School News

January 14th Update from Mrs. Prevost - This letter was sent out via School Messenger - please see below if you did not receive the email

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are happy to report that our students will be back at school on Monday, January 17th, 2022. This incredible news was confirmed on Wednesday, January 12th. We are looking forward to resuming our regular routine of school here at St Cecilia and seeing all of our students’ smiling faces again.

There are some key points we would like to share with you.

  • We have not yet received the Rapid Antigen Test kits that the government spoke about. We will be sending them home as soon as we receive them.

  • Masks have arrived for our staff.

  • All borrowed Chromebooks must be returned with the power cords on Monday as your child may need to access this laptop at school.

  • Every morning parents must complete the health screening tool with their child(ren).

Screening Tool Link

On Sunday night and Monday morning you will receive a reminder message to complete this before the children attend on Monday. On Monday, January 17th, the children will receive a screening tool verification page (paper copy) from the classroom that you must sign daily confirming that you have completed the screening tool prior to your child arriving at school. If it is not completed we will be following up with parents to complete it.

  • Masks are required to be worn by all students unless they have been medically exempted. Masks will be worn inside the school, outside at recess, and on the school bus. This is the same protocol we were following before Christmas. We respect the fact that we will need breaks from the mask and know that a safe place to do this is outside. Having worn masks outside in the winter, we know that the moisture gathers in it far more than it does when we are inside. We would ask that you send a few extra masks for your child to change into when moving from outside to inside. We will have masks available at the school if your child requires one. If your child arrives at school without a mask, we will provide one. Here is the link on the Board’s website about wearing a mask.

  • Please notify the school by email if your child is not attending.

  • Extended Day Programs resume Monday, January 17th. If you’re interested in sending your child to the Extended Day Program at an OCSB school, see our Child Care Programs page on the OCSB website for locations and registration details.

  • Any materials that were sent home before the Christmas break or during the lockdown should be sent back to school with your child. Please do not forget to send their indoor shoes.

  • If you are dropping your child off in the kiss-and-ride lane, please make sure they are completely ready when they get out of the car. Mittens, hats, scarves, and masks should all be ready. Please do not dress your child while in your car in the kiss-and-ride lane. Also, as a reminder, please follow the car in front of you to exit. Do not pull out of the lane to try to pass the car in front of you.

  • Pizza Day will resume on Tuesday, January 18th. Milk will resume on Monday, January 17th

  • The School Council parent presentation by Paul Davis is scheduled for January 20th. To attend, you must register directly with Paul Davis using this link

  • Friday, January 21st is a previously scheduled PD Day - no school for students.

  • We are awaiting direction from the government and Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding changes to the protocol for dealing with covid cases. I will share that information with you as soon as I receive it.

We look forward to seeing everyone Monday morning!


Jody Prevost


School Crossing Guards needed!

Our School Needs a New Crossing Guard!

Work mornings or afternoons during school bell times.

Help keep our kids safe on their way to and from school.

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January 3rd Update from Mrs. Prevost - This letter was sent out via School Messenger - please see below if you did not receive the email

January 3, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I hope this finds you and your family well. I am saddened to be sending this information again in a New Year message. The Government announced today that schools will move to online learning until January 17th, 2022. Teachers have been preparing for this move. Remote learning will begin on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022.

We are providing some informative links for parents to review about how to support your child(ren) with virtual learning. The Readiness Checklist for Parents has pertinent links to assist with logging on to a Google meet, accessing Hapara workspace, etc. We would ask that you review this before class begins on Wednesday. Our Youtube Parent Playlist will also be of great assistance.

The following links are videos that have been created specifically for students. It is recommended that you review these and/or watch these videos with your child(ren) to ensure readiness for learning and to set expectations for video conferencing.

#ocsbHowTo use Google Meet for Students

#ocsbHowTo Troubleshoot Hapara Workspace for Students

Our students will be following our regular school schedule. For example, classes start at 9:10am, Recess is at 10:25am, Lunch is at 11:55am, afternoon classes begin at 12:55pm, Recess is at 2:10pm, school finishes at 3:40pm. We hope to keep our schedules as close to the regular schedule as possible. Teachers will email a link for the Google meets on Wednesday morning. During the school day, there will be synchronous and asynchronous learning. The teachers will be following the Ministry guidelines for the amount of synchronous and asynchronous learning that needs to take place. This means some learning will take place on a Google Meet and some learning will take place independently.

Lastly, we know many of our families currently have access to technology via a personal laptop, chromebook or tablet and if your child is able to use one of your own devices, this would be much appreciated. In order to support students who do not have any access to technology, parents are asked to not request a Chromebook if their child already has access to a device at home. For any of our families who require a chromebook for the duration of the online learning period, we have a limited number available for you to borrow. Please fill out this device needed form if you require a chromebook in order for your child to learn from home. We will assign the chromebooks we have here at the school. You will be notified by email when the chromebook is ready for pick up, which will begin on Tuesday, January 4th in the late afternoon. You will be responsible for that device and must return it as soon as we begin in-person learning again. Please be patient with the distribution as there will be many requests.

Please note the following:

  • Pizza days will be moved to the end of the first Pizza term

  • Milk will resume when we return to in-person learning

  • Wearing masks, unless there is a medical exemption, is required in all classes. Please see this link from the OCSB

  • Once in-person school resumes, we will be implementing a tracking system for daily student screening to be completed before coming to school each day. Details will be shared closer to our return date.

May this New Year bring your families health, happiness and joy! Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions.

Jody Prevost


Indigenous Education: News and Information

***NEW and IMPORTANT information to share with all Indigenous families***

A new Indigenous student and family support worker will be joining the OCSB team starting January 10, 2022 until at least the remainder of this school year. Please inform all Indigenous students / families that she will be available to provide a variety of support for all Indigenous students throughout our system. You can reach out directly to her at:

First Nations children (up to age 14) currently attending school are invited to submit videos and artwork by Jan.21. 2022 that tell stories of their First Nations cultures and everyday life. Submissions will be featured on the First Nations Education Administrators Storyteller Page Àdisὁkewinini in Algonquin Anishinaabemowin. For more information, contest guidelines and application form, please click on this link.

All teachers, administrators, central staff, and parents are invited to register for a free four part webinar series where Carolynne Crawley (of Mi’kmaw, Black, & Irish ancestry) will lead virtual workshops that explore Indigenous knowledge to guide participants in strengthening their relationships with the land. The presentations will happen February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11th from 6:30-8:00PM. Click this link to register.

All parents who are interested in opting-in to communications from the Indigenous Education Team must fill out the form included in THIS LETTER. Many opportunities and events are available for Indigenous children and families, and opting-in is how we are able to communicate them to you. If you’re non-Indigenous, but also would like to receive updates, you are also encouraged to use the form to opt-in.

New OPH Isolation Protocol as of December 16th, 2021

School Rapid Antigen Screening Tests - December 10th, 2021 and FAQ Sheet

Good evening,

Ottawa Public Health is closely monitoring a significant increase in COVID-19 activity in the Barrhaven community. Some areas of Barrhaven are currently experiencing rates of COVID-19 that are over double the average rates compared to the rest of the city of Ottawa

School Rapid Antigen Screening Tests: Students will be provided with a kit of Rapid Antigen Tests to use three times per week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) prior to the holiday break. Students may begin to use these tests as soon as they are received and continue to do so for the 1 week of school remaining before the holiday break. The use of these rapid antigen tests in students is voluntary and is only intended to be used by students who are asymptomatic and have not been told to isolate due to a high-risk exposure. Students will be directed to use these rapid antigen tests at home prior to attending school as an added layer of screening.

Please note that the Ministry of Education is also distributing Rapid Antigen Screening Test kits as part of the Holiday Testing Initiative to all publicly funded schools. These tests are meant to be used by students on a voluntary basis during the holiday school closure period.

Please see the attached letter from Ottawa Public Health with regards to these tests. Please see the FAQ sheet regarding these tests.

If your child was absent today, these will be available on Monday, December 13th as well.

Thank you,

Jody Prevost

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is hosting after-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics for students aged 5 to 11 years, their families, and the community.

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Staff:

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is hosting after-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics for students aged 5 to 11 years, their families, and the community. COVID-19 vaccinations are available for students, and members of the community that are born in 2016 or earlier. Drop-in appointments are available on a first-come first-served basis during clinic hours. If the clinic is very busy, appointment cards may be given with a return time.

Every individual who receives their COVID-19 vaccination helps bring Ottawa one step closer to community immunity. Being fully vaccinated will help protect your children and their school community. If your child is fully vaccinated and is exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they likely do not need to stay home and self-isolate as long as they do not have symptoms.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Details near St. Cecilia Catholic School:

Date Location Address Hours

2021-Dec-09 Farley Mowat Public School 75 prom. Waterbridge Dr 4:30 PM to 7:25 PM

2021-Dec-14 Chapman Mills Public School 260 man Leamington Way To be Confirmed

2021-Dec-21 Half Moon Bay Public School 3525 av. River Run Ave To be Confirmed

2021-Dec-21 Michaëlle-Jean Public Elementary School 11 prom. Claridge Dr To be Confirmed

2021-Dec-22 Manotick Public School 1075 rue Bridge St To be Confirmed

Parent or guardian consent is required for children aged 5 to 11 years, and this is provided at the clinic. After-school clinics have limited capacity; families are encouraged to book at a community clinic through the provincial booking website or a participating pharmacy if this is a convenient option. Please visit for other clinic locations and times.

Please visit for information on vaccine safety, frequently asked questions, a virtual tour of COVID-19 vaccination clinics for kids 5-11 and an info session on the COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids 5-11.

To speak to a public health nurse about the vaccine you can call OPH at 613-580-6744.

Thank you.

Ottawa Public Health

Did you miss the deadline to order pizza for Session 1?

The St. Cecilia School Council Volunteers are offering one final opportunity for parents/guardians who missed the deadline for ordering pizza for Session 1. The earliest you can join the current session is January 4th, after the Christmas break. Payment opens today, December 1st and closes December 13th.

**Be sure to send in a lunch for your child/ren on December 7th and 14th**.

You must pay with School Cash Online. We cannot accept payment any other way. If you do not have a School Cash Online account, you must create one.

Pizza will begin on January 4th and end on February 22nd (8 weeks) at a cost of $20.00.

Session 2 will be from March 1st to June 21st (sales will open in February for session 2).

Please Note: Missed lunches due to absence cannot be kept for the next day nor will money be refunded. You may pick up your absent child's piece of pizza on pizza day by calling the office before 11am. Pizza lunches on "Snow Days" will be MOVED to the next regular school day.

*Any questions regarding the pizza program can be directed to our wonderful School Council Volunteers at

*Any payment inquiries can be directed to the school office at 613-692-6164.

Sacramental Update from Father Frank





Sept. 27, 2021

As the purpose of celebrating First Communion and Confirmation for school-age children is to allow them to participate more fully in the Sunday Eucharist, there is no urgency about having these celebrations while the children are unable to attend Mass during the Covid crisis. You may hear of some parishes doing so; you will find that, unlike us, these are dealing with very small groups of children.

While the ‘remote’ or school-based component of the preparation for these sacraments can continue as long as the elementary schools are operating, the ‘family and parish’ component depends upon the parents being able to bring the children to the church (or St. Joseph High School gym) regularly for Sunday Mass.

Therefore the Sacramental Preparation program will not begin until there are no restrictions on Mass attendance and St. Andrew Parish resumes Masses at St. Joseph High School. The process will begin with a parent meeting of one hour at St. Monica church hall, followed by registration and the distribution of materials. Since the meeting will not be optional, it will be repeated several times to better accommodate parent schedules.

The actual celebration of First Communion will take place over several Sundays, at different regular parish Masses, in small groups, and not by school. The candidates will be given a date for the celebration only after all requirements have been met. Whether this will be during the Easter season or the summer will depend on the timing of the end of the crisis.

The celebration of Confirmation has been held at the Cathedral on Sussex Drive on a weekday evening in the September following the school year of preparation. This has worked very well, and we hope to be able to do the same this time.

As always, if your circumstances make it too difficult to participate in the preparation this time, you are welcome to wait until next year. Grade Two is simply the minimum age for First Communion; the ‘typical’ age for Confirmation is set by the local Bishop and varies from age seven to fifteen. In Ottawa the typical age is eleven.

The dates of the parent meetings will be posted in our parish bulletin. If you wish to be sent a notice about the meeting, please reply to the Sacramental Coordinator, Milva Calla She will send you information about registering as parishioners (if you have not done so already). When we have dates, she will invite you to attend the registration meeting. The registration must be in person, at the parent meeting.

May the Lord bless you and your family and keep you safe,

Father Frank

Annual Student Transportation Survey - please complete survey linked below

Please complete OSTA’s annual online transportation survey. OSTA would like to better understand how your child(ren) have been getting to school this year and what traffic impacts you have observed around your school site.

If school staff would like to participate, they can skip the mode selection part of the survey and simply enter information about their observations of traffic around the school site

School Zone Safety Campaign

Since the beginning of the school year, our Crossing Guards have been reporting that there are many citizens who are endangering the safety of pedestrians in our school zones.

The Ottawa Safety Council has created a School Zone Safety Campaign to remind pedestrians and drivers of the importance of following traffic rules in school zones.

The one-page pdf flyer is linked to this email to share with your parent and teacher network to help get the word out that school zone safety is everyone’s responsibility and we all have a role to play in keeping pedestrians and Crossing Guards safe.

Thank you and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Jillian Palmer

Program Coordinator, School Zone Safety

Ottawa Safety Council

613-238-1513 ext. 230

301 Moodie Dr , Suite 103, Ottawa, ON K2H 9C4

Tel: 613-238-1513 Fax: 613-238-8744 Web:

Welcome Letter - September 2021

Please read Mrs. Prevost's letter with important information about the new school year!

Our School Needs New Crossing Guards

From the flexible schedule, fresh air, extra income and community involvement there are many reasons to love working as an Ottawa Crossing Guard!

For more details and to apply visit :

Or join us for one of our information sessions to learn more

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