School News & Announcements

SNOW Day Dismissal Procedure

posted Dec 8, 2019, 6:08 PM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Winter has arrived! Please review the following protocol for snow days (when bus and small vehicle transportation is cancelled)

WALKING STUDENTS:

In the event of bus or small vehicle cancellations due to inclement weather, parents are asked to notify the school of absences for "walking students". It is very important that parents call (613-739-7131) or email (thomas.more@ocsb.ca) the school to indicate absences for walking students related to snow days.

Junior students, who walk home from school 'without their parents' on a regular school day, will be dismissed to walk home alone from the foyer. Please notify the main office and your child's teacher, if permission is NOT granted, for junior students to walk home alone on snow days.

For walking students, who attend Extended Day Programming (EDP), parents are required to report any absences to BOTH the school and the EDP program on snow days.

STUDENTS USING BUS TRANSPORTATION:

For students, who regularly travel on the bus, absences will be automatically noted due to the cancellation of bus transportation. Parents are not required to contact the school to report the absence for students, who travel on the bus.

Please note: On snow days, all students will be dismissed from the foyer of the school. All students will be in the foyer at 2:50pm, sitting in the designated areas of the foyer (as outlined on this MAP). Please go to these designated areas to pick up your child from the classroom educator. This NEW organization for dismissal from the foyer will ensure student safety and offer a more efficient pick-up at the end of the snow day for parents/guardians. 

Thank you!

Your continued support and cooperation are greatly appreciated.                                                                                                                             

Ms. Gotell, Mrs. Gamache and Mrs. Martin

Season of Advent

posted Dec 2, 2019, 7:37 AM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Dec 2, 2019, 7:40 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today we begin the Season of Advent and at the same time, we begin a new Liturgical calendar year. (Year A) 

Advent is an opportunity for preparation and anticipation. Christmas is the fulfillment of the hope given in Advent and the realization of God's promise. As Advent begins, we are called to reflect upon how ready we are for Jesus' coming. Are we "awake and attentive" to the numerous ways that God speaks to us on a daily basis?

May this Season of Advent be a time when you and your family prepare your hearts for the coming of our Lord.

The staff of St. Thomas More extend to you and your family best wishes for a blessed Advent Season!

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

"Lord, as Advent begins, help me to put my eyes on You. Help me to open my ears to Your voice. Help me to open my heart to Your glorious presence.  May I be attentive to You in every way You desire to come to me. Jesus, I trust in You."     Amen.

Advent Project - 12 Days of Giving

posted Nov 26, 2019, 4:18 PM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Dec 2, 2019, 8:04 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Advent season is upon us, which means Christmas is just around the corner.  Students from STM will be involved in a community Advent project to experience the act of giving to the less fortunate. The Shepherds of Good Hope run a “Shoebox Program” for the homeless, who live or go to the shelter for Christmas dinner.

Each person, who goes to the shelter is given a wrapped shoebox, with a Christmas card attached. Inside the shoebox are items that they can use or consume. The items in the shoebox include, 1) Clothing- (something warm) - hats, mitts, gloves, socks, scarves.  2) Toiletry items- toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo ( approx. 385ml), deodorant, body wash (approx. 385ml), lip balm 3) Treats- mints, chocolate bars, or gum.  Other items may include a deck of playing cards, small notebooks and gift cards for a Tim Horton’s coffee. ($5 amount only)

This year, our Advent Project “12 days of Giving”, will continue to support the Christmas ShoeBox Campaign for the Shepherds of Good Hope. Beginning Nov. 27, students will be invited to bring in a variety of items outlined by the “12 Days of Giving”. Each of the 12 days will promote a different item that is in great need by The Shepherds of Good Hope. There is no expectation to bring in items every day, instead, as a family, please decide what you would like to contribute towards this campaign and send it in on the chosen day of the campaign. Our Social Justice Club will be tallying donations and organizing the donations into the Shoeboxes (to be ready for delivery). Special thanks to our Social Justice Club for their leadership with this special school-wide project. This year the Shepherds of Good Hope has asked our us to consider the urgent need for “toiletries for men”. 

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support with our Advent project. The 12 Days of Giving will be an amazing opportunity for students, staff and families to engage in meaningful and deep conversations about love, kindness and mercy and the true spirit of giving during the Advent season.

With heartfelt appreciation,

STM Social Justice Club 2019

Angel Tree

posted Nov 22, 2019, 8:05 AM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have set up our "Angel Tree” in our foyer to support children in our community during the holidays. You are invited to take an angel from the tree, which will indicate the gender and age of a child. Please return an UNWRAPPED gift, with the angel tag attached, by December 16th. These gifts will support children in our community and children from St. Luke Catholic School in Ottawa, our sister school. This is a unique opportunity for our students to learn about the social Catholic teachings of Jesus Christ.

Thank you for being the "light of Christ" during the upcoming Advent season.

Thank you for your consideration to support this worthwhile initiative.

Your leadership team,

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

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Volunteers - Vulnerable Police Check

posted Nov 18, 2019, 8:11 PM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Nov 19, 2019, 5:33 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Throughout the year, classes organize experiential learning activities via field trips in our community. Please ensure that you have acquired your Vulnerable Sector Police Check if you plan to volunteer on field trips this year. Please see the information below:

Volunteers in OCSB schools:

As you know all volunteers (including parents) are required to have a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) in order to work with students. Apply online with the Ottawa Police Service. Please click on this link for additional information: http://ocsb.ca/volunteers/    Volunteer VSC Request Letter (to waive fee)

  1. Volunteers must submit a Vulnerable Sector Check - Level 3. Criminal Record Checks are not accepted.

  2. Please forward your electronic VSC by email to thomas.more@ocsb.ca and volunteers@ocsb.ca   

  3. Original paper VSCs should be brought into the school so that the school office administration can verify the seal.  The school will send a copy to OCSB Volunteer Services, and return the original document to the individual. 

  4. Once you have submitted your VSC and are a registered volunteer with the Board, a yearly offence declaration survey will be emailed to you for completion in the summer months to maintain your volunteer status with the OCSB. 

  5. If you have already applied for the VSC and are currently waiting for the VSC to arrive, you are invited to complete an Offence Declaration Form at the main office for any immediate field trips planned.

Thank you! STM appreciates the support of all volunteers!

MAZZOLA Lunch

posted Nov 10, 2019, 10:41 AM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Nov 10, 2019, 10:43 AM ]

 Dear Parents/Guardians,

The STM Parent Council is happy to again offer the Mazzola hot lunch program!

Mazzola Hot Lunch Program Information

Similar to last Spring, there will be 5 options everyday and all are made from scratch.  If your child is sick, you can cancel online before 9:00am that morning and a credit will automatically go on your account! All ordering, selecting meals, etc is done online directly with Mazzola. They also offer several special menus for allergies and vegans.

Please ensure your child(ren) bring utensils on Wednesdays, as no cutlery will be provided with the Mazzola orders. Delivery is on Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 13th.

 You can follow this link to setup and account with them. https://order.mazzola.ca/Account/Register

 Setup is easy and pretty straightforward. 

1) Click "I am a brand new client".

2) Fill out and select a password. 

3) Verify your email by clicking the link in the email they send you.

4) Log in.

5) Add child.

6) Fill out information choosing St Thomas More and the AFTERNOON class/teacher your child is in for the afternoon.  

7) Click "save".

8) After adding all you children, you can select "order" at the bottom of the child's information to pick your meals.

9) Selecting meals is easy.  Just select the box. If you change your mind, just select it again.

10) When done choosing,  make sure you click "save" at the bottom then click "payment" to pay and finish your order.

 If you have already signed up, all you have to do to start ordering is select their current (afternoon) teacher from the location list.


VERY Important: Please be certain to select your child's AFTERNOON teacher, as delivery will be at 11:55am in your child's AFTERNOON class.

 STM Parent Council

Brenda Mason, St Thomas More Council Chair



Online Booking for PT Interviews - Nov. 21st

posted Nov 10, 2019, 10:35 AM by Tania Gamache

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Parent Educator Interviews are coming soon on Thursday, November 21st (3:20-8:00pm) For the online booking information and links for the upcoming Parent Educator Interviews please click on this document:  

Parent Educator You Can Book Me Online Booking Links

Please locate the educator name and click on the associated link in the right column to book your interview.

Due to the size of our school, you are invited to book 1 (10min) interview with your child’s homeroom (AM) teacher. Please reserve only 1 time slot per child. Resource teachers will accompany homeroom teachers. FSL teachers have their own booking links.  If you wish to meet with your child’s other teacher(s), you are invited to contact the school to arrange a phone interview. (613-739-7131) 

You will receive a confirmation email once your booking is complete. Please check your spam folder, these emails are generated from "You Can Book Me". 

Many thanks.

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

Photo Retakes - Friday Nov 8th

posted Nov 5, 2019, 12:51 PM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Nov 5, 2019, 12:52 PM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Lifetouch Photography will be here at STM on Friday, November 8th. Class photos will be taken at this time along with any required photo retakes. Please note: If you would like to your child(ren) to have a photo retake on Friday, please return the Lifetouch Order Form back to school with the "Retake Request" box checked off. This form should be given to your child's homeroom teacher first thing Friday morning, if you haven't already done so. Thank you so much!

Remembrance Day - Nov 11th

posted Nov 3, 2019, 7:58 PM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Nov 3, 2019, 8:01 PM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Family and friends are invited to join our community on Monday, November 11th (10:30am) for our Remembrance Day Service. Students will have an opportunity to purchase a poppy at school the morning of November 11th. Any students involved in the community organizations of "Guiding, Scouting or Cadets" are welcome to wear their uniforms for the service on November 11th. We hope you are able to join us.

With appreciation,

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache

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Gr 1 to 6 Progress Reports

posted Oct 29, 2019, 6:23 AM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Oct 29, 2019, 6:23 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Progress Reports (Gr. 1-6) are being sent home with students today. The FDK Initial Observation Reports will be sent home on Nov. 18th. Parent Educator Conferences (JK-Gr. 6) will take place on Thursday, Nov. 21st. STM will be using the online booking system (You Can Book Me) to reserve time slots for these interviews again this year. The staff links for the online booking will be sent home no later than Nov. 8th via email and posted on our school website for your convenience.

With thanks,

Ms. Gotell and Mrs. Gamache


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