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March 30 Update from Jody Prevost

posted Mar 31, 2020, 9:54 AM by Kathryn McCallum

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March 30, 2020


Dear Parents/Guardians:


We hope you are all well and healthy as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 situation world wide.  


Our focus this week continues to be the wellness of our staff and students. Wellness for many of us has come from getting to see each other via virtual communication, photos and tweets. Staff have gathered virtually and have shared some inspiring moments. We miss going to school everyday and we REALLY miss seeing everyone's smiling faces. Please share that with your sons and daughters. We understand you have your child’s continued success on your mind - teachers will continue to plan for student learning and share this with you. As your family works through the scheduling of the day, please be sure to include some downtime! Schedule a recess break outside or some DPA (daily physical activity) to keep your minds clear and your bodies healthy. 


Some of you are frontline workers/essential services and your well-being is very important to us all.   Please accept our gratitude for everything that you do. We are here to support you in every way we can. We know many of you are caring for family members while balancing working from home.  It is not easy and it is so important for you to know that our school family/community is here for you. Should your family have any needs please communicate it to us through our cecilia@ocsb.ca email.


Our building may be closed, but our school community is working hard. This past week the educators have been using various methods of communications to touch base with all our families. Our focus has been to connect, check in and provide ideas/opportunities to explore learning at home. Please note the learning opportunities during this phase are not mandatory, but are meant to support students at home during this time of distance learning. For more activities, visit our school website, the classroom teachers’ websites/blogs/twitter feeds or the new website from the School Board where you will find a curated collection of educational resources #ocsbAtHome Learning Resources for your child to supplement the Ministry of Education’s Learn at Home website. These resources are designed to assist only.  We would also like you to know that our school parking lot can be used to access the school wifi for internet access.


At this time, as we are under a state of emergency, only those deemed essential services should be leaving their homes. While many wish to retrieve personal belongings from the school, everyone is doing their part to slow down COVID-19 by staying home. Our school will be developing a plan to support your child’s needs that may include both digital and non-digital resources. Unfortunately, until we can access the schools safely, we are not yet in a position to distribute existing devices to students. We are working on a distribution plan so that devices can be redistributed to students once we get approval from Ottawa Public Health. 


This situation is fluid and we certainly do not have all the answers to some pressing questions that parents may have. We appreciate your patience as we work with our educators to provide the best resources possible. As you have likely heard, the Minister of Education has indicated that we will not reopen on April 6th. We expect an official announcement this week regarding the extension of school closures. We are preparing for the continuation of learning for our students, knowing that circumstances are different for each individual child. We understand the need to have work and structure but we certainly do not expect parents to recreate school in your living room. Please spend time with your family. Hug them and let them know things will get better. As this week comes to an end, so will Phase 1 of distance learning. Phase 2 will bring additional questions and concerns and as we learn more from the Minister of Education, we will communicate that information to you. 


Stay safe! Stay home! Stay healthy!


Jody Prevost

Principal


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St. Cecilia School

3490 Cambrian Road

Nepean, ON  K2J 0V1

Phone: 613-692-6164
Email: Cecilia@ocsb.ca
Website: sce.ocsb.ca
Twitter: StCeciliaOCSB

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March 25 - how to access teacher websites

posted Mar 25, 2020, 7:05 AM by Kathryn McCallum

Just a reminder that if you are still looking to access teacher websites, blogs, etc. to stay connected, please visit our school website  and click on the tab at the top that says "Our School" and then look on the left hand side under "School Staff and Websites", and scroll down to find your teacher's name. Each teacher's name that is underlined can be clicked on to access their website or blog.  To access Twitter, simply click on the word Twitter beside the teacher's name.  As a school family and community, we want you all to know that we are here for everyone of you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email the school email (cecilia@ocsb.ca) and we will do our best to find answers for you.

March 23 Update from Jody Prevost

posted Mar 23, 2020, 9:45 AM by Kathryn McCallum

2020 March 23 Message to Parents


Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times

posted Mar 22, 2020, 10:50 AM by Jody Prevost OCSB   [ updated Mar 23, 2020, 8:55 AM by Kathryn McCallum ]

Learning at Home ideas

posted Mar 22, 2020, 5:36 AM by Jody Prevost OCSB

Click this doc for many ideas!

More free sites for families

posted Mar 22, 2020, 5:29 AM by Jody Prevost OCSB   [ updated Mar 22, 2020, 5:39 AM ]

STEM Summer Camp Opportunity

posted Mar 12, 2020, 12:04 PM by Kathryn McCallum

Our camp, She’s Fly!, is an aerospace engineering camp run out of Carleton University specifically designed to get more young girls interested in space technologies and aviation. Changing perceptions and fostering interest in engineering and innovation among young women is a priority for our team. We know that engaging girls at a young age and before post-secondary school is critical to achieving success in this area. Our camp promotes character-building skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork, as well as improving girls’ confidence. Girls will get to learn about aerospace while having fun in the outdoors with their friends, learning to fly drones and exploring life outside of Earth.


We recognize many young girls never even consider STEM to be a possibility for them and for some that do, they lack the funds necessary to follow their passions. For these reasons, we have bursaries available to girls who may lack the means to attend our camp. The bursaries are given out based on financial need and would allow girls to attend one week of the camp free of charge. Our camps are available for girls in grades 3-11, and the bursaries are available to any camper, regardless of age. We would like to reach as many girls as possible, especially those with no previous exposure to STEM fields. Please see attached poster for our camp. 


2020 Lenten Project - Pollinating Against Poverty

posted Mar 12, 2020, 7:47 AM by Kathryn McCallum   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 7:53 AM ]

  

The Lenten project, Pollinating Against Poverty, will run from March 9th to April 9th.  Students can bring in monetary donations to their homeroom classes. For every 25 dollars raised, the class will receive a honeybee that will be coloured to represent their team. Our contributions will provide a bee hive and all the essentiels to start a beekeeping business that will be donated to a community in need in Africa. Let’s BEE community and get those donations in to build a better world. Thank you for joining the buzzz as we work together to share what we can spare.

You can view the slide presentation here



New route numbers for some buses

posted Mar 11, 2020, 7:02 AM by Kathryn McCallum

Due to changes in the transportation market, First Student is taking over Campeau Bus Line Routes.

All routes currently serviced by Campeau will all be renamed to First Student.

Current routes serviced by Campeau are: C09 (Purple bus), C10 (Green bus), C119 (Red bus) and C135 (Blue bus).

Routes that used to start with “C”, will now start with the letter “E”. The number will remain the same. Stop times and locations will remain the same. First Student’s logo will be visible on the side of the bus by the end of April. 

If you have signed up for bus delay notifications on the Parent Web Portal, there is no need to change anything. All the route information will be automatically updated through our system. 

FIRST STUDENT CONTACT: 
(613) 745-8139 (613) 721-5500 

These changes will be implemented on Monday, March 23rd, 2020.

French Pathway Forms due back Monday, March 9th

posted Mar 6, 2020, 1:13 PM by Kathryn McCallum

Please remember to return your child's French Pathway form for students who will be in Grade 4 next year and students who will be in Grade 7 next year.  If you wish to discuss the placement of your child with the teachers (English and French), please call the school at 613-692-6164.

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