Welcome to the WOM School Council!
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Updated November 17, 2015
Holiday Wreaths and Poinsettias
Brighten up your home this holiday season and help support our schoolâ€™s programs by purchasing a locally sourced holiday wreath or poinsettia. Order forms are being sent home, or print and fill out the form. Please return the order form and the money/cheque to the school by TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015.
Thanks for supporting student learning at WOM!
Coming soon, weâ€™ll be offering three flavours of popcorn: Plain (with salt), Cinnamon and Sugar and Parmesan Cheese! We'll be popping on November 24 in the school canteen and selling on November 25 during both Nutritional Breaks. Each flavour is $2 per bag and can be purchased on November 25 from our amazing volunteers.
November School Council Meeting
Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the library. We'll have reports from the principal, vice-principal, school council chair, and other members. There will also be a discussions about WOM Fest and new fundraising ideas. Everyone is welcome.
Do you have any OLD ELECTRONICS or CLOTHING DONATIONS youâ€™d like out of the house?
Bring them to our FUNDRAISER to support WOM activities!
Saturday, November 28th, 9am â€“ 3pm
at the WOM Kiss & Ride
We will be collecting E-Waste (full list of accepted items) and Clothing Donations to help raise money for WOM.
Thanks to our partners, the Ontario Environmental Stewardship Program (OEP) and the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy (OFCP) for their support.
See you there!
Please direct any questions/inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
WOM's E-Waste Event!
Do you have old electronics you'd like to clear out of your home? Bring them to WOM's E-Waste event Saturday, November 28 from 9am-3pm.
The more weight collected in electronics, the more money raised for WOM! Last year's E-Waste event collected over 6 tonnes of electronic waste and raised over $1,100 for the school. Let's beat that amount this year!
OCDSB School Council Newsletter
Every week, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board provides an online Newsletter with information at the community, school board, and individual school level. It's a great resource for parents with children within the public school system.
A link to the newsletter can always be found on this page in the bottom left-hand corner under 'Links'.
WOM School Council Meeting - October 14
Please join us for the next school council meeting on Tuesday, October 14 at 7pm in the library. Please find a link to the agenda here. You don't have to be a council member to attend! We look forward to seeing you!
Labour Relations Update
An update on Labour Relations can be found on the School Board website. New sanctions went into affect yesterday and pertain to school support staff.
Proposed School Board changes to French Language Instruction
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is proposing changes to French language instruction for Kindergarten and Primary Early French Immersion for the 2016-2017 school year. Information about the proposed changes can be found on the School Board's website.
Three public consultation meetings will take place to discuss the proposal. One of these meetings will be held here at W.O. Mitchell on October 8 at 7 p.m.
The School Board is asking for input on the proposed changes from both parents and staff. If you'd like to share your thoughts as a parent, please complete the School Board's online survey.
Fall Craft Fair
Unfortunately, our Fall Craft Fair will not be running this year, 2015. We hope to plan another event for this fall. Thank you for your past support.
OCDSB Labour Relations Update
An update on labour relations was posted on the OCDSB website on September 29, 2015.
OCDSB Speaker Series
From the OCDSB: The OCDSB Speaker Series offers free presentations to the community and seeks to provide parents and educators with access to leading ideas in education that will allow us to work collaboratively to better support student learning.
Coming up on September 30, Understanding Mental Health - Panel with CHEO and The Royal Mental Health Centre, and October 29 Understanding Concussions â€” Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms - Dr. Michael Vassilyadi.
OCDSB School Council Newsletter
The school board sends a weekly newsletter, with news to share with school councils across the city. We keep a link for it in the "Links" section in the bottom left corner of this page and you can also subscribe to receive the newsletter. This newsletter will help keep you up-to-date on news and events at other schools in the Board and at the Board level.
The library also needs volunteers to help with book shelving on Tuesdays, at 12:30 pm for an hour or two, depending on the amount of books and volunteers. If you can help, please drop by the library, on Tuesdays or email email@example.com. Thanks!
Lunch Program Volunteers
We're looking for volunteers to help with the distribution of our lunch programs: pizza on Tuesdays, wraps and smoothies on Thursdays, and a few WOW WOM Wednesdays. If you're able to lend a hand for a shift or two, please let us know your availability by either:
We hope to get volunteers organized by September 23, 2015 to get ready for the first pizza delivery, September 29, 2015. Thanks for your help with our lunch program!
Year End School Council Report
Last year, the school council helped to raise over $20,000 in support of resources for the WOM teaching teams, literacy, technology advancements, teacher appreciation luncheon, Grade 8 graduation, WOMFest, and Crystal Bay school. Thank you to the school council members for generously giving their time to be part of the school council team. Thank you to all the parents, students, WOM staff, and the community for their support in our fundraising. Please see the year end report for more details.
Our lunch program for the school year has some exciting changes: healthier options, vegetarian options, gluten and dairy free options as well as Kernels Popcorn days and four Spirit Day themed lunches that will be offered by Lunch Lady. Pita Pit will also be a new lunch choice this year. Orders for Term 1 will be accepted until September 24, 2015 and payments must be received by September 24, 2015. Please see our Lunch Programs page for more details.
September School Council Meeting
E-Waste fundraiser needs your assistance...
WOM School Council would love to continue our E-waste fundraiser on a Saturday in the month of October. Date TBD.
We are looking for a volunteer or two interested in organizing the event. Please consider helping us keep our school, neighbourhood and community clean. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Parent Guide to Mathematics
Doing Mathematics with your Child is a publication from the Ontario government filled with ideas on how parents can supplement their child's math learning at home (developed for children in kindergarten to grade 6).
Free Online Homework Help!
French - The OCDSB has partnered with VoilÃ Learning and dozens of French teachers to provide free online French homework to students registered in a French program. Students will need access at home to a computer and internet connection. Learn more about the program at their website and to register.
Math - The OCDSB, the Independent Learning Centre, and the Ontario Ministry of Education are pleased to partner together to bring Math Homework Help to students. Live online math assistance is available to students taking grades 7, 8, 9, and 10 math in this school year. More details and registration information can be found here.
Ongoing Fundraising with Home Hardware
Please mention your students attend WOM anytime you shop at our local Home Hardware. A percentage will be donated back to the school. Thanks for all your support!
French as a Second Language Websites
In support of our students in French Immersion, Core French and Extended French, the following two websites are being shared with parents/guardians/ students in support of FSL.
FSL Homework Toolbox/ Trousse pour devoirs
This is an FSL resource for parents and students in Ontario created by the Rainbow District School Board in partnership with the Ministry of Education. This resource includes a number of supports including:
audio files in English and French
video clips demonstrating instructional strategies
reference guide for specific topics
list of French language learning websites
general tips for learning French
VoilÃ Learning Homework Help-Online Homework Help In French
This is an online homework help support in French K-12 created in conjunction with the Ministry of Education. Ontario certified teachers are available to provide online support from 4-8 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for OCDSB students. Parents/Guardians/Students access the support by calling the toll-free number: 1 (866) 900 0658.
The OCDSB has purchased a license to pilot the use of the online homework help program for the remainder of the school year.
Note: Although these sites target French Immersion, the content of the sites would also be supportive for Core French and Extended French.
To provide feedback regarding these two sites, please complete the following online form
OCDSB Weekly Updates
The Ottawa Carleton District School Board provides a weekly update to School Councils, generally updated every Friday.
Please check the School Council Information and Updates webpage
for the most up-to-date and detailed information. The updates are
broken down into categories and tabs, including General Information and
Upcoming Events. Alternatively, see the Expand All tab for the entire
November 19-20 Parent/Teacher Interviews
November 20 - PD Day (no school)
November 24 - Lockdown Practice 9:00 am
November 24 - Wreath and Poinsettia Order Forms due
November 25 - Popcorn Day
November 28 - WOM's E-Waste Event, 9am-3pm
December 8 - Fire Safety (Kinders & Gr. 1)
December 9 - Tumble Day - Friday Timetable
December 11 - Spirit Assembly 1:00 pm in gym
December 11 - Progress Report Cards go home
December 18 - Last day of class before holidays