FRIDAY MESSAGE From Miss Trish

FRIDAY MESSAGE From Miss Trish
Posted on 02/13/2024

FRIDAY MESSAGES WILL BE POSTED HERE EVERY FRIDAY FROM MISS TRISH:









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Thursday, February 15th, 2024

Just a reminder that there is no school on Friday and Monday. We hope everyone has a lovely long weekend! 

Grade 6 and 7 Gear: The moment has arrived, the 6/7 leaving gear is here! Orders are due March 19th for free delivery to the school.

https://a-lorne-cassidy.secure-decoration.com/page/grade-7-grads-2024 

https://a-lorne-cassidy.secure-decoration.com/page/grade-6-grads-2024

PRINCIPAL FOR THE DAY: Start collecting those Toonies and bring them in on Toonie Tuesday for the chance for your child to take over Ms. Trish’s office for the day!

WHITE NORTH WINTER CARNIVAL- It is coming up next week! Details on purchasing tickets was sent home earlier today.

YEARBOOKS: 2023-2024 ALC Yearbooks are now on sale. Yearbooks will be delivered in June. Cost is $49 plus a $2.99 service fee. Sales close February $29th so don't delay. Purchase your yearbook here:

https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01086273

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

BUILDING COMMUNITY PARENT EVENING-  We are hosting our first Building Community Parent evening on February 28, 2024 from 5:30-6:30. Our goal is to share with parents some of the process we work through when supporting students as they navigate challenging situations and interactions. We hope to provide some context for parents so they can better understand the work we do each day to support all students in the school. If you are planning on joining us that evening, please let us know by completing this Google Form. As this is a session for parents, we do ask that parents come without children.

SAVE THE DATE- March 4th we have Paul Davis coming to speak with our students in Grades 4-8 about online safety and digital citizenship. Paul will also be hosting a parent presentation that evening at 6:30 all parents are welcome to attend.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

MAGHA PUJA DAY: FEBRUARY 24: This Buddhist holiday celebrates a moment about 2,500 years ago when 1,250 enlightened Buddhist monks who had all been ordained by the Buddha came to see the Buddha without being summoned on the night of the full moon of the third lunar month. At a second, similar gathering 45 years later, also held on the first full moon of the third month, the Buddha announced that he intended to die in three months’ time. This announcement marks an important moment in Buddhist history. It is traditional to use this day to honor the Three Jewels of Buddhism: the Buddha (his enlightenment), the Sangha (the community of Buddhists around the world) and the Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha).

Naw Rúz (also known as No Rouz, Nowruz, or Noruz), translates to "New Day" in English is the Bahá'í and Persian New Year, which occurs on the date of the vernal equinox. The holiday is fixed as March 21 for Bahá'ís in all countries outside the Middle East, regardless of exactly when the equinox occurs. However, those who celebrate this day culturally, rather than religiously, celebrate on the exact day of the equinox. Naw Rúz dates back approximately 3,000 years and is rooted in Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrianism is an ancient Persian religion the predates Christianity and Islam. Millions of people around the world celebrate this holiday.

Now Ruz (March 21) Nowruz – No-Ruz or Farsi for “new day” – is an ancient festival celebrating the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

More than 300 million people celebrate the Persian New Year, which has been observed for more than 3,000 years in different regions, including the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and others.

FEBRUARY 16- PA DAY- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

FEBRUARY 19- FAMILY DAY- NO SCHOOL

FEBRUARY 21- DUCK FAMILIES- KINDNESS AND BULLYING PREVENTION

FEBRUARY 23- ALC WINTER FESTIVAL 

FEBRUARY 27- TOONIE TUESDAY AND PRINCIPAL FOR THE DAY DRAW

FEBRUARY 28- GRADE 8S TO OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER

FEBRUARY 28- BUILDING COMMUNITY PARENT INFORMATION SESSION

MARCH 4- PAUL DAVIS IN SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS AND PARENT SESSION AT 6:30.

NOTE:  According to the OCDSB Policy Religious Holy Days, no major assessments or school events will be planned on these Holy Days.  DATES TO BE AVOIDED, DATES OF OBSERVATION



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February 27th is Toonie Tuesday. This fundraiser is for the Education Foundation that provides a wide variety of supports for families in our District. Recently, at ALC we have reached out to the Education Foundation more and more- and they always offer support. Every. Single. Time.

In an effort to give back to the Foundation, we are running a special fundraiser:

  • Bring your Toonies into school on February 27th in a labelled baggie or envelope.
  • Every $2 will get your name entered into the draw.
  • We will have 2 draws to be Principal for a Day!
  • On this day you will get to:
    • make the announcements
    • visit classes
    • make special treats for your staff
    • have a special lunch
    • give a tour to a special guest
    • Plus a few other special surprises!

Sound like fun? Bring in those toonies to support the Education Foundation!

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Friday, February 9th, 2024

Not sure what is going on with the weather, but we will take the warmer temperatures we are getting compared to the bitter cold we often face during February!

Our Junior Girls played in the Regional Borden Ball Tournament this week. They played hard and represented ALC proudly!

Report cards will be coming home via secure email on Wednesday of next week. You will need your child’s OEN to access the report card. If you need the OEN, please contact the school office and we will be glad to help.

Just a reminder that Friday 16th is a PA Day and the Monday (February 19) is Family Day. Students will have a 4 day weekend!

SCHOOL COUNCIL- Our next school council meeting will be on February 21, 2024 at 7:00.

Everyone is welcome to join us! If you would like to be added to the Council reminder emails, please send a quick message to: [email protected]

TOONIE TUESDAY: This Toonie Tuesday, February 27th, we can all come together to support students in need within the OCDSB. Let your toonie be the stepping stone to student success. Learn more about the Education Foundation of Ottawa and our Toonie Tuesday campaign.

Families should have received a School Cash Online link via email earlier this month.

 

Join us for a fundraising event on Friday, February 23rd when we’re turning the halls of ALC into a White North Winter Carnival, where every ‘snowball’ fight and hot cocoa sip brings us closer to building the playground of our dreams. 

This event can’t happen without the help of volunteers, and we’re going to need all the help we can get! Please pitch in to help us create a memorable experience that will not only benefit our school but also bring our community closer together. BONUS: Volunteers can enjoy free admission to the event!  Simply email [email protected]

BUILDING COMMUNITY PARENT EVENING-  We are hosting our first Building Community Parent evening on February 28, 2024 from 5:30-6:30. Our goal is to share with parents some of the process we work through when supporting students as they navigate challenging situations and interactions. We hope to provide some context for parents so they can better understand the work we do each day to support all students in the school. If you are planning on joining us that evening, please let us know by completing this Google Form. As this is a session for parents, we do ask that parents come without children.

SAVE THE DATE- March 4th we have Paul Davis coming to speak with our students in Grades 4-8 about online safety and digital citizenship. Paul will also be hosting a parent presentation that evening at 6:30 all parents are welcome to attend.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

LUNAR NEW YEAR- FEBRUARY 10- For many Asian communities around the world, the lunar new year is the most important and most festive holiday of the year. Through centuries of China’s agrarian tradition, this was the one period when farmers could rest from their work in the fields. Family members from near and far would travel to be with loved ones in time to usher out the old year and welcome in the new, with great celebratory flourish. 2024 marks the Year of the Dragon.

FEBRUARY 8- GRADE 8 PHOTOS

FEBRUARY 14- TERM 1 REPORT CARDS SENT HOME VIA EMAIL

FEBRUARY 15-FRIDAY SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY 16- PA DAY- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

FEBRUARY 19- FAMILY DAY- NO SCHOOL

FEBRUARY 23- ALC WINTER FESTIVAL 

FEBRUARY 28- BUILDING COMMUNITY PARENT INFORMATION SESSION

MARCH 4- PAUL DAVIS IN SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS AND PARENT SESSION AT 6:30.

NOTE:  According to the OCDSB Policy Religious Holy Days, no major assessments or school events will be planned on these Holy Days.  DATES TO BE AVOIDED, DATES OF OBSERVATION


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WHITE NORTH WINTER CARNIVAL NEWS

So we keep posting and emailing about our White North Winter Carnival fundraiser (Feb 23) to raise funds to replace our soon to expire play structure but we've been quiet about what's actually happening.  No longer!  Here's what your family has to look forward to:

 

Family Dance (included in admission)

Scavenger Hunt (included in admission)

Snacks and Drinks ($$)

Book Sale ($$)

Photo Booth ($$)

Story Walk Booth ($$)

Craft Booth ($$)

Carnival Games Booth ($$)

Bingo Booth ($$)

Unfortunately, though, we still do not have enough volunteers to run all these events.  Can you or a family member help?  email: sc-alornecassidyes@ocdsb.ca

Details about how to buy admission tickets and booth tickets will be shared shortly.  

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Friday, February 2nd, 2024

Our Jr. Boys had their Borden Ball Tournament on Thursday, and they played very well! They represented ALC with pride!

Intermediate Girls Basketball tryouts started this week, and the boys will start on Monday.

Shrek rehearsals and preparations are well underway! A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who came out Wednesday evening to help with costumes and set design! Your help is invaluable, and this undertaking would not be possible without you!

TOONIE TUESDAY: A small investment with big change.$2 can be the difference between nothing and something. Our Toonie Tuesday campaign has kicked off and we're ready to make 2024 our BEST YEAR YET! On the last Tuesday in February, we ALL come together to support students in need within the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. 

Did you know that requests for support have increased by 35%? Our Ottawa families need our help! Every dollar raised will support students' access to food, clothing, and meaningful activities. You can invest in a student's potential! Let's unite to make a difference! At the Education Foundation of Ottawa, we believe every student deserves the tools they need to succeed. That's Why we’re here. Our mission is to reduce barriers to student learning by working with families, school staff, donors, and community organizations to ensure ALL students can learn confidently. This starts by providing students not only with what they require but also what they deserve!

For more information, please see the attached flyer.

We will be sharing a School Cash Online link in the next couple of weeks if you want to donate through ALC.

 

Our school's play structure is a haven for most of our kids where they embark on adventures, make new friends, and learn important life lessons (like how to conquer the monkey bars!). It's not just about sliding and swinging; it's about laughter, creativity, and the joy of being a kid.  

Unfortunately, our trusty playmate is showing its age, and we’re going to have to be forced to replace it, and soon. The school’s budget, nor the board’s covers the cost of play structure replacement, so we’re going to need the help of the ALC community to raise the funds to make this a reality. 

Join us for a fundraising event on Friday, February 23rd when we’re turning the halls of ALC into a White North Winter Carnival, where every ‘snowball’ fight and hot cocoa sip brings us closer to building the playground of our dreams. Let's ensure our little ones continue to learn, grow, and have a blast while doing it!  

Your support will have them sliding into a brighter future filled with laughter and endless possibilities. More details about the event will follow, but for now please save the date for an evening of family fun for a great cause!  

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! 

This event can’t happen without the help of volunteers, and we’re going to need all the help we can get! Please pitch in to help us create a memorable experience that will not only benefit our school but also bring our community closer together. BONUS: Volunteers can enjoy free admission to the event!  Simply email [email protected]

BUILDING COMMUNITY PARENT EVENING-  We are hosting our first Building Community Parent evening on February 28, 2024 from 5:30-6:30. Our goal is to share with parents some of the process we work through when supporting students as they navigate challenging situations and interactions. We hope to provide some context for parents so they can better understand the work we do each day to support all students in the school. 

SAVE THE DATE- March 4th we have Paul Davis coming to speak with our students in Grades 4-8 about online safety and digital citizenship. Paul will also be hosting a parent presentation that evening at 6:30 all parents are welcome to attend.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

LUNAR NEW YEAR- FEBRUARY 10- For many Asian communities around the world, the lunar new year is the most important and most festive holiday of the year. Through centuries of China’s agrarian tradition, this was the one period when farmers could rest from their work in the fields. Family members from near and far would travel to be with loved ones in time to usher out the old year and welcome in the new, with great celebratory flourish. 2024 marks the Year of the Dragon.

 

FEBRUARY 8- GRADE 8 PHOTOS

FEBRUARY 14- TERM 1 REPORT CARDS SENT HOME VIA EMAIL

FEBRUARY 15-FRIDAY SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY 16- PA DAY- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

FEBRUARY 19- FAMILY DAY- NO SCHOOL

FEBRUARY 23- ALC WINTER FESTIVAL 

FEBRUARY 28- BUILDING COMMUNITY PARENT INFORMATION SESSION

MARCH 4- PAUL DAVIS IN SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS AND PARENT SESSION AT 6:30.

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Friday, January 26th, 2024

DUCK FAMILIES: This week our families met and watched the author of One Word For Kids read the story. Each student chose their One Word for this coming year. They then did an activity with their word. Each group did something different. We also incorporated A Sharing Circle within our families for students to have an opportunity to share their word and connect a little more with their groups. 

SKILLED TRADES: Yesterday, students in grades 3-8 had the opportunity to learn about the Skilled Trades and Technologies. The main message was that careers in these areas are essential, in demand, and rewarding. Students were engaged with lots of thoughtful questions and knowledgeable responses. 

Grade 7 and 8 students in particular might be interested in learning more. 

https://www.skillsontario.com/ 

Podcasts:

https://www.skillsontario.com/the-skills-ontario-podcast

Videos:

https://www.skillsontario.com/videos

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program:

https://www.oyappajo.com/

For questions, please contact [email protected]

TOONIE TUESDAY: A small investment with big change.$2 can be the difference between nothing and something. Our Toonie Tuesday campaign has kicked off and we're ready to make 2024 our BEST YEAR YET! On the last Tuesday in February, we ALL come together to support students in need within the Ottawa-CarletonDistrict School Board. 

What's the good news? You don't have to wait until February 27th to donate; you candonate right here, right NOW! 

Did you know that requests for support have increased by 35%? Our Ottawa families need our help! Every dollar raised will support students' access to food,clothing, and meaningful activities. You can invest in a student's potential! Let's unite to make a difference! At the Education Foundation of Ottawa, we believe every student deserves the tools they need to succeed. That's Why we’re here. Our mission is to reduce barriers to student learning by working with families, school staff, donors, and community organizations to ensure ALL students can learn confidently. This starts by providing students not only with what they require but also what they deserve!

For more information, please see the attached flyer.

We will be sharing a School Cash Online link in the next couple of weeks if you want to donate through ALC.

SAVE THE DATE: Our school's play structure is a haven for most of our kids where they embark on adventures, make new friends, and learn important life lessons (like how to conquer the monkey bars!). It's not just about sliding and swinging; it's about laughter, creativity, and the joy of being a kid.  

Unfortunately, our trusty playmate is showing its age, and we’re going to have to be forced to replace it, and soon. The school’s budget, nor the board’s covers the cost of play structure replacement, so we’re going to need the help of the ALC community to raise the funds to make this a reality. 

Join us for a fundraising event on Friday, February 23rd when we’re turning the halls of ALC into a White North Winter Carnival, where every ‘snowball’ fight and hot cocoa sip brings us closer to building the playground of our dreams. Let's ensure our little ones continue to learn, grow, and have a blast while doing it!  

Your support will have them sliding into a brighter future filled with laughter and endless possibilities. More details about the event will follow, but for now please save the date for an evening of family fun for a great cause!  

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! 

This event can’t happen without the help of volunteers, and we’re going to need all the help we can get! Please pitch in to help us create a memorable experience that will not only benefit our school but also bring our community closer together. BONUS: Volunteers can enjoy free admission to the event!  Simply email [email protected]

BUILDING COMMUNITY PARENT EVENING-  We are hosting our first Building Community Parent evening on February 28, 2024 from 5:30-6:30. Our goal is to share with parents some of the process we work through when supporting students as they navigate challenging situations and interactions. We hope to provide some context for parents so they can better understand the work we do each day to support all students in the school. 

KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT- On January 31 from 6:00-7:00, we will be hosting our Kindergarten Information Night for all families with children eligible for Year 1 Kindergarten for next year. Please pass the word and encourage families to join us!

SAVE THE DATE- March 4th we have Paul Davis coming to speak with our students in Grades 4-8 about online safety and digital citizenship. Paul will also be hosting a parent presentation that evening at 6:30 all parents are welcome to attend.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

LUNAR NEW YEAR- FEBRUARY 10- For many Asian communities around the world, the lunar new year is the most important and most festive holiday of the year. Through centuries of China’s agrarian tradition, this was the one period when farmers could rest from their work in the fields. Family members from near and far would travel to be with loved ones in time to usher out the old year and welcome in the new, with great celebratory flourish. 2024 marks the Year of the Dragon.

JANUARY 26- PA DAY

JANUARY 29- BOSTON PIZZA

JANUARY 31- KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT

FEBRUARY 2- POPCORN

FEBRUARY 8- GRADE 8 PHOTOS

FEBRUARY 14- TERM 1 REPORT CARDS SENT HOME VIA EMAIL

FEBRUARY 15-FRIDAY SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY 16- PA DAY- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

FEBRUARY 19- FAMILY DAY- NO SCHOOL

FEBRUARY 23- ALC WINTER FESTIVAL 

FEBRUARY 28- BUILDING COMMUNITY PARENT INFORMATION SESSION

MARCH 4- PAUL DAVIS IN SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS AND PARENT SESSION AT 6:30.

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Friday, January 19th, 2024

We got our first taste of bitter winter weather this morning- and there were likely some students who were quite chilly at recess time. Just a reminder that students do go outside for recess, DPA and outdoor PE unless the windchill falls below -25 degrees. Hats, mitts, boots and snowpants make a big difference in staying warm on those bitter days

The Intermediate Boys Volleyball Team represented ALC at the Board Finals this week and came in 3rd! An impressive performance by the team!

Looking for something to do on a cold February Friday? Parent Council is pleased to announce a family friendly event coming to ALC.  Save the date!  Friday February 23rd.  More info to follow.  

 

BUILDING COMMUNITY PARENT EVENING-  We are hosting our first Building Community Parent evening on February 28, 2024 from 5:30-6:30. Our goal is to share with parents some of the process we work through when supporting students as they navigate challenging situations and interactions. Our goal is to provide some context for parents so they can better understand the work we do each day to support all students in the school. We are hoping to be able to provide child care, but will send confirmation on that once we have it. 
 

KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT- On January 31 from 6:00-7:00, we will be hosting our Kindergarten Information Night for all families with children eligible for Year 1 Kindergarten for next year. Please pass the word and encourage families to join us!

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

LUNAR NEW YEAR- FEBRUARY 10- For many Asian communities around the world, the lunar new year is the most important and most festive holiday of the year. Through centuries of China’s agrarian tradition, this was the one period when farmers could rest from their work in the fields. Family members from near and far would travel to be with loved ones in time to usher out the old year and welcome in the new, with great celebratory flourish. 2024 marks the Year of the Dragon.

JANUARY 22- SUBWAY HOT LUNCH

JANUARY 23- DUCK FAMILIES

JANUARY 24- JOJO’S PIZZA

JANUARY 25- FRIDAY SCHEDULE

JANUARY 25- GRADE 8S TO OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER

JANUARY 26- PA DAY

JANUARY 29- BOSTON PIZZA

JANUARY 31- KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT

FEBRUARY 2- POPCORN

FEBRUARY 8- GRADE 8 PHOTOS

FEBRUARY 14- TERM 1 REPORT CARDS SENT HOME VIA EMAIL

FEBRUARY 15-FRIDAY SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY 16- PA DAY- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

FEBRUARY 19- FAMILY DAY- NO SCHOOL

FEBRUARY 23- ALC WINTER FESTIVAL 

FEBRUARY 28- BUILDING COMMUNITY PARENT INFORMATION SESSION

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Friday, January 12th, 2024

Well, the first week of January is in the books! Winter seems to have arrived with a bit of a vengeance to welcome us into  2024 as well!

On Monday we had an assembly to review the school wide expectations with students. You can find a PDF of the slide show here if you are interested in reviewing what was shared. EXPECTATIONS REVIEW 

Both our Intermediate Girls and Boys participated in their regional tournaments and every one represented ALC with pride. The boys came first in their tournament so they will be heading off to the Board finals next week. A nice end to an era of ALC Intermediate Volleyball! A huge thank you to Ms. Christens, M. Bonin for coaching the girls team and Ms. Mackey for coaching the boys. These teams are only possible because of the time teachers are able to give!

This week many of our Grade 7 and 8 students have taken on the role of Lunch Monitor in classrooms for Grades 1, 2, and 3. They have done a fantastic job engaging with the younger students and keeping them engaged and following classroom expectations during Nutrition Break!

We have a few sports teams that have started and a couple on the horizon. Junior Borden Ball with Mme. Devine in continuing, Junior Basketball has started with Mme. Faulkner and Mme. Evans. Intermediate Basketball will be starting in the next couple of weeks as well.

SCHOOL COUNCIL: Join us on Wednesday evening for our first Council Meeting of 2024! Please email sc-alornecassidyes@ocdsb.ca

KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT- On January 31 from 6:00-7:00, we will be hosting our Kindergarten Information Night for all families with children eligible for Year 1 Kindergarten for next year. Please pass the word and encourage families to join us!

 

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

LUNAR NEW YEAR- FEBRUARY 10- For many Asian communities around the world, the lunar new year is the most important and most festive holiday of the year. Through centuries of China’s agrarian tradition, this was the one period when farmers could rest from their work in the fields. Family members from near and far would travel to be with loved ones in time to usher out the old year and welcome in the new, with great celebratory flourish. 2024 marks the Year of the Dragon.

 

JANUARY 15- PITA PIT HOT LUNCH

JANUARY 17- SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING

JANUARY 19- POPCORN

JANUARY 22- SUBWAY HOT LUNCH

JANUARY 23- DUCK FAMILIES

JANUARY 24- JOJO’S PIZZA

JANUARY 25- FRIDAY SCHEDULE

JANUARY 25- GRADE 8S TO OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER

JANUARY 26- PA DAY

JANUARY 29- BOSTON PIZZA

JANUARY 31- KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT

FEBRUARY 2- POPCORN

FEBRUARY 8- GRADE 8 PHOTOS

FEBRUARY 14- TERM 1 REPORT CARDS SENT HOME VIA EMAIL

NOTE:  According to the OCDSB Policy Religious Holy Days, no major assessments or school events will be planned on these Holy Days.  DATES TO BE AVOIDED, DATES OF OBSERVATION

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Friday, December 15th, 2023

Well, the countdown to the break is on! If your family is planning an early start to your winter break, please do let teachers and the office know. It will ensure we are not disturbing your time away with Safe Arrival phone calls.

In this weeks message:

  • Duck Families

  • Hot Lunches

  • Shrek

  • Carleton Heights update

  • Spirit Week

  • Early Pick Ups

  • Purdy’s Orders

  • Update re: New High School in Stittsville

DUCK FAMILIES- ACTS OF SERVICE: On Monday, our Duck Families will be meeting again. The focus of this month's gathering is Acts of Service and giving back to the community. Our meeting will take place between 12:30 and 1:30. We ask that if you are dropping off/picking up your child that you try to avoid this hour, as we would like Mrs. Walker and Ms. Nidhi to be able to join their Duck Families. If you are not able to avoid this hour, please send an email Monday morning and we will ensure someone is in the office to greet you.

HOT LUNCHES: Lunch ordering is now open for  January to March 2024!  There is now more selection with Pita Pit pitas and smoothies added to the rotation.  And Jojo's Pizza is now offered more often on wednesdays.  Please log in and order your lunches before the deadline of Dec 20th at midnight.  

With more lunches added I am also looking for more volunteers.  If you have some availability on Mon, Wed or Friday mornings please email [email protected] I and would be happy to have you.  Volunteers make this program run well and make this one of the most successful school fundraisers.  

New to the school or the lunch program?  Go to www.alc.hotlunches.net and register with the activation code ALCHL.  Create a profile, add your students to their homeroom class and you can go ahead and order.  

SHREK: After seeing many students audition for Shrek Jr. the Musical we know the students at ALC have a LOT of talent! We are now looking for parents and family members who have talent and/or time to offer to help bring our show to life. We are looking for volunteers who may be interested in helping with sewing (simple costumes) and crafting, building and painting sets/props, leading/supporting hair and/or make-up crews or just simply helping with organizing or collecting things for the show. If you have time and/or talent to share please reach out to Noelle Georganas at [email protected]. Thanks for considering. We will also gladly take on high school students who may be looking for volunteer hours. Your child does not have to be in the show to help.

CARLETON HEIGHTS CLOTHING DRIVE: This week we dropped off:

- 1 bag of hats

- 1 bag of mitts/gloves

- 1 bag of neckwarmers

- 1 bag of girls' underwear

- 1 bag of boys' underwear

- 1 bag of socks

- 9 × $25 Walmart gift cards

- $505 from School Cash Online

- $1000 from Parent Council to support general school needs (We do this every year as they have very little ability to fundraise, but they have their own $1000 goal this year!)

They were absolutely thrilled as they ran out of clothing items last week and were  in especially desperate need of mitts and gloves for cold little hands.

Thank you to everyone who generously donated!

ALC SPIRIT WEEK: We have a week full of Spirit Days as we head into the Winter Break! 

EARLY PICK UP: Just a reminder that it is very helpful for the team in the office if you are able to let us know when you need to pick up your children early from school. The office can be a very busy place and unknown pickups add an extra element to what is happening. This helps us to ensure we are able to have your child in the office ready for your arrival. You can let us know by emailing: [email protected] or call the school office at 613 831 3434. We truly appreciate your help with this.

PURDY’S CHOCOLATES: Purdy’s has arrived! If you missed the pick up on Wednesday, orders can be picked up from the school between 8:30 and 3:00.

UPDATE RE: NEW HIGH SCHOOL IN STITTSVILLE: On Monday we will be sending emails to all families being impacted by the opening of the new school. Emails will contain specific information for each possible situation students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 might be facing with this transition.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

DECEMBER 25- CHRISTMAS- Christmas, a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus, has evolved into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian and pagan traditions into the festivities.

DECEMBER 26-JANUARY 1- KWANZA Celebrated every year from December 26 through January 1, Kwanzaa is a week of festivities honoring African American culture and heritage. Friends and family gather each day to give thanks, exchange gifts, and share feasts.

The holiday was created in 1966, during a time period when many Black people faced unfair treatment because of their skin color. The holiday honors African American people, their struggles in the United States, their heritage, and their culture.

DECEMBER 18- DUCK FAMILIES MEETING- ACTS OF SERVICE

DECEMBER 20- Inuuqatigiit- BRIDGING THE GAP PRESENTATIONS GRADES 4-6

DECEMBER 22- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE WINTER BREAK

JANUARY 8- FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN 2024

JANUARY 25- FRIDAY SCHEDULE

JANUARY 25- GRADE 8S TO OUTDOOOR EDUCATION CENTER

JANUARY 26- PA DAY

JANUARY 31- KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT

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Friday, December 8th, 2023

As we head into the Winter Break, we are mindful that many in communities all over the city are finding the financial pressures and rising costs difficult to manage. As a school, we are working to help students understand the importance of Acts of Services and supporting those in our community. Our Duck Family meeting on December 18th will be focused on giving back.

As a school community we currently have 2 fundraisers happening. If you are able to help, please consider donating food to the Food Drive or contributing to the Clothing Drive for Carleton Heights.

If your family needs support, please do not hesitate to reach out. There are a variety of ways the school can support.

In this weeks message:

  • ALC Spirit Wear

  • ALC Food Drive

  • Carleton Heights Clothing Drive

  • ALC Spirit Week

  • Purdy’s Chocolates Pick Up

  • Shrek Casting News

  • Playstructure closed for the season

  • Art Club

  • Celebrations in Our Community

ALC SPIRIT WEARALC Spirit Wear is here again! Please visit the collection of items available here: ALC SPIRIT WEAR. Orders are open all year long, but we are running an initial bulk order where there is no shipping costs and all items will be delivered to the school. The bulk order will be open until Dec 12, 2023. Orders should be ready 3-4 weeks later. There are lots of items to choose from.

Please Note: we will be setting up "Grade 6 Class of 2023" and Grade 7 Class of 2023" shirts through the same vendor. Once that is set up, an email will be sent to the families of those students in Grades 6 and 7.

ALC FOOD DRIVE:  We are at the end of our first week of the ALC food drive. So far we have collected over 800 items. Great job! Let's keep bringing in more donations next week to try to reach our goal of 2500 items! 

Donations of cash over $15.00 are entitled tax receipts. Please send it in an envelope with your child's name & class on the outside of the envelope and include your name, address, phone number and amount being donated, if you would like a tax receipt.  (School cash online is not set up for this initiative.)

A few reminders:

-Please do not send in open packages or boxes. 

-Please keep food in the original packaging, just like you would purchase it from a store. Please do not take items out of their packages, such as a single pack of applesauce.

-Please do not send in expired food items.

Thank you ALC for helping others in our community!

CARLETON HEIGHTS CLOTHING AND GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER: Carleton Heights Elementary School, serves a community with significant needs. We try to support them on a regular basis, and their appreciation is always overwhelming. This holiday season, from November 27th to December 8th, we will be assisting them in two ways. We will be collecting new socks and underwear as well as gently used hats, mitts and gloves for their Clothing Bank. Their school runs from kindergarten to grade six for size guidance. These are their only clothing needs at this time. We will also be collecting gift cards which will be distributed to families of Carleton Heights before the holidays. Walmart gift cards in the amount of $25.00 are best. Students can bring in their gift cards and teachers will send them to the office, clothing donations will be collected daily in the rotunda. Council will collect and drop off all donations to Carleton Heights. Alternatively, School Cash Online will be set up for monetary donations if you prefer. We thank you in advance for your generosity. If you could kindly spread the word, it might help us bring them in even more support!

School Cash Online

ALC SPIRIT WEEK: We have a week full of Spirit Days as we head into the Winter Break! 

PURDY’S CHOCOLATES: Purdy’s has arrived! Orders can be picked up from the front of the school on Wednesday December 13th from 4 to 6 pm. Please note that no orders will be sent home with students. If you are not able to pick up your order on Wednesday, please email sc-alornecassidyes@ocdsb.ca to make other arrangements.

SHREK: Shrek Cast has been selected. An email has been sent to all families as of 5:00 today. If your child auditioned for the musical, please check the email.

PLAYSTRUCTURE CLOSED: With the colder winter weather, the play structure is now closed until the ground thaws again in the spring.

ART CLUB: This week Groups 3 and 4 will be having Art Club. Following this, Art Club will be taking a break.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

DECEMBER 7-DECEMBER 15- Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) is an 8-day Jewish festival marking the miraculous victory of the Maccabees, Jewish freedom fighters, over the Seleucidian Greek occupiers in the year 139 BCE. After recapturing Jerusalem’s Holy Temple, which had been converted into a place of idol worship, they searched for pure oil with which to light the Temple menorah. They found just enough to burn for one day, but miraculously it burned for eight days until more oil could be brought. 

DECEMBER 25- CHRISTMAS- Christmas, a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus, has evolved into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian and pagan traditions into the festivities.

DECEMBER 26-JANUARY 1- KWANZA Celebrated every year from December 26 through January 1, Kwanzaa is a week of festivities honoring African American culture and heritage. Friends and family gather each day to give thanks, exchange gifts, and share feasts.

The holiday was created in 1966, during a time period when many Black people faced unfair treatment because of their skin color. The holiday honors African American people, their struggles in the United States, their heritage, and their culture.

DECEMBER 11- ART CLUB GROUP 3 and 4

DECEMBER 12 AND 13- ALEX MATEAS PRESENTATION/WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8

DECEMBER 18- DUCK FAMILIES MEETING- ACTS OF SERVICE

DECEMBER 20- Inuuqatigiit- BRIDGING THE GAP PRESENTATIONS GRADES 4-6

DECEMBER 22- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE WINTER BREAK

JANUARY 8- FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN 2024

JANUARY 25- FRIDAY SCHEDULE

JANUARY 25- GRADE 8S TO OUTDOOOR EDUCATION CENTER

JANUARY 26- PA DAY

JANUARY 31- KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT

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Friday, December 1st, 2023

DUCK FAMILIES: We had our first Duck Family meeting yesterday, and it was an amazing experience. Students of all ages coming together, our Intermediate students stepping up and supporting the younger students, meeting new students and staff, focusing on gratitude. It truly lifted the building. Our next meeting will be in a couple of weeks and the focus will be on Acts of Service.

ALC FOOD DRIVE: The grade sixes from EF6A & EF5/6A are challenging all ALC students to bring in non-perishable food items to donate to the Stittsville Food Bank. The ALC Food Drive will run from Dec 4-15th. 

Food insecurity continues to rise. The number of people in Ottawa experiencing food insecurity has more than doubled since 2017, from 1 in 15 to 1 in 7. Many of these families include children.  Last year, we collected almost 2000 items. Our goal this year is to collect at least 2500 items to donate to the Food Bank. Some of the most needed items include: rice, crackers, chili, hot chocolate, cereal, granola bars, school snacks, peanut butter/wow butter, jam, pasta & sauce, canned food, oatmeal, juice, and personal hygiene products. You can help by sending in a few items with your son or daughter to go towards helping others in need. All donations are greatly appreciated!

CARLETON HEIGHTS CLOTHING AND GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER: Carleton Heights Elementary School, serves a community with significant needs. We try to support them on a regular basis, and their appreciation is always overwhelming. This holiday season, from November 27th to December 8th, we will be assisting them in two ways. We will be collecting new socks and underwear as well as gently used hats, mitts and gloves for their Clothing Bank. Their school runs from kindergarten to grade six for size guidance. These are their only clothing needs at this time. We will also be collecting gift cards which will be distributed to families of Carleton Heights before the holidays. Walmart gift cards in the amount of $25.00 are best. Students can bring in their gift cards and teachers will send them to the office, clothing donations will be collected daily in the rotunda. Council will collect and drop off all donations to Carleton Heights. Alternatively, School Cash Online will be set up for monetary donations if you prefer. We thank you in advance for your generosity. If you could kindly spread the word, it might help us bring them in even more support!

ALC SPIRIT WEAR: ALC Spirit Wear is here again! Please visit the collection of items available here: ALC SPIRIT WEAR. Orders are open all year long, but we are running an initial bulk order where there is no shipping costs and all items will be delivered to the school. The bulk order will be open until Dec 12, 2023. Orders should be ready 3-4 weeks later. There are lots of items to choose from.

Please Note: we will be setting up "Grade 6 Class of 2023" and Grade 7 Class of 2023" shirts through the same vendor. Once that is set up, an email will be sent to the families of those students in Grades 6 and 7.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

DECEMBER 7-DECEMBER 15- Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) is an 8-day Jewish festival marking the miraculous victory of the Maccabees, Jewish freedom fighters, over the Seleucidian Greek occupiers in the year 139 BCE. After recapturing Jerusalem’s Holy Temple, which had been converted into a place of idol worship, they searched for pure oil with which to light the Temple menorah. They found just enough to burn for one day, but miraculously it burned for eight days until more oil could be brought.

DECEMBER 25- CHRISTMAS- Christmas, a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus, has evolved into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian and pagan traditions into the festivities.

DECEMBER 4- ART CLUB GROUP 3

DECEMBER 11- ART CLUB GROUP 4

DECEMBER 12 AND 13- ALEX MATEAS PRESENTATION/WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8

DECEMBER 20- Inuuqatigiit- BRIDGING THE GAP PRESENTATIONS GRADES 4-6

DECEMBER 21- DUCK FAMILIES MEETING- ACTS OF SERVICE

DECEMBER 22- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE WINTER BREAK

JANUARY 8- FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN 2024

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Friday, November 24th, 2023

We are looking forward to connecting with families this evening and tomorrow morning at Parent/Educator Interviews. Just a reminder that there is no school for students tomorrow.

With the snowfall earlier this week, we went through our expectations with regards to snowball throwing at school. While most people do love a good snowball fight with friends, in a crowded schoolyard people inadvertently get hurt. We have reminded students that the snow stays on the ground. This includes tossing snow in the air, chunks of ice etc…  Very soon the conversation about snow forts will also need to happen, but that is for another day- and more snow.

One of the challenges we face every day is helping students work through peer interactions. Quite often, when conflict happens, everyone jumps to labeling the interaction as bullying. Most of the time the interactions are not bullying, but are still concerning and upsetting for children. We will be sharing a 4 square problem solving chart with students to help them understand the interactions, steps they can take and what to do if the situation does not change. The answer is never to get physical- and always has a better result when they seek help. Below is the chart we will be using to develop that common understanding and language with students. When we are working through challenges we focus on developing the lagging skills that students might be exhibiting that is having an impact on others. We firmly believe that all students can do well if they can. Our role is to help them be able to do well.
 

ALL ABOUT HIGHSCHOOL: The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is excited to host an All About High School virtual information night for Grade 8 students, their parents/guardians, and staff on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 7:00 p.m. to  9:00 p.m. This virtual event will provide details about many aspects of high school. To register for this event, please visit the All About High School Website.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

NOVEMBER 27-  Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji- The holy festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti, which is commonly referred to as Gurpurab, commemorates the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first guru of Sikhism. This year, it will celebrate Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 554th birthday and will place on Monday, November 27.

DECEMBER 7-DECEMBER 15Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) is an 8-day Jewish festival marking the miraculous victory of the Maccabees, Jewish freedom fighters, over the Seleucidian Greek occupiers in the year 139 BCE. After recapturing Jerusalem’s Holy Temple, which had been converted into a place of idol worship, they searched for pure oil with which to light the Temple menorah. They found just enough to burn for one day, but miraculously it burned for eight days until more oil could be brought.

DECEMBER 25- CHRISTMAS- Christmas, a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus, has evolved into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian and pagan traditions into the festivities.

NOVEMBER 20-24 SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

NOVEMBER 20- JOJO’S PIZZA HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 20- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 1

NOVEMBER 22- SCHOOL COUNCIL

NOVEMBER 23- FRIDAY SCHEDULE

NOV 23 AND 24- PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS

NOVEMBER 27- SUBWAY HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 27- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 2

NOVEMBER 30- DUCK FAMILIES FIRST MEETING

DECEMBER 4- ART CLUB GROUP 3

DECEMBER 11- ART CLUB GROUP 4

DECEMBER 12 AND 13- ALEX MATEAS PRESENTATION/WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8

DECEMBER 20- Inuuqatigiit- BRIDGING THE GAP PRESENTATIONS GRADES 4-6

DECEMBER 21- DUCK FAMILIES MEETING- ACTS OF SERVICE

DECEMBER 22- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE WINTER BREAK

JANUARY 8- FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN 2024




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Friday, November 17th, 2023

SHREK is coming to ALC! Yesterday all students in Grades 4-8 who are interested in being a part of the musical Shrek were invited to a meeting. This musical production has something for everyone who wants to be involved! 

SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING: Please join us on Wednesday at 7:00 in the library for our next School Council meeting. If you would like to be added to the Council email list, please let our co-chairs know by emailing: [email protected]

2022-2023 YEARBOOK UPDATE: Yearbooks from last year are expected to be delivered in early December.

PURDY’S ORDERS: November 19th is the last call for Purdy’s!

What you’ll need to order:

Go to our fundraising website: https://fundraising.purdys.com/1497310-111637

Enter your email address and Click “Join Campaign”

Place your order and pay online. (Orders will not go through unless paid for)

Pick up will be from the school in the evening the week of December 11th. Details will be provided once they are available. Orders will not be sent home with students. Any questions please email: 

[email protected]

ALL ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is excited to host an All About High School virtual information night for Grade 8 students, their parents/guardians, and staff on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 7:00 p.m. to  9:00 p.m. This virtual event will provide details about many aspects of high school.

Registration

To register for this event, please visit the All About High School Website.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

NOVEMBER 27-  Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji- The holy festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti, which is commonly referred to as Gurpurab, commemorates the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first guru of Sikhism. This year, it will celebrate Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 554th birthday and will place on Monday, November 27.

DECEMBER 7-DECEMBER 15- Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) is an 8-day Jewish festival marking the miraculous victory of the Maccabees, Jewish freedom fighters, over the Seleucidian Greek occupiers in the year 139 BCE. After recapturing Jerusalem’s Holy Temple, which had been converted into a place of idol worship, they searched for pure oil with which to light the Temple menorah. They found just enough to burn for one day, but miraculously it burned for eight days until more oil could be brought.

DECEMBER 25- CHRISTMAS- Christmas, a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus, has evolved into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian and pagan traditions into the festivities.

NOVEMBER 20-23 SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

NOVEMBER 20- JOJO’S PIZZA HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 20- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 1

NOVEMBER 22- SCHOOL COUNCIL

NOVEMBER 23- FRIDAY SCHEDULE

NOV 23 AND 24- PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS

NOVEMBER 27- SUBWAY HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 27- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 2

NOVEMBER 30- DUCK FAMILIES FIRST MEETING

DECEMBER 4- ART CLUB GROUP 3

DECEMBER 11- ART CLUB GROUP 4

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Friday, November 10th, 2023

Today we held our Remembrance Day Ceremony. Several classes presented songs and poems recognizing the importance of the sacrifices others have made for our freedoms. A huge thank you to Mme. Viel and Mme. Roberts for the time and effort they put into working with students on the ceremony. Thank you to everyone who sent in a donation for the Legion.

We did have a small medical emergency during the ceremony. The student involved was fine, however students might mention it at home. Our students were so calm and respectful at that time, and it was very appreciated as we worked to ensure the student was cared for.

BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEERS: Mrs. Voelker is looking for volunteers for the Book Fair next week. If you are interested and available, please reach out to Jennifer Voelker directly at [email protected]

Progress Reports will be coming home on November 16th via secure email. In order to access your child’s progress report, you will need their OEN. The OEN can be found on previous report cards.  If you are unable to access the OEN, please contact the school office for assistance. 

Please look for this number on your previous report cards before you contact the office.  This number will be required for all the years that they attend an Ontario school.  The number will need to be entered in the "password" location and you will need to add the dashes, ex.  123-456-789  Thank you.

Interviews will be happening on November 23 and 24. On November 23, Interviews will happen between 4:30 and 7:00. On November 24, Interviews will be between 9:00 and 11:30. The link to book interviews will be included in the electronic email with the Progress Reports.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY:

NOVEMBER 12- DIWALI: Diwali also known as Dewali, Divali, or Deepavali is a socio-cultural festival. The term is derived from the Sanskrit words dīpa, "lamp, light, lantern, candle, that which glows, shines, illuminates or knowledge" and āvali, "a row, range, continuous line, series." It is connected to various religious events, deities and personalities, but is popularly celebrated as the return of Rama to his kingdom in Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It is also widely associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and Ganesha, the god of wisdom and the remover of obstacles. 

NOVEMBER 16- Louis Riel Day- As the Métis leader of the Red River Resistance of 1869-70, he was instrumental in drafting the List of Rights that formed the basis of the Manitoba Act, passed by the Parliament of Canada in the spring of 1870, which brought the new province of Manitoba into Confederation. November 16 commemorates the date of Riel’s execution.

NOVEMBER 27-  Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji- The holy festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti, which is commonly referred to as Gurpurab, commemorates the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first guru of Sikhism. This year, it will celebrate Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 554th birthday and will place on Monday, November 27.

NOVEMBER 13- BOSTON PIZZA HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 13- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 4

NOVEMBER 16- PROGRESS REPORTS COME HOME VIA EMAIL

NOVEMBER 20-24 SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

NOVEMBER 20- JOJO’S PIZZA HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 20- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 1

NOVEMBER 22- SCHOOL COUNCIL

NOV 23 AND 24- PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS

NOVEMBER 27- SUBWAY HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 27- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 2

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Monday, November 6th, 2023

Want to know the most DELICIOUS way to support us? Order Purdy's chocolates from our School Council Fundraiser!

From now until November 19th you can order Purdy's treats from our fundraiser by joining our campaign and browsing the tastiest selection of chocolates online. Shop Holiday gifts for family, friends, neighbour's AND yourself in one convenient place.

What you’ll need to order:

Go to our fundraising website: https://fundraising.purdys.com/1497310-111637

Enter your email address and Click “Join Campaign”

Click “Shop Online” Click “Use Marketplace” to see what’s available! Place your order and pay online. (Orders will not go through unless paid for)

Thank you EVERYONE for your support.

Pick up will be from the school in the evening the week of December 11th. Details will be provided once they are available. Orders will not be sent home with students. Any questions please email: 

[email protected]

Happy chocolating!

ALC School Council


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Friday, November 3rd, 2023

Apologies for the late Friday Message

Weather is getting cooler, so we have seen an increase of hats and mitts. We are also seeing an increase in lost hats and mitts. Please take a moment to label your child(ren)’s belongings so that when they go missing there is a better chance of them being returned. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to label items, consider supporting our school by shopping at Mabel's Labels: mabelslabels.ca. Click "Support a Fundraiser"and enter "ALC Parent Council (Stittsville)" to contribute to great School Council initiatives such as additional library resources and our new play structure. 

School Council would once again like to thank all of the generous ALC families who helped make the cake parade a success last week. Not only did we have so many delicious treats, but we raised $1,648!! Also, another huge thank you to Stephanie Poff and all of the volunteers who did an amazing job organizing the event.

Remembrance Day: We will be holding our Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 10 at 10:00. While we would love to invite all families to attend, we do not have space in our gym for 550 students plus guests. We do hope that those family members who currently serve, or have served in the past, will be able to join us for the ceremony that day.

Progress Reports will be coming home on November 16th via secure email. In order to access your child’s progress report, you will need their OEN. The OEN can be found on previous report cards.  If you are unable to access the OEN, please contact the school office for assistance. 

*Please look for these OEN#s before contacting the office. 
The number will require the dashes, ex. 123-456-789

Over the month, all students in K-6 will be attending the WALKSAFE presentation from the Ottawa Safety Council. This program reminds students about the importance of pedestrian safety.

DUCK FAMILIES: Part of our school focus on student wellbeing is fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion. This year, every student has been placed in a Duck Family with about 25 other students and staff members. Throughout the year, Duck Families will meet and work on a specific area of focus. November’s meeting will have each Family reading “The Grateful Book” and working on a gratitude task. This will give students to build relationships with different staff in the school and to also build connections with students in other grade levels. Stay tuned for more information each month.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY:

NOVEMBER 12- DIWALI: Diwali also known as Dewali, Divali, or Deepavali is a socio-cultural festival. The term is derived from the Sanskrit words dīpa, "lamp, light, lantern, candle, that which glows, shines, illuminates or knowledge" and āvali, "a row, range, continuous line, series." It is connected to various religious events, deities and personalities, but is popularly celebrated as the return of Rama to his kingdom in Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It is also widely associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and Ganesha, the god of wisdom and the remover of obstacles. 

NOVEMBER 16- LOUIS RIEL DAY- As the Métis leader of the Red River Resistance of 1869-70, he was instrumental in drafting the List of Rights that formed the basis of the Manitoba Act, passed by the Parliament of Canada in the spring of 1870, which brought the new province of Manitoba into Confederation.

Art Club, Monday nights:  Please check which group your child is in.  Pickup is 4:45pm at the Front Door, this is run by Miss Trish, any questions email her at:  [email protected]

NOVEMBER 6- SUBWAY

NOVEMBER 6- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 3

NOVEMBER 10- REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY

NOVEMBER 13- BOSTON PIZZA HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 13- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 4

NOVEMBER 16- PROGRESS REPORTS COME HOME VIA EMAIL

NOVEMBER 20-24 SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

NOVEMBER 20- JOJO’S PIZZA HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 20- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 1

NOV 23 AND 24- PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS

NOVEMBER 27- SUBWAY HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 27- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 2

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Friday, October 27th, 2023

This week ended on a very exciting note with our Cake Parade! A huge thank you to Stephanie Poff and her team of volunteers for working hard to make this day such a success! Kudos also need to go out to the incredibly talented bakers who contributed such a wide variety of cakes, cookies and cupcakes to the event!

Our Grade 7 students had the opportunity to visit the Bill Mason Outdoor Education Center to work on their outdoor survival skills today! Thank you to Mrs. Eady for arranging this trip for them! 

In this weeks message:

  • Extra Curriculars

  • PD Day

  • Remembrance Day

  • Halloween

  • IB Programme

  • Celebrations in our Community

EXTRA CURRICULARS: Clubs and activities are beginning to pick up at ALC. 

  • CODING CLUB (GRADES 3 AND 4)

  • JARS (GRADES 4-6)

  • ROBOTICS (GRADES 7 AND 8)

  • ART CLUB (GRADES 1-8)

  • BOYS INTERMEDIATE VOLLEYBALL (GRADES 7 AND 8)

COMING SOON: 

  • JR BORDEN BALL (GRADES 4-6)

  • INTERMEDIATE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL (GRADES 7-8)

FRIDAY NOV 3 IS A PD DAY: Just a reminder that next Friday is a PD Day where staff will be engaging in professional development. 

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Mme. Viel and Mme. Roberts are in the process of planning our Remembrance Day Ceremony. Each year we try to include a member of the Canadian Forces as a guest speaker at our ceremony. If you know of someone who might be available and interested in participating in this important ceremony, please contact Mme. Viel or Mme. Roberts at [email protected] or [email protected]

HALLOWEEN:  As we look ahead to Halloween, we wanted to ask families to begin thinking about costumes and how we can celebrate the day at ALC.

  • Simple costumes, no accessories, no costume mask, 

  • No change of clothes at school

  • No distribution or exchange of treats, or sharing of food 

Alternatively, students are welcome to dress in orange and black. 

While we want students to be able to celebrate and enjoy Halloween, we also need to remind everyone that costumes must also be respectful. We ask that families take time to consider the potential impact a costume might have on others. Costumes that are built on the cultural and spiritual traditions and regalia can perpetuate stereotypes and cause harm to others. This video gives a very good explanation of the difference between CULTURAL APPRECIATION VS APPROPRIATION.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMME VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE: Grade 8 & 9 students are invited to join us on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, 6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m, for the IB Programme Virtual Open House. Learn more about the IB Programme and the application procedures for the 2024-25 school year. For the participation link and more details, visit ocdsb.ca/ib.

IMMUNIZATIONS: On November 1, OPH will be at the school running their first of 2 Immunization Clinics for our Grade 7 students. Students will be receiving an information package and consent form that needs to be completed and returned to the school.

Students will be receiving the following vaccines:

  • Meningococcal

  • Human Papillomavirus

  • Hepatitis B

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY:

NOVEMBER 12- DIWALI: Diwali also known as Dewali, Divali, or Deepavali is a socio-cultural festival. The term is derived from the Sanskrit words dīpa, "lamp, light, lantern, candle, that which glows, shines, illuminates or knowledge" and āvali, "a row, range, continuous line, series." It is connected to various religious events, deities and personalities, but is popularly celebrated as the return of Rama to his kingdom in Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It is also widely associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and Ganesha, the god of wisdom and the remover of obstacles. 

OCTOBER 30- JOJO’S PIZZA HOT LUNCH

OCTOBER 30- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 2

NOVEMBER 1- GRADE 7 AND 8 IMMUNIZATIONS CYCLE 1 (more info to come closer to the date).

NOVEMBER 1- FRIDAY SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 3- PA DAY

NOVEMBER 6- SUBWAY

NOVEMBER 6- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 3

NOVEMBER 10- REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY

NOVEMBER 13- BOSTON PIZZA HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 13- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 4

NOVEMBER 16- PROGRESS REPORTS COME HOME VIA EMAIL

NOVEMBER 20-24 SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

NOVEMBER 20- JOJO’S PIZZA HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 20- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 1

NOV 23 AND 24- PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS

NOVEMBER 27- SUBWAY HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 27- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 2

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Friday, October 20th, 2023

In this weeks message:

  • Remembrance Day

  • Coding Club

  • Art Club

  • EQAO results

  • Family Conference

  • Halloween

  • IB Program

  • Immunizations

  • Cake Parade

  • Celebrations in our community

REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY: Mme. Viel and Mme. Roberts are in the process of planning our Remembrance Day Ceremony. Each year we try to include a member of the Canadian Forces as a guest speaker at our ceremony. If you know of someone who might be available and interested in participating in this important ceremony, please contact Mme. Viel or Mme. Roberts at [email protected] or [email protected]

CODING CLUB: Today students in Grades 3-6 who are interested in joining the Coding Club brought home a form to sign up. Once completed, students can return it to their homeroom teachers. If they do not know their OCDSB log in information, we can help with that at school.

ART CLUB: We had lots of interest in the Art Club. We had to close the form after close to 100 students signed up! With such interest, we had to adjust our plan and now there are 4 groups rotating weekly. If we are able to open it up again for more students, we will certainly let everyone know.

EQAO: EQAO results from last year will be coming home with students in Grades 4 and 7 on Monday.

FAMILY CONFERENCE: Join us on Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the OCDSB Family Conference at Brookfield High School. This year’s theme is Educate, Engage, Empower - Enhancing Learning Together. This free, in-person event, organized by OCDSB's Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and Family and Community Engagement (FACE), will feature noted author, inspirational speaker, arts educator, and community leader Randell Adjei as the keynote speaker. There will also be multiple expert-led workshops with some offered in multiple languages and with sign language support. Register Now!

HALLOWEEN:  As we look ahead to Halloween, we wanted to ask families to begin thinking about costumes and how we can celebrate the day at ALC.

  • Simple costumes, no accessories, no costume mask, 

  • No change of clothes at school

  • No distribution or exchange of treats, or sharing of food 

Alternatively, students are welcome to dress in orange and black. 

While we want students to be able to celebrate and enjoy Halloween, we also need to remind everyone that costumes must also be respectful. We ask that families take time to consider the potential impact a costume might have on others. Costumes that are built on the cultural and spiritual traditions and regalia can perpetuate stereotypes and cause harm to others. This video gives a very good explanation of the difference between CULTURAL APPRECIATION VS APPROPRIATION.

Classes will be taking some time to discuss respectful costumes and the importance of being mindful of the costumes we choose to wear. 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme Virtual Open House

Grade 8 & 9 students are invited to join us on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, 6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m, for the IB Programme Virtual Open House. Learn more about the IB Programme and the application procedures for the 2024-25 school year. For the participation link and more details, visit ocdsb.ca/ib.

IMMUNIZATIONS: On November 1, OPH will be at the school running their first of 2 Immunization Clinics for our Grade 7 students. Students will be receiving an information package and consent form that needs to be completed and returned to the school.

Students will be receiving the following vaccines:

  • Meningococcal

  • Human Papillomavirus

  • Hepatitis B

CAKE PARADE: Are you ready to show off your baking skills?

1. Each student will be given 5 tickets to participate for free. More tickets can be purchased on the day of the event for $2 for 1 ticket or $5 for 3 (please send exact change and no more than $10) to help fundraise for the School Council. 

2. Parents / Guardians can drop off treats in the rotunda between 8:30am - 9:00am the morning of Friday October 27. Students can also bring cakes to the gym when they get to school. Cakes can also be dropped off between 4:00 and 5:30 on Thursday afternoon as well.

3.  If you are bringing a treat to be won, consider splitting up big batches of treats or big cakes into smaller packages for multiple kids to win! With so much awesome involvement from ALC families, we are hoping to grow the number of treats coming in and being won.

4.  The school is a nut/peanut free facility. If possible please include the list of ingredients with your donation.

5.  Please ensure your donations are packaged in a way that is easy for students to bring home. Many will be taking their winnings home on the bus.

6.  Containers will not be returned. Package your donation in containers you do not want to keep.

7.  If your donation is allergen free please mark clearly as we will put these at a separate table for students with allergies to try and win.

8. If you do not wish for your child to bring home a cake, please email [email protected] with their name and homeroom and we will ensure a cake is not sent home with them.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY:

OCTOBER 24: DUSSEHRA: Vijayadashami, also known as Dussehra, Dasara or Dashain, is a major Hindu festival celebrated every year at the end of Navaratri. It is observed on the tenth day of the month of Ashvin, the seventh in the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar.

NOVEMBER 12- DIWALI: Diwali also known as Dewali, Divali, or Deepavali is a socio-cultural festival. The term is derived from the Sanskrit words dīpa, "lamp, light, lantern, candle, that which glows, shines, illuminates or knowledge" and āvali, "a row, range, continuous line, series." It is connected to various religious events, deities and personalities, but is popularly celebrated as the return of Rama to his kingdom in Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It is also widely associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and Ganesha, the god of wisdom and the remover of obstacles. 

OCTOBER 16- SUBWAY HOT LUNCH

OCTOBER 16- TERM 1 IEPS COME HOME FOR REVIEW

OCTOBER 18- SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING

OCTOBER 23- BOSTON PIZZA HOT LUNCH

OCT 23- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 1

OCTOBER 30- JOJO’S PIZZA HOT LUNCH

OCTOBER 30- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 2

NOVEMBER 1- GRADE 7 AND 8 IMMUNIZATIONS CYCLE 1 (more info to come closer to the date).

NOVEMBER 1- FRIDAY SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 3- PA DAY

NOVEMBER 6- SUBWAY

NOVEMBER 6- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 3

NOVEMBER 10- REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY

NOVEMBER 13- BOSTON PIZZA HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 13- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 4

NOVEMBER 20-24 SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

NOVEMBER 20- JOJO’S PIZZA HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 20- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 1

NOV 23 AND 24- PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS

NOVEMBER 27- SUBWAY HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 27- ART CLUB FOR STUDENTS IN GROUP 2

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Friday, October 13th, 2023

It seems we jumped from summer weather last week right into the heart of fall weather! As we are seeing cooler temperatures, and sometimes rainy days, please ensure your child has indoor shoes to wear. Clean and dry shoes help keep our floors and classrooms clean and are essential for PE classes.

In this weeks message:

  • Art Club 

  • Immunizations

  • School council updates

    • Meeting

    • Cake Parade

    • Mabels Labels

  • Celebrations in our community

ART CLUB: Ms. Trish, Mrs Thornley and Mrs. Fraser are starting an art club! The club will run every Monday from 3:45-4:45 alternating age groups. Oct 23 will start for students in grade 1-3. October 30 will be for grades 4-8. A full schedule will be sent home to everyone who signs up. 

IMMUNIZATIONS: On November 1, OPH will be at the school running their first of 2 Immunization Clinics for our Grade 7 students. Students will be receiving an information package and consent form that needs to be completed and returned to the school.

Students will be receiving the following vaccines:

  • Meningococcal

  • Human Papillomavirus

  • Hepatitis B

SCHOOL COUNCIL UPDATES

MEETING: Our next meeting will be on Wednesday October 18th at 7 pm in the school library. If you would like to join us please email [email protected] by Monday October 16th to receive details. Hope to see you there! 

CAKE PARADE: Are you ready to show off your baking skills?

1. Each student will be given 2 tickets to participate for free. More tickets can be purchased on the day of the event for $2 for 1 ticket or $5 for 3 (please send exact change and no more than $10) to help fundraise for council. 

2. Parents / Guardians can drop off treats in the rotunda between 8:30am - 9:00am the morning of Friday October 27. Students can also bring cakes to the gym when they get to school.

3. The school is a nut/peanut free facility. If possible please include the list of ingredients with your donation.

4. Please ensure your donations are packaged in a way that is easy for students to bring

home. Many will be taking their winnings home on the bus.

5. Containers will not be returned. Package your donation in containers you do not want to keep.

6. If your donation is allergen free please mark clearly as we will put these at a separate

table for students with allergies to try and win.

7. If you do not wish for your child to bring home a cake, please email [email protected] with their name and homeroom and we will ensure a cake is not sent home with them.

LABELS: As winter approaches, labeling your items is crucial. Think of supporting our school by shopping at Mabel's Labels: mabelslabels.ca. Click "Support a Fundraiser"and enter "ALC Parent Council (Stittsville)" or alternatively Oliver's Labels:www.oliverslabels.com/alc  to contribute to great School Council initiatives such as additional library resources and our new play structure.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY:

OCTOBER 24: DUSSEHRA: Vijayadashami, also known as Dussehra, Dasara or Dashain, is a major Hindu festival celebrated every year at the end of Navaratri. It is observed on the tenth day of the month of Ashvin, the seventh in the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar.


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Friday, October 6th, 2023

As we head into the long weekend, I would like to thank everyone for their patience and grace as we have navigated the past 2 weeks and the reorganization of the school. We recognize this is a process that causes some angst and worry, and we really are trying to minimize that for students. I personally appreciate the gentle reminders with any oversights that might have happened. They certainly were not intentional, and your understanding is so helpful! I would also like to thank our staff for their patience, flexibility and adaptability. They have moved through this with positivity, even as they work through the changes as well. Tuesday will be a bit of a re-start, but things should be back in full swing by the end of the week.

Today our Junior students proudly represented ALC at the Junior Cross Country Meet for our region. They should be so proud of their performances and the maturity and responsibility they demonstrated at the meet.

Tomorrow is a PD Day for staff, which means there is no school for students. If you would like to see what staff will be learning about, please check the agenda here.OCTOBER 6 PD DAY AGENDA 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Do you have a couple of hours you’d like to put to use? We are looking for a parent volunteer who might be able to come in at least once a week to do some laminating. If you think this might be something you are interested in, please let Trish know at [email protected].

PHOTO RETAKES: Don’t forget that Wednesday is photo retake day. We will also be doing class photos on that day as well.

SCHOOL COUNCIL: The Cake Parade is back this fall - and we are looking for parent volunteers to help run this exciting day. Mark your calendars for Friday October 27 - but the only way we can do it is with the help of parent volunteers. If you are able to help out on the day of the Parade, please email Council at [email protected]

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

OCTOBER 9: THANKSGIVING: Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957. It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.

OCTOBER 24: DUSSEHRA: Vijayadashami, also known as Dussehra, Dasara or Dashain, is a major Hindu festival celebrated every year at the end of Navaratri. It is observed on the tenth day of the month of Ashvin, the seventh in the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar.

OCTOBER 6- PD DAY- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

OCTOBER 9- THANKSGIVING NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

OCT 10- MONDAY SCHEDULE

OCTOBER 11- PHOTO RETAKE DAY

OCTOBER 16- SUBWAY HOT LUNCH

OCTOBER 16- TERM 1 IEPS COME HOME FOR REVIEW

OCTOBER 23- BOSTON PIZZA HOT LUNCH

OCTOBER 30- JOJO’S PIZZA HOT LUNCH

NOVEMBER 1- GRADE 7 AND 8 IMMUNIZATIONS CYCLE 1 (more info to come closer to the date).

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Friday, September 29th, 2023

This week students have been continuing the journey towards understanding the truth about the history of Indigenous People on Turtle Island and working towards reconciliation. Throughout the week learning took on many forms from stories told through Indigenous voices, activities shared through the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation, opportunities for reflection and appreciation of Indigenous cultures. Today classes took time to think intentionally about how they can take action in restoring and building relationships with Indigenous communities in Canada. 

This is important work that will continue to be a focus of learning throughout the year.

LUNCH TIME MONITOR: Interested in a couple of hours of work each day? ALC is looking for a Lunch Monitor to help with supervision during nutrition breaks and recess. The hours are 11-12 and 2-3. If you might be interested, please reach out and let us know. 

SCHOOL COUNCIL: The Cake Parade is back this fall - and we are looking for parent volunteers to help run this exciting day.

If you haven’t been a part of the Cake Parade before, it is a day when all students take turns coming to the gym to check out tons of cakes and treats donated by their creative peers and parents!

Students will have the opportunity to place votes on whichever cakes they hope to win later that afternoon. Last year we had such an abundance of treats, we hope this year will be as exciting!

Mark your calendars for Friday October 27 - but the only way we can do it is with the help of parent volunteers. If you are able to help out on the day of the Parade, please email Council at [email protected]

We will have more information about what goodies to send and when in an email closer to the Parade, but in the meantime if any parents are available during the day on Oct. 27 to help set up, sort treats, and draw names - we would love to start our plans early to ensure the Parade can happen.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

October is Islamic Heritage Month in Canada. This is a time to celebrate, inform and engage with Islamic history and culture and learn about the many contributions that Muslim people have made to Canada and beyond.  Muslims are ethnically diverse and represent many interpretations of Islam and practice their faith throughout the world. As a school system, we endeavour to recognize and be aware of this diversity when teaching and speaking about Muslim identities, stories and realities.

OCTOBER 9: THANKSGIVING: Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957. It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.

OCTOBER 24: DUSSEHRA: Vijayadashami, also known as Dussehra, Dasara or Dashain, is a major Hindu festival celebrated every year at the end of Navaratri. It is observed on the tenth day of the month of Ashvin, the seventh in the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar.

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Wednesday, September 27th, 2023  ANNOUNCEMENT:

Good Evening ALC Families,

Every September, as part of the annual OCDSB staffing timelines, enrolment numbers across the District are reviewed to assess whether or not class projections have been met. Student enrollment at ALC this year is lower than projected in the spring. This means that we have a reduction in our academic staffing allocation and we must reorganize our Intermediate French classes.

Over the next few days, our school team will work through this class reorganization and we will be contacting all impacted families directly with further information.  We understand that a change in the classroom is disruptive and can be upsetting to some students. We are committed to minimizing changes as best we can, while working to make decisions that we believe are in the best interests of all of our students. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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Friday, September 22nd, 2023

 

Looks like our staff is dressing up as Superheroes in the near future! ALC students raised over $1000 in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. It was amazing to see everyone out on the field running today. Students were cheering each other on, offering high fives and lifting each other up as they ran! Such an amazing community experience!

SCHOOL COUNCIL UPDATE: School council had their first Council Meeting this week. Council elected new co-chairs. A huge thank you to Leanne Theaker and Amanda Roberts for taking on these important roles. We also want to thank Terri-Lyn Fraser for her many years of work on the ALC Council and all of the support she has given the school. It has been truly appreciated and we are very glad she will still be on Council this year to share her knowledge and skills!

LAST CALL FOR HOT LUNCHES!: Tired of making lunches already? Well the ALC lunch program is back for another year.  Choices from Jojo's pizza, Subway and Boston Pizza rotate each Monday and popcorn every second Friday.  Ordering is now available until SEPTEMBER 24th at 11 pm.  Register at alc.hotlunches.net (you have to register at the start of each school year).  Our access code is ALCHL.  Ordering and payment is online only and all the information you need is on the website.  This program is our school council's biggest fundraiser.  Thanks for your support!

The lunch program can't run without volunteers!  The more people we have, the less work for all.  Volunteers need to be available Mondays or Fridays from 10:30 to noon, and the commitment is usually 1 - 2 x per month.  It is a fun job and you may even end up with some leftover pizza.  If you are available please send an email to [email protected] with your details.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

September 25: Yom Kippur- Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is known as the holiest day of the Jewish year. Leading up to and on that day, Jews traditionally ask for forgiveness for wrongdoings from God and from fellow human beings. 

September 27th: Rowan’s Law Day The last Wednesday of every September is designated as Rowan’s Law Day, which honours Rowan Stringer’s memory and raises awareness about concussion safety. Rowan Stringer was a competitive and keen OCDSB athlete, and was captain of John McCrae Secondary School’s rugby team. She passed away tragically in May of 2013 at just 17 years old, as the result of head injuries she sustained while playing rugby. Visit our website to learn more about recognizing the symptoms of concussion and for additional resources. Please use this day to raise awareness about concussion safety.

SEPTEMBER 30: National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Week 2023 - National Truth and Reconciliation Week takes place from September 25th - 30th, 2023, with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation taking place on Saturday, September 30th. Schools are asked to observe this day on Friday, September 29th. During the week, students will be engaging in age appropriate learning about the history of Indigenous cultures in our community and celebrating all that those communities bring to Canada today. 

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Friday, September 15th, 2023

Thank you to all of our families who were able to join us for our Meet the Educator evening on Wednesday. It is always so nice to see everyone filling our halls and hear the excitement of the students proudly showing off their school!

We understand that bylaw officers have been present in the community this week. While we recognize that many families are impacted by the busing issues (which are slowly being resolved at our site), we ask that you please follow the parking and traffic regulations in the community. Ultimately, those regulations serve to keep our students and families safe as they walk to and from school. Adhering to those also prevents bylaw from issuing tickets.

One initiative that OSTA has developed to try to curb the traffic around the school is the “Walk A Block” Initiative. Walk a Block encourages families to park a little further away from the school and walk in together. It not only eases the congestion around the school, it adds a little bit of physical activity to the day and offers some time to connect on the walk into the school and back to the car at the end of the day. Please see the WALK A BLOCK MAPS HERE.

TERRY FOX RUN: A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School is proud to be participating in the Terry Fox School Run on September 22. Please join us and continue the legacy of one of our greatest Canadian heroes. Donate at: https://schools.terryfox.ca/ALorneCassidyESStittsville 

Thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer! 

This year our school is setting a FUNdraising goal.  If our students raise $1000.00 then the teachers will dress up as their favourite superhero.  Our school run is 1 week away so let's get started today.

HOT LUNCHES: Tired of making lunches already? Well the ALC lunch program is back for another year.  Choices from Jojo's pizza, Subway and Boston Pizza rotate each Monday and popcorn every second Friday.  Ordering is now available until SEPTEMBER 24th at 11 pm.  Register at alc.hotlunches.net (you have to register at the start of each school year).  Our access code is ALCHL.  Ordering and payment is online only and all the information you need is on the website.  This program is our school council's biggest fundraiser.  Thanks for your support!

The lunch program can't run without volunteers!  The more people we have, the less work for all.  Volunteers need to be available Mondays or Fridays from 10:30 to noon, and the commitment is usually 1 - 2 x per month.  It is a fun job and you may even end up with some leftover pizza.  If you are available please send an email to [email protected] with your details.

SCHOOL COUNCIL: Hello! Welcome to another year of ALC School Council. For those of you who don't know us: ALC’S School Council is formed from a group of volunteers that meet once a month to discuss topics that involve A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School. It is an opportunity to develop a partnership between parents and A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School. Each volunteer is a parent or guardian of a student enrolled at this school. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday September 20th at 7 pm in the school library. If you would like to be a part of council please email [email protected] by Monday September 18th to receive details. Hope to see you there! 

JUNIOR TRACK AND FIELD- Mme. Devine is starting Jr. Track and Field next week for students in Grades 4-6. Tryouts will taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday next week at second recess.

CELEBRATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

Evening of Sept 15th-17: Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins this evening, September 15th, and continues until September 17th. It marks the beginning of the Ten Days of Awe, which will conclude with Yom Kippur. This is an important time of celebration, introspection, and reflection for Jewish families. This year, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the year 5784. Shanah Tovah to all who will be celebrating this important holiday!

Sept 19th: Powley Day: Powley Day is celebrated by the Métis annually on September 19th, the anniversary of theSupreme Court of Canada’s unanimous ruling in The Powley Case (R. v. Powley). The Powley decision affirmed Métis harvesting rights, and was a momentous victory for the Métis Nation; it marked the beginning of a greater recognition of Métis rights in Ontario and across Canada. Métis people celebrate this legal victory that advanced Métis rights, and which continues to play an important role in the Métis struggle for visibility and independence.
 

SEPT 20- SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING

SEPT 27- ROWAN’S LAW DAY

SEPT 30- NATIONAL DAY OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

OCTOBER 5- FIRST DUCK FAMILY ACTIVITY- MORE INFO TO COME!

OCTOBER 6- PD DAY- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

OCTOBER 9- THANKSGIVING NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

NOVEMBER 1- GRADE 7 AND 8 IMMUNIZATIONS CYCLE 1 (more info to come closer to the date).

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Friday September 8th, 2023

Well, week one is done, and what a week it was! It has been so wonderful to welcome the students back and everyone has slid right back into the routines of learning and playing together! I dare say everyone will sleep well this weekend, as there are many tired eyes today!

Through the day today, all students were able to participate in a series of games and activities organized and led by our grade 8 students. The grade 8s did a fantastic leading the games and supporting the younger leaders. A huge thank you to Ms. Mackey and her work in helping the grade 8s plan the activities! Mother Nature even cooperated by turning down the heat and holding off on the rain!

In this weeks message:

  • A Few Reminders

  • Photo day

  • Meet the teacher

  • School council

  • School Accident Insurance

  • Forms

PARENTS ON THE YARD: We kindly remind you that when parents are lingering on the yard, it makes it very difficult for us to receive and dismiss students. We ask that parents of students in Grades 1-8 drop-off/meet their children at the assigned gates (MAP). Parents of Kinder students are asked to drop-off/meet their child and then leave the Kinder area. With buses arriving/departing, it is very difficult to move lines of students through groups of adults. We appreciate your cooperation!

MEDICAL FORMS If your child has any life-threatening health issues and/or requires medication at school, such as an inhaler, ibuprofen, migraine medication, etc it is imperative that you fill out the appropriate forms asap.  If you have already completed the form this year, no need to do it again.
(Hard copies have been put in your students package.)

PLAN OF CARE FOR STUDENTS WITH LIFE THREATENING MEDICAL CONDITIONS

SELF ADMINISTRATION OF ORAL MEDICATION

EMERGENCY CLOSING: In the event that the school is required to close early, it is important for us to know how all students will be getting home. A form was sent home Tuesday with all children, but in the event it did not make it to you, you can find a copy here.
(Hard Copies are in your student package.)

MEDIA RELEASE FORM gives the school permission to use your child’s first name and photo in various platforms (social media, yearbook, slide shows etc…) If this form is not completed, we will not post photos of you child in any capacity.  MEDIA RELEASE FORM
(Hard Copies are in your student package.)

PHOTO DAY: September 12: Our school photos are early this year! Edge Imaging will be here on Tuesday to do school photos. SCHOOL PHOTOS 

MEET THE EDUCATORS: September 13 from 4:30-6:00. Families are invited to come to the school Wednesday evening to meet their children’s educators. Please note that the event is an opportunity to meet the educators and see where your child is learning every day. At this point in the year, educators are still getting to know their learners and are not ready to offer you specific feedback about their academic progress.

SCHOOL COUNCIL
Hello! Welcome to another year of ALC School Council. For those of you who don't know us: ALC’S School Council is formed from a group of volunteers that meet once a month to discuss topics that involve A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School. It is an opportunity to develop a partnership between parents and A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School. Each volunteer is a parent or guardian of a student enrolled at this school. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday September 20th at 7 pm in the school library. If you would like to be a part of council please email [email protected] by Monday September 18th to receive details. Hope to see you there! 


Student Accident Insurance
Creating a caring and safe environment for our students is our top priority. Unfortunately, despite all reasonable precautions being taken, accidents can still happen. Some injuries may result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans and caregivers become responsible for these expenses.

The OCDSB does not provide student accident insurance and encourages all caregivers to consider purchasing accident insurance or student accident insurance for incidents that may not be covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) or any additional medical plans they have.

Student accident insurance is available for purchase, on a voluntary basis. Caregivers may apply online at insuremykids.com or call 1-800-463-5437. The accident insurance coverage options range from $17.00/year to $33.00/year. All plans provide 24/7 coverage and a variety of important accident benefits (benefit limits differ based on plan selected). If you have any questions, please call Binks Insurance Brokers directly at 613-226-1350.

SEPT 12: SCHOOL PHOTOS

SEPT 13- MEET THE EDUCATOR

SEPT 20- SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING

SEPT 27- ROWAN’S LAW DAY

SEPT 30- NATIONAL DAY OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION


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