Principal's Newsletter - The Latest Synervoice!

Principal's Newsletter - The Latest Synervoice!
Posted on 09/03/2019

Oct 8/19.

I am writing one more time to request that all parents please ensure that they have completed the following forms and registered with School Cash Online.  You will have received each of these pieces of information in separate emails in late August or September.   If you filled out the forms previously, you do not need to do them again.  If you are unsure, we don't mind a second copy.

Student Fee $25.00 - This voluntary fee is used to help support a variety of non-academic programs in our school that are not covered by Ministry funding (ie: school clubs, guest speakers, student council, etc.) Your support is greatly appreciated.  Please register with School Cash Online to access this payment using a credit card.  Instructions for School Cash Online are attached.  Please remember to select "allow notifications" to see items as they are added.  School Cash Online Info Brochure.pdf 

Walking Form - please print a copy, sign and return the attached form to allow your child to participate in activities within walking distance of the school.  Walking Permission Form.pdf 

Media Permission Form:  Please fill out this form online.  You do not need to print it.

Acceptable Use of Computers Form: Please fill out this form online.  You do not need to print it.

Thank you very much.


Rupi Bergamin, Principal of OTHS

Sept 13.19

Good Evening,

Another week has flown by!  This school year is going very well and students are settled into their classes.  I wanted to share a few pieces of information with the community.

1. OTHS has a late bus that runs on Mondays and Wednesdays and is available to all students.  It leaves the school at 5:00pm and goes to the Kenmore Community Hall (5:15), the Vernon Rec Centre  (5:30), the Greely Community Centre (5:45) and the Osgoode Community Centre (6:00). Please note that arrival times listed above are approximate.

2. We are very fortunate to have a math tutor that can be accessed by any student to get free help/tutoring in math.  Our instructor is able to help students in any level of math, from building foundational skills to calculus.  This service is available every Monday and Wednesday from 2:45 to 4:45pm to align with our late bus.

3. Any families seeking Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, Metis) supports, resources, or cultural opportunities for their child at OTHS, please contact Paula Reynolds-Hall at

4. Our Family Night event (including Meet the Parents) will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00pm.  We welcome all students, their siblings, their parents/guardians, and community members.  All are welcome! Save the date!

Lastly, a reminder that we have lots of information up on our school website at:

Have a wonderful weekend,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

Sept 10/19.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As the second week of school begins, I want to share a few announcements with you.

1. Our school picture day is this Friday, September 13th.  All students must have their photo taken so that we can print ID cards.  

2. Our school's first Parent Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30 in the school library.  Please join us to learn about what's happening in your child's school and to share your feedback.

3. Please electronically fill out the school's Media Permission form at:

Thanks and have a great evening.


Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

Sept 6/19 


The following is a message from the OCDSB regarding Student Accident Insurance.



Creating a caring and safe environment for our students is our top priority. Unfortunately, despite all reasonable precautions being taken, accidents can still happen. Some injuries may result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans. As a parent/guardian, you become responsible for these expenses.

Student accident insurance is available for purchase, on a voluntary basis, through Reliable Life Insurance Company. Parents may apply online at, forms may be downloaded at or hard copies may be picked up from the school office.

The OCDSB encourages all parents/guardians to consider purchasing this insurance. If your child is involved in school related sports activities or is participating in any field trips out of the province you may wish to seriously consider the coverage options, which range from $13.00/year to $33.00/year. This coverage is for the entire calendar year and also applies outside of school hours.  If you have any questions, please call Binks Insurance Brokers directly at 613-226-1350.


Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

Sept 5/19

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The first week of school is quickly flying by and it has been a great start to the school year!  I've been thrilled to meet lots of new students and watch them happily settle in to their new home school. I am writing today to let you know that I will be sending a few emails out in the next week.  Some will have forms to fill out.  We would greatly appreciate it if you could fill them out as you get them. 

The first of these forms is an electronic Appropriate Use of Technology Agreement.  It can be accessed at the following address:

Secondly, for those of you who have not previously registered, we would like all families to register with our School Cash Online system.  This is our preferred payment system in the school.  The system allows you to receive email notifications for fees owing for any school purpose (i.e. voluntary fees, course enhancement fees, field trips, team fees, etc.) as well as purchases that you may wish to make from the school (i.e. yearbook or clothing).  The instructions are attached: Info Brochure.pdf .  If you were registered at your previous school, you do not need to register again. 

Thanks and have a great evening,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

Aug 30/19

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

I want to welcome all of you to the 2019-2020 school year at Osgoode Township High School!  It is shaping up to be a great one!  Staff have been in the building getting the school building and lessons ready to welcome all students on Tuesday, September 3rd.  I want to share a few details with you to make everything smoother for you on your first day.  

1. If you bus and you're not sure about when or where the bus will be picking you up, please check on the Bus Stop Finder (down on the left side of the screen) at The buses pick students up at OTHS at the end of the day around 2:55 pm.  Please make note of the driver and who you are traveling with during the morning ride so that you can find your bus more easily at the end of the day.

2. School begins at 8:25 am and ends at 2:38 pm. 

3. On the first day of school, grades 10 to 12 students will need to find their name on the posted lists and go to the listed room for their first class.  They will receive their timetables in that class.

4. Grade 9 students will be met by Link Leaders outside who will direct them towards the cafeteria.

5. During the first week or two, I will be sending a number of forms home to you via email.  It would be appreciated if you could sign them as needed as soon as possible.  The first one is attached today.  It is a field trip form that allows staff to take students for excursions within walking distance of the school.  Please print it off, fill it out and sign it.  Students can return the form to their first period teacher this week.  Thank you.  Community field trip.pdf 

That's it for now.  

I wish you all a wonderful long weekend and looking forward to seeing the students on Tuesday!


Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

Aug 23/19

Dear OTHS parents and guardians,

            We are very excited that your child will be attending Osgoode Township High School and we look forward to meeting your son/daughter on the first day of school - Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.  Our school offers a prograTm known as ‘Link Crew’ - a program whose sole purpose is to help grade nine students feel more comfortable as well as to help them to achieve success in their first year of high school.  On the first day of school your son or daughter will be participating in the grade nine orientation day for the first three periods of the day (from 8:25 - 1:15). The Link Crew Grade Nine Orientation and Transition Program is designed to both welcome and support grade nines by assigning them two senior student Link Leaders as mentors during their first year. These Link Leaders are responsible older students who have been selected from a pool of applicants and have met the qualifications of being good role models and positive leaders at our school. The following is some information to let you know what is taking place for your child in the year to come:

            Grade Nine Orientation Day is the first day of school and will be an exciting, important day for your child to help adjust to the academic and social transition to a new school. It is expected that each grade nine student attends as their will be some important bonding that takes place that day. This may be the most important and impactful day of their school year. The orientation will be a safe and fun day for all participants and has been specifically designed for the grade nine students. Due to the nature of the day, please ensure that your son/daughter wears comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict movement. Also, it is recommended that they leave valuable items at home for the day. We will provide some hamburgers and beverages for lunch with a barbecue hosted by our school department heads. You may wish for your child to come with some of their own food to add to their meal.

            At the end of August your son/daughter will receive a phone call from his/her Link Leader to introduce themselves and explain what the first day of school will be like. They will provide the details of the day and answer any questions that your child may have. If, for any reason, you do not want a senior student from the school to make contact with your son or daughter, then please contact David Ward at 613-821-2241 to ensure that your number is not assigned to the Link Leader.

            Your son or daughter will be participating in various academic and social follow-ups with their personal Link Crew Leaders throughout the school year. The Link Crew Team has an exciting year planned to aid your child’s successful transition to high school.

            We look forward to meeting your son / daughter on Tuesday, September 3rd. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. If you would like to learn more about the Link Crew program, please feel free to visit

            On behalf of the 2019/2020 Link Crew Leaders,

            Dave Ward

            2019 Link Crew Teacher


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