REMINDER: May 2-6th – Education Week

Parents! Here is a list of events – We hope you can join us!

Wednesday, May 4

  • Book Fair throughout the day and evening
  • Parent Technology Night: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – This event is hosted by School Council and made possible by a “Parent Reaching Out” Grant

Thursday, May 5

  • Band Performance for Parents at 1:45 p.m. in the School Gym
  • Intermediate Open House – after the Band Concert: 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 pm. Student work will be displayed in classrooms and in the hallway.

Friday, May 6

  • Junior Open House – Staff will invite parents into the school to visit classrooms (selected periods throughout the day)

Katimavik Bake Sale!!


Friday’s bake sale raised over $600 to help purchase new sports outfits for our sports teams. It was fantastic to see the support from Junior students and their families for providing the baked goods. Well done Katimavik ES! Thank you to all the parents who helped out on Friday and to Mrs. Nasmith for organizing this event. 

Earl of March E-Waste and Used Clothing Drive  

Just in time for spring cleaning, Earl of March students will be collecting used electronics for recycling through OES (Ontario Electronic Stewardship).  This includes computers, phones, printers, televisions and stereo equipment.  For all computers and phones, ensure you wipe your drive/Sim card. For a list of products accepted, click here: Acceptable Items

New this year:  we are also accepting used clothing to benefit the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy.

Where:  Back Parking lot of Earl of March (Mlacak Centre side)

When: Saturday April 30 (rain or shine) from 9am to 3pm

There is no fee.  Please come drop off your used items for recycling.  Funds generated will be used for Eco-Earl initiatives and a special student support fund.

Bake Sale – This Friday


Don’t Forget students – bring your money…

Why:  because bake sales are super-fun AND all proceeds will help purchase new sports jerseys and pinnies

When:  Friday April 29  @10:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Where:  in the hallway by the library

Cost:  Cookies and Squares $0.50, Cupcakes $1.00

Gr. 7 & 8 Summer School

Parents/Guardians/Students (Gr. 7 and 8):

Continuing Education offers 4 different academic programs for grade 7 and 8 students that address specific student needs. Students will need to use Career Cruising to Register for Summer School (see information below)

NEW – Career Cruising Continuing Education Student Instructions

For more information

  • Speak with you child’s homeroom teacher for questions about academics
  • For help with Career Cruising Login information for your child – contact Scott MacLeod at
  • ** Note Grade 8 students already have their login information. 

School Organization Update

Hello Parents/Guardians,

Homeroom Placement Requests (for 2016-2017):
Each spring, there is a process where school staff meet to discuss and place students into classes for the following school year. There is a considerable amount of time spent on this process. In many cases there are very few class placement options available when placing children into the next grade level. However, if there is an exceptional circumstance that you would like to make me aware of involving your child’s placement for next year, you can send me (Jeff Gervais) a request in writing or by email (jeff.gervais@ocdsb.caby Friday, May 6, 2016.  Please provide your name, your child’s full name, grade, and an explanation. I will review all information but there are no guarantees that I can accommodate your request as there are many factors involved when creating class lists.

School Organization Update:
Our projected school population for next year is similar to this year at ~330 students. We have decreased by one English homeroom, increased in one Immersion homeroom and will have an additional Learning Disabilities Program.

*Please note that enrollment and class organization is tentative until the end of September. Teacher assignments are not published yet as we are just beginning the staffing process and there may be some changes.  I will provide this update later in May.

Tentative Class Organization for 2016-2017

English Program:
Gr. 4/5
Gr. 5/6
Gr. 7/8
Gr. 7/8

French Program:
Gr. 4
Gr. 4
Gr. 5
Gr. 5/6
Gr. 6
Gr. 7
Gr. 7
Gr. 8

Specialized Programs: 
Junior General Learning Program (GLP)
Junior (Gr. 5/6) Learning Disabilities Specialized Intervention Program (LDSIP)
Intermediate (Gr. 7/8) Learning Disabilities Specialized Intervention Program (LDSIP)

Secondary School Program Review

Parents/Guardians – Please note that I will be presenting this information at our next School Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.  At this time we will provide opportunities for feedback. You can also provide feedback to the OCDSB – HERE

The Secondary School Program Review was initiated in 2011 to review the way programs and services are delivered in secondary schools, using the lens of equity of access and breadth of programming. The goals of the review were:

  • to create a better understanding of secondary school programming in order to align District decision making to position our students for academic achievement and well-being;
  • to address whether there were barriers to student success found in the programs, and if so, to identify solutions; and
  • to look at secondary schools and their programs as a collective to inform future planning.

The Secondary School Review included seven major areas of study, including:

The review will make recommendations for changes to the OCDSB Secondary School Program Framework. The framework provides guiding principles for the District’s secondary program offerings and establishes guidelines for the different types of program delivery models. It is the organizational template for how secondary school programs should be offered in the District.

Guiding Principles of the Secondary School Program Framework:

  • Equity of access to, and breadth of programming in all community schools (the primary model of secondary school program delivery);
  • Equity of access to inter-school programs and District programs for learning not offered in the community school;
  • To minimize transitions;
  • Program viability and sustainability; and
  • Digital fluency.

Providing Feedback
The school district is undertaking a community wide consultation process to obtain feedback on the recommendations of the Secondary School Review.  The goals of the consultation are to:

  • engage stakeholders in building their understanding about the Secondary School Review; how it came to be; and the work that has been accomplished;
  • have a collaborative dialogue about the revised Secondary School Program Framework, how it will impact student learning and what considerations need to be addressed in the implementation stage;
  • discuss how the proposed recommendations support the vision of secondary schools of the future and how this will inform future pupil accommodation review processes; and
  • obtain specific feedback on the Secondary School Review recommendations;

Who can participate?
We encourage everyone to participate in this process.  The programming and structure of our secondary schools affects the way that all of our programs and services can be offered.  We welcome feedback from all parents, students, staff, community members, and the general public.

How will the consultation occur?

There are several ways you can participate:

  • Attend a Discussion Forum;
  • Participate in a school council meeting discussion;
  • Attend a presentation at an OCDSB Advisory Committee meeting or OCASC meeting;
  • Participate or watch our Google Hangout; and
  • Review the resource material and send us your comments electronically.

Discussion Forums

There will be four discussion forums held across the city.   The Forums will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on:

  • April 12th at Gloucester High School;
  • April 13th at the Confederation Education Centre;
  • April 27th at Hillcrest High School; and
  • May 5th at AY Jackson Secondary School.

Please register online for the forum you wish to attend.  Registration will begin after Wednesday, April 6th.

Google Hangout
The Google Hangout is an online version of the Discussion Forum.  You can participate live on April 28th at 3:30 p.m.  Can’t make that date?  The session will be recorded and available online after that date.  Please register on line in advance if you want to participate in the live Google Hangout.

School Council Meetings
We have encouraged school councils and principals to consider scheduling this issue for discussion at a school council meeting in April or May.  Check your school website for more information about upcoming school council meetings.

Advisory Committee and Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC) meetings
This item will be topic of discussion on the agendas of many of our advisory committee meetings.  Take a look at this list to see if there is a meeting that suits your schedule:

  • 13 April 2016  Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) meeting;
  • 14 April 2016  Secondary OCASC meeting;
  • 18 April 2016  Alternative Schools Advisory Committee;
  • 21 April 2016  OCASC meeting;
  • 25 April 2016  Advisory Committee on the Arts Staff presentation;
  • 27 April 2016  Special Education Advisory Committee meeting;
  • 28 April 2016  Advisory Committee on Equity Staff presentation; and
  • 05 May 2016  Student Summit Meeting (Joint Student Senate and Student Council Presidents’ meeting).

Submit your feedback electronically
If you are unable to attend one of our sessions and wish to submit your feedback electronically, please use the following link after Wednesday, April 6th.

Where can I get more information?
The District website ( has detailed information about the Secondary School Review and includes background information on each of the seven working groups, their reports, background research and the summary report of the Review.

If you have questions on this process, please direct them to

Katimavik Bake Sale!! April 29/16

Parents/Guardians/Students – Mark your calendars! An information sheet was sent home earlier this week (same info is posted below). We are looking for parents to contribute. Thank you to Stephanie Nasmith for organizing this fundraiser!

What a great school community we’re all part of!

Why:  because bake sales are super-fun AND all proceeds will help purchase new sports jerseys and pinnies

When:  Friday April 29  @10:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Where:  in the hallway by the library

Cost:  Cookies and Squares $0.50, Cupcakes $1.00

Parents of all grade 4, 5, and 6 students are asked to please contribute 1 dozen or so NUT-FREE cookies, squares, or cupcakes (homemade or store-bought, a treat is a treat!).  Please drop off, or have your child bring, your treats any time after 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the bake sale.  If you would like your container returned to your child at the end of the day, please label it with his/her name and teacher’s name.

We are also asking a few parents of students who have nut and/or gluten allergies to bake treats for our allergy-free table, so that we can be more aware of cross-contamination from kitchens and containers.  If you can volunteer for this important task, please email Stephanie Nasmith at

Remember to bring your money (and your goodies if you are in grade 4, 5, or 6!) on Friday, April 29!!

Questions?  Contact Stephanie Nasmith