Friday November 5th, 2021

Friday November 5th, 2021
Posted on 11/05/2021

Welcome to November!! Honestly, it is hard to believe we are already in November!! Time sure flies when you are having fun! 

PROGRESS REPORTS/PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS- At ALC, the month of November signals a period of reflection as it marks the first reporting period of the 2021-2022 school year.  It is the perfect time for parents and guardians to receive a formal update of ‘how things are progressing’.  The goal of this interim report card is to provide an opportunity to identify both the student’s strengths and areas for improvement early in the school year.  It provides parents with a snapshot of their child’s progress.  Progress Reports were emailed home to parents/guardians the evening of November 4th and will be followed by a parent/teacher interview on the evening of November 10th or the morning of November 12th. More details to follow regarding how to sign up for an interview.

INDIGENOUS VETERANS DAY- Indigenous Veterans Day takes place each year on November 8. It is a time to remember and commemorate the stories and contributions of Indigenous veterans in the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean War. Learn more on the OCDSB website. 

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: This week we are sharing the Land Acknowledgement from EF5A:

Today we are standing on the earth that once belonged to the Indigenous People. We admit that people in the past have done something wrong but are working now to do something right. We know that all humans deserve to live and work on this land that we should share. No one ever should be silenced. All Canadians, including Indigenous people, should always be treated fairly and with respect. We should continue to try to make sure that all people are considered equal and have full human rights and honour the people who lived on this land before us. 

REMEMBRANCE DAY- This is always an important day for staff and students at ALC. Every year we have a ceremony that honours those who have served and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we have. This year, our plans will be a little different. On November 11th, we will be participating in the District’s Remembrance Day ceremony. Families are welcome to join us for the virtual ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

We are hoping families might also participate in decorating rocks in honour of the day. We would then place the rocks in the garden at the front of the school. If you would like to participate, please send in your rocks by November 9th, so we can have the garden set up for November 11th.

On November 11, all students will receive a poppy or a poppy sticker to wear. Poppies will be handed out by teachers in cohorts following COVID protocols. Past practice has been to ask students to bring in a small donation for the Legion. Due to COVID, we cannot ask students to bring in cash, so we have set up an online donation through School Cash Online. If you would like to make a donation to the Legion, please do so following this link. On November 12, the school will write a cheque for the amount collected and give it to the Legion.

Details for creating an account for School Cash Online can be found here.

ADJUSTED SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR- In 2016, the OCDSB instituted a district-wide adjusted school year calendar in order to address the lost instructional time due to School Holidays and P.A Days occurring on Mondays and Fridays. The next adjusted day is Thursday, November 11th.  Rather than follow the Thursday timetable, your child will follow their Friday schedule.

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY DAY- A reminder that there will be a PA Day for all elementary students on Friday, November 12th. Elementary staff  will be engaged in virtual parent/teacher interviews.

LUV 2 GROOVE- This year, ALC will be participating in the virtual LUV 2 GROOVE Dance program.  We have purchased the instructional videos (5 per grade division) so that our Ducks will have the opportunity to move and groove with Miss Julia, Miss Amanda and Mr. Xander as part of the Dance curriculum.  Students will learn the elements of dance (body, space, time, etc.) through movement activities and dance routines. 

ALC SPIRIT WEAR: ALC School Council is excited to present SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR! 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. This year we are fundraising for new Chromebooks and classroom books for the school. 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 NOVEMBER 8th with delivery approximately 2 weeks after that. Visit www.tuckgear.ca  to order. Council thanks you for your support!  SPIRIT WEAR FLYER 

THE THIRD PATH- THE NEED TO BELONG- Educators work very hard to strengthen belonging in their students, and use a variety of ways to foster a sense of connection and community, ranging from simply being warm and welcoming to holding assemblies. Students who experience a sense of belonging are more eager to attend school and are more open to learning. A sense of belonging supports student effort,

concentration, memory, and many other cognitive tasks.

SCHOOL PHOTOS: Just a reminder that school photos have been postponed. If, at a later date, we are able to have photos taken in a safe and manageable manner, we will definitely set that up.

BULLYING PREVENTION- The OCDSB believes that bullying is a serious issue that has far reaching consequences for both the entire school community and the community at large. Providing students with an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and respectful society is a responsibility in which schools play an important role and as such, the OCDSB developed a Bullying Prevention and Intervention policy and procedure. In addition, the OCDSB provides numerous training courses and sessions in order to better equip staff to deal with bullying in their schools.

CONFLICT OR BULLYING?- Learning the difference between normal conflict and bullying is important. What does that mean? By having a common vocabulary and a common understanding, we can continue to nurture a safe and caring environment at our school.     

CONFLICT

BULLYING

Equal power – friends

Imbalance of power – not friends

Happens occasionally

Repeated negative actions

Accidental   

Purposeful/intentional

Not serious        

Threat of physical harm or emotional or          psychological hurt

Not seeking power or attention

Seeking power and control 

Not trying to get something        

Trying to gain material things or power

Remorse – take responsibility    

No remorse – blames the victim 

Effort to solve the problem  

No effort to solve the problem

 

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance. (Source: Ministry of Education)

Different forms of bullying include:

Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property

Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments

Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them

Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and social networking sites

School communities– the school, home, and everywhere in between – need to be safe places so that students and staff can be relaxed enough to teach and learn. In order for that to happen we need to work together to create a community of character that promotes positive characteristics/behaviours and stops negative ones. Everyone has the right to feel safe, accepted and valued. At Jockvale, we strive to make our school community a better place by being respectful of others and standing up against bullying whenever it happens! If you are being bullied or know of someone who is, please report it immediately to a staff member. 

 Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour and change your smoke detector batteries.  Enjoy the extra hour of sleep!  

 

     

NOVEMBER 7- DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS

NOVEMBER 8- LAST DAY TO ORDER SPIRIT WEAR

NOVEMBER 10- EVENING PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS

NOVEMBER 11- REMEMBRANCE DAY

NOVEMBER 11- FAUX FRIDAY (Students follow the Friday schedule)

NOVEMBER 12- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY/ MORNING PARENT TEACHER - INTERVIEWS NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

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.

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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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