Tuesday Morning Minutes February 16th, 2021

Tuesday Morning Minutes February 16th, 2021
Posted on 02/16/2021

Dear ALC Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to this week’s Tuesday Morning message. We hope you enjoyed the cold but sunny Family Day 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.  https://secureforms.ottawapublichealth.ca/School-Health-Sante-scolaire/COVID-19-Screening-Tool-for-Students

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.

Please fill in the following ATTESTATION form if your child has been home ill or sent home ill and please communicate as much information to the office as possible.  We appreciate your support.

Term 1 Report Cards

Due to glitches with the Report Card Portal, elementary report cards will now be available on the Report Card Portal at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February, 18th. The Term 1 report card reflects your child's achievement of curriculum expectations introduced and developed from September to the end of January, as well as your child’s development of the learning skills and work habits during this period. This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment as required by the provincial public health guidelines. The pandemic may have resulted in the need for possible adaptations to teaching and assessment practices.  Please note that as per Ministry direction, one overall grade is now given for Math, rather than the previous grades per strand. While there are no formal upcoming dates set aside for parent-teacher conferences, please contact your child’s educators if you have any questions. To know more about accessing your child’s report card visit the OCDSB Report Card Portal webpage

Drop off, Pick up and Parking in the Neighbourhood

A gentle reminder to all ALC families to please respect the No Stopping signs in the neighbourhood. With the changes to school drop off due to COVID, the streets around the school are very busy before and after school with people dropping off, stopping near the school and sometimes blocking pathways.  The No Stopping signs apply Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM and Bylaw has been known to appear at drop off and pick up times to ticket vehicles that are not respecting the signage. Of special note, the path off Belton Avenue is located at a blind corner and the area is often congested with cars parked in no parking areas. We would ask that you double-check the signage before you park and thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep all of our ALC students safe.

5 Great Reasons for a Career in the Trades: An Evening with Parents and Students

Is your child exploring future pathways or considering a career in the trades? The OCDSB will be hosting a virtual event for grade 8-12 students and their parents/guardians, offering insight into the exciting field of skilled trades. Watch the livestream on YouTube!

Date: February 25, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Livestream Link: https://youtu.be/0uI_Zdv6rdM

Questionnaire: If you have questions, fill out our questionnaire before or during the event.

In this dynamic presentation, Job Talks Executive Director Dr. Jon Callegher will share with parents his latest research on the emotional and experiential challenges facing young people today. He will also reveal five data-driven reasons for why working in the skilled trades, especially in a post-COVID-19 world, is an ideal career option. Participants will be able to ask questions that will be answered by OCDSB staff and the speaker. 

For more information about this event, please contact Greg Hicks, Trades and Technology. To learn more about the field of trades and technology, visit the Ontario Council for Technology Education’s Take Tech webpage.

Black History Assembly

Thank you to the MFI5/6 class and Mme Evans who will be hosting a virtual assembly on Friday, February 19th in celebration of Black History Month. 

Toonie Tuesday - February 23rd

On Tuesday, February 23rd, the Education Foundation of Ottawa (EFO) will be hosting their annual Toonie Tuesday event to raise critical funds for OCDSB families in need. The Education Foundation of Ottawa is an independent charity in support of OCDSB students.. Please donate if you can through  the Foundation’s website.

Feb 24th is Kindness Day at ALC

Wednesday, February 24th is Pink Shirt Day.  This year for Pink Day, we are focusing on random acts of kindness. All ALC staff and students are encouraged to wear pink on February 24th, and to take a moment and do something kind for someone else, each and every day.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events:

Weds, Feb 17 - Monday schedule

Thurs, Feb 18 - Term 1 reports available to parents on the portal

Fri, Feb 19 -  Black History Virtual Assembly

Weds, Feb 24 - Pink Shirt Kindness Day

Thurs, March 11 - Term 2 IEPs sent home

Sun, March 14 - Daylight Savings Time starts

Fri, April 2 - Food Friday, no school

Mon, April 5 - Easter Monday, no school

April 12-16 - Rescheduled March break


Kind regards,

Elizabeth Rainer and Sandra Hutt

ALC Principal and Vice Principal

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