2022-2023 Parent Updates

January 27, 2023 - Black History Month at the OCDSB, Weekly Update from Ottawa Public Health, and more.
01/27/2023
Dear Families, Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which honours and remembers the over six million Jews murdered and countless other victims of the Holocaust. At the OCDSB, it is our obligation to educate, prevent, challenge and address antisemitism in all its forms. Educating students about the Holocaust, equipping staff members with helpful resources and lessons, and sharing additional information with families is an important part of this responsibility.
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January 20, 2023 - Nominations Open for the 2023 OTIP Teaching Awards, Weekly Update from Ottawa Public Health, and more.
01/20/2023
Dear Families, Today, January 20th, is an elementary Professional Activity Day. Secondary schools have a regular day of learning. As secondary schools move towards the end of the semester, students are engaged in exams. Please watch for communication from your child’s school for more information.
Read More about January 20, 2023 - Nominations Open for the 2023 OTIP Teaching Awards, Weekly Update from Ottawa Public Health, and more.
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January 13, 2023 - It’s Time to Register for Kindergarten!, A Reminder about Post Secondary Scholarships, Upcoming Events, and more.
01/13/2023
Dear Families, This week, the OCDSB opened a new school. Congratulations to the staff and families of Shingwàkons Public School who managed a mid-year move to the new building in the Fernbank community in Stittsville. It’s great to be part of a growing school district - this is one of five new school construction projects underway. The other elementary schools are in Half Moon Bay, Findlay Creek, and two new high schools are planned, one in Stittsville and one in Riverside South.
Read More about January 13, 2023 - It’s Time to Register for Kindergarten!, A Reminder about Post Secondary Scholarships, Upcoming Events, and more.
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January 6, 2022 - Best Wishes for 2023!, 2023-2027 Strategic Plan Planning Process: Share Your Story! , and more
01/06/2023
Dear OCDSB Families, I hope you had a nice Winter Break. On behalf of everyone at the school district, I wish you a very Happy New Year. The start of a new calendar year is often a time for reflection, renewal and new beginnings.
Read More about January 6, 2022 - Best Wishes for 2023!, 2023-2027 Strategic Plan Planning Process: Share Your Story! , and more
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December 22, 2022 - 2021-2022 Director’s Annual Report to the Community, 2023-2027 Strategic Plan Planning Process: Share Your Story!, and more.
12/22/2022
Dear Families,  As we head into the winter break, we hope you are able to enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation. Please remember that all OCDSB schools and administrative buildings are closed on Friday, December 23 due to the incoming winter storm. We look forward to seeing all our students back at school on Monday, January 9, 2023.
Read More about December 22, 2022 - 2021-2022 Director’s Annual Report to the Community, 2023-2027 Strategic Plan Planning Process: Share Your Story!, and more.
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December 16, 2022 - Education Foundation of Ottawa launches Gift A Lift campaign, Save the Date: 2023-2027 Strategic Planning Process, and more.
12/16/2022
In the coming weeks many families in our OCDSB community will be celebrating holidays or marking important occasions together. We would like to send our warmest wishes to all who will be observing these and other celebrations throughout the winter holiday season.
Read More about December 16, 2022 - Education Foundation of Ottawa launches Gift A Lift campaign, Save the Date: 2023-2027 Strategic Planning Process, and more.
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December 9, 2022 - Standing Up to Antisemitism, December 10: Human Rights Day, and more.
12/09/2022
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board stands against antisemitism. We are aware of the vile, antisemitic statements and messages targeted at Trustee Nili Kaplan-Myrth. Many of these statements have included antisemitic slurs, epithets, threats of harm, aggression, and in some cases, illegal activity. This is unacceptable and inexcusable.
Read More about December 9, 2022 - Standing Up to Antisemitism, December 10: Human Rights Day, and more.
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December 2, 2022 - OCDSB Board of Trustees Appoints Interim Director of Education, Reminders for the 2022-2023 Winter Break, and more.
12/02/2022
The OCDSB Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce it has appointed OCDSB Executive Officer Michele Giroux to serve as Director of Education and Secretary of the Board on an interim basis, effective January 9, 2023.
Read More about December 2, 2022 - OCDSB Board of Trustees Appoints Interim Director of Education, Reminders for the 2022-2023 Winter Break, and more.
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November 25, 2022 - December 6: Secondary Gifted Program Information Session, December 8: All About High School Virtual Information Session, and more.
11/28/2022
Dear Families, This was a challenging week for the OCDSB community. The Board of Trustees considered whether to mandate masking for students and staff. The meetings generated a lot of discussion, both inside and outside of the Boardroom. After much debate, the motion did not pass. This means that wearing a mask in OCDSB schools and buildings is not mandatory, but it continues to be strongly encouraged.
Read More about November 25, 2022 - December 6: Secondary Gifted Program Information Session, December 8: All About High School Virtual Information Session, and more.
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November 18, 2022 - Secondary Report Cards, Being Prepared for Snow, Freezing Rain, and More, and more.
11/18/2022
Dear Families, On Tuesday, trustees were officially sworn in as members of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for a four-year term during the Inaugural meeting. Congratulations to Trustee Lyra Evans, who was elected Chair of the Board and Trustee Justine Bell, elected Vice-Chair. To learn more about your Trustees and how to contact them, visit our website.  
Read More about November 18, 2022 - Secondary Report Cards, Being Prepared for Snow, Freezing Rain, and More, and more.
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November 11, 2022 - National Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, An Important Message from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and more.
11/11/2022
We look forward to the swearing-in of our newly elected and returning Trustees at our Board Inaugural Meeting on Tuesday, November 15. All are welcome to join us in-person at 133 Greenbank Road at 6:30 p.m.
Read More about November 11, 2022 - National Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, An Important Message from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and more.
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November 3, 2022 - Indigenous Veterans Day (Nov. 8) and Remembrance Day (Nov. 11), 2021-2022 EQAO Results Released, and more.
11/03/2022
Dear Families, A reminder that Friday, November 4th is a PA Day for all elementary students, and a regular school day for secondary students. The OCDSB does not have any CUPE bargaining units, and will not be directly affected by any strike action tomorrow. Next week will be a regular week for all OCDSB schools.
Read More about November 3, 2022 - Indigenous Veterans Day (Nov. 8) and Remembrance Day (Nov. 11), 2021-2022 EQAO Results Released, and more.
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October 21, 2022 - Register Now: OCDSB Parent Conference, Ontario Government Announces Catch-Up Payments for Families, and more.
10/21/2022
Join us on Saturday, November 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ridgemont High School. Dr. Michael Cheng will join us from CHEO for a keynote address, sharing how to build resiliency in our children in a world of uncertainty. Over a dozen workshops will be available after the keynote session, with most offered in English and several offered in Arabic and Somali. Register now and visit our website to learn more.
Read More about October 21, 2022 - Register Now: OCDSB Parent Conference, Ontario Government Announces Catch-Up Payments for Families, and more.
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October 14, 2022 - OCDSB Parent Conference - November 5th: 2022 (In-Person), OCDSB Menstrual Equity initiative, and more.
10/14/2022
Dear Families, OCDSB Parent Conference - November 5th: 2022 (In-Person) Register Now! for our in-person Parent Conference planned for Saturday, November 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ridgemont High School. Dr. Michael Cheng from CHEO will share strategies on building resilience in children and youth in a world of uncertainty.
Read More about October 14, 2022 - OCDSB Parent Conference - November 5th: 2022 (In-Person), OCDSB Menstrual Equity initiative, and more.
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September 23, 2022 - OCDSB Cares: An Anonymous Reporting Tool for Students, Rosh Hashanah, and more.
09/23/2022
Dear Families, OCDSB Cares: An Anonymous Reporting Tool for Students The OCDSB is excited to launch OCDSB Cares - a new safety reporting tool. Students can always report concerns to the school, but OCDSB Cares also allows secondary students to electronically report concerns about the health, well-being and safety of themselves or others. When a message is sent by text (613-704-2628), the system receives an encrypted, scrambled number only.
Read More about September 23, 2022 - OCDSB Cares: An Anonymous Reporting Tool for Students, Rosh Hashanah, and more.
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September 16, 2022 - OCDSB Welcomes Students Back to School, September 19th - Powley Day, September 19th - National Day of Mourning and more.
09/16/2022
Dear OCDSB Families, OCDSB Welcomes Students Back to School. Last week we were thrilled to welcome our students back to school. Read our latest School News Story to see how classes across the OCDSB kicked off the school year with team activities, outdoor learning, and more.
Read More about September 16, 2022 - OCDSB Welcomes Students Back to School, September 19th - Powley Day, September 19th - National Day of Mourning and more.
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September 9, 2022 - Recognizing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Update Your Contact Information, and more.
09/09/2022
Dear OCDSB Families, Thank you for everything that you did to help make this first week of school a success. As we settle into school routines, we all navigate a range of transitions. Setting aside some time to check in with your child(ren) about their feelings about the return to school is a great way to understand where they are at and to help them feel connected. These tips and strategies might be helpful to you.
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September 02, 2022 - Back to School Safety Information, Busing and Transportation Information, School Year Calendars, and more.
09/02/2022
Welcome back! We are looking forward to seeing students back on Tuesday, September 6th. Heading back to school is exciting, and it is also an adjustment. Here are a few helpful strategies to help families prepare for a successful return to school. You can also watch the recording of Dr. Jean Clinton on “Love Builds Brains: Bringing Joy Back to Learning” which is full of practical tips to support the return to school with hope, optimism, and joy.
Read More about September 02, 2022 - Back to School Safety Information, Busing and Transportation Information, School Year Calendars, and more.
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