Today we have been blessed with beautiful fall day and wonderful, smiling students who are full of energy – two great reminders of God’s presence in our lives.
Below are a few pieces of school news for you. Also included are two items pertaining to the tragic incident that occurred yesterday – a description of our procedures for keeping your children safe, and a few tips for supporting children through difficult times. Hopefully you will find this information helpful.
Many thanks for your continued support,
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS: Next Tuesday, students in Grades 1 to 6 will be bringing home their Progress Report Cards. Progress Reports provide a quick snapshot of how children have been progressing over the first 8 weeks of school. To give you a chance to discuss the progress report with your child’s teacher, parent-teacher interviews will be held on the evening of October 30th from 3:40 to 8:00. To set up an interview time, please call the school at 613-830-2454 and Mrs. Sanford will schedule interviews with your child’s teachers for you. If you would like to make alternate arrangements, please contact your child’s teachers directly.
KEEPING STUDENTS SAFE: Due to the incident that took place downtown earlier this week, our school was instructed by school board officials to implement our ‘Safe Schools’ protocol. When the Safe Schools protocol is implemented, students are not permitted in hallways, but regular activities continue in classrooms. The Safe Schools protocol is different from two other safety procedures that we use at school, the Lockdown and Shelter-in-Place protocols. Lockdowns are used when there is an imminent danger. During a lockdown, staff and students find safe places in which to hide until released by a police officer. During the Shelter-in-Place protocol, regular activities continue in the school, but students are not permitted to exit the building. Together these three protocols are used to help keep your children safe.
TIPS FOR HELPING CHILDREN THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME: Families and educators are instrumental in helping children and youth understand and cope with tragic events such as what happened in downtown Ottawa earlier this week. Dr. Elizabeth Paquette, the Chief Psychologist for our school board has written a letter that provides a few tips to help guide parents and educators support children at this time. Please click here to view the letter.
BOOK FAIR: Our annual book fair is a highlight of our school year for two reasons. First, it promotes in our students a love of reading. Second, the proceeds from the book fair provide funds to purchase new books for our Learning Commons. This year, our book fair was so successful that Mrs. Germain is able to purchase close to $2500 worth of new books. Many thanks to everyone who supported our book fair. Thanks also to Mrs. Germain and all the volunteers.