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.
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.
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: email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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