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November 15, 2022 Update

November 15th, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have a few updates to share with you today.

HS Report Cards and 7&8 Progress Reports

Both High School (gr 9-12) Midterm Report Cards and 7&8 Progress Reports are scheduled to be posted to the OCSB Parent Portal on Thursday, November 17th. Reports typically become accessible late in the day. We will notify parents by email when they are available for viewing.

November 24th 7&8 Parent-Teacher Interviews / Gr 7-12 Early Dismissal

Grade 7&8 Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place between 1:40 and 7:10 on Thursday, November 24th. As was the case for High School Parent-Teacher Interviews, we will be following a hybrid format. Virtual/phone interviews will take place from 1:40-3:50 pm. In-person interviews will take place from 4:00-7:10 pm. The booking window will open on Thursday, November 17th. Additional booking information will be provided later this week.

All students (gr 7-12) will be dismissed early on Thursday, November 24th due to interviews. Students will be dismissed at 1:15 pm. Yellow buses will be on-site to pick students up at 1:15 pm.

Student Services Update

Grade 12s are reminded that the full disclosure date is Nov. 25, 2022. Any courses dropped after that date will appear on a transcript. Students can make changes by booking an appointment with their guidance counselor through my.studentinfo.ca . As well, grade 12 students are reminded that the Grad Resume is open to them and can be found in the Grad Award Workspace. The Grad Resume needs to be completed in order to be considered for any school based awards that will be given out at graduation. The due date is January 9, 2023. As well, Grade 12s and parents should continue to check the Key Dates document in the Grade 12 Student Services Workspace.

All high school students are reminded to check the written announcements for volunteer opportunities in the community. The same opportunities can be found in their Student Services Workspace which is shared with them in Hapara.

November 18th PD Day

A reminder that this Friday, November 18th is a PD Day for all OCSB students. There will be no classes on Friday and yellow school buses will not be running.

As we move into winter weather, please continue to encourage your child(ren) to dress for the weather. It is starting to get pretty cold outside. Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins


November 8, 2022 Return to In-Person Learning

November 7, 2022

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

We are happy to report that we will be returning to regular in-person learning tomorrow (November 8th). The Province and CUPE have agreed to return to the bargaining table.

Earlier today the OCSB provided the following update to parents: OCSB Update.

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

Brent Hopkins


November 7, 2022 Tranistion to Synchronous Remote Learning

November 6, 2022

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Last Sunday, all parents and guardians received information from OCSB Director of Education Tom D'Amico communicating that learning would shift to a remote model if a strike was to occur (October 30th OCSB Update) . Friday, November 4th was an asynchronous learning day due to the strike. Beginning tomorrow (Monday, November 7th) we will move to a synchronous remote learning model that mirrors the format we used last year during periods of school closure. Please see: Remote Learning Checklist for Families for general information regarding online learning transitions.

The school will remain closed and we will continue to follow a synchronous remote learning model until otherwise notified. Only a communication from the OCSB would signal a change in the learning model and a return to in-person instruction.

As was the case last year, it is necessary for students to be present and engaged in synchronous learning opportunities, as it is important to their continued success. As we continue through this period of uncertainty, your support in encouraging they remain engaged is appreciated.

In general, students will be connected synchronously with their teachers approximately 75% of the period they are regularly scheduled to be in class. Teachers will continue to provide various learning experiences, not all of which will require online computer-related instruction.


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

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

High School (Grade 9-12)

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

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

Device Pick-Up

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


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

We remain hopeful that a return to regular in-person learning will soon be possible. We will continue to provide updates to the school community.

Brent Hopkins


November 2, 2022 Update

November 2, 2022

Dear Parents & Guardians,

On Sunday, October 30th the OCSB shared an email with parents indicating that CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) had announced the potential commencement of a strike beginning Friday, November 4th (October 30th, 2022 OCSB Message to Parents). We are hopeful that an agreement can be reached in advance of Friday. However, we feel it is important to share information regarding the transition to remote learning should it be necessary. At this point, there is a strong likelihood that a province-wide CUPE strike could proceed on Friday.

Plan for Friday (if necessary)

As indicated by the Board in their October 30th message, schools will transition to remote learning if a strike occurs. Friday, November 4th would be an asynchronous day. Teachers will provide students with asynchronous work for Friday in advance or will share instructions with students by email.

Plan for Monday (if necessary)

If the strike continues, Monday, November 7th will be our first day of synchronous learning. Please see: Remote Learning Checklist for Families for general information regarding online learning transitions. Attendance will be taken each period.


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

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

High School (Grade 9-12)

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

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

Device Pick-Up

Students who do not have access to a device at home can be provided one by the school. We have arranged for Chromebooks to be available for pick-up in the main office on Friday, November 4th from 7am to 2pm. Devices that are loaned to students on Friday can be returned once we return to in-person instruction. Parents are welcome to pick up a device on their child’s behalf as well. No appointment or sign-up is required.

7&8 Vaccinations

School vaccinations (Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, Human Papillomavirus vaccine (HPV)) have been taking place throughout the week. The clinic scheduled for Friday, November 4th will be rescheduled (date tbd) if schools are closed on Friday.

We know the news of a possible transition to remote learning and the unknown of what is to come is stressful for many in our school community. As we have throughout the challenges of the last several years, we will continue to work to support one another through this period.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins


October 25, 2022 Update

October 25th, 2022

Dear Parents & Guardians,

We have several updates, reminders and announcements to share with you.

7&8 Progress Reports & HS Midterm Report Cards

7&8 Progress Reports and Grade 9-12 Midterm Report Cards are scheduled to be released on Thursday, November 17th. Both will be posted to the Parent Portal.

7&8 Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent teacher interviews for 7&8 will take place on Thursday, November 24th. Booking for will open on Thursday, November 17th. As was the case for HS Parent-Teacher Interviews, we will be using a hybrid schedule - phone/virtual interviews from 1:40-3:50 pm and in-person interviews from 4:00-7:10 pm. November 24th will be an early dismissal day for all students - grade 7-12 (1:15 pm). Buses will be on-site at 1:15 to pick students up early that day. Additional information will be shared when the booking window opens.

Grade 9 TYKTW Day - November 2nd

Wednesday, November 2nd is Take Your Kid To Work Day for grade 9 students. A permission form will be sent home on Tuesday, October 26th. Please complete the form provided if your child will be opting to spend the day in a workplace on November 2nd. Completed permission forms should be returned by your child to their homeroom teacher by Tuesday, November 1st.

The remaining students will participate in career exploration activities in class and/or consolidate their learning in their subject area(s).

Remembrance Day

We will be holding several Remembrance Day ceremonies on Friday, November 11th in our theatre. Parents are welcome to join us for our Gr 11 & 12 assembly (begins at 8:30 am) or our Gr 9 & 10 assembly (9:40 am). Unfortunately, space will not be available for our Gr 7 & 8 assembly due to our already large group size.

Intermediate Vaccination Clinics

Ottawa Public Health nurses will be on-site October 31, Nov 1, 2 and 4th for regular school-based vaccination clinics (Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, Human Papillomavirus vaccine (HPV)). Information letters, including parent permission forms, will be distributed in Homeroom on Wednesday, October 26th.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

All Gr. 10 students will be writing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) between Monday, November 21 to Friday, November 25, 2022 during period 1 (the test will not take place on Thursday, November 24th because it is an early dismissal day.) It is very important that all Gr. 10 students are on time and present for their period 1 class for the two days that week that they are writing this test. Successful completion of this test is a Ministry of Education requirement for graduation.

Students who are in Gr. 11 and 12 who have not yet been successful on the OSSLT or have not earned the Ontario Literacy Course credit will write the OSSLT during the week of Nov. 14-18, 2022.

Gr. 10 students are welcome to sign up for the after-school Literacy Test Support session running from 2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tues. Oct. 25th and ending on Thursday Nov. 17th, 2022. An email was sent last week to invite all recommended Gr. 10 students for these after-school support sessions..

Students in Gr. 11 and 12 and invited to attend Literacy Test Support sessions on Wed. and Thurs. after-school from 2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. beginning Wed. Oct. 26 and ending on Thurs. Nov. 10, 2022.

Please contact Allison Camilucci (Student Success Teacher) at Allison.Camilucci@ocsb.ca if you have any questions or concerns. If for some reason your child in Gr. 10 will not be at school the week of Nov. 21-Nov. 25, 2022, please contact Allison Camilucci as soon as possible.

Can Food Drive

We are hosting our annual Can Food Drive in support of the Richmond and Stittsville Food Banks from October 24th - November 4th. Non-perishable food (such as pasta, rice, canned fruit and vegetables, soup, etc.) and toiletries (such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap, kleenex, etc) are being collected in Homeroom each day. Donations can also be made through SchoolCash Online

After-School Math Tutoring Available

FREE after school tutoring sessions are available. Grade 10-12 students looking for extra support with their math studies are invited to drop in. We will review previous knowledge to support current learning - room 326, Monday-Thursday, 2:25-3:25pm.

FREE after school peer tutoring sessions are also available for students in grades 7-9. Students interested in extra support with their math studies are invited to drop in. We will review previous knowledge to support current learning - room 328, Monday-Thursday, 2:25-3:25pm.

Continuing Education - Classroom Supervisor Training Program

The OCSB’s Continuing & Community Education Department is offering a new program. Classroom Supervisors provide safe and secure supervision to students in elementary or secondary classes in the event the teacher is absent.


October 24 - December 23, 2022, Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm

St. Nicholas Adult High School, 893 Admiral Ave., Ottawa

For additional information please see: Classroom Supervisor Training Program.

Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner. 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. Students are also reminded that halloween masks are not permitted.

Daily Announcements

Daily written announcements are reviewed in Homeroom. They are also posted on our website for students and parents to access - Daily Announcements. A link can also be found on our school website landing page, shh.ocsb.ca .

November 18th PD Day

A reminder that Friday, November 18th is a PD Day. There will therefore be no classes on that day.

Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins


Sepember 20, 2022 Update

September 20, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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

We have a few updates to share with you.

Sports, Clubs and Activities

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

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

Parent Portal Electronic Forms

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

  • Media Consent Link

  • Technology Consent Link

  • OCSB Student Verification

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

Terry Fox Run/Walk

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

Sens Fundraiser

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

High School Letters of Intervention

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

Student Fees

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

Truth and Reconciliation Week

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

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

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

Attendance / Signing-Out

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

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


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

Holy Spirit Parish Update

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

Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins


School Start-Up Information - September 2, 2022

September 2, 2022

Dear Parents & Guardians,

We hope that you and your family have been able to enjoy the summer months. We are excited to be welcoming students back for the 2022-23 school year. Staff have been preparing for the start of the school year.

We have several information items we’d like to share with you.

Student Schedules

A significant amount of scheduling work has been taking place over the last several weeks.

Prior to Monday students in grade 7&8 and their parents will receive an email message advising them of their homeroom assignment. The location of the classroom will also be provided. Staff will be available on Tuesday morning to help direct students to their classes.

High school students (gr 9-12) are able to view their schedule by logging into my.studentinfo.ca . Students are asked to verify their schedules in mystudentinfo.ca on Monday to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.

Any student who does not have a schedule should report to Student Services on Tuesday morning to meet with a guidance counselor.

Course change requests should be made through mystudentinfo.ca .

Cafeteria Open - Servery Closed

As was the case at the end of last year, our cafeteria will be open for students during both 7&8 and HS lunch. Our servery, however, is not yet open. Our provider, Chartwells, has not yet been able to secure staffing (School Cafeteria Job Posting). We hope to provide food service again as soon as possible.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Screening Tool

The Province has updated the School Screening Tool. The tool can be accessed by visiting:covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ .

Anyone who is feeling sick or has any symptoms of illness should stay home. Specific information about when to return to school, masking, etc can be secured through the use of the screening tool.

For your reference, we’re also sharing Dr. Etches’ September 1st Update.

Notifying School of Illness - School Attendance Line

Please inform the school at 613-831-6643 (main line) or 613-831-0543 (attendance line) if your child is away from school.

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

Main Office Procedures

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

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

If you need to pick up your son/daughter before the end of the school day we ask that you do so before 1:45 pm.

If your child will be signing-in or signing-out parents are asked to contact the main office to notify the school. Alternatively, you can provide your child with a note.

Beginning and End-Of-Day Pick-Up and Drop-Off

The beginning and end of the school day are busy periods in the area around Sacred Heart. We are asking that consideration be made to dropping off and/or picking up your child(ren) in the proximity of the school. The Walk-a-Block model is being encouraged in order to help alleviate traffic congestion. Alternatively, pick-ups can also be made after the peak period (2:10-2:30 pm). This helps alleviate some of the parking lot congestion - particularly at the end of the day when yellow school buses and Special Transportation vans are attempting to make their way off property. Please note that construction currently taking place on Shea Rd may also cause delays.


OSTA’s Parent Portal is now open. Please review your child’s information on OSTA’s Parent Portal by visiting then check the posted list on the website to confirm the route’s status regularly. If you need help accessing your child's busing info, please review our online Parent Portal Guide under Helpful Resources. For additional information OSTA’s website (ottawaschoolbus.ca) is also available.

Student Fees

Parents will receive a message via School Cash Online next week when Student Fee payment is made available ($25). Student fee funds are used to supplement the cost of student id cards, student council activities, spirit building activities, field trips, awards, school clubs, teams and activities.

Student Checklist

If you are wondering what items to prepare for your child this year, click here to access a list of recommended items.


We encourage a Bring Your Own Device model. We would recommend any model of Chromebook as students will be using the Google Suites of Tools with the OCSB. For further information please review the following: BYOD Model.

Outstanding Textbooks

The majority of textbooks were returned in June. We are asking students with outstanding items (textbooks, team uniforms, etc) that were not returned in the spring to bring those items with them on the first day. We will have an outstanding textbook drop off table located in the atrium.



All students in grade 7&8 will be issued a locker. Locker distribution for grade 7 & 8 students will take place on September 6th.


A locker request form was sent by email to all students in grade 9-12 on August 29th. Any student who completed the request by Thursday, September 1st will be issued a locker on Tuesday, September 6th. Lockers will be issued to gr 9-12 students who indicate that they would like one. The request form remains open. Late requests will be assigned after September 6th. All assigned lockers should be secured with a lock by the end of the day on Friday, September 9th. Unsecured lockers may be re-assigned.

2022-23 Bell Schedules

Grade 7 & 8

Warning Bell 8:00

Homeroom 8:05-8:15

Period 1 8:15-9:05

Period 2 9:05-9:55

Nutrition Break 9:55-10:00

Period 3 10:00-10:50

Period 4 10:50-11:40

Lunch 11:40-12:30

Period 5 12:30-1:20

Period 6 1:20-2:10

End of Day 2:10

Grade 9-12

Warning Bell 8:00

Homeroom 8:05-8:15

Period 1 8:15-9:30

Period 2 9:35-10:50

Lunch 10:50-11:35

Period 3 11:35-12:50

Period 4 2:55-2:10

Dismissal Bell 2:10

Meet the Teacher

We will be hosting Meet the Teacher Nights later this month. Please mark your calendars. More details to follow.

Grade 7&8: Wednesday, September 14th from 4-6 pm

Grade 9-12: Thursday, September 15th from 4- 6 pm

School Council

Any parents interested in joining our School Council are invited to return the following completed form by Tuesday, September 27th: Candidate Nomination Form. Completed forms can be scanned and emailed to SacredHeart.High@ocsb.ca or can be dropped off in the main office. All parents are welcome.

School Cash Online

We are continuing to offer on-line payment for activities and goods at Sacred Heart. For convenience, safety and efficiency reasons, we want to reduce the amount of cash and cheques coming into our school. We are asking parents to please take 5 minutes to register, by following the steps below. Once you are registered online, you will begin receiving emails about upcoming events

Register Online

Step 1: Please click on this link: ocsb.schoolcashonline.com

Step 2: Register by selecting the “Get Started Now” and following the steps.

Step 3: After you receive the confirmation email, please select the ‘click here’ option, login in and add each of your children to your household account.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions during the registration process or while shopping online, please contact the school or the friendly Parent Help Desk by calling 1-866-961-1803 or by e-mailing parenthelp@schoolcashonline.com

Addressing Your Questions and Concerns

From time to time throughout the year, you may have a question about something related to your child’s education. To avoid frustration, we suggest the following pathways to assist you in resolving issues or finding answers:

Classroom teacher: available to answer questions related to homework, assignments, behaviour, classroom rules and consequences. This should be your first step in dealing with any classroom related issue.

Resource Teacher: available to discuss supports outlined in student’s Individual Education Plans (I.E.P.s). In addition to serving as a support for students, Resource teachers also consult with classroom teachers regarding educational accommodations and/or modifications.

Guidance Counselor: available to answer questions related to timetables, career planning, personal and social issues, special educational needs, and to suggest possible referrals to appropriate school personnel and outside agencies.

Vice-Principal: available to help you resolve issues related to student progress once you have discussed the issue with the teacher. VP’s also deal with student registrations outside of the “normal” intake times, student suspensions and issues related to conduct, attendance and truancy, report card concerns, conflict resolution, and safety and security issues.

Principal: available to assist you in resolving issues related to student progress if you have been unable to resolve those issues through discussions with the teacher and Vice Principal. Also, available to discuss issues related to safety and security, fundraising, School Council, teacher conduct and school policies.

Office Administrators: available to assist you in answering questions related to day to day functioning of the school, attendance, and referrals to appropriate personnel for various services.

We hope this helps you in determining the best pathway to getting the answers you are seeking.

Zone 1 Trustee

Our OCSB Zone 1 trustee is Mardi de-Kemp.

Mardi de Kemp, OCSB Zone 1Trustee

Phone: 343 961 2998

Email: mardi.dekemp@ocsb.ca

Twitter: @MardiDeKempOCSB

Upcoming Events

September 6 First Day of Classes

September 8 Grade 9 Assembly (period 1)

Grade 10 Assembly (period 2)

September 9 Grade 11 Assembly (period 1)

Grade 12 Assembly (period 2)

September 12 Grade 7 Assembly (period 1)

Grade 8 Assembly (period 2)

September 14 7&8 Meet the Teacher Night (4-6 pm)

September 15 School Photos (Gr 7-9)

HS Meet the Teacher Night (4-6 pm)

September 16 School Photos (Gr 10-12)

Last day for HS Course Changes

Staying Connected


As new information is available, we will continue to communicate with you. If you did not receive this by email, please take a moment to sign-up for a SchoolMessenger account.

The Parent Portal

The Parent Portal allows parents to view their child’s report card. Parents who have not yet registered may do so by visiting: 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

Alanna Vandewint, Vice-Principal (7&8 students)

Shawn MacEachern, Vice-Principal (HS student last names A-G)

Angelina Glynn, Vice-Principal (HS student last names H-M)

Mary-Jane Gillier-Symes, Vice-Principal (HS student last names N-Z)

June 28th Update

June 28, 2022

Dear Parents & Guardians,

As we enter the final days of the school year we would like to again thank you for your continued support. It has been quite the year! We hope that the summer will provide some time for rest and relaxation with family and friends. We are looking forward to the 2022-23 school year.

Report Card Release

Grade 7&8 Final Report Cards were released yesterday. They are available for viewing through the Parent Portal. High School Final Report cards are scheduled to be released via the Parent Portal on July 6th. We will share a message with parents when marks are posted.


A reminder for students that lockers should be emptied by the end of the day on Wednesday, June 29th. Locks will need to be cut after that date so that summer cleaning can be completed. New locker assignments will be shared in September.


Any students who have yet to pick up their 2021-22 yearbook are welcome to do so between 8 and 2 pm. They are available in the main office.

BUY Information

Information Accuracy Affects OSTA’s Planning

Are you moving or changing daycare providers? Or considering Extended Day Program part-time or 5 days a week? Your decisions, and school data, affect OSTA’s accuracy when we plan routes. During these complex times, it is critical that parents give their school the most accurate information AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to avoid extended waiting for a transportation change in the fall.

Joint Custody and Transportation to Two Homes – Renewals

Don’t forget that the renewal process must be done every year! The renewal form for existing variable transportation arrangements (Joint Custody) is available online. Only one parent needs to complete the renewal form, providing no changes to the existing schedule are required, including access days and stop locations. If there are any changes to your child(ren)’s information, then both TRA-T22A and TRA-T22B forms will have to be submitted with the new changes and signed by both parents. Renewal Joint Custody Forms must be submitted NO LATER THAN June 30th

Empty Seats/Courtesy Seating – Possible Suspension

If there continues to be COVID protocols in place for the start of the 2022-2023 school year, the Empty seat/Courtesy seating program will be suspended once again. If there are no COVID protocols, the Empty Seat program may be reinstated, however, some new limitations may be required to address the operational pressures due to the ongoing driver shortage. This decision will be made at the end of August.

We encourage parents to plan ahead and practice walking their children to school over the summer. Please check our active transportation section for information on Pedestrian Safety, Walking Routes and Walk-A-Block.

OSTA Parent Web Portal Closed

OSTA’s Parent Web Portal (Bus Stop Finder) will be closed from the end of June until mid-August. Please check our website and social media pages regularly for important transportation announcements, deadlines and other vital information. The portal will reopen mid-August with next year’s transportation information.

Choosing to Drive? Let OSTA Know

Some parents may choose to drive their children to school in the fall rather than letting them take the bus or may not be sending their children to school at all. If you are not planning on using student transportation, please update your intentions by completing the Transportation Confirmation form. You will be helping give those who really need transportation space on the bus.

School Zone Safety and Walk-A-Block

As parents decide how to get their children to school, we anticipate an increase in car traffic around the school. We encourage students to walk to school as much as possible, but if walking isn’t an option, we urge parents who drive their children to school and add Walk-A-Block to their routine. Try parking away from the school and walking the last block or two. This summer, take some time to plan your route by finding the five-minute walk radius around your school using google maps or download your school’s Walk-A-Block Map. By planning ahead, you’ll get a jump start on your back-to-school planning!

Pedestrian Safety – Walk to Your School Initiative

This summer, families in the Walk Zone are encouraged to safely spend time outside while familiarizing themselves with their route to school and learning more about the benefits of active transportation. Walking to school is an excellent way for children to get their daily quota of physical exercise. It also helps improve student behaviour, and students come to school prepared to learn. Visit OSTA’s Walk and Roll Zone to find information on Walking Routes and Pedestrian Safety. Learn and practice pedestrian safety skills and discover routes to school before classes are back in session! #getyourwalkon #ottwalk2school.

Virtual School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day

OSTA’s Annual School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day will be a virtual experience this year. We will share safety materials throughout the summer to prepare new riders and remind experienced riders how to stay safe on the bus. OSTA will also share materials relating to physical distancing on the bus and hygiene and germ safety while traveling.

DriveYellow.ca - Driver Recruitment Website

Looking for a satisfying part-time job that fits your work-life balance? Take the wheel and drive yellow! Yellow school bus drivers are impactful workers who are highly valued by our communities for getting kids safely to school.

Old ocsbstudent accounts

Last September, all students were assigned a new student account ending in stu.ocsb.ca. The Board allowed students to keep access to their old student accounts ending in ocsbstudent.ca. They are now in the process of shutting down the old ocsbstudent.ca domain. As of July 14, 2022, accounts ending in ocsbstudent.ca will be deleted.

If there are Google Drive files in an ocsbstudent.ca account that your child would like to keep, please have them transfer them to their new account before the end of June.

New Student Orientation - Save the Date

From 11:00 to 1:30 on the Wednesday , August 31st there will be a welcome lunch, tour, and activities for all students that are new to Sacred Heart HS.

A reminder email with more detailed information will be sent to parents in mid August.

Kids for Kids Talent Showcase

The Kiwanis Club of Kanata-Stittsville will once be running their annual live Kids for Kids (K4K) Talent Showcase. This is not a Talent Contest, rather, Kids donate their talent and time to raise funds to help other children in their community who are in need or at risk. Some of the funds raised go towards the Kiwanis Computers for Kids Project. The showcase is open to children ages 8 through 18 and this year will take place on October 21st at the Stittsville United Pentecostal Church Auditorium. Interested youth are invited to submit video auditions between now and September 16th, 2022. For additional information please see: Information Letter, K4K Information Poster.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful July and August.

Brent Hopkins