February is Black History Month - Celebrating Canadians of African Descent: Going Forward, Guided by the Past

Each February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.

The 2020 theme for Black History Month is: Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past.  The theme was inspired by the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent - 2015-2024.  

At St. Clair Catholic, Black History Month will be celebrated in a variety of ways in classrooms all across the district. 

Read more about Black History Month at St. Clair Catholic in our newsletter.


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Support Bell Let's Talk Day - January 29, 2020

Bell Let's Talk Day is January 29, 2020. Bell Let's Talk is the single largest corporate commitment to mental health in Canada.  Originally a five-year, $50 million program to help create a stigma-free Canada and drive action in mental health care, Bell Let's Talk was renewed in 2015 for another five years with a target of raising Bell's commitment to at least $100 million.

For more information on how you can support Bell Let's Talk Day, go to https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/bell-lets-talk-day 

 


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St. Clair Catholic Students Participate in Lambton College ENACTUS Program

About 170 elementary students from St. Michael (Bright's Grove), St. Joseph (Corunna), St. Elizabeth (Wallaceburg) and Holy Trinity (Sarnia) Catholic schools have been working with the Lambton College Enactus team this semester, to identify and solve a real world problem. 

Throughout the term, they have been collaborating to research a problem, identify potential solutions and finally prepare a presentation which summarizes their learning.  Today was an opportunity to engage in mid-year reflections on what they have accomplished so far.

Students also had an opportunity to hear presentations from the Grade 12 leadership class at St. Patrick's Catholic High School.  St. Patrick's students have also been working with the Lambton College Enactus team, as they study entrepreneurial solutions to social justice challenges.

The day was an outstanding example of how our students have been working collaboratively with community partners, to identify and solve real world challenges.

The final outcomes of the Enactus project will be shared at a later date.

 

 


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Flag at the Catholic Education Centre Lowered to Half Mast in Memory of the Victims of the Ukraine Airlines Flight 762 Crash

The flag at the Catholic Education Centre is lowered to half mast until Monday morning, January 13, 2020 in memory of those who lost their lives in the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. 

The plane went down shortly after take-off on Wednesday morning in Tehran.  All 176 people on board, including 63 Canadians, died in the crash.

Our prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims.


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Special Hat Day in Memory of Holy Trinity Student Raises $600 for Ronald McDonald House

Students and staff at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Sarnia have raised more than $600 in memory of a student who recently passed away.

The entire school community participated in a special 'hat day.'

"We wanted to do something to honour Jaylyn's memory," says school principal Daniella Mancusi.  "We decided on a 'hat day' because Jaylyn always wore a toque."

The funds raised, in addition to food and hygiene products, were donated to the Ronald McDonald House in London.

In the photo, Holy Trinity Catholic School custodian Pat DeRidder delivers the donation to Ronald McDonald House.


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St. Patrick's and Ursuline College Students Visit Lambton College Carpentry Program

Students from the Specialist High Skills Major Construction Programs at both St. Patrick's Catholic High School, Sarnia and Ursuline College Chatham visited the Lambton College Skilled Trades Centre this week.

Two groups of students were led through some activities that helped them to understand what a career in carpentry would involve, the appropriate pathway to an apprenticeship program, what the college program is all about and what they can expect if they choose a co-op program and other work opportunities.

The students were very engaged and appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this pathway to a future career.


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A Stitch in Time Helps Spread Christmas Blessings at St. Elizabeth Catholic School

Students in Mrs. Quinlan's Grade 4/5 class and members of the St. Elizabeth Catholic School Sewing Club are using their stitching abilities to help people in need this Christmas!

Students in the Sewing Club recently made tree ornaments, that were then sold to raise money that was donated to a local family this Christmas. 

"The students enjoy sewing and knowing that their work was helping people right here in our own community just made it that much better," says Clare Quinlan, Grade 4/5 teacher and leader of the Sewing Club.

The students are getting some expert help from Mrs. Quinlan's mom, Teresa Lucier, who enjoys helping out and teaching the students to sew.

Grade 4/5 students are making mittens that will be donated to the Wallaceburg St. Vincent de Paul Society; and the Grade 1/2 class is helping Grade 4/5 students to sew together a quilt for a St. Elizabeth family with a young child who is making frequent trips to hospital.  

"St. Elizabeth is a caring school community," says school principal Stacy Shepley.  "We are blessed and so we want to pass on those blessings to others who need our help, not just at Christmastime, but throughout the year."

In the photo with students are Grade 4/5 Teacher Clare Quinlan (far right) and her mom Teresa Lucier.


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Kindergarten Students from Gregory A. Hogan Catholic School Spread Christmas Cheer at Twin Lakes Terrace Nursing Home

Kindergarten students from Gregory A. Hogan Catholic School helped to spread some Christmas cheer to residents at Twin Lakes Terrace Nursing Home recently.  Gregory A. Hogan is St. Clair Catholic's French Immersion school in Sarnia.

The students showered the residents with bilingual Christmas songs and presented them with crafts and Christmas cards, which the students made.

"It was a fun day for both the students and residents, as they bonded across the generations," says Daniela Mezzatesta, Principal of Gregory A. Hogan Catholic School.

"It was fun to see the smiles on all their faces!"


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