Monday Morning Minutes June 7th, 2021

Monday Morning Minutes June 7th, 2021
Posted on 06/07/2021

Dear ALC Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Message. We hope you enjoyed the weekend and that this email finds you and your family doing well. 

With the announcement this past Wednesday from the Premier that we will not be returning to in-person learning until the fall, we now await direction from Senior Management regarding the retrieval of student items, returning borrowed Chromebooks to the school, and the status of end of year celebrations for students.  The Director of the OCDSB, Camille Williams-Taylor, send a communication to parents this past Friday indicating that we will be proceeding with our virtual Gr 8 Leaving Ceremony and that the Board will also be examining opportunities for a safe in-person element, based on guidance from the provincial government and Ottawa Public Health. Meanwhile, our ALC staff are hard at work offering dynamic programming online for your children.  Thank you for supporting your children's learning at home during these difficult times.

Resources to Support Mental Health and Well-Being

This has been a most unusual and challenging school year for staff, students and families.  In addition to the pandemic, in the past few weeks, students, staff, families and communities at the OCDSB have felt the impact of the evolving crisis in Israel and Palestine, the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, and the tragic discovery of 215 Indigenous children at the former Kamloops Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. We acknowledge that these events may be deeply upsetting for many students, families, staff and communities and our thoughts are with all who are impacted. In addition to your family doctor and our ALC Social Worker, Erin MacLeod, there are many resources to support ALC student and parent mental health and well-being in the Ottawa area including:

Kids Help Phone Kids Help Phone offers 24/7, confidential nation-wide support service. You can call them at 1-800-668-6868, text or online chat. Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support for LGBTTQQ2SI through telephone, text and chat services. 

211 Ontario: (information on community and social services)

Black Youth Helpline: 1-833-294-8650.

Catholic Centre for Immigrants: 613-232-9634

Crossroads Children’s Centre (walk-in by appointment) 613-723-1623 x232

Family Services Ottawa (counselling by phone) 613-725-3601

Immigrant Women’s Services: 613-729-3145

Inuuqatigiit Center for Children, Youth and Families

Jaku Konbit: (Black youth support group) 613-567-0600

Métis Nation of Ontario - Community Wellness Coordinator - 613-748-1880 ex 302

Minwaashin Lodge Centre for Indigenous Women

OCISO (staff working remotely) 613-725-5671x316 or email:

Parents Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (9:00am to 7:00pm) 613-321-3211

Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services: 613-724-4881

Somali Centre for Family Services:  613-526-2075

Wabano Centre

Walk-In Counselling Clinic offers everyone; adults, children, youth and couples, immediate and free counselling with qualified Registered Counsellors in many locations in the Ottawa area.

YouTurn Youth Support Services


A Message from Mrs. Voelker about the Summer Reading Club at the OPL

Dear ALC Families,

It is with pleasure I am able to pass along the news that there will be a Summer Reading Club at the Ottawa Public Library. Beginning June 14, families can visit the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library to register.

Join the TD Summer Reading Club  /  au Club de lecture d'été TD

Cheers, and happy reading!

Mrs. Voelker


OSTA Important Bussing Information for Sept 2021

Please see the attached letter from OSTA regarding important bussing information for September 2021, including Empty Seats and Joint Custody and Transportation to Two Homes.

OSTA info for Sept 2021.pdf 


Extended Day Program (EDP) Registration

Registration is now open for OCDSB Extended Day Programs (EDP) for the 2021-2022 school year. The Extended Day Program operates before and after the regular school day and is open to all children from K-6 registered in their designated OCDSB school. For further information, visit the Extended Day Program website.


Summer Virtual International Language Classes for K-8 Students

The OCDSB is offering Virtual International Language Classes this summer for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. These classes are free for Ontario residents. The registration deadline for the full program is June 11, 2021, and classes run June 28 - July 23, 2021. Visit our website for a full list of classes offered and registration information.


Important Dates and Upcoming Events:

Weds, June 23 - Term2 Reports available to parents and guardians

Weds, June 23 - last ALC School Council meeting for the year, 7 pm

Friday, June 25 - Last day of school


Kind regards,

Elizabeth Rainer and Sandra Hutt

ALC Principal and Vice Principal

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