Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Kanata North Picnic - Looking for Student Volunteers

Looking for some more volunteer hours? Earn some while meeting new people and getting involved in your community—sign up to volunteer for the Kanata North Picnic on July 19th by filling out the form at tinyurl.com/knpvolunteer!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

All Saints Blog Week of June 12th, 2017


The Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards were handed out this past week at City Hall.  Since 1997, Youth Ottawa (formerly Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa) has been the proud host of the Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards. The Spirit Awards Night is an annual event that celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of youth who are making our community, and the world, a better place. We have the honour and privilege of sharing their incredible stories, passion and dedication with our guests, in hopes of inspiring others to step up and make a difference in their own communities. Awards are presented in seven categories to reflect many different areas of interest, and to promote a more positive image of youth within the community (http://spiritawards.ca/about/).
All Saints is extremely proud of the fact that we had two individuals recognized at the awards.  Ryan Coyte won the Academic Perseverance Award; presented to an individual who “has shown a passion and demonstrated perseverance for their academics, has gone above and beyond to succeed in academics and who has overcome obstacles to persist in education”.  Ryan Rodrigs won the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award for his smartphone app that regulates texting while students are behind the wheel.  The award goes to an individual “who has utilized his or her talents and efforts to make a difference in society, locally, nationally or globally and demonstrates innovation and initiative in working towards an entrepreneurial or social change goal”.  Congratulations to our two worthy recipients!

Transportation Information
The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority has released some information for our parent and student population regarding transportation for the Fall.  Please visit OSTA’s website here to get additional information.




The Ottawa Catholic School Board: Keep you Connected
Check out the many different activities happening across our school board.  Read the Board’s “Keeping you Connected” newsletter here: http://bit.ly/KYCapr2017

There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions.  You can visit the website here.

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsCHS (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:
June 12th: 7:00 - All Saints School Council meeting
June 21st: 9-12 exam period begins




Monday, 5 June 2017

New Specialist High Skills Major program at All Saints (see Ministry press release)

Ontario Preparing Students for Jobs of Tomorrow

June 5, 2017

Province Helping 50,000 Students Gain Valuable Work Experience

Ontario is helping more young people prepare for successful careers with hands-on work experience and career counselling.
Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, was at the Economic Club today to talk about investments that Ontario is making in financial literacy and on-the-job learning.
Starting in September, more than 50,000 students will be enrolled in almost 1,900 Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs that allow them to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests, while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This represents 2,000 additional students and 108 new programs for the 2017-18 school year. Students can choose from 19 different sectors, including agriculture, health and wellness, and transportation to help them prepare for apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.
Over the next three years Ontario will introduce 17,000 more Grade 11 and 12 students to career options while obtaining their high school diploma, through the expansion of the SHSM program. As part of the 2017 budget, Ontario will invest nearly $190 million over three years to create 40,000 real world learning opportunities for students and recent graduates through the Career Kick-Start Strategy.
Opening doors to new careers is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
 

QUICK FACTS

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

QUOTES

"One of the reasons our Specialist High Skills Major program is such a success is that it complements a student’s individual learning style, interests and strengths. There is a strong demand for this program, and by expanding it, we’re helping more students gain the skills and competitive edge they will need to succeed now and in the future."
 — Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education

"Ontario’s employers, educators and students agree that hands-on learning opportunities are essential for a successful career start. That’s why we are expanding work-focused learning and hands-on work placements, and improving guidance and career counselling. With Career Kick-Start, we are helping our students make smart career choices and find their place in Ontario’s economy of the future."
 — Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

All Saints Blog Week of June 5th, 2017

High School Cappies Awards
All Saints’ staff and students are very proud of our standing at the 2017 Cappies Awards.  The Cappies bring together theatre production and journalistic reviews across our Capital Region and engage several high school in the process.  Schools participate by registering plays or musicals with the organizing, as well as having students work to create reviews of other productions throughout the school year.  At the end of the year, the Cappies awards are presented over a number of different areas.  This year, All Saints dominated in the critical review area.  Four of our critics was nominated to the list of six finalists, including Marisa Boyd, Sarah McGregor and Jennifer Rasp with Evelyn Ashworth winning the lead critic award.  In addition, our All Saints Critic Team won the top prize at the awards show as well.  We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments and thankful to the incredible support from our staff at All Saints.

Hair Donations Ottawa (submitted by Jennifer Rasp)

Three teachers and one student donated a total of thirty eight inches of hair to Hair Donations Ottawa at a recent event at All Saints. Wayne Patrick and his team from Shears, a hair salon located in Stittsville, came to All Saints to donate their time and cut and style hair on Monday May 29, 2017. Mrs. Beaupre, Mrs. Jewitt, Mrs. Hopewell and Jennifer Rasp all offered to donate a minimum of six inches of hair towards making wigs for adolescents fighting cancer. The greatest contribution of hair donated was a staggering twelve inches in length.  The hair cutting was supervised by hairstyling teacher Mr. Jewitt, who planned the event. He worked with Hair Donations Ottawa founder and CEO Helene Hutchings and Algonquin College Hairstyling Professor Tara Ettinger to promote the cause and raise awareness of the special efforts that are happening in our own community.  Shears was kind enough to cut the hair free of charge and donate it as part of the Hair Donations Ottawa fundraiser, one they have supported for the past three years. Their hope is to return next year to even more participants donating inches and money that will go to great lengths to helping cancer patients.  The school is very thankful towards those that came to donate hair or support the event on Monday.

Creative Arts Evening
Our many musical groups had 2 recent opportunities to show their talent at All Saints.  We hosted a Creative Arts afternoon at the end of May for students and staff where our 7&8 Choir, award-winning high school Show Choir and dance ensembles performed at the school.  This past week, The same groups as well as some additional school bands played for a packed house of families at our last concert event of the year.  We are very proud of the effort and dedication of these talented students.  We thank our very talented staff members who oversee these groups and work with them throughout the year.  Great job!


Study Skills Session
Once again, Dr. Richard Bolduc, our school psychologist, will be providing our high school students with a student skills session in preparation for their June exams.  It will take place on Wednesday, June 7 @ lunch in room L210 (the classroom off of the LC).  Please encourage your son/daughter to participate if they require some support.


Secure Your Meds campaign - Ottawa Public Heath
Whether toddler or teen, Ottawa children are being harmed by medications they find in their own homes. Prescription-style opioids are misused more than most illegal drugs in Ottawa. They were involved in about 45% of drug overdose deaths between 2009 and 2011. Ottawa Public Health and the Ottawa Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force’s (OPRTF) have established the Secure Your MEDs” campaign, targeting parents, to reach and inform our community about this risk.
The key messages of this campaign are:
  • 13% of Ottawa teens used prescription drugs that weren't prescribed for them and two-thirds got the drug from a parent, sibling or someone else they live with.
  • Return unused or expired medications to a pharmacy participating in the Ontario Medication Return Program.  
  • If you need to have medications in your home, lock them up and check regularly to watch for missing medication.
We are encouraging families to visit: DrugDropOffOttawa.ca, which includes health promotion and overdose prevention information, as well as a listing of participating pharmacies accepting drug drop-offs.  

Kanata Race Day - June 11th
Kanata Race Day will be taking place on June 11th at the Richcraft Recreational Complex Kanata.  There is a 5K, 10K(timed) 1k and Tot Trot.  The event happens from 8:30 to Noon.  There are opportunities for students to participate, as well as volunteer their time to help.  Please visit the web site at kanataraceday.ca
The Ottawa Catholic School Board: Keep you Connected
Check out the many different activities happening across our school board.  Read the Board’s “Keeping you Connected” newsletter here: http://bit.ly/KYCapr2017

There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions.  You can visit the website here.

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsCHS (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:
June 9th: PD day

Sunday, 21 May 2017

All Saints Blog Week of May 23rd, 2017

PD Day Activity: Session on Transferable Skills
The Staff at All Saints wish to thank our School Council for their sponsorship of our PD day activity on May 19th entitled “Transferable Skills”.  Our organizers brought in a number of guest speakers to chat with staff regarding transferable skills that our students should be carrying forward to University, College, or the world of work.  The guests spoke of skills and competencies such as collaboration, creativity, perseverance and critical thinking that provide a measure of success beyond high school.  The session allowed staff to review our current approach and ensure a contemporary consideration of preparing our students for post-secondary options.
The sessions were recorded and will be made available for parents to review as part of the work of School Council.  Thank you to our staff organizers for connecting with partners in the community and structuring our carousel and Q and A session.

Graduation Retreat
This past week we organized our grade 12 student retreat at the Kinburn Community Centre.  The day began with an opening liturgy and meditation, some outdoor activities, and a keynote address by Jay Williams, the chaplain at Holy Trinity high school.  The day also included music, lunch and some additional outdoor fun.  Thank you to our school organizers and the students for their participation.

Grade 9 Amazing Race
Our grade 9 students participated in the “Grade 9 Amazing Race” activity at All Saints last week.  Students dressed in spirited themes and gathered for a pep rally in the gym.  Homebase classes then participated in various activities to challenge knowledge and stamina!  A great time was had by all - thank you to our staff facilitators.

Board Choir - Looking for interested Students
The choirs of the Ottawa Catholic School Board will be holding their annual auditions in June of this year. The choirs offer students in our board the chance to sing in award winning choirs. The OCSB Chamber Choir is for students entering grades 8 - 12 in the fall of 2017.

If your child is interested in auditioning or you would like more information, please visit the choir website at http://choirs.ocsb.ca.

Variable Transportation - Information for Parents
All requests for variable transportation in cases of joint custody  for special transportation due on May 27th.  Please visit the website above for policy information and to fill out forms if required.  Contact the school if you have any questions

Student Study Skills Session with Board Psychologist
Once again, Dr. Richard Bolduc, our school psychologist, will be providing our high school students with a student skills session in preparation for their June exams.  It will take place on Wednesday, June 7 @ lunch in room L210 (the classroom off of the LC).  Please encourage your son/daughter to participate if they require some support.

Kanata Race Day - June 11th
Kanata Race Day will be taking place on June 11th at the Richcraft Recreational Complex Kanata.  There is a 5K, 10K(timed) 1k and Tot Trot.  The event happens from 8:30 to Noon.  There are opportunities for students to participate, as well as volunteer their time to help.  Please visit the web site at kanataraceday.ca
Pedal Play Mobile Bike Rodeo
The second annual Kanata North Pedal Play Mobile Bike Rodeo will take place on June 4th, 2017.  This is a great event for both parents and students and is a great forum to learn safe cycling routes and practices here in our community. Feedback from the close to 100 parents and children that participated in last year’s event was overwhelmingly positive.  This is a great opportunity for students to gain volunteer hours as well.
About Pedal Play:
Pedal Play is a free event for participants of all ages; primary school children, teens and adults. Participants will cycle through Kanata north, using both roadways and pathways, stopping at several activity stations along the way, to learn safe cycling practices, and how bicycles are regulated under the Highway Traffic Act. The 5-7 km route is planned to demonstrate safe routes throughout the community, connecting schools and community centres. Participants will learn their hand signals, how to share multiuse paths, how to change their gears when climbing, how to safely navigate roundabouts, and busy crossovers. They will also learn how to confirm their helmet fit and how to do a basic bike maintenance check.
Pedal Play is being sponsored by the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association, with support and assistance from Councillor Wilkinson’s advisory committee - Transportation Action Committee Kanata North (TACK), Safer Roads Ottawa, and EnviroCentre’s Sustain Kanata North project.  For more information, visit https://pedalplaymobilebikerodeo.com/

The Ottawa Catholic School Board: Keep you Connected
Check out the many different activities happening across our school board.  Read the Board’s “Keeping you Connected” newsletter here: http://bit.ly/KYCapr2017

There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions.  You can visit the website here.

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsCHS (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:
May 24th: Grad Mass


Sunday, 7 May 2017

All Saints Blog Week of May 8th, 2017


Catholic Education Week
Thank you to all who participated in The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Education Week this past week.  There were a number of activities happening at All Saints including our Cooperative Education Career Fair, Mathematics Roller Coaster competition, French RAP videos and other curriculum projects.  In addition, the board celebrated its Education Week mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica last Tuesday.  Our All Saints staff were particularly proud of our own Claire Bagnell, one of our guidance counsellors, who was awarded with the distinguished Director of Education Commendation at the ceremony.  The award recognizes the outstanding achievement of staff from across the board.  

School Council Wellness Session for Parents
I would like to extend our appreciation to our All Saints School Council for sponsoring our Inner Circle Wellness interactive presentation for parents last week.  Parents had an opportunity to participate in some of the wellness activities we promote with students.  Thank you to our staff who were involved - Mr. Mastersmith reviewed some indigenous approaches to inner balance, and Ms. Tremblay spoke about respecting each others’ right to communicate and be heard.  Ms. Bagnell, the architect of our “Mindfulness Room”, spoke about our restorative approach with students.  We also participated in a great session with Ms. Jane Wharton, who modelled the anti-anxiety and calming approaches that we use with students.  Thank you to all who helped in making this a great session!

Grade 12 Dodgeball Charity Event
Last week, a group of our grade 12 students participated in a Charity Dodgeball tournament at Holy Trinity High School.  The grads from each school faced off in a spirited session that will hopefully become a tradition between the two schools.  The teams dressed in their “schools finest” uniforms and played an intense game of Dodgeball (All Saints came out the victors!).  The proceeds of the fundraising and BBQ lunch will go to support Youth Wellness initiatives in the community.  

Kanata Race Day - June 11th
Kanata Race Day will be taking place on June 11th at the Richcraft Recreational Complex Kanata.  There is a 5K, 10K (timed) 1k and Tot Trot.  The event happens from 8:30 to Noon.  There are opportunities for students to participate, as well as volunteer their time to help.  Please visit the web site at kanataraceday.ca
Pedal Play A
The second annual Kanata North Pedal Play Mobile Bike Rodeo will take place on June 4th, 2017.  This is a great event for both parents and students and is a great forum to learn safe cycling routes and practices here in our community. Feedback from the close to 100 parents and children that participated in last year’s event was overwhelmingly positive.
About Pedal Play:
Pedal Play is a free event for participants of all ages; primary school children, teens and adults. Participants will cycle through Kanata north, using both roadways and pathways, stopping at several activity stations along the way, to learn safe cycling practices, and how bicycles are regulated under the Highway Traffic Act. The 5-7 km route is planned to demonstrate safe routes throughout the community, connecting schools and community centres. Participants will learn their hand signals, how to share multiuse paths, how to change their gears when climbing, how to safely navigate roundabouts, and busy crossovers. They will also learn how to confirm their helmet fit and how to do a basic bike maintenance check.
Pedal Play is being sponsored by the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association, with support and assistance from Councillor Wilkinson’s advisory committee - Transportation Action Committee Kanata North (TACK), Safer Roads Ottawa, and EnviroCentre’s Sustain Kanata North project.  For more information, visit https://pedalplaymobilebikerodeo.com/

The Ottawa Catholic School Board: Keep you Connected
Check out the many different activities happening across our school board.  Read the Board’s “Keeping you Connected” newsletter here: http://bit.ly/KYCapr2017


There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions.  You can visit the website here.

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsCHS (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:
May 10th: Battle of the Bands @ All Saints

Monday, 1 May 2017

How to talk to your child about 13 Reasons Why

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A message from the Ottawa Catholic School Board                                     May 1, 2017            


Dear parents of intermediate and secondary students,
You may have heard of a Netflix series called 13 Reasons Why, which is based on a young adult novel that depicts events leading to death by suicide of a young fictional character. While the series may not pose risks for most youth, it is believed that it has the potential for harm for youth who may be struggling with a mental health problem and/or suicidal ideation. This series includes graphic content related to suicide, glamorization of suicidal behaviour, and negative portrayals of helpers (including guidance counselors) which may discourage or prevent youth from seeking help. This type of information can lead to misconceptions and misinformation about suicide, and possibly to the glorification of suicide and contagion. Awareness of this series will allow you as a Parent or Guardian to have a conversation with your youth about the content and their reactions and feelings.
The attached handout from Elizabeth Paquette, the OCSB's Chief Psychologist, provides tips to help parents talk to their children about the series and its subject matter. The handout may also be viewed online at this link.
If you have any questions or have individual concerns about your youth related to mental health, please feel free to talk to an Administrator or Guidance Counselor at your child’s school.