Sunday, 8 April 2018

All Saints Blog Week of April 9th, 2018

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
Grade 10 students will be writing the online OSSLT literacy test this Tuesday, April 10th. All Saints staff have been working on preparation activities for several weeks. Parents are encouraged to review the information on the Ministry website with their students ahead of the test.
Board Tipi at All Saints
From April 3rd to the 13th, All Saints has been privileged to be able to host our Board’s Tipi in our atrium area. The tipi symbolizes and celebrates all First Nations of Canada. It is set up in the spirit of friendship and ongoing reconciliation. It represents the ongoing process of healing and the restoration of respectful and honourable relationships between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of this land.

During the period that the tipi is at our school, individual students, staff and classes have been invited to enter it at any time the door is open. It will also be open during high school lunch and will be supervised by Sonja Koostachin, a First Nations student. Inside the tipi is an exhibition of art and text created by Mr. Mastersmith’s grade nine Art students that explains the significance of the tipi and provides insight into the history and culture of the tribes of the plains. Ms. Beaupre and Ms. Gloade's classes have collaborated to create a website that also provides information regarding the significance of this symbol. ( ). There will be an exhibition of traditional and contemporary First Nations dance next Thursday, April 12th, in the afternoon to close the tipi exhibition.

Some considerations regarding this cultural symbol :

  • Not all First Nations lived in teepees, only the tribes of the plains.
  • The traditional Algonquin people of this region lived in wigwams that were stick and birch bark covered dwellings.
  • Teepees were portable homes that could be easily moved to follow the migration of the buffalo across the prairies.
  • Traditional teepees were covered with buffalo hides. The poles used to support the structure were precious due to the lack of trees on the plains.
  • The floor of the teepee would be also covered with skins and there would be a fire in the center for warmth and cooking. The smoke would vent from a hole at the top of the teepee.
  • The door typically faced east to honour the rising sun and block harsh winds from the north.
  • On our medicine wheel carpet inside the tipi, are marked the four sacred directions ( Yellow - East, Black - West, Red- South and White- North). Each colour also represents a season and stage of life. On top of the coloured sections are the four sacred Medicines.

Richcraft Kanata Race Day 2018

Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Richcraft Kanata Race Day 2018. This year Race Day will be held on Sunday June 10, 2018. This race features a 10K, 5K, 1K and 200m Tot Trot. Both the 10 and 5K are timed races and the cost for students is $20. All proceeds support the enhancement of the Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata and its programming. While the RRCK is fully built and operating, we are still in need of fund raising dollars to meet our financial commitments to this facility. Also, programming in the wooded March Highlands surrounding the facility is offered through a unique Junior Ranger program initiated by Councillor Marianne Wilkinson.
For more information about please visit the following link.

Screenagers Movie - Presented by All Saints School Council

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
Our All Saints School Council has sponsored a screening of “Screenagers” to take place on May 9th at the school. There is no cost to this event, and further information regarding the showtime will be provided shortly. We invite parents and students to join us for this great opportunity!

Post Secondary in a New Age
What are the opportunities for your child after grade 12? It's never too early to get informed. University and College are both great options. College has CHANGED; now offering Certificate programs, Degree programs, and Collaborative Degrees in partnership with various universities.

Come take a NEW LOOK at the opportunities! We'll share strategies to make it more affordable and engaging.
Mon. April 16 at All Saints High School, 5115 Kanata Ave, 6 - 7 PM
Register now:

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:
April 16th - School Council meeting

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