“EVERY DAY, FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS, WE LOVE, RESPECT AND FORGIVE IN A COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF FAMILY AND FAITH, WITH HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.”
Prayer is considered an integral aspect of our daily school program and students are expected to participate in all prayer activities such as, daily prayer, Masses, and the Rosary Apostolate.
OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
The Roman Catholic Church is over 2,000 years old, founded in the Christian tradition, with Jewish roots. Jesus Christ was the founder, and St. Peter was the first leader. The Pope is St. Peter’s successor in our day.
There are beliefs, practices and devotions unique to the Catholic Church. They include the Mass, the Sign of the Cross, the Seven Sacraments, the Rosary, and other forms of devotion. The Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes teach us how we can live our lives in the best way possible.
CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD OF EASTERN ONTARIO
Board Theme 2015-2017
Our Board Theme
Our theme draws its inspiration first from Scripture. In the Old Testament, God tells us clearly: “I am the Lord your God. I am holy, so you must be holy.” (Leviticus 19:2) This message is repeated in the New Testament, where we are reminded by Peter of our call to holiness: “As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” (1 Peter 1:15-16).
The theme was also inspired by Saint Pope Paul II when he stated, “Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves to the world determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness.” In addition, Pope Francis stated in 2013, “Do not be afraid of holiness, do not be afraid to aim high, to be loved and purified by God, do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit. Every Christian is called to holiness and holiness does not consist especially in doing extraordinary things, but in allowing God to act in us and through us.”
Finally, we draw inspiration from Saint Mother Teresa who states, “All of us must be saints in this world. Holiness is a duty for you and me. So, let’s be saints and so give glory to the Father.”
Our theme will bring to life our Board’s vision: Inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ, we transform the world with justice and peace through Catholic education. Our theme is a personal call to be inspired and transformed within our intimate relationship with Jesus, and at the same time to move outside of ourselves to acts of love where we respond to the call to let Jesus inspire and transform others, through us.
Each year will be a balance of contemplation and action – the two feet of evangelization – like the heart and head of holiness. Continuous reflection on God’s presence in our lives along with revitalization at the well of Scripture and Eucharist, counter balanced by recognition of the needs of others; our response to these immediate needs and our responsibility to go deeper into the issues where we can address the underlying systemic challenges. Through this process we will make lasting changes within ourselves; our neighbours, our communities and the world.
Pope Francis reminds us, “To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.” He calls us to “Let everything be open to God; turn to him in every situation. Do not be dismayed, for the power of the Holy Spirit enables you to do this, and holiness in the end, is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life.
We are all extremely excited to experience the joy of loving hearts working together to grow in holiness.
Yours in Catholic education,
Director of Education
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of Heaven and Earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
On the third day he rose again, he ascended in Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
Angel of God, my guardian dear
to whom God’s love commits me
here, ever this day, be at my side,
to light, to guard, to rule, to guide.
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am very sorry
For having offended you
Because You are all good
And deserving of all my love
I will try to be faithful to Your Spirit
And sin no more.
Students’ Rights and Responsibilities
Students have a right:
– to be treated with respect
– to be in a classroom environment which fosters active learning, has a safe playground and has programs of study designed to meet their needs.
Students are responsible for:
– respecting themselves by making an effort to complete their assigned work and by dressing in an appropriate manner;
– respecting their peers by using appropriate language and avoiding actions that do not contribute to the moral tone of the school or to the mental or physical well-being of others
– respecting all adults by being cooperative and attentive; and being punctual and in regular attendance
– respecting school property, including the school building and grounds.
– respecting their learning environment including their classroom and library materials, and the safety of the classroom.
Parents’ and Guardians’ Rights and Responsibilities
Parents and guardians have the right:
– to know that their children’s learning is conducted in a purposeful, safe and caring environment
– to know that their children are treated fairly and honestly
– to be kept informed of their child’s progress
Parents and guardians are responsible for:
– respecting/supporting Catholic nature of the school
– ensuring the student’s punctual, regular attendance at school
– working with school staff to resolve any behaviour problems which may arise.
CDSBEO Schools: Supporting a Strengths Based Approach to Building Resiliency
“Resiliency is an ability to spring back and adapt to life’s challenges with an attitude of hope and optimism.”
All schools in CDSBEO are working to develop a strengths-based culture of practice where students are nurtured towards positive change. In order to accomplish this we are partnering with Resiliency Initiatives so students in Grade 3-12 will participate in a survey designed around 31 Developmental Strengths, which research indicates are key factors in building resiliency and positive mental health in an individual.
Information from the resiliency survey is used to empower individuals and school teams to engage in, and better understand the strengths or skills that are essential for navigating life’s challenges and becoming healthy adults.
Suicide Prevention Intervention and Risk Review Protocol (SPIRR)
The CDSBEO and partnering community agencies have developed Collaborative Response Protocols to ensure student safety and to support students in need. These protocols identify risk indicators and appropriate steps to follow to ensure a timely response and that intervention plans are in place. Information on the protocols can be viewed online at www.cdsbeo.on.ca
CDSBEO Bully Prevention and Intervention Plan
The Bully Prevention and Intervention plan outlines the specific components and actions designed to eliminate Bullying and Student victimization.
The complete Bully Prevention and Intervention Plan can be viewed at http://www.cdsbeo.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/11/Bully-Prevention-Intervention-Plan_Final-3-3.pdf