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Nov
15

Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Nov 10

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics: 

  • Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 
  • Parent and Family Literacy Centres 
  • Grade 12 Exit Survey Results - Creating Pathways 
  • First Nations, Métis & Inuit (FNMI) Initiatives for 2015 - 2016 
  • The Power of Hapara 
  • Vice-Principal Leading & Learning Opportunities
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Nov
13

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2015

St. Francis Xavier Grade 7-8 anti-bullying campaign door designs.

Next week is Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. OCSB schools participate to prevent bullying at our schools and to heighten awareness about bullying. Activities and programs include Restorative Practices, WITS (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, Seek Help), our Samaritans on a Digital Road curriculum, and many other activities, presentations and anti-bullying pledges and commitments.

Here are some OCSB highlights coming up next week:

  • Barbaro Coloroso, an international bestselling author and recognized speaker on teaching, bullying, nonviolent conflict resolution and many other subjects, will be doing a presentation at Frank Ryan Catholic Intermediate School, with 8 other school communities invited to attend.
  • On November 19, St. Pius X High School is having a random acts of kindness day. Students & staff will be tweeting to @stpius with the hashtag #piuscares to share the random acts of kindness they've done and had done to them.
  • St. Patrick's Intermediate School will have a photo booth set up all week so students can take pictures with their friends and add their picture and signature to the anti-bullying pledge wall.


That's just a sample of the many things the OCSB has planned for Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week. Together we can put an end to bullying!

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Nov
12

We Day 2015

On November 10, thousands of young people gathered at the Canadian Tire Centre to celebrate We Day. It was a day filled with inspiring speeches, lessons and stories from people within Ottawa and around the world. The event was capped off by a surprise guest appearance from Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire - their first public appearance since Trudeau was sworn into office.

The OCSB was represented by about 1,700 students from 68 different schools. Students were chosen at their schools for being involved in local and global social justice initiatives.

St. Gabriel School teacher Rola Tibshirani was even invited onstage to speak about the amazing social justice work that they do!


Sacred Heart High School student Tysen Lefebvre, whose Mission to a Million charity is helping to raise $1 million for Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario, even got to meet Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children, Me to We and We Day with his brother Craig!

The event was a joyous occasion to celebrate the amazing work young people are already doing to help people locally and around the globe, and to look forward at how they can change the world in the future. It was truly a day of going from Me to We!

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Nov
05

Immaculata's 23rd Annual Terry Fox Run/Walk

On Thursday, September 24, Immaculata High School staff and students participated in their 23rd annual Terry Fox Run/Walk. Their fundraising goal was $14,000 – over $800 more than they have raised in the past few years. Last year Immaculata was recognized as the 19th highest fundraising high school in Ontario. The Immaculata community not only met their goal, but exceeded it by raising $15,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research. That brings Immaculata's 23-year total to almost $250,000! And they even added to it later on, with the proceeds from an optional dress down day on October 14th also going to charity. Way to go Immaculata!

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Nov
04

Message from the Director

It is hard to believe that two months of the school year have come and gone. October was a busy month in our Board. I will highlight one event, and that is our annual PD day where all our employees come together at our Christian Community Day. On October 9th, we heard testimonials from the perspective of staff, students and parents about how our Spiritual Theme "Restore One Another in a Spirit of Gentleness" has come to life in our community. The day ended with a beautiful mass presided over by Archbishop Prendergast. We are so blessed to work in caring communities that support the dignity of all persons, and to witness our faith in action each and every day.

As Veterans' Week approaches, let us remember all who have sacrificed their lives and all those who serve our country to promote peace and justice in the world. Our schools and main office always commemorate Remembrance Day in a special way. If you would like to join one of our ceremonies on November 11th, feel free to call your local school or our Board office to get more information. We welcome the members of our community who wish to join us during this solemn day of remembrance.

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Nov
01

Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Oct 27

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • St. John the Apostle: Paying it forward 21C style
  • New Pedagogies for Deep Learning
  • Concussion resources update
  • Board choir celebrates its 25th anniversary
  • New school in Kanata, addition for St. Francis Xavier High, reno for Holy Family
  • Board approves school trips

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Oct
28

New school in Kanata, addition for St. Francis Xavier High, reno for Holy Family

Director of Education Denise Andre (middle) with Minister of Education Liz Sandals (left) and MPP John Fraser (right).

Minister of Education Liz Sandals and MPP John Fraser recently announced that Ontario is investing in a number of new school building projects. This includes construction of Marchwood Lakeside Catholic Elementary School in Kanata, near the southwest corner of Second Line Road and Terry Fox Road. The new 507-pupil elementary school for Kindergarten to Grade 6 students will also include two new licensed child care rooms and 39 new child care spaces and likely open in 2018. 

St. Francis Xavier High School will be getting a 436-pupil place addition in Gloucester that will result in the replacement of temporary classrooms with a permanent addition and likely open in 2017. 

Holy Family School will be getting an extensive refurbishment to their existing school building, starting in 2016 and finishing in 2017. Holy Family will receive the students from Uplands Catholic School when the army base closes in 2017.

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Oct
21

2015 Child Care Festival

Two of the OCCCC's Corporation Directors and children from Holy Spirit School Age Program at the Festival

The annual Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation's Child Care Festival was a huge success this year. It took place at Mother Teresa High School at the end of August, and the just over 900 children that attended were about 150 more than the 2014 Festival. Staff did a wonderful job preparing and organizing the event and the day was very well received by attendees. The children donated school supplies which were passed along to the principals.

The gold, silver, and bronze awards for the Community Helper initiative, given to the centres where children have initiated and/or participated in events which benefit the community as a whole, were:

  • Gold: Jackson Trails Early Learning Centre
  • Silver: Chapman Mills School Age Program
  • Bronze: Strandherd School Age Program

The purpose of the Festival is to bring together the kindergarten and school-age children from the OCCCC's 18 programs for a day of community.

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Oct
21

Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Oct 13

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • Chapel Hill becomes OCSB's first Platinum EcoSchool
  • OCSB recognized for "Innovation that Sticks"
  • Digital resources for all: OCSB Staff and Student Portal
  • Trustee Honoraria for 2015-2026
  • Board approves school excursions

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Oct
15

Christian Community Day 2015

Director or Education Denise Andre addresses the crowd at Christian Community Day.

On October 9, the OCSB celebrated yet another inspiring Christian Community Day at a packed Shaw Centre. The highlight of the day was a beautiful mass presided over by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast. Director of Education Denise Andre's presentation was warm, thoughtful and inclusive, focusing on the Board's accomplishments and directions as well as kicking off this year's United Way Campaign. Associate Director of Education Tom D'Amico presented the 2015 Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award to Dr. David LeBrun.

The day was interspersed with the lovely music of the talented OCSB Choir under the direction of Theresa Clarke. Soloist Deanna MacDonald-Johns' voice soared throughout the room, filling everyone present with joy and wonder.

A number of inspiring witnesses also took the stage, reflecting on the day's themes: restoration, joy, mercy, and love. Nadine Logan shared her story of finding a place where people truly cared for and about her child at the OCSB. Jimmy Ruggerio, an EA at Sacred Heart High School, spoke about his spiritual journey and the power of prayer in the life of his son Luca, who now attends St. Luke School. Carl Nicholson from the Catholic Centre for Immigration told the crowd about all the incredible work they do there. The collections from the Mass went to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and the Catholic Centre for Immigration.

All in all, it was a wonderful opportunity to bring our whole community together. See the pictures from the event in our Facebook album!

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Oct
14

Sod-turning ceremony for new Half Moon Bay school

Chairperson Elaine McMahon (left) and Director of Education Denise Andre (right) pose with the new school sign.

On October 8, the OCSB held a sod-turning ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new Catholic elementary school in Half Moon Bay in Barrhaven that's scheduled to open September 2016. Brenda Wilson, Superintendent of the St. Joseph Family of Schools which the new school will be a part of, welcomed everyone to the ceremony. That was followed by greetings from Chairperson Elaine McMahon, Trustee Spencer Warren and City Councillor Jan Harder. The assembled crowd then watched as students from St. Cecilia School and St. Joseph High School performed the blending of the soils - a tradition that involves taking soil from St. Cecilia and St. Joseph and mixing it in with soil from the new school site. Some students from St. Cecilia will be moving to the new school once it's complete, and students from the new school will be attending St. Joseph, so the act was symbolic of welcoming a new school community with open arms and hearts. After a heartwarming blessing from Fr. Frank Brewer, Director of Education Denise Andre gave her closing remarks. After the ceremony, attendees were invited back to St. Cecilia for a tour, along with snack and refreshments.

Those involved in the ceremony pose for a picture with the new school sign after the sod-turning.
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Oct
13

2015 Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award

Dr. David LeBrun, recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award.

This year's winner of the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award is Dr. David LeBrun. Dr. LeBrun graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1978, where he was second in his class. He then went on to Queen's University to study biochemistry, and was accepted into their medical school after only two years. After completing his residency in Toronto, he lived in California from 1990 to 1993 while completing a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular oncology at Stanford University.

Highly sought after, Dr. LeBrun returned to Canada to be closer to his family and to embark on a career in cancer research. In 1994, he began an appointment in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen's, where he is currently a full professor and consultant in lymph node pathology.

David's list of accomplishments is lengthy. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has published extensively, and his research has been supported by multiple agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC), the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research, and the Cancer Research Society. He is a member of the Correlative Science Tumour Biology Committee and Chair of the grant review panel at the NCIC. He is also a co-director of the Queen's Laboratory for Molecular Pathology. While these achievements are impressive, David's sister Anne Marie Lebrun, who nominated him for the award, said "his purpose has always been to work with people in order to help people."

David's lifelong learning is not limited to science. He is a voracious reader of everything. He loves Tolstoy, but will quote the latest Trailer Park Boys or Simpsons episode in the next breath. He loves music, traveling, highly respects the environment, and enjoys canoeing, hiking, and skiing.

Family has always been of utmost importance to David. In 1988, he married Mary-Ellen O'Connor, a fellow St. Pius X graduate. Together they have raised three great kids: Madeleine, Joey, and Lucie. They are active members at St. Mary's Parish in Kingston, and all three children attended and graduated from Regiopolis-Notre Dame High School in Kingston. David's Catholic faith has never wavered, and his humility and acknowledgement of the limitations of science make it easy for him to believe in a higher power.

Dr. LeBrun has chosen St. Elizabeth School as the recipient of the $5000 that comes with the award.
Dr. David LeBrun, centre, recipient of the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Also pictured, members of Dr. LeBrun’s family with: Left to right – Elaine McMahon, Chairperson of OCSB (grey suit coat); Denise Andre, Director of Education (purple dress); and Tom D’Amico, Associate Director of Education (end, grey suit).
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Oct
08

St. Jerome students celebrate iWALK Day

On October 7, Students and guests at St. Jerome School joined countless others around the globe in celebrating International Walk to School (iWALK) Day 2015. The day is part of a worldwide iWALK week, which promotes active school travel and physical activity for children. This is the first year that iWALK Week was officially recognized by the City of Ottawa. Mayor Jim Watson, OCSB Chairperson Elaine McMahon, and OCSB Trustees Spencer Warren and Sandra Moore were among the guests who joined the students in their walk to school.

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Sep
30

St. Pius students take care of garden over summer

Last spring, St. Pius X High School's Applied Geography Class and Achievement Centre students worked hard to create an outdoor learning space and vegetable garden/potato patch. When they left in June, the plants had taken root and had started blooming. Left unattended for two months, the garden could have become a weed-filled disaster. Fortunately for Pius, Grade 11 student Neil Santos stepped into the role of head gardener and irrigation technician for the entire summer. Neil rounded up a crew of volunteers to weed and water the flowers and vegetables on a weekly basis throughout July and August. Because of their efforts, the garden has been an astounding success. Staff and students returned in September to find a garden filled with ready-to-eat tomatoes, corn, potatoes, beets, kale, peppers, chard, parsley, and other herbs. This tasty and healthy produce will be harvested and used for Terry Fox fundraising efforts.

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Sep
30

Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights – Sep 22

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • 2015 Revised Ontario Curriculum 1-12, Health and Physical Education & Family Life Education at the OCSB
  • Student Success reporting, indicators and credit recovery, 2014 - 2015 report
  • School Climate Surveys - 2015
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Sep
28

All Saints teacher nominated for Canadian book awards

Cover of Mrs. Pignat's book "The Gospel Truth."

All Saints High School teacher and author Caroline Pignat has been shortlisted by the Canadian Children's Book Centre for both the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award for excellence in teen fiction! Her book The Gospel Truth, nominated for both awards, is about life on a southern tobacco plantation in 1858. It's described as "Moving, lyrical and intriguing, this is a story that will captivate readers of all ages." Her other novel Unspeakable is also nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson Award. It tells the tale of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, and it "resonates with strong character development employing first person narration and the reflection of memories brought forth from journal entries."

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Sep
25

"Innovation that Sticks" at the OCSB


The Canadian Education Association recently selected the Ottawa Catholic School Board as the winning district in their "Innovation that Sticks" case study program. Out of 35 school boards across Canada, the OCSB was selected to participate in their project. 

As we reflect on our Board's journey over the last five years, the transformation has been incredible. In 2010, the main form of technology in our classrooms was an overhead projector and we had minimal and limited interaction outside our schools.

-Denise Gotell, Principal at St. Thomas More School
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Sep
22

Sacred Heart student honoured for charitable work

Tysen with Adam Sandler.

Sacred Heart High School student Tysen Lefebvre recently received a Canadian Living Me to We Award in the Community category. The 15-year-old Tysen was honoured for his commitment to help raise $1 million for Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario to grant 100 wishes. To date, Tysen's Mission to a Million had earned over $375,000 for the charitable organization. The cause is close to his heart because in 2012 they granted his wish to meet his hero: Adam Sandler.

"We are incredibly proud of Tysen's mission to pay it forward and help make 100 magical wishes come true," says Tanya Desjardins, CEO, Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario. "Tysen is a true role model and an inspiration to us all. We commend he and his family for their courage, perseverance and selfless efforts to help young people realize their one true wish at a time when they need it most. Congratulations!"

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Sep
21

OCSB recognized for innovation in Canadian education

I am very pleased to share the great news that the OCSB has been chosen from districts across Canada to be the subject of the Canadian Education Association "Innovation that Sticks" Case Study. We are proud of what we have accomplished in innovation, and welcome the opportunity to share and learn through the research and connections presented by CEA. 

This acknowledgement is the result of collaboration across all of our system, with support from staff, parents, students, trustees, and community partners. The ceremony on September 24th at St. Thomas More School will have representatives from all of these contributors to this recognition.

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Sep
21

Fred Fox continues his brother's message of hope

Fred Fox high-fiving students at St. Gregory School

Students at St. Gregory School were in for a treat on Friday when Terry Fox's older brother Fred came to speak to them about his brother's Marathon of Hope. Fred's message was simple and effective. He focused on the fact that Terry was just an average kid like them, yet able to do extraordinary things. Fred's message inspired kids by letting them know they can do similar things as Terry if they set goals and put a lot of effort into their dreams. 

Just like Terry, always set goals and never ever give up on your dreams.

by Fred Fox
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