Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,
As we close out the 2020-2021 school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of our school community- students, staff and parents for your efforts during this unprecedented year. There have been many obstacles, but there is also a great deal to be proud of.
There are many aspects of school life that have been impacted, including academic, social and extracurricular activities. Our #ocsbHope remains to have a full return to all programs in September. We will continue to adhere to the parameters set out by the Board, the Province and Ottawa Public Health.
Next September, we welcome back Mrs. Hignell and Mme. Handrigan back from maternity leave. This time of year we unfortunately also say good-bye to educators, students and families. Please join me in thanking these educators for their time, effort and dedication to our school. Good luck to Mlle. Horth, Mr. Callahan, Mrs. Hurd, Ms. Oria, Mrs. Niedopytalski, Ms. Dagenais, Ms. Way, Ms. Kuiack and Ms. Dipelino next year at their new schools.The last day of school is this Monday, June 21st. Schools will be closed from June 28th - August 27th. However in these exceptional circumstances, if your family needs emergency support please reach out via the school email. We will be checking it every few days or so.
Looking forward to seeing everyone for the first day of school on Tuesday September 7th!
Wishing you a safe, healthy and happy summer!
Stay strong Shamrocks!
Student belonging pick-up and Chromebook drop off
In order to allow staff an opportunity to wish each of their students a wonderful summer and provide them an opportunity to congratulate them for all of their work this year, students are invited to come to the school on Tuesday June 22nd. This is an opportunity for students to pick up their personal items and return borrowed technology, etc. We will have an area set-up at the front of the school to drop off borrowed Chromebooks, pick up personal belongings and get their class picture. Please see the schedule below for your child’s time to visit the school to come. If your scheduled day/time does not work for you, please email the school at Patrick@ocsb.ca, and we will make alternate arrangements for picking up belongings and dropping off Chromebooks that you have borrowed. If you have more than one child, please choose the time that is most convenient for you.
Please note that students, parents and guardians will unfortunately not be permitted to enter our school.
8:30 to 9:45 — Grade 1 and Grade 2 students
10:00 to 11:15 — Grade 3 and Grade 4 students
12:15 to 1:30 — Grade 5 and Grade 6 students
1:45 to 3:00 — KP students
We are required to follow OPH guidelines. Therefore, while on school property, we have to follow protocols to ensure that everyone is wearing a mask, maintaining 2m physical distancing and there is no gathering/congregating of individuals.
Report Cards on Parent Portal
Final report cards will be shared through the ocsb.ca/parentportal. All grade K-6 June 2021 final report cards will be loaded into the portal for viewing on June 25th. In preparation for their release parents are encouraged to register in advance.
IEP (Individual Education Plan)- Board direction has stated that only students with modified and alternate pages in their IEP will be receiving a copy of the IEP. These students will receive the IEP in the mail or by email
Grade 6 Virtual Leave Taking Ceremony - Celebrating Class of 2021
Congratulations and best wishes to our Grade 6 students as they move on to Grade 7 in September. We are proud of all your hard work and accomplishments and you will certainly be missed. Thank you for all you've done for our school over the years. You have made an impact and left an impression on our school community. We know you will do great things!
Check out the Grade 6 Virtual Leaving Ceremony!
Thanks to the Grade 6 Educators for putting together the Ceremony.
Thanks to our School Council for the locker locks for our Grade 6 students.
Thank-you to Mrs. Girimonte for making the yummy cupcakes for our students in Grade 6!
2020-2021 St. Patrick Award Winners
Director of Education Award- William Hebert
Athletic Award (Female)- Alexis Reynolds
Athletic Award (Male)- Ty Williams
French as a Second Language Award (Extended)- Aadi Dua
French as a Second Language Award (Immersion)- Evan Ware
Learning Skills Award- Jennifer Laku & Jack Underhill
Catholic Women’s League Award- Blair Hayward & Ameila Kinahan
Excellence in Arts Award- Olivia Mazzuca & Laura Rodrigues
Valedictorians- William Hebert & Amelia Kinahan
Gradual Entry to Kindergarten
Parents and Guardians of new kindergarten students will be receiving an email at the end of June from your child’s educator. This letter will contain information regarding an intake interview time (to meet your child’s educators) and information regarding your child’s first day of school. Your child’s educator will also be reaching out to you at the end of August to confirm the intake interview time.
We are pleased that we are able to once again open the St. Patrick EDP site in the fall. Please see the attached EDP registration form for the fall.
OCSB Summer Camps are open for registration! We have a selection of fun, safe and engaging camps designed to create happy childhood memories. Experienced, quality service providers offer our Summer Camps. Visit http://conted.ocsb.ca/summer/summer-camps.
Mental Health Supports and Tips
OCSB Summer Groups and Parent Webinars
Try to practice good family strategies (e.g., maintain as much continuity and normalcy as possible with family activities) as well as thought-changing strategies (e.g., challenging negative unfounded thoughts and choosing to focus on positive thoughts). Please visit OPH’s Parenting in Ottawa mental health page for information about child and or youth mental health agencies. If you have a youth in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-260-2360, if outside Ottawa toll-free 1-877-377-7775.
Students and families can also contact Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.