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Jan. 21 Update: Mental Health Resources

posted Jan 21, 2021, 7:57 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Please see the Mental Health Spotlight shared by our board.  This resource, and other important updates, can be found in the Ottawa Catholic School Parent Association’s January Newsletter.

Welcome to our Mental Health Spotlight! Each month the OCSB Mental Health department will be highlighting a different topic surrounding mental health to support parents, students and their families.

Mental health strategies for a safe and gentle return to school.

As we begin a new year, setting resolutions may feel like a “must do” to start the year on “the right path.” We often create our resolutions based on unaccomplished goals from the previous year and high expectations of ourselves on January 1st. Resolutions may eventually feel unattainable and perhaps even exaggerated at the best of times, but may have more power to disappoint during COVID-19.    

This January again will be different for our students and families as remote learning will be in full effect as a result of the lockdown in Ontario. Based on what we know from 2020, patience, flexibility and resilience in starting this new year are keys to success for parents, educators and students. It will also be essential to establish step-by-step strategies and routines as well as a renewed sense of hope that we will get past these times as a community constrained by COVID-19. Recognizing the presence of mental health concerns and identifying these concerns at an early stage is the best intervention. Providing caring support and listening to one another can go a long way towards preventing and/or worsening difficulties. 

Instead of focusing on resolutions, why don’t we use the start of a new year to prioritize time to model and promote self-care, bridging connections and relationships and empathy? Supporting mental health can begin by modelling behaviours and coping strategies. Several helpful stress management strategies that can be introduced at any age include:

Distraction strategies (e.g., doing something enjoyable to take a break)

Visualization strategies (e.g., taking a mini-vacation in your mind)

Noticing strategies (e.g., paying attention to everyday heroes and good news)

Thought-changing strategies (e.g., challenging negative unfounded thoughts and focus on positive thoughts)

Breathing and Relaxation strategies (e.g., learning to focus breathing and promote awareness)

As was noted in a December OCSB memo, if you are concerned about your child’s mental health, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers various services to help those struggling with mental health concerns. To learn more about how to talk about mental health, check out have THAT talk.

Please visit OPH’s Parenting in Ottawa mental health page for information about child and or youth mental health agencies. If you have a youth in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-260-2360, if outside Ottawa toll-free 1-877-377-7775.

Students and families can also contact Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.

Also, as noted in the previous month’s newsletter you may wish to read further on what you are observing. It is always best to consult credible, evidence-based sources of information. Here are a few websites to consider: 

●     https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/mentalhealth

●     https://www.anxietycanada.com/

●     https://smho-smso.ca/parents-and-families/ 

If your child does not seem to be improving and you are still concerned about their well-being, it may be time to reach out for additional support. You can contact your school Principal to learn about school mental health services such as Counselling Connect or contact School Mental Health Ontario for free mental health services in our community. School Mental Health Ontario also has many great resources for students, parents and families.

Wishing you all a safe and gentle return at establishing healthy school routines in your homes in this new year. 

Dr. Richard Bolduc, C.Psych.

OCSB Mental Health Lead

Special Education & Student Services Department


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1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
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January 22nd PD Day

posted Jan 21, 2021, 6:37 AM by Sean Crookshank

Just a reminder that January 22nd is a PD Day.  There will be no online classes or work provided in Hapara.  Stay safe!

Jan. 9th Update

posted Jan 8, 2021, 11:35 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year and hoping the Christmas Break was one of enjoyment with family.

As we have recently heard, students will be learning from home until Jan. 25th (at the earliest).  This is a stressful time for all and we need to continue to be supportive of each other.  I am truly amazed at the patience and understanding that everyone is showing as we navigate the challenges of these times.  St. Brother André is a wonderful and compassionate community.

If we continue to show flexibility and understanding we will get through this.  Continue to check your email for updates from the board, school and classroom educators.

Blessings to everyone and stay safe,

Sean Crookshank

Principal


ATTENDANCE:   Just a reminder that Attendance is still being done by the Homeroom teachers at 8:30 and 12:15. If your child is going to be late to a Meet or not able to attend virtually, you may send a message to the homeroom teacher.  Once the attendance is done by the Homeroom Teacher, it is turned over to Mrs. Benoit who sends out the electronic message. If you forgot to let the teacher know and receive a message, please email the school with your child's name and reason for the Late or Absence. We are still required by the Ministry of Education to keep daily attendance records. We understand that technical issues can be a cause and we will work through these things with patience!  Phone Messages are also being monitored regularly, if you have any questions or concerns.


VIRTUAL LEARNING TIPS:    Attached are some tips that you might find useful.

Parent Tips for Virtual Learning.pdf




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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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St. Brother André Feast Day

posted Jan 7, 2021, 6:39 AM by Sean Crookshank   [ updated Jan 7, 2021, 6:45 AM ]

We are very excited today, June 7th,  when in Canada St. Brother André's Feast Day is celebrated!  We are proud to call ourselves staff and students of St. Brother André School.

Holiday Spirit Day 2020

posted Dec 15, 2020, 6:37 AM by Sean Crookshank

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HOLIDAY SPIRIT DAYS 2020

To help everyone get into the holiday spirit we will be having two Christmas Spirit Days this week.

Wednesday: Wear Red, Green, and White to show your Christmas Spirit

Friday: Wear your Christmas hat, sweater, tie, decorations, etc. to end the week off in a festive mode.

We would also like to take this time to wish everyone a safe and restful Christmas Break during this unique time.  It will be different this year but remember to not forget the reason for the season.

Blessings everyone,

Sean Crookshank

Principal



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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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BE HOPE CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN UPDATE

posted Dec 2, 2020, 6:16 AM by Sean Crookshank

BE HOPE CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN

Just a reminder that this Thursday, December 3rd  will be “P.J. Day” (NOT Beach Day). These fun days for staff and students help support the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s "Be Hope Charitable Campaign". Funds will be directed to our board’s CEFO fund which supports families throughout our board that are in need. If possible, students are asked to make a small donation to support this cause. Donations may be made via School Cash Online or send in cash with your child. This is the last special day of our BE HOPE Campaign.

Be Hope Charitable Campaign

posted Nov 17, 2020, 9:35 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Be Hope Charitable Campaign

The following Thursdays will be fun days for staff and students to help support the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Be Hope Charitable Campaign. Funds will be directed to our board’s CEFO fund which supports families throughout our board that are in need. If possible, students are asked to make a small donation to support this cause.. Donations may be made via School Cash online or send in cash with your child.

Thursday, Nov. 19th: Team Jersey Day

Thursday, Nov. 26th: Beach Day

Thursday, Dec. 3rd:   PJ Day


We thank you ahead for your support.






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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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Progress Reports Update: Nov. 6th

posted Nov 6, 2020, 10:10 AM by Sean Crookshank

We have been notified by our Information Technology Department that  the Progress Reports will be posted to the Parent Portal as of 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10th. Report Cards will not be printed at the school.

If you are new to the school and/or have not already registered for the Parent Portal please click on this link. OCSB Parent Portal .

November Newsletter

posted Nov 3, 2020, 11:04 AM by Sean Crookshank

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November Newsletter

 

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Peace Prayer

The fruit of silence is PRAYER

The fruit of prayer is FAITH

The fruit of faith is LOVE

The fruit of faith is SERVICE

The fruit of service is PEACE

Mother Teresa



PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE


On Wednesday, November 11th, we will remember Canada’s soldiers, sailors and airmen who have given their lives for their country. There will be a short ceremony shared in the classrooms over Google Meets. Students who are in Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Sparks, Brownies, Guides or Cadets, are invited to wear their uniforms for our service.  

We look forward to taking the time to honour all those who have served our wonderful country.

Sean Crookshank

Principal 


POPPIES

Each student will receive a poppy sticker on November 11th. We do not have our usual donation box in the office this year. If you wish, you may make a donation using School Cash Online. The final total will be forwarded to our local legion to support our veterans.



PD DAY

On Friday, Nov. 13th, the staff of St. Brother André will be participating in professional development activities. Just a reminder that there is no school for children on that day. 


PROGRESS REPORTS

This year, elementary students in Gr. 1—8 will have the fall progress report card (Nov.9th) uploaded to the parent portal.  Kindergarten initial observations will be posted on the portal at a later date (Nov. 18th).

The fall progress report card:

  • Encourages early and ongoing communication between you and your child’s teacher.

  • Tells you how well your child is developing the learning skills and work habits we know are essential for success

  • Continues to report on all academic subjects-such as language, math, social studies, science and technology—but instead of assigning a grade or mark, it will tell you how well your child is progressing: “very well”, “well” or “with difficulty”

  • Highlights strengths and areas to improve before evaluations are completed

  • Includes comments from your child’s teacher that are personalized, clear and meaningful.

If you are new to the school and/or have not already registered for the Parent Portal please click on this link. OCSB Parent Portal .


PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS

The parent-teacher conference will occur over the week of Nov. 9th to 20th.  Your child’s teacher will contact you to discuss their progress and answer any questions you might have.


SCHOOL/PARENT COMMUNICATION

As most of you are aware, we use School Messenger to Communicate with our parent community. During the lockdown and into the start of the school year most messages were sent as “Emergency” messages to ensure the majority of people received our correspondence. If you are new to the school and/or you have never opted in to School Messenger, it is important that you check to ensure you are getting all types of messages. This is also particularly important for parents who have children attending the Virtual Academy as this is the main source of communication.

Opt in to receive emails

To receive all types of email messages, you must opt in. Otherwise, we will only send you emergency and attendance email messages.  (Families with children in our Board since 2017 and who had previously provided Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation(CASL) consent will receive General messages.)


You can opt in by creating an account with SchoolMessenger and choosing your contact preferences for each type of message. To receive any emails sent by the school, your preference must be set to “yes” for General Messages. To receive any emails that may be sent by your child's teacher, your preference must be set to “yes” for Teacher-to-Parent Messaging. 


Create your SchoolMessenger account

  1. Go to ocsb.ca/SchoolMessenger to learn how to create your account.

  2. Create your account using the email address you provided when you registered your child for school.

  3. Choose your contact preferences for each type of message.


Have questions? 

If you are having difficulty creating your parent account, please email the OCSB at School.Messenger@ocsb.ca.


MORNING DROP OFF BEGINS AT 8:15 A.M.

Therefore, for safety reasons, it is in the best interests of children who walk, ride their bicycles or receive a ride from a parent/guardian not to arrive prior to 8:15 a.m.


“SNOW DAYS” AND BUSES

In the event of a severe snow or ice storm, parents are reminded that local radio and T.V. stations will begin broadcasting cancellation of transportation starting at 6:00AM. Generally the schools remain open. Parents who drop off their children are reminded that they must make arrangements to pick them up as well - once buses have been cancelled in the morning they do not run for that entire day. 

The Board provides a link on the school’s website to inform parents of bus cancellations. (See the traffic light - red indicates cancelled busses).  As well, one can visit the  OSTA website for the latest updates on bus cancellations, late buses, etc. ( http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca)


LOCKDOWN AND SECURE CLASSROOM DRILLS

Throughout the school year the school carries out a number of drills to ensure the safety of students and staff. One such drill is a fire drill to practice evacuating the school. Another safety drill is a Secure Classroom Drill, in which students are secured within their classrooms. It may be necessary for students to remain in their classroom with their teacher for a variety of reasons such as medical emergencies, and so on. The third type of Drill that is practiced is a Lockdown. In a lockdown classroom doors are locked, lights are turned off and the students and teachers move away from doors and windows, to wait quietly until a Police Officer or the Principal unlocks the classroom door. This procedure would be used in an emergency situation to protect staff and students. Over the year this procedure will continue to be reviewed with staff and students. If you have any questions about any of these safety procedures, do not hesitate to contact the school. 


LATE ARRIVALS

Because St. Brother Andre School is committed to improving student achievement, we are concerned when a child arrives late to school for any reason. The process of education requires instruction that is based on

skill building, class participation, learning experiences and study. Frequent lates affect your child’s

learning opportunities. When students have too many absences and/or lates, they are missing valuable classroom instructional time.


The Education Act of Ontario, 1989, Sec.20 (5) states that, “the parent or guardian of a child who is

required to attend school under the section shall cause the child to attend school as required by this

Section.” Regulation 262 (1989), Sec 23 (d) under The Education Act of Ontario, 1989 states that “A pupil shall attend class punctually​ and regularly”.


We work very hard to ensure that your child receives the best education possible and are certain that you

share our concern regarding missed instruction. Please help us to provide the outstanding education your

child deserves by ensuring that your child is at school each day to participate in the learning on time.

The school bell rings at 8:30 and if your child isn’t in their classroom when the bell rings they are considered late and must be signed in at the office.  For the benefit of your child’s success, we thank you in advance for your support in this matter.


PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

 SELF SCREEN BEFORE COMING TO SCHOOL 


OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH SCREENING TOOL (click on link to read)


UPDATED SCREENING GUIDELINES (click on link to read)


*PLEASE REVIEW THE UPDATED SCREENING GUIDELINES CAREFULLY*




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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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Request for Virtual Learning

posted Oct 19, 2020, 11:51 AM by Sean Crookshank

If you would like to request virtual learning for your child, you MUST fill out the form at the link below by midnight on Thursday, October 22. You must fill out this survey even if you are currently on the virtual learning waitlist.

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