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Keep the Promise

Presented by Steve McCabe, Superintendent of Leading and Learning

In 1989, Canada’s political leaders resolved to end child poverty by the year 2000. The Board’s Keep the Promise Student Summit brings together OCSB students to brainstorm ways they can make a change in the lives of impoverished children. The day comes together with the support of colleagues and partners in our community, including Joanne Gosselin, Elaine McMahon and 20 of our other retirees. Highlights of this year’s Keep the Promise Student Summit were:

  • The play “Danny, King of the Basement” was performed and the inquiry question was: What does poverty look like through Danny’s lens?
  • Displays and a Living Library from 10 community programs
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Ottawa Little Theatre donation – seats for Notre Dame High School

Presented by Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities

The Board thanked Geoff Gruson, President of the Ottawa Little Theatre (OLT), for his group’s generous donation of theatre-style seating to be repurposed for Notre Dame High School – a donation worth $140,000.

Ottawa Little Theatre recently completed an extensive renovation at their site at King Edward and Besserer Streets. A small but committed group of OCSB staff with ties to OLT worked to make the donation of the 467 outgoing seats possible. OCSB hired an architect to determine how best to use the recycled seats while also adding 16 wheelchair accessible spaces in Notre Dame’s auditorium.

Photo above: Ottawa Little Theatre donates seating to Notre Dame High School. Left to right: Elaine McMahon, Chairperson; Geoff Gruson, OLT President; Jeremy Wittet, Zone 7 trustee; and Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning & Facilities.

CSPA/PIC end of year report

CSPA Co-Chairs Cathy Philpott and Mark Savenkoff and PIC Chair Laura Cater highlighted activities from the 2016-2017 school year (see slide deck). Highlights of the year include:

  • Networking and partnerships at the provincial and local level (examples: People for Education, OAPCE, SEAC, the Family Welcome Centre etc.)
  • Development of online and printed publications to support parents and Catholic School Councils like ‘A Parent’s Guide to High School’ in 6 languages and the “OCSB School Council Guide”.
  • Substantive communications to parents via online channels including e-newsletter, website, and twitter.
  • Development of the Parent Engagement video
  • Working closely with schools to get Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) regional grants and Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants for 50 schools.
  • Organizing a myriad of events, including hundreds of parents attending Dr. Stuart Shanker’s presentation on Self-Regulation. A sample of other successful events were the Boot Camp for School Councils, Teaching Boys, and several well-attended sessions on mental health and special education needs.
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Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) end of year report

SEAC Chairperson Hélène Lapointe-Jerome thanked the trustees for their continued support on behalf of the Board’s students with special needs. Working with CSPA and PIC, SEAC helped organize several parent information workshops on sensory processing disorders and mental health issues.

Parents attended a major event organized by SEAC, CSPA, and PIC – workshops presented by OCSB staff were on topics related to special education like advocacy, assistive technology, transitions, and mental health topics. For 2017-2018, SEAC will be working with administration to:

  • improve standardized test scores,
  • support students at risk for suspension, and
  • ensure continued professional development for educators in assistive technology, ABA strategies, and other areas.

News fro the Boardroom Summary (June 27, 2017)

This June 27, 2017 blog post From the Boardroom covers the following topics:

  • Farewell to outgoing student trustees
  • Keep the Promise
  • Ottawa Little Theatre donation – seats for Notre Dame High School
  • Purchase of Kanata North Elementary School Site
  • Award of Contract – Kanata North Elementary School
  • CSPA/PIC end of year report
  • Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) end of year report
  • Extended Day Program fees
  • School trips approved
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Purchase of Kanata North Elementary School Site

Presented by Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities

The Board approved the purchase of the new building site for the Kanata North Elementary School (Kindergarten to Grade 6), to open September 2018. The site is located at 785 Goulbourn Forced Road, at the southwest corner where it meets Terry Fox Drive. Subject to final legal surveys, the 6.52 acre site will be purchased from KNL Developments for $2,673,200.

 

Award of Contract – Kanata North Elementary School

Presented by Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities

Subject to the satisfactory conclusion of certain contractual and approval matters, the contract for construction of the Kanata North Elementary Schools has been awarded to R. E. Hein Construction in the amount of $11,843,000.

For complete details, please see pages 101-102 of the June 27, 2017 Board Agenda.

School trips approved

Presented by Steve McCabe, Superintendent of Leading and Learning; Presented by Simone Oliver, Superintendent of Student Success, Elementary; and Presented by Ben Vallati, Superintendent of Continuing and Community Education.

The Board approved the following school trips, extending learning beyond the classroom:

  • Sacred Heart High School students will travel to Guatemala, November 18-25, 2017
  • All Saints High School students will travel to Consuelo, Dominican Republic, February 24-March 3, 2018
  • Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School and All Saints High School students will travel to Austria and Germany, May 11-19, 2018
  • Notre Dame and St. Paul High School students will travel to Italy and Greece, March 29-April 7, 2018
  • Immaculata and All Saints High School students will travel to Greece and Italy, March 29-April 7, 2018.
  • Sacred Heart High School students will travel to Ireland, March 28-April 4, 2018.

For full details, see pages 43-95 of the June 27, 2017 Board Agenda.

 

Extended Day Program fees

Presented by Simone Oliver, Superintendent of Student Success, Elementary

On an annual basis, the Board reviews its fees for Extended Day programs in 43 schools. To continue to ensure the financial viability of the programs, a slight increase is being implemented:

 

  • School day $22.00 (previously $21.50)
  • Full days except PD days $33.00 (previously $31.00)
  • Morning only $9.50 (previously $9.25)
  • Afternoons only $12.50 (previously $12.25)
Kelly McKibbin

Kelly McKibbin is the Board Website Administrator with the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Communications Department, and is the recipient of a 2016 United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award. Kelly has been part of the OCSB community for 16 years, and her portfolio includes web design, privacy, records and information management, and transportation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Ottawa and a Communications Certificate, Working with News Media from Brock University. Kelly is a Board of Directors member for the Waupoos Foundation and the proud mother of two daughters at St. Leonard School.


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