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School News ~ June 20

Dear St. Dominic Families and Friends,

 Well, the end of the school year is drawing near. The 2023-24 year has been a great one! Sincere thanks to all of the parents and guardians for your continued support. Here are a few update for you as we head into the summer:


STAFFING CHANGES:  In addition to the staffing changes announced in the June 3rd school newsletter, we have a few more updates for you.

SCHOOL COUNCIL:  Every month, the St. Dominic School Council gets together to plan fundraisers, special events and ways to support our school.  This year, the group planned pizza days, the September welcome event,  the Christmas Sing-A-Long, Shrove Tuesday pancakes, the Paint Night, the Family Mass, the Year End Family BBQ and much more.  Many thanks to Danielle, Lindsay, Alicia, Angella, Christine, and James.  Thanks also to all the staff members who were a part of the Council this year.


LIBRARY BOOKS:  We are still missing over 40 library books with a total value of over $500 from our Learning Commons.  Please take a look to see if any of those books might be hiding at home.


KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION AND SCREENING:  We will be staggering the start of our Junior and Senior Kindergarten students in the fall in order to give Teachers and Early Childhood Educators the opportunity to do some literacy screening before the start of the school year. Please refer to the letter being sent home soon with all current Junior Kindergarten students.  Key dates are also listed at the end of this newsletter.


REPORT CARDS:  Report cards and Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will be available on the Parent Portal starting on June 26th.  Be sure to take a look.  If you aren’t yet able to access the Parent Portal, please contact the school before the end of next week.


SCHOOL SUPPLIES: What supplies will your child need for school in September?  The easy answer is that we provide most of what students will need. Please click the links below to see lists of additional supplies that students might like to have for the school year ahead.

NEW MER BLEUE SCHOOL:  The Ministry of Education recently announced the approval of a new OCSB elementary school to serve students in the Mer Bleue Community in Orleans. The new school will be located on Jerome Jodoin Drive, south of Sweetclover Way. The opening of the new school may impact enrolment at St. Dominic, as well as Our Lady of Wisdom and St. Kateri Tekakwitha. A future consultation with the affected school communities will be held to establish the attendance boundary for the new school. The school is currently planned to open in the 2026-27 school year, though please note that the timeline is subject to change.


DENTAL SCREENINGS: Free dental screenings are held over the summer at Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs.  Click the link to find out more.


SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:  Here are 4 ways to keep the learning happening this summer:

BUS/VAN NEWS: If your child accesses Bus/Van transportation through the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority, please see the OSTA Bus/Van Summer News posted on our school website.


SUMMER MENTAL HEALTH TIPS: Visit our school website to access a variety of resources, tips and ideas to support children’s mental and physical health over the summer. 



Have a wonderful summer!

Immunization Information

For information about immunization, please see this letter from Ottawa Public Health

Summer Mental Health Tips

Dear St. Dominic Families,

At the OCSB, we strive to create a supportive and nurturing environment for all students. We understand that a child's mental health is just as important as their physical health, and that families play a crucial role in supporting their well-being.

Here are a few helpful strategies and resources to navigate challenges while promoting well-being this summer.

Good Family Strategies:

Thought-Changing Strategies:

For additional support please visit:

Remember, you are not alone.

There are many resources available to help you support your child's mental health. Please see this sheet containing Tips For Wellbeing This Summer for a few ideas on how you can maintain mental health and well-being. 

Summer Learning Opportunities

Dear St. Dominic Families,

Here are 4 ways to keep the learning happening this summer:

OSTA Bus/Van News - End of June 2024

Dear St. Dominic Parents and Guardians,

If you access Bus/Van transportation through the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority, please note the following from Joel Lemieux at OSTA’s General Manager:

Are you Moving or Changing Daycare Providers? 

Information accuracy affects OSTA’s planning. Any changes to your home or alternate  addresses must be provided to your school. It is critical that parents and guardians provide  their school with any changes to home/alternate addresses AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to  avoid extended waiting for a transportation change in the fall. 

Joint Custody and Transportation to Two Homes – Renewals 

Important Deadline – Joint Custody renewals must be done every year. The renewal form  for existing variable transportation arrangements (Joint Custody) is available online.  Renewal Joint Custody Forms must be submitted NO LATER THAN June 30 by at least one  parent/guardian. 

Empty Seats/Courtesy Seating for the 2024-25 School Year 

Over the past few years, we have experienced significant disruption to our transportation  services due to the driver shortage. Though we are cautiously optimistic that this coming  fall's service will roll out smoothly due to our proactive measures, it is difficult to predict  driver status. It is not uncommon for drivers to not return after the summer break or to  resign early in the school year. As our first priority is to provide reliable transportation to  eligible students, the Empty Seats/Courtesy program will NOT be reinstated in September.  We will re-evaluate this decision later in the fall when we have better visibility on the status  of our services.

OSTA Parent Web Portal Closed 

OSTA’s Parent Web Portal (Bus Stop Finder) will be closed from the end of June until mid August. The portal will reopen with next year’s transportation information. Please regularly  check OSTA’s website and social media pages for important transportation announcements,  deadlines, and other vital information. 

Not Using the Bus Next Year? Let OSTA Know by Declining Transportation Are you eligible for transportation but not using it next year? Decline today. Keeping OSTA  informed is important as it allows us to better use available transportation services for those  who need them. For more information, visit OSTA’s website

School Zone Safety and Walk-A-Block 

Help make your school zone safer. Reduce congestion around your school site by parking  away from it and using #Walk-a-Block instead. Find your school map here

School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day 

Learn all about school bus and pedestrian safety at OSTA’s safety day event on Sunday,  Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children can ride a real bus and participate in pedestrian  safety training with the Ottawa Safety Council. For more information and to register, visit  OSTA’s website. OSTA also provides extensive resources on its website, including several  age-appropriate bus safety videos, which are easily accessible to parents/guardians.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit the website with their child(ren) prior to the start  of the new school year. 

Take the Wheel and Drive Yellow Today 

Looking for a satisfying part-time job that fits your work-life balance? Take the wheel and  drive yellow. Yellow school bus drivers are impactful workers who are highly valued by our  communities for getting kids safely to school. Visit for more information on  becoming a school bus driver. 

Recognizing our Dedicated School Bus Drivers 

As we look back on the challenges of the past school year, the shortage of school bus  drivers stands out as a significant issue that affected many families, causing disruptions in  transportation services. While efforts to recruit new drivers are ongoing, it's essential to  recognize that retaining our current drivers is equally crucial in addressing this shortage.  Let's set an example for our children by teaching them to show respect and gratitude  towards these essential workers. Recognizing the contributions of school bus drivers not  only fosters empathy and kindness but also nurtures a culture of appreciation within our  school community. Together, as parents, schools and students, we can create a supportive  and respectful environment that honours the invaluable role of our school bus drivers. By  collectively acknowledging and respecting these dedicated professionals, we can ensure our  children's continued safety and well-being during their daily commute. 

BusPlanner Web Account 

Are you seeking information about your child’s bus stop location and pick up/drop off time?  Once you have created a subscriber account in BusPlanner Web you can add your child.  Simply input their OEN (Ontario Education Number) along with their birthdate, grade, and  the school they attend, and you will have access to all of your child’s transportation  information. The OEN can be found on your child’s report card or by contacting your child’s  school.

OSTA Rebrand 

OSTA is thrilled to announce the launch of its revamped brand identity and new website this  summer. This transformation signifies a new beginning for OSTA, highlighting our dedication  to leadership, modernization, inclusiveness, and community engagement. We aim to  showcase our commitment to being a dependable and caring transportation provider. Our  new website is modern, accessible, and user-friendly, ensuring seamless navigation for all  users. It offers clear information about our services, policies, and updates. Stay tuned! 

Summer Communication  

As a commitment to transparency, OSTA will continue to provide bus driver status updates  throughout the summer as it gears up for another school year. OSTA is dedicated to  providing students with a safe way to travel to and from school while giving  parents/guardians the peace of mind they deserve. Updates will be available on the OSTA website

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