Sunday, 14 October 2018

All Saints Blog Week of October 15th, 2018

Grade 9-12 Letters of Progress and Parent-Teacher interviews
Letters of concern for students in grades 9-12 were sent out as part of a message this past Friday from school. All Saints wishes to remind parents of high school students (grades 9-12) that parent/teacher interviews will be held on Thursday, October 18th. There will be an early dismissal at 1:30 pm that day for all students in grades 7-12. The scheduled times for interviews are from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and again from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. We will also have a special “optional” session for parents of students in grade 10, providing information on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. Test structure, strategies for preparation and other information will be highlighted in the meeting from 6:30 to 7:00 pm in room 158.
Booking interviews for October 18th will be done online through the You Can Book Me program. The link can be accessed through our website as of Monday. Parents/guardians are reminded that if they are unable to schedule an interview with a particular teacher, they are welcome to contact the teacher at the school to have a telephone discussion.
Please note interviews are 10 minutes in length and parents are asked to request a maximum of one interview slot per teacher. 7&8 Report card distribution will take place on November 1st, and parent teacher interviews with grade 7&8 teachers will be on November 7th.


Youthnet Presentations

All grade 7&8 classes have been participating in Youthnet presentations at All Saints.  These mental health sessions include information regarding the importance of balanced mental health and effective coping strategies for distress while speaking about the role of peer influence.  Additional information can be found at their website: www.ynra.ca


Ottawa Public Health Presentation: The legalization of Cannabis
As you may know, cannabis will be legal in Canada as of October 17th, 2018. Join Ottawa Public Health, all four school boards and our community partners at one of our parent information nights to learn more about cannabis, the new legislation, how to talk to youth as well as available resources and services.
Please see available dates and locations outlined on our website.





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

Come out and join us for a fun night of learning all about School Council. Hear from OCSB staff, mingle and share successes, concerns and tips with fellow School Councils, and so much more.
Tuesday October 30, 2018
7:00 - 9:00pm
Lester B Pearson High School
2072 Jasmine Crescent
Gloucester K1J 8M5
Click on the following link for additional information

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:
October 22nd - School Council meeting (7:00pm)

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

All Saints Blog - Reminder about Pickup/Drop off Expectations

Student Pick-up and Drop Off at All Saints High School
The driveway directly in front of All Saints is used for special transportation to pick up and drop off some of our higher needs students at All Saints School. It is also considered a Fire Route by Ottawa By-Law. We made a change last year to address the issue of congestion in that area during peak periods in the morning, and at the end of the day. We are again reminding parents and guardians to make some accommodations to allow our students who need to board or depart transportation in this area to have the space to do so. We are asking our community to drop off students in our larger parking area to the east of the school. This expectation would be in place from 8:00 to 8:30am in the morning, and from 2:15 to 2:45pm in the afternoon. Ottawa Police have suggested that parents NOT use Kanata Avenue for drop offs or pick ups. Your assistance with this expectation will make the area directly in front of the school less congested and safer for our students. If you have any questions, please contact the school. We thank you for your cooperation with this change.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

All Saints Blog Week of October 9th, 2018

All Saints 2018-2019 School Council

Thank you to all of our parent community who came out to join us at our first School Council meeting this past week. We held elections, and I am happy to introduce our new council for the 2018-2019 school year:

All Saints School Council
Michelle Taylor acclaimed as chair elect
Cindy Lee acclaimed as vice chair
Cathy Deogrades acclaimed as secretary and communications rep
Trudy Rink acclaimed as treasurer
Liana Gallant acclaimed as CSPA rep
Laurie Chatigny acclaimed as community rep

Returning Parent Reps
Cathy Motz
Jen Dowd
Joanne Ness
Cheryl Marron
Rachelle Brewer
Sarah Hobbins
Michele D’Addona


New Parent Reps
Sue Keats
Tanya Ramsamy
Lisa Woodtke
Flavio Mior




There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions. You can visit the website here.
Come out and join us for a fun night of learning all about School Council. Hear from OCSB staff, mingle and share successes, concerns and tips with fellow School Councils, and so much more.

Tuesday October 30, 2018
7:00 - 9:00pm
Lester B Pearson High School
2072 Jasmine Crescent Gloucester K1J 8M5
Click on the following link for additional information


Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:
October 18th - 9-12 parent/teacher interviews

Sunday, 30 September 2018

All Saints Blog Week of October 1st, 2018

Weather Disaster Relief for our Families
Thank you for all the calls offering support to our Family of Schools families that have been affected by our recent weather event. Our school guidance department, chaplaincy leader and administration have been communicating with all of the affected students and parents to determine immediate and long term support. While there are a number of agencies collecting for support, St. Isidore’s parish has established an aid effort called Tornado: Families Helping Families Fund and All Saints has coordinated with our elementary schools to focus on this effort for support. I would encourage you to direct any offers of assistance to this charity. Additional information can be found at this link.

School Council Meeting
The All Saints School Council meeting originally scheduled for September 24th was postponed because of school closures that day. We will be having the council meeting this Monday, October 1st at 7:00 in our learning commons.
Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day 
Image result for police hatFlags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province were flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 30, 2018 in observance of Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day. We salute these first responders in our community



Christian Community Day
Image result for spiritual theme ocsbThis Friday, October 5th, the entire staff at the Ottawa Catholic School Board comes together to celebrate Christian Community Day. This is an opportunity to set academic and spiritual direction for the school year. Friday is a Professional Development day in all OCSB schools.

Math Homework Help
Image result for math equation notebookHomework Help is a valuable math resource for students in grades 7 to 10, as it allows them to access live, anonymous tutor chat sessions with certified Ontario teachers. In these sessions, the tutors will guide students to solve math questions after school hours. The live Homework Help chat room service is available for students from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM Sundays to Thursdays.
https://homeworkhelp.ilc.org/about/index.php


Sacrament of Confirmation @ St. Isidore’s Parish
In the Archdiocese of Ottawa, children in grade six or higher may receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation is the final step in the initiation process of the Church which began with Baptism and the Eucharist. In Confirmation we are strengthened with the gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to live out our baptismal call.
If your child is 12 or older and you wish to make this journey with your child to Confirmation this year, please join us: Wednesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the parish hall.
Father Matthew J. Keshwah, Pastor




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

Anxiety in School-Aged Children - Wed. Oct. 10, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Jean Clinton
St. Paul High School: 2675 Draper Avenue
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Both parents and teachers are expressing increased concern about the number of children exhibiting anxiety. This talk will explore what some of the causes may be and some strategies for helping.
Register Now: bit.ly/CSPAanxiety2018
Link to information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yfj9MQ7Rq-oG1_csZtTE3NfkXsX3msro/view


Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!
The OCSB 2018 - 2019 School Year Calendar has been approved by the Ministry of Education! Mark your calendars now with all the important dates for next year.


Coming Up:
October 2nd - Terry Fox Run for 7&8 students
October 5th - PD day - Christian Community Day for Staff
October 8th - PD day - Thanksgiving

Monday, 24 September 2018

Regular Schedule Tomorrow @ All Saints
All Ottawa Catholic School Board schools will be open Tuesday Sept 25. This includes before and after school care programs, child care centres, school extracurricular activities, and the use of schools by the community.  Transportation:  Yellow busses and small vehicle transportation to schools will be running.  For the most up to date information on any changes or delays to bus transportation in your area, go to ottawaschoolbus.ca   Safety first:  Due to delays and anticipated disruptions to service in certain areas, students should not be left unaccompanied during pick up or drop off at any bus stop until the school transportation vehicle has arrived.  Caution should be exercised for all students who walk to school.
We thank our community for its patience and ask for continued prayers for those in affected communities. For information about speaking to students about severe natural disasters, please access the following document: ocsb.ca/wellness

Sunday, 23 September 2018

All Saints Blog Week of September 24th, 2018

All Saints Meet the Staff Evening


Thank you to all of our parent/guardian community for participating in our Meet the Staff evening last Thursday.  The session gave us an opportunity to share our direction for the year, introduce some of our staff, and provide classroom information going forward.  Our sessions for parents of grade 12 students put on by our student services department and 7&8 students supported by resource were well attended, and provided information and timelines regarding students in these grades.  Thank you to our Show Choir staff supervisors for organizing our BBQ, and some of our students and Ms. MacConnell for the bake sale.

Our student services department would be happy to further discuss any of the student support options that we reviewed with parents at our evening.  Please contact the school for further information.

Lead testing in water across the Ottawa Catholic School Board
Since 2007, the Ontario government has been requiring child care centres and schools to flush the plumbing in their facilities and test drinking water for lead. New amendments to Ontario regulation 243/07 took effect July 1, 2017 that require lead testing within these facilities for all designated fixtures used to provide drinking water and/or prepare food or drink for children under 18.  The water at All Saints has been tested with no concern to the public. Please see additional information in the following letter.

Student Fee
At All Saints High School, we collect a student fee to augment some of the program, club and activity costs that support student involvement outside of the classroom. Our School Council manages a portion of this fee, and last year they were able to support school greening and recycling, drama activities, professional learning opportunities for staff, student leadership initiatives and many others. Our Student Council has been involved with suggestions for areas of spending, and this year, a portion will support student-led learning in the classroom. In addition, the school uses the funds for 
  • school clubs
  • school teams
  • Academic and Athletic Awards
  • Leadership Camp
  • social justice initiatives
  • guest speakers and school-wide presentations

Grants - Awards - Contests

Skills Canada is recognizing Canada’s Top Trade and/or Technology Teachers - Grade 9/10 and 11/12.  Students can nominate their technology program teachers (national awards -$1000 cash prize for school).  Deadline - October 5th.https://t.co/nwQ1MeFzEZ  





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

Anxiety in School-Aged Children - Wed. Oct. 10, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Jean Clinton
St. Paul High School: 2675 Draper Avenue
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Both parents and teachers are expressing increased concern about the number of children exhibiting anxiety. This talk will explore what some of the causes may be and some strategies for helping.
Register Now: bit.ly/CSPAanxiety2018

Link to information:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yfj9MQ7Rq-oG1_csZtTE3NfkXsX3msro/view

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

The OCSB 2018 - 2019 School Year Calendar has been approved by the Ministry of Education! Mark your calendars now with all the important dates for next year.

Coming Up:
September 24th - School Council Meeting
October 2nd - Terry Fox Run for 7&8 Students
October 5th - PD day - Christian Community Day for staff

Sunday, 16 September 2018

All Saints Blog Week of September 17th, 2018

Grade 9 Orientation: Our Amazing Race

Our grade 9 students were involved in an All Saints tradition this past week, participating in The Amazing Race activity. This provided students an opportunity to explore important skills such as teamwork, resiliency and participation as they participated in a number of activities. Staff also went over some important points regarding what students would need to know to be successful throughout the year. We also encouraged students to bring a strong level of enthusiasm to their classroom work and the clubs, sports and activities they will involve themselves with this year. Thanks to the many staff who participated in this activity, and a special thank you to Ms. Hay for her organization.

Celebrating “7’s”
In addition to our grade 9 orientation last week, Friday saw a celebration of our youngest students in our All Saints family - our grade 7’s. Our day began with a presentation by our school resource officer Constable Lee on appropriate use of the internet and social communication. This served as a great connection to the work students are completing in Religion class around “Samaritans on the Digital Road”. The afternoon provided us with a chance to build community and enthusiasm among our grade 7 homerooms. Teachers lead spirit activities with their classes, performing some singing and dance moves. Former CFL player and journalist Ken Evraire spoke to our 7’s about good choices and “being in the right place at the right time”. We appreciate the contributions of our entire grade 7 staff with a special thank you to our organizers, MC’s for our “concert”, and Ms. Abrams for providing a sweet “cupcake” finish to the day. A great start to the year 7’s!

Meet the Staff Evening
Our Meet the Staff Open House will be held on Thursday afternoon (September 20th) from 4:30 to 6:30. We invite all parents/guardians within our All Saints Community to join us for information about the school, and to introduce yourself to your son/daughter’s teachers, educational assistants, administrators and guidance counsellors. Please review the following schedule:
4:30 to 5:15 - BBQ fundraiser for our Show Choir group ($5 combos)
4:30 to 5:00 - the 7/8 resource team would like to invite any family of students with IEP's to a presentation about the resource model at All Saints. This will take place in the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor.
5:20 to 5:45 - Address (school administration, School Council Chair, Student Services)
5:45 to 6:30 - grade 7&8 teachers remain in cafeteria, 9-12 staff in the wood floor gym (arranged alphabetically by last name - please bring your son/daughter’s schedule or teacher information)
6:00 - 6:30 - Graduation information (meeting in our learning commons): student services personnel will focus on graduation requirements, post secondary options, scholarships and awards, important dates and communication strategies.
We will also have representatives from Staples on hand to discuss family technology purchasing options.
A representative from St. John’s Music will be available to discuss rental options for music/band students.

Please understand that the Meet the Staff evening organization does not allow for specific discussions with teachers regarding individual student needs. Do know that you can contact a staff member at the school at any point if you require a lengthier discussion.


Spirit Week
Our students will be celebrating their first spirit week from Sept. 17th to 21st. We have some theme days coming up, and our student council has some activities planned for lunch hours. We encourage all of our students to participate!
Monday - Hat Day
Tuesday - Twin Day
Wednesday - Western Day
Thursday - Grade Colour Day
Friday - Rocker vs. Rapper

Carp Fair this Weekend
We recognize that the Carp fair is being celebrated this weekend. Friday, September 21st remains a regular school day at All Saints and we would ask parents/guardians to please notify the school if their son or daughter is to be away. In addition, Ottawa Public Health has asked area schools to share the following information:

Hello parents, As you may know, later this week is the Carp Fair. Many of our students attend this fair with friends and/or family. While this fair brings our community together in a fun atmosphere, it can also present safety concerns. We encourage all parents to have a discussion with their teens about risk taking behaviours whether that pertains to their child or a friend. Open dialogue is key to discuss potential situations involving: drug and alcohol use, consent and even how to ensure safety among friends.

For more ideas and information on talking to your teen, please visit
www.parentinginottawa.ca.
Please also encourage your teen to check out
www.thelinkottawa.ca/partysafe.
Be safe and have fun!


Social Insurance Number application session
On Thursday September 27th, a client representative from Service Canada will be at All Saints to register students who do not yet have a Social Insurance Number. In order to attend the 'SIN clinic' students must sign up in student services before September 26th. Appointment slips with the time slot will be provided to the the students on the morning of September 27th. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Muldoon in the co-op office.

Student Fee
At All Saints High School, we collect a student fee to augment some of the program, club and activity costs that support student involvement outside of the classroom. Our School Council manages a portion of this fee, and last year they were able to support school greening and recycling, drama activities, professional learning opportunities for staff, student leadership initiatives and many others. Our Student Council has been involved with suggestions for areas of spending, and this year, a portion will support student-led learning in the classroom. In addition, the school uses the funds for
  • school clubs
  • school teams
  • Academic and Athletic Awards
  • Leadership Camp
  • social justice initiatives
  • guest speakers and school-wide presentations

All Saints Catholic School Council

The first general meeting of the All Saints School Council will take place on Monday, September 24th at 7:00pm in the school learning commons (library). We hope to see many new parents at our meeting at the end of the month. If you are interested in running for a position on the council, you may review the information required in the following forms and send the information required in an email to All Saints High School (AllSaints.High@ocsb.ca)

School Council Parent Nomination Form
School Council Parent Self-Nomination Form



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

Anxiety in School-Aged Children - Wed. Oct. 10, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Jean Clinton
St. Paul High School: 2675 Draper Avenue
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Both parents and teachers are expressing increased concern about the number of children exhibiting anxiety. This talk will explore what some of the causes may be and some strategies for helping.
Register Now: bit.ly/CSPAanxiety2018

Link to information:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yfj9MQ7Rq-oG1_csZtTE3NfkXsX3msro/view

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

The OCSB 2018 - 2019 School Year Calendar has been approved by the Ministry of Education! Mark your calendars now with all the important dates for next year.

Coming Up:
September 24th - School Council Meeting

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

All Saints Blog Week of September 4th, 2018

Purchasing Options for Student Technology
As we continue the implementation of Deep Learning across the Board, and increasingly seek out opportunities to leverage digital to support learning, access to enough devices in each classroom is sometimes an issue. Our Board has been investing in technology for many years and will continue to do so, but the demand is rapidly increasing as students are starting to do more and more of their schoolwork online using the collaborative tools available.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a strategy that has been successfully implemented in many of our schools to help support student access to technology. Many families are seeking advice as they consider purchasing a device for their child to use both at home and at school over the next few years. As a result, we have been working with Staples Canada to provide OCSB families with access to an online portal  where they can find information and pricing on a few models of Chromebooks that have been specifically recommended by our Learning Technologies Department.  These recommended devices are the same durable machines we are using in classrooms, with full keyboards, cameras and touchscreens that also flip over to act as a tablet and were not previously available from Staples.

Please see the parent letter outlining the program here.

All Saints Community Expectations
As part of our orientation activities over the first few days of school, we meet with individual grades and classes to go over our school philosophy, board theme, basic procedures and other community expectations. These expectations are available on our school website at sites.google.com/a/ocsb.ca/ash/; click on the “our school” tab and scroll down to the links on the bottom left hand side. These meetings with students at the beginning of the year allows us to answer any questions they might have about the expectations.


New Twitter Handle!
To create some consistency across the board, we have changed our Twitter handle from @allsaintschs to @AllSaintsOCSB. Please follow us to see what is happening at the school!

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Back to School Blog - Week of August 27th



I  would personally like to welcome back our entire All Saints School Community to the 2018-2019 school year. There have been a number of new staff who have joined our ranks, and you are welcome to meet them at our “Meet the Staff” evening on September 20th, from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Our Office Administrators and Custodians have been working through the summer to ensure we are ready for our start. We thank them for their efforts in preparing our environment. We have been focusing on elements of our school improvement plan and the initiatives we would like to bring to our students and school community this year. Our Board theme this year, Seek Justice, Love Kindness and Mercy, Walk humbly with God, will provide us with a challenge over the next three years  
to explore our growth in faith in three distinct ways:

YEAR ONE (2018-19): SEEK JUSTICE. How do we live our faith in action? Do we appreciate Catholic Social Teachings and the Social Doctrine of our faith?

YEAR TWO (2019-20): LOVE KINDNESS AND MERCY. How do we live our faith in our relationship with others?

YEAR THREE (2020-21): WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD. We are called to live an authentic faith, close to our God in lifelong discovery leading to transformation.

I am looking forward to sharing my own goals in person with you, however, I will let our students know that I am focusing on the following areas this year:
  1. Facilitating innovative student and staff learning and opportunity.
  2. Participating in staff/student faith development, wellness and safety initiatives.
  3. Networking with other educators and share our All Saints learning approaches
During our grade level assemblies and classroom visits scheduled for the first couple of weeks of school, our school administration team and student services personnel will review common expectations and provide direction for support if students need assistance. I wish all of our students, staff, parents and guardians a great school year!

The Ministry of Education has committed to comprehensive public consultation to inform changes to a variety of education topics including: mathematics, Health and Physical Education, EQAO, Parent Bill of Rights, and the grades 1-8 health and physical education curriculum. Parents have likely heard the discussion of the review of the sexual education component of this curriculum. The Ministry has released a 2018 Health and Physical Education Interim edition curriculum based on the revised 2010 curriculum.

However, Catholic Boards will continue to use the ICE (Institute for Catholic Education) program “Fully Alive” to teach areas of personal relationships for our Gr. 1 - 8 students. At All Saints, our 7&8 religion teachers have been teaching the areas related to human sexuality within the family life curriculum. As noted by the Ontario Catholic School Trustee Association, “Through use of the Fully Alive program materials, Catholic teachers will continue to present the issue of human sexuality within the fullness of a faith-based family life curriculum that teaches the content of our faith, the value of persons, human relationships, commitment, and social responsibility. As has been our tradition in Catholic education, the safety and well-being of students remains our priority and is reflected in the curriculum we deliver in our classrooms.”

First Day of School Procedures

Grade 7 students will go to the Cafetorium and their teacher will call their names and bring the class to their room. Grade 8 students will go down towards the 7/8 wing on the first floor and their names and homerooms will be posted on the wall on the right side of the hall just before entering the 7/8 wing. Student peer helpers will be on hand to help direct students.  Grade 9 & 10 students will check the lists posted in the atrium for the room number of their homeroom. They will go to their homeroom where they will receive their schedule.  Grade 11 students will check the lists posted on the windows in the hall on the second floor (front and back of school) for the room number of their homeroom. They will go to their homeroom where they will receive their schedule.

Grade 12 students will check the lists posted on the windows in the hall on the third floor (front and back of school) for the room number of their homeroom. They will go to their homeroom where they will receive their schedule.

Peer Helpers will be on hand to help students find their homerooms.  A verification sheet, including home contact information, will be sent home with each student on Tuesday - it needs to be carefully checked over and signed by parents and returned on Wednesday.

If your child has asthma please note the Ministry requires you to complete a medical form for your child. You can find the form on our School Website.

Parents are asked to create an online payment account for each of their children at All Saints. The option to use credit cards is now available at https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com/ You will get a receipt for all payments made. The student fee ($30 per student with a maximum of $60 per family) is due as soon as possible this week and may be paid online. If you have two or more students you just choose one child at a time and choose the option for (first, second, third…) child.

Students eligible for Presto cards can pick these up at the school on Wednesday.  Those who do not pick them up prior to school starting will be called to the office, however, will need to make their own way to school on Tuesday.

Information regarding Technology use from Our Board
At the Ottawa Catholic School Board, we believe that it is our shared responsibility as educators and parents/guardians to ensure that students are equipped to behave as responsible Digital Citizens in an increasingly complex digital world. It is likely that starting in their elementary years, many children have already gained access to the internet, perhaps even outside of the home or the classroom, in an unsupervised environment, such as through a friend’s phone.

Staff at OCSB work diligently with students each year to ensure that they are using digital tools in appropriate, productive and responsible ways to support their learning. Our Board has developed a series of age-appropriate lessons for each grade level from Kindergarten to Grade 12 through the Samaritans on the Digital Road program. This curriculum is designed to develop students’ understanding that their citizenship and efforts to live gospel values extends to their presence in the digital world.

Please take the time to visit the Samaritans on the Digital Road website at samaritans.ocsb.ca where you can find the curriculum as well as additional resources for parents/guardians to support their journey along the “Digital Road.” Look for an Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement to be sent home before the end of September. Please review it carefully with your son/daughter before signing it and returning it to school.

School Messenger App
We recently informed our school community that our school would soon begin using the SchoolMessenger communication platform. The advantage of SchoolMessenger over our current platform is that SchoolMessenger allows parents to select their contact preferences (contact by phone, email, or both) for each of the following different types of messages: Emergency messages, Attendance messages, General messages, Teacher to Parent messages, and School to Student messages.

There is also a free SchoolMessenger App available for both iOS and Android based phones which enables you to receive notifications of school messages as well as set your contact preferences for each kind of message.

What parents need to do:

Please click the following link and follow the instructions in the School Messenger Parent Account User Guide to create your parent account and choose your contact preferences (contact by phone, email, or both) for each message type. This link can also be accessed by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser: http://bit.ly/smParentGuide

The School Messenger Parent FAQ provides more information about School Messenger. This link can also be accessed by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser: http://bit.ly/smParentFAQ

Volunteers in Schools
Beginning September 2018, the majority of volunteers working with students in the OCSB must complete a vulnerable sector check (VSC). Here is a link to the revised OCSB criminal record check policy for more information. Applying online is simple and free, with a letter from the school. This does not include same day service. Please speak with your Principal if you need further information.

Student Fee
At All Saints High School, we collect a student fee to augment some of the program, club and activity costs that support student involvement outside of the classroom. Our School Council manages a portion of this fee, and last year they were able to support school greening and recycling, drama activities, professional learning opportunities for staff, student leadership initiatives and many others. Our Student Council has been involved with suggestions for areas of spending, and this year, a portion will support student-led learning in the classroom. In addition, the school uses the funds for
  • school clubs
  • school teams
  • Academic and Athletic Awards
  • Leadership Camp
  • social justice initiatives
  • guest speakers and school-wide presentations

Student Class Organization
The student services departments as well as school administrations at both All Saints and our Elementary schools begin the discussion around student organizing in classes beginning in May of the previous school year. Many factors are taken into account, including French programming and blending classes, specific student needs, gender balance, etcetera. Considerable time and valued teacher input have been invested in developing grade 7 and 8 class lists for the 2018-2019 school. We ask that you please respect this planning process. Student homerooms will not be changed to accommodate friend requests.

School Photo Day
Friday, September 7th is our school photo day. Information for ordering pictures will come home ahead of this date. Students are reminded that even if you aren’t ordering pictures, your photo is required for student identification as well as our yearbook. Edge Imaging provides a variety of photo options to capture your child's true personality, preserving all their school day memories. Photo day flyers will be sent home with students this week. Please return the order form and payment to the school on or before photo day. As these student pictures are used for our student identification program for safety considerations, we ask students not to contribute props or other extravagant dress during their sitting time. Students will have an opportunity for “fun” pictures as part of our yearbook creation. For more information on photo day, please visit www.edgeimaging.ca for answers to frequently asked questions.

All Saints Catholic School Council
The first general meeting of the All Saints School Council will take place on Monday, September 24th at 7:00pm in the school learning commons (library). We hope to see many new parents at our meeting at the end of the month. If you are interested in running for a position on the council, you may review the information required in the following forms and send the information required in an email to All Saints High School (AllSaints.High@ocsb.ca)

School Council Parent Nomination FormSchool Council Parent Self-Nomination Form

School Transportation
Student transportation information is now available on the OSTA Parent Web Portal https://ostabusplanner.ottawaschoolbus.ca/StudentLogin.aspx Please re-verify transportation information the week prior to school start-up as stop timings may have changed.

Transportation for students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes
OSTA has developed a new policy & procedure to deliver transportation services to students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes. An application process and other requirements need to be met for parents to receive this service, and the homes in question must meet all other eligibility requirements. The deadline for new applications or changes to existing applications for September start up transportation was June 1. All other applications will be reviewed after September 15, and prior to October 1. More information can be found on our website:
http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies-procedures/variable-transportation-for-students-in-a-joint-custody-arrangement-and-having-two-homes-copy/

Applications for Seat Availability
Students who had been approved to access service under the Seat Availability provision for 2017-18 will need to re-apply for service for the 2018-19 school year. The “Application for Access to Empty Seats on School Bus Vehicles” form is available on the OSTA website at http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies-procedures/empty-seat-seat-availability-provision-2/ and should be sent to OSTA directly. All applications will be reviewed and seats assigned after October 1. We ask that parents and school staff NOT put students on the bus prior to assignment to a bus route, for the students’ own safety.

Changes to Cannabis Legislation and Schools
Cannabis (marijuana) is a drug that comes from a flowering hemp plant. It is used for both its psychotropic and therapeutic effects. Cannabis contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidol). THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. CBD is not psychoactive and is believed to have medical benefits, such as inflammation and pain control.

There are health risks to anyone who uses cannabis heavily and/or regularly. These risks increase for people under 25, because their brains are still developing, and include: problems with memory, coordination, learning, impulse control. Cannabis use can increase anxiety and depression, and can increase the likelihood of developing schizophrenia. This is more likely for people who have a family history of this condition.

Following the legalization of Cannabis use this fall for those 19 years of age and older, public consumption of cannabis will not be allowed. The smoking of cannabis falls under the Smoke Free Ontario Act. That is, by law, one cannot smoke or hold lighted tobacco in any enclosed workplace, any enclosed public places and specifically designated outdoor places (eg. school grounds, area around daycare centres) in Ontario. The same applies to cannabis. The smoking of recreational cannabis will only be allowed in private residences. Vaping and smoking of medical cannabis is prohibited on school property. Possession, use of, and being under the influence of non-medical cannabis will remain prohibited in schools.

Additional information can be found at the following sites:

Cannabis: What parents/guardians and caregivers need to know

https://smh-assist.ca/wp-content/uploads/WEB-Cannabis-Information-Document-SMHA-CAMH-ENGLISH.pdf

Cannabis - Ottawa Public Health
http://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/cannabis-marijuana.aspx
http://www.parentinginottawa.ca/en/youth/cannabis-and-marijuana.aspx

Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH)
https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-illness-and-addiction-index/substance-use/cannabis-marijuana-hashish

Article from American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org/monitor/2015/11/marijuana-brain.aspx

40 hours of Community Service
Since 1999, the Ministry of Education has required all students to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) (As stated in Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirements, 1999).

The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities. The Ottawa Catholic School Board has always encouraged this community service to take place in the Parish, School, or wider community. There is a list on the back of the Community Service form that all students complete that highlights many of the eligible activities that students may complete to fulfill this graduation requirement.

When the expectation around community service was introduced by the Ministry of Education, they developed a list of activities that may not be chosen as community involvement activities and that are therefore ineligible activities. Included as part of that list of those expectations outlined by the Ministry is an activity “that would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace”. As your son/daughter works toward this graduation activity, we would encourage them to review the list of accepted activities to ensure they are meeting the proper requirements. You will find a link (below) to the All Saints community service hours form, with a list of appropriate activities on page 2. Hard copies of this form are available in our student services department.

Community Service Hours Form - All Saints

CANImmunize App
Keep kids in school with the CANImmunize App - CANImmunize is a digital tool for Canadians that securely stores your vaccination records and helps you get vaccinated on time. Avoid school suspensions with vaccination reporting to Ottawa Public Health. Visit https://www.canimmunize.ca/en/home for more information.



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

Communications:
Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsCHS (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

The OCSB 2018 - 2019 School Year Calendar has been approved by the Ministry of Education! Mark your calendars now with all the important dates for next year.

Coming Up:
September 4th - First day of school

Sunday, 10 June 2018

All Saints Blog Week of June 11th, 2018

Welcoming Ottawa / Kanata North Picnic
All in Kanata North are welcome to attend Councillor Marianne Wilkinson’s Welcoming Ottawa Week – Kanata North in the Beaverpond on Thursday, June 21 from 4pm – 6pm (raindate on June 23 from 4pm – 6pm). It will feature an educational walk through the Beaver Pond led by the Junior Rangers, information stations for parents on important summer public health concerns (ticks, community policing and safety, and more), a speaker’s corner where subject matter experts can give a brief 5-minute speech on related nature topics, and a photographic scavenger hunt taking place.
We are still looking for volunteers! Please email amy.zhou@ottawa.ca for more information.

Kanata North Picnic - Join Councillor Wilkinson for a special Kanata North Picnic on Wednesday, July 18 from 4pm – 8pm at Sandwell Green Park. This annual picnic is filled with fun activities for the whole family, including a petting zoo, bouncies, free food, face painting, and more! Need more community service hours? We’re still looking for volunteers—fill out the volunteer form here.


New School Messenger App
We recently informed our school community that our school would soon begin using the SchoolMessenger communication platform. The advantage of SchoolMessenger over our current platform is that SchoolMessenger allows parents to select their contact preferences (contact by phone, email, or both) for each of the following different types of messages: Emergency messages, Attendance messages, General messages, Teacher to Parent messages, and School to Student messages.

There is also a free SchoolMessenger App available for both iOS and Android based phones which enables you to receive notifications of school messages as well as set your contact preferences for each kind of message.

What parents need to do:  Please click the following link and follow the instructions in the School Messenger Parent Account User Guide to create your parent account and choose your contact preferences (contact by phone, email, or both) for each message type. This link can also be accessed by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser: http://bit.ly/smParentGuide

The School Messenger Parent FAQ provides more information about School Messenger. This link can also be accessed by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser: http://bit.ly/smParentFAQ


Grade 12 Graduation Mass
This past Wednesday, we had the opportunity to come together as a Catholic School Community for our grade 12 Graduation Mass. The Mass was an opportunity to for our grade 12 students and their families to view their hard work and effort over the years from a spiritual point of view. We have been blessed by the efforts of our students who participated in the music and reading liturgy, as well as the organization by our Chaplaincy Leader Lyndsay Moore-Chung. We again are thankful for the participation of Fr. Daryold who has been extremely supportive of our Mass celebrations throughout the year. A special thank you to all of our parents and guardians who were able to join us!

Grade 12 Prom
Our grade 12 students and many staff celebrated “Prom” last Friday at the National Arts Centre. The evening was a huge success with a great deal of organizing on behalf of staff and our prom committee. The Arts Centre was a beautiful backdrop to the evening with an incredibly decorated hall and balcony with magnificent views of our Nation’s Capital. A special thank you to the staff who were able to join us for the event, as well as the hard work of Ms. Dos Santos and Ms. Venedam in creating a truly magical evening.



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

Communications:

Check out our blog – allsaintschs.blogspot.ca and our twitter @AllSaintsCHS (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:
June 14th - School Council staff breakfast
June 20th - start of 9-12 exams
June 21st - 7&8 school trip (Calypso)
June 25th - 7&8 student athletic awards
June 26th - 7&8 athletic awards
7&8 report card distribution
June 27th - last day of school
June 28th - grade 12 graduation
July 9th - 9-12 report card distribution