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School News October 14th 2018

Picture Day is Tuesday October 16th:

Picture Day is this Tuesday, October 16th. When choosing your outfit, don’t wear green - the company uses green screen technology to allow parents to select their favourite background.  

If you applied for an Empty Bus Seat:

We have received notification from OSTA that the empty seat applications that have been approved go into effect Monday October 15th. Students who have been granted an empty seat will have a bus note in their school bag Monday. You can also check the empty seat information at

Parking Safety:

Please drive SLOWLY and CAREFULLY on the roads around the school and in the school parking. We had another close call in the parking last week when an adult almost got hit by a car moving too fast.  

Process: Be patient. Ideally arrive between 7:45 and 7:55.

Drive slowly all the way to the end of the drop-off zone, which is along the sidewalk. Do not drop off in the parking entrance.

If you arrive after 8:00, park your car, and come to the office WITH your child to sign-in.

Sign O Canada With Us:

We have many parents who join us in the morning arrival time.

We now sign O Canada at the 8:00 bell, while the students are standing outside. If you are on the yard at that time, please remove your hat and join the signing!

School Council Notes:

The next Stephen Leacock PS Council meeting is on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the school library.  There will be reports from the principal, vice-principal and council co-chairs, as well as discussions about upcoming activities, fundraising opportunities and goals, and the review of the Council Constitution.

Please join us for the Chapters Fundraiser on Monday, October 15th, 6-8pm at the Kanata Centrum Chapters!  15% of all sales will be donated to SLPS student enrichment activities.

Save the date for the Halloween Dance!  Stephen Leacock School Council dares you to come to our Frightfully Fun Family event Friday, Oct. 26th, 6:00-7:30 pm.  Details to follow, ticket and refreshment sales will be available through School Cash Online soon!

Walk to School Event

Thank you so much to lead parent Tricia and the fabulous group of volunteers who organized the Walk to School Event on Friday October 12th.

School Spirit Clothing is here!

Sizing Kit available in the front foyer of the school until October 19th.

Orders are now being accepted on SchoolCash online until Sunday October 21st. To order and pay online please visit:

See our flyer:

NOTE: Grade 6 students will also have an extra special shirt and hoodie available for purchase, with the famous year of graduation 2019 printed on the back. Grade 6 chose Royal blue and White for their special grad wear. The item will be added to the Schoolcash online this week. Grade 6 Grad shirt order are due date October 28th.

Important Dates:  

Mon. Oct. 15th - 6:00pm-8:00pm - Chapters/Indigo Shopping Night in Centrum

Tues. Oct. 16th  - School Photos

School Council at 7pm in the library

Oct. 22nd - Municipal Elections

Oct.. 23rd - Regional Cross-Country Meet - details to come

Friday Oct. 26th- SLPS Halloween Dance from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Older News - Still current

Thank you to all families who participated in our Orange Shirt Day on October 1st -

Thank you!!

Empty Bus Seats:

OSTA (Ottawa Student Transportation Authority) has delayed the review of Empty Seat Applications until October 5, 2018.  Seat assignments will be processed the following week. After October 5th, please visit the Parent Portal DAILY at to check for seat assignments.

Allergies and Medical Condition:

If you child has a new allergy or medical condition, let us know immediately.

Fever and contagious illnesses:

When reporting your child's absence please provide the reason. Example: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. so that we can implement strategies to limit the spread and keep all students and staff as safe as possible.


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 check your child for head lice on a regular basis and provide proper treatment if lice or nits are found. We also ask that you notify the school  We always keep the information confidential and send an information letter to all the other families in the class so they can be extra vigilant about checking their child.

To help reduce the spread: Remind your child not to share personal items that are used on their head such as brushes, combs, barrettes, headbands, elastics, towels, hats, helmets, toques, and scarves.