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


Principal Message

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

Staggered Arrival & Dismissal

        Week at a Glance

Wolfpack Wear

School Council Corner



Quick Links

St. Thomas More 




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

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.


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


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.


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!


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


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:

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!




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