Sudbury Catholic District School Board

2024 Carousel Event Recap: A Night of Education, Connection, and Community

Earlier this week, on April 15th, 2024, parents, guardians, educators, and community members gathered at Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School for the highly anticipated Carousel Event hosted by the Sudbury Catholic District School Board and the Parent Involvement Committee. 

The event, designed to engage, educate, and empower, featured workshops on Children’s Mental Health, Cyber Safety, The Foundations of Reading, Building Resilience, Autism Support, French Language Learning, Online Well-Being, Secondary Pathways, and more. With a diverse range of sessions, there was something for everyone to explore. 

Before diving into the evening’s workshops, guests enjoyed a complimentary pasta dinner, fostering connections and anticipation for the educational feast. While parents, guardians, educators, and community members immersed themselves in learning, a dedicated team of early childhood educators treated attendee’s children to an evening of supervised activities and games. The free childcare ensured parents with young children and toddlers could fully engage in the workshops while their children remained close by. 

Reflecting on the evening, one of the highlights was undoubtedly the sense of community and collaboration that radiated throughout the event. From the arrival, attendees forged connections, exchanged experiences, and shared invaluable strategies and ideas for supporting their children’s educational journey. Educators and fellow presenters seized the opportunity to engage directly with families, fostering deeper partnerships and a shared commitment to nurturing future generations.

Participants departed with actionable insights and resources to enrich their children’s learning and well-being as the event ended. The Carousel Event once again underscores the significance of collaboration between parents, educators, and the broader community in shaping the future and education for current and prospective students.

Thank you to the members of the Parent Involvement Committee, including PIC Chair Amanda Dittrich and Vice-Chair Paola Stefanuto, for their work in organizing a successful event. Thank you to Holy Cross School and the staff and student volunteers for ensuring a smooth and seamless venue for learning to flourish. Thank you to our external and internal presenters, who provided excellent workshops featuring valuable resources and handouts to allow attendees to explore relevant topics further.   

To all who attended and contributed to the success of the Carousel Event 2024, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board would like to thank you for your enthusiasm, participation, and commitment to education. Together, we continue to make a difference in the lives of students, families, and our educational community. Here’s to another year of learning, growth, and connection!

Holy Cross Admin & Student Volunteers & PIC Vice Chair
Building Resiliency Session - Ana Santos
Welcome Table
Compass for Secondary Success - Monica Dailey
Secondary Pathways
School Based Mental Health Services - Laurie Milling
The Foundations of Reading - Stacey Copeland
Supporting Autism - Sherrie Belzile
Supporting Autism - Natalie Lippert-Murdoch
Supporting French Learners - Camille Heaton
Cyber Safety - Kathryn Howard
Welcome Table
Online Well-Being - Peter Prochilo
YMCA Booth
YMCA Booth
Student Volunteers
Holy Cross Exterior
Holy Cross Exterior
Holy Cross Exterior
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Did you miss this year’s Carousel Event? 

Mark your calendars for next year’s edition. Our annual Carousel event normally takes place in the spring, but if you have questions, ask your school council chair for more information. Your presence and participation are invaluable as we strive to build a stronger, more vibrant community through education.

St. Benedict Educator Receives Science Ambassador Award

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board is excited to announce that Erika Weber, a St. Benedict grade 8 teacher, was recently honoured with the 2024 Science Ambassador Award by the Sudbury Regional Science Fair.

The Science Ambassador Award recognizes educators who exhibit extraordinary commitment to promoting participation and excellence in science fairs among their students. Mrs. Weber’s continuous passion for STEM education has propelled her students to new heights of achievement, inspiring them to explore, innovate, and succeed in scientific inquiry.

Nominated by St. Benedict Vice Principal Mr. G. Kent Macneill, Mrs. Weber stood out specifically for her support in engaging students in scientific exploration beyond the classroom. She was celebrated at the Sudbury Regional Science Fair Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 7, at Laurentian University.

This prestigious award underscores the importance of dedicated educators in cultivating a passion for science and inquiry-based learning. The Sudbury Catholic District School Board extends our congratulations to Mrs. Weber for her achievement highlighting her outstanding commitment to nurturing students’ scientific curiosity and critical thinking. Her efforts are instrumental in shaping future scientists and innovators. Congratulations!

Sweet Partnership: Holy Trinity Students Tap into Maple Syrup Making with Great Lakes Cultural Camp

A Day in the Anishinaabe Sugar Bush Camp

On April 9th, students from Holy Trinity School were in for an exciting day of hands-on learning exploring the tradition of maple syrup making. Led by experts from the Great Lakes Cultural Camp, students embarked on a journey to uncover the secrets of making Maple Syrup in an Anishinaabe Sugar Bush Camp. 

This engaging activity was coordinated by the school’s Indigenous Support Worker, Stacey Dell. Students from Grades 1-2 classes and kindergarten eagerly participated, making it a truly enriching experience.

Holy Trinity Students & Great Lakes Cultural Camp

Activity Highlights:

  1. Identifying Maple Trees: The students learned how to spot the Ninaatig, or Maple Tree, which is crucial for Maple Syrup production.
  2. Tapping and Gathering Sap: They participated in learning how to properly tap Maple Trees and safely collect the precious Maple Tree Water, or Ninaatigwaaboo.
  3. Boiling Down the Sap: With eager anticipation, students witnessed the transformation of the Maple Tree Water into rich Maple Syrup through the boiling process.
  4. Crafting Maple Sugar: Under the guidance of Noodin and Miisheen, the students learned the art of making Ziisbaakwad, or Sugar, from Maple Syrup.
  5. Sweet Rewards: Finally, they indulged in the fruits of their labour, tasting the sweet and savoury Maple Sugar they had helped create.

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board would like to thank Great Lakes Cultural Camp, including Maheengun, Small Cooks, Miisheen, and Noodin, for their invaluable teachings and for helping to organize this enriching experience for students. These experiences are essential in supporting students in fostering cultural understanding and appreciation. Chi miigwech to all who made this memorable day possible. 

Making Maple Syrup

April 08 Solar Eclipse Resources

Get Ready for the April 08 Solar Eclipse with Sudbury Catholic District School Board’s Resources!

As the April 08 Solar Eclipse approaches, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board is committed to providing families with valuable resources to enhance their understanding and safety for this celestial event. A solar eclipse is a breathtaking phenomenon that offers a rare opportunity to witness the wonders of our universe firsthand. To ensure you are prepared for this occasion, we are excited to share a range of educational materials and resources.

Very important!

Looking directly at the Sun, without appropriate protection, can lead to serious problems such as partial or complete loss of eyesight.

Government of Canada Website – Total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024

2024 Eclipse Info – PDF DOWNLOAD

SCDSB Document

2024 Eclipse Info – Image


Pius XII Grade 5/6 Students Call Upon their Creativity to Explore Social Justice Issues

Recently, the grade 5/6 students at Pius XII School got hands-on with social justice. Thanks to Max and Anna from Cambrian College’s Social Justice program, students explored issues they were passionate about. Through this lesson, students were able to put their thoughts into action and create posters to share messages with the world.

Each poster represents a cause students care about, like women’s rights, fighting poverty, or protecting the planet.

A big thank you goes out to Max and Anna from Cambrian College for guiding these young activists. Their visit sparked something special at Pius XII School, demonstrating to students that they can make a big difference through inspiring others to take action.

Let’s keep cheering on these students as they advocate and work to improve the world.

Marymount Academy Regals Claim Silver Medal at OFSAA Curling Tournament

Marymount Academy’s curling team showcased their prowess and determination at the prestigious OFSAA Curling Tournament held in Kingston. Over the course of five intense days, the Regals demonstrated exceptional skill and teamwork, culminating in a remarkable achievement: a silver medal in a field of fierce competitors. Congratulations!

St. Benedict School Students Soar to Second Place in Skills Ontario Competition!

In an exciting display of innovation and teamwork, St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School Grade 7 students have secured a remarkable achievement in the Fall of 2023. Caleb Charbonneau, Alex Lamarche, Austin Girouard, and Eli Burke, participated in the Skills Ontario Paper Glider Challenge. Their mission? To craft a glider capable of defying gravity and staying airborne for the longest duration possible.

Facing off against competitors from across the province, the students rose to the occasion with their ingenuity and dedication. Their creation, a creatively designed cylindrical glider, soared through the air with remarkable grace and efficiency, surpassing the three-second mark—a feat that earned them a well-deserved Second Place in the overall standings.

This outstanding achievement is a testament to the passion, perseverance, and collaborative spirit embodied by St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School. Congratulations to Caleb Charbonneau, Alex Lamarche, Austin Girouard, Eli Burke, and all those who supported them on this remarkable journey. Way to go Bears!

Earth Hour Activities

Join us in participating in Earth Hour!

Let’s come together to make a difference and protect our planet. Explore the resources provided in Edsby for activities to commemorate this important event and contribute to environmental conservation efforts.

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is a global initiative organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), where individuals, communities, and organizations around the world turn off non-essential lights and appliances for one hour as a symbolic gesture to raise awareness about climate change and the importance of energy conservation. It’s a reminder of our collective responsibility to safeguard the Earth for future generations by reducing our carbon footprint and promoting sustainability. By participating in Earth Hour, we show our commitment to preserving the environment and advocating for positive change.

Learn more: Earth Hour – World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Earth Hour Read Aloud

Earth Hour Activities:

Earth Hour Activity 1

Earth Hour Activity 2

Celebrate Easter Saturday with the Sudbury Five! 

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board hoppily invites families to join us for the Sudbury Five Easter-Themed game on Saturday, March 30th. Grab your friends, an Easter Basket, and gear up for an unforgettable night of basketball action with Sudbury Catholic and the Sudbury Five!

  • When: March 30, 2024, at 7:00pm 
  • Who: Sudbury Five Vs Lebanon Leprechauns
  • Ticket Cost: $12/each
  • Use the code/password SCDSB2324 to access your tickets and enjoy a special deal.

How to get tickets? 

Discounted tickets are limited, so secure your spot now! You can purchase tickets for up to 8 friends or family members. To secure your tickets, CLICK HERE or scan the QR Code on the poster. 

Important Information:

  • Please note that discounted tickets for this event are exclusively available through the provided link. They cannot be purchased at the box office or on the Greater Sudbury website.
  • You can purchase tickets for up to 8 friends or family members.
  • To purchase discounted tickets you must input the following code SCDSB2324 in the offer-code space required.
  • To ensure you get the discounted tickets for the game, you must make your purchase in advance. Please be aware that the discount link will no longer be active on the day of the game (March 30.) 
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