Friday at SLPS

Today is retro day at Stephen Leacock. Check out IMG_2572the funky students and teachers!


Too cool for grade 8.

Too cool for grade 8


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Straw Towers….and milk and cookies

Mrs McKenna enjoyed some milk and cookies with our grade 3 students. Mme Joachim creates opportunities for students to earn the privilege of joining us in the office for some treats.


The Grade 7 students are currently working on their Straw Tower Project for their structures unit in Science. After having studied the concepts related to structures and factors which affect their stability and strength, the students have to construct a straw tower, with a minimum height of 76 cm, which can hold 500 grams for 90 seconds. They can only use the materials available in class which are straws, tape, glue and cardboard platforms and have the added challenge of trying to stay within their budget. The students worked together to make a plan of their structure, as they construct, they can make modifications. In their thinking journals, they describe what they modified and what they learned during the construction phase of the project.IMG_2546




sample of their designs and learning reflections

sample of their designs and learning reflections


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Monday at SLPS…this is what is happening.

IMG_2532Our grade 1 students in Mme Poulton’s class are learning how to play chess from the students in Mme Robichaud’s class; or maybe the grade 1′s are teaching the grade 5s? It is all about speaking French!


This is a sample of the math artwork created by our grade 5 students. Come on into the library and take a closer look. Can you see the patterns?



Well our school yard is in transition! The students, like many adults are really anxious for spring and warmer weather!

The chalk is out....

The chalk is out….

If your children are coming home a little wet, they are really enjoying playing in the water!

If your children are coming home a little wet, they are really enjoying playing in the water!


And the coats are off!

And the coats are off!













All of our primary students are enjoying a dance workshop. They are dancing up a storm, with lots of screaming and sweat! Once the music stops, they have to create the letter M or a triangle or they have to create a campfire. Do you recognize any of the shapes? IMG_2517         IMG_2509IMG_2522

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Math Olympics

math olympics teamSaturday, April 5th, four of our Intermediate students participated in the Math Olympics competition at St. Patrick’s High School among teams from various schools in the city. Kevin L., Aditi S., Linda Z and Albert Q. spent the day solving various math challenges, both as a team and in pairs. Aditi and Albert won first place for one of the pair activities. Overall, the team ranked 14th out of 39 teams. Congratulations to the whole team who represented SLPS well!



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Crazy Hair Day

We are looking good at Stephen Leacock today!

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International students program

Dear Parents of Stephen Leacock Public School,

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has had the pleasure of welcoming international students into its schools as part of its successful International Student Program for close to 15 years.

During their stay in the Ottawa region, our international students live with local families. Hosts tell us that welcoming an international student into their home has changed their lives. Developing life-long friendships and learning about cultures different from their own has been enriching and enjoyable. Students and host families alike have benefitted from the experience.

So more families can investigate this wonderful opportunity, the Canada Homestay Network (CHN), our partner in this wonderful adventure, will be hosting information sessions at Earl of March Secondary School on Thursday, April 3rd 2014 at 7pm in the library.

Among the subjects discussed will be the support offered to both hosts and students, including pre-arrival orientations, ongoing access to a professional Relationship Manager, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a generous host stipend to offset expenses.

We invite anyone interested in becoming a homestay family to come to the session. Please note that colleagues, neighbours, friends and relatives are also welcome to attend!

We do ask that you register your intention to attend. To register or obtain more information on the sessions or on our program, please contact Louise at CHN at (613) 686-6764 x 2059, or at



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School News

School News

Many clubs are continuing such as the Cross Stitch Club, Red Maple Club, Dance Club, Milk Bag Mat Makers Club as well as the Primary and Junior Art Clubs.

Our character trait this month is Optimism. The Junior Assembly will be run by Class 5D who will use skits to demonstrate creative ways on how to positively influence others into viewing situations with optimism and resilience.

Thank you for coming out to enjoy our Movie Night – Frozen – and supporting our Grade 8 Band Trip. $1,025.21 was the total amount raised.

Students are continuing with rehearsals for the High School Musical. Performance dates will be confirmed and posted soon.

The Math Olympics Team continues to practice for the competition that will take place Saturday April 5 at St. Patrick’s High School.

The Grade 5 classes will have a guest artist in later this month to offer a workshop incorporating the idea of public art with math concepts such as patterning, algebra and numeration.

The Grade 6 classes have invited award-winning Author Denise Chong to share her secrets on successful writing with us on April 29, 2014. Denise Chong is the author of: The Concubine’s Children, The Girl in the Picture, Egg on Mao and Lives of the Family.

Some intermediate students will be going to the We Day at the Canadian Tire Centre on April 9, 2014.
Two of our intermediate students finished first place in their public speaking category and advanced to the finals on March 19 where they represented Stephen Leacock P.S. very well. Congratulations!

Grade 8A and 8B put on a Museum Showcase depicting and explaining the experiences of Aboriginal children in Residential Schools, tout en francais. The showcase took place in the gym and other classes in the school visited the showcase.

Sports News

Congratulations to our sports teams who recently participated in regional tournaments and represented Stephen Leacock very well.

The Junior Boys Volleyball Team came in 3rd place after making it to the semi-finals at their tournament at Stonecrest E.S. on March 5, 2014

The Junior Girls Volleyball team faced tough competition in their tournament  at Stonecrest E.S. on March 5, 2014. The girls lost in a tie breaker and did not make it to the semi-finals but showed great sportsmanship and played very well.

The Intermediate Boys Basketball Team made it to the finals. They played a respectful game against a very strong Bridlewood team to come in 2nd place overall.

Intermediate basketball team

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