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A Public Meeting Regarding the Chatham Elementary Schools Pupil Accommodation Review is Set for Wednesday, January 25th at St. Ursula Catholic School 

A Public Meeting Regarding the Chatham Elementary Schools Pupil Accommodation Review is Set for Wednesday, January 25th at St. Ursula Catholic School

Pre-registration is required.

Letter from the Director re:Pupil Accommodation Review Public Meeting

Jan 20, 2017

Letter from the Director re:Pupil Accommodation Review Public Meeting 

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January 20, 2017
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
Last night, the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) for the Chatham Catholic elementary schools completed its review, involving the school communities of Our Lady of Fatima, St. Vincent, St. Agnes, Monsignor Uyen, St. Joseph, St. Ursula and Georges P. Vanier.  The purpose of the review is to address the issue of excess pupil spaces and out-dated, aging school facilities, as identified in the Board’s Capital Plan, which was released in February 2016.
 
It has been the role of the PARC to represent the schools under review and to act as the official conduit of information between the school board the school communities.  After a full and vigorous review, which involved an extensive examination of reports and data regarding the current school facilities; considering and weighing questions and concerns of parents; and assessing what is in the best interests of Catholic students for the future, the PARC has come to the consensus that it supports Option A, as outlined in the Initial Staff Report, which was presented to the Board of Trustees last September.  Option A would see the French Immersion program re-located to a fully refurbished Our Lady of Fatima; the six remaining Catholic elementary schools would be closed; and two brand new schools would be built, one in north Chatham and one in south Chatham.
 
The PARC also identified some additional considerations, should the Board of Trustees vote to move forward with Option A.  Superintendent of Education Deb Crawford, who has acted as Chair of the PARC, will now prepare a report on behalf of PARC members, which will be submitted to Trustees on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.  The Board of Trustees will make its decision on the future of Catholic education in Chatham at the Regular Meeting of Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  The final decision regarding any future capital projects, of course, rests with the Ministry of Education.
 
In the meantime, a public meeting has been scheduled for next Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Ursula Catholic School.  Members of the PARC will be in attendance, to present their recommendation and to outline some of the additional considerations pertaining to Option A.
 
Please note, that pre-registration is required to attend the Wednesday, January 25th public meeting.  You can pre-register by visiting the Board website at www.st-clair.net Click on the Pupil Accommodation Review – Chatham Elementary Schools link on the rotator at the top of the main page.  Child care is available.
 
I wish to thank the members of the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee for their commitment to this process and to the future of Catholic education in Chatham.  I look forward to hearing the details of their presentation on Wednesday and hope you are able to join us!
 
Sincerely,
Dan Parr
Director of Education
 
Jan 20, 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

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