Dec 5, 2022
Dear Parents & Guardians,
There may not be snow on the ground, but it is certainly beginning to feel a lot more like Christmas at Sacred Heart. There are a number of activities underway. We have just under 3 weeks until we reach the Christmas break. Our last day of classes will be Friday, December 23rd. Staff and students will return to school on Monday, January 9th.
We have several updates to share with you.
Christmas Basket/Hamper Campaign
With your support, our Sacred Heart community provides families with food items and holiday gifts each year at Christmas. We’re hoping to support 40 families and our local food banks this year.
Homeroom classes have chosen to support families and have been given family profiles. We are asking that you help your Sacred Heart Husky, if you are able, by donating either through School Cash Online or by supporting the designated family in their homeroom with canned goods and gift cards. Donations can be made through School Cash Online up to and including December 12th. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
For the first time in several years we are pleased to be hosting our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. This liturgical event preserves and shares the sacred symbolism of Advent. It prepares Sacred Heart’s family and the surrounding community to explore the true meaning of Christmas together.
When: Thursday December 8th, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Sacred Heart Atrium
6:00 pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony including a liturgical service accompanied by the ⅞ Christmas Choir, a re-enactment of the Nativity story and presentation of the Christmas symbols.
6:30 - 8:00 pm: Fellowship and Family Activities including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas crafts, cookie decorating, face painting, reading with Rudolph and Reindeer games. Hot apple cider/hot chocolate and treats will also be served. Special guest appearances from Elsa, Belle and Cinderella.
Please consider donating to one of our sponsored charities: Shepherds of Good Hope, Relay for Life (bake sale and gift basket raffle) and the Stittsville Food Bank. Donation bins will be available on site.
We hope that you and your family will join us to celebrate the advent season as a community.
A late bus is now available for students seeking transportation home from an after-school activity. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:30pm, students can meet the yellow school bus in the bus loop at the rear of the school. There is no sign-up required. The late bus will follow a route that stops at the following locations:
Granite Ridge Dr.
Jackson Trails, Stittsville Main (St. Stephen's Catholic School)
West Ridge Dr.
Brightside (Guardian Angels School)
Hartsmere (Westwind School)
Huntley Rd. to Richmond
Christopher Hamilton St.
McBean St. (South Carleton High School)
Munster Side Rd & Bleeks Rd.
Robert Grant Dr.
Information from OCSB Indigenous Education Lead
Any family wishing to receive communications from the Indigenous Education team (quarterly newsletters, as well as updates on opportunities for Indigenous students and families), please review THIS PARENT LETTER.
OCSB United in Black
OCSB United In Black (formerly known as Black Shirt Day) is coming on Monday, January 16th, 2023. Staff, parents & students can purchase a t-shirt and/or a button to show their support to #ocsbUnitedInBlackDay. Orders can be placed through your School Cash Online account - click here Youth t-shirt order (deadline DEC. 8th) Adult t-shirt order (deadline: DEC. 15th).
Rich Summative Tasks (RSTs) and Exam Dates
Preparation for final course assessments is approaching as we near the end of semester 1 course. It is important that students are present and prepared on the day RSTs take place in classes. RST dates are communicated to students by their teacher and differ by course.
High school semester 1 exams will occur over a period of four days, from Tuesday, January 24 to Friday, January 27. All exams begin at 8:30am.
Tuesday, January 24 - All Period 1 exams
Wednesday, January 25 - All Period 2 exams
Thursday, January 26 - All Period 3 exams
Friday, January 27 - All Period 4 exams
Students are to stay in the classroom for a minimum of one hour. As they complete their exam, students may be dismissed by the supervising teacher. Students are able to leave the building once they have finished their exam. The yellow bus arrival and departure times at the end of the day will remain the same.
Vacation and work arrangements are expected to be made around the examination timetable (Student Handbook, pg 10).
In the event of an "inclement weather day” during the high school exam period where yellow school bus transportation is canceled, exam schedules at all OCSB schools for all students will be affected (not just for school bus riders). The missed exam will be written the following school day. All other exams will be bumped by one day. For example, if Friday, January 27th were declared an inclement weather day, then all period 4 exams would be written on Monday, January 30th. During a snow day, the school will be open, but exams will not be written.
Thank you for your continued support.