March 11, 2022 Parent Update

March 11, 2022 - Confirming Transportation for 2022-2023, Upcoming OCDSB School Climate Survey for Students, Upcoming Events and more
Posted on 03/11/2022

Dear OCDSB Families, 

As we begin March Break, we’d also like to remind you that Daylight Savings begins on Sunday, March 13th. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour.


Registration Now Open for Early Learning During the 2022-2023 School Year
Registration for the Extended Day Program (EDP) for the 2022-2023 school year is now open. Families currently enrolled in EDP are invited to re-register until April 15th, and new families are welcome to apply for EDP as well. 


Confirming Transportation for the 2022-2023 School Year
The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) now requires parents and guardians of all eligible students, including PRESTO, to confirm their transportation for the 2022-2023 school year. It is important to do so before the deadline of April 3, 2022, or your child may not have transportation on the first day of school. Visit OSTA’s website to confirm your transportation plans. 


OCDSB School Climate Survey for Students Coming Soon
In April 2022, the OCDSB will be conducting a School Climate Survey in class for students in grades 4-12. The School Climate Survey is part of our ongoing efforts to create and maintain safe, inclusive and accepting schools, and the feedback gathered helps us understand to what extent parents and students feel their school promotes learning, positive behaviour, and a safe and inclusive environment. Learn more by taking a look at our FAQs.


Thank you for Participating in the Community Check-In 
Thank you to all parents and guardians who participated in the OCDSB Community Check-In. We heard from 5,122 parents and guardians, who shared 5,828 thoughts and assigned 189,551 ratings. A summary of results will be available soon: please visit our website to discover the top thoughts that were shared in your group. 


UPCOMING EVENTS 

March 21st - Career Development Workshop Series for High School Students - “Interviewing Skills” 
The third session in the OCDSB’s Career Development Workshop Series for High School Students will be held March 21st at 1:00 p.m. The focus will be on learning Interviewing Skills. 


March 23rd - Transition Planning Workshop Series, Post-Secondary Education Opportunities
The third session in the OCDSB’s Transition Planning Workshop Series is coming up on March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. The focus will be on Post-Secondary Education Opportunities. 


March 24th - Speech and Language Expectations for Kindergarten Workshop
Join us March 24th at 1:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. for a virtual information session about speech and language expectations for kindergarten students and take-home strategies to build language and early literacy skills. 


March 31st - CRA vs Service Canada Webinar
Parents and guardians are welcome to join us March 31st at 6:00 p.m. for a webinar about services provided by the Canada Revenue Agency and Service Canada. Learn more on our website


World Autism Awareness Month: Webinars for Parents and Guardians  
The OCDSB will be hosting webinars for families during World Autism Awareness Month in April. Join us on April 7th and April 21st for discussions with guest speaker Lauren H. Kerstein, covering topics like emotion regulation for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and sensory issues and emotions. Learn more and register for a session on our website.


Dates of Significance 
Today we recognize the National COVID-19 Day of Observance, marking the second anniversary of the declaration of the pandemic by the World Health Organization. March 17th is Irish Heritage DayInternational Francophonie Day is observed on March 20th, and on March 21st we recognize both World Down Syndrome Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In addition, March 23rd is National School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. Please note, we will be sharing more dates of significance that take place in March in future updates. Visit our website and follow us on social media to learn more about dates of significance.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…


Spring Administration of the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF): A reminder that the deadline for eligible students to register for the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) is today, March 11th. Important dates and other details are available on our website. Please feel free to email [email protected] with any questions. 


We’d like to wish you all a safe and happy March Break, and look forward to seeing our students back in our in-person and virtual classrooms on March 21st. Please note, we will be resuming our weekly email updates on Friday, March 25th, 2022. 

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