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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Ontario has designated November 19-25 to encourage students, staff, and parents to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being. Photo: Hang bullying out to dry @OCSB_St_Leonard

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Keep connected with bus cancellations this winter

When OSTA makes the decision to cancel school bus transportation due to inclement weather, they can email the notice directly to you…but only if you have subscribed! Photo: @OttSchoolBus

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Advocating for your Child with Special Needs

Learn strategies for effective advocacy at this free parent information session on Thursday, November 30, from 7-9 pm at Thomas D’Arcy McGee School. Photo: @MrsReavie #ocsb

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Celebrating Indigenous Awareness Month

Learn more and the voluntary and confidential self-identification process and the many ways in which the OCSB honours Indigenous knowledge, culture, and perspectives in our school classrooms. Photo: @OCSBIndigenous

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Building another new school in Kanata North

Construction has begun for the JK-6 Kanata North School in the Marchwood Lakeside Community of Kanata North. Register today to become a member of this exciting new school community. Photo: @OttCatholicSB #NewSchool

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Notice: The next PD Day is November 24
The next PD Day for all OCSB schools is Friday, November 24, 2017. Sync our digital calendar with your own.
New Kanata North School Opening September 2018

We are growing! Construction has begun for the Kanata North Catholic Elementary School in the Marchwood Lakeside Community of Kanata North, at 785 Goulbourn Forced Road, on the south side of Terry Fox Drive. The new JK-6 school will welcome students from the existing St. Gabriel School and any new students wishing to attend from the surrounding area. Find out how to register.

Notice: Helping children during stressful global times
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: 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 for more information.
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. 

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A blessed beginning for a new school

A blessed beginning for a new school

On November 22, 2017, the OCSB held a sod-turning ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new Catholic elementary school in Kanata North. Construction has begun in the Marchwood Lakeside Community of Kanata North. The state of the art school will sit on a 6.52 acre site and will have the capacity to accommodate 460 students.

Fred Chyrstal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities, welcomed attendees to the event. Greetings were given by Janet MacLaren on behalf of MPP Jack MacClaren, Chairperson Elaine McMahon and Sandra Moore, Trustee for Zone 2.

The assembled crowd then watched as students from St. Gabriel Elementary School gripped shovels and participated in the sod turning for their new school. A special blessing was performed by Fr. Virgil Amirthakumar, Parish Priest, St. Isidore. Director of Education Denise Andre gave her closing remarks and thanked all in attendance, including staff, students and parents from St. Gabriel and architects and contractors who were present. After the ceremony, attendees were invited back to St. Gabriel Elementary for a tour and reception.

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An honour we can all share

On Tuesday evening, the Ottawa Catholic School Board was honoured at the annual Ottawa Philanthropy Awards ceremony with the Outstanding Philanthropic Group award for our longstanding partnership with the Shepherds of Good Hope. I am proud of our school board’s continued generosity and service to our community through our special partnership with the Shepherds of Good Hope.

Thomas D’Amico, Associate Director of Education, and Joanne MacEwan, Vice-Chair of our Board, were present at the celebration to accept this award on our behalf. The countless acts of mercy, kindness and generosity our staff and students have contributed to the Shepherds of Good Hope also provide people with the invaluable gifts of respect and dignity.

As a faith-filled OCSB family, we work together every day to share in this caring community we’ve created together. Thank you to every staff member and student whose contributions have touched the lives of our neighbours with love and kindness.

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