School News & Announcements

CSPA Event - Supporting Big Emotions - Thursday, April 20, 2017

posted Mar 24, 2017, 8:26 AM by Kathleen Power

The Catholic School Parents' Association (CSPA) will be hosting a highly interactive workshop called 
"Your Action Plan for Supporting Big Emotions - Yours and Your Child's".  You will have the opportunity to work on your own, as well as in groups to understand your emotional triggers and your child's and find better calming techniques and solutions to create a more harmonious relationship in your home.  The guest speaker will be Joanne Boyd.

The workshop will be held at:    St. Matthew High School
                                                   6550 Bilberry Drive, Orleans

                                                   Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

For further details see the attached flyer.                                Register:

Cyber Bullying Event - Thursday, March 30, 2017

posted Mar 23, 2017, 8:23 AM by Kathleen Power

The Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition, in partnership with Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Police Service, will be hosting an event for parents and caregivers on cyber bullying. The event will bring together key partners across sectors including mental health experts, police and research to facilitate a conversion on cyberbullying and building a more supportive and safe community for all those impacted.

   When:           Thursday, March 30th, 2017
   Where:          6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
                         Ben Franklin Place
                         101 Centrepointe
                         Ottawa ON

    Evening Program:           6:00-6:30 pm:     Agency Fair Setup
                                            6:30-7:00 pm:     Registration / Service Fair Booths
                                            7:00-8:00 pm:     Speaker:     Dr Hazen Gandy CHEO
                                            8:00-8:30pm:      Speaker:     OTTAWA POLICE SERVICE, 
                                                                                           Cst Cindy Cybulski and Cst Geneviève Hupé
                                            8:30-9:00pm: Question Period /Service Fair Booths

Registration is limited, so don't delay, register using Event Brite at:

Parent/Teacher Interviews - Student Dismissal @ 1:30 p.m.

posted Mar 21, 2017, 7:36 AM by Kathleen Power

This is a reminder that our Parent/Teacher Interviews will take place on

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the cafetorium.  

In preparation for the interviews, the students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. and all periods will be shortened slightly:  The shortened schedule for the day will be:

                                         Period 1:          8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
                                         Homeroom:     9:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.
                                         Period 2:          9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
                                         Lunch:           10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
                                                                                        Period 3:        11:35 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
                                                                                        Period 4:        12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 If you have not yet booked your appointment, please remind your child to set up an appointment on your behalf with his/her teacher.  We hope to see you on Thursday.

Parent/Teacher Interviews - Thursday, March 23, 2017

posted Mar 10, 2017, 8:23 AM by Kathleen Power   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 9:23 AM ]

Parent/Teacher Interviews
Thursday, March 23, 2017

All students were given a sign-up sheet to take home, on Wednesday, March 8th for parent/teacher interviews.  

Parents/Guardians, we ask that you fill in the names of the teachers whom you wish to see and a suggested time, and return the form to the school with your child.  Interviews are scheduled from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the cafetorium, in 10 minute intervals.

In case you did not receive the form, attached is a copy.  It is the responsibility of your child to see his/her teachers before March 23rd to arrange appointments on your behalf.  The teachers will do their best to arrange appointments to meet with your desired time.  

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with your child's teachers and discuss his/her progress.

Fentanyl & Opioids Parent Information Session

posted Mar 10, 2017, 7:38 AM by Kathleen Power

Notice of Parent Information Meeting
Subject:  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, Ottawa Police Services, OPH and other community partners will be represented. 

When:​ Monday April 3rd -- Parent information session -- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.- open to the public

                                               Where:​ St. Paul High School, 2675 Draper Avenue, Ottawa (near Greenbank and Baseline) Link to location map:                                                                   
                                               Marketplace:​ There will be a partner display area at the event with front line staff to answer questions. 

The OCSB continues to work with the City’s Overdose Prevention Task Force to help educate our community and support our students. City of Ottawa/Ottawa Public Health opioid/Fentanyl resources:

For more information, please contact Mardi de Kemp, Manager of Communications, by phone at 613-224-4455 ext. 2326 or by email at

Deadline for 2017-2018 Course Selection is March 9, 2017!

posted Mar 2, 2017, 10:30 AM by Kathleen Power

Course Selection for the 2017 - 2018 school year is due Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Reminder...The process is to log on to "myBlueprint"; select courses; print; sign-off page; 
and return it to your homeroom teacher.

CSPA Presentation: Special Education & Your Child

posted Mar 2, 2017, 8:47 AM by Kathleen Power

The OCSB Student Services Department, in partnership with SEAC, CSPA, and PIC is presenting 

 Workshops for Parents of Children with Special Needs
on Monday, March 27, 2017
at 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
St. Patrick's High School
2525 Alta Vista Drive

Register now at:

For more details see the attached flyer.  All are welcome!

IMPORTANT Information from re Ottawa Public Health

posted Mar 2, 2017, 7:46 AM by Kathleen Power   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 7:47 AM ]

There has been a serious increase in overdoses and deaths related to opioids.  As a result Ottawa Public Health has provided us with some important information related to this risks.  Please take the time to read the two attached documents "Opioid Discussion Sheet for Parents" and "Opioid Factsheet for Students".

Ottawa Public Health & Ottawa Police Issue Counterfeit Prescription Alert!

posted Feb 27, 2017, 5:37 AM by Kathleen Power

Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Police services have asked all schools in the Ottawa area 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.

OPS/OPH Alert - Feb. 13, 2017 - Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and the Ottawa Police Service (OPH) are issuing an alert to warn residents about counterfeit prescription medications found in the city. It is suspected that counterfeit drugs found in Ottawa have been involved in recent life-threatening overdoses. Ongoing toxicology laboratory testing is being conducted to confirm the contents of these drugs.

Counterfeit pills can be manufactured to look almost identical to prescription opioids (i.e. Oxycontin, Percocet) and other medications. Obtaining drugs from a non-medical source such as a friend, ordering online, or a drug dealer is very risky and potentially life-threatening as there is no way to know what is actually in them or how toxic they may be. Drugs should only be purchased from a local pharmacy or a medical professional.

In Ontario, and locally, illicit fentanyl has been detected in counterfeit pills manufactured to resemble prescription pills like Percocet. The presence of illicit fentanyl significantly increases the risk of overdose; it is fatal in very small amounts.

On November 21, 2016, the Ottawa Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force (OPRTF) issued this public awareness release detailing the risks associated with illicit fentanyl. The OPRTF is urging residents to remain vigilant in taking the necessary precautions to mitigate the risks associated with overdose. Being able to quickly recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose and having a naloxone kit available can save a life while waiting for paramedics to arrive.

More information about counterfeit pills, overdose prevention, naloxone and local treatment resources can be found at

An overdose is a medical emergency. Anyone that suspects or witnesses an overdose should call 9-1-1, even if naloxone has been administered.

Course Selection 2017-18

posted Feb 22, 2017, 7:18 AM by Kathleen Power

Course selection via myBlueprint has started!  

Students in grades 9 and 10 will be invited to select their courses with a guidance counsellor starting on  Friday, February 24th.
Grade 11 students are welcome to stop by the guidance table in the mall or attend Wednesday homework club or make an appointment with their guidance counsellor for help.

Take care of this important job today!

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