Dear St. Dominic Families,
After returning from the Christmas break, I thought it would take some time for children to settle back into the routines of the school day, but I was absolutely wrong. During the first block of the first day back, I visited class after class and saw how students (and staff) were right back to regular routines. Regardless of being off school for two weeks, and regardless of the many special events that took place in the lead up to Christmas, classrooms were humming along smoothly on that first day back, as they did all week long. While the break from school is appreciated, it definitely seems like many of us were happy about getting back to school, friends and learning. Here’s to a great 2023!
WINTER WEATHER: It was a long time coming, but winter weather has finally arrived. All children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 should come to school prepared to spend time outside. Recess is only cancelled when the temperature is -25 celsius or below. So, a good jacket, snow pants, boots, hats and warm mitts are a necessity for staying warm and enjoying the snow. If you need help getting outdoor clothing for your child, please contact the school office.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: Children who will be four by December 31, 2023 may be registered to begin Junior Kindergarten at St. Dominic in September. Simply click this link to REGISTER ONLINE.
MOVING ON TO GRADE 7: After Grade 6, St. Dominic’s students typically go to St. Peter H.S. for Grade 7. In the spring a variety of transition activities take place to prepare students for the move. All this happens AUTOMATICALLY and there is no need to register at St. Peter. If your Grade 6 child will be going to a school other than St. Peter for Grade 7, please let us know.
ADVENT GENEROSITY: Our Pyjama Fundraiser was a huge success thanks to the generosity of the St. Dominic School Community. When all was said and done, 100+ pairs of pyjamas were donated to www.pyjamapatrol.com, and 50+ pairs of pyjamas and $262 was donated to our partner school, St. Brigid. Thank you for brightening up Christmas for so many! Thanks to our Advent Project Fundraising Team (Mme Lee, Mme Benjamin, Mme Manon) and to the St. Dominic School Council.
IMMUNIZATION: Ottawa Public Health is in the process of sending out letters regarding required childhood immunizations. For more information about immunization clinics, or about how to submit your child's immunization information, please call 613-580-6744, or visit parentinginottawa.ca/immunization.
MORNING ARRIVAL: Please aim to have your children arrive at school at 9:00 a.m. While classes don’t start until 9:15, arriving early just makes the start of the day go more smoothly for everyone than when students arrive at bell time or later.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
January 19 ~ School Council Meeting
January 27 ~ PD Day (No School for Students)
February 9 ~ Report Cards and IEPs posted on Parent Portal
February 17 ~ Winter Play Day
February 20 ~ Family Day Holiday (School Closed)
February 21 ~ Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Tuesday or Mardis Gras)
February 22 ~ Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins)
March 13-17 ~ March Break
May God continue to bless our school community.