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October is Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month

Challenge yourself to teach at least one person this month something new about autism. Together, we can support everyone reaching their full potential. Photo: @StJamesOCSB

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Introducing St. Isabel Catholic School in Kanata North

Our newest JK-6 school has opened in the Marchwood Lakeside Community of Kanata North, offering French immersion, before and after school care, and a pre-school childcare centre. Photo: @StIsabelOCSB

A new turf and track for the Immaculata Saints

The Immaculata High School Saints are enjoying the use of their new modernized outdoor athletic facilities, including an new artificial turf field and updated synthetic running track. Photo: @ImmaculataOCSB #whymac

A welcome addition for St. Patrick's High School

A 7.5 million dollar school addition, funded by the government of Ontario, opened its new wing doors this year to welcome over 250 Grade 7 & 8 St. Patrick's High School students. Photo: @StPatricksOCSB #IamStPats

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Notice: Cannabis Parent Information Nights running October to November
Cannabis is legal in Canada as of October 17, 2018. This may lead to questions from your teen. Come join Ottawa Public Health and our community partners to learn more about cannabis, the new legislation, how to talk to your youth, as well as available resources and services. Visit
Notice: Volunteers in OCSB schools
The OCSB is responsible for providing a safe and secure learning and working environment for its students and staff.  The Board of Trustees has adopted a revised policy regarding volunteers in OCSB schools. Volunteer applicants must obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) from a police service; in our Board area, a VSC can be obtained online at Visit for more information.
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: Specialized programs for high performance athletes & artists
Some of our high school students are high performing athletes and artists with demanding training and competition schedules. We recognize the need to provide flexibility to our elite athletes and artists so that they may continue to train at the provincial, national, and international level in their disciplines, while continuing with their academic studies. Our secondary schools provide a variety of supports for our high performing athletes and artists which may include:

  • personalized timetabling
  • flexible attendance expectations to suit training and competition schedules
  • later school start times
  • access to e-learning
  • access to our Achievement Centres (flexible learning environment)
  • a staff mentor/advocate
  • assignment completion accommodations
  • support in accessing summer school learning opportunities

Please contact your community OCSB school to find out more about the supports that may be available for your child.

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October 9, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

October 9, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) is pleased to introduce the OCSB Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy 2018-2021, which is the first document produced aligning with our Board’s new Strategic Commitments. This resource reflects what we value and have accomplished and supports our work going forward.

At the centre of our new Strategic Commitments is Be Well, which states, “…honouring the dignity of every person, we care for and support the well-being of all.” This commitment begins with the fundamental belief that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, deserving of dignity and respect, of care for our mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

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Supporting children and youth in stressful times such as a natural disaster

Supporting children and youth in stressful times such as a natural disaster

In stressful times, such as a natural disaster (tornado), 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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