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Parents Reaching Out Grants 2016 -17

med logoThe Ontario Ministry of Education is now accepting applications from schools councils for Parents Reaching Out Grants  (PRO Grants) for the 2016-17 school year. 

Application deadline: Sunday, May 29th.

School councils may apply for this grant to support school-based initiatives focused on engaging parents who may experience challenges in becoming involved in the school due to language barriers, recent immigration, poverty, newness to Ontario's school system, or other factors.

 PRO Grant presentation slides 2016-17

Visit the Ministry of Education website to learn more.

Monday,  April 14

Teleconference 1 at 5 p.m.

Teleconference 2 at 6 p.m.


Monday,  May 5

Teleconference 1 at 5 p.m.

Teleconference 2 at 6 p.m.

Summer Fun | June 2 & 9

Summer Fun June 2016 FJoin us for "Summer Fun" These 2 sessions will highlight fun and educational things for newcomer families to do in Ottawa this summer.  These sessions will be facilitated in Arabic.

Thursday June 2, 2016, 6:15 - 8:00 PM
St. Patrick’s High School, 2525 Alta Vista Drive


Thursday June 9, 2016, 6:15 - 8:00 PM
Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School, 2072 Jasmine Crescent, Gloucester

Health and Physical Education Curriculum

The Ontario Ministry of Education released revisions to the Health & Physical Education (HPE) Curriculum.  This curriculum update, contains new material related to a number of issues, including mental health, online safety and the risks of sexting, respect for self, healthy relationships, personal boundaries, and respect for diversity.

HPE ICE resourcesThe Bishops of Ontario asked Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) to oversee the development of resources to implement the revised HPE curriculum as part of the Family Life program in Catholic schools. 

 Health & Physical Education Resources 

  Fully Alive – Family Life Education Resources 

Relationships Tool Kit

The Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) is pleased to provide "Relationships"; two new resources to support parCODE   Parent Toolkitents and educators.  Healthy relationships are vital to the success of our children. Click on the links below to access these new resources for parents and schools.

 Parent Tool Kit: "Relationships"  - What parents can do to help their children develop healthy relationships.

  Guidebook for Parents and Schools  -  To support the use of the "Relationships" tool kit

Electronic Parent Resources

Have some extra reading time this spring and summer?  parent resource books

Electronic parent resource books have been purchased by CSPA, PIC and some school councils.  These electronic or e-books are available online for all parents to read.  You'll also find some lovely children's books to read with your child or have them read to you.

Please click here  for instructions to access these resources stored in the school board library system.

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Monthly Prayer

Prayer for Spring

As the earth once again turns to face the sun we rejoice in this season of spring.
We give thanks, O God, that each day grows longer in light.........more

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CSPA Event Calendar

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CSPA Meeting Information

All OCSB parents/guardians are invited to attend our meetings!

The next CSPA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, 2016    
OCSB Boardroom
570 West Hunt Club Road
7:30 to 9:30 PM

May 25 Meeting Agenda

Minutes from CSPA Meetings


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