Sunday, 4 June 2017

All Saints Blog Week of June 5th, 2017

High School Cappies Awards
All Saints’ staff and students are very proud of our standing at the 2017 Cappies Awards.  The Cappies bring together theatre production and journalistic reviews across our Capital Region and engage several high school in the process.  Schools participate by registering plays or musicals with the organizing, as well as having students work to create reviews of other productions throughout the school year.  At the end of the year, the Cappies awards are presented over a number of different areas.  This year, All Saints dominated in the critical review area.  Four of our critics was nominated to the list of six finalists, including Marisa Boyd, Sarah McGregor and Jennifer Rasp with Evelyn Ashworth winning the lead critic award.  In addition, our All Saints Critic Team won the top prize at the awards show as well.  We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments and thankful to the incredible support from our staff at All Saints.

Hair Donations Ottawa (submitted by Jennifer Rasp)

Three teachers and one student donated a total of thirty eight inches of hair to Hair Donations Ottawa at a recent event at All Saints. Wayne Patrick and his team from Shears, a hair salon located in Stittsville, came to All Saints to donate their time and cut and style hair on Monday May 29, 2017. Mrs. Beaupre, Mrs. Jewitt, Mrs. Hopewell and Jennifer Rasp all offered to donate a minimum of six inches of hair towards making wigs for adolescents fighting cancer. The greatest contribution of hair donated was a staggering twelve inches in length.  The hair cutting was supervised by hairstyling teacher Mr. Jewitt, who planned the event. He worked with Hair Donations Ottawa founder and CEO Helene Hutchings and Algonquin College Hairstyling Professor Tara Ettinger to promote the cause and raise awareness of the special efforts that are happening in our own community.  Shears was kind enough to cut the hair free of charge and donate it as part of the Hair Donations Ottawa fundraiser, one they have supported for the past three years. Their hope is to return next year to even more participants donating inches and money that will go to great lengths to helping cancer patients.  The school is very thankful towards those that came to donate hair or support the event on Monday.

Creative Arts Evening
Our many musical groups had 2 recent opportunities to show their talent at All Saints.  We hosted a Creative Arts afternoon at the end of May for students and staff where our 7&8 Choir, award-winning high school Show Choir and dance ensembles performed at the school.  This past week, The same groups as well as some additional school bands played for a packed house of families at our last concert event of the year.  We are very proud of the effort and dedication of these talented students.  We thank our very talented staff members who oversee these groups and work with them throughout the year.  Great job!

Study Skills Session
Once again, Dr. Richard Bolduc, our school psychologist, will be providing our high school students with a student skills session in preparation for their June exams.  It will take place on Wednesday, June 7 @ lunch in room L210 (the classroom off of the LC).  Please encourage your son/daughter to participate if they require some support.

Secure Your Meds campaign - Ottawa Public Heath
Whether toddler or teen, Ottawa children are being harmed by medications they find in their own homes. Prescription-style opioids are misused more than most illegal drugs in Ottawa. They were involved in about 45% of drug overdose deaths between 2009 and 2011. Ottawa Public Health and the Ottawa Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force’s (OPRTF) have established the Secure Your MEDs” campaign, targeting parents, to reach and inform our community about this risk.
The key messages of this campaign are:
  • 13% of Ottawa teens used prescription drugs that weren't prescribed for them and two-thirds got the drug from a parent, sibling or someone else they live with.
  • Return unused or expired medications to a pharmacy participating in the Ontario Medication Return Program.  
  • If you need to have medications in your home, lock them up and check regularly to watch for missing medication.
We are encouraging families to visit:, which includes health promotion and overdose prevention information, as well as a listing of participating pharmacies accepting drug drop-offs.  

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
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:
June 9th: PD day

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