School News

Combating Online Hate in Schools: What to Know. What to Do - for parents and staff

  • We will be hosting Combating Online Hate in Schools: What to Know. What to Do for parents and all board staff on June 8th at 7 pm. We’ll look at the issues of digital citizenship in an age of online hate, discuss some of the challenges young people face on popular digital platforms, review some of the common symbols and codes used by extremists online, and look at the ways in which anti-Asian, anti-Black and anti-Semitic content has been spread online recently. Poster Click here to register.

Proposed boundary consultation affecting schools in Barrhaven South ***Updated May 9th

View the presentation from the consultation meeting.

The OCSB will open a new Catholic elementary school in Barrhaven South in September 2023. The school's proposed attendance boundary will affect the existing boundaries of St. Benedict, St. Cecilia and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton schools.

New - May 9:

On Monday, May 9, 2022, the OCSB held a public meeting at St. Benedict Elementary School. At this meeting, we shared a presentation with parents. Please take some time to read through the presentation.

The deadline to share feedback is ​​Thursday, May 26, 2022, but don’t delay! Share your feedback today.

Following completion of the public consultation process, a recommendation report regarding the proposal will be presented to Trustees for a final decision.

The direct link to the consultation webpage is: New Barrhaven South Catholic Elementary School (2023) Proposed Attendance Boundary Public Consultation Page

Transportation - NEWS & INFORMATION

E135 Cancelled and routes consolidated - changes will occur March 21 - please read this memo

Bell Time change for September 2022

NEW: Transportation Confirmation for 2022-2023 - this is a new process for providing bussing next September for eligible students and must be completed by April 3rd, 2022. It’s simple! Let OSTA know your intentions by completing the Transportation Confirmation Form by April 3rd, 2022. You will need your child's OEN which you can find on their profile on the Compass Parent Portal

For more information - please see the OSTA flyer here with

Sacramental News and Parish Bulletins - click to open and select this week's bulletin

Bulletin for the week of May 15th - Fifth Sunday of Easter

Bulletin for the Week of May 8th - Fourth Sunday of Easter

Bulletin for the week of May 1st - Third Sunday of Easter

Bulletin for the Week of April 17th - The Resurrection of the Lord

Bulletin for the Sunday April 3rd - Fifth Sunday of Lent

Bulletin for the Week of March 27th - Fourth Sunday of Lent

Bulletin for the Week of March 20th - Third Sunday of Lent

Bulletin for the Week of March 13th, 2022 - Second Sunday of Lent

Bulletin for the Week of March 6, 2022 ~ First Sunday of Lent

Bulletin for the Week of February 27th - Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lent begins on Wednesday, March 2 and there will be two Masses held at St. Monica Church (with the service for the imposition of ashes). The 9:00 am Mass will be first come / first served. The 7:00 pm Mass - we will be accepting reservations on RSVPify for this Mass ( Reservations are now open until Thursday 3:00 pm. Please note the Mass will also be livestreamed. We continue to require parishioners to wear masks and social distance.

Bulletin for the Week of February 20th - Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin for the Week of February 13th - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin for the Week of January 30th - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Please note there are a couple of important announcements in this issue. Please see the article on our Lenten Series being offered via zoom. Please also see the article from the Diocese regarding an email scam using the names of priests.

Bulletin for the Week of January 23rd - Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Bulletin for the Week of January 16th - Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Bulletin for the Week of January 9th, 2022 - Baptism of the Lord

Booking Link for Christmas Eve Mass

Booking Link for New Year's Day Mass

Bulletin for the Week of December 19th - the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Bulletin for the Week of December 12th - the Third Sunday of Advent

Bulletin for the Week of December 5th - the Second Sunday of Advent

Bulletin for the Week of November 28th - the First Sunday of Advent

Bulletin for the Week of November 21st

Bulletin for the Week of November 7th, 2021

Bulletin for the Week of October 31, 2021

Bulletin for the Week of October 17th, 2021

Bulletin for the Week of October 10th, 2021





Sept. 27, 2021

As the purpose of celebrating First Communion and Confirmation for school-age children is to allow them to participate more fully in the Sunday Eucharist, there is no urgency about having these celebrations while the children are unable to attend Mass during the Covid crisis. You may hear of some parishes doing so; you will find that, unlike us, these are dealing with very small groups of children.

While the ‘remote’ or school-based component of the preparation for these sacraments can continue as long as the elementary schools are operating, the ‘family and parish’ component depends upon the parents being able to bring the children to the church (or St. Joseph High School gym) regularly for Sunday Mass.

Therefore the Sacramental Preparation program will not begin until there are no restrictions on Mass attendance and St. Andrew Parish resumes Masses at St. Joseph High School. The process will begin with a parent meeting of one hour at St. Monica church hall, followed by registration and the distribution of materials. Since the meeting will not be optional, it will be repeated several times to better accommodate parent schedules.

The actual celebration of First Communion will take place over several Sundays, at different regular parish Masses, in small groups, and not by school. The candidates will be given a date for the celebration only after all requirements have been met. Whether this will be during the Easter season or the summer will depend on the timing of the end of the crisis.

The celebration of Confirmation has been held at the Cathedral on Sussex Drive on a weekday evening in the September following the school year of preparation. This has worked very well, and we hope to be able to do the same this time.

As always, if your circumstances make it too difficult to participate in the preparation this time, you are welcome to wait until next year. Grade Two is simply the minimum age for First Communion; the ‘typical’ age for Confirmation is set by the local Bishop and varies from age seven to fifteen. In Ottawa the typical age is eleven.

The dates of the parent meetings will be posted in our parish bulletin. If you wish to be sent a notice about the meeting, please reply to the Sacramental Coordinator, Milva Calla She will send you information about registering as parishioners (if you have not done so already). When we have dates, she will invite you to attend the registration meeting. The registration must be in person, at the parent meeting.

May the Lord bless you and your family and keep you safe,

Father Frank

Indigenous Education: News and Information

***NEW and IMPORTANT information to share with all Indigenous families***

A new Indigenous student and family support worker will be joining the OCSB team starting January 10, 2022 until at least the remainder of this school year. Please inform all Indigenous students / families that she will be available to provide a variety of support for all Indigenous students throughout our system. You can reach out directly to her at:

First Nations children (up to age 14) currently attending school are invited to submit videos and artwork by Jan.21. 2022 that tell stories of their First Nations cultures and everyday life. Submissions will be featured on the First Nations Education Administrators Storyteller Page Àdisὁkewinini in Algonquin Anishinaabemowin. For more information, contest guidelines and application form, please click on this link.

All teachers, administrators, central staff, and parents are invited to register for a free four part webinar series where Carolynne Crawley (of Mi’kmaw, Black, & Irish ancestry) will lead virtual workshops that explore Indigenous knowledge to guide participants in strengthening their relationships with the land. The presentations will happen February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11th from 6:30-8:00PM. Click this link to register.

All parents who are interested in opting-in to communications from the Indigenous Education Team must fill out the form included in THIS LETTER. Many opportunities and events are available for Indigenous children and families, and opting-in is how we are able to communicate them to you. If you’re non-Indigenous, but also would like to receive updates, you are also encouraged to use the form to opt-in.

Summer Camps

  • Express yourself! The Interprofessional Clinic at Perley Health is pleased to announce the return of Summer Camp for youths who stutter.

This format involves a full week of intervention in a combination of group discussions and one-on-one therapy. Services are carried out by a Speech-Language Pathologist. The camp provides an opportunity for children who stutter to meet, to share experiences, and to support each other. It also challenges them to step outside of their comfort zone with speaking, and to gain confidence and resiliency.

Treatment may be offered in English or French, depending on the needs of the participants.

Registration forms can be found here

  • Game On Summer Camp

The Goal of GAME ON is for campers ages 7-13 to actively participate in a variety of sports with the FOCUS on FUN! Professional sport-specific instruction with the aim to develop and improve Fundamental Movement Skills by experienced Physical Education teachers. Includes a GAME ON T-shirt, daily prizes, weekly awards & Friday Pizza Day.

For more information please email:

Camps will run from July 4-29.

Please see more details about the camp here: Game On Information

To register:

  • French immersion camp

C’est le temps d’inscrire vos enfants au 60e camp de jour du Patro d’Ottawa! Au Patro Lympique, vos enfants deviendront nos petits champions et chaque semaine sera une petite victoire dans leurs coeurs! Notre marathon pour les inscriptions du camp jour été a commencé. Faites vite! Vous pourriez bénéficier jusqu’à -25%de rabais d’ici le 24 mai*. N’attendez pas pour inscrire vos enfants, Inscrivez les dés maintenant:


*Aide financière disponible sur demande.

It's time to register for the Patro d'Ottawa's 60th day camp! At the Patro Lympique, your children will become our little champions and each week will be a small victory in their hearts! Our marathon for summer day camp registrations has begun. Be quick! You could benefit from up to -25% off by May 24*. Don't wait to register your children:

Register now: click here

*Financial assistance available upon request.

Crossing Guard Urgently Needed for our School

Our School Needs a New Crossing Guard!

Give back to the community and help keep kids safe on their way to and from school.

Shifts are paid $17 per 40-60 minute shift

Ages 16+

Please apply through the Ottawa Safety Council at

School Calendar

Mental Health resources from Dr. Bolduc *new article added April 26th

Please see Dr. Bolduc's most recent article:

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 - May 1st to 6th

The world’s news has been difficult for adults to understand and even more challenging for parents and guardians to explain to children. The latest news regarding civil unrest in Ukraine makes the questions and the answers even more complex. Please read the latest Mental Health Minute by Dr. Richard Bolduc, OCSB Mental Health and Well-Being Lead, How to talk to your child in tough times.

Fall 2021 and the Importance of Nurturing Relationships

Resilience, Hope and Communication: Bridging through the Summer