YCDSB Celebrates Catholic Education Week, April 30 – May 5

"Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:3)

Schools across the York Catholic District School Board are celebrating Catholic Education Week from April 30 – May 5. The theme for this year's Catholic Education Week celebration is "Walking Forward Together," and many of the school events and activities this week will focus on inclusion and social justice.

Catholic Education Week is celebrated by Catholic communities across the province and highlights the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to the community, the province and the country. In recognition of Catholic Education Week, the York Catholic District School Board also announces its 2017 Distinguished Alumni today. The Annual Distinguished Alumni Campaign pays tribute to graduates from within the Board who are making significant and unique contributions in their respective careers and communities. The announcement is highly-anticipated within the York Catholic community and the chosen Distinguished Alumni serve as inspiration to the Board's current students.

In celebration of Catholic Education Week, the YCDSB also announces the winners of the Multi-Year Strategic Plan Video Contest. In 2014, the Board introduced its Multi-Year Strategic Plan, which included the Board's new mission and vision statements, core values and strategic commitments. The strategic plan has been established to set priorities and direction, as well as focus energy and resources to position York Catholic for continued success as one of the top-performing school boards in Ontario.

To generate further awareness of the strategic plan, YCDSB invited students across the Board to participate in a short video contest entitled "How We Witness YCDSB's Multi-Year Strategic Plan in Our Schools." YCDSB congratulates the students at St. Peter Catholic Elementary School and St. Robert Catholic High School for their winning video submissions.

To view winning videos:

St. Peter Catholic Elementary School Video Submission: "One Day, Dear God"

St. Robert Catholic High School Video Submission: "Our Core Values"

Catholic Education Week: Listing of School Events & Activities

Monday, May 1

Music Monday Celebration at Corpus Christi Catholic Elementary School

Corpus Christi CES in Richmond Hill is proud to present its 3rd Annual Music Monday, on May 1st. Students in Grades 4-8 have been working diligently to develop their musical talents on recorder, Orff instruments, percussion, ukulele, and bucket drumming in preparation for the annual Music Monday showcase lead by music teacher, Mrs. Chan.

Where: Corpus Christi Catholic Elementary School, 35 Squire Drive, Richmond Hill, ON, L4S 1C6
When: Monday, May 1, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Joseph Cordi, Principal, or Josella Chan, Music Teacher, 905-770-8713

 

Tuesday, May 2

"What Does Catholic Education Mean to Me" Digital Technology Presentation at St. David CES

Kindergarten - Grade 8 students at St. David CES will share their thoughts about Catholic education through a digital presentation to parents and community members on Tuesday May 2, 2017. All are welcome.

Where: St. David CES, 240 Killian Rd, Maple, ON, L6A 1A8
When: Tuesday May 2, 2017, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Contact: Angel Hayes, Principal

Wonka the Musical at St. Cecilia CES

Students and staff at St. Cecilia CES in Maple are pleased to present Wonka the Musical during Catholic Education Week. On Tuesday, May 2nd and Wednesday, May 3rd, St. Cecilia's gym will transform into a sweet chocolate factory as it tells the tale of Charlie Bucket and his search for a Golden Ticket. Based on the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, a talented cast of intermediate students and the school choir will be starring in St. Cecilia's first-ever musical from MTI Productions of Willy Wonka Kids. Both performances will take place at 7 p.m. in the school gym. Tickets are available at a cost of $5 per person.

Where: St. Cecilia CES. 300 Peter Rupert Ave., Vaughan, ON, L6A 4P3
When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7 p.m.
Contact: Principal Fabio Nardo, or Vice-Principal Tina Mancini, 289-304-0725

Family Math Night at Our Lady of the Annunciation CES in Richmond Hill

Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Elementary School in Richmond Hill will host a Family Math Night for families of children in Kindergarten – Grade 3 on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Families attending the Family Math Night will receive a take-home bag with math activities to complete at home. At the event, families will travel to different stations to explore math-related activities.

Where: Our Lady of the Annunciation, 30 Bayswater Ave., Richmond Hill, ON, L4E 2L3
When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 7 p.m.
Contact: Linda D'Andrea, Principal, 905-773-5592

Wednesday, May 3

Christ the King school in Richmond Hill to Celebrate its 25th Anniversary

Christ the King Catholic Elementary School in Richmond Hill will mark its 25th anniversary with a special anniversary Mass, media event and open house at the school on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Christ the King CES invites media and its entire school community, including former staff, alumni, and parents to its anniversary celebrations. The Mass will be held at 9:15 a.m. in the school gym, and will be officiated by Father Gerardo Bandalan of Our Lady Queen of the World Parish. Following the Mass there will be brief remarks by local dignitaries and school board officials including: Patricia Preston, Director of Education, and Vito Spatafora, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Richmond Hill. The school's MusicStar band will perform and a video montage highlighting the school's 25 year history will be screened. The school will also hold an open house in the afternoon that will include tours of the school and a refreshment area where visitors can meet, chat and reminisce.

Where: Christ the King CES, 329 Valleymede Drive, Richmond Hill, ON, L4B 2E1
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017,
Mass: 9:15 a.m./ Media Event: 10:45 a.m. / Open House: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Contact: Michel Bergeron, Principal, 905-771-6036

Canada 150: The Maple Leaf Forever at St. Padre Pio CES in Woodbridge

The grade 4-8 students of St. Padre Pio CES are excited to present their school production of The Maple Leaf Forever during Catholic Education Week. This production will celebrate Canada's 150 birthday and look at what it means to be Canadian through a past, present and future lens. The production will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Thursday, May 4th at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. All are invited to attend.   

Where: St. Padre Pio CES, 770 Napa Valley Ave., Woodbridge, ON, L4H 1W9
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 and Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Contact: Angela Lomuto-Corriero, Principal, 905-893-7082

Wonka the Musical at St. Cecilia CES

Students and staff at St. Cecilia CES in Maple are pleased to present Wonka the Musical during Catholic Education Week. On Tuesday, May 2nd and Wednesday, May 3rd, St. Cecilia's gym will transform into a sweet chocolate factory as it tells the tale of Charlie Bucket and his search for a Golden Ticket. Based on the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, a talented cast of intermediate students and the school choir will be starring in St. Cecilia's first-ever musical from MTI Productions of Willy Wonka Kids. Both performances will take place at 7 p.m. in the school gym. Tickets are available at a cost of $5.

Where: St. Cecilia CES. 300 Peter Rupert Ave., Vaughan, ON, L6A 4P3
When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7 p.m.
Contact: Principal Fabio Nardo, or Vice-Principal Tina Mancini, 289-304-0725

The Wizard of Oz at St. Emily CES

St. Emily CES is proud and excited to present the musical production of The Wizard of Oz.  Join the St. Emily school community as Dorothy ventures on an amazing journey through the Land of Oz with her newly found friends as she explores the themes of friendship, family, self-awareness, fortitude, love and understanding.  Come follow the yellow brick road to St. Emily to see this classic story come to life.  

Where: St. Emily CES, 60  Vellore Woods Blvd., Woodbridge, ON, L4H 2K8
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. both nights.
Contact: L. Rizzi, Principal or A. Ricciuti-Giustizia, Vice-Principal, 905-303-4554

Math Night at St. Stephen CES in Woodbridge

St. Stephen CES in Woodbridge will be hosting a math night, supported and brought to you by its Catholic School Council and Pro Grant Committee. This evening will explore mathematical problem-solving by using the school math model to generate solutions; a teacher-led presentation introducing parents to the math model, all while students engage in finding math solutions to word problems using a variety of manipulatives.  Prizes and refreshments will be provided.  

Where: St. Stephen, 451 Napa Valley Ave., Woodbridge, ON, L4H 1Y8
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Contact: Principal Anna Barone, or Vice-Principal, Catherine Luongo, 905-893-7557

Thursday, May 4

Walking Forward Together Liturgy and Activities at Blessed Scalabrini CES in Thornhill

Blessed Scalabrini CES will celebrate Catholic Education Week by Walking Forward Together as a school community. The school will host daily radio show announcements and prayers that deepen the faith of its student and staff so that together they can grow in their knowledge of God and enhance their relationships with others. The school's Luke 4:18 social just club will organize its spring raffle and "Monkey Fling" for ShareLife and WE. charities Throughout the week, students and staff will create a liturgical banner and on ay 3rd Blessed Scalabrini students will participate in a cross-divisional gathering to make prayer bookmarks. The school's Catholic Education Week events will culminate in a liturgy on May 4th at 9 a.m. Following the liturgy there will be a student presentation called, "Words that Inspire."

Where: Blessed Scalabrini CES, 290 York Hill Blvd., Thornhill, ON, L4J 3B6
When: Thursday May 4, 2017, 9 a.m.
Contact: Dayna Fitzpatrick, Principal, 905-886-3272

Inclusivity and Healthy Minds Concert at Our Lady of Hope CES in Richmond Hill

Our Lady of Hope Catholic Elementary School will host a Bullying Prevention and Healthy Minds Concert for its school community on Thursday May 4, at 6:30 p.m. Parents/guardians, and students are invited to this event that will showcase visual arts, music, and dramatic presentations that focus on mental health and well-being. Students in Grades 4-8 will sing, dance, act, play an instrument, and read poetry.  An Art Walk will include creations using a variety of mediums. The school's comic book club will share their collaborative contribution. This special school event promises to be an opportunity for students to 'stand up and speak out' for increasing awareness of the early signs of child and youth mental health concerns and understanding that help is available. Ticket prices: Adults: $5; Children: $3; Family Package: $150. All proceeds from this event will support the school's arts p.

Where: Our Lady of Hope CES, 80 Red Cardinal Trail, Richmond Hill, ON, L4E 4B8
When: Thursday May 4, 2017, Art Walk: 6:30 p.m. Performances: 7 p.m. 
Contact: Katherine Pellegrini, Principal or Lucie Rotundo, Vice-Principal, 905-773-2278

A Tribute to Legends at Our Lady of the Annunciation CES in Richmond Hill

Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Elementary School in Richmond Hill will host A Tribute to Legends for families of its Grades 4-8 students on Thursday, May 4, 2017. The Tribute to Legends presentation will feature student performances by music legends, such as Elvis, Michael Jackson and Madonna.

Where: Our Lady of the Annunciation, 30 Bayswater Ave., Richmond Hill, ON, L4E 2L3
When: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7 p.m.
Contact: Linda D'Andrea, Principal, 905-773-5592

Annual Multicultural Festival, Taste of Joan, to be held on May 4th

St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School in Vaughan will host its 11th Annual Taste of Joan Multicultural Festival on Thursday, May 4th 2017, at 7 p.m. The Maple school is home to over 1,300 students with backgrounds from over 50 countries. From Asia to America, Africa to Europe, St. Joan of Arc is proud of its cultural community and students take great pride in sharing their passion for their heritage. Whether they are from Brazil or Bulgaria, Afghanistan or Argentina, Germany or Guatemala, Italy or Ireland, Syria or Sri Lanka, these students are the future of the Maple community. They are proud representatives of a diverse Canada, and the Taste of Joan event strives to promote unity that transcends the school and international communities. All are welcome to experience this multicultural festival. This year's event expects to attract over 400 people to the school to join the students in celebrating diversity. Funds raised from the event will be directed to the St. Andre Besette Catholic Church Building Fund. The evening boasts a thunderously good time and is fittingly themed, "Thunder's Kitchen." Guests will have a chance to sample foods from each country, which will have displays set up in the school's cafeteria. There will also be various types of entertainment including music, dancing, costumes and cultural pavilions for guests to browse.

Where: St. Joan of Arc CHS, 1 St. Joan of Arc Ave., Maple, ON, L6A 1W9
When: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7 p.m.
Contact: Brett Crook, Principal, 905-832-8882

The Wizard of Oz at St. Emily CES

St. Emily CES is proud and excited to present the musical production of The Wizard of Oz.  Join the St. Emily school community as Dorothy ventures on an amazing journey through the Land of Oz with her newly found friends as she explores the themes of friendship, family, self-awareness, fortitude, understanding and love.  Come follow the yellow brick road to St. Emily to see this classic story come to life.  

Where: St. Emily CES, 60  Vellore Woods Blvd., Woodbridge, ON, L4H 2K8
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. both nights.
Contact: L. Rizzi, Principal or A. Ricciuti-Giustizia, Vice-Principal, 905-303-4554

Friday, May 5

Building Resiliency Presentation by YouthSpeak at St. Rene Goupil-St. Luke CES

On May 5th, YouthSpeak representatives will visit St. Rene Goupil-St. Luke CES to share personal stories about their mental health and well-being in the hopes of building empathy and resiliency among the school's students. The presentation will bring awareness, understanding and appreciation for the challenges young people face, and the speakers will facilitate discussions about reducing stigma and helping children build resiliency and positive coping strategies on their pathways to wellness. Interested media should RSVP to the school.

Where: St. Rene Goupil - St Luke CES, 135 Green Lane, Thornhill, ON, L3T 6K7
When: Friday, May 5, 2017, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Contact: Patricia Catenacci, Principal, 905-881-2300