Nov 23

A message from the Glen Cairn Community Association


Nov 09

Change the Face of Men’s health


Have you noticed that some teachers look a bit different lately? They are growing a moustache for 30 days, and not just as a bold fashion statement. They are doing it to raise funds for the Movember Foundation, and they need your support:

We are passionate about the Movember Foundation because they’re tackling some of the most significant health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Your donations will help them make an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

There are two ways you can contribute to their Mo growing effort:
Donate online at
Write a check to ‘Movember’ referencing the registration ID (2320404) and mail it to: Movember Canada, 119 Spadina Avenue, PO Box 65, Toronto, ON M5T 2T2

Learn about the important work Movember is funding and the impact your donation will have:

Nov 03

Vision Screening Clinic for Grade 8 Students – December 10th, 2015

To the Parent/Guardian of Grade 8 Students


Since a significant amount of what children learn comes from their eyes and vision, it is important to detect problems before they affect a child’s performance at school. It is estimated that one in six children have a vision problem.

This vision screening program is designed to identify children who have poor eyesight, amblyopia or lazy eyes, misaligned eyes and significant far-sightedness or astigmatism that would interfere with the child’s ability to see. The health of the eyes will not be assessed.

A vision screening does not replace a complete eye examination and it will not identify every child with an eye problem.

The vision screening will take place on Thursday, December  10, 2015.

Please fill out the following form  and have your child bring it with them to the vision screening clinic.

vision screening permission form 2015

Oct 28

Dental Screening Clinic for Grade 8 Students

Dental Screening

Oct 14

Glen Cairn Spirit Wear

Glen Cairn Spirit Wear is available for ordering until Friday October 23rd. Please visit the website below to place your order on-line. Please note that students involved in extra curricular music programs require a white polo shirt to wear at all performances. There is a sizing kit available in the main office. Please encourage your child to try on sizes before placing your order as there are no returns or exchanges.

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 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  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 –  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


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