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April 9, 2022 Update

April 9th, 2022


Dear Parents & Guardians,


Our Lenten season is drawing to a close. Holy week begins tomorrow on Psalm Sunday and ends with the celebration of Jesus' resurrection on Easter Sunday. This is, of course, a very important week for Catholics. We wish you a happy and blessed Easter.


We have a few announcements to share with you.


High School Lunch Change


As was indicated at the beginning of semester 2, our plan was to review our high school lunch schedule at approximately the midpoint of the semester. Given that cohorting requirements have been lifted and the warmer weather will result in a greater number of options for students at lunch, we plan to move to a single grade 9-12 lunch block. This will result in a return to our regular schedule. This change is scheduled to take effect on Monday, April 25th.


Our regular 9-12 schedule will be as follows:


Warning Bell 8:00

Homeroom 8:05-8:15

Period 1 8:15-9:30

Period 2 9:35-10:50

Lunch 10:50-11:35

Period 3 11:35-12:50

Period 4 12:55-2:10

Dismissal Bell 2:10


This change will not impact grade 7&8 schedules.


Cafeteria Access for Grade 7&8 Students


The cafeteria will be available to 7&8 students during their lunch block following the Easter break. Intermediate students will therefore no longer be eating in their homeroom classes. We will continue to designate separate eating and recess times for grade 7s and grade 8s - this practice allows for a more manageable number of students to be in the cafeteria and in the yard at once. We are hopeful that our serverary will open before the end of the school year. At this point our Board’s service provider has not yet been able to secure staffing for our site.


Bike Thefts


Over the course of the year we have received reports of multiple instances of bicycles being stolen. Bicycles of significant value appear to have been targeted. Ottawa Police provide the following tips for Bike safety: Bike Theft Prevention.


HS Midterm Report Cards


High school midterm report cards are scheduled to be released via the Parent Portal on Thursday, April 28th.


Easter Weekend - April 15th and 18th


A reminder that next weekend is Easter weekend. As a result both April 15th and April 18th are holidays. Enjoy the long weekend!


Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

Mme Jessica Thomson Wins Award For Excellence in Religious Education

Congratultions to Mme Jessica Thomson on being named the recipient of the Seeds of Hope Award. The Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario (CARFLEO) presents the award for excellence in religious and family life education.

For additional information please see: OCSB Announcement: Sacred Heart Teacher wins Award for Excellence in Religious Education


March 30, 2022 Update

March 30, 2022


Dear Parents & Guardians,


We have a few updates and announcements to share with you.


Mardi de Kemp Appointed Zone 1 Trustee


Yesterday evening Mardi de Kemp was appointed as our Zone 1 OCSB Trustee. The position was vacant following the passing of John Curry. We look forward to working with Trustee de Kemp. For additional information please see: OCSB Announcement: Appointment of Mardi de Kemp to Zone 1 Trustee position.


OCSB Summer School Registration


OCSB 2022 Summer School registration is now open. For more information - including how to register please visit: ocsb.ca/summerschool.


Spectators / Visitors


Spectators are once again permitted to attend extracurricular events that take place on-site. Guests are also again permitted in the building. Both of these are welcome changes. Guests visiting the building are asked to sign-in in the main office. Parents dropping off or picking up still have the option of phoning in from their car.


Congratulations Ms. Burnett and Ms. Thomson


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 Commendation Award recipients are honoured each year during Education Week. We congratulate Ms. Marie Burnett for being recognized as one of this year’s award winners. Ms. Burnett serves as a guidance counselor in our Student Services department.


The Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Education of Ontario (carfleo.com/) has named Jessica Thomson as their Seeds of Hope New Teacher Award recipient. This is the first time the award has been shared. Candidates from across the province were nominated. Ms. Thomson is a member of our high school Modern Languages and Religion Departments.


Congratulations to both Ms. Burnett and Ms. Thomson!


School Transportation Update (OSTA)

A reminder to please check the OSTA website regularly to monitor for service disruptions: http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca.

Important Message from OSTA: Planning Transportation for Next Year

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) is asking families to confirm whether or not they will be using transportation next year. Please refer to the following poster for more information: OCSB Transportation Confirmation Flyer.


OSTA has also posted information and updates for next year on the OSTA website, including Frequently Asked Questions Related to the Confirmation Process.


The application requires your child’s OEN number, which can be found in the Parent Portal or on a report card.


The deadline to confirm your child’s transportation needs is April 3. OSTA has noted that if parents/guardians do not confirm transportation before the April 3rd deadline, transportation may not be available on the first day of school.


OSTA will review late submissions beginning on September 12th, 2022.

Can families change their minds?

OSTA is aware that family circumstances can change. If a parent/guardian decides to use transportation next year, and then circumstances change, they can decline transportation by completing the same Transportation Confirmation Form. Conversely, they can confirm transportation using the same form if they decline transportation now and decide they need it later.

COVID Screening: A Daily Step to Keep Our Community Healthy

Although a number of COVID measures were lifted as of our return to school on March 21, all students and staff are still required to complete the provincial COVID-19 screening tool each morning before coming to school. We know that COVID is still in our community and completing the daily screening and staying home when symptomatic is an easy way we can all work to keep our community healthy.


ThriveSMH - Student Opportunity


School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) is offering an opportunity to promote student voice in mental health promotion and learning across the province.


The Student and Family/Caregiver Engagement Team is happy to announce that applications are now open for ThriveSMH, SMH-ON’s provincial student reference group.


Click the following link for the full sized poster: Join ThriveSMH Poster


The details:

  • SMHO is looking for students in grades 7-11 from publicly funded schools across Ontario

  • SMHO welcomes and encourages students with identities that have been historically disadvantaged, oppressed, and marginalized, including those that self-identify as Black, Indigenous, racialized, a person with a disability, diverse bodied, and/or 2SLGBTQI+ to apply.

  • No experience necessary! SMHO welcomes and encourages students with all backgrounds to apply.

  • The application is open until April 13, 2022

ThriveSMH Student Open House events: April 5th and 6th at 5:00 p.m.

The open house will be held on two dates to give students options that work best with their schedule; the same information will be presented at each open house. The open house will give students a chance to meet some current team members and learn more about ThriveSMH before applying.

Click here for information.


Let’s Put our Spiritual Theme of Gratitude into Action: Say Merci to a Staff Member

Help us wrap up le Mois de la francophonie with a splash of gratitude! Join the OCSB as we practice French by saying "merci" to our outstanding OCSB employees while also exercising our gratitude muscles!

Recognize an OCSB employee you're thankful for by filling out this form by Friday, April 1, 2022. The Board will send that employee a copy of your submission to let them know their work is appreciated. The campaign will end with a draw for a chance to win an OCSB prize.


Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

March 8, 2022 Update

March 8, 2022


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We have few updates to share with you - including an important message from OSTA regarding confirming 2022-23 bus use for students who are eligible for transportation. Please review the information found below.


Letters of Intervention & High School Parent-Teacher Interviews


High school Letters of Intervention will be shared by email on Thursday, March 10th. Letters of Intervention serve as an early indicator when a teacher is concerned about a student’s initial progress in a course. The high school Parent-Teacher interview booking window will also open on March 10th and will remain open until March 23rd at 2 pm. Interviews will take place virtually through Google Meet or by phone on Thursday, March 24th. Specific booking instructions will be shared later this week.


7&8 Rotation


Students in grade 7&8 will begin rotating to their classes this week. Since returning to school in September 2020 intermediate students have stayed in a designated room with teachers rotating between classes. We are now returning to our traditional model of having students rotate between rooms. Students and staff will be reviewing the process throughout this week.


7&8 Science taught in English September 2022


Beginning September 2022 the language of instruction for all students in Science will be English. This is already the case for students participating in the Core French program, but it will now also apply to students in the French Immersion program. This aligns with our high school model of delivery for Science where the subject is taught in English. Several OCSB high schools implemented this change this year. Last spring the decision was made to delay the transition at Sacred Heart until September 2022. Students in the French Immersion program will continue to be taught the following subjects in French: French Language, Religion, Geography, History and Physical Education - equivalent to 50% of the day.


Important Information From OSTA - New Transportation Confirmation 22-23


Are you planning on using student transportation in 2022-2023? To make better use of transportation services, OSTA is asking all parents and guardians of eligible students who are in one of the following school programs to confirm their intentions for transportation services for 2022-2023.


It’s simple! Let OSTA know your intentions by completing the Transportation Confirmation Form by April 3rd, 2022. You will be required to enter your child’s OEN number. This can be found on your child’s report card or by accessing the OCSB Parent Portal.

Important: If you do not confirm transportation before the deadline, your child may not have transportation on the first day of school. OSTA will review late submissions beginning on September 12th, 2022.


For more information, visit OSTA’s website.

Unsure if you are eligible for transportation?

Families can check if an address is eligible for motorized transportation on OSTA’s website. Please note that this software verifies the address against the current school year and excludes new schools, boundary changes and eligibility changes due to changes in schools, grades, addresses or programs. We also encourage you to read OSTA’s T18 Transportation Eligibility Policy for helpful information.


OSTA will review the form submission to ensure the student is eligible for transportation and meets all terms and conditions before assigning transportation.


Parents/guardians can access their student’s transportation information for 2022-2023 through the OSTA Parent Portal in mid-August 2022.


Is this the same as OSTA’s empty seat/courtesy program?

Transportation Confirmation is not the same as the empty seat/courtesy program, which is currently suspended due to COVID-19. OSTA plans to resume the empty seat/courtesy program when all COVID protocols are removed, and it is feasible to do so.

Joint Custody and Transportation to Two Homes

Parents/guardians of students applying for joint custody (variable) transportation do not need to complete the transportation confirmation form.


OSTA does provide variable transportation services to eligible students who have a joint custody arrangement and whose two homes meet all eligibility requirements. Separate forms are required and must be completed for Joint Custody (variable) Transportation. Confirmation of transportation will be done upon receipt of the appropriate transportation forms.


Refer to OSTA’s website for more information on variable transportation for students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes, including important deadline dates for applications.


Parent Inquiries and Requests for Changes

If you require changes or have an inquiry about transportation services, please complete a Transportation Issue Form. Transportation Issue Forms are prioritized over email requests and inquiries.

Bus Driver Recruitment

OSTA is looking for your assistance to distribute this bus driver recruitment video to your school communities. Bus Drivers are Superheroes for the Environment.


OSTA’s March Update (video) can be viewed by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/H5Gyhone-uQ



We hope that next week’s March Break provides an opportunity for students to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

March 1, 2022 Update

March 1, 2022


Dear Parents and Guardians,


The weather has created a few obstacles as of late, but we are off to a great start this week. Hard to believe it is March already! We have a few updates and announcements to share wit you today.


2022-23 Course Selection


A reminder to all parents and guardians of students in grades 8-11, that course selections are due this Friday, March 4th. Again this year, course selection is completed through students’ myBlueprint accounts. For a full list of resources please visit our 2022-23 Course Selection Landing Page


New COVID Directions


Based on a recent change by the Ontario Government and updated guidelines from the Ministry of Education, wearing masks outdoors at recess (lunch) is now optional for students and staff. Students may continue to wear their mask, but they do not have to. This change is supported by Ottawa Public Health..


Water fountains may be used again by students. Regular water fountains may be used for drinking directly from the water fountain. Please note that water filling stations should be used only for filling water bottles.


COVID is still in our community, so please continue to have your child(ren) complete their COVID-19 screening every morning.


OSSLT - Literacy Test Information


Students in grade 10 are scheduled to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) on Tuesday, April 26th during periods 1 and 3. Any Gr. 11 student who has not yet successfully completed the requirement will also have the opportunity to write the OSSLT. Grade 11 students are scheduled to write on Monday, April 25th during periods 1 and 2.


Successful completion of the OSSLT is a requirement for graduation. A practice OSSLT will take place on Monday March 7th, 2022 during periods 2 and 4 in grade 10 classes. After school OSSLT support sessions will be provided and will begin after the March Break on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm for 4 weeks. Additional information will be shared next week by email with the parents of students who are scheduled to write the OSSLT this year.


Graduation Update - Awards and Scholarships


The deadline for the Grad Resume has been extended to Friday, March 11th, 2022. The link is available on the SHHS Graduation Awards workspace.This resume, along with teacher nominations, are used to determine recipients of all awards offered by the school. It must be completed to be considered.

Application forms for school board awards and new external awards are now available. For more detailed information, grade 12 students are encouraged to visit the SHHS Graduation Awards workspace on your Hapara Student Dashboard.


Additional reminders will continue to be sent by email. Students are asked to check their school email regularly. Parents are asked to ensure they have agreed to receive emails through School Messenger to receive these reminders.


STEAM Week


The second annual OCSB STEAM Week for students in Kindergarten to grade 12 will take place February 28th- March 4th, 2022. This week coincides with the final week of high school course selection, so that students will have the opportunity for career exploration in the science, trades and technology, engineering, arts and math areas prior to selecting courses for next year. Each day will focus on a different letter of STEAM ie. Monday will be Science, Tuesday will be Trades & Technology, etc.


Parents can follow the Twitter hashtags being used during the week: #ocsbSTEAM, #ocsbMATH, #ocsbScience #ocsbTechEdge, and #ocsbArts. Additional information can also be accessed by visitation: OCSB STEAM Week.


Ash Wednesday


Ash Wednesday ceremonies will take place in class on March 2nd. Celebrations will be ash-less. The ceremony will begin over the PA and will include a video presentation prepared by our Chaplaincy Leader, Geoff Guitard.


March Break


A reminder that March Break takes place from March 14th-18th. Our last day of classes prior to the break will be Friday, March 11th. Classes will resume on Monday, March 21st.


Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

February 16th, 2022 Update

Feb 16, 2022


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We’ve had a great start to the second half of the school year. We have several updates to share with you.


Rapid Test Distribution


Rapid test kits have been received and prepared for distribution. Each student will be provided with a box (5 tests per box) at the end of the day today. Unlike the tests provided prior to the Christmas break, these kits are being provided for use when your child is experiencing symptoms.


7-12 Report Cards & 7&8 Parent-Teacher Interviews


7&8 Term 1 and High School semester 1 report cards are expected to be released later today

via the Parent Portal. Online booking for 7&8 Parent-Teacher interviews will open on Thursday, February 17th. Interviews will take place on Thursday, February 24th. Specific booking information will be shared tomorrow.


High School Course Selection


This week course selection presentations were shared with high school students. Guidance counselors will be visiting classes to answer questions on Wednesday and Thursday. A Parent Information Presentation will be shared by email on Thursday, February 17th with parents. The presentation will also be posted on our website. Course selection is once again being completed through students’ myBlueprint accounts. The due date for course selection submission is Friday, March 4th.


For a full list of resources please visit our 2022-23 Course Selection Landing Page


Registration for New Students


Registration for 2022-23 is 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). A Grade 6 to 7 Parent Information presentation will be shared by email with the parents of students at our feeder schools. It is scheduled for release on February 17th and will also be posted on our website. 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.


Kindness Week


This Week is Kindness Week in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. It’s a week when our community highlights #ocsbKindness through purposeful action. Our spiritual theme comes to life in our school communities as students and staff express gratitude through acts of kindness. The week’s daily challenges are being promoted within our Sacred Heart school community. For more information please visit: OCSB Kindness Week


Black History Month


The Black Student Association at Sacred Heart which is made up of students from grades 7 to 12 has worked very hard to plan a month of education and celebration surrounding Black History Month.

The students, under the direction of their teacher supervisor Jeanne VanLankveld, have created their own Hapara Workspace to share throughout the entire school population. Themes revolved around understanding the impacts of stereotypes, learning about the importance of Black history in Canada and celebrating Black excellence. We are exceptionally proud of the Student Voice present in this effort.

We are excited to also have the Get Real Movement do presentations for our gr 7/8 ad 9/10 panels. Our 7/8 and High School student councils will continue the focus on Black History Month with a spirit week supporting further focus on these important topics.

Activating Student Success Through Parent Engagement


Join the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the OCSB Black Educator Network for a virtual session for parents of Black students on February 26, 2022, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Learn more about resources and programs available within the OCSB, discuss strategies and tools for student-centered school engagement and connect with OCSB Black educators.


For more information - including how to register please visit: Registration Information


Joel Hilchey-Virtual Webinar for Parents and Educators:


The OCSB will be hosting a presentation by Joel Hilchey from BeanStalk Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00pm. Joel will share, with parents, suggestions about Career Planning during "Wild Times" (see promo video). He will also reveal why working in the skilled trades, especially in a post-COVID-19 world, is an ideal career option and how to kick start this endeavor in high school by registering for OYAP and/or a SHSM program. Registration Link


Congratulations Ms. Burnett and Ms. Paquin


Each year Director of Education Commendation Awards are presented to outstanding staff members from across the school board. We are pleased to share that both Marie Burnett and Melissa Paquin have been nominated this year. Ms. Burnett serves as a Guidance Counselor in our Student Services department. Ms. Paquin works as an Education Assistant in our Inclusion Team. Congratulations!


Family Day - February 21st


A reminder that Monday, February 21st is Family Day and school will therefore be closed. We hope you enjoy the long weekend.


Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

Passing of Trustee Curry

February 9, 2022


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is with great sadness we share the news that long-serving and faithful Catholic School Trustee John Curry passed away over the weekend. Mr. Curry was an extremely dedicated trustee who served as our zone’s representative for more than 20 years. He was also known for his committed service to a number of community organizations. As a reporter and writer for several community papers Mr. Curry made a point of highlighting the achievements of countless students. He has had a profound impact on our school community and his partnership will be greatly missed.

Mourning The Loss of Trustee John Curry - OCSB Announcement

Sincerely,

Brent Hopkins

Principal

Sacred Heart High School


January 31st, 2022 Update

January 31, 2022


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We are just shy of the midpoint of the 2021-22 school year. As has been the case the last two years, there have been several challenges. I’d like to thank staff, students and parents for your commitment to each other and the school community.


Last week was our first full week of in-person learning since the Christmas break. For most, a return to school routines has been a smooth transition. It continues to amaze me how much is accomplished every day. We hope that the second half of the school year will bring with it an even greater number of opportunities for students to learn and get involved in school activities.


Semester 2 HS Lunch Plan


We will be returning to a semester system for the second half of the school year. High school students will have 4 courses a day. Semester 2 classes will begin on February 7th and run until the end of June.


The plan for the initial portion of the semester is to continue with the current format for lunch. Students in grades 9 & 10 will have a lunch block in the middle of the school day (between period 2 & 3). The grade 11 & 12 lunch block will take place at the end of the school day. Senior students will also continue to be provided the opportunity to eat at the beginning of period 3). The grade 7&8 lunch format will remain unchanged..


We reviewed alternate lunch models (ex. a single lunch period for gr 9-12 or two separate midday HS lunch blocks), but after considering several factors it was determined that the current model would remain in place for the time being. Several variables were considered, including our large population size, cohorting requirements ,space availability, the impact on our physical education programs and the provision of appropriate supervision.


We also know that there are benefits to returning to a traditional lunch model for senior students. We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 - both within the school and in the community. As we move into the spring the improved weather will be a great benefit, as it will reduce the number of students accessing our indoor spaces during lunch. At approximately the midpoint of the semester we will review whether a move to a single 9-12 lunch block can be made.


Beginning February 7th, our high school bell schedule will be as follows:

Grade 9&10

Warning Bell — 8:00

Period 1/HR — 8:05-9:25

Period 2 — 9:30-10:45

Lunch — 10:45-11:30

Period 3 — 11:30-12:45

Period 4 — 12:50-2:05

HS Dismissal - 2:05

End of Day - 2:10 pm


Grade 11&12

Warning Bell — 8:00

Period 1/HR — 8:05-9:25

Period 2 — 9:33-10:45

Period 3— 10:50-12:05

Period 4 — 12:10-1:25

Lunch — 1:25-2:05

HS Dismissal - 2:05

End of Day —2:10


2022-23 Course Selection & Registration


Later this week our Student Services department will be sharing course selection information for the 2022-23 school year with students and parents. Student Services will be leading an introductory course selection orientation the week of February 7th for students who will be moving from grade 8 to 9 next fall.

We will also soon begin the transition process for students from our feeder schools (Guardian Angels, St. Stephen, Holy Spirit and St. Philip). Families wishing to register from non-feeder schools can begin the process by visiting: ocsb.ca/our-schools/register/.

3-Layer Masks and Rapid Tests


The school received a shipment of 3-layer masks today. A mask will be provided to each student. These masks are being provided by the Province as an option for students. Additional masks will be available in the main office for students who require them. Rapid tests kits have not yet been received. We will share an update once our allotment arrives.


Supporting Student Mental Health: A Mental Health Minute

Our school board Mental Health Lead, Dr Richard Bolduc, has prepared the following resource for the OCSB community: Mental Health Minute: Let’s Talk about Compassion and Mental Health.


Friday, February 4th PD Day


A reminder that Friday, February 4th is a PD Day for all students in grades 7-12.


Brent Hopkins

Principal


January 21st, 2022 Update

January 21, 2022


Dear Parents and Guardians,


The weather delayed our return to school at the beginning of the week, but otherwise our return to in-person instruction was a smooth one. It’s been great to have students back in the school again.


Reporting Attendance


Thank you for continuing to advise the school when your child will be away. In instances where your child is required to isolate due to Provincial screening requirements (see You have symptoms and are concerned may have COVID-19. Now what?) or will otherwise be away for multiple days, please also advise the school of your child’s anticipated return date. This information will ensure your child’s attendance record is updated appropriately.


A reminder that our 24-hour school attendance line is 613-831-0543. Our main school line is also available during the school day. Please feel free to contact the school if you have questions. The main school line is 613-831-6643.


Online Safety, Social Media, Privacy, Cyberbullying & Image Sharing Presentation


The Holy Trinity HS, Sacred Heart HS and All Saints HS School Councils invite you to a Social Networking and Internet Safety virtual presentation with Mr. Paul Davis on January 26 at 8:00 pm. To register, please review the following information and use the link provided below.


You are invited to a Zoom Presentation with Paul Davis

Topic: Online Safety, Social Media, Privacy, Cyberbullying & Image Sharing


When: January 26, 8:00pm

Registration Link: January 26th Registration Link - Paul Davis Presentation


Advance registration is required for this presentation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the presentation.


Please confirm the spelling of your email when registering. Check your SPAM box if you do not receive a confirmation after registering. A login and password will be included in the confirmation email.


Additional information on presenter, Pauld Davis, please visit:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pauldavisSNS, Facebook: facebook.com/pauldavistips


CSPA Mental Health Night - Continuing the Conversation


The Ottawa Catholic School Parents’ Association is hosting a virtual evening session on January 27th. Sessions will focus on mental health and mental health supports for families.


Topics include Motivation, Mental Health Supports at the OCSB, Support for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, Tech Overuse & Addiction and Equity in Mental Health.


Fore more information, including how to register, please visit: January 27th Information and Registration - CSPA.


Holy Spirit Parish Synodal Process


Pope Francis has initiated a synodal journey of consultations and discernment of the whole People of God, which began in October 2021 and will culminate in October 2023 in the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The process includes three phases: Diocesan; Continental and Universal.


To become a more synodal, listening Church, Pope Francis invites us to reflect on two main questions given your own lived experiences.


1. How have we “journeyed together” in your experiences as a Church? Have there been times of Joy in your faith journey as a Catholic? Sorrows? Challenges?


2. What steps does the Holy Spirit invite us to take here at Holy Spirit parish, in order to grow well as we “journeying together”? In our Church as a whole? For example, what would you like to see the parish offer, either something spiritual or practical, that would make your faith life more fulfilling?


For information about the the Synod and the ways to get involved at Holy Spirit Parish please visit: Holy Spirit Parish Synod Invitation Letter


Grade 9&10 Lunch - Cafeteria Access


Beginning today grade 9&10 students can now access the cafeteria during the lunch period. Food service remains unavailable. Tables are assigned by cohort. Students continue to have the option of eating in their period 2 classroom. They also have the option of going outside. To the greatest extent possible, masks should continue to be worn regardless of which lunch location students choose.


Rapid Test Kits and 3-Layer Masks


Last week the Province announced that rapid tests were being made available to schools. Elementary schools have been prioritized and many elementary schools have already received test kits (2 per student). We have not yet received our school allocation of rapid test kits for students. We are also still awaiting the delivery of our 3-layer mask allotment. The main office does currently have a supply of 2-layer masks that are available to students.


We will provide additional information regarding the distribution of rapid test kits and 3-layer masks when they are received.


New Fernbank Catholic Elementary School


Board staff will present final recommendations at the Tuesday February 8, 2022 7 pm Board Meeting. Updated information is now available on the Board’s website: New Fernbank Catholic Elementary School (2023) Proposed Attendance Boundary Public Consultation Page



Thank you for your continued support. We hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

January 15th, 2022 Update

January 15th, 2022


Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,


On Wednesday the Province confirmed that schools will be reopening for in-person learning on Monday, January 17th. If you have not already had the opportunity to do so, please review the update provided by the Board (OCSB): January 12th OCSB Return to School Update.


While we know that many students are looking forward to returning to classes on Monday, we also know that the return to school may be causing some concern and anxiety. We remain committed to supporting students through this transition. We will return to our 2021-22 in-person schedule.


We have some additional information to share with you.


Daily Screening / COVID-19 Protocols


We will continue to use all the masking and hand-sanitizing COVID-19 safety protocols that were in place prior to the school closure. Students continue to be required to wear masks and should be sanitizing their hands regularly throughout the day. It is also important that students and staff continue to adhere to the structures and processes that remain in place within the building.


Students will again be required to confirm completion of daily screening each morning (Provincial Screening Tool For Students). 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 on Monday.


Your Child is Unwell. What now?


As was the case prior to Christmas, if your child tests positive for COVID-19 by way of a PCR test they will be required to isolate. Household contacts will also be required to isolate. Unlike the fall, rapid testing is now being used to confirm COVID-19 in symptomatic individuals and the same isolation requirements apply.


Currently, access to testing (PCR or Rapid) is limited. As a result, the Province has announced a framework for presumptive cases of COVID-19. These are cases that are believed to be COVID-19 based on the symptoms presented. Individuals with presumptive cases of COVID-19 are to adhere to the same isolation requirements as those that are confirmed through testing (see How To Self Isolate). Regular use of the daily screening tool is essential, as the tool will provide direction regarding next steps - including isolation requirements for your child and other household members. As reference, the following table provides a summary of current guidance for symptomatic individuals: You have symptoms and are concerned may have COVID-19. Now what?


Rapid Test Kits and 3-Layer Masks


The Province has indicated that they will be providing rapid test kits to students. Elementary schools have been prioritized to receive testing kits first. The Province has also indicated that 3-layer masks are on-route. They are being provided by the Province as an alternate option for students. The main office does currently have a supply of 2-layer masks that are available to students.


We will provide additional information regarding the distribution of rapid test kits and 3-layer masks when they are received.


Reporting Attendance


A reminder that our 24-hour school attendance line is 613-831-0543. When calling your student in absent, please specify their name and the reason for absence (appointment, illness, and COVID symptoms, if applicable).


Our main school line is also available during the school day. Please feel free to contact the school if you have questions. The main school line is 613-831-6643.


When your child is at home they can access their school work via Hapara and/or their teacher's website.


Chromebook Return


If your child was loaned a Chromebook last week to support online instruction please ask them to return the device to the Learning Commons.


Credit Intervention Day & February 4th PD Day


The HS Credit Intervention Day originally scheduled for Friday, January 21st has been canceled. As a result this upcoming Friday will be a regular school day for all students.


A reminder that Friday, February 4th is a PD Day for all grade 7-12 students.


OSTA Update

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority provided the following update regarding bus service: January 13th OSTA Update.


Upcoming Reporting Dates


On Wednesday, February 16th both 7&8 Term 1 report cards and high school Quadmester 2 report cards are scheduled to be released through the Parent Portal.


Intermediate Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place on Thursday, February 24th. Our online booking system will open on February 17th.



Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming students back on Monday.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

January 3rd, 2022 Update

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

We hope that you and your family were able to enjoy the Christmas break. Welcome to 2022! We know that the uncertainty regarding our return to school has caused some concern and anxiety. The Province announced this morning that schools will move to online learning from Wednesday, January 5th to Friday, January 14th. The Board (OCSB) provided the following update to families this afternoon: January 3rd OCSB Update.

We’d like to provide you with some information to help prepare for Wednesday’s transition to online learning. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Like you, we were advised of this shift this morning.

Grade 7&8

By 8 am on Wednesday students and parents will receive an email message from their respective homeroom teacher. 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 be adhering to our grade 7/8 Online Schedule.

High School (Grade 9-12)

By 8 am on Wednesday students will receive an email message from both their period 1 and period 2 teacher that includes a Google Meet link. Online instruction will begin on Wednesday at the regularly scheduled class time (HS).

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 last year’s school closures, evaluations conducted over this period will impact final marks. 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 time 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.

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.


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 Wednesday, January 5th if your child is in need of an electronic device.

Essential Item Retrieval

Prior to the Christmas Break students were advised to bring their essential learning materials (books, Chromebooks, etc.) 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 or locker please complete the following form by Wednesday, January 5th at 2 pm: Item Retrieval Request Form. A member of administration will be in contact to make arrangements regarding the item(s).

Remote Learning Checklist

The Board has prepared the following resource document to support students and families as they transition to online learning: Remote Learning Checklist for Families.

Booking Guidance Appointments

During this period of online learning, students continue to be able to request an appointment with a guidance counselor. 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.


We look forward to classes beginning Wednesday and we thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins

Principal

December 13th, 2021 Update

December 13th, 2021


Dear Parents & Guardians,


We’re now in the last week of classes prior to the Christmas break. It hasn’t been without its challenges, but we’re thankful that the fall has been a successful one. Friday, December 17th will be our last day of classes in 2021. Classes will resume on Monday, January 3rd, 2022 following the break. We wish you and your family a restful and enjoyable holiday break and we look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.


We have a few additional updates to share with you.


Rapid Tests


COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits were distributed to all students today. Each student will receive one box containing five test kits. The Province has provided these test kits to all k-12 students in Ontario for use over the Christmas break. Please take some time to review the following important information regarding the rapid test kit program: Rapid Test Information Letter.


We will be sending a separate message regarding rapid test pick-up to the parents of all students who have transitioned to online learning this week due to the Omicron COVID-19 case reported on Friday evening.


It is important to note that rapid tests are to be used when an individual is asymptomatic (no symptoms). When an individual is symptomotic or is being tested because they have been identified as being a high-risk contact to a confirmed case then PCR testing should be arranged.


Information from Ottawa Public Health - Travel & Omicron Variant of Concern Guide


For your information, we are sharing the following Ottawa Public Health update regarding travel and requirements related to cases where the Omicron variant is identified: Travel & Omicron VOC.


Christmas Campaign


We would like to thank you for your participation in this year’s Christmas campaign. As of today, the total raised stands at $8150. This generous support will make a significant difference for many families over the Christmas period. We are blessed to have a community committed to providing for others.


Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

December 6th, 2021 Update

December 6th, 2021 Update


Dear Parents & Guardians,


We have a few updates to share with you on this winter Monday.


Return of Semester System


We have received confirmation from the school Board (OCSB) that high school students will return to a semester system for the second half of the school year. Beginning Monday, February 7th students will follow a 4-period per day schedule. We are continuing to consult with the Board and Ottawa Public Health regarding the impacts on our daily structure (lunch, breaks, etc.).


We will continue to follow the quadmester model for the five week period that follows the Christmas break. Updates will be shared as they become available.


Christmas Comfort & Joy Campaign Update


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 10th.


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.


High School Midterm Marks and Parent-Teacher Interviews


High School midterm marks will be shared by email on Friday, December 10th. Marks are being released just prior to the midpoint of the quadmester to facilitate hosting parent-teacher interviews prior to the Christmas break. The window for booking quadmester 2 parent-teacher interviews will open the same day - additional information regarding booking will be shared later in the week. High school parent-teacher interviews wil take place on Wednesday, December 15th, 2021.


Student Services - Graduation Award Information


Graduating students can now access the link to the Grad Resume on the SHHS Graduation Awards workspace.This resume, along with teacher nominations, are used to determine recipients of all awards offered by the school. The deadline for completeting the Graduation Resume is Monday, February 28, 2022.


For more detailed information on awards and scholarships, students can visit the SHHS Graduation Awards workspace on their Hapara Student Dashboard.


Holy Spririt Parish Christmas Mass Schedule


Holy Spirit Parish has released their Chrismas mass schedule. A first come-first served process will be used. All Covid-19 protocols to be followed. Attendance will be taken. Parishioners will be seated by ushers (no seat saving). Doors open one hour before mass.

Friday, December 24 at 4:30 & 7:00 pm, Saturday, December 25 at 9:00 &10:30 am

Please visit: www.holyspiritparish.ca for more information.


Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

November 26th, 2021 Update

November 26th, 2021


Dear Parents & Guardians,


As we head into the weekend we would like to share a few updates and reminders with you.


HS Quad 1 Report Cards Available


Quadmester 1 final report cards are available for viewing through the Parent Portal. Visit.ocsb.ca/our-schools/parents/parent-portal/ to login and/or create an account.


HS Letters of Concern & Parent-Teacher Interviews


Any quadmester 2 Letters of Intervention issued will be emailed to parents on Thursday, December 2nd. Midterm marks will be emailed to parents on Friday, December 10th. Quadmester 2 Parent-Teacher interviews will take place on Wednesday, December 15th. Our booking system will open on December 10th.


Semester 2 - Quadmesters or Semester?


Recently the Province announced that Ontario school boards could reimplement semester systems rather than the quadmester approach currently in effect. A return to semesters would result in high school students taking 4 courses at the same time from February 4th until June 29th.


The Board (OCSB) is currently working with Ottawa Public Health and a final decision regarding semester 2 will be shared soon. Current courses will continue to run as planned until the end of this quadmester.


Christmas Campaign


With your support, our Sacred Heart community provides families with food items and holiday gifts each year at Christmas. We’re hoping to support 30 local families this year.


As has been the case in the past, donations will be directed to the Stittsville and Richmond Food Banks. Families interested and able to participate have several options for contributing. Donations can be made through School Cash Online beginning November 29th. Gift cards are also being collected in homeroom classes. Finally, we will have a donation bin available in the atrium in which non-perishable food items can be dropped off. Our Christmas Fundraising Campaign is scheduled to run from November 29th-December 10th.


New Fernbank Elementary School - Public Consultation


A virtual public consultation meeting regarding the new Fernbank Elementary School is being hosted by the school board on Thursday, Dec 16th at 7 pm. The new school is scheduled to open in September 2023. For more information, including how to register for the consultation, please visit: : New Fernbank Catholic Elementary School (2023) Proposed Attendance Boundary Public Consultation Page

Dec 3rd PD Day

A reminder that Friday December 3rd is a PD Day for all k-12 OCSB students.


Christmas Break


We are 3 weeks away from the Christmas Break. Friday, December 17th will be the last day of classes before the break. Classes will resume on Monday, January 3rd.


Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

November 10th, 2021 Update

November 10, 2021


Dear Parents & Guardians,


We’ve almost reached the 1/4 point of the school year. The last day of quadmester 1 courses for high school students will be Thursday, November 11th. A reminder that Friday, November 12th is a PD Day for all k-12 OCSB students.


We have a few additional updates to share with you.


Quadmester 2 begins November 15th


High school students will begin their quadmester 2 courses on Monday, November 15th. Students can review their 2021-22 course schedule by accessing their my.studentinfo.ca account.


7&8 Progress Reports / HS Report Cards


Progress reports for grade 7&8 are now available. They can be accessed through the Parent Portal. The booking window for 7&8 parent-teacher interviews will open on November 11th. Booking instructions and booking links will be shared by email at approximately 3pm on November 11th. Interviews will take place on Thursday, November 18th between 2:40 and 7:10 pm.


Quadmester 1 high school report cards are scheduled to be released through the Parent Portal on Monday, November 22nd. We will notify parents by email when report cards are posted.


Remembrance Day


We will be commemorating Remembrance Day with a class-based ceremony on Thursday, November 11 which will include a portion led over the PA and a video presentation. All students will be provided with a poppy on Thursday. Donations can be made through School Cash Online. Funds collected will be provided to the Stittsville Legion to support veterans and their families.


Launch 2021 Recordings


Launch 2021 was held on October 21st and 22nd. The event was hosted virtually by both the OCSB and OCDSB. Several classes participated in portions of the fair. The two-day fair was aimed at students in grades 10 to 12 and showcased the world of possibilities that is available following high school graduation. A complete set of session recordings is now available for students and families. Please visit Launch 2021 Recordings for more information.


Guests


As has been the case since the on-set of the pandemic, guests, including parents, are not permitted in the building unless an appointment has been made with school administration. We hope that we soon reach a point when guests are able to access the building. In the meantime, please continue to call the school phone line (613-831-6643) when picking up your child or dropping off personal items for them. The school phone number is also posted on the A-frame signs that are placed outside our front doors.


Cannabis Conversations: “Communities and Youth” FREE 2 DAY EVENT


Cannabis Conversations is a free event being hosted on November 16th and 17th. The event is intended for community leaders, municipalities, legal aged-youth, professionals, educators, parents, and people involved in youth's lives who are curious to know more about cannabis legalization, cannabis retail and what that means for communities and youth.


You can find more information and sign up for one or more of your selected events here: Cannabis Conversations (Registration Page).


OSTA - Annual Transportation Survey


OSTA’s annual online transportation survey is now open . OSTA is seeking to better understand how students have been getting to school this year and what traffic impacts parents have observed around school sites. To participate please visit: OSTA Student Transportation Survey 2021.


Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

October 19th, 2021 Update

October 19th, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We have a few updates to share with you today.


Parent-Teacher Interviews


High school (gr 9-12) midterm marks were emailed to parents on October 15th. Please check your spam/junk folder, as these messages are sometimes filtered away from email inboxes. High school interviews take place this Thursday, October 21st from 2:40-4:40 pm (Booking Instructions). The booking window for high school interviews closes Wednesday, October 20th at 2pm.


Grade 7&8 Progress Reports are scheduled to be released through the Parent Portal on November 9th. 7&8 Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place on November 18th between 2:40 pm and 7:10 pm. The booking window for 7&8 Parent-Teacher interviews will open on Thursday, November 11th.


Parent Letter regarding OCSB Indigenous Communications


All parents who are interested in opting-in to communications from the Indigenous Education Team must fill out the form included in this letter. Many opportunities and events are available for Indigenous children and families, and opting-in is how the Board 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.


New Fernbank Catholic Elementary School


The school board (OCSB) has begun the consultation process for the Catholic Elementary School that has been approved for the Fernbank area. The new school is scheduled to open in September 2023. The following has been provided for your review:


New Fernbank Catholic Elementary School (2023) - Proposed Attendance Boundary Consultation Report (OCSB Board Memo)


Feedback and Comment Form


The OCSB memo found above contains a link to a consultation document that has been prepared by the Board. The document outlines the proposed attendance boundary for the new school as well as the impact on surrounding Catholic elementary and secondary school boundaries.


Spirit Week / Can Food Drive


Next week (October 25th-29th) our 7&8 and high school Student Councils will be hosting Spirit Week. Various activities will be taking place throughout the week including theme days. A Can Food Drive in support of both the Richmond and Stittsville Food Banks will also be taking place throughout the week. Students are invited to bring non-perishable food (such as pasta, rice, canned fruit and vegetables, soup, etc.) or toiletries (such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap, kleenex, etc) to their homeroom class. Monetary donations can also be made through School Cash Online (as of October 22nd) for any families interested in doing so.


Halloween is just around the corner, Spirit Week will conclude with a Costume Day on Friday, October 29th. It is important to consider a thoughtful approach about whether halloween costumes are culturally sensitive and appropriate. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, cultural appropriation is, “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect the culture”. Students are encouraged to consider this when putting their costume together to avoid uncomfortable situations at school or in the community. This will help ensure that Halloween is a fun event where all students feel safe and honoured. Costume masks will not be permitted, but COVID-19 masks, of course, will remain mandatory.


November 12th PD Day


Friday, November 12th will be a PD Day for all OCSB schools. As such, there will be no classes taking place on that day. Thursday, November 11th will be the last day of the quadmester 1 classes for high school students. Quadmester 2 classes will begin on Monday, November 15th.



Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

HS Midterm Marks & Parent-Teacher Interviews

High school (gr 9-12) midterm marks were sent by e-mail to parents on Friday, October 15th. Registration for HS Parent-Teacher Interviews opened October 15th at 3pm. Registration closes on Wednesday, September 20th at 2pm. Interviews take place on Thursday, October 21st from 2:40-4:40 pm. Please click here to access booking information.

October 8th, 2021 Update

October 8, 2021


Dear Parents & Guardians,


We have a few updates to share with you as we head into the long weekend.


Yearbooks


Yearbooks for the 2021-2022 school year are available for purchase. Orders can be placed through School Cash Online. Place your order before November 27 and get your yearbook for only $45. The price increases to $55 on November 28. A limited number of yearbooks will also be available for $75 in June.


Late Sign-in


Beginning Wednesday, October 13th students will be required to sign-in in the Main Office if they arrive after 8:30 am. Students who are late but are able to report to class prior to 8:30 am should proceed directly to class. Please continue to advise the main office when your child is going to be late or absent. The school day begins at 8:05 each day.


613-831-6643 (main line) or 613-831-0543 (attendance line)


PCR COVID-19 Testing Kits


Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has provided the school with free take-home COVID-19 test kits. These testing kits are available upon request and are available to students or staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are identified as high-risk contacts. COVID-19 testing centres continue to be available throughout the city.


For additional information please see: OPH School Take-Home COVID-19 Testing Kits


Please note that these available testing kits are not rapid antigen tests. Rapid antigen tests (currently not available at Sacred Heart) are available in some schools and workplaces for use by asymptomatic individuals.


HS Midterm Marks / HS Parent-Teacher Interviews


High school (grade 9-12) midterm marks will be shared by email with students and parents on Friday, October 15th. High School Parent-Teacher Interview booking will open the same day. HS Parent-Interviews will take place on Thursday, October 21st from 2:40-4:40 pm.


Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

2020-21 Academic Awards

October 4th, 2021


Dear Students, Parents & Guardians,


It gives us great pleasure to announce our 2020-21 Academic Award winners. For a full summary of award recipients please click on the following links:


7&8 Academic Awards


HS Academic Awards


Students will receive their respective awards in Homeroom this morning.


Congratulations to all those being recognized today.


All students are encouraged to continue their commitment to learning. We look forward to celebrating the 2021-22 achievements of our students.


Sacred Heart H.S.

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