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Notice: January 25 PD Day for elementary only

The next PD Day is on Friday, January 25, 2019 for elementary schools only. The next PD Day for intermediate/high schools is on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Sync with calendar to keep on top of important dates. View ocsb.ca/calender.

Notice: Snow Days and high school exams

High school exams will be written on January 23, 24, 25, and 28, 2019. In the event of a “snow day” during the high school exam period — when yellow school bus transportation services are cancelled — exam schedules at all schools for all students will be affected (not just for school bus riders).

In the event of a snow day, the missed exam will be written the following day. All other exams will be bumped by one day. During a snow day, the school will be open, but exams will not be written. For example, if January 23 is a snow day and all school bus transportation for our board is cancelled, then:

  • exams scheduled for January 23 will be written on January 24
  • exams scheduled for January 24 will be written on January 25
  • exams scheduled for January 25 will be written on January 28
  • exams scheduled for January 28 will be written on January 29

Wednesday, January 30 is a PD day with semester two beginning on Thursday, January 31. If you have any questions, please call the main office at your child’s school.

Notice: Education Development Charges (EDC) meetings

Policy Review Public Meeting and Successor By-Law Public Meeting: Tuesday February 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm, OCSB Boardroom

TAKE NOTICE that at the regular meeting of the Board on February 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) will hold public meetings pursuant to Section 257.60 and 257.63 of the Education Act. The purpose of these meetings will be: 1) to review the current education development charge polices of the Board and to solicit public input, and 2) to consider the continued imposition of education development charges and a successor by-law and to inform the public generally about the Board’s EDC proposal.

Public Meeting In Consideration of By-Law Adoption: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm, OCSB Boardroom

TAKE NOTICE that at the regular meeting of the Board on Tuesday March 26, 2019, the OCSB will hold a public meeting to consider the enactment of a successor EDC by-law in the City of Ottawa.

Visit ocsb.ca/planning for more detailed information, or if you wish to make a presentation.

Notice: Policy review process for the public

The OCSB has established a policy review process to allow students, parents, staff, and members of the OCSB community to submit feedback regarding Board policies currently under review. There are currently 27 policies under review. To be considered, your submission must identify your name, phone number, email address, residential address, relationship with the OCSB, and the name of the policy under review. All submissions must be received before 5:00 pm on February 28, 2019. Once all feedback has been received, it will be reviewed and considered by the Board’s Executive Committee. Recommended revisions to the policy will then be submitted to the Board of Trustees for final approval. View policies under review.

Notice: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements

In accordance with Section 252(2)1. of the Education Act, Consolidated Financial Statements and Independent Auditor’s Report of the Ottawa Catholic School Board for the year ended August 31, 2018 is now available for viewing at ocsb.ca/bps. Copies of the reports noted in this section may also be obtained either by writing to the Finance Department, Ottawa Catholic School Board, 570 West Hunt Club Road, Nepean, Ontario, K2G 3R4, by phone 613-224-2222 ext. 2281 or by email at finance@ocsb.ca.

Our ocsb.ca/bps webpage contains documents such as: 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 ocsb.ca/bps.

Keep connected with the OCSB Blog

Catch a glimpse of what’s buzzing in the OCSB community. Do you have news, an idea or story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it. Email your story or idea to connect@ocsb.ca.

Mourning the loss of Trustee Thérèse Maloney Cousineau

Photo of Therese Maloney CousineauThe Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) is saddened by the passing of Trustee Thérèse Maloney Cousineau on Friday, January 11, 2019 after 35 years as an OCSB Trustee. Trustee Maloney Cousineau represented the Rideau-Vanier, Rideau-Rockcliffe, and Somerset areas (Zone 10).

A strong advocate of Catholic education, faith initiatives were very much a part of her vision as an OCSB Trustee. She was also an early promoter of girls in sports and science. Trustee Maloney Cousineau was elected as Trustee to the Ottawa Roman Catholic Separate School Board in 1984, before the amalgamation with the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board.

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January 8, 2019 OCSB News From the Boardroom

St. Benedict helps unveil Black Raven Park

Black Raven Park near St. Benedict School in Barrhaven was officially has been officially unveiled! The park was named in honour of the school mascot and was a community collaboration with the local builder, Mattamy Homes.

The opening event in October 2018 included a ribbon cutting by Councillor Jan Harder, and a speech by Mayor Jim Watson, who spoke to the crowd about the unique partnership and the great idea of naming the park after the school mascot. The school was able to expand on the ideas surrounding flexible learning environments, outdoor classrooms, and deep learning tasks during the ceremony — a wonderful example of the strategic commitment Be Community. View the presentation.

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Supporting our children during stressful times

Supporting our children during stressful times

In stressful times, 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. Tragic incidents can alter a person’s sense of security thus the importance of offering reassurance to our children and youth. It is also important for adults to understand that experiencing stress and adversity can contribute to internal symptoms such as anxiety, fear or depression and behaviours such as aggression, reactivity or withdrawal.

Children and youth may not understand the context of recent world events and communications they have heard or seen through various media. Below are a few tips that may assist you while helping children and youth to feel safe. Please reach out to your school at any time should you or your children struggle.

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