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News From the Boardroom (January 23, 2018): St. Pius X Oaks Residence project helps raise awareness

News From the Boardroom (January 23, 2018): St. Pius X Oaks Residence project helps raise awareness

What began as a community outreach project for 38 students in Grades 10-12 from St. Pius X High School has turned into something that is being widely shared an embraced throughout both the school board and greater community. St. Pius’ School Resource Officer, Ottawa Police Service Constable Phong Le, challenged the students to make a difference by getting to know a part of their community that is often marginalized and misunderstood.

The students then undertook “The Oaks Residence Project” along with five OCSB teachers to reach out beyond their school community to collaborate with residents and staff of The Oaks, Shepherds of Good Hope supportive housing. The end result was a calendar which is being sold to raise awareness about The Oaks and raise funds to support it.

The were interested in communicating an important message: that all people are important and it is our responsibility to make sure everyone gets what they need, such as a safe place to live, food, clean water, access to medical care, and, most importantly, a sense of community.

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OCSB is a Top Employer for fourth year in a row

OCSB is a Top Employer for fourth year in a row

On Wednesday afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending an event at the Westin Hotel in downtown Ottawa, recognizing the top employers in the National Capital Region for 2018. It brings me great joy to share that the Ottawa Catholic School Board was recognized for the fourth year in a row as being a great place to work and learn.

As we have in years past, I invite our entire OCSB community to celebrate with us by participating in our #ocsbCelebrates social media campaign. This special campaign allows us to pause, observe, and recognize the outstanding employees that make our school board such a wonderful community.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this exciting activity, and congratulations to the employees of the Ottawa Catholic School Board for this outstanding accomplishment. Let’s celebrate!

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St. Francis Xavier High gets a new wing

St. Francis Xavier High gets a new wing

On January 31st, Saint Francis Xavier High School hosted a Liturgy and Blessing Ceremony for the New Wing Addition to the school. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast presided over the Liturgy in the school chapel. The chapel was filled with several board personnel including Chairperson of the Board, Ms. Elaine McMahon, Director of Education Ms. Denise Andre, Superintendent Mary Donaghy and Superintendent Fred Chrystal. We were blessed to also have in attendance Mayor Jim Watson, representation from the Ministry of Education, as well as several community partners including the school council chairs and several student representatives.

A plaque unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the entrance to the new wing. Principal John Pedari gave a tour of some of the contemporary classrooms including a multi-purpose room and the spacious new Grade 7 art room, which is adorned with samples of the wonderful artwork the students have produced. Mr. Pedari spoke about how innovative and functional the space is and how students are deepening their learning in the new collaborative space.

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Andrea Green is one of “Canada’s Outstanding Principals”

Andrea Green is one of “Canada’s Outstanding Principals”

St. Cecilia School’s Andrea Green has been recognized as one of “Canada’s Outstanding Principals” for 2017. She is among 40 exceptional educators, from every province and territory, who are being celebrated by The Learning Partnership, a national charitable organization dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada.

Her career as an educator has been marked by collaborative relationships with her colleagues, tremendous adaptability to changing technology and pedagogical practices, and a deep engagement with students and parents that fosters partnership in student learning. She is a strong, visionary leader who supports, leads and empowers her staff to take risks, try new strategies, and adopt change. Her mantra is “Try one new thing” and she provides a learning environment that allows her staff to constantly grow professionally and refine their teaching practice.

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Fostering resilience to help prepare for tests and exams

Fostering resilience to help prepare for tests and exams

As parents, we want what is best for our children. We want them to be happy and to grow up reaching their full academic and social-emotional potential. It is always difficult as a parent when we see our children experiencing challenges or difficulties that cause them feelings of stress, sadness, or fear. Our natural instinct is to want to rush in and to “save them” from this hardship. However, in reality we can not save our children from all the challenges they will face in life. How can we prepare them for those challenges that are an unavoidable part of life, like not making the sports team they wanted, not doing as well as expected on a test, or the loss of someone dear to them?

This is what resilience is all about — being able to bounce back from the challenges we face and to learn from them. Being resilient can help our children learn coping skills and find solutions to academic and social problems. It is a key factor in positive mental health and overall life success. Our high school students are busy studying for their first semester exams and our Grade 3 and Grade 6 students are preparing for EQAO evaluations. These are opportunities to help them develop healthy coping skills. Keeping an open dialogue with your child will go a long way in helping your child develop resilience. We’ve assembled some tips to help your child manage realistic pressures.

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12 ways to help your child prepare for Kindergarten

12 ways to help your child prepare for Kindergarten

Heading to kindergarten for the first time can be pretty overwhelming. Many parents of a four year old experience excitement but apprehension about enrolling their child in kindergarten for the first time. With good reason; there are many decisions that have to be made when preparing a child for their first year of school. What about before and after school care? What types of French language programs are offered? Is their child ready to spend that length of time away from home?

For these and many other questions, the Ottawa Catholic School Board is here to help put your mind at east about your child’s upcoming journey. Our Kindergarten Registration Week, January 15 to 19, is designated for you to visit your child’s new school to complete the registration process, while our friendly school staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Registering in January gives parents and their children time to prepare for the journey together. Families often practice things like putting on shoes and coats, school bus and pedestrian safety, and how to recognize their first name in print. Practicing these skills can go a long way in terms of boosting a child’s confidence for their first day of school. So plan ahead together. Bring your little one with you at registration time in January, and give your child the best possible start.

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News From the Boardroom (January 9, 2018): Holy Trinity’s Sarah Becker is a student entrepreneur

Grade 10 Holy Trinity High School student Sarah Becker has been awarded a Community Safety Award from Crime Prevention Ottawa for her work on a safety backpack for cyclists. Accompanied by Holy Trinity High School, Lisa Cameron, and Teacher Brigitte Bernier, Sarah demonstrated the features of her entrepreneurial endeavour to the Board of Trustees.

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