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Kindergarten Registration Week is January 15 to 19, 2018

Registration begins in January for children starting next September! Learn about your child’s first school, and get excited together. Photo: @MonicaSchool

Anticipating His arrival #ocsbAdvent

See how our staff and students are spreading acts of kindness during this blessed Advent season. Photo: @KateriOttawa #ocsbAdvent

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

Sharing the Director's Annual Report 2017

Take a few minutes to browse this report to see how proud we are of our accomplishments as an OCSB community. Photo: @lukcarleton #S2BGN

Building another new school in Kanata North

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
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Notice: Christmas holidays begin on December 22
The last day of school before the Christmas holidays is Friday, December 22, 2017. School begins again on Monday, January 8, 2018. Sync our digital calendar with your own.
Notice: Consolidated Financial Statements 2017
In accordance with Section 252(2)1. of the Education Act, Consolidated Financial Statements and Independent Auditor’s Report of the OCSB for the year ended August 31, 2017 are now available for viewing on our Broader Public Sector (BPS) Accountability webpage. Documents include: Management’s Report; Independent Auditor’s Report; Consolidated statement of financial position; Consolidated statement of operations; Consolidated statement of changes in net debt; Consolidated statement of cash flow; Notes to the consolidated financial statements; Director’s Annual Report; and Public sector salary disclosure information. Visit
Notice: Proposed Executive Compensation Program
As part of Government Regulations, all Ontario broader public sector employers are required to conduct a 30-day public consultation on their proposed Executive Compensation Program. We invite members of the community to read the proposed Executive Compensation Program for the OCSB and to provide feedback as part of the public consultation process. We will be accepting feedback until 4.30 pm on Thursday, December 28, 2017. Read more about this process.
Notice: Helping children during stressful times
October 3, 2017 – 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 helpful tips here.
New Kanata North School Opening September 2018
We are growing! Construction has begun for the Kanata North Catholic Elementary School in the Marchwood Lakeside Community of Kanata North, at 785 Goulbourn Forced Road, on the south side of Terry Fox Drive. The new JK-6 school will welcome students from the existing St. Gabriel School and any new students wishing to attend from the surrounding area. Find out how to register.

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

80% of OCSB employees generously pledge $533,362 to the United Way

80% of OCSB employees generously pledge $533,362 to the United Way

It’s been another record-setting year for the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s United Way campaign. OCSB employees raised $533,362.93, with $404,981.52 being directed to the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa. We also met our goal of 80% participation among staff for the second year in a row. The generosity of the staff in this school district is both amazing and inspiring.

At the Announcement Ceremony on Friday, December 8, 2017, central OCSB staff witnessed the unveiling of the total funds raised with the help of seven very special guests from St. George, Dr. F.J. McDonald, St. Emily, and St. Joseph Schools. We had the numbers a little mixed up at first, but with the help of the students and some “Price Is Right” theme music, we were able to get all of the numbers in order for the audience.

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News from the Boardroom (December 5, 2017): OCSB returns Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

News from the Boardroom (December 5, 2017): OCSB returns Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

The Ottawa Catholic School Board has returned Trustee Elaine McMahon as Chairperson for a fourth term, as voted by the Board of Trustees at the OCSB Annual General meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Elaine McMahon is the Trustee for Zone 6, Knoxdale-Merivale/College, and has served as an OCSB Trustee since 2014. The Board also returned Trustee Joanne MacEwan as Vice-Chairperson for a second term. Joanne MacEwan is the Trustee for Zone 5, Beacon Hill-Cyrville/Innes and has served as an OCSB Trustee since 2012.

The Most Rev. Christian Riesbeck, CC, V.G. presided over a Mass with co-celebrant Board Chaplain Peter Sanders before the Annual General Meeting. The Board of Trustees was joined by the OCSB Executive, as well as many special guests from the OCSB community. Parents and family members of 75 students were also present to enjoy a beautiful and moving performance by the OCSB’s Children’s Choir to commemorate the special annual meeting.

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