June 28, 2022
Dear Parents & Guardians,
As we enter the final days of the school year we would like to again thank you for your continued support. It has been quite the year! We hope that the summer will provide some time for rest and relaxation with family and friends. We are looking forward to the 2022-23 school year.
Report Card Release
Grade 7&8 Final Report Cards were released yesterday. They are available for viewing through the Parent Portal. High School Final Report cards are scheduled to be released via the Parent Portal on July 6th. We will share a message with parents when marks are posted.
A reminder for students that lockers should be emptied by the end of the day on Wednesday, June 29th. Locks will need to be cut after that date so that summer cleaning can be completed. New locker assignments will be shared in September.
Any students who have yet to pick up their 2021-22 yearbook are welcome to do so between 8 and 2 pm. They are available in the main office.
Information Accuracy Affects OSTA’s Planning
Are you moving or changing daycare providers? Or considering Extended Day Program part-time or 5 days a week? Your decisions, and school data, affect OSTA’s accuracy when we plan routes. During these complex times, it is critical that parents give their school the most accurate information AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to avoid extended waiting for a transportation change in the fall.
Joint Custody and Transportation to Two Homes – Renewals
Don’t forget that the renewal process must be done every year! The renewal form for existing variable transportation arrangements (Joint Custody) is available online. Only one parent needs to complete the renewal form, providing no changes to the existing schedule are required, including access days and stop locations. If there are any changes to your child(ren)’s information, then both TRA-T22A and TRA-T22B forms will have to be submitted with the new changes and signed by both parents. Renewal Joint Custody Forms must be submitted NO LATER THAN June 30th
Empty Seats/Courtesy Seating – Possible Suspension
If there continues to be COVID protocols in place for the start of the 2022-2023 school year, the Empty seat/Courtesy seating program will be suspended once again. If there are no COVID protocols, the Empty Seat program may be reinstated, however, some new limitations may be required to address the operational pressures due to the ongoing driver shortage. This decision will be made at the end of August.
We encourage parents to plan ahead and practice walking their children to school over the summer. Please check our active transportation section for information on Pedestrian Safety, Walking Routes and Walk-A-Block.
OSTA Parent Web Portal Closed
OSTA’s Parent Web Portal (Bus Stop Finder) will be closed from the end of June until mid-August. Please check our website and social media pages regularly for important transportation announcements, deadlines and other vital information. The portal will reopen mid-August with next year’s transportation information.
Choosing to Drive? Let OSTA Know
Some parents may choose to drive their children to school in the fall rather than letting them take the bus or may not be sending their children to school at all. If you are not planning on using student transportation, please update your intentions by completing the Transportation Confirmation form. You will be helping give those who really need transportation space on the bus.
School Zone Safety and Walk-A-Block
As parents decide how to get their children to school, we anticipate an increase in car traffic around the school. We encourage students to walk to school as much as possible, but if walking isn’t an option, we urge parents who drive their children to school and add Walk-A-Block to their routine. Try parking away from the school and walking the last block or two. This summer, take some time to plan your route by finding the five-minute walk radius around your school using google maps or download your school’s Walk-A-Block Map. By planning ahead, you’ll get a jump start on your back-to-school planning!
Pedestrian Safety – Walk to Your School Initiative
This summer, families in the Walk Zone are encouraged to safely spend time outside while familiarizing themselves with their route to school and learning more about the benefits of active transportation. Walking to school is an excellent way for children to get their daily quota of physical exercise. It also helps improve student behaviour, and students come to school prepared to learn. Visit OSTA’s Walk and Roll Zone to find information on Walking Routes and Pedestrian Safety. Learn and practice pedestrian safety skills and discover routes to school before classes are back in session! #getyourwalkon #ottwalk2school.
Virtual School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day
OSTA’s Annual School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day will be a virtual experience this year. We will share safety materials throughout the summer to prepare new riders and remind experienced riders how to stay safe on the bus. OSTA will also share materials relating to physical distancing on the bus and hygiene and germ safety while traveling.
DriveYellow.ca - Driver Recruitment Website
Looking for a satisfying part-time job that fits your work-life balance? Take the wheel and drive yellow! Yellow school bus drivers are impactful workers who are highly valued by our communities for getting kids safely to school.
Old ocsbstudent accounts
Last September, all students were assigned a new student account ending in stu.ocsb.ca. The Board allowed students to keep access to their old student accounts ending in ocsbstudent.ca. They are now in the process of shutting down the old ocsbstudent.ca domain. As of July 14, 2022, accounts ending in ocsbstudent.ca will be deleted.
If there are Google Drive files in an ocsbstudent.ca account that your child would like to keep, please have them transfer them to their new account before the end of June.
New Student Orientation - Save the Date
From 11:00 to 1:30 on the Wednesday , August 31st there will be a welcome lunch, tour, and activities for all students that are new to Sacred Heart HS.
A reminder email with more detailed information will be sent to parents in mid August.
Kids for Kids Talent Showcase
The Kiwanis Club of Kanata-Stittsville will once be running their annual live Kids for Kids (K4K) Talent Showcase. This is not a Talent Contest, rather, Kids donate their talent and time to raise funds to help other children in their community who are in need or at risk. Some of the funds raised go towards the Kiwanis Computers for Kids Project. The showcase is open to children ages 8 through 18 and this year will take place on October 21st at the Stittsville United Pentecostal Church Auditorium. Interested youth are invited to submit video auditions between now and September 16th, 2022. For additional information please see: Information Letter, K4K Information Poster.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful July and August.