Sunday, 29 October 2017

All Saints Blog Week of October 30th, 2017

Career Week at All Saints
October 30th to November 3rd is career week at the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and All Saints is participating with activities all week long.  This includes Skills Ontario Presentations, student games during lunch hour related to work skills, and Take your kid to work day on November 1st.  All homerooms will then participate in a trivia game on Friday related to careers and skills information with the winning homeroom receiving a pizza lunch.

All Saints’ Feast Day
November 1st is All Saints’ Feast Day, and we will be observing this important day at our school with an opening day prayer and homeroom liturgy.  

Students as Researchers (STAR)
The Ministry of Education is hosting the Students as Researchers (StAR) initiative again this year.  This initiative is designed to teach students about conducting their own research on a topic that is of interest to them.  Our All Saints group led by Ms. Clancy attended a three day StAR training forum last week and will then work together on their research project throughout the school year.  In the spring, our team will have the opportunity to present their research at a board forum, and possibly at a provincial conference.  Thanks to our group for their participation.

English Language Learners - Saturday Support Club
Our School Board has established a Saturday Learning Club to provide teacher assistance and Saturday supports to English Language Learners and other students requiring assistance.  Some highlights of the program:
  • Every​ ​Saturday,​ ​students​ ​will​ ​receive​ ​teacher​ ​assistance.
  • Saturday​ ​supports​ ​will​ ​help​ ​students​ ​develop​ ​skills​ ​for​ ​improved​ ​literacy​ ​(oral
  • communication,​ ​reading​ ​and​ ​writing)​ ​and​ ​numeracy.
  • Students​ ​will​ ​have​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​collaborate,​ ​leverage​ ​technology,​ ​develop study​ ​habits,​ ​improve​ ​learning​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​to​ ​prepare​ ​for​ ​school​ ​day​ ​projects,​ ​tests, quizzes​ ​and​ ​culminating​ ​activities,​ ​etc.
  • Students​ ​will​ ​have​ ​access​ ​to​ ​technology.
  • FREE​ ​to​ ​all​ ​students.
Please see the following program description for additional information

Heritage Fair - Provincial Presentation
Over the last few years, our grade 8 students have been involved with the Heritage Fair initiative.  This is an opportunity for students to review a Canadian concept, personality or historical event and present the information to their peers.  Beyond our school involvement, some students have the opportunity to present at the provincial level.  Ruby, one of our students last year, had the opportunity to participate in June at the Toronto provincial fair.  I asked her to share her experience below:

This past June I was privileged enough to represent my school in the Ontario provincial heritage fair in Toronto. What started out as a school project grew into an incredible experience that I will never forget.  I made long lasting friendships, learnt more about the rich history of the beautiful country I live in, and developed research and creative skills through developing my project. The fair was full of vibrant and informative performances and workshops. From York University's archives, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and even just the beautiful architecture of Union train station, my trip was packed with sights to see and history to learn. The most notable part of the trip for me was the visit to Black Creek Pioneer Village, a living museum, in which I got to be fully immersed in the different aspects of the Canadian life at the time of confederation. I would like to thank everyone involved in making this extraordinary event possible as it was an exceptional opportunity that I am proud to have been a part of. The experience has encouraged and inspired in me a desire to continue discovering Canada’s past and will certainly influence my course choices as I continue my high school career.

Student Council Halloween Week Spirit Activities
Our student council has arranged a number of Halloween related activities and spirit days this coming week:
Monday October 30th: PJ Day
  • Everyone wears their PJs or comfy clothes
  • Activity at HS lunch we will have an obstacle course set up for the students to partake in.
Tuesday October 31th: HALLOWEEN/ Costume Day
  • Halloween Fashion Show - students are reminded to participate in culturally appropriate costumes that reflect our standing dress code (no masks)
Wednesday November 1st:  Western Day
  • Students will dress up in attire of the Wild West. Wearing plaid, cowboy hats, jeans etc
  • Activity at HS lunch Lip Sync Battle
Thursday November 2nd: Career Day
  • Students will dress up in the attire of the profession they wish to pursue after high school or the attire of a current part time job.
  • Activity at HS lunch: Career trivia will be a Kahoot. Kahoot is a trivia based game that all students can take part in by using their phones.
Friday November 3rd: Blackout Day
  • Students will wear strictly black clothing. This relates to the spooky theme of halloween week.
  • Activity at HS lunch  - Minute to win it. Selected students will participate in various different tasks
Sessions for Parents:

There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions.  You can visit the website here.

OSAP and Financial Planning for Parents
On November 8th, the Catholic School Council at Immaculata HS is hosting an OSAP and financial planning session for post secondary schooling with Algonquin College, a topic which no doubt would be of interest to many parents of secondary school students. Please see the attached flyer for additional information

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 2nd: 7&8 Report Card distribution
November 4th: All Saints Craft Fair (at the school)
November 9th: 7&8 Parent-teacher interviews

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