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St. Clair Catholic Summer Learning Camp Now in its Fifth Year and Growing in Both Enrolment and Success 

The St. Clair Catholic Summer Learning Camp is contributing to student success by reducing summer learning loss, helping students build friendships and connections with students from other schools in the community and creating a range of tremendous experiences, both inside and outside the classroom.

"This three week camp makes a difference in our students' lives," says Brenda Corchis, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator for St. Clair Catholic.  "We are not only supporting student learning; but we’re also supporting wellness, by connecting students and parents to a wide range of activities and community partners."

The camps began in 2014 with three classrooms and 60 students at Georges P. Vanier Catholic School in Chatham.  This year there are 10 classrooms at four locations in Chatham, Blenheim, Wallaceburg and Sarnia, with an enrolment of about 270 students.

New this year is the addition of junior division camp called Young Minds Making Change, which focuses on local needs such physical health and wellbeing and emotional wellness – what they are and what students need to do to keep healthy.  The students will be encouraged to join the wellness teams at their schools in September.

"The goal is to have these students take what they have learned back to their schools," says Mrs. Corchis.  "This summer camp is helping them develop leadership skills and contribute to the overall wellness plan for their school as they enter Grade 7." 

The primary division students focus on literacy and numeracy activities as part of each school day; and then participate in a range of other experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, including swimming, bowling, golf, visits to museums and public libraries, activities led by Indigenous partners and visual arts.  There is also a STEAM Team (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), which is led by secondary and post-secondary students from UCC and St. Patrick’s Catholic High School.

Math and literacy diagnostics are completed at the beginning and at the end of camp for each student.  In 2017, the data showed that 85 percent of students showed some improvement in assessments over the three week camp

"We are seeing real and measureable progress," says Mrs. Corchis.  "We are grateful for the partnership we have built with parents and community members over the past five years.  The range of resources and experiences they provide for our students is invaluable."

St. Clair Catholic Summer Learning Camp runs for three weeks from July 9 to 27 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic School, Blenheim; Georges P. Vanier Catholic School, Chatham; St. Elizabeth Catholic School, Wallaceburg; and Holy Trinity Catholic School Sarnia.  Healthy snacks are provided to the students through funding from the Ontario Student Nutrition Programs of Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton. 

The camp is funded through a grant from the Ministry of Education with support from the Ontario Council of Directors of Education.

In the photos are students at Summer Learning Camp (top left) working with computers at St. Anne, Blenheim; (above right) strengthening reading skills at Georges P. Vanier, Chatham; (below left) eating healthy snacks prepared by the students at St. Elizabeth, Wallaceburg; and (below right) a 'Bricks for Kids' lego activity at Holy Trinity, Sarnia.

 

Jul 12, 2018

Fundraiser at Gregory A. Hogan Catholic School Supports MADD and UNICEF 

Students and staff at Gregory A. Hogan Catholic School, led by Catherine Couture's Grade 3 class, came together for a successful fundraiser recently.

The school raised $1,138 for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and UNICEF.

"All of my students were so excited and worked so hard to make the event a success," says Ms. Couture.  "With the help of our entire school, siblings, parents, grandparents and friends, we had a tremendous day."

The fundraiser included a car wash, bake sale and yard sale.  Yard sale items that were not sold by the end of the day were donated to Goodwill Industries.  The students were especially thankful for the support of the Sarnia Fire Service and the opportunity to wash a fire truck!

"I could tell by the smiles on my students' faces that they were having lots of fun," says Ms. Couture.  "Each person has helped to make a huge difference in the lives of others.  That's something for which we can all be proud!"

Jun 26, 2018

Disciples in the Hallway Initiative Recognizes Students and Staff Who Exhibit Characteristics of Jesus 

Since April, a new initiative has been underway at St. Clair Catholic to recognize students and staff who exhibit the qualities and characteristics of Christ.

"This is really about living our faith as Catholics in a Catholic school system," says Deb Crawford, Director of Education.  "There are many characteristics of Christ which are demonstrated in our school communities every day - compassion, selflessness, forgiveness, empathy.  This initiative is just a way to recognize and proclaim these qualities in students and in our staff."  

Each month, schools nominate students and staff to be recognized as Disciples in the Hallway.  The schools acknowledge the honourees with a certificate.  All names are then entered in a system-wide draw with a student and staff member from Sarnia-Lambton and a student and staff member from Chatham-Kent selected and treated to a family dinner at a restaurant of their choice.

"We know that good mental health is closely tied to a rich and fulfilling faith life," says Christine Preece, Mental Health Lead for St. Clair Catholic.  "That’s why it’s important to recognize and honour these character traits in both the students and staff in our schools."

Grace Herron, a Grade 6 student at St. Michael Catholic School in Ridgetown was a Disciples in the Hallway honouree for the month of April.  She attended tonight’s Board meeting to help explain the program to trustees.  Grace was nominated by her friend.

"I am grateful to have her for a friend,” says Grace.  “In my opinion, I really think she should have won the award!"

For more information about Disciples in the Hallway, go to: http://www.st-clair.net/disciples-in-the-hallway.aspx

In the photo above (L-R) are Michelle Park, Vice Chair of the Board; Deb Crawford, Director of Education; Grace Herron, Disciples in the Hallway Student Honouree; and Christine Preece, Mental Health Lead.

Jun 19, 2018
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12-Jul-18 St. Clair Catholic Summer Learning Camp now in its 5th Year and Growing in both Enrolment and Success
25-Jun-18 School Bus Drivers Needed to Service Chatham-Kent Lambton Administrative School Services
14-Jun-18 Ground Breaking Celebration Planned at Site of New North Chatham Catholic Elementary School
14-Jun-18 Blenheim Bus Lines One of 14 School Transportation Operators in Ontario to Pilot Electric Bus
13-Jun-18 Holy Rosary Catholic School in Wyoming Receives Certification from Ontario Echschools
12-Jun-18 Tender Approved for Phase Two of Our Lady of Fatima Site Upgrade - The New Home for French Immersion in Chatham
11-Jun-18 St. Clair Catholic Celebrates Wellness Following a Year of Student-Led Events in Schools Across the District
22-May-18 Board of Trustees Approves Renovations for Holy Family Catholic School in Wallaceburg
22-May-18 Accessibility Plan for 2018-2019 Presented to Trustees
22-May-18 Director of Education Announces Principal Appointments for September 2018
08-May-18 Grade 2 Teacher at St. Anne Catholic School in Sarnia Receive Prime Minister's Certificate of Achievement
04-May-18 Catholic Education 'Renewing The Promise" is the Theme for Catholic Education Week 2018
25-Apr-18 St. Clair Catholic Staff to Celebrate System Faith Development Day - Renewing our Passion and Purpose
24-Apr-18 Board of Trustees Approves Capital Projects at Three St. Clair Catholic Schools
24-Apr-18 Board Approves Appointment of Student Trustees
27-Mar-18 Director of Education Announces Principal and Vice Principal Transfers Effective September 2018
27-Mar-18 St. Clair Catholic Trustees receive Report on Board Calendar for the 2018-2019 School Year
27-Feb-18 St. Patrick's Grade 11 Communications Tech Class Receives Prestigious Ontario Heritage Award
01-Feb-18 Province Approves $17 Million in Funding for New Catholic School and Child Care in Sarnia
26-Jan-18 Ministry of Education Approves $534,421 for New Child Care Spaces at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Sarnia
19-Dec-17 "Blessing of the Ground" Kick-off Celebration to be held at Site of New North Chatham School
05-Dec-17 John Van Heck Acclaimed Chair of the Board; Michelle Parks Acclaimed Vice Chair
28-Nov-17 2017 Director's Annual Report Presented to St. Clair Catholic Board of Trustees
08-Nov-17 Director of Education Announces Mid-Year Principal and Vice Principal Transfers
24-Oct-17 Our Lady of Fatima Principal Lisa Demers Appointed Superintendent of Education
12-Oct-17 CLASS Celebrates National School Bus Safety Week and Bus Driver Appreciation Day
20-Sept-17 St. Clair Catholic Releases Results for Grade 3 and 6 EQAO, Grade 9 Math; and Grade 10 OSSLT Assessments
06-Sept-17 Deb Crawford named new St. Clair Catholic Director of Education, Effective January 1, 2018
29-Aug-17 Board Announces Location of New North Chatham Elementary School

School Bus Drivers Needed to Service CLASS Local School Bus Operators 

Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton School Bus Operators are Hiring for September 2018!

Approximately 19,000 local students rely on school bus transportation each day across our district. School bus drivers play an important role in the academic success of students by getting them safely to and from school on time.

There is a current need for school bus drivers in the Chatham-Kent and Sarnia Lambton areas to serve the students from the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent District School Boards.  Local bus operators are seeking motivated individuals who are capable, cheerful, and ready to make a difference in the lives of children to apply for this rewarding employment opportunity.

Applicants do not need any previous training; all training is provided.  Prospective drivers must be at least 21 years of age; able to pass all background checks and drug screens; have at least three years of driving experience; and possess a valid driver’s license.  Drivers work a flexible, set schedule with nights, weekends and holidays off.

For additional information regarding opportunities in your area, contact your local CLASS school bus operator at the numbers below; or

Kent Orr, General Manager, CLASS – 1.877.330.4287 x407

CHATHAM-KENT SCHOOL BUS OPERATORS

SARNIA-LAMBTON SCHOOL BUS OPERATORS

Badder Bus Lines

Email: judy@badderbus.com
Phone: 1-519-692-3976

Website: www.badderbus.com

First Student
 

Email: stephanie.pevec@firstgroup.com
Phone: 1-519-336-0077
Website: www.firstbuscanada.com

Blenheim Bus Lines
 

Email: jdenure@blenheimbuslines.com
Phone: 1-519-676-5837
Website: www.blenheimbuslines.com

 

Hull Bus Lines

Email: info@hullbuslines.com
Phone: 1-519-882-4875
Website: www.hullbuslines.com

Claude G. Pearson Buses Ltd.

Email: larry@cgpearson.com
Phone: 1-519-682-2500
Website: www.cgpearson.com

Langs Bus Lines Limited

Email: info@langsbus.com
Phone: 1-800-265-7020
Website: www.langsbus.com

 

First Student

 

Email: mike.pugh@firstgroup.com
Phone: 1-519-352-1920
Website: www.firstbuscanada.com

Wight Coach Lines

Email: dispatch@wightbuslines.ca
Phone: 1-519-383-8457
Website: www.wightbuslines.ca

 

 

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