SLPS news October 8th 2015

Thank you all the families who participated in our Walk to School event this morning. It was great to see so many students and parents walking and biking to school.  It was a nice opportunity to highlight the importance of healthy active living. A special thank you to the parent volunteers, the SLPS parent council, our Ottawa Public Health nurse and our School Resource Officer who all volunteered their time to help this morning. What a great way to start our day at SLPS!

visiting with our SRO walk to school day WALK walk to school buttonIMG_5589We enjoy biking to school

  • If your family completed an Access to Empty Seat Transportation Request, please be aware that the response form indicating the bus stop information and start date was delivered to students today. Please check your child’s backpack. You may also check using

*An email from the District was sent to all families earlier this week regarding Labour relations. We encourage you to review the information so you are aware of the changes to regular practice that you may notice in our school.

**With a few clicks you can help one of our OCDSB schools win $10 000 for their library- Help W.E. Gowling PS Win $10,000 for New Books through the Indigo Adopt a School program. The prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place are: $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000.  W.E. Gowling is the only OCDSB school currently in the top 10.  They are 1800 votes away from 4th place and 2200 votes away from 2nd place.   Support them by going to this link and voting:

On behalf of all the staff at SLPS, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Looking ahead:

  •  PA day no school tomorrow on October 9th
  • No school for Thanksgiving holiday on Oct.12
  • Photo day is October 15th (Photographer is using a Green Screen backdrop/Please do not wear green)
  • Jr. Cross Country October 16th ( Parent Volunteers will be contacted next week)






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SLPS news October 2, 2015

*It is hard to believe that we are now in October. We have been working hard to clearly establish good routines throughout September to help students become more independent and engaged learners.

*We had our first fire drill today. Students did a great job exiting the building safely and quickly. Bravo SLPS!

*We are looking for donations of gently used board games, puzzles and cards for use during indoor recess. Please drop off any donations to the office. Merci

*The OCDSB is considering changes to French Instruction in Kindergarten and EFI. For information about these proposals please click here. You may also provide feedback by completing a survey.

*Exploring Lines and Patterns in Visual Arts (grade 2 and grade 4)

grade 4 line artgrade 2 art

*Primary friends ‘hanging out together’ on a sunny day!


A message from our parent council:

Walk this way! Walk to School Day is Thursday, October 8

Walk to School Day is a great way to meet up with other families from our school while supporting physical activity, safe walking routes and community involvement – what could be better! Every year, millions of students in 40+ countries participate in this international event. Stephen Leacock School Council will be hosting a Walk to School Day on Thursday, October 8. Join in with your family!

In order to make this day happen, school council needs parent power! Please consider volunteering – see the list of opportunities at:

Looking ahead:

  • Walk to School Day Oct. 8th
  • Mark your calendars: PA day no school on October 9th, No school for Thanksgiving holiday on Oct.12
  • Photo day is October 15th (Photographer is using a Green Screen backdrop/Please do not wear green)
  • Jr. Cross Country October 16th (Please return forms directly to office by October 8th)
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SLPS News September 25th 2015


Changes to our grade 1 organization : Every September, schools across the district review and reassess increases or decreases in student enrollment. As a result of our school’s primary enrollment being lower than what was projected in June, we will be making changes to our grade 1 organization by closing a grade 1 class. Students in grade 1 E will be reassigned and joining the students in our other 4 grade 1 classes 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D. All families in grade 1E have been contacted. We appreciate how transitions are difficult and our goal is to make the changes as positive and smooth as we can. Your support is greatly appreciated.

A message from Madame Monique our librarian:

French Fall Book Fair Once again , we will hold the Fair this fall with ” Le Coin du Livre”. A portion of the profits from the book sale helps to support new book purchases for the SLPS library ! This event will take place from Wednesday, November 18th to Friday, November 20th. Please stay tuned for more info.

The OCDSB Speaker Series offers free presentations to the community and seeks to provide parents and educators with access to leading ideas in education that will allow us to work collaboratively to better support student learning. The series is sponsored by the District’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and supported through grant funding from the Ministry of Education.

*Fall is here and along with it cooler days and wet weather. As students start to bring jackets and outdoor clothing to school, kindly ensure all items are labeled.

Every fall we practice our fire safety drills. Students and teachers have been reviewing fire safety procedures at SLPS and we will be holding a fire safety drill next week. This is a great opportunity to talk about fire safety at home and review your family’s fire safety plan during Fire Prevention week October 4-10th.

Maps and my community grade 2


Students in grade 2 are looking at mapping skills and the community


Looking ahead:

  •  Sub lunches start next week on Tuesday September 29th and Pizza starts on Thursday October 1
  • Mark your calendars: PA day no school on October 9th, No school for Thanksgiving holiday on Oct.12
  • Photo day is October 15th




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SLPS news September 18th 2015

The sunny and warm weather has made this week’s outdoor physical education activities very enjoyable. Our primary classes have enjoyed cooperative games and our junior students have been running and playing outdoor field games.


As the weather changes, please remember to label all items of clothing and to have students dress for the weather.

An envelope containing 3 forms is being distributed to every student today: The 3 forms sent home are

1) Student verification sheet

2) Appropriate use of technology agreement

3) Media permission form

Kindly complete and return the Media permission form and the appropriate use of technology agreement . The other document is a Verification form. We would like you to verify the contact information we have for your child. If the information is correct, sign and date and return in the envelope. If changes are needed, please make them on the form, sign and date and return in the envelope provided.

Please ask your child to return the envelope to the office. We would very much appreciate the forms returned by Friday September 25th.

  • Ordering for Pizza and sub deadline is today at midnight.  The first session of the sub and pizza lunch program will run from Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 to Thursday, January 28, 2016.  For lunchlady please visit
  • The first parent school council meeting is being held on September  22 at 7pm in the library at SLPS. All parents welcome
  • Mark your calendars: PA day no school on October 9th, No school for Thanksgiving holiday on Oct.12
  • Photo day is October 15th
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SLPS news September 11th 2015

What a great first week it has been!  We want to thank you for your help in supporting  good organizational and study skills at home as students adjust to their new 2015-2016 school routines.  The OCDSB has partnered with Voila Learning to provide online French homework help. For more info please visit their site and click on the Free online homework help tab to find out more.

Some classroom highlights this week:

*Exploring objects and patterns in grade 1IMG_0010

*Writing about the first day of school in grade 2IMG_0002

IMG_0009*’All about me’ in grade 4

*Setting up and using our technology in our Junior classesIMG_0008


Don’t forget: Deadline for Pizza and Sub orders is Sept. 17th/ Deadline for LunchLady is September 16th

A message from our Parent Council:

  • Stephen Leacock School Council will be hosting our first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Sept.  22 at 7 p.m. in the school library. All parents are welcome!

School council plays a vital role in connecting parents with the educators who spend countless hours with our children. When you get involved in school council, you’ll hear first-hand what’s happening in the classroom, while having the chance to offer your ideas on how to benefit our school community.  
What does parent council do?
Parent council meets once a month with school staff to discuss what’s happening at the school and how we can work together. Council also runs many of the programs and events in our school, such as lunch programs, Walk to School Day, the Halloween Dance and so much more. Through fundraising, council allocates approximately $20,000 annually to purchase educational materials such as additional library resources, technology learning tools, and arts workshops.
 How you can participate:

  • Check out a meeting! Council meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the school library. All parents are welcome, even if you’ve never been to a meeting before. *With the later start to this school year, our first meeting for this year will be on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
  • Consider serving on a council position. Every September, elections are held for key council positions such as Co-Chairs, Communications, Volunteer Coordinator, and Treasurer. Other parents serve as members-at-large and are able to vote on council decisions such as the allocation of fundraising dollars.
  • Offer a little bit of your time. We offer lots of flexible ways to get involved that fit your busy schedule.

Questions? Email:


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September 8 SLPS Newsletter

We had a great day! It was so nice to see new and returning students excited to be back to school!

A paper newsletter was sent home today. To view newsletter click here. Please consult it for useful back to school information.

For parent council school lunch information, please visit:

We have Zeino’s Subs on Tuesdays, Lunch Lady on Wednesday, and Gabriel Pizza on Thursdays.  All of these programs are available to order and pay online.  Your order will not be completed without an online payment.  

Deadline for registration is Friday September 18th for pizza and subs.

For registration for Lunch Lady, please visit Deadline for registration for Lunch Lady is September 17th.

If you have any questions regarding lunch programs, please email

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