Bateman Bobcat Banner: March 20, 2023

Bateman Bobcat Banner: March 20, 2023
Posted on 03/20/2023

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Monday, March 20, 2023


Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, March 23: Ramadan expected to begin today: Ramadan Mubarak
  • April 7 - April 10: Easter Weekend
  • Thursday, April 13: RBPS School Council (6:30 PM)
  • Friday, April 21: Eid-al-Fitr

School Reorganisation Update: New Staff

In the week before March Break, we welcomed two new teachers to the RBPS family. Ms Vera Li moved from Blue Kindergarten into the Grade 2/3 English Homeroom class until the end of June. Mme Emily Axford joined the RBPS team as the new French teacher in the Blue Kindergarten class, and Mme Sarah Laframboise joined RBPS as our new Core French and Early French Immersion (EFI) teacher. Welcome to all the new RBPS staff! A complete and updated list of the RBPS team is included in this newsletter (see below).

Ramadan Mubarak!

This week will mark the beginning of Ramadan for Muslims around the world. Here at RBPS, we are working to ensure that our learning environment is supportive to all students, including those students who will be fasting. All students, whether fasting or not, are welcome to remain in their classrooms during the lunch period. For students who are fasting and would prefer to spend their lunch period in a space where students are not eating, the 2nd floor annex, overlooking the library, will be open and supervised. Students may choose to spend their lunch periods in the annex, where they may read, quietly chat with friends, or engage in other quiet activities. For students in Grades 5 and 6, parent permission to go to the annex for the lunch period is not required, For students in Grade 4 and below, we would ask that parents send an email, or call the office, to indicate that their child(ren) have permission to use the fasting space. The use of the prayer space for students in Grades 5 and 6 will also continue, and may be relocated to a larger space if needed

Springtime at RBPS

Spring officially arrives on Monday afternoon, and we can expect a mix of both warm and cool wet weather in the month(s) ahead. Students will go outside for recess (or outdoor play, in Kindergarten) when there is light rain, and will stay indoors when there is heavy rain, so please continue to make sure your child(ren) are dressed for the weather.

Parent/Caregiver School Climate Survey Ends This Week

We would like to hear your voice as part of the school climate survey!

The final day to complete the OCDSB Parent/Caregiver School Climate Survey is Friday, March 24. This is a voluntary and anonymous online survey for parents, guardians, and caregivers of students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. The purpose of the survey is to give parents, guardians and caregivers an opportunity to provide feedback about their family’s and their child’s experiences with the school.  To find out more information, please visit the FAQ page or contact [email protected]


Staff Profiles

(In every Banner, we profile a different staff member..)

Staff Name: Sarah LaframbroisSL

Role: Core French and Early French Immersion (EFI) Teacher

Time at Robert Bateman: 3 weeks

Background: I grew up in Toronto and moved to Ottawa in 2020. I have just arrived at Robert Bateman, coming from teaching both French Immersion and Core French classes, and I am so excited to join the RBPS community! Go Bobcats!

Interesting Fact: I love to knit! I make hats, scarves, sweaters, you name it. I even made a sweater for my puppy this past winter break!


Staff List - 2022/2023 School Year

Here is the updated RBPS staff list, as of March, 2023

Staff Member


Ms Polly Aitken

English and Math, Grade 4/5 & 5/6

Ms Nimo Ali

Lunch Monitor

Ms Nimo Ali

Lunch Monitor

Mme Emily Axford

French Kindergarten (Blue Group)

Mme Chantal Boudreau

French: Gr 4/5 and 5/6 EFI

Ms Joey Cao

English Kindergarten (Blue Group)

Mr. Dustin Corry

Chief Custodian

Ms Muna Mahamoud Djibril

ECE (pm-Blue Group)

Ms Anisha Dunford

Educational Assistant (PSN)

Ms Amina Farah

Lunch Monitor

Ms Melcha Flanders

Grade 3/4 English

Mme Leanne Fooks

French: Gr 1 EFI

Mme Danielle Gervais

French Kindergarten (Red & Green Group)

Ms Liz Green

Library Technician

Mr. Jeff Griesbach


Ms Adar Haji

RECE (Green Room)

Ms Amal Hassan

RECE (Red Room)

Mr. Jason Hirst

Grade 6 English

Carie Horning

English and Math, Grade 1 & 2/3

Mme Rhode-Anne Irus

French: Gr 2/3 EFI

Ms Halima Khodayar

Lunch Monitor

Mme Sarah Laframboise

Core French / EFI

Mr. Michael Lawrence

Educational Assistant (EA)

Ms Vera Li

Grade 2/3 English

Mrs. Ranya Menicucci

Learning Resource Teacher

Ms Wilguite Noel

RECE (Green Room)

Mrs. Noemi Partosa

Grade 1 English

Ms Angela Petten

Grade 4/5 English

Ms Jennifer Pilcher

English Kindergarten (Red & Green Group)

Ms Dona Pino

RECE (Blue Room)

Ms Elizabeth Rozek

Educational Assistant (EA)

Ms Leanne Shackleton

Learning Support Teacher (LST)

Mme Marissa Smith

French: Gr 1/2 EFI

Mrs. Kimberly Stagg

PSN Class

Ms Stephanie Steward

Office Administrator

Mme. Megan Tessier

EFI 3/4 & EFI 4/5

Ms Stephanie Vannier

RECE (Red Room)

Ms Sandra Wells

Office Assistant

Ms. Anne Widdifield

English and Math, EF1/2A & EF3/4A


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