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

Oct 19

Gandalf Offers Advice to Students

Oct 17

Behaviour Management Strategies for the Child with LD

IDAO-C Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton
is pleased to present
WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN: Behaviour Management Strategies for the Child with LD
with Richard Lavoie
The upcoming information session (October 25th, 9am -12pm) on Learning Disabilities and Behaviour Management Strategies will be at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School.  The information session is put on by the Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa and there is a cost associated with this event. 
This session will present dozens of field-tested behavior management techniques for use at home and in the classroom. These strategies are designed specifically for use with students with language and attentional deficits.

All of the techniques are presented within a context of support, structure and responsiveness. The philosophical underpinning of each strategy will also be presented.

  • The participants will understand the concept that current trends, issues and legislation in the field of Special Education have a direct impact upon students and their families.
  • The participants will recognize the importance of attempting to view situations and problems from the perspective of the children they serve.
  • The participants will understand the functional differences among “mainstreaming”, “inclusion” and “total inclusion”.
  • The participants will understand the concept of “fairness” and its application to home and school situations.
  • The participants will understand that learning/attentional disorders are complex and require complex and thoughtful treatments and solutions; “simple solutions” are generally ineffective and can be counter productive.

About Richard Lavoie:

Rick Lavoie has served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs since 1972. He holds three degrees in Special Education and has served as an adjunct professor or visiting lecturer at numerous universities including Syracuse, Harvard, Gallaudet, Manhattanville College, University of Alabama and Georgetown. Rick serves as a consultant on Learning Disabilities to several agencies and organizations including Public Broadcasting Service, New York Times, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Girl Scouts of America, Child Magazine and WETA. He is a member of the Professional Advisor Board of the Learning Disabilities Association.   Have questions about The Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa presents Richard Lavoie?Contact Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton

Oct 17

Boys’ and Girls’ Touch Football

Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,

I had the opportunity to pop by the boys’ and girls’ touch football exhibition games this afternoon and I snapped a few photos:

Oct 16

Homework Club

Homework Club

Oct 10

Public Meeting on Boundary Revisions

Boundary Revisions

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