Monday Morning Minutes March 22nd, 2021

Monday Morning Minutes March 22nd, 2021
Posted on 03/22/2021
Dear ALC Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Message. We hope that everyone had a chance to enjoy the beautiful spring weather this weekend.

Daily COVID Student Assessment and monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19

Parents and guardians must complete the Ottawa Public Health (OPH) COVID self-assessment for every student before leaving home each day.

Ottawa Public Health link for Attestation form for return to school for a tested/ill child.

Anyone with symptoms must stay home and follow public health directives about testing.  This step is key to helping keep the virus out of the school.  Please take the time to thoroughly review the screening tool with your child each morning, and follow the directions provided by Ottawa Public Health.

Waterproof boots, indoor shoes, a full water bottle and extra clothes, please.

Our schoolyard is now wet and muddy. We would ask that parents ensure that students have waterproof boots to wear outside, a pair of indoor shoes to wear in the classroom and gym, and an extra pair of socks and pants for your child to change into in the event that they get wet during recess.  Also, depending on the condition of the field first thing in the morning, duty staff may be redirecting Primary students to enter the yard at 9 am along the paved pathway near Crossing Bridge park instead of using the usual Primary entrance along the break in the fence.  Also, as the water fountains remain closed we would ask that parents continue to send a full water bottle to school daily. 

Upcoming March ALC Spirit Day

Our last March ALC Spirit Day, Dress to Impress, is scheduled for this Friday. Wear your fancy party dress, favorite tie, etc. 


Human Rights and Police Involvement in Schools

The OCDSB is undertaking two major policy reviews - the development of a human rights policy and a review of police involvement in schools. Starting on Monday, March 22 there are a number of opportunities for students and families to participate in the police involvement in schools consultation and the consultation to develop a human rights policy for the district. We will be holding consultations in Arabic, Somali, Nepali, Mandarin/Cantonese and English and also holding discussion groups for students and families of different social identities.  Staff discussions will take place at a later date.  You can learn more on the website using these links - police involvement in schools consultation page and the human rights consultation page.

Panel Discussion: The Lived Experiences of Black Women in Canadian Societies - March 26, 7:00 p.m.

Director of Education Camille Williams-Taylor will be the keynote speaker for a panel discussion on the lived experiences of Black Women, presented by the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program. Learn more and register.

Ottawa Black Education Network (OBEN) - Stronger Together: Black Parents Network Session - March 27, 10:30 a.m.

The Ottawa Black Educators Network will be hosting the first Black Parents Network session on the topic of building relationships to support Black students. Black parents and parents of Black children are invited to join this interactive session. Learn more and register.

Autism Awareness Virtual Speaker Series - April 1, 8, and 22, 7:00 p.m.

April is World Autism Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to build stronger, more inclusive communities for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). All OCDSB families and staff are invited to join us for a Speaker Series exploring strategies and supports for people with ASD. The series will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jed Baker, Social Skills Training Project, and a panel of community agencies. Learn more and register.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events:

Fri, March 26 - ALC spirit day - Dress to impress - wearing your fancy party dress, shirt and tie, etc

Fri, March 26 - 1-2 pm, Earth Hour challenge at ALC

Fri, April 2 - Good Friday, no school

Mon, April 5 - Easter Monday, no school

April 12-16 - Rescheduled March break

Fri, April 23 - PA Day, no school

Tues, April 27 - Friday schedule

Weds, April 28 - virtual ALC School Council mtg, 7 pm


Kind regards,

Elizabeth Rainer and Sandra Hutt

ALC Principal and Vice Principal

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