Update #5- October 22, 2014 Communication Update

Dear Parents/ Guardians

Thank you for your incredible support throughout the day. The staff members at SLPS were absolutely amazing at creating a supportive environment throughout the day, with a clear focus on learning. As always, our number one priority is student safety.

Here are a number of steps we put in place to further support students throughout the day:

1) Any students displaying any anxiety were supported throughout the day (for example, some students had parents involved downtown in the lockdown and were very worried about the parents).
Action: teachers had students come to the office and we facilitated the phone calls to the parents.

2) Hundreds of phone calls were received from parents
Action:  we had all available staff helping to man the phones so that we could respond to as many parents. A script was generated with key messages to support staff and parents.
Action: BLOG was updated throughout the day as information became available.

3) Dismissal: my decision re walkers
Action: as it was clear that there was a very high degree of concern among our parents, we asked for all walkers to be picked up from the school. It was also a day of heightened anxiety for many families and I was much more comfortable to have students picked up by family than to have them walk home on their own. I trust that parents are supportive of my decision.

4) Synervoice Call from School Board- Board Communication:
Action: There will be a mass Synervoice phone call to all families in the OCDSB regarding the day’s events. The message will include resources to assist parents in speaking  with your children.

5) Families unable to get to the school/ or be home to await students from the bus:
Action: for any families who were themselves in lockdown downtown or were simply unable to be home for their child/ or pick them up, we set up communication so that parents could share alternate pick up arrangements, or have their children remain later at school.

I hope that this helps!
Please have a well-deserved restful night with your children.

Nadia Towaij
Principal

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Update #4 Students Who are Walkers will Remain at the school- to be picked up by parents

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

We have received a further update re end of day dismissal.
1) Students who are bused can take the bus as usual.

2) Students who are walkers will remain at the school and parents will need to come to pick up their son/daughters. If there are alternate care arrangements, please contact the school.

As a reminder, we realise that there will be traffic challenges for parents to come to the school, and we are aware that some parents are personally still downtown in a lockdown. Please call the main office and communicate with us if alternate arrangements need to be made.

As always, your sons/daughters are in good care with our wonderful staff.
As principal, I will not leave until all children are picked up.

Nadia Towaij
Principal

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Update #3: Shelter In Place is Lifted! Regular Dismissal.

Dear Parents/ Guardians

We have just received news from our Director and Ottawa Police that the Shelter in Place has been removed from our school.

1) Buses will leave as normal and dismissal will be at the 2:30 pm normal time. (Ottawa Police has noted that we can anticipate traffic delays so it is possible that busses may be a little late).

2) EDP continues as normal after school today.

3) If you are a parent presently in lockdown at a downtown school and have a young child who would normally come home on the bus, please call the school office and we will keep your son/daughter with us until you can arrange for alternate care and pick-up.

Nadia Towaij
Principal

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Safe Schools- Shelter in Place Update #2

Dear Parents/ Guardians

Parents are asked not to attempt to pick up their kinds as all schools in the OCDSB remain in Shelter in Place- as directed by Ottawa Police, our doors remain locked. We are not able to release any students until our Shelter in Place has been lifted.

Your sons/daughters are all safe with the highly caring staff at SLPS. Learning continues within the school.

Note: All after-school school activities and practices have been cancelled in the OCDSB. All Community Use of School Events have been cancelled in the OCDSB.

Sincerely

Nadia Towaij
Principal

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Safe Schools- Shelter In Place Update #1 October 22, 2014

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

At the advice of Ottawa Police and as directed by the Director of Education, SLPS staff and students are presently in a SECURE SCHOOL/ SHELTER IN PLACE. All students are in the school (including those in portables) and all students will remain indoors throughout the day. The doors are locked. All students are safe.

Nadia Towaij, Principal

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Intermediate Girls Football Team Practice with RedBlacks Player!

 

 

What an exciting opportunity for our girls’ intermediate football team led by M. LaJoie…they had the opportunity to practice with RedBlacks player, Mr. Kevin Scott!
Thank you to Mr. Scott for sharing your skill, expertise and passion for the sport with the students at Stephen Leacock P.S.

Football Girls

 

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Walk to School Day Postponed! (Due to Inclement Weather)

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Our “Walk to School” School Council event scheduled for Wednesday, October 8th has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
The rescheduled date is Wednesday, October 15th from 7:30 am- 8:00 am.
Please join us on the 15th!
walk to school

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