Today is the last day of classes before the winter break. Schools reopen to students on January 6th. On behalf of everyone at the school district I would like to express my appreciation for all that you do as parents and wish you a wonderful break.  

This time of year offers a chance for many celebrations, but also an important break in the hectic schedules we keep. I hope you find time to relax, reflect and be present in the company of others.

May the new year and new decade bring peace and joy to you. Our next newsletter will be on January 10th.  

Happy New Year!
Important Information
The OCDSB invites eligible candidates to apply for the position of Public School Trustee, to represent Zone 10 (Somerset/Kitchissippi) in the City of Ottawa.



In order to be eligible, candidates must be:
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a Canadian citizen
  • a resident in the city of Ottawa
  • a designated public school (English) elector
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding the office of trustee

Visit our website for further details and apply here . Signed applications must be received no later than 12 noon on Friday, January 31st, 2020.
With the close of 2019, the OCDSB is busy preparing for our 2020-2021 school year. And we need your help.

The OCDSB is inviting parents and students to complete a short survey about the next school year
calendar.
Topics include:
  • When should the Winter Break take place?
  • Should we add two Board holidays?

Please note, as Labour Day falls later than usual on September 7th, 2020, the start of the 2020-2021 school year will begin the week before, on Monday, August 31st, 2020.

The survey will remain open until January 26th, 2020 .
Our 2019 Student Survey is going well - over 20,000 students and parents have responded. It's really important that we hear from as many people as possible, so we are extending the deadline to  January 19th, 2020

The surveys take about 20 minutes to complete. Additional information and FAQs can be found   on our website . If parents have questions or concerns, they can be emailed to:   valuingvoices@ocdsb.ca .
While all schools remain open, ETFO and OSSTF members are conducting service withdrawal strike action in elementary and secondary schools. Our Labour Relations page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
All OCDSB schools will be closed Monday, December 23rd, 2019 and will reopen on Monday, January 6th, 2020.

The Extended Day Program (EDP) will be closed from December 23rd to January 6th, 2020.

The main administrative office at 133 Greenbank Road will be closed as of the end of regular working hours on December 24th, 2019, and will reopen on January 2nd, 2020.
Please join Trustee Wendy Hough (OCDSB Zone 4 - Bay) and Trustee Rob Campbell (OCDSB Zone 5 - College), and OCDSB Finance Staff to discuss budget priorities for the 2020-2021 academic year. This invitation is open to anyone in our school community who would like to learn more about how spending decisions are made, or who would like to share their ideas about directions the Board might consider moving in the next academic year and beyond. We want to understand your priorities.

Date: Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
Location: Woodroffe High School - 210 Georgina Drive, Cafeteria or Library
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (registration opens at 6:45 pm)

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact:
613.218.3589 

613.862.0243
As part of its Right to Read inquiry, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has launched a survey for students with reading disabilities and their parents and guardians. The survey will help the OHRC understand and report on the experiences of students with reading disabilities.
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has collaborated with Canada Homestay Network to arrange and support homestay hosts for the international students of the OCDSB. We’re currently looking for families in our community who would be willing to host a student.
Reminders
A new  School Bus Driver Preparatory Course  has been developed in response to a schools bus driver shortage in Ottawa.
Check out the interactive Continuing Education Newsletter  for December 2019/January 2020, and have a look at what's taking place this Winter.
To enhance our existing absence-check procedure, we have introduced a new student absence reporting system in select schools called  SchoolMessenger SafeArrival .
All children attending school between ages 4 to 17 need to be immunized according to   Ontario's Immunization Schedule Learn more .
School Council Information
School Councils 101 – Taking Minutes

Here are some tips to help in taking minutes of your council meetings:
  • The minutes should have the names of the members who are present, the date and the time of the meeting, decisions taken, and the time the meeting was adjourned.
  • You don’t need to record verbatim every opinion communicated; just record the decisions or actions.
  • Minutes should include any advice provided to the District staff and the reply to such advice.
  • Feel free to interrupt if you need clarification on what was said.
  • Key documents reviewed at the meeting, such as a financial statement, should be summarized in the minutes or attached as an appendix.

After you finish transcribing your minutes, mark it as draft and share it with the Chair for approval and sharing with the rest of the members. Remember, your minutes should be retained on your website for the current school year, plus 5 years.


Additional School Council information can be found on our website .

Resources:
Board and Committee of the Whole Meetings
The next public Committee of the Whole meeting will be held on January 7th, 2020, in the boardroom at 133 Greenbank Road at 7:00 p.m.

 Watch the meeting  live here .

Upcoming Committee Meetings: 

For a summary of our board meetings, read our Boardroom Newsbriefs here .
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