May 29, 2022
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Unfortunately, the school continues to be without power. As a result, our school community will transition to remote learning tomorrow (Monday). If power is restored by 3 pm tomorrow we will return to in-person instruction on Tuesday. Parts of our catchment area remain without access to power and/or wifi, so we understand that this will limit participation in remote learning for some students. We will continue to update you on a daily basis while we await for power to be restored.
By 8 am on Monday morning students and parents will receive an email message from their respective homeroom teachers. The message will include a link to a document that contains the schedule for the week and Google Meet links for each of their teachers. We will be adhering to our grade 7/8 Online Schedule.
By 8:00 am on Monday students should receive a message from each of their subject teachers that contains directions and a Google Meet link. HS students will follow their regular schedule - HS May 2022 Online Schedule.
Chromebooks will again be available for pick-up at the front entrance of the school tomorrow morning between 7:30 am and 9:30 am. Devices that are loaned to students can be returned once we return to in-person instruction. No appointment or sign-up is required.
OSTA continues to work to restore transportation service. For updates please visit: www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/
We have several other additional updates, reminders and updates to share.
Last Friday we had the pleasure of hosting our first Prom in 3 years. Grade 12 students celebrated together at the Infinity Centre. We would like to thank our Prom Committee for the effort and commitment they put forward throughout the year to make the celebration possible. We look forward to honouring our graduate’s accomplishments at our June 29th commencement ceremony.
This week several Sacred Heart athletes will be representing the national capital region in provincial championships.
Emily Brennan, Molly Cadieux, Kaiya Woodcock, Alexa Chase, Payton LaPolice and Lei-Lei Fan- Saschenbrecker will all be representing the NCSSA (National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association) in various track & field events at the end of the week. The championship will be hosted at York University.
Our high lacrosse team travels to Mississauga today after capturing the NCSSAA championship. The team was the only tier 1 lacrosse team to go undefeated in the regular season. They also captured this season’s Spring Thaw tune-up tournament last month.
We wish all competing athletes the best of luck this week. Go Huskies!
OCSB Student Census
A reminder that the OCSB will be conducting a student census between May 25th and June 2nd. For additional information please visit: OCSB 2022 Student Census.
Mental Health and Well-Being Summer Program & Parent Transitions Webinar
The school board will be offering Mental Health & Well-Being sessions through the month of July and early August for students in Grades 5-12. These groups will take place over the "Google Meet" application. The groups will consist of 5 sessions, ranging from 40 minutes to 1 hour in length, and all five sessions will be completed over the span of 2 weeks with sessions taking place in the afternoon. During each group session, students will be provided with opportunities to learn and implement specific skills that will foster their social and emotional competence, resilience and well-being. Special attention will be given to the effects of stress in relation to post COVID-19. Students will also examine feelings of stress that may surface as they prepare to return to school after the extended break.
The Board will aso be offering a webinar aimed at providing support to parents of students transitioning from grade 6 to grade 7 and for those who are transitioning back to in-person schooling. It will include strategies for coping with stress for parents, helping your child with the transition from virtual to in-person learning, and how to help your child with the development of healthy habits and resilience. This session will be offered on Tuesday August 9th at 5pm OR Thursday August 18th at 7pm.
To register for either of the above Mental Health and Well-Being program for students or the Parent Transitions Webinar please visit: summer registration poster
Supporting Your Child Following A Crisis - Tragedy in Texas
This week we learned of the tragic killing of 19 elementary students and two staff at Robb elementary school in Texas. You may find it helpful to read this document from Dr Richard Bolduc, our Board’s Mental Health and Well-Being Lead. Our collective thoughts and prayers go out to their school community.
Combating Online Hate in Schools Session
The Board will be hosting Combating Online Hate in Schools: What to Know. What to Do on June 8th at 7 pm. The program examines the issues of digital citizenship in an age of online hate, will discuss some of the challenges young people face on popular digital platforms, will review some of the common symbols and codes used by extremists online, and will look at the ways in which anti-Asian, anti-Black and antisemitic content has been spread online recently. Poster. Click here to register.
Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) Resources
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Their goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, assist in the location of missing children, and prevent child victimization through a number of programs, services, and resources for Canadian families, educators, child-serving organizations, law enforcement, and other parties. C3P has recently provided two video resources for parents.
Online Risks and Emerging Trends
To help support online safety, C3P is launching a new video that addresses online risks and trends, as well as safety strategies families can use to help keep children and youth safe online. Watch the video and share it with families in your school community. Watch video
Cyberbullying and Online Child Sexual Exploitation
C3P’s director of education, Noni Classen, serves as a panelist on this virtual panel discussion, hosted by Public Safety Canada. Hear what she has to say about the issues and the guidance she has for helping to keep young people safe online. Watch video
OCSB Parents / Guardians of BIPOC Students Community Conversations: June 1st @7pm - Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA) Event
Join us for a conversation with fellow parents / guardians of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) students at the OCSB, as we discuss parent engagement, student well-being and more. It is the hope that this conversation will be the first of a regular series of get-togethers throughout each and every school year. We look forward to making community connections.
For more information, including how to register, visit: June 1 BIPOC Students Community Conversations
June 3rd PD Day
A reminder that Friday, June 3rd is a PD Day for all OCSB schools.
June 2nd Provincial Elections
On Thursday, June 2nd several schools will serve as provincial election polling stations. Sacred Heart HS is one of the sites where voting will be taking place. Arrangements have been made for voters to access the school by a designated entrance that leads directly to the wood floor gym (from the Shea Rd parking lot).
Thank you for your continued support.
Brent Hopkins, Principal