Monday, 20 May 2019

All Saints Blog Week of May 21st, 2019

Parent Information Session: The Teenage Brain
All Saints High School is happy to present "Dealing with the Teenage Brain: Strategies for Communication", a presentation for parents on May 21st, from 7:00 to 8:00pm. The presentation will be facilitated by Wayne Ng, a Social Worker with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Wayne will discuss the characteristics of the developing student brain, including information regarding executive functioning, decision making and choices. Considerations for parents will be discussed, including strategies for communication, negotiation and support. Wayne will also answer questions on the topic. Please join us for a great evening of information presented with the support of the All Saints Catholic School Council.

Student Impact Team Mental Health Fair
On May 9th, students working through our Impact Team, as well as those working with Ms. MacLellan organized a Mental Health Fair at All Saints. Students were able to visit booths run by KidsHelpPhone, Do it For Daron, the Ottawa Catholic School Board mental health resources, and our Impact Team! Activities such as Kahoot and a mini “scavenger hunt” like event allowed students to explore the different resources and initiate discussions with our visitors.



Korean Educator Visit
Last week, All Saints High School had the distinct pleasure of welcoming a group of South Korean Educators. These are prospective administrators who are currently attending the Korean Education, University and are in Canada visiting a number of schools in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Our guests had an opportunity to meet with the staff with any questions regarding our School Improvement Plan and toured a number of classes from grades 7-12. A student group met with the delegation as well to provide an overview of project based learning in our classes.

Celebrating Excellence
Each spring, the Ottawa Catholic School Board hosts its “Celebrating Excellence” awards evening. Students are nominated for the award in a category related to our Gospel Values of Community, Dignity of Persons, Excellence, Faith, Hope, Love and Stewardship of Creation. On May 13th, Yves Blanc, a student at All Saints, received the award in the category of Community. Yves is a regular volunteer with our custodial team and works to support some of our higher needs students at the school as well. We are proud of your accomplishments Yves!



There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions. You can visit the website here.

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:
May 21st - High School Student Council speeches and voting
May 22nd - Graduation retreat
May 24th - High School Dance

Saturday, 4 May 2019

All Saints Blog Week of May 6th, 2019

Volunteering in the Flood Zone
This past week, a large group of students and staff volunteered in the Dunrobin area of the affected flood zone. We recognize that many of our own families are affected by the rising waters. Our group worked tirelessly, creating hundreds of sandbags for those in harm’s way. One resident contacted me regarding the work of our students and staff: “I am so overwhelmed by the number of students from All Saints who showed up to volunteer in Constance Bay today. Our house is threatened in a serious way today. The sandbags that All Saints students made came right to our house and have saved us today! So thank you from our family to the All Saints family”

We continue to keep those affected by the flood in our thoughts and prayers. We are with you!

All Saints Speak Up Fair
All Saints High School is excited to present the first “Speak Up Fair”, a fun-filled educational fair-like event which will take place on May 9th. This is phase two of our original Speak UP which was a “Ted Talk” inspired event. Taking place during Mental Health Awareness Week, the goal of this event is to spread awareness to teenagers about mental health, addiction and other challenges youth face. The fair will take place 9:45am-1:10pm, during High School second period and both lunches (7-8 & 9-12).
Organizations like KidsHelpPhone, Do It for Daron., Rideauwood, Western Ottawa Resource Centre and more will be attending, to answer any questions and inform students. Students can visit our bake sale, where they can purchase anything for $1-2, and participate in bilingual Kahoots! Ping Pong tables will also be set up as a means for students to relax, get their daily dose of physical activity, de-stress and partake in different artistic expressions.
Please join us for this wonderful informative event which will be presented through the support of the students in Madame MacLellan’s Grade 10 Religion class, the All Saints community, and other organizations. We hope to see you there!


Parent Information Session: The Teenage Brain
All Saints High School is happy to present "Dealing with the Teenage Brain: Strategies for Communication", a presentation for parents on May 21st, from 7:00 to 8:00pm. The presentation will be facilitated by Wayne Ng, a Social Worker with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Wayne will discuss the characteristics of the developing student brain, including information regarding executive functioning, decision making and choices. Considerations for parents will be discussed, including strategies for communication, negotiation and support. Wayne will also answer questions on the topic. Please join us for a great evening of information presented with the support of the All Saints Catholic School Council.
Catholic Education Week - May 5th to 10th
Catholic Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the uniqueness of our Catholic schools. More than 600,000 students in over 1,500 Catholic schools across Ontario take part in this special week to celebrate the distinctive contribution their schools make in the lives of our students and the community. Our community participates in planned special activities at all grade levels and in all schools. Everyone is welcome to join us in events taking place throughout the week.

ASH Naturalists’ Club: Arboretum Walk
An arboretum is a plantation of trees of various species. We also use it for the study and identification of trees. The ASH Naturalists Club had the chance to visit, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the Arboretum of the Beaver Pond Park near Kanata Lakes with two specialists of the flora. Mrs. Marilyn Poirier (member of the Beaver Pond Arboretum and the Ottawa Duck Club) and Annie Bélair (Forestry Specialist and member of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club). They made us aware of the different species of native and imported trees that can be planted in the ecosystem of the region. An interesting fact was the Weeping white/willow which is a tree of Asian origin whose English colonizers imported from Asia to ornament the riparian lands. You can see all the tree species identified during your visit to the park on a poster for this purpose. Thank you for your participation and see you soon!

Dual Credit Program
All Saints High School students going into grades 11 or 12 have the opportunity to register in and attend part-time studies at Algonquin College through the Dual Credit program. This program allows students in high school to take a course at Algonquin College during the school year and earn credit for it, while still in the process of completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma at All Saints. If successful, students receive a college credit, and a high school credit.
There are many benefits to the Dual Credit program: students gain exposure to college programs which will allow them to make a more informed decision regarding their post-secondary choice. Students will earn a college credit and a high school credit at the same time. Tuition, books and most transportation costs will be covered by the Dual Credit program. Students will have an opportunity to experience campus life and learn at the college level.
Applicants must be flexible, self-committed, independent and mature. Since students must leave All Saints to attend their weekly class at Algonquin College, they will be responsible for any work missed. As well, they are responsible to complete any work or assignments for the college course during absences.
Students who may be interested in this opportunity are invited to complete an application form and a consent/release form, have it signed by a parent and return it to the Student Services office by May 17th. For more information, a downloadable application form, a consent/release form and a listing of college course offerings for the Fall 2019 semester, click here: https://www.algonquincollege.com/ap/dual-credit-registration/. Students accepted into the program will be notified by May 31st.
We look forward to working with your child in embracing this wonderful school to college opportunity. For more information, please contact Ms. Diana Caringi, Department Head of Student Services

School Climate Survey
Every two years the Ontario Ministry of Education requires that a School Climate Survey be completed by students, staff, and families in order to provide input on the environment in our school. In Catholic schools, our Catholic teaching on the dignity of the human person is the starting point for all issues of diversity. Catholic schools strive to create an environment where all members of the school community feel safe, welcomed, included and valued.
The surveys are voluntary and anonymous. Any questions that a respondent is not comfortable answering may be skipped. Survey results will only be reported on as groups of students, staff, or parents.
Parents and Guardians: We encourage you to take 10 minutes to complete our survey. You are welcome to complete a survey for each of your children. Please make sure you use the survey specific to their school. This information will be sent home through our School Messenger service.

Scheduling of Rich Summative Tasks and Exams
As part of student assessment and evaluation, the Ministry of Education stipulates that courses (grades 9-12) contain a formal Rich Summative Task or Assessment as part of the summative evaluation of a semester’s work. This RST is “An authentic activity, exercise, problem, or challenge that requires students to show what they know and what they can do. Performance tasks lead students to demonstrate their understanding by applying knowledge and skills to real-life situations or scenarios. Performance tasks usually address all four categories of the achievement chart and multiple overall curriculum expectations and provide flexibility in how students can demonstrate their learning” (Ontario Ministry of Education, Growing Success p. 153).
As part of this expected component of classroom evaluation, RST dates are made clear to students as part of the course expectations. As with final exams, RST dates are communicated with students ahead of time, and the expectation is that all students schedule outside appointments and other activities around these dates. For further information, please contact your child’s teacher.



There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions. You can visit the website here.

Connective Parenting with renowned speaker & author Bonnie Harris

Hosted by St Dominic, St Peter, St Theresa and Convent Glen Catholic School Councils

MAY 22ND, 2019 AT 6:30PM
St Peter High School


Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Monday, 22 April 2019

All Saints Blog Week of April 22nd, 2019

Easter Season
We celebrated, this past long weekend, the beginning of the Easter season. As Christians, we believe that following the 40 day observance of Lent, Easter brings new promise and rebirth. I have shared the Easter message from Denise Andre, our Ottawa Catholic School Board Director, below. Its emphasis on community is exactly the message of Easter that we would like to share.  

As our city sheds its winter coat (finally!) we celebrate the Risen Christ on Easter Sunday and throughout the Easter season. I know that for many, this winter has been long and at times challenging. We are now finally looking forward to actual Spring weather. Like the new life that we see as buds on trees open to green leaves, and tulips that push their way through the earth to display their beautiful colours, so do we embrace the new life that was given to us through the suffering, death and Resurrection of our Lord.
We are a people of hope, who walk in the light of Christ. Let us continue to "Be Community" for one another, supporting each other as we journey through this Easter season.


Dealing with the Teenage Brain
All Saints High School is excited to present "Dealing with the Teenage Brain: Strategies for Communication", a presentation for parents on May 21st, from 7:00 to 8:00pm in our school learning commons. The presentation will be facilitated by Wayne Ng, a Social Worker with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Wayne will discuss the characteristics of the developing student brain, including information regarding executive functioning, decision making and choices. Considerations for parents will be discussed, including strategies for communication, negotiation and support. Wayne will also answer questions on the topic. Please join us for a great evening of information presented with the support of the All Saints Catholic School Council.

OCSB Junior Math Competition Gold Medalists!!
On Tuesday, April 2, a group of grade 9 and 10 students, Nicholas Rink, Philip McMorran, Benjamin Magyar-Samoila, Sebastian Magyar-Samoila, Kiera Pozzobon, and Julia Piraszewska, led by Mr. Burchill, represented All Saints by competing in the 9 and 10 Team Mathematics Contest. The day started out strong with our team taking on the lead after the Individual Problems round. Then it was time for the final and most crucial part of the day, the Relay Round. The Relay Round required us to split up into two teams of three. Each of the three people were labelled as A, B, or C. The relay worked in a way that each person gets a math problem. Person A figures out their math problem as quickly as possible, then hands their answer to person B, who uses that number as a variable to solve their problem. Then person B hands their answer to person C. The answer from person C is known as the final answer. If the team manages to get the answer in the first two minutes, they earn extra points for their early answer. This round was definitely one of the most fun parts of the day, we collaborated well and pulled through, even managing to obtain a few early answers. After a fun, competitive day, we got 118 points, tying for first place with St. Matthew. One point away from pulling out of the tie, however, it was still a score that we were all proud of, and an amazing day we will never forget.
Written by: Julia Piraszewska and Kiera Pozzobon


Young at Art - Student Art Exhibition


Nic Rubin, an All Saints student was selected to participate in the Young at Art juried art exhibition. The exhibition represents a tremendous opportunity for the public exhibition and recognition of the creative efforts of these young artists. Nic’s artwork will be displayed at the John Mlacak Centre 2500 Campeau Drive, from April 18th to May 12th. There will also be a vernissage which will be held on the 25th of April at 6pm.

Nordik Spa - School Council Fundraiser
For Mother's Day, give someone special a day of relaxation! The All Saints School Council is selling discounted passes for Nordik Spa. Discounted passes are $64 each (including taxes). This is a savings of over $14 (at the door, you would pay $68 + Quebec taxes = $78.18).These passes are valid 7 days a week and allow you to use their facilities for a full day. You can enjoy their 10 baths (hot, cold and temperate), 9 unique saunas, infinity pool, outdoor and indoor relaxation areas as well as a restaurant, café, lounge and terraces. The site is reserved for individuals 16 years and over. This pass does not include a bathrobe. The passes are valid until April 2020, after which time they will continue to have a cash value that can be applied against the cost at the door.
To place your order, please fill out the following order form: https://forms.gle/XKbMeXozorGMVe848. The deadline for orders/payment is Friday, April 26. Your order will be available for pick-up in the Atrium of All Saints High School on Tuesday, May 7 from 6-7pm, or it can be delivered to your ASH school mailbox by May 8.

Catholic Education Week
Catholic Education Week takes place May 5th to 10th. The theme is "Living as Joyful Disciples". The Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association offers a variety of prayers, information and resources to support the work in our schools.



There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions. You can visit the website here.

Healthy StressThis session will explore what stress is and how it impacts our body and brain. We will discuss the difference between good and bad stress and why it is important to understand the difference. Practical strategies to help support children and youth develop their resiliency to deal with daily stressors as well as with more challenging situations and events.
Tuesday, April 30th
7pm - 9pm
St Peter High School
750 Charlemagne Blvd
Orleans, Ontario K4A 3M4

Introduction to Shanker's Self-Regulation
Hosted by St Bernard School Council and The MEHRIT Centre
APRIL 25TH, 2019 FROM 6PM - 8PM
St Bernard School

Connective Parenting
With renowned speaker & author Bonnie Harris
Hosted by St Dominic, St Peter, St Theresa and Convent Glen Catholic School Councils
MAY 22ND, 2019 AT 6:30PM
St Peter High School

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Sunday, 14 April 2019

All Saints Blog Week of April 15th, 2019

Palm Sunday and Holy Week
Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.
Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect.
Palm branches are widely recognized symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday.
The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic, it represents the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war. Our staff and students will have an opportunity to celebrate Holy Week on Holy Thursday as we gather as a community for liturgies. As we begin our journey through Holy Week, I wish you the opportunity for reflection and a Happy Easter next weekend.

7&8 Basketball Buy-In for Charity 
Last Friday marked our annual 7&8 Basketball Buy-In for Charity. This is an event that has been running for many years, and was initiated by Mr. Podgorski to support Myeloma Cancer Research at the Ottawa General Hospital. We thank students for their generous donations to fund Myeloma research. We had a great time as an All Saints community cheering our boys on to a rousing defeat of St. Paul’s. Great job boys!

Rideauwood Partnership
All Saints High School has a partnership with Rideauwood addictions services where a counsellor is at the school weekly to address general concerns while providing one on one counselling to students. Our Rideauwood representative has also visited classrooms to review a number of topics such as stages of use, healthy coping, and the different types of substances that students should be aware of. If you have any questions, please contact our Student Services Department.

EQAO Student Advisory Committee
We’re excited to announce the call for application for the 2019–2020 EQAO Student Advisory Committee. This committee will be one of our key sources for student voice in the agency’s activities. We also meet with student trustees, and staff engage student focus groups from time to time. This will be the second year of the Student Advisory Committee. The other committees within our governance structure are the EQAO Advisory Committee, the Modernization in Measurement Advisory Panel and the Equity Council.
Students are the focus of EQAO’s work, and we value learners’ perspectives on everything that we do. As EQAO seeks to continuously improve its programs, we want to ensure that students’ experiences are informing our thinking.
EQAO celebrates student diversity across the province, and our approach to open dialogue welcomes all viewpoints. When selecting committee members, we’ll ensure a diverse representation of students’ experiences and perspectives. We’ll also look for students who demonstrate a passion for effecting change in their communities and who have a desire to make a difference—either through their actions or through their ideas.
To learn more about the previous committee’s work, visit EQAO’s website.
Please find attached an invitation to students, which outlines eligibility criteria, and the application form for this opportunity. Submissions must be received by May 10, 2019, and selections will be announced by the end of May 2019.
Student application

Earth Week Activities
In celebration of Earth Week, which begins on Monday with Earth Day, All Saints will be taking up the Trashtag Challenge, the social media movement that is sweeping the globe. It promotes people to clean up their nearby green areas and post before and after photos. We want you to take this challenge by sending a DM to ASHSTUCO Instagram to enter your clean up before and after shots by May 21. Everyone who enters will have a chance to win movie ticket packages. So plan your cleaning projects and take the ASH Trashtag Challenge.

ASH Reflections
ASH Reflections | ASH Réflexions is the official SoundCloud podcast channel for the school. The main purpose is to give a voice to the All Saints community and to connect with the outside world. Here we see M. Justin Breton, an Immersion intermediate teacher at All Saints Catholic High School, interviewing three of his students: Benjamin Strongitharm, Guillermo Gago Balbi, and Jalen Flindall. In this episode, they discuss their experiences in the French Immersion program as well as communication and collaboration within the framework of global competencies. This particular podcast was created in French, and students express the importance of learning the language in the City of Ottawa and other communities. If you wish to learn more about our channel, don’t hesitate to follow us. Enjoy!
https://soundcloud.com/ash-ocsb/episode-115-limmersion-francaise-a-all-saints-et-le-cadre-des-competences-globales

Grade 12 Prom Details
Our Prom will take place on Friday, May 31st at the National Arts Centre, downtown, beginning a social at 5:30 p.m., a dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a dance. Students are being visited during their period one class this week by an administrator who is reviewing with them the Prom expectations and the Prom Contract which must be completed and signed (by the student and their parent) and returned to Ms. DeLuca




Tread Softly, Walk Humbly Art Exhibit
Last weekend was the culmination of a great deal of work on the part of Ms. Dyer’s art students. 30 individuals created an exhibit of Canadian landscapes with the support of award winning artist Gordon Harrison. The students auctioned off their work to further support eco and green initiatives designed to protect our landscapes and communities. Two of the students involved have shared their experiences as part of our blog:
Good Stress Vs Bad Stress: Do you know the difference?


Aurora Rink (grade 12):

Art is meaningful. I always heard growing up that art wasn’t an important job, but it really is. With these paintings we’ve made a difference, in the painters' lives, in some of you, the buyers lives and even in the environment. We used it as a tool to share a beautiful message and by contributing to a very important cause.
I think I speak for all of us when I say we’re very grateful to have had this opportunity. We’ve grown up living in Canada, some of us our whole lives, but we’ve never really given back. Making these paintings with Gordon was a way to show gratitude to the environment that we were raised in and that we love so much. I think it’s imperative, especially now with issues like climate change that we think about our impact on the environment and that we truly appreciate it. These paintings have a distinctly Canadian voice to that cause which we are all proud to be a part of. Thank you, for listening to that call to action and helping us in giving back through the auction. It feels amazing to be agents for change on this cause; I hope these paintings can continue to engage your thinking and learning about the Canadian landscape and the importance of preserving it.


Jessica Ormondroyd (grade 10):
This has been an amazing experience for me. I really enjoyed learning about new forms of painting and exploring with colour. This project has allowed me to become more free with my art and less of a perfectionist with it.
It feels amazing to have my artwork hanging in this gallery. I am so thankful for this opportunity and I would like to thank Gordon and Phil for letting us use the gallery and for teaching us your art skill. I would also like to thank Ms. Dyer for organizing this special opportunity!



There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions. You can visit the website here.

Parent information session: Tech Tools in the Classroom
Are you curious about how your child is using technology in school? The Catholic School Parents’ Association is presenting a FREE evening of interactive workshops where parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the tools that students are using, and the tech resources available both at school and at home. The evening will begin with an overview of the Board’s philosophy of technology in our schools, followed by two sessions of 45-minute workshops. Parents will have a choice of workshops in each session. View the workshop descriptions and then register to attend.
Monday, April 15
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Notre Dame High School,
710 Broadview Ave

Healthy Stress
This session will explore what stress is and how it impacts our body and brain. We will discuss the difference between good and bad stress and why it is important to understand the difference. Practical strategies to help support children and youth develop their resiliency to deal with daily stressors as well as with more challenging situations and events.
Tuesday, April 30th
7pm - 9pm
St Peter High School
750 Charlemagne Blvd
Orleans, Ontario K4A 3M4

Introduction to Shanker's Self-Regulation
Hosted by St Bernard School Council and The MEHRIT Centre
APRIL 25TH, 2019 FROM 6PM - 8PM
St Bernard School

Connective Parenting
With renowned speaker & author Bonnie Harris
Hosted by St Dominic, St Peter, St Theresa and Convent Glen Catholic School Councils
MAY 22ND, 2019 AT 6:30PM
St Peter High School

14th Annual CEFO Gala Benefit Dinner
Join us on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the new Infinity Convention Centre in Nepean, for our 14th Annual Gala Dinner, Cabaret & Auction, with all proceeds directed to helping alleviate poverty in our Ottawa Catholic School Board schools.
This unique social event welcomes parents, employees and Trustees of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, corporate sponsors, educational partners, social service agencies, the Archdiocese, and other community members. Guests will enjoy a live and silent auction, along with balloon and raffle sales -- all for a great cause. Staff and students involved in the Ottawa Catholic School Board's Children's Theatre Workshop will entertain guests with delightful songs!
This event sells out fast. Book your table today at cefottawa.org/fundraising.
Wednesday, May 1
6:00 PM
Infinity Convention Centre,

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:
April 22nd - Easter Monday

Saturday, 30 March 2019

All Saints Blog Week of April 1st, 2019

Student Protest
There is some discussion that High School students in Ontario are planning a protest during the coming week. The Ottawa Catholic School Board acknowledges that students have the right to participate in peaceful protests. The role of the school staff during a student organized political protest is to ensure student safety and work to minimize classroom disruption for those that choose not to participate in any type of protest, including walkouts. This past week, I met with representatives of our student council and emphasized our wish that they pass along some important points to students. We asked them to share that safety must be the most important consideration when discussing any protest and that students have been encouraged to remain on property. We have made it clear that students who leave class to protest or who do not return to class after the protest will be marked as absent. We would also extend a reminder to students that if they leave class during instructional time, it is not an excused absence.

Grade 12 Prom Tickets
We recognize that our grade 12 students are looking forward to end of year activities such as our graduation ceremony, retreat activity and evening prom. Students are reminded that they must have submitted verification of their 40 hours of Community Service and have had these approved by the school, as well as having paid their $85 Grad fee (submitted online) before they can purchase their PROM TICKET.
Prom Tickets go on sale the week of April 8th to 12th; this means that the paperwork verifying 40 hours of Community Service must be submitted prior to April 3rd so that these hours can be approved by the school. Please ensure that if you child is graduating that these two items have been completed prior to April 3rd. Thank you for your attention to this and your ongoing support.

Ask Us Anything Contest
“Ask Us Anything Contest” by Students Offering Support and MyBlueprint: Now until April 30.
High school students can submit questions about post-secondary life on our contest page. Questions will be answered by SOS volunteers who are current post-secondary students. When a student submits a question, they are entered into a draw to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards! Eg. Questions about picking the right courses, paying for tuition, living in student housing, etc.

Summer School Information
While planning their course selections for next year, high school students should keep in mind that Summer School programs such as Reach Ahead, online Reach Ahead, and Credit Recovery courses are available. The 2019 summer school program runs July 3 - 24 at multiple locations



There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions. You can visit the website here.

Parent information session: Tech Tools in the Classroom
Are you curious about how your child is using technology in school? The Catholic School Parents’ Association is presenting a FREE evening of interactive workshops where parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the tools that students are using, and the tech resources available both at school and at home. The evening will begin with an overview of the Board’s philosophy of technology in our schools, followed by two sessions of 45-minute workshops. Parents will have a choice of workshops in each session. View the workshop descriptions and then register to attend.
Monday, April 15
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Notre Dame High School,
710 Broadview Ave

14th Annual CEFO Gala Benefit Dinner
Join us on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the new Infinity Convention Centre in Nepean, for our 14th Annual Gala Dinner, Cabaret & Auction, with all proceeds directed to helping alleviate poverty in our Ottawa Catholic School Board schools.
This unique social event welcomes parents, employees and Trustees of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, corporate sponsors, educational partners, social service agencies, the Archdiocese, and other community members. Guests will enjoy a live and silent auction, along with balloon and raffle sales -- all for a great cause. Staff and students involved in the Ottawa Catholic School Board's Children's Theatre Workshop will entertain guests with delightful songs!
This event sells out fast. Book your table today at cefottawa.org/fundraising.
Wednesday, May 1
6:00 PM
Infinity Convention Centre,

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Sunday, 24 March 2019

All Saints Blog Week of March 25th, 2019

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
Our Grade 10 students will be writing the 2019 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) this Wednesday, March 27th. The Ontario Literacy Test measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The staff at All Saints has been preparing your son/daughter for this test since they arrived in grade 7. Our students complete activities in grades 7&8 that provide some foundational background for the skills assessed by the test. We continue that support and growth in grades 9 and 10. Literacy development continues beyond the test until students graduate from All Saints. We are confident that students are well prepared for the upcoming test. I would encourage you to review the Ministry’s website http://www.eqao.com/en/assessments/OSSLT which provides additional information.

Grade 12 Prom Tickets
We recognize that our grade 12 students are looking forward to end of year activities such as our graduation ceremony, retreat activity and evening prom. Students are reminded that they must have submitted verification of their 40 hours of Community Service and have had these approved by the school, as well as having paid their $85 Grad fee (submitted online) before they can purchase their PROM TICKET.
Prom Tickets go on sale the week of April 8th to 12th; this means that the paperwork verifying 40 hours of Community Service must be submitted prior to April 3rd so that these hours can be approved by the school. Please ensure that if you child is graduating that these two items have been completed prior to April 3rd. Thank you for your attention to this and your ongoing support.

Fake News Workshop
Ms. MacKinnon, one of our Teacher Librarians, prepared the following information for students that was part of an activity around “Fake News” in our Learning Commons in February. We would invite you to take a look at the information below.
Fake news workshop

Waupoos Foundation Family Summer Vacation
The Waupoos Foundation (Waupoos Family Farm) offers affordable vacation opportunities for low income families with children 16 years and under. There will be sports, crafts, swimming lessons, camp fires, tractor rides, story times and most importantly, opportunities for shared connection with their family members and others.  Our summer application deadline is May 1st and we give priority to families who have not yet vacationed at Waupoos Farm.
Please consider referring a family today!
Our summer vacation application downloaded and printed at: http://bit.ly/Waupoos2019summer
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40 Hours of Community Service
Since 1999, the Ministry of Education has required all students to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) (As stated in Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirements, 1999). The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities. The Ottawa Catholic School Board has always encouraged this community service to take place in the Parish, School, or the wider community. There is a list on the back of the Community Service form that all students complete that highlights many of the eligible activities that students may complete to fulfill this graduation requirement. When the expectation around community service was introduced by the Ministry of Education, they developed a list of activities that may not be chosen as community involvement activities and that are therefore ineligible activities. Included as part of that list of those expectations outlined by the Ministry is an activity “that would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace”. As your son/daughter works toward this graduation activity, we would encourage them to review the list of accepted activities to ensure they are meeting the proper requirements. You will find a link (below) to the All Saints community service hours form, with a list of appropriate activities on page 2. Hard copies of this form are available in our student services department.
Community Service Hours Form - All Saints



There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions. You can visit the website here.

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Sunday, 17 March 2019

All Saints Blog Week of March 18th, 2019

Grade 9-12 Letters of Progress and Parent-Teacher interviews
Letters of concern for students in grades 9-12 were sent out as part of a message the week before the March Break. All Saints wishes to remind parents of high school students (grades 9-12) that parent/teacher interviews will be held on Thursday, March 21st. There will be an early dismissal at 1:30 pm that day for all students in grades 7-12. The scheduled times for interviews are from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and again from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Parents/guardians are reminded that if they are unable to schedule an interview with a particular teacher, they are welcome to contact the teacher at the school to have a telephone discussion. Please note interviews are 10 minutes in length and parents are asked to request a maximum of one interview slot per teacher.

40 Hours of Community Service
Since 1999, the Ministry of Education has required all students to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) (As stated in Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirements, 1999). The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities. The Ottawa Catholic School Board has always encouraged this community service to take place in the Parish, School, or the wider community. There is a list on the back of the Community Service form that all students complete that highlights many of the eligible activities that students may complete to fulfill this graduation requirement. When the expectation around community service was introduced by the Ministry of Education, they developed a list of activities that may not be chosen as community involvement activities and that are therefore ineligible activities. Included as part of that list of those expectations outlined by the Ministry is an activity “that would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace”. As your son/daughter works toward this graduation activity, we would encourage them to review the list of accepted activities to ensure they are meeting the proper requirements. You will find a link (below) to the All Saints community service hours form, with a list of appropriate activities on page 2. Hard copies of this form are available in our student services department.
Community Service Hours Form - All Saints

Chronic Absenteeism
One of the topics at our last school council meeting was a review of a CBC video and article that covered the issue of chronic absenteeism at schools. I have included the links to this information below. We would encourage parents to contact the school if they have questions regarding our attendance policies or need support with issues related to student attendance.
Chronic absenteeism - http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1442336323638/
article on absenteeism:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/school-absenteeism-pediatrics-1.5005670

Community Expectations Reminder
We have asked our staff to review some basic reminders with students over the next few days. This is an opportunity to reinforce some general expectations that have been reviewed by our student council as well as our school council this year. We will emphasize the following with students:
  • Attendance - Students should understand the importance of regular attendance in their classes.  We recognize that sometimes appointments or health issues affect school attendance, however, we encourage a diligent approach to attending on a daily basis.
  • Hats/hoods - should not be worn in class, nor in hallways unless students are making their way toward exits at the end of the day.
  • Bags / coats not permitted in classes - Students have been given a locker, and bags and coats should be left there.  This is a safety consideration that keeps classroom aisles clean.
Approach to Rich Summative Tasks / Exams
Our School Leadership Team has provided the following explanation for students and parents regarding summative tasks in High School. For Grades 9 to 12, a final grade (percentage mark) is recorded for every course. The final grade will be determined as follows (based on Growing Success document, p. 41):
  • Seventy percent of the grade will be based on evaluation conducted throughout the course. This portion of the grade reflects the student’s most consistent level of achievement throughout the course, although special consideration is given to more recent evidence of achievement.
  • Thirty percent of the grade will be based on a final evaluation administered at or towards the end of the course. This formal evaluation typically includes a Rich Summative Task (RST) and an exam that translates into a total of 30% of the student’s final mark and can take a few days up to 2 weeks depending upon the subject of study. For this reason, we ask families NOT to schedule trips, appointments, or other activities where a student would miss class time during the months of January or June. The final evaluation allows the student an opportunity to demonstrate comprehensive achievement of the overall expectations for the course. Given these expectations, an incomplete summative evaluation will result in a “no mark” as a student’s final evaluation on their transcript.


There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions. You can visit the website here.

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!