings His Message of Peace to St. Clair Catholic Students
23-Nov-15 Tentative Agreement Reached in Local Talks Between St. Clair Catholic and CUPE Local 4168
18-Nov-15 St. Clair Catholic Reports Strong Gains in Elementary EQAO Assessments; and Solid Results in the Grade 10 OSSLT
10-Nov-15 Board of Trustees Appoints Amy Janssens to the Future Position of Executive Superintendent
28-Oct-15 St. Clair Catholic Releases Annual EQAO Results for Grade 9 Math
16-Oct-15 CLASS Celebrates National School Bus Safety Week and Bus Driver Appreciation Day
01-Oct-15 St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent School Boards to Share $45,000 from Noelle's Gift
01-Oct-15 St. Clair Catholic, LKDSB and Canadian Mental Health Association Launch New "Be Safe" App
24-Sep-15 St. Clair Catholic Teachers Complete Voluntary On-line Course to Help Prepare Students for 21st Century Learning
23-Sep-15 St. Clair Catholic Releases Annual EQAO Results for Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
08-Sep-15 St. Clair Catholic Board of Trustees Ratifies Tentative Agreement with Catholic Teachers
08-Aug-15 OCSTA, OECTA and the Ontario Government Reach a Tentative Agreement

 

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