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Return to School Planning Survey 2021
06/09/2021
Parents and guardians are required to declare which learning mode you have chosen for your child(ren) by completing a survey by June 9, 2021. Please note that this decision is for the entire 2021-2022 school year. Click "read more" for the survey link.
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Recognizing the Children of Kamloops Indian Residential School
05/31/2021
The Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board is deeply saddened by the recent news of the discovery of the remains of 215 children lost at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation Territory. It is a difficult reminder of the injustices against our Indigenous community in our Nation's recent history. We grieve for the students who perished and any members of our First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples who have suffered...
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NPSC's Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusive School Communities
05/29/2021
The month of June is designated as PRIDE month in Canada, a sign and symbol of love and inclusion. Our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.....
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9 Days of Prayer - Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
05/28/2021
Beginning on June 2, we invite those involved in and those who care for Catholic Education in the province of Ontario to pray together for nine days in preparation for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. "Read more" for more information, including the daily prayers.
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Extended Stay-at-Home Order and Youth Vaccination Plan
05/14/2021
Please click 'read more' for information about the extended stay-at-home order and the youth vaccination plan.
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Education Support Staff Appreciation Day - May 5
05/05/2021
As part of Catholic Education Week, on Wednesday, May 5, we celebrate all our educational support staff for their hard work and daily contributions to our schools. Join us as we acknowledge the crucial roles of our educational support staff and as we extend a huge ‘thank you’ for all that they do.
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SJSH Vocal Music and Computers Students Meet EDM Duo DVBBS!
05/05/2021
On May 5, EDM Duo DVBBS, who are originally from Orangeville and are now based out of Los Angeles, met virtually with SJSH's Mr. Overholt’s Vocal Music and Computers students. "Read more" for details and a picture!
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Catholic Education Week 2021
05/03/2021
May 3-7 is Catholic Education Week and the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board is celebrating with a variety of school events, throughout the week. This year, the theme is "Nurturing Hope".
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Mental Health Week
05/02/2021
This week is the 70th annual CMHA #MentalHealthWeek! #GetReal about how you feel. Name it, don’t numb it. Together we’ll #GetReal. For details and resources, visit mentalhealthweek.ca.
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Follow-up: Resolved Case at Our Lady of Sorrows
04/23/2021
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has confirmed and advised us that the positive COVID-19 case from the Our Lady of Sorrows School community, which was reported to you on April 13, 2021, is now resolved. Please "read more" for more information.
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NPSC Outdoor Recreational Amenities Closed Until Further Notice
04/20/2021
Please be advised that in light of the provisions of the provincial Stay-at Home Order, all access to Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board outdoor recreational amenities, including basketball courts, baseball diamonds and sports fields, is prohibited until further notice. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
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Scientists in Schools - Genetic Diversity and You workshop
04/19/2021
On April 19, Ms. Walsh's Grade 7/8 class participated in a "Scientists in Schools - Genetic Diversity and You" workshop with presenter Ms. Carla Sterling. The workshop was based around STEM in the virtual classroom!
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Virtual Learning at NPSC Following Spring Break
04/15/2021
On April 12, 2021, the Premier of Ontario announced that Ontario elementary and secondary schools will be closed for in-person learning and that instruction will take place virtually following the spring break. Please 'read more' for important information regarding virtual learning following the spring break.
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Letter to Our Lady of Sorrows School Community
04/13/2021
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has advised us that an individual from the Our Lady of Sorrows School community has tested positive for COVID-19 and was at school during their infectious period. At this time, the Grade 7 and 8 cohort as well as individuals who boarded Allouette Bus Line route #52 are being asked to self-isolate. The Health Unit has advised that the current situation does not meet the criteria to declare an outbreak. Please "read more" for more information.
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Ontario Moves Schools to Remote Learning Following Spring Break
04/12/2021
The Ontario government has announced its decision to move elementary and secondary schools to remote learning following the April 12-16 spring break. All publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in the province will be moving to teacher-led remote learning when students return from the April break on April 19. NPSC will be sharing more details with students and parents over the next few days. Please 'read more' to read the statement, released on April 12.
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Spring Break Information for Parents
04/08/2021
Please 'read more' for important spring break information for parents.
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Easter Blessings
04/01/2021
Easter blessings to everyone as we celebrate the true meaning of Easter, from the reflection of Good Friday to the joy of Easter Sunday and the promise of eternal life. May you feel the bright, joyful blessings God has to offer you during this Easter holiday. Happy Easter! **Please note the Board Office and Schools are closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday**
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World Autism Awareness Day
04/01/2021
April 2 is Autism Awareness Day! Many NPSC staff and students will wear BLUE on Thursday and Tuesday to help raise awareness and increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism around the world! #LightItUpBlue
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Rock Your Socks!
03/22/2021
On March 19 and 22, students and staff "rocked their socks" to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (Sunday, March 21). We wore our bright, colourful, striped, and mismatched socks! It was a day that our socks weren't meant to be hidden - instead they were intended to start conversations and to raise awareness. Thank you to the NPSC community for joining in to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down Syndrome.
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Spirit Week at Mother St. Bride School
03/19/2021
Mother St. Bride School celebrated "Spirit Week" from March 15-19, 2021, with different themes and activities each day!
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SJSH Celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph
03/19/2021
On March 19, we celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph! The Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of Mary, honors the foster-father of Jesus, St. Joseph. He is the patron saint of fathers, families, workers, and the Church. "Read more" to see the SJSH door decorating entries!
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Employee Appreciation Day
03/05/2021
Today is Employee Appreciation Day! Please join us as we extend our appreciation to all of our employees for the tremendous work they do each and every day. Thank you to our amazing NPSC Team!
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SJSH CSAC Scholarship and Bursary Donations
03/04/2021
SJSH Parent Council is raising funds to support SJSH graduating students in their education journey. Click 'read more' for a letter from CSAC Chair, Donna Marchione-Backer.
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Register Today - 20th Annual Carousel Evening
03/03/2021
NPSC's Special Education Advisory and Parent Involvement Committees welcome you to their 20th Annual Carousel Evening on Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. This free virtual event will feature keynote speaker Michael Jacques and his presentation "It's My Future....How Do I Get There?". Click 'read more' for more information, including how to register!
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Celebrating NPSC Students Who Make A Difference
03/02/2021
On March 24, five students were recognized as “Students Who Make a Difference” and poster contest winner for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. "Read More" for a link to the recorded presentation. Congratulations!
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Child Care Program Needs Survey
03/01/2021
The Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board is conducting a Child Care Program Needs Survey for the 2020-2021 school year. The goal of this survey is to understand the need for childcare programs for school aged children, and assist with child care program and service planning. We are asking all families to complete this survey on child care needs. The survey should take about five minutes to complete and will remain open until March 12, 2021. Click 'read more' to access the link.
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Social Worker Week 2021
03/01/2021
The first week of March marks the beginning of Social Work Week in Ontario. Over 20,000 Registered Social Workers are at this moment playing an essential role in the overall mental health and well-being of many Ontarians. We count social workers as among the valued contributors of the NPSC organization and team. Join us as we recognize our social workers by celebrating Social Work Week and their many contributions to the NPSC community!
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Spring Break 2021
03/01/2021
On February 11, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced a postponement of March Break. All NPSC schools will remain open the week of March 15-19 and will be closed during the week of April 12-16. Please 'read more' for more information and to view the revised School Year Calendar.
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Director's Report 2020
02/28/2021
The 2020 Director's Report highlights the celebration of many achievements across NPSC from the 2019-2020 school year.
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Letter to St. Theresa School Community
02/25/2021
We have been advised by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) that a member from the St. Theresa School community has tested positive for Covid-19. Through case management and contact tracing, the Health Unit determined that there is no risk to the school community, as the individual was not on premises during their infectious period. The individual and all household members are currently self-isolating. "Read more" for more information.
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Revised School and Child Care Screener and Updated Health and Safety Measures
02/21/2021
The Ontario government is committed to student learning and the safety and well-being of all staff and students. Due to the recent emergence of COVID-19 variants of concern in Ontario, new safety measures have been added in Ontario schools and child care centres to keep students, children, and staff safe. As such, the Ministry of Education has provided school boards with updated guidance that builds upon a number of public health and safety measures. Please 'read more' for further details.
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SJSH Wins GOLD at Special Olympics Soccer
02/18/2021
Congratulations to the SJSH Special Olympics Soccer team who won GOLD at the provincial Special Olympics tournament on February 18!
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Statement from the Ministry of Education – March Break Postponed
02/11/2021
The Ministry of Education has postponed March Break until April in an effort to mitigate transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The new dates are April 12-16, 2021. Please "read more" for a link to the statement.
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SJSH Virtual Information Sessions
02/07/2021
St. Joseph-Scollard Hall is excited to welcome all future students and families to our virtual information sessions! "Read More" for more details on the virtual information sessions, including a live Q&A session.
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Register Now for the 2021 Parent Engagement Series
02/05/2021
The NPSC Parent Involvement Committee welcomes you to a free virtual information session: "Eat. Sleep. Move. Think: The Ripple Effect. Leverage sleep, food, movement and mindset to amplify resilience and your health" on Thursday, February 25 at 6:00pm. Join scientist, physiologist and bestselling author Dr. Greg Wells for this informative and engaging keynote presentation. "Read more" for registration details.
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Black History Month 2021
02/01/2021
Every February, people in Canada are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. The 2021 theme for Black History Month is: "The Future is Now". "Read More" for links to videos, information, and resources.
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2021-2022 School Year Calendar Consultation
01/25/2021
Parents are invited to join staff members and provide input into the proposed school year calendar for the 2021-2022 school year by completing the survey by Tuesday, February 2, 2021.
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Register Today for Our Early French Immersion Information Sessions Happening February 2, 2021
01/19/2021
Is your child starting Kindergarten September 2021? Join the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board for our Early French Immersion information session, February 2 at 6:00 p.m., to discover the amazing opportunities a bilingual Catholic education can provide.
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Additional Safety Measures for Ontario Schools
01/13/2021
As you are aware, the Province of Ontario has announced a second state of emergency effective Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A reminder that all Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board schools will remain open for in-person learning during this time. Please click 'read more' for more information regarding additional health and safety protocols that will be occurring in our schools.
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Important Information Regarding Bus Transportation
01/08/2021
Please click 'read more' for an important message from the Nipissing Parry Sound Student Transportation Services. Importantly, NPSSTS advises students to please continue to practice good habits with regards to wearing masks while riding the bus, stating "...public health does not recommend ‘neck gaiters’, scarves, or balaclavas as an equivalent to, or substitute for a face covering..."
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NPSC Schools Return to In-Person Learning January 11
01/07/2021
As you know, the Government of Ontario confirmed yesterday that elementary and secondary students in the region of Northern Ontario will proceed with returning to in-person learning, as scheduled, on January 11, 2021. This includes students in the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board.
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Letter from the Minister of Education January 2021
01/03/2021
Please click 'read more' for a link to a letter from the Minister of Education.
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Our Lady of Fatima Wreath Decorating Contest
12/18/2020
Our Lady of Fatima organized their first annual Christmas Wreath Decorating Contest this December. The winning class got to choose an organization to send the school's fundraising money, collected on Christmas Hat Day. As a result, OLF will be providing The Santa Fund with $100 to use for their families this year. Thank you for sharing your Christmas cheer with our community OLF!
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Ukulele Practice Pays Off at St. Hubert School
12/17/2020
We are so pleased to share two special performances from the Grade 7 and 8 students at St. Hubert! They have been practicing their ukulele skills this semester and their hard work has definitely paid off! Thank you to teacher Allison Denomme for preparing this beautiful video and orchestrating the (virtual) performance!
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St. Gregory Performs Carol of the Bells
12/17/2020
We are so pleased to share a video of our friends at St. Gregory performing Carol of the Bells! Their virtual music instruction is being put to good use as they share their wonderful Christmas cheer with us.
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NPSC Board Newsletter: Christmas Edition
12/17/2020
The Christmas edition of our Board Newsletter, Schools to Believe In is now available. Inside you will find a message from our Director of Education and Board Chair, as well as videos and stories from schools across our district.
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St. Francis Undertakes Advent Challenge
12/16/2020
Our friends at St. Francis took part in a unique festive challenge this year called the Advent-Read-A-Thon. With a new take on the traditional Advent calendar, the 25 day activity challenged primary and junior grades to read something every day, with fun twists. For example, students were challenged to read a mystery book, read poetry or even read in the car! As they complete each week of the reading challenge, they are rewarded with a candy cane. We hear someone in the North Pole has caught wind of this special activity - maybe he will include St. Francis in his pre-Christmas visits!
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de Jourdan Acclaimed Chair, McCool Re-elected Vice-Chair
12/16/2020
At its organizational meeting on Tuesday December 15, the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board appointed by acclamation, Leo de Jourdan as Chair and re-elected Barbara McCool as Vice-Chair.
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12 Blocks of Christmas Coding Festivities
12/15/2020
Students at the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board (NPSC) have been taking part in a unique festive activity called NPSC’s 12 Blocks of Christmas. The competition is open to all students from Kindergarten to Grade 8, with the challenge of completing one coding activity per school day. Students enter the competition by engaging in the board’s curated coding activities throughout the 12 school days of the challenge offering. Activities centre around core curriculum topics and are divided by grade level.
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SJSH Religion Class Shares Christmas Cheer
12/07/2020
Students in the Grade 12 Religion course have been actively spreading Christmas cheer this year, completing a variety of goodwill activities and projects to spread joy this season. The class ‘adopted’ two children through the Children’s Aid Society’s Joy Project which seeks to provide Christmas gifts for all children and youth in the Nipissing and Parry Sound district. Students used their own money to purchase gifts for the children, including a dollhouse, toys, pajamas and art supplies. Staff and students also worked together to hand write 150 Christmas cards for nursing home patients, accompanied by beautiful artwork and Christmas paintings. We are so proud of the work of our students and staff, who continue to demonstrate compassion, generosity and benevolence during the Christmas season and throughout the year!
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Father Eric and St. Gregory Stay Connected!
12/04/2020
Our friends at St. Gregory have been connecting with their school priest virtually this year, through a series of classroom discussions and school masses. Since the beginning of September, Father Eric has been engaging each class in weekly discussions; answering questions, sharing parables, interactive reflections and discussing important aspects of students’ faith development. The school has also taken part in virtual masses throughout the year, coming together monthly to celebrate Mass as a school community. During Advent, Father Eric shared special weekly prayer services to light the candles of our school Advent wreath. Father Eric’s reflections and discussions engage students in learning how hope, peace, joy and love help us prepare during Advent to welcome Christ into our hearts and homes this Christmas. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Father Eric for his creative and important contributions to our school community and the spiritual development of our students!
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Ontario Providing Support for Young Learners
11/30/2020
On November 30, the Ontario government announced it will be providing financial relief for families facing new education-related expenses. Starting today, parents or guardians residing in Ontario can complete a simple online application through the Support for Learners web page. Applications will remain open until February 8, 2021. For details visit the Ontario.ca website.
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Christmas Blessings from NPSC
11/30/2020
A Christmas Message from the Board Chair and Director of Education: ​ In our Catholic schools, the season of Advent is a wonderful time of preparation. As we think about Christmas traditions and preparing “new” traditions this year, we invite our community to join us in sharing a moment of gratitude.
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A Fresh Take on Form, Function and Forces
11/24/2020
Intermediate students enrolled in the Tech and Design program at NPSC have been engaging with the course curriculum using a variety of unique and innovative learning approaches this year. While the majority of students are not able to attend the traditional tech and design classroom in person, teacher Robert Pavone, has created several projects for students to create in their classrooms at their home schools, accompanied by his virtual lessons and supporting material. To complete the procedural learning assignments each of the over 200 students enrolled in the program this semester receives a package that includes project materials, written instructions and access to videos, photos and a Google Slidedeck of instructions to create the 3D models. Design projects include a geodesic dome, a truss bridge, a cell tower and the culminating project of creating floor plans for a virtual home. We are looking forward to sharing more of these projects as they come to life in schools across our district!
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Chef for a Day
Students Experience Being Chef for a Day
11/23/2020
Intermediate students across NPSC had the opportunity to build their culinary knowledge and essential skills through a synchronous learning event, hosted virtually by the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and Canadore College. Students learning virtually, as well as students attending school in-person received an ‘activity-box’ with ingredients to make gingerbread houses and energy bites. All participants were then invited to participate in a culinary lesson, receiving live, virtual instruction from a Canadore College Chef and having the opportunity to ask questions about their learning. The hands-on activity provided students with an introductory experience into the skilled trades and college, as well as a discussion about healthy eating and nutrition. Special thank you to the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and Canadore College for providing this exception experience for our students!
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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week at NPSC
11/13/2020
NPSC is proud to join schools across the province in celebrating the tenth anniversary of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. At NPSC, we continue to focus on creating safe and positive learning environments, based on mutual understanding and respect, so that all students feel a sense of belonging and are able to participate fully in the school community and classroom learning.
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Remembrance Day At NPSC
11/09/2020
Each year NPSC schools and our community support our students in remembering the men and women who have sacrificed for our country and honour those who continue to serve today. Our students and staff have planned a variety of educational activities, virtual prayer services and remembrance ceremonies to mark the day and month of remembrance. These activities have been planned to inspire our students and Catholic communities through our faith, to reflect on the freedoms and peace we have and to remember the Canadians who served and sacrificed for all we have today.
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Intermediate Music Gets Collaborative
11/06/2020
Intermediate students across NPSC have been engaging with music curriculum in a new way this year, working virtually to learn music theory and compose their own music. Using Google Classroom, the music teacher, Allison Denomme, has created a plethora of activities and resources to introduce students to the curriculum. Next, the over 300 students across the district enrolled in the program have signed up to a digital service called BandLab, which allows students to record, edit and mix their own music. Students have the opportunity to connect via Google Meet to share their music and connect with their peers and teacher, who teaches students from across the district from her home school at St. Hubert. Students who are not completing the BandLab unit are learning Ukulele through a series of virtual tutorials and activities.
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St. Alexander Asks the Expert
11/03/2020
Students at St. Alexander School have been bringing their learning to life by connecting virtually with experts in the subjects they are learning about in their classroom. The Grade 6 class has been tuning in to live broadcasts, orchestrated by Joe Grabowski of Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, to hear discussions from astronauts, artists, physicians, marine biologists and many more.
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NPSC Celebrates Treaties Recognition Week
10/29/2020
Schools across the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board participated in Treaties Recognition Week through a variety of educational and interactive learning activities. Schools participated in a variety of activities including learning about treaties and developing their own classroom treaties and wampum belts, inviting virtual guest speakers and elders to speak to classes, learning to make medicine wheels through a virtual classroom tutorials and sharing resources such as We are all Treaty People, Back to Batoche and Taking Care of Mother Earth and more.
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Thank You to the Kiwanis Club and Staples
10/22/2020
Special thank you to the Kiwanis Club of North Eastern Ontario and Staples North Bay, who generously donated just over $1,000 in gift cards to benefit students at NPSC.
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NPSC Students Learn Fire Safety
10/22/2020
The North Bay Fire Department joined several NPSC classes to talk about fire safety and prevention, sharing the important story "No Dragons for Tea."
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Cyber Security Awareness
10/22/2020
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. This year, the Educational Computing Network of Ontario is providing a series of resources to help families and educators stay safe online. Click 'read more' for details.
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Treaties Recognition Week
10/16/2020
November 2-6 is Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario. Schools across NPSC are celebrating in some very special ways, including using We Are All Treaty People curriculum resources, sharing prayers, drumming ceremonies, and welcoming virtual guest speakers into their classrooms. For more information about Treaties Recognition Week visit www.ontario.ca/page/treaties.
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NPSC Recognizes Orange Shirt Day
09/28/2020
Schools across NPSC celebrated Orange Shirt Day with a variety of activities and resources. This year, SJSH Indigenous Student Trustee Grace Couchie, worked with SJSH students and staff to create a special Orange Shirt Day video, touching on the importance of the day, it’s history and the perspectives from the school community.
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NPSC Virtual Learning Resources
09/16/2020
NPSC extends a warm welcome all of our students and families who have selected to complete their Catholic Education virtually as we begin the 2020-2021 school year. As students and their families connect with staff this week, we wanted to share a website that provides general information about virtual learning as well as introductory activities in the core areas of Literacy, Numeracy and French as a Second Language. Please click 'read more' for details.
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Ontario's Covid-19 School Screening Tool (Updated October 1)
09/16/2020
Ontario has launched a new voluntary screening tool to help students, parents and staff assess COVID-19 symptoms and risks. Click the link below to learn more.
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NBPSDHU Daily Checklist for Parents
09/04/2020
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has created a checklist to help parents identify symptoms of Covid-19. Click 'read more' to view.
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A Welcome Message from NPSC's Board Chair
09/02/2020
On behalf of the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board of Trustees, I would like to welcome our students back to the classroom for the 2020/2021 school year. I also want to reassure parents that the school reopening plan includes steps that should provide you with confidence that all reasonable precautions have been and will be taken to ensure a safe return to school. Please click "read more" to read the message in it's entirety.
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NPSC School Reopening Plan
08/28/2020
The Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board is pleased to share the NPSC School Re-Opening Plan 2020-2021: A Guide for the Safe Return to our Catholic Schools During COVID-19. Please click "read more" to read the document in full.
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NPSC Staggered Start Information
08/28/2020
The Ministry of Education is permitting school boards to stagger students’ entry as they transition back to school this year. A staggered start allows for a gradual return of students, and provides time for learning and adapting to new routines and safety practices. The additional time also allows for the adjusting of timetables as students are moved in or out of regular school and distance learning. Please click 'read more' to learn when NPSC students will be starting school this year.
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A Letter from the Minister of Education
08/27/2020
Please click 'read more' for a link to a letter from the Minister of Education to parents.
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Ontario COVID-19 Management Plan for Schools
08/26/2020
On August 26, the province released the 'Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools' to plan for students and staff across Ontario to safely return to school in September. Click 'read more' to read the plan in detail.
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NBPSHU Releases Information For Families
08/25/2020
On August 25, the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit released important public health information for regarding school reopening. We encourage all families to review this information carefully. Click 'read more' for a link to these resources.
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September Transportation Plan from NPSSTS
08/25/2020
Please click 'read more' to read a letter for parents and caregivers from the Nipissing Parry Sound Student Transportation Services.
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Ministry of Education Guide for Remote Learning
08/19/2020
On August 13, the Ministry of Education released the Requirements for Remote Learning, which provides direction to school boards on remote learning requirements, including implementation and reporting. This memorandum also identifies effective practices that school boards should develop to support students during remote learning. Please click "read more" to read the plan in full.
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Message Regarding Student Transportation
08/12/2020
Please click 'read more' to read a letter for parents and caregivers from the Nipissing Parry Sound Student Transportation Services.
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Return to School Planning - 2020 Family Survey
08/04/2020
As you may already be aware, on Thursday, July 30, the Minister of Education announced that all publicly funded schools in Ontario will be reopening in September for students to attend school five days a week, with enhanced health and safety protocols in place. In order to plan for a safe and healthy return to school, the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board will need to learn about your plans for your child’s education this fall. We kindly request that you complete a survey to confirm whether your child will be attending school this fall, or will be learning from home. Please click 'read more' to complete the survey.
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Ministry of Education Announces Plans for Reopening of Schools
07/30/2020
On July 30, the The Ministry of Education announced the reopening plan for schools this September. Please click 'read more' for important details regarding this announcement and a letter from the Minister of Education. NPSC will update our community with detailed information about what this means for our schools in the coming days.
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Letter to Our NPSC Community July 29
07/29/2020
Dear Parents and Guardians, ​ As you may already be aware, on June 19, 2020 the Minister of Education announced Ontario’s approach for the reopening of publicly funded schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Please "read more" to learn more about what parents can expect in the coming weeks.
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2020-2021 School Year Calendar
07/29/2020
The 2020-2021 school year will begin on Tuesday September 8, 2020 and will end on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. This recommendation has been approved by the Ministry of Education.
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Mental Health and Well-Being Services
07/14/2020
School closures as well as the uncertainties about returning to school in September may impact the emotional well-being of some students. Mental health professionals from the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board will continue to provide support to students throughout the summer months. For example, if you were receiving support from a school social worker during the school year, this service can be provided over the phone or online throughout the summer months. To learn more about these supports and how to access them please contact tessierp@npsc.ca.
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Summer Registration Information
06/29/2020
Elementary schools are now closed for the summer months. If you require assistance regarding your child's transportation information or registration, please contact the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board's summer registration office at 705-494-3888. All transportation and registration questions for St. Joseph-Scollard Hall can be directed to student services at 705-494-8600 ext 40234. We wish you and your family a safe and happy summer.
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End of Year Message to Parents
06/26/2020
On June 19, 2020, the Minister of Education announced Ontario’s approach for the reopening of publicly funded schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Please "read more" to learn more about what this decision means for the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board.
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06/25/2020
Aanni, Hello, Bonjour, Watcheye! Congratulations Class of 2020! This will most certainly be one of the most memorable school years of your life. For some, this will be the year you graduated from kindergarten. Others will be graduating from Grade six and off to a new Catholic school for Grade 7, and our Grade 8 students will be leaving elementary school behind to take on new adventures in high school. Regardless of the circumstances, this is an important milestone, worthy of celebration!
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06/25/2020
Please click 'read more' to access congratulatory videos addressed to this year’s graduating students from the Minister of Education.
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National Indigenous History Month
06/09/2020
June is National Indigenous History Month, honouring the history, contributions, culture and strength of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. Learn more here...
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Equity, Diversity and Inclusive School Communities
06/08/2020
As Catholics, we believe that we are wonderfully made in the image and likeness of a God who created us and loves us unconditionally – just as we are. We are called to love and celebrate one another, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us. We honour the inherent dignity in each other by treating one another with care, compassion, and respect. This month, and each and every month, our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.
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Transportation Reminder: Updating Information
06/07/2020
Avoid the September rush! If you know you are moving or changing child care providers between now and the start of the next school year, now is the time to contact your school to update your address and confirm busing eligibility for next year. For transportation details, please contact the Nipissing-Parry Sound Student Transportation Services at 705-472-8840, info@npssts.ca or by visiting www.npssts.ca.
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Letter from the Minister of Education May 19, 2020
05/20/2020
On May 19, 2020 The Minister of Education announced that Ontario’s publicly-funded schools will remain closed until the end of the school year. Please click 'read more' for a link to a letter from the Minister of Education regarding this announcement.
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SJSH CSAC Scholarship and Bursary Donations
05/20/2020
SJSH Parent Council is raising funds to support SJSH graduating students in their education journey. Click 'read more' for a letter from CSAC Chair, Donna Marchione-Backer.
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SJSH CSAC Scholarship and Bursary Donations
05/18/2020
SJSH Parent Council is raising funds to support SJSH graduating students in their education journey. Click 'read more' for a letter from CSAC Chair, Donna Marchione-Backer.
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SJSH Parent Council Bursary Fundraiser
05/01/2020
Please consider supporting an SJSH student continuing their education in a post-secondary pathway, by making a donation to the SJSH Parent Council Bursary Fundraiser. For more information click 'read more'.
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Update: Ontario Schools Closed Until May 31
04/26/2020
On Sunday, April 26th, Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, announced that Ontario public schools will remain closed until May 31, 2020.
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Letter from the Minister of Education April 28
04/26/2020
Dear Parents— I sincerely hope that you, your children, and your families are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.
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Catholic Education Week 2020
04/15/2020
May 3-8 is Catholic Education Week and the theme is "Igniting Hope". NPSC schools will be taking the celebration online and in our homes. We encourage you to share how you are recognizing the week using the hashtag #CEW2020.
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Mental Health Week
04/14/2020
This week is Catholic Education Week AND Mental Health Week. This year the Canadian Mental Health Association invites you to #GetReal about what you are feeling. For details and resources visit https://mentalhealthweek.ca/ or NPSC Social media for daily updates and activities that promote well-being.
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Talking to Children and Youth About COVID-19
04/03/2020
As caring adults in students’ lives, we can help young people by being a steady calming influence, providing developmentally-appropriate and factual information about our local situation, and helping students to feel some level of control. Fostering supportive relationships with caring adults and encouraging children to talk about their feelings can greatly benefit a child who may be feeling distress.
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Breakfast Program Now Available
04/02/2020
Families in North Bay who benefit from the Breakfast Program offered in schools, are advised there will now be two hubs set up in North Bay to pick up breakfast items. The Gathering Place at 1181 Cassells St. from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays Home Style Cafe at 741 Wallace Rd. from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Services will also be provided to families in Sturgeon Falls, who register with the details below. Interested families are required to register with their name, address, postal code, telephone number, number of children and school they attend. Requests can be sent to studentnutrition@communitylivingnorthbay.org or by telephone at 705-476-3288, ext. 1611.
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Ratification of Central Agreement
04/01/2020
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) and the Government of Ontario have reached a collective agreement.
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NPSC Playgrounds and Amenities Closed Until Further Notice
03/30/2020
Please be advised that in light of the recommendations made by the provincial government as well as the Chief Medical Officer of Health, effective immediately and until further notice all access to Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board outdoor recreational amenities, including sports fields and outdoor play structures, is strictly prohibited. These measures have been put into effect to protect the health and safety of our community by reducing potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
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Breakfast Program Now Available
03/29/2020
Families who benefit from the Breakfast Program offered in schools, are advised there will now be two hubs set up in North Bay to pick up breakfast items. The Gathering Place at 1181 Cassells St. from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays Home Style Cafe at 741 Wallace Rd. from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Interested families are required to register with their name, address, postal code, telephone number, number of children and school they attend. Requests can be sent to studentnutrition@communitylivingnorthbay.org or by telephone at 705-476-3288, ext. 1611.
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Learn at Home
03/23/2020
On Friday, March 20, 2020 the Ministry of Education launched the first phase of a new online portal called Learn at Home that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. For more information visit the Learn at Home page at www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home
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Letter from the Minister of Education
03/22/2020
Dear Ontario parents, I am writing to you in unprecedented times. The foremost priority of the government is to keep all Ontarians safe, including our students and educators. Working with our partners and all levels of government, we will do whatever it takes to deliver on this imperative.
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Postponed! Eat. Sleep. Move. Think: The Ripple Effect
03/22/2020
As a result of the emergence of COVID-19 in Canada and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone our PIC Speaker Event with Dr. Greg Wells previously scheduled for April 14, 2020. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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EQAO Assessment Update
03/21/2020
Please be advised the Ontario Ministry of Education has announced that all EQAO assessments will be canceled for the remainder of this school year. We appreciate the work done to prepare for these assessments by EQAO and school board staff. The literacy graduation requirement (OSSLT) for students who are graduating in the 2019-20 school year has been waived.
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Learn at Home
03/20/2020
On Friday, March 20, 2020 the Ministry of Education launched the first phase of a new online portal called Learn at Home that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. For more information visit the Learn at Home page at www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home
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Postponed! Eat. Sleep. Move. Think
03/18/2020
As a result of the emergence of COVID-19 in Canada and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone our PIC Speaker Event with Dr. Greg Wells previously scheduled for April 14, 2020. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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NPSC Board Office Closed March 19-April 5
03/18/2020
Following the actions taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 set forth by the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario, the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board central office will be closing, effective 4:30pm on March 18, 2020. Staff will continue to be available during the closure, working remotely to continue services and support our board community during these challenging times.
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Update on EQAO Assessments
03/18/2020
Please be advised the Ontario Ministry of Education has announced that all EQAO assessments will be canceled for the remainder of this school year. We appreciate the work done to prepare for these assessments by EQAO and school board staff. The literacy graduation requirement (OSSLT) for students who are graduating in the 2019-20 school year has been waived.
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Postponed! Eat. Sleep. Move. Repeat: The Ripple Effect
03/18/2020
As a result of the emergence of COVID-19 in Canada and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone our PIC Speaker Event with Dr. Greg Wells previously scheduled for April 14, 2020. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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Letter to Parents Regarding School Closures March 14-April 5, 2020
03/13/2020
As you are aware, the Premier’s Office has announced that in response to the emergence of COVID-19 in Ontario, all publicly funded schools in Ontario will be closed for two weeks following March Break. As a result, all schools in the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board will be closed from March 14 to April 5, 2020...
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Important Public Health Information: NPSC Schools Closed March 14 to April 5, 2020
03/13/2020
As you are aware, the Premier’s Office has announced that in response to the emergence of COVID-19 in Ontario, all publicly funded schools in Ontario will be closed for two weeks following March Break. As a result, all schools in the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board will be closed from March 14 to April 5, 2020...
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Public Health Information and Resources: COVID-19
03/09/2020
The health and well-being of all students, staff, volunteers and community members is a priority for the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board (NPSC). NPSC works in collaboration with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit on issues related to public health, including COVID-19.
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Postponed! Eat. Sleep. Move. Think: The Ripple Effect
03/09/2020
As a result of the emergence of COVID-19 in Canada and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone our PIC Speaker Event with Dr. Greg Wells previously scheduled for April 14, 2020. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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Public Health Information: COVID-19
03/09/2020
The health and well-being of all students, staff, volunteers and community members is a priority for the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board (NPSC). NPSC works in collaboration with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit on issues related to public health, including COVID-19.
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International Women's Day
03/08/2020
Today is International Women's Day. Join us as we celebrate women and girls in our NPSC community and across the globe!
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Social Work Week
Social Work Week
03/02/2020
March 2-8 is Social Work Week 2020. This week gives us a chance to recognize Social Workers for the valuable leadership they provide each and every day here at NPSC and across Ontario. Thank you for the important work you do!
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Minister of Education Announces Schools Will Remain Closed to Students Until May 4
03/01/2020
Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce have announced that all schools in Ontario will be closed until at least May 4, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will communicate more information, as it becomes available.
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Letter From the Minister of Education March 31
03/01/2020
Dear Parents, I am writing to you today exactly two weeks since our government declared a State of Emergency in the province. I know this period has not been easy for you or your children, especially as the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak begin to have increasing effects on your day-to-day lives and livelihoods.
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Labour Relations Updates
02/28/2020
On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) and the Government of Ontario reached a tentative collective agreement. As a result, OECTA has suspended all strike activity pending ratification of the agreement.
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School Buses Canceled February 27
02/27/2020
All School Buses are canceled today, Thursday, February 27, 2020. All schools remain open. For details visit http://www.npssts.ca/
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Ontario's Survey on Bullying
02/27/2020
Students, parents and educators are invited to share their voice by taking part in a survey developed by the Ministry of Education. The survey will be used to gather information about bullying to better understand this complex issue and to help support inclusion. For a link to the survey click 'read more'.
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Pink Shirt Day
Pink Shirt Day
02/26/2020
Today is Pink Shirt Day! We wear pink today to demonstrate our commitment to choosing kindness and standing up to bullying when we see it.
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Labour Relations Updates
Labour Relations Updates
02/21/2020
Please be advised that OECTA, who represents all elementary, secondary and occasional teachers at NPSC has suspended all rotating strike days from February 24-28. This means that all NPSC schools will be open and operating as usual for the week of February 24-28, 2020, including Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
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Child Care Program Needs Survey
02/20/2020
Families are invited to complete the 5-minute Child Care Program Needs online survey. The goal of this survey is to assist with child care program and service planning for school-aged children for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. The survey will remain open until March 6, 2020. Click 'read more' to access the link.
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February is Black History Month
02/05/2020
February is Black History Month. Join us as we celebrate and honour the contributions of Black Canadians, past and present!
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Bell Let's Talk
01/29/2020
Today is the 10th anniversary of Bell Let's Talk. Help us celebrate this fantastic initiative by joining the conversation! #BellLetsTalk
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NPSC schools remain open January 29, 2020
01/28/2020
A reminder that all NPSC schools will remain open and operating as usual on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. NPSC staff are not members of The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and will not be participating in the withdrawal of services. NPSC teachers are members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA).
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Report Card Update
01/28/2020
All Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board schools will be issuing Report Cards as scheduled on February 12 for elementary students and February 10-11 for secondary students.
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School Year Calendar Consultation (2020-2021)
01/27/2020
Parents are invited to join staff members to provide input into the proposed school year calendar for the 2020-2021 school year by completing the survey by Monday, February 3, 2020.
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Pre-Kindergarten Experiences Survey
01/27/2020
As you prepare to register your child for school, we want to hear from you regarding your child's Pre-Kindergarten experiences. The information gathered will assist community organizations and school boards to better tailor community programs and services and reduce barriers to access. Follow the link below to access the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PKES2020
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St. Victor Presents We're Better Together
01/24/2020
Our friends at St. Victor created a video to demonstrate what inclusion looks like at their school. Check out the link below to hear some inspiring messages, written by our students! A special thank you to Ms Faulkner and our students for the work in putting this together! https://youtu.be/ZJYM1eXGkWs
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St. Francis OCSTA Short Video Contest Submission
01/21/2020
Click the 'read more' button below to learn more about the fantastic video created by our friends at St. Francis School.
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EQAO Update
01/14/2020
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SJSH Info Session for Grade 8 Students 2020
01/06/2020
All Grade 8 students and their parents are invited to a high school information session at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall on Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00pm....
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Early French Immersion Information Sessions
01/06/2020
Parents and guardians interested in learning more about French Immersion for their child entering kindergarten in September 2020 are invited to attend an information session....
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SJSH Uniform Donations
01/01/2020
A note to all SJSH students; if you or someone you know have uniform pieces that are no longer being used, please consider donating them back to SJSH. A small collection of gently used uniforms is kept at the main office for students in need. All sizes and items are appreciated. For more information call 705 494 8600. Thank you.
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Christmas Greetings
12/19/2019
Christmas Greetings to all! May the Spirit of Love, Peace and Joy be ever present during this Holy season and throughout the New Year! Artwork by Ava-Leigh Polson, Grade 2 Student (2019) at St. Alexander School.
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de Jourdan Acclaimed Chair, McCool Re-Elected Vice-Chair
12/18/2019
At its organizational meeting on Tuesday December 17, the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board appointed by acclamation, Leo de Jourdan as Chair and re-elected Barbara McCool as Vice-Chair.....
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SJSH Senior Visual Art Gallery Opening Night
12/01/2019
Join the senior visual art class at SJSH on Wednesday, January 22, for the 7th Annual Gallery Opening Night! The event will be held at the second floor gallery, between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. All are welcome!
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NPSC Board Newsletter - Winter 2019
12/01/2019
The winter edition of the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board Newsletter, Schools to Believe In, is now available....
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Prayers for Advent 2019
12/01/2019
Fourth Week of Advent: All-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory, and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.​
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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
11/15/2019
It's Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week! Between November 17-23, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic schools will be taking part in a variety of ways....
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Lest We Forget
11/11/2019
Students across NPSC will be participating in Remembrance Day Ceremonies today, with some schools having already celebrated on Friday. Thank you to our staff and students who worked very hard to prepare these beautiful, moving ceremonies. Let us pray for those who have and continue to serve our beautiful Country!
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NPSC Honours 25-Year and Retired Employees
11/08/2019
We were so pleased to recognize and honour our 25 year employees and recent retirees yesterday evening, November 6. Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education and contribution to the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board. Prayerful best wishes to all of our retirees on your next adventure!
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Treaties Recognition
Treaties Recognition Week
10/31/2019
November 3-9 is Treaties Recognition Week. Schools across NPSC are celebrating in some very special ways, including using We Are All Treaty People curriculum resources, sharing prayers, drumming ceremonies, and creating wampum belts. For more information about Treaties Recognition Week visit www.ontario.ca/page/treaties.
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Child Worker/Childhood Educator Appreciation Day
Child Care Worker/Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day
10/23/2019
October 24 is Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day! Please join us as we take a moment to recognize the education, skills, commitment, and dedication of Early Childhood Educators and all child care staff in our schools. Thank you for all of the work that you do!
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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
10/23/2019
Today is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day! Thank you to all bus drivers who take our students safely to and from school each and every day! #SchoolBusSafety
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Ontario Dress Purple Day
Ontario Dress Purple Day - October 24
10/22/2019
Every October Children’s Aid Societies across the province raise awareness about the right of children and youth to safety and well-being in all spaces, and the responsibility of adults and community services to help children, youth, and families who need support. Join us on October 24 as we raise awareness about this important initiative by wearing purple.
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Job Opportunities
10/18/2019
We're hiring! If you are interested in joining an exciting, motivated team that is rooted in faith and alive in spirit then please visit....
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Let's Talk About Concussions
10/17/2019
Let's Talk About Concussions with Dr. Charles Tator! Teachers, coaches, parents, health practitioners, and student athletes are encouraged to attend this presentation if you are interested in learning more about concussions. Please join us at this free event on October 28 from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall. All are welcome!......
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National Principal's Month!
National Principal's Month!
10/15/2019
October is National Principals Month. Join us as we recognize the hard work and dedication our principals demonstrate for our schools each day. Thank you for continuing to show such great leadership in our schools and in our community!
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Happy Thanksgiving!
10/11/2019
Wishing everyone the gift of faith and the blessing of hope during this Thanksgiving weekend!
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French Language Assistant
10/10/2019
Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board, in partnership with the Odyssey French Language Assistant Program, is seeking applicants for a paid, professional work experience beginning November 2019....
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World Teacher's Day
World Teacher's Day
10/03/2019
October 5 is World Teachers' Day! Join us as we celebrate all of our wonderful education staff. Thank you for continuing to go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of our students!
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National Custodial Workers Recognition Day
National Custodial Workers Recognition Day
10/02/2019
October 2 is National Custodial Workers Recognition Day. Please join us in extending a big thank you to our team at NPSC, for all of their hard work!
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Orange Shirt Day 2019
09/26/2019
Orange Shirt Day is on Monday, September 30. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for staff and students to honour residential school survivors....
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Today is Franco-Ontarian Day!
09/25/2019
Today, September 25, is Franco-Ontarian Day! Today our schools are celebrating the French language and culture that we are so proud to have alive and well within our schools! Nous sommes vraiment fiers de nos élèves qui continuent leurs études en francais et anglais. Bravo!
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St. Francis School: Gertrude Street East Road Construction
08/30/2019
The City of North Bay has construction underway on Gertrude Street East from Gladstone Avenue to Knox Crescent / Tecumseh Street. Gertrude Street East has been blocked off, which will have an impact on our bus loading & unloading / parent drop-off & pick-up as well as the pedestrian traffic.....
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Obtain Your OSSD or Improve Your Literacy and Numeracy Skills
08/27/2019
Get your high school diploma or start improving your literacy and numeracy skills at the St. Joseph Adult Education Campus....
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Registration Information
08/26/2019
Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board schools are now open for registration. To register your child for school, please contact your nearest Catholic school.....
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Student Transportation
08/12/2019
Due to the dynamic nature of student transportation, school transportation routes may change from year to year, including route numbers, stop locations and times of service. Parents/guardians are responsible for verifying your child's information is up to date and accurate....
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