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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

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

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
OCSB Notices

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Notice: High school exams and snow days

High School exams will be written on January 25, 26, 29, and 30, 2018. In the event of a “snow day” where yellow school bus transportation is cancelled during the high school exam period, the missed exam will be written the following day. This will affect all students, not just yellow school bus riders. All other exams will be bumped by one day and the last exam, scheduled for Tuesday, January 30 will be written on Thursday, February 1. During a snow day, the school will be open, but exams will not be written. Wednesday, January 31 remains a PD day whether or not there is a snow day during exam week.

Notice: Elementary PD Day on January 26, 2018

The next PD for elementary school students only will be on Friday, January 26, 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

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.

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12 ways to help your child prepare for Kindergarten

12 ways to help your child prepare for Kindergarten

Heading to kindergarten for the first time can be pretty overwhelming. Many parents of a four year old experience excitement but apprehension about enrolling their child in kindergarten for the first time. With good reason; there are many decisions that have to be made when preparing a child for their first year of school. What about before and after school care? What types of French language programs are offered? Is their child ready to spend that length of time away from home?

For these and many other questions, the Ottawa Catholic School Board is here to help put your mind at east about your child’s upcoming journey. Our Kindergarten Registration Week, January 15 to 19, is designated for you to visit your child’s new school to complete the registration process, while our friendly school staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Registering in January gives parents and their children time to prepare for the journey together. Families often practice things like putting on shoes and coats, school bus and pedestrian safety, and how to recognize their first name in print. Practicing these skills can go a long way in terms of boosting a child’s confidence for their first day of school. So plan ahead together. Bring your little one with you at registration time in January, and give your child the best possible start.

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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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