November 18, 2022 - Secondary Report Cards, Being Prepared for Snow, Freezing Rain, and More, and more.

November 18, 2022 - Secondary Report Cards, Being Prepared for Snow, Freezing Rain, and More, and more.
Posted on 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.  

In addition, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board have issued an open letter to the community about a special Board Meeting being held on November 22, 2022, to discuss the possibility of adopting a temporary mask mandate for staff and students at OCDSB schools and buildings. Please read the letter here

Secondary Report Cards 

Report cards will be sent to families and secondary students on Wednesday, November 23. You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to access the report card. Learn more about how to find your child’s OEN and how to use it to open the report card.

Being Prepared for Snow, Freezing Rain, and More 

As we experience our first few snowfalls of the season, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority has shared an overview of how they decide whether or not to cancel school bus and van services during inclement weather. Visit their website to learn more, and make sure you are signed up for OSTA’s parent portal for notices and updates. Please ensure that students are prepared for inclement weather and please take caution on the roads, especially in school zones and bus areas.

COVID-19 Snapshot 

Each week, Ottawa Public Health provides a snapshot of the COVID-19 situation in Ottawa. Please take a moment to read this week’s message for an update on key concerns during respiratory illness season, and what you can do to stay healthy and help prevent the spread of illness. 

Dates to Remember

November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance 

Thank you to all who joined us at last night’s Transgender Day of Remembrance Webinar. Transgender Day of Remembrance was established in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith, and is recognized on November 20 each year. It began as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all transgender people who had been lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, beginning an important annual tradition now known as Transgender Day of Remembrance.

November 20: National Child Day 

National Child Day celebrates the rights of children, and commemorates the date the United Nations adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on November 20, 1989. By signing on in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensure all children are treated with dignity and respect, and have every opportunity to reach their full potential. Learn more. 

November 20-26: Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is an opportunity for us all to reinforce clear and positive messages that bullying is not acceptable in our schools and communities. Next week, we will be working to raise awareness and provide helpful information for how we can all work together to prevent and respond to bullying. 

November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women reminds us of the importance of preventing violence against women and girls, and ensuring support is available for survivors. Learn more

School News

In recognition of National Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day last week, students and staff members took time to pause, remember, and reflect. See how students learned about and honoured those who have served.

Hilson Avenue Public School was the latest OCDSB school to introduce an outdoor classroom, which offers a space for students to learn, connect with each other, and connect with nature. 

Event Reminders 

November 22: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Virtual Open House, 6:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

November 22: Level Up - Skilled Trades Career Exploration Event, (Session for Parents/Guardians begins at 7:00 p.m.) 

November 30: Canterbury Arts Open House, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  

December 1: Ontario Universities’ Virtual Information Session, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

December 3: Brick and Masonry Information Session - Ottawa Technical Secondary School, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Thank you, 

Camille Williams-Taylor

Director of Education

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