Sunday, 4 October 2015

All Saints Blog Week of October 5th, 2015

A reminder that Friday, October 9th is our Board’s Christian Community Day and a professional development day for all staff.  There is no school on October 9th.

Opening School Masses
Last Tuesday, our students participated in our opening school masses at All Saints.  The celebrations were beautiful, with a meaningful message communicated by our celebrants Fr. Virgil and Fr. Jeff.  A special thank you to our Chaplaincy Leader Ms. Moore-Chung for the organization, as well as Ms. Talarico and Ms. Hay for our music, and Ms. Little for setting up our sound.  Our student choir sounded great!

Terry Fox Run
I would like to thank all of our students and staff for making our Terry Fox Run this year a huge success.  Students walked our route in the morning of October 1st in support of the Terry Fox foundation, raising funds for cancer research.  We appreciate the fundraising that our students did, and encourage you to think about donating if you haven’t had a chance yet.  You can still donate online (at - look under "school run"). Donations will be accepted until Thursday, October 8th.  A special thanks to our student council and staff organizers for the set up.

Grade 12 Graduation Preparation
Although we are only a month into the school year, we have had a number of opportunities to meet with our grade 12 students regarding graduation considerations.  Most of our students have just recently completed their Application to Graduate and we have already had a few representatives from various universities come in and speak to grads about the programs they offer.  As well, the Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries workshop presentation took place last week.  There are still many more events coming.  Parents can access the information we have provided to our grads at Important Dates for Graduation.

Innovation that Sticks!
The Canadian Education Association (CEA) recently selected the Ottawa Catholic School Board as the winning district in their "Innovation that Sticks" case study program. Out of 35 school boards across Canada, the OCSB was selected to participate in their project.  Read the OCSB Blog or the coverage in the Ottawa Citizen for more details about the study and why CEA chose our Board.

Letters of Progress
Over the next week, our high school teachers will be completing letters of progress for students in grades 9-12 who may be experiencing difficulty in class.  The letters (sent out by email) will outline areas of concern, including academics, engagement, or difficulties in seeking assistance.  Parents and guardians will have an opportunity to discuss the information with teachers at our parent/teacher interview evening on October 15th.  More information about scheduling interviews will follow.

Information Sessions for Parents
The Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA) is sponsoring several free information sessions in the coming weeks. Topics include:
  • Resiliency and Coping Skills - Oct. 14
  • The Gift of Reading - Oct. 22
  • Concussion Awareness - Oct. 29
  • A Parent’s Guide to Special Education - Nov.4
  • Restorative Practices - Nov. 16
Session locations and additional information can be found at this link.
School Council Trivia Fundraiser
All Saints Parent Council will be hosting a Halloween Trivia Night on October 23rd from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., to raise funds for school initiatives. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through our cash online system ( or at the school office. The tables will be comprised of 10 people and the ticket will include pizza, snacks, pop and prizes. Beer and wine will be on sale for those with a valid ID. We welcome parents to extend their support by sponsoring one of the 10 rounds of trivia or by donating prizes. Make this an evening of fun for everyone!  Tickets purchased online will be available at the door on the night of the event.
For more information, please visit our website at: or contact Trudy Rink at 613-404-8360.

Check out our blog – and our twitter @AllSaintsCHS as well as our
website for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:
October 9th: Christian Community Day - pd day at all Ottawa Catholic schools
October 12th: Thanksgiving holiday
October 15th: Early dismissal for Parent/Teacher interviews

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