Sunday, 18 September 2016

All Saints Blog Week of September 19th, 2016

Grade 9 Orientation: The Amazing Race
Our grade 9 students were involved in an All Saints tradition this past week, participating in The Amazing Race activity.  This provided students an opportunity to explore important skills such as teamwork, resiliency and participation as they competed through a number of activities.  Staff also went over some important points regarding what students would need to know to be successful throughout the year.  Our new Chaplaincy Leader Vito Michienzi also introduced himself to the students and spoke about his supporting role.  We also encouraged students to bring a strong level of enthusiasm to their classroom work and the clubs, sports and activities they will involve themselves with this year.  Thanks to the many staff who involved in planning this activity.

Celebrating “7”
In addition to our grade 9 orientation last week, Friday saw a celebration of our newest students to our All Saints family - the grade 7’s.  Our day began with a presentation by one of our School Resource Officers Constable Hupe on appropriate use of the internet and social communication.  This served as a great connection to the work students will do later in the year around “Samaritans on the Digital Road”.  
The afternoon provided us with a great time to build community and enthusiasm among our grade 7 homerooms.  Teachers lead spirit activities with their classes, performing some singing and dance moves.  We appreciate the contributions of our entire grade 7 staff with a special thank you to our organizers, MC’s for our afternoon, and Ms. Abrams for providing a sweet “cupcake” finish to the day.  A great start to the year 7’s!

Meet the Staff!
Our Meet the Staff Open House will be held on Thursday afternoon (September 22nd) from 4:30 to 6:30.  We invite all parents/guardians within our All Saints Community to join us for information about the school, and to introduce yourself to your son/daughter’s teachers, educational assistants, administrators and guidance counsellors.  Grade 7&8 Grade level t-shirts will also be on sale for $5.  Please review the following schedule:
  • 4:30 to 5:15 - BBQ fundraiser for our Show Choir group ($5 combos)
  • 5:20 to 5:45 - Address (school administration, Chaplaincy Leader, School Council Chair, Student Services)
  • 5:45 to 6:30 - grade 7&8 teachers remain in cafeteria, 9-12 staff in the wood floor gym (arranged alphabetically by last name - please bring your son/daughter’s schedule or teacher information)
  • 6:00 - 6:30 - grad presentation and literacy information
    • literacy information (meeting in the atrium): information on Literacy Test Preparation for parents of grade10 students. This year, grade 10 students will have two opportunities to write the literacy test. Successful completion of this test is a graduation requirement.  This workshop will provide both parents and students tips and strategies for success and information regarding the new online format.
    • graduation information (meeting in our learning commons): student services personnel will focus on graduation requirements, post secondary options, scholarships and awards, important dates and communication strategies.

Army Run
Congratulations to some of our All Saints students who participated in the local Army Fun Run this past weekend.  This is part of the connection to our Vimy trip planned for later in the year.  The students sported a bib that reflects their adopted soldiers’ names and the fact that they are running for that individual. They have also made a $50 donation to Support the Troops in lieu of their entrance fees.

Kanata Pedal Play
Councillor Wilkinson invites parents and students to attend the first annual Kanata North Mobile Bike Rodeo – Pedal Play, being held on October 1st. Pedal Play is a great forum to learn safe cycling routes and practices in your community.

When: October 1st, 2016 from 10am to 1pm
Where: Beaverbrook Community Centre, 2 Beaverbrook Rd.
Who: All ages

Registration required:

Pedal Play is a mobile bike rodeo where participants of all ages; children, teens and adults, will cycle a pre-determined route and participate in a number of interactive ‘safety activity’ stations located along the way. The interactive activity stations will enable participants to learn and practice basic bike safety practices, such as simple bike maintenance, checking helmets for correct fit, how and when to signal, and navigating turns and round-abouts.

All Saints Catholic School Council
The first general meeting of the All Saints School Council will take place on Monday, September 26th at 7:00pm in the school learning commons (library).  We hope to see many new parents at our meeting at the end of the month.  If you are interested in running for a position on the council, you may review the information required in the following forms and send the information required in an email to All Saints High School (

A verification sheet was sent home with each student last Tuesday - it needs to be carefully checked over and signed by parents and returned immediately.  This is vital for collecting parent/guardian contact information.
If your child has asthma please note the Ministry requires you to complete a medical form for your child.  Please e-mail the school at to obtain this form as it cannot be attached to this message.  
Parents are asked to create an on-line payment account for each of their children at All Saints.  The option to use credit cards is now available at   You will get a receipt for all payments made.  The student fee ($30 per student with a maximum of $60 per family) is due on the first day and may be paid online. If you have two or more students you just choose one child at a time and choose the option for (first, second, third...child).  

Check out our blog – and our twitter @AllSaintsCHS (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:

Monday, September 26th: All Saints School Council meeting (7:00 Learning Commons)

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