Principal's e-letter Jan 13, 2017

posted Jan 12, 2017, 8:24 PM by William Barrett
Dear parent/guardian,

We are at the end of the week and  there are only 6 class days until the exam period.  Our focus during this time is getting course work completed and preparing for exams in the classes that have them.  Please encourage your daughter/son to give their best during this time.

Students taking Grade 9 Math this semester will be writing an EQAO test on Wed Jan 18 and Thurs Jan 19.  It is important that they are at school on these days to write the test which does count as part of their final grade in the course.   Contact your son or daughter's Math teacher if you have any questions.
Please note that the exam schedule has been posted on our website.  Exam days are Tues Jan 24 to Fri Jan 27.  The inclement weather day is Tues Jan 31.   Please do not plan for your son or daughter to be away on these days.  Semester 2 classes will begin on Tuesday Jan 31.  
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 613-5580-6744 or immunization@ottawa.ca if you have any questions.  Potential suspension notices have been sent out by Ottawa Public Health.  These would take effect on Feb 8 if immunization paperwork is not complete.  You are encouraged to get this taken care of.  We want to keep the kids in school!  
Parents of students in Grade 12 a reminder that applications to Ontario universities were due Jan 11 and to Ontario colleges by Feb 1.  Students or parents with any questions should contact their guidance counsellor.  As well information is now available about government assistance to support post-secondary education, this is known as OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program).  Check out their website for information.  The government has put aside more money to help support students attending college or university.  

Your yearbook team reminds you that we have only 50 books left to sell.  Don't miss out.  You can order online via the school website  

The school board's parent association, CSPA, continues to sponsor parent information sessions:
-Thurs Jan 19 "Educating Boys: Strategies for engaging boys in academic work"
-Mon Jan 23 "Strong not tough, the healthy family step plan to manage anxiety and prevent depression"
Check out the board's website for more info and to register.

Finally a reminder that our next School Council meeting will be held this coming Tuesday Jan 17 from 7:00 to 8:30 in the school library.  All parents are welcome to attend.

Have a good weekend!

Bill Barrett
St. Pius X
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