Friday, 1 December 2017

St. Pat's Intermediate Blog December 4 to December 8

Advent Liturgy
Our Advent Liturgy will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 13.  We are looking forward to what promises to be a prayerful and reflective occasion while awaiting the birth of Jesus.

Password Reset
On December 15, 2017, all student passwords that have the form x (where x is a single digit) or Wecome2FL (F represents your first-name initial and L represents your last-name initial) will be automatically reset.  Student passwords can be changed by students on their own using their password change tool or by staff using the Student Password Change Tool. We highly recommend that student passwords are also shared with parents. Students who have a single digit password or a password of the Welcome2FL must change their password before December 15 to avoid being locked out of their accounts. If a student is locked out, a staffmember will have to change the password.

Student Immunization Information
The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires that students in Ontario be vaccinated against nine diseases, or have a valid exemption. It is the responsibility of parents to report all immunizations to Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and every year OPH reviews these records to ensure that information is up-to-date. The process is designed to prevent infectious disease outbreaks and protect the health of our students. Please be aware of the following timelines:

1. Over the past two weeks, parents have received notices informing them of any gaps in the immunization records of their children;

2. January 15, 2018...suspension notices will be mailed to families who have not yet complied with the requirements under the legislation. At this time, schools will be sent a list of affected students;

3. February 7, 2018...suspensions will be enforced for any remaining students whose records are still not up-to-date. OPH will fax schools a daily list of students who are not permitted on school property.

Wrestling Finals
Congratulations to our wrestling team who walked away with 11 gold medals, 5 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals at the City Finals on Tuesday. Very impressive...way to go, Shamrocks!

Tea Club Excursion
Our Tea Club, on Wednesday, went to a Tea Ceremony where they learned about the main principles of Tea, being harmony, reverence, purity, and tranquility. Students also received instruction in pottery, calligraphy, and art overall. I spoke with some students after the ceremony and many found it very interesting and exciting.

Visits to St. Pat's High School
Our grade 8's visited St. Pat's High School this week to take part in some experiential learning activities and to get a feel for the school. Whenever we visit across the street it is always a successful endeavour. Next year, of course, this will cease as we become one once the addition is finished in September, 2018. Very exciting times lie ahead!

Important Contact Information
Our School Council chair is Stephanie Anderton and can be reached at

Our Trustee is Mark Mullan and can be reached at

Have a great week.

Don Murphy

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, December 5:  School Council Meeting in Learning Commons 1 at 
7 p.m.

Monday, December 18:  OCSB Christmas Choir, St. Basil's Church (Maitland Ave. north of the 417 exit) at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $15 at the door. 

The holidays are around the corner and the winter break countdown is on! Please help us in letting your parents and guardians know that they still have time to order fall school photos in time for the holidays.

Fall photo day orders placed online at by Sunday, December 10th or by phone at
1-888-416-3343 (EDGE) by Friday, December 8th

* will have guaranteed delivery to home before the holidays!

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