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October is Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month

Did you know that October is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month in Canada? Did you know that it is estimated that 1 in 68 individuals have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? This month is a great opportunity to learn more about autism, raise awareness, and raise acceptance in our schools, workplace, and community. This month is a great opportunity to learn more about autism, raise awareness, and raise acceptance in our schools, workplace, and community. Please enjoy this short, 5-minute video entitled: Amazing Things Happen, created by Alex Amelines (independent animation director). The video was released in April 2017 to coincide with the tenth annual World Autism Awareness Day (Sunday April 2nd, 2017). The aim is to raise autism awareness among young audiences who do not have autism as well as to encourage understanding and acceptance in future generations. It is primarily aimed at 7-11 year old children.

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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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OCSB students commemorate Battle of Vimy Ridge

OCSB students commemorate Battle of Vimy Ridge

Over 200 OCSB students travelled to Europe in April to visit Vimy Ridge on the 100th anniversary of the historic battle. Along the way, they visited many European landmarks, learned a lot, and gained a deeper appreciation for our Canadian heritage. Read their story and see photos from their trip here.

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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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Wrapping up another successful Education Week

Last week marked another successful Catholic Education Week here at the OCSB. I had the pleasure of attending many great events throughout the city and was reminded once again why it’s such a privilege and honour to work in Catholic education. Catholic Education Week is about celebrating the great value and distinctiveness of each Catholic school in our community, and I would like to take a moment to congratulate and thank the staff and students in all of our schools who made last week possible.

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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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