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
*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 (www.waterbrothers.ca).
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 (www.wateraidcanada.com).
Highlights this week:
*Students in 5D demonstrated their media literacy skills with their video newscasts
In the News!!! 5D
*We had a fun spirit day today: Today was Backwards or Twin day
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!
- 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
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!
*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
*Math buddies and probability games in 1D/4C
Regions in Ontario
*Learning about Ontario in 4A
*Literature Circle presentations in 5B
Presenting our Literature circle novels in 5B
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!
*Junior Ski day! What a successful day on the hill!
*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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6CMSPQT
*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
*A few reminders:
- Junior Ski trip tomorrow Feb 25th (there will be a lot of traffic- please be patient and drive with caution)
- French Book Fair ongoing tomorrow and Thursday! Open tomorrow evening from 2:30pm until 7:30pm. Please drop by and shop for a book!
- PINK shirt day tomorrow. By wearing pink (colour of caring and kindness) we show that together we say NO to bullying.
- grade 8 trip to Youth Talks @ Earl of March on Friday Feb. 27th
- grade 8 Option sheets due on Friday the 27th. After that date, please any option sheets will need to be sent directly to EOM
*If you are interested in finding out more information regarding the new Ontario Health curriculum, please click here.
*The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority is seeking input from the school community regarding a proposed policy and procedure to deliver transportation services to students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes. Both homes must be within the attendance boundary and eligible for transportation. A formal application process requires that both parents and/or guardians sign the application and provide a schedule. Weekly or bi-weekly access schedules may be limited to ensure student safety. Other safety and operational risks will be assessed prior to approval or denial of each application.Members of the school community are invited to complete an online survey Please review the proposed policy and procedure, as well as Frequently Asked Questions on OSTA’s website (www.ottawaschoolbus.ca) prior to completing the survey. Public consultation closes March 13 2015.
OSTA PUBLIC Consultation SURVEY OSTA thanks you for your input.
***We enjoyed a wonderful Primary assembly today. The performance by the primary choir , the drumming group and the class videos all helped us to think about the concept of Fairness and that fair does not always mean equal. ***
* Community opportunity: Love magic? Enjoy chemistry ? Carleton University is offering a free Chemistry magic show on Saturday Feb. 28th. For more info Carleton University Chemistry Magic show
Thank you to the parents that are helping to make our drop off lane safer for all by keeping to the right, unloading quickly and proceeding with caution. Please remember to park your vehicle if you need to help your children unload from a vehicle (with backpacks and skates etc.)
- Parking may be extremely limited tomorrow due to the United church’s annual Used Book Sale
- Show your SLPS spirit!!!!Dress as your favourite fictional character tomorrow Feb. 20th
- Graduation photos for 8C tomorrow. 8A and 8B today
- We are still collection gently used clothing for Hearts for the Homeless until Feb. 27th. Donation boxes are in the front foyer.
Highlights this week:
We learned about Chinese New Year today!!!
Learning about Chinese New Year in 2E
*Healthy teeth projects in 3D*
What is in a tooth? 3D
Love of reading is all around in 2D!
Talking about our favourite books in 2D
*On Feb. 17th the Int. boys basketball team played 2 exhibition games against W.E. Johnston Public School. Our boys played against both the gr. 8 and the gr. 7 teams. The boys played very well and were victorious in both games. Ms. Pirri was very proud of the team spirit displayed on and off the court! Congratulations boys!
Looking ahead to next week: Toonie Tuesday Feb 24th (we collect toonies to support the Education Foundation of Ottawa)/ Pink Day is Feb 25th- we invite students to wear pink. It is the colour of caring and kindness as together we say NO to bullying / Jr. Ski day Feb. 25th/ French Book Fair @ SLPS Feb 24,25,26 *VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
We have heart at SLPS!!!!!!!!!!
*This week we read and wrote about kindness in grade 1 and 2
What I learned this week in grade 2 English
on aime la St-Valentin
How we demonstrate kindness at home and in the community 4C & 4D
*We shared how we show kindness in grade 4
*We helped others through our Hearts for the Homeless clothing drive
Le Carnaval a SLPS
*We celebrated ‘carnaval’ in grade 3&5
*We made wonderful music for all to enjoy in grade 6! Have a great weekend from all of us at SLPS!