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School Bus Empty Seat Registration Now Open for  2023-24

The Empty Seat Registration is now open for the 2023-2024 school year

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) is pleased to announce the launch of its Empty Seat (Courtesy Seating) Program. 

Students who are in the walk zone due to distance to the school, attending a cross-boundary school or any other logistical reason can apply for an empty seat through OSTA. Parents and guardians are asked to complete the online application form and only submit one empty seat application per student in your household. OSTA is responsible for managing all applications, approvals and assignments for empty seats (courtesy seating) for OCDSB and OCSB students.

While empty seat applications are accepted throughout the school year, parents/guardians applying for transportation during the annual October review must submit their applications no later than Friday, September 22, 2023.

For more information about the Empty Seat (Courtesy Seating) Program or to submit an application, visit the OSTA website:

 Gradual Entry for Kindergarten 2023-24

               Gradual Entry for Kindergarten 2023-24

In the fall, not all Kindergarten students start school on the same day.

Tuesday, September 5, 2023 

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Thursday, September 7, 2023

School News for May, 2023

Dear St. Dominic Parents and Guardians,

It was good getting back to a regular routine this week. That said, all the special events that took place last week were great, too. It was wonderful seeing so many of you at our Mass, Muffin Breakfast, Open House and Book Fair.  While Catholic Education Week is always busy, it is also very energizing - it was just what we all needed as we head into the final months of school.

God Bless and have a great weekend,

Paul Gautreau


SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY:  Just a reminder that you have until May 15 to complete our School Climate Survey. Here’s the link: It’s quick. 

OFF SITE PERMISSION FORM: In June, many classes head to Vista Park as a special activity. You can give your child permission for outings like this in advance by completing the Off Site Permission Form located in the Parent Portal. Of course, When teachers plan these events, they will always let you know in advance.

GOOD SHEPHERD PARISH NEWS:  For all the latest updates and information from Good Shepherd Parish, please see the Shepherd Parish Newsletter for Schools - May 2023.

NEW STUDENTS:  Do you know someone with a school-aged child who is new to the area?  Please let them know that children can now be registered for school in the fall.  Simply have them give us a call at 613-424-3760 or visit our website at

SACRAMENTS:  Has your child received First Communion recently, or are they being Confirmed later this month?  Email a photo to and we will add the photo to our “Daily News” to celebrate!

SCHOOL COUNCIL NEWS:  Watch your child’s backpack for a flyer advertising the Year End Barbecue.  It will be coming home very soon.  Also, our School Council is planning a free popcorn day.  Stay tuned for details.

CSPA EVENTS:  The Catholic School Parents’ Association of Ottawa hosts informative sessions throughout the school year.  To find out about upcoming events, please visit


School Council Meetings

Dear St. Dominic Families,

Here is the link to the St. Dominic Catholic School Council Meeting Minutes for recent meetings

Kindergarten Registration Now On ~ January 2023

Dear St. Dominic Families,

Kindergarten registration is NOW ON! Children who will be four by December 31, 2023 may be registered to begin Junior Kindergarten at St. Dominic in September. 

Simply click this link to REGISTER ONLINE NOW.  When you register you will receive a special Kindergarten welcome package in the mail (while supplies last).

For more information...

Why register in January? We encourage parents to register their children as soon as possible so that we have plenty of time to hire staff, purchase supplies, and set up classrooms.

Please share this information with your neighbours and friends!

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