School News & Announcements

Distance Learning Waitlist

posted Sep 23, 2020, 10:21 AM by St. Thomas More School   [ updated Sep 23, 2020, 10:23 AM ]

As was previously mentioned to parents in a school-wide email, we are not allowed to enrol any more students into the Virtual Academy until the next reporting period (late October, early November). 
The exact date for switching has yet to be announced by the Board, but in the meantime we are asking interested parents to apply to our Wait List. Please only fill out this form if you would like your child to switch to virtual learning or in-class learning in November. You do not need to fill this out if your child(ren) are already in the class format that works best for their learning and your family.

These decisions are at the discretion of the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Ministry of Education, so we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work together with our peers at the Virtual Academy.

Weekly Memo: September 21st.-25th

posted Sep 21, 2020, 10:38 AM by Chris Risto

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Monday, September 21st-Friday, 25th


In this issue
School Council Update

 Transportation Changes

Family Contact Information

            Week at a Glance

 


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 

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 Council Update 


Dear Parents / Guardians,  Are you interested in being a member of the St.Thomas More Catholic School Council? If you are, please take a look at the What is your School Council information sheet to get a better idea of the role of the school council here at St. Thomas More. The document also outlines what the responsibilities are of the different  positions on the Council. 

This year we will be meeting virtually every month unless things change and we are able to meet in person. In order to attend the meetings, you do not have to be a voting member of the Council. Any parent is certainly welcome to attend any of our meetings even though they are not voting members. We will certainly be looking for new and innovative ideas, especially this year, so everyone is always welcome. Come join us our first Catholic School Council Meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30pm. A meeting link will be sent to you for all to attend next week. 


If you are interested in nominating yourself for a council position, please complete the attached nomination form and return it to chris.risto@ocsb.ca


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Transportation Changes   

The bus runs seem to be settling in for STM. Some of our parents are still in the process of making changes to their child's transportation this year, such as bussing home instead of attending EDP. We ask that if you have changed your child's transportation this recently, to  please contact the school as soon as possible. Unlike previous years, this year we are  required to assign each child a seat on the bus. The sooner we know, the easier it is to make these changes. Please make sure you call or email the school Thomas.More@ocsb.ca. As always, please go to ottawaschoolbus.ca if ever you need to review your child's transportation, receive cancellation notices and call OSTA if there is any confusion. Thank you for your ongoing patience as we continue to implement these extra steps to keep your child safe.

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Family Contact Information

Traditionally at this time of year we would send home a Student Verification Form for each student to allow families to confirm information is up-to-date and correct.  We require current information for:

  • primary, and in some cases, secondary home addresses, 

  • home phone(s), 

  • Cell and/or work contacts for parents, 

  • emergency contact names and phone numbers.

In lieu of passing paper forms between school and home, and back again, we are asking our families to verify their information via the Parent Portal.   Here are the steps to access your current information on the parent portal

  1. Login to parent portal

  2. On the left sidebar click on the child's name. Repeat if you have additional children as the emergency contact information may be different.

  3. On the left sidebar under the tab ‘General’ click on contacts

  4. Review your present contact information and please email the school Thomas.More@ocsb.ca should you have new or changed information. 

Now is a great time to register / log into your Parent Portal account because OCSB has hired staff to troubleshoot any issues with the portal for the first few weeks of school.  

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For our annual Terry Fox Run! Individual classes and staff have a  scheduled time and day this upcoming week to walk/run around the school property in support of Terry Fox. You will have received an invite from School Cash Online to make a charitable donation in support of the Terry Fox Foundation.  For more information about Terry’s legacy please visit  Terry Fox Foundation

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Home and School Screening Practices

Dear Parents / Guardians: Please ensure that you screen your children daily using the OPH Screening Tool for students before sending them to school. If a child develops symptoms during the school day, as a precaution we are asking you to pick up your child from school as directed from Ottawa Public Health. Please review  this OPH letter for further clarification. Unfortunately, this includes runny noses and unexplained sore tummies.

When children come in from recess times and outdoor play during the cold weather and have a runny nose we will monitor these students to allow time for the students to warm up and for their noses to clear up first before make a call home.

           In the event that your child needs to stay home, all of our teachers continue to upload  all student classwork to Hapara so that any children who must be away from school can continue with class assignments at home. 

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Week at a Glance

Monday, September 21st

  • Designated classes to run or walk in support of the Terry Fox Foundation


Tuesday, September 22nd 

  •  Designated classes to run or walk in support of the Terry Fox Foundation

Wednesday, September 23rd

  • Designated classes to run or walk in support of the Terry Fox Foundation


Thursday, September 24th

  • Designated classes to run or walk in support of the Terry Fox Foundation




Friday, September 25th

Friday, September 25th is la journée du drapeau Franco-Ontarien. Join us by wearing  green & white, the colours of the Franco-Ontarian flag to celebrate the accomplishments of the francophone community past, present, and future here in Ontario.. So let's all celebrate this wonderful day on September 25th! For more information please visit  Franco-Ontarian History

Vive la francophonie!



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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 Memo: September 14th-18th

posted Sep 15, 2020, 9:55 AM by Chris Risto

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Monday, September 14th-Friday, 18th


In this issue
School Update 

     Arrival/Dismissal Routines

  Late Arrivals / Early Dismissals

          Social Distancing Rules

          Transportation Update

              Bus Routines

             Loaner Devices

Medical Consent 

Week at a Glance

 


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 

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 Update 

                              Dear Wolfpack families and students, the first week of school is in the books! Thank you to all of our staff, students and parents for making our first week back a successful one. I would especially like to take this opportunity to thank our Virtual Academy teachers for the immense task placed before them for this year's startup. We know that there have been many technical issues that needed to be sorted out this week. Thank you team Virtual! Your students are blessed to have such wonderful educators.
        Going forward, we are presently preparing our staff and students for the new arrival/dismissal routines as we prepare to receive our students that will be taking the bus to school starting on Monday, September 14th and our students that will be part of the Extended Day Program. Please see below for the new arrival/departure routines.
          There have been many changes to our school enrollment numbers over the last couple of weeks that require us to re-organize many of our class lists to ensure that we keep our class sizes as small as possible. Today the families of children that will be moving to a new class will receive a letter from myself indicating your child’s new classroom teacher. These changes will take effect on Monday, September 14th.  Please support us in our team decision concerning the move of your child as we have put forth the best scenario which meets the needs of all our Wolfpack members. I thank you for understanding the positive gains from equalling out our classes to ensure we have the least amount of students possible in each grade level. We understand that change for many of our students is often challenging especially in these ever changing times. I  appreciate your assistance in explaining these positives to your child in advance.  Your child’s  teacher will ensure there is a smooth transition and integration in the new classroom. 

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Arrival/Dismissal Routines

Starting Monday, September 14th, all of our junior students (Gr. 4-6) will have free entry into the school from 8:15am-8:30am. Students would still use their designated door entrance into the school. There will be a staff member at all doors greeting our junior students and directing them to head to their classrooms while another designated staff member will supervise the classes when students arrive. This strategy will prevent congestion on the side walks. Our primary students will continue to line up at their designated door entrance where their teacher will be waiting to receive them. 

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Late Arrivals / Early Dismissals

         Dear Wolf pack families, we know that our new drop off and pick up routines have created challenges for families this year, especially because you are walking-a-block. Saying this, it is extremely difficult to get our students that don’t arrive by 8:30am into their classrooms as parents are still not permitted in the school to sign their children in. Understanding that unforeseen instances occur in the morning we still are asking all families to have their children at school before 8:30am as teachers and staff need to be in their classrooms. In the event that you are late you may need to wait outside by the main entrance until a staff member is able to let your children into the school. At the same time, we are also asking families to avoid picking up their children before 2:45pm for the same reasons mentioned above. We understand that an emergency and unforeseen circumstances arise in the day, but we would like to avoid families from routinely calling into the school to pick up their child(ren) before 2:45pm on a daily basis. 

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Social Distancing 

Dear Parents, please praise your child(ren) for  maintaining our social distancing guidelines by remaining 2m a part while in the school. Understanding that during recess times our children are super excited to be outside and play with one another our next step will be to remind our children that games of ‘touch tag’ and physical contact are not permitted. Let’s work together by practicing our need to practice our social distancing during recess in our designated areas. Bravo to all of our students!

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Transportation 

OSTA NOTICE:

Changes are coming for transportation services for many of our OCSB students - due to a severe driver shortage. Some services will be cancelled or re-designed. Please check the Parent Portal on Friday, September 11th to make sure you know your child’s bus stop as many of the bus stops may have changed. OSTA is working to find creative solutions, and thank you for your patience during these challenging times. Read the full update herePresently, we are creating seating plans for the buses that will be provided to our STM students. However, for Monday morning drivers will instruct students to sit with siblings and first loaded will be directed to the back of the bus. Kinders and siblings will be directed to sit up front. Drivers will have the seating plans for the route home on Monday.  Let’s work together to teach our children to remain in their seats while on the bus. We do not want to have to remove students from the bus for unsafe practices. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 
          To ensure that we avoid traffic congestion on Monday, September 14th, please continue to use the Walk-A-Block maps that show pathways and quiet side streets within a 5-10 minute walk of your child’s school. When parking on a side street, remember to park away from pathway entrances and intersections, and watch out for pedestrians.
                  


Bus Zone

Our busses will have to be unloaded and loaded at the front of the school. This means that the ‘Bus Lane’ in front of the school will not be used for pick-up and drop-off before or after school. The parking lot will also be closed to all cars during these times. There are two exceptions: 1) Special Transportation Vans for our students and 2) parents with a valid accessible parking permit.

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Loaner Devices 

If you borrowed a Chromebook from the school during the initial shutdown between March and June and have not yet returned the borrowed device, please send it in with your child on  Monday, September 14th.

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Medical Consent 

We are reminding all parents that if their child requires an inhaler, an Epi-Pen, or other medication, it must be submitted to the office with correct forms signed. Please go to ocsb.ca/student-health and print off and sign any forms that are relevant to your child's needs. Please note: All new medications must have the signature of your child's family doctor. This is found at the link above. If your child requires an Epi-Pen or inhaler, a second one must be kept at the office. Please make your child's teacher and the main office aware of any new conditions or allergies, especially food sensitivities. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us keep your child safe at school.

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Week at a Glance

Monday, September 14th

  • If you haven’t signed up for the parent portal already, you can find the instructions to sign up on the OCSB website at ocsb.ca/parentportal.  


Tuesday, September 15th 

  • No extra school activities to report. 

Wednesday, September 16th

  • No extra school activities to report. 

Thursday, September 17th

  • No extra school activities to report. 

Friday, September 18th

  • No extra school activities to report. 







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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 Memo: September 7th-11th

posted Sep 15, 2020, 9:52 AM by Chris Risto   [ updated Sep 15, 2020, 9:53 AM ]

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Monday, September 7th-Friday, 11th


In this issue
School Update 

Masks

Student Agendas

BYOD 

School Cash Online

Parent Portal Sign Up

Medical Consent 

OPH Updates  

Virtual Academy

Hygiene Routines

School Safety Measures

Student Supplies


Quick Links

St. Thomas More 

OCSB

CSPA 

OSTA 


Parish Links

St. Bernard
613-738-1943 




Prayer to Begin a School Year

God of wisdom and might, we praise you for the wonder of our being, for mind, body and spirit. Be with our children as they begin a new school year. Bless them and their teachers, staff, parents and caregivers. Give the strength and grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding; and peace and zeal to their hearts. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


School Update 

       Just a few more sleeps before the first week of school. Our STM staff have been in the school this past week setting up classrooms , preparing lesson plans, and reviewing the safety measures that have been outlined in our Back to School plan. At the same time, our Kindergarten team has welcomed our newest wolf pack members by providing our new Junior Kindergarten families with a meet and greet and a brief tour of their new classrooms.  Many hands definitely  make light work! I feel so very blessed to be part of the wolfpack and I am very sure you already know how amazing our STM staff is. 

We are ready everyone! By now all families have received a personal email from their classroom teachers indicating your child’s door number indicating their entrance to the school. STM staff will be at their entrance location ready to receive their students between 8:15am-8:30am. The links below will provide you with a sneak peak of STM school. Have a fantastic extended weekend and we will see you very soon. 

Back to School Booklet for STM

2nd floor hallway, bathroom, fountain

 Yard

Junior classroom

Kindergarten Classroom

Primary Classroom

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Week at a Glance

Monday, September 7th

  • Labour Day -no school for students

Tuesday, September 8th 

  • First day of school for Kindergarten and Grade 1-Grade 3 students. Don’t forget to meet your teacher at your designated entrance to the school between 8:15am and 8:30am. Pick up time will be between 2:45pm-3pm.

Wednesday, September 9th

  • First day of school for our Grade 4-Grade 6 students . Don’t forget to meet your teacher at your designated entrance to the school between 8:15am and 8:30am. Pick up time will be between 2:45pm-3pm.

Thursday, September 10th


Friday, September 11th

  • Have a restful weekend

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Masks 

 Students in Grades 4 to 6  are required to wear non-medical cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes. STM staff will allow opportunities for breaks from wearing a mask where appropriate. For students who do not have their own cloth mask, the school staff will provide a cloth mask. As per the Ministry’s direction, students in kindergarten to grade 3 are encouraged but not required to wear masks in schools. STM staff will teach and reinforce the proper use of masks. At this time we are asking parents to have a strategy for students to hold on to their masks while outside for lunch and recess times. Some examples would include a bracelet or lanyard to clip a mask to the wrist, or a fanny pack /pouch that can be worn on the student while outside at play. The student may also place the mask in a ziplock bag and place it in a pocket if other options are not available. ___________________________________________________________________

School Agendas

Parent-School communication is the cornerstone of student success. Again this year, your child(ren) in Grades 1-6 will receive a student agenda on their first day of school. The cost of the student agenda is $9.00 and we have ordered enough copies of the student agenda for our Virtual Academy students as well. We can arrange a curbside pick up for our virtual wolfpack students that have purchased a student agenda. As per usual you will receive an email from School Cash Online to make your payment. This item is available to purchase online until Wednesday, September 30. Students will receive their agendas from their homeroom teacher on their first day of school. School Cash Online is the preferred method of payment; please note STM is no longer accepting cheques. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)


We are still encouraging parents to use a Chromebook for their children if they can. This simplifies cleaning procedures and will result in equitable access for the students whose families would struggle with the expense.  We continue to have an arms length partnership with Staples https://www.staples.ca/a/content/byod-ottawa. However, parents should be encouraged to shop anywhere that they can find a fair price.  We recommend 4GB and a touch screen. Any current models will have sufficient specifications. Reminder to parents that there are no areas to lock student devices as all personal items will be kept at the students desk or backpack when not in use. 

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School Cash Online


We will continue to use the convenience of online payments for  parents for all upcoming school activities, Student Agendas,  and Wolfpack Wear. 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. http://www.kevsoftware.com/movies/ParentRegEnglish/


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


Presently, we are collecting Student Agenda fees, which is $9.00 per student. You will see the agenda fee item of $9..00 on your School Cash Online (SCO) account. We will continue to make a commitment to give fair notice should we be requesting money on School Cash Online.

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Parent Portal Sign-up


If you haven’t signed up for the parent portal already, you can find the instructions to sign up on the OCSB website at ocsb.ca/parentportal.  Student and Teacher portals are coming.


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Medical Consent & Student Health Portal


If your child requires the use of an epipen, inhaler and/or other medication to be administered at school. In order to ensure that we have all appropriate measures in place for the first day of school, , PLEASE complete the NECESSARY form(s) and return them to the school the week of September 8th, 2020. The forms must be dropped off or left at the office prior to the first day of school. Consent to Administer Medication Form is MANDATORY and therefore, MUST BE FILLED IN FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILD. Without proper medical consent, we cannot administer any medication to your child at school.  Proper consent is required each new school year. Once we receive proper consent, information will be shared with OSTA for those students who travel  by bus. If your child has a medical condition that requires a Plan of Care please see our  Student Health Portal for more information. 

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OPH Updates: Provincial Health & Safety Protocols 

What will be the screening process to allow children each day to enter the school?

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. OPH has  provided parents with a checklist to perform daily screening of their children before arriving at school. 

https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/covid-19-and-schools.aspx

Outbreak Management in Schools This document was produced in collaboration with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

FAQ's : Responses from OPH 


OCSB Back to School Update

Please see our  Back to School Update for our parent community and a companion blog. The letter and blog contain much of the information sent to you by our Director of Education this past week. A School and School Board FAQ.pdf document prepared by Ottawa Public Health is included in the blog.


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.


Hygiene Routines 

Board video with helpful tips and techniques on hygiene routines for our children.


School Safety Measures

The entire school day has been looked at, and all the student’s transitions will be organised in a way that St. Thomas More School is following the OCSB and the Ottawa Public Health plan for a safe return to school. Some of the things we are doing are:

  •  Student entry at the beginning and end of the school day will include utilizing all 8 perimeter doors.

  • Washing of hands when students enter the classroom. There would also be set times for students to wash their hands.

  • Desks in the classroom will be assigned and 1M apart from others. 

  • Students will have their own learning materials so that they are not sharing.

  • Set bathroom procedures and student tracking for the student assigned bathrooms.

  • A double  recess schedule that keeps  students in their designated cohort in their designated area in the  school yard.

  • In the hallways, there will be directional arrows that the students will follow to keep them 2M apart. There will also be signs indicating where to stand on the floor in strategic locations around the school.

  • Only students and staff will be allowed in the school at this time. If a parent needs to enter the school, it will need to be arranged by the office ahead of schedule.




Transportation 

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) announced that they would not be starting yellow school bus service until September 14th. They have provided us with a St.Thomas More Walk-a-block map . Considering all the different logistics with the safe arrival and dismissal of students, this would be a great resource to use. Until September 14th, parents will be responsible for getting their children to and from school. If you are looking for information regarding your school bus stop, drop off and pick up times, please go to the OSTA Website. You will note in the picture above that we have created ample room for students to lock their bicycles if they plan on riding to school.


Safe Arrival and Dismissal

This September, there will be some changes to the safe arrival and dismissal procedures here at St. Thomas More. Most of these changes affect the students who are walkers or who are dropped off and picked up here at the school. We have 8 perimeter doors for students to enter the school. Parents are asked to have their students at their assigned entrances between 8:15am and no later than 8:30am as teachers will be walking their classes directly into the school using their designated entrance. Parents will be asked to pick up their students at the same designated school entrance between 2:45pm -3:00pm. You will receive your school entrance door number next week. All entrances are clearly marked with a number from 1-8 for easy reference.  


Students who are dropped off or picked up:


In keeping with the OCSB Return to School Plan, parents are encouraged to park away from the school and walk their children to St. Thomas. Please make sure to look at St.Thomas Walk-a-block map that OSTA’s has created.


Bus Zone

When yellow bus service begins for St. Thomas More on September 14th. Our busses will have to be unloaded and loaded at the front of the school. This means that the ‘Bus Lane’ in front of the school will not be used for pick-up and drop-off before or after school. The parking lot will also be closed to all cars during these times. There are two exceptions: 1) Special Transportation Vans for our students and 2) parents with a valid accessible parking permit.


When talking about coming back to school, make sure to discuss with your child where you will meet them at the end of the day. Setting up a consistent place and talking about it will help everyone get into the daily routine.


Student Supplies

Here are some suggestions of what you can purchase to get your child ready for back to school. We have had many parents asking and hope that this gives you an idea.

Kindergarten: We know that kinder parents have questions about items. When your child’s teacher reaches out to you they will communicate with you what you need to bring to school

Teachers of individual classes in Gr. 1-6 will certainly provide you with any other items. 




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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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Distance Learning Wait List

posted Sep 9, 2020, 11:54 AM by St. Thomas More School

As was previously mentioned to parents in a school-wide email, we are not allowed to enrol any more students into the Virtual Academy until the next reporting period (late October, early November). The exact date for switching has yet to be announced by the Board, but in the meantime we are asking interested parents to apply to our Wait List. Please only fill out this form if you would like your child to switch to virtual learning or in-class learning in November. You do not need to fill this out if your child(ren) are already in the class format that works best for their learning and your family.

These decisions are at the discretion of the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Ministry of Education, so we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work together with our peers at the Virtual Academy.

Back to School Items

posted Aug 20, 2020, 9:16 AM by Chris Risto


Final Farewell from Mrs. Gotell

posted Jun 26, 2020, 2:32 PM by Tania Gamache

Dear STM Wolfpack,

Here is my final farewell message to our wonderful school community, our amazing students and outstanding staff!

FINAL FAREWELL VIDEO

May God Bless You!

Stay safe! Stay well! 

Wishing you a wonderful summer!

Namaste, Ms. Gotell

STM Year End Message

posted Jun 25, 2020, 8:53 AM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we look ahead to the summer months,  we have moved into “Ordinary Time” in our Liturgical calendar. This is a time of precious growth and change. Each of us grows in holiness during Ordinary Time. We are called to use the gifts we have received from God to help renew the face of the earth, to make our world a better place. God’s love is the source of our growth. May we all experience renewal of mind, body and spirit during the summer months. It has been an honor and our pleasure working with the STM community! We will hold our fond memories of STM close to our hearts for years to come. 

On behalf of the staff of St. Thomas More we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for your continued support, collaboration and cooperation.     

Wishing you a safe and happy summer!

God Bless You!

Namaste,  Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

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MESSAGE OF APPRECIATION:

A heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers, who have given time to our school this year. STM volunteers contributed in so many ways: reading with our little ones, helping out in our classrooms, serving on Parent Council, supervision on field trips, delivery of hot lunches, our milk program, helping with special events, decorating our front foyer, etc.  You are such an important part of our community and your children’s education. We are most grateful for your time, effort and support throughout the year. You have truly made a difference in the lives of the children and staff of St. Thomas More School. 

Special thanks to our phenomenal teachers, early childhood educators and educational assistants! Their dedication and commitment to our students is truly outstanding! A special thank you to Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Nault, our office administrators, Mrs. Smith-Davey, our library technician, and to Mr. Kay, Ryan and Jermaine, our custodial team; these amazing individuals are always willing to lend a helping hand.  

To our Grade 6 students, who are leaving and moving on, best of luck as you continue on your journey.  Keep smiling and sharing your unique gifts with the world as you move through life. STM will miss you!

THANK YOU PARENT COUNCIL:

On behalf of the STM community, we would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all the members of this year’s Catholic School Parent Council. This dedicated team of people have volunteered their time and support throughout the school year in many different ways. Their dedication and commitment to student success is simply outstanding! We invite and encourage parents to get involved with the STM Parent Council next year.

JUNE 2020 REPORT CARDS: 
Report Cards will be shared electronically at the end of June. You will be able to access your child(ren)’s report card(s) via the OCSB Parent Portal. Please ensure you have registered and activated your account in the Parent Portal. We ask for your continued patience with this new OCSB portal, if you have issues accessing the portal, please give it a try on another day (the system may be overwhelmed at your time of access). 

PARENT PORTAL: https://www.ocsb.ca/parentportal/

WILL YOU BE MOVING???

If you are planning to move this summer, please contact the main office with your new updated information asap. (thomas.more@ocsb.ca)

If circumstances have changed and the pick up and/or drop off locations have changed for your child(ren), please contact the main office asap. These changes must be entered to ensure transportation is correct for September. Thank you!

IMPORTANT OSTA (Ottawa Student Transportation) YEAR END UPDATES: http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/may-transportation-updates/
 

STM Distribution of Student Belongings - June 15th-19th

posted Jun 8, 2020, 9:34 AM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Jun 8, 2020, 11:25 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please see the “STM Distribution Plan” outlined below for parents to pick up their child(ren)’s personal belongings during the week of June 15-19, 2020. Due to the size of our school, we seek your cooperation to pick up the bagged student belongings ONLY during the date/time slot based on the student’s LAST  NAME. 

Parents will not be permitted access to the school for PICK UP of any items. We will be hosting a “Drive-Through PICK UP” in front of the school in the bus lane. During your scheduled date/time slot, we ask that parents pull up in the bus lane and stay inside your vehicle. Please give the name(s) of your children to the STM staff, the bagged student belongings will be brought to your vehicle. If you wish to open your trunk, the bags will be placed in your trunk or in the back seat to maintain physical distancing requirements. Staff will be wearing face masks. Once you receive the student belongings, we ask that you pull up to the designated tables for STM Book Returns and/or Year End Cards/Gifts for Staff (located near the bus lane exit). At this location, you can give any required items to the STM staff, please remain in your vehicle at all times. 

Here is the STM DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE June 15-19, 2020. We have 2 possible rain dates (June 17/18) if required in the event of extreme weather on June 15/16. Parents will be notified via School Messenger if RAIN DATES will be utilized. 

STM LIBRARY/CLASSROOM BOOKS: We ask that you return all STM Library/Classroom Books to the designated table. Please ensure you label any classroom materials clearly with staff name/homeroom. Again, staff will take these items from you while you stay in your vehicle. 

YEAR END MESSAGES/CARDS/GIFTS FOR STAFF: If you have any specific items you would like delivered to any STM staff, you are invited to drop these items to the designated table. We will ensure these items are delivered to staff. Please ensure you clearly label these items for staff. Again, staff will take these items from you while you stay in your vehicle. 

Parents of ALL Gr. 6 students and their younger siblings are scheduled for Friday, June 19 after the Gr. 6 Virtual Leaving Ceremony.

Please note: Any student belongings that are not picked up on the designated dates will remain at STM; parents will be able to retrieve these items in the fall when the school reopens. 

Report Cards will be shared electronically. 

We thank you for your continued support and cooperation!

Stay safe! Stay well!

Your leadership team,

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

Staffing Updates for 2020-2021

posted Jun 8, 2020, 9:16 AM by Tania Gamache

STAFFING UPDATES for 2020-21

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students of St. Thomas More,

This is the time of year when teaching LTO contracts come to an end and staffing transfers/surplus declarations get confirmed. Some long-standing members of STM have made the decision to seek new opportunities in other schools, some have shifted career pathways and others have secured positions closer to home.

On behalf of St. Thomas More, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to the following staff for their amazing dedication, commitment and contributions they have made to our community during their time at St. Thomas More. They will be greatly missed!

The following staffing changes have been confirmed for the 2020-21 school year:

Denise Gotell (Retirement June 30)

Tania Gamache promoted to Principal at Divine Infant Elementary

Tracey Martin transferred to Guardian Angels Elementary

Joyce Robinson promoted to Vice-Principal at St. Cecilia Elementary

Christine Chuey transferred to St. Benedict Elementary

Kerry McDaniel transferred to St. Luke Ottawa

Melissa Desormeaux transferred to St. Benedict Elementary

Rob Dawson transferred to Divine Infant Elementary

Lynn Champagne transferred to St. Benedict Elementary

Alison McClurg (EA) and Drahomira Stehlikova (EA) (Surplus Status)

Mayora McCarthy (FDK), Nina Caicco (Gr. 1), Diane Maheu (Gr. 1/2) will be completing their LTO contracts at the end of June. 

Andria Lappa (Gr. 1), Morgan James (Gr. 6) and Marina Gagliano (Gr. 5) will all be on maternity leave next year.

 

Special Welcome to the following educators, who will be joining the STM WolfPack in September 2020:

Chris Risto (Principal St. Thomas More, currently at St. Luke Nepean)

Teri Shurb (Vice-Principal St. Thomas More, currently at St. George)

Micheline Boileau-Bougon (Resource, currently at St. Marguerite d’Youville)

Luisa Mariani ( Resource, currently at St. Luke Nepean)

Kelly McGee (Primary Division, currently at Student Success Dept OCSB)

Noreen Nuzhat (ECE with FDK, currently at St. Marguerite d’Youville)

Please note: Staffing for next year is not fully completed at this time. We will keep our community informed as current vacancies get filled. 

Stay safe! Stay well!

With thanks,

Your leadership team,

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache


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