May 12

Glen Cairn PS Open House

Dear Glen Cairn PS Community

This Thursday we are thrilled to invite you to join us for our annual Open House event.  This event showcases student work from the year, including student art work, musical performances, classroom learning and extra curriculars.

Our Open House also highlights the community partnerships that enable us to provide incredibly rich learning opportunities within a small school setting.  Come meet our City Councillor, Allan Hubley, representatives from the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, the Ottawa Public Library, Do it For Daron, The Ottawa Network for Education, Laura’s Independent Grocer and many more!

Visit the technology clubs in the library and see what our students are doing with innovative technologies such as our 3D printer.  Visit classrooms and meet our committed staff and student ambassadors.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in slam poetry workshops with Ian Keteku and Nathanael Larochette!

We look forward to welcoming new families, returning families, and future families to our Open House event on Thursday evening from 6 – 8 pm.



May 05

May 5, 2015 Labour Relations Update (9:30 am)

Dear Glen Cairn PS Families,

Below is an updated message available on the OCDSB website:

MAY, 5, 2015 - 8:53 a.m.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has provided notice of strike action in all Ontario elementary schools beginning Monday, May 11, 2015.  Based on the information available at this time, it is believed that ETFO will be implementing a partial withdrawal of service.  According to media reports elementary teachers will not participate in EQAO testing, will perform limited duties in relation to report card preparation, and will not participate in professional development.  This job action applies to all elementary schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, as well as other elementary schools in Ontario.

Based on the information received, parents can expect elementary schools to be open and all classes running as usual.  All extended day programs will operate as regularly scheduled.  The school district will provide more information about the specific services that the union is withdrawing in the coming days.  
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario strike action relates to ’central bargaining’‎. The school district does not sit at the central bargaining table; all Ontario school districts are represented by the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA); and the government of Ontario also sits at the table.  At the local level, the school district is continuing to meet with our elementary teachers and Occasional teachers, however this is separate from the ‘central table’ negotiations. 
Secondary Teachers Legal Strike Position
Our secondary teachers and occasional teachers (OSSTF) remain in a legal strike position. The OCDSB is one of seven Ontario school districts which OSSTF has targeted for strike action. Currently strike action is underway by OSSTF at the Durham District School Board, Rainbow District School Board, and  the Peel District School Board. OSSTF must provide 5 days advance notice of any planned strike action to the OCDSB. To date, we have not received notice of strike action at the OCDSB.  The school district remains committed to negotiating fair and fully funded collective agreements for our employees.
We understand that the potential for labour disruption can create anxiety for our students, parents and staff.   We remain committed to communicating with parents and students to ensure that you have as much information as possible.  Regular updates are posted on the district website at   ‎If you have questions, please feel free to contact your school principal or e-mail the school district at


Apr 27

Summer Learning at the OCDSB

Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,

There are a number of options available to current Glen Cairn PS students to continue their learning during the month of July.  Information can be found on the OCDSB website under “Night School / Summer School”.  Briefly, some options include:

Grade 7 and 8 Language Arts and Math (boost your skills for next year)

Language Arts for English Language Learners (ELL)

Get Ready for Grade 9 Math (Grade 9 Math Preparation)

For the above 3 programs, students must be recommended by their day school principal.  Please contact me at if you are interested in registering your child for one of these programs.  I have a limited number of registration forms that I can send home for you to complete.  Registration deadline is June 19, 2015.  Registration forms for these programs are returned to the day school (Glen Cairn Public School) and we will forward it on to Continuing Education on your behalf.

Note that class times are:

Mathematics Programs – 8:30 am – 11:45 am daily July 2 – July 23rd

Language Arts Programs – 12:20 pm – 3:35 pm daily July 2 – July 23rd.

Reach Ahead Classes Available to Students Currently in Grade 8:

Students currently in grade 8 are able to access two Grade 9 level “Reach Ahead” classes:

Geography of Canada – Academic Level

Math – Principles of Mathematics – Academic Level

The closest location for both courses is Sir Robert Borden High School on Greenbank Road.  Reach Ahead classes run from 8:30 am – 3:35 pm daily from July 2 – July 24th.  Registration information is available through

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

Warmest Regards,



Apr 24

Last chance studio day for graduation photos

There is a last chance studio day for Graduation photos on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Walter Baker Sports Centre in Barrhaven.

Please contact the Edge Imaging customer care team at 1-888-416-EDGE (3343) for appointments and information.



Apr 24

Thanking our volunteers

We want to thank all our volunteers, including school council members, parent and community volunteers, volunteers who have coached teams or led clubs or activity groups, and members of advisory committees to the Board. This is our chance to show our appreciation for the contributions you make.

Register at:

Apr 22

Scout Bike Exchange April 24 & 25