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 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 8:00 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!



Jun 22

Elementary Report Cards/Letters of Promotion Update

Hello Glen Cairn PS Families,

The letter below was sent to all OCDSB families this evening from Director of Education Jennifer Adams:


Dear Parent/Guardian:

I would like to provide you with an update regarding report cards, Letters of Promotion, and the sharing of mark information for elementary students.  Last week, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board advised parents that for Term 2 of the 2014-2015 school year, the school district will be issuing:

  •  Report cards to students in grades 8 on June 25, 2015; and
  •  A Letter of Promotion to students in JK to grade 7 on June 23, 2015.

I am pleased to advise you that, in addition, parents of students in JK to grade 7 will be mailed “Information about Term 2 Marks” by August 31, 2015. The mark information is not a report card, but it will be personalized with the student’s marks by subject and strand, and will be based on the information submitted by the teacher.  Please note that the Letter of Promotion will be the official document for students in JK to grade 7 and will be filed in the Ontario Student Record.  These changes to report card practice are a result of the legal job action currently underway by teachers in Ontario. This week, we were reminded by parents and students that the report card including the marks, learning skills and teacher comments are valued. While we cannot generate report cards for all students in JK to grade 7, we heard very clearly that limited mark information was better than none. As a result, we made a commitment to share mark information with parents and students.

As always, if you have any questions about your child’s learning, we encourage you to contact your child’s teacher prior to the end of the school year.

More detailed information and a series of questions and answers are posted on the District website at You can send any questions to or to  Thank you for your understanding.


Jennifer Adams

Director of Education

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Jun 18

Register All Summer Long!

Thank you for visiting the Glen Cairn Public School website!  After June 26th we will be closed for the summer but you may register all summer long at the OCDSB Administration Building at 133 Greenbank Road.

Please call the Admissions Department at 613-596-8730 to make an appointment.

Please bring your child’s proof of age, address, health card and immunization record to register.

If English is not your first language, you are new to Canada, returning from abroad or from a French language school board, please call our Family Reception Centre at 613-239-2416 to make an appointment.

For more information please visit the OCDSB website.

Jun 16

Bridlewood Home Hardware Partnership Program

Bridlewood Home Hardware and GCPS have teamed up. 

When you shop at Bridlewood Home Hardware, please let the cashier know that you have students attending Glen Cairn Public School. When you do Home Hardware will give 3% of your total pretax purchase back to GCPS that will go towards enhancing student achievement.

It’s win-win!

Jun 09

Leadership Camp at Jack Charron Arena

Leadership Camps

To register, please visit



Jun 04

Spring Music Concert at Glen Cairn Public School

Please join us for our annual Spring Music Concert featuring all of Glen Cairn’s music ensembles. 

When: Thursday, June 11th

 Time: 7pm

Where: in the gym at Glen Cairn Public School.

Jun 03

REMINDER: Friday, June 5 – PD Day – No school for students

Jun 03

Summer Leadership Programs / City of Ottawa

Leadership Programs Pamphlet  – Please click on link to see pamphlet

May 29

Grade 8 Graduation

The Grade 8 Leaving Ceremony will take place on:

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

10 am in the Gym

Due to capacity restrictions, each student will have a maximum of 2 guests, possibly 3.  Please let us know the number of tickets that you will need to request.

There will be a short reception with refreshments following the Leaving Ceremony.  Please let us know if you, your child or any guests have food sensitivities or allergies.

Please complete the form below and return it to the school office as soon as possible to reserve your tickets. 

Grade 8 Leaving Ceremony

Older posts «