Oct 30

GCPS “Brick by Brick” Greeting Cards for Sale

Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,

Students at Glen Cairn PS are selling greeting cards to raise money for their “Brick by Brick” campaign to fund the building of a school in Kenya.  The artwork on the cards was created by grade 7 and 8 students last year.  Cards come in sets of four and $5.00 for a set of the four cards displayed below.  You can download the form here:  Brick by Brick Order Form – 2014.pdf and submit it to the school with payment to “Glen Cairn Public School”, or you can contact Margaret Robertson at 613-836-2342.

bbb cards

Oct 28

Traffic on Paddock Way behind A.Y. Jackson

A.Y.  Jackson has introduced yellow school buses this year.  These school buses exit A.Y.  Jackson behind the school onto Paddock Way between 8:45am-9:00am and 3:10pm -3:25pm.  Please be advised that Glen Cairn students should not be using the gate between the A.Y.Jackson property and Paddock Way during these times.

Oct 24

Classroom Connections October 20 – 24, 2014

Dear Glen Cairn PS Families,

We hope that you are doing ok in light of the tragic events that took place on Wednesday in downtown Ottawa.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you or your child needs support.

This past week and the coming weeks will see many evaluations and summative assignments as students near the end of units of study and move on to the next unit.  For instance, students wrote theory tests in music, summative evaluations on integers in math, summative assessments in science (grade 7) and presentations (grade 8 French Immersion) and are working on larger pieces of writing in their language arts.

Photo 2014-10-24 01.49.41 PMIn Grade 8 Language Arts, students in Mrs. MacWhirter’s class worked on developing criteria for “Four Corners” activities.  In “Four Corners” students are encouraged to take a stand on an issue or provocative question, then go to the corner that best represents their stand, meet with their peers and explain their reasoning.  In order for “Four Corners” to be effective, the students decided that they needed a good, provocative question to prompt their thinking.

They then went on to discuss what makes a good question.  Through their discussions, they determined that good questions:


  • Make you reflect or think deeply
  • Are detailed
  • Make you realize things you didn’t realize before
  • Help you create inferences
  • Create deep connections
  • Use your background knowledge

gcmathteamsIn Math, students have completed the unit on integers and have moved on to proportional reasoning, specifically, rate, ratio and percent.  For some great information on what is happening in math classes, please take time to visit the Glen Cairn Math Team blog regularly.  The blog includes videos, resources and prompts to support student learning and especially, to extend learning beyond the classroom to home.  Please remember that students also have access to the Pearson E-Text for additional home practice.

Outside of the classroom, the school is a busy hub, as always.  Clubs currently running include the Maker’s Club, the Baker’s Club, The Board Games Club, The Computer Programmers’ Club, Student Advisory Council, and the Free the Children “Brick by Brick” Campaign.  Choir, Senior Band and Senior Hand Bells are running in the music department.  In athletics, intramural dodgeball continues and we are gearing up for volleyball, with tryouts underway.


This past week both our girls’ and our boys’ touch football teams won their tournaments.  They played in cold and dreary (and wet) weather and did an amazing job.  We also had six students participate in the board finals for cross country running and they did exceptionally well too!  We are so proud of our student athletes for showing grit, determination and school spirit and for representing Glen Cairn PS to the very best of their abilities.

I hope that you all have a fantastic weekend.  Enjoy the sunshine!


Pictures from the week:


Oct 24

IB Diploma Program

IB ProgramIB letter

Oct 24

Photo Retake Day, Monday,October 27th

Just a reminder that photo retake will be starting Monday at 8:00 a.m. in the Library.

Oct 23

Additional Information and Support Available to GCPS Families

Dear Glen Cairn Public School Families:
On behalf of the school community, I extend our support and condolences to all those affected by the events on Parliament Hill. It was a difficult day for our community.
At the school, our first priority is always the safety of our students and staff. When we encounter situations of risk, we implement appropriate safety measures to secure the school and we make every effort to maintain a calm and safe learning environment.
In response to this incident, our school moved to “Shelter in Place” mode.  “Shelter in Place” mode which means regular activity continued within the school, but all exterior doors and windows were locked, and students were kept inside at lunch and recess.
In emergency situations, we receive communications support from the school district. This allows school staff to stay focused on school needs and ensures consistent and timely messaging to the community. Information was provided to parents through the media, social media (Twitter and Facebook), our websites (both ocdsb.ca and glencairnps.ca), and direct phone calls and e-mail to parents. At times like this, we are reminded of the importance of having up-to-date emergency contact information for all parents. Please ensure that your contact information is up to date.
As we resume regular operations, we will be keeping a close eye on student and staff well-being. We know that children may be confused by what they have heard about what has happened in our city today. Most likely they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children cope by listening, acknowledging and validating feelings and by being reassuring. At the school, we will provide resources and supports to students as required. Attached is an information sheet for parents to help manage conversations with children. This information is also posted on the district website:


If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school. I appreciate your ongoing support.

Shannon Smith

Oct 22

UPDATE: Shelter in Place lifted at GCPS – Business as Usual

Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,

At 1:40 pm this afternoon we lifted our “Shelter in Place” in response to direction from OCDSB Director of Education Jennifer Adams. We are proceeding with our normal day, including end of day routines. School buses will run as per usual schedule, although there may be delays due to traffic. Students who walk will be released at the end of the day and encouraged to walk directly home.

If your routine has changed because of the situation in downtown Ottawa today and would like us to pass a message along to your child, please call the school office as soon as possible at 613-836-2342.

Please note that the OCDSB will issue a system-wide message to all families this afternoon. That message will include resources to assist you in speaking with your child about today’s events.

We appreciate your support over the course of the day today.


Shannon Smith

Oct 22

Message from Director Jennifer Adams

Schools in the downtown core area remain in secure school mode and all other schools remain in shelter in place until further advised. School doors are to remain locked and parents are asked not to pick up their children until the secure school/shelter in place is lifted. Children are not to be released to parents/guardians until the secure school/shelter in place is lifted.

All after school and evening activities, including community use, are cancelled.

Oct 22

Page Program

Page Program

Oct 21

Healthy Lunches

Healthy Lunch

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