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March 29th Update

March 29, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We have a few updates to share with you today.


March 30th Virtual Presentation by Dr Cheng


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

Virtual Mental Health Presentation: Screen Time During the Pandemic


A message from Dr Bolduc


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

Summer School

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

Assigned Seating On School Buses

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

Community Service Hours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brent Hopkins

Principal




Summer School Information

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

March 19th Update

March 19th, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


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


Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test


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


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


Monday, May 10th - Grade 11 Cohort B

Tuesday, May 11th - Grade 11 Cohort A

Wednesday, May 12th - Grade 10 Cohort B

Thursday, May 13th - Grade 10 Cohort A

Wednesday, May 19th - Grade 11 Virtual Academy


Additional information to follow.


Mental Health Presentation - March 30th


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


Virtual Health and Wellness Groups


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

  • motivation and goal setting

  • sleep hygiene

  • the importance of routine

  • healthy technology use

  • problem solving strategies

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


An Opportunity to Say Thank You

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

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

Easter Weekend and April Break

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

High School Credit Intervention Day - April 9th

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

Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins

Principal


Grade 9-12 Parent Teacher Interviews

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

Please click here for more details

Grade 7 & 8 Parent Teacher Interviews

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

Please click here for more details

February 18th Update

Dear Parents & Guardians,


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


New OCSB Virtual Academy

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

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

Some things to consider:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guidance Counsellors:

Nick Brisson (A - Cor )

Eleanor Wallace (Cot - Gn )

Cindy Zwolak (Go - Mar)

Marie Burnett (Mas - Sco)

Andrew Bain (Se - Z)


Brent Hopkins, Principal

Alanna Vandewint, Vice-Principal (A-D)

Shawn MacEachern, Vice-Principal (E-K)

Angelina Glynn, Vice-Principal (L-P)

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


2021-22 Course Selection


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


Registration for New Students


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


7&8 Report Cards


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


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


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

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


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


Parent-Teacher Interviews


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


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


April Break


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


Thank you for your continued support.


Brent Hopkins

Principal

Grad Photo Information

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February 11 2021 Update

February 11, 2021


Dear Parents & Guardians,


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


Family Day


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


Report Cards


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


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


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


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

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


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


Letters of Intervention


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


Parent-Teacher Interviews


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


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


Course Selection & Registrations


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


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


Ash Wednesday


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


STEAM Week


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


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


Brent Hopkins

Principal



Sacred Heart Spirit Wear

Parents of Grade 12 GRAD Students


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

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

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

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

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

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


Parents of Grades 7-12 Students


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

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

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

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

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

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


January 29 2021 Update

January 29, 2021


Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,


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


Return to High School Cohorts


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


Students in grades 7&8 will attend every day.


Start of a New High School Quadmester


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


Textbook Return


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


Student Services Update


Several important updates from our Student Services Department:

February 2021 Student Services Update


Transportation Update


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


Daily Screening / COVID-19 Protocols


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


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


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


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


Brent Hopkins

Principal



January 22 2021 Update

January 22, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


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


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


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


January 29th PD Day


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


Change to Grade 7&8 Daily Online Schedule


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


2021-22 Course Selection and Registration


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


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


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


Upcoming Reporting Dates


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


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


Mental Health Spotlight


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


Support For Learners Funding


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


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


Brent Hopkins

Principal



January 8 2021 Update

January 8th, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,


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


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


Support For Learners Funding

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


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


Attendance

Attendance is being recorded each class. Automated messages will continue to be sent to parents when attendance discrepancies exist. Parents are asked to continue to report absences to the school when students are unable to participate virtually. The school attendance line is 613-831-0543.


Booking Guidance Appointments

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


Additional Mental Health Supports

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

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

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

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


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


Brent Hopkins

Principal

Return to Learning Update

January 2nd, 2021

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

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

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


Online Learning Timeframe

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

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

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


1st Day Overview

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

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

HowTo use Google Meet for Students

HowTo Troubleshoot Hapara Workspace for Students


Grade 7&8

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

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

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


High School (Grade 9-12)

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

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

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

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


Participation, Attendance and Assessment

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

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

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

In general, students will be connected ‘synchronously’ with their teachers 75-80% of the period they are regularly scheduled to be in class. Teachers will continue to provide various learning experiences, not all of which will require online computer-related instruction.


Electronic Devices

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


Learning Technologies: Parent Support Webinars

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


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

Brent Hopkins

Principal

December 18th, 2020 Update

December 18, 2020


Dear Parents & Guardians,


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


Comfort and Joy campaign

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


Cohort B Kicks Off the New Year

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


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


Student Services Information

Very important Information for all graduating students: Grade 12 Update

Community Service Hours: December Update


Black Student Association

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


Academic Awards Released

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


OPH Information

Important guidance from OPH regarding the Christmas period:

Dr Etches Dec 10th Statement re: Holiday Celebrations.


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


Brent Hopkins

Principal

Grade 9-12 Parent Teacher Interviews

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


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

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

2019-20 Academic Awards

Dec 7, 2020


Dear Students, Parents & Guardians,


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


7&8 2019-20 Academic Awards


High School 2019-20 Academic Awards


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


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


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


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

December 4th Update

Dec 4, 2020


Dear Parents & Guardians,

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

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

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

Comfort & Joy Fundraising Campaign

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

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

Inclement Weather Days

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

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

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


Holy Spirit Parish Information

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

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

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

Information from Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health - Information Videos

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

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

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

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


Support for Learners Funding

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

Christmas Break

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

Thank you for your continued support!

Brent Hopkins

Principal


Quadmester 1 Report Cards Available

November 26, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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

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

We appreciate your patience.