Sunday, 26 February 2017

All Saints Blog Week of February 27th, 2017

Information for Students, Staff and Families around counterfeit prescription medications
There has certainly been a great deal of attention being paid to the issue of counterfeit prescription medication in the news as of late.  Many organizations are doing their best to provide as much up to date information as possible to those who care for our young people.  The Ottawa Catholic School Board is working hard to review the information that is being provided by the Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health, as well as addiction therapy groups in the region to develop resources that can be delivered to students, staff and our families.  In addition to these stakeholders, All Saints High School is also speaking with the Ottawa Paramedic Service and Rideauwood Addiction Services to develop clear, factual information that we can present to our community.  We recognize the urgency of that this situation has presented to all schools in our region, but also understand the responsibility of ensuring the messaging that we are sharing with students, staff and families is clear, factual and helpful in dealing with this serious problem.  We will continue to keep the community updated around our efforts as we work diligently to educate those connected to our school.  More information about counterfeit pills, overdose prevention, naloxone and local treatment resources can be found at

Kindness Week award for our Custodians
Last week was “Kindness Week” across the Ottawa Region.  As part of this celebration, schools and other organizations were invited to nominate a group of individuals who do a great deal toward spreading the message and idea of Kindness among their community.  Last Friday, we were fortunate to have Cindy Smith, the Executive Director of the Caring and Sharing Exchange with us at All Saints to present the kindness award to our custodial staff.  Michael Bloomfield, Cathy Jensen, and Peter McLean, who work tirelessly to ensure our school is a clean, safe and comfortable place to call our home away from home.  Mike, Cathy and Peter are always happy to help, and on top of their regular duties, demonstrate initiative for ensuring potential problems are addressed before they become issues.  They carry out their duties with a positive approach each and every day.  Their attitude of kindness in our building is a model for all.  

Free Online Homework Help in French
VoilĂ  Learning - Our school board has secured funding to provide FREE Online Homework Help in French for our students. You will receive a box of letters, including the registration code, to send home to parents and guardians. (Copy of the letter). The response has been very positive. As the new semester/term begins we would ask that you remind students of this valuable resource.  The following can be posted on your school websites for accessibility to all students, parents and guardians.  The code to register is:  BonjourVoila  
Here is a video explaining how the program works:
The Online Homework Help registration page:

Ms. Cavar’s Class of the Week
Congratulations to our class of the week, 7-07 on receiving their recognition this week.  They were nominated for their collective attention to their academics, and demonstrating a high level of responsibility for their learning. Well done!

Ottawa Catholic School Parents’ Association
There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions.  You can visit the website here.

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:
Feb. 27th: School Council meeting (7:00 pm)
Feb. 28th: Grade 6 parent evening (6:00 pm)
March 10th: Letters of Progress - high school students

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