April 15th Update

posted Apr 15, 2020, 6:45 AM by Brent Hopkins   [ updated Apr 15, 2020, 6:46 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

We’re in the midst of our 4th week of Learning from Home.  We will continue to use our recommended weekly schedules as guidelines (Sample 7&8 Visual Planner, Recommended High School Schedule).  We are still in the process of adopting this new model of delivery.  Each day seems to bring new challenges, but progress is being made in establishing new learning routines.  

Late last week an update was sent to all grade 12 students (Grade 12 Update).  Teachers will share midterm marks with grade 12 students later this month.  Midterm reporting will only take place for grade 12 students. All students will receive final marks in June.

Yesterday, Premier Doug Ford announced that the school closure will extend past the tentative May 4th date provided earlier in April.  We expect further details to be provided by the Ministry of Education in the coming days.  

Last week staff delivered Chromebooks to families that did not have access to devices at home.  We are aware that several families in our school community do not have internet access. The Board has secured a large number of internet sticks that will be dispersed across the system.  We have requested support for Sacred Heart families who are without internet connectivity.  

We have already begun planning for next school year.  Scheduling and staffing processes take place each spring in preparation for the following year.  Should you be aware of any families in the community who are not already part of Sacred Heart, but who would like to register for 2020-21 - registration can be initiated by visiting: https://www.ocsb.ca/register/ .   

To help support the growth of our school community a 4th vice-principal has been appointed to the school for the 2020-21 school year.  We’re happy to share that Ms. Angelina Glynn will be joining our admin team next year as a vice-principal. Ms. Glynn is currently serving as a vice-principal at St. Joseph High School in Barrhaven.  Ms. Vandewint, Ms. Gillier-Symes, Mr. MacEachern and I will all remain at Sacred Heart. Additionally, we will welcome a new Religion Department Head to our leadership team in September. Ms. Catherine Carnegie (currently at St. Mark HS) has been appointed to the role.  Finally, we congratulate Mr. Chis Verberne who will be leaving Sacred Heart at the end of the year. Mr. Verberne has been appointed a vice-principal at Immaculata High School. 

Below please find updates from our Student Services Department and our Yearbook team, respectively:

A message from our Student Services Department:

We hope you are keeping well, physically distancing and socially connecting as we all find new ways to reach each other while taking care of ourselves. Try to:  eat healthy foods, stay hydrated, exercise, practice a relaxation technique, safely talk with family and friends and reach out for support if you need it

Resources:

my.studentinfo.ca for SHHS guidance appointments

Youth Mental Health Resource Lab 

West Ottawa Community Center 613 591 3686

Zone, Zone-Plus, and Queerios offer virtual youth drop-ins

Youth Service Bureau   Crisis Line:  613-260-2360

Ottawa Public Health 

Distress Centre of Ottawa 

Kids Help Phone.

 Calm App

Thank you to many of you who are reaching out to your neighbours, families and friends. We are here and will get through this together as a community. Stay home, stay healthy, and reach out to us if you need support.

 Yearbook Update:

Each spring in late March / early April our yearbook is submitted to our publisher for manufacturing.  The final touches have been made to our 2019-20 yearbook. There are a limited number of yearbooks available for purchase ($50) through School Cash Online (https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com/).  

Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins

Principal


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