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

Apr 22

Glen Cairn Public School Annual Open House

Glen Cairn Public School Annual Open House

Thursday, May 14th, 6pm – 8pm

182 Morrena Road, Kanata, ON

Apr 21

OSTA Policy Changes for Students in a Joint Custody Arrangement

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) has a NEW policy and

procedure to deliver transportation services to students in a joint custody

arrangement and having two homes.  Both homes must be within the attendance

boundary and eligible for transportation.  A formal application process requires

that both parents and/or guardians sign the application and schedule.  Weekly

or bi-weekly access schedules may be limited to ensure student safety.  Other

safety and operational risks will be assessed prior to approval or denial of each



The deadline for applications to ensure transportation as of the first day of

school in September 2015 is JUNE 1, 2015.  All other requests will be processed

after September 15 2015.


All documents (application, transportation schedule calendar, FAQ, policy and

procedure)  are posted online  at:



Apr 18

GCPS Student Dress Code

Dear Glen Cairn PS Families,

The staff, student council and school council at GCPS recently reviewed the Dress Code and have made a few revisions to ensure that the Dress Code reflects our commitment to ensuring an inclusive, safe and caring learning environment.  Below is the Dress Code, which can also be found posted on our website here:

We appreciate the support of all members of the Glen Cairn Public School community in adhering to our dress code.

Statement of Purpose:

Glen Cairn Public School is a place of work and learning.  The Dress Code is intended to ensure our shared commitment to active and engaged learning, as well as physical and emotional well-being.  Clothing that is worn to school should fit well and be comfortable so as to not interfere with learning.  The Dress Code is informed, although not limited by, OCDSB Policy P.104 SCO “Student Dress Code.  The Dress Code is aligned with the OCDSB’s Inclusive, Safe and Caring Schools initiatives.  The Dress Code applies equally to all students, regardless of gender, and is respectful of students who are gender diverse or gender non-conforming.

Standards of Dress:

All members of the Glen Cairn Public School community are expected to adhere to the following standards of dress at all times at the school:

  • Clothing promoting or alluding to racist, sexist, ageist, homophobic or sentiments otherwise demeaning to another person may not be worn.
  • Clothing depicting or alluding to violence, including logos and brands associated with video games with content rated for Mature (“M”) due to violent or sexually explicit content may not be worn.
  • Clothing promoting or alluding to gang or drug culture may not be worn.
  • Underwear of any type is meant to be worn under other garments and must not be visible due to rips or holes in clothing, or a mismatch of strap in shirts.
  • Clothing must cover the belly at all times and must cover the bottom at all times.
  • Footwear such as sandals or flip flops may be worn, except during physical activity – DPA, Physical Education class, Intramurals and physical activity at recess.
  • Hats and hoods may not be worn inside the building.

Consequences of Non-Compliance:

The consequences for non-compliance with the Glen Cairn Public School Dress Code adhere to the principles of progressive discipline.  The purpose is to promote a shared responsibility amongst all members of the Glen Cairn Public School community to foster a learning environment that is respectful, inclusive and safe for all individuals.

Initial non-compliance with Dress Code will result in the individual being asked to change clothing and to not wear the item in question again.

Further non-compliance will result in meetings with parents, referrals to social work and other supports as deemed appropriate, loss of privileges at school and possible suspension, according to section 2.3 of the OCDSB Policy P.020.SCO “Student Suspension”.

Warmest Regards,


Apr 09

Talking to Kids about Money – Free Speakers Series

Talking to Kids about Money (please click on title or view full post for information)

Apr 09

The Qualities of Engagement – Free Speakers Series

The Qualities of Engagement (please click on title or view full post for information)

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