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Updated Aoril 16, 2014
From Mr. Smith:
“Write Ingredients,” is a blog featuring the poetry of students in EF5/6A and EF5A. The community- and character-related themes include being an upstander, belonging, bouncing back, character, community, diversity, fairness, family, friendship, and kindness.
The writing is brilliant. The poems are remarkably insightful and creative for this age group. As one parent wrote today, the students are "opening themselves up through their hopes, dreams, fears, imagination." There are also many poems by parents, siblings, and family friends in our school community. One parent contribution is in Mandarin.
If you have a few minutes, please visit our blog and comment on a few of the poems.
A fundraiser is being held for the H.E.L.P., Horses Equine Learning Program, in support of Military Service members and First Responders facing operational stress type injuries. A pizza night is being held at Domino's Pizza on Sunday, April 27th. Please see the flyer for more info about the fundraiser. More info about H.E.L.P. can be found at Tranquil Acres website.
Mabel's Labels Promo
Looking for labels for kids' stuff? Mabel's Labels has a promotion with their Limited Edition Camp Combo, running April 8-June 30, 2014. Here's their flyer. Other label sets are available throughout the school year at http://www.mitchell.mabelslabels.com
School Council Meeting, Tues. April 8
The next school council meeting will be held in the library on Tuesday, April 8th, at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome. Margaret Kellaway from the BCA will be our guest speaker and we'll have updates from the principal, vice-principal and the school council. Topics for discussion include plans for WOMFest, distribution of funds, fundraising for the next school year, and lunch options for next year. Here's the agenda.
Tell Them From Me Survey (TTFM)
All Ontario schools are required to complete a school climate survey at least once every two years. Students in grades 4-8 will complete a student survey. Parents of K-8 students are encouraged to complete a parent survey which will be accessible online. Please review this document for more details about the student survey and the parent survey.
Parents of students in grades 4-8 who do not want their child to complete the student survey must advise the school in writing by Monday, April 7th via this non-consent form. Once you've completed the form, please submit it to the school.
Busing Information for Students
For those parents with high-school students, here's a brief Q&A that you may find helpful.
Q: How will parents of high-school kids be notified of their bus schedule and when will that notification be made?
A: Affected schools will be notified in the Spring with a communication on the plan for their students. While the school routes will not be planned that early (Spring), the plan is to provide the parents with where and when the information will be available to them.
Q: Will elementary and high school kids be mixed on buses, or are the buses dedicated to certain ages/school type?
A: There are certain areas currently where elementary and high-school students are transported together. An example of this is Osgoode High School students with students from Metcalfe Public School. This arrangement has been working for years with success. That being said, in the Kanata area, the grade 7 and 8 students could be with grades 9 to 12, but not the lower grades at this time.
For more information regarding busing, please contact the School Board Trustee for Kanata.
Free seminar March 27 on Developing Self-Regulation in Children
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Sir Robert Borden High School, 131 Greenbank Road
Cost: Free (and no registration is required)
Hosted by: The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s Parent Involvement Committee with grant funding from the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Need dental care for your child and other members of your family?
Dental screenings and a variety of other free dental services are available for children, adults, and seniors through Ottawa Public Health. For more information, and to see if you and your family are eligible for the available services, please refer to the City of Ottawa website for more information.
Winter Carnival, Thursday, March 6th, 9 a.m. to noon
We're looking for help to run the hot chocolate station during the Winter Carnival.
Volunteers are needed to make and serve hot chocolate to the kids and then to clean up afterwards. Please let Louise Roy, firstname.lastname@example.org, know if you would be available, and at what time. We will need volunteers from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The 8:00 a.m. crew will make the initial hot chocolate. Kettles are needed as well, to make topping off the hot chocolate easier. Thank you in advance for your help!
Spring Cleaning Time
WOM families... start your cleaning.. Spring is around the corner and WOM's musical production will be ready for our viewing in May. The set construction is about to begin but WOM is looking for some donations of some supplies.
If you can contribute any of the below items, please let Mr. Hanna know by emailing him at email@example.com. If the items are still needed, we will ask that you drop them off in the foyer at the school, but please make sure you email him first.
These are the items requested:
Lumber: all pieces need to be four feet or longer, the longer the better – and straight. No bent or twisted pieces.
We are looking for about 18 2x4s as well as 1X2's, 2x2's, 1x6's and 1x8's.
Latex primer, the darker the better
Latex top-coat, black, flat or satin
If you can help out, it would be much appreciated.
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
Voilà 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
Ottawa Public Health Newsletters
Our Public Health Nurse has shared some newsletters with us, one on body image and the other on a new series of videos released by Ottawa Public Health called “Have that Talk”. This video series was developed for parents to give them more information about mental health and to “Have that Talk” with their children!
Toonie Tuesday Kick Off Assembly
Please join us on Friday, February 14th, 1 pm in the gym, for the kick off assembly for this year's Toonie Tuesday fundraiser for the Education Foundation. Guest speakers will be Rabbi Bulka, founder of the City of Ottawa Kindness Week, and Chris McGarvey, Education Foundation Director.
Before and After School Daycare
Interested in finding out more about the before and After School Daycare at WOM? Come join the tour set for Wednesday, February 12th, at 4:30 p.m. No need to register--just show up!
January Minutes and February Agenda
Please join us for the next school council meeting, Tuesday, February 11, at 7 p.m. in the library. Included on the agenda will be guest speaker, Mark Harris, principal of A.Y. Jackson S.S.
Minutes from the January meeting are now available.
(How To) Talk to Your Kids About Sex Information Session
Toonie Tueday Bake Sale
We're looking for bakers for the upcoming Toonie Tuesday bake sale. Our school has been the largest fundraiser for the past two years for the Education Foundation. We want to repeat our success this year, and one of the ways we're trying to do that is by having a bake sale. The date will be near the end of February, but will be confirmed. We would love as many of you as possible to participate, so that we can raise as much money as last year through our bake sale. We need individual items, such as, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, Rice Krispie squares, etc. as well as whole cakes to auction off through the purchase of tickets.
The Education Foundation serves families who can't afford food, clothing, prescription medication, transportation to medical appointments, field trips, etc. Many schools in our own neighborhood are benefiting from the proceeds that are raised for the Education Foundation. Through the funds that the Toonie Tuesday events collect, we are making a difference in the lives of friends, neighbours, and young citizens throughout the city, that we've yet to meet.
We have chosen the theme Kindness for this year's Toonie Tuesdays events. We will be encouraging kids in our school, to perform acts of kindness, towards their classmates, WOM staff, their families, neighbours, etc. to promote even greater kindness and compassion within our WOM and Bridlewood community.
Please help our bake sale to be a success! Please contact Louise Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help us out! Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Bridlewood Spring Sports
Registration will be starting soon for Bridlewood Spring Sports.
For more information, please see the info from Bridlewood Community Association Spring Sports.
Legion Contest Results!
We are very pleased to announce that four intermediate WOM Students were awarded prizes in the recent Royal Canadian Annual Remembrance Day Poster and Literary Contest! Please click here for all the details.
Volunteers needed for set construction for this year's musical
W.O. Mitchell will be presenting the musical Annie in May!
Four parent volunteers are needed to help with construction of the set beginning in February. Construction of the set can either be done at the school or at your home.
If you can assist, please email the School Council Chair as soon as possible.
Thank you for your consideration in being part of this year's school musical!
Snowhawks Ski & Snowboard Starts February 3, 2014
The snow is back for another season, and so is the Snowhawks Ski & Snowboard program for W.O. Mitchell students in grades 5 through 8.
The first outing is Monday, February 3, 2014,and the program then continues on Feb 10, Feb 24 and March 3 (with no trip on Feb 17 Family Day Holiday). Two trips each to Vorlage and Mt Cascades will provide plenty of variety.
Participants are welcome to register for lift tickets and motor coach travel only, or may add on lessons and/or equipment rental as desired. Coaches will leave the school at dismissal, and return to school at 9:00 PM. Deadline for registration is January 13. Info-sheets will be handed out to students in the classrooms in the coming weeks, and registration is now open online. If for any reason you have not received an info-sheet, there will be spare copies at the school office very soon, or you can contact Snowhawks for an e-version, at Ottawa@Snowhawks.com
Paying Tribute to Nelson Mandela
CTV News covered WOM students' paying tribute to Nelson Mandela on Friday, December 6th.
Minutes from the November 12, 2013 school council meeting are now available. It includes the Principal's report, covering Student Improvement Plants for the school year in the area of math, and processes introduced by the Treasurer for school council's money handling.
Craft Fair Success
From our school council chair, Liz:
The Craft Fair and Silent Auction was held Saturday, November 23rd and what a great event it was! It even snowed for a while at the North Pole Bakery :) It was a fantastic day and I hope you were able to make it out to the Fair!!
Thank you to all our community crafters who played a very vital role in the fair. We are so fortunate to have such creative people in our community willing to share their wares with us. Thank you to them for taking part in WOM's craft fair.
This year, thanks to all the combined efforts of our WOM families and community, the event rose over $4600. WAY TO GO!!!
WOM Scholastic Library Book Fair
A very successful Scholastic Book Fair was held November 13th-15th. A big thanks to the community for their support, the volunteers for their help, and the librarian for her organization of the fair. The books that were sold totaled $6474.00! Our librarian was able to keep $745 worth of books from the fair and has another $1434 to spend, which will go towards purchasing new resources in english and french for the library.
Canadian Legion Literary, Poster and Video Contest 2013
REMEMBRANCE DAY is coming up on November 11th. In honour of this very important day, WOM School Council wishes to inform WOM students of the literary and poster contest sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion. This year, there is also a video contest!
Students in Grades 4 to 8 can participate in the literary contest, and every WOM student can participate in the poster contest. Students in Grades 7 and 8 can participate in the video contest.
The deadline for literary and poster submissions is November 21. Students are asked to bring their entry to the WOM foyer between 7:45 and 8:00am on this day. Please remind students they must have a completed registration form to accompany each entry and to see the attached pamphlet for more details. They can also bring their entry to the office anytime before the due date. The deadline for video submissions is December 31, 2013.
Please take this opportunity to encourage your children to express their creativity and represent their school in remembrance of those who sacrificed so much for our freedom.
More information can also be found The Royal Canadian Legion website at http://www.legion.ca/youth/contests/ .
Aviva Community Funding for OCDSB schools
Several schools in the OCDSB are vying for Avivia Community funding to help with school projects such as upgrading kindergarten playgrounds. If you'd like to show your support for one of these projects, voting for the next round runs November 11th-25th.
QSP Magazine Fundraiser
It's not too late to submit magazine orders at www.qsp.ca, with WOM's code 10801.
Meeting minutes and agenda
And News from the Day of Play
From CBC's Ottawa Morning: If you think cardboard is boring, listen up.
And CTV's Eric Longley was at the Day of Play Friday afternoon, too!
More news on the Cardboard Challenge
And there is also news covering Darcy's efforts in continuing to make another child's wish a reality.
Cardboard Challenge in the News
The school's Cardboard Challenge is in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board's news!
2013-2014 School Council Members
The 2013-2014 School Council was elected at the September 17th meeting. We are still looking for a Lunch Coordinator. Please contact Liz Desjardins, email@example.com if you're able to help us out.
WOM's Cardboard Challenge
Have you kids been digging through the paper recycle? Please see the flyer about WOM's Cardboard Challenge, taking place September 9th-October 3rd, with a Day of Play on Friday, October 4, 2013!
And here's the website set up for WOM's Card Boardboard Challenge Event:
Mabel's Labels Are Back
Order Mabel's Labels anytime. Our promotional campaign begins on May 1st and runs through to October 31st. However, you can order anytime you need labels. Visit Mabel’s Labels for all your labelling needs at www.mitchell.mabelslabels.com Thank you for your support.
QSP Magazine promotional Fundraiser returning next Fall
Order or renew with QSP anytime! Our very popular promotional QSP magazine fundraiser will be returning next fall! Renew your favourite magazines or order new ones while helping to enhance student achievement at WOM.
Don’t want to wait till next fall… you are able to order online anytime by visiting qsp.ca, clicking Shop and entering WOM code 10801. Promotional information will be sent home at the beginning of the next school year!
Bridlewood Home Hardware and WOM have teamed up
Here's how it works: When you shop at Bridlewood Home Hardware, please let them know you are from WOM. When you do HH will give 3% of your total pretax purchase back to WOM School Council and that will go towards enhancing student achievement.
It's win win!
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 update
School Council Updates
Your school council is now paperless. If you would like to keep up to date with school council happenings and events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Stay informed while helping us go green. Don't forget to mention your kids attend WOM whenever you shop at Bridlewood's Home Hardware. They in turn make donations back to WOM, 3% of your pretax purchase.
April 14, 15 - Grade 8 Grad pictures
April 18 - Good Friday-no school
April 21 - Easter Monday-no school
April 24 - Kindergarten Welcome Meeting, 6:00 pm
April 30 - May 3- School production of "Annie"
May 19 - Victoria Day-no school
May 21 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon