Elmdale News February 19th:

BookFest - BookFest is this week - February 22 to 24!

And Thursday this week, Feb. 22nd, is Pyjama Day to celebrate Elmdale’s Day at Bookfest!

Thank-you for the incredible number of books donated by Elmdale families.  We are doing our final tallies and the winning classes for highest book collection will be announced shortly.

We need an incredible number of volunteers during the days leading up to and during the three days of BookFest.  We need sorters, bakers, organizers and people to staff the cash and bake sale tables.  Please read through both volunteer links and see where you can help:

Set-up/cash table/organizing:


Baking and bake table:


MORE BOOKFEST DETAILS: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PEQiOxzTAJ1vIrgW_0pckBVdv-9kR7HFFU4pLVcdcvE/edit?usp=sharing

Elmdale News February 15th 2018

Newest Communication Report From School Council:


Next School Council Meeting is Wednesday February 21st 2018, at 6pm in the library.

Scroll Down to see Important Dates

We had a great Winter Walk to School Wednesday - February 14, 2018

Thank you to all the students, parents and staff who participated in our Winter Walk to School Wednesday on the 14th. Most students completed a paper heart with why they love walking (or another active way of getting to school).  They will handed in their paper hearts for a small chocolate heart in their class. Thank you to the chair of the Safe Travel Planning Committee Tracy Davidson for her leadership, and to all the volunteers who helped.

Toonie Tuesday - February 27, 2018 - A small investment with big change

On the last Tuesday in February, students at participating schools are asked to bring $2 to help other kids just like them. All the funds raised from this day go directly to the Students in Crisis Emergency Fund.

Pink Shirt Day - February 28th

In today’s digital world, it can be impossible to escape online bullying, whether it takes the shape of harassment, spreading rumours, sharing embarrassing information or threats. This year, Pink Shirt Day is encouraging others to combat cyberbullying by thinking twice before posting something negative, and instead using the internet to spread kindness - because we know that Nice Needs No Filter! Learn more here.

Cross Boundary Transfer Period - February 5 to 20th

At the OCDSB, all students attend a designated school based on geographic and programming considerations. In order to attend a school other than your child's designated school an application must be made during the student transfer application period which is Monday, February 5 to Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Learn more about the transfer process on our website or in our Student Transfer Parent Guide.

Important dates:

January 24th

Jan. 24th 2018 - Elmdale’s Big Announcement!

We had a huge turn out tonight, with over 320 people including children, parents and community members attending. We distributed cupcakes to the more than 150 kids who came to sing and play their ukulele…  Thank you Elmdale students, families and community members who joined us tonight!

The news: Elmdale has received  $3.6 million of Ontario funding to build an addition at our school.

We worked together, we found innovative solutions and together we celebrate the success of the soon to be expanded Elmdale Public School Building.

Thank you to our Honorable MPP Yasir Naqvi, for making this announcement tonight, and to our trustee Erica Braunovan for her continued support. Thank you to our Renew Elmdale Committee, School Council, and to the dedicated parents, community leaders, OCDSB trustees and staff who worked collaboratively with provincial leaders both in Ottawa and Toronto.

This is only the beginning of the project, with meetings to create designs and timelines to come in the next few months. ​The  next steps of the project will be shared with you as information becomes available.

On behalf of our students, our staff and myself – I offer my sincere thanks to all who helped to make this expansion a reality.  Have a nice evening everyone! Enjoy the rest of the week!





FEVER MEANS NO SCHOOL - until fever-free for 24 hours

VOMITING AND DIARRHEA MEANS NO SCHOOL - until symptom-free for 48 hours

Children/Staff should be kept at home when they have:

- Symptoms of an enteric illness, including vomiting and/or diarrhea, until their symptoms have been resolved for at least 48 hours

- Symptoms of a respiratory illness, including fever, cough, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, or sneezing until they are fever-free for 24 hours and feeling better

- Other symptoms as described in the Guidelines for Communicable Diseases and Other Childhood Health Issues for Schools and Child Care Facilities (2011, or as current). This guide can be obtained by calling OPH at 613-580-6744 or by visiting ottawa.ca/health

Please notify the school if your child has a contagious condition.

MUST-READ: Parking and Drop off in the morning

If you have driven to school this fall, and then again more recently, you will have noticed a much busier drop off at 8:45. Elmdale’s school travel planning committee is continuously working to promote safe, car-free routes to school. Watch for more information, and get involved with the committee. By-Law is regularly contacted with request to support/enforce traffic and illegal stopping and parking.

I was outside again Friday morning, reminding drivers of parking/drop-off options, as well as directing traffic. Please remember, Java Street is not wide enough to support the parking and travel, and it will only get worse when we have snow banks. It jeopardizes the safety of our students if we are not all careful.

WE NEED YOUR HELP: We know that Java is a 2-way street. At drop-off time, we are asking all drivers to travel only West to East on Java between Mayfair and Clarendon (drive down the hill). We are also reminding everyone that it is unsafe at the busy drop-off time to use the private driveways or staff parking to turn around mid-block.

On Friday morning, many drivers were ignoring the posted signs, and asking for alternatives.  

Please find below some reminders:  Posted signs, Tips, and Restrictions.


You cannot stop and kids cannot leave the car


You can stop and your kids can leave the car. Driver has to remain in the driver seat






Tips for Parents:


intersections of Java and Clarendon and Iona and Clarendon are also in effect, and are needed so the crossing guard has a clear view of traffic in all directions.


Don’t wait for a yellow letter from school. Check your child’s hair every weekend. Report lice to our office administrator Judi (613-728-4653). We keep the information confidential, and help contain the problem at the classroom level. More information on our website: