Sacred Heart High School

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June 5th Update - Power Restored / School ReOpens

June 5th, 2022

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

It gives me great pleasure to share that power has been restored to the school building today. The school will reopen tomorrow (June 6th) for in-person learning.

We would also like to thank Ottawa Hydro for their tremendous efforts to restore power to our communities.

We look forward to welcoming students and staff back to the building.

Brent Hopkins, Principal

June 1st Update - Remote Learning Continues

June 1, 2022

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

Based on information received today from Hydro Ottawa we can confirm now that power will not be restored in time to return to the building tomorrow.

Crews continue to work on the project today. The damage to power lines on Shea Rd was significant and complex to repair. Additional time is required to complete the replacement of several polls. Hydro Ottawa is working toward full restoration in that area with the hope of completing the project late on Friday

We will therefore need to continue with our remote delivery model tomorrow. Friday is a PD Day for all OCSB schools.

The Ontario Elections polling station that was to have been hosted at Sacred Heart tomorrow has been moved to Johnny Leroux arena.

Our sincere hope is that the next update shared will be to provide notification of the reopening of the school for next week. We will send notice by email to students and parents as soon as we receive confirmation regarding Monday's status.

Brent Hopkins


May 31st Update - Remote Learning Continues

May 31, 2022

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

The school remains without power. We will therefore continue with our remote learning model tomorrow (Wednesday). If power is restored by 6 pm tomorrow we will return to in-person learning on Thursday.

This is, of course, a frustrating and unfortunate situation for the school community. Staff, students and parents are hopeful that a return to the building will be possible soon. The community has worked hard throughout these last two years to be able to be in a position where the school building and our programs were again fully accessible. We very much look forward to reopening the school as soon as possible.

We appreciate your continued understanding and support.

Brent Hopkins


May 30th Update - Remote Learning Continues

May 30, 2022

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

This is a follow-up to the message sent to parents and students earlier today. Power has not yet been restored to the school. As a result we will continue with our remote learning model tomorrow (Tuesday, May 31st).

If power is up and running by 6 pm tomorrow we will return to in-person learning on Wednesday. We will share an update regarding the situation again tomorrow.

Brent Hopkins, Principal

May 29, 2022 Update - School Remains Closed

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.

High School (Grade 9-12)

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:

We have several other additional updates, reminders and updates to share.

Prom 2022

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.

OFSAA Championships

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

May 26, 2022 - School Closure Update

May 26, 2022

Dear Parents, Students and Guardians,

The school currently remains without power. As a result the school will continue to be closed tomorrow (May 27). We remain hopeful that the school will be able to reopen for students and staff on Monday.

If power is restored by 3 pm on Sunday we will return to in-person learning on Monday morning.

If the power outage persists through the weekend we will move to remote learning beginning Monday, May 30th.

In preparation for the possibility that a transition to remote learning could occur on Monday, we have arranged for Chromebooks to be available for pick-up at the front entrance of the school tomorrow (Friday). Devices that are loaned to students tomorrow can be returned once we return to in-person instruction. No appointment or sign-up is required. Staff will be on-site to distribute devices between 12 pm and 2 pm tomorrow.

We will continue to share updates as they become available. A reminder that our school email account is being monitored on a regular basis. Please feel free to reach out to us.

Brent Hopkins


May 25, 2022 - School Closure Update

May 25th, 2022

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

The Board provided another update to parents today - May 25th OCSB Update. Sacred Heart continues to be one of the school sites that has not yet had power restored. We know that homes in the area continue to be brought back online, but many remain without hydro power.

The school will be closed tomorrow (May 26th). If the situation persists through the weekend we will transition to remote learning beginning Monday. We will provide an update tomorrow - including information about device pick-up at school on Friday if power continues to be unavailable.

We have postponed the writing of the PISA assessment for those scheduled to participate. A date will be confirmed and communicated when school re-opens.

As indicated yesterday, our Prom venue is ready and able to move forward with Friday’s graduation event. We know that grade 12s have been looking forward to celebrating the first Prom in 3 years. Grade 12 students are asked to check their school email accounts tomorrow for an email from the school containing Prom-related information.

We thank you for your patience and continued support.

Brent Hopkins


May 24, 2022 - School Closure Update

May 24, 2022

Dear Parents & Guardians,

The Board has provided an update for the OCSB Community (May 24th OCSB Update). The majority of schools will be open tomorrow. However, due to the fact that Sacred Heart HS continues to be without power, our school will remain closed tomorrow (May 25th). It is also important to note that we will not be moving to remote learning tomorrow. A large number of students and staff continue to be without power and/or reliable access to the internet.

The storm on Saturday is challenging for everyone. Our Board Mental Health and Well-Being Lead, Dr. Richard Bolduc, has shared this reference resource for parents and staff: Weather crisis in Ottawa May Long Weekend.

With respect to the three events referenced in yesterday's update: High School Lacrosse Championship, PISA testing and Friday’s Prom. The National Capital Lacrosse championship has tentatively been scheduled for Thursday at 3:30pm (subject to field availability). The winner of this game will travel to the Provincial championships in Mississauga, ON next Monday and Tuesday. We hope to proceed as planned with PISA testing for those scheduled to participate on Thursday - provided the school is open. In regards to Prom, we are happy to report that our venue has indicated that they are able and ready to host on Friday. As indicated yesterday, there are several other additional events and initiatives that will also need to be rescheduled as we move forward.

We will provide an update tomorrow for students, staff and parents when a decision about Thursday has been made by the Board.

Please know that the school email account will continue to be monitored. Feel free to reach out to the school at

Brent Hopkins


May 23, 2022 School Closure Information

May 23, 2022

Dear Students, Parents & Guardians,

We hope that you and your families are safe following Saturday’s storm. We know that many areas of the city, including large areas within our school catchment, are still without power. Many are also faced with the challenges of dealing with home and property damage. Those impacted will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

The school board (OCSB) shared a notice with all parents today (OCSB May 23rd Letter to Parents). All OCSB schools will be closed tomorrow (May 24th). Given the number of communities without power, remote learning will not be taking place. We are hopeful that school will reopen on Wednesday, May 25th. An update regarding reopening will be provided tomorrow.

Several class and school events will be impacted by tomorrow’s closure. In some cases events will need to be rescheduled. Of immediate note, the high school lacrosse team was scheduled to play in the national capital championship game tomorrow. That game and the fan bus that had been arranged will be rescheduled for later in the week (date and time to be confirmed). For those scheduled to take part in PISA testing, the test has been rescheduled from Wednesday, May 25th to Thursday, May 26th. Finally, this Friday grade 12 students are scheduled to celebrate their prom. We will provide an update tomorrow regarding the impact, if any, the storm has on prom.

The school will be closed to all students and staff. However, the school email account will continue to be monitored. Please feel free to reach out to the school at

Brent Hopkins


May 12, 2022 Update

May 12th, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last Friday we hosted our first Cake Auction in 3 years. We would like to sincerely thank you for your generous support of the event which raised an incredible $49,200. The funds raised will help support 21 different charities. Congratulations to everyone involved - staff, students and parents. A special thank you to our Gr 12 Leadership Class for their enthusiastic promotion and planning. The full collection of cakes prepared for last Friday’s celebration can be viewed by clicking on the following link: 2022 SHHS Cakes .

OCSB Virtual Dance Showcase

Among the many events hosted during Education Week was the annual OCSB Dance Showcase. Sacred Heart typically serves as a host site for elementary, intermediate and high school teams in the area. This year the event was hosted virtually. Congratulations to both our 7&8 and HS teams. To view our submissions please visit the following links: (Lights Are On!, 7&8) (Coffee Break!, High School)

Math Tutoring Available After School

We are pleased to announce the start of free after school math tutoring sessions Monday-Thursday from 2:25-3:25pm. Students looking for extra support with their math studies are invited to drop in.

Gr 7-9 in rm 328 (beginning May 16th)

Gr 10-12 in rm 326 (beginning May 11)


A reminder that we are asking that consideration be made to dropping off and/or picking up your child(ren) in the proximity of the school. The Walk-a-Block model is being encouraged in order to help alleviate traffic congestion. Delaying on-site pick-ups of your child(ren) until after the peak period (2:10-2:30 pm) is another alternative. With a student population of 2000 this 20 minute window is particularly challenging. Students, yellow buses and special transportation vans are attempting to make their way off property.

Final Reminder: OSTA 2022-23 Transportation Confirmation

Are you planning on using student transportation in 2022-2023? To make better use of transportation services, OSTA is asking all parents and guardians of OCSB eligible students to confirm their intentions for transportation services for 2022-2023. Without confirmation that you intend to have your child(ren) use transportation your child(ren) will not be assigned a bus or van seat.

COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits

We will again be sharing COVID-19 Rapid Test kits with students to take home (5 tests per kits). Kits will be distributed on Tuesday, May 17th. Additional test kits continue to be available upon request in the main office.

Revised High School Graduation Requirements

Last week the school board (OCSB) shared a message with parents outlining the e-learning graduation requirement introduced this year by the Province. The change does not impact current grade 11 or 12 students, but does apply to students graduating in 2024 and afterward. To review the message sent on May 4th please visit Elearn graduation requirement information.

Final Week of School

The last official day of school for students is Wednesday, June 29th.

We will be hosting our awards assembly for grade 7&8 students on Monday, June 27th. Grade 7&8 report cards are scheduled to be released later the same day.

Tuesday, June 28th and Wednesday, June 29th will be Credit Recovery Days for students in grades 9-12. The final day of regular classes for high school students will be Monday, June 27th. Students will be completing Rich Summative Tasks (RSTs) at the conclusion of each course. The completion of the RST is a course requirement.

Grade 12 students will be graduating on Wednesday, June 29th. Our commencement ceremony will begin at 9:30 am and will take place at the Bell Sensplex indoor field.

Victoria Day - May 23rd & PD Day - June 3rd

Please note that Monday, May 23rd is a holiday. Friday, June 3rd is a PD Day for all OCSB schools. As a result, there will not be classes on either day.

Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins


May 1, 2022 Update

May 1, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

April has come to a close and we are moving into May. This week is Education Week. As part of the week’s celebrations both our Grad-Teacher hockey game (Wednesday) and Cake Auction (Friday) will be taking place. It has been 3 years since we’ve been able to host these events. On Tuesday evening Marie Burnett, who serves as one of our guidance counselors, will be awarded with a Director of Education Commendation. Congratulations Ms Burnett! For a summary of our OCSB Education Week please visit: OCSB Catholic Education Week.

High School Midterm Report Cards

High school (gr 9-12) midterm report cards were released on Thursday, April 28th. They are available for viewing through the OCSB Parent Portal.

Information from the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA)

Did you know the deadline for NEW Joint Custody applications is June 1st?

Both homes must be within the attendance boundary and eligible for transportation to apply.

For Joint Custody RENEWALS, the deadline is June 30th! Remember, J/C renewals must be done every year. Our convenient fillable renewal form is to be completed by one parent, providing there are no changes to the existing schedule.

Find out more about Variable Transportation to two homes here:


The beginning and end of the school day are busy periods in the area around Sacred Heart. We are asking that consideration be made to dropping off and/or picking up your child(ren) in the proximity of the school. The Walk-a-Block model is being encouraged in order to help alleviate traffic congestion. Alternatively, pick-ups can also be made after the peak period (2:10-2:30 pm). We’re hopeful this will alleviate some of the parking lot congestion - particularly at the end of the day when yellow school buses and Special Transportation vans are attempting to make their way off property.

Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins


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