Sunday, 7 February 2016

All Saints Blog Week of February 8th, 2016

Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent
Ash Wednesday this week marks the beginning of the Catholic liturgical season of Lent.  Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence that begins our process of prayer and preparation as we journey toward the celebration of Easter.  Many different religions observe periods of penance and prayer and even non-Christians are invited to take part in liturgies as we form community around the observance.  We will lead a prayer ceremony for all of our school on Wednesday and more intimate presentations will take place in classes.
Charlie Brown Musical
Thank you to all of our students and staff involved with our production of Charlie Brown, The Musical!  We were able to share the play with many of our elementary students in our family of schools this past Thursday.  We appreciate the support of the community over the presentation days.

Upcoming Grade 10 Literacy Test
The Ontario Secondary Schools Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be taking place this year on March 31, 2016. We will be sharing information regarding the test over the next several weeks in this Blog.  Some information regarding the test:

  • There are two booklets students must complete, each featuring a variety of questions testing reading and writing skills.
  • Students must read the following types of information:
    • Information paragraph
    • A news report
    • A dialogue
    • A real-life narrative
    • A graphic text (e.g., a map or schedule)
  • Students must write a number of responses in clear writing with proper writing conventions (grammar, spelling and punctuation).
  • Students must write the following types of answers:
    • A news report (one page in length)
    • A series of paragraphs (at least three paragraphs, two pages in length)
    • A summary of a piece of text
    • A short opinion piece
    • A short response to a question
  • Students will also be asked to complete multiple choice questions on reading and writing skills.

Anxiety Prevention Group - Opportunity for Youth
The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is offering a program for youth around anxiety prevention.  Please review the information below if you are interested.

Parent/Guardian Sessions -

  • Strong Not Tough
The healthy family step plan to manage anxiety & prevent depression
As adults, we experience many life changes; workplace transitions, entering & ending relationships, financial difficulties, the loss of a loved one, supporting friends or family members with mental illness or substance / alcohol abuse.  Feeling overwhelmed or anxious is natural.
Gain the know-how and confidence to navigate everyday life challenges!
This workshop will provide you with positive coping skills and coping step plans to help you navigate experiences, effectively manage feelings and be resilient.  Come and participate in creating a family that can bend, not break. We all need a community that is strong, not tough.
Register Now:
Monday, February 8, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Matthew Catholic High School
6550 Bilberry Dr, Orléans

Thursday, February 18
6:45-8:45 p.m.
St. Paul Catholic High School

Presented by the OCSB Student Success Department, in collaboration with CSPA and OCSB PIC.

Find out more about the OCSB approach to learning French to make informed decisions regarding the French program that best suits your child.

For more info & registration, visit:

  • Parents Information Forum on French Second Language
February 27th, 2016

  • Understanding EQAO Assessments
Every year, Ontario students in Grades 3, 6, 9 and 10 write province-wide tests to assess their reading, writing and math skills.
This presentation will provide parents an opportunity to gain an understanding of the EQAO assessments.
Register Now:

**TWO sessions to choose from**

Monday, February 29, 2016; 6:45 - 8:45 PM
Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School; 2072 Jasmine Crescent, Gloucester
Tuesday, March 1, 2016; 6:45 - 8:45 PM
Saint Joseph Catholic High School; 3333 Greenbank Road, Barrhaven

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