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Free Parenting Discussion Groups

Posters for Free Parenting Discussion Groups in Smiths Falls and Carleton Place – click on link below for more information.

Family Literacy Day

January 27th is Family Literacy Day

Showing Our Respect

On Thursday, November 7th, grade 9 students at St. Luke Catholic High School visited the Smiths Falls Legion as part of their History course and Remembrance Day activities. Students explored the artifacts on display and listened to veteran Jim Jenkins share his experiences as a member of the Canadian Forces and his service with the Legion.

The following day, the same students travelled to Kemptville where they visited another CDSBEO high school, St. Michael’s. While there, students got a lesson on trench warfare from Mr. Fred Bortolussi and then toured through the model trench system that he and his classes have been working on for several years.

On Monday, November 11th, students from St. Luke will walk to the cenotaph in Smiths Falls to take part in the Remembrance Day ceremony and lay a wreath to honour members of our armed forces.


From History teacher, Mr. Burnie…
“Whenever we can bring learning to life it makes it more meaningful and engaging for the students. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful Legion in town and grateful for them letting us visit and explore. This was the first time we’ve brought kids to to trenches in Kemptville and it was amazing. We are fortunate to work with staff like Fred Bortolussi, and he and his students should be commended for all the work they do to build and maintain those trenches!”

All grade 9 students at St. Luke for Laurie if you want them for an article…

“It was fun! It was a good historic experience!” -Heather Rathwell

“It was very enjoyable to learn about World War One history and to visit the trenches.” – Lyam McLellan

“It was actually pretty fun and I recommend that all schools check out the trenches to learn what it was like in WW1.” – Liam McCann

“It’s a good experience to go to Legion and hear about what happened. It’s cool to hear other people’s version and what the saw and felt.” -Spencer Bos

“They were both cool experiences and it was neat to see the old military guns and to talk about the trenches.” – Gaven Beney

“It was very fun. I enjoyed the fact that we got to see trenches – it’s not very often you get to do that!” -James Clark

“It was very nice of Jim to let us spend time at the Legion and to talk to us about experiences.” -Marcus Levere

“I found it interesting that the machine gun on display at the Legion was British made but sold to the Germans army prior to the war starting. It was really cool to see the trenches too!” – Matthew Babcock

Triple P Seminars in Smiths Falls

Please view the poster below for 2 upcoming Triple P Seminars in Smiths Falls: “Raising Confident, Competent Children” and “Raising Resilient Children”.

CDSBEO week – Focus on Empathy – WEDNESDAY

Part of our SIPSA is to raise awareness about youth homelessness in Lanark County by connecting with Cornerstone Landing.  This week students were asked to bring in hygiene products.  These products are distributed by Cornerstone Landing to youth in need.  James Drapeau is also selling bracelets for $2.00 in support of “One Cold Night”, which is a fundraiser and raising awareness campaign.  This year it is happening in Smiths Falls (James will be participating!), Carleton Place, Arnprior and Perth.  See link for more details.

One Cold Night – Cornerstone Landing

CDSBEO Week – Focus on Empathy – TUESDAY

Today all students at St Luke discussed and shared their understanding about empathy.  Staff member, Jordan Burnie, created a slide presentation to explore the concept of empathy.  Students started by watching a short video about empathy by Brene Brown (see link below).  Important quotes were shown and students were asked to reflect about each quote.  Then students watched a TSN short documentary on Brady Keeper (see link below), an Indigenous youth from a northern Canadian community where youth are facing many challenges.  St Luke students were asked to write Brady a letter to show their support for his success and to empathize with the obstacles he has overcome.  Students did an amazing job reflecting on their own lives and relating obstacles they have overcome.  We are really proud of our students and their ability to empathize with others.

Brene Brown on Empathy

TSN Original:  A Kid from Nowhere (Brady Keeper Story)

Quotes about Empathy


CDSBEO Week – Focus on Empathy – MONDAY

In Mrs. Brunton’s English class, students thought about what it means to be Terry Fox and why we participated in the annual Terry Fox walk.

Honouring Residential School Survivors

All students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to honour those who survived residential schools.  For more information access the links below.

Volunteer Opportunity

Sole Sisters & Lake 88.1 are hosting their 7th Annual Charity Event for Cancer Research.  They are looking for volunteers.  The event will be in Smiths Falls on Sunday October 27th, 2019.

Parent Council Meeting

We invite parents and guardians to our parent council meeting on Wednesday, October 2nd at 5:30 pm.  New members are always welcome!

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