|EVENTS AND REMINDERS
Places to Go…Things to Remember
Carleton Heights Public School – Official re-opening ceremony – December 3rd – 6:30 p.m.
You are invited to celebrate the grand re-opening ceremony for Carleton Heights Public School. A major renovation project was undertaken during the last school year and students returned to a brand new school in September 2014. Tours of the school will be available from 6:30 p.m.
J.H. Putman Craft Sale – Thursday December 11th 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
You’re invited to the J.H. Putman’s Craft Sale on Thursday, December 11th. There will be everything from hand-made pens to jewelry. The craft sale will be open at 5:30 -8:30. Everyone is welcome!
Snowsuit Drive – Schools Helping Schools – Huntley Centennial – Until December 5
The students in the Leadership Council at Huntley Centennial are having a “snowsuit” drive the 2 weeks beginning November 24th – December 5th. The students will be collecting any CLEAN or NEW winter clothing items such as hats, scarves, mitts, snowsuits, boots, etc. and delivering the articles to R.E. Wilson Public School the week of December 9th. Last year’s donations were huge, and we hope to equal (or perhaps even better!) with this year’s campaign. There will be a drop-off box located in the main foyer by the front door, and bagged contributions are welcome any time during these two weeks. Donations are welcome from all school communities.
School Movie Nights
This fall, many of you asked questions about school movie nights and what restrictions apply. The OCDSB has a license agreement (license option B) which allows all schools and/or school councils to screen legally obtained commercially available feature length films. This means that you can host a movie night in your school outside of regular school hours, as a school related fundraiser, and for audiences including students, parents, siblings and family members. The license is withAudio Cine Films and you can learn more on their website.
Inclement Weather Reminder
While there might be a reprieve early next week, it seems that snow and colder temperatures are going to be with us for a while. Please use extra caution and slow down in school parking lots or pick up and drop off areas. Also, a reminder to parents to ensure that students are dressed appropriately for outdoor play. The OCDSB has a procedure regarding extreme weather conditions and we monitor the forecast issued by Environment Canada.
Changes to School Start Times
The start times at a number of schools in the district may change effective September 2015. These changes are commonly referred to as “Bell time’ changes and are the result of a review of transportation services. Over the past year, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) has conducted a system-wide review of bell times. The purpose of the review is to align the bell times in such a way that school bus service can be better managed. The “bell time” changes are divided into 2 categories; changes of 10 minutes or less and changes of 11 minutes or more. The main difference between the two categories is decision-making process. OSTA has the authority to make decisions about changes of 10 minutes or less. School Boards are responsible for making changes of 11 minutes or more. Read more about what changes have been approved, what changes are recommended and how you can provide feedback on the proposed changes.
School Council Finances
By now, most of you will have your new school councils in place. A challenge for every council is the continuity of operations as old members leave and new ones join. This is particularly true for school council treasurer’s who need to get financial records from the previous treasurer. The treasurer performs a key role on school council. The recent presentation on finances at the School Council Training Day has excellent information for treasurers. A resource guide will be coming soon- stay tuned! In the interim, all school councils should ensure that:
- Ensure that the list of authorized signing officers for school council transactions is updated.
- All cheques are signed by two authorized signing officers.
- A monthly financial report is presented at school council meetings;
- Proper year-end reports are completed each year and filed with the Council and the District.
Have a wonderful weekend.