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School Bus & Pedestrian Safety Day on August 26

Don’t let your child’s first day of school be the first time they learn about school bus and pedestrian safety. Visit one of seven locations in Ottawa for an interactive and informative (free) day of fun! Photo: @OttSchoolBus

Find the right child care options for your family

Before and after school care, toddler and preschool programs, and more. Register now and organize the next school year. Photo: @OttCatholicSB

Introducing St. Isabel Catholic Elementary School

The community has voted for our newest school’s name! Read more about the naming process for this new JK-6 school set to open in the Marchwood Lakeside Community of Kanata North.

Reach ahead or build skills in Summer School 2018

Registration is now open for for Grade 9 to 12 students in all school boards and adult learners working toward their high school diploma, in the classroom or online. Photo: @HolyTrinity_CHS

Sync with next year's OCSB school calendar

Take a peek at the 2018-2019 school year calendar. Add our digital calendar to your own personal calendars and devices to keep track of important dates. Photo: @msaudraabro #IamStPats

Sharing highlights from Catholic Education Week

We invited the entire community to celebrate the uniqueness of our Catholic schools during this special week. There was something happening in every school! Photo: @MRTCatholic #CathEdWeek

OCSB Notices

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Notice: Approved 2018-2019 balanced operating budget

News Release 18.06 June 12, 2018 | The OCSB has approved a balanced operating budget for the 2018-2019 school year totalling $548.6 million. The budget was developed with input from our stakeholders including the Catholic School Council Parents’ Association (CSPA), the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), employee groups, and the Student Senate. This budget reflects new and significant investments by the province and supports the strategic commitments of the OCSB.

Notice: Last day of school for OCSB students

The last day of school for Grades 7-12 students is Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The last day for JK-6 students is Thursday, June 28. Visit

Notice: Have your say. Vote for your OCSB Trustee.

Ensuring you have a voice in in the upcoming municipal election means ensuring you are on the voter’s list so that you can vote for an OCSB Trustee. By default, everyone’s school support is automatically directed to the “English Public” school. This means that you may need to proactively change your direction of school support (taxes) to “English Separate” in order to vote for an OCSB Trustee. Update your status quickly and easily at Learn more.

Notice: 2018 Municipal election process for Trustees

The next regular municipal elections will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018. This includes election for the office of school board Trustee. A candidate for school board trustee must be eligible to be nominated as a candidate for election under Section 219 of the Education Act. View supporting resources, election key dates, and the live listing of 2018 nominated municipal candidates.

Notice: Seeking members for the Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee

The OCSB is currently seeking candidates for appointment to the 2018-2022 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee. The Committee will be comprised of five members and one alternate member. There are statutory deadlines attached to the Committee’s work, and there will be mandatory training on procedures provided to all Committee members. The term of office begins on October 1st, 2018 and ends on September 30th, 2022. Applications, accompanied by a letter of interest and a current resume, must be received by June 1, 2018, at 4:00 pm. Applications must be submitted using the online application form. Learn more and apply online.

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OCSB appoints Zone 9 Trustee – Regan Preszcator

OCSB appoints Zone 9 Trustee – Regan Preszcator

Due to the unfortunate passing of Trustee Kathy Ablett, R.N. on May 12, 2018, the OCSB sought applications from individuals qualified to serve as a Board Trustee. The Board of Trustees appointed Regan Preszcator (photo: middle right) as the Trustee for Zone 9 (River/Capital) from June 18, 2018 to November 30, 2018. Justice of the Peace, Paulina Brecher officiated at the swearing-in ceremony. Trustee Prezcator has worked for an MP, now works in the Senate of Canada in communications, and is bilingual. Ms. Preszcator is a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Zone 9 (River/Capital). View the news release NR 18.07.

Trustees are members of the school board. They provide an important link between local communities and the school board, brining the issues and concerns of their constituents to Board discussions and decision making. “We look forward to Trustee Preszcator’s contributions as we go forward in our mission of Catholic education. We welcome her to our Board,” said Chairperson Elaine McMahon.

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Congratulations to our two first place French public speaking winners

Congratulations to our two first place French public speaking winners

Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) welcomed over 300 students from 22 school boards and 11 independent schools from across Ontario on May 5, 2018 for the 34th annual provincial French public-speaking event at York University’s Glendon College in Toronto.

Students presented an original speech before a panel of officials recruited by the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association (OMLTA). Students in grades 9 to 12 participated in a competitive concours in both the traditional and impromptu divisions for cash prizes and partial scholarships to Glendon College and the University of Ottawa. For the impromptu category, students were given minimal time to prepare their ideas on a randomly selected topic before presenting their “speech” and answering questions on their selected topic.

Congratulations to Sebastian Nicoll, a St. Paul High School Grade 10 student, and Emma Jorge, a St. Pius X High School Grade 9 student, who placed first in the francophone and extended categories of the impromptu speech category, respectively.

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Ready, set, swim at the 17th Annual OCSB Special Olympics Swim Meet

Ready, set, swim at the 17th Annual OCSB Special Olympics Swim Meet

Over 400 students participated in the 17th annual OCSB/Special Olympics Swim Meet held by the OCSB Special Education and Student Services Department at the Nepean Sportsplex on May 8-9, 2018. The two day event offered the opportunity for students from all over the OCSB to be active and participate in a competition, persevere, and have fun! The focus of the meet was friendly companionship and competition. It was wonderful day for all, filled with student pride and many smiles.

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News From the Boardroom (June 12, 2018): An OCSB teacher’s experience towards Canadian citizenship

News From the Boardroom (June 12, 2018): An OCSB teacher’s experience towards Canadian citizenship

Yvette Mouafo Soh, her husband, and two young children left Cameroon in 2013 looking for opportunity in Ottawa. Leaving behind friends and family, arriving with no English, and with finances a struggle, Yvette worked hard at University of Ottawa and is now a full time FSL teacher at Prince of Peace School, a Canadian citizen, and the mother of three. She chose to be a teacher because she has a strong Catholic faith and knows she can share her faith here with no fear.

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