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Christian Community Day: A perfect prelude to Thanksgiving

The gathering of our OCSB community at this year’s Christian Community Day could not have been a more perfect prelude to Thanksgiving. This year’s focus filled us with gratitude as we celebrated the achievements of our very own alumni, as well as the profound impact we can have on the lives of those in our community who need it most, through the launch of our annual United Way campaign. This feeling of family, even among those we had only first met, is what made the day so special. In so many of us it inspired pride, for the realization that this loving culture is the result of our dedication to be kind to one another. From my eyes, it was the act of standing that symbolized the entire day.

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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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Calming those back-to-school butterflies

Calming those back-to-school butterflies

With September 5th just a few days away, it’s common for both parents and children to feel a myriad of emotions about the first day of school. Here are some tips to help you and your child calm 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.

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Setting our eyes on student achievement

Setting our eyes on student achievement

As the final preparations are being made to welcome over 40,000 students back into our schools for the first day of school, we are filled with an excitement and anticipation for the many triumphs that we will celebrate during the 2017-2018 school year! Student achievement is often a beautiful result of the teamwork between a student, their parents, and our excellent staff. How will you help our students set, achieve, and celebrate their goals this year?

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OCSB students collaborate to create welcoming schools

OCSB students collaborate to create welcoming schools

Hundreds of OCSB student from Grades 4-6 who are involved in peacemaking or peer meditation at their schools recently attended the 23rd Annual Elementary Peace Festival. The goal of the conference is to challenge students to recognize the power they have to make their schools into communities where all students feel welcome. It is also a way to highlight and celebrate the many practices used to build and maintain safe schools.

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OCSB students receive Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards

OCSB students receive Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards

A number of OCSB students were honoured at this year’s Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards held on June 5th at Ottawa City Hall. Ashley Robitaille of St. Matthew High School was a recipient of the Service & Caring Award. She has raised over $5,000 for CHEO by creating and selling duct tape petal pens locally and in Walmarts. Notre Dame High School’s Samuel Hickey received the Max Keeping Award for Personal Courage. He is a role model and inspiration to everyone who meets him.

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From the Director

ocsb-photo-denise-andreDenise Andre, Director of Education, is one of our most popular OCSB bloggers. Her thoughtful perspective speaks directly to parents, students and staff all at the same time.

 

#OCSBFirstDay 2017

At the beginning of each school year, I marvel at how our schools are so well prepared and welcoming for the return of our students. Each year, our Planning and Facilities Department coordinate hundreds of construction and renovation projects over the summer two month period, and our caretaking staff work diligently to ensure that our schools are sparkling clean.

This year, we faced an unexpected challenge at the beginning of the summer with the fire at St. Francis of Assisi School. It is such a strength of our Board and part of our strong community, that our team would look at such a devastating event, come together to problem-solve, and have the school open and ready to receive the students in less than two months.

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Embarking on a year of Good News in 2017-2018

I hope you have all taken time to enjoy your family, spend time in the great outdoors, and catch some of the exciting #Canada150 events that took place in our beautiful city throughout this summer. As we prepare to start the 2017-2018 school year, I’m pleased to highlight that we are starting our second year of our Spiritual theme Sent to be the Good News. I look forward to seeing our staff and students continuing to learn and live this theme out on a deeper level, discovering how they can be Good News for their communities, families, peers, and the ever-changing world around them.

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From the Boardroom

After each bi-weekly meeting of the Board of Trustees, our Communications Department produces a blog post summarizing major Board decisions (formerly known as Spotlight).

 

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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