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News From the Boardroom (December 19, 2017): Lester B. Pearson students find deep meaning in our spiritual theme

Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School has many examples of our Board’s spiritual theme, Sent to be the Good News, in action. With a high population of newcomers to Canada and English language learners, the students in this school community have worked hard to interpret and make meaning of the spiritual theme and put thought into action in different ways.

Thanks to a donation from Divine Infant Parish, the school created a Stations of the Cross experience outside on school grounds to benefit both the student population and the greater community. Shop class students built weather-proof cases for the artifacts which were installed in an area of the school property surrounding their vegetable garden, which is regularly harvested to help supply food for families in need.

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News from the Boardroom (December 5, 2017): OCSB returns Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

News from the Boardroom (December 5, 2017): OCSB returns Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

The Ottawa Catholic School Board has returned Trustee Elaine McMahon as Chairperson for a fourth term, as voted by the Board of Trustees at the OCSB Annual General meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Elaine McMahon is the Trustee for Zone 6, Knoxdale-Merivale/College, and has served as an OCSB Trustee since 2014. The Board also returned Trustee Joanne MacEwan as Vice-Chairperson for a second term. Joanne MacEwan is the Trustee for Zone 5, Beacon Hill-Cyrville/Innes and has served as an OCSB Trustee since 2012.

The Most Rev. Christian Riesbeck, CC, V.G. presided over a Mass with co-celebrant Board Chaplain Peter Sanders before the Annual General Meeting. The Board of Trustees was joined by the OCSB Executive, as well as many special guests from the OCSB community. Parents and family members of 75 students were also present to enjoy a beautiful and moving performance by the OCSB’s Children’s Choir to commemorate the special annual meeting.

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80% of OCSB employees generously pledge $533,362 to the United Way

80% of OCSB employees generously pledge $533,362 to the United Way

It’s been another record-setting year for the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s United Way campaign. OCSB employees raised $533,362.93, with $404,981.52 being directed to the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa. We also met our goal of 80% participation among staff for the second year in a row. The generosity of the staff in this school district is both amazing and inspiring.

At the Announcement Ceremony on Friday, December 8, 2017, central OCSB staff witnessed the unveiling of the total funds raised with the help of seven very special guests from St. George, Dr. F.J. McDonald, St. Emily, and St. Joseph Schools. We had the numbers a little mixed up at first, but with the help of the students and some “Price Is Right” theme music, we were able to get all of the numbers in order for the audience.

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Eight ways to make Advent meaningful

Eight ways to make Advent meaningful

The season of Advent is upon us and as we wait in joyful hope to receive Jesus as if he is coming to us for the first time. Advent is expectant waiting, hopeful anticipation and joyful preparation to commemorate the birth of Jesus, welcoming God into our lives and readying ourselves for Christ’s second coming. We are reminded during this season that there is joy in waiting. This Advent, add some meaning to your waiting by committing to extra time in prayer, being patient with your family, speaking kindly to strangers, going to church and to sharing hope with those who need it most. We’ve outlined some traditions you can share with your family as you prepare your hearts for Jesus’ coming.

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News from the Boardroom (November 28, 2017): Fun and friendship for Inclusive Rugby participants

News from the Boardroom (November 28, 2017): Fun and friendship for Inclusive Rugby participants

Students from five OCSB high schools were fortunate to participate in an Inclusive Rugby Initiative on October 19, 2017, led by LeeAnn Napiorkowski, Inclusion Teacher at St. Peter High School. LeeAnn coordinated the support of Rugby Canada, who donated the use of an inflatable field, and Carleton University, who donated the use of their field to hold the special event. Over 80 students with various needs got to experience the joy of playing rugby in a safe and inclusive environment, guided by over 25 volunteer athletes.

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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.

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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Four reasons to consider Indigenous self-identification

Four reasons to consider Indigenous self-identification

While I’ve learned a lot over the years, there is still much I’m continuing to learn about treaties, the Indian Act, and the Sixties Scoop, and in turn helping support our educators discover these important pieces of history and the impacts that they still carry today. It brings me great pride to say that we’ve increased the number of the Indigenous Studies courses from 18 classes when I first started five years ago to 29 classes today at every one of our high schools.

Our board works hard to bring change in Indigenous Education for all of our students, so that we walk down the path to Reconciliation together. In the midst of our board’s Indigenous Awareness month, it seems like a good time to reflect on the important topic of self-Identification which can have such a positive impact on our Indigenous students’ education.

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