School News & Announcements

Weekly Update March 1 - March 5, 2021

posted Feb 28, 2021, 9:19 AM by Barry Oliver

FSL Pathways for Grades 3 and 6 Students

Parents of Grades 3 and 6 students will be selecting the FSL pathway that they feel would best meet their child’s needs for Grade 4 and Grade 7.  The FSL Pathways package was shared digitally with parent(s)/guardian(s) on February 18.  Parents are reminded to complete the form online to enroll their child in the pathway of their choice. The deadline for this form to be completed was February 26, 2021. Once again If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child(s) teacher.


Moving 2021-2022 School Year
If you are moving or plan to move for the 2021-2022 school year, we ask that you contact the school to update us with your address and/or intentions to register at another school.  We are in the process of staffing for the next school year, and this is information that plays a very large roll in this process.  

Reminders
We ask Parents to remind our students of the importance of hygiene (washing hands), social distance and mask wearing each day.  We make this a priority each and everyday at school to say these gentle reminders, as the importance of these practices can never be taken for granted.

Bus Lanes
Just a reminder that Bus lanes are off limits to parking, drop off and pick up during the hours of 8:00-8:45 AM and 2:30-3:15 PM. We also remind parents not to enter our parking lot at this time.  This area is an area that we see a great deal of foot traffic with our students and parents who are walking to school.  We ask that you park your cars away from the school and walk to the school using our crosswalk.  Please refrain from dropping off children in the entrance way to the bus loading zone.  

Screen Tool
Please continue to use the screening tool for students each and everyday.  It is located on our website. This has been updated with the latest information that OPH sent out to come into practice, February 22, 2021.

Bussing
Just a reminder to check the OSTA website each morning for cancellations.  If they are not running in the morning alternative methods of transportation will need to be made for both before and after school.  As a reminder please be ready for your pick up site at least 5 minutes before your arrival time, and please be ready to board the bus upon arrival to your stop.  This will assist our Bus drivers with their schedules.  

Masks  
The Provincial Government is now mandating the wearing of masks for all students in Grade 1-12 effective January 25, 2021.  This is a new mandate for students in grades 1-3.  OSTA will also require masks on students in grades 1-12 who take OSTA transportation.  The new expectation is that everyone wears their masks outside.  

Lenten Activity
On Friday March 5, our Lenten Activity will be "Hat Day".

March Newsletter
The March Newsletter offers a suggestion for parent(s) / guardian(s) as we approach the warmer weather of spring.  "As the weather begins to warm up (we hope) students are asked to bring in an extra pair of socks and mittens and even change of clothes. Splash pants are also great options at this time of the season. As the snow gets slushy and puddles begin to form, warm, dry clothing for the afternoon recesses is a welcome site for our young, active students". This has often saved parents that trip to school in the middle of the day.

FSL Pathways Grade 3 - Grade 6 Parent(s) / Guardian(s)

posted Feb 24, 2021, 3:20 PM by Barry Oliver

This is a gentle reminder:  Please complete the French program selection using the electronic form that was sent to you on February 18, 2021. The due date for completion of these selection forms is February 26, 2021.

Concerns of Potentially Dangerous Wildlife

posted Feb 22, 2021, 7:34 AM by Barry Oliver

We did have a Coyote sighting today on Holy Redeemer Property.  An announcement was made, and we then prohibited  persons to exit the building for recess. A call was made to bylaw, however we were fortunate to have the Ottawa Police Service respond and come to our school and sweep the area. This was completed, and we were given the okay to have our recess. We were very thankful that the Police Officers continued to be present while we were on the yard. We will continue to be vigilant and follow the needed safety procedures to keep our school safe from this potential concern.

Changes to the COVID Screening Tool

posted Feb 22, 2021, 4:28 AM by Barry Oliver

Please see the letter that OPH sent Feb 21, 2021 to inform and update the screening requirements for Covid-19 for the school and Child Care Setting.

Weekly Update February 22 - February 26, 2021

posted Feb 21, 2021, 8:56 AM by Barry Oliver

FSL Pathways for Grades 3 and 6 Students

Parents of Grades 3 and 6 students will be selecting the FSL pathway that they feel would best meet their child’s needs for Grade 4 and Grade 7.  The FSL Pathways package was shared digitally with parent(s)/guardian(s) on February 18.  Parents will need to complete a form online to enroll their child in the pathway of their choice by February 26, 2021. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child(s) teacher.


Moving 2021-2022 School Year
If you are moving or plan to move for the 2021-2022 school year, we ask that you contact the school to update us with your address and/or intentions to register at another school.  We are in the process of staffing for the next school year, and this is information that plays a very large roll in this process.  We will also be reaching out to parent(s)/guardian(s) regarding Cross Boundaries. 
Reminders
We ask Parents to remind our students of the importance of hygiene (washing hands), social distance and mask wearing each day.  We make this a priority each and everyday at school to say these gentle reminders, as the importance of these practices can never be taken for granted.

Bus Lanes
Just a reminder that Bus lanes are off limits to parking, drop off and pick up during the hours of 8:00-8:45 AM and 2:30-3:15 PM. We also remind parents not to enter our parking lot at this time.  This area is an area that we see a great deal of foot traffic with our students and parents who are walking to school.  We ask that you park your cars away from the school and walk to the school using our crosswalk. Please refrain from dropping off children in the entrance way to the bus loading zone.  

Screen Tool
Please continue to use the screening tool for students each and everyday.  It is located on our website.

Bussing
Just a reminder to check the OSTA website each morning for cancellations.  If they are not running in the morning alternative methods of transportation will need to be made for both before and after school.  As a reminder please be ready for your pick up site at least 5 minutes before your arrival time, and please be ready to board the bus upon arrival to your stop.  This will assist our Bus drivers with their schedules.  

Masks  
The Provincial Government is now mandating the wearing of masks for all students in Grade 1-12 effective January 25, 2021.  This is a new mandate for students in grades 1-3.  OSTA will also require masks on students in grades 1-12 who take OSTA transportation.  The new expectation is that everyone wears their masks outside.  

Lent
This was published on a website that is run by the Catholic Charities of USA.  It is from a reflection that the writer William Ward wrote about the Lenten season.
 
Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. With in mind…let us read a reflection by William Arthur Ward entitled Fasting and Feasting.

Lent should be more than a time of fasting. It should be a joyous season of feasting. Lent is a time to fast from certain things and to feast on others. It is a season in which we should: Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling in them. Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of all life. Fast from thought of illness; feast on the healing power of God. Fast from words that pollute; feast on the phrases that purify. Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude. Fast from anger; feast on patience. Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism. Fast from worry; feast on hope. Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation. Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives. Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness. Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others. Fast from discouragement; feast on hope. Fast from suspicion; feast on truth. Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.

Weekly Update February 15 - February 19, 2021

posted Feb 14, 2021, 9:31 AM by Barry Oliver

Ministry of Education Update
On Thursday, February 11, 2021 the Ministry of Education provided an update regarding the March Break.  The government has decided to shift this year’s March break by four weeks from the original date of March 15-19 to a new date of April 12-16.

Lenten Activity
Please see the following letter for information regarding our 2021 Lenten project.  The letter will be sent via school messenger on February 16, 2021.

Ash Wednesday
On Wednesday, February 17, 2021 beginning at 9:00 a.m. our Ash Wednesday Liturgy will be celebrated with Father Jonathan.
It will be presented on the Holy Redeemer Church Facebook pageYou can access it via the church website, holyredeemer.ca, by going to ‘Our Parish’ at the top and clicking on ‘Mass Schedule’ OR by directly going on Facebook. The following update was provided to OCSB: this year, due to the on-going COVID-19 considerations, ashes will not be applied to the foreheads of students or staff during the service.  

Report Cards
The Parent Portal will go live on Thursday with report cards.  FSL pathway letters will be sent to Grade 3 and Grade 6 Parent(s)/ Guardian)s) via school messenger on Thursday. A  Report Card letter will be also be sent to all Parent(s) / Guardian(s) by school messenger on Thursday.  Please note:  This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment as required by the provincial public health guidelines. The pandemic may have resulted in the need for possible adaptations to curriculum and assessment practices. Ongoing communication with your child’s teacher will provide additional information pertaining to student progress. 

Reminders
We ask Parents to remind our students of the importance of hygiene (washing hands), social distance and mask wearing each day.  We make this a priority each and everyday at school to say these gentle reminders, as the importance of these practices can never be taken for granted.

Bus Lanes
Just a reminder that Bus lanes are off limits to parking, drop off and pick up during the hours of 8:00-8:45 AM and 2:30-3:15 PM. We also remind parents not to enter our parking lot at this time.  This area is an area that we see a great deal of foot traffic with our students and parents who are walking to school.  We ask that you park your cars away from the school and walk to the school using our crosswalk.

Screen Tool
Please continue to use the screening tool for students each and everyday.  It is located on our website.

Bussing
Just a reminder to check the OSTA website each morning for cancellations.  If they are not running in the morning alternative methods of transportation will need to be made for both before and after school.  As a reminder please be ready for your pick up site at least 5 minutes before your arrival time, and please be ready to board the bus upon arrival to your stop.  This will assist our Bus drivers with their schedules.  

Masks  
The Provincial Government is now mandating the wearing of masks for all students in Grade 1-12 effective January 25, 2021.  This is a new mandate for students in grades 1-3.  OSTA will also require masks on students in grades 1-12 who take OSTA transportation.  The new expectation is that everyone wears their masks outside.  

Show your spirit for Valentine's Day TOMORROW!!!!

posted Feb 11, 2021, 11:25 AM by Barry Oliver

Holy Redeemer students are asked to wear pink, red or white tomorrow to celebrate Valentine's Day on Sunday.
Just a reminder, that we ask students not to bring in cards or candy to hand out to friends this year.

Ash Wednesday Liturgy February 17, 2021

posted Feb 10, 2021, 4:26 AM by Barry Oliver

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021 beginning at 9:00 a.m. our Ash Wednesday Liturgy will be celebrated with Father Jonathan.
It will be presented on the Holy Redeemer Church Facebook pageYou can access it via the church website, holyredeemer.ca, by going to ‘Our Parish’ at the top and clicking on ‘Mass Schedule’ OR by directly going on Facebook.

Weekly Update February 8 - February 12, 2021

posted Feb 7, 2021, 9:34 AM by Barry Oliver


Concerns of Potentially Dangerous Wildlife
We have been made aware of Coyote sightings on Holy Redeemer Property.  The OCSB have Safe School Policies that address these types of concerns.  All Policies and Procedures are located on our Board Website.  If there are reports of potentially dangerous wildlife near or on school premise, then we would initiate a "Shelter-in-place".  This is part of our Safe Schools Policy. The definition of Shelter-in-Place is this:  A course of action taken by the Principal/designate to contain the movement of persons within the school by locking the exterior doors of the building and not permitting persons to exit the building.  The reasons for Shelter-in-Place will vary but in all cases the persons are not in immediate danger and can continue their daily routine within the confines of the school building

FSL Pathways for Grades 3 and 6 Students

Parents of Grades 3 and 6 students will be selecting the FSL pathway that they feel would best meet their child’s needs for Grade 4 and Grade 7.  Usually, information is sent in the first term Report Card envelope.  Since it is now distributed via the Parent Portal, the FSL Pathways package will be shared digitally to parents.  Parents will complete a form online to enroll their child in the pathway of their choice. 


Ash Wednesday Liturgy

The Ash Wednesday Liturgy will be celebrated with Father Jonathan on Wednesday, February 17 beginning at 9:00 AM via a you tube link. Once we receive this link, we will post this link on our website for the Holy Redeemer Community.


Valentine's Day
The Ottawa Public Health medicine unit recommends that we are not to distribute Valentines Cards. This also includes cadies or chocolates. As an alternative to hard copy Valentines Cards we will be looking at using interactive presentation software in place of physical cards.

Reminders
We ask Parents to remind our students of the importance of hygiene (washing hands), social distance and mask wearing each day.  We make this a priority each and everyday at school to say these gentle reminders, as the importance of these practices can never be taken for granted.

Bus Lanes
Just a reminder that Bus lanes are off limits to parking, drop off and pick up during the hours of 8:00-8:45 AM and 2:30-3:15 PM.

Screen Tool
Please continue to use the screening tool for students each and everyday.  It is located on our website.

Bussing
Just a reminder to check the OSTA website each morning for cancellations.  If they are not running in the morning alternative methods of transportation will need to be made for both before and after school.  As a reminder please be ready for your pick up site at least 5 minutes before your arrival time, and please be ready to board the bus upon arrival to your stop.  This will assist our Bus drivers with their schedules.  

Masks  
The Provincial Government is now mandating the wearing of masks for all students in Grade 1-12 effective January 25, 2021.  This is a new mandate for students in grades 1-3.  OSTA will also require masks on students in grades 1-12 who take OSTA transportation.  The new expectation is that everyone wears their masks outside.  
 

Valentine's Day Update

posted Feb 4, 2021, 6:20 AM by Barry Oliver

The Ottawa Public Health medicine unit recommends that we are not to distribute Valentines Cards. This also includes cadies or chocolates. As an alternative to hard copy Valentines Cards we will be looking at using interactive presentation software in place of physical cards.

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