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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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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 ocsb.ca/parentportal.

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.