School Council Updates

School councils have been very busy planning some exciting events. Be sure to take a look at the list of events and activities at the bottom of this newsletter.  You folks have some amazing things planned!
Naming process for our New Schools
The OCDSB will be opening three new schools in September 2016! The process for selecting names for our new schools has begun! Community members from across the district are invited to submit a name for the new school for consideration. Selection of the names for all new schools will be made as follows:
1) in honour of a famous Canadian event, achievement, or individual; or
2) in recognition of an individual for outstanding lifetime contribution to the
educational community; or
3) in recognition of a local historical contribution by a resident or family; or
4) the street, road, major thoroughfare or geographical feature on which, or
near to where, the school is located; or
5) the village, town, subdivision or community in which the school is located.

Submissions will be accepted until Friday, May 6th. Then watch for voting on the top names fromMay 10 – 17, 2016.

Submit a name for consideration here.
Submit a name for consideration here.
Submit a name for consideration here.
Director’s Blog – Secondary School Review Update
Check out the Director’s blog for information about the Secondary School Review.  There are two more discussion forums that will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on:
  • April 27th at Hillcrest High School
  • May 5th at AY Jackson Secondary School
In addition, we will be holding a Google Hangout (online discussion forum) on April 28th at 3:30 p.m.  Click here to bookmark the link in advance. Register online here. Learn more on our website.
We welcome feedback from all parents, students, staff, community members, and the general public. While the focus is primarily secondary schools, 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.
Ministry Announcement – HPV Vaccine
Today, it was announced that Ontario is expanding its publicly funded immunization program to help protect youth from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection and related cancers. Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, Ontario will offer the cancer-fighting HPV vaccine to all boys and girls in Grade 7 as part of its routine school-based HPV immunization program.
If you have a son or daughter entering Grade 7 in September 2016, they will be offered the vaccine through school-based clinics run by the local public health unitDownload the fact sheet for parents. [PDF]   Learn more here.
REMINDERS:
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.
Summer Language Camps
Enhance your child’s language skills this summer! Ottawa Carleton District School Board is offering “LES AMIS” (French Camp) and “LOS AMIGOS” (Spanish Camp) at Hopewell Avenue PS, 17 Hopewell Ave. Ottawa. Camps will also be offered in Greek, Japanese and Serbian languages if there is enough interest. A variety of indoor and outdoor activities are offered in a friendly atmosphere, and are coordinated by competent and energetic camp counselors. More information here.

NEXT SPEAKER SERIES – May 5th 

Mark your calendar for our next Speaker Series on supporting shyness and anxiety in children with Robert Coplan from Carleton University. Watch this video of Robert Coplan.
Math Facts
Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math
Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math is a tool kit for parents developed by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE). This toolkit was created specifically for parents of children in the elementary grades in Ontario (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8). The toolkit emphasizes the many ways in which parents’ help and support plays an important role in inspiring their children to learn and love mathematics. The goal of this resource is to provide parents with the most significant research-based information to help them be the best, most knowledgeable and most confident supporters for their child’s mathematics education.Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math provides modules with simple, but effective methods and materials for parents to support their child’s math learning. It shows parents how to get involved in their children’s learning, and offers guidance for working with students of different ages. This Parent Tool Kit was developed by experts in mathematics education, with input and advice from parents and students. When families and educators join together, students of all ages can experience greater success in their learning.
Parents and educators alike can use the Implementation Guide to host a parent engagement session, and give parents in their school communities information they need to help their children navigate the K-8 mathematics program.The complete tool kit is available here.
Your Child’s Education – Tips for Parents
Learning starts at home. You can support your child’s lifelong learning through reading. Reading, in any language and at any age, is one of the best ways to ensure student success at school. Learn more here.
SCHOOL COUNCIL BUSINESS
School council members make amazing contributions to our schools.  Why not consider nominating someone from your school community for one of our Community Recognition Awards? Nominations must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday May 4, 2016. Nominate someone today in one of these categories:
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.
Training Sessions – As in years past the Ministry will be conducting teleconferences for school council chairs and principals to support parent reaching out grant applications. You are encouraged to provide the following information to any or all of your schools and school councils. Here are the proposed times and the teleconference details:
Dates:
Tuesday May 3, 2016 – 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday May 5, 2016 – 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Teleconference Number: 1-866-633-0848
Participant Code: 2675234#                      

BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Meetings that Matter….
The next Board Meeting is scheduled to April 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the boardroom. Topics include:
The full agenda is posted on our website here.
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 May 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom.
Upcoming Committee Meetings: 
Boardroom Highlights can be found here.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

Places to Go…Things to Remember

NEW
Castor Valley Elementary School (CVES) Speaker Series
Mental Health Promotion – Thursday April 28th 6:30 p.m-7:30pm

The MindMasters series are mental health promotion resources developed by CHEO that help children to master emotional regulation through relaxation, positive thinking and mindfulness-based techniques. Join us as we follow the guidebook; learn about additional resources (printable templates), accompanying media (audio tracks videos, songs) and a walk through of the Interactive app for iOS.

How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online – Thursday May 5th 6:30 p.m.-7:30p.m
While the Internet can be a valuable social and educational tool, children’s online safety depends on parents/guardians taking a proactive approach to help protect their children. Join guest speaker, Michael Davie, parent, Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) for a presentation that will share steps that anyone can take to increase their family’s online safety. Learn how to:
– Leverage the tools that you already have
– Set and enforce limits with technology, and
– Talk to your kids about online safety.
Castor Valley Elementary School is located at 2630 Grey’s Creek Road, Greely, ON. Free babysitting will be offered on-site. To register or for more information please contact castorvalleycouncil@gmail.com
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.
REMINDERS:
School Anniversary Celebrations
Calling all former staff and alumni. Meet your former classmates, colleagues, view memorabilia, tour the school or enjoy student performances:
  • Broadview Avenue Public School celebrates 100 years of education this spring. See Arts Alive: The Centennial Edition on Thursday April 28th. Broadview Alumni and community are invited to the exhibition 12:30 p.m. – 2:00p.m. and current Broadview families 6:30 p,m. – 8:15 p.m.

    Bayshore Public School celebrated it’s 50th anniversary on Friday May 6th at 5:00 p.m. and May 7th at 2:00 p.m.

  • Sir Winston Churchill Public celebrates 50 years on Friday, May 6th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Regina Street Public School celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, June 18th at 2:00 p.m.
Mental Wellness—Creating emotional connections to improve our relationships with our youth – April 25th 7:00 p.m.
Parent Information Evening hosted by Glebe Collegiate Institute with Dr. Mario Cappelli, Clinical Psychologist Director of Psychiatry & Mental Health Research, CHEO/Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Ottawa. While an RSVP is not required, an email to samanthaelapata@gmail.com  indicating your interest would be appreciated in order to plan for space. All are welcome.

Emily Carr Middle School Council – Surviving Stress: Moving from Tense to Chill and Understanding Adolescent Stress – April 28th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Emily Carr Middle School Council was successful in obtaining a $1000 PRO Grant from the Ministry of Education for 2015-2016.  We are holding an evening with Dr. Caroline Sullivan, Clinical Psychologist, Teaching Professor, University of Ottawa and Child Adolescent and Family Center of Ottawa (CAFCO) on Thursday April 28th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.. The presentation is called “Moving From Tense to Chill” and is about understanding Adolescent Stress and Anxiety, for parents. Registration is required as space is limited. Register by e-mail to erikleicht1@gmail.com. Refreshments will be provided
LDH School Council presents ” Substance Abuse in Youth – Not my Child!” – APRIL 28th – 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Identifying risks, reducing harm and promoting resilience. In a 2015 Ontario study it was found that 70% of youth drink alcohol, 30% report drinking high caffeine drinks, 25% report having used marijuana and almost 10% had used pain medication not prescribed to them. Register here.
2nd Annual Afternoon Tea with the Princesses in Support of Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education – April 30th
You are cordially invited to a SPECIAL FUNDRAISER EVENT: 2nd Annual Afternoon Tea with Princesses at Fisher Park / Summit School. Enjoy tea, lemonade and cookies while you are visited by the Princesses. There are two sittings: 1:00- 2:00pm and 3:00-4:00pm. Proceeds will help build a safety village at Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education. Tickets available here.
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.
Mental Health Symposium – Ridgemont High School May 18th
Ridgemont High School Council is hosting a Mental Health Symposium.  The session will be held from 4:30-6:00 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome. For more information em.ailcmjadayel@yahoo.com
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.
Fifty of Canada¹s top young leaders will be selected to come to the nation¹s capital for a unique opportunity to develop a national strategy for Canada¹s 150th birthday in 2017. The highlight of the event takes place on Parliament Hill where Ambassadors will showcase their ideas for local community events celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday to Members of Parliament and special guests. More information here.
Stay Connected
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School Council Update

It’s a busy time of year in all of our schools with lots of events and activities taking place.  We had a great response to our first two Secondary School Review Discussion Forums.  See below for more information about how to register for the next sessions or how to join our Google Hangout.
If you are looking for something to do this weekend, you might want check out what’s on at Gloucester High School. This year’s annual student musical is “Your’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”.  Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown?  Full details are included in the event listing below, but remember, it runs tonight and tomorrow night with a 7 p.m. start. Tickets are $10.00.
Date with Diversity – April 20th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Another great event is happening this Wednesday when we host a Date with Diversity, Leveraging Community Connections for Student Success & Well-being to be held at Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School, 55 Centrepointe Drive. This is an opportunity to ask colleagues and community guests representing different aspects or dimensions of diversity any questions you may have about their experiences and insights. Together, let’s explore how to foster a more equitable and inclusive culture to support learning, well-being and a sense of belonging for the entire OCDSB community. Follow along on Twitter using #DWD2016!  For more information please email inclusivetimes@ocdsb.ca. To register please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/A_Date_with_Diversity_2016
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.
Summer Language Camps
Enhance your child’s language skills this summer! Ottawa Carleton District School Board is offering “LES AMIS” (French Camp) and “LOS AMIGOS” (Spanish Camp) atHopewell Av. PS, 17 Hopewell Ave. Ottawa. Camps will also be offered in Greek, Japanese and Serbian languages if there is enough interest. A variety of indoor and outdoor activities are offered in a friendly atmosphere, and are coordinated by competent and energetic camp counselors. More informationhere.
OCASC Meeting – April 21st
Those of you interested in the role of the Ontario Ombudsman’s Office may want to attend the OCASC meeting this week. The first half of the meeting (7:00- 8:00 p.m.) will include a presentation from the Ombudsman’s Office about their role, including their new jurisdiction over school boards.  The presentation explains their authority and how they manage complaints and investigations.  It’s an interesting presentation and it will be held at in the Library, 2nd floor, Fisher Park/Summit Alternative School, 250 Holland Avenue.  Everyone is welcome.

NEXT SPEAKER SERIES – May 5th 

Mark your calendar for our next Speaker Series on supporting shyness and anxiety in children with Robert Coplan from Carleton University. Watch this video of Robert Coplan.
 Interested in School Program Delivery?
Secondary School Review Update
Check out the district website for information about the Secondary School Review.  There are two more discussion forums that will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on:
  • April 27th at Hillcrest High School
  • May 5th at AY Jackson Secondary School
In addition, we will be holding a Google Hangout (online discussion forum) on April 28th at 3:30 p.m.  Click here to bookmark the link in advance. Register online here. Learn more on our website.
We welcome feedback from all parents, students, staff, community members, and the general public. While the focus is primarily secondary schools, this would be of interest to elementary parents as well.  You can also submit your feedback electronically.
Math Facts
Interested in finding ways to build strong, positive attitudes about math education? Check out the new Ministry parent guide.
Your Child’s Education – Tips for Parents
The research says, you can help your child reach his or her full potential at school by being actively involved in your child’s learning. Whenever you have a few minutes, ask your child what happened today in the classroom and on the playground. Take a look at our booklet (available in many languages, for more helpful hints – find it on our website.
SCHOOL COUNCIL BUSINESS
School council members make amazing contributions to our schools.  Why not consider nominating someone from your school community for one of our Community Recognition Awards? Nominations must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday May 4, 2016. Nominate someone today in one of these categories:
Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants 2016-2017 – Deadline May 29th
The 2016-17 Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants program will give special consideration  to proposals that promote increased access and awareness of math strategies and resources for parents to support their children’s learning at home and at school. Grants are available to school councils for a maximum of $1,000 for school-based initiatives. The deadline for the 2015-16 PRO grant submissions is Sunday, May 29, 2016. Applications must be submitted online. For more information, please visit the ministry website.

BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Meetings that Matter….
The next Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled to April 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the boardroom. Topics for discussion include the Devonshire Community Public School Renovation Project Update and the Board Member Code of Conduct Policy. The full agenda is posted on our website here.
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 May 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom.
Upcoming Committee Meetings: 
Boardroom Highlights can be found here.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

Places to Go…Things to Remember

NEW
School Anniversary Celebrations
Calling all former staff and alumni. Meet your former classmates, colleagues, view memorabilia, tour the school or enjoy student performances:
  • Regina Street Public School celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, June 18th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Bayshore Public School celebrated it’s 50th anniversary on Friday May 6th at 5:00 p.m. and May 7th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Sir Winston Churchill Public celebrates 50 years on Friday, May 6th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Broadview Avenue Public School celebrates 100 years of education this spring. See Arts Alive: The Centennial Edition on Thursday April 28th. Broadview Alumni and community are invited to the exhibition 12:30 p.m. – 2:00p.m. and current Broadview families 6:30 p,m. – 8:15 p.m.
Woodroffe High School Fundraiser
Woodroffe HS Tigers are raising funds for their “Learning to Serve” Sustainability Trip to Costa Rica as well as raising funds to build a tree nursery in a small region of Costa Rica as part of our forestation and local school environmental education program.  Please drop into Lincoln Heights Ford (Tues Apr. 12-16), do a quick test drive (try a hybrid…no pressure to buy!), fill out a form and Ford donates $20 per test drive! The main event is Saturday, April 16th from 10 -4 pm.
Gloucester High School Presents: “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” April 15th – 16th 6:30 p.m.
GHS is pleased to present our annual school musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” featuring staff, students and members of our school community. The show runs Friday 15 April and Saturday 16 April, 2016. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is at 7:00 p.m.. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students/children and are available at the door. Parking is free and GHS is located on a OC Transpo bus route with a stop right in front of the school. We are located at 2060 Ogilvie Road, Ottawa, ON, K1J-7N8. Running time is approximately 90 minutes with a short intermission. There will be a canteen selling snacks with all proceeds going to our GHS Girls Rugby Program. For more information on our musical or to learn about our amazing school, check our website or call: 613-745-7176.

Emily Carr Middle School Council – Surviving Stress: Moving from Tense to Chill and Understanding Adolescent Stress – April 28th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Emily Carr Middle School Council was successful in obtaining a $1000 PRO Grant from the Ministry of Education for 2015-2016.  We are holding an evening with Dr. Caroline Sullivan, Clinical Psychologist, Teaching Professor, University of Ottawa and Child Adolescent and Family Center of Ottawa (CAFCO) on Thursday April 28th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.. The presentation is called “Moving From Tense to Chill” and is about understanding Adolescent Stress and Anxiety, for parents. Registration is required as space is limited. Register by e-mail to erikleicht1@gmail.com. Refreshments will be provided

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.
LDH School Council presents ” Substance Abuse in Youth – Not my Child!”
APRIL 28th – 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Identifying risks, reducing harm and promoting resilience. In a 2015 Ontario study it was found that 70% of youth drink alcohol, 30% report drinking high caffeine drinks, 25% report having used marijuana and almost 10% had used pain medication not prescribed to them. Register here.

REMINDERS:
Sir Wilfrid Laurier SS – School Council e-Recycling Fundraising Event – April 16-17th
The School Council of Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School is hosting a E-Recycle Fundraising Event at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex April 16-17th. On those days, between 8:00am and 4:00pm, we invite you to drop off all your used electronic devices and used clothing at the school parking lot, located north of the school. All the proceeds that we raise from your generous contributions will be used to support programs and events that benefit the education of our student body. For further information on what you can bring, please check here.
Mental Wellness—Creating emotional connections to improve our relationships with our youth – April 25th 7:00 p.m.
Parent Information Evening hosted by Glebe Collegiate Institute with Dr. Mario Cappelli, Clinical Psychologist Director of Psychiatry & Mental Health Research, CHEO/Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Ottawa
The Glebe Collegiate School Council invites you to join us for a presentation by Dr. Mario Cappelli who has been in practice since 1991 working with children, youth, young adults and their families.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the issues around the mental health of our teens.   Afterwards there will be ample time for your questions. We hope that open discussions can lead to increasing awareness, decreasing stigma when problems are identified, and information about resources for you and your families during these sometimes turbulent years.
While an RSVP is not required, an email to samanthaelapata@gmail.com  indicating your interest would be appreciated in order to plan for space. All are welcome!
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.
2nd Annual Afternoon Tea with the Princesses in Support of Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education – April 30th
You are cordially invited to a SPECIAL FUNDRAISER EVENT: 2nd Annual Afternoon Tea with Princesses at Fisher Park / Summit School. Enjoy tea, lemonade and cookies while you are visited by the Princesses. There are two sittings: 1:00- 2:00pm and 3:00-4:00pm. Proceeds will help build a safety village at Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education. Tickets available 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.
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.
Fifty of Canada¹s top young leaders will be selected to come to the nation¹s capital for a unique opportunity to develop a national strategy for Canada¹s 150th birthday in 2017. In Ottawa, youth can expect a highly dynamic experience learning about Canada beyond their own backyard. They will develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and delve into issues of national importance with leaders from business, government and community. The highlight of the event takes place on Parliament Hill where Ambassadors will showcase their ideas for local community events celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday to Members of Parliament and special guests. More information here.
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

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PD Day on Friday April 15th.

Please note that there is a PD Day on Friday, April 15th.

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School Council Update

This week many parents attended an incredible Speaker Series presentation with DJ Cunningham. The presentation focused on learning styles, how students learn differently, the importance to developing learning strategies,and most importantly – developing resiliency.   DJ is the founder of Learnstyle If you missed the presentation, and want to hear DJ’s fascinating story, you can watch this video.  An important part of his work involves learning how technology combined with strategy can facilitate learning.  Take a look at the resources at Cloudgearlearning – there are excellent frameworks and video tutorials about how to support student learning.  DJ generously offered to share his presentation with us. When it is available, it will be posted to the district website.
NEXT SPEAKER SERIES – May 5th
Mark your calendar for our next Speaker Series on supporting shyness and anxiety in children with Robert Coplan from Carleton University. Watch this video of Robert Coplan.
Date with Diversity – April 20th
Join us for Date with Diversity, Leveraging Community Connections for Student Success & Well-being to be held on April 20, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.at Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School, 55 Centrepointe Drive. This is an opportunity to ask colleagues and community guests representing different aspects or dimensions of diversity any questions you may have about their experiences and insights. Together, let’s explore how to foster a more equitable and inclusive culture to support learning, well-being and a sense of belonging for the entire OCDSB community. Follow along on Twitter using #DWD2016!  For more information please email inclusivetimes@ocdsb.ca.
Interested in School Program Delivery?
Secondary School Review Update
Check out the district website for information about the Secondary School Review.
There will be four discussion forums held across the City. The Forums will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on:
  • April 12th at Gloucester High School
  • April 13th at the Confederation Education Centre
  • April 27th at Hillcrest High School
  • April 28th Google Hangout – online Discussion Forum
  • May 5th at AY Jackson Secondary School
  • Register online here. Learn more on our website.
We welcome feedback from all parents, students, staff, community members, and the general public. While the focus is primarily secondary schools, this would be of interest to elementary parents as well.  You can also submit your feedback electronically.
Math Facts
Ontario Dedicating $60 Million for Renewed Math Strategy
You may have recently heard about Ontario’s renewed math strategy aimed at helping our students, teachers, schools and boards in achieving better math results. Ontario is dedicating more than $60 million to help support students across the province achieve better results in mathematics. Math is a critical requirement for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Starting next September, key elements of the renewed strategy will be introduced including:

  • A minimum of 60 minutes each day of protected learning time for effective mathematics instruction and assessment for students in Grades 1 to 8
  • Up to three math lead teachers in all elementary schools
  • Coaching for principals of select secondary schools to lead improvement in math among their students
  • Support for learning at home through parent resources that provide helpful tips and information on the mathematics curriculum
  • Better access to online math resources and math supports such as Homework Help or SOS Devoirs
  • Math support for Grades 6 to 9 outside of the school day
  • Opportunities for educators to deepen their knowledge in math learning, teaching and leading, including a dedicated math Professional Development Day to further their school improvement efforts.

You can read more about this here.

Interested in finding ways to build strong, positive attitudes about math education? Check out the new Ministry parent guide.

SCHOOL COUNCIL BUSINESS
School council members make amazing contributions to our schools.  Why not consider nominating someone from your school community for one of our Community Recognition Awards? Nominations must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday May 4, 2016. Nominate someone today in one of these categories:
Please mark your calendar for June 8th for our Volunteer Appreciation Reception and Awards presentation.  as we celebrate all our nominees!
Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants 2016-2017 – Deadline May 29th
The 2016-17 Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants program will give special consideration  to proposals that promote increased access and awareness of math strategies and resources for parents to support their children’s learning at home and at school. Grants are available to school councils for a maximum of $1,000 for school-based initiatives. The deadline for the 2015-16 PRO grant submissions is Sunday, May 29, 2016. Applications must be submitted online. For more information, please visit the ministry website.
BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Meetings that Matter….
The next Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled to April 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the boardroom. The full agenda is posted on our website here.
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 May 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom.
Upcoming Committee Meetings: 
4/12/2016 7:00 PM Special Education Advisory Committee
4/13/2016 6:00 PM Parent Involvement Committee
4/14/2016 7:00 PM OCASC Secondary School Committee
4/18/2016 7:00 PM Audit Committee


Boardroom Highlights can be found here.
EVENTS AND REMINDERS 

Places to Go…Things to Remember

NEW
Jack Donohue Public School Presents Dr. Jennifer Karp on
Identifying Anxiety in Your Child and Effective Parenting Strategies to Help Your Child Succeedn- April 13th
Join Dr. Jennifer Karp on Wednesday, April 13th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gym at Jack Donohue Public School, 101 Penrith Street in Kanata. Her presentation on anxiety in children is open to parents/guardians and interested community members. Learn to identify signs of normal versus abnormal anxiety in children and become aware of red flags for anxiety problems. You will understand the steps to take if your child needs help and what Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) can offer as well as ways we can make our children more resilient. For more information, visit the school website.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier SS – School Council e-Recycling Fundraising Event – April 16-17th
The School Council of Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School is hosting a E-Recycle Fundraising Event at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex April 16-17th. On those days, between 8:00am and 4:00pm, we invite you to drop off all your used electronic devices and used clothing at the school parking lot, located north of the school. All the proceeds that we raise from your generous contributions will be used to support programs and events that benefit the education of our student body. For further information on what you can bring, please check here.
Mental Wellness—Creating emotional connections to improve our relationships with our youth – April 25th 7:00 p.m.
Parent Information Evening hosted by Glebe Collegiate Institute
with Dr. Mario Cappelli, Clinical Psychologist
Director of Psychiatry & Mental Health Research,  CHEO
Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Ottawa
The Glebe Collegiate School Council invites you to join us for a presentation by Dr. Mario Cappelli who has been in practice since 1991 working with children, youth, young adults and their families.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the issues around the mental health of our teens.   Afterwards there will be ample time for your questions. We hope that open discussions can lead to increasing awareness, decreasing stigma when problems are identified, and information about resources for you and your families during these sometimes turbulent years.
While an RSVP is not required, an email to samanthaelapata@gmail.com  indicating your interest would be appreciated in order to plan for space. All are welcome!
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.
REMINDERS:
ABC Parent Workshop: Idealism, unhappiness & depression in gifted children By: ABC Ottawa – April 14th 7:00 p.m.
Do you have a gifted or talented child that suffers from anxiety or self-doubt? Are you struggling with the emotional needs of your gifted child? If so, the next ABC Parent workshop will be helpful for you.
The event takes place on Thursday, April 14th, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Room 115 at the City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive. Psychological Service Provider, Jamie Brooks, will discuss the relationship between idealism, unhappiness and depression in individuals with very high level cognition.  Coffee and a small snack will be served. This event is free to attend. Register here.
Merivale High School – Jazz Buffet – Thursday, April 14th
Merivale High School is pleased to host 2016 Jazz Buffet on Thursday, April 14th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.. Music presented by Merivale Jazz Band, South Carleton Jazz Band, Ottawa Junior Jazz Band and Two Beats Ahead. Please join us for a remarkable evening of jazz music and fabulous food!

2nd Annual Afternoon Tea with the Princesses in Support of Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education – April 30th

You are cordially invited to a SPECIAL FUNDRAISER EVENT: 2nd Annual Afternoon Tea with Princesses at Fisher Park / Summit School. Enjoy tea, lemonade and cookies while you are visited by the Princesses. There are two sittings: 1:00- 2:00pm and 3:00-4:00pm. Proceeds will help build a safety village at Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education. Tickets available 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.
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.
Fifty of Canada¹s top young leaders will be selected to come to the nation¹s capital for a unique opportunity to develop a national strategy for Canada¹s 150th birthday in 2017. In Ottawa, youth can expect a highly dynamic experience learning about Canada beyond their own backyard. They will develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and delve into issues of national importance with leaders from business, government and community. The highlight of the event takes place on Parliament Hill where Ambassadors will showcase their ideas for local community events celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday to Members of Parliament and special guests. More information here.
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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Kindergarten Open House at Farley Mowat Public School

Inviting all new JK students for September 2016 to join us for our

Kindergarten Open House

at

Farley Mowat PS

Thursday, May 5, 2016

6:00-7:30 pm

 

We will begin in the Library followed by breakout sessions in the kindergarten classrooms. Your child will have the opportunity to meet our teachers and participate in a variety of play based activities.

We look forward to meeting your child.

If you have any questions please call the school at 613-825-3006

 

 

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Bright Math Camp Flyer

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Date with Diversity

We are excited to share with you information about A Date with Diversity that will take

place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Sir Guy Carleton High School. The theme for the evening is:  Leveraging Community Connections for Student Success & Well-being

 

A Date with Diversity is one of the major initiatives undertaken, by the OCDSB, to expand understanding and knowledge around diversity, equity and inclusive education with a focus on how to value, strengthen and leverage the connections between communities and schools to foster student success and well-being.  To this end, A Date with Diversity provides our employees and other attendees the opportunity to ask colleagues and community guests representing different aspects or dimensions of diversity any questions they may have about their experiences and insights into our ongoing conversation: what are the conditions necessary to foster a more equitable and inclusive culture to support learning, well-being and a sense of belonging for the OCDSB community?

 

A Date with Diversity is presented in partnership with the Human Resources Department, Lead the Way, Inclusive Safe and Caring Programs, the Advisory Committee on Equity, and Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School.

 

Please share this important information with you school community and invite them to register starting April 8th at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/A_Date_with_Diversity_2016

 

If you need additional information, please contact Jacqueline Lawrence at jacqueline.lawrence@ocdsb.ca or 613-596-​8​211, ​ext ​8819.

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