CSPA March 23, 2016 Helping Keep Families Informed

posted Mar 24, 2016, 9:22 AM by Kelly Nixon
March 23, 2016
Helping Keep Families Informed
Welcome back from March Break!  Hope you and your family had a safe and enjoyable vacation.

Please note that there is no CSPA meeting in March.  Our next CSPA meeting will be held on April 27.  We will have a presentation on Social Emotional Learning initiatives at OCSB. We'll provide the agenda in our April newsletter. Looking forward to seeing everyone then.

Wishing everyone a Blessed Easter Season!
Holy Week in Ottawa

The Archdiocese of Ottawa has posted the Holy Week schedule on its website.  To view a schedule for the diocese for Holy Thursday through to Easter Sunday, visit:  catholicottawa.ca

Read Archbishop Prendergast's Easter Message
PRO Grant Applications Due May 29

The application process for Parents Reaching Out grants from the Ministry of Education is now open.  School councils may apply for this grant to support school-based initiatives focussed on engaging parents who may experience challenges in becoming involved in the school.  Applications are due May 29.  To learn more, visit our website:

OSTA School Active Transportation Policy Survey

The Ottawa School Transportation Authority (OSTA) is seeking your input on its proposed School Active Transportation Policy.  This policy is scheduled to be presented at OSTA's next public governance meeting onApril 25, 2016.  

Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs | April 6

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Would you like to learn how to advocate more effectively for your child with special needs? Louise McGoey, former chair of the Ottawa Catholic SEAC (Special Education Advisory Committee), will provide participants with strategies for effective advocacy.  

Understanding EQAO Assessments | April 12

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NEW DATE: Keeping our fingers crossed that we aren't snowed out!

Join us at St. Joseph Catholic HS to gain an understanding of the EQAO assessments.

How to Help Your Child Succeed at School | April 16

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We're excited that People for Education's Jacqui Strachan is back in Ottawa to share some of her insights into the Ontario Education System, parent involvement and the importance of school councils.

Math 4 Parents | April 20

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Please join us at All Saints Catholic HS for our very popular Math 4 Parents seminar.  Two separate sessions are offered at the same time; one geared for K-Gr 6 and another for Gr 7-12.

Youth Substance Use | April 21

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Please join us for a presentation by Rideauwood Addiction & Family Services on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use. Learn the signs and symptoms of alcohol & drug use and how to access help when needed.  Find out how the Rideauwood's School Based Program provides support to students, and their families, throughout the phases of youth substance use, from prevention to intervention. 

Responsibility Matters | April 23

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What does it mean to raise a responsible child or help a student be more conscientious?
Teach your child responsibility through positive feedback and encouragement.
Discover tips to boost self-esteem and confidence.
Create effective communication, healthy decision-making and problem-solving habits.