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Mourning the loss of Trustee Thérèse Maloney Cousineau

Photo of Therese Maloney CousineauThe Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) is saddened by the passing of Trustee Thérèse Maloney Cousineau on Friday, January 11, 2019 after 35 years as an OCSB Trustee. Trustee Maloney Cousineau represented the Rideau-Vanier, Rideau-Rockcliffe, and Somerset areas (Zone 10).

A strong advocate of Catholic education, faith initiatives were very much a part of her vision as an OCSB Trustee. She was also an early promoter of girls in sports and science. Trustee Maloney Cousineau was elected as Trustee to the Ottawa Roman Catholic Separate School Board in 1984, before the amalgamation with the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board.

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January 8, 2019 OCSB News From the Boardroom

St. Benedict helps unveil Black Raven Park

Black Raven Park near St. Benedict School in Barrhaven was officially has been officially unveiled! The park was named in honour of the school mascot and was a community collaboration with the local builder, Mattamy Homes.

The opening event in October 2018 included a ribbon cutting by Councillor Jan Harder, and a speech by Mayor Jim Watson, who spoke to the crowd about the unique partnership and the great idea of naming the park after the school mascot. The school was able to expand on the ideas surrounding flexible learning environments, outdoor classrooms, and deep learning tasks during the ceremony — a wonderful example of the strategic commitment Be Community. View the presentation.

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Supporting our children during stressful times

Supporting our children during stressful times

In stressful times, it is important for families and schools to work together to foster supportive relationships for our students. Caring adults need to help children and youth understand their emotional reactions, to help them engage in positive coping behaviours and to be supportive of each other. Tragic incidents can alter a person’s sense of security thus the importance of offering reassurance to our children and youth. It is also important for adults to understand that experiencing stress and adversity can contribute to internal symptoms such as anxiety, fear or depression and behaviours such as aggression, reactivity or withdrawal.

Children and youth may not understand the context of recent world events and communications they have heard or seen through various media. Below are a few tips that may assist you while helping children and youth to feel safe. Please reach out to your school at any time should you or your children struggle.

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Ready to launch the OCSB French virtual library

Ready to launch the OCSB French virtual library

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) will soon be inviting all students to submit their literary works to our very own French online library. La bibliothèque virtuelle FSL OCSB will be launched Board-wide in January 2019. The FSL Virtual Library is a web platform that allows students to publish short stories online for others in the OCSB community to enjoy, enabling students to share their success as French writers and readers.

La bibliothèque virtuelle FSL OCSB is a Deep Learning opportunity that will enhance our students’ ability to be creative and collaborative while connecting with other students within our OCSB community. The Board is pleased to share this innovative resource with the OCSB community — virtual French books generated by our very own students!

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Filling buckets with half a million dollars: OCSB’s United Way Campaign

Filling buckets with half a million dollars: OCSB’s United Way Campaign

We did it again! The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s (OCSB) United Way campaign has had another successful year with OCSB employees raising $508,598, with $379,035 being directed to the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO). The generosity of the staff in this school district is both amazing and inspiring.

Inspired by the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” the “Fill a Bucket” theme for this year’s campaign was well received and took on a life of its own. Shiny red buckets were proudly and effectively displayed on raffle tables, special lunch tables….anywhere staff could see them to remind them how good it feels to fill the bucket for someone in need. The generous employees of the OCSB really connected with this message. They understood that while they may not know exactly how their donation will change a life, they know that it will.

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Board elects new Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

Board elects new Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

The Ottawa Catholic School Board has elected Trustee Mark D. Mullan as Chairperson and Trustee Jeremy Wittet as Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. Trustee Mullan is the trustee for Zone 8, Alta Vista/Gloucester-Southgate. He was first elected 1997, and served previously as Chairperson in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. Trustee Wittet represents Zone 7, Kitchissippi/Bay and has served as Trustee since 2017.

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