School News

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!
Sincerely,
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
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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.

Sincerely,
J. Fulton-Hale
Principal

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 cbattendance@ocdsb.ca . 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!
Sincerely,
J. Fulton-Hale
Principal

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!
Sincerely,
J. Fulton-Hale
Principal

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

Take Our Kids to Work Day - November 2nd
On Wednesday, November ​2nd, 201​6​​,​ grade 9 secondary students across Canada will spend the day at the workplace of a parent, relative, friend, or volunteer host. For students this is an opportunity to see what the workplace is like, to appreciate the expectations of employment, to understand their paren​​t​'​s life better, and to understand the importance of planning a career path. For this enriching learning opportunity to occur​​​ ​we need your consent. Forms for ​T​ake ​O​ur ​K​ids to ​W​ork ​D​ay consent will be sent home with students during the week of October 1​7 - October 2​1​, 201​6. This form outlines where students will be spending the day and with whom, and includes an elements of risk waiver. To learn more about the ​Take ​O​ur ​K​ids to ​W​ork ​D​ay initiative or to download resources​,​ please visit
http://www.thelearningpartnership.ca/what-we-do/student-programs/take-our-kids-to-work/surveys-and-resources

Completed forms should be handed in to students' grade 9 Geography teachers or to Mr. Milne in Guidance.

October Update From Admin
Hello CB Families!

A busy school is a great place to be each day! We encourage you to stay connected to us by visiting our website to check our calendar and to watch past episodes of CougarVision, our daily newsmagazine.
Student verification forms were due to the office in late September. If there are any changes to contact information, please inform the Main Office.
Does your CB student have a health issue we should know about? Medical forms were sent home with the July report card. If you need replacement forms please contact the Main Office. Help us keep our students safe!
Letters of Concern will be mailed home during the week of October 17th. If you have any questions regarding your CB student's learning experience, we encourage you to reach out to their teachers. Faculty contact information is on our school website under the faculty tab.
Tuesday, October 18th is photo re-take day. If your CB student missed the original day in September, or you wish to have a re-take for portraits, the photographers will be at school for the morning.
Tuesday, October 18th is also our regular School Council meeting. The meetings take place in the CB Library and begin at 7 pm.   All are welcome. 
Tuesday, October 25th Colonel By hosts a post-secondary application information session for parents from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the cafetorium.  This is the same session that all grade 12 students will have received in class, which guides them through the college/university application process. 
This session will be followed by the University Information Program fair, from 6:15-9:00 p.m.  Representatives from all Ontario universities will be present to share information about programs and admission procedures.
Although this evening may be of particular interest to grade 12 students and their parents, all are welcome to attend.
Wondering when you’ll fit in a bite to eat? There will be food sold in the atrium (chili and baking) beginning at 3:45 p.m.  The proceeds from the food sales will help support a student-led project of creating care projects for CHEO patients.
Friday, October 28th is the Academic Awards Breakfast from 7:30 – 9:15 am – new format for 2016! – open to all students, parents and staff.  Guests will enjoy a pancake breakfast provided by CB’s Open Eyes Club, student award winners will collect their awards envelope, have an opportunity for a CB Photo Booth photo to commemorate the morning, and CB alumni will be speaking to assembled guests and students.   
Students currently in grades 10-12 should check the lists outside of the main office (by grade from 2015-16) to verify if they have won an award. Lists will be posted the week of October 17.
As always, if you have questions, concerns, or compliments, the CB Admin team is available by phone, email, or in person by appointment.
Sincerely,
J. Fulton-Hale, Principal

Meet the Teacher Night - Sept 27th
Reminder! Tuesday, September 27th is Meet the Teacher Night at Colonel By.

Timetable pick up: 5:15 - 5:45 pm
Club Fair & Info Booths: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Opening Remarks in the Gym: 6:00
Classroom visits: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Update From Admin
Hello CB Families!
It certainly feels like everyone has settled into their back to school routines!

East Accommodation Review Update
As part of the Eastern Accommodation Review, Colonel By students and families are invited to visit the OCDSB website for more detailed information on both the Eastern Accommodation Review and for opportunities to participate in the online consultation process through Thought Exchange. Links are unique and sent to individuals via the following:

Students in grades 7-12 will receive an email to their OCDSB GEM account with a link during the student consultation phase.

Parents/guardians will receive an email to the email account on file with the school with a link during the parent/guardian consultation phase.

Your participation and engagement in the process is welcomed and appreciated by the OCDSB. All related documents can be found at www.ocdsb.ca.

French Exchange – Expressions of Interest, Home Stay Families
Families of Grade 9 & 10 French Immersion students --- read on! We are looking for host families for visiting students from France, with the option for our students to participate in a visit to France in 2018! Please see the attached brochure or fill out the form here! An information session will be held by OCENET at 440 Albert Street, Sept 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

School Photo Day – September 20th
Our school photo day is fast approaching! Please remember to mark Tuesday, September 20th on your calendar, as Edge Imaging will be in the school that day capturing everyone’s smiles. Edge provides a variety of photo options to capture your child’s true personality, preserving all their school day memories. Photo day flyers were sent home with students today. Please return the order form and payment to the school on photo day and give to the Photographer. For more information on photo day, please visit www.edgeimaging.ca for answers to frequently asked questions.

Save the Dates!
Tuesday, September 20th is our School Council AGM! All are welcome. The meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month in the school Library, and start at 7 pm. See you there!

Tuesday, September 27th is our MEET THE TEACHER Evening, starting at 6pm. See our schedule!
5:30 – 7:00 pm Student Club Fair (CAF)
5:30 – 7:00 pm School Partners Info Booths (Atrium)
6:00 – 6:30 pm Opening Plenary Session: in the Gym
6:30 – 8:00 pm Classroom visits

We look forward to seeing you soon!
The CB Administration

Eastern Ontario Accomodation Review Update
As part of the Eastern Accommodation Review, Colonel By students and families are invited to visit the OCDSB website for more detailed information on both the Eastern Accommodation Review and for opportunities to participate in the online consultation process through Thought Exchange. Links are unique and sent to individuals via the following:

Students in grades 7-12 will receive an email to their OCDSB GEM account with a link during the student consultation phase.

Parents/guardians will receive an email to the email account on file with the school with a link during the parent/guardian consultation phase.

Your participation and engagement in the process is welcomed and appreciated by the OCDSB.

First Week Update From Admin
Hello CB Families!

We have had a wonderful first week of school with all of our students, new and returning!

Today, we held our grade assemblies to remind students of our school expectations. During each assembly, we also welcomed Thomas Louttit, a First Nations elder, who talked of his experiences of residential schooling and reconciliation with each grade. He emphasized the values of respect, acceptance and shared responsibility.

The in-school TV systems are running a scrolling powerpoint of key expectations for all of next week for any student who may have been absent today.

Our Student Services department is working diligently to address remaining timetable issues. Throughout next week we will also be balancing classes, which could impact students at each grade level. This ensures that classes have a reasonable number of students in them, which is a key component of our learning environment.

Fall athletics are starting, as are many clubs. For sports, students will bring home permission forms. If your student-athlete has a previous injury, this is important information to share with the coaches.

Tuesday, September 13 is New Parent Information Night. The evening begins in the Gym from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Together with School Council, the CB Admin Team will provide helpful information to parents/guardians to support you and your CB student to have a great year.

PHOTO DAY is Tuesday, September 20th! All students must have their photo taken for school ID cards, as well as for the yearbook. Packages will be available from the photographer, Edge Imaging. More information will be provided through the homerooms / school website, www.colonelby.com.

Tuesday, September 20th is the first meeting of the CB School Council, and is the AGM. School Council meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the school library. All are welcome.

Save the Date! Tuesday, September 27th is Meet the Teacher Night! A plenary session will begin at 6:00 pm in the Gym, with classroom rotations between 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

We are a big, busy school ... stay connected to us through our website, www.colonelby.com! In addition, we have an OCDSB website under construction, www.colonelbyss.ocdsb.ca. Our school events calendar is a terrific parent resource, and we encourage you to visit our site often!

Questions or concerns? Feedback? We welcome your input! CB's Admin team is available to families via email, phone or appointment. Please let us know how we can contribute to the success of your CB student's experience. Our contact information is on the website.

We look forward to a terrific year together!

Sincerely,
Jean Fulton-Hale, Principal
Laurie Labelle, Vice Principal
Larry Ruch, Vice Principal

Welcome Back!
The first day of the 2016-17 school year is September 6th, and we look forward to seeing our students again! Our grade specific welcome letters are attached.  The schedule for the first day is included.

The instructional hours of the school are between 9:15 am – 3:15 pm.   During these hours, parents/guardians are asked to communicate with the Main Office should your child be arriving late or leaving early for reasons such as appointments / illness etc.  

Please note that important forms (Media Permission & Acceptable Use of Technology) and our School Council letter are sent home via email as well as being on our school website.  These forms will be available to students on the first day of school.  

Grade 9 Welcome Event & New Student Welcome Event
Our student LINK leadership team and our Students’ Council Executive will be hosting a Welcome and Orientation Event on Thursday, September 1, for all Grade 9 students. Students are asked to be at Colonel By Secondary School from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm.  The morning begins in the Atrium for our LINK Crew/Students’ Council events.  Information on this was mailed home to students. Please contact the school if you did not receive a welcome letter. All welcome letters are posted on our website www.colonelby.com.

If you are NEW to Colonel By and are in grades 10 – 12, and would like to participate in our Welcome/Orientation Event on Thursday September 1st, please fill out the short form. The event will run from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm for this group.  You may also call the school at 613-745-9411 to RSVP.

Transportation
Students who are eligible for PRESTO passes will receive them in early September following the start of school.  It may take up to two weeks for all passes to arrive at the school and for distribution to occur. 

Parents/guardians are directed to the OSTA website www.ottawaschoolbus.ca for more specific information as well as to inquire about route information for students who will access yellow bus or van transportation.   Not all students will be eligible for transportation. Please review the information available on the OSTA website.

Community Connections
PLEO – Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario is hosting their AGM on September 12th with two guest speakers.

1)      Bullying – Presented by Dr. Phil Ritchie

2)      Technology Addiction – Presented by Dr. Hazen Gandy

See the attached flyer from PLEO for more information.

As always, the CB Administration team is here to answer your questions! Please let us know how we may be of assistance.  Our contact information is available under the CONTACT tab on the website.

We look forward to a great year together!
 
Mrs. Fulton-Hale, Principal
Ms. Labelle and Mr. Ruch, Vice Principals

Welcome Back Letters and Link Crew Invitations

Grade 9 Welcome Letter and Information
Grade 10 Welcome Letter and Forms
Grade 11 Welcome Letter and Forms
Grade 12 Welcome Letter and Forms
LINK Crew Invitation to Grade 9's for September 1st Orientation Day
LINK Crew Invitation to new students (10-12) for September 1st Orientation Day