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Updated May 2, 2016
Popcorn Day, Wednesday, May 11, 2016
posted May 2, 2016
We're having our next Popcorn Day on Wednesday, May 11, 2016! There will be three fabulous flavours: Plain (with salt), Cinnamon and Sugar, and Parmesan Cheese. Try one, or try them all! Popcorn will be sold during the two nutrition breaks, for $2 per bag. If you can help out on Tuesday or Wednesday with popping and/or selling, please add your name to the Volunteer Sign Up Form--thanks!
May School Council Meeting
posted May 2, 2016
Got questions for the principal and vice-principal? Interested in finding out more about WOM-a-palooza? Please come out to our May School Council Meeting, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the library (enter by the parking lot side doors). Everyone is welcome!
Staff Appreciation Lunch
posted April 18, 2016
To say thanks to all the incredible staff at WOM, a lunch will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. If you would like to make a contribution to the lunch, by way of a food item, drink, flowers, a monetary donation or some time, please fill in the online form or send in a paper copy to the office before May 9, 2016. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Just in Time for Mother's Day!
posted April 16, 2016
Unsure of what to buy Mom for Mother's Day? How about a day at the Spa, or some personal pampering items? Purchase gift cards for Mom this Mother's Day so she can pamper herself like she deserves!
A percentage of your gift card purchase comes back to WOM and will be used to enhance student learning. Don't delay, order your gift cards by April 30th!
Workshop on Managing Excessive Screen Time - April 13th
Are you concerned about how much time your child is spending in front of a screen?
Head to Roch Carrier elementary school in Bridlewood to learn about best practices and strategies for managing excessive screen time use by students. This one-hour workshop will be held in the Roch Carrier school library and is set to begin at 7pm. Everyone is welcome!
With Fundscrip, Shopping is Fundraising!!
posted March 23, 2016
With Fundscrip, Shopping is Fundraising!
How it works: Purchase gift cards, raise money for WOM
Use the gift cards instead of your debit or credit card. When you do, a percentage of the gift card purchase comes back to WOM and is used to enhance student learning for all students.
Purchase gift cards for upcoming birthdays at many stores including;
Toy's R' Us
Babies R' Us
Build a Bear
and many more
Set up an account and purchase between April 1 and April 30 and stock up on gift cards for upcoming birthdays.
Go to fundscrip.com
and click on Support a Group and enter WOM's invitation code UXVFW3
More information, as well as information on payment methods and shipping, is available at womschoolcouncil.com's Fundscrip page.
Toonie Tuesday Bake Sale
posted March 23, 2016
WOM's Toonie Tuesday Bake Sale raised over $1300! A huge thanks to bakers, teachers, staff and students for contributing to the bake sale. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
About Toonie Tuesday, from the Education Foundation of Ottawa: You can’t focus on schoolwork when the growl of your stomach is louder than the teacher’s voice. Without colouring pencils and paper, your homework goes unfinished. You’ll never be able to compete at the basketball regional tournament if you can’t get to the event. Children are falling behind in each and every day for reasons beyond their control. Without the basics, an education can seem impossible. For a child who lives in poverty in our city, $2 is the difference between nothing and something. It’s food on a plate or a notebook on a desk. It’s half the cost of a field trip to the museum: a price that seems low to most of us, but a barrier for so many in our community.
Minions Movie Night raised over $1000!
The Minions movie night on February 19th raised $1060!
Money raised will be used to assist and enhance student learning in the classroom.
Thank you to everyone who attended the evening, and thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make the evening a success!
Support the Toonie Tuesday campaign!
A reminder that the Toonie Tuesday campaign runs until March 9th. Any toonies or other monetary donation you can send in with your child to support this campaign would be appreciated!
100% of the funds raised will go to the Students in Crisis Emergency Fund to provide food, clothing, medical, and other emergency assistance to students in the Ottawa area.
Wonderful World of WOM Presents: Minions! The Movie!
Join us in the WOM 'theatre' (the gym) for dinner and a movie! Movie starts at 6:30pm and doors open at 5:30pm to allow time to eat and socialize. On the menu: pizza, popcorn, drinks and Minions' Bananas.
To reserve your seat, please complete the form available online and send it back to the school. A hard copy of the form was also sent home with your child (or the youngest child in your family). Reservation requests, along with payment, must be received at the school no later than February 16th.
Term 2 Lunch orders begin week of February 1
A reminder that the Term 2 Lunch program begins this week. If you have made changes to lunch orders for this term, please remind your child(ren).
Order by January 26 for Term 2 Domino's Pizza, Pita Pit and Booster Juice
Lunch orders for Term 2 are now being accepted until Tuesday, January 26, 2015. Orders cannot be accepted after January 26, so why not order now? Below is the link for Tuesday Domino's Pizza and Thursday Pita Pit and Booster Juice. Log in with your account from Term 1 or, if needed, create a new account, using access code WOMHL (upper case required). Term 2 orders will cover Tuesdays, February 2-June 28 and Thursdays, February 4-June 30.
To order from Lunch Lady, visit their site directly. Current Lunch Lady ordering covers Friday lunches until Friday, March 11, 2016.
If you have time to volunteer at lunch, please let us know your availability. Thank you!
Please contact our lunch coordinator at email@example.com if you have any questions.
School Council Volunteer Database
School Council is organizing a volunteer database. This is an effort to more effectively communicate events that need some community support! Volunteering is FUN and a great way to meet other parents and contribute to our wonderful school. A notice to those in the database will go out whenever the need for volunteers arises, and then the volunteer can choose whether they wish to participate based on their interest and availability.
If you are interested in joining the volunteer database, please email the volunteer coordinator: Amanda Taillon at firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject line Volunteer database) and indicate your availability, days, evenings, weekends, and your email or phone number for contact purposes.
Current volunteer needs:
Primary Games Club, Wednesdays 11:45 am -12:40 pm
Duties include: supervision and possible participation in playing board games. You can volunteer as much or as little as you like. Please contact email@example.com to volunteer.
Movie Night, Friday, February 19, 2016
￼If you wish to help out with our upcoming movie night, please contact our Movie ￼Night Coordinator, Amanda Taillon, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Break 2016-2017
January 25, 2016 is the last day to submit a preference for the 2016-2017 Winter break.
Kindergarten Registration, Cross boundary Transfers and Middle French Immersion Registration
Registration for Junior Kindergarten will take place Monday, January 25, 2016 until Friday, January 29, 2016. By registering this week, you assist the school's planning for the next school year. You can, however, register for kindergarten at any time.
The application period for a cross boundary transfer to another elementary school is from February 8 through February 19, 2016. Applications can be obtained from school office staff. Guidelines for the transfer process can be found on the OCDSB website and you may receive a hard copy here in the office.
￼￼The application period for Middle Immersion is from Tuesday, February 16 until Monday, February 22, 2016. Middle French Immersion in the OCDSB begins in grade 4. Grade 4-6 MFI students receive up to 80 per cent of their instruction in French. Generally, all subjects, with the exception of English Language Arts and Mathematics, are taught in French. In grade 7 and 8, the program is up to 70 percent French and 30 percent English instruction.
Students promoted to grade 4 who are not already in French Immersion are eligible for enrolment in the Middle French Immersion program. Bridlewood Community Elementary School offers the MFI program (serving South Kanata) at Bridlewood Community Elementary School, and invite interested students and parents to join them on Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in their school library, for an information meeting. If you, as a parent/guardian of a student in grade 3, wish to learn more about the Middle French Immersion program at Bridlewood Community Elementary School, please join them on February 18th or contact them at the school (613- 591-3683).
If you have a student in grade 3 in the English Program this may be of interest to you.
Registration forms can be obtained from any school office.
WOM is Fundraising with Fundscrip
With Fundscrip, Shopping is Fundraising!!
Pay with gift cards instead of cash and help support WOM students!
Shop for everyday items, such as groceries and gas, or stock up on gift cards for birthday's, holidays or even teacher appreciation. A percentage of the cards purchased is donated back to WOM and used to enhance learning throughout the school. With over 190 retailers to choose from, you'll have plenty of variety with FUNDSCRIP.
Lost and Found Items
If your child is missing a water bottle or a clothing item, there's a good chance it's in one of the two Lost and Found bins!
The JK/SK bin is located in the foyer at the entrance to the JK cubby area. The second bin is located between the library and gymnasium doors.
Each item is marked with a small piece of ribbon stapled to a tag. If a tag is not available, the ribbon is stapled in an inconspicuous location such as a seam. Hard items such as Tupperware and water bottles are marked with a piece of electrical tape.
Please check out the WOM School Council Facebook page for photos of the Lost and Found items in the two bins. Please note that photos of the two bins are uploaded separately in two Facebook posts.
Primary Games Club
Primary Games Club is back again this year! Every Wednesday at second recess, primary students can head into the library for games and crafts.
Primary Games Club is looking for donations of puzzles, games, Knex, Lego etc. If you have any of these items around your home that you would like to donate, please email email@example.com.
If you have time and would like to volunteer with Games Club, your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please email Krista!
Thanks to everyone for donating your old electronics and used clothing to the E-waste fundraiser on Saturday. There was a steady stream of people throughout the day and it was a great success! Thanks to our fantastic team of volunteers for braving the cold and supporting WOM.
December School Council Meeting
Our December meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the library. We'll have a discussion about new fundraising ideas. Everyone is welcome.
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'.
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.
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 — 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 Voilà 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
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
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
May 10 - School Council Meeting, library 7 pm
May 11 - Popcorn Day
May 18 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon
June 8 - Volunteer Appreciation Event
June 18 - WOM-a-Palooza (new twist on WOMFest) 10 am to 2 pm