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St. Elizabeth Catholic School Students "Round-Up" Reading with Western-Style Literacy Day 

Students at St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Wallaceburg participated in a day to help raise awareness of the importance of reading.  Students wore western costumes, including cowboy hats and boots, as they set out to "round-up" reading for the day!

"This day was all about stressing the importance of literacy in our every day lives," says Liz Gibson, Principal of St. Elizabeth Catholic School.  "Our staff developed a number of activities, both in the classroom and in school-wide groups, that made for a fun day of reading and learning together!"

Guest readers were invited in, including Trustee Carol Bryden, who co-authored the children's book Yellow Bear Goes to Catholic School.  Other guest readers included Ursuline College Principal Ray Power, UCC Vice Principal Ed Freeburn, Superintendent of Education Laura Callaghan, members of the staff of Catholic Curriculum Services and parents.

Students also collected pledges to honour the reading goals they set a few weeks back and participated in reading activities in school families and with their reading buddies.

In a brand new tradition at St. Elizabeth, the Grade 8 class will purchase a legacy book for JK students entering the school in September.  They will write a short message to the future Charger graduates and sign it with the date.

"Families will be able build on many of these activities at home," says Mrs. Gibson.  "Special thanks to all of our staff members for making our reading round-up a success!"

In the photo above, Trustee Carol Bryden reads the children's book Yellow Bear Goes to Catholic School to students at St. Elizabeth Catholic School.

Feb 06, 2017

kinderSTARt - Kindergarten Registration for September 2017 

kinderSTARt is a special one day registration event in each elementary school for parents and their children, who are beginning Junior Kindergarten in September 2017.  It is an opportunity for families to visit the school to meet the staff and engage in activities in preparation for Full Day Kindergarten.  Parents also have a chance to bring younger siblings (18 months to three years) to participate in the Ages and Stages developmental questionnaire.  kinderSTARt is also a fun and informative way for families to get tips on healthy living and immunization for their children.

For more information, including dates and times for kinderSTARt registration at your local Catholic elementary school, click on the following links:  Chatham-Kent Catholic Schools   Sarnia-Lambton Catholic Schools

Jan 10, 2017

11 Teams from 8 St. Clair Catholic Schools Participate in First Lego League Robotics Competition 

St. Clair Catholic students took home honours in several categories at the First Lego League Robotics Competition in Sarnia earlier this month.  As part of the competition, students program, design and make robots, which are required to complete a series of challenges.

Students also present their innovative solutions in a research project.  They are also given a core values challenge, in which they demonstrate the skills they have developed, both individually and as a team throughout the year.

“The First Lego League Program is designed to encourage young people to pursue careers in the sciences – computer, mechanical, physical and engineering,” says Cortnee Goure, one of the team leaders. “The Lego League competitions are also important as they help students build knowledge and innovative and interpersonal skills, which are important in both academic and social settings.  It’s all about team work!”   

First Lego League challenges are held in more than 80 countries around the world.

Several St. Clair Catholic teams received awards of merit.  The Our Lady of Fatima team was named Ontario West Championship Qualifiers; Aaron VandenEnden, an Ursuline College student, who was mentoring the St. Ursula team, was named Outstanding Youth Mentor; the Gadget Girls Team from Holy Family was Rookie of the Year; and the girls’ team from St. Joseph in Chatham received the Ontario Innovation Celebration Nomination.

The Our Lady of Fatima team now advances to the next competition in Waterloo in January.

In the photo above, the Holy Family Gadget Girls team, which was named Rookie of the Year, poses with staff leaders Cortnee Goure (left) and Janice Prangley (far right).

Dec 23, 2016
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