Sunday, 14 April 2019

All Saints Blog Week of April 15th, 2019

Palm Sunday and Holy Week
Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.
Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect.
Palm branches are widely recognized symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday.
The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic, it represents the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war. Our staff and students will have an opportunity to celebrate Holy Week on Holy Thursday as we gather as a community for liturgies. As we begin our journey through Holy Week, I wish you the opportunity for reflection and a Happy Easter next weekend.

7&8 Basketball Buy-In for Charity 
Last Friday marked our annual 7&8 Basketball Buy-In for Charity. This is an event that has been running for many years, and was initiated by Mr. Podgorski to support Myeloma Cancer Research at the Ottawa General Hospital. We thank students for their generous donations to fund Myeloma research. We had a great time as an All Saints community cheering our boys on to a rousing defeat of St. Paul’s. Great job boys!

Rideauwood Partnership
All Saints High School has a partnership with Rideauwood addictions services where a counsellor is at the school weekly to address general concerns while providing one on one counselling to students. Our Rideauwood representative has also visited classrooms to review a number of topics such as stages of use, healthy coping, and the different types of substances that students should be aware of. If you have any questions, please contact our Student Services Department.

EQAO Student Advisory Committee
We’re excited to announce the call for application for the 2019–2020 EQAO Student Advisory Committee. This committee will be one of our key sources for student voice in the agency’s activities. We also meet with student trustees, and staff engage student focus groups from time to time. This will be the second year of the Student Advisory Committee. The other committees within our governance structure are the EQAO Advisory Committee, the Modernization in Measurement Advisory Panel and the Equity Council.
Students are the focus of EQAO’s work, and we value learners’ perspectives on everything that we do. As EQAO seeks to continuously improve its programs, we want to ensure that students’ experiences are informing our thinking.
EQAO celebrates student diversity across the province, and our approach to open dialogue welcomes all viewpoints. When selecting committee members, we’ll ensure a diverse representation of students’ experiences and perspectives. We’ll also look for students who demonstrate a passion for effecting change in their communities and who have a desire to make a difference—either through their actions or through their ideas.
To learn more about the previous committee’s work, visit EQAO’s website.
Please find attached an invitation to students, which outlines eligibility criteria, and the application form for this opportunity. Submissions must be received by May 10, 2019, and selections will be announced by the end of May 2019.
Student application

Earth Week Activities
In celebration of Earth Week, which begins on Monday with Earth Day, All Saints will be taking up the Trashtag Challenge, the social media movement that is sweeping the globe. It promotes people to clean up their nearby green areas and post before and after photos. We want you to take this challenge by sending a DM to ASHSTUCO Instagram to enter your clean up before and after shots by May 21. Everyone who enters will have a chance to win movie ticket packages. So plan your cleaning projects and take the ASH Trashtag Challenge.

ASH Reflections
ASH Reflections | ASH Réflexions is the official SoundCloud podcast channel for the school. The main purpose is to give a voice to the All Saints community and to connect with the outside world. Here we see M. Justin Breton, an Immersion intermediate teacher at All Saints Catholic High School, interviewing three of his students: Benjamin Strongitharm, Guillermo Gago Balbi, and Jalen Flindall. In this episode, they discuss their experiences in the French Immersion program as well as communication and collaboration within the framework of global competencies. This particular podcast was created in French, and students express the importance of learning the language in the City of Ottawa and other communities. If you wish to learn more about our channel, don’t hesitate to follow us. Enjoy!
https://soundcloud.com/ash-ocsb/episode-115-limmersion-francaise-a-all-saints-et-le-cadre-des-competences-globales

Grade 12 Prom Details
Our Prom will take place on Friday, May 31st at the National Arts Centre, downtown, beginning a social at 5:30 p.m., a dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a dance. Students are being visited during their period one class this week by an administrator who is reviewing with them the Prom expectations and the Prom Contract which must be completed and signed (by the student and their parent) and returned to Ms. DeLuca




Tread Softly, Walk Humbly Art Exhibit
Last weekend was the culmination of a great deal of work on the part of Ms. Dyer’s art students. 30 individuals created an exhibit of Canadian landscapes with the support of award winning artist Gordon Harrison. The students auctioned off their work to further support eco and green initiatives designed to protect our landscapes and communities. Two of the students involved have shared their experiences as part of our blog:
Good Stress Vs Bad Stress: Do you know the difference?


Aurora Rink (grade 12):

Art is meaningful. I always heard growing up that art wasn’t an important job, but it really is. With these paintings we’ve made a difference, in the painters' lives, in some of you, the buyers lives and even in the environment. We used it as a tool to share a beautiful message and by contributing to a very important cause.
I think I speak for all of us when I say we’re very grateful to have had this opportunity. We’ve grown up living in Canada, some of us our whole lives, but we’ve never really given back. Making these paintings with Gordon was a way to show gratitude to the environment that we were raised in and that we love so much. I think it’s imperative, especially now with issues like climate change that we think about our impact on the environment and that we truly appreciate it. These paintings have a distinctly Canadian voice to that cause which we are all proud to be a part of. Thank you, for listening to that call to action and helping us in giving back through the auction. It feels amazing to be agents for change on this cause; I hope these paintings can continue to engage your thinking and learning about the Canadian landscape and the importance of preserving it.


Jessica Ormondroyd (grade 10):
This has been an amazing experience for me. I really enjoyed learning about new forms of painting and exploring with colour. This project has allowed me to become more free with my art and less of a perfectionist with it.
It feels amazing to have my artwork hanging in this gallery. I am so thankful for this opportunity and I would like to thank Gordon and Phil for letting us use the gallery and for teaching us your art skill. I would also like to thank Ms. Dyer for organizing this special opportunity!



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

Parent information session: Tech Tools in the Classroom
Are you curious about how your child is using technology in school? The Catholic School Parents’ Association is presenting a FREE evening of interactive workshops where parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the tools that students are using, and the tech resources available both at school and at home. The evening will begin with an overview of the Board’s philosophy of technology in our schools, followed by two sessions of 45-minute workshops. Parents will have a choice of workshops in each session. View the workshop descriptions and then register to attend.
Monday, April 15
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Notre Dame High School,
710 Broadview Ave

Healthy Stress
This session will explore what stress is and how it impacts our body and brain. We will discuss the difference between good and bad stress and why it is important to understand the difference. Practical strategies to help support children and youth develop their resiliency to deal with daily stressors as well as with more challenging situations and events.
Tuesday, April 30th
7pm - 9pm
St Peter High School
750 Charlemagne Blvd
Orleans, Ontario K4A 3M4

Introduction to Shanker's Self-Regulation
Hosted by St Bernard School Council and The MEHRIT Centre
APRIL 25TH, 2019 FROM 6PM - 8PM
St Bernard School

Connective Parenting
With renowned speaker & author Bonnie Harris
Hosted by St Dominic, St Peter, St Theresa and Convent Glen Catholic School Councils
MAY 22ND, 2019 AT 6:30PM
St Peter High School

14th Annual CEFO Gala Benefit Dinner
Join us on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the new Infinity Convention Centre in Nepean, for our 14th Annual Gala Dinner, Cabaret & Auction, with all proceeds directed to helping alleviate poverty in our Ottawa Catholic School Board schools.
This unique social event welcomes parents, employees and Trustees of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, corporate sponsors, educational partners, social service agencies, the Archdiocese, and other community members. Guests will enjoy a live and silent auction, along with balloon and raffle sales -- all for a great cause. Staff and students involved in the Ottawa Catholic School Board's Children's Theatre Workshop will entertain guests with delightful songs!
This event sells out fast. Book your table today at cefottawa.org/fundraising.
Wednesday, May 1
6:00 PM
Infinity Convention Centre,

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:
April 22nd - Easter Monday

Saturday, 30 March 2019

All Saints Blog Week of April 1st, 2019

Student Protest
There is some discussion that High School students in Ontario are planning a protest during the coming week. The Ottawa Catholic School Board acknowledges that students have the right to participate in peaceful protests. The role of the school staff during a student organized political protest is to ensure student safety and work to minimize classroom disruption for those that choose not to participate in any type of protest, including walkouts. This past week, I met with representatives of our student council and emphasized our wish that they pass along some important points to students. We asked them to share that safety must be the most important consideration when discussing any protest and that students have been encouraged to remain on property. We have made it clear that students who leave class to protest or who do not return to class after the protest will be marked as absent. We would also extend a reminder to students that if they leave class during instructional time, it is not an excused absence.

Grade 12 Prom Tickets
We recognize that our grade 12 students are looking forward to end of year activities such as our graduation ceremony, retreat activity and evening prom. Students are reminded that they must have submitted verification of their 40 hours of Community Service and have had these approved by the school, as well as having paid their $85 Grad fee (submitted online) before they can purchase their PROM TICKET.
Prom Tickets go on sale the week of April 8th to 12th; this means that the paperwork verifying 40 hours of Community Service must be submitted prior to April 3rd so that these hours can be approved by the school. Please ensure that if you child is graduating that these two items have been completed prior to April 3rd. Thank you for your attention to this and your ongoing support.

Ask Us Anything Contest
“Ask Us Anything Contest” by Students Offering Support and MyBlueprint: Now until April 30.
High school students can submit questions about post-secondary life on our contest page. Questions will be answered by SOS volunteers who are current post-secondary students. When a student submits a question, they are entered into a draw to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards! Eg. Questions about picking the right courses, paying for tuition, living in student housing, etc.

Summer School Information
While planning their course selections for next year, high school students should keep in mind that Summer School programs such as Reach Ahead, online Reach Ahead, and Credit Recovery courses are available. The 2019 summer school program runs July 3 - 24 at multiple locations



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

Parent information session: Tech Tools in the Classroom
Are you curious about how your child is using technology in school? The Catholic School Parents’ Association is presenting a FREE evening of interactive workshops where parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the tools that students are using, and the tech resources available both at school and at home. The evening will begin with an overview of the Board’s philosophy of technology in our schools, followed by two sessions of 45-minute workshops. Parents will have a choice of workshops in each session. View the workshop descriptions and then register to attend.
Monday, April 15
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Notre Dame High School,
710 Broadview Ave

14th Annual CEFO Gala Benefit Dinner
Join us on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the new Infinity Convention Centre in Nepean, for our 14th Annual Gala Dinner, Cabaret & Auction, with all proceeds directed to helping alleviate poverty in our Ottawa Catholic School Board schools.
This unique social event welcomes parents, employees and Trustees of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, corporate sponsors, educational partners, social service agencies, the Archdiocese, and other community members. Guests will enjoy a live and silent auction, along with balloon and raffle sales -- all for a great cause. Staff and students involved in the Ottawa Catholic School Board's Children's Theatre Workshop will entertain guests with delightful songs!
This event sells out fast. Book your table today at cefottawa.org/fundraising.
Wednesday, May 1
6:00 PM
Infinity Convention Centre,

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!

Sunday, 24 March 2019

All Saints Blog Week of March 25th, 2019

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
Our Grade 10 students will be writing the 2019 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) this Wednesday, March 27th. The Ontario Literacy Test measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The staff at All Saints has been preparing your son/daughter for this test since they arrived in grade 7. Our students complete activities in grades 7&8 that provide some foundational background for the skills assessed by the test. We continue that support and growth in grades 9 and 10. Literacy development continues beyond the test until students graduate from All Saints. We are confident that students are well prepared for the upcoming test. I would encourage you to review the Ministry’s website http://www.eqao.com/en/assessments/OSSLT which provides additional information.

Grade 12 Prom Tickets
We recognize that our grade 12 students are looking forward to end of year activities such as our graduation ceremony, retreat activity and evening prom. Students are reminded that they must have submitted verification of their 40 hours of Community Service and have had these approved by the school, as well as having paid their $85 Grad fee (submitted online) before they can purchase their PROM TICKET.
Prom Tickets go on sale the week of April 8th to 12th; this means that the paperwork verifying 40 hours of Community Service must be submitted prior to April 3rd so that these hours can be approved by the school. Please ensure that if you child is graduating that these two items have been completed prior to April 3rd. Thank you for your attention to this and your ongoing support.

Fake News Workshop
Ms. MacKinnon, one of our Teacher Librarians, prepared the following information for students that was part of an activity around “Fake News” in our Learning Commons in February. We would invite you to take a look at the information below.
Fake news workshop

Waupoos Foundation Family Summer Vacation
The Waupoos Foundation (Waupoos Family Farm) offers affordable vacation opportunities for low income families with children 16 years and under. There will be sports, crafts, swimming lessons, camp fires, tractor rides, story times and most importantly, opportunities for shared connection with their family members and others.  Our summer application deadline is May 1st and we give priority to families who have not yet vacationed at Waupoos Farm.
Please consider referring a family today!
Our summer vacation application downloaded and printed at: http://bit.ly/Waupoos2019summer
Learn all about summer vacations at www.waupoos.com

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 the 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



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 @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Sunday, 17 March 2019

All Saints Blog Week of March 18th, 2019

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 the week before the March Break. All Saints wishes to remind parents of high school students (grades 9-12) that parent/teacher interviews will be held on Thursday, March 21st. 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. 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.

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 the 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

Chronic Absenteeism
One of the topics at our last school council meeting was a review of a CBC video and article that covered the issue of chronic absenteeism at schools. I have included the links to this information below. We would encourage parents to contact the school if they have questions regarding our attendance policies or need support with issues related to student attendance.
Chronic absenteeism - http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1442336323638/
article on absenteeism:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/school-absenteeism-pediatrics-1.5005670

Community Expectations Reminder
We have asked our staff to review some basic reminders with students over the next few days. This is an opportunity to reinforce some general expectations that have been reviewed by our student council as well as our school council this year. We will emphasize the following with students:
  • Attendance - Students should understand the importance of regular attendance in their classes.  We recognize that sometimes appointments or health issues affect school attendance, however, we encourage a diligent approach to attending on a daily basis.
  • Hats/hoods - should not be worn in class, nor in hallways unless students are making their way toward exits at the end of the day.
  • Bags / coats not permitted in classes - Students have been given a locker, and bags and coats should be left there.  This is a safety consideration that keeps classroom aisles clean.
Approach to Rich Summative Tasks / Exams
Our School Leadership Team has provided the following explanation for students and parents regarding summative tasks in High School. For Grades 9 to 12, a final grade (percentage mark) is recorded for every course. The final grade will be determined as follows (based on Growing Success document, p. 41):
  • Seventy percent of the grade will be based on evaluation conducted throughout the course. This portion of the grade reflects the student’s most consistent level of achievement throughout the course, although special consideration is given to more recent evidence of achievement.
  • Thirty percent of the grade will be based on a final evaluation administered at or towards the end of the course. This formal evaluation typically includes a Rich Summative Task (RST) and an exam that translates into a total of 30% of the student’s final mark and can take a few days up to 2 weeks depending upon the subject of study. For this reason, we ask families NOT to schedule trips, appointments, or other activities where a student would miss class time during the months of January or June. The final evaluation allows the student an opportunity to demonstrate comprehensive achievement of the overall expectations for the course. Given these expectations, an incomplete summative evaluation will result in a “no mark” as a student’s final evaluation on their transcript.


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 @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!


Sunday, 3 March 2019

All Saints Blog Week of March 4th, 2019

Beginning of Lent
This week marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is one of the most important holy days in our liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a period of fasting and prayer. Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the administrator applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
Ottawa Archdiocese Norms for Lenten Observance

Kindness Award
We are very proud of Bryson Ouellette, our master recycler, who received an award from the Ottawa Kindness Group last week. Rabbi Bulka and Cindy Smith from the Ottawa Kindness Week organization presented the award to Bryson and his mother, for Bryson’s contributions to All Saints. Bryson and his worker who provides support, recycle three days a week at All Saints, ensuring that the work is complete for our students and staff. Thanks for your continued work Bryson!


Black History Month Activities
, celebrated Black History Month with a very creative classroom door display! The door features a beautiful Black woman with a collage of prominent Black figures, including many Black Canadians. From the moment students approach the door, they are reminded of the month-long holiday intended to celebrate Black culture.
February is Black History Month, and All Saints was proud to celebrate Black culture and heritage through various initiatives. Each morning in February, following the national anthem and morning prayer, the legacy of Black Canadians past and present was honored. Their contributions to important causes impacting the Black community were highlighted. To kick off Black History Month activities at All Saints, Ms. Ann Marie Vanneste, a grade 10 teacher, extended an invitation to all Black students and staff in the school to join together for the first ASH Black community photo in the history of the school, which opened in 2002. With enthusiasm, approximately 50 students and staff gathered in the school gym for the photo! Ms. Vanneste, who hopes to make the photo an annual event, remarked “this picture has been 17 years in the making!”

To celebrate black culture and heritage, Ms. Erin Doak, a grade 9 & 10 teacher, along with Ms. Claire Bagnell, one of the guidance counsellors




Students at All Saints also celebrated Black History Month through meaningful awareness activities in the Learning Commons. Classes were invited to join Mme Linda MacKinnon, teacher librarian, and student teacher, Mlle Sanyu Bishop, to learn about the accomplishments, legacies, and influence of prominent Black persons. In small groups, student viewed biographies of well-known Black Americans throughout history and shared how they themselves could be more like these distinguished individuals. Below are excerpts of what students wrote when asked to reflect on which Black person they most admired after having viewed the biographies and why.  

“Maya Angelou because she stood up against injustice and used her voice to help others.”
“Michael Jordan”. His story inspires me to be successful in my sport”.
“Oprah Winfrey because she spreads happiness and advocates for others in need.”
“Muhammed Ali. Not only was he disciplined in his sport, he was never afraid to fight for what he believed in.”

As a final activity, students were invited to colour a piece of “kente” cloth made out of paper choosing colours which have symbolic meanings in African culture. The colours they chose related to the traits of the person they most admired. The “kente pieces” were then collected to form a kente shirt display. “Kente”, which means basket and originated in Ghana, is an iconic visual representation of African culture, heritage and pride.
To learn about black heritage, a curated mini-library of books was made available in the Learning Commons by Mme MacKinnon. As part of the collection, the award-winning novel “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas is featured. “The Hate U Give” represents the word THUG, as the book aims to provide insight into the lives of those from the black community who are perceived as “thugs” in society and therefore targeted and killed by police. The book was used for a novel study in Ms. Doak’s grade 10 English class first semester and is also currently being read in grade 10 English classes this semester.

Letters of Concern grades 9-12
Our secondary letters of concern will be delivered to parents at the end of this week. Parent-teacher interviews for students in high school will be scheduled for Thursday, March 21st. More information to follow.

Transition Guides for Parents - Ottawa Catholic School Board
Now available online! Resources to help parents and students with the transition from Grade 6 to Grade 7, as well as the transition into High School. Follow this link for more information on both, along with other available translations.

Educational Savings
Many parents wonder how much to save for their child's education. They also wonder how soon they should start. The answer is simple. Save Early, Earn More. Even small savings each year will translate into substantial savings later.
To learn more about the CESG, the CLB, RESPs and more, please visit the Government of Canada Education Savings information page.



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 @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:
March 9th to 17th: March Break

Sunday, 24 February 2019

All Saints Blog Week of February 25th, 2019


ASH Naturalists Club

On February 19th, the ASH Naturalists after school club welcomed Devon Henderson, a self-taught expert in the field of entomology. Ms. Henderson, who has nurtured an avid interest in bugs and anything bug-related for as long as she can remember, brought along some fascinating and well-preserved specimens from around the world. Students were able to see up close a giant beetle from French Guiana as well as beautiful iridescent green, blue and purple beetles. Ms. Henderson shared an interesting fact with the Naturalists Club: an innovative and insect-obsessed Flemish artist took the unusual step of glueing 1.6 million gleaming beetle shells to the ceiling of the Belgian royal palace! The project took four months to complete with 30 of the artist’s assistants painstakingly glueing each of the delicate shells to the palace ceiling. The jewel-like beetles, which appear abundantly in India, Thailand, and Vietnam are considered pests and sometimes eaten, however their beautiful shells are discarded. Ms. Henderson also dispelled several myths related to many types of insects, including wasps, moths, and butterflies. Ms. Henderson’s presentation was informative for students and teachers alike. The teachers running ASH Naturalists are from L to R: Mr. Sutcliffe, Mme MacKinnon, Mme McNelles and Mr. Breton. We look forward to our next activity which will be outdoors in March!
All Saints HOPE Team (Helping Out People Everywhere)
The HOPE (Helping Out People Everywhere) Team has partnered with Carty House, which is a home located near the University of Ottawa, for women who are refugees primarily from Africa. Carty House is the first home for these brave women who come to Canada alone for various reasons seeking safety and a new start. They have asked us specifically to provide cleaning supplies which helps reduce their operating costs so that they may provide the women the most important supports that they need. Items most in need include:
- Bathroom and kitchen cleaning products
- Lysol wipes or spray
- Air freshener
- Rubber gloves
- Toilet paper or paper towels
- Laundry soap
- Hand soap or dish soap
- SOS pads
We are running our cleaning supply drive next week, February 25 - March 1, which is serving as our Lenten outreach this year. We will also gladly accept loonies and toonies which will be donated to Carty House. The HOPE Team is excited to be able to deliver these items directly to Carty House in the beginning of April. More information about Carty House and how they help these women in need is available through their website: http://cartyhouse.org/refugee/what-kinds-of-services-to-the-residents-receive/
-- By: Avro Gallant, Julia Piraszewska, Amanda Potvin & Kiera Pozzobon
Opportunities for Students and Families
Open Houses during the March Break - Note the following dates for students to explore and learn about their post-secondary options in Ottawa

Black Canadian Scholarship Fund: The Ottawa Community Foundation is pleased to be administering the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund awards. Please have the students submit their applications directly to the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund in time to meet the deadline of May 31st, 2019, as per the instructions on the application form (French). A yet-to-be-determined number of awards valued at $6,000 each will be offered and the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund Committee will select the recipients. Please contact Janet Adams at 613-236-1616 ext. 231 or jadams@ocf-fco.ca for questions.
Nokia’s Future Tech Internship is a paid, seven week program that will run from July 2nd – August 16th. Students who are entering grade twelve in Fall 2019 will have the opportunity to work alongside Nokia engineering teams on real, technical projects. Future Tech Interns are paired with Nokia Mentors who will not only give them their technical projects over the seven weeks, but also help them learn the skills required to succeed. Students are to submit their 1-minute video application, along with their most recent report card and a list of grade twelve courses, to Future.Tech@nokia.com by March 24th, 2019. Questions can also be directed to that address. More information is attached, and can also be found on our webpage!
Young Women in Public Safety Student Summer Employment Opportunity - This unique program has been created to introduce high school female students to diverse and exciting employment opportunities available in the realm of public safety and security. Through this program, we hope to inspire young women to take a leadership role in their communities and pursue a meaningful and exciting career in areas of public safety, such as border security, corrections, correctional investigation, probation and parole, information and intelligence, and policy development. The application closes March 28th.
The Canadian Hearing Society has scholarship opportunities open to students who are Deaf and hard of hearing, to help break down barriers to higher education and build a brighter future. This scholarship is available to Deaf and hard of hearing Canadian residents, 17 years of age or older attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution. Scholarship awards are $3,000 a year for full-time students and $1,000 a year for part-time students. The deadline is May 20, 2019 at 4 p.m. Apply today at chs.ca/scholarships.
Mental Health Resources for Parents
Our School Board has shared mental health resources for students, teachers and parents over the last month. We have reviewed the educator resources with staff and are also sharing the information for parents here through the blog. - Mental Health Resources for Parents
There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions. You can visit the website here.
Coming up NEXT Thursday!
Join us for an informative evening talking about OCSB Math and French Pathways, and how you can support your child. Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:00 - 9:00pm
St Pius X High School
Don't forget to register and let us know you're coming! - Register

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:
February 25th: School council meeting


Saturday, 16 February 2019

All Saints Blog Week of February 19th, 2019

Mental Health Resources for Parents
Our School Board has shared mental health resources for students, teachers and parents over the last month. We have reviewed the educator resources with staff and are also sharing the information for parents here through the blog. - Mental Health Resources for Parents

Coop Student Featured in Diefenbunker Museum Blog
We have been featuring our All Saints cooperative education students in this blog over the past several months. One of our students who has been completing their placement at the Diefenbunker, has been featured in the Diefenbunker’s own blog. Read the feature on Alison here:
https://diefenbunker.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/radiation-and-you/

University of Ottawa Partnership - Maker Mobile Team
The University of Ottawa's Maker Mobile team from the Faculty of Engineering visited grade 7 Science students on Monday, February 11th. Students from Ms. McNelles's class participated in an interactive workshop on 3D printing to create their own 3D model using Tinkercad, a user-friendly 3D modeling software. Students from Mr. Robinson's class learned basic coding concepts and created a game using a Mirco:bit board. A Micro:bit is a small board that has a micro-processor, accelerometer, sensors, a display of 25 LEDs and two programmable buttons. Micro:bits are now used in education to encourage young people to get actively involved in writing software and building new things. The aim of Ottawa U's Maker Mobile team is to encourage creativity, problem-solving skills, and interest in technology. We hope to have Maker Mobile back again for other grade 7 & 8 classes in the late spring!

CAMH - Ontario Student Drug Use Survey
Randomly selected Gr. 7-12 classes will be completing the Ontario Student Drug Use Health Survey (OSDUHS) on either Feb. 26th or Feb. 28th. Every two years, this anonymous voluntary student survey is conducted to serve as a resource for public health monitoring. We participate in this survey to help gather this valuable information. We do not receive any school specific information, but the overall information is valuable to understand the students’ tendencies in Ontario and the results from this survey are shared with us.
Students who are in the classes that have been selected to complete this survey received a parent consent form on Tues. Feb. 12th. Students must return the parent consent form signed by their parent by Feb. 21st, in order to participate in this survey.
We encourage as many students as possible to participate in this survey. Thank you for your assistance and support with this. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Mrs. M. J. Gillier-Symes, Vice Principal.



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 @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website ash.ocsb.ca for all that is happening at All Saints!

Coming Up:
February 21st: 7&8 Parent/Teacher Interviews
February 25th: School council meeting