Saturday, 17 November 2018

All Saints Blog Week of November 19th, 2018

Tornado Relief - Youth Action at City Hall On Tuesday, November 13th, Mme MacKinnon along with five grade 10 students representing three Civics classes attended the Youth Action Showcase at City Hall to raise awareness and provide relief for the victims of the recent tornadoes in the Ottawa region. The showcase was attended by mayor Jim Watson, municipal counsellors, business and community leaders as well as other civically-minded young people. The students from All Saints who participated in the showcase and spoke passionately about the ASH Tornado Relief initiative were from L to R: Kayleigh Coady, Ruby Reid, Megan Pattison, Owen Doherty, and Desmond Clark.

Ottawa Public Health addresses Smoking and Vaping
Every day tobacco kills more Ontarians than alcohol, illicit substances, accidents, suicide and homicides combined. People who use tobacco are more likely to go to the hospital and stay longer. They are also likely to die younger. Tobacco products contain nicotine, which is a substance that makes them highly addictive. Evidence shows that almost 90 per cent of adults who ever smoked daily (aged 30–39) reported trying their first cigarette by the time they were 18 years old — and nearly two-thirds of them began smoking daily by this age.

Starting October 17, 2018, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA) will prohibit smoking, vaping (electronic cigarettes), and smoking cannabis on school property and school parking lots, including within 20m from the perimeter of school property.

Tobacco Enforcement Officers (TEOs), appointed by the Minister of Health, enforce the SFOA. TEOs can issue, at their discretion, provincial offences notices to anyone for smoking and vaping on school property and within 20m from a school. The fine for this contravention of the SFOA begins at $305.

The Ontario Education Act, Section 266 (2.1) and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, Section 20(7) require school officials to identify pupils (who have contravened sections of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act), to the Medical Officer of Health or to a designate of the Medical Officer of Health. The information to be released is limited to: the pupil’s name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and the name, address and telephone number of the parent or guardian.

For more information, please contact Ottawa Public Health.
You may also obtain information by calling toll-free:

• INFOline 1-866-532-3161
• TTY 1-800-387-5559 Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
For specific information on smoking and vaping laws in schools, contact your local Public Health Unit. To find the public health unit serving your region, please visit their website at:

2019 Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence

Nominate an exceptional educator for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Awards for:

Teaching Excellence
Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Nomination Deadline is January 14, 2019 at 23:59 Pacific Time. Applications may be found here.

Post Secondary Presentations at All Saints
Last week, the guidance counsellors met with grade 12 students regarding the college and university application process. 
The presentations are below:
Applying to College
Applying to University

Immunization of Students
The Immunization of School Pupils Act states that students attending schools in Ontario are required to be vaccinated against nine diseases, or else have a valid exemption. Parents are required to report all immunizations done at the doctor's office to Ottawa Public Health. Every year, OPH conducts an immunization surveillance campaign and students whose records remain incomplete may be suspended from school.

If your child requires immunization, you should receive a first notice from Ottawa Public Health, and you are encouraged to have your child immunized; and/or advise OPH (not the school) that you have done so. Details on how to update OPH are on the written notice that you will receive in the mail. Parents with questions can contact OPH at 613-580-6744.

Cooperative Education Corner

All Saints has a large number of students who enrol in cooperative education courses to pursue some practical work opportunities. In the coming weeks we will feature some of our students and the experiences they are having. This week: Featured Co-op Student: Matthew Tzavelas.

Matthew Tzavelas is a Grade 12 student working at Rogers TV. He is also part of the ICT SHSM

Matthew commented that “I really enjoyed helping with audio for a real live daytime show. I get to do it by myself, most of the time and I like the responsibility that I get.The main duties and responsibilities of an Audio Technician are making sure all audio levels are not too loud or quiet. These levels must be monitored at all times. Another responsibility is making sure all mics work before the show starts and all the mics have a high enough battery percentage, if these are not checked, microphones may not work.”  Matthew is able to demonstrate how the Catholic Values he is learning at school are serving him well in the workplace. At Rogers TV, Community is very important. Everyone must work together and communicate constantly during shows in order for them to run smoothly. No one can do their job alone, the entire show must be run as a team.

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

Thursday, November 29, 2018
6:30 - 9:00pm - Learn more about: ABA (applied behaviour analysis) Building Capacity.
The Roots of Reading: Helping your child build language and literacy skills.
Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) - Solving the IEP Puzzle.
Shared Solutions: A guide to preventing and resolving conflicts regarding programs and services for students with special educational needs.
Notre Dame High School 710 Broadview Avenue Ottawa, ON K2A 2M2

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!

Coming Up:
November 19th - 7:00pm School Council meeting

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