School News

Victoria Day

Monday, May 24th, is Victoria Day. The school will be closed.

Mismatch Day

On Friday, May 6th, be as mismatched as you wish.

Red Shirt Day

On Thursday, May 5th, wear a red shirt to raise awareness to Indigenous Victims.

Hat Day

On Wednesday, May 4th, wear your best hat to school.

Colour Me Happy Day

Tuesday, May 3rd, is Colour Me Happy Day. Be bold, be colourful!

Athletes' Day

Monday, May 2nd, is Athletes' Day as part of our Catholic Education Week special days.

Clean Up the Capital

On Monday, May 2nd (rain date May 3rd), we will be cleaning the school yard to help Clean Up the Capital.

Catholic Education Week

From May 1-6, we celebrate the gift of Catholic Education during Catholic Education Week. The theme of "Rebuild, Restore, Renew Together".

Lenten Food Drive & Annual Easter Raffle

Dear Good Shepherd Families,

Thank you for supporting our Lenten Food Drive. We are so happy to be able to give back to the community by donating these items to the Ottawa Food Bank. Our final fundraising effort for our Lenten Project will be the Annual Easter Raffle. Prizes include an Easter treat basket, containing items for the students, and the opportunity to be the Principal of the Day, for one lucky primary and one lucky junior student. All proceeds will go to support Ukraine.

The raffle will be through and it will be running from the Thursday, April 7th at 8:00 a.m. until Wednesday, April 13th at 4 p.m. If you wish to participate, we ask that you purchase tickets as a family. For every $2, we will allocate 5 tickets to that family. When a family purchases tickets, all of the children’s names in their family will be entered into the Principal for the Day Contest. The draw will take place on Thursday, April 14th during the 3rd block. Parents will be contacted if the prize basket is too large to send home with the winner.

Your support of our Lenten Project is much appreciated.

Cara Beaudette

OA Good Shepherd

Blue and Yellow Day for Ukraine

Friday 8th of April, we are asking children to wear BLUE and YELLOW in support of Ukraine.

OPH Updates

Good Shepherd Families/Guardians,

Please review the following OPH updates,

“COVID is still present in our community and vaccination remains our strongest defense. Youth aged 12 to 17 can also get their third dose, once 168 days (approximately 6 months) have passed since their second dose. Drop-ins are available at any community clinic or appointments may be booked through the Provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.”

You may also find OPH Symptom Flowchart - Updated March 16th useful.

World Autism Awareness Day (Saturday, April 2nd)

Please wear blue on Monday April 4th to recognize World Autism Awareness Day, which was Saturday April 2nd.

World Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day

Friday, March 25th, is World Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. We wear growth to signify growth.

Rock Your Socks Day (World Down Syndrome Awareness Day)

Monday, March 21st, is Rock Your Socks Day (Down Syndrome Awareness Day).

March Break

The week of Monday, March 14th to March 18th is our March Break. The school will be closed and will resume on Monday, March 21st.

Message from Tom D'Amico

Dear Parents and Guardians:

March Break is just days away, and I am grateful that our students, staff and our families will be able to take a much-needed break to rest and rejuvenate. I wanted to update you on some changes in our schools following the March Break.

Lifting of Restrictions

Many of you will have heard the news today regarding the lifting of pandemic sanctions. This will be welcome news for some, while others will be more cautious in their response. Both feelings are valid, and as a school system, we will be respectful of your choices.

Here are the key school-related changes

  • Effective March 21, masks are no longer required in schools for staff, students or visitors.

  • We will no longer require cohorting or distancing indoors or outdoors

  • Assemblies and field trips will be allowed again

  • Graduations and leaving ceremonies may take place again this June

  • The provincial screening tool has been updated with new isolation requirements depending on vaccination status.

  • The wearing of masks will be a personal choice for students and staff.

What hasn’t changed

  • Staff and students are still required to self-screen before attending school.

  • PPE will continue to be provided until the end of this school year.

  • Hand hygiene, improved ventilation, and enhanced cleaning will continue in our schools.

  • The attendance data will continue to be posted at the Ministry site until April 14.

  • Rapid Antigen Tests will continue to be available to staff and students to replace kits that have been used after an illness.

Chief Medical Officer of Health

You can read Dr. Moore’s press release here. For more detailed information related to the decisions that were announced today, please refer to the Ministry of Health’s slide deck. Please know if you have any questions regarding your child’s school, you can always contact your child’s teacher or school Principal.

Next Steps

Given the volatility of the virus, please be assured that we will be prepared to adapt as needed. We will always look to Ottawa Public Health for guidance on health-related issues. As a Catholic community, it will be essential to avoid judgment surrounding certain decisions and respect differences and comfort levels as we move forward in this post-pandemic time.

We are encouraged that we will soon welcome visitors back to our schools. We look forward to a return to assemblies, guest speakers, field trips, and a full selection of extracurricular activities. We hope over the March Break you will find time to talk to your children about these changes and let them share their feelings with you about removing pandemic restrictions that we have told them kept them safe over the past two years. There is no right or wrong feeling, so we need to recognize that children adapt at different comfort levels.


The province is focusing on a Learning Recovery Action Plan. It will provide funding to Boards to invest in tutoring support for students beginning this year and opportunities for summer learning. We will provide more information as it becomes available.


The Ministry of Education is also providing funds for mental health and well-being and equity initiatives, along with temporary COVID-19 support if needed in the fall. Staff are currently working on how to implement these additional supports.

Remote Learning

The vast majority of our students learn best in person. We feel that in-person learning better supports our students' academic, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. That said, our staff have done an excellent job creating engaging and supportive virtual schools at Blessed Carlo Elementary and St. Josephine virtual high schools. We will continue to offer this option as a full-year commitment for those who wish to participate in virtual learning again next year.

Spread Kindness

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought yet another stress to our staff, students, and community. Many have turned to prayer, hoping for a peaceful resolution, and others have participated in fundraising activities or other signs of solidarity. We continue to pray for peace. “During Lent, let us find concrete ways to overcome our indifference” - Pope Francis.

I wish you and your family a restful March Break.

Take care,

Tom D’Amico

March Spirit Week

Good Shepherd Updates

Good afternoon Good Shepherd Families/Guardians,

Just a few updates to share with you on this beautiful Friday afternoon,

Here at Good Shepherd Catholic School we are going to do Almsgiving or Acts of Giving as an entire school community!

For the Lenten season, we are going to be collecting non-perishable food items (canned foods or boxed foods, foods that don’t expire for a long time) and we are going to donate all of the items that the students bring in to the Ottawa Food Bank.

The GS goal is to bring in 300 non-perishable food items that we can donate to the Ottawa Food Bank. We hope that by having the students actually contribute to a cause, they will learn ways of how they can help those in need, including those in their own community.

Secondly, next week we will be celebrating Spirit Week, as well as two special days after we return from our break Monday 21 and Friday 25th of March.

Lastly, OSTA is looking for your assistance to distribute this bus driver recruitment video to your school communities. Bus Drivers are Superheroes for the Environment

Wishing everyone a relaxing and restful weekend!

Ash Wednesday & Lent

Tuesday, March 1st, is Shrove Tuesday. Unfortunately, with COVID protocols, no pancake will be served. Wednesday, March 2nd, is Ash Wednesday. We will have an online Ash Wednesday liturgy but no ashes will be distributed, as per COVID protocols. Ash Wednesday represents the beginning of Lent.

Snow Day

Due to inclement weather all school buses & school vans are cancelled for today Wednesday, February 23, 2022. OCSB schools are open, however parents/guardians are responsible for transportation of students attending open schools at the end of the day.

Snow Day

Due to inclement weather all school buses & school vans are cancelled for today Tuesday, February 22, 2022. OCSB schools are open, however parents/guardians are responsible for transportation of students attending open schools at the end of the day.

Family Day

Monday, February 21st, is Family Day. The school will be closed and will resume on Tuesday, February 22nd. We wish all of our students a wonderful long weekend with their family.

Snow Day

Due to inclement weather all school buses & school vans are cancelled for today Friday, February 18, 2022. OCSB schools are open, however parents/guardians are responsible for transportation of students attending open schools at the end of the day.

Valentine's Day Spirit Day

For our Valentine's Day Spirit Day, we encourage students to wear red, pink or white and to show much kindness to one another.

Report Cards

Report Cards will be live online on Wednesday, February 9th.

PD Day - Friday, January 21st

Friday, January 21st, is a PD Day. The school is closed to students. School resumes on Monday, January 24th.

COVID Reporting and Contact Tracing in Schools

Back to school on Tuesday, January 18th

Students will be returning to in-person learning at school on Tuesday, January 18th. We look forward to seeing our students in person once again.

Monday, January 17th - Virtual Day

Good Shepherd Families,

Due to the inclement weather; The Ottawa Catholic School Board has made the decision not to have children return to school on Monday 17th of January.

Teachers will be remote learning with student for one more day.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday 18th of January.

Kindergarten Registration

Good afternoon Good Shepherd Families,

It is that vey important time of year again. This is when welcome our newest students to Good Shepherd. It is Kindergarten Registration Time!

If you have any children or know if any children who would like to register for the September 2022-2023 kindergarten program here at Good Shepherd, please look at the following links.

Kindergarten Registration starts on January 7th 2022.

OCSB Kindergarten Program

Please find our Good Shepherd Virtual Tour

Please fell free to contact the school via email at or by phone 613-824-4531.

We look forward to welcoming all the new faces.

Ottawa Citizen

Virtual Back-to-School

Wednesday, January 5th, is virtual back-to-school for students and staff.

Merry Christmas!

We would like to wish all of our students and their families a wonderful and restful Christmas. Enjoy a well-deserved vacation.

Christmas Spirit Week (December 13th-17th)

Christmas Spirit Week (December 13th-17th)

Monday: Cozy Sweater Day

Tuesday: Winter Wonderland Day (wear blue and white)

Wednesday: T'Was the Night Before Christmas Day (wear comfy clothes)

Thursday: Christmas Music Day

Friday: Candy Cane Day (wear red and white)

Snow Day

Monday, December 6th, is a Snow Day. The school is open but the busses are cancelled.

PD Day on Friday, December 3rd

Friday, December 3rd, is a PD Day. The school will be closed to students.

Photo Retake Day

Friday, November 26th, is Photo Retake Day.

Purple Shirt Day

Friday, November 26th, is Purple Shirt Day as part of our Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.

Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday, November 24th, is Pink Shirt Day as part of our Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

November 22nd to 26th is our Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, with a theme of Kindness.

PD Day on Friday, November 12th

Friday, November 12th, is a PD Day. The school will be closed to students.

Remembrance Day

Thursday, November 11th, is Remembrance Day. Students will have a virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy,

Veterans' Week

Honouring those who served between November 8th and 11th.

Halloween Spirit Week

Week of October 25th to 29th

Thanksgiving Weekend

A reminder that this weekend is Thanksgiving weekend. The school will be closed on Monday, October 11th. We would like to wish all of our Good Shepherd family a wonderful and thankful time with family and friends. Remember that there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.

Photo Day

Thursday, October 7th, is Photo Day at Good Shepherd.

Terry Fox Run/Walk

Our Terry Fox Run/Walk will be on Tuesday, October 5th. The rain date is Wednesday, October 6th.

Orange Shirt Day

Thursday, September 30th, is Orange Shirt Day.

Spirit Day for Terry Fox: Athletic Day

Tuesday, September 28th, is Athletic Day for Terry Fox. Thank you for your donations!

COVID-19 Information

As we navigate through this together, we are following the OPH screening tool for students which you will find below.

COVID-19 Screening Tool for Students - Ottawa Public Health

Here are the flow charts which we are using in order to determine if your child needs to be sent home.

Symptomatic Student at School Decision Guide (pdf - 357 KB )

Élève symptomatique à l’école (pdf - 141 KB)

Here is an added resource to help us understand the OPH protocol.

Runny nose - what to do?

Please know we will keep you up to date on any further changes.

Thank you for your patience and support in keeping us all safe.

Spirit Day for Terry Fox: Canada Day

Tuesday, September 21st, is Canada Day for Terry Fox. Thank you for your donations!

Welcome Back to School!

On Tuesday, September 7th, we are excited to welcome all of our students back at school. We hope that everyone had a wonderful summer.

Good Shepherd Updates (September 6th)

Hello Everyone,

We are so excited to start the new year!

Please review the most recent September 6th, 2021 GS Updates, as there are a few reminders to ensure for a smooth and safe transition back to school for all our students.


Maureen MacKillop-DiMillo


Good Shepherd Updates

Hello Good Shepherd Families!

Here is our first Good Shepherd Update of the year. Please take a moment and read through the updates and please do not forget to review the Good Shepherd Book pertaining to the Good Shepherd Guidelines which will hopefully answer any question you might have about starting back to school.

Good Shepherd Welcome Back Updates

We can't wait to see everyone!

Have a wonderful rest of the summer.

Maureen MacKillop-DiMillo


Important Update from the School Board

Please read this important update from the School Board.

School Calendar

Snow Day

Due to inclement weather all school buses & school vans are cancelled for today Tuesday, February 22, 2022. OCSB schools are open, however parents/guardians are responsible for transportation of students attending open schools at the end of the day.