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St. Clair Catholic Joins Lambton Student Nutrition Program to say 'Thank you' to Volunteers 

Dozens of volunteers help make student nutrition programs work every day in schools throughout Lambton County ... and today, officials of the Ontario Student Nutrition Program (OSNP) Lambton paused to say 'thank you.'

"Our student nutrition programs would not be possible without the commitment and support of our many volunteers at schools all across the county," says Lana Smith, a nutritionist with Lambton Public Health and Chair of the OSNP-Lambton Partnership.  "We are grateful for the work they do every day on behalf of the program."

Volunteers were invited to an appreciation ceremony at DeGroot's Nurseries on London Road in Sarnia.

"We know the value of this program to our students," says Laura Callaghan, Superintendent of Education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.  "The nutritious foods provided through the meal, snack and blended programs help our students to be successful at school.  Thank you for all that you do to support our young people," she told the volunteers.

OSNP-Lambton is open to all students and is guided by three main principles:  It's universal - all students are invited to participate; nutrition and food safety are its foundation - registered dietitians and public health inspectors offer guidance and support in menu planning; and it is a community partnership - programs have many volunteers who give their time to meet the program's needs.

Volunteers with student nutrition programs at 45 schools across Lambton County provide healthy snacks every day to 8,400 students.

In the photos are (top) Gregory, a student volunteer in the Student Nutrition Program at Holy Trinity, poses with his mom as he receives his appreciation certificate; and (above L-R) attending the Volunteer Appreciation Event at DeGroot's Nurseries in Sarnia are: Laura Callaghan, Superintendent of Education; Carol Milner, Student Nutrition Program volunteer at Holy Trinity Catholic School; Lana Smith, Lambton Public Health; and Leslie Palimaka, OSNP-Lambton Coordinator.

 

Apr 27, 2017

Holy Rosary Students Give School Habitat a Spring Cleanup 

Students, staff and parent volunteers recently pitched in to help clean up the Holy Rosary habitat.

"The habitat is our outdoor classroom at Holy Rosary," says Principal Barbara Armstrong.  "It is a valuable resource in helping to teach our students about the environment and the care we all need to take to preserve the natural gifts God has given us."

The habitat is a natural garden, which is home to plant species that are native to the Carolinian forest eco-system, some of which are rare. 

The spring clean-up included re-mulching the pathways and picking up litter, which had blown into the area over the winter months.  Another clean-up is planned for later on when the weather will be warmer and the plants begin to grow.  Holy Rosary students will also be building bird feeders and bird houses, to help encourage wildlife into the area.

"I want to thank the parents who put in a day's work to help with our clean-up and Wyoming Tree for graciously donating all of the mulch," says Ms. Armstrong.

In the photo, Principal Barbara Armstrong and students pause for a photo during the recent habitat clean-up.

Apr 25, 2017

St. Clair Catholic Staff and Community Partners Participate in Day of Learning Focused on Residential Schools 

St. Clair Catholic teachers, administrators, chaplains and a representative of the Board of Trustees recently participated in a full day session to engage in learning and reflection focused on residential schools.  The day included opportunities for sharing resources and learning from guest speakers and community leaders from the Bkejwanong Walpole Island and Aamjiwnaang First Nations, the Sarnia-Lambton Native Friendship Centre and municipal partners.

"It was a remarkable experience," says Trustee Carol Bryden.  "It is the responsibility of every Canadian to learn about this piece of our history and understand the impact this truth has had on so many generations."

Susie Jones, a residential school survivor, led the day by recounting her lived experience and her ongoing research.  She reminded the group that we cannot change history, but together we can bring truth and reconciliation to people hurt by residential schools.

Sarnia filmmaker David Cloes shared his documentary, We Are Still Here, which features local residential school survivors; and author Jenny Kay Dupuis discussed her book, I Am Not a Number. 

"Jenny challenged our educators to think about what they are doing to leave positive footprints with our students and community," says Cortnee Goure, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Lead for St. Clair Catholic

The group also participated in a Blanket Exercise, developed by Kairos to help groups learn about history together.  This teaching tool shares the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. 

In the photo above, participants share in learning during the Blanket Exercise.

Apr 21, 2017
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25-Apr-17 Student Trustees for 2017-2018 Announced
25-Apr-17 Vice Principal Appointed to Serve at St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna
28-Mar-17 Board of Trustees Approves Final Report for Chatham Elementary Schools Pupil Accommodation Review
28-Mar-17 Director of Education Announces Changes in Principal Assignments for September 2017
28-Mar-17 St. Clair Reports Salaries in Accordance with Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act
28-Mar-17 We Charity Says Thank You to Chatham-Kent Students and Victory Ford for Annual "We Scare Hunger" Campaign
22-Mar-17 CLASS Launches Free Mobile App "MySBI"
09-Mar-17 Classes to Resume Tomorrow at St. Vincent Catholic School Chatham and St. Michael Catholic School Ridgetown
08-Mar-17 St. Vincent Catholic School in Chatham Closed to Students and Staff on Thursday Due to Roof Damage
28-Feb-17 St. Clair Catholic Trustees Receive Report on Board Calendar for the 2017-2018 School Year
28-Feb-17 St. Clair Catholic Invests more than $3.6 Million in School Improvements Across the District
07-Feb-17 The Great Family of Our Church:  Our Annual Day of Faith and Learning Together
24-Jan-17 St. Clair Catholic District School Board presents Capital Plan Update - 2017
24-Jan-17 Director's Annual Report - 2016 is presented to St. Clair Catholic Board of Trustees
07-Dec-16 Class Project at St. Michael Catholic School in Ridgetown receives World-Wide Recognition
06-Dec-16 John Van Heck Acclaimed Chair of the Board; Michelle Parks Acclaimed Vice Chair
14-Nov-16 St. Clair Catholic Students to Perform for CBC Radio's Canadian Music Class Challenge
11-Nov-16 St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna to Celebrate Derek Drouin Day.....Again!
01-Nov-16 St. Elizabeth One of 17 Schools Across Canada to Receive Teach Grant From Best Buy Canada
25-Oct-16 Helping Parents Make Math a Fun Part of the Family's Daily Routine is the Focus of Bedtime Math
20-Oct-16 Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and St. Clair Catholic District School Board to Sign Historic Tuition Service Agreement
18-Oct-16 St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent District School Boards to Share $30,000 from Noelle's Gift
18-Oct-16 St. Clair Catholic District School Board and St. Clair College Partnership Creates Shared Learning Space at St. Ursula Catholic School
14-Oct-16 CLASS Celebrates National School Bus Safety Week and Bus Driver Appreciation Day
12-Oct-16 St. Clair Catholic Elementary and Secondary Students Participate in Wellness Conferences
27-Sept-16 Board of Trustees Votes to Begin Pupil Accommodation Review of Chatham Elementary Schools
27-Sept-16 Holy Trinity Celebrates OPHEA Gold Certification with Visit by Canadian Olympian and Terry Fox Run
21-Sept-16 St. Clair Releases Results for Grade 3 and 6 EQAO; Grade 9 Math; and Grade 10 OSSLT Assessments
13-Sept-16 St. Clair Catholic District School Board and Bluewater Health Close Deal on Former St. Patrick Catholic High School Property
29-Aug-16 UCC Student Leaders Prepare to Welcome Grade 9s Through Successful Lance Link Program
19-Aug-16 CLASS First Time Rider Orientation Day

Important Notice: All Outdoor School Space Rentals to be Processed Through Community Use of Schools 

Effective May 1, 2017, the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent district school boards are transitioning the administration of all outdoor school space rentals to the Chatham-Kent Lambton Administrative School Services (CLASS). 

As you may already know, CLASS has been coordinating the indoor school space rentals for both boards since 2010 so this change creates operational efficiencies for all school space rentals by the community.  This centralized coordination approach will also ensure a consistent, transparent process for all applications and appropriate liability coverage for rental events.

With this transition, groups seeking to rent outdoor school space will follow the same online application process as currently in place for indoor rentals (found at http://www.communityuseofschools.ca/ ).   The Boards have also established a common set of rules and regulations pertaining to outdoor space rentals and have agreed not to introduce new rental charges for use of the outdoor space.  Groups seeking outdoor space rentals will be required to pay the nominal permit application processing fee (same as indoor space rentals) and furnish proof of insurance or obtain coverage through OSBIE.

From a rental approval process perspective, all outdoor space applications will follow the same established process as is used for indoor rental applications.  That collaborative process includes participation from school administrators, custodial supervisors and the CLASS Community Use of School offices in reaching an approval decision.  Permit applications for outdoor space will also be processed using the existing eBase software; minor modifications have been made to include outdoor spaces in the software and there is nothing further required of school administrators.

We anticipate this new outdoor space rental application process through CLASS will be an administrative resource to further support schools and the Boards in fulfilling the Ministry of Education’s vision for schools to be community hubs.

Both school boards are working with CLASS to transfer information regarding current rental agreements for outdoor facilities. However, to support this transition, we encourage you to contact the Community Use of Schools office as soon as possible, to ensure the rental of the outdoor facility for this spring/summer is processed in the rental software and appropriate details are addressed.  Should you have any questions about this, or any school rental matters, do not hesitate to contact Kris Davis or Kent Orr, phone 519-627-0835 or visit http://www.communityuseofschools.ca/

Apr 26, 2017

Update: Letter to Parents, Athletes and Coaches Regarding the 2017 Soccer Season from LKSSAA Coordinator James Clarke 

Soccer Update:

To: Coaches, Athletes and Parents

We are pleased to announce that Lambton Kent Secondary School Athletic Association (LKSSAA) has signed a two-year contract with the Ontario Soccer Association, which will be in place until the end of the 2017-2018 school year. With a contract in place, the LKSSAA soccer season will begin this week.

The convenor of the soccer league is currently drafting new schedules to meet the shortened season.  All games scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 have been removed from the schedule.  A new schedule for the 2017 season will be released on April 25.

Thanks for your patience and support during this process.

Sincerely

James Clarke

LKSSAA Coordinator

Apr 24, 2017

Important Letter from Scott Johnson, Superintendent of Education Regarding the 2017 LKSSAA Soccer Season 

April 24, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Lambton Kent Secondary School Athletic Association’s (LKSSAA) Executive has been working with the Ontario Soccer Association in an attempt to reach a Memorandum of Understanding as it relates to soccer officials. The Ontario Soccer Association is the governing body that oversees the officials required for all sanctioned St. Clair Catholic District School Board soccer games.

Without a Memorandum of Understanding in place, St. Clair Catholic boys’ and girls’ soccer games cannot take place and, as such, LKSSAA has decided to postpone all games scheduled for today, Monday, April 24. If no agreement is reached by early next week, LKSSAA’s Executive, in consultation with physical education curriculum leaders across the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, may cancel the 2017 soccer season.

LKSSAA continues to work with the Ontario Soccer Association in hopes of reaching a resolution for the 2017 season. One of the outstanding issues involves the sharing of personal student information, which LKSSAA is legally prohibited from doing so under the Education Act and Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Sanctioned officials by the Ontario Soccer Association are required to ensure the games are run safely and students are not put at risk. In order for an individual to officiate at a soccer game within our school board, the official must be sanctioned by the Ontario Soccer Association. Ontario Soccer Association-sanctioned games are also required for participation in SWOSSAA and OFSAA.

Both LKSSAA and St. Clair Catholic place students’ safety first, and concerns for protection of student privacy and liability inform these decisions.

LKSSAA has notified all St. Clair Catholic principals and physical education curriculum leaders about this change and understands the concerns this may cause students, staff, parents and guardians, as teams have formed and practices have already taken place. In the event the season is cancelled, school administration with work with coaches to notify players and parents/guardians, and determine the best approach for returning fees collected for the soccer season.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your principal

Sincerely,                                                                        

Scott Johnson

Superintendent of Education

Apr 24, 2017

Important Letter to Parents/Guardians of Chatham Elementary Schools Regarding Board of Trustees Approval of Pupil Accommodation Review Report 

March 29, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am pleased to report to you that at last night’s Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees, the recommendations of the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) regarding the Chatham elementary schools review were approved.

Specifically, this means the Board has moved forward with its application to the Ministry of Education for capital funding to build two brand new schools, one in north Chatham to serve the communities of St. Vincent, St. Agnes and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic schools; and one in south Chatham to serve the communities of St. Joseph, Georges P. Vanier and St. Ursula Catholic schools.  In addition, the French Immersion program at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School would be relocated to a fully refurbished Our Lady of Fatima.  The proposed timeline for the new schools to open and the French Immersion program to be relocated is September 2019. 

In addition to these changes the Board of Trustees has also directed, that upon Ministry funding approval, staff will incorporate into the design of the new schools and the refurbished Our Lady of Fatima, wherever possible within funding parameters, a number of special considerations with respect to the new facilities as outlined in the final report.  The staff would also be directed to incorporate into the transition plan for students, again wherever possible within funding parameters, the PARC’s special considerations with respect to transition matters. 

The full report, which sets out in detail both the recommendation and the special considerations, is found on the Pupil Accommodation Review page of the Board website at www.st-clair.net  The specific motions which were approved by the Board of Trustees are printed on the reverse of this letter.

It is important to note that final approval now rests with officials of the Ministry of Education.

I again want to thank the members of the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee, our parish representatives, our Chatham elementary school principals and Superintendent of Education Deb Crawford, for their leadership throughout this review.  As a result of their hard work and commitment to this process, we have a bold plan for the future, which will result in state-of-the-art learning environments and improved educational opportunities, not only for your children, but for many, many generations of Catholic students to come!

We now await a decision from the Ministry of Education.  We will report back to you as soon as we have a response from the Ministry regarding our funding application.

 

Sincerely,

Dan Parr

Director of Education

Chatham Pupil Accommodation Review

Motions Approved by the Board of Trustees

March 28, 2017

  • That, subject to funding approval from the Ontario Ministry of Education, the St. Clair Catholic District School Board approve the construction of two 564 pupil place schools – one in north Chatham for the students of Our Lady of Fatima, St. Agnes and St. Vincent Catholic schools with an anticipated opening of September 2019; and one in south Chatham for the students of Georges P. Vanier, St. Joseph and St. Ursula Catholic schools with an anticipated opening of September 2019.

  • That, subject to funding approval from the Ontario Ministry of Education, the St. Clair Catholic District School Board approve the relocation of the French Immersion program from Monsignor Uyen Catholic School to a newly refurbished Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, with an anticipated opening date of September 2019.

  • That the St. Clair Catholic District School Board approve the boundaries of the new south Chatham school to be redrawn as set out in Option A of the Initial Staff Report (September 2016); however, all current students and future siblings will be “grandfathered” and given the choice to attend either the newly constructed school, as directed under current boundaries, or be directed to St. Anne (Blenheim) or St. Joseph (Tilbury) as directed under the newly-drawn boundaries; and further that the current boundary for St. Vincent Catholic School not be changed, so that all current and future students in the existing St. Vincent boundary will be directed to the new north Chatham school.

  • That the St. Clair Catholic District School Board direct staff to incorporate in the design of the new schools and the refurbished Our Lady of Fatima, wherever possible within the funding parameters set by the Ministry of Education, the special considerations with respect to facilities as outlined by the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee in the recommendations section of the February 14, 2017 Final Report.

  • That the St. Clair Catholic District School Board direct staff to incorporate in the transition plan for students, wherever possible within funding parameters, the special considerations with respect to transition matters as outlined by the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee in the recommendations section of the February 14, 2017 Final Report.

  • That effective September 2019, following the opening of the new schools and the relocation of the French Immersion program to Our Lady of Fatima, the school buildings for St. Agnes, St. Vincent, Monsignor Uyen, Georges P. Vanier, St. Joseph and St. Ursula be closed and declared surplus according to the terms of Ontario Regulation 444/98.

Mar 29, 2017

CLASS Launches Free Mobile App "MySBI" 

Getting information about school bus cancellations and delays just got a little bit easier.

Chatham-Kent Lambton Administrative School Services (CLASS), which provides transportation services to students of the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent District school boards, has launched a new mobile app that will provide subscribers with real-time notifications whenever buses are delayed by 10 minutes or greater.  The notifications will come in the form of alerts, which will also include service cancellations due to adverse weather conditions.

"We are pleased to offer this new service to help keep our students and families informed with the most up-to-date information in the unlikely event of delays or cancellations," says Kent Orr, CLASS General Manager.

The app allows subscribers to quickly select the morning and afternoon buses for which they wish to receive updates from a simple drop down menu for either school board.

Bus delay and weather cancellation information will also continue to be posted on the CLASS website at www.schoolbusinfo.com

For additional information about using the mobile app, please visit www.mysbi.ca

Mar 22, 2017

Board of Trustees to Vote on Recommendations from Chatham Elementary Schools Pupil Accommodation Review Committee at March 28, 2017 Regular Board Meeting 

The Pupil Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) of parents, community members and parish representatives has completed its work in the Chatham Elementary Schools Pupil Accommodation Review, which began in September 2016.

The recommendations of the PARC, along with a number of special considerations, are contained in the Final Staff Report, which was presented to the Board of Trustees on February 14, 2017.  The Board will vote on the recommendations at its Regular Meeting of Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Click here to view or download the final report.

Mar 02, 2017

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