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posted May 25, 2021, 6:45 AM by Jennifer Smith   [ updated May 25, 2021, 6:51 AM ]

Family Fun Night! - Save the Date

posted Apr 27, 2021, 8:32 AM by Kathy Weisenberg   [ updated Apr 27, 2021, 9:02 AM by Jennifer Smith ]

Please join us for a family fun night with Saidat on May 19th from 5:45-6:45 pm.  Saidat will have your families singing and dancing during this high-energy, interactive show! Let’s celebrate individuality, as well as accepting differences in others.

Spirit Week March 15-19!

posted Mar 9, 2021, 10:43 AM by Kathy Weisenberg

March 15 - Sports day (wear your favourite jersey, hat etc)
March 16 - Beach day
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day (wear green etc)
March 18 - Dress like a Superhero
March 19 - Francophone Day (wear yellow, green, purple, red or blue) and French Bingo

School Photo Retakes & Jr. Grad Photos

posted Mar 8, 2021, 10:12 AM by Kathy Weisenberg

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March 26 is school photo retake day and photos for our Jr. Grad 6 grads.  Please use this LINK only if you would like a retake done.  If your child is currently in the Virtual Academy and you would like a school photo done, please call the school or email luke.carleton@ocsb.ca to schedule an appointment on Mar. 26th.

First Communion/Confirmation Updates

posted Mar 5, 2021, 9:18 AM by Kathy Weisenberg

First Communion and Confirmation
Our parish is still waiting to be able to celebrate First Communion and Confirmation for those who prepared during the 2019-2020 school year. We hope to be able to do this in the fall for First Communion and in 2022 for Confirmation. Information will be sent directly from the parish to the parents.

Registration for those children currently in Grade Two (or Gr. 3 or 4) as candidates for First Communion will take place in the fall of 2021 if we are back to a ‘normal’ school year. A letter from the parish will be sent home through the school and the dates will be published in the parish bulletin.  Registration for those currently in Grade Six as candidates for Confirmation also would take place in the fall of 2021 if we are back to a ‘normal’ school year. As these children would not be in an elementary school by then, parents should check the parish bulletin for information in September.

Updated Covid Screening

posted Feb 22, 2021, 12:24 PM by Kathy Weisenberg

Ottawa Public Health would like to inform you that the Province has made updates to screening requirements for COVID-19 for the School and Child Care Setting. As a result, The OPH COVID-19 Screening Tool for School or Child Care and the COVID-19 Screening Tool for High School Students have been updated. A more cautious approach has been adopted in response to the new variants of the COVID-19 virus that have been identified within Ontario. The new COVID-19 variants transmit more easily, therefore additional precautions are needed to prevent the spread within the community.

The changes to this screening tool are as follows:

NEW- Single-Symptom Screening

Students and children with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one symptom, must stay home (self-isolate) until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result, their symptom(s) are improving, they have no fever, and they are feeling well enough to go to school;
  • OR, if the child does not get tested, it has been 10 days since the onset of their symptom(s), symptoms are improving, they have no fever and they are feeling better.
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional.

Here is the link to the updated school screening tool's:

https://secureforms.ottawapublichealth.ca/School-Health-Sante-scolaire/COVID-19-Screening-Tool-for-Students


French Pathways Gr. 4 and Gr. 7

posted Feb 21, 2021, 5:58 PM by Kathy Weisenberg   [ updated Feb 21, 2021, 6:01 PM ]

It is that time of year when we ask parents of Gr 3 & 6 to select the FSL pathway that they feel would best meet their child’s needs in Grade 4 and 7. 

As you may be aware, our School Board provides two French Second Language pathways in Grades 4 to 12.  These are Extended French (1/4 day), the same as your child’s current program) or Immersion French (1/2 day).  

Both the Extended and the Immersion Pathways are programs of excellence and high expectations.  Each program allows for students to excel in French Language acquisition to serve them at school and beyond. 

Please complete the French program selection using the electronic form below by February 26, 2021.  For further information on French Programs at the Ottawa Catholic School Board, please visit the following website: ocsb.ca/french.

Attention: Gr. 6 Parents

posted Feb 10, 2021, 1:49 PM by Kathy Weisenberg   [ updated Feb 10, 2021, 1:51 PM ]

Please see the message below from the Student Services Department at St. Mother Teresa High School.

Typically, around this time of year, we hold an information night at SMT for the parents/guardians of grade 6 students looking to learn more about the school and the course selection process. Since we cannot do that this year, we have recorded our presentation and posted it on our Student Services website and also attached it to this email.  

Please review the presentation and feel free to attend our virtual Q&A session on February 18th if you have general questions.  If you have specific questions please reach out directly to your child's guidance counsellor (information below).

GRADE 6 PARENTS/GUARDIANS:

Grade 6-7 Transition Presentation  

Virtual Q&A session February 18th 2021 from 5:30 to 6:00 PM

Thank you, 

The SMT Student Services Team

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Spirit Day

posted Feb 10, 2021, 1:43 PM by Kathy Weisenberg

School Spirit Day - Fri Feb. 12
Let's Celebrate Valentine's Day by wearing RED, WHITE, and/or PINK

Mental Health Support

posted Jan 21, 2021, 9:38 AM by Kathy Weisenberg

If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, 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.
    • Please visit OPH’s Parenting in Ottawa mental health page for information about child and or youth mental health agencies. If you have a youth in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-260-2360, if outside Ottawa toll-free 1-877-377-7775.

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

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

 

Mental health supports for parents and children

 

In order to be able to take care of others, parents need to take care of themselves. OPH would like to remind parents that their mental health and well-being are as important as ever and that it’s okay to not be okay. Several free online resources are available for parents and children, including:

 

In addition to the above resources, OPH would like to promote the benefits of getting outside as an important part of mental health. Parents are encouraged to take breaks during the day to get outside with their children, seeking out safer activities that limit their family’s contact with people from outside their household and allow for physical distancing and mask-wearing as much as possible. More information on keeping active during the pandemic can be found here: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/ActiveDuringCOVID19.

 

COVID-19 safety reminders for parents

 

We know parents and guardians are doing their best right now to keep children safe, healthy and entertained. As we try to reduce the currently high levels of COVID-19 in our community, OPH is asking parents to keep the following in mind:

 

  • At this time, playdates and recreational activities with other households are not recommended. We all need to take steps to reduce transmission of the virus in our community, including limiting close contacts with those from outside our immediate households.
  • Parents and guardians should be limiting their children’s contact with other children except for childcare needs. Licensed centre and home-based childcare remains open with enhanced health and safety measures and emergency child care is available. If required, families would be permitted to have an exclusive contact with another household for the sole purpose of providing support.
  • Daily screening of children for COVID-19 symptoms continues to be important, even if children are not attending school in person. If ANYONE in the home has symptoms of COVID-19, everyone must stay home while waiting for COVID-19 test results. Parents can screen their children for symptoms by accessing OPH’s daily screening tool.

The importance of COVID-19 testing for children

 

While OPH appreciates parents’ efforts to follow public health guidelines and limit their children’s contact with others, we are still seeing a significant increase in the number of children and youth testing positive for COVID-19. At the same time, we’ve seen a significant decline in the number of children and youth being tested. This decline, combined with the surge in the number of people testing positive, has resulted in an overall positivity rate of 14 percent with 21 percent among children aged 5-12. We know there are likely many more undiagnosed infections in our community and unless we test more, we will not be able to identify them and proactively work to protect others with whom they may have come into contact.

We understand parents and children have many reasons to refrain from testing, including concerns about the long lines experienced earlier in the pandemic, guilt over socializing during the holidays or fear of the Nasopharyngeal swab. However, refraining from testing is adding to the growing risk of community spread, which could lead to added pressures on the healthcare system, delays for needed care, and could ultimately lead to an extension of the lockdown and other restrictions. OPH is strongly encouraging parents/guardians who have children with COVID-19 symptoms, or who have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, to please get them tested as soon as possible. Doing so could mean saving a life. For more information on COVID-19 testing for children, please see the attached document in both English and French; we would encourage you to please share it amongst your channels. 

OPH knows parents/guardians are doing their best right now to balance work and home obligations, their children’s virtual learning and their own personal care and well-being. We have data showing that the stress caused by this situation is significant and are asking the community to be compassionate, accommodating, and supportive of parents, guardians and one another during this difficult time.

 

Thank you. Merci. Meegwetch.

Dr. Vera Etches

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