Sacred Heart High School

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September 20, 2022 Updates

September 20, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We’ve had a great start to the school year. Staff and students have settled back into our school routines. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on September 14th and/or 15th for our Meet the Teacher evenings.

We have a few updates to share with you.

Sports, Clubs and Activities

During our opening assemblies we encouraged students to get involved in some of the many teams, clubs and activities available. For a full list of what is available throughout the year please refer to: 7&8 Sports, Clubs & Activities , Gr 9-12 Sports Clubs & Activities.

To stay informed you are welcome to follow our Daily Announcements which can be found on the landing page of our school website.

Parent Portal Electronic Forms

It is very important that we have accurate student and family information, especially in cases of an emergency. Please take time to complete/confirm the following forms for each of your children:

  • Media Consent Link

  • Technology Consent Link

  • OCSB Student Verification

This can be done through the Parent Portal, using the following instructions: Instructions for Accessing Forms in the Parent Portal

Terry Fox Run/Walk

On Tuesday, September 27th (September 28th rain date). Students in grades 7-12 will be participating in the Terry Fox walk. For more information please review: 2022 SHH Terry Fox Walk. We’re looking forward to supporting Terry’s mission.

Sens Fundraiser

Our annual Sens Fundraiser is back! Our campaign launches on September 23rd. Proceeds support school clubs, teams, activities and learning opportunities. We have some great games available this year. Further information will be shared on Friday by email.

High School Letters of Intervention

High school Letters of Intervention will be emailed to parents on Thursday, October 6th. These serve as an early intervention tool should your child’s teacher be concerned about their progress to date. High School Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place on Thursday, October 13th. Additional booking information will be shared in advance of the booking window opening.

Student Fees

Thank you to those that have already accessed SchoolCash Online to submit Student Fee payments. Student Fees payments ($25) can be made up to, and including, September 30th. Student fee funds are used to supplement the cost of student id cards, student council activities, spirit building events, field trips, awards, school clubs, learning activities, teams and other activities.

Truth and Reconciliation Week

Next week (Sept 26-Sept 30) is Truth and Reconciliation Week. The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation will be observed on Friday, Sept 30th. As is the case for Remembrance Day, September 30th is a federal statutory holiday but not a provincial holiday, so school will remain open on Thursday.

Please encourage your child to wear an orange shirt on September 30 to show solidarity with the survivors of residential schools, to acknowledge our individual need to learn more about our shared history and how each of us can work to support reconciliation. For more information on Orange Shirt Day, please visit the official website:

This year orange shirts are being sold for $20 in the atrium during 7&8 an high school lunch. This year’s shirt was designed by a very talented SHH First Nations student. All proceeds will be donated to the Legacy of Hope Foundation.

Attendance / Signing-Out

Parents are free to leave a message reporting a child’s absence 24hrs a day on our dedicated attendance line - 613-831-0543. Each day the school receives a high volume of calls. We appreciate your patience as we work through messages left each day.

If you will be signing your child out before the end of the day it is recommended you provide them with a note that they can share with their classroom teacher and then present to the office when they are signing out of the building.


Please ensure that you have confirmed your child's transportation information in the OSTA Parent Portal. Bus routes and student eligibility for transportation can change from year to year, so it's important to have the most up-to-date information. Students can only ride the bus they have been assigned to, and may not bring friends on the bus.

Holy Spirit Parish Update

A Sacramental Preparation information and registration meeting will be taking place at Holy Spirit Parish on Thursday, September 22nd, from 6:30-7:30pm for parents interested in either First Communion or Confirmation.

Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins


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.

Student Schedules

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 . Students are asked to verify their schedules in 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 .

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 .

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

Grade 7 and 8 students who arrive after 8:05 am are to sign-in in the main office.

Grade 9-12 students who arrive late (after 8:05) should go directly to their homeroom from 8:05-8:20. After 8:20 high school (gr 9-12) students arriving late need to check into the main office.

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 ( is also available.

Student Fees

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.

Student Checklist

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.

Outstanding Textbooks

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

Homeroom 8:05-8:15

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

Lunch 11:40-12:30

Period 5 12:30-1:20

Period 6 1:20-2:10

End of Day 2:10

Grade 9-12

Warning Bell 8:00

Homeroom 8:05-8:15

Period 1 8:15-9:30

Period 2 9:35-10:50

Lunch 10:50-11:35

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

School Council

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 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

Register Online

Step 1: Please click on this link:

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

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


Twitter: @MardiDeKempOCSB

Upcoming Events

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

Staying Connected


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:

Please also continue to visit our school website 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 (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 to learn more and complete the form. We look forward to welcoming your child on September 6!

June 28th Update

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.

OSTA Information

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. - 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 The Board allowed students to keep access to their old student accounts ending in They are now in the process of shutting down the old domain. As of July 14, 2022, accounts ending in will be deleted.

If there are Google Drive files in an 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.

Brent Hopkins


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