School News & Announcements

Weekly Update Nov. 30th-Dec. 4th

posted Nov 28, 2020, 7:53 AM by Teri Shurb   [ updated Nov 28, 2020, 7:54 AM ]

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Monday, November 30 - December 4


In this issue

Prayer

Principal Message

        Week at a Glance

School Council Corner

      

 


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 

Hapara Work Spaces

#ocsbHowTo video “Use the Portal to access Student Hapara Workspace.


Virtual Academy

For our families that have opted for virtual learning  here is a blog  to connect with our elementary parents regarding our Virtual Program for Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6.


Parish Links

St. Bernard
613-738-1943 




Advent Season ..Week 1..Hope

The word 'Advent' comes from Latin and means "coming;" its purpose is to look forward to the coming of Christ to Earth; it was a season that focused on waiting. So, "Advent means something new is coming. The dawn of a new and better era. This is really what the Christmas season is all about, isn’t it? It’s the celebration of the ADVENT of a new era. God broke into time and space and entered our world" 

Let us pray:

Dear God, 

Bless and help our family to remember that Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the son of God, who is true man and true God.

Amen. 

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Principal Message

A wonderful week of snow, building forts and enjoying the outdoors! STM students are really trying their best to do their best.  Keep it up Wolf Pack.

Have a safe and happy weekend

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Angel Tree and Spirit Weeks

Next week is our Christmas themed Spirit Week.  

During this time, we continue to ask everyone to donate what they can so that we can further our commitment to Be Community and help out families in need this Christmas, both within our own school as well as our companion school St. Luke (Ottawa). Due to pandemic restrictions around the handling of cash, DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. Thank you for your generosity and your Be Community spirit!

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Week at a Glance

Monday, Nov. 30th

  • Festive Hair / Hat Day

Tuesday, Dec. 1st

  • STM Spirit Wear / School Colours Day

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Thursday, Dec. 3rd

  • Red and Green Day

Friday, Dec. 4th

  • PJ Day

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School Council Corner   

Fundraising Update  

FLIPGIVE is a hit!  Don’t forget to join the STM Flipgive Team in support of our school community, here is  our code when joining the STM team.    Code: ZXG4P5

Get started on your online Christmas shopping or purchase gift cards to use in-store to earn cash back for STM School Council. Major brands and retailers pay us a commission with every sale! Visit www.flipgive.com/join or download the app.

Supports for Parents

  Mental Health Resources (CSPA)

                             FOR GENERAL SCHOOL COUNCIL INQUIRIES,
                                                        PLEASE CONTACT:
                                                  stmschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Next meeting:  January 20th, 2021

Our Virtual Meetings start at 6:30pm. Virtual Meeting links will be sent out closer to the date of the meeting

  All parents are welcome!

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St. Thomas More School
1620 Blohm Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1G 5N6

Phone: 613-739-7131
Email: thomas.more@ocsb.ca
Website: stm.ocsb.ca
Twitter: ThomasMoreOCSB


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Weekly Update Nov. 23th-27th

posted Nov 28, 2020, 7:27 AM by Teri Shurb   [ updated Nov 28, 2020, 7:54 AM ]

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Monday, Nov. 23rd-Friday, Nov. 27th


In this issue

Prayer

Principal Message

        Week at a Glance

Wolfpack Wear

School Council Corner

      

 


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 

Hapara Work Spaces

#ocsbHowTo video “Use the Portal to access Student Hapara Workspace.


Virtual Academy

For our families that have opted for virtual learning  here is a blog  to connect with our elementary parents regarding our Virtual Program for Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6.


Parish Links

St. Bernard
613-738-1943 




Prayer for Students - Focus on Kindness

Let us pray:

 

God our Creator. You look upon each of us as a gift of creation, each with our own personalities, gifts and talents. Each one of us has a right to exist and to live lives of freedom and joy.  Sadly, this is not always the case. 

This week we focus on peace-keeping. We pray for everyone in our school community and elsewhere, who is feeling sad when they are not being treated with respect.  

Please, God, keep them from harm and give them hope. Give them the courage to share their burdens with others that they may receive the help and support they need to work towards solving problems in a peaceful way.  

 

Amen. 

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Principal Message

Hi, I am Elizabeth Dean and I have been in education for 36 years. As a recently retired Principal, I’m very happy to be joining the Wolfpack until Christmas break.  I’m also very glad to report that Mr. Risto is recovering well and looking forward to returning in the new year. Teri Shurb and I are already a great team. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 

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Angel Tree and Spirit Weeks

Everyone enjoyed our STM Bullying Awareness and Prevention Spirit Week. Our next spirit week is Christmas themed and starts on Nov. 30 with details in next week’s memo. During this time, we continue to ask everyone to donate what they can so that we can further our commitment to Be Community and help out families in need this Christmas, both within our own school as well as our companion school St. Luke (Ottawa). Due to pandemic restrictions around the handling of cash, DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. Thank you for your generosity and your Be Community spirit!

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Week at a Glance

Monday, Nov. 23rd

  • x

Tuesday, Nov. 24th

  • x

Wednesday, Nov. 25th

  • x

Thursday, Nov. 26th

  • x

Friday, Nov. 27th

  • x

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School Council Corner   

Fundraising Update  

FLIPGIVE is a hit!  Don’t forget to join the STM Flipgive Team in support of our school community, here is  our code when joining the STM team.    Code: ZXG4P5

Get started on your online Christmas shopping or purchase gift cards to use in-store to earn cash back for STM School Council. Major brands and retailers pay us a commission with every sale! Visit www.flipgive.com/join or download the app.

Supports for Parents

  Mental Health Resources (CSPA)

                             FOR GENERAL SCHOOL COUNCIL INQUIRIES,
                                                        PLEASE CONTACT:
                                                  stmschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Next meeting:  January 20th,  2021

Our Virtual Meetings start at 6:30pm. Virtual Meeting links will be sent out closer to the date of the meeting

  All parents are welcome!

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St. Thomas More School
1620 Blohm Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1G 5N6

Phone: 613-739-7131
Email: thomas.more@ocsb.ca
Website: stm.ocsb.ca
Twitter: ThomasMoreOCSB


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STM Weekly Memo Nov. 23-27

Weekly Update Nov. 16-20

posted Nov 18, 2020, 3:18 PM by Teri Shurb   [ updated Nov 18, 2020, 3:20 PM ]

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Monday, Nov.16th-Friday, Nov.20th


In this issue

Prayer

Principal Message

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

Staggered Arrival & Dismissal

        Week at a Glance

Wolfpack Wear

School Council Corner

      

 


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 

Hapara Work Spaces

#ocsbHowTo video “Use the Portal to access Student Hapara Workspace.


Virtual Academy

For our families that have opted for virtual learning  here is a blog  to connect with our elementary parents regarding our Virtual Program for Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6.


Parish Links

St. Bernard
613-738-1943 




Prayer for Students

God of Light and Truth, Thank You for giving me a mind that can know and a heart that can love. Help me to keep learning every day of my life, for all knowledge leads to You. Let me be aware of Your presence in all things and at all times. Encourage me when work is difficult and when I am tempted to give up; encourage me when my brain seems slow and the way forward is difficult. Grant me the grace to put my mind to use exploring the world You have created, confident that in You there is a wisdom that is real. Amen.

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Principal Message

Dear Wolfpack families,

I would like to inform you all that I will be away on extended leave as I have an upcoming scheduled surgery. In my absence, Principal Elizabeth Dean will be principal in charge alongside Vice Principal, Teri Shurb. I look forward to catching up with all of you when I return. Take time to enjoy your family and friends over this extended weekend. 

Yours in Education,

Chris Risto

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Staggered Arrival and Dismissal

A reminder that we continue to have the same staggered arrival and dismissal procedure at STM to reduce the number of students in the hallways and stairwells due to Covid. 

Arrival - between 8:15am  and 8:30am, students enter their assigned door and head directly to their classroom. Instruction starts promptly at 8:30am.

Dismissal - between 2:45pm and 3:00pm students head to bus lines, EDP or their designated door where either parents/guardians meet them or they walk directly home if they have permission.

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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Next week is bullying awareness and prevention week at STM. Classes have been asked to make posters to promote the anti-bullying theme we promote within the Wolfpack. Students will hear anti-bullying messages in the daily announcements led by a grade 6 student. And we also will have our first STM Spirit Week, see the week at a glance for each’s days themes. During this time, we are also asking everyone to donate what they can so that we can further our commitment to Be Community and help out families in need this Christmas, both within our own school as well as our companion school St. Luke (Ottawa). Due to pandemic restrictions around the handling of cash, DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. Thank you for your generosity and your Be Community spirit!

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Week at a Glance

Monday, Nov. 16th

  • PJ Day - Let’s Put Bullying to Sleep

Tuesday, Nov. 17th

  • Colourful Sock Day - Sock it to Bullying

Wednesday, Nov.18th

  • 6:30pm- Catholic School Council Virtual Meeting (A google meeting link will be sent out today for access to the CSC meet)

  • Pink Shirt Day

  • Initial Observation Reports for Kindergarten available at 5pm on the parent portal

Thursday, Nov. 19th

  • Team Jersey Day-Team Up Against Bullying

  • Last day to purchase Wolfpack Wear


Friday, Nov. 20th

  • Twin Day - Work Together to Stop Bullying

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Wolfpack Wear 

Just a reminder that Thursday, November 19th is your last chance to purchase Wolfpack wear.  Special note to our Virtual Academy Wolfpack members pick up/delivery arrangements will be made for our  students.   ____________________________________________________________________

School Council Corner   

Fundraising Update  

FLIPGIVE is a hit!  Don’t forget to join the STM Flipgive Team in support of our school community, here is  our code when joining the STM team.    Code: ZXG4P5

Get started on your online Christmas shopping or purchase gift cards to use in-store to earn cash back for STM School Council. Major brands and retailers pay us a commission with every sale! Visit www.flipgive.com/join or download the app.

Supports for Parents

  Mental Health Resources (CSPA)

                             FOR GENERAL SCHOOL COUNCIL INQUIRIES,
                                                        PLEASE CONTACT:
                                                  stmschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Next meeting:  November 18th, 2020

Our Virtual Meetings start at 6:30pm. Virtual Meeting links will be sent out closer to the date of the meeting

  All parents are welcome!

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St. Thomas More School
1620 Blohm Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1G 5N6

Phone: 613-739-7131
Email: thomas.more@ocsb.ca
Website: stm.ocsb.ca
Twitter: ThomasMoreOCSB


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Weekly Update: Nov.9th-Nov.13th

posted Nov 6, 2020, 9:08 AM by Chris Risto

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Monday, Nov.9th-Friday, Nov.13th


In this issue

A Prayer for Remembrance

        Week at a Glance

       Remembrance Day

   Indiginous Awareness     

                Month

       Progress Reports

Parent/Teacher Interviews

      STM Angel Tree    

          Campaign

Wolfpack Wear

School Council Corner

       

 


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 

Hapara Work Spaces

#ocsbHowTo video “Use the Portal to access Student Hapara Workspace.


Virtual Academy

For our families that have opted for virtual learning  here is a blog  to connect with our elementary parents regarding our Virtual Program for Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6.


Parish Links

St. Bernard
613-738-1943 




Week at a Glance

Monday, Nov. 9th


Tuesday, Nov. 10th

  •  Gr. 1-6 Progress Report cards are available at 5pm  for viewing in the OCSB Parent Portal. If you have registered for a Parent Portal account, you can login at this link: OCSB PARENT PORTAL

  • The school will send out our Remembrance Day Liturgy link today for parents to view at home. 

Wednesday, Nov.11th

  • Remembrance Day

Thursday, Nov. 12th


Friday, Nov. 13th

  • PD Day - No School for Students

  • No EDP for Students

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Remembrance Day

Dear Wolfpack families, we will commemorate Remembrance Day with a pre-recorded liturgy so that all students can safely watch within their own classrooms. On Tuesday, November 10th we will email all of our families the link to our Remembrance Day liturgy so you are able to view for November 11th. We continue to follow all OPH COVID safety rules and will place a stick-on poppy for each student in advance on their desk the night before November 11th. If you wish to make a poppy donation please visit https://legion.ca/donations

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Indigenous Awareness Month

November is Indigenous Awareness Month for OCSB. This month the Wolfpack are learning about treaties, land acknowledgements in class.  Our grade 6 students will be leading our Indigenous learning by delivering a daily morning announcement highlighting a number of different Indigenous events throughout the month of November         Please follow us  @ThomasMoreOCSB 

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Progress Reports / Initial Observation Reports (Kindergarten)

The  Gr. 1-6 Report Cards will be available on Tuesday, November 10th at 5PM using this link: OCSB PARENT PORTAL

Parent/teacher Interviews

         Dear STM families, our Parent/Teacher Interviews is a great opportunity for us to share academic progress and growth based on classroom observations, testing data, assessments, portfolios, in-class assignments and online assignments using Hapara. Our Parent/Teacher interviews will be conducted by phone or by google meet. Your teacher will be reaching out to you by email/phone shortly to set up an interview time and date to discuss your child’s progress.



All interviews will be conducted starting November 11th -November 18th. 

          I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of our STM educators for their ongoing professionalism and dedication to our students and STM families. Parent/Teacher interviews play a significant role in enhancing a child's education. Please take the time to read your child(ren)’s report card. Saying this, our educators have been preparing their notes and assessment in advance for your interview so that you have a better understanding of your child’s progress.  Their passion for teaching is infectious and they are to be commended on their ongoing professionalism. Thank you STM Wolfpack! 

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Dear Wolfpack families, St.Thomas More School is excited to celebrate two upcoming Spirit Weeks with our Wolfpack community: the first centered around anti-bullying for the month of November, and the second around the spirit of giving “Angel Tree Campaign” and the importance of loving our neighbour. Over the next 6 weeks there will be lots of fun activities planned for our students.  During this time, we are also asking everyone to donate what they can so that we can further our commitment to Be Community and help out our families in need this Christmas, both within our own school as well as our companion school St. Luke (Ottawa).

       Due to pandemic restrictions around the handling of cash, DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. Thank you for your generosity and your Be Community spirit! This year through gift cards purchased with your generous donations using school cash online, we are able to support our families in need.  Please watch for more information.

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Wolfpack Wear 


A great way to show your school spirit. A reminder that all clothing items including  masks, hats and school fanny packs will be available for purchase using School Cash Online until Thursday, November 19th. Special note to our Virtual Academy Wolfpack members pick up/delivery arrangements will be made for our  students.   ____________________________________________________________________

School Council Corner   

Fundraising Update  

 Join the STM Flipgive Team! A great way to support our school community, here is  our code when joining the STM team.    Code: ZXG4P5   So far we have raised $98.00 in support of our school. Way to go STM! We are hoping to reach our $1000.00 goal before the Christmas Holidays. Thank you in advance. CSC

Flipgive is a fundraising app & website that earns us cash for the things you’re already buying!Get started on your online Christmas shopping or purchase gift cards to use in-store to earn cash back for STM School Council. Major brands and retailers pay us a commission with every sale! Visit www.flipgive.com/join or download the app.

                             FOR GENERAL SCHOOL COUNCIL INQUIRIES,
                                                        PLEASE CONTACT:
                                                  stmschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Next meeting:  November 18th, 2020

Our Virtual Meetings start at 6:30pm. Virtual Meeting links will be sent out closer to the date of the meeting

  All parents are welcome!

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St. Thomas More School
1620 Blohm Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1G 5N6

Phone: 613-739-7131
Email: thomas.more@ocsb.ca
Website: stm.ocsb.ca
Twitter: ThomasMoreOCSB


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Weekly Update: Nov. 2nd-Nov.6th

posted Nov 2, 2020, 6:46 AM by Chris Risto

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Monday, Nov.2nd-Friday, Nov.6th


In this issue

Principal Message

Wolfpack Wear

School Council Corner

       Week at a Glance

 


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 

Hapara Work Spaces

#ocsbHowTo video “Use the Portal to access Student Hapara Workspace.


Virtual Academy

For our families that have opted for virtual learning  here is a blog  to connect with our elementary parents regarding our Virtual Program for Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6.


Parish Links

St. Bernard
613-738-1943 




Principal Message     

       Dear Wolfpack families, I hope that this weekly update finds you safe and well. It is hard to believe that we are about to start into the month of November, which is filled with all kinds of school activities, including  Remembrance Day, World Kindness Day, Bully Prevention and Awareness Week  and, of course the beginning of Advent. All these special times at STM provide us with the ability to highlight all the wonderful things our dedicated STM staff will be engaging our students in for the month of November.  A big thank you to our CSC for sponsoring our Spooky School Wide bingo. We were able to raise almost $200.00 for our CEFO charity. There is still an opportunity to support CEFO by making your contribution using school cash online.  It was also nice to have many of our Virtual Wolfpack student’s schedules allowed them to participate as well. Don’t forget to check out our Twitter account to catch all of the STM Halloween spirit #STMWolfpack. We have so much to be thankful for and let us take this time to remember all the blessings that we have been given. Yes, we do know that our school year is filled with challenges. Let's continue to take it one day at a time as we foster a "Whatever it takes" mind-set to keep us all together safe and healthy.  

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Wolfpack Wear 

 A great way to show your school spirit. A reminder that all clothing items including  masks, hats and school fanny packs will be available for purchase using School Cash Online starting this Sunday, November 1st to Thursday, November 19th. Special note to our Virtual Academy Wolfpack members pick up/delivery arrangements will be made for our  students.   ____________________________________________________________________

School Council Corner   

Fundraising Update  

FLIPGIVE is a hit!  Don’t forget to join the STM Flipgive Team in support of our school community, here is  our code when joining the STM team.    Code: ZXG4P5

Flipgive is a fundraising app & website that earns us cash for the things you’re already buying!

Get started on your online Christmas shopping or purchase gift cards to use in-store to earn cash back for STM School Council. Major brands and retailers pay us a commission with every sale! Visit www.flipgive.com/join or download the app.

Supports for Parents

  Mental Health Resources (CSPA)

                             FOR GENERAL SCHOOL COUNCIL INQUIRIES,
                                                        PLEASE CONTACT:
                                                  stmschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Next meeting:  November 18th, 2020

Our Virtual Meetings start at 6:30pm. Virtual Meeting links will be sent out closer to the date of the meeting

  All parents are welcome!

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Week at a Glance

Monday, Nov. 2nd


Tuesday, Nov. 3rd

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Wednesday, Nov.4th


Thursday, Nov. 5th


Friday, Nov. 6th

  • Teachers will be sending out parent/teacher interview communication next week.  Stay tuned

              


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St. Thomas More School
1620 Blohm Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1G 5N6

Phone: 613-739-7131
Email: thomas.more@ocsb.ca
Website: stm.ocsb.ca
Twitter: ThomasMoreOCSB


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Weekly Update: Oct. 26th-30th

posted Oct 23, 2020, 8:55 AM by Chris Risto

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Monday, October 26th-Friday, October 30th


In this issue

School Wide Bingo

CEFO Donation-Costume Day

School Council Corner

School Cash Online

Wolfpack Wear

EDP Update

       Week at a Glance

 


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 

Hapara Work Spaces

#ocsbHowTo video “Use the Portal to access Student Hapara Workspace.


Virtual Academy

For our families that have opted for virtual learning  here is a blog  to connect with our elementary parents regarding our Virtual Program for Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6.


Parish Links

St. Bernard
613-738-1943 




   School Wide Bingo 

           Dear wolf pack families, this year we all know that Halloween will not be the usual celebrations as in the past. And this year teachers and parents are not allowed to provide treats to students as in the past.  We hope to bring some smiles to our students by running a school wide bingo on Friday afternoon. A fun filled spooky celebration for our students for all their hard work and dedication these past couple of months.

Thank you to our amazing Catholic School Council for sponsoring our Spooktacular Bingo afternoon by providing each student with a treat and prizes for the bingo winners. This event would not be a success without the support of our amazing CSC and staff. ( Please note that we have taken all the necessary COVID safety precautions in the delivery of our student prizes and the running of our school bingo if you need further clarification of the safety steps involved  please contact myself chris.risto@ocsb.ca )


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Costume Day

       Reminder parents that our school wide costume day is Friday October 30th in support of our Catholic Education Foundation Fundraiser (CEFO). This foundation supports families in the Ottawa Catholic School board. STM Families will be able to make their donations this coming Tuesday, October 27th using school cash online.  Thank you kindly in advance for your support.

A few requests in regards to Halloween costumes…

       Please ensure that costumes are culturally sensitive. As per OPH direction we are able to wear simple costumes.  Please no costume masks or props, such as wands, swords, lightsabers, etc. Also, please understand that your child will be involved in a regular school day, so the costume needs to be able to withstand all regular school activities, including going to the washroom by him/herself and playing outdoors. Students will not be permitted to change clothes at school and must arrive in costume. And as always, if you prefer you may continue to wear black and orange. We Thank you for your cooperation. We certainly don’t want any disappointed children if the costume is ruined before the weekend. 

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School Council Corner   

        Hello to our wolfpack families, welcome to our first edition of the School Council Corner brought to you by your CSC.  Now that the STM Catholic School Council (CSC) is in full swing we will be providing you updates in the school weekly memos. Don’t forget you can always visit us at stm.ocsb.ca or email us directly with any questions you may have. We are here to help. Please see below for our school fundraiser and updated parent supports..

Fundraising 

Join the STM TEAM! We are pleased to share our Flipgive Team Code: ZXG4P5

Flipgive is a fundraising app & website that earns us cash for the things you’re already buying!

Join the STM team and help us raise funds in support of our school community. Get started on your online Christmas shopping or purchase gift cards to use in-store to earn cash back for STM School Council. Major brands and retailers pay us a commission with every sale! Visit www.flipgive.com/join or download the app.

Supports for Parents

  Mental Health Resources (CSPA)

                             FOR GENERAL SCHOOL COUNCIL INQUIRIES,
                                                        PLEASE CONTACT:
                                                  stmschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Next meeting:  November 18th, 2020

Our Virtual Meetings start at 6:30pm. Virtual Meeting links will be sent out closer to the date of the meeting

  All parents are welcome!

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School Cash Online

To our newest wolfpack families that have just joined the St.Thomas More Community.  We continue to use the convenience of online payments for parents in support of  all upcoming school activities, Student Agendas, and Wolfpack Wear and chari


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table donations.. For safety and efficiency reasons, we want to continue to reduce the amount of cash and cheques coming into our school. If you haven’t already done so, please take the time to register, by following the steps below. A brief clip below will give you an overview of the registration and online shopping experience.

Register Online:

Step 1: Please click on this link: https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com
Step 2: Register by selecting the “Get Started Now” and following the steps.
Step 3: After you receive the confirmation email, please select the ‘ click here ’          option, login in and add each of your children to your household account. Convenient,Safe and Secure PLEASE

NOTE: If you have any questions during the registration process or while shopping online, please contact the Parent Help Desk by calling 1-866-961-1803 or by e-mailing parenthelp@schoolcashonline.com

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Wolfpack Wear

Wolfpack Wear back by popular demand. A great way to show your school spirit. All clothing items including  masks, hats and school fanny packs will be available for purchase using School Cash Online starting Sunday, November 1st to Thursday, November 19th. Special note to our Virtual Academy Wolfpack members pick up/delivery arrangements will be made for our  students.   ____________________________________________________________________

Extended Day Program 

Before and after school care for  students in JK to Grade 6.

       Our Extended Day Program is a fun child care option for your child that offers an educational and recreational focus. It's operated by the Ottawa Catholic School Board and is held at your child's school. Your child will receive a light nutritious snack and participate in activities that may include group games or sports, arts and crafts, literacy and numeracy activities and drama. 

Fees and details 

$9.75 per morning 

$12.75 per afternoon 

$35 per full day (PD Days & March Break) 

Families are required to select a minimum of two days of service per week in either the before program or the after school program. On all regular school days, the Extended Day Program operates from 7:00 am until yard supervision and from school dismissal time until 6:00 pm. 

Please contact -ocsb.ca/EDP   613-224-4455 x2382

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Week at a Glance

Monday, October 26th


Tuesday, October 27th

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Wednesday, October 28th


Thursday, October 29th


Friday, October 30th

  • School Wide Bingo  (afternoon)

  • Costume Day                 


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St. Thomas More School
1620 Blohm Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1G 5N6

Phone: 613-739-7131
Email: thomas.more@ocsb.ca
Website: stm.ocsb.ca
Twitter: ThomasMoreOCSB


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Weekly Update:Oct. 19th-23rd

posted Oct 16, 2020, 11:20 AM by Chris Risto   [ updated Oct 16, 2020, 11:26 AM ]

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Monday, October 19th-Friday, October 23rd


In this issue

CEFO Donation-Costume Day

Winter Clothing 

       Week at a Glance

 


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 

Hapara Work Spaces

#ocsbHowTo video “Use the Portal to access Student Hapara Workspace.


Virtual Academy

For our families that have opted for virtual learning  here is a blog  to connect with our elementary parents regarding our Virtual Program for Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6.


Parish Links

St. Bernard
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Monday, October 19th-Friday, October 23rd


In this issue

CEFO Donation-Costume Day

Winter Clothing 

       Week at a Glance

 


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 

Hapara Work Spaces

#ocsbHowTo video “Use the Portal to access Student Hapara Workspace.


Virtual Academy

For our families that have opted for virtual learning  here is a blog  to connect with our elementary parents regarding our Virtual Program for Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6.


Parish Links

St. Bernard
613-738-1943 




         Dear Wolfpack families, knowing that Halloween may look a little different for our Wolfpack families this year, we are inviting all of the students from Kindergarten -Grade 6  to wear their Halloween costumes to school on Friday, October 30th. We don’t expect families to purchase a costume if you don’t plan on celebrating Halloween this year.  Our school wide costume day will be in support of our Catholic Education Foundation Fundraiser (CEFO). This foundation supports families in the Ottawa Catholic School board. STM Families are encouraged to donate 2$ using school cash online.  Thank you kindly in advance for your support.

A few requests in regards to Halloween costumes…

Please ensure that costumes are culturally sensitive. As per OPH direction we are able to wear simple costumes.  Please no costume masks or props, such as wands, swords, lightsabers, etc. Also, please understand that your child will be involved in a regular school day, so the costume needs to be able to withstand all regular school activities, including going to the washroom by him/herself and playing outdoors. Students will not be permitted to change clothes at school and must arrive in costume. And as always, if you prefer you may continue to wear black and orange. We Thank you for your cooperation. We certainly don’t want any disappointed children if the costume is ruined before the weekend. ___________________________________________________________________

Winter Clothing Update


Dear
wolfpack families, well the beautiful fall weather has finally given way to the cold and the rain, but I’m pleasantly surprised to see that it hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm and commitment of our wolfpack staff and students as we head into the colder months. Let’s begin to dress for the weather (outdoor boots/indoor shoes, hats, mits toques and snowpants) everyone. Staff have been setting up their rooms and hallways to accommodate the storage of indoor shoes, boots, coats and snow pants as well as providing socially distanced routines for students to change from their outdoor to their indoor clothing.  Students in grades 1-6 are welcomed to start leaving their indoor shoes at school. Each student has been provided a plastic bin to store their clothing items. 

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Week at a Glance

Monday, October 19th



Tuesday, October 20th

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Wednesday, October 21st

  • 6:30pm Catholic School Council Virtual Meeting (A google meeting link will be sent out today for access to the CSC meet)

Thursday, October 22nd


Friday, October 23rd

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St. Thomas More School
1620 Blohm Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1G 5N6

Phone: 613-739-7131
Email: thomas.more@ocsb.ca
Website: stm.ocsb.ca
Twitter: ThomasMoreOCSB


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Weekly Update: October 12th-16th

posted Oct 8, 2020, 9:50 AM by Chris Risto   [ updated Oct 9, 2020, 8:51 AM ]

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Monday, October 12th-Friday, October 16th


In this issue

Thanksgiving Prayer

Thanksgiving message

       Week at a Glance


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 

Hapara Work Spaces

#ocsbHowTo video “Use the Portal to access Student Hapara Workspace.


Virtual Academy

For our families that have opted for virtual learning  here is a blog  to connect with our elementary parents regarding our Virtual Program for Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6.


Parish Links

St. Bernard
613-738-1943 




Thanksgiving Prayer

 

Thank You, God, for all the wonderful blessings, for our daily meals, for clean drinking water and for sunlight, and for the cool breeze. I'm thankful for my family, my friends and my health. I'm thankful for my friends, to love and be loved. Thank You for this great country and for the freedom it offers. I'm thankful to be alive and praise You for all these wonders. I'm thankful that You have been so gracious to give Your only Son to us who gave his life and bore the unbearable for us sinners. On this Thanksgiving Day, I take the opportunity to give thanks for countless other things You provide us with on a daily basis.

                                            Amen

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Thanksgiving message


On behalf of the staff at STM we express our gratitude. Thank you to our Wolfpack parents/guardians for having faith in St.Thomas More Catholic School and for sending us your beautiful children. #ocsbthankful for your continued commitment to ensuring their success and our success. Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!


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Welcome to Saint Bernard Parish (Church is Open) St. Bernard

We, of Saint Bernard Parish, strive to be Welcoming and friendly to all - Renewed by the Holy Spirit - Strengthened by the Word of God - Carrying forth the Good News to all four corners of our Parish - Supporting and caring for one another in Love - Joyfully celebrating as St. Bernard Community. Come join us for Thanksgiving mass.

Saturday Evening - 5:00 pm

 Sunday Morning - 11:00 am

 For those of you that cannot make mass this weekend here is our STM Thanksgiving Liturgy  thank you to our student readers and Resource team for creating our Thanksgiving virtual liturgy.

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 OSTA Message

  Reminder to bussing parents that if you are not planning on using transportation, please opt out, and make space for others. We appreciate your consideration.  OSTA



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School Photos

Due to Covid -19 and OPH protocols  we have made the decision to postpone school photos until the springtime.

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Week at a Glance

Monday, October 12th

  • Thanksgiving Monday-no school for students


Tuesday, October 13th

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Wednesday, October 14th


Thursday, October 15th

  • Individual Education Plans (Students with IEPs will be sent home today for parent review)


Friday, October 16th

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St. Thomas More School
1620 Blohm Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1G 5N6

Phone: 613-739-7131
Email: thomas.more@ocsb.ca
Website: stm.ocsb.ca
Twitter: ThomasMoreOCSB


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Weekly Update: Oct.5th-Oct.9th

posted Oct 2, 2020, 11:06 AM by Chris Risto

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Monday, October 5th-Friday, October 9th


In this issue

Principal Update

Ottawa Public Health

       Week at a Glance

 


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 

Hapara Work Spaces

#ocsbHowTo video “Use the Portal to access Student Hapara Workspace.


Virtual Academy

For our families that have opted for virtual learning  here is a blog  to connect with our elementary parents regarding our Virtual Program for Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6.


Parish Links

St. Bernard
613-738-1943 




Principal Update

        We have completed our first month of school!  Our staff and students have been engaged in an incredible variety of learning activities this past month and the enthusiasm in our classrooms has been infectious. It’s great to be back everyone!  I have heard from many of our Wolfpack members comment that even with our ‘new normal’ it has been a positive start to the school year for our students and staff. A very clear sign that St.Thomas More continues to be a great place to learn. 

       This past month our students celebrated Franchone Day by wearing our green & white and  learning about our rich French Language history and cultural diversity to promote peace and solidarity. Our students also commemorated Orange shirt day, a rich learning initiative our wolfpack students engaged in by understanding that ‘Every Child Matters’. Another big part of September is our annual support of the Terry Fox Foundation. Even though our annual walk/run/roll for Terry looked a bit different this year, we were able to raise $388.00 in support of cancer research. Thank you to all of our wolfpack members for your generous donations. 

       Knowing that we are unable to host our annual Open House due to C19 restrictions, teachers will be sending out a short video elaborating on a few of the learning highlights that is taking place in their classrooms. As always don’t forget to follow your child’s educator on twitter to get a bird’s eye view of daily learning activities. 

       The St.Thomas More Catholic School Council  met this past week and the minutes from this meeting are available on the school website stm.ocsb.ca. Although our CSC contributes significantly to school events and fundraising endeavors, they also create opportunities for collaborative learning to occur between students and community members. Here is your 2020-2021 St.Thomas Catholic School Council,

Chair: Brenda Mason
Vice-Chair: Nina Oneid-Arej
Treasurer: Dawn-Marie Jamieson
Secretary: Romy Swann
CSPA Rep: Christina Noja
Parent Members at Large (5):
Debbie Schwalbe
Debbie Blakeney
Claudia Brown
Kevin Brown
Keyva Lashley
Teacher Rep: Angela Ross

Please join me in saying thank you in advance to all of our CSC members. Thank you! 

        Dear Wolfpack families, as the school year progresses, I want to emphasize that the most important focus of our school is on student learning and student wellness. In today’s world both learning goals go hand-in-hand. Our school goals are all aimed at  providing students with the outstanding opportunities that they deserve and the understandings that they need. We invite parents to join us in this work, and take the time to be highly engaged in what your children are learning. Specifically, we ask parents to:

  • Ask specific questions about what your child is learning in school – focus on a specific subject, topic, or teacher to help them strengthen the connections to what they have learned.

  • Read with their children. 

  • Stay informed about student accomplishments and challenges. Even though teachers will communicate frequently with parents, do not hesitate to ask questions about your child’s learning or how to help them improve.

  • Ask your child how they feel about what they are learning. It’s ok to identify our emotions in a risk free environment. 

  • Participate in school functions and activities, specifically during the upcoming virtual parent/teacher meetings

  • Emphasize the need for respect. This year we have expanded our understanding of respect by asking what it means to keep each other safe at school and at home. 

 The big question that our school will be  focusing on this year is “How do you know?” This requires our educators to think about things like “How do you know what a student has learned?” or “How do you know when a student is struggling or doesn’t understand?” When you’re talking to your  child at home, feel free to think about these same questions.

Please continue to use the school website to stay up-to-date about things that are happening in our school, and do not hesitate to let me know if you have questions or concerns. We will continue to email you our weekly memos for all school updates. 

On behalf of Teri and myself, Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!

Yours in Education,

Chris Risto

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Messages from OPH

Remember to be COVIDWise:

• W – Wear a mask or face covering where required, or when you cannot maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet).• I – Isolate yourself from others when you are sick (and get tested promptly if you have COVID-like symptoms).

• S – Stay two metres (six feet) apart from those outside your household.

• E – Exercise proper hand hygiene; wash your hands regularly or use sanitizer

especially before touching your face.  

*OPH is in the process of updating their website to include the new screening tool for students/staff/parents. We will send out formal communication on Monday, October 5th about the new OPH screening process. ___________________________________________________________________

K-3 Student Face Shields

Attention Kindergarten to Grade 3 parents- we still have face shields  that The Ministry of Education has provided the school with for our  Kindergarten to Grade 3. These are available to students at no charge if you would like one for your child in Kinder to Gr. 3. Just email Thomas.More@ocsb.ca to let us know. This is a photo of one of the shields, with the protective film on. Please note that these shields can be washed and are to be reused.

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Week at a Glance

Monday, October 5 th



Tuesday, October 6th

  •  Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast until sunset on October 6, 2020, the day of the funeral of the late Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner, who passed away on September 19, 2020. 

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Wednesday, October 7th


Thursday, October 8th



Friday, October 9th

  

    Thanksgiving Prayer

Thank You, God, for all the wonderful blessings, for our daily meals, for clean drinking water and for sunlight, and for the cool breeze. I'm thankful for my family, my friends and my health. I'm thankful for my friends, to love and be loved. Thank You for this great country and for the freedom it offers. I'm thankful to be alive and praise You for all these wonders. I'm thankful that You have been so gracious to give Your only Son to us who gave his life and bore the unbearable for us sinners. On this Thanksgiving Day, I take the opportunity to give thanks for countless other things You provide us with on a daily basis.
                                            Amen.

Have a safe and Wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend! 



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St. Thomas More School
1620 Blohm Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1G 5N6

Phone: 613-739-7131
Email: thomas.more@ocsb.ca
Website: stm.ocsb.ca
Twitter: ThomasMoreOCSB


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Virtual Catholic School Council Meeting -6:30 pm

posted Sep 30, 2020, 6:33 AM by Chris Risto   [ updated Sep 30, 2020, 6:36 AM ]

  Dear Wolfpack families, our first virtual Catholic School Council meeting will begin this evening at 6:30pm. All our welcome please use CSC Virtual Meet to join us. 

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