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Pick up and Drop Off Information
To ensure the safety of our students, please ensure that all students who walk to school or are driven, including kindergarten students, enter the schoolyard via the walkergate which is located beside the church. Staff will supervise the entry of all students who enter via the walk gate as of 9:00 AM. Please do not drop off students at the kindergarten gate where the buses unload.
Just a reminder, there is staggered dismissal at the end of the day for students who don’t take the bus:
Kindergarten and Grade 1 students will be at the walker gate at 3:30
Grade 2 and 3 students will be at the walker gate at 3:40.
Junior students will be dismissed from class at 3:45 pm to make their way to the walker gate.
All students who walk home, or who are picked up by parents will exit at the gate nearest St. Bernard Church
We must keep the front entrance and parking lot of the school free of traffic congestion so that Special Transportation vehicles can get in to pick up our children.
When picking up students in the afternoon, you are reminded that the parking lot of Ste. Bernadette School is not to be used. This is private property and there have been instances where staff from our neighbour school, or parents from the other school picking up their children at the child care, cannot get out of the parking lot because parents from St. Bernard School are blocking the entrance or the exit. Please respect our neighbours.
Please remember that at no time is parking permitted in the bus loading zone. This is an area that must be open for our buses. When sending children into the school yard from a car, please make sure that they do not walk between the buses. We train the children at school to walk around the front of the buses where staff and the bus drivers can see them. Please help them to do this by doing the same.
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St. Bernard is a Nut-Free School
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Catholic School Council
Meetings are held at 6:30 pm via Zoom.
All parents/guardians are welcome to attend and join - we value your input.
2020 - 2021 School Council members:
Chair: Maryanne King
Co-chair: Julia Pomoransky
Teaching Staff Representative: Adriana Pocari
Volunteer coordinator: Awelana Akeriwe
Parish representative: Tony Utano
Secretary: Brad Nixon
Treasurer: Julie Gomes
School Council members provide input and advice to the Principal on topics such as:
local calendar of events and activities
school code of student behavior
school curriculum and program goals
selection of the Principal through the identification of a profile-type for the school
school budget priorities
school-community communication strategy ie methods of reporting to parents and the community
extra-curricular activities in the school
The School Council needs your voice, your input, your contribution to make the school better for all students, including yours!
Meeting Dates & Minutes: 2020 - 2021
Board-wide Parent Organizations
Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA)
The Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA) is a volunteer group representing all Ottawa Catholic School Board parents. They are a resource for school councils and the parent community for information on local and provincial education issues. Through their website, Twitter feed, and email newsletters, they we provide updates on education in Ottawa & Ontario, as well as tips, resources and information to help parents support their children in school. All parents are welcome and encouraged to join CSPA's e-mail list, follow CSPA on Twitter, or attend CSPA monthly meetings.
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
The OCSB’s Special Education and Advisory Committee (SEAC) makes recommendations to the Board in respect of any matter affecting the establishment, development, and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils.
OCSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)
The Ottawa Catholic School Board Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is a provincially mandated committee made up of parents, a trustee, a principal and the Director of Education. The purpose of PIC is to support, encourage and enhance parent engagement at the school board level in order to improve student achievement and well-being. The parent members of the OCSB PIC are appointed by CSPA.