Catholic Education Week coming up


The Northwest Catholic District School Board will be celebrating the significant contribution Catholic education has made to the community, the province, and to Canada during May 1-6.
Local Catholicity co-ordinator Amy LaFroy will inform trustees of the details of Catholic Education Week at tonight’s regular board meeting.
In a report to the board, LaFroy said the province-wide theme for the week is “Catholic Education: Opening Doors of Mercy.”
She explained Pope Francis has declared 2016 a “Holy Year of Mercy” as a way for the Catholic church to “make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy.”
“Catholic Education Week 2016 combines both the theme of mercy and the act of opening doors of reconciliation, mercy, and forgiveness to all around us,” LaFroy noted.
She indicated there are five sub-themes—one for each day of Catholic Education Week.
“They are aimed at helping staff and students to reflect more fully on what ‘Opening Doors of Mercy’ asks of them,” she remarked.
The sub-themes includes Mercy that Welcomes, Mercy that Loves, Mercy that Forgives, Mercy that Lives in the Gospel, and Mercy that Rejoices.
“Catholic Education Week is marked by special activities at all grade levels, including prayer celebrations and service activities,” LaFroy added.
Also at tonight’s meeting, trustees will:
•recognize Sacred Heart School’s Early Learning Team for their efforts and contributions to student learning through their ongoing work relating to their teacher-led learning project on the subject of pedagogical documentation in kindergarten classrooms;
•hear a presentation about information technology;
•look to approve the revision to the Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium Transportation Policy;
•hear an update on the Catholic Secondary School Feasibility study; and
•hear information on the projected 2016-17 budget.
The meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at the board office next to St. Francis School.