Annual General Meeting

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The AGM for the shareholders of the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation

When: Tuesday, June 18 2019

Where: Central Office, Calgary Catholic School District

Time: Following regular board of directors’ meeting (approximately 5pm)

RSVP: please RSVP to Janet Lymer at janet.lymer@cssd.ab.ca

Giving through ATB Cares

ATB has set up an easy and impactful way to donate to The CCEF through ATB Cares. ATB will match 15% of every dollar donated to Alberta-based charities through this site, up to $20,000 per month and $240,000 per fiscal year. Each eligible charity may receive up to $5,000 of matching during ATB’s fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

ATB covers the transaction and credit card fees on all donations made through atbcares.com so The CCEF will receive 100% of your donation. Automatic tax receipts are issued to donors through the Canadian Online Giving Foundation.

How to double your joy

Many companies support causes that are important to their employees by matching their charitable contribution. Ask your payroll or human resources department today and have your donation set-up automatically. If your company does match, then you will get double the joy with a charitable tax receipt for the full amount and you will give double the joy to The CCEF!

A Special Appeal to St Jean Brebeuf Alumni

The former clay mosaic depicting St Jean Brebeuf and his works with the Huron people.

The beautiful mosaic portrayal of St Jean Brebeuf at the entrance of the same named school has been welcoming students, staff and visitors since 1985.  It has reflected the spirit of his works teaching Catholicity among the Huron people while embracing and honouring their native ways.

Unfortunately, time has not been kind to the mosaic as the clay tiles have decayed and are no longer reparable.  A new mosaic has been prayerfully conceived by the current students based on their knowledge of the humanitarian work of St Jean Brebeuf.  The original artist, Mr. Al Gerritson, has consulted with the students and staff to design a new wood relief display in keeping with St Jean Brebeuf’s work and its legacy in the school.  Mr. Gerritson will create a lasting, meaningful wood-carved entrance to be used as a prayerful place (perhaps even a chapel space) where students and staff can gather and pray. The revitalization of the original work will ensure that anyone who enters the school, will have an appreciation of the school as a Catholic Community of Caring.

The cost of the project is $7500.  The Calgary Catholic Education Foundation has partnered with St Jean Brebeuf School to support this campaign.  This special project falls outside of the scope of the Calgary Catholic School District as it’s not related to educational resources and is not within the fundraising mandate of the school council.

How can you help?  We are reaching out to alumni to ask for their support in funding the new St Jean Brebeuf mosaic.  The goal is to raise the necessary funding by May 2019 so that an installation and dedication can be held in the Fall 2019 where all donors will be invited and recognized.  To make your charitable tax donation of $20 or more, please visit  The CCEF and in the IN HONOR OF box please indicate St Jean Brebeuf and we will redirect the funds.  All funds will be held in trust by The CCEF.

2nd Annual Social Justice Summit

Bishop Henry and Executive Director Janet Lymer present cheque to Father Lacombe High School.

On February 26th Bishop Grandin High School hosted the 2nd Annual Social Justice Summit gathering over 300 students from across the 13 high schools in the CCSD.

The CCEF was on hand with a marketplace table where students interacted with our oversized photo frame and learned about the foundation’s works across the district. 

Joining us as our special guest was his Excellency Bishop Henry to help present the Bishop Henry Social Justice Grant.  This award was established in 2017 by The CCEF to honour Bishop Henry on his retirement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.  All CCSD schools are eligible to apply for the yearly grant under the social justice grants program and one school is chosen to receive the Bishop Henry grant by the independent granting committee.  This year the award was shared by two schools: Bishop Grandin High School for hosting the Social Justice Summit and Blessed Cardinal Newman for its First Nation, Metis and Inuit project.

As part of the summit, high schools were invited to participate in a social justice challenge that would see the grand prize of $1000 being awarded to fund their project.  The winner was Father Lacombe High School.  Bishop Henry and our executive director, Janet Lymer, were on hand to present the cheque. 

Father Lacombe High School was the recipient of the Social Justice Summit $1,000 Challenge Award. The project presented is: “to improve the mental wellness and overall sense of community through the creation of multiple coffee houses where students get the chance to show off their talents, meet others, play games and have an overall safe space. As well, multiple movie nights will be held throughout the year.”  The Social Justice group at Father Lacombe will also create guidelines for future social justice clubs to ensure sustainability.

Almsgiving

Lent is here and it is a time to pray, fast and give alms during the 40 days of our Lenten season.

We humbly ask you to consider The CCEF as part of your almsgiving this season to help us support Catholic Education in Calgary.  It is through your generous contributions that we can provide funding for leading edge learning technology such as Chromebooks, Open Minds experiences, leadership development and social justice.  Secure online donations can be made to The CCEF.  All donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt. 

District Day with the Hitmen

Come and enjoy the annual District Day with the Hitmen and support the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation! $2 from every ticket sold will go to the foundation and a portion of the night’s 50/50 sales as well. Tickets are only $12 so bring the whole family!

Here are the details you need to know:

What: Lunar game against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Entertainment includes a:

  • Free CCSD face-painting booth
  • National anthem performance from a CCSD choir
  • On-ice intermission skills performance from CCSD’s Hockey Canada Skills students
  • Performance from dragon dancers to celebrate the year of the pig
  • Post-game fireworks display.

Where: Calgary Saddledome

When: Friday, Feb. 15, 2018 at 7 p.m.

How: Purchase tickets at bit.ly/DistrictDay2019 with the promo code LUNAR. Tickets must be purchased through this link, with the LUNAR code, to go towards the foundation.

Thank you for supporting the foundation and for joining in the fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Grant Awards 2018-19

The Calgary Catholic Education Foundation is pleased to announce $143,000 in grants for the 2018-19 school year. Congratulations to the 54 successful schools and to Bishop Grandin and Blessed Cardinal Newman schools for receiving the Bishop Henry Social Justice Award. Pictured in the photo are Marc Pilon, Jeff Schneider, Cael and Grace from Prince of Peace School who were very excited to receive a grant for their new playground. For a summary of the projects and initiatives click HERE.

St. Benedict Embraces Faith and New Technology

St. Benedict School received funding toward their very own Faith Day celebration as well as new technology that supports student learning.

  1. Faith Day
    St. Benedict has embraced their Faith by coming together and celebrating their very own Faith Day. On this day, school administration along with staff from Pulse, offer a full-day retreat for all elementary students to learn and encounter Jesus. St. Benedict’s Faith Day is a school-wide celebration of prayer and song. The day offers sessions for students to share stories about Jesus, to talk about how he is present in their day to day lives and to learn from the lessons he has taught us.
  2. Apple TVs
    St. Benedict is always looking for ways to provide students with technology that supports their learning. Thanks to a recent grant from the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation, the school is in the process of installing Apple TVs in their classrooms. This technology allows students to fully utilize their Apple products and encourages students to become engaged with the curriculum they are learning.

How did this funding impact the school?
St. Benedict ensures that students are exposed to different forms of learning so that they remain engaged. Both Faith Day and the installation of new technology throughout the school has created an active involvement in learning. It has improved the interest and motivation to learn and has provided students with experiences that are not typically available for all students.

Testimonials
“Thank you! I love my Apple TV because it offers me more options regarding educational apps that are available to educators. Along with the iPads, the Apple TV allows my students can connect seamlessly in real time; therefore, its’ wireless connectivity means less time trying to figure out why images or videos are not projecting and more time to showcase student work. This new technology allows me to mirror the iPad onto the TV screen; therefore, I can easily project any work that I want my students to observe and learn from.” – St. Benedict teacher

“My children enjoyed the day thoroughly. Thank you for organizing Pulse because my children talked about what a great day they had. It is extremely gratifying to know that schools are taking the time to celebrate our faith in ways that make students excited about attending a Catholic school. “- St. Benedict parent

Our Lady of Grace and Open Minds

Our Lady of Grace students attend Museum and Stampede School

Thanks to funding from the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation(CCEF), Grade 1 students were able to attend Calgary Campus’/Open Minds’ Museum and Stampede schools.

 Project goals

Our Lady of Grace applied for a CCEF grant for four Grade 1 classes to experience new ways of learning. Students were able to sketch ancient artifacts, learn about the past and develop an understanding of how the past influences the future.

How did this funding impact the school?
Students were given Museokits—packages filled with ancient artifacts—to learn about the history of each artifact, sketch them and determine how they’ve evolved in today’s world.

Testimonials

“The experience was educational and fun for our students, parents and me staff. It has changed the way I teach, it gave me motivation and the desire to learn more and to teach using object-based learning. I would love to be involved in Open Minds again with my students.” — Mrs. Wuerth, Grade 1 teacher

“Taking part in Stampede School and the Open Minds process has been a wonderful experience. This was my first year participating in an Open Minds program and I feel I have learned and grown so much as a teacher.”

— Mrs. Priolo, Grade 1 teacher

“The experience at Open Minds has been the highlight of my teaching career. I was amazed at how well students approached object-based learning during the school year. Seeing them shine during museum week was spectacular.”

— Mrs. Tobias McGuire, Grade 1 teacher

“What an amazing day at Glenbow. I loved the interactive hoop dancing. All the kids were so engaged. I think free/choice time for the sketching enhances their personal enjoyment of the program.”

— Tara Skoby, Parent

“The first day of museum week was amazing! There were so many exhibits that were very interesting, but I think the program facilitator was the highlight of the day. Marnie is amazing and always got the students and myself engaged. I wish I could be here longer. What an excellent program!”

— Janice Ortega, Parent