DSBN Students Celebrate the Season

 Schools across the District School Board of Niagara are busy getting ready for the many different holidays that students will be celebrating this season.

In many instances, Santa’s sleigh will be a little heavier and the cupboards a little more full thanks to the efforts of DSBN students who are engaging in many different fundraisers, food and toy drives. Music will also echo through the region from the many holiday concerts and productions taking place.

The following is a list of events, fundraisers and activities that schools will be holding this holiday season. The list will be updated as needed at DSBN.org.

Grimsby – Beamsville – Lincoln – West Lincoln

Caistor Central Public School – Is hosting the Great Train Food Drive. The school's Builders Club made up of students from Grades 2 through 8, designed and built a train located in the school foyer. Students are accepting donations of food which are packed away into the train before they can be hauled off to support the community.

The Caistor Central Holiday Concert will happen on Tuesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Jacob Beam Public School - On Thursday, December 18th, Jacob Beam will be hosting a turkey dinner for the whole school at 1:00 p.m. Staff and parents will serve the meal.

Grimsby Secondary School – The Music Department will hold its annual holiday concert at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 11.

Niagara Falls/Fort Erie

John Marshall Public School – On Wednesday, December 17, Kindergarten students will hold a sing-a-long and cookie decorating. The following day, Junior and Intermediate students will present a collection of skits and songs.

Orchard Park Public School – Kindergarten students will visit the Millennium Trail Manor to spread holiday cheer and sing holiday carols. The event will take place on Thursday, December 11, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Prince Philip Public School - Prince Philip is having a Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 16th.  There are three different show times to accommodate all families.  The Junior concert will begin at 9:00 a.m., Intermediate concert at 1:30 p.m. and a 7:00 p.m. evening performance.  The concert is free of charge and Holiday Basket Draw tickets will be sold by the School Advisory Council to support upgrading the Learning Commons.

Ridgeway Public School – Every day at Ridgeway public, students can join the Polar Express and get a golden ticket to watch the Polar Express on Thursday, December 18 in the gym for them and a friend. All they have to do to get on the train is bring a canned good or new toy donation for the local food bank.

On Wednesday, December 17, Grade 3 students at Ridgeway Public will be headed out on a musical road show. Students and staff will be travelling to three different seniors’ homes, Garrison Village, Crescent Park Lodge and Gilmour Lodge in Fort Erie to perform for the residents. This is a great opportunity for the students to show off their talents and warm the hearts of some people who may not be able to get out this holiday season.

St. Catharines

Applewood Public School – Applewood’s Holiday Concert & Bake Sale will take place at the Merritton Community Center on Wednesday, December 17, at 6:30 p.m.   

Burleigh Hill Public School - Burleigh Hill School has been collecting Canadian Tire money and loose change for Community Care.  This is a Burleigh Hill tradition. The school has donated more than $50 000 in toys, sports equipment, and gifts over the past 15 years. 

Carleton Public School - Will host a Christmas party for several of the special education classes and students in the board on December 16, starting at 11:00 a.m.  The school’s production of “Elfis and the Elves Get All Shook Up” takes place December 18, with shows at 1:45 and 6:00 p.m.

Connaught Public School - Connaught is having a Community 'Sip and Sing' on Wednesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Edith Cavell Public School - Edith Cavell is doing a school wide pancake breakfast and pajama day on the December 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Gracefield Public School - Students passed out over 900 bags for food donation to support Community Care to all their neighbours in Port Dalhousie. Students will be collecting the food bags on Wednesday December 10. 

Gracefield’s holiday concert is on Wednesday, December 17 at 2:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Jeanne Sauve French Immersion Public School - Jeanne Sauvé is having a Sip n' Sing on Wednesday, December 17 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

Rather than an actual concert format, a variety of performances will take place throughout the school.  The primary and junior choirs will be performing as well as a handbell ensemble and students in the instrumental music program. The evening will conclude with everyone caroling in the gym.

The school is providing hot chocolate and we are having a bake sale to raise money for the Rankin Cancer Run. As well, the School Advisory Council is having a Silent Auction as a playground fundraiser. 

Laura Secord Secondary School - Laura Secord Secondary School presents a Christmas Celebration on Tuesday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature performances by all of Laura Secord's musical and choral ensembles.

Lifetime Learning Centre:

Date: Dec 3-10

Time: 9 a.m.

Holiday "New 2 You" Gift Raffle for Lifetime Learning Centre students and staff.  Over 70 gift baskets and items to be raffled off.  Proceeds support LLC Breakfast Cafe and Community Care. 

Date: Dec 16

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Every year Lifetime Learning Centre hosts a free Christmas Luncheon for students. We would like to thank the LLC staff for the hard work and dedication to making sure all our students have a Happy Holiday.

Date: Dec 15

Time: 10:15-11:00 a.m.

Holiday Sweater Appreciation Day.  Any student wearing a holiday sweater receives a free beverage and treat for sharing their holiday cheer!

Oakridge Public School - Oakridge will be performing 'The Nutcracker' on Tuesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sir Winston Churchill auditorium.

The choir will be performing at Choirfest at the Pen Centre on Friday, December 12 at 11:00 a.m.

St. Catharines Collegiate - Coffee House - December 12 at 10:00 a.m. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and baked goods available with all proceeds to Community Care

On December 11, at 7:00 p.m., the school’s holiday concert takes place in the Auditorium. Tickets are $5.00. Appetizers available starting at 6:15 and Art Showcase outside the Aud.

December 12 - Holiday Concert in the Auditorium for elementary schools beginning 11:45 a.m.

December 18 - Staff and Students vs NRP basketball game. Tip off at 1:00 p.m. in the gym.

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School – SWC has a number of different holiday themed activities taking place. The Me to We club is holding a coat drive. The Prefects are sponsoring a Community Care Emergency Care Package drive. The Mosaic group is raising awareness about autism through a hot chocolate sale. The Knitting Club is hard at work making scarves for Community Care. On Friday, December 19, the teachers will be making breakfast for the students.

Welland/Port Colborne

Gordon Public School – The holiday concert takes place at Centennial on the night of December 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Oakwood Public School – Oakwood’s holiday concert “Santa Needs a Vacation” will take place on Tuesday, December 16. There will be two performances, at 1:45 and 6:30 p.m.