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Principal's Newsletter - The Latest Synervoice!

Principal's Newsletter - The Latest Synervoice!
Posted on 11/03/2019

Nov 22/19.

LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what’s really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.

Our goal for this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self regulate. It’s not about blame. It’s about looking in the mirror and empowering ourselves to create balance in our lives and to learn to be there for each other.”

-IndieFlix team


Parent/Community Screening

Parents/Community members are invited to a screening and discussion of “LIKE”

Approximately 75 min for viewing and discussion


Tuesday December 3rd

Osgoode Township High School Cafeteria

2800 8th Line Rd, Metcalfe, ON K0A 2P0


**Please click on a screening time below to confirm attendance

5:15pm Screening OR 7:00pm Screening


Student Screening

Osgoode Township HS will be showing “LIKE” to students during the week of December 2nd - 6th with follow up class discussions


Click here to Reply


Nov 14/19

Hello, Parents/Guardians.

I wanted to let you know that the students at OTHS were given their midterm report cards at the end of the day today.  Please ask your child to share it with you.  Please contact the teachers directly to share any questions and/or discuss any concerns.  

Thanks,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

Nov 8/19.

Hello Parents/Guardians:

The following information is also being shared with potential grads.  If your child is graduating this year, they should follow the directions below to book an appointment to have their graduation photographs taken.

  • Lifetouch will be at our school November 25 to November 29, 2019 to take grad photos.
  • Lifetouch flyers were given out to grads on November 7th. If you didn’t get one, they are also available in the office.
  • Students must book an appointment by logging onto prestigeportraits.ca.  Once on the website, find and click on Osgoode Township High School and follow the prompts. 
  • Please note, while Lifetouch will ONLY be here for five days.  Too often students want to wait until the mid-week when the photographers are at OTHS and there are no appointment slots left.  If a student misses the opportunity to book an appointment during this time frame, they will have to contact Lifetouch to book an appointment at their studio in town and their photo may not be ready in time for it to appear on the Class of 2020 Grad Composite (page which includes all grad photos).  Book an appointment as soon as possible!
  • There is a $30 sitting fee that can be paid online when making the appointment or paid to the photographers on the day of the appointment.  In return, students will receive 16 to 18 different shots, including up to three changes of clothes and multiple backdrops. 
  • Important note: even if you and your family are not interested in purchasing a grad photo package, we are encouraging all potential grads to have one grad photo taken for the Yearbook and the Class of 2020 Composite.  Students who wish to have a “Yearbook Only” photo should speak to the photographers to find a spare time slot where they can be photographed.  There is no sitting fee for a “Yearbook Only” photo.
  • Unfortunately we cannot accommodate shots with friends, groups or pets. 

Have a great weekend,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal OTHS

Nov 6/19. 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We wanted to let you know that invitations are being given out today and tomorrow to students who will be receiving an award at our annual Double Blue Awards night on Tuesday, November 19th.  The presentations start at 7:00pm and last approximately an hour.  Awards are given to students who excelled in the last (2018-2019) school year.  

We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Have a wonderful evening,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

Nov 1/19.
A message for Gr 12s from the Guidance Dept.

Hello.

I am writing with another important message from Guidance.

1. Scholarship Newsletter: Your grade 12 child has just received their third email from Guidance Services.  In it is a Scholarship Newsletter we subscribe to. Due to subscription rules we cannot share it directly with parents but of course you can have your child share it with you. They will get 5 issues throughout the year. This is a great resource so please take time to find something that will support your child in their future studies! This is last month's issue and we will get the November issue soon.  Remember, there are scholarship opportunities for all pathways after high school - for trades and college and university!  

2. University-Bound? PINs for the OUAC site are here now.  If your child took or is going to take ENG4U, then there is an access PIN for them for the  Ontario University Application Centre OUAC website. Remind them to come to Guidance to pick up their PIN and start the university application process! 

3. Please encourage them to drop by Guidance any time if they have any questions!

Sincerely,

Bonnie Cranston, Head of Guidance Services

Oct 31/19.
Hello.

Wednesday, November 6th is national 'Take Our Kids to Work Day'. Last week, your child in grade 9 received the information package and permission form for this activity. Take Our Kids to Work Day is an annual event where students step into the future for a day and get a glimpse into the working world. The day involves all students currently in grade nine in the province of Ontario. You may have heard on the radio or over the media in the past students being engaged in a wide variety of activities. Many large companies have specific programs for the grade nine students on November 6th. Your child is invited to spend the day in the workplace of a parent, family member, neighbour or community host to experience and learn more about the world of world. 

We have attached the family guide as a reference. The final page includes the permission form as a pdf in case you require printing off the form where the original has been misplaced.  Please have your child return the permission form to school as soon as possible.  We are proud that OTHS students have had a participation rate that has been close to 95% of our grade 9 students each year!

If you have any questions, please consult the Take Our Kids to Work Day website - https://www.thelearningpartnership.ca/events/take-our-kids-to-work-day - or email David.Ward@ocdsb.ca for more information. 

Thank you,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

Oct 24/19.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am writing to tell you about a wonderful opportunity to share input into our community's needs. 

The Community Needs Assessment is part of a Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health project that a group of rural Ottawa organizations are working on. The goal of the project is a significant increase in youth mental health clinical supports, education / prevention skills and circle of care supports that are accessible and consistent in rural Ottawa.  As a first step towards that goal, they are asking youth and families to complete surveys (links are below).

There are 2 surveys, one for youth ages 12 - 24 and one for adults 25 and older.  The surveys should take no longer than 13 minutes to complete.

Here are the links:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Osgoodeadultsurvey  (for the adult survey.)

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Osgoodeyouthsurvey  (for the youth survey)

To learn more about this project, please visit: Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective.  If you have questions, please contact Nicole McKerracher via email at: nicole@o-ya.ca.

Thanks,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS


Oct 21/19

Hello.

My name is Bonnie Cranston and I am the Department Head of Guidance at Osgoode Township HS.  Last Friday,  Mr. Powers, Ms. Godoy and I met with all grade twelve students for an information session regarding college and university applications.  Your student should have brought home a folder with information and a pink guidance grad appointment slip.  Please encourage your student to come in for help if  needed.  If your student was absent or in co-op please remind them to come into the Guidance Office to get the missed information.  The presentation is attached below and will also be posted later this week on our school website.

Guidance Presentation to Potential Grads - Oct. 2019.pdf 

Sincerely,

Bonnie Cranston

Oct 18/19 .

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We wanted to let you know that progress reports were distributed to students today.  Please ask your child to share their report with you.  It is just a quick snapshot of how your child appears to be doing so far.  A more detailed conversation is always a good idea and we recommend that all parents communicate directly with teachers on parent-teacher interview night next Thursday, October 24th from 3:00 to 7:00pm. 

For those of you who are new to us, Osgoode Township High School uses an electronic booking system called You Can Book Me.  Each teacher has their own unique link which can be found below and on the school website at oths.ocdsb.ca.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

 

Please sign up for interviews with your child’s teachers using their individual links in the right column.  Please ensure that you include your child’s name.  eg.  Sarah (Mother of Harold B)

Teacher

Room#

E-mail

Interview Booking on YCBM site

Emma Abbott

S125

Emma.Abbott@ocdsb.ca

https://emmaabbott.youcanbook.me

Jennifer Bancej

S127

Jennifer.Bancej@ocdsb.ca

https://bancej.youcanbook.me

Stephen Bannister,

N105

stephen.bannister@ocdsb.ca

https://stephen-bannister.youcanbook.me

Dan Breithaupt

S123

dan.breithaupt@ocdsb.ca

https://breithaupt.youcanbook.me

Michele Brooks

N102

Michele.Brooks@ocdsb.ca

https://michelebrooks.youcanbook.me

Ryan Campbell

S219

Ryan.Campbell@ocdsb.ca

https://ryancampbell.youcanbook.me

Peter Cantrell

M113

peter.Cantrell@ocdsb.ca

https://petercantrell.youcanbook.me/

Kim Chapman

M114

kim.Chapman@ocdsb.ca

https://kimchapman.youcanbook.me

Bonnie Cranston

Guidance Office

bonnie.cranston@ocdsb.ca

https://cranston.youcanbook.me

Marc Dubeau

S122

Marc.Dubeau@ocdsb.ca

https://dubeau.youcanbook.me

Sean Follows

S211

sean.follows@ocdsb.ca

https://seanfollows.youcanbook.me

Christine Gallagher

M117

Christine.Gallagher@ocdsb.ca

https://christine-gallagher.youcanbook.me

Jennie Godard

N204

Jennie.Godard@ocdsb.ca

https://jenniegodard.youcanbook.me

Paula Hughson

S215

Paula.Hughson@ocdsb.ca

https://paulahughson.youcanbook.me

Rachel Lafond

Library

Rachel.Lafond@ocdsb.ca

https://rachel-lafond.youcanbook.me

Mike Martin

Gym

mike.Martin@ocdsb.ca

https://mikemartin3.youcanbook.me

Taylor McCabe

S125

taylor.mccabe@ocdsb.ca

https://taylormccabe.youcanbook.me

Scott McEwen

S210

Scott.McEwen@ocdsb.ca

https://scottmcewen.youcanbook.me

Donald Miller

S218

Donald.Miller@ocdsb.ca

https://dajmiller.youcanbook.me

Jena Nordenstrom

n/a

See Marie Ann Theriault

 

Rod O'Meara

S124

rod.omeara@ocdsb.ca

https://rodomeara.youcanbook.me

Justin Papineau-Wright

S120

justin.papineau-wright@ocdsb.ca

https://pw-music.youcanbook.me

Rob Park

M115

Rob.Park@ocdsb.ca

https://robertpark.youcanbook.me

Veronica Player

Library

veronica.player@ocdsb.ca

https://veronicaplayer.youcanbook.me

Adam Powers

N101

Adam.Powers@ocdsb.ca

https://mrpowers.youcanbook.me

Jenny Rodgers

Fitness room

jenny.rodgers@ocdsb.ca

https://jennyrodgers.youcanbook.me

Kimberly Sandziuk

Library

Kimberly.Sandziuk@ocdsb.ca

https://ms-kim-sandziuk.youcanbook.me

Kevin Seldon

S214

Kevin.Seldon@ocdsb.ca

https://kevinseldon.youcanbook.me

Nicole Stanley

N203

nicole.stanley@ocdsb.ca

https://nicolestanley.youcanbook.me

Melanie Taillefer

N202

melanie.taillefer@ocdsb.ca

https://melanietaillefer.youcanbook.me

Kim Talbot

N102

kim.talbot@ocdsb.ca

https://kimtalbot.youcanbook.me

Marie Ann Theriault

S212

 

https://marieannetheriault.youcanbook.me

Gary Theoret

Gym Office

Gary.Theoret@ocdsb.ca

https://theoret.youcanbook.me

Douglas Veld

M116

Douglas.Veld@ocdsb.ca

https://veld.youcanbook.me

David Ward

S217

David.Ward@ocdsb.ca

https://david-ward.youcanbook.me


Oct 8/19.
Hello.

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.  https://forms.ocdsb.ca/Forms/Media-School-Website-Consent-Form

Acceptable Use of Computers Form: Please fill out this form online.  You do not need to print it.  https://forms.ocdsb.ca/Forms/Use-of-Technology

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

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 paula.hall@ocdsb.ca.

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: oths.ocdsb.ca

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: https://forms.ocdsb.ca/Forms/Media-School-Website-Consent-Form

Thanks and have a great evening.

Sincerely,

Rupi Bergamin, Principal, OTHS

Sept 6/19 

Hello.

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 www.insuremykids.com, forms may be downloaded at www.binks.ca 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.

Thanks,

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: https://forms.ocdsb.ca/Forms/Use-of-Technology

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 ottawaschoolbus.ca. 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!

Sincerely,

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 http://www.theboomerangproject.com/link.

            On behalf of the 2019/2020 Link Crew Leaders,

            Dave Ward

            2019 Link Crew Teacher

            david.ward@ocdsb.ca

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