SPIRIT DAY – Wed, Feb 10

On Wednesday, February 10 we will have a Spirit Day. Students are encouraged to wear pajamas – a reminder that you need to be comfortable to attend class and go outside for recess! It is also POPCORN day on Wednesday for Students who pre-ordered. There will a limited amount of bags to purchase for $2.00.



Term 1 Report Cards


On Thursday, February 4th the Term 1 Report Cards were sent home with your child. Please take the time to review, with your child, their progress so far this year. This is also a great time to look at teacher feedback and set goals with your child for term 2.  If you have questions about the report cards please contact your  child’s homeroom teacher or subject teacher.




*Candy Grams will be on sale from Monday, February 8 to Wednesday, February 10.
*They will be delivered to classrooms on Thursday, February 11 (and the following Tuesday).
*They cost 50 cents each


  • the GLP class will be coming around to each class to sell candy grams (Monday, February 8 to Wednesday, February 10
  • when you purchase your CG you will be given a paper valentine to fill out (along with your message, make sure you fill out the Teacher Name and Room Number located on the back)
  • when you are finished filling out your CG give it to your teacher who will hand it in for a chocolate to be attached
  • all Candy Grams will be delivered back to Home Room Teachers on Thursday, February 11 and they will hand them out to students
  • if you are not at school on the Thursday (Activity Day # 3) you will receive your CG on the following Tuesday, after the long weekend
  • please make sure that your messages are appropriate

**Proceeds will go to Heart and Stroke Foundation**

Skating Club Update

We had a great turn out for the skating club on Wednesday- 40 students showed up!
Important Information for Skating Club: All skating club members who plan on staying after 4:15 p.m. (not including students who attend the Y club), are required to provide a note from home to give them permission to stay longer. 
Thank you for your help!
KES staff

Important – Winter Activity Days

NOTE – a more detailed email has been sent to parent personal email accounts. 

Hello Parents!

Staff have been working very hard to plan the Winter Activity Days at KES with our first day tomorrow (Fri, Jan 29). Below is some key information for you to know:

Questions? Who to contact?

  • Any questions about ski hill activities, including fees, rental information, volunteering – please contact Mrs. Wilson by phone (613-592-5462) or by email sheri.wilson@ocdsb.ca.
  • If you have questions about the at-school activities please contact the main office and we will direct you to the appropriate staff member who can best answer your questions.


  1. Whether your child is at Mount Pakenham or participating in winter activities at school your first point of contact is the school office if you have questions or if you need to make contact with your son/daughter. We have a few methods to easily connect with school staff at the ski hill.  Main office phone number: 613-592-5462 (Office hours:  8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
  1. In the case of a bus delay at the end of the day we will communicate any updates on the school blog. You can access the blog at  http://katimavikes.edublogs.org/
  1. After hours emergency phone number: In the case of an emergency where you need to contact your son/daughter or connect with a staff member after the school office closes. (after 4:15 p.m.) You can contact the Trip Leader (Sheri Wilson) directly on the school cell: (** this phone number has been sent directly to parent email addresses)

Other Information 

  • The buses are expected back at Katimavik by 5:30 p.m. The expectation is that parents will be present to pick up their children.
  • Students have been reminded that before they leave the school at 5:30 p.m. they need to check in with their Bus Teacher   to indicate that a parent has arrived and that they are leaving.
  • If your child will walk home please send a note with your son/daughter.
  • Students participating in the At-School Winter Activity days have been reminded to meet in the school gym for attendance in the morning. There is a modified schedule and many winter activities planned for the day.

Parking (drop-off and Pick-up)

  • While dropping off or picking up your child do not park in the bus. There are 6 buses that will need to park in this area. Thank you for helping to ensure that we can accommodate the buses and load/unload the buses safely.

Thank you
The Katimavik School Staff

Upcoming Gr. 8 Transition Activities

Parents and Students in Gr. 8

Here are some upcoming transition activities planned for grade 8 students.

  • Tuesday, January 26 (morning) – EoM staff will be coming to KES  to speak with all grade 8 students about the transition to Grade 9.
  • Monday, February 1 – Grade 8 students will attend EoM to participate in a “technology workshop”, Students will be organized into two groups and will be bused over throughout the day to attend. More information will be sent home soon (i.e. permission forms)
  • Tuesday,  February 9, 2016 – Grade 8 students have been invited to EoM for an Open house (during the school day – timing TBD)
  • In the coming weeks students will be participating in a series of in-class workshops called “Grade 8 Pathways Mentoring Program” (including Career Cruising) to help students prepare for high school and course selection.

Please ensure that your child is at school on these days so they do not miss out on these opportunities.

CLICK HERE for our High School Info Page

Thank you
Intermediate Team

Well Done – Skate Party

The grade 7 students did a fantastic job planning and running the community skate party on Thursday night. Students showed some great leadership skills. We had a great turn out and money raised will go towards the Grade 7 year-end trip. Thank you to Mr. Harry for guiding the students with this initiative. You may have noticed a new portable speaker system that provided the music on Thursday evening…Thank you to School Council for purchasing this system for the school!

A Note form Gr. 7 students:  The Grade 7 students wish thank everyone for their support in building community connections between Castlefrank ES and Katimavik ES and for assisting in raising $433.00 for their end of the year trip. A special thank you goes out to Joe Nyenhuis and crew who make and maintain the ice for us to use.

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Enrichment Mini Courses Program – Gr. 8

Katimavik Elementary School is proud to once again be a part of the Enrichment Mini Courses Program. This program is a unique annual event in the world of Canadian education. Since its creation in 1981, over 50,000 talented students – from grades 8 to 11 in Eastern Ontario, and Secondary II to V in Western Quebec – have been given the opportunity of exploring a field of study or area of interest in a university or college setting. These students have acquired knowledge and skills that will help them achieve academic success and stimulate their interest in pursuing post-secondary studies.

The cost for the program is $145.00 (updated) and it is intended for students with superior ability and motivation to become involved in a new learning environment.  All students taking part in the mini-courses will need sufficient maturity to carry on the work expectations of a post-secondary setting.

Students in Grade 8 will have equal opportunity to choose courses.  High marks will not be the exclusive criteria for selection.  Student characteristics should include:

  • a high level of curiosity
  • superior observation, thinking and reasoning skills
  • a high level of task commitment
  • an advanced vocabulary and wide general knowledge
  • expertise in problem-solving situations
  • a high retentive ability
  • creative approach in classroom situations and assignment
  • respectful behaviour and maturity

Expression of Interest:

  1. Mrs. Baker has visited the grade 8 classes to introduce this program opportunity.
  2. Interested students who feel they meet the criteria will have an opportunity to sign up – a meeting will announced early next week (Jan 25-29) for students to attend. Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about this opportunity and to visit the website for more information.
  3. Students will be selected in consultation with classroom teachers and based on the criteria listed above. A letter will go home with selected students for parents to make the final decision.


  • Students may select up to ten courses in which they are interested in;
  • Students must commit to attending for the duration of the course (held May 2-6, 2016)
  • Detailed registration procedures are available from school representative, Lisa Baker.
  • Transportation is not provided.  Students must arrange their own transportation.

For further details please visit: www.emcp-pmce.ca  or contact our school representative, Lisa Baker.