School Board Information
“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 2021-2024
Our Board Theme 2021-2024
I Belong Here – Together we are God’s good news!
“How beautiful on the mountain are the feet of those who bring the good news.” – Isaiah 52:7
On behalf of all of us at CDSBEO, I would like to invite you to continue our journey of faith, inspired by our new Spiritual Board Theme, I Belong Here – Together, we are God’s good news!
Our new theme is a simple call to the recognition that we all belong to God. We all belong and no one is an outsider, for we are all part of the same Divine family. Each of us, without exception is God’s Good News — a shining witness to the justice and peace of Christ that belongs to all people.
When we realize that the Spirit of the living God shines within us, our world begins to change; first within ourselves and then shining in our families, classrooms, schools, and wider communities.
In the new Encyclical Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis writes: “(E)very now and then, miraculously, a kind person appears and is willing to set everything else aside in order to show interest, to give the gift of a smile, to speak a word of encouragement, to listen amid general indifference. If we make a daily effort to do exactly this, we can create a healthy social atmosphere in which misunderstandings can be overcome and conflict forestalled.” This is how we can be God’s Good News today!
Our new theme will help us to appreciate how vitally important it is to feel we belong. Our desire is for everyone throughout our school board to know in their heart that they belong to our CDSBEO family. This sense of belonging is confirmed when each voice is heard, and when each idea is respected.
This sense of belonging is intensified when we reach out to one another and others reciprocate by reaching out to us. Kind interactions can be like a candle lighting another candle. The light of the one is not diminished when the flame is shared. Together they cast a brighter light, inspiring others to also be God’s Good News in their circle of relationships.
During these challenging times, Pope Francis calls us to a culture of encounter. He writes in Fratelli Tutti, ‘Building a culture of encounter means that we, as a people, should be passionate about meeting others, seeking points of contact, building bridges, planning project(s) that include everyone.’
Over the next three years our new theme will call us to become active welcomers: meeting people where they are, understanding their situation, seeing the world from their point of view, appreciating their contribution, and collaborating in their growth.
May our spiritual theme inspire us to form new relationships, and expand our care for one another, as we proclaim, “I Belong Here – Together we are God’s good news!”
Yours in Catholic education,
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Angel of God, my guardian dear
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am very sorry
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.
Violent Threat Risk Assessment Protocol (VTRA)
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