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 




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

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


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.


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. 


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.

Have a safe and Wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend! 


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