Sacred Heart High School

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June 21st Update

June 21, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Today was the last day of classes for students. We, like you, are very proud of their progress and accomplishments over the course of this year. As the provincial re-opening continues to progress, we hope the summer break provides the opportunity for rest, relaxation and time with family and friends.

We have a few updates to share with you.

Pick-Up / Drop-off Information

Today was the first day of pick-up/drop-off activity for students. On June 15th an update was shared with parents and students outlining the plan for the week (End of Year Pick-Up/Drop-Off). Students dropping off textbooks are asked to place a piece of paper containing their name and their teacher's name inside the front cover of any books being returned. This will aid in cataloguing efforts. Students are reminded to complete the OPH Screening Tool prior to coming to school (OPH Screening Tool).


This morning we recognized grade 7&8 6C recipients. The 6Cs represent the Six Global Competencies - Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity, Character and Citizenship. In the fall we will also be recognizing students who earned Honour Roll designation. All awards will be distributed in the fall. Similarly, all grade 9-11 academic awards will be announced and distributed in the fall. All academic awards for grade 12 students will be announced as part of our graduation recognition event this week. Graduation award announcements will be shared on the first day of graduation (June 23rd).

Final Report Cards

The anticipated release date for grade 7&8 report cards is Friday, June 25th. High school (gr 9-12) report cards are expected to be available on Tuesday, June 29th. Report cards will be available through the OCSB Parent Portal.

2021-22 Kicks off on September 7th

Please note that the 2021-22 school year is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.

Message from Dr Etches

Dr Vera Etches has provided the following message of thanks for parents: Message from Dr. Etches

OSTA Update

Please see the following update from OSTA: End of Year Information from OSTA

Thank you

I would again like to take this opportunity to thank all members of our school community - students, staff and parents - for the effort and dedication put forth over these last 18 months. There is reason to be optimistic about the gains currently being made. As information becomes available regarding next fall we will continue to share it with you.

Stay strong SHHS!

Brent Hopkins


End of Year Pick-Up / Drop-off Information

June 15, 2021

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

We have some important year end information to share with you regarding item pick-up and drop-off. Please take a few minutes to review the following update.

Please note students should complete the daily screening tool prior to coming to the school (OPH Screening Tool). Physical distancing must be maintained and masks worn while at school. We continue to adhere to Ottawa Public Health protocols. Pylon markers will be placed at designated school entrances. These markers are to assist students in keeping 2 metres (6 feet) apart when accessing areas where others may also be present. Please remember to be mindful to remain 2 metres (6 feet) away from anyone else while on school property.

We are asking students to collect and drop off items as efficiently as possible. We know that you have not had the opportunity to see classmates in some time. Unfortunately, these school visits are not an appropriate occasion to gather with peers.

Building/Classroom Access

Prior to the April Break students were asked to bring their personal belongings and school supplies home with them. Since high school students were concluding their quadmester 3 courses very little was left in high school classrooms.

In the days leading up to the April Break our school community was dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak in grade 7&8 that impacted attendance. As a result, we know that there are 7&8 students who need access to their homeroom classrooms to pick up personal belongings.

If your child needs access to the building to collect their belongings please complete the following form by Thursday, June 17th at 8 pm: Access Request Link.

Any student requiring access to a classroom will be assigned an access time between 1:30 pm and 4pm on Monday, June 21st. Appointment times will be confirmed via email on Friday, June 18th.

Parents are welcome to bring students to school, however, only students will be permitted to enter the school to collect personal belongings.

Textbook Return & Chromebook Return

Chromebooks and textbooks that have been loaned to students can be returned on Monday, June 21st from 1:30-4pm or Tuesday, June 22nd from 9am-3pm. Return tables will be set up at two locations.

Gr 7&8 students can return Chromebooks and textbooks at the main Abbott street entrance.

High School students (excludes graduating students) can return Chromebooks and textbooks at the side entrance located on the Shea road side of the building.

An appointment time is not required.

Any students who were provided a school Chromebook between March 2020 and now will receive a more detailed email message from the school later today. This applies only to equipment loaned to support online remote learning.

Your assistance in ensuring borrowed items are returned is appreciated. It will help ensure a smooth start to the 2021-22 school year.

Yearbook Pick-Up

Students who have ordered a yearbook are invited to pick-up their book during the same time frames available for Chromebook and textbook drop-off.

Monday, June 21st from 1:30-4pm or Tuesday, June 22nd from 9am-3pm.

Students can pick-up yearbooks at the same locations designated for textbook and Chromebook drop-off.

Gr 7&8: Abbott street entrance

High School: Shea road entrance (excludes graduating students)

An appointment time is not required.

Graduating students

Graduation appointment times have been shared with all graduating students. Graduation appointments are taking place on Wednesday, June 23rd and Thursday, June 24th.

Chromebook and textbook drop-off as well as yearbook pick-up for all grade 12 students will take place during their scheduled graduation appointment time on either June 23rd or June 24th.

Sacred Heart HS

June 11th Update

June 11, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Yesterday, a message was sent to the school community advising that the last day of classes for all students will be Monday, June 21st (June 10th Message to Parents & Guardians). Students have 6 days of classes remaining. It has, without a doubt, been a year where we have faced challenges. Students, staff and parents have persevered. We hope that the summer break will provide an opportunity for the community to rest and recharge. The 2021-22 school year begins on Tuesday, September 7th. As a result students will have 11 weeks of summer - time to enjoy a well deserved break.

We have a few updates to share with you as we enter the weekend.

Resilience, Hope and Communication: Bridging through the Summer

Our school board Mental Health Lead, Dr. Richard Bolduc has provided the following letter for parents: Resilience, Hope and Communication: Bridging through the Summer.

Virtual Mental Health and Wellness Summer Program

Health and Wellness groups will be offered to students in Grades 5-12 during July and August by our Mental Health workers. This informative poster for summer groups describes the various themes offered by our Mental Health Workers. Please see the registration poster and associated links for details. The deadline for registration will be June 15th, 2021. Please contact Dr. Richard Bolduc ( should you have any questions.

Final Report Cards

The anticipated release date for grade 7&8 report cards is Friday, June 25th. High school (gr 9-12) report cards are expected to be available on Tuesday, June 29th. Report cards will be available through the OCSB Parent Portal.

Holy Spirit Parish Update

Holy Spirit Parish received directives from the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall regarding the update on the roadmap to reopen. On June 7, the Province of Ontario announced that Step 1 of the Reopening Ontario Plan will begin on Friday, June 11, 2021 (The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). Starting June 11th, celebration of liturgies with occupancy at 15% capacity will be permitted following all COVID-19 protocols (masks, attendance for contact tracing purposes, hand sanitizing, keeping 2 metre distance between fellow parishioners, no gathering in atrium or entrance, etc.). Please follow the instructions of the ushers.

Please visit for additional information.

Congratulations Ms. Mullaly!

On Tuesday, June 7th Ms. Mullaly was awarded the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Susan Davis Award. The award is presented to one grade 7-12 educator for leadership and commitment to arts education. Ms Mullaly is a visual arts teacher whose work with students has included several school and community projects and initiatives. Congratulations Ms Mullaly!

Thank you for your continued support. Enjoy the weekend.

Brent Hopkins


June 21st, 2021 - Last Day of Regular Classes

June 10th, 2021

Good Morning Parents and Guardians,

We have received notice that the last day of formal instruction will be Monday, June 21st for all students in grades K-12 at all OCSB schools. June 21st was already scheduled to be the final day of regular classes for students in grades 9-12. June 21st will now also be the final day of classes for students in grade 7&8 as well as students in our Inclusion program.

We will arrange times throughout the days of June 22, 23 and 24 for students to retrieve personal items from the school and/or to return books, chromebooks, and other supplies to the school. During this time, we will have staff onsite to help with pick-up and drop-off activity. We will be following Ottawa Public Health guidelines.

Early next week we will be sharing detailed information regarding the week of June 21-25. We will have scheduled processes set-up for the return of items such as borrowed Chromebooks and textbooks, etc. Yearbook distribution information will also be forthcoming.

Additional graduation information will also continue to be shared with grade 12 students as well as their parents and guardians. A reminder that our graduation recognition event will be taking place at school throughout the day on June 23rd (last names A-K) and June 24th (last names L-Z). Appointment times will be assigned alphabetically. Any items needing to be dropped off or picked up by graduating students can be completed at the time of their designated graduation appointment time on June 23rd or 24th.

Sacred Heart H.S.

June 2nd Update

June 2, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Earlier this afternoon an email notice from the school board (OCSB) was sent to all parents regarding the provincial government’s announcement today regarding the extension of the school closure (June 2nd Message from OCSB).

All students will continue to learn remotely for the balance of the school year. Our school community will continue to follow the daily structures currently in place. We know that, for many, today’s announcement is disappointing news. We continue to be encouraged by the commitment of all of the members of our school community - our students, staff and parents. We’ve entered the final stretch of the school year and we are confident the effort and dedication will result in a successful conclusion to the year.

We have some additional information to share with you:

June 4th PD Day - 7&8 Only

A reminder that Friday, June 4th is a PD Day for grade 7&8 students and teachers. Regular classes will be taking place for grades 9-12.

Youth Gatherings

We have been made aware that city bi-law and Ottawa Police have been dealing with incidents involving gatherings of young people taking place primarily after school hours. Of particular concern recently are incidents that have occurred in the vicinity of Johnny Leroux arena and Alexander Grove Park. The limited number of available activities and opportunities to socialize is very challenging for students. It would be appreciated if you could remind your child(ren) of the importance of continuing to adhere to the public restrictions in place. We will also remind students of the importance of continuing to make good decisions for themselves and others.

Invitation to Sacraments at Holy Spirit Parish

Holy Spirit Catholic Parish wants to invite the families of Sacred Heart to prayerfully consider a renewed participation in the life of the Church when public health concerns no longer prevent gathering as a larger community. In addition to our hopes of forming a youth group this Fall for grade 6-8 students (where older high schoolers have volunteer opportunities), we want to make the Sacraments of the Church available to as many young people as we can. Children in the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall are often able to prepare for and receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation) prior to their high school years. But we are aware that many families may have moved here from other areas without this opportunity. And many Catholic families have a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church that can shift greatly from year to year. If you have a child who has not received one of the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, or Confirmation in the Catholic Church, and you would like them to do so during the upcoming 2021-22 school year, please email Sean Flynn at by Wednesday June 16th. All we need is a short note indicating the parent’s name, child’s name, grade for 2021-22, and which Sacraments they intend to receive next year. We will contact all interested families by email for official registration by September.

Family Resources

OPH’s Parenting in Ottawa mental health page provides information about child and or youth mental health agencies. If you have a youth in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-260-2360, if outside Ottawa toll-free 1-877-377-7775.

Students and families can also contact Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.

Other resources:

School Mental Health Ontario

Counselling Connect

Importance of Summer Routines

July Wellness Calendar for Teens

August Wellness Calendar for Teens

Breakfast kits for families

Phone line support

Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins


June 4th PD Day (7&8 Only) and OSTA information

May 27, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have two updates / reminders to share with you this morning.

Friday, June 4th PD Day - grade 7&8 only

Next Friday, June 4th is a PD for grade 7&8 students. There will be no classes scheduled for grade 7&8 students on that day. It is a regular school day for all grade 9-12 students.

Transportation Planning for Next Year

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) is planning for next year’s transportation needs. Given the uncertainty that surrounds exactly what September might look like, OSTA Staff is working diligently to prepare

for a number of transportation scenarios for September 2021. This planning requires accurate student data.

In particular, please note the following deadlines:

  • New/changed applications and schedules for transportation to two homes June 1

  • Renewals of transportation to two homes June 30

For more transportation information, please see:

OSTA Letter to Parents: Planning for September 2021

Grade 9-12 Parent-Teacher Interviews

Grade 9 – 12 Parent Teacher Interviews

Thursday, May 27, 2011 from 2:40 – 4:40 p.m.

Please click here for booking availability

May 14th Update

May 14, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Earlier today the school board shared the following message with parents and guardians: OCSB May 14th Update. The update includes some very promising news regarding the vaccination plan for students.

In addition to the news provided by the Board we have a few additional updates and reminders to share with you today.

High School Midterm Marks & Parent-Teacher Interviews

High School quadmester 4 midterm marks will be emailed to parents on Thursday, May 20th. The online system for booking parent-teacher interviews will open the same day. Interviews will take place by phone or Google Meet on Thursday, May 27th. Additional booking information will be shared next week.

HS Credit Intervention Day - Wednesday, May 19th

Next Wednesday, May 19th has been designated as a Credit Intervention day for high school students across the Board. Regular classes will not be taking place. Students will be able to complete work asynchronously. Teachers will be available throughout the day. Teachers will be reaching out to students whom they determine require additional support in meeting course requirements in their quadmester 4 classes. Students are welcome to request an appointment. Meetings will take place through Google Meet.

Community Service Hrs and OSSLT Update

Last week we notified students currently in grades 10 and 11 that the Ministry of Education has announced that current grade 11 students (Class of 2022) were being exempt from the Literacy Test graduation requirement. This is in line with the decision made last summer to waive the requirement for current grade 12s (Class of 2021). Students currently in grade 10 (Class of 2023) will participate in the writing of the OSSLT next year. They will join our current grade 9s (Class of 2024) who are also scheduled to write the test next year.

In addition, the Ministry of Education also announced that the number of Community Service Hours required to graduate was being reduced from 40 hrs to 20 hrs for students currently in grade 11 (Class of 2022). This same reduction was previously announced for students scheduled to graduate at the end of this year.

Holy Spirit Parish Knights of Columbus Silent Auction

The Knights of Columbus are holding a charity auction. Bids are accepted until 8 pm on Sunday, May 16th. Items include everything from Antiques and Collectibles, to Celebrity Autographs, Gift cards, Jewelry and more! For those interested, visit:

Thank you for your continued support. Enjoy the weekend.

Brent Hopkins


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