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School Council Professional Development Training Session
01/25/2023
OCDSB’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department is organizing a School Council Professional Development Training Session titled Creating An Atmosphere Of Belonging At The School Council Table. This event takes place February 8, 2023, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Promote Your School’s Parent Information Night
01/25/2023
Throughout January and February, OCDSB schools are hosting in-person kindergarten and high school information nights to help families prepare, learn how to register, and more. Help spread the word to families in your community!
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Babysitting During School Council Meetings
01/25/2023
If a School Council wishes to offer babysitting services to members of the council during School Council meetings, the following recommendations should be considered.
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School Council Training Resources Survey
01/25/2023
We want to hear from you – what topics is your School Council interested in learning about? Fill out this short survey by February 27th, 2023.
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February 21 is Toonie Tuesday: Give a Little, Help a Lot!
01/25/2023
The Education Foundation of Ottawa (EFO) needs your support on Toonie Tuesday – February 21, 2023 – to help provide OCDSB students with appropriate access to food, clothing, school supplies, healthcare supports, and opportunities for learning and recreation.
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School Council Spotlight: Bayview Polar Bear Fair
01/25/2023
Bayview Public School celebrated the return of their winter fair with a new name and lots of fun. The Polar Bear Fair was an opportunity for the school community to freely visit the school, see friends, and redeem their “Fair Passports” for fun activities.
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2022-2023 School Council Parents Reaching Out Grant
01/25/2023
School Councils can apply to receive Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant funding of up to $750 per council, provided by the Ministry of Education. The purpose of this grant is to support innovative projects/activities that engage parents/caregivers and build their capability in anti-racism, equity/anti-oppression, and food sovereignty.
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2023-2027 Strategic Plan Planning Process: Share Your Story!
01/04/2023
We want to hear about your priorities for OCDSB’s future. To create a Strategic Plan that is meaningful to students, families, staff and community members, we need to hear from you about your experiences and what is important to you.
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Introducing the New School Council Website!
12/12/2022
The OCDSB School Council website has been refreshed to help council members and parents easily access up-to-date information about School Council operations.
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Save the Date: School Council Members’ Professional Development Session
12/12/2022
We will be holding a School Council Members’ Professional Development Session on Wednesday, February 8th, 6-8 p.m.
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School Council Insurance
11/24/2022
The OCDSB provides school council liability insurance. This is an annual policy, effective November 1st of each year.
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New! School Council Training Videos
11/24/2022
We are pleased to launch a collection of short videos providing training on key School Council operations and best practices.
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Tip Sheets: Collaborating Effectively
11/24/2022
Is your School Council looking for tips to work together more effectively or deal with conflicts when they arise? Check out these tip sheets.
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Funding to Support Parent Engagement 2022-23
11/24/2022
The Ministry of Education has announced that each school board will receive funding to support the parent engagement activities of its school councils and Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). More information will be shared in the coming months.
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You Asked… Video Licensing for School Council Movie Nights
11/24/2022
“Our school council would like to host a movie night. Is there a database of films we can screen?”
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School Council Spotlight: Rockcliffe Park Book Fair
11/24/2022
Rockcliffe Park Public School celebrated the successful in-person return of its annual Book Fair, a fundraiser run by a committee of parent volunteers and supported by community volunteers, students, and staff.
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Secondary PA (Professional Activity) Day - November 25, 2022
11/17/2022
November 25, 2022, is a Ministry of Education Professional Activity (PA) Day designated for secondary educators that will allow educators to engage in learning focused on provincial priorities.
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Elementary PA (Professional Activity) Day - November 4, 2022
10/28/2022
November 4, 2022 is a Ministry of Education Professional Activity (PA) day designated for elementary educators that will allow educators to engage in learning focused on provincial priorities.
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School Council Training Resources Survey: Share Your Ideas!
10/24/2022
The OCDSB Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department will provide resources and in-person and virtual training opportunities to support School Councils. What topics is your School Council interested in learning about? Please fill out this survey by November 21, 2022.
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OCDSB Parent Conference - November 5th: 2022 (In-Person)
10/21/2022
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. The event includes a keynote talk with Dr. Michael Cheng from CHEO and multiple workshops led by experts.
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School Council Google Accounts and Email Addresses
10/21/2022
Every school council has an OCDSB email address ([email protected]). School Council chairs shall use these OCDSB accounts during their one-year term.
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School Council Working Group: Expressions of Interest Open
10/21/2022
The Family and Community Engagement department is looking for volunteers to participate in two working groups to develop district documentation supporting school councils across the OCDSB. The topics are fundraising and best practices.
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Tip Sheets: School Council Events and Fundraising
10/21/2022
See out tip sheets on “10 Ways to Get Your Council Off to a Flying Start,” “How to Plan a Successful Event,” “Event Planning Checklist,” and “Top 10 Fundraising Tips.”
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You Asked… Sponsorship
10/21/2022
Could a local business sponsor a School Council event, if we show their logo or otherwise give them credit?
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Approved List of Food and Dairy Product Providers - 2022-2023
10/21/2022
The OCDSB is committed to making its schools a healthier place in order for students to reach their full potential. Learn about the Ministry’s School Food and Beverages Policy (PPM 150) and see the approved lists of food and dairy providers for 2022-2023.
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OCDSB Seeking Community Member to Serve on Audit Committee
10/04/2022
The OCDSB is seeking a community member with financial expertise and business knowledge to volunteer to serve on its Audit Committee. The appointment to the three-year term will begin December 1, 2022.
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Welcome to the New School Year!
09/23/2022
We were pleased to welcome students back to school this month, and we look forward to collaborating with our dedicated community of School Councils this year. Find out how to connect with us.
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School Council Elections
09/23/2022
The election of school council members is held in the first 30 days of the school year. Any parent can be elected to the School Council.
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Introducing Tess Porter, FACE Coordinator
09/23/2022
Read a message from Tess Porter, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator.
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Reminder: School Council Year-End Financial Reporting
09/23/2022
School Council year-end financial reports were due September 16, 2022. If your Council has not yet submitted the report, please do so using this School Council Year-End Financial Reporting Google Form.
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School Council Year-End Annual Report: Due October 31
09/23/2022
It’s time to start drafting your year-end report! Board Policy P.014.SCO School Councils requires school councils to prepare an annual report on the school council activities, including fundraising. Please submit your report by October 31.
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School Council Records
09/23/2022
Learn about information and timelines for managing school council records.
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Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) Membership Applications
09/23/2022
Are you an OCDSB parent or guardian interested in education, student achievement, and well-being? Applications are now open for Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) Membership for the 2022-2023 school year!
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A Message from PIC: Welcome to Parent Involvement Committee
09/06/2022
Read this welcome message from the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) to learn about the duties of PIC, upcoming PIC meetings, the Parent Conference, Speaker Series and more.
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School Council Spotlight: Riverview Alternative School’s Diversity & Equity Travelling Trolley
05/11/2022
The School Council at Riverview Alternative School supported an innovative tool to share books about equity and diversity with the school community.
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School Council Spotlight: Broadview Public School Snowsuit Drive
01/26/2022
The Broadview Public School Council and community organized a heartwarming initiative to provide warm winter gear to students and families in need in their community and donate over $2,000 to the Snowsuit Fund!
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School Council Spotlight: Vimy Ridge Public School Remembrance Day Rock Garden
12/17/2021
Vimy Ridge Public School brought together their school community to create a Remembrance Garden with over 1,000 hand-painted rocks in honour of Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the poppy in Canada.
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Schoolyard Tree Planting Grant Program
Tree planting projects on school property within the City of Ottawa are eligible to apply for the Schoolyard Tree Planting Grant Program.
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