Hello Glen Cairn PS Families, Last week our Safe and Inclusive Schools team met to revamp our Bullying Prevention Plan. As part of this process, we created an online tool to report bullying. The tool is completely anonymous and students and parents are able to report incidents of bullying providing as much detail as they …View full post
Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,
Glen Cairn PS has power this am (and HEAT!). We are open for business as usual. See you shortly,
Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,
Last week our Safe and Inclusive Schools team met to revamp our Bullying Prevention Plan. As part of this process, we created an online tool to report bullying. The tool is completely anonymous and students and parents are able to report incidents of bullying providing as much detail as they are comfortable. The tool is accessible by clicking on the button on the right side near the top of the blog.
Definition of Bullying
The Ontario Ministry of Education Policy and Program Memoranda (PPM) 144: “Bullying Prevention and Intervention” adopts the following definitions as related to bullying:
Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived imbalance of power.
Bullying is a dynamic of unhealthy interactions that take many forms. It can be physical, (e.g. hitting, pushing, tripping), verbal (e.g. name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist, or homophobic comments), or social (e.g., excluding other from a group, spreading rumours or gossip). It may also occur through the use of technology (e.g., spreading rumours, images, or hurtful comments through the use of e-mail, cell phones, text messaging, Internet websites or other technology).
Conflict between students is not necessarily bullying. It is imperative that students, staff and families understand the definition of bullying. From time to time conflicts arise between individual students and these will sometimes require the support of adults to sort through. To help distinguish between conflict and bullying, students may ask themselves:
Is this a repeated behaviour or an isolated incident?
Is this behaviour intended to cause fear, distress and/or harm or is it the result of an individual’s anger over an isolated incident or issue?
Is there an imbalance of power where one individual is being victimized, or is this a difficulty between peers?
Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,
As you likely know, we have a focus on cultivating a growth mindset in ourselves and our students at Glen Cairn Public School. Below is a TED Talk by Carol Dweck that directly addresses this concept:
Do It For Daron Volleyball Fundraiser
February 9th, 2015 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Glen Cairn Public School
182 Morrena Road
The girls’ volleyball team is holding a special DIFD volleyball fundraiser in support of an important cause. We invite GCPS students to sign up to participate in this fundraiser for the Do It For Daron organization supporting youth mental health.
- There will be a concession stand with pizza, pop, candy and merchandise.
- You will be able to sign up (solo or with a friend of any choice). 5$ per person.
- You will be put on a team of six to compete against your other schoolmates from the school.
- All skill levels are recommended.
Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,
Below is an interesting TED Talk by Conrad Wolfram, talking about the disconnect between “School Math” and “Real World Math”. It resonates strongly with the goals of the math team at Glen Cairn PS:
Dear Glen Cairn PS Families,
In the next day or so, you will receive an email outlining the STAR step of the OCDSB strategic planning process. Please take a few moments to participate, as your voice matters and your input is valued. Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions, as well as a video to help explain the process:
How does the STAR step work?
All stakeholders will get an invitation email inviting them to help prioritize thoughts shared in step one.
A participant will see his or her own thoughts plus a random sample of the thoughts shared by
employees, parents, students and community members. Each participant will see up to 27 thoughts per
question. Participants will see the verbatim text that was submitted and:
1. Thoughts were not edited or altered for spelling or for clarity.
2. Thoughts were not checked for factual accuracy.
3. Each Thought represents the opinion of one stakeholder.
4. The Thoughts do not necessarily represent the views of the school or district.
While responses were not edited, they were moderated with the intent to remove Thoughts that are:
3. Do not answer the question
4. Contravene the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
If you see a Thought that you feel should be removed for one of the reasons above, please click on the
Thought and use the ‘Flag’ feature. If you no longer wish to share your thoughts, you can flag them
using the ‘Flag” feature and explain you are self-moderating, and the thought(s) will be removed from
At the top of each screen there are 16 stars which you can assign to the 9 thoughts on the screen. Use
the stars to identify the thoughts most important to you. You may assign up to five stars to any thought
you feel deserves a higher priority. The more stars you assign to a thought, the more important it is to
you. Click the stars at the bottom of the thought to assign them. You don’t have to assign all stars. If
there are duplicate thoughts (same idea, expressed differently) on your screen, please assign the stars
to the one which most closely reflects your priorities. If you are using a mobile device, the display may
be slightly different, but the process is the same.
To assign stars, click on the link in the e-mail invitation. If you did not receive an invitation, you can self-
register on the district website. Anyone is welcome to participate in the STAR step, it is not necessary to
have participated in the earlier step.
If you have questions, please visit our www.ocdsb.ca/everyschool_everyvoice where you can learn more
and watch our explanatory video.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What happens in the STAR stage?
All stakeholders will get an invitation email inviting them to help prioritize thoughts shared in step one. A
participant will see his or her thoughts plus a random sample of the thoughts shared by employees,
parents, students and community members. Each participant will see up to 27 thoughts per question.
Can I participate in the STAR step even if I did not participate in the SHARE step?
Yes! Anyone is welcome to participate in the STAR step, it is not necessary to have participated in the
earlier step. If you did not receive an invitation, you can self-register on the district website.
How do I self-register?
You can go online at www.ocdsb.ca and click on EverySchool_EveryVoice. From there, you will see a
link to the self-registration process.
Can I add Thoughts?
We are always interested in your ideas but the time for sharing thoughts in this process has passed. At
this stage, we cannot add thoughts; only prioritize the 41,127 thoughts received in the first step.
How long is the STAR step open?
The STAR process runs from January 19-26, 2015.
Have the Thoughts been summarized, altered or edited for clarity?
No, the thoughts are shared exactly as submitted – no thought has been edited. However, thoughts that
were considered rude, hurtful, that did not answer the question or that were contrary to the Municipal
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act were removed.
What if I find a thought uncomfortable or untrue?
There are lots of celebratory thoughts and there are some challenging thoughts. The thoughts are
presented verbatim. They were not edited or altered for spelling or for clarity. Thoughts were not checked
for factual accuracy. Each thought represents the opinion of one stakeholder. The thoughts do not
necessarily represent the views of the school or district.
What if I don’t like a thought?
If you do not agree with a thought, do not assign any stars to it. If you believe that thought is rude, hurtful,
does not answer the question or is contrary to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of
Privacy Act, you may flag it. Flagging a thought will remove the thought from the process and send a
message to the moderator for review. Please do not flag a thought because you do not agree with it.
Only flag a thought if it meets one of the criteria above.
How do I use the ‘Flag’ feature?
Click on the box with the thought that you would like to remove. In the bottom portion of the thought, you
will see the section “Remove This Thought”. Using the drop box, identify your reason for flagging the
thought (note: You will only be able to select “rude/hurtful” or “Does not answer” from the drop box; use
either reason for flagging but in the fillable box). In the fillable portion, please provide a brief explanation
of why you would like the thought removed. Once your thought is flagged, it will be sent to
Thoughtexchange and so they can remove your thought from the public process.
Am I able to remove my own Thoughts from the STAR process?
If you no longer wish to share your thoughts, you can flag them using the ‘Flag’ feature and explain you
are self-moderating, and the thought(s) will be removed from the process.
Am I able to remove someone else’s Thoughts from the STAR step?
If you see a thought that you feel should be removed for one of the reasons above, please click on the
thought and use the ‘Flag’ feature. Please do not flag thoughts because you disagree with them.
Why does the screen show duplicate Thoughts?
Each thought represents one individual opinion. You may see duplicate thoughts – the same idea was
often expressed differently but expressed by many people in the community. If there are duplicate
thoughts (same idea, expressed differently) on your screen, please pick the one which most closely
reflects your priorities, and assign up to five stars to that one.
How do I assign stars?
You will see up to 27 thoughts per question. The display of thoughts will be different on a computer
versus a mobile device. No matter which way the thoughts are presented, you will see up to 9 thoughts
per page and will have 16 stars which you can assign to those 9 thoughts. Use the stars to identify the
thoughts most important to you. You may assign up to five stars to any thought you feel deserves a
higher priority. The more stars you assign to a thought, the more important it is to you. Click the stars at
the bottom of the thought to assign them. You don’t have to assign all stars. If there are duplicate
Thoughts (same idea, expressed differently) on your screen, please assign the stars to the one which
most closely reflects your priorities.
Do I need to use all of the stars provided?
No, you don’t have to assign all stars. The more stars you assign to a thought, the more important it is to
you. If your have stars remaining but have completed starring the thoughts on the screen, just move head
to the next screen.
What happened to Thoughts that have been flagged?
If thoughts were flagged, they will no longer appear in the public STAR process. However, all thoughts
will be captured in SHARE report that will be reviewed by the principal.
Why does the STAR process appear different on mobile and desktop computer?
The Thoughtexchange software detects and selects the layout that best suits your device and size of your
Will people know what Thoughts I have shared?
No, your answers are confidential. Thoughts are shared and the results of the starting process will be
shared but your name or email address will never be shared or connected to a specific thought.
Why are there Thoughts that included personal information?
Thoughts were review in the context of Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Thoughts that contravene the Act were flagged but it’s a complicated process. For example, participants
were told that thoughts would be shared. If a parent/guardian shared a thought that included personal
information about a child, he or she has the ability to do that. On the other hand, if a teacher shared a
thought with personal information about a student, it was flagged because parent/guardian consent is
Why are Thoughts shared verbatim?
This consultation is a public discussion process. It gives all stakeholders a chance to share ideas and to
identify their priorities. It is important that people have the ability to express themselves freely without
editing or modification on our part.
I have more than one child; can I participate more than once?
If you have children enrolled in two schools, you can participate once for each school. If you have two or
more children in one school, you only have to respond once, but your response should relate to your
experiences with each of your children.
Can my partner and I both submit a response?
Yes, everyone was invited to share their thoughts and everyone is invited to participate in the star
step. As a family, you can respond once to star your thoughts or each partner can respond individually.
How did you get my e-mail address? / Why didn’t I get an e-mail?
The parent e-mail addresses were taken from our school database. Parents who did not receive an e-
mail invitation should contact the school office and ensure their contact information is up to date. The e-
mail addresses for community partners were generated based on established relationships with the
school district. Students and staff lists were generated from our internal e-mail systems.
I received two invitations, one as a community partner and one as a parent. Do I complete both?
If you are a member of a district committee, have subscribed to our agenda subscription service, work for
a local agency or organization or business which has an ongoing relationship with the school district, you
would have received an invitation as a community partner. If you are also a parent or employee, you
would have received an invitation from the school. You may respond separately to each invitation.
Why can’t I forward the invitation e-mail?
The invitations will be sent to each individual parent/guardian, student (grade 8-12), employee or
community partner who has an e-mail address on file with the district. You cannot forward the invitation
that was specified to your e-mail account because the link is customized to ensure your feedback is filed
your school or district report. However for anyone who does not receive an invitation, starting December
1st, they can go online at www.ocdsb.ca and click on EverySchool_EveryVoice. From there, a link to the
self-registration process will be displayed.
Are all staff invited to participate?
Yes, all staff will be sent an invitation to participate. If you do not receive an invitation, you can go online
at www.ocdsb.ca and click on EverySchool_EveryVoice. From there, you will see a link to the self-
I don’t have children in school, can I participate?
Yes, anyone can participate in the consultation. You can go online at www.ocdsb.ca and click on
EverySchool_EveryVoice. From there, you will see a link to the self-registration process.
Will people know what thoughts I shared?
No, your answers are displayed confidentially. Your thoughts will be shared with other participants during
the STAR step but your name and/or e-mail address will never be connected to a specific thought or
displayed or shared with anyone.
Will you be sharing my e-mail address?
No, the e-mail collected for the consultation process will only be used to facilitate this Thoughtexchange
process. It will not be shared or sold to another third-party.
How do I know my privacy is protected?
The school district is committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with our legislated duty under
the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. E-mail addresses were shared with
the service provided with appropriate privacy and confidentiality agreements are in place. No personal
information was shared. Your responses will never be connected or attributed to your e-mail address. If
you have questions about privacy, please contact Michele Giroux, Privacy and Information Management
Coordinator at Michele.email@example.com or at 613-596-8211.
Will my answers be filtered?
All responses will be moderated and thoughts will be removed if they are rude or hurtful to a person or a
group of people and/or do not answer the question.
I am a principal, do I respond?
Yes, administrators are a very important stakeholder and we want to hear your thoughts.
Does my opinion really matter?
Absolutely! We believe that by understanding the experiences and priorities of students, staff,
parents/guardians and community partners, we will be able to improve our education system and better
serve the needs of our students.
How specific can I/should I be?
In the SHARE stage, we told participants that they could be as specific or as general as they wanted.
Keeping in mind that we are trying to set future priorities and while their examples may be specific, the
thought should identify a broader issue. Some thoughts were very specific and others more general.
What if I am a parent and an employee?
If you are a parents and a district employee, you will be able to participate twice. You will receive an
invitation to participate in the consultation process from the school that you work at and from the school
that your child(ren) attends.
Are my answers going to be shared with my child’s teacher/my principal/my boss?
No, your answers will not be connected to your name in any report or display. All thoughts will be shared
with other participants during the STAR step but your name and/or e-mail address will never be
connected to a thought or displayed or shared with anyone.
Why students in grades 8-12?
We selected students in Grades 8-12 to participate in the process because of their age and ability to
contribute to the online consultation process using their OCDSB e-mail account.
Are my answers about the school or the district?
Both – the information is collected by school and there will be a school generated report. This will help
with school improvement planning. All results will be rolled up to a district level report and that will inform
our future strategic priorities. Your answers should be based on your experience and use examples