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

Sunday, 12 November 2017

All Saints Blog Week of November 13th, 2017

Remembrance Day Observance at All Saints
Thank you to all who contributed to a very meaningful Remembrance Day Observance at All Saints last week.  Our tribute to our soldiers and peacekeepers both past and present, was a strong reminder of the sacrifice and commitment these individuals contribute to our country.  A heartfelt thanks to the many students and staff who contributed to our ceremony.  

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 20th: School Council meeting
November 24th: PD day

Sunday, 5 November 2017

All Saints Blog Week of November 6th, 2017

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

7&8 Parent-Teacher Interviews (early dismissal)
All Saints wishes to remind the parents of students in grades 7&8 that parent/teacher interviews will be held on Thursday, November 9th. There will be an early dismissal at 1:30 pm that day for all students in grades 7-12. The times for interviews are 2 pm to 4 pm and again from 5 pm until 7 pm.  We will also have a special “optional” session delivered by our 7&8 Resource Department (between 5:00 and 5:30 pm), providing information on the MyBlueprint online pathways planning tool, use of technology tools in the classroom and student organization among other topics.  
Booking interviews for November 9th will be done on-line through the You Can Book Me program. You can see teacher schedules at https://allsaintshigh1.youcanbook.me/ or see the link on our website.  Parents/guardians are reminded that if they are unable to schedule an interview with a particular teacher, they are welcome to contact the teacher at the school to have a telephone discussion.  Please note interviews are 10 minutes in length and parents are asked to request a maximum of one interview slot per teacher.  

All Saints Craft Fair
We would like to thank all of those in our community who came out to visit this year’s All Saints Craft Fair.  This annual tradition has grown in size and this year featured over 160 tables of fine gifts and craft items, with some proceeds going to our Christmas Hamper program.  Thank you to all who participated and helped organize this great event!

Ticks and Lyme Disease
All Saints would like to bring to your attention that Ottawa Public Health has identified that the blacklegged tick that carries the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease is present in the Ottawa/Kanata area.  Ottawa Public Health is committed to reducing the health risks to residents posed by Lyme disease through prevention, education and awareness, as well as surveillance. Preventing tick bites is key to the prevention of Lyme disease.

Victoria Youth Quilters
Ms. Forte, who works in our Student Services Department, would like to thank the great group of students who participate in the Victoria Youth Quilters group.  The group works throughout the year, creating beautiful quilts that go to help warm and comfort individuals struggling with cancer.  Here, the group is pictured with a beautiful quilt called "Under the Rainbow" which has been a work of love and devotion over this past year. The group recently raffled the quilt to help support their program.  A big thank you to this small but committed group of individuals.  

Sessions for Parents:
Special Education and Your Child: Workshops for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Monday, November 6, 2017
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Notre Dame High School, 710 Broadview Ave
An evening of workshops offered especially for families of children with special needs but open to ALL interested parents.

Four workshops (one hour each) will be offered twice. Participants will be able to attend a maximum of two:
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Deep Learning Environment
  • Individualized Education Plans (IEP's)
  • Literacy & Numeracy for Students with ADHD
OR

Assistive Technology: a 2 hour session. Participants will ONLY be able to attend this session.

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

OSAP and Financial Planning for Parents
On November 8th, the Catholic School Council at Immaculata HS is hosting an OSAP and financial planning session for post secondary schooling with Algonquin College, a topic which no doubt would be of interest to many parents of secondary school students. Please see the attached flyer for additional information

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 9th: 7&8 Parent-teacher interviews

Sunday, 29 October 2017

All Saints Blog Week of October 30th, 2017

Career Week at All Saints
October 30th to November 3rd is career week at the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and All Saints is participating with activities all week long.  This includes Skills Ontario Presentations, student games during lunch hour related to work skills, and Take your kid to work day on November 1st.  All homerooms will then participate in a trivia game on Friday related to careers and skills information with the winning homeroom receiving a pizza lunch.

All Saints’ Feast Day
November 1st is All Saints’ Feast Day, and we will be observing this important day at our school with an opening day prayer and homeroom liturgy.  

Students as Researchers (STAR)
The Ministry of Education is hosting the Students as Researchers (StAR) initiative again this year.  This initiative is designed to teach students about conducting their own research on a topic that is of interest to them.  Our All Saints group led by Ms. Clancy attended a three day StAR training forum last week and will then work together on their research project throughout the school year.  In the spring, our team will have the opportunity to present their research at a board forum, and possibly at a provincial conference.  Thanks to our group for their participation.


English Language Learners - Saturday Support Club
Our School Board has established a Saturday Learning Club to provide teacher assistance and Saturday supports to English Language Learners and other students requiring assistance.  Some highlights of the program:
  • Every​ ​Saturday,​ ​students​ ​will​ ​receive​ ​teacher​ ​assistance.
  • Saturday​ ​supports​ ​will​ ​help​ ​students​ ​develop​ ​skills​ ​for​ ​improved​ ​literacy​ ​(oral
  • communication,​ ​reading​ ​and​ ​writing)​ ​and​ ​numeracy.
  • Students​ ​will​ ​have​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​collaborate,​ ​leverage​ ​technology,​ ​develop study​ ​habits,​ ​improve​ ​learning​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​to​ ​prepare​ ​for​ ​school​ ​day​ ​projects,​ ​tests, quizzes​ ​and​ ​culminating​ ​activities,​ ​etc.
  • Students​ ​will​ ​have​ ​access​ ​to​ ​technology.
  • FREE​ ​to​ ​all​ ​students.
Please see the following program description for additional information

Heritage Fair - Provincial Presentation
Over the last few years, our grade 8 students have been involved with the Heritage Fair initiative.  This is an opportunity for students to review a Canadian concept, personality or historical event and present the information to their peers.  Beyond our school involvement, some students have the opportunity to present at the provincial level.  Ruby, one of our students last year, had the opportunity to participate in June at the Toronto provincial fair.  I asked her to share her experience below:

This past June I was privileged enough to represent my school in the Ontario provincial heritage fair in Toronto. What started out as a school project grew into an incredible experience that I will never forget.  I made long lasting friendships, learnt more about the rich history of the beautiful country I live in, and developed research and creative skills through developing my project. The fair was full of vibrant and informative performances and workshops. From York University's archives, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and even just the beautiful architecture of Union train station, my trip was packed with sights to see and history to learn. The most notable part of the trip for me was the visit to Black Creek Pioneer Village, a living museum, in which I got to be fully immersed in the different aspects of the Canadian life at the time of confederation. I would like to thank everyone involved in making this extraordinary event possible as it was an exceptional opportunity that I am proud to have been a part of. The experience has encouraged and inspired in me a desire to continue discovering Canada’s past and will certainly influence my course choices as I continue my high school career.

Student Council Halloween Week Spirit Activities
Our student council has arranged a number of Halloween related activities and spirit days this coming week:
Monday October 30th: PJ Day
  • Everyone wears their PJs or comfy clothes
  • Activity at HS lunch we will have an obstacle course set up for the students to partake in.
Tuesday October 31th: HALLOWEEN/ Costume Day
  • Halloween Fashion Show - students are reminded to participate in culturally appropriate costumes that reflect our standing dress code (no masks)
Wednesday November 1st:  Western Day
  • Students will dress up in attire of the Wild West. Wearing plaid, cowboy hats, jeans etc
  • Activity at HS lunch Lip Sync Battle
Thursday November 2nd: Career Day
  • Students will dress up in the attire of the profession they wish to pursue after high school or the attire of a current part time job.
  • Activity at HS lunch: Career trivia will be a Kahoot. Kahoot is a trivia based game that all students can take part in by using their phones.
Friday November 3rd: Blackout Day
  • Students will wear strictly black clothing. This relates to the spooky theme of halloween week.
  • Activity at HS lunch  - Minute to win it. Selected students will participate in various different tasks
Sessions for Parents:

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

OSAP and Financial Planning for Parents
On November 8th, the Catholic School Council at Immaculata HS is hosting an OSAP and financial planning session for post secondary schooling with Algonquin College, a topic which no doubt would be of interest to many parents of secondary school students. Please see the attached flyer for additional information

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 2nd: 7&8 Report Card distribution
November 4th: All Saints Craft Fair (at the school)
November 9th: 7&8 Parent-teacher interviews