Welcome to the 2021/2022 School Year

Welcome to the 2021/2022 School Year
Posted on 08/27/2021

Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s) of Robert Bateman Student(s);

Welcome Back!  My name is Jeff Griesbach (Mr G) and I have the honour of serving the Robert Bateman School community as your Principal. I have been an educator with the OCDSB for 23 years; for the last 9 years as a school administrator in Ottawa South, so I feel a special connection to the families in this community.

We hope that you have had a safe and relaxing summer, and that your child(ren) are excited to return to school on Thursday, September 9, 2021. (Parents of kindergarten students will receive a separate email confirming their intake interviews and start date).

Over the summer we have had a few updates to our staffing and are thrilled to welcome the following staff to our team: welcome back Mme Leanne Fooks and Mme Marissa Smith to Primary EFI after a year away. We also welcome Ms Noemi Partosa and Ms Kimberly Stagg to the Robert Bateman teaching staff, and Ms Shun Li Carthcart as our Chief Custodian.  We are very glad to have them joining our team!

In the next week you will receive a more detailed email outlining the return-to-school procedures we will be following this year to keep our students, staff, and community safe. These procedures will be largely identical to the COVID protocols we followed last year, including mask-wearing, hand sanitizing, cohorting by class, and limiting school property access to students and staff only. 

I look forward to meeting your child(ren) in the weeks ahead, and to connecting with parents and guardians. As the Robert Bateman Mission Statement says: “We come to Robert Batemen to love learning, strive for excellence, and prepare for our future.”  Together, we can work towards supporting every child to achieve these goals.



Jeff Griesbach (Mr G), Principal


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