School News & Announcements

Principal's final e-letter! June 30, 2017

posted Jun 30, 2017, 8:37 AM by william.barrett@ocsb.ca

Dear parent/guardian,

We have come to the end of the 2016-17 school year!

SPX summer office hours will be: 8:00 to 2:30 (summer school will be here starting July 5 but they are on their own schedule).

Final report cards will be available for pickup starting Monday July 10.  Come to the main office.  If your son/daughter has an outstanding textbook please bring these along to get that cleaned up.

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2017.  The ceremony on Wednesday was really enjoyable, a nice celebration of a good group of students, the next generation of "Xmen Alumni"! Thanks to all parents and family who came to support their son/daughter and to all the staff who were involved in organizing this event. 
 
In the coming weeks you will notice construction starting at the intersection of Fisher and Dynes.  The intersection is being rebuilt and sewers are being replaced along Dynes.  This may cause disruption to traffic.  We are working with the city and the contractor to ensure that students are safe when they return in September.  As information becomes available it will be shared with you. 

Bus transportation information will be available as of August 20 on the OSTA website .  Presto passes will be available near the end of August for those who are eligible.  Check the website and listen for a synervoice phone message with specific dates and times for pickup.  

If you have another son/daughter that will be coming into Grade 9, a reminder that there will be a Welcome BBQ on Thursday August 31.  Details will be available in August.  

Finally I would like to extend a warm welcome to next year's administrative team: Mrs. Alex Belloni, Principal, Mr. JP Clouthier, Vice-Principal and Mrs. Barb Arnold, Vice-Principal (returning for her third year at SPX).  It has been a pleasure working at Pius these past five years.  It was great to come back to the school that I graduated from and have a chance to work with a great community, staff, students and parents.  

Have a good summer!

Bill Barrett
Principal (retiring!)
St. Pius X

Graduation - Limited Parking

posted Jun 23, 2017, 9:51 AM by Brent Hopkins

Please note that parking at Centrepointe Theatre is limited.  It is recommended that guests arrive early to allow time to walk to the theatre.  A drop-off area exists near the doors to the theatre.  Click here to view the attached file which outlines the available options for parking.

The ceremony will begin at 12 pm on Wednesday, June 28th (101 Centrepointe Drive).

Principal's e-letter June 23/17

posted Jun 23, 2017, 4:42 AM by william.barrett@ocsb.ca

"Dear parent/guardian,

As we come to the end of exams attention shifts to some end of year information and our graduation ceremony.

This past Tuesday we had our final School Council meeting.  Thanks to the regular crew who came out faithfully each month.  They were a great group to work with, led by chair Rose Mason, and I will miss my monthly meetings with them in my retirement!  The council was pleased to have our new principal, Mrs. Alex Belloni join us.  Mrs. Belloni currently is principal at Sacred Heart H.S.  She is really looking forward to joining the SPX community!

For those considering summer school you should be registered now, if not see a guidance counsellor on Monday or Tuesday.  There is no more registration at school after Tuesday.  The last day for registration is Wed June 28 at St. Nicholas Adult High School.  Summer school starts on Wed July 5.

Final report cards will be available for pickup starting Monday July 10.  Check the website for time and location.

Grads are reminded that they must come in to pick up their gown on Monday June 26, between 11:00 and 2:00, in Room A106.  Another person can pick up the gown for a student but they will be asked to sign for it.

The grad ceremony takes place at 12:00 at Centrepointe Theatre.  Grads are to be there by 11:15 am at the latest!!  Entry into the theatre for parents and guests will begin shortly after 11:30.  Please have your tickets with you.

Another reminder for parents of grads, please encourage your son/daughter to enjoy the events that are planned to celebrate their graduation and refrain from getting involved in anything that may bring them into conflict with the school, for example, grad pranks.  Last year two students were not able to participate in the graduation ceremony due to their involvement in a prank that went out of control.  Encourage them to enjoy their friends and teachers but don't go too far!  The next school organized event for the grads is the graduation ceremony on Wed June 28 at 12:00 at Centrepointe Theatre.

Ongoing reminders:

Next year our school will be participating in the board's annual overseas enrichment trip which will be going to Germany, Italy and Switzerland.  Please go to www.explorica.ca for more information, enter Tour ID: Hall-5611.  If you register before June 30 you can get a $250 travel grant from Explorica.

Ottawa Public Health's campaign called, "Secure your meds", continues.  The goal of the campaign is to ensure that children and youth do not have access to prescription medication that is used by others.  Parents are encouraged to make sure that meds are locked up and that parents monitor their meds to ensure that they are not going missing.  You can check out: www.DrugDropOffOttawa.ca for more information about this campaign which is part of an overall campaign to raise awareness about opioid use and fake prescription drugs.  

In the coming weeks you will notice construction starting at the intersection of Fisher and Dynes.  The intersection is being rebuilt and sewers are being replaced along Dynes.  This will cause disruption to traffic.  We are working with the city and the contractor to ensure that students are safe.  As information becomes available I will share it with you.  

Have a good weekend!

Bill Barrett
Principal
St. Pius X

Summer School Registration

posted Jun 14, 2017, 12:43 PM by Brent Hopkins

Registrations being accepted for summer school credit recovery, reach ahead, numeracy & literacy skills courses. Click here for more information on the Ottawa Catholic School Board's summer programs.

Principal's e-letter June 8/17

posted Jun 8, 2017, 12:23 PM by william.barrett@ocsb.ca

Dear parent/guardian,

A reminder that tomorrow, Friday June 9, is a pd day. 

Thanks to all who were involved in the grad liturgy organized by Richie this past Wednesday.  It was a nice celebration of the class of '17.  Thanks to all parents/students who donated food for the reception.  The next school organized event for the grads is the graduation ceremony on Wed June 28 at 12:00 at Centrepointe Theatre.  Each grad received two tickets for the ceremony on Monday in homeroom.  We did our best to accommodate additional requests for tickets.  These were distributed on Thurs June 8. 

Another reminder for parents of grads, please encourage your son/daughter to enjoy the events that are planned to celebrate their graduation and refrain from getting involved in anything that may bring them into conflict with the school, for example, grad pranks.  Last year two students were not able to participate in the graduation ceremony due to their involvement in a prank that went out of control.  Encourage them to enjoy their friends and teachers but don't go too far!

Great job by Mr. Lamarche, Ms. Delorey and the students of the Rec Leadership class who organized this year's athletic banquet.  It was a great evening and a chance to celebrate students and staff who got involved in our Athletic program.  We had a very successful year, winning five city championships.  The number of teams we ran this year increased to 27!  We can't do every sport but we are doing our best to run a very complete athletic program for our students.  The year was capped off by Jr. Athlete of the Year, Madison McLean, winning gold at the provincial championships in javelin and Victor Wozniak, who came 8th competing in his first provincial championship.  
 
A reminder that next year our school will be participating in the board's annual overseas enrichment trip which will be going to Germany, Italy and Switzerland.  Please go to www.explorica.ca for more information, enter Tour ID: Hall-5611.  If you register before June 30 you can get a $250 travel grant from Explorica.

Ottawa Public Health has started a campaign called, "Secure your meds", the goal of which is to ensure that children and youth do not have access to prescription medication that is used by others.  Parents are encouraged to make sure that meds are locked up and that parents monitor their meds to ensure that they are not going missing.  You can check out: www.DrugDropOffOttawa.ca for more information about this campaign which is part of an overall campaign to raise awareness about opioid use and fake prescription drugs.  

Information about exam procedures will be distributed to students early next week.  If you have any questions please contact the school.

In the coming weeks you will notice construction starting at the intersection of Fisher and Dynes.  The intersection is being rebuilt and sewers are being replaced along Dynes.  This will cause disruption to traffic.  We are working with the city and the contractor to ensure that students are safe.  As information becomes available I will share with you.

Have a good weekend!

Bill Barrett
Principal
St. Pius X

Principal's e-letter June 2/17

posted Jun 2, 2017, 10:32 AM by william.barrett@ocsb.ca   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 10:35 AM ]

Dear parent/guardian,

We have entered the month of June and the end of the school year is in sight.  But we are not there yet!  Please encourage your daughter/son to keep plugging away, getting all their assignments done, giving their best on RST's and doing their best prep for exams.  It gets tough for the students to keep up their commitment as summer weather arrives (sort of) and energy levels drain but we hope they keep up their effort right to the end and show us their best.

For parents of graduating students a reminder that there will be a Grad liturgy and reception on Wednesday June 7 at 10:30 at St. Maurice Parish.  Grads are asked to be there by 10:00 am.  Parents are most welcome to join us.  

Two tickets for the grad ceremony will be distributed to each grad on Monday June 5 in homeroom.  Please see the announcement on our website for instructions on how to request additional tickets, which will be distributed on Thursday June 8.

A big thank you to the teachers involved in organizing this year's prom, under the leadership of Ms. D'Souza and Blanchard.  We had a great evening at the Chateau Laurier.  I received the following from one parent, "I wanted to say thanks to the teachers that worked so hard and successfully pulled off an enchanted prom for the kids.  [our daughter] was thrilled and all I've heard has been positive feedback from her friends.  Many thanks to everyone involved."

Congrats to this year's grads who won the Student Council Battle of the Grades, which acknowledges the grade that has the best participation and most spirit in activities organized by the Student Council.  Way to go class of '17

One final note for parents of grads, please encourage your son/daughter to enjoy the events that are planned to celebrate their graduation and refrain from getting involved in anything that may bring them into conflict with the school, for example, grad pranks.  Last year two students were not able to participate in the graduation ceremony due to their involvement in a prank that went out of control.  Encourage them to enjoy their friends and teachers but don't go too far!

Congratulations to the Boys Rugby Team that won the Tier 2 city championship on Monday over Ridgemont.  The team had a good season and it is good to have rugby back at St. Pius!  Thanks to Coach K and Ms. Delorey for leading this team.  

Next year our school will be participating in the board's annual overseas enrichment trip which will be going to Germany, Italy and Switzerland.  Please go to www.explorica.ca for more information, enter Tour ID: Hall-5611.  If you register before June 30 you can get a $250 travel grant from Explorica.

Over the past few weeks a number of our classes participated in the City of Ottawa Cleaning the Capital campaign.  Special thanks to Ms. Donahue's homeroom who did a cleanup in the condo community next to the school.  After the cleanup we had a call from the condo thanking us for their work.  We are doing our best to encourage our students to be good neighbours!

Congratulations to SPX Writes, our school writing club, which organized a very successful writing conference on Thursday May 25.  About 120 students had the chance to learn about the writing process from two professional writers.  The club is in its second year and is growing at the school.  A couple of our students have been recognized for their writing in local competitions.  Thanks to Mr. Walker who leads this group.

Ottawa Public Health has started a campaign called, "Secure your meds", the goal of which is to ensure that children and youth do not have access to prescription medication that is used by others.  Parents are encouraged to make sure that meds are locked up and that parents monitor their meds to ensure that they are not going missing.  You can check out: www.DrugDropOffOttawa.ca for more information about this campaign which is part of an overall campaign to raise awareness about opioid use and fake prescription drugs.  

A reminder that next Friday, June 9 is a PD for all students.  There are no classes that day.

Have a good weekend!

Bill Barrett
Principal
St. Pius X

Graduation - Ticket Information

posted May 29, 2017, 12:44 PM by Brent Hopkins

This is a reminder to the parents of our Grade 12 graduating students, that grad tickets will be distributed in homeroom on Monday, June 5th.  Every graduating student will receive 2 grad tickets.  Once they receive these 2 tickets, they will then have the opportunity to fill out a form to request additional tickets.  Please keep in mind that extra tickets are not allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, but rather equitably, among the graduating class.  We will do our best to accommodate your request for extra tickets.  If your son/daughter is granted extra tickets, they must be in homeroom on Thursday, June 8th to receive them. Please note that morning co-op students can pick up their tickets from the Co-Op office when they arrive to school.  Also, students with period 1 prep can pick up their tickets from the Library during period 1, on the days assigned above.  Please email Mrs. Jennings at marilena.jennings@ocsb.ca with any questions.  In addition, if anyone requires wheelchair access to Centrepointe Theatre, please let Mrs. Jennings know.

2018 Europe Trip

posted May 18, 2017, 11:50 AM by Brent Hopkins

St. Pius X is very pleased to present a fantastic European travel experience for our students next year. The 16th Annual Overseas Enrichment Trip will be going to Germany, Italy, and Switzerland! The travel dates are March 23 rd to April 1st, 2018.

This trip is subject to school board approval. Some of the highlights of the trip will be the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp and Memorial, and a tour of Venice. Students who are interested in more information are invited to attend a student lunch time meeting Thursday, May 25 in C305. Please see Ms Goldsmith for more details. Families can also go to www.explorica.ca, Tour ID is Hall-5611.

Principal's e-letter May 5/17

posted May 5, 2017, 12:11 PM by william.barrett@ocsb.ca

Dear parent/guardian,
  

This past week was Education Week across the province, a chance to celebrate the many good things that go on in our schools.  At St. Pius X we did the following:

-ran a number of Indigenous Awareness activities thru the week
-had six classes participate in the city's Spring Cleaning the Capital (we gathered 11 bags of garbage from the community)
-our dance team participated in the school board's Dance Showcase
-teacher Lili Bastianelli received a Director of Education award for outstanding work in our school and board
-did some collaborative activities with St. Augustine: rocket launching with the Grade 6's and reading French stories with Grade 1
-had our annual cake auction where we raised $2200 for Me to We charity work
-had our final ATC event of the year (a bbq, games and dance for adult members of the special needs community in Ottawa)

Another very special event was our annual Education Week mass, held on Thursday May 4, where we bused our Grade 9 to 11 students and the Grade 8 class from Frank Ryan to St. Maurice for a mass celebrated by the pastor Fr. Tim Devine.  We had great attendance, the church including the balcony was full.  Mass was followed by a reception in the parish hall where students were treated to 600 cupcakes made by Ms. Barnes one of our staff.  

On Thursday the Grade 12 students had a graduation events assembly, where the teachers involved in the various grad activities talked through details of their activity.  Students heard about the upcoming Grad Retreat (May 9), the prom (May 26), Grad Mass (June 7) and the Grad Ceremony (June 28).  Parents of graduating students should check in with their son/daughter if you have questions about these events.  A reminder that these are the only graduation related events supported by the school.  There may be other events that you hear about but they are not sanctioned by the school.  This is a good opportunity to talk about enjoying the celebration of high school graduation but making good decisions around how to celebrate.  We don't want to have students involving themselves in activities that lead to sanctions from the school and losing the opportunity to be involved in the official grad activities.  

We celebrate our Jr. Girls Volleyball team which won the Tier 2 City Championship on Monday, defeating Sacred Heart, 3 sets to 0.  This event capped off a great season for the team and marks the first girls volleyball title for our school since 1987!!  Also, last Friday the Girls Touch Football team won silver in a tournament they participated in at Beatrice Desloges.  Great work to all of our sports teams, the spring athletic season is well underway!

The school board has put out some information for parents about the Netflix series, "Thirteen Reasons Why", which deals with teen suicide.  You can access the information at the following link

Finally, on Tuesday we ran our second lockdown drill of the school year (we are mandated to run two drills per year).  This drill was called when students were moving between classes and was designed to help them consider how they could get themselves into a safe, secure and out-of-sight location if they were not already in a classroom.  Students and staff handled themselves very well in this potentially confusing situation.  Thanks to them for their cooperation.  We apologize for any disruption to plans that this drill may have caused.

A reminder to please check out the calendar on our website for a full listing of school events.

Have a good weekend!

Bill Barrett
St. Pius X

Important Graduation Information

posted May 4, 2017, 12:22 PM by Brent Hopkins

Today a Grad Assembly was held for all grade 12 students.  Important information about several upcoming graduation activities was shared.  Click here to view the Graduation Information Package that was provided to students.  

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