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Monthly news from the Ottawa Catholic School Board                                   April 27, 2017          

In this issue

Boardroom Spotlight

Catholic Education Week - April 30 to May 5

OCSB School Climate Survey: April 18th to May 5th

Self-identification for Indigenous students

Summer camps & international languages program

Summer school registration now open

Upcoming Information Sessions for Parents

Family Mental Health and Addiction Summit

Future Building Ottawa 2017

Quick Links

Upcoming Events




In our ongoing effort to keep you connected, we are sending you a Board News update. Just click on the links in each article to read more.

Boardroom Spotlight

Read the OCSB Spotlight blog for a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. The April 25, 2017 Spotlight includes the following headlines:

  • School profile: 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
  • Music Ignites highlights for Ottawa 2017
  • Deep Learning - Connecting Communities One Crate at a Time
  • New Human Resources Department positions
  • Holy Family School Renovations Phase 2
  • Grants for Student Needs 2017-2018
  • Transportation consortium update
  • Preliminary Budget Information for 2017-2018

The April 11, 2017 Spotlight includes the following headlines:

  • School Profile: St. Martin de Porres
  • Speak Up Projects
  • Makerspace
  • eLearning Update
  • Principals, Vice-principals appointed
  • Principals, Vice-principal reassignments and transfers
  • Update on Construction Activities
  • Proposed Projects for Minor Retrofits and Accessibility Funds

The March 28, 2017 Spotlight includes the following headlines:

  • School Profile - All Saints High School Reconciliation Project - Honouring Chanie Wenjack
  • Diversity Day 2017
  • Indicator and Credit Recovery Report, Semester 1, 2016-2017
  • French Second Language Trends and Certificates
  • EQAO Assessments
  • 2017/2018 Budget Process and Guidelines

Catholic Education Week - April 30 to May 5

Several activities marking Catholic Education Week are taking place in all schools and throughout the Board. Everyone is welcome to join us in events taking place throughout the week. See the Catholic Education Week Board & School Activities booklet, for information on events, dates, and times. Attend a Board-wide event, or find out what's happening in your school.

Special mentions:

Uplands Catholic School will host a celebratory farewell Mass at Our Lady of the Airways Chapel, 337 Breadner Blvd on Thursday May 4 at 11:00 a.m. Previous students, teachers and principals are most welcome.  A reception will follow in the Learning Commons at Uplands Catholic School.

St. Rose of Lima School (formerly Bayshore Catholic) will hold their 50th anniversary celebration on Thursday May 4, 915 a.m. at the school, located at 50 Bayshore Drive, Nepean. The celebration will include a liturgy with the school community plus Director of Education, Denise Andre, Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor, Superintendent Brenda Wilson, Chairperson of the Board Elaine McMahon and Father Hennessey.

OCSB School Climate Survey: April 18th to May 5th

Every two years the Ministry of Education requires that schools survey parents, students and staff to receive feedback on the school environment. These surveys help school staff make school improvement decisions.

The survey link has already been emailed to OCSB families and is available on the homepage of your school website. Parents can also complete the survey at the school during Education Week. Translated copies are available from your school in Arabic, French, Simple Mandarin and Spanish.

Please make time to complete this survey and share your input by May 5th.

Self-identification for Indigenous students

If your family is of Indigenous ancestry, we invite you to learn more about voluntary and confidential self-identification for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. This process allows us to provide your child with an education that honours their Indigenous ancestry. For more information, visit ocsb.ca/indigenous

Summer camps & international languages program

Registration is now open for all 2017 summer camps. Our Continuing & Community Education Department offers a wide variety of exciting camp programs across the city. There is also a FREE summer International Languages program (July 4 - Aug 4) at a number of our school sites for JK - Grade 8 students. 

Summer school registration now open

While planning their course selections for next year, high school students should keep in mind that Summer School programs such as Reach Ahead, online Reach Ahead, and Credit Recovery courses are available. The 2017 summer school program runs July 5 - 26 at multiple locations.

Upcoming information sessions for parents

The Catholic School Parents’ Association is sponsoring several free information sessions in the coming weeks. Topics include:

  • Parent Workshop on Mental Health: Recognizing and supporting the mental health needs of our children and youth
  • Brain Health Forum
  • Social Networking Safety

For the most current list of upcoming parent events, click the Information Sessions for Parents button on the sidebar of any school website.

Family Mental Health and Addiction Summit

Lisa MacLeod, MPP, Nepean-Carleton is hosting a FREE session for parents and youth concerning mental health and addiction issues.

Saturday, April 30
12:00-4:00 PM
Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School
149 Berrigan Drive

Future Building Ottawa 2017

Future Building is an annual event designed to introduce young career seekers in Grades 7-12 to the building and construction industry. This unique three-day career exposition provides attendees with an interactive, hands-on experience using a variety of tools and techniques across many of the skilled construction trades. OCSB students will have the opportunity to attend on May 18th.

There is an evening show that parents may wish to attend:

Wednesday, May 17
5:00-8:00 PM
EY Centre
4899 Uplands Drive


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