School News for November 18, 2014

posted Nov 18, 2014, 5:52 AM by Paul Gautreau   [ updated Nov 18, 2014, 5:52 AM ]
Dear Families and Friends of St. Kateri,

Below are 8 pieces of information that we hope you find helpful. As always, for the most up to date information, please visit our school website.  Also, follow  @KateriOttawa on Twitter for daily glimpses of what's going on in the school.

Paul Gautreau

Winter Weather: It might not officially be winter yet, but is sure looks, and feels like it is. To help students enjoy their time outside, snow-pants, hats, mitts and coats are a must. Scarves and face warmers are also important, especially when there is a windchill. Don’t worry, students will be kept inside when the temperature dips below -25oC.

PD Day:  Friday, November 21st is a PD Day.  School staff will be attending a Board-wide presentation about our spiritual theme, “Restore One Another in a Spirit of Gentleness”.  While there is no school on the PD Day, our Extended Day will be running a day-long program for students who normally attend the program.

Reading at Home:  Did you know that students can search our school’s Learning Commons database from home? Yes, our library is catalogue fully online.  Students can look for books, put holds on books, and even read e-books right from home.  Be sure to check out our online library portal.  A note will be sent home with all students later this week to give you detailed instructions about accessing our Learning Commons resources online.

New School Hours:  Pending Board approval, our school will be changing to a 9:15 start time in the morning, and a 3:45 ending time in afternoon in September.  These changes are part of a re-alignment of school hours in many schools across the city to accommodate more efficient use of school buses.  For more details, please visit the OSTA Transformation webpage.  Before December 1st, feedback about the proposed changes can also be sent to

Samaritans on the Digital Road:  As part of Bullying Awareness Week, all students will be taking part in lessons to help them to develop the skills of good digital citizenship. The lessons vary from grade to grade, and address topics that are relevant to each age group.  For example in Kindergarten, students will be learning about being a good neighbour, while in Grade 6 students will be learning about online privacy (passwords, posting information, permission, etc.).

Advent:  During the month of December, we will be beginning each week by gathering in our Learning Commons for an Advent Celebration.  The celebration for students in Grades 2-6 will begin at 9:15, and the celebration for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students will begin at 9:45.  Of course families and friends are welcome to join us for the celebrations.  Also during the month of December, we will be collecting food and money to support the Gloucester Food Cupboard and families right in our school community.  In advance, thank you for your generosity.  Details about this Advent project will be sent home soon.

Casting Call:  The producers of a new educational math video series are looking for parents and their children to be a part of a 5 episode production.  Curious? Check out the details by clicking here!

Upcoming Events:

  • December 1:  First Advent Celebration
  • December 4:  Pita Pit Lunch Day for students (This is a trial by school council)
  • December 5:  School Council Movie Night (tentative)
  • December 8:  Second Advent Celebration
  • December 9:  Sacrament of Reconciliation (Grades 3-6) and Grade 4 Bible Ceremony
  • December 11: School Family Advent Mass at Good Shepherd Church (6:30 pm)
  • December 15: Third Advent Celebration
  • December 16: Choir Concert @ 6:30 pm
  • December 19:  Sing-a-long @ 1 pm
  • December 19: Last day of school before the Christmas holiday