Friday, October 1st, 2021
In this issue
- Principal’s Message
- School Council
- National Truth and Reconciliation Day
- Communications from the Indigenous Education Team
- Math Tutoring (TVO Mathify)
- Reporting and Testing Dates
- Reminders and Updates on Covid Screening and Protocols
- Literacy and Numeracy Support (After-School Programming)
- Intermediate Extracurricular Sports Programs
- High School Extracurricular Sports Programs
- Introducing our Student Council Co-Presidents
- Reminder about School Uniforms
Immaculate Heart of Mary
We welcome October with gratitude and hope; gratitude for being able to be together and hope that our learning will open our minds to new knowledge and reflective mindset. I want to wish the Irish Family a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!
A reminder of our upcoming PD Day on Friday, October 8th.
St Patrick’s School Council is inviting parents to join us for our first meeting on October 18th at 7pm. Join us via Google Meet, former and new members are welcome.
School Council provide input and advice to the Principal on topics such as:
school code of conduct
school curriculum and program goals
input to the Board on key attributes for future Principal placements at the school
school budget priorities
school-parent communication strategies
activities to promote student engagement and well-being
Below are links to parent group handouts for CSPA, PIC and SEAC.
Please email Lisa for a link to the Parent Council meeting.
National Truth and Reconciliation Day
St Patrick’s High School spent this final week of September learning and reflecting on the meaning and importance of the National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Our daily prayers were reflective of a learning stance, listening to the words and voices of a people whose voices were silenced for far too long. Every classroom I visited was engaged in meaningful conversation: there were moments of sadness, disbelief, anger, but most importantly, an openness to listen and learn. We know that this is but the beginning of the path to reconciliation.
Communications from the Indigenous Education Team
All parents who are interested in opting-in to communications from the Indigenous Education Team must fill out the form included in THIS LETTER. Many opportunities and events are available for Indigenous children and families, and opting-in is how we are able to communicate them to you. If you’re non-Indigenous, but also would like to receive updates, you are also encouraged to use the form to opt-in.
Math Tutoring (TVO Mathify)
Expanding tutoring to include grade 11 students. All students in grades 6-11 can access free 1:1 math tutoring with Ontario Certified teachers online Monday-Friday 9am to 9pm and 3:30pm to 9pm Sunday. More information can be found here.
Reporting and Testing Dates
Please mark your calendars for the following important dates:
Grades 7/8: Progress Reports posted on November 9th
Parent-Teacher Interviews on November 18th
First Term Report Card on February 9th
Parent-Teacher Interviews on February 17th
Final Report Card on June 28th
October 14th, 2021
December 16th, 2021
April 28th, 2022
October 21st, 2021
January 6th, 2021
November 22nd, 2021
February 16th, 2021
July 6th, 2022
Civics/Careers Midpoint/Turnaround Dates:
Quad 1 - October 7th
Quad 2 - January 3rd
Semester 2 - April 19th
***All IEPs on October 19th
Reminders and Updates on Covid Screening and Protocols
As you are aware, we continue to collaborate with OPH staff to respond to any positive cases within our community. That being said, we remind everyone that daily screenings are required before coming into the building. The OPH screening tool is found on the school website and links are included below.
This link can be by parents and families:
Screening Tool - School -Childcare
The OPH screening tools are also on all school and board websites thanks to our Communications Department and are below for your convenience:
OPH Screening Tool for Elementary Students (K-6) and Childcare
OPH Screening Tool for High School Students (7-12)
OPH Screening Tool for Staff (Adults)
Literacy and Numeracy Support (After-School Programming)
St. Patrick’s High School will be offering several virtual After-School Literacy and Numeracy classes beginning in late October. These classes will help students gain greater competencies in mathematics and language to benefit their current class work, as well as to prepare them for upcoming Grade 9 Provincial Math test and Grade 10 Secondary School Provincial Literacy test, both of which are operated by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).
There is no fee for any of these classes. However, a commitment to attend regularly must be made in order to fully experience the benefits of the program. These programs also have limited enrolment, with priority given to students who are working at Level 2 or below. We will maintain a waitlist, in case any spots become available.
If your child is in grades 7 or 8 and you are interested in having them participate in any of the programs, please reach out to their homeroom teacher.
If your child is in high school, they can approach our student success team (Ms Siok or Ms Follis).
Message to Parents of Graduating Students
To support students in preparing and planning their Grade 12 final year, counsellors will be visiting morning classes from October 4th to October 7th. A virtual session will be held for students in a morning Study period or in a non-Grade 12 class on Wednesday, October 6th at 3:30pm. This session will be recorded and posted in the Student Services section of the school website (sph.ocsb.ca).
Students are encouraged to attend this very important information session. Graduation requirements will be reviewed and transitioning to post-secondary (ie. college/university applications) will be presented.
Students and parents are also encouraged to visit the Student Services section of the school website (sph.ocsb.ca) for detailed information on Graduation and Post-Secondary. The website is updated on a continual basis throughout the year as new information becomes available.
Intermediate Extracurricular Sports Program
Intermediate inter-school sports are up and running! The 7&8 coaching staff has been busy with tryouts at lunch for a number of teams. Tournament dates are quickly approaching for the 7&8 Cross Country Meet, Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, CoEd Ultimate Frisbee, Girls Flag Rugby and Boys Flag Rugby. Tryouts have started for boys volleyball and will soon be announced for the 7&8 girls also. In December, announcements will be made for the 7&8 Tchoukball team. Students are encouraged to listen to morning announcements and watch for updates to be posted on the calendar outside the Phys Ed office. We are adhering to the OPHEA COVID GUIDELINES:
INTERSCHOOL ATHLETIC OPHEA COVID GUIDELINES:
Masking is strongly encouraged for outdoor sports when physical distancing cannot be maintained and is mandated for all indoor sports.
Masking is required and physical distancing is recommended outdoors for all participants on the sidelines.
Masking is required for all coaches on the sidelines but may pull them down when offering instructions during play and maintaining a 2m distance from others as much as possible when doing so.
Wet masks must be changed regularly. ***have a plan in place for handling masks
Maintain distancing as much as possible during timeouts.
Personal towels and water bottles only.
7-8 Irish Fall Sports
Boys & Girls COED Ultimate Frisbee
Mr. McKinnon & Mrs. Pelisek
High School Extracurricular Sports Program
St. Pat’s is thrilled to have athletics starting back up this fall for our students. Try-outs for our High School fall sports teams are in full swing with season schedules beginning shortly. The sports that are currently in season include Tackle Football, Boys Soccer, Sr. Boys Volleyball, X-Country Running, Varsity Girls Basketball and Non-Contact Hockey.
The resumption of NCSSAA inter-school sport will adhere to guidelines provided by CECCE, CEPEO, OCDSB, OCSB and the direction of Ottawa Public Health.
Some of the general protocols for all participants include:
Complete and pass the COVID screening daily.
Use hand sanitizer frequently.
Masking is required for travel, on benches, sidelines and during team sport play at all times.
Physical distancing maintained whenever possible.
Wet masks must be changed regularly.
Avoiding unnecessary contact (high-fives, handshakes).
Personal water bottle use only.
Spectators are not allowed in indoor venues and highly discouraged at outdoor venues.
* More detailed sport specific guidelines will be out soon.
Just a reminder that all athletes that are selected to be a part of a team are required to maintain a good academic standing in order to participate. This will be checked regularly by the coaches throughout the season.
Introducing our Student Council Co-Presidents
I am pleased to be able to introduce you to the 2021-2022 Student Council Co-Presidents. Edikan Ekong and Keenan Nasrallah were elected in June and have already begun their leadership roles, representing the student body. Edikan and Keenan are working hard with Staff Advisors, Ms. Bolzon, Ms. Noble and Ms. Roddick, to plan Covid-friendly events as well as filling the remaining Student Council positions. We encourage all students to listen to announcements and to participate in all Student Council Events - many positive memories from high school come from participating in Student Council or in Student Council run activities.
Reminder about School Uniforms
We have been working closely with Top Marks to expedite the delivery of late uniforms. We are aware of the delays but are seeing more and more uniforms delivered! That being said, we would like to remind families that ALL students are expected to be in proper uniform. Once the uniform is received, your child should be wearing it to be in compliance with expectations.
The UNIFORM INCLUDES:
- black pants from Top Marks
- black or plaid skort from Top Marks (NO jogging pants under the
skirts. Solid black or dark grey tights or leggings are permitted)
- black cargo shorts from Top Marks
- white polo shirt / white blouse or white long or short sleeve shirt
with St Patrick’s school logo from Top Marks
- St. Patrick’s V-neck sweater, Crew neck sweater, or rugby shirt
from Top Marks are permitted; older versions of the uniform (i.e.
the St. Patrick's Intermediate hooded sweatshirt) are no longer part
of the uniform.
- 7/8 physical education uniform includes black gym shorts and a
grey t-shirt and is mandatory for all grade 7 and 8 students.
- No ball caps, hats, tuques or hoodies permitted indoors.
A warning may be issued if not in compliance with our policy and
consequences will follow should the non-compliance persist.
St. Patrick’s High School
2525 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON K1V 7T3