This Week's Events

 

Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year is ongoing. 
Reminder: Sports and Classroom Fees are due, also please return HSA SignUp Sheet, Walking and Publicity Permission Form, Emergency Contact Sheet, and Internet Permission Slip for students in Gr. 3-6 

November 13, 2017

8:10 am Morning Prayer in Gym
2:30 pm Girls' BB
6:00 pm Boys' BB

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2:30 pm Student Council Meeting
2:30 pm Cheerleading
6:00 pm Boys' BB

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2:30 pm Art Club
2:30 pm Cheerleading
6:00 pm Boys' BB

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Honor Hat Day
9:00 am Supervisory Visit
2:30 pm Make-Up Day for STREAM Academies if needed

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1st Quarter Report Cards
8:30 am Honor Assembly

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No School PK - Gr. 6
11:00 am - 7:00 pm Parent Teacher Conferences

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8:10 am Morning Prayer in Gym
11:00 am Thanksgiving Feast

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8:30 am Thanksgiving Liturgy
11:00 am Dismissal All Grades
NO Latch-Key
NO NW Bus

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No School
Happy Thanksgiving

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8:10 am Morning Prayer in Gym
2:30 pm Girls' BB
6:00 pm Boys' BB

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2:30 pm Cheerleading
6:00 pm Boys' BB
6:30 pm HSA Board Meeting in Learning Commons
 
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Grade 6 Shadow Day at Niagara Catholic
2:30 pm Cheerleading
6:00 pm Boys' BB
 
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Yearbook Picture Retake Day


SAVE THE DATE: Craft & Vendor Show, Saturday, December 2nd, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (Interested Vendors: Application and Agreement can be downloaded under Student Life, Newsletter) 
 
Please continue to support our ongoing fundraisers: CandyGram Sale, Student Council Food Drive, Pancake Breakfast, Ink Cartridge/Toner Recycle, Box Tops for Education, Pop Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House


STREAM Academy

Science
Technology
Religion
Engineering
Arts
Mathematics



      STREAM .... the flow of ideas over and across several subject areas.

To prepare our next generation for the types of jobs that are in their future, the big push in American education is an initiative program known as STEM which focuses on the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The ultimate goal of STEM education is to encourage students to take an interest in these subjects at an early age which would be beneficial to them when they enter the job market, and in turn it should benefit the greater economy. Our American education system needs a significant improvement in these areas for the workforce of tomorrow to have a competitive edge in a globalized, high-tech marketplace.

In 2014, the Diocese of Buffalo Department of Catholic Education introduced an expansion of the principles of STEM education with STREAM and infused Religion across all the subjects and the Arts to provide the creative thinking skills thus, educating the whole child. Our school was chosen as one of 10 Catholic schools from a blind draw to implement the pilot STREAM program in the Fall of 2014.  

      STREAM .... provides a runway for our next generation of believers, innovators, scientists and leaders!

In addition to the integration of STREAM across our curriculum, we are also implementing after school STREAM Academies in all grade levels. These academies are held on Thursdays from 2:20 to 3:30 pm and will be run by CAONF teachers. There will be two semesters: Fall (October, November) and Spring (January, February, and March). Each academy will have a limited number of pre-registration spots and a weekly commitment is necessary (there is also a minimal fee).  Here is a list of our current and past STREAM Academies that we offer for our students to explore:

Robotics (Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016): Offers students an exciting platform for teamwork, engineering and problem solving among student design teams. Integrated into the curriculum beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.  
Science Scrimmage (Spring 2015, Fall 2015: Next Generation, Fall 2018: Alternative NRG Gr. 4, 5 & 6): Engages and exposes the student to activities in the ever-changing world of science, technology, and engineering. In the Fall 2018 Academy, students will learn the ins and outs of solar power generation and solar panels, all leading up to the design and construction of their own solar-powered vehicle plus exploring wind power and turbines including the creation of their own wind turbines.
Arcade Academy (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2018 Gr. 2 & 3): Invites students to design and build fun and engaging arcade games made from cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.
PEAP (Fall 2014, Spring 2015): Encourages students to begin problem solving, generate design proposals, collaborate, and make connections to their favorite fairy tale characters. Integrated into the curriculum beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.
R in STREAM (Spring 2015, Fall 2016): Uses components of our Catholic faith as a launching point for projects combining artwork with science basics.
Invention Convention (Spring 2015): With creative thinking skill activities, students will use a problem solving model to invent a product utilizing every day items.
Coding Craze (Spring 2016), Creative Coding (Spring 2017): Students will learn the basic concepts of computer science with drop and drag programming using repeat loops, conditionals and basic algorithms and eventually writing their first computer program.  
STREAM Sprouts (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017 K & Gr. 1, Spring 2018 PreK-4): Cultivates positive attitudes in all things science with games and activities for our youngest learners.
Kitchen Chem (Fall 2015, Spring 2016), Kitchen Chem Back At It! (Fall 2016, Spring 2017): Students will learn the origins of food, healthy food choices, food preparation and the impact of accurate measurement on a recipe's outcome.
You're the Balm (Fall 2016): Students experience entrepreneurship during this engaging academy where they learn about what is means to launch a business for a good cause.
LEGO U Academy (Fall 2016, Fall 2017 Gr. 2 & 3, Spring 2018 K, Gr. 1 & 4): Student learn to bring abstract concepts to life with a fun, hands-on approach that really engages students. LEGO® bricks turn numbers, words, and ideas into real models that can be touched, described, and innovated across all subject areas! Each week, the students will undertake a design challenge connected to topics taught at the primary level in ELA, Science, Social Studies, Religion, or Math utilizing LEGO® bricks. They will also have opportunities to present and share, strengthening their presentation skills!
Game On! Video Game Art and Design (Spring 2018 Gr. 5 & 6): Students will learn critical thinking skills, problem solving, and even explore the video game design career. Coding is crucial in today's society. Between web design, graphic design, and computer programmers, students will learn the engineering design process to experience how a video game is built. 

                              STREAM is 
in Engineering and Science!!