January 2015- Change in Administration Team at SLPS

Dear Parents,

I am writing to share that there will be a change in our administration team effective January 2015. I have had the most wonderful time as school principal at SLPS and have enjoyed every minute with staff, students and the parent community. Even though it has been only a short period of time, I am truly appreciative of my time here and your children have left a mark on my heart.

As a former SLPS student in the pilot program of Early French Immersion, it has been a particular joy to be back “home”. What an exciting year 2015 will bring with our 50th anniversary celebrations!

I will be moving into the role of Superintendent of Instruction effective January 2015 and am both sad to be leaving SLPS and excited about the new challenges and opportunities the role will bring.

I am thrilled to share that Genevieve Gauthier-King will be joining the SLPS school community as the new principal. She is a talented, experienced principal joining us from Agincourt PS. She is very excited to join SLPS, lives in the Kanata community and is a french speaking principal.

I know Genevieve will be warmly welcomed by all, and will have the privilege to work with my fabulous Vice-Principal Rebecca Carver who was a key support and friend, our incredible office team and custodial staff, and the amazing teaching staff, students and parent community.

Thank you all for being such incredible partners in education!

Sincerely,
Mme Nadia Towaij, Principal
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Four New Pages of Updates on the Blog

Dear Parents,

Please visit the links below to view the new content and updates on these four key areas of the Stephen Leacock blog- key information regarding the collaborative process we use for our school learning plan (with photos!), our 50th anniversary winning logo design, updates on our transition plan to Earl of March for our grade 6 and 7 students, as well as an opportunity for parents to provide their thinking and ideas related to the development of the new OCDSB strategic plan can be found.
Enjoy!
Mme Nadia Towaij, Principal

1) School Learning Plan
School Learning Plan

2) Transitions to EOM
Transition to the Earl

3) Parent Page
parent page

4) 50th Anniversary
50th anniversary

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What Learning Looks Like, Sounds Like and Feels Like at SLPS…

Dear Parents/Guardians,
What incredible learning is taking place everyday at SLPS! The following are examples of what learning looks like, sounds like and feels like for our primary, junior and intermediate students that I have the privilege of witnessing through my instructional walk-throughs. I am sharing photos I have taken in classrooms and will annotate each to identify the nature of the photo and how is shows the ways we are supporting student learning (whether in support of student voice, critical thinking, feedback etc.)
Enjoy!
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Extending our Learning on the Walls:

Classroom walls provide a great opportunity to extend the learning for our students. Having student generated anchor charts, success criteria and exemplars all support students in “knowing” what quality work looks like.
Perceptual data from students (how they see themselves as reading/ writers/ mathematicians) and attitudinal surveys are key to reflect “student voice”.

"Where do you like to read?"/ "Tell me about a good experience you have had while reading?"- Great ways to promote the love of life-long reading!

“Where do you like to read?”/ “Tell me about a good experience you have had while reading?”- Great ways to promote the love of life-long reading!

Students engaged in thinking about patterns!

Students engaged in thinking about patterns!

Student engagement reflected in key questions to provoke thinking. Student responses reflecting informed thinking (justifications for their opinions)

Student engagement reflected in key questions to provoke thinking. Student responses reflecting informed thinking (justifications for their opinions)

Student reps. from every homeroom (grades 1-8) engaged in determining their joint "reves et espoirs" (hopes and dreams) for the future. This data will be shared as part of the SLP (School Learning Plan)

Student reps. from every homeroom (grades 1-8) engaged in determining their joint “reves et espoirs” (hopes and dreams) for the future. This data will be shared as part of the SLP (School Learning Plan)

Junior and Primary students working with their "Writing" buddy..supporting students with "l'ecriture en francais"

Junior and Primary students working with their “Writing” buddy..supporting students with “l’ecriture en francais”

Junior and Primary learners focussing on quality tasks to promote "la langue francais"

Junior and Primary learners focussing on quality tasks to promote “la langue francais”

Intermediate student leaders running cooperative games at morning recess for primary students.

Intermediate student leaders running cooperative games at morning recess for primary students.

Students excited and moving towards the media screen (focusing on French music!)

Students excited and moving towards the media screen (focusing on French music!)

More collaborative games led by the intermediates in the am recess for our primary students

More collaborative games led by the intermediates in the am recess for our primary students

Example of student generated thinking (in slips of coloured paper) and what they are noticing and wondering about the data displayed.

Example of student generated thinking (in slips of coloured paper) and what they are noticing and wondering about the data displayed.

Student generated thinking re. what I know already re curricular topic , what I want to know and what I have learned.

Student generated thinking re. what I know already re curricular topic , what I want to know and what I have learned.

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This is one of many examples of how students are supported in being successful and how student voice is key to learning...

This is one of many examples of how students are supported in being successful and how student voice is key to learning…

Using math manipulatives to make meaning of concepts..

Using math manipulatives to make meaning of concepts..

Students showing their thinking through images! (and they had math manipulatives on their desks to support their learning)

Students showing their thinking through images! (and they had math manipulatives on their desks to support their learning)

A very very muddy day of running earlier this year! Students were covered in mud but had a great day!

A very very muddy day of running earlier this year! Students were covered in mud but had a great day!

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parents engaged in creating our hopes and dreams for our students as part of our School Learning Plan

parents engaged in creating our hopes and dreams for our students as part of our School Learning Plan

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All the way to the final game!! Bravo les garcons! and thank you Ms Pirri!

All the way to the final game!! Bravo les garcons! and thank you Ms Pirri!

These photos took place on Nov 28. All grade 6 and grade 7 classes met with Mme Towaij and Mr Harris (Principal of Earl of March). They received an update on the new addition, heard all about the great facilities, had an opportunity to ask questions and ALL students generate thinking regarding what they are most excited about (re Earl of march) and what their questions and wonderings are.

These photos took place on Nov 28. All grade 6 and grade 7 classes met with Mme Towaij and Mr Harris (Principal of Earl of March). They received an update on the new addition, heard all about the great facilities, had an opportunity to ask questions and ALL students generate thinking regarding what they are most excited about (re Earl of march) and what their questions and wonderings are.

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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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