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The OCSB has adopted a rich and meaningful passage from Micah 6:8 as the Board’s Spiritual Theme for the next three school years. This three-year approach will focus on Catholic social teachings to align with global competencies and encourage learners to think globally and act locally. Jan Bentham, Coordinator of Religious Education and Family Life, presented an in-depth perspective on the possibilities of the rich new theme. View the presentation.

Year 1​: Seek Justice

The first year will focus on social justice and the appropriate moment to introduce Catholic social teaching as a lens for learning throughout the curriculum.

Year 2​: Love Kindness and Mercy

The second year will focus on healthy relationships and family.

Year 3​: Walk Humbly with God

We are called to live an authentic faith, close to our God in lifelong discovery leading to transformation. The third year will allow for deep learning as we continue to explore the richness of the theme.

Sharing in a safe place on Diversity Day

Steve McCabe, Superintendent of Leading and Learning

Over a hundred OCSB students came together at St. Paul High School on April 25, 2018 to celebrate Diversity Day for the fifth year in a row. Diversity Day is structured to touch on many areas of equity and the barriers that students may encounter. Its main purpose is to ensure that all of our students feel welcomed, accepted, and loved in our schools and to delve into all aspects of personhood including, ableism, racism, Indigenous issues, and gender identity.

Students need to feel valued, welcomed and accepted in their school communities to achieve success and affirmation for who they are as people. In the spirit of Catholic Social doctrine, specifically Dignity of Personhood, these events give our students the message that all are welcomed and loved in our Catholic schools. Diversity Day supports the great work that teachers and chaplaincy leaders are doing on a daily basis in OCSB schools to support students.

“Diversity Day provides a safe place and space to share.”

Grace Evans

Student Trustee

Naming of the New Kanata North Elementary School: St. Isabel

Steve McCabe, Superintendent of Leading and Learning

One of the first tasks involved with opening a new school is giving it a name! Establishing a name is the first step in building a sense of community and school spirit. We invited parents, guardians, students, staff and the parish community to submit name suggestions.

The Board of Trustees approved St. Isabel as the school’s official school name. St. Isabel, the overwhelming first choice of the community, was born to the King of Aragon, Spain. At a very young age, she was married to Denis, King of Portugal, who admired her beauty, riches and personality. She dedicated her time to helping the poor and the unfortunate, establishing institutions throughout her kingdom, especially hospitals and orphanages. After her husband’s death, she retired to a life of simplicity in a small home. She was a wonderful model of kindness toward the poor and a successful peacemaker in her own family and between nations.

She is the patron Saint of the Third Order of St. Francis and her feast day is July 4. St. Isabel’s gentle nature, commitment to helping those in need and her devotion to prayer make her an identifiable model for the students, staff and families of the new Kanata North school. The school community will be notified when a naming/blessing celebration will be held when the new school opens in the fall of 2018.

New, rescinded, and revised policies

Thomas D’Amico, Associate Director of Education

As part of the annual policy review, a number of new, rescinded, and revised policies have been brought forward to reflect legislative and regulative changes, updated procedural changes and current practices. The policies have been vetted by the affiliate and stakeholder groups and have been reviewed by the Executive Committee and the Policies and Procedures Steering Committee.

The Board of Trustees approved the following new policies:

  • Use of Service Animals for Students
  • Exclusion and Appeal of Exclusion
  • Opioid Overdose Response and Naloxone Administration
  • Student Injury Prevention
  • Supporting Students with Prevalent Medical Conditions in Schools (Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Diabetes, and/or Epilepsy)

The Board of Trustees rescinded the following new policies:

  • Advertising
  • Advocacy
  • Attendance at Religious Services / Study of Religion for Students of Other Faith Traditions — Elementary and Secondary
  • Use of Corporate Letterhead
  • Catholic Curriculum – AIDS Education

The Board of Trustees approved the following revised policies:

  • Access to School Facilities and Services by Election Candidates
  • Catholic School Councils
  • Community Resource People in the Classroom
  • Criminal Records Checks, Vulnerable Sector Checks, and Offence Declarations
  • Fundraising by Catholic School Councils
  • Purchasing
  • Workplace Violence

News from the Boardroom Summary (May 22, 2018)

This blog post covers the following topics:

  • Embracing a new OCSB Spiritual Theme for 2018-2021
  • Sharing in a safe place on Diversity Day
  • Student Trustees for next year announced
  • Naming of the New Kanata North School: St. Isabel
  • New, rescinded, and revised policies
  • Approved regulatory amendments
  • Budget process continues
  • Ottawa Student Transportation Authority update
  • Trustee expenditures
  • Legal fees

Student Trustees for next year announced

Ben Vallati, Superintendent of Continuing and Community Education The OCSB Board of Trustees welcomed the newly elected Student Trustees for 2018-2019 school year. The Board looks forward to the student voice that these new Student Trustees will bring to the Boardroom table. Welcome Caleb Reid (left) from All Saints High School and Nate Waddell (right) from St Mark High School.

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Briefs from the Boardroom

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Approved regulatory amendments

Following the 2017 governance engagement, the Ministry of Education has approved regulatory amendments to the following, which were explained in more detail to the Board of Trustees:

  • Ontario Regulation 246/18 – Members of School Boards – Code of Conduct
  • Ontario Regulation 357/06 – Honoraria for Board Members
  • Ontario Regulation 7/07 – Student Trustees
  • Ontario Regulation 463/97 – Electronic Meetings
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Budget process continues

Superintendent of Finance and Administration, David Leach, outlined additional information being shared with the Board of Trustees which included: a preliminary operating summary, full-time equivalent staffing, salaries and benefits expenditures, and government grant allocations. The remaining sections of the Board’s budget will be provided as part of the agenda material for the upcoming June 12 Board meeting for review and discussion.

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OSTA update

David Leach, Superintendent of Finance and Administration, presented an update on the progress of the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) towards its goals and objectives.

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Trustees expenditures

The Board received a report on the Trustees’ Conference and Convention Expenditures for the period of September 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

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Legal fees

The Board received a report on the legal fees (by category) incurred for the period of September 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018, with comparative amounts for the 2016/2017 fiscal year.

Mardi de Kemp

Mardi de Kemp is the OCSB’s Manager of Communications.


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