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.
CCEF is looking for a volunteer to fill the role of treasurer. For just a few hours a month you can help support Catholic education and make a difference in the lives of the 56,000 students we serve. For more information about us and the work we do, click HERE. If you are interested in sharing your skills and talents, please contact our Executive Director, Jane Lymer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Benedict School received funding toward their very own Faith Day celebration as well as new technology that supports student learning.
- 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.
- 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.
“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 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.
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.
“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
Our Catholic community of schools and parishes came together on November 3 & 4, 2018 to celebrate Catholic Education Sunday. The joy and exuberance throughout the parishes are felt in these shared photos. We are grateful for our Catholic community’s continued financial support of The CCEF in its pursuit of granting enhancements to our students throughout our 115 schools in the Calgary Catholic School District. To support our grant-making opportunities you may donate HERE. All donations over $20 made before December 31, 2018 will receive a tax receipt.
St. Jean Brebeuf supports student-centred learning and engagement by investing in technology.
What was the goal for this project?
St. Jean Brebeuf applied for a grant from the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation (CCEF) so they could purchase the tech tools they needed to help support student-centred learning and engagement. These tools include a GreenScreen, iPad stands, tech tubs and iPad covers.
How did this funding impact the school?
These tools are now being used as part of school activities and help students share their creativity and understanding of all subjects.
For example, students had the opportunity to create video commercials as part of their Social Studies 9 class and were also able to create informational videos that were used to update the school community on upcoming events and engagements.
“Collaboration, creativity and communication are important skills that we strive to develop within our students here at St. Jean Brebeuf. As a language arts teacher, my students and I are always examining and striving towards effective and creative communication of ideas. While digital technologies are not necessarily essential to work on these skills, having access to iPads and the GreenScreens invites opportunities to communicate in different ways.” – Jessica Pia, Language Arts Teacher
“As a Learning Commons Librarian, I strive to provide our students with the ability to creatively collaborate using many resources. One of our main resources that has provided students with the ability to share ideas and create projects are the iPads. When they use iMovie and Touch Cast (both applications provided on the iPads) students have been able to enhance their learning and create imaginative videos related to both curriculum outcomes as well as extracurricular activities.” – Deanne Franssen, Learning Commons Librarian
Thank you to the 113 adults and 19 students who read our message of Catholic Education Sunday at 43 parishes across 156 mass times this weekend! We would also like to acknowledge the staff and students who prepared the artwork and visuals for the churches, your efforts are much appreciated. We witnessed our schools and parishes joining together to celebrate and give thanks for the gift of Catholic Education and the contribution it makes to our communities and society as a whole in Alberta.
To donate to Calgary Catholic Education Foundation please click HERE. Donations $20 or more by December 31st, 2018 to receive your tax receipt.
Grant Applications are now closed for the 2018-19 school year. All CCSD schools who applied will be notified by December 1st, 2018 as to the status of their request.