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Terry Fox

“Anything is possible if you try” - Terry Fox

On Thursday, October 7th, all students from St. Monica school will participate in a cross country event where each cohort will be assigned a time to go outside and walk or run. This activity has been inspired by the Marathon of Hope initiated by Terry Fox and we invite all students to “try like Terry” to promote school and community spirit as well as taking part in a fun activity.

In the last 5 years, our community has donated over $10,000 to the Terry Fox Foundation. We are encouraging you to join our effort once again and donate if you can by visiting our fundraising page at this link: St. Monica Nepean. We will monitor our progress at school until October 7th.



FIRST COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

ST. ANDREW PARISH


ST. MONICA PARISH


FIRST COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

FOR THOSE CURRENTLY IN GRADE TWO, THREE, SIX AND SEVEN


Sept. 28, 2021


As the purpose of celebrating First Communion and Confirmation for school-age children is to allow them to participate more fully in the Sunday Eucharist, there is no urgency about having these celebrations while the children are unable to attend Mass during the Covid crisis. You may hear of some parishes doing so; you will find that, unlike us, these are dealing with very small groups of children.


While the ‘remote’ or school-based component of the preparation for these sacraments can continue as long as the elementary schools are operating, the ‘family and parish’ component depends upon the parents being able to bring the children to the church (or St. Joseph High School gym) regularly for Sunday Mass.


Therefore the Sacramental Preparation program will not begin until there are no restrictions on Mass attendance and St. Andrew Parish resumes Masses at St. Joseph High School. The process will begin with a parent meeting of one hour at St. Monica church hall, followed by registration and the distribution of materials. Since the meeting will not be optional, it will be repeated several times to better accommodate parent schedules.


The actual celebration of First Communion will take place over several Sundays, at different regular parish Masses, in small groups, and not by school. The candidates will be given a date for the celebration only after all requirements have been met. Whether this will be during the Easter season or the summer will depend on the timing of the end of the crisis.


The celebration of Confirmation has been held at the Cathedral on Sussex Drive on a weekday evening in the September following the school year of preparation. This has worked very well, and we hope to be able to do the same this time.


As always, if your circumstances make it too difficult to participate in the preparation this time, you are welcome to wait until next year. Grade Two is simply the minimum age for First Communion; the ‘typical’ age for Confirmation is set by the local Bishop and varies from age seven to fifteen. In Ottawa the typical age is eleven.


The dates of the parent meetings will be posted in our parish bulletin. If you wish to be sent a notice about the meeting, please reply to the Sacramental Coordinator, Milva Calla. She will send you information about registering as parishioners (if you have not done so already). When we have dates, she will invite you to attend the registration meeting. The registration must be in person, at the parent meeting.


May the Lord bless you and your family and keep you safe.



My child is not feeling well... what do I do?

Parents and guardians have the responsibility to check and screen their children before sending them to school on a daily basis.

The tool provides clear steps to follow whether your child has a simple runny nose or a full barking cough. Please follow the directions from the screening tool.


Students who are sick with any symptoms must stay home .Ottawa Public Health recommends that if your child has Covid-19 symptoms (fever and/or chills, cough or barking cough (croup), shortness of breath, decrease or loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea) to go to a COVID-19 assessment centre or care clinic to get tested as soon as possible. Your child and household contacts (for example siblings, parents/guardians) are required to self-isolate and stay at home while awaiting test results. If the test is negative (shows your child does not have COVID-19) your child may return to school 24 hours after symptoms have resolved or 48 hours after vomiting and diarrhea have stopped.

You can find more information on COVID related procedures here:

Supporting Schools - Covid related information from OPH



Message from your School Council

St. Monica School Council is looking forward to its first meeting of the school year on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Due to current restrictions, the meeting will be held virtually via Google Meet. Parents are encouraged to join and check out what the council is up to this year, get involved and get to know other parents of our awesome school community. Log- in information is found here meet.google.com/zpc-vxae-fhy as well as our Facebook page - St. Monica Parent Council. The agenda and more information about our council will be posted to the school website under "Parents" (https://mon.ocsb.ca/parents).

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As directed by the School Council constitution, the annual elections for School Council positions will be held Thursday October 7th, 2021 at 1900hrs during the School Council meeting. The location will be St. Monica School Learning Commons if in-person meetings will be permitted by then. Should restrictions remain, the meeting and voting will occur online via Google Meet and a link will be shared out at least one week prior to the meeting.

The following positions will be voted on:

  • Co-Chairs (2)

  • Treasurer

  • CSPA Representative

  • Parish Representative

  • Social Representative

  • Secretary

  • Community Representative

  • Communication Representative.

Should you be interested in a position, please forward your nomination form (attached) to the school by email (monica@ocsb.ca) or paper.

We are looking forward to seeing you on September 16th.

Your School Council co-chair Claudia Maley



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