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St. Clair Catholic Students Invited to Participate in Visit by Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell 

Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell was treated to a concert by "The Vinnies," a student choir from St. Vincent Catholic School, during her visit to Chatham this week.

The students, under the direction of music teacher Jacquelyn McGlynn, performed two selections and opened the evening program with 'O Canada.'

"It was a tremendous honour for our students to be invited to participate in this wonderful evening," says Nicole Stevens, Principal of St. Vincent Catholic School.  "We were all very thrilled to meet the Lieutenant Governor."

In addition, Ursuline College student Rosie Reaume had the honour of raising a toast to Her Majesty the Queen, during a dinner, at which the Lieutenant Governor was the guest of honour.

The Lieutenant Governor was in Chatham as part of a provincial tour of communities, to speak with Ontarians.  During her roundtable discussions in Chatham, she met with a number of invited citizens, including two students from Ursuline College, Maxx McGlynn, Student Trustee; and Own Foster, UCC Student Council President.

In the photos (above left) are (L-R) Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope; the Lieutenant Governor; Ursuline College Student Rosie Reaume; and Superintendent of Education Deb Crawford; (above right) the Lieutenant Governor with UCC Student Council President Owen Foster (left) and St. Clair Catholic Student Trustee Maxx McGlynn (right); and (below) "The Vinnies" with Music Teacher Jacqueline McGlynn (left) and the Lieutenant Governor (centre).


Nov 04, 2016

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
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