Last Parent Update:  September 17, 2018

We are already starting the third week of school. It has been a smooth start-up and I am grateful to be at such a wonderful school.  We held our first whole-school assembly on Monday the 10th. It gave us a chance to all be together, to introduce the staff and to review a few rules and expectations. I told the children that I am really good at solving problems and helping kids. I welcomed them to approach me or the staff if they have concerns or questions. Finally, I told them that all new students would receive an Elmdale t-shirt. I handed these out last week but ran out of some sizes. I kept a list of who has not received theirs yet and have ordered more. In the meantime, if you’ve received one that doesn’t fit, please send it back and we will get you the right size once our new order arrives.

A few things to share with you:

My last request is for the parents of kids who struggle at drop-off time. In order to keep the upset as short as possible, we ask that parents say their good-byes in the yard at the first bell and not join the line-up/enter the school/linger. In the vast majority of cases, the children stop crying once they come in the school. Should your child continue to be upset, we will do our best to soothe him/her and be in touch with you to find solutions.

We look forward to a great week.

Isabelle Flannigan



Welcome to a New School Year

It is a pleasure to be here.  What a warm welcome I have received this week!

Class placements 

We are almost finished. Class lists will not be posted on the school website this year.  Rather, each family will receive an email on September 1st, between 4:00 and 9:00 pm telling them who their child’s teacher is and where to meet them on Tuesday morning.  Kindergarten parents will also receive information about intake meetings.

School Supplies and Student Fee

We have simplified your Back to School shopping for September. Our fantastic Elmdale staff team will collect a $20/child voluntary student fee for each child in September, and the office staff will take care of acquiring all the school supplies for your child, for the full year! An email will be send to all families in September, providing details about how to use the SchoolCash Online system to make the payment.

At the OCDSB, the annual student fee is always voluntary. We hope that most families will appreciate the new system and will find it convenient, and possibly more affordable than doing their own shopping. We feel this system will be so much simpler for teachers to set-up classroom resources and easier for students to access the specific resources they need to complete their tasks. This will also allow staff to organize their duo-tangs by colour for specific subjects, to ensure consistent workbooks style, and that supplies are quickly replenished as needed.

In 2018-2019, your $20/child student fee will cover the cost of all consumables such as pencils, erasers, glue, duo-tangs, etc. It will ALSO include the cost of the mail bags for our younger students and the cost of the agendas for students in Grade 2-6.

Only the following items will be essential: 

● A backpack that is big enough to hold a large picture book from the library and their mail bag.

● A lunch box and water bottle

● Indoor running shoes. Please send in shoes your child can put on independently. Velcro is suggested for younger learners.  

● 2nd pair of Indoor running shoes - if your child is registered with Mothercraft.

● Kinder to Grade 2: A change of clothes in a labelled Ziploc bag to be kept at school. Please label the bag, as well as the clothes inside.

PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING that you send to school.

From the community:

Rugby Flyer

I look forward to meeting everyone.

Isabelle Flannigan

New Principal


Elmdale News July 6th  2018

Washroom Reno Summer 2018

The school office will be closed Friday afternoon, june 29th, until Monday morning, August 27th.  Planned renovation of the main floor boys and girls washrooms has now been delayed a year and will be integrated to the major school renovation project starting summer 2019. Mothercraft will be on site as usual this summer.  

Class Placement for September 2018

All students from Kinder to Grade 6 will be able to see their class placement on the school website on Friday September 1st, after 4pm. We take class placement very seriously, and we care to prepare the greatest groups. Only contact the principal if your child’s name is missing from the list.

As usual, staffing will continue until September, when we count the students actually in attendance around the middle of the first month.

Medical Information

For those parents of children with a medical condition or who require medication during the school day, forms need to be newly completed and brought into the school office, along with any medications, during the week of August 27, 2018. Blank forms were sent home to students with current forms on file. Forms can also be accessed on the Forms tab on the school website

Important dates:

School Renovation Update June 21st 2018

We wanted to share some information regarding next steps for the addition to Elmdale Public School. I know there have been many questions surfacing in the community and it is important for everyone to understand the facts.

Please read the entire 3 pages. It provided very clear details about the 2 proposed options.

OPTION 1 - Occupied – Construction activities on site during the school year; 7 classroom addition

OPTION 2 - Unoccupied –7 classroom addition and major retrofit for the rest of the school

 Click this link to access the most up-to-date information about our school renovation project:

Past News:

Girl guide recruitment flyer:


School Travel Planning - survey results

Elmdale Public School is working with EnviroCentre to re-visit Elmdale’s School Travel Plan last assessed in 2013.  With the support of School Council, we have decided to look at our School Travel Plan to see what has changed, what has stayed the same, where we have improved and where new areas of concern may lie.  The first step in this re-assessment was the family survey sent out in March.  Thank you to the 200+ families who completed this survey!  We will continue to provide updates through the re-assessment period (through to June of 2019).  You can find the most recent survey results here:

Thanks for your interest.

~ Elmdale’s School Travel Planning Committee




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

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: