SLPS April 15th News

We have Spring in our Step @ SLPS

Spring in our step @ SLPS

Spring in our step @ SLPS

*We are so proud of our 2015 Math Olympics team! Our Int. Math Olympics team placed fourth out of 39 other teams during last weekend’s competition. Bravo to 2 of our students who won gold for a pair activity. Great teamwork!

Our 2015 Math Olympics Team!

Our 2015 Math Olympics Team!

Looking ahead to 2015-2016:

Staff will soon start to think about class placement for next year. Later this spring, our staff will look at drafting potential class lists using a wide range of criteria to determine appropriate placements for individual children and create classes which are well balanced for instructional purposes.

After many months of working with your son or daughter, we know them very well. However, in a few exceptional cases, you may feel that there is some special circumstance or new information that you, as a parent, believe is relevant for consideration in this process. I am sure that you appreciate that our school organization for the upcoming year will be very different as we transition to a grade 1-6 site, and will continue to evolve with ongoing enrollment changes between now and September. If you would like to share any such information as we consider your child’s placement for next year, please do so in writing before May 1st, 2015. Please send the information in writing to the Principal for consideration.

Structures, shapes and machines this week:

BIRD on a WireFrom ‘Bird on a Wire’- Wire art sculptures


to Rube Goldberg machines in grade 8Rube Goldberg Machine


& Primary Pasta Structuresprimary pasta structures

  • Mark your calendars!!! May 28th is our family BBQ and 50th anniversary celebration.
  • Spread the news! We are looking for memorabilia. Did you attend SLPS? Have memorabilia? contact us at
  • Don’t forget to register for the Parent workshop : Children’s Mental Health Presentation next Thursday April 23rd at 6:30 in the SLPS Gym. Guest presentation by Crossroads Children’s Centre / Presentation organized by your Stephen Leacock Parent Council / Babysitting available – please RSVP by emailing and indicating the ages of each child that you will be bringing for babysitting.
  • Registering for Extended Day Program next year?  Registration forms can be submitted by fax to 613.596.8256 or by email to For more info please click here
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SLPS News April 10th 2015

*Spring is finally here! We remind parents to please dress your children for the weather! Rain boots, rain jackets, splash pants and an extra pair of socks are very useful for outdoor play.

*An email message was sent out directly to our families from the Director of the OCDSB this week. To read the message, click here.

*The SLPS Parent Council has organized a Mental Health Presentation for parents on April 23rd  at 6:30 at SLPS in the Gym

Nearly 1 in 5 Ontario children experiences stress, anxiety or other mental health issues affecting their daily routines at home, school and with their peers. This presentation will help parents feel prepared when they have concerns about their child’s behavior, emotional state, struggle with peers, or when something just doesn’t seem right. During the presentation, staff from Crossroads Children’s Centre will:

  • Help parents identify signs for concern
  • Walk parents through the conversations they can have to uncover what is bothering their child
  • Offer tips on how families can make a plan together to deal with the problem or stress
  • Provide information about their drop-in mental health clinic
  • Presentation: Thursday, April 23 6:30 p.m. Stephen Leacock P.S. gym Babysitting available (please RSVP using the form below so we can plan accordingly)SLPS parent council : Mental Health presentation for parents

* Thank you for generous support of our recent French Book Fair. The SLPS library has been able to add over $800 dollars of new books to its collection as a result of the book fair proceeds. MERCI!

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*Looking ahead: Ottawa Public Health Immunization clinic at SLPS for  grade 7 girls and boys on April 21 ( HEP B) /  for grade 8 girls on April 21 ( HPV)

* Tell Them From Me Survey  for grade 4-8 students will take place April 13-16th. Every year, schools in Ontario complete a school climate survey. The ‘Tell Them from Me’ survey helps us to better understand perceptions about well-being at school. If you do not consent to your child’s participation in the survey, please complete the tear off form in the letter sent home today to all grade 4-8 students. There is no parent survey this year.

*The OCDSB is offering two presentations for parents in April. Please click on the links below for more info.

Speaker_series-The Qualities of Engagement on April 29th The-Qualities-of-Engagement

Speaker_series-Talking to Kids about Money (1) on April 15thTalking-to-Kids-about-Money


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SLPS News April 2 2015

*Highlights this week:

SLPS WE DAY Crew 2015!

SLPS WE DAY Crew 2015!

*We are very proud of our Intermediate  ‘Me to We’ crew! On Wednesday April 1, this group of grade 7 and 8 students joined thousands of other students from Ontario and Quebec  in a celebration of the positive actions that they are taking in their local and global communities. We Day is a celebration of the power of youth to create a better world and is dedicated to supporting young people everywhere as they fulfill their potential as active citizens.

Old and New - Modern Fables in 7C

Old and New – Modern Fables in 7C

*Old World fables get revised in 7C

*Spring Clean up with 6C and 1E! Students collaborated to investigate the ways in which  polluted water can be cleaned and purified.

Collaborative Inquiry on Water in 6C and 1E

Collaborative Inquiry on Water in 6C and 1E

Mark your calendars: May 28th School Council  Family BBQ and SLPS 50th anniversary celebration! Stay tuned for more info!

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SLPS news March 27th 2015

News in the school:

*Tomorrow Saturday March 28th is Earth Hour Day. It is a World Wildlife Fund global movement to raise awareness about climate change. Today between 1:20 and 2:20, we turned off our lights to show how we  understand the importance of using and caring for the natural environment in a responsible way.

Learning about International Water Day

Learning about International Water Day

*As part of our continued learning about sustainability and environmental stewardship, we will be celebrating World Water Day in the month of April. This year is our fourth annual celebration of World Water Day (observed on March 22nd). Our Water Learning Gallery will  consist of various class projects, art and other artifacts that demonstrate our understanding of the importance and significance of water conservation and equity. We are pleased to announce that some of our classes will have the opportunity to participate in a Skype activity with the Water Brothers in April (

Our School-Wide Walk for Water Fundraiser in support of WaterAid Canada will take place during the week of April 20th.  WaterAid has developed a project that will support the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene education in eight wards across Monze District, Zambia (

Highlights this week:

*Students in 5D demonstrated their media literacy skills with their video newscasts

In the News!!! 5D

In the News!!! 5D

*We had a fun spirit day today:  Today was Backwards or Twin day

Talk about backwards!

Talk about backwards!



* We received a donation of $500 from the Proud to Be Me Foundation this week. One of our students participated in a community charity fundraising event and as a result of his hard work and efforts, a contribution is being made to the school towards our student well-being initiatives. Merci!

Looking ahead:

  • No School April 3 and April 6 for Easter holidays.
  • April 21- Public Health Immunization Clinic for grade 8 girls ( HPV) and Grade 7 boys and girls (Hep. B) For more info., please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-2424 ext.23676




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SLPS News March 12, 2015

We would like to wish all our families a very  happy March break holiday. We look forward to seeing everyone back to school on March 23rd.

*A paper newsletter was sent home today to all students. It contains some information regarding safe arrival and dismissal,  information regarding changes to the walk zone from OSTA (Ottawa Student Transportation Authority) as well as a note from the SLPS council.

*Skating is finished for the season! Thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time to help. We would not be able to integrate skating into our physical education program without parent volunteers.

*For information about OCDSB Continuing Education programs (International Languages and Extra Curricular Arts)  please click CENewsletter Mar-Apr2015

Highlights of our learning this week:

*Grade 1 students experienced snowshoeing!snowshoeing grade 1 2nd pic


*Genius Hour in 7B where students are encouraged to explore their own passions and creativity. Genius Hour provides students a choice in what they learn and an opportunity to showcase their interests and talents.

Learning about what we love! Genius Hour 7B

Learning about what we love! Genius Hour 7B

Math buddies 4c and 1D*Math buddies and probability games in 1D/4C

4A Social Studies

Regions in Ontario

*Learning about  Ontario in 4A

*Literature Circle presentations in 5B

Lit circles 5B

Presenting our Literature circle novels in 5B


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SLPS news March 6th 2015

News in the school this week:

  • Congratulations to our grade 7 and 8 concert bands who were awarded gold for their performances in the capital region music festival on Feb. 28th.
  • We are very pleased to announce that Tiam in grade 7 will be representing the school in the district finals of the Concours d’art oratoire at the end of the month. Bravo!
  • On Wednesday the Junior Boys Volleyball team competed at Stonecrest against 8 other strong teams. After defeating Katimavik in the quarters they were eliminated by the team from Roch Carrier. The boys should be very proud of their hard work and determination! Great job boys!!
  • We have avid readers in grades 4,5,6! Students in our junior classes who enjoy reading have had the opportunity to take part in the Silver Birch reading club. This program is a national reading club organized by the library association. It fosters a love of reading. Students taking part get to read a wonderful selection of books and also have the chance to vote for the books they think should get the Silver Birch award. We now have several students who are ready to cast their ballot as they have read 5 books from one of the categories.
  • It is with great pride that we bring you the news of the Int. boys’ basketball tournament. The boys played 2 very competitive games in the round robin to continue on to the semi-finals against A. Lorne Cassidy. What a solid team effort! The team finished in first place! Mrs. Pirri could not be prouder of the conduct of the team on and off the court! 
  • Social Justice and History gr.8

    Social Justice and History gr.8

    Making History come alive in grade 8

    Making History come alive in grade 8

    *What a fabulous living library moment today! Students in Mme Heffernan’s 8A and 8C classes shared what they have been learning about in history  through a wonderful performance presentation in the gym today.  Through their social justice project on the legacy of the residential school system, they explored social conditions, internal and external pressures for change and the factors contributing to change in Canadian society.

    A moment in time!

    A moment in time!



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SLPS News Feb 27th

We said goodbye to February with a week of wonderful activities!

*Primary Winter Carnival  and Primary Assembly-  Thank you to our gr. 7 students who did a wonderful job organizing all the outdoor collaborative play activities!parachute games with grade 7

*Junior Ski day! What a successful day on the hill!

Winter carnival!

Winter carnival!

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*A BIG thank you to our volunteers! Your ongoing support of ski days, field trips, book sale, hot lunches, skating and sports activities is very much appreciated! MERCI!

**News from the school parent council: Stephen Leacock School Council is looking for parent feedback on the future of the holiday gift shop in its current format. Please take a minute to take their very brief online survey

*Thank you for all your generous donations to our Hearts for the Homeless clothing drive and your support for Toonie Tuesday this week. Your donations will help many families in the Ottawa area!

Looking ahead to next week: Grade 6,7,8 students Fiddler on the Roof musical at EOM on March 5th (please pack a lunch/ only snacks available at the musical’s canteen)/Jr. Girls Volleyball tournament on Frid. March 6th 




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