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Filling buckets with half a million dollars: OCSB’s United Way Campaign

Filling buckets with half a million dollars: OCSB’s United Way Campaign

We did it again! The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s (OCSB) United Way campaign has had another successful year with OCSB employees raising $508,598, with $379,035 being directed to the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO). The generosity of the staff in this school district is both amazing and inspiring.

Inspired by the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” the “Fill a Bucket” theme for this year’s campaign was well received and took on a life of its own. Shiny red buckets were proudly and effectively displayed on raffle tables, special lunch tables….anywhere staff could see them to remind them how good it feels to fill the bucket for someone in need. The generous employees of the OCSB really connected with this message. They understood that while they may not know exactly how their donation will change a life, they know that it will.

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Board elects new Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

Board elects new Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

The Ottawa Catholic School Board has elected Trustee Mark D. Mullan as Chairperson and Trustee Jeremy Wittet as Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. Trustee Mullan is the trustee for Zone 8, Alta Vista/Gloucester-Southgate. He was first elected 1997, and served previously as Chairperson in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. Trustee Wittet represents Zone 7, Kitchissippi/Bay and has served as Trustee since 2017.

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November 13, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

November 13, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

Joining forces with the Ottawa Food Bank

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) and the Ottawa Food Bank signed a memorandum of understanding at the November 13 Board meeting as a demonstration of our continued commitment to work together to serve our families and school communities. “OCSB schools have supported the Ottawa Food Bank for many years as a means of helping the community while providing experiential learning to our students based on Catholic social teachings,” said Denise Andre, Director of Education.

There is a coherence with the OCSB’s goal of alleviating poverty in the school system and the Ottawa Food Bank’s mission of working in partnership to create a healthier city by empowering people, increasing access to healthy food, and advocating for systemic changes that reduce food insecurity. “For many of our clients, every day is an emergency. Building relationships with organizations like with the OCSB gives us the opportunity to improve the quality and quantity of food available to our clients,” said Michael Maidment.

Both signatories to the agreement believe that through collaboration between education and appropriate food bank services, we can achieve greater collective impact to create healthy schools and overall communities that foster well-being and success.

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October 23, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

October 23, 2018 OCSB News From the Boardroom

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.

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How It Works, Why It Works at the OCSB: The Kindergarten Program

How It Works, Why It Works at the OCSB: The Kindergarten Program

A Parent and School Board Partner Series

Today’s parents have information at their fingertips when it comes to seeking options about life’s larger parenting milestones, such as choosing their child’s first school. We’ve teamed up with parents to discuss how the two-year Kindergarten program works, and why it works for families with children in OCSB schools.

Parents play a key role in how children embrace school. It’s easier to try and be the best parents possible when parents are assured that their community OCSB school is offering their best educators in a a safe and welcome learning environment. When parents and educators work together, they give tomorrow’s children the best possible start.

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Renewing the Promise – A Pastoral Letter for Catholic Education

Renewing the Promise – A Pastoral Letter for Catholic Education

The Catholic education community of Ottawa plays a significant role in the life of our Church. It is a community that accompanies, builds relationships, encourages engagement, instills hope and forms joyful disciples. Students, parents, teachers and education workers, support staff, principals and vice-principals, trustees, directors and supervisory officers are part of this community, as well as clergy and pastoral teams. Together we can all commit to Renewing the Promise of Catholic education for future generations and to work to build a strong foundation for joyful disciples.

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