Important Information
OCDSB 2020 Volunteer and Community Member Recognition Awards

Volunteers make such an important contribution to our schools. The OCDSB Volunteer and Community Member Recognition Awards are a great opportunity for you to recognize that individuals in your school or community who make a difference. If you know a community member, parents, volunteer, or business partner who has made a difference please consider nominating them through our formal recognition awards program. Online nomination forms must be completed no later than 11:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27th, 2020 .

Visit our website for a full description of the awards.
Free Speaker Series Event -
Unstoppable You with Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt

No matter where you are in life, sometimes you just need to be inspired. Join us and “ Unstoppable Tracy ” as she shares how you can use humour and motivation to crush your obstacles and soar to the top!

Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Location: Gloucester High School - 2060 Ogilvie Road

Visit our website  for additional details.
OSSTF announced it intends to hold another one-day strike in select school boards, including the OCDSB, on Friday, February 28th, unless an agreement is reached.

If this takes place, all OCDSB elementary a nd secondary schools will be closed to students on Friday, February 28th. The OCDSB remains hopeful that an agreement can be reached at the central bargaining tables. However, we continue to encourage families to make plans for alternate childcare arrangements. Learn more .
There are currently  no confirmed or presumptive cases of novel coronavirus in Ottawa .

Every week day at 10:30 a.m.,  the Province of Ontario's novel coronavirus web page   is updated with the most up-to-date information including the status of cases in Ontario. Follow Ottawa Public Health on   Twitter   or   Facebook   to receive notification of updates. The OCDSB will keep district and school websites up to date with the most current information relevant to our schools. Learn more .
Ontario Public Health is undergoing a consultation on the modernization of public health. Their discussion paper can be found on their website , and individuals are asked to provide feedback using the survey at the end of the paper.
Free Speaker Series Event -
Technology Misuse and Mental Health

It's not easy being a parent in modern society. Despite our best efforts, many children, youth, and adults struggle with mental health issues. Society tends to disconnect us from what we need for mental health and resiliency. One possible factor may be excessive screen time. Join Dr. Michael Cheng, child and family psychiatrist at CHEO, as he discusses what we can do as families, communities and a society in order to reduce our screen addiction, and reconnect to sleep, nature and one another.

Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Location: Henry Larsen Elementary School - 1750 Sunview Dr

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I n a special OCDSB board meeting on Tuesday, February 18th, Justine Bell was sworn in as new trustee for Zone 10, Somerset Kitchissippi, for a term ending November 14th, 2022. Learn more .
February is recognized as  Black History Month   in Canada. Our schools have been taking part in this through activities such as book clubs celebrating Black authors, school wide assemblies, and lesson plans focusing on Black culture and history. Learn more .
Check out the interactive   Continuing Education Newsletter   for February/March 2020, and have a look at what's taking place this Winter.

Click anywhere to be linked to our website for more information on our programs.
Reminders
Applications are being accepted for the 5-week OCDSB Exchange to France. An info session will be held on February 25th . It's taking place at 7:00 p.m. in room 210 (Library) at 440 Albert Street. P lease contact Sean Oussoren for further information.
Held on March 12th, 2020 , The Great Big Crunch is an annual moment of anti-silence in which students, teachers, and parents crunch into apples (or other crunchy fruit or vegetable) to make noise for healthy school food!
The annual   Toonies for Tummies Campaign   will run from February 13th to 26th at Sobeys stores. While this is a national campaign, 100% of donations raised at area stores stays "local" and supports the Ottawa School Breakfast Program.
Fairy Godmother of Ottawa is a non-profit organization dedicated to making prom night magical for teens. Their goal is to have a positive influence on their Cinderellas by helping them to look and feel beautiful on prom night.
The OSTA Pitter Patter Grant is a micro-grant of up to $250 available to local schools who wish to implement or support a SAT initiative. Learn more .
Nominations are open for the 2020 OTIP Teaching Awards. These awards recognize teacher excellence in publicly funded education. Deadline is March 31st, 2020 Learn more.
As part of its Right to Read inquiry, the Ontario Human Rights Commission has launched a survey for students with reading disabilities and their parents and guardians.
All students attending school in Ontario are required to be vaccinated against nine (9) diseases or have a valid exemption. Parents are required to report all immunizations done at the doctor's office to Ottawa Public Health . OPH has the authority to suspend students who have not provided a record of immunization from attending school. Learn more .
School Council Information
Board and Committee of the Whole Meetings
The next public Board meeting will be held on February 25th, 2020 , in the boardroom at 133 Greenbank Road at 7:30 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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