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October 9, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

October 9, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) is pleased to introduce the OCSB Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy 2018-2021, which is the first document produced aligning with our Board’s new Strategic Commitments. This resource reflects what we value and have accomplished and supports our work going forward.

At the centre of our new Strategic Commitments is Be Well, which states, “…honouring the dignity of every person, we care for and support the well-being of all.” This commitment begins with the fundamental belief that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, deserving of dignity and respect, of care for our mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

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Supporting children and youth in stressful times such as a natural disaster

Supporting children and youth in stressful times such as a natural disaster

In stressful times, such as a natural disaster (tornado), 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. Tragic incidents can alter a person’s sense of security thus the importance of offering reassurance to our children and youth. It is also important for adults to understand that experiencing stress and adversity can contribute to internal symptoms such as anxiety, fear or depression and behaviours such as aggression, reactivity or withdrawal.

Children and youth may not understand the context of recent world events and communications they have heard or seen through various media. Below are a few tips that may assist you while helping children and youth to feel safe. Please reach out to your school at any time should you or your children struggle.

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September 25, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

This blog post covers the following topics:

  • 300 students thrive during Summer Learning Program
  • OCSB students outperform provincial averages on all EQAO tests
  • Staff workshops provided by the OCSB Summer Institute
  • School start-up classroom sizes
  • Bank borrowing by-law approval
  • Drawdown of accumulated surplus
  • Financial statements and legal fees
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Back-to-school-tips for parents and students

Back-to-school-tips for parents and students

It’s that time of year again when we welcome back over 42,000 students into our OCSB classrooms. While there are many children who look forward to the start of school, others may be experiencing anxiety from those back-to-school butterflies. Keeping an open dialogue with your child will go a long way in helping your child feel great about their upcoming school year. Remember that your child’s teacher and school principal are also incredibly valuable resources in creating proactive solutions for your child’s success. The school-home partnership is key. We’ve assembled some tips to help you and your child prepare for the start of another school year.

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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. Check out our 12 ways to help prepare your child for kindergarten and give your child the best possible start.

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