Monday Morning Minutes November 30th, 2020

Monday Morning Minutes November 30th, 2020
Posted on 11/30/2020

Dear ALC Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Message.  

Daily COVID Student Assessment

Parents and guardians are to complete the Ottawa Public Health (OPH) COVID self-assessment for every student before leaving home each day. 
https://secureforms.ottawapublichealth.ca/School-Health-Sante-scolaire/COVID-19-Screening-Tool-for-Students

Please fill in the following form before sending kids back after any illness or 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.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep our staff and students safe and healthy.

Switching Between In-person and OCV Learning

Some families have asked about switching between in-person learning and OCV during the 2020-21 school year. Over the past few months, the OCDSB has been able to transfer over 2000 students. In order to bring stability to the system, and to allow schools to work with students and their families to make plans for the remainder of the year, movement between in-person learning and OCV will only be done on a limited case-by-case basis, where circumstances permit.

Students, parents and guardians should assume that their child will continue to learn for the balance of the 2020-21 school year in the program in which they are currently enrolled. While this may be of concern to some parents, a large number of transfers would result in changes to class sizes, teaching assignments, cohorts and course offerings. The goal is to minimize impacts on students and staff, and to provide the stability that will help students successfully complete their school year.   

We understand that family realities can change and we will work to support students and families with exceptional circumstances, such as critical illness, in the best way possible. ALC families in these situations who are seeking a transfer should contact Ms Rainer. Any individual transfers will be considered based on space, staffing, course schedules and program requirements.

ALC Scholastic Bookfair

A Lorne Cassidy’s VIRTUAL Scholastic Book Fair is here! The virtual bookfair will run from today, Monday, November 30th to Monday, December 7. Shop from the comfort of your own home, at a time convenient for you. Visit  ALC's Scholastic Book Fair and from November 30 to December 7 inclusive you will have an opportunity to place an order.  

Scholastic will be offering free standard shipping on purchases over $35 and orders will be delivered by UPS right to your home within a week.

In addition, all purchases made through the book fair link below will help provide new resources for our school library.

A.L.C. Virtual Book Fair

A sneak peek of some of the available books can be found at

http://scholastic.ca/book fairs/featuredbooks 

or check out the Junior Book Fair Flyer and the Intermediate Book Flyer 

FREE SHIPPING on Family night! 

Family Night is Wednesday, December 2 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM local time – FREE shipping on all orders placed during this time. 

Thank you for supporting our Library!

New 2-Step Whistle System for School Crossing Guards

The Ottawa Safety Council (OSC) is rolling out a new 2-step whistle system at all crossing guard locations across Ottawa. Guards will be equipped with FOX-40 electronic whistles and will use these to communicate with pedestrians and drivers with the click of a button. “The guards primary form of communication with their pedestrians is verbal. They use facial expressions and eye contact to communicate with drivers. Having their voice muffled by a face mask and half of their face covered can be a barrier to clear communication while they are on their shifts,” explains Program Manager, Kelly Banks. “The whistle is an extra measure to ensure that everyone passing through the crossing guard’s intersection is alerted to their important presence there.” The 2-step whistle system will work as follows: 

1) The crossing guard determines it is safe to enter the crosswalk and will blow one long whistle blast to alert drivers they are stepping out. 

2) Once positioned safely in the intersection, the crossing guard will blow two short whistle blasts to indicate to pedestrians it is safe to proceed. 

3) If motorists attempt to illegally proceed through the crosswalk while the crossing guard and pedestrians are still crossing, the guard may blow another long whistle blast to get the driver's attention to stop and wait. 

Drivers may proceed through the crosswalk once all pedestrians and the crossing guard are safely on the curb. The whistles will be rolled out across the City of Ottawa over the next several weeks, with priority going to intersections with higher volumes of traffic

Important Dates and Upcoming Events:

Friday, Dec 4:  MADD Canada Presentation for Intermediate Students

Monday, Dec 14- Friday, Dec 18:  December ALC Spirit Week (details to follow soon)

Friday, Dec 18:  Last day of school before the winter break

Monday, Jan 4: First day of school after the winter break

 

Kind regards,

Elizabeth Rainer and Sandra Hutt

ALC Principal and Vice Principal


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