OCDSB School Council Newsletter, Oct 24



School Council Newsletter
October 24, 2014


At the end of a very difficult week in our community, it’s fitting that today is United Nations Day – a day to promote unity and peace, and it is also Diwali – the Hindu festival of lights which “signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair”.  

On Wednesday, we moved quickly to secure our schools.  We worked with our community partners, including Ottawa Police Services, the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority to make timely decisions and communicate information to school principals and to parents and community members.  In crisis situations our first and fastest method of communication is through the media – radio, tv and print.  We also use social media, our website, automated voice messaging, e-mail messaging, telephone trees and direct contact with parents. We have received much positive feedback about our communication on Wednesday and we have also heard ideas about how we can improve.  As always, we welcome your feedback. Parents can help by ensuring that the school has up-to-date contact information for you; that includes home, work, and cellular phone numbers, e-mail addresses and a designated emergency contact.


We posted resources for parents to help support your child in stressful situations. This tip sheet has excellent suggestions to help your children and to help you deal with the complex emotions that we experience at times like this.   


Director’s Web Page  – Reflecting on Wednesday’s Events

Read the Director of Education’s reflections on Wednesday’s events.  This summary of the day’s events and how the school district responded was posted to the Director’s webpage on Wednesday evening.

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.

Speaker Series

Mark your calendars for two important upcoming presentations in the next three weeks.  Both presentations are being offered as part of our Speaker Series – free presentations on topics that are important to parents and educators.

Standing Up to Hate – Ending Discrimination and Intolerance – Nov 5th

Dr. Eva Olsson will share her personal story about the Holocaust and being a prisoner in Auschwitz death camps.  It’s an amazing story about perseverance, resilience and hope. This session will be held on November 5th from 7 pm to 9 pm at Sir Robert Borden High School, 133 Greenbank Road. Take a look at this video of Dr.Olsson speaking with high school students.


Developing Social Emotional Skills in Children – Nov 11th

Dr. Oliver John is an expert in understanding personality development.  He will be speaking about children and the ways in which social development of children can affect outcomes. He will also talk about parenting strategies to support the development of social emotional skills in children. Find out more and if you are interested, Dr. John has a personality test that you might want to try. The session will be held at Sir Robert Borden High School from 7 pm to 9 pm.


Finding Your Pathway 2014 (Formerly World of Work)

There will be over 70 presenters in the areas of work, trade, college and apprenticeship on site at the Finding Your Pathway Grade 8 Career Forum on Wednesday, October 29.  The goal is to interact with Grade 8 students as they prepare for their next steps on their educational journey – high school.  Students will also be able to review high school technology initiatives, Focus and Special High Skills Majors programs. The career forum is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29, at the Ernst & Young Centre.   


Math Facts

Math skills are an important aspect of financial literacy.  Take a look at the Ministry of Education’s financial literacy page.  Learn more about the grade 4-8 and/or 9-12 financial literacy curriculum resource guides.  Check out this website for information, quizzes and more – Get Smarter About Money.

Meetings that Matter….

Board and Committee of the Whole Meetings

The next Committee of the Whole Meeting is Monday, November 3rd, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Read the agenda, there are reports about the annual student achievement results, a draft trustee code of conduct, a year 3 status report on progress on our strategic objectives, the new capital planning policy, interim measures regarding school accommodation in Kanata North, and revisions to the audit committee policy and other minor housekeeping policy changes.

SEAC Meeting

This week’s SEAC meeting was rescheduled to October 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.  Read the agenda.

Check out our calendar of meeting dates to see what other meetings are upcoming.

Calling Interested Committee Volunteers

The District is looking for volunteers to serve on the Special Education Advisory committee (SEAC).  More details about the committee, the roles and responsibilities of members and the application process is available on our website.

Boundary Revisions – Consultation Documents and Timelines

We are reviewing school boundaries in several areas of the City, read the overview or the detailed consultation reports for the following areas:

 Mer Bleue Explansion Area (Orleans)
Cardinal Creek New development area (Orleans)
Central Park MFI 4-8 boundary revision
Valley Stream Secondary 9-12 boundary revision
West Carleton MFI 4-8 boundary revision
Riverside South New development areas (south of Armstrong Rd. and east of Limebank Rd.)
J.H. Putman/Broadview 7-8 EFI boundary revision (Carlingwood area only)

We would like your input about possible boundary revisions in schools in these areas. This review process will commence in early October 2014 and be completed by the end of December 2014. It should be noted that proposed changes would not be implement until the 2015-2016 school year at the earliest – and not without your input!

The OCDSB is holding public consultation meetings on October 28th and November 5th and 10th. Learn more about the meetings and read the following two reports – the first describes the seven potential minor attendance boundary revisions in different locations across the District.  The second report outlines a proposal to expand elementary alternative program boundaries (to areas not currently served by the program.


Places to Go…Things to Remember

Pleasant Park Book Sale – October 25th 

The Pleasant Park/Hawthorne Used Book Sale, featuring thousands of affordable books, will once again take over the Pleasant Park Public School gymnasium on Saturday, October 25. Doors open at 9 a.m. and remain open an extra hour this year, until 2 p.m. The school is located at 564 Pleasant Park Road (at Lynda Lane). 


Parent Workshop on Behaviour Management Strategies – October 25th

Behaviour Management Strategies for the Child with Learning Disability and ADHD

Register online or call 613.567.5864

October 25, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where:  Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School Tickets


Colonel By Concert Band Performance – October 28th

The Colonel By Concert Band will perform at Canada’s National Arts Centre as part of “ConneXXions 2014” from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday the 28th of October. 


Hilson Avenue Public School Transforms Into An Art Gallery – October 28th

After months of planning, volunteers will be mounting about 250 large black-and-white portraits on the exterior of Hilson Avenue Public School on October 28th in a moving tribute to the connection between the school and its community. The public exhibit is part of a global art project called “Inside Out” that was launched in 2011 by TED Prize winner and Parisian artist JR. The images on the school will be the faces of the school’s students, as well as teachers, support staff, volunteers and many other people in the community who encourage Hilson students to be the best they can be. The posters will be up between 9:00 a.m. to noon on the 28th. The weather’s effect on the posters will determine how long the installation will last.

Westwind Public School Speaker Event – November 6th 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Dr. Maggie Mamen – Different Folks, Different Strokes:  Understanding and Supporting our Children Through School

This presentation will examine how different personalities and learning styles can impact a child’s experience of school, and will provide some ideas and strategies for encouraging independence, accountability and progress. Dr. Maggie Mamen is an award-winning psychologist and best-selling author who works with children and their families in a multi-disciplinary private practice in Ottawa, Ontario.  Before starting this practice in 1990, she worked at Carleton University, CHEO and the former Carleton Board of Education.  Maggie provides seminars and presentations to groups of parents, teachers and other professionals both nationally and internationally.  She and her husband have three adult children on whom they practiced and three grandchildren who reap the benefits.

RSVP: paula.harris@hotmail.com

Clifford Bowey School Council Chef Night – November 15th

“Chef Night: Savour Autumn” will be held on Saturday, November 15th at 6:00 pm at Clifford Bowey Public School.  The evening will include a cooking demonstration with renowned Chef Justin Scott followed by a three-course dinner and a silent auction.  Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased online. The Silent Auction portion of the event is already up and running online.  Anyone can participate, whether they are attending the event or not.




Parent Guide to Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting (9-12)

We’re excited to share our new Parent Guide to Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting.  The guide will help you better understand assessment, evaluation and reporting and answers some of the most common questions you may have regarding your child’s progress. It also provides you with tips on how to talk with your child and his or her teachers. Hardcopies of the secondary version are in schools now.  The elementary version is coming soon.


Secondary Parents – Scholarship/Bursaries

There are many free resources available to assist you in your search for scholarships, bursaries and awards? Check out our website for more information or talk to your child’s guidance counsellor for more information. Several deadlines are coming up.


Free Online French Homework Help – Bonnes Nouvelles!!!

The OCDSB has partnered with Voilà Learning and dozens of French teachers to provide free online French homework help to your children/students registered in a French program. Students will need access to a computer (at home) and internet. Register, and you will receive an e-mail every Monday and Wednesday at 3:30 letting you know that a French teacher is available online to help your child every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. REGISTER YOUR CHILD WITH VOILA LEARNING TODAY 


Click here for Homework Help in English 


Please Vote in the Municipal Elections – October 28th

Finally, a reminder that Monday is Municipal Election Day in Ontario.  Please make the time to get out and vote for City Council and for School Board Trustee.  

Have a great weekend.


Michele Giroux
Executive Officer, Corporate Services
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
613-596-8211 ext. 8607
Public Education
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