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:

Please ensure your photo is named as follows:


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:





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


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


Teacher Name


Cathy Anderson


Lesley McMullen


Janet McPherson


Tania Doran


Jonathan Hare


Catherine Thornley


Brad Faulkner


Katherine Thomas


Janet Evans


Michelle Barry (Kilgour)


Meghan Kearns


Meera Mukerjee


M.C Viel


Hannah Faulkner


Cathy Booth


Keisha Ward 


Sara Faulkner


Leslie Asma


Debra Roberts


Dave Stathos


Peter Voteary


Nicole Charest


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. 




Registration link

Monday, May 3

1:30-2:30 p.m.




7:00-8:00 p.m.



Tuesday, May 4

9:30-10:30 a.m.




7:00-8:00 p.m.



Wednesday, May 5

1:30-2:30 p.m.




1:30-2:30 p.m.



Thursday, May 6

9:30-10:30 a.m.




1:30-2:30 p.m.



Friday, May 7

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Early Learning



1:30-2:30 p.m.




1:30-2:30 p.m.




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:

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, 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

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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)

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


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

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 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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