School News & Announcements

School Council meeting at 6:30pm this evening

posted Dec 8, 2020, 2:57 PM by Roisin Philippe   [ updated Dec 8, 2020, 3:51 PM ]

All are welcome. 

St George Message - Update

posted Dec 2, 2020, 4:50 PM by Roisin Philippe

Read the latest newsletter sent yesterday, December 1st through School Messenger. It is also available under the tab News & Links on this website.

Christmas Hampers

posted Nov 20, 2020, 12:59 PM by Roisin Philippe

Christmas is coming quickly! This year we are doing things a little differently in supporting our families during this Christmas Season. In lieu of having you come in to choose an Angel from our tree, we are asking if you can let us know via this CHRISTMAS GIFT CARD FORM if you are able to help us by purchasing a $50.00 gift card for a child in our school. Once you have made the purchase, please drop it off at the office on or before December 4th. 

Due to COVID restrictions, we will not be collecting non-perishable food items this year. If you are able to contribute money through SCHOOL CASH ONLINE - (Christmas Hamper Donations) we will be purchasing gift cards for groceries for these same families.

Thank you immensely for your generous contribution in helping our school community once again this year. Covid has made it especially challenging for many families.

Christmas Masks and scrunchies are on sale through School Cash online as well! Thank you to our very own Ms Emily for her hard work making these!


PARKING NEWS: It was discussed at our last School Council meeting that there are many safety concerns in regards to the parking and movement of cars on Patricia during the morning drop off as well as at dismissal time. Please read the following Memo for changes to parking on Patricia. 


Coming up: 

Reconciliation on Dec 1st.

Rainbow lunch on Dec 1st


MONSTER MASH update

posted Oct 29, 2020, 3:57 PM by Roisin Philippe

We have had an amazing SPIRIT WEEK so far! We are very excited about our MONSTER MASH tomorrow for the kids! Thank you to all who have helped with our fundraising this year. We realize that this is a very challenging year and appreciate the donations that have been made. We will be sure to make very good use of the money raise to enhance the educational experience of your child this year! Our grand total so far is… $4600.00. Our council has some amazing prizes for top fundraisers!!

The MONSTER MASH fundraising link is open for anyone to use: https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/48573/74/False/True 

 

In case you missed the fabulous video created by our Council, here is the link. 

Today, we had a new development as well… check out this message… VIDEO 

 

Just a reminder that it will be happening outside in the school yard. Please make sure that your child comes to school with the necessary clothing to spend extra time outside tomorrow. Also, please do not send your child with any accessories to their costumes, full face masks, or make up. Thank you for helping us follow the OPH guidelines. 

 

Thank you for your wonderful support!


Updates!

posted Sep 26, 2020, 7:57 AM by Roisin Philippe

If you missed a Newsletter, they can be found under the Tab News & Links, middle column, St George Newsletters

WELCOME BACK!

posted Sep 7, 2020, 2:29 PM by Roisin Philippe

We are very excited to welcome our Kindergarten - Grade 3 Dragons back tomorrow and our grade 4-6 back on Wednesday. Check out the tab News & Links for updated newsletters with pertinent information!
Sleep tight - A demain mes amis!!

June 26th

posted Jun 30, 2020, 7:53 AM by Teri Shurb

Hello parents and guardians

The end of the 2019-2020 school year has arrived. This is undoubtedly a school year for the record books! This year we were faced with adversity and the unknown and we came together showing resilience and collaboration! Hard to believe that it ended in such an unusual way but we are very thankful for all of your support throughout the year, especially as we navigated the new waters of Distance Learning.

We are so proud of all that has been accomplished during these weeks of Distance Learning. The staff and students as well as parents adapted to the “new ways” of learning, with very few bumps along the road. The variety of tools that teachers used to help engage the students and to assist with the learning has amazed me. I was especially proud of how our grade 6 team prepared a wonderful virtual leaving ceremony, that was personal and involved student voice. 

If you were unable to come to the school to pick up your child’s items, they will be returned to them in the fall once the school reopens. 

By now, you should have registered for the parent portal. There may be a slight delay in accessing the report cards but our IT team is working with the vendor on fixing all issues as they arise. The Parent Portal will be one of the ways we will be communicating with the parents moving forward. If you have not registered yet for the Parent Portal, please click on the following link to do so. For any inquiries about the Parent Portal please email  parentportal@ocsb.ca or call 613-695-3127.  


Re-entry: Our School Board is working at developing a plan for the fall. Please read the following information that has been provided by our Director of Education. Parent Update OCSB You will receive an email from the board in August. I will then be reaching out to you shortly after that with what the specific school plan will be regarding reentry. We can appreciate that it is difficult to not have a plan set at this time but we will do our best to get it out to you as quickly as possible. 


As we head into summer holidays, we would like to share with you the following resources. Please remember that there are many useful tools that can be found on the student portal through the school board. All students should know their login information. 


We would like to take the time to acknowledge a few of our staff who will be leaving us for other adventures. Every school year, we have staff who either were only assigned to our school for the school year or who are moving on to different schools in our board. We would like to thank the following educators for all that they have done for our students.

Ms Bowen (Educational Assistant)

Ms Charron (Early Childhood Educator - K2)

Mme Fierro (K1/K2)

Ms Hines (Educational Assistant)

Mr McCarthy (grade 1) 

Ms McCartney (grade 5)

Ms Meehan (Educational Assistant)  

Ms Miron (Educational Assistant)

Ms Zeleny (Educational Assistant) 

We wish them well on their next adventures. 

As you are already aware, Mrs Shurb has been transferred to St Thomas Moore to assume the VP role at a larger school. We will miss her but we wish her success in this new post.  We have two staff members who are officially retiring this year. Mrs. Gosselin who has been our part-time Office administrator will be enjoying retirement after many years with the OCSB. She has been a huge help in the office. Mme Beaulieu, (grade 4 FSL) is also retiring. She has been at St George for 25 years! We wish her many happy days enjoying her next adventures and look forward to her visits in the fall! We will be welcoming Mrs Jacqueline Lawlor back to the St George team this August. There will be a few more new faces next year that will be hired over the summer months. 


Please click on this link for further information from OSTA (Ottawa Student Transportation Authority)


Earlier in the year we shared this link as a fundraiser for the school. By clicking on this link, you will be able to see the fundraiser that the School Council has set up through Indigo. This is an easy way to support activities for the students next year. Thank you for your support!


Click here for a Final Summer message from some of the staff at St George!


Have a fabulous summer, we will be in touch again in August with an update as to what the 2020-2021 school year will look like, the plan for reentry, how we will be greeting the children on the first day, and other important information. Our goal will be to make the transition back to school as smooth as possible. Thank you once again for your patience and understanding. Your support through all of this has been very much appreciated.  

Take care and stay safe!


June 19th Update

posted Jun 19, 2020, 1:05 PM by Roisin Philippe

Hello Parents and Guardians

I hope this finds you well and that you have found ways to keep cool during these recent heat waves. This past week has been very emotional for all of us as we packed up student items and had to wish our grade 6’s Best Wishes from a distance. Definitely not the way we would have liked to have ended this school year. I am so proud of the virtual  Leaving Ceremony that Mrs Ozimierski, Mrs Endicott and Mme Clermont  put together for their students and families. The information that the teachers shared about each child and highlighting the Global Competency that they strongly exhibited this year, was as emotional for the teachers as I am sure it was for the students and parents. Those future leaders will be missed next year but we know they are moving onto bigger and better things, spreading their wings to explore what’s next! Our current grade 5’s have big shoes to fill but we know they have been watching carefully and will bring their own flair to the role next year. 


Some parents have asked about access to various tools on the student portal over the summer. 

Tools such as GSuite (e.g., Google Drive, Docs, gMail, etc) and WeVideo, Book Creator, Pear deck, that are OCSB subscription based, would be unaffected so the students should have access throughout the summer months.  

In terms of student access to software that is tied to specific teachers/classes (e.g., Raz Kids, Mathletics, Zorbits,etc), these are available for the month of July. 


We hope you have managed to sign up for the Parent Portal as this will be how you will be able to access your child’s report card. You should have received information on how to sign up from the school board directly. If you have not done so, please go to this link and follow the steps. 

https://www.ocsb.ca/parentportal/


Enjoy the weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!! 


Roisin Philippe


June 5th

posted Jun 5, 2020, 10:59 AM by Teri Shurb   [ updated Jun 5, 2020, 11:03 AM ]


Hello Parents and Guardians


 As our Director Denise Andre recently stated: “We acknowledge much work needs to be done to address systemic racism. We pledge to be part of the solution.”  (Here is the full link to the communication that was shared on June 3rd). 

The 60-minute special "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET.: The link to this along with other great resources can be found in this slide deck that was put together by some of the amazing educators within our board. There is something for every age available here: Supports for talking to children about racism 


We have been given approval by Public Health to have parents come to pick up their children’s items. We have planned for June 16th as our day for Parents to pick up students’ items for Kindergarten to grade 5. Please click on this link for further information. St George Process for Retrieval of Student Items


Grade 6 students are invited to come on June 19th in the morning. The schedule for this pick up will be shared with you by email. 


Take care and stay safe!


June 4th

posted Jun 4, 2020, 4:12 PM by Teri Shurb   [ updated Jun 5, 2020, 11:02 AM ]


Hello Parents and Guardians

I hope all is well with you and your family. With recent events being brought to light in the news, we are reminded daily that we need to continue to reflect on our actions and ensure that we are treating all people without discrimination. Everyone at St. George Catholic School and the Ottawa Catholic School Board is committed to equity and inclusion. Individuals and communities impacted by racism are in our thoughts and prayers. We all stand in solidarity with those who experience racism and injustice. Let us pray together for justice and equality everywhere.


A few updates for you this week:

Here is the link to our latest Read Aloud I am Enough by Grace Byers. Feel free to visit our Bitmoji office to listen to the previous Read Alouds that we have shared. 


Have you ever Prayed in Colour? Ask your children about this activity. We are going to hold a virtual praying in colour session this Wednesday, June 10th at 1pm. You are all invited! Read more about it here!


Since the Blue Spruce Reading Club was cut short due to Covid, the Ontario Library Association has sent out this Blue Spruce Book Shelf with links to read alouds for all of their 2020 nominated books. The books are being read by the authors which is an added bonus. Here's the link:        Blue Spruce Book Shelf


Here are a few links to virtual camps as we wait to hear which camps will open this summer. 

https://www.ourkids.net/camp/virtual-programs  

https://www.camps.ca/autism-camps.php#listing-tab 

https://scsonline.ca/services/childrens-case-management/


We will be in touch soon with our plan for picking up students’ items. Thank you for your patience and for completing the form from our previous message. This has helped with our planning. 


We thanked our volunteers this week, those of you who have helped out often with various activities at the school. We can’t say thank you enough. It is through your commitment to volunteering your time to support our initiatives that we are able to continue with many additional activities. We hope to see you again next year! 


On that note, we are looking for someone to take on the role of our breakfast program coordinator next year. If you are interested in finding out more about this position, please contact Siobhan Stewart at siobhan-stewart@hotmail.com


Grade 6’s! Reminder of our virtual Leaving Ceremony that will take place on Friday June 19th at 1pm. We will share the link closer to the date. 

Please click on this link: A Message to Grade 6 parents whose child will be attending Notre Dame.


Reminder from School Council: Please send questions/inquiries about Pizza Refunds to the council email stgeorge.council@gmail.com  not the school email. Please read below for instructions:

Pizza refund or Donation to St George School Council

 

Dear parents and guardians,

 

We hope that you and your families are all staying well during these uncertain times.

We are writing regarding PIZZA refunds for the last session of the school year. We held off on sending this email out until we had certainty as to whether the remaining school year would be cancelled. Now, our goal is to refund your pizza balance money in the most efficient and hassle-free way as possible.

In calculating the amount of money to be refunded, please note that each slice is $2.20, and three pizza Fridays had occurred prior to the COVID school-closing. The cost of the pizza for these three Fridays will be taken off the total amount of money refunded back to you for this session.

We propose two options for your remaining pizza balance:

(1)   E-TRANSFER Refund-  If you choose this option, please let us know by Friday, June 5, 2020.  Note that there is a $1.50 charge applied by the bank for using e-transfer. We will minus the $1.50 charge from the total amount you are due to be refunded.  We will send your pizza refund balance to this email address, unless you indicate in your email (by June 5, 2020) that you would like the e-transfer to be made to another email address. If you require this refund back on an urgent basis or by a different mode, please let us know asap--- we will do our best to accommodate your identified need(s).

 

(2)   DONATION to St. George School Council- The pizza lunch is a major fundraiser for the St. George School Council (over 50% of all funds raised yearly are from pizza lunches), and we greatly appreciate the school community’s support on this fundraiser. With these funds raised the council purchases items and supports a wide variety of activities in our school: field trips, x-country skiing, mindfulness sessions, special performers/presenters brought to our school, music, books, sports equipment, playground equipment, classroom supplies, chrome books, electronics,  etc.  As a result of potentially refunding money for the remaining pizza sessions, our fundraising numbers will be significantly lower than anticipated this year. Furthermore, we are aware that next year our fundraiser capacity is likely to be significantly lower. Bearing this in mind, please let us know by June 5, 2020, if you would like to donate a portion or all of your remaining pizza balance to the St. George School Council.

 

This refund process is being conducted by parent volunteers and our goal is to get the refunds back to you as soon as possible. We are restricted by the bank as to how many e-transfers we can get out a week, so please be patient with us as we process your request.  

DON’T FORGET to get back to us by email as to what your preference is for refunds by JUNE 5, 2020

email: stgeorge.council@gmail.com 


Thanks again for your support of the St. George School Council. Stay well, enjoy the summer, and we look forward to seeing you all in the fall!


Best Regards,

St. George School Council


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