Spring @ CB!
Hello CB Families!
Thank you to our friends and neighbours for taking the time to visit the Art Show on March 30th. It was great to see so many people enjoying our curated spaces! We look forward to welcoming you all to Music Night at the end of April!
As we complete term 3 and begin term 4, it’s time to get ready to review April Credit Counselling Summaries, which will be sent home Friday, April 21. For students in grades 9 – 11 it’s also another opportunity to review course selections for the fall.
Graduating students should be thinking ahead to Commencement, which will be held on Wednesday, June 28th. Invitations will be sent home to families soon.
On Tuesday, April 25th at 7pm at CB, School Council is hosting a special presentation! The Award-winning film, SCREENAGERS, probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. Follow the link to learn more. http://www.screenagersmovie.com/
Please let us know you will attend by using the RSVP button on the Colonel By website.
School Climate Survey
The OCDSB is committed to creating inclusive, safe and caring environments. As part of this commitment, along with direction from the Ministry, our schools administer school climate surveys to students at least once every two years. The purpose of a school climate survey is to better understand students’ perceptions about bullying, safety at school, and student engagement. We know that when students feel safe and welcomed at school that they are more likely to achieve at higher levels and have a stronger sense of well-being.
The school climate survey that has been used by the OCDSB since 2012-13 is called the OurSCHOOL Survey for students (formerly Tell Them from Me or TTFM) and was developed by The Learning Bar. More information about this survey is available on the OCDSB website http://www.ocdsb.ca. On this survey, students are asked to answer questions related to school climate and safety, bullying, perception of school, sense of belonging, and their background, including age, gender, and ethnicity. The data from this survey will be used to help school staff develop strategies to prevent bullying and to promote safe and inclusive schools.
Students who are in grades four to twelve will complete the OurSCHOOL Survey for students online at school between April 24th and May 12th, 2017. Parents who do not want their child(ren) to complete the survey must advise the school in writing by April 21st, 2017, by completing the opt-out form available on the OCDSB website.
The survey takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete. The survey is completely anonymous; it does not include any student names. The survey is also voluntary; students can decide whether they want to complete the survey, and they can also choose to skip any question they do not want to answer. The survey results will be reported at an aggregate level only and will not be linked to any other student data.
I am confident that the survey will be effective in helping us better meet the needs of our students. If you have specific questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Relay for Life – Survivors’ Breakfast June 2nd
With June fast approaching, Colonel By Secondary School’s Relay for Life event is just around the corner! At Colonel By, the Canadian Cancer Society’s event is extremely successful – we have raised over $100,000 each year for the past two years for cancer research!
The Relay for Life event will be taking place Friday, June 2nd, and the school will be hosting its Survivors’ Breakfast that morning. This annual breakfast is held in honour of all those who have been touched by cancer.
In light of this, we would like to extend an invitation to all of our Colonel By families whose lives have been affected by cancer. If you know of someone (friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, etc.) whom you would like to invite to the breakfast, please feel free to do so!
The breakfast will be open to visitors at 8:15 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. when opening ceremonies begin. The breakfast is free of charge for survivors, and any guests they would like to bring.
If you are interested in attending or helping out with the breakfast, or have the name of an individual that you would like to invite, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP by Friday, May 19th, 2017.
The Colonel By Relay Team looks forward to seeing you there!
Please stay connected to all of the incredible things that go on at CB by visiting our website, and checking the school calendar! There’s a lot that happens both within and beyond the classroom walls that we want to share.
We welcome the opportunity to work with you to ensure your CB student has a rich learning experience at school. The administration is available by phone, email or by appointment.
J. Fulton-Hale , Principal
Screenagers - Growing Up in the Digital Age
Is your teen tech savvy? CB's School Council is hosting an evening for parents to view and learn more about Screenagers - Growing Up in the Digital Age. Join us on Tuesday, April 25th in the CB Cafeteria at 7PM!
Please RSVP to attend so we may plan accordingly!
The Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition
The Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition in partnership with Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Police Service will be hosting an event on March 30th for parents on cyber bullying. Details
March Update From Admin
Hello CB Families!
It’s incredible to realize we are already through a significant part of our academic year, and thinking about Spring activities at school!
Thursday, March 30th is the scheduled date for the Literacy Test (OSSLT). This is a graduation requirement, and is written by all grade 10s and any other student in grade 11 or 12 who needs to complete the OSSLT. Students have been assigned to a classroom to complete the testing. Lists are posted in the front lobby / atrium area and students should be checking in advance.
Colonel By will open our doors for our Vernissage next week, on Tuesday, March 28th. Our art students are extremely proud of their creative works; we hope you can join us! CB is also hosting an Art Show Open House for our community on Thursday, March 30th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Admission for adults is $5.
CB’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the CFlats host their annual Night with the CFlats scheduled for Thursday, April 6th at 7:00 pm. Tickets will go on sale a week ahead of the event, $5 in advance for students, or $10 at the door.
Please see the link regarding CB’s upcoming Human Library Event on April 12th which is an incredible all day field trip for students. Field trip forms are due to Mme Leduc by March 31st.
CB’s School Council is changing the date of the next School Council Meeting to Tuesday, April 25th. Please watch for more information on that meeting, as Council is planning a special presentation!
Students will be receiving their Credit Counselling Summary sheets on April 21, to share Term 3 marks as well as to review their course selections for 2017-18. Students who will graduate (Gr 12s) will not have any courses showing!
Commencement is right around the corner! Grade 12 students and parents; please note that our ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 28th. More information to follow.
Colonel By and SWL Human Library April 12th
For information about our exciting Human Library Event in collaboration with Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School, please follow these links:
Eastern Secondary Area Accommodation Review - Letter to CB
Cyber Bullying Parent Night
Prescription Drug Overdose Information Sessions
Ottawa Public Health Alert - Risks of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs
Ottawa Public Health Alert - Risks of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs
This week Ottawa Police Services and Ottawa Public Health issued an alert to warn residents about counterfeit prescription drugs in the City of Ottawa. It is suspected that these drugs have been involved in recent life-threatening overdoses. Counterfeit pills can be manufactured to look almost identical to prescription opioids such as Oxycontin or Percocet. Parents can help reduce the risk of drug use by staying informed. Ottawa Public Health has some great information - learn more about overdose prevention here and read the joint Alert here.
February Reminders for CB Families
Hello CB Families!
February is a busy month at CB, and we hope you have been hearing all about it from your CB student!
We appreciated seeing so many parents at our Course Information Evening on Monday, February 13th. Thanks to our School Council for sponsoring refreshments!
Course selection contracts for the 2017-2018 school year are due on February 24th, and should be submitted through Career Cruising as soon as possible. All returning students have the instructions on how to use Career Cruising to submit their course selections. Should there be any difficulties or questions please have your student contact the Guidance department at CB. Students may not get appointments until following the deadline --- submit course requests on time, and Guidance will work with you to resolve any concerns. Grade 12 students need to sign and return the "not returning" form to Guidance.
Thursday, February 16th was our second Parent-Teacher Interview evening, and we were pleased to welcome so many of our parents/guardians at the school tonight. If you were not able to get an appointment with a teacher, please contact them directly via email to set up a conversation. Contact information is available under the Faculty tab on the school’s website, www.colonelby.com.
Tuesday, February 21st, CB School Council hosts a presentation from Partners for Life, on the topic of youth mental health. The presentation will be in the school Library starting at 7 pm. All are welcome.
Wellness Week will be a focus for CB students Feb 21 – 24. On Wednesday, February 22nd, we will be marking Day of Pink with a special school-wide assembly and spirit initiative! Organized by our Students’ Council and SAFE Club, we look forward to an amazing day of events.
Our musical production class will be ready for the presentation of Once Upon a Mattress, this year’s show! The show dates are March 1-2-3, get your tickets early as last’s year’s show sold out!
The art students are working on their Vernissage pieces, we look forward to seeing their artwork on display at the end of March.
A brief reminder (more to follow) about the OSSLT (Literacy Test) for all grade 10 students and any student in grade 11/12 who has yet to complete this graduation requirement. This year, the test is set for Thursday, March 30th, 2017. This is the only time students can complete the test. Please do not schedule appointments or otherwise plan an absence for this day.
It’s a PD Day tomorrow, February 17th for staff, and Family Day is on Monday, February 20th. Colonel By SS will be closed for four days. Enjoy the time with family!
J. Fulton-Hale, Principal
Feb 8th All Buses and District-Wide Sporting Events Cancelled
The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) has cancelled all buses serving students in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board today,Wednesday, February 08, 2017.
The buses are not operating due to poor road conditions.
All district-wide sporting events are also cancelled.
Schools do remain open.
If parents or guardians choose to send their children to school, who are normally transported by OSTA vehicles - they will be responsible for the students’ transportation to and from school.
Students will need to be dropped off and picked up at their regularly scheduled bell times.
Course Info Night Moved From Feb 7th to Feb 13th
CB’s Course Information Night, Select for Success for parents/guardians will be CANCELLED tomorrow due to the weather forecast for Tuesday, February 7th, which includes snow and freezing rain late in the day and into the evening.
The revised date and location: Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7PM in the Colonel By Cafeteria.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
The CB Administration and Guidance Teams
Update From Admin
Hello CB Families!
The second reporting period is here, and students in grades 9 & 10 should have brought home the green parent-teacher interview form. Students in grades 11 & 12 are able to pick up a copy from the main office, as an attachment to this message, or via our school website, www.colonelby.com.
On Thursday, February 9th Report Cards will be sent home with students. Parent-teacher interviews will be held on Thursday, February 16th from 3:45 – 7:45 pm. If you are not able to book an appointment on that evening, please communicate directly with the teachers to make alternate arrangements. All teacher contact information is available on the website under the Faculty tab.
It’s time to think about next year’s courses! CB’s Guidance team is hosting Select for Success: Course Information Night on Tuesday, February 7th at 7 pm in the Cafeteria for parents/guardians. We are delighted to welcome Mr. Whitlock, Department Head of Mathematics & Business, to the evening to discuss Mathematics pathways and opportunities. Classroom presentations for students will occur in the week of February 6 – 9th. Grade 12 students who are not returning to Colonel By will need to complete a not-returning form during the week of February 6 - 9th as well.
Friday, February 17th is a PD Day, and Colonel By SS will be closed that day. Monday, February 20th is the Family Day holiday in Ontario. School will re-open on Tuesday, February 21st.
On Tuesday, February 21st at 7 pm, CB’s School Council is hosting guest presenters from Partners for Life in the school library to talk about Youth Mental Health. This is the regularly scheduled meeting night, time and location! Council meets on the third Tuesday of each month, all are welcome. Contact information for our co-chairs and past minutes are available on the CB website (www.colonelby.com) under the School Council tab.
CB’s Students’ Council and SAFE Group are organizing a day of recognition for Pink Shirt Day, February 22nd. As part of our student well-being initiatives, there will be a whole school activity to help students think about how each of us contributes to a safe and welcoming learning space.
Our music students are preparing for MusicFest, which will be happening at the end of February. We are delighted to share that all of our bands will be competing this year!
As always, there are many activities and events happening at CB each month. We welcome your feedback. CB’s Administration team is available by phone, email or in person by appointment.
Cross Boundary Transfer Period
For those families seeking information on Cross-Boundary Transfers, the application period is February 6th- 21st, 2017. Information is available on the OCDSB website, www.ocdsb.ca. For your information, the Colonel By SS building will be closed on February 17th for the PD Day.
Winter Reminders From Admin
Hello CB Families!
Winter is definitely just around the corner! Just a few reminders as we adjust to the changes in the season.
If you anticipate your CB student being absent from school due to the weather, please send an EMAIL to email@example.com . It may take up to 24 hours to process your request at peak times, but please be assured we will make every effort to have your student’s attendance recorded correctly.
Safety is our shared responsibility, and your support is appreciated. Between the hours of 8:45 am - 9:15 am, and 2:45 - 3:30 pm the driveway is reserved for buses and OSTA approved vehicles. They require more space to manoeuvre and can delay the exit of vehicles from the property given their size.
If personal vehicles enter the driveway during these posted times, please do not stop in the bus lanes. We ask that you proceed carefully to the parking lot, and park your vehicle in a designated spot to wait for your student. Please do not block cars in or double park. We have specialized transportation vehicles and they must have the ability to enter and exit on schedule.
The driveway in the front of the school is a ONE-WAY loop. For the safety of students at the start and end of the school day, we remind parents to drop off students before 8:45 am or pick up after 3:30 pm.
When winter weather arrives, the snow and ice make the driveway even narrower. Please be extremely cautious when entering the property at the end of the school day, as students are on their way to the buses.
Our yellow bus zone is at the front of the property on Ogilvie Road. Please note that these areas are marked and reserved for the buses. Please exit our driveway with care, especially during the winter when visibility is reduced.
Thank you for making our students' safety a priority.
Update From Admin
Dear CB Families,
November is upon us, and with that, some key dates to remember and plan for:
November School Council Meeting is TUESDAY, November 15th at 7pm in the Library. Please see the attached agenda. All are welcome!
Parent-Teacher Interviews are on THURSDAY, November 17th from 3:45 - 7:45 pm. It is a busy afternoon / evening at CB, and we ask parents to prioritize the teachers/subjects for your time slots. If you are open to a phone call or email from the classroom teacher, please indicate that on the request form. The form is attached to this email, is posted on the website, grade 9 - 10 students were given a hard copy, and senior students may pick up a copy from the main office. Teacher names/contact information is available on our website under the faculty tab.
For your information and planning, please note that Colonel By is also a polling station for the Ottawa-Vanier provincial by-election on November 17th. The parking lot will be extremely crowded. Please give yourself extra time to find a place to park. You may need to access residential streets. It is very important that we keep the fire lanes open, please DO NOT park your vehicles in the fire lane / driveway.
Report Cards will be sent home with students on Thursday, November, 24, 2016 for term 1.
Colonel By hosts the IB Program Information Nights on November 23 & 24. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the session begins at 7:00 pm. The information evenings are identical; parents/guardians need only attend one. Please sign up on our website so we may balance attendance at the sessions.
CB's Music Night will be Thursday, December 8th. CB invites you to join us that evening to celebrate the talent and hard work that goes into our music and band program!
The winter break will be from December 26, 2016 - January 6, 2017 inclusive. The school will be CLOSED during these two weeks. The last day of class in December is Friday, December 23.
There are so many exciting learning opportunities and field trips going on at CB! Stay up to date by checking our website and following us on Twitter!
We look forward to seeing you next week at Parent-Teacher Interviews!
Pancake Breakfast and Awards
Hello CB Families!
A reminder to students and families of our pancake breakfast this Friday to recognize our academic award winners from the 2015-16 school year.
The breakfast is open to all students and families, and we welcome donations to our Open Eyes club, the group of student volunteers providing the pancakes!
The breakfast is from 7:30 - 9:15 am, with a guest speaker, a CB alumnus, at 8:30 am. Students and their parents/guardians can arrive, enjoy a warm breakfast and pick up their award envelope and have a photo done in our photo booth.
We congratulate all award winners and acknowledge their commitment to learning! Well done!
International Baccalaureate Information Nights November 23rd & 24th
On November 23rd and 24th IB Open House will take place at Colonel By. Please see the attached flyer for more information or the 10 Reasons Why IB is an Ideal Preparation for University.
International Baccalaureate Application