Sunday, 21 January 2018

All Saints Blog Week of January 22nd, 2018

Course Selection Evening for Parents

Thank you to all of our parents and guardians who joined us at our Pathways course selection evening. We reviewed a great deal of information regarding our transitions from each year of high school and provided additional information regarding some of the specialty programs running at All Saints. Thank you to our student services staff and department heads who assisted with the presentations. A special thank you to the many partners, including universities and colleges who joined us for the evening. All of our presentations have been uploaded to the Student Services Website (the link is located on the right side of the “Our School” tab from the main website landing page). If you have any additional questions regarding student pathways or course selection, please contact our student services department at the school.

Student Exam Preparation - Information from Student Services

There are a number of sessions being offered for students to help with the preparation of exams at All Saints. Please check the following posting from student services for additional information.

Our School Board Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Paquette’s has prepared a blog article Fostering resilience to help prepare for tests and exams to assist with student preparation at this time of the year.

Exam Schedule - Inclement Weather
High School exams will be written on January 25th, 26th, 29th, and 30th. In the event of a day where student transportation is cancelled during the high school exam period, exam schedules at all schools for all students will be affected (not just for school bus riders).

In the event of a “snow day” where yellow school bus transportation is cancelled during the high school exam period, the missed exam will be written the following day. All other exams will be bumped by one day and the last exam, scheduled for Tuesday, January 30th will be written on Thursday, February 1st. During a snow day, the school will be open, but exams will not be written.

Wednesday, January 31st remains a PD day whether or not there is a snow day during exam week.
For example, if January 26th is a snow day and all school bus transportation for our board is cancelled, then:
All exams originally scheduled for January 26th will be written on January 29th.
All exams originally scheduled for January 29th will be written on January 30th.
All exams originally scheduled for January 30th will be written on February 1st.

January 31st remains a PD Day.

Additional exam expectations for students

Grade 8 Math Evaluation
On January 25, 2018, during periods 1 & 2, all grade 8 students will be writing a math evaluation. The data from this evaluation provides valuable insight into student achievement of curriculum expectations. It also informs teachers’ recommendations for the placement of students in grade nine math courses. Students will be provided with math review packages and will have three classes prior to the evaluation (on January 22-24) for in-class review.

Ontario Teachers’ Insurance Plan (OTIP) Teaching awards
The OTIP Teaching Awards recognize and celebrate teachers who make a difference… teachers who light a spark in students, inspire their colleagues and give parents confidence. Our winners are hosted at a fall awards ceremony in Toronto where they are presented with a personal award of $1,000 and a Certificate of Recognition. Their schools also receive a $1,000 prize and a Certificate of Recognition. The deadline for nominations is March 31st. Check out the website for further information:

Social & Emotional Learning/Mental Health: Let’s talk about Mental Health. Did you know that 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence? January 31st is Bell Let’s Talk Day, when Bell will donate 5 cents towards mental health initiatives in Canada for every applicable text, call, tweet, or use of their Facebook frames. Mental health affects us all - let’s do our part and join the conversation.

Explore is a five-week intensive French-immersion bursary program that is offered during the spring or summer for people with any skill level in French. Explore participants are awarded a $2,200 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the course, instructional materials, meals, and accommodation. You will discover another region of Canada while learning French in classes adapted to your language level. Through classroom instructions, workshops, sociocultural activities, and field trips, you will not only improve your language skills, but discover the culture of a new region as well, all while exploring, meeting new people from across the country, and exchanging ideas in a stimulating environment perfect for learning the French language. Experience something new and discover your country and your strengths through Explore!

More information at:

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

The Ottawa Catholic School Board warmly invites community families and friends to a Circle of Learning. Come learn about the Indigenous programs and supports being offered in our schools.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Immaculata High School - 140 Main Street
We invite you to join us for a Feast from 6:00 - 6:30 PM (Three Sisters Soup, Bannock, Dessert Squares, etc)

Presentation: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
FREE babysitting for preregistered children.
OCSB has partnered with COPA to bring valuable resources into our schools that will support safe and inclusive learning environments. Learn more about COPA and the "A Circle of Caring" project and how it can support parents and families.

Families will be provided with free takeaway materials. Register:

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:
January 22nd (7:00pm): School Council meeting
January 25th to 30th: High School Exams
January 31st: Professional Development Day

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