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Posted on 09/09/2022

















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SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2022


Welcome to Fall! We have been on a bit of a weather whirlwind this week! So families are aware, we do try to get students outside as much as possible. If it is drizzling, we will still have students go out, so please send them with raincoats and rubber boots. A change of socks in their bags never hurts, either. As the weather gets colder, the threshold to remain indoors is -25 with the windchill. Otherwise, we are outside. There may be instances where our yard is compromised due to ice and sometimes excessive water. We will try to get everyone outside as often as possible, but safety of students is our #1 priority.

In this weeks message:

  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

  • Parking around the school

  • Construction on Renshaw

  • Hot Lunches

  • Spirit Wear

  • Meet The Educator

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - September 30, 2022

As a school community, we recognize the importance of engaging in learning activities to raise awareness and understanding of the devastating impact of Canada’s residential school system. This is a vital part of our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action.

Since 2013, Orange Shirt Day has been observed on September 30th to honour the lives and experiences of Indigenous children who endured the residential school system in Canada. The federal government enacted legislation recognizing September 30th as a federal statutory holiday commemorating National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This action was in response to Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) Calls to Action #80.

September 30th is not a statutory holiday in Ontario and schools will be open, with learning activities taking place. However, some Indigenous families may decide to keep their children home on that day to engage in activities with family and community.

Indigenous self identification is a confidential process and should not be understood as a requirement for students to be away from school on this important day. There is no expectation that students who are away from school on this day participate in any school-related activities. Teachers have also been asked to not schedule tests or make assignments due on September 30th.

This meaningful day signals a year-long, ongoing commitment to learning that centres the truth of the harmful effects of colonialism, including the residential schools system that caused the loss of Indigenous lives, languages and traditions for generations. 

Age appropriate learning activities leading up to September 30th will focus on deepening our understanding of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and commemorating those whose lives were impacted by residential school experiences.On September 30, students will be asked to reflect on their learning and commit to action they can take to further the process of Reconciliation.  

We encourage famlies to review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and Spirit Bear's Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action (Youth friendly language outlines the 94 calls to action). 

Please visit the OCDSB National Truth and Reconciliation Day webpage to learn more about:

We recognize that this day may be very difficult and triggering for some of our community members, and we encourage you to reach out for support if needed.

Community and mental health resources

National Indian Residential School Crisis Line: This provides support for former students and those affected. Emotional and crisis referral services can be accessed by calling the 24-hour national crisis line at 1-866-925-4419.

Non-Insured Health Benefits: This is provided based on Status and N Number. Call General NIHB Inquiries at 1-800-640-0642 (toll free) and ask for the list of practitioners in Ottawa. This service includes 20+ sessions of government paid mental health counselling support per year.

Free mental health counselling for those who have attended residential school, or have a close family member who attended residential school: Regardless of status or N number, visit https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1581971225188/1581971250953.

Inuuqatigiit Center for Children, Youth and Families: http://inuuqatigiit.ca/.

Métis Nation of Ontario: Call 1-877-767-7572 for the 24/7 crisis and addictions line, or 613-217-3143 for children and youth looking for non-urgent support services.

Minwaashin Lodge Centre for Indigenous Women: https://www.minlodge.com/.

Hope for Wellness: Telephone counselling available, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-855-242-3310 (Services available in English, Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut)  https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/

Talk 4 Healing: This is a service for Indigenous women. Call 1-855-554-HEAL (Available in 14 languages) https://www.talk4healing.com/.

Odawa Native Friendship Centre: http://www.odawa.on.ca/home.html.

Wabano Centre: 613-748-0657 https://wabano.com/health-and-wellness/mental-wellness/.

PARKING AROUND THE SCHOOL As we look ahead to some of the construction around the school, along with bus delays, we would like to remind families who are driving their children to school that there are very limited amounts of parking in close vicinity to the school, and many of our side streets do have parking restrictions on them. To complicate matters, many side streets do not have sidewalks. We would ask that you ensure you are parking in an area that is designated for parking, and to continue to be mindful of our students who are walking through the neighbourhood to school.

CONSTRUCTION ON RENSHAW: We have been notified by the City of Ottawa that construction along Renshaw has been delayed until the first week of October. We will share more when we receive the Traffic Control Plan from the City.

HOT LUNCHES: ALC parent council is happy to bring back the school lunch program this year!  We will be offering lunches from Jojo's pizza, Subway and Boston pizza on Mondays starting Oct 17th, and Kernels popcorn every second Friday starting Oct 14th.  I am still in the process of updating the ordering website but hope to have it open and available on Monday.  To register go to alc.hotlunches.net.  Follow the registration instructions on the landing page to create an account.  I am also looking for volunteers!  It takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to distribute the lunches - so if you have some availability on Monday mornings and want to get involved in the school community please email me at [email protected].  Watch your email and social media on Monday for more ordering details! - Lea Button - ALC lunch coordinator

ALC SPIRIT WEARALC School Council is excited to present SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR! Again this year we are using a local Ottawa company for ordering. Orders will be sent to the school and then sent home with your child. No shipping charges!! You pay directly online and the council gets a portion of sales. Please don’t forget to add your students name and teacher info onto the order so it can get to them easily. Adult sizes up to 2XL are also available. Let’s show our school spirit! DEADLINE TO ORDER IS OCTOBER 3rd  Visit www.tuckgear.ca  to order.

 

MEET THE EDUCATORSOn September 28th (From 5:00-7:00) we are excited to invite families into the school for your child to introduce you to their educators and to show you around their classroom! Teachers will be in their classrooms from 5:00-6:00. At 6:00, they will be heading outside to join you at the food trucks. This is a school event and not a Council fundraiser.

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.

Following the in school meetings, families are invited to join us on the yard where we will have various food trucks and ice cream! Bring a chair or blanket and have an early fall picnic with family and friends! If you would prefer not to buy food from the food truck, feel free to bring a picnic from home!

Meet the Teacher Food Trucks

The Merry Dairy Ice Cream Truck 

  • Nut Free Facility and Truck, price is $4.50 for regular cup or cone

Big D’s Dog House and Poutine Emporium

  • Hot Dog - Beef is $6.50 and Veg is $7.00

  • Burger - Beef is $8.00 and Veg is $7.00 

  • Hot Italian Sausage is $7.50

  • Fries are $6.00

  • Poutine is $12.00

  • Pop or Water is $2.00

JoJo’s Pizza

  • $5.00 per slice (cheese or pepperoni)

  • Drinks are $2.00 each

 

SEPT 28- MEET THE EDUCATOR 5:00-7:00

SEPT 28- ROWAN’S LAW DAY

SEPT 30- NATIONAL DAY OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

OCT 6- SCHOOL PHOTO DAY

OCT 7- PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY DAY NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

OCT 11- MONDAY SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 2 AND 3- GRADE 7 AND 8 IMMUNIZATIONS

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 AVOIDEDDATES OF OBSERVATION

ALC  INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Attendance: if your child will be absent, please call the school at 613 831 3434 or email us at: [email protected]

A. LORNE CASSIDY WEBSITE

STUDENT SUCCESS AT ALC

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter: @ALorneCassidy






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FRIDAY September 16th, 2022

 

We have had another amazing week at ALC! We want to thank families for their cooperation with our requests about the yard during drop off and pick up. It was much easier for us to navigate buses with fewer people in the bus loop.

In this weeks message:

  • Transportation concerns
  • Terry Fox Run/Challenge
  • Meet the Educator
  • IEP Consultation Forms
  • Construction on Renshaw
  • ALC Spirit Wear
  • School Council
  • Forms
  • OSTA information

TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS: We recognize that many families are impacted by the current bus delays. We also know that confusion at our end on Thursday caused even further undo stress. We do try to keep families well informed and we recognize we fell short on Thursday. 

We are working on a communication plan to be able to better keep families updated. As Ms. Trish and Ms. Doxsee are typically the ones supervising students from late buses, accessing the email system is problematic. What we will do is ensure that we post to the ALC Twitter account which buses are late each day and when they have departed the school. When possibly, we will send a more fulsome explanation. It is also important to check the OSTA website, as they do try to post late buses on there when they can. You can get the Twitter updates by following us on @ALorneCassidy and by going to the ALC website.

TERRY FOXThe Grade 3A students are organizing this year's Terry Fox School Run.  They are encouraging students to help continue the Marathon of Hope by collecting funds for cancer research.  Here is a link to the  ALC fundraising page:

https://schools.terryfox.ca/9499

Students are also invited to take the TRY like Terry Challenge and pick a goal to work towards over the coming week.  Some examples include: 50 push ups, running laps, learning 10 words in a new language, trying a new activity.  We are building a TRY Challenge board where students can post photos of their chosen goal.  If your child would like to share their TRY Challenge, please email a photo to: [email protected] 

The Terry Fox School Run will take place on Friday, September 23. 

MEET THE EDUCATORS: On September 28th (From 5:00-7:00) we are excited to invite families into the school for your child to introduce you to their educators and to show you around their classroom! Teachers will be in their classrooms from 5:00-6:00. At 6:00, they will be heading outside to join you at the food trucks. This is a school event and not a Council fundraiser.

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.

Following the in school meetings, families are invited to join us on the yard where we will have various food trucks and ice cream! Bring a chair or blanket and have an early fall picnic with family and friends! If you would prefer not to buy food from the food truck, feel free to bring a picnic from home!

Meet the Teacher Food Trucks

The Merry Dairy Ice Cream Truck 

  • Nut Free Facility and Truck, price is $4.50 for regular cup or cone

Big D’s Dog House and Poutine Emporium

  • Hot Dog - Beef is $6.50 and Veg is $7.00

  • Burger - Beef is $8.00 and Veg is $7.00 

  • Hot Italian Sausage is $7.50

  • Fries are $6.00

  • Poutine is $12.00

  • Pop or Water is $2.00

JoJo’s Pizza

  • $5.00 per slice (cheese or pepperoni)

  • Drinks are $2.00 each

IEP Consultation Forms: For all students on an IEP, parents will receive the consultation forms on MOnday via email. Please take some time to complete the forms and submit them, as they help us to create a fulsome plan of support for your child.

CONSTRUCTION ON RENSHAWWe have been notified by the City of Ottawa that construction will be starting on Sept. 26th. This is the message we received from the City outlining measures they will be taking to ensure students are able to safely walk to school.

We are finalizing the contractor’s Traffic Control Plan in coordination with qualified experienced City Traffic specialists to ensure the contractor adheres to all City traffic control and safety requirements.

The work is anticipated to start on 26th September 2022 and completion is scheduled for October  7th 2022.

A temporary walkway corridor with traffic control barrels will be set up on the south side of the street while the sidewalk work is being performed on the north side. Temporary No parking signs on the south side of the street will be installed for the duration of this sidewalk replacement work. The contractor is planning temporary single lane closure from 7h00 to 16h00 with traffic flags-people at each intersection managing the single lane 2 way traffic operation.

This sidewalk work will be controlled and managed respecting all City traffic requirements and monitored for compliance.

ALC SPIRIT WEARALC School Council is excited to present SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR! Again this year we are using a local Ottawa company for ordering. Orders will be sent to the school and then sent home with your child. No shipping charges!! You pay directly online and the council gets a portion of sales. Please don’t forget to add your students name and teacher info onto the order so it can get to them easily. Adult sizes up to 2XL are also available. Let’s show our school spirit! DEADLINE TO ORDER IS OCTOBER 3rd  Visit www.tuckgear.ca  to order. SPIRIT WEAR FLYER 

We are excited to be able to invite parents to our first School Council Meeting of 2022! We will be meeting in the Library at 7:00 on Wednesday September 21, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]a

FORMS:

IMPORTANT PAPERWORK FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS TO COMPLETE 

Student Emergency Cards (formerly called Verification Forms)  were distributed to students earlier this week.  We ask that parents take a moment to  review the information on the Student Emergency Card, indicate any changes that apply, and return to your child’s homeroom teacher ASAP.

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.

PLAN OF CARE FOR STUDENTS WITH LIFE THREATENING MEDICAL CONDITIONS

SELF ADMINISTRATION OF ORAL MEDICATION

EMERGENCY CLOSINGIn 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 today with all children, but in the event it did not make it to you, you can find a copy here.

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  

OSTA BUSING INFORMATION 

Due to the ongoing driver shortage, please note that there may be daily cancellations of bus routes.  It is vital that parents and guardians regularly check the posted cancellations lists for OCDSB on the OSTA website to confirm the routes’ status. Please review your child’s information on OSTA’s Parent Portal (Bus Stop Finder) Login and then check the posted list below to confirm the route’s status. The list will be updated daily with any new cancellations reported the morning that service occurs. 

 

SEPT 21- SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING 7:00 PM 

SEPT 28- MEET THE EDUCATOR 5:00-7:00

SEPT 28- ROWAN’S LAW DAY

SEPT 30- NATIONAL DAY OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

OCT 6- SCHOOL PHOTO DAY

OCT 7- PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY DAY NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

OCT 10- Thanksgiving Monday, no school

OCT 11- MONDAY SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 2 AND 3- GRADE 7 AND 8 IMMUNIZATIONS

NOTE:  According to the OCDSB Policy Religious Holy Days, no major assessments or school events will be planned on these Holy Days. 

ALC  INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Attendance: if your child will be absent, please call the school at 613 831 3434 or email us at: [email protected]

A. LORNE CASSIDY WEBSITE

STUDENT SUCCESS AT ALC

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter: @ALorneCassidy





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Friday, September 9th, 2022

180 DAYS OF JOY- This year we are focusing on finding the JOY and POSITIVITY in our days! Each day they will be posted on Twitter. If your child comes home sharing a moment of JOY with you, please consider sending that message on to Trish at [email protected] with the child’s first name and grade.

 

Top Please Appreciate Stickers for Android & iOS | GfycatPARENTS 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!

School Cash OnlineSCHOOL CASH ONLINE- When we are collecting money for school events, School Cash Online is the easiest way to send money to us. Details on how to set up an account can be found here: SCHOOL CASH ONLINE GUIDE 

School Forms 2020-21 – Ideal Mini SchoolMEDICAL 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.

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 today with all children, but in the event it did not make it to you, you can find a copy here.

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

ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY: There have been recent changes to the Acceptable Use of Technology form. As of this year, students only need to complete the form when they register for the first time in an OCDSB school and/or Junior Kindergarten/Year 1, Grade 1, Grade 4 and Grade 7. We will be sending this form directly to the families this applies to today.

MEET & GREET the Staff & School Council AGM SEPT. 23 @7:00 | La Crete  Public SchoolMEET THE EDUCATORS: Wait for it….. We are welcoming parents BACK INTO THE SCHOOL FOR MEET THE EDUCATOR! On September 28th, we are excited to invite families into the school for your child to introduce you to their educators and to show you around their classroom! 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.

Following the in-school visits, families are invited to join us on the yard where we will have various food trucks and ice cream! Bring a chair or blanket and have a early fall picnic with family and friends!

 Many students at Carleton Heights have never owned a new pair of shoes, or only have one pair to last them a year or two. ALC School Council has started the New Shoes initiative to bring the feeling of having a new pair of shoes for the start of the school year to the students of CH! When you're back to school shopping, and you're able to, please consider picking up a pair of new shoes to be donated. Sizes most needed are the smaller and larger shoe sizes (they have sizes 3/4/5) for kids. Though no pair will go unused!

SHOE DRIVE: Many students at Carleton Heights have never owned a new pair of shoes, or only have one pair to last them a year or two. ALC School Council has started the New Shoes initiative to bring the feeling of having a new pair of shoes for the start of the school year to the students of CH! When you're back to school shopping, and you're able to, please consider picking up a pair of new shoes to be donated. Sizes most needed are the smaller and larger shoe sizes (they have sizes 3/4/5) for kids. Though no pair will go unused!

DROP OFF will be September 6TH- September 15th,  9am - 3 pm at A. Lorne Cassidyl. Box IS NOW  located between the front doors.

Any questions email [email protected]

 

 

 

 

SEPT 21- SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING

SEPT 28- MEET THE EDUCATOR

SEPT 29- ROWAN’S LAW DAY

SEPT 30- NATIONAL DAY OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

NOTE:  According to the OCDSB Policy Religious Holy Days, no major assessments or school events will be planned on these Holy Days. You can find the list of Religious and Creed Based Holy Days here.

ALC  INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Attendance: if your child will be absent, please call the school at 613 831 3434 or email us at: [email protected]

A. LORNE CASSIDY WEBSITE

STUDENT SUCCESS AT ALC

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter: @ALorneCassidy

 

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Friday, September 6th, 2022

 

Welcome back to school! We are excited to be having everyone back and can’t wait to see the faces of our students!

This message contains a lot of information to help prepare families for the first day of school. We will send another message with other important information early next week as well.

When students return, they will see a significant change in many of the protocols and ways we operate in the school. We are fortunate to be in a position to begin to return to many of the ways we used to function within schools. There are a few remaining things we are asking:

  1. We continue to encourage families to screen each day, and when students show symptoms of illness that they remain at home. This is something that has always been encouraged, but with COVID, we learned the importance of working to minimize the transmission of illnesses.

  2. Masks remain optional, and our expectation remains that the personal choices of individuals and families will be respected by our community.

Throughout the day tomorrow (Friday, Sept 2, 2022), teachers will be contacting the families and students in their classes. If you do not hear from your child’s teacher by 4:00 tomorrow, please email [email protected].

CLASS CHANGES: While teachers spend a lot of time trying to create balanced classes in the Spring, inevitably there are some students who are not happy with their class placement once school starts. There are several considerations that are required when classes are made, and this year all of our classes are very large. Moving students from one class to another is a very complex process, and while we do not want to see students unhappy, our flexibility to make moves is very limited. We ask that you give students a chance to settle in over the next couple of weeks before trying to advocate for a class change. Very often, the class they have been placed in really is the one that will be best for them and their learning, they just might not see it on the first day. While peer groups might be the primary element of importance for them, their teachers from last year have thought long and hard about where they have been placed, and it will likely work out for the best for them.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL: One thing we found helpful in ensuring the safety of our students has been the arrival and dismissal processes we adopted during COVID. We are going to continue with those practices. Having fewer people on the yard has made it easier for staff to see students and ensure their safety. Kinders will still be met at the Kindergarten gate by parents starting at 3:35. Primary students will be dismissed at the gate along Hobin starting at 3:40 and students in Grades 4-8 will be dismissed at the bell. If your older child is picking up a younger sibling, they can meet the younger sibling at the gate. Teachers will wait with students until everyone is picked up. Please see this attached document for specific details on dismissal.

WHAT YOUR CHILD NEEDS

  • We have 2 nutrition breaks, so your child needs lunch and snacks to get them through the day. Please keep in mind that over the next few days, they will likely be running and playing more with their friends, and they might find themselves a little hungrier than you might expect. Packing a couple extra snacks might be a good idea.

  • Refillable water bottle

  • Indoor shoes

  • School supplies (voluntary, but helpful) please see the OCDSB website for the list of recommended supplies

TRANSPORTATION: Families with students who will be taking the bus to school can read the Bus Information Letter for Families

All specific inquiries about transportation can be directed to OSTA. Contact information can be found on their website

OSTA has also put together some information that might be helpful for families. Please read their update here.TRANSPORTATION INFO FOR PARENTS 

ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY: policies have changed. This form will only be completed 4 times through a student’s experience in the OCDSB: at registration, at the start of Grades 4, 7 and 9. We will be asking parents and students in Grades 4 and 7 to complete the form. That email will come separately next week.

MEDIA RELEASE: All students will need to complete the Media Release form. That form can be found here

 

FROM SCHOOL COUNCIL: Many students at Carleton Heights have never owned a new pair of shoes, or only have one pair to last them a year or two. ALC School Council has started the New Shoes initiative to bring the feeling of having a new pair of shoes for the start of the school year to the students of CH! When you're back to school shopping, and you're able to, please consider picking up a pair of new shoes to be donated. Sizes most needed are the smaller and larger shoe sizes (they have sizes 3/4/5) for kids. Though no pair will go unused!

DROP OFF will be Sept 6-9- 9am - 3 pm at the school. Box will be located between the front doors. Any questions email [email protected]

We know the first few days bring on a lot of anxiety and stress. We are here to help, so if there is something we can do to ease the transition into the new year, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 





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