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November 18, 2021

Dear St. Dominic Families,

With the start of the Advent season less than two weeks away, our thoughts turn to Christmas, and especially those less fortunate than us.

As in past years, our school community will be collecting funds to support the families of another school community: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School. OLMC is an Ottawa school that serves families who are mostly new to Canada, as well as many who struggle financially. Funds collected will go towards the purchase of grocery cards and gift cards from stores such as Walmart, Giant Tiger, and Food Basics. Purchased cards will be given to families so that they can go out and make purchases that will make the Christmas season a bit easier for them.

Please take a moment today or sometime soon to log into SchoolCash Online to make a donation. We will be accepting donations until December 3. This will give OLMC staff time to purchase grocery/gift cards and distribute them to families.

As the former Principal of a school serving a similar community, I can attest first hand that families who are given grocery/gift cards are truly needy and truly appreciative. Your generosity will make a real difference for these families at this special time of year.

Many thanks and God bless,

​Paul GautreauPrincipal ~ St. Dominic Catholic School


November 8, 2021

Hello St. Dominic Families,

On this bright and warm November Monday, here is some school news that I hope you find helpful.

REPORT CARDS: Kindergarten Initial Observation Reports and Grade 1 to 6 Progress Reports will be available on the OCSB Parent Portal at the end of the day tomorrow. If you are having difficulty accessing the Parent Portal, please see the parent portal Help Page.

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS: Just a reminder that Parent Teacher Interviews are taking place on Thursday, November 11th from 4pm to 8pm. To book an interview with your child’s teacher, please see the email that was sent out last Wednesday. Our booking system will close at 4pm on November 10th.

PHOTO RETAKES are happening on Wednesday. If you would like to have your child’s photo retaken, just send back your child's photo proofs and let their teacher know. Also, all children who were absent on the original photo day will have their photo taken.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: On Thursday morning, our school community will be coming together virtually to honour Canada’s Veterans and remember those who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. We will be giving students poppies (pins or stickers) to wear. Donations to The Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Campaign can be made through OCSB School Cash Online.

BOOK FAIR: Our virtual book fair is now in full swing, but it ends on November 22nd. Be sure to visit soon. All proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase more books and resources for our Learning Commons.

INDIGENOUS EDUCATION NEWS: If you are interested in receiving communication from the OCSB Indigenous Education Team, please fill out the form included in this letter.

PD DAY: Friday is a PD Day. This means that there is no school for students. Staff will be participating in a staff meeting, anti-racism training, and continuing Commit2Kids training.

As always, please follow us on Twitter, and be sure to visit our school website.

Wishing you many blessings,

​Paul GautreauPrincipal ~ St. Dominic Catholic School




October 7, 2021

Dear St. Dominic Families,

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving long weekend, here are a few updates:

CONTACT INFORMATION: Do you have a new phone number or emergency contact? Please be sure to update your information in the Parent Portal.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION: Tomorrow, a letter from Good Shepherd Parish will be emailed to the families of Grade 2 and 6 children about registering children to prepare for and receive the sacraments of First Communion (Grade 2) and Confirmation (Grade 6). If you do not receive this letter, please contact the school.

DAILY COVID SCREENING: Recent news of COVID cases in Ottawa schools highlights the importance of continuing to screen children before coming to school. Ottawa Public Health’s online screening tool for students provides quick and clear guidance about whether or not your child can come to school. Thank you for helping to keep our school safe.

TERRY FOX FUNDRAISER: We have had a fantastic response to our Terry Fox Cancer Research Fundraiser. THANKS TO YOU, to date, we have raised $2610! If you would still like to donate, please do so by going to As incentives, we’ve already had two teachers have slime and cold water poured over them, and two teachers dye their hair. If we make it to $3000, students will get to see a few pies in the face, and if we make it to $4000, someone will shave his head! Please donate if you can!

FRIDAY’S PD DAY: While students have the day off on October 8th, staff will be participating in a variety of professional learning activities. Staff will be learning about high impact strategies in Math, French and Kindergarten, as well as participating in child sexual abuse training offered by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

MONDAY IS A HOLIDAY: Monday, October 11th is a holiday for everyone! Staff and students return to school on Tuesday.

FEELING BLESSED: Thanksgiving gives us time to pause and reflect on the many God given blessings in our lives. Despite the challenges that life brings, there are also many blessings, like kind words, generous deeds, caring hearts and welcoming actions. Even the smallest of acts can be a sign of hope, faith and inspiration for others. We are truly blessed in so many ways!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Staff of St. Dominic Catholic School!


September 24, 2021

Dear St. Dominic Families,

Fall has finally arrived. With the first three weeks of school behind us, everyone seems to be settling well into the new school year. Of course, that is not to say that there haven’t been bumps along the way. There have been a few (like rainy days and bus delays), but with prayer and patience, problem solving and plenty of hard work, we not only get through the challenges, we thrive! Many thanks to all St. Dominic families for all you do.

Below are a few updates for the week ahead, as well as a few items to add to your to do list.

Have a wonderful fall weekend. God bless!

Paul Gautreau


COVID SAFETY ~ Just a reminder to use the Ottawa Public Health Screening Tool to check if children are okay to send to school each morning. Also please note that if your child passes the screening, but feels sick or is not well, they should be kept at home.

ACTIVITY FEE ~ If you haven’t yet paid the first installment of this year’s activity fee ($20 per child or $50 per family with 3 or more children), please do so by Friday, October 1st. Online payments can be made at

TERRY FOX WALK ~ Our annual Terry Fox walk fundraiser will be taking place on Friday, October 1st. Children in Grades 1 to 6 will be walking with their classes and teachers on the paths around the perimeter of Vista Park. Children in Kindergarten will do their walk within our school yard. Everyone will wear masks and walk with their class cohorts. Donations to the Terry Fox Foundation can be made at

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ~ Our parking lot is becoming a growing safety concern before and after school. As such, please do not park on school property between 8:45a.m. and 9:15a.m., or between 3:30p.m. and 4:00p.m. If you need to park your vehicle, use the Vista Park parking lot. Access to our school property is only permitted if you are using our “Drop and Go Zone” before school.

RESPONSIBLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT ~ Each year we require all students and their guardians/parents to sign a Responsible Use of Technology Agreement. This year, the process will be done digitally. Linked here are instructions for digitally signing the agreement.


  • Monday, September 27 ~ Crazy Hair Spirit Day (Yes, children can wear a hat!)

  • Tuesday, September 28 ~ School Picture Day (More information coming soon.)

  • Wednesday, September 29 @ 6:30p.m. ~ School Council Meeting (For more information visit Welcome Information School Council or

  • Thursday, September 30 ~ National Day of Truth and Reconciliation (Wear an orange shirt day in support of residential school survivors. Every child matters!)

  • Friday, October 1 ~ Terry Fox Walk AND Student Activity Fees are due

STAY CONNECTED ~ As always, stay connected with us by visiting our school website, following us on @StDominicOCSB on Twitter, sending us an email or phoning.


September 15, 2021

Dear St. Dominic Families,

Here are just a few reminders of what we can do to help keep our school COVID-Safe:

  • All students and staff are required to use the Ottawa Public Health Screening Tool each morning before coming to school. A PDF version of the screening tool is also available. After completing the screening, if you said yes to ANY symptom, your child should NOT attend school.

  • When dropping off or picking up your child, please wear a mask and keep physically distant.

  • To avoid crowding, please know that students can use any of the 4 gates into the school yard at the beginning or end of the day.

Many thanks for all you do to help keep everyone safe,

Paul Gautreau

Principal ~ St. Dominic Catholic SchoolAddress: 2300 Esprit Drive, OrléansWebsite: @StDominicOCSB


September 10, 2021

Dear St. Dominic Families,

What a start to the new school year we have had! After many months of not having students at school, our classrooms, hallways, gym, Learning Commons and school yard are once again full of smiles, laughter and learning.

Below are a few pieces of information that I hope you find helpful.

Have a wonderful weekend,

​Paul Gautreau

Principal ~ St. Dominic Catholic SchoolAddress: 2300 Esprit Drive, OrléansWebsite: @StDominicOCSB

STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE: Once again this year, we will be collecting an activity fee. This fee will cover the cost of all the ‘extras’ not covered through the regular school budget, including field trips, special craft materials, and special events. Because we’re not yet certain what activities will be permitted given COVID safety measures, we have decided to collect the fee in two installments. The first installment, $20 per student or $50 per family with 3 or more students, will be due on Friday, October 1st. A second installment of the same amount will be due in February. All fees must be paid using SchoolCash Online. If you have not already registered, please do so by going to and select the “get started today” option. Please complete your payment by Friday, October 1.

DROP AND GO ZONE: With our new Drop and Go Zone, our parking lot is a busy place in the morning. If you walk your child to school, instead of cutting through the parking lot, please use the gate closest to Vista Park if you can. If you do need to walk through the parking lot, please watch for traffic. Similarly, if you are a driver using our Drop and Go Zone, please watch out for pedestrians. Together we can help keep everyone safe.

ARRIVING AFTER 9:15: If your child arrives at school after 9:15 a.m., please do not bring them to the school yard. Classes begin entering the school at 9:15 a.m., and we don’t want any children left outside by mistake. Instead, after 9:15 bring your child to the office at the front of the school.


  • September 25 ~ Jour des Franco-Ontariens

  • September 28 ~ Photo Day (This is a new date)

  • September 29 @ 6:00p.m.~ Virtual School Council Meeting and Elections

  • September 30 ~ Orange Shirt Day: Supporting residential school survivors. Every child matters.

  • October 1 ~ Student Activity Fee Payment Due

  • October 8 ~ PA day (all grades)

  • October 11 ~ Thanksgiving Day (no school)


August 31, 2021

Dear Students, Families and Friends,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! Welcome to all of our new students, and welcome back to all returning students. As the new principal of St. Dominic, I have been eagerly anticipating the start of the new school year for many months. Now that it is almost here, I am excited to meet everyone and to learn more about what makes the St. Dominic School Community so special.

Below you will find a few pieces of information that will hopefully be a help to you as the new school year begins. Of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to phone or email. You may also find answers to your questions on our new school website. Be sure to check it out!

Over the summer, our custodial team has been busy scrubbing the school. This week, our educator team will be busy setting up classrooms and planning for the year ahead. WE ARE ALMOST READY!

May the year ahead be filled with much learning and growth, much compassion and understanding, much success and accomplishment, and with God’s many blessings. Let the learning journey begin!


Paul Gautreau


OFFICE HOURS: Our school office is open this week during regular school hours. Mrs. Leslie and Mrs. Fayad will be busy getting everything ready for the school year ahead. Current COVID protocols prevent us from having visitors in the school, so please call or email if you need to reach us.

YOUR CHILD’S TEACHERS: Later this week, teachers will be emailing parents to introduce themselves and to provide some information about the start of the school year. Teachers will also be telling you about how your child will find their teacher on the first day (more about the first day below). If you do not receive an email by the end of the day on Friday, please send us an email to let us know.

NEW JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS: The first day of school for our Junior Kindergarten students is staggered through the first week of school. This allows us to give our youngest students close attention as we get to know them, and as they get to know us. Parents of our new Junior Kindergarten students should have already received a letter with the date and time of their child’s orientation meeting and first day of school. If you haven’t received an orientation visit letter, please email the school.

BUSES AND VANS: Information about your child’s bus stop can be obtained by logging into the Bus Stop Planner. For other school bus and van information, visit the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority website at

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: What supplies will your child need for school in September? The easy answer is that we provide everything students will need. We will provide all children with the pencils and erasers, notebooks and art supplies, and Chromebooks and iPads. That said, all children will need a pair of indoor shoes, a backpack and lunch box. Kindergarten students will also need a crib-size blanket for rest time. If you’d like to buy your child a special pencil case, pencil crayons, markers, or other supplies, feel free. We also go through a lot of Kleenex over the school year, so if you can, please send in a box of tissues. Teachers will provide more detailed information once the school year begins.

The First Day

MORNING: The first day of school is Tuesday, September 7th. At 9:00 a.m., teachers will be in the school yard ready to meet their new students. Teachers will be holding signs to make it easier for children to find their teacher. Students who take the bus to school or who are in EDP will be brought to the schoolyard by a staff member and helped to find their new teacher. Children will line up with their new classmates, then at 9: 15 a.m., teachers will begin bringing children into their classrooms.

NO VISITORS ON THE SCHOOL YARD: Due to current COVID protocols, parents and guardians are not allowed onto the school yard. Parents and Guardians will have to say “Goodbye” to children at one of the 3 gates into the school yard, and then, if you so choose, watch from outside the fence line. Please be sure to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.

IF IT RAINS on the first day of school, children will be brought directly into the school and helped to find their class.

AFTERNOON DISMISSAL: At the end of the day (a few minutes before 3:45), students who don’t take the bus and who aren’t in EDP will be brought out to the school yard. Teachers will dismiss students to parents once they see them. If you are picking up your child, please wait outside the school fence, and let your child know where you will be waiting for them. Children who have permission to walk home will be dismissed at 3:45.


COVID SAFETY: To begin the school year, our COVID-19 safety protocols will be very similar to what they were last school year. All Kindergarten to Grade 6 students, staff and visitors are required to wear masks when in the school. All students and staff will need to self-screen daily before arriving at school. Cohorting classes, hand sanitizing, enhanced cleaning will also be practised. For more details about COVID-19 safety in our school, please refer to this Summary of COVID Protocols at St Dominic.

LUNCH AND SNACK ALLERGY ALERT: We have several students at our school who have severe life-threatening allergies brought on by contact with even the tiniest traces of nuts or peanuts. Please do not send in snacks and lunches with any foods containing nuts or peanuts (even trace amounts).

CARE PLANS FOR PREVALENT MEDICAL CONDITIONS: If your child has asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, anaphylaxis, has had a recent concussion, or has any other prevalent medical conditions please let us know so that we can put an appropriate care plan in place. Also please note that we are not able to administer any medications without a ‘Request and Consent for the Administration of Medication’ form that has been completed and signed by your child’s doctor. For more information, please visit:

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: Our school is a very busy place at the beginning and ending of the school day. Traffic on streets and in parking lots poses a significant risk for pedestrians. For this reason, we ask that you walk rather than drive your child to school. If you must drive your child to school, please park at least a block away and walk. We will also be setting up a “Drop and Go Zone” this year. Stay tuned for more details. Together we will keep everyone safe.

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