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Tip Sheet for Parents on Ontario’s new Sex Education Curriculum

Ontario’s New Sex Education Curriculum has received a lot of attention over the past few weeks. This tip sheet may help to answer some of the questions that have been raised about what the changes are in the curriculum and how parents can expect that to translate into what will be taught in Grades 1 to 3, Grades 4-6 and Grades 7 and 8. This tip sheet is produced by People for Education, an independent organization that works to support public education in Ontario’s English, French and Catholic schools.
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Notice of strike action in all Ontario elementary schools beginning Monday May 11

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has provided notice of strike action in all Ontario elementary schools beginning Monday, May 11, 2015. Based on the information available at this time, it is believed that ETFO will be implementing a partial withdrawal of service. According to media reports elementary teachers will not participate in EQAO testing, will perform limited duties in relation to report card preparation, and will not participate in professional development. This job action applies to all elementary schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, as well as other elementary schools in Ontario.

Based on the current information received, parents can expect elementary schools (kindergarten to Gr. 8) to be open and all classes running as usual. All extended day programs will operate as regularly scheduled. The school district will provide more information about the specific services that the union is withdrawing in the coming days.
For recent information and updates, check the Labour Relations Update page regulary.

Proposed variable transportation policy

OSTA (Ottawa Student Transportation Authority) is seeking your feedback regarding a new proposed policy that recognizes some students have two homes due to a joint custody/access arrangement between their parents/guardians. The proposed policy and draft procedure outline the requirements and responsibilities for all parties while ensuring that safety of the student is at the forefront.

OSTA asks you to review the policy and procedure and submit your comments through the electronic survey. Deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015. The survey can be found here.

Reminder: March 7 EQAO Parent Forum

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is inviting parents and educators to a free parent forum in downtown Ottawa on Sat. March 7 from 9:00-2:00. The forum is composed of two sessions. The first session will deliver information about EQAO’s province-wide assessment program (i.e. an overview of EQAO elementary (Gr. 3 & 6) and secondary assessments (Gr. 9), the process for developing and scoring the assessments and an explanation about how the results from these assessments contribute to student learning in Ontario’s schools).

In the 2nd session, guest speaker – educator and author Dr. Lynda Colgan discusses the differences that parents can make in their child’s mathematics education. She will provide parents with effective strategies and resources to use as they carry out their important job as members of the math teaching team.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Location: Southway Hotel, 2431 Bank Street, Ottawa, K1V 8R9
Continental Breakfast : 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
First Session: 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Second Session: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Parents and educators wishing to attend are asked to register at ParentForum@eqao.com. Please provide the following information when registering: first and last name, board of education, school, and e-mail address. The deadline for registration is February 20, 2015.

This graphic displays results on Lakeview PS student attitudes from the 2013-14 Grade 3 EQAO.

Pie graphs showing Lakeview grade 3 students' attitudes 2013-2014

Meet the Principal – February 18th

Come out and meet Principal Diane Cousineau and some staff this week (Wed. Feb 18) from 6:30-8:30pm at Bayshore Public School Library, with special guests, OCDSB Multicultural Liaison Officers. The MLO Program is a school-based outreach program intended to serve the needs of immigrant and refugee children and their families to make them feel more at home in their new country. MLOs from various cultural and language groups work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators in the schools to address the educational concerns of newcomer families.

Childminding for school-age children will be available.

Informational poster in English and Arabic

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