School Council Update

This week elementary students received report cards.  Parents might be interested in taking a look at our Elementary Assessment and Evaluation Guide.  It is a wonderful resource and includes valuable information about what’s changed in assessment and evaluation practice since we were in school.  Secondary students will receive report cards in the coming weeks and secondary parents may want to take a look at our Secondary Assessment and Evaluation Guide.

French Instruction in Kindergarten and Early French Immersion
This week Committee of the Whole considered the recommendations regarding French instruction in JK/SK and grades 1-3 EFI. The following recommendations were made:  
  • Effective September 2016 – French instruction in JK/SK would change to 50% English and 50% French for all kindergarten classes;
  • Part of the new revenue generated by the 50/50 kindergarten model be reinvested in additional suports in the 2 year kindergarten program to assist students with special needs as well as the English Language Learners.
  • Effective September 2016, math instruction in grades 1-3 would shift from French to English
The Board is expected to make its final decision at the Special Board Meeting on February 9th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room at 133 Greenbank Road.  
Speaker Series: Youth Substance Abuse – Support when you need it
Are you concerned about youth and drinking, drugs, and substance abuse? Join us for our next event with the Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services. Find out how the School Based Program provides support to students and and their families. Learn more here.
When: February 25 – 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m
Where: Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School, Cafetorium, 55 Centrepointe Drive
For more information on our upcoming events visit our website.
Labour Relations Update
Tentative local agreements were reached with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation – Professional Student Services Personnel (PSSP) representing Psychologists, Social Workers and Speech Language Pathologists and with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation – Student Support Professionals representing Educational Assistants and Early Childhood Educators. The terms of the agreements will remain confidential until ratified by both parties. Ratification is scheduled to be completed by or before February 12, 2016.

Negotiations with one final OSSTF support staff bargaining unit which represents Adult English as a Second Language Instructors and Childcare workers are ongoing.
New Busing information for New Avalon II
Please check out our website for new busing information for new Avalon II
REMINDERS:
2016 Capital Educators’ Awards – Nominations Close February 26th
All educators who have classroom teaching responsibilities are eligible to be nominated for aCapital Educators™ Award. Anyone can submit a nomination by February 29, 2016 at 4 p.m. The Capital Educators’ Awards recognize the achievements of outstanding educators and celebrates public education in our community – across the entire spectrum from kindergarten to PhD. Award recipients are announced at a gala dinner and ceremony each spring, aptly called EduGala.
Transportation – Bus Delays and Cancellations
A reminder that bus delay and cancellation notices can be found by:
  • Visiting OSTA’s Parent Portal (includes detailed information about delays)
  • Following OSTA on Twitter @OttSchoolBus
  • Subscribing to OSTA’s mailing list to receive email notifications
  • Monitoring local radio and television stations
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Immunization
In January, OPH sent suspension letters to parents if their child’s records are not up-to-date. To avoid school suspensions, parents who received a letter requesting immunization information must contact OPH by phone at 613-580-6744 or submit immunization information online, by fax, by mail or by the ImmunizeCA app.
Parents can visit parentinginottawa.ca/immunization for more details about how to submit their child’s immunization information to Ottawa Public Health. More information is on our website .
2016-2017 Student Transfer Application Period: February 8-19th
Student transfer requests for must be made during the application period for accommodation planning purposes. For more information please read the Student Transfer Parent Guide.
High School Information Nights
To help you make an informed decision when choosing a high school, OCDSB schools host information nights for parents and grade 8 students each year between November and February. Learn everything you need to know about our incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. A detailed list of dates and times is available on our website.
Math Facts
OCDSB Math Resources
Check out our new online resources to support students and parents with Mathematics at home. These resources will help support math learning and engage parents in learning with their child. To access the Online Math Support site:

 
 
SCHOOL COUNCIL BUSINESS
Building School Council Communication
How School Councils can Enhance Communication with Parents and Guardians
  • Plan ahead – provide information to parents well in advance, then send reminders. (Make sure all communication has been reviewed by your principal.)
  • Establish a Standard – Discuss preferred communication methods as a school council, find out what the best method is for your regular communication so people know what to expect.
  • Use Mutiple Mediums -use additional and supporting methods of communication to get your message out – newsletters, e-mail, web posting, Twitter, message board in school, two-sided billboard, bulletin boards, telephone trees, etc.
  • Keep websites informative and current – daily announcements, monthly school and council newsletters, activities in the school, class specific information, homework, etc.
  • Ensure communication between school/council and parents is two-way; use active listening; invite opinions, feedback and comments; survey the community to determine their needs. Make contact information for some council members available to parents.
  • Share ‘Good News’ stories about your school with the parents and with the local community newspaper.
  • Look for opportunities to make contact with the parent community – have a school council information table at events or parent-teacher interviews, open houses, information nights, etc.
  • Invite and encourage the parent community to attend school events, awards, concerts, workshops, that are not targeted specifically at parents.


BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Meetings that Matter….
The next Committee of the Whole Meeting is on February 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the boardroom. There are several important items on the agenda.
There will be a Special Board Meeting on February 9th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom.
The Board is expected to make its final decision on French Instruction in Kindergarten and Primary Early French Immersion.
Budget Committee Meetings 
Budget planning for 2016-2017 is now underway. The Budget Committee will discuss a report on the budget situation and identifies the need for some budget reductions in the coming school year. The next Budget meeting is on February 9, 2016.
Upcoming Committee Meetings: 
Boardroom Highlights can be found here.
EVENTS AND REMINDERS 

Places to Go…Things to Remember

NEW:
Nepean High School Massive Book Sale – February 9-11th
Discover thousands of used-book treasures at Nepean High School next Tues-Thurs evenings (Feb 9 – 11). Fiction, Non-fiction (all subjects), books in English and French — and all priced to move at .50/book (hardcover or softcover). No limit per customer. Cash and carry only please. Doors will be open from 6.00 PM to 8.00 PM every night.

Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School – February 11th

The Intermediate Drama Club is presenting the play, Romeo and Winifred, on Thursday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. This tragic comedy in two and a half acts is set in modern New York City. Two star-crossed lovers from different department stores have fallen in love with each other against the odds, pitting family against family. Family feuds, hot dog fights, and a posse of awesomeness will surely make everyone giggle. If anything, this play is sure to make Shakespeare roll around in his grave. TICKETS are $5.00
Glebe Collegiate Tour’n Taste – February 11th
The school council at Glebe Collegiate is hosting a fundraising event on February 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. called Tour’n Taste.  The evening will include “T” tasting in the gym by Vittoria Trattoria and “T” tours by students and staff as historic characters from the schools past showing off the good and the bad of our beautiful schools past.  We will also have many of the talented musicians & artists from our school bands performing.  Tickets are $30 and are available in the school office or online before the end of day Friday February 5th:
Katimavik Elementary School – Candy Grams
Students are raising funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation this year in a unique Valentines Day activity. Candy Grams will be sold at the school to celebrate the spirit of friendship while raising money for an organization that supports prevention, saving lives and promoting healthy recovery.
Parents of High School Students Interested in Aviation
Find more information here on flight schools in Canada.
Parenting your Anxious Child Seminar hosted by Family Services Ottawa – Wednesday, February 17th 6:30 p.m.
This one night workshop offers an informative and interactive exploration of the challenges and opportunities facing parents of anxious children.  Topics include understanding anxiety, child-friendly strategies to reduce anxiety, coping strategies for parents and where to go for more resources.
“You’re Not the Boss of Me” – Positive Discipline for children Newborn-12 – Mondays beginning February 22nd
Ready to tear your hair out? Tired of repeating yourself and having nothing change? This workshop provides a range of positive discipline tools.  Topics include child development, effective communication, building self-esteem, setting limits and positive discipline techniques. For information and registration, please contact Family Services Ottawa at  613-725-3601 ext. 207.Register online here. Sessions will run 

Mondays from February 22nd – March 28th (March 14 excluded)  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


 
D Roy Kennedy Blanket Exercise – February 25th
D Roy Kennedy is proud to be hosting a Blanket Exercise and all members of the community are welcome to participate. Elder B. Hill (KITIGAN ZIBI) will host the exercise and a talking circle. This interactive narrative developed by KAIROS tells the Indigenous perspective of Canadian history, and helps to explain the histories behind the contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. The event will take place in the school gymnasium starting at 7 p.m. For more information or to reserve a free child care spot during the event, please contact: DRKschoolcouncil@gmail.com or 613-728-5968
Parents of High School Students Interested in Aviation
Find more information here on flight schools in Canada.
REMINDERS:
Family Services Ottawa
Family Services Ottawa provides over 20 parenting courses and seminars each school year. For information on upcoming courses check  here.

Briargreen Public School presents – Maggie Mamen – “Parenting the Pampered Generation” – February 17th 7:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided  Free babysitting available (upon request) Please RSVP to:bgpscouncil@gmail.com. More details here.
7th OCDSB CHESS TOURNAMENT – Thursday, March 10th
Register your school’s teams any time before Friday, March 4th, 2015. Participating schools will be asked to pay a $10 fee for each team entered to cover medals. Contact Marc Lucas at South March P.S. for more information marc.lucas@ocdsb.ca
Stay Connected
OCDSB staff, students and community members can view the District’s website. Keep in touch by following us on Twitter, visiting our Facebook and LinkedIn pages, and watching our videos on YouTube.
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Bus Information

A new link has been added to the links on this website so that you may access the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) website directly for the most up to date information on bus delays and cancellations.

Parents may also:

1. Link directly to OSTA’s parent portal to view delays and cancellations or sign up for email notification. Visit: https://ostabusplanner.ottawaschoolbus.ca/Cancellations.aspx

2. Follow OSTA on Twitter @OttSchoolBus for cancellation notices. Visit: https://twitter.com/OttSchoolBus

3. Subscribe to OSTA’s mailing list to receive an email message in the event of a cancellation. Visit: https://secure.campaigner.com/CSB/Public/Form.aspx?fid=962150

4. Listen to local radio and television outlets for cancellation notices.

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March Break Camp

March Break Coding Camp in Kanata

Students can choose between Minecraft Modding, Mobile Game Making, and Intro to programming.

The week is a mixture of learning and fun activities, like building competitions, and playing on servers.

Even if you’ve never coded before, you can learn to how to. We have hundreds of video lessons, puzzles, and quizzes to teach you. Unlock cool badge and start leveling-up as a coder. Soon you’ll be designing your own games, making a website, or creating custom mods.

 Camps run Monday to Friday from 9AM- 4PM

REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.CODINGCAMP.CA/REGISTRATION

MARCH 14-18

Camp Tuition is $229 plus tax. (Supervised pick up and drop off between 8am and 5pm.)

Spaces are limited. If camps are full, your name can be put on a waiting list.

Camps will be held at the Beaverbrook Centre, 2 Beaverbrook Road, Kanata.

   EMAIL INFO@CODINGCAMP.CA for more information.           

Kanata March Break flyer

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Parenting Courses from Family Services Ottawa

Parenting through HIGH CONFLICT separation and divorce

Tuesdays, Feb. 2 – March 8, 2016

or

Thursdays, Feb. 4 – March 10, 2016

6:30 – 8:30
In this six-week course you’ll learn the skills needed to improve communication and methods to manage upset emotions. You’ll learn how to use non-reactive behaviours with your co-parent and children. You’ll learn positive approaches to parenting that will support your children’s emotional health and you’ll learn about the impact of ongoing conflict on children.

 

Parenting your Anxious Child  SEMINAR

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

6:30 – 8:30

 

This one night workshop offers an informative and interactive exploration of the challenges and opportunities facing parents of anxious children.  Topics include understanding anxiety, child-friendly strategies to reduce anxiety, coping strategies for parents and where to go for more resources.

 

 

You’re not the boss of me… positive discipline for 0-12 year olds

Mondays, Feb. 22 – March 28, 2016 (March 14 excluded)

6:30 – 8:30

 

Ready to tear your hair out? Tired of repeating yourself and having nothing change? This workshop provides a range of positive discipline tools.  Topics include child development, effective communication, building self-esteem, setting limits and positive

discipline techniques.

For information and registration, please contact us at 613-725-3601 ext. 207 or visit us at www.familyservicesottawa.org to register online.

Flyers are attached.

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YNBM 0 to 12 – Feb 2016

PYAC Feb 2016 seminar

 

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This week the Parent Involvement Committee met and welcomed several new members. The Committee elected a new Chair, Carrie Eaton (who previously served as Vice Chair) and our new Vice Chair is Amy Curry – congratulations to Carrie and Amy! On behalf of the Committee, parents, staff and trustees of the OCDSB, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Susan Fullerton, the former Chair of PIC. Susan has done an incredible job as Chair of the Committee for the past 4 years and had reached her term limit as Chair, but will continue as a member of the Committee. All parents are welcome to attend PIC meetings – the next meeting is scheduled for February 10th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Reminder – Monday, February 1st is a new PA Day for Secondary Students (Grade 9-12)

French Instruction in Kindergarten and Early French Immersion

The NEW Staff report can be found here.
The report contains the following recommendations:
Effective September 2016 – the amount of French instruction in JK/SK would change to
50% English and 50% French for all kindergarten classes;
Effective September 2016, math instruction in grades 1-3 would shift from French to English
It is important to note that no decision has been made about changes to the programs at this time.
Recommendations will be considered by the Committee of the Whole on February 2, 2016. The Board is expected to make its final decision at the Special Board Meeting on February 9th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room at 133 Greenbank Road.
Speaker Series: Free Information Sessions for Parents
The OCDSB Speaker Series offers free presentations to the community and seeks to provide parents and educators with access to leading ideas in education that will allow us to work collaboratively to better support student learning.

Next Speaker Series Event: Youth Substance Use – Support When You Need It
When: February 25 – 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m
Where: Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School, Cafetorium, 55 Centrepointe Drive

Are you concerned about youth and drinking, drugs, and substance abuse? Join us for our next event with the Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services. Find out how the School Based Program provides support to students and and their families. Learn more here.

For more information on our upcoming events visit our website.

Labour Relations Update
We are pleased to announce that a tentative local agreement has been reached with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation – Student Support Professionals representing Educational Assistants and Early Childhood Educators and with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation – Educational Support Professionals.. The terms of the agreements will remain confidential until ratified by both parties. Ratification is scheduled to be completed by or before February 12, 2016.

Negotiations with the remaining two OSSTF support staff bargaining units which represent psychologists, social workers and speech language pathologists, Adult ESL Instructors and childcare workers are ongoing.

REMINDERS:
Continuing Education
Check out the Continuing Education Newsletter for January-February 2016.

2016 Capital Educators’ Awards – Nominations Close February 26th
All educators who have classroom teaching responsibilities are eligible to be nominated for a Capital Educators™ Award. Anyone can submit a nomination. Nominations will close on February 29, 2016 at 4 p.m. The Capital Educators’ Awards recognize the achievements of outstanding educators and celebrates public education in our community – across the entire spectrum from kindergarten to PhD. Award recipients are announced at a gala dinner and ceremony each spring, aptly called EduGala.

Transportation – Bus Delays and Cancellations
A reminder that bus delay and cancellation notices can be found by:
Visiting OSTA’s Parent Portal (includes detailed information about delays)
Following OSTA on Twitter @OttSchoolBus
Subscribing to OSTA’s mailing list to receive email notifications
Monitoring local radio and television stations
Ottawa Public Health Immunization
This month OPH sent suspension letters to parents if their child’s records are not up-to-date. To avoid school suspensions, parents who received a letter requesting immunization information must contact OPH by phone at 613-580-6744 or submit immunization information online, by fax, by mail or by the ImmunizeCA app.

Parents can visit parentinginottawa.ca/immunization for more details about how to submit their child’s immunization information to Ottawa Public Health. Suspension letters for OCDSB students will be sent home starting in January 2016. Information has been added to our website and sent home through backpacks as well.

Please note that only those parents that received a letter from Ottawa Public Health in the last month and have not responded need to contact Ottawa Public Health.

2016-2017 Student Transfer Application Period: February 8-19th
Student transfer requests for must be made during the application period for accommodation planning purposes. For more information please read the Student Transfer Parent Guide.

High School Information Nights
To help you make an informed decision when choosing a high school, OCDSB schools host information nights for parents and grade 8 students each year between November and February. Learn everything you need to know about our incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. A detailed list of dates and times is available on our website.

Math Facts
Real World Math Connections – Glen Cairn Public School
The Glen Cairn Public School Math Team was featured in a video recently posted to the Ministry of Education “Edugains” website in the “21st Century Learning” section. The video, called “Real World Math Connections”, provides a glimpse into a grade 7 mathematics class where students are working on an authentic, rich task. It shows how a growth mindset and risk-taking is valued in the classroom and how the school is focused on using math through practical practice. This video will be used to share best practices across the province. Check it out!
SCHOOL COUNCIL BUSINESS

Tip Sheets for School Councils to Help Engage Parents
Did you know that People for Education has several tip sheets and resources for parents on a range of topics. These tip sheets are available from their website and can be downloaded in several languages. Take a few minutes to look at what they have available.

BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Meetings that Matter….

The next Committee of the Whole Meeting is on February 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom. There are several important items on the agenda.

Matters for Action:
French Instruction in Kindergarten and Primary EarlyFrench Immersion
New Findlay Creek Elementary School

Matters for Discussion:
Secondary School Review: Secondary Gifted Information

Budget Committee Meetings

Budget planning for 2016-2017 is now underway. The Budget Committee will discuss a report on the budget process. The report provides an overview of the budget situation and identifies the need for some budget reductions in the coming school year. The next Budget meeting is on February 9, 2016.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

2/3/2016 7:00 PM Advisory Committee for Extended Day and Child Care
2/4/2016 6:30 PM Student Senate
2/9/2016 7:00 PM Special Board Meeting
2/9/2016 8:00 PM Committee of the Whole, Budget
2/10/2016 6:00 PM Parent Involvement Committee
2/11/2016 7:00 PM OCASC Secondary School Committee

Boardroom Highlights can be found here.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS
Places to Go…Things to Remember
Education Foundation of Ottawa – Fundraising Event
The Lads light up the stage at Greenfields Pub in Barrhaven in support of the education Foundation of Ottawa – make sure you get your tickets to see them this Saturday January 30, 2016. Purchase your tickets here. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

100% of proceeds from ticket sales support the Education Foundation’s Students in Crisis emergency fund to help provide food, clothing and other necessities for OCDSB students in need.

Briargreen Public School presents – Maggie Mamen – Parenting the Pampered Generation – February 17th 7:00 p.m.
Wanting our children to feel happy, stimulated, challenged and nurtured is a common goal, and we work hard to meet their needs. Why, then, do these same children from warm, loving environments become demanding, controlling or downright unhappy, and occasionally show significant behavioural and emotional difficulties? This presentation explores ways in which we can recognize potential problem situations so that we can avoid playing a role in perpetuating them, and provides some suggestions for helping children grow into mentally healthy adults. Light refreshments provided Free babysitting available (upon request) Please RSVP to: bgpscouncil@gmail.com. More details here.

Winter Walk Day across Ontario is February 3rd – #winterwalkday
Celebrate Winter Walk Day on February 3rd, it’s the perfect opportunity for parents and children to get outside together and stretch those legs! Walk to school or at school for daily physical activity, a healthier environment, safer streets, making friends and … having fun! Walking is the simplest form of exercise and helps kids get those 60 minutes of daily physical activity they need. It’s also a great cure for those winter blues and helps students concentrate better in class. For more information, contact Wallace Beaton or Jessica Sheridan who can help you find Active andSafe Routes to School at 613.724.2727 or check here.

REMINDERS:
7th OCDSB CHESS TOURNAMENT
Date: Thursday, March 10.
Location: Confederation Ed. Centre (Woodroffe at Hunt Club Rd)
Times: The tournaments will start at 8:30 and will run to 2:15. Play-off bound teams will play until 3:45 p.m.
Teams: This tournament will follow a team format. A team consists of 5 players plus an extra (6 in total). Your school can field up to 3 teams: one for each of the three divisional levels (primary, junior and intermediate.)
Registration: You can register your school’s teams any time before Friday, March 4th, 2015.
Cost: Participating schools will be asked to pay a $10 fee for each team entered to cover medals.
Contact Marc Lucas at South March P.S. for more information marc.lucas@ocdsb.ca

Family Services Ottawa
Family Services Ottawa provides over 20 parenting courses and seminars each school year. For information on upcoming courses check here.

LDAO-C Parent Night
The Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton invites parents to attend their February 04 2016 workshop ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes’ from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at 160 Percy Street (inside the McNabb school library). This is an experiential workshop that is designed to give participants an understanding of what it may feel like to have learning disabilities by engaging in a series of activities and give parents a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at home and at school. Child care is provided at a fee of $5/child. Please RSVP here.
Longfields Davidson Secondary School Students Hunger Sleepover February 5-6, 2016
The LDHSS Hunger Sleepover is a 24 hour famine event, where 100 intermediate students will go without food for 24 hours. Students are doing this to raise both funds and awareness to help improve education locally and globally. In December, intermediate homerooms voted to help build a school in Haiti with the organization Free the Children, and to help kids and teens at Longfields and Ottawa get through difficult times with Kids Help Phone.

Stay Connected
OCDSB staff, students and community members can view the District’s website. Keep in touch by following us on Twitter, visiting our Facebook and LinkedIn pages, and watching our videos on YouTube.
About the Newsletter
We get a lot of feedback about the newsletter and we are always happy to hear from you. Anyone can receive the newsletter. If you are not on our distribution list and would like to be please click
here or email Communications@ocdsb.ca. At this time of year there are many changes on school council, please be sure to notify us about any change of email address.

 

 

 

 

 

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January 29, 2016 · 2:53 pm

School Council Information Update

Our thanks to the hundreds of parents and educators who joined us at the 2016 OCDSB Parent Conference: Bridging Home and School. For those of you who joined us, we hope you found the day to be a positive and engaging day of learning.
A highlight of the day was Dr. Peg Dawson’s keynote presentation. Her book “Smart but Scattered” is the revolutionary ‘executive skills’ approach to helping kids reach their potential.  Dr. Dawson worked with thousands of children who struggle at home and in school. At the centre of their struggles are poor planning and organizational skills. She offers parents tools – an essential ‘how to manual’ to help kids get organized, stay focused and control their impulses. You will find Dr. Dawson’s presentation on our website along with the presentations for the workshops.
For those of you who were unable to attend the session, or for those who did and want to learn more, consider purchasing her book and receive a 20% discount.
website: http://www.guilford.com/ – Promotional code: 2E
Speaker Series: Free Information Sessions for Parents
The OCDSB Speaker Series offers free presentations to the community and seeks to provide parents and educators with access to leading ideas in education that will allow us to work collaboratively to better support student learning. The series is sponsored by the District’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and supported through grant funding from the Ministry of Education.
For more information visit our website.
Continuing Education
Check out the Continuing Education Newsletter for Jan/Feb 2016. We invite you to have a look at what is coming up in our department for the next couple months. It’s totally interactive, so please click anywhere to be linked directly to our website for all of the details.
Labour Relations
We are pleased to announce that a tentative local agreement has been reached with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation – Educational Support Professionals. The terms of the agreement will remain confidential until ratified by both parties.  Ratification is scheduled to be completed by or before February 12, 2016.
Negotiations with three OSSTF support staff bargaining units which represent school office and administrative staff, library and guidance technicians, early childhood educators, educational assistants, psychologists, social workers and speech language pathologists, Adult ESL Instructors and childcare workers are ongoing.
2016 Capital Educators’ Awards
NOMINATIONS Close February 26
All educators who have classroom teaching responsibilities are eligible to be nominated for aCapital Educators™ Award. Anyone can submit a nomination. Nominations will close on February 29, 2016 at 4 p.m. The Capital Educators’ Awards recognize the achievements of outstanding educators and celebrates public education in our community – across the entire spectrum from kindergarten to PhD. Award recipients are announced at a gala dinner and ceremony each spring, aptly called EduGala. Finalists are selected by the participating institutions. A community panel of judges then selects the award recipients. All finalists are invited to attend EduGala, and the Award recipients are announced that evening.
REMINDERS: 
Transportation – Bus Delays and Cancellations
A reminder that bus delay and cancellation notices can be found by:
  • Visiting OSTA’s Parent Portal (includes detailed information about delays)
  • Following OSTA on Twitter @OttSchoolBus
  • Subscribing to OSTA’s mailing list to receive email notifications
  • Monitoring local radio and television stations
Kindergarten Registration – January 25th-29th, 2016
Calling all parents of 3 and 4 year olds…if your child will start kindergarten in September, you will want to attend one of our open houses to learn more about our programs. The official Kindergarten Registration Week for the District is January 25-29th. Open Houses are happening in your neighbourhood elementary schools. Take a look at our schedule and contact your local school for detailed information. You might also want to learn more about our before and after school programs. If you know someone in your community with children who will be entering kindergarten, please share this information with them. Also, we’ve made the registration process easier for you. The registration form is now available as a fillable pdf; fill it out at out and bring the form and required documents to your school.
Ottawa Public Health Immunization
This week OPH will be sending suspension letters to parents if their child’s records are not up-to-date. To avoid school suspensions, parents who received a letter requesting immunization information must contact OPH by phone at 613-580-6744 or submit immunization information online, by fax, by mail or by the ImmunizeCA app.
Parents can visit parentinginottawa.ca/immunization for more details about how to submit their child’s immunization information to Ottawa Public Health. Suspension letters for OCDSB students will be sent home starting in January 2016. Information has been added to our  website and sent home through backpacks as well.
Please note that only those parents that received a letter from Ottawa Public Health in the last month and have not responded need to contact Ottawa Public Health. 
2016-2017 School Year Winter Break Options – Survey
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is in the process of planning the school year calendar for 2016-2017. We want your input on the two options for the timing of the Winter Break. To complete our survey please click here. The survey closes on January 25, 2016.
Exam Dates – January 25-29th
Reminder to all parents that exams are scheduled from January 26-29th. Please check you school website for schedules. February 1st is now a PA day.
This is the time to start discussing exam preparation with your child. there are excellent resources for parents and students on study tips and exam stress. You will find these resources on our website.
2016-2017 Student Transfer Application Period: February 8-19th
Student transfer requests for must be made during the application period for accommodation planning purposes. For more information please read the Student Transfer Parent Guide.
High School Information Nights
To help you make an informed decision when choosing a high school, OCDSB schools host information nights for parents and grade 8 students each year between November and February. Learn everything you need to know about our incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. A detailed list of dates and times is available on our website.
Math Facts
Mathies has been developed by the Ministry to provide support with many topics from the Ontario Curriculum, Kindergarten – Grade 12. The site offers games, learning tools, activities, and additional supports for families and includes a link to “Homework Help” which offers on-line tutoring for grades 7-10.Check it out.
SCHOOL COUNCIL BUSINESS
How do you know if your school council meetings are effective?
Some good indicators of effective meetings are:
  • participants feel the meeting had purpose
  • there is a sense of accomplishment
  • creative ideas, alternatives and solutions were generated
  • different points of view are welcome
  • everyone has an opportunity to contribute to the discussion
  • participants feel respected and valued by others
  • members are committed to the decisions made; and
  • follow-up action is taken.

BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Meetings that Matter….
There are two meetings of interest next week.
The next Board Meeting is on January 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the boardroom.There are several important items on the agenda.
Budget Committee Meetings 
Budget planning for 2016-2017 is now underway. The Budget Committee will discuss a report on the budget process. The report provides an overview of the budget situation and identifies the need for some budget reductions in the coming school year. The next Budget meeting is on February 9, 2016.
Upcoming Committee Meetings: 
1/27/2016 6:00 PM Parent Involvement Committee
1/28/2016 6:00 PM Advisory Committee on Equity
Boardroom Highlights can be found here.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS 

Places to Go…Things to Remember

7th OCDSB CHESS TOURNAMENT
Date:  Thursday, March 10.
Location: Confederation Ed. Centre (Woodroffe at Hunt Club Rd)
Times: The tournaments will start at 8:30 and will run to 2:15.  Play-off bound  teams will play until 3:45 p.m.
Teams: This tournament will follow a team format. A team consists of 5 players plus an extra (6 in total).  Your school can field up to 3 teams: one for each of the three divisional levels (primary, junior and intermediate.)
Registration:  You can register your school’s teams any time before Friday, March 4th, 2015.
Cost: Participating schools will be asked to pay a $10 fee for each team entered to cover medals.
Contact Marc Lucas at South March P.S. for more information marc.lucas@ocdsb.ca
Family Services Ottawa
Family Services Ottawa provides over 20 parenting courses and seminars each school year. For information on upcoming courses check here.
LDAO-C Parent Night
The Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton invites parents to attend their February 04 2016 workshop ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes’ from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at 160 Percy Street (inside the McNabb school library). This is an experiential workshop that is designed to give participants an understanding of what it may feel like to have learning disabilities by engaging in a series of activities and give parents a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at home and at school. Child care is provided at a fee of $5/child. Please RSVPhere.
The School of Information Technology at Carleton University will be hosting half-day portfolio preparation workshops on January 23, and February 6, 2016. There will be discussions on how portfolios are reviewed, what universities are looking for, and how best to present your pieces of work. The second half of the workshop will be a one-on-one Q&A with faculty members who perform the portfolio reviews for admissions
Register here.
Screening of the movie Beyond Measure
Beyond Measure is a feature-length documentary that intertwines the views of renowned people like Sir Ken Robinson and Daniel Pink with inspiring examples of innovative people bringing learning to life for students. The film gives a good taste of how 21st century learning environments look making it a “must see” for parents and educators.
The screening will be held Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at St. Paul University Amphitheater, 223 Main Street, Ottawa. Doors open with exhibits at 6:30 pm. The screening begins at 7:15 pm. For more information on how to get tickets and to view the trailer, visit the OPERI website.
Black History Month Launch & Opening Ceremony
An afternoon of inspiration and entertainment reflecting the theme “Our Canadian Story: Celebrating Our Maritime Roots”, to highlight the many contributions and achievements of Black Maritimers, as well as to promote the role of Black Maritime history in the overall Black experience in Canada.
Saturday, January 30, 2016 – 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Saint Paul University, main auditorium, 223 Main St
Children’s Stories in the Diaspora
Listen to readers from the black community share children’s stories written by black authors from the diaspora.
Sunday, February 7, 2016 – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Ottawa Public Library, Nepean Centrepointe Branch, Children’s Program Room 101 Centrepointe Drive
REMINDERS:
The current recommendations propose the following changes:
  • Effective September 2016 – the amount of French instruction in JK/SK would change to 50% English and 50% French for all kindergarten classes;
  • Effective September 2016, math instruction in grades 1-3 would shift from French to English (recommended changes #1 and #2); and
  • Effective September 2018 – English would be introduced as a subject in the Early French Immersion program (recommended change #3).
It is important to note that no decision has been made about changes to the programs at this time. Recommendations will be considered by the Committee of the Whole on February 2, 2016.
Longfields Davidson Secondary School Students Hunger Sleepover February 5-6, 2016

The LDHSS Hunger Sleepover is a 24 hour famine event, where 100 intermediate students will go without food for 24 hours.
Students are doing this to raise both funds and awareness to help improve education locally and globally. In December, intermediate homerooms voted to help build a school in Haiti with the organization Free the Children, and to help kids and teens at Longfields and Ottawa get through difficult times with Kids Help Phone.
MASC

MASC is pleased to present “Your Story: MASC’s Teen Authors and Illustrators’ Conference” on Thursday February 11th.  100 students in grades 9 through 12/ with a special interest in writing and illustration are invited to register for one full day of workshops led by a stellar lineup of professional artists. Artists include Tim Wynne-Jones, Caroline Pignat, Allison van Diepen, Moe Clark and Graham Ross.
The Deadline for registration has been extended to January 29, 2016.  Please visit the MASC website at www.masconline.ca for further information about the conference, including bios of this year’s presenters as well as photos and testimonials from last years conference. Students may register on-line registration or by downloading a registration form here.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch; you may contact me at wendyhartley@masconline.ca
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Family Services Ottawa

Family Services Ottawa provides over 20 parenting courses and seminars each school year. For information on upcoming courses please read the flyers.

Workshop Descriptions 2

Effective Parenting Jan 2016

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Just For Dads- N&B Feb 2016

Course Catalogue 2015-16

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