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October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

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

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Share stories of gratitude this Thanksgiving season

Take some time to talk with your children about the first month of school. They have so much to share. The next PD Day for all schools is Friday, November 24. Photo: @stpatricksIRISH 

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Teaching digital citizenship at every grade level

We are committed to teaching our students how to be good citizens online. See how the parable of The Good Samaritan helps us explore the different challenges that students face at each grade level. Photo: @STMatthewOttawa

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Know the signs and recovery plan for concussions

Join us for an evening with Athletic Therapist, Tony Carbonette, to learn more about concussion awareness. October 25, from 7-8:30 pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School. Photo: @Immaculata_HS

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Free Saturday classes for children of all ages, and credit courses for Grade 9-12 students. Register anytime and expand your global opportunities. Photo: @CapoOttawa #Korean

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OCSB Notices
Open the tabs below to stay connected with important notices and alerts related to how our Board operates as a school district.
Notice: SEAC committee seeking new members
October 2017 — The OCSB’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is looking for new parent members for Fall 2017. SEAC is a standing committee that makes recommendations to the Board on all matters related to the establishment, development and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils. Visit ocsb.ca/seac for more information.
Notice: LTO List application now CLOSED
October 6, 2017 – The LTO List application process is now CLOSED. It will re-open in the Spring of 2018. For more details, and to learn how to apply, visit our LTO List application page.
Notice: Las Vegas tragedy: Resources for parents
October 3, 2017 – In stressful times, be it international, national or local events, 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. We’ve assembled some tips which may assist you while helping children and youth to feel safe. View helpful tips here.
Notice: EQAO results for OCSB
September 20, 2017 – OCSB students continue to surpass provincial scored on the annual Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) standardized tests in all areas (Grade 3, 6, 9 and 10 reading, writing, and mathematics). View the results here. 
Notice: Status of St. Francis of Assisi School
August 2017 – Thank you to everyone for your continued support as we work to fully restore St. Francis of Assisi School, after it was damaged in a fire in July 2017. Please visit fra.ocsb.ca for the latest information about this school’s restoration.

Sharing Good News in our OCSB Blog

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

2017 Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award

2017 Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award

Each year at Christian Community Day, we honour one of our former students with the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award. This year’s award was presented to Mr. George Brown, who attended Holy Cross School and St. Patrick’s High School. Mr. Brown is an accomplished lawyer, social entrepreneur, and humanitarian. His name will be added to a permanent plaque at the Board office recognizing all past Distinguished Catholic Alumni award winners. Along with the award comes a $5000 donation. Congratulations to Mr. Brown. He is an incredibly deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

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News from the Boardroom (October 10, 2017): Fostering digital citizenship

The Ottawa Catholic School Board is committed to teaching the responsible use of technology to students. The Samaritans on the Digital Road resource was created five years ago, and has recently undergone a review to refresh the content. It continues to serve as an excellent resource for teachers to promote the Board’s priorities and ensure students become responsible digital citizens. In addition to updating the lessons, the resource now includes more information for school leaders regarding the process for implementing the lessons, and expanded information for parents. The additional information provided to schools enables Board staff to ensure that the lessons are being delivered with direct links to the grade appropriate Religion curriculum.

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