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Friday, 23 June 2017

St. Patrick's Intermediate Blog June 26 to 30

PowWow on Parliament Hill
To celebrate National Aboriginal Day (now re-named to National Indigenous Peoples Day), a number of students went to Parliament Hill to take part in a PowWow and other activities.  I spoke to students at the end of the day and many explained to me that they had an amazing time and learned a lot.  This is something we will definitely look at repeating next year.


Excursion to Calypso and La Ronde
On Friday our grade 7's went to the water park at Calypso and our grade 8's went to La Ronde in Montreal.  Everyone arrived back home safely and all had a good time.  Thanks so much to staff for organizing both events and for supervising.  
Grade 8 Closing Ceremonies
Grade 8 closing ceremonies will take place on Tuesday, June 27 at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica at 1:30 p.m. Grade 8 students have already been given tickets for the celebration. Students will need to be driven from the school on Tuesday to Notre Dame by a parent/guardian. We ask that students and family members arrive no earlier than 1 p.m. because there is a noon mass at Notre Dame and we will not be permitted to enter until mass is finished. When the doors to Notre Dame open, students should go to their assigned seating area according to their homebase. Parents and guardians will be seated immediately behind the student area. After the ceremony, students and family members are invited back to the school for a reception.

Grade 7 Awards Ceremony
On Tuesday, June 27, our grade 7 students will be recognized for their academic achievements at our Grade 7 Awards Ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Parents/guardians will be notified if their child will be receiving an award.

Lunch
Just a reminder that our school cafeteria is now closed for the school year; hence, students will not be able to purchase lunch from the servery.

2017-18 Student Transportation Information
Route information will be available to parents as of August 20, 2017. Student Transportation Information can be found using the “Stop Finder” located on the http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca website which will link to the “BusPlanner - Parent Portal”. Parents are asked to enter the student’s last name, birthdate, school and grade in order to access route and stop information.

Important Contact Information
Our School Council chair is Cees Artz and can be reached at chair@StPatsInt-council.ca

Our Trustee is Mark Mullan and can be reached at mark.mullan@ocsb.ca

As this is my final blog until the new school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank St. Patrick's students, staff, and parent community for the support and commitment that they have shown this year. A special thank you to our School Council for the support that they have demonstrated. I look forward to welcoming our new and returning students in September. I wish everyone a restful and relaxing summer.


Don Murphy
Principal

Friday, 16 June 2017

St. Patrick's Intermediate Blog June 19-23

School Trips this week
Grade 7 Calypso Trip: Our grade 7 students will be travelling to Calypso water park on Friday as part of our year-end celebrations.  Students will be organized into groups based on a swim test at the park.  A reminder to parents and guardians that students will return from the water park at 4:45 to the school. Students must be picked up at this time.

Grade 8 La Ronde Trip: This trip is an end-of-year celebration for the grade 8 students at St. Patrick’s Intermediate and will proceed rain or shine this Friday as well.  Students participating in the field trip will travel by bus to the amusement park.  They will depart from the school at 8:00 am and return at 8:00 pm.  Students must arrange to be picked up from school at 8:00pm by a parent or guardian.

YMCA Trip on Friday
A number of our students, including Stand Up Award winners, travelled to the YMCA camp in Dunrobin for activities and leadership skill training. The weather could have been a bit better but, despite this, everyone had a wonderful time. Special thanks to Ms. Corriveau for organizing this.




Important Contact Information
Our School Council chair is Cees Artz and can be reached at chair@StPatsInt-council.ca

Our Trustee is Mark Mullan and can be reached at mark.mullan@ocsb.ca

Have a great week.

Don Murphy
Principal



Friday, 9 June 2017

St. Patrick's Intermediate Blog June 12-16

2017-18 Student Transportation Information
Route information will be available to parents as of August 20, 2017. Student Transportation Information can be found using the “Stop Finder” located on the http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca website which will link to the “BusPlanner - Parent Portal”. Parents are asked to enter the student’s last name, birthdate, school and grade in order to access route and stop information.

Transportation Information During the Fall
We would ask parents to advise St. Patrick’s Intermediate directly of any changes to student home or caregiver address.  OSTA will require a minimum of three business days to implement a change to transportation services.

Bus Riders with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions
Please be reminded that three copies of the Life-threatening Medical Condition Emergency Transportation form must be submitted to OSTA by September 30 of each year for all students who may require the emergency administration of epinephrine auto-injectors or other emergency medical attention during transportation to or from school. These forms will be processed and sent to the school bus driver. Please do not give these forms directly to the school bus driver.

YMCA Trip
A number of our students, including Stand Up Award winners, will be travelling to the YMCA camp in Dunrobin for activities and leadership skill training on Friday, June 16th.  This is an on-going tradition at St. Patrick’s where students work in small groups to accomplish various activities and tasks.

Important Contacts
Our School Council chair is Cees Artz and can be reached at chair@StPatsInt-council.ca

Our Trustee is Mark Mullan and can be reached at mark.mullan@ocsb.ca


Have a great week.
Don Murphy
Principal

Friday, 2 June 2017

St. Patrick's Intermediate June 5 to June 9

Yearbooks on Sale
A reminder that yearbooks are on sale until Friday, June 16.  Cash is no longer accepted but you can still use School Cash Online to pay the $20 cost.

Visit to St. Patrick's High School
On Tuesday all of our grade 8's went over to St. Pat's High School to get a taste of all the good things going on there.  Students could ask questions, discuss various pathways, and they were able to see the site.  We are very appreciative of the warm welcome we always receive from our high school Shamrocks.



Professional Development Day on Friday
A reminder that Friday, June 9 is a professional development day for staff in Ottawa Catholic School Board schools, meaning that there is NO school for students.


Important Contact Information
Our School Council chair is Cees Artz and can be reached at chair@StPatsInt-council.ca

Our Trustee is Mark Mullan and can be reached at mark.mullan@ocsb.ca


Have a great week.
Don Murphy
Principal

Friday, 26 May 2017

St. Patrick's Intermediate May 29 to June 2

Student Success Visit
On Friday a team from the Board visited us for our annual Student Success Visit.  We visited twelve classrooms and then reviewed our past and future goals, celebrating our successes and outlining what it is we need to work on. This visit went extremely well and will form the foundation for our School Innovation Plan for student achievement and well-eing.

School Innovation Planning for student achievement and wellness (SIPsaw)
A group of staff from St. Patrick’s participated in the Board’s SIPsaw planning date this past week.  This is an opportunity to set academic and student wellness goals for our 2017-2018 school year.  The team focused on initiatives in the areas of faith development, literacy, numeracy and diversity.  Our school is proud of our goal work this year and we look forward to the initiatives for focus next year.  

Yoga on Parliament Hill
Each Wednesday until the Fall, yoga takes place on Parliament Hill at noon for free. This past Wednesday some of our students took part in this event and had a wonderful time, especially given the fact that the weather was so nice. Students had the opportunity to learn different yoga moves as well as the importance of stretching when taking part in athletic endeavours.

Important Contact Information
Our School Council chair is Cees Artz and can be reached at chair@StPatsInt-council.ca

Our Trustee is Mark Mullan and can be reached at mark.mullan@ocsb.ca


Have a great week.

Don Murphy
Principal

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 31: School Council Meeting @7 p.m. in Learning Commons 1

Summer Programmes for Newcomers (click to access)

Friday, 19 May 2017

St. Patrick's Intermediate May 22-26

Debunk the Junk
To celebrate Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day on Saturday, May 20, our Cooking Club has been asking students to complete a survey, Debunk the Junk, having to deal with junk food. Students who completed the survey received a sweet or salty healthy snack.

Future Building
A number of our students took part in Future Building at the EY Centre on Thursday. Future Building is an annual event designed to introduce young career seekers in grades 7-12 to the building and construction industry. Students informed me that the event was extremely worthwhile and that they took part in many experiential activities.
Swim Team
Congratulations to our swim team! There were some spectacular individual results with first place finishes from Carlos Lopez in the 25m freestyle and Abby Garner in the 50m backstroke. Second place finishes abounded from Ahmed Nasser in the 25m backstroke, Sarah Kuchciak in the 25m freestyle, Madison Simonini in the 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle, and 100m individual medley, Nick Tello in the 50m butterfly and 100m individual medley, and Joel Petrie in the
50m freestyle. Our relays, which are team efforts, did really well holding their own and having solid second and third placings. Way to go SPI!

Touch Football
Our girls' and boys' touch football teams put forth a strong effort in their openers against Frank Ryan. The girls fought hard until the end but came up short, losing 6-0. The boys were able to overcome an early deficit and score with three minutes remaining. Good job, Shamrocks!


Important Contact Information
Our School Council chair is Cees Artz and can be reached at chair@StPatsInt-council.ca

Our Trustee is Mark Mullan and can be reached at mark.mullan@ocsb.ca


Have a great week.
Don Murphy
Principal

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, May 31: School Council Meeting @7 p.m. in Learning Commons 1

Friday, 12 May 2017

St. Patrick's Intermediate May 15 to 19

SPI Wins Big at Chess Tournament
Congratulations to our Chess Team who participated in the Board-wide chess tournament on Wednesday. The Shamrocks did an outstanding job, finishing third in overall team standings. A special congratulations goes to Jamie Quinlan who won the individual championship trophy as best player of the tournament with an undefeated record of 11 matches. Way to go, SPI!

Waterloo University Math Contest
Congratulations to our top three Waterloo University Math competitors. In grade 7, Valerie Stoica came in first place with Michael Krivchitch and Griffin Brown placing second and third respectively. In grade 8, Jose Edurardo Foncesca came in first with Brianna Buttera and Gabriella Watkins placing second and third respectively. It was a very tough test so all participants should be commended for coming out and trying.

Special Olympics Swim Meet
Students from St. Pat's Intermediate took part on Thursday in the Special Olympics swim meet at the Nepean Sportsplex. Congratulations to Nico Nino who swam in two events and finished first in both! St. Pat's is very proud of all competitors who competed in this important event.

Immunizations
Immunizations continue this week on Wednesday and Thursday. This is the last set of immunizations for this school year...HepB for grade 7 students and HPV for grade 8 girls.

PD Day
A reminder that this Friday, May 19 is a PD Day, meaning that there is no school for students on this day.

Victoria Day
A reminder that Monday, May 22 is Victoria Day. There is no school for students on this day.

Important Contact Information
Our School Council chair is Cees Artz and can be reached at chair@StPatsInt-council.ca

Our Trustee is Mark Mullan and can be reached at mark.mullan@ocsb.ca


Have a great week.
Don Murphy
Principal

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, May 31: School Council Meeting @7 p.m. in Learning Commons 1