End of Year Events

June 10, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As a Board, we have taken every safety precaution throughout this pandemic ensuring the safety of our students and staff. Thank you to our students, parents, guardians and staff for all of your hard work throughout this school year, we know it hasn’t been easy. You have each stepped up and endured so much, and you have helped your children accomplish an incredible amount. We are looking forward to having all students back in our schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

Please find information regarding end of year activities and the wrap-up of the school year :

Important Note:

  • June 24th and 25th (the last two days of school) are deemed non-instructional year-end wrap-up days. There will be no virtual instruction for students on these two days. This will provide parents/students with time to drop-off devices/textbooks and pick-up personal belongings.
  • As per Ministry Guidelines, our schools are currently open for in-person learning for students with Special Needs. These programs are considered to be essential and we will continue to operate under Ministry directives until June 23, 2021.
  • Regarding year end celebrations: Not every school is the same and each school will be celebrating the end of the year differently. The Government has ambitiously volunteered Boards across Ontario to provide an end of year celebration for all grades, but this is not a realistic possibility for all schools. We are all doing our very best to get through the year virtually and attempting to celebrate in our own ways, in accordance with public health measures. Please be kind and considerate during this time - staff have been doing their best to make this year end a memorable one.

Please keep an eye out for communication from your home school regarding year end activities.

Our Board cannot thank you enough for all you have done for your children and your continued support this year. Let’s try and make these next few weeks positive and fun. Let’s set our sights for a well deserved, relaxing summer and a great 2021-2022 school year ahead!

God Bless,

Pino Tassone, Director of Education

Summer Learning 2021

Please click here to learn more about our Summer learning programming.

Latest Announcement on Return to School

Dear Families,

Today, Premier Ford has directed Boards across the Province to extend virtual learning as a proactive and preventative measure. Therefore, elementary and secondary school students province-wide will participate in remote learning for the remainder of the school year.

As per Ministry Guidelines, our schools are currently open for in-person learning for students with Special Needs. These programs are considered to be essential and we will continue to operate under Ministry directives.

We were all hopeful for a return to school. We miss our students and we know they miss their friends. We're praying that September brings a fresh start; with undisrupted learning and a chance for normalcy.

Thank you again for everything you do, we know this year has not been easy.

In Honour of Children from the Kamloops Indian Residential School

Heartbroken.

Devastated.

Shocked.

Saddened.

Outraged.

Words cannot describe the hurt we feel in hearing about the remains of 215 children found in an unmarked grave, at the former Kamloops Residential School.

These were young, defenceless children - many were kindergarten aged. 215 children (almost an entire school) of Indigenous children who never made it home, secretly buried in an unmarked grave… unforgivable.

We’re a Catholic School Board composed of parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and siblings; and words cannot describe the pain in knowing what these children were subjected to within a Catholic Institution. As Thunder Bay Catholic, we apologize to all Residential School survivors and their families - especially to those who never made it home. Never should history like this repeat itself, nor be forgotten or discarded.

Beginning tomorrow, a sacred fire will be lit at Pope John Paul II school, the former St. Joseph’s Indian Residential School. Fire Keepers will be on site, along with tobacco for offerings. The public is welcome to come and pray, give offerings and reflect during this sacred time. Flags at all Board sites will be flown at half mast. This is a time to grieve and heal, together.

We are asking our entire community to wear orange tomorrow (May 31), as we reflect and pray for the families and for the spirits of the children who never returned home. We pray for their families who have never had closure and who never knew what happened to their loved ones.

For survivors and families who need support, please contact Indian Residential School Survivors Society at 1-800-721-0066 or NAN HOPE at 1-844-626-4673.

*We kindly ask to please remember to mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines at our sites.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booking for Youth aged 12 and up

Youth aged 12 and up are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) has arranged for special clinics for them to be immunized. Any family members who are at least 12 years old and who have not already received their first dose of vaccine are also eligible to book appointments at these clinics.

To book a vaccine appointment online at one of these dedicated clinics, please click here

Details on the vaccine clinic location are provided at the time of booking. More clinics will be added if needed. If you are not able to book online, call the TBDHU Call Centre at 625-5900. In addition to these dedicated clinics, vaccine appointments can also be made through the provincial booking system or through a pharmacy location offering vaccines to youth.

Other options may also be available. Please check our website at TBDHU.com/covidclinics for more vaccine opportunities.


Please read the letter from the TBDHU below:


Summer Learning 2021

Summer learning 2021 - Click here

Distinguished Service Award, Jan Bazaluk

In recognition of School Principal Day tomorrow, our Board is proud to announce that Jan Bazaluk, has been awarded a Distinguished Service Award from the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario

As Principal of Our Lady of Charity School, Jan has worked for TBCDSB for 34 years, and has been an administrator for 17. Over the course of her career, Jan has illustrated dedication and passionate commitment to Catholic education, her staff and most importantly her students.

It is a great honour for me to be bestowed this provincial Distinguished Service Award by the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario. I am humbled to now join ranks with all former recipients of this prestigious CPCO award. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had for the last 34 years to be employed by the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board as a teacher, Vice-Principal and Principal. I continue to thoroughly enjoy and am passionate about serving, advocating and leading, not only in our Board and all affiliate partners, but also in the school communities in which I have had the privilege of leading, as well as in our local and provincial professional Principal organizations. I have been very fortunate to have been among, and work for and with many quality individuals along my career path, many of whom have become cherished colleagues and friends. I have been truly blessed with a fulfilling career, and at the core of that success is the support of family, friends, colleagues, students, parents, parish partners, community partners and so on. I am truly humbled to be the recipient of this Distinguished Service Award, and am sincerely appreciative of all the contributions others have made to my career accomplishments and ultimate success. With faith all things are possible! - Jan Bazaluk

Jan is a member of the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario, a leader within the Our Lady of Charity School community and a passionate educator inside and outside of the classroom.

Jan continues to illustrate her call to serve, advocate, and lead within our city and Board community. Her faith and commitment to her students has been evident throughout her career and continues to blossom.

Congratulations Mrs. Bazaluk! We’re so proud of your accomplishments and all that you do for your school community and our Board.

Register for Temporary Virtual Schooling

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As a Board, we are committed to the academic success of each and every student. COVID-19 continues to impact traditional educational methods worldwide, with many students having to learn remotely. Temporary Virtual School may be a Ministry option depending on the COVID-19 situation at the beginning of the upcoming school year. The reasons this is considered temporary, is in the hope that all students will be able to return to face-to-face learning.

Please click here to learn more about Temporary Virtual Schooling.

Extension of Remote Learning

Dear Families,

Today, Premier Ford and the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce have directed Boards across the Province to extend virtual learning as a proactive and preventative measure.Therefore, elementary and secondary school students province-wide will participate in remote learning following the April Break. We are awaiting further directive from the Government on when we can return to the classroom.

Only a few days ago we were told we would be returning to the classroom directly after the April Break. This has been a lot for everyone, especially after being online for the past six weeks. With the case numbers rising across Ontario, it is vital we reduce community transmission, especially with the new variants.

As per Ministry Guidelines, our schools are currently open for in-person learning for students with Special Needs. These programs are considered to be essential and we will continue to operate under Ministry directives.

Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this situation.

We will keep you updated as we receive more information regarding return to in-person learning.

Thank you again for everything you do,


A letter from the TBCDSB Trustees regarding Vaccination of Educational Workers

Dear Families,

Please see the attached letter from our Board Chair and Trustees regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for all Educational workers in the province. Read the full letter here.

https://www.tbcschools.ca/st-francis/about/announcements

© Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board 2021