St. Charles College

2021-22 Director’s Annual Report

We are very pleased to present the Director of Education’s Annual Report for the 2021-2022 school year

We thank our Board of Trustees, Senior Administration, staff, students, families, volunteers, community partners, and our parishes for their continued support and commitment to Sudbury Catholic. Together we are providing a caring, progressive, high quality Catholic school system that is nurturing our students – mind, body, and spirit.

Family Literacy Day 2023

Family Literacy Day is an important event that is celebrated annually in Canada on January 27th. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of literacy and the role that families play in supporting the literacy development of their children.

Sudbury Catholic District School Board recognizes the crucial role that literacy plays in the success of our students. Literacy is not only the ability to read and write, but also the ability to understand and use information in a variety of contexts. It is essential for academic success and for personal growth and development.

We also acknowledge the important role that families play in promoting literacy at home. Research has shown that children who have parents and guardians who read to them, talk to them, and encourage them to read independently, have a stronger foundation in literacy which can help them succeed at school.

That is why we encourage all of our families to participate in Family Literacy Day activities. Reading together as a family, visiting the library, and participating in literacy-related events can all be fun and engaging ways to promote literacy and support the literacy development of our students.

On this Family Literacy Day, let’s celebrate the power of literacy and the importance of families working together to support the literacy development of their children. Let’s work together to create a literate and informed community, where every child has the opportunity to succeed.

Family Literacy Day 2023 Theme: Celebrate your Heritage

Canada is a diverse country full of different cultures. On Friday, January 27th, 2023, ABC Life Literacy has encouraged us all to take time to explore and learn more about our heritage with our families. To help celebrate this day, we encourage students, educators, and families to check out the following resources and activities from ABC Life Literacy Canada.

Resources

ABC Life Literacy Canada Website

Activity Sheet

Activity Book

Poster

Bookmark

PSA

Sudbury Catholic Announces Chair and Vice Chair of Parent Involvement Committee

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board is proud to announce the appointment of Will St. Amant as Chair and Sage Thorne as Vice Chair of the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) for the 2022-2023 school year. They were appointed to their positions during the first PIC meeting of the year, held on October 27, 2022.  

Will St. Amant has two children who attend St. John School in Grade 3 and Grade 6 and a stepdaughter who attends St. Charles Chelmsford in Grade 3. In addition to his placement on PIC, he is also the Vice Chair of the School Council at St. John and is eager to learn more about the system. He looks forward to working alongside the Board to advocate for students. 

“I am excited to increase my knowledge of the Board alongside the other members of the Parent Involvement Committee and help provide further support to students who need it most. Together, we will continue to advocate for students and families across the system,” he said.

Sage Thorne is a costume designer and is guardian to her nephew who attends St. David School. Both Sage and her nephew have enjoyed their time at St. David School; Sage also serves as Co-Chair for School Council. As Vice Chair of PIC, she looks forwarding to helping other parents get involved, and provide more supports for families. 

“I am eager to find alternative ways to interact with families throughout the Board. Though PIC, I hope to provide resources and supports that make information more accessible to parents and families,” said Sage. 

Attend Our Virtual Event and Learn How to Support (K-6) Numeracy at Home!

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board Parent Involvement Committee is excited to announce the next session for our Virtual Engagement Series for Parents & Educators. Please see the attached poster to learn more about our upcoming sessions. 

Upcoming Session: Focus On Numeracy (Kindergarten to Grade 6)

Join us next week on Wednesday, April 13th, from 6-7 pm on Zoom for our next session, “Focus on Numeracy!” During this session, Dr. David Costello will explain how you can support numeracy at home and help your children recognize and understand the role of mathematics in the world around them.

Dr. Costello is a professional learning facilitator who focuses on mathematics instruction and learning. Working in various roles centred on numeracy education, he has the expertise, charisma, and advice you can count on to support numeracy learning in your household! Attend his session and discover new tips, tricks, and strategies to help students dynamically learn and build their critical thinking skills. Sign up and see how problem-solving can be as easy as 1, 2, and 3! Registration is required to attend this event. Register now to reserve your spot and receive the zoom link! 

Join us and Pearson Canada to Learn How to Teach Literacy Where It Starts… AT HOME!

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board Parent Involvement Committee is excited to announce the next session for our Virtual Engagement Series for Parents & Educators. Please see the attached poster to learn more about our upcoming sessions. 

Next Session: Focus On Literacy – Kindergarten To Grade 3

Join us on Wednesday, April 6th, from 6-7 pm on Zoom for an interactive session on literacy! In this engaging virtual event, each attendee will uncover today’s best practices for teaching fundamental literacy skills where they start…AT HOME! This presentation is designed to supply parents and educators with helpful advice that will better support them in empowering today’s youth to achieve lifelong success by developing strong literacy skills early. 

Expert Literacy Consultant Moyra Bartlett from Pearson Canada will present how reading and writing skills are developed over time and provide you with the top strategies and tools you need to help build reading, writing, comprehension, and more in children in Grades K-3! Sign up today and get ready to light up literacy in your household. Registration is required to attend this event. Register now to reserve your spot and receive the zoom link! 

Learn About Secondary Programming & Get Prepared For The Future With Xello!

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board Parent Involvement Committee is excited to announce the next session for our Virtual Engagement Series for Parents & Educators. Please see the attached poster to learn more about our upcoming sessions. 

Next Session: Steps to Success: Exploring Secondary Programs and Pathways

Join us Wednesday, March 30th from 6-7 pm on Zoom to learn about secondary programming and the many options that are offered. SCDSB will take you on a virtual journey examining De-Streaming, fantastic opportunities in secondary education, and how to get future-ready with XELLO. XELLO is an engaging university/ college and career readiness software that unlocks every student’s potential by opening their eyes to endless possibilities.

Registration is required to attend this event. Sign up now and get ready to learn, and make a difference for yourself and others. At the end of the session, students, parents, and educators will confidently walk away with the knowledge and ability to navigate secondary and post-secondary opportunities better than ever before!

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Learn About Cyber Safety At SCDSB’s Parent & Educator Virtual Series!

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board Parent Involvement Committee is excited to announce the return of our Virtual Engagement Series for Parents & Educators. Please see the attached poster to learn more about our upcoming sessions. 

Next Session: Cyber Safety

Join us Wednesday, March 23rd at 6-7 pm on Zoom for our first session, “Cyber Safety,” led by one of the industry’s foremost experts, Danny Pehar. 

As the architect for the Cybercrime Equation, Danny works closely with the Toronto Police Cyber task force and the FBI cyber task force to help control cybersecurity. His extensive cybersecurity knowledge, combined with his extensive background as a best-selling author, comedian, and motivational speaker will garner an experience you do not want to miss. Registration is required to attend this event. Sign up now and get ready to laugh, learn, and make a difference for yourself and others. By attending this session, you will learn how to safely protect yourself, your colleagues and your family from digital threats.

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Join Us and Learn How to Be Future Ready With XELLO!

The Parent Involvement Committee is very pleased to once again to support virtual learning sessions throughout the winter and spring.

XELLO is an engaging university/ college and career readiness software that unlocks every student’s potential by opening their eyes to future possibilities and equipping them with skills and resources for the future. In this session hosted by XELLO,participants will explore and learn more about the many tools and features of this platform, and how XELLO can be used to support students and parents as they navigate secondary and post-secondary opportunities.

Don’t miss out, register HERE!

Join Us and Learn What Influences Vaping and Cannabis Use!

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The Parent Involvement Committee is very pleased to once again to support virtual learning sessions throughout the winter and spring.

This presentation will look at what influences the use of vaping and cannabis, with vaping as a form of cannabis use, as well as a substitute for cigarette smoking. Dr. Bassis has been a licensed Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1982, practicing in the area of clinical psychology. He is a member in good standing of the Ontario PsychologicalAssociation, AAPB, and the American Clinical Hypnosis Society. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology & Human Behaviour from United States International University, San Diego,California in 1972 and has been in private practice since 1989.

Don’t miss out, register HERE!

Stay tuned for more information this upcoming session!

May 19 – 5 Steps for High School Success: Broadening Student Horizons Through the Exploration of Xello and Specialized Secondary Programs in the SCDSB.

Join Us and Learn How to Stay Safe Online!

The Parent Involvement Committee is very pleased to once again to support virtual learning sessions throughout the winter and spring.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the cyber security industry, Danny Pehar has become one the industries foremost experts, providing awareness to Fortune 500 companies, working with the FBI cyber task force and providing cybersecurity content through Forbes magazine and Global Television.In this session, Danny will teach you how to protect yourself, your colleagues and your family from the threats and vulnerabilities brought on by the digital age. You will laugh,learn and be empowered to know you can make a difference.

Don’t miss out, register HERE!

Stay tuned for more information about these upcoming sessions:

  • May 12 – Vaping and cannabis use with Dr. Edward Bassis
  • May 19 – 5 Steps for High School Success : Broadening student horizons through the exploration of Xello and specialized secondary programs in the SCDSB
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