SLPS News Feb 11th 2016

We wish all our SLPS families a very happy Family Day weekend! We hope you are able to enjoy some winter family fun time. A reminder that the school is closed on Friday February 12th  for a Professional Activity Day as well as Monday February 15th for the Family Day holiday. Please note that the EDP program is not running on February 12th. We had a very successful lockdown drill this morning. These mandated drills are important as they ensure that all students and staff know how to respond in the event of an emergency.

Learning highlights this week:

Many of our students celebrated the 2016 Lunar New Year and several classrooms learned and shared what they know about Lunar New Year celebrations. We also celebrated 100’s day in our grade 1 and 2 classes this week. It was great to see some of our primary classes enjoy skating for the first time this year. Many thanks to the parent volunteers who come to support skating.

 

Looking ahead

  • 2016-2017 Kindergarten registration ongoing January 25th 2016 – registration ongoing
  • 2016-2017 Elementary Student transfer Application Period Feb 8-Feb 19th 2016
  • 2016-2017 Middle French Immersion Registration Period Feb.16- Feb.22 2016 
  • PA day NO School Feb. 12th 2016
  • Family Day Holiday Feb. 15th- School Closed
  • Tuesday Feb. 16th SLPS Parent council meeting @ 7pm in the library- please join us
  • Toonie Tuesday February 23rd- Please consider sending in a toonie to help support the Education Foundation’s fundraiser
  •  International Baccalaureate Program in Ottawa’s West End through the OCDSB: Trustee Christine Boothby will be hosting a meeting on the possibility of offering an IB program in west end Ottawa. It is the desire of a number of parents to see the implementation of an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program on the west side of Ottawa.  The IBO is a non-profit foundation that offers educational programs that are highly respected and internationally recognized. When :Thursday Feb 18, 7 pm /Where: Library, Earl of March /Who : Parents from Kanata are all welcome

 

 

 

 

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SLPS News Feb. 5th 2016

New Kanata North School

All families with students in grade 1-5 currently attending SLPS who live in the new boundary area for the Kanata North School for September 2016 were notified this week by SLPS. Information regarding the boundary areas can be found by visiting the  New Kanata School tab on our homepage for links and maps. If your family is impacted by this change, please do not hesitate to contact SLPS. We will be happy to help you.

Report cards

The  Report Card for term 1 was sent home yesterday. In determining your child’s grade, teachers look at daily assignments, tests, projects, presentations, participation and demonstrations for evidence that your child is learning the curriculum. Students must also show a deep understanding of what they are studying by communicating and applying what they have learned. They must also demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills. As well as looking at tests, classwork and assignments, they also talk to and observe your child in the classroom to gather as much information as possible before making a decision on the final grade. Ongoing homework is used to develop study and organizational skills as well as helping to consolidate knowledge for the next class. Homework also helps develop strong learning skills and work habits, which are reflected in the provincial report card.

If you have any questions about your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

Bus cancellations

In order to ensure that you receive notification of bus cancellations due to inclement weather, parents may:

  • visit the board site and social media networks and listen to local radio and television outlets for cancellation notices
  • Link directly to OSTA’s parent portal to view delays and cancellations or sign up for email notification  https://ostabusplanner.ottawaschoolbus.ca/Cancellations.aspx
  • Follow OSTA on Twitter @OttSchoolBus for cancellation notices

TOONIE TUESDAY: Give a little…help a lot

SLPS will be taking part in the Education Foundation’s fundraiser Toonie Tuesday on February 23rd 2016. More than 15,000 students in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) live in poverty. Every day these students come to school without vital medication, are hungry and do not have warm winter clothes due to socio-economic challenges out of their control. The Education Foundation of Ottawa (EFO), an independent charity, works with the OCDSB to help provide these students with the tools they need to learn and grow. In the first five months of the 2015/16 school year, the Education Foundation has provided over $120,000 in funding to OCDSB students in need. Thanks to the generosity of students and staff at over 100 schools last year through their one-day fundraiser – Toonie Tuesday –  raised more than $35,000 to support emergent needs of students. On February 23rd, 2016 please consider sending your child with a Toonie (or more) to help meet the critical necessities for our students not funded by the school board or Ministry of Education. Thank you!

SLPS Highlights this week :

 

Looking ahead

  • 2016-2017 Kindergarten registration ongoing January 25th 2016
  • 2016-2017 Elementary Student transfer Application Period Feb 8-Feb 19th 2016
  • 2016-2017 Middle French Immersion Registration Period Feb.16- Feb.22 2016 
  • Term 2 Pizza and Sub begins Feb. 2 2016
  • Lockdown drill Feb. 11th AM- (Please plan ahead as the doors will be locked from 9-10am)
  • PA day NO School Feb. 12th 2016
  • Family Day Holiday Feb. 15th- School Closed
  • Toonie Tuesday February 23rd

 

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SLPS News January 29th 2016

The registration period for JK and SK for 2016-2017  at SLPS has begun. We look forward to welcoming many new families to SLPS. For registration information, please visit the Registration tab on our homepage.

The Junior students enjoyed a very successful winter activity day at Mount Pakenham. Thank you to the parents for your support of this wonderful outdoor education opportunity for our students in grades 4-6. A very special thank you to Mme. Laniyan and the junior team! Students will return to Mt. Pakenham on Feb. 2nd. 2016.

Every year we practice our safety preparedness drills which include Fire Drills as well as Lockdown Drills. We successfully practiced a lockdown drill in November and will be practicing a second Lockdown on Thursday February 11 in the morning. These mandated drills are important as they ensure that all students and staff know how to respond in the event of an emergency. Teachers review safety procedures with students, using age and grade appropriate language. As part of the practice, our School Resource Officer, Constable McCormack will be at the school to support us during this drill. As always, our foremost focus is on student safety. If you are picking up or dropping off your child during the school day please plan ahead as the drill will take place between 9 am and 10 am on February 11th and the front door will be locked.

Highlights of learning this week:

Grade 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D students explored social, environmental and citizenship themes through an action research project. Their projects demonstrate how awareness, education, engagement and social action can make a big difference!

 

  • 2016-2017 Kindergarten registration ongoing January 25th 2016
  • 2016-2017 Elementary Student transfer Application Period Feb 8-Feb 19th 2016
  • 2016-2017 Middle French Immersion Registration Period Feb.16- Feb.22 2016 
  • 2nd Junior Winter Activity day at Mt. Pakenham Feb. 2nd 2016
  • Term 2 Pizza and Sub begins Feb. 2 2016
  • Term 1 report cards go home Feb 4th 2016
  • grade 7 registration forms for our grade 6 students due back at SLPS by Feb.5th 2016
  • Lockdown drill Feb. 11th AM
  • PA day NO School Feb. 12th 2016
  • Family Day Holiday Feb. 15th- School Closed

 

 

 

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SLPS News January 21 2016

What a busy short week at SLPS. Some highlights of learning this week:

Many grade 3 students took part in a structures fair this week to display and share their science learning. Some very creative representations of well-known buildings were showcased. Bravo!!

Volunteers from the Wabano Centre visited our grade 1 classrooms today. Students had an opportunity to learn more about  Canadian animals and how aboriginal communities use and value natural resources.

Skating: Our skating rink is now open. Many classes will begin skating next week. Volunteers are very helpful to support this kind of activity. Please note that a CSA approved winter sports helmet must be worn on the ice surface at all times. For skating schedule questions, please contact your child’s teacher. To view the rink conditions: http://www.ottawarinks.ca/en/rink/stephen-leacock

Registration for grade 7 2016-2017: Students in grade 6 received registration forms for grade 7 at EOM or Jack Donohue today.  Please complete them and return them to SLPS by February 5th 2016.

NEW CLUBS at SLPS :

  • ECO-club– Is your child interested in the environment? We have a new club for students in grade 1-6. The ECO club will meet next Wed. during first recess to gather input from students on how they can raise awareness, get involved and make SLPS a more ECO-friendly school.
  • Forest of Reading/Silver Birch Club– Are you in grade 3-6? Do you love to read?  The Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch program allows readers to cultivate a love of reading through Canadian picture books and novels.  SLPS’s participation in this program is made possible by the generous support of the SLPS parent council. Merci!!!!

A reminder to all our families that there is no school tomorrow Jan. 22. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday January 25th.

  • Kindergarten information evening TONIGHT @SLPS  at 6:30pm in the gym
  • PA day NO SCHOOL Friday Jan. 22, 2016
  • 2016-2017 Kindergarten registration begins January 25th 2016
  • 2016-2017 Elementary Student transfer Application Period Feb 8-Feb 19th 2016
  • 2016-2017 Middle French Immersion Registration Period Feb.16- Feb.22 2016 
  • Junior Winter Activity day at Mt. Pakenham January 27th
  • SLPS Spirit Day: Hawaiian Day! January 29th
  • Term 2 Pizza and Sub begins Feb. 2 2016
  • Term 1 report cards go home Feb 4th 2016
  • 2016-2017 gr. 7 registration forms for gr. 6 students due back at SLPS by Feb.5th 2016
  • SHOW your SCHOOL SPIRIT!!!!!

    SHOW your SCHOOL SPIRIT!!!!!

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SLPS News January 15th 2016

Skating

As winter has now set in, we will soon able to use the City of Ottawa skating rink behind our school. Skating is a wonderful activity that supports the Physical Education curriculum.  Your child’s teacher may look to incorporate skating into their program and if so, will  send additional information home. Volunteers are very helpful to support this kind of activity. Please note that a CSA approved winter sports helmet must be worn on the ice surface at all times.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten and Renovations

We are very pleased to announce that a construction project at Stephen Leacock Public School has been approved to help support the implementation of the Full Day Kindergarten program in September of 2016. The project consists of a renovation of existing rooms in the junior section of our school to create Full Day Kindergarten classrooms. It is anticipated that the capital works on the site will begin in March 2016 as part of a construction schedule which would permit completion of all work for September 2016. The construction beginning in March 2016 will impact some of our current indoor classroom space. Our school’s rear portables are currently undergoing upgrades and renovations to accommodate the classrooms that will be relocated when the project begins in March 2016. We will continue to share information as it becomes available and will be communicating with parents of students in classrooms that are directly impacted.  We appreciate how this renovation will cause several changes to our use of space as well as some inconveniences but we know that the outcome will be very beneficial for the school community for years to come.

New Kanata North School

Families with students in grade 1-5 currently attending SLPS who live in the new boundary area for the Kanata North School for September 2016  will be notified by SLPS in writing. This week we notified families of students in grade 6 impacted by boundary changes for grades 7 and 8 and will continue to communicate information as we receive it this month. Please visit the New Kanata School tab on our homepage for links and maps.

Proposed OCDSB 2016-2017 calendar

A reminder that if you would like to provide input on option 1 or 2 of the proposed 2016-2017 OCDSB calendar, please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Winter_Break_2016_2017 

OPTION 1: Last day of school Friday, 16 December 2016 – No school from 17 December 2016 – 1 January 2017 – Students returning to school Monday, 2 January 2017 OR OPTION 2:Last day of school Friday, 23 December 2016 – No school from 24 December 2016 – 8 January 2017 – Students returning to school on Monday, 9 January 2017. The survey closes on Monday, 25 January 2016.

Update from the library

The library is looking for parent volunteers to help with shelving books one day a week from 10:00am to 10:45 am and from 12:25pm to 1:10pm. If you are interested and would like to help out, please contact our school librarian Mme Poirier by calling the school or emailing her directly at monique.poirier@ocdsb.ca  *Mark you calendars* Le Coin du Livre French Book Fair is planned for April 20th and April 21st 2016.

Message from our School Council

Pizza and Subs for term 2:  All orders to be completed online by JANUARY 18th– NO late orders accepted https://sagoto.com/slps/lunch/index.php to order.

Let’s keep pizza lunches going! Our pizza program is a win-win for the school community – students get a hot lunch delivered right to their classroom, and the funds raised help support learning enhancements and technology purchases. But our pizza lunches need parent power to keep running! We’re looking for a few more parents to help out on occasion with pizza lunches. Please contact Lisa Merritt (lisa.jon@rogers.com). The pizza program runs on Thursdays from 12:10 to 1:10; volunteers do not need to make a weekly commitment. Thanks for your support!

Looking ahead

  • Dental screening for grade 2 students: A dental hygienist from Ottawa Public Health will provide dental screening on January 21 2016 for all grade 2 students. If your child is not in grade 2 but you would like the dental hygienist to see him/her, please contact the school.
  • Kindergarten information evening @SLPS Jan. 21 2016 at 6:30pm in the gym
  • PA day NO SCHOOL Friday Jan. 22, 2016
  • 2016-2017 Kindergarten registration begins January 25th 2016
  • 2016-2017 Elementary Student transfer Application Period Feb 8-Feb 19th 2016
  • 2016-2017 Middle French Immersion Registration Period Feb.16- Feb.22 2016 
  • Junior Winter Activity day at Mt. Pakenham January 27th
  • SLPS Spirit Day: Hawaiian Day! January 29th
  • Term 2 Pizza and Sub begins Feb. 2 2016
  • Term 1 report cards go home Feb 4th 2016
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SLPS News January 8 2016

Welcome back and Happy New Year! Winter has certainly arrived and is here to stay. Please ensure your children come to school dressed for the weather. When dressed warmly, students are able to fully take part in daily outdoor learning activities and enjoy play during outdoor recess.

*We would like to update you regarding the addition of a Professional Activity (PA) day to the required number of PA days that must be designated by each school board. A key term of the provincial settlements recently negotiated by the elementary and secondary teacher federations is the provision of an additional PA day to the school year, effective the 2015-2016 school year.   As such, the following PA days at elementary and secondary levels will be in place for both elementary and secondary schools. There will be no classes for students on these dates. Elementary:  *NEW* PA Day: Friday, 15 April 2016  Secondary:  *NEW* PA Day: Monday, 1 February 2016 (Semester 1 Examinations: 26-29 January 2016 Semester 2/Non-semestered Examinations: 20-27 June 2016)

OCDSB Calendar Webpage: http://www.ocdsb.ca/calendar/Pages/default.aspx

OCDSB Revised Elementary Calendar:  http://www.ocdsb.ca/calendar/Documents/SYC_Elementary_halfpg.pdf

  • Proposals for 2016/2017 school year calendar: There are many factors to consider in establishing each school year calendar. School boards are required to prepare, adopt, and submit to the Ministry of Education on or before May 1st of each year (or March 1st for a modified calendar), the school year calendar to be followed in the next school year. This includes start and end dates, professional development days and school breaks. As the committee prepares to make recommendations for the next school year, we are seeking your feedback on the options available for next year’s Winter Break 2016-2017. Your feedback will be shared with the committee as they make their recommendations. The options being considered are: 

OPTION 1: Last day of school Friday, 16 December 2016 – No school from 17 December 2016 – 1 January 2017 – Students returning to school Monday, 2 January 2017 OR OPTION 2:Last day of school Friday, 23 December 2016 – No school from 24 December 2016 – 8 January 2017 – Students returning to school on Monday, 9 January 2017

To provide input on option 1 or 2 please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Winter_Break_2016_2017  The survey closes on Monday, 25 January 2016.

*Dental screening for grade 2 students: A dental hygienist from Ottawa Public Health will provide dental screening on January 21 2016 for all grade 2 students. If your child is not in grade 2 but you would like the dental hygienist to see him/her, please contact the school.

*Kindergarten is coming to SLPS in the fall of 2016. For more information, please visit the kindergarten registration page on our homepage

*Our grade 6C and 6D classes have been learning all about  consumer items as part of their combined study of Data Management and Globalization. Students researched the mean cost of a variety of products as well as where in the world the products came from. You can see the end results in their graphs. A fabulous opportunity to appreciate Math in Action and how globalization affects our everyday lives.

 

Message from SLPS School Council: Pizza and Subs for term 2:  All orders to be completed online by JANUARY 18th– NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED  https://sagoto.com/slps/lunch/index.php to order. Term 2 order delivery starts Feb.2nd until June 23 2016.

  • A survey link has been made available in order to continue gathering your feedback on the proposals re. changes to EFI instruction. The survey closes Jan 11th 2016. For more info.  please visit: http://www.ocdsb.ca/sch/Consultation/Pages/French-Instruction-for-Kindergarten-and-Primary-Early-French-Immersion.aspx
  • Kindergarten information evening @SLPS Jan. 21 2016 at 6:30pm in the gym
  • PA day NO SCHOOL Friday Jan. 22, 2016
  • 2016-2017 Kindergarten registration begins January 25th 2016
  • 2016-2017 Elementary Student transfer Application Period Feb 8-Feb 19th 2016
  • 2016-2017 Middle French Immersion Registration Period Feb.16- Feb.22 2016 
  • Junior Winter Activity day at Mt. Pakenham January 27th
  • SLPS Spirit Day: Hawaiian Day! January 29th
  • Term 2 Pizza and Sub begins Feb. 2 2016
  • Term 1 report cards go home Feb 4th 2016

 

 

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SLPS news December 18th 2015

What a lovely last week of school before the winter break. On behalf of all the staff at SLPS, we would like to wish our SLPS families a wonderful holiday season. We hope the holidays are a joyful time for everyone and look forward to seeing our students back on January 4th 2016.

*A message from the SLPS Parent Council: Just a reminder to families who order hot lunch subs or pizza that the sub/pizza lunch program for Term 1 goes until the end of January (actual end date is January 28).  Reminder notes will go home the week of January 4th to re-order online for Term 2 lunches which will start Feb. 2 and go until June 23 2016.

*Interested in attending OCDSB Parent Conference: Bridging Home and School  Saturday January 16, 2016  9:00 a.m.  2:30 p.m.Sir Robert Borden High School, 131 Greenbank Rd – please visit http://www.ocdsb.ca/par/parentconference/Pages/default.aspx

  • Happy New Year!!!!! Welcome back to school January 4, 2016
  • Trustee Christine Boothby will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday, January 6th, at 7:00 pm., in the Auditorium of the Earl of March Secondary School.The focus of the meeting will be on the Proposed Changes to Early French Immersion in Kindergarten and Grades 1 – 3 for September 2016
  • A survey link has been made available in order to continue gathering your feedback on the proposals re. changes to EFI instruction. The survey is open until Jan 11th 2016. For more info.  please visit: http://www.ocdsb.ca/sch/Consultation/Pages/French-Instruction-for-Kindergarten-and-Primary-Early-French-Immersion.aspx
  • Last day to submit Jr. Winter Activity forms and funds Jan. 8th 2016
  • Kindergarten information evening @SLPS Jan. 21 2016
  • 2016-2017 Kindergarten registration begins January 25th 2016
  • Elementary Student transfer Application Period Feb 8-Feb 19th 2016
  • Middle French Immersion Registration Period Feb.16- Feb.22 2016
  • Last day for Term 1 orders of SUB/Pizza is January 28th (Term 2 orders Feb.2nd-June 23 2016)

 

 

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