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