School News & Announcements

Reminder: Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is on Thursday, March 30!

posted by Kelly Nixon

​​​​Thursday, March 30, 2017, is the date that all secondary schools in the province are scheduled to administer the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

​​​​In the unlikely event that a severe, widespread disruption is forecast, EQAO would postpone the March 30 administration for all schools in the province and would advise school boards and schools of such a decision no later than 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29.

​​​​In the event of localized inclement weather on March 30, school boards will make decisions about school closures and school-bus transportation based on their usual practices.

​​​​If schools are open on March 30, students who are scheduled to participate in the OSSLT and are in attendance are expected to write the test on that day.

​​​​Students who are not able to write the OSSLT on March 30 due to school closures or school-bus cancellations will have other opportunities to satisfy the literacy requirement they need to graduate. However, this does not necessarily mean students will have another chance to write the test this school year.

​​​​EQAO will decide on the most appropriate response to any disruption caused by inclement weather after consulting with affected school boards and considering the responsible use of public funds.

Please click here for the letter that was sent home to families via synervoice at the end of February.

Ottawa Catholic School Parents' Association

posted Mar 22, 2017, 7:23 AM by Kelly Nixon   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 7:31 AM ]

Special Education and Your Child — Workshops for Parents of Children with Special Needs

OCSB Student Services, in partnership with the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), PIC and CSPA, present an evening of workshops directed to families of children with special needs.  Participants can attend two sessions of their choice. Workshop choices include:

  • Mental Health Supports at the OCSB

  • Assistive Technology

  • Positive Advocacy

  • On My Way - Transitions

Register Now:

Monday, March 27

6:30 - 9:00 PM

Saint Patrick’s High School

2525 Alta Vista Drive

Parent Information Meeting - Fentanyl and Opioids

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), in conjunction with Ottawa Public Health (OPH), is hosting a public information session aimed at parents to talk about counterfeit drugs found in Ottawa, overdose response, overdose prevention and substance abuse education in our schools.

Staff from Rideauwood Addiction and Family Counselling and Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Police Services and other community partners will be there to speak and respond to questions.

Monday April 3
7:00 PM
St. Paul High School
2675 Draper Avenue

The OCSB continues to work with the City’s Overdose Prevention Taskforce to help educate our community and support our students. City of Ottawa Opioid/Fentanyl resources can be found at:

High School Parent Teacher interviews

posted Mar 10, 2017, 5:34 AM by Kelly Nixon

 will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 1:40 to 4:40 and 5:40 to 7:10.  Please go to the link beside the teacher's name on the attached document to book your appointment.  Also, please note that all students will be dismissed at 1:15 that day.

Special Education and Your Child: Workshops for Parents of Children with Special Needs

posted Feb 28, 2017, 11:05 AM by Kelly Nixon

OCSB Special Education and Student Services, in partnership with the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) PIC and CSPA, present an evening of workshops directed to families of children with special needs. The 4 workshops will be offered twice. Participants will be able to attend two sessions of their choice

Assistive Technology
Join us for a hands-on exploration of “Read & Write” and Google Suite. You will have an opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to use these tools to access the curriculum just as our students do.

Positive Advocacy
Learn tips to help you positively advocate for your child with special needs during education setting meetings. There will be an opportunity for parents to make suggestions as to how OCSB school staff can help support their concerns.

Mental Health Supports at the OCSB
Who can you approach for help when your child is experiencing mental health issues? Come and learn about the mental health resources available at the board and in the community to support students with mental health challenges.

On My Way - Transitions
Effective transitions planning allows for students to be successful as they move through their day, activities or settings. Come and learn how we support successful transitions at all different points for students - prior to the start of school, throughout a student's daily schedule, from grade to grade, and when moving from one school to another.

Register Now:
Monday, March 27, 2017
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Saint Patrick’s High School
2525 Alta Vista Drive

Celebrating Community Partners

posted Feb 28, 2017, 7:32 AM by Kelly Nixon

On March 4th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM; City Councillor for Stittsville and Chair of the Board of Health, Shad Qadri invites residents to join him along with Ottawa Public Health and  various partners at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (1500 Shea Rd) - as we hold a health and wellbeing fair entitled “March 4th into a Healthy 2017” 

Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Police services

posted Feb 16, 2017, 10:10 AM by Kelly Nixon

 have asked us to share an important alert with our students and parents.We always work closely with community partners when there is a city-wide public health concern.

Grade 7 & 8 Parent Teacher Interviews

posted Feb 16, 2017, 9:48 AM by Kelly Nixon

Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:40 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. This year Sacred Heart is once again using the same system for booking parent teacher interviews as last year. It is called “You Can Book Me”. 

Ottawa Public Health Immunizations Cycle 2 for Grades 7 and 8

posted Feb 6, 2017, 10:50 AM by Kelly Nixon   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 10:51 AM ]

will be Feb 9 and 10th.  

For students who don’t have a signed consent, parents can download, print and send the form in on day 1 with their child:

*most consents were signed in cycle 1 for all the vaccines needed for the whole year (all 3 cycles), but there were some that missed for whatever reason I’m sure.


Should parents have any questions or concerns, please direct them to our Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744.


Parent Focus Group on Student Well-being

posted Feb 2, 2017, 7:46 AM by Kelly Nixon

YOUR input needed: Parent focus group on student well-being. What does “well-being” mean to you? How can students' well-being be supported at school?

The Ontario Ministry of Education is looking to develop a K-12 student well-being framework to help support the mental health and wellness of all students.  

CSPA is hosting this parent session with Dr. Elizabeth Paquette (OCSB Chief Psychologist & Mental Health Lead), to collect your ideas and opinions to share with the Ministry.  We know that students who have strong relationships and a positive sense of self, are in a better position to reach their full potential. Come learn more about current initiatives in OCSB schools and share your ideas to promote well-being.

Register Now:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

6:45 - 8:45 PM

Holy Trinity Catholic High School

180 Katimavik Road, Kanata

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