Parent Survey – Coming – June 1 to June 15

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Continuing Educaton Newsletter

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Inernational Language School for the Summer

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Les Amis Camp

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LDHSS and IC Change present a Spring Carnival on May 14th

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Summer Camps

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School Council Updates

Last week was Education Week in Ontario.  I hope you had a chance to attend one of the many events hosted in our schools this week.  It is always so amazing to walk into your child’s school and see all of the artwork, projects and performances on display and to feel the energy that the students and staff bring to the building. It really is a great way for you to connect with your child’s teachers and to connect with your child and learn more about what is going on in their school day. Thanks to those folks who attended the Speaker Series with Dr. Rob Copland this week – what a great session!
Looking forward at the OCDSB….
It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is in sight.  In the weeks ahead, there are some important things happening in our school district that you might want to be aware of:
Budget – on May 10th, staff will present the draft recommended budget for the 2016-2017 school year.  The budget report will be available on Monday and the detailed budget document will be released at the meeting on Tuesday night.   Budgets are important tools to help an organization balance available resources and expectations.  This budget has been prepared with careful consideration and will be the subject of discussion over the next two months as the Board considers options and makes final decisions. You can follow our budget process on our website.
Secondary School Review – consultation on the Secondary School Review is coming to a close next week.  Staff will be reviewing the community feedback before making final recommendations to Committee of the Whole on June 7th. The recommendations will outline changes to the secondary school program delivery framework.
Multi-Year Student Learning and Pupil Accommodation Planning – On May 17th, staff will bring forward a discussion report outlining a multi-year strategy for student learning and pupil accommodation reviews.  Over the course of several years, the school district will review the number of pupil places in our schools in order to right size available pupil space and enrolment. The first report will be scheduled for discussion in May, followed by a report with recommendations in June. Watch for the report next Friday.
Client Service Standards and Complaint Resolution Policy – this year, work has been underway on the development of a policy on client service standards.  This policy will express our commitment to client service and outline the mechanisms available to help clients resolve any outstanding concerns.  A discussion report on this topic will be presented to Committee of the Whole on May 17th. Learn more here.
Future Capital Priorities
In anticipation of an upcoming request for information about capital priorities from the Ministry of Education, staff has prepared a draft report for discussion with Committee of the Whole.  Learn more here.
Volunteer Recognition

Each year the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board recognizes the extraordinary contributions of individuals and groups who volunteer their time and skills to make great things happen in our schools. This year we had a record number of nominations with a grand total of 70 nominations!

The awards will be presented at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception and Community Recognition Awards on June 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Confederation Education Centre – 1645 Woodroffe Ave. (corner of Hunt Club & Woodroffe).
Please mark your calendar for June 8th and join us as we celebrate all our nominees. Advance registration is required and you can register here.
Math Facts
Doing Mathematics with Your Child (Kindergarten to Grade 6)
Today, critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning ability and ability to communicate mathematically are essential skills.  These processes are the foundation of mathematics instruction in Ontario schools. “Doing Mathematics with Your Child” is a guide available for parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 6. This guide offers ways to engage their child in thinking and talking about mathematics around the four strands: number sense and numeration, measurement, patterning and algebra, and data management and probability. Click here to access the guide in English and 13 other languages.
Your Child’s Education – Tips for Parents
Spring is here. Parents can encourage active learning through outdoor play, visiting a museum, attending a special event. Learn more here.
SCHOOL COUNCIL BUSINESS
The OCASC final meeting of the year will be held Thursday May 19 from 7-9pm. The meeting topic is the Secondary School Review, with special guest Superintendent Neil Yorke-Slader. A report on the Secondary School Review and background information is available on our website.
The OCASC AGM immediately follows the meeting. Join us to hear annual reports from the current executive and to elect a new slate of officers for 2016/17.
The Nominations Committee for the AGM is comprised of Paul Warner (Glen Cairn PS), Mark Tymowski (Huntley Centennial PS) and Dale Childs (Elizabeth Park PS). To contact the Committee with any questions or to forward a nomination for yourself or a peer, please emailocasc.agm@gmail.com
Executive positions include:
Chair – Administers the affairs of the assembly and ensure that all policies and actions approved by the general membership are implemented. The chair presides at meetings of the Assembly and prepares the agenda for such meetings with advice from other executive officers and committees. The Chair also represents the views of the Assembly to the Board, the Ministry of Education, the media and elsewhere as required.
Vice Chair (or Co-Chair) – The Vice-Chair (or Co-Chair) fulfills the duties of the Chair when that person is temporarily absent or otherwise unable to perform the duties of the office. The Vice-Chair also performs specific duties assigned by the Chair, or requested by the Executive Committee or the general membership.
Recording Secretary– The recording secretary is responsible for the general correspondence of the Assembly including preparing and distributing minutes of all general meetings and of the executive committee.
Membership Secretary– The membership secretary is responsible for maintaining a current list of member school councils including the names and contact information for school delegates. The Membership Secretary registers the attendance at general meetings, determines quorum and counts the votes.
Treasurer- The treasurer is responsible for the care and custody of the funds and other financial assets of the Assembly and for making payments for all approved expenses incurred by the Assembly. The treasurer maintains books of the accounts that shall be made available for inspection by members at any reasonable time on request. At each AGM, the treasurer presents an account of the finances of the Assembly and a budget for the following fiscal year including any recommendations for change to the annual dues of member councils. The treasurer also maintains a record of dues paid by member school councils.
Communication Officer –  The communication officer prepares communications on behalf of the assembly, to the media and elsewhere as directed by the Executive.  The communications officer may undertake additional tasks such as monitoring the media coverage of education generally at the suggestion of the executive or their own initiative.
The Liaison Officer Positions – Liaison Officer positions typically act as Members at Large,  which  allows an individual to attend and participate in Executive and Assembly meetings and may choose areas of specialization with the agreement of the Executive.
School Council Insurance Coverage – 2015-2016
School council insurance coverage for the 2015-2016 school year is being provided through the Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) and Jones Brown Insurance Brokers.
Bouncy Castles
The District has purchased school council insurance on behalf of all OCDSB school councils. However, if your school council is planning to use a bouncy castle, you must ensure the vendor has liability insurance and that they are Technical Safety Standards Authority (TSSA) certified.  The vendor should be the only persons responsible for installing and running the bouncy castle. Use of Inflatable Structures Like Bouncy Castles – is a high-risk activity and only allowed if the structure is assembled by the company from whom it is being rented; the structure is supervised by the company’s staff; the company installing the structure has sufficient liability insurance and approvals for the structures; and the structure is regulated by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). Only qualified and competent supervisors should be on site when these structures are in place. Parents should not supervise these activities unless they are qualified in these specific activities. Principals and school council representatives are cautioned not to sign any agreement accepting all liability. Dunk tanks should not be used.

Information from OSBIE: Garage Sales and Liability Risk

Spring and Fall is a popular times for schools to hold garage sales. Health Canada has released a memorandum entitled “Facts for Garage Sale Vendors” which clearly states the following: “Everyone holding a garage sale is legally responsible for ensuring that products sold, whether new or used, are safe and meet current safety standards. Damaged articles should be discarded.”
In addition, the Hazardous Products Act places safety requirements on certain products, particularly those intended for use by children – it is against the law to import, sell, give away or lend products that do not meet this Act. Some of the most common products that often appear in garage sales that must meet the Hazardous Products Act include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Baby Gates – certain designs can result in strangulation hazards
  • Baby Walkers (these devices have been illegal to sell in Canada since April 2004)
  • Child Car Seats – seats must meet the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
  • Children’s Jewellery – lead is often used in the decorative paint or the materials used to manufacture inexpensive jewellery.
  • Children’s Sleepwear – loose fitting cotton fabrics may not meet flammability requirements.
  • Baby Cribs – cribs made before September 1986 are illegal to sell under the law.
  • Lawn darts – illegal to sell if they have elongated tips.
  • Playpens, Baby Carriages/Strollers made before 1985
  • Toys – may present choking hazards, sharp protrusions, disrepair – beware of recalled toys
  • Toys or Science kits with magnets – can create intestinal blockage if swallowed
  • Bicycle, rollerblading, equestrian helmets – designed for a single impact and should not be re-sold
  • Hockey Helmets – must comply with CSA standards
  • Clothing containing draw strings – presents a strangulation hazard
  • Blinds/curtains with pull cords – strangulation hazard y Infant bath seats/rings – safety warnings may have been removed
For more information, contact Consumer Product Safety, Health Canada at 1-866-662-0666 or visit their website.
REMINDERS:
Secondary School Review Update
While our discussion forums are now complete we are still seeking feedback from all parents, students, staff, community members, and the general public.The focus is primarily secondary schools, but this would be of interest to elementary parents as well. You can also submit your feedback electronically.
Summer School Programs
The Summer School reach-ahead and make-up programs allow secondary students to earn or recover a credit towards their high school diploma. Online courses are also being offered. Summer Co-op provides students with the opportunity to earn a credit and gain valuable work experience. Grade 7 and 8 students can stay connected and be ready for the next level of language arts and math. Students in Grade 8 have the opportunity to take a secondary school credit in the reach-ahead program. Registration is underway. For more information click here.
Call for Community Representative on the Special Education Advisory Committee – Deadline May 31st
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is seeking to appoint a community representative
who has an interest in issues related to exceptional children to sit on the Board’s Special
Education Advisory Committee. More information can be found here.  If you are interested in serving on the Committee, please use this link to complete the application.
Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants 2016-2017 – Deadline May 29th
How to: A Guide to the Parents Reaching Out Grant
The Parent Involvement Committee has gathered information and resources to assist councils in applying for a PRO Grant for the 2016-2017 school year. The deadline for this year’s PRO Grant application is 29 May 2016.
Each school council is unique and so are their needs for assistance.  Find a variety of information for all councils regardless of their experience with the PRO Grant here.

BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Meetings that Matter….
The next Committee of the Whole Meeting is scheduled to May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the boardroom.
The full agenda is posted on our website here
Budget Committee Meetings 
The Budget Committee will have a presentation of the staff recommended budget for the 2016-2017 school year on May 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom.
Upcoming Committee Meetings: 
 
5/11/2016 6:00 PM Parent Involvement Committee

The meeting will be located at the Parent and Family Literacy Centre at York Street Public School.
5/16/2016 7:00 PM Audit Committee
5/16/2016 7:00 PM Alternative Schools Advisory Committee
5/17/2016 6:30 PM Committee of the Whole (In Camera)
5/17/2016 7:30 PM Committee of the Whole (Public)
5/18/2016 7:00 PM Special Education Advisory Committee
5/19/2016 7:00 PM Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils AGM
Boardroom Highlights can be found here.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

Places to Go…Things to Remember

NEW
Lakeview School’s Annual Mayfair Community & Fundraiser Event on Saturday May 14 – 9:30am to 2:00pm.
Join our school and community in a day of food, fun and entertainment.  This event draws in hundreds from the community to take part in various activities (Bike Parade, Book Sale, Baked Goods, BBQ, Face Painting, Community booths) as well as to enjoy our infamous Lakeview Student Talent Show. Deputy Mayor and Bay Ward Councillor Mark Taylor will be providing opening remarks at Mayfair as well as hosting a public information session on Light Rail Transit/West end Transitway Extension at 11:00am at our event. A full schedule of the event is posted on the “Mayfair” tab of Lakeview Council’s website.
Natureblitz at the OCDSB’s MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre – May 13th-14th
On May 13th and 14th, Nature Canada is hosting a Natureblitz at the OCDSB’s MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre. With the help of local nature experts, the NatureBlitz will feature fun guided walks and nature interpretation throughout the day and after dark. The goal of this public event is to learn about and inventory as many living things as possible in the 24-hour period so we have a better understanding of this site’s rich biodiversity.  MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre is located at 3635 Highway 17 in Cumberland. Limited spaces are available for each activity during the NatureBlitz, so advance registration is required. Register here.
REMINDERS:
Sir Robert Borden High School Council presents – Parenting under Pressure: Calm Down and Other Stuff Not To Say with Dr. Phil Ritchie – May 10th, 2016 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Phil Ritchie is a psychologist who completed his PhD at Queen’s University in 1990. He worked for 17 years at the Ottawa Carleton District School Board where duties included clinical lead of the Tragic Events Response Team. Event starts at 6:30 PM in the Foyer at SRB with displays about our school. Free babysitting is provided. Please call 613 829 5320 to tell us the ages of your children.
Le Phare’s  school council present – Dr. Nadine Thornhill – May 9th 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
On May 9, Dr. Thornhill will provide an overview of the updates in the Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum implemented in 2015, including:
  • The topics covered in the new curriculum through grades K – 8;
  • Talking to your children and teens about sex and sexuality to support their health and well-being;
  • Helping you find the information you need to make the right choices for your family;
  • Healthy relationships in the digital age;
FREE baby-sitting services for all school-aged children will be provided for parents attending Dr. Thornhill’s talk. Please RSVP for babysitting by emailing info@lephareschool.ca. LePhare is also hosting an Open House to celebrate 40 years of public education.  Check the school website for more information about this great event on May 19th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
60 Day Challenge to School Parent Councils across Ottawa Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action
Over the next 60 days leading up to Aboriginal Awareness Week (May 24-27), Aboriginal History Month (June) and National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Pleasant Park School Parent Council is challenging all elementary and secondary School Parent Councils across Ottawa to make an extra effort to increase Indigenous awareness, education and reconciliation activities in their schools and parent communities as part of a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and Calls to Action. Any and all ideas will provide opportunities for collaboration and co-creation processes to enrich the learning as much as possible. We look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions and working together with you to share ideas and projects completed to encourage and learn from one another over the next 60 days and beyond. Learn more here.
Critical Role of Education in Reconciliation – 4th Annual Aboriginal Lecture Series May 25th – Rideau High School
Keynote address by Canada’s 2015 Newsmaker of the Year – the Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair, Former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Learn more here.
Register here.
Avalon Public School – “Celebration” – Saturday, May 28th 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Avalon Public School Parent Council would like to invite the greater community to their annual “Celebration” at Avalon Public School (2080 Portobello Boulevard, Orleans).  This is a Celebration to recognize the successes and accomplishments of Avalon Public School, and the community, have experienced over the past year.  The event will include food, a magician, balloon animals, and games.
Barrhaven Run for Roger’s House – June 11th
Don’t miss out on the most anticipated race in Barrhaven. Join us June 11th as we run or walk to support Roger’s House and the children & families living with a life-limiting illness. Register here.
W.E. Gowling School Council presents the 2nd Annual Song and Story Festival – May 14th 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
GIANT used book sale, BBQ, story telling, workshops for kids, musical guests, costumes, face painting, parades… and so much more!! This event is open to the general public and admission is FREE (donations are more than welcome and food can be purchased at a minimal cost). More information is available here or visit the school council website.
Berrigan ES – Parent Council – 7th Annual Community Garage Sale – Saturday, May 7th 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
It’s that time of year again! BES Parent Council is excited to be organizing our 7th Annual Community Garage Sale. Tables are $30 and going quickly. It is a family friendly event, with over 40 vendors. Last year the event attracted over 1300 people! We have Mother’s Day giveaways, face painting, a Plant Sale, and more. For anyone interested in becoming a vendor, or for more information, please contact us at: besgaragesale@gmail.com. The sale is held indoors, so it’s a rain or shine event. A great way to support both Berrigan ES and our community.
Fairy Godmother – Prom Attire – May 14th
Graduating high school students who are unable to purchase their own prom attire are eligible to attend Fairy Godmother’s Boutique Days. 1 Day Only – Saturday, May 14th 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. You can book a fitting by calling 613.232.PROM or online atinfo@fairygodmotherottawa.com.  More information here.
Woodroffe High School Parent Council – 2nd Annual Tailgate Sale – Saturday, May 14th
The sale runs from 8:00 – 2:00 in the Woodroffe HS parking lot, rain or shine.Last year’s inaugural event drew hundreds of visitors making it a lot of fun and a financial success. We plan to have five food vendors and about 40 Tailgaters. Tailgaters pay $10 for a double parking spot and can sell almost anything, mostly garage sale type stuff. The food vendors include Ad Mare, Angry Dragonz, Mr. Churrito and Plantoons. These vendors draw a crowd of their own.
Ridgemont High School – Multi-cultural Potluck and Mental Health Symposium – May 18th
Please join us at Ridgemont High School for our Multi-cultural Potluck from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and for our Mental Health Symposium 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.. For further information or to register your child for Daycare, please contact cindy at cmjadayel@yahoo.ca by May 4th. For information about the Pot-Luck dinner, contact Bev at beverley.melymick@ocdsb.ca. Please indicate “RHS Event” as the subject in your email.
James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards – Deadline May 31st
The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award recognizes Aboriginal youth for celebrating their cultures through stories. Every year up to six Aboriginal students receive $2,500.
The award is named after the Honourable James Bartleman who Bartleman was the first Aboriginal Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The award was set up as a legacy to his efforts in promoting literacy among Aboriginal youth. Submission Deadline is May 31. Learn more here.
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