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FEBRUARY 2008 For immediate release

UPCOMING EVENTS
Month of February February 2 TCDSB Board-Wide TCDSB Board-Wide Virtue of the Month: Love Engaging Parents: Improving Student Achievement Workshops for parents 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School 1515 Bloor St. W., Toronto African/Djembe Drumming with Kevin Fell Junior grades – 10 a.m. 75 Alexmuir Blvd., Scarborough Carnaval Lotto Activity 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All grades 21 Eddfield Ave., North York Carnaval Activities include: Red and White Day; BINGO; BonBon Guessing Game; Fun Day (toboggan races, tug’o’war and more) Pancake Breakfast 15 Denfield St., Etobicoke

February 4

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School

February 4

St. Edward Catholic School

February 4 – 8

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

February 5

St. Marcellus Catholic School

TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD 80 Sheppard Avenue East, North York, ON M2N 6E8 416-222-8282, ext. 5314; commdept@tcdsb.org

February 5

St. Edward Catholic School

Carnaval Playday Activities 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the yard 21 Eddfield Ave., North York Engaging Parents: Improving Student Achievement Workshops for parents 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Catholic Education Centre – 3rd Floor 80 Sheppard Ave. E., North York Winter Carnaval and Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch 20 Bernadine St., Scarborough Extended French Information Evening for Parents 7 p.m. 35 Saffron Cres., Etobicoke Extended French Information Evening for Parents 7 p.m. 126 Rathburn Rd., Etobicoke Extended French Information Evening for Parents 6:30 p.m. 230 Morningside Ave., Scarborough Extended Registration Hours For New Students 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information: www.tcdsb.org French Immersion Information Evening for Parents 7 p.m. 10 Japonica Rd., Scarborough French Immersion Information Evening for Parents 7 p.m. 18 Kempford Blvd., North York French Immersion Information Evening for Parents 6:30 p.m. 355 Annette St., Toronto French Immersion Information Evening for Parents 7:00 p.m. 49 Cathedral Bluffs Dr., Scarborough

February 5

TCDSB Board-wide

February 5

St. Victor Catholic School

February 7

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School

February 7

St. Gregory Catholic School

February 7

St. Martin de Porres Catholic School

February 7

TCDSB Elementary Schools

February 7

Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic School

February 7

St. Cyril Catholic School

February 7

St. Cecilia Catholic School

February 7

St. Agatha Catholic School

February 7

Our Lady of Peace Catholic School

French Immersion Information Evening for Parents 7 p.m. 70 Mattice Ave., Etobicoke Presentation by Toronto Argonauts 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the gym 21 Eddfield Ave., North York Dance-a-Thon all day in the gym 15 Denfield St., Etobicoke School Spirit Week Feb. 13: Carnaval/Outdoor Games 178 Edwin Ave., Toronto Arctic Games 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, 685 Military Trail, Scarborough Rosary Activity All grades – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 21 Eddfield Ave., North York Engaging Parents – Improving Student Achievement Workshops for parents 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Catholic Education Centre – 3rd Floor 80 Sheppard Ave. E., North York “Annie” School production – 7 p.m. 75 Alexmuir Blvd., Scarborough Extended French Information Evening for Parents 7:00 p.m. 605 Willard Ave., York Arctic Games 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Michael Power/St. Joseph Catholic High School, 105 Eringate Dr., Etobicoke E-Class Registration for Non-TCDSB Students 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Catholic Education Centre 80 Sheppard Ave. E., North York

February 7

St. Edward Catholic School

February 8

St. Marcellus Catholic School

February 11 to 14

St. Rita Catholic School

February 11

TCDSB East Region Elementary Schools

February 12

St. Edward Catholic School

February 12

TCDSB Board-wide

February 12 & 13

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School

February 13

James Culnan Catholic School

February 13

TCDSB West Region Elementary Schools

February 13

TCDSB Continuing Education

February 13

St. Bonaventure Catholic School

Extended French Information Evening for Parents 6:30 p.m. 1340 Leslie St., North York Divisional Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Tournaments 15 Denfield St., Etobicoke Safety Presentation and Visit From Elmer Kindergarten to Gr. 3 9:30 a.m. in the gym 20 Bernadine St., Scarborough Arctic Games 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brebeuf College School, 211 Steeles Ave. W., North York Valentine’s Day Dance Grades 7 and 8 in the gym 45 Kingsview Blvd., Etobicoke Snowball-a-thon and CSAC Bake Sale 24 Bedford Park Ave., Toronto Carnival Week 3251 Weston Rd., North York Extended French Information Evening for Parents 7 p.m. 116 Fermanagh Ave., Toronto Multicultural Awareness Presentation Grades 4 to 6 101 Van Horne Ave., North York

February 12 & 14

St. Marcellus Catholic School

February 13

St. Victor Catholic School

February 14

TCDSB North Region Elementary Schools

February 14

St. Maurice Catholic School

February 14

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

February 19 to 22

St. Jude Catholic School

February 21

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School

February 21

St. Matthias Catholic School

February 22, 23, 29 & March 1

TCDSB Staff Arts

“The Pink Panther Strikes Again!” Staff production – 7:30 p.m. Madonna Catholic Secondary School Auditorium For more information: www.tcdsb.org/staffarts/

February 22

TCDSB Central Region Elementary Schools Arctic Games 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Neil McNeil High School 127 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough

February 22

TCDSB Psychological Services Department

Workshops for Parents 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – Proactive Behaviour Management 1:40 p.m. – Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents 2:20 p.m. – Self-Determination Theory Catholic Education Centre – 3rd Floor 80 Sheppard Ave. E., North York Star Student Awards Assembly 1 p.m. in the gym 20 Bernadine St., Scarborough “Grease” Student performance presented by the Music Department Performances: 7:30 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on March 1st 105 Eringate Dr., Etobicoke Multicultural Day Celebration Performances by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto as well as songs and dances by Latino, Italian, Jamaican and Eritrean groups and more – 9:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 108 Spenvalley Dr., North York Extended French Information Evening for Parents 85 Carmichael Ave., North York North Region Junior W5H Championship Games 1 p.m. 108 Spenvalley Dr., North York Extended French Information Evening for Parents 7 p.m. in the Library 121 Brimwood Blvd., Scarborough Heritage Night 6:30 p.m. 176 Leslie St., Toronto Engaging Parents: Improving Student Achievement Workshops for parents 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School 3200 Kennedy Rd., Scarborough

February 22

St. Victor Catholic School

February 27 to March 1

Michael Power/St. Joseph High School

February 27

Blessed Margherita of Città di Castello Catholic School

February 27

St. Margaret Catholic School

February 28

Blessed Margherita of Città di Castello Catholic School

February 28

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School

February 29

St. Joseph Catholic School

March 1

TCDSB Board-wide

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS
Courage at St. Jude
St. Jude Catholic School promoted January’s Faith and Character Development theme of “Courage” by rewarding the student of the month who made resolutions for positive changes in his or her life. That individual shows the gift of Right Judgement by making positive changes and leading others in doing what is right and good. It takes a great deal of courage to do what is right.

Schools attend Faith and Character Development Day
Students, staff and parents from St. Marguerite Bourgeoys and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Schools attended the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Faith and Character Development Left to right, from St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School: Rick Medeiros, teacher; Cathy Fielding, principal; Eric Alexande, parent and Grade 6 students Joeline Alexander and Marc Gamboa

Left: Our Lady of Grace Catholic School Community was represented by CSAC member, Joe Internicola and his daughter Angela, Mary-Beth Quinn, Core French teacher, Meryl Hadlow (former secretary with the board) and Debby Culotta, Principal.

Blessed Margherita Students “Star” in Music Video
Blessed Margherita of Città di Castello Catholic School was selected by Disney Canada in conjunction with Toys “R” Us to tape the High School Musical Video this month. The stars of the video will be selected through a contest sponsored by the Family Channel. The 25 performers from Blessed Margherita will sing and dance their way through the video as “extras”. Also performing will be dancers from the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation Wish Kids. The music video will be aired on the Family Channel fourteen times at a later date and will also be posted on the www.family.ca website.

Blessed Margherita Conflict Managers
Blessed Margherita of Città Catholic School has completed the training of 18 new Conflict Managers to bring the school to a total of 31 Conflict Managers trained in peer mediation. There are four Conflict Managers on duty at every recess who carry walkie-talkies, a clipboard and wear Conflict Managers jackets. The program is part of the school’s anti-bullying/anti-racism strategy to ensure a safer school.

Blessed Margherita on Short List for Excellence in Education Award
Blessed Margherita is pleased to have been selected as one of thirty schools in the province to be short-listed for a Garfield Weston Award for Excellence in Education. The school team, consisting of 8 members, has been invited to an awards celebration dinner on March 19, 2008 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The first place school will receive a $3,000 cash prize, the two runner-up schools will each receive $1,000 cash prize and all the rest of the schools will receive School of Distinction commemorative certificates displayed in a handsome portfolio.

Schools Assist Parish Families
Staff and students from St. Barnabas, St. Bede and Sacred Heart Catholic Schools and Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School were acknowledged by the Vincent De Paul Society for their generosity during this past Christmas season. Dan McNeil, Vice-President of the St. Vincent De Paul Society (St. Barnabas Conference) and Caretaker at St. Boniface Catholic School, reports that the schools assisted 117 families in the Parish community. In total, they brought a smile to 326 children and 141 adults. St. Angela Leads the Way in Faith and Character Development The St. Angela Catholic School community has been involved in Faith and Character Development since September 2007, when the school implemented “Followers of Christ”, a program that earned the school the Michael Carty Award. This initiative has provided the staff with the vehicle to advance the shared vision of an exemplary school in which everyone is present to each other with compassion and love. Each month a Christian value is introduced and all at St. Angela’s are encouraged to demonstrate and practise it. The school aligned its virtue for the month of January with the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s initiative of courage. At a school gathering, the students were encouraged to show courage and strive to make a difference in the community. Special posters were provided for teachers to display in their rooms. To celebrate their strivings to imitate Christ, a student was chosen from each class and honoured at a monthly Eucharistic celebration. Certificates were presented by Father Carlos and Mrs. Pariselli. Students also received a religious memento and had their pictures taken. These pictures are displayed in the school’s Followers of Christ showcase by the office and student names will be published in the school newsletter.

Changing Behaviour, Changing Culture, Changing Climate
The Arts and Science Departments of the Toronto Catholic District School Board collaborated with the Ontario Science Centre in offering a Symposium for TCDSB teachers on Climate Change recently. The TCDSB Nunavut Twinning Project and Ontario EcoSchools met at the Ontario Science Centre to learn the science behind climate change and the effects on the Arctic. Guest speaker Dr. Hayley Hung from Environment Canada spoke about her involvement in assessing the level of contaminants coming to into the Arctic and the scientific facts about the devastating effects that those contaminants are having on the environment in the North. Linda Mackey, artist and Director of the Polar Artist Group, raised growing concern about the changes she has personally witnessed in Nunavut in recent years. Franke James, artist and writer, discussed her Six Tools for Climate Change through art. Teachers participated in a series of activities to both encourage scientific inquiry about global warming and to develop an action plan for their classes. The intent is for the teachers to now go back to their classrooms, empower students to make ecologically sound behavioural changes and to document their progress through the Arts. The documented art projects will then go on display at the Ontario Science Centre’s “Idea Gallery” in the fall of 2008. Despite the intensity and overwhelming problems with climate change, teachers left the workshop with enthusiasm and ‘seeds of hope’. Each class will be given the opportunity to plant that ‘seed of hope’ through making positive change.

Above left:: Teachers singing to the tune of Raffi’s ‘Evergreen, Ever Blue’with their own Arctic lyrics Above Right: Teachers holding up their artwork depicting a collage on the effects of climate change

Students Reach Out to Developing Nations
Students at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School hope to make a lasting difference in the lives of other children by donating funds towards school kits, clean water and goats for families in developing nations. Organized by a group of grade 7 students who were inspired by National Me to We Day, the school community raised over $1000 through bake sales, candy cane and bell sales as well as donations in lieu of traditional teacher gifts at Christmas. Sara Young, Outreach Coordinator for Free The children’s Youth Programming Department was on hand at the school to accept the cheque, which was presented last month at the school. As well as their work for Free the Children, this motivated group of grade 7 students also organized “Halloween for Hunger, with which they collected food for the food bank while trick or treating, and collected more than 80 coats for Coats for Kids and Adults in Toronto.

St. Elizabeth Studies “People of Courage”
St. Elizabeth Catholic School kicked off the theme of courage with a school assembly. A picture book about Rosa Parks was read to the students and they talked about how Rosa showed courage. The students were asked to show courage during the month in their classrooms and in the schoolyard. The students in Grade 2/3 researched people who have shown courage. Students in Betty Da Costa’s class prepared a bulletin board display of “people of courage” from all over the world. These people put fear aside and stood up for what they believed. All the students at St. Elizabeth are talking and writing about "people of courage". The students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 are submitting reports to the principal on people of courage.

“IT STARTS IN THE SCHOOLS” is published monthly throughout the school year. Events, locations and times are subject to change. For more information, call 416-229-5331. This publication can be found on the Internet at www.tcdsb.org, see “news”. The Toronto Catholic District School Board educates close to 90,000 students from diverse cultures and language backgrounds in its 201 Catholic elementary and secondary schools and serves 475,032 Catholic school supporters across the City of Toronto.

Toronto Catholic Schools Faith in Your Child February 2008


								
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