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Welcome Back! 2022We are so excited to welcome you back!   Last week we met with the Thunder…We are so excited to welcome you back!   Last week we met with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to discuss COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming school year...Farewell and Hello to TBCDSB’s Superintendent of Business and Corporate Services!Please join us in wishing Superintendent of Business and Corporate…Please join us in wishing Superintendent of Business and Corporate Services, Sheila Chiodo a happy Retirement! Please also join us in wishing our new Superintendent of Business and Corporate Services, Brent Mandryk a warm congratulations! Enrolling in Virtual/Remote Learning for the 2022/23 School Year Thunder Bay Catholic recognizes that in-person learning is the best method… Thunder Bay Catholic recognizes that in-person learning is the best method of academia for the majority of students. However, we are also aware that some families may wish to opt-in for a remote learning model for the 2022/23 school year. Welcome to Grade 7!Welcome to your new adventure in Senior Elementary School! Welcome to your new adventure in Senior Elementary School! Missed VaccinationsStudents in Grades 7 through 12 who are missing vaccines offered through…Students in Grades 7 through 12 who are missing vaccines offered through Ontario's free publicly funded vaccine program can now make an appointment to receive the missing vaccines at TBDHU’s CLE Coliseum Clinic, with their health care provider or at a school-based clinic. These vaccines may have been missed due to the cancellation of school-based clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic (2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years).Changes to COVID-19 requirements in OntarioSt. Vincent School Closed Wednesday, February 8th​Dear St. Vincent Families, St. Vincent School will be closed tomorrow…​Dear St. Vincent Families, St. Vincent School will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday, February 9), due to a water main break. City crews continue to work in addressing the issue.Reschedule of March PD Day​Dear Families, We must apologize, we have rescheduled our March 4th PD…​Dear Families, We must apologize, we have rescheduled our March 4th PD Day, to Friday May 6th. First Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at School During Instructional Time with Consent of Parents/Guardians for Kindergarten to Grade 8Dear Parent or Guardian, Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership…Dear Parent or Guardian, Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in helping us to keep your school open and safe for in-person learning. As vaccines are safe and continue to represent the most effective strategy to protectA Message from the Minister of Education to Ontario’s ParentsPlease find attached a letter to parents from Minister of Education Stephen…Please find attached a letter to parents from Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore.Potential Positive Case NotificationsAs a short term measure, beginning Wednesday, January 19, if your child’s…As a short term measure, beginning Wednesday, January 19, if your child’s school receives notification from a parent/guardian or staff member of a positive COVID-19 test result from a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or PCR test, the school will email a message to parents of impacted students and school staff. Transition to Remote Learning - 2022​Dear Families, With the introduction of the new Omicron variant and…​Dear Families, With the introduction of the new Omicron variant and hospital overload, today, Premier Doug Ford announced that we are heading into a two week school closure. What does this mean? Sadly, this entails virtual learning for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.St. Elizabeth - Outbreak Declared OverOutbreak - St. ElizabethDear Families, Today we were notified by the Thunder Bay District Health…Dear Families, Today we were notified by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit of an additional COVID-19 case at St. Elizabeth. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has now declared this an outbreak. The situation meets the criteria for a school outbreak set by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. Positive Case - St. Elizabeth​Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a…​Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with St. Elizabeth School. Parents, Guardians and Staff of these cohorts have been contacted by members of TBCDSB.Winter Updates 2021Dear Families, It’s important that we keep you posted on the many COVID-19…Dear Families, It’s important that we keep you posted on the many COVID-19 strategies happening during and after the Christmas Holidays. Please find information on our website, regarding confirmation screening, mandatory masking in kindergarten and COVID-19 testing for students.Positive Case - St. MartinDecember 6. 2021​ Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit…December 6. 2021​ Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with St. Martin School. Outbreak Declared - St. MargaretThe Thunder Bay District Health Unit has declared an Outbreak at St.…The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has declared an Outbreak at St. Margaret Elementary School. Please click/tap here to read full details from Dr. DeMille.Positive Case - St. MargaretDecember 4, 2021 ​Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit…December 4, 2021 ​Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified two additional COVID-19 cases associated with St. Margaret Elementary School. Parents, Guardians and Staff of the one additional cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB.Positive Case - St. IgnatiusThe Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case…The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with St. Ignatius. Parents, Guardians and Staff of these cohorts have been contacted by members of TBCDSB.Outbreak Declared - St. MartinDear Families, We are happy to report that the TBDHU has declared the…Dear Families, We are happy to report that the TBDHU has declared the outbreak over at St. Martin School. St. Ann | COVID-19 Testing SaturdayDear St. Ann families, Together with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit…Dear St. Ann families, Together with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Superior North EMS, precautionary COVID-19 testing will take place tomorrow (Saturday, December 4th) at St. Ann School between the hours of 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.Positive Case - St. MargaretAdditional Case | St. Ann​Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified an…​Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified an additional COVID-19 case associated with St. Ann School. Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB.This situation also impacts the previous school bus cohort, these students have been home isolating. A thorough cleaning and disinfection process will be underway within the school. This deep clean will be performed by a third party, which entails disinfectant fogging.Outbreak Declared - St. IgnatiusReturn to In-person Learning | St. MartinOutbreak Declared - St. AnnPositive Cases - St. AnnPositive Case - St. Ignatius​Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a…​Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with St. Ignatius. Parents, Guardians and Staff of these cohorts have been contacted by members of TBCDSB. ONLY those who are symptomatic or not fully vaccinated will remain at home. TBDHU will continue to monitor the situation and advise if there are any changes. Positive Case - St. AnnDear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a…Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with St. Ann School. The TBDHU has advised that the individual has not been in the school setting for an extended period of time. As a precaution, the Health Unit has asked that possible close contacts be dismissed from school and be tested as an added safety measure. The isolation period will be determined by Public Health. Outbreak St. Martin - Temporary Pivot to Virtual Learning Dear Families, In consultation and partnership with the Thunder Bay… Dear Families, In consultation and partnership with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, we have decided, as a precautionary measure, to temporarily pivot to virtual learning for all students at St. Martin School. This will begin tomorrow, Friday November 19th until early to mid next week. This date has the potential to be extended. Outbreak Declared - St. MartinDear families, an outbreak has now been declared at St. Martin School.Dear families, an outbreak has now been declared at St. Martin School.Positive Case - St. Martin​Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified an…​Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified an additional COVID-19 case associated with St. Martin School. The Health Unit is investigating to see whether these two incidents are related. Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB.Positive Case - St. MartinDear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a…Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with St. Martin School. Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB.Heightened Surveillance Over - St. IgnatiusDear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) has informed…Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) has informed us that the period of heightened surveillance at St. Ignatius High School, due to the recent case, is now over. The school is no longer considered to be at increased risk. Please see the attached letter from Dr. DeMille, here. Thank you,Positive Case - St. Ignatius​The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case…​The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with St. Ignatius. Parents, Guardians and Staff of these cohorts have been contacted by members of TBCDSB.COVID-19 Portal - Information for students, families and staffWe're really excited to have everyone back in-person this year! We have…We're really excited to have everyone back in-person this year! We have updated our COVID-19 Portal with everything you need to know regarding back to school safety. Please take the time to read through the portal, hours of work were spent in making this an easy area to navigate and find answers to any possible questions. Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022)Dear Families, As many of you may have heard, a return to school guidance…Dear Families, As many of you may have heard, a return to school guidance document was released today from the Ministry of Education...Host Family OutreachYES Canada, in partnership with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School…YES Canada, in partnership with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, is seeking families to host international high school students from countries around the world who are scheduled to attend our schools this fall. We are welcoming students from France, Denmark, Sweden and Japan for durations ranging from 2 months to the full school year.Summer Mental Health ServicesWhile we hope everyone is enjoying their summer, we’d like to remind…While we hope everyone is enjoying their summer, we’d like to remind everyone of how to access support or mental health services during the summer months. Remember that there is no problem #TooBigOrTooSmall to ask for help. We have Social Workers available to support you with whatever is bothering you.Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF)The schools in Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board received energy…The schools in Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board received energy efficiency upgrades funded in part by the Government of Canada. In Honour of Children from the Kamloops Indian Residential SchoolHeartbroken. Devastated. Shocked. Saddened. Outraged. Words cannot…Heartbroken. Devastated. Shocked. Saddened. Outraged. Words cannot describe the hurt we feel in hearing about the remains of 215 children found in an unmarked grave, at the former Kamloops Residential School.HopeMeet Todd! Known as Mr. Perrier by his students, he is one of our…Meet Todd! Known as Mr. Perrier by his students, he is one of our incredible Attendance Counsellors. This week both the Globe and Mail and CBC Radio Canada reached out to chat with him about the challenges Boards across the province have faced with student absenteeism. It’s no secret, we currently have 360 students absent from school this year due to the pandemic.Register for Temporary Virtual SchoolingDear Parents and Guardians, As a Board, we are committed to the academic…Dear Parents and Guardians, As a Board, we are committed to the academic success of each and every student. COVID-19 continues to impact traditional educational methods worldwide, with many students having to learn remotely. Temporary Virtual School may be a Ministry option depending on the COVID-19 situation at the beginning of the upcoming school year. The reasons this is considered temporary, is in the hope that all students will be able to return to face-to-face learning.A letter from the TBCDSB Trustees regarding Vaccination of Educational WorkersDear Premier Ford, Minister Lecce, Dr. Williams and Minister Elliott, Our…Dear Premier Ford, Minister Lecce, Dr. Williams and Minister Elliott, Our Board would like to thank you for the effort of your team and yourselves through this extremely challenging time. We would personally like to acknowledge the continued support we have received from our own Health Unit here in Thunder Bay. Their guidance, composure and professionalism has been invaluable throughout this difficult situation... Heightened Surveillance OVER at St. BernardMarch 10, 2021 Dear Families, The TBDHU has declared the heightened…March 10, 2021 Dear Families, The TBDHU has declared the heightened surveillance at St. Bernard is now over. Heightened Surveillance OVER at PJPII + Corpus ChristiDear Staff, The TBDHU has declared the heightened surveillance at both Pope…Dear Staff, The TBDHU has declared the heightened surveillance at both Pope John Paul II & Corpus Christi is now over. Heightened Surveillance OVER at St. ElizabethDear Families, The TBDHU has declared the heightened surveillance at St.…Dear Families, The TBDHU has declared the heightened surveillance at St. Elizabeth is now over. Positive Case - St. BernardDear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a…Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with St. Bernard School. Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB.Outbreak Declared - St. MartinToday we were notified by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit that St.…Today we were notified by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit that St. Martin school has been declared as an outbreak. The situation meets the criteria for a school outbreak set by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.Positive Case - Corpus ChristiFebruary 21, 2021 Dear Families, This morning we were notified that an…February 21, 2021 Dear Families, This morning we were notified that an individual at Corpus Christi School tested positive for COVID-19. Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB and will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse. Positive Case - Pope John Paul IIFebruary 21, 2021 Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has…February 21, 2021 Dear Families, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with Pope John Paul II Senior Elementary School. This case is not associated with the previous case at Pope John Paul II. Positive Case - St. ElizabethDear Families, This evening we were notified that an individual within St.…Dear Families, This evening we were notified that an individual within St. Elizabeth school tested positive for COVID-19. Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB and will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse.Positive Case - St. MartinFebruary 11, 2021 February 11, 2021 St. Bernard heightened surveillance is OVERThe Thunder Bay District Health Unit has informed us that the period of…The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has informed us that the period of heightened surveillance at St. Bernard School due to the recent case is now over. The school is no longer considered to be at increased risk related to COVID-19.Associated COVID-19 case - Pope John Paul IIFebruary 10, 2021February 10, 2021Positive Case - St. MartinFebruary 10, 2021February 10, 2021Update St. Bernard School (Letter from TBDHU)Dear Parents and Guardians, Please see the attached letter from the…Dear Parents and Guardians, Please see the attached letter from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. At this point, no additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified and we have no evidence that the virus has spread in the school settingPositive COVID-19 St. Bernard1/28/2021 Dear Families, This afternoon we were notified that individuals…1/28/2021 Dear Families, This afternoon we were notified that individuals within St. Bernard school tested positive for COVID-19. TBDHU Update - Holy Family & St. Bernard SchoolProvincial-wide Lockdown - Our SchoolsToday, Premier Ford announced that Ontario will go into a Province-Wide…Today, Premier Ford announced that Ontario will go into a Province-Wide Shutdown starting at 12:01 A.M. on December 26th, 2020. This lockdown will be in effect in Northern, Ontario for 14 days with the possibility of an extension depending on the rise of COVID-19 cases. St. Martin UpdateDear Families, please see the attached note from the TBDHU regarding St.…Dear Families, please see the attached note from the TBDHU regarding St. Martin. Positive COVID-19 St. BernardEarly this afternoon we were notified that an individual within our school…Early this afternoon we were notified that an individual within our school tested positive for COVID-19. Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB and were dismissed this afternoon and will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse.Positive COVID-19 Case Holy FamilySt. Martin COVID-19 UpdateDecember 9, 2020 Please see the attached letter from the Thunder Bay…December 9, 2020 Please see the attached letter from the Thunder Bay District Health unit regarding St. Martin School. Update from the Health Unit - St. MartinSt. Martin Update from the TBDHU. St. Martin Update from the TBDHU. Positive COVID-19 Case St. MartinStudent Travel AdvisoryLIFTED | Hold and Secure - St. Pius XHold and Secure has been lifted for St. Pius X. Thank you Hold and Secure has been lifted for St. Pius X. Thank you School Climate SurveyThe purpose of this email is to inform you about the upcoming school…The purpose of this email is to inform you about the upcoming school climate survey called Our School Survey for students in grades 4-12. The survey will ask respondents to comment on matters about bullying, equity, inclusivity, and harassment at school in accordance with the Ministry of Education policy #144 “Safe Schools”. Positive COVID-19 Cases - St. Margaret SchoolPlease see the attached message from The Thunder Bay District Health Unit…Please see the attached message from The Thunder Bay District Health Unit regarding positive COVID-19 Cases at St. Margaret School. Kindergarten to Grade 3 Face ShieldsKindergarten to Grade 3 Face Shields A letter was recently sent home with…Kindergarten to Grade 3 Face Shields A letter was recently sent home with your child, along with a face shield. Item Return & Drop-offDear Parents and Guardians, Please check your school’s social media pages…Dear Parents and Guardians, Please check your school’s social media pages and website for further information this week regarding item drop-off.Cycling for a Cause​Our very own St. Bernard Elementary School Flame is cycling throughout…​Our very own St. Bernard Elementary School Flame is cycling throughout quarantine for a cause! Michael is kicking off Catholic Education week in a big way! He has decided to bike at least 1,000 kilometres to help raise money for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.CyLargest Canadian STEM Scholarship!Kiara Bergagnini has been selected to receive an $80,000 Schulich Leader…Kiara Bergagnini has been selected to receive an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to study Science at Dalhousie University. A graduate of St. Ignatius High School in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Bergagnini will be entering the Bachelor of Science program this Fall. COVID-19The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff is our priority…The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff is our priority at TBCDSB. Please read our FAQ... OECTA UpdateOECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association), the union…OECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association), the union representing our Elementary, Secondary and Occasional Teachers have reached a tentative agreement at the provincial table. This has been a challenging year for all in labour negotiations and we are pleased that a tentative agreement has been reached. Thunder Bay Police Celebrate Family Literacy Day!Jeff and Frank were at St. Vincent School, reading to the KinderHornets,…Jeff and Frank were at St. Vincent School, reading to the KinderHornets, celebrating Family Literacy Day! New Chair & Vice-ChairTrustee, Francis Veneruz has been elected as Chair of the Thunder Bay…Trustee, Francis Veneruz has been elected as Chair of the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, and Trustee, Loretta Fonso was elected as Vice-Chair. How a Thunder Bay satellite kindergarten class...aims to improve Indigenous graduation ratesaims to improve Indigenous graduation ratesNo Bully Zone!Today, our friends Constables Saunders and Tropea dropped by St. Francis…Today, our friends Constables Saunders and Tropea dropped by St. Francis School to chat with the grade three class!Draft an Athlete!This morning, St. Francis School welcomed guests Warren, and Special…This morning, St. Francis School welcomed guests Warren, and Special Olympic Athlete, Nicole to their school. Tbaytel for Good - WINNER!Students at St. Martin were shocked this morning, when they learned they…Students at St. Martin were shocked this morning, when they learned they were winners in the Tbaytel for Good contest! Tbaytel surprised the entire student body, and presented all winners with their awards this morning in the school gymnasium.Nolan's JourneyNolan Connelly, is a former Pope John Paul II School Community French…Nolan Connelly, is a former Pope John Paul II School Community French immersion student from Mme Antaki’s class.Remembrance DayToday, Mrs. Halushak's class from St. Pius X School joined hundreds of…Today, Mrs. Halushak's class from St. Pius X School joined hundreds of others at the Port Arthur Cenotaph for the Remembrance Day Ceremonies. Two of her students had the honour of laying a wreath.November TulipsGrade 10 History students in Ms. Etienne & Ms. Papich's classes St.…Grade 10 History students in Ms. Etienne & Ms. Papich's classes St. Ignatius High School Thunder Bay participated in a ceremonial tulip planting service at Current River Park in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland.We RememberNearing the end of October, St. Pius X School & St Jude Elementary School…Nearing the end of October, St. Pius X School & St Jude Elementary School students in Mrs. Halushak & Mrs. Boyd's classes ventured to Hillcrest Park and the Port Arthur Cenotaph.Sound StructuresSo, when can we EAT the Candy? Students in Mrs. Meo's grade three class at…So, when can we EAT the Candy? Students in Mrs. Meo's grade three class at St Jude Elementary School had some special visitors today!Kindergarten Inquiry Excursion!Hello Nature! Let's go on an adventure!Hello Nature! Let's go on an adventure!- Treaties Week - Birchbark Canoe- Treaties Week - This week honours the importance of treaties and helps…- Treaties Week - This week honours the importance of treaties and helps students and residents of Ontario learn more about treaty rights and relationships.Busy Jaguars!Last week, we visited Pope John Paul II School Community... and the word…Last week, we visited Pope John Paul II School Community... and the word "busy" is quite the understatement! This school is HUSTLING! St. Martin's Mustangs' Blessing CupboardPlease vote for the St. Martin's Mustangs' Blessing Cupboard through…Please vote for the St. Martin's Mustangs' Blessing Cupboard through Tbaytel for Good contest! OPT In!Did you receive a text this morning? Yes, that was us! Did you receive a text this morning? Yes, that was us! First Communion WelcomeOur Southside schools participated in a beautiful mass yesterday, at St.…Our Southside schools participated in a beautiful mass yesterday, at St. Agnes Church, Thunder BayFriendship has no Age!​Today, students from Holy Cross Elementary School had the opportunity to…​Today, students from Holy Cross Elementary School had the opportunity to meet students from Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School!St. Francis Day!Did you know, October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi? Did you…Did you know, October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi? Did you know St. Francis is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment? AND during this day, it is a popular day for pets to be blessed.We Matter!"I matter, you matter, we matter." - St. James Public School Today we…"I matter, you matter, we matter." - St. James Public School Today we celebrated with our friends at Lakehead Public Schools, where Staples and The Kiwanis Club of Thunder Bay presented extremely generous donations to our students and their school communities.International Walk to School Month!We started our morning with St. Margaret Elementary School and EcoSuperior…We started our morning with St. Margaret Elementary School and EcoSuperior with a great walk!Terry Fox RunWe Walk to Honour T E R R Y We Walk to Honour T E R R Y Orange Shirt Day!Today, schools across our Board, including our Board Office staff, took…Today, schools across our Board, including our Board Office staff, took part in Orange Shirt Day.

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Self-esteem is linked to higher grades and improved attendance

Studies show that when children participate in structured after-school activities, their grades are likely to rise.Their attendance is also likely to improve. Why? It may have to do with self-esteem.

After-school programs give kids opportunities to succeed at various activities, and their positive feelings of success may carry over into the classroom.

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Your tax dollars at work - funding from the government for our schools

Your Tax dollars at work!

Through Ministry funding, our Board has received COVID-19 infrastructure funding to complete projects to enhance the our overall school environments. New water bottling filling stations, plumbing upgrades and heating/ventilation upgrades are just a few of many projects we are completing.
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