Bateman Bobcat Banner - May 30,2022

Bateman Bobcat Banner - May 30,2022
Posted on 05/30/2022

Bateman Bobcat Banner

May 30, 2022


Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, May 30: Grade 6 Group Photo / School-Wide Rooftop Photo
  • June 2 - 11 (specific dates TBD) : Gr 3 and Gr 6 EQAO Assessment
  • May 31: Luv2Groove Dance Workshops for all students (K - 6)
  • Friday, June3: PA Day (No School for Students)
  • Thursday, June9, 6:30 PM: RBPS School Council Meeting (Online)
  • Wednesday, June 29 - Term 2 Report Cards available online
  • Wednesday, June 29 - Rescheduled Pizza Day
  • Thursday, June 30 -Last day of school

COVID Updates

Effective Monday, May 30, the OCDSB will adjust requirements for the wearing of masks, moving from “mandatory” to “strongly encouraged”. Please discuss this change with your child(ren), and teachers will review the importance of respecting different decisions regarding mask use.

All students and staff must still complete the COVID-19 screening every morning and follow the instructions provided by the screening tool. We continue to appreciate your support through these changes.


After the Storm

We hope that all families stayed safe during the terrible storm last weekend. The high winds hit our community especially hard with fallen trees and damaged power lines, and we thank the hydro workers and cleanup crews for their incredible work over the past few days.

At Robert Bateman, we had a couple severely damaged trees that have been removed, but fortunately no other damage. Elizabeth Manley Park across the street from our school lost many trees, and we reminded students to stay away from fallen trees; even though they might look like a fun place to climb, fallen trees are unstable and can be dangerous if they shift position.


Rescheduled Pizza Day

Due to the storm, our canceled Pizza Day on Wednesday, May 25 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 29.


School Assemblies

Two weeks ago, we had our first school-wide assembly; for our younger Bobcats, this was their first school assembly ever! We will have more assemblies in the weeks ahead, as we begin to welcome back performers and other special guests. We will be hosting a French language musician, Roland Bibeau, supported through French as a Second Language funding, and we will also be welcoming local Ottawa musician Kathryn Patricia Cobbler to perform as a coda to our Black History Month celebrations from February (we chose to postpone our performances until artists could visit in-person).


Outdoor Activities

Now that we are able to mix cohorts and invite guest presenters into the school, we will soon be hosting a variety of special outdoor events. Students in Grades 1 - 6 will be learning about Ultimate Frisbee from Elevate Ultimate Frisbee. In addition, Ottawa Orienteering will be visiting in June to provide outdoor hands-on activities on orienteering to both Primary and Junior students. Later in June, we will be running a school-wide ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ activity day, with a variety of activities.

You may also have received, or will soon be receiving, a field trip form for your child(ren) to go to Elizabeth Manley Park for some of our upcoming outdoor education activities, such as orienteering. These forms were sent prior to the storm, and we will only go to the park when the City of Ottawa confirms that the park is safe to visit.


Warm Weather

As we move into June, we can expect some hot days ahead. Students will continue to spend time outside at recess, and will stay indoors only if Ottawa Public Health issues a heat warning (humidex of 40 degrees Celsius or more for at least two consecutive days) or a heat emergency (humidex of 45 or more or situational factors).

We recommend that students have lightweight and loose clothing to wear outdoors, including a hat. We also recommend that students have sunscreen, and that younger students be taught how to apply their own sunscreen. Taking a break in the shade during recess is also recommended.

Many students got into the habit of bringing a waterbottle to school over the past two years, and even though the drinking fountains are now operational again, we recommend that students continue to bring their own waterbottle to use throughout the day.


RBPS Book Fair

Thank you for all your support of our recent RBPS Book Fair. Thanks to your support, we raised $3450 for our library. Ms Green will be using these funds to purchase a mixture of fiction and nonfiction books for all age levels, with a particular emphasis on increasing the variety of French-language books available.

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