We are thrilled to share with you that we have extended an offer to Ms. Gloria O'Rourke to join our staff team as our MFI 7/8 homeroom teacher. Welcome to ALC, Gloria!
Labour Relations Update
Late last week, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced that, starting Wednesday, October 28th its members will no longer participate in extra-curricular activities. Unfortunately this means that all elementary extra-curricular activities will be cancelled until further notice. Read the update here.
On Friday our Grade 7 and 8 students will have an opportunity to attend a Halloween dance in the ALC gymnasium from 2:05-3:45pm. In keeping with past practices, those students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 who celebrate Halloween, and choose to wear a costume to school on Friday, may do so. We ask that all students respect the following:
Some students may choose to forgo on wearing a costume, keeping it safe for Halloween night, while others may simply choose to wear black and orange. We would appreciate each family having a discussion at home as to what works best for their child.
Play Structure to be Installed:
After a couple of delays, we have now received word that the play structure that our School Council generously purchased for our school is to be installed later this week.
Cross Country News:
Congratulations are extended to our 125 student athletes who completed at last week’s Junior and Intermediate Cross Country races at the Kanata Recreation Centre. We are very proud of how well of students performed after training for the past 4 weeks (or more) for their race. An extra shout-out is extended to four of our Grade 8 students (Asha, Ben, Carter and Trinity) who qualified to represent our school in the OCDSB’s District-Wide Championships this week. Congratulations and good luck!
Thanks are extended to over a dozen of our parents who volunteered to help drive students to their race and/or supervise our athletes during this field trip. Although it may, at times, have seemed like you were being asked to herd cats, your efforts to keep the students organized, stretched, and on the start line for their race was tremendously appreciated. We would never have been able to pull this together without your help and support - thank you!
Right to Play Comes to ALC
A. Lorne Cassidy E.S., along with over 190 schools across Canada, is taking part in the National Right to Play Program. On October 30th we will have the pleasure of welcoming Dalhousie University graduate Justin Dubreuil, and Athlete Ambassador Patrick Arbour to ALC as they speak to our grade 4-8 students about the program’s Junior Leader Initiative. Our guests will share with our students their thoughts and ideas on how we can all use sports to help develop and promote world peace, global citizenship, and social justice.
Proposed Changes to the French Immersion program – We Need Your Input!
This is just a friendly reminder that the OCDSB is looking for your input on the proposed changes to the French Immersion Program. We would greatly appreciate it if, between now and the extended deadline of October 31st, you took a moment to share your thoughts and ideas on the proposed changes. For more information, and to access the parent survey, please click HERE.
Student Leadership Team
A. Lorne Cassidy E.S. is very proud of the fact that we have nearly 40 grade seven and eight student members on our Student Leadership Team. At last week’s meeting the students nominated Trinity L. and Josh B. as their co-captains. Congratulations Trinity, Josh, and all members of the SLT. We look forward to working with you as we strive to ensure that our student voice is heard at ALC.
Terry Fox Run (Update!)
This year's run was a tremendous success. With a slightly altered course this year, our staff, community members, and students ran around the back field in an 800m loop. We had tremendous participation and great fun! Check out the three-page spread of photos in the Stittsville EMC, or on our new Shutterbug account
EMC Helps Spread the Word!
During a recent conversation with John Curry from the Stittsville EMC, we asked him to help promote some of the wonderful things that are happening at our school. Click HERE to very his first article on our school this year.
Grade 2 Class Honoured at Peace Park Grand Opening
Last spring, students in Madame Charest’s Grade 2 class submitted their artwork into a competition to decorate the new bike racks at the Bell Park Rotary Peace Park. ALC students were awarded the honour of their work being used as the park was officially opened this week. Way to go ALC!
Terry Fox Run
We are pleased to share with you that this year’s ALC Terry Fox will take place on Friday, October 2nd. We would prefer it if you DID NOT send any money to the school in support of this year’s event. However, and in keeping with Terry’s dream of raising $1.00 per Canadian, the Terry Fox Foundation has set up an on-line donation system for schools. Click HERE for the ALC link. Please consider making a contribution to The Terry Fox Foundation in support of Terry’s dream and your child’s efforts on Friday. As this year marks the 35th Anniversary of the Run, teachers may include a number of co-curricular activities in their classrooms this week to help our children understand the importance of “keeping the dream alive”. If you have the time, please consider strapping on your running / walking shoes and joining us for this year’s ALC event.
As you will likely have heard by now, on Friday there was an announcement made by the elementary teacher’s union (ETFO) that they would increase sanctions across Ontario beginning on Monday, September 21st unless an agreement has been reached. The OCDSB is reviewing the list of sanctions and will provide more information about any impact of the sanctions next week. We remain hopeful that a central agreement will be reached in the near future. Locally, negotiations are ongoing with the elementary teachers union and we remain committed to negotiating fair and fully funded local agreements. Learn more here.
School Council – AGM: This is just a friendly reminder that our first School Council Meeting of the year is this Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 in the ALC school library. The ALC School Council is a vibrant entity that provides a tremendous service to the school, its community, and the students that we serve. If you have any time on this evening, please consider joining us!
Did you receive our latest email to the community? If not, please visit our E-News Page to catch up.
Photo Day is coming! Green Apple Studio will visit ALC on Friday, September 18th!
Are you interested in ordering hot lunches for your son or daughter? Please click HERE to download the order form. Hot lunches are a great way of supporting our School Council as they raise funds for our school; while, at the same time, giving you a break from 'making lunch duty'!
Upcoming Events for ALC
OCDSB Parent Workshops - click here
Grade 9 course information - click here
SOI: Peter Gamwell
Trustee: Lynn Scott