School Council Update #6 - October 12th, 2018
October 22nd is municipal election day in Ontario. All eligible electors should have received voter notification information from the City of Ottawa.

Electors wanting to vote early can do so today, Friday, October 12, 2018, from 10 am to 8 pm. On Voting Day the polls are open from 10 am to 8 pm. For more information on where and when to cast your ballot on Voting Day or other elections information check the City of Ottawa website.

Take time to review the list of trustee candidates where you will find details about how to connect to their campaign websites.

Municipal elections are important opportunities to shape our community. Please make time to vote for your school board trustee and municipal council. Also, if you are the parent/guardian of a first time voter, please encourage them to get out and vote!
Important Information
October is Islamic Heritage Month in Ontario

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is recognizing Islamic Heritage Month in its 143 schools. Islamic Heritage Month provides an opportunity for all citizens to learn about the history, culture and contributions that Ontarians of Muslim heritage make in our communities. It is a time to reflect, celebrate and learn about these contributions together.
 
The OCDSB is committed to promoting equity and inclusion in every one of our schools and workplaces. We believe honouring and sharing the rich cultural diversity within our schools help to dispel harmful biases and enlighten our understanding of each other. We encourage OCDSB students, staff and their families to take part in celebrating Islamic Heritage Month 2018.  Learn more .
 RBC's Hackers, Hipsters, and Hustlers Workshop

Considering a career in technology? Looking for an edge in your co-op or job application? Interested in the app development process?

If you answered yes to any of these questions and are between the ages of 15-29, join RBC & Invest Ottawa at Bayview Yards on October 27th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a chance to discover your tech identity at a FREE workshop! You will learn about the app development and design process using FluidUI in tech teams for a chance to win an RBC VISA gift card. No coding experience necessary! For more information and to register now click here: https://t.co/0dHeSeN7vD.
Reminders
Getting ready for Post Secondary?

Think about attending one of the college or university fairs that are happening in town between October 22nd and October 25th. The  University Information Program (UIP)  allows you to gather information about Ontario’s 21 universities, including programs, campus life and anything else that may help you make a decision about which Ontario university to choose.  For more information please visit the  Ontario Universities Fair website.
 Call for Community Representatives: Special Education Advisory Committee

The OCDSB is seeking to appoint up to three community representatives, who have an interest in issues related to exceptional children, to sit on the Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee.  The appointment will be effective from December 1st, 2018 until November 14th, 2022. If you are interested in serving on the Committee, please complete the  online application  form.
 
Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 26th, 2018. 
Provincial Consultations: Education in Ontario

The province is inviting parents, students, educators and interested individuals or organizations to provide feedback on the education system in Ontario.

About the consultation
Consultations with parents will be held across the province to address concerns and get feedback in several areas of the education system. We encourage all parents to participate either individually, or collectively through your School Council.

The consultation closing date is December 15th, 2018. Learn more on how to participate here .
Municipal Elections - October 22nd
The 2018 Municipal and School Board election is Monday, October 22nd. School board trustees are elected for a four year term.Check out these election resources prepared in English and French by the Ontario Education Services Corporation or check our website for more information .
Free Online French Homework Help - Bonnes Nouvelles!
Visit  voilalearning.com , click on ‘My school board is registered' and enter the code: OCDSB0. The Virtual Immersion Campus will be open Monday to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for homework help and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for French practice. Learn more about  Homework Help .
 Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Immunization
All children attending school between ages 4 to 17 need to be immunized according to  Ontario's Immunization Schedule . Learn more  here
 Continuing Education - Fall Newsletter
Check out the Continuing Education Newsletter for September/October 2018 , and have a look at what is coming up this Fall. 
Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 1-8
You may have heard of some changes to the Health and Physical Education curriculum that were announced by the Minister of Education over the summer. 
Learn more about the changes here .
School Council Information
Annual Report - Due October 30th, 2018
School Councils are required to submit an annual report to the District on its activities, including fundraising. The school council annual report is a requirement included in the "School Opening Documentation" process conducted by the principal.
 
On or before October 30th, 2018, please submit your school council annual report to your school principal and forward a copy to Policy Analyst Engy Abdel Masieh either by e-mail at  engy.abdel.masieh@ocdsb.ca ,  or by mail to 133 Greenbank Road, Ottawa, ON K2H 6L3.
School News
There are a lot of amazing events going on in our district. Check out our new School News section of the website to learn about the great things happening in our schools!


Staples Advantage Donates $20,000 Makerspace

There is a major surprise coming for the 210 students who attend Orleans Wood Elementary School on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018. Staples Business Advantage is giving the school a Makerspace classroom valued at $20,000.
 
Orleans Wood Elementary School is only the 2nd school in the province to win a makeover from Staples Business Advantage. The classroom is equipped with the latest products and technology which will enhance learning opportunities in STEM courses which include Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These tools are critical for 21st century learning.
 

Want to spread the word about your event? Send us an email at: schoolnewslettersinfo@ocdsb.ca . We will help publicize your events on our website.
Dates to Remember
School Year Calendar
The 2018-2019 school year  elementary   and  secondary   calendars are available on our website, and a hard copy was distributed to students and staff. The highlights include School Holidays, PA Days, and District-wide Secondary Testing. 
Parent Conference & School C ouncil Training Day

The 2018 Parent Conference will be taking place on November 3rd, 2018. It's held in partnership with the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and the Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC).

We're very excited to announce Dr. Peg Dawson Ed.D, Co-author of  Smart but Scattered , as our Featured Keynote Speaker.

Workshops will cover a variety of themes including Math, Learning, Special Education and School Council Training. Further information will be available shortly.

Childcare will be available, however space is limited.
OCDSB Speaker Series - Cannabis Information Session

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, in conjunction with Ottawa Public Health, is hosting a public information session for parents to learn about cannabis on October 23rd, 2018, at Earl of March Secondary School - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The discussion will involve tackling the myths, what is known about the upcoming new laws, how to have that talk with your youth, protecting youth, and available services. Learn more at the Ottawa Public Health website and the Parenting in Ottawa website .

A second information session will take place on November 6th at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Board and Committee of the Whole Meetings
The next Committee of the Whole meeting will be on October 16th, 2018. Read the full agenda here . Watch the meeting live here .

Upcoming Committee Meetings:   
10/16/2018 7:30 PM Committee of the Whole
10/17/2018 6:00 PM  Parent Involvement Committee
10/25/2018 6:00 PM Advisory Committee on Equity
10/30/2018 7:30 PM Board, Public

Read our Boardroom Highlights here .
Stay Connected
OCDSB staff, students and community members can view the District's  website . Keep in touch by following us on  Twitter , visiting our  Facebook  and  LinkedIn  pages, and watching our videos on  YouTube .

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