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Weekly School Connects Messages

Weekly School Connects Messages from the Principal and Vice Principal

Below you will find the weekly messages sent out by the school by email and phone. If you are not receiving the email messages, please contact the office to confirm that we have the correct email address. If you do not wish to receive the messages by phone, please call the school office and ask to have your number removed.
 

May 21, 2016

Hello to all of our Robert Bateman PS families;

WELCOME! BIENVENUE!
8:00 a.m.: Breakfast Club opens for students who are registered. If you would like your child to participate, please contact the school. This is a FREE program that provides an excellent start to the day for students.

8:15 a.m.: Supervision on the yard begins; all students welcomed.

We kindly ask that students not arrive at school before 8:00 a.m., as the school is closed, and your child(ren) will need to remain outdoors.

SCHOOL CLOSED: MONDAY MAY 23RD, 2016
There is no school on Monday May 23, 2016, as it is a statutory holiday. We look forward to seeing our students on Tuesday May 24th.

SHAWARMA LUNCH: ORDERS DUE TUESDAY MAY 24TH, 2016
The Robert Bateman Public School Grade 6 Legacy Committee is happy to announce that there will be a shawarma lunch on Thursday, May 26th; forms were sent home with your child. All meat is halal certified. The shawarmas consist of meat, either beef or chicken, that is roasted slowly on a spit and wrapped in pita bread, they will be served with lettuce, tomato and garlic sauce.
Funds raised will go to the Grade 6 Legacy fund to help pay for the end of the school year field trip for the departing Grade 6 students and towards the purchase of a legacy gift to the school.
On behalf of the Grade 6 students we would like to thank all of you for your support. If you did not receive an order form, you will find it attached.

EQAO: MAY 25TH TO JUNE 2ND, 2016 for GRADE 3 AND GRADE 6 STUDENTS
The formal administration of the EQAO test for students in Grades 3 and 6 will be from May 25 to June 2, 2016. We would kindly ask that, if at all possible, scheduled appointments not be made during that time for our students in Grades 3 and 6, as it would be most important for your child(ren) to be at school. The assessment includes varied activities in Reading, Writing and Math. There will only be a slight change in the regular schedules for the classes involved. We always encourage you to arrive to school on time, and for Grade 3 and 6 students, it will be even more important to be punctual during the EQAO testing period.

WALK TO SCHOOL DAY AND SAVE THE BEES EVENT
Many thanks to all of our Staff and students and their families who walked to school on Wednesday morning May 18th. Everyone had the opportunity to walk and talk with their friends and teachers along their way to school, and enjoyed a lot of fresh air. The funds raised will go towards buying seeds for flowers that attract bees, and these will be planted in the fields of a cottage that will help to increase the bee population. Thank you for making a difference!

2K WALK: MAKING A DIFFERENCE - BUY A SHOE FOR A TOONIE!
Thanks to all of the students who this week took a step in our school goal to “Make a Difference”, and have purchased a shoe or two or more. The goal of this part of our fundraising campaign is to help students make a connection with someone who they may know who is currently fighting cancer, or to remember someone who has been affected by cancer.
Students have the opportunity to write their name on the shoe, and the name of the person they are walking for. Students may also choose a shoe that says, "We Can Make a Difference!" to remember our school goal of making a difference by working towards the goal of helping The Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre. We invite our parents and families to view the shoes on display in the lobby, and they may make their own donations via the front office.

K-12 OCDSB PARENT SURVEY: “OUR SCHOOL”
This spring, the OCDSB will be undertaking a K-12 parent survey using the Our School (formerly Tell Them From Me) survey instrument. The Education Act requires an anonymous school climate survey be conducted for students, parents, and staff at least once every two years. The parent survey is an opportunity to engage our community and to allow parents and guardians to have a voice in school climate and student well-being planning. This year there will be a common district-wide surveying period of June 1, 2016 to June 15, 2016. A letter will be sent home by May 31st, 2016 indicating the unique SCHOOL login.

SUMMER LANGUAGE CAMPS: OCDSB
The International Languages Program offers children an opportunity to learn and/or maintain a language other than English and French and to develop an appreciation for diversity and inter-cultural activities. The Program is mandated by the Ontario Ministry of Education. It is FREE for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 students attending Ontario schools.
FEES
•A $10.00 consumable fee will be requested at the time of registration.
•Out of Province fee is $100.00 for the month of July.
•NEW!! An early drop-off option is available from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., at a fee of $15/week (cash or cheque, payable on the first day)
For details, please call 613-239-2703 or visit InternationalLanguagesinOttawa.com
http://www.ocdsb.ca/programs/continuweb/ILP/Pages/default.aspx

UPCOMING EVENTS
May 23rd - No school for all.
May 24th - June 2nd: Buy a “shoe” for a toonie - 2K Walk
May 24th - SHAWARMA LUNCH ORDERS ARE DUE!
May 25th to June 1st (EQAO: for grade 3 and grade 6 students)
May 26th - Shawarma Lunch for those who ordered! Bon appétit! Enjoy your meal!
June 2nd - 2K Walk
June 3rd - 2K Walk (Rain date)
June 10th - Professional Activity Day (no school for students)
June 15th - Track & Field for students in the Junior Division who qualify (Cairine Wilson Secondary School)
June 16 and 17 - Scholastic Book Fair
June 22nd - Grade 6 Trip (Carleton University)
June 23rd - Talent Show at 11:15
June 28th - Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony at 1:00 PM
June 28th - Report Cards go home
June 30th - last day of school for students and staff

There is no school on Monday May 23, 2016, as it is a statutory holiday. We look forward to seeing our students on Tuesday May 24th.

Wishing you a wonderful long weekend!

Please visit our school website to find out about the wonderful things that are going on at school!
Bonne fin de semaine! Have a great weekend!
Thank you. Merci!

Jocelyn Fagan, Principal
Susan Bouwer, Vice Principal
 

May 14, 2016

 Hello to all of our Robert Bateman PS families;

UPCOMING EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE
May 16th - June 2nd: Buy a “shoe” for a toonie - 2K Walk
May 18th - Walk to School Day to Save the Bees - bring a toonie to show your support for the bees!
May 25 to June 1st (EQAO: for grade 3 and grade 6 students)
June 2nd - 2K Walk
June 3rd - 2K Walk(Rain date)
June 10th - Professional Activity Day (no school for students)
June 15th - Track & Field for students in the Junior Division who qualify (Cairine Wilson Secondary School)
June 16 and 17 - Scholastic Book Fair
June 22nd - Grade 6 Trip (Carleton University)
June 28th - Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony at 1:00 PM
June 28th - Report Cards go home
June 30th - last day of school for students and teachers, EAs and ECEs.

RBPS SHINES!
Congratulations to our Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Teams as they made it to the quarter finals during their tournament this past week at Robert Bondar PS. Our students displayed excellent team spirit by encouraging their teammates, respecting their opponents and listening to their coaches Mrs. Pilcher and Mme Boudreau and the staff for supporting this sports activity! Congratulations for representing our school so well!

THANK YOU! MERCI!
Thank you to our families for supporting our Heart and Stroke Jump Rope for Heart fundraising event. By participating, this encourages our students to get active by skipping rope while they collect money for heart disease and stroke research. The program gives children the chance to jump and play alongside 750,000 other kids in more than 4,000 schools across Canada. Thank you to Mme Beaubien and to our staff who are committed to ensuring the success of these special events.

SCHOOL DOORS AND BREAKFAST CLUB OPEN AT 8:00 a.m.
Our school is happy to welcome students at 8:00 a.m., when the office and breakfast club officially open. Arriving too early may mean that your child will need to remain outdoors until 8:00 a.m., therefore we thank you for your support in respecting our school hours.

2K Walk: BUYING A “SHOE” FOR A TOONIE BEGINNING MAY 16TH
Starting Monday, May 16th, students will have the opportunity to dedicate their 2K walk by purchasing a shoe to add to our school 2K Walk display. Each shoe costs just a toonie. Students should listen to the announcements each day to know where and when to purchase their shoe.
The goal of this part of our fundraising campaign is to help students make a connection with someone who they may know who is currently fighting cancer, or to remember someone who has been affected by cancer.
Students will have the opportunity to write their name on the shoe, and the name of the person they are walking for. Students may also choose a shoe that says, "We Can Make a Difference!" to remember our school goal of making a difference by working towards the goal of helping The Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre.
Parents are invited to view the shoes on display in the lobby, and may make their own donations via the front office.

K-12 OCDSB PARENT SURVEY: “OUR SCHOOL”
This spring, the OCDSB will be undertaking a K-12 parent survey using the Our School (formerly Tell Them From Me) survey instrument. The Education Act requires an anonymous school climate survey be conducted for students, parents, and staff at least once every two years. The parent survey is an opportunity to engage our community and to allow parents and guardians to have a voice in school climate and student well-being planning. This year there will be a common district-wide surveying period of June 1, 2016 to June 15, 2016.

“LES AMIS" FRENCH CAMP: JULY 14 TO 29, 2016
This camp will be held at Hopewell Avenue PS. 17 Hopewell Ave.
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Enhance your child’s language skills this summer! Once again, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is offering “Les Amis” French language camp through its International Languages Program.
The camp is designed for –
· Children aged 5 to 12 enrolled in Regular English Program
· Children aged 9 & 10 enrolled in Middle French Immersion Program
· Children aged 5, 6 & 7 enrolled in Early French Immersion Program
-A variety of indoor and outdoor activities are coordinated by competent and energetic French counsellors.
-The focus is on further developing children’s vocabulary, pronunciation and oral communication skills in French language through classroom instruction.
For more information, please visit our website: www.internationallanguagesinottawa.com.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Please visit our school website to find out about the wonderful things that are going on at school!

Bonne fin de semaine! Have a great weekend!
Thank you. Merci!

Jocelyn Fagan, Principal
Susan Bouwer, Vice Principal
 

May 7, 2016

Hello to all of our Robert Bateman PS families;

Fancy Friday was a success and we would like to thank all of our families who visited their child’s class on Friday and enjoyed a muffin and juice. We thank our staff and are proud of our students for their efforts in sharing the importance of fundraising for the Cancer Foundation!

STAFFING UPDATE
We congratulate Mr. Tony Falace on his promotion to Chief Custodian at AY Jackson Secondary School. Mr. Tony Falace will begin at his new school on Monday May 16, 2016, therefore his last day at Robert Bateman PS will be Friday May 13. “Mr. Tony” has worked at Robert Bateman PS for the past 8 years! We wish him all the best in his new assignment and know that the staff at AY Jackson Secondary School is truly blessed to be having the opportunity to work with him.

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
Would you like to be involved in the huge community Garage Sale on May21st? Click on this link to read all about it!
http://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/news-story/6523733-south-ottawa-communities-banding-together-for-next-great-garage-sale-/

SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING: Thursday May 12th, 2016 at 7PM
Please join us for our School Council Meeting on Thursday May 12th, at 7PM. All parents are invited to hear of the wonderful events that our School Council provides, through funding, to enrich student learning. We welcome everyone to be part of this dynamic team.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: FRIDAY MAY 13, 2016
Movie night takes place next Friday, May 13th. Doors open at 6 pm. We will be viewing Hotel Transylvania 2.
A reminder to those who pre-ordered their tickets & food, a confirmation will come via your child's bag next week. Your tickets and food can be picked up as of 6 p.m. on Movie night outside the main gym.
For those who don't have tickets yet, there will be some available at the door for purchase. Pizza, drinks, popcorn and glow bracelets will also be available for purchase at the door.
Reminder that movie theatre rules apply for this event and adults must accompany their children.

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH: COOKING CLASS FOR CHILDREN - MAY 15, 2016
Canadian Parents For French has a new Ottawa Chapter. For their inaugural event they are holding a French Cooking Class in French for kids aged 4-12 on Sunday May 15th. Great opportunity to expose your children to French in a fun environment. Please see attached flyer for all of the details. Please refer to the attachment or click on
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cpf-ottawa-french-cooking-class-tickets-24656669763

AGENDAS: Why we use Agendas at RBPS
Agendas help our students learn to manage their time, as we help them to track their own time and manage multiple activities, such as homework, projects, tests, extra-curricular activities, and other activities. In turn, entering this information helps to support each of our student’s learning. The efficient use of an agenda prevents students from feeling overwhelmed by their school work and gives them a sense of control which makes them feel good about themselves. Proper use of entering information into the agenda helps students to prioritize, plan and pace their tasks and is a communication tool between home and school.

Our commitment to parents is that teachers initial the agenda on a daily basis, and this is what we ask our parents to do as well. The commitment on the Staff’s part to sign the Agenda is one that is communicated on a regular basis through our weekly School Connects/Synrevoice messages, as well as at School Council Meetings.

UPCOMING EVENTS FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF JUNE!

May 11th - Junior Boys’ Basketball (@Bondar)
May 12th - Junior Girls’ Basketball @Bondar)
May 12th - Jump Rope for Heart (Primary - grade 1 to 3))
May 18th - Walk to School Day to Save the Bees - bring a Toonie to show your support for the bees!
May 25 to June 1st (EQAO: for grade 3 and grade 6 students
June 2nd - 2K Walk
June 3rd - 2K Walk(Rain date)
June 22nd - Grade 6 Trip (Carleton University)
June 28th - Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony at 1:00 PM

We wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!
Please visit our school website to find out about the wonderful things that are going on at school!
Bonne fin de semaine! Have a great weekend!
Thank you. Merci!
Jocelyn Fagan, Principal
Susan Bouwer, Vice Principal
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