Principal's e-letter June 2/17

posted Jun 2, 2017, 10:32 AM by   [ 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 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: 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
St. Pius X