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Grade 1 Students From Sacred Heart (Sarnia) Celebrate 100th Day of School with a Tour of Sarnia and Visit to City Hall 

Students in Grade 1 at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Sarnia celebrated the 100th day of the school year by boarding a Sarnia Transit bus and touring the city; and they topped it off with a stop at Sarnia City Hall and a visit with Mayor Mike Bradley.

"The students planned the itinerary on their own," says Grade 1 Teacher Mary Jo Cocarell.  "We study 'community' as part of the Grade 1 social studies curriculum; so, they picked the spots in their community they wanted to see."

Ms. Cocarell and teacher Shannon Geary accompanied the students on a tour that included Canatara Park, Lake Chipican, Lake Huron, the Bluewater Bridge and St. Clair River, the big ships by the grain elevators, Sarnia Bay Marina, the Sarnia police and fire stations, Our Lady of Mercy Church, Bluewater Health and St. Patrick's Catholic High School, among other sites.

The highlight was a tour of city hall, with Mayor Mike Bradley acting as tour guide.  He greeted the students in the council chambers then accompanied them up a private staircase to his office on the second floor.

"Mayor Mike was very gracious," says Ms. Geary.  "The students asked lots of questions and were very enthusiastic.  They learned a lot and had a very fun day!"

In the photo above, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley poses in the Council Chambers with three students from Grade 1 at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Sarnia.

Feb 14, 2017

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
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