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Helping Your Child to Succeed at School 

The September 2014 issue of Helping Your Child to Succeed at School offers parents tips to help instill in their children strong learning skills and effective habits, which are important tools for life-long learning and as they enter the world of work. To view or download Helping Your Child to Succeed at School click here.

Sep 26, 2014

Keeping Music Alive in our Schools - St. Joseph Catholic School in Chatham Gets Class Set of Keyboards 

Students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Chatham are starting the new school year with a song! The school has received a class set of keyboards.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to offer our students this expanded music program,” says Laura Callaghan, Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Chatham.

“Learning music is an important part of our children’s education because research shows it facilitates learning other subjects by enhancing skills that children use in other areas of the curriculum,” says Mrs. Callaghan. 

The 30 keyboards were purchased through generous private donations. The fund-raising effort was led by music teacher Jacquelyn McGlynn.

“A music-rich experience is an important benefit as children progress through formal learning,” says Mrs. McGlynn. “Our children are very excited for the opportunity to learn piano at school!”

After just a couple of lessons the students are already able to make music. To listen, click here or on embedded video below.


Sep 19, 2014

System-Wide Mass Dedicates Service of New Employees to the Mission of Catholic Education 

A special district-wide Mass was held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Wallaceburg, to celebrate the new school year.  It is also an opportunity to give thanks to God for His gift of Catholic education and to ask for His blessing on our new employees; and to dedicate their service to the mission of Catholic education.

To commemorate the day, new employees were presented bibles.

Father Chris Gillespie of Holy Redeemer Parish Cluster was principal celebrant, with concelebrants Father Raju Allumpurath of Holy Redeemer Parish Cluster; Father Tom Donohue, St. Christopher, Forest and Our Lady Help of Christians, Watford; Father Peter Amszej, St. Francis Xavier and St. Peter, Tilbury; Deacon Rudy Terpstra, St. Philip Petrolia; and Deacon Jerry Lozon, Chaplain, St. Clair Catholic District School Board.

Other deanery members who were present were Virginia Eade, Holy Redeemer Parish Cluster; and Sue McMath, St. Joseph and St. Ursula Parish Cluster.  Dorothy deBakker and the Life Teen Band of Holy Redeemer Parish Cluster provided the music ministry.

Special thanks to Jennifer Trinca and the students of the the Holy Family, Christ The King and St. Elizabeth Catholic School string choirs, who provided special music.  To view the string choir’s presentation of Pachelbel's Canon in D click here.

Each school community was also presented with a plaque, which depicts the Board’s new strategic plan, which will be prominently displayed in each school building.

Pictured are (L-R) Dan Parr, Director of Education; Jeff Cary, a new teacher at St. John Fisher Catholic School; Alicia Bernard, a new teacher at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School; and Carol Bryden, Chair of the Board.

Pictured above are (L-R) Dan Parr, Director of Education; new staff members Jeff Cardy, St. John Fisher Catholic School and Alicia Bernard, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School; and Carol Bryden, Chair of the Board.

Sep 11, 2014
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