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Notice: Easter Break 2018
Good Friday is on Friday, March 30 and Easter Monday is on Monday, April 2, 2018. All schools will be closed on these two holidays. Sync with our school year calendar at ocsb.ca/calendar.
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.
Notice: Budget Public Input Session on March 27
The OCSB invites all interested stakeholders to attend a public input session for the 2018/2019 Budget. Budget presentations from the public will be heard commencing at 6:45 pm on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in the Board Room at the Catholic Education Centre, 570 West Hunt Club Road, Nepean, Ontario, K2G 3R4. Please notify the Director’s Office by phone at 613-224-4455 Ext 2271 at least 24-hours in advance of the meeting if you wish to make a presentation. The Board’s current 2017/2018 Budget is available at ocsb.ca/finance.
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: Immunization records and OPH notices
Parents have a responsibility not only to have their child immunized (or have a valid exemption), but must also ensure that Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has their updated records. Parents may direct their questions regarding suspension notices to Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744. Update your child’s immunization record by visiting ParentingInOttawa.ca.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The Ministry of Education stipulates that the school year calendar shall include a minimum of 194 school days, of which school boards are required to designate three mandatory Professional Activity (PA) days for provincial education priorities and may dedicate up to four additional PA days per school year, for a maximum total of seven PA days. The remaining school days shall be instructional days and a total of ten instructional days may be designated as examination days.read more
Bi-Giwen: Coming Home, Truth telling from the Sixties is an exhibit focused on the survivors of a time in our recent history where Indigenous children were taken from their families by child welfare services and fostered or adopted into non-Indigenous families. My Grade 11 History class was invited to attend the opening ceremony of the exhibit. Elaine Kicknosway, a Sixties Scoop survivor, introduced us to the exhibit by sharing her experiences. She spoke of the names given to her generation (“policy children” or “catalogue kids”) and how Indigenous families had been victims of “institutions” for decades. Her 14 year old son is the first in her family to live without institutional intervention.
Ms. Kicknosway’s words resonated with the students as they explored the exhibit. They read stories of losing identity and not knowing where to find it, and about the abuse that accompanied institutional living. These courageous stories were rendered life-size in the exhibit. Many of my students noticed that while the stories were all so different, in the end, survivors had a loss of identity and a lack of choice in their own history. Students commented on the fact that there are still people alive that experienced the Sixties Scoop and are not just dates in a history book. “They are still alive, this actually happened,” Logan Crawford said. Another student reminded us of the dark time in our past and how the exhibit cast a light on it to ensure something like this will not be repeated. We all agreed that we had been blessed to experience Bi-Giwen and we hope to aid in the reconciliation process by passing on the truth of the Sixties Scoop.read more
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