Oct 05

Glen Cairn Activity Schedule for October 2015

October School Clubs

Sep 23

Annual GCPS Terry Fox Run – Sept 30th, 2015

Terry Fox Letter


Download the permission form below:

Terry Fox Permission Form


Sep 15

OCDSB Calendar

Sep 11

School Photo Day

The Glen Cairn School Photo Day is Thursday Sept. 24th.  The retake day is Wednesday October 28th.

Visit edgeimaging.ca for more information.





Sep 08

#PhoenixRising: What is your Phoenix Story

Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,

We had a great start today, despite some hiccups with the student transportation.  I do hope that the transportation issues are now sorted out and please let me know if you continue to experience issues.

Today we had assemblies to welcome our students back to school.  As you may know, our school symbol is the phoenix, the mythical creature that burns in a ball of flame and renews itself.  This symbol was chosen because GCPS is a place for new beginnings.

I spoke to students about the opportunities that they will encounter here at GCPS and encouraged them to see that the school is what they make of it.  It is important to be your best, to learn from and overcome setbacks, and to rise up to meet challenges.  As a conversation starter, we viewed this short ad featuring Serena Williams facing head on her challenges, past mistakes and failures.  The song “Rise Up” resonates perfectly with our phoenix symbol.  As an incredible athlete living in the spotlight, Williams has experienced her share of setbacks and faces much criticism. This short ad tells Williams’ “Phoenix Story” and I encourage all students to rise up and find their own inner phoenix:

It is going to be a great year!


Shannon Smith



Sep 07

First Day of School – September 8, 2015

no background phoenixHello Glen Cairn PS Families,

The big day is only 1 more sleep away.  The school is absolutely sparkling and staff are ready to welcome our students tomorrow.  Below are a few pieces of important information for you as you prepare for tomorrow.

Construction Continues

The construction work underway in the neighbourhood is continuing, although great progress has been made over the past two weeks to open up the roads and complete the aspects of the project closest to the school.  Having said that, the roads are in places gravel and there are many construction vehicles moving about the neighbourhood.

Buses:  For bus stop information, please log in to the parent portal at ottawaschoolbus.ca.  I encourage all students who take the bus to do so right from day 1 so that the drivers get to know the students and the route, and so that students also get to know the driver and which bus they will take.

Walkers/Bikers:  For students who normally walk, skateboard or bike to the school, please note that the construction company has created sidewalks in the areas most affected by construction.  Please ensure that you walk on the lawn side of the big orange and black construction markers.  Bikes can be secured at our bike racks at the back of the school in the fenced off area that used to house a kindergarten play structure.  Bikes must be locked.  Neither bikes nor skateboards can be ridden on school property – they must be walked.  Skateboards can be secured in student lockers.

Drivers:  If you must drive your child, please be mindful of our walkers and cyclists.  Also note that the construction will cause delays and plan accordingly to alleviate stress.  Drive slowly in the neighbourhood.  Our parking lot is closed to all vehicles except school buses.   You may enter the community centre side of the parking lot and drop your child off at the student drop off point there before circling back out onto the street.  Please do not drop your child off on the street.  This is not safe.  If you are picking your child up at the end of the day, please arrange to meet in the community centre side of the parking lot.  I ask you to refrain from coming into the building, as this will create increased traffic and possible confusion for students as they learn the end of day routines.  Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Supervision on the yard begins at 8:15 am.

First Day Routines

If it is raining, students will be brought into the school immediately.  Grade 8 students will proceed to the hallways to locate their homerooms.  Class lists will be posted and staff will be on hand, wearing orange sashes, to direct students.  Grade 7 students will proceed to the gym to find their homeroom teachers.  In both cases, parents are not permitted to enter either the hallways or the gym.  Remember that although it is hard to say goodbye on the first day, students in grades 7 and 8 are fully capable of finding their way and making a great start on their own.

If we beat the odds and it is not raining, all students will proceed to the back of the school to find their homerooms.  Staff will be on hand to help direct students.

I will be on hand to greet the students at the front of the school.  Throughout the day I will be visiting classrooms and hosting assemblies to help students get settled.  If you need to be in touch, please email me and I will get back to you as soon as I am able – shannon.smith@ocdsb.ca.  It is important that you know that students have been placed into their class groupings very carefully and deliberately, with input from their previous teachers.  For this reason, I will not be making class changes.  Middle school is the first step towards high school where students are expected to have a high degree of independence and responsibility.  Throughout the first week, staff will be working with students to ensure that they are settled in their classes and know the school routines.

It is going to be a tremendous year at Glen Cairn PS and I encourage you to support your child in making the most of it, including becoming involved in School Council.  Our first meeting and election of new executive will take place on September 22nd at 7 pm in the school library.  I hope to see you there!

All the best,

Shannon Smith


Sep 01

New school hours for Glen Cairn Public School

The new school hours for the 2015-2016 school year are from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.  The daily timetable operates on a 5 day rotation.  

2015-16 School Timetable



8:30 – 9:20


Period # 1



9:20 – 10:10


Period # 2



10:10 – 10:25


Nutrition Break



10:25 – 10:55





10:55 – 11:45


Period # 3



11:45 – 12:35


Period # 4



12:35 – 12:50


Nutrition Break



12:50 – 1:20





1:20 -2:10


Period # 5



2:10 – 3:00


Period #6


Aug 31

Immunization Clinics for the 2015-2016 School Year

Ottawa Public Health is holding two immunization clinics at GCPS this year.  The first clinic is on October 7th and the second clinic is on April 13th.


On the day of the school clinic, please remember to:

  • Eat a good breakfast.
  • Bring an extra juice or snack to school.
  • Wear short sleeves or a loose shirt so that your upper arm is exposed easily, without undressing.

Aug 29

Back to School Update #2: Where to find the information you need

GCPS: The Phoenix RisesHello Glen Cairn PS Families,

As the first day of school approaches (Tuesday, September 8th), there are a few pieces of information you may want to locate.

Bus Information

To access information regarding student transportation, including eligibility, bus stop locations and pick up and drop off times, please visit ottawaschoolbus.ca and log in to the “Parent Portal”.  You will need your child’s school name, grade and date of birth to access the portal.

Please note that there is an incredible amount of disruption to traffic flow in Glen Cairn right now due to ongoing work on the infrastructure.  Currently there is only one route into/out of the part of the community in which GCPS is located and it is already congested with construction vehicles.  If your child takes the bus, please encourage them to take the bus in order to lessen the traffic congestion in the morning.  If your child walks, I encourage you to walk the route prior to the first day to determine the safest route.  There are many streets without sidewalks and we need to be very diligent about safety around the construction and other vehicles.

Calendars and Timetables.

To view the 2015 – 2016 school year calendar, please visit the ocdsb website.  Class schedules will be posted on this website following the first day of school.  All students will receive a paper copy of their class schedule on the first day of school.  Glen Cairn PS runs on a Day 1 – Day 5 schedule, and our school calendar can be viewed at any time to find out which day it is on any given day, as well as any special events happening at the school.  Individual classes will also maintain homework calendars or blogs to keep parents informed.

Please remember that our school day runs from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.  Supervision on the yard begins at 8:15 am.  Next week I will post information regarding our first day of school.

All the best!


Aug 06

Back to School Update #1: School Supplies and Dress Code

Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,

There is still a lot of time left in the summer and I hope that you are all making the most of the beautiful weather, however, the back to school gear is on the shelves in the shops and it seems like a good time to post an update about school supplies and dress code for those who are embarking on their back to school shopping.

School Supplies:

Binder with all the fixings ready for the first day!

Binder with all the fixings ready for the first day!

The OCDSB has a generic list of school supplies that you can find on the website.  The list includes things that students don’t really need, so I am going to suggest that you go for “less is more” in your shopping.  The shopping trip itself is a great opportunity for students to learn about budgeting, so if you are bringing them along, why not take a few minutes to set up a budget before heading out.  Of course, there are so many “cute” items on the shelves, you may also opt to go on your own to pick up the essentials.  Either way, here are a few words on some of the items on the common list.  The first week of school will include many orientation activities, including getting students set up and organized with their lockers, timetables and books.

Binder and binder dividers:  Students really only need 1 binder.  The binder itself should be 2 inches to allow for all subjects to have some room.  Students will need 8 dividers, but I encourage everyone to hold off on labelling the subjects until they are in school and have received some further information about organization from their teachers.  Also, don’t worry about the binder becoming overstuffed as the year goes on.  Once each unit of study is completed, students should remove those notes and keep them in a folder in their locker or even at home.  This will create more space for current studies.

Duo Tangs:  Subjects such as Music and Core French often use duotangs, and 4 duotangs of different colours, such as red, blue, green and orange, will suffice.

Paper:  Lined paper (about 150 sheets to start) will be used in most subjects.  If students like to use graphing paper for mathematics to keep everything lined up and neat, that is not a bad idea either, but not essential.

Pens, Pencils and Markers:  As per the OCDSB list, I recommend all students have 12 pencils, though not all in their pencil case at once.  Pens – blue, red and black – are also used extensively.  White erasers are ideal as they are less likely to smudge than the cute mini erasers.  A pencil sharpener is very useful as well.  Highlighters in at least 2 different colours will also be used as students have many opportunities to develop their ability to determine what information in a text is important and worth highlighting.  Coloured pencils and markers will be used regularly as well.

Gym Clothing:  All students must change for gym.  Students will need a pair of non-marking running shoes, a t-shirt or sweatshirt and either shorts or track pants.  Students should also bring unscented deodorant.

Other Items:  For mathematics, students will require a clear metric ruler and a geometry set.  If students do not have an electronic device (iPod, cell phone) with a calculator application will need a calculator.  Students should also have a pair of scissors that are comfortable to use, as well as a couple of glue sticks.  Students are also encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to help stay hydrated throughout the day.

Lock:  All students are issued a locker for their use over the course of the year.  All lockers must be locked with a combination lock at all times.  Keyed locks are not permitted because experience has taught us that keys get lost easily.  Combinations are recorded by teachers, so no worry about not remembering the combination.  Students will note that our lockers are in wonderful shape and it is expected that students will keep them that way.  Posters or anything hanging on the locker must use magnets or blue sticky tack.  Students may also opt for a small shelf to keep their things up off their boots, which must be stored inside the lockers as well.

Lunch Bag:  Students have 2 nutrition breaks at Glen Cairn PS and will require a lunch bag that is large enough to carry food for the day and keep it cool.


Please note that we have members of our school community with severe allergies.  The two most important for you to know about are nuts and scents.  Students may not bring snack items that have nuts and students are also not permitted to trade their lunch items.  Also, students may not wear perfumes or strong smelling deodorants.  Thank you so much for understanding and ensuring that your child complies with this.

Dress Code

Our dress code was reviewed last spring with input from the school council, students and staff.  I understand that the dress code can be a source of controversy, and it makes sense to review it yearly (in the spring) to make sure that it reflects our commitment to an orderly, safe and clean learning environment.  Additionally, our dress code was revised to ensure that it is inclusive and respectful of all members of our school community regardless of gender. For our exact dress code, you may visit that page on our website.  Please keep the dress code in mind while shopping to avoid frustration when school starts.


I hope that this information is helpful as you gear up for September.  Please check back here regularly for updates.  The “First Day of School” procedures will be posted the last week of summer holiday so that everyone knows what to expect on the first day of school.

Enjoy the sunshine!



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