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Spring Festival
IMG_0082.JPG London District Catholic School Board Spring Festival 2014-2015. Educating all students on the history and culture of Canada's First Nation, Metis and Inuit People. Partnering with our local communities;...
Cultural Competency Workshop
imagejpeg_7.jpg Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centers 
Cultural Competency Workshop for LDCSB Staff to promote awareness 2014-2015.
We’re back!!
Last Tuesday I was able to experience the excitement of ‘back to school’ firsthand. I was pleased to join the students and staff of Holy Cross Secondary School, Our Lady...
Living Faith
Mockler-tight.png Two years ago I had a conversation with one of our educators while we were out in front of the Catholic Education Centre. The individual commented to me on...
Catholic Graduate Expectations
Last week I shared the generous donation we received from an anonymous donor where the Catholic Education Centre was the recipient of a set of beautifully engraved stones, each...
John Ferris
Ferris.png This past week we were saddened by the news of the passing of former Trustee John Ferris. We extend our prayers and sympathy to the Ferris family. Trustee Ferris...
Digital Books
IMG_2208.jpg I hope that everyone had the opportunity to enjoy this past Thanksgiving Weekend! I came across the following on the weekend, “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received....
David Bouchard
IMG_2884.jpg ​This past Thursday we held our annual Director’s Dinner for our School Council Chairs and Principals. The evening featured two very engaging speakers and a wonderful dinner. We thank...
Yes! to good food in schools
​On Thursday, Chair Hall and I along with Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and Mayor Matt Brown joined the community of Sir Arthur Carty as they launched the SAY YES...
Dr. Stephenson
​This past week I had the honour of attending the EQAO Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement Dinner in Toronto with the St. Mark Catholic School representatives. St....
A Touching Memorial
DD.jpg ​Last week when the news came t​hrough that a tentative agreement had been reached between CUPE education workers, the Council of Trustees’ Association and the provincial government a collective...
Remembrance Day
Nov%2011%202015.jpg ​Last week we celebrated Remembrance Day. I along with Vice-Chair Jevnikar and Student Trustee Janozeski had the opportunity to be part of the Remembrance Services held at the Victoria...
Faith Day
Faith-Day.png ​Last Friday staff throughout the District took part in our annual Faith Day. I had the opportunity and pleasure of joining the Regina Mundi Family of Schools. The morning...
Mercy
​Catholic Education gives us the opportunity and the responsibility of bringing our students face to face with Christ. Accompanying our students on this journey is a privilege that we...
School Climate
​As a board we offer our congratulations to Bill Hall and John Jevnikar who were re-elected last Tuesday evening as Chair and Vice-Chair of the London District Catholic School...
Innovation in our schools
​This past Wednesday I along with Chair Hall, Vice-Chair Jevnikar, Superintendent, Sharon Wright-Evans had the opportunity to join the Holy Cross community as they launched their School of Innovation...
A New Year...
​“As the old year retires and a new one is born, we commit into the hands of our Creator the happenings of the past year and ask for direction...
In Support of Syrian Refugees
​We are hearing news both at the national and local levels with respect to the settlement of Syrian refugee families in our country and in our local community. Local...
In Anticipation
​During the months of January and February planning begins in earnest for the coming school year. For our youngest students who will be beginning kindergarten in the fall this...
The Good Samaritan Team
​Our board along with, school boards across the province are committed to the success and well-being of all our students. We know that safe, inclusive and accepting school environments...
Special Education Public Consultation
​Our Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) hosts a Public Consultation every other year to gather input from parents, students, staff, and community members to help to inform the recommendations...
Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math
​On the evening of January 27, 2016 the Parent Involvement Committee and the Principal of John Paul II hosted, Dr. Lynda Colgan, Professor of Mathematics in the Faculty of...
The Gravity of the Situation
The following entry doesn’t take the form of my usual weekly entry, but the science teacher in me just had to include what happened on Sept. 14, 2015, at...
Learning Along with Students
​While my schedule does not always permit me to be in schools as frequently as I would like, I have to say this week my calendar cooperated.

Thursday I had...
Learning Along with Students
​While my schedule does not always permit me to be in schools as frequently as I would like, I have to say this week my calendar cooperated.

Thursday I had...
Welcome to our new site!
​The London District Catholic School Board has launched the first phase of it’s web project, with a new public website with a slightly shorter address: ldcsb.ca (versus ldcsb.on.ca). 

Simple navigation, enhanced search...
Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement
At our February Board Meeting we recognized the work of educators at St. Mark Catholic School.  EQAO celebrated their exceptional work in using data to improve student learning by...
What Holy Week is All About . . .
​Holy Week is all about your mercy, Lord:
   about how much I need it,
   how my heart longs for your pardon
   and the peace you make with...
Speak Up!
​Our board along with other boards in the province are working with students to promote even greater student engagement.  One way in which this happening across the province is...
Physical Literacy
At our recent System Educational Gymnastics Meet I asked Sue McMahon our Curriculum Resource Teacher for Health and Physical Education to help me put together the following with respect...
The Joy of Love
This past Friday the lead story on newscasts worldwide was the release of Pope Francis's long awaited document on the family "Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).  Commentators have...
Antler River Children's Pow Wow
Warrior%20Regalia.JPG LDCSB had over 500 students attend the Annual Antler River Children's Pow Wow from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation 2016
Mercy in Action
​This weekend as we were waiting for spring, summer arrived. I would suggest that the symbol that best describes the collective mood of everyone these past days is a...
Autism Awareness
April is National Autism Awareness Month. The following is some information regarding autism that you may or may not be aware of. Autism affects about 1 in 100 people,...
Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Education
This week we, along with Catholic Schools across the province, celebrate Catholic Education Week 2016, Opening Doors of Mercy. The themes for each day of Catholic Education Week 2016...
An Amazing Catholic Education Week!
Last week we along with Catholic Schools across the province celebrated Catholic Education Week.  A special thank you to ALL our staff for showcasing the wonderful work we are...
Gathering for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students
Drum.png The Ministry of Education, together with the Tim Horton’s Children Foundation, provided an opportunity for each region in Ontario to facilitate a four-day Gathering for First Nations, Métis, and...
Teamwork, Advocacy and Learning
A couple of students came to their principal with their concerns regarding the many holes on the school’s soccer field.
 
After putting in work orders, the principal suggested they put...
Our Leadership Journey
Last Wednesday Chair Hall and I took part in a ‘graduation’ ceremony for our leaders engaged in our Catholic Leadership Journey:  Called to Lead, Called to Serve Mentoring for...
Congratulations and Some Words of Reflection
Last week I spent part of a day with many of our students and staff at our annual Hans Janseen Track and Field Meet.  Over the course of 3...
Reversing Racism
Congratulations to Mr. Annesley’s class at St. Marguerite d’Youville, winners of the LUSO Anti-Racism video contest.  Their entry “Reversing Racism” was chosen from among the many entries submitted. Winning...
Faith, determination and the support of family and friends
Over the past couple of weeks I have had the opportunity and pleasure of taking part in a number of events/performances featuring our students.  Certainly this is one of...
Graduates: Congratulations and Godspeed!​
This week’s message is addressed to our graduates.  It is taken from a speech given last month by Anne Murray at Mount Saint Vincent University.  She shared advice and...
Who Is My Neighbor?
Recently Penny Oleksiak was asked by a reporter what would she say when asked “What did you do this summer?” Her response, “This summer I went to Rio got...
#ldcsbgreatyear
Mockler.jpg For so many of us, last Tuesday was the real New Year’s Day as we launched the 2016 – 2017 school year. In each of our schools an excitement...
Joseph Boyden
King%27s%20Hour%20Joseph%20Boyden%202.jpg   KING'S OPENING HOUR JOSEPH BOYDEN WITH ST. MARY'S STUDENTS
Looking forward...
As we begin the third week of classes, we officially say good bye to summer. This Thursday at 10:21 a.m. marks the Fall Equinox, where night and day are...
Student Senate, EQAO and Math...
Wednesday of this past week I had the pleasure of joining our Student Senate comprised of all our secondary Student Councils. We hosted the meeting at the Catholic Education...
Orange Shirt Day
Orange%20Shirt%20Day%20Notre%20Dame.JPG         ORANGE SHIRT DAY 2016 NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-SEPTEMBER 30TH​
Shaping Our Future: Our Accomplishments So Far
16MYSP%20Update-rev02.png Two years ago we engaged in an extensive consultation process called Shaping Our Future . The outcomes from this process were key in supporting the Board of Trustees and...
Giving Thanks
DSC_0486.JPG This past weekend we had the pleasure of celebrating Thanksgiving. Below are a few reflections as we strive to maintain that attitude of thanksgiving in the days and weeks...
Smudging
Smudging%20at%20MTS.JPG Students at Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School Smuding with Guest Ray John
Indigenous Games
IMG_0464.JPG Students from St. Kateri learning about and playing Indigenous Games. Cup and Ball Game, Sling Ball Game and Run and Scream.
Indigenous Math Beading
IMG_0486.JPG Students from St. Michael's Catholic School in Woodstock using the Indigenous Math Beading Kit.  Lots of Math in Beading and lots of fun!

The OSSLT Explained
This Thursday our Grade 10 students along with students across the province are ‘taking the leap from paper to online” as they try the online Ontario Secondary School Literacy...
OSSLT and the Essential Questions in Life
Last Thursday’s online OSSLT assessment didn’t quite turn out as EQAO or we expected! It was disappointing that EQAO needed to cancel the assessment. I do wish to acknowledge,...
Dinner, Stretching and ..... Math?!?
IMG_1785.JPG This past Thursday our District Parent Involvement Committee under the leadership of Marianna Michaels and Shannon Seidel along with Superintendent Vince Romeo hosted our annual Director’s Dinner at John...
Indigenous Education: De-Colonizing the Spirit
IMG_1811.JPG This past Tuesday a number of our Administrators took part in a De-Colonizing the Spirit Workshop with Ray John Jr., Turtle Clan, Oneida Nation. This workshop is part of...
The Importance of Well-Being in Our Schools
This week a common theme, that of supporting well-being in our schools and community, emerged from a number of separate yet related events.  At the provincial level 700+ partners...
De-Colonizing the Spirit
IMG_0536.JPG LDCSB Staff Participate in De-Colonizing the Spirit Workshop November 2016
Faith Day Recap
“Who is my neighbour?” was the theme of this past Friday’s Faith Day. Staff had the opportunity to select from a number of different workshops. A very special thank...
Advent and Prayer
Yesterday marked the beginning of Advent.  On our Faith Day, Fr. Jim as part of his address to staff asked the question, “When the year of Mercy comes to an end (which it did...
Well-Being in Our Schools
The Ministry of Education has released an engagement paper Well-Being in Our Schools, Strength in Our Society: Deepening our Understanding of Well Being in Ontario Schools and How to...
Board of Trustees Update
We offer our congratulations to John Jevnikar and Bill Hall who were elected last Monday evening as Chair and Vice-Chair of the London District Catholic School Board for 2017. ...
God’s interaction and intervention in human affairs and our need to provide God the space to do so
Last Monday the Board of Trustees held their 2017 Inaugural Mass and Meeting. We congratulate and thank all our trustees for their service and leadership to our board.  Fr....
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!  As we launched 2017, celebrations across Canada began in earnest celebrating our sesquicentennial, 150th anniversary of Confederation.  One way in which we can celebrate the year...
Learning About L'Arche
Last Thursday evening, the King’s University College Campus Ministry Veritas Series talk was facilitated by Toinette Parisio (Regional Leader for L’Arche Ontario) with a company of members from the L’Arche...
Planning for 2017-18 and Reaching Out to Those in Need
During these months of January and February planning begins in earnest for the coming school year. For our youngest students who will be beginning full day kindergarten in the...
Mental Health Initiative
At last Monday’s Board meeting trustees learned about a special mental health awareness initiative.
 
The Goal of the Initiative
Increase dialogue about mental health and well-being among secondary schools...
Living in the Heart of God
IMG_2489.JPG This past weekend Bishop Fabbro invited Trustees and Directors in the London Diocese to a retreat at Holy Family Retreat House in Oxley.  The retreat came at the conclusion...
Freeing your Child from Anxiety, Breakfast for YOU, Harjit Sajjan Visits JP2, and The Dragon Gala
IMG_2520.JPG   This past week, in particular, reminded me how very fortunate we are for the many partnerships that exist both within and external to the Board. Wednesday evening as...
Learning about Indigenous Culture
IMG_0915.JPG Making Two Row Wampum Belts with RMC students Original Peoples group.  Learning about Indigenous Culture together to respect and build relationships with our Indigenous neighbours.
The Principles of Equity and Inclusion
Last Friday as Chair of the Board and Director of Education we received letters from both the Minister and Deputy Minister of Education with respect to the critical role...
Student Senate Leadership Conference, L'Arche Dinner, and Lent
C5Mipm9WYAA59Ai.jpg On Tuesday I along with Superintendent Furlong began the week with our Student Senate Leadership Conference at King's University College.  Special thank you to Dan Gillen, Student Success Consultant...
Ash Wenesday with St. Anne's, Learning About Lent, and Visiting Notre Dame
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This past Wednesday, Vice-Chair Hall and I joined Fr. John, Ms. Trudell Gregory, Ms. Davids and the students and staff of St. Anne's for their Ash Wednesday liturgy. ...
East Meets West – An Intercultural Experience
IMG_2729.JPG As we have ventured into International Education these past years as a Board, it is our vision to:   Be a welcoming destination for students from around the world...
School Visits in Strathroy and Woodstock and Learning from Fr. John About Real Joy, Real Faith, and Real Change
March%20dd2.JPG  I had the pleasure this week of meeting students and staff at Holy Cross (Strathroy) and St. Patrick's (Woodstock) and St. Michaels (Woodstock).  My thanks to the staff and...
Remembering Larry Langan
Langan-Larry-W300.jpg This past week we sadly learned of the passing of Larry Langan.  I knew of Larry's great work as Superintendent with our board, Director of Huron-Perth and most recently...
Congratulations, A Prayer Table, United Way and Stewards in Catholic Education
FullSizeRender.jpg We extend our congratulations to Sharon Wright-Evans who this week was honoured in Toronto by the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officer Association on her retirement and her years of service...
Our Easter Message to You
Dear Members of the London District Catholic School Board Community,  from John Jevnikar, Chair and Linda Staudt, Director,
 
As we enter into the Triduum, the three holiest days of our liturgical year, we...
Indigenous Leadership Camp
IMG_1079.JPG Indigenous Leadership Camp April 11-13, 2017  Students from SAB, JPII and St. Mary's along with their teacher chaperones.
Mocassin Making at Camp


Enjoying The Easter Weekend and Learning about Washing Feet on Holy Thursday
good%20clip%20edited.jpg I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful and blessed Easter with family and friends.  I was in Windsor with family this weekend as temperatures hit an amazing 28 o C! ...
Autism Awareness
orig-photo37.jpg I wish to thank the Board’s Positive Behaviour Support Team who provided me the following to share with you.  April is World Autism Awareness Month. Special thank you to...
Let's Paint Initiative, Message From Bishop Fabbro
LET'S PAINT INITIATIVE:    WE'RE ON A MISSION TO TURN TALK INTO ACTION Let's Paint was inspired by youth, for youth and brought to life through a partnership between...
Catholic Education Week
HCC%20fam.jpg Last week we celebrated Catholic Education Week, showcasing what happens every week in each of our schools.  A very special thank you to all our staff and students as...
Great Grad Rates and Renewing the Promise
Last week the provincial and board graduation rates were announced. In 2016, the five-year graduation rate in the province of Ontario increased to 86.5% - up more than 18...
Celebrating Catholic Leadership
mary-rev.png Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of being part of two celebrations. I took part in a ‘graduation’ ceremony for our leaders engaged in our Catholic Leadership Journey: Called...
Gaze on Heaven, Feet on Earth
This week is surrounded by two key feasts in our Church’s calendar, the Feast of the Ascension and the Feast of Pentecost. Last Friday, Fr. Tom Rosica provided a...
Take time to sit and listen – to look and see
Every year as we say good-bye to May and welcome June, there are so many activities taking place within our schools and across the board.  This year is no...
Antler River Children's Pow Wow
IMG_0022.JPG LDCSB had over 400 students attend the Annual Antler River Children's Pow Wow from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation 2017. 
We thank Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and Antler River...
Rethinking What is Possible for People with Disabilities
I along with Judith Desjardins, Senior Administrator, Learning Services and Mary McDonald, Chair of SEAC attended a presentation hosted by Community Living London “Rethinking What is Possible for People...
A Salute to Water
Y%20DSC08103.JPG This past Thursday, Vice-Chair Hall, Superintendent Holbrough and I joined Principal Giampa, Vice-Principal O’Brien, the students of Monsignor Morrison and St. Francis for the annual Monsignor Morrison Parade.  This...
Full Circle
“The wheel is come full circle.”  King Lear As this week marks the end of the 2016 – 2017 school year I along with the Senior Team express our...
Embarking on Another Great Year!
To all our new students and their families, those new to Kindergarten, new to the London area, new to Ontario or those who have come to us from abroad...
Thank You... and Welcome!
After a very successful Week One, we warmly welcome Week Two! I have a number of ‘thank yous’ and ‘welcomes’ to share. Thank you:  To our support staff, teachers,...
Orange Shirt Day
Orange%20Shirt%20Day%20Notre%20Dame.JPG The London District Catholic School Board will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday September 27, 2017.  Orange Shirt Day is in recognition of the history of Indigenous People...
Oneida Language Class for Elementary Students
The LDCSB is pleased and honoured to be able to offer Oneida Language class through it's International and Native Language program.  Students are welcome to register and begin classes...
Bringing our goal of ‘Becoming a more Christ-centered, welcoming, and inclusive community’ to life
As I took part in a number of events this week a predominant theme emerged, that of welcome and community.  On Thursday, on what was a beautiful summer-like day...