Sunday, 20 November 2016

All Saints Blog Week of November 21st, 2016

Dominican Republic Experience - Auction
Thank you to all members of our school community who were able to come out and support our Dominican Republic Experience auction last Thursday.  Everyone was able to go home with a few treasures, including some big ticket items such as signed Connor McDavid and Wayne Gretzky hockey jerseys.  Thanks to our student and staff volunteers who gave of their time to organize and plan our evening.  Special thanks to

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)
The Ottawa Catholic School Board is working with CSPA to promote the many Specialized Pathways available to students in our schools.  In particular, there is a session on Thursday, November 24th, which will feature the two new SHSM programs at St Paul:  Information Communication Technology, and Transportation.

We will also share information regarding the following programs:

Justice, Community Safety & Emergency Services (St Pius X)
Environment (Notre Dame, Sacred Heart)
Energy (Mother Teresa)
Arts & Culture (All Saints)
Health & Wellness, Social Justice (Holy Trinity)
Business (Sacred Heart)
ICT (St Paul, All Saints, Sacred Heart)
Transportation (St Paul)

NEW Vegetable Garden at All Saints
Our technology class has created 3 garden pods at All Saints that will house vegetables in the spring.  This is a partnership between the technology class and our inclusion class where students will tend to the produce and use in some cooking experiences.  

Opening Doors: Learning & Earning in the 21st Century
Making informed decisions for the future:  OCSB Specialized Pathways, Opportunities and Programs
Student surveys tell us they listen to parents for information and guidance with respect to post-secondary planning. What are the options?  What are the careers of tomorrow?  Come explore the options with your child!

2 opportunities for parents & students to attend:
  • Thursday, November 24th: St. Paul High School
  • Thursday, Dec 1st: St. Matthew High School

Sensory Processing Disorders (SPDs) and Behaviour  
How are they linked? How can I support my child at home and at school?
Some children (with and without special needs) have problems developing the ability to process information received through their senses.

This presentation will help you become a sensory detective and learn how to read your child and provide the right support.

OCSB United Way Campaign : "A Chance to Give"  
For the first time, OCSB is opening their annual United Way Campaign to accept donations from parents/guardians and the larger community. All donations will be directed to the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa which works to help OCSB children and their families who are struggling with the effects of poverty.

Student Immunization
Ottawa Public Health is currently mailing notices to families if a student in the household has incomplete immunization records.  If you receive such a notice, in order to prevent a future suspension from school for non-compliance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act, please note that it is a parent/guardian responsibility to ensure that Ottawa Public Health receives the required immunization information.  You may contact them at:  Website: Update your child's records online   Telephone: 613-580-6744   Toll free number: 1-866-426-8885   E-mail:

Some very exciting opportunities for our school community regarding technology purchases through Best Buy, and a chance to buy Ottawa Senators Hockey tickets at a discount while supporting your All Saints School council:
Best Buy Technology Specials for All Saints Parents and Students
At our “Meet the Staff” afternoon earlier in the year, I explained that All Saints was developing a partnership with Best Buy to provide technological devices (chromebooks, laptops, and other devices) at a discount to our school community.  To be most effective in today’s learning environments, students benefit significantly from access to technology at school and home, as technology is a vital tool for their learning and productivity. The school board invests heavily to support access to technology for students and staff across our schools. Devices are made available to students in our school; however, we have received many requests from students and parents asking for advice on what device they should purchase if they wish to bring their own device to school.
We have established an optional purchase program with Best Buy for those who are interested in purchasing their own device.  Parents and students may purchase any brand of device from any company as all devices will work on school network. Some of these devices are exclusive to our Best Buy partnership and not available to others through Best Buy.
The technologies listed on the Best Buy portal are only recommendations. Best Buy is offering discounts on protection plans and other supplies and peripherals but parents may choose to purchase from any vendor.  As you will see on the Portal, we are recommending Chromebooks as a simple, safe, efficient and cost effective device. We also help equip these with Board purchased software through the student Google accounts and the use of the student portal.  You can access the letter home describing the program in greater detail here.
You can access the information/instruction poster here.  Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Ottawa Senators Ticket Discount for All Saints Families
Again this year, All Saints has partnered with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Team to provide discounted tickets to a number of games this season.  The All Saints School Council directly benefits from all purchases, and money raised goes back to supporting initiatives at the school level.  When purchasing tickets, families are able to choose from 5 different games, with 8 different price points for seats.  Our ticket sale promotion will run to the end of November.  
Students have an opportunity to win free Senators tickets and/or a pizza lunch for their class based on ticket sales.  You can download and print the form at this link, or your son/daughter can collect a form at the school.  Please ensure you identify the student responsible for the ticket sales so they get credit toward winning prizes.

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:

November 21st: School Council Meeting

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