News
May 6th - Principal's Newsletter
6 May 2021

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

Re. News from Colonel By SS (6 May 2021)

We hope this message finds you safe and well during this latest phase of our community's pandemic response. I'm pleased to share with you our latest newsletter. You may access it by clicking here or by downloading the attached file.

Take care, Cougars!

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Newsletter - 2021-05-06.pdf 

April 30th - Virtual Skill Competition and Career Exploration Conference
Are you interested in exploring careers in the skilled trades? Skills Canada is hosting the Virtual Skills Ontario Competition and Career Exploration, the Young Women's conference, and the First Nations, Inuit, Metis Conference on May 12. It's free to attend. Email Mr. Shea if you have questions.

April 29th - OCVSS Virtual Relay for Life

We are so excited to invite you to participate in our board-wide Relay For Life! The pandemic has forced many schools to miss out on this amazing event, so OCVSS has decided to bring the event to a virtual stage! We are eager to provide all OCDSB students with a chance to take part in this impactful event FOR FREE! Relay For Life 2021 will run on May 28th from 2:00-4:00 PM, and you don’t want to miss it!

To get to know more about Relay, how the event will run this year, and how to register, please watch our Relay Rally video, posted at the following link:

RELAY RALLY VIDEO 

REGISTRATION:

To register for OCDSB Relay For Life, visit THIS LINK

1.    Search for your school’s team and click “JOIN”.

2.    If you already have a Relay account, log in. If not, create an account to join.

3.    Participation in the event is FREE, but we encourage you to fundraise and support our cause!

4.    The first 200 students to register will be entered into a raffle for one of four $25 gift cards of their choosing!

SURVIVOR STORIES:

If you are currently battling cancer, or are a survivor, we want to hear from you! We would love for you to share your story on our event day as a pre-recorded interview. If you’re interested in sharing, please fill out the following form before May 7th:

SURVIVOR STORY FORM 

PERFORMANCES & ENTERTAINMENT:

If you’re a singer, dancer, stand up comedian, or any other type of entertainer, we want to showcase your talent in front of OCDSB at our Relay For Life in May! We’re searching for exciting performances, up to 5 minutes in length, that will be pre-recorded and shared at our event. Please understand that our event is only two hours long, so we won’t have enough time for everyone’s performances. To submit an act, please fill out the following form before May 7th:

PERFORMANCES FORM

Don’t forget to register for Relay For Life, tell your friends about it, and follow our Instagram account for more updates @ocdsbrelayforlife!

You don’t want to miss out on this event!

Stay happy and healthy, 

OCVSS Student Council & The Canadian Cancer Society

April 29th - LINK Application
April 21st - LINK Information Session and Applications
Attention Cougars in Grades 10 & 11.  Are you interested in being a part of CB’s Link Crew? If so, please attend an information meeting about the course on Thursday, April 29th at 2:10pm using the meetcode: CBLink. All Grade 10 & 11 students are welcome to attend and apply!

An application is required for all students, even if you selected the course on Xello. Applications will be available on April 29th at the information meeting and on colonelby.com. Applications must be completed by Wednesday May 5th.

April 17th - Remote Learning April 19th
17 Apr 2021

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

Re: Remote Learning beginning on Apr 19, 2021

On Monday April 19, students and staff will return to a remote learning model, as per the orders of the Ontario government.

Please see the attached documents, or click here, for information about what to expect in the coming days and weeks. Please remember: we have a dedicated team of Guidance Counsellors, Student Success Teachers, and Learning Support Teachers who work in partnership with you and our classroom teachers to serve and support our learners. Do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our Student Services team at any time. Contact information can be found here.

I wish you and your families safety and happiness as we begin this latest phase in our education community's response to COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Remote Learning - Apr 2021 (Students).pdf 

April 8th - IB Examinations 2021 Cancelled
8 April 2021

Re. IB Exams - May 2021

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

I have received many inquiries about our plans for the May 2021 administration of the IB Exams. Your patience has been appreciated as we worked with Ottawa Public Health and the International Baccalaureate Organization to establish a plan that balances health and safety priorities with the academic well-being of our students.

Given the provincial government’s 28-day stay-at-home order that was enacted today, and the rise of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, it has been determined that IB exams will not take place for examining courses this year. This decision likely raises a number of questions for you. I have tried to address some of them in a letter than can be accessed in the attached file or by clicking here. I also encourage you to contact me or our IB Coordinators if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Steve Spidell, Principal

IB Exams - May 2021.pdf 

April 1st - Student Well-Being Information Evening April 8th
1 April 2021

Re. Third Annual Student Well-Being Information Evening - April 8, 2021

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

Your School Council is pleased to offer its third annual Student Well-Being Information Evening on April 8 from 6:30-9:00pm. The event will take place online and will feature Dr. Michael Cheng and Amelia Eaton from CHEO. For more information about our guest speakers, please click here or see the attached file.

This event is open to everyone in the Colonel By community. To assist with our planning, we ask that you kindly RSVP using this link.

There are three easy ways to join the meeting on April 8th. Simply click on the meeting link the attached file, access the link on the Colonel By Public Calendar, or click here.

We look forward to working with you in support of student well-being!

Sincerely,

Your Colonel By Secondary School Council

Student Well-Being Event - Apr 8, 2021.pdf 

March 22nd - OSSLT Cancelled

22 March 2021

Re. Cancellation of OSSLT

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

Please see the attached letter for an important update on the 2021 administration of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Alternatively, you can click here to view the letter.

Thank you,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Cancellation of OSSLT.pdf 

March 21st - Positive Covid Test
21 March 2021

Re. COVID-19 positive case (21 Mar 2021)

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that an individual associated iwth Colonel By Secondary School has tested positive for COVID-19. Attached to this message is a letter from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) which explains their investigative process and provides information about next steps. Please note that all persons deemed high-risk contacts will receive direct communication by phone and/or email from OPH before the end of the day today. Parents are encouraged to check their email today and into this evening.

I recognize this is the second message I have sent you this week with respect to COVID-19 but OPH has indicated that they do not believe the two cases are connected.

Please note that we are unable to share any information beyond that which is included here and in the attached letter. SHould you have questions about the OPH response after you have reviewed this message, please contact OPH directly. In the meantime, please stay safe and continue to follow all recommended health and safety protocols.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

1 - Single Case Letter - Colonel By - Staff - Parent - Personnel - March 21, 2021.pdf 

March 17th - Principal's Newsletter

17 March 2021

Re. Newsletter, March 17, 2021

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

The latest newsletter from Colonel By is ready for you! To access it, please open the attached file or simply click here.

Thank you,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Newsletter - 2021-03-17.pdf 

March 5th - Student Learning 2021-2022

5 March 2021

Re: Student Learning for 2021-2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The 2021-2022 school year is quickly approaching and we need to hear from you so that we can prepare our welcoming activities for students in September.

Attached to this message, you will find a letter with important information to help you and your family make some important decisions about school attendance in September. You may also access the letter by clicking here.

We ask that you read over this letter and complete the embedded google form no later than 11:59pm on Sunday March 14, 2021.

Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the school or visit the OCDSB website.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Student Learning 2021-2022.pdf 

March 4th - Course Selection
4 March 2021

Re: Course Selections for 2021-2022

Dear CB Students, Parents, and Guardians:

It is course selection season. Students are choosing their courses for next year in XELLO online. This year we are not requiring a paper copy of the course selection with a parent signature--for that reason, we request that you please look at your child's course selections in XELLO with them to ensure that you approve the choices.

There are several course selection resources available on the CB Guidance page 

Due to some challenges with XELLO, we are extending the DUE DATE for course selections to Wednesday, March 10th.

Guidance counsellors are available to answer questions and help with course selection. Please email us or connect using one of the options below:

COURSE SELECTION QUESTIONS?

GUIDANCE HELP

Weekdays - February 22nd to March 12th - 2:00-3:15pm

Google Meet Nickname: Course Selection IB

Google Meet Nickname: Course Selection Ontario

Schedule a virtual appointment www.colonelby.com/guidance.html/guidance.html 

Go to BOOK NOW and select a meeting time.  

You will be sent a Google meet link before your appointment.

February 19th - Parent Teacher Interviews February 25th
19 Feb 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In previous years, we have used a paper booking system for our parent-teacher interviews. I'm pleased to let you know that we've taken our booking system online! Here's all you need to know:

Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place on Thursday February 25th with a range of timeslots available between 2:30pm and 7:30pm.

All interviews will take place by telephone or Google Meet.

To book an appointment with a teacher, please click here or visit www.schoolinterviews.ca and enter the event code zgxfy.

Unfortunately, given the size of our student population, we are rarely able to accommodate all requests for interviews. Nevertheless, our teachers are happy to schedule an alternate opportunity to chat on the phone or by Google Meet at a time that is mutually convenient. Teachers' email addresses can be found on the Faculty page of our website.

We look forward to welcoming you, virtually, on February 25th!

Thank you,

Steve Spidell, Principal

February 16th - Report Cards

16 Feb 2021

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

The OCDSB continues to experience issues with the Report Card Portal for secondary students at certain schools. As such, we will be printing hard copies of Report #2 and providing them on Wednesday February 17 (Cohort B students) and on Thursday February 18 (Cohort A students).

Please be assured that the delays in issuing report cards has not affected our scheduled transmissions to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre or to the Ontario Colleges Application Service.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

February - Black Excellence Club Presentations
Episode 1 - Black is Real

Episode 2 - Black is Unbound
Episode 3 - Black is Resilience
Episode 4 - Black is Excellence

February 10th - Connectivity Issues With The OCDSB Report Card Portal

10 Feb 2021

Re: Connectivity Issues with OCDSB Report Card Portal

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

It has been brought to my attention that families are experiencing connectivity issues with the OCDSB's Report Card Portal. This seems to be affecting all schools in the District and central staff is working to rectify the situation as quickly as possible. I can assure you that there is no impact on our scheduled transmissions of data to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre or to the Ontario Colleges Application Service.

You can expect communications from the District with an update soon. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me or our Student Services Department if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

February 10th - Principal's Newsletter

10 Feb 2021

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardian,

I'm sharing our latest newsletter with you. Today's issue contains important information about report cards for the first half of the school year, and course selection for the 2021-2022 school year. I encourage you to review this newsletter and connect with the school if you have any questions.

You can access the newsletter by clicking here or by opening the attached file.

I wish you all the very best on this sunny February day!

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Newsletter - 2021-02-10.pdf 

January 29th - Return to School
29 January 2021

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

As you are likely aware, Colonel By students will return to in-person learning on Monday February 1, 2021. Please review the attached file or click here for important information to help you and your family prepare for this important transition.

The Colonel By faculty is very much looking forward to safely welcoming all of the Cougars back to the den! Until then, have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Newsletter - 2021-01-29.pdf 

January 25th - Principal's Newsletter
25 January 2021

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

Our next newsletter is ready and I'm pleased to share it as an attachment to this message or you can simply click here.

Stay safe, Cougars!

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Newsletter - 2021-01-25.pdf 

January 19th - School Council Meeting

19 January 2021

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

On behalf of the Colonel By Secondary School Council, I share this reminder of our meeting tonight: January 19, 2021 at 7:00-8:00pm. Sandra Schwartz, OCDSB Trustee for Innes/Beacon Hill-Cyrville will be our guest for this evening's meeting.

The meeting will take place virtually using Google Meet. It can be accessed using this link or through today's calendar item at www.colonelby.com. When you click the access link, you will be prompted to provide your name and/or email address.

School Council serves as an advisory body to the Principal and welcomes students, parents, staff and community members to work collaboratively in the best interest of our school. For more information, you can visit the School Council website.

We look forward to seeing you this evening.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

January 4th - Principal's Message
4 Jan 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today, we welcomed our students and staff back to a new calendar year and to yet another instructional delivery model. This model ensures that the OCDSB is following the expectations set out by the Ministry of Education and Ottawa Public Health. Throughout the day today, our teachers have been reaching out to their Day 7 and Day 8 students to share expectations for teaching and learning from January 5th to January 22nd. At this time, we are expecting a return to in-school learning on January 25 but as you know, this may be changed as local and provincial COVID-19 realities evolve.

Please see the attached document for some more information about what to expect over the next three weeks. We have a dedicated team of Guidance Counsellors, Student Success Teachers and Learning Support Teachers who are here to serve and support our learners. Do not hesitate to contact our Student Services office at 613-745-9411 to be connected with a member of this team.

I wish all of our Colonel By community the very best as we embark on this latest adventure in education.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Remote Learning (Jan 2021).pdf 


December 31st - Remote Learning Information
31 Dec 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you well and safe during our very unusual holiday break. I apologize for another interruption during this time of relaxation and rejuvenation but it is important that I share the information in the attached letter so that you and your family may begin planning for our return to remote learning on January 4, 2021.

Please review the attached file and feel free to reach out to me or to your child's teachers if you have any questions. Our staff will be returning to work on January 4.

I wish you and yours the very best as 2020 draws to a close and send you warm wishes for a happy new year!

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Parent Message (31 Dec 2020).pdf 

December 24th - Covid-19 Case
24 December 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please accept my apologies for intruding on your holiday break.

Today, I received notice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) that an individual associated with Colonel By Secondary School has tested positive for COVID-19. Following their investigation, OPH determined that the individual was not present in the school while they were contagious. As such, there was no risk to students or staff at the school.

Please see the attached letter for more information from OPH and kindly note that I am unable to share any details beyond those included herein.

I wish you the very best this Christmas Eve and hope the entire CB community stays safe during the holiday break and throughout our January remote learning. Wash your hands, wear a mask, and limit social interactions. We will beat this!

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Colonel By Secondary School - Staff - Parent - Personnel - Letter - Dec 24, 2020.pdf 


December 18th - Principal's Newsletter
18 Dec 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You can review our latest newsletter by clicking here or by opening the attached file. Please take a look through it for some important information and updates.

On behalf of the entire Colonel By faculty and staff, we wish you the very best of the season and a happy new year!

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Newsletter - 2020-12-18.pdf 

December 14th - Covid-19 Case

14 December 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that an individual associated with Colonel By Secondary School has tested positive for COVID-19. Attached to this message is a letter from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) which explains their investigative process and provides information about next steps. Please note that all persons deemed high-risk contacts have received direct communication from the school and will receive direction from OPH in the coming days.

I recognize that this is the second message I have sent to you this week and that may be distressing to you and your family. OPH has indicated to me that they do not believe the two cases are connected. You may be interested to know that in the context of schools, the Ontario Ministry of Health defines an outbreak as "two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff (or visitors) in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation)". Accordingly, one person testing positive for COVID-19, or even multiple people testing positive, would not necessarily meet the definition of an "outbreak".

Please note that we are unable to share any information beyond that which is included here and in the attached letter. Should you have questions about the OPH response after you have reviewed this message, please contact OPH directly. In the meantime, I encourage you to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by following safety protocols such as: frequent hand-washing, the wearing of a mask, practicing social distancing, and completing the COVID-19 daily self-assessment before sending your child to school.

Thank you,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Colonel By Secondary School - Staff - Parent - Personnel - General - Dec 14, 2020.pdf 

December 13th - Covid - 19 Case
13 December 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that an individual associated with Colonel By Secondary School has tested positive for COVID-19. Attached to this message is a letter from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) which explains their investigative process and provides information about next steps. Please note that all persons deemed high-risk contacts have received direct communication from the school and will receive direction from OPH in the coming days.

Please note that we are unable to share any information beyond that which is included in the attached letter. Should you have questions about the OPH response after you have reviewed this letter, please contact OPH directly. In the meantime, please stay safe by following all appropriate COVID-19 protocols. Wash your hands frequently, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and complete the daily COVID-19 self-assessment before attending school.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Colonel By SS - Staff - Parent - Personnel - General - Dec 13, 2020.pdf 

December 3rd - Holiday Food Hampers
3 Dec 2020

Dear Colonel By Families,

Colonel By SS has a strong reputation of giving to our community throughout the school year – we thank you for all your efforts which made our Virtual Fall Food Drive a success this past fall!

December is time of year when we normally come together to collect the fixings for a “Holiday Hamper” for a community family in need. As in the fall, current guidelines prevent us from collecting physical donations but we will be collecting monetary donations through School Cash Online

All donations raised this holiday season will be split among three different community pathways. The Shepherds of Good Hope provide amazing services and support to vulnerable families in Ottawa. The Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard prepares holiday baskets for patrons accessing their food service.  Lastly, we will provide “Holiday Hampers” for our own CB families in need this year.

The program will run from Monday, Dec. 7th to Wednesday, Dec. 16th, with the following donation choices available on School Cash Online:

$5 donation    |    $20 donation    |    $75 donation – this is the amount we traditionally target for a whole “Holiday Hamper”

Let’s show the community that while we cannot visit and celebrate in person, we can still share our holiday cheer and send hope for a better 2021.

With thanks from Colonel By Secondary School

November 24th - Principal's Newsletter
24 November 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please click here to access today's newsletter. It contains importation information about report cards, inclement weather, student events, and much more! Past issues of our newsletter can be found on the Colonel By website.

Thank you,

Steve Spidell, Principal

November 18th - Commencement 2020 Information
16 Nov 2020

Dear Colonel By Graduates,

It's hard to believe that eight months have passed since we last learned, played and laughed together at Colonel By. Like you, I was disappointed that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our plans to recognize you--the Class of 2020! Despite our high hopes for an in-person Commencement ceremony, the current situation will not allow for it. Instead, we will be offering a virtual Commencement ceremony.

Please take a look at this letter to learn more about what's planned. I'll also ask that you share this widely with other members of Colonel By's Class of 2020 just in case they've missed it or if they've updated their contact information since leaving CB.

We look forward to celebrating with you soon.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

November 9th - Principal's Newsletter
October 30th - Principal's Newsletter
30 Oct 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Attached, please find this week's newsletter. Have a safe and happy Hallowe'en weekend!

Spookily yours,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Newsletter - 2020-10-30.pdf 

October 23rd - Principlal's Newsletter
23 Oct 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Attached, please find our most recent newsletter. All the best to you this sunny Friday afternoon!

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Newsletter - 2020-10-23.pdf 

October 22nd - Positive Covid Case at CB
22 October 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today, I received confirmation from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) that an individual attending or working at Colonel By Secondary School has tested positive for COVID-19. I have been working closely with our Public Health Nurse throughout the day and have received reassurances that the individual was not at school while they were contagious, which means there was no risk of transmission to others in the school.

This is a good opportunity to remind parents that the COVID-19 self-assessment must be completed by students every day before coming to school. Further, we must continue to observe health and safety protocols by always wearing a mask at school, practicing effective hand hygiene and maintaining physical distance from others.

The attached letter from OPH tells you what you need to know. For more information about COVID-19, please visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca and feel free to reach out to the school if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Colonel By - Staff - Parent - Personnel - Letter - Oct 22, 2020.pdf 

October 22nd - IB Info Night
22 Oct 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is a reminder of this evening's IB Information presentations for parents/guardians of Grade 11 and Grade 12 IB Diploma candidates. You can join the Zoom Webinar or view the live stream on YouTube. Links are below.


GRADE 11 IB Parent Presentation: October 22 @ 6:15pm

Webinar Link: https://ocdsb.zoom.us/j/96293581621?pwd=OVRVSVc1U1FsbVYwcjBEQm9uWHdEUT09

YouTube URL: https://youtu.be/LvftPBmA7ns


GRADE 12 IB Parent Presentation: October 22 @ 7:30pm

Webinar Link: https://ocdsb.zoom.us/j/98571226714?pwd=T1pGaS9OSFF3b0I0bUxpT1d5MVY3UT09

YouTube URL: https://youtu.be/dE1wtDPwxUE


Please note that YouTube participants will not be able to pose quesitons using the Chat or Q&A feature.

Thank you from your IB Coordinators!

Lewis Harthun (lewis.harthun@ocdsb.ca) and Jennifer Lee (jennifer.lee@ocdsb.ca)

 

October 16th - Principal's Newsletter
October 6th - Newsletter
October 2nd - School Council Meeting October 14th 6:00-7:00PM

2 Oct 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

School Councils bring together the parent community and enhance the communications between the school and the school community. This is accomplished by providing feedback and advice to the Principal and the District on significant education issues, and by planning activities that support the active participation of parents/guardians and the school community.

Colonel By has a large and active Council that is eagerly preparing for its first meeting of this school year. The meeting will take place on Google Meet on Wednesday October 14 from 6:00-7:00pm. At this meeting, the election of the Council and its Officers will take place. Any parent or guardian of a student attending Colonel By can be elected as a parent member of School Council. In addition, parents and guardians of students enrolled in Ottawa-Carleton Virtual School are eligible to seek election to a position on the school council at their child's home school, where an insufficient number of parents or students attending in person have put their names forward for election.

In the coming days, we will be sharing information about the nomination and election process for our parent representatives as well as the Officer positions (Co-Chairs, Treasurer, and Secretary). We encourage you to consider this opportunity to contribute to life at Colonel By and hope to see (virtually) on October 14.

Sincerely,

Your Colonel By Secondary School Council

September 30th - Orange Shirt Day
Please watch CougarVision or visit orangeshirtday.org for Orange Shirt Day Resources
September 30th - Rowan's Law Day (Concussion Awareness)
September 25th
25 Sep 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week's newsletter is attached to this message. Please take some time to review it with your family. As always, you are welcome to contact the school if you have any questions or if we can be of service.

Have a great weekend!

Steve Spidell, Principal

Newsletter - 2020-09-25.pdf 

September 18th - School Newsletter
September 17th - Course Change Deadlines

Message from Student Services:

Timetable changes can be requested by completing the Course Change Request form found on www.colonelby.com under School News.  Due to our octomestered timetable, and the mandated size of class cohorts, course changes are not always possible. Only essential changes will be considered.

The deadlines for course changes affecting Octomester 1 courses already in progress are:

Grade 9:  September 18th - end of day

Grades 10-12:  September 23rd - end of day

Virtual guidance appointments can be made on the Guidance section of our school website (www.colonelby.com-->admin-->guidance).

Guidance counsellors can also be reached by email. Please visit www.colonelby.com to access email addresses.

Thank you from your Student Services Team

September 11th - Principal's Message

11 Sep 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Let me begin by thanking you for sharing your Colonel By students with us this week!  We've now seen our Grade 9 students twice and our students in Grade 10-12 joined us on Thursday (Cohort A) and today (Cohort B). It was very exciting to see our Cougars back in the building and I received loads of glowing feedback from students as they left at the end of their instructional period!

We have shared information with our students about the format and structure of our octomestered school year calendar. I have attached a calendar to this message with an explanatory note about how to read the hard copy of a timetable. If you have any questions at all, please don't hestiate to reach out to a member of our Student Services team:

Ms. Badgery (jill.badgery@ocdsb.ca) - Students with surnames A to H

Ms. Storey (sarah.storey@ocdsb.ca) - Students with surnames I to Q

Ms. Nakashoji (rachel.nakashoji@ocdsb.ca) - Students with surnames R to Z

I'll be sharing more news and information with you in the coming days but for now I'll wish you a great weekend.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

September 5th - Colonel By Cleaning Protocols

Colonel By Cleaning Protocols

5 Sep 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Tuesday September 8, students will begin returning to school. COVID-19 has changed the way we live our lives and will be changing the way we do our jobs. We have received some inquiries about the cleaning protocols that have been established at Colonel By to ensure that the places where we learn, play and work are clean and safe every day. Here is a detailed plan of what you can expect to be taking place through the day and evening.

Priority Work: The focus of our Care Staff will need to be cleaning and disinfecting before all other tasks.

Public Health Nurse: Ottawa Public Health nurses will be visiting the school to review our safety protocols and practices starting next week.

Care Staff Safety: All Care Staff will be provided disposable medical-grade masks, face shields and gloves. Care Staff will not enter classrooms or other learning spaces when students are present.

Enhanced Cleaning: The Enhanced Cleaning tasks outlined below are a requirement from Ottawa Public Health and must be completed during the day while the school is occupied. These tasks take priority above all other tasks except emergencies.

Common Areas: A full pass through the entire school twice a day--once after students enter and again after the mid-point of the learning block--to wipe down all the touchpoints with wipes saturated with Oxivir Tb. Care Staff will address all the common areas, hallways, stairwells and the elevator. These touchpoints include exterior door knobs/handles, interior door knobs/handles, railings, panic sets, doors that need to be pushed open, water fountains, and elevator buttons.

Washrooms:  Twice a day (once when students go into class in the morning and again after their break). All the washrooms will receive a disinfection cleaning twice per day--once after students enter the building and again after the mid-point of the learning block. This requires all garbage to be picked up and toilets flushed, all stalls and urinals to be open and available to be used and checking that there are paper towels, toilet paper and hand soap in all dispensers. All counters, sinks, dispensers, and touchpoints will be wiped down using a yellow microfiber rag and Virex II 256 disinfectant. All toilets and urinals will be wiped down with a red microfiber rag and Virex II 256 disinfectant.

Classroom Cleaning Supplies: A spray bottles of Virex II 256 and paper towels will be available in all classrooms and will be checked and/or refilled as required before students arrive.

Evening Cleaning: The evening Care Staff is required to disinfect every desk and vertical surface with a green or blue microfiber rag and Virex 256 II disinfectant. All touchpoints in the classrooms will be cleaned with a wipe saturated with Oxivir Tb or PREempt RTU. Diversey Stride will be used for all floor care. Diversey Glance and paper towels or squeegee will be used for all glass and mirrors. Plexiglass and glass partitions will be disinfected each evening.

These strict cleaning protocols will help us all to stay safe and reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. We hope that you find this information helpful and will take some time to share it with the Colonel By students in your home. I encourage you to contact the school if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

September 4th - School Newsletter
August 31st - Course Change Requests

31 Aug 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please note that this message applies only to students who will be completing in-person learning at Colonel By SS.

Students requiring course changes must complete the Course Change Request 2020/21 - Return to School form on the CB website under NEWS.  (http://www.colonelby.com/).  

ONLY essential pathway course changes will be considered at this time. Because of the current circumstances, it is unlikely that elective changes and changes requested after the school year begins will take place.

If you have questions about essential pathways courses, please consult   https://www.ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca/ and https://www.ontariocolleges.ca/ or contact your guidance counsellor (http://www.colonelby.com/guidance.html). 

Sincerely,

Your Student Services Team

August 14th - September Update

September Update

14 Aug 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Let me begin by thanking you for your messages and feedback over the past several days. These are unprecedented times. Usually I would respond to each email personally. For those who have asked very specific questions regarding your child that fall outside the bounds of the information in this message, please be assured that you will receive a personal response as soon as possible. However, given the time-sensitive nature of our back-to-school planning, I want to address some of the most common questions that have arisen, so that parents and guardians have the most robust information possible before making a decision on their child’s return to school.

I do acknowledge that many of our students have travel arrangements that require substantial time (in some cases exceeding the 55 minute lunch and transition time) for them to make their way to and from school. The in-school instruction period is scheduled from 9:15 to 11:45am, culminating in student dismissal to return home. The afternoon remote learning schedule is split into 2 blocks, with the 12:40-1:55pm period being for students to complete homework, take part in asynchronous learning and/or connect with their teachers. The 1:55-3:15pm period is scheduled to be real-time remote learning. Please be assured that we will work with our staff to ensure that no student is disadvantaged by missing instruction due to their commute time. No synchronous lesson delivery or time-bound learning activities will be delivered until the 1:55pm real-time learning block, at which time attendance will be taken. My apologies if that was not made clear in previous communications.

For more detailed information about the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority’s plans for bus and van services, I encourage you to visit the OSTA website.

Student timetables are not available at this time. Once we have received information from the district about what parents and guardians have chosen for their child’s return to school, we will be creating cohorts as outlined in the district plan, and then finalizing timetables for students. More information will be forthcoming about when and how these timetables will be distributed.

We continue to receive support and guidance from central OCDSB staff and the IB Schools of Ontario. We are continuing to develop plans that will help us to deliver the high quality of educational programming you have come to expect from Colonel By Secondary School and all of its secondary pathways.

I recognize that you and your family are trying to gather information that will help with your decision to select in-school or remote learning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. As the OCDSB works to refine its Return to School plan, you will continue to receive updates. In the meantime, you can access the most up-to-date information on the OCSDB's Return to School web page and its FAQ page which can be accessed here.

Please note: The OCDSB has extended the deadline for parents to choose between in-person and remote learning to midnight on August 16. Parents and guardians may make their selection using the Confirmation of Attendance Form. I recognize that this is a very challenging decision for you and your family. My advice to parents and guardians is to make the best decision you can given the information you have at hand.

I wish you the very best this weekend and look forward to welcoming our students to the 2020-2021 school year. In the meantime, please continue to reach out to me or our Vice-Principals (larry.ruch@ocdsb.ca and anne.corrigan@ocdsb.ca) with questions and feedback.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

August 12th - School Return Plan

12 Aug 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In my previous communication, I committed to providing you with more details on Colonel By's Return to School plan. As I mentioned, our octomestering model will be very similar to the quadmestering model that will be used in semestered schools but with a few differences. Attached to this message, please find a document that helps to answer some of the questions that you are likely asking yourself as you try to determine whether in-school learning or remote learning is best for your family's circumstances.

I encourage you to continue monitoring the OCDSB's Return to School webpage as it is being updated regularly and includes a helpful FAQ page.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Colonel By Return to School 2020-2021.pdf 

August 11th - School Return Plan

11 Aug 2020

Dear Colonel By Parents and Guardians,

You recently received a message from the OCDSB regarding your plans for learning for your Colonel By student. 

At Colonel By, students will work on two courses at a time in a structure that mirrors the “quadmester” model shared by the OCDSB. We are currently developing a school-specific plan. We know that this is a key piece of information for families to have ahead of choosing for your child to learn in person or online/remotely.  

We look forward to sharing more specific details as we get closer to the start of school in September.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

June 24th - Class of 2020 Valedictorian

Dear Graduates, Parents and Community Members:

24 June 2020

Dear Graduates, Parents and Community Members:

valedictorian

It is with great pleasure that I announce Rica Qiu will be the Valedictorian for the Class of 2020.

Rica's involvement in extra-curricular clubs and athletics, her leadership in the community, and her strong academic standing have earned the respect of her peers and the faculty alike.

We look forward to Rica's address to the graduating class at our Commencement ceremony in the fall.  (Date and location to be determined.)

Congratulations, Rica!

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

June 24th - OCDSB Student Recognition Award

OCDSB Student Recognition Award Recipient - Tip Finless

Tip

Tip has had an incredibly positive impact on the entire school community in his four years at Colonel By. He has continuously demonstrated his leadership, dedication, creativity, and personal initiative in the myriad of activities he was involved in. 

Tip has been an integral part of all facets of life at Colonel By, whether he was serving as Student Council President, playing on the Varsity Football and Rugby teams, taking on a lead role in the school musical, appearing as anchor on CougarVision, excelling in class, or being a true friend to so many.

A leader, an athlete, a performer, and a scholar, Tip will be sorely missed at Colonel By next year and is truly deserving of this recognition.