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The OCSB supports the Shepherds of Good Hope

Thank you to central OCSB staff for such generosity during this year’s Lenten campaign. Together, we raised over $560 in addition to a van full of food and other hygiene articles. Photo: @OttCatholicSB @ShepsGoodHope

Online Guide to High School Courses 2018-2019

Completely mobile-friendly, our online resources will help students and parents plan the path to graduation together. Start exploring your options today and make your selections in myBlueprint.

Register now to start Kindergarten in September

If your child was born in 2014, then it’s time to register them for Kindergarten for September 2018! Learn about your child’s first school, and get excited together. Photo: @MonicaSchool

Keep connected with bus cancellations this winter

When OSTA makes the decision to cancel school bus transportation due to inclement weather, they can email the notice directly to you…but only if you have subscribed! Photo: @OttSchoolBus

Living in Kanata North? We have a new school for that!

Construction has begun for the JK-6 Kanata North School in the Marchwood Lakeside Community of Kanata North. Register today to become a member of this exciting new school community. Photo: @OttCatholicSB

Thoughts and prayers for the #HumboldtBroncos

The OCSB community sends heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the #HumboldtBroncos who have lost so much. May the strength of community help with healing. @OttCatholicSB #prayingforHumboldt

OCSB Notices

Open the tabs below to stay connected with important notices and alerts related to how our Board operates as a school district.

Notice: Supporting children during stressful times

In stressful times, be it international, national or local events, it is important for families and schools to work together to foster supportive relationships for our students. Caring adults need to help children and youth understand their emotional reactions, to help them engage in positive coping behaviours and to be supportive of each other. We’ve assembled some tips which may assist you while helping children and youth to feel safe. View our resources.

Notice: Friday, April 27 PD Day (elementary)

The next PD Day will be Friday, April 27, 2018 for elementary schools only (JK-6). Sync with our school year calendar at

Notice: Proposed school year calendar 2018-2019

The OCSB has submitted proposed school calendar dates for the 2018-2019 school year to the Ministry of Education. These dates are not to be considered final until the Ministry approves the proposed calendar sometime in May 2018. Confirmation of these dates will be posted to this website once approved. View next year’s proposed dates.

Sharing Good News in our OCSB Blog

Catch a glimpse of what’s buzzing in the OCSB community. Do you have an idea or story you’d like to pitch as a guest blogger? We’d love to hear it. Email your story or idea to

Answering your questions at the Parent & Child Expo

Answering your questions at the Parent & Child Expo

The OCSB is pleased to be out and about in your community! Our friendly and knowledgeable educational staff hosted a booth at Kidfest in March to welcome and connect with parents. While your children were busy playing activities and learning on iPads at our booth at the EY Centre, we were there to answer your pressing questions about starting school in September.

Did you miss us at Kidfest? Don’t worry. If you are looking for something fun to do on April 21-22, 2018, come and visit us at the Parent & Child Expo taking place at the Nepean Sportsplex on Woodroffe Avenue. This expo offers one of the best values for family fun, learning and entertainment in Ottawa. With tons of free parking, and appearances by Dora and Bob the Builder, pack up the kids and make a day trip out of it.

Come speak with our dynamic Board staff in a kid-friendly environment. Stop by our booth to register your child (aged 0-4) for our new OCSB Birthday Club, so that we can send your little one a special card in the mail when that big day comes. Let your child experience the fun of receiving ‘real’ mail addressed to them! See you at the Parent and Child Expo this weekend! For details, visit

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Easter Blessings from the Director of Education

Easter Blessings from the Director of Education

Photo: St. Pius X High School students from the school’s Developmental Education (DE) class bless school staff with a thoughtful Easter gift of appreciation. @StPiusXOCSB #WeAllBelong #ocsbLent

When I think back to Easter as a young child, I remember with fondness Easter egg hunts, family gatherings, new Spring outfits (usually matching for me and my sisters), even little gifts like skipping ropes and marbles (no doubt to get us outside of the house for a while). It was the day that our Lenten observance came to an end, holy water reappeared in the font at the entrance to our church, the Alleluia was sung once again, and purple vestments and decor gave way to the white of Easter.

While we all have different memories of Easter, we remember what it means to be an Easter people. It’s more than Easter eggs and new Spring outfits, and goes beyond the symbols of our faith. We are called to care for one another, for those who are most in need, and for our planet. We do this daily in our schools. Let’s recommit ourselves, as we journey together in these last three months of the school year, to be God’s love and spirit at work in our world.

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