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September 29th, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We have a few updates to share with you today.


Letters of Intervention (grades 9-12)


High school Letters of Intervention were emailed to parents this morning. These serve as an early intervention tool should your child’s teacher be concerned about their progress to date. Quadmester 1 midterm report cards will be shared on Friday, October 15th.


October 8th PD Day & Thanksgiving Weekend


Friday, October 8th will be a PD Day for all OCSB schools. There will be no classes that day. This year, October 11th is also a holiday (Thanksgiving Monday). Students have a 4-day weekend to look forward to at the end of next week.


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, Friday, October 1st. 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.


Terry Fox Walk/Run


Contributions have been tallied - $3527 was collected last week. Thank you to all the classes and parents that supported last week’s run/walk.


7&8 Vaccinations - Hepatitis B, HPV and meningococcal disease vaccines


Yesterday students in grade 7&8 received information packages from Ottawa Public Health (OPH). The package includes a consent form for Hepatitis B, HPV and meningococcal disease vaccination. OPH will be on-site on October 5th, 6th and 7th for our site clinic. For additional information please see: 2021-22 OPH Hep B, HPV and meningococcal disease vaccination information. Please note: This clinic is not a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.


For older students who missed the opportunity to participate in these regular Hep B, HPV and meningococcal immunizations - please visit: Information for Youth and School Vaccine Information or call OPH at 613-580-6744 for more information.


Truth and Reconciliation Week


This week (Sept 27-Oct 1) is Truth and Reconciliation Week. For the first time, The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation will be observed on Thursday, 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 and 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: http://www.orangeshirtday.org/


Truth and Reconciliation Resources for Parents

All parents who are interested in opting-in to communications from the OCSB Indigenous Education Team must fill out the form included in the following letter:

Parental Letter for Indigenous Communications. Many opportunities and events are available for Indigenous children and families, and opting-in is how we are able to communicate them to you. If you’re non-Indigenous, but also would like to receive updates, you are also encouraged to use the form to opt-in.


The National Center for Truth and Reconciliation is also hosting events from September 27 to October 1 Click here for a schedule of events open to the general public.


If you are looking to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation or want to help support your child(ren) take action for reconciliation, the following resource may be of interest:

Sharing the Message of Truth and Reconciliation: A Guide for Parents, Kids, and Educators (Scholastic Canada).


Reminder: Responsible Use of Technology Form


Thank you to all parents and guardians who have taken the time to complete the required Responsible Use of Technology Form.


A reminder to those you have not already done so, to please complete the Responsible Use of Technology Form with each student in your household. Instructions on how to complete the agreement are outlined here: OCSB Responsible Use of Tech Agreement - Parent/Guardian Digital Form submission process Please note that the completion of this form is a necessary condition for the use of devices at school, whether the device is Board owned or a personal device.



Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

September 11th, 2021 Update


Dear Parents & Guardians,


We’ve had a great start to the school year. Students and staff are quickly reestablishing routines. It is wonderful to have in-person learning taking place again.


We have several items we’d like to share with you as we wrap up our first week.


Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Screening Tool


OPH has updated their screening tool for students (click here) to help students, parents and guardians determine whether their child can attend school. This screening tool should be completed daily before attending school for each individual child separately. The tool can be found on the landing page of our website and can also be accessed by students through their my.studentinfo.ca account. The process for confirming completion of the daily screening through my.studentinfo.ca was reviewed with students on Tuesday. OPH is currently experiencing technical difficulties with their High School screening tool. Anyone accessing the link will temporarily be redirected to the provincial screening tool.


The following summary reflects current direction from OPH.


When Your Child is Sick: Can they attend school? When Can they return to school?


If your child develops any covid-related symptoms they should not attend school. Symptoms have been tiered into two levels.


Tier 1 Symptoms


If your child has any of the following symptoms they should be tested and should not return to school until a negative test result is received AND they are experiencing improvement in symptoms.

  • Fever and/or chills (Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.)

  • Cough or barking cough (croup) (Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways).)

  • Shortness of breath (Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma).)

  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell (Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders.)

  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea (Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps.)

* Note that any time your symptoms include vomiting or diarrhea, you have to be well for 48 hours and have received a negative test before returning to school


Tier 2 Symptoms


If your child has any of the following symptoms please stay at home and isolate until symptoms have improved for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. You do not need to get tested for COVID-19 unless you had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Sore throat (Painful swallowing or difficulty swallowing (not related to seasonal allergies, acid reflux, post nasal drip).)

  • Runny or stuffy/congested nose (Not related to seasonal allergies, being outside in cold weather, chronic sinusitis unchanged from baseline.)

  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye) (Not related to blepharitis, recurrent styes.)

  • Decreased or lack of appetite (Not related to anxiety, constipation.)

  • Headache (New and persistent, unusual, unexplained, or long-lasting (not related to tension-type headaches, chronic migraines, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours).)

  • Extreme tiredness, lack of energy or feeling unwell (That is unusual or unexpected (not related to other known causes or conditions or receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in the past 48 hours).)

  • Muscle aches and pains (That are unexplained or unusual (not related to other known causes or conditions or receiving a COVID-19 vaccine the past 48 hours)).

For additional information please see: OPH Return to School Letter to Parents


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.


Returning from Illness


Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued an updated Student Return from Illness Attestation Form (Updated OPH Attestation Form - Student Return from Illness). Completed forms can be emailed to the school (SacredHeart.High@ocsb.ca) or dropped off by your child in the main office upon returning to school after illness. A link to this Attestation Form can also be found at the top of our school website landing page.


What Happens If My Child Is Exposed To Someone Who Tests Positive For COVID-19?


When an individual tests positive for COVID-19 Ottawa Public Health will determine whether any high-risk contacts are identified. High-risk contacts will be notified and will be provided with specific instructions regarding testing and isolation requirements. This process occurs whether the exposure takes place at school or in the community.


The vaccination status of high-risk contacts is a key determinant in whether or not isolation will be required.


Picking Up Your Child / Dropping off Lunch


A reminder that at this time visitors (including parents) are not permitted in the building unless an appointment has been established. If you are picking up your child(ren) during the day please call the school line (613-831-6643) when you arrive and arrangements will be made for your child(ren) to meet you in front of the school.


With a student population of just over 2000 there is bound to be several lunches that are forgotten at home each day. If you are dropping off lunch or other items for your child please call the school line from your car and arrangements will be made for you child to come out to meet you outside the front door.


Lockers


A locker request form was sent by email to all students in grade 9-12 this week. Lockers will be issued to all gr 9-12 students who indicated that they would like one. Students in grade 7&8 will all be issued a locker. Locker distribution will begin next week.


Meet the Teacher


We would typically host Meet the Teacher evenings during the second week of school. Due to our current circumstances teachers will be reaching out directly to parents throughout the week by email or an alternative method. In some cases this has already occurred.


September 20th Federal Elections


On Monday, February 20th several schools will serve as polling stations. Sacred Heart HS is one of the sites where voting will be taking place. Arrangements have been made for voters to access the school by a designated entrance that leads directly to the wood floor gym (from the Shea Rd parking lot). The area will be closed off to students and community members accessing the gym will not be permitted in any other areas of the school. Election officials will also be on-site to ensure COVID-19 measures are in place and are adhered to.


Letters of Intervention


High school Letters of Intervention will be emailed to parents on Friday, September 24th. These serve as an early intervention tool should your child’s teacher be concerned about their progress to date. Quadmester 1 midterm report cards will be shared on Friday, October 15th.


School Council


Any parents interested in joining our School Council are invited to return the following completed form by Tuesday, September 29th: Candidate Nomination Form. Completed forms can be scanned and emailed to SacredHeart.High@ocsb.ca or can be dropped off in the main office by your child. All parents are welcome.


Holy Spirit Parish Update - Catholic Sacraments Preparation


Holy Spirit Parish is holding mandatory information meetings for parents and guardians interested in having their child prepare for the Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church.

Confirmation (for grade 6 and up): Saturday September 18 at 11:00am

First Communion (for grade 2-5): Saturday September 18 at 1:00pm

Only those who attend will be eligible to register their child for the preparation program to begin this Fall.


Staying Connected

SchoolMessenger:

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

August 31st, 2021 Update


Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

An update was provided by the Board yesterday (August 30th Update). We have several additional updates to share with you today. This information reflects the most up-to-date direction we have been provided.

We know that students are experiencing a variety of emotions regarding next week’s return to school. It is natural for them to be anxious about the change. Like last year, the health measures in place will become part of our daily routines. Our community pulled together last year to ensure teaching and learning was able to continue despite the challenges. There will be obstacles to face again this year, but we are confident that this year will again be a successful one. We remain committed to supporting the academic success and well-being of students and staff.

We are looking forward to a return to school next week. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 7th. We’re only a week away!

Please Note: Students are welcome in the building after 7:50am each day. On September 7th students should go directly to their homeroom class (Period 1). Staff will be on hand to guide students to their designated rooms.

Student Schedules

Scheduling at both the 7&8 and HS panels continues this week. Student schedules will not be finalized until the end of the week.

Students in grade 7&8 and their parents will receive an email message later in the week advising them of their homeroom assignment. The location of the classroom will also be provided.

High school students and their parents will be notified later this week by email when student schedules are complete. Students will be able to view their schedule by logging into my.studentinfo.ca . Course change requests can be made by accessing the same site. All change requests impacting quadmester 1 should be made by September 10th.

7&8 Schedule

8:05-8:15 - Homeroom

8:15-9:05 - Period 1

9:05-9:55 - Period 2

9:55-10.00 - Nutrition Break

10:00-10:50 - Period 3

10:50-11:40 - Period 4

11:40-12:30 - Lunch

12:30-1:20 - Period 5

1:20-2:10 - Period 6

2:10 - End of Day

As indicated in our August 25th update, students in grade 7&8 will be assigned to a single cohort (their homeroom class). Students in the same homeroom class will spend the entire day together. Due to cohorting requirements, classes will not be blended. To begin the school year, with the exception of Physical Education, Drama and Music, students will remain in their homeroom class throughout the day and their subject teachers will travel to the classroom.

7&8 Lunch

Cafeteria food service will not be available this fall. Food service may return later in the school year. For the time-being the cafeteria will not be accessible during the lunch period. Students in grade 7&8 will eat in their homeroom classroom with their cohort. The lunch period will be split as follows:

11:40-12:05 Gr 7 lunch, Gr 8 recess

12:05-12:30 Gr 8 lunch, Gr 7 recess

If your child forgets his or her lunch, please call the school from the parking lot and we will have your child meet you outside to receive it.

High School Schedule

High school students will be following a quadmester system for at least the first half of the year. Students will participate in two classes at a time. Unlike last year, high school students will attend school every day. Quadmester 1 courses will end on Thursday November 11th.

As was the case last year, there will be no final exams in high school courses during the 2021-22 school year. Students in grades 9-12 will have a final opportunity to demonstrate their learning through a rich summative evaluation worth 20% of their final grade.

We will once again schedule a separate lunch period for students in grade 9/10 and 11/12. The following schedule will again be in effect.

Grade 9 & 10

8:05-8-10 - Homeroom

8:10-10:40 - Period 1

10:40-11:30 - LUNCH

11:30-2:00 - Period 2

2:00-2:10 - Break/Transition

2:10 - End of Day


Grade 11 & 12

8:05-8-10 - Homeroom

8:10-10:40 - Period 1

10:40-10:50 - Break/Transition

10:50-1:20 - Period 2

1:20-2:10 - LUNCH

2:10 - End of Day


HS Lunch

Cafeteria food service will not be available this fall. Food service may return later in the school year. For the time-being the cafeteria will not be accessible during the lunch period. High school lunch procedures in place last year will remain in effect when we return to classes next week.

Grade 9 and 10s who choose to stay in the building will eat their lunch at their assigned seats in their Period 2 classroom. A small number of classes will be assigned seating by cohort at cafeteria tables in the gym because their classroom space is not appropriate for eating (ex. transportation classroom). As has been the case in the past, high school students are permitted outside and off property during lunch. They must, however, return to their Period 2 class immediately upon re-entering the school. Students will be asked to maintain a personal log of who they were in contact with over the lunch period for Ottawa Public Health contact tracing.

Grade 11 and 12s will eat their lunch at the end of the day (1:20-2:10). Students will be able to have snacks during their period 2 class time. Grade 11 and 12s are welcome to make their way home when lunch begins if they are able to. They can also go outside or leave the school property during their lunch period and then return to access their transportation home. If they are remaining in the building during their lunch period, a space in the atrium, assigned by class cohort, will be provided that will ensure proper social distancing.

Food delivery services (including, for example, Uber Eats or Skip the Dishes) should not be utilized while on school property.

If your child forgets his or her lunch, please call the school from the parking lot and we will have your child meet you outside to receive it.

Daily Screening

Students will once again be required to complete the Screening Tool provided by Ottawa Public Health (OPH). All students in grade 7-12 will need to confirm they have completed OPH’s daily screening. Students can confirm completion of the survey by logging into their my.studentinfo.ca account each morning prior to coming to school. OPH is updating their screening tool to reflect recent changes. It will be made available very soon. Staff will review this process with all students on the first day of classes.

Floor Markings, Signs and Protocols

As was the case last year, floor markings indicate which side of the hallway or staircase students should be walking on. There are also signs that will help provide direction regarding school protocols. These physical reminders, like the requirement to wear masks, are all in place to ensure everyone in our school community is safe. Staff will be available to help students get used to these school routines. All of our school measures will be reviewed with students when they return to school next week.

Main Office Procedures

Grade 7 and 8 students who arrive late should go directly to their classroom from 8:05-8:40 am.

AFTER 8:40 grade 7&8 students arriving late need to check into the main office. Students will line up outside the office at least 2 metres apart.

Grade 9-12 students who arrive late should go directly to their homeroom from 8:05-9:00.

AFTER 9:00 high school (gr 9-12) students arriving late need to check into the main office. Students need to line up outside the office at least 2 metres apart.

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.

Please communicate with the main office by phone if a student is going to be late, absent or needs to sign out. If you are picking up your child please call the office once you have arrived at the school or provide your son/daughter with a note that they can present to staff when it is time to leave. Unfortunately, visitors (including parents) are not permitted in the building unless an appointment has been scheduled.

Lockers

Students will be assigned lockers this year. Students will be issued a locker during the second week of school. They will not be available for the opening week.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The OCSB has indicated that extracurricular activities will be available. In addition to the information provided in yesterday’s update from the OCSB, we will be providing on-going updates regarding the measures and protocols that will be used to support extracurricular activity participation.

Student Fees

Parents will receive a message via SchoolCash 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.

BYOD

We encourage a Bring Your Own Device model which also helps to support Ottawa Public Health Guidelines for Covid prevention. 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.


Drop-Off/Pick-Up

Our school day starts at 8:05. Please drop your child off no earlier than 7:50. Our school day ends at 2:10. Our designated drop-off location is the parking lot at the west side of the school. Many parents choose to drive their children to school. This results in a significant amount of vehicle traffic in the area around the school. We are asking parents to drop their children off in the proximity of the school. The Walk-a-Block model is being encouraged by all of our schools in order to help alleviate traffic congestion.

OSTA


OSTA’s Parent Portal is now open. Please review your child’s information on the Parent Portal by visiting https://bit.ly/38kzKtN, 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 (http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/) is also available.



As we’ve become accustomed to, changes to some of the measures and practices described above will take place over the course of the year. We will continue to communicate that information with you.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepared for the new school year. Please continue to visit our school website shh.ocsb.ca. We’re also on Twitter @SacredHeartHS.

Thank you for your continued support of our school community.


Sincerely,


Brent Hopkins, Principal

Alanna Vandewint, Vice-Principal (all grade 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)

August 25th, 2021 Update

August 25th, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


The 2021-22 school year is now in sight. Our administration team is on-site preparing the upcoming academic year. Custodial staff are completing work on summer cleaning and building maintenance. At this point the school still remains closed.


Yesterday the Board shared an update with all OCSB parents (Welcome Back Parent Letter - August 24, 2021). We’re sure that you have also been following reports over the spring and summer months regarding back to school plans. Earlier this month guidelines were released by the Province. The school is working closely with both the Board and Ottawa Public Health in order to implement a plan for a safe return to school for both students and staff.


As was the case last year, COVID-19 related protocols and requirements play a significant role in the day-to-day operation of the school. Masking and hand-sanitizing will continue to be required within the building. In the lead up to September 7th we will share information with you on an on-going basis as it becomes available.


Cohorts


Unlike last year, all students will be returning to school on a daily basis. We are no longer required to follow the Day A/ Day B cycle in high school (gr 9-12).


News reports, government announcements and OPH releases often refer to cohorting. In terms of what that means for students at Sacred Heart:


If your child is in grade 7/8 they will be part of one cohort. That cohort will be the homeroom class they are assigned to. Homeroom classes will take all 8 courses together.


If your child is in high school (gr 9-12) they will be part of two cohorts each quadmester. Those cohorts will be the two classes they are taking each quadmester.


Student Services & Course Change Requests


Work on our 7&8 and high school schedules is still on-going. Students schedules will be accessible at the end of the week of August 30th.


For specific information regarding course change requests please visit: Student Services Update


OSTA Update


The OSTA Parent Portal will only be open August 27 at 4pm. Due to a significant driver shortage, parts of the transportation system are currently being re-planned. If you don’t plan on using student transportation services this fall, please complete the Opt-out of transportation form and help give those who need transportation space on the bus. Note: Students in the walk zone or attending virtual school do not need to Opt-Out of transportation, only students assigned to a bus should Opt-Out. For more information, visit http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/.


Grade 7 Welcome BBQ


Traditionally we host a welcome barbeque for our Grade 7 students in August. Unfortunately, this will not be possible this summer due to cohorting requirements. During our opening week orientation activities will be built into our schedule.


We are very much looking forward to a return to on-site learning. We will be sharing additional updates over the next two weeks.


Sincerely,


Brent Hopkins

Principal

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).


Awards


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

Principal


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

SacredHeart.High@ocsb.ca


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 (richard.bolduc@ocsb.ca) 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 www.holyspiritparish.ca 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

Principal


Last Day of Regular Classes - June 21st

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 youth@holyspiritparish.ca 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:

https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/mentalhealth

https://www.anxietycanada.com/

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

Principal


June 4th PD Day (7&8 Only) & 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: https://www.biddingowl.com/HolySpiritParish


Thank you for your continued support. Enjoy the weekend.


Brent Hopkins

Principal


May 5th Update to 2021 Graduates and Parents

May 5, 2021

Dear Graduating Students,


We are nearing the end of the 2020-21 school year. You will soon reach the end of a journey that began many years ago. We know that this year has not been the graduating year you were expecting. Your final year of high school was marked by a time in history that will long be remembered for the challenges COVID-19 has caused.


On April 9th all graduating students across the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) received a letter from Tom D’Amico, OCSB Director of Education. He congratulated you on your accomplishments and commended you for your resilience and perseverance. Mr. D’Amico also provided an update regarding graduation. Due to current circumstances, schools are unable to host proms or traditional graduation ceremonies. I know it was difficult news to receive.


Your graduation will not be celebrated in the manner we had hoped for, but that does not diminish what you have achieved. The leadership and commitment to excellence observed over the course of this year has been demonstrated throughout your high school careers. The Class of 2021 is one we are very proud of.


All graduation awards will be presented at the conclusion of this school year - including the Valedictorian who will be determined by the graduating class. Award announcements, graduation addresses and the 2021 Graduation Program will all be shared on the morning of June 23rd. Our graduation recognition event is expected to take place over two days (Wednesday, June 23rd and Thursday, June 24th). Although plans are still being reviewed with Ottawa Public Health (OPH), it is expected that the event will be very similar to the modified ceremony held for 2020 graduates earlier this year. Each graduating student who wishes to participate will be provided a designated appointment time. Our hope is that you will be able to be accompanied by up to three family members. A professional photographer will be onsite to photograph you on stage after receiving your diploma and any certifications or special awards you may receive. Graduates were provided with a cap and gown when graduation photographs were taken earlier this year. It’s recommended that you keep your gown on a hanger so that you look your best on stage. We will provide more specific information in June.


We will be holding a virtual Grad Retreat. The date and time are yet to be confirmed. Student Council will also be sharing Grad Oscar information with you soon.


Last year when it was clear that we would not be able to hold a graduation event in June, we surprised our graduates by placing signs on each graduate’s front lawn as a public recognition of the graduate’s success and to share our congratulations. Principals across the system met this year and on the basis of equity across the school board (some students do not live in homes with a yard where this can be displayed, for example) it was decided this would not be repeated by schools this year. A group of parents and community members have expressed an interest in providing families with the opportunity to secure a similar lawn sign. This community-based initiative to recognize your graduation is being organized independently of the school.


At this point we are not sure exactly what school will look like at Sacred Heart next fall. You have had to navigate a significant amount of uncertainty over the course of the last year. For many of you questions still remain regarding the structures that will be in place for learning at the post-secondary institutions or workplaces you will move onto next fall. We’re confident that you are ready to take this next step and we look forward to hearing about the achievements to come.

Due to the uncertainty that does exist there may be some students who choose to return to Sacred Heart for another year. If you are considering a return to on a part-time or full-time basis please reach out to your guidance counselor to review the pathway options available.


We continue to be proud of the dedication and commitment you have demonstrated and look forward to celebrating your graduation in June.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

April 30 2021 Update

April 30th, 2021


Dear Parents & Guardians,


We’ve reached the end of April. Thanks to the efforts of staff, students and parents the transition back to remote learning has gone fairly smoothly. At this point, there is no information available regarding the anticipated length of the school closure. We will continue to share information as it becomes available.


We have a few other updates to share with you.


Quadmester 3 Report Cards


Quadmester 3 report cards are now available for viewing on the Parent Portal. Please visit the OCSB Parent Portal link. The Board is working to resolve a few outstanding data transfer issues. Most marks and comments are already currently available.


Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)


Students in grade 10 and 11 attending in-person were scheduled to participate in the OSSLT test during the week of May 10th-14th. The test must be administered in an in-person setting. Due to the current school closure we will not be in a position to administer the test when originally scheduled. A decision regarding whether the test will be completed at a later date will be forthcoming.


Catholic Education Week


May 3-7th is Education Week. During the first week of May each year we celebrate the distinctiveness of our schools. This year, due to circumstances, the activities taking place will be virtual. For additional information please see: Nurturing Hope - 2021 Catholic Education Week.


Congratulations Ms Malone!


Each year the contributions of a small number of staff members from across the school board are recognized for their unique contributions. These Director of Education Award recipients are honoured each year during Education Week. We congratulate Ms. Wanda Malone for being recognized as one of this year’s award winners. Ms. Malone is a member of our grade 7&8 teaching staff. We are grateful for her ongoing commitment to dedication to our school community.


Information from Holy Spirit Parish

Both weekend Masses at Holy Spirit Parish, Saturdays at 5PM and Sundays at 10:30AM, will be live-streamed during the lockdown which is scheduled to end May 20, 2021. Only those ministers and volunteers participating in the weekend Masses will be present. You can find the link to the live-streaming virtual Mass on the church website: www.holyspiritparish.ca

If you wish to attend a weekday Mass (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 9AM) please pre-register one week in advance by calling 613-836-8881 during office hours (9-12 & 12:30-3:30).

Supporting Children and Youth During Difficult Times

Our school board Mental Health Lead, Dr. Richard Bolduc’s, has shared the following resource: Supporting Children and Youth in Difficult Times.

Enjoy the weekend!

Brent Hopkins

Principal

April 16 2021 Update

April 16th, 2021


​​​​​​​Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

Following the Province’s April 12th announcement the Board (OCSB) provided the following April 13th update: Schools Will Move To Remote Learning After the April Break.

We’d like to provide you with some information to help prepare for Monday’s transition to online learning.

1st Day Overview

During the initial portion of the day on Monday, April 19th teachers will be participating in staff meetings and transition activities. As a result, our first day back will be a modified one for students.

Grade 7&8

By noon 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 for the week and Google Meet links for each of their teachers.

Grade 7&8 students will follow a condensed afternoon schedule on Monday, April 19th where they will meet briefly with each of the teachers they would usually see on Monday. The schedule for the day (April 19th Intermediate Condensed Schedule)

Beginning on Tuesday, April 20th, students will participate in full day learning. We will be adhering to our grade 7/8 Online Schedule.

High School (Grade 9-12)

Cohort A and B will engage in teacher-directed instruction every day during school closure. Students can access their Quadmester 4 schedules through their my.studentinfo.ca account.

By 8:15 am on Monday, April 19th students should receive a message from their period 1 teacher that provides work instructions for that morning.

Direct online instruction will begin period 2 on Monday at the regularly scheduled class time (HS). Period 2 teachers will provide students with a Google Meet link prior to class beginning.

On April 20th, and each day that follows until we return to in-person instruction, both period 1 and 2 will occur online. Period 1 teachers will share a Google Meet link with students prior to class beginning on April 20th.

Participation, Attendance and Assessment

It is important to note that student participation in online learning during the school closure will be key to their continued success. As was the case during the January 2021 school closure, evaluations conducted over this period will impact final marks regardless of whether it results in an improved final grade or not.

Attendance will be taken each period and will be reflected on students’ report cards.

In general, students will be connected ‘synchronously’ with their teachers 75-80% 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.

Electronic Devices

The school has access to Chromebooks that can be loaned to students if one is required to participate in online learning from home. We ask parents to email the school directly at SacredHeart.High@ocsb.ca by 2 pm on Monday, April 19th if your child is in need of an electronic device.

Essential Item Retrieval

Prior to the April Break beginning most students collected their essential learning materials (books, Chromebooks, etc.) and brought them home with them. Students are not able to access the school building during the closure. If your child has left an essential learning item in their classroom please complete the following form by Monday, April 19th at 2 pm: Item Retrieval Request Form. A member of administration will be in contact to make arrangements regarding the item(s).


We look forward to classes beginning Monday.

Brent Hopkins

Principal

April 9 2021 Update

April 9, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We have reached the 3/4 mark of the school year. Despite the challenges a great deal has been accomplished this year. Next week is April Break. We hope that all members of our school community enjoy a safe and relaxing week.


We have a few updates to share with you.


April 14th Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Clinic


On Wednesday, April 14th a COVID-19 Testing Clinic will be held at Sacred Heart. Staff and their families as well as students and students’ families are invited to take part. The clinic will also be open to several other local community schools. Testing is voluntary and open only to asymptomatic individuals. The clinic will run from 11am - 6 pm. A walk-in process will be used. No appointments are necessary.


Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has provided the following letter for our school community: Covid-19 testing available for students, teachers, staff and families - April 14, 2021


Similar asymptomatic clinics will be running at various school sites over the April Break. Questions regarding the clinic can be directed to OPH at 613-580-6744.


Online or In-Person Instruction After the April Break?


At this point, we are scheduled to return to in-person instruction after the April break. However, Dr. Etches indicated in comments made today that there is a strong likelihood schools may be closed after the break. Dr. Etches confirmed that a decision should be made by Wednesday, April 14th. As was the case in January, if schools are closed we will move to remote on-line learning. Additional information will be made available before classes begin on April 19th.


Quadmester 3 Report Cards


Quadmester 3 report cards will be emailed to parents on Thursday, April 29th. Grade 12 quadmester 3 marks will be transmitted to the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) and Ontario College Application Services (OCAS) on April 21st of 22nd.


Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal



Last Chance To Have Your Grad Photo Taken

This is your last chance to have your grad photo taken. Green Apple has a studio at the Hampton Hotel in Barrhaven and you can book an appointment there if you missed having your photo taken at the school. Sessions will be this coming Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. This will ensure that you will still make it into the yearbook and on the grad composite.


Go to the link below and click on the "2021 - Studio Finishing Photo's" to book your appointment. Please note these photos will not be taken at the school, but at Green Apple's Studio in Barrhaven. It is your responsibility to get yourself to their studio.


2021 STUDIO FINISHING PHOTOS

SESSIONS RESERVED FOR 2021 GRADUATES WHO MISS SCHOOL SESSIONS. $ 20.00 CASH DURING THE SESSION. STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CLOTHING. STUDIO: HAMTON INN & SUITES, 125 Lusk Street BARRHAVEN. TEXT YOUR ARRIVAL AT 613-983-2903.Louis ENTER THROUGH THE (GLASS) DOOR ON THE EAST SIDE.



https://studiolapommeverte.datedechoix.com/main.php?language=french


March 29th Update

March 29, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We have a few updates to share with you today.


March 30th Virtual Presentation by Dr Cheng


A reminder of tomorrow night's virtual presentation by Dr Cheng. All parents are welcome to join. The presentation begins at 7 pm. For additional information access the following link:

Virtual Mental Health Presentation: Screen Time During the Pandemic


A message from Dr Bolduc


Our school board Mental Health Lead, Dr Richard Bolduc has shared the following message as we head into the Easter Weekend: Well-Being Lent Brings Us Hope.

Summer School

Summer school registration is now open. Students can access the form though my.studentinfo.ca or directly on the school board webpage: ocsb.ca/summerschool. Courses run from July 2-23, 2021.

Assigned Seating On School Buses

Students who ride on yellow school buses have each been assigned a designated seat on the bus. Students have been reminded that they must sit in the seat assigned to them. If you could also remind your child of the importance of adhering to the seating plan that would be appreciated. Seats are assigned to ensure physical distancing is maintained and accurate records are available should COVID-19 contact tracing be necessary.

Community Service Hours

The Ministry of Education has implemented several temporary changes related to the community service requirements in place for high school students. The changes include reducing the number of hours required for students graduating in the 2020-21 school year to a minimum of 20 instead of 40, as well as waiving a number of policy restrictions, as follows, at the principal’s discretion:

  1. Schools may allow students to earn hours during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day;

  2. Schools may allow students to earn hours through duties normally performed in the home; and

  3. Schools may allow students aged 14 years and older to count up to a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment towards their earned hours. Students counting paid employment towards their graduation requirement will be required to complete a reflection exercise indicating how their work contributed to the service for others.

A reminder that students can submit completed community service forms through our my.studentinfo.ca site.

If students are participating in in-person community involvement, it is important for them to follow all Ottawa Public Health recommendations. There are a number of organizations that provide virtual volunteer opportunities for students. Some of these volunteer opportunities can be found through agencies such as Spark Ontario. The Ministry has provided this list of ideas for the completion of community service hours.

Thank you for your continued support. We hope your family has a wonderful Easter Weekend.

Brent Hopkins

Principal




Summer School Information

Summer school registration is now open. Students can access the form though my.studentinfo.ca or directly on the school board webpage: ocsb.ca/summerschool

March 19th Update

March 19th, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We have a few updates we would like to share with you.


Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test


Each spring our grade 10 students participate in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). This test is also written by students in grades 11 and 12 who were either not successful on their first attempt or who had the test deferred. Last school year, due to the school closure, the OSSLT was not written. Therefore, we have a large number of grade 10 and 11 students eligible to participate in the OSSLT. Successful completion of the OSSLT is a requirement for graduation.


This year, the Ministry of Education is field testing a new version of the OSSLT. The field test version is taken completely online. Passing this year’s field test will meet the literacy requirement for graduation. It consists of 2 booklets, each of which is scheduled to take one hour to complete. The Ministry has indicated that students may only write the OSSLT in an in-person proctored setting. Students in grade 10 and 11 participating in ‘in-person’ learning will have the opportunity to complete the test this spring (schedule below). In addition, Sacred Heart students in grade 11 who are currently registered with the Virtual Academy will be invited to write the test on-site.


Monday, May 10th - Grade 11 Cohort B

Tuesday, May 11th - Grade 11 Cohort A

Wednesday, May 12th - Grade 10 Cohort B

Thursday, May 13th - Grade 10 Cohort A

Wednesday, May 19th - Grade 11 Virtual Academy


Additional information to follow.


Mental Health Presentation - March 30th


Please mark your calendars. The Holy Trinity, All Saints and Sacred Heart School Councils are pleased to host an Online Mental Health presentation followed by a question and answer period with Dr. Michael Cheng, on Tuesday March 30th, 2021 at 7 pm (virtually). Details to be shared next week.


Virtual Health and Wellness Groups


The Ottawa Catholic School Board is offering another virtual series for students focusing on mental wellness. The new group will focus on teaching students key life skills and strategies they can use to build and protect their own mental health. Topics will include:

  • motivation and goal setting

  • sleep hygiene

  • the importance of routine

  • healthy technology use

  • problem solving strategies

The group is open to grade 7-12 students and all sessions will be held virtually, over a three week period. Please click the following link to register: OCSB Virtual Wellness Group Registration


An Opportunity to Say Thank You

Never have voices, actions, and encouragement been more valuable than during this on-going pandemic. Now is the time to say “merci.”

In honour of March being le Mois de la francophonie, the OCSB is inviting you to join us as we practice French by saying "merci" to outstanding OCSB employees while also exercising our gratitude muscles! Brighten the day of a teacher, educational assistant, office administrator, chaplaincy leader, custodian or administrator by filling out this form to recognize an OCSB employee you're thankful for. The form will be available until Friday, March 26, 2021. The employee will receive a copy of your submission to let them know the work they do has not gone unnoticed.

Easter Weekend and April Break

This week was originally scheduled to have been March Break. As previously shared, the spring break was moved to April (April 12th-April 16th). Easter weekend falls the weekend prior to the April Break (April 2-5).

High School Credit Intervention Day - April 9th

High school students will return from spring break and begin their quadmester 4 classes. The last day of regular classes in Quadmester 3 is Thursday, April 8th. April 9th is a Credit Intervention Day. Students with outstanding work or assessments to complete may be invited to meet with their classroom teachers on April 9th. Please visit our school website to review the Cohort A/B schedule for the quadmester. Students in grades 7&8 will have regular classes on April 9th.

Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins

Principal


Grade 9-12 Parent Teacher Interviews

Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 2:40 – 4:40 p.m.

Please click here for more details

Grade 7 & 8 Parent Teacher Interviews

Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 2:40 to 4:40 and from 5:20 to 7:10

Please click here for more details

February 18th Update

Dear Parents & Guardians,


We hope you had an enjoyable Family Day weekend and were able to dig your way out after Tuesday’s snow fall. We have several important updates to share with you.


New OCSB Virtual Academy

Last Friday the school board sent a message to all parents regarding the establishment of permanent virtual schools (Feb 12th Message). Parents have been asked to identify whether they wish to register their child(ren) in the virtual option described. It is important to note that choosing this option is a year-long commitment. This is the time of year that students choose courses and pathways and we begin to schedule and staff for next year, based on the number of students projected to be attending Sacred Heart next year.

We know that, understandably, there may be some apprehension about making a commitment at this point in the school year. You know your child(ren) best and know if they would thrive in the virtual learning classroom. Many students have done very well learning virtually this year, while there are others who have struggled with the format. Many mental health experts have indicated that the positive social impacts of in-person learning need to be carefully weighed when determining whether or not to opt for online instruction. Each family’s circumstances are unique. We do want to ensure, however, that you are aware of a few key pieces of information.

Some things to consider:

  • The Board’s virtual academy is being established as a permanent option. It is here to stay, and will remain an option even after the COVID-related changes are phased out.

  • If you choose virtual learning your child will become a student at that school (counsellors there would help schedule courses, you would receive their newsletter, etc.). Your child would not be a Sacred Heart student for the 2021-22 school year. Of course, next year at this time you could opt to re-register for the 2022-23 school year at Sacred Heart.

  • If you select the virtual option for 2021-22 now, but change your mind at a later point (prior to or during the 2021-22 school year), you can request to come back to Sacred Heart. However, the request will be treated as a cross-boundary transfer request and could only be approved if space was available. There is a strong likelihood that space would not be available.

  • The virtual learning model for next year will be synchronous, as was the case this year. However, in high school the program will follow a semester system rather than the octomester system used this year. Students will take 4 courses each semester.

  • There will be a limited number of hands-on courses offered through the virtual academy.

  • If your child is entering Grade 12 next year and chooses to attend the virtual academy, they will graduate from the virtual academy school.

  • There are no system or inclusion classes being offered at the virtual academy.

  • There will be Resource support available through the virtual academy. The virtual academy will have its own dedicated Resource teachers.

If you do not fill out the form provided by the Board, it will be automatically assumed that you are returning to face-to-face learning at Sacred Heart next fall.

The deadline for completion of the virtual academy form is firm. It is February 25th. If you have questions or would like to speak to a staff member, please feel free to contact your child’s guidance counsellor or a member of the administration team.

Guidance Counsellors:

Nick Brisson (A - Cor )

Eleanor Wallace (Cot - Gn )

Cindy Zwolak (Go - Mar)

Marie Burnett (Mas - Sco)

Andrew Bain (Se - Z)


Brent Hopkins, Principal

Alanna Vandewint, Vice-Principal (A-D)

Shawn MacEachern, Vice-Principal (E-K)

Angelina Glynn, Vice-Principal (L-P)

Mary Jane Gillier-Symes, Vice-Principal (Q-Z)


2021-22 Course Selection


Parent information video presentations are now available. Please visit SHH Course Selection Information to access the presentations. Presentations have also been shared with all students. Course selection is once again being completed through student’s myBlueprint accounts. The due date for course selection submission is Friday, March 5th.


Registration for New Students


Registration for 2021-22 is now open. Grade 6 students attending one of our feeder locations will be registered through their current school (Guardian Angels, St. Philip, St. Stephen and Holy Spirit). The families of students coming from any other schools are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Please visit: ocsb.ca/our-schools/register to begin the registration process.


7&8 Report Cards


Grade 7&8 Report Cards are now available for viewing on the Parent Portal. In order to access the Parent Portal, please use the following link: ocsb.ca/parents . It is recommended that you access the Parent Portal through a desktop, laptop or chromebook rather than a mobile device.


This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred during a unique year. Please read this important message from the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Mental Health Lead:


In these different times we must recognize the efforts and resiliency that our children and youth have shown in the last few months. Their efforts should be commended through their ongoing capacity to adapt to unique situations in face to face and virtual learning. With demands of needing to stay at home and follow through with assigned tasks, our children and youth have demonstrated unparalleled efforts to alter and adapt. It is important that we recognize their abilities to have surmounted these unique societal obstacles and appreciate their efforts of persisting academically in a time of pandemic. "

~ Dr. Richard Bolduc, C.Psych., Mental Health Lead, OCSB


As always, ongoing communication with your child’s educators pertaining to their progress is encouraged. If you have questions about the report card, please contact your child’s teacher directly.


Parent-Teacher Interviews


Grade 7&8 Parent-Teacher interviews will take place on Thursday, February 25th. Online booking will open today at approximately 3:30 pm. A message with booking details will be shared by email with parents.


Any quadmester 3 high school Letters of Intervention issued by teachers were emailed to parents yesterday. High School Parent-Teacher interviews will take place on Thursday, March 11. Online booking will open on March 4th - the same day that midterm marks are released.


April Break


The Province announced last week that March Break is being moved to the week of April 12th-16th. For high school students, this coincides with the transition from quadmester 3 to 4. Students will return to school after the April Break and begin their quadmester 4 courses. A reminder that a school calendar is available on our school website shh.ocsb.ca .


Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

Grad Photo Information

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February 11 2021 Update

February 11, 2021


Dear Parents & Guardians,


Our return to in-person instruction has gone smoothly. Students and staff were able to re-establish routines quickly. We appreciate the commitment and dedication all members of the school community continue to maintain.


Family Day


Monday, February 15th is Family Day. As a result schools are closed next Monday. Tuesday, February 16th will be an in-person attendance day for students in Cohort A. Students in Cohort B return to the building on Wednesday, February 17th. Please visit our school website shh.ocsb.ca to review our full quadmester 3 calendar.


Report Cards


Grade 9-12 Report cards are now available for viewing through the Parent Portal. Grade 7&8 Report Cards are scheduled to be released on Thursday, February 18th. In order to access the Parent Portal, please use the following link: ocsb.ca/parents . The OCSB Parent Portal provides access to report cards, school schedule and other important information.


To download your child’s report card click on their name once logged in, then scroll to the bottom of the left-hand side of your screen and select Report Card History. It is recommended that you access the Parent Portal through a desktop, laptop or chromebook rather than a mobile device.


This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred during a unique year. Please read this important message from the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Mental Health Lead:


In these different times we must recognize the efforts and resiliency that our children and youth have shown in the last few months. Their efforts should be commended through their ongoing capacity to adapt to unique situations in face to face and virtual learning. With demands of needing to stay at home and follow through with assigned tasks, our children and youth have demonstrated unparalleled efforts to alter and adapt. It is important that we recognize their abilities to have surmounted these unique societal obstacles and appreciate their efforts of persisting academically in a time of pandemic. "

~ Dr. Richard Bolduc, C.Psych., Mental Health Lead, OCSB


As always, ongoing communication with your child’s educators pertaining to their progress is encouraged. If you have questions about the report card, please contact your child’s teacher directly.


Letters of Intervention


Any Quadmester 3 Letters of Intervention issued by teachers will be emailed on Wednesday, February 17th to the parents. Quadmester 3 midterm marks will be shared with parents by email on Thursday, March 4th.


Parent-Teacher Interviews


Grade 7&8 Parent-Teacher interviews will take place on Thursday, February 25th. Online booking will open on February 18th.


High School Parent-Teacher interviews will take place on Thursday, March 11. Online booking will open on March 4th.


Course Selection & Registrations


Course selection presentations have been shared with all students in grades 8-11. We will be sharing Parent Information presentations with parents by email on Thursday, February 18th. Course selection will once again be completed through student’s myBluePrint accounts. Please Visit SHH Course Selection Information to access grade level videos, presentations slides and additional information. The due date for course selection submission is Friday, March 5th.


Registration for 2021-22 is now open. Grade 6 students attending one of our feeder locations will be registered through their current school (Guardian Angels, St. Philip, St. Stephen and Holy Spirit). The families of students coming from any other schools are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Please visit: ocsb.ca/our-schools/register to begin the registration process.


Ash Wednesday


On Wednesday, February 17th students will take part in Ash Wednesday services in their period 1 classes. We will also be sharing a link to a virtual service for students who are not on-site that day (students learning virtually and students in Cohort A). This year, due to the on-going COVID-19 considerations, ashes will not be applied to the foreheads of our students or staff during the service.


STEAM Week


The OSCB will participate in its first K-12 STEAM week from February 22-26. This will be a chance for students to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics activities. A number of events have been planned for the week, including a virtual parent webinar on 5 Reasons to Consider a Career in the Skilled Trades with Jon Callegher will be held on February 24th at 7:00 pm. Parents can register using this link.


Have a great Family Day weekend! Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal



Sacred Heart Spirit Wear

Parents of Grade 12 GRAD Students


SHHS Grad Wear is now available for purchase online. Please go to TuckGear to view and place all Grad Wear orders.

All orders and payment must be made via the Tuck Gear website.

Students will receive their orders at school(arrangements will be made for students attending Virtual Academy)

The deadline to place your order is Friday February 19th, 2021.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, samples will not be available.

If you have any questions please email randy.baird@ocsb.ca


Parents of Grades 7-12 Students


SHHS Spirit Wear is now available for purchase online. Please go to TuckGear to view and place all Spirit Wear orders.

All orders and payment must be made via the Tuck Gear website.

Students will receive their orders at school(arrangements will be made for students attending Virtual Academy)

The deadline to place your order is Friday February 19th, 2021.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, samples will not be available.

If you have any questions please email randy.baird@ocsb.ca


January 29 2021 Update

January 29, 2021


Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,


We’re looking forward to students returning to the building on Monday! In addition to the information shared by the school board yesterday (January 28th message to OCSB families), there are a few additional updates we’d like to share with you in preparation for Monday.


Return to High School Cohorts


High school students will again be cohorted and attend in-person every second day. Monday, February 1st will be a Cohort A day (last names A-K) for in-person learning. Students in Cohort B (last names L-Z) will return on Tuesday, February 2nd.


Students in grades 7&8 will attend every day.


Start of a New High School Quadmester


We've reached the midpoint of the school year. Quadmester 3 begins next week. Students can review their schedules by logging into their my.studentinfo.ca accounts.


Textbook Return


High school students are asked to drop off all quadmester 2 textbooks in the atrium upon their return. Tables will be set up on which books can be placed. It would be appreciated if students could leave a post-it note or piece of paper inside the front cover with their name and their teacher’s name on it.


Student Services Update


Several important updates from our Student Services Department:

February 2021 Student Services Update


Transportation Update


To review OSTA’s January 29th transportation update please visit: Return to Service Update


Daily Screening / COVID-19 Protocols


We will continue to use all the COVID-19 safety protocols that were in place prior to the school closure. Students must continue to wear masks in the building and on school transportation. With our return to in-person learning, the Ministry of Education now requires that masks be worn outside, when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Please note that wearing a scarf does not take the place of a mask.


Please continue to use Ottawa Public Health’s daily screening tool each morning (OPH Screening Tool For School). As part of the Province’s enhanced screening process all high school students (grade 9-12) will be required to acknowledge that they have accessed OPH’s screening tool and confirmed they can attend school. This will need to be completed every day that they attend school ‘in-person’. Students are asked to confirm they have followed this process through their my.studentinfo account. Teachers will review this process with students next week.


We also ask that families continue to submit an attestation form following absences due to illness (Attestation Form Following Return from Illness). Forms can be emailed to the school (SacredHeart.High@ocsb.ca) or dropped off by students in the main office.


Homeroom starts at 8:05 am on Monday morning! Have a great weekend.


Brent Hopkins

Principal



January 22 2021 Update

January 22, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


On Wednesday evening the Province announced that students in Ottawa would not be returning to in-person learning on January 25th. At this point we do not have a firm date on when students will return to in-person instruction. We expect an update from the Province next week.


Our OCSB Director, Tom D’Amico, shared a video message with all OCSB families on Wednesday evening (Director’s Jan 20th Message) in which he expressed his thanks for the support, dedication and patience exhibited by students, staff and parents - gratitude our school community also shares. Our Board continues to work closely with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and we will continue to share updates as they become available.


Online instruction will continue next week. High School students will be wrapping up their Quadmester 2 coursework. Should it prove to be the case that the school closure is extended into February, high school students would begin their Quadmester 3 courses online. We will share transition information prior to the beginning of Quadmester 3.


January 29th PD Day


A reminder that Friday, January 29th is a PD Day for all grade 7-12 students. As a result, there will be no classes taking place next Friday.


Change to Grade 7&8 Daily Online Schedule


In an effort to better support our students in grade 7&8 we’ve made some slight changes to our intermediate schedule (Updated Schedule). These changes allow for the inclusion of wellness breaks while still adhering to the Ministry of Education’s requirements regarding synchronous learning. As has been the case the last three weeks, homeroom teachers will be sharing the weekly schedule prior to classes beginning on Monday.


2021-22 Course Selection and Registration


In the coming weeks we will be sharing course selection information for the 2021-22 school year with students and parents - this will be shared with ‘in-person’ learners as well as students and families of students currently enrolled in the Virtual Academy.


The process will begin next week with grade 8 students. Student Services will be leading an introductory course selection orientation on Wednesday Jan. 27th during period one for students who will be moving from grade 8 to 9 next fall. Grade 8 Sacred Heart students currently enrolled in the Virtual Academy will receive a recorded video presentation by email later in the day.


We will also soon begin the registration process for students from our feeder schools (Guardian Angels, St. Stephen, Holy Spirit and St. Philip) as well as other interested families in the community.


Upcoming Reporting Dates


On Thursday, February 11th high school Quadmester 2 report cards are scheduled to be released through the Parent Portal.


Grade 7&8 report cards are scheduled for release through the Parent Portal on Thursday, February 18th. Intermediate Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place on Thursday, February 25th. Our online booking system will open on February 18th.


Mental Health Spotlight


This month’s CSPA (Catholic School Parent Association) newsletter features an article by our OCSB Mental Health Lead, Dr Richard Bolduc. Dr. Bolduc discusses the importance of self-care and of promoting wellness. He also shares links to several mental health resources and supports in the community. Click on the following link to review the article as well as additional CSPA updates: January 20, 2021 CSPA Newsletter.


Support For Learners Funding


A reminder that parents of school-aged students (k-12) are eligible to apply for funding ($200 per child, $250 for students with special education needs). Submissions can be made online by visiting: www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners . The deadline is Feb 8th.


We continue to pray for God’s blessing upon you and your family. Have a wonderful weekend!


Brent Hopkins

Principal



January 8 2021 Update

January 8th, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


Yesterday, the Provincial Government announced an extension to the educator-led remote learning period that began this week (Jan 7th OCSB Message to Parents). Students in grades 9-12 were already scheduled to learn remotely until January 22nd. As a result of yesterday’s announcement all 7&8 students will also continue to learn remotely until January 22nd.


The schedules and routines established this week will continue for the next two weeks. I’d like to thank all students, staff and parents for their work and commitment throughout this week.


Support For Learners Funding

In the fall the Province announced that parents of students aged 4-12 could apply for one-time funding ($200 per child, $250 per child with special education needs). The deadline for applications has been extended to February 8th, 2021.


The program is being expanded to include funding for parents of students age 13 to 21. On January 2nd the Minister of Education announced that effective Monday, January 11th parents of intermediate and secondary age students will be able to apply by visiting www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners .


Attendance

Attendance is being recorded each class. 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.


Booking Guidance Appointments

Students are able to request an appointment with a guidance counsellor. Requests can be made by visiting my.studentinfo.ca . Once logged in (using their school account) an appointment can be requested by clicking on the Guidance Appointment icon.


Additional Mental Health Supports

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers various services to help those struggling with mental health concerns. To learn more about how to talk about mental health, check out have THAT talk.

OPH’s Parenting in Ottawa mental health page provides additional information regarding child and or youth mental health agencies. For 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.

School Mental Health Ontario also has many great resources for students, parents and families on their website at www.smho-smso.ca.


Thank you for your continued support. We hope that you and your family are safe and well. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

Return to Learning Update

January 2nd, 2021

​​​​​​​Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

We hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break. We’d like to provide you with some information to help prepare for Monday’s transition to online learning.

When school closed for the Christmas break we were expecting to re-open for in-person instruction on January 4th. Of course, we all learned on December 21st that, as part of the province-wide lockdown, the plan would need to change (Dec 22nd OCSB Message to Parents). This is not a small undertaking for students, parents or teachers. It will require some patience and understanding as new learning routines are being established. By working together I’m sure challenges can be overcome.


Online Learning Timeframe

Grade 7&8 students: Monday, January 4th - Friday, January 8th

Grade 9-12 students: Monday, January 4th - Friday, January 22nd

Students registered with the Virtual Academy will continue to receive instruction as scheduled prior to the Christmas break.


1st Day Overview

During the initial portion of the day on Monday, January 4th teachers will be participating in staff meetings and professional development activities. As a result, our first day back will be a modified one for students.

Students should review the following short video tutorials on Monday morning.

HowTo use Google Meet for Students

HowTo Troubleshoot Hapara Workspace for Students


Grade 7&8

By noon 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 for the week and Google Meet links for each of their teachers.

Grade 7&8 students will follow a condensed afternoon schedule on Monday, January 4th where they will meet briefly with each of the teachers they would usually see on Monday. The schedule for the day (Jan 4th Intermediate Condensed Schedule)

Beginning on Tuesday, January 5th, students will participate in full day learning. We will be adhering to our regular class schedule (7&8).


High School (Grade 9-12)

Unlike our in-person structure, all students (Cohort A and B) will engage in teacher-directed instruction every day during school closure.

By 8 am on Monday, January 4th students should receive a message from their period 1 teacher that provides work instructions for that morning.

Direct online instruction will begin period 2 on Monday at the regularly scheduled class time (HS). Period 2 teachers will provide students with a Google Meet link prior to class beginning.

On January 5th, and each day that follows until we return to in-person instruction, both period 1 and 2 will occur online. Period 1 teachers will share a Google Meet link with students prior to class beginning on January 5th.


Participation, Attendance and Assessment

It is important to note that student participation in online learning during the school closure will be key to their continued success. Unlike last spring, evaluations conducted over this period will impact final marks regardless of whether it results in an improved final grade or not.

Given the quadmester system in place in high school, it is essential that students in grades 9-12 engage in this period of learning. The last day of quadmester 2 is Thursday, January 28th. Therefore, what remains of this quadmester’s courses will be completed largely online.

Attendance will be taken each period and will be reflected on students’ report cards.

In general, students will be connected ‘synchronously’ with their teachers 75-80% 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.


Electronic Devices

The school has access to Chromebooks that can be loaned to students if one is required to participate in online learning from home. We ask parents to email the school directly at SacredHeart.High@ocsb.ca by 2 pm on Monday, January 4th if your child is in need of an electronic device.


Learning Technologies: Parent Support Webinars

The school board will be streaming two live webinars for parents on Monday, January 4th (9-10 am and 8-9 pm). For more information on these webinars as well as how to access a playlist of other instructional videos please visit: OCSB LT Parent Support Resources.


Welcome to 2021! It’s time to get learning again! We look forward to classes beginning Monday.

Brent Hopkins

Principal

December 18th, 2020 Update

December 18, 2020


Dear Parents & Guardians,


As we enter the Christmas break we have a few updates we’d like to share with you.


Comfort and Joy campaign

Our Christmas fundraising campaign has drawn to a close. We are very happy to report that over $8000 was raised! Funds will be provided to both the Stittsville and Richmond Food Banks. Thank you for your kind support of this initiative.


Cohort B Kicks Off the New Year

Classes resume on Monday, January 4th. All students in grade 7&8 and high school students in Cohort B will return for their first day of in-person instruction that day. January 4th will be an at-home learning day for high school students in Cohort A. Cohort A students are asked to check their email and Workspace on January 4th for work instructions. We will welcome Cohort A students for their first day of 2021 in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 5th.


There have been reports this week in the news that a period of virtual instruction for all students may take place following the Christmas break. The information available to us at this point is that schools would be opening for in-person instruction on Monday, January 4th. If a change is announced we will communicate our school plan to parents and students prior to January 4th.


Student Services Information

Very important Information for all graduating students: Grade 12 Update

Community Service Hours: December Update


Black Student Association

We are excited to announce the formation of Sacred Heart’s Black Student Association. For more information about the association, including how to get involved please review: SHHS Black Student Association - Stronger Together.


Academic Awards Released

Last week we released our 2019-20 Academic Awards. For a full summary please visit: Awards Update .


OPH Information

Important guidance from OPH regarding the Christmas period:

Dr Etches Dec 10th Statement re: Holiday Celebrations.


Again, we’d like to thank you for partnership and support throughout this past fall. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


Brent Hopkins

Principal

Grade 9-12 Parent Teacher Interviews

Interviews will take place Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 2:40 – 4:40 p.m.


This year Sacred Heart is once again using a system for booking parent teacher interviews called “You Can Book Me”.

Please click on the teacher’s name and the link will take you to the booking calendar for that teacher. Please choose the time that is suitable for you. Please realize that there is limited availability and we ask that you please only try to book interviews where you feel there is a concern.

2019-20 Academic Awards

Dec 7, 2020


Dear Students, Parents & Guardians,


It gives us great pleasure to announce our 2019-20 Academic Award winners. For a full summary of award recipients please click on the following links:


7&8 2019-20 Academic Awards


High School 2019-20 Academic Awards


Grade 8 students attending in-person and students in Cohort B received their respective awards in homeroom this morning. Students in Cohort A will receive their awards in homeroom tomorrow.


Students currently registered with the Virtual Academy (or a parent/guardian) who would like to pick up their awards are invited to do so on Wednesday, December 9th or Thursday, December 10th at the main entrance to the school between 3 pm and 4:30 pm.


To all the students being recognized today - Congratulations! The sacrifices made last year, and the dedication you maintained, made these successes possible.


All students are encouraged to continue their commitment to learning. We look forward to celebrating the 2020-21 achievements of our students.

December 4th Update

Dec 4, 2020


Dear Parents & Guardians,

High School Letters of Concern, Midterms and Parent-Teacher Interviews

High School Quadmester 2 Letters of Concern were emailed to parents on Wednesday, December 2nd. Midterm marks will be emailed to parents on Friday, December 11th. Students currently enrolled in grade 10 Civics or Careers will not receive a midterm mark on December 11th. A final mark for these half credit courses will be provided by Friday, December 18th.

Parent-teacher interview booking will open on December 11th. Interviews will be held on Wednesday, December 16th from 2:40-4:40 pm.

Comfort & Joy Fundraising Campaign

We are just past the halfway point of our Comfort & Joy campaign. Thank you to those who have already contritibed. Families interested and able to participate can still contribute until December 9th.

Throughout the campaign our Chaplain, Mr. Guitard, has been sharing anonymous stories of families in need in our community during morning announcements. Our goal is to be able to support at least 30 families. There are three ways to give. Donations can be made through School Cash Online. Gift cards are also being collected in homeroom classes. Finally, we have a donation bin available in the atrium in which non-perishable food items can be dropped off. Donations will be directed to the Stittsville and Richmond Food Banks.

Inclement Weather Days

Should future inclement weather days cause the cancellation of school transportation, our schools will continue to be open for students who walk to school or who can arrive at school by other means.

For those students who remain at home on inclement weather days, teachers will continue their practice of posting work to their Hapara Workspace. At the high school level, the day will count in our Cohort A/Cohort B schedule. For example, if an inclement weather day occurs on a Cohort A in-school learning day, the following day will remain an in-school learning day for Cohort B. In other words, the Cohort A/B schedule will proceed as originally planned.

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) posts up-to-date busing news on its site - ottawaschoolbus.ca.


Holy Spirit Parish Information

Holy Spirit Parish will be beginning First Communion and Confirmation preparation in January. Additional information, including how to register, can be reviewed using the following link:

First Communion and Confirmation Preparation. Registration closes on December 16th.

The video series “Journey through Advent” – Second Sunday of Advent is now available on the CCCB website (also available in French). This week’s reflection contemplates the theme of consolation and how we can prepare the way in our own lives. The video series offers short reflections on the Sunday Gospel readings throughout this joyful liturgical season and is available each Monday in advance of the upcoming Sunday celebration.

Information from Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health - Information Videos

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has released the following information videos:

Process if a Student is sick or Tests Positive for COVID-19 - YouTube

Procédures si un étudiant est malade ou s’il a été diagnostiqué positif à la COVID-19 - YouTube

These videos outline the general processes used when contact tracing is required within a school setting.


Support for Learners Funding

Earlier this week, the Province announced details on the Support for Learners funding program. The program is intended to help offset costs during the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Students under 12 are eligible for a $200 payment. Students K-12 with special needs are eligible for $250. Please visit the following site for additional information: OCSB Support for Learners Funding.

Christmas Break

We are two weeks from the Christmas Break. Our last day of classes prior to the break will be Friday, December 18th. Classes will resume on Monday, January 4th. January 4th will be a Cohort B day for in-person attendance.

Thank you for your continued support!

Brent Hopkins

Principal


Quadmester 1 Report Cards Available

November 26, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

High School Quadmester 1 Final Report Cards are now available for viewing. Please access these report cards through the Parent Portal found at https://www.ocsb.ca/our-schools/calendar/parent-portal/.

If you cannot access your child's report card through the parent portal, please fill in this form. Board personnel with the expertise to solve these problems will resolve the issue for you. These complications are with the software and cannot be solved by the teacher or school.

We appreciate your patience.