School News & Announcements

May 6 to 11: Catholic Education Week Information

posted May 3, 2018, 9:40 AM by Don Murphy

Catholic Education Week - May 6 to 11

Also: Celebrating 50th Anniversary Events at Holy Cross Elementary,

Georges Vanier Elementary and Frank Ryan Intermediate

May 3, 2018                          18.05

Ottawa - The Ottawa Catholic School Board opens its doors during Catholic Education Week to showcase the learning our students experience every day. All Board schools host activities to encourage the community to visit as we are ‘Renewing the Promise.’  

The Catholic Education Week Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast will take place Tuesday, May 8th at 7:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Cathedral, 385 Sussex Drive, Ottawa. The Mass will be followed by the presentation of the Director of Education Commendation Awards. These awards are unique as the recipients are nominated by their peers for recognition.  Our Catholic Education Week Mass collection will be directed to Mother Earth Water Walk, , a Canadian organization of First Nations people raising awareness and promoting the health of our Great Lakes and the precious fresh water they provide.

Holy Cross Elementary will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Monday, May 7th.  An open house will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the formal ceremony will take place in the gym at 6:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served in the Learning Commons.

Georges Vanier Elementary, 40 Varley Drive in Kanata, will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Wednesday, May 9th at 4 pm. Take a walk down memory lane at an Open House/Tour of the school at 5:30 pm.  There will be a welcome prayer and school blessing beginning at 6:30 pm.

Frank Ryan Intermediate School is also celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Join them on Friday, May 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for special events including a memory walk, photo booth, face painting and refreshments.

Visit for a listing of the activities in over 80 OCSB schools during Education Week.  Follow #CathEdWeek.

Important Info. re: Transportation for Next School Year

posted May 2, 2018, 5:40 AM by Don Murphy

If your son/daughter is going to be going to St. Pat's High School in the fall and is going to be bussed, please be aware that they will be receiving Presto cards as they will travel on OC Transpo (even for grades 7/8), NOT yellow school buses. Also, please be aware that receiving transportation currently at St. Pat's Intermediate does not guarantee that you will receive transportation to St. Pat's High School (because you may live close enough to St. Pat's High School). To see if you will receive a Presto card and transportation, please study the following map (if you live within the boundaries outlined you will NOT receive transportation):

OCSB Event: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Our School Communities

posted Apr 4, 2018, 11:05 AM by Don Murphy


Come learn more about the Ministry of Education Equity Action Plan
Parents/guardians are key partners in creating inclusive and equitable school communities. Find out how you can play a role at your school
Information and free resources for participants to bring back to your school council
Dinner served at 6 p.m.  (free)

2 choices of date/location:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
6:00 - 7:45 PM
T.D. McGee School 
635 La Vérendrye Dr, Gloucester

Monday, May 14, 2018
6:00 - 7:45 PM 
OCSB Boardroom 
570 West Hunt Club Road

CSPA Presents: Stories from the Forest

posted Mar 27, 2018, 12:42 PM by Don Murphy

Stories from the Forest: How Play and Nature Shape Childhood

This presentation will explore the possibilities and great potential for children when they are provided with regular opportunities to play in and connect with the natural world.
Come and learn the stories and the evidence that will inspire you to open your front doors, and advocate for, increasing connections to nature and the outdoors for your children.

Guest Speaker: Marlene Power, Child and Nature Alliance of Canada  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018; 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
St. Francis Xavier High School, 3740 Spratt Road, Riverside South

CSPA Presents: Anxiety in School-Aged Children

posted Mar 8, 2018, 5:46 AM by Don Murphy

Anxiety in School-Aged Children  - Tues. April 3, 2018
r. Jean Clinton
St. Paul High School:   2675 Draper Avenue
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Both parents and teachers are expressing increased concern about the number of children exhibiting anxiety. This talk will explore what some of the causes may be and some strategies for helping.

Register Now: ​

2nd Parent Information Night at St. Pat's High School March 8

posted Feb 26, 2018, 6:04 AM by Don Murphy   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 10:48 AM by Marc Paradis ]

St. Pat's Intermediate reminds parents, guardians, and students of our grade 6 into 7 and grade 7 into 8 parent information evening at St. Pat's High School on Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. in the St. Pat's High School Cafetorium.

Hope to see you there.

Parent Information Night at St. Pat's High School

posted Feb 5, 2018, 7:57 AM by Don Murphy

On Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. at St. Pat's High School, there will be a parent information night for parents/guardians of students currently in grade 8 going into grade 9 in September.  We hope to see you there!

CSPA presents Boot Camp II

posted Jan 29, 2018, 6:13 AM by Don Murphy

CSPA and PIC present Boot Camp II, an opportunity for school council members and any interested parents to come together and learn.  
Guest speaker, Jacqui Strachan from People for Education. With over 20 years experience working on and with school councils, Jacqui has a wealth of knowledge to share.  Plan to attend in person or listen in from home via the webinar.

St. Patrick's High School, 2525 Alta Vista Drive
Monday, February 12, 2018 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Link to poster: 

Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs

posted Oct 17, 2017, 6:41 AM by Don Murphy

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.  Learn about the importance of knowing what your goals are for your child, how to communicate effectively with school and board staff and how to prepare for productive meetings.  Presented by SEAC and CSPA.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

7:00 - 8:45 PM

Thomas D’Arcy McGee Catholic School

Register Now:

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

posted Oct 17, 2017, 6:35 AM by Don Murphy

Workshop session descriptions: you may choose 2 options from sessions 1 - 4 (each is 1-hour in length) or choose only #5 (2-hour session)

1. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies & SEL language​ in the classrooms

2. Deep Learning: learning environments for students with special needs

3. Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) - Unlocking the Curriculum

4. Literacy and Numeracy for Students with ADHD

5. Assistive Technology (2-hour session)

Monday, November 6, 2017

6:30 - 9:00 PM

Notre Dame High School

710 Broadview Ave

Register Now:

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