Sunday, 14 January 2018

All Saints Blog Week of January 15th, 2018

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

All Saints Blog Week of January 8th, 2018

Happy 2018!
I would like to wish our entire All Saints Community a happy start to 2018, and all the best in the new year.  January will be a busy month back at school.  Grade 9-12 students will continue to work on summative tasks in classes, with exams running from January 25th to 30th (All Saints Exam Schedule - Semester 1). To assist with exam preparation, we have some opportunities for students listed below.  Term one report cards for our 7&8 students will be distributed in mid-February.  Finally, a reminder that our School Council meeting for January is on the 22nd at 7:00.  Please join us!  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the blog to check out the school calendar with additional dates.

Student Exam Preparation
To assist our grade 9-12 students with their mindfulness preparation ahead of exams, we are running two support programs:

Mindfulness preparation - Our Mindfulness room will be opened each day during exams beginning at 7:30 am.  This is a chance to take some quiet time to reflect/regroup ahead of, or after exams.

Study Skills Session - Grade 9-12 students are invited to join our school Psychologist Dr. Richard Bolduc for a study skills session ahead of exams on January 10th.  Students need to sign up for the session in student services.

Student Immunization information
The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires that students in Ontario be vaccinated against nine diseases, or have a valid exemption. It is the responsibility of parents to report all immunizations to Ottawa Public Health, and every year OPH reviews these records to ensure that the information is up-to-date. The process is designed to prevent infectious disease outbreaks and protect the health of our students.

Please be aware of the following timelines:

1. November: parents received notices informing them of any gaps in the immunization records for their child(ren).

2. January 15, 2018: Suspension notices will be mailed to families who have not yet complied with the requirements under the legislation.

3. February 7, 2018: Suspensions will be enforced for any remaining students whose records are still not up-to-date.

Purchasing Options for Student Technology
As we continue the implementation of Deep Learning across the Board, and increasingly seek out opportunities to leverage digital to support learning, access to enough devices in each classroom is sometimes an issue. Our Board has been investing in technology for many years and will continue to do so, but the demand is rapidly increasing as students are starting to do more and more of their schoolwork online using the collaborative tools available.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a strategy that has been successfully implemented in many of our schools to help support student access to technology. Many families are seeking advice as they consider purchasing a device for their child to use both at home and at school over the next few years. As a result, we have been working with Staples Canada to provide OCSB families with access to an online portal where they can find information and pricing on a few models of Chromebooks that have been specifically recommended by our Learning Technologies Department. These recommended devices are the same durable machines we are using in classrooms, with full keyboards, cameras and touchscreens that also flip over to act as a tablet and were not previously available from Staples.

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:
January 22nd (7:00pm): School Council meeting

Sunday, 17 December 2017

All Saints Blog Week of December 18th, 2017

Our current season of advent has allowed us to collectively anticipate the coming of Jesus’ birth, while making practical connections to our own lives.  We appreciate the work that our students and staff have done ahead of last week organizing Christmas packages for those in our community experincing some need this season.  And while there is a great deal of activity during our last week of school before Christmas holidays, it is my hope that you have an opportunity to relax with family and friends and reflect on the important messages of this Advent and Christmas Season.  Merry Christmas and have a safe Holiday.  See you on January 9th!

Christmas Spirit Week
Tis the season for our Christmas Spirit Week!
MONDAY: Christmas Morning PJ Day
TUESDAY: Winter Getaway Day (Tropical/ Hawaiian)
WEDNESDAY: Toque Day
THURSDAY: Ugly Christmas Sweater
FRIDAY: Red and Green Day

Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) survey:
The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) is the provincial body for high school athletics in Ontario. They conduct 45 championships and festivals in 21 different sports, and provide other programs and services to support school athletics at the school and regional levels. OFSAA will be developing a new strategic plan to guide the organization over the next three years and we are inviting input from high school students. Please take a few moments to respond and have your say. Thank you for your time. You can access the survey here.  

Study Skills Session for Students
Once again, Dr. Richard Bolduc, our board psychologist, will be offering a Study Skills Session to our high school students to help them prepare for their semester 1 exams.  This session will take place on Wednesday, January 10th in room L210 (the classroom off the LC) during high school lunch.  Students can sign up for the session in Student Services.  

Student Immunization information
The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires that students in Ontario be vaccinated against nine diseases, or have a valid exemption. It is the responsibility of parents to report all immunizations to Ottawa Public Health, and every year OPH reviews these records to ensure that the information is up-to-date. The process is designed to prevent infectious disease outbreaks and protect the health of our students.

Please be aware of the following timelines:

1. November: parents received notices informing them of any gaps in the immunization records for their child(ren).

2. January 15, 2018: Suspension notices will be mailed to families who have not yet complied with the requirements under the legislation.

3. February 7, 2018: Suspensions will be enforced for any remaining students whose records are still not up-to-date.

All Saints Ottawa Senators Celebration Game
Thank you to all of our families who bought tickets to support our All Saints’ Ottawa Senators game.  You can pick up your tickets at the school from December 18th to 20th from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the All Saints atrium (for additional pick up information, please email Michele D’Addona at daddona2@gmail.com


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:
December 18th (7:00pm): School Council meeting
December 20th and 21st: School Play at Centrepoint theatre
January 8th: First day of school following the Christmas break

Saturday, 25 November 2017

All Saints Blog Week of November 27th, 2017

School Council updates
At our meeting on November 20th, our All Saints School Council approved over $4000 in funding to be directed at school wide initiatives proposed by our staff.  Some of the initiatives supported by the council include our Innovation and Entrepreneurial club at 7&8, our mindfulness room, instruments for our 7-9 music programs, our wellness committee, peer helpers and Impact team.  These funds allow these groups to purchase resources, support activities and finance projects.
In addition to the funding work undertaken by our school council, the All Saints Safe and Accepting School Team met on November 20th as well.  This group reviewed our student school climate results, school emergency procedures and our activities for Bullying awareness and prevention week.  Thank you to the students and parents that came out to help support this discussion.

Lunch Procedures for 9-12 students
High school students who wish to get extra help from teachers during the lunch hour must go directly to the teacher's classroom at the beginning of the lunch hour (it is wise to bring a lunch).  If students are buying their lunch, they must bring their books with them, and be in the classroom before 11:15 a.m.
After 11:15 a.m., students will not be permitted to go up to the second or third floor due to congestion issues and supervision considerations.  Students who wish to go to the Learning Commons, may go directly there at the beginning of the lunch hour at 11:05 a.m. and before 11:15 a.m.  Students may not go to their lockers between 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. unless special circumstances apply (permission must be given by the teacher on duty).  At 11:45 students can return to their lockers to get their resources for their afternoon classes.
Thank you for your cooperation with regards to these expectations.

All Ottawa Catholic Students - Password reset
On December 15th, 2017, all student passwords that have the form  X (where X is a single digit) or Welcome2FL (F represents your first name initial and L represents your last name initial) will be automatically reset. Student passwords can be changed by students on their own using their password change tool, or by staff using the Student Password Change Tool. We highly recommend that the elementary student passwords are also shared with parents. Students who have a single digit password or a password of the format Welcome2FL must change their password before December 15th to avoid being locked out of their accounts. If a student is locked out of their account, a staff member will have to change the student password.

Student Immunization information
The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires that students in Ontario be vaccinated against nine diseases, or have a valid exemption. It is the responsibility of parents to report all immunizations to Ottawa Public Health, and every year OPH reviews these records to ensure that the information is up-to-date. The process is designed to prevent infectious disease outbreaks and protect the health of our students.

Please be aware of the following timelines:

1. over the past 2 weeks parents have received notices informing them of any gaps in the immunization records for their child(ren).
2. January 15, 2018: Suspension notices will be mailed to families who have not yet complied with the requirements under the legislation. At this time, schools will be sent a list of affected students.

3. February 7, 2018: Suspensions will be enforced for any remaining students whose records are still not up-to-date. OPH will fax schools a daily list of students who cannot yet return to school.

All Saints Ottawa Senators Celebration Game
Join us for our “first annual” All Saints / Ottawa Senators Celebration evening on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 (7:00 pm) when the Ottawa Senators take on the Carolina Hurricanes.  Tickets (300 sections) for the game are available at the fantastic price of $38 ($50 face value!) which includes a McDonalds Big Mac Meal!  Tickets make a great Christmas Gift, with all proceeds going to our All Saints School Council to fund student co-curricular activities and clubs throughout the year.   

To order tickets:
  • Go online to www.schoolcashonline.com (you can create an account if you don’t yet have one)
    • tickets will be available for purchase beginning on Wednesday, November 8th
  • Tickets are available for purchase until December 8th, 2017
  • Order the number of tickets you would like
  • Pay for the tickets online
  • Pick up your tickets at the school from December 18th to 20th from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the All
  • Saints atrium (for additional pick up information, please email Michele D’Addona at daddona2@gmail.com

Please see the following poster for more information


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:
December 20th: School Play at Centrepoint theatre

Sunday, 19 November 2017

All Saints Blog Week of November 20th, 2017

Bullying Awareness Week
The staff and students at All Saints have organized a number of activities as we observe Bullying Awareness and Prevention week this week.  Students will be encouraged to get involved with the following initiatives:
Monday, November 20th - Pledge to Focus on Bullying Awareness and Kindness
  • Peer helpers will be set up at tables at lunch to paint a blue fingernail for anyone interested in showing support for Anti-Bullying initiatives and to remind them for the week to remind them to Stand up to Bullying.

Tuesday, November 21st - Bullying Awareness Blue Ribbon Day
  • Peer Helpers will visit Georges Vanier school to share Bullying Awareness lessons with the students in all grades.
  • Classes will receive an envelope containing blue paper ribbons.  Each student will write on the ribbon something they have done or could do to stop bullying.  Ribbons will be posted on classroom doors.

Wednesday, November 22nd - Blue Day & Pledge Day
  • Blue is the official colour of Bullying Awareness so we will encourage all students and staff to wear blue on Wednesday.
  • Peer Helpers will hand out tickets to students wearing a lot of blue and these students will be able to cash in their ticket at lunch for a blue cupcake or get a cupcake for a donation.
  • All Staff and students are invited to sign our poster as a pledge to end Bullying.
  • Everyone who signs the poster will be entered into a draw to win itunes cards or movie passes. Two winners will be awarded in high school and Two in 7/8.
Thursday, November 23rd - Cyber Celebrating Day
  • Peer Helpers will be in the atrium at lunch encouraging students to post a positive message on social media with the #stand up to bullying.  Students who post a sweet tweet, instagram or facebook message will receive a “sweet” (lollipop)..
* each day there will be an announcement related to bullying awareness as well as a prayer related to Bullying/kindness

Student Immunization information
The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires that students in Ontario be vaccinated against nine diseases, or have a valid exemption. It is the responsibility of parents to report all immunizations to Ottawa Public Health, and every year OPH reviews these records to ensure that the information is up-to-date. The process is designed to prevent infectious disease outbreaks and protect the health of our students.

Please be aware of the following timelines:

1. over the past 2 weeks parents have received notices informing them of any gaps in the immunization records for their child(ren).
2. January 15, 2018: Suspension notices will be mailed to families who have not yet complied with the requirements under the legislation. At this time, schools will be sent a list of affected students.
3. February 7, 2018: Suspensions will be enforced for any remaining students whose records are still not up-to-date. OPH will fax schools a daily list of students who cannot yet return to school.

Minister’s Student Advisory Council
The Ministry is accepting applications for MSAC - the Minister's Student Advisory Council. Each year, 60 students are chosen to serve on the council and to share their ideas with the Minister of Education. We have had several OCSB students chosen for MSAC in past years. This experience has been invaluable to them. Students are encouraged to review the information below and consider this leadership opportunity.

All Saints Ottawa Senators Celebration Game
Join us for our “first annual” All Saints / Ottawa Senators Celebration evening on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 (7:00 pm) when the Ottawa Senators take on the Carolina Hurricanes.  Tickets (300 sections) for the game are available at the fantastic price of $38 ($50 face value!) which includes a McDonalds Big Mac Meal!  Tickets make a great Christmas Gift, with all proceeds going to our All Saints School Council to fund student co-curricular activities and clubs throughout the year.   

To order tickets:
  • Go online to www.schoolcashonline.com (you can create an account if you don’t yet have one)
    • tickets will be available for purchase beginning on Wednesday, November 8th
  • Tickets are available for purchase until December 8th, 2017
  • Order the number of tickets you would like
  • Pay for the tickets online
  • Pick up your tickets at the school from December 18th to 20th from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the All
  • Saints atrium (for additional pick up information, please email Michele D’Addona at daddona2@gmail.com

Please see the following poster for more information


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:

November 24th: PD day