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Exam Review and Semester 2 Start-Up

exam review day


Parents! Learn More about Google Read and Write!

If you are interested in helping your son or daughter to improve their literacy skills using Google Read and Write, click here to register for register for a FREE webinar. The sessions are an hour, from 6-7pm, and will be run by TextHelp, the developer of Read and Write. The sessions are as follows:

December 13: Intro to Read and Write

January 23: Level II with Q & A

February 22: Intro to Read and Write

March 22: Level II with Q & A

April 30: Intro to Read and Write

This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to help students to leverage tools already at their disposal to maximize their opportunities for success in the classroom.

Notice from the York Catholic District School Board

Dear Supporters of Catholic Education,

 In November, the Ontario Liberal Party launched their “Common Ground” website:

 This website invites the public to put forward proposals that address particular provincial needs and priorities. One of the current suggestions is a proposal for the amalgamation of all Ontario schools under one non-denominational school board. It is important that we, as Catholic school ambassadors, strongly voice our Constitutional rights, and continue to stand steadfast in supporting our 175-year-old Catholic school system.

 In our Catholic schools, we continually focus on developing our students into confident, faith-filled and charitable citizens. In addition to excellent academic programming, our students are enriched through Parish and community partnerships, which nurture students in mind, body and spirit by giving witness to Gospel values.  Catholic school graduates are called to love their neighbours and contribute to the common good of our society.

 As stewards of Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools, your Board of Trustees is united in our mission to protect our Catholic identity.  Collectively, we can make our voices heard to preserve our right to publicly funded Catholic Education.

 We encourage you to visit the Common Ground website and register to cast your vote in favour of Catholic Education. During the upcoming election year, media outlets may also run “online polls” on this issue, please participate in them to affirm our message and defend our precious heritage.

 Thank you for your continued support of Catholic Education.

Board of Trustees, YCDSB

An All Saints Day Reflection

Prepared by: Ms. DiFede, English Department and Faith Ambassador

Reflect and He is with you.
Pray and He is listening.
Walk and He will join you.
Come together as a family and He will smile.
On All Saints’ Day, our St.Brother André  students came together as a community to offer their intentions to God. These powerful prayer intentions show how our community continues to grow as effective communicators and listeners as well as compassionate citizens showing love and care for others. May we continue to act as Saints, leading a life full of goodwill through our thoughts, words and actions. Know that we are not alone, but together we are stronger and unified.
Thank you for your participation and support!

Showing the Markham Community We Care!

By: Mr. K. Moore, Department Head of Religion

On Saturday, Oct 21st three members of the Faith Development Council – Ezra Lamsen, Steffie Lam and Rafael George, as well as two other St BA students, Jessica Fernandes and Danielle Volpe joined Mr. Moore and members of the Markham Lions Club to clean up Mount Joy Park. It was a wonderful way to have the young and old as well Protestant and Catholic brothers and sister share in the clean up of God’s Creation. It was a sunny and fresh Fall day,  and not only did we clean up and show the greater community how to work together in friendship, but we examined snails and milkweed plants as we cleaned, thus exploring all parts of God’s Creation which we all must share and care for.


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) offers learners the opportunity to challenge to earn a credit for based on prior learning usually acquired through personal study, work, and other life experiences.  For more information, you can download the PLAR document at, visit your guidance counsellor or visit the YCDSB website and click on the Continuing Education link.  There will be a mandatory meeting for all students interested in challenging a credit at the Catholic Education Centre at 6:30 pm. on October 12th.

Saturday International Languages Program

The last day to register for the Saturday International Languages Program is Saturday, October 14th.  The YCDSB offers a variety of languages including: Polish, Italian, Urdu, Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish at different locations.  Please visit the website at and click on the Continuing Education link.  Walk in registrations will be accepted.

New YCDSB Land Acknowledgment


Leaders Needed for Muskoka Woods!

All Grade 12s who are interested in applying to be a peer leader for our annual Gr. 9 Orientation Trip to Muskoka Woods are asked to complete the Google form application below. The deadline to submit your application is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13th. Successful applicants will be contacted directly.
Successful candidates:
  • have no previous history of attendance issues or behaviour concerns
  • have a positive disposition and a good sense of school spirit
  • are seen as having a positive influence on their peers
  • are not necessarily those who are currently enrolled in the PLF4M1 course or members of school clubs or councils
  • have strong leadership qualities and solid communication skills
Thank you for applying!

Be a Part of a Wonderful Tradition of Service!

If you are looking for a meaningful experience while earning community service hours, then volunteer your time serving the less fortunate at St. Francis Table. See Mr. Mammarella for more details.

st. francis

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