As a result of the registration and transfer application periods in January and February, OCDSB schools have received the projected enrolments and number of classes for the 2014-2015 academic year. Katimavik is projected at 411 students with a total of 18 homeroom classes from grades 4-8, including English and French Immersion classes and the General Learning Program (GLP) class. This represents 5 fewer classes than the current year, and will result in a reduction in teaching staff of 6 full-time equivalent teachers.
We will begin making class placement decisions for students in the near future and as always, we invite parental input to help us make these decisions. As a learning community, we have done much work on understanding critical thinking, and the placement of students in classes is indeed an exercise in critical thinking. Criteria for determining placement include but are not limited to students’:
- achievement levels,
- academic and social/emotional strengths,
- learning styles,
- learning needs,
- multiple intelligences, and
- social/emotional development.
Parents know their children in ways that we do not and so we invite you to share with us any information pertaining to the criteria above that may help inform our decisions. Class placement decisions are amongst the most important decisions we make for students each year and we will do our very best to achieve our goal of creating the best possible learning environment for all of the children we serve.
While we acknowledge that parents sometimes develop and express preferences for certain teachers based on their previous experiences, our decision making will focus first on the criteria above before considering special requests for certain teachers. What we are looking for in the way of input is any new information about your child’s learning needs or social/emotional development that may help us to select the best possible placement for her/him.
Please submit your input in writing directly to Mme. Jewell on or before April 30, 3014 via email at [email protected], or send it in writing to the school to Mme Jewell’s attention. Thank you for your support and the trust you place in our professional decision making.
It’s book fair time again! The parent councils of both Katimavik and Castlefrank schools are, once again, running a joint scholastic book fair at the end of the month (April 28 to May 3). This time Katimavik is hosting the event, but I would encourage parents of students at both schools to get involved. This event is not only about offering literacy support to your children but the more books we sell, the more books will go to our libraries, free of charge!
We are looking for volunteers to run the book fair. If you can spare a couple of hours, we would very much appreciate your help. The book fair cannot run without parent volunteers. Please go to sign up genius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4DA4AF2DAB9-volunteer to let us know when you can join us. If you are unable to volunteer your time, please join us during the fair, either during school hours or after school. We will be open from 845am to 6pm.
Thank you for your support. See you at the book fair!
From the Book Fair Leader, M. Venner
A message from CLIK
On behalf of Changing Lives In Kenya (CLIK), we want to thank you profusely for your help in supporting our Winter Wonderland Charity Dinner; which took place on February 27, 2014; a huge success.
During the dinner of spaghetti, sauce, salad and bread, there was live entertainment from some of our extremely talented CLIK members, while others of our members worked incredibly hard at serving, and escorting our guests to their seats. There was also art for sale, handmade by CLIK members.
Through ticket sales, donations at the event, and the sale of artwork; we raised a grand total of $1656.00 for Free The Children.
Thank you once again for your amazing support,
The CLIK Team
The Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has had the pleasure of welcoming international students into its schools as part of its successful International Student Program for close to 15 years.
During their stay in the Ottawa region, our international students live with local families. Hosts tell us that welcoming an international student into their home has changed their lives. Developing life-long friendships and learning about cultures different than their own has been enriching and enjoyable. Students and host families alike have benefitted from the experience.
So more families can investigate this wonderful opportunity, the Canada Homestay Network (CHN), our partner in this wonderful adventure, will be hosting information sessions at Katimavik Elementary School on April 3rd at 7PM in the library.
Among the subjects discussed will be the support offered to both hosts and students, including pre-arrival orientations, ongoing access to a professional Relationship Manager, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a generous host stipend to offset expenses.
We invite anyone interested in becoming a homestay family to come. Please note that colleagues, neighbours, friends and relatives are also welcome to attend!
While you are at Katimavik for the ECO Club’s Movie Night, why not drop in for some information about hosting international students?
We do ask that you register your intention to attend. To register or to obtain more information on the sessions or on our program, please contact Louise at CHN at (613) 686-6764 x 2059, or at [email protected]
Eco Club would like to invite you to an evening of environmental awareness at Katimavik Elementary School. We will be hosting a movie night on Thursday, April 3rd from 6:30-8:30. We will be showing Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, to raise money for our environmental program and to draw attention towards the environment. Admission will be 2$ per person, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at a dollar an item. Hopefully you and your family make it.
Katimavik’s Eco Club
Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Professor Garfield Gini-Newman will be speaking on the topic of critical thinking skills and creative thinking skills. The event is being held in the auditorium at Sir Robert Borden High School on Greenbank Road.
It is Mr. Gini-Newman who has been the consultant for Katimavik’s work on issues and persuasion this year. Last year he collaborated with Mrs. Irwin to plan and teach a critical thinking lesson which some other staff observed. He also ran two half day learning sessions that involved all of the teachers on the staff learning about how to “tweak” lessons to include critical thinking questions and learning tasks.
If there is any way you can attend, I would highly recommend it as an opportunity to deepen your understanding of what we are all (staff and students) working on as our school learning plan this year. It will also support you as parents in developing these thinking skills in your children – a different kind of homework to do with them!
The OCDSB webpage is running the advertisement for this free event on its website. Please forgive the late notice coming from the school. Thank you.
After the registration and transfer periods have finished, the Planning Department at the OCDSB creates projected enrolments for schools for the following September. The teaching staff is assigned to the school based on those projected numbers. For that reason, in order to ensure that the Planning Department has the most accurate number of students to be enrolled in English and French Immersion at Katimavik next September, please advise the school now if you know that you will be moving out of our boundaries, or if your child will be transferring into the English program from the French Immersion program. Please do not feel pressured to make that decision right now, but if the decision has already been made it would be helpful for staffing purposes to know at this time. You may email Principal Wendy Jewell at [email protected] send a note to your child’s teacher or call the school office to advise Mrs. Agro, Mrs. Robertson or Mrs. Afelski. Thank you for your support as the process of preparing for another school year gets under way!
Katimavik, like most schools, has students with severe life-threatening allergies to various foods, the most common of which is nuts. Not every class has students with nut allergies, but for some students even the trace of nuts can cause a serious life-threatening reaction. We don’t want to risk traces of nuts being spread to door handles in the hallways or paper towel dispensers in the washrooms where students with allergies could encounter them, and so for the safety of all students, we respectfully ask that families only send food products to school which are nut-free. Thank you very much for your on-going vigilance in order to ensure the safety of all of our students.
Ticket sales are well underway for the CLIK Charity Dinner on February 27, 2014. Tickets will be on sale for the last time tomorrow during first and second nutrition breaks outside the office. More than 75% of the tickets have been sold, so be sure to remember to send your payment to school tomorrow!
Yesterday, we distributed a newsletter from the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) detailing its transformation project, upcoming consultation regarding bell times, active transportation and walking school bus projects. Please note that there is a proposed change to Katimavik’s bell times beginning in September 2015. School would begin and end 30 minutes later each day, school hours being 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Visit www.ottawaschoolbus.ca to learn about the proposed bell times and submit comments and feedback to [email protected].