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Dear Parents and Guardians of Broadview Public School, I could not have been more pleased to see the snow falling this afternoon, bringing much needed traction to an icy outdoor terrain! January has certainly been a mixed bag of weather. We’re hoping for -10 with no wind and lots of sun every day from now until the end of the month! Broadview students enjoyed a super busy month of learning, fun, and celebration. Yesterday our intermediate Lego Robotics team took gold at the Skills Ontario Preliminary competition. This team would not be possible with dedicated parent volunteers and Ms. Harrison. A special thank you to our School Council who has purchased robots for our school for the past several years. Our team will be competing in the Provincial competition in Toronto this May - we wish them all the best! Several of our intermediate students visited Parliament Hill on Tuesday, January 16 to help celebrate the announcement of Canada’s Olympic Flag Bearers. It was a great day to be Canadian and shake the Prime Minister’s hand! We also hosted several new families for our kindergarten information night and practised a lockdown. It’s been a busy and exciting month!! Coyote in the Neighbourhood! We had a little excitement yesterday morning with reports of a coyote visiting Westboro. A student asked me why there would be a coyote here in the city and I suggested that perhaps he was chasing the Road Runner. The blank stare he gave me made me sad! To be safe, we brought students into the school as they arrived, calling a Shelter in Place. We use this procedure to protect against potential threats outside of the building, such as visiting wild animals or severe weather. Once the students were indoors, we returned to normal operations but ensured that students moving between portables and the school were with an adult at all times during the transition. With no further reports or sightings we fully resumed normal activities by 1st break.   Online Silent Auction Check it out! Bidding closes on February 14th. www.32auctions.com/BroadviewAvenuePS   We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful school and this fundraising will help to make it even better! Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Immunization Surveillance All children attending school between ages 4 to 17 need to be immunized according to Ontario's Immunization Schedule. Learn more here. Parents or guardians of these students would have received written notice from OPH in the mail on November 22, 2017 for elementary students. Suspension orders are scheduled to be mailed on January 22, 2018 and scheduled to be enforced on February 14, 2018. More information can be found here or you may contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744. Mr. Paré Away I will be taking a course this month that will be taking me away from the school for a few days. While I am away Mr. Bickerton will be the Acting Principal working with Vice-Principal MacFarlane. Mr. Bickerton is a retired principal with many years of experience. Parking Lot We continue to have students dropped off in the small parking lot at the southwest corner of the school. This lot is not to be used by the community for parking or drop off at any time of the day. Volunteers Needed The School Council is always looking for volunteers on a regular basis to help out with various school and after school activities.  More information, including the sign-up form, is available at the following link: https://ocdsb-broadviewps.ss13.sharpschool.com/cms/one.aspx?portalId=216721&pageId=3242054 Student Transfer Application Period Please access the Student Transfer Parent Guide for more information about applying for a cross boundary transfer for your child. Report Cards and IEPs Our staff are very busy preparing report cards. Reports for all students will be sent home on Wednesday, February 14. Updates to IEPs go home on Wednesday, February 28. Dental Screening Lucy Charbonneau, registered dental hygienist with
Posted by dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca  On Jan 31, 2018 at 7:32 PM
  
Dear Parents and Guardians of Broadview Public School, Welcome to 2018! I hope that everyone had a relaxing, refreshing, invigorating winter break with their friends and family. My family had a staycation which allowed us to try all kinds of new recipes with my new Instant Pot. What a device! I like the ribs, soups, rice, but the enchiladas were the real hit with the kids. It’s amazing what a new tool can do to shake up the dining routine. Elementary PA Day - January 26, 2018 A reminder that January 26, 2018 is a PA day for all elementary students (K-8). Extended Day Programs operated by the district will be operating on that day only for children enrolled in the extended day programs or eligible to attend PA day programs. Tips for Parents of Grade 8 Students - High School Courses and Choices Entering high school is an important time in your child’s education. Over the next month, our secondary schools will be hosting open house nights for students and families to learn more about program offerings and high school. Nepean will be hosting students and their families this Thursday at 6:30 pm (January 18 - please see the attachment for more information). Woodroffe will be hosting their night Wednesday night (January 17) at 6:30 pm Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Immunization Surveillance All children attending school between ages 4 to 17 need to be immunized according to Ontario's Immunization Schedule. Learn more here. Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, students attending school in Ontario are required to be vaccinated against nine (9) diseases or have a valid exemption. Parents are required to report all immunizations done at the doctor's office to OPH. Under this Act, OPH has the authority to suspend from attending school students for whom OPH does not have a record of immunization. Parents/guardians of these students would have received written notice from OPH in the mail on November 22, 2017 for elementary students. Suspension orders are scheduled to be mailed on January 22, 2018 and scheduled to be enforced on February 14, 2018. More information can be found here or you may contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744. Do You Want To Volunteer In An OCDSB School? Ottawa Volunteers in Education (OVIE) brings volunteers from the community into OCDSB classrooms. OVIE recruits, screens, and trains volunteers to provide much-needed one-to-one support for students. Volunteers provide classroom support in a variety of academic subjects, clubs and activities. Browse through the volunteer opportunities and find a placement that best suits your interests and schedule, or simply apply online here. Continuing Education - January/February Newsletter Take a look at what is coming up in the Continuing Education Department in the New Year in our January/February 2018 Newsletter. We have International Language Programs, Literacy and Numeracy Support Programs, Workplace Training and Academic Upgrading Programs and more. Feeling the need to get outdoors? Join Continuing Education for a Family Snowshoe Hike at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre on Saturday January 20th, 2018. Come explore the forest with your family on a guided snowshoe hike around the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s 425 acre classroom called “MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre”! Experienced Outdoor Education Instructors will guide you and your family along the trails to discover and learn animal signs and tracks, and then relax around the campfire for lunch. Snowshoes & hot dogs will be provided or you can bring your own! The fee is $15.00 per person. To register, please phone or email MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre to book your family in for this great outdoor adventure! Regards, Dennis Paré Principal - Broadview Public School dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca Upcoming Events - these events can be found on the school calendar. Consider adding our school’s Google calendar to your own as it will be the most up to date source of inform
Posted by dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca  On Jan 31, 2018 at 7:31 PM
  
Dear Parents and Guardians of Broadview Public School, I have a few more updates to share with you. Ski Club 2018 Call for Registration Registration begins today for five weeks of ski and snowboarding on Friday evenings at Vorlage with the Broadview Ski Club.  Beginners welcome!  Please see attached communique and note that registration ends on Sunday 17 December.  Please note that this is not a school-sanctioned event. It is organized entirely by parent volunteers. We look forward to seeing you on the slopes! Student Well-Being Speaker Series The link on the previous message didn’t work so we’re trying this again. I apologize for the inconvenience: The Student Well-Being Committee is very excited to announce a Speaker Series that will be offered to parents this Winter The goals of these events are to provide information, resources, and practical advice for parents on a variety of topics that are relevant to many children, teens and families. In order to chose which topics will be the most helpful, we need your input! Please go to the link below to choose the 3 TOPICS that you would like to learn more about. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LDXHWWH Call for Volunteers Given the busy holiday season and the many activities at school and in the community, we are in current need of volunteers to support the upcoming Immunization Clinics for Grade 7 and 8 students (Thursday and Friday, December 14-15 during the school day) as well as the Snowball Dance for Intermediate Students (Friday, December 15) in the evening from approximately 6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. If you have a few hours to spare in support of either of these two events, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at Helen_Leung@live.ca. Thank you! Dennis Paré Principal - Broadview Public School dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca
Posted by dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca  On Dec 12, 2017 at 9:29 PM
  
Dear Parents and Guardians of Broadview Public School, We’re midway through December and showing no signs of letting up! We have students out for sports tournaments, trips to the museum, and practices for upcoming concerts. School Council meets tomorrow night, our Snow Ball is this Friday, and there will be a Winter Solstice concert on next Thursday, December 21. We also have teachers visiting from Spain and school administrators visiting from Jeju, Korea. There is literally never a dull day at Broadview, and I happen to like it that way! Vaccinations Ottawa Public Health will be here on Thursday and Friday this week to administer vaccines for our students in grades 7 and 8. Please make sure your children have a full breakfast before coming to school. Information regarding vaccines should be coming home today or tomorrow. Play Structures are Closed for Winter Our play structures are now closed for the winter. When dropping off or picking up your children, please do not allow your children to use the play structures as this sends mixed messages to our students. Cookie Dough Pickup Cookie dough pick up is on WEDNESDAY, the 13th from 3:45 pm onward. Please come to the GYM to pick up the dough. If you are picking up after 5:45 pm, please go to the school's lobby. The dough is frozen and since the school will not be able to freeze it overnight, it needs to be picked on Wednesday, the 13th. Holiday Hamper Donations Donations can be dropped off at school in our lobby. See the attachment for more details.   Broadview Silent Auction The Broadview Fundraising Committee is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting an online Silent Auction from February 1st-14th 2018. Broadview School Council and our community partners are raising money to complement and enrich the educational experience of Broadview students. We have received a ton of fantastic donations from community businesses already. We would also like to invite parents from the Broadview community contribute by donating a product, gift card, set of tickets or a service to be used as an item in the silent auction. We will continue to add business logos as donations come in until December 22nd. Here is our Broadview Silent Auction poster so far: Please give generously and help us ensure that Broadview students have an exceptional educational experience. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful school and this fundraising will help to make it even better! Please direct donations and/or questions to Nicola from the Fundraising Committee: nicolapowadiuk@gmail.com Thank you and all the best, Broadview’s Fundraising Committee Student Well-Being Speaker Series The Student Well-Being Committee is very excited to announce a Speaker Series that will be offered to parents this Winter The goals of these events are to provide information, resources, and practical advice for parents on a variety of topics that are relevant to many children, teens and families. In order to chose which topics will be the most helpful, we need your input! Please go to the link below to choose the 3 TOPICS that you would like to learn more about. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LDXHWWH Parking Lot Finally, we have signage in our parking lot!!  Thank you for your patience with this. Please be mindful of the following parking lot guidelines: Our parking lot has a single entrance and a single exit. The entrance is between the Tower building and Nepean High School and the exit is at Avondale. There is no entry to our parking lot from the Avondale/Broadview intersection. This decision was made in consultation with our school council to ensure safety of our children. The parking lot is reserved for staff between 8:30 and 4:30 - please park your vehicles on a side street, respecting the local parking rules as posted. The drop off loop in the parking lot is reserved for OSTA vehicles (School Vans). Parents/Guardians may not drop children off in the parking lot Thank you fo
Posted by dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca  On Dec 11, 2017 at 8:18 PM
  
Dear Parents and Guardians of Broadview Public School, Hurray! The last day of November is upon us and we are facing three busy weeks of December. I have a few updates for you - please know how appreciative I am that you take the time to read these messages! Broadview Snowsuit Donations Thank you to our amazing community for sharing clothing for those children in need. Our school is generously supporting York Street Public School this year as well. Many thanks to everyone who shared. OCDSB Speaker Series - TONIGHT November 30, 2017 — Dr. Susan Hopkins of The MEHRIT Centre Parents will be introduced to Self-Regulation, a powerful method for understanding and responding to their children's (and their own) stress, energy, and tension. Location: Sir Robert Borden High School 131 Greenbank Road 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Enjoy these free information sessions - sponsored by the District's Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and supported through grant funding from the Ministry of Education. Parking Lot Finally, we have signage in our parking lot!!  Thank you for your patience with this. Please be mindful of the following parking lot guidelines: Our parking lot has a single entrance and a single exit. The entrance is between the Tower building and Nepean High School and the exit is at Avondale. There is no entry to our parking lot from the Avondale/Broadview intersection. This decision was made in consultation with our school council to ensure safety of our children. The parking lot is reserved for staff between 8:30 and 4:30 - please park your vehicles on a side street, respecting the local parking rules as posted. The drop off loop in the parking lot is reserved for OSTA vehicles (School Vans). Parents/Guardians may not drop children off in the parking lot I’ve been hearing quite a bit from parents and guardians about inappropriate use of the lot. The concern is obviously for the safety of children arriving at and leaving our school. At the end of the day, all I can do is trust that our community will respect these guidelines because it’s the safe thing to do for our children. I’ve spoken to many in our parking lot about safety for our kids. I thank you for being respectful, kind and understanding. I’ve also spoken with several grandparents who don’t have the benefit of receiving these messages. Please pass this info along to grandparents so they can avoid a conversation with me in the parking lot! Construction Updates Mr. Joe and I spent 3 hours today walking the school and grounds with the contractor. Deficiencies were noted and plans put in place to put finishing touches on the building. Our bike racks arrived today and were anchored to the ground. Paving is complete and most of the landscaping is done. Our school council is looking to support the addition of exterior furniture for students to use while on break. This is a long term project that will require some fundraising, and certainly very exciting for our students. Holiday Concerts and Celebrations At Broadview Public School, all faiths and walks of life are appreciated and celebrated. As we move into December, students who celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa will be encouraged to share their family’s traditions with their school friends if they are interested in doing so. We are looking forward to fun learning activities as well as a few concerts and the Snow Ball for intermediate students on December 15. Details will be following.  Should your family have any concerns about participation, please feel free to share these with your homeroom teacher or myself. Red Cross Babysitting Course (a message from the community) Canadian Red Cross Babysitting Course Tues Jan 2, 2018, Real Canadian Superstore Westboro 8:30 - 4:30 Promo Code: HHFIRSTAID to be shared in the schools to save 10% If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact: Jordan Turcotte, Director of Training Helping Hands First Aid Training 613-323-0469 info@helpingha
Posted by dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca  On Nov 30, 2017 at 6:18 PM
  
Dear Parents and Guardians of Broadview Public School, With the cold weather, please remind your children to dress appropriately. As I write this looking out at Dovercourt Ave. snow is falling and the roads are icy. I ran into a young boy this morning who was wearing running shoes and an Adidas jacket. I reminded him that it’s now time to be wearing a hat, mitts, warm jacket and boots at the minimum every day. Students go outside every day for a half hour and 20 minute recesses. Here is the announcement that went out today to remind students about this: The winter weather is here and snow is on the ground. It’s colder  and icier, which means Broadview staff and students need to be extra careful when walking around outside. Wear your winter clothing (e.g., hat, mitts, warm jacket, boots, and snow pants if you want to play in the snow). While on recess, students may not throw snow. Snowballs are not allowed. This is because snow and ice that get thrown can be very dangerous and can cause serious injury.  The simple rule is that snow stays on the ground. Having said that, snow is a lot of fun!! So, while we can’t throw snowballs, here are 10 things you can do with snow while enjoying recess: 1. make a fort 2. invade someone else's fort (but respect the workmanship!) 3. make a snow angel 4. make a snowman 5. build a snow village 6. write your name in the snow 7. build a snow castle (like a sand castle made of snow) 8. bury your friend in snow, but not to their face 9. make a pile of snow, then run and jump into it (like a pile of leaves) 10. slide in the snow And remember to have fun! Announcements on the Website A reminder to parents and guardians that school announcements can be found on our homepage. You can also use this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KiWaqd7ZlNYz4S7qJPYHOR0MmutXD0Sk3iQmlBduzEQ/edit I also have a blog with all of my emails to parents - all on our new and improved school website: http://broadviewps.ocdsb.ca Cookie Dough/Magazine Subscription Fundraiser Today is the final day of Broadview’s cookie dough and magazine subscription fundraiser. Please send in any paper order forms and cash/cheques to your child’s homeroom teacher. Thank you for supporting our school!! Broadview Snowsuit Donations The Community Engagement Committee of the Parent Council are seeking your contributions of gently used winter clothing for this years Snowsuit Fund. Please see attached flyer for all details. Thank you for helping to share your warmth with other families in need. Thursday is a Friday This coming Thursday, our school’s timetable will follow a Friday schedule. We do this because many Fridays and Mondays are lost throughout the year due to holidays and PA days. Because we operate on a Monday - Friday schedule, the repeated loss of these days impacts learning as some subjects might only appear on Monday or Friday. To ensure an equitable loss of instructional time, Mondays and Fridays are made up throughout the year. How to Communicate Attendance with School At our school council meeting last Tuesday parents asked about the best way to communicate absences with the school. The answer is that it depends on when the message is being sent to the school. If you know about an absence in advance (24 hours or more), send the school an email at broadviewps@ocdsb.ca or call the office and leave a message on the attendance line (613) 728-1721. You should also let your child’s homeroom teacher know of any planned absences. If your child wakes up sick and is unable to come to school, you can email the school before 8:30 or call the school’s attendance line and leave a message. If your child’s pick arrangements change during the day, please call the school office and we will do our best to deliver the message to your child. Given the size of our school’s population (we have about 1020 students), please do your best to ensure that your children’s dismissal arrangements are arranged with you
Posted by dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca  On Nov 20, 2017 at 12:46 PM
  
Dear Parents and Guardians of Broadview Public School, I told the students during this morning’s announcements that today is a big day for Broadview! Progress Reports go home today! If additional copies of the progress reports are required for your family, please make sure your child’s homeroom teacher is aware so that we can accommodate. Progress Reports are meant to start a conversation. Please sit down with your child and review this report. It is early in the year and an opportune time to ask children about their learning and to remind them that every day at school is important. Read through the comments and ask them about what they’ve learned so far, what they are looking forward to learning, what they enjoy, and what they find challenging. Engaging your children in conversations about how they learn is a great way to show them how much you care, and to model enthusiasm and joy of learning. Parent Teacher Interviews will be on the evening of Thursday, November 23 and the morning of Friday, November 24. Further communication regarding booking an interview will be coming in the next week. Remembrance Day Ceremonies @ Broadview PS We will be observing Remembrance Day on Friday, November 10, here at Broadview PS. Members of the community are encouraged to join us for the ceremonies. We will be having two ceremonies open to the public: Grades 5-8 - 10:30 in the gym until 11:15 Grades 2-4 - 1:00 in the gym until 2:05 Our Kindergarten and grade 1 students will be observing Remembrance Day at 10:40 outside the library. As this ceremony will have limited space for guests, we ask that you plan to join us for one of the two ceremonies in the gym. Thank you. Cookie Dough / Magazine Fundraiser The Holiday season is around the corner! Don’t forget to place your cookie dough and magazine subscription orders. Go to www.qsp.ca and use the code 3727815. Please use paper order forms if paying by cash or cheque (cheques may be made payable to Broadview School Council). Deadline to return orders to the school or online is Monday, November 20, 2017. Parking Lot Routines While we await our signage for our new parking lot, we are reminding our community that the main parking lot is off limits to the public between 8:30 and 4:30 pm. During these hours, the parking lot is accessible only to staff and OSTA vehicles. This parking lot has one entrance and one exit as well. The entrance is the single lane road between the old Broadview and Nepean High School, and the exit is at Avondale. Please do not enter the parking lot under any circumstances at the Avondale/Broadview intersection. Our school crossing guard was reporting excessive traffic and drivers engaging in unsafe practices. The small parking lot at the west end of the school off Dovercourt is also off limits at all times except for accessible parking - it may not be used to drop students off. Your cooperation helps make our school a safer place for our students. Updated Website Our website has been updated and now includes a link on the home page for our daily announcements. I’m also experimenting with a Principal’s Blog that will contain messages like this one you’re reading. The Blog gives you an option of subscribing to notifications, should you choose to do so. Thank you to our community for providing suggestions on how to enhance home/school communication. Please consider following our school on Twitter. We were pleased to see that the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change recognized our recycling efforts while visiting Broadview on the weekend! Dogs on School Property Our new soccer field is open and the students are really enjoying it. Please be reminded that dogs should not be on school property at any time of day or evening. Staying Safe Off School Property Many of our students walk to and from school independently, and many of our grade 7 and 8 students enjoy leaving school property during 1st nutrition break. I will be remi
Posted by dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca  On Nov 09, 2017 at 12:44 PM 1 Comment
  
Dear Parents and Guardians of Broadview Public School, I hope you finished your yard work on Saturday because we’ve got lots of wet weather in the forecast! I have some quick updates for you for this week: Weather Kids need to run and play outdoors. With a wet forecast for much of this week, please ensure your children are coming to school prepared to be outside. We’ll send students out in a light drizzle. Students will stay in with heavy rain. This means rain coats, hats, rubber boots, and mitts if the temperature is cool. Website Upgrades Our website was recently upgraded and I’ve been working hard to add content. Should you have any suggestions of anything you’d like to see added, please send me an email with Website Suggestion in the subject line. Halloween Hallowe’en is fast approaching and many children are excited about this day.  If they wish, students may wear a costume to school on Tuesday, October 31st, however, accessories such as masks, toy weapons and jewelry should stay at home.  Please also ensure that the costumes are comfortable and safe for participating in regular school activities. In some classes, special activities have been planned for part of the day.  As a reminder, please do not send food for students to share unless you have cleared it with your child’s homeroom teacher.  We have children with life-threatening allergies and the health and safety of all of our students is our highest priority. Thank you in advance for your support. Regards, Dennis Paré Principal - Broadview Public School dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca Upcoming Events - these events can be found on the school calendar. Consider adding our school’s Google calendar to your own as it will be the most up to date source of information about Broadview events: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/ocdsb.ca_9dndt1k5m7h5gdt1o3af85ltbs%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics Tuesday, October 31: Halloween Sunday, November 5: Daylight Savings Time Monday, November 6: Nepean High School Children’s Theatre (select homerooms) Thursday, November 9: Progress Reports go home Friday, November 10: Remembrance Day Ceremonies (Community is Welcome) Monday, November 13: Intermediate Music + French Field Trip Concert Tuesday, November 14: School Council Wednesday, November 15: OCDSB International Certificate Program Info Night (Grade 8s) Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24: Snowsuit Fund Drive Thursday, November 23: Photo Retake Day / Tie or Bowtie Spirit Day / Friday Schedule Thursday, November 23 (evening): Parent Teacher Interviews Friday, November 24 (morning): Parent Teacher Interviews Tuesday, December 12: School Council Thursday, December 14, Friday, December 15: Immunizations Friday, December 22: Last Day of School before Winter Break (yay!) / PJ Spirit Day
Posted by dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca  On Nov 02, 2017 at 6:41 PM
  
 
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