Friday November 12th, 2021

Friday November 12th, 2021
Posted on 11/12/2021

A big thank you is extended to all parents who were able to attend our virtual Parent-Teacher interviews Wednesday evening or Friday morning. We truly appreciate the interest, support, and positive feedback received from our parent community and look forward to continuing our conversations throughout the year.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: This week we are sharing the Land Acknowledgement developed by Mme. Purcell’s Grade ⅔ class: 

J´aime les saisons, les animaux, les plantes, les forêts, la nature et que nous sommes en sécurité. 

The land helps us by providing food, water and shelter.  The land also provides us with soft grass and trees provide us with air to breathe.

Je peux aider. Je peux planter des arbres, arroser des plantes, recycler et je peux conduire une auto électrique un jour. 

I want to leave this footprint: joy, love, kindness, fun, happiness, sports, stories, good ways to live, different cultures, different languages and memories.

Mes responsabilités sont de mettre mes déchets dans la poubelle, seulement d'utiliser ce dont j'ai besoin et garder la terre propre.

Nous remercions la nation algonquine.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: All classes honoured this important day by watching the OCDSB Virtual Ceremony. We also had many classes engaging in learning over the past week about Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day.

HOMEWORK SUPPORT: A reminder that OCDSB students in grades 7- 12 can receive support in a variety of subjects on an ongoing basis.  To register for this program, they can join the Google Meet any Monday - Thursday between 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at https://meet.google.com/lookup/ocdsbtutoring or using the Google Meet nickname OCDSB TUTORING. During the first meeting students will be asked to fill out a registration form. Students must use an OCDSB email address to access this meet.

TOYS FROM HOME: Just a reminder that students are asked to leave all personal toys at home. Bringing toys from home tends to lead to students sharing toys, which is something we are trying to avoid during COVID. Thank you for your support in enforcing this.

WATER BOTTLES: Just a reminder to please send refillable water bottles to school with students. We have an increasing number of students coming to the office asking for water bottles each day and we are trying to limit the number of plastic bottles we are using.

HOLOCAUST EDUCATION MONTH- November is Holocaust Education Month in Canada. While it is important to learn about the Holocaust and prevent, challenge and address antisemitism year-round, this month provides an additional opportunity for families and communities to take part in virtual events and other learning opportunities. Learn more.

HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD: As we head into the last part of the year, many world religions and faiths have significant celebrations. While Christmas is the one we frequently see all around us, many families in our community are also celebrating culturally significant events. Last week many families in our community celebrated Diwali. Diwali, is a festival of lights that marks the start of the Hindu New Year. The date of the celebration follows the Hindu calendar, and usually falls between October and November. For five days, the triumph of good over evil is celebrated with huge celebrations, lavish meals, and spectacular firework displays.

WHEN PROBLEMS ARISE - As with all children, from time to time problems will arise. These problems can be simple to complex. When they do arise, we work with them to come to solutions. In doing that we understand perspective and that most problems have solutions. We follow OCDSB Policy as it relates to Progressive Discipline and attempt to find the learning in all situations. The model below helps students to find the vocabulary to help with problem solving. 

Is it TEASING?

It is teasing if...

● Everyone involved is participating in fun

● No one is getting hurt

If you or a friend start to feel that the teasing is not fun anymore...

● Talk it out

● Ignore

● Walk away

Is it a CONFLICT?

It is a conflict if...

● No one is having fun

● The problem is with a peer equal to myself

● There is a solution that will resolve the

problem

What is a good solution to this conflict?

● Talk it out

● Seek help

Is it a MEAN MOMENT?

A mean moment is when...

● Someone is being hurt on purpose

● The mean behaviour is someone’s quick reaction to a strong feeling or emotion

● It is a single or not frequent situation

What can you do in a mean moment?

● Talk it out

● Walk away

● Ignore 

If it continues… Seek Help

Is it BULLYING?

Bullying is when...

● Someone is being hurt on purpose

● The problem happens often (it is repetitive).

● Someone bigger or more powerful is involved.

What can you do when there is bullying?

SEEK HELP- from your teacher, a friend, your parents, your Principal, your Vice-Principal,  or a trusted adult

BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION WEEK- Across Ontario, the week of November 21-27 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safer schools and a positive learning environment. During this week of awareness, students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being. Here are some resources that might be of assistance to you and your family:

Storybooks

THE RECESS QUEEN

MY SECRET BULLY

JUST KIDDING

THE INVISIBLE BOY

Webpages

http://www.bullyingawarenessweek.org

http://www.prevnet.ca

www.cyberbullying.ca

THE THIRD PATH- How students feel a sense of belonging is directly related to the relationships that exist between them and their educators. We use the concept of the “emotional bank account”. This clearly allows us all to see how relationships are created, strengthened and maintained. We explain it much like a back account.

Deposits (connecting experiences)  - Withdrawls (disconnecting experiences) = Strength of Relationship (perceived connection and closeness)

Emotional withdrawals and deposits can strengthen or weaken relationships and can have an impact on student well-being. While educators must make withdrawals (providing feedback, ending an enjoyable activity), they must not lose sight of the fact that deposits are necessary. Students need a strong sense of belonging to create optimization for learning. Teachers have to be careful not to put their emotional bank account in overdraft and if it is, deposits need to be made.

OSTA ONLINE TRANSPORTATION SURVEY- The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority has launched its annual online transportation survey. OSTA is seeking input to better understand how children have been getting to school this year, and learn what traffic impacts families have observed around school sites. Parents and guardians are invited to complete the survey online. 

     

NOVEMBER 17- ALC VIRTUAL SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING- 6:30

NOVEMBER 21-November 27- BULLYING AWARENESS and PREVENTION WEEK begins

DECEMBER 6- HYDRO OTTAWA VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

DECEMBER 7 AND 9- RIDEAUWOOD VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 7 & 8

DECEMBER 20- WINTER BREAK STARTS

JANUARY 3- FIRST DAY BACK AT SCHOOL

JANUARY 6- SKILLS ONTARIO PRESENTATION GRADES 7&8

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.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Attendance: if your child will be absent, please call the school at 613 831 3434 or email us at: alcabsence@ocdsb.ca

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