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December 5, 2022 Update

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.

Late Bus

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:

Abbott St.

Granite Ridge Dr.

Fringewood Dr.

Hazeldean Rd.

Jackson Trails, Stittsville Main (St. Stephen's Catholic School)

Kimpton Dr

Carp Rd.

Kittiwake Dr.

West Ridge Dr.

Snowberry Way

Cherry Dr.

Sunnyside Dr.

Brightside (Guardian Angels School)

Hartsmere (Westwind School)

Huntley Rd. to Richmond

Richmond Arena

Fortune St.

Christopher Hamilton St.

McBean St. (South Carleton High School)

Perth St.

Munster Rd.

Munster Side Rd & Bleeks Rd.

Flewellyn Rd.

Shea Rd

Fernbank Rd.

Robert Grant Dr.

Cope 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.

Brent Hopkins


November 20, 2022 School Closure Update

November 20, 2022

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

We are pleased to confirm that school will be open for in-person learning tomorrow morning. Yellow buses will be running. A tentative agreement has been reached between CUPE and the Province.

Students in grade 10 who were scheduled to begin the OSSLT (Group A) will proceed as planned. Students in Group B will begin the OSSLT on Wednesday, November 22nd.

We look forward to welcoming staff and students to the building tomorrow morning.

Brent Hopkins


November 18, 2022 Update

November 18th, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have a few important updates to share with you.

HS Report Cards / 7&8 Progress Reports

High school report cards and 7&8 Progress Reports are now available for viewing through the OCSB Parent Portal.

Potential Strike

On Wednesday the school board shared a message with all OCSB parents advising that CUPE had provided strike notice to the Province (November 16th Message from OCSB). Should the strike proceed we would again transition to remote learning. Unlike the transition that took place recently, we will move directly to synchronous remote learning on the first day of school closure.

This transition could take place as early as Monday, November 21st if strike action begins that day. We continue to hope that an agreement can be reached. An update will be provided by Sunday night regarding whether a school closure will be necessary or not.

If a transition to remote learning does take place, the following plans are in place:


By 8:00am on Monday morning students and parents will receive an email message from their respective homeroom teachers. The message will include a link to a document that contains the schedule and Google Meet links for each of their teachers.

We will be adhering to our grade 7/8 Online Schedule.

High School (Grade 9-12)

By 8:00am on Monday students should receive a message from each of their subject teachers that contains directions and a Google Meet link.

HS students will follow their regular schedule HS 2022 Online Schedule.

It will continue to be necessary for students to be present and engaged in synchronous learning opportunities, as it is important to their continued success. Students will be connected synchronously with their teachers approximately 75% of the period they are regularly scheduled to be in class. Teachers will continue to provide various learning experiences, not all of which will require online computer-related instruction.

Device Pick-Up

Students who do not have access to a device at home can be provided one by the school. Chromebooks can be picked-up in the main office on Monday, November 21st from 7am to 2pm. Devices that are loaned to students can be returned once we return to in-person instruction. Parents are welcome to pick up a device on their child’s behalf as well. No appointment or sign-up is required.


Attendance will be taken each period and will be reflected on students’ report cards. Automated messages will continue to be sent to parents when attendance discrepancies exist. Parents are asked to continue to report absences to the school when students are unable to participate virtually. The school attendance line is 613-831-0543.

Your continued support throughout this challenging time is very much appreciated.

Brent Hopkins


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