September 20, 2022 Updates
September 20, 2022
School Start-Up Information - September 2, 2022
September 2, 2022
Dear Parents & Guardians,
We hope that you and your family have been able to enjoy the summer months. We are excited to be welcoming students back for the 2022-23 school year. Staff have been preparing for the start of the school year.
We have several information items we’d like to share with you.
A significant amount of scheduling work has been taking place over the last several weeks.
Prior to Monday students in grade 7&8 and their parents will receive an email message advising them of their homeroom assignment. The location of the classroom will also be provided. Staff will be available on Tuesday morning to help direct students to their classes.
High school students (gr 9-12) are able to view their schedule by logging into my.studentinfo.ca . Students are asked to verify their schedules in mystudentinfo.ca on Monday to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.
Any student who does not have a schedule should report to Student Services on Tuesday morning to meet with a guidance counselor.
Course change requests should be made through mystudentinfo.ca .
Cafeteria Open - Servery Closed
As was the case at the end of last year, our cafeteria will be open for students during both 7&8 and HS lunch. Our servery, however, is not yet open. Our provider, Chartwells, has not yet been able to secure staffing (School Cafeteria Job Posting). We hope to provide food service again as soon as possible.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Screening Tool
The Province has updated the School Screening Tool. The tool can be accessed by visiting:covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ .
Anyone who is feeling sick or has any symptoms of illness should stay home. Specific information about when to return to school, masking, etc can be secured through the use of the screening tool.
For your reference, we’re also sharing Dr. Etches’ September 1st Update.
Notifying School of Illness - School Attendance Line
Please inform the school at 613-831-6643 (main line) or 613-831-0543 (attendance line) if your child is away from school.
If your child is home sick, they can access their school work via Hapara and/or their teacher's website.
Main Office Procedures
If you need to pick up your son/daughter before the end of the school day we ask that you do so before 1:45 pm.
If your child will be signing-in or signing-out parents are asked to contact the main office to notify the school. Alternatively, you can provide your child with a note.
Beginning and End-Of-Day Pick-Up and Drop-Off
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). This helps 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. Please note that construction currently taking place on Shea Rd may also cause delays.
OSTA’s Parent Portal is now open. Please review your child’s information on OSTA’s Parent Portal by visiting then check the posted list on the website to confirm the route’s status regularly. If you need help accessing your child's busing info, please review our online Parent Portal Guide under Helpful Resources. For additional information OSTA’s website (ottawaschoolbus.ca) is also available.
Parents will receive a message via School Cash Online next week when Student Fee payment is made available ($25). Student fee funds are used to supplement the cost of student id cards, student council activities, spirit building activities, field trips, awards, school clubs, teams and activities.
If you are wondering what items to prepare for your child this year, click here to access a list of recommended items.
We encourage a Bring Your Own Device model. We would recommend any model of Chromebook as students will be using the Google Suites of Tools with the OCSB. For further information please review the following: BYOD Model.
The majority of textbooks were returned in June. We are asking students with outstanding items (textbooks, team uniforms, etc) that were not returned in the spring to bring those items with them on the first day. We will have an outstanding textbook drop off table located in the atrium.
All students in grade 7&8 will be issued a locker. Locker distribution for grade 7 & 8 students will take place on September 6th.
A locker request form was sent by email to all students in grade 9-12 on August 29th. Any student who completed the request by Thursday, September 1st will be issued a locker on Tuesday, September 6th. Lockers will be issued to gr 9-12 students who indicate that they would like one. The request form remains open. Late requests will be assigned after September 6th. All assigned lockers should be secured with a lock by the end of the day on Friday, September 9th. Unsecured lockers may be re-assigned.
2022-23 Bell Schedules
Grade 7 & 8
Warning Bell 8:00
Period 1 8:15-9:05
Period 2 9:05-9:55
Nutrition Break 9:55-10:00
Period 3 10:00-10:50
Period 4 10:50-11:40
Period 5 12:30-1:20
Period 6 1:20-2:10
End of Day 2:10
Warning Bell 8:00
Period 1 8:15-9:30
Period 2 9:35-10:50
Period 3 11:35-12:50
Period 4 2:55-2:10
Dismissal Bell 2:10
Meet the Teacher
We will be hosting Meet the Teacher Nights later this month. Please mark your calendars. More details to follow.
Grade 7&8: Wednesday, September 14th from 4-6 pm
Grade 9-12: Thursday, September 15th from 4- 6 pm
Any parents interested in joining our School Council are invited to return the following completed form by Tuesday, September 27th: Candidate Nomination Form. Completed forms can be scanned and emailed to SacredHeart.High@ocsb.ca or can be dropped off in the main office. All parents are welcome.
School Cash Online
We are continuing to offer on-line payment for activities and goods at Sacred Heart. For convenience, safety and efficiency reasons, we want to reduce the amount of cash and cheques coming into our school. We are asking parents to please take 5 minutes to register, by following the steps below. Once you are registered online, you will begin receiving emails about upcoming events
Step 1: Please click on this link: ocsb.schoolcashonline.com
Step 2: Register by selecting the “Get Started Now” and following the steps.
Step 3: After you receive the confirmation email, please select the ‘click here’ option, login in and add each of your children to your household account.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions during the registration process or while shopping online, please contact the school or the friendly Parent Help Desk by calling 1-866-961-1803 or by e-mailing email@example.com
Addressing Your Questions and Concerns
From time to time throughout the year, you may have a question about something related to your child’s education. To avoid frustration, we suggest the following pathways to assist you in resolving issues or finding answers:
Classroom teacher: available to answer questions related to homework, assignments, behaviour, classroom rules and consequences. This should be your first step in dealing with any classroom related issue.
Resource Teacher: available to discuss supports outlined in student’s Individual Education Plans (I.E.P.s). In addition to serving as a support for students, Resource teachers also consult with classroom teachers regarding educational accommodations and/or modifications.
Guidance Counselor: available to answer questions related to timetables, career planning, personal and social issues, special educational needs, and to suggest possible referrals to appropriate school personnel and outside agencies.
Vice-Principal: available to help you resolve issues related to student progress once you have discussed the issue with the teacher. VP’s also deal with student registrations outside of the “normal” intake times, student suspensions and issues related to conduct, attendance and truancy, report card concerns, conflict resolution, and safety and security issues.
Principal: available to assist you in resolving issues related to student progress if you have been unable to resolve those issues through discussions with the teacher and Vice Principal. Also, available to discuss issues related to safety and security, fundraising, School Council, teacher conduct and school policies.
Office Administrators: available to assist you in answering questions related to day to day functioning of the school, attendance, and referrals to appropriate personnel for various services.
We hope this helps you in determining the best pathway to getting the answers you are seeking.
Zone 1 Trustee
Our OCSB Zone 1 trustee is Mardi de-Kemp.
Mardi de Kemp, OCSB Zone 1Trustee
Phone: 343 961 2998
September 6 First Day of Classes
September 8 Grade 9 Assembly (period 1)
Grade 10 Assembly (period 2)
September 9 Grade 11 Assembly (period 1)
Grade 12 Assembly (period 2)
September 12 Grade 7 Assembly (period 1)
Grade 8 Assembly (period 2)
September 14 7&8 Meet the Teacher Night (4-6 pm)
September 15 School Photos (Gr 7-9)
HS Meet the Teacher Night (4-6 pm)
September 16 School Photos (Gr 10-12)
Last day for HS Course Changes
As new information is available, we will continue to communicate with you. If you did not receive this by email, please take a moment to sign-up for a SchoolMessenger account.
The Parent Portal
The Parent Portal allows parents to view their child’s report card. Parents who have not yet registered may do so by visiting: ocsb.ca/our-schools/calendar/parent-portal/.
Please also continue to visit our school website shh.ocsb.ca. Daily announcements for students are posted on our landing page (click on the Daily Announcements tab). We’re also on Twitter @SacredHeartHS.
Thank you for your continued support. Have a great weekend!
Brent Hopkins, Principal
Alanna Vandewint, Vice-Principal (7&8 students)
Shawn MacEachern, Vice-Principal (HS student last names A-G)
Angelina Glynn, Vice-Principal (HS student last names H-M)
Mary-Jane Gillier-Symes, Vice-Principal (HS student last names N-Z)
School Cafeteria Career Opportunities
Working at your local school cafeteria provides convenient work hours, an excellent benefits package, and time off to spend with your family. If you're interested in part-time or full-time work, email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (please include your location in the suject line.)
Register today. School starts on Tuesday, September 6.
Our building is closed for the summer, but you can still register for school using the online registration form on the OCSB website. Go to ocsb.ca/register to learn more and complete the form. We look forward to welcoming your child on September 6!
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