School News

School Attendance Boundary Update

On Tuesday, June 14, the Ottawa Catholic School Board approved the attendance boundary for the new Barrhaven South Elementary School. This alters the attendance boundaries for St. Benedict, St. Cecilia and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton elementary schools. The changes will go into effect at the opening date of the new school, currently scheduled for September 2023.

JK to Grade 6 students attending our school who reside within the new school's approved boundary, will all be relocated to the new school.

For more details on the changes you can read the full report: New Barrhaven Elementary School – Attendance Boundary Consultation Final Recommendations.

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.

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

June 5th - Pentecost Sunday





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 and Activities

  • Start2Finish Summer Adventures:

Information Poster

Start2Finish is a well-respected non-profit Canadian organization that is committed to promoting the health and wellness of children through literacy and fitness education. Start2Finish runs programs in schools across the country with excellent results, and they currently partner with a few OCSB schools. Their programs are based on best practices and current research.

Start2Finish offers an 8-week online summer program for students in grades 1-6. Each week, the children registered for the program receive an email that contains links to fun, educational videos, challenges and activities. Weekly activities are based on a theme, for example, Around the World, Nature Week, Zootopia etc. Children may access the Start2Finish weekly online activities at their convenience. Start2Finish will send out reminders to participants as well as shout-outs as activities are completed.

The OCSB has partnered with Start2Finish to provide summer programming to 4800 elementary school students. Participating students will be entered in weekly draws and will also be eligible for a prize at the end of the summer if they complete all 8 sets of challenges and activities. The response to this program from children who participated last summer was very positive.

Please share the attached poster and some of the information in this email with your school community. The registration link ( will be open until June 24th and students will be accepted into the program on a first-come first-serve basis.

  • 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.

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

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