School News

Holy Redeemer Bus Numbers

Transportation Conformation 2022-2023

Please check the OSTA website daily.

RECENT UPDATE:

Effective Tuesday , May 17th, 2022, transportation will be reinstated to students currently assigned to the canceled morning and afternoon Holy Redeemer Catholic School Route V25 (Green). It will continue to be serviced by Voyago.





Buses

E 109 Brown

P 31 AM / E-111 PM Pink

V 189 Red

V 148 AM /V 126 PM Blue

V 25 Green

V 28 Purple


Carriers

V Voyago 613 836 0502

P Premier 613 253 8863

E First Student 613 688 0653

School Calendar

May 16 - May 20, 2022


Holy Redeemer School

in conjunction with

Kanata

McDonald's

invite you to a

Fund-Raiser Evening

Wednesday May 25th

4 – 8 p.m.

Twenty (20%) percent from your purchase will be returned back to the school. Simply bring the cutout to McDonald’s and present it to the cashier prior to placing your order to authorize donation from your purchase.

Funds raised from this evening will go towards supporting School Council initiatives.


Holy Redeemer Spring Basket Raffle

Please see information

Student Accounts

Last September, we assigned all students a new student account ending in stu.ocsb.ca, but we allowed them to keep access to their old student accounts ending in ocsbstudent.ca. We are now in the process of shutting down the old ocsbstudent.ca domain. As of July 14, 2022, accounts ending in ocsbstudent.ca will be deleted.

If there are Google Drive files in an ocsbstudent.ca account that you would like to keep, please transfer them to your new account before the end of June.

How to Transfer your Data

Still have questions about transferring your data?

If you still have questions about transferring your data, you can contact your educator. They can help you troubleshoot any problems you may have.

OSTA Transportation Last Notice

As you are aware, a mandatory confirmation process (link) has been implemented for all students eligible for transportation for the 2022-2023 school year. We wish to thank you for sharing the messaging of this new process with your school community.



Yard


May 16 - 20 Field / Pavement Alternate days


Fire Drill


Holy Redeemer completed their first fire drill of the Spring on May 12, 2022.

We were very pleased with the way the students completed this practice.

We will need to complete two more practice drills before the end of the school year.


SUNSENSE TIPS


1 Wear a bucket Hat!

2 Play in the shade!

3 Put on sunscreen

4 Cover Up

5 Wear Sunglasses



COVID UPDATE


Reporting and confirmation of daily screening is no longer required; however, staff and students are still required to self-screen before attending school.The provincial screening tool has been updated with new isolation requirements depending on vaccination status.The wearing of masks will be a personal choice for students and staff. PPE will continue to be provided until the end of this school year. Hand hygiene, improved ventilation, and enhanced cleaning will continue in our schools. The attendance data will continue to be posted at the Ministry site continues until further notice. Rapid Antigen Tests will continue to be available to staff and students to replace kits that have been used after an illness.




Parents Allowed in Schools

Parents/guardians are now allowed to be in schools to pick up their children or attend pre-arranged meetings. Parents will continue to have the option of participating virtually if that is their preference.



Volunteers

Principal-approved volunteers do not need to be vaccinated to come into a school. They do need to be on the approved volunteer list (and have a current criminal reference check).


Guests

Principal-approved guests are allowed in our schools (i.e. presenter to class or group of students)

Extracurricular Activities - all able to begin



Graduations, Leaving Ceremonies, Grad Retreats - all end-of-year activities are now allowed.

People are required to continue to wear masks in the following situations:

Return from international travel

Wearing a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including schools and childcare) is required for the first 14 days upon return to Canada from international travel as per current federal travel requirements

If you have questions about non-compliance related to international travel: Call the Public Health Agency of Canada (1-833-784-4397)

Post COVID-19 infection

If self-isolation is complete after five days, wearing a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including schools and childcare) is required for an additional five days.

Close contacts

If self-isolation is required for five days, close contacts coming off isolation must wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including schools and childcare) for an additional five days.

If self-isolation is not required, close contacts must wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including schools and childcare) for ten days.

When are other times to wear a mask?

  • It is important for each individual to assess their risk level and the risk of those they live and interact with. Individuals and their families must choose how to, rather than be mandated, to best protect themselves. This includes wearing a mask in indoor, outdoor or shared spaces.

  • Masking has been an important part of a layered approach to limit transmission of COVID-19 in schools and the community at large. Masks can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and add a layer of protection to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

  • For more information on different types of masks, how to improve the fit of your mask, FAQs, etc., please visit Ottawa Public Health’s Masks webpage.


School Council Meetings

Our next School Council meeting will be held Virtually.

Fundraising - now allowed without limitations



Cohorting - this is no longer needed.



Discretionary Activities

Although all restrictions in schools are now lifted, the following may occur at the discretion of the Principals:


Assemblies

These may now occur in small or large groups.


Field Trips

Although field trips are now allowed, the resumption of day or overnight field trips is at the Principal's discretion (and must be approved by the Superintendent when required - water activities or overnight stays, etc.)


**** We are taking a cautious approach with the restrictions having been lifted. In terms of planning for Leaving Ceremony we do have a date. The date for the Grade 6 leaving Ceremony will be Monday, June 27, beginning at 12:30 PM.



Transportation Confirmation School Guide


Updated Guide Guide 2


Please take note: When you register, it requires the student OEN number. Parents can find the OEN number on the parent portal by clicking on their child's name and the info will be on the right hand side. The OEN number is also on the report card.


PIZZA

Information

Ordering for May/June Pizza Days closed on April 28, 2022. No late orders will be taken. Please understand this work is being completed by our Office Administrator, and late orders involve a process that takes a great deal of time to complete. This is time that we do not have, so you must understand that is why we are unable to process late orders.

Pizza Days May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23

Questions regarding Pizza Days at Holy Redeemer.

Will I be reimbursed if my child is not at school for Pizza Day?

We are not be doing this. If your child is absent, the pizza which is in an individual box, will be stored in a refrigerator/freezer, and they may come to get their pizza when they return to school. Unfortunately we are only able to keep the Pizza in the fridge for one week. After that we will compost the Pizza that has not been claimed.

May I purchase individual weeks?

We are not offering it that way.

What happens if there is a snow day?

The pizza day will take place the next day.

What should my child do with the individual pizza box?

We ask all students to bring this home with them.



Water Fountains

Water fountains may be used again.

Regular water fountains may be used for drinking directly from the water fountain.


What will happen if there are staff shortages

We will strive to keep schools open for the remainder of the school year. However, if there are staff shortages, we may need to move to remote learning in the particular classroom and or school that is impacted. This will be a short-term solution until we can arrange appropriate coverage. There may be times where students may have the need to be cohorted as well.


Student Masks

If a parent/guardian would like a mask supplied by the school, we are able to provide the 2-ply cloth masks that we already have in the school. We received the 3-ply cloth masks for students from the government, they will be made available to our students.



OPH Flowchart

This flowchart of COVID Symptoms from OPH, may be helpful.



Parking

Parking continues to be a major concern once again this year. We continuously observe unsafe situations in front of the school, and in our parking lot involving our students. We ask our Parents to “walk a block”. This means parking on one of the adjacent side streets, and walking over to the school to pick up your child. We also ask that you do not use our parking lot during pick up time, and drop off. Please do not drop off or pick up your child in front of the entrance to the bus lanes, this is very dangerous. U Turns are also being made in front of the Crosswalk area, this creates very dangerous situations. Once again, a safer alternative is to park on the side streets, and walk a block.

We ask that no cars be in our Bus Loading Zone between 8:00 - 8:30 AM and 2:30 - 3:15 PM. This practice is in place to ensure the safety of both our students and staff.

School Website

We encourage all of our Parents/Guardians to check our Holy Redeemer website daily during the week. Updated information from the Board is published, as well as weekly updates from the school, as well as important dates which are listed on the school calendar. We also ask all parents to use the OPH screening tool which is also located on our website each and every day. Please take note that the information that is on weekly updates will also be sent via school messenger.

Yellow Bus

Just a reminder to check the OSTA website each morning as bus cancelations can happen anytime.


The Green Bus (V 25) AM and PM has been canceled. There has been no indication from OSTA as to when the route will return to service.



DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

As the weather begins to become more like spring, students are asked to bring in an extra pair of socks and even a change of clothes. Splash pants are also great options at this time of the year. Warm, dry clothing for the afternoon recesses is a welcome site for our young, active students. As a healthy active school, we certainly encourage our students to be active each and every day. With Spring comes the rainy season. Please refrain from buying or sending in umbrellas with your child(ren). With many children running around the yard with the points on an umbrella that can be very dangerous to eyes. A raincoat is a much better option.



Reporting of Covid Cases in Schools


The government is no longer reporting Covid cases in schools and OPH will not be doing contact tracing. We know that this change in practice is causing anxiety among many people.

If a parent informs the school (Principal) that their child has tested positive for Covid on a PCR or Rapid antigen test (RAT), or a staff member, we will record this is in a confidential manner. If classroom staff receive this information, it will be shared with the Principal.

At the end of the school day, the Principal will send a standard form letter to the parents and staff of the class that the student or staff member was in.


We will not be sending letters to entire school communities, bus cohorts, etc. just to the class. We will not be posting cumulative numbers of cases in a school/or the board.

No staff member or parent needs to report if they or their child tests positive for Covid; it is completely voluntary and the specific information (ie name of staff member or student) must be kept confidential.


We will only send out a letter for reported cases of Covid where the positive result is determined from a PCR or RAT test; we know that anyone who has symptoms of Covid, who tests positive on a RAT or PCR test, has the same outcome. They must isolate as per the direction on the COVID Symptoms flowchart.


Please be aware of Date

Event: Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony

Place: Holy Redeemer Gym

Date/Time: June 27, 2022 12:30 PM

Information for the Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony will be sent home in the very near future.

Upcoming:

Council Meeting May 18th 6:30 Virtual

Kindergarten Information Night May 19th

Spring Basket Raffle May 20th

Victoria Day May 23rd No School