Father John Kelly Catholic Elementary School in Maple celebrated its 25th anniversary on May 22, 2015, with a special blessing Mass at St. David’s Church in the morning and a reception at the school in the evening.
The anniversary Mass was celebrated by Father Ernesto De Ciccio. The evening reception featured a slide show presentation that highlighted the school’s history, as well as performances by current students.
Dignitaries, including School Trustee, Teresa Ciaravella, as well as other local politicians and senior school board staff, attended the festivities and helped mark the special occasion. Members of the school community, including alumni, former staff, and the school’s parent community also attended.
Father John Kelly CES first opened its door to 209 students in September of 1989. Its inaugural Principal, Thomas Colangelo, led the school along with its 13 staff members. Over the years, the school community grew, and today it serves 320 students, and offers a wide-range of extra-curricular activities and educational opportunities.
The school is named after Father John Michael Kelly (1911-1986) who was a Basilian Priest, the second President of the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
“Father John Kelly Catholic Elementary School is a welcoming and vibrant school where an exceptional academic education and Catholic values are intertwined to ensure students can achieve their full potential, as life-long learners,” said Ida Della Corte D’Addese, Principal. “Together with our outstanding staff, engaged students, and dedicated parent community, we are living out our school motto, ‘Let’s build a city of God.’”