St. Daniel Overview
St. Daniel Catholic Elementary school, home of the Thunderbirds, is an amazing community. Foundational to all we do, is our Catholic faith. Staff and students live daily, the Gospel Values, and we have an outstanding partnership with the Pastoral Team of St. Anthony Daniel Parish, our close neighbours.
Students in grade 2 and 7 continue preparation for their First Communion and Confirmation. Please keep them in your prayers. As a community we enjoy a close relationship with our Pastoral Team at St. Anthony Daniel Parish and appreciate their support as we help our students on their faith journeys.
As a staff, we were able to share some of our gifts and talents within the community on our Spiritual Development Day in December. Some of us made cards for St. Vincent de Paul, cleaned at St. Mary’s Place, sang at the Sunbeam Centre, helped at St. John Soup Kitchen, or baked for Habitat for Humanity. We also began our year of Hope by creating an Ark that the students will be adding to throughout the next few weeks. Our staff walks the talk and lives their faith daily in all they do and who they are as People of Hope.
Our community is full of spirit, fully embraces Growth Mindset for success and enjoys being involved in leading initiatives like our involvement with eco-schools. Leading up to the holidays was a busy one for our school community. We celebrated Advent, completed bus evacuation training, had a wonderful, full school turkey lunch and shared our Christmas spirit with in-class Christmas concerts, sing alongs and giving generously to our Angel Tree program.
St. Daniel is an academically focused community, looking to always learn and grow to reach our potential. We have put a spotlight on numeracy this year and are enjoying our time learning from and with our numeracy teacher, one another, and involving our parents in the process. We have an upcoming Family Math Night that we are super excited about. St. Daniel’s teachers continue their professional development in regards to numeracy as well. Many staff have participated in further learning in numeracy and mathematics and this continues over the next three months with intensive support for our Junior Division teachers for Technology in Math.
Our entire community continues to work on enhancing our Growth Mindsets. Growth Mindset is an important tool to develop for each one of us. Having a growth mindset, especially a positive one, helps us have an open learning stance. We can train our brains to be focused on what we can do, what the possibilities are, and what we need to work on in order to learn something new or master a skill. We begin our year off focusing on Hope. Hope is a terrific mindset trait to have. It allows us to zoom in on the possibilities within each of us to reach our full potential as God has planned for us.
Thunderbirds are a PEOPLE OF HOPE and we hope you enjoy learning about our community.