Sunday, 7 May 2017

All Saints Blog Week of May 8th, 2017

Catholic Education Week
Thank you to all who participated in The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Education Week this past week.  There were a number of activities happening at All Saints including our Cooperative Education Career Fair, Mathematics Roller Coaster competition, French RAP videos and other curriculum projects.  In addition, the board celebrated its Education Week mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica last Tuesday.  Our All Saints staff were particularly proud of our own Claire Bagnell, one of our guidance counsellors, who was awarded with the distinguished Director of Education Commendation at the ceremony.  The award recognizes the outstanding achievement of staff from across the board.  

School Council Wellness Session for Parents
I would like to extend our appreciation to our All Saints School Council for sponsoring our Inner Circle Wellness interactive presentation for parents last week.  Parents had an opportunity to participate in some of the wellness activities we promote with students.  Thank you to our staff who were involved - Mr. Mastersmith reviewed some indigenous approaches to inner balance, and Ms. Tremblay spoke about respecting each others’ right to communicate and be heard.  Ms. Bagnell, the architect of our “Mindfulness Room”, spoke about our restorative approach with students.  We also participated in a great session with Ms. Jane Wharton, who modelled the anti-anxiety and calming approaches that we use with students.  Thank you to all who helped in making this a great session!

Grade 12 Dodgeball Charity Event
Last week, a group of our grade 12 students participated in a Charity Dodgeball tournament at Holy Trinity High School.  The grads from each school faced off in a spirited session that will hopefully become a tradition between the two schools.  The teams dressed in their “schools finest” uniforms and played an intense game of Dodgeball (All Saints came out the victors!).  The proceeds of the fundraising and BBQ lunch will go to support Youth Wellness initiatives in the community.  

Kanata Race Day - June 11th
Kanata Race Day will be taking place on June 11th at the Richcraft Recreational Complex Kanata.  There is a 5K, 10K (timed) 1k and Tot Trot.  The event happens from 8:30 to Noon.  There are opportunities for students to participate, as well as volunteer their time to help.  Please visit the web site at
Pedal Play A
The second annual Kanata North Pedal Play Mobile Bike Rodeo will take place on June 4th, 2017.  This is a great event for both parents and students and is a great forum to learn safe cycling routes and practices here in our community. Feedback from the close to 100 parents and children that participated in last year’s event was overwhelmingly positive.
About Pedal Play:
Pedal Play is a free event for participants of all ages; primary school children, teens and adults. Participants will cycle through Kanata north, using both roadways and pathways, stopping at several activity stations along the way, to learn safe cycling practices, and how bicycles are regulated under the Highway Traffic Act. The 5-7 km route is planned to demonstrate safe routes throughout the community, connecting schools and community centres. Participants will learn their hand signals, how to share multiuse paths, how to change their gears when climbing, how to safely navigate roundabouts, and busy crossovers. They will also learn how to confirm their helmet fit and how to do a basic bike maintenance check.
Pedal Play is being sponsored by the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association, with support and assistance from Councillor Wilkinson’s advisory committee - Transportation Action Committee Kanata North (TACK), Safer Roads Ottawa, and EnviroCentre’s Sustain Kanata North project.  For more information, visit

The Ottawa Catholic School Board: Keep you Connected
Check out the many different activities happening across our school board.  Read the Board’s “Keeping you Connected” newsletter here:

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:
May 10th: Battle of the Bands @ All Saints

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