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St. Elizabeth Catholic School Among 17 Schools Across Canada to Receive Tech Grant from Best Buy Canada 

St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Wallaceburg has received a $2,927 grant through the Best Buy School Tech Grant Program.  The funds will be used to purchase robotics equipment for the school's new First Lego League Robotics extra-curricular program.

"We are extremely grateful to Best Buy Canada for this generous donation," says Liz Gibson, Principal of St. Elizabeth Catholic School.  "The money will help us to establish a brand new extra-curricular program at our school for students who have a tremendous interest in science and technology."

"The passion of the St. Elizabeth Catholic School staff was evident in their grant application, as they outlined how additional technology would provide their students with unique learning experiences," says Damian Anderson, General Manager of the Chatham Best Buy location.  "Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth and connect them with technology, in ways which advance their education."

Aar-Kel Industries, a well-known Wallaceburg tool and die shop, has donated $1,000, which will also be used to support the new extra-curricular program.

Through the First Lego Robotics League, St. Elizabeth Catholic School students will compete against students from other schools across Canada.  The first competitions in southwestern Ontario will be held in December.

In the photos (above L-R) First Lego League staff leader Paul Cogghe, St. Elizabeth Catholic School Principal Liz Gibson and Best Buy Chatham Location Manager Damian Anderson join students for the Best Buy Canada Tech Grant cheque presentation; and (below) Mrs. Gibson, Mr. Anderson and Mr. Cogghe join students for a robotics demonstration.

Nov 02, 2016

Helping Parents Make Math a Fun Part of the Family's Daily Routine is the Focus of Bedtime Math 

Helping families to make math a fun part of their daily routine – that’s the goal of three Bedtime Math fun family events, which were held last night at St. Clair Catholic elementary schools. 

“We know that parents are a key part of their children’s learning, which is important to the success of education in Ontario,” says Laura Callaghan, Superintendent of Education. 

“These events align with Ontario’s Renewed Math Strategy because they provide parents the opportunity to embrace a positive attitude towards mathematics; and they support the partnership between home and school that is so critical for student success in this subject,” says Mrs. Callaghan.

The three events are based on the Bedtime Math series of books, which give parents age-appropriate strategies and fun activities to help boost their children’s interest in the subject. 

“These books are a great resource for parents who want to participate in their child’s learning in math,” says Brenda Corchis, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator & Early Years Lead for St. Clair Catholic.  “The best-selling series is proving to kids and families that math can be something they actually might want to do for fun!”

The Bedtime Math events began with a family dinner, followed by math activities for the whole family.  At the end of the evening, parents left with a free book and some take-away math strategies they can do with their children at home.

“We think it was a fun evening … and that it will lead to many more hours of fun math activities, as parents and children explore the books together!” says Mrs. Corchis.

Funding for the three events came from the Ontario government’s Parent Reaching Out grant, which supports parent, guardian and caregiver engagement in their children’s learning.  Events were hosted at Holy Trinity Catholic School, Sarnia; at Holy Family Catholic School in Wallaceburg for the Holy Family, Christ The King and St. Elizabeth school communities; and at St. Joseph Catholic School in Chatham, for the St. Joseph and St. Agnes school communities.

In the photo, Cassandra and Greg Taylor enjoy a fun math activity with their children using playing cards, while Chris St. Amand, Math Lead for St. Clair Catholic and Steve DeGurse, Principal, Holy Trinity Catholic School, look on.


Oct 28, 2016

St. Clair Catholic and St. Clair College Partnership Creates Shared Learning Space at St. Ursula Catholic School 

An exciting new partnership between the St. Clair Catholic District School Board and St. Clair College will improve educational opportunities for students of both organizations.  Under the new partnership agreement, a shared learning apace has been created in a Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) classroom at St. Ursula Catholic School in Chatham, which will serve as a lab school for the college's Early Childhood Education (ECE) students.

"This new shared learning space in a classroom setting will offer real hands-on experiential learning for our ECE students," says Mark Benoit, Chair, School of Academic Studies for the St. Clair College Chatham Campus.  "We are pleased to be able to offer this unique educational opportunity to our ECE students, thanks to our on-going partnership with St. Clair Catholic."

"Through this successful partnership, we hope to develop further student pathways and connections to the college for both elementary and secondary students in our Catholic schools," says Dan Parr, Director of Education for St. Clair Catholic.  "We also see opportunities to support further learning for our FDK teaching teams, not only at St. Ursula, but across the district."

The shared space model will bring more than 60 first and second year ECE college students to the FDK classroom this year.  The classroom is furnished through funding from the college and through community donations.  The project is a reality thanks to the vision and collaboration of St. Clair College Professor Brenda Huff and Brenda Corchis, Coordinator - Elementary Curriculum and Early Years Lead with St. Clair Catholic.

In the photo, helping FDK students to cut the ribbon officially opening the new shared learning space are (L-R) Dan Parr, Director of Education, St. Clair Catholic; Laura Callaghan, Superintendent of Education, St. Clair Catholic; Kelly VanBoxtel, Principal, St. Ursula Catholic School; Ashley Lalumiere and Kari Maw, First Year St. Clair College ECE Students; St. Clair College Professor Brenda Huff; and Mark Benoit, Chair, School of Academic Studies, Chatham Campus, St. Clair College.

Oct 26, 2016
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