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Jingle Jam

Good afternoon Good Shepherd Families,

It’s that time of year again - our 7th annual Jingle Jam is on the way! School Council is busy planning a week full of fun and surprises for everyone!

The Silent Auction will run all week long starting at 9am on Monday, Dec 12 and close Friday, Dec 16 at 8pm. Please stay tuned for the link to participate in all the auction fun!

Teachers are creating their own themed grade baskets for the auction and we would love your help in filling them. Please consider a donation of $5 through school cash online (you will receive an email when the link has been set up tomorrow) or donating an item that compliments the theme of your class basket! Deadline for contributions are next Thursday, Dec 1.

Grade Teams Basket theme

Kindergarten Lottery/ Kinder Holiday Cards

Grades 1 & 2

Atkinson, Albert & Segar Canada (red & white)

Grade 2/3 & 3

MacKinnon & Starkey Movie Night

Grade 4/5

Girardin, MacLennan and Pharand Sports

Grade 5/6

Proulx, Kawka & Plante Let’s Bake a Batch of Cookies!

Resource and Office A Toast to Christmas

The Candy Cane Train will be chugging on through Blackburn Hamlet once again! On Tuesday, Dec 13 from 6pm-730pm you can use our customized map to admire all of the holiday exterior decor and collect treats at participating houses along the way. We need volunteers to ‘host' their homes and hand out goodies. Please email if you’re interested in showing off your Christmas lights and supplying your own treats (candy canes, stickers, Hershey’s kisses etc..) that evening. We were so lucky last year with a beautiful mild, snowy evening, let’s hope this year has the same in store!

Jingle Jam is not possible without the support and enthusiasm of the Good Shepherd teachers and staff, families and students! Thanks to everyone involved in this Christmas season celebration!

Photo Retake Information

Good afternoon Good Shepherd Families,

The Good Shepherd Retake/Sibling photo day will be November 25th 2022. Please complete the google form if you wish your child to participate.

Thank you,

Cara Beaudette

OA Good Shepherd

Kindergarten Fundraising

Good Afternoon Good Shepherd Families,

Please review a very exciting Kindergarten Fundraising opportunity for all our Good Shepherd Families and Friends.

All payment will be collected in Cash Online, which will be set up to begin tomorrow November 22nd and run until 29th of November. You will receive an email once the link open.

Happy Shopping!

Cara Beaudette

OA Good Shepherd

Spirit Day: Canada Day Colours

During this Kindness week, on Wednesday, November 23rd, we will wear Canada colours (red and white) to encourage our soccer team at the World Cup.

Anti-Bullying and Prevention Week

This week, November 21st to 25th is our Anti-Bullying and Prevention Week.

PD Day

Friday, November 18th is a PD Day. The school will be closed to students. School resumes on Monday, November 21st.

Parent-Teacher Interviews & Lockdown Practice

Good afternoon Good Shepherd Families,

It was wonderful to see everyone's smiling faces this morning!


Good Shepherd Teacher interviews are just around the corner. Each teacher will be reaching out to their student families to arrange an interview time that works for everyone. Families will have the option to meet in-person, virtually, or a phone call. The interviews will be taking place from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 17th.

Lock Down Practice

We will be having our first lockdown practice on Wednesday, November 16th. The students will be shown a slide deck that was created by the Board, between now and the 16th, and we will be physically practicing a lock down around 9:45 on the 16th.

Thank you for your continued support!

Report Cards

Good evening Good Shepherd Families,

Please review the letter from Mrs. MacKillop Dimillo in regards to report cards.

Wishing everyone a wonderful evening,

Cara Beaudette

OA Good Shepherd

Mask Wearing

Dear OCSB Community,

I hope you and your family are well and the unprecedented surge in respiratory illness in Ottawa has not impacted you, your children or your extended family. Given the increased spread of the flu, respiratory illnesses, and COVID in our city, we strongly recommend that staff and students wear masks indoors. The province does not currently mandate masks, so this remains a personal choice.

Ottawa Public Health Update

Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches, says the combination of COVID and respiratory illness in children results in overcrowding in our local emergency rooms. Unfortunately, the situation has worsened to the point that CHEO opened a second ICU to deal with the influx of critically ill children.

Dr. Etches Advice

Although Ottawa Public Health is not mandating mask-wearing, they recommend wearing masks indoors. You can find the latest advice from our Chief Medical Officer of Health on the Ottawa Public Health website.

What Can We All Do to Help?

The advice from Ottawa Public Health includes the following:

  • Wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces, including schools

  • Stay home when sick

  • Wash your hands, frequently

  • Cough into elbows

  • Get all vaccines you are eligible for, including COVID-19 and flu

Together We are Better

Our collective efforts make a difference. Together, we can again help stem the tide of COVID, respiratory illness and the flu in our schools and, simultaneously, help our hospitals and the greater community. OCSB schools and worksites will continue to supply masks to all staff and students and provide hand sanitizer and daily cleaning practices.


In keeping with Dr. Etches' advice, I encourage you to follow her guidance regarding mask-wearing, hand hygiene and staying home when you are sick. I recognize that wearing masks is a divisive topic, so please be respectful of everyone's personal choice.

Thank you, as always, for your efforts to keep Ottawa Catholic School Board students, staff and visitors safe in our schools and worksites.

Thomas D'Amico

Director of Education

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