School News & Announcements

Reminder: Early Dismissal Tomorrow Thurs. Feb. 23

posted Feb 22, 2017, 11:00 AM by Don Murphy

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Thurs. Feb. 23, we dismiss an hour early at 1:10 p.m. to accommodate parent-teacher interviews which run from 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. by appointment only on the form that went home with report cards.  

CSPA Presents: Well-Being...Our Students, Your Children

posted Feb 17, 2017, 7:50 AM by Don Murphy


Our Students, Your children...  a common goal             **New date**

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 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:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Holy Trinity Catholic High School

180 Katimavik Road, Kanata

Important Immunization Notice

posted Jan 9, 2017, 8:21 AM by Don Murphy

Some parents/guardians will have received a notice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) advising them that their child’s immunization records are incomplete.  If you have received such a notice, please be advised that your child will be suspended from school beginning on February 8th, and will be unable to return until OPH advises the school that he/she may be readmitted.   If you have any questions, please contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.

CSPA Presents - Strong Not Tough: Managing Anxiety and Depression

posted Jan 9, 2017, 8:04 AM by Don Murphy

As adults, we experience many life changes; workplace transitions, entering & ending relationships, financial difficulties, the loss of a loved one, supporting friends or family members with mental illness or substance/alcohol abuse.  Feeling overwhelmed or anxious is natural.

Gain the know-how and confidence to navigate everyday life challenges!

This workshop will provide you with positive coping skills and coping step plans to help you navigate experiences, effectively manage feelings and be resilient.  Come and participate in creating a family that can bend, not break. We all need a community that is strong, not tough.

For day/date/time and registration information, please access:

CSPA Presents - Educating Boys: Strategies for Engaging Boys in Academic Work

posted Jan 9, 2017, 7:53 AM by Don Murphy   [ updated Jan 9, 2017, 7:57 AM ]

Gain a better understanding of how you can help boys achieve greater success at school.

Speaker Kenton Biffert will present:

  • Developmental stages for boys from young child to adult
  • Factors that may impede boys’ academic achievement
  • Strategies parents and guardians can use to engage boys

For registration information and date/time/location please access

Architectural Drawings for New SPH Addition

posted Jan 3, 2017, 4:46 AM by Don Murphy

Here is a link to the architectural drawings for the new addition at St. Pat's High School. Please note that these drawings are subject to change (some minor changes have already occurred) and they have yet to be approved by the Ministry's Cost Consultant. Nonetheless, in the spirit of transparency, here is what is available thus far (as updates are received they will be posted to this site):

OCSB Annual Christmas Concert

posted Nov 17, 2016, 12:54 PM by Don Murphy

The OCSB Children's, Boys' and Chamber Choirs and guests will present their annual Christmas Concert, "Behold the Star" on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 7 PM.  The concert will be held at St. Basil's Church, 940 Rex Ave. Parking is free and may be accessed off Maitland Ave., just north of the 417 at the Maitland exit.  All are welcome.  Tickets are $15 at the door.

CSPA Presents - Opening Doors: Learning and Earning in the 21st Century

posted Nov 11, 2016, 1:31 PM by Don Murphy

Student surveys tell us they listen to you, as parents, for information and guidance with respect to post-secondary planning.   What are the options?  What are the careers of tomorrow?  

What does the labour market data tell us, in terms of future employment and economic sectors that will be seeking workers?  

How can parents help?  

Two dates and locations to choose from:

Thursday,  November 24, 2016

6:30 - 8:30 PM

St. Paul High School

275 Draper Ave

Thursday,  Dec 1, 2016

6:30 - 8:30 PM

St. Matthew High School

6550 Bilberry Dr, Orléans

Register Now:

E-Waste Day on Saturday, November 19 at SPH

posted Nov 4, 2016, 6:35 AM by Don Murphy

E-Waste Day 

On Saturday November 19 from 8 AM to 4 PM,  St. Patrick's High School at 2525 Alta Vista Drive is holding an E-Waste Day as a fundraising event for the school's ECO Team. 

This event will allow you to drop off all your unwanted electronic devices for recycling.  Items do not have to be in working order.  We will accept televisions, stereos, telephones, computers, printers, and more. 

Thank you for your support!

Sensory Processing Disorders and Behaviour November 28

posted Oct 31, 2016, 10:52 AM by St. Patrick's Intermediate School   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 10:56 AM ]

Some children (with and without other special needs) “have problems developing the ability to process information received through their senses. They might have problems interpreting sights, sounds, and sensations of touch and movement. They might become unusually upset by bright lights or loud noises or by being touched or moved unexpectedly. They might also have problems controlling, orchestrating and using their muscles effectively. .. these difficulties can result in behaviours that confuse, frustrate and anger parents and teachers.

Nathalie Mabon, Occupational Therapist OT Reg. (Ont.) will provide background on SPDs often associated with autism, developmental disabilities and other diagnoses; the latest evidence-based strategies to help children (and adults who support them) cope with sensory issues in order to prevent sensory overload leading to the fight, flight or freeze response as well as strategies to help students recover when they do become overwhelmed.


Become a sensory detective and learn how to read your child and provide the right support. The presentation will include:

·        an introduction to all 7 sensory systems and their function

·        an explanation of sensory modulation with regards to the sensory systems

·        a discussion of sensory triggers (what causes a behaviour to occur)  and "grounders" (calming techniques)  and how to use them

·        the impact of sensory modulation challenges on behaviour

·        strategies, strategies, strategies....

For more information and to register:

1-10 of 132