Mar 31

Computer Coding Camp

Coding Camp

Mar 27

Classroom Connections March 27th, 2015

Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,

Welcome back! I hope that everyone enjoyed some rest over the March Break. We’ve had a busy week here at Glen Cairn PS and I am happy to report that we are all settled back into routines and learning.


Tier 1 Boys’ Basketball Champions

This week we hosted the Tier 1 Basketball tournaments for our region.  The boys played Tuesday and won the tournament.  They played as a team, moving the ball by passing and making excellent plays.  The girls played well in their tournament on Wednesday.  They also played well and represented Glen Cairn with character throughout the tournament.

Jennifer Laale joined us on Monday and Tuesday to lead workshops on improvisation skills.  The workshops fully aligned with our focus around growth mindset and resilience and the students had a blast participating with Jennifer.

Students in Grade 8 French Immersion science continued to work on their mouse trap car designs this week.  Students are testing their designs and making alterations to address issues that arise as they test their cars:

Students in Grade 8 Mathematics worked on a problem involving measurement and geometry.  I have attached the Geometry Project for those interested.   Below are some pictures of students working on the project:

In Grade 7 Science, students continued to work on their structures.  The structures are in the testing phase, and students are determining what design changes need to be made to provide greater structural integrity.  Below are some pictures:

In Visual Arts, the Grade 8 students are working on their mixed media assignments.

The stage band, and all other music ensembles, continues to practice their music.  The stage band is currently working on “Hey Jude”:

We held our information session for future GCPS families last night and it was a tremendous success.  Thank you to Mrs. Ahern and the choir for their lovely performance to kick off the evening.

I hope you all have a wonderful and restful weekend.


Mar 27

Family Information Evening Materials

Dear Future Glen Cairn PS Families,

It was lovely to meet so many of you at our Information Evening last night.  I was thrilled to share information about the opportunities available for students at Glen Cairn PS.  We are a small school with huge opportunities and I look forward to working with you and your child over the next few years.  Please consider booking an appointment to tour the school during school hours with me.  This will provide you with a fuller picture of what life is like at GCPS.  The link to book an appointment is here:   If none of the tour times suit, please call the office at 613-836-2342 to arrange for a tour at a convenient time.

Below is the presentation that I shared last night:

Questions from the Presentation:

Following the presentation, there was a “Question and Answer” period.  Below are some of the questions and answers:

Q:  What are the school hours next year?

A:  Beginning in September 2015, the school hours will be 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Q:  Is GCPS on a balanced school day?

A:  Yes.  We are on a balanced school day with two breaks built into the day.  Both breaks begin with 30 minutes of recess for students to participate in clubs, activities, or to get fresh air outside.  Each recess is followed by 15 minutes for snack time.

Q:  How many minutes of English Instruction do students in Middle French Immersion receive?

A:  Students in the MFI program and the EFI program receive the following:  300 minutes of instruction in English Language Arts, 300 minutes of instruction in Mathematics (in English), 50 minutes of instruction in Drama (in English), and 50 minutes of instruction in Instrumental Music (in English).  Students 300 minutes of instruction in French Language Arts, 150 minutes of instruction in Science (in French), 150 minutes of instruction in Geography/History (in French), 150 minutes of instruction in Physical Education/Health (in French), 50 minutes of instruction in Visual Arts (in French).

Q:  Does Glen Cairn PS offer gifted programming?

A:  GCPS programs for students identified as gifted through the Individual Education Plan, which outlines accommodations to program to provide for enrichment and, where appropriate, curriculum compacting.  This happens within the regular classroom.

Q:  How do staff at Glen Cairn PS communicate with parents?

A:  Staff at GCPS use email updates, google calendars, and other electronic methods to update parents regularly.

Q:  How much homework should we expect?

A:  There is always homework, because there is always something to work on to consolidate learning or prepare for future learning.  For instance, there is always an expectation of regular practice of instruments at home, reading, and math practice using the Pearson E-Text, for which every student has a log in.  Additional homework might include performing research for a history, geography, or science assignment.  It is important to note that homework is not assessed.  Work that is assessed is completed during class time so that the teacher might observe and conference with the student, and provide timely feedback on the learning to improve achievement.

Mar 26

Glen Cairn Grade 6 Information Night

GCPS_Family Information_Evening

Mar 23

Ottawa Children’s Choir Auditions

Ottawa Children's Choir

Mar 12

Pizza Orders for Spring 2015

Glen Cairn School is offering Pizza Days as a fundraiser each Friday.  Pizza Pizza will be supplying the pizza, and the pizza will be made on Regular Crust!!!


Pizza must be ordered using this form.  At this time we are not accepting pizza orders online.  Please ensure that each student who will be receiving pizza fills out a form.  If there are families ordering pizza for more that one student, please fill out one form for each student, but only send in one payment covering the cost for each child.


Spring Pizza Orders run from:

Friday, April 10th, 2015 to Friday, June 12th, 2015


June 5th is a PA day and no pizza will be ordered.

Download a pizza order form:

Pizza Order Form April 10 – June 12 2015

Mar 11

Quiznos Order for Spring 2015

Once again we are offering Quiznos subs every Wednesday for the period of

Wednesday April 8th, 2015 – Wednesday June 17th , 2015. 

All subs are pre-paid and delivered to each classroom on Wednesdays.

Orders for Quiznos will be taken three times throughout the year.

Due to the pre-ordering system, there are no refunds if a child is absent. Please complete one form per student if you have multiple students in this school.


All orders for subs for the period of April 8th, 2015 – Wednesday June 17th, 2015

must be placed by FRIDAY March 27th, 2015.

All subs are $3.50 each.  There are 11 Wednesdays in this ordering period so the total cost per student is $38.50. Please make cheques payable to Glen Cairn Public School.

Download a Quiznos Order Form:

Quizno Order Form April 8th- June 17th 2015





Mar 11

Milk Orders for Spring 2015



The milk program is being offered at Glen Cairn on a daily basis for the period of

Tuesday April 7th, 2015 – Friday June 19th, 2015.  

All milk is pre-paid and delivered to each classroom every day.

Orders for milk will be taken three times throughout the year.

Due to the pre-ordering system, there are no refunds if a child is absent.

Both white and chocolate milk are available.  There are 52 school days during this period and the cost is sixty cents per day, so the total cost per student will be $31.20  Please fill in the form below and attach it to a cheque made payable to Glen Cairn Public school.  Please complete one form per student if you have multiple students at this school.


All orders for milk for the period Tuesday April 7th, 2015 – Friday June 19th, 2015

must be placed by FRIDAY MARCH 27th,  2015.

Milk Order Form April 7- June 19 2015


Mar 09

GCPS New Family Information Night

Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,

We are pleased to invite all of our future families (students currently in Grades 5 and 6) to come to an information evening at the school on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 6:30 pm. In addition, parents of students currently in Grades 5 and 6 are invited to book a tour of the school during the week of March 30th – April 3rd, by visiting this link:  We look forward to seeing you soon!


Shannon Smith


GCPS_Family Information_Evening

Mar 09

2014-15 Grad Yearbooks currently on sale

Glen Cairn yearbooks are on sale this month and will be delivered in mid-June. The inaugural edition will be 40 pages in length with lots of glossy colour photos and good memories of our year together.

Features include: sports teams and clubs, field trips, dances and events, grad pages for grade 8′s, a student-designed cover, and student artwork throughout.

Yearbooks are available for an early bird price of $15 (pre-order) outside the school office each day at first nutrition break. After March, they will cost $20 each and can be pre-ordered or purchased directly after delivery.

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