School News

Weekly Update February 26 - March 1, 2024



DRESS FOR THE WEATHER


I did not think I would be putting in this reminder so early, however with the upcoming week, I thought that this would be a good idea.


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.




Green Bus V-25


We have been notified by the operator that the cancelled PM bus V25 will be returning to service Monday February 26th.



Parent Council Movie Night


Parent Council is asking for your support in Beat the Winter Blahs Movie Night on Friday, March 1, 2024. The movie- Horton Hears a Who- will be shown at 7p.m, with doors opening by 6:30. For entry-by-donation, popcorn and water, please head to cash online (between February 20- February28) to make the necessary payments. Due to the legal capacity inside the gymnasium, we are only able to host one parent with current students at Holy Redeemer only. Please feel free to bring a picnic blanket.


Hope to see you there.


Parent Council



Popcorn Sales

Ordering for March is live from March 10 - March 19

Popcorn Sales

Holy Redeemer School will be doing a Kernels Popcorn Fundraiser.  Half the profits will go to the Grade 6 year end field trip and the other half will be donated between the Kanata Food Cupboard and the Stittsville Food Bank.

There are 5 flavours to choose from: Butter salt, Dill Pickle, Low-fat caramel, Salt & vinegar and White Cheddar.  All popcorn is gluten and nut free.

The cost is $2.50 per bag.

Orders will be done monthly. The 6th order will be for the following dates:   March 1, 8, 22.

To order the popcorn you will need to do so via Cash on line.  The Cash on line will go live for the March order from  Feb 10 - Feb 19, 2024.

Thank you for supporting the Grade 6 Fundraiser.

Sports

Our Girl’s Handball team had a fantastic time at their tournament on February 23, 2024.  Thank you Mme. DePippo for all the time and effort that was put into this team. 


Hot Chocolate Sales!


Dear Holy Redeemer Community,

Mme. Babineau’s grade 4 / 5 class will be selling hot chocolates! We will be selling them every Monday at lunch, from Monday, January 29th until Monday, March 4th. Each hot chocolate will cost $2. All the proceeds will support our project for the Ronald McDonald House Ottawa charity, which provides a home near the hospital for sick children and their families.

Our class project is to build portable video game carts. This will allow sick children staying at Ronald McDonald House Ottawa to easily play video games! These carts consist of a rolling utility cart with a Nintendo Switch and a portable monitor attached. Please go to the School CashOnline tab located on the Holy Redeemer Website. This will become live for Monday January 22nd and close Sunday, January 28th. You can then select which dates you would like your child to receive a hot chocolate. It will consist of 1 Hot Chocolate packet mixed with hot water inside of a disposable cup with a lid.

If you would like to further support our project, visit our  “Project Gaming Cart” website to donate or purchase products made by the 4 / 5 students, which include loom bracelets, stickers, slime, and an online cookbook for kids!

Thank you,

Mme. Babineau and the 4 / 5’s




Holy Redeemer Parent Council Hot Lunch Fundraiser

Lunchbox

How to order Guide

Lunchbox Snow Day Procedures





Lenten Project

It has always been a tradition at Holy Redeemer to donate non perishable food items to both the Kanata Food Cupboard and the Stittsville Food Bank.


The food drive will begin on March 18 and end on March 27.



Black History Month

February is designated as Black History Month.  For our prayers this month, we will take the opportunity to honour and pray each day for many of the achievements and contributions made by a variety of Black historical figures. Each week teachers  will introduce and speak about Black Historical figures.


FSL Pathways


Grade 6 Parents have received the FSL Pathways form.

Grade 6 Parents are asked to complete the French program selection using the electronic form included in the document that was sent February 14 and were asked to complete the form by February 22, 2024.


We are waiting for direction from the Board for the Grade 3 Pathways. We will let you know about this in the very near future.





Grade 6 Retakes

Just a reminder that the Grade 6 retakes will take place on February 28, 2024


Kindergarten Registration


Full Day Immersion Kindergarten online registration for 4-year-olds will begin and be open on January 15, 2024.


The following criteria must be met for registration:

Your child must be four-years-old on or before December 31, 2024

Original documents including his/her Birth Certificate and Proof 

of Address, Record of Immunization must be provided to Ottawa

 Public Health.

You are asked to complete the forms online during registration week.

An information session night will be held on May 16th, 2024 beginning

at 3:30 PM. Please see the  following  link .


KG Transportation Information



Winter Walk Day 

Celebrate Winter Walk Month by walking to school as many days as you can this February! Walking to school is a great way to encourage students to build healthy lifelong habits and engage in the many benefits of active transportation! 

https://www.envirocentre.ca/school-active-transportation/



Lateness

Lateness: We have noticed that lateness of students is occurring on a more frequent basis.  Please see the following:

What can I do to help my child attend school?

1) Make a commitment to do what it takes to get your child to attend school every day and on time.

2 ) Help your child get organized by setting regular routines for getting ready for school, both at bedtime and in the morning.

3) Make sure your child has plenty of sleep as this will help increase her/his memory and concentration in school. Experts suggest 11 hours of sleep for 4-6 year old's and 9–10 hours for older children.

4 ) It may be best to remove the phone, television and computer from your child’s bedroom as it is hard to supervise, what s/he is doing or how late s/he is staying up, in the privacy of the bedroom.

5)  If at all possible, set a regular time to do homework. Some children like to  have their snack after school and then do their homework immediately so that it is finished. Others like to have some free time after school and then complete their homework right after supper. It is important for a parent to be available at that time to help them as needed.

6) Communicate with your child’s teacher regularly and attend all  parent/teacher interviews. Studies show that children of parents who are involved in the school are more likely to graduate.

7) Talk to your child about her/his school day. You could say, for example, “Tell me something about your day?” or “What is happening in the book you are reading?”

8) Show your child you are interested in school and that school is important.

9) Try to schedule appointments outside of school hours.  If your child refuses to go to school or if he or she complains of being sick frequently and has to go home, talk to your child and her/his teacher.


Bus Lanes


Most recently we have observed several cars in the bus lanes during the off limit times.  We once again remind parents that these precautions are for the safety of our students, staff and you.


Drop Off /Pick UP If you are driving your child to school in the morning or picking them up at dismissal time, we ask you to park your car away from the school and WALK-A-Block. We ask that you do not enter the Bus Lane; these are off limits to all cars between 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM and 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  


WINTER PREPAREDNESS


We are very fortunate to live in Canada — a geographical wonderland of changing seasons to enjoy.  While we love winter and all the extra-curricular activities it brings, we must ensure that we arrive at school with the appropriate clothing it requires.  Students will be taken out for recess every day unless the weather is colder than –25ºC including the wind chill.  Students of all ages should be wearing their winter jackets and snow pants, as well as boots, mittens, hats and neck warmers. It is also a good idea for each student to keep an extra pair of dry socks and/or pants at school for those really wet, snowy days when you just can’t help but get wet!  

Please label all winter gear. It is imperative that ALL apparel be labeled so it can easily find its way back to the students. 


SNOW DAYS

In the event that extreme weather results in the cancellation of school buses, parents are not required to call in their child’s absence if they take a school bus.  The school will remain open.  Should you choose to send your child to school, parents are responsible for transportation to and from school that day.  School hours are from 8:30 to 3:00 p.m.  If you wish to have someone other than a family member pick your child up, a written request with your signature must be delivered to the office.

Arrival / Dismissal Drop off / Pick up

In order to promote the safety of our students at Holy Redeemer Catholic School, we have developed and implemented a plan to ensure the safe arrival and dismissal of our children. Parents and school staff have a vital role in this process. 

ARRIVAL: Children enter the drop off zone, which is located at the West end of the school . They do so between 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. The students will then cross over the school yard line.  The Grade 1-3 students will walk to the Primary area (pavement area up to the middle door) and the Grade 4-6 students will walk to the pavement area past the middle doors and upper field area. Teachers will be in these designated areas.  At 8:30 a.m. they will proceed into the school through their designated door, and be escorted with their teacher to their classroom. Please note that Parents/Adults are asked not to enter the school yard, and we ask that parents separate from their child at the school yard line and exit the school area immediately. Parents coming from the park area pathway are asked to walk along the sidewalk in the parking lot, and make their way to the front of the school, and then to the drop zone.  We do not want parents to be in the backyard area of the school. 

In the case of inclement weather, students will enter the school from designated doors, and be directed by staff to their classrooms. This occurs between the times of 8:15 - 8:30 AM. We ask for your full cooperation to implement them safely. 

Dismissal:  Our students will be staggered in their dismissal beginning at 2:50 and ending at 3:00 p.m.  They will exit from their designated doors, and make their way to the drop off zone area.  If parents are here to pick up their child, we ask them to wait on the sidewalk to the North,  and the area directly in front of the school.  The area in front of the school can be a heavy traffic area, and become very congested when you are waiting. That is why we suggest the sidewalk to the North. Our JK/SK students will be escorted to the drop off zone area beginning at 2:50 p.m. and handed directly to Parents/Guardians. If Parents/Guardians are here to pick up JK/SK students, please stand to the West side of the drop off zone. Once you have your child, please exit the area immediately.  We ask that you do not congregate on school property. From 2:55-3:00 p.m. our Grade 1- 3 students will be escorted to the drop zone area.  Once again we ask Parents/Guardians to stand to the West side of the drop off area.  Once you have your child, please exit the area immediately.  At 3:00 p.m. our Grade 4-6 students will be escorted to the drop zone area. Once again we ask Parents/Guardians to stand to the West side of the drop off area.  

Parking

Parking has always been a  major concern at Holy Redeemer.  We received many  reports of unsafe situations in front of the school last school year, and in our parking lot involving our students over last year. We want to be proactive and avoid these situations.  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.  This area is part of our Bus Loading Zone which occurs between 8:00 - 8:30 AM and 2:30 - 3:15 PM. We ask that no cars be in this area at this time to ensure the safety of both our students and staff.

ONLINE PAYMENTS

For safety and efficiency reasons, we want to reduce the amount of Cash & Cheque's coming into our school.  School related expenses will be available online for you to make the payment.

Parents please register.

Here is how:

Step 1 Go to this website:

https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com

Step 2 Register by selecting the “Get Started Now” and follow the steps

Step 3 After you receive the confirmation email, please select the “click here” option, sign in and add each of your children to your household account.


Pizza 

Once again Pizza will be delivered on Thursday February 29, 2024.  We ask that all of our students take home their individual Pizza boxes. Please also note in case of inclement weather on Pizza Day we cancel Pizza, and reschedule the Pizza day for another time.  We give Parents this information once the day is arranged. If students are able to come to school on an inclement weather day which happens to be a pizza day (it does occur from time to time), they will need to bring lunch.


Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day is an annual event against bullying. Participants wear pink shirts to raise awareness about bullying, particularly in schools. Pink Shirt Day was started in 2007 in Canada, where it is held on the last Wednesday of February each year.


Staffing

We would like to welcome Ms. Aashna Aashna to the Holy Redeemer Community.  Ms. Aashna will be teaching the Gr. 4/5 and Grade 5  classes.

We also welcome back Mme. Legg from her leave.  Ms. Legg will be teaching the Kinder Green and Kinder Purple classes.

Dates

Pink Shirt Day  February 28, 2024

Grade 6 Retakes  February 28, 2024

Pizza Day  February 29, 2024


















Parent Council Hot Lunch Fundraiser


Holy Redeemer Parent Council Hot Lunch Fundraiser


Lunchbox

How to order Guide


Popcorn Sales


Ordering for March is live from March 10 - March 19

Popcorn Sales

Holy Redeemer School will be doing a Kernels Popcorn Fundraiser.  Half the profits will go to the Grade 6 year end field trip and the other half will be donated between the Kanata Food Cupboard and the Stittsville Food Bank.

There are 5 flavours to choose from: Butter salt, Dill Pickle, Low-fat caramel, Salt & vinegar and White Cheddar.  All popcorn is gluten and nut free.

The cost is $2.50 per bag.

Orders will be done monthly. The 6th order will be for the following dates:   March 1, 8, 22.

To order the popcorn you will need to do so via Cash on line.  The Cash on line will go live for the March order from  Feb 10 - Feb 19, 2024.

Thank you for supporting the Grade 6 Fundraiser.







  


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