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
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