February Newsletter

posted Feb 3, 2017, 8:04 AM by Sean McGuire

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February Newsletter 2016

In this issue
Principal’s Message

FSL Pathways

Frankie the Falcon

Public Health

January Gathering

Office Updates

CPSA Presentations

Catholic School Council

Important Dates

Quick Links

St. Kateri Tekakwitha




Parish Links

Good Shepherd

Principal’s Message

It is a busy time of year.  Our first term report cards are being completed and will be sent home on February 16th.  There are no formal Parent Teacher interviews scheduled for this time however you are always welcome to contact your child’s teacher and schedule a meeting.  

In just a few weeks we will be getting ready for Lent and we are ever so mindful of its many traditions.  For example, during Lent, we put away the song of “Alleluia”.  The staff and children will be doing just that at our Ash Wednesday Liturgy scheduled for March 1 and parents are welcome to attend.


FSL Pathways

An information package regarding French course selections for next year will be sent home with all our Grade 3 and Grade 6 students with the report cards on February 16th.  Please feel free to consult your child’s French teacher if you have any questions.


Frankie the Falcon

After a school wide competition to select a school mascot, Frankie the Falcon was the winner!  The winning selection came from Mrs. McLaren’s class and Frankie arrived on December 23rd and made a surprise visit last Friday.  Go Falcons!


Public Health February News


Sleep is a basic need for everyone. Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for kids. It is needed to help them develop well and perform their best. School-age kids need 10-12 hours of sleep a night. Many kids are getting less than this. Signs that a child may not be getting enough sleep are:

·       Short attention span

·       Lacks interest and motivation

·       Yawning frequently during the day

·       Drowsy

·       Hard time waking up in the morning

Most kids will resist bedtime but parents should be firm. Here is what parents can do to help kids sleep longer and better:

·       Have dinner and after school activities early in the evening

·       No screens in the bedroom. This includes TV, computers, phones and games

·       Bedrooms should be cool

·       House should be quiet

·       Have the same bedtime routine every night (bath, reading before bed or quiet time, lights out)

Parents can be great role models and get a good night’s sleep too.

For more information visit www.ottawa.ca/health or contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.

February Gathering

Our February Gathering will be held on Thursday, February 9th and we will be celebrating the Gospel values of Hope and Love.


Office Updates

The next milk order runs March 20th to June 8th.  Parents may order using ‘School Cash Online’ starting on February 15th or completing the paper version attached to the newsletter and returning to the office no later than March 3rd

It’s that time of year where we begin planning for next year.  Anyone who is not planning on returning to SKT next year or not planning to attend St. Matthew’s next year please let the office know.

A reminder to parents of Kindergarten students who ride the bus that a parent or guardian must meet your child at the bus stop.  If no parent or guardian is present OSTA’s policy is to return the student to the school and if no staff are available the drivers are informed to take students to the nearest police station.


CSPA Presentations

Parent Focus Group on Student Well-being

YOUR input needed: Parent focus group on student well-being.

What does “well-being” mean to you? How can students' well-being be

supported at school?

The Ontario Ministry of Education is looking to develop a K-12 student

well-being framework to help support the mental health and wellness.

CSPA is hosting this parent session with Dr. Elizabeth Paquette (OCSB Chief

Psychologist & Mental Health Lead), to collect your ideas and opinions to

share with the Ministry.  We know that students who have strong relationships

and a positive sense of self, are in a better position to reach their full

potential. Come learn more about current initiatives in OCSB schools and

share your ideas to promote well-being.

Register Now: http://bit.ly/CSPA17wellbeing

Wednesday, February 15, 20176:45 - 8:45 PM

Holy Trinity Catholic

High School

180 Katimavik Road, Kanata

Catholic School Council

You may keep up to date with our Catholic School Council by visiting their web page.



Important Dates

February 9th:  February Gathering

February 16th:  First Term Report Cards sent home.

February 20th:  Family Day Holiday


St. Kateri Tekakwitha School

6400 Beauséjour Drive

Orléans, ON  K1C 4W2

Phone: 613-820-2454
Email: Kateri.Tekakwitha@ocsb.ca
Website: kat.ocsb.ca
Twitter: KateriOttawa