Principal's Newsletter - The Latest Synervoice!

Principal's Newsletter - The Latest Synervoice!
Posted on 12/09/2018

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.


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!



Rupi Bergamin, Principal

Dec 10/18.

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


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 ( Thank you very much for all your support of our students and our school!


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 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.


 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.



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


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.


Rupi Bergamin, Principal OTHS


Sept 14/18.

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: (  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 (

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


Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

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