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Resources, Information and Looking Ahead
Dear OCDSB Families: As we kick-off a new week, I wanted to touch base and let you know about our progress to date. As you can appreciate, developing a plan to support learning for 75,000 students while schools are closed, is a challenging task. There are still many questions about next steps and we anticipate further direction from the Ministry of Education, but there is lots to report on.
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Education Foundation of Ottawa
The Education Foundation of Ottawa is the independent charitable arm of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and exists to reduce economic barriers to successful learning by leveling the playing field for all students regardless of personal or socioeconomic circumstances.
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ONFE School Breakfast Program
The Ottawa Network for Education mobilizes its School Breakfast Program to serve families in need during COVID-19 school closures
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Ottawa Pubic Library- March 30, 2020
The Ottawa Pubic Library have set up a curated page for kids
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Free Textbooks from Pearson Canada- March 29, 2020
Bulldogs! I hope you saw the good news from Pearson Canada. Free textbooks!!! This should make learning from home a little more manageable
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Message to Students - March 27, 2020
This week, educators, principals and vice-principals are reaching out to students and parents to check-in and see how you are doing. Different teachers will reach out in different ways - watch your @ocdsb email, your classroom website or social media for your class or school. You can also reach out to your teacher by email.
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BCPS Community Bulletin-Mar 24/2020
Dear Parents/Guardians, Ms. Lad & I attended 2 online meetings yesterday and would now like to pass the pertinent info along… First off… How are you doing? We are thinking of you and your children. We are concerned for your wellbeing. We are here to provide any support you need. If you have questions or concerns please contact us. If you or someone you know are struggling please contact us. and/or
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Important Message Home
I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to let you know our thinking for the next three weeks and first week back. These are the issues on our mind at the moment- Health & Safety, Learning and Wellbeing.
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C59-White Bus and C70-Yellow Bus Changes
Your Campeau bus route number is changing Due to changes in the transportation market, First Student is taking over Campeau Bus Lines routes as of Monday, March 23, 2020. Routes that used to start with “C”, will start with the letter “E”. The number will remain the same. Stop times and locations will remain the same. First Student’s logo will be visible on the side of the bus by the end of April. If you have signed up for bus delay notifications on the Parent Web Portal, there is no need to change anything. All the route information will be automatically updated through our system.
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Your Bus Route Number is Changing
As of March 9, 2020, your route number will be changing. Please see the table below for your new route number. You will also see a new company logo on the side of the bus. If you have signed up for bus delay notifications on the Parent Web Portal, there is no need to change anything.
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Free Access to French Online Homework Help and Practice
Get free access to Voilà Live’s Virtual Immersion Campus. Every evening, from Monday to Thursday, OCDSB students have access to live teachers online to practice their French and get homework help in French, English and Math.
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Immunization information
Ottawa Public Health requires proof that your child has received proper immunization. Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, students attending school in Ontario are required to be vaccinated against nine (9) diseases or have a valid exemption. Parents are required to report all immunizations done at the doctor's office to OPH. Under this Act, OPH has the authority to suspend students for whom OPH does not have a record of immunization from attending school. Parents/guardians are responsible for updating Ottawa Public Health every time their child receives an immunization from their doctor.
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MFI Registration Feb. 10th to 18th, 2020
As a parent of a Grade 3 student, you have the option of having your child remain in the English program in Grade 4, or move into the Middle French Immersion program for September 2020. Although registrations will be accepted beyond this date, your early identification of interest in the program is extremely important to assist us in proper planning and staffing for September.
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Kindergarten Registration– January 20-27, 2020
If your child turns four by December 31, 2020, they are eligible to start Kindergarten in September this year. Our schools offer a Full-Day, 50/50 Bilingual Kindergarten experience that provides a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment for all children. Our Official Kindergarten Registration Week runs from January 20 to January 27, 2020. Kindergarten Information Nights Join us at one of our Information Nights and find out more about our Kindergarten Program and getting your child ready for Kindergarten .
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Fifth Disease (Parvovirus B19) Jan. 8, 2020
We have been informed that there is a case of Fifth Disease (Parvovirus B19) present in the school. Fifth Disease usually affects children and, for most people, can be viewed as an unimportant rash illness. Children with sickle cell or other forms of chronic anemia and pregnant women should consult with the health care provider. The symptoms of Fifth Disease include: mild fever and distinctive facial rash (giving them a “slapped cheek” appearance), or a red lace-like rash on the rest of the body. Some people may have severe reactions while others may only demonstrate mild signs of illness.
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Skating 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians: Thanks to the fantastic efforts of our parent volunteers, we will have a skating rink in the schoolyard. Students will use the rink as part of their physical education program to promote aerobic fitness and to develop skating skills. The rink is open to students during scheduled blocks of time. You will be notified of the class skating times by your child’s teacher. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school at 613-828-3100. It is strongly recommended that students bring their skates to school in a sturdy bag which is well labeled with your child’s name. To ensure that the student’s are able to skate as soon as the rink is ready, please send in the forms by Friday December 20th, 2019 Important: All skate blades must be covered by skate guards. All skaters MUST have an OCDSB Extra-Curricular Sport Consent & Physical Health Information Form filled out. The Parent and Student consent form requires the signatures of both Parent and Student. All forms must be received by the school in order to participate in our Skating Activity. There are inherent dangers in skating and we advise students to take the following precautions: All skaters MUST wear a CSA approved hockey helmet when on the ice. If the child is able to bring their own helmet, please ensure that it is labeled with your child’s name in permanent marker. All students MUST wear mitts or gloves. Sincerely, Dave Petrie Proud Principal Bells Corners Public School
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Pizza Days Winter 2020
Cheese pizza slices delivered at lunch!
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ECO Team at BCPS
This year the eco team is focusing on reducing plastic spoons throughout the classrooms, because they are bad for our environment. Research tells us that it can take up to 1000 years for a single plastic spoon to decompose. So after november 14th there will be no more plastic spoons in the classroom. So don't forget to bring your own spoons. Our school will be doing litterless lunches starting Friday, November 22nd. Litterless lunches are when all of the packaged foods in our lunches do not get thrown out at school but travel home with students. Recycling will continue as usual. Please check back soon for some tips on how to reduce the amount of garbage in your lunch bag.
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Be Winter Ready - Ottawa Public Health
Please check our online resources on how to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. Ottawa Public Health will send out cold weather alerts at the following thresholds: • Frostbite advisories will go out when the wind-chill is forecast to be -25C or colder, and • Frostbite warnings will be sent out when the wind-chill is forecast to be -35C or colder. We encourage you to download the WeatherCAN app for your mobile devices to get weather advisories of all kinds directly from Environment and Climate Change Canada.
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BCPS School Council
Council meetings will be on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the library.
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