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Principal's Newsletter - The Latest Synervoice!

Principal's Newsletter - The Latest Synervoice!
Posted on 04/07/2019

April 30/19.
Good evening, 

This Thursday, May 2, 2019, OTHS is hosting the student Oscars event.  To keep the event safe and enjoyable for all students, we wanted to share our expectations for the event in advance with parents so they are able to talk with their children prior to Thursday. 

  • Doors open at 5:30pm and will be closed at 6:15pm sharp. 
  • Students will not be permitted to bring bags (including purses or backpacks) into the building-those needs to be left at home. 
  • There will be no coat check available so if students bring a coat, please plan to keep it with them for the evening. 
  • Students will not have access to lockers before, during or after the event. 
  • If students choose to leave the event, they will not be allowed to return. 
  • Tickets will not be sold at the door. 
  • If your child is bringing a guest to the event, the guest will need some form of photo ID (student card, health card, drivers licence). 
  • Upon arrival, students will be searched to ensure they do not have any illegal or unsafe items with them. 
  • If a student is found with drugs, alcohol or vapes on them or is suspected of having consumed drugs or alcohol prior to the event, students will be suspended from school and parents will be asked to pick the student up immediately. 

If parents/guardians have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at: rupi.bergamin@gmail.com.

Thanks and have a good evening,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

April 15/19.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The OCDSB is committed to creating inclusive, safe and caring environments. As part of this commitment, along with direction from the Ministry, we administer school climate surveys to students at least once every two years. The purpose of a school climate survey is to better understand students’ views about bullying, safety at school, and student engagement.

The school climate survey that has been used by the OCDSB since 2012-13 is called the OurSCHOOL Survey for students (formerly Tell Them from Me or TTFM) and was developed by The Learning Bar. More information about this survey is available on the OCDSB website www.ocdsb.ca. On this survey, students are asked to answer questions related to school climate and safety, bullying, the perception of the school, sense of belonging, and their background, including age, gender, and grade. The data from this survey will be used to help school staff develop strategies to prevent bullying and to promote safe and inclusive schools.

OCDSB students who are in grades four to twelve will complete the OurSCHOOL Survey for students online at school between April 23rd and May 10th , 2019. Parents who do not want their child(ren) to complete the survey must advise me via email at rupi.bergamin@ocdsb.ca by April 18th , 2019.

The survey takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete. The survey is completely anonymous; it does not include any student names. The survey is also voluntary; students can decide whether they want to complete the survey, and they can also choose to skip any question they do not want to answer. The survey results will be reported as a school summary only and will not be linked to any other student data.

I am confident that the survey will help us better meet the needs of our students. If you have specific questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours truly,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal


April 5/19.
Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are happy to fill you in on some exciting happenings in our Osgoode Township community.

  1. Our boys’ varsity hockey team won the City Championship and represented the National Capital Region at the OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) championships after the March Break.   Well done, Boys!
  2. One of our students, Tay Elliott, did very well at OFSAA swimming, finishing 11th in the province in her event.  Great work, Tay!
  3. Presently, in other athletics, we have begun our boys’ lacrosse season as well as practicing for co-ed rowing , boys’ soccer, girls’ rugby and baseball.
  4. Tuesday, April 9th is our next Parent Council meeting.  We will be having a conversation about dangerous student use of technology.  This is also an opportunity to ask general questions of the principal and vice principal as well as connecting with other parents in the community.  We look forward to seeing many of you there.
  5. Next Friday, April 12th, is a PD Day.  Schools will be closed.
  6. Friday, April 19th is Good Friday and Monday, April 22nd is Easter Monday.  Schools are closed on both of those days as well.  Enjoy the very long weekend.
  7. Please join us on Thursday, April 25th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm for our (rescheduled) Family Night Open House event.  The Student Council will be having a BBQ fundraiser so feel free to join us for a bite to eat before or after touring the school.  Please bring along your friends and family to tour our school.  We’re very proud of it! (Here’s hoping it’s not another snow day. J)

 

Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Rupi, Principal, OTHS



Feb 21/19
Dear Parents/Guardians:

A few quick pieces of information:

1.    Toonie Tuesday is next Tuesday, February 26th.  On that day, we fundraise for the Education Foundation of Ottawa.  This organization provides emergency funding for food, clothing, eye glasses and other essential needs for students in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.  We will be collecting on Tuesday as well as sending an email out this weekend so that families can donate via School Cash Online.  Your generosity is appreciated.

 

2.    A reminder that course selection contracts from career cruising are due by Tuesday, February 26th. Help sessions will continue at lunch on Monday and Tuesday in the Library.

 

3.    We have rescheduled our Family Night Open House.  It will be on Thursday, April 25th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  Please save that date on your calendars!

 

4.    March 15th is the firm deadline for cap and gown orders for our graduating students.  Please order via School Cash Online.

Thanks and have a good evening.

Sincerely,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal


Feb 1/19
Dear Parents/Guardians:

We’re half-way through the school year already!  Semester two begins on Monday.  We are looking forward to seeing all our returning students as well as some new faces.  I just wanted to let you know about a few things.

  1. Classes begin at 8:25 on Monday.  Students can find their first period class on the lists in the main foyer and near the cafeteria.  Timetables will be given out in their first period classes.  We will be running a Day 1 schedule on Monday and then will switch to our regular format.  That means that Monday and Tuesday are both on a Day 1 schedule.
  2. Numeracy Club will be running on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on Monday, February 11th.  We encourage all students to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to seek extra help or clarification on any math concepts.  We are fortunate to have a math specialist, Mrs. Christine Lee, helping our students in this club.
  3. Late buses will run on Mondays and Wednesdays in semester 2.
  4. Our Family Night open house will be held on Tuesday, February 12th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  We would love to see all our community at that event.  More information will be coming about this in the coming week.

That’s it for now.

Wishing all our students a wonderful start to semester two!

Sincerely,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal


Jan 10/19 Part 2 
It's time to purchase your cap, gown and tassel through School Cash Online.  The "Cap and Gown" purchase includes covers the cost of the cap, gown and tassel.

Order early before February 15th and pay the Early Bird Price of $30.00. Price will go up to $35.00 between February 16 to March 15th. DEADLINE TO ORDER IS MARCH 15, 2019.

 If you have a sibling who previously graduated, you can wear their cap and gown and all you will require is a tassel; or you can  order a cap and tassel package if needed. These options are also available in your online store.

March 15, 2019 is a firm deadline as we will need to allow for ordering and shipping time from the vendor.  If you have any questions please direct them to Mrs. Ford 613-821-2241 ext. 2003.



Jan10/19
Hello.

Happy new year to you all!  I hope you had a restful holiday and are looking forward to an exciting 2019 as we are.

We have a few announcements for our parents and guardians.

  1. The OTHS Parent Council is holding its January meeting on Tuesday, January 15th from 6:00 to 7:00pm in the school library.  All parents/guardians are welcome to attend.
  2. The OTHS Parent Council is hosting a Math Pathways Presentation for parents in our community on Tuesday, January 15th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in OTHS's school library.  OTHS Department Head of Mathematics, Mr. Scott McEwen, will be sharing information about the various options for high school math courses and how they lead to the work world, college, or university.  The presentation will then be followed by a question and answer session. 
  3. We are now heading into our end of semester summative and exam rush.  Attendance is very important over the next few weeks. Please ensure that your child is present and prepared for all their evaluations. Exams will run during the mornings from Friday, January 25th to Thursday, January 31st.  If a student does not have an exam or other evaluation on one of those days, they are not required to attend school.
  4. Save the Date: Our Family Night Open House will be held on Tuesday, February 12th from 5:00 to 7:00pm. 

We have a few other reminders for grade 9 parents.

  1. EQAO math assessment, for students presently completing their grade 9 math credit, will be held on Thursday, January 17th.  If your child is writing, please ensure that they are present at school on that date. 
  1. Grade 9 Students are invited to stay after school on Thursday, January 17th from 3-5pm for organized study sessions with our Link Leaders.  There will be leaders available to help with all subject areas as well as to provide study tips and help getting students organized.  Hot chocolate and treats will be served.

 

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

 

Rupi Bergamin, Principal



Dec 10/18.
Hello.

The holidays are approaching fast!   We wanted to take this opportunity to share a few reminders from OTHS.

Attendance:

Regular classes are occurring between now and the 21st of December.  It is important that students be in regular attendance throughout this time.  We are beginning summative tasks and once we return in January, we will only have two weeks before exams begin.  The holidays are from December 22nd to January 6th inclusive.    

Scented Products:

OTHS prioritizes the health and wellness of all students, staff and community members.  As some people in our school community have high sensitivity to perfumes and scented products, we are asking parents/guardians to discuss with their children the use of perfumes, colognes and other products that can trigger negative reactions for those in our community who are sensitive. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Winter Concert:

I would like to invite you to attend this year's OTHS Winter Concert.  The event is on Thursday December 20th, at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm). Don't miss your opportunity to hear the OTHS Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Vocal Ensemble.  This year's theme is 'Sweet Dreams' (The Nutcracker)!  Please bring your families, and support our students! There will also be a bake sale!

Shoebox Campaign:

OTHS is contributing to the I Love First Peoples Shoebox Campaign again this year.  This organisation sends gift-filled shoeboxes to deserving kids in communities up north who may otherwise not get many Christmas gifts. This small act of kindness connects our communities and helps Indigenous kids understand that other Canadians care about them.  See our website for a list of items that are most appreciated.  Donations can be dropped off in the library.

Exam Schedule, Etc:

Thursday, January 17th            Grade 9 EQAO Math Assessment

Friday, January 25th                 Block D Exams

Monday, January 28th             Block C Exams

Tuesday, January 29th             Block A Exams

Wednesday, January 30th        Block B Exams

Thursday, January 31st            Overflow Exams

Friday, February 1st                 PA Day

Monday, February 4th             First Day of Semester Two

Food Drive

Our Link Crew is currently running a Canned Food Drive in support of the Osgoode (Enniskerry) Food Bank.  It is taking place at school until next Friday.  We will also be at the Metcalfe Santa Claus Parade collecting canned food this Sunday, December 9th at 2pm.  Please donate and help us make the holiday season a little brighter for those in need. 

College and University Applications:

A reminder to Grade 12s that Dec 21st is the OTHS deadline for college and university applications. Apply now and avoid the last minute rush!

Please note that we post lots of important news items on the OTHS website (oths.ocdsb.ca). Thank you very much for all your support of our students and our school!

Sincerely,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal

Oct 19/18.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am writing to inform you about a few happenings in and around OTHS.

1.    Progress Reports were given out to students at the end of the day today. For further information about the assessment and evaluation in secondary schools within the OCDSB, please see the Parents’ Guide (see link below).

Parent Guide to A and E

 2.    Parent-Teacher interviews will be held next Thursday, October 24th in the afternoon and evening.  For those who are new to our school, please note that we book 10 minute blocks of time for interviews and they are booked using each teacher’s individual sites. Please see attached sheet.

3.    Next Wednesday is Panther Prowl, our annual fundraiser where OTHS staff and students walk, jog or run for a cause.  This year we are pleased to support D.I.F.D (Do it for Daron), for Youth Mental Health.  More information about D.I.F.D. can be found here All classes are participating in the 3 or 5k on Tuesday October 23rd so make sure to remember to tell your child to dress warmly! 

 If you would like to donate you may go through our website www.oths.ocdsb.ca to donate through Cash Online (scroll down to locate the blue icon on the right side of our home page).  Panther T-shirts are given to those who make a $25 donation or more. Any cash donations the day of, or leading up to the day of the event, will also be accepted.

 4.    Our monthly OTHS Parent Council meeting will take place from 5:30 to 6:30pm in the library on Tuesday, October 23rd

 5.    We will also be hosting a special presentation for parents of potential graduates by our Head of Student Services, Evan Cooper.  This will take place immediately after the Parent Council meeting on Tuesday, October 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30pm.  Topics include: where our grads traditionally go; pathway research tools; estimated costs; students assistance / scholarships / bursaries / OSAP; OUAC / OCAS / Apprenticeship tips; and more.

Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

 Rupi Bergamin


Sept 26/18.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 I hope that everything is well with you and yours after the eventful weekend that just passed.  We were fortunate as the school did not suffer any damage.  I wanted to share a few quick reminders with you.

 1.    WE Club is planning to help the victims of Friday night's devastating tornado.  Any way you can help or support us would be very much appreciated. Students can bring in cash or non-perishable food items to their period 2 class before Friday. The most needed items from the Food Bank website are:

·         Baby Diapers

·         Baby Food & Formula

·         Canned Fish & Meat

·         Canned Vegetables & Fruit

·         Cereal (Whole Grains)

·         Dry Pasta (Whole Grain) & Sauce

·         Legumes (Canned or Dried)

·         Peanut Butter

·         Rice (brown)

·         Stews & Chili

 2.    OTHS is happy to announce that we will once again be running a late bus 2 nights a week.  The bus leaves OTHS at 5:00pm and goes to the community centres in each of Kenmore), Greely, Osgoode and, new this year, Vernon.  The order of the stops is unclear as yet, but we will post it on our website when we know more details. The bus will be running tomorrow, Wednesday, September 25th.    Next week, it will start running every Wednesday and Thursday.

 3.    Numeracy aka The Math Club will be starting up on Wednesday, October 3rd from 2:45 to 4:45pm.  It will run every Wednesday and Thursday after school.

 4.    If you haven’t returned the pink Student Verification Form, please do so immediately even if there are no changes.

Thanks and have a great evening,

Rupi Bergamin

Sept 18/18.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This Thursday, September 20th is our Meet the Teacher evening at Osgoode Township High School.  On this evening, you will follow your child's day 1 schedule.  Please feel free to bring your family along.  Everyone is welcome!

The schedule will be as follows:

5:00 BBQ and Bake Sale

5:30 Principal's address in the cafeteria

5:40 to 5:50 Period 1

5:55 to 6:05 Period 2

6:10 to 6:20 Period 3

6:25 to 6:35 Period 4

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there! 

Thanks and have a great evening,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

Sept 17/18.

 

Hello.

I just wanted to let you know that the Student Verification Forms were sent home today.  They are on pink paper.

Please:

1. Look over the information carefully and make any changes that are needed. 

2. Sign the back where indicated.

3. Have your child return it to school (to their first period teacher).

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal OTHS

 

Sept 14/18.
Hello. 

It has been observed by OTHS staff that there has been significant uptake in vaping among our student population, in particular with a large number of  incoming Grade 9 students using vapes. With this observation, we felt it was important to share some information related to smoking and vaping with our parent community. Smoking Cigarettes, Vapes and/or E Cigarettes is not permitted on school board property. Students are aware of this as the information was shared with them at our assemblies last week. Students who engage in this behaviour are subject to suspension from school as outlined by school board policy and provincial legislation. In addition, smoking in undesignated areas (including school board property or property of the City of Ottawa including parking lots) may also result in fines by City of Ottawa By-law Enforcement.  

For more information, please review this Ottawa Public Health website: (https://www.ontario.ca/page/electronic-cigarette-vape-rules).  In addition, we understand that smoking can have a very negative impact on your health. In relation to Vaping, Health Canada states: “If you are not a smoker, vaping can increase your exposure to some harmful chemicals, that could negatively affect your health. Vaping could also expose you to nicotine which is addictive.There are also concerns about the appeal of vaping products among youth and their potential to promote tobacco use”.  More information can be found on Health Canada’s website (https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/smoking-tobacco/vaping.html)

Your help and support in reinforcing this information and encouraging healthy habits in our students is appreciated.

Sincerely,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS



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