Supporting new students with the Kinder Assessment Program
The Kinder Assessment Program has been established to support students who are age appropriate for Kindergarten and who present with generalized developmental delays. The program is designed to clarify student functioning and help students develop skills that will allow for integration into a school community. Seven OCSB schools currently offer the program. Each class has six students per staff member (6:1 students to staff ratio) to ensure individualized attention and programming. School and classroom routines and self-help skills are taught through language development and self-regulation programs, as needed. Each class is supported by multi-disciplinary teams and most have two full-time Education Assistants (EAs). The Board of Trustees received written comments from families sharing their positive reflections and gratitude for the OCSB program.
Offered at: St. Anne, St. Clare, St. Elizabeth, St. Luke Nepean, Good Shepherd Catholic, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Gabriel
Advancing faith life in schools with Faith Mentors
Presented by Stephen McCabe, Superintendent of Leading & Learning; Mark Siolek, Coordinator of Religious Education and Family Life; and Father Gerard Monaghan, Board System Chaplain
Each year, Faith Mentors from every OCSB elementary school meet to discuss religious learning and faith formation for students. This year, two professional development (PD) meetings were planned and the first was held on Tuesday, October 16. The meetings allow for deep thinking on improving and engaging pedagogical practice with our students as well as adult faith development.
Faith Mentors are faith-filled employees of the OCSB that volunteer to advance the faith life of the school. They model their commitment to our faith and promote the Board’s Spiritual Theme while organizing liturgical and seasonal events. The mentors also collaborate with our parishes. The second PD session will be held in 2019 and will focus on building capacity at the school and with the parish community.
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”Scripture Passage
Resources to support our Spiritual Theme
Presented by Stephen McCabe, Superintendent of Leading & Learning and Mark Siolek, Coordinator of Religious Education and Family Life
In the OCSB community, our Spiritual Theme unites all members of the community as a people of faith. Under the leadership of Mark Siolek, Coordinator of Religious Education and Family Life, the resource, Board Spiritual Theme 2018-2021, has been developed to help guide pedagogical practice and reflection for teachers and staff. This resource has been shared with all schools.
The new Spiritual Theme is the fruit of the collaboration between many groups such as the Chaplaincy Team Leaders, educators and departments in the school board. The three year theme is founded in the passage from the Book of the Prophet Micah 6:8. In this passage, Micah calls and challenges us to act on our faith. We are to use our heads to think about faith and reason. We are to act with soft hearts that reflect love and hope; and, to use our hands to act to serve one another with justice and charity.
In each of our schools over the next three years, this powerful passage will be connected to Catholic Social Teaching. These teachings provide the direction for our community to live out our baptismal promise of discipleship. The evergreen resource provides a variety of resources and activities to provide opportunities for our school communities to experience this fully and meaningfully.
Purchasing land for a new elementary school
Presented by Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities
The Board approved the purchase of a new school site on Cope Road near Fernbank, in the Black Creek subdivision The Fernbank area is a large development currently directed to St. Martin de Porres and a new school will be needed to relieve overcrowding at that school and accommodate further growth in the subdivision. We also have a second elementary site, and a high school site, in this area between Stittsville and Kanata. Recent appraisals and sales to other boards support the agreed-upon price of $2.96 million. Our purchase will be funded from Education Development Charges.
Renewing facilities with new portables
Presented by Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities
The Board approved the purchase of portables for the 2019-2020 school year, to be funded from a combination of the Temporary Accommodation grant and the Facility Renewal Program grant. This order is going to go in earlier than previous years to ensure timely delivery and installation. Efforts are made to relocate unused portables to sites with increased enrolment, a trend.
In reviewing enrolment growth across the system for next year, we have identified a potential need for at least 25 portables, and only have the ability to relocate six from existing sites. We estimate that we will require approximately nineteen (19) portables to accommodate this growth. We have inquired with other boards across the province, and used portables are simply no longer available. Once more detailed enrolment and staffing estimates are completed in April 2019, we will review the needs and potential for surplus units again and adjust as necessary.
October 23, 2018 Boardroom Summary
This October 23, 2018 blog post covers the following topics:
- Supporting new students with the Kinder Assessment Program
- Advancing faith life in schools with Faith Mentors
- Resources to support our Spiritual Theme
- Purchasing land for a new elementary school
- Renewing facilities with new portables
- Trustee results from the municipal election
- Approved requests for excursions
- Changes to policies regarding suspension and expulsion
- Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) update
- Trustee kilometrage claim summary
Briefs from the Boardroom
OCSB Trustee results from the municipal election
The municipal election took place on Monday, October 22, 2018. Candidates marked with an asterisk were acclaimed. The new Board of Trustees will be sworn in at the Inaugural Meeting on December 4, 2018. The existing Board of Trustees remains in place until December 4. View ocsb.ca/trustees for the current listing.
Zone 1: John Curry*
Zone 2: Sandra Moore
Zone 3: Brian Coburn*
Zone 4: Spencer Warren*
Zone 5: Joanne MacEwan*
Zone 6: Glen Armstrong
Zone 7: Jeremy Wittet*
Zone 8: Mark D. Mullan*
Zone 9: Shelley Lawrence, RSCJ
Zone 10: Thérèse Maloney Cousineau
Approved requests for excursions
The Board approved the following requests for excursion:
- All Saints High School to Ecuador, April 11 – 20, 2019 (focus on ecology and culture)
- St. Mark High School to Consuelo, Dominican Republic, February 23 to March 2, 2019 (annual social justice trip)
- St. Mark, St. Francis Xavier, St. Pius X, and St. Mother Teresa High Schools to Greece from April 12-21, 2019 (focus on culture and history)
- Immaculata High School to Dominican Republic, February 15 to 24, 2019 (social justice)
- St. Matthew, Lester B. Pearson, St. Matthew and St. Joseph High Schools to England and France, April 11-19, 2019 (D-Day 75th Anniversary)
- St. Joseph, St. Paul and St. Peter High Schools to Hawaii, April 18-26, 2019 (culture and history)
Changes to policies regarding suspension and expulsion
On October 17, 2018, cannabis became a legal, but controlled, substance in Canada. Because of the legalization of cannabis, changes were required to sections of the Education Act relating to the suspension and expulsion of students. In order to now be compliant with the Act , revisions to two of our Board’s Safe Schools policies are necessary. On October 23, the Board approved revisions to these two policies: Safe, Inclusive and Accepting Code of Conduct: Student Suspension and Safe, Inclusive and Accepting Code of Conduct, Student Expulsion.
Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) update
The Board received an update regarding OSTA’s progress towards its goals and objectives.
Trustee kilometrage claim summary
The Board received the report summarizing kilometrage claims for the Board of Trustees for the period ending August 31, 2018.
Mardi de Kemp is the OCSB’s Manager of Communications.