Principal's e-letter Feb 10/17

posted Feb 10, 2017, 7:50 AM by william.barrett@ocsb.ca
"Dear parent/guardian,

On Wed February 15 we will have a Parent Information Night.  There will be two presentations: 6:15 - 6:45 for parents of students going into Gr. 10, 11 or 12 and at 7:15 for parents of students going into Gr. 9 and newcomers to our school.  You will also have a chance to meet with school staff to discuss different courses that students can take.  We will have representatives from a variety of colleges and universities present to answer your questions.  There is information on the the school board website about program pathways, course selection and the transition to high school from elementary.  A copy of the presentations will be posted on the school website after the presentation.

Student services staff will begin class visits next week, helping students with the course selection process.  Course selection is done on-line through MyBlueprint.  

A reminder that Semester one final report cards were distributed on Thurs Feb 9 and sent home with your son or daughter. 

Due to cold temperatures our second Welcome Wagon, the Winter Edition, for our Grade 9 students, was postponed to Friday Feb 17.  Please remind your Gr. 9 son or daughter to come dressed to play in the snow next Friday!  

Congrats to our winter season sports teams that are having very successful seasons.  We have had victories in boys basketball, girls volleyball and girls hockey this week.  Our Senior boys basketball team ended the regular season 9 - 0!  Thanks to our coaches who are helping us build our athletic programs, a great part of the education at St. Pius X.

A welcome to two new staff members starting on Mon February 13: Ms. Jennifer Miceli will be replacing Mr. O'Sullivan (off for surgery) and Ms. Amanda Caldwell will be taking on a new ESL class (our numbers continue to grow so we have been given additional staff).  

A reminder that if you received an Immunization notice from Ottawa Public Health you are encouraged to follow up on it and get your son or daughter's immunizations or their paperwork up-to-date.  Please contact them at 613-580-6744 or immunization@ottawa.ca if you have any questions.  You are encouraged to get this taken care of.  We want to keep the kids in school!  

A reminder to parents of grads that information is available about government assistance to support post-secondary education, this is known as OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program).  Check out their website for information. 

Please check out the calendar on our website for a full listing of events.

Have a good weekend!
Bill Barrett
St. Pius X
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