Challenge 1: #OCDSBTimeCapsule

Challenge 2: #OCDSBSolutionary Access to Good Food

Challenge 3: #OCDSBSolutionary – Sharing Good Food

Challenge 1: #OCDSBTimeCapsule

Leave an artefact; build a time capsule; share your experience.

Mat Dotzenroth provides a walk through the #OCDSBTimeCapsule Challenge.
“We can’t wait to see what you’re going to create next; and we look forward to it.”

The #OCDSBTimeCapsule is a living gallery, a collection of student curated artefacts that represent the lived experience of learning and expression present in the time of #LearnAtHome and Covid-19. It is a living history of youth expression in all its forms. In the coming weeks and months this page will become a place to understand this time, as it was lived and experienced, by those that lived and experienced it.

Students: Kindergarten to Grade 12 #K12.

Create artefacts that represent your experience.

Share your creations on social media using @OCDSBXL #OCDSBTimeCapsule #OCDSBLearnAtHome.

Share your creations with your teachers, and friends, and family as a conversation starter; tell them about the #OCDSBTimeCapsule.

Explore this page for inspiration from the OCDSB and beyond.

Come back to see what kids are creating, read about new challenges and connected learning opportunities as we #OCDSBLearnAtHome.

We will amplify your voice, lift up your artefacts, and celebrate your works.

Inspiration from the OCDSB...


Apart But Together (Jess Aylsworth)

Mixed media is an artform that connects unlikely items to express ideas and emotions. Our homes have a new significance in this time of physical distancing. How can your experience of “home” contribute to a mixed media art project?

Screencastify (en Francais) Distance Learning Portrait

This student collected items (artefacts) that are important to him in this time; he then designed a photograph, and explained “why” these items are important (en Français). What things help you through your day? Is there an instrument that helps you sing? A tool that helps you create? A pet that helps you love? What objects are important to you?

Spoken Word CinePoem 

Words, voices, and images are so important to our connected world. How can you use your voice, your words, and the images that surround you to communicate your experience; before now, now, and into the future?

Graphic Novel

Graphic novels and comic books are a mixed media format that involve all the pieces of film, without moving pictures. This medium relies heavily on exaggeration. How can you express your experience of this time larger-than-life? What pieces could you shrink to draw attention to them?

Design Challenge: Growing Box

What could you INVENT, DESIGN, PLAN, BUILD, PROTOTYPE with materials in your house? Sometimes a solution to a problem is as close as the items we recycle.

Design Challenge: Water Purification

What idea could you prototype with found materials around the house? What could you repurpose, or reuse? Sharing ideas is superpower. We don’t need perfect. Share your thinking until now.


Larissa Aradj (@MrsGeekChic) and Leslie Mott (@MrsMottandclass) have come up with a great way to think about objects in our lives, and what they mean to us. Often these “things” have an importance beyond understanding. Mrs. Mott and I talked about View Masters as a shared memory of our childhoods. What things, tools, in your life do you already know have a significance to you that will stay with you for your entire life?

Poetry Inspired Art Assignment

My friend Katrina is a courageous artist: in this video she shares with us how a song becomes sidewalk chalk art, becomes a painting, and then, once again, becomes a song (that she sings to us). “Learn to sing before you talk/Scream ’till your voice fails/Sing from the rooftops/’Cause you’ve got words to wail.” As Cat Stevens wrote, “If you want to sing out, sing out.” Words take many shapes. What are your favourite words? How many different places could you take them?

Elliot’s Letters

Elliot is spending each day learning prompted by challenges: building a tower out of cards, testing things that sink or float, and making up games. The best learning happens when we search for answers to questions. What questions do you want to answer? How will you answer them? Can you share what you’ve learned so far?

WHERE DID ALL THE SNACKS GO?: A Life through Social Isolation (BLOG)

It’s amazing what we find when we take the time to look: A typewriter, and in it some words. A taste for snacks, and a knack for bread. There are stories in our fingertips. What Stories can you tell?

‘Installation Art’ 

While you’re exploring your #Neighbourwoods, find some art, leave some art. You never know, someone might find in your art a reminder of all the connections that surround them.

Inspiration from other educators...


Mrs. Noa Daniel – Living History M.E.M.E (@noasbobs)

Playing with the ubiquitous (they are everywhere) MEME, Mrs. Noa Daniel guides us through capturing the moments, and making them memories.

Libby Beaty (@LibbyBeaty): Gregg Segal Inspired Portraits

Libby Beaty has inspired ‘Distance Learning Portraits’ around the world. Join students from around globe as they design selfies with the items that mean the most to them; along the way, you might discover that even distance brings us closer together: the things that we carry are more in common than we know.

Inspiration from the community...


Dancing in Isolation | The National Ballet of Canada

The stage is in your room, in your backyard, on your balcony. The audience is the world beyond your window. How can you dance to express yourself? What does your movement say?

EMPTY | A Portrait of Toronto

Film is in everywhere; it’s in the spaces we take for granted, especially now. How can the everyday places we walk through tell stories? Use your lens to tell your story.

To Be Safe, Loved & Home – Craig Cardiff (Official Music Video)

In the time of physical distancing finding a place “To Be Safe, Loved, & Home” has never been so important. Where are you home? Who’s there with you?


A Carleton Place family creates a 12 minute short film with a Home Alone plot and a quarantine twist. Can a thriller bring us comfort? Is there humour to be found in stories linked to fear? How could you use your lens to scare the fear right out of you?

18-year-old lad called Ted Ambrose (WWI Time Capsule)

Ted Ambrose was 18-years-old when he left home to serve in WW1. What he carried with him, and collected along the way is encapsulated in a briefcase-museum. Learn his story. Build your own. History is in our everything: the things we leave in our backpacks, our closets, and drawers. What will you discover about your story as you search for how to tell it?

“Window Messages” 

Will you remember the neighbourhood connections forged in the pictures we placed in our windows? All of the sudden people we’ve never spoken to, speak to us with quotes, and pictures, and wishes shared in the panes of glass we felt silly to look in; now we are invited to look, to communicate in a simple and powerful sharing of moments through words, images. What if every window was a letter, every residence a message? What would you say? Say it now.

Abhijit Dhanda: Short Films

Abhijit Dhanda uses film to guide us through her experience of this time. With a camera, and some light, and a segment of time, we can say so much. Low-tech has become, again, something to strive for: no production, just sharing stories, as they are – through performance. Take a talent, tell a story, share it, and conect.

CBC: Back In Time for Winter  

“A Canadian TV mini-series (2020) that takes one Canadian family & has them live daily life throughout the decades starting with the 40’s and ending with present day reflections.” How will future generations look back on our time and understand our experience of it?


Mental Health during COVID-19

We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone  and it is normal to be anxious and worried. Looking after your physical and mental health will help you and everyone around you be more resilient and in a better position to deal with this situation.

We have compiled a list of online resources that provide factual information and tips to support student, staff and parent/guardian mental health & well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are in crisis, get help now:

For those in Ottawa:

  • Youth – Youth Services Bureau Crisis Line – 613-260-2360
  • Adults – Ottawa Distress Line – 613-238-3311

Across Canada:

  • Youth – call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or text TALK to 686868
  • Adults – call Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566.

Challenge 2: #OCDSBSolutionary Access to Good Food

SOLUTIONARY: “Someone who sees opportunities where others see problems.”

Step #1: Understand the problem.

Step #2: What can you do to work on the problem?

This challenge is intended for students between grades 4 and 8 to think creatively about how they can contribute to their community. While we give you some ideas on things you can do, we want you to come up with your own great ideas and share them with us. 

 Tell us about your ideas and actions for increasing access to good food for all on social media @ocdsbxl and @parkdalefood or using #OCDSBsolutionary. You can also write to us, send us a video or photo by email to growingfutures@parkdalefoodcentre.org


Regrowing veggies from scraps: https://ocdsbxl.com/xl_grow/

Fresh Food Market Stands: Try making a fresh food sharing stand or box, like they have in Kingston: https://www.lovingspoonful.org/fresh-food-market-stands

Kylie Hollingsworth, 11, Grade 6, Elmdale Public School (OCDSB)

Kylie (11 years old) created and sold hats to fundraise for the food bank: https://kitchissippi.com/2020/02/03/11-year-old-elmdale-student-helps-raise-funds-for-parkdale-food-centre/

This video was made by the Parkdale Food Centre in partnership with Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) Experiential Learning.

Challenge 3: #OCDSBSolutionary Sharing Good Food

What makes sharing a meal with others so special?

Community: “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing…”

Step one: Think really hard about a favourite meal of yours. Why is it your favourite?

Step two: Make the meal with the help of an adult and take lots of pictures!

Step three: Share your recipe with us and tell us why you would love to share this meal with others when it is safe again. What makes eating together important to you?

This challenge is intended for students between grades 4 and 8 to think creatively about what is so special about coming together as a community over food. 

Tag us @parkdalefood and @ocdsbxl on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag  #OCDSBsolutionary. You can also write to us, send us a video or photo by email to growingfutures[at]parkdalefoodcentre.org. 


The Community Cookbook Is Reborn for a Time of Scarcity and Sharing **Coming Soon: XL_Grow Cookbook (curated recipes from the students at Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School); HAVE A RECIPE YOU LOVE TO MAKE? CONSIDER SUBMITTING A WRITE UP WITH PHOTOGRAPH FOR THE XL_GROW COOKBOOK (TEMPLATE)

Kids Up Front: Helpful ‘How-To’ kids cooking videos; like this one with Toronto-based Chef Romain Avril:

Or, this one, with the Assistant Pastry Chef at Rideau Hall, and OCSDB Grad, Chef Kelly Johnson – COMING SOON

Food for thoughtWhat happens when the pandemic ends?: Let’s not forget what we learned from going through a pandemic.

Six Toronto chefs that are offering mini cooking classes on Instagram

Exit Outcomes: Collaborative, Innovative/Creative

This video was made by the Parkdale Food Centre in partnership with Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) Experiential Learning.

Challenge 4: #OCDSBSolutionary COMING SOON