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Join Us For Our Webinar – Coping With Stress!

STRESS! We all experience it. 

That’s why Sudbury Catholic Schools is pleased to invite you to register for our upcoming wellness webinar in January. At this webinar, two outstanding guest presenters will tackle this topic and provide coping strategies for dealing with stress. 

WHEN: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 19 AT 5:30 PM

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Alina Rukkila MSW, RSW and Jessie Jones CYW will lead us through an engaging session on dealing with the different types of stress and provide helpful strategies and tips we can incorporate to help us manage it when it happens. 

We all know that not all types of stress are bad. Good types of stress can help you focus, ensure you meet your daily challenges, and encourage you to reach specific goals you have for yourself. However, it’s essential to understand the difference between good and harmful types of stress. Over time, a continued strain on the body put on from stress can get the best of you. It’s paramount to identify the causes of daily stress and manage the intensity of these feelings. By knowing healthy coping strategies, we can enjoy life and learn happily.  

Computer Science Education Week at SCDSB

In honour of Computer Science Education Week (Dec 6-12), each day, we will put a special spotlight on 1 amazing staff member whose expertise within the fascinating world of IT and computer science deserve to be celebrated!

Learn more about Computer Science Education Week by checking out the #csedweek website.

MONDAY

Everyone meet David Hempel!

He is one of the wonderful Computer Infrastructure Technicians we have here at SCDSB and believes that “IT can take you anywhere!”

Thanks David for all that you do and more!

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Bus Transportation Cancelled

TRANSPORTATION CANCELLED, SCHOOLS REMAIN OPEN  – SUDBURY, ESPANOLA  AND MASSEY 

BUSSES ARE RUNNING ON MANITOULIN ISLAND

Due to poor road conditions and in the interest of safety, all school related transportation services for English Catholic, English public, French Catholic and French public schools, operating in the districts of SUDBURY, ESPANOLA AND MASSEY (this includes all areas such as St-Charles, Noëlville, Monetville, Markstay, Hagar, Warren, Wahnapitae, Coniston, Killarney, Whitefish, Whitefish River First Nations, Onaping, Chelmsford, Capreol, Valley East, Garson, Chelmsford and Azilda) are cancelled today. All schools will remain open, however, NO transportation will be provided.

Parents who transport their children to school are reminded that they must pick their children up at the end of the school day.

All staff are expected to report to work.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 2021

Bullying in all forms is considered a serious issue that affects student learning, sense of safety and overall well-being. Having respect and kindness towards one another is extremely important for our school board because a school should be a place where everyone feels included and everyone is welcome. By providing a safe learning environment, SCDSB can ensure student success and create responsible and compassionate leaders in learning and faith to help change the world for the better.

November 21 – 27, 2021 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. This week is designed to promote safe schools and positive learning environments and will encourage everyone to play their part in preventing bullying at school, online and in the community.

Yet one of the most important things to understand during these conversations of bullying, is that it’s not just something that happens at school or online – it also happens in your home and in your neighborhood as well as other places where children spend time. This week’s we ask everyone in our community (students, educators, staff, parents and guardians) to consider how they can play their part to prevent bullying wherever it might happen so that all children and people can learn and grow in safe, positive environments.

To help understand how you can play your part to stop bullying, please review the following resources provided by the Ministry of Education.

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Information for Parents/Guardians
School Board Guide

Why Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week Matters

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is significant to note because it enables schools and community members to promote positive change in student learning, achievement, and well-being for a safer learning environment, which is essential to student success.

Everyone has a responsibility to stop bullying. This week is an opportunity to increase awareness of the available tools and resources that will encourage everyone to get involved with bullying prevention.

To assist in this effort, the Ministry of Education has provided themes that can be focused on each day during this week:

  • Bullying and Cyberbullying: Raising Awareness
  • Engaging the Whole School
  • Engaging Students
  • Engaging Parents, Guardians or Caregivers
  • Educator/School Staff Resources

What is the Take Away?

Providing a safe environment ensures student success. Bullying Awareness and Prevention week is about spreading kindness and gratitude and being aware of what’s happening around you. Are you being accepting and inclusive? Can you do something to help someone who is being bullied or could be a bully? The leaders of tomorrow will be impacted by the leaders of today. By acknowledging bullying’s impact and finding ways to stop it, you will help keep our community rooted in respect for all.

Bullying in all forms hinders children, teens, and all individuals from fully reaching their potential and discovering the path they want to take. Sudbury Catholic Schools continues to foster acceptance, unity, and kindness in projects and organizations that aim to fight bullying and invite everyone to do their part.

Resources to Support

PREVNet

Canada’s Healthy Relationships Hub

PREVNet is a national research and knowledge mobilization hub that brings together researchers and national organizations to build research capacity, assess youth relationship problems including bullying and dating violence, and promote evidence-based programs and effective policies across Canada to address and reduce youth interpersonal violence and promote healthy relationships.

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a small nonprofit that invests our resources into making kindness the norm.

Their evidence-based Kindness in the Classroom® curriculum gives students the social and emotional skills needed to live more successful lives. Their workplace kindness calendar shows companies how easy it is to change workplace culture through simple kind gestures.

Storwell Foster Children Bursary Program

Sudbury Catholic District School Board is pleased to introduce students to Storwell, in support of their Foster Children Bursary Program.

Storewell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 in support of foster children to help them attend post-secondary schools and to offer a hand up as they make their way forward in life.

For details about the program and to complete an application, please visit the StorWell Bursary Application Webpage.

*Please Note: Applications for the 2021 program year are due on or before December 31, 2021.

StorWell Foster Children Bursary Program

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Bishop Alexander Carter School Celebrates Official Opening of New 7 & 8 Wing

Sudbury, ON – On Tuesday, September 28th, 2021, Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic School celebrated the official opening of its new elementary wing. 

In attendance were Elder, Sandra Corbiere from Sagamok and Wahnapitae First Nation, Deacon Steve Callaghan, staff and students from Bishop Alexander Carter, Trustees, and central office staff.  

Key features of the upgrades at Bishop Alexander Carter, include a renovated gymnasium and eight new, modern and spacious classrooms. In addition, the new 7 and 8 wing is equipped with new and advanced technological equipment such as Chromebooks, and multi-media capabilities, all designed to grow students’ knowledge, inspire them and to maximize their learning. 

According to Bishop Alexander Carter’s Principal, Stephanie Venturi, these additions provide precious opportunities to benefit students’ understanding of different subjects and help unlock each child’s potential. “Technology is the great engine of educational mobility. Today’s minds are tomorrow’s future, and with the new opportunities we have for both teachers and students in the wing, we’re confident that we can provide the tools and instruction that children need to thrive in their chosen pathways.” 

“Being here for three weeks, we’re starting to see the school community come together, and it’s beautiful.” Says teacher, Jody O’Daiskey “We’re all working together to collaborate, and I’m excited to see how this develops more as time goes on. We have a great team of teachers who all have different subject backgrounds that are going to create a strong and cohesive division, and I think it’s going to be a great year.” 

 “It was a delight to see students in my community learning in the new classrooms at Bishop. It is an amazing school community, and I’m thrilled we can honour this new chapter.” – SCDSB Chair, Michael Bellmore

Bishop is one of 18 schools in SCDSB’s school system. Currently, the elementary wing has 201 students enrolled and 12 teachers. Both Bishop and the SCDSB hopes to continue to increase the enrollment of elementary students by offering advanced learning opportunities to help children be the best they can be in life through innovative education. For more info about Bishop Alexander Carter go to baccss.sudburycatholicschools.ca

Sudbury Catholic Schools Help Make Winters a Little Warmer!

Members of student senate stand with their coats.

The Student Senate at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board has helped make winter a little warmer for our community! Throughout the month of October, the Student Senate spearheaded a campaign to collect gently used winter coats in all sizes. The Senate, which is comprised of 15 secondary students, also encouraged other schools to participate in this initiative.

Together, Sudbury Catholic Schools collected 436 coats and winter accessories, surpassing last year’s number of 200 coats and winter accessories. Working with Derek Cashmore of Cooper Equipment Rentals, the coats will be donated to those in need throughout the Greater Sudbury community.

“The Student Senate are seen as leaders and innovators not only in their schools but across the Sudbury Catholic District School Board,” said Amanda Barry, Teacher Facilitator of the Student Senate. “They are truly difference makers and I am honoured to work alongside them year after year.”

“It was amazing to see our schools all come together and support such a wonderful cause,” said Ryan Scarpellini, Student Trustee and member of the Student Senate. “We are excited to continue to grow the campaign year after year and continue to make a difference in our community.”

Youth Mental Health Walk-in offered for secondary students

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board in partnership with the Child and Family Centre is offering a unique service to all our secondary students. We will have a Youth Walk-In Service available on Tuesdays from 10:30am to 6:00pm (last one hour session at 5pm). Starting tomorrow!

Where do you go to see a clinician? Go to the Guidance Area at St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School. This service is open to all secondary students, not just those from St. Benedict.

For more information please call 705-525-1008.

Remember: You don’t have to face your problems alone.

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Bishop Carter students earn spot at Ontario Technological Skills Competition

The Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) is Canada’s largest skilled trades competition, hosting over 67 contests, 2000 competitors and 20,000 spectators at RIM Park in Waterloo. One of those 67 contests is TV Video Production, and in order to compete at the OTSC, participants must first make it through a qualifying round.

On Saturday, April 16th, 2016, Autumn Millar and Bradford Bourque, two Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Information & Communications Technology (ICT) students at Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School, travelled to Canadore College in North Bay to compete againstt other teams from various secondary schools around Northern Ontario. Only the top three competitors who received at least a 60% score in the qualifying round were permitted into the OTSC. The task was to produce a thirty-second public service announcement video on the theme of reducing your carbon footprint.

Competitors had to complete their filming and editing within a specific amount of time, after which their work would be critiqued, reviewed and evaluated by a number of judges. When the results came in, Autumn and Brad were awarded first place and will now be competing in Waterloo on May 3rd for the provincial title. This marks the third consecutive year that Bishop Carter has won first place at the OTSC Qualifying Round for TV/Video Production. Autumn has been present for each of those three years. “Brad and Autumn are excellent students,” says Steven Facchini, the teacher of the SHSM ICT program at Bishop Carter. “Aside from video production, they’ve demonstrated excellence in 2D graphic design, 3D modelling, web development, game programming, special effects and various other media production skills that I teach in my program. We are all extremely proud of them. They are undoubtedly looking forward to the provincial competition in May.”

Running Proud

We’re proud to announce that Caleb Beland from Bishop has signed his papers and will be running for the Laurentian XC/Track team next year. Caleb was a NOSSA medallist in the 1500 & 3000m last year and placed 4th in the NOSSA XC Championships. Caleb currently trains at Bishop and Track North. “Caleb is one of the top distance runners in the City and we are very happy he has chosen to attend and compete for Laurentian” said Darren Jermyn from Track North. Mr. Larocque, program leader for physical education at Bishop, was present for the signing and stated “Caleb is a great example of hard work and perseverance.

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