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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

The 2016-17 school year is upon us and our school staff are excited about working alongside families to continuously improve student achievement and to assist in forming the Catholic faith of our students.  While we will never divert from our two main goals, we are excited to refocus our attention on improving communication with our families and to continuously improve safety and security at our homes away from home.  A small sample of some impending initiatives include:

•  To keep you informed of what is happening on a day-to-day basis … all schools have active Twitter accounts. This is a great way to see what takes place in your child’s classroom and school over the year. Staff are posting text, pictures and videos to show the great things happening in our Catholic schools.

•   We will be launching a new student absence notification system that includes a manual check-up call if automated notifications are not acknowledged.  

•   We will maintain our focus on student safety which includes system-wide staff, casual staff, volunteer and contractor identification badges that limit access to buildings.

•   We will provide more online communication to improve the timeliness of messaging and to remain stewards of the environment.

Thanks to feedback from our many stakeholder participants, we were able to develop the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. We held two separate stakeholder engagements and received feedback from over 6,000 staff, students, parents and ratepayers. In addition, we confirmed our spiritual theme that will take us to the end of the 17-18 school year: ‘To Act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God’.  This year, we will focus our attention on the concept of loving tenderly. As Christians, we believe that God loves us, love comes from God, and that God is love. God seeks us out for a relationship with Him through our faith and looks to us to mirror that love with one another. It is a concept of love based on selflessness and mercy – this will be our focus for this year.

In closing, we are blessed to serve the Catholic community in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk by providing high quality Catholic education. We set ambitious goals for our district and we continue to rely heavily on our parent community to help meet those goals. We are deeply appreciative of your ongoing support for our schools. I ask that you pray for our school district as I will pray for our families as we work together to grow in faith and love in service to God and to one another.

Yours in Christ, Chris N. Roehrig