School News & Announcements

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


May 29th

posted Jun 1, 2020, 10:09 AM by Teri Shurb

Hello parents and guardians

Thank you to all who were able to take part in the Spirit Week activities this week. We loved seeing all the submissions coming in each day! Mrs Shurb and I will be emailing the winners on Monday :-)

As we continue to wait for direction from Ottawa Public Health regarding collecting student’s items from the school, we want to be proactive and are asking you to complete this Picking up Items from School form to help us be as organized as possible. 

Thank you and we wish you a wonderful weekend!


School Council Update - Pizza

posted May 28, 2020, 1:47 PM by Roisin Philippe

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

May 24th

posted May 28, 2020, 1:46 PM by Roisin Philippe

Hello parents and guardians

What a fabulous weather weekend!! I hope you all managed to take in some of those fabulous rays! This week we are organizing a SPIRIT WEEK (with the rain in the forecast I think we may need some extra pep!) Teachers will be sharing a link with more information but here are the basics:
Monday May 25th - Safety Day

Tuesday May 26th - Paper Airplane Day

Wednesday May 27th - Sunscreen Awareness Day

Thursday May 28th - Burger Day

Friday May 29th - Paperclip day

We are asking that you either Tweet a picture of your participation each day (make sure you link us @stgeorgeOCSB ) or email myself Roisin.Philippe@ocsb.ca or Mrs Shurb at Teri.Shurb@ocsb.ca to show us your participation. At that time, let us know if you would like us to tweet out your pictures through the St George Account. We will be keeping track of who takes part in ALL of the activities so that we can enter their name in a draw :-) Fabulous prizes to be won!!

We continue to add to our bookshelf in our Bitmoji Office!  Check out the latest addition - Snow Day, just so we won’t complain about the rain, we can remember that not that long ago this was our reality!

I would like to also mention that our wonderful Parish, St George, raised funds to help support families in need at this time. I have been able to provide grocery cards to many families this week due to this donation! Thank you to all who helped make this happen. Should you need support at this time, please let me know. 

Have a Wonderful Week everyone! Stay Safe


May 19th Update

posted May 22, 2020, 11:04 AM by Teri Shurb

Hello parents and guardians

I hope you managed to enjoy some of that beautiful weather that we had on the weekend. It looks like we have officially turned the cool spring corner and that we are headed into nicer weather. We continue to pray for many who are suffering at the moment and we think about Capt Jennifer Casey’s family as they mourn her sudden death yesterday due to the Snowbirds crash. Our school staff think of all of you and hope that you are all keeping well. 

I have a few things to share with you today. As you may have heard, Premier Ford announced that schools will remain closed to staff and students for the remainder of this school year. You should have received a communication from the school board with an update as to where we stand in regards to accessing the school to retrieve items. If you did not receive this message, please go to this link to see the full message. The board continues to wait for approval from Ottawa Public Health on their submitted protocol for retrieving personal items from the school. They expect students and/or parents will be able to access the school sometime in June to retrieve their personal items. I am working on a plan that will permit controlled access once we are informed that we are ready to implement this protocol. I will keep you posted once we have approval and a plan in place. 

Our teachers continue to provide activities for our students and by the end of this week, all students at St George will have been invited to take part in a google meet with their classmates. Again, these are not mandatory and are completely at your discretion if your child wants to participate and if it works into your home schedule. 

Our Speech Pathologists with the board will be offering a workshop to our parent community on “developing your child’s vocabulary”  this Thursday at noon. Here is the registration link, It is geared for parents and hosted by CSPA. 

CSPA's Lunch & Learn series continues Thursdays in May at noon - click here for more info and to register  

Our school board continues to provide many PD opportunities for our staff on various tools to help with distance learning. This has been quite the learning curve for so many. One new tool that I played around with this weekend is creating a Bitmoji office. It is another way to help engage the students. Mrs Shurb and myself have recorded a few read-aloud that we would like to share with your children. You may have seen some of these before. We will continue to add to this bookshelf as we read more books. You need to first click the present button in the top right hand corner and then click on any of the books. This should then provide the read-aloud of this book. We hope that your children enjoy hearing our familiar voices :-) Here is the link to the google slide of our bitmoji office


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know. Roisin.philippe@ocsb.ca


May 8th Update

posted May 22, 2020, 11:03 AM by Teri Shurb   [ updated May 22, 2020, 11:03 AM ]

Hello parents,

Today is the last day of our Catholic Education Week and Mental Health Awareness Week. Today we have asked our students to compile a list of music that makes them HAPPY :-) Doing that activity here has brought about some varying styles in music ;-) Here are a few of our staff’s favourites: HERE COMES THE SUN (The Beatles), Happy -Pharrell Williams , Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves  Have your children share their favourites (and yours) with their teachers! We want to thank you for helping your children take part in the various activities that took place this week. We want to thank Msgr Hans for his personal message on Igniting Hope for our students. In case you missed it, here is the link to the YouTube video. We love how he mentions that we all want to go back to school!! That includes us as Educators :-) 


Help us make a difference to others: Our Catholic Education Team - Mrs Billowits, Mrs Hatoum and Mrs Caule, put together some amazing activities to remind us of how we can ignite hope in others. If you have been following us on twitter (even if you don’t have a twitter account, you can see our posts on the School Website as we retweet them, look for the following #OCSBHope) you can see that so many in our community are reaching out and sharing their inspiration for HOPE. The following links were shared with your child by their teacher this week. We originally had them split for various grades to complete but are now putting it out to any of our students to complete (they may want to do all three!) Flip Grid is a super easy tool to use. You just have to click on the link and it brings you directly to the page where you record your message. We asked students to either send a message of HOPE for the various organizations listed or to create a piece of ART and share it with others. Here are the links:

Grades 1,3,5 - Grace Manor

https://flipgrid.com/cd0ce608

Grades 2,4,6 -Civic Hospital

https://flipgrid.com/da3b758d

Kindergarten-Grocery store

https://flipgrid.com/5592202d

We were also incredibly fortunate, thanks to Mrs Hatoum’s efforts, to be able to reach the author Lauren Thompson who wrote "Hope is an Open Heart". She has recorded herself reading the book for our friends! How awesome is that! Here is the link 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XGgUfg3UtA&feature=youtu.be 


And last but definitely not least, Happy Mother’s day!

This year is certainly going to be celebrated in a different fashion than in previous years. No big family brunch or extended family dinner... Maybe some of you are unable to visit your mothers as they don’t live in Ottawa or are in a home. This will be a challenging year for most. We hope that Sunday can be a day where you can sit and reflect on how important you are to those little friends that you share with us. Now more than ever, your role as “teacher” has increased in layers. Maybe you’ll be spoiled with some homemade art or treats. We want you to know that we appreciate all that you do to help foster the love of learning and the characteristics that make our little friends such wonderful individuals, each with their own uniqueness and spark. Please take some time for you! We appreciate you too!!


Take care and stay safe!! 


May 1st Update

posted May 4, 2020, 6:26 AM by Roisin Philippe

Dear parents and Guardians!

Welcome to the month of May! The springing of flowers, the birds chirping, the warmer weather are great to help lift up our spirits. I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the weekend, while of course physically distancing ourselves and staying safe. 

The staff loves receiving personal messages from the students whether it’s about their school activities that they have provided or other neat activities they have been doing at home. We love that you are embracing the little challenges on twitter as well. Keep sharing! We miss our friends!!

This coming week is Catholic Education Week as well as Mental Health Awareness Week. Our staff has prepared some wonderful activities to mark this week in a very personal way. This year it will look very different to past years, we must embrace this change and seek out the positive that we can do. Please read this attached letter which provides more information about Catholic Education Week.


We are also aware of purchases that were made prior to Covid through school cash. As we were not able to deliver on the goods purchased (milk and popcorn) we have 3 options for  parents who made purchases.

  1. Do nothing and have the funds kept in the school budget for next year’s student activities.

  2. Send the school an email george@ocsb.ca requesting the funds be placed back on your credit card by May 8th. We will be processing these funds first on an emergency basis.

  3. Apply the funds for purchasing the same item next school year. Please send an email george@ocsb.ca indicating this choice.


Thank you for your continued understanding through these unprecedented times.


As we continue with distance/emergency learning, we understand that this is not always easy or feasible. Please remember this is optional and is at your discretion. Our teachers/educators are here doing their best to provide engaging, equitable activities to help increase our students' learning but they understand the difficulties involved in trying to accomplish this from a distance. Many of them have either little ones, teens, aging parents or other family members with health issues that they are caring for as well. They understand the difficulties with trying to have your child sit and do school work. Please remember that learning can happen anywhere, out for a walk, doing work around the house or in the garden, preparing food (I personally love this one!! - although there is a lot of baking happening in my house so I need to increase my exercise to balance things out!). We hope the activities we have put together for next week will help bring you together as a family and “Ignite some hope” for your family and our community. 

Take care and stay safe! As always, please reach out if I can be of assistance!


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