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Muffin Mondays

Hello Huntley Families!

On Monday, March 30th we are having the first of a few Muffin Mondays for the teachers and staff at Huntley.  This is an opportunity for us to show them how thankful we are for all that they do!  If you are interested in baking a dozen muffins, please send an e-mail to Jo-Anne Graham at info@huntleycentennial.org and she will respond with further information.

Thanks!

Parent Council Meeting Reminder: Wed, March 4th 7pm

Hello Huntley Parents and Guardians!

This is a reminder of our monthly parent council meeting coming up this week, on Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm in the Huntley Centennial library.  If you are looking for a way to help out at school with a few hours of your time or if you have some ideas that would benefit our students, or have more time and would like to join a committee (Grade 8 grad, Arts Festival, School Greening project  – just to name a few) please consider joining us.  Or if you are just interested in finding out what is happening at the school, this is the place to find out.  All are welcome!

Thank you! HCPS Parent Council

Attention Grade 8 Parents

Attention Grade 8 Parents!

The Grad Committee needs you! Please supply us with your email address so we can keep you up to date on plans for the Grad trip, ceremony and dance.  Parents are responsible for much of the ceremony, the dance and any fun extras for grads (including subsidies for the trip for those families who need a bit of help).  This will not happen unless we work together.  Send an email to suzig@magma.ca.  Next meeting of the Grad Committee is Tuesday, March 10 at Alice’s Café at 7:00pm.  Everyone welcome!

Thank you!

Sue Grant

Chair, Grade 8 Grad Committee

 

HCPS Parent Council Donation Campaign 2015

Please consider making a donation to support all the amazing work that our Parent Council does for our students in our school!  Forms were sent home Friday, please check your child’s backpack.  We’ve also attached it here Donation Campaign 2015

Some of the things that Parent Council has funded over the past year:

  • Food cupboard –available to any child needing additional food at school .
  • Arts program, this year covering 8 different genres –“Be Your Best” improv performances; “ Luv2Groove” dance workshop; “Rock The Arts” puppet show; “Celebrate Africa” African rhythms, song & dance; “Strings Around the World” music instrumental; “Polyphonic Poetry” literary arts; “Looking at Pictures” visual arts; “Dance Showcase” dance performance.
  • Classroom technology – almost every classroom at Huntley has either a Smartboard or an Epsom Brightlink, thanks, in part, to your support.
  • Garden Club – gardening supplies are supplied every year.
  • Sports Equipment – pinneys, soccer lines and goal posts, soccer balls, miscellaneous Phys Ed equipment.
  • Science Equipment – supplies for Intermediates science program.
  • Raz Kids Reading Program – a licence is available for any child wishing to use the online reading program (pls email info@huntleycentennial.org for more information)
  • Juice boxes for Terry Fox Run & Freezies for Track & Field
  • Staff Appreciation luncheon

Thank you for your continued support!

HCPS Parent Council

Popcorn Fridays are Back

The Grade 8 Grad Committee will be selling Kernels popcorn on Fridays in March, April and May to raise funds for the Grad ceremony and graduation trip.  Order forms were sent home on Friday, but if you need more, there is a copy here (HCPS Kernels Fundraiser Order_Form).  Perfect for lunches and snacks for the whole family!  Three great flavours available.  Orders due back this Friday, February 27.

Thank you,

The Grade 8 Grad Committee

Parent Council Mtg Reminder: Wed, Feb 4th at 7pm

Hello Huntley Parents and Guardians!

This is a reminder of our monthly parent council meeting coming up next week, on Wednesday, February 4th at 7pm in the Huntley Centennial library.  If you are looking for a way to help out at school or would like to volunteer a few hours of your time or your ideas by joining a committee (Grade 8 grad, Arts Festival, Playstructure Fundraising just to name a few) please consider joining us.  Or if you are just interested in finding out what is happening at the school, this is the place to find out.  All are welcome.

Thank you!

HCPS Parent Council

OCDSB School Council Newsletter Nov 28, 2014

Hello Huntley Families,

Please find in the update email below, current events that are happening in our district and that may be of interest to you.

Sent of behalf of Michelle Giroux, Executive Officer, Corporate Services, OCDSB

 

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School Council Newsletter
 
November 28, 2014

WHAT’S NEW
#EverySchool_EveryVoice
Next week, the District will be launching a consultation process to seek input into the development of our next strategic plan.  Starting Monday, December 1st, we will be sending e-mails to invite parents/guardians, students in grades 8-12, staff, and community partners to participate.  Parents, please note, you will only receive an e-mail invitation if the school has up-to-date contact information.  If you don’t receive an e-mail, you can still participate by going to our website and clicking the link for self-registration. Take a minute to watch our video which explains the process or go to our website for more information.
#Every School_Every Voice

Every School Every Voice

 

Playground Renewal Funding

Many school councils are interested in accessing funding for playground renewal.  The deadline for applications is being extended from November 30th to December 5th.  In response to some of your questions, and with the help of a dedicated parent, we have posted some additional information in the form of frequently asked questions as well as a new flowchart to better explain the process.

 

School Council Insurance Certificates

Certificates of insurance confirming school council’s coverage for the period November 1, 2014 toC November 1, 2015 were sent to school principals today.  The school council insurance coverage is funded by the school district and is provided through the Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) and Jones Brown Insurance Brokers.  Principals will provide a copy of the insurance certificate to the school council chair. The process to be followed in the event that an incident occurs is:

  1. School Council informs OSBIE using the contact information listed on the bottom left hand corner of the insurance certificate; and
  2. School Council informs the school principal and Sandra Lloyd, Manager of Risk and Supply Chain Management.

Concussion Management

The district has been working on a new policy and procedure on concussion management.  This work began last year and in the course of our work, the Ministry released requirements for all school boards to develop policies in this area. The Committee of the Whole will be discussing the draft policy and supporting procedure and related documents at its meeting on December 9th. The science on head injury prevention and concussion management is pretty clear – “when in doubt, sit it out”.  Parents might also be interested in reading about CHEO’s award winning doctors who have developed guidelines in concussion management.

Green Employer, Active Transport Policy

The district is researching the development of a new policy related to greening and in particular, active transportation strategies.  An important part of the research includes community consultation.  Last week, a presentation was made to school councils at OCASC.  For those who were not present, please take a look at our website and read more about this work in a recent report to Committee of the Whole.  Your feedback in response to these questions is welcome – the deadline for comments has been extended to December 12th.

Physical Education and Health Curriculum Consultation

Many parents are asking about the consultation on changes to the physical education, human development and sexual health curriculum.  This is a consultation by the Ministry of Education. School districts were asked to invite one parent from each school to respond to a survey. At the OCDSB, principals were asked to work with the school council chair to select the parent participant.  If you are looking for more information, please see the Ministry document.

Woodworking as Art at Osgoode Township High School (OTHS)

A wonderful new original piece of artwork is hanging on the walls of OTHS. Dan Breithaupt’s Grade 10 Woodshop class created the large 3D art project while working with Artist Oliver Drake and Shaun Elie.  The artists spent time at OTHS through sponsorship from the Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC) program and Telus Communications. Each student was asked to bring something from home to contribute to the 3D Mural. Then, using their imaginations, they each shaped a block of wood around their object. Finally, the objects were combined to build the large 3D mural.It was a very positive experience for our students.

Math Facts

Learn more about math instruction from the Ministry of Education.  This link connects to a page with a number of resources that parents might be interested in.  Take a look at the power point called “Why Has Math Instruction Changed?

BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Meetings that Matter….

 

Board and Committee of the Whole Meetings

On December 1st, we will welcome in the newly elected Board at a Swearing In Ceremony and Welcome Reception at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Please join us for the ceremony and reception from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 133 Greenbank.

This week we said farewell and thank you to the outgoing Board of Trustees.  Watch the farewell video from the meeting.
Other upcoming Committee Meetings:

Advisory Committee for Extended Day and Child Committee – December 4th 7:00 p.m. (Trustee Committee Room – 133 Greenbank Rd.)
Committee of the Whole – December 9th 7:30 p.m. (Boardroom – 133 Greenbank Rd.)
OCASC Secondary School Committee – December 11th 7:00 p.m. (Fisher Park PS)

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

Places to Go…Things to Remember

NEW EVENTS

 

Carleton Heights Public School – Official re-opening ceremony – December 3rd – 6:30 p.m.

You are invited to celebrate the grand re-opening ceremony for Carleton Heights Public School. A major renovation project was undertaken during the last school year and students returned to a brand new school in September 2014. Tours of the school will be available from 6:30 p.m.

J.H. Putman Craft Sale – Thursday December 11th 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

You’re invited to the J.H. Putman’s Craft Sale on Thursday, December 11th.  There will be everything from hand-made pens to jewelry. The craft sale will be open at 5:30 -8:30. Everyone is welcome!

 

REMINDERS

 

Snowsuit Drive – Schools Helping Schools – Huntley Centennial – Until December 5

The students in the Leadership Council at Huntley Centennial are having a “snowsuit” drive the 2 weeks beginning November 24th – December 5th. The students will be collecting any CLEAN or NEW winter clothing items such as hats, scarves, mitts, snowsuits, boots, etc. and delivering the articles to R.E. Wilson Public School the week of December 9th. Last year’s donations were huge, and we hope to equal (or perhaps even better!) with this year’s campaign. There will be a drop-off box located in the main foyer by the front door, and bagged contributions are welcome any time during these two weeks.  Donations are welcome from all school communities.

 

School Movie Nights

This fall, many of you asked questions about school movie nights and what restrictions apply. The OCDSB has a license agreement (license option B) which allows all schools and/or school councils to screen legally obtained commercially available feature length films.  This means that you can host a movie night in your school outside of regular school hours, as a school related fundraiser, and for audiences including students, parents, siblings and family members.  The license is withAudio Cine Films and you can learn more on their website.

 

Inclement Weather Reminder 

While there might be a reprieve early next week, it seems that snow and colder temperatures are going to be with us for a while.  Please use extra caution and slow down in school parking lots or pick up and drop off areas.  Also, a reminder to parents to ensure that students are dressed appropriately for outdoor play.  The OCDSB has a procedure regarding extreme weather conditions and we monitor the forecast issued by Environment Canada.

 

Changes to School Start Times

The start times at a number of schools in the district may change effective September 2015. These changes are commonly referred to as “Bell time’ changes and are the result of a review of transportation services.  Over the past year, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) has conducted a system-wide review of bell times.  The purpose of the review is to align the bell times in such a way that school bus service can be better managed.  The “bell time” changes are divided into 2 categories; changes of 10 minutes or less and changes of 11 minutes or more.  The main difference between the two categories is decision-making process.  OSTA has the authority to make decisions about changes of 10 minutes or less.  School Boards are responsible for making changes of 11 minutes or more.  Read more about what changes have been approved, what changes are recommended and how you can provide feedback on the proposed changes.

 

School Council Finances

By now, most of you will have your new school councils in place. A challenge for every council is the continuity of operations as old members leave and new ones join. This is particularly true for school council treasurer’s who need to get financial records from the previous treasurer.  The treasurer performs a key role on school council. The recent presentation on finances at the School Council Training Day has excellent information for treasurers.  A resource guide will be coming soon- stay tuned! In the interim, all school councils should ensure that:

  • Ensure that the list of authorized signing officers for school council transactions is updated.
  • All cheques are signed by two authorized signing officers.
  • A monthly financial report is presented at school council meetings;
  • Proper year-end reports are completed each year and filed with the Council and the District.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Michele

 

Michele Giroux
Executive Officer, Corporate Services
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
613-596-8211 ext. 8607
michele.giroux@ocdsb.ca

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Grade 8 Grad Committee Meeting, Dec 4th at 7pm

Sent on behalf of the Grade 8 Graduation Committee

It is time to start planning and fundraising for the Grade 8 graduation trip and ceremony in June.  There will be a meeting for all interested parents on Thursday, December 4th at 7pm in the school library.  If you would like to get involved, but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Sue Grant at suzig@magma.ca

Thank you.

 

Parent Council Meeting Reminder: Wed, Dec 3

Hello Huntley Parents and Guardians!

This is a reminder of our monthly parent council meeting coming up next week, on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7pm in the Huntley Centennial library.  If you are looking for a way to help out at school or would like to volunteer a few hours of your time or your ideas by joining a committee (Christmas Bazaar, Grade 8 grad, Arts Festival, Playstructure Fundraising just to name a few) please consider joining us.  Or if you are just interested in finding out what is happening at the school, this is the place to find out.  All are welcome.

Thank you!

HCPS Parent Council

 

 

 

School Council Newsletter, November 21

 

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School Council Newsletter
 
November 21, 2014

WHAT’S NEW


A few minor technical issues delayed the sending of the newsletter this week.  Yesterday was a professional development day in both elementary and secondary schools. Hopefully, many of you  were meeting elementary teachers at parent-teacher interviews. In our secondary schools, staff was engaged in discussions about numeracy and school learning plans.
 Last week I mentioned an event we hosted at City Hall on November13th.  Take a look at this wonderful video that was produced from our 1st Aboriginal Community Feast.   
 
Director’s Update
The Director’s webpage has been updated.  Take a minute to read the Director’s comments about our upcoming strategic planning consultation, her message of appreciation to outgoing trustees and her welcome to the new Board.

Every School_Every Voice

The Director’s webpage introduces our upcoming strategic planning consultation called Every School_Every Voice.  Beginning December 1st, the OCDSB will be inviting all parents/guardians, students in grades 8-12, employees, community partners and the general public to provide input into the development of our next strategic plan.  The consultation will be done using an on-line process called Thoughtexchange.  It’s a three stage process and everyone is welcome to participate.  Read more and watch for additional details in the next week.

School Movie Nights

This fall, many of you asked questions about school movie nights and what restrictions apply. The OCDSB has a license agreement (license option B) which allows all schools and/or school councils to screen legally obtained commercially available feature length films.  This means that you can host a movie night in your school outside of regular school hours, as a school related fundraiser, and for audiences including students, parents, siblings and family members.  The license is with Audio Cine Films and you can learn more on their website.

Inclement Weather Reminder

While there might be a reprieve early next week, it seems that snow and colder temperatures are going to be with us for a while.  Please use extra caution and slow down in school parking lots or pick up and drop off areas.  Also, a reminder to parents to ensure that students are dressed appropriately for outdoor play.  The OCDSB has a procedure regarding extreme weather conditions and we monitor the forecast issued by Environment Canada.  

 

The 10th Annual Rainbow Youth Forum – Thursday, November 27th

The Rainbow Youth Forum is an annual high school conference where students and staff celebrate diversity and enhance their knowledge and awareness of issues related to gender identity, sexual orientation and gender expression, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in order to encourage safer and more inclusive school environments.  The Rainbow Youth Forum is held in collaboration between the OCDSB and the Rainbow Service Provider’s Network, which is a network of community agencies who promote inclusive services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning (LGBTTQQ+) youth.  There are some excellent resources to support this work available from the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Math Facts

Take a look at this parent guide called Doing Mathematics with Your Child for students in kindergarten through to grade 6.  It’s filled with fun activities and ideas about how you can support your child’s learning.

BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Meetings that Matter….

Board and Committee of the Whole Meetings

The last meeting of this term of office for the Board of Trustees will be held on November 25th. Read the agenda.

Please join us to celebrate the incredible contribution of our current Board at this last meeting of the their term.  On November 25th at 7:00p.m. there will presentation in the Board Room at 133 Greenbank, followed by an Appreciation Reception.  On December 1st, we will welcome in the newly elected Board at a Swearing In Ceremony and Welcome Reception – at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.

Other Committee Meetings:
Advisory Committee on the Arts – November 24th 7:00 p.m.
Audit Committee – November 24th 7:30 p.m.
Special Education Advisory Committee – November 26th 7:00 p.m.
Trades & Technology Steering Committee – November 27th 9:00 a.m.
Advisory Committee on Equity – November 27th 5:00 p.m

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

Places to Go…Things to Remember

NEW EVENTS

Snowsuit Drive – Schools Helping Schools – Huntley Centennial – November 24 – December 5

The students in the Leadership Council at Huntley Centennial are having a “snowsuit” drive the 2 weeks beginning November 24th – December 5th. The students will be collecting any CLEAN or NEW winter clothing items such as hats, scarves, mitts, snowsuits, boots, etc. and delivering the articles to R.E. Wilson Public School the week of December 9th. Last year’s donations were huge, and we hope to equal (or perhaps even better!) with this year’s campaign. There will be a drop-off box located in the main foyer by the front door, and bagged contributions are welcome any time during these two weeks.  Donations are welcome from all school communities.

Manordale Family School Council Event- Eco-Fair 2014

A Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant Initiative – this is a free evening for parents with their children to come and share environmentally-friendly ideas including everything from litter-less lunches to energy conservation tips offered by Hydro Ottawa. A Recycling Depot will be operating during the evening – where you can turn in old batteries, unused or old cell phones and charges; printer ink cartridges; eye glasses; and milk bags to name a few. The proud Eco -School is hoping to encourage families to reduce, reuse and recycle at home and at work.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Manordale Public School

Healthy Food for Schools – Berrigan ES – November 25th 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff will be speaking at Berrigan Elementary School on November 25th at 7:00pm. Dr Freedhoff will be joined by dietetics experts from Ottawa Public Health to discuss what foods to feed elementary school aged children, with a focus on healthy, nut free school lunches.  Topics will include why nutrition is so important for our children, barriers we face as parents to feed our families well and the role the school environment plays in our children’s wellness.
Dr Freedhoff will speak at 7:00pm, followed by Jamie Hurst and Nadine Hodgins. Doors open at 6:30pm. Families are welcome to come and talk to Pamela from Terra20 about litterless lunches and view the displays. Older children are encouraged to listen to the speakers. Babysitting is available for younger children.
Please RSVP at bit.ly/besfood

 

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Seconday School Toy Mountain

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School’s official launch of their 2014 Toy Mountain Campaign will take place at the school on Monday, November 24 at 10:45 a.m. in the Rotunda with the lighting of the Christmas tree. The school is located 1515 Tenth Line Road, Orleans. Grade 11 music students will perform a medley of tunes. The Toy Mountain Campaign brings joy to many children and their families but it also brings a sense of community to the school. Donations are welcome!

REMINDERS

Rockcliffe Park Public School – Speaker Event – Dr. Maggie Mamen – November 26th 7:00 p.m.

Rockcliffe Park Public School invites parents and teachers to a presentation by renowned psychologist Dr. Maggie Mamen on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. This event is free, thanks to the generous contribution by the Parents Reaching Out Grants. The session description:

When our children are being bombarded with values that are very different from our own, it is often difficult to know how to establish, protect and encourage their sense of self in an ever-changing, challenging and sometimes even unsafe world. This presentation examines ways that parents can provide a family environment that supports the development of resilience and healthy self-esteem.

When: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Rockcliffe Park Public School Library

For more information, please contact caroline@lectern.ca.

Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School Parent Council Fundraiser – Bag2School – November 22nd-23rd

The LDHSS Parent Council will be running a fundraiser in partnership with Bag2School. Bag2School raises money for fundraising projects; helps the environment by reducing landfill waste while promoting the 3 R’s, especially Re-use and; supports affordable second-hand clothing markets, in both North America and abroad.

When: Saturday November 22nd (10AM – 4PM) and Sunday November 23rd (10AM – 3PM)

John McCrae – STRUT FASHION SHOW – November 27 – 7:00pm

The STRUT fashion show was launched in the Fall of 2012 featuring the students of John McCrae Secondary School. The annual event showcases the students commitment to diversity, acceptance and the youth voice through fashion. Tickets are available through the school.

Changes to School Start Times

The start times at a number of schools in the district may change effective September 2015. These changes are commonly referred to as “Bell time’ changes and are the result of a review of transportation services.  Over the past year, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) has conducted a system-wide review of bell times.  The purpose of the review is to align the bell times in such a way that school bus service can be better managed.  The “bell time” changes are divided into 2 categories; changes of 10 minutes or less and changes of 11 minutes or more.  The main difference between the two categories is decision-making process.  OSTA has the authority to make decisions about changes of 10 minutes or less.  School Boards are responsible for making changes of 11 minutes or more.  Read more about what changes have been approved, what changes are recommended and how you can provide feedback on the proposed changes.

Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities – Free Webinar – November 25th  

For secondary students with learning disabilities (LDs), planning for the transition to post-secondary is an important and multi-faceted process. This free webinar hosted by the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario will explore the various components of, and considerations for, the transition planning process and will cover a variety of topics, including a review of key Ministry documents, the roles of the Individual Education Plan and the Individual Transition Plan.  The next section of the webinar will address: Transition pathways – further education, employment, community life; core skills required for accessing each pathway; assumed level of independence for pathways (self-advocacy, student involvement); individualized pathway planning; the role of the Transition Advisory Committee; and existing community supports. The Presenter is Ryan Machete, Transitions Facilitator for the Peel District School Board (PDSB). Register in advance.

Free Webinar: Transition Planning and Pathways for Students Transitioning to Post-Secondary: The Importance of Planning with the End in Mind – November 25 –  3:30PM – 4:45PM

Canada Homestay Network (CHN) – Information Sessions

The OCDSB has been welcoming international students into its schools as part of its successful International Student Program for close to 15 years. During their stay in Ottawa, international students live with local families, developing friendships that for years. Students and families alike have benefited from the experience.  Host families who welcome international students into their home grow their understanding of the world and its peoples; make life-long friendships; get to share the beauty of their home and community and ensure their local economy benefits from the booming international education industry.

Interested? The CHN will be hosting information sessions this month at the following schools.

  • D. A. Moodie Intermediate School – Nov 26th – 7pm
  • W. Erskine Johnston Public School Nov 26th – 7pm
  • Sawmill Creek Elementary School Nov 27th – 7pm

School Ground Greening Workshops

Join us for a free series of inspiring workshops designed to help you plan a successful and sustainable school ground greening project. Workshops are open to all Ottawa schools and daycares that want to engage their students in creating healthy, stimulating play and learning spaces. Teachers, administrators, parents, custodians, students and community volunteers are all welcome. All workshops run from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and are held at Immaculata High School, 140 Main St, Ottawa, ON K1S 5P4.  REGISTRATION: Email your name, school and contact details to Andrew Harvey, OCSB@evergreen.ca. For more information, call Andrew Harvey, Evergreen School Ground Design Consultant at 613-894-2540. These workshops are co-presented with OCDSB School Ground Design Consultant, Jeff Kaster.

Colonel By Secondary School International Baccalaureate Program

Do you have a student looking for an intellectually rigorous, pre-university course of study that is recognized world-wide? Many of Colonel By’s International Baccalaureate graduates are top candidates for scholarships both nationally and internationally. Our students often qualify for university credits and advanced standing. Find out more at our Open House and begin preparing for a successful post-secondary future.

When: Wednesday, November 26, at 7:00 p.m. or Thursday, November 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Colonel By Secondary School, 2381 Ogilvie Road

 

Visit www.ibcb.ca for complete program and application information, and to register for one of the Open House dates.

 

Playgrounds and Play Structures

As part of the 2014-2015 budget, the Board approved increased funding to assist school communities in developing their school grounds or installing or replacing their play structures. 

In the past most schools applied for funds from the City of Ottawa’s Community Partnership Minor Capital Program up to ($7,500) which were matched by the OCDSB Facilities Department. The Board/Facilities portion has now been raised to up to $25,000, although more funds may be available to help address unique circumstances. The difference in the cost of a project and the funding provided will remain the school community’s responsibility, and may be met through fund raising or sponsorships.

 

More information about the application process, appropriate forms and other supporting details is posted on the School Council section of our website.  You might also be interested in our upcoming workshop on School Greening.

School Council Finances

By now, most of you will have your new school councils in place. A challenge for every council is the continuity of operations as old members leave and new ones join. This is particularly true for school council treasurer’s who need to get financial records from the previous treasurer.  The treasurer performs a key role on school council. The recent presentation on finances at the School Council Training Day has excellent information for treasurers.  A resource guide will be coming soon- stay tuned! In the interim, all school councils should ensure that:

  • Ensure that the list of authorized signing officers for school council transactions is updated.
  • All cheques are signed by two authorized signing officers.
  • A monthly financial report is presented at school council meetings;
  • Proper year-end reports are completed each year and filed with the Council and the District.

School Council Insurance

School Councils are required to have insurance coverage for events and activities not under the control of the school principal.  Historically, councils have been encouraged to buy insurance for such situations.  This year, as part of the District’s risk management strategy, the District will again be providing and paying for the School Council’s liability coverage for the policy period 1 November 2014 to 1 November 2015. The school council $2 million third party liability insurance coverage will be provided through the Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) and confirmation of the coverage will be sent to the school council chairs within the next month.
 

Taking Care – The Importance of Public Health 

With increasing media coverage about public health concerns, we often get questions about what plans are in place in schools. The OCDSB has a strong working partnership with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and we keep in regular contact. As public health professionals, we follow their advice and advisories when developing plans for schools. The OPH website has a wealth of information that you might find useful.  Learn more about the current flu clinic schedule  for the City of Ottawa; develop your understanding of the Ebola virus; or read the resource material they have about dealing with stressful events.

Get outside and enjoy the snow!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Michele

Michele Giroux
Executive Officer, Corporate Services
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
613-596-8211 ext. 8607
michele.giroux@ocdsb.ca
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