A Message from the Principal

1708 GREY NUNS DRIVE
GLOUCESTER, ONTARIO
K1C 1C1
PHONE: 613-824-8177
Convent Glen E.S.
Elementary School
“The small school with the BIG heart”
FAX: 613-824-1714
April 2014
Volume 8, Issue 1
Principal:
Mrs. Mari Murray
A Message from the Principal
Office Administrator:
Ms. Debbie Marsland
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,
Happy Spring to everyone…let’s hope
that spring-like weather is upon us
soon!
Office Assistant:
Ms. Susan Webb
Chief Custodian:
Ms. Arlene Samaroo
Heureux printemps a tout le
monde…espérons que le printemps
arrivera bientôt !
Supervisory Officer:
Mr. Neil Yorke-Slader
I hope everyone enjoyed a fun and
restful March break! We are now
well into our second term and our
students continue to demonstrate
their best efforts in their academic
work. We are proud of all their
accomplishments!
Trustee:
Mr. John Shea
School Council Chair:
Ms. Paula Cudmore
Inside this issue:
Monthly Bucket
Fillers
2
School
Happenings
2/3
School Council
3
School Improve3
ment Plan for Student Achievement
Ottawa Public
Health
4
French Online
Homework Help
4
School Calendar
5
We’re on the web:
www.conventglenes.
ocdsb.ca/
Although the official registration
periods for kindergarten and middle
French immersion have concluded,
parents can still enroll their child in
either program at any time. Please
share this information with your
friends and neighbours. They are
welcome to contact the office for
more information. We would be
happy to help them with the registration process!
We are already very busy planning for the next school year. As
of September 2014, our school
will be following a balanced day
timetable. Instead of having 2
recess breaks and a lunch, students will enjoy two longer nutrition breaks. We will be going
outside for outdoor play and
then coming inside to eat during
both breaks. This model significantly increases instructional
time in the classroom, which has
a positive impact on student
learning. Here is the new daily
schedule:
8:00—10:00am:
Block
Instructional
10:00-10:30am: Outdoor Play
10:30-10:50am: Nutrition Break
10:50-12:50pm:
Block
Instructional
12:50-1:10pm: Outdoor Play
1:10-1:30pm: Nutrition Break
1:30-2:30pm: Instructional Block
If you have any questions about
the balanced school day, please
do not hesitate to contact me.
We continue to encourage all
parents/guardians to take an
active role in your child’s education. Children are most successful when we all work together
in partnership to support and
encourage their overall success
and achievement.
Our teachers and support staff
continue to ensure that all students are engaged in rich and
varied educational experiences
within a supportive learning
community.
Thank you for your ongoing
support!
Merci pour votre soutien continu!
Sincerely,
Mari Murray
*Important—Tell Them From Me (TTFM) PARENT Survey
It is very important that we hear from you, our parents and guardians, about our school climate. I am
asking you to please take a few minutes to complete the on-line parent survey. The survey is completely
anonymous, voluntary, confidential, and should only take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.
If you have more than one child at the school, you may complete the survey once per child.
The parent survey is now open and will remain open until Friday, April 11th. Here are the instructions
for completing the parent survey:
Visit www.tellthemfromme.com
Use the following school login codes:
Username: CGES10776
Password: parent
Click GO to start the survey
We appreciate your time and greatly value your opinions regarding how we can continue to create a positive and accepting school environment for you and your child. If you have any specific questions about the
survey, please do not hesitate to contact the school. Thank you!
Please note that only students in grades 4 and 5 will complete the student survey at school.
Volume 8, Issue 1
Seek to do good, and
you will find that happiness will run after you.
~ James Freeman Clarke
EXTENDED DAY
PROGRAM
For the 2014-2015 school
year, the OCDSB will be
offering the extended day
program for all students
from JK to grade 5 at Convent Glen.
Before and after school
care will be provided at the
school by an Early Childhood Educator.
Before school care will
begin at 7:00am and after
school care will end at
6:00pm.
Parents/guardians can opt
for only before OR after
school care. There is also
flexibility with respect to
part-time care (i.e., two or
three days per week only).
The rates are as follows:

$20.00 daily rate

$4.50 morning only

$15.50 after school
only
If you are interested in the
extended day program for
your child, it is essential
that you contact the
office to let us know.
We will send you a registration form to complete.
This will enable us to plan
accordingly for September.
Convent Glen E.S.
Monthly Bucket Fillers
CONGRATULATIONS to our
bucket fillers!
January Bucket Fillers:
JANUARY
* SK - Isaac Barton
* Grade 2 - Ava Naugler
* Grade 3 - Hafez El Jawhari
* Grade 4 - Fergus Stewart
* Grade 4 MFI - Zoe StowSchwermer
* Grade 5 MFI - Pradyu Vasudev
FEBRUARY
* SK- Leena Alizai
* Grade 2 - Let Let Hlaing Kyi
* Grade 2 - Ila Nabi
* Grade 4- Alexandra LeblancBegin
* Grade 4 MFI - Sophie DesRoches
* Grade 5 MFI - Serena Maracle
February Bucket Fillers:
These students are all excellent
role-models!
School Happenings!
VERY SPECIAL CELEBRATION!
On
Monday,
March 17th, we
had a very special celebration
at
Convent
Glen for our
very own Debbie Marsland,
Office Administrator, who has
been working at the school
for 25 years. What an amazing
accomplishment!
Every class made a presentation to Debbie, followed by a
lovely song from our choir,
and concluded by everyone
dancing.
We welcomed some special
guests to our celebration including Debbie’s sons, our
Superintendent
Mr.
Neil
Yorke-Slader, and many former staff of Convent Glen.
We would all like to thank
Debbie for her commitment
and dedication to our school.
We are very lucky to have
her!
THANK YOU, DEBBIE!
INTRAMURALS:
Our students continue to
have fun playing floor hockey.
A special thanks to James for
continuing our intramurals.
much they are learning and the
wonderful things they are making!
MABEL’S LABELS!
Just a friendly reminder to support our school fundraiser! You
may want to check out the
spring specials and order your
KNITTING CLUB:
Many students have enjoyed labels for the upcoming school
year. You can order labels for
taking part in our knitting
your entire family in order to
club this year.
help keep track of everyone’s
Sadly, the knitting club will
conclude on Thursday, April belongings.
The labels are personalized and
17th.
A special thanks to our won- dishwasher/laundry safe.
Please feel free to share the
derful volunteers, Ms. Irene
Melo and Ms. Nancy Dow for label information with your famrunning the knitting club again ily and friends, so that they can
also order labels and support
this year!
Our students have made lots our school.
All funds raised will go towards
of lovely items, but more
importantly many have conour new playstructure.
tributed squares which will be
donated to Project Linus.
Please visit our site at:
These squares will be sewn
www.cges.mabelslabels.com
together to make blankets for To place your order and supchildren who are in the hos- port our fundraiser!
pital. Way to go CG!
It is amazing to see how
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School Happenings...Continued
On March 26th, all primary students enjoyed a special performance by Yaki! It was a very lively and
entertaining performance, filled with lots of audience participation. Fun was had by all!
Newsletter
Dates
May
June
School Council and Parents’ Corner
Please join us!
Our next school council
meeting will be held on
Tuesday, April 1st at
6:30pm in the library. Please
join us and make a difference
in your child’s education!
If child care is an issue for
you, please call the school and
let us know. We would be
happy to make any necessary
arrangements.
Movie Night!
Please join us on Thursday, April 10th as the Convent Glen School Council
presents the movie
“Monsters University”.
Entrance to the movie is
free, but please help support
your School Council by purchasing snacks and raffle
tickets.
Pre-ordering your snacks or
raffle tickets will give you a
chance to win the VIP Family section!
Doors to the gym open at
6:00 p.m. with the movie
starting at 6:30pm sharp.
Remember to bring along
a blanket, pillow or lawn
chair.
Hope to see you there!
Raffle Prizes were generously
donated by Mickey Robertson
Financial Advisor, Manulife
Securities
[email protected]
manulifesecurities.ca
(613) 746-7200 Ext. 229
School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (SIPSA)
Literacy Tips for
Parents:
Your child is growing up in a
media-rich, technological
world. Changes in society are
happening so quickly that children need time to think about
the underlying messages in
print or in other media. Here
are some ways you can help to
foster critical literacy skills:

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Help your child understand the speaker’s viewpoint or perspective
Discuss the fairness of the
message and look for the
misleading effects of missing information
Talk about how language
is used to persuade people—for example, talk

about the powerful effects
of language in advertising
Ask if your child has
learned something new
that prompts new questions. Does it change what
your child thinks about
the topic? How can he or
she find out if it is accurate?
**IMPORTANT**
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
We are always looking
for parents and/or
family members who
can volunteer at our
school.
We are excited to
have a new reading
program at our
school. However, this
program requires a lot
of photocopying, cutting, and prepping for
teachers.
If you have some time
to donate, please call
the main office.
Thank you!
Lost and Found
We encourage students to check for lost
items regularly. Our
lost and found is located by the gym door, at
the back entrance.
Volume 8, Issue 1
Convent Glen E.S.
Ottawa Public Health
Healthy Bodies
Additional Resources from Ottawa Public Health:

Healthy Smiles
Ontario, Free
Dental Programs

Dental Screenings—Why They
Research shows healthy eating and being active can improve health regardless of weight changes. Weight
is not always a good measure of health. Children look to adults as they develop their views about weight
and body image. Parents can play a vital role in helping children feel good with their body, and to value
and like themselves for who they are.
What parents can do:
 Help children know people come in many shapes and sizes.
 Become aware of the messages and comments you send about your own body and other people’s
bodies.
 Teach your child not to tease others about weight.
 Talk about how the media promotes an unrealistic body shape and size.
 Praise your child for their talents and skills, and focus on health rather than on appearance.
For more information contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or visit www.ottawa.ca/health.
Make a Differ-
The Importance of Dental Screening
ence
*Please note: These resources will be posted on
our website with this
month’s newsletter.
French Online
Homework Help!
Partnered with school
boards across the
country, Voilà
Community Help is
excited to provide FREE
ONLINE
HOMEWORK HELP
IN FRENCH to students
registered in a French
immersion program. Live
French teachers are now
available online to help
students every Monday,
Wednesday, and
Thursday evenings,
from 4 to 8 p.m.
Ottawa Public Health supports children’s oral health in many ways such as screening children at school,
Community Health Resource Centres and Public Health Dental Clinics. Dental screenings help identify
oral health problems such as a dental abscess, infection and large visible cavities. Cavities can affect a
child’s daily life both at home and at school. In fact, kids miss over 2 million days of school every year
because of oral health problems.
Cavities can affect your overall health by causing:
 Pain and infection
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Loss of sleep
Poor concentration
Problems speaking and learning
Difficulty chewing
Digestive problems
Low self-esteem
Bad breath
For more information about dental screenings and other dental health services call Ottawa Public Health
at 613-580-6744, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.ottawa.ca/dental.
Ottawa Public Health launches “Have That Talk” mental
health video campaign
Ottawa Public Health is pleased to launch the “have THAT talk” campaign. This includes a mental health
video series created to give parents more information about mental health. The series covers where to
get help and how to talk to children and youth about mental health. The program was launched on Bell
Let’s Talk Day.
Mental health problems affect 1 in 5 Canadians. Also, 75% of all of these problems start before the age
of 24 years. Parents can watch these videos at www.haveTHATtalk.com to learn how they can talk
about stress, coping, depression and when and where to get help. Please share these videos through
Facebook, Twitter, or email. By talking openly about mental health, parents can help their children and
youth become healthy and resilient adults.
For more information and
instructions on how to get
connected, please visit:
http://voilalearning.com or
For more information contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or visit www.ottawa.ca/health and
call 1-866-900-0658
www.haveTHATtalk.com.
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Important Parent Information
ATTENDANCE LINE:
613-824-8177
*Please remember to call
and report your child’s absence.
Your message should include:
your child’s full name (spelling
the last name), grade, teacher’s
name, reason for absence, and
duration (if known). If an absence is not accounted for, the
school office will contact parents.
This newsletter
contains important
information. If you
don’t understand it,
please have it
interpreted. Thank
you.
Cette lettre contient
des informations
importantes. Si vous ne
la comprenez pas,
faites la traduire, s'il
vous plait. Merci.
Warsidehan aad ayuu
muhlim u yahay, hadii
aad fahmi waydo
turjubaan la raadso.
Aad ayaad u
Mahadsantahay.
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‫الشهرية تحوي‬
‫علىمعلوماتمهمةج‬
.‫تعليم اوالدكم‬
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Easter
Monday
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Ext. 2852
April 2014
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TRANSPORTATION:
Please call OSTA (Ottawa Students Transportation Authority) if you have any difficulties
with your child’s bus/van route.
They can be reached at East
Zone:
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