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
Please also encourage your teen to check out
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 (

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:

Link to information:

Check out our blog – and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website 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

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