Monday Morning Minutes May 3rd, 2021

Monday Morning Minutes May 3rd, 2021
Posted on 05/03/2021

Dear ALC Parents and Guardians,

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

OPH COVID-19 Resource Line for Arabic and Somali speaking families

Do you need services and information in Somali or Arabic? Call the Ottawa Immigrant COVID-19 Resource Line (OICRL) at 1-844-833-1234.  Visit the Ottawa Public Health Multilingual Resources for Diverse Communities page for more helpful resources in multiple languages.

School Year Photo Collection

All ALC families are encouraged to submit photos for this year’s ALC yearbook even if they do not intend to purchases a yearbook so that their child's friends and classmates can see them in the yearbook as we do not have the usual class photos for this purpose

Please upload your photos to the following site: https://images.jostens.com/416174905

Please ensure your photo is named as follows:

             Schoolcode_LastName_FirstName_Tag

School codes are as follows:

For in-school learners:   HomeroomCode (this is your homeroom code which can be found in the list at the bottom of this email)

Tag will further identify the photo. For example:

     EMF8A_Smith_John_Portrait

     EMF8A_Smith_John_mask

     EMF8A_Smith_John_remote_learning

     EMF8A_Smith_John_Halloween

If you have a sibling photo name it as follows with as many first names as needed:

    Sibling_Lastname_Firstname_Firstname_Firstname

We may not be able to use all photos provided. We appreciate your participation in making this yearbook memorable for everyone.

If you have any questions please email  yearbookalc@gmail.com

HomeroomCode

Teacher Name

KJSA

Cathy Anderson

KJSB

Lesley McMullen

KJSC

Janet McPherson

R12

Tania Doran

R34

Jonathan Hare

R56

Catherine Thornley

R78

Brad Faulkner

MF45

Katherine Thomas

MF56

Janet Evans

EF1A

Michelle Barry (Kilgour)

EF1B

Meghan Kearns

EF2A

Meera Mukerjee

EF2B

M.C Viel

EF3A

Hannah Faulkner

EF34

Cathy Booth

EF45

Keisha Ward 

EF5A

Sara Faulkner

EF56

Leslie Asma

EF6A

Debra Roberts

EMF7A

Dave Stathos

EMF7B

Peter Voteary

EMF8A

Nicole Charest

EMF8B

Anik Mackey

 

Health Education

The District has a responsibility to teach the Human Development and Sexual Health Curriculum, and to ensure that parents are notified prior to the instructional period and have the opportunity to remove their child from instruction. Parents should expect to receive a letter from their child's health teacher this week outlining the dates and times for the upcoming health lessons. We do apologize as the links were not working correctly on some letters have been sent to parents/guardians. We are currently working to correct this problem. In the meantime, you should be able to use the links below.

Exemption Form

Ontario Curriculum Health Expectations

May 3-9 is Mental Health Week

May 3-9 is Mental Health week.  It offers an opportunity to reflect on the steps we can all take to support our mental health, cope with these challenging times, and find the help we need.

The OCDSB mental health team will be offering families an opportunity to ask general questions about how to promote and sustain mental health.

Space will be limited to encourage better discussion. These virtual conversations will be held over Zoom. There will be general sessions for elementary, secondary and early-learning families. There will also be sessions for Indigenous and racialized families.

To register, please click on the links below. 

Date

Time

Group

Registration link

Monday, May 3

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Elementary

Link

 

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Secondary

Link

Tuesday, May 4

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Secondary

Link

 

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Elementary

Link

Wednesday, May 5

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Elementary

Link

 

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Secondary

Link

Thursday, May 6

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Elementary

Link

 

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Elementary

Link

Friday, May 7

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Early Learning

Link

 

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Indigenous

Link

 

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Racialized

Link

 

If you are unable to participate, but have questions for our mental health professionals, they will be answering questions via email during Mental Health Week, May 3-9. Contact: childrensmentalhealth@ocdsb.ca

Tips to better cope with COVID

There are too many things happening these days that we don’t have control over. But what are some tactics you can use to better deal with what you can control?

Using resources from Jack.org, School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone, the OCDSB mental health team has created some simple tips you can use to better cope with the COVID world we’re living in. Their goal is to provide you with some strategies to deal with these troubling times and find ways to feel a bit better. Take a look.

Need urgent support?

Never forget that there are services available to you if you need help right now. They are confidential, non-judgmental and only a call or text away.

  • 911

  • YSB-Crisis Line: Crisis Line & chat services are for children and youth ages 12 to 18.  613-260-2360 or online chat www.ysb.ca/services/ysb-mental-health/24-7-crisis-line/

  • Distress Centre of Ottawa-Carleton: Answers calls from anyone reaching out for help.  613-238-3311

  • LGBTQ Youth line provides service for youth, by youth that affirms the experiences and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, 2-spirited, queer. 1-800-268-9688

  • Black Youth Helpline: Toll Free 1-833-294-8650 https://blackyouth.ca/

  • First Nations and Inuit Hope and Wellness Helpline 1-855-242-3310

  • Kids help phone: Kids Help Phone’s non-judgmental, inclusive services are available to young people across Canada. They’re available for all kids, teens and young adults from coast to coast to coast. 1-800-668-6868, www.kidshelpphone.ca/live-chat

  • Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team:  Responds to calls from individuals, family members, and professionals in the community, providing support for mental health crises through assessment, short-term intervention, links to community supports, and liaison with other health and social service providers 613-722-6914 

Upcoming Paul Davis Parent Session on Social Networking Safety

ALC School Council has been chosen to be part of a Speaker Night with Paul Davis on Social Networking Safety. This eye-opening talk for parents will be delivered by Paul Davis who presented to over 90,000 parents since 2012. The topics discussed at this night will include social media (Snapchat/Instagram/Facebook), digital trails, smartphones, cyberbullying, sexting & child pornography, image sharing, online security and more.

When: May 17, 2021  8:00 - 9:30 PM 

Register in advance (cut-off time is one hour before the start of the presentation)

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcoceiorTkiHN2a-gnX3TnPiNK-uZ1gC3Z8

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the presentation.  Please confirm the spelling of your email when registering.

OCDSB Summer School

The OCDSB will be offering two non-credit programs for students currently enrolled in grades 6, 7 and 8 this summer:

Summer School “R&R” Review and Reinforcements Grades 6-8

and

Summer School Getting Ready for Grade 9

For more information on these programs, including registration info and course dates, please visit the Summer School 6, 7, 8 webpage or contact Mrs Eady at jodi.eady@ocdsb.ca

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.

Online Boys and Girls Club Resource

Since 1923, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) has been offering innovative youth programs to generations of Ottawa residents.  The BGCO provides after-school, weekend and summer programming for kids ages 6 to 18.  Membership and programs are completely free.  They are currently offering virtual online programming as well.  Please go to 

https://www.bgcottawa.org/virtual-programming-is-here for more information.
 

Important Dates and Upcoming Events:

Weds, May 12 - Gauss Math competition for Gr 8s
Mon, May 24 - Victoria Day, no school

Weds, May 26 - Monday Schedule

Weds, May 26 - School Council meeting, 7 pm

 

Kind regards,

Elizabeth Rainer and Sandra Hutt

ALC Principal and Vice Principal


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