September 8, 2023
Dear St. Dominic Families,
What a joy it was to see the school filled with students and staff this week! It was also wonderful to see everyone settling into the routines of the new school year. Many thanks to students, parents and staff for all you did to help make the first week of school go so well. While a little less heat would have been welcome, our school community is truly blessed.
Principal ~ St. Dominic
BOO HOO, WOO HOO BREAKFAST ~ Many thanks to all the volunteers from our School Council for organizing such a great welcoming breakfast yesterday morning. Thanks to all the St. Dominic parents and guardians who joined us for this community building event. The next School Council event is their inaugural meeting taking place on September 27 @ 6:30 p.m. in the staff room. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend.
MORNING SUPERVISION ~ While we love when children arrive at school early, please know that there is NO SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS BEFORE 9:00. Somedays, you may see children and staff from our Extend Day Program (EDP) in the school yard before 9:00, but please know EDP staff are only responsible for children registered in their program.
PARKING LOT ACCESS ~ To reduce the chance of accidents, unauthorized vehicles are not permitted to enter the school parking lot between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. Instead, please park at Vista Park or on neighbourhood streets.
TO DO LIST FOR PARENTS:
PARENT PORTAL FORMS ~ Several online forms are now available on the Parent Portal. Please complete the Photo Consent form, Technology Agreement form, and the Off Site Permission form as soon as possible. If you don’t yet have a Parent Portal account, you will need to register first before completing these forms.
SCHOOL MESSENGER ~ School Messenger is the platform used by our school board to communicate with parents. Please check your School Messenger preferences to ensure that you have selected “General” so that you will continue to receive school and board newsletters, notices and reminders.
SCHOOL CASH ONLINE ~ School Cash Online is the platform we use to collect payments for field trips, pizza days, special events, and student fees. Be ready for the school year ahead by creating a School Cash Online account today!
VOLUNTEERS - If you are hoping to volunteer during this school year, please start the application process sooner than later - especially if you’re thinking of helping out with some of our Pizza Days. While the volunteer application is straightforward, and while there is no cost to get a vulnerable sector check from Ottawa Police, it does take time. Visit the OCSB Volunteer webpage to start the process of having your name added to our volunteer list.
MEET AND GREET ~ On Tuesday, September 12th, please join us between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. for our annual Meet and Greet. The evening is designed to give you the opportunity to meet your child(ren)’s teachers and to see their classroom(s). While this is a parent/guardian focused event, feel free to bring your children, too. We hope to see you there!
ACTIVATING BLACK STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOP ~ Discover how you can support your child’s success by attending this parent engagement workshop. It takes place on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at 570 West Hunt Club Road. You can participate online or in person. For more information, please visit the link above.