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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

UCC Students Helping to Provide Solutions for Community Issues Through Inquiry-Based Learning 

Through inquiry-based learning, students in Steve Churchill's Grade 11 English class are helping to provide solutions to real issues confronting the community.

"This semester, we invited some local agencies into our classroom to talk to us about some 'real world' problems which face our community," says Mr. Churchill.  "The students have followed their passion and their interest and are helping to provide solutions."

Some of the groups invited to speak to students were Pet and Animal Wildlife Rescue, Learning Disabilities Association, Chatham-Kent Outreach for Hunger and the Ursuline Sisters.

"The local Pet and Wildlife Rescue Centre had a recent break-in and was in need of emergency funding," says student Erykah Bugros.  "We decided to design bracelets and sell them, hoping to raise $400.  We've already hit $300 and we're sure we will make our target!"

Another group of students was concerned about young people who cannot afford to play organized sports.  They partnered with SportChek and Canadian Tire to promote the JumpStart Program, which helps give kids from families in financial need the same opportunities to participate in sports as their neighbours, classmates and friends.  They also partnered with students in Grades 1 to 8 at St. Michael Catholic School in Ridgetown to produce dozens of posters, to help promote JumpStart.

"The students all designed their own projects to work out solutions to the problems they were passionate about.  I'm so proud of all of them and the work they're doing in our communities," says Mr. Churchill.  "What I like best about these projects is that they tie so directly to the mission of Catholic education.  These kids aren't only talking about their faith, they're living it!"

The students will discuss their projects in a Ted Talks-style presentation to the community agencies and invited guests on January 18 in the UCC Theatre.

In the photos (above left) students show off the bracelets they designed for the Chatham-Kent Pet and Wildlife Rescue fundraiser; and (above right) some of the posters designed to help promote the JumpStart Program.


Dec 22, 2016
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