*Highlights this week at SLPS:
This week students at SLPS demonstrated their awareness of how access to clean water is essential to life. Through classroom discussions, a Skype activity with the Water Brothers, artwork, stories, poetry, projects and their participation in our Walk for Water, students demonstrated environmental stewardship as well as empathy for children around the world who do not benefit from access to clean and sanitary water.
Skype with the Water Brothers from TVO
We thank you for your donations to our Walk for Water Fundraiser this week. Funds will be donated to WaterAid Canada in support of clean water projects in Zambia.
*Kanata North Boundary Review Public Meeting: The public is invited to attend a consultation meeting for the New Kanata North Elementary School Attendance Boundary Study on Thursday, May 7, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the auditorium/cafeteria of Earl of March Secondary School, No. 4 The Parkway.
*The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA): has a NEW 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 schedule. The deadline for applications to ensure transportation as of the first day of school in September 2015 is JUNE 1, 2015. All other requests will be processed after September 15 2015. Please visit : www.ottawaschoolbus.ca
- Int. Girls Badminton Tournament at W.O.M. on April 30th
- Int. Boys Badminton Tournament at W.O.M. on May 1st
- Spirit Day: Friday May 1- Back to the 60’s
- Kanata North Boundary Review Public meeting @EOM May 7th 7pm-9pm
- Mark your calendars: May 28th SLPS BBQ and 50th Anniversary Open House
We have 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!
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:
From ‘Bird on a Wire’- Wire art sculptures
to Rube Goldberg machines in grade 8
& Primary 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 SLPS50years@gmail.com
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info please click here
*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!
*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
Speaker_series-Talking to Kids about Money (1) on April 15th
*Highlights this week:
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 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
Mark your calendars: May 28th School Council Family BBQ and SLPS 50th anniversary celebration! Stay tuned for more info!
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