Principal's e-letter: Nov 11, 2016

posted Nov 11, 2016, 12:45 PM by william.barrett@ocsb.ca
Dear parent/guardian,

Today we remembered!  Our chaplain Richie organized a very moving Remembrance Day service, including song, drama, video, a talk from Canadian Forces personnel and prayer.  This is an assembly that really gets us all thinking about the impact of war in our world.  Hopefully we help our students be more appreciative of what is good in their lives plus wanting to work for peace in their lives and community.

As a follow-up our school will be joining a number of other schools in the board to go to Europe in the new year as part of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  The trip takes place from April 5 - 14.  There are still spots available if you are interested.  Contact Ms. Goldsmith or check out: www.explorica.ca (use the tour code: OCSBGoldsmith-1917).  

Today was the first of four sessions for the Girls Leading Our World group.  These gatherings will take place throughout the year usually on a Friday.  Your daughter may have participated in our Fusion group over the last two years.  GLOW is an outgrowth of that and is an opportunity for girls to come together with strong female leaders to consider many of the issues they face as they grow into adulthood.  

As you may know next year is the 150th anniversary of Canada and the City of Ottawa is planning lots of celebrations.  We are looking for two students to participate in a Human Chain on New Year's Eve at city hall which will include:  "the lighting of a symbolic cauldron and linking arms as a symbol of youthful optimism".  If you think your son or daughter might be interested in this please ask them to come and see me at the school.  

Next Tues November 15 Frank Ryan will be hosting a parent info session, featuring Dr. Jean Clinton, entitled, "Relationships Matter Connection is the Key: Why it is important to connect with our children".  It runs from 6:30 - 8:30.  Register at: http://bit.ly/jeanclinton

Congratulations to our Junior Boys Soccer Team who won the City Championship on Tuesday, defeating Earl of March on penalty kicks.  The boys had a great season capped off by this championship.  The Senior Boys Team also made the city final but lost to South Carleton 2 - 0.  They had an up and down season but really made a great run to the championship in the second half of the season.  The future of boys soccer is bright at SPX!

Next Thurs Nov 17 the Peer Helpers are running a coffee house for Grade 9 students only.  The event starts at 7:00 and will feature school talent.  Encourage your Grade 9 son or daughter to buy a ticket ($5).  The student council will begin selling tickets to their annual semi-formal dance, which will be held on Wed Nov 30 at the Centurion.  Tickets for this dinner-dance will be $45 on Wed Nov 15 and $50 after that.  Tickets usually sell out for this fun event.  

One of the great things about being part of the St. Pius X community is the many connections that are made in the community with people who were students or who worked at the school.  Recently I heard about former student Anne Beaudry who attended Pius in the late 70's.  Anne was just named Photographer of the Year in British Columbia where she now lives and works.  You can check out her work at: www.annabeaudry.com  Congratulations Anne!  

Finally, thanks to the Ruiter family who donated 60 pumpkins to the school for our Smashing Pumpkins Math activity.  Students had to do some research to estimate how many elastics placed around the middle of a pumpkin it would take to cause the pumpkin to explode.  Then they went outside to put their research into action.  Do you think you could estimate how many elastics it would take to split a pumpkin?  

Have a good weekend!

Bill Barrett
Principal
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