SLPS Open House Details- September 18th, 4:30-6:30 pm

Please join us this Thursday for our Open House/ Meet the Teacher. The purpose of the Open House is for your family to come to the school and have your child/ren tour you through their school, their class(es) and introduce you to their teachers. Our teachers will provide two opportunities for brief introductions of themselves and their programs at 4;45 pm and 5:45 pm. You will find the primary teachers in their classrooms for these introductions. Junior and Intermediate French/English teachers will be collaborating on their introductions in one of their classrooms. Please check the sign on their door to determine location and time. Given the large number of students in the school (over 750), you may not have the opportunity to meet directly with all teachers (especially if the teacher delivers instruction to multiple classrooms!).

If you wish to speak to the teacher about your child’s learning needs, please contact the teacher directly and arrange for a separate meeting. Teachers will not be able to have private meetings at this time.

Our intermediate band coordinated by M. Marc Cote will be offering families the chance to purchase pizza slices ($2.50/slice) and drinks ($1.00) in the gym. He will be ordering hot pizza at two different times to accommodate parents who may be arriving later.  We have done our best to estimate the number of pizzas required so come early!

We look forward to meeting and welcoming you all to the 2014-2015 school year!

A bientot!
Mme Nadia Towaij

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Open House is Coming..and More!

Dear Parents
It has been a wonderful first few weeks with your sons and daughters! I feel incredibly privileged to be principal at Stephen Leacock! Your sons and daughters are so incredibly positive and polite, open and ready to learn and keen to show their leadership! This combined with an engaged and positive school community, and a tremendous staff creating authentic, open and highly engaging tasks make this a wonderful place to learn! A special thank you to all parents who have introduced themselves and who are speaking in French to me- it is such a wonderful model for students!

Meet the Teacher/ Open House
We hope to see you all at this Thursday’s Open House (4:30-6:30 pm) where you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher(s)! As per last year, M. Marc Cote (our instrumental music teacher) and his fabulous parent volunteers will be selling pizza and drinks in the gymnasium so no need to cook dinner that night!

Learning @ Leacock:
1Classroom Blogs: 
-Many of our staff are maintaining classroom blogs/ websites or using email as a means of communicating with parents. We will be updating all the links in the next week to support this communication.
2) Homework Help (in mathematics):
-Funded by the Ministry of Education for students in grades 7-12
3) French Immersion support: (Free district online homework help)
-All OCDSB French as a Second Language students- K-12 now have access to Free online French Homework Help.  Partnered with the OCDSB and uniting dozens of French teachers, the team at Voilà Learning is excited to provide FREE ONLINE FRENCH HOMEWORK HELP to your children/students registered in French as a Second Language programs. Register at, and you will receive an e-mail every Monday and Wednesday at 3:30 letting you know that a teacher is available online to help your child every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
4) French Immersion City of Ottawa Recreation Guide Opportunities:
Did you know that the City of Ottawa offers recreational programs in French for students? This is a wonderful opportunity to create authentic opportunities to practice the French language whether through swimming lessons, or other clubs and sports. For more information, check out

Operational Updates:
1) School Council Meeting: Just a reminder that our first school council takes place tonight at 7 pm in the library. All parents are welcome and we will be electing our school council members tonight.
2) Safe Schools:
-As part of Safe Schools procedures, we will be practicing fire drills, lockdowns and secure schools this year.
-As we have a number of students with life threatening allergies, we remind parents to review allergy letters sent home so that we can keep our school a safe place for all students.
3) Staffing Update: As per of the annual staffing process, student enrolment in the fall is submitted as compared to the spring projected enrolment. This year, our grade 1 EFI numbers were lower than anticipated and today we received news that we would be losing a staff member. A huge thank you to Mme Melissa Mullins, grade 6 EFI teacher who will be leaving our school community and joining a new school site. All parents of 6C and 6D received letters today. In our primary grades, Mme Poulton’s grade 1 students will be joining our four other grade 1 EFI classes as part of our re-organization as we move from 5 grade 1 EFI classes to four. All parents of our 1B class were called today and letters were sent to all other grade 1 classrooms as we welcome new friends to the class! Mme Poulton will be moving to Grade 6 as the new 6C homeroom teacher, replacing Mme Mullins. Thank you to all as we work to support our students and create a smooth transition for all.

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Bienvenue/ Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!

Bienvenue/ Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!

On behalf of the Stephen Leacock School staff, we extend a warm welcome to both new and returning students and their parents/guardians in our school community. We are very much looking forward to the year ahead and to working with you and our students as we work together in support of student achievement and well-being! We hope you all enjoyed the fantastic summer weather and created some great memories with your family and friends.

Our enrolment is approximately 760 students. Our class placements have taken a large number of planning hours by staff and the outgoing school principal to ensure all students are placed in appropriate learning groupings. Many factors are taken into account and all decisions are thoughtful. Where possible we have accommodated parental requests made in the spring. Our staff list and their assignment will be updated and posted on our blog under ‘about’. We have an incredible team this year and they are looking forward to a fabulous year ahead working with you and your sons/daughters.

We look forward to welcoming you at our Open House taking place from 4:30-6:30 pm on Thursday, September 18th. In addition, you are welcome to join us at our first School Council meeting taking place September 16th at 7 pm in the library.

We value your contribution to your child’s education and encourage you to be involved in your child’s school life. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in volunteering or if you have questions or concerns rather than waiting for parent/teacher interviews. Ongoing communication is key to student success. We encourage parents to monitor homework and use the planner as a communication tool. Please continue to check with our school blog for all school updates, news and announcements. Together we can make this best school year ever for your child!

My thanks are extended to Steve – our chief custodian and his team for working so hard throughout the summer to prepare our school. As well, our office staff, librarian and teachers have recently spent long hours working to gather resources, prepare

Welcoming New Staff:

A grand bienvenue to the following talented educators who have joined the SLPS staff team: Mme Stephanie Robert (1A)/ Mme Christiane Bourque (2B)/ Mme Nicole Fournier (5D)/ Mme Melissa Mullins (6D)/ Mme Julie Treitz-Todd (7C)/ Mme Nicole Blais/ Mme Pamela Kendall (4B avec Mme Duncan)/ Mme Laura Smith.

In addition, we welcome our new EDP staff members: ECEs: Patti Sevigny, Emily Stalkie and Lisa O’Rourke and ELAs MaryLou, Fang and Mabinthe.

Finally, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mme Nadia Towaij and I am joining the SLPS as the new principal. I have been seconded for the past 4 years to the school board serving in the role as system principal of Curriculum Services with portfolio responsibilities including literacy, numeracy, all curricular areas, assessment and evaluation, FSL, environmental education, teacher professional learning, instructional coaching among others. I am a graduate of the Early French Immersion program when it was a pilot program and I attended Stephen Leacock P.S!

I am thrilled to serve as the principal of such an incredible school and look forward to working with you all in support of student achievement and well-being!

Principal/Directrice Mme Nadia Towaij

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Summer Enrolment – Register All Summer Long!

Thank you for visiting the Stephen Leacock Public School website!  We are now closed for the summer but you can register all summer long at the OCDSB Administration Building at 133 Greenbank Road.

Please call the Admissions Department at 613-596-8730  to make an appointment.  Please bring your child’s proof of age and address, health card and immunization record to register.

If English is not your first language, you are new to Canada, returning from abroad or from a French language school board, please call our Family Reception Centre at 613-239-2416 to make an appointment.

For more information please visit the OCDSB website.

We hope you all have a wonderful summer – enjoy your families and friends.

See you all Tuesday September 2, 2014.

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The Great Elephant Role

Lots of enjoyment today on the last day of school, with the great elephant mud role. The students raised $941.05 for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Thanks to the great leadership from Lalia Burns, grade 4 student. Five staff went into the mud! Do you know who they are?


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Junior Track and Field Results

Stephen Leacock had an outstanding day at the Region 6 Junior Track and Field event last Tuesday at Earl of March SS. The school team was made up of approximately 75 grade 4, 5 and 6 students. There were many great individual performances throughout the day as well as super 4X100 m relay results. Individual performances gave Stephen Leacock such great team scores that we came away with best combined team scores in the Mite and Tyke divisions adding four more banners to our gym wall. Stephen Leacock also won the Grand Aggregate Award for top school performance overall
(combining boys and girls results from all three divisions)
Way to go Stephen Leacock!
Congratulations to all participants!


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What learning looked like this week at SLPS

Our grade 5 students have been working all year with our grade 1 students. Their most recent learning involved the grade 1 students creating the characteristics of a mystery story (i.e. characters, setting and plot). The grade 5 students took the information and created a mystery story for the grade 1 students to read and solve. Artistic talent was provided by the grade 1 students.


Our grade 7 students participated in a Human Library. Through their English and French language arts, students were learning about recent immigrants by interviewing a family or community member who has recently immigrated to Canada. In French history, they compared the new immigrant to that of a loyalist perspective. In the library this week, in groups of three, students shared their stories of immigrants. Many connections were made by students learning more about their parents and or grandparents journey to Canada.

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Our primary students were involved in learning about our French music culture through a MASC presentation called La Ridaine – French Canadian Song and Dance. It was a lively performance of traditional music and dance, La Ridaine and their “dance caller” involved everyone in a show that mixed singing, dancing and traditional music. This presentation was made possible through the voluntary donations from our primary families back in September – Merci!     IMG_2835




Our grade 1 students were learning about community resources and potential jobs in the community. Students received presentations from a bee keeper, a doctor and a visit from our Ottawa Police canine unit.


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