A Message to our St. Monica Community

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

In these challenging times I wanted to write to you personally to offer my thoughts and prayers. I am thinking of all of our St. Monica community members and especially those with family and loved ones directly impacted by the pandemic. At times like these it is so important to cling to our faith and to stay connected with one another. I encourage all to follow our twitter account: @StMonicaOCSB where I will continue to make make regular posts. In addition, the OCSB website can be accessed regularly for important updates. You will also receive important information from the board via school messenger.

Remember we are a strong and resilient community. Pray, stay well and take care of one another.

Sincerely,

Mr. Oliver

Principal

March 30 - April 3 Weekly Update

posted by Barry Oliver

Dear St. Monica Community,

School Closure:
In terms of the school closure, we know that Premier Ford did announce that schools would be closed beyond April 6th.  At this time, the Ministry has yet to announce anything further to this, however we should hear early this week about specifics. Once again Public Health data is informing this decision. 

Distant Learning:
The Ontario Government is adding to their Learning Portal.  The OCSB website will also look different in the coming week.  Resources from the Ministry and also from our Board will be located on our sites.  Navigation of this will be very user friendly. We will also be getting updates in the coming week(s) about Phase 2 of the distance learning plan.

Teacher outreach:
During the second week of school closure, our focus will be to see what barriers exist when it comes to the distance learning with our students. When our teachers connect with students / parents this week, we will be asking about this.  We will collect this data, and come up with plans to address the concerns.  Once again there will be minimal expectations put on our students, and no assessments will occur. The focus our our teachers is to support the learning of our students.  Once again they will be reaching out to you this week. 
 
Director Communication:
A memo form our Director will be sent out on Monday, March 30, 2020 via school messenger to the OCSB community.

Access to School:
In terms of access to our schools.  We are still under a State of Emergency, and we do not have access to our schools.  Once again, should this change in the future, we will take direction from OPH on protocol and procedures to access our schools during this time.

School year Calendar:
At this time there are no plans to extend the school year into summer.

Events Planned for April:
In terms of cancelling events that were planned for April.  We have been asked to cancel any gatherings for the month of April.  It is unfortunate that we will have to
cancel our Dance-a-thon.  At this time I do not know if this could, or can be rescheduled.

My thoughts and prayers are with our community.  My message to everyone is to follow the guidelines that OPH has given us, support each other, be positive and we will get through this.
I will post our April newsletter on our website, which will hopefully contain more information for our community.

Take care everyone,

Mr. Oliver
Principal
St. Monica Catholic School

A Message to our St. Monica Community

posted Mar 24, 2020, 9:15 AM by Barry Oliver   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 6:37 PM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

In these challenging times I wanted to write to you personally to offer my thoughts and prayers. I am thinking of all of our St. Monica community members and especially those with family and loved ones directly impacted by the pandemic. At times like these it is so important to cling to our faith and to stay connected with one another. I encourage all to follow our twitter account: @StMonicaOCSB where I will continue to make regular posts. In addition, the OCSB website can be accessed regularly for important updates. You will also receive important information from the board via school messenger.

Remember we are a strong and resilient community. Pray, stay well and take care of one another.

Sincerely,

Mr. Oliver

Principal

March 23-27 Weekly Update

posted Mar 21, 2020, 9:19 AM by Barry Oliver   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 4:38 PM ]

Dear St. Monica Community,

As we approach the March 23-27 week, I wanted to provide you with an update of what to expect.

Week One
Please expect that your child's teacher will reach out to you via email or by a phone call.
Your teacher will seek an update on how your child is doing.
Your teacher will also answer questions that your child has , or that you have.

Your child's teachers are here to provide support for their students.
Your child should plan on doing some school work each day.
There will be minimal expectations for this first week, we are looking at more planning for students.  This will come out shortly.
Please take note that "Learn at Home" was sent via school messenger.  This is an Ontario Government resource sent to support student learning while they are at home.
On our website, there is a list of activities "Learning at Home Ideas", this is located on the announcement page, it also includes a link to Learn at Home Ontario Government resource.
Your teacher may provide minimum work for students which they will share directly with parents via email or even Hapara.

Learning at Home Ideas

posted Mar 21, 2020, 8:13 AM by Barry Oliver

Please see the link "Learning at Home Ideas".  These are a list of activities that you can support your child's learning during school closure.
This link also includes a link to the Ontario Government Learn at Home site.

"Spring Fling" Dance-a-thon Fundraiser

posted Mar 6, 2020, 12:03 PM by Barry Oliver

Please save the date "April 17th" for the Spring Fling Dance-a-thon Fundraiser.

Terry Fox Run 2019

posted Feb 27, 2020, 10:34 AM by Barry Oliver

Our 2019 Terry Fox School Run was a great success!
We are proud to announce that St. Monica School has generously donated $4,368.00 for cancer research! The Terry Fox Foundation sends a big thank you to our school community for our generosity and support. 40 years later, Terry’s message of hope lives on and stronger than ever!

Social Justice Committee Update

posted Feb 20, 2020, 7:03 AM by Barry Oliver

The St. Monica Social Justice Team has once again this year, planned activities for our Lenten Charity initiative.  At this time, due to the Job Action, we will be postponing this initiative to a later date.

Sporting Events

posted Feb 13, 2020, 7:16 AM by Barry Oliver

Starting Feb. 18th, all future sporting events that require OT coverage have been put on hold.  
We will give an update when and if cancelled events can be rescheduled.

Crossing Guard Recruitment

posted Feb 4, 2020, 5:29 AM by Barry Oliver

Please see the link below that provides information on how to become a Crossing Guard in our Community.

https://ottawasafetycouncil.recruitee.com/


Director of Education Award

posted Jan 24, 2020, 6:05 AM by Barry Oliver

Congratulations to our very own Resource Teacher, Mr. Aaron Daciw who has been nominated for the prestigious Director of Education award.

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